Course Announcements

FALL 2018

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


Just a reminder that I will again be offering a fully online version of FNR's introductory level Environmental Science class this summer.  The course does not require residence near campus for tests.  And it is being taught under the new course name and number that I have emailed about earlier:
FNR 12500 Environmental Science and Conservation.  
FNR 10300 is no more....

EAPS 327: Great Issues: Climate, Science and Society  Overview Credit Hours: 3.00. This course will examine the broad problems of climate change by examining the relationship between science, politics, and society by using climate change as a lens through which to examine larger issues. Students will be encouraged to identify similar themes in their own experiences as emerging scientists, engineers and global leaders. There are no extra fees for this course. It is being taught, as a 4 week course in the first summer term (May 14, 2018 - Jun 08, 2018) .  This will be a fun and very quickly paced introduction to how climate change fits in with the great debates of our time.

Module 1 (four week session) May 14-June 9  HIST 10300 Introduction to the Medieval World   CRN 22231   ONLINE  S. Mitchell  This course is an overview of medieval history from the late Ro-man Empire to the birth of Renaissance Europe, encompassing the millennium from about 300 AD to 1500 AD. The course will ex-plore political, religious, and social changes as well as economic, technological, and cultural developments. By the end of the course, students will gain a sophisticated understanding of the large historical processes that took place during the period and identify those that have been formative in the development of European Civilization. As we explore the themes of the course, students will also develop an awareness of the complexity of hu-man experience of the men and women who inhabited the medie-val world. 

HIST 35100 The Second World War  CRN 21983  M-F 9:50-12:00 BRNG 2290 R. Roberts History 351 will cover the military, diplomatic, political, social, and cultural history of World War II. It will focus on the causes of the war, the battles that decided the war, the leaders (civilian and military) who made the key decisions, and how the war changed society. An additional feature will be how the war is remembered in novels and films. Hollywood features and documentaries will play a crucial part in the course. In short, the course will cover the history of the war from the rise of Adolf Hitler to “Saving Private Ryan.”

EDPS 31500 Collaborative Leadership: Interpersonal Skills will be offered this summer (July 9th – August 10th). The class will run M-F from 9:45am -11:15 am. If you have advisees who will be on or near campus during this time, and need to fulfill the Oral Communications foundational learning outcome, this course could be a great option for them.   EDPS 31500 is also the first of three courses that make up the Certificate in Collaborative Leadership. For course descriptions and more information on the undergraduate certificate program, visit

JWST 330 (HIST 302 and POL 493)
Introduction to Jewish Studies
Maymester 2018
This is a Distance Learning (online) Course so all requirements (including exams) can be completed off-campus. 
An introductory and interdisciplinary course touching on the full range of Jewish experience from antiquity to the present, and representing such fields as anthropology, history, language, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.  There are no prerequisites for this class.
This course is part of the University Core Curriculum (Humanities), and also fulfills the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Racial and Ethnic Diversity Core Requirement.
3 credit hours
Questions?  Contact Prof. Daniel Frank at

BIOL 43600 Neurobiology Session Offered: Summer 2018, June 18-July 27, 2018 Credit 3.0 Prerequisites: BIOL 23100 or 27000 and 23200 or 27100 or BIOL 23000 and BME 20100. Description: This course covers key aspects in molecular, cellular, and developmental neurobiology. Topics include: Cell biology of neurons and glial cells, electrophysiological properties of neurons, electrical and chemical signaling between neurons, synaptic integration and plasticity, development and regeneration of the nervous system, nervous system diseases. Up-to-date research findings and techniques will be included. A basic knowledge of cell biology and protein structure and function is strongly recommended.

Algebra based Physics 214 online summer 2018  For your information, and to pass onto students, the algebra based Physics 214 will be given during the 8 week summer session and can be taken anywhere in the world via the internet. The only on campus activity is the final which is given during the last week of the summer session and again at the beginning of the fall semester.  Purdue students from a wide variety of majors - Education (ED), Agriculture (AG), Management (MGMT), Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI), Health Human Services (HHS), and Liberal Arts (LA) can use Phys 214 as part of the science requirement for these majors. In addition, this course also satisfies one of the Science requirements of Purdue's 30 credit hour core curriculum which is required of all students.  The course was given last summer and ran smoothly with no problems.   A description with a short video can be accessed through the Think Summer Web site   and the course Web site (which will be updated with minor changes for 2018) is    Students receive as much help as they need with the main lines of communication being email and SKYPE


PHIL 207 -  Ethics for Technology, Engineering and Design.  Learn to navigate ethical issues likely to arise for engineers and designers.   Learn to understand cultural differences in ethical values.     PHIL 207 addresses the following ABET requirements:

  • understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  • broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  • ability to function on multidisciplinary team

The capstone of the course is a case study analysis that may be applied to the student’s own focus within engineering and design.   HONORS STUDENTS may receive honors credit, and may satisfy the requirement for a scholarly project including a public presentation.


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