Winter Session 2017 Courses

The following information is provided for reference only, and will be updated for 2018 later in the year. Please email winter@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Click here for the full Winter Session calendar.

Click "Course Description" under the title of each course for more information. Courses may only be taken for credit; auditors are not permitted in Winter Session courses. 
Course information subject to change without notice.
Syllabi will be posted as they become available.

Courses typically meet 4 hours per day for 10 days. Students may only enroll in one Winter Session course.

January 9, 2017 - January 24, 2017

FULLY ENROLLED - ARST 490: Introduction to Digital Arts | SYLLABUS
GenEd: HA
Christopher Chenier

  • Course Description and Class Meeting Times

    This experience will introduce students to the digital arts, an area of creative practice encompassing computer-based art from GIFS and graphics to cutting edge digital fabrication tools. While developing the critical and methodological tools to engage problems in our digital culture, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to create and communicate digitally. Sessions will emphasize the ways software is used for project development, prototyping, and experimentation. Most of our time will be spent in Adobe Creative Cloud. The core elements of CC will be covered through workshops in image editing, graphics, layout, and type. Translating digital files into physical objects, students will work with a laser cutter, large format inkjet printers, and a CNC mill.

    Location: Digital Design Studio (DDS)
    Class meets 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm on each weekday:
    January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, (weekend off)

ASTR 111: The Dark Side of the Universe | SYLLABUS
GenEd: NSM
Edward Moran
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    The physical world we experience is one of normal matter, energy, and – if one looks up at night – stars. But on larger scales, the universe has an exotic and much less-well-understood side dominated by things we call dark matter, dark energy, and black holes.  What are these mysterious components, and what is the relationship between them and the world that is familiar to us? The answers lie at the frontier of modern astrophysics. In this course, we explore the evidence for the existence of these dark components and the current debates regarding their nature and origin. In different ways, each of them has a vital role in the evolution of the universe and its ultimate fate.

    Location: Observatory (VVO) 110
    Class meets 6pm - 9:20pm Monday through Saturday:

    January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, (Sunday off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 (Sunday Off)

CCIV 220/ENGL219: Homer and the Epic | SYLLABUS
GenEd: HA
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    In this course we will read both the Iliad and the Odyssey (in English translation). These two great epics are recognized as the first major texts of the Western literary tradition, and they have had an incalculable influence on everything from literature, to history, to the visual arts. Through a close reading of both epics, we will consider issues such as Homeric composition and poetic practice, heroes and the heroic code, the relations between humans and gods, the role of fate, and the structure of Homeric society (e.g., the status of women; clan and community). We will also read a number of contemporary critical essays to help us frame our discussions. 

    Location: Boger Hall (BOGH) 110
    Class meets 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm on each weekday:

    January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, (weekend off)

COMP 112: Introduction to Programming (With Python) | SYLLABUS
GenEd: NSM
James Lipton
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    This course will provide an introduction to a modern, high-level programming language including a discussion of basic control structures, input/output, functions, and classes. The lectures will also discuss a variety of algorithms as well as program design issues. Python, an imperative object-oriented language, is appropriate as a first programming language primarily aimed at non-majors. Class time will be divided into 50% lecture time, 30-35% programming time, and the rest for question and answer sessions. For the programming time, the class will be given a number of problems to work on, sometimes in teams and sometimes alone, with students receiving one-on-one assistance. Students will be given a limited amount of work and reading to complete before the first meeting, and will receive feedback on the first assignment also prior to the first class.

    Location: AWKS 112
    Class meets 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm on each weekday:

    January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, (weekend off)

FULLY ENROLLED - GOVT 311: US Foreign Policy | SYLLABUS - This syllabus will be updated after the 2016 Presidential election results 
GenEd: SBS
Douglas Foyle
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    This course provides a survey of the content and formulation of American foreign policy with an emphasis on the period after World War II. It evaluates the sources of American foreign policy including the international system, societal factors, government processes, and individual decision makers. The course begins with a consideration of major trends in U.S. foreign policy after World War II. With a historical base established, the focus turns to the major institutions and actors in American foreign policy. The course concludes with an examination of the challenges and opportunities that face current U.S. decision makers. A significant component of the course is the intensive discussion of specific foreign policy decisions. Students are strongly encouraged to stay current with foreign policy developments through reading one of the major newspapers (e.g., New York Times or Washington Post) in either the paper or on-line version.

    Location: PAC 422
    *Note: Class starts Wednesday, January 11
    Class meets 9am - 11:30am and 1pm - 3:30pm on the following days:

    January 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, (weekend off)

PSYC 338/FGSS 338/SISP 338: Masculinity | SYLLABUS
GenEd: SBS
Jill Morawski
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    Note: PSYC 338 / FGSS 338 / SISP 338: Masulinity require either prerequisites or permission of instructor. In order to register for this course, the student must have taken PSYC 105 or FGSS 209, or must obtain permission from Professor Morawski in the designated area on the registration form.

    This course examines masculinity and the psychology of men using theories and research findings. We will survey a range of perspectives on men and masculinity, drawing from evolutionary theory, cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, social psychology, and queer theory. We will ask how the psychological attributes associated with men relate to private life and public spaces, and whether our enactments and conceptions of masculinity have changed over time. Exploration of these questions will be informed by both psychological research and close analysis of media representations of men. The course thus emphasizes methods for examining representations of masculinity in science and the media.

    Location: Allbritton (ALLB) 004 - may change to ALLB 103
    NOTE: Course Times Vary

    Monday, January 9: 10am-12pm and 1-4pm

    All other class meetings: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
    (January 10, 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (weekend off)

QAC 201/SOC257/GOVT 201/PSYC 280/NSB280: Applied Data Analysis | SYLLABUS
GenEd: NSM
Lisa Dierker
  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    In this project-based course, you will have the opportunity to answer questions that you feel passionately about through independent research based on existing data. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in generating testable hypotheses, conducting a literature review, preparing data for analysis, conducting descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, and presenting research findings. The course offers unlimited one-on-one support, ample opportunities to work with other students, and training in the skills required to complete a project of your own design. These skills will prepare you to work in many different research labs across the University that collect empirical data. It is also an opportunity to fulfill an important requirement in several different majors. Please note: You will need to bring a laptop to class. If you do not have one, please contact Professor Dierker at ldierker@wesleyan.edu.

    Location: Science Tower (SCIE) 189
    Class meets 12pm - 5pm on the following days:

    January 9, 10, 11, (Thursday off), 13, 14, (Sunday off), 16, 17, (Wednesday off), 19

CANCELED - AMST 273 / ENGL 276: Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies 
GenEd: HA
Indira Karamcheti

  • Course Description & Class Meeting Times

    The South Asian diaspora spans the world; communities are located in Africa, the Middle East, England, North and South America, the Caribbean, as well as Southeast Asia. Using novels, poems, short stories, and film, as well as scholarship on history, this course will focus upon the literary and cultural production of the South Asian diaspora in the United States. We will examine the conditions of historical arrival and identity-making under shifting regimes of politics, economics, and culture. What does being in the U.S. mean for the claiming of "Indian" and "American" identities, and how is this inflected by relationships with other ethnic or racial communities? The relationship with an often romanticized "India" is a central question, expressed through the concepts of diaspora, exile, and transnationalism. Consequently, what are the conditions of "authenticity," and of cultural authority? What aesthetic forms, questions, and issues express or preoccupy the artists of the South Asian American community?

    Class meets 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm on each weekday:
    January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, (weekend off), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, (weekend off)

If you would like to see a list of courses that have previously been offered, please visit the Winter Session Course Archive.

courses are subject to change