This is a reverse-chronological list of undergraduate and graduate courses that I took at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Descriptions generally are the official course descriptions.


  • Library and Information Science 590LP: Letterpress Printing
     S. Kostell, instructor

    This course explores the history and techniques of fine printing (letterpress), looks at classics of typography and printing in examples from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and provides technical instruction in typesetting and press operation. Students will have exposure to the conceptual, intellectual, and aesthetic considerations of printing and printmaking.


  • Library and Information Science 490BA: Book Arts Seminar
     B. Nettles, professor

    Advanced study of the history, literature, aesthetics, and criticism of the Book Arts. This course will offer advanced study of the role of artists' books in contemporary art. It will offer students a new perspective on this diverse medium, incorporating the history of book production and its impact on societies and the cultural dissemination of information. Through readings and field trips, students will develop a critical awareness of the book as an art form.

  • Library and Information Science 548: Library Buildings
     F. A. Schlipf, professor

    Studies the library's physical plant in the light of changing concepts and patterns of library service; analyzes present-day library buildings (both new and remodeled) and their comparison with each other as well as with buildings of the past; examines the interrelationship of staff, collections, users, and physical plant; discussion supplemented by visits to new libraries and conference with their staffs.


  • Library and Information Science 490IE: Information Ethics
     P. D. Healey, professor

    Basic grounding in information ethics as appropriate for practicing information professionals. Covers underlying philosophies of information ethics, fleshes out the basics of ethical decision-making, explores relevant codes of ethics, and actively engages a variety of ethical problems.

  • Library and Information Science 577: Cataloging and Classification II
     C. Tarsala, professor

    More complex problems in making and evaluating the changing, modern library catalog; practical and administrative problems in cataloging serial publications, analytics, ephemeral materials, and microforms; deals with various non-print media, rare books and manuscripts, foreign language materials, and materials in special subject areas.

  • Library and Information Science 591: Practicum
     G. Rinkel, G. Hueting, and L. Bial, advisors

    Supervised field experience of professional-level duties creating collection-level, MARC format catalog records for archival and special collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Library and Information Science 590EB: Enumerative, Descriptive, Historical, and Textual Bibliography
     S. E. Berger, professor

    Scholars, librarians, archivists, students, and others interested in the book as an artifact (for any purpose: buying or selling, cataloging, acquiring, deaccessioning, collecting, publishing, editing, or other tasks) must have a firm grasp of the four main branches of bibliography: Enumerative, Descriptive, Historical, and Textual. The course will elucidate what these related fields focus on, showing their interrelationships, and preparing practitioners of all kinds to speak authoritatively about books as bearers of texts and as artifacts. The course looks at such things as how to compile and focus, design and present an enumerative bibliography; how to describe books (especially those from the hand-press period, up through about 1800) for cataloging, buying, selling, and doing scholarly research; the book as a historical artifact, with respect to its creation, dissemination, and the effect it had on the culture (along with the effect the culture had on the world of publishing); the development of authoritative, accurately and definitively edited texts; and many other things.

  • Library and Information Science 590RB: Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship
     S. E. Berger, professor

    Practical introduction to Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship, to cover for the neophyte as well as the experienced librarian the many issues of these departments' responsibilities, including selection, acquisition, receiving, cataloging, processing, shelving, circulation, inter-library loan, reference, preservation and conservation, security, exhibition, publication, and so forth, including the uses of information technology.

  • Latin 101: Elementary Latin I
     R. Muich, instructor

    Grammar and reading for students who have had no work in Latin.

  • Library and Information Science 582A: Preserving Information Resources
     K. Luther Henderson and W. T. Henderson, professors

    Covers the broad range of library preservation and conservation for book and non-book materials relating these efforts to the total library environment; emphasizes how the preservation of collections affects collection management and development, technical services, access to materials and service to users.


  • French 290: Introduction to Old French Language
     K. Fresco, professor

    Outline of Old French grammar and training in reading Old French (twelfth and thirteenth centuries).

  • Italian 320: Ariosto
     A. K. Cassell, professor

    Reading of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso.

  • Italian 340: Modern Italian Novel
     R. Rushing, professor

    Appreciation of the modern Italian novel through a close reading of some representative works.

  • Rhetoric 133: Principles of Composition
     D. Short, instructor

    Practice in exposition, with emphasis on organization, paragraphing, and sentence structure. For the student whose career will require competence in writing clear, precise prose as an adjunct to another professional activity.

  • Library and Information Science 390 (502): Libraries, Information, and Society
     C. McKay and T. Tidline, professors

    Explores major issues in the library and information science professions as they involve their communities of users and sponsors. Analyzes specific situations that reflect the professional agenda of these fields, including intellectual freedom, community service, professional ethics, social responsibilities, intellectual property, literacy, historical and international models, the socio-cultural role of libraries and information agencies and professionalism in general, focusing in particular on the interrelationships among these issues.

  • Library and Information Science 407 (507): Cataloging and Classification I
     L. Bial, professor

    Theory and application of basic principles and concepts of descriptive and subject cataloging; emphasis on interpreting catalog entries and making a catalog responsive to the needs of users; provides beginning-level experience with choice of entries, construction of headings, description of monographs (and, to a lesser extent, of serial publications and non-print media), filing codes, Dewey and Library of Congress classification systems, and Library of Congress subject headings.

  • Library and Information Science 501: Information Organization and Access
     L. Gasser and C. Palmer, professors

    Emphasizes information organization and access in settings and systems of different kinds. Traces the information transfer process from the generation of knowledge through its storage and use in both print and non-print formats. Consideration will be given to the creation of information systems: the principles and practice of selection and preservation, methods of organizing information for retrieval and display, the operation of organizations that provide information services, and the information service needs of various user communities.

  • Library and Information Science 505: Administration and Management of Library and Information Centers
     P. D. Healey, professor

    Designed to explore the principles that govern how organizations and institutions work, this course provides a foundation for and introduction to the theories, practices and procedures involved in the management and administration of libraries and information centers.

  • Library and Information Science 511: Bibliography
     D. W. Krummel, professor

    Covers enumerative bibliography, the practices of compiling lists; analytical bibliography, the design, production, and handling of books as physical objects; and historical bibliography, the history of books and other library materials, from the invention of printing to the present.


  • Italian 200: Introduction to Italian Literature
     R. Rushing, professor

    Emphasis on methodology for critical analysis of literary texts and on major periods and movements in their cultural and historical contexts.

  • Italian 210: Advanced Grammar
     D. Musumeci, professor

    Study of the structure of modern Italian in both its phonological and syntactic aspects for the student who already has a functional command of the language, with an emphasis on developing ability to analyze and interpret grammatical structures.

  • Italian 220: Contemporary Italian, Oral and Written
     L. C. Hill, instructor

    Training in oral-aural skill and in writing.

  • Italian 320: Masterpieces of Renaissance Literature
     A. K. Cassell, professor

    Reading of masterpieces of the 1400s and 1500s and a study of their predecessors and influence.

  • German 101: Beginning German I
     M. Deguire, instructor

    Oral practice, reading, and grammar for beginners.

  • Art History 325: Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printing
     A. D. Hedeman, professor

    Surveys manuscript illumination and early book production from A.D. 300 to 1500; topics include techniques of manuscript illustration and printing production in such masterpieces as the Vatican Virgil, the Utrecht Psalter, the Book of Kells, the Tres Riches Heures, the Gutenberg Bible, and Brant's Ship of Fools.

  • Italian 280: Italian for Business
     A. Musumeci, professor

    Builds preexisting language skills through the study of Italian business practices: financial systems, transactions, banking, import/export, and commercial correspondence.

  • Italian 350: Italian Syntax and Phonology
     D. Musumeci, professor

    Introduction to the essential syntactic and phonological structures of modern standard Italian in combination with appropriate discussion of corresponding linguistic concepts.

  • Linguistics 362: Introduction to Romance Linguistics
     J. I. Hualde, professor

    Comparative and historical analysis of the Romance languages.


  • Atmospheric Sciences 100: Introduction to Meteorology
     G. McFarquhar, professor

    Introduces the student to the basic concepts and principles of atmospheric science in a descriptive format; emphasizes the physics responsible for changes in the weather; uses current weather information to illustrate textbook material.

  • Classical Civilization 132: Introduction to the Archaeology of Italy
     E. Hostetter, professor

    Introduction to the archaeology of Italy and Rome to the fall of the Roman Empire.

  • History 176: Modern and Contemporary Latin America
     J. Love, professor

    History of the Latin American republics from their independence to the present; emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico.

  • Italian 103: Intermediate Italian I
     E. Derhemi, instructor

    Rapid reading, review of grammar, composition, and conversation.

  • Linguistics 200: Introduction to Language Science
     C. Park, instructor

    Introduction to the theory and methodology of general linguistics; includes the various branches and applications of linguistics.

  • Italian 104: Intermediate Italian II
     A. Musumeci and D. Musumeci, professors; A. Chiarenza, instructor

    Study abroad in Catania, Sicily.

  • Art History 316: Archaeology of Italy
     E. Hostetter, professor

    Monuments, material remains, and sculpture and other arts illustrating the development of Greco-Roman and other ancient Italian civilizations to A.D. 330.

  • Italian 208: Practical Review of Italian
     D. Musumeci, professor

    Reviews major challenges in Italian grammar, with particular emphasis on the verb system (major tenses and moods, morphology, and aspect) and areas of contrast with English.

  • Italian 270: Introduction to Italian Cinema
     R. Rushing, professor

    Introduction to major films, movements, and directors in the Italian tradition, paying particular attention to questions of national identity, gender, and political and social history.

  • Italian 306: Italian Culture
     A. Musumeci, professor

    Introduction to factors that have shaped present-day Italy; basic concepts contributing to understanding its present social and cultural development.

  • Italian 313: Dante
     A. K. Cassell, professor

    Interpretation of Dante's Divine Comedy with special attention to its position in the medieval world.


  • Anthropology 102: Human Origins and Culture
     L. Hlusko and O. Soffer, professors

    Introduction to and survey of human origins and evolution, physical anthropology, race and racism, archaeology, and the beginning of human civilization.

  • Geology 100: Planet Earth
     S. P. Altaner, professor

    Introduces non-science majors to physical aspects (earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tsunamis, mountains, plate tectonics) and historical aspects (formation of earth and life, dinosaurs, ice age, evolution of climate) in earth science. Presents information on earth resources, natural hazards, and development of natural landscapes. Focuses on humanistic issues; provides context for understanding environmental change.

  • Italian 101: Elementary Italian I
     A. Chiarenza, instructor
  • Linguistics 309: Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
     H. H. Hock and F. W. Schwink, professors

    Introductory survey of Indo-European languages and their mutual relations; exemplification of methods of reconstruction; principles of comparative phonology and introductory survey of morphology; and discussion of theories about the original home, culture, and society of the Indo-Europeans.

  • Mathematics 118: Numeracy

    Elementary course for students whose major interests are not in engineering or the physical sciences; emphasizes understanding of mathematical aspects of modern, real-world problems; includes concepts from combinatorics, exponential growth, probability and statistics; problem-solving strategies.

  • Geology 143: History of Life
     J. Werner, professor

    Evolution of life from its beginning, illustrating changing faunas and floras through time; the invasion of land and of the skies; the effects of a changing atmosphere, changing climates, and continental drift. Emphasis on dinosaur evolution, ecology, and extinction; also other vertebrates, including mammal-like reptiles, mammals, and the emergence of humans, as well as plants and invertebrates.

  • History 112: Western Civilization from 1660 to the Present
     M. S. Micale, professor

    Fundamental developments (social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and political) in the history of mankind and Western society since 1660.

  • History 281: War, Military Institutions, and Society to 1815
     J. A. Lynn, professor

    Land and naval warfare from prehistory to Napoleon; discusses traditional topics such as technology, tactics, and strategy at length and demonstrates how military institutions are integrated with society as a whole.

  • Italian 102: Elementary Italian II
     A. Mosca, instructor

    Continuation of Italian 101: Elementary Italian I.

  • Linguistics 225: Elements of Psycholinguistics

    Introduction to the theory and methodology of psycholinguistics with emphasis on language acquisition and linguistic behavior.


  • History 111: Western Civilization from Antiquity to 1660
     J. A. Lynn, professor

    Fundamental developments (social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and political) in the history of mankind and Western society before 1660.

  • Linguistics 210: Language History
     H. H. Hock, professor

    Addresses the question "Why does language change?" Specific topics include: the history and origin of writing; why pronunciation changes; change in vocabulary and what it tells us about change in culture and society; the relation between "language" and "dialect"; multilingualism and its consequences, including Pidgins and Creoles; genetic relationship between languages, with focus on the "Indo-European" family (English, German, French, Russia, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, etc.) and the relationships between human languages.

  • Religious Studies 101: The Bible as Literature
     R. Layton, professor

    Themes and literary genres in the Bible, emphasizing content important in Western culture.

  • Rhetoric 108: Forms of Composition
     R. Warren, instructor

    Study of the methods of exposition, the problems of argument, the use of evidence, and style; practice in expository writing.