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  • Science @ Human Values

    Online
    Fred Wilson (Physics/Geosciences)
    Section D F1

    Every newspaper in the US publishes and Astrological column daily but almost none have a weekly Science column. Astrology has no effect on lives but science affects us daily in uncountable ways. Everyone needs to understand the scientific process, the role of science in human affairs, and the potential for abuse and misuse. There is a significant antiscience community out there and that position needs careful analysis, as well.

  • An Easy A

    Online
    Laurence Musgrove (English and Modern Languages)
    Section DF2

    This course will provide students with theory and practice in college success, including arrangement, attendance, aim, attention, asking, acquisition, absorption, and analysis.

  • Trust in Digital Environments

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Benjamin Brojakowski (Communication / Mass Media )
    Section F 04

    Social media and social networking have become a common communication tool in contemporary society. This proposed class will focus on how individuals use social media to establish, maintain, and (possibly) end interpersonal relationships using social media. I aim to teach students ways to create clear and ethical digital messages, use effective self-disclosure, improve their communication privacy management tactics, and understand the benefits and dangers of digital message storage. These lessons may be used to create trusting relationships with others and learn to manage relational turbulence if/when that trust is violated. I believe these skills are especially useful for incoming students as they learn to manage relationships with friends, professors, employers, co-workers, and others. Students will use the Porter Henderson Library databases to find contemporary computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication research to learn about this topic. Students will also be required to write brief journal assignments throughout the semester. The goal of these journal assignments is to connect research with the daily lives and common communication tactics of the students.

  • Business Aspects of the Superhero Movie Industry

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Michael Conklin (Accounting, Economics, and Finance)
    Section F01

    This class will look at some of the business decisions involved in the superhero movie industry. Topics will include negotiations, marketing, crisis management, brand recognition, intellectual property rights, international business, and contracts. The class will also discuss the evolution of gender and race issues as they pertain to superhero movies.

  • The History of BBQ

    MW 12:00-12:50
    John Kellermeier (Agriculture)
    Section F02

    This course will dive into how BBQ became what it is today. We will discuss different cookery methods, marinades, spices, cuts of meat, and regional preferences across the USA for specific products.

  • Dear Life

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Audrey Meyer (Agriculture)
    Section F03

    This course would provide practical information in regards to communication and how to address emails, people, letters etc. I have found that students lack general knowledge of how to correctly format an email to professors and instructors. Additionally, students have limited knowledge of how to correctly address an envelope when they are asked to mail hard copies. This course can also focus on improving other life skills such as critical thinking, decision-making and time management.

  • Breaking Ice and Building Bridges

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Ellada Gamreklidze (Comm/Mass Media)
    Section F05

    This will be a course designed for ASU’s diverse, international and multicultural student body. It will be focused on bringing together American and international students, familiarizing them with each other’s cultures, traditions and ways of life. Through the discussion of food, fashion, customs, family and other topics, the course will better prepare the freshmen to understand, accept and communicate with each other through their upcoming years as the members of Ram Fam.

  • Stock Market Investing: Buying Your First Share of Stock

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Herman Howard (Comm/Mass Media)
    Section F06

    This will be a fun course where scholars learn about the stock market, how it works. Students will study the 11 sectors and by the end of the semester, scholars will purchase their first share of stock. The class will also engage in an interactive game where they will “buy” companies which will be part of a fun contest in learning about the stock market.

  • Career Clarity: Exploration and Development

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Brook Dickinson (Curriculum and Instruction)
    Section F08

    The purpose of this class is to provide tools and experiences to help students make progress in their personal career development. This is a hands on class. Students will be required to complete assessments, attend career development programs and speak to professionals in the career field of the student’s choice.

  • Leading Social Change: Rams Who Make a Difference (MAD Rams)

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kinsey Hansen / Gina Shipley (Curriculum & Instruction)
    Section F09

    Making A Difference (MAD): to cause change; to be important in some way. MAD Rams explores how students can engage in leadership for social change. If you want to make a difference, aspire to develop leadership competencies as vehicles for social change, or just want to be part of a group seeking a focus on kindness and humanity, this course is for you.

    Through exploration of the social change model this course will dig into critical issues such as basic needs insecurity including food and housing insecurity, inter-social treatment, and other critical issues facing social justice. As a class we will research and identify critical issues of interest, collaborate on strategies for change, and participate in activities that help our friends and communities.

  • Where Society & Agriculture Collide

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mike Salisbury (Dean, College of Grad Studies and Research/Prof. Agriculture)
    Section F10

    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.

  • Success 101

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Elaine Stribling and Tia Agan (Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education)
    Section F11

    The purpose of this course if for students to gain easy access to tips, tools, and resources, that help develop both short-term and life-long skills. Students will engage in problem-solving activities that help them navigate daily challenges. They will learn how to become healthier and even learn how to cook. An additional focus of the course will be the “Now What” program which “empowers youth to articulate a meaningful personal vision to pursue and gives them the tools to create a path to realize that vision” (Darwin, n.d.). In essence, the program demonstrates how self-efficacy and a growth mindset can help students achieve academically and overcome setbacks.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Paul Swets (Dean, S&E/Prof. Mathematics)
    Section F12

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • Personal and Family History

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Faught (English Modern Languages )
    Section F13

    This course will focus on four things; 1) personal history (narrative as well as visual); 2) family history (helping a parent or grandparent record their personal history); 3) genealogy; 4) the resources at ASU that will help you research and write effectively and efficiently. By the time you finish the course you will have completed video presentations that incorporate pics, videos and audio narration for you and a loved one as well as a 4-generation genealogy chart. As we learn how to organize and present personal and family histories, we will explore the resources that ASU has to offer to help you succeed as a student.

  • Examining Beliefs-Liminal Thinking

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Ron Scott (English Modern Languages)
    Section F15

    How do we develop the beliefs that we lay claim to? How do those beliefs affect how we act and react to day-to-day decisions? This course will try to address those two questions. The ideas and concepts we will use to examine our beliefs come from Dave Gray’s book Liminal Thinking. The word liminal refers to boundaries, doors, or portals. So, liminal thinking refers to opening doors to new ways of thinking. Specifically we will examine how our beliefs are a result of our experiences, especially those experiences that we pay the closest attention to. The goal is to not only examine how we develop our beliefs but to recognize that our beliefs are constructions that need to be challenged and validated. This course will also look at “learning loops” and how beliefs influence our “actions” which produce “results” that sometimes do not meet our “needs.” By examining our beliefs we can come to a new understanding that can help us navigate times of transition and times when our actions do not give us the results we desire.

  • Navigating the University with Special Needs

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Nicole St. Germaine (English Modern Languages)
    Section F16

    This course focuses on helping students with special needs get acquainted with the university. These needs might include autism, hearing or vision loss, mobility impairments, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, chronic physical health problems, mental health issues and more. Going to college is a big adjustment for any student, but it presents an additional burden for students with disabilities because they need to acclimate to a new environment while coping with special needs. This course is designed to acclimate students to the university and community services at their disposal such as services offered by Student Disability Services, as well as other campus services and amenities like advising, tutoring, career counseling, student organizations, and more. The course will also teach advocacy skills for students, most of whom are not used to having to ask for accommodations.

  • Surviving College Stress

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jay Brown (Health Science Professions)
    Section F17

    Surviving College Stress is an introductory course in stress management with an emphasis on healthy lifestyle behaviors. College students are considered the most stressed population in the US. The combination of classwork, tuition, time management issues, relationship problems and the added pressure to succeed can be overwhelming. This high level of stress has been tied to poor health outcomes. Students often know that they are stressed, but do not understand how to deal with it properly. This course will help students recognize the effects of stress on all the dimensions of health. Students will recognize and evaluate the individual’s role in the management of their own stress. They will learn to identify foods and eating patterns that may induce stress and how physical fitness can help prevent stress. Students will recognize the role of positive thinking and the importance of sleep when it comes to stress management. Upon completion of this course, students will identify their perceived stressors, recognize the symptoms of stress, and evaluate their reactions when stressed. Students will be introduced to a myriad of stress management techniques including effective communication in relationships, time management, coping strategies, and relaxation techniques. Specific topics include occupational stress, family stress, stress-related illnesses and conditions, meditation, conflict resolution, and the concept of self-esteem.

  • Discovering your Strength

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Kristi White (Health Science Professions)
    Section F18

    Students will focus on discovering their natural talents and developing their strengths. Once strengths are identified, ideas for action will be discussed to promote achievement throughout their life.

  • From Mao to Now: China’s Recent Past and Present

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Laurie Dickmeyer (History)
    Section F19

    This course will introduce students to the recent history of the People’s Republic of China (1949-present) through the discussion of current events, short readings (such as journalistic pieces and short primary sources from the time period under study), and film (such as Wilson Yip’s martial arts film Ip Man and Zhang Yimou’s dramatic film To Live). Topics will include the Chinese Civil War, the early years of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Cultural Revolution, the reforms of the 1970s and 1980s, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, China’s rise to being a world power in the early twenty-first century, and some of the major controversies of recent years. Students will also learn how to utilize important university services such as the library and the Writing Center and will learn strategies for success at college including note-taking, communicating wit h professors, and time management. Assessments will include participation/attendance, a weekly reflection journal (with entries about course content, current events, and college skills), and a short capstone paper (~2 pages) in which students utilize library databases such as Gale Virtual Reference Library.

  • The Western & American Cultural Value

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jason Pierce (History )
    Section F20

    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.”

  • Whitetail Fever

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Doyle Carter (Kinesiology )
    Section F21

    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.

  • Sport Psychology

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jordan Daniel (Kinesiology)
    Section F22

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of sport and exercise psychology. An emphasis will be placed on the application of psychological theories and training techniques specifically for improved sports performance and coaching effectiveness. In doing so the student will gain a holistic understanding of the psychological aspects of sport.

  • Outdoor Fitness

    TR 8:00-8:50
    Adam Parker (Kinesiology)
    Section F23

    We will explore on-campus resources through the topic of outdoor activities and how they relate to health and wellness.

  • Sport Champions & Their Sponsors

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Gayle Randall (Management / Marketing )
    Section F24

    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.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mario Barrientos (Mathematics)
    Section F25

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • Investing and Personal Finance

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Dennis Hall (Mathematics )
    Section F26

    An introduction to the idea of how to “Get Rich Slowly.” A guide to investing and personal finance, risk assessment, loans, and avoiding scams.

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

    TR 3:30-4:20
    You-jou Hung (Physical Therapy )
    Section F27

    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!

  • Perspective Check: Acknowledging Diverse Viewpoints

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kristen Lyons and Tamra Kelly (Curriculum & Instruction)
    Section F28

    Perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. In our ever changing world, we are constantly challenged socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to see how we interpret the information around us and how it aligns with our current impressions. Using different forms of media, students in this course will explore the meaning of perspective, identify their own viewpoint, learn to challenge their own stance, and respectfully collaborate on similarities and differences in perspective. Each week, the presented activity will challenge the students to check their perspective with the hopes of broadening and opening their point of view while at the same time solidifying their standpoint.

  • National Park Road Trip

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Bixler (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F29

    Do you like to explore the outdoors? Would you rather hike through a forest than wait in line at Disneyworld? In this course, students will explore the U.S. national park system, learning about the sights and treasures of nature. You will learn about the history of the national park system and the challenges it faces today. You will work with a group of your peers to carefully examine one park that you would like to visit, and then plan a detailed and complete road trip to that national park. The plan will include a reasonably accurate timeline, food, accommodations, budget, and any special gear requirements. Ideally, it will be a plan for a trip that you can actually take during your time at ASU. You will also learn about the ASU campus, attend campus events, and learn how to use the library for doing research.

  • Pseudoscience & Media

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Andy Wallace (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F30

    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.

  • Fantasy Football and Collegiate Success

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Clint Havins (Student Life)
    Section F31

    This course will use the concept of fantasy football and illustrate how it applies in an educational setting. As surprising as it may seem, fantasy football is a huge phenomenon. It seems counter intuitive due to the fact that in order to be a good player (and give yourself the best chance of winning the league), it requires thorough planning, organization, coordination, and research. Although it takes copious amounts of work and effort to be successful, it is a very fun game. That is the draw. When fantasy football is examined through an educational lens, there are many overlapping themes. In order to be successful in either endeavor, the four previously mentioned characteristics are essential. Along with those four, some others are important including, but not limited to, time management, study skills, following established rules, working with others, mapping out a road to success (graduation), and good, old fashioned work ethic (follow through). There are various ways to deliver the material and make quality connections. However, the most intriguing part is the potential to make the learning fun. This course will provide a fantastic opportunity to accomplish this goal while encouraging students to take control of their educational experience and maximize their opportunities for academic success.

  • How to Manage College as an Introvert

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Leah Carruth (Teacher Education )
    Section F35

    This course will engage students in a variety of strategies to maneuver though the college experience. Adequate understanding of self in terms of personal learning styles, social adjustment skills, and how you interact with others play an important role in the university setting.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Carlos Flores (Teacher Education)
    Section F36

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • Career Exploration

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Donna Gee (Teacher Education)
    Section F37

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • Career & Major Exploration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Sonja Varbelow (Teacher Education)
    Section F38

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • Thriving as a First Generation Student

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Flor Madero (Communication / Mass Media)
    Section F39

    Making the transition from high school to college can be full of excitement and challenges. This is especially true for students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Through readings, class discussions, and guest speakers, we explore topics such as study skills, finances, time management, effective communication, and balancing home and college life.

  • Digital Painting Photoshop

    TR 11:00-11:50
    Edwin Cuenco (Visual and Performing Arts )
    Section F40

    The Digital Painting using Photoshop is a crash course into the world of graphic design. Whether you’re a freshman or high school graduate looking for more insight into graphic design and fine arts, or just someone looking to learn something new, everyone will get something out of this deign class. Students will be challenged to develop design solutions using the elements of design while exploring the expressive potential of type and digital imaging to create dynamic, visual compositions. Through hands-on projects, collaborative learning and client-based work—students will learn the language and process for design thinking, gain foundation in visual literacy and understanding of rhythm balance, emphasis, and scale using appropriate design elements such as line, texture, grid, color, and type. In this class, everyone is encourages to express their creativity while working within the constraints of a given assignment, participate in class critiques, conduct visual research and report writing. Creativity and experimentation are highly encouraged.

  • Zombies and Brains

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Steven Brewer (Psychology)
    Section F41

    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.

  • Art and the Earth: Method, Material, Inspiration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Devon Stewart and Heather Lehto (Visual and Performing Arts and Physics Geosciences)
    Section F42

    Have you ever wondered where Michelangelo got the marble for his statue of David? Or what pigments the artist used to make the vibrant colors of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? The answers to these questions lay at the intersection of art and science. This course explores the close relationship between art and geology from the dawn of image-making (c 40,000 BCE) through the present day, focusing on the materials and inspiration that the Earth has provided to artists.

  • Staying awake in the movies as Zombie Protection

    MW 12:00-12:50
    John Vinklarek (Visual and Performing Arts)
    Section F43

    In order to have the unique vision of an interactive participate in film, one must learn the processes of visual manipulation. Such processes as editing, framing as well as visual composition are powerful tools used in film. The viewer/participant has a deeper engagement with the film presentation. The viewer is awakened to the reality of film. The greater effort needed for true film engagement awakens the view to the spectacle of film. One becomes alive with the film and sheds the zombie trappings of dead escapism found in many audiences. A summary list of film methods and styles will be covered. The student will be required to research, write, and present critical analysis of standard film examples.

  • A Look at “Crazy”: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Drew Curtis (Psychology)
    Section F45

    Movies and media nave promoted numerous myths of psychopathology. Films may inaccurately portray people with psychological disorders and “crazy” violent killers, scary people in need of isolation, or an entertaining. The goals of this class is to examine the foundations for understanding abnormal psychology and to provide a myth-busting took kilt for approaching films that portray psychopathology.

  • Pregnant Males & Virgin Birth?

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Mike Dixon (Biology )
    Section F46

    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.

  • Dumb Money

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Trey Holik (Physics and Geosciences)
    Section F47

    Dumb Money is a colloquial term to describe retail investors, those not trained or tied directly to wall street Smart Money. Discord, Redit, Twitter, Facebook, all social media has made the insider information of wall street elites all but obsolete. This course will look at preparing students to be financially knowledgeable and responsible. We will also look at the ‘Robinhood’ effect, the fact that ‘dumb money’ has taken over wall street. Dr. Holik’s stock picks will of course be discussed as well.

  • Questing for Success

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Connie Heimann (Biology )
    Section F48

    Strategies for success in MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) have many commonalities with strategies for success in college. Being successful in games like World of Warcraft and Everquest require good time and resource management skills as well as abilities to work well with groups, good written communication skills, and the ability to understand and follow written directions. 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 becoming an autonomous, productive adult, 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 both navigating their new environment at Angelo State University and critical life skills that will set them on the path to being an adult. Students in the course will create “quests” that break down required tasks for various assignments. Class discussions will include practical information on a variety of topics including time management, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, study skills, and using the resources of the university. We will also discuss topics such as resilience and perseverance, financial health, etc.. 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.

  • Being Successful While Staying Involved

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Jonathan Alvis (Visual & Performing Arts)
    Section F49

    Getting involved is a crucial and fun part of the college experience. But it can also be very time consuming. In this course, we will discuss multiple ways to maximize your time, utilize university resources, achieve at the highest level, and graduate on time while still staying involved and having the greatest of college experiences.

  • How to Create a Conspiracy Theory, but Not Get Fooled by One

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Kevin Garrison (English and Modern Languages)
    Section F50

    This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of critical thinking by exploring conspiracy theories. We will research historical conspiracies, learn about cognitive biases, examine how media influence conspiracies, watch The Social Dilemma, write about our own experiences with conspiracies, and explore how people slip into conspiratorial thought. Understanding how people think will provide you with life-long skills to navigate your immediate world of higher education and your professional/personal relationships after you graduate.

  • Thinking about Teaching

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Dessie Davis (English and Modern Languages )
    Section F51

    Students will explore teaching/coaching as a profession, focusing on the content area of their choice. They will learn what an average teaching’s day includes, research the TEKS for their chosen content area, and reflect on their beliefs about what it means to be a teacher.

  • Answering Fermi’s Paradox

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kenneth Carrell (Physics and Geosciences)
    Section F52

    We have confirmed thousands of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, so we now know that planetary systems are the rule and not the exception in the universe. We also know that some fraction of those planets are Earth-like. With so many ‘Earths’ in the universe, why haven’t we found life anywhere else, why isn’t the universe full of extraterrestrial communications, and where is everyone? Normally attributed to Enrico Fermi, the question of where is everybody is more relevant today than when it was first asked about 70 years ago. There have been many explanations put forth as answers to the Fermi Paradox. Some are mundane, such as complex life and intelligence are extremely rare. Others are technical, such as we are not listening in the right way or we can’t recognize the signals. And there are also many bizarre and outlandish explanations: we are living in a ‘zoo’, we are all part of a virtual reality, or the aliens are already among us. In this course, we will learn about Fermi’s Paradox and then explore some of its potential solutions. A connection between these and campus life at ASU will be made with an emphasis on how students can solve their own Fermi Paradox.

  • Career & Major Exploration

    TR 8:00-8:50
    John Wegner (English and Modern Languages)
    Section F53

    This class will focus on helping students discover or more completely understand their major and career goals. Using software that identifies students’ values, aptitudes, and aspirations, students will learn what majors and careers are the best “fit,” and they will have a better understanding about the course work and education required to succeed. A great option for students unsure of their major or future career goals.

  • American Culture & Academic Life (For International Students Only)

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Katie Jones (English Modern Languages )
    Section F54

    The purpose of this course is to increase skills and knowledge of American culture among international students and enhance their integration into the university community. Throughout the course, students will gain an understanding of both national and local culture. In addition, students will be introduced to campus resources and strategies that will help them to be academically successful and to enhance their study abroad experience. The course will provide opportunities in and out of class for students to navigate a variety of social scenarios and participate in conversation practice activities.

  • I Love that Show!

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Erica Bailey (Communication / Mass Media)
    Section F55

    Some days we feel like watching a comedy, and other days we’re drawn to action films or a dramatic TV show. This class will explore how our selection of media is influenced by psychological factors such as mood, emotion, and personality traits. We will also examine how our selection and interpretation of media is impacted by social situations and emerging technologies such as co-viewers, mobile devices, time shifting devices, and social media.

  • The Art of Zymurgy

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Nick Negovetich (Biology )
    Section F56

    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.

  • Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Benedict Sum (Visual & Performing Arts)
    Section F58

    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.

  • Most Pawesome Class Ever: How to be

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Gabriela Serrano (English & Modern Languages)
    Section F59

    The course will teach students about local organizations dedicated to rescuing animals–organizations, such as Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, PAWS, Angelo State’s own Cat Coalition, etc.– all around the Concho Valley. We will discuss various issues related to animal advocacy within our local community, such as volunteer opportunities, learning how to contribute to adoption events, making the general public aware about the importance of altering pets, and other means of supporting local organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of animals in our community.