10 Movies to Complement College Classes

Learn what 10 movies can complement your college classes! Check out this post from Student Services Coordinator/Online Learning Coordinator Ree Nae Roberge Greene.

Recently, I was voted “Most Likely to be Someone’s Imaginary Friend.” After pondering what this might mean, I was reminded of a movie I loved when I was a tween: Drop Dead Fred.  This has led me to compile a list of movies that I think might be a good companion to college classes offered at Globe University-La Crosse.

Abnormal Psychology—”It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) and “Drop Dead Fred” (1991)

This course covers the gamut of topics great for all programs, especially important for students pursuing a criminal justice degree. It introduces students to minor abnormalities, like depression and anxiety to debilitating concerns like paranoid schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder. In It’s a Wonderful Life, the main character struggles with life regarding many areas and ends up in a suicidal condition.

Drop Dead Fred follows a woman through the life of problems with her imaginary friend from childhood resurfacing when she goes through some strife in her adulthood. This film will have you laughing and wondering what would push you to that extreme?

Biology—”Avatar” (2009)

Biology is a great introductory course that shows off the intricate ways that cells and organisms work together. Biology is a required course for all veterinary technology students and is available as an elective to all associate and bachelor’s degree-seeking students.  In the film Avatar, the ecology of the planet is disturbed by human interaction which shows how things change when one thing goes awry.

Composition—”All the President’s Men” (1976)

In Composition the focus is on research and accurate reporting of details to give college students a better ability to write in their coursework and to research in their future jobs. The President’s Men shows how intricate and important the work of research can be. In this film based on Watergate, two men research to get to the bottom of what “really happened.”

Medical Terminology—”My Sister’s Keeper” (2009)

Medical Terminology is an introductory course that all medical assisting students take. Stephanie Schultz, an adjunct instructor in the medical assistant program, explains that this film uses the terms learned in Medical Terminology to describe what is going on to the sister with cancer. Students can watch the film for enjoyment, but have a deeper understanding of what is happening to the sister.

Environmental Issues—”Day After Tomorrow”(2004)

Environmental Issues takes on the modern problems facing the ecological world. It couples well with “The Day After Tomorrow” because the film shows the result of ignoring the problems we are creating while keeping everyone entertained with a secondary plot of a sweet high school romance.

Art of Selling or Marketing—”Wall Street” (1987)

According to June Vatland, a business instructor at the Globe-La Crosse campus, “Wall Street,” although having some graphic scenes, shows the ethics of bad business practices and how these situations generally end up. However, she did mention the sequel which came out a short while ago was a waste of time.

Cyber Law—”The Social Network” (2010)

“The Social Network” was a best picture winner in 2012 and deals with the legality of Facebook and its ownership. Who is responsible for this entity that has consumed America and the rest of the world? What does the legal system do with a company—an idea—that crosses international lines due to its connections to the web? How does a law confirm that one person has ownership of an idea that went global practically overnight?

Interpersonal Relations—”Love Actually” (2003)

“Love Actually,” and several films since its release in 2003, shows the interconnections of a variety of people and how seemingly random people are interconnected over the course of the four weeks prior to Christmas. Although maybe a stretch, it shows that each and every person needs to have a “took-kit” of social skills to interact successfully with all of the people a person interacts with, within a month’s time.

User Interface Design—”Iron Man” Series

According to Clinton Kanieski, the information technology program chair, “User interface design is a topic of great debate.  Not everyone likes or works in the same fashion.  In the movie ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2,’ Tony Stark designs a mechanical suit that allows him to fly, crash, and break nearly anything.  The interface that Stark uses while in the suit, caught in snippets of the film, show his face and a display in front of him.  Stark, with the use of movement and voice commands, is able to navigate the suit and, by all accounts, do nearly impossible things.  At its core, this is user interface design–to take the actions of a human and translate them to commands for a device or computer to follow.”

This post was written by Ree Nae Roberge-Greene. Ree Nae Student Services Coordinator at Globe University-La Crosse. She has been employed in at Globe University since January 2011. She moved into the role of Student Services Coordinator in August of 2011 and loves it! Ree Nae Roberge-Greene blogs for Globe-La Crosse, and she is enjoying the challenge of finding a new and exciting topic to write about each week.