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The Tri-College Course Guide contains current enrollment information for all courses it lists. After you've found a course in the Guide, click on the specific course link to see a detail box including "CUR ENR" (current enrollment) listed under "Additional Course Info". Note: the Instructor decides whether a course is actually open or closed; current enrollment is provided only as a guide in assessing that potential.

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Some sections and labs will be capped when full, such as:

ECON 001 sections cap at 8 for pre-registration
ECON 011 conference sections cap at 14 for pre-registration
CHEM 010 lab sections cap at 7 for pre-registration
CHEM 032 lab sections A-D cap at 18 for pre-registration
CHEM 032 lab section E caps at 14


ANTH 001D FYS: Counterculture
If culture is a battlefield, nowhere was this expressed more clearly than in the countercultural tumult that beset North American civil society during the Cold War. This First Year Seminar will analyze the dynamics of cultural friction by bringing some of anthropology's key concepts and comparative insights to bear on the countercultural campaigns that coalesced during the second half of the twentieth century. In so doing, our broader project will be to ask what countercultural friction can teach us about the machinations of power in the contemporary world.
1 credit.

Arabic: see Modern Languages and Literatures

Art (Art History & Studio Arts):

ARTH 018: Digital Rome
Working in small groups, students will create digital reconstructions (primarily in SketchUp) of select Roman cities in Africa Proconsularis, and try to answer a deceptively simple question, what determines the urban fabric of these ancient cities? By using Roman Africa as a test case, this course will examine the ‘individuality within regularity’ of Roman cities. Temporally we will commence with the end of the Roman Republic and conclude with the Late Empire. Geographically, we will primarily limit our analysis to the province of Africa Proconsularis (modern day Tunisia and Libya) and look at famous cities such as Carthage and Lepcis Magna and little known cities such as Meninx (Jerba, Tunisia). Readings from ancient texts and current critical scholarship will drive our intensive weekly discussions. There are no formal pre-requisites except one should have a pronounced intellectual curiosity, a willingness to participate in engaging conversations, and a strong desire to understand and assess the complexities of ancient Roman architecture and urbanism. There are NO computer / digital modeling pre-requisites.
Eligible for Classical Studies major and minor.
W 1:15-4:00

ARTH 023: Art of the Ancient Americas
This course examines the art and architecture of the ancient Americas, focusing primarily on the regions of Mesoamerica and the Andes. It covers roughly four thousand years of human creativity, beginning with the origins of complex civilization in the region and continuing into the sixteenth century and the arrival of Europeans.  To better understand the cultural and social significance of the objects we study, we will look to a variety of disciplinary approaches including art history, archeology, anthropology, ethnography. We will examine how artworks from the ancient Americas reflected, supported, and actively shaped the worldview of the people who created and used them.  In addition, the class will briefly examine the significance of pre-Columbian art in contemporary society, including the topics of cultural nationalism, looting, and the politics of collecting pre-Columbian art.
MWF 10:30-11:20
Derek Burdette
1 credit

ARTH 052: Renaissance Art in Europe
This course employs a thematic approach to considering the major artistic, architectural, and cultural achievements of the Renaissance and the early modern period in Europe (1450-1750).  Turning away from traditional approaches to Renaissance art, which are often defined by chronological or geographical boundaries, we will concentrate on four issues central to the artistic culture of the period: the artist as individual genius, technologies of artistic production (oil painting, printmaking), courtly art and patronage, and the arts of exploration (maps, cross-cultural influence).  In each of these four sections, we will explore artworks from multiple geographies, including northern and southern Europe, couching the major artists and artworks of the Italian and Northern Renaissance within conceptual frameworks that highlight their interconnected nature and their relationship with other people, places, and movements.
MWF 11:30-12:20
Derek Burdette
1 credit

Asian Studies:

Astronomy - see Physics and Astronomy

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Black Studies:


Chinese - see Modern Languages and Literatures


Cognitive Science:

An introduction to the science of the mind from the perspective of cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and artificial intelligence.
This course introduces students to the scientific investigation of such questions as the following:
- What does it mean to think or to have consciousness?
- Can a computer have a mind?
- What does it mean to have a concept?
- What is language?
- What kinds of explanations are necessary to explain cognition?
Tuesday/Thursday 9:55-11:10 a.m.
Prof. Frank Durgin (Psychology)

Computer Science:



Educational Studies:

EDUC 43: Teacher Narratives, Policy and Power
This course is an exploration of the lives of teachers: how they are framed within popular culture and policy, and how they frame themselves within the politics of the classroom, schools and broader society. Students will work with various critical social theories and analytical tools to think through teacher narratives, historical and sociological texts, film, policy debates, guest presentations, and other sources. Assignments will include conducting interviews with educators and producing mixed media projects that reframe educator identities.
Mon 1:15- 4:00 pm

EDUC 75: Higher Education/ Liberal Arts
This course examines the distinct roles of residential liberal arts colleges in the United States, the current structure and practices of liberal arts colleges, and the future of this type of undergraduate education in the United States. The course includes a focus on the major challenges and opportunities in higher education, such as finances and affordability, information technology, expanding regulation, and shifting demographics. Students will acquire an understanding of the mission of the liberal arts, how that mission is communicated and expressed, and how the mission and practices may be changing in the current environment. Course material will include books and essays, case studies, and selected discussion with distinguished experts on selected topics.
Enrollment limited to 15 Tri-College students; enrollment determined by lottery after registration.
Fri 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

English Literature:


Environmental Studies:

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Gender and Sexuality Studies:

Greek-see Classics


HIST 021. London Beyond Control
This course will explore the topsy-turvy world of London in the long 17th century, focusing on the English Civil War, the Scientific Revolution, and the history of sexuality. We will read the work of historians alongside a multifarious assortment of London texts, using the history of the city as a laboratory for examining the nature of modernity.
Eligible for GSST credit.
Writing course.
1 credit.

HIST 061. The Histories of Water
(Cross-listed as FMST 035)
This course explores the cultural, social, and political history of water with a focus upon formative events and cultural processes. Throughout, we will examine the different ways in which the history of water can be plotted into the histories of states, cultures, institutional practices, and social ideologies.
Eligible for ENVS credit.
1 credit.
Azfar & Cho.


HIST 039. Rebuilding Russia after Communism: Russia Under Yeltsin and Putin
This course explores the legacy of communism in Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  We start with an examination of the impact of Stalinism and then turn to the efforts of Mikhail Gorbachev to resuscitate the ailing Soviet Union.  The bulk of the course focuses on the impact of the policies of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin on the economy, culture, society, and politics of Russia since 1991.  Students will work on group projects designed to illuminate some aspect of post-communist life in Russia.
1 credit.

HIST 078. China, Capitalism, and Their Critics
Before “Red Capitalism,” “Capitalism with Chinese characteristics,” and “Mao Jordan,” critics of China’s wrote about the “Asiatic mode of production,” “Oriental despotism,” and only “sprouts of capitalism.” What these phrases share in common is a longstanding concern about China and its model of economic development. This course examines the creation of discourse centered on the relationship between China, a nation with distinct cultural characteristics, and capitalism, conceived as an economic system specific to European social formation. We begin with Hegel and Marx, follow their legacies through the writings of influential 20th century social theorists like Max Weber and Karl Wittfogel, and outline their impact on the writing of Chinese history. Our aim is to understand how this body of critique has shaped and continues to shape knowledge of China.
Eligible for ASIA credit.
Prerequisite: A history course or permission of the instructor.
1 credit.

HIST 082. Networks, Simulations, Information: Cultural Histories of Digital Media
Digital culture, whether we mean everyday habits and practices involving computers and the Internet or the production and consumption of media in digital environments, is still often described as "the next new thing", as having come by its current dominant status suddenly and by surprise. In this course, students will first ask whether some of the characteristic
structures and forms associated with digital culture, such as networks, simulations or ways of organizing and working with information, are in fact much older. Is there a "prehistory" of the digital worth considering? The class will then examine the earliest cultural forms and practices associated with digital technology in the 1970s and 1980s, including video
game consoles, bulletin boards (BBSs), homebrew computing, and the rise of hacking, and from there track the rise of new genres and forms of practice up to 2014 We will try to relate some of the foundations of digital culture to the present and ask how or whether both deep and recent history continue to shape current practices. Students will engage in original research on topics of their choice and produce exhibits, blogs or other digital works about their research.
1 credit.

HIST 090G Black Liberation 1969: Black Studies in History Theory and Praxis
(Cross-listed as BLST 090G)
A research seminar on the civil rights movement and student activism will investigate the history of the black student movement on college campuses in America circa 1968-1972 with an emphasis on unearthing the story of Swarthmore’s own black student protest in 1969. Students will study social movement theory and campus activism at Columbia, Harvard, Orangeburg and the University of North Carolina. Based on research and interviews with alumni who participated in 1969 take over on Swarthmore’s campus, students will write the first accurate history of the black protest as well as develop a creative project designed to educate the campus and broader community about these events.
1.5 credits.
A. Dorsey.

Interpretation Theory:

Latin American Studies:

LASC 080. Mexican Pennsylvania: The Making of a Transnational Community
Mexican workers came to Pennsylvania in the 1920s, actively recruited by the steel industry, and thousands of farm workers and their families settled in Berks and Chester counties in the 1980s. A large flow of urban service workers have arrived in Philadelphia in the last 20 years.
In spite of the economic downturn and agressive law enforcement, an unprecedented number of Mexican immigrants are still at work in the United States.  Why are they here?  How are they perceived by the public? What are the legislative proposals to end or rationalize their migration?  What obstacles do they face as they look at the future of their children?  How are their ties to Mexico maintained?
This interdisciplinary course looks for answers to these and other questions through films, readings, discussions, field trips, and a community service component.  The course will be taught in English, but students must be able to speak Spanish as they work in the community. 
One credit. Enrollment limited to 15. 
W 1:15 pm-4:00 pm
Milton Machuca-Galvez


Japanese - see Modern Languages and Literatures

Latin-see Classics

Literature - see Modern Languages and Literatures

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Modern Languages and Literature:



CHIN 005 - time change to MWF 9:30-10:20








Peace Studies:

PEAC 071B.   Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle (W) - will not be offered Fall 2014.
(Cross-listed as SOCI 071B and POLS 081)


Physical Education:

Physics and Astronomy:

PHYS 003 labs require a printable form for pre-registration, due April 23, 2014 by 4pm.

Political Science:

POLS 081.   Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle (W) - will not be offered Fall 2014.
(Cross-listed as PEAC 071B and POLS 081)


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Russian - see Modern Languages and Literatures


SOCI 071B.   Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle (W) - will not be offered Fall 2014.
(Cross-listed as PEAC 071B and POLS 081)

Sociology and Anthropology:

Spanish - see Modern Languages and Literatures

Statistics -  see Mathematics and Statistics



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