In the first semester of the inaugural year of the CUNY Humanities Alliance, the Graduate Teaching Fellows trained with faculty mentors at LaGuardia Community College in the courses listed below.
Composition I: An Introduction to Composition and Research
Faculty mentor: Professor Demetrios Kapetanakos
In this course students write coherent essays in varied academic formats, both in and out of class, responding to culturally diverse materials and using appropriate technology. Students focus on critical and analytical skills through reading and listening and study aspects of argumentation including formulating theses; researching and identifying sources; evaluating and documenting sources; and communicating persuasively across contexts, purposes, and media. Admission is based on college placement test scores. The course meets in four scheduled classroom hours per week.
Sample Syllabus for ENG 101
Themes in American History Since 1865
Faculty mentor: Professor Karen Miller
This course will examine American history since 1865. Such topics as industrialization, labor unions, immigration, organization, political parties, reform movements, foreign policy, and the rise of the U.S. as the major force in the world will be covered in this course.
Sample syllabus for SSH 102
Faculty mentor: Professor Emmanuel Nartey
The goal of this course is to help students become thoughtful and effective critical thinkers, applying the intellectual abilities and specialized reasoning skills to themselves and their society. Students will also learn to identify, evaluate, and solve problems on an individual and societal scale. They will gain self –awareness and a deeper knowledge of the ways in which they interact, change, and are changed by society in order to analyze their role as responsible citizens in a globalized world.
Sample syllabus for HUP 102
Faculty mentor: Professor Eduardo Vianna
This course is an introduction to some of the major fields and theories in the science of psychology, covering a range of topics such as biological foundations, learning, cognition, emotion, perception, theories of personality, psychological disorders and their treatment and the research methods of psychology.
Sample syllabus for SSY 101
Latin American Literature I
Faculty mentor: Professor Ana Maria Hernandez
This course deals with an introduction to Latin American literature and its relationship to the dynamics of social change. The course also traces the influence of European, North American, African and pre-Columbian elements on Latin American literacy movements. Topics include pre-Columbian literatures, colonization and exploration, the wars of independence and abolition. This class is entirely taught in Spanish.
Sample syllabus for ELS 200