The Most Amazing Classes You Don't Know About

The Most Amazing Classes You Don't Know About
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Are you looking for ways to add something interesting to your schedule this semester? The college has some fascinating classes that you might not have thought about:

ARTH 380: African Art

The arts of Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa reflect the remarkable influence of Islam on the continent, bringing about one of the greatest transcultural processes in world history. From Islam’s initial contact with northeastern Africa, to its subsequent interactions and evolution from Libya southwest to Senegal, the spectacular art and architecture of Afro-Islamicism share important cultural and spiritual elements. 

COMM 399-003: Transmedia Production of Social Change

Transmedia is a way of telling fiction or non-fiction stories across media forms, allowing a creator to engage audiences with greater impact (e.g., creating a blog or twitter feed for fictional film characters, or soliciting audience-supplied content online). You will produce a transmedia plan that extends a story across several media forms -- social media, digital filmmaking, podcasts, vine, and tumblr, etc. -- to explore this powerfully interactive method of communication.

COMM 399-004: Political Campaign Communication

This course is one of a kind. Through a partnership with C-SPAN, you will have the opportunity to talk with major figures in politics and journalism. We spend the first half of each class session on campus in the GMU-TV studio interacting by live video link with guest speakers in C-SPAN's Washington D.C. studio. Then we move to a classroom for a seminar-style group discussion on timely topics. Each session is aired on C-SPAN 3 and video streamed over C-SPAN's website.

This course connects you to the real world of news and politics and is a great example of how Mason uses the journalism resources right here in our own backyard, the Nation's Capitol.

PHIL 309: Bioethics

What ethical limits are there on the use of prenatal screening? Can we make human beings “better” -- and should we?  PHIL309: Bioethics covers many of the moral questions that have arisen with the steady increase of our medical and scientific knowledge and technological capability.  It satisfies the General Education requirement for a synthesis course, as well as the college requirement in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Students, the catalog is full of courses like these that will expand your mind and your opportunities! Make sure you talk to one of the terrific academic advisors available to you through the undergraduate academic affairs office.