Featured Classes Summer 2017

The College of Arts & Letters offers amazing classes. Many of them are variable content courses, which means professors organize them around a theme of their choosing, allowing them to share their particular research specialties with students.

Below is just a small sampling of the classes we're offering this Summer. Happy browsing! (View our Fall 2017 offerings.)

To view the university's full list of classes, visit the Registrar's Class Schedule Guide


"A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.” – Tim O'Brien

Many writers have described fiction as telling the truth through lying, but how do you become a good enough liar to tell the truth? In English 221: Introduction to Fiction Writing, we will seek to demystify the art of writing fiction through reading the work of contemporary writers and exploring our own stories. The goal of this course is to spark creativity, inspire you to experiment with your writing, and uncover the stories that only you can tell.


Hacking for Defense (H4D) is designed to provide USM students the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better address the nation's emerging threats and security challenges. We teach the student not how to build demos for generals and agency directors but to understand how to deploy solutions to our nation’s warfighters, law enforcement, and the many others charged with protecting and defending this nation’s way of life, with the speed and urgency required to compete in the modern threat environment.

This national network of classes will provide a university-based ecosystem that can develop prototypes that match DOD/DHS/IC users’ needs in months rather than years. Further, by creating a national network of colleges and universities, the Hacking for Defense program can scale to provide hundreds of solutions a year. In doing so the universities will also develop the future workforce that our country so desperately needs to allow us to counter threats at the same speed that they are generated by our adversaries.


A wonderful romp from Beowulf to Samuel Johnson, with stops to look at King Arthur and Anglo-Norman romance, Chaucer, mystery plays, psalms and sonnets, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, satire, and Gulliver's Travels.


DAN 130 Dance Appreciation

Take your Aesthetic Values course during the intercession! This survey course of dance investigates general concepts of dance, people who make careers in dance, and a variety of genres of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and social dance forms. In addition to classroom discussions and video viewings of performances, dance appreciation includes creative movement experiences in the dance studio that enhance the lecture. The movement experiences invite students of all abilities to understand the dancer’s perspective and approaches to training.


ART 402 Arts of Asia

For the first time at USM, explore the Arts of Asia! We will focus primarily on the visual traditions from India, China, and Japan, investigating their social, political, religious, and technological contexts.


See the world in this encounter with significant well-known works of world literature. Egypt! China! Babylon! Greece! North Africa! Italy! Japan! Colombia! England! Algeria! Read Nobel Prize Winners! Learn why the translator is a traitor!


Native American history is southern history. When Americans imagine southern history, they often think of the Civil War and Civil Rights. But for centuries before those events, Native Americans ruled the South. This course focuses on the Native American South from the early Mississippian Period (800 CE) to the Civil War (1861-1865). We will examine the distinctive pre-contact cultures of the Native South characterized by agriculture, chiefdoms, matrilineal kinship, and temple mounds. We also will explore the ways colonialism changed Native Southerners. Environmental change, disease, trade, and warfare all led Native Americans in the South to transform their societies. Finally, we will scrutinize U.S. Indian policy culminating in the forced removal of many Native Americans from their homelands and Native Southerners’ responses to the Civil War.


Interested in mock trial? Take the class this summer! No experience with Legal Studies required -- this course is open to all interested students, from any major. Students will play a variety of roles, including lawyers, witnesses, jurors, and more as we work our way through an exciting and educational legal simulation.

This class will be held in a mini-session format on the Coast. Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks!

Contact Prof. Burton with questions: angela.m.burton@usm.edu.