Top 15 Courses with Open Seats at JCC

Yes, Children's Literature is one of them.

Yes, Children’s Literature is one of them.

It’s hard to believe that classes will be starting next week! But if you find yourself with some extra space on your schedule, it’s not too late to sign up for more fun and interesting classes. Behold, my not necessarily exhaustive list of the top courses that still have open seats this semester. (Note: courses are not in any particular order.)

1. Latin American Civilization and Culture

Campus: Online (Register here)
Instructor: L Anderson

Ahh, the General Education credit. It speaks of possibilities, of a mind open and ready to receive whatever comes it way. It’s a great way to kick off our list. Looking for a General Ed. credit for a 2000-level course? Want to be able complete it while wearing your beloved Daffy Duck pajamas, but worried your classmates will judge you if you wear them on campus? Latin American Civilization could be your answer! Sign up for this course today and you’ll get a completely different view of the Americas, because it’s more than just the US on this great big continent.

This course introduces the political history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to present day. Discover the diverse economic structures, power and politics, and cultural traditions of the Latin American people. You’ll see the cyclical nature of history as you watch the peoples of Latin America pass from colonizers to conquered to liberated and back again.

Subcomandante Marcos (EZLN) addresses a peaceful crowd in the Zocalo, D.F. Mexico in protest of the signing of NAFTA.

Subcomandante Marcos (EZLN) addresses a peaceful crowd in the Zocalo, D.F. Mexico in protest of the signing of NAFTA.

Course Information: SPA 2560, CRN 3944

2. Masterpieces of World Literature
Campus: Jamestown
Instructor: M El-Shall

Read some of the most enduring pieces of literature from all over the world! This class covers literature from the first creation epics of the Mesopotamians to those of the early Renaissance. Explore the meaning of myths and symbols of different civilizations over time, and then compare those interpretations to our own contemporary understandings of the same concepts of life, heroism, and history. In this reading and discussion driven course, students will be able to share their own ideas and understandings of both the readings and the larger concepts that the readings explore.


Course Information: ENG 2510, CRN 4775

3. Philosophy of Religion
Campus: Jamestown
Instructor: J. Glovack

Turn on the news at any given time and you’re more than likely to hear about a conflict caused, at least in part, by religion. Throughout the course of our lives, we often hear about various religions and, because we’re humans it’s what we do, compare them to one another. This can make us jump to the wrong conclusions because we don’t understand a religion, or worse, rejecting a religion out of hand just because it’s not the one we subscribe to. This class helps you take a closer look at a few of the specific similarities and differences between religions and what purpose religion has served throughout history.

Course Information: PHL 2550, CRN 4837

4. Environmental Issues and Ethics
Campus: Jamestown and Cattaraugus County
Instructor: G Wahl
D Schummer

Available on both of the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses, this class can serve as a science or a humanities elective! Or, more informally, it’s a twofer!

Through this course, students will gain a critical understanding of the impact of human activities and how they affect the earth and the web of life it sustains, from both an ethical and scientific perspective. Contemporary environmental issues will be discussed, such as:

  • global warming, ozone depletion, deforestation, animal rights, population growth
  • waste disposal
  • biodiversity
  • extinction

This team-taught course is offered under biology for natural science credit (BIO 2570) or philosophy for humanities credit (PHL 2570).

People often talk about the environment and environmental issues, but this class helps you learn more about the scientific and philosophical underpinnings behind the issues. Topics include animal rights, environmental stewardship, invasive species, and water rights–think of all issues you’ll be able to talk about in this exciting course! You’ll be a hit at parties, especially if those parties are filled with environmental ethicists, which seems to be more and more of a requirement for parties these days.

Course information: PHL 2570, CRN 4782 or BIO 2570, CRN 4755

5. Anatomy and Physiology I (Warning: Nearly Full)
Campus: Jamestown
Instructor: J Hitchcock

There is still some room in professor Joanne Hitchcock’s Anatomy and Physiology class! All nursing, OTA, Physical Education, physical trainers, etc. are required to take this course. Or maybe you are just interested in taking a class to learn more about the human body! This is part one of a two-part course, and dissections are done in both classes. The following list details some of the topics that will be discussed:

• The language of anatomy
• Organ systems and rat dissection
• The microscope
• Classification of tissues
• Gross anatomy of the skeletal system, including articulations
• Gross anatomy of the muscular system, including functions of individual muscles
• The scientific method: The effects of exercise and recovery on heart rate (pulse rates)
• Gross anatomy of the heart and sheep heart dissection
• The ECG
• Gross anatomy of blood vessels and fetal pig dissection
• Fetal circulation
• Gross anatomy of the respiratory system
• Lung function tests
• Blood pressure determinations


Course Information: BIO 2510, CRN: 3065

6. World History Before 1500
Campus: North County (Dunkirk)
Instructor: C Gedz

Led by Professor Cynthia Gedz, students will examine the major cultures of today’s world. By studying Rome, Greece, India, and China from the beginning of recorded history to the early modern age, this class will emphasize how these developments continue to shape the human experience. This course not only assists students in better understanding how the world came to be the way it is, but also fulfills a number of various program requirements and is transferable.

Course Information: HIS 1510, CRN: 3488

7. World History since 1500
Campus: Jamestown
Instructor: J O’Brian

A rare case where the sequel is at least as good as the original. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken World History before 1500, it is not a prerequisite for this course! Learn about:

  • Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance
  • Christopher Columbus and his voyages of discovery
  • Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • Queen Elizabeth and the rise of Europe
  • Galileo and the Age of Science
  • The Enlightenment and the French Revolutions (for all you musical fans this was when Les Miserables took place!)
  • Charles Dickens and the Industrial Revolution
  • Great migrations – maybe you’ll learn more about your relatives heritage!
  • Wars of the 20th century
  • The Cold War

Five hundred years of global existence all packed into a 15 week course! So fasten your seatbelts because this course is gonna fly!


Starring celebrated historian Anne Hathaway.

A waiver to the ENG 1530 co-requisite is available through the permission of the instructor for students who are ENG 1510 eligible and who have a reading score of 80 or more. This course is a SUNY General Education offering. 

Course Information: HIS 1520, CRN 3503

8. Life/Career Planning
Campus: Jamestown and Cattaraugus County
Instructors: A Bush (Catt. Co.)
                R Turak (Jamestown)

Get credit to imagine and create YOUR life! Are you asking yourself, why am I in college? And where will it get me? This class will explore your own values, interests, and goals. By creating a vision board, which is like a collage, you can help figure out what you want your life to be. Towards the end of the course, you will participate in a mock interview so you can really see yourself as a professional and have practice in getting your first career-related job. If you are looking for a class that you know will definitely be useful to you in the future, this is the course to be in!

Also, if any student is unable to fit the class into their schedule, they are invited to make an appointment to see the  Anna Bush in the Counseling and Career Planning Center on the Cattaraugus County campus or Ron Turak on the Jamestown Campus.

Course Information: HUM 1550, CRN 3714

9. General Psychology
Campus: Warren Center
Instructor: D Darr

This course covers a wide variety of topics in the field of psychology using a collaborative learning approach including class discussions, group projects, and videos. Students will learn about the brain and nervous systems as they impact human behavior, thought, and emotion. Another really interesting chapter focuses on the manner which is used to treat and diagnose serious psychological diseases.


Learn why your body is full of squigglies, and what all the squigglies do in the central squiggly system.

Course Information: PSY 1510, CRN 3632

10. Russian Civilization and Culture
Campus: Online
Instructor: A Agafonov

For centuries, Russia has been a natural bridge between Europe and Asia. Due to this fact, Russian culture has borrowed equally from these surrounding continents to form a unique “Russian soul”. This online course is designed for students with little to no knowledge of Russia. This course is targeted to give a better understanding of present-day Russia by studying its past history and culture. You will be provided with insights into modern Russian social, artistic, and spiritual life.

Why should you take this course? Well, this is an online course for those who are interested in other cultures. The course will cover topics such as:

  • Christianization of Russia
  • Mongol Invasion of Russia
  • Ivan the Terrible and the Emergence of Moscow
  • Emancipation of the Serfs
  • Russian Revolutions
  • Stalin and World War II
  • Modern Russian Issues
  • Russian Literature and Music


Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible. Not quite what you were expecting from someone named Ivan the Terrible, is it?

Course Information: RUS 2560, CRN 4749

11. Children’s Literature – Renee Funke
Campus: Cattaraugus County
Instructor: R Funke

Yes, you will get credit for reading children’s books, but there’s a bit more to it than that. This course provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of children’s literature with an emphasis on:

  • Identification and familiarization of the different types of children’s literature
  • The influence that literature can have on both children’s and adults’ lives
  • The development of effective and creative methods of using literature with children

Throughout the course you will also:

  • Read a variety of children’s books
  • Meet an author
  • Participate in many hands on activities

Course Information: EDU 2440, CRN 3375

12. Literacy in the Classroom
Campus: Online
Instructor: R Funke

Students will gain a basic foundation in literacy instruction. Some topics and interesting things you will learn include:

  • The 5 Components of Reading
  • Basic reading disabilities
  • Applications to curriculum and instruction
  • Examine the basics of literacy approaches including the collection and interpretation of data.
  • Examine how people learn to read
  • Look at real examples of children’s work to help understand the course content

Course Information: EDU 2500, CRN 3552

13. Working with Adolescents
Campus: Online
Instructor: R Funke

Students will explore the characteristics, problems, and needs of adolescents, with emphasis on techniques and skills necessary for working with them in a variety of settings–recreational, educational, and therapeutic. Topics include a look at:

  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Treatment facilities
  • Dynamics of delinquency
  • Case studies will be used to examine topics

Course Information: EDU 2340, CRN 3551

14. Contemporary Moral Problems
Campus: Cattaraugus County
Instructor: D Schummer

Our world becomes more complex every day as new technologies bring new issues. Within the past few decades, topics such as cloning, invitro-fertilization, who owns specific cells and genetic patterns, and the use of torture to obtain information, among many others, have risen to the public conscience. Contemporary Moral Problems examines these and other issues including capital punishment, euthanasia, and abortion from diverse ethical perspectives.

Course Information: PHL 2630, CRN 3863

15. Health Science
Campus: Warren Center
Instructor: A Hishman

This is a great class that will allow you to get to know more about your personal health and how to take a more proactive role in controlling your wellness.  Topics include:

  • how to change negative health behaviors
  • nutrition
  • cardiovascular wellness
  • sexuality
  • stress

Nutrition is as important for you as it is for cartoon almost-stick-figures.

Course Information: BIO 1510, CRN 3221

About the author

Jennie Cross

Hello! My name is Jennie Cross and I am currently a sophomore at Jamestown Community College. I graduated from Jamestown High School in 2012 and now plan on graduating from JCC in December 2013. As a music major, my main instrument is flute, but I also play the violin, piccolo, and I love to sing and dance! One reason I chose JCC is because by graduating in the top 20% of my class I am able to attend tuition-free on the USA scholarship. I also love JCC because of the wonderful musicals they put on every year. As a member of the JCC Uncommoners, I had a amazing experience playing Serena in last year’s production of Legally Blonde and I am super excited to audition for this year’s show, Anything Goes. I also work on campus as a student ambassador. I love giving tours of the campus and meeting new people!