Special Studies Courses

List of Courses:
  • 081 - PAC Executive Board
    A non-credit course offered to members of the Public Affairs Conference Executive Board. All board members are engaged in substantive work for at least 25 hours during the semester in preparation for the annual conference. May be taken four times.
  • 091 - Career Conference
    Intensive, three-day conference/seminar that helps students prepare for life after graduation. Includes lectures, seminars, hands-on sessions, interviews, and professional events that give students an introduction to the processes and procedures for internship and job searches, graduate school application processes, social media and its application to career development, and other related topics. May be repeated twice.
  • 260 - Building Learning Communities
    This course focuses on the theory and practice of developing learning communities. Theory emphasizes stages of group development, communication skills, principles of feedback, and conflict resolution. Practice includes skill development in listening and varied communication techniques. Students will participate in activities that support the development of a cohesive learning community within the context of a larger integrated experiential program.
  • 280 - Orientation Seminar
    The orientation seminar is an opportunity for students to prepare academically, culturally, and logistically for upcoming abroads and field programs. Seminar meetings may include topics such as geography, cultural norms and standards, introduction to abroad course material, success strategies for studying abroad, or language orientation. Offered only in association with study abroads and field programs. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be taken more than once if associated with a different abroad or field program. May be offered for variable credit from .5 to one semester hour. There will be a significant additional academic component when the course is offered for one semester hour. Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated abroad or field program.
  • 281 - Reentry Seminar
    The reentry seminar is an opportunity for students to internalize, integrate, and formulate the personal and academic learning gained from their study abroad or field program experience. Through reflection, writing assignments, and the creation of a documentary presentation for the college community, students interpret and articulate their growth and experiences. Organizational skills needed to create a successful presentation are also developed. Offered only in association with study abroads or field programs. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be taken more than once if associated with a different abroad or field program. Prerequisite: successful completion of the associated abroad or field program.
  • 284 - Field Studies
    Offered only in association with Principia field programs, this course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues in the destination city or region. These issues may include geography, cultural history, politics, economics, religion, foreign relations, environment, the arts, etc. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once if associated with a different location. Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated field program.
  • 285 - Country Studies
    Offered only in association with Principia abroad programs, this course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues in the destination country or countries. These issues may include geography, cultural history, politics, economics, religion, foreign relations, environment, the arts, etc. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once if associated with a different location. Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated abroad.
  • 301 - Investigating Career Options
    Provides students with a comprehensive and strategic approach to career development. Students evaluate their strengths, research career options, and develop tools and resources with which to approach after-college experiences. Class sessions include researching the hidden job market, conducting a self-directed position search, developing and refining resumes, graduate school research and applications, live job interviews, field trips, and interviewing/negotiating strategies.
  • 375 - Internship
    An opportunity to gain practical experience in one's chosen field of study. Offered on an independent contract basis for students who wish to incorporate an internship into their special major. Designed in collaboration with the special studies program chair, the internship coordinator, and their faculty advisor. Also offered, without independent course contract, on some abroads and field programs as a course for program participants. Designed to provide students with work experience in their discipline within the larger academic and cultural focus of the abroad or field program. Students' work includes metacognitive journals, a portfolio of work, interviews with professionals, paper writing, and field sponsor supervision. May include a service-learning component. May be taken for variable credit from three to nine semester hours. May be taken more than once if the internships differ, up to a total of 15 semester hours.
  • 405 - Capstone Project
    Capstone projects are selected in accordance with student qualifications, interests, and needs. Projects must be approved by the student's special major advisory committee. The contents will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from two to ten semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of ten semester hours with advisory committee approval. Open only to approved special majors nearing the completion of their program.
  • 405C - Capstone: Theatrical Design