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ANTH 103 Apes, Archeology, Evolution (4)
Students explore how the archeological record informs us about different evolved morphology and behaviors of early human types and prehistoric humans through the study of paleoanthropology. Students also learn about biocultural variation in present-day primates including humans. (WCore: WCSBS and RE)
ANTH 203 How We Die in America (4)
This course takes a light-hearted, yet in-depth look at what it means in American culture to die and how it is part of an integrated system of meanings and behaviors within a larger socio-cultural environment. Students examine this life experience through visits to places associated with death throughout the Salt Lake Valley. (WCore: WCSBS and RE)
ANTH 209 Anthropology of Tourism (4)
An in-depth look at tourism and how it generates social, economic and environmental changes, both positive and negative for localities and regions, while at the same time creating transformative experiences for tourists. (WCore: WCSBS and RE)
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
Focuses on the different ways cultures adapt to the conditions of the environment. Examines holistically and contextually subsistence strategies, economic and political systems, religious beliefs and behaviors, gender distinctions, ethnographic field methods, marriage and kinship, communication systems, to name some interrelated topics. Open to all students and fulfills electives in some majors.  (WCore: WCSBS, RE)
ART 148 Ceramics I: Material Studies (4)
This course introduces students to the fundamental nature, practices, techniques, and culture of working in clay. Students will receive an introduction into the four basic building techniques of ceramics. It is a course that will familiarize the student with a utilitarian and artistic material that has been used for millennia and continues to be found useful in new technological and industrial manners. Students will be given an understanding of the practice of time management, a key component to the success of working in clay and a necessity in daily life. Students will learn ceramic hand-building, pottery, glazing, and firing methods as a means of self-expression and communication. (WCore: WCFAH and RE)
ART 215 Drawing Lines in the Sand (4)
This hybrid studio-seminar course examines art about landscape, space, and environments, while challenging students to build on these ideas in their own creative work. Students will research artworks and writings that explore topics such as landscape, “wild” and urban space, public and private spaces, land(scapes) and power, using this context to inform their creative works that address these same topics. This course simultaneously introduces students to fundamental drawing techniques, with a special focus on drawings and images made using landscape, nature, and hybridized modes of visual communication. No previous experience with drawing is required. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
AVIA 402 Aviation Capstone (4)
A capstone experience for both Aviation Management and Flight Operations students who will work on interdisciplinary teams to address key topics in the aviation industry including human factors, safety management systems and sustainability. The course draws heavily on the knowledge and skills developed in the technical, business and liberal education classes. The course will also include a review of each student’s eportfolio and provide the opportunity to address any weaknesses. (WCore: RE)
ENGL 205 Goddesses, Heroes, and Others (4)
From ancient scriptures to contemporary comics, these literary characters-goddesses, heroes, and “others” (figures marginalized by the dominant group)-rule. This course investigates and supports your investigations of these character types. It poses basic questions asked by many literary critics: where do these characters come from and how are they adapted by so many cultures and literary genres? To answer these questions, we’ll delve into current theory and historical research. We’ll do our part to keep goddesses, heroes, and others alive! (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
FILM 110 Making Sense of Movies (4)
This course examines the formal elements of film and its history, from the earliest experiments in motion photography through the present. Students will learn the terminology and concepts of film analysis (mise-en-scene, montage, cinematography, etc.) in the context of film’s evolution across the twentieth century. Films may include profanity, violence, and/or sexually explicit images. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
FILM 210 (Un)American Cinema (4)
This course seeks to understand American film history in light of one decisive set of events: the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings on communism in the film industry and the resulting industry blacklist. These events extended from 1947 until the late 1950s, which is obviously a small portion of American cinema history. We will situate them in relation to a broader historical context. For instance, the blacklist is incomprehensible without some sense of how the Hollywood studio system operated and the threat it was under in the late forties. And if the economic conditions in Hollywood played a decisive role in the blacklist, they continue to determine the political and aesthetic character of American movies to this day. We will treat the blacklist as a particularly vivid convergence of the factors that have shaped American cinema from the beginning, including the circumstances of international capitalism (and communism), the political beliefs and artistic aspirations of particular filmmakers, and the struggle between nativism and cosmopolitanism in American culture as a whole and in American cinema in particular. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
HIST 211 Renaissance Humanism: Erasmus (4)
Desiderius Erasmus is one of the best known figures of Renaissance Humanism. He read, wrote, and travelled widely, interacting with almost all the major intellectual figures of the early sixteenth century in Europe. This course will look at this exciting period of history through the lens of the life of one extraordinary man. Students will come away from this course with a strong understanding of the one of the major intellectual currents of the period, one that set the stage for the development of early modern Europe, from the Reformation to the Revolution. In particular students will engage in direct research through the correspondence of Erasmus, which encompasses thousands of letters and hundreds of correspondents-a virtual who’s who of Renaissance thought. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
NEURO 117 Yep, Brains are Cool! (4)
In this course, we will explore a variety of topics important to anyone who owns and uses a brain. In particular, we will focus on brain development in late adolescence and emerging adulthood and will use our brains to understand how we research brains. The course will be framed around a central question – “How do we know that?” We will look at current research on brain development during the transition to young adulthood, examine strengths and weaknesses of methods used to conduct that research, and discuss the practical application of such knowledge to the students’ own lives. In addition, we will discuss the ways in which said research has been used to shape parenting and educational practices as well as public policy over the past decade. (WCore: WCSAM, RE)
NEURO 302 Research Methods in Neuroscience (4)
Students will be introduced to neuroscience research methods from varying levels of analysis (molecular/cellular. systems, human) as well as the fundamentals of hypothesis testing and experimental design. An emphasis on research design and reading and writing empirical literature is included. (WCore: RE)
NURS 370 Scholarly Inquiry and Informatics (4)
This course provides students with the conceptual basis for understanding nursing theory and the research process. Students experience broad exposure to nursing theorists and the application of theory to practice. Students analyze nursing research and evaluate findings for application in evidence-based nursing practice. Students will be introduced to an overview of informatics topics that relate to the delivery of safe and quality patient nursing care for a variety of healthcare settings. (WCore: RE)
NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)
This course will prepare the RN student to explore nursing theory and the research process. This course is two-fold: One part of the course will focus on research ethics and students will earn a certificate on Protecting Human Research Participants through the National Institute of health. In the second part of this course students will identify a practice problem in their current area of employment and utilize course concepts to offer evidence-based solutions to that problem. As learned in NURS 385, students will present their research findings at their place of employment. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing or RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Math 150 or DATA 220, (Existing Course, using existing syllabus). (WCore: RE)
PLSC 390 Research Methods (4)
This course endows students with the skills needed to engage in fruitful political and justice research. In order to foster research competency the course addresses Philosophy of Social Science Inquiry, Research Design, Critical Research Strategies, Qualitative Methods, and basic skills in interpreting quantitative data. (WCore: RE)
PSYC 105 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
This course provides a foundation and hands-on experience in the scientific study of human emotion, cognition and behavior. Through this exploration, the course presents students with opportunity to interact with material in ways that help them understand the context of psychology as a behavioral science among other fields that focus on human behavior (both individual and group) culture, and society, and the context of psychology among other sciences. Other issues discussed will be myths about popular psychology, the effect those myths have on the general public, and how broader society's denial of research findings may be caused by deficits in scientific literacy. (WCore: WCSAM, RE)
PSYC 430 Independent Research Thesis (2-4)
Students undertake a portion of a research project and learn aspects of scientific inquiry appropriate to the field of psychology.  Students write sections of an APA-style research paper appropriate to the scope of the project conducted.  Prior planning with and permission of a faculty mentor is required. Requires senior standing, a declared major in psychology, and consent of instructor. (WCore: RE)
THTR 217 Costume Design I (3)
The basic or human right to life enjoys widespread endorsement, though just what sort of life is considered a basic right may vary from one society to another. While exploring some of these varieties of the conception of "life" which all human beings putatively have a right to (and thus someone or other has a duty to support such a claim), we will focus in this course on the role which health and adequate health care play, anywhere, as necessities, for human beings who are trying to enjoy the substance of such a basic right to life. Other necessities for a substantive life as a matter of right will be discussed as well. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
THTR 218 Stage Makeup (2)
This course explores the fundamental principles of stage makeup research, design, and application. Must be taken concurrently with THTR 218L. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
THTR 275 Period Styles (3)
Historic architecture, interior design styles, and fashion are essential areas of knowledge for theatre designers. Many productions are not only set in historic periods and locales, but also draw on historic inspirations. This course will introduce theatre majors to a range of historic and global period styles in architecture, decor, and fashion for application in theatre design. Students will learn basic terminology of architectural features, furniture, and fashion. Students will also learn about research methods and historical and cross cultural influences in fashion and architecture (WCore: RE).
WCFAH 219 The Music of Two Ring Cycles (4)
In this course, students will examine music composed for two of the greatest fantasy epics ever created, Richard Wagner's 4-opera Der Ring des Niebelungen and Howard Shore's soundtracks to the 3-film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Comparisons between the literary content of the cycles are inevitable, from the subject matter to parallel plot developments and even the fantasy creatures that inhabit each world, and these will be studied in the course. In addition to these correspondences, the composers of each cycle used very similar compositional devices to organize the musical content, providing continuity over 10+ hours of music while simultaneously clearly delineating characters, objects, emotional states and more abstract ideas. Students will present their own specialized research on diverse topics relating to the two cycles to their classmates. (WCore: WCFAH, RE)
WCSAM 201 Geobiology of the Universe (3)
This course explores the interdisciplinary methods of space exploration and the extraordinary data that we accrue through Earth analogs, remote sensing, women/manned missions, and unmanned probes into our solar system and beyond. Using primary data from past studies and current missions, we will develop models and design experiments to ask larger questions about the Universe. Is there life beyond Earth? How does geology of a space body inform the potential for life? (WCore: WCSAM, RE)
WCSBS 213 Imaging Violence (3)
This research seminar course tracks the conceptualizations of justice that have been and are currently conveyed in films and television, including the relationship between violent crime and ethical notions of justice. This seminar depictions include identities such as gender and race or ethnicity. Throughout the length of this seminar, students will research historical and contemporary artifacts by using critical analysis and academic reading materials in order to develop a broader perspective on the use of violence in visual images. (WCore: WCSBS, RE)