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    Virginia Military Institute
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue

Courses of Instruction


Course Numbering System. Each subject is identified by a symbol made up of two parts. The first part is an abbreviation denoting the general field of study. The second part is a number denoting the particular subject. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is usually taken and, therefore, the level of instruction.

Credit. The unit of academic credit used at the Virginia Military Institute is the semester hour. In general a semester hour represents one hour of classroom work (lecture or recitation) or one period (two or three hours) of laboratory or supervised research or field work per week during a single semester. Thus a course that meets for three class hours and one laboratory period each week during one semester usually carries credit for four semester hours.

In the following course descriptions the figures on the title lines indicate, in order, the class hours per week, the laboratory or field work hours per week, and the semester hours credit. For example, the figures “3—2—4” mean that the class meets three times a week for one-hour classroom sessions and has two hours of laboratory, supervised research, or field work each week, and that the course carries four semester hours of credit.

 

ENGLISH, RHETORIC, AND HUMANISTIC STUDIES

Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies
Department Head: Colonel Miller

Requirements for a major in English are specified in English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies .

Note: A minimum grade of C in ERH 101  , WR 101, or EN 101 is a prerequisite for ERH 102  , and a minimum grade of C in ERH 102  , WR 102, or EN 102 is a prerequisite for all 200- and 300-level English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies courses. All 400-level courses have additional prerequisites, which are listed in the course descriptions or provided in registration materials. These prerequisites may be waived by the department head if there is evidence that the cadet is well prepared for the 400-level course. 

200-level courses:  These courses build on research-informed writing skills developed in ERH 102 - Writing and Rhetoric II . Major writing assignments are typically 1000 words each, totaling at least 2000 words, and emphasizing close reading, synthesis of ideas, and guided use of sources.

300-level courses:  Intermediate courses stressing critical reading of more complex works and research-informed writing. Major writing assignments are typically 1500 words each, totaling at least 3000 words, and emphasizing analysis. Assignments require cadets to demonstrate some originality of thought.

400-level courses:  Advanced courses requiring more independent work, substantial reading assignments, writing totaling 4000 words, and typically a major course project.

   •  ERH 217 - Film and Performance Studies
   •  ERH 221 - Digital Rhetorics
   •  ERH 222 - Genre Studies - Poetry
   •  ERH 223 - Genre Studies - Fiction
   •  ERH 224 - Genre Studies - Nonfiction
   •  ERH 225 - Visual Arts Studio
   •  ERH 230 - Artistic Responses to Social and Political Issues
   •  ERH 240 - Poverty and Human Capability
   •  ERH 250 - Teaching Writing
   •  ERH 301 - Rhetoric and Public Address
   •  ERH 302 - Civic Discourse
   •  ERH 303 - Cultural Rhetorics
   •  ERH 304 - Language and Style
   •  ERH 311-313 - Professional Writing (Discipline/Field Specific)
   •  ERH 314 - Technical Communication
   •  ERH 321 - British Literature in Cultural Context
   •  ERH 322 - American Literature in Cultural Context
   •  ERH 323 - Philosophy and Literature
   •  ERH 331 - Aesthetics
   •  ERH 332 - Logic and Critical Thinking
   •  ERH 341 - Contemporary Art Since 1945
   •  ERH 352 - Practicum
   •  ERH 361-362 - Independent Study
   •  ERH 370-379 - Studies in Art and Culture
   •  ERH 411 - Fieldwork
   •  ERH 421 - One Text
   •  ERH 422 - Major Figures
   •  ERH 461-462 - Independent Study
   •  ERH 470-479 - Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing
   •  ERH 481 - Senior Capstone Course
   •  ERH 495 - Honors Thesis I
   •  ERH 496 - Honors Thesis II

FRENCH

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Sunnen

All cadets who enter with two or more entrance units in a modern foreign language are given placement tests and are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of the test results combined with their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.

A single year of a foreign language shall count toward meeting graduation requirements only when the cadet is studying a second language or is taking a language as an elective.

Cadets must demonstrate proficiency in ML 101 in order to be admitted into ML 102. They must, similarly, demonstrate proficiency in ML 102 before enrolling in ML 201, and in ML 201 before enrolling in ML 202/204. Proficiency in ML 202/204 is a prerequisite for admission to 300-level courses. Completion of two 300-level courses or their equivalent is expected before enrollment in any 400 -level course. Once a cadet has completed work at the 202/204 level, he/she may not return to the elementary level course for credit.

Cadets who present four years of a high school language or demonstrate native or near-native language abilities may not enroll at the elementary level of that language. Such students will have the choice of enrolling either in the first semester intermediate level of that language or in the first semester elementary course of a different language.

   •  FR 101 - Elementary French I
   •  FR 102 - Elementary French II
   •  FR 201 - Intermediate French I
   •  FR 202 - Intermediate French II
   •  FR 252 - France and the French
   •  FR 304 - French Composition and Conversation
   •  FR 305W - French Thought Across the Centuries I
   •  FR 306W - French Thought Across the Centuries II
   •  FR 307 - Intensive Review of French Grammar and Phonetics
   •  FR 310 - Introduction to French Literature
   •  FR 314 - French Civilizations and Cultures
   •  FR 315 - Introduction to Francophonic Texts
   •  FR 316W - Topics in French
   •  FR 335 - Intermediate French Converstion
   •  FR 365 - Professional Communication in Government and Enterprise
   •  FR 404W - Applied French Grammar and Composition
   •  FR 405 - Independent Reading
   •  FR 406 - Independent Reading
   •  FR 421 - French Literature and Civilization I
   •  FR 425 - French Literature and Civilization II
   •  FR 430 - Indroduction to Francophone Studies
   •  FR 435 - Advanced French Converstion
   •  FR 450 - Modern Language Capstone Course
   •  FR 455 - France Today
   •  FR 460 - Studies in French and Francophone Culture
   •  FR 470 - Special Topics in French

GEOLOGY

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department Head: Captain Riester

Requirements for a major in civil engineering are specified in Civil and Environmental Engineering .

   •  GE 306 - Engineering Geology

GERMAN

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Sunnen

All cadets who enter with two or more entrance units in a modern foreign language are given placement tests and are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of the test results combined with their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.

A single year of a foreign language shall count toward meeting graduation requirements only when the cadet is studying a second language or is taking a language as an elective.

Cadets must demonstrate proficiency in ML 101 in order to be admitted into ML 102. They must, similarly, demonstrate proficiency in ML 102 before enrolling in ML 201, and in ML 201 before enrolling in ML 202/204. Proficiency in ML 202/204 is a prerequisite for admission to 300-level courses. Completion of two 300-level courses or their equivalent is expected before enrollment in any 400 -level course. Once a cadet has completed work at the 202/204 level, he/she may not return to the elementary level course for credit.

Cadets who present four years of a high school language or demonstrate native or near-native language abilities may not enroll at the elementary level of that language. Such students will have the choice of enrolling either in the first semester intermediate level of that language or in the first semester elementary course of a different language.

   •  GR 303W - Introduction to Contemporary German Culture I
   •  GR 304W - Introduction to Contemporary German Culture II
   •  GR 307 - Literature Survey (1100-1700)
   •  GR 308 - Literature From the Enlightenment to Revolution
   •  GR 316 - Topics in German
   •  GR 329 - Soldiers, Orders and War: Views from Central Europe
   •  GR 330X - Satire in Germany – Empire, War, Republic 1900-1933
   •  GR 331X - The Resistance in Nazi Germany: The Best and Brightest and the "Oath-Breakers"
   •  GR 332X - From Wehrmacht to Bundeswehr: A Tradition Destroyed and Rebuilt
   •  GR 405 - Seminar in German Literature I
   •  GR 406 - Seminar in German Literature II
   •  GR 411 - Vienna, Berlin, and Between: Germany and Austria From 1911-1950
   •  GR 412 - German On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
   •  GR 413 - Germany and the Military
   •  GR 420W - Advanced Conversation and Composition
   •  GR 421 - Immigration to and From Germany Since 1850
   •  GR 450 - Modern Language Capstone Course

HISTORY

Department of History
Department Head: Colonel Wilkinson

Requirements for a major in history are specified in History .

   •  HI 103 - World History I
   •  HI 104 - World History II
   •  HI 200 - Introduction to Historical Methods
   •  HI 205 - History of the United States I
   •  HI 205W - History of the United States I
   •  HI 206 - History of the United States II
   •  HI 210-299 - Special Courses
   •  HI 223 - Islam in North America and Western Europe
   •  HI 301 - Ancient Egypt
   •  HI 302 - Ancient Greece
   •  HI 303 - Ancient Rome
   •  HI 304 - The Medieval World
   •  HI 305 - Jacksonian America (M)
   •  HI 306 - Religion and Warfare in Nineteenth Century United States History
   •  HI 307 - English History I
   •  HI 308 - English History II
   •  HI 309 - History of the Holocaust
   •  HI 310X - War and Society in Modern China
   •  HI 311 - History of the Cold War
   •  HI 312 - Introduction to the History of Islam
   •  HI 313 - The United States, 1900-1945
   •  HI 314 - The United States Since 1945
   •  HI 315 - The History of Everyday Life
   •  HI 316 - Food and Hunger in History
 

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