Add some spice to your schedule! Becky Perlow found ten classes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. SAFETY FIRST FOR 497D** Think Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, except that in this class, you learn how not to kill someone. You’ll learn primarily about chainsaw safety instructions, maintenance and operation Note: EVERY STUDENT WILL USE A CHAINSAW.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET HORT 352** Remember when your date picked you up for prom with a heinous-looking corsage in hand and you thought it was his fault? Believe it or not, the art of flower arranging is harder than it looks. In this course, learn about floral design and how to create beautiful flower bouquets. The best part? Each week, you walk away with a new arrangement.
A QUICK TRIP TO WINE COUNTRY HRIM 311**
No one will believe it when you tell them Penn State lets its students drink in class. This wine tasting course aims to educate students about the history of wine, the places it’s made and the different types available.
THE BIG TEN COMM 498E**
Finally, an excuse to follow football during class time. With the help of your classmates and Penn State Public Broadcasting, you will create and produce a new series to air on the Big Ten Network, a sports television network that reaches 40 million households each year.
CSI: STATE COLLEGE
All those hours you’ve watching “CSI: Miami” are finally about to pay off. In this class, students investigate five staged murders on campus and see what it’s like to be a real crime scene investigator. Utilizing witness interviews, studying “blood” spatter and bullet trajectory, and ripping apart cars after a mock car crash are only some of the exciting adventures that await students as they attempt to develop hypotheses about the crime.
ROCK AND ROLL
The Prince of Pop has nothing on the King of rock ‘n’ roll. Despite being dead since 1977, Elvis Presley continues to hold a candle in all of our hearts – how else could he have made $52 million between October 2007 and October 2008, which, coincidentally, was more than he made when he was alive? Upon completing this class, you’ll be able to impress your parents and friends with trivia about the King’s life and the legacy he left behind.
IT’S A GREEN WORLD OUT THERE
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE SOC 406** When you begin this class, the line is black and white between “us” and “them”—them being the social deviants who believe they were abducted by aliens, adults who advocate sex with children, S&M enthusiasts, suicide bombers and white supremacists. As you begin to learn more about these controversial subjects, you might just find the lines becoming more blurred.
THE FUNGAL JUNGLE PPath 120*
If you tell your friends that you’re taking a course in mushrooms, they might get the wrong idea. Better to wait until the end of the semester and share all the new, practical lessons you’ve learned, like how mushrooms affect the ecosystem and how different fungi can be dangerous for humans and insects.
NOT “MY LITTLE PONY” ANSC 457** Be sure to wash your hands after each one of these classes, since you’ll learn to collect semen from a Penn State stallion, artificially inseminate a mare and help with the birth of a new foal.
With the world obsessed with making an effort to go green, it should come as no surprise that Penn State is getting in on the action too. In this course, students salvage and reclaim old building parts and learn how to recycle and incorporate them into new architecture.
fall / winter 2010
*Offered Fall semester **Offered Fall and spring semesters