Coordinator/Contact:  Peter Molin

Course Description:

For Transfer Students Only

Rutgers University has challenging standards for reading and writing, beyond the Expos requirement many transfer students have already fulfilled.  Some transfer students come to Rutgers lacking confidence in writing while other transfer students are proficient writers who just need an introduction to research strategies in the Rutgers libraries; whatever your skill level, we recommend  registering for 301: College Writing and Research if you have received WC credit for Expository Writing 101. Don’t miss this chance to set yourself up for academic success at Rutgers!

ENG 01:355:301 College Writing and Research introduces the basics of analysis, drafting, and revision.  The second half of the semester provides a chance to develop an independent inquiry into an area of personal interest. Learn how to effectively research, argue, organize and present your ideas in a class exclusively for transfer students.

301 fulfills Core Writing and Communication Requirements WCd (Disciplines) or WCr (Revision).


301 Topics - Fall 2019

pdf301 Course Offerings Spring 2019


Art and Violence

01:355:301:01 Index 10429 Instructor Morrone, P.
Meets Monday and Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm College Avenue Campus Building FH-B2
From ancient Greece to modern Hollywood, writers and artists have created sensational stories and images to appeal to their audiences’ fascination with violence. Art and Violence examines how art and entertainment depict conflict, physical force, and desire to inflict pain to transmit socio-cultural messages, shape political direction, and explore human psychology. But what is the relationship between artistic depictions of violence and the “real” violence of war, crime, disaster, and abuse?

Science Fiction and Fantasy

01:355:301:06 Index 10617 Instructor Blomquist, S.
Meets Monday and Thursday 9:50am-11:10am College Avenue Campus Building MU-213
Game of Thrones. The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Star Wars and Star Trek. These popular science fiction and fantasy narratives, marketed as entertainment that allows escape from everyday life, also are capable of shaping values and understanding of what is possible. This course examines how fantasies, whether dystopian, utopian or somewhere in-between, inform and influence our identities, our ideas, and our real-world experiences and relationships.

Stress and Mental Health

01:355:301:10 Index 10546 Instructor Morrone, P.
Meets Monday and Wednesday 1:10pm-2:30pm College Avenue Campus Building CI-201/VH104
01:355:301:18 Index 10431 Instructor Musat, R.
Meets Monday and Thursday 10:20-11:40am Busch Campus Building ARC-324
01:355:301:40 Index 10369 Instructor Jovanoski, J.
Meets Tuesday and Thursday 1:40-3:00pm Livingston Campus Building LSH-B121/TIL-251
Are you stressed out? Are people in general stressed out by modern life? Why? More importantly, what can be done about it? Using the lenses of psychology and sociology, Stress and Mental Health will ask students to think about the ways we experience and manage stress both in everyday life and extreme situations, ranging from the college campus to interpersonal relationships to the workplace to the warzone.

Love and Sex

01:355:301:12 Index 12510 Instructor Musat, R.
Meets Monday and Wednesday 4:30-5:50pm College Avenue Campus Building SC-206/SC219
Why is finding romantic love and sexual fulfillment in the modern day so difficult? Love and Sex explores the complicated relationship of romantic attachment and sexual desire: How do our erotic lives affect our identities and relationships? Is human desire to be loved and human sexual drive culturally constructed, biologically hard-wired, or both? This class will use evidence from psychology, neuroscience, and popular entertainment to gain understanding of how interpersonal relationships and erotic life are connected.

Comedy and Comedians

01:355:301:25 Index 10430 Instructor Flynn, J.
Meets Monday and Thursday 12:00pm-1:20pm Livingston Campus Building TIL-103C
Everyone likes a good joke, but how is humor connected to bigger and sometimes darker questions? Laughter may be the best medicine, but what ails us and how does humor help us cope? Comedy and Comics investigates humor as a form of social criticism while searching for the roots of humor in the psyche of the men and women who make us laugh. Comedians, comic actors, directors of TV and movie comedies, cartoonists, and humorous writers—what role do they play in contemporary society?

Justice and Law

01:355:301:35 Index 16615 Instructor Miccio, S. Meets Monday and Wednesday 5:00pm-6:20pm Livingston Campus Building BE-219 How is the American legal system holding up in an era marked by change and confrontation? Wikileaks, #BlackLivesMatter, and the opioid epidemic suggest traditional ideas about fairness, due process, and equality-before-the-law are being transformed by urgent new social circumstances. Justice and Law explores how America’s judicial systems and processes are responding to challenges to their duty to establish standards, maintain order, resolve disputes, and protect liberties and rights.

Digital Media and Technology

01:355:301:45 Index 20596 Instructor Molin, P. Meets Tuesday and Thursday 5:00pm-6:20pm Livingston Campus Building LSH-B112 Computers, smart phones, and the Internet are transforming everyday life, human society, and even individual psychology. From social media and entertainment to business, government, and security, almost no realm of modern life lies untouched by new information and communication technology. This course studies the impact of digital media and technology by asking questions such as: What has been achieved and what has been lost? Who is in charge and who benefits? What will the future bring?

Science, Medicine, and Society

01:355:301:50 Index 20597 Instructor Molin, P.
Meets Monday and Wednesday 2:15pm-3:35pm Cook/Douglass Campus Building HCK-214
Science, Medicine, and Society focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields. Potential research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospices, hospitals, and gender, sex, and reproductive health issues. Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship.


Transfer students who have completed the 101 Expository Writing WC requirement can request a special permission number to register for 355:301 College Writing and Research by sending an email with your RUID to Katie Sillitti at


You may also contact Professor Peter Molin (Coordinator of 301) at and Dean Robin H. Diamond (Director of the SAS Transfer Center) at