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10 Coolest Courses at Georgia Southern University

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Santosha Veera
12 Jul
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Georgia Southern University public research university located in the gorgeous state of Georgia in the US. With it's more than 100 different degree programs and world-class researchers and professors, students can be sure to find some amazing and unique classes to quench their thirst for knowledge. For everyone who wants to explore something new, gain a new skill or hobby, or just take a fun and easy course, here are 10 of the coolest courses at GSU.

1. ANTH 3130 - Fire, Stone, Hide and Bone

An atlatl is a spear-throwing tool that increases the velocity of a dart. Many early civilizations invented sophisticated hunting tools such as the atlatl, contrary to the belief that early humans were more primitive.

In the modern world, the latest and greatest inventions are considered the newest iPhone, the new video game with life-like graphics, or the new robot-vacuum that's weirdly human. But in ancient times, our ancestors crafted the basics with fire and stone, hide and bone. This class will cover ancient inventions that have propelled humanity to the modern age. From the discovery and maintenance of fire, the tanning of animal hides for clothing, and the use of bones, stones, and wood to make unique hunting tools that are still mechanistic marvels, the "cavemen" of the past were more like Steve Jobs than we might realize.

2. ART 1536 - Animation I

The zoetrope, a device that emulated animation by rotating images on a cylinder quickly enough to trick the eye into thinking it was a moving object, was invented in 1834.

Animation has existed for centuries - from the earliest flipbooks and zoetropes that tricked the eye into seeing the figures on the page dance and move around, to the marvels of modern motion capture and digital animation. For students who dream of working at Disney or following in the steps of Youtube creators like theodd1sout, ART 1536 gives you an introduction to this amazing art form, covering basic 2D concepts, stop-motion, and the use of sound in animation.

3. ART 2230 - Ceramics: Introduction

picture of person in a pottery class, making a ceramic creation

For the artist who prefers to work more directly with their hands, ART 2230 gives students a great understanding of pottery-making and ceramics. An art form that goes back to the earliest human civilizations, ceramics can be a fun hobby, new skill, or the beginning of an artisan career. In this introductory course, students are introduced to clay-shaping techniques, wheel throwing, and firing.

4. CRJU 3160 - Corporate Crime

An example of high-power crime is the recent college admissions scandal, where wealthy parents bribed crooked Ivy League college officials into admitting their exceedingly underqualified children.

White collar crime is a term that's thrown around quite often in the media, and it seems that every year, another billionaire is thrown in jail for defrauding a broken system. CRJU 3160 explores the laws, enforcement, causes, and devastating outcomes that white collar and corporate criminals have on their victims. For anyone who can't get enough of the American Greed re-runs on television or listens to a bit too many true-crime podcasts, this class was made for you.

5. ENGL 3150 - Mythology

Picture looking a bit different than Marvel's re-imagining, Thor is the Norse god of thunder and the son of Odin.

While modern pop culture may have you believe that Thor is an alien from a distant other-dimensional planet, and Nike is just the name of a shoe company, these names and characters have ancient roots. In ENGL 3150, you'll learn about the plethora of godly figures and epic stories that humans all over the world worshipped and regaled to each other. In addition, you'll start realizing how much of ancient mythology we still reference daily. Legends truly never die.

6. ENGL 5030 - Television Theory and Criticism

What were the social implications of Ross and Rachel getting together? And WHY did they get back together?!

Though this class isn't necessarily a good excuse to binge-watch the latest season of Stranger Things under the guise of "homework", it does cover interesting topics relating to some of your favorite television shows. Students will critically analyze the genres, social implications, and historical significance of various iconic TV shows.

7. HIST 3532 - The Modern Middle East

The towering domed structures of the middle east are architectural marvels that date back centuries and are full of history.

It's a buzzword we often hear in media - and not necessarily in a positive light. But how much of what we know about this tumultuous region is true, and how much is media spin and narrow understandings of a different culture. What political, cultural, and social causes set in motion the chain of events leading to today's Middle East? In HIST 3532, students will explore the major events that have affected this region since World War 1 and lift the veil on some of the causes of modern conflict in the Middle East.

8. MUSC 1315 - Guitar Class Non-Major

Picture of a guy holding a guitar and playing while sting on a freen lawn

If you want to learn to play more than "Wonderwall" and actually impress at that summer campfire, MUSC 1315 is the class to take. This introductory guitar course is designed for students who aren't music majors, but still teaches them the basics of guitar technique that can be expanded on individually. It's a fun and relatively easy course to take for a lighter semester load.

9. PSYC 3095 - Drugs and Behavior

While many don't think of alcohol has a hard drug, it's been named the most dangerous drug globally, killing more people last year than opioids did.

Many people already know that drugs are bad (don't let down your DARE officer, kids), but what exactly do they do to people? What parts of the brain do they stimulate or dampen, and how does that change a person's behavior, and even gradually cause them to become addicted? In PSYC3095, students will undertake a scientific exploration of these questions from a biological and sociological lens. After taking this class, maybe you'll think twice before picking up that vodka martini next Friday night.

10. FILM 2200 - Introduction to Cinema

Screengrab of the movie The Shape of Water with a woman kissing the creature

If you've ever wondered what exactly that peach was all about in Call Me By Your Name, or asked yourself what the purpose of that slimy fish monster bathtub scene in The Shape of Water was, then don't worry - you're in good company. Fortunately, FILM 2200 offers students a chance to explore and dissect these films and try to reach an answer, so say goodbye to those countless nights you spent awake, pondering the symbolism of the ending of Fight Club.

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