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Interdisciplinary Seminars


A central component of the Gallatin curriculum is a commitment to the study of the history of ideas through significant world texts. Every year, Gallatin offers more than 100 different interdisciplinary seminars in the liberal arts that focus on major issues or themes in—and across—the humanities and arts, social sciences, and sciences. Through interdisciplinary seminars, students encounter a range of important historical periods and fields, and develop a global component to their studies. Gallatin’s expansive notion of the great books distinguishes it from other nontraditional programs as well as from most traditional programs. Interdisciplinary seminars are relatively small (20 to 22 students), emphasizing class discussion and thoughtful writing assignments.




Fall 2016 Interdisciplinary Seminars



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Course # Title Instructor
IDSEM-UG1055 Struggle for the Word: History of Media I Stephen Duncombe
IDSEM-UG1061 Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism Sharon Friedman
IDSEM-UG1097 Inventing Modernity I: The Struggle for Selfhood and the Rise of the Novel Karen Hornick
IDSEM-UG1193 Culture as Communication Vasu Varadhan
IDSEM-UG1207 Origins of the Atomic Age Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1215 Narrative Investigations I Stacy Pies
IDSEM-UG1268 Cultural Politics of Childhood Patrick McCreery
IDSEM-UG1272 Theorizing Politics George Shulman
IDSEM-UG1294 Philosophy of Medicine Bradley Lewis
IDSEM-UG1300 Militaries and Militarization Antonio Lauria-Perricelli
IDSEM-UG1314 Literary and Cultural Theory: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Sara Murphy
IDSEM-UG1318 Shakespeare and the London Theatre Bella Mirabella
IDSEM-UG1337 Beyond the Invisible Hand: The History of Economic Thought Kimberly Phillips-Fein
IDSEM-UG1351 Passion and Poetics in Early Japan Nina Cornyetz
IDSEM-UG1381 Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition Bill Caspary
IDSEM-UG1388 Thinking About Seeing Keith Miller
IDSEM-UG1468 Psychoanalysis and the Visual Eve Meltzer
IDSEM-UG1514 Science and Religion Matthew Stanley
IDSEM-UG1523 Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality Marie Cruz Soto
IDSEM-UG1527 Finance for Social Theorists Peter Rajsingh
IDSEM-UG1552 Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World Ali Mirsepassi
IDSEM-UG1558 The Travel Habit: On the Road in the Thirties Steve Hutkins
IDSEM-UG1562 Reading the Faces of Ancient Cultures Hallie Franks
IDSEM-UG1566 History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin Peder Anker
IDSEM-UG1577 The Ethnographic Imagination Ritty Lukose
IDSEM-UG1596 Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature Myisha Priest
IDSEM-UG1602 Nature, Resources, and the Human Condition: Perspectives on Environmental History Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1609 Dante's World Antonio Rutigliano
IDSEM-UG1618 Media and Fashion Moya Luckett
IDSEM-UG1626 The Communication Revolutions Paul Thaler
IDSEM-UG1630 Pictures at a Revolution: Film as Political Rhetoric Rahul Hamid
IDSEM-UG1631 The U.S. Empire and the Americas Marie Cruz Soto
IDSEM-UG1632 "Woman" and the Political Rosanne Kennedy
IDSEM-UG1642 Celebrity Culture Moya Luckett
IDSEM-UG1648 Environment and Development in Africa Rosalind Fredericks
IDSEM-UG1649 The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music Lisa Goldfarb
IDSEM-UG1682 Thinking Sex/Gender Globally Ritty Lukose
IDSEM-UG1695 Competing Images of the Sage: Confucius and Lao Tzu Ethan Harkness
IDSEM-UG1698 The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory Justin Holt
IDSEM-UG1700 Becoming Global? "Europe" and the World Valerie Forman
IDSEM-UG1705 Antigone(s): Ancient Greece/Performance Now Laura Slatkin
Kristin Horton
IDSEM-UG1711 Politics, Writing and the Nobel Prize in Latin America Linn Cary Mehta