Arts

ARTEDUC 2367.01: Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity & Social Justice

A study of the artists, the artworks, and art worlds from diverse ethnic cultures in North America.

GE: Writing
GE: Visual and Performing Arts
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

History of Art 2002: WESTERN ART II: THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT

Renaissance art

GE: Visual and Performing Arts / Historical Study / Global Studies

This course examines the art of the United States and Europe from about 1500 to the present, with an emphasis on painting. It will concentrate on a select group of representative works that shaped — and were shaped by — developments in western social, political and intellectual history and that participated in individual and community identity formation.

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THEATRE 3597: Issues of the Contemporary World: Censorship and Performance

Theatre scene

GE: Open Options (Cross-disciplinary Seminars)

Exploration of censorship in live performance in both Western and non-Western communities and the ways such practice links to governmental public policy or to pressure groups. Prereq: Jr or Sr standing

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Dance 3401: Dance in Popular Culture

What are the dances that have captured the attention and imagination of the American public over the last century on the stage, the club, and the screen? We will look at who dances, how they move, and how movement constructs identity through styles such as ballroom, Broadway, Hip-Hop, YouTube, television and video gaming. Identification of movement vocabulary and choreographic staging will lead to discussion of how popular dance reflects and influences our perceptions of gender, age, ethnicity, and economic status.

GE: Culture and Ideas
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

MUSIC 2251: The World of Classical Music

An introduction to the world of classical music and to its genres, composers, styles, societies, and historical periods. No music background is required.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts
GE: Global Studies

ARTEDUC 2367.03: Criticizing Television

A critical analysis of a wide variety of television programs through viewing, discussing, reading, and writing.

GE: Writing
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

MUSIC 3343: Music, Body and Brain

An introduction to the relationship between culturally conditioned musical experience and physiological and cognitive processes.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

Dance 3402: Dance in Global Contexts

Dancer

GE: Culture and Ideas / Global Studies

Explores dance forms outside the U.S. and places emphasis on its necessity for religious, social, and political practices. Focuses on the importance of dance not just as an entertainment source but instead as a cultural need historically and in contemporary context.

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MUSIC 3364: Musical Citizenship: Activism, Advocacy and Engagement in Sound

This course examines the sonic expressions of people's status, identity, rights, and duties as political subjects across multiple scales of place. We will consider the value of cultural advocacy in the public sector and social activism in the public sphere and the importance of partnering with (non)governmental institutions, community organizations, and grassroots affiliates to advance musical art.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts
GE: Global Studies

HISTART 2003: The Art and Visual Culture of East Asia

This course offers an introduction to the visual arts in East Asia, from the Neolithic through today. The course examines in particular the relationship between cultural production and changing notions of authority in East Asia in a comparative historical perspective. Case studies will be drawn from China, Korea, Japan, and neighboring regions. Issues examined include: religion and early state formation; courtly culture and monumentality; the development of urban popular culture; the age of empire; art and modernization.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts
GE: Historical Study
GE: Global Studies

ARTEDUC1600: Art and Music Since 1945

A survey of the visual arts and music in the western world since 1945, based on live and recorded performances and exhibitions.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

Dance 2367: Writing About Dance

Dancers

GE: Writing

Provides a rigorous opportunity to view, discuss, read, think and write about contemporary dance and its history through the study and practice of criticism. We watch a variety of concert dance on film and popular dance in social media — from Swan Lake to Single Ladies — and witness local live dance performance.

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THEATRE 2811: The Craft of Acting

An introductory acting class exploring the basic techniques of imagination, concentration, character development and script analysis through work on monologues, scenes and plays.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

Humanities

Italian 2055: Mafia Movies

mafia movies

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

Examine Italian and American mafia movies made from 1905 to the present day and traces the history of the Italian and Italian American Mafias.

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WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex and Power

Students are introduced to the study of gender, sex and power. The course will draw on a variety of literatures to analyze gender, race, sexuality, and other identities. It will also place the study of U.S. women in broader transnational contexts. This course is a fundamental core course in the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

GE: Culture and Ideas
GE: Social Science
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

FRENCH 1801: The Tour de France in Stories, Verse and Foods: Masterpieces of French Literature

Explore French regions through short stories, Asterix and tasting local specialties while also gaining a sense of French history and the mechanics of different poetry styles.

GE: Literature

SPAN 2389: Spanish in the U.S.

Explore questions such as, "Can a person be fired for speaking Spanish on the job?" "Is Spanglish a real language?" "Should teachers who have strong accents be allowed to teach?" and "Is English the official language of the United States?"

GE: Social Science
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

COMPST 1100: Intro to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Explore the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods; topics vary. This course is a fundamental core course in the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

GE: Literature
GE: Global Studies

HISTORY 3030: History of Ohio

This course is a survey of economic, social, political development of the geographic area that became Ohio from Native Americans to present.

GE: Historical Study

Hebrew 3705: Holocaust and Israeli Society

How did the Holocaust impact Israeli society? This class will examine fierce debates about taking money from Germany, public trials of Nazis, the creation of Holocaust memorials and more. It will focus on Israeli society, but it will also reflect on larger questions about global genocide, trauma, memory and commemoration.

GE: Culture and Ideas
GE: Global Studies

GERMAN 2310: Nature in Germanic and Scandinavian Literatures

Thor

GE: Literature

Literature and culture — e.g., folklore, lifestyle, social customs and political culture — are deeply intertwined with our relationship toward our natural environments, including forests, oceans, mountains, parks and rural and urban spaces. This course explores representations of nature in Nordic and Germanic literatures from the medieval period to the present.

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Phil 2660: Metaphysics, Religion and Magic in the Scientific

The 17th century saw revolutionary developments in natural science that were intertwined with magical traditions, religious doctrines and disputes and, especially, philosophical theories and arguments. This course will examine some of these connections in the works of some of the most influential natural philosophers of the period.

GE: Historical Study

HISTORY 3540: Modern Intelligence History

This course examines the role of diplomatic and military intelligence in the making of policy in modern history.

GE: Historical Study

LING 3502: Klingon, Elvish, Dothraki: The Linguistics of Constructed Languages

Constructed languages may seem like the domain of Comic-Con goers, but they have been around for centuries. Learn how "conlangs" are like real languages and follow linguistic rules, and create your own in this class.

ENGLISH 3364: Vampires in Popular Culture

Examine the representation of vampires in popular culture, from their folkloric roots and their classic literary representations in the 19th century to their recent incarnations in TV, film and novels.

GE: Culture and Ideas

SLAVIC 2365: Sports, Socialists and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe (Online)

This course looks at the development of sports as a substitute and arena for battle between countries, as well as the rise of sports culture more generally in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of nationhood, politics and corporeality. In this course, students will learn about the history and culture of sports, spectatorship, fandom, the Cold War, and Central and Eastern Europe.

GE: Culture and Ideas
GE: Global Studies

AFAMAST 2253: Introduction to Caribbean Literature

This course is an introduction to Caribbean literature with a focus on prose, poetry, and drama.

GE: Literature
GE: Global Studies

Jewish Studies 2201: Introduction to Jewish Culture, Thought and Practice

Yemenite Habani Family

GE: Culture and Ideas / Global Studies

What it means to be Jewish and how Jewish identities have changed from the Bible to the 21st century are some of the many questions tackled as this class examines Jewish beliefs, practices and cultures, along with diverse expressions of “being Jewish.”

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AFAMAST 1101: Introduction to African American and African Studies

This course offers and introduction to the scholarly study of the Africana experience, focusing on patterns of resistance, adaptation, diversity and transnational connections. This course is a fundamental core course in the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

GE: Social Science

WGSST 2317: Introduction to Gender and Cinema

Though many of the images we see onscreen are fictions, they still shape our behaviors and social relations in very real ways. In this course, students will learn about the complexities and ambiguities of the film medium in its representations of gender, race, sexuality, dis/ability and social class.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

WGSST 4513: Women, Government and Public Policy

Students in this course will be analyzing public policy and the ways women contribute to constructing different roles for men and women in society. It will explore a range of policies from education and social welfare policies to reproductive and workplace policies. This course counts toward the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

English 2464: Introduction to Comics Studies

Comic book

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

This class introduces students to the history, forms, and study of graphic storytelling. It approaches comics as a media that expresses stories and ideas across a wide range of genres using a blend of text and images.

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AFAMAST 2218: Black Urban Experience

Examine contemporary black urban experience focused on the impact of persistent residential segregation, increasing class polarization and the global force of hip hop culture. This course counts toward the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

GE: Social Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences

SOCIOL 3463: Social Stratification: Race, Class and Gender

The study of social inequality with a focus on inequalities by class and status, race and ethnicity, and gender. This course is the fundamental core course in the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate, an interdisciplinary curricular program designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to navigate increasingly diverse social environments and promote equity in the process.

GE: Social Science (Human, Natural and Economic Resources)

ECON 1100.02: Freakonomics

Discuss current social problems and issues within an economics framework, including topics such as job discrimination and integration. A one-course introduction to economics.

GE: Social Science (Human, Natural and Economic Resources)

SOCIOL 3460: Environmental Justice

Examines environmental issues from a sociological perspective, especially human causes of environmental change such as technology, population and consumption, and social reactions.

GE: Social Science (Human, Natural and Economic Resources)

POLITSC 3225: Post-Conflict Reconstruction

GE: Social Science (Human, Natural and Economic Resources) / Global Studies

Examines why some countries recover quickly from war while other countries remain poor and undeveloped. Examines current explanations of post-conflict development; provides background knowledge and tools to evaluated explanations.

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PSYCH 2367.02: Abnormal Psychology Analysis

Major psychological disorders, such as anxiety, mood and personality disorders, will be clinically described and diagnostically defined. Students will compare and contrast symptoms of psychological disorders with non-disordered behaviors, cognitions and affects. The emphasis is on critical thinking and analysis of theories, research methods and empirical findings regarding psychopathology and its treatment.

GE: Writing

GEOG 3701: The Making of the Modern World

The geographies of modernity and their formation: the world market, the global polity, diasporas and constructing difference, colonialism, the transformation of nature, Eurocentricity, post-modernity.\

GE: Social Science (Organizations and Politics)
GE: Global Studies

SOCIOL 3467: Sociology of Religion

Stained glass window

GE: Social Diversity in the United States

The social role of religious institutions and beliefs, with particular reference to the United States; the relation between religion and other aspects of society

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INTSTDS 2500: Introduction to Development Studies

Water

GE: Social Science (Human, Natural and Economic Resources) / Global Studies

The definition of the concept of "development" is controversial, but at its core is improvement in human well-being. The varied points of view of economics, history, anthropology, political science, sociology and others will contribute to our exploration. Asia, Latin America and Africa are important regions we will study.

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POLITSC 1200: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to modern nation-states outside the United States: problems of state- and nation-building, representation, conflict and making of government policy in selected countries.

GE: Social Science (Organizations and Politics)
GE: Global Studies

GEOG 2500: Cities and their Global Spaces

City

GE: Social Science (Organizations and Politics) / Global Studies

Globalization and urbanization; urban economies, spaces and societies; function, form and pattern in developed and developing world cities.

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ANTHROP 3340: The Anthropology of Mental Health

Provides an introduction to global mental health through the lens of medical anthropology. Students will gain a holistic understanding of prescient concerns in global mental health and the ways in which anthropology can contribute an understanding to the experience, diagnosis, treatment and management of mental health issues by diverse populations.

GE: Global Studies

POLITSC 2300: American Foreign Policy

The role of the United States in world politics since the Second World War, emphasizing structural change in economic and political-military relations.

GE: Social Science (Organizations and Politics)
GE: Global Studies

INTSTDS 3400: The Analysis and Display of Data

Computer and tablet

GE: Quantitative and Logical Skills

The ability to manipulate, analyze and present data is an essential career tool in the 21st century. You will learn the basics of data presentation and analysis and learn to work in such statistical software as EXCEL, SAS, SPSS, STATA and/or R.

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Anthropology 2202: Lessons for Life

 The premise of the course is that students cannot think their way into a new way of living; they have to live their way into a new way of thinking. This course teaches students to try new things, make connections and ask new questions about themselves and the world they live in.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

MATH 2194: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

This new service-learning course is inspired by the best-selling book and blockbuster film Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Study diversity and inclusion in mathematical communities. Meet local hidden figures currently working in STEM fields. Understand historical and contemporary mathematical tools and ideas. Examine the relationship between mathematical innovation, technological advancement and society.

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ASTRON 1144: Stars, Galaxies and the Universe

How long do stars shine? What is the Milky Way? What is the origin and fate of our universe? Structure, motions and evolution of stars, interstellar material, galaxies and the universe as a whole. Not recommended for students who plan to continue in astronomy or physics.

GE: Natural Science

STAT 1350: Elementary Statistics

This is a statistical literacy course designed to help students become thoughtful and critical consumers of statistics in everyday life. Students will learn about how data is produced, organized, and summarized. They will also learn about how samples of data can be used to make inferences about populations. Online sections are offered for students studying in the US.

GE: Quantitative and Logical Skills

ASTRON 1221: Astronomy Data Analysis

GE: Natural Science

This course covers select topics in modern astronomy and contemporary data analysis methods, to illustrate how data lead to scientific conclusions. The course will use the Python programming language. No prior knowledge of astronomy or Python is necessary.

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ASTRON 1142: Black Holes

Black hole

GE: Natural Science

Ever wondered where black holes come from? How dangerous they really are? How they were discovered? This one-semester course is an introduction to the nature, formation and discovery of what may be the most mysterious and intriguing objects in the universe.

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PHYSICS 1104: World of Energy: Light, Thermodynamics, Energy Sources

An examination of the various forms of energy and energy production with its personal and global impact. Uses the hands-on discovery mode of instruction. Intended for non-science majors.

GE: Natural Science

PHYSICS 1110: The Physics of Sports

This course examines the physics behind athletics.  A wide variety of sports and topics are covered, including the forces exerted in a football tackle, the aerodynamics of a curve ball, and the power of a tennis serve.  This course assumes the student has a basic understanding of algebra.  Intended for non-science majors.

GE: Natural Science

MOLGEN 3300: General Plant Biology

Plant

GE: Natural Science

Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversity.

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BIOLOGY 1105: Human Biology in Cinema

Human Biology in Cinema will show that mainstream films with a core biological theme can be entertaining AND educational and that having some basic biological insights will enhance your comprehension and appreciation of these films. Lectures and discussions will cover basic principles in biology that will help elucidate the content of each film.

GE: Natural Science

EARTHSC 2204: Exploring Water Issues

GE: Natural Science

Water on Earth, human impacts, and scientific and technological issues related to water resource development and conservation.

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EARTHSC 2245: Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences

Data analysis using cooperative learning environment; topics include data visualization, error analysis, error propagation, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, ANOVA, linear regression and spatial statistics.

GE: Quantitative and Logical Skills

STAT 2480: Statistics for the Life Sciences

Statistical methods play a crucial role in the analysis of data collected in the biological sciences. This course provides an introduction to methods for analyzing biological data in a statistical framework, including probabilistic modeling of biological phenomena, statistical hypothesis testing and concepts in experimental design.

GE: Quantitative and Logical Skills

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