GC1Y Courses

GC1Y courses are available to students who are currently in their first year at Georgia College and should generally be completed during one of the student's first two terms of enrollment.

Transfer students who have not yet fulfilled their Area B1 requirement may also register for GC1Y courses and should do so at their earliest possible opportunity.

The following sections have been approved to fulfill the GC1Y requirement. Not all of these sections or topics will be offered each semester; students should consult the schedule of classes for offerings, section times, and instructors. Students are strongly encouraged to register for their GC1Y course at their first available registration opportunity to have the greatest selection of course sections. 

Approved GC1Y Courses

Schedule Title: Crit Think: Ability/Disability
Long Title: Representations of Ability and Disability
Sponsoring Department: Teacher Education
Approved Instructors: DeClouette

Ability and disability are cornerstone concepts in education. This course provides an opportunity to examine how ability and disability are represented in popular culture, literature, film, and autobiographies by people with and without disability, and in professional texts/narratives (e.g., research literature, practitioner materials) and the meaning of these representations for educational practice and social policy. In addition to considering different constructions and meanings of ability and disability, participants will examine markers of privilege as well as processes of marginalization.  The focus of the course is on developing skills to examine how ideas (including ideas about the body and the mind) are constructed and represented in cultural contexts and the meaning of this for work in education-related fields.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Analysis of Educ
Long Title: Critical Analysis of Education in America
Sponsoring Department: Teacher Education
Approved Instructors: All Education faculty

This course provides a critical analysis of education in America including the exploration of factors that influence education such as the state of education, philosophical foundations, and political aspects of education.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Capital Punishment
Long Title: The Capital Punishment Debate
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology 
Approved Instructors: All Criminal Justice faculty

The study of the death penalty is a contentious issue in the United States. The United States is one of the last first world nations to employ the practice of capital punishment. Georgia has been at the center of this debate since the 1970s and continues to be a center of debate regarding racial and socioeconomic biases among those given the death sentence. This course will explore the history of the death penalty, the death penalty as it is currently practiced, words of those who have experienced a death sentence from a personal perspective, and the possibility of error in the justice system, specifically regarding death sentences. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Comp & Info Tech
Long Title: Computer and Information Technology
Sponsoring Department:  Information Systems & Computer Science
Approved Instructors: All Computer Science and Information Systems faculty

This course is a thematic exploration of the role of computer and information technology in today’s global society. Students will learn about the ever expanding impact of technology across various industries, medicine, government and education. The course content will be learned through the study of current topics, experimentation with graphics design, game development tools, and robotics.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Contmp Hlth Issues
Long Title: Contemporary Health Issues
Sponsoring Department: Health and Human Performance, Nursing
Approved Instructors: All Health Sciences faculty

Contemporary Health Issues is a speaking intensive course designed to increase the student’s knowledge about international issues, policies and events that affect the health of populations. This course includes an examination of the significance of bioethical, social, cultural, epidemiological, and economic factors that impact health. Class sessions will be used to engage in dialogue and debate about student-derived health issues. Practical application activities and a service-learning project will complement the class. Students will gain valuable skills in public speaking, research and writing, negotiation, and powers of persuasion, leadership, organization, and interpersonal communication.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Creative Arts Ther
Long Title: Creative Arts Therapies
Sponsoring Department: Music Therapy
Approved Instructors: All Music Therapy faculty, Forrest

U.S. society issues, including religion, race, economics, disabilities, education are examined. The creative arts, including visual arts, music, dance and movement, and creative writing, are also examined. The class members develop rubrics in order to develop a critical thinking model on looking at the arts and seeing if and how they serve a purpose while addressing society needs. The class involves five hours of community involvement, as well as classroom speaking and presenting.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Cultur/Youth Mid E
Long Title: Culture and Youth in the Middle East
Sponsoring Department: Professional Learning and Innovation
Approved Instructors: Mehranian

This course critically analyze cultures, youth, and politics of the middle east, as well as existing cultural interpretations of the middle east in the West, by using relevant examples of literature, art, film, music, and dance from and about this important region of the world.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Documentary Stds
Long Title: Documentary Studies
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Dillard 

Documentary Studies is an approach to representing “reality” through writing, film, radio, television, dram, and multimedia.  This introduction to the field will include an overview of documentary forms, documentary theory, and will allow students to produce documentary works. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Fantastic Beasts
Long Title: Fantastic Beasts and Protecting Where We Find Them
Sponsoring Department: Biological & Environmental Sciences
Approved Instructors: DeVore

This course will review the establishment of protected areas to manage two of the most iconic creatures, gorillas and sharks.  In both cases, we will explore the myths behind both of these creatures in history, literature and motion pictures and critically evaluate the relationships between these animals and the human need to interface in their worlds. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Freakonomics
Long Title: Freakonomics
Sponsoring Department: Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Clark

This course will discuss, debate, and analyze the topics presented in the books "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. These books present interesting and nontraditional perspectives, from multiple disciplines, focusing on behaviors that are not traditionally associated with economics. Students will be expected to describe and critically evaluate the diverse perspectives relevant to each topic. Upon successfully completing the course, students will be able to apply economic reasoning, explain the behavior of rational individuals when confronted with the everyday problem of making constrained choices, apply critical thinking analysis to current economic issues, evaluate how incentives influence decision making, and illustrate the unintended consequences associated with everyday decision making.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Glob Challenges I
Long Title: Global Challenges I (formerly Seven Revolutions I)
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: Elliott-Gower, Fahrer

Students in this course will be introduced to global challenges that are changing the world in which we live, learn the fundamentals of information literacy and research, conduct team-based research on one of global challenges, and then pull this research together in an e-book or other e-format. The global challenges include population demographics, natural resource management, economic integration, conflict and the challenges of governance.  


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Growing up with Lit
Long Title:  Growing Up with Literature
Sponsoring Department: Professional Learning and Innovation
Approved Instructors: Gregg

This course explores how stages of development from childhood through young adulthood are reflected through literature, book and stories.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: History of GCSU
Long Title:  From Brown and Gold to Green and Blue: The History of Georgia College
Sponsoring Department: Library
Approved Instructors: Croft, Bray

Through an extensive review of primary and secondary resources, students will gain an overview of the history of Georgia College from its founding as the Georgia Normal & Industrial College in 1889 to the present day.  This class will frequently require you to visit Special Collections in the Ina Dillard Russell Library.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Hist Rock and Roll
Long Title:  History of Rock and Roll
Sponsoring Department: Music
Approved Instructors: Woodruff

What is the roll of "rock" music in Western society?  This exciting survey will take a chronological look at the roots of rock music from the blues, country, rock and roll, surf music, soul, funk, rap, folk, southern rock, British rock, psychedelic, singer/songwriter, hard rock, heavy metal, punk, and new wave.  Students will develop cultural perspective by learning about the pioneers and sociocultural influences that became the creative drive for these most important genres of music that greatly affect our lives and music of the present. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Hooked on a Feeling
Long Title:  Hooked on a Feeling
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy & Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: Mosch 

What do you think of when you hear the term “emotion”?  Do you think emotions are like thoughts, or more like bodily feelings?  Do you think broadcasting your emotions makes you vulnerable?  Have you been encouraged to develop and express your emotions, or have you been conditioned to do the opposite?  Is there a place for emotions in the workplace or the classroom?  Throughout this course, we will investigate answers to these questions and more.  We will weave through different philosophical theories of emotions.  We will also talk about how and why it is so difficult to talk about our emotions – especially love.  We will take a walk down the gloomy path of grief, only to see how detachment, loss, and pain can all contribute to enriching our lives.  We will incorporate pop culture throughout the class.  This course will use primary sources from both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as fictional novels, plays, and films. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Into Wilderness
Long Title: Into the Wilderness
Sponsoring Department: Health and Human Services
Approved Instructors: Turner

This course will be a thematic exploration of protected places through which multiple perspectives on wilderness are applied to the politics of legally designated Wilderness areas and wilderness management. The course will include a thorough review of wilderness philosophy, a guided case study of a selected problem or conflict within a wilderness area in the state, and a student-selected case study of a different problem/conflict within a wilderness area. The part of the course will require field trip(s) to local wilderness areas and meetings/interviews with various stakeholders (local citizens, advocacy groups, politicians, government employers, etc.).


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Monks Gone Wild
Long Title: Monks Gone Wild: Religious Injustice Around the Globe
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy & Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: Milligan

Sometimes the holiest and most respected people in society are responsible for some of the most heinous crimes and deconstructions of preconceived social taboos.  This course is an investigation into some modern and classical examples whereby professional religious renunciants, often called "monks" or "priests," have violated their religious vows and/or society's trust in their holiness.  This discussion-intensive seminar prepares Georgia College freshmen to think critically about some of the world's biggest ideas, such as religion, asceticism, trust, and relationships.  We will look deeply into several of the world's great religious traditions and also at some of the small, quirky traditions that have gained notoriety exactly for their wild aspects.  Students will be expected to learn to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information.  To conclude the course, students will select a relevant topic to research and write a formal research paper utilizing the subject matter in the humanities and social sciences.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Music and Conflict
Long Title: Music and Conflict
Sponsoring Department: Music
Approved Instructors: Gorzelany-Mostak 

Music has played a role in traumatic events and in national and international conflicts throughout history.  States deploy music in rituals intended to promote national healing in the wake of terror attacks, yet they also sanction the use of music in the interrogation of suspected terrorists.  Soldiers use music to prepare themselves for battle, while composers at home pen music to boost the morale of the citizenry and support the war effort.  Musicians write songs to commemorate and memorialize major events.  Prisoners of war, refugees, and oppressed communities find the courage to make music in even the most dire and bleak of circumstances.  Music participates in the maintenance of old identities and in the proclamation of new ones.  Using theories on trauma, as well as scholarship from musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, and other disciplines as a critical and contextual frame, students will investigate music’s role in various conflicts in recent history.  Case studies that span the globe and encompass popular, folk, classical, and world music genres will give students a more nuanced understanding of how people from different cultural and social backgrounds experience trauma and art’s role therein during the 20th and 21st centuries. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: New Biology
Long Title: The New Biology: Promise and Peril
Sponsoring Department: Biology & Environmental Sciences
Approved Instructors: Gleason 

Students will examine text and media that explore contemporary problems in biology that we as individuals, society, and our global environment currently face or may soon face in the future. We will learn the basic science behind the topics we explore, as a logical background to unravel the thornier ethical, financial, legal, and sociological implications that surround a variety of biological issues as diverse as engineered solutions to climate change, designer babies, and GMOs.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Phil & Soc Justice
Long Title: Philosophy and the Search for Social Justice
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy & Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: All Philosophy faculty 

We will read several books that allow us to examine inequality, racial injustice, and other issues of social justice in both the United States and the world. 


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Prom Peril Tech
Long Title: Tech Support: The Promise and Peril of Technology
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy & Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: Rudow-Ahouharb

This course is a critical exploration of the nature of human technology and its role in human life as it has developed over time and continues to develop in the present day.  This course will incorporate theory from anthropology, sociology, design studies, continental and contemporary philosophy.  Technology, for the purposes of this course, goes beyond the restricted sense of technology as grounded in modern science and engineering and will include both artifact and technique.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Psych Ethics
Long Title: Psychological Ethics
Sponsoring Department: Psychological Sciences
Approved Instructors: All Psychology faculty

This course will use case examples and readings from related disciplines to explore many ethical issues related to the clinical practice of psychology, counseling, research, teaching and other professionally-related activities. Class discussion and brief written assignments will enhance student understanding of ethics in general and specifically how ethics influences the helping professions.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Publ & Coll Memory
Long Title: Public and Collective Memory
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: McClure

Students will develop critical thinking skills through exploring issues related to public and collective memory and forgetting. Topics may include: politics of commemoration, personal narratives and storytelling, construction and control of collective identities.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Public Deliberation
Long Title: Public Deliberation
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Clark

"Public Deliberation" explores how ordinary citizens become engaged in public discourse and self-governance around critical local, regional, and national issues.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Rsrch Age Google
Long Title: Research in the Age of Google, the Cloud, and Open Space
Sponsoring Department: Library
Approved Instructors: Carpenter, Cole, Davis, Walker, Wertz

In today's information rich society, it is important for students to not only access and evaluate information, but learn to manage it using all the technological tools available. In this course, students will describe and critically evaluate the current state of information retrieval in today's ever-changing information landscape. Tools and issues include, but are not limited to, research using Google, cloud computing, open source resources, media bias, information overload, online privacy, and scholarly databases.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Sci Fi & Philosophy
Long Title: SciFi and Philosophy
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Blazer

This course will interpret science fiction and fantasy literature, film, television, gaming culture (role playing, live-action role playing, and video games), and fan culture (fanzines and fan fiction) through the lens of philosophy.  Students will not only analyze sci-fi and fantasy works from a literary perspective but also learn about the philosophical concepts that these works explore, such as the nature of reality, the concept of the self, and the philosophy of morality.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Sex, Drugs, & Econ
Long Title: Sex, Drugs, and Economics
Sponsoring Department:  Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Conaway

This course explores how economic theory can be used to analyze controversial issues, as well as, the often hidden costs and unintended consequences of government policies governing sex, drugs, usury, child labor, health care, abortion, capital punishment and immigration, among others.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Social Problems
Long Title: Social Problems
Sponsoring Department: Government & Sociology
Approved Instructors: Bruce, Koch

Sociology is a scientific study of human behavior. Sociologists take seriously the fact that all human behavior occurs within a social context and that context influences human behavior. This course will explore a series of social problems (including racism and poverty among other topics) from the sociological perspective and will propose and evaluate contextual solutions to the problems.


Section Title: Crit Think: Swansonomics
Long Title: Swansonomics
Sponsoring Department: Economics & Finance
Approved Instructors: Conaway

 In this course we will examine the libertarian beliefs espoused by the character Ron Swanson from the television series “Parks and Recreation”. You may love the government or you may hate it, either way, this class will make you rethink your position. The topics will include, but are not limited to: The expected economic consequences of a specific piece of legislation or political position/philosophy, unintended consequences, various systems of taxation (progressive income taxes, the “fair” tax, value added taxes, etc), Public vs. Private pay, Public Unions, the tragedy of the commons, government bailouts, the size of the government, Fiat money, the role of government, transfer programs, the 1%, the 47%, and incentives, in general.


Section Title: Crit Think: Think Through Relig
Long Title: Thinking Through Religion
Sponsoring Department: Philosophy, Religion, and Liberal Studies
Approved Instructors: Gittinger

 The academic study of religion is a field that overlaps many disciplines which mark out its boundaries and features in diverse ways.  This course offers an overview and surveys the main approaches used today: historical, phenomenological, social scientific (including anthropology, sociology, and psychology), philosophy, feminist. Global, and comparative or universal theology.  In their various ways, these approaches help us learn about and understand the many roles of religion in individual experience, public life, social and political affairs, and all the spheres of art, music, and literature, past and present.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Utop/Dystop Worlds
Long Title: Through the Looking Glass: Utopian/Dystopian Worlds
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Beasley

Human beings have a natural tendency to desire a better future and to daydream about living in a more perfect society.  But what would a more perfect society look like?  This is a question writers have tried to answer for hundreds of years, and this body of imaginative writing is named utopian literature, after Sir Thomas More's hugely popular Utopia (1516).  In this course, we will explore the nature and evolution of utopian literature, as well as the emergency of dystopian literature (such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four), which imagines societies far worse than our own. We will discuss many of the important artistic and political questions that utopian and dystopian texts raise.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: Video Games & Lit
Long Title: Can Video Games Matter: Video Games as Literature & Cultural Signifier
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Sofala-Jones

 In this course, we ask, “Can video games matter?” and if they do, how can we analyze these new narratives in a way that allows us to see them not only as literature, but also as culturally significant.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: War Literature
Long Title: War Literature
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: MacLachlan

For much of its history, the United States has been at war, both domestically and abroad.  After potential for victory becomes complicated, popular culture often loses interest in the war's outcomes, as well as the individuals involved.  While the amount of money powering the military is high (roughly twenty percent of the federal budget), the average civilian is increasingly disconnected from military life.  How can this be?  Public debates of war often only begin when a fictional representation of war is created.  What do fictional representations of war reveal about our national identities, biases, and philosophies?  This course aims to investigate and critically analyze the costs of two recent major wards in American history: The Iraq War and The Vietnam War.


Schedule Title: Crit Think: We The People
Long Title: We The People
Sponsoring Department: English & Rhetoric
Approved Instructors: Burt, Dillard

This course explores how we create ourselves and influence our worlds through our worlds through the use of rhetorical communication in interpersonal, group, and public settings.


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