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

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Drew Curtis (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work / CRN 12468)
    Section F 47

    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.

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

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Katie Jones (English Modern Languages / CRN 12854)
    Section F 51

    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.

  • Animal Camouflage

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Ben Skipper (Biology / CRN 12923)
    Section F 02

    This course will explore the evolution and maintenance of camouflage in animals with emphasis on the adaptive significance of different forms of camouflage including background matching, obliterative shading, disruptive coloration, dazzle camouflage, and masquerade. Students completing the course will be able to recognize forms of camouflage by name, understand how they function from the perspective of would be predators and prey, and understand the scientific methods that have helped uncover the biology of animal camouflage.

  • Anime: Swords and Alchemy

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Bixler (Physics & Geosciences / CRN 11952)
    Section F 42

    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 / CRN 12980)
    Section F 61

    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!

  • Career Explorations

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mario Barrientos (Mathematics / CRN 11868)
    Section F 08

    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 Explorations

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Sonja Varbelow (Teacher Education / CRN 12085)
    Section F 05

    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 Explorations

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Kevin Lambert (Visual Performing Arts / CRN 12566)
    Section F 06

    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 Explorations

    TR / 3:30 - 4:20
    Brenda Norton (Political Science / CRN 12038)
    Section F07

    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.

  • Crime Scene Mysteries

    MW 11:00 - 11:50
    Shawn Morrow (Security Studies & Criminal Justice / CRN 12609)
    Section F 41

    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.

  • Cultural Conflict: The Indian Wars

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Tony Mullis (Security Studies/Criminal Justice / CRN 12608)
    Section F 03

    This course covers the period of inter-action between the “Indians” (indigenous peoples), and Europeans and “Americans” from the 17th to 19th centuries. The instructor provides background though select readings, active learning exercises, and film. Classes are learner centric and focus on cultural issues associated with Euro-American and Native American conflict from the colonial wars between the English and French new-comers and the tribes they encountered, through the Anglo-Indian versus French-Indian wars, the usually ignored but significantly important wars of the early Federal period of the new republic, and those of the more familiar post-Civil War “American West.” The tragedy of Wounded Knee completes the course survey.

  • Digital Painting with Adobe Photoshop

    TR 11:00-11:50
    Edwin Cuenco (Visual and Performing Arts / CRN 12570)
    Section F 48

    This is an introductory course into the world of digital illustration. Whether you’re a freshmen or high school student looking for more insight into graphic design, photography, fine arts, or just someone looking to learn something new, everyone will get something out of this art class. Students will study basic techniques of digital illustration using Adobe Photoshop to create original artworks. Through hands-on projects, collaborative learning and/or client-based works, students will learn the visual process of creating comic art, character and background design, storyboarding, including t-shirt and poster illustrations. Significant progress toward excellence and development of personal ideas is expected through focus and practice. Creativity and experimentation is highly encouraged.

  • Digital Storytelling in 21st Century Society and Culture

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Marva Solomon (Teacher Education / CRN 12083)
    Section F 27

    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.

  • Discovering your Strength

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kristi White (Physical Therapy / CRN 12965 )
    Section F 60

    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.

  • Education for the 21st Century

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Christine Purkiss (Teacher Education / CRN 12097)
    Section F 55

    In public schools across America how does education need to change to meet the demands of the 21st century? How has education changed over the last hundred years? Many future jobs that children entering elementary schools today will have, have not even been invented yet. What does that mean as we educate the youth of tomorrow?

  • Ethics and Sports

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jordan Daniel (Kinesiology / CRN 12640)
    Section F 33

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the leadership and ethics in sport. An emphasis will be placed on the application of leadership theories and ethical dilemmas. In doing so the student will gain a holistic understanding of leadership and ethics in sports.

  • Everything Dies

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Scott Williams (Physics and Geosciences / CRN 11956)
    Section F 44

    “Everything Dies” is a course related to the science of cataclysmic events that have resulted in (or may result in) widespread death. Examples include the events that lead to the extinction of dinosaurs, the end of nuclear fusion processes in the Sun, change in the Earth’s magnetic field, nuclear warfare, etc. Emphasis will be placed on identifying reliable information resources and describing scientific processes with technical accuracy through writing.

  • Examining Beliefs-Liminal Thinking

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Ron Scott (English & Modern Languages / CRN 12851)
    Section F 22

    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.

  • Express Yourself! Self-Exploration through Creative Nonfiction

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Julie Gates (English Modern Languages / CRN 12855)
    Section F 59

    College is not only an experience during which students gain knowledge and prepare for a future career, it is also a time when young people examine their conceptions of themselves as individuals separate from their families and home towns. In this course, while reading the reality-based stories of creative nonfiction writers, students will begin writing a script of their lives in progress, with special attention to their increasing understanding of their own identities. They will engage in research about some element of their life experiences or personality, and will assist their fellow classmates in their own journeys of self awareness and written expression.

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

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Linda Kornasky (English & Modern Languages / CRN 12852)
    Section F 23

    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 funny online content about gender, which might include the “Feminist Ryan Gosling” Tumblr meme, the Uncultured Lesbian on Tumblr, Kate McKinnon’s Justin Beiber parody videos, the new “Motosexual” man trend, and so much more. Warning: this course is for a mature audience of people ready to laugh. . 

  • Graphic Design with Adobe Illustrator

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Ben Sum (Visual & Performing Arts / CRN 12595)
    Section F 57

    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.

  • History & Utility of Livestock Breeds in the US

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Chase Runyan (Agriculture / 12285)
    Section F 18

     “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 Manage College as an Introvert

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Leah Carruth (Teacher Education / CRN 12092)
    Section F 46

    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.

  • How to Take an Online Class

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Carlos Flores (Teacher Education / CRN 12094)
    Section F 49

    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

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Jamal Husein (Accounting, Economics & Finance / CRN 12964)
    Section F 15

    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 / CRN 12963)
    Section F 58

    This course is designed to familiarize freshmen students how to integrate various personal technologies for problem-solving techniques, organizing their work, and taking full advantage of their ASU learning experience.  Technologies used in a college setting are highlighted, the student will be prepared to use the resources available for later course work and to move those learned skills directly into the workforce as a highly productive citizen.  The first half of the class student will learn what it takes to overcome the many challenges in a college environment from goal setting to habits of successful students. The student will follow the challenges and attributes of “Rudy” Ruettiger as he overcame many challenges as a student at Notre Dame University (both on and off the football field). 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. Emphasis will be on critical thinking, information literacy, communication, and community engaged learning.

  • Learning How to Learn

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Wayne Humphrey (Mathematics / CRN 11870)
    Section F 56

    In this course we will take a close look at the learning styles of each individual learner. We will do this by completing a learning styles inventory. After primary learning styles have been identified, learners will research their individualized learning style. We will broaden the learner’s ability to be successful by utilizing key aspects of their learning style. This will be investigated by research from credible sources, utilizing the resources of the university library and other online resources. Learners will use a variety of tools such as class discussion, projects, group activities, and compositions to better understand how they learn and apply it to their academic success.

  • Lights, Camera, Action: Teach!

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Donna Gee (Teacher Education / CRN 12088)
    Section F 43

    There is much we can learn from the messages and images portrayed in movies and video clips. 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 and video clips that depict teaching with a focus on skills of written communication, oral communication, and information literacy.

  • Masculinity & American Movies

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    John Wegner (Dean, Freshman College/Prof EML / CRN 12960)
    Section F 53

    In many ways, movies are the dominant narrative of the 21st century, and Americans are virtually bombarded with access and opportunity to watch these films. There’s not really any doubt that this barrage of pop culture influences our expectations and identities. During this class, we’ll ask how masculine identity (and thus any other identities) are formed, reinforced, and impacted by American movies. What does it mean, for instance, to “act like a man?” Do big girls really “not cry?” As importantly, we’ll look at the way movies challenge our ideas about gender and how they confirm those ideas. Within those conversations, we’ll practice our critical thinking skills, our writing skills, and discuss how each of you can persist toward a college degree.

  • Oh the Places You’ll Go!

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kathleen Price (Kinesiology / CRN 12635)
    Section F 24

    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 / CRN 12645)
    Section F 38

    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.

  • Performing Identity

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Ashley Meyer (Visual Performing Arts / CRN 12567)
    Section F 10

    This course is a critical examination of the performance of personal identity thru theory and practical, experiential theatre exercises. We will consider how our personal identities are shaped by and for intersecting issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other themes. Students will engage in intercultural dialogue and develop a stronger awareness of the connections between cultural communications and the performances of personal identities. Through lectures, discussion, reflective papers, and a final performance, students will gain a stronger self-awareness and improved skills to critically evaluate the performance choices dominating a particular society and how that may impact those affected by that society. Students will engage with texts from various disciplines to develop their understandings of how personal identities are formed and subsequently performed by the individual. Furthermore, they will learn to examine every choice they make for their personal identity as a critical performance choice and what communications or consequences result from each of those choices. Students will explore why they dress and speak the way they do and how that affects interpersonal communication and self-fulfillment.

  • Personal and Family History

    MW 12:00-12:50
    David Faught (English and Modern Languages / CRN 12691)
    Section F 32

    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.

  • Philosophy of Games

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Dennis Hall (Mathematics / CRN 11869)
    Section F 35

    A careful look at the philosophy behind what makes a game. In this course, we will explore what a game is, what rules are, why people break rules, and how games are shaped by our culture. We will use techniques in game theory to discuss strategies in games and applications of those strategies to real life situations.

  • Post-Apocalyptic Games & Videos

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Shirley Simpson (Psyc/Soc/SW / CRN 12464)
    Section F 14

    In this course, students will use post-apocalyptic games (e.g., video games, board games, and role-playing games), television programs, and movies as a vehicle to understand world-building from a sociological perspective. They will grapple with such questions as: What happens after people survive a cataclysmic event? Where do they go? Who do they trust? How do they rebuild? How do their decisions affect their life chances and those of their progeny?

  • Presence and Mindfulness

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Laurence Musgrove (English and Modern Languages / CRN 12853)
    Section F 30

    This course will introduce students to habits of presence and mindfulness that contribute to success in learning and relationships with others.

  • Protest Music: Songs of the Revolution in the 60’s

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Manny Campos (Political Science / CRN 12036)
    Section F 01

    This course will delve into the anti-war and protest songs of the Vietnam-era and the 1960s. We will look at specific artists and songwriters, as well as some songs from the more conservative counter movement. Music from Merle Haggard, The Beatles, and Credence Clearwater Revival will be examined.

  • Pseudoscience & Media

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Andy Wallace (Physics & Geosciences / CRN 11946)
    Section F 39

    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.

  • Psychology of Humor

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Kyle W. van Ittersum (Psyc/Soc/SW / CRN 12466)
    Section F 40

    What makes you laugh? Have you ever wanted to know what makes something funny? Throughout this course, we will examine humor in various forms including movies, TV, internet culture, and others. We will also examine theories of humor that psychologists and others have used to understand humor, its purpose, and common uses. Students in this class should be prepared to read, write, analyze, think, and laugh.

  • Rock and Roll Stories

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Terry Dalrymple (English Modern Languages / CRN 12850)
    Section F 13

    The course will engage students in reading several short stories written by rock and roll musicians. As an introduction to the musicians, students will listen to a few songs by them. The purpose is to begin engaging students with close reading via their engagement with pop culture. Students will be required to participate in discussions of the readings, write two to four short papers, and learn about ASU resources, programs, and activities.

  • Satan Science: Misunderstood and Misused Concepts of Biology

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Michael Scott Burt (Biology / CRN 12924)
    Section F 19

    Science literacy and an understanding of the scientific process are in decline. This signature course is designed to partially address these concerns by focusing on commonly misunderstood and often misused concepts of biology. We will briefly discuss the scientific process and the value of evidence based conclusions, the dangers of Lysenkoism, followed by conversations about what a theory and hypothesis actually represent from a scientific point of view, and of how these are regularly misunderstood by the general public. Finally, we will have detailed discussions about important biological concepts that are commonly misunderstood or intentionally misused to sway public opinion. Topics to discuss include (but are not limited to) evolution, climate change, and vaccinations. By the end of the course, students should better understand the importance of these scientific conclusions, be able to critically evaluate scientific data, and be able to identify misleading, non-scientific arguments.

  • Science of Love & Sex

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Crystal Kreitler (Psychology / Sociology /Social Work / CRN 12467)
    Section F 45

    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.

  • Science/Fiction

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Allison Dushane (English Modern Languages / CRN 12849)
    Section F 12

    What is the relationship between science fiction and the production of scientific knowledge? In this class, we will read contemporary science fiction in conversation with nonfiction sources as a way of thinking through the relationship between literature and other disciplines. Through our discussions of these short stories and films, we may include climate change, artificial intelligence, genre editing technologies, disease outbreaks, and space exploration.

  • Shakespeare and Social Justice

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Mike Burnett (Visual & Performing Arts / CRN 12569)
    Section F 29

    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.

  • Sports Champions & Their Sponsors

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Gayle Randall (Management / Marketing / CRN 12392)
    Section F 34

    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.

  • Strategies of College Success

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Connie Heimann (Biology / CRN 12927)
    Section F 52

    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. Included will be 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.

  • Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense

    MW 12:00 - 12:50
    Mark Jarmon (Security Studies / Criminal Justice / CRN 12755)
    Section F 09

    This course will provide the student with principles and techniques of Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense. Students will develop essential skills & mechanics involved in the art of Tae Kwon Do. Students will also learn the importance of self-defense & personal safety and basic blocking, kicking, punching, & self-defense techniques. This course will start with a safety & physical conditioning with martial arts and will increase as we move towards the end of the semester, as muscular strength and aerobic endurance capabilities, & self-defense skills are simultaneously increased.

  • The Art of Zymurgy

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Nick Negovetich (Biology / CRN 12925)
    Section F 20

    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 Ram Band and You: Being Successful While Staying Involved

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Jonathan Alvis (Visual & Performing Arts / CRN 12568)
    Section F 28

    The Ram Band is one of the largest and most visible student organizations on the ASU campus. The Ram Band Family is a large and connected group of people from all walks of life that have contributed to the great history and tradition of this organization. While exploring the history and traditions of the Ram Band, learn multiple ways to maximize your time, utilize university resources, achieve at the highest level, and graduate on time while staying involved and helping to write the next chapter in the band’s history. Membership in the Ram Band is not required for this GS course.

  • The Western & American Cultural Value

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Jason Pierce (History / CRN 12962)
    Section F 31

    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.”

  • Thriving as a First Generation Student

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Flor Leos Madero (Communication & Mass Media / CRN 12016)
    Section F 11

    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. This course aims to equip first-generation college students with skills necessary to thrive in the world of 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.

  • Toward More Effective Thinking

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Paul Swets (Dean, Science & Engineering / Prof. Mathematics / CRN 11985)
    Section F 54

    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 Sex

    TR 3:30-4:20
    Mike Dixon (Biology / CRN 12926)
    Section F 21

    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 / CRN 12961)
    Section F 25

    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. 

  • When Filmmaking was Women’s Business

    TR 3:30 - 4:20
    Elizabeth-Christine Muelsch (English & Modern Languages / CRN 12690)
    Section F 17

    In May 2017, Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to receive the Palme d’Or for best director at the Cannes Film Festival, illustrating that the contemporary film industry is rather biased against women. The difficult working conditions for women in an industry marked by subtle and not so subtle sexist attitudes have been addressed countless times, most candidly by Patricia Arquette during her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech.

    However, the film industry has not always been hostile and discriminatory toward women. Indeed, during the war years (1914-1918) many European female artists, writers, and actors sought film as a new venue to express themselves, enabling them to become innovate film directors who often mentored others along the way. At that time, the European film industry was actually quite open to female newcomers. This course will focus on female film directors during the early years of the film industry. They were women who significantly shaped existing film genres or they created new ones.

  • Where Society & Agriculture Collide

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Michael Salisbury (Agriculture / CRN 12284)
    Section F 16

    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

    TR 8:00 - 8:50
    Doyle Carter (Kinesiology / CRN 12647)
    Section F 36

    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.

  • Zombies and Brains

    MW 12:00-12:50
    Steve Brewer (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work / CRN 12465)
    Section F 26

    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.