First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

First-Year Seminar Themes, Fall 2016

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: .docx format.pdf format

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


ThemeDescriptionCRNSecDays & TimeInstructorCollege
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.84784VVT, 3:30-4:20 & Th 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/06)Bielski, Sarah & Verva ShumateCLASS
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.84830BQW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30 - 3:20 (thru 10/10)Zwald, Drew & Kimberly BradleyCHHS
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.84836BYW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Zwald, Drew & Kathryn KoningCHHS
Authority, Resistance, and RevoltThis 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.84832BZM & W, 4-4:50Curtis, FinbarrCLASS
Baseball & College BasketballThis course will cover Major League Baseball from the deadball period to the present with a focus on Whitman, 1908 Cubs, '34 cardinals, '50s Dodgers, Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords of the '30s, the '70s Athletics, and the Money Ball As. It will also cover in college basketball the post-Wooden era '70s, Bird and Magic, Dr. Dunkenstein, Phi Slamma Jamma, the rise of Duke, and March Madness as an enterprise.87301FBT, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/06)Weaver, John & Shane ClarkCOE
Becoming a Successful College StudentSo, you made it to college. Now what? Learn what the research tells us about becoming a successful college student. Identify the behaviors and strategies that are connected to student success.84744HM & W, 11:15-12:05Cason, SusanOther Faculty
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. 84838CET & 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.85972HHIT & Th, 2-2:50Graham, BeverlyCLASS
Campus Journalism: Dive Right In!Did you have fun on your high school yearbook, newspaper or magazine staff? Or does it just sound like fun to create a monthly publication for Georgia Southern’s first-year students? Practice writing and other storytelling skills, see your work in print and online and help all first-year students find out how to make the most of their college experience. Along the way, learn how the modern media business works and help critique our student media. Don’t think lonely hours writing essays (unless you like that). Think working in teams to make a great publication. No journalism experience necessary. Enthusiasm, though, is required!84773JJT & Th, 9:30-10:20Reid, SamanthaOther Faculty
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 future success. 85429AAFT & Th, 5-5:50Rowell, 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 a resume, prepare for job interviews, and ultimately be successful in their chosen careers!84826BLM & W, 5:30-6:20Tyson, JennaOther Faculty
ChangeThe contemporary American short story writer Andre Dubus writes about men and women redefined by challenging circumstances. What is often the focus in these stories is not the crises themselves, but how characters live in the aftermath, how they are able or unable to negotiate their shifting circumstances. This course will focus on the theme of change and how such moments of transition can lead to self-discoveries. 85954CCZT, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/06)Edenfield, Olivia & Brad CarrCLASS
ChangeThe contemporary American short story writer Andre Dubus writes about men and women redefined by challenging circumstances. What is often the focus in these stories is not the crises themselves, but how characters live in the aftermath, how they are able or unable to negotiate their shifting circumstances. This course will focus on the theme of change and how such moments of transition can lead to self-discoveries. 85413CCCTh, 11-12:15 & T, 11-11:50 (thru 10/04)Edenfield, Olivia & Brad CarrCLASS
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.84774KKT, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/06)Hurst, Michael & Emily WelshCOSM
Colonial Americas: Negotiating BoundariesThis course will introduce students to the colonial discourses of negotiating physical and cultural boundaries in the Americas. An important part of the class will involve students in active learning through "reacting to the past" pedagogy. Specifically, students will engage in a game called "Forest Diplomacy: War, Peace, and Land on the Colonial Frontier, 1756-1757" where they use knowledge from the course and individual research to advance peace negotiations to end a vicious and destructive war between Pennsylvania and the Delaware Indians. Learning from this game will then be connected to the negotiation of space in other parts of the Americas.84844CKT, 5-6:15 & Th, 5-5:50 (thru 10/06)Cornejo Happel, Claudia & Shaunte RossOther Faculty
Columbine: An American TragedyEver wonder about the inside story and motive behind the Columbine shootings? This course will dive into the tragedy of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre including profiles of the killers, victim stories, and news/media outlet perception. 84743GM & W, 12:20-1:10Franks, LoganOther Faculty
Communication and CultureStudents will identify themselves as cultural actors, explore processes of intercultural communication situations in everyday life, learn about other people and their culture, and delve into how the media perpetuates cultural stereotypes. Students will also practice new intercultural communication skills in the classroom and in broader social contexts.85430AAHW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Kennerly, Rebecca & Tina HoeslCLASS
Contemporary TheatreLooking at theatre as a reflection of the society in which it is created, students will examine contemporary scripts and videos of contemporary productions to explore how theatre is currently exploring the idea of what it means to be human. In addition students will examine the process of creating performance that reflects their world view.84825BKM & W, 10:10-11:00Abbott, LisaCLASS
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?87309FKTh, 11-12:15 & T, 11-11:50 (thru 10/04)Douberly, Julie & Kayla LanierCLASS
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!90058ZIT & % 5-5:50Bruce, PhilipOther Faculty
Deviant Youth SubculturesThis course will investigate several youth subcultures (e.g. punk, skinhead, goth, straightedge, hip hop, gamers, and others) as a medium to explore deviance and social control. During our investigation we will address issues of identity, the intersection of gender and race, mainstream response, and the evolution of norms and values as they relate to specific sub-cultural groups. 84807ASW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)King, Barbara & Kenzel HillCLASS
Deviant Youth SubculturesThis course will investigate several youth subcultures (e.g. punk, skinhead, goth, straightedge, hip hop, gamers, and others) as a medium to explore deviance and social control. During our investigation we will address issues of identity, the intersection of gender and race, mainstream response, and the evolution of norms and values as they relate to specific sub-cultural groups. 84806ARM, 4-5:15 & W, 4-4:50 (thru 10/05)King, Barbara & Georgia CampbellCLASS
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 college first-year students at Georgia Southern. We will also explore the origins of many popular Disney stories.84869JOM & W, 1:25-2:15Withers, NicoleOther Faculty
Eagle Servant LeadersWe are so used to being served! Does that make us leaders over those who serve us? Being a servant can prepare you to lead. Come learn to serve, which in turn, will teach you to empower others, creating an unstoppable team. Together we will work to discover more about who we are as leaders. Together we will also explore opportunities to serve at Georgia Southern and the surrounding community while learning more about the history, tradition, and resources of Georgia Southern and the Boro. 84823BIM & W, 5:30-6:20Howell, LauraCEIT
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, as well as lasting ramifications of the trials on American religion, politics, and identity. Finally, we'll look at representations in popular culture, from Hawthorne to the present.84808ATM & W, 12:20-1:10Bos, MoniqueCLASS
Education and the American DreamOur parents, schools and communities work hard to educate us. We in turn use this education to leave our mark in the world as we hope to make this world our "American dream." During your first semester we will look at our educators, our future aspirations and the potential barriers to our plans. 84710AAAM & W, 10:10-11:00Thompson, ChristinaCOE
Education and the American DreamOur parents, schools and communities work hard to educate us. We in turn use this education to leave our mark in the world as we hope to make this world our "American dream." During your first semester we will look at our educators, our future aspirations and the potential barriers to our plans. 84924AABT & Th, 9:30-10:20Thompson, ChristinaCOE
Effective CommunicationThe 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.84860JCM & W, 11:15-12:05Geyerman, 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!"84801AMW, 5:30-6:45 & M, 5:30-6:20 (thru 10/10)Bailey, Sara & Scott Curley Other Faculty
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!"84759VW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Bailey, Sara & Domonick PittsOther Faculty
Engineering ChallengesMost people think that engineers build bridges, planes, cars, or computers. While that is true, there is much more that 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.85935BIIT & Th, 8-8:50Molina, GustavoCEIT
Engineering Your FutureThe theme of this course is ideal for all engineering students, especially the first generation engineers. It will help students explore the engineering fields and the skills needed to succeed as engineers. It will cover essential skills like problem solving, teamwork, technical communication skills, engineering ethics, and skills to succeed in both the classroom and industry. 84741ET & Th, 8-8:50Siddiqui, SalmanCEIT
Engineering Your FutureThe theme of this course is ideal for all engineering students, especially the first generation engineers. It will help students explore the engineering fields and the skills needed to succeed as engineers. It will cover essential skills like problem solving, teamwork, technical communication skills, engineering ethics, and skills to succeed in both the classroom and industry. 84768EET & Th, 9:30-10:20Siddiqui, SalmanCEIT
EntrepreneurshipEver wondered what it takes to be your own boss? You too can live the American Dream and start your own business. This course will give an overview of entrepreneurship. We will review articles and research on what it takes to go from ideation to implementation. Students in the course will discuss the basics of idea generation, opportunity recognition, business planning, market research, and salesmanship. This course will also serve as a vehicle to expose students to resources available through the Business Innovation Group at the Georgia Southern City Campus. 84770GGM & W, 5:30-6:20Hallman, SuzanneCOBA
Ethical Dilemmas in BusinessWhat are business ethics? Very public scandals have shaken the real estate, mortgage and banking industries. Examples of unethical behaviors also exist in the small business and nonprofit sector. Why would a company take such risks? This course will examine both current (and historical) examples of unethical behavior(s) in businesses. We will discuss factors influencing managerial ethics and look at ways many businesses prevent overstepping boundaries. When faced with future ethical dilemmas, what are some basic questions that might help us all make better business decisions? 84835CBT & Th, 2-2:50Roach, Susan COBA
Ethical Dilemmas in BusinessWhat are business ethics? Very public scandals have shaken the real estate, mortgage and banking industries. Examples of unethical behaviors also exist in the small business and nonprofit sector. Why would a company take such risks? This course will examine both current (and historical) examples of unethical behavior(s) in businesses. We will discuss factors influencing managerial ethics and look at ways many businesses prevent overstepping boundaries. When faced with future ethical dilemmas, what are some basic questions that might help us all make better business decisions? 84779QQT & Th, 3:30-4:20Roach, Susan COBA
Ethics and Morals in SportFrom gambling and steroids to discrimination and deflated footballs, the discussion of ethics and morals in sport is wide-ranging and constantly evolving. High value contracts and increased public scrutiny have forced individuals and organizations across all levels of sport to reconsider how they confront a diverse collection of ethical and moral dilemmas. In this course, students will define their own values and discuss the historical and current landscape of ethics in sport.84845CLT & Th, 8-8:50Dunbar, MattCOE
Exploring LeadershipOur rapidly changing world needs each of us to do what we can to make a difference. This course is designed to help you understand that you are capable of being effective leaders and to guide you in developing your leadership potential. You will be exposed to key concepts of leadership and engage in activities that will encourage you to think about your own leadership style. We will examine both the 'how' and the 'why' of leadership as a relational process, and also challenge each other to think about how we can practice leadership throughout our lives. Be prepared to work hard and have fun!84843CJM & W, 11:15-12:05Calhoun, DanCOE
FilmFeature-length films are among the most discussed and compelling art forms of our time. In this course, we will watch and critically discuss a number of award-winning and significant films, analyzing them as stories using the conventions of literature. For example, we will discuss elements such as plot, setting, character, dialogue, action, motif, theme, and meaning.85409AAWT, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/06)Edwards, Bradley & Elizabeth NolesCLASS
FilmFeature-length films are among the most discussed and compelling art forms of our time. In this course, we will watch and critically discuss a number of award-winning and significant films, analyzing them as stories using the conventions of literature. For example, we will discuss elements such as plot, setting, character, dialogue, action, motif, theme, and meaning.84906AAOT, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/06)Edwards, Bradley & Caysi WarrenCLASS
Financial AccountingThis 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.87303FDT & Th, 2-2:50Wiggins, Michael COBA
Financial AccountingThis 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.87304FET & Th, 3:30-4:20Wiggins, Michael COBA
Financial Stability in College & 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.84800ALT & Th, 9:30-10:20Beebe Novotny, TheresaOther Faculty
Fitness, Nutrition and Stress. Step it up!In this course we will discuss your health in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and stress management. We will explore the latest nutrition and fitness research, analyze our diets, and create individualized fitness and nutrition plans. You will also learn a variety of stress management techniques such as yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, helpful apps, and time management techniques.88576FKKT & Th, 12:30-1:20Kuykendall, JulieCHHS
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.84837CDT & Th, 3:30-4:20Cawthorn, MichelleCOSM
Food TelevisionThis course will focus on the history of food television through an examination of cooking-related television shows and personalities. We will look closely at the rise of celebrity chefs like Julia Childs, Emeril Lagasse, and Richard Blaise and the popularity of a variety of network shows like Chopped, Top Chef, and Man v. Food. Students will work to understand the role of cooking and food in American popular culture. As a final project, students will be tasked with developing their own food-based television program. 85412BAAM & W, 1:25-2:15Abreu, ChristinaCLASS
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.84795AGW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30 - 3:20 (thru 10/10)Downs, Alan & Catherine DionicioCLASS
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.84796AHW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Downs, Alan & Chichi Obialo CLASS
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.84829BPT & Th, 2-2:50Jordan, ErinCHHS
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.84813AYT, 2-3:15 & Th, 2-2:50 (thru 10/06)Orvis, Jessica & Casey WeaverCOSM
Games and 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. 84892AAZM & W, 10:10-11:00Wentworth, BenjaminCOE
Games and 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. 85410ABAM & W, 9:05-9:55Wentworth, BenjaminCOE
Generation 1: Trailblazing to SuccessStudents who seek to transcend the education attainments of their parents are strong, courageous, and daring. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to discuss the success of extraordinary first-generation students, build a community with this population, and appreciate the different experiences that first-generation students bring to their learning environments, careers, and families. In addition, students will be introduced to national and campus-wide initiatives and resources designed to increase first-generation student success. This class will provide students with the space to be reflective among peers. The instructor welcomes all, but highly encourages first-generation students to register. 84858JZT & Th, 2-2:50Quarles, Dominique Other Faculty
Generation WTFStudents will learn how to become Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless. Students will have the opportunity to become honest with themselves when establishing their core values along with goals to set the tone for their college career. Topics of discussion will include finances, honesty, relationships, stress, procreation, interview skills, and campus living. 84925AADM & W, 10:10-11:00Simpson , Kimberly CLASS
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 students by focusing on well-known student development theories.84797AIM & W, 5:30-6:20Pollett, JayOther Faculty
Girls & 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.84764AAM & W, 11:15-12:05Malcom, NancyCLASS
Goal Setting TechniquesIt can be hard to stay focused and plan ahead, especially if you're not sure what you're planning for. On the other hand, you may know exactly what you want out of life, but are just not sure how to get there. Managing time, money and adjusting to a new lifestyle may also make attaining your goals appear impossible. This course will introduce methods and techniques for goal setting and achievement. The course is taught by a certified athletic trainer who has spent years working with athletes and their process of return to play after injury. Specific approaches are used to maintain focus and ambition along the journey to return to competition and these same techniques can be applied to your goals, big and small. 84755RT & Th, 9:30-10:20Mutchler, JessicaCHHS
Good GriefWhether you have been the outsider or the insider when it comes to death and loss, we have a lot 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 our 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.85394AAYM & W, 12:20-1:10Johnson, AbbyCLASS
Good GriefWhether you have been the outsider or the insider when it comes to death and loss, we have a lot 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 our 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.85955AAXM & W, 1:25-2:15Johnson, AbbyCLASS
Graphic NovelsRead and discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the genre as well as representatives of the anime, superhero, memoir/biography, and fantasy subgenres.85938PPPT & Th, 2-2:50Pellegrino, JoeCLASS
History of BaseballThis course will examine the rise and fall of baseball as America's national pastime. We will trace the relationship between baseball and American society from the development of the game in the mid-nineteenth century to its enormous popularity in the first half of the twentieth century to its more recent problems and declining status in our culture.84769FFT & Th, 11-11:50Smith, SolomonCLASS
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.84747KT & Th, 12:30-1:20Czech, MichaelOther Faculty
Human Anatomy EssentialsThe class will introduce the basic concepts of the structure and function of the human body and will help students to prepare for taking the Human Anatomy and Physiology course (KINS 2531). Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is essential for anyone entering the health-related fields and is required for all allied health majors, such as nursing, exercise science, athletic training and nutrition. The course will provide fundamental insights into the relationship between morphological structure (anatomy) and physiological function (physiology) and will cover the basic structures of the human body. This class is recommended to students prior to taking KINS 2531. 84817BDM & W, 1:25-2:15Sturges, DianaCHHS
Influence of Latin American Music and Dance in 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!84880AAMM & W, 1:25-2:15Kartchner, EricCLASS
Jerusalem & Abrahamic ReligionsThis course engages the history of Jerusalem and the religions that have considered it a site of meaning over time. To do so, our class explores the 4000 year history of the city of Jerusalem and considers how the different Abrahamic traditions-- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-- have connected themselves to this location. Our course thus investigates the archaeology of Jerusalem, the sacred texts written about it, and the meaning of Jerusalem today. 84816BCT & Th, 9:30-10:20Pioske, DanCLASS
Leadership Lessons of Sports CoachesDo sports build leadership or reveal it? Leadership can be developed in many different settings including athletics. 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, Mike Krzyzewski, Vince Lombardi, Pat Summitt, Nick Saban, 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.
85415HHHT & Th, 12:30-1:20Wilson, HalCHHS
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.84904AAGM & W, 11:15-12:05Ogburn, JulieOther Faculty
Life Adds UpMathematics is all around us. Its beauty often goes unnoticed due to the awful stigma "It's okay to be bad at math." The aim of this course is to provide young minds with insight into the beautiful complexity of math, and encourage the pursuit of the "hard" sciences. Ideas discussed range from numbers all the way up to the applications of mathematics to the universe, all at an accessible level. If you find yourself asking "when will I ever use this?" in your previous math courses, this is the class for you. Let's take a journey through the universe, and use mathematics as our guide.84794NNM & W, 4-4:50Coggins, WilliamCOSM
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.84793AFM & W, 2:30-3:20Higgerson, RobertCLASS
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.86685AEQM & W, 12:20-1:10Higgerson, RobertCLASS
Logic and 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?84772IIW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30 - 3:20 (thru 10/10)Eaton, William & Hayley SpencerCLASS
Logic and 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?84745IM, 2:30-3:45 & W, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/05)Eaton, William & Kinsley BakerCLASS
Making the Most of SouthernThis course will introduce you to Georgia Southern's community. We will discuss resources for student success at Georgia Southern. A large portion of the class will focus on helping you integrate your experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, and creating a portfolio and resume to display your knowledge and learning. Creating a resume and portfolio will help you gain future experiences on and off campus, such as: student leadership positions, jobs, study abroad, internships, service learning opportunities, and research.84767DDT & Th, 2-2:50Duggar, TheresaOther Faculty
Martin Luther King and Malcolm XMartin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X are two of the most notable figures from the American civil rights movement who are often examined in opposition to one another. In this course, we will examine and discuss not only the ways in which their philosophies differed, but also the ways in which their different methods influenced the movement in the United States and abroad. This course also examines and discusses the influence of the civil rights movement in relation to present day struggles. This course is designed to discuss the intersections among social justice, leadership, identity and activism. 87302FCM & W, 12:20-1:10Brown , FlorenceOther Faculty
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.84765BBM & 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.84777OOM & W, 1:25-2:15Lee, BridgettCOSM
Mean GirlsBased on the academic book Queen Bees and Wannabees, the movie Mean Girls dramatized the ways teenagers communicate with each other. This course will examine what both the book and movie got right, as well as what they may have gotten wrong. 84839AAEM & W, 12:20-1:10Plew, MissyCLASS
Money 101Money 101: Basics of Personal Finance will review the basic money concepts that all undergraduate students should possess to be successful at every point in their life. Students will use the Dave Ramsey curriculum to establish healthy money habits and research current financial issues. 84805AQM & W, 11:15-12:05Melton, BridgetCHHS
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.84840CGT & Th, 12:30-1:20Bland, HelenOther Faculty
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!87308FJW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30 - 3:20 (thru 10/10)Gendelman, Martin & Kyla DicksonCLASS
NFL: Fantasy and RealityThis course will examine the history and current state of the fantasy-sports industry and the major problems of the National Football League: PEDs, head injuries, Washington mascot controversy, bullying, etc. Students will manage their own fantasy football team. One need not be a diehard football fan to take this class.84814AZT & Th, 12:30-1:20Hall, EricCLASS
Racism in American InstitutionsThis 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. Again, be advised that this will be an intense look into the controversial.85414BBBT & Th, 5-5:50Baugh, 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.87313FOT, 3:30-4:45 & Th, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/06)Smith, Christopher & Hollie DanielsCLASS
Scholarly Information Discovery in the Digital AgeFor many undergraduates, it is very challenging to search needed information in the age of information explosion. To improve their academic performance, 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, undergraduate 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.84802ANT & Th, 5-5:50Li, LiLiOther Faculty
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. 84810AVM & W, 10:10-11:00McGrath, 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. 84812AXM & W, 9:05-9:55McGrath, 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, and testing and evaluation.84828BNT & Th, 5-5:50Rossi, Stephen CHHS
Survival of the Fittest: College EditionThis course centers around developing healthy habits while in college. Students will learn about all the different dimensions of wellness and how to incorporate healthy habits into an everyday life on a college campus. 87310FLM & W, 1:25-2:15Syno, MatthewCHHS
Survival of the Fittest: College EditionThis course centers around developing healthy habits while in college. Students will learn about all the different dimensions of wellness and how to incorporate healthy habits into an everyday life on a college campus. 87311FMT & Th, 2-2:50Syno, MatthewCHHS
Surviving & Thriving in CollegeDramatic life changes, if not managed properly, can prevent us from becoming who we are truly meant to be. In this course, students will learn how to avoid classic college pitfalls, develop a fun and successful college experience, and advance toward a bright future ahead. Course topics include the overall transition to college, managing time and priorities, stress management, financial wellness, study strategies, opportunities to get involved, major and career choice, and more!84740DM & W, 5:30-6:20Payne, MalerieCOSM
Sustainability in EngineeringStudents in this course will be introduced to the different aspects of sustainability. They will study the crucial role played by natural resources and environment in shaping the modern world. They will investigate sustainability parameters as design constraints.84803AOM & W, 2:30-3:20Desai, AnoopCEIT
Sustainability in EngineeringStudents in this course will be introduced to the different aspects of sustainability. They will study the crucial role played by natural resources and environment in shaping the modern world. They will investigate sustainability parameters as design constraints.84804APT & Th 3:30-4:20Desai, AnoopCEIT
SuSTEMability in ActionJust as we do with the environment, we interact with STEM on a daily basis, even though we might not be aware of it. To solve local, regional, and national sustainability issues, researchers rely on interdisciplinary methods to research and collect data on the environmental impact of humans and animals. This course will expose students to the sustainability efforts around campus and engage them in a hands-on sustainability project which will allow them to collect and analyze data. Multiple disciplines from STEM will be represented in the course including health, biology, engineering, and math.84819BEM & W, 2:30-3:20Sturges, DianaCHHS
Teach Better, Learn BetterHow do you learn? How do you like to be taught? Let's examine our instructional preferences and learning history so we will know how to be better at it now that we have made the transition to college.84824BJT, 9:30-10:45 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/06)Harris, Kymberly & Emily Thompson COE
TED Talks for College StudentsIn this course, students will view and discuss TED Talks related to college life, including topics such as learning, time management, and getting the most out of the college experience. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn through various assignments and experiences, in addition to engagement in discussion with peers.87306FHT & Th, 12:30-1:20Langdon, JodyCHHS
TED Talks for College StudentsIn this course, students will view and discuss TED Talks related to college life, including topics such as learning, time management, and getting the most out of the college experience. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn through various assignments and experiences, in addition to engagement in discussion with peers.87307FIT & Th, 2-2:50Langdon, JodyCHHS
Terrorism This 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.84739CW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/10)Gayan, Melissa & Jana BrileyCLASS
Terrorism This 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.84834CAW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Gayan, Melissa & Jana BrileyCLASS
The American Dream in LiteratureThis course explores the connection between American literature and the American Dream, a dominant motif in American history. During this course, students will read original works of literature both promoting and critiquing various aspects of the Dream (political, social, agrarian, urban, etc.). Through the course readings, students will examine the conflict between the "ideal" of the Dream and its "reality" as played out in American history. Students will be exposed to the variety of forms in which the Dream has surfaced in American literature, such as histories, autobiographies, short stories, novels, essays, and plays. Students will also examine through selected readings the ramifications of the Dream for two prominent ethnic groups in American history-- Native Americans and African Americans-- as well as European immigrants at the turn of the last century. 84827BMTh, 3:30-4:45 & T, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/04)Whelan, Timothy & Andrew MitchellCLASS
The American Dream in LiteratureThis course explores the connection between American literature and the American Dream, a dominant motif in American history. During this course, students will read original works of literature both promoting and critiquing various aspects of the Dream (political, social, agrarian, urban, etc.). Through the course readings, students will examine the conflict between the "ideal" of the Dream and its "reality" as played out in American history. Students will be exposed to the variety of forms in which the Dream has surfaced in American literature, such as histories, autobiographies, short stories, novels, essays, and plays. Students will also examine through selected readings the ramifications of the Dream for two prominent ethnic groups in American history-- Native Americans and African Americans-- as well as European immigrants at the turn of the last century. 84809BLATh, 2-3:15 & T, 2-2:50 (thru 10/04)Whelan, Timothy & Byron GreenCLASS
The Art of 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.84756AACT, 11-12:15 & Th, 11-11:50 (thru 10/06)Burke, Jessica & Ebony TurnerCLASS
The Good LifeThe theme for the seminar is what constitutes a "good life." In 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 simple, but difficult questions, "What is a good life?" and "How do I go about creating a good life for myself?"87300FAW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Alley, David & Brea Duffy CLASS
The Good LifeThe theme for the seminar is what constitutes a "good life." In 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 simple, but difficult questions, "What is a good life?" and "How do I go about creating a good life for myself?"84742FM, 4-5:15 & W, 4-4:50 (thru 10/05)Alley, David & Juliana HafnerCLASS
The Holocaust in FilmThis course will analyze the depictions of the Holocaust-- the attempted destruction of the Jewish people at the hands of the National Socialists and their collaborators-- in film. We will also consider the role that film played in publicizing the Holocaust in the decades following the end of the Second World War, as well as film's continued role in shaping public perceptions of Holocaust history.84842CIM & W, 1:25-2:15Feltman, Brian K.CLASS
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.84790ACM & W, 10:10-11:00Buck, 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.84792AEM & W, 9:05-9:55Buck, LaurenOther Faculty
Think Like a Health Care ProfessionalLook into your future as a health care professional and consider how you want to be viewed. Then consider how you will develop into the role you dream of fulfilling. This FYE course will provide you with a travel into your future and some suggestions on how to get there. We will discuss the multitude of health care careers and research the requirements to reach the profession you dream of joining. 85936LLLW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Mossholder, Peggy & Alexis CunliffeCHHS
Trek Yourself:  What We Can Learn From Star TrekThis course will examine the cultural and technological impact of the Star Trek franchise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.  Specifically, we will examine how Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future has remained relevant by tackling contemporary moral, social, political, scientific, and philosophical dilemmas in bold new ways.84879LUW, 4-5:15 & M, 4-4:50 (thru 10/10)Radko, Nicholas & Reggie SimpkinsCOSM
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.84815BAM & 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. 84776MMT & Th, 2-2:50Anderson, DustinCLASS
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. 84751NT & Th, 3:30-4:20Anderson, DustinCLASS
Video Games in Writing & CultureThis course will focus on the ways in which video games reflect and influence culture in the United States, as well as what video games can teach us about how to craft compelling writing. 84841CHT & Th,12:30-1:20Moody, BrandiCLASS
Welcome to Hogwarts!In this course, students will explore the cultural phenomenon of Harry Potter and examine the influence of the Harry Potter texts and films on popular culture. We will discuss the ways in which the world of Harry Potter connects to and differs from our own Muggle existence. 84846CMT, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/06)Williams, Leigh Ann & Thomas Merrill CLASS
What Cartoons Can Teach You about College (and Life)Cartoons 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. 84775LLW, 2:30-3:45 & M, 2:30-3:20 (thru 10/10)Schumacher, Amanda & Lydia CrossCLASS
What Does "Good Man" Mean?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.84857JLM & W, 11:15 -12:05Spence, AliciaOther Faculty
What Does "Good Woman" Mean?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. 85418CAAT & Th, 11-11:50Keane, DrewCLASS
What is Privilege?This course will focus on the importance of diversity and acceptance. The course will promote the acceptance of individual differences. The dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, disabilities, religious beliefs, and political beliefs will be explored. We will discover what it means to be "privileged." This course will hit on very sensitive topics and students should have a sense of openness and be willing to share thoughts and experiences as they feel comfortable. 87312FNT & Th, 5-5:50Roberts, Coco COE
What is the Right Thing To Do?In What is the Right Thing To Do, we will be talking about all aspects of life; we will also talk about schools: the way they were, the way they are and the way they could be. Also, we will be discussing what we should be getting from our college experience. For example, does your education help you know what is the right thing to do morally and ethically?84822BHT, 9:30-10:45 & Th, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/06)Moore, Michael & Daisha BraxtonCOE
What is the Right Thing To Do?In What is the Right Thing To Do, we will be talking about all aspects of life; we will also talk about schools: the way they were, the way they are and the way they could be. Also, we will be discussing what we should be getting from our college experience. For example, does your education help you know what is the right thing to do morally and ethically?85958BEBTh, 9:30-10:45 & T, 9:30-10:20 (thru 10/04)Moore, Michael & Mackenzie PayneCOE
What's Trending? Current Events & College LifeThis course will focus on trending topics in the news and relate them to the college-going experience. Students will be given an opportunity to express their view on each topic and develop a personal platform for sharing their opinion and voice. 84905AAIT & Th, 5-5:50Smith , Joyya Other Faculty
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.84752OM & W, 9:05-9:55Smith, 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.84799AKM & W, 10:10-11:00Winskie, AmyCOSM
Wise TravelersWhether we visit a college campus, relatives in another state, or a city somewhere in the world for a trip, we need to learn about that place before we arrive. Where do we look, and what do we look for?84873MKT, 12:30-1:45 & Th, 12:30-1:20 (thru 10/06)Albertson, Kathy & Stephanie RewitzerCLASS
Women, Art and ActivismWomen, Art & Activism will explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between critical issues affecting girls, social activism and artistic practice. More specifically, we will take community derived art including community murals, spoken word poetry, hip hop music, graffiti, and dance and examine its ability to function as an arena and medium for political protest and social activism by and for women. We will examine issues affecting women and girls across race, ethnicity, class and gender experience. We will examine feminist movements, womanist movements, and contemporary arts movements and Mantras like Girl Power! and Black Girls Rock! Women arts activists do not want to merely criticize the general political and social conditions. Rather, they want to change these conditions by means of art. Art activists try to change living conditions in economically underdeveloped areas, offer access to culture and education for the populations of poor countries and regions, and make known issues in their current communities like a college campus. Students will not just study art, they will also create it. 84778PPTh, 3:30-4:45 & T, 3:30-4:20 (thru 10/04)Jenkins, Toby & Caroline RendeiroCOE
Working in TelevisionUsing popular television shows as a guide, students will discover the good, the bad, and the realistic of career and professional development. Students will learn ways to be successful in college and how to best prepare for life after college by screening shows, engaging in discussions and completing relevant tasks. Students will be expected to prepare responses for and contribute to discussions each week and present a final presentation. 85939DDDM & W, 1:25-2:15Cofer, CaitlynOther Faculty

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