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Interesting Classes You Never Knew About

SPRING SEMESTER 2020 - Wondering what classes to take next semester? Check out a few unique Ohio State course offerings. Titillate your thirst for knowledge. Look for this feature throughout the academic year. CLICK THE (+) PLUS SIGN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH COURSE.

English 2264 | Introduction to Popular Culture: The Juggernauts

Senior Lecturer, Peter C. Dully, Jr.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:45-6:05 p.m. / 3 credit hours
This class will be a deep, philosophy-aided dive into recent popular cultural juggernauts like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. As a thesis, the class contends that the popularity of these spectacles and stories like them say profound things about contemporary American culture and our place as individuals within it. Along the way, we will ask and answer such questions as: Why are we so continually fascinated by Peter Parker going through puberty? Why do grown adults think of themselves as Hufflepuffs? Is it important to see an Avengers movie on opening weekend? What can a Marxist tell us about the plight of Katniss Everdeen? The class is designed around developing rigorous and thoughtful approaches to texts often thought of as fluffy and thoughtless. Students will write three shorter papers and will design and execute their own final research project.

English 2269 | Digital Media Composing

Associate Professor, Katie Braun
Wednesdays 1:30-4:15 p.m. / 3 credit hours
Videos, podcasts, animations, oh my! Digital forms of composing proliferate in our media-saturated society, and the apps to produce them are relatively easy to access. But what makes rhetorically savvy and aesthetically pleasing digital communications? Find out in this course! We will study complex forms of multimedia/multimodal compositions, and you will learn how to create them!

English 2463 | Introduction to Video Games Analysis

Associate Professor, Ben McCorkle
Wednesdays 11 a.m.- 12:20 p.m. / 3 credit hours
Ready, Player One? This course offers an introductory exploration of video games from a variety of angles: the history, their impact on the broader culture, implications for education and psychological research, formal/ structural/ technological innovations, and more. We’ll look at how games have helped shape our notions of gender, violence, ethics, and the like. Throughout the term, we will discuss, read about, and write about video games. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to create multimodal content in conjunction with your exploration of the subject. And lastly: yes, you’ll have the opportunity to play some games as well

History 2610 | Introduction to Women and Gender in the U.S.

Associate Professor, Margaret Sumner
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. / 3 credit hours
Ever since the American Revolution, American women busied themselves as opinion makers, organizers, social activists, educators, net-workers, philanthropists, and community leaders. This is the course where we learn the reason why - and figure out how they did it. As a service-learning course, we will explore the history of women's organizing with a special focus on Marion's very own community of busy women: the Marion Women's Club. Our goal for this course will be to help today's Club members imagine ways to share their history with the public as they begin to design a museum about their organization's history. Class meetings will meet frequently at the Women's Club Home (1126 East Center Street) where we will tour and assess the building, talk with Club members about club activities (past and present), and spend time doing "hands on" history research in the Club archives that date back to the 1890s. Our final project will be to produce a series of one act play that showcase our historical discoveries - to be performed at the Club in May!

Psych 2301 | Psychology of Extraordinary Beliefs

Associate Professor, Chris Daddis
Open to all majors
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15 – 4:35 p.m. / 3 credit hours
Through the Internet, TV, tabloids, and pop-psychology books, we are barraged with pseudoscientific and paranormal claims of extraordinary abilities (e.g., telepathy, telekinesis, fortune telling, etc.), paranormal activity (e.g., existence of ghosts, cryptozoology, alien abduction, near death experiences, etc.), and nonscientific claims (e.g., facilitated communication, homeopathy, anti-vaccination movement, creation sciences, etc.). Psychology has much to say about why so many of us believe in such phenomena. The more we learn about human the brain, the more we realize that our reasoning is fallible. For example, we see patterns where none exist, we seek to confirm beliefs we already hold, and we value vivid experiences over statistical information. The goal of Psych 2301 is to gain an understanding of normal errors in thinking and logic and to learn how to critically analyze claims through scientific reasoning and logical treatment of evidence.

Psych 4554.S | Language Development

Associate Professor, Nikole Patson
Pre-req. for Psych Majors/Minors only: A grade of C- or above in 2220 and 2300*.
Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. / 3 credit hours
Have you ever wondered how children learn language seemingly so effortlessly? In this class, we'll consider the major theories and milestones of language development. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students will have the opportunity to apply that knowledge to efforts being made to improve the literacy rates in Marion County. Students in this course will read to preschoolers at the Marion Public Library and reflect on their language skills. In addition, students will develop a research-based video for Let's Read 20. Students will gain practical knowledge using research to address community needs. Honors students may take this course with an honors embedded component. *Pre-requisites will be waived for non-Psych majors/minors. Interested students should contact Dr. Patson ( for more information.