Earn a full credit in four weeks this summer!  All classes are taught by regular Wheaton faculty.

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Courses for Summer Session 2020

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Summer Session II


Summer Session I

Tuesday, May 19 – Friday, June 12, 2020

ARTH 335: Exhibition Design

This course introduces students to the history, practice and theory of exhibition design. In this course, we will engage in all aspects of the exhibition design process through reading, in-class discussions, site visits, and guest lectures as well as the design and installation of an exhibition. We will consider the visitor experience and how objects and ideas are interpreted by and for different audiences, as well as how museums use technology to engage the public. Students will gain an understanding of the history of exhibition design as well as the challenges museums/like institutions face in making their collections accessible to the communities they serve. Students will be required to participate fully in the practical component of the course, which involves the research for and the design and installation of an exhibition for Wheaton’s Beard and Weil Galleries. Cross-listed with FNMS 335. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Leah Niederstadt

BIO 105: Nutrition

The course focuses on nutrients and their digestion and metabolism. The application of the fundamentals of nutrition to daily life and health issues such as dieting, exercise, weight control, eating disorders, heart disease, cancer, safety of food additives, genetically modified foods and farming practices. Students will carry out an independent project. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Satisfies NS requirement.Laboratory fee $300.

Faculty: Shari Morris

BIO 198: Exercise Physiology

Explore the foundations of exercise from a scientific perspective and apply this knowledge to real-world settings. We will study the human body’s physiological and biomechanical adaptations as related to health and fitness conditioning for athletes, non-athletes, and special populations, and to a greater understanding of athletic performance limitations. We will approach the topic through hands-on, experiential learning. This course serves as a prerequisite for several Physical Therapy programs. Open to both majors and non-majors. Satisfies NS requirement.

Faculty: Laura Ekstrom

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BIO 280: Research in Regenerative Biology

This laboratory-based course will provide motivated science students with an authentic research experience. Students will use the zebrafish, a laboratory research animal, to explore the molecular basis of tissue regeneration in vertebrates. Students will be introduced to essential research skills in this field including zebrafish handling and life cycle, DNA isolation and genotyping, and microscopic image capture and analysis. During the course, students will learn about experimental design, execute experiments, make detailed observations, and record and analyze their data using appropriate statistical methods. Together we will address novel experimental questions on the role of reactive oxygen species and ion channels in tissue regeneration. Some weekend laboratory work may be required. The goal of this course is to allow more students to participate in scientific research at an earlier stage in their academic progression. Prerequisite: completion of BIO112 (Cells and Genes) or equivalent. Limited to 12 students. Satisfies NS requirement. Laboratory fee $300

Faculty: Jenny Lanni

BIO 298: Field Ornithology: Bird Banding, Migration & Conservation

In this course we will get outside during the birds’ spring migration season, and students will learn to identify the most common songbirds and seabirds along our coast. We will also explore the hands-on methods ornithologists use to study bird populations, including point counts, territory mapping, and mist-netting. Students will gain practice capturing and banding songbirds and taking physiological data. Field trips will include Boston, Plymouth, Cape Cod and Appledore Island off of Maine. This intensive 3-week course will meet for 7 hours/day Tuesday – Friday from May 19th to June 5th. Starting times each day will range from 6 to 8am. Prerequisite is Bio 111 or permission of instructor. Satisfies NS requirement. Laboratory fee $300.

Faculty: Jessie Knowlton

CHEM 298: Forensic Chemistry and Crime Scene Analysis

This course is designed for students interested in pursuing topics related to forensic chemistry and crime scene investigations. Fundamental concepts derived from basic general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic chemistry will be examined in the context of crime scene investigations. Topics will include evidence collection and preservation; atomic clues; chemical evidence; drug chemistry; chemistry of heat, fire, and explosions; nuclear chemistry as related to medicine, weapons, and terrorism; poisons; and DNA analysis. Real-life case studies on drug deals, murders, and thefts will be explored with each topic. The laboratory will focus on forensic chemistry techniques. This course is open to students with minimal study in the sciences but who may be interested in forensic science as well as those with a substantive background in science. Satisfies NS requirement. Laboratory fee $300.

Faculty: Hilary Gaudet

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ENG 252: Contemporary Drama: On the page, in the theatre, and as collaborative creation

Just as painting changed with the invention of the camera, contemporary plays continue to be influenced by television and film. Some playwrights use the influence to create a new twist on the realistic tradition, while others write highly theatrical, often nonlinear pieces that can only be performed for the stage. We will address the inherent tensions between these dramatic strategies, taking up the question of how content (political, socioeconomic, race, gender and aesthetic concerns) affects form. Readings will range from recent Pulitzer Prize winners to hot-off-the-press unproduced plays by some of America’s most renowned, as well as emerging, playwrights. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Charlotte Meehan

FNMS 244: Visualizing Cultural Data

This is a project-based, hands-on introductory course for anyone with an interest in data visualization and information design. No prior experience with design, data science, or programming is necessary. Students will learn to collect, prepare, and analyze data, and will use entry-level tools to build visualizations that produce meaningful insights. Projects will include designing an information dashboard, a narrative infographic, an interactive map, and a multi-panel interactive visual story. Over the course of the summer session, students will learn to combine creative, critical, and computational thinking in ways that will strengthen their information fluency and digital literacy skills, skills that are increasingly important to academic success and professional pursuits alike. Satisfies QA requirement.

Faculty: Josh Stenger

FNMS 298: Race, Gender and Television

Race, Gender, and Television Description: How has television dealt with race, gender, and other forms of difference? How have marginalized artists created space for themselves in the TV industry? This seminar will explore how four groups—African Americans, LGBTQ+ populations, women, and those with disabilities—have shaped, and were shaped by, TV history. In addition to studying televisual representation, students will explore how industrial shifts (ex. the demographics of writers’ rooms) and audience practices (ex. binge-watching), affect what we see on TV and who gets the power to make it. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Sarah Leventer

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INT 075, 085, 095: The Summer Internship Experience: Diversity in America

Diversity in America: This course, designed for students who have secured a summer internship or research opportunity, integrates your on-site learning and contextualizes your experiences from an academic perspective. Taught in several sections by faculty from different divisions, students in each section will read texts and examine timely issues germane to work in today’s global economy. Though this .50 credit course involves some on-line and some on-campus coursework, internships may take place anywhere in the world.

Faculty: Dolita Cathcart

MGMT 350: Marketing

Marketing is a process of creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers in a way that benefits organizations and stakeholders. We will examine the role of marketing in society, consumer behavior, product management, pricing, distribution and promotion. Marketing strategy and its application in a range of industries (consumer goods and services, business-to-business settings, and not-for-profit organizations) will be introduced. Satisfies SS requirement.

Faculty: Kenneth Bray

PHIL 111: Ethics

An introduction to moral reasoning through the study of ethical theories and their application to practical problems such as capital punishment, world hunger, animal rights and the environment. Special attention to developing and defending one’s own moral positions. Readings from traditional and contemporary sources. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Teresa Celada

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PHIL 125: Logic

An introduction to categorical, propositional and predicate logic with particular emphasis on methods of discovering and proving the validity of arguments. Designed to improve students’ ability to reason clearly and precisely. Analysis of logical equivalence, soundness and the relation of truth to validity. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Nancy Kendrick

PSY 141: Statistics for the Social Sciences

This course is intended for students in disciplines that require knowledge of statistical methods used in behavioral and social science research. It is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of probability theory as well as the basic statistical techniques and procedures used by researchers in the social sciences. You will learn how to organize and present data, and how to select, run, and interpret various statistical tests. The course focuses on the use of statistical techniques as tools in the scientific process and will introduce students to SPSS, a common statistical analysis software for the social sciences. You will learn to critically evaluate research conclusions in the social science literature and in the popular press. Finally, you will be prepared to design and conduct quantitative research and clearly communicate your findings and conclusions. Satisfies SS and QA requirement.

Faculty: Gail Sahar

PSY 230: Psychology of Consciousness

One of the most fundamental questions human beings face is this: Why are we conscious? How do our minds come to have a subjective awareness of the world? The sense of awareness of the world is a deeply familiar feeling, yet satisfying explanations of why we are conscious and what consciousness is for remain elusive. This course explores the question from a variety of viewpoints, including the philosophical, cognitive, and neuroscientific, introducing a number of perspectives and key ideas from the interdisciplinary field of consciousness studies, with a particular focus on empirical investigation. Satisfies SS requirement.

Faculty: Rolf Nelson

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PSY 225: Brain, Mind and Behavior

An introduction to biopsychology through a survey of topics that focus on the structure, function, and development of the nervous system as well as how this system produces various behaviors such as sensation and perception, sleep, language, learning, and clinical disorders. Satisfies SS requirement.

Faculty: Lisa Maeng

REL 102: Introduction to the Study of World Religions

A survey of the major world religions for the beginning student. Religions discussed will include indigenous religions (American Indian and African traditions), religions of India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism), China (Taoism and Confucianism) and those originating in the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Religion will be considered as a worldview expressed through doctrine, myth, ethical system, ritual, personal experience and society. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Barbara Darling

RUSS 281: Russian Arts and Culture

An overview of Russian art, primarily but not solely painting. (Includes a quick look at ballet and opera, and classical as well as bard and underground rock music.) We will cover medieval icons, traditional folk art and wooden architecture; Realism and socially engaged canvases; Soviet political propaganda and monumental art, unofficial dissident art, and pay special attention to the Avant-Garde. Satisfies AH requirement.

Faculty: Francoise Rosset

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Summer Session II

Wednesday, July 8 – Thursday, July 30, 2020

COMP 115: Introduction to Programming: Robots, Games and Problem Solving

This course will explore problem-solving techniques and algorithm development with an emphasis on program design, introductory numerical methods, and object-oriented programming. This course is intended for those seeking a thorough and rigorous but introductory exposure to programming. Topics covered will include programming language syntax (Python v3), coding, debugging, testing and good documentation style. Concepts studied will include arithmetic and logical operations, file input and output, functions, and the introductory data structures of arrays/lists and classes. No previous programming experience is required. In addition to coursework, you will have the opportunity to use cutting-edge tools in Wheaton makerspaces (such as 3-D printers, a laser printer/engraver, and a digital jacquard loom), as well as engage with visiting tech professionals.

MGMT 111: Fundamentals of Business

This course will provide an overview and understanding of the major functions and activities of the business world, including international business. All fundamentals will be explored: ethics, organizational behavior, leadership, human resources, communication, product conception, finance, operations, and marketing. Working as a team, you will develop a business plan for a theoretical business of your team’s choice, applying and integrating the skills you learn in this course while working creatively and collaboratively. Case studies and current events will be analyzed, and a strong emphasis will be placed on participation, communication, and teamwork. In addition to coursework, you will have opportunities to learn from and network with area business professionals, gaining valuable exposure to professional life after college.

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