(one unit to be taken after completion of all other university core requirements, in the junior or senior year.)

Learning Objectives

Students in Connections courses develop their understanding of the interrelationship of fields of knowledge by exploring connections and contrasts between various disciplines with respect to disciplinary methodology and subject matter.


  1. Connections courses draw upon the curricula of either established disciplines or the University's interdisciplinary programs. These courses may involve the collaboration of faculty from more than one department or the efforts of individual faculty with interdisciplinary expertise and interests.
  2. In the Connections course, students engage the interdisciplinary process by
    1. identifying multiple disciplinary approaches to a subject;
    2. analyzing the subject from these perspectives;
    3. participating in cross-disciplinary dialogue; and
    4. exploring the integration or synthesis of these approaches to foster understanding of the subject.
  3. Connections courses explore these interdisciplinary issues at a level of sophistication expected of an upper division course. These courses may have appropriate prerequisites, so long as they do not unduly limit the audience in numbers or in level of disciplinary sophistication.
  4. The Connections course must be taken at Puget Sound.

Approved Courses

  • AFAM 346 African Americans and American Law
  • AFAM 355 African American Women in American History
  • AFAM 360 The Art and Politics of the Civil Rights Era
  • AFAM 375 The Harlem Renaissance
  • AFAM 401 Narratives of Race
  • ASIA 341 Asia Pop! An Exploration of Popular Culture in 20th and 21st Century East Asia
  • ASIA 344 Asia in Motion
  • CONN 303 Art-Science: Inquiry into the Intersection of Art, Science, and Technology
  • CONN 304 The Invention of Britishness: History and Literature
  • CONN 309 Applied Environmental Politics and Agenda Setting
  • CONN 313 Biomimicry and Bioart
  • CONN 318 Crime and Punishment
  • CONN 320 Health and Medicine
  • CONN 322 Jihad and Islamic Fundamentalism
  • CONN 325 The Experience of Prejudice
  • CONN 332 Witchcraft in Colonial New England
  • CONN 333 Nations and Nationalism in Modern Europe
  • CONN 334 Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa and Beyond
  • CONN 335 Race and Multiculturalism in the American Context
  • CONN 340 Gender and Communication
  • CONN 344 Magic and Religion
  • CONN 345 Economics of Happiness
  • CONN 357 Exploring Animal Minds
  • CONN 358 The Mississippi River
  • CONN 359 The United States in the 1960s
  • CONN 369 Power, Gender, and Divinity: The Construction of Goddesses
  • CONN 370 Rome: Sketchbooks and Space Studies
  • CONN 372 The Gilded Age: Literary Realism and Historical Reality
  • CONN 375 The Art and Science of Color
  • CONN 377 Caesar in Vietnam: PTSD in the Ancient World?
  • CONN 379 Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • CONN 387 Never-Never Land
  • CONN 390 Black Business Leadership: Past and Present
  • CONN 393 The Cognitive Foundations of Morality and Religion
  • CONN 395 China and Latin America: A New Era of Transpacific Relations
  • CONN 410 Science and Economics of Climate Change
  • CONN 415 Education and the Changing Workforce
  • CONN 420 The American Progressive Ideal
  • CONN 478 Animals, Law, and Society
  • CONN 480 Informed Seeing
  • CONN 481 Gamblers, Liars, and Cheats
  • ENVR 325 Geological and Environmental Catastrophes
  • ENVR 337 Thinking About Biodiversity
  • HON 401 What is America?
  • HUM 300 Children's Literature: To Teach and to Entertain
  • HUM 301 The Idea of the Self
  • HUM 302 Mystics, Knights, and Pilgrims: The Medieval Quest
  • HUM 303 The Monstrous Middle Ages
  • HUM 305 Modernization and Modernism
  • HUM 309 Nationalism: British and German Nationalism in the Age of Industrialization and Empire, 1700-1919
  • HUM 310 Imperialism and Culture: the British Experience
  • HUM 315 Drama, Film, and the Musical Stage
  • HUM 316 The Lord of The Ring: Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
  • HUM 320 Surveillance Society
  • HUM 330 Tao and Landscape Art
  • HUM 335 Japan and the Dutch: A Cross-Cultural Visual Dialogue 1600-2000
  • HUM 368 A Precious Barbarism: Enlightenment, Ideology, and Colonialism
  • IPE 389 Global Struggles Over Intellectual Property
  • IPE 405 The Idea of Wine
  • IPE 427 Competing Perspectives on the Material World
  • LAS 380 Around Macondo in Eighty Days
  • LAS 387 Art and Revolution in Latin America
  • LAS 399 Latin American Travel Seminar
  • REL 301 Consciousness and the Bourgeoisie
  • STS 302 Cancer and Society
  • STS 314 Cosmological Thought
  • STS 318 Science and Gender
  • STS 330 Evolution and Society Since Darwin
  • STS 333 Evolution and Ethics
  • STS 340 Finding Order in Nature
  • STS 345 Physics in the Modern World: Copenhagen to Manhattan
  • STS 347 Better Living Through Chemistry: Studies in the History and Practice of Chemistry
  • STS 348 Strange Realities: Physics in the Twentieth Century
  • STS 352 Memory in a Social Context
  • STS 361 Mars Exploration
  • STS 370 Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives
  • STS 375 Science and Politics