Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Course Descriptions

Environmental Science (BES)

BES 180 Introductory Biology (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. First course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: B CUSP 152.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom

BES 200 Introductory Biology (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Second course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: BES 180.

BES 220 Introductory Biology (5) NW
For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter series (BES 180, BES 200, BES 220). Prerequisite: BES 200.

BES 301 Science Methods and Practice (5) NW/QSR
Overview of the scientific method, emphasizing the development of testable hypotheses, scientific writing and analysis.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Charles F Jackels Warren G. Gold

BES 302 Environmental Problem Solving (5)
Introduces different aspects of environmental problem solving. Uses real-world situations for thinking quantitatively and creatively about such environmental concerns as energy and water resources, food production, indoor air pollution, acid rain, and human influences on climate.

BES 311 Environmental Chemistry (5) NW/QSR
Uses fundamental chemical principles to examine fate, reactivity and transport of environmental pollutants. Emphasis given to atmospheric pollution, chemistry of natural and polluted waters, soil chemistry, chemistry of organic and inorganic toxins. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Charles F Jackels

BES 312 Ecology (5) NW
Introduces major concepts of ecology and relates these concepts to current environmental issues. Topics include the relationship between organisms and the physical environment, evolutionary processes, the structure and function of ecosystems, population biology, forest management, pesticide use, and global warming. Required background: two quarters of college biology.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom Warren G. Gold

BES 315 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (5)
Covers the basic techniques for chemical analysis of environmental samples including air, water and soil. Students learn to utilize electronic data acquisition systems and further develop their scientific writing skills. Required background: statistics (BIS 315 or equivalent); prerequisite: BES 301; BES 311.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 316 Ecological Methods (7)
Introduces students to methods used in the analysis of ecological systems and their processes. Employs data analysis tools, graphic presentation, and scientific writing in the presentation of results from laboratory and field studies. Includes lectures, laboratory work, and field investigations. Prerequisite: BES 312.
Instructor Course Description: Warren G. Gold

BES 317 Soils Laboratory (5)
Introduces the types of soils analyses necessary to understand the physical and chemical state of soils. Includes an introduction to soils in general, and local soils in particular. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.

BES 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (6) I&S/NW
An introduction to ecological restoration of damaged ecosystems. Students learn about the philosophical base of restoration as well as the social, biological and political forces that impact the success of any restoration project. Includes lectures, readings, case studies and field trips.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom

BES 397 Special Topics in Environmental Science (3-5, max. 15)
Unique course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests. Possible topics may include economic and environmental issues, air pollution, water quality, ecological restoration, global warming, or conservation biology.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Amy M Lambert

BES 398 Directed Study in Environmental Science (1-5, max. 15)
Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

BES 415 Advanced Environmental Measurements Laboratory (5)
Analysis of air, water, and soil samples using advanced methods. Instrumental methods include: atomic absorption spectroscopy and liquid chromatography. Prerequisite: BES 311, BES 315.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 430 Air Pollution and Health (5) NW
Examines the relationship between atmospheric emissions, meteorology, chemical processes, air quality, and human health with an emphasis on both primary and secondary pollutants, photochemical oxidants and chemical modeling of air pollution. Also addresses some of the legal and policy implications of these issues. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 439 Computer Modeling and Visualization in Environmental Science (5) NW/QSR
Addresses the ways scientists use computer simulations and modeling. Uses case studies from problem areas such as global climate change, regional air and water pollution, and the interaction between biological species and their environment. Recommended: BES 311; BES 312.

BES 459 Compost and Organic Soil Amendments (5) NW/QSR
Addresses the management of organic wastes both as a feedstock for composting and as a soil amendment. Provides students with an understanding of the science of composting, the management of nutrients and contaminants, and the benefits of organic soil amendments. Recommended: BES 301, BES 302.

BES 460 Water Quality (5) NW/QSR
Examines the chemical and physical processes that influence the fate of nutrients and contaminants in natural surface, ground, and soil waters. Addresses basic environmental chemistry in natural waters and soils, potentially important inputs, transformations and movement, and the environmental impacts of nutrients and contaminants.

BES 462 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Introduction (2) NW
The first of a three-course capstone sequence in restoration ecology. Students review and assess project plans and installations. Class meets with members of previous capstone classes to review their projects. Prerequisite: BES 301; BES 362. Offered: jointly with ENVIR/ESRM/TESC 462.
Instructor Course Description: Kern Ewing Warren G. Gold

BES 463 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Proposal and Plan (3) NW
Student teams prepare proposals in response to requests-for-proposals (RFPs) from actual clients. Clients may be governments, non-profit organizations, and others. Upon acceptance of the proposal, teams prepare restoration plans. Prerequisite: BES 462. Offered: jointly with ENVIR/ESRM/TESC 463.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Warren G. Gold

BES 464 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Field Site Restoration (5) NW
Teams take a restoration plan developed in BES 463 and complete the installation. Team participation may include supervision of volunteers. Teams prepare management guidelines for the client and conduct a training class for their use. Prerequisite: BES 463. Offered: jointly with ENVIR/ESRM/TESC 464.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Kern Ewing Warren G. Gold

BES 485 Conservation Biology (5) NW
Exploration of the science underlying methods of species and ecosystem conservation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the limits and promise of scientific approaches to conservation, within the social, political and economic context of conservation problems.
Instructor Course Description: David L. Stokes Martha Groom

BES 486 Watershed Ecology and Management (5) NW
Overview of the ecology and management of watersheds. Explores physical, biological, and ecological components of watersheds and their interrelationships. Examines human and natural impacts on watersheds, and planning and management through theory and case studies. Prerequisite: either BIS 390 or BES 312.

BES 487 Field Lab in Wildland Soils and Plants (3) NW
Provides direct field study of alpine soils and plants. Identify soils and landscape/vegetation changes in remote areas where little information is available about these ecosystems. Experience climate, relief, and parent materials that form soils and their associated plant communities.

BES 488 Wetland Ecology (5) NW
Examines wetland types and their distribution as well as wetland functions for habitat and human resources. Emphasizes the ecology and adaptations of wetland plants and their interaction with soils and biogeochemical processes. Discusses human impacts, wetland regulation, and management approaches. Required field trips. Prerequisite: BES 312.

BES 489 Pacific Northwest Ecosystems (5) NW
Examines major ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest to understand the structure, function, and location of these characteristic ecosystems in our region. Investigates the intersection of ecological knowledge, environmental policy and management strategies in selected ecosystems. Required background: one quarter college biology.
Instructor Course Description: Warren G. Gold

BES 491 Undergraduate Research in Environmental Science (5, max. 10)
Capstone course. Independent research projects in an area of environmental science, based on mutual agreement with the instructor. Prerequisite: BES 311; BES 312.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 492 Capstone Research in Environmental Science I (3)
The first course of a two-quarter capstone sequence. Students plan and develop a detailed proposal for their capstone environmental science project. Prerequisite: BES 301; BES 311; BES 315.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 493 Capstone Research in Environmental Science II (7)
Second course of a two-quarter capstone sequence. Completion of projects planned in the previous quarter. Prerequisite: BES 492.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe

BES 497 Special Topics in Environmental Science (3-5, max. 15)
Topics may include economic and environmental issues, air pollution, water quality, ecological restoration, global warming, conservation biology or other topics.

BES 498 Independent Research in Environmental Science (1-5, max. 15)
Individual advanced research conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)

BIS 202 Critical Reasoning (5) I&S,QSR
Engages students as active thinkers in their reading, analysis of writing and media, and writing. Emphasis is placed upon formulating, and critically evaluating arguments in examples and essays typical of both academic inquiry and active citizen engagement in everyday life.

BIS 203 History of Inter-Arts (5) VLPA Kochhar-Lindgren
Considers InterArt forms as a method for creating new arts practices and cultural insight. The range of intersections may include, arts and sciences, literature and performance, film and dance, and painting and poetry.
Instructor Course Description: Melanie K Kill

BIS 204 Introduction to Journalism (5) VLPA/I&S
Covers the basic elements of reporting and writing for print media, as well as meta-issues of ethics, the First Amendment, and a brief history of American journalism. Teaches reporting skills and the cultural context for the practice of those skills.

BIS 205 Technologies of Expression (5) VLPA/I&S Kochhlar-Lindgren
Explores fundamental technologies of expression such as the book, film, and the computer and their implications for social and individual identity-formation, cultural critique, and art-making. Examines how media functions to shape human identity.

BIS 206 Engaging Literary Arts (5, max. 10) VLPA Heuving
Foregrounds questions about literary arts: What are the purposes of literary arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How to they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual writers, movements, historical periods, genres, or topics.

BIS 207 Introduction to Creative Writing: Words, Stories, Dialogues (5) VLPA Heuvingy
Inquires into basic elements of creative writing that occur in multiple genres and media. Studies and practices writing in a workshop atmosphere.

BIS 208 Experimenting Through the Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA Heuving
Explores the relationship between creative arts and research. May focus on performance, visual, or literary arts as well as diverse media. Research may include study of artistic forms as well as specific topics.
Instructor Course Description: Stephanie Scopelitis

BIS 209 Engaging Visual Arts (5, max. 15) VLPA
Foregrounds questions about visual arts: What are the purposes of the visual arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How do they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual writers, movements, historical periods, genres or topics.

BIS 212 Engaging Performing Arts (5) VLPA Kochhar-Lindgren
Foregrounds questions about performing arts: What are the purposes of the performing arts? What approaches might we use to understand them? How do they relate to the societies and cultures in which they are located? May focus on individual performers, movements, historical periods, genres, or topics.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanette M. Sanchez

BIS 215 Literature into Film (5) VLPA Behler
Studies the process of artistic adaptation by examining how significant literary works are translated into the medium of film. Explores the respective strengths and possibilities as well as the unique challenges, of literary and cinematic communication.

BIS 219 The Politics of Sex Education (5) I&S Lerum
Examines the history and politics of sex education, reproduction, and sexual health in the United States, with cross national/regional comparisons. Explores how various cultural and ideological positions bring about different concepts of sexuality, the body, rights, personhood, and social and global responsibility.

BIS 220 Developmental Psychology (5) I&S
Overview of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of human development over the lifespan. Facilitates a greater understanding of children, adolescents, and adults as they develop and change over time in specific cultural contexts.
Instructor Course Description: Wadiya A Udell

BIS 221 Gender and Sexuality (5) I&S
Explores gender and human sexuality by focusing on diversity and development. Considers behavioral, social, historical, and cultural aspects.

BIS 222 Travel and Cultural Difference (5) I&S
Uses historical, scholarly and popular sources to explore the purposes and forms of travel. Asks how travelers meet and understand other people, and how they explain those encounters. Travelers studied may include pilgrims, migrant, refugees, missionaries, merchants, scientists, colonial administrators, and tourists.

BIS 223 Introduction to Narrative Ethnography (5) I&S Seaburg
Introduction to narrative ethnography. Focuses on the making of narrative ethnographic knowledge (observing, asking, listening, analyzing, writing up) through experiential exercises.

BIS 230 Mathematical Thinking for the Liberal Arts (5) NW/QSR
Develops mathematics from historical, intellectual, and applied perspectives. Designed to broaden concepts of the meaning of mathematics, develop mathematical thinking, and encourage the use of mathematics in meaningful applications.

BIS 231 Linear Algebra With Applications (5) NW,QSR Hillyard, Littig
Introduction to linear algebra (i.e., concepts, tools, and operations related to matrices and vectors) with emphasis on interdisciplinary applications. Provides an interdiction to the mathematical concepts, arguments, and proofs that occur in linear algebra. Prerequisite: B CUSP 124.

BIS 232 Using, Understanding, and Visualizing Quantitative Data (5) QSR Hillyard, Littig
Introduces descriptive statistics and visual representations of quantitative data. Examines data sets using graphing and statistical software packages. Demonstrates how to present data in ways that are accurate, effective, and visually appealing.

BIS 240 Introduction to Sustainable Practices (5) I&S/NW
Introduces contemporary practices of environmental sustainability. Examines permaculture, sustainable building, life cycle analysis, renewable energy, soil amendments, and recycling. Provides hands-on experience in the implementation of sustainable practices.

BIS 242 Environmental Geography (5) I&S/NW Turner
Investigates the interactions of a dynamic planet and society. Analyzes geographic variability and the human consequences of environmental phenomena such as climate, natural resources, natural hazards, and infectious diseases. Emphasizes the application of geographic tools and methods.

BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues (5) I&S/NW Stokes, Turner
Introduction to the major environmental challenges confronting society, and the science of understanding and addressing those challenges. Provides an overview of major issues such as global climate change, biodiversity loss, and sustainability; as well as in-depth understanding of specific issues.
Instructor Course Description: David L. Stokes Robert Joseph Turner

BIS 250 How Things Work: Motion and Mechanics (5) I&S/NW Collins
Introduces basic scientific concepts needed to understand technologies encountered in everyday life. Themes may include the physics of motion and thermodynamics, and the applications in heating/coming and transportation. Readings focus on the history of science and invention.

BIS 251 How Things Work: Electricity and Invention (5) I&S/NW Collins
Introduces basic scientific concepts needed to understand technologies encountered in everyday life. Focuses on electricity and its applications in various electronic devices, appliances, and systems. Readings in the history of technology develop the context in which discovery, invention, and innovation unfold.

BIS 260 Introduction to World Religions (5) I&S
Explores the world's major religious traditions. Stresses the wide range of perspectives within each tradition, their porous boundaries, contested beliefs, and multiple practices as they have adapted to new circumstances and the needs of changing communities over time.

BIS 261 World History I (5) I&S
Situates human history within broadest possible context - from beginning of the universe, through early earth history and the origin and evolution of earth's biomass and the human species to the development of the great classical societies of China, India, Persia, and the Mediterranean.
Instructor Course Description: Genevieve E Mc Coy

BIS 262 World History II (5) I&S
Explores world history frm the time of the ancient classical empires to the global Enlightenment periods of the Eighteenth century. Investigate the interaction of different peoples with their social and natural environments.

BIS 263 World History III (5) I&S
Explores world history from the Enlightenment periods of the Eighteenth century to the present. Investigates the interaction of different peoples with their social and natural environments.

BIS 264 Africa on Film (5) VLPA/I&S Krabill
Introduces historical and contemporary issues facing the continent of Africa through an examination of films dealing with African themes. Addresses the strengths and weaknesses of how African issues are depicted within and outside the continent.
Instructor Course Description: Ronald Stanley Krabill

BIS 270 Abnormal Psychology (5) I&S
General instruction to the study and treatment of psychopathology. Covers research on and theories about definitions and "causes" of psychological problems from a variety of perspectives. Addresses some of the major classes of mental health problems, such as mood and anxiety disorders, their causes and treatment.
Instructor Course Description: John Eric Stewart

BIS 271 History of Psychology (5) I&S Thomas
Examines the roots of contemporary psychology as an academic discipline and as a profession. Focuses on approaches to the history of psychology, philosophical viewpoints that led to a new psychology in the late 19th century, and major schools of thought in the 20th century psychology.

BIS 280 U.S. Political Processes (5) I&S
Studies interaction between U.S. governmental institutions at all levels and civil society. Examines a variety of theoretical viewpoints and the relationships between private and public institutions, behaviors, and traditions.

BIS 293 Special Topics (5, max. 15)
Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
Instructor Course Description: John C Hanford Robert Joseph Turner

BIS 295 Community-Based Practice (5, max. 15)
Links academic study to experimental and community-based learning conducted at on- or off-campus sites. Topics and sites may vary with instructor.

BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (5)
Introduction to advanced work in interdisciplinary studies centered on broadly based questions and problems. Stresses the skills necessary to engage in upper-division research and learning in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Bruce Burgett Constantin M. Behler Cinnamon Hillyard Colin Danby David Steven Goldstein Deborah Caplow Charles F Jackels Jeanne D. Heuving Kanta A Kochhar Peter J. Littig Michael L. Gillespie Michael L. Goldberg Ronald Stanley Krabill Robert Joseph Turner

BIS 301 Narrative Forms (5) VLPA Behler, Seaburg
Examines the form, function, and textual conventions of such narrative forms as (auto) biography, personal experience narratives, short stories, and novels. Explores literary language useful for discussing narratives, how narratives work for their readers/listeners, and what interpretive tools readers/listeners bring to narratives.
Instructor Course Description: William R Seaburg

BIS 302 Issues in Mathematics Across Cultures (5, max. 10) I&S Hillyard, Littig
Examines the role of mathematics in informing and shaping human understanding of the world. Explores contemporary and historical issues in the development and application of mathematical theories and philosophies. Focus varies with instructor and may include ethnomathematics, women in mathematics, media representations of the mathematical sciences, and mathematics and warfare.
Instructor Course Description: Tana L. Hasart

BIS 303 History and Globalization (5) I&S
The phenomenon of globalization has attracted the attention of many academic disciplines which often attribute novelty to trends that have in fact been around for centuries. Provides a historical perspective on current debates about globalization. Approaches may vary with instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood Genevieve E Mc Coy Martha Groom

BIS 304 Institutions and Social Change (5) I&S
Explores the patterns of power that create our social world and how those patterns can be challenged or modified. Examines cultural, institutional, and interpersonal ways that people gain, challenge, and are affected by power and considers how and whether to bring about social change.
Instructor Course Description: Ronald Stanley Krabill

BIS 305 Issues in Social and Political Philosophy (5, max. 10) I&S
A philosophical investigation of conceptual and normative issues associated with one of several broad domains of social and political thought: human rights, the varieties of human conflict, and war and peace. Examines both classical and recent texts. Brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary issues.
Instructor Course Description: David Watkins Ronald Stanley Krabill

BIS 306 Marine Diversity and Conservation (5) I&S/NW
Exploration of marine biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Basic concepts in evolution, development, ecology, and conservation are introduced through inquiry-guided exercises based in the marine environment. Examination of human impacts on marine environments and subsequent consequences for human health and welfare.

BIS 307 Technology and Society (5) I&S
Explores the nature of technological creativity and its impacts on global society from antiquity to the present. Topics include the sources of technological innovation, the connections between inventions and technologies across time and space, the impact of culture and geography on technological change, and the social history of technological change in the United States.
Instructor Course Description: Steven W. Collins

BIS 308 Issues in Philosophy and Culture (5, max. 10)
Examines a central problem associated with the nature, varieties, values, and transmission of cultures. Alternative problems to be emphasized include the cultural relativity of truth and value, multi-cultural education, and knowledge and practice. Emphasizes philosophical texts. Also considers writings from sociology, anthropology, history and literature.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Gillespie

BIS 309 History of Dance in Europe and America (5) VLPA
Discussion of the major developments in European and American dance history. Dances from the court, ballroom, and theater including masterpieces from the modern repertoire. Based on primary source material and film recreations that document dance's social and theatrical role from the Renaissance to the present.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 310 Creative Writing: Poetry (5) VLPA
Intensive study of the theories and practices of writing poetry.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanne D. Heuving

BIS 311 Creative Writing: Prose (5) VLPA
Intensive study of the modes and means of composing creative, non-fictional prose.
Instructor Course Description: Lidia Yuknavitch

BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research (5) I&S
Deals with the why and how of social research. Covers two main themes: the epistemology of social science and the logic of research design. Students learn to assess the strengths of various methodologies, evaluate research results, and initiate future inquiries of their own.
Instructor Course Description: John Eric Stewart Kari A Lerum Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.
Instructor Course Description: Georgia M. Roberts Ronald Stanley Krabill

BIS 314 Topics in Geography (5, max. 10) I&S
Topics/areas of study may include: cultural geography, physical geography, geography of globalization.
Instructor Course Description: Linda S Watts Robert Joseph Turner Sarah Starkweather

BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (5) I&S/NW/QSR
Presentation of key concepts for understanding and judging reports of statistical analyses and for performing and reporting valid statistical analyses using a limited set of measures and tests.
Instructor Course Description: John Rasmussen Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BIS 316 Topics in Psychology (5, max. 15) I&S
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.
Instructor Course Description: Mark V Calogero John Eric Stewart Wadiya A Udell

BIS 317 Language, Society, and Cultural Knowledge (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the determining role of language in human communication, culture and worldview; and the implications of language structure and content to forms of communicative interaction. Review and critique of theories of language as a social phenomena.
Instructor Course Description: Melanie K Kill William R Seaburg

BIS 318 Performance, Identity, Community, and Everyday Life (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines performance in everyday life, dance, theater, community-based arts practices, and/or new media from a variety of perspectives. Considers how performances act as sites for the revisioning of identity, community, and cross-cultural exchange.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanette M. Sanchez Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 320 Comparative Political Economies (5) I&S
Examines the production and distribution of goods, the organization of labor, and systems of wealth and power in diverse cultural settings within and outside the realm of "classical" capitalist development. Analyzes interactions between political constituencies and the economies they attempt to govern.
Instructor Course Description: Steven W. Collins

BIS 321 U.S. Politics and Culture from 1865 (5) I&S
Survey of U.S. history from the Civil War to the present focusing on the interplay between political and cultural institutions, ideology, and daily practice. Introduction to the practice of "doing history" by examining a wide range of primary documents.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 322 Topics in Performance Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom Jeanette M. Sanchez Kanta A Kochhar Robert Joseph Turner

BIS 323 U.S. Politics and Culture to 1865 (5) I&S
Survey of U.S. history from pre-European and Native American contact to the end of the Civil War, focusing on the interplay between political and cultural institutions, ideology, and daily practice. Introduction to the practice of "doing history" by examining a wide range of primary documents.
Instructor Course Description: Genevieve E Mc Coy Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 324 International Political Economy (5) I&S/QSR
The study of interrelations between international politics and economics. Addresses the Bretton Woods institutions, differing political conceptions of international economic relations, trade, trade restrictions, trade agreements, global financial flows, migration, and exchange rates. Methods emphasize institutional analysis, historical analysis, accounting frameworks, and formal economic models.
Instructor Course Description: Colin Danby Robert Farkasch

BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights (5)VLPA/I&S
Considers the intersections between human rights discourse and disability studies in relation to questions of community formation and social action. Addresses three primary areas: the arts, activism, and the law.
Instructor Course Description: Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 326 Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (5) I&S
The recent revolutions in Eastern Europe threw off totalitarian regimes and replaced them with diverse and emerging cultural, political, and economic forms. Examines the art, literature, politics, economics, and ideologies of these new societies through film, reading seminars and independent research.

BIS 327 History of U.S. Labor Institutions (5) I&S
Examines the evolution of the institutions that have shaped labor. Discusses indentured servitude, slavery, apprenticeship, schooling, wage labor, unions, and the laws that surround each of these institutions.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BIS 328 Contemporary European Politics (5) I&S
Explores the historical context and social and economic transformations of post-war Europe in order to compare current political processes and policy issues within and between selected European countries. Analyzes continuing differences and growing similarities in political cultures, as well as possible futures for European politics and society.
Instructor Course Description: Jane E. Decker

BIS 329 Topics in Mathematics Across the Curriculum (5, max. 10)
Examines mathematical theories and concepts within their historical and cultural contexts. Topics vary with instructor and may include mathematical symmetries, the organization and modeling of space, cryptology, mathematical models of social decision making, and/or theories of change and strategy.
Instructor Course Description: Cinnamon Hillyard John Rasmussen Peter J. Littig

BIS 330 Democratic Capitalism in the United States (5) I&S
Critical examination of the relationship between three political perspectives (libertarian, liberal and radical) and democratic capitalism.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Farkasch

BIS 331 The Family in U.S. Society (5) I&S
Examination of the historical development of the family, and the theoretical underpinnings of family relationships. Discusses current trends and changes in the family and family life.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Kari A Lerum

BIS 332 Rise of East Asia (5) I&S
Compares the cultural, economic, and political development of the countries of East Asia. Topics may include political institutions, religion, business, economic development, trade and finance, science and technology, and arts and literature.

BIS 333 The Individual and Society (5) I&S
Socialization is the process by which individuals develop into social beings. Examines various theories of socialization and human development. Explores the role played by social structure and institutions in the integration of the individual into society.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Diane Gillespie Rubye Elizabeth Thomas William R Seaburg Wadiya A Udell

BIS 334 Traditional Chinese History (5) I&S
History of traditional China from earliest times to the beginning of the Ch'ing dynasty. Covers the birth and development of the principal social, economic, and political institutions in China. Also treats the principal cultural and scientific achievements of China, and the philosophical traditions which have dominated East Asia.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood

BIS 335 Human Rights in America (5) I&S
Study of the literature of civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights in the United States. Examines the way writers try to justify specific rights and to communicate the need for social change in American society.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BIS 336 Native American Cultures: The Northwest Coast (5) I&S
An interdisciplinary introduction to the Native Cultures of the Northwest Coast (northwestern California to southeastern Alaska). Combines an areal-topical approach (language, subsistence, material culture, social organization, religion, oral/literary traditions, visual arts) with a more in-depth examination of several Northwest Coast culture groups.

BIS 337 Risk and Resilience (5) I&S Udell
Provides an overview of the psychological study of development in the context of adversity. Studies pathways that lead to maladjustment and processes that lead to positive adjustment, and considers social policy and preventative programs.

BIS 338 Political Institutions and Processes (5) I&S
Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis David Watkins

BIS 339 Issues in Global Cultural Studies (5, max. 15)
Examination of various topics and approaches to the study of culture in a global context. May include the study art, literature, theater, cultural history, music history/ethnomusicology, and/or cultural anthropology/geography. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Genevieve E Mc Coy Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 341 Topics in the Study of Culture (5, max. 15)
Examines the study of cultural forms, artifacts, and practices. May include art, art history, literature, theater, music history, ethnomusicology, dance, and/or religion. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 343 Community Psychology (5) I&S
Examines the historical foundations, theory, methods, and practice that constitute the interdisciplinary field of community psychology. Students build upon an existing empirical knowledge base, including effective modes of community intervention, and examine the relevance of community psychology for addressing social problem.
Instructor Course Description: John Eric Stewart Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BIS 344 International Relations (5) I&S
A survey of basic themes in international relations within the context of diplomatic history and American foreign policy. Emphasis is on basic motivational drives of world politics, including national interests, ideology, morality, and nationalism. Discussion of war, diplomacy, American foreign policy, and international organization sheds light on the perennial struggle for power among nations, the security dilemma and instruments of global cooperation.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Farkasch

BIS 346 Topics in Environmental Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores specific topics in environmental policy in an interdisciplinary context, combining considerations of politics, policy, economics, and science. Emphasizes quantitative analysis and scientific method.

BIS 347 History of American Documentary Films (5)VLPA/I&S
Exploration of the important technological and cinematic innovations of non-fiction films within their cultural contexts, and examination of theoretical issues such as objectivity and the blurred line between fact and fiction. Stresses the skills necessary for the critical evaluation and interpretation of documentary films.

BIS 348 Cultural Psychology (5) I&S
Addresses the ways that cultural traditions and social practices both reflect and transform psychological experience. Examines both new theoretical and empirical work in cultural psychology and the intellectual roots of cultural psychology. Explores the implications of a cultural perspective for the larger projects/concerns of the field of psychology.
Instructor Course Description: Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BIS 349 Hollywood Cinema and Genres (5) VLPA
Examines Hollywood cinema as an institution of cultural affirmation and contestation within modern society. Explores the foundational methodology of cinema studies and employs a broad range of contemporary approaches to cultural and textual analysis.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 350 The Concept of Number (5) NW/QSR
Explores the concept of number from an historical perspective and the modern mathematical perspective. Stresses the new properties of "number", starting with counting numbers and progressing to the concept of a field.
Instructor Course Description: John Rasmussen

BIS 351 Topics in American Culture (5, max. 15)
Explore a particular topic in American culture that highlights the methodological tools needed to integrate the interpretation of cultural texts, including literature, film, music, and art, with their historical contexts.
Instructor Course Description: David Steven Goldstein Deborah Caplow Georgia M. Roberts Linda S Watts Matthew T. Sneddon

BIS 353 Human Rights in Theory and Practice (5) I&S
Introduces political, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of the theory and practice of human rights. Students will explore, critique, and develop theories of human rights.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BIS 354 Modern European Intellectual History (5) VLPA/I&S
Study of key figures and intellectual debates of Western modernity, and of major literary movements (romanticism, realism, modernism). Analysis of seminal texts such as Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals, and Woolf's To the Lighthouse.
Instructor Course Description: Constantin M. Behler

BIS 355 History of Science and Technology (5) I&S
Introduces the historical development of science and technology and their interaction with social, cultural, and political forces across time and space.

BIS 356 Ethics and the Environment (5) I&S
Examination of the "environmental crisis" and associated social conflicts, tracing them to their philosophical roots. Focuses on the facts of the current situation, on classic and recent readings from the environmental literature, and on ethical responses to current issues.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Gillespie

BIS 357 Native American Religious and Philosophical Thought (5) I&S
An exploration and comparison of religious and philosophical themes developed by tribal people in the New World; an analytical examination of various forms of religious and philosophical expression and how they relate to our human sense of an existing moral order.

BIS 358 Issues in Environmental Science (5, max. 10)
Explores environmental problems from stratospheric ozone depletion to the preservation of endangered species to acid rain. Focuses on methods of analysis from the physical and life sciences as well as economics, psychology and related fields. Examines issues within their larger social, historic, and political contexts.

BIS 359 Ethics and Society (5) I&S
Examination of major ethical alternatives (egoism, utilitarianism, hedonism, virtue ethics, relativism, emotivism) along with competing visions of the good society (libertarian, communitarian, feminist). Analyzes several contemporary problems, such as legal moralism, affirmative action, euthanasia, capital punishment, corporate responsibility.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Gillespie

BIS 360 Literature, Film and Consumer Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores innovative approaches to the study of literature and film in the age of consumer culture. Focuses on literary and cinematic communication as an important arena for the constitution of modern subjectivity and personal identity.
Instructor Course Description: Constantin M. Behler

BIS 361 Studies in American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA I&S
Examines important literary movements and literary genres with attention to their historical context. Emphasizes issues of race, class, and gender.
Instructor Course Description: Linda S Watts

BIS 362 Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies (5) I&S
Explores the juncture of political ideology with political experience in the context of such widespread ideas as nationalism, democracy, and socialism, and their diverse manifestations in contemporary political movements and systems.
Instructor Course Description: David Watkins Kevin Ramsey Steven W. Collins Robert Farkasch

BIS 363 Conflict and Connection in the Americas (5) I&S
Examines the Americas as a geographical and historical region. Applies a variety of approaches to specific topics and events, with particular attention to the interplay of politics and culture. Stresses interaction of local, regional, and global dynamics such as colonialism, migration, and slavery. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Colin Danby Julie Shayne

BIS 364 Public Memory and Dissent in American Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines in detail one (or more) case of social, political, legal, and/or cultural conflict, focusing on how it has been remembered, reconstructed, and reimagined, both textually and institutionally. Stresses diverse interpretive and methodological approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Linda S Watts

BIS 365 Exploring American Culture: Popular and Consumer Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the interaction between consumer culture and popular culture emphasizing literature, history, and theory. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 366 Exploring American Culture: Americans at the Margins (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines a range of American folklore and folklife, including folk speech, worldview, and folk medicine and religion. Focuses on the relationship between the ideologies of official/institutional cultures and folk cultures. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: William R Seaburg

BIS 367 Exploring American Culture: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines how contested discourses of racial, ethnic, and national difference have shaped ideas about citizenship and "American" identities. Focuses on the relationship between these discourses and social, economic, and political practices and policies. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce Burgett Sarah Starkweather

BIS 368 Sex, Love, Romance (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines how ideologies and practices of sex, love, and romance have structured American political relations and everyday life. Focuses on the relationship between public and private life, social and gender roles, race and reproduction, among other topics. Stresses diverse interpretive approaches and methodologies within American Studies.

BIS 369 Women Across Cultures (5) I&S
Examines the experiences of women around the globe from a variety of disciplinary perspectives; world systems theory, feminist sociology and anthropology. Examines women's lives with respect to various institutions: politics, the family, education, as well as at the micro-level in the home, in day-to-day interacting and in relationships.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh

BIS 370 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (5) VLPA
Examination of significant writers and literary developments within Nineteenth-Century American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.

BIS 371 Twentieth-Century American Literature (5) VLPA
Examination of significant writers and literary developments within twentieth-century American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: David Steven Goldstein

BIS 372 Comparative Arts in Eighteenth-Century Europe (5) VLPA
Examples chosen from the realms of art, literature, and music produced during the Enlightenment demonstrate both the multiplicity and the interrelation of the three arts in Europe beginning with Watteau, Addison, and Couperin and ending with David, Goethe, and Mozart.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 373 Cultural History of Rome (5) VLPA/I&S
Intense study of the urban space of Rome as a cultural center from its origins to the modern era. Examines Roman influence over time covering the republican, imperial, and papal phases of this city as illustrated through the visual record of buildings, gardens, sculpture, mosaics, and paintings.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 376 Circa 1500: Arts of West and East (5) VLPA
Cultural history through the arts with emphasis on the era of early European expansion into Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Focuses on parts of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Islamic spheres of the ancient Near East and Africa, the Aztec and Inca cultures, Ming China, and Muromachi Japan.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 378 The Language of Poetry (5) VLPA
Study of how poetic meanings are formed and interpreted. Explores different forms of poetry within diverse cultures and historical times.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanne D. Heuving

BIS 379 American Ethnic Literatures (5) VLPA/I&S
A comparative study of multiple ethnic literatures within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 380 Art and Its Context (5)VLPA/I&S
A humanistic reading of the history of Western art as traced in ten monuments from ancient Greece to twentieth-century America, supported by contemporary source readings.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 383 American Art and Architecture (5) VLPA
Major trends in American art comprising painting, sculpture, architecture, urban design, and the decorative arts from 1600 to the present.
Instructor Course Description: Deborah Caplow

BIS 384 Literary and Popular Genres (5, max. 10) VLPA
Examines the conventions that define genres and their historical evolution. Focuses on one or two genres taken from the traditional modes of lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy, and epic, or from the popular forms of gothic romance, detective and mystery stories, and journalistic fiction.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanne D. Heuving Joanne D Woiak Melanie K Kill

BIS 385 Cross-Cultural Oral Traditions (5) VLPA
Examines oral traditions from around the world. The primary focus is on folktale, although the genres of myths, tales, personal experience narratives, and jokes may be explored. Introduces several theoretical approaches to analyzing the content, style, and structure of oral traditions.

BIS 386 Global Environmental Issues (5) I&S/NW
Addresses the connections between local activities and the global environment; the scientific approach to these problems (both quantitatively and qualitatively); and policy implications.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel A Jaffe Emily V. Fischer William Dean Hafner

BIS 387 Women and American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Study of women writers and the ways women have been portrayed in literary texts. Focuses on certain themes, such as selves and subjectivities, or on writers from specific historical, economic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds.

BIS 388 The Philosophy and Science of Quantum Mechanics (5) NW/QSR
Explores the basic philosophical and scientific concepts of quantum mechanics. Uses the historical development of quantum mechanics to develop its general principles and create an understanding of the scientific method. Examines the relationships between scientific observations, concepts, and theories.
Instructor Course Description: Charles F Jackels

BIS 389 American Indian Literature (5) VLPA/I&S
A survey of both traditional and contemporary American Indian Literary genre; oral and written modes of expression, including oral narratives, autobiography, oratory, traditional and contemporary poetry, fiction.

BIS 390 Ecology and the Environment (5) NW
A general introduction to ecology. Introduces the principles that govern how organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom

BIS 392 Water and Sustainability (5) I&S/NW
Provides an understanding of past and present water challenges and some of the possible opportunities for solving them. What is the state of water in the United States and how did we get to this point? Examines the future prospects for wisely using water resources.
Instructor Course Description: Robert Joseph Turner

BIS 393 Special Topics (3-5, max. 15)
Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
Instructor Course Description: Rebecca M Price Deborah Caplow David L. Stokes David Watkins Genevieve E Mc Coy Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Jonathan M Wender John Rasmussen Kanta A Kochhar Peter J. Littig Matthew T. Sneddon Rebeca F Rivera Robert Farkasch Timothy P. Olson Warren G. Gold

BIS 394 Comparative Economic Development (5) I&S
Introduces a variety of issues affecting Third World economies in a framework that emphasizes their particular and varied post-colonial histories. Draws on economic theory, cultural and economic anthropology, literature, and other sources to understand institutions and sources of change in these economies.
Instructor Course Description: Colin Danby

BIS 398 Directed Study/Research (1-5, max. 15)
Opportunity for directed group or individual research on a topic/theme mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

BIS 400 Modern Japan (5) I&S
History of Japan from the beginning of the Tokugawa period to the present. Covers the principal ideas and institutions of the feudal period, and the impact of the West during the Meiji period. Explores the struggle of modern Japan to maintain its cultural identity while becoming a powerful modern state.
Instructor Course Description: Steven W. Collins

BIS 401 Topics in Economic History and Analysis (5, max. 10) I&S
Selected economic studies. Possible topics include history of monopoly and antitrust policy, economic regulation, structural change in the U.S. economy, labor economics, and the Industrial Revolution. Recommended: prior course in economics.

BIS 402 Modern China (5) I&S
History of modern China since the beginning of the Ch'ing dynasty, 1644 to the present. Focuses on the major social, political, and economic developments, and on the relationships between ideas and institutions. Topics include the impact of the West and changes resulting from internal causes.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood

BIS 403 Washington D.C. Seminar on Human Rights (5)
Examines human rights as a philosophical concept, an historical movement, and a contemporary political phenomenon, both in its inherently international scope and in its distinctly U.S. expression in congressional and executive-branch processes. Uses expert guest speakers, both on campus and in Washington, D.C., as major learning resources, along with readings and written assignments.

BIS 404 Twentieth-Century Russia (5) I&S
History of Russia from the reign of Nicholas II to the present. Covers the main cultural, political, social, and economic events from the end of the Imperial period through the founding of the Soviet Union to the remarkable dismantling of Soviet institutions by Mikhail Gorbachev in the present.

BIS 406 Modern France (5) VLPA/I&S
Interdisciplinary examination of French political culture, interpreting contemporary France in its larger historical context. Uses literature and the arts, together with political, social, and economic studies to examine key transforming eras and a legacy of conflict and change from the Revolution of 1789 to France in the 1990s.

BIS 407 Children's Literature and Reader Response Criticism (5) VLPA Watts
Studies children's literature and its use in classrooms. Explores theories of reader response and the design of response-based activities.

BIS 408 Contemporary Britain (5) VLPA/I&S
Interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary British political culture utilizing arts, literature, social science, and history to understand the enduring relevance of key features in British political experience, from the height of industrial capitalism, parliamentary democracy and empire to the post-war politics of consensus, the welfare state, economic decline, and Thatcherism.
Instructor Course Description: Jane E. Decker

BIS 409 Modern Germany (5) I&S
Interdisciplinary study placing the emergence of contemporary Germany in its larger historical context. Explores important eras of German history and focuses on major aspects of post-war economic, political, and cultural life in order to grasp the unique role that Germany has come to play in the European community of today.
Instructor Course Description: Constantin M. Behler

BIS 410 Topics in Qualitative Inquiry (5, max. 15) I&S
Provides a background for understanding qualitative inquiry. Focuses on ethnographic inquiry and interpretative cultural analysis. Discusses forms of data collection such as observation, participant observation, and interviewing. Also stresses strategies for data analysis and for handling qualitative data.
Instructor Course Description: Diane Gillespie Kari A Lerum

BIS 411 Biotechnology and Society (5) I&S
Clarifies the scientific, political, economic, and ethical dimensions of new genetic technologies. Explores the tension between biotechnology as a source of economic opportunity and as a potential threat to the environment and human freedom, and the role of government in promoting and regulating science and technology to resolve this tension.
Instructor Course Description: Steven G. Gilbert Steven W. Collins

BIS 412 Ideas in Political Economy (5) I&S
Surveys the rich intellectual tradition in political economy, from classical writings to the present. Provides a critical perspective on the development of modern capitalism.
Instructor Course Description: Colin Danby

BIS 413 Nations and Nationalism (5) I&S
Examines modern nationalism as a vast, contested, and crucial subject. Addresses current theories and historical evidence about the origin and nature of nationalist ideologies and their relationships to the modern nation-state.
Instructor Course Description: Genevieve E Mc Coy

BIS 414 Topics in Human Rights (5, max. 10) I&S
Explores a critical issue of human rights theory and practice and its intersection with the other fields of thought and disciplines. Topics may include such issues as the rights of children, workers, or women; or the relationship of human rights to democracy, globalization, and the arts.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BIS 415 Public Policy and Law (5) I&S
Examines the different histories of and processes by which law and public policy create rules that govern a society. Discusses the nature and influence of law and policy in our society via a sociological perspective.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BIS 416 Problems in International Political Economy (5, max. 10) I&S
Problems in world markets and political organization. Topics may include comparative industrialization, economic imperialism, the capitalist transition in Central Europe, and financial crises.

BIS 417 Paris: The City and Its History (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the issues of urban culture and history in the city of Paris. Uses pertinent primary and secondary texts to explore why Paris has been regarded as the jewel of European cities and what constitutes its sense of place.
Instructor Course Description: Jolynn Edwards

BIS 418 Masculinity, Homoeroticism, and Queer Theory in American Culture (5) VLPA
Exploration of the shifting and contradictory images and ideas of masculinity in American culture, focusing especially on the way masculinities are constructed in relations between men. Emphasizes advanced methods in American Studies.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 419 Urban Politics and Policy (5) I&S
Examines the historical, economic and ideological foundations for urban governance within the American political system. Compares and contrasts urban politics and public policy implementation in selected U.S. cities and regions. Special emphasis on policy issues affecting political and economic development and the distribution of political power and social benefits.

BIS 420 Colonizing History in Sub-Saharan Africa (5) I&S
Considers the history o f colonization in Africa and the writing of that history, dealing with debates around post-colonial theory. Provides a better understanding of how relationships between Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world have developed, and how we have come to understand those relationships.
Instructor Course Description: Georgia M. Roberts Ronald Stanley Krabill

BIS 421 Technology Policy (5) I&S
Examines the role of public policy in managing the tradeoffs between benefits and risks of new technology. Discusses how to evaluate U.S. technology policies against the standards of democracy, economic efficiency, and social justice.

BIS 423 The City in American Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
This course explores the contested terrain of urban landscapes in American culture by interpreting literature, film, and other cultural texts within their historical and geographical context. Uses methods and knowledge gained from introductory American Studies courses to focus on specific themes.
Instructor Course Description: Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Sarah Starkweather

BIS 424 Topics in American Studies (5, max. 15)
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of American culture.
Instructor Course Description: Genevieve E Mc Coy

BIS 425 Topics in U.S. Social and Political History (5, max. 15) I&S
Intensive examination of a particular topic on American institutions, ideologies, movements, and social conditions.
Instructor Course Description: Genevieve E Mc Coy Henry D Kamerling

BIS 426 Comparative Urban Politics (5) I&S
Compares processes of urban governance and the politics of central-local relations in various advanced industrial societies. Analyzes urban public policies and the distributions and effects of political and economic power in selected cities are analyzed. Draws contrasts with Third World cities and explores global processes of urbanization.

BIS 427 Global History I (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on the history of the human community from hunting-gathering times to the end of the formative stage of human cultures. It is divided into eleven main areas of focus: world origins, human origins, environment, society, politics, economics, technology, art and religion, disease, and migration.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood Genevieve E Mc Coy

BIS 428 Global History II (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on the human history to the beginning of the modern age. It is divided into ten main areas of focus: indigenous peoples, disease, gender, Indian Ocean, Arab Trading Network, maritime exploration, Atlantic Trade, world population, the gun powder empires, and the rise of the nation-state.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood

BIS 429 Global History III (5) I&S
Provides a global perspective on human history from the scientific revolution to the present. Explores ten main areas: the scientific revolution, nationalism, the industrial revolution, the various economic systems, colonialism, war, crisis if ideas, global society, the environment, and a look into the twenty-first century.
Instructor Course Description: Alan T Wood Genevieve E Mc Coy

BIS 430 Social Theory and Practice (5, max. 10)
Focuses on a particular concept or problem in social theory and practice, such as the nature of community, the meaning and value of professionalism, the varieties of human conflict, human rights.

BIS 431 Issues in Sexual Politics and Cultures (5, max. 10) I&S
Examines the ways that sexual beliefs, practices, identities, and behaviors are connected to various cultural, economic, political, and historical forces. Ideally builds on students' previous critical study of sex and sexuality, either at the UW or elsewhere. Specific focus and topic varies with instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce Burgett Kari A Lerum

BIS 432 Democracy in Asia (5) I&S
Explores the institutional heritage of selected Asian countries, principally China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, and evaluates their suitability to democratic institutions. Frequent comparisons with the growth of representative democracy in the West.

BIS 433 Gender, Work, and Family (5) I&S
Examines the interlocking institutions of gender, work, and family. Explores the impact of changing patterns of work on the lives of men and women and the effect of changes in work and occupations on demography and family patterns.

BIS 434 Psychology and the Visual Arts (5) VLPA/I&S Thomas
Explores the visual arts experience in many of its psychological, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include visual perception and cognition, the process of assigning personal meaning and value to art, and the role of the visual arts in individual and community identity development and change efforts.
Instructor Course Description: Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BIS 435 Interactive Learning: Theory and Practice (5) I&S
Examines theories that support interactive learning-including constructionist-, critical-, and experientially based views. Emphasizes multiple dimensions of the learning situation. Mainly theory, with opportunities to relate practice to theory.
Instructor Course Description: Diane Gillespie

BIS 436 Comparative Family Systems (5) I&S
Provides comparative analyses of family life in various cultures and societies. Topics include family organization, family and kinship structure, marital and parent-child relationships, socialization, aging and familial roles. Examines methods for conducting comparative research.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh

BIS 437 Narrative Psychology (5) I&S Gillespie
Examines the ways narrative has been used in psychology theory, practice, and research. Introduces narrative concepts and analysis techniques, examines how diverse cultural contexts shape personal stories, demonstrates narrative research strengths, and explores the ways larger social narratives can affect individual actualization.
Instructor Course Description: Diane Gillespie

BIS 440 Topics in Everyday Social and Cultural Life (5, max. 15) I&S
Intensive examination of a particular theme, tradition or problem in everyday social/cultural life. Topics may include living the good life; personal and interpersonal ethics; body, gender, society, and symbol; and psychology of gender.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh

BIS 441 Global Labor Markets (5) I&S
Explores the history, theory, and institutions that affect labor's position in an increasingly globalized labor market. Fosters critical inquiry upon the globalization of labor markets and makes connections between global markets and local employment conditions. Required background: BIS 324 or microeconomics or macroeconomics.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BIS 443 Educational Policy and the American Economy (5) I&S
Examines relationships between the economy and our educational and training infrastructure: What are we doing and what should our educational policy be?
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BIS 444 Issues in Comparative History (5, max. 10) I&S
Explores different special issues in comparative history. Topics include histories of the world, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and nation states, and the history of gender in the east and west.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh

BIS 445 Meanings and Realities of Inequality (5) I&S
A socioeconomic investigation into the meanings and realities of inequality using a variety of theoretical frameworks and empirical research. Focuses on the determinants of economic mobility and social status. Addresses discrimination, poverty, welfare, and education.
Instructor Course Description: Kari A Lerum

BIS 447 Topics in Quantitative Inquiry (5, max. 15) NW/QSR
Examines methods for quantitative data analysis. Uses current software packages to model data. Topics vary with instructor and may include probability, surveys, regression techniques, forecasting and time series, decision-making, or spatial analysis and data maps. Recommended: previous coursework in quantitative methods such as BIS 315 or BIS 312.

BIS 450 Performance and Healing (5) VLPA/I&S
Investigates performance and healing to understand how a variety of performance forms including dance, theater, and music can provide vehicles for personal, social, and cultural healing.
Instructor Course Description: Kanta A Kochhar

BIS 451 Northwest Indian Myths and Tales (5) VLPA/I&S
Exploration of the rich oral traditional heritage of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing common features of content (plot, themes, and characters), style, and performance. Includes folkloristic, anthropological, and literary perspectives.
Instructor Course Description: William R Seaburg

BIS 452 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (5) I&S
Study of the challenges to the traditional Western conceptions of the self, history, knowledge, and art by these classic authors of modernity. Examines the critical impact of their writing within its historical and cultural context and the ongoing significance of their work through the study of prominent examples of contemporary theory.
Instructor Course Description: Constantin M. Behler

BIS 455 Literature and Sexuality (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Advanced study of the changing definitions and discourses of sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their relationship to literary representations. Stresses historical, psychoanalytic, and literary perspectives.
Instructor Course Description: Jeanne D. Heuving

BIS 457 Thinking and Decision Making (5) I&S
Survey of research and theory on how people process information about others, and themselves. Topics include attention and memory for person information, social schemata, biases in attribution, perceived control, heuristics for rapid inferences, and how cognition relates to emotion and behavior.

BIS 458 Energy, the Environment and Society (5) I&S
Discusses energy production, distribution, and consumption in modern society. Topics include basic scientific, technological, economic, political and environmental issues and questions raised by the utilization of traditional and alternative energy sources.
Instructor Course Description: Nives Dolsak

BIS 459 Conservation and Sustainable Development (5) I&S/NW Groom
Examines the connections between human welfare and diverse and healthy ecosystems. Considers tensions among economic development, poverty eradication, and biodiversity conservation. Examines efforts to create sustainable development solutions to easing poverty and protecting biodiversity.
Instructor Course Description: Martha Groom

BIS 460 Topics in Critical Theory (5, max. 10) VLPA
Investigates theoretical approaches to the study of literature. Topics may range from chronicles of critical theories to psychoanalysis and literature, or the examination of individual theoreticians such as Michel Foucault.
Instructor Course Description: Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren

BIS 461 Studies in U.S. Intellectual and Cultural History (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
In-depth investigation of a particular topic, theme, or tradition in the history of ideas or cultural practices in the United States. Builds on methods and knowledge gained in introductory American Studies courses.

BIS 462 The Culture of Cold War America (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines Americans' ideas, values, fears, and desires during the Cold war era by considering the production, reception, and meaning of popular Hollywood films in their historical context.

BIS 463 U.S. Women's History (5) I&S
Surveys the place of women in the United States from Native American-European contact to the present. Topics include comparative gender norms, women's politics, gender and slavery, alliances and disagreements among women, women and work, courtship, sexuality, and marriage.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 464 Topics in Advanced Cinema Studies (5, max. 15) VLPA
Builds on the analytical and methodological skills gained in 300-level cinema-studies courses. Focuses on specific topics which examine cinematic texts and institutions and their complex interrelationships within modern culture.
Instructor Course Description: David Steven Goldstein Linda S Watts

BIS 467 Post-1945 U.S. Youth Culture: Culture, Theory, and History (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores the development of various youth cultures in post-World War II America. Examines the relationship between youth cultures, mass culture, and adult mainstream society, and the way each shapes and is shaped by the other.
Instructor Course Description: Michael L. Goldberg

BIS 470 Art, Politics, and Social Change (5) VLPA/I&S
Explores art forms as windows on changing political cultures and the role of artists as social critics and advocates of political change in diverse historical epochs and societies and in conjunction with selected modern political movements.
Instructor Course Description: Deborah Caplow

BIS 474 Topics in European Cultural History (5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Advanced interdisciplinary study of major periods, prominent movements, or representative figures of European cultural history. Gives special attention to the historical contexts and meanings of cultural life, as well as to the interrelations between the arts.

BIS 476 Issues in Art History (5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Various topics central to European art history including painting in the age of Rembrandt, art under the Renaissance popes, Bernini's Rome, and French art from Francis I to Louis XIV.
Instructor Course Description: Deborah Caplow

BIS 478 Art Patronage and Markets - Seminar (5) VLPA/I&S
Examines the changing patronage for the visual arts from its roots in the privatized consumption of the early modern period to the development of a modern commercial market. Considers the artist's place, market manipulation, and the influence of museums and galleries on public taste.

BIS 480 International Study Abroad (5)
Combines study at UW-Bothell with seminars and field trips organized by the faculties of host institutions in foreign countries such as Britain or Japan. Topics include politics, political economy, public policy, business, and literature and the arts.
Instructor Course Description: Jane E. Decker John Rasmussen

BIS 481 Modernism, Postmodernism, and American Literature (5) VLPA
An investigation into the multiple descriptions and definitions of Modernism and Postmodernism through the study of such twentieth-century writersas Eliot, Pound, Willi Stevens, Moore, Stein, Ashbery, Creeley, Antin, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Ellison, Barnes, Bowles, Paley, Morrison, and Silko.

BIS 482 Problems in Interdisciplinary Science (5, max. 10)
Examines contemporary issues such as genetic engineering, acid rain and artificial intelligence through integrated perspectives from the physical, life, and mathematical sciences. Uses appropriate methods of analysis and evaluation that draw upon science, the social sciences, and the humanities.

BIS 486 Studies in Women and Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study concentrating on individual or a group of related women writers with attention to such subjects as women and language, feminist literary criticism, and canon formation.
Instructor Course Description: Melanie K Kill

BIS 487 Topics in American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study in American literature concentrating on individual writers, literary movements, specific critical approaches to literature, or literary canons and their critics.

BIS 488 Topics in British Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Advanced study of significant authors, issues and movements in English literature. Topics include Shakespeare and the idea of tragedy, Virginia Woolf as artist and cultural critic, and canon formation and the Romantic movement.
Instructor Course Description: Cheryl J Carvajal

BIS 490 Senior Seminar (5, max. 10)
Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Constantin M. Behler Colin Danby David Steven Goldstein Diane Gillespie Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Jeanne D. Heuving Kari A Lerum Linda S Watts Michael L. Gillespie Rubye Elizabeth Thomas Ronald Stanley Krabill William R Seaburg Robert Farkasch

BIS 492 Senior Thesis (5-5, max. 10)
A significant independent research project planned and carried out by the student under the direction of two or more faculty on a significant scholarly topic selected by the student in consultation with thesis advisor.

BIS 493 Special Topics (3-5, max. 15)
Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
Instructor Course Description: Leslie Ashbaugh Deborah Caplow David H. Kleit Genevieve E Mc Coy Gray M Kochhar-Lindgren Jane E. Decker John Eric Stewart Kanta A Kochhar Kari A Lerum Linda S Watts Nives Dolsak Rubye Elizabeth Thomas Ronald Stanley Krabill William R Seaburg Shauna Carlisle

BIS 494 Task Force (3-5, max. 15)

BIS 495 Internship (1-5, max. 5)

Instructor Course Description: Bruce Burgett Kari A Lerum

BIS 498 Undergraduate Research (1-5, max. 15)
Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Interdisciplinary Study Skills (BISSKL)

BISSKL 302 Team Building (2)
Introduces a theoretical and experiential understanding of team development, consensus decision-making, sharing values, diversity, facilitation, conflict resolution, and dialogue. Theory is based on emerging views of teams and organizations as self-organizing systems.
Instructor Course Description: Lynne M Baab

BISSKL 375 Academic Research and Writing Seminar (2)
Using a research project from another course students refine writing skills and expand skills in accessing, identifying, and critically evaluating information. Must be concurrently enrolled in another IAS course.
Instructor Course Description: Rebecca Reed Rosenberg

BISSKL 377 Quantitative Reasoning (2, max. 4)
Strengthens quantitative reasoning and develops problem solving and critical thinking skills through studying mathematics that can be used in everyday lives and careers.
Instructor Course Description: Cinnamon Hillyard

BISSKL 400 Policy Journal Editorial Board (2, max. 10)
Students nominated by faculty may participate on the editorial board of the Policy Journal. Board members are responsible for managing the content and production of the Policy Journal with is produced at least once per year, with the possibility of additional volumes if sufficient numbers of quality submissions are received. Credit/no credit only.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BISSKL 401 Literary Journal Editorial Board (2, max. 8)
Provides opportunity to learn about publishing a literary journal by publishing the UWB Literary Journal. Students gain skills in communication, assessing and editing literary texts, layout design, technology for creating and disseminating multi-media work, project management, and teamwork. Credit/no credit only.
Instructor Course Description: Rebecca Reed Rosenberg Jeanne D. Heuving

Policy Studies (BPOLST)

BPOLST 492 Topics in Policy Research (3-5, max. 10)
Explores topics in policy research to prepare students planning to enter a graduate level policy program. Topics may include: quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, or research writing for the social sciences.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BPOLST 500 Policy Process (5)
Focuses on political and institutional aspects of public policy processes. Examines rationales for public policy and the processes in which they are articulated and negotiated; formulation of policies; selection of policy instruments; and policy implementation. Offered: A.

BPOLST 501 Public Finance and Budgeting (5) Jacoby
Analysis of government expenditures and revenues. Uses economic theory to examine key pubic policies in areas such as health, education, and labor. Emphasizes policy rationales and impacts regarding efficiency and equity. Develops accounting concepts necessary for budgeting analysis. Prerequisite: Microeconomics. Offered: Sp.

BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies (5)
Surveys important aspects of social science research for academic and practical investigation. Focuses on gaining an understanding of research and statistical analyses and their relationship to policy concerns. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in BPOLST 500. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Anne F. Peterson

BPOLST 503 Policy Analysis (5)
Focuses on methods and approaches used in policy analysis and program evaluation. Examines and applies interdisciplinary approached and methods for evaluating policy impacts and outcomes, including cost-benefit analysis, randomized field experiments, quasi-experimental assessment, and participatory assessment. Examines the role of policy analysis in democratic governance. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Nives Dolsak

BPOLST 504 Management and Organizations (5)
Addresses how organizational cultures, processes, and resources create and limit policy options in local, state, and national context. Examines how an organization's strategies, perspectives, and patterns of resource management shape organizational responses to a variety of policy issues and problems. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in BPOLST 500, BPOLST 502, and BPOLST 503.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BPOLST 505 Leadership and Organizations (5) Decker, Kochis
Explores the human interactional dimension of organizational culture, behavior, and outcomes. Special attention is devoted to how individual and group dynamics frame the options open to leaders, managers, and employees in public, private, and non-profit organizations, and how leaders and managers shape the culture and behavior of organizations. Offered: W.

BPOLST 506 Capstone Research (5-)
Depending of work experience, participate in an internship or field research in a private, public, or non-profit organization to investigate a policy problem. Conduct primary or secondary research, collecting data, and selecting theoretical perspectives. Represents the first stage of the Capstone project. Offered: A.

BPOLST 508 Capstone Project (-5)
Based on data collected form their primary or secondary research internship/field research, write a capstone paper which frames project conceptual issues, its research findings, and produces a critical analysis of a policy issue. Represents the second stage of the Capstone project.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BPOLST 520 Policy Internship (2-5, max. 10)
Student arranged internship with a local organization or agency that incorporates a "field-based" component into their learning. Includes a policy project that benefits the organization and has academic merit. Offered: AWSpS.

BPOLST 571 Policy Ethics (5) Kochis
Examines the complex relationships between policy and ethics. These relationships are grounded in moral and political theories about the behavior of state and non-state actors. Offered: AWSp.

BPOLST 580 Study Abroad (5-15, max. 15)
Combines study at UW Bothell with seminars and field trips organized by the faculties of host institutions. Topics include politics, political economy, public policy, human rights, environment, health, education and labor.

BPOLST 581 Issues in Human Rights Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores the theories and practices of implementing the international human rights regime as government policy. Students engage in issues of normativity in policy formation and the pathways by which certain norms become domestic and global standards.
Instructor Course Description: Bruce E. Kochis

BPOLST 582 Issues in Technology Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores how science and technology contribute to economic growth and human development, and how political processes shape and manage that impact. Examines historical and contemporary issues.
Instructor Course Description: Steven W. Collins

BPOLST 583 Issues in Environmental Policy (5, max. 10)
Analyzes current policy issues in the complex and every changing arena of environmental policy.
Instructor Course Description: Nives Dolsak

BPOLST 584 Issues in Labor and Human Resources (5, max. 10) Jacoby
Examines issues in the changing arena of labor and human resource policy.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby

BPOLST 585 Issues in Health Policy (5, max. 10)
Examines relevant current issues in the changing arena of health policy including managed care, public health and safety, and the ethical dimensions of medical research and practice.

BPOLST 586 Issues in Education Policy (5, max. 10)
Examines issues in education policy in local and global contexts.
Instructor Course Description: Daniel F. Jacoby George Thomas Bellamy

BPOLST 587 Issues in Cultural Policy (5, max. 10)
Addresses faculty and student interests in the changing arena of cultural policy. Analyzes relevant current issues in cultural policy including the role of government, business, and civil society in arts and culture policy.
Instructor Course Description: Jane E. Decker

BPOLST 591 Policy Studies Research Colloquium (1-2, max. 6)
Policy researchers and practitioner experts present topics and/or research projects in a variety of policy fields. Discussion regarding the research and its broader implications to theory and/or practice follows the presentation. Credit/no credit only.

BPOLST 592 Topics in Policy Research (3-5, max. 10)
Develops advanced technical skills in policy research methods. Topics may include various qualitative and quantitative methods of research.
Instructor Course Description: Diane Gillespie Daniel F. Jacoby Rubye Elizabeth Thomas

BPOLST 593 Topics in Policy Studies (3-5, max. 10)
Examines the changing arena of policy. Topics are relevant to current issues and may include the following: policy and gender; transportation policy in Puget Sound; policies of aging; and environmental policy.
Instructor Course Description: Anne F. Peterson Daniel F. Jacoby Jane E. Decker Shauna Carlisle

BPOLST 594 Research Design (5) Dolsak
Provides grounding in research designs, such as experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional, case-study, and action research design. Helps professionals design and evaluate research proposals and be astute consumers of published research. Develops research proposals that can be submitted for institutional review at UW. Offered: Sp.

BPOLST 598 Directed Research (1-5, max. 15)
Individual advanced research on policy topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.