Summer is approaching fast and quick at DePaul. Instead of taking that math class you failed, try filling out an elective instead! Here are 10 of the Coolest Classes at DePaul University!

1. CTH 214- The Historical Jesus

Are you a devout Catholic? Have you always wished you could mix church with school? Well now you can! This class is an investigation of the early Christian Gospels and other sources for reconstructing the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The relation of historical reconstruction and religious interpretation, and the significance of conflicting interpretations of Jesus, will also be considered.

2. CTH 350- Love in the Christian Tradition

Christians claim that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). This course will examine representative texts in the Christian tradition that try to understand what it could mean to say that God is love. We will read texts from the Bible through the early, medieval, modern, and contemporary Church. These texts will include works of theology, philosophy, and literature.

3. ENV 160- Ideas of Nature

This course is an introductory history of the ideas of nature that emerged over the last two and a half centuries in Europe and the United States. Students will examine how the conceptions, meanings, and values of nature today have been influenced by the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, Romanticism, and evolutionary theory; notions of the sublime, the frontier, and wilderness; and the practices of conservation, preservation, and restoration.

4. ENG 235- Science Fiction

For the Sci-fi nerd. Introduction to science fiction as a literary genre. Variable topics, including history of the genre, multi-media adaptations, cyberpunk, global variants.

5. ENG 231- The Gothic (Special Topic: Romantic Monsters)

This class emphasizes characteristics of Gothic narratives and methods of interpreting the Gothic. Variable emphasis on particular genres or historical periods.

6. SNC 185- The Beatles and The Creative Process

The Beatles are significant in many ways: they were an unprecedented show business phenomenon; they were leaders of Sixties cultural rebellion; and they stand, for many, as a signal instance of popular entertainment attaining the status of high art.  This course examines the musical craftsmanship of the Beatles, focusing on their work as songwriters and record makers.  

7. CPL/PAX 242- Pictures of Injustice

Narrative Arts in Social Justice Movements. This course will examine social justice themes in documentary and feature films in order to consider the role film and filmmaking can play in social justice movements. Students will carefully analyze a wide variety of films with the goal of critically examining their representations of race, gender, class and their depiction of agency of their subjects. The class will also examine the storytelling and technical techniques used by filmmakers and how those techniques support the goals of filmmakers.

8. ANT 109- Food and Culture

This class explores the concept of culture by focusing on people’s knowledge of food; it examines the local sameness and global peculiarity of people’s food preferences, considering tastes and environmental impacts, health implications, dietary restrictions, and other social impacts.

9. DC 104- Stand Up Comedy

In this class, students will analyze and practice stand-up comedy as an art form, both onstage and as a foundation for film and television work. Students will learn about the history of stand-up comedy, particularly about the comedians who parlayed success on the stage into success in television and films, such as Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Louis C.K. Students will mine their own lives for material, creating original stand-up comedy routines and work-shopping them in class, these routines will then be performed in public at different venues such as the Main Stage at the world-renowned Zanies Comedy Club.

10. DC 229- Television Genres

In this class, students will analyze and discuss some of the most important and influential shows in television history. Students will study serials and procedurals, network and cable shows, principal leads, partnerships and ensembles, comedy and drama, prevalent themes, innovations in content and form, the impact of DVR, and the impact of the internet on television.


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