Form NC:

New Course Proposal






Form NC #:






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


IS 3203H. A Cross Section of the Enlightenment (Hist; 2 cr; prereq participation in the Honors program or #.)

A cross-section of the cultural and intellectual history of the 18th century. Figures to be studied may include Descartes, Newton, Locke, Hume, Hobbes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Lavoisier, d’Holbach, and Blake.


II. Rationale (see instructions):

The course was offered provisionally to great success. The proposed course is evidently interdisciplinary and examines the Enlightenment in a new way (in UMM's curriculum): the topic of the Enlightenment is taught at UMM, although it's not clear that there is a single course devoted to it.


III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Offered when feasible

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Anne Farrel, Tom McRoberts, Jim Togeas

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 course seeks to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the Enlightenment through discussion and writing.

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


Faculty will asses students and students will assess the course. Students earn half their grade through class participation and half through a class project. Class participation means both regular attendance and regular, meaningful contributions to class discussions. Assessment of students will be done by the instructors working together. The standard UMM evaluation forms will be used by students to assess the degree to which the course goals were met. In addition, they will assess each instructor separately.


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 inter-relation of topics, the seminar format, and the various projects required will encourage students to explore connections that they might not otherwise make or would largely have to make on their own if they approached each topic independently.