Arts and Humanities Course Listing



LVA2081: Native American Literature 4 intermediate liberal arts credits North American Indigenous narratives take many forms, from the traditional forms of orature in culture formation to modern day practices like novels, comic books, and even video games. Indigenous narratives and the study of indigeneity, especially of the North American varieties, is inherently a multi-ethnic process. This class is designed to help you explore the wide range of indigenous narratives that have risen out of the hundreds and hundreds of individual tribes, both inde- and interdependent of each other, through the course of history. This class will explore various cultural, historical, and theoretical ways that these narratives and their worlds are constructed, while also grappling with the larger conversation of Native narrative and its many relationships. Prerequisites: RHT1000 and RHT1001 and AHS1000

4.00 credits



LVA2090 The Short Story 4 intermediate liberal arts LVA2090 The Short Story What gives a great short story its undeniable power? Some writers strive to make their stories pack a punch, while others create more reflective works, exploring interiors; in either approach, the impacts of a great story are both immediate and lasting. In this course, you will read a range of forms, from early tales to modern experiments. You will compare the intentions and effects of short stories that create entire worlds and those that are more elliptical and fragmentary, though they hint at more. You will learn the formal elements of the short story, such as characterization and point-of-view, and also trace the development of literary theories, those critical lenses that will increase your understanding and enrich your appreciation. Reading writers from several continents from the famous, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alice Munro, to the lesser-known, like Lucia Berlin and Edward P. Jones you will follow stories of a family murdered senselessly by the side of the road, a bishop languishing in his final illness, and many more; you will even encounter a talking cat who proves to be careless in spilling the familys secrets. Prerequisites: RHT I and II, and AHS. This course may be offered Spring or Fall semester.

4.00 credits



MUS4620 Global Pop: Mass-mediated musics in a transnational world 4 credit (Advanced Liberal Arts) What do Cline Dion, Fela Kuti, Khaled, Bob Marley, Rhoma Irama, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Shah Rukh Khan have in common? Their music became popular internationally. This course is a cultural study of global popular music, from its christening as "world beat" and "world music" in the 1980s to the present. Global pop has become the site for debates over authenticity, cultural imperialism, ownership, identity, and politics, as well as an ideological playground for fantasy and fashion. We will examine how music acquires its ideological force as it circulates around the world and acquires historical layers. We will also examine the discourse and business of global pop, paying particular attention to ethics of representation and business practices. No musical background required. Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



PHL4601 Ancient Greek Philosophy (Advanced Liberal Arts) The Greek philosophers of the fifth and fourth centuries BC produced the founding works of the Western philosophical tradition. Establishing the parameters for a genuine love of wisdom, these thinkers challenge us to seek true justice, beauty, and goodness, while cultivating intellectual rigor and personal discipline. Searching tirelessly for insight into the nature of knowledge, being, the human soul, and the good life, they seek also a relationship to the divine and, accordingly, an understanding of our proper place in the cosmos (world-order). This seminar explores ideas of the human self in this cosmic context, concentrating on several influential works by Plato and Aristotle. We will also consider the Presocratic background of their thought and their legacy in the Neoplatonism of Plotinus. The course emphasizes metaphysics (realities beyond the physical domain), epistemology (theory of knowledge), ontology (theory of being), and philosophical ethics (including themes of courage, friendship, and temperance). Since we will proceed through discussion and not lecture, expect to participate extensively, including at least one oral presentation. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS) This course may be offered Spring or Fall semester.

4.00 credits



PHL4607 Existentialism (Advanced Liberal Arts) Existentialism is a philosophical movement loosely held together by sensitivity to the paradoxes and ambiguities of human experience. With a common emphasis on the tension between freedom and the power of circumstance, existentialists tend to view life from the standpoint of the challenges facing the construction of individual and intersubjective identity. Some existentialists are deeply religious, while others are fervently atheistic. All, however, emphasize the significance of the situated nature of freedom, which translates into a philosophy of responsibility and engagement with the world. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS) This course may be offered Fall or Spring semester.

4.00 credits



PHL4609 Technology, Nature and Values Advanced Liberal Arts) Investigates the ways in which our increasing technological capabilities have influenced our values and the reciprocal influence of beliefs and conceptual systems upon technological progress. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



PHL4610 Aesthetics: Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder (Advanced Liberal Arts) This course uses philosophical theory to evaluate our experience of art forms such as film, painting, literature, and music. Through these theories, we will consider questions such as: Is art simply a matter of taste, or can it be held to objective standards? What is beauty? Are artworks that are not beautiful still art? Is art valuable because it gives us pleasure, or because it educates us? How do various forms of art-painting, music, literature-differ from each other? Does art have social or political value, or is its value purely in the delight it gives the individual? Our study of philosophical theory will be supplemented by consideration of specific works of art. Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Art Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS) This course may be offered Fall or Spring semester.

4.00 credits



PHL4620 Philosophies of Love and Agony 4 Credit Advanced Liberal Arts Philosophers have been writing about love for centuries - though it might be more accurate to say that philosophers have been writing about the agony of love for centuries. It appears that from an ethical and aesthetic perspective, love is most interesting when it somehow fails, is unrequited, or drives a person to despair and/or madness. Sure, love inspires, motivates us to do great things, yet what interesting novel or film deals with happy, blissful love? But in asking that question, how are we defining "love"? Friendship, romantic love, erotic love, familial love, love of wisdom, religious love, and love of country love's forms are many and yet we use one word to capture this wide variety of phenomena. Furthermore, people will often dispute the use of the term within a given context: what one person calls love, another may call codependency, obsession, desire, or even zealotry or bigotry. This course considers a range of philosophical perspectives on love at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics. The approach in exploring these perspectives is interdisciplinary: many philosophers turn to fiction and art to not merely illustrate but enrich their accounts of love. This course will therefore strike a balance between rigorous analytical texts on the one hand evocative works of art on the other. As a result, any theoretical account of love will be tested and applied to the individual, particular experiences of love as they are captured in literature and the (visual) arts. Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts (HSS, CVA, LVA)

4.00 credits



PHO1100: Photography (4 free elective credit) Photography: Introduction to Digital & Darkroom Photography is an art course designed to explore visual ideas and concepts about photography as an expressive art medium. Content in a picture and its emotional and aesthetic value is of paramount importance and one of the most essential communicative tools of our era. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of photography with an objective to master the manual camera operating modes, compositional elements, light, color, and black and white imaging. We will learn digital software editing applications and digital printing using Adobes Lightroom and Photoshop software programs. In addition, we will also learn the art and craft of the traditional darkroom using 35mm film cameras and wet-lab printing. Digital workflow terminology and digital printing will be explored in the first part of the term followed by darkroom techniques in the second segment of our class. This foundation course will form the basis of further studies within photography while emphasizing the rich cultural and historical vocabulary associated with this time and narrative based medium Note: Babson Photography program has 35mm film cameras and lenses to check out but only a limited number of digital fully manual cameras on reserve. Students are responsible for providing their own digital camera, film and printing papers. You will have 24/7 access to both the digital and darkroom labs. Prerequisites: NONE This course may be offered Fall & Spring semesters.

4.00 credits



PRF1110 Fundamentals of Acting and Improvisation 4 credit, general credit In this course students will gain an understanding of the methods and tools required for performance. Through various exercises, theater games, improvisation, and assignments students will create characters, learn theater terminology and various methods of acting, and attempt to find not only meaning but also the theatrical power of dramatic literature. Most importantly, students will develop the confidence to approach the craft of acting with discipline and success. Prerequisites, None

4.00 credits



RHT1000 Rhetoric I 4 credit foundation course Develops students' abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, and promotes understanding of the dynamic relations among these processes. Students will learn approaches to understanding, analyzing, and responding to texts, both in writing and speech, and will learn to assess the nature and conventions of academic discourse. Prerequisite: NONE This course is typically offered in the Fall with some additional sections in the Spring.

4.00 credits



RHT1001 Rhetoric II (Foundation Liberal Arts) Rhetoric II will continue to develop the same rhetorical abilities as Rhetoric I, but assignments will require more complex and sophisticated analysis, research, and argument. Prerequisite: RHT1000 This course is typically offered in the Spring with some additional sections in the Fall.

4.00 credits



SPN2200 Spanish I (formerly SPN1200) General Credit This is a fast-paced introductory course that prepares students for further study of the language. Through engaging, meaningful activities, students will learn to accomplish real-world communicative tasks. The course incorporates a wide variety of interactive and authentic materials to put language into practice. As the course adopts an intensive and immersive approach, it is recommended for students with some previous exposure to language learning and/or the highly motivated rank beginner.

4.00 credits



SPN4610 Spanish II 4 credit advanced liberal arts This is a fast-paced advanced beginner course. The course rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, with special attention to speaking and listening. Students consolidate their ability to communicate in Spanish through a wide range of highly communicative and interactive activities that encourage the development of real-world skills and abilities. Spanish II is the second course in the Proficiency Sequence, a program of study designed to bring students to proficiency in 4 semesters. Prerequisites: SPN2200 Spanish I (formerly SPN1200), or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.

4.00 credits



SPN4615: Advanced Spanish in the Community 4 advanced liberal arts credits SPN4615 Advanced Spanish in the Community is a service-learning course where students will explore issues of Latino identity in the U.S. Through direct engagement with a community partner in Boston, along with corresponding readings, films, podcasts, and class discussion, students will consider the diversity of the contemporary Latino experience and its representations in the media, popular culture, and politics. Class discussions will be supplemented with a review of advanced grammar topics designed to help students improve their proficiency and gain confidence in their language skills (speaking, listenting, reading, and writing). As an integral part of this course, students will complete 12 hours of service learning (approximately 2 hours every other week) through a partnership with Sociedad Latina, a Boston-based organization whose stated mission is "to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage." Students will provide mentorship to high school students that are participating in a 10-week entrepreneurship curriculum as part of an after school program run by Sociedad Latina. Extensive journaling will allow students to reflect on their experiences and improve their writing in Spanish. Guided writing workshop sessions will help prepare students' written reflections to be published on a class blog. At the end of the semester, Babson students and their high school mentees will develop a joint presentation about their collaborative learning. Pre-requisite: SPN4620 or higher, or similar proficiency as demonstrated by a required placement test. Heritage speakers may enroll upon permission of the instructor.

4.00 credits