Graduate Courses

Fall 2022

ART HIS 249B – Chinese Art
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Lee, H.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Advanced studies in secular and religious artistic traditions of China. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.

COM LIT 284 – Theories of Translation
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Kristal, E.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Examination of various approaches to concept of translation and to its significance for literary studies. Readings include authors such as Matthew Arnold, Walter Benjamin, George Steiner, and Susan Bassnett. S/U or letter grading.

HEBREW 220 – Studies in Hebrew Biblical Literature
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Bonesho, C.E.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Critical study of Hebrew texts in relation to major versions; philological, comparative, literary, and historical study of various biblical books. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

IRANIAN 220A – Classical Persian Texts
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Ingenito, D.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 103A, 103B, 103C. Study of selected classical Persian texts. May be taken independently for credit.

ISLM ST 291A – Variable Topics in Islamic Studies
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Yarbrough, L.B.
Final Exam Information
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Selected topics on Islam. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.

ITALIAN 216A – Studies in the Renaissance: Machiavelli and Renaissance Political Thought
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Ciavolella, M.
Course Description:  Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading.

JAPAN 200 – Japanese Studies Seminar
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Shimazaki, S.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Selected topics on introduction to major bibliographical and methodological resources in field of Japanese studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Letter grading.

JAPAN C260 – Japanese Buddhism
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Bodiford, W.M.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Japanese not required. Development of Buddhism in Japan in its cultural context, with emphasis on key ideas and teachings. Concurrently scheduled with course CM160. Letter grading.

PHILOS 206 – Topics in Medieval Philosophy – Designated CMRS-CEGS/LAMAR Methodology Seminar
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Copenhaver, B.P.; Normore, C.G.
Course Description: Lecture, four hours. Study of philosophy and theology of one or several medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, or Ockham or study of single area such as logic or theory of knowledge in several medieval philosophers. Topics announced each term. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: “Picturing Knowledge in Historical Perspective” will be taught by Professors Brian P. Copenhaver (Philosophy) and Calvin Normore (Philosophy). Whether thought is best understood  by analogy with language, with pictorial representation or with both is an issue at least as old as Plato’s Cratylus and as contemporary as 2020 revision of the article on Mental Representation in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. This interdisciplinary seminar will attempt to trace from late antiquity into the 17th century some of the ways in which pictures were used as tools to create and express knowledge claims and also some of the theoretical issues surrounding those uses. Beginning with an outline of the issues and a discussion of the structure and limits  of pictorial representation, we will turn to the use of diagrams in late antiquity, to the role of icons in Byzantine thought and to discussions of picturing in Latin Medieval traditions. We will then turn to the dramatic changes in the nature and use of pictorial representation from the fifteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries ending with a discussion of Descartes’ use of pictures and diagrams. The seminar  will meet weekly for two hours in a hybrid format and there will be an optional third hour scheduled at participants convenience for preparatory and followup meetings. The instructors of record will begin and end the series of classes but most of the  classes will be given by experts in the particular subjects being discussed.

PHILOS C210 – Spinoza
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s)Carriero, J.P.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Selected topics in philosophy of Spinoza. May be concurrently scheduled with course C110. S/U or letter grading.

SPAN 226 – Prose of the Golden Age
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Patino Loira, J.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Readings of and lectures on fictional, didactic, religious, and historical writings.