Not an official department or program, this heading is a dwelling place for interdisciplinary courses that do not fit comfortably into a single discipline.
Recent course offerings have included topics in comparative literature, literary theory, postmodern culture, and cross-cultural studies.
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LCST 101: Buddhist Studies in India Program: Elementary Tibetan
This course seeks to develop students’ level of proficiency in spoken Tibetan for basic communication, as well as the ability to read and write simple sentence constructions. Learning is grounded in written Tibetan, covering the alphabet, pronunciation, grammar, and basic vocabulary. Reading and comprehension skills are enhanced through direct translation of essential texts such as the Heart Sutra and a prayer of Manjushri. Students gain facility with spoken Tibetan through classroom drills and informal practice with Tibetans in Bodh Gaya. Students will also improve their understanding of Tibetan culture and society through this course.Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies India program 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 101: Buddhist Studies India Program: Elementary Hindi
An introduction to basic colloquial Hindi speaking and writing skills for everyday interactions in Northern India. Essential grammar is introduced and reviewed in morning meetings, and conversational and reading abilities are developed in afternoon practice. Students are encouraged to practice speaking and listening comprehension by conversing with Hindi speakers outside of class.Prerequisites: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India Program 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 101: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague: Elementary Czech
This highly recommended language course will meet twice per week and emphasize basic listening and speaking skills. Students will be challenged to utilize their new language skills in everyday situations.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague Program 4 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2020–2021
LCST 101: Ecology and Anthropology Tanzania Program: Elementary Swahili
Elementary Swahili introduces students to the communicative use of Swahili, emphasizing communicative competence in real contexts. Ninety percent of instruction is conducted in the target language. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in context. Instruction pays attention to the cultural information in relevant contexts of communication. The main learning/teaching styles used include role plays, prepared presentations, interactive lectures, classroom conversations, and dramatization. In addition to the class textbook, authentic source materials are used, such as pictures, songs, short stories, poems and essays. Student assessment is continuous, and includes classroom participation, homework, written exams and oral exams.<Prerequisites: Participation in Ecology & Anthropology in Tanzania 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Anna Estes
LCST 101: Globalizaton & Local Responses in India Program: Elementary Hindi
This course will introduce students to the basics of spoken and written Hindi. This will give students an investment in Indian culture and allow them to interact with their surroundings with some degree of familiarity.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Globalization & Local Responces in India Program 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021
LCST 101: Rome Program: Elementary Italian
This highly-recommended language course will emphasize basic listening and speaking skills. Students will be challenged to utilize their new language skills in everyday situations.Prerequisites: Enrollment in Rome OCS program 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2021 · William North
LCST 103: Buddhist Studies India Program: Intermediate Hindi
This course builds on the student’s previous training in spoken and written Hindi language. Students will gain the ability to initiate and sustain conversations with Hindi speakers, read and write in Hindi about personal and social situations, as well as extract the main idea and information from descriptive and narrative texts. Students will apply their language learning and deepen their understanding of Indian culture through interaction with local residents and participation in seasonal festivals and other activities.Prerequisites: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India OCS Program required 8 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Arthur McKeown
LCST 245: The Critical Toolbox: Who’s Afraid of Theory?
This class introduces students to the various theoretical frameworks and the many approaches scholars can use when analyzing a text (whether this text is a film, an image, a literary piece or a performance). What do words like ‘structuralism,’ ‘ecocriticism,’ ‘cultural studies,’ and ‘postcolonial studies’ refer to? Most importantly, how do they help us understand the world around us? This class will be organized around interdisciplinary theoretical readings and exercises in cultural analysis.Prerequisites: At least one 200- or 300-level course in Literary/Artistic Analysis (in any language) or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Seth Peabody
LCST 293: Elementary Italian
Students will learn the fundamentals of spoken and written Italian as well as develop the ability to understand basic Italian. Work will consist of written and oral exercises to develop active grammar and vocabulary. Regular meetings will focus on spoken proficiency.3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2021 · William North