Summer Experience

2018 Course Offerings

Courses being offered in Summer Experience 2018 are below.  Students will have the opportunity to complete eight credit hours via two options.  Option 1 includes taking two 4-credit courses which will fulfill general education requirements.  Option 2 includes taking one 4-credit course, one 3-credit study skills course (ADV 1101), and one 1-credit physical education course.  Students will identify their preference and course options on the SE2018 registration form.  Student Success Coaches will share schedules with students at the beginning of June.


General Education Courses

ART 2090 Introduction to Ceramics – This is a basic course in ceramics with an emphasis in hand-built forms. The methods of pinch, slab, coil, and hump will be used to familiarize the students with clay and clay building. Students will learn the language and terminology used in ceramics. Through various projects students will gain confidence with observational analysis; technical, interpretive, and inventive skills; self-expression; and personal interests. Students will learn the stages of clay from its origin in the ground through the firing and glazing stages. Group and individual critiques will be included in the course to increase awareness, questioning, and self-evaluation. Through research, the student will demonstrate an awareness of an appreciation for the works of ceramic artists from our culture and other cultures. The student will develop knowledge about the early history of ceramics. Four credits. Satisfies the Performing/Visual Arts General Education Requirement.

FYS 1000 How Obesity is Viewed in the United States. – This seminar will allow the student to gain an understanding of how we are often unknowingly “surrounded by perfection” as a result of the media’s influence on our perspectives of what we consider to be “the perfect body”.  Classes will be facilitated through the use of discussion, articles, films, and book excerpts. The students will be exposed to the pervasive influence of the media and their collective ability to affect our sociological, cultural, and psychological outlook towards the obese and how this has led to an obesity-obsessed culture. It will investigate the complex picture that is painted by obesity science and the popular media creating moral agendas, ideological assumptions, and a confused body of knowledge. Four credits. Satisfies the First Year Seminar General Education Requirement.

 FYS 1000 The Real World? Images of Leadership in Contemporary Media— Images of leaders in contemporary media are often a betrayal to real world expectations and requirements for today’s emerging professionals.  This seminar will explore the modern presentation of leaders in the media, investigate the implications of those images, and debate the consequences of generational perspectives on leading others in real world settings.  Select television episodes and contemporary films will be viewed through an investigative and deliberative framework of leader portrayal and association.  Readings on modern leadership, contemporary management expectations, generational differences in the workplace, diversity, and interpersonal communication approaches will be completed. Course requirements will also include class discussions, reflective essays, structured off-campus observations and interviews, a group project, and a final paper/presentation utilizing evidence gathered from television and film as the basis for student research. Four credits. Satisfies the First Year Seminar General Education Requirement.

HST 1201 American Beginnings to 1800 – This course is a survey of Native American contact with Europeans, cultural interactions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the Revolution that created the United States. Four credits. Satisfies the History General Education Requirement. 

HST 2202 American Moments – A course focused on particular years of decades in American history, studying decisive events, people, and changes in the context of broader themes in the United States. The course will focus on the chronological moment and its legacy in historical and popular memory. Selection of chronological moments will vary with the assigned instructors for the sections of the course. Four credits. Satisfies the History General Education Requirement. 

MTH 1110 Topics in Contemporary Math – Illustrations of contemporary uses of mathematics, varying from semester to semester, frequently including topics from: graph theory, theory of apportionment, voting theory and methods, counting methods, probability, personal finance, and game theory. Four credits. Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement; based on math placement/major.

MTH 1310 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences – An introduction to the concepts of differentiation and integration with emphasis on their applications to solving problems that arise in business, economics, and social sciences. Four credits. Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement; based on math placement/major.

REL 1001 Old Testament StudiesA course examining the history and religious perspective of ancient Israel as revealed through the text of the Hebrew Bible and pertinent Near Eastern texts. The focus of study is upon the context of the Old Testament in light of its historical background, as revealed through modern critical research, literary, and historical methods. Four credits. Satisfies the Religion General Education Requirement.

REL 1003 Sacred Experiences in World Religions This course will explore the phenomenon of religion as found within numerous historical and cultural contexts. Although no single religious tradition will be treated comprehensively, materials from the following traditions will be selected in order to better examine the thematic issues that animate the religious dimension of the human experience: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Shinto, Jainism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.. Four credits. Satisfies the Religion General Education Requirement.

SOA 1010 The Individual in Society – This course serves as an introduction to the science of sociology. Through sociological readings, class discussions, and visual media, we will explore prominent sociological principles, concepts, theories, and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on applying sociological insights to understanding various facets of contemporary life and how we as individuals are influenced by the various social environments and social institutions in which we interact. Four credits. Satisfies one of the Social Science General Education Requirements.

THE 1200 Fundamentals of Acting – An introduction to Stanislavski-based actor training including studies and exercises designed to develop the student’s abilities to create a character. Students will explore basic improvisation, stage movement, monologue, scene work, and script analysis as tools for characterization. Four credits.  Satisfies the Performing/Visual Arts General Education Requirement.

Physical Education Courses

PEC 1071 Yoga I – This course is designed to teach students the basic discipline of yoga, which includes, the proper breather, relaxation techniques and correct body positions. Students will learn to demonstrate yoga and develop a “vinyasa” or “flow” to their practice. One credit. Satisfies PEC Activity General Education Requirement.

PEC 1021 Aerobic/Fitness Walking – This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of aerobic/fitness walking.  Students will learn to improve cardiovascular fitness by participating in a walking program and promoting walking as a potential lifetime activity.  One credit. Satisfies PEC Activity General Education Requirement.

PEC 1311 Weight Training I – This course is designed to teach students to use progressive resistance exercises as a means for body toning, and general strength development. Students will learn how to setup a workout program using weight machines and free weights. One credit. Satisfies PEC Activity General Education Requirement.

PEC 1152 Basketball – This course is designed to teach students a general knowledge of basketball. Students will learn the principles, techniques, safe practices, strategies and sportsmanship of basketball along with improve their skills and general physical fitness. One credit. Satisfies PEC Activity General Education Requirement. 

Elective Credits

ADV 1101 Foundations for Academic Success – An academic and life skills course designed to help create greater success and to provide an opportunity to learn and to adopt methods to promote success in college course work, careers, relationships, and life in general. Students will learn how to read college textbooks with special emphasis on improving reading comprehension and ability and application to other reading. Students will also learn to improve comprehension and note taking skills and apply other learning techniques relating to learning styles, processing information, managing time effectively, setting goals, increasing concentration, reducing stress and procrastination, improving listening skills, preparing for test, and performing well on tests with a variety of question formations. Three credits.  Will not satisfy a General Education Requirement.  Elective credit course that is appropriate for students who desire additional assistance with study skills.  

Contact Student Success

Available: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: Second floor of Cottrell Hall