J-Term 2020 Courses

4 Credit Courses

Note: LERs are Liberal Education Requirements, which apply to students who enrolled at Goucher prior to the fall of 2017. GCRs are Goucher Commons Requirements and apply to students who enrolled in the fall of 2017 or later.


CPEB 252: Individuals, Groups, And Institutions: Understanding Identity And Working Towards Change
In this course you will use theoretical frameworks from social science and personal reflection to answer the questions: How do I articulate my identity? How does my identity shape the way I interact with individuals, groups, and institutions? What are my assumptions about ability, class, gender, immigration status, race, religion, and sexual orientation and how do they impact how I interact with individuals, groups, and institutions? What are the institutional, cultural, and structural factors of race and power that shape my perspective and experience? You will work in small collaborative groups to research current examples of tension/discrimination related to race, power, and perspective in the world then create an original plan to improve race relations/discrimination in the world around you. Restricted to first-year through junior students, and others with instructor permission.

Fulfills the following GCRs: CPE, RPP, and Behavioral Sciences area
Time: 10 – 11:50 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Van Meter 209
Instructor: Robin Wilson


CPEC 258: This is Human, That is Nature: How Radically Rethinking the Human-Nature Relationship Can Help Us Solve the Climate Crisis
In 2008, two researchers set out to study Americans’ perception of their connectedness to the natural world. They asked respondents, “Do you consider yourself part of or separate from nature?” Overwhelmingly those surveyed responded, “Of course humans are part of nature.” A second question asked these same respondents how they defined nature. Again, an overwhelming majority responded with phrase likes “uninhabited” and “undisturbed by humans.” What does it mean—and what are the implications for the environment—that many of us see ourselves as part of a nature that we define by our absence? This CPE will explore the cultural assumptions and attitudes that lead to or interfere with our collective and personal behaviors that are environmentally sustainable. As part of this we will examine written and visual interventions that have significantly altered or shifted (for better or worse) our cultural assumptions about the natural world. This course gives students the opportunity to think more rigorously and imaginatively about environmental issues by integrating insights from the Humanities.

Fulfills CPE GCR and Environmental Sustainability GCR
Time: 9:30 – 11:50 a.m. and resumes from 12:10 – 1:10 p.m. over lunch
Location: Julia Rogers G27
Instructor: Mary Marchand


DMC 101: Data Analytics
Trillions of terabytes of data are generated and recorded daily by just using a smartphone, driving a car, or using a credit card. In this course, students examine how data is created, obtained, examined, and used to shape everyday life. Students will collect, represent, analyze, and interpret data from a variety of interests including social justice, environmental studies, social media, and business. Students perform statistical analysis and learn graphing techniques using Microsoft Excel.

Fulfills Mathematical Reasoning LER and Data Analytics Foundational GCR
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a ten-minute break each day
Location: Julia Rogers 130
Instructor: Joe Cutrone


DMC 105: Computational Thinking with Data
This course introduces computer programming in order to answer questions using real data sources. Programming constructs such as loops, conditionals, and counters will be used to compute descriptive statistics and visualize data. Additionally, a machine learning system will be used to discover patterns in data and make decisions. Students who have earned a grade of C- or higher in CS 116 may not take this course.

Fulfills Mathematical Reasoning LER and Data Analytics Foundational GCR
Time: 10:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 - 3 p.m.
Location: Julia Rogers 128
Instructor: Tom Kelliher


CANCELED: EC111: Essentials of Economics 1
You think like an economist. You just don’t realize it yet. This course will introduce you to basic concepts of economics and to give you a sense of what the field of economics is (and isn’t). Both directly and indirectly, economic theory influences your daily life; therefore, we will discuss a variety of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts both in theory and through real world applications throughout the course. By the end of the class you will be able to apply basic economic concepts to a variety of contemporary economic issues. This course is the first sequence in a two-course exposure to the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Fulfills Social Science LER
Time: 9:30 – 11:50 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
Location: Van Meter 102
Instructor: Steve Furnagiev


PHL 253/ VMC 253: Philosophy and/of Art
This course explores what art is and what aesthetic experience is, and especially what significance art has or can have for us as human beings. We will read some classic texts on these topics in the history of philosophy while examining pieces of art, whether painting, music, literature, graphic novel, film, television, and/or particular genres like humorous, political, religious, or abstract art. Some topics that we might cover include: How are our emotions involved in our experience of art? What is the relationship between art and representation? How are art and ethics related (why is some art considered offensive or dangerous)? What's the relationship between politics and art? And how do notions of race, gender, and class relate to art? We will discuss these and other issues associated in the context of particular art forms. This class will thereby serve both as an introduction to thinking about art and as an introduction to philosophy.

Fulfills GCR RPP
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with a 10-minute break at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Van Meter 213
Instructor: Martin Shuster


PSC 249: New Hampshire Presidential Primary Politics
New Hampshire hosts the first presidential primary of 2020 election. Because of this, Manchester NH is the most visited city by presidential candidates seeking their party’s nomination. In the ultimate experiential learning opportunity, we are hitting the road and going to New Hampshire for two weeks. Over the course of two weeks, you will work 30-40 hours with a campaign of your choosing, you will spend 10 hours in a seminar setting to discuss course readings, and you will have the opportunity to attend campaign events with your professor and classmates. Students enrolled in this course will report to campus on January 5; leave from campus on January 6; and return back to campus on January 21. (You may remain in your regularly assigned on-campus housing between January 22 and the start of the spring semester.) Due to the travel involved and limited space, students who are interested in this course must apply here by Monday, October 21.

Location: Off-campus course
Instructor: Nina Kasniunas


PSY 105: Introduction to Psychology
This course provides an overview of the contemporary discipline of psychology, integrated with experiential learning activities designed to develop scientific thinking and research skills. Topics include fundamental issues in psychology, brain and behavior, perception, learning and cognition, personality theories, psychological disorders, and humanistic, developmental, and social psychologies. Students will learn the philosophical and methodological foundations of psychology as a scientific study of mind, brain, behavior, and human experience. For students under the LER system, PSY 105 satisfies the Natural Science LER.

Fulfills Natural Sciences LER
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Van Meter 101
Instructor: Joan Wilterdink


PSY 238: Psychological Distress & Disorder
This course presents different approaches to understanding and conceptualizing psychological distress and disorder. The major psychological disorders will be examined in cultural context. Different theoretical perspectives will be considered, as well as the ways in which psychological disorders have been and are currently treated. Prerequisite: PSY 105 or PSY 111 (inactive).

Time: 10 – 11:50 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Van Meter 103
Instructor: Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky


CANCELED: SP 110: Elements of Spanish I
Intended for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Students will develop communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and understanding of Hispanic cultures.

Fulfills LER-FL and GCR FL - Platform 1
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with a ten-minute break from 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Location: Julia Rogers 277
Instructor: April Knupp


SP 130: Intermediate Spanish
This course is designed to expand knowledge of the Spanish language and explore the cultural diversity in the Spanish-speaking world through the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This is the third and final course of the lower-division language sequence. Satisfactory completion of the course fulfills the LER foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: SP 120 or SP 120V, with a minimum grade of C- or placement test.

Fulfills LER-FL and GCR FL - Platforms 1 & 2
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:50 – 1:40 p.m.
Location: Julia Rogers 278
Instructor: Frances Ramos-Fontán


2 Credit Courses

CANCELED: BUS 221: Special Topics in International Business: The Art of Negotiation
The Art of Negotiations involves the art and science of settling conflicts and resolving problems through mutual agreement. This course is designed to increase students’ competence, confidence, and satisfaction in dealing with a broad range of negotiating circumstances and roles. This course will involve an examination of negotiation strategies and tactics, and participation in practical exercises. The goal of the course is for students to develop a working concept of negotiation theory as well as acquire and practice these useful skills.

Time: 2:30 – 4:10 p.m.
Location: Julia Rogers 130
Instructor: David Grossman


CANCELED: THE 105, Effective Public Speaking
There are three main elements in effective public speaking: the speaker, the message, and the audience. In THE 105, we will develop the speaker’s presentation skills, we will look at effective speech construction, and we will consider how to effectively put the audience experience at the center of the speech exchange. Much of our in-class time will be devoted to speaking in front of an audience.

Time: 2:30 - 4:10 p.m.
Location: Julia Rogers G27
Instructor: Michael Curry