Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 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.


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

W 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.


Africana Studies

   •  AFST 10000 - Intro to Africana Studies
   •  AFST 20000 - Issues in African Studies
   •  AFST 20009 - Africana Women’s Theatre / 21st Century
   •  AFST 20030 - Fem, Gndr & Sexual Pol in Caribbean
   •  AFST 20031 - Political Islam: Terrorism NW Africa
   •  AFST 21300 - Racism 101
   •  AFST 23100 - Survey of Modern Africa
   •  AFST 24000 - Black Women in America 1619-1960s
   •  AFST 24100 - Black Women in Contemporary Society
   •  AFST 24200 - Martin, Malcolm & Mandela
   •  AFST 24400 - Cinema of Africa and the African Diaspora
   •  AFST 24500 - The Global African Community
   •  AFST 24600 - Africana Popular Culture
   •  AFST 24800 - Africana Women’s Theatre in 21st Century
   •  AFST 30000 - Critical Readings in Africana Studies
   •  AFST 30100 - Africana Struggles for Freedom
   •  AFST 40000 - Tutorial
   •  AFST 40100 - Independent Study
   •  AFST 45100 - Independent Study Thesis
   •  AFST 45200 - Independent Study Thesis