Spring into the Spring Semester with New Classes


Spring into the spring semester with new classes!

Still have an empty slot in your schedule? Not sure about what elective to choose? Check out these brand new courses being offered at Chapman during the Spring semester. At the time this article was written, HON 329 – Beyond Real Numbers, HUM 102 – Introduction to Latinx and Latin American Studies, and POSC 372 – Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S. were waitlisted, but with schedules still in flux and the professors’ ability to sign in students, anything is possible.  You have until Feb. 9 to add or drop classes, so have fun!


1.) Explore a whole new reality

The Digital Arts program recently approved a Virtual Reality minor and a  Virtual Reality Workshop is now being offered.This workshop/class will be taught by Professor Henry “Roy” Finch on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m in Dodge College in room 143. The class is offered as FTV 329 – 06 to undergraduate students, and as 529 – 06 to graduate students.


2.) There are no objections in Dodge’s new law class

The Film Division of Dodge College is offering Entertainment Law as an experimental course for undergraduate students. The course description says that it will be taught by prominent entertainment lawyers, George Davis and Ronni Coulter, along with additional instruction from high-level industry guests. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Dodge College. Enrollment is limited to juniors or above.


3.) Learn how science, history, and Jesus Christ unite in Chapman’s holiest class

The Department of Religion is offering REL 324, Interpretation of the New Testament.This course is being taught by visiting professor James Charlesworth from Princeton Theological Seminary, and will be held on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. This course is open to all grades and levels. Chair of Religious Studies Nancy Martin said that


“The focus of the course will be reading, evaluating, and accessing chapters being written by Prof. James Charlesworth in the first attempt recently to write a scientific and historical biography of Jesus from Nazareth.”


4.) Watch President Struppa and Dr. Panza disagree over what a number is expected to be

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President Struppa is co-teaching a class in the honors college, along with visiting professor, Dr. Marco Panza. The class is titled Beyond Real Numbers, and is labeled as HON 329 – 01. The idea behind this class is to make students aware of different kinds of numbers, and examines what exactly a number is supposed to be. Discussion and debate will be an integral part of the class, which will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. While the class is meant to be offered to students in the honors college, others students may see the department to obtain permission.


5.) Get patriotic and learn about early American artImage result for its art gif giants

The Art Department is offering AH 329: Art of the Ancient Americas. Professor Denise Johnson will teach this course on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Moulton Center. The class will examine Mesoamerican art, ranging from the Olmec to the Aztec. Sophomore standing or above is required.

6.) Politics, Economics, and History, Oh My!


The Sociology Department is offering HUM 102-01 Introduction to Latinx and Latin American Studies, which will be taught by Professor Ruben Espinoza on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The class will focus on understanding the complex relationship between the United States and Latin America, from political, economical, and historical perspectives. This course appeared shortly after the addition of the Latinx & Latin American Studies Minor created this school year by the department.


7.) Learn how to dance your way onto the screen

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An experimental course for dance majors, called Dance in Film II, will be offered on Tuesday and Thursdays. Enrollment is limited to juniors and above who have taken DANC 342 as a prerequisite. Like the title says, this course examines how dance is used in the movies.


8.) Study diversity and politics in this returning class

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The Political Science Department is offering Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S. for the first time in over five years! The course will be taught by Professor Maneesh Arora on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. This class will analyze the importance of race and ethnicity in American politics and examine different ethnic groups, including the Irish, the Italian, the German, and the East European Jews.


9.) Every wondered about the statues on your own campus?

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Last but not least, the History Department is offering an experimental course about controversy surrounding the statues on Chapman’s campus. The class is listed on the my.chapman portal as HIST 329 – 01. Jennifer Keene, the history department chair, will be teaching the course on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Catie Kovelman

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