Course Descriptions

Summer College Online

Course Descriptions

Once you've been accepted, you may register for the summer courses listed below via E-Z Arts. If you need help logging into the student portal E-Z Arts, see E-Z Arts login instructions.

Registration for Summer 2023 courses ends May 31, 2023. 

ENG 1200-01: Writing About: Zombies

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60054 ENG 1200-01

Writing About: Zombies 
(3 Credits)

Rosemary Millar

Zombies have taken a strong hold in our popular culture whether in the syndication of George Romeo’s movies including the "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" to the most recent movies like Max Brooks’ "World War Z" and Ruben Fleischer’s "Zombieland" to T.Vs "The Walking Dead" and "Z Nation" to novels including graphic novels and numerous video games and even our relationship to technology, i.e., cell phones, and the world. We will examine constructions (fiction, film and art forms) of several authors’ creativity, hone our own, and develop our ability to think and write critically about their representations. As we think, write and create and present projects about Zombies, we do so with attention to culture, history, literature and art. 

This is a first-year intensive writing course. It is only for incoming first-year students and transfer students who need to fulfill a writing requirement.

HIS 1198-01:
Topics in History:
Latin American History through Film 

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60055 HIS 1198-01 Topics in History: Latin American History through Film (3 Credits) Andrew Britt

Latin American cinema seems to be having a moment in the United States. In 2018 the Los Angeles Times published an article with the headline: "Latin American cinema offers untapped riches just south of the North American border." The success of films like Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture-winning "The Shape of Water" has brought such heightened recent attention to cinema produced by, about, and (to an extent) for Latin Americans. Moving images, however, have a long and meaningful history within the region as both reflections of the times and as agents shaping social, political and cultural change. This course is a history of contemporary Latin America through cinematic representation, spanning from the first moving images projected in the region in 1896 through the present. The course will follow films that represent the region’s history beginning with the late abolition of slavery in Brazil (just seven years before films were first projected in the Americas), to revolution in Cuba, a coup in Chile, and the contemporary regional resistance movement in Chiapas, Mexico. Proceeding through films that capture monumental events and everyday moments alike, students will grapple with major themes of the region’s past: slavery and colonialism, informal urbanization, socialist revolution, shape-shifting empire, inequality and environmental devastation. The course will privilege representations of peoples of Indigenous and African descent and emphasize films produced primarily by filmmakers from Latin America.

HUM 1198-01:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60075 HUM 1198-01 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits) Bethany Kibler

This course will introduce students to some of the major themes in modern socio-cultural anthropological thinking: power and human agency (or “free will”); sex and gender; kinship and family; race and ethnicity; economic relations; globalization; cosmology and belief systems; and other topics. In addition to introducing students to highlights in the history of anthropological thought, students will read several recent ethnographies and conduct practical ethnographic research.

HUM 2100-01:
Self, Society and Cosmos

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor
60080 HUM 2100-01 Self, Society and Cosmos  (3 Credits) Andrew Britt

An in-depth examination of some of the fundamental texts that contribute to the conversation about the essentials of the human condition. Readings will include texts from a variety of traditions and disciplines, including philosophy, literature, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the arts.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1200 or equivalent.

HUM 2112-01:
Paths to the Present:
Sexuality and History



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HUM 2112-01

Paths to the Present: Sexuality and History (3 Credits)

Anson Koch-Rein

In this course, we study the historical emergence and transformation of sexual identities, their cultures, and LGBTQ political movements within the broader context of changes in social constructions of sexuality, as well as cultural, social, political, and economic transformations. We pay particular attention to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, and disability have shaped sexuality in different historical periods. We also discuss questions of sexuality and history in relation to artistic practice and representation.

Prerequisite(s): HUM 2101.

HUM 2112-02:
Paths to the Present:
Imagining the Apocalypse 

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60076 HUM 2112-02 Paths to the Present: Imagining the Apocalypse (3 Credits) Bethany Kibler


This interdisciplinary course will consider apocalyptic traditions from the Revelation of John through to the climate catastrophe films of today. We will ask 1) what stories about the end of the world can reveal about the peoples that tell them, 2) what kinds of social, political, and personal work such stories do in both the telling and retelling, and 3) what might be gained (or lost) by applying the 'apocalyptic' frame to works and events not normally included in the genre. Across the term, we will foreground examples of apocalypses in visual arts, music, literature, film, television, and other cultural fields. Students will have ample opportunity for individual research as well as for creative reckoning with an apocalypse of their choice.  Prerequisite: HUM 2101

MAT 1500-01:
Applied Mathematics

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60078 MAT 1500-01 Applied Mathematics Joshua Recore

This course covers the real number system, basic properties of real numbers, and operations with fractional expressions, powers, roots and radicals. It also covers applications of mathematics from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Geometrical ideas and notions presented in this course are used to reinforce or enrich algebraic concepts, providing the background for trigonometry (study of angles), which is especially useful for applied mathematics.

PHI 1100-01:
Introduction to Philosophy

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60077 PHI 1100-01 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits) Rich Holland

An exploration of philosophical inquiry concerning such topics as the nature of knowledge, the mind, free will, God, value, liberty, and the meaning of life. Technical requirements for online sections: Functional internet connection and Web browsing software; Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or equivalent word processing software.

SOC 1100-01: Introduction to Sociology

CRN# Course Course Name Instructor(s)
60079 SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits) Amy Ernstes

This is a broad survey and introduction to the social sciences discipline of sociology. This course will provide students with an overview of the scientific method in the social sciences, the sociological perspective, sociological theory, and problems and issues in society. Students will engage in critical readings and discussion around topics including social structures, social stratification, and the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in society. Students will learn to apply the sociological perspective and scientific method towards the analysis of social issues, distinguishing between values, opinions, and facts.