Cool Courses

In crafting a course of study, Vassar students choose from approximately 800 unique courses. Read more about some of the cool courses they get to choose from.

Cool Courses: "The History of Rock"

The History of Rock, a course taught by Justin Patch, adjunct assistant professor of music, aims to change the way his students think about music, exploring why they choose the music they do and how it affects them.

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Posted 03/18/2015

Cool Courses: Putting Sustainability Theory into Practice

Students in "Sustainability Planning: Putting Theory into Practice" spent part of Spring Break in New York City, meeting with public officials (including two Vassar alums) and energy experts to learn about how sustainability policies are being implemented.

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Posted 04/20/2015

Cool Courses: African American Cinema

How have African Americans been portrayed on the screen over the last 100 years, and how do those portrayals mirror our cultural attitudes towards minorities? Those are the questions students are asked to consider in this course on African American cinema.

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Posted 03/23/2015

Cool Courses: Women: Crime and Punishment

The incarceration rate for women, and especially impoverished women of color, is increasing faster than the rate for men. This sociology course taught by Eileen Leonard examines why and asks how we can change that.

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Posted 03/19/2015

Cool Courses: Comedy, or the Importance of Being "Stoopid"

In "The Art of Acting: Comedy," associate professor of drama Shona Tucker uses the works of Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ionesco, among others, and teaches her students the ancient art of mime and other physical comedy to preach the importance of being "stoopid."

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Posted 03/18/2015

Cool Courses: The Comics Course

In "The Comics Course," associate professor Peter Antelyes takes his students on a journey that begins with 19th-century drawings of comics pioneers Windsor McCay and R.F. Outcault and ends with the cutting edge web comics of today.

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Posted 03/18/2015

Cool Courses: Unraveling Scientific Controversies

Unraveling scientific controversies isn't only a question of understanding the science but of analyzing the broader societal context in which they occur. A Science, Technology, and Society seminar aims to equip students to do just that.

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Posted 12/18/2014

Cool Courses: Children of Immigration

Since 1990, the children of immigrants have doubled in number, now representing 23% of the population of minors in the U.S. This course, "Children of Immigration," explores how they are reshaping America and how America is reshaping them.

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Posted 11/13/2014

Cool Courses: Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media

"Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media," a freshman writing seminar, explores issues such as climate change and fracking and teaches students how to dig for the science behind them and how to critically analyze the arguments presented in the media.

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Posted 11/07/2014