Course Archive

Applied ACE

Spring 2015

  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Instructor Permission Required, waitlist only
  • ENTS 110: Environment and Society
    This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to a number of the pressing environmental changes currently facing human societies around the world.
  • GEOL 120.01: Introduction to Environmental Geology
    An introduction to geology emphasizing environmental health and humankind's use and abuse of soil, water, fuels, and other resources. Field trips and laboratories included.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • ENTS 288: Abrupt Climate Change
    The field of abrupt climate change seeks to understand very fast changes, or "tipping points," in historical climate records.
  • HIST 216: History: Beyond the Walls
    This course will examine the world of history outside the walls of academia.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology.
  • HIST 126: African American History II
    The transition from slavery to freedom; the post-Reconstruction erosion of civil rights; protest organizations and mass migration before and during World War I; roots of the modern Civil Rights movement, black female activism, and more.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    Students in this art course will create over 500 bowls for a yearly event to highlight the problems that hunger creates in society. The event is a fundraiser called Empty Bowls.
  • PHIL 227: Philosophy of Education & Philosophy in Education
    This course looks at what it means to live an examined life while encouraging elementary school students to develop the skills of philosophical examination.
  • WGST 240: Gender, Globalization, and War
    This course examines the relationship between globalization, gender and militarism to understand how globalization and militarism are gendered, and processes through which gender becomes globalized and militarized.
  • MATH 349: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
    Methods of teaching mathematics in grades 7-12. Issues in contemporary mathematics education. Regular visits to school classrooms and teaching a class are required. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.
  • ARCN 246: Archaeological Methods
    This course provides a hands-on introduction to the entire archaeological process through classroom, field, and laboratory components.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics.
  • HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
    A narrative and survey of the early modern period (fifteenth through eighteenth centuries).

Winter 2015

  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    In this two-credit course students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • BIOL 330: Immunology
    Topics to be covered include the structure and function of antibodies, cytokines, the role of the major histocompatibility complex in antigen presentation, cellular immunity, immunodeficiencies, and current techniques used to study immune responses.
  • EDUC 353: Schooling and Opportunity in American Society
    This course is concerned with both the role of schools in society and the impact of society on schools. It deals with race, ethnicity, sex, social class and other factors which influence school achievement.
  • MUSC 192: African Drum Ensemble
    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa. Students perform and conduct a workshop for students at Prairie Creek Community School.
  • EDUC 347: Methods of Teaching Science
    This course will explore teaching methods for the life and physical sciences in grades 5-12. Curricular materials and active learning labs will be discussed and developed.
  • ENTS 262: Materials Science, Energy, and Environment
    This course will focus on the relationship between the structure and physical properties of materials, how materials science can address environmental and energy challenges, and the technological and societal impacts of materials development.
  • HIST 280: African in the Arab World
    This course examines African people's existence as religious, political, and military leaders, and as slaves and poets in Arab societies from ancient to modern times.
  • CGSC 380: Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years
    We will consider the development of memory, perception, and attention, as well as concepts and categorization, problem-solving and thinking, during the years from two to six. Course includes regular observation of preschoolers or kindergarteners.
  • RELG 243: Native American Religious Freedom
    This course explores historical and legal contexts in which Native Americans have practiced their religions in the U.S. Service projects integrate academic learning and student involvement in matters of concern to contemporary native communities.
  • IDSC 236: Public Health in Practice
    This course is the second part of a two-term sequence. During the winter term, students will complete their final public health-related civic engagement project.
  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness
    This course examines patients, practitioners, and the social networks and contexts through which therapies are managed to better understand medical systems as well as the significance of the anthropological study of misfortune.
  • SOAN 285: The Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • AMST 241: American Food?
    This course examines perceptions of American food within historical and global contexts.
  • GEOL 340: Hydrology
    A seminar on major principles of ground and surface water hydrology and their application to contemporary hydrologic problems. The course will draw considerably on student-directed investigation of critical areas of study in hydrology.
  • IDSC 298: Focus Sophomore Colloquium
    This one credit colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program. It will provide an opportunity to participate in STEM-based projects on campus and in the community.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.

Fall 2014

  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice, as well as some of the major traditions of environmental thought.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This two credit colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad.
  • IDSC 235: Perspectives in Public Health
    This three credit s/cr/nc only course will explore the many dimensions of public health within the United States and provide an introduction to community based work and research.
  • CS 100: Human Centered Computing
    Technology permeates every aspect of our lives: how we work, play, and communicate; our finances and health; etc.
  • IDSC 298: FOCUS Sophomore Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the FOCUS program. Students will continue a project at the Northfield Middle School monitoring air quality during high traffic periods, using a set of portable air monitors.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools.
  • RELG 130: Native American Religions
    This course explores the history and contemporary practice of Native American religious traditions, especially as they have developed amid colonization and resistance.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    In this two credit s/cr/nc only course students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community.
  • HIST 137: Early Medieval Worlds
    Through the intensive exploration of a variety of distinct "worlds" in the early Middle Ages, this course offers an introduction to formative political, social, religious, and cultural developments in Europe between c.450 and c.1050.
  • PHYS 355: Classical and Quantum Optics
    A junior/senior level course in classical and quantum optics. Students will take their knowledge about optics out into the community.
  • GEOL 258: Geology of Soils
    The study of soil formation, and physical and chemical properties of soils especially as related to geomorphology and land use.
  • PHYS 100: Powering the Future: Renewable Energy in Context
    This A&I seminar provides an overview of the physics of energy harvesting at an introductory level. We also consider technological and socio-economic constraints as well as the environmental and sociological impact of different energy sources.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • BIOL 322: Ecosystem Ceology Laboratory
    In this lab students work with local farmers and ranchers to study the effects of land management and farming practices on soil and plant chemistry and the cycling of soil carbon and nitrogen.

Spring 2014

  • ENTS 232: Research Methods in Environmental Studies
    This course covers various methodologies that are used to pursue interdisciplinary academic research relating to the environment. Students analyzed transportation challenges for Northfield middle schoolers and residents of Northfield Retirement Home.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • EDUC 395: Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education. In spring 2014, students investigated youth activism.
  • MATH 237: Designing a Curriculum for Math GED
    We will help local communities respond to the latest changes in GED requirements by observing how GED mathematics is currently taught and preparing new curricular materials to teach it in the future.
  • IDSC 298: FOCUS Colloquium
    This two-credit sophomore colloquium will provide students with the opportunity to research light pollution and give public reports on their findings.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community.
  • IDSC 198: FOCUS Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed to give students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program an opportunity to learn and use skills in scientific study, reasoning, and modeling. Freshmen built tools to measure air pollution.
  • EDUC 386: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for helping secondary teachers learn to provide specific instructional support for secondary readers. Students will partner with students from the Prairie Creek Community School.
  • EDUC 340: Race, Immigration, and Urban Schools
    This course explores the important role that public schools, particularly in urban areas, have played in the American national imagination as the way to socialize students about what it means to be American.
  • CS 342: Mobile Application Development
    In the context of a few app development projects, this course will focus on mobile computing's design patterns, user interface principles, software development methodologies, development tools, and cultural impact.
  • RELG 289: Global Religions in Minnesota
    This course examined how global religions adapt to and transform the disparate local communities where their practitioners make home. Students supplemented historical and theoretical instruction with research with living communities in Minnesota.
  • PSYC 218: Hormones and Behavior
    In this course, students will learn about the relationship between hormones and behavior. In spring 2014, students produced short videos about hormones which they showed to middle school students and with whom they then had follow-up discussions.
  • PSYC 375: Language and Deception
    In this course we will examine deception and persuasion in language use. Students in this class actively participated in Intro to Psychology classes at the local high school.
  • POSC 222: The Politics of Food: Producers, Consumers, and Citizenship
    In this course we will learn about and reflect upon the political aspects of food in the U.S. Students in this class researched food products and produced educational materials which they shared with the local coop.
  • BIOL 370: Topics in Virology
    The course focuses on the most recent developments in HIV-related research, including implications for HIV-treatment and vaccines and the impact of viral infection on the immune system of the host.
  • BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology
    An examination of selected animal viruses. The course will focus on the most recent developments in HIV-related research, including implications for HIV-treatment and vaccines and the impact of viral infection on the immune system of the host.
  • BIOL 236: Plant Biology
    How do plants work? This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into physiological, developmental, morphological, and anatomical adaptations to diverse environments.
  • SOAN 202: Girls Gone Bad: Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice
    Students in the class will have the possibility of collaborating with the Rice County Corrections on projects or with the Alternatives to Violence Program currently running in the Faribault prison.
  • SOAN 285: The Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work. Each student will take on a project based on their own interests.
  • PHIL 243: Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals
    Do non-human animals have moral status, or are our moral obligations confined to human animals? In this course, we will explore this and related questions in a hands-on and interdisciplinary way.
  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality
    This course will review the basic biology of all aspects of reproduction, from genes to behavior, in an attempt to understand one of the more basic and important processes in nature. Students work on curriculum for local schools and Carleton campus.

Winter 2014

  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The class is working with the Northfield League of Women's voters. They will construct surveys and interview members in order to illustrate the composition of league, its perceptions in the community, and ways that they could improve recruitment.
  • HIST 216: History Beyond the Walls
    A central component of the course includes a civic engagement project mentoring sixth grade students at the Northfield Middle School as they research and produce projects for Minnesota History Day.
  • IDSC 198: FOCUS Colloquium
    This two-credit freshman colloquium will provide students with the opportunity to build air quality sensors to learn about the science around air pollution and to develop community based measurements.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    Students are with the MN Celiac Center and Northfield's Just Food Co-op on projects related to celiac disease.
  • ENGL 272: A Journey in Journalism
    In this workshop class, the classroom becomes a newsroom and students create and publish their own works of journalism in digital media of their choosing.Journalism as a truth-finding and truth-telling discipline is the underlying skill set taught.
  • IDSC 265: Topics in Public Health
    This course will mix introductory text-based discussions with panels and discussions facilitated by visiting speakers. Classes will cover an array of topics including community partnership, professionalism, and social theories of health equity.
  • ENGL 272: A Journey in Journalism
    In this workshop class, the classroom becomes a newsroom and students create and publish their own works of journalism in digital media of their choosing including personal blogs, podcasts, videos, still photography, online graphics and multimedia.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The class is working with the Northfield League of Women's voters. They will construct surveys and interview members in order to illustrate the composition of league, its perceptions in the community, and ways that they could improve recruitment.
  • IDSC 265: Topics in Public Health
    Topics in Public Health will mix introductory text-based discussions with panels and discussions facilitated by visiting speakers.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    Students are partnering with the MN Celiac Center and Northfield's Just Food Co-op on projects related to celiac disease.In partnership with the Rice County Public Health Department, students will be developing a video on the topic of vaccine safety.
  • HIST 216: History: Beyond the Walls
    A central component of the course includes a civic engagement project mentoring sixth grade students at the Northfield Middle School as they research and produce projects for Minnesota History Day.
  • EDUC 238: Multicultural Education
    Students in this course have the opportunity to enrich their learning through engagement with the community by volunteering at Faribault High School.
  • MUSC 192: African Drum Class
    Class instruction in basic techniques of African drumming. Students performed for Prairie Creek Community School.
  • IDSC 198: FOCUS Colloquium
    This two-credit freshman colloquium will provide students with the opportunity to build air quality sensors to learn about the science around air pollution and to develop community based measurements.
  • EDUC 238: Multicultural Education
    Students in this course have the opportunity to enrich their learning through engagement with the community by volunteering at Faribault High School.
  • MUSC 192: African Drum Class
    Class instruction in basic techniques of African drumming. Students performed for Prairie Creek Community School.
  • EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies
    Students in this course have the opportunity to enrich their learning through engagement with the community by volunteering at Faribault High School.
  • EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies
    Students in this course have the opportunity to enrich their learning through engagement with the community by volunteering at Faribault High School.
  • PEAR 174: Introductory Coaching Practicum
    This practicum will culminate with a service-learning project in Seville offering free sports clinics to local schools. No previous coaching experience required.
  • PHYS 356: Special Project: Systems Approaches for Sustainability
    Projects in this course: designing a net zero warming house, designing a low-energy/low-heat/low-water year-round greenhouse, a system for sustainability projects, and exploring ways to implement the Green Steps program for the City of Northfield.
  • ENTS 261: Field Investigation in Comparative Agroecology
    The course begins with a two-week visit in December to Beijing and Sichuan province. Field work will include visits to Chinese farms at the forefront of an incipient sustainable agriculture movement in China.
  • POSC 209: Place, Politics, and Ctizen Mobilization
    This class will research a current case study of sand mining for fracking in Winona, Minnesota.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • PEAR 174: Introductory Coaching Practicum
    This practicum will culminate with a service-learning project in Seville offering free sports clinics to local schools. No previous coaching experience required.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • ENTS 261: Field Investigation in Comparative Agroecology
    The course begins with a two-week visit in December to Beijing and Sichuan province. Field work will include visits to Chinese farms at the forefront of an incipient sustainable agriculture movement in China.
  • POSC 209: Place, Politics, and Citizen Mobilization
    This class will research a current case study of sand mining for fracking in Winona, Minnesota.
  • PHYS 356: Special Project: Systems Approaches for Sustainability
    Students in this course are working on four projects related to sustainability including designing a net zero warming house, designing a low-energy/low-heat/low-water year-round greenhouse and a system for sustainability projects.

Fall 2013

  • GEOL 210: Geomorphology
    Study of the geological processes and factors which influence the origin and development of the surficial features of the earth, with an emphasis on some or all of the processes in Minnesota.
  • HIST 232: Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy
    Using a range of evidence from Italy and France in the fourteenth-sixteenth centuries we will explore selected issues of the period. Students will go to local schools to lead an enrichment opportunity around Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of school. Three hours outside of class per week are devoted to observing learning activities in public school classrooms.
  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology
    This course will examine how psychological principles can be employed to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and encourage adherence to disease treatment regimens. Students will examine local policy and health outcomes.
  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology
    This course will examine how psychological principles can be employed to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and encourage adherence to disease treatment regimens.
  • SOAN 203: Anthropology of Good Intentions
    This course explores the impacts of sustainable development, conservation, and AID programs to look beyond the good intentions of those that implement them.
  • BIOL 221: Ecosystem Ecology
    This course examines major ecosystems on Earth. Students will be collaborate with the Main Stream Project to do analysis of the effects of sustainable chicken production and develop units for a middle school field trip to the Arboretum.
  • AMST 252: Food Culture in the United States
    We explore the creation, exchange, and consumption of food in America, focusing on food as a cultural artifact that is intricately tied to individual and group identification. The class will partner with Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf.
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice.The course allows students apply the ethical debates in environmental policy and practice to case studies in Northfield.
  • CAMS 270: Nonfiction I
    This course addresses nonfiction media as both art form and historical practice by exploring the expressive, rhetorical, and political possibilities of nonfiction production. The class will create a film about composting at Carleton.
  • MATH 315: Topics in Probability and Statistics: Introduction to Sampling Techniques
    Covers sampling design issues beyond the basic simple random sample: stratification, clustering, domains, and complex designs like two-phase and multistage designs.
  • EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies
    This course will focus on education as a multidisciplinary field of study. We will explore the meanings of education within individual lives and institutional contexts. Students have the option of spending time in one of the after-school programs.
  • CGSC 386: Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans
    An examination of recent literature on how adolescents develop their value system, explore their goals, begin to make life-framing decision, establish new relationships, and discover answers to the question "Who am I?"
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.

Spring 2013

  • SOAN 285: Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work. Each student will take on a project based on their own interests.
  • SOAN 236: Introduction to Peace Studies
    In this course we will study the alternative definitions of peace and examine the relation between peace and a variety of societal factors including modernity, post modernity, international anarchy, forms of state, and culture.
  • RELG 289: Global Religions in Minnesota
    This course examined how global religions adapt to and transform the disparate local communities where their practitioners make home. Students supplemented historical and theoretical instruction with research with living communities in Minnesota.
  • POSC 223: Food Justice
    This course will examine concepts of justice and apply them to issues related to farmworkers, factory works and others who produce our food, poverty and access to food, and genetically modified organisms as they relate to control of production.
  • POSC 233: Food Justice
    This course will examine concepts of justice and apply them to issues related to farm workers, factory workers and others who produce our food, poverty and access to food, and genetically modified organisms as they relate to control of production.
  • HIST 285: Museums, Monuments, and Memory
    This course ranges widely over the varied and sometimes risky terrain of contemporary history-making in Minnesota and beyond to examine preservation organizations, museums, archives, oral history projects, documentary films, historic sites, and more.
  • HIST 115: Carleton in the Archives: Studies in Institutional Memory and Culture
    What is the relationship between "official" and "individual" memory in the making of an institutional world? We will explore this and related questions through reading, discussion, and a hands-on project based on materials in Carleton's own archives.
  • ENTS 288: Abrupt Climate Change
    Course topics include interpretation of historical climate data, methods of measuring abrupt changes in ancient climates, theories for abrupt change, the role of complex earth systems, and the connection to trends in global climate change.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    Students in this art course will create over 500 bowls for a yearly event, Empty Bowls, to highlight the problems that hunger creates in society. The event includes a fundraiser selling the handmade bowls for the Northfield Food Shelf.
  • EDUC 395: Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. The academic civic engagement component for this class will focus on charter schools.
  • ENGL 272: A Journey in Journalism
    In this workshop-style class in journalistic storytelling, the classroom becomes a newsroom and students become working journalists reporting on Carleton and Northfield events as well as broader social issues, personalities, and trends.
  • EDUC 386: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for helping secondary teachers learn to provide specific instructional support for secondary readers. Students will partner with students from a local school to work on reading skills.

Winter 2013

  • BIOL 302: Methods of Teaching Science
    This course will explore teaching methods for the life and physical sciences in grades 5-12. In addition, time outside of class will be spent observing and teaching in local science classrooms.
  • HIST 236: Women's Lives in Pre-Modern Europe
    This course offers an exploration of women's place in the family and economy, laws and cultural assumptions about women, and women's role in religion.
  • HIST 286: Africans in the Arab World: On Site and Revisited
    This class promotes dialogue with Afro-Arab women around the historical constructions of gender, race, and ethnicity in heritage sites, Islam, Arab media, academic institutions, and popular culture.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.
  • ENTS 262: Materials Science, Energy and the Environment
    This course will focus on the relationship between the structure and physical properties of materials, how materials science can address environmental and energy challenges, and the technological and societal impacts of materials development.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    Topics covered include research design, data collection, and analysis of data. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are considered. Student will demonstrate their knowledge by developing a research proposal that is implementable.
  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness
    This course examines patients, practitioners, and the social networks and contexts through which therapies are managed to better understand medical systems as well as the significance of the anthropological study of misfortune.

Fall 2012

  • POSC 204: Media and Electoral Politics: 2012 United States Election
    Our analysis of media influences on politics will draw from three fields of study: political psychology, political behavior and participation, and public opinion.
  • POSC 358: Comparative Social Movements
    This course examines the role that social movements play in political life. Potential case studies include the transnational environmental movement, religious movements in Latin America and the recent growth of far right activism in northern Europe.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools.
  • POSC 230: Methods of Political Research
    An introduction to research method, research design, and the analysis of political data. The course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry as they are employed in the discipline.
  • POSC 100: Media and Election Politics: 2012 Election
    This seminar introduces basic methods of political analysis through a case study of media and politics in the 2012 elections. Concepts from public opinion analysis and political psychology will be used to understand the 2012 campaigns.
  • ENTS 247: Agroforestry Systems: Local and Global Perspectives
    This course will examine the principles and practices of tropical and temperate agroforestry systems.
  • HIST 137: Early Medieval Worlds
    Through the exploration of four "worlds" in the Middle Ages (Late Antique Italy, Anglo-Saxon England,Carolingian Europe, Holy Roman Empire)this course gives an introduction to political,social, and cultural developments in Europe between 250 and 1050
  • GEOL 210: Geomorphology
    Study of the geological processes and factors which influence the origin and development of the surficial features of the earth, with an emphasis on some or all of the processes in Minnesota.

Spring 2012

  • POSC 289: Washington D.C.: A Global Conversation
    Students will engage with leading scholars and practitioners in the field of political communication to learn how mass media, particularly TV news, influences politics.
  • SOAN 285: Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • SOAN 240: Methods of Social Research
    The course is concerned with social scientific inquiry and explanation, particularly with reference to sociology and anthropology.
  • EDUC 395: Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education.
  • EDUC 386: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for helping secondary teachers learn to provide specific instructional support for secondary readers.
  • FREN 349: The French Art of Living: Tradition, Myth, Reality
    Through literature, art, architecture, and theory, students will explore French notions of what it means to live well, from Renaissance sumptuousness to existentialist questioning to the depiction of immigrants’ lives in contemporary Paris.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics.
  • MATH 215: Introduction to Statistics
    Practical aspects of statistics, including extensive use of statistical software, interpretation and communication of results, will be emphasized.
  • CLAS 244: The Oresteia Project: Visualizing Greek Tragedy
    The course focused on Aeschylus' famous tragic trilogy as an entry-point into and case study of the production, both ancient and modern, of Greek drama.
  • ENTS 310: Environmental Law and Policy
    This seminar aims to understand how environmental laws work to achieve policy objectives, with attention also to debates about the role of markets and community-based environmental management.
  • BIOL 236: Plant Biology
    This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into physiological, developmental, morphological, and anatomical adaptations to diverse environments.
  • BIOL 370: Topics in Virology
    An examination of selected animal viruses. The course will focus on the most recent developments in HIV-related research, including implications for HIV-treatment and vaccines and the impact of viral infection on the immune system of the host.
  • PSYC 375: Language and Deception
    In this course we will examine deception and persuasion in language use. We will take up three main issues: what it means to deceive and how people deceive others through language, why people deceive, and the ethics of deception.
  • RELG 289: Global Religions of Minnesota
    This course bridges theoretical knowledge with engaged field research focused on how Midwestern contexts shape global religious communities and how these communities challenge and transform Minnesota.
  • POSC 209: Place, Politics, and Citizen Mobilization
    We will explore concepts of democracy, power, identity, and sense of place as we examine cases of citizen mobilization. The class will research a current case study of an environmental controversy that gave rise to citizen mobilization.
  • POSC 288: Washington D.C.: A Global Conversation
    Students will participate in a seminar involving meetings with leading Washington figures in areas of global policy making and regular discussions of related readings.
  • CLAS 111: Classical Mythology
    We will study a selection of the most famous Classical myths through close reading of Homer, the Greek tragedians, Ovid and other ancient sources.

Winter 2012

  • EDUC 238: Multicultural Education
    This course focuses on the respect for human diversity, especially as these relate to various racial, cultural and economic groups, and to women.
  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality
    This course will review the basic biology of all aspects of reproduction--from genes to behavior--in an attempt to better understand one of the more basic and important processes in nature.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.
  • SOAN 236: Introduction to Peace Studies
    In this course we will study the alternative definitions of peace and examine the relation between peace and a variety of societal factors including modernity, post modernity, patriarchy, ecology, globalization and a global civil society and culture.
  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness
    An ethnographic approach to beliefs and practices regarding health and illness in numerous societies worldwide.
  • ENTS 261: Field Investigation in Comparative Agroecology
    The course begins with a two-week visit in December to Beijing and Sichuan province. Field work will include visits to Chinese farms as well as discussions with Chinese sustainable agriculture researchers.
  • HIST 245: Ireland: The Origin of the Troubles
    This course examines Irish history with a special focus on Anglo-Irish relations from Tudor colonization through the Great Hunger of the nineteenth century.
  • DANC 255: Performing Politics
    We will investigate ways in which contemporary politics can influence the creation of performance work. We will explore individual identity and community-based art as inspirations for making new performance material.

Fall 2011

  • CAMS 275: Audio Workshop
    The Audio Workshop introduces students to essential skills in audio storytelling and drama. Students will produce projects in three essential genres: reportorial projects, personal narratives and new audio drama.
  • ECON 266: Experimental Economics
    This course will provide an introduction to experimental methodology, with an emphasis on design and hypothesis testing.
  • CGSC 385: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
    We will consider the development of memory, perception, and attention, as well as concepts and categorization, problem-solving and thinking, during the years from six to 11.
  • MATH 115: Statistics: Concepts and Applications
    Introduction to statistical concepts with emphasis on understanding and interpretation of statistical information, especially in the context of media reports and scholarly articles.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools.
  • GEOL 258: Geology of Soils
    The study of soil formation, and physical and chemical properties of soils especially as related to geomorphology and land use.
  • IDSC 100: Measured Thinking: Reasoning with Numbers about World Events, Health, Science, and Social Issues
    This interdisciplinary course addresses one of the signal features of contemporary academic, professional, public, and personal life: a reliance on information and arguments involving numbers.
  • HIST 282: Masquerades in Africa
    This course explores the relevance of masks, animated in masquerade performances, to the practice of reconstructing the African past.
  • RELG 276: Nonviolent Social Change: Theory and Praxis
    This class will give attention to the historical conditions that led to the emergence of the theory of nonviolence and the nonviolent activist tradition, and analyze the development of theories of nonviolent social change.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • SOAN 285: Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • BIOL 221: Ecosystems Ecology
    This course examines major ecosystems on Earth, including terrestrial, wetland, lake, river, estuarine, and marine systems.
  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology
    This course will examine how psychological principles can be employed to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and encourage adherence to disease treatment regimens.
  • EDUC 340: Race, Immigration, and Urban Schools
    This course explores the role that public schools have played in the American national imagination as the way to socialize students about what it means to be American and to prepare them to participate as citizens in a democracy.

Spring 2011

  • BIOL 236: Plant Biology
    This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into physiological, developmental, morphological, and anatomical adaptations to diverse environments.
  • RELG 281: Art, Religion and Globalization
    Tracing the history of exhibiting cultures, beginning in the late nineteenth century, we will consider how religions and traditions are represented in different contexts with a range of political and social implications.
  • BIOL 234: Microbiology
    A study of the metabolism, genetics, structure, and function of microorganisms. While presented in the framework of the concepts of cellular and molecular biology, the emphasis will be on the uniqueness and diversity of the microbial world.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is a continuation of either or both beginning courses, focusing on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics.
  • SOAN 236: Introduction to Peace Studies
    In this course we will study the alternative definitions of peace and examine the relation between peace and a variety of societal factors including modernity, post modernity, religious prejudice, ecology, and a global civil society and culture.
  • SOAN 215: Social Welfare
    The course reviews the historical, social, and cultural underpinnings of the nation's welfare system and examines which groups are served and not served by the system.
  • RELG 243: Native American Religious Freedom
    This course explores historical and legal contexts in which Native Americans have practiced their religions in the United States.
  • MATH 349: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
    Methods of teaching mathematics in grades 7-12. Issues in contemporary mathematics education. Regular visits to school classrooms and teaching a class are required.
  • ENTS 246: Environmental and Agricultural Politics of the Americas
    We will explore policies and political institutions relating to the environment--and particularly agriculture--in North and South America.
  • EDUC 365: Democracy, Diversity, and Education
    A junior-level seminar, the course will examine various theories about the relationship between democracy and education and the role of American public schools in creating a citizenry for a democratic society.
  • MATH 315: Topics in Probability and Statistics
    Introduction to the main discrete and continuous time stochastic processes. Topics include Markov chains, Poisson process, continuous time Markov chains, Brownian motion.
  • AMST 252: Ethnic Foodways in the U.S.
    This course explores the creation, exchange, and consumption of ethnic foodways in the United States. In particular, we look at food as a cultural artifact that is intricately tied to individual and group identification with ancestry and traditions.
  • ENTS 329: Environmental Analysis Lab
    In this course, we will study the chemistry of molecules in the air, water, and soil. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the chemistry in the natural (unpolluted) environment, and the changes which occur due to human activity and pollution.
  • WGST 250: Women's Health Activism
    This course focuses on women's health movements and feminist activism around reproductive justice in the United States.

Winter 2011

  • CAMS 285: Community Video
    In this course students will focus on non-fiction structure, story, and production techniques as they create video projects working in collaboration with Northfield area non-profit organizations.
  • AMST 127: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
    Utilizing an interdisciplinary framework, this course will discuss the emergence of Latina/o studies in the academy and its relationship to community activism.
  • HIST 280: African in the Arab World
    This course examines African people's existence as religious, political, and military leaders, and as slaves and poets in Arab societies from ancient to modern times.
  • SOAN 285: Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • SOAN 275: Community Needs Assessment
    This course introduces students to different approaches to assessing a community's needs and to social program evaluation.
  • ECON 268: Economic Cost-Benefit Analysis
    This course will cover the basic theory and empirical techniques necessary to quantify and aggregate the impacts of government policy, especially as related to the environment.
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity.
  • RELG 289: Global Religions in Minnesota
    This course bridges theoretical knowledge with engaged field research focused on how Midwestern contexts shape global religious communities and how these communities challenge and transform Minnesota.
  • EDUC 238: Multicultural Education
    This course focuses on the respect for human diversity, especially as these relate to various racial, cultural and economic groups, and to women.

Fall 2010

  • POSC 358: Comparative Social Movements
    This course will examine the role that social movements play in political life.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    Each Fall, sections of Spanish 204 include a hands-on learning opportunity for students and the Northfield community. Each Carleton student works 1-on-1 with a local Northfield student, engaging in conversations in Spanish and tutoring the student.
  • GEOL 100: Geology in the Field
    This course introduces basic principles of geology and geological reasoning through first-hand field work. Using their field work, students piece together the long geologic history of southern Minnesota. Findings will be presented to the public.
  • CHEM 100: Air Pollution and Human Health
    This course begins with an overview of the interdisciplinary science of air pollutants. Questions such as the relationship between childhood asthma and air quality and the relative impacts of possible strategies to mitigate pollution will be studied
  • EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies
    Students in this course have the opportunity to enrich their learning through engagement with the community by volunteering at Faribault High School.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools. Students complete 3 hours of classroom observation at local schools each week.
  • RELG 130: Native American Religion
    This course explores the history and contemporary practice of Native American religious traditions, especially as they have developed amid colonization and resistance.
  • ENTS 120: Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
    Spatial data analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning, and related technologies are increasingly important for understanding and analyzing a wide range of biophysical, social, and economic phenomena.
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice, as well as some of the major traditions of environmental thought.

Spring 2010

  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course is an advanced ceramics class for studio art majors. Students created bowls that were sold at Spring Concert and also in Northfield to raise money for a local charity.
  • SOAN 285: Ethics of Civic Engagement
    In this course, students will discuss the ethical questions that arise when they engage with others in research, service, organizing, or policy work.
  • POSC 220: The Politics of Food
    In this course we will learn about and reflect upon the political aspects of food in the U.S. Topics include food history, agribusiness, local food movements, food policy, and social justice.
  • EDUC 340: Race, Immigration, and Urban Schools
    This course explores the important role that public schools, particularly in urban areas, play in the American national imagination as the way to socialize students about what it means to be American and to participate as citizens in a democracy.
  • PSYC 375: Language and Deception
    In this course we will examine deception and persuasion in language use.
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice, as well as some of the major traditions of environmental thought.

Winter 2010

  • SOAN 262: Anthropology of Health and Illness
    For this course, some students worked with Growing Up Healthy to conduct library-based research on subpopulations such as Faribault's Somali population and issues such as refugee mental health and culturally specific presentation of symptoms.
  • FREN 241: Marginality and Renaissance
    This course will examine the Francophone presence in Quebec, Louisiana and Acadia through works of novels, plays, songs, films and folktales.
  • RELG 268: Encountering Islam
    This course explores discourses that emerged as Islamic traditions encountered other cultures. Students will also explore Minnesota's varied Muslim populations and the nuances in contemporary American encounters with Islam.
  • SOAN 395: Public Sociology
    Students in this course conducted needs-based assessments of Northfield and the Rice Country area to identify potential projects and collaborations between Carleton and local organizations.
  • POSC 209: Place, Politics, and Ctizen Mobilization
    Citizen mobilization often centers around environmental problems or other controversies about the shape of community landscapes. We will explore concepts of democracy, power, identity, and sense of place as we examine cases of citizen mobilization
  • ENTS 271: Environmental Economics and Policy
    This course will explore the economic and political institutions affecting the environment. Topics to be discussed may include: climate change, agriculture, transportation, energy efficiency, population growth, and water.
  • EDUC 395: Educational Studies Senior Seminar
    This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education. Students volunteered with various non-profit agencies and studied service-learning
  • BIOL 310: Immunology
    This course will examine the role of the immune system in defense, allergic reactions, and autoimmunity. Topics to be covered include the structure and function of antibodies, cytokines, and more.
  • RELG 265: Modern Hinduism
    This course will begin with the ideas of such prominent Hindu thinkers as Rammohan Ray, Vivekananda, Savarkar, and Gandhi, looking to a range of historical and critical materials to ground their voices in the experience of colonialism.
  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology
    This course will examine how psychological principles can be employed to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and encourage adherence to disease treatment regimens.
  • SOAN 111: Introduction to Sociology
    An introduction to sociology, including analysis of the sociological perspective, culture, socialization, demography, and social class and caste institutions in modern industrial societies and cultures.

Fall 2009

  • RELG 243: Native American Religions
    This course explores historical and legal contexts in which Native Americans have practiced their religions in the United States exploring landmark court cases in Sacred Lands, Peyotism, Free Exercise in prisons, and more.
  • GEOL 210: Geomorphology
    Study of the geological processes and factors which influence the origin and development of the superficial features of the earth, with an emphasis on some or all of the processes in Minnesota.
  • ENTS 288: Abrupt Climate Change
    Course topics include interpretation of historical climate data, methods of measuring abrupt changes in ancient climates, theories for abrupt change, the role of complex earth systems, and the connection to trends in global climate change.
  • ENGL 272: Truth Vs. Power: A Journey in Journalism
    In this workshop class, the classroom becomes a newsroom and students create and publish their own works of journalism in digital media of their choosing including but not limited to personal blogs, podcasts, and videos.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    Sections of Spanish 204 include a hands-on learning opportunity for students and the Northfield community. Each Carleton student will work 1-on-1 with a local Northfield student, engaging in conversations in Spanish while tutoring the student
  • HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
    A narrative and survey of the early modern period (fifteenth through eighteenth centuries). The course examines the Renaissance, Reformation, Contact with the Americas, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment.
  • ENTS 120: Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
    Spatial data analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning, and related technologies are increasingly important for understanding and analyzing a wide range of biophysical, social, and economic phenomena.
  • ENGL 109: English Writing Seminar
    Devoted exclusively to the study and practice of clear and persuasive prose, this course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental organizational and argumentative skills they need to write effectively at Carleton.
  • CAMS 310: Moviegoing and Film Exhibtion in America
    In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with the various methodologies for doing film history while researching and writing the history of movie culture at the local level, using primary sources such as newspapers, interviews, and photographs.
  • BIOL 370: Topics in Virology
    An examination of selected animal viruses. The course will focus on the most recent developments in HIV-related research, including implications for HIV-treatment and vaccines and the impact of viral infection on the immune system of the host.
  • ENGL 109: English Writing Seminar
    Devoted exclusively to the study and practice of clear and persuasive prose, this course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental organizational and argumentative skills they need to write effectively at Carleton.

Spring 2009

  • PSYC 260: Health Psychology
    This course will examine how psychological principles can be employed to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and encourage adherence to disease treatment regimens.
  • GEOL 258: Geology of Soils
    The study of soil formation, and physical and chemical properties of soils especially as related to geomorphology and land use. Laboratories and field trips will emphasize how to describe and interpret soils.
  • EDUC 395: Educational Studies Senior Seminar
    This course focuses on a contemporary issue in American education. Recent seminars have been on educational reform and reformers, service learning, literacy leaders in education, education and the emotions, and personal essays about education.
  • PSYC 375: Language and Deception
    In this course we will examine deception and persuasion in language use.
  • ARTS 330: Advanced Ceramics
    This course focuses on sophisticated handbuilding and throwing techniques and advanced problem solving in ceramics. Development of a personal voice is encouraged through open-ended assignments deepening exploration into the expressive nature of clay.
  • CAMS 270: Nonfiction Video Production
    This course addresses nonfiction media as both art form and historical practice. The class culminates in the production of a significant nonfiction media project.
  • ARTH 309: Historic Preservation
    This five-week seminar will provide a general introduction to the topic of historic preservation. We will study the evolution of the field and consider theoretical and legal issues pertaining to the selective maintenance of the built environment.

Winter 2009

  • SOAN 395: Public Sociology
    Students in this course conducted needs-based assessments of Northfield and the Rice Country area to identify potential projects and collaborations between Carleton and local organizations related to arts, business, and housing.

Winter 2006

  • AMST 127: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
    Utilizing an interdisciplinary framework, this course will discuss the emergence of Latina/o studies in the academy and its relationship to community activism.

Theoretical ACE

Spring 2015

  • POSC 120.01: Comparative Political Regimes
    An introduction to the fundamentals of government and the variety of ways politics is practiced in different countries.
  • Hist 226: U.S. Consumer Culture
    In the period after 1880, the growth of a mass consumer society recast issues of identity, gender, race, class, family, and political life.
  • PHIL 243: Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals
    This raises a pressing ethical question: what are our moral obligations (if any) to nonhuman animals, and how might we practically fulfill such moral obligations (if they exist)?

Winter 2015

  • POSC 120: Comparative Political Regimes
    An introduction to the fundamentals of government and the variety of ways politics is practiced in different countries. Capitalist democracies, transitional states and developing nations are compared.
  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality
    The myths surrounding human reproduction and sexuality may out weigh our collective knowledge and understanding. This course will review the basic biology of all aspects of reproduction--from genes to behavior.

Fall 2014

  • SPAN 328: Contemporary Fiction and the Market
    In this course we will be studying the various meanings of what has been labeled, esthetically and sociologically, as the Post-Modernist age, or Late Modernity.
  • IDSC 203: Talking about Diversity
    This four credit s/cr/nc only course prepares students to facilitate peer-led conversations about diversity.
  • ECON 270: Economics of the Public Sector
    Economics of the public sector takes a close look at the role of government (at all levels – federal, state, and local) in modern society.

Spring 2014

  • AMST 252: Food Culture in the United States
    Explores the creation, exchange, and consumption of food in America, and the spaces in which it is produced, sold, shared, and eaten, focusing especially on food as a cultural artifact that is intricately tied to individual and group identification.
  • POSC 236: Global, National, and Human Security
    What are the greatest threats to national and global security? Students in this class researched issues of security at various levels and conducted interviews with professionals in the field, many located in Washington DC.

Winter 2014

  • SOAN 330: Environmental Anthropology
    Students in this course have the opportunity to develop an annotated bibliography on a topic that is related to work being done by environmentalist organizations in the region.
  • PHIL 222: Topics in Medical Ethics
    Over the past 40 years, the idea that competent patients have the right to make decisions about their own care has become paramount in medical ethics and medical practice. We will explore these issues through philosophical readings and case studies.
  • PHIL 222: Topics in Medical Ethics
    Over the past forty years, the idea that competent patients have the right to make decisions about their own care has become paramount in medical ethics and medical practice.
  • SOAN 333: Environmental Anthropology
    Students in this course have the opportunity to develop an annotated bibliography on a topic that is related to work being done by environmentalist organizations in the region.

Fall 2013

  • SPAN 328: Contemporary Fiction and the Market
    In this class students will critically explore environmental cycles at Carleton in connection with learning about art and alternative visions from Spain and Europe. They will also learn from documentary filmmakers from Spain.
  • POSC 358: Comparative Social Movements
    This course will examine the role that social movements play in political life. Potential case studies include the transnational environmental movement, religious movements in Latin America and the growth of far right activism in northern Europe.

Winter 2013

  • HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
    The course examines the Renaissance, Reformation, Contact with the Americas, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment.