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.



   •  SPAN 10100 - Beginning Spanish Level I
   •  SPAN 10200 - Beginning Spanish Level II
   •  SPAN 20100 - Int Span/Grammar, Conversation & Comp I
   •  SPAN 20200 - Int Span/Grammar, Conv & Comp II
   •  SPAN 22300 - Readings in Spanish Peninsular Cultures
   •  SPAN 22400 - Readings in Latin American Cultures
   •  SPAN 27000 - Spanish Phonology
   •  SPAN 27503 - Spanish American Short Story
   •  SPAN 28000 - Hispanic Film (Taught in English)
   •  SPAN 30100 - Cervantes: Don Quixote
   •  SPAN 30500 - The Contemporary Latin American Novel
   •  SPAN 30900 - Trends in Spanish American Literature
   •  SPAN 31000 - Structure Modern of Spanish
   •  SPAN 31100 - Adv Seminar in Hispanic Language
   •  SPAN 31104 - Fate & Free Will in Mod Span Narrative
   •  SPAN 31105 - Spanish Existentialist Writers/Filmmaker
   •  SPAN 40000 - Tutorial
   •  SPAN 41000 - Internship
   •  SPAN 45100 - Independent Study Thesis
   •  SPAN 45200 - Independent Study Thesis