Top 11 Courses You Can Still Get Into This Spring

Do you crave knowledge? Thirst for the opportunity to learn? Stay awake past midnight to check, and double check, and triple check your available course options the night before registration? Of course you do! And for those of you who dare to read seriously, check out these still-available courses for your educational pleasure. (Note: classes are not in any particular order.) Also be sure to check out our Music Edition for the latest open music courses!

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1. Electronic Library Resources LIB 1600
Online: Kelly Tremblay, CRN 3519

The golden rule of college writing: be smart about which sources you use for your research. This course will introduce the latest online free and subscription databases, as well as web-based library catalogs. You’ll gain a working knowledge and learn basic operating procedures in a variety of electronic databases. There are no prerequisites to learning how to find the perfect source for your next paper.

2. Information Resources for Education LIB 7002
Online: Jennifer Knisley, CRN 5558

Congratulations! Having successfully navigated the waters of electronic library resources, you are ready to learn more about information resources for education. In this course you will learn how to find and use basic information resources in the field of education for both professional development and in-classroom use. Information literacy is a crucial component for teacher education, not only for professional development but also for teaching future students how to use information wisely. Share the love!


Earth (my favorite planet) by woodleywonderworks, CC BY 2.0

3. Earth Science GLG 1550
Jamestown: Melanie Smith, CRN 3416, TR 8:30-9:45 a.m.

We all live on Earth, and everything on which we depend comes from it. Learn more about Earth’s natural resources, processes that have shaped and continue to shape the landscape, dangers such processes pose, how the atmosphere drives the weather, how our actions affect the climate, and seldom explored frontiers on our planet and beyond. You will get a briefing in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and more.

4. Contemporary Economic Problems ECO 1530
Cattaraugus County: Sarah Bray, CRN 5484, MW 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Don’t let the title scare you! This is a great introductory course to real world issues and how to understand them from an economic perspective. As a bonus, the book is only $33! You’ll be learning about practical topics such as the economics of obesity, the human organ market, why women are paid less, and the unintended consequences of prohibiting voluntary exchange.

5. Entrepreneurship Operations ENT 1440
Online: Sarah Bray, CRN 4942

Have you ever considered starting your own business? This online course will help you develop essential knowledge and skills needed by business owners. Areas of focus include marketing, management and communications. You’ll also discuss creating a professional image and providing effective customer service.


Alcala de Henares – Madrid – 011 by M.Peinado, CC BY 2.0

6. Spanish Conversation and Composition SPA 8505
Jamestown: Theresa Baginski, CRN 5681, TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

The benefits of learning Spanish cannot be underestimated. Travel abroad and don’t look so…touristy. Roam at home and chat with neighbors. Read signs and instructions twice. Make new friends. Impress your peers. Teach. Learn about other cultures. In this course you will enhance your ability to express yourself verbally in Spanish while being introduced to more difficult conversational topics that require precise and technical vocabulary. Conversations, prepared and spontaneous, will be based on everyday situations and contemporary topics. SPA 2520 is a prerequisite for this course.

7. Introduction to Global Studies GLS 1500
Jamestown: Theresa Baginski, CRN 5559, MW 1:15-2:30 p.m.

If you are eligible to take ENG 1510 and have a reading score of 80+, consider taking this course. Journey the globe to understand amid the shifting landscape of global capitalism what major forces move to shape our lives locally and regionally. Along the way you may gain a cross-cultural understanding, a sense of global community, and learn to embrace the interconnectedness of all of us as we are projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

8. Survey of Islamic Studies REL 2580
Jamestown: Maryam El-Shall, CRN 5543, MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

What is the Islamic faith? This class will examine the Islamic religious tradition from its inception to the present, complete with specific modern social issues and political movements important to practitioners of the Islamic faith. Learn about pre-Islamic Arabia and the change brought about in Arab culture by the teachings of Muhammad, as well as the different branches of Islam and how they differ in practice and beliefs. You will also explore contemporary issues in Islam, including the role of women, Muslim attitudes toward the LGBT community, just war and jihad.


9. World History Before 1500 HIS 1510
Jamestown: Jon O’Brian, CRN 5456, MWF 9-9:50 a.m.
-or- CRN 5458, MWF 10-10:50 a.m.
-or- CRN 5460, MWF 11-11:50 a.m.

Know your history, and you’re golden for the future. (Even in the case of a zombie apocalypse, I’m sure some of you have excellent parallel tales from long ago.) In World History Before 1500, you’ll travel through pre-history and investigate early civilizations around the world beginning with Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India and Meso-America. Delve into early cultures and look into the lives of the “common” people, not only the rich and powerful, and learn how ideas from this era still shape our world. The semester will conclude with the growing inter-connection of the global experience, with the conquests of Chinggis Khan and the voyages of Europeans like Columbus. Do not fear the life-sized clay army!

10. World Literature I ENG 2510
Online: Maryam El-Shall, CRN 5867

Give your thinking world a work out with this world literature class, in which you’ll read, discuss, and analyze some of the most enduring and important works of literature up to the seventeenth century. Are you interested in ancient plays, poetry, epics and myths? Perhaps you’re ready to delve into the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Quran, or discover the teachings of Confucius and the beliefs of Taoism. It’s all included!

11. Beginning Ballet DAN 1510
Jamestown: Rosanne Chesbro, CRN 5615, TR 10-11:15 a.m.

Get your artistic groove on this spring! This class welcomes men and women with any level of dance experience, or no experience at all. Beginning Ballet is a great chance to increase flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in mental focus while learning a classic art form. You’ll stretch, dance, turn, leap, and jump to beautiful music while learning about the history of ballet and its language (French). There is no textbook to purchase, although there will be reading assignments on reserve in the Hultquist Library.