Major/Program Specific Seminars

Wearable History

Section: 1080/76801
Meeting Time: Mondays, 1:30-3:20 PM
Session Length: First Seven Weeks

Reserved for Apparel Merchandise and Product Development Majors

Do you love vintage clothing? Are you drawn to contemporary fashion with retro styling? This course identifies vintage clothing by era, why it belongs to that era, and how it influences modern fashion styles. You’ve never learned history like this. Wear your history on your sleeve! 

Students will study and analyze clothing samples from the university’s historic costume collection. Using an object-based research approach, students will learn fashion and cultural history by studying several garments and making comparisons to contemporary fashion.

In addition to the subject matter, students are also required to seek out university resources, organizations, events, and faculty mentors through a series of assignments, in-class activities, and field trips both on and off-campus.

Several field trips are planned to the Wood County Historical Center and Museum where students can work collaboratively with the museum curator. Students will participate in experiential learning and artifact preservation by working with the museum collections.


Marian Zengel

Position: Instructor
Address: Eppler North 212

Marian Zengel has taught many courses in the Apparel Merchandising & Product Development program in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences since 2007. She currently teaches Textile & Apparel Industry, Textiles for Apparel, Fundamentals of Apparel, Twentieth Century Fashion, and Textile Product Analysis. She has also worked as curator of the school’s historic costume collection. Her research interests include historic textiles and curating vintage clothing.

Navigating Your First Year of College

Section: 1031/73569
Meeting Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:20 PM
Session Length: Regular Session
Instructor: Krista Sturdevant

Section: 1013/73003 CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Mondays, 11:30-12:20PM
Session Length: Regular Session
Instructor: Matt Webb

Our seminar will focus on helping incoming EDHD students make a successful transition to college. The course will be taught by EDHD academic advisors. The course will integrate skills such as time management, study strategies, etc. with resources located here on campus. Staff from the resource areas will be brought in to present to students, and help education them on what BGSU has to offer such as the counseling center, career services, financial aid, etc. Students will also be required to visit resource sites as part of their assignments for the course.

Students will work together to encourage, support, and learn from their peers who are all experiencing the transition to college life. Assignments will connect students to their other courses and will focus on successful completion of important developmental tasks, including but not limited to: communicating with faculty members; adjusting to the college social environment; becoming involved with the BGSU community through campus involvement; identifying and clarifying career goals; understanding and utilizing academic resources like the Learning Commons; and fully understanding how to develop a clear graduation plan.


Krista Sturdevant

Position: Academic Advisor - College of Education and Human Development
Address: 102 Education Building

Krista Sturdevant is an Academic Advisor at BGSU who advises both Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Interior Design programs.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education as well as Bachelor Degrees in English and Secondary Education.  She is a licensed AYA ILA educator as well as a licensed School Counselor.  Krista is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership Studies.


Matt Webb

Position: Director, Student Academic Services - College of Education and Human Development
Address: 102 Education Building

Global Citizens at BGSU: Introduction to Asian Studies

Section: 1026/73090
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 1:30-2:20PM
Session Length: Regular

Preference Given to Asian Studies Majors

This seminar will introduce students to the interdisciplinary Asian Studies major. The Asian Studies Program encourages students to become global citizens by developing their ability to interact with various Asian cultures. The seminar will include visits with various faculty members from the Advisory Board, who are based in different departments and colleges and will talk to students about the different aspects of Asian Studies that they can explore at BGSU. Students will learn of opportunities for involvement on campus and the local community by meeting leaders of various Asia-focused student organizations on campus. They will be required to participate in at least one out-of-the-classroom experience, which will help them connect with their peers. The goal of the course is to develop some cultural understanding and empathy that can lead to meaningful exchanges

Learning Outcomes for BGSU 1910

  1. Students will interact a variety of Asian perspectives.
  2. Students will be introduced to basic communication skills (verbal and non-verbal) from different Asian cultures.
  3. Students will participate in an Asia-focused activity on campus or in the local community and present to the peers about their experience.
  4. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the discipline of Asian Studies and its current relevance and application in today’s global community.

Kristen Rudisill

Position: Associate Professor - Popular Culture Department
Address: 245 Shatzel Hall

Dr. Kristen Rudisill has a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has been involved with the Asian Studies Program at BGSU for the last ten years, teaching this BGSU 1910 class, the Asian Studies Senior Seminar, Introduction to Asian Religion, and various Asia-focused courses through the Department of Popular Culture. Starting Fall 2019, she will be the Director of the Asian Studies Program.

Career Exploration 


Section: 1043/77028
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 4:00-4:50 PM
Session Length: Regular Session

Reserved for students in the AIMS Program 

This one credit course is designed to help students identify and analyze individual career interests, values, needs, and goals. The goal is to empower students to investigate resources for career planning and development including educational programs, job market information, and employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes:

  1.  Participants will be able to state the steps they will need to take to achieve their career goals.
  2. Participants will be able to list campus resources to utilize to further assist in their individual career exploration.
  3. Participants will be able to identify activities on campus they will want to participate in throughout their time at BGSU to enrich their college experience and potential support their career interest.

Sarah Jurden

Position: Assistant Director - AIMS
Address: 304 University Hall

Over the last five years, Sarah Jurden has had the privilege of assisting in creating curriculum and teaching a variety of undergraduate course pertaining to student leadership and career exploration. Sarah currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Academic Investment in Math and Science program at BGSU and previously worked as a Hall Director and Employer Coordinator in the Career Center at BGSU as well. Sarah is currently working on her doctorate in Leadership Studies and is interested in student success and retention. She is very passionate about working with, teaching, and talking with students about leadership, career exploration, and academic self-efficacy.

Generation Falcon

Section: 1010/73084 CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:20 PM
Semester Length: Regular Session 

Section: 1003/73000  CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Mondays, 9:30-10:20am
Semester Length: Regular Session 

Section: 1011/76177 CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 1:00-1:50PM
Semester Length: Regular Session 

For students who participate in the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program

Generation Falcon is a comprehensive welcome to the Falcon Family that will introduce a variety of skills to assist with a successful transition to college for first generation students based in leadership theory and development. This seminar provides a place for first generation student to learn about themselves, their campus, and the community around them and how to apply their own leadership philosophy beyond the classroom. This course is intended for students who participate in the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program and will prepare students for future leadership roles within the Bowling Green State University community.

Themes from the Generation Falcon Summer Link Program that will be built upon include:

  • Discovering Your Learning Styles, Self-Concept, and Values
  • Study Strategies (notetaking, test taking, accessing resources)
  • Personal Development (time management, decision making, money matters)
  • Career Preparation

With a focus on leadership development, core content for the course will revolve around the understanding and practical application of leadership theories. Course topics include:

  • Transition & Academic Success
  • Student Leadership Challenge
  • Leadership, Values, and Ethics
  • Social Change Model
  • Servant Leadership & Transformational Leadership (Reciprocal Leadership Theories)
  • Followership
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence

Coty Behanna

Position: Assistant Director - Office of Residence Life

Coty Behanna is the Assistant Director for Academic Support & Assessment in the Office of Residence Life at BGSU. Coty has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Coty also holds a Master of Education in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. Coty has instructed a variety of credit-bearing courses while at the University of Maryland both as a graduate student and while working as a full-time professional. These courses include facilitated courses on intergroup dialogue, leadership theory, and leadership for student paraprofessionals. As a first generation college student himself, Coty believes that students should actively engage in their collegiate experience and their community through student organizations, volunteer opportunities and other hands-on experiences, and is committed to helping students succeed.


Tim Shaal

Position: Senior Associate Director - Office of Residence Life

Tim Shaal is the Senior Associate Director of Residence Life at BGSU. He joined BGSU as a Hall Director in July 2005. He also served as a Senior Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life from 2008-2010. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Music from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Science in Counseling, College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Tim is currently a finishing his Master of Divinity degree at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. For five years, Tim taught the UNIV 1000 course for first year students transitioning to college life at BGSU. He also co-taught a section of BGSU 1000. Tim enjoys Presidential History, Higher Education, Faith and Spirituality. Tim also enjoys discussing topics around professional identity, maturity, and development. Tim believes that the college experience is about learning and developing in ways that will prepare students for their careers and future pursuits.

Out of Orange: Consequences of a Criminal Record

Section: 1001/72999 (Catherine Pape)  CLASS IS NOW CLOSED
Meeting Time: Mondays, 6:00-6:50 PM
Session Length: Regular Session

Section: 1004/73001 (Laura Fullenkamp)
Meeting Time: Mondays, 6:00-6:50 PM
Session Length: Regular Session

Reserved for Criminal Justice Majors

BGSU 1910: First Year Seminar, Out of Orange: Consequences of a Criminal Record is a 1 credit hour course created to give students enrolled in CRJU 2100: Introduction to Criminal Justice a more enhanced, research based experience. The theme, collateral consequences of a criminal record, will be explored throughout the semester in the way of panel presentations, group activities, research, and site visits. Throughout the semester, students will learn how returning offender populations affect their lives as future criminal justice professionals.

First-year students are teamed with graduate student mentors to engage in a semester long research project culminating in a final presentation. Through this course students will begin learning and practicing skills that lead to a successful BGSU student experience. (Note: Students must have concurrent enrollment in the service learning section of CRJU 2100: Introduction to Criminal Justice).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize and identify the value and lessons we can take from learning about experiences and challenges of offender populations.
  • Engage in real world application of how professionals within the field of criminal justice collaborate to promote reentry success.
  • Interact professionally and effectively with faculty, peers, and community partners.
  • Enhance analytic, problem solving, writing, and speaking abilities
  • Distinguish important facts and be able to apply them appropriately, in logical discussions, when discussing criminal justice related issues

Laura Fullenkamp

Address: 231 Health and Human Services


Catherine Pape

Address: 228 Health and Human Services