Immersion Courses

Low-Residency, Immersion Study Options

The Graduate Liberal Studies program's low-residency options go beyond evening courses in fall and spring to include day and evening clsses in summer, and special five-day immersion courses, over five consecutive full days or multiple weekends. In these immersion coruses, you perform the same amount of work and attend class for the same number of hours as a traditional course, for the same full three units of graduate credit.

Immersion courses are as academically rigorous as regular term course. You should be aware that the syllabus usually requires students to prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and to complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses. Other low-residency options include hybrid courses, graduate tutorials, and synchronous online courses. Feel free to pursue any or all forms of study.

In August 2014 we will offer the following three courses as immersions:

AUGUST 4-8 (5 full days)

Ecology of Northeastern Trees with Geoff Hammerson

Despite "Fully-Enrolled" notice on the course listing, this class has space available!
This field course focuses on the trees of northeastern North America. Our five day-long field trips take us to a wide array of habitats where we learn to identify all tree species and observe/discuss their ecological relationships, including environmental requirements, phenology (flowers, fruits, foliage), and relationships with other species (such as pollination, seed dispersal, seed predation, herbivory, galls, soil fungi, and importance in the life cycles of various other species).

American Crazy: Four Myths of Violence and National Identity with Sean McCann

This seminar will survey four prominent narrative traditions that have been called on often to depict and explain the role of violence in American society. We will look at some of the historical sources of these myths of American violence, investigate their expressive resources and ideological implications, and consider some of the change and variation they have undergone over time.

AUGUST 11-15 (5 full days)

Cinematic Cultural Encounters: Religion on the Flat Screen with Peter Gottschalk

How do films portray cultural encounters? How well do they depict historical events? What do both films and history have to say about the dynamics of interaction between cultures, particularly religion? Investigating these questions using a set of American and international films, the seminar will explore the dynamics of cultural interaction, translation, interpretation, and representation. In a world of quickening globalized connectivity, the opportunities for communication and conflict continue to heighten, both across borders and within them. Religion - often used as a key generator of meaning, safeguard against change, and conduit for adaption - plays a central role in many of these interactions.

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