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Courses to Consider

This page is intended to promote courses with which you may not be familiar. As you prepare for registration we encourage you to consider including one or more of these courses in your spring schedule.

Classical Studies

Special Topics: Writing Systems of the World (CLSC 398:02)
17270; M,W 1:30 pm-2:45 pm; TBA
Description: Writing is arguably mankind’s most important cultural achievement. In this course, we will trace its development from Sumerian clay tablets to your messaging app. Along the way, we will consider the relationship between writing and “modern” civilization, language, law, and verbal art. We will also learn to identify the major writing systems of the world and to understand how they work.
Prerequisite(s): None

History

American Cultural and Intellectual History (HIST 216)
CRN 17089; TR 1:30-2:45 pm; Nicole Sackley
A survey of American cultural debates since the Civil War, from Victorianism to the culture wars. Topics will include visions of capitalism and the social order, race and pluralism, gender and sexuality, mass culture, environmentalism, and the role of science, intellectuals, and expertise in American life.
Prerequisite(s): None

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture (LLC 220)
17171; R 3:00-5:30 p.m.; Gengsong Gao
As China plays an increasingly important role in the world, its popular culture has also become part of our everyday life in the millennium. In this course, we will read pop fictions, watch blockbusters, sitcoms, and reality TV shows, and listen to songs that topped Chinese pop music list over the last twenty years. We will connect these cultural forms to current conversations and debates concerning youth culture, political participation, identity formation, intensifying globalization, and the loss of tradition. Students will also be invited to select class readings/viewings and create their own pop culture products. This course counts toward the Chinese Studies major/minor requirements and the International Studies (Asia concentration) major requirements. No prior knowledge or prerequisite is needed.
Prerequisite(s): None

Bolsheviks, Bombs, and Ballet (LLC 335)
CRN 17170; TR 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Yvonne Howell
Survey of intellectual and scientific life, artistic movements, and popular culture under communism in the Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary focus on the arts, music, science, and literature with attention to complicated relations between official and private culture.
Meets general education requirement: FSHT
Prerequisite(s): None

Sociology

Global Social Change (SOC 279)
CRN 17053; M,W 1:00-2:15 p.m.; Yetkin Borlu
This course considers how social change happens at an international level.
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 101.

Race and Crime (SOC 279)
CRN 17052; T,R 4:30-5:45 p.m.; Atiya Husain
This course examines the intersection of the criminal justice system and racial inequality in the United States.
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 101.