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  • 8 Weeks of Life Hacks for College Success

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Connie Heimann (Biology)
    Section F 37

    Coming to college brings a whole suite of challenges to freshmen, especially those who have never lived away from home before. To help ease student’s transition to campus living, this course will use a problem solving format to help students learn how to think through common problems, learn how to do everyday skills that they may not have before leaving home, and teach skills necessary for navigating their new environment at Angelo State University.  Included will be practical information on a variety of topics including dorm living, time management, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, study skills, and using the resources of the university.  Real time problems of the students in the course will drive some of the content of the course.  Emphasis will be on using critical thinking skills to reason out problems.

  • Anime: Swords and Alchemy

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Bixler (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F 26

    This is an interdisciplinary study and appreciation of contemporary Japanese animation, Anime. Students will analyze and discuss the stories presented, write about the messages contained in the stories, and coordinate a public presentation of Anime. Students will also learn basic skills needed to be successful in college such as using Blackboard, the Library, and the Writing Center.

  • Avoid the Freshman 15: The Keys to Staying Healthy in College

    TR 3:30-4:20
    You-jou Hung (Physical Therapy)
    Section F 12

    How much do you know about your health? Are you fit? Are you eating properly? Are you training correctly? Are you maximizing your full potential? In this interactive course, students will learn about healthy diet, supplements, and the normal values of various health/fitness markers (such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, cardiopulmonary fitness, BMI, body composition/body fat, bone mineral density, cholesterol level, and muscle strength/endurance). Students will have hands on experience in testing some of those markers to assess their own health and fitness level. The instructor will further provide guidance to improve students’ health and fitness, or direct the students to proper health professionals as needed. You only have one life to live. Let’s take control and make the most of it!

  • Cheers: Performance, Hydration, & Health

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Kristi White (Physical Therapy)
    Section F 45

    Students will examine the effects of chocolate milk, pickle juice, sports drinks and other beverages on physical performance. Is it all hype or do benefits truly exist? Recommended guidelines regarding fluid consumption will also be discussed while students consider their own drink preferences. The students will read information/research on the topics and write summaries and reflections. Students will do a beverage intake analysis on themselves.

  • Conquering and Colonizing a Brave New World

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Faught (English and Modern Languages)
    Section F 35

    In this course we will look at the discovery, conquest, and colonization of the Americas from a literary standpoint (narrative strategies, construction of the narrator’s identity and authority, characterization, and setting). Students will also reflect on how they are discovering, conquering, and colonizing ASU during their first semester. This course is for anyone interested in pre-Colombian cultures (Aztecs, Mayas, Incans, Carribs, Taínos), Hispanic culture, history, literature, sociology, and anthropology. 

  • Crime Scene Mysteries

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Shawn Morrow (Security Studies & Criminal Justice)
    Section F 11

    Students will work together to research, investigate, and write applications on crime scenes. Students will focus on practical skills in managing a crime scene, appropriate conduct in collecting evidence, and gathering of other information for a purpose built crime scene. Students will evaluate evidence from on-line sources, articles, and in person by investigating crime scenes. Students will analyze all of the information collected to develop introductory skills in the anatomy of a crime scene, investigation, and forensics in the criminal justice system. By using investigation techniques and methodologies inside the criminal justice system; students will gain practical writing skills to correlate, differentiate, and synthesize information. 

  • Drawing to Learn

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Laurence Musgrove (English and Modern Languages)
    Section F 34

    This course provides you an introduction to using drawing as a tool for thinking, learning, and communication in college. You will learn the values of visual thinking, doodling, common visual formats for problem-solving, and sketch note-taking via simple drawing to easily capture recorded or live lectures.  Advanced drawing ability is not a prerequisite for this course.  You will learn sufficiently basic skills in order to complete coursework successfully.

  • Engineering, Disasters, and Social Justice

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Alex Mejia (Engineering)
    Section F 47

    It is okay to fail. Failures and disasters, although sometimes appalling and inevitable, can be used to learn more about our world. In engineering, disasters teach more than successes because they are frequently documented and reworked to make improvements. But who is engineering done for and what problems are legitimately addressed within engineering? In the path toward innovation, has engineering contributed to different injustices in the world? Although sometimes perceived as purely objective, engineers and scientists operate in social settings and the technologies they create can positively or negatively impact society. This course will address some of the social and ethical implications of engineering and technology. Students will be encouraged to think about how different engineering disasters have shaped the national priorities of security, poverty, sustainability, and energy. 

  • Food, Geography, and Culture

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Lopamudra Roychoudhuri (Computer Science)
    Section F 02

    This course will explore the impact of culture and geography on food. We will discuss the ways geography can contribute to the variety of food in different parts of the world. We will also research how food, when prepared and consumed, can be representative of a culture. We will consult many sources, including Food Is Culture, a book by Massimo Montanari. Teams of students will propose research topics, watch recipe and other videos, write papers, make presentations, and possibly share real food items that are culturally significant.

  • From Nightingale to Naughty Nurse: The Impact of Media Portrayal on the Image of Nursing

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Leslie Mayrand (Dean, Archer College HHS / Prof. Nursing)
    Section F 05

    There appears to be a link to the recruitment of new nurses, and retention of nurses currently in practice, to the image of the profession in society.  Images of nursing in popular media frequently reflect stereotypes that may damage the appeal of nursing for potential students and degrade the value and the status of the profession. In this course, students considering a career in nursing will be provided the opportunity to evaluate historical and contemporary media portrayals of nursing (television, adult/teen literary works, cinema, internet, and children’s literature) and its impact on public perception of the image of nursing.  Students will also discuss their role as future members of the profession in engaging with its public image in popular media to combat negative stereotypes around nursing. Students will also be provided the opportunity to interact with retired nurses, nurse administrators, practicing nurses, and current nursing students to gain varying perspectives on the image of nursing today.  This class will be highly interactive in nature with active student participation encouraged and expected.

  • Gender Humor Goes Online: From the Bloggess to the Lumbersexual

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Linda Kornasky (English & Modern Languages)
    Section F 21

    Funny blogs, memes, and parodies dealing with gender have lately become popular on the Internet and in social media. This kind of comedy has perennial appeal, but the Internet has become an incubator for it in the past few years. This class will delve into the reasons behind hilarious trends in Internet humor about gender. We will start with Jenny Lawson’s nationally famous and award-winning blog—The Bloggess—and the book based on her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, which debuted as the number one New York Times bestseller immediately after it was published in 2012. Besides all the laughs that we will share over Lawson’s writing, we will also celebrate that Jenny Lawson, a 2014 Distinguished Alumna, graduated from Angelo State University in 1997, after growing up in the San Angelo area. This will start us off happy, and the rest of the course will move on to students’ suggestions of funny online content about gender, which might include the “Feminist Ryan Gosling” Tumblr meme, the parody music videos spoofing “Blurred Lines,” the new “Lumbersexual” meme, and so much more. Warning: this course is for a mature audience of people ready to laugh.  

  • Geological Hazards & the Popular Media

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Fawn Last (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F 04

    This course will give students the background they need to critically evaluate geological hazards and disasters as they are portrayed in the news media and popular films. Students will learn the science behind many common geological hazards, such as mass movement and earthquakes. They will then be required to do reviews of two news articles over the course of the term for evaluation. They will also take part in weekly group discussions on current articles that they bring to class, review the science in a “disaster” movie, and do peer evaluations of the article reviews before they are submitted. Students will attend planetarium shows, and hear talks by visiting scientists for the monthly San Angelo Geological Society meetings.

  • Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Ben Sum (Visual & Performing Arts)
    Section F 42

    Learn the digital drawing skills you need to effectively create logos, invitations, icons, and other print designs. Whether you’re a freshmen or high school student looking for more insight into commercial art, photography or illustration, or just someone looking to learn something new, everyone will get something out of this design class. Students will be challenged to develop design solutions using the elements of art while exploring the expressive potential of vector illustration to create dynamic, visual compositions.

  • Heroes and Heroism

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Tony Bartl (Political Science)
    Section F 49

    This course will take a look at the idea of the hero in human history and the role of hero mythology (or “storytelling”) in society. It will begin with a presentation of the ancient origins of heroism, continue with a study of a number emblematic examples of the hero in history, and end with a discussion of the role heroism in today’s world and the rise and enduring attraction of the “superhero” in popular culture. This study will proceed by reading (and watching) stories about the various manifestations of heroism in human history.

  • History & Utility of Livestock Breeds in the U.S.

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Chase Runyan (Agriculture)
    Section F 23

     “Which breed(s) of livestock should I use?” This is an important question that is asked by all animal agriculture enterprises. Depending on the production goals and environmental limitations, this question has several answers and all of them can be correct. Breeds are defined as animals that, through selection and breeding, have come to resemble one another and pass those traits uniformly to their offspring. Most of the common breeds of livestock utilized in the US are not native to North America; as such these breeds of livestock were imported from many different regions around the world. Because of this, the physiological attributes and production characteristics vary greatly from one breed to the next. As livestock producers pursue improvement in their production systems, certain breeds are identified as best suited to fulfill those needs. Some breeds were developed as maternal breeds which excel in mothering ability, appropriate milk production, and fertility. While some breeds are highlighted for their paternal aspects of advanced growth rate, or exceptional carcass merit. The variation and utility of livestock breeds is very evident by studying the domestic goat breeds. Angora goats specialize in fiber production, in the form of mohair. South African Boar goats are known as a superior meat production breed, while the Saanen and Nubian breeds excel in milk production industries. All livestock breeds have a unique history, a specific place in current application, and a valuable future yet to be discovered. 

  • How to Take an Online Class

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Carlos Flores (Teacher Education)
    Section F 44

    This is the age of computers. We carry them around in our pockets, and entire conversations take place in 140 characters or less! Social media has broken down the barriers of distance. Webpages take us to historical places across the globe from the comfort of our living rooms. This has affected the way we learn. With so many courses being taught online in colleges and universities worldwide, do students know how to take an online class? This course will help students be successful in an online class using diverse tools, such as Blackboard, Safeassign, Turnitin, and other free Internet resources. We will also learn how to manage time when no one is watching and how to create a sense of community in an online environment.

  • Intro to the Middle East

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Jamal Husein (Accounting, Economics & Finance)
    Section F 38

    This course briefly surveys the recent history of the Middle-East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the recent events or what has been called the Arab Spring. Students will be introduced to the basic aspects of the economic, political, social, cultural, and religious dimensions of Islamic and Arab civilization. A major theme of the course will also be devoted to the emergence of Sunni and Shia Islamic identities and the relation of Muslims and Non-Muslims in the region. 

  • iSmart: Harnessing Technology for Academic Success

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Vincent Mangano (Accounting, Economics & Finance)
    Section F 40

    This course is designed to familiarize freshmen students on how to integrate various personal technologies for: problem-solving techniques, organizing their work, and taking full advantage of their ASU learning experience. The first half of the class, students will learn what it takes to overcome the many challenges in a college environment from goal setting to habits of successful students. The second half of the class will look at existing technologies available to students and what make an application pertinent to “academic success.” The students will work in teams researching and presenting in the “Battle of the Apps”: those applications that contribute to greatest academic success.

  • It’s All Lies: Understanding Deception

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Drew Curtis (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work)
    Section F 25

    Everyone lies. How do we know when we are being lied to? Unfortunately, people do not show signs of deception by their nose growing. In this course we will discuss and read material related to deception, its occurrence in various contexts, its effects, and abilities to detect deception. Students in this course will discuss deception, read selected literature, write about deception, and watch video segments that will enhance understanding of deception and promote successful academic skills.

  • Knowledge: The Best Protection

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Dusty Sugg (Agriculture)
    Section F 30

    Every person has assets – some few, some seemingly endless. Every day, world events enhance or diminish the value of these assets. These events may be natural occurrences or result either directly or indirectly from the actions of man. For example, an adverse weather event in South America may influence the price of the groceries you buy. Similarly, a diplomacy issue in the Middle East will likely influence the price of automotive fuel that you pay. Assume that, among your assets, that you have an interest in these products. How do you protect their value without knowing what the world has in store when you wake up every day? The answer is through a synergistic approach which includes critical thinking, discipline, and a knowledge of history. Critical thinking because every circumstance is unique and may require swift action. Discipline because human nature is comprised of ego, fear, and greed – all of which may influence reasoning. History because ego, fear, and greed are all universal conditions and those who have come before us have demonstrated reactions to these which should, if we are wise enough to learn from them, give us insight into how we should react. This course will use beef production and supply as a model to practice the importance of daily observation and critical thinking in protecting ourselves from the daily 

  • Lessons in Personal Finance

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Murat Kara (Accounting, Economics & Finance)
    Section F 39

    “Good credit? No Credit? No problem! Almost one-third of college students, when reflecting back on their freshman year, admit that they were not very well prepared for personal money management on campus as reported by National Financial Educators Council. Financial literacy is shown to play a significant role in financial well-being alter in life. According, this course aims to provide the fundamentals of personal finance. Topics will include, but are not limited to, banking, savings and credit, basic investment vehicles (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), risk and return, employee benefits and retirement, and investing psychology. 

  • Lights, Camera, Action: Teach!

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Donna Gee (Teacher Education)
    Section F 17

    There is much we can learn from the messages and images portrayed in movies. Movies that depict teachers, students, and teaching often resonate with images that we can relate to based on our own educational experiences. Teachers may be portrayed as oblivious, out of touch, or disinterested in one movie and as involved, committed, and inspiring in another film. This class will examine a variety of movies that depict teaching with a focus on skills of written communication, oral communication, and information literacy. 

  • Macabre Medicine

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Russell Wilke (Biology)
    Section F 36

    This course will also explore the somewhat bizarre history of modern western medicine including a detailed investigation of some of its more macabre and gruesome practices and procedures. We will also discover what it takes to become a competitive applicant for entry into various post-baccalaureate, health professions programs including medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, physical & occupational therapy, chiropractic, and physician’s assistant schools. (Definitely NOT for those with weak constitutions).

  • Masculinities & the Movies

    TR 3:30-4:20
    John Wegner (Dean, Freshman College)
    Section F 06

    This course will explore the ways contemporary films portray, construct, and convey ideas and meanings of friendship and communication between men. Focus will be placed on the systems of interpretation fostered by film representations of masculinities and friendship as characters communicate to negotiate brotherhood, vulnerability, emotions, violence, commitment, betrayal, love, life, and death. Through film, cultural constructs of masculinities, friendships, and communication can be deconstructed to question assumptions about cultural expectations placed on friendships between men.

  • Oh the Places You’ll Go!

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kathleen Price (Kinesiology)
    Section F 31

    This course will focus on various techniques to explore the world of travel and academic preparedness. How can you plan an ultimate adventure to satisfy something on your “bucket list”? How can you ensure that your academic experiences enhance your opportunity to secure a college degree? These challenges each have similar organizational strategies and students will have the opportunity to explore the world and investigate various career interests through systematic strategies.

  • Outdoor Recreation

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Adam Parker (Kinesiology)
    Section F 32

    This course explores the depths of outdoor recreation.  Course participants will immerse themselves in the field of study through research, presentations, lectures, and a host of interactive activities.  Participation in this course will provide students the opportunity to practice written and oral communication, time management, critical thinking, information literacy, and social responsibility.

  • Pseudoscience & Media

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Andy Wallace (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F 19

    Interested in Ancient Aliens, Ghost Hunters, Monster Quest, Paranormal Activity, or Zombies? Then this course is for you.  We will emphasize the use of information literacy, oral communication, and writing to discuss and evaluate contemporary pseudoscience topics taken from advertising, cable programming, FaceBook, Twitter, and other media.

  • Science of Love & Sex

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Crystal Kreitler (Psychology / Sociology /Social Work)
    Section F 07

    The course will explore the science behind romantic relationships and sex. A main objective of the course will be to understand basic neuroscience behind feelings of love and lust and why these emotions may cause humans to behave irrationally at times. Other objectives will include the development of skills in written communication, oral communication and information literacy as they relate to love, sex and first-year college student experience.

  • Self, Other, & World

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Sonja Varbelow (Teacher Education)
    Section F 08

    At any given time, a human being is in three relationships: with self, with Other and with world. This course gives you the chance to engage with Other to know your self (two words) better. This means that you will come to terms with your singular biases while understanding that prejudice is part of the human condition. In the process, you will be able to break down self-imposed barriers between your self and the world you live in, which will help you to clarify purpose and goals in college and beyond. If you enjoy philosophizing about the journey of life and why people are the way they are, sign up for this course.   

  • Settle Your Nerves Re: College

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Bill Doll (Visual & Performing Arts)
    Section F 22

    Learn to reduce anxiety about performing, speaking, test taking and the mystique of college. You can succeed in college and use techniques and discussion to calm your nerves. Communication Apprehension and Anxiety (CAA) aka, Stagefright can be immobilizing for many students of every major. This course will study techniques to assist the student in reducing anxiety about impending communication events of all types. Special skills will be employed, discussion of the phenomena, assessment and research will help students deal with the pressures of presentations and a host of other anxiety producing communication activities.

  • So You Want to Be a Princess?

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Christine Muelsch & Ewa Davis (English & Modern Languages)
    Section F 03

    “If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain, any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.” This “Titles of Nobility Amendment” was approved by the 11th Congress on May 1, 1810, and subsequently submitted to the state legislatures for ratification. However, 26 states still have to ratify the amendment for it to be adopted. The film industry, it seems, has always known about this loophole, producing an extraordinary number of princess movies. What do these films portray and why are we so fascinated by their content? Are princess movie viewers all suffering from princess syndrome? Are these films historically accurate? In this class we will watch “princess movies” set in Paris, Rome, Moscow, Vienna, and other European cities. We will analyze these movies from a historical and psychological perspective. Students will learn about the European aristocracy, their system of intermarriage, their sphere of influence and the revolutions that sent them into exile or death. Invited guest-speakers from politics and psychology will enrich classroom discussions.

  • Sports and American Culture

    Summer (T, W, TR 12:00-12:55) / Fall (MW 12:00-12:50)
    John Wegner (Dean, Freshman College/ Prof. English and Modern Languages)
    Section Summer (F 010) / Fall (F 63)

    Sports, throughout the course of American history, has served as a socializing force. In many ways, Baseball’s reign as America’s pastime mirrored an influx of immigrants looking to “fit in.” More recently, the rise of cable television and the meteoric explosion of pro sports’ salaries has had both positive and negative impacts on race, gender, economics, and other relevant aspects of American culture. The Super Bowl draws almost 100 million viewers, March has become a month of Madness, and boxing will never die as long as Rocky can get near a ring (and make a movie). Liking sports or being a sports fan isn’t necessary to appreciate the impact sports has on American culture nor does one have to love sports to take this class. In Sports & American Culture, we will read the daily sports section, various online magazines, and watch video clips as we discuss, critique, and examine the role of sports on American culture and American identity. 

  • Sports Champions & Their Sponsors

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Gayle Randall (Management / Marketing)
    Section F 16

    In this course, students will read various articles and books that describe the journeys of those athletes who have reached high points of success in sports, as well as the marketing efforts that have communicated their achievements in order to promote products and services. This course will include article and book research on various sports champions, by each student, with a class presentation by each student of an athlete of their choice. The application of these skills will help improve and develop research, writing, and presentation skills necessary for success at the university level.

  • Storytelling: Oral Narrative in History, Culture & Society

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Marva Solomon (Teacher Education)
    Section F 15

    This course will offer instruction in the traditional art of storytelling look at how this ancient art form is used to enliven classroom learning, improve public communication skills, build communities, sustain cultural and family groups, and provide creative entertainment. Students will have opportunities in class to tell folktales as well as their own personal experience stories and cultural/family narratives.

  • The Art of Zymurgy

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Nick Negovetich (Biology)
    Section F 09

    Gain experience in descriptive writing and speaking by learning about the beer styles of the world. This class will review the brewing process and ingredients used in the production of beer. Availability of raw ingredients and the common brewing practices in the historic brewing centers gave rise to the distinct styles, which are a result of the combination of the ingredients and processes that generate the complex aroma, flavors, and mouthfeel. We will learn how to be accurate and precise in describing our experiences using the beer styles of the world.

  • The Seven Laws of Money

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jesse Taylor (Mathematics)
    Section F 27

    In this course, we will be exploring personal finance through literature. Throughout the semester, we will be discussing and thinking about decisions that can greatly impact one’s financial health.  The course will consist of reading “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley, followed by reading and discussing some short articles that tie-in to concepts from the book. Each student will have the opportunity to learn and express their thoughts via in-class discussions, article summaries, and a paper on the monetary law of their choice. Money can be a taboo subject but, in this class, we will openly discuss all sorts of personal finance decisions and I will happily answer any questions you have related to personal finance.

  • The Western & American Cultural Value

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jason Pierce (History)
    Section F 33

    From the late 19th century to the present the Western has helped define a unique identity for Americans. Values like independence, freedom, fair play, and violence in defense of these values are exemplified in the heroes of western literature and cinema. This class proposes to use westerns from the late 19th century to the present to evaluate what it means to be an American and our place in the world. Students will wrestle with concepts of American power and evaluate if the western was, in fact, a casualty of the Vietnam War as many critics argue. We will begin with Ned Buntline’s popular graphic novels of the late 1800s and end with revisionist Westerns like “Little Big Man” and “The Unforgiven,” and perhaps even global perspectives of Americans as “cowboys.”

  • The Whole College Student

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Dinah Harriger (Nursing)
    Section F 18

    As freshman students must learn to adapt to a new academic environment as they enter college, they must also adapt to a new social, physical and mental environment. This course hopes to address “the other” areas of college life that sometimes pose problems for students which end up effecting their first semester: new friendships, eating healthy, staying active, time and stress management, sleep, etc. Providing practical tips and helpful tools will hopefully teach students how to make healthy decisions that will improve their personal development and academic performance.

  • The Zombie Apocalypse and You

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jordan Daniel (Kinesiology)
    Section F 28

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to a sociological analysis of the zombie apocalypse. The term “Zombie” has been a literary and cinematic tool to explore many facets of our world. The zombie apocalypse refers to a number of different scenarios that tend to include an outbreak that creates “zombies” that create an end of the world/society as we know it. These lessons are couched in survival lessons of the Zombie Apocalypse. An emphasis will be placed on the application of psychological theories success and techniques specifically for improved survival rates in the wasteland and your freshman year. In doing so the student will gain a holistic understanding of what it takes to not only survive but to thrive in your new environment.

  • Theatre for Social Change

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mike Burnett (Visual & Performing Arts)
    Section F 24

    This course will examine Theatre and its role as a voice for social justice. Students will examine how theatre throughout history has provided an insight into social issues and how it can be used for a positive change.

  • Thriving as a First Generation Student

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Flor Madero (Communication & Mass Media)
    Section F 46

    “I don’t know what I don’t know!” This is a common sentiment shared by first generation students. Being the first in the family to seek higher education can bring about various emotions. Studies have shown that compared to continuing generation students, first generation college hopefuls may not be as aware of higher education expectations or student services. Empowering students with knowledge, and developing the skills that will allow them to communicate with confidence can help set the tone for a strong start to a college career. This course will address effective strategies that can support students during the cultural, social, and academic transition challenges. 

  • Toward More Effective Thinking

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Paul Swets (Dean, College of Arts & Sciences / Prof. Mathematics)
    Section F 62

    We all know thinking is a key for success in school, in business, and in our personal lives. Thinking more clearly, more creatively, and more effectively can help us do better in class, at work, and at home. This course will help develop strategies and habits of mind that students can apply in a variety of settings to become more effective thinkers.

  • Understanding Modern Media

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mario Barrientos (Mathematics)
    Section F 13

    This course in Media Analysis examines the rise of mass media in the 20th century, from television and film to the Internet. This course will enable students to analyze and discuss media, while empowering them with knowledge about sources of personal and institutional bias. They will learn to ask critical questions of the political and cultural environment by studying examples from different media sources.

  • Understanding Sex

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mike Dixon (Biology)
    Section F 41

    Reproduction is a characteristic of all living organisms but it is accomplished in many different ways. We will investigate why sexual reproduction exists and why it may be an advantage. Then we will look into variations in how sexual reproduction occurs and how mates are selected. We will discuss how technology can interfere or assist with the natural process. Expect to discuss why sea horse males give birth, how a human male was pregnant, how a human baby might have 5 “parents” and why there are no hermaphrodite humans but there are lots of hermaphrodite fish and invertebrate animals.

  • United States History on Film

    MW 12:00-12:50
    John Klingemann (History)
    Section F 48

    This course will focus on the 20th Century film industries’ portrayal of United States history. The course will examine the interpretation and portrayal of historical issues by the film industry using several historical films produced from the 1920s through the 1990s. Films such as Birth of a Nation, Sergeant York, Peyton Place and Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be utilized to develop communication, critical thinking, and information literacy skills, as well as contribute to a better understanding of social responsibility. 

  • Using Your Smartphone Camera

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Ron Scott (English & Modern Languages)
    Section F 14

    This course will focus on the use of digital photographs in academic and workplace environment. Photographic subjects included are basic lighting techniques, exposure, and camera functions (digital cameras & smartphone cameras). Digital image manipulation will also be included and will address incorporating digital images into academic discourses (documents, presentations, websites, etc.), as well as, workplace basics, image editing, file sharing, organization, and storage. Because digital images are widely shared through a variety of media, including social media, this course will also address the ethics involved with digital manipulation at the university, workplace, in social media, and marketing.

  • Where Society & Agriculture Collide

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Michael Salisbury (Agriculture)
    Section F 10

    The topic used to accomplish the course will be evaluating how societal views have shaped agriculture and the food industry. We will evaluate how emotion, media (social and main stream), and socio economic status impact how we make our decisions and shape our perceptions. The course will also look into the differences by region within our country and how we have differences among countries. Students will use an area of the discussion they have strong personal feeling toward to develop a summary to justify their beliefs both scientifically and socially. Everyone has views about how agriculture and society interact and each student should be able to relate to a topic.

  • Whitetail Fever

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Doyle Carter (Kinesiology)
    Section F 29

    Whitetail fever is a common condition affecting those who enjoy the hunting and outdoor lifestyle. Symptoms include a desire to learn more about: a) hunter ethics and safety, b) hunting tactics and technologies, and c) wildlife and habitat management practices.  At maturity, whitetail fever is characterized by a deep appreciation for the great outdoors and our natural resources.  This course exposes students to hunting and outdoor research and allows students to share their own knowledge and experience, all in an effort to become mature outdoorsmen/women.

  • Working in a Diverse Workplace

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Rene Segoviano (Management / Marketing)
    Section F 43

    Students will learn how working in a diverse workplace requires a greater understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation of the history, values, experiences, and lifestyles of groups that include, but, are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, socio-economic status and mental/physical abilities. They will develop an awareness of their own individual backgrounds, the foundation of their values, and how those values influence thinking and behavior. Students will also develop the skills necessary to navigate in diverse settings in the workplace through activities, discussions, group projects, readings, and personal reflection. Cross cultural relationships will be a special focus of three learning modules. In Module I, students will identify their own culture and gain an understanding of how their cultural values influence how they understand the behavior of others. In Module II, they will learn cross-cultural communication concepts and terminology that help them understand how they and individuals from different cultures communicate differently. In Module III, students will apply knowledge and skills learned in Modules I and II to real-life encounters in different contexts, by examining case studies and other activities.

  • Zombies and Brains

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Stever Brewer (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work)
    Section F 20

    Zombies are everywhere! They have invaded movies, television, video games, and print media and it appears only a shot to the head will stop them. We seem to love these shambling, rotting, brain eating creatures. This course will explore basic neuroscience and neuroanatomy through the lighthearted (or rotting-hearted) lens of Zombies. We will watch and read zombie related media to discuss the behavioral aspects of what constitutes a zombie and relate those behaviors to actual neuroscience. The overarching goal of this course will be to focus on skills you need as a beginning college student (written communication, oral communication, and information literacy) within the context of zombies and neuroscience. The skills you develop in this course are the skills you will need in every college course.