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Cool Class List Fall 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019


It’s that time of year again. Enrollment time! If you're looking for an interesting class to fulfill a KU Core requirement or simply an interesting elective, read on, my friend.

Cool Classes in Theatre & Dance:

THR 120: Public Speaking as Performance
Looking for a more creative way to learn public speaking? This is it! This class will build your confidence and teach you the art of public speaking through a variety of theatre techniques.
Satisfies: Goal 2 Outcome 2 (GE22), H Humanities (H) 


THR 327: African-American Theatre & Drama
A historical study of Black Theatre in the U.S. from its African genesis to its contemporary Americanness. 
Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 1 (AE41), H Humanities (H) 


THR 380: Contemporary Queer Theatre
This course examines contemporary queer theatre within the context of the history of the LGBTQ community and relevant theories of gender and sexuality. Students will engage plays, musicals, and performance pieces by and about LGBTQ individuals, explore “queerness” as a theatrical and theoretical concept, and consider the ethical creation and production of queer work. 
Satisfies: Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H), H Humanities (H), HL Literature & the Arts PC (HL) 

DANC 317: Hip Hop Fundamentals
Learn basic steps for choreography and freestyle based on all urban street styles, as well as the origins and history of the hip hop movement.

DANC 319: Tap Fundamentals
Learn what you need to become the next Gene Kelly! You'll learn the principles of tap dance including rhythm, clarity of sound, syncopation and weight shift. The course will be based on "stomp tap" and "rhythm tap," working with/without the music to make clear patterned sounds. 

Satisfies: H Humanities (H), SC Culture & Society PC (SC) 

DANC 330: Approaches to World Dance
Explore dance from around the world including African, East Indian classical, European court dance, ballet, modern, and jazz. You'll learnthe dances AND how the dances relate to the times and cultures in which they evolved.
Satisfies: Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42), H Humanities (H), HL Literature & the Arts PC (HL) 

Cool Classes in Film & Media Studies:

FMS 302: Video Game Theory & Design
Want to level up? This course will provide a survey of the history and theory of video games and an introduction to the fundamental principles of game design. Through assignments geared toward analysis and development from preproduction to production, students will gain the basic skills necessary for game-building at the level of mechanics and environment.
Satisfies: H Humanities (H)

FMS 302: The Blaxpoitation Film
Take a deep dive in the Blaxpoitation films of the 1970s. 
Satisfies: H Humanities (H) 

FMS 425: Ethics in Storytellling
Students will evaluate the ethical and social responsibility challenges of fiction and non-fiction writing, films, television and online projects from a variety of fields: anthropology, sociology, journalism, political rhetoric and documentary filmmaking. Through readings, case studies and application, students will explore the fundamentals of rhetorical ethics, and the questions raised by new and emerging forms of storytelling. 
Satisfies: Goal 5 Outcome 1 (AE51), H Humanities (H) 

Cool Classes in Visual Art:

ART 123: Fundamentals of Expanded Media
An exploration of basic technical and expressive possibilities in Expanded Media, including Installation, Performance, Video and other Digital technologies; may include field trips, films, and/or visiting lecturers. 
Satisfies: Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H), U Undesignated elective (U) 

ART 300: Art in Community
Explore how to empower people by facilitating the arts in community, through working with non-profit organizations, like museums, after-school programs, library, care facilities and other alternative sites. 

ART 300: 3-D Construction in Textiles
Learn the art of textile design by making your own 3-D creations out of a variety of materials.