This course is an intermediate-level study of digital photography as a creative medium. Students will work with flash photography, HDR capture, large-format fine art printing, and continuing techniques using Adobe Photoshop adjustments for composites and manipulation. Students should have a solid foundation in image editing and asset management using Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as manual controls for DSLR cameras such as aperture and shutter speed. Assignments will focus on the development of a unique and individual relationship with making pictures, to question preconceived ideas and photographic boundaries, foster conceptual growth, and intensively discuss how and why images are made. Students may work in a variety of approaches and styles, such as documentary, environmental portraiture, visual story telling, abstraction, and others. Prerequisite: ARTS 320 Color Photography, or ARTS 321 Digital Photography, or ARTS 107 Digital Imaging I.
This course is an introduction to the elements of website design and creation for the personal website portfolio, and as a platform for virtual interactivity and art that is designed for the web. Students will be assigned projects using HTML, CSS, jQuery, and content management systems in conjunction with Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Design concepts, functionality, and best practices will be taught while looking at the history of web art and using it as a creative medium. Image capture/creation for new artwork for projects will be primarily photo and video-based. Class will be a mix of projects, lecture, demonstrations, and critique. Prerequisite: ARTS 107 or ARTS 320 or ARTS 321 or permission of instructor.
This course serves as an introduction to the literature and film produced by and about U.S. Latinos and Latinas, and to the theoretical approaches, such as borderlands theory, which have arisen from the lived experience of this diverse group. By focusing on the Latino/a experience, and situating it squarely within an American literary tradition, the course examines the intersections of national origin or ancestry with other identity markers such as gender, race, and sexuality. We take an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to connect literature and film with history, political science, psychology, art, sociology, and so on. Thus, students read not only literary works, both visual and written, but also related works in other disciplines that speak to the issues raised by the texts. Specifically, the course critically explores the effects and literary expressions of internal and external migration, displacement and belonging, nation and citizenship, code switching, and other ways in which Latinos and Latinas have made sense of their experiences in the United States. Beginning with sixteenth-century accounts by Spaniards in areas that would eventually become part of the United States, and moving to the present day, the class familiarizes students with the culture(s) of a group that plays an important role in our national narrative, and with the issues that this group grapples with on our national stage. This course meets the post-1900 requirement. It is open only to sophomores and first-year students who have taken ENGL 103 or ENGL 104. Offered every other year.
Latino psychology is a new, vibrant, and emerging field that is geared toward understanding the experiences of the largest minority group in the U.S. either U.S. born and/or U.S. residing Latinos. Unlike cross‐cultural psychology, its focus is less on the intercultural group differences and more on intracultural differences and similarities across Latino subgroups. More specifically, this course will focus on understanding the core experiences of Latinos in the U.S. while also revealing the heterogeneity of this group. Students will begin this course by reviewing the history of Latino psychology. Following this, topics to be explored with include a review of demographic variables (such as immigration/migration, socioeconomic status, language, gender, race and sexuality), and interpersonal variables (such as psychological acculturation, ethnic identity, cultural values and perceived discrimination), and how these variables often operate in conjunction when trying to understand Latino mental health. A special focus of the class will also be on the assessment of Latino psychopathology, such as the Latino cultural idioms of distress ataques de nervios, nervios and susto. No prerequisites.
This course explores the social world(s) we live in by analyzing what we eat, where it comes from, who produces it, who prepares it, and how. In the first few weeks of class, we examine the patterned culinary choices of ordinary Americans like ourselves; how American foodways are differentiated by gender, race/ethnicity, and class; and how political, social, and historical forces have shaped these patterns in ways that are not necessarily obvious to the sociologically untrained eye. We then shift our focus away from ourselves and our own sociologically conditioned eating habits to analyze the local, regional, and global processes and factors that bring food to our table. One of the major themes here is the greater social and spatial distances that our food travels from field, farm, or factory to consumers in the United States and in other parts of the Western Hemisphere, and how these distances complicate and sometimes obscure the unequal power relations at the root of food production and consumption. Our exploration of the global ties that bind consumer and producer ends with a look at how social activists around the world have organized collectively to reduce these distances and inequalities. Prerequisite: introductory sociology course (100 level) or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year.