Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Advisement for Fall 2015 is March 18-27

Be sure to schedule an Academic Advisement session with your assigned academic advisor!

Before attending your academic advisement appointment; 1) know how you're doing in your current courses. 2) At your session, you'll discuss your professional and academic development, as well as the best course sequence to meet your goals. Don't forget to get your alternate pin number, which will allow you to register online through COR and One Stop on your designated day. Your class status is determined by the number of credits you have earned.

Graduate Students and Seniors: Monday, March 30 at 12:00am

Juniors: Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00am

Sophomores: Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00am

Freshmen: Thursday, April 2 at 12:00am

Open registration: Friday, April 3 at 12:00am

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact one of the professional advisors listed below or emailing

  • Jessica Johnston (T2138)
  • Lindsey Lindstrom (T2136)
  • David Bauman (T2140)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Summer 2015 Organic Chem Update

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The Chemistry Department will not be offering Organic Chemistry this summer (CHM 2200 or CHM 2210). Students will be able to take it at UMD if needed. Thanks!

-Jen Maki

How Far Could a Russian Minor Take You? Check out This Incredible Opportunity!

Students who start the Beginning Russian language sequence in Fall of 2015 will be perfectly placed to take advantage of our great four-week study abroad opportunity, the Russian Summer Language Tour, coming up in Summer of 2016!  Russian is a US State Department designated critical language, and students graduating with Russian skills have a unique edge in the employment market. A minor in Russian takes just 8 credits beyond Intermediate Russian and is the perfect complement to majors in STEM fields, CIS, GCL, social work and education. 

Take advantage of Online Courses this Summer!

St. Scholastica offers a wide verity of on-line course for students.  On-line courses are offered in two different summer sessions so you can get an early summer or late summer course completed. Tuition is only $405.00 per credit.  

Connect with your academic advisor to get registered!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Biology Department Advisement News for Fall 2015

New General Education Course Offering
Bio 1105 Evolution Today.  No prerequisites. 4 credits. Meets requirements for the natural sciences pathway.  May be used to fulfill requirements of the minor.
TR 10-11:40 
Course Description:
Studies of evolutionary science and its impacts on human understanding. The course will touch on both the history of evolutionary thought and contemporary issues (environment, science, religious conflicts, public policy).

Get Outside!  We have two courses offered every fall semester that involve a field component.
Bio 3210 Field Biology is a hands-on, outdoor class to develop skills in all aspects of the field. Great adventures! Instructor permission needed so stop by Sc 2209 or email instructor Wattrus at

Bio 4170 Animal Behavior s offered in the fall only and will count toward a biology or psychology upper level elective credit. The course is an introduction to the basic questions and study of animal behavior. From an evolutionary perspective we investigate the adaptive value of behaviors such as foraging, communication, predator avoidance, dispersal, sociality, parental investment and mating systems, among other topics. Laboratory work, including an independent research project, under field conditions emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior.  Prerequisites: Bio 1120 or 1102 and PSY 3331.
Questions? Contact Dr. Freeman

Departmental policy changes:
Biology minor
Please submit questions regarding or applications to the minor to Sherry Penree in S2135 (

Beginning in Spring 2016, Bio 1036 Biology of the Cell for Nursing majors will be offered in Spring I session only (it will no longer be offered Spring II).

Biology elective changes:
The following courses will not be offered in the 2015-2016 academic year:
Bio 4130 Endocrinology (will be offered spring semester in alternate years)
Bio 4135 Histology
Bio 4150 DNA Analysis
Bio 4210/4220 Advanced Physiology I and II

Bio 3130 Embryology will not be offered Fall 2015

Biology major requirements:
  • Students are no longer required to complete calculus to fulfill the requirements for the major.  Statistics (Psy 3331) can be substituted as fulfilling the math requirement. Please consult with your advisor.  Note: some graduate and professional programs require calculus, confirm any program prerequisites before you opt out of the calculus requirement.
  • Biology secondary education majors are now required to complete Bio 3100 Life's History (4 cr). This applies to students who are currently freshman. Please consult with your advisor.

Looking for Cultural Diversity or Fine Arts . . . or Both? Check these Classes Out!

GCL 3200: Popular Music and Political Movements 
TR 2-3:40, Cultural Diversity and Fine Arts Gen. Ed. 
Dr. Elyse Carter Vosen

If you are an artist, an activist, an aspiring scholar of liberation movements, this is your course.  We address every political movement to take place in the United States in the 1960s and 70s and several others around the world at that time, through the medium of music. Music is not a mere soundtrack in this context, but a political discourse which creates social change. Students both analyze and create, writing papers and sometimes songs, making videos, producing art if they choose, and preparing themselves for community activism.  The course is an elective for the Political Science minor and is offered every 2-3 years.  

GCL 3777: Contemporary Africa 
MWF 11:45-12:50 
Dr. Elyse Carter Vosen

An investigation of Africa’s diverse beauty, political challenges, and socioeconomic realities.  Our multidisciplinary approach addresses women, men, children, communities, tribes, and nation-states, land and biodiversity, languages, health, education, artistry, activism, policy, colonial history, political struggles for independence and autonomy, development projects, and especially the leaders of tomorrow.  Our texts include political and economic analysis, talks by current African leaders and scholars, songs by current artists, documentary and feature film.  One of three options for a required area studies course for the GCL major.  Applying for Gen. Ed. approval for Cultural Diversity.   

Friday, March 13, 2015

Check out these Resources that CSS has Available for YOU!

The Center for Academic Success (Tutoring Center)
The Center, located in Tower 2129, offers free academic assistance to any CSS student. One-on-one and group tutoring is available for: Math, Medical Terminology, Chemistry, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Biology, Anatomy, Physics, Statistics, Sociology, Psychology, and much more. Walk in or sign up for a session online. The schedule and session forms are under "Resources" in COR. 

But, we are more than just tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), a series of review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses, is offered for CHM 1120, CHM 1040, and BIO 1120 and Collaborative Learning Group (CLG), an advanced SI, is available for CHM 2210 and PSC 2002. Check out the details here.
Questions about tutoring, SI/CLG, time management, or effective study habits, contact Jessica Johnston at

The Writing Center
In concert with the English Department, the Rose Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center, located in T2121, offers tutoring sessions on a drop-in basis or by appointment. We provide a casual, student-friendly atmosphere where all students can receive free, collaborative feedback on everything from proof-reading to thesis development. 

The Rose Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center Hours*:
Monday - Thursday: 9:30-4:00 & Friday:  10:00-12:00

Or, you can send documents to Steve Backus sbackus@css.eduseven days a week for feedback. (Also include the assignment, deadline, and what you'd like help with.)You can also call the writing center at 723-6657 to get help or make an appointment.

Student Support Services (SSS) - TRiO Program

If you qualify for SSS, the program offers one-to-one peer tutors to all participants. You will have access to qualified tutors in selected subject areas. Talk with your SSS counselor or e-mail Dory Kempf at to make arrangements. Don't know if you qualify? Check out the SSS website.  

Online Course Approval

Under special circumstances and with special approval, main campus students may enroll in on-line campus course offerings.  Typically these are for seniors who need to complete some general education requirements while on clinical settings and/or on internships.   On-line courses are accelerated and take time and attention every single day of the duration of the course.  They are not meant for avoiding a particular faculty person nor arranging around your athletic/academic schedule.

To explore options, please first connect with your assigned academic advisor, and then contact an academic advisor within the department of academic advisement if your assigned advisor agrees that an on-line course is a good option.

-David Bauman

Cuernavaca Quest Mexico 2017: Start Planning Now

College of St. ScholasticalogoQuestMexico

Program Summary
This is a 10 credit, six week summer study abroad program with service-learning in Cuernavaca, México.  This exciting program combines academic work, experiential education, and an internship focusing on social justice issues.  It promotes personal transformation through the integration of knowledge, action, and reflection.  All credits earned in this program can count towards a major or minor in Spanish and/or Global, Cultural, and Language Studies and some can count for Gen. Ed.

Course of study:  GCL 2050 Mexican Culture and Society.  The program and course of study are designed to provide students and participating faculty with a contextual learning environment.  Participants study Mexican culture and society through coursework, guest speakers and site visits, and dialog with members of the local community about topics of social, political, and economic justice.  QUEST facilitators and CSS faculty arrange the visits and speakers that focus on the experiences and the perspectives of the disadvantaged. This course is worth 4 credits and fulfills the following General Education Pathways: Cultural Diversity and History.

Spanish Language Instruction: SPN 2150 Intermediate Spanish I in Cuernavaca or SPN 3150 Spanish Conversation in Cuernavaca.  Students and faculty will study Spanish in small groups taught by experienced native-speaking instructors from the Instituto de Idioma y Cultura en Cuernavaca.  Students are placed in a course based on language ability.  This coursework is worth 4 credits.

Service-Learning: GCL/SPN 4555  Internship/Service-Learning. With the assistance of QUEST facilitators and CSS faculty, students and faculty participate in a service-learning placement related to their interests and reflect on their experiences.  Possible placements include orphanages, non-governmental organizations, local social justice organizations, retirement homes, health care facilities, preschools, community development organizations, and relief organizations.  Students receive 2 credits for the service-learning component.

Student eligibility:
Must have completed at least one-year of college level Spanish or equivalent.  Program open to all undergraduates and graduates in good standing.  Successful application interview required.

Location:  Participating students and faculty are provided full room and board at the QUEST facility in Cuernavaca.  Cuernavaca, also known as the City of Eternal Spring, is located an hour south of México City.  This city of approximately 1 million people offers a variety of cultural and educational opportunities.  QUEST facilities are located in a quiet, secure neighborhood and feature meeting areas, lounge, and Internet access.  

For more info contact: David Schuettler or Martin Pflug

Social Work Department Advisement News for 2015

SWK MAJOR ONLINE APPLICATION. If you are intending to enter the Social Work major and at a sophomore standing you are eligible to complete the online application. If you need access to the application or have any questions about the major or process contact Dr. Shelly Richardson, in the Social Work Department who can be reached via email at with any questions.

ALUMNI ACTIVITY. Did you know that Emily Larson, Duluth mayor candidate, is a 1995 graduate of The College of St. Scholastica Social Work program? Larson, a DFLer, is currently president of the Duluth City Council and quickly became a rising star in Duluth politics after her first place finish in the at large council race back in 2011.

RUSSIAN EXCHANGE. The purpose of the exchange is to share best practices in social work between the United States and Russia. A delegation of Americans visited Petrozavodsk in October, and the group from Russia came to the U.S. on Nov. 26. During their time in Duluth, they met with local professionals to discuss how to make progress on universal issues such as child abuse, gender-based violence and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. A group of social work students will be participating in the exchange through a visit to Russia this spring.

SPECIAL TOPICS ABROAD: Social Justice and Jamaican Culture offers time in Jamaica as part of the study. And if you are interested in traveling to Mexico, check out the Migration Policy & Practice course.

GRADUATE SCHOOL: Non-Traditional and Traditional Student Admission Criterion (N-TACT) is a criterion-based early admission program into the graduate Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program. It is available for committed undergraduate social work students at The College of St. Scholastica. A limited number of students who declare their intent to pursue a Master’s (M.S.W.) Degree in Social Work will be guaranteed admission to the program after completing an undergraduate social work degree, if they meet the plan criteria. For more information contact Dr. Shelly Richardson, in the Social Work Department who can be reached via email at

Interested in the Athletic Training Program?

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Athletic Training Intended Students: If you are interested in Athletic Training and/or anticipate applying for the June 2016 cohort please contact:

 Dr. Hal Strough, Department Chair, at x6798 or

Last Chance Graphic Design Courses

Due to the discontinuance of the concentration, the following Graphic Design courses will be offered
for the final time in the 2015-16 academic year:
  • Fall 2015: ART 2125 Typography 2 credits and ART 3041 Publication Design 4 credits
  • Spring 2016: ART 3241 Graphic Design 4 credits
If you have students who need the courses, they must be enrolled next year.

-Merry Vaughan

English Department Advisement News for Fall 2015

The English Department will offer a variety of thought-provoking upper-division courses in literature and writing for fall 2015.

ENG 3310--American Literature I (IV, WI)
Survey of US literature from the Puritan era to the Civil War, with emphasis on the political, social and literary concerns of the period.

ENG 3362—Advanced Writing: Cultural Rhetorics (WI)
This course is great choice for students interested in diversity, language, and culture! Study of ways that language and artifacts shape our understandings of the world. Through a variety of media, students will examine rhetorics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, abilities, etc. to expose the relationships among rhetorics, cultures, and power.

ENG 3777—Arthurian Literature: Medieval and Modern (IV)
After introducing early examples of stories about Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, this special offering allows students to examine popular representations of Arthur in contemporary literature and film.

ENG 4410—Chaucer: Game of Stories (IV, WI)
Geoffrey Chaucer lived during a real game of thrones. In response to the relentless violence of life, Chaucer played a game of stories. This seminar will introduce students to the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde, Chaucer’s language, and his cultural and historical context.

ENG 4777—Gothic Literature: Architecture of Horror
This course frames the gothic novel as a critique of the Victorian home and the family relationships it engendered. We’ll explore how ghosts, secret passageways, trap doors, tombs, and vampires were vehicles that allowed both women and men to safely criticize the nearly sacred institution of the family. Finally, we’ll discover that these gothic tropes still haunt the popular imagination because traces of the Victorian family system still haunt us.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Need some help with APA citations?

The Rose Warner Writing Center will be hosting informal workshops on the ins and outs of APA citations every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00 and Thursday from 1:00-2:00 for the rest of the semester. There will be handouts available with information about APA formatting and style asidepresentations, and Steve Backus will be available during these sessions to clarify concerns and to help answer questions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another class from the Theology Department - check it out!

TRS 3350-001: The Person & Mission of Jesus
Kevin Vaughan
W 4:00-7:00
4 credits

This course explores one of the most pivotal figures in world history: Jesus of Nazareth. In this course, students will explore the Jesus of history and belief, and the impact he has had on Western life, thought and civilization. Special emphasis will be placed on the biblical foundations, historical developments, and theological concepts that lie behind the belief in Jesus as God and Messiah; as well as the place of Jesus in contemporary culture and imagination. In addition to biblical, historical, and theological sources, students will be introduced to imaginative representations of Jesus, with a focus on Jesus in film. Overall, the course is designed to deepen understanding of Jesus of Nazareth in both Christian faith and Western culture. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update: In case you needed any more persuasion to study abroad in London this May... (with pictures!)

Experience the excitement of London during a three-week study abroad program in this richly historic location.  Founded over 2000 years ago and once the center of the British Empire, London remains a vibrant international city and offers an artistically rich study and travel experience for students of all majors.

Students can choose one of two courses for the program, which runs May 10-31, 2015.  Most of the itinerary will be shared by both groups, including museum visits, various theatre performances, and a three-day excursion to the city of Bath, nearby Stonehenge, and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Spring semester financial aid is applicable.

CTA 3777: London Theatre and Culture (2 cr.) will provide students with the opportunity to see performances at multiple venues, to tour various theatres, to participate in workshops at the National and Globe Theatres, and to learn about the rich tradition of theatre in London.  This course is travel-only -- no course need be taken as a prerequisite in Spring 2015.   (Contact: Merry Renn Vaughan)

ENG 3777: Literature of London (4 cr.) will combine a spring-semester, two-credit course at CSS with the opportunity to earn an additional two credits while in London.  Students will experience the city after encountering it in fiction and will have the opportunity to see performances at multiple venues, visit literary sites and museums, and tour the rebuilt Globe Theatre. Students desiring to study abroad must register for the Spring 2015 course as a prerequisite.  (Contact: Stephanie Johnson)

Read on to see pictures from the last trip students took to London in 2013! 

A Smattering of Selections for Spring from the English Department

As always, the English Department is offering a diverse assortment of courses, many of which count for General Education credits.  Read on to get more information about the 2000-level or above courses being offered in Spring 2015.

  • ENG 2000: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG 2105: Investigative Writing
  • ENG 2250 Introduction to Poetry
    • AD 04–Literature
  • ENG 2251: Introduction to Fiction
    • AD 04–Literature
  • ENG 3301: Creative Writing: Poetry
    • AD 11–Writing Intensive
  • ENG 3321: British Literature II
    • AD 04–Literature
  • ENG 3331: Theatre: Restoration-20th Century
    • AD 04–Literature
  • ENG 3340: American Novel
    • AD 04–Literature; AD 11–Writing Intensive
  • ENG 3362: Advanced Writing: Research Writing
    • AD 11–Writing Intensive
  • ENG 3364: Management Communication: Written 
    • AD 11–Writing Intensive
  • ENG 3777: Topics: Literature of London
  • ENG 4430: English Language and Linguistics 
    • AD 11–Writing Intensive

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the Muslim Question in America

HIS 3333-001: Issues in United States History -- On the Muslim Question in America
TR 2:00-3:40
C. Neal Keye
4 credits
AD07 History

If the Jewish question was central to the cultural politics of the Enlightenment, in post-9/11 America the Muslim question has taken its place.  As Anne Norton writes in her recent book On the Muslim Question (2013), “the liberal and social democratic states of our time hesitate before Muslims, hesitate to include them, hesitate to extend them the rights and privileges of citizenship.”  Though many Americans believe that the law is neutral – especially laws concerning freedom of religion – Muslim Americans have faced numerous unlawful acts of surveillance, searches, and detention by FBI agents and police forces across the country, not least by the NYPD.  What is more, since the attacks of 9/11, America’s Muslims have endured countless hate crimes, from attacks on women in hijab (the veil) to acts of arson and destruction against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CUERNAVACA QUEST: Service-Learning Study Abroad May 13 to June 22, 2015

This is a 10 credit, six week summer study abroad program with service-learning in Cuernavaca, México.  This exciting program combines academic work and experiential education focusing on social justice issues.  It promotes personal transformation through the integration of knowledge, action, and reflection.  All credits earned in this program can count towards a major or minor in Spanish and/or Global, Cultural, and Language Studies and some can count for Gen. Ed.

Student eligibility:
Must have completed at least one-year of college level Spanish or equivalent.  Program open to all undergraduates and graduates in good standing.  Successful application interview required.

Location:  Participating students and faculty are provided full room and board at the QUEST facility in Cuernavaca.  Cuernavaca, also known as the City of Eternal Spring, is located an hour south of México City.  This city of approximately 1 million people offers a variety of cultural and educational opportunities.  QUEST facilities are located in a quiet, secure neighborhood and feature meeting areas, lounge, and Internet access. 

For more information contact: David Schuettler or Martin Pflug

Read on for more information about the courses/credits being offered during this trip.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Secret to Getting a Job in Tomorrow’s World…

Are you hoping to have a career in the medical field?

If you are, you had better consider getting a background in gerontology, the study of aging and older adults.  By the year 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be age 65 years or older, and people over age 60 years will outnumber children under age 15 years.  In Minnesota, the number of older adults is expected to double in the next 25 years; older adults are the heaviest users of medical services. 

Help your resume stand out by getting a Gerontology Minor.  It takes 20 credits and several of the courses also fulfill requirements for other majors and minors.   With the addition of a course or two, you may meet the requirements for the minor.  See Dr. Angela Hauger, T3650, phone 723-6148, or e-mail for more information.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Valuable Class For Pre-Med Students

SOC 3777-001 Health, Illness, and Health Care
MW 3:30-5:00
Sister Edith Bogue
4 credits
AD11 Writing Intensive

MCAT 2015 arrives this April. Significant aspects of sociology and psychology have been added to the exam.  SOC 3777 Health, Illness, and Health Care is an upper-division writing-intensive course designed to present the topics and knowledge needed for the new MCAT.  For more information and the course description, go to or contact Sister Edith Bogue at