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Shakespeare All classes that contain the word "Shakespeare" in any of the indexed fields – title, description, notes, instructor, etc.
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Course Search Abbreviations

General Education (FAS)

AbbreviationDescription
AESTHINT Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding
CULTUREBEL Culture and Belief
EMPIRMATH Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning
ETHICAL Ethical Reasoning
LIVINGSYS Science of Living Systems
PHYSUNIV Science of the Physical Universe
SOCIETIES Societies of the World
STUDYPAST Study of the Past
USWORLD United States in the World

 

Departments, Committees

Abbreviation

Description

AAAS 

African & African American Studies 

ABEA 

Asian Studies Programs 

AMER 

American Studies 

ANTH 

Anthropology 

ASTR 

Astronomy 

BIOE 

Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

BIPH 

Biophysics 

BIST 

Biostatistics 

BSDM 

Bio Sciences in Dental Medicine

BSPH 

Bio Sciences in Public Health 

CELT 

Celtic Languages & Literatures 

CHBI 

Chemical Biology 

CHEM 

Chemistry 

CHPB 

Chemical & Physical Biology 

CLAS 

Classics 

CPLT 

Comparative Literature 

DRAM 

Dramatic Arts 

E&PS 

Earth & Planetary Sciences 

EALC 

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

ECON 

Economics 

EDC 

Extra-Departmental 

ENGL 

English & American Literature & Language 

ESPP 

Environ Sci & Public Policy 

EXPO 

Expository Writing 

FOLK 

Folklore & Mythology 

FRSP 

Freshman Seminars 

GENED 

General Education 

GERM 

Germanic Languages & Literature 

GLOBHLTH 

Global Health & Health Policy 

GOVM 

Government 

HAA 

History of Art & Architecture 

HEB 

Human Evolutionary Biology 

HIST 

History 

HLIT 

History & Literature 

HPOL 

Health Policy 

HSCI 

History of Science 

HSEM 

Non-Dept: House Seminars 

HUM 

Division of Humanities 

LING 

Linguistics 

LSCI 

Life Sciences 

MATH 

Mathematics 

MBB 

Mind, Brain & Behavior 

MCB 

Molecular & Cellular Biology 

MDSC 

Medical Sciences 

MDST 

Medieval Studies 

MEST 

Middle Eastern Studies 

MUSC 

Music 

NELC 

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations 

PHIL 

Philosophy 

PHYS 

Physics 

PSCI 

Physical Sciences 

PSYC 

Psychology 

REECA 

Russia, E Europe & Central Asia 

RELG 

Religion, Comparative Study of 

ROML 

Romance Languages & Literature 

SAST 

South Asian Studies 

SBIO 

Systems Biology 

SCRB 

Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology

SEAS 

Engineering & Applied Sciences 

SLAV 

Slavic Languages & Literatures 

SOCL 

Sociology 

SOST 

Social Studies 

SPCN 

Special Concentrations 

SPOL 

Social Policy 

STAT 

Statistics 

UKRA 

Ukrainian Studies 

URBP 

Architecture, Landscape & Urban Planning

VES 

Visual & Environmental Studies 

WMGS 

Women, Gender & Sexuality 

Academic Terms

Academic terms can be entered as literal values such as "2017 Spring" and the filters on the left side of the search results can filter large results based on terms. However, some false results can be returned from text searches because some course descriptions explicitly reference terms other than the one in which the course is offered.

Entering the term number can be more precise. Term names follow a simple logic:

1st digit = millenium

2nd/3rd digits = final two of calendar year

4th digit = term (2 = spring, 8 = fall)

AbbreviationTerm Name
2168 2016 Fall
2172 2017 Spring
2178 2017 Fall
2182 2018 Spring
2188 2018 Fall