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20 Interesting Courses at Binghamton University

Ahsaas Verma

Looking to register for some interesting courses? Well, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the process, compiling a diverse listing of enticing courses that are sure to meet the most exacting of standards. Whether you’re pursuing a degree in the arts, attending one of our ve professional schools, or are just curious about what types of classes Binghamton has to oer, we have you covered. So do yourself a favor and check ‘em out. Trust me, I wouldn't steer you wrong...

  • Scuba Diving:

You may be able to swim, but here’s the question… Can you scuba dive? If not, Binghamton can help. In this adventurous course, held in the West Gym swimming pool, students are provided with all the necessary equipment, including swim gear and diving apparatus, while learning the intricacies of this underwater sport. And for those looking to take it up a notch, open swims are available at an additional cost.

  • Introduction to Journalism:

Are you a budding journalist, looking to take your writing to the next level? Well if so, this course may be for you. Journalism is a demanding and highly soughtafter profession, but there’s so much more. This course will cover the critical aspects of the profession, including clear and concise writing, the exploration of ethical quandaries and crucial interviewing techniques to help you navigate your way through various questioning scenarios. If you are personable, dedicated and fancy yourself a writer, this may be the course for you.

  • Post - Antibiotic Era Therapies:

Imagine life before the advent of the antibiotic, at a time when minor bacterial infections once spelled certain death. In this course, students will discuss the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and the overall lack of development in the creation of new bacterial-resistant medicines in the 21st century.

  • Substance Abuse in Contemporary Society:

What are the causes of addiction? Do addicts have a pre-genetic disposition to substance abuse, or are other precipitating factors at play? This online course will reveal the various stages of dependency; the physical, psychological and familial role that leads to drug usage; as well as the ramications and treatment options available to those suering from the disease of addiction.

  • Biological Basis of Mental Illness:

Mental illness can be an emotionally exhausting and debilitating ordeal, presenting a wide variety of symptomatic behaviors, dependent upon individual aiction. This course will cover behavioral disorders, the developmental and genetic factors that lead to abnormal psychological disturbances, and the treatments available for various psychological conditions.

  • U.S.Women Since 1874:

This course will examine the historical role that woman have played, and continue to play, in this nation. By learning the past of women, this newfound construction of knowledge will examine the way in which we understand the role of women in a historical context. It will also provide new concepts to broaden historical perspectives and facilitate a platform that aims to lead the student – through the dissemination of information – to discover new ways of considering critical, gender-related issues.

  • Johnson City Mentor Program:

Do you have what it takes to serve as a supportive and nurturing role model to a child in need? If you answered yes, the Johnson City Mentor Program might be for you. Serving in the capacity of a tutor and mentor, this internship will provide participants with a unique opportunity to have a long-lasting and positive impact on the life of a middle-school student in need of structure and guidance. Needless to say, dedication is a must, but rest assured that your eorts could have enormous transformative potential, making the proverbial juice well worth the squeeze.

  • Entrepreneurship:

Dreaming of opening your own business. Well, Entrepreneurship might be the course for you. Students will work on creating a business venture, devising a business model and constructing a team that is conducive to success. In this class you'll learn the intricacies of nance, and the operational functions associated with business ownership. This course relies heavily on business case studies for observational and educational enrichment.

  • Intro to Sustainable Engineering & Design:

In a world riddled with uncertainty - with respect to resources - this course provides an overview of principles in the facilitation of sustainable engineering practices. Students will gain rst-hand knowledge of the importance surrounding sustainability and develop a deeper appreciation of its importance. This course is only oered in the fall.

  • Stress Management:

Stress can have an enormous eect on your well-being, not just mentally, but physically too! In this course, students will learn the physiological eects of stress, eective coping skills and manageable techniques to handle stress-related issues. This approach will incorporate the importance of a proper dietary regimen, goal setting and various techniques to stimulate relaxation and healthy cognition.

  • Disaster Preparedness:

This course goes above and beyond the typical job description most often associated with the nursing profession. In the wake of a natural disaster, nurses may be charged with a myriad of community-related responsibilities including evacuating procedures, resource coordination, emergency shelter management and more. Students will participate in simulations, requiring them to act out real-life scenarios applying principles they have learned.

  • Professional Development:

In today’s competitive job market, professional development is an absolute must, and although this course is only one credit, if used properly, it can prove to be an invaluable resource in strengthening job searching skills, learning to network, building that killer resume and learning to interview like a champion. With the scarcity of jobs in a troubled economy and a continuously growing applicant pool, you can’t aord to pass on this course.

  • Pop Rock and Soul Music:

So you dig music? Well, Pop Rock and Soul Music was designed to satisfy the most eclectic of pallets. Surveying genres such as pop, rock and soul, including ethnical inuences, various stylistic approaches and more, this course is sure to tickle your musical fancy; and with no prerequisites required, all are welcomed to enjoy. All that’s required is a love for music and a fascination for its origins.

  • Theories of Freedom:

Freedom is the most fundamental governing principle of contemporary America. But what is freedom and why is it such a desirable attribute? This course will examine various aspects of freedom, calling into question the various notions of what it means to be free. In addition, highly sought-after American ideals such as equality, solidarity, well-being and justice will be examined, along with the relationship of these values with respect to a free society.

  • Argumentative Theory:

If you like a good argument and your friends and family are growing tired of your constant need to engage in verbal disputes, then we have the class for you. In this course, you will learn the fundamental of stylistic argumentation, in both written and oral form, employing a series of methodologies to properly formulate a structurally sound, fact-driven and eective debate.

  • Intro to African Drumming:

Well, this just sounds cool. If you are interested in African culture and have an anity for the art of the drum, you should check this out. The course will emphasize rhythmic drumming and delve into a series of melodic instruments, including the xylophone and even some singing. There is no experience necessary to enroll in this course, so check it out.

  • Learn to Swim:

So, you get your education, you land a great job and now you can aord to vacation. so you plan a cruise. Well, we’ve all seen Titanic, and you know how that ends, so you’d better learn how to swim. And who better to instruct you than the beloved Harry J. Back! In this course you will learn the basics, including how to stay aoat, elementary strokes to eortlessly glide through the water, and even some safety tips and rescue techniques. If only Leonardo DiCaprio took this course.

  • Pathophysiology of Nutrition ­Related Diseases:

You are what you eat, and this course is a testament to that popular statement. You don’t have to be a health nut to practice a healthy lifestyle. But it’s important to know just how potentially serious your dietary choices can be -- not only physically, but psychologically, too. This course will illustrate the importance of your daily nutritional choices and even discuss nutritional and dietary ramications that contribute to chronic diseases. So be lean, eat clean and denitely put some serious thought into registering for this course.

  • Plato and Aristotle:

Many are unaware that Aristotle was a student of Plato and that Plato published works that included Socrates, illustrating the inner workings of his infamous Socratic method. This course oers a brief introduction to the discipline of philosophical thought prior to Socrates, but includes Socratic dialogue, Plato’s philosophical ideologies, as well as the ethics and politics of Aristotle. You don’t have to be a Philosophy major to be a fan of this course. These are arguably three of the greatest philosophers the world has ever known. You owe it to yourself to check it out!

  • Sketches of America: Comedy and Media:

If you're seeking an exciting and memorable classroom experience, this course might be right up your alley, most notably for the awesome material covered in its description. It’s probably safe to assume that most of us have seen Will Ferrell’s famous George W. Bush skits or Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impressions, but what is the underlying message behind these comedic jabs and witty quips? Society is growing increasingly skeptical of our elected ocials, and this form of humor is a light-hearted means of poking fun at a myriad of problematic issues plaguing contemporary America. But what lies beneath the surface of this political commentary? If you want to know, then take this course. Heck, you even get to watch Saturday Night Live. What could be better than that?

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