ACCAD 3350:  The History of Animation 

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Wexner Center 001 / David Filipi / 16444

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

AFAMAST 2288: Bebop to Doowop to Hiphop: The Rhythm and Blues Tradition 

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / William McDaniel / 34250

Examines the aesthetic and historical evolution of rhythm and blues: black music tradition including bebop, rock and roll, and hiphop, redefining American popular culture post-WWII.  GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course. Cross-listed in Music.

AFAMAST 4571: Black Visual Culture and Popular Media 

  • Mo 10:20AM - 1:05PM / Hagerty Hall 062 / 26941

An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media.  GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course.

ARTEDUC 2367.03: Criticizing Television              

  • Online / 33950
  • Online / 33953
  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Derby Hall 049 / 16424
  • Tu 4:30PM - 7:15PM / Jennings Hall 160 / 27427
  • Online / 16425
  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Hagerty Hall 259 / 16427
  • Online / Lauren Pace / 25681
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM /Ramseyer Hall 039 / 16438
  • Online / Ruth Smith / 24245
  • MoWe 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Sullivant Hall 251 / Edward Quinn / 26642
A critical analysis of a wide variety of television programs through viewing, discussing, reading, and writing. Prereq: English 1110, and Soph standing. Not open to students with credit for 367.03 or Theatre 2367.03 (367.03). GE writing and comm course: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course. Cross-listed in Theatre.


CLASSICS 2205 : Sports and Spectacles in the Ancient World 

  • MoWeFr 1:50PM - 2:45PM / Derby Hall 080 / 25613

The history and social role of gymnastic and athletic competition in Greece and Rome. The evolution of their modern revivals. GE cultures and ideas course.

COMM 3413 :   Media Entertainment 

  • Th 12:40PM - 2:30PM / Journalism Bldg 360 / Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick / 26948        

Explores speculation, theory, and research regarding effects and appeal of media entertainment, emphasizing emotional reactions. 

COMM 3440: Mass Communication and Society

  • Online / 17596

This course is designed to promote an understanding of basic mass communication practice.

COMM 3513:  Video Games and the Individual 

  • Tu 9:10AM - 11:00AM / Journalism Bldg 360 / James Bonus / 26830           

A broad overview of the effects of video game play on the individual.  Students critique the literature on this topic and design their own study to test video game effects.

COMM 4554:   Social Media 

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Journalism Bldg 216 (25638)
  • We 3:00PM - 4:50PM / Journalism Bldg 216 / Golnoosh Behrouzian / 27402

Examination of social media and their impact on social interactions.

COMPARATIVE STUDIES 3686: Cultural Studies of American Musics 

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Mendenhall Lab 115 / Barry Shank / 17845

Investigation of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the development of popular musics in the U.S.  Please go to to see a detailed description of this class. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course.

COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2321:  Introduction to Asian American Studies

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Jennings Hall 140 / Eunice Uhm / 35011

Introduction to Asian American studies; history, experiences, and cultural production of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. GE cultures and ideas course and diversity soc div in the US course.

COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2322: Introduction to Latino Studies 

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Hayes Hall 024 / Danielle Orozco / 23964

Introduction to Latino studies; history, politics, and cultural production of Latino/a communities in the U.S. and its borderlands. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 242, or Spanish 2242. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course. Cross-listed in Spanish 2242.

COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2281: American Icons 

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / McPherson Lab 1041 / Jason Payne / 24094          

Interdisciplinary methods in American studies; emphasis on the plurality of identities in American culture.  Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.

CSFRST 2372: Appearance, Dress, and Cultural Diversity 

  • MoWeFr 1:50PM - 2:45PM / Jennings Hall 155 / Julie Hillery / 12134

A cross-cultural study of the diversity and meaning of appearance and dress as manifestations of individual and group behavior, social organizations, and cultural norms.  GE soc sci indivs and groups course.

CSFRST 2374 : Twentieth Century Fashion and Beyond                                                                   

  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Campbell Hall 200 / Amanda Mutchler / 12136                
  • Online / Wendy Goldstein / 13183
Relationship between culture, society and fashion in the 20th century, the influence of historic dress on contemporary fashion, and industry developments leading to mass fashion. Prereq: English 1110.  GE historical study course.

CSFRST 3474: Fashion Forecasting 

  •  TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Campbell Hall 100 / Kristin Paulus / 12165

Analysis and application of trend forecasting practices in all aspects of the fashion industry. Prereq: C- or higher in 2370 (CSFsnRtS 270), and 2373 (275). 

DANCE 3401: Dance in Popular Culture 

  • Online / Amy Schmidt / 26522

Popular dance in the United States, with an emphasis on how movement constructs identity and community. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.

ENGLISH 2263: Introduction to Film                        

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Gateway Film Center House 1 / Frederick Aldama / 19043

This course will offer methods and approaches for understanding the devices used (mise-en-scene, lensing, sound, editing, casting, and so on) by film directors to give shape to their various distillations and reconstructions of the building blocks of reality. We will be attuned to how films trigger our perception, thought, and feeling systems. We will explore the sociopolitical contexts of making, distributing, and consuming film. We will explore how a film director gives shape through visual and auditory means to a filmic blueprint that triggers real emotions and thoughts about the world.  We will view and analyze: Wes Andersen's The Grand Budapest Hotel(2014); Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (2010); Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2017); Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979); Cary Joji Fukunaga's Sin Nombre (2009); Barry Jenkins's Moonlight (2016); Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (2001); Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) & The Shining (1980); Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989); Terence Malick's Badlands (1973); Fernando Meirelles's City of God (2002); George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) & The Dark Knight (2008); Jordan Peele's Get Out (2017); Jason Reitman's Juno (2007); Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994); Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (2017); Orson Wells's Touch of Evil (1968); Joe Wright's Atonement (2007)

ENGLISH/ COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2264: Introduction to Popular Culture Studies      

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Denney Hall 250 / Jared Gardner / 34822
  • WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Campbell Hall 309 / Joanna Toy / 34752

Introduction to the analysis of popular culture texts. Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01). Not open to students with credit for 264 or CompStd 2264 (264). GE cultures and ideas course. Cross-listed in CompStd.

ENGLISH 3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture 

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Gateway Film Center House 2 / Thomas Davis / 29336

Insurgent Youth: Punk, Riot Grrrl, and Black Metal
How do cultural worlds respond to moments of political distress? How can music, art, and lifestyles model other ways of living and thinking?  This class pursues these two questions by investigating three distinct subcultures: punk, riot grrrl, and black metal.  We will listen to a wide range of music, placing it in its historical context and tracing its lasting influences.  Readings and viewings will range across documentary films, memoirs, cultural theory, zines, and other literary and visual texts.  Our class will also host visits from music journalists, scholars, and participants in these three subcultures.  Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.

ENGLISH 3372: Science Fiction and/or Fantasy                                                        

  •  TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Denney Hall 250 / Elizabeth Hewitt / 25944

Feminist Science Fiction
Since Mary Shelley birthed Frankenstein's monster, science fiction has been devoted to issues that are crucial to the history of feminism: alterity and equity. The imagination of other worlds, other places, other species, other laws has the unique ability to make the familiarities of sexism strange. In this class, we will read some of the canonical texts of science fiction focused on issues involving sexuality, gender, reproduction, and corporeality, including Mary Shelley, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, James Tiptree, Jr., Samuel Delany, Judith Merril, and Octavia Butler.

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Campbell Hall 309 / Dorothy Noyes / 28320

The Fairy Tale and Reality
The modern Western world thinks of fairy tales as magical and escapist. This course considers the many ways in which fairy tales call us back to the "real" world. Fairy tales stage the choices of underlings as they seek to get ahead in a world not of their making. Poor people told competing versions of common stories as they debated the balance of luck, virtue, brains, and opportunism required to get off the farm. Their oral stories have been taken up in literature and mass culture in order to mold modern selves and templates for success. At the same time, a fairytale counterculture has continually pushed the subversive undertones of the tales to denaturalize, even break dominant cultural scripts.

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Hopkins Hall 246 /27305
  • Online / Jane Chen / 19037          

ENGLISH 3378: Special Topics in Film and Literature 

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Gateway Film Center House 2 /  Frederick Aldama / 19075         

Film & Comics: Race, Class, Sexuality, and Differently Abled
Have you ever wondered why you love watching superhero movies or reading comics? Why do we pay money to go see something that we know is clearly not real? This course examines the art of film and comics storytelling and, simultaneously, the emotion and cognitive responses that they trigger. We will focus on the contemporary period to see how filmmakers and comic book creators build their storyworlds as well as audience consumption. We will also explore the crosspollination of devices used to give shape to filmic and comic book storytelling modes. We will acquire theoretical concepts and tools to understand better how our set of films and comics are built and how they might make (or not) new our perception, thought, and feeling concerning issues of racism, ableism, misogyny, homophobia, and the like.  We will view and analyze: Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman (2017); Jon Favreau's Iron Man (2008); George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012); M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable (2000); Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (2013); Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002); James Mangold's Logan (2017); Zack Snyder's Justice League (2017); Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018); Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok (2017); Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010); Bob Persichetti et al. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018); Jill Thompson's Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (2016); George Miller et al. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vol. 1 (2004); Steve Niles's 28 Days Later: Aftermath; Travis Beacham's Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift (2016); Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther & the Crew (2017)
Prereq: 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.

ENGLISH 4578: Special Topics in Film 

  •  WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Denney Hall 206 / Ryan Friedman/ 19076

Film and American Society after World War II
This course examines the history of the American cinema in the years immediately following the Second World War, covering the period from 1945 to 1960. We will view and discuss significant Hollywood films from a variety of genres (e.g., comedy, musical, film noir, western, melodrama, social problem film), contextualizing them by reading articles and excerpts published in a variety of venues (e.g., popular magazines, film-trade publications, books of sociology and psychology) during the era in which these films were produced and exhibited. These textual primary sources will serve to illustrate historical discourses describing, reinforcing, and/or critiquing what were conceived of as significant social issues and shifts - from the "veterans problem," to the "housing crisis," to "juvenile delinquency," to sexism, and residential segregation. In our discussions, we'll be interested in how the assigned films reflected, responded to, and inflected the print debates happening around these issues and shifts - even and perhaps especially when the films are not overtly working in the "social problem" genre. We'll also approach the films in the context of the upheavals happening in the American film industry during this period, as a result of the Paramount decree, the HUAC hearings, suburbanization, and declining movie theater attendance. In particular, we'll examine the ways in which the rise of television as a competing medium of mass entertainment shaped the stories that Hollywood movies told and the visual devices they used to dramatize these stories.  Prereq: 6 cr hrs of English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor. 3 cr hrs in 2367 in any subject is acceptable towards the 6 cr hrs. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Denney Hall 250 / Sandra MacPherson / 34772

Examination of particular topics, themes, genres, or movements in cinema; topics may include particular directors (Orson Welles), periods (The Sixties), genres (horror). 
Prereq: 6 cr hrs of English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor. 3 cr hrs in 2367 in any subject is acceptable towards the 6 cr hrs. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.

ENGLISH 4597.01: The Disability Experience in the Contemporary World            

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / McPherson Lab 1035 / Sona Hill / 34916

Global, national, and local issues of disability in the contemporary world; interdisciplinary approach combines historical, literary, philosophical, scientific, and service-oriented analysis of experience of disability.  Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv, and Jr or Sr standing. GE cross-disciplinary seminar course.

FILMSTD 2271: Introduction to Film Studies for Majors

  • We Fr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Hagerty Hall 062 / Paige Piper

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors. Prereq: English 2263 (263), or HistArt 2901 (260). GE VPA course.

HISTART 2901: Introduction to World Cinema

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Knowlton Hall 250 / Staff (18979)
  • Distance Learning /Online / Kristina Paulsen (28304)

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.  GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

MEDREN 2666: Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance                  

  • MoWeFr 10:20AM - 11:15AM /Sullivant Hall 220 /Sarah Johnston / 29002

A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious and intellectual contexts. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

MUSIC 2252: History of Rock 'n' Roll 

  •  WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Hughes Hall 100 / Graeme Boone / 21187

The history and culture of rock 'n' roll.  GE VPA course.

RUSSIAN 2335.01: Magnificence, Mayhem, and Mafia: Russian Culture 

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Mendenhall Lab 175 / 22938
  • Online / Ludmila Isurin / 27016
Russian culture from its foundations to the 21st century through analysis of literature, film, music, visual arts, beliefs, and customs. Taught in English. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

RUSSIAN 3460: Modern Russian Experience through Film 

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Mendenhall Lab 115 / Helena Goscilo / 22939
  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Hayes Hall 005 / 33860
  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Mendenhall Lab 125 / 29156

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.

SLAVIC 2230:  Vampires, Monstrosity, and Evil: From Slavic Myth to Twilight 

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Caldwell Lab 120 / Daniel Collins / 22971
  • MoWeFr 4:10PM - 5:05PM / Mendenhall Lab 125 / 26342
  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Denney Hall 238 / 33861

Changing approaches to evil as embodied in vampires in East European folk belief & European & American pop culture; function of vampire & monster tales in cultural context, including peasant world & West from Enlightenment to now. Taught in English.GE cultures and ideas course, GE diversity global studies course.

SLAVIC 3310: Science Fiction: East vs. West 

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Page Hall 010 / Helena Goscilo / 27814
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Derby Hall 080 / 33862

Slavic, American, and British sci-fi on page and screen as reflection of major cultural concerns: progress, utopia, human perfectibility, limits of science and knowledge, gender, identity. Taught in English.  GE VPA and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in WGSSt.

SOCIOL 3302: Technology and Global Society                                                                      

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Lazenby Hall 002 / Joe Dixon / 23024
  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Jennings Hall 060 / Danielle Schoon / 23025
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Jennings Hall 040 / Chris Papaleonardos / 23026
  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Townshend Hall 247 / Michelle Oyakawa / 23027
  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Jennings Hall 040 / Chris Papaleonardos / 23028

Social aspects of technology, social change, and technological development; underdevelopment and the global economy. 

THEATRE 2367.01: Self Images: America on Stage, 1830 to the Present 

  •  WeFr 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Hagerty Hall 351 / 23605

Exploration of the images of Americans presented on popular stages through written analysis of theatrical and critical texts. Prereq: English 1110, and Soph standing or above. Not open to students with credit for 2367. GE writing and comm course: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course.

WGSST 2230:  Gender, Sexuality and Race in Popular Culture               

  • Online / Malia Womack / 23692
  • Online / Allison Susor / 26592
  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Cockins Hall 218 / Rachel Buckner / 27387

Explores how popular culture generates and articulates our understandings of gender and sexuality and their intersections with race and class. GE VPA course.

WGSST 3317: Hollywood, Women, and Film 

  • WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / University Hall 056 / Maghan Jackson / 23694
  • Online / Joy Ellison / 23695
  • Online / Saidah Isoke / 29696

A critical survey of the rep. of women in Hollywood cinema, examples drawn from the 1930's to present. Learn how film has functioned in its representation of women and how and why women film makers have created alternative visions of women in film. GE VPA course.

WGSST 4527: Studies in Gender and Cinema 

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / University Hall 056 / Linda Mizejewski / 26242

Women & Comedy
Given that comedy is a male-dominated field,  funny women have had a long and surprising history in cinema, beginning with silent slapstick stars and continuing through the risque comedy of Mae West, the development of rom coms, and the current abundance of female comic stars, directors, and screenwriters.  This course is a survey of this history, beginning with silent cinema and focusing on the cinematic genres that have enabled women to be funny onscreen.  The course includes coverage of comic performers/auteurs Marie Dressler, Mae West, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Tiffany Haddish.