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Spring 2009

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

LC1
Math 120/Chemistry 112
Jeter/Rogers
Math and Chemistry for Science and Math Majors

Did you ever pose the question "When am I ever going to use this?" This math/science learning community, for freshmen majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, geology, or mathematics, will provide some exciting answers for you. It will engage and motivate students by presenting mathematics and chemistry in a real world context. Making the connections between chemistry and calculus allows students to see the relevance between the math and science and students will have a more successful academic experience as a result. Activities will involve connections in mathematics and chemistry through interdisciplinary lectures and labs utilizing technology, cooperative learning, and supplemental instruction. Completion of this community fulfills one course in the science component and one in the math component of the College's general education requirements.

LC2
lc1spring10Chemistry 111/English 102
Deavor/Fitzwilliam
 
Thinking and Writing for Success in Science
This Learning Community, intended for Chemistry, Biology, and pre-med students, will explore ethical issues key to scientific discovery while also honing the writing skills that are essential to documenting your discoveries. You'll learn about the conventions of writing in the sciences and how they differ from writing in English, and support your Chemistry 111 material with essays in English 102 on hot-button issues like global warming. Besides written assignments and exams, you'll also present your findings in oral, group presentations. Completion of this community fulfills one course in the English component and one in the science component of the College's general education requirements.

 

FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS

FYSM1
Countercultural Literature of the 1960s and 70s.
Chris Warnick
In this writing-intensive course, we will examine novels, poems, and nonfiction from the 1960s and 1970s. Through our reading, writing, and research, we will investigate how countercultural movements of the Vietnam era—including student activism, feminism, and Black Power—were reflected in literature of the time period. Among the course readings will be Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and selections from published memoirs written by college students. Completion of this FYSM fulfills one course in the humanities component or can replace ENGL102 in the College's general education requirements.

FYSM2
Experiencing World War I
Bryan Ganaway
World War I killed 9,000,000 men between the ages of 18 and 35, obliterated three monarchies, destroyed European economic dominance, accelerated the development of mass politics, enabled women's emancipation, doomed European empires, and set the stage for totalitarian revolutions that dominated the rest of the century. What did it mean for real people to enter this abyss and somehow emerge from the other side? This course seeks to understand the meaning of this cataclysm for the modern world by focusing on memoirs left by soldiers, workers, parents, generals, politicians, colonized peoples, revolutionaries and women. Completion of this FYSM fulfills one course in the humanities component of the College's general education requirements.

FYSM3
Religion and Traditions of Friendship
Louise Doire
This seminar will examine many types of relationships that express ideals of "friendship," which appear in the sacred texts and writings of Judaism, Christianity and Chinese Confucian philosophy. Themes will include ideals of civility, hospitality, romantic love and forgiveness. Narrative case studies that illustrate different ideals will include the stories of David and Nathan, and Naomi and Ruth in Hebrew Scripture; Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Christian scripture, and stories drawn from Confucian tradition. Completion of this FYSM fulfills one course in the humanities component of the College's general education requirements.

FYSM4
C.G.I.F. Computer Graphics in Film
Tony Leclerc
Films like Futureworld, Star Wars, and Tron were some of the earliest films utilizing 3D computer graphics (CG). Since then, a significant percentage of films include elements of CG. This course discusses the various forms in which CG is used in films including modeling, morphing, seamless integration, digital removal, and digital grading are among some of the topics considered. Hardware and software technologies and algorithms for performing CG are also considered. Completion of this FYSM awards three hours of elective credit.

FYSM5
Considering the Performance
Mark Landis
This will be an intensive writing seminar for students in which the focus will be several assigned live performances of plays or dance concerts. Participants will be taught how to notice details in an ever-changing live performance – an object of study that doesn't provide the option of re-reading or re-winding. Students who complete this class should leave better prepared to express themselves in formal writing with a more powerful vocabulary to describe a powerful emotional experience such as a play can provide. Completion of this FYSM fulfills one course in the humanities component of the College's general education requirements.

FYSM6
Opportunities and Challenges in Medicine and Allied Health
Michelle Futrell
This course will introduce students to professional opportunities within the medical and allied health fields, and expose students to basic terminology, psychomotor skills, current issues and challenges facing health-care professionals. Students will ascertain professional attributes of medical and allied health professionals through one-on-one interaction with professionals. Completion of this FYSM awards three hours of elective credit.