Twofer Courses

Spring 2024


Doping, Sexting, and Dangerous Music
Course Number Course Title Instructor
SOC 251 202 Social Problems Venkataswamy
ENG 152 202 Composition II Morganti

What do these have in common? They are all conditions that society has deemed troubling. How does this happen? Who gets to decide what is a problem and what isn’t? In this course, we will explore the role of claims makers, including the influence of the media. Together, we will investigate why certain claims about societal problems rise to prominence, while others linger in obscurity. Ultimately, we will work to propose meaningful solutions to major social problems. (TTh 10–11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m.)

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Heaven and Hell: Speaking and Hearing About Religion
Course Number Course Title Instructor
SPE 151 201 Introduction to Speech Mathey
PHI 165 201 Religions of the World Young

Speaking in public is not the end of the world and learning how religion expresses the ultimate in hopes, values, beliefs, and behaviors helps us better understand others. (TTh 10–11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m.)

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Laugh Your Ass Off
Course Number Course Title Instructor
JRN 180 201 Introduction to Film Geller
ENG 152 201 Composition II Midday

Comedy is an art. Although in life the oddest things can make us laugh, it is often the work of study and subtlety that make the best comedy performances and performers. Comedy films are an American favorite but are often overlooked in favor of dramas when it comes to academic study. Laugh Your Ass Off invites students to master the formal research and academic writing process while studying the art of comedic film. Earn six credits—three for Composition II and three for Intro to Film, with one set of assignments! Join Jay Geller and Kate Midday in their newly revisioned Twofer, and spend your semester in tears! And you’ll laugh, too! (MW 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m. and 1–2:20 p.m.)


Reel Minds: Mental Illness at the Movies
Course Number Course Title Instructor
PSY 275 202 Abnormal Psychology Braasch
JRN 180 202 Introduction to Film Stockwell

How accurately does Hollywood portray those with mental illness? Are these “real” depictions or are they fictional, misleading, and potentially dangerous? Join us for a thorough and thoughtful examination of the various types of mental illness, and an exploration of popular films that depict the mentally ill. (MW 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m. and 1–2:20 p.m.)

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Talking Dirty
Course Number Course Title Instructor
PHI 161 201 Introduction to Ethics Seitz
PSY 175 201 Human Sexuality Grela

Talking Dirty, which combines Human Sexuality and Introduction to Ethics, focuses primarily on developing critical thinking skills and investigating cultural truths in addition to building interdisciplinary awareness. This course provides an opportunity to discuss topics central to the ethics of human sexuality. Using scientific rigor, conceptual clarity, and philosophical insight, we will address questions such as: What constitutes rape? What is a woman? Should prostitution be a crime? Is monogamy a virtue? What is the moral status of a fetus? (MW 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m. and 1–2:20 p.m.)

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This Land is Your Land: Exploring American Identity through Word and Song
Course Number Course Title Instructor
MUS 154 203 Introduction to American Music Lush
ENG 152 203 Composition II McCord

This learning community will examine what it means to be American, both as an individual and as a society, through the lens of American music and American literature. (TTh 10–11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m.)