10 Coolest Courses at The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America located in Washington DC is the national university of the Catholic Church. The university is committed to being a comprehensive institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. More than 180 academic programs are offered to students at the university. Of all the courses offered, below is a list of 10 of the coolest.

1. ART 205-Watercolor Painting

A painting made from watercolor

This art course covers watercolor painting as a form of art. Students will learn the concepts and techniques for creating watercolor pieces. The course is mostly practical and students will spend most of the time in the studio painting. The course is recommended for students that wish to pursue a major in Art.

2. DR 403-Public Speaking

A microphone on a stage in front of an audience

This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and techniques of platform speaking. Students are taught all that is required for effective communication in public settings.  Students will practice the skills gained to create speeches that they will present in class as part of the classwork. Students will also watch and listen to speeches from various speakers and analyze the techniques used in the speeches.

3. HIST 139-Monarchy in European History

A painting of an ancient influential leader

If you love history, then this course is recommended for you. The course examines the monarchy across European history. Students will study very interesting facts about the monarchies in European countries and how they were run including the roles of every member within each monarchy. The course is offered to freshmen and semaphores only.

4. MUS 103A-Acting the Song

A poster written ACTING THE SONG

This music course discusses the principles of acting as applied to the performance of songs. Students will learn through practice and class sessions the techniques and concepts required in the successful performance of songs in musical theatres. At the end of the course, students are expected to produce a musical act that will be presented in class.  The course is only recommended for Musical Theatre majors.

5. PSY 307-Child Development

Two toddlers playing with toys on a floor

This is a very interesting course where students learn the theories and facts related to child development from conception to adolescence. Students will learn interesting facts that are related to development such as language, perception, cognition, personality, and social relationships. This course is tailored for Psychology majors.

6. SPAN 101-Elementary Spanish I

the word HOLA written in colorful characters

If you are interested in learning a foreign language, then this Spanish course is meant for you. The course is designed for students with little or no experience with Spanish.  Students will learn how to speak, listen, write, and read in Spanish. In the class sessions, students will engage in conversations in Spanish as a way of familiarizing with the language.

7. TRS 200-Introduction to the Old Testament

The Old Testament written on a piece of paper

This course discusses the books and theologies of the Old Testament in the Bible. Students will closely analyze each book in the Old Testament to understand and interpret the messages. Students will have fun reading and analyzing the various stories in the Old Testament. The course is recommended for students that wish to pursue a major in religious studies.

8. ASL 101-American Sign Language I

Hand signs representing some words in American Sign Language

This is a very practical course that introduces American Sign Language to students. Students learn grammar, basic vocabulary, and sentence formation using hand signs. Students will practice throughout the course and engage in peer conversations using sign language to perfect their skills. The course is recommended for any student that is interested in learning the language.

9. CHN 101-Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

Chinese characters that translate to Beautiful in English

This is a beginner’s course that teaches students the Chinese language.  Students taking the course will learn Chinese characters and how they are implemented in speech and writing. The course uses video-based material to introduce the language in real-life settings. The course also focuses on teaching accurate pronunciation, tones, and grammatical expressions.

10. ENG 235-American Literature I

A drawing of a pile of books in colors of the American flag

If you are a fan of literature works, then you should enrol in this course. The course involves students reading and analyzing literary works by major American authors from the colonial period; particularly the nineteenth-century writers, to the present writers. The course may be used by English major students to fulfil upper-division course requirements.

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