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Courses for SP2018

The following courses are approved for Senior Scholar participants for the Winter-Spring (SP) 2018 semester starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018. A required orientation will take place on Wednesday, 1/10/18.

Scroll down to review each offering. All courses are in-person and take place on the UMSL campus.

Senior Scholars may enroll to audit one course on this list during the SP2018 Pilot. The option to audit multiple courses in a single term will begin in Fall 2018. Seats for these courses are limited, so consider if more than one piques your interest. You will have an opportunity to rank order your preferences in the pre-enrollment online application questionnaire.

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Criminology 2251 - Youth Gangs

Meets Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This course provides an overview of research and policy concerning youth gangs. Definitional and methodological issues will be examined, along with both qualitative and quantitative research. Topics include: the causes of gangs and gang involvement; and variations by race, gender, time period, and geography.

Art History 1104 - Indigenous Arts of North America

Meets Monday 5:30pm-8:10pm

A survey of the indigenous arts of North America from pre-contact through the present.  Cultures to be covered include Iroquois and Ojibway of the Northeast; Navajo and Pueblo of the Southwest; Kwaguith and Gitsxan of the Northwest Coast; and Inuit from the Arctic.  The relationship of art to religion, philosophy, politics, and social life will be explored.


Astronomy 1011 - Planets and Life in the Universe

Meets Monday and Wednesday 9:30am-10:45am

Man's concept of the solar system from Stonehenge to Einstein; geology and meteorology of the planets of our solar system, with particular attention to results from the space program; exobiology--study of the possibilities of life on other worlds and the best method of communicating with it. Three lecture hours per week.


Biology 1202 - Environmental Biology

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am-9:15am

An examination of the biological basis of current environmental problems, with emphasis upon resources, energy, pollution and conservation.


Philosophy 1160 - Critical Thinking

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30am - 1:45pm

An introduction to the language and logical structure of arguments, the principles of sound reasoning, and application of these principles in a variety of contexts.


Philosophy 1180 - Science vs God

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm

This course examines whether religion and science are compatible, discusses the science-religion debate historically, and broaches philosophical issues surrounding belief, especially whether belief should be based in empirical evidence or in faith. Following these introductory course sessions, the class will discuss, in detail, topics in science and religion, including creation versus evolution; human nature (including abortion and stem cell research); the nature of sexuality and gender; the science of religion; morality; the environment from a religious perspective; meaningfulness in the universe; and finally, evidence for or against the afterlife, existence of a divinity, and divine providence.


Physics 1001- How Things Work

Meets Monday and Wednesday 11:00am-12:15pm

Can baseball players hit home runs more easily when the weather is hot and humid? This course provides a practical introduction to understanding common life experiences by using physical intuition and basic ideas of physics. Powerful scientific principles are demonstrated through topics ranging from airplane wings to compact disk players, from lightning strikes to lasers.


Anthropology 1019 - Introduction to Archaeology

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am-9:15am

Archaeology is a subfield of anthropology that studies past human societies from their material remains.  Explores the development of archaeology as a scientific discipline. Archaeological methods and theories will be explained using case studies from the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 


Sociology 1040 - Social Problems

Meets Monday and Wednesday 9:30am-10:45am

Conditions defined by society as social problems, as well as potential solutions, are examined from various sociological perspectives.  Emphasis is given to problem issues prevalent in metropolitan settings. Analyses focus on victims and beneficiaries of both problem conditions and alternative solutions.


Anthropology 2104 - Medicine in Culture and History

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm

Students will explore the diverse beliefs and practices related to anatomy, disease, sexual reproduction, gender, sport, and food. Western biomedicine will be compared with traditional Chinese medicine and other non-Western traditions such as shamanic, Native American, Tibetan, and Ayurvedic systems. The clash between traditional and modern medical systems will also be examined.


Anthropology 1034 - Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm

What was life like in ancient Egypt? Who built this great civilization and how did it fall? How do we read hieroglyphs? This course will survey ancient Egyptian history and culture from predynastic times to Greco-Roman rule, roughly 3000 BCE to 30 BCE. We will discuss archaeological sites, mummification, religion, architecture, texts, and more. Through comparing ancient Egyptian culture with our own, we will explore what has changed in the world and what has endured for millennia.


History 2008 - History of St. Louis

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am-10:50am

This course will provide an overview of the history of the St. Louis metropolitan region from its founding in 1764 to the present. Main topics will include: the St. Louis region before the Europeans, forces leading to the founding of the city, St. Louis as an "urban frontier", the Age of Steam on water and rail, the questions of slavery and the Civil War, St. Louis in the Gilded Age, the World's Fair, early efforts at city planning, impact of the automobile, St. Louis during the Depression and World War II, post-war suburbanization, urbal renewal St. Louis style, school desegregation, the Schoemehl years, the emergence of St. Louis "Edge Cities", and St. Louis 2004.


Art History 2225- Medieval Art

Meets Monday and Wednesday 9:30-10:45am

A survey of the art and architecture of the Mediterranean World and northern Europe from late antiquity to the late Gothic period (300-1300 A.D.). Focus on new styles and subject matter in painting, sculpture and architecture.


Geology 1001A - General Geology Lecture

Meets Monday and Wednesday 6:55pm-8:10pm OR Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm

Earth materials and processes, including geological aspects of the resource/energy problem. Same as GEOL 1001 without the laboratory.


Geology 1002A - Historical Geology Lecture

Meets Monday and Wednesday 12:30pm- 1:45pm

Study of changes in geography, climate and life through geological time; origin of continents, ocean basins, and mountains in light of continental drift. Same as GEOL 1002 without the laboratory.