Category Archives: Course Announcements

Important Update Regarding LAS Blockbuster Courses

Here’s an update to LAS Blockbuster Course posting I made recently: The Campus General Education Board has approved general education credit for both courses on a pilot basis for SP13.  That means ALL students, regardless of college affiliation, will automatically receive general education credit when they register for either of these great courses.
LAS blockbuster courses for Spring 2013
HIST 314/ARTD 499, section AD2: Material Culture—The Design, Culture & Engineering of the Automobile
The automobile has enabled a powerful global network that supports freer circulation of goods, maintains family
contact, enhances leisure activities, and is a vital component of global economies. But it’s also seen as a
device that has routinized labor, stunted technological creativity, increased class difference, and degraded the
environment. Co-taught by Professors Rayvon Fouché (History) and David Weightman (Art & Design), students
will learn how the automobile impacts social and cultural issues, and contemplate a post-automobile future.
All students taking HIST 314 or ARTD 499, AD2 will receive General Education credit in two categories: Humanities & the Arts (Historical & Philosophical Perspectives) and Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s).
PS 300/ENGL 380: Environmental Change and the Midwest—Mapping the Past,
Modeling the Future
Environmental management in the era of ecosystem depletion, overpopulation, and climate change will be an
increasingly urgent concern in our lives. This course provides a systems-based study of the environmental history of the Midwestern U.S. with a view to its future management, preservation, and sustainable development, focusing on the fate of the Indiana Dunes region in the coming decades. Students will engage with a wide range of information: historical literature, demographic data sets, landscape art, scientific papers, environmental policy documents, and computer models projecting the future impacts of climate change. Co-taught by Professors Robert Pahre (Political Science) and Gillen Wood (English), students will gain practical experience in environmental assessment and management. Group research projects in a capstone field study will focus on modeling environmental policy options for the area.
All students taking either PS 300 or ENGL 380 will receive General Education credit in two categories: Humanities & the Arts (Literature & the Arts) and Social & Behavioral Sciences (Social Science).
About LAS Blockbuster Courses:
21st-century problems are increasingly multidimensional and will require expertise from multiple disciplines to solve.
LAS blockbuster courses are exciting, co-taught, multidisciplinary courses for students who want to learn how to apply knowledge in humanities, social science, and science to address real-world problems. Students will work with other highly-motivated students and outstanding professors from outside their majors to gain the kinds of skills that employers are looking for: the ability to deal with a deluge of information and distinguish fact, fiction, and opinion; articulate a position; critically assess counterarguments; and successfully engage in logical, reasoned, rigorous debate.


Psychology Information Session versus Advising for Spring 2013


Please continue to advise prospective students to attend Psychology
informational sessions to learn more about the major, course work, and
opportunities.   We have many more opportunities throughout the semester to
meet the needs of the undeclared student.

If the student attends an informational meeting, they will be able to
determine the number and combination of Psychology courses to be taken.

SOC Courses for Pre-Med Students

Sociology Courses of Interest to Pre-Med Students:

Spring 2013:

SOC 100 (ONL) — First 8 week Session

SOC 100 — Full Term (seats available to general population)

SOC 196 — “The Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic”

SOC 274 —  “Intro to Medical Sociology”

Summer 2013

SOC 100 (ONL)

Department of Sociology

Sustainability and the City

As registration begins, we have a new course announcement for students from all majors who are interested in urban sustainability.  It’s hidden under our GEOG 390 designation for now, but it’s a new class called Sustainability and the City. Students will learn to make critical assessments of existing urban landscapes and propose policy and design-based alternatives to shape a more ideal urban environment. Please see the attached flyer and share with interested students. Thank you!

Department of Geography and GIS


geog 390 flyer


LINC service-learning opportunities for Sp13

Please share with students the service-learning opportunities in ENG 315, LINC-Learning in Community for Sp13.  Students in previous semesters have enjoyed the hands-on, real projects working with and for community partners around the world.
All students – any major, any level – may enroll. We have several new partners and projects with 17 sections meeting at various times:
For graduate and advanced undergraduate students, Project Management opportunities are available:
Please view our introductory video and share it with students. “What is LINC?” is posted at

LINC-Learning in Community

Great ENGL Class Open to Non-Majors

English 380, section P: Language and the law
Spring 2013: Tu Th 11-12:30 104 English Building
Instructor: Dennis Baron
The law depends on our common understanding of language to frame and interpret everything from statutes and contracts to witness statements and judicial rulings. The law assigns meaning to language as well, sorting out ambiguity and resolving opposing readings of the same text. For example, in Washington, DC, v. Heller, 9 highly-educated Supreme Court justices came to two completely different interpretations of the Second Amendment (the one about the right to bear arms).
In addition to considering various aspects of legal meaning-making, we’ll look at instances where language becomes the subject of the law: First Amendment cases from the Alien and Sedition Acts to George Carlin’s “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV” to the USA Patriot Act. We’ll look at attempts to designate English as an official language at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as official language policies in schools and workplaces, together with various efforts to protect the rights of minority-language and minority-dialect speakers. We’ll look the language and privacy rights of employers and employees in the workplace. And we’ll consider intellectual property issues involving language: trademark, copyright, plagiarism (including the legal controversy over the Google Books Project). Finally, we’ll consider some topics in forensic linguistics: interrogation and testimony; voiceprints, author identification, and language profiling. 
Readings—all of them available online—include legislation, court cases, and analyses of various language and law issues. Students will write short essays on each of the course units, participate in a moot court on a current Supreme Court case, and do a class presentation on an issue of their choice.
For further information, email

AGED 260; Minor in Leadership Studies

AGED 260 Intro to Leadership Studies
**New format—more seats**
Due to significant demand, AGED 260 will now be offered in large lecture/discussion breakout format starting this spring 2013. We have opened up 90 additional seatsand will continue to offer the course spring and fall semesters.  The course is offered this spring on MW 9:00-9:50am with discussion sections at varied times R/F.  There are 180 spots available, 80% of these are unrestricted and the rest are restricted to Leadership Studies Minor or Agricultural Education major students.
Minor in Leadership Studies
There are ~130 students actively pursuing this minor.  With this quick growth, we are working hard to expand capacity in the required courses and are in the process of vetting a few new elective courses with extra capacity for these students.
If you advise students who are planning on pursuing the minor, please have them contact me or complete the Minor Declaration form and drop it by 128 Mumford Hall, the ACES Academic Programs office.  It is very helpful to have the clearest idea possible of just how many students are working toward this minor so that we can meet the demand for all courses. Thank you.
Lisa Burgoon, MS, EdM
Program Coordinator, Minor in Leadership Studies