Clairissa Breen – Elementary, My Dear Watson (LLC)
Logic, reason, and observation! Using the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, film and television adaptations, and a variety of logic puzzles and games, this class provides a wide range of useful critical thinking and analytical skills, including deductive and inductive logic, improved observational skills, and improved oral and reading attention and comprehension.
Michelle Brimecombe - The Building of a Sport Organization; a behind-the-scenes look
Through this course we will view organizational theory and behavior related to sport. Students examine organizational structures (e.g., club and hierarchy) pertaining to “traditional” sports such as baseball and soccer. Students will learn how to build teams through a recently developed theory-based approach commonly known as “Moneyball.”
Jo Buffalo - Natural Science Illustration: Drawing Nature
This course will cover all the general drawing skills that are taught in the Art Foundation course SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception. You will learn about line, mass, light, shading, creating halftone, proportion, scale, and figure/ground, but you will learn by interacting with the natural world.
Karin Bump - Horses, Humans, Politics and Pressure
Students examine the social and political forces that impact on our interactions with horses in American society. Escalating concerns surrounding unwanted horses and the varying views on why unwanted horses are unwanted, and what should, and could, be done about this epidemic are of particular focus.
Heather Ferrara – Signs of Sex
Scholars in communication studies are increasingly interested in topics previously seen as taboo or impolite. Topics to be explored include gender and identity construction, sexuality, sexual orientation, pornography, infidelity, and alternative marriage structures such as polygamy. This course is dedicated to unveiling these topics through discussion, reading of scholarly texts, and writing.
Grace Fisher - Constructing the Universe: Geometry and the Quest for Reality
This course examines the philosophy and practice of ‘sacred geometry’, the underlying mathematical and geometric principles that define much of the natural world. Geometrical concepts embedded in nature, art, and science and yet often taken for granted will be analyzed.
Christine Geyer – The Secret Life of … Money!
This fun and lively course examines obvious and not-so-obvious aspects of money and its centrality to our lives. Students create an oral presentation on a key figure or event in the history of financial markets, as well as write formal response papers, analytical essays and a researched argument paper based on current financial topics.
John Robert Greene – “Freedom for the Thought We Hate”: A History of the First Amendment
We will discuss the limits and expectations of First Amendment rights in our political society. The history of the “Four Freedoms” will be discussed, as will 21st Century applications of these debates. Start working on your Pre-Law Minor!
John Livermore - Mathematical Mysteries
Archimedes said that if we gave him a large enough lever and a place to stand he could move the world. In fact, he helped develop the real lever, mathematics. This course will be a fun look at the history and development of mathematics from Archimedes and his lever through Cantor and his infinities and beyond.
Erica Miller - I am Woman, Hear Me Roar (LLC)
This course provides a historical overview of the women’s rights movement in the United States from the 1700s to the present. The course will examine women’s political, social, and economic status to understand how the women’s rights movement began and evolved to give U.S. women the rights that they now have today.
Andrew Ó Baoill – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (LLC)
Did social media cause the Arab Spring? Is our free press really free? In this class we will consider the nature of the mass media, and its role in shaping the world around us. Students will make media - radio broadcasting and video production tools - in projects that provide hands-on opportunities to grapple with these important questions.
Warren Olin-Ammentorp - Color & Light: the World of the Impressionist Painters
Impressionism is the most important, influential, and broadly enjoyable style in modern art yet when they first appeared many considered these paintings ugly and offensive, and the artists were called revolutionaries and lunatics. Why was their art rejected – and what made the public change its mind? In this course we’ll try to answer these questions by studying the lives and work of the Impressionist painters, as well as the sculptors, composers, writers, and critics associated with the movement.
Jeremy Randall – All Fired Up!
This course examines the historical and cultural associations of ceramic objects and provides experiences with traditional clay construction and firing techniques. In an age when Tupperware, Styrofoam and plastic to-go containers are commonplace, we will explore what it means to make things by hand. Students will analyze through readings and writing the significance of handmade ceramic objects within the context of contemporary society.
Karen Steen - Knitting: Functional Craft/ Social Commentary
This course is an exploration of the craft and social context of hand knitting, including historical research, a study of current writings about this popular pastime and the creation of knitted projects.
Allyn Stewart – Digital Biographies
Students will explore the idea of storytelling as seen through concepts of self and personal identity. Using time based software packages, students will design and produce small movies including a self-portrait, a memoir, family genealogy, history of their neighborhood and community. The narrative development for these projects will include writing project proposals, scripts, shot lists, and designing storyboards.
Francine Varisco – Travel and Tourism
In this course we will be reviewing the current national and global trends that impact the Travel and Tourism industry. Students will be actively participating in planning and developing travel and tourism plans and marketing strategies.
Kim Waale – Kiln Formed Glass
Students will learn fundamental kiln-forming and glass working techniques and explore the creative possibilities of fused and slumped glass. This course focuses on working with glass and translating it into 3-D forms that emphasize experimentation and individual creative expression.
Thad Yorks - Life In and On the Lake
We will study organisms that live in, on, and around local lakes. These organisms will include fish, invertebrates, plants, and waterfowl. With three lectures and one laboratory (usually outdoors) every week, Life In and On the Lake fulfills the laboratory science requirement. This course is not recommended for students who are uncomfortable with outdoor exercise, fresh air, water, mud, and/or slimy things.