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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Courses and Curricula

Sustainability Minor
Recognizing the innovative role artists and designers can play in solving pressing challenges, the Sustainability Minor provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity and our planet. Students will study and develop strategies and systems, as applicable to art and design, which can meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. Courses fulfill requirements in Integrated Learning and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as electives across all studio departments.

 

Curricular Requirements
The Sustainability Minor requires 13-20 credits of coursework in place of LAS and studio electives. Pursuing a minor does not require additional course work or degree requirements (for the 130 credits for the BFA).
 

    Credits
Sophomore Year ILML200 Human Ecology 3.0
Junior Year NSCI309 Science and Sustainable Design 3.0
    * Sustainability Elective 2.0
Sophomore - Senior Year   * Sustainability Elective 2.0 - 9.0
Senior Year LIBS440 Sustainability Capstone 3.0
       
Total Credits (Depends on Major)     13.0 - 20.0

 

*A limited choice of IL, LAS and Studio courses in each department, including Continuing Education, will count towards the Sustainability Minor electives, as determined each semester by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and Department Chairs. The total of elective units must include a minimum of four studio units.


Download the following PDF to see how the Sustainability requirements fit into your chosen major:

 

For students who entered Otis as Freshman in 2010-2011 (class of 2014)
Sustainability Minor 2010-11

 

Participating Departments
This minor is open to students in all majors, although Fashion Design and Toy Design majors must take studio electives in their home departments.


Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
Students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Students may apply for a minor during registration for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. To do so, a student must have permission from his or her Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis. Space availability in courses is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting elective classes.


The Application Process
Students need to complete an application form, available on the Interdisciplinary Studies home page and at the Registration Office. The application includes a statement written by the student that describes their reasons for pursuing a minor. The student’s Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.


Transfer Students
Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.


Sustainability Electives
In addition to the Sustainability Minor the following departments offer courses that focus on Sustainability:

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Continuing Education
Fashion Design
Fine Arts

Foundation
Liberal Arts and Science
Product Design

Public Practice
Toy Design

Course Proposals
Faculty members who are interested in proposing new courses or tagging existing courses as Sustainability Electives must complete the Sustainability Checklist and submit it to the Interdisciplinary Studies Director. (Doc)