First Year Seminar

100  – Sports, Culture, and Geography (3 credit hours)

This FYS examines the interconnectedness of sports, culture, and geography, and the influence each has on one another. It is not necessary to be an athlete or sports fan to enjoy this course, as we will explore the historical and contemporary cultural events and trends that have resulted in both professional and amateur sports becoming a major cultural and economic force in both the United States and abroad. There will be a worldwide focus, as the geography and culture of North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Oceania will be covered through such sports as soccer, baseball, basketball, American football, auto racing, cycling, boxing, track, hockey, cricket, and rugby. Students will develop and defend arguments on different topics in both oral and written form.

First Session Course:

  • 51887 – 9:25AM-10:40PM – TRIB A205, Friedman

100  – The Many Lives of Frankenstein: 200 Years of Monstrosity (3 credit hours)

January 1, 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). In this First-Year Seminar we will consider the many lives of Mary Shelley’s novel from its inception as part of the ghost story writing contest proposed by Lord Byron during “the haunted summer” in Geneva of 1816 (Shelley was only 18!), its roots in classical mythology, literature, philosophy, and science, and its many “afterlives” in 20th- and 21st-century film, television, science, and literature. Why is “Frankenstein” as an icon perpetually trendy in the media and popular culture? How did we progress from Frankenstein the scientist to Frankenstein the creature? In addition to reading several texts, we will also watch films and TV spin-offs–from Boris Karloff as Frankenstein in the classic 1931 film that launched an entire horror film movement to “The Munsters” to Scully and Mulder tracking down the post-modern Prometheus in the X-Files. And did I mention Ex Machina?! That one too. There is something for everyone. Last semester I ended the course with a field trip to the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine in downtown WS to learn more about what some call “Frankenstein science”–I hope we can go again. Please contact me if you have questions or want to find out more. I hope to see you in class this summer! Elizabeth Way, wayea@wfu.edu.

Second Session Course:

  • 51767 – 10:50AM-12:05PM – TRIB A110, Way

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