First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

First-Year Seminar Themes, Fall 2015

During SOAR, all first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYE 1220). The course is mandatory in the fall semester.  In this course, you’ll learn information literacy and other research skills by investigating a theme of your choosing.

Browse First-Year Seminars

Read through the themes below in order to complete your ranking worksheet. Click the column headings to sort by that column.  You can also search by keyword using the search box at the top right of the table.  “College” in this table refers to the college of the primary faculty member teaching the course.  Please note, though: you are not limited to a course taught by a faculty member from the college in which your major is located. You’ll learn more about your college at SOAR.

College Abbreviations (click to expand)
CEIT = College of Engineering and Information Technology
CHHS = College of Health and Human Sciences
CLASS = College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
COBA = College of Business Administration
COE = College of Education
COSM = College of Science and Mathematics
Other Faculty = faculty in other colleges, the Henderson Library, or university administration
Seminar Ranking Worksheet: Complete before SOAR!

Before your advisor will release you to register, he or she will ask to see your theme ranking worksheet.  In order to not delay your registration process, complete this form and bring it with you to your advisement session at SOAR: .doc format.pdf format

Please note: bring this completed form to SOAR. You do not need to send this form to Georgia Southern in advance.


ThemeDescriptionSecCRNDays/TimesInstructorCollege
A Good LifeIn a world that places a premium on instantaneous reactions such as tweets and texts, there is little time for deeper reflection. College should be a place where this process of deeper reflection is encouraged and guided. This course will begin that process by asking the seemingly simple questions, "What is a good life?" and "How do I go about creating a good life for myself?" Through readings, films, and discussions we will learn from people who have struggled with these thorny questions before us, and we will search for possible answers to these questions for ourselves.AAA85156M & W, 1:25-2:15Alley, DavidCLASS
Accounting BasicsThis course covers the basics of accounting. We'll explore the four primary documents associated with financial accounting: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of retained earnings and statement of cash flows. This is a good course for anyone wanting to understand how accounting professionals track the flow of assets through a business.BL85272M & W, 2:30-3:20Wiggins, MichaelCOBA
Accounting BasicsThis course covers the basics of accounting. We'll explore the four primary documents associated with financial accounting: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of retained earnings and statement of cash flows. This is a good course for anyone wanting to understand how accounting professionals track the flow of assets through a business.CCZ86442M & W, 4-4:50Wiggins, MichaelCOBA
Art on CampusMany students rarely step foot in the art museum on a college campus. This course will center around viewing art on campus. By using various critical approaches to art analysis (describe, analyze, interpret and judge), students will learn how to critically evaluate the art objects/experiences in their immediate surroundings. Methods of instruction will include field trips, discussion and lecture. A writing component will ensure students are able to write critically about the visual phenomenon in their world. Professor Bielski is an Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies and is a practicing painter.JJU85328T, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/8)Bielski, Sarah & Daielle BostickCLASS
Artificial Intelligence and RoboethicsRoboethics is concerned with how humans design, construct, use and treat robots and other artificially intelligent beings. This course will provide students with the ability to recognize and confront potential ethical issues and social responsibilities of scientists and engineers. In particular, students will analyze ethical issues related to how humans design, use and treat robots.AY85259T & Th, 3:30-4:20Alba-Flores, RocioCEIT
Athletic CoachingThis course addresses the mental and emotional challenges of teaching student athletes and managing a sports program. It explores the roles of a head coach, the qualities a coach should possess, relationships with the administration and other faculty, the recruiting process, off-season planning and final preparation for the season.BD85263W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Zwald, Drew & Jennifer SynoCHHS
Athletic CoachingThis course addresses the mental and emotional challenges of teaching student athletes and managing a sports program. It explores the roles of a head coach, the qualities a coach should possess, relationships with the administration and other faculty, the recruiting process, off-season planning and final preparation for the season.CAA85891W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Zwald, Drew & Will DouberlyCHHS
Bazinga! Sheldon and ScienceWhile observing portions of the hit show The Big Bang Theory, we will analyze scenes for their science content and accuracy using engaging methods. More specifically we will read, evaluate, and discuss relevant articles (possible topics: string theory, the international space station, CERN, etc.); practice current scientific writing skills; discuss and develop fundamental science concepts; and explore the mathematical features of Google, Microsoft Word and Excel. You will gain practical skills that enable you to observe science in everyday experiences. By the end of the course you should be able to say, “Science is hard? Bazinga!"VVV86439T & Th, 3:30-4:20August, AshleyCOSM
Black Men In AmericaStatistically, the African-American male has a shorter life expectancy and is incarcerated at a rate higher than any other demographic group. Fewer Black men go to college than their female counterparts. Regardless of social status, the Black male's experiences in the legal system, educational environment, and work place have often been challenging. This seminar will develop an understanding of various stereotypes, norms, and social stigma in ways to promote positive citizenship and strong moral values. U85204T & Th, 5-5:50Taylor, IssacOther Faculty
Building Successful RelationshipsEstablishing and nurturing healthy interpersonal relationships is a great source of pleasure which, at times, can be painful.  Interpersonal relationships are especially important as you begin your college career because through them you develop your sense of personal identity and your world view.  This course will focus on the interpersonal communication skills that are necessary for developing and maintaining positive relationships. Topics will include self-awareness, dealing with emotions, developing close relationships and managing interpersonal conflict.JV85307T & Th, 12:30-1:20Graham, BeverlyCLASS
Career ConnectionsStudents will have the opportunity to explore how their interests, skills, and values relate to various careers and identify majors that fit with their personality. Through this course, students will take a variety of career assessments, research careers of interest, and begin implementing a four-year career plan essential to success for the future.CL85291M & W, 5:30-6:20Rowell, AmyOther Faculty
Career Scene InvestigationChoosing a major and deciding on a future career field can be stressful and challenging for students. This seminar is designed to help students investigate their interests and skills in order to help solve the mystery of their future career goals. This class will also provide a variety of exercises and resources to build or perfect your resume, prepare for job interviews, and ultimately be successful in your chosen career!CI85288M & W, 5:30-6:20Tyson, JennaOther Faculty
Career Scene InvestigationChoosing a major and deciding on a future career field can be stressful and challenging for students. This seminar is designed to help students investigate their interests and skills in order to help solve the mystery of their future career goals. This class will also provide a variety of exercises and resources to build or perfect your resume, prepare for job interviews, and ultimately be successful in your chosen career!GG85216T & Th, 11-11:50Tyson, JennaOther Faculty
ChangeThis course will confront issues of change in stories by contemporary writer Andre Dubus. We will consider how various characters react to catastrophic events in their lives. These discussions will prompt research topics based on your individual interests. As a class, we will learn to gather, evaluate, and use secondary sources. We will focus on improving your close reading skills, and you will learn techniques for writing successful research papers.BE85265W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Edenfield, Olivia & Sidney LeComteCLASS
ChangeThis course will confront issues of change in stories by contemporary writer Andre Dubus. We will consider how various characters react to catastrophic events in their lives. These discussions will prompt research topics based on your individual interests. As a class, we will learn to gather, evaluate, and use secondary sources. We will focus on improving your close reading skills, and you will learn techniques for writing successful research papers.CB85281W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Edenfield, Olivia & Lauren KennedyCLASS
Chemistry of ColorColor is a very exciting property of nature. We will explore what color is and its physical, chemical, and biological causes, both in class and on the Internet. We will be looking at dyes, gems, rainbows, and much else.JK85302T, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/8)Hurst, Michael & Benoit KindoCOSM
Communication and CultureThe theme of this course explores key aspects of the communication process as it pertains to the creation of culture and cultural identity. Diverse cultures and aspects of culture are explored, including folk and popular culture and contemporary media.OO85223T, 3:30-4:45 & Th, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/8)Kennerly, Rebecca & Jana BrileyCLASS
CosplayIf you’ve been to any media or science-fiction convention, you’ve seen cosplayers—the fans dressed up as Pikachu or their favorite Doctor from Doctor Who. Cosplay is a mashup of the terms “costume” and “play.” While the hobby has become more mainstream over the last decade in the United States, cosplay’s origins can actually be traced back to the 1930s. Throughout the semester we will study various genres of cosplay, popular figures in the cosplay world, issues affecting the community such as sexual harassment and the Cosplay is Not Consent movement—all to ultimately answer the question: Why cosplay?P85199Th, 3:30-4:45 & T, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/6 )Douberly, Julie & Scott CurleyCLASS
Couch to 50K: A Beginner's Guide to Winning the Career RaceNot sure where to start when it comes to choosing a major and deciding on a future career?  This seminar is designed to help students identify their interests and skills in order to help train them to meet their future career goals. This class will also provide a variety of exercises and resources to build a strong resume, prepare for job interviews, follow the pace of the 4-year career plan and ultimately win at finding a successful career!ZZ85234M & W, 1:25-2:15Taulbee, AmyOther Faculty
Culture in Film and TelevisionIrrespective of your major or profession, the leaders of today and tomorrow need to have a global perspective to be successful. In this course, you will explore cultural perspectives through film. We’ll begin with an examination of what makes up our own culture and the effect it has on how we view ourselves and others. We will then examine cultures and perspectives through character analysis and reflection of the films we will view. You will then apply these global perspectives to your more local context—your life.AAH85903M & W, 9:05-9:55Salhi, ChristinaCLASS
Daring Greatly the College WayCollege is full of many new experiences and great opportunities. Through this course we will explore and overcome the many common challenges and celebrate the successes first-year students face in their transition to college. Utilizing Brene Brown’s research on vulnerability, embracing imperfection, and living wholeheartedly, this course will allow you to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embrace who you are. Doing so can transform your Georgia Southern experience! Students in this class will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and “dare greatly.” BA85261M & W, 1:25-2:15Richard, AnniseOther Faculty
Disney at Georgia SouthernHow does the world of Disney apply to student success at Georgia Southern University? Learn what qualities your favorite Disney characters possess that are useful for a college freshman at Georgia Southern. We will also explore the origins of many popular Disney stories.AJ85244M & W, 11:15-12:05Withers, NicoleOther Faculty
Echoes of SalemThe Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 resonate as a seminal series of events in colonial American history. We'll examine the trials and identify key figures and themes, then look at representations in popular culture, from Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables to Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, the TV series Salem, and various musical treatments, particularly within metal genres. Finally, we’ll explore the lasting ramifications of the Salem witchcraft trials on American religion, politics, and identity.JZ85304T & Th, 12:30-1:20Bos, MoniqueCLASS
Education & the American DreamWe will explore the American dream. Students will work on goal setting and determining where they are headed long- and short-term and will conduct family, community and educator interviews for the final project. FH87841T & Th, 9:30-10:20Thompson, ChristinaCOE
Education & the American DreamWe will explore the American dream. Students will work on goal setting and determining where they are headed long- and short-term and will conduct family, community and educator interviews for the final project. H85190T & Th, 11-11:50Thompson, ChristinaCOE
Effective Communication: Principles and PracticesThe development of effective communication skills is often identified as the single most important attribute that employers seek in college graduates. This course provides an overview of basic principles and strategies of effective communication in order to develop and improve oral presentation skills, interpersonal communication skills, small group communication skills and understanding mass media messages.X85207T & Th, 2-2:50Geyerman, ChrisCLASS
Eighties Pop CultureThe 1980s saw great change​, but "pop culture" is what made the 1980s. Each week during this FYE course, we will focus on an area of ​1980s pop culture, including, but not limited to: ​music, movies, TV, fashion, toys, and many other areas. This will be a fun-filled and educational course. You will learn to say, "I love the 80s!"RR85226T, 5-6:15 & Th, 5-5:50 (thru 10/8)Bailey, Sara & Daniel OdomOther Faculty
Engineering ChallengesMost people think that engineers build bridges, planes, cars, or computers. While that is true, there is much more than engineers do. Engineers primarily solve problems by applying science principles. As such, they are prepared to design creative technical solutions that society continually requires. Students in this seminar will investigate the challenges that future engineers will face and solve using new technologies, and they will investigate the science and technology skills required to develop such solutions. Students will also explore some management aspects of engineering through teamwork and projects.AAB85370M & W, 8-8:50Molina, GustavoCEIT
Engineering ChallengesMost people think that engineers build bridges, planes, cars, or computers. While that is true, there is much more than engineers do. Engineers primarily solve problems by applying science principles. As such, they are prepared to design creative technical solutions that society continually requires. Students in this seminar will investigate the challenges that future engineers will face and solve using new technologies, and they will investigate the science and technology skills required to develop such solutions. Students will also explore some management aspects of engineering through teamwork and projects.E85187T & Th, 8-8:50Molina, GustavoCEIT
Exploring LeadershipOur rapidly changing world needs each of us to do what we can to make a difference. This course is designed to help college students understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and to guide them in developing their leadership potential. Students will be exposed to key concepts of leadership and will engage in activities that encourage them to think about their own leadership style. In addition, we will examine both the 'how' and the 'why' of leadership as a relational process, and we will also challenge each other to think about how we can practice leadership throughout our lives.AAG85350M & W, 9:05-9:55Calhoun, DanielCOE
Feminism in Popular CultureThe terms “feminism” and “feminist” have been rampant in the media in the past few years, particularly with celebrities. Learning about the history and evolution of feminism will ground a discussion on what defines feminism through the lens of popular culture. Students will examine and analyze an issue or topic from recent pop culture that brought attention to feminism. The foundation of knowledge of feminism offers students a more well-rounded view on how the role of women has shaped-- and continues to shape-- our society.JL85303T, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/8)Lambeth, Jennifer & Lisa VanceCLASS
FilmIn this section, we will critically examine exemplary films as works of art by considering aspects such as genre, dialogue, action, character, and plot. We'll also discuss cinematic techniques used in the service of those aspects.HHI86460T, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/8)Edwards, Bradley & Janie MalsonCLASS
FilmIn this section, we will critically examine exemplary films as works of art by considering aspects such as genre, dialogue, action, character, and plot. We'll also discuss cinematic techniques used in the service of those aspects.JU85317T, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/8)Edwards, Bradley & Zachary DavidsonCLASS
Financial Stability in College and BeyondToday’s college students graduate with a larger amount of debt from student loans, credit cards, and car payments than any previous generation of college graduates. Is anyone to blame for this? Students' reckless spending? Parents' failure to plan? Governments' misguided priorities? In this course section, we will consider these issues as well as focus on personal financial budgeting and planning skills for today’s college students. We will also discuss personal investment, financial savings, and lifelong issues of retirement investment and financial planning.FKK89173T & Th, 9:30-10:20Beebe Novotny, TheresaOther Faculty
Food and SustainabilityWhat should we eat for dinner? We all ask this question, but have you ever thought about it on a deeper level? Why do people choose to buy organic foods, be vegetarian, or buy local? In this section we will discuss how our food is grown, where it is grown, and the subsequent consequences to sustainable living. To facilitate our discussion, we will read  The Omnivore's Dilemma  and other related materials, watch food documentaries, and visit both a local farmer's market and a local grocery store. Our discussion will focus on a biological perspective by comparing agricultural systems with natural ecosystems and by considering the health implications of our diet. The course will end with a meal made from locally grown food.BQ85276M & W, 2:30-3:20Cawthorn, MichelleCOSM
Food and SustainabilityWhat should we eat for dinner? We all ask this question, but have you ever thought about it on a deeper level? Why do people choose to buy organic foods, be vegetarian, or buy local? In this section we will discuss how our food is grown, where it is grown, and the subsequent consequences to sustainable living. To facilitate our discussion, we will read  The Omnivore's Dilemma  and other related materials, watch food documentaries, and visit both a local farmer's market and a local grocery store. Our discussion will focus on a biological perspective by comparing agricultural systems with natural ecosystems and by considering the health implications of our diet. The course will end with a meal made from locally grown food.FJ87843T & Th, 9:30-10:20Cawthorn, MichelleCOSM
Free SpeechIn 1964, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. wrote in  New York Times v. Sullivan that the First Amendment provides that "debate on public issues ... [should be] ... uninhibited, robust, and wide-open." In practice, however, Americans have vigorously disputed the application of the First Amendment. Most people believe in the right to free speech, but debate whether it should cover flag-burning, music lyrics, advertising, hate speech, pornography, and other forms of symbolic speech. Many would agree to limiting some forms of free expression. We will tackle this issue by first placing free speech in a global perspective. Next, we will look at some classic challenges to the freedom of expression in American history. Finally, we will try to project what the future holds for this basic human right.BBH85327W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Downs, Alan & Carolynn NixonCLASS
Free SpeechIn 1964, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. wrote in  New York Times v. Sullivan that the First Amendment provides that "debate on public issues ... [should be] ... uninhibited, robust, and wide-open." In practice, however, Americans have vigorously disputed the application of the First Amendment. Most people believe in the right to free speech, but debate whether it should cover flag-burning, music lyrics, advertising, hate speech, pornography, and other forms of symbolic speech. Many would agree to limiting some forms of free expression. We will tackle this issue by first placing free speech in a global perspective. Next, we will look at some classic challenges to the freedom of expression in American history. Finally, we will try to project what the future holds for this basic human right.BZ85278W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Downs, Alan & Jordan BrooksCLASS
From "What the #%$?" to a Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless YouStart your college career off right by getting on the path to success with positive, lasting habits. This course will guide you down a path to self-discovery and equip you with the tools needed to become a Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless you. Topics that will be discussed include goal setting, stress management, money management, etiquette, and developing meaningful relationships. AAC85202M & W, 9:05-9:55Simpson, KimberlyCLASS
From Combat to the ClassroomThis FYE 1220 section is designed for veterans, military service members, family members of military service personal, ROTC cadets or anyone who cares about veteran’s issues. Together we will explore cultural and social influences that may impact veterans as they transition from active duty into higher education as well as current military service members who are still serving. We will assess potential barriers to veteran success as well as resources here on campus that can assist in successful integration. Along with campus resources, this course is intended to assist in building and expanding the student’s social support network with other students in this course. This course is taught by a veteran and is designed to be interactive to allow veterans to draw upon their experiences to assist in planning their collegiate experience.N85197T & Th, 2-2:50Jordan, ErinCHHS
Games & Strategic PlanningAll games, whether card games, sports, playground games, or something else, require an element of strategic planning and thinking for us to compete. In this course, we will explore a variety of game "genres," play games, and discuss the real-world applications of games and their strategy. Students will get to experience a number of games during the course, and the instructor will host numerous "game days" during the semester for students to participate in for credit and fun. AN85248M & W, 12:20-1:10Wentworth, BenjaminCOE
Get To Know YourselfOne of the most common questions and concerns that modern-day college students have is: What do I want to be when I graduate? This is an excellent question, and one to be answered. However, too many students forget to ask one of the most important questions of all: Who am I? The experience of attending college is perhaps the most effective tool for finding the answer to such a critical question. This course will examine trends and characteristics of the contemporary college student by focusing on well-known student development theories.SS85227T & Th, 5-5:50Pollett, JasonOther Faculty
Girls and Women in SportsThis course will focus on the social and cultural history of female athleticism. Topics will include: changing social perceptions of the female athlete; social, cultural, and legal barriers to participation; opportunities for female athletes at different levels of sport (recreational youth sports, interscholastic and intercollegiate sports, professional sports); how race and social class affect girls' and women's sporting experiences; and, homophobia within women's sports.FM87846T & Th, 9:30-10:20Malcom, NancyCLASS
Good GriefWhether you have been the outsider or the insider when it comes to death and loss, we have much to teach each other on this much avoided but extremely essential topic. From the maturational losses experienced by every college freshmen to the disenfranchised losses experienced by others throughout their lives, this class brings it all to the forefront, with feelings of awkwardness to feelings of normalcy, and unique bonds that are sure to stick.LLL86424T & Th, 2-2:50Johnson, AbbyCLASS
Good GriefWhether you have been the outsider or the insider when it comes to death and loss, we have much to teach each other on this much avoided but extremely essential topic. From the maturational losses experienced by every college freshmen to the disenfranchised losses experienced by others throughout their lives, this class brings it all to the forefront, with feelings of awkwardness to feelings of normalcy, and unique bonds that are sure to stick.PP85224T & Th, 3:30-4:20Johnson, AbbyCLASS
Graphic NovelsRead and discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the genre as well as representatives of the anime, superhero, memoir/biography, and fantasy subgenres.AV85256M & W, 12:20-1:10Pellegrino, JoeCLASS
Hispanic Culture through FilmThis course will provide the opportunity to view, analyze and discuss the main trends and issues in a variety of Hispanic films, allowing for students to heighten their awareness and deepen their knowledge of Hispanic cultures. Topics include reconstructing the past, genre-specific studies, gender and sexuality, and nationalist identities.ABA85883M & W, 10:10-11:00McGrath, LeticiaCLASS
History of Rock-n-RollRock-n-roll is a way of life and has been with us for over 50 years. We will be tracing the origins of rock-n-roll in the 1950s and seeing its development through the decades of the 20th century and into our current time. We will look at the various incarnations and styles of rock-n-roll such as psychedelic, classic rock, heavy metal, alternative, industrial, reggae, rap, funk, and punk.AR85252M & W, 12:20-1:10Czech, MikeOther Faculty
Human Anatomy EssentialsThis class is intended to increase the understanding of the structure and function of the human body and help students to prepare for taking the Human Anatomy and Physiology course required for all allied health majors, such as nursing, exercise science, athletic training and nutrition. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is essential for anyone entering the health-related fields. The course will provide fundamental insights into the relationship between morphological structure and physiological function and will cover basic introductory topics such as anatomical terminology, cell biology, organ systems and others. AZ85260M & W, 1:25-2:15Sturges, DianaCHHS
Human Anatomy EssentialsThis class is intended to increase the understanding of the structure and function of the human body and help students to prepare for taking the Human Anatomy and Physiology course required for all allied health majors, such as nursing, exercise science, athletic training and nutrition. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is essential for anyone entering the health-related fields. The course will provide fundamental insights into the relationship between morphological structure and physiological function and will cover basic introductory topics such as anatomical terminology, cell biology, organ systems and others. BK85271M & W, 2:30-3:20Sturges, DianaCHHS
Hunger Games and Social ProtestThe Hunger Games book trilogy and movie franchise explores how a repressed society reached its breaking point and started to revolt against an oligarchic regime. This widely popular series has inspired young people to think more critically about the cultural contexts and structural realities that define their world. In Thailand, China, and the United States, protesters have adopted symbols from The Hunger Games, including the mockingjay and the District 12 salute, to promote their messages. This course is going to use The Hunger Games story to discuss broader themes about social protest, activism, and revolution.CE85284M & W, 4-4:50Alexander, AnnaCLASS
Incest, Poison, and Murder: Renaissance Italy’s Most Infamous FamilyThe Borgias are known as one of the most notorious Renaissance families in Italy. History has seen them as highly unsavory characters, and simply mentioning the name within the walls of the Vatican could bring chills. Popular movies, novels, TV shows, and even video games have featured one or more of the infamous family members who are usually cast as villainous in nature. More often than not, murder, poison, greed, treachery, and lust feature strongly in representations of the family. But how accurate are these portrayals, and how much truth actually lies within these so called black legends which have become so prevalent in popular culture? Learn more about these stories and the actual historical facts surrounding the house of Borgia and their rise to infamy. In this course we will learn about members of the Borgia family and compare popular culture to that of actual historical accounts, and also how to accurately evaluate sources about historic people and events.AAD85371M & W, 9:05-9:55Jackson, KatrinaOther Faculty
Incest, Poison, and Murder: Renaissance Italy’s Most Infamous FamilyThe Borgias are known as one of the most notorious Renaissance families in Italy. History has seen them as highly unsavory characters, and simply mentioning the name within the walls of the Vatican could bring chills. Popular movies, novels, TV shows, and even video games have featured one or more of the infamous family members who are usually cast as villainous in nature. More often than not, murder, poison, greed, treachery, and lust feature strongly in representations of the family. But how accurate are these portrayals, and how much truth actually lies within these so called black legends which have become so prevalent in popular culture? Learn more about these stories and the actual historical facts surrounding the house of Borgia and their rise to infamy. In this course we will learn about members of the Borgia family and compare popular culture to that of actual historical accounts, and also how to accurately evaluate sources about historic people and events.AAW85882M & W, 10:10-11:00Jackson, KatrinaOther Faculty
Influence of Latin American Music and Dance on the USALatin music and dance, both sensual and exotic, have been popular in the United States from the introduction of the “rumba” in the 1920s to the salsa craze and “zumba” of the 2000s. Each musical style and dance has its own history (or histories), along with an explanation of the effect of its introduction to the USA. This course explores the socio-geographical origins of various Latin music and dance styles along with an examination of their introduction to the United States. In this course we will familiarize ourselves with a variety of Latin musical styles and dances with the help, in part, of written and audio-visual materials, but also through (some) actual practice of the things we learn. Yes, we will, indeed, dance a bit!BN85274M & W, 2:30-3:20Kartchner, EricCLASS
Jazz and Its Roots in American MusicJazz is a popular genre of music that began during the late 19th and early 20th century in the African-American community. It includes Scott Joplin’s ragtime, the swing music of Count Basie Orchestra and the present-day soulful jazz of Michael Bublé. In this class, students will explore some of musical styles, recordings, and musicians while identifying what makes this type of music so distinctive. CCC85886M & W, 4-4:50 Pinckney, CherelleOther Faculty
Jerusalem in History and TraditionThis course examines the 4000 year history of the city of Jerusalem and considers how the different Abrahamic traditions -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- have connected to this location over time. Our class will consequently explore the archaeology of the site, its architecture and landscape, the sacred texts written about it, and the meaning of the Jerusalem today. YYY85884T & Th, 11-11:50Pioske, DanielCLASS
Latin American CultureLatin America is a rich and diverse region, with a wide range of peoples, cultures, political and economic systems, religions and languages. This course surveys the region, focusing on topics in culture, politics, literature, language, social inequality, and related issues.S85237T, 5-6:40Cobos, AlbaOther Faculty
Leadership Lessons of Sports CoachesDo sports build leadership or reveal it? Leadership can be developed in many different settings, and sports are one globally popular setting for this. In fact, sports teams often seek to build leadership in their players and demand it from their coaches. This course will critically examine the leadership styles of coaches from a variety of eras, genders, races, and sports, including Tony Dungy, Clarence "Big House" Gaines, Mike Krzyzewski, Vince Lombardi, Pat Summitt, Nick Saban, Dean Smith, C. Vivian Stringer, John Wooden, and more. We will seek commonalities in their leadership and identify how these leadership lessons can be applied outside of athletics. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate the leadership of a coach of their choosing.AC85236W & F, 10:10-11:00Wilson, CharlesCHHS
Leadership Lessons of Sports CoachesDo sports build leadership or reveal it? Leadership can be developed in many different settings, and sports are one globally popular setting for this. In fact, sports teams often seek to build leadership in their players and demand it from their coaches. This course will critically examine the leadership styles of coaches from a variety of eras, genders, races, and sports, including Tony Dungy, Clarence "Big House" Gaines, Mike Krzyzewski, Vince Lombardi, Pat Summitt, Nick Saban, Dean Smith, C. Vivian Stringer, John Wooden, and more. We will seek commonalities in their leadership and identify how these leadership lessons can be applied outside of athletics. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate the leadership of a coach of their choosing.ZZA85232W & F, 11:15-12:05Wilson, CharlesCHHS
Leadership Strategies: The Disney WayThis course will work to introduce Georgia Southern students to ten common sense leadership strategies used at Walt Disney World and other major corporations as well as by young professionals nationwide. Students will be required to reflect on how what they do early in college can help them be the best Eagles on campus. A service project is required for the course along with a potential observation trip.LU85325T & Th, 12:30-1:20Linton, SammieOther Faculty
Logic & the Criminal LawThis section explores the philosophical issues that arise in the study of criminal law. Critical thinking skills are developed and then applied to issues in the philosophy of law such as: Is there a moral duty to obey the law? Is necessity a justifiable defense for breaking the law? How can the concept of a criminal act be defined? Is acting under duress justifiable? Is an unconscious action really an act? Can the failure to act be justifiably punished?
FG87840T, 9:30-10:45 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/8)Eaton, William & Juliana HafnerCLASS
Logic and Paradoxes The basic principles that constitute the foundations and logical coherence of human reasoning have been seriously challenged by both philosophy and the mathematical sciences on more than one occasion. Some of these challenges are called "paradoxes," and they indicate that some of the most deeply ingrained and widely accepted principles of human reasoning, such as certain ideas on which mathematics is founded, are potentially fragile and certainly worth questioning. In this course we will examine a number of these problems, including their origins and implications, and if we have enough time, we will take a brief look at possible solutions to these conundrums. This course presupposes no background beyond elementary arithmetic; all other methods and concepts are explained from scratch.I85191M & W, 11:15-12:05Higgerson, Robert CLASS
Major in SuccessMajor in Success is about living a radically successful life. This means landing (or creating) your dream job right out of college or soon thereafter. It means living a life that brings you real joy, meaning, and satisfaction—not just a good-paying job. And, most importantly, it means starting to fulfill your dreams right now—not months or years down the road.AA85210T & Th, 2-2:50Riles, WarrenOther Faculty
Master Your MoneyThis course explores how to develop a plan to master your money so that money does not master you. If you want to be a millionaire, this is the place to start!Z85209M & W, 1:25-2:15Bulmer, BryanCHHS
Math Goes to HollywoodMath in the movies and television can be informative, interesting, humorous, and integral to the plot. We will examine many instances of math in Hollywood, such as in Cast Away, Numb3rs, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Wizard of Oz, and October Sky. We will then study the intricacies behind these concepts.AT85254M & W, 12:20-1:10Lee, BridgettCOSM
Math Goes to HollywoodMath in the movies and television can be informative, interesting, humorous, and integral to the plot. We will examine many instances of math in Hollywood, such as in Cast Away, Numb3rs, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Wizard of Oz, and October Sky. We will then study the intricacies behind these concepts.BBB85887M & W, 1:25-2:15Lee, BridgettCOSM
Me, Myself and YouUnderstanding is the best thing in the world, especially when it's self-knowledge. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you interact with others effectively. We'll also explore the art of intrapersonal and interpersonal intelliegences and communication. What makes you "tick" and what "ticks" you?FF85215T, 9:30-10:45 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/8)Davis, Anita & Jennifer SynoOther Faculty
Mindset: Learn to Fulfill your PotentialBrains and talent don’t always equal success. Using the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and video clips, we will discover why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success, but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. We will look at mindsets in action in popular culture, sports, relationships, business, etc. With the right mindset and proven strategies to promote success, we will learn how to reach our own goals–in college and beyond. Dweck reveals what many great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.AO85249M & W, 12:20-1:10Benefield, FrankCLASS
Money Matters 101Getting started on the right financial foot at the beginning of college is critical for a lifetime of financial security. This course will focus on how to make smart personal money decisions including cash flow, budgeting, and avoiding debt. Get control of your personal finances early in your young adulthood. Learn easy, fun principles of handling money, and you will discover that Money Matters.BM85273T & Th, 2-2:50Bland, HelenCHHS
Money MattersThis course will use the Dave Ramsey's college curriculum to help students save, budget, avoid debt and plan for the future. Students will also develop researching skills that can be applied to a wide variety topics.FI87842T & Th, 9:30-10:20Melton, BridgetCHHS
Money MattersThis course will use the Dave Ramsey's college curriculum to help students save, budget, avoid debt and plan for the future. Students will also develop researching skills that can be applied to a wide variety topics.HH85217T & Th, 11-11:50Melton, BridgetCHHS
Musics of the WorldNothing brings together a mass of people like a song or a piece of music. (Disagree? Picture thousands of people dancing and moving to the same beat!). In this course, students are introduced to musics from around the world and discuss why music is such an important part of societies. This course is neither about music history nor about music theory. It is about listening with an open mind!BH85268W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Gendelman, Martin & Michael BrundageCLASS
Nineties Pop CultureThis course will examine the music, films, television shows, sports, celebrities, scandals, and fads of the 1990s.FL87845T & Th, 9:30-10:20Hall, EricCLASS
Pirates in Hollywood & RealityThis course will explore how pirates and piracy have been presented in films and compare it to historical knowledge.Y85208T & Th, 12:30-1:20Smith, SolomonCLASS
PodcastingAs a class, we will examine interesting and unique stories taking place in our Georgia Southern, Statesboro, and southeast Georgia communities. Using good and ethical research, writing, and communication practices, we will develop the best of these stories into an hour-long podcast that we will record and edit using special recording software. The final product will be made available online.QQ85225T, 3:30-4:45 & Th, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/8)Berger, Andrew & Kevin SeaversCLASS
Political Conflict and the Islamic State (ISIS)This course presents an overview of the changing nature of political conflict in the recent years, with a particular focus on terrorism. It explores the causes and consequences of terrorism by looking at the case of ISIS. Furthermore, it analyzes the strategic interaction between terrorists and civilians by looking at the global support network for this group. While the main focus is understanding the strategies used by ISIS, an important element of the course also discusses the counter-terrorism policies in response to the changing nature of political conflict.BEB86446W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Bhattacharya, Srobana & Breanna CalamasCLASS
Racism in AmericaThis course will take an intense and in-depth look at a divisive topic. This course will seek to explore the complexity of the racial landscape and address heavy and complex concepts which saturate the social realm. Be prepared to have your views reinforced, challenged, reexamined, or even uprooted. AL85246M & W, 11:15-12:05Baugh, MichaelOther Faculty
Samurai Jack and Film GenreThrough watching specific episodes of Cartoon Network's Samurai Jack, we'll explore, define, and delve into the history of various film genres, from horror to buddy comedies, to film noir, to westerns, and beyond. Basically, if you like animation and want to learn more about film genres, this is the section for you.YA85297T, 3:30-4:45 & Th, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/8)Smith, Christopher & Adam TaylorCLASS
Scholarly Information Discovery in the Digital AgeIt is very challenging to search needed information in the age of information explosion. This course is designed to teach first-year undergraduates how to access and locate information more effectively and efficiently. To foster skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, students are trained to retrieve full-text and peer-reviewed academic information across different applications, databases, networks, platforms, and systems. The course is designed not only to improve students’ academic performance but also promote their future career development in the ever-changing competitive world beyond.VV85230T & Th, 5-5:50Li, LiLiOther Faculty
Servant LeadershipWe are so used to being served. We demand to be served! Does that make us leaders over those who serve us? Being a servant can prepare you to lead. Learn to serve, which in turn, will teach you to empower others, creating an unstoppable team. Explore opportunities to serve at Georgia Southern. Consider where you would like to lead. Empower others to soar!DDD86427M & W, 5:30-6:20Shepherd, KathyCEIT
Social Media and College StudentsCollege students seem to be permanently attached to electronic devices, checking their social media (Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) for new updates. What effect is this having on the average college student? This seminar examines the specific social media college students use, discusses the benefits and consequences of this use, and provides guidance on how to use social media in a more positive way. PPP86426T & Th, 3:30-4:20Plew, MissyCLASS
Spain thru the Artists' EyesSpain thru the Artists’ Eyes provides students with the opportunity to learn about Spain’s culture and history as viewed through the eyes of many of Spain’s most well known artists. The course will address various historical periods, artists, creative practices, and themes. AAE85285M & W, 9:05-9:55McGrath, MikeCLASS
Spain thru the Artists' EyesSpain thru the Artists’ Eyes provides students with the opportunity to learn about Spain’s culture and history as viewed through the eyes of many of Spain’s most well known artists. The course will address various historical periods, artists, creative practices, and themes. AAX86443M & W, 10:10-11:00McGrath, MikeCLASS
Sport ScienceThis seminar is designed to provide an overview of sports science. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy and exercise physiology), nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation.T85203T & Th, 5-5:50Rossi, StephenCHHS
Strategy and BackgammonExperienced successful business professionals develop a winning game plan. This does not happen suddenly, or by chance, but is the result of good short-term and long-term decision making based on past experiences, the current environment, and future predictions. The need to adapt and change strategies is another factor. Backgammon is a board game that will expose students to the disciplines of probability, risk assessment, trend analysis, creativity, psychology, and a little bit of intuition and luck. All students will learn to play using a backgammon board. In addition to face-to-face competition, backgammon will be played through computer simulation, internet site competitors, and tournament play. Each student will submit a research paper that will discuss a backgammon-related topic and apply it to real-life experiences.AS85253M & W, 12:20-1:10Berecz, DonCOBA
Surviving College: TED Talk Edition Students will explore college survival techniques via the popular TED Talk video series. Using the TED Talk slogan "ideas worth spreading," we will focus on surviving and thriving in the college setting. Topics will include: communication, leadership and friendships. CG85286M & W, 4-4:50 Cleary, Erin Other Faculty
Sustainability in EngineeringThis course introduces students to the basic concept of sustainability and how it can be enhanced through effective engineering practice. Topics such as green power generation, green design and environment-friendly product disposal will be discussed. Examples of green design will be examined. The course will also make use of some audio visual media to aid in instruction.BP85275M & W, 2:30-3:20Desai, AnoopCEIT
Sustainability in EngineeringThis course introduces students to the basic concept of sustainability and how it can be enhanced through effective engineering practice. Topics such as green power generation, green design and environment-friendly product disposal will be discussed. Examples of green design will be examined. The course will also make use of some audio visual media to aid in instruction.Q85200T & Th, 3:30-4:20Desai, AnoopCEIT
Teach Better, Learn BetterHaving the knowledge of how one learns can be helpful in supporting study skills in college. Do you know why there are certain teachers or teaching styles that are most appealing to you? Can you use that to your advantage now that you are managing your own learning?YB85298T, 9:30-:1045 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/8)Harris, Kymberly & Jana BrileyCOE
Teachers & Students in FilmThis course will examine the reality of students and teachers in films. Students will view films that feature teachers and conduct a character analysis. In the process, students will compare the events and characters to their own lives, making connections to improve learning and their future goals and aspirations.FN87847T, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/8)Howerter, Catherine & Emily SavoieCOE
Terrorism Risk & ResponseThis course examines the topic of terrorism in its various international and domestic forms as well as counter-terrorism efforts. The different aspects of terrorism students will encounter include political, nationalist, and religious motivations, as well as state-sponsored terrorism, technology's role in terrorism, and state responses. This seminar will explore terrorism's definition, components, and history through class readings and discussion. Students will also create terrorism risk assessments for a country of their choosing.BI85269W, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/12 )Gayan, Melissa & Lexi HurstCLASS
Terrorism Risk & ResponseThis course examines the topic of terrorism in its various international and domestic forms as well as counter-terrorism efforts. The different aspects of terrorism students will encounter include political, nationalist, and religious motivations, as well as state-sponsored terrorism, technology's role in terrorism, and state responses. This seminar will explore terrorism's definition, components, and history through class readings and discussion. Students will also create terrorism risk assessments for a country of their choosing.BY85282W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Gayan, Melissa & Christina CurleyCLASS
TGIT: Explore Your Favorite ABC Thursday Night Shows! Your favorite ABC Thursday night shows will be the topic of discussions in the course. We will analyze the characters, the behaviors and decisions made during difficult situations, and how this all relates to being a first-year college student. G85189M & W, 11:15-12:05Saydshoev, SallyOther Faculty
The "Science" of MoviesWe play close attention to science in the classroom, but how well do we pay attention to science in the movie theater? Theoretical physicist and Hollywood science consultant, Sean Carroll, recently noted that a science consultant's job isn't to force a movie to get the science right, but to help the science tell the story. Is that the only option though? The seminar will focus on where science and storytelling intersect and will try to figure out if we can re-tell our favorite films with the science that might actually work.BAA85885M & W, 1:25-2:15Anderson, DustinCLASS
The Art of Walt Disney and its Impact on Mass MediaThis course explores Walt Disney and the Disney Studio's contributions to animation, illustration and theme park design from 1936 to 1986. Course content will emphasize the lasting effects of these contributions to mass media, on popular culture and in relation to consumption.JJ85219Th, 12:30-1:45 & T, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/6 )Burke, Jessica & Jennifer YoumansCLASS
The Art of Walt Disney and its Impact on Mass MediaThis course explores Walt Disney and the Disney Studio's contributions to animation, illustration and theme park design from 1936 to 1986. Course content will emphasize the lasting effects of these contributions to mass media, on popular culture and in relation to consumption.WW85231T, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/8)Burke, Jessica & Kaitlyn CarmichaelCLASS
The Cold War in American FilmThis course will examine the ways that the Cold War (1945-1991) was portrayed in American film. In particular, we will examine the themes of nuclear warfare and attempts to expose the futility of the nuclear arms race. While viewing both comedic and dramatic films, we will discuss the impact the Cold War had on popular entertainment and the entertainment world's attempt to affect the Cold War. BB85211M & W, 1:25-2:15Feltman, BrianCLASS
The Eagle CommunityThis course will introduce you to Georgia Southern’s and Statesboro’s communities. We will discuss Georgia Southern’s history and traditions. A large focus will be on resources for student success at Georgia Southern. During the latter part of the semester, information will be provided on opportunities for students to become involved in Statesboro’s community.AX85258M & W, 1:25-2:15Duggar, TheresaCOE
The Eagle CommunityThis course will introduce you to Georgia Southern’s and Statesboro’s communities. We will discuss Georgia Southern’s history and traditions. A large focus will be on resources for student success at Georgia Southern. During the latter part of the semester, information will be provided on opportunities for students to become involved in Statesboro’s community.LL85221T & Th, 2-2:50Duggar, TheresaCOE
The Future of EnergyThe global challenge of fossil fuel replacement has no simple solution. We'll discuss wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, hydrogen, and other types of energy, along with their corresponding promises, myths, limitations, and hopes. The relationship of future energy sources to daily living will be explored.MM85222T, 2-3:15 & Th, 2-2:50 (thru 10/8)Orvis, Jessica & Casey WeaverCOSM
The Georgia Southern ExperienceThis course will focus on Georgia Southern and all the resources available for students. We will explore university history, campus offices in depth, and campus life (including community attractions such as the Downtown Campus, the Wildlife Center, Botanical Gardens, etc.). We also will examine issues in higher education nationally and statewide that affect Georgia Southern.AAM85326M & W, 10:10-11Cross, LydiaCOE
The Georgia Southern ExperienceThis course will focus on Georgia Southern and all the resources available for students. We will explore university history, campus offices in depth, and campus life (including community attractions such as the Downtown Campus, the Wildlife Center, Botanical Gardens, etc.). We also will examine issues in higher education nationally and statewide that affect Georgia Southern.AF85239M & W, 11:15-12:05Cross, LydiaCOE
The History & Traditions of Georgia SouthernDo you know the legend of Beautiful Eagle Creek? How did Sweetheart Circle get its name? What year was our school founded? Who was the first president of our school? Come learn the answers to these questions and many more as we read and learn about the history and traditions of Georgia Southern University.CK85290M & W, 5:30-6:20O'Brien, JanetOther Faculty
The Last Lecture: Leaving a Lasting Legacy at Georgia SouthernThe course will use Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture to explore what it means to leave a lasting legacy. Students will learn about opportunities at Georgia Southern and apply Pausch's message to themselves and what kind of legacy they would like to leave behind.AAY85867M & W, 10:10-11:00Ogburn, JulieOther Faculty
The Naked RoommateThis course will introduce freshmen into the amazing world of college and what to expect. We will discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and the exciting things that will happen in between. This class is designed to help freshmen understand what to expect during their first year of their college career.AH85242M & W, 11:15-12:05Buck, LaurenOther Faculty
The Naked RoommateThis course will introduce freshmen into the amazing world of college and what to expect. We will discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and the exciting things that will happen in between. This class is designed to help freshmen understand what to expect during their first year of their college career.W85206M & W, 10:10-11:00Buck, LaurenOther Faculty
The US in the WorldShould we send ground troops to fight ISIS in the Middle East? Should the US prepare for a war with China? Should we continue trading with China? What should be our reaction to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict? These and other foreign policy questions will be the engaged in the course which will take a critical, multi-perspective look at issues of US foreign policy. Students will engage in debates and discussions of different logics and principles of US foreign policy, and different practical issues of the day. They will hone their skills and knowledge as citizens and policy-makers, and write letters to their representatives in Congress about foreign policy issues of the day. FC87837M & W, 1:25-2:15Lubecki, JacekCLASS
The Wanderer: Popular Culture and The OdysseyHomer’s epic poem The Odyssey relates the journey of the Greek hero Odysseus as he travels home from the Trojan War. This famous poem’s influence can be seen in popular culture today. We’ll explore some of the music, films, and texts that demonstrate this theme to better understand Odysseus’ journey and perhaps even our own.KK85220T, 2-3:15 & Th, 2-2:50 (thru 10/8)Williams, Leigh Ann & Stephanie RewitzerCLASS
Through the Lens of an EagleEvery picture tells a story; what's yours? Whether it is with a camera phone or a Canon, this course will ask students to document their experiences at Georgia Southern through the lens of a camera. Using guided photography and thoughtful reflection, students will examine personal identity, future goals, and the process of change and growth during this exciting transition.CJ85289M & W, 5:30-6:20Payne, MalerieCOSM
Using Technology on Your College JourneyNearly every student will bring at least one computing device with them to Georgia Southern, but not everyone knows how to begin to use them as tools for learning and as aids for studying. This course will focus on those devices and how they can be valuable to students in ways other than for just chatting and gaming. We'll also cover the care and feeding of computing devices and how to keep them running.UU85229T & Th, 5-5:50Reaves, PaulOther Faculty
Value of Athletics in Higher EducationThis course will explore the relationship between college athletics and the mission of higher education, specifically the perceived value associated with varsity athletics on a college campus. Topics of discussion will include the cost of higher education, the value of higher education and how college athletics may affect those areas.DD85213M & W, 5:30-6:20Roughton, KeithOther Faculty
Video Game CultureIn his 2006 book, Gaming, Alex Galloway examines the video game as a distinct cultural form that demands a new and unique interpretive framework. Following his example, we will examine how video games have helped narratives evolve, changed on-the-job training, and enhanced the way we communicate. By looking at a number of different game classifications, we will be able to see how this medium offers a new concept of culture and continues to lead the charge into the ever-expanding digital world. Since this seminar is designed to promote both your information literacy skills and your cognitive and affective integration into the University community, you will be asked to think about far more than just video games. AP85250M & W, 12:20-1:10Anderson, DustinCLASS
Weather of the FutureExplore what makes the weather like it is.  Understand the facts and myths surrounding megastorms and changing weather. This course will seek to answer questions about the increasing number and severity of disasters and climate change. Grasp the significance of recent extreme weather events, what life was like in the Little Ice Age, and what you can expect in your lifetime.AEQ87203M & W, 5:30-6:20Fernekes, RobertOther Faculty
What Cartoons Can Teach You about CollegeCartoons aren’t just for kids anymore. From Spongebob to The Simpsons to South Park, cartoons are an ever present part of American culture. We will discuss how this media form creates and communicates stories, and how these stories often reflect and critique our contemporary culture. We will discover just how much more there is to cartoons than colorful visuals and easy to digest storylines. How do cartoons teach their audience? Why do they choose the messages they do? Who are these messages for, and why are they needed? Over the course of the term, we will discuss the wide variety of answers to these questions, and we will experiment with building our own messages for our own audiences. AAI85351W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Schumacher, Amanda & Kimberlee YontzCLASS
What is the Right Thing To Do?There are two themes in this course. The first and primary theme is whether or not a society is just in how it distributes things we want: income and wealth; duties and rights; powers and opportunities; offices and honors. We are concerned with welfare, freedom and virtue. This will be a political, social and cultural debate as we analyze our educations. The second theme is did your high school education provide you an education or was it training? What should college provide you? An education or further training? We'll consider teaching and learning as subversive acts.FA87835Th, 9:30-10:45 & T, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/6 )Moore, Michael & Daniel OdomCOE
What is the Right Thing To Do?There are two themes in this course. The first and primary theme is whether or not a society is just in how it distributes things we want: income and wealth; duties and rights; powers and opportunities; offices and honors. We are concerned with welfare, freedom and virtue. This will be a political, social and cultural debate as we analyze our educations. The second theme is did your high school education provide you an education or was it training? What should college provide you? An education or further training? We'll consider teaching and learning as subversive acts.FD87838T, 9:30-10:45 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/8)Moore, Michael & Kinsley BakerCOE
What the Most Successful People Do!College should be an opportunity for students to become successful in all aspects of their lives. Using the book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast as a guide, students will develop their personal strategies for being successful in the classroom, in the community, in their careers, and beyond. R85201Th, 5-6:40Smith , Joyya Other Faculty
What Would You Do?This particular section of FYE 1220 is structured around Georgia Southern VALUES and decision making surrounding ethical dilemmas as well as social issues.  Even when we’re covering other material common to all FYE 1220 sections, we’ll seek to tie the topic into how it relates to Georgia Southern VALUES and everyday decision making.  Be prepared to work hard and have fun!AG85241M & W, 11:15-12:05Whitesel, MarkOther Faculty
What's a "Good Man"?What does it mean to be a "good man"? Society surrounds us with conflicting images and assumptions. In this course, students will research varied presentations of masculinity in the world around them and reflect critically on what being a “good man” means to them.FO87848T & Th 11-11:50Spence, AliciaOther Faculty
What's a "Good Woman"?Students will research how our culture and others around the world view being a "good woman." The course will explore femininity from multiple perspectives, drawing together research from sociology, anthropology, linguistics, psychology, biology, and gender studies, while helping students learn the processes of effective, critical reading, research, and discussion. JC85306T & Th 11-11:50Keane, DrewCLASS
Winning at MathFor many students math is one of the most difficult subjects in college. Every student must pass at least one math course to graduate. Many students are intimidated by math due to a variety of reasons. However, math is the "critical filter" for education. The more math you have had, the more job opportunities you will have. Math anxiety is an emotional or physical response to taking math courses or any math-related situation. Math anxiety is a learned behavior and can be unlearned! Students who are anxious about a test or about math in general are focusing energy on their uncomfortable feelings instead of on learning the concept or completing the course. Methods to overcome math-anxious feelings will be investigated.AAZ85338M & W, 10:10-11:00Winskie, AmyCOSM
Winning at MathFor many students math is one of the most difficult subjects in college. Every student must pass at least one math course to graduate. Many students are intimidated by math due to a variety of reasons. However, math is the "critical filter" for education. The more math you have had, the more job opportunities you will have. Math anxiety is an emotional or physical response to taking math courses or any math-related situation. Math anxiety is a learned behavior and can be unlearned! Students who are anxious about a test or about math in general are focusing energy on their uncomfortable feelings instead of on learning the concept or completing the course. Methods to overcome math-anxious feelings will be investigated.EE85214T & Th, 8-8:50Smith, ChasenCOSM
Winning at MathFor many students math is one of the most difficult subjects in college. Every student must pass at least one math course to graduate. Many students are intimidated by math due to a variety of reasons. However, math is the "critical filter" for education. The more math you have had, the more job opportunities you will have. Math anxiety is an emotional or physical response to taking math courses or any math-related situation. Math anxiety is a learned behavior and can be unlearned! Students who are anxious about a test or about math in general are focusing energy on their uncomfortable feelings instead of on learning the concept or completing the course. Methods to overcome math-anxious feelings will be investigated.II85218M & W, 11:15-12:05Winskie, AmyCOSM
Women in LeadershipAs women, we tend to question ourselves, our success and our worth. By doing this we damage our self-esteem and self-confidence. This, in turn, causes us to not believe in our strengths and abilities. Research shows that we as women “do own our failures but we do not own our success.” Have you ever wondered why? Students will be exposed to the history of the power of leadership and how and when women began to have the opportunities to feel empowered to finally “lean in” and not be afraid to strive for success. The class will offer some leadership development opportunities along with perspectives from professional women who will in turn provide students with the necessary tools to feel empowered and confident about themselves and their own self-worth.AQ85251T & Th, 2-2:50Gandia, ZwiselOther Faculty
World Events and the Evolution of FashionWorld events often are defining moments in time that drive the evolution of fashion. In the seminar portion of this class, we will examine how fashion trends evolve from what is going on in the world at large. Fashion trends can be used as a vehicle of self-expression in reaction to political climates, crimes against humanity and social unrest.  People's sense of fashion is a defining statement, a reflection of how they see and perceive the world. Lastly, we will explore issues that may become important in the future, and how those issues once identified may influence future fashion trends.D85186M & W, 5:30-6:20Wilkins Smith, AmyOther Faculty
Write for Your LifeWe use writing throughout our lives, and it's especially important for you now academically. Writing is also identity, and everything from our emails to our tweets set the first impression. In this course, students think, read, and write about college expectations and student success through the lens of writing.O85198T & Th, 2-2:50Albertson, KathyCLASS
Youth Cultures of ResistanceThis course will examine youth cultures of resistance from the 1950s to the present. Ranging from Beatniks to Riot Grrrls, the course will engage the aesthetics of alienation. We will look at ways in which literature, music, and film have imagined forms of revolt against perceived authority figures and unjust political and economic conditions. The course will include written work as well as music and visual art by poets, musicians, and artists such as Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, RZA, Banksy, Jello Biafra, Lou Reed, Marjane Satrapi, and Kim Gordon.BLA85255M & W, 2:30-3:20Curtis, FinbarrCLASS
Youth Cultures of ResistanceThis course will examine youth cultures of resistance from the 1950s to the present. Ranging from Beatniks to Riot Grrrls, the course will engage the aesthetics of alienation. We will look at ways in which literature, music, and film have imagined forms of revolt against perceived authority figures and unjust political and economic conditions. The course will include written work as well as music and visual art by poets, musicians, and artists such as Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, RZA, Banksy, Jello Biafra, Lou Reed, Marjane Satrapi, and Kim Gordon.CD85283M & W, 4-4:50Curtis, FinbarrCLASS
Zombie STEMUsing zombies as an avenue to learn about STEM, we will investigate the science, technology, engineering, and math behind zombies. Students will develop control and containment plans. C85185W, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/12 )Greer, Kania & Byron GreenCOSM

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