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Elective Courses

CoLA Programs offer an array of courses that are of interest to students across the university. If you are looking to fill an elective for SPRING 2023, check out the CoLA classes below that are grouped by "theme." These courses do not require a prerequisite. Click on the Course Flyers (title) for additional information. For a full listing of courses offered by CoLA Programs in SPRING 2023, please see the Schedule of Classes.


Travel

INTL 301: Working Internationally
Dr. Emi Kanemoto or Dr. Jeffrey Punske
Available in-person, online, and as an 8-week online course
Explore how to manage and work with international teams. Skills translate to a variety of leadership roles and collaborative working environments.

 

INTL 400: Global Advocacy
Dr. Sasha Allgayer
TTh 3:35-4:50
Ever heard the expression “think globally, act locally”? Want to learn how to make real change at a global level? This course is for you! Ideal for students interested in politics, legal studies, and so much more!

 


Business and Politics

AFR 320: Leaders of the Black World
Dr. Frank Chipasula
TTh 11:00-12:15
In the Black world the ideal leaders have always been those who embody their people’s values, hopes and dreams
in the struggle for freedom.

 

HIST 455: The Conservative View in U.S. History
Dr. Jonathan Bean
M 5:00-7:30; in-person or Zoom
This seminar traces the evolution of American conservative and libertarian thought, from the eighteenth century to the present day. We begin by defining “conservatism.” Why is it considered a “problem” for historians? How does American conservatism differ from its European counterparts? What do traditionalists, neoconservatives, and libertarians have in common? Where do they disagree?

 

LING 328: Language and Law
Dr. Michael Olsen
MWF 11:00-11:50
See how the language impacts, informs and changes our legal system. Ideal for students interested in politics and/or legal studies.

 


Cultural Topics

AFR 360/HIST 361: Race and History in the United States
Dr. Theodore Cohen
Online Course
Is the US really a melting pot?

 

AFR 311B/HIST 362B: Black American History Since 1865
Dr. Theodore Cohen
MWF 10:00-10:50
How should we discuss African American history since 1865?

 

AFR 355B/ENGL 355B: Survey of African American Literature from 1940
Dr. Frank Chipasula
TTh 9:35-10:50
“The final measure of the greatness of all people is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have
produced,” James W. Johnson, composer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem.

 

ASL 401: Racio-Linguistics in ASL
Learn how cultural and race impact the expression of American Sign Language. No prior knowledge of ASL is required.

 

INTL 301: Working Internationally
Dr. Emi Kanemoto or Dr. Jeffrey Punske
Available in-person, online, and as an 8-week online course
Explore how to manage and work with international teams. Skills translate to a variety of leadership roles and collaborative working environments.

 

JPN 380: Japanese Pop Culture
Dr. Satoshi Toyosaki
Th 5:00-7:30 hybrid (in-person every other week)
Enjoy things like anime, Godzilla, J-pop, or karaoke? Want to learn more about the culture and context surrounding them? Look no further. Taught in English 

 

LING 440: Language and Emotion
Dr. Rachel Olsen
TTh 11:00-12:15
This course approaches the question "What is the connection between language and emotion?" from the perspectives of research in anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, and second language acquisition.

 

PHIL 303i: Philosophy and the Arts: Critical Approaches to Comics
Dr. Matthew Brown
MW 1:00-2:15
The focus of this class is on the critical study of comics or comic books. We will read a selection of primary texts from several genres of comics (including superhero, indie/underground comix, autobiographical, journalistic, etc.) as well as philosophical and interdisciplinary texts about the study of comics from different approaches, e.g., philosophical aesthetics, literary/narrative criticism, visual analysis, feminism, and race theory.

 

Race and Identity

AFR 360/HIST 361: Race and History in the United States
Dr. Theodore Cohen
Online Course
Is the US really a melting pot?

 

AFR 311B/HIST 362B: Black American History Since 1865
Dr. Theodore Cohen
MWF 10:00-10:50
How should we discuss African American history since 1865?

 

AFR 320: Leaders of the Black World
Dr. Frank Chipasula
TTh 11:00-12:15
In the Black world the ideal leaders have always been those who embody their people’s values, hopes and dreams
in the struggle for freedom.

 

AFR 355B/ENGL 355B: Survey of African American Literature from 1940
Dr. Frank Chipasula
TTh 9:35-10:50
“The final measure of the greatness of all people is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have
produced,” James W. Johnson, composer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem.

 

ASL 401: Racio-Linguistics in ASL
Learn how cultural and race impact the expression of American Sign Language. No prior knowledge of ASL is required.

 

HIST 455: The Conservative View in U.S. History
Dr. Jonathan Bean
M 5:00-7:30; in-person or Zoom
This seminar traces the evolution of American conservative and libertarian thought, from the eighteenth century to the present day. We begin by defining “conservatism.” Why is it considered a “problem” for historians? How does American conservatism differ from its European counterparts? What do traditionalists, neoconservatives, and libertarians have in common? Where do they disagree?

 

INTL 301: Working Internationally
Dr. Emi Kanemoto or Dr. Jeffrey Punske
Available in-person, online, and as an 8-week online course 
Explore how to manage and work with international teams. Skills translate to a variety of leadership roles and collaborative working environments.

 

LING 328: Language and Law
Dr. Michael Olsen
MWF 11:00-11:50
See how the language impacts, informs and changes our legal system. Ideal for students interested in politics and/or legal studies.

 


Interactive Learning

ASL 401: Racio-Linguistics in ASL
Learn how cultural and race impact the expression of American Sign Language. No prior knowledge of ASL is required.

 


Geography and the Environment

INTL 400: Global Advocacy
Dr. Sasha Allgayer
TTh 3:35-4:50
Ever heard the expression “think globally, act locally”? Want to learn how to make real change at a global level? This course is for you! Ideal for students interested in politics, legal studies, and so much more!

 


Conflict

AFR 320: Leaders of the Black World
Dr. Frank Chipasula
TTh 11:00-12:15
In the Black world the ideal leaders have always been those who embody their people’s values, hopes and dreams
in the struggle for freedom.

 

INTL 400: Global Advocacy
Dr. Sasha Allgayer
TTh 3:35-4:50
Ever heard the expression “think globally, act locally”? Want to learn how to make real change at a global level? This course is for you! Ideal for students interested in politics, legal studies, and so much more!

 


Technology