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 unclasses 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


Fall 2020 Unclasses

Humans of UA: Reimagining the Margins of the Archive unclassHumans of UA: Reimagining the Margins of the Archive unclass


Tu 2 - 3:15 p.m. (in class)
Th 2 - 3:15 p.m. (online)

Dr. Hillary Nunn (English)
Leianne Neff
Vic Fleischer

Working with the University of Akron Archives and the Summit County Historical Society, this unclass will use historical materials and social media to bring often overlooked voices from UA’s past into today’s conversations.

We will treat the archive as a resource for crafting stories that speak to a wide range of audiences today. We'll imagine the lives, experiences, and social concerns of people currently hidden in the archives, bringing them to life through blogs, Instagram, and Twitter. In doing so, we’ll turn to popular projects like _Humans of New York_ and the New York _Times_ “Overlooked no More” retroactive obituary series for models of our work.

The Rhetoric of Catharsis unclassThe Rhetoric of Catharsis unclass


Tu/Th 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Juliana Amir, MFA (English)
Dr. Jordan Renna (Biology)
Dr. Lance Svehla (English)
Olivia Honeck, RN

The Rhetoric of Catharsis is a workshop unclass that asks students to get as close to their personal experiences (including distress and anxieties) as they feel comfortable and safe doing in order to explore the ways that writing together can serve both academic and therapeutic ends. This course will facilitate the unfolding of a scholarly community through production and reflection on narrative, and narrative revisioned as art.

UA Everyday unclassUA Everyday unclass
Sesquicentennial History of Student Life at UA


Tu/Th 2 - 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Kern (History)
Leianne Neff
Vic Fleischer

Students will use 150 years of the student experience at UA as a lens through which to view not only the history of the university, but also major social, cultural, economic, and political trends in modern U.S.