Taught by Joann Quiñones - Associate Professor of English
Developing college essay writing skills is much more engaging if you do so while talking about contemporary issues. By using film, fiction, advertisements, newspapers, music and T.V., you explore how popular culture informs the way we think about others, our communities and our selves. Topics include race and gender in the media, environmental impacts of our current fast food system, women in advertising, and more. This course requires daily writing, and is beneficial to confident writers and to those seeking extra practice and support. Learn the basics of researching, arguing, and supporting an idea - indeed, the basics of college writing.
Diversity: I Can Make a Difference
Taught by Shenita Piper - Associate Dean of Admissions; Director of Multicultural Recruitment
You hear about diversity all the time, but what is it, really? In this course you engage in critical thought and discussion about social justice, respect for persons, race, ethnicity, cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, and religious and spiritual beliefs. Experimental exercises and discussion of readings, movies, and case studies help you understand the positive role cultural and physical diversity can have in your life. You then will be equipped to make a difference!
Taught by Kalani Seu - Assistant Professor of Chemistry - and Mark Stocksdale - Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry is a dynamic science, constantly changing as discoveries are made. But not all discoveries have had positive benefits for our world. This course focuses on the importance of the connection between fundamental chemical principles and the environment. Topics such as stoichiometry (study of the amount of substances involved in reactions), chemical equations, acid-base chemistry, and spectroscopy are examined through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, assignments and laboratory experiments.
Exploring Human Behavior
Taught by Nelson Bingham - Provost and Professor of Psychology
Have you ever wondered why people act as they do? Psychologists offer four kinds of answers to this question: people influence each other through social processes; the physical environment affects us psychologically; one’s own personality has important effects on behavior; and, at the physiological level, the brain and nervous system determine our actions. In this course, you examine all four explanations through lectures, readings, films, hands-on activities, and discussion. Classical studies and contemporary research introduce you to the theories and methods of the field of psychology. A library project fosters skills in using psychological literature.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Taught by Bob Rosenberg, Professor of Biology
Are you curious about how your body works? In this course explore the anatomy and physiology - the structures and the functions - of the human body. Learn about the brain, muscles, heart, lungs, kidneys, and digestive organs by examining a human cadaver (an experience not available to many college students!) and by using computer programs to enhance understanding of anatomy. Lectures and discussions on how the various organ systems work give you strategies to understand and remember the many concepts and facts presented in college-level biology.
Taught by Yausmi Kuriya - Professor of Japanese
Learning a language very different from yours, such as Japanese, is challenging and exciting. You learn Japanese language and culture through interactive activities, and through group and individual projects with the help of reading and writing exercises. By examining films, animation, video programs and other resources, you find out about the lives of Japanese young people, their interests, their plans for the future, and ideas and attitudes they have in common with American young people. Plus, you experience dining at a fine Japanese restaurant. No previous study required.
Monsters & Monstrosity: Philosophy & Film
Taught by Kevin Miles - Associate Professor of Philosophy
Who needs monsters? You might be surprised by the answer. In this class you philosophically investigate the nature of monsters and monstrosity by viewing Merian C. Cooper's 1933 film King Kong, Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Dahl's The Last Seduction, Adamson's and Jenson's Shrek, Ridley Scotts' Blade Runner, and Tony Scott's Man on Fire. This, coupled with reading essays by Aristotle, Freud, Heidegger, and Derrida and participating in class discussions, guide you to "philosophical thinking" as the class addresses the question of whether a democracy needs to befriend monsters in order to be democratic.