Feb 03, 2023  
2016-2017 Catalogue 
    
2016-2017 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.

Abbreviation

In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive (W† indicates that not all sections are Writing Intensive)

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.

 

Education

Student Teaching

Student Teaching is required in all three licensure areas. This is the culminating experience in the Teacher Education Program and consists of a full-time, twelve-week supervised teaching experience in a setting appropriate to the areas of licensure. In addition, participation in the Student Teaching Seminar, held one evening a week throughout the entire semester, is required of ALL student teachers. During the Fall semester, Student Teaching placement begins on the first day of the public school’s academic year (usually one week before the College begins) and continues through mid-November. Student teachers are expected to be available during the week prior to placement for orientation activities. The remaining five weeks of the semester are dedicated to Independent Study and Student Teaching Seminar. If completed in the Spring semester, students dedicate the first four weeks of the semester to Independent Study and Student Teaching Seminar, and then begin the Student Teaching placement in early February. If the student is completing Student Teaching as a post-graduate and the Independent Study requirement is fulfilled, the dates for Student Teaching and requirement of Student Teaching Seminar remain the same. The student teacher is responsible for providing his/her own transportation throughout the Student Teaching experience. Enrollment in this course is typically limited to seniors or recent post-graduates. Prerequisite: All professional Education courses and mostto- all content-related coursework. Annually. Fall and Spring.

Global/Urban Student Teaching

Students may also elect to student teach in a global or urban setting through Educators Abroad- a college-endorsed study-abroad program. Students participating in this program must attend Student Teaching Seminar in the semester prior to their student teaching experience and complete all of the College of Wooster student teaching requirements and forms. Students interested in pursuing this placement option should inform the Field Director two-semesters prior to the semester they wish to student teach.

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English

Culture

A culture is a complex set of expressions and structures consisting of beliefs, expectations, actions, and institutions. Among the most important expressions of a culture are the texts that are written and read within it. These texts are deeply embedded in and  shaped by the beliefs and practices of the cultures in which they were first written and by the beliefs and practices of later cultures in which they are read and written about.

Text

Texts are integral to and shaped by cultures, but as parts of culture, texts significantly shape and change cultures as well. The courses in this category inquire particularly into how the reading and writing of texts contribute to changing and defining cultures and individuals.

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