Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Interdisciplinary Studies

Form NC #:



November 7, 2001



I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

IS 3111Hs. Honors: The End of the World as We’ve Known It: The Apocalypse Then and Now. (SS; 2 cr; prereq participation in the Honors program or #)

Exploration of the occasions and representations of apocalyptic views, focusing on the historical, political, and psychological implications. Antecedents and effects of end-of-the-world prophecies will be explored through the use of popular culture (e.g. music, science fiction, other media), writings from across cultural and religious frames of reference, and various historical, political, and psychological resources.


II. Rationale (see instructions):

Both the start of the new millennium and the recent attacks on Washington and New York have prompted increased references to various doomsday or apocalyptic scenarios and fears with myriad implications. The course will provide a unique opportunity to explore end-of-the-world prophecies from combined psychological, political, and historical perspectives and fills a need for interdisciplinary honors seminar courses.

This course was offered with much success on a provisional basis.


III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Offered when feasible

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Ratliff-Crain, O’Loughlin and Cox

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.


The major goal of the course is to critically analyze current doomsday fears by exploring historical and cultural contexts and psychological rationale behind such prophecies. These goals will be met through the use of literature and materials from multiple sources. Students will be expected to understand and present interpretations of these materials within the context of the broader perspectives represented in the course discussions and materials.


How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?


Students will be assessed on the quality of their contributions to discussion and through written assignments.


V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.


The honors program is currently seeking upper-level, interdisciplinary, small, seminar courses. This course was proposed with that goal in mind.