Courses during the 2019-20 SU term
United States History I covers the period from 1492 to 1877. Beginning with the Age of Discovery, students examine the development of colonial societies and the transition from colonial status to independent nationhood. Following the examination of the era of the American Revolution, this course explores such topics as the Constitution of 1789, westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, the institution of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.General Education: Humanities: Historical Analysis
The primary purpose of this course is to give students and understanding of how local governments operate and how they influence everyday life. Topics include leadership structures, interest groups, elections, intergovernmental relationships, and urban functions and services as well as substantive areas of land use, housing, education, and city services. While this is an online course, students will actively participate. This will require students to become knowledgeable about a local issue about that concerns you and write a letter to your local government and analyze the city where you live.
In this course, we will study the short story. It's actually my favorite genre because, like Edgar Allen Poe says, it should be short enough to be read in one sitting. Short stories are typically terse, compact narratives. That means that every word counts. As this course evolves, we will try to understand not just the WHAT of short stories (plot,character, etc.), but also the HOW (point of view, setting, theme, style, etc.). In order to narrow our reading, I have selected only stories by writers in the U.S. I've included a few from the 19th century to give you a sense of how the short story began to develop in the U.S., then we will focus largely on 20th century stories, and then we move into just a few recent works. We will read these stories in chronological order just so that you can see how the short story as a form develops. However, as you discuss these stories in moodle forums, you will make connections throughout numerous stories, regardless of time period. In the end, I think this course will be a great experience regardless of your major. I have included some little nuggets for writing students along the way. Thanks for joining me for the course! 
This course explores the ethical responsibilities of people who work to ameliorate environmental degradation as well as end oppression of human beings. Students explore the religious tenets of environmental justice movements internationally and in the United States. Course topics focus on Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, indigenous East African beliefs in Kenya, Catholic social teachings in the United States farmworkers? movement, and black liberation theology in the United States movement against toxic waste dumping in politically marginalized communities. Finally, students gain understanding of the cultural symbols and negotiated relationships that are critical for successfully countering environmental degradation in complicated political contexts.General Education: WAC 2: Writing and Research in the Liberal ArtsGeneral Education: Humanities: Philosophical InquiryGeneral Education: CIV: Social Justice; CIV: Service Learning