Undergraduate Admissions

Class Visit Opportunities

Students in ClassOne of the best ways to explore academic life at The College at Brockport is to sit in on a class. You'll have an opportunity to meet our dynamic professors and interact with your future classmates. Also, you’ll get a first-hand impression of the level of instruction you can expect as a student at The College at Brockport. Please keep in mind that you will be observing a class in one of our larger classrooms. Our average class size at the College is only 21 students, but we open up our larger classes for observation to accommodate the extra visitors.

Below you will find course descriptions of current class visit options for each of our five undergraduate schools. Note that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can't predict daily class plans and there may be times when a visit isn't appropriate (such as during exams or holidays). The most up-to-date schedule is available on the registration page.

Please plan to arrive at the class about 15 minutes early so you can introduce yourself to the professor and give them your Prospective Student Class Visit form fully filled out.

If you plan on taking a tour the day you visit a class, please give yourself enough time to sit through the full class (if it is a regular class length) and to be on time to take a tour. Our daily campus tours are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, so please plan accordingly if you wish to make this part of your visit.  

Also be advised that classes may change location during the semester unbeknownst to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  We will do our best to stay current with any changes and update the website accordingly.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Class Visit

To make the most of your class visit opportunity, consider the following tips:

  • Have your Prospective Student Class Visit form fully filled out.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and introduce yourself to the professor.
  • Hand in your Prospective Student Class Visit form before class to the professor.
  • For regular length classes, please stay the entire class; do not leave in the middle of a discussion or faculty instruction.
  • For extended classes (marked with an asterisk on the schedule below), you are not required to stay the entirety of the class but we ask you to be quiet and respectful when you do leave.
  • If possible, take the opportunity to speak with students in the class after the seminar or lecture.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that will not disrupt the class or lecture. This includes turning off cell phones or other noise-making devices, providing the professor with your undivided attention and refraining from participating in lecture unless specifically encouraged.
  • Please do not visit any class that is not listed in the Class Visit Course List.
  • Do not bring younger siblings to class.
  • Please remember that you are a guest.


Available Classes & Descriptions

Course Professor DayS Time Location
Propaganda & Persuasion

Dr. Elizabeth Thorpe

Monday and Wednesdays

3:35 - 4:50 pm

Holmes 204

  Theories, principles and methods of persuasion; role and function of persuasion and propaganda in contemporary society. Develop critical thinking and listening skills necessary for persuasive communication skills in preparing and presenting persuasive messages; a concept of ethical persuasion.
Political Rhetoric in the Information Age

Dr. Elizabeth Thorpe

Tuesday and Thursday

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Holmes 204

  Critically examines significant 20th- century American political speeches and campaigns. Explores the ways in which individuals and institutions use media to exercise power and influence opinion through the use of verbal and visual symbols. Places special emphasis on representations of gender in political rhetoric.
Argumentation and Debate

Dr. Elizabeth Thorpe

Tuesdays & Thursdays

11:00 - 12:15 pm

Holmes 204

  Provides for the preparation and defense of logical argument, response to attacks by opponents, construction of cross-examination, undergoing cross examination, research and support of arguments and recognition and refutation of fallacies.
Literature and Forgiveness
Dr. J. Roger Kurtz

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:05 - 9:55 am*

Liberal Arts Building 107
  Examines texts from literature and the humanities, from antiquity to the present, to explore the human experience of forgiveness from multiple perspectives, including literary, philosophical, religious, judicial, and political perspectives. Students explore possible definitions of forgiveness, complexities in its conception, and real-life application in recent human history.
Gender, Race, and Class
Dr. Barb LeSavoy

Tuesdays & Thursdays

11:00 - 12:15 pm

Liberal Arts Building 106A
  Examines the intersecting socio-political forces of gender, race and class, and how these forces interact. Looks at how these forces affect individuals, and individual and social responses to these forces. Investigates the history of efforts to end discrimination, and the ways these efforts translate into issues of current concern in the U.S.
Global Perspectives of Women and Gender

Dr. Barb LeSavoy

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Liberal Arts Building 106A

Edwards 100B***

  This course explores the historical, social, and political factors that shape sex and gender systems across cultures and countries. Particular focus will be placed on women and societies outside Euro-American contexts in considering ways global capitalism, gendered division of labor, and commodification of women’s bodies contribute to the current position of women in the world.
Classes denoted with a *** are held in Edwards 100B