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Courses For Next Year

If you have found yourself poring over the Beloit Portal, scrolling through page after page of classes, thinking to yourself “What am I going to take?”, then you are not alone. Course registration is stressful in many ways, and requires a lot of brainpower. You want courses that work with your schedule, courses to fill requirements, and you want courses that seem interesting to you so you won’t fall asleep in class. Here are 10 unique courses that are not offered every semester, and will hopefully get you in the mood for registering for courses. 

  1. AMP 200, Saving Beloit’s Stories with Ellen Joyce

This quarter credit course focuses on Beloit’s past and the students who came before us. The course hopes to teach students how to conduct oral history reviews. Students will interview someone connected with the college and submit that recording to the College Archives. This is a great course for those interested in museum studies, media studies, history, journalism, and anthropology. It is also for those who just want to learn about the history of the college and want to learn what has shaped Beloit. 

2. BIOL 275, Plant-Animal Interactions with Dorothy Christopher

Students only need a prerequisite of one biology course to take this class. The intersecting lives of plants and animals and how they interact with each other is the main focus of this course. It covers different types of environments as well as different types of interactions between plants and animals. It is the perfect course for a biology student or anyone interested in the subject. 

3. CPLT 230, Medieval Animals with Joseph Derosier

This course, which is also cross listed as French and Critical Identity Studies is taught in French and covers how medieval authors explored different ideas about what it means to be human and the role of animals in human lives, as well as how authors used animals as a way to think about our own roles in society. 

4. CRIS 231, Social Stratification with Charles Westerberg

Also cross listed as a Sociology course, Social Stratification looks at social inequality and the various topics within that, such as the causes, how it can be measured, social mobility, and other life patterns and behaviors. 

5. CRIS 265 Horror/Structural Violence with Michael Dango

This course looks at the genre of horror and how it relates to racial and sexual violence. It looks at the origins of horror as well as modern works of literature and film. It asks students to look at the genre’s role in societal issues and how it impacts or has been impacted by racism and sexism. It is also cross listed as English and Media Studies. 

6. ENGL 254 Jane Austen Fiction, Film, Fan Cultures with Tamara Ketabgian

This course examines Jane Austen’s novels and their cultural and individual impact for people today as well as in the 1800s. It also looks at Austen’s role as a woman, as well as someone living in England in the 19th century. 

7. ENVS 290, Victorian Garbage with Tamara Ketabgian

This course is not for the faint of heart. It investigates the concepts of trash, garbage, dirt, and grime in the context of Victorian times. It looks at the dirty streets as well as who was considered to be unclean based on Victorian standards. It looks to Victorian authors and literature and other sources to explain the concepts. This class ends with students creating a final research project and is geared towards English majors. 

8. GLAM 241, Romans In and Out of Love with Lisl Walsh

Students will look at love poetry by various Roman authors from the 1st century. The love poems will be considered in the context of the time, and will look at various stylistics of the poems themselves. This course is cross listed with Critical Identity Studies. 

9. JAPN 280, Postwar Japanese Cinema with Susan Furukawa

This course is taught in English and doesn’t require a background in Japanese. It focuses on Japanese filmmakers and how they used films to explore complex issues from postwar to modern Japan. This is cross listed as a Media Studies course as well. 

10. MDST 271, 3 Directors, 12 Films with Constantine Hadavas

This course focuses on Agnes Varda, Melvin van Peebles, and Terrence Malik and how they used film to move through questions of social issues. The three directors are all influential in their own rights, and the course looks at how each of them use different methods to communicate their message. 

Before the stress of sitting down at your computer to violently click on your classes before the rest of the school, take some time to look at classes you might not usually take. There might be some interesting surprises, and you could end up sitting in your new favorite class. 


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