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  • Instructor Melissa Kagen

    The term “wandering” is defined as traveling aimlessly from place to place. But what does it mean to wander in a game? How does exploration in videogames reflect the real world and to lived experiences? Dr. Melissa Kagen and her students take on these questions and more in the Spring 2020 ExCollege class Wandering Games: Play, Performance, Protest. 

  • Justin Jiménez

    Rage, fear, elation, trepidation: these are just some of the emotions brought out by political discussion in today's divisive climate. On the other hand, many young people feel desensitized to political drama and hopeless about the prospect of change. How do we negotiate these feelings, or lack thereof? How can we relate what we feel to how we act?

  • student working on a project related to crime scene

    With a wave of true crime podcasts and television programs surging in popularity recently, people seem more fascinated than ever in understanding the genre's connection to the real world. Yet, this Spring 2020 course asks how true crime in modern media shapes viewers' perception of crime. The truth can be much more distressing.

  • unraveling craftivism

    ExCollege Program Administrator Madeleine Delpha – the daughter of seasoned activists and an artist herself – developed Unraveling Craftivism, an advising seminar that allowed first-year students to explore the history of craft and its intersection with activism.

  • students dressed in Star Wars costumes

    From Princess Leia to Rey, this Explorations course for first-year students looks at the portrayal of key female characters in the Star Wars saga.

  • US special operations jumping out of aircraft

    Myths about America’s most secretive groups are shattered in the Fall 2019 ExCollege course The Secret History of U.S. Special Operations Forces, taught by a former special operations forces member.

  • The class poses for a picture after an evening of practicing tango

    Don’t cry for me, Argentina — because Thomas Wisniewski, PhD, a Lecturer on Comparative Literature at Harvard, is teaching the tango at Tufts in his Fall 2019 ExCollege course!

  • Rosa Stern Pait (right) pictured with a first-year student.

    As residents of the Greater Boston Area, most Tufts students have familiarized themselves with the triumphs and tribulations of taking the T, Boston's metro system. Rosa Stern Pait is teaching an Explorations course for first-year students, titled Mind the Gap: Transportation in Media and Society, which explores different kinds of public transportation and how they're portrayed in media throughout the world.

  • semi-transparent globe superimposed over newspaper text

    Tufts alum provides a unique opportunity for undergrads to learn about global journalism in an interactive and engaging way. Students think critically about news consumption and navigate the dynamic between a reporter, a source, and the reader.