Penn State’s Students Teaching Students (STS) program has introduced four student-led courses that will launch this fall.

Through the program, undergraduates teach formal courses at Penn State under the supervision of a faculty member. This fall’s one-credit courses will dive deep into the language of the internet, music in video games, Formula 1 racing, and musical collaboration.

The four courses that will be offered this fall are one credit.

Here is a brief overview of STS’s new Fall 2022 courses:

COMM 197-001: Special Topics: Introduction to Formula 1

  • Instructors – Chase Adler & Dan Risser
  • 4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday

This course will cover the history, politics and strategy of Formula 1 racing. It will cover everything you need to become a great fan.

APLNG 297-003: The Language of the Internet

  • Instructor — Vincent Mariani
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. on Monday

This course will help students explore how language is influenced by the internet, whether it’s emoticons or abbreviations.

MUSIC 297-002: “Play It Again”: the role of music in video games

  • Instructor — Isaac Manfull
  • 12:20 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays

This course will explore the role of music as a tool for storytelling and immersion in interactive digital media.

MUSIC 297-003: The Art of Collaboration

  • Instructors — Matthew Kidd and Rachel Flicker
  • 4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

School of Music students will meet once a week to discuss how to collaborate successfully while producing an effective performance.


This spring, students were able to take courses such as American Musical Theatre, Menstrual Equality, Anti-Blackness in America and even hip hop and Kid Cudi. Specifically, in the spring of 2020, STS taught Kanye reviewa course that used Kanye West as the main case study for an in-depth literary and cultural look at hip-hop music.

Students can consult the STS website for more information on classes, programming and the program itself.

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