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Fall 2015

Students choose to complete either a Learning Community or a First-Year Seminar to complete the FYE graduation requirement.

Learning Communities (LC) link two academic courses (6-8 credit hours). Faculty teaching these courses work together to establish joint activities and common curriculum themes designed to explore the ways in which subjects are interrelated.

A First-Year Seminar (FYSE) is an academic course (3 credit hours) that explores special topics taught by outstanding faculty. 

All FYE courses have an attached Synthesis Seminar (FYSS).  FYSS courses are not academic and are discussion based so students get the most out of the experience.  Upperclassmen serve as peer facilitators and lead weekly 50-minute synthesis seminars that introduce students to the College’s academic community. The synthesis seminar component offers the advantage of getting the perspective of and advice from a successful College of Charleston student.

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

All Learning Communities fulfill the FYE Graduation Requirement in addition to counting towards other general education requirements (listed with each LC)

Beyond Bratwurst and BMWs  (LC 1)
GRMN 101: Elementary German and MGMT 105: Introduction to Business and FYSS 101
Tom Baginski and Lancie Affonso
German and Slavic Studies and Management and Marketing
3 foreign language and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 10197 and 11793 and 13467  MWF 11:00-11:50 and MWF 10:00-10:50 and R 3:05-3:55

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 discuss 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.

Beyond the Surface: Writing About the Screen, Stage, and Page  (LC 2)
ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing and THTR 176: Introduction to Theatre and FYSS 101
Malinda McCollum and Mark Landis
English and Theatre
4 English and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 11328 and 13525 and 13581  TR 12:15-1:30, T 1:40-2:30 and TR 10:50-12:05 and W 3:00-3:50

Students will analyze theatre, visual arts, advertising, and popular culture in order to develop arguments about the effects and messages in a variety of texts. Students will consider each text’s layers of meaning, studying details in order to build claims about what the text evokes or suggests.  In THTR 176, students will attend several plays and be presented with writing assignments that ask students to articulate the participation of their own hearts and minds when joined with an audience at the theatre.  In ENGL 110, students will explore how ads, TV shows, films, photos, and posters use images to present arguments, reinforce and/or challenge cultural values, and influence viewers.

Biology and Chemistry for Pre-Med Majors (LC 3 A-D)  (4 Sections)  
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and CHEM 111**: Principles of Chemistry and CHEM 111L: Principles of Chemistry Lab and FYSS 101
Kathleen Janech and Marcello Forconi and Amy Rogers
Biology and Chemistry and Chemistry
8 natural science credits*
CRNs: 11989 and 12369 and 10243 and 13468  TR 8:30-9:45 and MWF 9:00-9:50 and M 12:00-3:00 and R 4:05-4:55
CRNs: 11998 and 12370 and 10248 and 13470  TR 8:30-9:45 and MWF 9:00-9:50 and M 4:00-7:00 and R 4:05-4:55
CRNs: 11990 and 12371 and 11065 and 13471  TR 8:30-9:45 and MWF 10:00-10:50 and T 12:15-3:15 and R 5:05-5:55
CRNs: 11942 and 12372 and 11516 and 13472  TR 8:30-9:45 and MWF 10:00-10:50 and T 4:30-7:30 and R 5:05-5:55

This learning community is tailored to incoming first-year students with a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine or in biomedical research. The fields of Chemistry and Biology are increasingly intertwined and faculty will use these two introductory courses to demonstrate the natural connections in the fields. Students must also register for any BIOL 111L section to receive full credit.

*4 credits towards natural science general education requirements and 4 credits towards science major.
** Students must place into MATH 111 or higher to enroll in CHEM 111

City of Light, A History of Paris  (LC 4)
FREN 101: Elementary French and FYSE 121: City of Light and FYSS 101
Lisa Signori and Bill Olejniczak
French and History
3 foreign language and 3 FYE credits
CRNs: 10338 and 13526 and 13527  MWF 10:00-10:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50 and F 3:00-3:50

In this interdisciplinary learning community, students will learn about Paris, including its political, social, economic, and cultural history, art and architecture, literature, philosophy, and language.  Linking FYSE 121 with FREN 101 adds a strong historical component to FREN 101 and an enhanced linguistic and cultural component to FYSE 121.  Students will acquire the skills of a historian as they explore Paris from its ancient beginnings to modern times through film, internet links, fictional works, and historical accounts.

Communication and Advocacy  (LC 5 A-B) (2 sections)
COMM 104: Public Speaking and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Julie Davis and Caroline Hunt
Communication and English
3 elective and 4 English credits
CRNs: 11532 and 11868 and 13584  TR 9:25-10:40 and MWF 10:00-10:50, M 9:00-9:50 and F 3:00-3:50
CRNs: 11533 and 10538 and 13582  TR 10:50-12:05 and MWF 11:00-11:50, M 12:00-12:50 and F 2:00-2:50

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.

Exploring Ancient Rome (LC 7)
LATN 101: Elementary Latin and CLAS 102: Roman Civilization and FYSS 101
James Lohmar and Allison Sterrett-Krause
Classics and Classics
3 foreign language and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 11932 and 11955 and 13341 MWF 9:00-9:50 and MW 4:00-5:15 and M 8:00-8:50

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.

Gateway to Neuroscience  (LC 8 A-D) (4 Sections)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and FYSS 101
Miranda McManus and Daniel Greenberg
Biology and Psychology
4 natural science and 3 social science credits
CRNs: 11248 and 11105 and 13473  MWF 10:30-11:20 and TR 9:25-10:40 and M 8:00-8:50
CRNs: 12499 and 11350 and 13474  MWF 10:30-11:20 and TR 9:25-10:40 and W 8:00-8:50
CRNs: 12498 and 12379 and 13475  MWF 10:30-11:20 and TR 10:50-12:05 and M 7:00-7:50
CRNs: 12500 and 12383 and 13476  MWF 10:30-11:20 and TR 10:50-12:05 and W 7:00-7:50

This learning community is aimed at entering first-year students with a strong desire to become health care professionals. These courses will demonstrate and reinforce the inherent, extensive connections between psychology and biology/ PSYC 103 will introduce students to the science of behavior with special emphasis on the biological bases of behavior (neuroscience) and psychological disorders. BIOL 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, etc. Students will also have an opportunity to attend pre-professional health advising sessions. Students must also register for any BIOL 111L section to receive full credit.

If These Buildings Could Talk: Architecture and Historic Preservation through Charleston  (LC 9)
ARTH 105: Introduction to Architecture and HPCP 199: Introduction to Historic Preservation and FYSS 101
Gayle Goudy and Christina Butler
Art and Architectural History and Historic Preservation and Community Planning
6 humanities credits
CRNs: 10034 and 12374 and 13481  MW 2:00-3:15 and MW 3:25-4:40 and R 4:05-4:55

Using the historic city of Charleston as our laboratory this learning community will introduce students to the world of architecture and historic preservation. We will focus our learning on Charleston examples through field trips and studying buildings in situ. This learning community is a great opportunity for students interested in exploring future careers in architecture, the arts, or historic preservation.

Measuring the Impacts of Tourism in Charleston  (LC 10 A-B) (2 sections)
HTMT 210: Principles and Practice in Hospitality and Tourism and MATH 104: Elementary Statistics and FYSS 101
Wayne Smith and Iana Anguelova
Hospitality and Tourism Management and Mathematics
3 elective and 3 mathematics credits
CRNs: 10742 and 13740 abd 13488  TR 1:40-2:55 and TR 12:15-1:30 and M 3:00-3:50
CRNs: 11842 and 13741 and 13489  TR 1:40-2:55 and TR 12:15-1:30 and M 4:00-4:50

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 learning community will demonstrate how statistics are used to make critical decisions that affect businesses and communities. Statistics will come alive when used to discover how Charleston measures up as America’s premier tourism destination.

Media and the Public: A Social History  (LC 11 A-B)  (2 sections)
COMM 214: Media in the Digital Age and COMM 214D: Media in the Digital Age Discussion and HIST 116: Modern History and FYSS 101
Ryan Milner and Jacob Steere-Williams
Communication and History
4 social science and 3 History credits
CRNs: 11936 and 11557 and 11319 and 13508  MWF 11:00-11:50 and M 3:00-3:50 and MWF 1:00-1:50 and M 8:00-8:50
CRNs: 11937 and 11891 and 12396 and 13509  MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 3:00-3:50 and MWF 1:00-1:50 and M 3:00-3:50

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.

Viruses and the Coming Apocalypse  (LC 12)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Chris Korey and Chris Warnick
Biology and English
4 natural science and 4 English credits
CRNs: 12360 and 10539 and 13609  MWF 2:00-2:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50, W 12:00-12:50 and M 4:00-4:50

Will the end of the human race come at the hands of a pandemic virus? What do the Ebola virus, Avian Influenza, and zombies have in common? 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 world of viral biology--both the science of virology as well as how this science is portrayed in popular culture. Viral biology will be the theme of our discussion of basic cellular and molecular biology in our Biology class. In ENGL110, students will be introduced to academic writing through an exploration of how the science of viruses is translated for public consumption through popular science writing, TV shows and movies. Students must also register for any BIOL 111L section to receive full credit.

Philosophical Issues and Molecular Biology  (LC 13)
FYSE 108: Molecular Biology in the News and PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy and FYSS 101
Agnes Southgate and Todd Grantham
Biology and Philosophy
3 FYE and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 13610 and 13340 and 13611  MWF 11:00-11:50 and MWF 1:00-1:50 and R 6:05-6:55

This learning community considers the impacts of molecular genetic technology on modern society. The seminar introduces the basics of molecular genetics through an exploration of innovations such as cloning, stem cells, genetic testing, and genetically modified food. The philosophy course introduces some basic ethical theory, uses these theories to analyze contemporary ethical debates about biotechnology, explores the nature of scientific knowledge, and asks whether the findings of molecular biology challenge our beliefs about freedom of the will. The seminar portion will also include development of presentation and scientific writing skills.

A Post-Racial and Post-Gendered Society? The Politics and Sociology of Race and Gender in the United States  (LC 14)
POLI 101: American Government and AAST 200: Introduction to African American Studies and FYSS 101
LaTasha Chaffin and Anthony Greene
Political Science and African American Studies
3 social science and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 11689 and 12086 and 13499  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 9:25-10:40 and W 3:00-3:50

These courses explore historical and contemporary racial and gender relations in the United States from a socio-political perspective. Specifically, we will study the underlying issues that characterize the nexus between and among different racial-ethnic groups and gender in our country.  Students will examine historical and contemporary political events and social movements that have impacted underrepresented minority and gender groups and that have been influenced by these demographic groups.  We will explore explanations for discrimination and various forms of inequality while developing analytical and communication skills that will enable students to examine and assess divergent ideas and perspectives on historical, contemporary, and diverse issues.

Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (LC 15 A-B) (2 sections)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and WGST 200: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies and FYSS 101
Jennifer Wright and Lisa Ross
Psychology and Psychology
3 social science and 3 humanities credits
CRNs: 12387 and 13603 and 13542  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 8:00-9:15 and W 3:00-3:50
CRNs: 12388 and 13544 and 13545  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 8:00-9:15 and T 3:05-3:55

Students in this 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. Students will 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 and Gender Studies side students will discuss historical and contemporary feminism, race, class, and sexual orientation, along with a variety of gender-related issues – e.g., eating disorders, sexual harassment, rape, pregnancy, and sexual reproduction, etc. Discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.

Society and the Individual  (LC 16)
SOCY 101: Intro to Sociology and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Ann Stein and John Warner
Sociology and English
3 social science and 4 English credits
CRNs: 11817 and 11869 and 13510  TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 12:15-1:30, R 3:05-3:55 and T 3:05-3:55

Have you ever wondered why people behave the way they do?  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.

Visions of Brazil  (LC 18)
LTPO 270: Studies in Brazilian Film and PORT 101: Elementary Portuguese and FYSS 101
Luci Moreira and Jose Moreira
Hispanic Studies and Hispanic Studies
3 humanities and 3 foreign language credits
CRNs: 12005 and 11907 and 13535  TR 1:40-2:55 and MWF 10:00-10:50 and M 4:00-4:50

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.

All First-Year Seminars fulfill the FYE Graduation Requirement

The Untold Story of the Great Migration   
FYSE 102 and FYSS 101
Patricia Williams Lessane
African American Studies
CRNs: 13986 and 13988 TR 10:50-12:05 and T 9:25-10:15

This seminar will look at a variety of works to introduce students to the major south to north migrations of African Americans during the history of the United States. We will examine the research of the African American anthropologists St. Clair Drake, Horace Clayton and Leith Mullings, the creative non-fiction of Isabel Wilkerson, and the fiction of Richard Wright and Ayana Mathis. This multi-disciplinary approach will allow students to have a rich experience of these major events in American history.

Getting to Know You: Westerners meet the "Other"
FYSE 103 and FYSS 101
Barbara Borg
CRNs: 13343 and 13344  TR 12:15-1:30 and T 5:05-5:55

Americans' lack of cultural literacy is increasingly counterproductive in a global system where our interdependence with "Others" in "Third World" countries is increasing. Having tended to interpret the actions of other nations in terms of our own culture, we need to examine our unquestioned assumptions about "modern progress" and "Western superiority". Using examples from different times and places this course examines the evolution of Western attitudes toward native peoples as different from each other as the Vikings of the Far North who first settled Iceland, Congo Africans under a brutal Belgian colonialism, the Maya of Central America who have survived centuries of repression, and the Himalayan Sherpas of Nepal who remain essential partners in attempts to climb Mt. Everest.

The Gullah Community: Ethnographic Research in Gender and Identity
FYSE 103 and FYSS 101
Ade Ofunniyin
CRNs: 13345 and 13347  TR 3:05-4:20 and T 8:05-8:55

This course proposes to introduce first-year students to the Gullah-Geechee community, culture, and historical significance in the context of ethnographic research and fieldwork, and through a lens of gender and identity studies. Our focus will be 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 ancestors’ narratives. The class will read the novel Daughters of the Dust, written by Julie Dash, who is currently a visiting scholar at the College of Charleston in African American Studies. We will also take several class travel excursions to significant historical sites or places of interest such as Penn Center in Beaufort, SC, and Feilding’s Home in downtown Charleston. 

Genetics and Society: What your genome's got to do with it
FYSE 108 and FYSS 101
Kaitlin Woodlief
CRNs: 13353 and 13354  TR 12:15-1:30 and W 6:00-6:50

What do your genes reveal about you, your family, and your future health? What risks are associated with genetic testing? This seminar will introduce the foundations of genetics and genomics with an emphasis on how present-day genetic technologies influence day-to-day life. Potential social, ethical, and legal implications will be interwoven with discussion of genomics issues, including genetic discrimination, pharmacogenomics, genetically modified organisms, and reproductive technologies. This course will take an interdisciplinary view of these topics with the aim of exploring and improving scientific literacy.

Friends and Relationships Through the Ages
FYSE 110 and FYSS 101
Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael
CRNs: 13355 and 13356  TR 1:40-2:55 and T 6:05-6:55

This course will explore the role of relationships through the ages, with a special emphasis on friendship.  Beginning with the ancient world and continuing through the modern era, we will explore how various social, cultural, and political factors influence interpersonal relationships and the valuation of different types of relationships such as the family, lovers, enemies, and especially friendship. Students will compare idealized notions of relationships with the often messy, unpredictable “real life” versions, and they will consider how social media has both facilitated and impeded interpersonal relationships. Lastly, students will use readings and discussion to explore their own relationships, especially as they embark upon their college experience and the formation of new friendships.

Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Patrick Harwood
CRNs: 13357 and 13358 M 6:00-8:45 and T 8:05-8:55

The College of Charleston is surrounded by Charleston’s historic streets, buildings, and cemeteries.  This seminar will focus on the many 18th and 19th century graveyards within walking distance of campus. We will use multiple disciplinary perspectives to study lives lost long ago and what how they were buried, memorialized, and remembered can tell us about our lives and lifestyles today.

The Science of Secrecy
FYES 112 and FYSS 101
Anthony LeClerc
Computer Science
CRNs: 13359 and 13360 TR 2:10-3:25 and W 4:00-4:50

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.

Shakespeare on Screen
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Kay Smith
CRNs: 13363 and 13628  TR 9:25-10:40, W 5:00-8:00 and T 8:05-8:55

If you like Shakespeare and enjoy films, this course will help you learn more about both. We will look in depth at five or six of Shakespeare's most popular plays. We will become familiar with the language of film and develop a sense of how the language of Shakespeare can adapt to this visual medium in a number of ways. We will also examine the different screen approaches to Shakespeare, from animation and digital media to YouTube and beyond. There will be a required viewing lab on Wednesdays at 5:00-8:00pm.

Ernest Hemingway in the Hispanic World (2 Sections)
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Kay Smith
CRNs: 13367 and 13368  MW 3:25-4:35 and T 7:05-7:55
CRNs: 13365 and 13366  TR 10:50-12:05 and T 7:05-7:55

This course studies Ernest Hemingway's literary works that are focused on Spain and Cuba. These works are infused with a powerful sense of time and place because Hemingway lived through many events that were important to the Hispanic world in the 20th century, and wrote about the people of Spain and Cuba with great sympathy. We will read Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises, which made the running of the bulls in Pamplona famous. We will also study other works in which bull-fighting plays an important role, to examine how, as Hemingway says, "Nobody ever lives their lives all the way up except bull-fighters." We will read his Spanish Civil War novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, in which he gives us a powerful introduction to the Spanish people in an historic moment of crisis. We will conclude with The Old Man and the Sea, his novella, set in Cuba, which won the Pulitzer Prize. We will move from close reading, to understand and appreciate Hemingway as a literary artist, to contextualization, to appreciate why Hemingway was drawn to important themes, ideas, places and events that he depicts in his writing on the Hispanic World.

The Importance of Financial Literacy
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Jessica Gibadlo
CRNs: 13376 and 13377  TR 8:00-9:15 and W 5:00-5:50

This course is an introduction to financial management concepts. Topics include money management, investment fundamentals, budgeting and 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.

The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
CRNs: 13378 and 13379  TR 4:00-5:15 and R 6:05-6:55

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.

On the Road Again: Modern Journeys on Ancient Pathways
FYSE 116 and FYSS 101
Lisa Signori
CRNs: 13379 and 13381  MWF 9:00-9:50 and R 3:05-3:55

This course will explore the act of pilgrimage, a practice that comprises both physical and internal journey. We will look closely at the practice of pilgrimage from historical and cultural perspectives. We will explore ancient and medieval pilgrimage destinations like Jerusalem, Mecca, and Santiago de Composte1a, as well as post-modern sites of pilgrimage such as Jim Morrison's grave and Graceland. We will consider how being on the road itself contributes to the formation of a pilgrim, and study how pilgrims bring change along with them on the road.

Throughout the course, we will seek answers to thematic questions such as, What is an authentic pilgrim? How does pilgrimage differ from tourism? and What is the existential value of pilgrimage?

A Window into Russia
FYSE 118 and FYSS 101
Oksana Ingle
German-Slavic Studies
CRNs: 13382 and 13383  MWF 11:00-11:50 and M 6:00-6:50

A Window into Russia offers a colorful glimpse into 1200 years of Russian historical events and major figures, along with insights into Russian literature, art, music, and dance. It’s a glimpse into the real Russia. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world's most intriguing cultures.

Global Perspectives: Geography and Culture of Spain
SPAN 202 and FYSS 101
Silvia Rodriguez Sabater
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 10629 and 13384  TR 10:50-12:05 and W 8:00-8:50

This seminar 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 the history and geography of Spain to understand how they have shaped its cultures.  Students will be assigned to different geographic areas of Spain and will create presentations involving writing and speaking skills to share their research with the class.

Global Perspectives: Geography and Culture of Spain
SPAN 202 and FYSS 101
Devon Hanahan
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 10631 and 13385  MWF 1:00-1:50 and T 5:05-5:55

This seminar 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 the history and geography of Spain to understand how they have shaped its cultures.  Students will be assigned to different geographic areas of Spain and will create presentations involving writing and speaking skills to share their research with the class.

Latino/as in the United States
FYSE 120 and FYSS 101
Nadia Avendaño
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 13386 and 13387  TR 1:40-2:55 and T 5:05-5:55

This seminar introduces students to the field of Latino/a Studies in order to better understand the place of Latinos/as in U.S. politics, history, and culture. Students will be asked to examine how a heterogeneous and changing Latino/a population both shapes and is shaped by life in the United States. A selection of texts from various disciplines (including literature, history, music, and film) will inform our class discussions. The course will look at constructions of "Latinidad" as they relate to questions of identity, class, race, and/or ethnicity, religion, gender and sexuality, (im)migration, language, and popular culture.

Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Europe and America 
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Jason Coy
CRNs: 13388 and 13389  TR 3:05-4:20 and M 4:00-4:50

This first-year seminar will examine the great witch-hunts that swept Europe and America during the early modern period, analyzing the intersection of power, religiosity, and magical beliefs that fueled the trials. By discussing recent historical interpretations concerning witchcraft alongside primary sources pertaining to folk magic, learned conceptions of malevolent sorcery and demonology, and criminal proceedings, we will attempt to understand the witch-hunts within the context of early modern culture and society. In addition, students will develop communication skills and critical thinking aptitudes essential to success in college courses.

Science Fiction and the Human Condition (2 Sections)
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Rich Bodek
CRNs: 13390 and 13391  TR 10:50-12:05 and T 6:05-6:55
CRNs: 13393 and 13394  TR 12:15-1:30 and M 7:00-7:50

Science Fiction (or speculative fiction, which sounds slightly more upmarket), especially stories about Mars and Martians, explores political, social, ethical, technological, and other ideas. Because of the apparent distance from our world that appears in such stories and novels, readers can engage radical new ideas with open minds. This course will look at sci-fi works about Mars that explore utopias and dystopias, technology and its discontents, the nature of human beings, contact with cultural others, political philosophies, and war.  Be ready for The War of the Worlds, John Carter of Mars, The Martian Chronicles, Stranger in a Strange Land, and more. 

The City of Light: A History of Paris
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Bill Olejniczak
CRNs: 13395 and 13397  MWF 10:00-10:50 and F 4:00-4:50

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, films, and web-sites. As a special feature, each student will develop an expertise on a Parisian neighborhood.

Economics of Globalization
FYSE 123 and FYSS 101
Beatriz Maldonado-Bird
International Studies and Economics
CRNs: 13405 and 13413  MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 8:00-8:50

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).

Children and the Holocaust
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Ted Rosengarten
Jewish Studies
CRNs: 13732 and 13733  MW 4:00-5:15 and W 6:00-6:50

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.

After Genocide (2 sections)
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
David Slucki
Jewish Studies
CRNs: 13734 and 13735  TR 9:25-10:40 and W 4:00-4:50
CRNs: 13736 and 13737  TR 10:50-12:05 and M 5:00-5:50

This course will examine how societies have rebuilt in the wake of genocide. Our central concerns will be how genocides are remembered, how justice has been sought at the local and international level, and whether or not reconciliation has been achieved between victims and perpetrators. We will focus particularly on the aftermath of the Holocaust, and the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. By considering how the world has responded to genocides since the Holocaust, students will come to better understand the complexities of returning to normal life after conflict.

Mathematics in Fiction
FYSE 127 and FYSS 101
Alex Kasman
CRNs: 13414 and 13415  MWF 2:00-2:50 and T 4:05-4:55

This interdisciplinary course is a great choice for students who like both literature and math/science because we will be reading novels and short stories and watching movies that are about math. There is a surprisingly large number of works of fiction that feature mathematics or mathematicians.  (Two well-known examples are “The Imitation Game” and “NUMB3RS”, but I know over 1,000 more.)   Through discussion and the application of literary analysis, we will answer such questions as: How and why do authors include math in their fiction?  What little-known truths or widely-believed falsehoods can the audience learn from such works?  Students in this seminar will gain a greater understanding of both math and literature.

Borrowed, Sampled, Stolen, Remixed? Cultural Perspectives on Musical Ownership
FYSE 128 and FYSS 101
Michael O'Brien
CRNs: 13416 and 13417  TR 10:50-12:05 and W 6:00-6:50

This course will provide a variety of perspectives on a single question: what does it mean to "own" music? We will consider the rights and responsibilities of scholars, music producers (performers, composers, DJs, communities), disseminators (record labels, pirates, scholarly archives), and audiences (concert goers, CD buyers, downloaders and streamers). We will tackle case studies involving appropriation, inspiration, (re)creation and outright theft. While we will consider the current legal definitions and regulations for musical ownership, this is not a course in copyright law. In fact, one of our central lines of inquiry will be whether (and how) current copyright law is an adequate or appropriate set of protections for engaging ethically with the world's music.

Who Should Tell You What to Read? Liberal Arts Education in the Public Sphere 
FYSE 129 and FYSS 101
Richard Nunan
CRNs: 13418 and 13419  MW 2:00-3:15 and M 7:00-7:50

Our seminar will begin with the SC General Assembly and C of C Board of Trustees reactions to the selections of Fun Home and Rainbow Radio as 2013-14 first-year reading selections for use at C of C and USC/Upstate, as an introductory case study. In this course we will explore the philosophy of public liberal arts education at both the high school and (especially) college levels. We will also examine our methods for settling curricular policy questions in the political arena (e.g., about "citizenship training”), and in the judicial arena—court cases governing evolutionary biology, academic freedom and freedom of speech, and the First Amendment free exercise and establishment clauses. 

Apocalypse to Warp Drive: Physics in Film
FYSE 130 and FYSS 101
Chris Fragile
Physics and Astronomy
CRNs: 13420 and 13421  MWF 10:30-11:20, M 7:00-10:00 and M 5:00-5:50

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.

Mapping the Mind
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Jennifer Wilhelm
CRNs: 13422 and 13423  TR 9:25-10:40 and M 6:00-6:50

This course will explore the scientific, medical, political, economic, and religious implications of the international race to map the anatomical connections within the human brain. At least three major groups have announced plans to spend billions of dollars to build a blueprint of the brain that will elucidate the anatomical and functional connectivity within a healthy brain and produce insight into various neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and autism. We will discuss the medical and scientific advances that may be possible through these projects as well as the challenges of interpreting the map once it is completed. Through this interdisciplinary course, students will gain an appreciation of how society can be changed by a large-scale endeavor.

Evolution for Everyone
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Steve Short
CRNs: 13424 and 13425  TR 12:15-1:30 and R 3:05-3:55

Now over 150 years old, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and his accompanying theory of evolution still face substantial criticism and denial from individuals across the western world, but in particular the United States. In this course, we will begin by reviewing the scientific method, the theory of evolution, and natural selection. Next, we will explore how evolutionary theory can be applied across a variety of fields with examples from areas such as medicine, anthropology, and psychology. Lastly, we will explore opposition to evolution and the potential costs of dismissing this powerful framework. Finally, students will use their new evolutionary perspective to explore topics of their own interest and share their findings with their peers.

The Origins of Human Nature: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Gabby Principe
CRNs: 13426 and 13427  TR 8:00-9:15 and M 5:00-5:50

This course will acquaint students with the emerging field of evolutionary developmental psychology, which applies the basic principles of Darwinian evolution, particularly natural selection, to explain contemporary human development. Readings and discussion will draw on comparative research with animals, especially nonhuman primates, as well as data and theory in anthropology, behavior genetics, cognitive science, evolutionary theory, and psychology to explore the evolution and development of the human mind. We will explore topics such as the role of play from an evolutionary perspective; the interacting roles of an extended period of immaturity, a big brain, and a complex social structure in human cognitive evolution; and how biological influences interact with social and ecological conditions to guide the development of human social and cognitive competencies.

The Psychology of War
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Jennifer Wright
CRNs: 13428 and 13429  TR 9:25-10:40 and F 3:00-3:50

This course will examine the role of war in politics, society, and individual’s lives in the contemporary world. It will be organized around two central questions: 1) what are the psychological factors involved in causing war (that is, why does it happen?), and 2) what are the psychological consequences of war (that is, what effects does it have, positive and negative?). We’ll consider these questions from both the social (group identity, shared norms, customs/traditions, economics) and the individual (personality, beliefs/values, demographics, genetics, neurological function) level. The course will encourage students to view social conflict through a psychological lens and introduce students to the social sciences as part of their overall liberal arts education.

The Myth of the American Hero
FYSE 134 and FYSS 101
Elijah Siegler
Religious Studies
CRNs: 13443 and 13444  WF 9:00-9:50 and F 7:00-9:45 and M 6:00-6:50

What is a hero? Is a hero a (wo)man of violence or of peace? Are heroes necessary or dangerous? In this class we will critically examine the myth of the American hero through weekly viewings of important American movies. Students will become familiar with the basic terms of both film and myth analysis and bring those terms to our exciting discussions as well as to weekly short assignments on various films. Together, we will watch sci-fi films (Star Wars, The Matrix) and war films (Apocalypse Now, Platoon) but we will focus in particular on films made by Joel and Ethan Coen, whose 30-year career presents us with an excellent opportunity to explore intertwined themes of the American values, masculinity and morality. What do Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men and True Grit have to do with the myth of the American Hero? 

Sociology of Food
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Idee Winfield
CRNs: 13445 and 13446  TR 1:40-2:55 and W 5:00-5:50

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 (2 Sections)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Reba Parker
CRNs: 13447 and 13448  MW 3:25-4:30 and T 4:05-4:55
CRNs: 13449 and 13450  MW 2:00-3:15 and R 4:05-4:55

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
and FYSS 101
Joey van Arnhem
Studio Art
CRNs: 12577 and 13452  W 6:00-9:45 and W 5:00-5:50

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.

Artistic Visual Identity
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Tracey Hunter-Doniger
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13453 and 13454  T 12:15-2:55 and M 11:00-11:50

Express yourself! Images are powerful tools that can help you depict your identity. This course investigates self-identity theories through art making, video journals, and narrative writing. Students will explore past, present, and future selves through their culture, influences, and aspirations. Weekly video journal entries will lead to the discovery of each stage of identity, accompanied by the creation of an original work of art and narrative.  The final project will be an iMovie that uses both the artwork and video journal entries to express the students’ visual identity.

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13455 and 13456  W 3:00-6:00 and T 4:05-4:55

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics course is designed to provide students interested in pursuing a degree in occupational and physical therapy as well as teacher education, with the knowledge and skills to design and 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 and will need to leave ample time to travel to MUSC. 

Education and the Good Life
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Brian Lanahan
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13457 and 13458  TR 9:25-10:40 and W 2:00-2:50

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. 

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Kelley White
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13461 and 13462  TR 12:15-1:30 and M 4:00-4:50

What did you learn in Kindergarten? Maybe, you learned your colors or shapes and how to count or write your name. But, I bet you learned a whole lot more! Research suggests what a child learns during the early years set the foundation for their later experiences in school, as well as for their life outside of the classroom.  This seminar will include 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 five. Students will also be taught how to interpret, evaluate, and synthesize educational research articles.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion History
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 13465 and 13466  MWF 11:00-11:50 and R 8:05-8:55

This course will allow the students to develop an overview and recognition of clothing and fashion from the 20th Century and its cultural language.  Through lecture, discussions, and research, the students will examine the social, political, and practical influences on dress and accepted attire for men and women during the time from the turn of the last century through the early 21st century and the evolution of the modern fashion industry.