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Previous Courses: Fall 2013

 

Fall 2013: First Year Seminar Available Courses

Course Title Course Number Professor

Great Excavations

FY-101-AN01 R. Veit
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.

The laboratory fee for this course will be used to pay for transportation to either the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia or the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Additional in-class projects may also be supported by this fee.

Made in the USA…NOT!

FY-101-AN02 H. Bludau
Description:

Look around your home. Where were your possessions made? Your iPhone was probably made in China, your jeans in Cambodia. Where was your food grown or raised? Broccoli from Guatemala and shrimp from Thailand are easily found in your local grocery store. Who made your t-shirt? How and why did these items end up in your home? Made in the USA…Not! will explore these questions and more through an anthropological lens. Students will develop critical thinking skills through examining the full context of global manufacturing and production, focusing specifically on their own position in the commodity chain. During the course of the semester, the class will discuss topics concerning the objectification of goods, global trade, natural resources and tourism. We will consider the ethical components of issues such as sweatshops, modern slavery, ecotourism and foreign aid. Using a variety of anthropological texts, films, activities and projects, students will leave this course with a broader understanding of the global interconnections in which they take part.

Playbooks and Checkbooks: An Introduction to the Economics of Sports

FY-101-BE01 O’Halloran
Description:

This course is an exploration of the history, economics and business of professional and amateur sports. Although this course mainly focuses on the economics of sports, we will trace the history and development of modern sports from the Olympics of ancient Greece to the multibillion dollar professional sports industry of today. Furthermore, we will investigate the organization of leagues and their market structures as well as government policy with regard to the regulation of sports. We will also explore the labor market for sports professionals and determine if players are worth the tremendous amounts many of them receive, evaluate labor-management relations, and the link between performance and pay. We will also consider many ethical issues in modern sports as well as potential future developments and explore the role of sports in the modern global economy. Lastly, we will explore the pivotal role played by modern media and the “professionalization” of collegiate sports.

Zombies: Social Anxiety & Pop Culture

FY-101-AN02 E. Gonzalez-Tennant
Description:

This course will introduce students to the discipline of anthropology by examining how human beings deal with social anxiety as expressed through references to one particular manifestation of the undead. Zombies have traditionally represented a state in which human beings interact with the world around them, but lack any form of recognizable consciousness or free will. Students will develop critical thinking skills concerning topics in anthropology, visual studies, religious studies, science, politics, and economics. The course introduces students to the interdisciplinary discipline of anthropology through a structured analysis of popular culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Weekly readings will combine popular writings with academic chapters and articles to explore core anthropological topics.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom: Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM01 J. Buzza
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 J. Buzza
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.

How Rock and Roll Shaped America

FY-101-BM02 S. Rosenberg
Description:

This course introduces students to the impact of rock and roll music, from its beginnings in 1955 through the end of the 1960s. During this fifteen year period, popular music witnessed a new generation of singers, songwriters, musicians, and producers who innovated a variety of new musical genres, all of which fell under heading of rock and roll. Moreover, this period was one of tremendous political and social upheaval, and rock and roll not only mirrored the evolution of the socio-political environment but it also had a significant effect in shaping the popular culture of this turbulent and exciting time. From the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s, to the teen idols of the late 1950s, to the British invasion and soul music in the mid-1960s, to the progressive rock of the late 1960s, all of the important developments in popular music are thoroughly reviewed in the context of this golden era of rock and roll.

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

FY-101-BM03 Unassigned
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-BM50 J. Buzza
C. DeStefano
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
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
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
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.

Global Aspects of Crime

FY-101-CJ01 M. Grillo
A. Jamison
Description:

This course takes a comparative look at varying legal cultures and their differing strategies taken to combat crime in the United States and nations abroad. This course also provides academic, personal and career development for students, including an orientation to Monmouth University and its resources.

Communication in Relationships: Personal, Social and Professional Relationships

FY-101-CO01 S. Hokanson
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.

Mass Media and Popular Culture

FY-101-CO02 D. Dolphin
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-CO03 A. Furgason
Description:

o 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 Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink). The class examines how Hughes childhood and cultural influences impacted his filmmaking.

Food, Communication, Culture, and Performance

FY-101-CO04 D. Shoemaker
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. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will cover the cost of a field trip and other class related expenses.

Hollywood’s Journalism: The Images of Journalist and Journalism in Popular Culture

FY-101-CO05 M. Vujnovic
Description:

This seminar-style course explores representations of journalism and journalists (public relations practitioners, publicists) in Hollywood movies. Selection of the movies ranges from the 1920s to the present taking into account various historical perspectives. The course will also address sharpening higher-level academic skills, enhancing awareness of ethical issues, and making a successful transition to university life.

Diversity and Life through the World of Baseball and Film

FY-101-CO50 M. Harmon
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
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
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
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-EN04 G. Germek
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-EN05 L.Sacks
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.

Gain a Competitive Advantage: Learn about Hispanics in Business

FY-101-FS01 F. Cipriani
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.

Animals, Life, Death, Kindness, and Sin

FY-101-HE01 C. Hirschler
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. Lab Fee: The lab fee for this course will cover the cost associated with a required background check mandated by the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA) for all volunteer applicants.

Introduction to Health Occupations

FY-101-HE02 L. Kelly
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
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 <em (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.

The 1960’s in American History and Culture

FY-101-HS01 H. Williams
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.

Remembering Us: Children of the Holocaust

FY-101-HS03 S. Douglass
Description:

The Holocaust stands out in historical memory as a time when the ethical and moral fabric of society was torn apart as the Nazis spread extermination Anti-Semitism throughout Europe. “Remembering Us: Children of the Holocaust” will study this tragic era through the eyes of Jewish children who were caught up in Hitler’s agenda of genocide. A unique part of this course will be the oral history component enabling each student to interview an eye-witness to this era, a child survivor of the Holocaust.

The Beautiful Game: Soccer and World History

FY-101-HS04 M. Rhett
Description:

The Beautiful Game will examine the history of soccer as an agent of change, by specifically looking at questions related to: culture, identity, imperialism/globalization, ethics, economics, sport/physicality, religion, politics, and society. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will help cover the cost of attending a Red Bulls MLS season game at Red Bulls stadium in Harrison, NJ.

Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

FY-101-HS05 C. DeRosa
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.

The Beatles

FY-101-HS06 K. Campbell
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.

History and Hollywood

FY-101-HS07 Unassigned
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.

Taming the Infinite

FY-101-MA01 D. Marshall
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
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
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 O. Agbahjoh-Laoye
Description:

The Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies First Year Seminar recognizes the importance of stimulating students’ learning curiosity and giving them a foundation for transition to university life. This 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 such as politics, law, banking, business, medicine, science, and others. The philosophical emphasis on such questions as, “Who am I?” “Where do 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
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.

Debating Globalization: World Hunger

FY-101-PS02 R. Datta
Description:

Food is our fundamental right; it also provides a gateway to understanding the world. The world produces enough food for everyone, yet close to a billion people in the world are malnourished; about 15% of American households face food shortage. Why is this happening? Furthermore, in a changing world, often referred to as McDonaldization, people around the world are exposed to fast food chains. Is this having an impact on the traditional foods in different cultures? Students will debate such questions and also learn about famines, how people used innovative techniques to find food at times of political and economic crises, how climate change, and the politics and economics of food distribution affect food supply. Students in this course will have the opportunity to share the role of family and community bondages through festival and heritage foods, family recipes, nutritional benefits of certain traditional foods, spices, and herbs, and how we can maintain and enrich intercultural understanding through food. At the end of the semester, students will present a ‘Heritage Hunger Banquet’ to spread awareness about the importance of cultural, political, and economic aspects of hunger in a globalized world.

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

FY-101-PS03 G. Bordelon
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.

Resistance is Futile? Social Influence in Everyday Life

FY-101-PY01 J. Nye
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.

Psychology for (College) Life

FY-101-PY02 J. Goodwin-Uhler
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.

Psychology for (College) Life

FY-101-PY03 J. Goodwin-Uhler
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
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. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will cover the cost for regular maintenance/upgrades for laboratory computers needed to run the animation programming software.

Experiences of Childhood and Adolescence

FY-101-SW01 C. Hogan
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 M. Scott
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
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

FY-101-TH02 S. Anderson
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.