Students are enrolled in two classes; whenever possible, we try to enroll students in their first and second choices.  All courses are designed for undergraduates and for students with varying levels of English proficiency.

In 2016, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes!). Instructors reserve the right to make modifications to their syllabi. 

This course is designed to improve your academic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking). We offer multiple sections, depending on your language proficiency.

Instructor Biography 1:

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students and has served in a number of administrative roles. Ms. Cavusgil is author/coauthor of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing. On the weekends, you will find her reading about home decorating, planting in her family’s garden, or sewing, nailing, or designing her next creation. This is Ms. Cavusgil's third summer teaching in the Summer Institute.

Ms. Cavusgil's course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography 2:

John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting

Mr. John Bunting is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where he teaches in the Intensive English Program. John has written or co-written several ESL textbooks, including Grammar and Beyond 4 and College Vocabulary 4. He is interested in using technology in his classes and encourages students to challenge themselves, have fun, and meet people to help improve their English language skills.

Mr. Bunting's "Academic English" syllabus available here.

Mr. Bunting's "Legal English" syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography 3:

Lakshmi Polavarapu

Ms. Lakshmi Polavarapu

Ms. Lakshmi Polavarapu is a Master's international graduate from Georgia State University's Applied Linguistics Department. While completing her graduate degree, Lakshmi served as a Teacher Collaboration Community Service Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, and taught in the Intensive English Program. Recently, Lakshmi has returned to Atlanta from teaching Academic English abroad in Chengdu, China. Apart from teaching, Ms. Polavarapu enjoys being outdoors, bicycling around the city, meditating, dancing, and practicing yoga.

Ms. Polavarapu's course syllabus available here.

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of diverse cultures in the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students will enhance their knowledge of culture and assess its impact on intercultural communication. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective with a focus on cultural competency and service delivery to diverse groups. Students will also observe the communication styles in health professionals in the US.

Course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography:

Prof. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health and Human Sciences (renamed to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) at Georgia State University (GSU) in August 2009. She was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in August 2015. She is a pediatric physical therapist by training, whose primary research interests are in determining the effectiveness of novel physical therapy interventions (virtual reality gaming and robotic therapy) in improving arm function in children with developmental disabilities. The target populations she studies now are children with cerebral palsy and infants at high risk of developing cerebral palsy (i.e., infants born prematurely). Recently she expanded her research to examine if parental stress, fatigue, and depressive symptoms influence children’s improvement in physical function to further use family as a unit to provide interventions to improve quality of life for both parents and children with developmental disability.

This course introduces students to the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Institutions. Field trips to different cultural institutions will enable students to learn about professional and vocational opportunities within the context of museums. Students will be introduced to a variety of learning, teaching, and administration theories for a museum career path. Students will have first hand experience visiting several types of cultural institutions, such as World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, Paper Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, the Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain, or Atlanta Historical Center. This course focuses on the combination of theory and practice.

Course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography:

Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh joined the Art Education team at the Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at the GSU, Dr. Hsieh worked as a research assistant under the Department of Eastern Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006. He taught art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. His research and teaching interests include: interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. His works are shown both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hsieh received his Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, MFA in art history and BA in visual art education from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan.

Interested in the future of the economy on an international scale? This course examines worldwide integration of economic, political, technological, cultural, and social facets to explore the impact of globalization on organizations and individuals worldwide. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the macro environment of the global marketplace. They learn how to apply their knowledge of global markets through the simultaneous consideration of all business functions. Methodologies of country market assessment are researched and explored while applying critical thinking through writing. The course is the required first CTW course for all majors in the Robinson College of Business.

Course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography:

Ms. Yimai Zhang

Yimai Zhang, is a doctoral candidate majoring in Marketing and specializing in International Business. Yimai finished her Master's degree at Colorado State University majoring in Financial Risk Management. She is enthusiastic about business practices and academic strategies. Her current research interest is inter-disciplinary studies between International Business and Financial Risk.

This three-credit-hour course introduces undergraduate students to the legal system and the fundamental concepts of law in the United States. The course includes an overview of the U.S. legal system including an introduction to the study of law from a U.S. perspective, sources of law including the role of common law in the construction of U.S. law, the classification of law, the U.S. court system and the role of judges, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Substantive and procedural subjects include constitutional law, torts, contracts, property and estate law, laws affecting business, family law, and criminal law.

Course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography:

Leila Lawlor is an assistant professor of the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business at Perimeter College of Georgia State University.  She received her B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Georgia and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where she served as associate editor on the law review, as a community and tax clinic legal volunteer, and as student editor for a book written by Professor L. Lynn Hogue.  During law school, she received the American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in constitutional law and research, writing and advocacy; the Outer Barrister Guild Award; and the Best Brief Award in a competition among Georgia law schools.  After law school, Lawlor clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  Lawlor practiced real estate law in metro Atlanta and then began teaching part-time while simultaneously serving as law clerk for Judge Wayne Purdom of the State Court of DeKalb County.  When she discovered a passion for teaching, she returned to graduate studies, earning an M.B.A. with highest honors and an M.S. in Criminal Justice with highest honors in order to enrich her teaching.

Lawlor is a member of the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, in which she serves as president.  She is also an active member of several philanthropic educational societies and has received a teaching award for incorporating technology in her classroom.  At Perimeter College, she has served as curriculum chair for business administration and is a member of the Faculty Senate.

Lawlor has forthcoming publications in Studia Iuridica, the law review of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration, as well as peer reviewed journals.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on appreciation of some of the latest, cutting edge technology that is used in Molecular Biological Research laboratories today. Students will prepare and analyze DNA, RNA and Proteins from different cells and then see how each of these critical components of living cells can be analyzed and used to create a series of picture that show how cells work at the molecular level.

Course schedule available here.

Instructor Biography:

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University. He is also Director of the Applied Biotechnology Core Facilities at GSU and for the last 10 years or more has overseen the operation and maintenance of much of the sophisticated technology that is used in the various departments that make up the Life Sciences in the University. His research revolves around understanding the mechanisms that trigger cells to commit a form of programmed cellular suicide (apoptosis) in response to a number of environmental insults.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of nursing in the context of different health systems and populations.

This course focuses on improving the public presentations necessary in almost every contemporary profession: sales or proposal presentations, lectures, political speeches, presentations at company meetings or academic conferences, or presentations to clients. This course will emphasize skills required for developing effective presentation content, including data gathering and evaluation, structure, and logic. These skills are important, whatever language is being used in the presentation, but because this course is designed for non-native speakers of English, there will be special emphasis on delivery skills focusing on English pronunciation and English idioms. This course is ideal for any student in any major.

Science of Learning explores how we learn and study best. This course explores theories and research that support effective learning and study strategies. Students will practice effective learning strategies, and applying the science of learning to help others learn best. Come join us in learning how to learn.

Course syllabus available here.

Instructor Biography:

Ms. Elena Nightingale

Elena Nightingale is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy and a second year doctoral student. Her primary research interests include assessment and literacy, with a particular interest in adult learners. In addition to her previous experience teaching The Science of Learning at GSU, she has also taught English Language Arts to high school second-language learners for three years, and enjoys the process of blending in-class collaborative work with online education and mixed-media learning.

*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

For questions about course content or availability, please contact the Office of International Initiatives at or (404) 413-2530.