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Fall 2011


Visions of Brazil: Language and Culture 
3 language/3 humanities credits
Luci Moreira/ José Moreira
Are you familiar with Brazil? In 2014 Brazil will host the World Cup and in 2016 the Summer Olympic Games. What about Carnaval, the beaches of Ipanema, the Amazon forest, and its extensive natural resources? The importance of Portuguese and the culture of Brazil are hot topics these days in the pages of financial magazines throughout the world as a growing economy offers new opportunities for business and trade. 
          In Portuguese 101 students will learn the basic language elements required for communication and have connection with Portuguese speakers. The Studies in Brazilian Film class seeks to examine, understand and appreciate Brazil’s society, landscape, culture, and art reflected in literature and in film, and will also function to compare American and Brazilian societies and values from a contemporary perspective.

CSCI199 /ANTH109 (What Does Google Know/Special Topics: Visual Culture)
Seeing with New Eyes (What Does Google Know?) 
3 elective/3 social science credits
Lancie Affonso/Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem
Visual Culture has its roots in cultural studies, including popular digital culture.  Millions of people use Google daily to satisfy their wants, needs, fears, and obsessions, making it a primary repository of contemporary culture.  This interdisciplinary learning community will explore the ways we use “texts” (images, film, television, video, advertisements, performance art: any artifacts of culture) and examine the diverse range of recent approaches to visual analysis.  The community presents key theories on visual culture, examining social and economic impacts of technology and exploring ethical issues, such as privacy and censorship.  Students will develop an understanding of the ideological contexts within which visual culture is produced and comprehended in daily life.

Biology and Psychology:  Gateway to Neuroscience
4 science/3 social science credits
Mark Hurd/Deb Bidwell
This Learning Community is aimed at entering freshmen with a strong desire to become health professionals. These courses will demonstrate and reinforce the inherent, extensive connections between psychology and biology. Psychology 103 will introduce students to the science of behavior with special emphasis on the biological bases of behavior (neuroscience) and psychological disorders. Biology 111 focuses on molecular and cellular biology, including neurobiology highlighting the biochemical processes that define living systems. Special emphasis will be placed on a multimedia approach to this learning community with the use of reading assignments, computer exercises, video clips, written work, group discussions, and a service learning project.  Students will also have an opportunity to attend pre-professional health advising sessions.

Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues
3 social science/3 humanities credits
Jen Wright/Lisa Thompson Ross
Students in our learning community will explore the foundations of psychology, with an eye to how basic neurological and psychological processes (learning, memory, perception, social cognition) help us to understand various gender, race, class, and sexual orientation issues. We’ll also look closely at the development of gender and sexual orientation and the influence that biological, familial, and cultural factors have on developmental trajectories. From the Women’s Studies and Gender side we will discuss historical and contemporary feminism, race, class, and sexual orientation, along with a variety of gender related issues – e.g., eating disorders, sexual harassment, rape, pregnancy and sexual reproduction, etc. Our discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.

Chemistry and Biology for Pre-Med Students
4 science credits/4 major credits for pre-med students
Kathleen Janech/Pamela Gelasco/Wendy Cory
This Learning Community is tailored to incoming freshmen with a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine or in biomedical research. To understand disease processes and modern medical treatments, a solid foundation in both Chemistry and Biology is imperative. These courses will emphasize the natural connections between these two fundamental fields and will help students get a head start on their pre-med requirements.  The community will also include sessions that focus on career opportunities and on strategies and skills required for successful admission to post-baccalaureate programs.

Sacred Ritual to Performance: The Power and the Glory
6 humanities credits
Mary Beth Berry/Tessa Garton
Theatre emerged from myth, ritual, and ceremony.  The earliest rituals developed from the human need to solve the mysteries of nature, transform uncertainty into truth, and preserve cultural identity.  Art and architecture grew alongside providing the sacred ceremonies with a visual reality of those mysteries, truths and identities. This learning community will link the study of symbolic, sacred images, art and architecture from Prehistory through the Middle Ages with an exploration of how the transformative power of sacred rites evolved into the physical action, dramatic voice and the creative arrangement of time and space that is theatre. 

Putting the Spanish in Spanish America
3 language/3 humanities credits
Maria Colomina-Garrigos/Douglas Friedman
What better way is there to study Spanish than to study it in the context of where they speak it most - Latin America!  Introductory Spanish and Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean classes join to create a community that provides a basic understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean through the eyes of a Spanish language learner, History, economy,  politics, culture and the contemporary issues facing the region will be addressed while  improving the students’ Spanish language skills, including their reading, writing and speaking skills.  This community emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the many aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean by utilizing the students’ knowledge of Spanish.

Business, Technology, and Innovation
6 elective credits
Lancie Affonso/Aspen Olmstead
You are a part of what many are calling the most entrepreneurial generation of all time -- a generation that exudes optimism and confidence, a generation of independent thinkers who embrace technology and multiple forms of self-expression. The reality is that this generation has no choice but to be more entrepreneurial. Entry-level jobs are being shipped overseas, companies have dramatically altered their hiring practices, and gold watches are a thing of the past. Students in this business and computer science learning community will learn about business and how companies leverage disruptive technologies. You will also learn how to use Web 3.0 collaborative technologies in your personal, academic, and professional networks.

Business Apps and Web Design
6 elective credits
Lancie Affonso/Christine Moore
Many of the world’s most successful technology firms were created by young people. As a net generation student under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space on the exhilarating stage of business and technology. In this business and computer science learning community students will explore the role of the business enterprise in society (with a special emphasis on how companies leverage emerging technology) and learn how to design and develop cross-browser websites (using CSS and XHTML) that are optimized for search engines.

Exploring Ancient Rome
3 humanities/3 language credits
Noelle Carmichael/Darryl Phillips
An introduction to the daily lives, literature, history and language of the Romans. 
Classics 102 explores Roman religion, entertainment, politics, family life. Latin 101 
introduces the basics of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary while translating 
adapted and original Latin passages that complement many of the civilization topics and 
authors read in Classics 102.

Games, Sports & Rituals in American Experience: Playing With Our American Identities
4 English/3 humanities credits
Mike Duvall/Tom Heeney
Study American culture through the lenses of games, sports, festivals, and rituals, honing your interpretive, research, and writing skills in this learning community that combines Introduction to American Studies (AMST 200) with Introduction to Academic Writing (ENGL 110). Analyzing cultural practices like art, literature, popular culture, urbanism (gardens, parks, and museums), and other playful activities, as well as serious rituals, you will gain insight into how various communities--past and present--conceive of and perform their American identities.  AMST 200 satisfies Humanities core curriculum credit and counts toward the American Studies minor (for those who wish to carry their study further).  ENGL 110 satisfies the first year writing requirement.

The City of Light: A History of Paris
3 humanities/3 language credits
Bill Olejniczak/Lisa Signori
Eiffel-Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame: these evocative images have a place and a past. Combining a First-Year Seminar on Paris with French 101, this unique LC takes you into the French language and the deep history, society, and culture of Paris from antiquity to the present. Through film, internet links, historical accounts, and novels students will explore how Paris became the "capital of modernity," a center of revolution in politics and culture from 1789 through the 20th century. We also examine Paris during the two world wars, "new wave" film, 1968, immigration, mass tourism, and its place as global city today. As a special feature, each student in both classes will develop an expertise on a Parisian neighborhood.

People, Power, and Influence: Interpersonal Communication and Psychological Science
3 social science/3 elective credits
Cindi May/Deb McGee
As young adults transition to full independence, an essential life skill is the ability to advocate for oneself in a variety of situations. In this inclusive learning community, students with and without disabilities will learn about effective self-advocacy by understanding the science of human behavior and the role of communication in relationships.  Topics will include perception, social interaction, information processing, development, verbal and nonverbal assertiveness skills, and effective conflict management. The learning community will involve the use of reading assignments, oral presentations, video clips, written work, group discussions, and a service learning project.  

Computer Music and the Quest for Beauty
3 elective/3 humanities credits
Bill Manaris/Blake Stevens
A community exploring connections between the "beautiful" in music and computing. Students will study the history of computer music, aesthetics, and elements of music theory. Students will investigate aspects of computing and computational thinking related to music making. Students will develop several digital artifacts and elementary musical compositions.

Healing Narratives: Understanding Illness through Storytelling 
4 ENGL/3 social science credits
Kathy Beres Rogers/Silvia Youssef Hanna
This learning community will examine what we now call “patient narratives” by exploring theories of pain, its linguistic expressions, and its psychological impact.  English 110 will begin with analyzing a nineteenth-century letter, arguing for the importance of illness narratives, and researching modern-day stories of illness.  Psychology 103 will introduce the tools psychologists use to investigate, describe, predict, and explain behavior, emotions, and thoughts, emphasizing reactions to illness. A service project involving frequent interaction with area seniors or hospice patients will allow us to understand the healing components behind storytelling.

Movers and Shakers: Politics on a Changing World
3 social science/4 science credits
Helen Delfeld/Elizabeth Rhodes
The study of geology and political science may seem quite dissimilar, but both rely on scientific data accumulation and reasoning skills.  By teaming up Political Science 103 (World Politics) and Geology 103 (Environmental Geology), we intend to draw attention to the parallels and dissimilarities between the physical and the social sciences – you’ll be surprised!  We will investigate the process of scientific inquiry, deepen analytical reasoning skills, and improve critical thinking.  In addition to the essential content of both classes, we will explore some specific intersections of politics and geology, including a culminating project which asks students to study the political effects of a particular geological effect – this might be a terrain feature or a geological disaster like an earthquake or tsunami.

Discover the World: Regional Contexts and Global Issues
4 social science or humanities
Malte Pehl/Kevin Keenan
Learn about foreign and familiar places! Learn about the world!   In this community, the World Regional Geography course (POLS 104) will teach you how to write about local and global places and the linkages among them.  All the while, you will also learn about local contexts, people, politics, and places.  This information will provide the necessary foundation for understanding global issues, such as war, poverty, natural resource depletion, and capitalism. This foundation will provide the framework for the study of historical and contemporary globalization in its many dimensions that will be covered in the Introduction to International Studies course (INTL 100). Among other things, you will study trade and human development from a multidisciplinary perspective, international governance and the changing face of the nation-state, poverty and its relationship to health and hunger, as well as migration and tourism and their relationship with the environment and its degradation. 

Precaculus with Computer Programming
4 math/4 elective credits
Sofia Agrest/RoxAnn Stalvey
This learning community focuses on connection between mathematics and computer science.  Precalculus with Computer Programming invites freshmen majoring in computer science, communication, actuarial studies, mathematics, physics, CITA, and discovery informatics. Students will transition to college through active learning and problem-solving.  We emphasize the inherent links between our disciplines through writing assignments, an interdisciplinary laboratory,supplemental instruction, peer facilitation, and social activities.

Games Cultures Play: Sports in German Culture and Beginning German
3 language/3 humanities credits
Stephen Della Lana/Tom Baginski
This learning community aims to introduce students to the language games of German communication. As students learn to “play” with the language in German 101, they will simultaneously explore the theme of sports as a gateway into German history and culture in LTGR 250 (German Literature in English Translation). While GRMN 101 lays the linguistic foundation for the study of the German language with an emphasis on sports vocabulary, LTGR 250 explores sports and sports culture in Germany with particular attention paid to its various social, political, and historical connections. Topics include: Ancient and Modern Olympic Games, Soccer World Cups, sports techniques, aesthetics of the body, German nationalism, violence, star and hero cult, women's sports, fan identification, media coverage, and sports films.

Communication and Advocacy
4 English/3 elective credits
Caroline Hunt/Julie Davis  
Being able to persuasively and effectively support, oppose, or request some idea, cause, or other item is the heart of advocacy, and important for both personal and professional success. The linked courses in this learning community will introduce students to the strategies, techniques, and ethical implications involved in the advocacy process. It will examine advocacy at many different levels: Self, individual other, group, corporate, and issue. Students will learn how to both create effective advocacy messages and critically evaluate the messages they encounter.

Society and the Individual
4 English/3 social science credits
Marie Fitzwilliam/Ann Stein
Have you ever wondered why people behave the way they do? Do you want to know what creates stereotypes and how they influence the individual?  Observe human behavior through the windows of sociology and English for a better understanding of your world.  Discover the insights that these disciplines offer about how society affects you and how you affect society.   Both classes will look at this theme through provocative essays, readings, and film discussion.  Completion of this community fulfills the English component and one course in the social science component of the College's general education requirements

Stress and Coping:  Individual and Family Factors
6 social science credits
Von Bakanic/Amy Kolak
The shared theme of these courses will examine external factors that may give rise to stress and individuals’ physiological and psychological responses to stress.  This is particularly relevant for incoming students who are themselves experiencing an important life transition; the transition to college.  The following questions will be considered over the course of the semester:  How do social structures such as family, work and higher education across the life cycle contribute to your experience of stress? What is your body’s autonomic response to stress? What effect does acute versus chronic stress have on your health?  Does stress play a positive role in your life?  How can you effectively cope with stress in your life?

Math and Life: Understanding Biology through Statistics
4 science/4 math credits
Miranda McManus/Martin Jones
Do you ever wonder why you have to take science and math when you have no intention of becoming a scientist or a mathematician?  In this learning community, while working to satisfy general education requirements, you will learn how a basic understanding of biology and statistical methods is pertinent to your life.  Biological concepts will be introduced with a practical basis, and statistical analysis will be used to not only emphasize biological concepts, but to help get you interested and engaged in issues that require basic biological understanding in the community.  

Gender and Theatre 
6 humanities credits
Alison Smith/Susan Kattwinkel
Issues of gender, while they influence all of society, get special attention in the theatre, where role-playing and identity construction are at the heart of the art form.  In this Learning Community concepts of gender construction and gendered social movements will be examined - for their social origins and theories in the Women’s and Gender Studies class, and through their artistic application in theatrical production.  We will explore some of the major gender theorists in both courses, and look at how gender is approached in cultural products of all types.



Me, Myself and My 23: Living in the Genetic Era
3 elective credits
Chris Korey
Would you have your own genome sequenced? Will we be able to create medicines personally tailored for each individual patient? What does genetics tell us about sexuality and gender? How is genetics impacting reproductive choices? This seminar will focus on genetics and genetic testing to examine the growing role genetic technology plays in how we live, die, and reproduce.  We will focus on understanding the underlying genetic principles as well as the social and ethical implications of each topic discussed in class.

Molecular Biology in the News
3 elective credits
Agnes Southgate
Why do we care that a bacterium can live on arsenic? Should you save the blood from the umbilical cord of a newborn? Would you like to have your own clone? The seminar will explore a selection of molecular biology topics, which are often exposed in the news. We will discover the basic biological principles behind issues such as the origin(s) of life, cloning, stem cells and genetically modified food but will also discuss the economical, societal and legal aspects of these innovations. The seminar will include class discussion, reading of the scientific primary literature and writing several reports on molecular biology “news breakthroughs”. The seminar will also call on invited speakers from the College of Charleston and the Charleston medical communities.

Games & Gladiators: Athletic Competition in the Greco-Roman World
3 humanities credits
Kristen Gentile
Athletics have become a ubiquitous part of modern society. We are inundated with stories of athletic competitions and associated scandals. This seminar will address these issues in the Greco-Roman world. We will look at how athletics were understood in antiquity by examining the development of sport and spectacle. We will discuss how athletic competitions developed out of a ritual context and their importance within ancient religious systems. In addition, we will examine the development of athletics in the Roman world, especially in the form of gladiatorial games. In this seminar, students will read a variety of ancient authors, including Homer, Pindar, Pausanias, Suetonius, and 
Tertullian, all of whom describe the role of athletics in Greek and Roman culture.

Gaming 101: An Introduction to Videogames and the Study of Play 
3 humanities credits
David Parisi
In this course, students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of digital games and the field of ludology.  We will explore the history of digital games, considering the various arguments for and against games that have accompanied their rise to prominence.  Students will also learn about the methods and techniques used in the study of video games, and have the chance to engage in textual analysis of games. Though students are not expected to have experience with digital games prior to enrolling in the class, students will be expected to “get their hands dirty” and play games often throughout the semester.

Shakespeare on Screen
3 humanities credits
Kay Smith 
If you like Shakespeare and enjoy films, this course will help you learn more about both.  We will look in depth at films from five or six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  We will also become familiar with the “language” of film and develop a sense of how the language of Shakespeare can adapt to this visual medium in a number of ways.  We will also examine the different “screen” approaches to Shakespeare, from animation and digital media to YouTube and beyond.  There will be movie screenings on Wednesday evenings.

The Maltese Flamingo: Modern Crime Fiction from Hammett to Hiaasen
3 humanities credits
Dennis Williams
In this course, we will read a cross-section of modern crime fiction, from the “hard-boiled” classics of Hammett and Chandler to the ecologically concerned, comically inflected work of Carl Hiaasen and the postmodernism of Paul Auster.  Such works raise issues (e.g., the problem of stereotypical gender roles, questions about the structure of identity and aggressivity, post-World War II American existentialism—the “underside” of the urban American Dream, the institution and circumvention of moral codes, the codification of narrative structures and their psychological effects, etc.) that we will approach via historicism, cultural studies, narrative theory, feminism, and psychoanalysis.  In addition, we will view some classic and, if time allows, contemporaryFilm Noir, comparing its conventions with those of the books.

Neurobics: Sparking Mental Connections
3 elective credits
Susan Flynn
Want to learn how exercise and physical activity build brain cells?  This course will expose students to basic neuroscience terminology and explore current brain research. findings which support the link between physical activity and academic performance.  Be prepared to put theory to practice as you develop and teach action-based lessons to children in a school-based setting.  Using motor assessment tools and creative lessons, students will track the children’s motor skill progress and academic skill improvements.

Teaching Fellows
3 elective credits
Diana Cheshire
This course is the first in a series of learning experiences for students who have chosen education as their major and profession and who have been accepted in the College of Charleston's Teaching Fellows Program. 
All courses in the teacher preparation programs in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance (SOEHHP) are guided by a commitment to “Making the Teaching Learning Connection.” The objectives for this course are that the students will demonstrate an understanding of the dignity and worth of individuals from diverse cultural, social, ethnic and racial backgrounds, understand themselves as culture bearers and this impact on teaching, demonstrate beliefs, values and assumptions which contribute to their understanding of schooling, and consistently communicate the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and interpreting.

A Window into Russia: the major people, events, and influences of Russia’s cultural history 
3 humanities credits
Oksana Petrovna
Think you know Russia? Think again. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world has only begun to glimpse Russia’s rich history and extraordinary culture. “A Window into Russia” leads you through 1200 years to the present in a sweeping survey of Russia’s major historical turning points and figures, with special insight into the worlds of literature, art, music, and dance. You have never seen Russia—the real Russia—like this, and you will never think of it the same way. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world’s most dynamic and intriguing cultures that is once again on the rise.
(also towards Russian Studies minor)

The History of Latinos/as in the United States
3 humanities credits
Carla Breidenbach
Have you wondered about the social, cultural, and political roles that Latin@s play in the United States? This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the rich and diverse experiences of the different Latin@ populations in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and Central and South Americans.  Using interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches (film, literature, and scholarly articles), the course explores such topics as: the immigration process, language issues, politics, education, gender roles, and media portrayal of Latin@s. As the semester goes along, the general broad scope will shift to narrower more regional focus of Latin@s in the Southeast.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills, learn about linguistic, cultural, and sociological analysis, and engage in field research with the local Latin@ community.

Film and Southern History
3 humanities credits
Tammy Ingram
After a White House screening of Birth of a Nation in 1915, President (and historian) Woodrow Wilson exclaimed, “It’s like writing history with lightning!”  This course will explore how films have written and rewritten history in the century since.  Students will watch a variety of films about the South---from documentaries to Hollywood feature films---and explore the ways different genres inform our understanding of the region’s past.  The course is designed to teach students to do the everyday work of historians---research, analysis, writing---using films instead of traditional historical texts.  In weekly one-page film memos, students will learn to write succinctly and effectively about films, and at the end of the semester they will submit detailed film proposals in lieu of traditional research papers. 

Magic and the Supernatural in European History
3 humanities credits
Jason Coy
What was it like to live in a world populated by ghosts, demons, and werewolves?  This seminar will examine the interplay between magic and religion in early modern Europe, exploring the era’s supernatural beliefs.  By reading recent scholarship in the field and analyzing documents from the period, we will study popular superstition in the early modern era, the violence of the great witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the gradual decline of supernatural beliefs in the eighteenth century.
Counts as HIST115.

World History Through Food
3 humanities credits
Timothy Coates
Using food as the focus to understand long distance trade and connections, this course will also provide a historical and cultural understanding of different, selected cultures.  Students begin by examining fundamental global foods (wheat, rice, potatoes, and tubers), then move to selected foods (one per student), then examine a couple of foods important on the world stage, post 1500.  These include sugar (formation of the Atlantic World, New World slavery), spices (global exploration, initial contacts), and chocolate (contact, borrowing, adaptation, industrialization).  After group work on selected cultures, we then conclude with visits to representative restaurants (e.g. Vietnamese, Indian).  In each case, students read and present relevant materials beforehand.  After the visit, the meal is linked to a short written assignment (e.g. In what ways did the food of X reflect its history and culture?).

The City of Light:  A History of Paris
3 humanities credits
Bill Olejniczak
How were Notre Dame and Versailles Palace built? Who conversed at the Café Procope and Cafe Flore? Why did millions visit the Exposition of 1889? What is the "Left Bank?" How did Parisians experience the world wars? This course answers these questions and more as we explore the deep history of Paris from antiquity to the present with a focus on how it became the "capital of modernity," an epicenter of revolution in politics, art, and boulevard life and an international magnet for culture.  Students will learn the skills of the historian through analysis of primary accounts, novels, and web-sites. As a special feature, each student will develop an expertise on a Parisian neighborhood.

Understanding Israel 
3 humanities credits
Joshua Shanes
This course will first introduce students to the history of Israel from the birth of modern Zionism until today.  We will then focus closely on the contentious issues in contemporary Israeli society: political dynamics, religious-secular tensions, immigration and refugees, internal ethnic conflicts, military culture, the role of women, and of course Israel's prolonged conflict with the Palestinians and Arab states.  Class readings will consist largely of primary sources in translation, which we will learn to read critically and to contextualize. Students will leave not only with a good grasp of the history of Israel, but will be encouraged to appreciate the legitimacy of multiple perspectives on numerous controversial issues.

Children and the Holocaust
3 humanities credits
Theodore Rosengarten
Why did Nazi Germany target Jewish children with such special ferocity?  A small number escaped or were rescued and lived to write their recollections which are just now surfacing.  The ordeal of non-Jewish children in war-time Europe—German, Polish, Ukranian—a story long buried in silence, is also finding a voice in film and literature today.  This seminar will investigate the experiences of all children who were swept up in the “Final Solution” and ask questions they might have asked about the world that produced the catastrophe whose meaning eludes us still.

The Mathematical Mechanic
3 math credits
Annalisa Calini
This course is named after the book by Mark Levi, a professor of mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. Physical intuition and experiments (both thought experiments and simple mechanical demonstrations) will be used to solve a host of mathematical problems and introduce students to simplified and enlightening proofs of mathematical theorems. For example, a spinning fish tank filled with water provides a proof of Pythagoras’ theorem, Fermat’s principle describing the path traveled by a light ray can save a drowning victim, mathematical inequalities are derived by electric shorting, riding a bicycle can compute areas, and the best fit of a set of data is found using a device made from a rod and springs.  Discovery of how physics and mathematics illuminate each other will appeal to the scientifically curious. Only high school precalculus and some basic geometry are necessary for this course.  This course counts toward the Math/Logic Gen Ed requirement.

Business Skills, Student Leadership: Taking the Plunge
3 elective credits
Carrie Messal
Several topics from business apply to students’ roles in community service and cmpus leadership.  For example, campus leaders need to understand marketing and product selection, motivation, succession planning, professional communication, and budgeting.  Students will be encouraged to apply these concepts to their campus and work roles.  Students will also take part in the Higdon Student Leadership Center’s programs for freshmen.

Funny Numb3rs for Business Students 
3 elective credits
Lancie Affonso
The future belongs to those students who understand how to collect, analyze, visualize, and use their data successfully. Business managers are increasingly required to justify decisions on the basis of data from model-based computer decision support systems. This course in business intelligence and statistics appreciation is designed to make sound statistical thinking enjoyable and understandable in business terms. This course will provide you with the basic concepts of quantitative and qualitative data analysis as well as methods of statistical analysis for processes, products and services.

The Rule of Law
3 humanities credits
Larry Krasnoff
The rule of law is endorsed by virtually everyone across the political spectrum.  But in its most basic sense, the rule of law is simply the imposition of common rules by a central authority.  But why should we accept any set of rules?  How can mere submission to an authority be a universal value?  Are there ethical constraints internal to the rule of law, and if so, where do they come from?
We will study the answers given to these questions by classic texts from the history of Western thinking about the rule of law:  both theoretical works about the nature of law (Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Montesquieu) and literary works about the experiences of individuals subject to legal systems (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Melville, Kafka).

How things work: The Physics of Everyday Life
3 elective credits
Sorinel Oprisan
Do you ever wonder why ice skating is possible? How you measure the mass of astronauts in weightlessness? How sound is produced? How your CD player is producing music? How electricity is generated and transported? How a radio works? Why the sky is blue and why there are rainbows? How clocks keep time? How your computer monitor and plasma screen TV produce their colors and pictures? This course introduces students to physics in the context of everyday life by focusing on concepts rather than math and on familiar objects rather than abstract constructs. Among other goals, the course intends to reduce students' fears of science, to convey a substantial understanding of our modern technological world, to be a useful and enjoyable component of their education.

The U.S. Intelligence Community: Separating Fact from Fiction
3 social science credits
Mary Desjeans
Through literature and movies, students will examine the role of intelligence in US national security decision-making.  Working with an instructor who is a currently-serving senior Central Intelligence Agency officer, students will focus on key aspects of intelligence activities within our democratic society, such as the intelligence mission, analytic and operational activities, and executive and congressional oversight over intelligence programs.  This seminar will highlight critical evaluation of the course materials and call on students to contribute their individual insights and to participate in group discussions of the ideas, concepts, and facts surrounding the proper role of intelligence in safeguarding US national security.

Decision Science: The Mistakes that Everyone Makes
3 social science credits
Anthony Bishara
Why are people more afraid of shark attacks than of diabetes, even though diabetes kills more people?   What common mistakes do people make with money and investments?  How can doctors better explain choices to patients so that patients make better decisions?  Are people basically rational, irrational, or perhaps something entirely different?  To address these questions, this course will introduce the science of judgment and decision-making, a growing field of inquiry derived mainly from psychology, but also economics, marketing, public policy, and other disciplines.

Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
3 social science credits
Vincent Spicer
Very few people go through life without ever feeling discriminated against for one reason or another. Thus, social discrimination is experienced widely and takes many different forms. This course offers a broad examination of the many forms of discrimination and their impact on people who are targets of such behavior. Additional discussion will focus on the related topics of stereotyping and prejudice.  Students will learn about the interrelatedness of these three factors and how one can contribute to another.  Additional focus will be on the challenges that people face in their personal efforts to reduce their own prejudices and/or to encourage prejudice reduction in others. Finally, students will appraise organizational strategies for reducing prejudice and discrimination and examine the debate on affirmative action.

The Sociology of Food
3 social science credits
Idee Winfield
Biology may dictate that we eat, but what and how we eat depend upon wider cultural values and social practices. This course puts food into its social contexts. We will explore how what we eat and the way we eat it expresses our social identities; how preparing and consuming (or not consuming) food reproduce gender roles; how the system for producing and marketing food affects what (and how much) we eat; and how food is both an object of politics and a basis for social movements.

American Football as Cultural Performance
3 humanities credits
Jay Ball
American football is both a national entertainment and a vital expression of American culture. It is also an industry, a rite of male initiation, a site of social conflict, and a source of modern mythology rich in collective memory. In this seminar, we shall employ a body of theories about ritual, theatre, and human communication known collectively as “performance studies” to trace the co-evolution of American football and society from its amateur origins to its present, multi-faceted state. For their final projects, students will reconstruct and analyze key plays, games, strategic innovations, and controversies in addition to memorable examples of football in advertising and film.

Female Action Figures on the Screen
3 humanities credits
Evan Parry
If a woman wields a gun is she strong?  If a woman is physically aggressive is she an empowered woman, or is she just acting like a man? Why have women of physical action, even “violence” been traditionally regarded as unacceptable or abnormal? Are there motives that justify such violence? Is a violent (or simply physically strong) woman more acceptable now than 30 years ago? Is such a woman more or less acceptable in America than elsewhere? Through the viewing of a variety of films, this course will explore answers to these questions by critically evaluating the way in which female action figures are constructed both visually and thematically on the screen.

Visual Culture in Theatre Practice
3 humanities credits
Janine McCabe 
Images can communicate ideas as strongly as words. When we watch plays, movies, TV, or even walk down the street; the colors, lines and style of all we see has an impact.  Visual communication is a crucial element in the collaborative process of creating theatre. This seminar will explore and analyze the way design teams communicate visually and verbally in the process of developing a production.  Students will see plays and movies, meet designers and directors, and collaborate with each other to understand the communicative power of images.

The Economics of Globalization
3 social science credits
Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez
This course provides an introduction to key aspects of economic development and basic economic analysis to explain the globalization phenomena. Students will examine real-world case studies which illustrate international market integration. Students will also be exposed to Economics methodological tools.  This course will challenge students to discover the global chain of economic relationships that affect their everyday lives.  What they will find is that their daily milk involves a lot more than just cows and that their Ipods are incredibly multicultural. This first-year seminar does not require previous knowledge of economics.

Stories of Chinese Youth: Tradition and Culture in Chinese Cinema
3 humanities credits
Lei Jin
What do we see in the dreams of Chinese youth, past and present, and in city and countryside? How are their dreams and lives shaped and impacted by traditional cultural values and a rapidly changing society? Focusing on the cinematic presentations of the lives of youth, this course will first introduce to the students the Chinese traditions and values in which the martial arts movies are deep rooted. Switching from the imagined world to reality, the course will explore the social, cultural, and environmental impacts brought about by the dramatic changes of the past three decades in China. In addition, the students will gain a better understanding of the cultural conflicts faced by young Chinese immigrants and American travelers as they seek to live and learn American or Chinese society, respectively.

The Role of the Quran in Contemporary Islam
3 humanities credits
Ghazi Abuhakema
The course introduces students to some of the key themes of the Quran and its role as a source of authority for Muslims, alongside the Hadith- sayings and deeds traced back to the prophet Mohammad. The course depicts how the Quran was revealed, transmitted, compiled, disseminated and interpreted. In addition, the course will examine some current, and in some cases controversial, issues (e.g., the role of women in Islam, Jihad, the Islamic view of other religious traditions, etc.) and explore how particular Quranic passages have been cited and interpreted with respect to these issues. Readings of the Quran and other texts including classic and contemporary commentaries will be based on English translations; thus knowledge in Arabic will not be required.