Fall 2020

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

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). 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.

CofC 250th Anniversary
Architectural History and Historic Preservation in the Holy City (LC)
Interpreting Charleston's Natural Disasters (LC)
Slavery and Racism Throughout History (LC)
More than a Game: Sports History Made Here (LC)
Presidential Elections. Made. Here.

Sustainability-Related and Sustainability-Focused
The Human Side of Sustainability (LC)
Swimming in Plastic Soup
The History of Stuff: A Global History of Consumption and Waste
You Are What You Wear: Just Fashion

Experiencing Charleston and the Lowcountry
Sending the "Write"Message: Managing Tourism in Charleston (LC)
The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street

Countries and Cultures, Past and Present
Mangia! Eating and Speaking Like an Italian (LC)
From Russia with Code: Cybersecurity and Russian (LC)
City of Light, A History of Paris (LC)
Experiencing Ancient Rome (LC)
Spanish Panorama: The Cultures, Languages, and Geography of Spain (LC)
Food, Travel, and Faith in Asia (LC)
Tango and Beyond: Music, Language, and Culture (LC)
Sprechen Sie Business? German Business in South Carolina and Beyond
Film and Media in Israel
Global Perspectives: Barcelona!
Bad Hombres/Spicy Vixens: Exploring Latino/a Stereotypes in the United States
Not Just World Cup Soccer: Business and Culture in Brazil

Engaging with Contemporary Issues
Feminist Jiu-Jitsu For Self-Defense (LC)
How to Be Happy (LC)
Pyschology of Women's Studies and Gender Issues (LC)
All Eyes on You: Surveillance, Control, and Community (LC)
Fake Media or Watchdogs for Our Democracy? New Media and the 2020 Presidential Election
Economics of Globalization
Why Business? The Role of Business in Society
Breaking Silence: The Writer in the Community
The Border
The Ethics of Food
Epic Trauma: The Psychological Impact of War
Must Love Dogs: Our Relationship with Human's Best Friend
Race, Gender, and Climate Change
Opening Your Eyes to the Language of Business

Education and Development
Dancing Away Your Fear of Public Speaking (LC)
Get Me Bodied: Integrating Mind and Body in the Writing Process
Financial Literacy for Generation Z
Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
The Power of Play for Young Children's Learning and Development
Teaching Fellows
Being in a Situation: The Art and Science of Resilience

Technology, Science, Nature and Health
Women Performing Astronomy (LC)
Global Perspectives on Engineering (LC)
Biology and Chemistry for Medicine and Biomedical Research (LC)
An Earth Without Us! (LC)
Gateway to Neuroscience (LC)
Biomimicry: Nature as Mentor
The Human Animal: Paleolithic Bodies in a Modern World
The Origins of Life and Search for Life Elsewhere
Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
Evolution for Everyone
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: More Than Just a Movie
Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future
AR U Experienced?: Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality

Engaging Our World through the Arts, Literature, and Religion
New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC)
Comics and American Culture
Banned Books
Crime and Detection in London
Harry Potter and the Human Condition
Mars Attacks! Mars in Popular Culture
Jack the Ripper: Man and Myth
American Popular Culture
Voices of Diversity: Playwrights and Characters
Behind the Curtain: Exploring the World of Live Theatre
Dancing on Stage and Screen: Investigating the Perspective of the Artist and Audience
Reading Hamilton: Hip-Hop and History in the American Musical

Learning Communities:

Women Performing Astronomy (LC1)
ASTR 129: Astronomy I and ASTR 129L: Astronomy I Lab and THTR 176: Intro to Theatre and FYSS 101
Ashley Pagnotta and Vivian Appler
Astronomy and Theater
4 natural science and 4 elective credits
CRNS: 13393 and 13394 and 13650 and 13395
Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and R 7:00-10:00pm and MWF 1:00-1:50 and T 3:05-3:55

The disciplines of astronomy and theatre are not as different as you might think. Both involve creativity, patience, inspiration, attention to detail, and observation. In recent years, a number of plays and films have been produced that dramatize the previously untold stories of women trailblazers in astronomy. In this course, students will study the lives of these women astronomers through the plays that have been written about them while also experimenting with the scientific concepts that they introduced to the astronomy world. After learning the basics of theatre, students will create their own biographical science drama based on a historic woman astronomer. Students will also learn the scientific theories developed by the women they are studying and have the opportunity to do their own astronomical experiments and observations during the accompanying lab.


Architectural History and Historic Preservation in the Holy City (LC2) (CofC 250th Anniversary)
ARTH 105: Intro to Architecture and HPCP 199: Intro to Historic Preservation and FYSS 101
Brigit Ferguson and Ashton Finley
Art History and Historic Preservation
6 Humanities credits
CRNS: 13396 and 13397 and 13398
Course Times: MWF 9:00-9:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50 and W 8:00-8:50

Using Charleston as a living laboratory, this LC will introduce students to architectural history and historic preservation.  Introduction to Architectural History explores Western architecture from ancient Mesopotamia to the 21st century in terms of function, structure, form, and historical context. The historic preservation portion introduces students to economic, environmental and cultural benefits of preserving our built environment while also addressing issues in heritage management using Charleston examples and studying buildings in situ.  Students will write stylistic analyses, learn basic architectural terminology and research architectural and historic significance using primary sources. The LC will include site visits to Charleston buildings. To celebrate the college’s 250th anniversary, students will research buildings related to the college’s diverse history and present this research publicly.


The Human Side of Sustainability (LC3)
ANTH 115: Intro to Cultural Sustainability and SOCY 102: Contemporary Social Issues and FYSS 101
Christine Finnan and Julia McReynolds-Pérez
Anthropology and Sociology
3 elective credits and 3 Social Science credits
CRNS: 13399 and 13400 and 13401
Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and TR 9:25-10:40 and R 8:05-8:55

This Learning Community focuses on the human side of sustainability. We examine social and cultural factors that play a part in efforts to create a just, equitable, and healthy world. ANTH 115: Introduction to Cultural Sustainability provides an introduction to cultural anthropology and sustainability literacy, and it places cultural sustainability within economic, environmental, and social issues. SOCY 102: Contemporary Social Issues provides an introduction to sociology and examines social and organizational issues related to sustainability, with a special focus on inequality and strategies for change. Students have the opportunity to become involved in the Sustainability Literacy Institute and potentially identify opportunities for future internships or research projects. Successful completion of these courses will fulfill one required and one elective course for the Cultural Sustainability Certificate.


Global Perspectives on Engineering (LC4)
ENGR 103: Fundamentals of Electrical and Systems Engineering and INTL 100: Intro to International Studies
Oladimeji Olufunke and Malte Pehl
Engineering and International Studies
3 elective and 3 Humanities credits
CRNS: 13344 and 10692 and 13402
Course Times: TR 8:00-9:15am and MWF 11:00-11:50 and F 3:00-3:50

In this Learning Community, students will be able to learn engineering fundamentals, international perspectives on engineering, and some of the multicultural understanding and teamwork skills necessary for international collaboration. Students are also expected to develop an appreciation towards diversity. Students will also learn about the important role technology plays in enabling what we now call globalization, its potential to solve important global issues and the implications of modern technology-driven life for politics, the economy, culture and the environment.


Mangia! Eating and Speaking Like an Italian (LC5)
HEAL 257: Principles of Nutrition and ITAL 101: Elementary Italian
Michelle Futrell and Katherine Greenburg
Health and Human Performance and Italian Studies
3 elective credits and 3 foreign language credits
CRNS: 13403 and 10233 and 13404
Course Times: Online and MWF 10:00-10:50 and W 4:00-4:50

Food brings people together and this learning community will use the study of food to connect the traditional introductory Italian classroom with the online Principles of Nutrition classroom. The overarching focus of this learning community will be the Mediterranean Diet, recognized as the best overall diet for the third year in a row by US News & World Report. The learning community combines the science behind current dietary guidelines with an examination of the cultural importance of food in the lives of everyday Italians. The Learning Community will provide students with an opportunity to understand their own personal dietary habits in comparison with those of the greater Italian population. Students will also complete one semester of their language requirement.


From Russia with Code: Cybersecurity and Russian (LC6)
RUSS 101: Elementary Russian I and CSCI 111: Intro to Cybersecurity and FYSS 101
Meglena Miltcheva and Lancie Affonso
Russian and Computer Science
3 foreign language and 3 elective credits
CRNS: 10138 and 11740 and 13405
Course Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and MWF 10:00-10:50 and M 4:00-4:50

In recent years, Russian cybercrime has become the most dangerous threat to the US computer security systems. Government and businesses are scrambling to find Cybersecurity experts who specialize in Russian. This learning community helps you to acquire this much-needed expertise in the connections between Russia and Cybersecurity. RUSS 101 introduces the Cyrillic alphabet and Russian language, with a focus on computer vocabulary. CSCI 199 focuses on the domains of cybersecurity with specific examples applied to the Russian attacks. We will cover the following domain areas and touch on specific Russian attacks that penetrated the area in question: Access control and identity management, cryptography, policies, procedures, and awareness, physical security, perimeter defenses, network defenses, host defenses, application defenses, and data defenses.


Biology and Chemistry for Medicine and Biomedical Research (LC7)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 111L*:  Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab and CHEM 111**: Principles of Chemistry and CHEM 111L: Principles of Chemistry Lab and FYSS 101
Kathleen Janech and Pamela Riggs-Gelasco
Biology and Chemistry
8 natural science credits**
CRNS: 13579 and 13580 and 11216 and 10162 and 13408
Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and R 1:30-4:30 and MWF 9:00-9:50 and T 1:40-4:30 and W 3:00-3:50

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 between the fields.
* Math 111 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for CHEM 111.  Alternatively, students who place into calculus via the Math Aleks placement exam can enroll in CHEM 111.
**4 credits towards natural science general education requirements and 4 credits towards science major.


City of Light: A History of Paris (LC8)
FREN 101: Elementary French and FYSE 121: City of Light and FYSS 101
Margaret Keneman and Bill Olejniczak
French and History
3 foreign language and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 13406 and 13407 and 13409
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50 and F 4:00:4:50

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, fictional works, and historical accounts.


An Earth Without Us! (LC9)
GEOL 103: Environmental Geology and GEOL 103L: Environmental Geology Lab and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Vijay Vulava and Lisa Young
Geology and English
4 natural science and 4 English credits
CRNs: 13581 and 11297 and 13410 and 13531
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and M 2:30-5:30 and TR 10:50-12:05; T 12:15-1:05 and R 3:05-3:55

In this Learning Community, students will explore how human-Earth interactions have ushered in the Anthropocene era, the period where humans have had a dominant influence on Earth’s environment. Hands-on activities and field trips will allow students to apply Earth science principles to evaluate our unsustainable use of Earth’s resources and predict the future of our planet. Students will have the opportunity to explore themes of environmental justice in their writings from a sustainability perspective. Writing assignments will be paired with weekly sustainability- focused “beyond the classroom” experiences, including a guided tour of historic Charleston-area communities, a mindfulness session, and visits to environmental justice service-learning sites.


Living-Learning Community - Interpreting Charleston's Natural Disasters (LC10) (CofC 250th Anniversary)
GEOL 103: Environmental Geology and GEOL 103L: Environmental Geology Lab and DATA 210: Dataset Organization and Management and FYSS 101

Steven Jaume and Lancie Affonso
Geology and Computer Science
4 natural science and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 10242 and 10914 and 12294 and 13532
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and T 1:45-4:45 and MWF 9:00-9:50 and M 6:00-6:50

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Floods, Fires! Natural disasters have defined Charleston’s 350-year history and will likely frame its future. First Year students have a unique opportunity to join a faculty-student learning community linking significant learning experiences in and outside of the classroom. In addition to faculty mentoring, first year students in this community will have several upper-class student mentors to support their academic goals, giving them greater access to opportunities on campus along with related programming to help them be successful.

Students in this living-learning community will live on the same floor of Berry Residence Hall and select the “Interpreting Charleston’s Disaster History” Learning Community to meet the FYE requirement. The linked courses (GEOL 103 and DATA 210) will introduce students to publicly available environmental data (e.g., streamflow, tide gauge, meteorological, earthquake, etc.) and several means of analyzing and interpreting these natural phenomena. Students who complete this course will be able to support transparent environmental decision-making and digital storytelling that promotes open data and analysis along with rich interactive visualizations that enable users a high level view of complex problems as well as deep dive into the data. There are no prerequisites for courses in this learning community. This Learning Community is connected to the 250th Anniversary of the College of Charleston. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Students participating in this Living-Learning Community must live on 3rd Floor of Barry Hall. The housing application deadline is May 1, 2020. Information about applying for housing can be found on the Campus Housing website: http://housing.cofc.edu/apply-for-housing/incoming-new-students.php


Experiencing Ancient Rome (LC11)
LATN 101: Intro to Latin and CLAS 102: Roman Civilization and FYSS 101
Blanche McCune and Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael
3 foreign language and 3 Humanities credits
CRNs: 13411 and 13253 and 13533
Course times: MWF 11:00-11:50 and TR 9:25-10:40 and R 3:05-3:55
This course is 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.


Slavery and Racism Throughout History (LC12) (CofC 250th Anniversary)
CLAS 203: Special Topics - Slavery and Racism throughout History and HIST 116: Modern History and FYSS 101
Samuel Flores and Adam Domby
Classics and History
3 Humanities and 3 History credits
CRNs: 13254 and 13412 and 13534
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and TR 3:05-4:20 and T 5:05-5:55

This learning community will study racism and the institution of slavery from two perspectives: its place in American history and its origins in ancient Greece and Rome. CLAS 203 will study the institution of slavery in ancient Greece and Rome as well and its impacts on modernity. HIST 116 will study a history of racism in modern history. A central theme will be North and South American slavery and its continued impact today. The learning community will tie together the two courses so students see how the legacy of Greek and Roman slavery impacted American history. In honor of the College’s 250th Anniversary and its history, special attention will be paid to the history of slavery in Charleston and the Lowcountry and its connection with the neoclassical history of the city and the College of Charleston.


Gateway to Neuroscience (LC13 A-B)
BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 111L: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab and PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and FYSS 101
Chris Korey and Mike Ruscio
Biology and Psychology
4 natural science and 3 social science credits
(A) CRNs: 13583 and 10091 and 13413 and 13535
(A) Course times: MWF 2:00-2:50 and T 1:30-4:30  and MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 6:00-6:50
(B) CRNs: 13585 and 10095 and  13414 and 13627
(B) Course times: MWF 2:00-2:50 and M 4:30-7:30  and MWF 1:00-1:50 and F 8:00-8:50

This learning community is aimed at entering first-year students with an interest in Neuroscience, particularly the interface of Psychology and Biology. These courses will demonstrate and reinforce the inherent, extensive connections between the two disciplines. 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, with a focus on basic nervous system function and the underlying biological mechanisms associated with neurological disorders.


Sending the ‘Write’ Message: Managing Tourism in Charleston (LC14 A-B-C-D)
HTMT 210: Principles and Practices in Hospitality and Tourism Management and ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Bob Frash and Jenny Pringle
Hospitality and Tourism Management and English
3 elective credits and 4 English credits
(A) CRNs: 12331 and 13448 and 13538
(A) Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and MWF 9:00-9:50; Online Class Meeting (for fourth hour) and T 5:05-5:55
(B) CRNs: 12427 and 13449 and 13539
(B) Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and MWF 10:00-10:50; Online Class Meeting (for fourth hour) and W 5:00-5:50
(C) CRNs: 12332 and 13450 and 13549
(C) Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and MWF 11:00-11:50; Online Class Meeting (for fourth hour) and R 5:05-5:55
(D) CRNs: 13638 and 13639 and 13640
(D) Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and MWF 11:00-11:50; Online Class Meeting (for fourth hour) and R 5:05-5:55

The purpose of this learning community is to explore how to conduct business in the hospitality industry. Special attention will be paid on how to communicate ideas and strategies effectively throughout both the industry and the community. This class will introduce students to the hospitality environment and guide them in developing professional skills through writing business correspondences such as memos, reports, resumès and cover letters as well as creative and analytical features focusing on industry issues. Students will explore Charleston and all its offerings to understand how the tourism industry works in one of the world’s premier destinations.


Feminist Jiu-Jitsu for Self-Defense (LC15)
FYSE 141: Studies in Women's and Gender Studies and PEAC 120: Women’s Self-Defense and FYSS 101
Kristi Brian and Margarete McGuigan and Pat McGuigan
Women and Gender Studies and Health and Human Performance
5 elective credits
CRNs: 13550 and 11548 and 13551
Course times: W 4:00-6:45 and TR 9:25-10:40 and M 3:00-3:50

This learning community combines jiu-jitsu training for self-defense and an introduction to feminist empowerment. Each week students will have physical self-defense training on the mat and classroom engagement centered on feminist analysis of oppression, identity, power and the body. The course aims to achieve a holistic approach to interactive dialogue. Students will be encouraged to document throughout the course how their own evolution towards greater empowerment is shaped by the jiu-jitsu practice and feminist teachings. The course is intended to be inclusive and suitable for all genders. Men, women, transgender, and gender non-conforming students will all be acknowledged for the situated knowledge they bring to the topic.


Dancing Away Your Fear of Public Speaking (LC16)
COMM 104: Public Speaking and PEAC 122: Social Dance and FYSS 101
Deborah McGee and Jeff Woraratanadharm
Communication and Health and Human Performance
5 elective credits
CRNs: 10951 and 12371 and 13552
Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and TR 5:45-7:00pm and W 5:00-5:50

Dancing Away Your Fear of Public Speaking is a learning community designed to improve students ability to communicate, especially in situations in which one is in the spotlight. Both public speaking and social dance are communication skills that will benefit one’s personal and professional lives. Students will learn how to manage stage-fright through dancing and speaking. Students will also to adapt to audiences and better evaluate the messaging of others as they learn how to express themselves through voice and body.


How to Be Happy (LC17)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Jenn Wilhelm and Anna Lonon
Psychology and English
3 social science and 4 English credits
CRNs: 11822 and 13451 and 13553
Course times: TR 8:00-9:15 and MWF 12:00-12:50; M 1:00-1:50 and W 9:00-9:50

The pursuit of happiness is one of America’s unalienable rights, but why are so many people unhappy, anxious, and stressed out? Is there any way to change this? Or, is happiness even attainable? During this course students will explore what psychological science and literature can teach us about how to be happier and less stressed. Students will examine why much of what we think will make us happy such as increasing wealth and acquiring more material possessions actually doesn not, while also looking at the ways popular culture and media regard happiness and what it teaches us to believe. Students will learn and put into practice scientifically validated strategies to live a better, more satisfying life and to make a difference in the community.


Psychology of Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (LC18 A-B)
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 Women and Gender Studies
3 social science and 3 humanities credits
(A) CRNs: 13415 and 13554 and 13555
(A) Course Times: MW 2:00-3:15 and TR 8:00-9:15 and M 8:00-8:50
(B) CRNs: 13416 and 13558 and 13559
(B) Course Times: MW 2:00-3:15 and TR 8:00-9:15 and R 5:05-5:55

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. We’ll also look closely at the development of gender and sexual orientation and the influence that biological, familial, and cultural factors have on developmental trajectories.  From the Women’s and Gender Studies side we will discuss historical and contemporary feminism, race, class, and sexual orientation, along with a variety of gender-related issues – e.g., eating disorders, sexual harassment, rape, pregnancy, and sexual reproduction, etc. Our discussions will continue to highlight the importance of various psychological processes for understanding these issues.


BIOL 111: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 111L: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab and MATH 120: Introductory Calculus and MATH 120L: Introductory Calculus Lab and FYSS 101
Chris Korey and Sofia Agrest
Biology and Mathematics
4 natural science and 4 math credits
CRNs: 13595 and 10102 and 10908 and 10858 and 13560
Course times: MWF 2:00-2:50 and T 4:30-7:30 and MWF 10:00-10:50; T 9:25-10:40 and MWF 1:00-1:50 and R 3:05-3:55

Will the end of the human race come at the hands of a pandemic virus? How are scientists approaching the study of Avian Influenza, Ebola, and the Zika virus, The focal theme for this learning community, which connects Biology 111 (Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology) for Science Majors and Math 120  (Calculus), will be the world of viral biology--both the science of virology as well as how these two disciplines approach the study of viruses. Viral biology will be the theme of our discussion of basic cellular and molecular biology in our Biology class. A themed project across both classes will have students explore how epidemiologists model viral outbreaks using calculus. This course is open only to pre-selected students.


More than a Game: Sports History Made Here (LC20 A-B) (CofC 250th Anniversary)
SOCY 105: Sociology of Sport and ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing and FYSS 101
Sarah Hatteberg and Caroline Hunt
Sociology and English
3 social science and 4 English credits
(A) CRNs: 13417 and 13561 and 13563
(A) Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and MWF 11:00-11:50; M 8:00-8:50 and T 8:05-8:55
(B) CRNs: 13566 and 13564 and 13565
(B) Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and MWF 9:00-9:50; W 8:00-8:50 and M 5:00-5:50

This Leaming Community will introduce students to sociological thinking, academic writing, and college learning resources using sport as a frame. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of The College of Charleston, courses will focus on the historical significance of sport at the College of Charleston. Adopting a sociological lens to understand the socio-historical context of sport in America (SOCY 105) and implementing formal academic writing skills developed in ENGL 110, students will research how sport at the College of Charleston has changed over time. Throughout the semester, students will work in small groups to conduct oral histories and/or archival research on a CofC sport of their choice. Students will present these projects publicly at the end of the semester in celebration of the 250th anniversary. 


Spanish Panorama: The Cultures, Languages, and Geography of Spain (LC21)
SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish and FYSE 120: Global Perspectives: The Geography and the Cultures of Spain and FYSS 101
Devon Hanahan and Antonio Perez-Nunez
Hispanic Studies
3 foreign language credits and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 11948 and 13419 and 13567
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and TR 10:50-12:05 and R 6:05-6:55

Students will take a Spanish 202 class that will parallel their culture course and will prepare them to learn and talk about Spain in the target language. In the culture course students will dive into Spanish culture, covering such topics as geography, history, cuisine, art, architecture, government, Spanish youth culture, feasts and festivals of Spain, unique cities in Spain, and travel abroad options. Throughout the semester the class will have various extracurricular activities such as dinner in the Spanish restaurant Malagón, movie and game nights at the Casa Hispana, Tertulias, and a cooking contest. Each student will have his/her own Spanish “textpal” with whom they will communicate all semester, and each student will meet and chat with people from Spain via Talk Abroad. ¡Viva España!


New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC22)
ARTS 220: Sculpture I and ARTS 119: Drawing I and FYSS 101
Jarod Charzewski and Yvette Dede
Studio Art
6 elective credits
CRNs: 12343 and 10020 and 13568
Course times: T 9:25-1:10 and MW 9:00-10:50 and R 4:05-4:55

This learning community will be a studio art collaboration between Sculpture I and Drawing I. Its purpose is to introduce the study of 2D and 3D art production as they are created in contemporary society. The term “Contemporary” will be defined as happening right now. This means techniques, concepts, and subject matters covered in this class will be accompanied by current examples from the art world and our global culture. We will place emphasis on professional practice through lectures, gallery visits, and visiting artists. These will also function as our connections to the art world. Through critiques students will learn the empowerment of language and critical discourse as we discuss materials, skill, aspects of form, space and presentation.


Food, Travel, and Faith in Asia (LC20)
ARST 100: Introduction to Arab and Islamic World Studies and ASST 240: Special Topics in Asian Studies and FYSS 101
Garrett Davidson and Piotr Gibas
Asian Studies
3 Humanities credits and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 13569 and 13570 and 13571
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and MW 3:25-4:40 and T 4:05-4:55

This Learning Community will use the lenses of travel, food and faith to explore various themes and topics in the study of Asia and its diverse histories, cultures, religions, and food traditions. ASST 240 will revolve around the accounts of medieval and modern travelers who explored Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Persia, India and China. The account of arguably the greatest of all medieval travelers, the fourteenth-century Moroccan Ibn Battuta, who traveled for thirty years from Tangier to Canton and back, will be one of the primary themes of the course. Through this and other travel accounts, we will explore the cultures, environments, geographies, and foodways of the lands these travelers traversed. An important component of this course will be participation in cooking demonstrations in which the class will explore various cooking techniques and ingredients indigenous to the regions discussed in the primary sources. ARST 100 will explore the religious tradition, intellectual and civilizational background through which Ibn Battuta experienced his journey. Both courses will employ interdisciplinary and diachronic approaches to examine the evolution of ideas and material cultures across time and space. 

Tango and Beyond: Music, Language, and Culture (LC24)
MUSC 234: Music in Latin America and SPAN 190: Elementary Spanish I and FYSS 101
Michael O’Brien and Claudia Moran
Music and Hispanic Studies
3 Humanities and 3 foreign language credits
CRNs: 13572 and 10291 and 13573
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and TR 3:05-4:20 and M 5:00-5:50

What can one learn about a culture through its words and music? This learning community links SPAN 190 with MUSC 234 by studying the culture of Latin America through analyzing its folk and popular music. A particular focus of both courses will be the language and music of Argentina, including rock, cumbia, and tango. While building Spanish skills in SPAN 190 students will learn vocabulary that will enrich your study of music taught by a specialist in ethno/musicology. The music portion of this Learning Community is taught in English.


All Eyes on You: Surveillance, Control, and Community (LC25)
POLI 150: Intro to Political Thought and LTGR 250: German Literature in (English) Translation and FYSS 101
Brianna McGinnis and Sarah Koellner
Political Science and German
3 elective and 3 Humanities credits
CRNs: 13574 and 13219 and 13575
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and TR 3:05-4:20 and W 6:00-6:50

These courses will examine the power relationships, ties of solidarity, and shadows of complicity that separate (and connect) private and public. “The word ‘surveillance,’” according to scholar William G. Staples, “in the most general sense, refers to the act of keeping a close watch on people.” These two courses will examine how surveillance shapes relations between rulers  and ruled, between institutions and individuals, and even between fellow citizens. POLI 150 introduces students to the theoretical underpinnings of surveillance and social control, and LTGR 250 offers them the opportunity to apply and interrogate those theories, examining how surveillance and control are represented and subverted in artistic works from the German culture -- starting in the 19th Century and tracing these themes through the rise of the Third Reich, the GDR era, and finally into the 21st Century.


Sprechen Sie Business? German Business in South Carolina and Beyond (LC26)
GRMN 101: Elementary German and MGMT 105: Introduction to Business and FYSS 101
Stephen Della Lana and TBA
German and Management and Marketing
3 foreign language credits and 3 elective credits
CRNs: 10130 and 11820 and 13576
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and MW 4:00-5:15 and F 4:00-4:50

German business is a global phenomenon with a tremendous local economic impact on the US and especially in South Carolina —there are over 160 German companies based in SC alone and over 32,000 jobs from German industry in the state!  Our learning community will explore the lucrative connections and career opportunities at the intersection of Business and German. MGMT 105 provides an overview of Business fields, activities, and issues by exploring case studies from German industry in South Carolina, while German 101 will introduce students to the German language with an emphasis on business communication and etiquette.

First-Year Seminars:

Opening Your Eyes to the Language of Business
FYSE 101 and FYSS 101
Robert Hogan
CRNs: 13731 and 13732
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and W 3:00-3:50

From the impact of technology to criminal forensics, accounting plays a part in every industry and serves as the foundational language in every firm.  Don’t get lost in translation, come learn the language! In this course students will visit a business on King Street and use it as a case study, hear from speakers on the many career paths available to accountants, explore the role of accountants in forensic investigations, global trade and so much more.  The course is designed to be highly approachable, include no math, and be of interest to any and every major.

Biomimicry: Nature as a Mentor
FYSE 108 and FYSS 101
Deb Bidwell
CRNs: 13458 and 13459
Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and R 8:05-8:55

What can nature teach humans about fitting in on earth?  When and why did humans become isolated from the natural world?  Nature constructs, transports, communicates, and transacts business, yet balances form and function with elegant efficiency.  It self assembles, wastes nearly nothing, recycles everything, and produces no pollution. How can modern human civilization (re)learn to live sustainably with the other 30 million species sharing our planet, yet keep our modern lifestyle? Biomimicry is the exciting, emerging, interdisciplinary field that looks to nature as a mentor to design sustainable solutions to human problems.  With over 3.8 billion years of experience, the natural world has already solved the same challenges humans are facing today! In this inspiring, hands-on First Year Seminar we’ll explore biomimicry, and prepare students to take on leadership roles in the sustainability movement.


The Human Animal: Paleolithic Bodies in a Modern World
FYSE 108 and FYSS 101
Bob Podolsky
CRNs: 13460 and 13461
Course Times: TR 3:00-4:30 and F 8:00-8:50

Humans in industrialized societies suffer from a number of ailments that may be rooted in a mismatch between the conditions under which much of human evolution occurred (e.g., food scarcity, unrefined foods, lack of obsessive cleanliness, sunlight-based activity, early reproduction, bipedalism on a soft substrate) and the conditions of modern western life. This class will explore this idea beginning with basic principles of evolution and recent human evolution, moving to ailments that have been addressed through modern medicine, and ending with the promise and ethical challenges of future technologies. The course will involve active and inquiry-based learning, giving students responsibility to research human conditions of interest, ranging among cancers, skin conditions, dietary diseases, neurological impairments, metabolic conditions, and musculo-skeletal disorders.


The Origins of Life and Search for Life Elsewhere
FYSE 109 and FYSS 101
Jay Forsythe
CRNs: 13462 and 13463
Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and W 11:00-11:50

What is life, exactly? How did life on Earth begin? Does life exist elsewhere? What does it mean if we aren’t alone? In this course, students will use scientific literature, books, films, and other materials to examine these questions. Additionally, students will discuss the history of investigating life’s origins, as it reveals much about what it means to be human. Guest lectures and video conferences with experts in astrophysics, chemistry, biology, and related fields will supplement course activities.


Fake Media or Watchdogs for Our Democracy? New Media and the 2020 Presidential Election
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Namjin Lee
CRNs: 13421 and 13464
Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and M 9:00-9:50

Are news media just biased actors that disseminate “fake news” or truthful watchdogs for our democracy? This course explores the role of media (both mass and social) in the democratic election process. In particular, students will use the unfolding 2020 president election campaigns as “laboratories” for examining how media shape public opinion and influence election outcomes. Students will closely observe the election process mainly through candidate debates, campaign commercials, news coverage, social media campaigns, and various entertainment shows. By sharing such observations and experiences, this class will seek to determine whether various forms of media facilitate “crosstalk” between candidates and the public, thereby helping voters make an informed choice that reflect their values and interests.


Comics and American Culture
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Julie Davis
CRNs: 13422 and 13465
Course Times: TR 1:40-2:55 and F 8:00-8:50

Perhaps no other art form has been as critically maligned, and yet as popular and influential as comics. Beginning in newspaper comic strips in the 1890’s, branching out into stand-alone books and magazines, and now spreading through many aspects of American culture, comics have and continue to create, reflect, and disseminate American culture. This course will study comics’ history and industry, as well as different genres of comics. Students will learn how comics come together, read a variety of comics, and critically engage them, through both discussion and written work. Topics will include the history or comics; various genres of comics; politics and comics; gender and comics; and comic transitions, which see comic stories and characters moving into other media.


Economics of Globalization
FYSE 113 and FYSS 101
Beatriz Maldonado-Bird
International Studies/Economics
CRNs: 13468 and 13469
Course times: MWF 9:00-9:50 and M 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).

Why Business? The Role of Business in Society
FYSE 113 and FYSS 101
Peter Calcagno
CRNs: 13470 and 13471
Course Times: TR 10:50-12:05 and W 8:00-8:50

This course provides an important framework for an introduction to understanding the role of business in society and addresses student’s professional lives after graduation. Students will explore how voluntary exchange in the marketplace allows one to actualize the knowledge, skills, and capacities you acquire in your education. Specifically, students will examine whether business is an activity for which people must atone. Why exactly are people suspicious of it? Are they right to be suspicious? Students will investigate how business and the market economy function, both in theory and in practice, and what the purposes are that they are supposed to serve. Students will also look at specific issues and cases that arise in a market economy, in an effort to understand what limits, if any, there should be on business and markets. 


Breaking Silence: The Writer in the Community
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Marjory Wentworth
CRNs: 13423 and 13472
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and T 5:05-5:55

Through reading and creative writing, students will examine what it means to be a writer in the community. Students will develop creative writing competency and craft. This is an introductory creative writing class which requires no previous experience. Course readings will examine how writers employ elements of craft to produce works that break silences. Writing exercises will explore how creative writing can serve as a tool for empowerment and social change. Students will write reflection journals, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction which includes autobiography, testimonials and life stories. Through this process students will learn how to develop a compassionate and critical eye for creative work both inside and outside the classroom. 



Banned Books
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Marjory Wentworth
CRNs: 13424 and 13473
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and R 4:05-4:55

This course examines a variety of texts that have been banned across several centuries  and continents. Texts have been seized or outlawed, classified as taboo, their authors fined, jailed, tortured, exiled and killed throughout history under many different political regimes. The focus is literature from the past two centuries, spanning diverse cultural and political contexts, as well as some films now considered “classics.” In America, many writers of our most beloved books have experienced the sting of censorship and distorted judgement aimed at their work. Recent contempt for the news media will be examined within its unique role in our democracy. We will also incorporate contemporary First Amendment issues–especially in terms of the internet (social media).


Crime and Detection in London
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Timothy Carens
CRNs: 13425 and 13476
Course Times: TR 9:25-10:40 and T 11:05-11:55

In the 19th Century, London became the largest city in the world. It was the center of government and civilization, on the one hand, but on the other a dense and rapidly growing “urban jungle” – huge, uncontrollable, unknowable, and dangerous. Stories about crime and detection in London tapped into fears about this city (and cities in general) by pitting the forces of violence, exploitation, and chaos against forces of civility, justice, and order. The Sherlock Holmes stories – both the original Conan Doyle tales and the Benedict Cumberbatch TV adaptations – will be centrally important to the discussion of this mythic battle. The reading list also includes Oliver Twist, “Jack the Ripper” narratives, and other works focusing on the thrilling mysteries of London.


Get Me Bodied: Integrating Mind and Body in the Writing Process
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Meg Scott-Copses
CRNs: 13426 and 13477
Course Times: TR 12:15-1:30 and R 8:05-8:55

This course will examine problems of culturally-inherited mind/body dualism and dismantle the belief that writing is primarily a cerebral act. Students will move toward more embodied practices of composing, learning, and thinking. This means students will be mentally and physically active—moving, engaging our senses, and creating ideas together with what we might call our “bodymind.” This course will also address contradictory messages received from media and culture about the norms and rules for our bodies, asking tough questions about what kinds and shapes of bodies are most valued in our society. Students will work together to find new perspectives and solutions that respect and include all bodies.


Harry Potter and the Human Condition
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Trish Ward
CRNs: 13427 and 13478
Course times: TR 3:05-4:20 and T 6:05-6:55

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


Financial Literacy for Generation Z
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Jocelyn Evans
CRNs: 13487 and 13488
Course times: TR 8:00-9:15 and W 11:00-11:50

Steve Cocheo, Executive Editor at The Financial Brans, states that, “Money freaks Gen Z out, creating opportunity for financial marketers." Apparently, one of the top stressors is money, followed by post-graduation employment, health-related concerns and the overall economy. The current generation enters college without much formal education in personal financial management skills, even though their college years will require them to make many decisions related to the above concerns. This course will navigate these literacy challenges. The subject matter is on money management skills, career planning, job health care options, and understanding what drives the overall economy. Academic instruction is supplemented by speakers from the university and financial industry professionals.


The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
CRNs: 13428 and 13489
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and M 6:00-6:50

This course introduces students to the multi-faceted nature of the real estate industry.  King Street is our case study.  We will explore office, retail/restaurant, industrial, residential, hospitality, and public spaces.  An incredible laboratory, students go out in the field and we 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. The course will also involve a development simulation case, URBAN PLAN, developed by the Urban Land Institute that will tie together some of the concepts discussed in class and that are taking place on King Street.


Film and Media in Israel
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Yaron Ayalon
Jewish Studies
CRNs: 13429 and 13490
Course times: T 4:00-6:45 and M 5:00-5:50

The course will introduce students to Israeli politics and culture via class discussions and assigned readings, as well as primary sources in the form of film, music, television segments, and short stories. Students will engage such materials throughout the semester via class discussions and short written assignments. Topics will include the political system, the economy, religion and state, immigration, and education.


Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
FYSE 117 and FYSS 101
Cassandra Runyon
CRNs: 13491 and 13492
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and T 4:05-4:55

National Treasures:  From Parks to Moon Rocks will explore some of our country’s greatest natural treasures.  America’s national parks and our nearest planetary neighbor, the Moon, were formed by violent geologic processes, yet yield stunning landscapes and similar compositions. This course will compare and contrast key geologic processes that formed the Earth and Moon and the methods and tools used to explore them.


Swimming in Plastic Soup
FYSE 117 and FYSS 101
Barbara Beckingham
CRNs: 13577 and 13493
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and F 9:00-9:50

Today, we are swimming in plastic soup. From reports of microscopic plastic particles in bottled drinking water and biomarkers of plastic exposure in human tissues, to entanglement of turtles and dolphins in marine debris, and clogging of urban waterways with litter, the symptoms of our plastic society are being felt in ways that may impact the future of ecological and human health. What is plastic, and how did it get in the soup?! This sustainability-focused* course will explore the invention of our plastic world and analyze it's sustainability into the future, highlighting creative economic, socio-political, and environmental solutions to this local and global issue.


Global Perspectives: ¡Barcelona!
SPAN 202 and FYSS 101
Emily Beck
Hispanic Studies
3 foreign language credits
CRNs: 11953 and 13494
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and T 4:05-4:55

This course fulfills the requirements for SPAN 202 and covers the required departmental curriculum with an additional focus on the history, culture, and dynamic experience of the city of Barcelona through supplementary readings, artistic works, film, and new media. Barcelona has long attracted tourists for its amazing architecture, delectable gastronomy, unique cultural history, distinctive urban layout, the variety of artists who have been inspired by the city and its lively social scene. This course is structured to allow students the opportunity to discuss, review vocabulary, and practice grammar activities related to the famous metropolis of Barcelona. Students will create presentations involving writing and speaking skills to share their research about diverse aspects of the city with the class. Students must test into = 202 in order to enroll in this course.


Mars Attacks! Mars in Popular Culture (A-B)
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
Rich Bodek
(A) CRNs: 13430 and 13495
(A) Course times: TR 1:40-2:55  and M 3:00-3:50
(B) CRNs: 13431 and 13496
(B) Course times: TR 3:05-4:20  and W 3:00-3:50

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, MANY OF THEM 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, and more.


The History of Stuff: A Global History of Consumption and Waste (A-B)
FYSE 121 and FYSS 101
John Cropper
(A) CRNs: 13432 and 13497
(A) Course times: MW 5:30-6:45pm and W 10:00-10:50
(B) CRNs: 13433 and 13498
(B) Course times: MW 7:00-8:15pm and T 3:05-3:55

Every day, Americans consume and discard goods purchased from the supermarket, the local café down the street, large retailers like Walmart and Home Depot, and upscale electronic stores that offer the newest Apple or Google products. While these commodities---from smartphones and televisions to plastic bottles and snack food have become commonplace in our culture, we rarely take the time to step back and think about where all this "stuff" actually comes from, let alone the deep historical processes that have made these products so ubiquitous in contemporary society. This course takes up this task by conducting a global history of consumption and waste from 1600 to the present, and it will examine how the diffusion of "stuff throughout the globe has long shaped processes of cultural, social, economic, and environmental change over time.


Bad Hombres/Spicy Vixens: Exploring Latino/a Stereotypes in the United States
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Nadia Avendaño
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 13434 and 13499
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and W 9:00-9:50

This seminar introduces students to the field of Latino/a Studies in order to better understand the place of Latinos 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. 


Not Just World Cup Soccer: Business and Culture in Brazil
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Daniela Meireles
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 13436 and 13500
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and T 11:05-11:55

This course is taught in English and intersects Business and Brazilian Studies. Brazil and the U.S. are important trading partners and both countries hold crucial positions in international operations globally. Students will navigate complex intercultural negotiations between Americans and Brazilians. This course will prepare students for personal and business-related and cultural interactions with Brazilians in the U.S. and abroad. Students will explore cultural case studies, photography, documentaries, music, literature, and digital media produced by both Americans and by Brazilians.


The Border
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Sarah Owens
Hispanic Studies
CRNs: 13437 and 13501
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and R 5:05-5:55

From drug cartels, to migrant workers, to innocent children, to political asylum, the border between the United States and Mexico has multiple meanings for people. This boundary established relatively recently between 1849 and 1855 will be the subject of this class. Based on the College-Reads selection The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú, this course will introduce students to the complexities of border issues. Additionally, through other works of literature, film, art, and virtual reality, students will gain a nuanced perspective of the reasons that migrants choose to cross this dangerous line.

The Ethics of Food
FYSE 129 and FYSS 101
Todd Grantham
CRNS: 13438 and 13502
Course times: MWF 1-1:50 and M 8:00-8:50

This course will explore a number of ethical issues related to the food system.  We will discuss the nature of hunger and food insecurity (both in the US and internationally), ethical and environmental concerns about animal agriculture; as well as ethical and environmental concerns about industrial plant agriculture.  Throughout, our aim will be to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of food systems and to critically evaluate ethical arguments about how to best address issues of hunger, sustainability of food systems, and food justice.


FYSE 131 and FYSS 101
Jordan Ragusa
Political Science
CRNS: 13503 and 13504
Course times: MWF 9:00-9:50 and R 6:05-6:55

What can we learn about presidential elections from Charleston’s past and present?  Quite a lot! From the arrival of enslaved Africans in the port of Charleston to the first Republican presidential candidate—a College of Charleston alum—our city was at the forefront of national politics in the early-to mid-1800s.  A century and a half later, the legacy of slavery is still relevant in American politics, as evidenced by the 2016 election. Additionally, South Carolina plays a critical role in contemporary presidential primaries, with dozens of presidential hopefuls stopping in Charleston—and on our campus—every four years.  Consistent with the College’s 250th theme, this class will focus on Charleston’s unique role in presidential elections both past and present.


Jack the Ripper: Man and Myth
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Chad Galuska
CRNs: 13439 and 13505
Course times: MWF 10:00-10:50 and R 6:05-6:55

In the autumn of 1888, a series of horrific murders in the east end of London shocked the world. Over 125 years later, the murders of Jack the Ripper continue to fascinate; and despite recent claims we are no closer to identifying the culprit. Within the context of the deplorable socio-economic conditions prevailing in Whitechapel, this course both analyzes the crimes of Jack the Ripper and attempts to humanize his victims. Contemporary and modern suspects are critically evaluated. The reality of the Whitechapel murderer is contrasted with his portrayal in popular media. In doing so, this course seeks to shine a light through the fog of myth onto the Jack of history.


Epic Trauma: The Psychological Impact of War
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Amy Kolak
CRNS: 13440 and 13506
Course times: TR 12:15-1:30 and T 8:05-8:55

This course will discuss the themes and experiences of those exposed to modern day conflict (the past 100 years). It will also examine contemporary research and practice related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including the broad array of emotions that may be experienced in response to conflict. In order to broaden our perspective on the psychology of war we will also turn to the classics and how Greek authors dealt with anger, fear, sadness, guilt, and shame. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, will be used to highlight the devastating effects that war has on individual well-being (i.e., the extent to which exposure to conflict "undoes" one's character) and social relationships (i.e., with friends, family, and the broader community).


Must Love Dogs: Our Relationship with Man’s Best Friend
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Chelsea Reid-Short
CRNs: 13441 and 13507
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and T 3:05-3:55

Dogs and humans have a unique bond, and our relationships with our dogs can have wide-ranging impact on our daily lives. In this course students will review from a psychological scientific perspective research, theory, and practice related to our close relationships with dogs. Students will begin by reviewing scientific principles that will serve as the foundation of our examination, and explore how humans and dogs came to develop a unique bond. Students will then examine different questions about our relationships with dogs, including topics such as: does your dog have a personality?, does your dog love you?, what makes for a satisfying relationship with your dog?, how does your dog impact your psychological and physical health?, and more.

Evolution for Everyone
FYSE 132 and FYSS 101
Stephen Short
CRNs: 13442 and 13508
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and M 3:00-3:50

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. This will begin by reviewing the scientific method, the theory of evolution, and natural selection and exploring how evolutionary theory can be applied across a variety of fields with examples from areas such as medicine, anthropology, and psychology. Students will explore opposition to evolution and the potential costs of dismissing this powerful framework. Students will use their new evolutionary perspective to explore topics of their own interest and share their findings with their peers.


You Are What You Wear: Just Fashion
FYSE 134 and FYSS 101
Louise Doire
Religious Studies
CRNs: 13443 and 13509
Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and M 4:00-4:50

In this course, we will study the history of clothing making and the just and unjust practices of global clothing manufacturing. We will examine the movements for sustainable production of cloth, organic fiber gardening, the use of natural dyes, and the history of cotton and indigo farming in the South, including Charleston. Other topics include the movement of “slow fashion,” and the history of subversive embroidery. We will also study religious ritual garments, the Muslim hijab and Gandhi’s practice of cotton spinning

Race, Gender, and Climate Change
FYSE 134 and FYSS 101
Todd LaVasseur
Religious Studies
CRNs: 13649 and 13510
Course times: MWF 2:00-2:50 and M 6:00-6:50

This course is designed to introduce College of Charleston students to theories, data, and other content related to the social constructs of race and gender; how these constructs shape human/nature interactions within the context of human-caused global warming; and how such warming will impact human animals (and nonhuman lifeforms) in various ways, with particular attention on the racial and gendered aspects of global warming.  The course adopts an evolutionary scientific understanding and a feminist teaching perspective to ground these explorations.  The course is structured as a mix of lectures, videos, group work and discussions, and reading seminar.


American Popular Culture (A-B)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Paul Roof
(A) CRNs: 13444 and 13511
(A) Course times: MW 2:00-3:15 and F 3:00-3:50
(B) CRNs: 13445 and 13512
(B) Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and T 8:05-8:55

This course is designed to introduce students to critical analysis of contemporary popular culture in the United States.  Students will get an overview of the insights, findings, concepts, and perspectives that are held by a wide variety of interdisciplinary popular culture scholars today.  Several prominent areas of popular culture to be studied include: advertising, television, film, music, religion, and cyberculture.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: More Than Just a Movie
FYSE 136 and FYSS 101
Kent Gourdin
Supply Chain and Information Management
CRNs: 13446 and 13513
Course times: TR 9:25-10:40 and R 11:05-11:55

Most consumers have little concern for how the products they purchase reach stores. Despite the fact that these come from all over the world, most of us only notice those instances when what we want is not available. We know we live in a port city, perhaps notice a big ship when it is in the harbor, or curse all of the trucks moving containers on our roadways, but we never give a thought to what they represent. This course will introduce students to the fascinating areas of global transportation, logistics, and supply chain management which work together to get us the products we want, when we want them, at a price we are willing to pay.


Teaching Fellows
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Tracey-Hunter Doniger
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13514 and 13515
Course times: R 1:00-3:45 and W 3:00-3:50

This course is specifically designed for freshmen Teaching Fellows. These students have chosen education as their major and profession in return from the State of South Carolina. This course is the first in a series of learning experiences for students who will teach in South Carolina schools after graduation. Part of the Teaching Fellows Program and the Teacher Education Program offered by the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, this course is designed to help students adjust to college life and excel as future educators. This course is open only to pre-selected Teaching Fellows.

Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13516 and 13517
Course times: W 3:00-6:00 and W 8:00-8:50

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 the FitCatZ Aquatic and Motor Program putting theory to practice teaching young children in a therapy setting. Students will be required to go to an off-site pool facility during scheduled class times for 9 of the semester class sessions.  Students will need at least 45 minutes of travel time before 3:00 p.m.


The Power of Play for Young Children’s Learning and Development
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Kelley White
Teacher Education
CRNs: 13518 and 13519
Course times: MW 3:25-4:40 and W 6:00-6:50

This course will explore how children learn through play. It will begin with a focus on defining play and exploring research and theoretical perspectives on the importance of play for children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. Students will visit a variety of schools, museums, and outdoor play spaces around town to observe firsthand how adults best facilitate and advance children’s playful learning.  These visits will allow students to practice observing and documenting young children’s learning through the use of note taking and photo documentation. At the end of the semester, students will work collaboratively with classmates to apply what was learned and design their own play-based learning experiences for young children. 

Being in a Situation: The Art and Science of Resilience
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Meta Van Sickle and Merrie Koester
Teacher Education
CRNS: 13704 and 13705
Course Times: R 1:40-4:25 and TBA

Fall is hurricane season in Charleston. How hurricane-smart are YOU? In this course students will become drain-smart, storm surge-smart, weather-smart, and prep-smart. Students will learn what to notice and how to avoid getting into a flooding situation. Empowered by their new level of science literacy students will use their artistic powers to create actionable messaging to reduce risk to others. Students will examine how the nature of risk, hazard, and vulnerability change as function of power and privilege. Students will employ science and art to advocate for those who confront situational vulnerabilities every day and become a protagonist in a story whose theme is resilience.  No prior art training is necessary.  Many art forms will be explored, including drawing, photography, theatre, poetry, and media arts.

Reading Hamilton: Hip-Hop and History in the American Musical
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Susan Kattwinkel
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 13826 and 13827
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and F 3:00-3:50

This course will examine Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical Hamilton for how it has changed the ways we look at both American musical theatre and American history. We will look at other sources from historical writings and American musicals, and we’ll examine Hamilton’s music, lyrics, and staging in detail to ask and answer questions about America’s stories. How does the show’s modern popular music help tell the story of the “founding fathers”? Whose story is told? How do the stories we tell about America change over time? How do you want your story told?

Voices of Diversity: Playwrights and Characters
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Evan Parry
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 13612 and 13525
Course times: TR 1:40-2:55 and W 4:00-4:50

This course will examine dramatic literature from Greek tragedy to the present day, focusing on playwrights and characters whose race, gender, sexuality or accessibility sets them apart from the world of the play or the world in which it was written. In addition, the course will include performance projects of scenes and portions of plays, to be directed, acted, designed and dramaturged entirely by members of the class. Some of these projects will be performed for the public.


Behind the Curtain: Exploring the World of Live Theatre
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 13622 and 13526
Course times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 5:00-5:50

This is a survey course designed to introduce the student to many aspects of the live theatre experience and practice. This includes dramatic literature, playwriting, “show business”, acting and directing, design elements and techniques, and critical evaluation of plays and specific productions. The objective is to increase the students’ understanding and appreciation of the role of theatre in society and as an art form through live theatre attendance, active participation, lecture and reading.

Dancing on Stage and Screen: Investigating the Perspective of the Audience
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Kristin Alexander
Theatre and Dance
CRNs: 13524 and 13530
Course times: MWF 1:00-1:50 and W 4:00-4:50

The Golden Age of Cinema and Television changed the accessibility of viewing dance, and now more than ever, dance is right at our fingertips. How does this type of accessibility affect the audience perspective? Does it help or hinder the desire to attend live dance performances? Dancing on Stage and Screen will look at performances of all genres of dance in both live and recorded forms, prompting an investigation of the audience perspective. Historical perspective, contemporary trends, and personal aesthetic will all be discussed. Additionally, the course will cover dance films and choreography intended for the camera.


Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future
FYSE 142 and FYSS 101
Nick Principe
Environmental Studies
CRNs: 13613 and 13528
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and R 5:05-5:55

Fishes are the most diverse vertebrates on earth, with over 28,000 recognized species; that is more species than all other vertebrates combined. Furthermore, many of our culturally and economically-vital global fisheries are currently at or near a state of collapse. In this course, students will examine the consequences of exploitation and mismanagement of fish populations around the world, from the Antarctic Circle, to the Mediterranean, to Nova Scotia. Students will explore how certain current and historical fisheries practices have led to the collapse of some fish populations and local economies and how these practices can and are being improved to become more sustainable

AR U Experienced?: Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality
FYSE 143 and FYSS 101
Joey Van Arnhem
College of Charleston Libraries
CRNs: 13447 and 13529
Course times: TR 10:50-12:05 and F 4:00-4:50

The blurring of lines between fine art, global pop culture, and science, require a level of information/visual literacy in order decode the visual culture that surrounds us in order to become active participants and creators rather than passive consumers. Students will examine the technologies behind augmented and virtual reality and explore their history and societal effects. Students will consider Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) works and texts (apps, images, film, television, video, advertisements, performance art: any artifacts of culture) and their significance as cultural documents. The course is designed to teach and demonstrate some of the basic tools of analysis and critical thinking with which to approach contemporary texts presented through the lens of augmented and virtual realities.