Earn course credits quickly while exploring engaging topics in the humanities and social sciences. Maymester courses last three weeks during the month of May and offer opportunities to discover something new, learn by doing and fulfill General Education Program academic requirements.
2019 Maymester Courses
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2019 Maymester Courses

Understanding Latino Migration (ANT 495/IDS 495)

What forces in Latin America cause Latinos to emigrate to the United States? How do people actually undertake the journey? And what are the consequences of these processes for immigrant health, wellbeing and integration into North Carolina communities? Scheduled at a time that accommodates students working full-time, this course will answer these questions for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals alike. The course focuses on emigration from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. 

Course Fulfills: College Social Sciences (not a GEP Social Sciences course)
Professor: Nora Haenn

Language, Communication and Culture (COM 292)

We use different modes of communication, depending on whether we are participating in classroom discussion, talking with our parents or boss, hanging out with friends, or visiting a different country. Rarely do we have the opportunity to consciously reflect upon our communicative behaviors. In this class, we will unpack some of the ways culture and society influence our communication and how our communication affects the culture and the society in which we live.

Course Fulfills: GEP Social Sciences, GEP U.S. Diversity
Professor: Lynsey Romo

Survey of African American Literature (ENG 248/AFS 248)

This course affords students an opportunity to explore the African American experience through the community’s literature (from the 18th century to the present moment), and through the lens of the American Dream. As literary critics, we will attempt to show how a variety of texts — from poets, writers and musicians — in turn define America as we see it, think it, and/or hope it to be.

Course Fulfills: GEP Humanities, GEP U.S. Diversity, College Literature II
Professor: Marc Dudley

Women and Literature: Women in Comics (ENG 305/WGS 305)

This course looks at the history of women depicted in comic books and graphic novels, as well as the increasingly prominent role of women writers and artists in creating works of graphic literature. How has this increase shaped (or reshaped) how women are written and visually represented in such texts? How are comics and graphic novels being defined by a more broadly diverse creative community, including a variety of minority voices? What perspectives on gender and sexuality are put forth in comics? What affordances or constraints does the graphic form offer in representing complex individual positionalities? How do we evaluate comics and graphic literature in a literature class?

Course Fulfills: GEP Humanities, GEP U.S. Diversity, College Literature II
Professor: Margaret Simon

Women and Film: Women and Representation in the Post #Metoo Era (ENG 378)

In a post Weinstein/#metoo world, in which there has been an unprecedented flood of public revelations regarding sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination, it is crucial for students of film and media scholarship to newly interrogate gendered power relations in terms of the representation of women and gender more broadly in film and media as well as women’s roles in media industries. This class will provide an in-depth, longer-term examination of how to tackle the systemic and intersectional structures of sexism, racism, and misogyny that enable and normalize sexual harassment, abuse, and discrimination behind and in front of the screen. 

Course Fulfills: GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Visual and Performing Arts
Professor: Ora Gelley

Film and Literature: Comics on the Page and Screen (ENG 382)

Though analyses of adaptation and film typically focus on literary examples, increasingly scholars and teachers have been exploring comics and the ways in which that medium has not only influenced popular culture content, but also the broader aesthetic and technological shape of media landscapes. This class will explore how comics have been receiving serious scholarly attention and develop vocabularies for studying and writing about comics through aesthetic, cultural, and feminist perspectives. 

Course Fulfills: GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Visual and Performing Arts, College Literature II
Professor: Andrew Johnston

Confederate Monuments in NC History (HUMU 295/HI 298)

Students will engage in the creation, collapse, and redemption of Confederate memory, particularly as it manifests in North Carolina, comparing architecture, memorial and monument design, historical display in historic sites and museums, popular culture, and addresses and speeches. The central theme of the course is how memorial culture—what is recalled, forgotten and who decides—reinforces racial and gendered social structures. Using classroom-based readings and discussions, field trips to local sites, and research in archival sources, this course immerses students quickly and deeply into the topic.

Course Fulfills: GEP Humanities, GEP U.S. Diversity
Professor: Craig Friend

Seminar in Liberal Studies: “Food for Thought” (MLS 501)

This interdisciplinary food studies course will take students from the French foundations of modern gastronomy (the invention of the restaurant, start of modern food writing, birth of the celebrity chef, etc.), to the fascinating paradoxes of food production, consumption, and appreciation in our increasingly globalized world. Classroom sessions will be complemented by guest speakers, tastings, and site visits (farms, markets, laboratories, production facilities, etc.).

Professor: Michael Garval

Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 205)

One of the main aims of philosophy is to use a rigorous, logical approach to understand some of the big questions of “Life, the Universe and Everything.” In this course we will see how philosophers have applied their logical tools to inquire about the existence of God, the nature and content of morality, justice, science, human minds and the very existence of a real external world. We will learn how arguments work, how they should be evaluated and how they have been used by real philosophers to answer each of these “big questions.”

Course Fulfills: GEP Humanities, College Philosophy
Professor: Catherine Driscoll

Gender and Politics in the United States (PS 306/WGS 306)

Gender and Politics explores the role that gender plays in contemporary American politics. The course explores the historical course of gender politics (suffrage movement, waves of feminism, etc.) to demonstrate how history shapes the present political context of gender. The course also investigates the activities that women and men play in modern politics—voting, running for office, serving in office, etc., and how women and men perform these activities in different ways.

Course Fulfills: GEP Social Sciences, GEP U.S. Diversity
Professor: Steven Greene

Psychobiology of Success (PSY 208)

Do practices like mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, and cognitive-behavioral therapy really help people manage stress and achieve their full potential? Recent research in psychology and biology provides the answer. In this intensive, hands-on class we will: learn what happens within your body when you experience stress, discover techniques to alter your body’s response, explore ways to manage your thoughts to enhance your performance, and understand why your physiology and your background do not have to determine your future. 

This course requires instructor permission to enroll. To express your interest in obtaining instructor permission, please complete the form at Log in to your NC State gmail account to access and submit the form. 

Course Fulfills: GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP Social Sciences 
Professor: Lynne Baker-Ward, Ronni Margolin, Karen R. Young

Intro to Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Field Practice (SW 260)

This course is an integrative seminar that introduces students to gerontology as an interdisciplinary field of practice. It helps students understand the demographics and psychosocial trends among older adults globally and in the United States, in order to provide a context for practice. Students will explore characteristics of diverse aging populations, social pattern, projections, myths and realities of aging, based on current data and scholarly reports. 

Course Fulfills: GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP U.S. Diversity
Professor: Karen Bullock

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Register for Maymester

The 2019 Maymester session begins May 15, and the last day of classes is June 4. You’ll register for a Maymester course through MyPack Portal.

  1. After logging in to your Student Homepage, click Planning and Enrollment > Enrollment Wizard.
  2. Select 2019 Summer Term 1 from the “Term” drop-down list.
  3. Click the Add To Cart tab to search for Maymester courses (e.g. ENG 382). 
  4. After locating the course you want to take, click Add to Cart to add the course to your shopping cart.
  5. Click My Shopping Cart to review your added course(s). 
  6. Click Enroll to enroll in the courses listed in your shopping cart.