Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Advisement for Spring 2015 begins October 15-24

It's time to think about Spring 2015! Get in touch with your advisor today to find out the best method to schedule an advisement meeting.


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, October 27 at 12:00am

Juniors: Tuesday, October 28 at 12:00am

Sophomores: Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00am

Freshmen: Thursday, October 30 at 12:00am

Open registration: Friday, October 31 at 12:00am


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact one of the professional advisors listed below or emailing advisement@css.edu:

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

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 ahauger@css.edu 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  http://bit.ly/soc3433 or contact Sister Edith Bogue at ebogue@css.edu

First Year Student Wanting to take a Philosophy Class?

A reminder from the Philosophy Department: 2000-level courses in PHL are appropriate for first year students (as well as 1000-level courses, of course). We distinguish levels on the basis of how specific the course subject matter is. These are not "progression" courses. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding our offerings next semester. -- Steve Ostovich

Curious about Europe? Take this Class!

GCL 3302-001 Europe Today 2015
MWF 1:00-2:05
Karen Rosenflanz
4 credits
AD01 Cultural Diversity; AD02 Social Sciences

Why did Polish workers abandon their new SUVs in Irish garages? How do sports shape national identity? What is Vergangenheitsbewältigung? Who owns Chelsea F.C.? Why is the taste of freedom bitter? What is Krokodil? Who are the Roma? Why did Scotland vote NO? What did satellite photographs of Greek swimming pools reveal?

Explore the answers to these and other contemporary European questions in Europe Today. Europe Today examines current trends promoting increased political and economic cooperation among European states and the forces resisting European unity. The course studies the broader geographical, cultural, social, political and economic structures of the European community and focuses in depth on topics such as immigration, historical memory, the media, youth culture, human trafficking and nationalism.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Theology and Religious Studies Offerings this Spring


TRS 2777-001 Mark: The First Gospel
TR 12:00 - 1:40 pm
William Campbell
4 credits

The course explores the distinctive portrayal of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark as well as the book's literary character, historical contexts, and theological witness.  The Gospel text is the primary focus of attention but the course also examines important issues in Markan studies.



TRS/PJS 2777-002 Theologies of Peace and Justice
TR 2:00 - 3:40 pm
Denise Starkey
4 credits

An exploration of the interpretation of 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, a tribal religion, Islam, and one secular worldview. Students will choose one of two paths throughout the semester:
I.        Investigate one worldview and issue in-depth through a semester-long research project, OR
II.      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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Love of Learning" in London

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)

Get Ready, Get Set, GO! Advisement for Spring 2015 begins October 15-24

It's time to think about Spring 2015! Get in touch with your advisor today to find out the best method to schedule an advisement meeting. 

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, October 27 at 12:00am
Juniors: Tuesday, October 28 at 12:00am
Sophomores: Wednesday, October 29 at 12:00am
Freshmen: Thursday, October 30 at 12:00am
Open registration: Friday, October 31 at 12:00am

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact one of the professional advisors listed below or emailing advisement@css.edu:
  • Jessica Johnston (T2138)
  • Lindsey Lindstrom (T2136)
  • David Bauman (T2140)

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 www.css.edu/cas.xml, 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 jjohnsto@css.edu 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: