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Dixieland? - Literature and Culture of the American South

Food, Identity, and Place: You Are What You Eat and Where You Eat It

Anthropology of Religion

Writing from the Heart: Empathy and Ethnographic Writing Seminar

Anatomy, Behavior, and Evolution: Fishy Solutions to Life Underwater

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects Health

Animal Minds: Comparative Neuroanatomy and Animal Behavior

Psychology Across Species: Animal Cognition and Behavior

An Introduction to Game Theory

The Quest for Immortality in the Ancient World

Introduction to Engineering and Design

"All of them Witches!": Race, Gender, and Witchcraft in Popular Culture

Apocalypse Now

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Language and Social Justice

Monstrosities: The Meaning of Monsters in the Modern World

Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Writing Flash Fiction

Writing for College and Beyond

Writing Seminar II: Writing About Media

Writing Seminar III: Composing the Academic Essay

Build A Better Mousetrap: Solving Environmental Conundrums

Climate Change & Health: Infections and Inequalities

Research Methods in Marine Science

Dynamic Earth

"In the Good Old Days" - The Idea of Nostalgia

A People's History of War in America

Power and the Production of History

Setting Sail: Early American History from the Water

Statistics in the Real World

Around the World in 10 Days: Exploring Tourism

Celluloid Deaths: Cinema, Pleasure, and Death

Documentary Production and Practice

Introduction to Film Analysis

Post-Cinema? New Media and the Digital Turn

The *@#%* Media: Enough Disinformation!

Electronic Music Production: From Idea to Practice

Implicit Bias - What is it and Who is to Blame?

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

Introduction to Nanotechnology

Introductory Astronomy: Exploring the Cosmos

Animals Among Us: Humans, Nonhumans, and Politics

Debating Democracy: Threats and Prospects

Great Trials That Changed History: A Judge's Perspective

Political Theory Through Science Fiction: Utopias, Dystopias and Allegories

The International Human Rights of Political and Environmental Migrations

U.S. Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future

Racism and Health: From a Physiological to Societal Perspective

The End of the World

Living now amid the Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts of whether humanity can defeat the virus and, if so, what will become of the world post-pandemic greatly trouble the mind. While our anxieties at present are very real and valid, concern over humanity’s end and the end of the world is not new. The theme of the apocalypse features prominently in some of the most lucrative Hollywood movies that dramatize global catastrophes—extreme global warming, astrological forces, pandemics—that threaten humanity’s end. That concern over the world ending is at the forefront of the present-day human mind is indicated by the sheer popularity and success of these films. Such anxieties have also been revealed by recent crazed responses over the uncertainty of what would happen after Dec 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar, and when the clock struck midnight to usher in the year 2000 (Y2K). However, this kind of apocalyptic thinking is not born out of modernity. It originated over 2,000 years ago in the religions of Judaism and Christianity and has shaped human thinking and catalyzed human action ever since. What can we learn from the history of the apocalyptic mindset, and how might it better help us understand ourselves and the world we live in today? How has belief in the apocalypse shaped human behavior for better or worse? If this topic and these questions are of interest, then this is the course for you.

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Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Leadership and Intercultural Communication

Social Impact of Natural and Human-made Disasters


Effective Communication: Presenting to the Public

Persuasive Communication and Public Speaking

Presenting to the Public

Something to Offer and Something to Learn: Becoming a Better Communicator

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

Queer Strategies of Resistance: Fools, Tricksters, Shapeshifters