Networks are ubiquitous – social networks, computer networks, biological networks, and so on. Networks can also be used to model many phenomena. Students will learn the basics of network theory through lectures and readings; will develop theoretical concepts through inquiry-based learning techniques, independent and collaborative research; and will learn about the wide variety of network applications through readings and class discussion. This course is open to Credo students only.
This course provides an overview of many central topics in psychology with emphasis on how stress intersects with each topic. Specific sections of the course will include: how environmental stressors impact the brain and how the brain in turn impacts behavior, how stress impacts memory formation, how motivation and emotion are affected by stress, how personality corresponds with stress-related behaviors, and how stress impacts psychological dysfunction and social behavior. This course is open to Credo students only.
Body politics tracks changes in 20th century understanding and embodiment of gender, sexuality, race, and power. Students will integrate historical, cultural, and theoretical sources to achieve an understanding of how and why body politics have developed and evolved. Students develop skills in reading texts for historical understanding, analyzing contemporaneous criticism, and engage in a rigorous research project combining our coursework with their own academic focus. This course is open to Credo students only.
This Credo arts course is a research-intensive examination of a filmmaker, or filmmakers, who changed our world by creating an awareness and actions surrounding issues of social justice. By exploring the major films of great filmmakers, students will examine their own attitudes and values concerning their deepest convictions with critical, creative, and compassionate understanding developed in the art of lm. This course is open to Credo students only.
This course focuses on examining the work of writers who attempt creative empathy on behalf of those different in some significant cant way from the author. We will read texts that deal with serious social issues, both past and present. Students are expected to engage deeply in discovery, discussion and analysis, as well as undertake research leading to presentation and/or publication. This course is open to Credo students only.
In this course we will study theories of adaptation and intertextuality, focusing on writing rather than film. Together we will read multiple literary genres, and students will eventually find a pair of texts to study independently. Students will gather, evaluate, and develop data for well-reasoned arguments and cogent conclusions by thinking critically about the materials and reflecting on their own roles in this process and product. This course is open to Credo students only.
Misunderstandings commonly occur when people try to connect with one another. After a review of research and theories to frame the issue of understanding, the course will focus on how relationships are developed, maintained, and even destroyed by the way we communicate. Students will also design and conduct their own study using social scientific methods. This course is open to Credo students only.
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the challenge of creating thriving, socially just, and ecologically healthy societies. During a month-long stay in China, students will carry out intensive research on specific questions related to this theme. Prerequisites: Students must be in the Credo Program or possess a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
A study of the nature of collaboration, interaction, and community in selected ways of making music as a group, anchored by intensive student research and scholarship in both traditional and more artistic and creative forms. Ghanaian dancing and drumming, Javanese gamelan, early American shape-note singing, and free group improvisation serve as the musics under study. No musical experience is necessary. This course is open to Credo students only.
This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct in-depth research of a particular topic under the supervision of a faculty member. Contact the program director or more information.
This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct research in a specific area of study, completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Specific expectations of the research experience to be determined by the faculty. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor