An unclass is intended to give you experiential opportunities in a 3-credit course (unless noted otherwise), that's open to all students, interdisciplinary, problem-centered and hands-on! Small class sizes allow you to play a significant role in how the course is structured and unfolds.

The particulars:

  • An [Un]Class may satisfy the Complex Systems Gen-Ed requirement, (ask the professor of record)
  • Enroll under the course number listed
  • To seek independent study (IS) or other pathways to credit in another department contact Dr. Behrman
  • If the course number has a pre-req or is a controlled section, contact the professor of record to arrange enrollment


Spring 2022 [Un]Classes

anchoring ourselves in akron [Un]ClassAnchoring Ourselves in Akron [Un]Class

A Community Engaged Research Project

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Amber Ferris

Are you interested in improving your research skills while gaining practical, hands-on experience to list on your resume? We are looking for students from all majors to work on a cross-campus research project examining how organizations build trust in communities. Students will work as a team to design a survey and interview protocol, talk with stakeholders in Akron, and explore data analysis and visualization techniques. This [Un]class will hone skills in collaboration, communication, and community-based research and is particularly relevant for students looking at careers in communication, business, nonprofit/government, education, marketing, and community outreach/engagement.

Design Your Life [Un]ClassDesign Your Life [Un]Class


10:45 a.m. - Noon
Olin 127

Dr. Heather Braun

This hands-on course helps students solve actionable problems using the framework of design thinking. Students will collaborate with local APS students, community stakeholders, and local professionals, developing empathy, creative confidence, and teambuilding skills, and designing multiple pathways for college success.

Discover the UA Museum of Zoology [Un]ClassDiscover the UA Museum of Zoology [Un]Class

A Natural History Mystery
5500:480-001 OR 3100:495-610

12:55 - 3:25 p.m.

Dr. Lara Roketenetz & Dr. Gary Holliday

Students will engage in a combination of detective work, biology, archives, art, and education/outreach to prepare a collection of taxidermied birds donated to UA by the Rhodes family in the early 1900s for public access and exhibition. Students will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts regarding the historical significance of biological collections, proper preservation protocols, digitizing and archival practices, and the urgency of science education and communication for a public audience. Campus and community partners include experts from local museums, nature centers, and UA's Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.

Sweet Reminders [Un]ClassMenus and Manuscripts Hower House [Un]Class

Digital Projects in the Archives
3300: 489/589

T / TH
2 - 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Hillary Nunn

In this hands-on course, we’ll explore the central role that food, cooking, and entertaining played at the Hower House in the early twentieth century. We’ll use tools like blogs, websites, digital archives, and Instagram feeds to bring archival research to new audiences, and we’ll prepare a cookbook for print publication to showcase the Hower family’s recipes. In the process, we’ll learn not just about the era’s food and parties but about the wide array of people involved in their production. No special experience with digital tools required.

Sweet Reminders [Un]ClassSweet Reminders [Un]Class

Historical recipes from the Hower Family
(Special Problems in Dietetics)

2 - 4 p.m.

Amy Stevens

Fall back in time and learn techniques of candy making as we bring to life Akron's past. Using recipes from the Hower family from the early 1900s we will explore the process of bringing a food product to market, including testing and finalizing candy recipes, designing packaging and labeling, branding and sales. This experience is a companion to the [Un]class "Meals and Manuscripts at Hower House: Digital Projects in the Archives" however students may register for this class independently.