Patrick Eagan, Department of History
Have you ever asked yourself why the generation of our “Founding Fathers” was able to combine revolutionary ideas and politics so effectively? What were the values that these men and women shared and made them so unique in comparison with today’s political leadership? Do you wonder why subsequent generations have had such difficulty in doing so? If you have, then join us as we take an in-depth look at the formation of the American governmental system through the lives of the “Founding Generation.” This course will explore a wide range of material; from 18th-century primary sources to modern American political science as we try and answer the question of whether the “Revolutionary Generation” was the best America has yet to offer.
Invasive species: menace or myth?
Dr. Shannon Galbraith-Kent, Department of Biology
Invasive species are non-native to a particular ecosystem and can cause economic or environmental harm, or both. In this FYS course, we will use a combination of various readings, case studies, guest speakers, and films to explore the impacts of invasive species in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the world. How do zebra mussels affect our Ohio River? How did a famous park in New York City address an invasive plant species? How have various cities responded to economic problems associated with invasive species? Join us as we seek to understand this multi-faceted issue affecting society today.
Thinking about Listening: Music and Nature
Jerome Langguth, Department of Philosophy
This class will explore the relationship between music and the natural world. The readings for the class come from composers, instrumentalists, poets, novelists, and philosophers who have thought deeply about the nature of music and the music of nature.
Gangsters, Crime, and the Mafia: The American Twentieth Century
Jodie Mader, Department of History
Through film, discussion, and selected readings, this course will look at the role of the mafia in modern American history. Also, this topic will pay close attention to the meaning of the modern family in terms of loyalty, honor, and duty.
Personalities of the European Enlightenment
James McNutt, Department of History
This FYS class examines from a specifically historical- biographical perspective the general intellectual developments of key Enlightenment figures. Attention will be paid to how European thought influenced American revolutionaries; shaping the political system in which we now work. Students will seek to gain a better grasp the spirit of criticism that emerged from the educated elite, or what Jefferson called, the “natural aristocracy.”
Your Financial Life: Demystifying Money Matters (2 Sections)
Maria Mitchell and Tom Gilday, Department of Business
This course will provide basic information about financial literacy including banking, investments, taxes, credit, personal
budgeting, risks and insurance, and retirement.
What’s all the Twitter About?
Mary Jo Nead, Department of Communication and Drama
You’re probably used to using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other new media. But have you stopped to consider how these new media merge art and technology? Or how your communication experience is no longer linear? We will delve into these ideas as we explore how new media has influenced our lives. You’ll be asked to view new media from many perspectives: philosophical, psychological, and business. We’ll look at comics, TV, radio, music, video games, and electronic publishing. We’ll view the history of new media and examine the current convergence of old and new media. Finally, you’ll create your own new media. Not just another Facebook page but something creative and uniquely yours.