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Course Catalog and Schedule

Summer session courses are now available in the course schedule. Search for courses in the course schedule by term.

Summer 1, Summer 2 and course subject. For Maymester courses search under Summer 1.

General Education Program (GEP) Courses

View the list of Summer 2021 courses by GEP requirements satisfied. The course list is subject to change; please use the Course Schedule Search tool above for the most up-to-date course listing.

Maymester Courses

Want to reward and engage your mind this summer? Enroll in a Maymester course: where academic innovation and intensive engagement meet student success. Maymester is a three-week session taken in May for students who would like an alternative to taking courses during the summer sessions and regular academic year.

Why Maymester Courses?

  • To re-develop existing or to develop new courses which are intellectually focused and/or immersive for a consolidated time frame and format.
  • To provide an educational experience that is rewarding, engaging, compelling, creative and rigorous.
  • To engage tenure and tenure-track faculty and students in an intensive, high-impact educational experience.
  • To enable students to make progress toward degree requirements, to expand their intellectual life, and/or to prepare for study abroad, research or other academic experiences.

Maymester 2022 Courses and Course Descriptions

InstructorCourseCourse TitleGEP and/or College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements course fulfills
RomoCOM 292Language, Communication, and CultureGEP Social Science and US Diversity
DudleyENG/AFS 248Survey of African American LiteratureGEP Humanities and US Diversity; College Lit II
SimonENG/WGS 305Women and Literature: Women and Gender in ComicsGEP Humanities and US Diversity; College Lit II
FyfeENG 376Science Fiction: Science Fiction & SteampunkGEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives; College Lit II
JohnstonENG 382Film and Literature: Adapting AnimationGEP Visual & Performing Arts and Global Knowledge; College Lit II
RiederENG/COM 395Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media: Learning Ren’PyGEP Humanities
MarchiFL 216Art & Society in FranceGEP Visual & Performing Arts and Global Knowledge; College Arts & Letters
FriendHI 253Early American HistoryGEP Humanities and US Diversity, College History II
PickettMLS 501Seminar in Liberal Studies: “Black Faith Matters”n/a (Graduate Course)
HintonPHI 205Introduction to PhilosophyGEP Humanities; College Philosophy
SoyarslanPHI 221Contemporary Moral IssuesGEP Humanities; College Philosophy
HarwoodPHI/STS 325Biomedical EthicsGEP Humanities or GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives; College Philosophy
GriffinPS 298 (possibly also IPGE 295 and/or SSGE, pending CUE approval)Interactions of Science, Engineering and Public PolicyIf approved by CUE and taken as IPGE 295 = GEP-Interdisciplinary Perspectives or if approved for and taken as SSGE 295 = GEP-Social Science; College Social Science if taken as PS 298
McLaughlinREL 210Religious Traditions of the WorldGEP Humanities & Global Knowledge; College Arts & Letters
BullockSW 260Introduction to Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Field of PracticeGEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives and US Diversity

COM 292 –Language, Communication, and Culture, Dr. Lynsey Romo

We use different modes of communication, depending on whether we are participating in classroom discussions, talking with our parents or boss, hanging out with friends, or visiting a different country.  Rarely do we have the opportunity to consciously reflect upon our communicative behaviors. 

In this class, we will unpack some of the ways culture and society influence our communication and how our communication affects the culture and the society in which we live.  Understanding how our words, shared meanings, and contexts can affect how we express ourselves can be the difference between positive and negative communicative experiences. 

Key issues raised in this class come from the following questions.  What is culture and how does it influence the ways we communicate? How does language affect how we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us? What roles do we expect others should play in certain communicative situations? How does context help us better understand communication?

This course satisfies a GEP Social Science requirement and the GEP US Diversity requirement.

ENG 248 (AFS 248) – Survey of African American Literature, Dr. Marc Dudley

This special Maymester version of the AFS/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.

We’ll begin with early poetic works by Phyllis Wheatley whose very existence (as slave poet) at once defied expectation and yet demanded inclusion. Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories at the turn of century, whose magical musings prefigure Toni Morrison’s own writings by a hundred years, are also necessarily about inclusion and an economy of value in a nation that insists it has little use for those marginalized.

While Walter Mosely’s “Equal Opportunity” insists that the “American Dream” is for everyone, regardless of age, sex, and yes, race, jazz and blues artists that include Louis Armstrong, Howling Wolf and Bessie Smith and Hip hop artists such as Grand Master Flash (whose song “The Message” has become a classic anthem of African American perseverance in light of a good dream gone bad), Public Enemy, and everyone’s contemporary crossover darling Jay Z, all provide a soundtrack to this literary interrogation of our coveted American Dream. 

As literary critics and social historians, we will attempt to show how these texts in turn define America as we see it, think it, and/or hope it to be. 

This course satisfies a GEP Humanities or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Literature II requirement as well as the GEP US Diversity requirement.

ENG 305 (WGS 305) – Women and Literature: Women and Gender in Comics, Dr. Margaret Simon

This course surveys the representation of women and gender in comics from 1936 to 2021, looking at representation both in terms of character and of comics creators.

Across the course of the twentieth century women, especially, and to a lesser extent, LGBTQIA+ characters and comics creators took a more prominent role in the industry. 

How has this shift shaped (or reshaped) how individuals along a complex gender spectrum are written and visually represented in such texts? How is graphic literature being defined by a more diverse creative community, including minority voices? What perspectives on gender and sexuality are put forth in comics? What affordances and constraints do comics provide in presenting complex body narratives? How do we evaluate comics and graphic literature in a literature class?

We will read mainstream and experimental graphic fiction, gender theory, and media theory, in addition to undertaking drawing activities, archival research, and hosting several guest speakers. 

The course offers an in-depth focus on comics as a medium for exploring gender. This course satisfies a GEP Humanities or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Literature II requirement as well as the GEP US Diversity requirement.

ENG 376 – Science Fiction: Science Fiction & Steampunk, Dr. Paul Fyfe

“Science Fiction & Steampunk” explores the provocations of science and technology to the literary imagination. This seminar analyzes responses to historical shifts in technology, from nineteenth-century reactions to steam engines and telegraphy to more contemporary “steampunk” reworkings of the past. 

Students will gain an understanding of the genealogy of science fiction, investigate its creative adaptation in “punk” subcultures, and assess how they reveal perspectives on communication, ethics, gender, and race.

The course also considers how the genre of science fiction evolves through different mediums, from historical texts to graphic novels to films to video games to fan conventions to fabricated objects.

Across all of our materials, students will use a critical thinking toolkit for literary study and media analysis, producing daily writing assignments, a class presentation, a prototype steampunk object in collaboration with the NC State University Libraries Makerspace, and a final paper.

An instructor-generated video providing an overview of the course is available at .

This course satisfies a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Literature II requirement.

ENG 382 – Film and Literature: Adapting Animation, Dr. Andrew Johnston

How have literature, comics, and other media shaped the production and technologies of animation? How is the influence reciprocal?

While animation is often considered children’s entertainment, this course situates it as the technical coincidence of life and movement while examining its relation to multiple media. From hand-drawn work to claymation, stop-motion cutouts, or CGI, animation’s illusions generate wonder and are also put in the service of narrative effects.

This class will explore this relationship between animation and literary genres by asking how they mutually constitute, constrain, and give shape to one another while analyzing the source material and cinematic versions of industry films like Coraline, Alice in Wonderland, and Doctor Strange as well as artisanal films like Persepolis and the work of Lewis Klahr.

Studying these alongside the history and language of animation, we will attend to the intersection between material form and aesthetic experience as animated movement changes with the incorporation of CGI and digital effects. 

This course satisfies the GEP Visual and Performing Arts requirement or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Literature II requirement and the GEP Global Knowledge requirement.

ENG (COM) 395 – Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media: Designing Interactive Stories with Ren’Py, Dr. David Rieder

Students in this course will learn how to write and publish an interactive story or narrative using the popular, free, open-source ‘engine’ called Ren’Py.  Ren’Py is a Python-based ‘visual novel game engine.’

It has a devoted international following and is well supported.  It is a platform well suited for beginners and more experienced content creators to learn how to develop interactive content in a technical environment without feeling overwhelmed. 

The instructor will provide both the technical training in Ren’Py’s Python-based API as well as hypertext and multimodal theory, on which the class will draw to understand how to design ‘branch-based,’ interactive narratives and stories. 

An instructor-generated video providing an overview of the course is available at

This course satisfies a GEP Humanities requirement.

FL 216 – Art & Society in France, Dr. Dudley Marchi

This course provides an overview of the visual arts in France, defined broadly: painting, architecture, urban design, photography, cinema, book production, gardens, fashion, cuisine, multi-media, comic books, magazines, everyday objects, and their relationship to French culture and society. 

France’s national identity and cultural heritage are embodied in its rich tradition of artistic expression and France’s contributions to the visual arts.  France will be studied in broad historical and global contexts throughout the course. 

The course begins with Prehistoric art in France, then works through Celtic, Greek, and Roman civilization to set the background for the development of French art and architecture. 

The course is designed as an inquiry-guided learning experience.  Field trips to the Gregg Museum, D.H. Hill Rare Books Collection, The Crafts Center, and the NC Museum of Art will provide experiential opportunities for students. 

This course satisfies the GEP Visual and Performing Arts requirement or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Arts & Letters requirement and the GEP Global Knowledge requirement.

HI 253 – Early American History, Dr. Craig Friend

This course covers early American history to explore how European colonial endeavors resulted in the creation of the United States, with an emphasis on racial and cultural diversity.

We will consider the development of “American” identity in Othering, the symbiotic relationship of enslavement to freedom, the incorporation of immigrants into the concept of Whiteness; and evolutions of gender and sexuality in American culture.

In lieu of a textbook, students will become immersed in reading, analyzing, and critiquing journal articles; and they will work in primary sources as both foundations for and critiques of secondary analyses.

Students will learn how to employ evidence, both the type provided in original documents and that which evolves from scholars’ analyses. 

This course satisfies a GEP Humanities requirement and the GEP US Diversity requirement.

PHI 205 Introduction to Philosophy – Dr. Timothy Hinton

This course is intended to present students with a comprehensive introduction to philosophy. 

The course will be presented in two halves.  The first half will cover a number of topics that have traditionally been treated as central to philosophy as a discipline. 

These include the nature of theoretical and practical rationality; the ideal of a virtuous or well-lived life; the concept of knowledge and skeptical arguments against the possibility of knowing anything; the concept of free will and the question of whether determinism rules out the possibility of holding anyone responsible for what they do. 

During the second half, the class will examine several philosophical issues that are closer to the cutting edge of contemporary philosophy. 

Among these are the nature of social identity; the concept of racism and competing for philosophical accounts of what racism is; the place of race in philosophical thought; the nature of sexism and the question of how people’s social identities (such as their race and gender) affect their authority or standing when it comes to claiming to know things.

This course fulfills a GEP Humanities and/or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Philosophy requirement.

PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues – Dr. Sanem Soyarslan

This course is intended to enable students to apply ethical analysis and theory to a broad range of contemporary moral issues, including euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, famine relief, animal rights, and environmental concerns.

Students can expect to gain not only training in the concepts and main theoretical approaches of moral philosophy but also critical thinking skills needed for assessing morally difficult questions that we routinely face in our world today.

The course will include a mixture of lectures, documentary viewings, and lively class debates and discussions. 

This course fulfills a GEP Humanities and/or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Philosophy requirement.

PHI/STS 325 – Bio-Medical Ethics, Dr. Karey Harwood

This course will provide an overview of some major ethical theories and principles that can be used to frame and evaluate moral questions in medicine and biotechnology. 

Topics include the history of bioethics as a field, past scandals in human research, eugenic sterilization, maternal-fetal conflicts, vaccination refusal, racial disparities in health care, privacy and genetic testing, and the distinction between therapy and enhancement. 

Historical context, significant legal decisions, and scientific facts will inform and complement our study of ethical principles, such as patient autonomy and equality of opportunity, and the larger ethical theories from which these principles are derived. 

The overarching objective of this course is to develop skills in critical reasoning.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a final project for which they will research, analyze, discuss, and propose public policy on a current topic, such as CRISPR embryo editing. 

This course fulfills a GEP Humanities, a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement, or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Philosophy requirement.

PS 298 (possibly also IPGE 295 and/or SSGE 295) – Interactions of Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Dr. Clifford Griffin

This course seeks to improve students’ understanding of today’s interconnectedness between scientific and engineering innovation, public policy, and economic development. 

This course will expose students to the interdependency of these areas of study and, in the process, provide a more informed view of how our political and economic system really works. 

Students will learn the process of developing public policy through a combination of readings, lectures, class presentations from guest speakers, legislators and government officials, and a critical examination of selected engineering policy solutions and their impacts. 

After being introduced to the ideas and techniques for creating public policy, students will be exposed to the engineering design process. 

The process of developing public policy will then be examined through the lens of engineering design. 

Students will critically examine case studies of policy developed around technological issues and identify both the policy and the engineering design approaches to solving problems. 

Students will produce their own creative solution to a current policy by drawing upon both the policy and the engineering approaches to problem-solving.

If taken as PS 298, the course can satisfy three of the hours of Social Sciences required by the College of Humanities of Social Science that go beyond the six hours of GEP Social Sciences, but it would not count as a GEP Social Science under that listing. 

If taken as IPGE 295 (pending approval to be offered as such), the course will satisfy 3 credits of the GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement.

If taken as SSGE 295 (pending approval to be offered as such), the course will satisfy a GEP Social Sciences requirement. 

Note – when searching for IPGE 295 in the Enrollment Wizard, use the course subject, “GEP-IPGE”; similarly when searching for SSGE 295 in the Enrollment Wizard, use the course subject, “GEP-SSGE.”

REL 210 – Religious Traditions of the World, Dr. Levi McLaughlin

This course provides a sweeping overview of major Eastern and Western religious traditions with attention to their teachings and practices as well as to the historical, geographical, social, and political settings in which they arose and developed. 

The class may include visits to religious sites in and around Raleigh. It pays particular attention to the lives of ordinary religious practitioners in contemporary society through case studies, which may include religion in the context of disaster as well as religion and contemporary world politics. 

These case studies make lived experience the primary context within which to interpret doctrines, institutions, practices, and dispositions within influential faith traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and others.

By gaining an appreciation for how these traditions emerged historically and how they take shape in our world today, students learn about the centrality of religion within societies around the globe. 

This course fulfills a GEP Humanities or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Arts & Letters requirement as well as the GEP Global Knowledge requirement.

SW 260 –  Intro to Gerontology: An interdisciplinary field practice, Dr. Karen Bullock

This integrative seminar is an introduction to gerontology as an interdisciplinary field of practice. It helps students understand the demographics and trends among older adults in the United States, in order to provide a context for practice. 

Students explore characteristics of diverse aging populations, trends and projections, myths and realities of aging, based on current data and scholarly reports.  The course addresses cultural issues and family dynamics, emotional, psychological and physiological changes in aging, theoretical and conceptual approaches to address disparities. 

Case studies, media technology, group exercises and assigned readings will enrich the classroom discussions. 

Knowledge gained in the classroom about contemporary issues including health (mental health) and nutrition, financial and social sustainability, elder law (policy), caregiving, end-of-life care, bereavement and loss will be expounded through community engagement assignments and experiential learning. 

The course satisfies a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement as well as the GEP US Diversity requirement.

Maymester 2022 Graduate Courses

MLS 501 – Seminar in Liberal Studies: “Black Faith Matters”, Dr.  Xavier Pickett

Why and how does faith matter to Americans of African descent? How has faith been a form of entrapment or empowerment? In what ways does faith matter in public?

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore these questions and how faith has mattered from a broad range of perspectives, tracing it from slavery to the development of independent Black churches to social movements like the Civil Rights Movement and #BlackLivesMatters.

This course incorporates disciplines such as history, politics, theological studies, ethics, women’s and gender studies, and sociology.

Classroom sessions are complemented by guest speakers and site visits (e.g., churches, faith-based civic organizations, divinity schools).