RCSI Courses

RCSI Courses -- Students will choose one of the following options: 

Option A - One of the following courses:

Creative Writing-Fiction  10:50am - 1:00pm
An introduction to writing the short story. Students will receive responses to their writing from their peers and from the instructor. Students will also read and discuss works by notable fiction writers.

Statistics & Food  8:30am - 10:40am
Do you like food? Are you interested in issues concerning topics such as food industry, personal dietary choices, food marketing, and food shortages? In this course, you will learn how statistical methods are used to provide arguments for such issues and explanations for patterns that arise in the US today. And of course, food will be involved. You will read and reflect on articles involving food, use and create data sets concerning food, and even do a little bit of cooking!  This offering is a full introductory statistics course with a topical twist.

Plague & Pestilence  10:50am - 1:00pm
Throughout history, the human population - as with all populations - has had to deal with infectious (and sometimes deadly) diseases.  In many instances, these infectious diseases have had a significant impact on the development of modern society.  In this course, we will study the biology of the causative agents of several major infectious diseases with the goal of understanding how these agents make us sick (and sometimes kill us) and then consider the impact these diseases have had on past societies and, consequently, on the development of modern society.

Animals in the Humanities   1:30pm - 3:40pm
This is a course on the history, philosophy, and religious culture of animals and is concerned with how humans have conceived of and interacted with animals and how they have expressed this in the Humanities. It examines how human society has been inseparably involved with animals-dependent on, fascinated with, horrified by, lord and master over, contemplative of, and caring for them. Animals have been food, have provided amusement and sport, and have been workers, therapists, and test subjects. Without the help of animals-from the earthworm to the elephant and horse-human civilization is unthinkable. But the humanities would also be unthinkable: animals have been always present in our reflections on the human condition in literature, art, and religion.

American Souths  1:30pm - 3:40pm
In the U.S. we tend to think of "the South" in terms of the former Confederacy, the "slave states" whose secession set off the Civil War. So we recognize the forced labor plantation system and African diasporic presences as a common, if not defining part of its heritage. But mainstream narratives of the South seldom see beyond our national coastlines to recognize the common histories, shared stories, buried influences across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to those other Americas. Why are we so little educated about these commonalities? How have they dropped out of "American" consciousness? This course seeks out those forgotten and erased connections that link African diasporic, indigenous, and "white" Southerners through five centuries of cultural crossing.

Option B - Spanish Language course based on your performance in a Foreign Language Placement Test:
Elementary Spanish II  8:30am - 10:40am
A study of the essentials of Spanish grammar and basic vocabulary to promote speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis on developing the conversational skills and cultural awareness to handle topics of everyday life in Spanish.