Not an official department or program, this heading is a dwelling place for interdisciplinary courses that do not fit comfortably into a single discipline.

Recent course offerings have included topics in comparative literature, literary theory, postmodern culture, and cross-cultural studies.

  • LCST 101: Buddhist Studies India Program: Elementary Hindi

    An introduction to basic colloquial Hindi speaking and writing skills for everyday interactions in Northern India. Essential grammar is introduced and reviewed in morning meetings, and conversational and reading abilities are developed in afternoon practice. Students are encouraged to practice speaking and listening comprehension by conversing with Hindi speakers outside of class.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India Program not offered 2023–2024
  • LCST 103: Buddhist Studies India Program: Intermediate Hindi

    This course builds on the student’s previous training in spoken and written Hindi language.  Students will gain the ability to initiate and sustain conversations with Hindi speakers, read and write in Hindi about personal and social situations, as well as extract the main idea and information from descriptive and narrative texts. Students will apply their language learning and deepen their understanding of Indian culture through interaction with local residents and participation in seasonal festivals and other activities.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance in Buddhist Studies India OCS Program required not offered 2023–2024
  • LCST 245: Meaning and Power: Introduction to Analytical Approaches in the Humanities

    This class introduces students to the various theoretical frameworks and the many approaches scholars can use when analyzing a text (whether this text is a film, an image, a literary piece or a performance). What do words like ‘structuralism,’ ‘ecocriticism,’ ‘cultural studies,’ and ‘postcolonial studies’ refer to? Most importantly, how do they help us understand the world around us? This class will be organized around interdisciplinary theoretical readings and exercises in cultural analysis.

    Prerequisites: At least one 200- or 300-level course in Literary/Artistic Analysis (in any language) or instructor permission not offered 2023–2024
  • LCST 293: Elementary Italian

    Students will learn the fundamentals of spoken and written Italian as well as develop the ability to understand basic Italian. Work will consist of written and oral exercises to develop active grammar and vocabulary. Regular meetings will focus on spoken proficiency.

    not offered 2023–2024