GH Courses

GH Courses

Spring 2017

Below, please find very specific GH course content together with specific learning outcomes regarding some of the campus’ popular general education courses offered next semester. For a complete list of general education course list, please contact your adviser or visit the LionPATH site.

American Studies

AM ST 100 (GH)
Introduction to American Studies
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American history, culture, and identity. It is designed to present some of the major themes and ideas in American culture, as well as to familiarize you with some of the research and interpretations of the themes, traditions, and patterns that characterize America as a nation, an experience and a people. In addition, as a way of raising the question of what it means to be “American,” the course explores the disparity between America as it imagines itself and America as it is. This course will begin with a brief introduction to American Studies, its history and themes. The remainder of the course will focus on the social and economic times of America from the Colonial period (1607–1776), through the nineteenth and twentieth century. This course will create a link between local and national economic and social times.

AM ST 105 (GH)
Popular Culture & Folk Life
The popular culture of any country is an invaluable source of insight into what its people believe, value, and fear, and nowhere is that more true than the United States, the first truly mass polity and culture on the planet. Images, objects, and ideas from our popular culture define how the world sees us, and how we think of ourselves. In this class we will analyze monster movies, football games, television shows, hit singles, superhero comics, and glossy magazines for clues into American society and its complicated history with issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Be prepared to read, discuss, write, and think seriously about matters we often too quickly dismiss as trivial.

AM ST 140Y (GH)
Religion in America Life and Thought
The United States remains a religious country but in a way far different from its beginnings. Religion in America explores the relationship of religion and culture in the United States from a historical perspective. The course covers from the colonial period until the present. This is an opportunity for a student to come to her or his own understanding of the place of religion in U.S. life - past, present, and future.


C I 280 (GH)
Introduction to Teaching English to English Language Learners 
Do you plan on working with clients or children who speak languages other than English? Or have you considered teaching English in another country? This course is designed to help you develop strategies so you can navigate communications with persons from cultures who speak languages other than English and help them learn English. Through case study analysis, readings, and multimedia sources, students in this course will explore issues of culture, language, learning contexts, instruction, and professionalism.  


ENGL 136 (GH)
The Graphic Novel
In ENGL 136 we explore how comic books work, from their art to neurology. We study their history from WWII to the present day and consider how the American comic book has influenced comics around the world. And we read a bunch of comics! Dr. Kennedy

ENGL 234 (GH) 
Sports, Ethics, and Literature
This course will study real-world ethical issues through discussions of sports literature and film.  We will read some of the best writing on sports in the 20th and 21st centuries, and view/study films dealing with a various sports including boxing, baseball, football, cross-country running, horse racing, and many others.  We will discuss how you have been shaped by your experiences as an athlete, as a fan, and as member of a community where sports can often serve as a mirror of society. Dr. deGategno and Dr. Malone

ENGL 263 (GH)
Reading Poetry
This course emphasizes analysis and appreciation of this ancient art through the study of selected poems from early periods through contemporary writing. Classroom discussion will focus upon close reading and interpretation in order to understand the elements and effects of poetry, including meter, rhythm, forms, rhyme and other devices of sound, image, etc.


GAME 160 (GH, US/IL)
Introduction to Video Game Culture
In 50 years, video and computer games have progressed from whimsical experiments conducted by computer scientists to a multibillion-dollar industry that helps define the landscape of modern culture. This class will examine the history, philosophy, and impact of video games on economics, art, popular culture, and society. Be prepared to take a serious look at a supposedly frivolous phenomenon as we study how video games have changed the way we think about books, movies, sports, education, and basic human interactions. Be ready to ponder some hard questions about the impact of video games on real-world behaviors like violence and gender relations. Finally, expect to synthesize what you have learned and create a proposal for a video game of your own design. Students will not need to know much about computers or coding, as this class will be studying video games as cultural artifacts rather than technological one.


History 20 (GH)
American Civilization to 1877
History 20 will explore the development of early America from 1492 through the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War. Particular attention will be devoted to examining the changing relationships between European, Native American, and African peoples as well as to the internal evolution of these diverse societies. Along the way we will explore such topics as colonization and cultural interactions between Europeans and Indians, the rise of slavery, the American Revolution, the beginning of industrialization, westward expansion, and the Civil War. The goal of the class will be to determine how race, geography, gender, class, and culture created competing worlds in America prior to 1877. This course is not intended to simply acquaint you with facts, but to teach students how to analyze those facts so that they can understand why historical events in America unfolded as they did.

HIST 021 (GH)
American Civilization Since 1877
Check out History 21 to find out how the United States became the world's leader. Learn about the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Henry Ford, FDR, Elvis, and more — lots of interesting people live on in History 21, come and share their experiences. Also, Uncle Sam wants you to know the difference between World War I and World War II. What was the role of the United States in each event? History 21 offers the answers to these questions and much more interesting stuff.


PHIL 007 (GH)
Asian Philosophy
This course is an exploration of the philosophies and religions of Asia. As a class, we will examine the texts, traditions, and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Special attention will be given to the ethical, aesthetic, and political aspects of these perspectives. Together, we will consider such topics as knowledge, love, death, evil, truth, enlightenment, war, morality, and government as they are developed within nonwestern writings and cultures. We will also consider the influence upon and relation of such philosophies to the West, and, in the process, engage in comparative East-West analysis through figures such as Gandhi, Alan Watts, and Herman Hesse. During the course of the semester, we will have an opportunity to view several Asian movies with philosophical themes. Class discussion and debate will be encouraged. 


RL ST 123 (GH)
Judaism, Christianity and Islam is a comparative historical and theological study of the world's 3 major monotheistic religions. This is a timely course given the current situations in the Middle East and the United States. The goal is for a student to come to an understanding, if not an appreciation of each of these religions as well as their relationships.

RL ST 140 (GH)
Religion in American Life
The United States remains a religious country but in a way far different from its beginnings. Religion in America explores the relationship of religion and culture in the United States from a historical perspective. The course covers from the colonial period until the present. This is an opportunity for a student to come to her or his own understanding of the place of religion in U.S. life - past, present, and future.


Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art, and Popular Cultures
Explore the lives of women in Afghanistan, Botswana, India, Vietnam, the Caribbean, South Korea, and the U.S. through art, literature, music, drama, and film. Look at the world of fine art through the eyes of the Guerrilla Girls, a wisecracking group of gorilla-masked women artists. Learn about the war in Vietnam from the autobiography of a Vietnamese peasant woman. And imagine the future in the United States with a fundamentalist government in an award winning novel by Margaret Atwood.