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Fall 2013

All FYE courses include a weekly synthesis seminar (FYES)

Learning Communities

First-Year Seminars

Course Descriptions

Beyond Bratwurst and BMWs: Understanding German Business Culture (LC 20)
GRMN 101: Elementary German and LTGR 250: Special Topic
CRNs: 13592 and 13593 and 13604    MWF 10:00-10:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 2:00-2:50pm
Christiane Steckenbiller and Della Lana
3 language and 3 humanities credits 

More than just Bratwurst and BMWs, German business is a global phenomenon with an important economic impact on SC and the US—there are over 270 German companies based in SC alone. Our learning community will explore economic and business-related issues in the 20th and 21st century German speaking world. Through film and literary and historical texts, we’ll discuss critically the German economic miracle after World War II, its role in industrialization, globalization, consumerism, and as the economic powerhouse of the EU. German 101 will introduce students to the German language with an emphasis on business communication and etiquette.

Visions of Brazil: Language and Culture (LC 23)
PORT 101: Elementary Portuguese and LTPO 270: Studies in Brazilian Film
CRNs: 11751 and 13842 and 13841     MWF 12:00-12:50pm and MW 2:00-3:15pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
Jose Moreira and Luci Moreira
3 language and 3 humanities credits

The main goal of the two classes is to prepare responsible global citizens in a diverse, open-minded, and globally aware community.
Portuguese 101 is an introductory language course with a strong emphasis on Brazil, a nation of increasing global importance economically, politically, and environmentally. Students will learn the basic language elements required for communication and connection with Portuguese speakers. Classes encompass cultural elements through music, films, dance, capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), and cuisine of Brazil.
LTPO 270 is a class on Brazilian studies that focuses on films based on literary works by the most important Brazilian authors. The 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.

Spanish and Latin American Theatre (LC 3)
SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish and THTR 176: Intro to Theatre
CRNs: 10693 and 13660 and 13675     MWF 2:00-2:50pm and TR 1:40-2:55pm and M 1:00-1:50pm
Allen Lyndrup and Devon Hanahan
3 humanities and 3 language credits

Spain and Latin America have produced many outstanding playwrights over the centuries, ranging from the Golden Age authors of Spain to contemporary writers of magic realism. This Learning Community will pair THTR 176, Introduction to Theatre, with a Spanish 202 class. In Introduction to Theater, students will study the elements of theater by attending performances and through reading plays by Hispanic playwrights presented to them in English and in Spanish. In addition to the standard Spanish 202 curriculum, students will also learn the historical context behind each play and will produce two play-related compositions in Spanish. Ultimately, the students will write and perform a short play in Spanish.

Exploring Ancient Rome (LC 2)
LATN 101: Elementary Latin and CLAS 102: Roman Civilization
CRNs: 13557 and 13693 and 13558     MWF 9:00-9:50am and TR 1:40-2:55pm and T 4:00-4:50pm
Noelle Carmichael and Darryl Phillips
3 humanities and 3 language credits

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.

If These Buildings Could Talk: Historic Preservation of the Urban Environment (2 sections) (LC 10A/10B)
URST 201: Intro to Urban Studies and HPCP 199: Intro to Historic Preservation
CRNs: 13733 and 13735 and 13731     TR 1:40-2:55pm and MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 10:50-11:40am
CRNs: 13734 and 13736 and 13732     TR 1:40-2:55pm and MWF 10:00-10:50am and R 10:50-11:40am
Barry Stiefel and Christina Oberstar
3 social science and 3 humanities credits

Presently, and into the future, more people live in urban areas than any other landscape on earth. Furthermore, the future of the past is the heart of historic preservation. Historic Preservation and Urban Studies are fields of study that offer insights into a variety of subjects that deal with change and what should be saved for the next generation. Our culture is reflected in our buildings, landscapes, material culture, and intangible heritage. This Learning Community will provide a broad introductory background on the fields of historic preservation and urban studies, looking at issues of conservation, planning, management, and methodology.

Introduction to Computer Music and Aesthetics: Programming Music, Performing Computers (LC 19)
CITA 180: Computers, Music, and Art and MUSC 146: Fundamentals of Music
CNRs: 13589 and 13590 and 13591     MWF 1:00-1:50pm and MWF 2:00-2:50pm and W 4:00-4:50pm
Bill Manaris and Blake Stevens
6 elective credits

An introduction to computer programming and music through the study, transcription, and creation of musical works. Music topics include notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction, sight-singing, ear training, and readings in music history and aesthetics. Computing topics include data types, variables, assignment, selection, iteration, lists, functions, classes, events, and graphical user interfaces. Students will experience the computer as a musical instrument and a creative environment to develop fluency with musical practices, such as algorithmic composition, developing simple computer instruments, electroacoustic music, and minimalism.

Measuring the Impacts of Tourism in Charleston (2 sections) (LC 22A/22B)
HTMT 210: Principles and Practice in Hospitality and Tourism and MATH 104: Elementary Statistics
CRNs: 10839 and 13615 and 13619     TR 4:00-5:15pm and 5:30-6:45pm and T 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13292 and 13617 and 13620     TR 5:30-6:45pm and 4:00-5:15pm and R 2:00-2:50pm
Wayne Smith and Iana Anguelova
3 elective and 3 math credits

Recently, Charleston was named the best tourism destination in the United States!  This learning community explores how Charleston gained its reputation as a premier tourism destination and how it can maintain it.  Students will be given assignments that require them to collect, analyze and interpret statistics around questions such as: Why do visitors choose to come to Charleston? and What are the social, environmental and economic impacts of tourism? Students will use their understanding of these questions to develop management strategies related to creating a sustainable tourism environment. This course will demonstrate how statistics are used to make critical decisions that affect business and communities. Statistics will come alive when used to discover how Charleston measures up as America's premier tourism destination.

Movers and Shakers (2 sections) (LC 18A/18B)
POLI 103: World Politics and GEOL 103: Environmental Geology
CRNs: 13583 and 13585 and 13587     TR 1:40-2:55pm and TR 12:15-1:30pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13584 and 13586 and 13588     TR 1:40-2:55pm and TR 12:15-1:30pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Helen Delfeld and Cynthia Hall
3 social science and 4 science credits

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.

Microbes: Friend or Foe? (LC 16)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
CRNs: 13577 and 13578 and 13579     MWF 2:00-2:50pm, W 3:00-3:50pm and MWF 1:00-1:50pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
Chris Warnick and Chris Korey
4 English and 4 science credits

Bacteria and Viruses, should we embrace them as part of the natural world or reach for another squeeze of Purell?  The focal theme for this learning community, which connects  Biology 111 (Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology) for Science Majors and ENGL 110 (Introduction to Academic Writing), will be the microbial world and its role as both an adversary in humanity's fight against disease and as a symbiotic companion required for the well being of humans and the earth's biosphere. This contradiction will be discussed through a series of case studies in the Biology course that focus on viruses (animal and plant) and microbial communities (infectious bacteria and microbiomes).  In ENGL110, students will be introduced to academic writing through an exploration of how scientists write about the microbial world and how that is translated for public consumption through writing for a popular audience.

Chemistry and Biology for Pre-Med Students (4 sections) (LC 5A/5B/5C/5D)
CHEM 111: Principles of Chemistry and BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
CRNs: 13599 and 10281(lab) and 13600 and 13601     MWF 9:00-9:50am and T 12:30-3:30pm and TR 8:00-9:15am and T 3:30-4:20pm
CRNs: 13602 and 10289(lab) and 13603 and 13605     MWF 9:00-9:50am and T 6:00-9:00pm and TR 8:00-9:15am and T 5:00-5:50pm
CRNs: 13613 and 10288(lab) and 13616 and 13618     MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 12:30-3:30pm and TR 8:00-9:15am and T 3:30-4:20pm
CRNs: 13614 and 10290(lab) and 13621 and 13622     MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 6:00-9:00pm and TR 8:00-9:15am and T 5:00-5:50pm
Amy Rogers/Jennifer Fox and Kathleen Janech
8 science credits*

This Learning Community is tailored to incoming freshmen with a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine or in biomedical research. The fields of chemistry and biology are increasingly intertwined, and these two introductory classes will demonstrate the natural connections in the fields. This Learning Community will have additional assignments to better prepare students for a premed curriculum and will include a pre-professional health advising session. It is not recommended for students who have difficulty with algebra. *4 credits towards natural science general education requirements and 4 credits towards science major.

Biology and Psychology: Gateway to Neuroscience (2 sections) (LC 6A/6B)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 13809 and 13715 and 13716     TR 12:15-1:30pm and TR 9:25-10:40am and M 12:00-12:50pm
CRNs: 13812 and 13718 and 13717     TR 12:15-1:30pm and TR 9:25-10:40am and M 1:00-1:50pm
Deb Bidwell and Mark Hurd
4 science and 3 social science credits

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.

The Modern Yogi: Fixing the Body by Steadying the Mind (2 sections) (LC 8A/8B)
BIOL 101: Concepts and Applications in Biology I and PEAC 102: Beginning Yoga
CRNs: 13810 and 13719 and 13721     MWF 9:00-9:50am and TR 9:25-10:40am and M 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13811 and 13720 and 13722     MWF 9:00-9:50am and TR 9:25-10:40am and R 12:15-1:05pm
Erin Richard and Skip Rector
4 science and 2 elective credits

Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice based in Hinduism and defined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as “the inhibition of the modifications of the mind.”  It is a centuries-old practice that is claimed to benefit the mind, body and spirit. The emergence of yoga in the west has led to scientific study of this ancient philosophy. In this learning community, we will learn how to practice yoga and meditation while investigating yoga in the context of biology. We will specifically explore how yoga affects the physiology of the body, potentially prevents disease, and how diet can help or hinder in this process. We will look at the scientific proof that yoga is really as effective as proclaimed and decide if yoga can be studied or if simply believing it works is what makes it work.

Stress and Coping: Individual and Family Factors (2 sections) (LC 4A/4B)
SOCY 103: Sociology of the Family and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 13596 and 13597 and 13598     MWF 8:00-8:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 12:15-1:05pm
CRNs: 13198 and 13594 and 13595     MWF 8:00-8:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 1:40-2:30pm
Von Bakanic and Amy Kolak
6 social science credits

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? 

Society and the Individual (LC 1)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing  and SOCY 101: Intro to Sociology
CRNs: 13349 and 13203 and 13697     MWF 9:00-9:50am, F 10:00-10:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
Marie Fitzwilliam and Ann Stein
4 English and 3 social science credits

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 and other readings.

The Psychology of Women's Studies and Gender Issues (2 sections) (LC 12A/12B)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and WGST 200: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
CRNs: 13676 and 13678 and 13681     TR 9:25-10:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13677 and 13679 and 13683     TR 9:25-10:40am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 4:00-4:50pm
Jen Wright and Lisa Ross
3 social science and 3 humanities credits

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 assault, rape, pregnancy and sexual reproduction, etc. Our discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.

Are You Traveling Alone? Gender in Travel Writing (LC 9)
WGST 200: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies and COMM 280: Intro to Communication Messages
CRNs: 13713 and 13944 and 13714     TR 3:05-4:20pm and MWF 10:00-10:50am and W 2:00-2:50pm
Sarah Smith and Jessica Smith
3 humanities and 3 elective credits 

Travel writing is a form of creative nonfiction in which the narrator's encounters with people, places, and cultures serve as the dominant subject. Historically, travel writing has been a male-dominated genre, so this course will explore the role gender plays in travel: how it limits, defines, or privileges particular experiences. We will use travel writing as a lens for exploring eloquence and style in writing and speaking, learning to appreciate substance and style, content and delivery. Students will have the opportunity to write their own travel essays based on both personal experience and research, experimenting with a variety of formats such as diaries, research-based essays, and blogs.

Communication and Advocacy (LC 11)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and COMM 104: Public Speaking
CRNs: 13696 and 12035 and 13700     MWF 10:00-10:50am, W 9:00-9:50am and MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 1:00-1:50pm
Caroline Hunt and Julie Davis
4 English and 3 elective credits

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.

Understanding Violence (LC 13)
POLI 102: Contemporary Political Issues and HIST 116: Modern History
CRNs: 12422 and 13561 and 13563     MWF 10:00-10:50am and MWF 11:00-11:50am and T 1:40-2:30pm
Christopher Day and Timothy Carmichael
3 social science and 3 History credits

What is violence?  In some cases it seems senseless.  Yet in others it appears as a rational way of advancing goals or settling disputes.  Around the world violence has simultaneously produced great benefits and caused irreparable damages.  In studying this phenomenon, we ask questions such as: What is the nature of violence? Why do individuals, communities, or countries choose violence as a strategy to pursue their goals? How is the decision justified? In what situations does violence produce desirable results? This learning community studies the historical and contemporary roles of violence in politics and society around the world.  It challenges students interested in global perspectives to use logic, theory and empirical evidence to better understand violence as both an analytical concept and a lived reality.  Focusing on the topic of drugs, HIST 116 explores violence through the global relationships between economics, culture, politics and law over the last 500 years.  POLI 102 focuses on the political causes and impacts of modern violence, considering factors such as historical legacies, social and political identities, and economic agendas.  Both courses suggest that violence is ultimately about ‘power.’ In studying a wide variety of local, regional and world events – from two different disciplinary perspectives – students will be challenged to discern what ‘power’ is and how it encourages or discourages violence in any given situation.

Mapping Our Society: Understanding Our Cities (LC 7)
POLI 119: Special Topic and SOCY 101: Intro to Sociology
CRNs: 12342 and 10810 and 13608     MW 2:00-3:15pm and MWF 11:00-11:50am and W 4:00-4:50pm
Kevin Keenan and Deborah Auriffeille
6 social science credits

This community will study policy problems in Charleston, such as issues regarding housing, race, and environmental justice.  Drawing from theories and concepts from SOCY 101 and knowledge obtained via local media, students will identify a real-world, pressing local issue in need of policy attention.  The POLI 119 class teaches students how to use the ArcGIS mapping software, as well as introduces them to several foundational concepts in urban studies.  Using the mapping skills taught in POLI 119, students will analyze data to visualize spatial patterns related to the problem.  The students will situate their project and proposed ameliorations within existing literature.  The end goal will be for students to make some effort at defining a policy solution.  This learning community will help prepare students for a career in urban planning, city management, policy research, social services, or political campaigns.

Psychology of Communication in a Digital Age (2 sections) (LC 14A/14B)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and COMM 214: Media in the Digital Age
CRNs: 13564 and 13572 and 12087 and 13575     TR 12:15-1:30pm and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 3:00-3:50pm and W 1:00-1:50pm
CRNs: 13569 and 13573 and 13574 and 13576     TR 12:15-1:30pm and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 3:00-3:50pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
Jen Wright and Leigh Moscowitz
7 social science credits

Humans are social creatures – and as social creatures, we love to communicate with each other! Increasingly, however, we are spending more time in the mediated world (on Facebook, listening to music, watching TV, surfing the web, etc.) than in our non-mediated world (such as talking to a roommate or participating in a class discussion). This learning community will draw from the fields of psychology and media studies to explore how and why mediated communication impacts us in our daily lives.

Healing Narratives (LC 17)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 13580 and 13581 and 13582     TR 1:40-2:55pm, R 3:05-3:55pm and MWF 1:00-1:50pm and W 9:00-9:50am
Kathleen Beres Rogers and Silvia Hanna
4 English and 3 social science credits

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.

Media and the Public: A Social History (2 sections) (LC 21A/21B)
COMM 214: Media in the Digital Age and HIST 116: Modern History
CRNs: 13433 and 12077 and 13607 and 13610     MWF 12:00-12:50pm and F 9:00-9:50am and MWF 1:00-1:50pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
CRNs: 13606 and 12075 and 13609 and 13611     MWF 12:00-12:50pm and W 3:00-3:50pm and MWF 1:00-1:50pm and R 2:05-2:55pm
Ryan Milner and Jacob Steere-Williams
4 social science and 3 History credits

Mediated messages are everywhere. We Tweet from our phones. We watch Game of Thrones on our tablets. We listen to Spotify playlists while we read for class. Even our face-to-face conversations are punctuated with the latest news or gossip we found online. But – despite its proliferation – mediation is not new. Over the centuries, telegraphs have carried well wishes, serial dramas have captivated audiences, and handbills have sparked revolutions. Media and the Public: A Social History intertwines an analysis of historical and contemporary mediated communication, providing the critical insight necessary for navigating a connected world.


Art and Ideas in America
FYSM 105
CRNs: 13522 and 13623     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Ralph Muldrow
3 elective credits 

This course will cover art and architecture in America in tandem with the cultural and intellectual history that went along with the arts of the different eras of American History.  It is intended to bring a broader view to an understanding of art and architecture in the United States; however it will relate in part to influences from Europe and other parts of the world.

Molecular Biology in the News
FYSM 109
CRNs: 13813 and 13814      MWF 2:00-2:50pm and T 1:40-2:30pm
Agnes Southgate
3 elective credits

Should we use embryonic stem cells? Would you like to have your own clone? Are viruses out to kill us or can they help us? This seminar will explore a selection of molecular biology topics, which are often discussed in the news. We will examine 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. This seminar will include class discussion, reading of the scientific primary literature and writing several reports on molecular biology “news breakthroughs”. We will also hear from invited speakers from the College of Charleston and the Charleston medical communities.

Nature and Man: Outdoor Experiences in the Coastal Plain
FYSM 110 and FYSM 110L
CRNs: 13710 and 13711 and 13712     TR 8:00-9:15am and F 9:15am-12:15pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Dorian McMillan
4 science credits – counts as BIOL102 and BIOL102L

Do you like nature and the outdoors?  If so, come explore the wildlife and wild places of the South Carolina coastal plain.  During this course students will be introduced to the natural history of the diverse ecosystems found within coastal SC through in-class instruction and field trips.  Emphasis will be on the impacts human settlement and development have had on the natural landscape, and how ongoing issues may affect our living resources.  By the end of the course students will be able to identify many common reptiles, birds, amphibians, invertebrates and plants and understand how these organisms interact with their environments. This course is geared towards non-Biology majors and will count as BIO102/102L.  There is no course pre-requisite.

The Good, the Bad, and the Reality of Nanoscale Science
FYSM 111
CRNs: 13524 and 13624     MWF 9:00-9:50am and F 2:00-2:50pm
Brooke Van Horn
3 elective credits

Have you heard of “nanites” and wondered if we really have such nanomachines?  Or have you thought “why can’t all cancers and disease are be cured with one universal medicine?”  Or what is it about spider silk and Kevlar that make these materials perform the way that they do?  In this Freshman Seminar, we’ll pull these seemingly unrelated phenomena together under the umbrella of nanoscale science and explore the relevance of nanotechnology in our world today.  The course will integrate the fundamental principles of nanoscale science and its societal, ethical, and technological impacts on medicine, consumables, and our environment using current literature and demonstrations.  The course will end with a student-led nanoscience demonstration for local high school students. 

Plays, Puns, and Putdowns
FYSM 113
CRNs: 13526 and 13625     TR 9:25-10:40am and R 3:05-3:55pm
Timothy Johnson
3 humanities credits

We all laugh but rarely think about what we are laughing at and why.  This course studies the presence of laughter in the literature of Greece and Rome:  epic and lyric poetry, courtroom speeches, comic plays, satires, inscriptions, and graffiti.  Students will gain greater insight into Greco-Roman culture since laughter and the free speech associated with it were essential for maintaining friendships and (perhaps more importantly) democratic and republican forms of government.  In the process of learning what makes others laugh, we will learn much about ourselves and the power of the words we use. Perhaps laughter is not a laughing matter.

Android App Development for the Liberal Arts
FYSM 117
CRNs: 13549 and 13667     MWF 1:00-1:50pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
George Pothering
3 elective credits

Judging by the number of mobile devices that get activated at the end of every day, it can be safe to assume that a majority of College of Charleston students own a mobile device (smartphone, iPad, etc.) and regularly download applications (or "apps") to these devices.  In this course students will learn how to write apps for devices running the Android operating system.  These apps will be based on broad subjects of interest to the students (employing music, image, and video-based problems) and will bring the subjects to life on smartphones using sound, test, images, video, maps, and the Web.  

A Brand Like You
FYSM 117
CRNs: 13550 and 13668     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
Christine Moore
3 elective credits

Your online reputations will increasingly factor into you success in getting jobs, graduate school acceptance, and life in general.  Learn how to proactively create an online image that presents the "you" that others see.  Students will obtain the undergirding of computer fluency by examining issues and events of our technological society through social network and Internet publishing technologies.  Correspondingly, they will use their skills such as blogging, podcasting, audio, and video streaming and social networking in order to establish a positive online presence with personal information.

Improving Decisions for a Lifetime of Well Being
FYSM 120
CRNs: 13529 and 13626     MWF 10:00-10:50am and M 1:00-1:50pm
Jessica Gibadlo
3 elective credits

This course is an introduction to financial management concepts.  Topics include money management, investment fundamentals, budgeting and an introduction to consumer credit.  An emphasis will be placed on financial goal setting with a view toward personal values and the effect of financial choices on quality of life.  In addition, we will consider these topics while contemplating the impact of cultural, societal and emotional influences on financial behavior. 

Shakespeare and the Comic Arts
FYSM 123
CRNs: 13530 and 13627     MWF 11:00-11:50am and W 9:00-9:50am
Catherine Thomas
3 humanities credits

This seminar explores the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and their graphic afterlives in later centuries. Students will study how cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and manga redefine our relationship to the original dramatic literature; construct and comment on Shakespeare’s iconic status; and demonstrate the evolution of performative genres. Students also will examine the ways a graphic text reflects its historical/cultural moment and analyze how Shakespeare’s works are adapted through these media.

Harry Potter and the Human Condition
FYSM 123
CRNs: 13532 and 13628     MW 3:20-4:35pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Trish Ward
3 humanities credits

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series develops themes of love, death, power, innocence, prejudice, appearance/reality, and what it means to be human.  In this seminar we will read and discuss all seven books in the series with special attention to these themes and the ways in which they are developed.

What is a Good Life?
FYSM 125
CRNs: 13545 and 13665     MWF 1:00-1:50pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Terry Bowers
3 elective credits

At some point, all of us ask the question, “How should I live my life?”  This question inevitably gives rise to another one—What is a good life?—which in turn leads to others:  Is a good life focused on pleasure?  Is it achieved mainly by pursuing one’s individual happiness, or is it achieved by helping others?  Is a good life a centered on religious belief and practice?  Or do other belief systems and philosophies offer better, more practical guidance on how to live a good life? This seminar will explore these questions primarily through literature (including films).   We will read some important works of fiction as well as some religious and philosophical writings and examine the insights they have to offer on this fundamental issue of life. 

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
FYSM 126
CRNs: 13634 and 13635     W 4:00-6:45pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Kelley White
3 elective credits

What did you learn in kindergarten?  You probably learned your colors and shapes.  Maybe, you learned to count or to write your name.  But, I bet you learned a whole lot more than that.  Research has shown what a child learns during the kindergarten year often sets the foundation for their later experiences in school, as well as for their life outside of the classroom. This seminar will begin with an exploration of the history and theory supporting kindergarten. Later seminar sessions will cover individual concepts addressed in kindergarten classrooms, including social skills, approaches to learning, early literacy skills and the importance of play. Students will take time to reflect on their own experiences in kindergarten and how these experiences have influenced who they are today.

Neurobics: Sparking Mental Connections
FYSM 126
CRNs: 13745 and 13747     TR 9:30-10:45am and R 10:50-11:40am
Susan Flynn
3 elective credits

This course will focus on current brain research findings which support the link between physical activity and academic performance.  This course challenges students to examine brain science research and engage in action-based learning activities.  Be prepared to put theory to practice as you develop and teach perceptual motor development activities to children in a school-based setting.   Using motor assessment tools, students will track the progress of the relationship between the perceptual and sensory motor input to the motor and academic output.

Understanding Environmental Pollution
FYSM 130
CRNs: 13723 and 13724     MWF 10:00-10:50am and F 1:00-1:50pm
Vijay Vulava
3 elective credits

Do you know that you are exposed to some form of environmental pollution all your life?  Pollutants are present in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.  Yet, we know very little about the nature of environmental pollution.  For example, what is a pollutant of concern?  Why is it of concern?  How are entire communities impacted by exposure to pollutants?  What are their sources?  What can we do to reduce their impact on our health and the environment?  In this seminar we will use basic scientific principles and case studies to understand the nature of environmental pollution. 

A Window into Russia
FYSM 133
CRNs: 13534 and 13636     MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 3:00-3:50pm
Oksana Ingle
3 humanities credits

Do you 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 in the same way. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world’s most dynamic and intriguing cultures.

The City of Light: A History of Paris (2 sections)
FYSM 138
CRNs: 13531 and 13655     MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 3:05-3:55pm
CRNs: 13533 and 13656     MWF 11:00-11:50am and R 3:05-3:55pm
Bill Olejniczak
3 humanities credits

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.

Living the Good Life
FYSM 138
CRNs: 13527 and 13653     MW 2:00-3:15pm and W 3:25-4:15pm
Rich Bodek
3 humanities credits 

“What should I do with my life?” “ Is happiness important?” “ What makes a life worth living?”  All of these questions have been asked, and answered, over the course of western civilization.  The answers, though, often have differed radically across time and space.  We will read and discuss some answers to the question, “What is the Good Life?” from ancient Greece to the present. Looking at texts as varied as Vergil’s Aeneid, Cicero’s On The Good Life, Einhard’s The Life ofCharlemagneGawain and the Green Knight, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Mark Twain’s  Huckleberry Finn and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning,we will read about engaged lives and contemplative lives, heroic lives and quiet lives, religious lives, questioning lives, and questing lives. Some weeks you’ll be puzzled. Some will find you angered. Some might even confirm your beliefs. All weeks, though, you’ll be interested. No worries - it’s all good. 

Good and Evil in the Premodern West
FYSM 139
CRNs: 13543 and 13664     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 5:00-5:50pm
Jason Coy
3 HIST 115 credits

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have sought to make sense of the universe by conceiving of people, deeds, events, ideas, and entities in terms of a dichotomy between “good” and “evil”. Each human society has defined these concepts in unique ways, and in this course we will explore how various formulations of good and evil have been constructed in the West through religion, the occult, philosophy, and science from the Neolithic period to the Enlightenment. We will read and discuss foundational texts from the western tradition, exploring issues including the origins of benevolent and malevolent supernatural entities in the ancient world, the consolidation of Christianity and hegemonic definitions of sanctity and sin in the Middle Ages, and the emergence of pluralistic ideas about good and evil within Enlightenment-era religion, philosophy, and science.

World History Through Food (2 sections)
FYSM 140
CRNs: 13535 and 13657     T 4:00-6:45pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
CRNs: 13537 and 13658     R 4:00-6:45pm and M 10:00-10:50am
Timothy Coates
3 HIST 116 credits

This course will use food to understand long distance trade and connections and to 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, 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).  

History and Film (2 sections)
FYSM 140
CRNs: 13538 and 13662     MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 4:00-4:50pm
CRNs: 13541 and 13663     MWF 12:00-12:50pm and F 2:00-2:50pm
Tammy Ingram
3 HIST 116 credits

After a White House screening of Birth of a Nation in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson exclaimed, “It’s like writing history with lightning!” This course will explore how films have written and rewritten history from the 1890s to the present. Students will watch a variety of films---from documentaries to foreign language films to Hollywood feature films---and explore the ways filmmakers all over the world have influenced our understanding of different cultures, people, and major world events. The course is designed to be accessible to any first-year student but may be of particular interest to students thinking of majoring or minoring in history, film studies, or other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Children and the Holocaust
FYSM 142
CRNs: 13528 and 13654     MW 4:00-5:15pm and R 1:40-2:55pm
Theodore Rosengarten
3 humanities credits

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.

Understanding Israel (2 sections)
FYSM 142
CRNs: 13539 and 13638     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 2:05-2:55pm
CRNs: 13540 and 13640     TR 12:15-1:30pm and R 2:05-2:55pm
Joshua Shanes
3 humanities credits 

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.

Mathematics in the Modern World
FYSM 144
CRNs: 13763 and 13766     MWF 2:00-2:50pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
Stephane Lafortune
3 math credits

In this course we will study some of the uses (and limitations of) applying abstract mathematics to modeling and analyzing problems encountered in the “real world”.  One course component will be devoted to voting and social choice: creating a mathematical definition of a “fair” election, the manipulability of voting systems, electing the president, Arrow’s impossibility theorem (showing no “perfect” voting system exists). We will also discuss methods originating from the field of law, due to John Banzhaf, often cited in court rulings. We will also consider the general concept of fairness, and game theory. This approach is relevant to inheritance, organ transplant policies, conflict resolution, and strategies in total and partial conflict games.

Technology and the Modern Enterprise
FYSM 148
CRNs: 13546 and 13641     MWF 11:00-11:50am and R 1:40-2:30pm
Lancie Affonso
3 elective credits

Is Facebook really worth $15 billion? The intersection where web technology and business meet is both terrifying and exhilarating. But if you are under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space. While the fortunes of any individual or firm rise and fall over time, it’s abundantly clear that many of the world’s most successful technology firms were created by young people. Students in this business course will learn how emerging management information systems are applied for competitive advantage, and used to enhance other business disciplines such as marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.


The Rule of Law
FYSM 152
CRNs: 13554 and 13648     MW 2:00-3:15pm and M 4:00-4:50pm
Larry Krasnoff
3 humanities credits 

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, Fuller) and literary works about the experiences of individuals subject to legal systems (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Melville, Kafka). 

Neuroethics
FYSM 153
CRNs: 13553 and 13647     TR 1:40-2:55pm and F 2:00-2:50pm
Thomas Nadelhoffer
3 elective credits  

In recent decades neuroscientists have made progress toward understanding the neural bases of human behavior. As this progress continues, neuroscience becomes increasingly relevant to a number of real-world endeavors that involve understanding, predicting and changing human behavior. In this seminar we will examine the ways in which neuroscience is being applied in law, criminal justice, education, economics and business. For each application area we will briefly review those aspects of the basic brain science that are most relevant, and then study the application in more detail. Specifically, we will ask: What has neuroscience brought to these endeavors that is new and helpful? What are the prospects for applied neuroscience in the near future? How might these developments change society and raise new ethical challenges? Which areas are experiencing genuine breakthroughs thanks to neuroscience, and which have succumbed to “neuro-hype”? 

Apocalypse to Warp Drive: Physics in Film
FYSM 154
CRNs: 13555 and 13649     MWF 11:00-11:50am, M 7:00-10:00pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
Chris Fragile
3 elective credits  

This course will use popular media, particularly movies, as a basis for teaching fundamental principles of physics such as force, momentum, energy, power, heat, temperature, and relativity. Movies are a great tool for this purpose, because while some filmmakers do a good job of sticking to the laws of physics, many blatantly ignore them. By the end of the course, students should be able to distinguish good movie physics from bad and recognize physics principles in the world around them. 

The US in a Globalizing World
FYSM 156
CRNs: 13556 and 13650     MW 2:00-3:15pm and R 1:40-2:30pm
Guoli Liu
3 social science credits  

What is the role of the United States in a changing world? What are the dynamics of globalization? What are the benefits and costs of globalization for the United States? What are the main features of American diversity?   This seminar examines the assumptions, theories, and concepts that shape U.S. policies at home and abroad. We will explore the diverse factors, national and global, influencing the position and actions of the U.S. in international society.  The course focuses on four aspects: (1) analytical approaches to and theoretical perspectives on U.S. politics and foreign policy; (2) connections between domestic politics and foreign relations; (3) hard power, soft power, and smart power; and (4) the future of the U.S. in a globalizing world. 

Group Psychology
FYSM 158
CRNs: 13547 and 13666     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
Vincent Spicer
3 social science credits 

Most of our waking hours are spent interacting in groups. We are educated in groups, we worship in groups, we work in groups, and we play in groups. But even though we live our lives in groups, we often take them for granted. In this course we will learn the reasons why people form themselves into groups and the different functional types of groups that exist.  The course also will focus on the role that conformity, leadership, and power play in influencing group members. Also, the dynamics of large crowds and mobs will be examined along with the basic and inevitable reasons for conflict between groups.  Finally, students will learn why, on a group task, it is often the minority of members who do the majority of the work.

Religion and Sex
FYSM 160
CRNs: 13523 and 13651     MWF 1:00-1:50pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Katie Hladky
3 humanities credits  

Through the study of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, this course explores sex, religion, and the good life. The course will deal with the full spectrum of human sexuality: gender, biological sex, marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity, bodies, and sexual asceticism.  Students will walk away with a greater comprehension of why sex has such a pervasive role in religious systems and how sexuality shapes human ideas of what makes a good life. 

Religion, Animals, and Animal Ethics
FYSM 160
CRNs: 13737 and 13738     MWF 11:00-11:50am and W 4:00-4:50pm
Todd LaVasseur
3 humanities credits 

This course is designed to introduce students to how religions have conceived of, used, taught about, and interacted with non-human animals via ethics, rituals, myths, sacred texts/narratives, and diet.  The course traces the development of animals and human-animal interactions from the dawn of Homo sapiensthrough the current extinction crisis with religion providing a point of entry into understanding these interactions.  Students will also research and discuss ethical issues about conservation biology, preserving the genetic fitness of species, intensive animal agriculture, emerging findings from animal ethology, and the treatment of companion animals.   

Sociology of Food
FYSM 162
CRNs: 13525 and 13652     TR 3:05-4:20pm and T 2:00-2:50pm
Idee Winfield
3 social science credits 

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 Popular Theatre
FYSM 166
CRNs: 13706 and 13705     TR 12:15-1:30pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Susan Kattwinkel
3 humanities credits  

From 19th century vaudeville to today's variety theatre (like Penn and Teller and Blue Man Group), theatre that appeals to the American masses has always outnumbered the more literary theatre of the elite. Popular theatre reflected the culture of its time as seen by this country’s middle and lower classes.  In this course we will look at how these theatrical forms were structured, what they had to say about the America of their time period, and question why they have been so ignored by critics and scholars.  From melodramas with working-class heroes to Tyler Perry's comedy-heavy social critiques, we'll question what makes certain theatres "popular" and why they so often appeal to Americans who don't consider themselves "theatre-goers." 

Art and Propaganda in Nazi Germany
FYSM 166
CRNs: 13822 and 13823     TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 4:00-4:50pm
Gretchen McLaine
3 humanities credits 

This seminar will examine how art in Europe has been influenced by political systems (fascism, communism, totalitarianism, etc.) and how governments can exert powerful control through the use of media and propaganda. We will explore how arts, especially certain forms of dance, were used as tools to promote racist and facist ideology in Nazi Germany. Our interdisciplinary approach will reveal the connections between the arts and politics, religion, economics and many other aspects of society. 

Stage Chemistry: The Marriage of Science and Theatre
FYSM 167
CRNs: 13707 and 13708     TR 1:40-2:55pm and W 4:00-4:50pm
Charlie Calvert
3 elective credits 

Throughout recent history, Science and Theatre have been finding ways to connect with each other.  This course will look at this marriage to discover how theatre educates society by bringing ideas and theories to the masses in a way that promotes curiosity and self-learning.  We will also look at how science shaped the early theatre through engineering, how it shapes today’s theatre through automation, and how it will continue to shape the theatre of the future with contributions from computer science in media design and holographic projection. 

The Constant Welcome: Experiencing Arab Culture
FYSM 173
CRNs: 13551 and 13670     MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 3:00-3:50pm
Tahani Higgins
3 elective credits

Aladdin and Algebra - you've seen Arab tradition in movies and math books.  But why does this culture sustain the interest of those who experience it in everyday life? Discover the human interconnectedness amid sights and sounds of minarets and skyscrapers, fascinating music and fabulous markets, inviting you with a "welcome to our family, our culture, and our perspectives". 

Economics of Globalization
FYSM 174
CRNs: 13536 and 13637     MWF 9:00-9:50am and T 3:05-3:55pm
Beatriz Maldonado
3 social science credits 

Economic globalization touches many aspects of our lives. Ever wonder if the fair trade coffee or fruit that you buy at the store really helps poor farmers? Does China’s economic rise mean that jobs will continue to leave the US? Ever wonder how far the materials that we use every day have to travel and through what political hurtles they have to go through? This seminar introduces topics surrounding economic globalization and will examine globalization’s effects on domestic economies and policies, labor markets, production, and on the environment.

Math in Fiction
FYSM 177
CRNs: 13762 and 13765     MWF 1:00-1:50pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
Alex Kasman
3 humanities credits

Many FYE classes offer a chance to learn about a historical period or a foreign culture through reading literature and watching films.  This class will be like that, except that instead of learning about another time or country, we will be learning about math
From plays, short stories, novels, TV shows, and films, we will learn things about mathematics that students do not generally encounter in their courses, including: the lives of real and fictional mathematical geniuses, the beauty of fractals and the mind-blowing geometry of higher dimensional space, the uses of mathematics in criminology, space travel, weapons design, encryption, and much more.  This course is for anyone interested in mathematics, regardless of mathematical ability or training.