COVID-19 Course

Liberal Arts 397D: Perspectives on Pandemics
April 6th – May 3rd, 2020
ONLINE: 1 credit hour

The Critical Engagements team has recruited professors and experts from around CMU’s campus to create a special pop-up course to address the coronavirus crisis from a variety of perspectives.

“Perspectives on Pandemics” (LAR 397D) is a one-credit online class that runs from April 6–May 3, 2020. It is open to all students. Taught by professors with expertise in biomedicine, economics, history, public health, literature, medical anthropology, and public policy, the course features four weeks of lectures, discussions, readings, and other materials that will offer a contextualized examination of COVID-19 and other pandemics in world history and culture.

Registration for LAR 397D is open now. For more information, contact Christi Brookes at or register directly using CMU’s Course Search and Registration portal. This course is part of the Critical Engagements initiative that tackles the world's most pressing problems. 


Links and Resources

Lesson Plan on COVID-19

Suggestions for Communicating with Students

COVID-19 Updates from the Dean

CLASS Faculty Move Classes Online

How are CLASS faculty preparing for moving classes online? Here are a few examples. 


Sociology faculty member Cedric Taylor and other CMU faculty offer students advice on ways to succeed in your online class.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work faculty members Amanda Garrison, Cathy Willermet, and Valerie Muniz share tips to reduce anxiety for unexpected online courses.


World Languages faculty member Christi Brookes and her family create a home studio in their basement for just-in-time teaching in the spring & COVID-19 semester. Music credit to Calexico for their song "Corona" off album Convict Pool.