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The following is a theoretical outline for a comprehensive major in Ufology at the Bachelor’s Degree level. It attempts to cover the field of
Ufology in a comprehensive manner, both past and present. All courses are required. In addition, the student must fulfill the distribution
requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences. Note that the requirements for the UFO Major are more onerous than most majors and may require
additional quarters of study. A student graduating from this course of study can be expected to be knowledgeable about all facets of the field of
Ufology. Next step is to prepare detailed course descriptions & reading lists.
Major Courses Requirements: The UFO List
UFO 101 (5) Introduction to Ufology
A worldwide overview of Ufology intended for the non-major. The course covers possible ancient UFOs along with a modern timeline of the major UFO
UFO 201 (5) Historical Ufology to 1946
In-depth study of historical Ufology covering ancient texts that could be interpreted as UFOs, ancient stories, as well as historical interpretations
of phenomenon such as fairies that could be interpreted in modern times as alien beings.
UFO 202 (5) Ufology 1941-1973
An overview of Ufology in the nascent years paralleling Richard Dolan’s “UFOs and the national security State,” which covers the government
action related to UFOs, a possible cover up and suppression of UFO information.
UFO 203 (5) Ufology 1973-Present
Overview of the major cases in Ufology from 1973 until the present with particular emphasis on governmental involvement.
UFO 220 (5) Roswell
Intensive course on the 1947 Roswell crash which investigates the literature, personalities, witnesses, the MJ-12 documents, and current controversy
over the most famous UFO crash of all time.
UFO 340 (5) The Contactee Movement
Exploration of the Contactee movement beginning with George Adamski in the 50’s up until the present time.
UFO 346 (5) The Abductees
Overview of the UFO abductee issue including both academic and popular treatments. Mack, Jacobs, Hopkins, and Strieber will be featured as well as
more skeptical authors.
UFO 350 (5) Cover-up and Disclosure
The “Disclosure” movement will be analyzed in detail including the major players and their activities. Students will have a full understanding of
Disclosure at the end of this course.
UFO 355 (5) The Debunkers
The Ufological world is a contentious one. The major debunkers such as Klass, Menzel, the United States Air Force, and other major players will be
studied. Students will be aware of all major debunkers and their stance by the end of this course.
UFO 401 (3) UFO Hoaxes
There are many acknowledged hoaxes that have been perpetrated on the UFO field, beginning in the fifties and on to the present day. Major acknowledged
hoaxes such as Serpo will be studied along with an analysis of the usual hoaxing patterns.
UFO 410 (3) The Inter-dimensional and other hypotheses
The ‘Nuts & Bolts” hypothesis is the most prevalent theory about UFOs, but there are others exploring the possibility of an inter-dimensional
component. Proponents of this alternative viewpoint, including authors such as Jacques Vallee, will be studied.
UFO 348 (3) UFO Cults
Many contactees wind up starting religions based on their UFO beliefs. The Raelians, Billy Meier, Heaven’s Gate , Adamski, Bethurum, and will be
UFO 450 (3) Case Studies in Ufology
Selected case studies of the major UFO incidents of the modern era will be discussed. Please see the syllabus for a listing of cases.
UFO 460 (3) Ufological resources
Resources from books to organizations to the Internet will be studied. The student will have a solid grasp of all sources of UFO information by the
end of this course.
UFO 465 (3) UFO Personalities: The Players
The UFO field has and has had major players that have influenced the movement over the years. From J. Allen Hynek and Walt Andrus to Steven Greer and
John Lear, all have had, for good or bad, a major impact on the field.
UFO 498 (3) Individual Research
Topics for individual research may be negotiated on a quarterly basis between student and faculty.
UFO 499 (3) Thesis
Auxiliary Required Courses for the UFO Major. These courses or their equivalent must be completed in addition to the required credits in the UFO
Major. (Source: University of Washington (Seattle) Course Catalog)
BIO-A 201 (5) Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Evolution and adaptation of the human species. Evidence from fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes, and humans. Interrelationships
between human physical and cultural variation and environment; role of natural selection in shaping our evolutionary past, present, and future.
BIO-A 388 (5) Human Fossils and Evolution
Evolution of human anatomy and behavior as adaptations to changing environments. Human fossils: their geological context, age, ecological setting used
to reconstruct the evolution of our species during the last six million years of earth history. Prerequisite: BIO A 201
NEAR E 220 (5) Ancient Egypt Culture & Civilization
Surveys the peoples, places and events of the ancient Near East. Examines the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel with an eye to each
culture's cultural contributions. Pays special attention to shared cultural elements as well as distinguishing characteristics of the peoples of
STAT 220 (5) Basic Statistics
Objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies. Structure of data sets, histograms, means, and standard deviations. Correlation and regression.
Probability, binomial and normal. Interpretation of estimates, confidence intervals, and significance tests.
PHIL 115 (5) Practical Reasoning
Introduction to logic emphasizing concepts and methods useful for practical analysis of arguments in everyday contexts; meaning, syllogisms, logical
diagrams, inductive and statistical inference, informal fallacies, argument structure, perhaps some beginning symbolic logic.
PHIL 120 (5) Introduction to Logic (120:5)
Elementary symbolic logic. The development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear
representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments.
ASTBIO 115 (5) Astrobiology, Life in the Universe
Introduction to the new science of astrobiology, study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for microbial and intelligent life
elsewhere in the Universe. Designed for non-science, liberal arts majors.
ASTR 101 (5) Astronomy
Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas
concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system.
ESS 102 (5) Space and Space Travel
Explores powering the sun, making of space weather conditions, observations from space and from Earth, Earth's space environment, radiation belts and
hazards, plasma storms and auroras, electron beams, spacecraft requirements, tooling up for manned exploration.
ESS 101 (5) Physical Geology
Survey of the physical systems that give the earth its form. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of interior and surface processes and their relevance to
mankind and stresses the value of rocks and earth forms in the understanding of past events.
ESS 102 (5) Historical Geology
Historical geology is the study of the evolution of landforms and life-forms through geologic time. Geologic features such as rock types and fossils
are used to interpret and date past events. The first third of the course introduces the basic geologic principles underlying historical geology.