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Below you will find the current coures offerings listed by semeseter and then alphabetically by department. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@simmons.edu or 617-521-2111.

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Fall 2014 Course Schedule - Updated Hourly

Updated Hourly - Last Updated: 12/17/2014 05:20PM

Economics

ECON 100 - Principles of Microeconomics

4 sem. hrs. Addresses debates about whether market capitalism provides the best institutional context for organizing the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Considers consumer and business behavior under various competitive conditions. Assesses the appropriate role for government policy in improving performance of market capitalism. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
MCB
E305
Zinnia Mukherjee Open 2 No 4.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

02:00PM-
03:20PM
MCB
E209
Zinnia Mukherjee Open 11 No 4.00

ECON 101 - Principles of Macroeconomics

4 sem. hrs. Provides perspective on the economy as a whole. Examines how interactions among national levels of consumption, saving, investment, trade, and government policy cause inflation, unemployment, and the economy's oscillation between prosperity and recession. Pays close attention to current macroeconomic events, including changes in the Federal Reserve's monetary policy and the fiscal impact of the national budget. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
MCB
C120
Niloufer Sohrabji Open 11 No 4.00

ECON 200 - Intermediate Microeconomics

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: ECON 100 and 101. Provides an intermediate study of the neoclassical theory of consumer choice, producer choice, market structures, general equilibrium, and welfare economics. Emphasizes the way micro decision-making leads to the market allocation of resources. Basch.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Wednesday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
MCB
E209
Zinnia Mukherjee Open 15 No 4.00

ECON 218 - International Trade

Prereq.: ECON 100 and 101. Introduces students to international trade theory and policy with an emphasis on issues of current interest. Examines theories of why nations trade, the political economy of trade protection and strategic trade policy, debates surrounding the growth of transnational corporations, and concerns about international competitiveness. Sohrabji.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

09:30AM-
10:50AM
LEF
L004
Niloufer Sohrabji Open 14 No 4.00

ECON 231 - Money & Banking

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: ECON 100 and 101 or consent of the instructor. Examines the U.S. monetary and financial systems, monetary theories, and monetary policy. Surveys theories of interest rates, theories of the interaction between the economy's monetary and productive sectors, and monetary policy. Places monetary theories within the context of broad economic debates. Tracks developments in monetary policy and financial markets, analyzing impacts on financial intermediation and the macroeconomy. Aoki.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

02:00PM-
03:20PM
MCB
C120
Masato Aoki Open 15 No 4.00

ECON 241 - Business Competition & Antitrust Policy

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: ECON 100 and 101 or consent of the instructor. Analyzes the extent and nature of business competition among business firms in the United States. Particularly focuses on those cases where structure and conduct are purported to deviate significantly from conditions of perfect competition. Examines antitrust policy as a means of improving the performance of American industry. Basch.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
MCB
E303
Zinnia Mukherjee Open 14 No 4.00

ECON 290 - Special Topics: Health Economics

Facts: (1) In 2011 U.S. health expenditures made up 18% of spending on total output (GDP); (2) spending on health care is growing faster than the GDP; (3) health-related costs account for more than a quarter of the government's budget; (4) over 47 million people were uninsured in the U.S. in 2013. 'Health Economics' examines the landscape of health and health care. How healthy are we, how much do we spend on health care, and why do these issues matter to our individual economic success and national economic performance? As health decision-makers, what should we know about health insurance markets, the pharmaceutical industry, and government health programs? How can we evaluate the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare')? In particular, how does the ACA affect access to health care, and how will it help control costs? The course will introduce basic economics principles and apply them to these and related questions.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
W206
Ms. Daphne Kenyon Open 10 No 4.00

ECON 349 - Directed Study

Prereq.: Consent of the department. Directed study addresses coursework required for the major or degree not being offered formally that semester. Students work under the close supervision of a faculty member. Consent is required for a directed study, which does not count toward the independent learning requirement. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

N/A
N/A
Masato Aoki Open 6 Yes 4.00

ECON 350 - Independent Study

4 or 8 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

N/A
N/A
Masato Aoki Open 6 Yes 4.00

ECON 370 - Internship

4-16 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Senior standing and consent of the instructor. Provides students with opportunities for workplace experience and supervised research projects that incorporate economic analysis. Biewener.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

N/A
N/A
Masato Aoki Open 20 Yes 4.00

ECON 393 - Econometrics

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: MATH 118 and either ECON 200 or 201 or consent of the instructor. Introduces the quantitative measurement and analysis of actual economic phenomena using regression analysis. Uses regression techniques to describe economic relationships, to test hypotheses about economic relationships, and to forecast future economic activity. Constructs and tests economic models using a computer statistical package. Sohrabji.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Wednesday

01:30PM-
02:50PM
PCB
P210
Niloufer Sohrabji Open 8 No 4.00

Education

EDUC 156 - Schools in an Era of Change

4 sem. hrs. Engages students in a range of issues and ideas that are part of the American educational scene, including schools as social organizations, special education, the role of technology in teaching, standardized testing, the philosophy and history of education, and the search for instructional excellence and equity in education. Requires fieldwork and computer use. Oakes, Cunnion, Bettencourt.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

12:30PM-
03:20PM
MCB
W206
Maryellen Cunnion Open 7 No 4.00

EDUC 205 - Thinking Through Art

Examines the Visual Thinking Strategies teaching method, in which open-ended group discussions of visual art help learners of all ages to develop critical thinking skills. Students will explore the theory and research underpinnings, practice facilitating discussion, study assessment strategies and consider applications of VTS in both classrooms and art museums. Guest speakers and visits to the Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts are included in the work for this course. No experience in art or art history is necessary. Grohe. 4 sem. hrs.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:00PM-
08:50PM
MCB
C416
Michelle Grohe Open 14 No 4.00

EDUC 349 - Directed Study

4 sem. hrs. Directed study addresses coursework required for the major or degree not being offered formally that semester. Students work under the close supervision of a faculty member. Consent is required for a directed study, which does not count toward the independent learning requirement. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Helen Guttentag Open 20 Yes 4.00

EDUC 350 - Independent Study

4 sem. hrs. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Janet L. Chumley Open 18 Yes 4.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 20 Yes 4.00

EDUC 388 - Fieldwork in Education

8 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Limited enrollment. Two full days a week of clinical experience in a private or public school classroom. Guttentag.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Ms. Ellen M. Davidson Open 20 No 8.00

English

ENGL 105 - Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

4 sem. hrs. Designed for students with a solid base of writing skill who wish to grow further as writers. Teaches writing of non-fiction that a non-captive audience would willingly read. Focuses primarily on the personal narrative. Pei, Wollman, Weaver, Staff.

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01 09/05/2014 -
12/05/2014
Wednesday, Friday

01:30PM-
02:50PM
MCB
C308
Lowry Pei Open 5 No 4.00

ENGL 107 - Creative Writing: Fiction

4 sem. hrs. Introduces the discipline of writing the short story. Reading of some classic and contemporary short fiction, and discussion of student drafts in a supportive workshop setting. Pei.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
MCB
C308
Lowry Pei Open 2 No 4.00

ENGL 109 - Creative Writing: Poetry

4 sem. hrs. Targets the eager and curious writer of poems seeking structure, feedback, and models of excellence in a workshop setting. Assumes that those who want to write are those who have been deeply moved by the writing of others. Includes extensive reading and attendance at poetry readings in the Boston area. Weaver, Wollman.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
MCB
E207
Afaa M. Weaver Open 2 No 4.00

ENGL 111 - Greek Mythology & Religion

4 sem. hrs Examines myths about the principle gods, goddesses, and heroes of ancient Greece, and the influence of Greek mythology on later literature, language, and the visual arts. Includes readings from Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Ovid, and Greek dramatists. Wollman.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
MCB
W206
Richard Wollman Open 4 No 4.00

ENGL 121 - Shakespeare

4 sem. hrs. Analyzes major plays with commentary on the theater of Shakespeare's London. Includes films and attendance at live performances of Shakespeare's plays when possible. Wollman.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

02:00PM-
03:20PM
MCB
W201
Richard Wollman Open 5 No 4.00

ENGL 162 - American Literature From 1865-1900

4 sem. hrs. Focuses on the responses of American writers to the change from a predominantly rural smalltown society to an urban industrialized one and the accompanying challenges to previous racial and gender stereotypes. Texts include poetry by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson; fiction by Mark Twain, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton; and W.E.B. DuBois's Souls of Black Folk. Bergland, George.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Wednesday

01:30PM-
02:50PM
MCB
C120
Sheldon George Open 1 No 4.00

ENGL 178 - Multicultural Themes in Modern American Literature

4 sem. hrs. Studies personal, family, and cultural conflicts created by the tensions between ethnic and American loyalties in fictional and non-fictional works by African American, Jewish, Native American, Asian American, Latino, and other authors. Focuses on the dilemma of affirming the values of ethnic identity in a civilization professing the virtues of assimilation. Bergland, George.

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01 09/05/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

10:00AM-
10:50AM
MCB
E207
Priyanka Jacob Open 5 No 4.00

ENGL 193 - Women in Literature

4 sem. hrs. Explores the writings and cultural contexts of literature by and about women from the 19th century to the present. Features novels, short stories, speeches, poems, and plays. Selected topics may include: education, friendship, sexuality, the marriage plot, labor, and protest and politics. Hager, Bergland, Bromberg, Leonard.

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01 09/05/2014 -
12/05/2014
Wednesday, Friday

01:30PM-
02:50PM
SCB
S423
Phyllis Thompson Open 15 No 4.00

ENGL 195 - Art of Film

4 sem. hrs. Serves as an introduction to film analysis by teaching the basics of mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound as well as fundamental principles of film narrative, style, genre, and theory. Films chosen from a number of different historical periods and national contexts, including classical Hollywood cinema. Leonard.

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01 09/05/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Friday

03:30PM-
04:50PM
LEF
L004
Briana L. Martino Open 25 No 4.00

ENGL 199 - Approaches to Literature

4 sem. hrs. An introduction to the English major, 199 provides a grounding in the skills and questions basic to the study of literature: how to trace an image, how a novelist constructs a character, what a poet is doing with meter and rhyme, and how to make comparisons between different texts. Required for all English majors. Bergland, Bromberg, George, Hager, Leonard, Pei, Weaver, Wollman.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
MCB
C302
Pamela S. Bromberg Wcls 0 No 4.00

ENGL 200 - Introduction to Theory

4 sem hrs.; Prereq: ENGL 199 The second half of the required introduction to the English major, this course builds on English 199 and considers how we read, analyze, and write about literature from different critical perspectives, including Postcolonialism and Race Studies, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Deconstruction, and/or Marxism. Required for all English majors. Bergland, Bromberg, George, Hager, Leonard, Mercier, Weaver, Wollman.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday, Wednesday

11:00AM-
12:20PM
MCB
C308
Sheldon George Open 6 No 4.00

ENGL 211 - From Alice to Eeyore

Examines the wide variety of literature written for children in the Victorian and modernist periods in Britain, from fairy tales and nonsense verse to didactic fiction and fantasy. Authors studied may include Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, E. Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame, J. M. Barrie, P.L. Travers, and A.A. Milne.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

12:30PM-
01:50PM
LEF
L005
Kelly Hager Wcls 0 No 4.00

ENGL 239 - When I Get to Be a Composer- African American Poetry to 1954

Beginning with 18th c. writings by Phillis Wheatley and other African American poets held in slavery, this course will be an examination of the arc and trajectory of what constitutes the tradition of poetry by African Americans. The course concludes with the work of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden. Weaver.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday, Thursday

09:30AM-
10:50AM
MCB
C308
Afaa M. Weaver Open 11 No 4.00

ENGL 308 - The Postcolonial Novel

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: ENGL 199 or ENGL 210, and junior standing. Studies the novels of such writers as Joseph Conrad, Nadine Gordimer, Tayeb Salih, Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Jamaica Kincaid, and Zadie Smith in the context of contemporary postcolonial theory. Bromberg.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C302
Pamela S. Bromberg Open 15 No 4.00

ENGL 323 - Special Topics in Literature

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: ENGL 109 or consent. Offers an intensive study of a particular genre of literature. Staff.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
Tuesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C308
Taylor Kennamer Open 15 No 4.00

ENGL 332 - English Lit of the 17th Century

4 sem. hrs. Introduces literature of the 17th century through study of the metaphysical wit and cavalier poetry of Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, and Jonson; the prose of Bacon and Browne; and the poetry of Phillips, Wroth, and Amelia Lanyer. Themes include manuscript and print culture, public politics and private culture, and sex and religion. Wollman.

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
Monday

03:30PM-
06:20PM
MCB
W206
Richard Wollman Open 7 No 4.00

ENGL 370 - Internship

4- 8 sem. hrs. Prereq.: consent of faculty supervisor and approval of CEC staff. In collaboration with the Career Education Center and under the supervision of a member of the English faculty, students intern for 8-10 hours a week (for 4 credits) or 16-20 hours a week (for 8 credits) in workplace sites connected to their major. Students complete a final paper that reflects on their experience and its connection to their major. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Richard Wollman Open 24 Yes 8.00
02 09/04/2014 -
12/08/2014
N/A N/A N/A Leonard, Suzanne Open 24 Yes 8.00
03 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
N/A

N/A
N/A
Kelly Hager Wcls 0 Yes 4.00
04 09/04/2014 -
12/09/2014
N/A N/A N/A Pamela S. Bromberg Open 23 Yes 4.00

ENGL 380 - Fieldwork

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Staff.

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01 09/04/2014 -
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N/A N/A N/A TBA Open 24 Yes 4.00

ENGL 405 - Contemporary Critical Theory

Introduces graduate students to the concepts and practices of contemporary literary and cultural criticism. Surveys poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, Marxist, new-historicist, postcolonial, feminist, and gender theory, bringing these perspectives to bear on key literary and historical texts. (Also listed as GCS 405 and SPAN 405.) Bromberg.

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01 09/10/2014 -
12/03/2014
Wednesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C302
Sheldon George Open 8 No 4.00

ENGL 423 - 19th Century American Children's Literature

Reading writers including Hawthorne, Alcott, Twain, Susan Warner, Thomas Bailey, Aldrich, and Margaret Sidney, this class will consider the role of religion, the classed and gendered nature of writing for children, and the way the family is depicted and disciplined. We?ll also take up the question of slavery, women?s suffrage, and industrialization in the children?s literature of the period. Hager.

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01 09/09/2014 -
12/09/2014
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03:00PM-
05:50PM
MCB
C104
Kelly Hager Open 12 No 4.00

ENGL 508 - Postcolonial Novel

Studies the novels of such writers as Joseph Conrad, Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipul, Nadine Gordimer, Tayeb Salih, Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Jamaica Kincaid, and Anita Desai in the context of contemporary post-colonial theory. Bromberg

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01 09/08/2014 -
12/08/2014
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06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C302
Pamela S. Bromberg Open 11 No 4.00

ENGL 523 - Special Topics in Lit

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01 09/09/2014 -
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Tuesday

06:30PM-
09:20PM
MCB
C308
Taylor Kennamer Open 8 No 4.00

ENGL 532 - English Lit of 17th Century

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W206
Richard Wollman Open 14 No 4.00
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