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Our Courses

College at 60 courses will open for registration on May 3rd, 2021 at 10:00 am.

Class Times and Semesters

Fordham University plans to resume on-site classes for the fall 2021 term, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our campus. In cases where students are unable to join us on-site, our faculty will hold a simultaneous live Zoom session each week so that you may participate in the classes remotely. Classes are held at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus located at West 60th Street and Columbus Avenue. The fall semester runs from September to December; the spring term runs from February to May. Daytime courses are offered once a week for a two-hour class session, either from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Course listings and schedules are published in a brochure each May and December. 

Classes start the week of September 20, 2021. Please refer to your syllabus for class meetings.

Fall 2021
Course Description

CASP 1200 TOPICS IN HISTORY: China in the 21st Century "CLOSED"

Tuesdays, September 21 to December 14
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Richard Hresko 
CRN #45912

In this course, Just as many predicted that the 20th century would be America’s century, China has been touted as the favorite to dominate the 21st. In this course, we will look at China’s position in the world today and explore the signals that this nation is sending. Along the way, we will look carefully at China’s self-image, how that conception interacted with the traumas inflicted on it from the 1840s through World War II, and how it was recast in the second half of the 20th century. We will then consider the strategies China uses now to deal with the world from a position of increasing strength. China’s relations with her nearest neighbors, Russia and India, will be explored, as well as her growing presence in the Mideast and Africa as a colonial power. China’s interactions with the U.S. will be examined at length, due to the complexity and importance of their relationship. Finally, we will look at China’s tendencies and revealed attitudes toward crucial worldwide issues, such as globalization, COVID and possible future pandemics, and the existential threat of global warming. We will use materials from foreign policy journals and other sources for a deeper look behind the headlines.

CASP 1130 STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY: An Introduction to Philosophy "CLOSED"
Tuesdays, September 21 to December 14
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Babette Babich 
CRN #43685

This course explores philosophical concepts of the nature of being human, from its inception in Greek antiquity through to the modern definition of the human subject as the foundation of scientific and secure knowledge, in addition to contemporary critical reflection on the human being. Readings underscore the importance of genuinely philosophical questioning or critical thinking, especially including reflection on traditional assumptions. 

CASP 1190 LITERARY STUDIES: Reality Has Always Had Too Many Heads: An Introduction to Literary Theory
Wednesday, September 22 to December 15
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Nina Goss 
CRN #45914

In this course, Although literature has been an object of critical and philosophical analysis in Western culture beginning at least with Aristotle and Plato, the field we know as literary, or critical, theory grew to a crucial and contentious area of intellectual life in the 20th century and remains flourishing and contentious. In this class, you will put to use the ideas that have challenged, exploded, and invigorated our relationships to literature, culture, language, and meaning itself. We will work roughly chronologically, and engage with topics including the problem of liberal humanism; structuralism; poststructuralism and deconstruction; postmodernism; Marxist criticism; psychoanalytic criticism; postcolonial criticism; trauma theory; feminist theory; queer theory; and critical race theory. We’ll look at frameworks emerging as “post-theory,” including aestheticism, and we’ll take a side trip to language poetry. The course will entail substantial amounts of challenging reading, and sessions will be very interactive. You may enter the class a liberal humanist, and leave it a liberal humanist, but you will never again take for granted your relation with any literature that has moved, taught, or inspired you.

CASP 1220 AMERICA’S PAST: The Great Tragedies of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Thursday, September 23 to December 16
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Juliana Gilheany
CRN #43688

In this course, The year 2021 marks the 160th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. We examine the war’s root causes: economic and political, legal and constitutional, ideological, and moral. We will study the major figures and the common people of the period—Lincoln and Davis, Grant and Lee, Douglass and Tubman, Brown and Booth, northerners and southerners, abolitionists and slave owners, civilians and soldiers, politicians and spies, and the slaves, in bondage and dubious freedom. Our discussions will include the major battles: Antietam, Shiloh, the Wilderness, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and the great events and historical turning points: the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Appomattox, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. We also examine the aftermath of the war: its costs and consequences as the country moved into Reconstruction and “Redemption” and continued racism and segregation.

CASP 1190 LITERARY STUDIES: Poems of Paintings
Thursday, September 23 to December 16
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Sharon Suchma 
CRN #45915 

In this course, In 19 B.C.when Homer stated “as is painting so is poetry,” he was suggesting that poems could and should be held to the high esteem granted to the visual arts. The Classical Western world understood the comparison, as students used ekphrasis—a literary trope in which words describe a visual reality as vividly as possible—to practice their skills in rhetoric. The term now specifically encompasses poems that visualize paintings. This class will consider this interrelationship between the written and visual arts by studying paintings and sculptures that have inspired writers to duplicate them in words. Each session will focus on one or two paintings (including background on the artist or movement) and their accompanying poems. Some of the artists and writers to be studied include Edward Hopper, Sylvia Plath, Rembrandt, Allen Ginsberg, Edvard Munch, William Carlos Williams, Pablo Picasso, and W. H. Auden. 

CASP 1310 Studies in Music History: Great Composers and Their Symphonies
Thursday, September 23 to December 16
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Kathryn John 
CRN#46620

In this course, we study the origins and development of the musical form that came to be known as the Symphony, from its earliest iterations in the mid-18th century through the 20th century.  We address such questions as what a symphony is, who composed these large-scale works, when and where this orchestral form originated, how it developed, and who has been able to hear live symphonic performances.  We will examine in detail representative works of the great composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Ives, Gorecki and others.

CASP 1250 TOPICS IN HISTORY: The Sixties: From Camelot to Chaos
Friday, September 24 to December 17
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jess Velona 
CRN #43694 

In this course, n the 1960s, a generation of social change was compressed into a single decade. Relive this tumultuous era, from the dynamic leadership of the Kennedys and King to their tragic deaths, to the rise of the counterculture and the civil rights, women’s, and antiwar movements, to the riots and radicalization that provoked a conservative backlash. Read some of the provocative writers who helped spark or chronicle change, from Betty Friedan and Joan Didion to Norman Mailer and Malcom X. Through video, experience unforgettable moments from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Chicago convention, and venture overseas for the Prague Spring’s challenge to the Soviets and the turmoil of France’s near-revolution in May 1968. Always up for discussion is whether and how the 1960s continue to shape our politics and culture.