Humanities and Media Studies Post-Core GenEd Electives – Spring 2022
 

HMS-203B: World Lit Survey II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Steven Doloff; HYBRID / Mondays & Wedensdays (11:00 AM - 12:20 PM)
02—Maria Damon; HYBRID / Mondays & Wedensdays, (11:00 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course investigates major literary works of poetry, prose and drama from around the world from the 17th Century to the present. These works are examined within their specific literary and historical contexts. 

HMS-232A:  Horror and Monstrosity Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Saul Anton; HYBRID / Wednesdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course will serve as a general introduction to the issues of horror, monstrosity, and the abject in literature, film, and theory. Topics may include: the uncanny, the fantastic, catharsis, the sublime, the gaze, liminality, trauma, return of the repressed, projection, splitting, Freud's analysis of dreams, the gothic, etc. Materials will include historical materials, literary texts by authors such as Hoffman, Kafka, Gilman, etc., and films by Wiener, Hitchcock, Powell, Romero, Polansky, Argento, Barker, Scott, Jeunet, Gans, Park, etc. Specific texts and films may vary.

HMS-261A:  Intro to Public Speaking Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Adeena Karasick; HYBRID / Wednesdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)
02—Melissa Milgrom; IN PERSON, Pratt Manhattan / Wednesdays (3:30 PM – 6:20 PM) restricted to CM students

3 credits

This course is an introduction to effective public speaking as well as effective communication in small groups. All students will develop, organize, and deliver several types of speeches; study in workshop form the dynamics of various interpersonal communication situations, such as conflict management, job interviews, body language, and cross-cultural exchanges; and improve critiquing and listening skills. Students will complete research papers and lead mini-workshops about further aspects of interpersonal communication.

HMS-262A:  Intro to Acting Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Don Andreasen; ONLINE / Mondays (9:00 AM - 11:50 AM)

3 credits

The essential element desired in acting is to be truthful, to be believable.  This course will develop in the actor the ability to be genuine, to listen and respond in the moment.  The goal of the class is to develop fundamental acting skills including: voice, movement, expression, imagination, character development, trust and relaxation. Students will perform memorized scenes and monologues.  Additionally, we will work towards knowledge and growth in the Stanislavski and Meisner systems.

HMS-300A:  Children’s Literature Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Kathryn Cullen-DuPont; HYBRID / Mondays & Wednesdays (5:00 PM - 6:20 PM) 

3 credits

This is a (selective) survey of 300 years of books written for children, with particular emphasis on the idea of childhood as implicit in the texts and (sometimes) explicit in the illustrations.  Students may approach the course as critics or (potential) creators – writers/illustrators.

HMS-301B:  Modernist Drama Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Steven Doloff; IN PERSON / Mondays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This course examines a sampling of works by modernist playwrights such as Ibsen, Shaw, Brecht, Chekhov, O'Neill and Beckett to explore how contemporary drama has been and continues to be informed by the ideas of these 19th and 20th Century innovators of the theater. A term paper is required.

HMS-302:  Black Liberation Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Jayna Brown; IN PERSON / Tuesdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course introduces students to the histories, politics, and cultural formations of the black Diasporan world. Students consider slavery, colonialism, and continued forms of oppression and exploitation, as well as the long history of liberation movements, including slave revolts, protest and resistance movements, independence movements and revolutions. They also consider the history of black feminism, black queer liberation, and black labor struggles. We will read from personal stories of escape, fugitivity, dislocation, migration, and exile, as movement is the key trope of Diaspora. Students will also learn about other central cultural tropes and aesthetic philosophies within black culture, including the trope of transformation and the use of alternative cosmologies.

HMS-308A:  Shakespeare Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Steve Doloff; HYBRID / Mondays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

Students analyze and interpret representative Shakespearean plays as works of dramatic art and as reflections of the Renaissance climate. A research project is required of those who opt for three credits.

HMS-320A:  Poetry Writing Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Jean-Paul Pecqueur; HYBRID / Thursdays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

This section of Creative Writing introduces students to poetry writing as process and practice. Students will explore imaginative composition through directed exercises in writing poetry and poetic prose. These exercises will be supported by the close reading and analysis of short works by a variety of authors. Completed exercises will be presented to classmates for constructive comment.

HMS-320B:  Fiction Writing Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Evan Rehill; ONLINE / Fridays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

Through the arts of meditative reading, creative conversations, deeper listening, critical thinking, the magical tools of craft, and a workshop model designed to help the author at all costs, Fiction Writing exposes the possibilities of storytelling.

HMS-320C:  Screenwriting II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Don Andreasen; ONLINE / Wednesdays (9:00 AM - 11:50 AM)

3 credits

This course continues Screenwriting I in further developing the use of setting, location, narrative structure, conflict, character development and dialogue. In the first half of the course, students write short scenes. In the second half, they work on scripts for a 10-15 minute film. 

HMS-320D:  Screenwriting I (all sections restricted to DDA students)

02—Cecilia Dougherty; HYBRID / Fridays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
03—Cecilia Dougherty; HYBRID / Fridays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)
04—Mateo Sancho Caridel; IN PERSON / Fridays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of screenwriting. Topics covered include formatting, setting, location, narrative structure, conflict, character development and dialogue. In the first half of the course, students write their own short scenes. In the second half, they develop and expand those scenes into a script for a 10-15 minute short film. 

HMS-325C:  Reporting the City Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Ellen Berkovitch; IN PERSON / Wedensdays (2:00 PM – 4:50 PM)

3 credits

What makes for a just city, and how can journalism help us understand the relationship between social problems and social action?  In this protracted pandemic period (and the 11/21 election of a new NYC mayor), ongoing challenges to housing, public education, policing, culture, the arts and creative economies, all are constellating. The premise of the class is to use this time in NYC history to help us understand these challenges and answer these questions.

We will begin the class with processes of mapping and close observation and description of issues. We will move through group activities that include systems analysis, storytelling structures, and identifying areas for reporting that are ambitious yet pragmatic. We will use the Pratt podcast studio to experiment with interviews and develop a podcast concept.  These activities will build to a concentration on reporting “beats” that will develop into students’ projects for the final third of the semester.  Within their beats, students will be expected to attend to elements of NYC history first, then to find new information from which to frame pressing questions. We hope to hold at least one community conversation in the vein of collaborative journalism that could shape future reporting scopes for this class. 

HMS-331S:  The Digital Body Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Shayla Lawz; HYBRID / Thursdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 Credits

“I saw a phone the other day and she looked just like you.” When we say “digital body” we can imagine a number of permutations, shapes, and openings. As the extended mind thesis says, our devices are—to the degree that they hold some of our most important memories—extensions of ourselves. Accepting this, one might ask, what does that make ME? What does this say for my living body? And ultimately, if our devices are extensions of ourselves, are we extensions of our devices? Are we kindred to the telephone, the radio, the television?

In this course we will explore how artists across disciplines are working at the intersection of text, performance and (social) media to expand our ideas about the human body. We will look at how activist movements like Black Lives Matter, that began in a digital space, have extended to the physical body—the protest body—to transmit images. We will look to poets who use their bodies to challenge where the body ends and begins. We will look at performance artists who extend the digital from their bodies in the performance space and, in this act, bring the digital to life. 

We will use this work as a guide to produce our own creative work and investigate how life is made through the body, how death is archived, and how the dead are memorialized in our living beings. We will do this all with the intention of understanding how we reconcile the body in the digital age. Perhaps most importantly, we will consider this question: if we are comprised of both human matter and media—a series of flesh, photographs, images, and sometimes just a dial-tone on the other end—how do we recognize one another? How do we act as witness? Is picking up the telephone an act of seeing? Who will answer you in your time of need and what does this all mean for our aliveness?

HMS-340E:  The Documentary Image Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Melissa Eidson; HYBRID / Mondays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This course introduces students to the history, theory, and practice of making documentary images; both photographs and video. In addition to studying and writing evaluative essays about visual and critical works, students will learn basic photo and video editing tools Apple’s iPhoto and iMovie applications, to produce photo essays and digital video shorts to be presented on individual student websites. Class time will be split between these academic and 'praxis' components. 

This hybrid course will include independent field projects and experiences; such as trips to Maysles, IFC, and Quad Cinema.  During the second half of the course, students will make short documentaries, putting into practice aspects of the academic component covered during the first half. For the final documentary project, emphasis will be placed on the development of exploratory documentary subjects that cover contemporary activist issues; including global climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, LGBTQ discrimination, femicide, and racism. The goal of the final documentary project is to bring pressing contemporary issues into public discourse, by creating awareness and understanding, with the ultimate objective being to affect broad societal change. In this way, the course culminates with student documentary films that go beyond the classroom, giving voice to new ideas and solutions that are transmitted to the public realm via student websites and/or social media.

HMS-340S:  NY in Film Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Dexter Jeffries; IN PERSON / Wednesdays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

This course traces images of New York from King Kong atop the Empire State Building to Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) and "Midnight Cowboy" (Jon Voight) trying to survive the decaying street scene that ultimately provides psychological landscapes for such important film makers like Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and many others.

HMS-340S:  Who Owns Prehistory? Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

02—Cecilia Dougherty; HYBRID / Thursdays (9:30 AM – 12:20 PM)

3 credits

A cross-disciplinary course that studies ways we have tried to understand who we are as a species by considering who we might have been in the distant past. Our investigation begins with a discussion of Paleolithic art as evidence of artistic sophistication and complexity of thought, mark-making, and ritual practice in the old stone age. Theories of human migration, concepts of race and the meaning of what is an ‘anatomically modern human’ are integral to this investigation. We are not studying this era as scientists, but rather are examining critiques of how knowledge is acquired and how perspectives brought through scientific communities come to us already embedded in assumptions and practices that represent social and political perspectives and discourses of power. We would like to find ways to address the aspect of non-scientists being shut out of the discourse of ancient times, which those who research the past from our perspectives as artists, writers and philosophers rather than as scientists experience as our default position. This course critiques past and current trends in the study of the distant past on the American continents as well, with a focus on the field of Indigenous methodologies of decolonizing ancient times. And finally, we’ll look at configurations of the Paleolithic in the popular imagination, covering a range of sources that includes cartoons and animation, fan art and speculative fiction, pop-science documentaries, museum dioramas, and representations of prehistory in the narratives of fictional films and literature. Coursework includes two collaborative presentations and one final presentation/project.

HMS-360C:  Intro to Performance Practice Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—David Thomson; IN PERSON / Tuesdays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

This class explores the art, the play, the technique and the rigorous fun involved in bringing a strong presence to the unique space of performing. The class begins with a focus on physical and vocal training, moving through improvisation, generation material, and working with prepared material. Time and timing, space, tenderness, chaos, intention, perception, lying, and the imaginary are examples of the kinds of ideas we might use as tools to move us into exploratory spaces. This class is required for the Performance and Performance Studies minor but open to non-minors as well.

HMS-390S: Sound Across the Arts Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Mendi Obadike; ONLINE / Tuesdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course is an introduction to sound across the arts. Students will encounter works created in the fields of experimental music, sound art, sound installation, film sound, and audio literature. We will discuss the project, techniques, theories, and other intersections between and among the creative contexts for artists working in the medium of sound.

HMS-404C:  Finding Yourself on the Road: Migration Stories Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Arlene Keizer; IN PERSON / Fridays (10:00 AM- 12:50 AM)

3 credits

Migration—whether voluntary or involuntary, international or domestic—has become a formative experience in American life. This course surveys a wide range of films, short fiction, graphic novels, poetry, and performance art that represents and reflects upon the identity-transforming aspects of migration. We’ll examine films and literary/performance works by Edwidge Danticat, Li-Young Lee, James Baldwin, Elie Wiesel, Marjane Satrapi, Ousmane Sembene, Shailja Patel, Eva Hoffman, and others, alongside critical essays on the formal properties and socio-political contexts of migration stories. Major assignments: two short (5-page) essays and one longer project that may incorporate creative writing or the visual arts.

HMS-430D:  Psychoanalysis and Art Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Julia Steinmetz; HYBRID / Thursdays (9:30 AM- 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course examines the relationship between psychoanalysis and art from different perspectives, including the centrality of art and language to the development of psychoanalytic theory and the integration of psychoanalytic theory into the cultural critique of art, literature, and cinema. The course will provide an introduction not only to major psychoanalytic theories, including those of Freud, Jung, and Lacan, but will demonstrate the myriad and complex ways psychoanalysis has become inextricable from contemporary art criticism and theory.

HMS-431S: Staging, Space & the City Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Christoph Kumpusch; HYBRID / Tuesdays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

This course is an experimental and research oriented study of space and performance space. The goal of the course is to explore new aspects of architectural thought and practice as it relates to performing and performance architecture.  We will study basic techniques of performance and architecture and will invent new ones.  We will remove conventional limits, understanding reality and projecting fantasy. We will not only design performing elements, but explore the design of systems, provocative visions of possible realities

HMS-431S:  Magic, Art, Religion & Science Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

02—Ira Livingston; IN PERSON / Mondays (9:00 AM - 11:50 AM)

3 credits

In this course, we will explore how magic, religion, science and art differ as practices and as belief systems, how they interact with each other-- and most importantly, the resonances, intersections, points of contact and hybrid formations that are possible among them.  The course will involve readings in all these areas, some short writings, and a final project in which students will be invited to invent their own religions.

HMS-432S: Queer Sensorium Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Jayna Brown; IN PERSON / Thursdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

Through speculative fiction, queer ecologies, new materialism, performance art and queer of color critique, this course refuses the dominant binaries we live under in our heteronormative world:  thinking/feeling, man/woman, reason/emotion, human/animal, human/nature, work/pleasure.  As well as melting the boundaries between these, this class focuses on destabilizing the hierarchy of the senses, which situates thinking above feeling and vision as the foremost sense.  Instead, we focus on the sense of touch, sound, smell and other perceptions, as well as on the full range of the senses felt together.  Such embodied knowledge allows for alternative ontologies to arise, and different ways of feeling ourselves and others, enmeshed in wider ecologies.

HMS-440B: Cinema and the City Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Paul Haacke; IN PERSON / Thursdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

What is the relationship between the rise of the modern city and the development of cinema? How has the rapid transformation of cityscapes affected the cinematic imagination of screen space, and vice versa? In this course, we will explore not only how narrative films and other forms of cinematic media have represented urban life and architecture, but also how urbanization has shaped the history of cinema, and how film industries have transformed metropolitan areas and the environments around them. While studying major movements and genres of film history from different parts of the world (e.g. “city symphony” films, crime and film noir, science fiction, neorealism, independent and avant-garde cinema, etc.), we will also read theoretical and critical texts by cinema and media scholars, architects, sociologists, and philosophers. Topics for discussion will include relations between documentary and fantasy, mobility and subjection, rhythm and mood, and the local and global as well as pressing concerns about class and capital, racial and cultural recognition, gender and sexuality, and political ecology.

HMS-440F:  Women in International Cinema Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Amy Guggenheim; HYBRID / Tuesdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)
02—Amy Guggenheim; HYBRID / Tuesdays (2:00 PM – 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This course considers the vision of prominent and pioneering films, with particular attention to the gaze, subjectivity, ambivalence, multiplicity of perspective, identification and disruption, as cinematic vocabulary and subject. We will look at films-- in the works of artists such as Agnes Varda, Lois Weber, Claire Denis, Marguerite Duras and Alain Renais, Julie Taymor, Susanna Bier, Rainer Fassbinder, Wong Kar Wai, Ang Lee and Todd Haynes-- with an emphasis on identity, sexuality and gender.

HMS-441A:  Global Cinema Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Amy Guggenheim; HYBRID / Tuesdays (5:00 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

In this course, we will explore visions of iconic contemporary filmmakers from global cinema notable for their innovative cinematic representation of modern life. Through their works, selected for their capability to go beyond national and cultural boundaries, we will examine how the invention of new cinematic language is used evoke poignant insight into human experience, and potentially bear influence on our perceptions of reality. In modules organized by genres, we will develop methods of analysis through in-depth formal and thematic study of several films, extend our investigation in small research projects by students, and based on these studies and integrate theory with practice in applied creative workshops. A guest filmmaker may be invited to hold a post-screening master class with students. Advance viewing of films is expected. Requirements include a midterm essay project and a final creative or theoretical project based on the films from the course.

HMS-452P:  Writing for Interior Design Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Pierre de Looz; IN PERSON / Wednesdays (9:00 AM - 11:50 AM)

3 credits

Writing for Interior Design ranges from the conceptual and creative (incorporating writing into the design process itself) to the practical (the kinds of writing involved with communicating in the professional arena). This course activates core language and research skills from the Humanities in order to help advanced design students recognize and understand design literature, to use writing as a process tool, and ultimately to write about their own theoretical and real-world design work.

HMS-453P: Gender, Media, Racial Capitalism Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Jonathan Beller; HYBRID / Thursdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This interdisciplinary media theory course explores the co-articulation of media platforms, gender and gender theory, race and critical race theory, and film and media theory, and their situatedness in global capitalism, or what this course will conceive of as racial capitalism. Students will come to terms with the theoretical frameworks for colonialism, imperialism, globalization, and financialization, while also exploring modes of domination and oppression along social differentiations including gender, nation, race, and class. 

HMS-454P:  Creative Practices in Afrosurrealism Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Jeffrey Hogrefe; HYBRID / Tuesdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This course focuses on afrosurrealism as a creative practice that repositions Blackness as central to surrealism, a movement that aims to usher in a new world connected organically to this one. The course weaves together the critical works of the Caribbean nationals who found liberation from European colonialism in surrealism in the middle of the twentieth century and the late twentieth century work of creative practitioners such as Amiri Baraka and Kara Walker. As an introduction to aesthetics and poetics in the African diaspora, the class operates as a community that gathers collective and individual impressions in the landscape and language for shared and individual projects. 

HMS-455P:  Serious Games Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Ethan Spigland; HYBRID / Tuesdays (5:30 PM - 8:20 PM)

3 credits

This is a production class in screenwriting and film. The emphasis is on game-playing and

experimental approaches to storytelling. In his seminal work, Homo Ludens, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga explored the profound affinity between art and games. In this course, games and experiments will be employed to spark students' creativity and develop strategies for generating narratives in various media.

HMS-456P:  Situationists Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Ethan Spigland; ONLINE / Wednesdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

A revolutionary, theoretical, political, aesthetic, social movement that originated in Europe in the late 1950s, the Situationists International (SI) was concerned with conducting a penetrating critique of post-war capitalist consumerism and its effects on everyday life. This course will seek to critically address and re-frame the relevance of the SI within the context of contemporary debates surrounding aesthetics, digital capitalism, social media and the transformation of urban space.

HMS-460S:  Deep Listening Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Julia Steinmetz; HYBRID / Tuesdays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

Originally developed by composer Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is a practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.” This practice leads to an extended consideration of the involuntary process of hearing contrasted with the voluntary, selective act of listening. How do we perform listening? What is the performativity of the act of listening? This course will engage practices of sonic meditation, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life (nature, one’s own thoughts, dreams) and listening to listening itself. In parallel, we will explore theories of listening emerging from music, psychoanalysis, and sound studies and apply Deep Listening as a Performance Studies methodology. 

HMS-460S:  Dance Improvisation Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

02—Jennifer Miller; HYBRID / Fridays (9:30 AM - 12:20 PM)

3 credits

In this class we will develop skills and approaches used in improvising movement both for research and performance.  We will work to expand movement vocabulary, interrogate impulse, develop sensory awareness, and build collaborative skill.  We play with how we engage space, time, weight, and energy in making movement and movement choices. We will explore how performance scores serve us in making real time performances, and we will work to build an environment that brings out the unique dancer in each of us.  

HMS 491A – The Artist's Book Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Adeena Karaick; ONLINE / Mondays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)

3 credits

This course develops critical frameworks for interpreting and creating artists' books; that is, artworks in which the book is a medium. We will study such books alongside histories of the field, theoretical writings, and critical commentaries. These studies will inform our endeavors to create, catalogue, and/or critique artists' books in which visual, verbal, and material elements are interwoven. Advanced students from various fields are encouraged to use and expand their own disciplinary perspectives. Visits to collections around New York City will supplement Pratt's resources.

HMS 492A – Animation Narrative Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Ellery Washington; ONLINE / Tuesdays (2:00 PM - 4:50 PM)
02—Ellery Washington; ONLINE / Thursdays (2:00 PM – 4:50 PM)
03—Shayla Lawz; ONLINE / Fridays (2:00 PM – 4:50 PM)

3 credits

With an eye towards short animation, Animating Narrative focuses on the fundamentals of storytelling and how to employ strong narrative elements in visual work. While analyzing and deconstructing archetypal narrative forms, from classical mythologies to modern stories and post-modern hyperrealist tendencies, students will write and workshop their own stories, emphasizing how these stories might translate to a concise visual format.

PLAB-499:  Poetics Lab

01—Duncan Hamilton; IN PERSON / Wednesdays (9:00 AM -11:50AM)
02—Ira Livingston; IN PERSON / Wednesdays (9:00 AM - 11:50 AM)

3 credits

Poetics Lab is a 3-credit seminar, play-space and transdisciplinary think-tank involving faculty and students (undergrad and grad) from across the Institute.  We will be exploring the topic of PLAY; experimenting, thinking and creating together on a range of relevant problems and provocations, as determined by our mutual interests.  Topics may include play as a design and writing process, digital play and gaming, improvisation, performance, theories of play, and others.  Admission to the class is by application; students will receive the Poetics Lab Fellowship, allowing them to draw on a special $10,000 fund for project expenses and resources.

To apply for admission, contact Poetics Lab Director Ira Livingston at livings@pratt.edu; please include (1) your name, major, class year, email, student number, (2) a very short statement as to how PLAY as a creative process-- and/or how interdisciplinary or collaborative processes-- relate to your own work, and (3), if you wish, any ideas you might have for collaborative projects that relate to the topic at hand.  These might be spur-of-the-moment ideas or things you've been dreaming of doing for a long time, and we welcome ideas that might be experimental, serious, whimsical, absurdist, defiant, activist, epic and impossible, small and easy, etc.

Humanities and Media Studies – Foreign Languages


CHI 103 – Elementary Chinese II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Echo Sun, HYBRID; MW (6:30 PM - 7:50 PM)

3 credits

This is a course in conversational Chinese (Mandarin), including basic grammar and vocabulary, along with aspects of Chinese culture.  In addition to learning to speak Chinese, students will learn Hanyu Pinyin, a Romanized pronunciation system to aid Chinese learning, and will learn to recognize and write 200-300 Chinese characters.

FREN 102 – Intro to French II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Layla Zami, HYBRID; MW (9:30 AM - 10:50 AM)

3 credits

This course focuses equally on oral comprehension and speaking, reading, and written expression. Vocabulary is presented thematically in the context of everyday life in France. Students will develop writing skills and will enjoy French songs, poems, and readings on cultural topics. A feature-length French film will complete this introduction. 

FREN 202 – Intermediate French II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Layla Zami, HYBRID; MW (11:00 AM – 12:20 PM)

3 credits

After completion of FREN 101-102, or contact the HMS department.

ITAL 102 – Italian II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Barbara Turoff, HYBRID; MW (9:30 AM - 10:50 AM)
02—Barbara Turoff, HYBRID; MW (11:00 AM – 12:20 PM)

3 credits

This course continues the first semester of Italian given at Pratt's Brooklyn campus. The course is designed to give ITAL-101 first semester beginners a good working knowledge of both written and spoken Italian. Conversational skills are stressed. 

ITAL 202 – Intermediate Italian II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Barbara Turoff, HYBRID; MW (2:00 PM - 3:20 PM)

3 credits

Students will achieve an intermediate level competency in the language skills of writing, reading comprehension, speaking and oral comprehension, and to gain an understanding of aspects of Italian culture such as regional distinctions, cuisines, politics, cinema, music, art and literature. 

SPAN 201 – Introduction to Spanish I Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

02—Alba Potes, HYBRID; Th (12:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

3 credits

The goal of this course is to learn communication skills in Spanish, which include conversation with others, the expression of ideas in writing, and reading. The course will also focus on learning vocabulary related to art-and-design. 

SPAN 202 – Introduction to Spanish II Gen Ed Post-Core Elective

01—Alba Potes, HYBRID; T (5:00 PM – 7:50 PM)

3 credits

The course is the continuation of introduction to Spanish I (either SPAN-201 or SPAN-501). The goal of this course is to learn communication skills in Spanish, which include conversation with others, the expression of ideas in writing, and reading. The course will also focus on learning vocabulary related to art and design. 

SPAN 501 – Conversational Spanish I (Restricted to ADE students)

01—Alba Potes, ONLINE; Th (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)  

3 credits

This is a conversational Spanish course designed to prepare Art and Design Education majors (undergraduate and graduate) for the practicum in New York City schools. Conversational exercises will be oriented to classroom interactions.  (Open only to students in Art and Design Education.)