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General Education

Previous Courses: Fall 2015

Fall 2015: First Year Seminar Available Courses

Course Title Course Number Professor

Great Excavations: the Archaeology of the Ancient World

FY-101-AN01 R. Veit
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

The course is a first-year seminar that examines how archaeologists study and interpret the ancient world. Ancient societies from North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe are examined. Students are introduced to the ethical challenges that face archaeologists and to how archaeologists separate fact from fiction.

How Humans Invented Nature

FY-101-AN02 V. Davidov
Day and Time: MTH 2:50-4:10

Description:

This course will introduce students to the basics of political ecology to look
at how what we consider “nature” it anything but natural—rather, it is a product of cultural and
historical circumstances and ideas. This course will examine the biological and sociocultural
dimensions of the categories of “wild” nature, of how certain aspects of nature come to be valued
as resources, the conflicts that arise over uses of nature, and major issues in environmental ethics
and sustainability in local and global contexts.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM01 J. Buzza
C. DeStefano
Day and Time: T 10:05-11:25, TH 8:30-9:50

Description:

The purpose of this course is to examine various approaches on how to use your knowledge and maximize its application to college life, the outside world and your future at Monmouth University. We will utilize a series of tasks that must be performed well to insure the success of any student in an entrepreneurial setting.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM02 W. Greason
Day and Time: MW 4:30-5:50

Description:

The purpose of this course is to examine various approaches on how to use your knowledge and maximize its application to college life, the outside world and your future at Monmouth University. We will utilize a series of tasks that must be performed well to insure the success of any student in an entrepreneurial setting.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM03 J. Buzza
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

The purpose of this course is to examine various approaches on how to use your knowledge and maximize its application to college life, the outside world and your future at Monmouth University. We will utilize a series of tasks that must be performed well to insure the success of any student in an entrepreneurial setting.

Working with Attitudes: Teambuilding and Collaboration

FY-101-BM04 W. Greason
Day and Time: MTH 1:15-2:35

Description:

This course is designed to show us that we are truly DYNAMIC individuals and that change and growth can be a positive part of collegiate life. You will be introduced to the benefits of working collaboratively in a group as a team. You will work on high involvement activities and projects critical to increasing your self-awareness and interdependence. By working in a team you will enhance your critical thinking and decision making skills, broaden your base of information, learn the art of consensus building, heighten your communication and listening skills, conduct an ongoing effectiveness assessment, formulate and strengthen your values, create a cultural foundation, become accountable to others, set, agree upon, and attain goals, and manage your ethical and moral behavior for the good of the group.

The Global Commons: Energy and the Environment

FY-101-BM05 G. Alexis
R. Nersesian
Day and Time: MTH 10:05-11:25

Description:

This course is an expansive exploration of the human environment and the technological, economic, political, and ethical challenges that confront the business sector as it seeks to extend the high-energy consuming Western lifestyle to every corner of the globe. How can business satisfy the energy consumption demands of the present without irreparably depleting the earth’s resources and leaving future generations in the lurch? Are renewable sources of energy a possibility or merely a pipe dream? Team taught by an energy expert and an ethicist, this course explores environmental sustainability in all of its aspects. The course perspective is that of responsible corporate managers and business leaders determined to uphold their individual and collective responsibilities to serve as stewards of the human environment while meeting the legitimate expectations of the economic and non-economic stakeholders who look to business to provide an ever-increasing array of life-enhancing goods and services.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM50 J. Merkle
Day and Time: TTH 6:05-7:25

Description:

The purpose of this course is to examine various approaches on how to use your knowledge and maximize its application to college life, the outside world and your future at Monmouth University. We will utilize a series of tasks that must be performed well to insure the success of any student in an entrepreneurial setting.

Dinosaurs and DNA: Biology in the Movies

FY-101-BY01 D. Lobo
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

Dinosaurs and DNA: Biology in the Movies is designed to introduce students to college life at Monmouth University and to the field of biology. Students will become familiar with resources provided by Monmouth University to help them with all aspects of their college life. They will explore ethical issues dealing with experiences likely to be encountered in college as well as ethical issues pertaining to the field of biology. Students will learn about basic aspects of genetics (inheritance), cloning, and genetic engineering through readings, discussions, and assignments related to popular movies (GATTACA, Jurassic Park). Students will participate in various University functions as they learn how to be successful in college. They will become familiar with the academic culture of biologists.

Encounters with Unseen Life

FY-101-BY02 K. Lionetti
Day and Time: T 1:15-2:35, TH 11:40-1:00

Description:

Encounters with Unseen Life is a first year seminar course designed to introduce students to college life at Monmouth University and to the field of biology. Students will become familiar with resources provided by Monmouth University to help them with all aspects of their college life. They will explore ethical issues dealing with experiences likely to be encountered in college as well as ethical issues pertaining to the field of biology. Students will learn about basic biology and microbiology through readings, discussions, assignments and laboratory demonstrations. Students will participate in various University functions as they learn to how to be successful in college. They will become familiar with the academic culture of biologists.

Sustainable Energy

FY-101-CE01 G. Moehring
Day and Time: TF 11:40-1:00

Description:

Industry and transportation are two keys aspects of society that have been profoundly impacted by abundant low cost energy. What does the future of energy look like in terms of abundance and cost? This course examines energy sources, energy needs, and the transition from geologically stored energy sources (fossil fuels) to ecologically available energy sources and conservation.

Media and Criminal Justice: the CSI Effect

FY-101-CJ01 M. Grillo
Day and Time: MTH 10:05-11:25

Description:

This course examines the relationship between and the effects of the popular media-motion pictures, popular television dramas and news reports-crime, and the criminal justice system. In addition, this course assists students in developing academic, personal and career development for students, including an orientation to Monmouth University and its resources. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar General Education Requirement.

Communication in Relationships: Personal, Social, and Professional Relationships

FY-101-CO02 S. Hokanson
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

This course addresses the development, maintenance, and termination of personal, social, and professional relationships in our lives. This course will provide an opportunity to sharpen students’ higher-level academic skills, enhance their awareness of ethical issues in academia in general and the course topic in particular, and introduce them to the benefits of integrating university resources and extracurricular activities and events on campus to enrich their overall academic experience. Through the lenses of topics designed to be particularly relevant to first-year university students, students will gain experience in researching scholarly references, engaging in critical analysis of information from a variety of sources, and practicing their logical argumentation, oral discourse, and collaborative problem solving skills.

Food, Communication, Culture, and Performance

FY-101-CO03 D. Shoemaker
Day and Time: TF 11:40-1:00

Description:

The purpose of this seminar is to explore topics of particular interest to first-year university students. We will explore how we use food to communicate personal and cultural identities, build relationships, and participate in local/global consumption and production patterns. We will also examine the intersections between food, ethics, and health across a variety of texts and practices: through stories, TV/film, documentaries, cookbooks; through everyday life interactions, and through performative demonstrations of preparing, sharing, and eating food.

What’s So Funny? An Inquiry into the Nature and Function of Humor

FY-101-CO04 M. Phillips-Anderson
Day and Time: TF 11:40-1:00

Description:

E.B. White said “Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” We will attempt to prove Mr. White incorrect. Humor may be the most human of activities, yet it is scarcely understood. This First Year Seminar will be a humanistic inquiry into the nature and functions of humor and laughter. We will explore philosophical, communicative, physiological, and cultural perspectives on humor and laughter. We will discuss issues related to the transition between high school and college and, with any luck, find some laughter in the process.

Mass Media and Popular Culture

FY-101-CO05 D. Dolphin
Day and Time: MTH 1:15-2:35

Description:

This course addresses the ways in which mass media affects the creation of a popular culture in our society, and how that popular culture impacts the values of the society in return. This course will provide an opportunity to sharpen students’ higher-level academic skills, enhance their awareness of ethical issues in academia in general and the course topic in particular, and introduce them to the benefits of integrating university resources and extracurricular activities and events on campus to enrich their overall academic experience. Through the lenses of topics designed to be particularly relevant to first-year university students, students will gain experience in researching scholarly references, engaging in critical analysis of information from a variety of sources, and practicing their logical argumentation, oral discourse, and collaborative problem solving skills.

Bueller?….Bueller?…Bueller?: John Hughes and Your First Year

FY-101-CO06 A. Furgason
Day and Time: MTH 2:50-4:10

Description:

To give students a deeper appreciation of how and why the medium of film influences modern man along with the technical elements of the craft of filmmaking, specifically in the films of John Hughes. The class examines how Hughes childhood and cultural influences impacted his filmmaking. Students will become familiar with the major theories of the screen arts. An introductory understanding of semiotics will be achieved, which will allow the student to read individual artifacts of the screen as text. Skills in critique and analysis will be emphasized. The student who successfully completes this course will have begun to develop a ‘critical eye’ for the interpretation and analysis of the screen arts, as well as the language for critical discussion thereof.

Diversity & Life Through the World of Baseball & Film

FY-101-CO50 M. Harmon
Day and Time: T 6:05-9:00

Description:

James Earl Jones playing the character of Terence Mann in the film Field of Dreams says, “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.”
Sports has been and continues to be a great teaching element for people from many walks of life involving issues that include; gender & racial issues, proper planning of finances, family life, friendships, working together, and having a dream. This class will also incorporate ways to sharpen your academic skills, enhance awareness of ethical issues that exist during college life, and help you make a successful transition to university life here at MU.

Lead or Step Aside

FY-101-EDL01 H. Allen
Day and Time: T 10:05-11:25, TH 8:30-9:50

Description:

There has been a great deal written about leadership. But how do we know who is and who is not a leader? What are the characteristics that distinguish a leader? Who have been the major leaders of all time? These questions are important for each of us to reflect on. Therefore the focus of this course is to explore the concepts of leadership with a special emphasis on ethical leadership.

Lead or Step Aside

FY-101-EDL02 H. Allen
Day and Time: MTH 2:50-4:10

Description:

There has been a great deal written about leadership. But how do we know who is and who is not a leader? What are the characteristics that distinguish a leader? Who have been the major leaders of all time? These questions are important for each of us to reflect on. Therefore the focus of this course is to explore the concepts of leadership with a special emphasis on ethical leadership.

The Detective Story: It’s Elementary

FY-101-EN01 S. Starke
Day and Time: TF 8:30-9:50

Description:

Do you love mysteries? The detective story is the bestselling form of narrative in the world, from classic literature to popular culture in TV shows, film, and even video games. In this course, through the use of lecture, discussion, small group activities, reading, in-class and out-of-class writing, and the use of video material, we will enjoy classic and contemporary short fiction featuring the amateur detective, the professional private investigator, and the police. What is behind our obsession with solving mysteries? What can the study of this genre teach us about society and ourselves? What can it teach us about our own intellectual work as students and scholars? Join us to find out!

Walkabouts: Coming of Age in the Modern World

FY-101-EN02 M. Moscaliuc
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

We will read works of fiction, poetry, and drama about coming-of-age experiences from around the world, and examine these texts with three main goals: 1) to see how diverse transitions from childhood to adulthood share common features while remaining deeply particularized from culture to culture and from individual to individual; 2) to understand how cultural, historical, and political contexts, as well as questions of race, ethnicity, socio-economics, religion, and gender orientation inform one’s transition into adulthood; our readings will reveal how personal trauma, domestic or historical violence, racism, injustice, or displacement compounds the difficulties of an already complicated journey; 3) to become cognizant of the various ways in which we can manage and make good use of this transitional period. We will extend our discussions about literature to consider our positions as both participants in and witnesses to coming-of-age experiences, with special emphasis on resources, responsibilities, and ethics.

The Story of the Book

FY-101-EN03 G. Germek
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

Are books really dead? Are libraries dinosaurs? Will iPads and e-readers wipe out everything from newspapers to textbooks? Find out with The Story of the Book, a course that examines the ceaseless saga of written communication and preservation of knowledge from antiquity through to the 21st century. You’ll be introduced to our rich and diverse print culture, and examine the creation, production, distribution, and reception of books and their forms–from ancient clay tablets and Medieval manuscripts to novels, e-books, modern e-text readers, and works designed solely for the iPad. Traditional classroom instruction will be accompanied by regular visits to the Monmouth University Library’s Special Collections Reading Room, where you’ll be offered a holistic opportunity to touch and feel real works made of animal skin, ancient paper, and illuminated manuscript leaves adorned with gold and lapis lazuli. You’ll work closely with precursors to the modern novel, rare books, modern graphic novels, Harlequin romances, and tales designed exclusively for e-readers. You’ll take a trip to the Morgan Library in NYC to view one of the finest medieval manuscripts collections anywhere.

Neverlands: The Children’s Literature of the Golden Age

FY-101-EN04 K. Bluemel
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

This course asks you to engage in serious study of some of the most beloved texts written in English for children in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will read representative texts of English and American literature from the “Golden Age” children’s literature, including Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.
Children’s literature is not just for children. In fact, some authors argue that children’s literature is mostly about how adults view childhood and what it means to be a “grown-up.” Therefore, we will first read this literature with the goal of understanding its diverse representations of children and childhood.
Then we will read this literature with the goals of understanding the ways in which it provides insights into children’s imaginations, interests, and fears; raises ethical questions that are relevant today; and continues to engage readers of all ages.

Italian Life, Style and Culture

FY-101-FI01 M. Simonelli
Day and Time: TTH 4:30 – 5:50

Description:

The Italian First Year Seminar recognizes the importance of stimulating students’ learning curiosity and to give them a foundation for transition to university life.The course will engage our students a) with an understanding of Italian culture, style, way of life and verbal expressions, b) with a variety of topics and c) by addressing issues related to first-year students: Academic, Ethics, and Transition.

Gain a Competitive Advantage: Learn about Hispanics in Business

FY-101-FS01 F. Cipriani
Day and Time: WF 1:15-2:35

Description:

Enhance your business knowledge with a globalized and multicultural perspective of the U.S. market and workforce. In this course, you will learn important commercial and cultural information about the Hispanic population of more than 50 million in the United States. With case studies, news articles, readings and guest speakers, you will gain an important understanding of Hispanics in business that will help you in your future career.

What Does the Fox Say? World Language through Pop Culture

FY-101-FS02 F. Cipriani
Day and Time: TF 2:50-4:10

Description:

Enhance your knowledge of language through pop culture. You will experience the relationship between world languages all through the filter of music, poetry, film, and other art forms, as well as from forms of social media and news reports. You will improve your ability to learn language, and even try your hand at creating your own language, (a la Dothraki from Game of Thrones). This course fulfills the first year seminar GEN ED requirement

Animals, Life, Death, Kindness and Sin

FY-101-HE01 C. Hirschler
Day and Time: TF 2:50-4:10

Description:

Animals, Life, Death, Kindness, and Sin will introduce students to the varied and complex ways in which animals contribute to human well-being and illness. Students will expand their understanding of the biological, social, psychological, environmental, occupational, spiritual, and cultural implications associated with the use of, and relationships with, animals. Students will critically examine cultural beliefs and practices that impact the well-being of humans, animals, and the planet. Students will be required to provide service for approximately 6 hours at the MCSPCA (located 2 miles from campus) as “cat socializers” or Thrift Store workers. Students must be available for training and service hours at the MCSPCA on 3 Saturdays in mid-September to early October. This service learning experience will engage students in the community, facilitate deep learning, and provide an opportunity to bond with non-human animals and classmates.

Introduction to Health Occupations

FY-101-HE02 L. Kelly
Day and Time: TF 8:30-9:50

Description:

Introduction to Health Occupations is a first year seminar course designed to introduce students to college life at Monmouth University and careers in the field of health. Students will become familiar with resources provided by Monmouth University to help them with all aspects of their college life. They will explore ethical issues dealing with experiences likely to be encountered in college as well as ethical issues pertaining to health occupations. Through classroom lecture, discussions, reading and research, students will examine health care professions and professional organizations and investigate the education and training requirements in order to become a health care professional. Students will also participate in various University functions as they learn to how to be successful in college.

Addiction in Popular Movies

FY-101-HE03 L. Jannone
Day and Time: TF 8:30-9:50

Description:

This First Year Seminar introduces students to the history of addiction as portrayed in popular movies. Movies will be watched that portray different types of addiction starting with the Days of Wine and Roses made in 1962 and ending with Requiem for a Dream (2000) . Some documentaries will also be examined. Students will write papers and discuss the various types of addictions seen in the various movies. Also the personality of the addict will be explored in each movie. These movies will be used to help understand the theory of addiction. Legal and ethical concerns, as well as historical issues are examined. Treatment modalities will be explored.

Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

FY-101-HS01 C. DeRosa
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

In this First Year Seminar, students will study the history of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially in the contexts of counterinsurgency warfare and western-Middle Eastern relations. They will practice staying informed about the wars through a variety of news sources

History and Hollywood

FY-101-HS02 M. Ziobro
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

This course explores the relationship between film and history in the United States. We will consider how filmmakers have presented people, places, and events in historic context and evaluate their effectiveness in communicating the essence of the period and the particulars of their subject. Major areas of analysis will include politics, war, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and national identity. Working with monographs, scholarly articles, primary sources, and the movies themselves we will explore the benefits and challenges of movie makers as historians and interrogate the role of movies in American history.

The 1960’s in American History and Culture

FY-101-HS03 H. Williams
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

This course is an examination of American history and popular culture in the 1960s. With an emphasis on historical studies, this seminar style class will involve a discussion of film, literature, art, music, youth culture, drug culture, and social activism amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War. The ethical issues related to the events in this pivotal era and popular historical personalities of the ‘60s generation will be critically discussed and used as a platform to introduce students to concerns pertaining to college life.

History and Hollywood

FY-101-HS04 M. Ziobro
Day and Time: TF 8:30 – 9:50

Description:

This course explores the relationship between film and history in the United States. We will consider how filmmakers have presented people, places, and events in historic context and evaluate their effectiveness in communicating the essence of the period and the particulars of their subject. Major areas of analysis will include politics, war, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, and national identity. Working with monographs, scholarly articles, primary sources, and the movies themselves we will explore the benefits and challenges of movie makers as historians and interrogate the role of movies in American history.

The Beatles

FY-101-HS05 K. Campbell
Day and Time: MW 4:40-5:50

Description:

This course explores the historical and cultural context for the rise of the Beatles and the impact that the group and its music had on the history of the 1960s and beyond. We will examine the ways in which the Beatles were shaped by and shaped their times, particularly considering the group in the context of post-war Britain and Europe and the vast cultural changes that occurred in Britain and the United States during the 1960s.

Taming the Infinite

FY-101-MA01 S. Marshall
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

The concept of infinity plays a central role in many aspects of modern thought, from the simple act of counting to the fundamental definitions underlying Calculus, from the pages of Euclid to the modern development of fractal geometry, and from the philosophical to the cosmological. Yet most of us have difficulty discussing the infinite with confidence and precision. Topics covered will be among the many occurrences of infinity in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, as well as some of the surrounding philosophical issues that the concept of infinity brings to mathematics, theology, and physics.

Numbers, Clocks, and Secret Codes

FY-101-MA02 M. Chrisman
Day and Time: MW 4:30-5:50

Description:

This First Year Seminar will study the applications of mathematics to various types of codes, including identification numbers, check digit schemes, and selected methods of cryptography. Modular, or “clock,” arithmetic will be developed so as to greatly increase the number of meaningful examples that can be covered. The impact of cryptography on history and society will also be explored. Students will be instructed on the academic expectations of college, and on how to best achieve these expectations. Additional aspects of college life will be the subject of readings and discussions.

Ethics in College and Beyond

FY-101-PL01 G. Gonzalez
Day and Time: WF 10:05-11:25

Description:

This class will be an introduction to ethics with a particular focus on some of the most interesting and challenging ethical issues that confront a first year college student. We will use a case study approach to make abstract ethical theories more meaningful. The study of ethics that you do in this class will make you a more thoughtful and capable college student, and it will also prepare you for a more fulfilling life after you graduate.

An Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

FY-101-PL02 Agbajoh-Laoye
Day and Time: MW 11:40-1:00

Description:

The Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies First Year Seminar recognizes the importance of stimulating students’ learning curiosity and to give them a foundation for transition to university life. The course will engage our students a) with an understanding of Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies, as a way of life and expression, b) with a variety of topics and c) by addressing issues related to first-year students: Academic, Ethics, and Transition. Philosophy is the source from which all other disciplines spring. It gives the skills to be successful through critical thinking. It allows students to make sense of their world and enhances proficiency for future careers like politics, law, banking, business, medicine, science and others. The philosophical emphasis on questions as, “Who am I,” “Where I come from,” “What should I do,” “Where am I going,” etc., train us to live an overall richer, fuller and more rewarding life.

I Fought the Law and I Won: Debating Legal Rights in the 21st Century

FY-101-PS01 G. Bordelon
Day and Time: MW 8:30-9:50

Description:

Aristotle’s Politics argues that political debate is the most highly valued political skill because it is through debate that we are able to carry reason into action. Debate is the public vehicle by which we make decisions that impact all members of society. Debates echo in the halls of Congress, in trial courts across the land, and in executive offices, because it is through the art of debate that we are able to test the veracity of what we believe to be true. Some even believe it is better to debate questions without settling them than it is to settle questions without debating them. This first-year seminar course blends an emphasis on legal principles associated with American Civil Liberties with the art of Policy Debate in an attempt to help build honest and competent leaders at Monmouth University.

Profiles in Courage: Youth, Citizenship, and Public Policy

FY-101-PS02 S. Chapman
Day and Time: T 10:05-11:25, TH 8:30-9:50

Description:

Since the days when Socrates was accused of corrupting the youth, to President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech calling for public service, the role of the youth as citizens has been an important aspect of public life. Engaging citizens in debates about public policy issues is an effective way to raise awareness about political issues. The purpose of this course is to highlight the importance of awareness of public policy issues and their ethical underpinnings as fundamental to political participation by citizens in a democracy.

Health Psychology

FY-101-PY01 M. Van Volkom
Day and Time: MW 8:30-9:50

Description:

This course will focus on the aspects of health psychology that are most relevant to a first year college student. These aspects include avoiding dependence on alcohol and tobacco, making good choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise, managing stress, maintaining healthy relationships, and taking steps toward good financial health during this important transitional period in a young adult’s life. In addition, this course will utilize various activities and assignments that are designed to help students with the transition to college in general, and to Monmouth University specifically. Transition topics include study skills, avoidance of plagiarism, and using the University library.

Resistance is Futile? Social Influence in Everyday Life

FY-101-PY02 J. Nye
Day and Time: TF 8:30-9:50

Description:

We live in a society that celebrates the individual; our cultural heroes are made up of revolutionaries, nonconformists, and trouble makers. At the same time, each of us feels incredible pressure to conform to the expectations and values of our society. How do we live under the pressure of these two competing forces? Somehow we manage. This course will focus on how humans walk this fine line every day, bending to the will of social forces at times and resisting them at others–and sometimes contributing to these forces, ourselves. Course readings and activities will focus on what social scientists have learned about the powerful social forces that shape humans in both positive and negative directions. These social forces will also be examined in terms of how they affect the lives of college students. In particular, we will note the academic, social, personal, and professional transformation that occurs in you as you integrate yourself into the Monmouth University community.

Health Psychology

FY-101-PY03 M. Van Volkom
Day and Time: T 10:05-11:25, TH 8:30-9:50

Description:

This course will focus on the aspects of health psychology that are most relevant to a first year college student. These aspects include avoiding dependence on alcohol and tobacco, making good choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise, managing stress, maintaining healthy relationships, and taking steps toward good financial health during this important transitional period in a young adult’s life. In addition, this course will utilize various activities and assignments that are designed to help students with the transition to college in general, and to Monmouth University specifically. Transition topics include study skills, avoidance of plagiarism, and using the University library.

Psychology for (College) Life

FY-101-PY04 J. Goodwin-Uhler
Day and Time: TF 2:50-4:10

Description:

The First Year of college is full of new experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. This seminar will explore these experiences through the lens of psychological research and theory. Course readings, activities, and discussion will place a special emphasis on how contemporary and classic psychological science applies to your First Year, and how becoming educated about psychology can improve the college experience. Our discussion will focus on specific topics such as: stress, motivation, improving memory, the importance of money, picking a career, social influences, social cognition, sexuality, and happiness. We will place special emphasis on the self (including self-concept and self-esteem), as well as close relationships. The common theme for all of these topics is how we can use scholarly research in psychology to improve our everyday lives.

Creating Software Animations

FY-101-SE01 A. Milewski
Day and Time: TF 8:30-9:50

Description:

This course provides a broad overview of the Computer Science and Software Engineering disciplines and prepares students for technology and software-oriented courses that they may take by teaching them how to develop software animations that are closely related to gaming and motion picture animation. Topics covered include programming concepts and object-oriented design, animation programming, computer architecture, programming languages, compilers, operating systems and problem solving in the context of software. The course will also sharpen higher-level academic skills, enhance awareness of professionalism and ethical issues, and facilitate a successful transition to university life.

Peace Corps: Experience and Serve the World

FY-101-SO01 N. Mezey
Day and Time: TF 2:50-4:10

Description:

Are you interested in living in another country and learning about other cultures? Have you ever thought about joining the Peace Corps? This class will teach you about the history and goals of the Peace Corps, the work volunteers do around the world, and how to prepare yourself for global service. Taught by a former Peace Corps Volunteer, the course will focus on the historical, cultural, economic and political landscape of the Peace Corps. Students will explore their career goals and their understanding of culture, work on a semester-long community development project, research countries served by the Peace Corps, and interview a Peace Corps Volunteer. Students will also learn about the rich resources offered through Monmouth University’s comprehensive academic, social, and professional opportunities.

Experiences of Childhood and Adolescence

FY-101-SW01 C. Hogan
Day and Time: MW 8:30-9:50

Description:

This course will examine issues related to childhood and adolescence. A central focus will be on how children and adolescents confront the issues that face them, as well as ethical concerns in working with children and adolescents. A central theme will be how to create the conditions in which children and youth can increase resilience. This course will also introduce the student to the University community, with special emphasis on resources, responsibilities and ethics.

Social Connectedness in the Age of Technology

FY-101-SW02 K. Ward
Day and Time: MW 4:30-5:50

Description:

This course will examine issues related to social intelligence. A central focus will be on how social intelligence is developed from childhood through adulthood and why it is important to understand and develop, as well as ethical concerns in working with people who have difficulty with developing social relationships. A central theme will be how to create the conditions in which encourage and support the growth of social intelligence. This course will also introduce the student to the University community, with special emphasis on resources, responsibilities and ethics.

American Beauty to True Blood: Drama of Alan Ball

FY-101-TH01 S. Anderson
Day and Time: TF 11:40-1:00

Description:

Seminar-style course addressing the themes of identity and alienation in the plays, films, and television series of writer Alan Ball. Ball’s characters frequently grapple with conformity and an idealized notion of the American Dream. Ball addresses (and debunks) stereotypes of familial relationships, gender, sexual orientation, and the status quo. By viewing and discussing Ball’s works, students should begin to evaluate their own notions of identity as they transition into their lives at Monmouth.

Arts at Monmouth University

FY-101-TH02 S. Anderson
Day and Time: WF 1:15-2:35

Description:

This course explores the various artistic offerings at Monmouth University. Students will attend concerts, plays, and gallery exhibits in an effort to better understand the various artistic and entertainment options available at Monmouth. This is not a performance class, but rather an opportunity to hear, see, feel, and experience Monmouth University’s thriving arts scene.

Arts at Monmouth University

FY-101-TH03 S. Anderson
Day and Time: MW 8:30 – 9:50

Description:

This course explores the various artistic offerings at Monmouth University. Students will attend concerts, plays, and gallery exhibits in an effort to better understand the various artistic and entertainment options available at Monmouth. This is not a performance class, but rather an opportunity to hear, see, feel, and experience Monmouth University’s thriving arts scene.