Academic Vision

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) provides a high-quality liberal arts education to people incarcerated in and staffing the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, Missouri. Our aim is to bring Washington University’s intellectual rigor and educational standards to our students in the prison. We offer semester-long college courses, short-term workshops and individual tutoring for incarcerated and staff students. Courses offered through PEP will apply to the associates degree at University College at Washington University and transfer to other institutions. We hope to reach incarcerated individuals at MECC who are not PEP students by offering reading groups, lectures, and other intellectual opportunities to enhance their quality of life and encourage them to continue their education, through PEP or elsewhere.

Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) provides a framework for understanding the disciplines and skills of a liberal arts degree, a foundation for further study at the bachelor’s degree level, and an initial academic credential required for career advancement. The degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent of two years of undergraduate study.
The courses completed for the degree count toward all Bachelor of Science degree programs at University College. Students preparing for a career in nursing are encouraged to meet with an advisor to select courses that meet admission requirements for Bachelor of Science nursing degree programs.
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Fall 2018 Reading Group

Current Courses:

Fall 2018

Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Jr: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Freedom

Lerone Martin, Associate Professor of Religion & Politics

Calculus I

Nikhil Gupta, Assistant Professor, Mathematics  Lindenwood University

Citizen Scholar: The Civic Role of the Academic Writer 

Victoria Thomas, Lecturer, Department of English

International Politics

Michael Bechtel, Associate Professor of Political Science; Fellow, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research

Issues in Applied Ethics

Julia Driver, Professor, Department of Philosophy

Order and Change in Society

David Cunningham, Professor, Department of Sociology

Non-credit activities

Writing Clinic, led by PEP peer writing tutors and PhD student instructor Erik Strobl

Chess Club, led by Coach Bob Howe

Past Course Listings

Summer 2018

Topics in Renaissance Literature: Sex, Politics, and Poetry in Early Modern England

Jami Ake, Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Projects in the Humanities

Language and Thinking: Democracy and Citizenship

Matt Chick, Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science

Language and Thinking

Venus Bivar, Assistant Professor, Department of History

Introduction to Biology I

April Bednarski, Senior Biology Lecturer

Mindfulness: Science and Practice

Todd Braver, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Professor of Radiology

Spring 2018

Topics in Precalculus II
Thurs. 1-4pm
Nikhil Gupta, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Lindenwood University

Japanese Civilization
Tues 1-4pm
Rebecca Copeland, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature; Department Chair East Asian Languages and Cultures

Argumentation
Tues. 8-11am
Victoria Thomas, Lecturer, Department of English

Anthropology and Development
Thurs. 8-11am
Bret Gustafson, Associate Professor of Anthropology

The City in American Arts and Popular Culture
Wed 1-4pm
 Angela Miller, Professor of Art History and Archaeology

Fall 2017

Topics in Political Thought: Bureaucracy and Its Critics
Jennifer Hudson, Lecturer in Political Theory, Political Science Dept.
Associated “writing clinic,” led by Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in College Writing

Introduction to General Chemistry
Carolyn Herman,  Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Director, PreHealth Program

The Art of Poetry
Vincent Sherry, Professor of English and Anna Preus, PhD candidate

Public Speaking: Embodied Communication
William WhitakerProfessor in the Practice of Drama

Introduction to Psychology
Leonard Green, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Professor of Economics
Review session and tutoring with PhD candidates Leah Schultz and Natasha Tonge

America in the Age of Inequality: The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era
Margaret Garb, Professor of History, Co-Director, Washington University Prison Education Program, Director, Honors Program, Department of History
Review session and tutoring with PhD candidate Brandon Wilson

Summer 2017
  • Critical and Researched Writing (3 units), Greg Ott, Instructor in College Writing

  • Fundamentals of Writing (3 units), Erik Strobl, Lecturer in College Writing

  • Concepts in Chemistry (1.5 units), Calynn Johnson-Morrison, graduate student instructor

  • College Algebra and Pre-Calculus (non-credit workshop), Gong Cheng, graduate student instructor

Spring 2017
  • Power, Justice, and the City (3 units), Clarissa Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Losing the Farm: 20th Century Agriculture in a Global Context (3 units),

  • Venus Bivar, Assistant Professor of History

  • Reading Shakespeare (3 units), Robert Wiltenburg, Dean Emeritus, University College

  • Global Energy and the American Dream (3 units), Bret Gustafson, Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology

  • American Literature before 1865: The Making of America (3 units), Barbara Baumgartner, Senior Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Manifesto, Story, and Verse (2 units), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in College Writing

  • Pre-Calculus (non-credit workshop), Gong Cheng, graduate student instructor

  • Genetics in Everyday Life (staff course), Carolyn Herman, Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences

Fall 2016
  • Classical to Renaissance Literature (3 units), Robert Henke, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature

  • Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 units), Jami Ake, Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Project for the Humanities and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Pre-calculus (3 units), Roya Beheshti Zavareh, Associate Professor of Mathematics

  • College Writing I (3 units), Greg Ott, College Writing Program Coordinator and Mentor

  • History of Political Thought: Theoretical Foundations of the Market Society (1 unit), Jennifer Hudson, Lecturer in Political Science

  • Creative Writing (non-credit workshop), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in the College Writing Program

  • “Based on a True Story”: Creative Nonfiction Writing I (staff course), Eileen G’Sell, Lecturer in the College Writing Program

     

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) provides a high-quality liberal arts education to people incarcerated in and staffing the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, Missouri. Our aim is to bring Washington University’s intellectual rigor and educational standards to our students in the prison.