Cluster courses provide opportunities to study special themes or historical periods from the perspective of two or more different disciplines at once. Each course is developed to integrate with one or more courses in other fields to show how different disciplines complement each other to form a more comprehensive understanding of a given topic. All courses within a given cluster meet at the same time, so the students can all meet together periodically to explore the cluster theme. In some clusters, the classes meet together all the time so that the different disciplines are integrated throughout the course.
As part of the B.A. and B.S. humanities area requirement, the College requires that all students, including humanities majors, take an interdisciplinary cluster course (specially designated courses taught by faculty from at least two different departments, one of which must be in the Division of Humanities or the Department of History). Students should also discuss with their advisers how cluster courses fit into their personal degree programs. As a general guide, individual courses in each cluster:
- Count toward fulfillment of the humanities requirement for the B.A., B.S., and B.A./M.D. degrees.
- Count, if they are numbered 300 or above, toward the 36 junior-senior hours of electives required for graduation.
- Count toward fulfillment of the departmental requirements for majors in the field in which the course is taken.
- Can be taken for graduate credit if numbered 300 or above, with departmental approval.
The following is a partial list of cluster courses now available. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses. See entries under the relevant departments for more detailed explanations of the contents of each course.
African and African American Women and Creativity
The African Diaspora in the Arts and Culture
American Social Film: Silver Screen and the American Dream
Archaeology of Ancient Disasters
Biological and Ethical Issues in Aging
Body Images in Medicine and the Arts
Clio and the Other Muses: History and Culture in 5th Century Athens
Courts and Culture in the High Middle Ages
Critical Issues in Women’s/Gender Studies
Culture, Kultur, Civilisation: Identity Formation in the Middle Class
Healing and the Arts
Intro to German Studies
Making the Modern in France: Dance, Art, Music, and Literature
Mexico, Central America and the Human Condition
Nazi-Occupied Europe & the Holocaust
The Practice and Study of Creativity
Radical Changes Since 1945
Religion in America
Roman Revolution; History and Culture from Gracci to Augustus
Women in the Ancient World
Students should also look for other specially designated cluster course offerings under one of the following course numbers, ART 300, ECON 300CS, ENGLISH 300, PHILOS 400, POL-SCI 300, PSYCH 300CS, SOCIOL 303, AND THEATRE 300CR.