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Fall Courses

June 18, 2016

Students will explore the origins of language, learn about Drexel’s 125-year history, and discover the ins and outs of running a student newspaper in these fall courses.



Medical Journalism (COM 400.001, cross-listed with COM 673.001)
Hybrid Class
Community Partner: TBD

This course will teach students how to research and write articles about health and medicine for news organizations and the public relations field. It will also provide students with knowledge of the differences between good science and bad, and the pressures scientists, doctors, researchers, companies and universities are under to get media attention.

This 3.0 credit class, taught by Karen Cristiano, MA, is open to junior and senior communication majors and will meet Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. Location: TBA.

Nonprofit Communication (COM 376.001, cross-listed with COM 576.001)
Service Learning
Community Partners: Various community nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia

All nonprofit organizations must develop and maintain effective communication strategies to survive in a competitive economy. Nonprofits have unique needs and limitations in their long-term goals and short-term operations that involve communication. This course introduces students to the ways nonprofits communicate with both their constituents and their benefactors, and the ways researchers have examined these practices. Questions of interest are:

  • What is the nature of a nonprofit organization?
  • How are nonprofit organizations governed?
  • Who are the various stakeholders in a nonprofit’s community?
  • What particular kinds of formal communications do nonprofits engage in?

This 3.0 credit class, taught by Lawrence Souder, PhD, is open to all students and will meet Wednesdays, 6 – 8:50 p.m. Location: TBA. This course is one of several required courses in the department’s newly approved minor in nonprofit communication.

Political Science

Law, Power, Authority (PSCI T280.001)
Community Partner: Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

This class will ask students to explore how individuals and communities think about the relationships between law, power and authority. Students will reflect on life experiences, fiction and non-fiction sources to explore when law, power and authority are legitimate, and how we should act when they are not.

This class will be taught by Rose Corrigan, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Thursdays from 1 – 4:50 p.m. at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. The course is part of Drexel’s Inside-Out program, which brings Drexel students to local correctional facilities to take classes alongside incarcerated individuals. Permission of instructor is required for registration. Students will need to register and complete additional paperwork prior to the start of the course. Please email Lauren Farmer ( for more information.


Language, Culture and Cognition (ANTH T180.001)

Are you fascinated with language origins? Do you want to know how humanity has evolved as a function of language? Would you like to know what the fossil record and other biological aspects of humanity tell us about language and human social relations? How does language contain and constrain our perceptions of reality? And what effects does language learning have on cognitive and social development? What kind of language do apes, dolphins and other animals have and does their behavior tell us something useful about human language?

This course introduces fun and fascinating case studies in anthropological ideas and methods in order to understand the basics of human language and cognition. Most of the students’ grades will come from eight weekly take-home assignments, and a five- to six-page final paper reflecting on a course topic of the student’s choice.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Rachel Reynolds, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students. The class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 – 2:50 p.m. Location: TBA.


How to Run a Student Newspaper (COM 380.001)

Student newspapers face special challenges including censorship, budget deficits and mismanagement. This course is designed for any student interested in newspaper journalism and/or higher education, and specifically answers the question, "How to run a student newspaper and pay the bills without getting sued?" This course will cover the areas of editorial content, business, legal and ethical consideration, design, copyediting and more in the context of a college newspaper. Following this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to serve on the staff of a college newspaper.

This is 3.0 credit course, taught by Natalie Shaak, will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. Location TBA.


The History of Drexel (HIST T180.001)

This course surveys the 125-year history of Drexel University. Topics will include A.J. Drexel and the founding of the Drexel Institute, the early days at Drexel, student life, history of engineering, business and other disciplines, the history of Powelton Village and Mantua, and the future of Drexel going into the 21st century. Guest speakers will discuss their contributions to the forthcoming volume “Building Drexel: A University and Its City.”

This class will be taught by Scott Knowles, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Thursdays, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Location TBA.

American History and Geography (HIST T180.002)

This course is an introduction to the history and geography of America. Students will use historical images and texts to examine a few important events in American history in order to gain insight into the culture and politics of the modern United States and its place in the world.

This class will be taught by Jonson Miller, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 – 3:50 p.m. Location TBA. This course is designed for students for whom English is a second language.

History of the U.S. Presidency and Elections (HIST T280.001)

This year promises to be a historic election; this courses places the 2016 race into historical context, looking at key Presidential election cycles going back to the early days of the nation. This is a team-taught course that will expose students to historical analysis and writing, and will allow for in-depth comparison of current events to historical trends in Presidential elections.

This class will be taught by Scott Knowles, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 5:50 p.m.; class location TBA.

History of Africana (HIST T280.002)

History of Africa provides an overview of the experience, culture and political practices of African peoples throughout Africa and the Diaspora. This course engages canonical texts and contemporary media.

This class will be taught by Alden Young, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 – 9:50 a.m. Location TBA.


Introduction to the Politics of Science, Technology and Medicine (PSCI T180.001)

This course introduces approaches to studying the politics of science, technology and medicine. These include critical analyses of science and technology policies, studies of health movements and organizations, and the uses of expert testimony in legal proceedings.

This class will be co-taught by Chloe Silverman, PhD, and Ali Kenner, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 – 11:50 a.m. Location TBA.

Political Economy of Climate Change (PSCI T480.001, cross-listed with ENVP 552.001)

Climate change is one of the most debated issues in recent decades. It is increasingly accepted that climate change is one of the major threats for the stability and development of human society. Without going into the depths of geoscience and historical climatology, this course analyzes the evidence of climate change, the causes of it, the politics of controversies about climate change, and the proposals to deal with it.

This class will be taught by Jose Tapia, PhD, and is open to all students above freshman level. Class will meet on Wednesdays, 6 – 8:50 p.m. Location TBA.


Advanced Research Methods: Archival Research (SCTS 503)

Archives offer a rare collection of a wide variety of materials for research. This course guides students in identifying and interrogating appropriate archival collections for our own interests, whether historical, sociological, anthropological (just to name a few relevant areas). Using Philadelphia area archives — such as the Academy of Natural Science, American Philosophical Society Library, and Pennsylvania Historical Society — students will gain practical experience in navigating a variety of collections.

Students may also explore other archives in nearby cities and international locations. The core intellectual goals of the course are: to identify sources relevant to their research, to evaluate the information in those sources and, most importantly, to write narratives based on that research.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Lloyd Ackert, PhD, is open to graduate students and upper level undergraduate students with permission. It meets Mondays, 6 – 8:50 p.m. Location TBA.