Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Advisement for Fall 2014 begins March 19-28

It's time to think about Fall 2014! Make an appointment with your academic advisor to ensure you’re advised into the proper courses.

Registration Dates (opens at 12:00 AM on each respective date):

· Graduate Students and Seniors: March 31

· Junior Students: April 1

· Sophomore Students: April 2

· First Year Students: April 3

The web schedule is up and running for fall, as well as a tentative spring schedule for those who desire to plan the whole year!

Academic Advisement resources may be found under the Resources link on the COR page. Students will be able to locate the web schedule, degree audits, and academic advisement manual (where schemas for all of the majors can be found) there. Faculty advisors will be able to look up students’ transfer credits, their list of advisees, and those advisees’ alt pins and time tickets.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Cornucopia of Excellent English Fall 2014 Courses

The English Department is offering a wide variety of interesting courses this Fall, many of which count for Gen-Ed requirements.  Read on to get more information about these 2000-level and above courses:

  • Ethnic Literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance Worlds in Literature
  • Introduction to Poetry 
  • Introduction to Fiction 
  • Introduction to Drama 
  • Literature in Translation: Escape from the Abyss -- Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Literature in Translation 
  • Creative Writing: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • British Literature I 
  • Theatre: Greek—Elizabethan 
  • Management Communication: Written 
  • African American Literature
  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Visual Culture
  • Shakespeare I
  • Film & Literature: Mediating Jane Austen
  • The Pre-Raphaelites
  • Gothic: The Architecture of Horror
  • Literature and Science and the Idea of Truth 

A Delightful Array of Honors Courses for Fall 2014

Honors always has a diverse multitude of courses to capture every interest, and Fall 2014 is no exception! Read on to find out more about any of the topics being covered this semester:
  • Great Ideas of Science
  • Women and Religion
  • Storytelling with Data: Descriptive Statistics
  • Testing Patterns with Data: Informative Statistics
  • The Gospel of John
  • The Wall Comes Down (25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall)
  • Visual Culture
  • Social Issues and Social Change
  • Pre-Raphaelites
  • Evolution Today
  • Great Ideas of Literature, Science, and Truth
  • Gothic, the Architecture of Horror
  • Wealth and Poverty
If you aren't enrolled in the Honors Program but are enticed by any of these classes, contact the instructor of the course or the Honors Director, Dr. Debra Schroeder, to find out how you can get a spot in the class!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuning up the Psychology Major

There is a new psychology major option, effective fall semester of 2014. For students currently enrolled at CSS, this will be an additional option, i.e., you will not lose the ability to be granted the Psychology (BA) or Psychological Science (BS) degree.  Read on to find out more!

Psychology Sophomore Meet and Greet

Attention sophomore psychology majors and sophomores interested in becoming a psychology major!
Come and meet psychology faculty on April 1st at noon in Science 3217 and find out what a major in psychology can bring. Dr. Jerry Henkel-Johnson, department chair, will talk about career options in the field, including jobs you probably have never heard about. This will be a great way to get introduced to the department and the field of psychology in an informal session. There will be light lunch served!

A General Chemistry Class for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

General Chemistry I (CHM 1110-004)
MWF 1:00-2:05
Lawrence McGahey

This section of General Chemistry will be geared specifically toward students who want more of a challenge with general chemistry and is specific to those who are chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Introducing the Co-Curricular Cultural Competency Certificate Program (C3)

The Co-Curricular Cultural Competency Certificate Program (C3) aims to prepare students for living and working in a Diverse World by:
  • Broadening understanding of the cultural complexities of diverse communities
  • Increasing the knowledge, sensitivity, and skills in cross-cultural interactions  
  • Developing global awareness and ability to communication, interact, and work competently and respectfully, locally and in a diverse economy and world.

Tutoring Center Schedule: Spring 2014

Access Tutoring Center schedule for Spring 2014 now! Tutoring Center Spring 2014 Schedule

To set up an appointment, visit, and select the "request a tutor" link.  You can also just walk in when the tutor for the subject you need is holding office hours.  Be sure to refer to the schedule in each case.

Contact Jessica Johnston at with questions or if you need to cancel your appointment.

Take Advantage of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) -- An Excellent Resource For Your Academic Needs!

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) offers an array of services to help students become better learners; even the most efficient students can benefit from our resources. We focus on students' academic goals, teach skills, and develop strategies to aid success. Whether a student needs extra support with the hope of improving grades or reassurance of mastery, the CAS can assist any student!

The Tutoring Center in Tower 2129 offers students assistance in these ways:

Friday, October 18, 2013

English Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

The English Department is offering a wide variety of interesting courses this Spring, many of which count for Gen-Ed requirements.  Take a look at these 2000-level and above courses!

Introducing The Co-Curricular Cultural Competency Certificate Program (C3)

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs is sponsoring a new program starting this fall.

The Co-Curricular Cultural Competency Certificate Program (C3) aims to prepare students for living and working in a Diverse World by:

  • Broadening understanding of the cultural complexities of diverse communities
  • Increasing the knowledge, sensitivity, and skills in cross-cultural interactions  
  • Developing global awareness and ability to communication, interact, and work competently and respectfully, locally and in a diverse economy and world.

A New Course Offering Which Addresses The Importance Of Living And Working In A Diverse Community

According to the 2011 Alumni survey, Alumni felt that CSS was "least effective" in providing experiences to develop in the area of "recognizing the need and importance of living and working in a diverse community. Also, 60% didn't think we met diversity goals of being an inclusive community.

Students can now register for a class that starts to address this issue, and is also the gateway into the Co-Curricular Cultural Competency Certificate (C3).  However, students do not need to be pursuing the certificate to take this class.

SWK 3777: Understanding Systems of Privilege and Oppression
Instructor: Kevin Skwira-Brown 
M 3:30-5:15
2 credits

This course provides students with an understanding of privilege and oppression using the vehicles of race and class. It grounds our various experiences with privilege and oppression through an understanding of the systems designed in the United States that have created the inequity experienced today. It connects these systems to our individual and collective socialization so that one may examine how they have been impacted by such systems and how they may experience and/or perpetuate inequity today. This course will examine the internal and external, individual and systemic supports for inequity and provide a framework for deconstructing, dismantling and resisting those systems of oppression, individually and collectively.

Outdoor Pursuit Is Offering A New Course This Spring!

PED 1777 -- Outdoor Pursuit: Your Introduction to Outdoor Adventure
Instructor: Shawn Olesewski
Days and Times Arranged
0-2 credits

Students participate in variety of outdoor pursuits. These experiences are designed to place students in a unique environment where they can learn how to safely and respectfully explore and grow through experiential learning.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Help Fulfill Your Fine Arts Gen Ed With Irish Traditional Music

MUS 2308 Irish Traditional Music
Instructor: Marianne Connelly
MW 9:15-10:05
2 credits

Irish Traditional Music will focus on instrumental and vocal traditions of Irish music. An overall sense of Ireland’s musical history will be studied within the context of traditional Irish culture.

Please note: this class fulfills part of the requirement for the Fine Arts Gen Ed.  However, this semester, it will not count for Cultural Diversity, as it has in the past.  

New Theology Course Offered This Spring (Also Counts for Peace And Justice)

TRS 3777: Theologies of Peace and Justice (cross-listed with PJS 3777) 
Instructor: Denise Starkey
T/R 2-3:40 p.m.

An exploration of the views of various religions on issues of justice and peace, with special attention to Catholic and Christian teachings on such issues as war and peace, violence, economic justice, and racial and gender justice. Consideration of ways in which fundamental presuppositions and principles of each group studied affect their views on justice and peace, and promote or detract from dialogue and peaceful interaction with other groups. In addition to Christianity, students are invited to study the world-views of a Far Eastern religion (e.g. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism), a tribal religion (Native American, African tribal, New Zealand Maori, etc.), Islam, and one secular worldview (e.g. Marxism, capitalism, secular humanism). Students are encouraged to choose one of two paths throughout the semester: a) investigate one worldview or issue in-depth through a semester-long research project or b) participate in a semester-long service learning project with a Duluth social service or non-profit organization and write an in-depth analytical essay on issues encountered. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Courses For The New Peace & Justice Major and Minor

Three courses are being offered this spring that fulfill requirements for the new major/minor in Peace & Justice Studies:  

GCL 2201:  Peaceful Resolution of International Conflict

Instructor: Thomas Morgan
MW 3:30-5:20pm
4 credits 
Examination of international armed conflict as an historical and cultural phenomenon. An emphasis is placed on causes of international armed conflict. Conventional (and unconventional) approaches to international conflict resolution are covered. Discussion of contemporary issues is included.

Monday, October 14, 2013

NEW: Personal Finance -- A Class To Help Every College Student Prepare For The Future!

Student Loan Debt………………………………$30,000
Credit Card Debt……………………………………$3,000
College Graduate Annual Starting Salary…$45,000
Credit Score………………………………………......................640
One Bedroom Apartment Rent per year……$9,400
Annual cost of coffee habit……………………………$1,700
Understanding what all this means for YOUR life…
Do you have student debt and wonder how you will pay it all back?  Will you be able to live on your own?  What is a credit score for?  How much money will you need to make when you graduate?    
Sign up for the new PERSONAL FINANCE class offered this spring!

Organic Chemistry I In The Spring

CHM 2200 Organic Chemistry I will be offered this spring (MWF 10:30-11:35) in order to facilitate a transition to the Natural Science major that requires Organic Chemistry in a more timely fashion.  CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry II will then be offered during summer session I.

Keep in mind that both semesters of Organic Chemistry will not be offered this summer, just the second one.

Contact Dr. Trygstad or Dr. Beard if you have any questions about prerequisites etc.

New Required Class for English Majors

Students majoring in English should enroll in this course:

ENG 2000: Introduction to English Studies
Instructor: Stephanie Johnson
MWF 9:15-10:20 
4 credits

This seminar offers prospective or recently declared English majors and minors a singular opportunity for discussion with like-minded students. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Required Class for EDU Students

Secondary Education Students are now required to take EDU 3620: Classroom Assessment.  This course will be offered in the spring and in the fall.

Sophomore (and transfer students) who are applying to the School of Education during spring semester must register for EDU 2777 - SOE Capstone Portfolio (0 credits).

Fans of Sherlock Holmes, Take Note

ENG 4410: Individual Author: “Trailing Sherlock Holmes”
Instructor: Stephanie Johnson 
MWF 11:45-12:50
4 credits

When Arthur Conan Doyle created the character of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, he created a figure that would capture not only the imagination of his Victorian reading public but also the fascination of readers around the globe for decades to come.  In this course, we will examine both the figure and the fascination, first by reading the Holmes stories themselves and then by examining various 20th- and 21st-century adaptations in multiple media.