In 2023, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes).  All students take two 3-credit courses. We offer 3 specialized English courses as well as field-specific courses.

Academic English

Academic English is designed to improve students' academic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking). Learning experiences occur not only in the classroom, but also on campus and at local sites (such as museums), allowing students to use their English skills in interactive, interesting ways. We offer multiple sections, depending on language proficiency.

Dr.Kendrick - Course Syllabus  Dr.Kendrick-Instructor Information 

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English for Health Sciences

This section of AL 2290 is a special topics course focusing on academic English for health sciences. Academic English for Health Sciences is designed to improve your academic English communication and critical thinking skills in a health science context. You will participate in discussions, debates, role-plays, and presentations on health-related topics to help you effectively and confidently communicate. You will learn how to develop and appropriately use academic and general health science vocabulary. In addition, you will read, analyze, and write academic genres common in health science fields (such as summaries, reflections, and opinion editorials) with a focus on organization, development, and writing style. Communication topics to be explored include effective intercultural communication skills and the psychosocial aspects of communication in healthcare.

Students enrolled in Academic English for Health Sciences must also be enrolled in the Summer Institute’s Chemistry, Biology, or Communication and Communication Diversity in Health Care System course.

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Legal English 

Legal English is offered for students enrolled in Introduction to US Law. Through a variety of activities, students read, analyze, and take notes about different legal texts (cases, articles, law school textbooks). They also participate in conversations and discussions that allow them to use legal vocabulary and structures appropriately. In addition, students learn about US legal culture. (Morning session is available.)


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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. Students will have first-hand experience visiting the CDC museum and hospitals.

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The world's economies have become much more integrated over time. Global Economics is designed to introduce students to basic facts about the operation of the world economy, with particular focus on current issues confronting economies of various countries. The course will discuss the role of international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and will focus on major challenges facing policy makers.It should be noted, however, that this course is designed for the economics novice. As such, much time will be spent investigating some basic economic tools and terminology before moving on to discussions concerning the global economy.

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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.

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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.  (Afternoon session is available.)

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This course aims to introduce students to the basic techniques applied in the typical Molecular/Microbial Laboratory. The course consists of a lecture part and a laboratory part. The lecture part provides students with basic background information and experimental instructions for the experiments students will perform whereas the lab part gives hands-on experience. Students will be asked to write their own executable protocol from given instruction and information before performing any experiments.
Students will also be asked to analyze and interpret the data obtained from experiments.This would mostly mimic actual research laboratory settings and could give closer perspectives on working in research laboratory.

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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 U.S., classifications of law, the U.S. court system and the role of judges within it, 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. Students will be exposed firsthand to the U.S. law-making process, criminal and civil processes through field trips.  (Afternoon session is available.)

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This course is designed to introduce international students to various chemistry projects including stereoisomerism, natural product extraction, simple distillation, recrystallization, and techniques and tools that are fundamental in chemistry labs. Students will learn how to identify chemical structure characteristics by using IR, melting point apparatuses and literature search. Students will learn chemistry lab techniques and gain hands-on lab experience, as well as learn to comply with lab safety protocols. Students will also gain the experience of an oral presentation on lab techniques learned through the course and how to conduct a chemical structure literature search. (the Morning session is available.)

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Under what circumstances do we learn best? What are the environments where students learn the most? Science of Learning explores how we learn, study, and teach to our fullest potential. In the class, Excel at all types of academic challenges through learning effective models and strategies based on scientific research. Join us and discover fascinating theories and research that support effective learning strategies! Science of learning is offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the Summer Institute.

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This course is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of the influence that genes, and how they are expressed, have on the characteristic features (phenotypes) of individual organisms. The class will focus largely on the transmission of genes through heredity, the impact that widescale changes in gene expression can alter entire populations, and an extensive look into the molecular basis of concepts, including Mendelian inheritance, gene organization and expression, chromosome variation, and gene linkage and mapping.
Note: This course requires purchase of a textbook. Please see the course syllabus for details.

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This course is designed to prepare undergraduates for participation in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition Not only will this course help you prepare for participation in the iGEM competition, but it will also help you develop skills that will be applicable for any career that requires group work, laboratory research, record keeping, and individual or group presentations.

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*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

* Every effort will be made to place students in their first  course choice.

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