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Selected Topic Course Descriptions

The courses described below are offered under "Selected Topics" course numbers. Departments offer Selected Topics only occasionally and the selection is different every semester. Selected Topics courses do not repeat material presented by regular semester courses.

All Semesters

Spring 2014


ACCT 495 Section 01 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Federal and State income taxation of individuals. Students will provide free income tax filing for low income elderly, disabled, and limited English proficient individuals after training & tests. Laboratory and/or class computer applications required. Letter grade only (A-F)

AMST 495 Section 01 Foodscapes: Culinary Adventures in Contemporary America

Examines the production and consumption of food in the U.S. after 1945, comparatively exploring issues of race, class, gender, and inter-ethnic relations. Themes include food as part of the process of “Americanization,” questions of what makes ethnic cuisine “authentic,” the politics of organic farming and sustainability, and social justice in the food industry.

CBA 494 Section 01 China

This class meets for 15 hours on campus during spring semester, followed by one to two weeks overseas in June. While abroad, students attend seminars, interact with foreign business students, visit local businesses, and engage in social and cultural activities. 

CBA 494 Section 02 Germany

This class meets for 15 hours on campus during spring semester, followed by one to two weeks overseas in June. While abroad, students attend seminars, interact with foreign business students, visit local businesses, and engage in social and cultural activities.

CBA 495 Section 01 International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

Using a simulation, student teams run a company and compete for best performance against other university teams. A written business plan and annual report are required as is a presentation to a panel of real-world managers.  

CRJU 490 Section 01 Sex Offenders

This class evaluates the nature and etiology of the major categories of sex crimes and the justice system’s responses to them. The policies used to control sex offenders, and best practices regarding rehabilitate treatments and therapies for different categories of sex offenders will also be covered.

CRJU 490 Section 02 Misuses and Intentional Botches of Forensic Investigations

Evaluates the ethical and legal quandaries created when forensic scientists make mistakes or fabricate the results of scientific testing.  Special attention is paid to situations in which the innocent are wrongfully convicted and, conversely, when the guilty go free.

CRJU 690 Section 01 Sex Offenders

This class evaluates the nature and etiology of the major categories of sex crimes and the justice system’s responses to them. The policies used to control sex offenders, and best practices regarding rehabilitate treatments and therapies for different categories of sex offenders will also be covered.

CRJU 690 Section 02 Misuses and Intentional Botches of Forensic Investigations

Evaluates the ethical and legal quandaries created when forensic scientists make mistakes or fabricate the results of scientific testing.  Special attention is paid to situations in which the innocent are wrongfully convicted and, conversely, when the guilty go free.

GBA 695 Section 01 China

This class meets for 15 hours on campus during spring semester, followed by one to two weeks overseas in June. While abroad, students attend seminars, interact with foreign business students, visit local businesses, and engage in social and cultural activities. 

GBA 695 Section 02 International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

Using a simulation, student teams run a company and compete for best performance against other university teams. A written business plan and annual report are required as is a presentation to a panel of real-world managers.

GBA 695 Section 03 Germany

This class meets for 15 hours on campus during spring semester, followed by one to two weeks overseas in June. While abroad, students attend seminars, interact with foreign business students, visit local businesses, and engage in social and cultural activities.

GERM 398 Section 01 French Occupations and German Literature

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to German literacy responses to French occupations from 1792 to 1815 in works and letters by Schiller, Kleist, Collin, and Beethoven among others. The course focuses on the intersections of literature, politics and philosophy in the contexts of the Age of Revolution.

MKTG 495 Section 01 Green Marketing

Role of employees and other stakeholders on sustainability issues; customers’ and prospects’ expectations about environmental impacts; environmentally-friendly product strategies; green branding; social marketing; cause-related marketing; role of marketing in social innovation and entrepreneurship; eco-labeling; fair trade, organic, and environmental certifications.

UNIV 300 Section 01The Politics of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath

Students acquire a complex understanding of Hurricane Katrina with implications for what is one of the most unique cities in the United States. Course will provide an invaluable service learning experience through participation in the recovery efforts in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area during our Spring Break.