ART 105 Studio Art (4 credits)
Introduces basic studio materials and techniques for making art in a variety of media that may include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, fibers, and/or digital technology. Includes lectures, demonstrations, studio participation, museum or artist studio visits, and related historical information.
ART 204 Digital Art I (4 credits)
Explores the computer as an art-making tool. Includes practice exercises to learn software. Topics include photo manipulations, the use of color, typestyles, page design, and composition. Students apply these concepts and skills to original, digital artworks. Computer and purchase of software license required.
BIO 375 Topics in Tropical Biology (4 credits)
Gonsalves-Jackson, D. and Townsend, Jr. V.
An intensive field experience in neotropical ecosystems (rainforests, coral reefs, mangroves, caves, etc.). Descriptive studies of local flora and fauna will be combined with an in-depth investigation of a topic of interest. Field activities will include moderately strenuous exercise under a variety of weather conditions. Destinations may include Belize, Costa Rica, or other tropical sites. Course fee required. Identical to EES 375. Prerequisite: BIO 130 and sophomore status or higher, and consent.
CLAS 120 Introduction to Classical Archaeology (4 credits)
Introduces students to the methods common to both Old and New World archaeology, followed by an introduction to and interpretation of the material remains of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean worlds.
COMM 220 Experimental Film and Video (4 credits)
Explores the history and theory of experimental film and video through lecture, discussion, reading, and screenings and through creative action. Students produce their own avant-garde videos as they learn the form’s aesthetic heritage and contemporary developments.
CS 100 Computer Concepts/Applications (4 credits)
Topics include basic concepts of computer hardware and software; the development of the computer, networks, and the Internet; programming logic; Web page development with HTML/CSS; application software such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; and social concerns associated with the widespread use of computers.
Prerequisite: placement level H, A, B, or C. Students with credit for CS 112 or higher by consent only.
ENVS 106 Humans and the Environment (4)
Examines the interactions between our society and the environment, with the goal of achieving sustainability. Topics include society’s energy and water requirements, biodiversity conservation, food production, urban planning, sustainable development, and other current topics. Although the course emphasis is a social systems perspective, environmental issues necessitate an interdisciplinary approach.
GER 205 The Short Prose of Kafka (4 credits)
Examines the short prose of Franz Kafka and its relevance in both literature and film today. Students search for common themes and interpretation in selected works. Taught in English.
Prerequisites: GER 205: none. GER 305: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.
GER 305 The Short Prose of Kafka (4 credits)
HE 201 First Aid and Safety (4 credits)
Provides the general public with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet and handle most emergency situations when first-aid care is needed. Incorporates personal safety and accident prevention information and acquaints students with the many causes of accidents so care can be taken to eliminate or minimize such causes.
HON 200 Israel, Palestine, and the Art of Waging Peace (4 credits)
HUM 201 Israel, Palestine, and the Art of Waging Peace (4 credits)
INST 203 Applied Technology for Innovative Instruction (4 credits)
Students master educational technologies to enhance student learning in K-12 classrooms. Course includes best practices in online and blended learning environments. Teacher candidates meet Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP) and grade-level and content-specific technology standards as outlined in the Virginia SOLs.
MATH 104 Algebra and It’s Applications (4 credits)
Presents topics in algebra through traditional and applications-based methods. Topics include functions, exponents and scientific notation, linear, exponential, rational and quadratic functions and graphs, systems of equations, and quadratic and linear inequalities.
Prerequisite: placement level C, Math 005 with a grade of C or higher, or consent. Students must have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.
MUS 254 Principles of Music Technology (4 credits)
Introduces the core concepts of music technology and how to use them in creating, recording, and producing music. The course includes a discussion of the principles of sound, MIDI, audio editing/recording software, music notation software, and using music technology in performance.
PHIL 203 The Examined Life (4 credits)
Approaches philosophy through the close reading and interpretation of Socratic dialogues. Engages the substance of the dialogues, the sort of knowledge Socrates seeks, how he searches for it, and why he thinks this search is necessary. Literary technique and the role of rhetoric in philosophical argument are considered.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher.
PHIL 212 Practical Ethics (4 credits)
Explores the potential of moral reasoning as a tool for conflict resolution and consensus building. Through a series of practical exercises, students learn to use moral argumentation as a means of fostering constructive dialogue and mutual understanding. Students develop the ability to listen carefully, distinguish real from apparent disagreements, discover common ground, and find creative solutions to moral problems
POLS 200 Politics and Sports (4 credits)
An examination of selected topics in Political Science.
PSY 394 Psychology in Film, Memoir, and Science (4 credits)
An explanation of psychological topics of interest through the multiple lenses of non-fiction writing, films, and scientific reporting. Topical themes in psychology are emphasized, and particular emphasis is placed on critique of the films from both an artistic and a psychological scientific standpoint.
Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent.
REC 101 Introduction to Sport, Recreation, and Leisure (4 credits)
Designed for all students who desire to explore the varied professions of recreation/leisure services as a possible career goal or for personal growth and development. Recreation and leisure in historical development and today’s contemporary society and leisure education are the major areas of concentration. Includes a practicum in which students are required to investigate local recreation/leisure agencies.
Prerequisite: first years/sophomores only; juniors/seniors by consent.
REC 219 Disability in the Media (4 credits)
Explores various disabling conditions and related challenges/prejudices experienced by individuals with disabilities and how these individuals are portrayed in popular film and other media. Examines physical, psychological, emotional, and social life conditions and allows students to examine their own attitudes and perceptions regarding disabilities.
SOC 251 The Cultural Politics of Peace in America (4 credits)
SPAN 111 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)
An introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Focuses on cultural aspects. Emphasizes the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Audiovisual materials supplement the program.
Prerequisite: no previous instruction in Spanish.
SPAN 213 Intermediate Spanish (4 credits)
Development of conversational and writing skills through review of familiar and complex structures, and extensive oral-aural practice. Students attain fluency at a secondary level and the ability to interpret written material adequate for the level. The course also looks at general aspects of the Spanish-speaking world relevant to the understanding of its culture.
Prerequisite: SPAN 112 with a grade of C or higher
SPED 317 Foundations, legal and ethical issues in special Ed (4 credits)
Provides an introduction and overview of the field of special education including the definition, identification, and characteristics of those that are disabled. Students with ADHD and gifted abilities are emphasized. Also includes historical perspectives, models, theories, and trends that provide the basis for general and special education practice including the dynamic influence of the family system, cultural/environmental milieu pertinent to students, the understanding of ethical issues, and the practice of acceptable standards of professional behavior. Students taking this course will also gain an understanding of the legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of all students. The rights and responsibilities of parents, students, and schools will also be a focus of this course.
Prerequisite: consent only.
SW 318 Aging in the Media (4 credits)
Explores aging through the context of popular media. The study begins with an overview of the major psycho-social theories on aging and explores how aging and older people are portrayed in a myriad of media. Students focus on film and view television programs, comics and children’s literature. This is a fun and innovative way to study the etic construct of aging through the Western (American and British) emic lens.
Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher.
TH 210 Acting (4 credits)
An introduction to basic principles of acting in a workshop setting
TH 210 Acting (4 credits)
An introduction to basic principles of acting in a workshop setting
WES 300 Developments in Science and Technology (4 credits)
WES 200 Through the Wardrobe: Reading Narnia (4 credits)