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  • An Easy A

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Laurence Musgrove (English and Modern Languages)
    Section F 01

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

  • Tourism and Intercultural Communication for Social Justice

    TR 3:30-4:20pm
    JongHwa Lee (Communication / Mass Media)
    Section F 02

    This course explores communicative/rhetorical, cultural, and political issues surrounding the experience of “tourism”.  People experience tourism differently:  for some it is a leisure activity, for others, a form of inter-cultural encounter; for some, it is a development strategy, for others, another form of imperialism.  Tourism offers an interesting window for understanding globalization, the culture of post/modernity and post-coloniality, and who we/they are.  In advancing  these issues, this course will highlight how communication/rhetoric plays a pivotal role in tourism.  By the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:  (1) understand tourism offers an intercultural contact zones where we understand who we/they are and how we relate with others.  (2) explain how tourism intersects with globalization and the culture of post/modernity and post coloniality, (3) apply communication/rhetorical principles to manage ethical/relational concerns in tourism, (4) analyze and evaluate how power and plays in tourism, and (5) design creative communication strategies and campaigns in the local tourism context. 

  • I Love that Show!

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Erica Bailey (Communication / Mass Media)
    Section F 03

    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. 

  • Trust in Digital Environments

    TR 3:30-4:20
    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 am 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 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 correct research with the daily lives and common communication tactics of the students.  

  • The Middle Ages through Film and Television

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Sarah Lynch (History)
    Section F 05

    This class will explore the Middle Ages through how we have re-imagined the period in popular culture.  The Middle Ages have often been misunderstood and been cast as the “Dark Ages”, where people were foolish, backward, and under the complete control of religious and political elites.  By watching a wide variety of films and television episodes, we will use our critical thinking skills to analyze how much is an accurate reflection of the Middle Ages and how much is simply a modern fantasy of what they were like.   The materials used in this course will also help use to understand that medieval people were still people, and film and television allows writers and directors to present the humanity and the humor of people in the past.  While we will concentrate mostly on stories based on the European Middle Ages (such as A Knight’s Tale and Blackadder), we will also discover depictions of the global Middle Ages (through films such as Saladin and Mongol).  Students will hone their writing and analytical skills through a series of short reviews where they will reflect on how the Middle Ages are being depicted and why.  Short readings from an OER world history textbook will also be assigned to help students understand the historical context. 

  • Creative Journaling

    MW 12:00-12:50pm
    Marva Solomon (Teacher Education)
    Section F 06

    In this course, students will practice creative journaling as a way to help nurture creativity,thinking, mindfulness, and motivation.  For many people, journaling is a tool that brings order to the chaos of daily life.  Through journaling, students will have opportunities to reflect, to quantify their dreams, to appreciate their strengths, and to focus on achieving goals.

  • Answering Fermi’s Paradox

    MW 12:00 - 12:50pm
    Kenneth Carrell (Physics and Geosciences)
    Section F 07

    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.

  • Learning to Fight Fair

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Leslie Rodriguez (Communication / Mass Media)
    Section F 09

    Conflict is a part of daily life.  This course explores conflict and anger, identifies the type of “fighter” you are, and offers tips for the DOs and DONT’s in conflict to help you preserve your relationships with those most important to you, such as family, friends, professors, bosses, and significant others, etc.

  • The History of BBQ

    MW 12:00-12:50
    John Kellermeier (Agriculture)
    Section F 10

    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.

  • The Sketching Semester

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Devon Stewart (Visual and Performing Arts)
    Section F 11

    This course will encourage students to explore the ASU campus, get to know their faculty members, and take a closer look at their community in San Angelo by assigning them to keep a Semester Sketchbook. Over the course of the semester, students will receive sketching assignments asking them to observe and record various parts of their community, including fellow students, faculty, campus buildings, and public art.  These close-looking assignments will also train students to keep a sketchbook to record their thoughts, observations, and ideas as part of their practice as artists in training.  Weekly coursework will include discussions, peer critiques, and presentations on relevant art topics.  The course will culminate with student presentations of their Semester Sketchbooks and a written reflection. 

  • Movies as Zombie Protection

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

    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.

  • Discovering your Strengths

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kristi White (Health Science Professions)
    Section F 13

    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.

  • Business Aspects of the Superhero Movie Industry

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Michael Conklin (Accounting, Economics, and Finance)
    Section F 14

    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.

  • Navigating the University with Special Needs

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Nicole Dilts (English Modern Languages)
    Section F 15

    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.

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

    TR 3:30-4:20
    You-jou Hung (Physical Therapy )
    Section F 16

    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!

  • Surviving College Stress

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Jay Brown (Health Science Professions)
    Section F 17

    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.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Paul Swets (Dean, Science and Engineering/ Prof. Mathematics)
    Section F 18

    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)

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Katie Jones (English Modern Languages )
    Section F 19

    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, apply critical reading skills, and practice written communication.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Carlos Flores (Teacher Education)
    Section F 20

    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.

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

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kinsey Hansen / Gina Shipley (Curriculum & Instruction)
    Section F 21

    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.

  • Digital Painting with Adobe Photoshop

    TR 12:00-12:50
    Edwin Cuenco (Visual and Performing Arts )
    Section F 22

    The digital painting using Adobe 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.

  • Smart Money

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Trey Holik (Physics and Geosciences)
    Section F 23

    Student debt ($1.6T) exceeds credit card ($1.0T) and automobile ($1.1T) debt as the largest non-mortgage debt in America. With this course I seek to create a freshmen savvy with budgets, wise with investments, and frugal with saving. Each student will produce a hypothetical balanced budget. Each student will also be given a hypothetical $10,000 dollars to invest as they choose for the 8 weeks. Each student will understand the power of compound interest. I will try to have a financial adviser speak to the class. The literacy, interaction, and university resource course requirements can be met through group projects, library/essay assignments, and peer assessment.

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

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Drew Curtis (Psychology & Sociology)
    Section F 24

    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 tool kit for approaching films that portray psychopathology.

  • How to Manage College as an Introvert

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Leah Carruth (Teacher Education )
    Section F 25

    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.

  • Dear Life

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Audrey Zoeller (Agriculture)
    Section F 26

    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.

  • Career Exploration

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Donna Gee (Teacher Education)
    Section F 27

    This class, you will learn about yourself and the facilities available to you at ASU.  You will begin to find ways to match your interests to a career and align your studies at ASU to match that career.  The immediate goal of this course is to gain clarity about your choice of major. 

  • National Park Road Trip

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Bixler (Physics & Geosciences)
    Section F 28

    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 if 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 F 29

    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.

  • Career Exploration

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Kevin Lambert (Visual and Performing Arts)
    Section F 30

    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

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Brenda Norton (Political Science)
    Section F 31

    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.

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