Nine Bizarre/Cool Classes to Spice up Spring Semester

If you’re struggling to find that one last GE requirement, or are simply looking for a fun class to take to fill your schedule, look no further! With registration in full swing, here are nine interesting classes that are friendly to all majors with no prerequisite.

 

Philosophy Through Science Fiction – PHIL 102

Class attributes: Values/Ethics GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Monday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Hugh Blake

Wednesday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Dylan Popowicz

Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Hugh Blake

In this unusual philosophy class, students will discuss beyond the Socratic Method and discuss how artificial intelligence and time-travel can raise philosophical problems. You will spend half of each class watching episodes of Rick and Morty and Star Trek along with Spike Lee’s award-winning film, Her. Get ready to receive a few judgmental looks from your friends, because you will be reading David Levy’s Love and Sex With Robots outside of class. 

 

Los Angeles in Film and Fiction – FFC 100

Class attributes: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 PM – 6:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Atalia Lopez

Los Angeles in Film and Fiction with Professor Atalia Lopez explores the utilization and portrayal of Los Angeles in movies and texts. Students take field trips to the Frida theater in downtown Santa Ana to watch films such as Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, Blade Runner, and Drive.

 

Hip Hop – DANC 130

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM & 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Location: Patridge Center Annex 100
  • Instructor: Zachary Groenewold

This half credit class is for students who love to dance and want to maintain a consistent workout schedule. Students learn five pieces of choreography during the semester in different styles. Students choreograph dance pieces to their own choice of music and perform in front of the whole class during finals. This Fall semester, students have been jamming and dancing to “Big Bank” by YG, “Luxurious” by Gwen Stefani, and “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige.

Chapman Alumni Steven Radojicic shares his final from his Hip Hop dance class.

Video courtesy of Steven Radojicic.

 

Theatrical Makeup – TH202

Class attributes: Artistic GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Location: Moulton Center Makeup Room 133
  • Instructor: Joyce Cantrell

In this popular artistic GE course students are tested on their makeup skills rather than taking written exams. For homework assignments, students research and sketch their own designs according to their own taste. Before enrolling, make sure to email Professor Cantrell since instructor consent is required. There is also a required $150 fee.

Naomi Lee, sophomore global communication major shows off one of her sketches.

Photo courtesy of Naomi Lee.

 

Film Aesthetics-FTV 140

Class attributes: Artistic GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Marion Knotts Studios Auditorium 111
  • Instructor: TBA

Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Marion Knotts Studios Auditorium 111
  • Instructor: Erica Aguero

Required lab course: Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Folino Theatre 106

Film aesthetics is great course for students who enjoy watching and analyzing films. Students will delve into the world of analyzing a wide selection of films from classics such as Psycho and Pulp Fiction to Chungking Express. The class consists of one lecture and one lab, lab meaning watching a movie in Dodge’s very own Folino Theater every week.

 

 

Lies You Learned in High School  – FFC 100

Class attributes: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Monday/Wednesday 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM & 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: James Brown

Lies You Learned in High School provides an opportunity to learn history from a narrative that contradicts the “American Celebrationist” perspective. Students discuss topics such as America in Vietnam, Rwandan genocide, and the Holocaust by reading From Crisis To Calling, watching a documentary regarding the Rwandan Genocide, and meeting and speaking with a Holocaust survivor during class.

 

The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge: Darwin and Disney – IES 207

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Brian Alters

Students spend this class retracing Walt Disney’s process of building his world-famous corporation and Charles Darwin’s process of writing the Origin of Species to learn how and why both individuals took a non-traditional career path. Students read books such as The Evolution of Mickey Mouse and Functional Neuroanatomy of Pleasure and Happiness and listen to guest speakers such as Floyd Norman, who was the first African American animator for Disney who worked on The Jungle Book and Monsters Inc.

Added bonus: your extra credit includes a scavenger hunt at Disneyland (for people with passes) or Downtown Disney (for people who do not own a pass). This experience may be worth the $75 course material fee.

 

American Popular Music: Race and Place in the U.S.

Class attributes: Artistic and Social GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Location: Oliphant Hall 201
  • Instructor: Joshua Brown

Students explore the historical context of popular and influential music from the the 19th century, specifically how popular music has served to articulate race and physical and imagined spaces. Get ready to watch and analyze music videos in class such as Kendrick Lamar’s Complexion (A Zulu Love). 

 

If Buddha Walked – FFC 100

Class attributions: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

  • Location: Moulton Center 212
  • Instructor: Julie Artman

Through this course, students explore and discuss Buddha-nature and mindfulness to learn how the teachings and practices can be utilized to analyze character development in novels. You will read books such as Waiting For Godot and watch the film The Shape of Things.

 

 

Asian American students’ take on ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” follows the story of sheltered teenager, Lara Jean, who writes a series of love letters to five boys she has fallen in love with throughout her life. The letters aren’t meant for the boys to read, but rather they are a way for Lara Jean to let go of them. But one day, her letters are sent out anonymously and she is forced to confront the feelings she had bottled up since her first crush.

The film garnered buzz for featuring an Asian American actress as the lead. “Crazy Rich Asians,” also released this past summer, features an Asian American female lead as well, but some college students relate more to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Perhaps it’s everyone’s inner giddy teenager coming out to play, or the innocent essence the Netflix rom-com has. Regardless, Asian American teenage girls got to see a star that looks like them.

We decided to ask some of Chapman’s very own Asian American students about their opinion on the film and what it means to them. Take a look at their reactions to notable scenes and their answers to some questions many are asking.