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Virtual Sample Classes

See what it’s like to be a college student by attending one of our virtual sample classes based on real courses taught at Syracuse University! These classes are open to all prospective students, no matter your desired academic program.

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All sessions are listed in Eastern time.

College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Hip Hop Music Wars
Although hip hop music, which originated in the USA, has become more acceptable around the world in recent years, there is still resistance to the sound of hip hop. Join Professor Ruth Opara from Syracuse's Art and Music Histories Department, to explore the points of contention. There will be hip-hop music listening, analysis, and reflections, as well as time to ask questions.

Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m.

What Movie Stars Can Teach Us About Cinema and Society
Join Dr. Will Scheibel, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English, for a class on interpreting movie-star images. You’ll learn how star images get made, what they mean, and why they matter. This class reflects the type of coursework you can expect to find in the English Department’s Film and Screen Studies Track. There will be a 30-minute mini-lecture followed by 30 minutes of discussion and Q&A.

Tuesday, November 29 at 5 p.m.

War: Why Is It Fought, and Why Is It Legal?
Why are wars fought? How and why are they legal? Join instructor Scott Taylor for an example of the kinds of discussions international relations students have while studying at Syracuse. The class will end with time for Q&A.

Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
With the growth of the commercial spaceflight industry, more engineers than ever need to understand the basics of orbital mechanics. Led by John Dannenhoffer, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, this class will focus on the basic ideas associated with the universal gravitation law, energy balance and simple orbital calculations. Thought experiments will allow students to “discover” why all geo-stationary satellites orbit at the same distance from the Earth.

Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
Understanding materials science is important for engineers because everything is made of something! When engineers have a good grasp of materials science, they use that knowledge to design, invent and solve problems. This class, taught by Michelle Blum, associate teaching professor and director of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, will introduce the fundamental topic of materials science: namely, the relationships between structure, properties, processing and performance. The format will be interactive and collaborative.

Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

A Day in the Life of a Biomedical Engineer in the Hospital
Doug Yung, associate teaching professor and director of the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program has selected you to act as a biomedical engineer working in a virtual hospital. In this class, you’ll solve real-world clinical challenges using various engineering techniques. Expect the unexpected! You may come across a neonatal intensive care unit, cardiology, urology, surgery, or rheumatology units. The format will be interactive and collaborative.

Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Cybersecurity
In recent years, headlines about cybersecurity have become increasingly common. Most cyberattacks are caused by the mistakes in programs, so understanding how programs can become vulnerable and how the mistakes can be exploited is important for defending against cyberattacks. Join Wenliang Du, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as he demonstrates the attacks on these vulnerable programs and shows how to defend against such attacks.

Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Multiscale Study of Biomaterials: From Nature to Engineering
Natural materials exhibit fascinating functions beyond many synthetic engineering materials because of their unique structural features at multiple length levels. It is useful to decipher the mechanisms hidden behind these material structures to improve materials that can lead to lower cost but higher effectiveness. Zhao Qin, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, will share research of several natural materials with fascinating mechanical and interfacial properties and demonstrate how multiscale computational simulates can be used to explore the hidden structure-function relationship.

Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m.