Special Topics Courses Scheduled


Professor Colletti teaching his students in class.

Professor Colletti teaching his students in class.

By Karina Baxter

Who says school should be boring and difficult? With several new and exciting classes the college will be offering this coming summer and fall, students will have an opportunity for more involved discussions and informative readings. While contemplating which course to take, don’t forget to consider the following:

Imagine spending the summer in England! You, as well as, 11 other lucky learners will be traveling through the Southwest counties of England. These counties include: Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. Students become explorers as they travel, viewing sites from different periods in time, navigating from the iron-age megalithic period all the way to the middle-ages.

“This course is meant to show students culture from the Neolithic-age, all the way through today,” said Professor of Anthropology Dr. Christina Beard-Moose.

Beard-Moose was the facilitator in the summer semester of 2013 but will not be accompanying the program this coming summer due to a personal matter. There has not been assigned an official adviser for the summer semester of 2014.

“I didn’t even know this class was offered at Suffolk,” student Annalea Ferrari said,“ This is definitely something I am going to consider entering my final semester here.”

Any student with a grade point average higher than a 2.5 will be eligible to apply for this coming summer but, make sure you’re one of the first 11 because it will be first come, first serve.

Looking for some summer fun? Consider studying abroad.

If curiosity comes about when a discussion of war enters the dinner table, then enrolled students should definitely consider taking Eng295- A Literary History of War and Human Conflict, which will be offered this fall semester.

Here, students will become engaged in class topics; analyzing works of literature about war from human history. Students may be particularly interested in this course because many can relate to the experience the war veterans in the novel went through. Class discussions would be live and active, analyzing works such as, The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

“War has been represented from generation to generation by artists and writers,” Ray DiSanza, Professor in the English department said. The course will be, “Bringing together different experiences; different writers and the experiences they went through, taking in a fuller perspective which is what education is about,” he said.

Offering an exciting way to gain knowledge about our past time war heroes as we go back in time, the course will examine the effects the war brought to the individual, the causes of the war, what society was like during those times and much more.

“I love history and war. This will be the first class I sign up for next semester,” student Olivia Watkins said. While picking a humanities credit, don’t forget to consider Eng295!

With the American-post apocalypse grabbing attention with releases such as, “28 Days Later”, and AMC’s hit series the walking dead, America has a fascination with the end of time.

Eng296- The American-Post Apocalypse, is an honors course offering students an opportunity to explore works of literature from the last half-century such as The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, by Donald Antrim, In the Country of Last Things, by Paul Auster, and more.

This class will allow the students to get into deep thought about what the American apocalypse means to society, as well as, themselves. Dr. Colin Clarke, professor and assistant chair of the Ammerman Campus English Department, has specialized in contemporary American literature and has noticed, while reading stories written by contemporary authors, there is a sense of a very recognizable post-apocalypse text.

“Lots of contemporary authors use the apocalypse as a break to highlight our life,” Clarke said. Authors such as Cormac McCarthy, focus the text of sudden depiction of life after the apocalypse and how changes arose without control.

Look into this class while creating your fall 2104 schedule. It will run on the Ammerman campus only and is taught by Dr. Colin Clarke.

“This class sounds awesome,” student Mickey Maron said, “I love the walking dead, so I feel like a course on a topic that I enjoy will allow me to participate more.”

Special topics are offered here on campus, allowing professors to create interesting courses that students become active participants in. Special topic courses may only run for two semesters. At the end of the second semester the class will be terminated, unless, it has been re-approved to run again or has been approved to run as a permanent course.

Special topics courses give a professor the opportunity to become creative and teach a curriculum that can fascinate students. These classes are designed to be informative, interesting and fun! Keep in mind Ant295, Eng295, and Eng296 when looking into newly available courses.

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