ADVRT/P R 301 – Research and Strategic Planning for Advertising and Public Relations
The use of primary and secondary research for situations, organizations and the public. Formation and development of strategic plans for public relations and advertising students.
AF AM/SOC 330 – Ethnic and Race Relations
Analysis of ethnic and race relations, particularly in America; emphasis on the sociology and psychology of race and ethnic relations.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement
ANTHR 309 – Introduction to Culture and Language
Introduction to study of language, culture and society from an anthropological perspective. Focus on language and thought, ethnography of speaking, discourse and narrative, writing and literacy, and media communication. Discussion of key theories and methods of linguistic anthropology. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
BIOL/GEN 313 – Principles of Genetics
Introduction to the principles of transmission and molecular genetics of plants, animals, and bacteria. Recombination, structure and replication of DNA, gene expression, cloning, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. Students may receive graduation credit for no more than one of the following: Gen 260, Gen 313 and 313L, Gen 320, Biol 313 and 313L, and Agron 320.
BIOL 315 – Biological Evolution
The mechanisms of evolution. Topics in microevolution: population genetics, natural selection, genetic variation, and adaptation. Macroevolution: speciation, extinction, phylogeny, and major evolutionary patterns.
CJ ST 340 – Deviant and Criminal Behavior
Theory and research on the etiology of types of social deviance; issues relating to crime, antisocial behavior and social policies designed to control deviant behavior.
CJ ST 341 – Criminology
The nature of crime and criminology; the concept of crime; statistics and theories of criminality; major forms of crime; official responses to crime and control of crime.
CJ ST 352 – Punishment, Corrections, and Society
Introduction and overview of corrections in the United States. Theory and research on probation, parole, intermediate sanctions, prison, inmate society, inmate behavior and misconduct, capital punishment, recidivism, correctional treatment, rehabilitation, and offender reintegration into society.
CJ ST 406 – Gender and Crime
Overview of the relationship between gender and crime. Examination of gender and gender roles definitions; how gender impacts criminal behavior in terms of offending, victimization, criminal justice processing, and working in the criminal justice system; and theories used to understand the gender gap in offending.
COM S 311/LING – Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Basic techniques for design and analysis of algorithms. Sorting, searching, graph algorithms, string matching, and NP-completeness. Design techniques such as dynamic programming, divide and conquer, greedy method, and approximation. Asymptotic, worst-case, average-case and amortized analyses. Topics from advanced data structures such as balanced trees and hashing. Programming projects.
COM S/S E 342 – Principles of Programming Languages
Study of concepts in programming languages, especially functional programming concepts. Overview of major programming paradigms, their relationship, and tradeoffs among paradigms enabling sound choices of programming language for application-specific development. Programming projects.
ENGL 302 – Business Communication
Theory, principles and processes of effective written, oral, visual, and electronic communication typically encountered in business and the professions. Extensive practice in many areas of workplace communication, including letter, memo, and email correspondence; short proposals and reports; policies and procedures; job packet including letters of application and resumes; website analysis; brochures; and individual and team presentations.
ENGL 309 – Proposal and Report Writing
Rhetorical concepts and processes to individually and collaboratively develop proposals for business, governmental, nonprofit, or other organizations and to report on the work completed both orally and in writing. Emphasizes the structure and classification of proposal and report types, qualitative and quantitative research methods, audience analysis, document design, and data visualization.
ENGL 314 – Technical Communication
Theories, principles, and processes of effective written, oral, visual, and electronic communication of technical information. Attention to major strategies for analyzing and adapting to audiences in various communication situations and composing technical discourse including organizing visual and verbal information. Extensive practice in many areas of technical communication, including instructions and procedures, proposals and reports, website analysis and design, and individual and team presentations.
FRNCH 370 – French Studies in English
Author, genre, or period study in French or Francophone history, literature, or culture.Three credits: readings, discussions and papers in English; open to all students. Four credits: required for French concentration credit, supplementary readings and written course work in French.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
GER 371 – The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory
Examination of such topics as the origins and expressions of Anti-Semitism in central Europe, the political events and structures of the Holocaust, the reality of ghettos and concentration camps, the impact of technological modernization on the Final Solution, and resistance to the Nazis. Materials will include non-fictional texts, literature, art, and music. Three credits: English, open to all students. Four credits: required for German major credit, supplementary readings and compositions in German. Four credits: required for German concentration credit, supplementary readings and compositions in German. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
HIST 370 – History of Iowa
Survey of major social, cultural and economic developments in Iowa from the late 1700s. Emphasis on minority groups, pioneer life, early economic development, industrial development, educational and religious development, and outstanding personalities.
HIST/US LS 372 – Latina/O History
Historical and cultural heritage of Latinas/os in the United States. The histories of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Latin American peoples in the U.S. emphasizing political and cultural convergence and congruencies. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement
JL MC 474 – Communication Technology and Social Change
Examination of historical and current communication technologies, including how they shape and are shaped by the cultural and social practices into which they are introduced. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
LD ST 301X – Leadership Theories
Critical examination of historical and contemporary leadership theory. Create a personal leadership philosophy. Apply leadership theory to practice.
LD ST 322 – Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society
Develop and practice leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity. Explore personality types, communication styles and leadership styles; set goals; and participate in leadership opportunities and service. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement
LD ST 333 – Women and Leadership
Examination of historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women’s leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. Theories of women’s leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and perceptions and expectations about women’s leadership. Multiple perspectives of women’s leadership highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement
LING/SPAN 351 – Introduction to Spanish-English Translation
Introduction to the theory, methods, techniques, and problems of translation. Consideration of material from business, literature, and the social sciences. Taught in Spanish. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
MUSIC 304 – History of American Rock and Roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll from the mid 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on the development of rock styles from its roots in blues, folk, country, and pop. Expansion of listening experience through study of song forms, musical instruments of rock, and the socio-political significance of song lyrics. Examinations, research paper or in class presentation required. Ability to read or perform music not required.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement
POL S 310 – State and Local Government
Role of state and local governments in the American federal system. Structures of participation: political parties, elections, interest groups. Major governmental institutions: legislative, executive, and judicial. Structure and functions of local governments.
POL S 315 –Special Topics in International Relations
Half-semester course on selected topical issues in international relations. A topic may not be taken more than once. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
POL S 344 – Public Policy
How agendas come to be set in public policy, theories describing the policy-making process, forces molding policy choices and the impact of such choices.
POL S/SOC 334 – Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to the discipline and sub-fields of Political Science; analytical thinking and research skills relevant to political science.
PSYCH 386 – Media Psychology
Theories and research on the psychological mechanisms (e.g., attitudes, perceptions, emotions, arousal) by which media influence children and adults. Topics include media violence, educational media, advertising, music, video games, media literacy, and ratings.
PSYCH 440 – Psychological Measurement I
Principles of psychological measurement, including concepts of reliability and validity; interpretation of scores; factors influencing performance; construction and use of measures of ability, achievement, and personality.
PSYCH 460 – Abnormal Psychology
Description of major forms of psychopathology including anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Coverage of research examining causes, development, and clinical issues concerning psychopathology.
RUS 370B – Russian Studies in English Translation: Russian Fairy Tales
Focus on Russian fairy tales. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
RUS 370R – Studies in English Translation: Russian Topics on Women or Feminism
Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
RUS 375 – Russia Today
A survey of social, political, economic, and cultural topics relevant to contemporary Russia. Readings, discussions and papers in English. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
SOC 305 – Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective
Examination of human behavior in a social environment with emphasis on development of the self, interpersonal relations, attitudes, and small groups.
SOC/WGS 327 – Sex and Gender in Society
How the biological fact of sex is transformed into a system of gender stratification. The demographics and social positions of women and men in the family, education, media, politics, and the economy. Theories of the social-psychological and sociological bases for behavior and attitudes of women and men. The relationship between gender, class, and race. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.
SPAN 303B – Spanish Conversation and Composition: for Professionals
Intensive oral practice and improvement of oral proficiency. Application of specific grammatical concepts for development of conversational and writing skills within the context of Hispanic culture. Taught in Spanish. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
SPAN 314 – Textual and Media Analyses
Critical reading of Hispanic cultural texts. Presentation of techniques and terminology of textual criticism. Study of basic genres and media-generated artifacts and literary texts. Taught in Spanish. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
SPAN 323 – Spain Today
A survey of social, political, economic, and cultural topics relevant to contemporary Spain. Taught in Spanish. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
STAT 305 – Engineering Statistics
Statistics for engineering problem solving. Principles of engineering data collection; descriptive statistics; elementary probability distributions; principles of experimentation; confidence intervals and significance tests; one-, two-, and multi-sample studies; regression analysis; use of statistical software. Credit for both STAT 105 and STAT 305 may not be applied toward graduation.
STAT 326 – Introduction to Business Statistics II
Multiple regression analysis; regression diagnostics; model building; applications in analysis of variance and time series; random variables; distributions; conditional probability; use of computers to visualize and analyze data. Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward graduation: STAT 301, STAT 326, STAT 401, or STAT 587.
STAT 330 – Probability and Statistics for Computer Science
Topics from probability and statistics applicable to computer science. Basic probability; Random variables and their distributions; Stochastic processes including Markov chains; Queuing models; Basic statistical inference; Introduction to regression.