The course offerings below are for Fall 2017. Theme-based course descriptions are also listed. A comprehensive list of courses offered at Unity College is found on The Unity College Catalog (2017-2018).
Unity College Courses for Fall 2017
Theme-based Course Descriptions Fall 2017
AR 2103-02 Art Explorations: Scientific Illustration: Field and Lab Observation and Techniques
In this course students will learn observational skills and techniques ranging from field sketching to descriptive illustrations. The work will be primarily handmade, in graphite and ink, and we will work from specimens in the field and lab. Drawing and interpretation from the observation of objects and actual samples will be emphasized.
AR 2113 Creative Writing: Culture and Agriculture in the American Imagination
This class will explore the relationships between farming, literature, and civics by reading the work of writers, such as Wendell Berry and Rose Hayden-Smith, who illustrate the unique roles of agriculture in American history. Course work will include readings in a range of genres, such as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose; writing; fieldtrips to local farms and school gardens; and discussions online and in class.
Pre-req: CM 1003
BI 2111 Themes in Aquaculture and Fisheries: Fly-Fishing
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to primary skills, tactics, and procedures needed for successful fly-fishing. Instruction will include the understanding of aquatic insect ecology and the relationship this has to the eating habits of fish, fly-fishing rods and reels, fly-fishing line, knots, fly-tying, basic fly-casting, ethical practices and stewardship of all waters. Students will spend time in lecture, presentations, plus field trips to local waterways.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Mycology
The fungal kingdom contains a diversity of mushroom forming and non-mushroom forming organisms which exhibit a wide range of life histories. As mutualists, pathogens, and decomposers, fungi are important components of almost all ecosystems on Earth. In addition, fungi have had huge impacts on the environment and human society, from causing the recent die off of bats, frogs and several tree species, to the production of alcohol and antibiotics. In this course students will get an overview of the fungal kingdom by learning the biology, ecology, and systematics of major fungal groups, with an emphasis placed on those fungal groups that can be easily observed in the field. Special topics such as mushroom cultivation, fungal bioremediation, and ethnomycology, will also be discussed based on student interest. Lectures and in class discussions will be supplemented with frequent field trips to observe fungi in their natural habitat and collect specimens for further identification.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 3111 Themes in Marine Science: Coral Culturing
In this course we will develop coral culturing and propagation techniques. We will also further develop the capacity of the wetlab to support marine courses, feed the coral tank and refine our methods. You will be expected to work 2 hours each week outside of class working within the wetlab.
Prerequisite: BI 2033 or Junior Status
CL 2883: Introductory Furbearer Trapping
Introductory furbearer trapping is tailored to CLE majors with regard to learning the necessary components of recreational trapping in order to acquire basic knowledge for proper enforcement in conservation law enforcement duties. Naturally, knowledge of the sport/activity/hobby is of manifest importance for proper enforcement. This class could also be selected as an elective for those demonstrating an active interest. The course is highly interactive and much time will be spent outdoors. The course will encompass all aspects of trapping to include basic knowledge of the targeted species, knowledge of laws & regulations, traps, trap preparation, scouting, trapping ethics, preparation of furs, and sales.
Prerequisites: CL 1013
EH 1123 Environmental World Literature: Human Nature (Fight of Flight)
In this course students will explore the (inherent?) tension between humans and the environment by engaging with literary "texts," both ancient and modern, from around the world. The class will include works spanning a variety of genres, such as prose, poetry, anime, and film. Close reading, group discussions, and writing online and in class will be emphasized.
Pre-req: CM 1013
EH 3213 Professional and Technical Writing: Writing for Nonprofits
This course prepares students for professional writing in their disciplines by developing skills in writing, editing, graphics, document design, and the management of data and other resources. The subject of this semester’s course is writing for nonprofit organizations with a focus on grant writing. This course introduces the grant-writing process as a means of funding for nonprofit organizations. Successful grants require finding appropriate potential funders, knowing and being able to communicate passionately about the organization's mission and vision, and developing the right stories to match the organization¹s objectives. Students will be involved in planning, researching, developing, organizing and writing a grant on behalf of a nonprofit. The class will involve frequent writing assignments and peer review in a workshop format as well as professional collaboration with nonprofit organizations.
Pre-req: CM 1013
HU 2022 Topics in Humanities: Sense of Place in Environmental Communication
Environmental writing is filled with meditations on meaningful places – geographic locales that have taken on deeper meaning through experiential interaction over time. In the social sciences, environmental communication scholars have been evaluating the role of “place” in environmental behaviors and decision-making since the early 1990s. This course will blend reading and analysis of environmental writing with research and theory based on the role of place in environmental communication to discuss and generate ideas and written work investigating “sense of place” as a concept and the role of place in motivating pro-environmental change.
Pre-req: CM 1003
HU 2023 Topics in Humanities: U.S. Slavery
Slavery has shaped our nation in profound ways. The rise of racial slavery supported pervasive and discriminatory racial ideologies, informed our Constitution, and led the nation into four bloody year of war. But as Frederick Douglass suggests, black Americans were never passive vessels. From the moment they arrived as slaves until now, Africans and African-Americans have played a vital role in shaping our nation’s social, productive, cultural, and political life. Their resistance shaped North America’s peculiar institution, and then helped bring about its abolition. Nearly a century later, African-Americans’ continued traditions of resistance and struggle forced a reluctant nation to make good on long-deferred promises of civil rights. Black Americans’ cultures—from a knowledge of rice cultivation, to rich musical traditions, to the poets of Harlem—have influenced language, politics, religion, diet, and even agricultural practices. To leave unexplored the historical experiences of black Americans thus leaves untold the story of our national past. This course is designed to begin telling that story.
Pre-req: CM 1003
HU 2033 Intermediate Topics in Humanities: Telling Tiny Truths
In a tech-driven world where distracted people read quickly, vivid but concise narratives are essential. This class explores the elements of narrative and our changing communication habits as we pursue the art of true storytelling in the 21st century. We will analyze and practice a variety of short-form genres, such as the insta-essay, business origin stories, and the five-minute story slam.
Pre-req: CM 1013
UC4501 Seminar: Stable Isotopes to Investigate Animal Diets:
In the past, conventional approaches used to study diet, including analyses of feces, stomach contents, and direct observations, have provided the basis for much of our current understanding of foraging decisions. However, there are limitations and biases associated with these methods that can be overcome with the use of stable isotope analysis. With help from their instructor, guest lectures, student presentations, and the peer-reviewed literature, students will learn how to answer a variety of questions related to diets of free-ranging animals using stable isotope data. In the end, students will develop proposals for research that will address such questions.
Pre-req: Junior Status