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General Education

Previous Course Offerings:
Fall 2018

Course Title Course Number Day and Time
FY-101-AR01

Street Art and Its Impact

MON/THUR 1:15-2:35
Course Description: This course aims to broaden a student’s understanding of non-commissioned artwork. Commonly referred to as “street art” or “graffiti,” murals and installations that are in the public space have the potential to speak to viewers in a way that traditional artwork does not. This class examines the social, political, ethical, economic, and environmental issues that surround this kind of art. A deeper examination of this kind exemplifies the transition between high school and college. This course will also aid in the transition between high school and college by highlighting the on-campus resources available to students and by discussing the ethics of academic life. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar requirement. Lab Fee: The lab fee for this course will be used to fund field trips and art supplies. Additional in-class experiences may also be supported by this fee.

Professor: M. Richison

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FY-101-BA01

Personal Finance

TUES/FRI 8:30-9:50
Course Description: In this course you will learn about the history of money, credit, and finance. You will gain an understanding of how the modern financial system is structured. Most importantly, you will learn how to manage your own finances.

Professor: P. Christakos

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FY-101-BM01

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

TUES 10:05-11:25 THURS 8:30-9:50
Course 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.

Professor: J. Buzza

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FY-101-BM02

From Our Classroom to Your Boardroom – Necessary Business Skills

MON/THUR 10:05-11:25
Course 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.

Professors: J. Buzza and C. DeStefano

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FY-101-BY01

Dinosaurs and DNA: Biology in the Movies

MON/WED 11:40-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: D. Lobo

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FY-101-BY02

Meet the Microbes

TUES 1:15-2:35 THUR 11:40-1:00
Course Description: Meet the Microbes 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. Lab Fee: The lab fee will cover the costs of materials that will be used in hands on activities in the microbiology lab related to the course.

Professor: K. Lionetti

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FY-101-CE01

Sustainable Energy

TUES/FRI 11:40-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: G. Moehring

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FY-101-CO01

Hollywood’s Journalism: The Image of Journalists and Journalism in Popular Culture

MON/THUR 10:05-11:25
Course 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.

Professor: M. Vujnovic

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FY-101-CO02

Talk About, Pop Music! Pop Music and Your First Year

MON/THUR 10:05-11:25
Course Description: This class offers a historical examination of pop music from its inception in the 1960s to placate the viewed threat of Rock ‘n’ Roll music on youth through the pop music stars of today. Of particular interest is an emphasis on the production of pop music, the difference in pop genres and an examination of the themes found in pop music lyrics and videos. The class will examine what similarities and differences exist between the early pop music of Bobby Darin and Fabian, to the European influence on pop music from Abba and the Bay City Rollers, to the rise of New-Wave music and Teen Pop bands pop in the 1980s that led to the explosion of pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aquilera and teen pop bands The Backstreet Boys and N’Sync in the early 1990s. The current state of pop music from stars like Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga will also be discussed. The class will cover areas that include the production of hooks, lyrical decisions, and the importance of music producers and engineers to the production of pop music. The impact of pop music on global, social, political, health, and cultural issues will be discussed extensively. In addition, the relationship between commercial radio, pop music and the music industry will be considered. The class also features hands-on application via student-led radio shows presenting different eras of pop music on Monmouth University’s radio station, 88.9FM WMCX.

Professor: A. Furgason

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FY-101-CO03

Mass Media and Popular Culture

WED 10:05-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: D. Dolphin

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FY-101-CO04

Communication in Relationships: Personal, Social and Professional Relationships

WED/FRI 10:05-11:25
Course 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.

Professor: S. Hokanson

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FY-101-CO05

Food, Communication, Culture, and Performance

TUES/FRI 11:40-1:00
Course Description: “The purpose of this seminar-style course is to explore topics of particular interest to first-year university students. We will explore how we use food to communicate personal identity, relationships, cultures, and politics. We will also examine the intersections of food, communication, ethics, and health issues across texts and practices: through published stories, advertising, cooking shows, and cookbooks; through interactions including conversations, demonstrations, and performances; and through preparing, sharing, and eating food. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will go towards either a field trip to a local farm/farmer’s market, to a cooking class off campus, to see a movie related to our course topic, or to purchase food items for a special class potluck. In some cases, part of the fee may pay for transportation via bus or train to an off-campus location.”

Professor: M. Harris

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FY-101-CO07

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

TUES 1:15-2:35 THUR 11:40-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: R. Scott

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FY-101-CO50

Diversity and Life Through the World of Baseball and Film

TUES 6:05-9:00
Course 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.”

Professor: M. Harmon

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FY-101-CO51

Communication in Relationships: Personal, Social and Professional Relationships

THUR 6:05-9:00
Course 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.

Professor: S. Hokanson

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FY-101-CS01

The Diversity Divide: Technology

TUES 10:05-11:25 THUR 8:30-9:50
Course Description: The Diversity Divide: Technology course is designed to explore the timely and newsworthy issues related to lack of diversity in the computing and technology fields, while supporting a smooth and eye-opening transition to university life for first year students. We will explore the diversity issue from many directions, for example: Are there ethical issues at play when only those who fit a specific model are encouraged to pursue or succeed in computing and engineering? What factors may have led to a gender imbalance in the technology field? Do exlusionary practices have sociological implications? What kind of actions (local, national, worldwide) can assist in reversing the lack of diversity? Along the way, we will learn how to program and utilize some engaging and helpful technology tools. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar general education requirement.

Professor: J. Kretsch

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FY-101-ED01

Current Issues in United States P-20 Latina/o Education

MON/THUR 2:50-4:10

Course Description: The field of education is changing rapidly and US classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse. This course will focus on the Latina/o student, who is becoming more prevalent as our population changes. You’ll obtain a holistic overview of the issues these students face as they move through our educational system. From the lives of the undocumented to the transition to college, this course provides you the opportunity to explore the ethical and critical concerns of Latinas/os in education.

Professor: A. Estudillo

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FY-101-EN01

Neverlands: Children’s Literature of the Golden Age

MON/WED 11:40-1:00
Course 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, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. Since the field of children’s literature is too vast for us to attempt to examine it in full, we will limit ourselves to study of representative texts of English literature that scholars recognize today as “Golden Age” children’s literature, an age that corresponds to the height of British industry, empire, and economic power. We will first read this literature with the goal of understanding its diverse representations of children, childhood, and the homes or domestic spheres with which they are associated. Then we will read this literature with the goal of understanding the ways history, and especially the history of British empire, conquest, and expansion away from home, manifests itself in what is supposedly a light-hearted, popular genre. Identifying and addressing the ethical questions that arise from the juxtaposition of these concerns—children and “home” with empire and “away”—will be an important component of our work in the class.

Professor: K. Bluemel

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FY-101-EN02

The Detective Story: It’s elementary

TUES 1:15-2:35 THUR 11:40-1:00
Course 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!

Professor: L. Siracusa

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FY-101-EN03

The Working World: College and Transition

MON/THUR 1:15-2:35
Course Description: This course will examine and analyze our perceptions of the working world: what does “work” actually mean? How can we make our eventual work successful? How can we make our employment part of an overall goal for life satisfaction? We will also examine the pre-existing assumptions about work, employment, and college. Does college “only” prepare one for the working world? If not, what other purposes does it serve? What might certain literary works tell us about American assumptions about work, class, labor, and college life? In recent history, we have seen the fallout of troubling issues surrounding Wall Street and corporate practices. How can we understand the ethics around these issues? What impact do these practices have on ordinary Americans? We will entertain these questions, as well as examine more pragmatic considerations, such as study skills, time management skills, stress management skills, and life skills. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will be used to pay for transportation and resources to support a collaborative project with a local high school.

Professor: J. Mantle

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FY-101-EN04

The Story of the Book

MON/THUR 2:50-4:10

Course Description: Books are the building blocks of civilization, and one of the world’s greatest inventions. This course will introduce you to ancient written materials from clay tablets and Medieval manuscripts to modern novels, graphic novels, comic books, artists books, Harlequin romances, and much more. You’ll get a rare opportunity to not just touch but work closely with rare works in our Library’s Special Collections Room-which houses materials made of animal skin and ancient paper as well as beautiful manuscript leaves adorned with real gold and lapis lazuli. The course highlight is a wonderful trip to the Morgan Library in NYC, where you will be offered a special opportunity to experience a private, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the finest medieval manuscripts collections anywhere.

Professor: G. Germek

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FY-101-FO01

Caribbean Voices: Language, Culture, and Identity

MON/THUR 1:15-2:35

Course Description: Explore the islands of the Caribbean through art, music, literature and film. In this course, you will become familiar with the English-, Spanish- and French-speaking Caribbean and examine diversity in language, race, religion and gender identity politics across the region. Bringing your learning and personal experience to bear on these art forms, you will develop important cultural understanding of a region that is ever more important in tourism, trade and politics, knowledge that will prepare you for discussions of these key issues in U.S. society and beyond. Course taught in English. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will be used to pay for a workshop and/or museum visit about Caribbean cultures and popular art in either New York City or Philadelphia. The fee will cover the costs of transportation and admission.

Professor: P. Humphrey

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FY-101-FS01

Gain a Competitive Advantage: Learn about Hispanics in Business

WED/FRI 10:05-11:25

Course 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.

Professor: F. Cipriani

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FY-101-FS02

Despacito: Learning World Languages through Pop Culture

WED/FRI 1:15-2:35
Course 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.

Professor: F. Cipriani

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FY-101-HE01

Anthrozoology, Ethics, and Health

MON/WED 8:30-9:50
Course Description: “Anthrozoology, Ethics, and Health” 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 Thrft 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.

Professor: C. Hirschler

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FY-101-HE02

Introduction to Health Occupations

WED/FRI 10:05-11:25
Course Description: This course will introduce students to careers in the field of health, with an emphasis on stress management for both the practitioner and the patient. Through classroom lecture, discussions, readings, and research, students will examine various health care professions, education and training requirements, as well as various ethical issues. Students will also be introduced to college life at Monmouth University and participate in various campus events as they learn how to be successful in college.

Professor: J. Schaaff

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FY-101-HE03

Addiction in Popular Movies

MON/THUR 1:15-2:35
Course 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.

Professor: L. Jannone

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FY-101-HS01

History and Hollywood

TUES/FRI 8:30-9:50
Course 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.

Professor: M. Ziobro

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FY-101-HS02

Battleground USA: God, Country and Family

TUES 10:05-11:25 THUR 8:30-9:50
Course Description: This course will focus on current cultural issues that are dividing America: Confederate monuments; football and the flag; repeal of Roe v. Wade; the war on Christmas; gun control; and whatever additional issues surface during the semester.

Professor: M. Dorment

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FY-101-HS03

History and Hollywood

WED/FRI 10:05-11:25
Course 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.

Professor: M. Ziobro

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FY-101-HS04

A Journey to St. Petersburg, Russia: A City of Transformation

MON/THUR 2:50-4:10
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to one of the great cities of the world—St. Petersburg, Russia. It will explore its transformations and changing identities since its founding in 1703 by Peter the Great and its legacy of human endurance and cultural brilliance. Through their engagement with the history, literature, architecture, art, music and film of St. Petersburg, students will understand the unusual spatial and environmental character of the city and the five stages of its historical development, each with its own identity: Peter the Great’s “window on the West” in the eighteenth century; the administrative and cultural epicenter of the Russian empire in the nineteenth century; the birthplace and citadel of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917; the “Hero City” Leningrad that survived the Nazi siege and blockade of World War II (the Great Patriotic War to Russians); and the “second city” and leading business development zone in post-Soviet Russia.

Professor: T. Pearson

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FY-101-HS05

The Beatles

MON/WED 4:30-5:50
Course 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.

Professor: K. Campbell

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FY-101-IS01

Humans and the Environment

MON/WED 11:40-1:00

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Course Description: This course integrates perspectives from literature and biology in investigating contemporary climate issues. Students are challenged to understand the impacts of rising atmospheric and oceanic carbon concentrations in long-term ecological perspectives, to learn about the recent history of climate science debates, and to understand how literature can help to understand the development of current attitudes about environmental issues. Course assignments include a personal environmental project and letters to public officials or news media to encourage students to engage with civic engagement and the ethics of climate decisions. Lab Fee: The laboratory fee for this course will be used to pay for transportation for a class trip on Saturday, September 22nd. Additional class-related projects may also be supported by this fee.

Professors: H. Estes and C. Duckett

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FY-101-PL01

An Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living

MON/WED 4:30-5:50
Course 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.

Professor: O. Agbajoh-Laoye

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FY-101-PS01

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

MON/THUR 10:05-11:25
Course 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.

Professor: R. Tetro

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FY-101-PS02

Profiles in Courage: Youth, Citizenship, and Public Policy

TUES 1:15-2:35 THUR 11:40-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: S. Chapman

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FY-101-PY01

Psychology for (College) Life

TUES/FRI 11:40-1:00
Course 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.

Professor: J. Goodwin-Uhler

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FY-101-PY02

Resistance is Futile? Social Influence in Everyday Life

TUES/FRI 11:40-1:00

Course 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.

Professor: J. Nye

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FY-101-PY03

Psychology for (College) Life

TUES/FRI 2:50-4:10
Course 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.

Professor: J. Goodwin-Uhler

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FY-101-SO01

END RACISM IN SCHOOL! Racism and Student Resistance in American Education

MON/WED 11:40-1:00
Course Description: Education is an institution that opens our minds to new and exciting ideas about the world around us, just as it opens doors for us to social mobility. At the same time, however, sociology teaches us that education is also an institution that reproduces a range of social inequalities. In this course, we take a particular look at the patterns of interpersonal and structural racism in the American school system, and the impact on students of color, past and present. As we examine the mechanisms of racial inequality in U.S. education, we will pay special attention to the ways in which students have collectively organized to promote educational and racial justice throughout our history, and into the modern period. Finally, we situate Monmouth University itself within this socio-historical context, and take an extensive look at the comprehensive academic, social, and professional opportunities available to our students today.

Professor: J. Foster

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FY-101-ST01

Victims of Crime

WED/FRI 1:15-2:35
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the study of crime victims. In this course, students will gain an understanding of: 1) the factors that increase (and decrease) the risk of criminal victimization, 2) the individual and collective impacts of criminal victimization, 3) the criminal justice professionals who respond and provide services to crime victims, and the role crime victims play in the criminal justice process. Course readings will encourage students to engage in discussions on the legal, social, practical and ethical considerations of criminal victimization in the United States. In addition, this course assists students in developing academic, personal, and career skills, including an orientation to Monmouth University and its resources. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar General Education requirement.

Professor: M. Mele Thomas

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FY-101-ST02

Political Communication and the Midterm Elections

TUES 1:15-2:35 THUR 11:40-1:00
Course Description: Your first year in college is a time of significant transitions. Not only are you starting a new chapter in your education, but many of you will have the opportunity to vote for the first time. As luck would have it, there are elections this year! This course will help you navigate the inner workings of our political process and our university. We will follow the 2018 elections for seats in the House, the Senate, and governor’s mansions across the country. In order to understand how the campaigns are playing out, we will look at theories of political communication, methodologies of polling, and the history of political campaigns in America.

Professor: M. Phillips-Anderson

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FY-101-ST03

Cultures of Consumption: Communication, Identity, and Practices of Consumption

MON/THUR 2:50-4:10

Course Description: This course will look at thought-provoking questions about popular culture and consumption: What do material things in my life mean to me? What do the objects I buy, the TV I watch, the music I listen to, and the social media I interact with, say about me? How does the stuff in my life shape who I am? To what extent should anyone care about “stuff” anyway? Students will learn to identify, define, analyze, and critique a broad range of images, symbols, material objects, cultural artifacts, and social practices that often work to produce the taken-for-granted meanings that seem to structure our everyday lives.

Professor: C. Taylor

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FY-101-ST04

What’s Your Game Plan?

MON/WED 11:40-1:00
Course Description: Games are fun and humans have played them for thousands of years, from simple games involving sticks and stones, to card games and board games, all the way to modern video games. Games are even more fun when we win! In this course, we will play games and use a variety of techniques to analyze the games and our strategies, including mathematical approaches such as game theory and mathematical modeling. We will apply what we’ve learned to other aspects of life and in particular to strategies for making a successful transition to university life. The course will also address sharpening higher-level academic skills and enhancing awareness of ethical issues.

Professor: S. Marshall

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FY-101-ST05

Who’s in Your Selfie?

TUES 10:05-11:25 THUR 8:30-9:50
Course Description: We post selfies on social media and wait for responses. How much does this impact our self-efficacy (our beliefs about ourselves, the goals we set, and ethical decisions about our behaviors)? How do our perceptions of ourselves change as we transition from high school to college? Students in this course will answer these questions in this seminar-style course that includes a service learning partnership (off-campus literacy mentoring at a local elementary school). Students will complete the course with a selfie that communicates self-efficacy.

Professor: R. Morris

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FY-101-SW01

Social Connectedness in the Age of Technology

MON/WED 8:30-9:50
Course 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.

Professor: S. Ragudaran

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FY-101-SW02

Experiences of Childhood and Adolescence

MON/THUR 2:50-4:10
Course 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.

Professor: P. Urbanski

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FY-101-SW03

Is Anybody Out There?: Mental Health, Artistic Expression and Audience

WED/FRI 1:15-2:35
Course Description: This course will examine the relationship between mental health, creativity, and artistic expression. A central focus is to explore how mental health impacts both the creative process and artistic expression and how the public ultimately comes to perceive the artist as a result. A central theme will be the discussion of artists who experience mental health issues and the significant creative contributions they have made to their respective fields. This course will also introduce the student to the University community, with special emphasis on three components: academics, ethics, and transition to college life. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar General Education requirement.

Professor: R. Cuseglio

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FY-101-TH01

Arts at Monmouth University

TUES/FRI 11:40-1:00

Course 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.

Professor: S. Anderson

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FY-101-TH02

Arts at Monmouth University

WED/FRI 1:15-2:35

Course 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.

Professor: S. Anderson