Spring 2020 DSC-201

Come DISCOVER with us!!

The curriculum and co-curricular experiences at Marymount University are designed to support each member of the community in a life-long journey of discovery:  Discovery of self, of others, of the world around us, of other places and times, and of ideas.  Thus you, as an entering student, will take a one-credit Discover (DSC) 201 course.  These courses are designed to allow you to engage with the professor in inquiry into, and open-ended exploration of, a topic or concept of interest to the instructor who might otherwise not have the opportunity to investigate that question.  We want to promote not just the skills needed for you to find solutions to problems – but we also want to help you ask good questions and engage in debate in a community of other students all beginning their exciting Marymount adventure.

We're also very excited about the "peer mentor" aspect of our Discover program.  Each section has an experienced MU student who has been selected for their enthusiasm, approachability, understanding of Marymount and its systems, and commitment to supporting new students.  The peer mentors work with and complement the faculty in the teaching of the DSC classes and serve as a resource to you as you adjust to college life and the Marymount way.

We hope you find the array of topics for the DSC classes intriguing!  And we encourage you to let your advisor know which of the sections would be of most interest to you so that your advisor can then help build the rest of your schedule around your DSC experience.

Photo of a student painting outside

Fall 2019 DSC-201 Course Descriptions

DSC-201-B The Wellness Project
DSC-201-C Discover Your Creativity
Understanding the Deep Dark Web


The Wellness Project

The purpose of this course is to help students gain insight into their own wellness.  Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills with a goal for living their life more fully by exploring five factors of wellness (creative, coping, social, essential, physical).  In addition, students will learn about the college process at Marymount, including services and resources available in order to maximize their successful academic experience.

Instructor: Jeanine Dakduk


Discover Your Creativity   

This class is about unleashing your creativity and making friends as we enjoy being at Marymount.  We will conduct inquiry-based learning activities about the field of creativity.  We will engage actively during class to spark and to deepen your creativity, your study skills, your memory, your presentation skills, and your writing skills.  You will be guided through the process of writing a paper on a topic of your choice and apply creativity to your areas of interest.  We will learn about each other, about creativity and about succeeding at Marymount and in life.

Instructor: Dr. Ana Lado


Understanding the Deep Dark Web

Ever wonder what the deep and dark web is?  Over 90% of the internet's content is hidden.  Activists, hacktivists, nation states, researchers, and those who seek anonymity utilize the deep dark web.  Being that 90% of the internet remains hidden, it is important for students and professionals to understand these concepts.  By understanding the concepts, students will have a broader perspective on security, safety, reliability, anonymity, and privacy of the web.

Instructor: Babur Kohy

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Rowley 1005, Main Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 284-1538