10 of the Coolest Courses at OleMiss

The University of Mississippi is a public research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. The university offers many courses to cover the academic needs of its over 18,000 undergraduates. Some of these courses may be counted as elective credit and not necessarily towards a student’s chosen course of study. Many students may wish to take electives in order to balance out their academic schedule and ensure that their workload for the semester will be manageable. Here are ten of the coolest courses offered to students at the University of Mississippi.

1. AAS 170 – Introduction to African History

In this course, students will be introduced to the history of the diverse continent of Africa from the earliest times to the present day. While it will be impossible to cover all of the diversity of Africa in this course, the most major cultures and events of historical significance will be covered and discussed in detail, and students will gain a better understanding of Africa as a whole and its relationship to the rest of the world.

The African continent on the globe.

2. AH 102 – Introduction to Non-Western Art

This course serves as a chronological and comparative survey of indigenous, non-Western arts created in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. Non-Western art will be viewed through a critical lens and compared with Western art, and students will discuss the major similarities and differences between the two as they gain a deeper appreciation for non-Western art through their studies.

A famous work of Japanese art.

3. ANTH 101 – Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of all things human, from our beginnings to the modern times, and it is a science that consists of the cultural anthropology and biological anthropology sub-fields. This introductory course offers a general introduction to anthropology and its four main sub-divisions, including cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology,and anthropological linguistics.

The evolution of the modern human.

4. ART 326 – Watercolor

In this art course, students will explore watercolor painting techniques, and the various materials and tools that they can use to explore water-based media on paper. Students will create their own original paintings in watercolor, and give and receive in-class critiques of each other’s work in a constructive workshop setting.

A painting made in watercolor.

5. AH 315 – Egyptian Art and Archaeology

In this art history course, students will explore Egyptian art and archaeology from 3000 B.C.E. through the first century B.C.E. Art and archaeology will be explored within a cultural context, paying special attention to the Egyptian empire and its reign over the world and eventual downfall. The trajectory of how works of ancient Egyptian art were taken out of modern Egypt will also be examined.

A work of Egyptian art.

6. PHIL 308 – Buddhism

This course is an overview of Buddhism in both its historical and contemporary contexts. Students will learn about the major ideas of Buddhism, its origins as a world religion and philosophy, and its impact on the modern world. They will also follow its spread and explore why it has become so popular all over the world. This course is reading and discussion heavy.

The Buddha, founder of Buddhism.

7. FR 101 – Elementary French I

In this course, students will receive an introduction to the French language. The course will emphasize reading, writing, and conversational skills for basic communication. Students will also gain cultural and linguistic insight into the French-speaking world. The course is intended for students who have taken fewer than two courses in high-school French.

The French flag and the Eiffel Tower.

8. ART 683 – Digital Photography

This course emphasizes a fine arts approach to digital photography. Students will develop their own personal photographic style as they photograph the world around them, and learn about theoretical, conceptual and contemporary issues surrounding digital photography. They will also follow the way it has become popularized as an art form in the modern world.

A digital camera ready to shoot a picture.

9. ASTR 103 – Astronomy I

This introductory astronomy course intended for non-majors combines lectures, demonstrations in astronomy, laboratory assignments involving celestial mechanics and light, and observations through an optical telescope. Lecture sections meet twice a week in the daytime and laboratory sections meet once a week in the night or afternoon, for an optimal stargazing experience.

The Andromeda galaxy surrounded by stars.

10. AAS 392 – Modern Africa

In this course, students will analyze the major trends in African history from the year 1800 to the present day. Through their studies, students will gain a better understanding of the cultural, social, political, and economic forces present in societies across the continent of Africa. The course is heavy in reading and discussion.

The political boundaries of modern Africa.
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