Feb 03, 2023  
2018-2019 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


@ = Indicates a non-liberal arts course. Please refer to College Credit Policies  for a description of non-liberal arts credits.

 

Theatre

Courses are offered each semester unless otherwise designated.

*Note: All students enrolled in a Senior Project are required to attend a weekly seminar, facilitated by a faculty member. During these sessions students will share the issues that arise during the development of their projects, and offer ideas and suggestions to their colleagues. As well as meeting weekly with the seminar group and facilitator, each student will meet regularly with a senior project mentor. (Acting faculty will mentor acting projects, design faculty will mentor design projects, etc.)

  
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    DRAM 395 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    DRAM 398 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

  
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    DRAM 403 - Directing II


    4 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: AE and SI credit.
    Practical application of directing theories and techniques with emphasis on composition and picturization in staging. Students direct a one-act play. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 302 .
  
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    DRAM 414 - Contemporary Theatre Topics


    3 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: AC and WI credit.
    Focused study of modern trends in theatre from the end of the 19thcentury to the present. A minimum of Sophomore standing required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DANC 101 /DRAM 101 , and DRAM 210  and DRAM 312  and DRAM 313 .
  
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    DRAM 438 - Acting for Camera


    3 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: AE credit.
    Focuses on the development of auditioning skills and techniques in preparation for professional acting and performance work for film and television. Spring, odd years.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 336 .
  
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    DRAM 439 - Comedy & Comic Styles


    3 Credit(s)

    Explores the techniques for acting in comedy. Comic styles from contemporary sit-coms to historical styles such as farce and comedy of manners are studied. Spring, even years.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 336 .
  
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    DRAM 440 - Acting Ensemble II


    3 Credit(s)

    Builds on the work and experience of  DRAM 340 - Acting Ensemble I . Designed for students cast in lead roles in a production under faculty or guest artist direction, with emphasis on practicing ensemble-based performance and with documentation of advanced research work in style, genre, and character as suited to the requirements of a lead role. Audition required. Fall and Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 340 .
  
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    DRAM 441 - Pivotal Playwrights


    3 Credit(s)

    Advanced acting work, delving into a number of works by one important playwright. Students will experiment fully with characters’ physical and vocal lives, work as an ensemble, explore the political and social context of the plays, rehearse, and perform publicly. Fall.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 235  and DRAM 336 .
  
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    @DRAM 453 - Scene Design Practicum


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Students engage in a hands-on experience in Scene Design and develop advanced techniques and skills in support of a Theatre and Dance production.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 101  or DANC 101  and DRAM 206 , and DRAM 312  or DRAM 313 , and DRAM 353 .
  
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    DRAM 466 - Advanced Reader’s Theatre


    3 Credit(s)

    Practical application of theories and techniques involved in advanced work of dramatic oral interpretation and chamber theatre. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 366 .
  
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    @DRAM 485 - Senior Project: Costume Technology


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in the construction of theatrical costumes and costume crafts. Senior standing and instructor permission required.

    Prerequisite(s): @DRAM 223  or DANC 223 .
  
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    DRAM 486 - Senior Project: Dramaturgy


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Independent study in Dramaturgy in which the student participates in a theatrical production through text analysis, historical research, attending rehearsals, and assisting the director. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 210   and DRAM 312  or DRAM 313  and DRAM 302 .
  
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    DRAM 487 - Senior Project: Sound Design


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced Projects in the design and engineering of sound for theatrical productions and dance concerts. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 206  and DRAM 251  and DRAM 255 .
  
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    @DRAM 488 - Senior Project: Stage Management


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced project in managing main stage faculty and guest artist productions in theatre and dance. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): @DRAM 244 /@DANC 244 , and @DANC 344 /DRAM 344.
  
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    DRAM 489 - Senior Project: Make-up


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in make-up. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 333 .
  
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    DRAM 490 - Senior Project: Acting


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in acting. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 235  and DRAM 336 , and DRAM 338  or DRAM 438  or DRAM 439 .
  
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    DRAM 491 - Senior Project: Technical Theatre


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in the creation of effects, properties, projections, and other technical aspects of theatre. Usually in connection with a specific production. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 206  and DRAM 251 .
  
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    DRAM 492 - Senior Project: Directing


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in directing. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 302  and DRAM 403 .
  
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    DRAM 493 - Senior Project: Scene Design


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in scenic design for dance or theatre productions. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 205 /DANC 205  or DRAM 206  and DRAM 251  and DRAM 353 .
  
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    @DRAM 494 - Senior Project: Spoken Word


    3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in reader’s theatre. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DRAM 210  and DRAM 237 .
  
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    DRAM 495 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    DRAM 496 - Senior Project: Lighting Design


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in stage lighting for dance or theatre productions. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DANC 355 /DRAM 355 .
  
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    @DRAM 497 - Senior Project: Costume Design


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Advanced independent study in costume design for dance or theatre productions. Senior standing and instructor permission required. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): DANC 223  or DRAM 223  and DRAM 331 .
  
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    DRAM 498 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

  
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    @DRAM 499 - Senior Project: Theatre Education


    1-3 Credit(s)

    Project-based study of theatre used in educational or community settings. Senior standing and approval by the Director of Theatre Education required. As warranted.


Wilderness Education

  
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    @WILD 160 - Introduction to Rock Climbing


    1 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: PE credit.
    Technical skills include belay techniques, movement, on rock, rappelling, and safety systems. Students will utilize the indoor climbing wall in Maxcy Hall as part of this course. Counts for academic credit. Fall and Spring.

  
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    @WILD 170 - Rock Climbing


    2 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: 1 PE activity credit.
    Designed for those who aspire to lead rock climbing trips. Topics include: rock climbing skills progression, site management, climbing anchor systems, fall factors and belay techniques/rappel techniques, and basic rescue techniques. Course includes two consecutive weekend rock climbing trips. Counts for academic credit. Fall.

  
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    @WILD 175 - Ice Climbing


    2 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: 1 PE activity credit.
    Climbing techniques used for both steep, frozen waterfalls and moderate, mountaineering routes with mixed snow and ice. The use of specialized anchors and protection for ice climbing will be examined in addition to objective hazards associated with ice climbing. Course includes two consecutive weekend ice climbing trips. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 170  or @WILD 160 . Counts for academic credit.
  
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    @WILD 200 - Therapeutic Recreation


    3 Credit(s)

    This course examines recreation as an integral part of the treatment process for youth-at-risk, people with disabilities, and other special populations such s those with drug/alcohol dependencies. The use of adventure experiences as modalities for participant change is a primary focus of this course. Cross-listed with @HLTH 200 . Fall.

  
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    @WILD 220 - Wilderness First Responder


    3 Credit(s)

    An intensive professional certification course designed to develop the medical knowledge and skills needed when medical emergencies occur in isolated settings. Considered by many outdoor recreation professionals as the standard course in the application of techniques of first aid and safety for wilderness medical emergencies. Practical and theoretical applications are examined. Spring.

  
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    @WILD 240 - Backpacking


    2 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: 1 PE activity credit. Counts for academic credit.
    Introduction to Leave No Trace camping skills, clothing /equipment selection and use, food planning/expedition nutrition, map interpretation, are among topics covered. Culminates in a four-day backpacking trip. Fall and Spring.

  
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    @WILD 300 - Instruction in Wilderness Education


    2 Credit(s)

    Instructional strategies will be explored and refined as students assist in the delivery of Wilderness Education field courses. Students will maintain a journal detailing the effectiveness of lessons and leadership styles during adventure activities. Wilderness education minors only. As warranted.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 360 .
  
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    WILD 320 - Outdoor Education


    3 Credit(s)

    Gen Ed: SI credit.
    Introduction to the broad field of Outdoor Education, and the use of wildland areas for the purpose of recreation, education, development, and therapy. Experiential learning theory associated with leading groups in wildland settings and visitor education will be examined. Students will earn a Leave No Trace Trainer’s certificate and participate in overnight camping as part of this course. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 240 .
  
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    @WILD 330 - Winter Expedition Skills


    3 Credit(s)

    Course will focus on travel and outdoor living skills in a winter environment. Students will plan and execute a 6-day winter expedition in January (over winter break). Fall.

  
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    @WILD 340 - Wilderness Leadership I


    4 Credit(s)

    Introduction to: leadership, judgment and decision making, teaching minimum impact camping, group facilitation and wilderness travel skills. Students will participate in a 16-day wilderness expedition during the summer term. Eligibility for Outdoor Leadership Certification through the Wilderness Education Association is available upon the completion of Outdoor Leadership II. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 240 .
  
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    @WILD 345 - Wilderness Leadership II-Honors


    6 Credit(s)

    Course will focus on advanced: leadership, judgment and decision-making, teaching, group facilitation and refining wilderness travel skills. Students will assist in the planning and execute a 16-day wilderness expedition during the summer term. Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for Outdoor Leadership Certification through the Wilderness Education Association and a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certificate. Spring.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 340 .
  
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    @WILD 350 - Wilderness and Adventure Program Planning


    3 Credit(s)

    Program development, administration, risk management, and wildland management issues will be examined. Emphasis is on planning experiential learning and adventure activities for environmental education, recreation, personal development and therapy programs. Students will develop a comprehensive program proposal as part of this course. Fall.

    Prerequisite(s): WILD 320 .
  
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    @WILD 360 - Leadership in Adventure Education


    3 Credit(s)

    Students will develop the technical, leadership, and facilitation skills necessary to implement safe and effective facility based adventure education programming. The course will focus on initiative, climbing wall, and ropes course programs while using the Adventures In Reality Climbing Center at SUNY Potsdam. Emphasis is given to understanding the theoretical underpinnings behind adventure education philosophy. Fall.

    Prerequisite(s): @WILD 160 .

Women’s and Gender Studies

  
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    WMST 100 - Women’s & Gender Studies I


    3 or 4 Credit(s)

    As the foundation course for the Women’s and Gender Studies program, this course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field. It explores feminist theories, critiques, and debates surrounding gender as a unit of analysis, intersecting with race, class, sexual orientation and global inequalities. The class also examines global feminist struggles for equality and justice. Serves also as lower-division elective in Sociology as SOCI 150  and Political Science as POLS 125. Fall and Spring.

  
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    WMST 195 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 198 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 295 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 298 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 360 - Feminist Research Methods


    4 Credit(s)

    An examination of research methods in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies with specific attention to the theories, methods, epistemologies, histories, and practices that constitute feminist inquiry. By engaging in conversations with researchers across disciplines, the course will consider ways multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary feminist perspectives inform and interrogate research based inquiry.

  
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    WMST 370 - Feminist Theory


    3 Credit(s)

    This class will develop student’s skills so they will be able to formulate a logically coherent analytical (i.e. not solely aesthetic) critique of text. Such a critique should demonstrate knowledge of and facility with core concepts within the specialized vocabulary of feminist theory. The critique should also recognize the necessity of using - and logically justifying the use of - specific examples from primary, and possible secondary, texts in constructing supporting arguments. Every other year.

    Prerequisite(s): WMST 100 .
  
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    WMST 395 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 398 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 462 - WS Seminar


    3 Credit(s)

    Individual and collaborative research on selected topics across the disciplines in Women’s and Gender Studies; preparation and presentation of seminar research project. Junior or Senior standing required.

    Prerequisite(s): WMST 100  or POLS 125, or SOCI 150 . 9-12 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses recommended.
  
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    WMST 491 - Field Research/Internship


    3 Credit(s)

    Field or placement at an agency of the student’s choice under supervision of a faculty member. A field of study of scholarly significance to Women’s and Gender Studies will be completed. Appropriate upper division coursework in consultation with sponsoring faculty member and instructor permission required. No more than six semester hours may be counted towards the major.

    Prerequisite(s): WMST 100 .
  
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    WMST 495 - Special Topics


    1-12 Credit(s)

  
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    WMST 498 - Tutorial


    1-3 Credit(s)

 

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