Advanced Poetry Writing

An in-depth study of contemporary poetry, this course emphasizes the careful analysis of books by six to eight contemporary poets, the reading of selected essays on poetic technique, and the writing of poems with a view toward finding a personal voice. Taught by Professor Paul Otremba. ENGL 404

Contemporary Art and Environment

This course delves into questions of environment, ecology, and sustainability through the lens of contemporary art. From earthworks, to performance, to land art, activist art, and community-based practices, participants engage critically and creatively with contemporary practices. This course is eligible for credit toward the Environmental Studies minor. Taught by Professor Lina Dib. FWIS 109

Curriculum Development

This course is the first of a two-part series for preservice teachers. It offers a reflective study of classroom practice through seventy-five (75) hours of observation in secondary schools and teaching activities under the guidance of cooperating teachers and education team members in an actual classroom setting. This course includes opportunities to structure lessons for diverse student populations with whole group and small group lessons. Taught by Professor Judy Radigan. EDUC 421/521

English Literature & The Public Humanities

In this course, students learn to apply critical humanistic methods to issues of public importance, especially in the Houston area. Participants study necessary applications of humanistic inquiry to civic life and contribute to this work themselves. Taught by Professor Evan Choate. ENGL/HURC 299

First Year German for Graduate Students

This course is targeted at graduate students of different disciplines as an introduction to the fundamentals of listening, reading, writing, spoken production and interaction in German. This course is student-centered, uses a critical-thinking approach and intends to make students aware of contextualized language use and socioculturally significant interactions. Taught by Professor Fatima Baig. GERM 541

Graphic Novel: Topics in Fiction Writing

A variable topics workshop in the writing of fiction. Topics will vary from semester to semester and may include "Fairytales, Folklore, Fantasy, and Fright," "Persona," "Experiments in Fiction," and more. Taught by Professor Amber Dermont. ENGL 306

Intro to Poetry Writing

An introduction to poetry writing through the study of contemporary poets and the writing of poems. The class will pay extensive attention to such elements of poetry as imagery, figurative language, tone, syntax, and form in order to create a vocabulary for students to discuss their own poems. Students' poems will be critiqued by the class in a workshop setting. Taught by Professor Paul Otremba. ENGL 304

Introduction to Fiction Writing

A course that teaches the fundamentals of fiction writing, and includes a mixture of reading and writing assignments. The goal is for each student to produce two short stories possessing imaginative ingenuity, structural integrity, and literary merit by the end of the semester. Taught by Professor Amber Dermont. ENGL 301

Leading with Service

This course will examine industry leaders in customer service, identifying the unique qualities that their employees exhibit. Students will learn the fundamentals of service delivery and various research and various research and analysis methods, then apply those in practical applications with local sports franchises. By the conclusion of this course, students will have created a customer service vision for a fictitious organization, developed training programs for employees and created measureable objectives for success. Taught by Professor Diane Crossey. SMGT 266

Religion and Black Lives Matter

This course explores the intersections of religion, politics, and social justice during the period of history marked by the emergence and activities of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Taught by Professor Anthony Pinn. RELI 216

Space Studies Seminar

A weekly space seminar held by space industry leaders and organized by faculty, providing exposure on "real-world" subjects, such as general, commercial and scientific aspects of space; mission planning and design; astrodynamics/orbital mechanics; spacecraft navigation; payload definition; space environment; propulsion and maneuvering; human factors; risk management; export control regulations and others. Taught by Professor David Alexander. NSCI 502

Sport Ethics

This course is designed to assist students in self-evaluating, examining, and developing a philosophy, values, and moral reasoning skills. Major moral/ethical issues and theoretical frameworks inside and outside of sport will be researched and discussed. Students will experience the ethical decision-making process through opportunities for critical analysis drawing upon their philosophical bases. All major theories of ethics will be examined with special application made to the sport management environment. Taught by Professor Clark Haptonstall. SMGT 350

Sport Law

This course is designed to introduce students to the American legal system and to the types of legal reasoning used by lawyers and judges. This course will also provide an overview of how various areas of sports are integrated with the American legal system. Taught by Professor Karen Jones. SMGT 364

Sport Marketing

This course covers the essentials of sport marketing which includes planning, promotions, operations, and market analysis. Students will examine the fundamental principles used in the marketing of sport, products, events, and the importance of service quality. Taught by Professor Clark Haptonstall. SMGT 362

Sport Mediation

This course introduces the core principles of mediation. Within the class each student will become familiar with the nature of conflict, have a better understanding of cultural awareness, as well as the ethics within the field of mediation. Students will conduct a full mediation while maintaining neutrality, exhibiting negotiation skills, and drafting agreements. Taught by Professor Karen Jones. SMGT 365

Teaching and Learning with Inquiry

Education for the 21st century of change and innovation demands problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This course approaches the teaching of context areas with a student-focused lens that engages inquiring minds with the small group exploration of open-ended problems. Lesson structure, activities, and assessment will be integral to the course. This course requires five hours of observation in a local secondary school. Taught by Professor Judy Radigan. EDUC 319/519

The Medieval City

This seminar examines life in the medieval city as it has been documented, studied, and imagined over time. Streets, daily life, guilds, trade fairs, cathedrals, processions, hospitals, universities, plagues, and revolts will be considered. Students will be introduced to ArcGIS Story Maps software and Rice’s DAVinCI Visualization Wall. Taught by Professor Kyle Sweeney. FWIS 175

Theory and Methods

This course involves the study and integration of theory and methods with observation and practice in the classroom through the facilitation of student-led, student-centered activities. Under the guidance of education support team members, the course offers multiple methods for implementing curriculum with diverse students. Required for certification. This course includes a minimum of 5 hours of observation in a local secondary school. Taught by Professor Sheila Whitford. EDUC 463


How to live a good life? This course critically evaluates different conceptions of wellbeing proposed by philosophers and encourages students to form their own conception of wellbeing with persuasive arguments. Taught by Professor Ya-Yun Kao. FWIS 115