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College Weekly - 04/06/2020

Hey there,

Welcome to April! We've made it into our third week of remote teaching, and spring has definitely sprung. We hope that you, and your loved ones are well.

In the College Weekly today, we're going to cover what you need to know for the week ahead, information on walk-in advising and academic success resources. We've also got part 2 of "Cool Courses."  Read on for more... 

S/U Grading Basis

Last week we announced that we have extended the deadline for you to choose between the letter grade or S/U grading basis for this semester. The new deadline is April 27. After this date you will be able to petition to change the grading basis. All of the details can be found in the email we sent you, or by clicking here

Advising Walk-In Hours

In addition to our regular advising appointments, our advising team is offering virtual walk-in hours until the end of semester. The schedule and Zoom links can be found on the College Connect Home Page 

EPASS Academic Success Programs

Want to finish the semester strong and stay connected to other students? Join EPASS for a Remote Learning virtual coaching group. In this collaborative group, you’ll share ideas with a small group of your peers, create weekly action plans, and learn success strategies to help you finish strong this semester. The Remote Learning coaching group meets Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm EST via Zoom. Register through College Connect to join!

Looking for ways to improve your time management, reduce your academic stress, and successfully navigate the remote learning environment? Check out these helpful handouts and self-coaching tools from the EPASS office! 

Honor Council Reminder

The Emory College Honor Council would like to remind students that while you are completing coursework remotely, the Honor Code is still in effect. Be cautious as you interact and collaborate with others, or when you discuss or share your own work or the work of others. Please take a moment to review the Emory College Honor Code’s Appendix 3: Academic Misconduct in the Remote Learning Environment. Be mindful as you navigate remote teaching and learning as the new normal for the remainder of the semester. Most importantly, if you are in doubt about whether your actions may be problematic, you should contact your professor directly for clarification.


Pre-Registration continues this week for Emory College students. This week, students with 45+ earned hours will enroll. Please note that earned hours only includes courses that you have already completed. Hours that you are currently enrolled in this semester are NOT included in this count.

In preparation for pre-registration we encourage you to:

Review your enrollment times in OPUS

Schedule an advising appointment with your major or pre-major faculty advisor. If you are not sure who your advisor is, their name and email address can be found in OPUS.

Visit the University Course Atlas to explore courses for the Fall 2020 semester 

With pre-registration underway, here is part 2 of our Cool Courses feature. This feature is designed to highlight interesting opportunities, open to Emory College students, for credit. These are courses which typically have no pre-requisites.

BUS 499: Design Thinking

Do you want to learn a powerful approach for developing practical, creative solutions to real-world, messy, wicked problems? At its core, design thinking uses the mindset and methods of design practitioners to identify and address human needs by developing functional and emotionally meaningful products, services, processes, and spaces that address those needs. This highly experiential course, taught by Prof Jan Barton, is open to all Emory students, regardless of degree or major.

Through short lectures and guided teamwork, you will learn a design thinking framework and a set of tools to help you navigate ambiguity, improve your ability to empathize with others, integrate diverse preferences and points of view, reframe challenges, ideate creative solutions, develop a “just-try-it” mindset for rapid experimentation, and enhance your presentation skills with storytelling and graphic design elements. You will showcase your learning in a final project addressing one of Emory’s current strategic challenges.

REL 200R: LGBTQ Religion & Spirituality

Rather than asking what religious traditions say about sexuality and gender, this course will focus on what LGBTQ-identified people have had to say about religion and spirituality, exploring their cultural agency and creativity. Here are a few examples of topics we will explore: the identification of the assassinated gay activist and politician, Harvey Milk, as "Saint Harvey Milk" by some LGBTQ people; lesbian feminist embodied goddess spirituality; the Radical Faeries movement; the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence order of "queer nuns"; the spiritual dimensions of Native American "Two-Spirit" identities; LGBTQ-affirming expressions of Pentecostal Christianity; LGBTQ atheism. The course will include site-visits, participant observation in cultural events, and guest speakers representing a variety of groups and communities.