Fun and Interesting Summer and Fall 2014 classes

Fresh off the “wire”!  If you are interested in any of these courses, bring them up during your registration meeting:

AD 26700 – Digital Media I: Photography And Digital Imaging

Credit Hours: 3.00. An introductory course in the creative generation and digital enhancement of photo-related imagery. Emphasis is on the development of technical and critical thinking skills, as well as fostering an awareness of pertinent theoretical issues in digital age. No restrictions.

We will cover about 2 weeks of intro to DSLR shooting in manual mode (this will be a review for AD119 photo majors), and then spend the majority of the semester in Photoshop and Lightroom (photo editing software) learning how to edit, composite, retouch, and construct digital images.  We will have a few of my specialities sprinkled in as well (like lighting intro, preview of the full lighting class).

AD 33100 – Digital Video Production And Aesthetics

Credit Hours: 3.00. Introduction to video as an art medium. Approaches include documentary, narrative, experimental, performance, installation, and web-based work. Students gain proficiency in technical and conceptual aspects of the medium through shooting exercises, production workshops, digital editing, and group critiques. Prerequisites: Acceptance into Photography and Related Media program by sucessful performance in the mandatory portfolio review. Typically offered Fall Spring.

There is a restriction on this course. Please contact your advisor to learn about how to add this course.

Before signing up for this class, you will need to know a little about shooting DSLR cameras and doing ‘photography.” But if you want to get into VIDEO, this would be a great intro course for you.  We will learn how to shoot (DSLR cameras) and edit (Final Cut software) digital video, with a sampling of lighting/audio/gear etc. to round it out.

COM 33200 – Studio Television Production (open to all majors in the Summer and Fall)

Students will learn all aspects of television production, including producing, directing, camera, audio, and how to work as on-camera talent.  Students will create television projects and segments throughout the semester, focusing on content such as advertising, news and sports production, and demonstration-based entertainment.

This course will be ESPECIALLY helpful to:

1)      Exploratory studies students wanting to try out a MASS COM course
2)      Students interested in careers in television
3)      Students looking to acquire some video production skills
4)      Those wanting to learn to work in groups effectively

ENGL/CMPL 26600 – World Literature: From the Beginnings to 1700 AD
This course aims to explore world literature from a variety of authors, genres, cultures, and regions. Through careful reading, class discussion, and assignments, we will engage the ideas and aesthetics of our texts. Students will hone skills in close reading, critical thinking, andoral and written communication; they will learn to identify conventions of literary modes including epic, lyric, and allegory. Texts to be examined include The Bible, The Odyssey, poetry by Sappho and others, The Ramayana, the Qu’ran, The Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Inferno, and more.

ENGL/CMPL 26700 – World Literature: From 1700 AD to the Present

This is a course on world literature from around 1700 to the present. We will focus on a wide range of texts from as many different cultures as time will allow. Materials include texts from all over the globe. The main objective of this course is to read selections of world literature and think about why these texts are important. In order to do that, we must place each work in a global literary context; this in turn means that we will attempt to define what makes a literary work overstep its national, language-based borders and become “world literature.” Texts to be examined include Tartuffe, Candide, The Story of the Stone, poetry from the Romantic era, Notes from the Underground, Faust, Heart of Darkness, and more.

ENGL 42201: Medical Writing (new for Fall 2014)

ENGL 42201 “Medical Writing” will have four sections offered in the fall semester.  Practice Charting, learn about HIPAA, and learn to write for patients, colleagues, and the public.  This course counts in place of ENGL 42000 on the health science plans of study. While this course is geared towards students enrolled in health science areas, when open enrollment begin (April 28), non-health science majors may be added with permission.

LA 49000 – Accelerated Foundational Design and Communication (Summer 2014)

This course requires departmental permission and is 6 credit hours.  Contact Dr. Robin Tribbett at or by phone at (765) 494-1302 OR Dr. Sean Rotar at or (765) 494-6007.

Previously, students interested in pursuing a CODO to the Landscape Architecture Program had to take LA 11600 (fall offering) and LA 21600 (spring offering) as required pre-landscape architecture courses.  The LA 49000 will substitute for these two courses, allowing students interested in a CODO to be considered for admission into the professional program at the sophomore level.

Landscape architects use science, art, and technology to analyze, plan, design and manage the natural and built environment.  The Purdue Landscape Architecture program is consistently ranked among the top 10 LA programs nationally.

NUTR 59000 – Epigenetics, Nutrition and Exercise (Fall 2014; open to all majors)
NUTR 59000 – World Food Problems (Fall 2014; will open on April 28)

There are no pre-requisites for these courses.  They are meant as an introduction to the topic.

THTR 20100 – Theatre Appreciation (Summer 2014, June 30 – August 8)
Course Description: Understanding and appreciation of the theatre’s role in the modern 0world, dramatic structure and analysis, the actor, director, designer, and critic; attendance at current stage productions; class discussion of production elements.

Course Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Critique a performance of a play
  • Interpret the structural components of a play
  • Describe the roles of playwrights, actors, directors, designers, technicians, and producers
  • Identify major characteristics from key periods of theatre history
  • Display a working knowledge of theatre terminology

WGSS: Various topics (Summer 2014)

WGSS 28000: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (several sections, including one focusing on media views and how it changes societal perception)
WGSS 28000: Introduction to LGBT Studies (Online course)
WGSS 28100: LGBTQ Identities in Popular Culture (June 16 – August 5)
WGSS 28200: Introduction to LGBT Studies (June 16 – August 5)

Many of these fulfill a WGSS or LGBT minor requirement.

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