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Fall 2014


All FYE courses have an FYSS 101 which is listed with the course descriptions, CRNs, days, and times.  Students must be enrolled in all parts of their Learning Community (including all science labs) or First-Year Seminar to receive credit.  FYSS times are subject to be changed up to the first date of orientation in June.

Learning Communities

First-Year Seminars

Course Descriptions, CRNs, Days, and Times

Body Politics: Representing Gender and Sexuality, Past and Present (LC 1)
ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing and HIST 115: Pre-Modern History
CRNs: 12157 and 11394 and 13697   MWF 11:00-11:50am, W 10:00-10:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 4:00-4:50pm
Catherine Thomas and Cara Delay
4 English and 3 HIST 115 credits 

This learning community explores the different ways that gender and sexuality have been represented across time and media and develops students’ skills in reading, thinking, and writing critically. While not comprehensive, HIST 115 will provide an analysis of the historical meanings of gender and sex in the premodern west (2000 B.C.E.-1700 C.E.). ENGL 110 will prepare students to complete responsible research and write and revise academic prose through the study of interdisciplinary scholarship and multimedia sources engaging modern discourses surrounding gender and sex. The courses will intersect through shared theoretical readings and analyses of cultural artifacts (both written and visual).

Exploring Ancient Rome (LC 2)
LATN 101: Elementary Latin and CLAS 102: Roman Civilization
CRNs: 12466 and 12341 and 13698   MWF 2:00-2:50pm and TR 4:00-5:15pm and T 2:00-2:50pm
James Newhard and Allison Sterrett-Krause
3 language and 3 humanities credits

An introduction to the daily lives of the Romans through study of literature, history, material culture, and language. Classics 102 explores Roman religion, entertainment, politics, and family life using archaeological evidence and literature. 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 (LC 3A/B)
URST 101: Intro to Urban Studies and HPCP 199: Intro to Historic Preservation
CRNs: 13277 and 13579 and 13699   TR 1:40-2:55pm and MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 9:50-10:40am
CRNs: 13578 and 13582 and 13700   TR 1:40-2:55pm and MWF 10:00-10:50am and R 3:05-3:55pm
Barry Stiefel and Christina Butler
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.

Measuring the Impacts of Tourism in Charleston (LC 4/5)
HTMT 210: Principles and Practice in Hospitality and Tourism and MATH 104: Elementary Statistics
CRNs: 12110 and 12400 and 13701   TR 5:30-6:45pm and TR 4:00-5:15pm and M 12:00-12:50pm
CRNs: 10785 and 12398 and 13702   TR 4:00-5:15pm and TR 5:30-6:45pm and M 1:00-1:50pm
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.

Microbes: Friend or Foe? (LC 6)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
CRNs: 10580 and 13569 and 13733  MWF 1:00-1:50pm, W 12:00-12:50pm and MWF 2:00-2:50pm and T 12:15-1:05pm
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.
Students will need to register for a BIOL 111L in addition to this Learning Community.

Chemistry and Biology for Pre-Med Students (LC 8A/B/C/D)
CHEM 111: Principles of Chemistry and CHEM 111L: Principles of Chemistry Lab and BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
CRNs: 13574 and 10262 and 12562 and 13705  MWF 9:00-9:50am and M 12:00-3:00pm and TR 8:30-9:45am and M 3:00-3:50pm
CRNs: 13575 and 10267 and 12565 and 13707  MWF 9:00-9:50am and M 4:00-7:00pm and TR 8:30-9:45am and M 3:00-3:50pm 
CRNs: 13576 and 11135 and 12582 and 13708  MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 12:00-3:00pm and TR 8:30-9:45am and T 3:05-3:55pm
CRNs: 13577 and 11658 and 12404 and 13709  MWF 10:00-10:50am and T 4:00-7:00pm and TR 8:30-9:45am and T 3:05-3:55pm
Pam Riggs-Gelasco/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.
Students will need to register for a BIOL 111L in addition to this Learning Community.

Communication and Advocacy (LC 9/10)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and COMM 104: Public Speaking
CRNs: 10566 and 11682 and 13718  MWF 9:00-9:50am, M 10:00-10:50am and TR 9:25-10:40am and T 3:05-3:55pm
CRNs: 10570 and 11683 and 13703  MWF 11:00-11:50am, M 12:00-12:50pm and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
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.

Visions of Brazil: Language and Culture (LC 11)
PORT 101: Elementary Portuguese and LTPO 270: Studies in Brazilian Film
CRNs: 12266 and 12593 and 13706  MWF 11:00-11:50am and MW 2:00-3:15pm and T 1:40-2:55pm
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.

Healing Narratives (LC 12)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 10578 and 13584 and 13710   MWF 3:00-3:50pm, W 12:00-12:50pm and MWF 1:00-1:50pm and R 12:30-1:20pm
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.

Society and the Individual (LC 13)
ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and SOCY 101: Intro to Sociology
CRNs: 12156 and 12045 and 13711   MWF 10:00-10:50am, W 9:00-9:50am and TR 10:50-12:05pm and T 1:40-2:30pm
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.

Beyond Bratwurst and BMWs: Understanding German Business Culture (LC 14)
MGMT 105: Introduction to Business and GRMN 101: Elementary German
CRNs: 12005 and 13762 and 13712   MWF 10:00-10:50am and MWF 11:00-1:50am and R 3:05-3:55pm
Lancie Affonso and Stephen Della Lana
3 elective and 3 foreign language 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.

Stress and Coping: Individual and Family Factors (2 sections) (LC 15A/B)
SOCY 103: Sociology of the Family and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 12040 and 11454 and 13713  MWF 8:00-8:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 12380 and 13588 and 13714  MWF 8:00-8:50am and TR 10:50am-12:05pm and T 9:25-10:15am
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?

Gateway to Neuroscience (LC 16A/B/C/D)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science
CRNs: 11345 and 11184 and 13726  MWF 10:30-11:20am and TR 12:15-1:30pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13730 and 13591 and 13727  MWF 10:30-11:20am and TR 12:15-1:30pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13731 and 13592 and 13728  MWF 10:30-11:20am and TR 1:40-2:55pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
CRNs: 13732 and 13593 and 13729  MWF 10:30-11:20am and TR 1:40-2:55pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
Miranda McManus and Dan Greenberg
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.
Students will need to register for a BIOL 111L in addition to this Learning Community.

Understanding Violence (LC 17)
POLI 102: Contemporary Political Issues and HIST 116: Modern History
CRNs: 13594 and 13595 and 13715  MWF 10:00-1:50am and MWF 11:00-11:50am and R 11:00-11:50am
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.

The Art of Rhetoric, The Rhetoric of Art (LC 18)
ARTS 119: Drawing I and ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing
CRNs: 11638 and 10572 and 13716  T 1:40-5:25pm and MWF 12:00-12:50pm, M 11:00-11:50am and W 1:00-1:50pm
Steve Johnson and Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger
3 elective and 4 English credits

Students will learn how to produce and analyze both writing and art, thus focusing n both the modes of production and consumption in both fields.  Students will learn to be more reflective and deliberate in making choices when writing and drawing and will learn to analyze the choices of other writers and artists as well.  The courses will use a range of readings from multiple disciplines such as visual rhetoric, cultural studies, and art history to illustrate analytical, artistic, and rhetorical techniques.

Introduction to Computer Music and Aesthetics: Programming Music, Performing Computers (LC 19)
CITA 180: Computers, Music, and Art and MUSC 131: Music Appreciation
CRNs: 11474 and 13583 and 13704  MWF 11:00-11:50am and MWF 10:00-10:50am and M 1:00-1:50pm
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.

Media and the Public: A Social History (LC 20A/B)
COMM 214: Media in the Digital Age and COMM 214D: Media in the Digital Age Discussion and HIST 116: Modern History
CRNs: 12356 and 11709 and 11421 and 13722  MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 3:00-3:50pm and TR 12:15-1:30pm and W 3:00-3:50pm
CRNs: 12357 and 11710 and 13601 and 13723  MWF 11:00-11:50am amd W 3:00-3:50pm and TR 12:15-1:30pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
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.



All First-Year Seminars fulfill the FYE General Education Requirement.

Art and Ideas in America
FYSE 105
CRNs: 13742 and 13743  TR 12:15-1:30pm and W 12:00-12:50pm
Ralph Muldrow
Art History

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.

Friends and Friendship through the Ages
FYSE 110
CRNs: 13744 and 13745  TR 1:40-2:55pm and M 12:00-12:50pm
Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael
Classics
 
This course will explore the role of friendship through the ages, beginning with the ancient world and continuing through the modern era.  We will trace how various external influences affect the nature of friendship and our valuation of it.  Examination of ancient theories and examples of friendship provide a foundation of comparison.  We will investigate how friendship functions in a variety of circumstances, both within public and private spheres, and we’ll consider the different types and levels of intimacy that friendship encompasses.  Students will compare idealized friendship as it appears in philosophical treatises with “real life.”  We will consider the similarities and differences between ancient and modern friendship, exploring how the role of social media has both facilitated and impeded friendships.

Android App Development for the Liberal Arts
FYSE 112
CRNs: 13746 and 13747  MWF 12:30-1:20pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
George Pothering
Computer Science

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.  

The Science of Secrecy
FYSE 112
CRNs: 13748 and 13749  MWF 12:30-1:20pm and R 12:15-1:05pm
Anthony LeClerc
Computer Science

Have you ever shared a secret with someone? Is it still a secret?  In this seminar, we'll study cryptography, the science and the art of sharing secrets. In doing so, we'll learn how to use a computer to send secret messages and to crack codes. We will journey through the history of codes from the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian hieroglyphs through Mary Queen of Scots, the great World Wars, and up to the present day.  A long, fascinating battle between "code makers" and "code breakers" has ensued with dramatic effects on the course of history.  We’ll learn how secrets have played a major role in the downfall of monarchs, victories and losses in wars, and the development of the modern computer.

Improving Decisions for a Lifetime of Well Being
FYSE 113
CRNs: 13750 and 13751  TR 8:00-9:15am and T 12:15-1:05pm
Jessica Gibadlo
Economics

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. 

Economics of Globalization
FYSE 113
CRNs: 13752 and 13753  MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 12:00-12:50pm
Beatriz Maldonado
Economics

This course introduces topics surrounding economic globalization. It examines the historic and current economic causes and consequences of global integration. Topics include history of globalization, the role of international trade, post-WWII global monetary system and financial integration. It evaluates the arguments on both sides of the globalization debate as well as globalization's effects on domestic economies and policies, labor markets, production, and on the environment (among other topics).

What is a Good Life?
FYSE 114
CRNs: 13754 and 13755  MWF 9:00-9:50am and T 12:15-1:05pm
Terence Bowers
English

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. 

Bob Dylan and the American Dream
FYSE 114
CRNs: 13756 and 13757  MWF 1:00-1:50pm and W 4:00-4:50pm
Scott Peeples
English
 
“Bob Dylan and the American Dream” combines literature, history, and cultural studies, examining one of the most significant writer/performers of the past century.  The goal is to situate Dylan both within and against the “American Dream,” analyzing various historical versions of the Dream but emphasizing the decades of Dylan's greatest influence.  Our study of Dylan will focus as much on his ever-changing public persona, the “meaning” of Dylan, as on his song lyrics.  Our study of the American Dream will focus on the myth of self-making, unconstrained by a class system, ancestry, or the past in general; and on the push-and-pull of individualism and conformity, the paradox of freedom being defined largely within a “dream” of middle-class social status and consumerism.

The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115
CRNs: 13758 and 13759  TR 4:00-5:15pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Elaine Worzala
Finance
 
This course will introduce students to the multi-faceted nature of the real estate industry.  King Street will be our case study.  We will explore office, retail/restaurant, industrial, residential, hospitality, and public spaces.  An incredible laboratory, students will go out in the field to experience the marketplace and we will bring professionals into the classroom.  Students will be able to see firsthand the variety of real estate that is located in an urban environment and the professionals will expose students to the many different career paths that are intimately involved with this discipline including business, law, historic preservation, public policy, politics, urban studies, environmental sciences, and arts management.

A Window into Russia
FYSE 118
CRNs: 13760 and 13761  MWF 11:00-11:50am and M 3:00-3:50pm
Oksana Ingle
German and Slavic Studies

Think you know Russia? Think again. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world has only started to glimpse Russia’s rich history and culture. “A Window into Russia” leads you through 1200 years in a colorful survey of Russia’s major historical events and figures, with special insight into literature, art, music, and dance. You have never seen Russia—the real Russia—like this, and you will never think of it the same. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world’s most intriguing cultures.

Geography and the Culture of Spain
SPAN 202
CRNs: 10673 amd 13823  MWF 12:00-12:50pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Devon Hanahan
Hispanic Studies
 
This course will fulfill the SPAN 202 course and cover all of the required departmental curriculum with a focus on the geography and culture of Spain.  Students will learn enough Spanish history to understand how Spain’s geography has definitively shaped its history and culture more so than many other countries.  Students will be assigned to different regions of Spain and will create presentations involving writing and speaking to share their research with the class.
 
Geography and the Culture of Spain
SPAN 202
CRNs: 10666 and 13825  MWF 10:00-10:50am and W 2:00-2:50pm
Allison Zaubi
Hispanic Studies
 
This course will fulfill the SPAN 202 course and cover all of the required departmental curriculum with a focus on the geography and culture of Spain.  Students will learn enough Spanish history to understand how Spain’s geography has definitively shaped its history and culture more so than many other countries.  Students will be assigned to different regions of Spain and will create presentations involving writing and speaking to share their research with the class.

Learning about our Neighbors: Cultural Encounters in the Americas
FYSE 121
CRNs: 13773 and 13774  TR 12:15-1:30pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
Lisa Covert
History
 
This interdisciplinary course will explore cultural encounters between Latin America and The United States over the course of the twentieth century of answer two questions: how do we learn about the rest of the Americas, and how do they learn about us?  Students will grapple with how people from across the Americas have attempted to understand and represent each other through an examination of a variety of sources including literature, films, music, government documents, and popular magazines.  Ultimately, this course will provide an introduction to the complete history of the U.S.-Latin American relations, the common bonds that link the Americas, and the roots of our misunderstandings and differences.
 
War, Trauma, and Culture (2 sections)
FYSE 121
CRNs: 13775 and 13776  TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
CRNs: 13777 and 13778  TR 9:25-10:40am and T 3:05-3:55pm
Rich Bodek
History
 
Sadly, war and the trauma that it causes are a recurring theme in history, culture, medicine, and society. This course addresses war's impact on individuals, countries, societies, and bodies.  The course use multiple perspectives (historical, biographical, literary, and medical), to analyze the complexity and tragedy of one of humanity’s oldest endeavors.

The City of Light: A History of Paris (2 sections)
FYSE 121
CRNs: 13763 and 13764  MWF 10:00-10:50am and M 3:00-3:50pm
CRNs: 13765 and 13766  MWF 11:00-11:50am and W 3:00-3:50pm
Bill Olejniczak
History

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.

Good and Evil in the Premodern West
FYSE 121
CRNs: 13767 and 13768  MW 2:00-3:15pm and M 1:00-1:50pm
Jason Coy
History

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.

History and Film (2 sections)
FYSE 121
CRNs: 13769 and 13770  TR 1:40-2:55pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
CRNs: 13771 and 13772  TR 3:05-4:20pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Tammy Ingram
History

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
FYSE 124

CRNs: 13779 and 13780  MW 4:00-5:15pm and R 3:05-3:55pm
Theodore Rosengarten
Jewish Studies

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.

Genocide and Conflict (2 sections)       
FYSE 124
CRNs: 13781 and 13782  TR 9:25-10:40am and M 1:00-1:50pm
CRNs: 13783 and 13784  TR 10:50am-12:05pm and M 12:00-12:50pm
David Slucki
Jewish Studies

This course will examine how societies have rebuilt in the wake of genocide and civil war. Looking at testimonies of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders, we will look at how genocides came to be remembered. We will also consider the vexed question of achieving justice for the victims. By considering how the world has responded to genocides and crimes against humanity since the Holocaust, we will come to understand how contemporary discussions, such as the responses to the current civil war in Syria, have been shaped by a century of genocide and civil war throughout the world.

Imaginary Worlds and Dystopian Thought
FYSE 128
CRNs: 13837 and 13786  MW 2:00-3:15pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
Blake Stevens
Music

Reflection on the “good life” in Western culture has often centered on the creation of imaginary worlds. In satirical travel literature from the early modern period, including the earliest science fiction and novels of Swift and Voltaire, the fascination with imaginary and imperfect worlds emerged as a mode of criticism targeting concerns over political and religious authority, knowledge, identity, and technological innovation. These concerns have been powerfully reconceived in the modern period through diverse media, including film, opera, and video games. This course seeks to define a genealogy of the “dystopian imagination” that places the recent proliferation of apocalyptic and dystopian expression in dialogue with the tropes and conventions of its past.

Music, Self and Society
FYSE 129
CRNs: 13838 and 13788 TR 9:25-10:40am and F 1:00-1:50pm
Jonathan Neufeld
Philosophy

Philosophy and music have had a turbulent relationship. Plato feared music’s effect on the balance of soul and society. Friedrich Nietzsche celebrated music’s wild, irrational, power over audiences. Theodor Adorno saw in some modern music, but no popular music, a glimmer of hope for freedom within an ever more tightly administered world. Eduard Hanslick would wonder what the fuss is all about since he thinks music itself does not really mean anything at all. What can music and the way we listen to it, talk about it, and criticize it, tell us about ourselves and about our society? We will explore these questions against the backdrop of contemporary music that plays a role in students’ lives.

Physics of Sports     
FYSE 130
CRNs: 13839 and 13790  MWF 7:30-8:20am and T 3:05-3:55pm
Michael Larsen
Physics

How fast can a human being possibly run?  How much could a curveball curve?  How do the dimples of a golf ball influence its flight?  What is the best method of evaluating a quarterback’s value to his team?  Any sports fan can easily develop dozens of questions along these lines.  Using the practical backdrop of sports, this class will investigate these queries – and hundreds of others like them -- with appeal to some basic physics principles and ideas in a dynamic and interactive student-driven classroom setting.

The US and Globalization 
FYSE 131
CRNs: 13840 and 13792  TR 9:25-10:40am and M 3:00-3:50pm
Guoli Liu
Political Science

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 is the relationship between theory and practice?   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. foreign policy; (2) connections between domestic politics and foreign relations; (3) U.S. relations with major countries including China and Russia; and (4) the future of the U.S. in a globalizing world. 

Globalization, Governance, and Un-Americanizing U.S. Cities in the 21st Century
FYSE 131
CRNs: 13966 and 13987   TR 1:40-2:55pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Kevin Keenan
Political Science

Terrorism, globalized gentrification, growing multi-cultural discomforts, a dwindling middle class, economic transformations, and public health nightmares are just a few of the many issues that have recently affected American cities.  This seminar will explore these issues in the globally engaged U.S. cities that increasingly bear little resemblance to the rest of the country.  We will study the local, urban articulation of the globalization processes, as well as how the political system attempts to respond.  What occurs in America's leading cities will eventually trickle down the urban hierarchy to smaller, less globally engaged cities, including Charleston.  This seminar will give you the framework for understanding how these processes work and how they may end up affecting your current and future life.

Relationships and Mental Health       
FYSE 132 
CRNs: 13841 and 13794  TR 1:40-2:55pm and M 2:00-2:50pm
Lisa Thompson Ross
Psychology

We will explore how our relationships (how we think about each other and how we relate with one another) influence and are influenced by our mental health and how we adjust to transitions. We will pay particular attention to family relationships, romantic love relationships, and friendships.  How do these social ties influence anxiety and depression?  How do these relationships influence resiliency and happiness? Studying the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology will help us answer these questions.

Religion and Peace
FYSE 134
CRNs: 13842 and 13796  TR 10:50am-12:05pm and R 4:30-5:20pm
Todd LeVasseur
Psychology
 
This is an introductory course that analyzes how religious practitioners have conceived of and worked towards creating peace, broadly, both on this world and in other realms/worlds, and peaceful interactions, including with non-humans, on earth.  The course will explore prophetic activists working on issues of peace and justice in historical and contemporary times and across religions.  Students will read journals, scriptural passages, statements from institutional bodies, and other primary sources, focusing especially on Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam, to better understand how practitioners of these religions approach peace.  Specific issues to be addressed in the course include concepts of societal justice, environmental justice, dealing with pluralism in society (race, class, sexual preference), and war.  Students will also briefly explore the corollary of this: how religious practitioners might contribute to violence around these same issues.

Sociology of Food
FYSE 135
CRNs: 13845 and 13798  TR 3:05-4:20pm and T 2:05-2:55pm
Idee Winfield
Sociology

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 examine how what we eat and the way we eat it expresses our social identities and tells other where we fit in the social order. We explore how the system for producing and marketing food affects not only what (and how much) we eat, but creates issues of food justice in the larger society. We also examine how food is both an object of politics and a basis for social movements. 

Sociology of Peace  
FYSE 135

CRNs: 13846 and 13800  MW 2:00-3:15pm and M 1:00-1:50pm
Reba Parker
Sociology

Sociology of Peace is a course that sees the world through a sociological lens as students discover the making of a Culture of Peace. This class focuses on questions of “why war,” non -violent strategies, sustainability, inter-cultural cooperation, caring economics, and community peace-building with a global focus. This class is very hands on, as students will be taking their “knowledge and skills,” directly into the community with projects highlighting conflict resolution and peaceful collaboration.

Introduction to Sculpture
ARTS 220
CRNs: 13833 and 13802  W 6:00-9:45pm and R 1:40-2:30pm
Joey van-Arnhem
Studio Art
 
The purpose of this course is to introduce the study of three-dimensional forms and concepts as they apply to the realization of sculptural ideas in space and time.  For and content receive equal emphasis.  This course will provide familiarity with the vocabulary associated with art in three dimensions.  Basic technical instruction will be provided in four studio projects.  All term projects will include an introduction to specific ideas or modes of thinking.  Projects will be supplemented by assigned readings and students will be required to deliver an oral presentation, attend two art events and participate in a class exhibition.  This course will emphasize conceptual reasoning and consideration of material choice, craft form, space, site, presentation, and context.  It will provide a forum for the discussion and exploration of sculptural practices.

Education and the Good Life
FYSE 138
CRNs: 13847 and 13804  TR 12:150-1:30pm and W 2:00-2:50pm
Brian Lanahan
Teacher Education

This course will address two essential questions: “What is the ‘good life’?” and “How can education lead to the ‘good life’?”  The first part of the course will address the notion of the “good life” and challenge students to form their own definition based on selections from seminal pieces of western philosophy.  The second half of the course will analyze the role of education in leading students to and providing them with the “good life” as well as how students, teachers, and society can collaborate to provide such an education through the lens of selections from works of seminal educational philosophy. 

Charleston and the Civil Rights Movement
FYSE 138
CRNs: 13849 and 13808  TR 9:25-10:40am and R 10:50-11:40am
Jon Hale 
Teacher Education

The course introduces students to the unique history of Charleston and its pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement.  The City of Charleston is inherent to a rich overlooked history that forms an important part of the long struggle for equality. This course explores significant historical sites and events like the Stono Rebellion of 1739, Denmark Vesey’s plotted rebellion in 1822, and more recent events such as the Briggs v. Elliott (1952) court case and the Hospital Workers’ Strike of 1969.  Students will study the history of our city through intensive reading. Students will also visit these historic sites as they begin to examine how popular narratives about Charleston have been constructed and various issues such as segregation and exploitation have been ignored.

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics   
FYSE 138
CRNs: 13850 and 13848  W 3:00-6:00pm and T 3:05-3:55pm
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics course is designed to provide students interested in pursuing a degree in occupational & physical therapy as well as teacher education, with the knowledge and skills to design & implement movement experiences to enhance children’s physical, social and emotional development. Students will participate in an aquatic and motor clinic putting theory to practice teaching young children in a therapy setting.  Students will be required to go to MUSC during scheduled class times.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
FYSE 138
CRNs: 13852 and 13814  TR 12:15-1:30pm and M 3:00-3:50pm
Kelley White
Teacher Education

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 preschool and kindergarten years 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 foundational theories of early childhood education, as well as key principles of child development for children ages birth to age five. Students will take time to reflect on their own early care and schooling and how these experiences influenced who they are today. Emphasis will also be placed on learning how to appropriately interpret and synthesize educational research articles.

Art and Propaganda in Nazi Germany
FYSE 139
CRNs: 13853 and 13816  TR 10:50am-12:05pm and W 1:00-1:50pm
Gretchen McLaine
Theatre

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 fascist ideology in Nazi Germany. Our interdisciplinary approach will reveal the connections between the arts and politics, religion, economics and many other aspects of society. 

Theatre and Ethical Choice
FYSE 139
CRNs: 13854 and 13818  MWF 11:00-11:50am and T 2:00-2:50pm
Susan Kattwinkel
Theatre

Theatre often presents its audiences with questions of ethical choice – which of two moral codes to follow, whom to believe, when to sacrifice personal desires for the greater good. This class will look at plays and performances that address these questions, examining not only the questions themselves, but also the styles in which they are asked, and connect those questions to the types of ethical quandaries that college students experience.

The Gullah Community: Ancestry, Gender, and Identity
FYSE 141
CRNs: 13822 and 13821  TR 10:50am-12:05pm and W 1:00-1:50pm
Ade Ofunniyin and Sarah Holihan-Smith 
Women's and Gender Studies

Students will explore ethnographic research methodology and fieldwork through a lens of gender and identity studies.  There is a strong focus on women’s narratives, especially those that centralize multi-national/regional identity and the desire to reconcile this identity by returning to their “roots” or homelands, or by evoking their ancestor’s narratives.  The ethnographic fieldwork students will engage in will involve reviewing archival records and/or interviewing local residents who may be family members, friends, or have knowledge of people buried at any one of the three African American cemeteries of the French Huguenot cemetery.  The research will be conducted in support of the Gullah Society Sacred Burial Grounds Project.