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.


Studio Art

   •  ARTS 15100 - Introduction to Drawing
   •  ARTS 15300 - Introduction to Painting
   •  ARTS 15500 - Introduction to Printmaking
   •  ARTS 15900 - Introduction to Photography
   •  ARTS 16300 - Introduction to Sculpture
   •  ARTS 16500 - Introduction to Ceramics
   •  ARTS 17100 - Intro to Digital Imaging
   •  ARTS 25100 - Intermediate Drawing
   •  ARTS 25300 - Intermediate Painting
   •  ARTS 25500 - Intermediate Printmaking
   •  ARTS 25900 - Intermediate Photography
   •  ARTS 26300 - Intermediate Sculpture
   •  ARTS 26500 - Intermediate Ceramics
   •  ARTS 29900 - Special Topics
   •  ARTS 29902 - Figure Drawing
   •  ARTS 29903 - Video Art
   •  ARTS 35100 - Advanced Drawing
   •  ARTS 35300 - Advanced Painting
   •  ARTS 35500 - Advanced Printmaking
   •  ARTS 35900 - Advanced Photography
   •  ARTS 36300 - Advanced Sculpture
   •  ARTS 36500 - Advanced Ceramics
   •  ARTS 40000 - Tutorial
   •  ARTS 40100 - Jr. Independent Study
   •  ARTS 41000 - ARTS Internship
   •  ARTS 45100 - Independent Study Thesis
   •  ARTS 45200 - Independent Study Thesis