Special Studies (SPST)

SPST 081PAC Executive Board0.0 SH[  ]

A non-credit course offered to members of the Public Affairs Conference Executive Board. All board members are engaged in substantive work for at least 25 hours during the semester in preparation for the annual conference. May be taken four times.

SPST 260Building Learning Communities1.0 SH[  ]

This course focuses on the theory and practice of developing learning communities. Theory emphasizes stages of group development, communication skills, principles of feedback, and conflict resolution. Practice includes skill development in listening and varied communication techniques. Students will participate in activities that support the development of a cohesive learning community. Taught by Center for Teaching and Learning. Non-repeatable.

SPST 261Learning Communities Abroad:1.0 SH[  ]

Course focuses on the theory and practice of developing learning communities within the context of another culture as part of an abroad/field program. Theory emphasizes stages of group development and communication skills. Practice includes skill development in communication techniques, as well as participating in and debriefing group building activities. May be taken twice if associated with a different abroad/field program.

SPST 280Orientation Seminar0.5-1.0 SH[  ]

The orientation seminar is an opportunity for students to prepare academically, culturally, and logistically for upcoming abroads and field programs. Seminar meetings may include topics such as geography, cultural norms and standards, introduction to abroad course material, success strategies for studying abroad, or language orientation. Offered only in association with study abroads and field programs. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be taken more than once if associated with a different abroad or field program. May be offered for variable credit from .5 to one semester hour. There will be a significant additional academic component when the course is offered for one semester hour.
Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated abroad or field program.

SPST 281Reentry Seminar1.0 SH[  ]

The reentry seminar is an opportunity for students to articulate the personal and academic learning gained from their study abroad or field program experience. Students share their growth and experiences through reflection, writing assignments, and the creation of a documentary presentation for the community. Offered only in association with study abroads or field programs. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be taken more than once if associated with a different abroad or field program.
Prerequisite: successful completion of the associated abroad or field program.

SPST 284Field Studies1.0-5.0 SH[  ]

Offered only in association with Principia field programs, this course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues in the destination city or region. These issues may include geography, cultural history, politics, economics, religion, foreign relations, environment, the arts, etc. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once if associated with a different location.
Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated field program.

SPST 285Country Studies1.0-5.0 SH[  ]

Offered only in association with Principia abroad programs, this course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary issues in the destination country or countries. These issues may include geography, cultural history, politics, economics, religion, foreign relations, environment, the arts, etc. The title will be extended to describe the current location. May be offered for variable credit from one to five semester hours. May be taken more than once if associated with a different location.
Prerequisite: acceptance on the associated abroad.

SPST 375Internship3.0-9.0 SH[  ]

An opportunity to gain practical experience in one's chosen field of study. Offered on an independent contract basis for students who wish to incorporate an internship into their special major. Designed in collaboration with the special studies program chair, the internship coordinator, and their faculty advisor. Also offered, without independent course contract, on some abroads and field programs as a course for program participants. Designed to provide students with work experience in their discipline within the larger academic and cultural focus of the abroad or field program. Students' work includes metacognitive journals, a portfolio of work, interviews with professionals, paper writing, and field sponsor supervision. May include a service-learning component. May be taken for variable credit from three to nine semester hours. May be taken more than once if the internships differ, up to a total of 15 semester hours.

SPST 405Capstone Project2.0-10.0 SH[  ]

Capstone projects are selected in accordance with student qualifications, interests, and needs. Projects must be approved by the student's special major advisory committee. The contents will vary, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from two to ten semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of ten semester hours with advisory committee approval. Open only to approved special majors nearing the completion of their program.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Special Major Majors only.