Courses offered in 2013 and “Back by Popular Demand”

PSY 312 – Applied Psychology

The proposed Applied Psychology (PSY 312) course will in some ways be consistent with how this course is typically taught, such that students will learn about diverse areas of practice in psychology, applied research methods, and related ethical issues. For example, students will begin the class learning about applied psychology in areas such as health, education, business, and cross-cultural community-based settings. However, after approximately the first 3 days of class, the focus of students’ learning will then be mostly related to applied psychology in education and community-based settings, with issues of diversity and cross-cultural awareness also being heavily integrated into NCSU students’ experience.

AFS 241 – Introduction to African American Studies II

Second in a two semesters sequence in the interdisciplinary study of sub-Saharan Africa, its arts, culture, and people, and the African-American experience. The Maymester version of the course uses a variety of instructional modalities including lectures, hand-on workshops, and audiovisual material. Classes will also be held via field trips to venues connected to the African American experience.

GEP-IPGE 295 – Introduction to Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Field of Practice

This integrative seminar is an introduction to gerontology as an interdisciplinary field of practice. It helps students to understand the demographics and trends among older adults in the United States, in order to provide a context for practice. Students will explore characteristics of diverse aging populations, trends and projections, myths and realities of aging, based on current data and scholarly reports.

PHI 205 – Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to selected problems of enduring philosophical importance, including such topics as the nature of morality, knowledge, human freedom, and the existance of God. The Maymester version is an intensive examination of the methodology of philosophy, examining how philosophers have used the same basic tools (logical structure of argument, and conceptual analysis) to address topics and answer primary questions.

HI 563 – History and Memory

This course is an in-depth exploration on this historical process of memory making through an immersive context (6 days in Washington DC) and students projects which explore how collective memory develops and is represented through public speeches, civic celebrations, monuments and memorials, and other forms of popular and political culture in our nation’s capital.

PSY 491 – Applications in Abnormal Psychology

For the Maymester, this upper-level undergraduate course will be an intensive study of Abnormal Psychology with a concentration on disorders most common among college-aged young adults and those that are first diagnosed in early adulthood. After briefly considering historical and theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior, we will discuss etiology, symptoms, and treatment of personality disorders and six major psychological disorders, including eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

ENG 252 – Major American Writers

A survey of short stories and poems by a representative sampling of significant American authors, including Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, Twain, Jewett, James, Stein, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wright, Welty, and Baldwin, studied within the context of American cultural history. Each Maymester class will be devoted to a particular case/author and at least two narratives.

FLS 333 – Improving your pronunciation with digital tools (taught during the year as Sounds of Spanish)

This course is designed to help students achieve native-like pronunciation in Spanish (both undergraduate and graduate students) through the innovative use of available software tools that will allow students to visualize, measure, and correct their own pronunciation problems. In addition to the activities offered during the regular school year (phonetic transcription, etc), Maymester students will also learn the basics of the science of acoustic phonetics, and apply that information to the analysis of their own speech. Using the freely available, industry standard software Praat (, students will learn to analyze the problem areas for English-speakers in order to understand and improve their own pronunciation.

New Courses for 2014 (“New to Maymester this Year”)

COM 598 – Introduction to Science Communication: Theory and Practice

This course is designed to provide an introduction for graduate students to social science theories of communication and to engage in applying theory to practice, thus enabling them to become better communicators of their research to outside or lay audiences.

GEP-HUMG 295 – The Vietnam War on Film

This course examines the history of the Vietnam War and its depiction on film. lt explores both how history is portrayed on film and how films can serve as sources for historians.

GEP-IPGE 295 – Family Connections in the Digital Age

This course will approach the study of the use of Communication Technologies in Family Communication from theoretical, conceptual and skill building perspectives.

PA 598 – Special Topics: Preparing for a Field Experience

The objective of this course is for Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students with limited prior professional work experience to gain the training and skills necessary for a positive internship experience. In particular, this course prepares MPA students for a summer internship in a North Carolina Cooperative Extension County Center. Through collaboration between North Carolina State Cooperative Extension (CES), the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement (INPREE), and the Department of Public Administration, students will develop professional and programmatic tools to add capacity to County Centers during an 8-week paid summer internship.

FLS 412 – Topics in the Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

This course deals with culture in the 1960s in Latin America in a Scio-historical context and a set of national configurations. As a period which includes the full economic and cultural integration of the region into globalization, it leads to major changes in terms of gender relations, indigenous populations, the growth of the middle class, the political awareness of the youth, music, art and literature. Faced with U.S. military interventions yet also with the Alliance for Progress, many Latin Americans are influenced by the Cuba revolution in 1950 and look for revolutionary upheavals as a possible solution to social strife, while others such for a democratic and peaceful road to socialism, and still others will fight against the radical changes take place in the 60’s. We will explore these phenomena in film, literature, music and art.

ENG 248 – Survey of African American Literature

This special Maymester version of the ENG 248 offering will afford students the opportunity to explore the African American experience through the community’s literature (from the 18th century to the present moment), but through the lens of the American Dream. America has long been touted the “land of opportunity”; we are, arguably, a nation of dreamers. With the help of several seminal texts (drawing on drama, poetry and of course, fiction), we will engage in a thoughtful examination of African American literature in terms of its relationship to a national culture at large and that coveted “American Dream,” ever-revisited, often revised and (re)envisioned.

MLS 501 – Seminar in Liberal Studies, “Food for Thought”

This interdisciplinary food studies course will take students from the French foundations of modern gastronomy (the invention of the restaurant, start of modern food writing, birth of the celebrity chef, etc.), to the fascinating paradoxes of food production, consumption and appreciation in our increasingly globalized world.

ENG 382 – Film and Literature (Youth Culture in Contemporary Film and Literature)

The Maymester version of this course is focused on contemporary youth culture and film and seeks to engage students in addressing questions such as: How do young adults of the new generation understand and represent the world around them and their place in it? How do works of literature, film, and visual media inform younger generations and the claims they make and the ideas that resonate with them? Students will examine textual and visual media to look comparatively at European and American youth cultures.

PS 231 – Introduction to International Relations

The Maymester version is focused on an issue-oriented approach to the evolution of relations among nations and of the roles of the United Nations and other international institutions, including changes in the world political system since the end of the cold war. Students are required to discuss/debate a selected number of competing and controversial issues such as “Does using drones to attack terrorists violate international law? Should the US ratify the convention to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women(CEDAW)? And is immigration a net benefit to the host country?

PHI 310 – Existentialism

This course serves as a comprehensive philosophical introduction to existentialism, focusing on the following themes: first, the place in existentialism of the ideal of being true to oneself; second, the possibilities that existentialism offers for understanding our social identities, including such aspects of ourselves as our race and gender; and finally, the connection between existentialism and art, especially in the form of novels and plays.

ANT 295 – Special Topics: Forensic Anthropology Laboratory and field methods

Forensic Anthropology focuses on the forensic analysis of human skeletal materials often resulting from unexplained deaths. In many cases forensic anthropologists lead on-site crime scene recovery. This course is an introduction to the most commonly utilized field and crime scene methods in the discipline. The course is designed to be an intensive, hands-on experience for undergraduate students.

SW 495/595 – Program and Resource Development

This course provides a comprehensive examination of program and resource development. It is especially designed for students who hope to enter professional careers requiring knowledge developing grants and funding programs and services.

ENG 498 – Poetry and the Visual Arts

The aim of this course is two-fold: first, to introduce students to the long, rich tradition of poetry and the visual arts, that is, to poets who have found in the visual arts the raw material for their own poetry and to introduce them to important issues of representation that this tradition foregrounds. Ekphrastic poetry–poetry that confronts or comments upon art– is the subject of this course. (including critical/theoretical essays) with a workshop-style writing experience. The second aim of the course is to explore the imaginative interaction between poetry and the visual arts as a resource for writing poetry.

GEP-HUMU 295 Literacy and Empowerment in U.S. Society and Literature

This course will explore the nexus between literacy and empowerment in U.S. society from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will approach the topic through the fields of history, literature, cultural studies, education, and psychology. The course will have two principal components: a) analysis of the history and representations of literacy and its attendant social, political, and economic issues from diverse perspectives and b) applied practice in the Raleigh community.