Course Announcements

FALL 2018

Need a geoscience course? Need to fulfill the Science (SCI) AND/OR Science, Technology, & Society (STS) curricula learning outcomes?
How about taking it online? You can get all of these by signing up to EAPS12900 Earth System Dynamics, CRN 22177.   Formerly listed as EAPS10900Y (Online) in Fall 2016-17, the course provides the foundational knowledge and thinking skills to engage concerned citizens in the pursuits of answers to the Earth’s changing climate and its impacts. It begins with an introduction to what science is and the scientific methods. Then, it introduces how the components of the Earth system—atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biota—interact with each other in response to various forcings that impact the Earth’s climate. Within this context, short-term and long-term climate changes within and between these components and the resulting feedbacks are examined.    The online lectures, reading assignments, and the reinforcing virtual laboratories are designed by the instructor to explicitly deliver four layers of understanding:
1. Earth as a physical system; therefore, geoscience processes are introduced, such as Sun’s radiation to the Earth, ocean currents, the formation of severe storms and hurricanes, El Niño mechanisms, and volcanism.
2. Earth as a system supporting life; therefore, the history of life on Earth, water cycle, carbon cycle, nutrient cycle, natural resources, and sustainability are introduced.
3. Earth as a system organized by humans; therefore, land use, agriculture, energy, transportation, and socio-economics are discussed.
4. Earth as a system at risk; therefore, global change, biodiversity, water, food security, epidemics, and extreme events are emphasized throughout.
Built upon these layers, Earth's climate change and the natural and human dimensions in the changes are examined repeatedly.
Expected Learning Outcomes
After participating and completing the reading assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, homework and laboratory activities, students will be able to:
1.            Describe the various sub-systems inside the Earth system and conceptualize how they interact.              
2.            Apply facts and concepts about geospatial-temporal phenomena when relevant events arise in real life.
3.            Develop the ability to analyze the Earth system from personal, community to global scales.
4.            Connect available evidence in real life to climate change impacts for decision- and policy-making.
Please feel free to contact the instructor Prof. Wen-wen Tung ( shall there be any questions!

ANTH 392 – Archaeology of Beer – Fall 2018 (and other alcoholic beverages) Instructor: Cooper| MWF, 12:30-1:20 | UNIV 017 This course examines the origins, evolution, cultural context, and social role of beer and other alcoholic beverages through the lens of archaeology and anthropology. Topics covered will include but are not limited to: beer in the ancient world, the material culture of brewing and fermenting, origins of agriculture, emergence of social complexity, the biology and chemistry of brewing and fermentation, and recent trends in production and consumption.

EDPS 177 Learning & Regulation Strategies for College Success - This course, designed to help students improve their college academic success by learning more efficiently and effectively, examines and applies a toolkit of study skills, learning, motivation, and regulation strategies essential for lifelong learning. Students will: • Integrate evidence-based strategies to improve learning across environments and disciplines • Apply self-regulation techniques to strengthen learning; and • Develop confidence in implementing learning strategies for college success, including working in groups. Taught by Impact Fellow Brenda Downing  

FALL 2018 AAS37500 T.TH. 12:00 - 1:15   THE BLACK FAMILY  The Black Family is a course focusing on the history of ideas and approaches that have shaped and defined our understanding of Black families. You will be introduced to historical and socio-cultural circumstances that affect the Black family and the diverse nature of Black culture. The purpose of this course is to focus on the Black family as a social institution. You will understand and appreciate the strength of the Black family by being exposed to the challenges of the Black family. This class will also attempt to heighten awareness and sensitivity to the current contemporary problems affecting the Black family and thus help discover and evaluate social policies and programs geared towards Black families.  INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ronald Stephens

Students learn simple movement activities that help them become more comfortable in their own bodies. They do creative problem solving and develop connections with the people around them. These transferable skills help them in their careers and in their life. (see quotes from students below)
 No pre-requisites!    No dance experience required!    Everyone is welcome!
 * 1 credit --little work outside class
* Open to all, including first-year students
* Open to people with all types of movement experience (e.g. sports, social dance, martial arts, etc.)
* Accessible to all genders and body types
* Learn fun ways to build trust in yourself and others
* Learn more about how the human body moves (great for those in medical fields)
* Learn new ways to be creative and spontaneous
 Contact Improvisation
DANC 14400    CRN  16261       T/Th 1:30-2:45pm
 Dance Improvisation
DANC 14000    CRN  13511       T/Th  10:30-11:45 am
Taught by Holly Jaycox, MFA, hollyj@purdue.eduPao Hall 1171

Study Skills Seminar (GS 177) is now Learning and Regulation Strategies for College Success (EDPS 177)  The long-standing three-credit study skills course at Purdue has a new course number and home.  Still taught by Impact fellow Brenda Downing, it is offered twice this Fall:
10:30-11:45     TR     CRN 15381
12:00 - 1:15     TR     CRN 15380
Both sections are in Wilmeth Active Learning Center B091
This course, designed to help students improve their college academic success by learning more efficiently and effectively, examines and applies a toolkit of study skills, learning, motivation, and regulation strategies essential for lifelong learning. 
Students will:

  • Integrate evidence-based strategies to improve learning across environments and disciplines;
  • Apply self-regulation techniques to strengthen learning; and
  • Develop confidence in implementing learning strategies for college success, including working in groups. 

New course for Fall 2018 – Advanced Golf. Listed prerequisite is PES 116, but instructor willing to give overrides for students with strong golf skills. Students should contact instructor directly for approval - Dan Ross at

AMST 101 This course examines the United States and the country's connections to the broader world. By exploring ideas about social class, economics,
citizenship, food, race, health, gender, music, sexuality, immigration, sports, war, art, nationalism, and freedom, the course takes a comparative and critical approach to the question: "what is America, and American, in an increasingly global world?" Students in this course will spend time thinking and writing about their place in an interconnected and constantly evolving world.

AMST 201 What is “America”? How do we understand this thing we call “culture”? And how do health and technology influence what it means to be “American”? This course uses television, race, music, class, social media, sexuality, film, gender, visual arts, and disability, to explore how health and  technology have—and continue to—shape America and American culture in important ways.

AMST 201 – INTERPRETING AMERICA Instructor: Katje Armentrout Heavilon Hall, Room G4 MWF 1:30-2:20pm What does it mean to be American? This course will be an interdisciplinary exploration into the ways the past, present, and future of the United States has and will shape what it has meant and will mean to be American. We will examine art, architecture, design, ethnicity, film, gender, medicine, music, sport, politics, race, science, sexuality, television, technology, and the environment to understand the continuous evolution of American culture. Additionally, we will investigate the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, nationality, and other key elements of American identity construction and power relations operating both at the individual and institutional levels. Lastly, this course invites you to consider new ways of interpreting a multifaceted culture and to participate in an inquiry into the meaning of experiences that you do and do not share with other citizens of America.

Consider Italian!

  1. All Beginning Italian courses (ITAL 101 and ITAL 102) now meet three times a week (MWF) rather than four times a week. We have revised the schedule in hope to better meet the needs of our students and help lighten their schedule. The Intermediate and Advanced courses continue to meet three times a week (MWF), as usual.
  2. We are reducing the amount of grammatical structures covered per semester in order to have even more time to focus on practicing communication in everyday real-life situations.
  3. We are decreasing the number of writing assignments, and substituting them with fewer and shorter compositions that students may find useful and applicable to real-life situations.
  4. With the help of experts from CILMAR, we are including a more deliberate and consistent intercultural perspective to all our courses, thus equipping our students with intercultural competence, a skill that is invaluable in today’s global job market.
  5. We are continuing to offer opportunities for student involvement in extra-curricular activities: fun, hands-on, social and cultural events such as “culture through food” culinary demonstrations, film screenings, card tournaments, and more.

HIST 303: Food in Modern America This course examines the kitchen as an architectural space, a place of labor and food production, and an arena for technological innovation in modern American history. Cooking and eating reflect cultural sentiments about modernity, progress, ethnicity, and family, and the politics of how society nourishes bodies. Fall 2018 T/Th 12:00-1:15 WALC B066 Fulfills the Science, Technology & Society Core Requirement Professor Sharra Vostral,

HIST 315: American Beauty This course explores twentieth-century gender history in the United States through beauty and its intersections with politics, economics, technology, medicine, and nation building. Modern womanhood, everyday life, and identity will be explored through advertising, pageants, and material culture. Fall 2018 T/Th 10:30-11:45 WALC 3132 Fulfills the University Humanities Core Requirement Professor Sharra Vostral,

This FALL:  SCI 49000: Dean’s Career Development Forum - This course will help students network, explore, and develop transferrable skills necessary for the professional world.  Each week will feature in-depth presentations and networking events with alumni.  Assignments will include exploration of the career competency areas, participation in networking events, and a final essay connecting the seminar topics and competency areas with student Strengths and career opportunities for scientists.   Fall Semester  CRNs: 15902 & 20422  1 Credit Hour  Fridays 10:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m.  Restriction: Juniors and Seniors in CoS

Ital 281 The Italian Renaissance CLA CORE – Western Heritage University Core - Humanities The work of early Italian humanists and re-naissance artists and scientists is essential to understand the development of Western civilization .  This course introduces students to the most important artistic, cultural and scientific works and discoveries of the Italian Renaissance, and shows the pivotal influence of the Renais-sance on the development of Western civiliza-tion as a whole.  This course focuses on the works of Leonar-do, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and many other writers and scientists of the Renaissance. For info: Prof. Elena Coda

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