Spring schedule offers severe mental illness, violence, event planning and moreBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT Features Editor
It’s that time of year again. Time to sit down with that big yellow piece of paper and the list of Gen Ed (or Foundations) classes you still need and somehow decide what classes to take in the spring. For some of you, it’s your last semester and you are looking for classes to give you the hours you need to be a full-time student. For others, it’s your first attempt to plan out the next three-and-a-half years of your life. No matter what classification you are, you know you’re on the lookout for fun, interesting classes to take in the spring. This guide will give you a glimpse of at least some of the cool classes you have to choose from.
New Museum Theory (ART470B): As artist Robert Smithson noted, “Museums, like asylums and jails, have wards and cells—in other words, neutral rooms called ‘galleries.’” Authors, critics, curators and scholars have further questioned the museum. This course investigates the charged space of the museum, the history of museums, and the key theories and practices at play in museums today. Attention will be paid to the role of the object, its placement, and its impact on the viewer. Students will complete several experiential projects and develop case studies of galleries and their spaces. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll!
Brand Identity (ART 370A): People fall in love with brands, trust them and believe in their superiority. Students will learn to combine typography, color theory and layout to form a cohesive brand identity and apply that identity across multiple platforms. Brand identity process and best practices will be explored.
Vertebrate Anatomy and Embryology (BIO 325): This class is highly recommended for students planning to attend medical school, osteopathic school, veterinary school, physician assistant and physical therapy programs. The course focuses on the organization, development and function of the vertebrate body, with emphasis on understanding why vertebrates, including humans, are built as they are.
Human Resource Management(BUA 367): It explores the legal issues and motivational challenges faced within the workplace. While the emphasis will be on the management side of these issues, everyone ought to have some interest on the other side as they prepare to become employees after graduation.
Public Finance (ECO 355): This class looks at the decision-making process in the public sector and the taxing and spending plans made. In the current political environment with its focus on deficit reduction, many students ought to be interested in how these decisions are made, how well they represent the people’s desires and how taxes and spending affect our nation.
Conflict Management (COMM 323): Students will learn about conflict in interpersonal relationships (close friendships and romantic relations), workplace conflict and intercultural relationships.
Event Planning (COMM 471B): Students in this class will look at how to construct and assess efforts geared toward a well-organized series of steps required to design a variety of civic events.
Topics in History: African History (HIS 470): The intent of this class is to help students understand the long and varied history Africa has experienced and then to discuss the challenges Africa faces currently in light of that history.
Physiology of Exercise (KHS 423). Students will learn how the body responds and adapts to exercise from an anatomical and physiological perspective. This course teaches critical thinking skills that will help cut through the marketing hype and make students critical consumers of all the exercise and supplement fads. In addition to classroom work, students will learn how to conduct body fat, aerobic capacity and other performance tests.
Kinesiology Seminar: Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (KHS 470): This course is designed to help students pass the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With the job market tight, faculty and students are looking for an edge in post-graduate opportunities. This certication gives these people an edge. The NSCA is well-known and many employers seek this certification for their employees. Topics covered in the class would be testing, resistance training, pyometric training, speed, agility, rehabilitation, reconditioning, policies, procedures and psychology in relationship to strength and conditioning.
Epic Heroes: Greece and Rome (FDN 111.L, cross-listed as CLA 170 A): This class is meant to introduce students to the most important and influential genre of ancient literature, epic poetry. We will read the three most important epics of the ancient world: Homer’s Iliad, Homer’s Odyssey, and Vergil Aeneid. These three poems present nearly the whole range of human experience, and they have been foundational texts for the Western literary tradition.
Classical Mythology (CLA 316): This class will focus on the myths of Roman and Greek society. Myths are stories (usually about the legendary pre-history of Greece and Rome) that the Greeks and the Romans told and retold to help them understand and express their own history and values, both as individuals and as a society. The class will read and discuss works of Greek literature–including some epic and several Greek tragedies– and examine how they use myth to help them talk about questions that they face as a society. Students will learn about a number of important mythical story-groups.
Women and Philosophy (PHI 150/FDN 112): What is gender? And does Philosophy have one? This class is an outside-the-box, interdisciplinary look at philosophical thinking and its applications in the real world. Investigating critical developments by and about women in the history of Philosophy and political life, we’ll uncover the ways that sex and sexuality contribute to our experiences of truth, knowledge and reality.
Contemporary Philosophy: Post-structuralism and Post-colonial theory (PHI 435): In this nontraditional approach to 20th century philosophy, we will address the complex role of language in shaping our experiences of humanity, knowledge and politics. By shifting our focus from the standard Western canon to some of the most significant contemporary thinkers of the African diaspora, Latin America, India, and the Arab peninsula, we’ll confront major critiques of the foundational assumptions of standard Western philosophizing. These critiques, along with those of the European movement known as post-structuralism—which asks us to question everything from our sexuality to our selfhood—make claims about our practices of language and meaning—making to which contemporary thinkers must nd a way to respond.
Theories of Economic Justice (PHI 335): The course is designed to help students think carefully about some of the moral and political problems surrounding poverty and inequality. After briefly working to get a more clear-headed understanding of poverty in both domestic and international contexts, we discuss the most powerful moral and political arguments for doing something to address poverty and inequality and consider the chief challenges raised to those arguments.
Animal Cognition (PSY 433): Animal Cognition provides a bridge between the extensive literature on animal learning and behavior and a similarly extensive literature on human cognition. We will take an analytic approach with Morgan’s Canon as a premise: Do not attribute to an animal a higher cognitive ability when a lower cognitive ability will do. Conversely, we will ask what evidence would be required to rule out alternative accounts of behavior in terms of simpler associative mechanisms.
Understanding Severe Mental Illness (PSY 470): This course will offer students an in-depth look at severe mental illnesses (e.g., bipolar disorder and schizophrenia). We will examine their descriptions in scholarly readings and their portrayals in classic and contemporary lms, read about aficted individuals’ experiences with mental illnesses rst-hand through the use of memoirs and blogs, and gain even greater understanding of severe mental illness through interaction with individuals struggling with it.
Advanced Topics in Theological Studies: Theology and Vocation of the Cross (REL 357): The course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of Jesus’ crucixion in scripture narrative and its historical signicance within the Christian tradition. Theologically and practically we will reect on how the cross relates to the life of God, the work of salvation, the shape of life in faith communities and the eschatological goal for creation. Because Christians have been called similarly to ‘take up the cross and follow Jesus,’ the course will also reect on the vocation of the cross and its practical relevance to the lives of Christians in their political, social, ecclesial and cultural contexts.
Advanced Topics in World Religions: Islam (REL 353): This course will provide an advanced introduction to one of the world’s major religious traditions, Islam. It will trace the origin of the tradition and survey its major inuences, beliefs, practices, scriptures, values and challenges. The course will cover the following topics: history (especially focusing on the origin of the tradition and its relationship to its historical context); foundational beliefs, foundational religious practices, foundational values, and modern day challenges (including the role of women, Shariah law, and violence among radical or fringe groups).
Religions and Violence (REL 249): A study of religious violence in the ancient and modern worlds, including issues involving the origins and causes of religious violence. In addition, the course will analyze the narratives and commands in the sacred texts of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity that serve as a basis of violence, especially in the ways in which sacred texts and images provide a justification or stimulus to commit violent acts.
Performing History (THE 471): Outlaws, Harlots, Heroes and Heroines will be taught by Prof. George McGee. Essentially, the course introduces students to the process of writing and performing a one person play based on a historical character. This should appeal to students with a broad range of interests: actors, writers, historians and many other creative types will nd something of value in this course.
Creative Movement (THE 471/KHS 470): Combat and Comedy: This is a class for anyone interested in learning the basics of moving on the stage, paying particular attention to stage combat, physical comedy and much more.
Independent Filmmaking (THE 422/COMM 420): This class will have a special focus on comedy, as we attempt to re-tell Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, and set it completely on campus. The nal product will premiere at the end of the semester and then be submitted to national and international film festivals.
Many courses listed here are upper-level. If you are a freshman trying to decide on which FND 112 class to take, check out the guide on the Registrar’s Office website.