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"Everybody in the class is a freshman, so everybody has the same questions and the same concerns. It helps you transition and makes you feel more prepared."

— Sabrena Myers,
Harpur College student

"I wanted to show that I was a hardcore student, I wanted to produce that image of myself. "

— Jerry Pomeranz,
Harpur College student

Fall 2013 Semester

This fall, Harpur College will offer several seminars for freshmen designed to connect first-year students with one of Harpur's best faculty members, allowing them to explore an intriguing intellectual issue, hone critical-thinking and writing skills, and make a successful transition to university life. Each seminar is limited to 20 students and is taught by a team that includes an outstanding senior faculty member and an experienced Student Affairs professional.

These two-credit courses meet for two hours each week, with one hour devoted to an academic topic that reflects the professor's research interests and the second hour focused on issues students will face as they make the transition from high school to a highly selective university (time management, effective study skills, selection of a major, navigating a research library, thinking about a career).

All seminars are designated as "W" courses and will help students satisfy the Harpur College writing requirement. Students may not register for multiple sections of HARP 101. In addition, students will not receive credit for both HARP 101 and HDEV 105.

For more information on the courses below, view the schedule of classes on BU Brain.

HARP 101A, The Jane Austen Cult

Professor Marilyn Gaddisrose

Class discussion will focus on Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE . Any print edition will suffice. What is there about this novel which has catapulted Austen into a cult? There will be attention paid to cinema interpretations starting with the Firth/Ehle version which set the standard, and the Knightley version, ending in AUSTENLAND. (If time permits, LOST IN AUSTEN can be watched as well).

HARP 101B, A Metaphorical Journey through Global Business Culture

[Title] Anna Addonisio

Coming soon.

HARP 101C, Understanding Islam

Lecturer Moulay-Ali Bouânani

This course will introduce participants to the religion of Islam by way of a survey of the religious scene in Arabia prior to Islam, the advent of Islam, its dogmas and the person of Mohammed the Prophet. The spread of Islam and the responses of the local populations to the new religion and its advocates; the Arabs and the Mawalis (non-Arabic converts) are also addressed.  As well, we'll investigate how Muslim's reacted to non-Muslims living in their midst. In addition, we will discuss the various political and dogmatic schisms that appeared, along the centuries, in the various geographically and culturally distinct Islamic communities. We will examine the interaction of Muslims with non-Muslims, minorities living in the lands of Islam and how the image of Islam and Muslim was/is construed.

HARP 101D, Health & the Changing World

Professor Titilayo Okoror

This course will introduce participants to how the changing world has informed and influenced the meaning of health. By way of reading assignments, didactic instruction, class discussions, and course assignments, participants will explore how migration and immigration demonstrate the interdependency of the human health; and how diseases that emerged in remote parts of the globe can spread quickly to affect health and economic stability of the whole world. Also, participants will examine how advances in technology as shrink the world to a 'global village,' and yet, it has also introduced the fluidity of health meanings across national and international boundaries. Finally, participants will explore how to improve health in a changing world.


[Title] TBA

Coming soon.

HARP 101F, Ballet: Petipa to Balanchine

Lecturer William Lawson

This course will examine a slice of ballet history by focusing on two great choreographers: Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and George Balanchine (1904-1983). Recurring themes will be classicism in dance, what "symphonism" might mean in terms of ballet, and cultural transmission: how a 19th-century Russian art form was transplanted to America and came to be at the vanguard of 20th-century modernism. Students will familiarize themselves with representative ballets, will learn a variety of practical research techniques, and over the course of the semester, will develop a ten-page paper on some facet of the topic.

HARP 101G, The Irish in Us

Professor Thomas Wilson

This course will examine aspects of Irish and Irish American identity, as found in film, television, literature, drama, and other forms of high and popular culture. The course seeks to explore approaches to culture and identity in social science, history and the humanities.

HARP 101H, God in Jewish Thought

Associate Professor Randy Friedman

What can we know about God? This course will examine central theological questions in Jewish philosophy, including the problem of evil, knowledge of the divine, and the nature of revelation. We will read both Biblical and philosophical texts in which these questions are central concerns, focusing on the Book of Job and Genesis 22. In addition to exploring theology in terms of philosophy, we will also examine broader methodological questions about how religion and religious texts are studied in a university. The course is as much about learning the skills to navigate difficult texts as it is about learning some set content.

HARP 101K, Gender, Sex and Love

Lecturer Ann Merriweather

This course will focus on how gender shapes our understanding of sex and love. We will discuss some of the theories both biological and psychological that drive research on gender, sex and love. We will discuss everything from what makes us male and female to sexual socialization, to sexual behavior to romantic love and more. Topics will include human reproduction, media influences and messages about sex and love, theories of sex and love and current research based understanding of sex and love.

HARP 101L TinPanAlley Comes toBinghamton

Lecturer Joseph Weil

In this course, we will be learning about the history and traditions of song writing as well as writing songs-- either lyrics or music that we hope to interest local musicians in performing. Bring your instrument, your voice or your writing skills to class and prepare to create.

HARP 101M, Embodied Cognition

Professor Cynthia Connine

Do clean smells promote moral behavior? Are people more like to cheat on a test after taking a shower? Does the warmth of holding a cup of coffee make you feel warmer towards others? Does the language you know influence how you perceive color? Or time? All of these questions have been investigated in the field of psychology called Embodied Cognition. The course will use the book "Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence" by Thalma Lobel as a jumping off point for exploring the empirical science of psychology. The book readings will be supplemented by empirical articles from the psychological literature as a step towards developing scientific literacy.

HARP 101N, Environment & Contemporary Film

Assistant Professor Sonia Arellano-Lopez

There are excellent (and not-so-good) films that depict environmental problems ranging from nuclear accidents, to chemical spills, and climate change, to name a few. These can serve as entry points for good discussions about ecological principles, environmental issues, human impact on the environment, and how people think about their relationship to the natural world. In the process, we can improve our understanding of the causes and potential solutions to environmental problems. This class will present and discuss a selection of films that dramatize environmental problems as a means to introduce students to contentious, complex and very important contemporary environmental issues.

HARP 101P, Race and Representation

Associate Professor Gladys Jimenez-Munoz

This course uses social media and films to explore the question of how people experience race, as well as to explore the racially-influenced beliefs and ideas (representations) that people use—consciously or not—to make sense of their lives and everyday events in the United States today: cultural conflicts, social and political activism, conflicting sources of information, and ideological symbols. We primarily will examine the ways in which such representations of people of all backgrounds have been understood in terms of race and of how this racial influence has extended to include the experience of social class and sexuality. The course is intended to make accessible toundergraduate students some of the new perspectives, difficulties, and controversies over identity politics (the so-called Culture Wars) within the context of the overlap between the humanities and the social sciences. Last, but not least, this course can serve as a guide of cultural etiquette for the well-intentioned students.

HARP 101R, How to be a Professional

Professor Anthony Preus

The course will look at professional ethics (and etiquette), including the philosophical basis for ethical behavior in the professions, as well as the practical aspects.

HARP 101S, POTUS in a Globalized World

Lecturer Dinesh Sharma

Almost everyday the President of the United States (POTUS) confronts global challenges that impact our daily lives. "POTUS in A Globalized World" will examine the president's image in five continents and more than twenty countries. We will examine how Barack Obama's presidency and America are viewed by publics, governments, and political commentators around the world. We will discuss how the American presidency has changed due to the increasingly globalized world, social media, technology and the 24/7 news cycle, where the American president is able to communicate with the masses in far corners of the earth. We will read and discuss views of writers, journalists, psychologists, consultants, and social scientists on Obama's leadership style, popularity, and many of the global challenges that still remain unresolved. As a progress report, this course will try to grasp the opportunities and challenges of American leadership in the 21st Century.

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