First-Year Experience
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Seminar Themes, Spring 2015

During SOAR, all first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar (FYE 1220). The course is mandatory in students’ first 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.

Online LearningOnline learning is a part of the fabric of higher education, and is a vital tool for training and content delivery in the world of work.  This course will examine some of the differences, advantages and disadvantages, as we further develop skills and strategies to insure your success as an online learner and as a member of the workforce.  Specific skills and methods for online learners, non-traditional learners, and returning students are featured.  Prepare now to have the advantage when academic and career opportunities arise. 01F15854OnlinePowell, WilliamOther Faculty
Horror CinemaHow did we get from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) to James Wan's Saw (2004)? from George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002)? This course explores influential films in the horror genre and examines the cinematic, cultural, and historical reasons for their mainstream appeal.02F17197OnlineKluge, Stacy & Louise FechterOther Faculty
Good GriefDeath and dying, grief and loss: these concepts are identified, explained, investigated and even applied by simulation activities and in-depth discussions of real-life experiences. Whether 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.A15394M & W, 11:15-12:05Johnson, AbbyCLASS
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 Cast Away, Numb3rs, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Wizard of Oz, and October Sky. We will then study the intricacies behind these concepts.B15395M & W, 12:20-1:10Yocco, LisaCOSM
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.D15400M & W, 1:25-2:15Jordan, ErinCHHS
The Value of College Athletics in Higher EducationExplore the value of higher education and whether college athletics enhances that value. Likewise, explore the many issues facing higher education and college athletics. Finally, engage in a review and discussion of the mission statements of various colleges and explore if college athletics enhances those mission statements. Topics will include college cost, NCAA governance, scandals in college athletics, and the business side of college athletics.E15401M & W, 2:30-3:20Roughton, KeithOther Faculty
Echoes of the Odyssey in Popular CultureHomer’s epic poem The Odyssey relates the journey of the Greek hero Odysseus as he travels home from the Trojan War, and the poem's influence can be seen in popular culture today. We’ll discuss some of the music, films, and texts that demonstrate this theme to better understand Odysseus’ journey and perhaps even our own.H15404M, 4-5:15 & W, 4-4:50 (thru 3/4)Williams, Leigh Ann & Kimberlee YontzCLASS
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.I15405M & W, 5:30-6:20Rossi, StephenCHHS
Money MattersWhether you have money or not, you need to understand how you can take control of your financial situation and plan for the future. This course will go over some basic principles of personal finances and teach some healthy financial skills all individuals need. You'll learn some practical skills in this course, such as how to balance your finances and how to invest in a 401(k).K15407M & W 10:10-11:00Melton, BridgetCHHS
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.M15409T & Th, 11-11:50Thompson, ChristinaCOE
Got Brains?: Zombie and Freshman Year SurvivalThis course will examine the history of zombies, historical disasters, stages of group development, and other areas as they relate to a fictitious zombie apocalypse. A strong focus will be on "Georgia in Film" due to the TV show The Walking Dead. In addition, guest speakers will present on the spread of infectious diseases and the role of the Center for Disease Control in outbreaks.N15410T & Th, 11-11:50Duggar, TheresaCOE
What's it Mean to be a "Good Man," Anyway?What's it mean to be a "good man," anyway? 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.O15411T & th, 12:30-1:20Keane, DrewCLASS
Relationships & the MediaThis course will look at how media influence interpersonal relationships (both romantic and non-romantic) between individuals. The class will discuss specific interpersonal communication concepts and explore how they play out in mediated contexts. Topics will include relationships with media personalities (both real and fictional); the use of media (e.g., social networking such as Twitter, smart phone applications such as Tinder, Internet sites, and texting) to begin, maintain, and end relationships; and discussion of the positive and negative aspects of using media to communicate with friends, family, and romantic partners.P15412T & Th, 2-2:50Plew, MelissaCLASS
Reducing Stress and AnxietyThis FYE course is designed to assist students in managing stress and anxiety. Students will learn about different types of anxiety, discover possible causes and learn strategies for managing anxiety and stress. Students will also explore the mind-body connection with introductions to mindfulness, meditation and yoga. S15852T & Th, 5-5:50Williams, MonicaOther Faculty
Autobiography of Malcolm XThe Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of black pride, black nationalism, and pan-Africanism. After the death of his subject, Haley authored the book's epilogue, which describes their collaboration and summarizes the end of Malcolm X's life. This subject will explore different perspectives of social justice and equality.T15853T & Th, 5-5:50Pugh, ChristopherOther Faculty

Last updated: 11/30/2016

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