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First Year Writing Courses 2022

Class Name/Description Instructor
102-01 Climate Fiction

Science fiction writers are captivated (and disturbed) by the looming climate catastrophe, resulting in what is now called “climate fiction” (cli fi). We will investigate some of their visions of the near future, with weather “weirding,” the extinction of animal species, and the rising sea level. Despite the impending disaster, these writers offer us hope for the future.

Course#: FYW 102-01
Professor: Jean Graham
Day/s & Time/s: TF 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Jean Graham
102-02 Building the Superhero

This course will focus on the super-heroic social constructs that define the mythos of the superhero universe, as seen in the traditional pages of sequential art, the CGI advancement in Marvel and DC films, and the genre-bending narrative of television shows like WandaVision and Loki. Together, we will deconstruct the role of superheroes and determine how their purposes, environments, and moral codes define these epic narratives. In this course, we will attempt to answer the question: What cultural components create a legendary superhero story? Throughout the semester, we will focus on each hero’s struggle with personal responsibility, trauma, terrorism in a post 9/11 world, and how the roles of good and evil are modified throughout each medium. We will also explore how authority and chaos are important ingredients for a successful superhero story – and why this recipe continues to resonate with us today.

Assignments and readings will focus on film theory and sequential art theory, as well as issues of identity through gender, race, and class. Using academic journals and articles, graphic novels, pages from various comic books, visual texts (films, advertisements, commercials, sitcoms, and documentaries), we will investigate the current comics culture and how superheroes offer us a representation of ourselves.

Course#: FYW 102-02
Professor: Samantha Atzeni
Day/s & Time/s: MW 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Samantha Atzeni
102-03 Dissemination of Disinformation

In this course, we will be actively analyzing misinformation and disinformation surrounding current hot-button issues. As such, we will be working towards information literacy skills while developing our ability to critically read, analyze, and discuss the topic(s) at hand.

Course#: FYW 102-03
Professor: Michael Boldizar
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Michael Boldizar
102-04 Dissemination of Disinformation

In this course, we will be actively analyzing misinformation and disinformation surrounding current hot-button issues. As such, we will be working towards information literacy skills while developing our ability to critically read, analyze, and discuss the topic(s) at hand.

Course#: FYW 102-04
Professor: Michael Boldizar
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Michael Boldizar
102-05 Misfits and Monsters: How We Demonize People With Mental Illness

The course will examine how the stigmatization of people with mental illness is created through literary and media forms. Students will explore how mental illness is portrayed through various representations of it in literature, poetry, film and in our modern political discourse (op-eds). By discussing how authors, filmmakers and politicians portray people with mental illness, the course seeks to dispel many of the belief systems that create and maintain their demonization.  Among the questions to be considered:  What is the quality of life for people who are directly or indirectly affected by the portrayals that are created to instill fear and shunning of people with mental illnesses? Why do we find these characters so compelling? Why and how are the authors and filmmakers so successful in creating terror and fright out of characters who appear to be mentally ill?  Do we perpetuate fear and apathy with regard to people with mental illness?

Course#: FYW 102-05
Professor: Mary Bonard
Day/s & Time/s: TF 11:00 - 12:20 pm

Mary Bonard
102-06 Misfits and Monsters: How We Demonize People With Mental Illness

The course will examine how the stigmatization of people with mental illness is created through literary and media forms. Students will explore how mental illness is portrayed through various representations of it in literature, poetry, film and in our modern political discourse (op-eds). By discussing how authors, filmmakers and politicians portray people with mental illness, the course seeks to dispel many of the belief systems that create and maintain their demonization.  Among the questions to be considered:  What is the quality of life for people who are directly or indirectly affected by the portrayals that are created to instill fear and shunning of people with mental illnesses? Why do we find these characters so compelling? Why and how are the authors and filmmakers so successful in creating terror and fright out of characters who appear to be mentally ill?  Do we perpetuate fear and apathy with regard to people with mental illness?

Course#: FYW 102-06
Professor: Mary Bonard
Day/s & Time/s: TF 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Mary Bonard
102-07 Reading and Writing Pop Culture

This course will focus on a semiotic approach to analyzing several different aspects of popular culture. Through the study of academic articles, television shows, and film, the course will allow students to examine how a collective, cultural consciousness is developed by the ways we read and interact with media and pop culture. The class will include a variety of semiotic analyses applied to individual units including Advertising, Television, Print Media/News, Film, and Social Media. Each unit will include readings that analyze and evaluate individual mediums of popular culture, and students will then apply these ideas to real-life examples. Each unit will culminate with a student essay that synthesizes academic analysis with the everyday examples that surround us in the 21st century.

Course#: FYW 102-07
Professor: Paige Costantino
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Paige Costantino
102-08 Reading and Writing Pop Culture

This course will focus on a semiotic approach to analyzing several different aspects of popular culture. Through the study of academic articles, television shows, and film, the course will allow students to examine how a collective, cultural consciousness is developed by the ways we read and interact with media and pop culture. The class will include a variety of semiotic analyses applied to individual units including Advertising, Television, Print Media/News, Film, and Social Media. Each unit will include readings that analyze and evaluate individual mediums of popular culture, and students will then apply these ideas to real-life examples. Each unit will culminate with a student essay that synthesizes academic analysis with the everyday examples that surround us in the 21st century.

Course#: FYW 102-08
Professor: Paige Costantino
Day/s & Time/s: MR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Paige Costantino
102-09 Once Upon an Adaptation: Retellings of Fairy Tales and Myths

Fairy tales and myths are extremely prevalent in pop culture. Think about it: we see these classic stories in movies, TV shows, books, poetry, music videos, theatrical performances, and advertisements today. In "Once Upon an Adaptation: Retellings of Fairy Tales and Myths" students will engage in the act of comparative analysis to study how a variety of global fairy tales and myths have been shaped via the oral tradition as well as in writing, animations, live action films, and theatrical performances to convey ideological beliefs.

Course#: FYW 102-09
Professor: Robyn Gold
Day/s & Time/s: TF 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Robyn Gold
102-10 Once Upon an Adaptation: Retellings of Fairy Tales and Myths

Fairy tales and myths are extremely prevalent in pop culture. Think about it: we see these classic stories in movies, TV shows, books, poetry, music videos, theatrical performances, and advertisements today. In "Once Upon an Adaptation: Retellings of Fairy Tales and Myths" students will engage in the act of comparative analysis to study how a variety of global fairy tales and myths have been shaped via the oral tradition as well as in writing, animations, live action films, and theatrical performances to convey ideological beliefs.

Course#: FYW 102-10
Professor: Robyn Gold
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Robyn Gold
102-11 Social Justice and Privilege

In “Social Justice and Privilege,” students will explore narratives of silenced voices, particularly those who have been marginalized for reasons including race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, and other aspects in today’s world. Some questions that will be considered are: Why are these voices silenced, and what makes these groups marginalized? Who has the power to silence voices, and how do we give voice back to the marginalized? Focusing on the binary of voice/silence, we will explore these issues as played out in a documentary, Young Adult novels, and current events.

Course#: FYW 102-11
Professor: Kristen Luettchau
Day/s & Time/s: TR 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Kristen Luettchau
102-12 Dream or Simulation?

The rapid technological advancement of the past fifty years has led to many important questions about the nature of reality. With immersive digital technologies and multiplayer video games, simulated reality is beginning to look more and more like everyday life. From Plato’s cave to The Matrix to Black Mirror and notions of the posthuman, we will question what it means to be alive during this truly unique and pivotal period in history.

Course#: FYW 102-12
Professor: Deborah Morkun
Day/s & Time/s: MW 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Deborah Morkun
102-13 Dream or Simulation?

The rapid technological advancement of the past fifty years has led to many important questions about the nature of reality. With immersive digital technologies and multiplayer video games, simulated reality is beginning to look more and more like everyday life. From Plato’s cave to The Matrix to Black Mirror and notions of the posthuman, we will question what it means to be alive during this truly unique and pivotal period in history.

Course#: FYW 102-13
Professor: Deborah Morkun
Day/s & Time/s: MW 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Deborah Morkun
102-14 Life is One Big Lesson

How do we handle lessons that life teaches us every day? How do some people manage to turn hardship into a triumph? How do we define success and failure? These are just some of the questions that we will answer in this course through essays and other writing forms. We will study how people overcome difficult situations. As a class, we will define and discuss adversity. We will examine how each of us handle adversity. Watching films, such as The Pursuit of Happyness and The Blind Side, and reading stories, we will analyze ways people have triumphed over unfortunate circumstances and persevered. We will define our personal meaning of success, as well as what society dictates is a successful individual. We will discuss powerful lessons each of us are given. We will examine our decision-making processes, particularly how we can avoid costly mistakes in life.

Course#: FYW 102-14
Professor: Paula Rainey
Day/s & Time/s: TF 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Paula Rainey
102-15 The Metaphor in the Monster

Creatures that lurk in the shadows and devour victims have been antagonists in stories across media, cultures, and time. Monsters threaten heroes and frighten audiences. However, the true horror of the monster does not come from their teeth and claws, but rather from the social fears that they represent. By using the framework of monster theory, this class aims to discuss and analyze what fears monsters represent and how the metaphor of the monster is used across media.

Course#: FYW 102-15
Professor: Amanda Riccitelli
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Amanda Riccitelli
102-16 The Metaphor in the Monster

Creatures that lurk in the shadows and devour victims have been antagonists in stories across media, cultures, and time. Monsters threaten heroes and frighten audiences. However, the true horror of the monster does not come from their teeth and claws, but rather from the social fears that they represent. By using the framework of monster theory, this class aims to discuss and analyze what fears monsters represent and how the metaphor of the monster is used across media.

Course#: FYW 102-16
Professor: Amanda Riccitelli
Day/s & Time/s: MR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Amanda Riccitelli
102-17 Higher Education Behind the Wall

Disadvantaged groups remain the focus of conversation in higher education. Often these groups are identified within certain social constructs including race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. However, incarceration has been another topic of conversation. In this course, we will use selected articles and various media forms to discuss opportunities for postsecondary education for incarcerated individuals with a focus on access. We will review arguments around providing access to college study for students incarcerated or “behind the wall.”

Course#: FYW 102-17
Professor: Amanda Simpson
Day/s & Time/s: MW 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Amanda Simpson
102-18 Head To Pen: Refine your career goals on the road to creating a better YOU”

When the head, heart, mind and soul intertwine, what will you allow your pen to capture? During this course, students will learn how to write from their “inner core,” the place where truth dwells. These sessions will be designed for students to view writing through the lens of their personal development and self-discovery process. We will focus on choice of major, intention on choosing that major and the undeclared major. These interactive class discussions and mapping exercises will encourage students to create a life full of endless possibilities. Along the journey, the students will gain essential concepts on writing with intention, trusting the process and the art of pausing and thinking. Gain valuable tips through thought-provoking articles, journaling, podcasts, and YouTube videos.

Course#: FYW 102-18
Professor: Yolanda Whidbee
Day/s & Time/s: TF 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Yolanda Whidbee
102-19 Head To Pen: Refine your career goals on the road to creating a better YOU”

When the head, heart, mind and soul intertwine, what will you allow your pen to capture? During this course, students will learn how to write from their “inner core,” the place where truth dwells. These sessions will be designed for students to view writing through the lens of their personal development and self-discovery process. We will focus on choice of major, intention on choosing that major and the undeclared major. These interactive class discussions and mapping exercises will encourage students to create a life full of endless possibilities. Along the journey, the students will gain essential concepts on writing with intention, trusting the process and the art of pausing and thinking. Gain valuable tips through thought-provoking articles, journaling, podcasts, and YouTube videos.

Course#: FYW 102-19
Professor: Yolanda Whidbee
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Yolanda Whidbee
102-20 Humanity in the Digital Age

Are you more machine than you are human? In this course, students will examine a number of works of cyberpunk literature, like Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", to ascertain what exactly it means to be human in a time where we are closer to our technology than ever before. Students will learn vital analytical and argumentative strategies to effectively analyze literature and nonfiction articles and other texts, all with a goal of understanding how the tools humans create in turn affect humanity. Topics of inquiry will include body modification, virtual reality, digital ownership/censorship, and whether or not digital technology interferes with basic human rights.

Course#: FYW 102-20
Professor: Ben Sulton
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11 am - 12:30 pm

Ben Sulton
102-21 Ted Lasso Leadership

“I believe in hope. I believe in belief.” In summer 2020, Ted Lasso emerged quickly as a streaming series about an American football coach shipped to England to manage a professional soccer team. What began as a binge-worthy comedic escape from pandemic-life quickly became a complex look at not only what makes a great leader but also what makes great teams. On and off the pitch, the show highlights the complexity of leadership surrounding relationship building, trust, and authenticity. We will spill the tea - through examples in television and film, podcasts, TED Talks, and assigned readings - and explore themes and intersectionalities in a thoughtful way that dispels the myth that great leadership is bigger than one person. This course will challenge students to create and/or enhance their own personal and group leadership styles, with particular emphasis placed on the value of self-care and mental health, emotional intelligence, working through failure, and perceptions of gender in leadership. Assignments will include self-reflections, rhetorical analysis, dynamic in-class activities, and research-based written arguments.

Course#: FYW 102-21
Professor: Lindsay Barndt & Erica Kalinowski
Day/s & Time/s: MR 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Lindsay Barndt & Erica Kalinowski
102-22 Blackness on Trial

From access to sentencing, the disparities and inequities that Black people face in the criminal justice system are well documented.  However, we remain far from implementing any meaningful solutions. This course will explore the perceptions of race and how they resulted in the criminalization of blackness by examining the impact of racism in criminal law. Using the components of a criminal trial, we will call relevant class speakers as expert witnesses, evaluate a variety of written and audiovisual sources as exhibits, take testimony, and propose a solution for how we might eliminate race-based or racially influenced decisions in the criminal justice system, develop ways we might decriminalize blackness and achieve justice for all.

Course#: FYW 102-22
Professor: Tracy Thompson
Day/s & Time/s: TR 7 pm - 8:20 pm

Tracy Thompson
102-23 Conspiracy Theory in Politics

Conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have long been a significant part of popular discourse when it comes to topics in American culture and politics: from the JFK assassination and the moon landings, to the 9/11 attacks and recent presidential elections. Especially with the proliferation of the internet and social media platforms, people today face the unique and difficult task of evaluating the credibility of sources of news/ information and deciding what actually constitutes historical fact. This course dives into the issues surrounding the perpetuation of conspiracy theories developed from the first half of the 20th Century to the present, chronicling major events in history that spark the most controversy and evaluating the pros and cons of various analytical approaches. In striking the proper balance between being overly skeptical on the one hand, or too impressionable on the other, students will explore the boundaries of their core beliefs while working to advance their critical thinking and academic writing skills.

Course#: FYW 102-23
Professor: Thomas Arndt
Day/s & Time/s: MR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Thomas Arndt
102-24 Creativity & Rhetoric

In this section, we will explore a variety of different artistic outlets, such as fiction, poetry, film, visual art, television, and music, to see how creative minds use their medium for rhetorical purposes. Rather than simply entertain us, these artists ask us to consider complex, sometimes controversial ideas while reflecting on the world around us. For example, the novel `Fight Club’ explores issues of masculinity, consumerism, materialism, sexuality, psychology, and cultism, while The Who’s `Quadrophenia” acts as a musical sibling to Green Day’s `American Idiot,’ as both concept albums house statements about disenfranchised, rebellious male youths. We will examine materialism, conformity, causes of violence, sexuality, and racism, through the works of many iconic figures–some of whom may include Langston Hughes, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, Pink Floyd, Ben Folds, Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Joni Mitchell, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, Norman Lear, and Alan Ball–to see how these creative minds express social commentary through stimulating (and sometimes entertaining) forms.

Course#: FYW 102-24
Professor: Jordan Blum
Day/s & Time/s: MR 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Jordan Blum
102-25 Creativity & Rhetoric

In this section, we will explore a variety of different artistic outlets, such as fiction, poetry, film, visual art, television, and music, to see how creative minds use their medium for rhetorical purposes. Rather than simply entertain us, these artists ask us to consider complex, sometimes controversial ideas while reflecting on the world around us. For example, the novel `Fight Club’ explores issues of masculinity, consumerism, materialism, sexuality, psychology, and cultism, while The Who’s `Quadrophenia” acts as a musical sibling to Green Day’s `American Idiot,’ as both concept albums house statements about disenfranchised, rebellious male youths. We will examine materialism, conformity, causes of violence, sexuality, and racism, through the works of many iconic figures–some of whom may include Langston Hughes, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, Pink Floyd, Ben Folds, Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Joni Mitchell, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, Norman Lear, and Alan Ball–to see how these creative minds express social commentary through stimulating (and sometimes entertaining) forms.

Course#: FYW 102-25
Professor: Jordan Blum
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Jordan Blum
102-26 Queer Voices: YA Fiction

In this course we will examine the history and impact of LGBTQ+ representation in Young Adult books. We will read and write about the YA novel Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, in which our protagonist is a queer Puerto Rican college student from the Bronx. Using this book and other examples of Queer YA fiction, we will discuss social identities, intersectionality, heartbreak and relationships, family and community, body image, allyship, language, and more. We will reflect on our past by writing about early messages and socialization as well as look to the future to explore the role of queer YA books as tools for social justice advocacy.

Course#: FYW 102-26
Professor: Romina Generali-Libonnatis
Day/s & Time/s: MR 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Romina Generali-Libonnatis
102-27 Reboots & Remakes

From Star Wars to Spider-Man, sitcoms to dramas, "reboots" abound in modern pop culture, but the concept is nothing new. What makes a successful retelling of an old story? Does past influence enhance or stifle creativity? Using historical and contemporary examples, we will analyze and evaluate how stories are reimagined and why. We will learn to distinguish between adaptations, archetypes, rewrites, sequels, and other means of influence; we will consider artistic, commercial, and cultural issues related to "rebooting." Students will have the opportunity to propose a fresh reimagining of a creative work of their choice, arguing their rationale for doing so.

Course#: FYW 102-27
Professor: Nathaniel Drenner
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Nathaniel Drenner
102-28 Reboots & Remakes

From Star Wars to Spider-Man, sitcoms to dramas, "reboots" abound in modern pop culture, but the concept is nothing new. What makes a successful retelling of an old story? Does past influence enhance or stifle creativity? Using historical and contemporary examples, we will analyze and evaluate how stories are reimagined and why. We will learn to distinguish between adaptations, archetypes, rewrites, sequels, and other means of influence; we will consider artistic, commercial, and cultural issues related to "rebooting." Students will have the opportunity to propose a fresh reimagining of a creative work of their choice, arguing their rationale for doing so.

Course#: FYW 102-28
Professor: Nathaniel Drenner
Day/s & Time/s: TF 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Nathaniel Drenner
102-29 Scarcities and Indulgences

The course will engage students in modern political issues such as income disparities, food availability, and corporate responsibilities. Students will explore journalistic and academic writings and learn to become thoughtful consumers of modern political discourse.

Course#: FYW 102-29
Professor: Melanie Frances
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Melanie Frances
102-30 Scarcities and Indulgences

The course will engage students in modern political issues such as income disparities, food availability, and corporate responsibilities. Students will explore journalistic and academic writings and learn to become thoughtful consumers of modern political discourse.

Course#: FYW 102-30
Professor: Melanie Frances
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Melanie Frances
102-31 Individual Change Agents and Global Problems

You are the next generation of global change agents! This course will examine the challenges of today’s international agenda and opportunities presented for individuals to effect change in a complicated and globalized world. We will analyze a variety of individuals working across a range of international issues who have made an impact addressing global problems: people who have changed the world. By exploring a variety of sources we will examine the strategies they employ and the success or impact of their efforts. What lessons can we learn about how an individual can help solve today’s pressing international problems?

Course#: FYW 102-31
Professor: Anne-Marie Gardner
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Anne-Marie Gardner
102-32 Food, Glorious Food!

Everyone needs to eat to live. Many of us have complicated relationships with food, yet many of us are also unaware of what goes into our food and the land and animals it comes from. This section uses common and individual resources, including readings, movies, and websites, to learn about the history of agriculture, and explore and argue about various aspects of the food industry as it exists today. You will cook one of your favorite foods and report to the class, as well as make a specific recommendation to improve some aspect of this important industry.

Course#: FYW 102-32
Professor: Janet Hubbard
Day/s & Time/s: MR 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Janet Hubbard
102-33 Race to Justice

This course examines the country's current climate around race. Students will engage in weekly class discussions based upon personal experiences, timely readings, films, documentaries, and visual media highlighting current events related to issues of social injustice and systemic racism. Rhetorical claim approaches such as definition, causal, and evaluative, as a way of fostering an understanding of and writing about these pertinent issues will be utilized in this course. Students will gain a greater understanding of the elements of an expository essay by engaging in the writing process both independently and collaboratively, as well as participating in peer editing and one-on-one conferencing with the instructor. Due to the sensitive topics discussed and explored, this course will be taught with two sections of the class running concurrently."

Course#: FYW 102-33
Professor: Asmaa Kabel
Day/s & Time/s: W 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm

Asmaa Kabel
102-34 Race to Justice

This course examines the country's current climate around race. Students will engage in weekly class discussions based upon personal experiences, timely readings, films, documentaries, and visual media highlighting current events related to issues of social injustice and systemic racism. Rhetorical claim approaches such as definition, causal, and evaluative, as a way of fostering an understanding of and writing about these pertinent issues will be utilized in this course. Students will gain a greater understanding of the elements of an expository essay by engaging in the writing process both independently and collaboratively, as well as participating in peer editing and one-on-one conferencing with the instructor. Due to the sensitive topics discussed and explored, this course will be taught with two sections of the class running concurrently."

Course#: FYW 102-34
Professor: Stefanie Marchetti
Day/s & Time/s: W 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm

Stefanie Marchetti
102-35 People and Plants: Food, Medicine, Nature, & Wilderness

Although we live in a built environment of technology and concrete, humans rely on the natural world for the most basic of needs. As people, we interact with the natural world for food, medicine, beauty, and fulfillment. In this course, we will evaluate articles, visual media, and concepts that help us examine our relationship and dependence on plants and nature. We will discuss questions like: where does our food come from and is the system sustainable? How do big businesses capitalize on humans’ dependence on plants? What is the human fascination with wilderness? Why are we so drawn to and reliant on nature? How does our current environmental crisis jeopardize our ability to rely on nature?

Course#: FYW 102-35
Professor: Lindsay Knapp
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Lindsay Knapp
102-36 People and Plants: Food, Medicine, Nature, & Wilderness

Although we live in a built environment of technology and concrete, humans rely on the natural world for the most basic of needs. As people, we interact with the natural world for food, medicine, beauty, and fulfillment. In this course, we will evaluate articles, visual media, and concepts that help us examine our relationship and dependence on plants and nature. We will discuss questions like: where does our food come from and is the system sustainable? How do big businesses capitalize on humans’ dependence on plants? What is the human fascination with wilderness? Why are we so drawn to and reliant on nature? How does our current environmental crisis jeopardize our ability to rely on nature?

Course#: FYW 102-36
Professor: Lindsay Knapp
Day/s & Time/s: TR 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Lindsay Knapp
102-37 Masculinity and American Culture

What does it mean to be a “man” of the 21st century? How do we define manliness in our world? How have the definitions of masculinity changed from previous centuries? What roles do class, race, sexuality, and religion play in the creation of masculine identity? In this course, we will address these questions and the complex issue of masculine identity through our study of writings by Ernest Hemingway, and films such as Superbad and Moonlight, and selected readings on college hookups and hazing and what each has to say about masculinity.

Course#: FYW 102-37
Professor: Shawn Layton
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Shawn Layton
102-38 Beyond the Empty Sky - The 911 Terror Attacks 20 years later

Since more than 20 years have passed since the 9/11 terror attacks, it is important to look back and examine its continuing impact on our lives, particularly as residents of New Jersey, among the hardest-hit regions. Within the framework of academic argumentation, we will focus on media reactions to the event, including the Pulitzer-prizewinning New York Times series, “Portraits of Grief.” We will study several key documentaries, including “The Falling Man,” and “Boatlift:An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience.” In addition, we will examine music inspired by the incident, particularly “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen’s 2002 critically-acclaimed album.

Course#: FYW 102-38
Professor: Janet Mazur
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Janet Mazur
102-39 Leadership for Social Justice

This interactive course examines the role of leadership in advancing social justice, with emphasis on human rights, equality, equity, freedom, and peace in America and globally. As important, we will explore and critically evaluate various theories and models of effective leadership for the public good. This course utilizes an evidence-based approach to studying effective leaders in the public and private sectors, including government officials, non-profit agents, citizen activists, as well as social and corporate entrepreneurs. We also will investigate the values, traits and competencies associated with successful efforts to realize positive social change. Texts, films, videos and supplemental readings include nonfiction and fiction, as well as contemporary mass and social media sources. Conditions permitting, the instructor plans to incorporate guest presenters and experiential learning.

Course#: FYW 102-39
Professor: Antonino Scarpati
Day/s & Time/s: TF 11:00 - 12:20 pm

Antonino Scarpati
102-40 Blackness on Trial

From access to sentencing, the disparities and inequities that Black people face in the criminal justice system are well documented.  However, we remain far from implementing any meaningful solutions. This course will explore the perceptions of race and how they resulted in the criminalization of blackness by examining the impact of racism in criminal law. Using the components of a criminal trial, we will call relevant class speakers as expert witnesses, evaluate a variety of written and audiovisual sources as exhibits, take testimony, and propose a solution for how we might eliminate race-based or racially influenced decisions in the criminal justice system, develop ways we might decriminalize blackness and achieve justice for all.

Course#: FYW 102-40
Professor: Tracy Thompson
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Tracy Thompson
102-41 Race and Stereotype through film

This course will explore American film over the last century, focusing on how certain racial groups have been portrayed to the masses. We will discuss the stereotypes that have been prominent in cinema and how these views have helped perpetuate misconceptions and prejudice in America. As much as we will discuss the negative images in film, we will speak on how filmmakers today have reversed the narrative to promote more positive, accurate images of racial groups. This writing intensive course will challenge students through analytical writing and evidence based writing, while looking at the larger impact of these portrayals on society in the past, present, and future.

Course#: FYW 102-41
Professor: Khayriy Tilghman
Day/s & Time/s: TF 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Khayriy Tilghman
102-42 All the Single Ladies: social & cultural perceptions of unmarried women

This course will explore social and political perceptions of single women. Students will use different styles of argument to analyze short works, including both essays and videos,that address what it means to be a single woman. Class discussions will examine how women are valued or perceived according to their relationship status, but also how modern women may struggle more than prior generations to find fulfilling relationships. Content will include works by Beyonce, Rebecca Traister, Lizzo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Kate Bolick, among others.

Course#: FYW 102-42
Professor: Tina Tormey
Day/s & Time/s: MR 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Tina Tormey
102-43 Gaming for Good: Video Games & Social Change

As gaming and esports enter mainstream attention, new questions are being raised about how to leverage these industries to uplift communities that have traditionally been alienated in STEM spaces. This course will look at how gaming culture intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and social class. Furthermore, students will leave with the ability to create actionable plans geared towards creating healthy, diverse, and inclusive digital spaces.

Course#: FYW 102-43
Professor: Emily Zbyszynski
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Emily Zbyszynski
102-44 Cinderella: Timeless or Tired?

Cinderella is arguably the most well-known and retold fairy tale. Hundreds of versions exist, transcending time and culture. The story continues to be remixed and reimagined, offering endless possibilities for interpretation. This course explores and evaluates the pervasive influence of the Cinderella story in literature and pop culture. We will trace its evolution, from oral tradition to print, media, and stage, and analyze stories through various lenses. Through critical reading of traditional and modern versions, film analysis, classroom discussions, academic readings, and in-class exercises, we will examine how this story has shaped our personal perceptions, delve into its social implications, and investigate why it remains timeless and continues to be remade.

Course#: FYW 102-44
Professor: Ellen Farr
Day/s & Time/s: MR 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Ellen Farr
102-45 Cinderella: Timeless or Tired?

Cinderella is arguably the most well-known and retold fairy tale. Hundreds of versions exist, transcending time and culture. The story continues to be remixed and reimagined, offering endless possibilities for interpretation. This course explores and evaluates the pervasive influence of the Cinderella story in literature and pop culture. We will trace its evolution, from oral tradition to print, media, and stage, and analyze stories through various lenses. Through critical reading of traditional and modern versions, film analysis, classroom discussions, academic readings, and in-class exercises, we will examine how this story has shaped our personal perceptions, delve into its social implications, and investigate why it remains timeless and continues to be remade.

Course#: FYW 102-45
Professor: Ellen Farr
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Ellen Farr
102-46 Activism Past and Present

This course examines the role of activism in our society. We will explore various approaches, attitudes, beliefs and outcomes of activism, including mass incarceration/prison reform, athlete activism, student activism, social media and protest songs, to name a few. We will investigate activism as a way to illustrate the diversity of methods outcomes and the idea of “finding and using your voice.”

Course#: FYW 102-46
Professor: Dionne Hallback
Day/s & Time/s: MW 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

Dionne Hallback
102-47 Box Office Bombs: Why Movies Fail

What makes a movie fail? When one examines the rules of academic writing, one may find exactly what contributes to the failure of a feature film. We will explore films from the 1990s to today through the lens of rhetoric. Through investigating and applying the rules of academic writing, we will discover how some seemingly guaranteed hits fail, and how some failures rise again to find a second life.

Course#: FYW 102-47
Professor: Laura Hargreaves
Day/s & Time/s: MR 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Laura Hargreaves
102-48 Young Adult Romantic Fiction

In this course we will be reading and watching books, films and TV shows by established writers of YA fiction such as John Green and Sarah Dessen, as well as texts by and about people of color and the LGBTQ community. We will explore why these stories are seen as both romantic and as appropriate for a teenage audience, paying particular attention to their representations of gender and sexuality. This course aims to broaden our understanding of the appeal of popular culture that is marketed to teens, and to consider reasons for its appeal to older audiences as well.

Course#: FYW 102-48
Professor: Laura Kranzler
Day/s & Time/s: TF 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Laura Kranzler
102-49 Young Adult Romantic Fiction

In this course we will be reading and watching books, films and TV shows by established writers of YA fiction such as John Green and Sarah Dessen, as well as texts by and about people of color and the LGBTQ community. We will explore why these stories are seen as both romantic and as appropriate for a teenage audience, paying particular attention to their representations of gender and sexuality. This course aims to broaden our understanding of the appeal of popular culture that is marketed to teens, and to consider reasons for its appeal to older audiences as well.

Course#: FYW 102-49
Professor: Laura Kranzler
Day/s & Time/s: TF 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Laura Kranzler
102-50 Power Book: Argument of Ethics

"In this course we will analyze what drives a person's decisions. What are the consequences of our actions? How do we examine who is ultimately affected by our actions? How do we determine how things could be done differently? We will center the course on the actions and decisions made by the characters in the hit drama series Power Book II: Ghost. We will view the episodes together and engage in discussion about the content. You will ultimately write your own proposal for a television series to reflect your thinking about ethics, decisions, and power."

Course#: FYW 102-50
Professor: Tiffany Youngblood
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Tiffany Youngblood
102-51 Writing about Theatre and Performance

Is theatre still necessary in the age of social media and the internet? How has the experience of being “distanced” and “virtual” affected our communal need for performance? Do we still need live theatre and performance to help provide an understanding of the world in which we live and the life that we inhabit? In this introductory writing course, we will explore these questions by briefly discussing the fundamentals of theatre and performance, reading a handful of classic and contemporary plays and musicals (each characterizing a different dramatic viewpoint or style of theatrical representation), and screening some recent productions and short documentaries. We will write three short essays (an argument, an evaluation, and a profile), before writing a longer researched essay that will explore a historical or contemporary work, figure, or trend informing contemporary theatre and performance.

Course#: FYW 102-51
Professor: David Muller
Day/s & Time/s: TR 5:30 pm - 6:50 pm

David Muller
102-52 Writing about Theatre and Performance

Is theatre still necessary in the age of social media and the internet? How has the experience of being “distanced” and “virtual” affected our communal need for performance? Do we still need live theatre and performance to help provide an understanding of the world in which we live and the life that we inhabit? In this introductory writing course, we will explore these questions by briefly discussing the fundamentals of theatre and performance, reading a handful of classic and contemporary plays and musicals (each characterizing a different dramatic viewpoint or style of theatrical representation), and screening some recent productions and short documentaries. We will write three short essays (an argument, an evaluation, and a profile), before writing a longer researched essay that will explore a historical or contemporary work, figure, or trend informing contemporary theatre and performance.

Course#: FYW 102-52
Professor: David Muller
Day/s & Time/s: TR 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

David Muller
102-53 Science Fiction: A Human Quest

“To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before” — Captain Kirk, Star Trek “The best Science Fiction supposes an imaginary invention or discovery, probably something quite extraordinary, and speculates about what might happen. It, then, anticipates the impact of that scientific discovery upon humankind.” — James O. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time (New York, 1947) Come stretch your imagination and explore some of these creative possibilities! How have the creation of constructs such as robots and warp drive given rise to such powerful philosophic statements as the Three Laws of Robotics and The Prime Directive? How have these constructs fostered scientific invention? Through the lens of various novels, short stories, flash fiction pieces, podcasts, television series, films, and/or artistic images, we will examine how the science and the art of this genre come together to create stories that not only interpret life, but can drive culture and creativity. Ultimately, we will grapple with what it truly means to be human.

Course#: FYW 102-53
Professor: Susan O'Connor
Day/s & Time/s: TF 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Susan O'Connor
102-55 How to Disappear: Escape and Reinvention

We all like to think it's easy to start over, but what challenges do we face when we decide to escape? Some choose to lose themselves in the forest. Some decide to shed their identities and create new ones. And for some, a simple weekend outing is enough to "escape" their lives. In this section, we will examine this topic in literature, film, and television: Is it possible to ever fully escape our past and change who we are?

Course#: FYW 102-55
Professor: Randy Schmidt
Day/s & Time/s: MR 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Randy Schmidt
102-56 Legends of the World

As children, we all imagine going on adventures with pirates, cowboys, and explorers. Buried treasure and world fame serve as the lure for many of these games. But whether we knew it or not, these make-believe adventures were all somehow based in reality. Some of the world's greatest legends — Atlantis, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Roanoke — all started with a story, with an imagination. And legends, we know, always contain an element of truth. This formal research writing class looks to uncover the truths behind these legends. Using an interdisciplinary approach - marketing, history, communications and media, culture and identity, etc. - students will write several argumentative papers about legends from around the world and evaluate their impact on our modern societies and cultures, culminating in a final presentation. Students will use a variety of professional and popular sources including traditional scholarly academic articles, documentaries, artifacts, newspapers and magazines, TV shows, and more.

Course#: FYW 102-56
Professor: Courtney Malpass
Day/s & Time/s: TF 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Courtney Malpass
102-57 Legends of the World

As children, we all imagine going on adventures with pirates, cowboys, and explorers. Buried treasure and world fame serve as the lure for many of these games. But whether we knew it or not, these make-believe adventures were all somehow based in reality. Some of the world's greatest legends — Atlantis, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Roanoke — all started with a story, with an imagination. And legends, we know, always contain an element of truth. This formal research writing class looks to uncover the truths behind these legends. Using an interdisciplinary approach - marketing, history, communications and media, culture and identity, etc. - students will write several argumentative papers about legends from around the world and evaluate their impact on our modern societies and cultures, culminating in a final presentation. Students will use a variety of professional and popular sources including traditional scholarly academic articles, documentaries, artifacts, newspapers and magazines, TV shows, and more.

Course#: FYW 102-57
Professor: Courtney Malpass
Day/s & Time/s: TF 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Courtney Malpass
102-58 Argument of Film

How can an audience's response to a film make a difference in the world? What ingredients make a film compelling? In analyzing particular narrative films, we will explore how screenplay, camera angles and shots, editing, acting, and direction help form story and particularly our response to it. How we engage with a film shows us the impact of the argument the filmmaker is making. Focusing on the implicit visual arguments that films make will allow us to create our own explicit written and visual arguments about these films. We will view three films together, make a five-minute small group film, and each student will create a longer researched essay on a film of the student's choosing.

Course#: FYW 102-58
Professor: ina Ringer
Day/s & Time/s: TF 9:30-10:50

Nina Ringer
102-59 Promised Land America

Exploration of the lives of immigrants coming to America from all parts of the world. Current and past Immigration laws that have shaped the lives of everyone in America today.

Course#: FYW 102-59
Professor: Elba Cruz
Day/s & Time/s: TR 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Elba Cruz
102-60 Poor students @ Elite Institutions

This course will examine the many details that are not acknowledged regarding a poor student attending elite institutions. Students will observe how wealth and class play a vital role in student success. Special attention will be given to how the lack of wealth constricts the performance of a poor student at an elite institution.

Course#: FYW 102-60
Professor: Todd McCrary
Day/s & Time/s: MR 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Todd McCrary
102-61 Poor students @ Elite Institutions

This course will examine the many details that are not acknowledged regarding a poor student attending elite institutions. Students will observe how wealth and class play a vital role in student success. Special attention will be given to how the lack of wealth constricts the performance of a poor student at an elite institution.

Course#: FYW 102-61
Professor: Todd McCrary
Day/s & Time/s: TF 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Todd McCrary
102-62 Dancing Cultures

Do you dance at weddings and other family gatherings? Is dance an important part of your family’s cultural heritage? This course will broaden students' awareness of dance as it is woven into the fabric of society, giving students a sense of unity and belonging within their own cultural group(s), allowing for a better understanding of the dancing history of previous generations. This course develops critical thinking skills through dance analysis and reading which correspond to specific regions of the globe and the dances of that region. Students will become familiar with dance as integrating mind and body (thought and activity), and will learn to understand, to comment on and to discuss the embodiment of global dance history from an integrated perspective. Students will be assessed on class participation, weekly written analysis assignments, a midterm exam essay and a final exam essay.

Course#: FYW 102-62
Professor: Christine Colosimo
Day/s & Time/s: MR 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Christine Colosimo
102-63 Dancing Cultures

Do you dance at weddings and other family gatherings? Is dance an important part of your family’s cultural heritage? This course will broaden students' awareness of dance as it is woven into the fabric of society, giving students a sense of unity and belonging within their own cultural group(s), allowing for a better understanding of the dancing history of previous generations. This course develops critical thinking skills through dance analysis and reading which correspond to specific regions of the globe and the dances of that region. Students will become familiar with dance as integrating mind and body (thought and activity), and will learn to understand, to comment on and to discuss the embodiment of global dance history from an integrated perspective. Students will be assessed on class participation, weekly written analysis assignments, a midterm exam essay and a final exam essay.

Course#: FYW 102-63
Professor: Christine Colosimo
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Christine Colosimo
102-64 Mirror,Mirror on The Wall; Who's the Fairest of Them All?

In modern day society, we are often judged by our outward appearance; some will contemplate almost anything to fit in. In this course, we will examine how our culture's standard of beauty makes some feel that their physical appearance affects how they are treated. Does beauty equal success? Is how we look linked to our popularity? Does our physical appearance affect our social life? These and many other questions will be discussed through thought provoking and social interaction. Writings will be based on (but not limited to) varied sales advertisements, pop culture, music, movies and media posts.

Course#: FYW 102-64
Professor: Lynette Harris
Day/s & Time/s: MR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Lynette Harris

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