Fall 2016

Marissa K. Landrigan, Digital Storytelling, Fall 2018

Course Description:
In this class, we are interested in both the story and its medium. We will ask why we tell stories, what makes a story, and what purpose stories serve for humanity. In this way, we are engaged with many of the same questions as any creative writing or literature class. But here, we are also occupied by the many other ways — besides language — we have to tell stories. How can we create meaning without text? What other forces can shape a narrative or engage an audience’s emotions, when language is insufficient?

What You'll Need:
● The Imaginary World of ____ by Keri Smith (print)
● A website (with blog), and an Instagram account (both can be repurposed or new to this class)
● A computer / printer / Internet access (our classroom has all these, if you don’t personally)
● A digital camera / microphone / editing software (your basic smartphone or tablet has all these, or you can borrow them from the MMDC program)
● A backup method (cloud storage, flash drives, etc.) for moving your work between machines

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F.J. Hartland, Acting 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course will entail a study of beginning skills such as movement for the stage, relaxation, and beginning acting tasks (observations, emotional recall, use of space, concentration). Beginning scene work will be included.

Required Texts:

Frakes, Jake. Acting for Life. First Edition. Merriweather Publishing: Colorado Springs CO. 2005.

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Howard R. Hastings, Composition 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

-Axelrod, Rise B., Charles R. Cooper and Alison M. Warriner. Reading Critically, Writing Well: A Reader and a Guide. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2011.
-Hacker, Diane and Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writing. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012.

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F.J. Hartland, Oral Interpretation, Fall 2016

Course Description:

An investigation of the process of rendering literature aloud, with attention to problems of impersonation, consideration of style, and application of specific vocal techniques.

Required Texts:

Oral Interpretation (Twelfth edition) by Timothy Gura and Charlotte I. Lee, published by Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

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Lance J. Harshbarger, Composition 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

* Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings (Brief Edition). 10th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2016. Print. [ISBN-13: 978-0-321-96427-4]
* Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writers. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.
* CourseWeb: https://courseweb.pitt.edu

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Julia Grove, Composition 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

• Rules for Writers, Diana Hacker (BRING TO EVERY CLASS)
• Reading Critically, Writing Well, Rise Axelrod, Charles Cooper, Alison Warriner
• Course notebook and folder
• Supplemental texts will be provided by the instructor

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Valerie S. Grash, Renaissance Art , Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course examines the art and architecture created in Italy and in Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Focus is placed on defining the term "Renaissance," as well as exploring the major artists, patrons and cultural centers of the period. Historical events, pertinent literary and philosophical sources, and religious figures are explored to contextualize the work of great masters such as Gioth, Masaccio, Leonard DaVinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and Palladio.

Required Texts:

None. All necessary primary and secondary documents will be posted on the course web site for you to download and read in advance of class discussion.

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Valerie S. Grash, World Religious Architecture, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course examines a rich variety of the world's major religious buildings and complexes, focusing particular attention on understanding structural, functional, and aesthetic characteristics of individual monuments. Societal conditions and religious beliefs that affected their design and meaning will be examined through readings, discussion, and visual analysis.

Required Texts:

-Leland M. Roth, Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History and Meaning, Second Edition, 2006 (ISBN-13: 978-0813390451) (recommended)

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

none

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Bethany Goch, Composition 2, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This course aims to help you improve your writing skills in all areas: discovering what you have to say, organizing your thoughts for a variety of audiences, researching and writing from sources, and improving fluency and rhetorical sophistication. You will write and revise four major papers as well as many short response essays, devise your own purposes and structures for assignments, synthesize sources thoughtfully and responsibly, work directly with the audience of your peers to practice critical reading and response, and learn many new writing techniques.

Required Texts:

• As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Norton Critical Edition
• The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor, FSG
• No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, Vintage International
• Rules for Writers, Hacker, 7th edition/8th edition
• a notebook
• the ability to print reading materials and drafts

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