Hidden Gems 2020
In college, there are the classes you have to take.
But sometimes, there are classes you want to take.
Take a look at some classes we like to call "Hidden Gems." These are lesser known or unique classes that offer students a course off the beaten path. Many of these classes are electives so you might be able to fit them into your program of study.
Do you care about the planet? Would you like to help solve today’s environmental problems? In this course, you will learn how nature works, how human activity is affecting the earth, and how we can work together to make our world a more sustainable place. Environmental issues touch every part of our existence—choose to take a class that will benefit you now and throughout your life!BIO 133 - Environmental Science
Respiratory therapists are essential members of the health care team. In this course, you will learn about the role you will play in treating patients who have trouble breathing, thereby saving and improving the quality of their lives. Case scenarios will challenge you to use critical thinking to solve problems like the ones you will encounter during actual patient care. And by becoming aware of the latest advances in this dynamic field, you will be well on your way to preparing yourself to succeed in today’s health care environment.
A healthy community starts with you. This course will empower you to take control of your personal health and wellness by incorporating discoveries from the most current, scientifically valid research. In addition, you will learn about the effects that your health choices may have on others and how you can become an agent of change with your loved ones and the greater community. You can live well and prosper—it can start now, and it can start with you.
The goal of this course is for you to develop a personal program of stress management based on the latest science. By incorporating techniques for promoting mental and physical wellness—as well as strategies for balancing competing priorities—you can take effective, proven steps to ease your stress, protect your brain, and improve your mood.
Are you interested in exploring the history of women in society, with a special emphasis
on the United States? Then this course is for you! Women's history tells the story
of our nation's past from a wider perspective. It doesn’t rewrite history—rather,
it expands the focus of history to include the activities and contributions of women
from all walks of life, from different eras and different backgrounds. While surveying
society’s definition of the nature and role of women, the actual conditions of women,
and the feminist response to intellectual, social and political problems, this course
details how women have played a vital role in human civilization.
Fun Fact: Feminism isn’t just a modern movement—it dates to antiquity!
Are you interested in issues surrounding women and gender? Are you passionate about
social justice? Are you ready to work to improve the lives of women? Are you eager
to make connections between your personal life and the topics you’re studying? Are
you intrigued to discover new insights that looking at literature, art and film from
a feminist perspective will give you? Are you open to questioning your assumptions
about gender and sexuality? Then use the tools of history, economics, science, health,
art, and other disciplines to study the lives of women and explore questions like
Did You Know? You don’t have to be a woman to specialize in women’s studies.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere...whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
What were racial conditions like in the United States prior to 1960? Specifically, what was it like to be a Black citizen living in Pittsburgh at the time? Can you identify two groups that participated in the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement and name their leaders? What techniques were used by these groups to achieve equality? Which businesses and government agencies were targeted by the movement and why? How did the movement impact the areas of employment, education and public accommodations? Learn all this and more as you discover how ordinary Pittsburghers stepped up to root out injustice, knowing that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
What was Africa like before European colonization? How did the Atlantic slave trade develop and shape the lives and economies of Africans and Europeans? Trace the African American experience as you follow the journey of African Americans from their origins in Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, and their struggle for freedom in the United States, with a focus on the Civil War, Emancipation and the period of Reconstruction.
This course is designed as an introduction to the basic techniques, methods and theories of historic archeology. Emphasis is placed on topics from 18th and 19th century North America that provide insights into employing material objects as data for analysis of the past. The methodology of historical research, archaeological excavation and the description and analysis of historical materials are examined.
Why is Pittsburgh the "city of steel?" Why were the three rivers so important that they were a contributing factor in the French and Indian War? Why is Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can so iconic? And why is there an army of Steelers fans across the world?
If you'd like to discover the answers to these questions and so many more, REGISTER NOW for HIS222-AC71, Pittsburgh: Past, Present, Future on Tuesday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier.
This course is a survey of Pittsburgh’s role in the Colonial frontier, the westward movement, the development of the Ohio River Valley and the Industrial Revolution, as well as its role in developing solutions to contemporary urban problems. The course features a ZERO-COST textbook available to students in hard copy or PDF format. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course introduces students to the profession of court reporting. Topics include the history of court reporting, educational requirements, the duties and responsibilities of court reporters, professional organizations, certifications testing and career options in the fields of Judicial, Freelance, Closed Captioning and Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART).
Speakers include practicing court reporters from local firms and courts. A field trip to a closed captioning agency is offered. This course is open to any student with an interest in the court reporting profession.