Courses

Students are enrolled in two classes. Whenever possible, we try to enroll students in their first and second choices.

In 2018, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes!). Instructors reserve the right to make modifications to their syllabi. 

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. (Morning and Afternoon sessions are available.)

Instructor:

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 has taught since 1993. She is co/author of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing, and is currently writing a memoir/biography. In addition to teaching, she is involved in program and curriculum design and enjoys creating opportunities for students that develop their English language and intercultural competence.

Ms. Cavusgil's course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

Ms. Jessie Hayden

Ms. Jessie Hayden is an assistant professor in the Department of ESL & World Languages at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. She has been teaching ESL since 1996, and has been a at GSU’s Perimeter College since 2009. Her professional interests include second language writing, online teaching and learning, instructional design, and instructional technology. Her current projects include collaborative online international learning (COIL), design and development of online courses, and utilization of vlogs (video logs) for writing revision and editing. She has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences, and she has published articles in scholarly journals.

Dr. Hayden's "Academic English" syllabus is available here.

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.)

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

John Bunting

Dr. John Bunting

Dr. John Bunting is a principal senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where he teaches in the Intensive English Program. Dr. Bunting 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.

 

 

Business English is offered for students enrolled in Globalization & the World Economy - International Business. In this course, students will participate in conversations and presentations to help them speak effectively and confidently. They will also participate in discussions that allow them to use business vocabulary and phrases appropriately. In addition, students will write common business genre (such as professional email, executive summaries, and reports) and read and analyze relevant business texts. (Afternoon session is available.)

Instructor: Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she has taught since 1993. She is co/author of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing, and is currently writing a memoir/biography. In addition to teaching, she is involved in program and curriculum design and enjoys creating opportunities for students that develop their English language and intercultural competence.

Course syllabus is available here

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

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 CDC museum and hospitals.

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

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 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. (Afternoon session is available.)

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)

Course syllabus is available here

Instructor:

Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh joined the Art Education team at Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at 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 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. (Morning session is available.)

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

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Dr. Pedro E. Carrillo

Pedro E. Carrillo has dual citizenship in Venezuela and the United States, with thirty years experience in diplomatic relations in financial institutions for regional development, bilateral and multi-lateral negotiation and U.S. congressional relations. He has served in the Venezuelan Foreign Service for more than 20 years. He has also served as a Program Coordinator in San José de Costa Rica for the Inter-American Development Bank and worked for government agencies and private banking institutions.

His graduate work was done at the School of Advanced International Studies “SAIS” of the Johns Hopkins University in International Public Policy. Carillo has been teaching for The Institute of International Business of the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University since January 1996, and was also an Adjunct Professor at Oglethorpe University teaching for their MBA program. He has been a guest speaker at many universities and institutions in various countries.  The combination of both professional experience and academic achievement has proven to be an excellent instrument to convey theory applied to real life situations.

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 isolate and purify DNA, RNA and protein samples from different cells and then see how each of these critical components of living cells can be analyzed to create a series of “snap-shots” that allow us to see how cells work at the molecular level.(Afternoon and Morning sessions are available)

Course schedule is available here.

Instructor:

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 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.

Under what circumstances do you 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 this class you will learn how to refine your individual approach to academic challenges. 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. Shaping 400 educators annually, the college is one of the academic pillars of the Georgia State community. (Morning session is available)

Course syllabus is available here

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Dr. Nannette Commander

Dr. Nannette Commander is Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology at Georgia State University. Her primary research areas are learning and cognition, metacomprehension, reading comprehension, and academic success in higher education. Her most recent work includes fostering cross-cultural competency through technology and factors that impact successful online learning and teaching. She has published numerous articles in respected journals, including Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Reading, Journal of College Student Retention, Journal of College Literacy & Learning, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Journal of Developmental Education. Additionally, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, including The Science of Learning, Exploring Learning and Teaching, The Psychology of Learning and the Learner, Psychology of Instruction, Professional Development Seminar, and Facilitating College Teaching. Dr. Commander also served as Assistant Vice President of Recruitment and Retention and other administrative roles creating and implementing programs to foster college students' academic success.

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 also integrates limited work in American public address through close analysis of three significant speeches associated with Atlanta and visits to historic sites associated with those three speeches.This course is ideal for any student in any major. (Afternoon session is available)

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

James Darsey

Dr. James Darsey

James Darsey did his BA work in Speech at Florida State University, his MA in Communication at Purdue University, and his PhD in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a year as a CIC Traveling Scholar at the University of Chicago. His published work in primarily in the areas of radical rhetoric and the rhetoric of social movements and has been recognized with a number of awards. Prior to joining to faculty at Georgia State University in 1999, Prof. Darsey taught at DePaul University, the University of Iowa, The Ohio State University, and Northern Illinois University. He has taught public speaking for over forty years. When not teaching or working on research, Prof. Darsey sometimes participates in or leads camping trips with an outdoors group he belongs to. Recent trips include camping in the Okefenokee, swimming with manatees, and camping in the Everglades.

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)

Course syllabus is available here

Instructor:

 Tami Wells Thomas

Tami Wells Thomas

Tami Wells Thomas is an adjunct professor of the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Introduction to Criminal Justice at Perimeter College of Georgia State University. She received her B.A., from Denison University and her J.D, from University of Tennessee College of Law, where she completed a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. She also served as a community clinic legal volunteer, and interned with Tennessee Legal Aid Society. After law school, Thomas has worked for over 20 years in a Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District and in the Middle District of GA. Thomas has been published in the American Bankruptcy Institute. Thomas is also a registered civil mediator in Georgia and has worked as a Guardian Ad Litem in domestic and probate matters. However, what Mrs. Wells Thomas loves most is teaching.
Thomas is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, she is also an active member of several philanthropic educational societies and has received an award for her community service.

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 oral presentation on lab techniques learned through the course and how to conduct a chemical structure literature search.(Morning session is available.)

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor:

 Dr. Maged Henary

Dr. Maged Henary

Dr. Maged Henary was born in Alexandria, Egypt and he received his Bachelors of Science degree from Alexandria University in 1990. He continued his education in Cairo University, Egypt where he obtained his Masters of Science in organic chemistry in 1996. Then he moved to the United States and in 2000 received his PhD in organic chemistry from Georgia State University. Afterwards he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Georgia Institute of Technology on the development of fluorescent sensors for imaging microscopy of labile zinc and copper pools in live cells. In 2004 Dr. Henary worked as a
visiting lecturer in the department of chemistry at Georgia State University, instructing undergraduate organic chemistry classes and labs and in 2007 he was appointed Lecturer. In 2011, Dr. Henary accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Georgia State University. Since his appointment, he has initiated multiple projects and collaborations. His research focuses on the development of new heterocyclic compounds as anticancer agents, including different classes of fluorescent near-infrared dyes with various substituents including fluorine atoms for bio-analytical and diagnostic applications.

Instructor:

 Dr. Jianmei Cui

Dr. Jianmei Cui

Dr. Jianmei Cui is an Academic Professional in the Department of Chemistry at Georgia State University. She teaches organic chemistry lab courses and an undergraduate research course, manages the organic chemistry instructional facilities, and serves as the course coordinator for Chem2100/3100. She has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medicinal/Organic chemistry field and has published many papers in respected journals such as ChemMedChem, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and Molecules. She has also received a US patent for her work with antibiotic development. Recently, she is working to establish a collaboration effort with universities in China to foster long-term international relationships between colleges. Additionally, she serves as a peer-reviewer for Heterocyclic Communications and works to promote chemistry and science in the community through various volunteer efforts. She teaches with great enthusiasm to help foster her students’ success.


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*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

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