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Top 5: Most creative classes for the Spring semester

Posted on November 17, 2014 in Arts & Culture
By Krysteana Scribner

1.) ENG 145: Topics in Literature, The Ghost Story

Looking for a creative class to spook up next semester? Imagine a class over ghosts: When and how did the phenomenon begin? Why do we analyze ghosts, what are the different types and in what ways can we explain their existence? By signing up for this topics in literature class, you may get to know the answers and you don’t need to be an English major to take this course. It can count as an elective for all students. All you need is the prerequisites of ENG 100 or ENG 104 and an EYE class. This unique lecture taught by Professor Richard Swartz will take a look back at the phenomenon of ghosts dating back to the 16th century and how it became one of the most popular literary forms of all time. Swartz’s has an upbeat attitude and a wide scale knowledge spectrum about his subject, making this class both fun and educating. This class takes place on Mondays from 5:35 to 8:05 p.m. on Portland campus, and all students with the proper prerequisites are welcome to sign up – if they dare!

2.) ENG 145: Topics in Literature, Witchcraft

In 1692, many individuals in New England were accused of performing witchcraft and in turn were executed as punishment. This fascinating topic has a long history to it, and students interested in taking this creative discussion class will have the chance to analyze a variety of literary texts over witches, witch-finders and witchcraft practices. Students will focus their attention to the Salem Witch Trials and work their way to the shift in opinions of witchcraft over time. Prerequisites for this class are an ENG 100 or ENG 104 class, as well as an EYE course, and this class takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. with Professor Lorraine Carol.

3.) CMS 320: Topics in Media Production II, Photojournalism

For students interested in becoming journalists (but don’t have access to the major itself here at USM) CMS 320 will offer Topics in Media Production on Photojournalism. Students will learn to master the basics of digital photography, lighting and photoshop. Although students are required to bring their own digital camera to the course, the benefits of photo assignments, field trips, exciting demonstrations and unique knowledgeable discussion make the cost worth your while. Taught by Professor Fred J. Field, this class takes place on Thursdays from 5:45 to 8:05 p.m.

4.) THE 102: Theatre Department, Acting for Non-majors

Have you ever wanted to take an acting class but because you weren’t a theatre major, you decided against it? Well now you can do just that. THE 102 is an acting class for non-majors that helps students to gain a basic understanding of theatre and performance. By teaching students relaxation skills in front of crowds and showing them improvisation tactics, students learn public speaking and performance skills that they can take with them throughout their life. This class, taught by Professor Chabora, requires no prerequisites and takes place on Mondays from 5:35 to 8:05 p.m.

5.) RHF 118: Yoga

Going to college can be a full-time job and sometimes it is hard to find time to get exercise. This class offers students a class to get exercise as well as an education on what Yoga is and why we exercise. This class takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. with Professor Maria Connor. This spiritual practice to transform the body and mind not only allows individuals to connect with themselves, but can also burn up to 175 calories in one hour! This makes the Yoga class a fun and creative elective to take next semester.

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