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Strand Classes

Spring 2022 Strand Course Descriptions

Technology and Innovation (301)
Conflict (302)
Citizenship (303)
Wellness (304)
Sustainability (305)

Technology and Innovation (301)

Elective (ELES)

“CAD for 3D Printing,” Professor K. Skenes
ELES 301-02, TR 1100-1215, CRN 1083
In this course, students will be introduced to the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software SolidWorks and will learn how to employ this software to create high-quality parts to be produced via additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.  Students will learn how to create virtual 3D parts and build assemblies of multiple parts.  The advantages and disadvantages of different methods of 3D printing will be discussed, and practical concerns related to consistently successful 3D printing projects will be explored.  Students who complete the course will have a greater understanding of how they can use 3D printing to independently create products for an entrepreneurial venture as well as the sustainable benefits 3D printing offers as a manufacturing method.

"Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship", Professor M. Gray
ELES 301-03, MWF 0800-0850, CRN 11508

ELES 301-04, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 11509
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English (ENGS)

“The Future Now: Reading Sci-Fi,” Professor M. Livingston
ENGS 301-01, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 10658
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“Future Trouble: Tech Paranoia,” Professor J. Leonard
ENGS 301-02, TR 1100-1215, CRN 11501

ENGS 301-03, MW 1300-1415, CRN 11502
ENGS 301-04, MW 1430-1545, CRN 11503
From Galileo to Neil Armstrong, our quest to map and later travel the cosmos has paralleled a story of humanity pushed to the limits of its understanding. Such advances in technology are often paraded as shining examples of a civilization's achievements. But below these narratives of triumph and ingenuity lies the persistent fear that, one day, humanity's reach will exceed its grasp, and some creation (think Frankenstein and Skynet) will unravel our control over the world and perhaps even our minds. In this course, we will explore the genre of Technoparanoia/Technophobia in order to think through ways in which this unique link between hope and terror, possibility and catastrophe, has been a driving force in art and popular culture since the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. Course texts will include 1984 as well as select stories from Jorge Louis Borges, and our analysis will extend to films such as Event Horizon and the television series Black Mirror.

History (HISS)

“The Gun & The Press,” Professor K. Boughan
HISS 302-01, MWF 1200-1250, CRN 10773
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“Technologies, 100BC-1100AD,” Professor M. Maddox
HISS 301-02, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 10678

HISS 301-03, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 10774
HISS 301-04, MWF 1200-1250, CRN 11571
This course will focus on some of the technologies that have helped societies excel during the period 100 BC to 1100 AD. We start with the Romans and their contribution to infrastructures, urban life and military conquest, and continue to the end of the Viking Age. Throughout the course will consider how technologies impacted the building of the Viking longships, coin economies, the growth of cities, people and their use of landscapes, military weapons and fortifications, as well as architectural advancements of the period discussed. The course is designed for students interested in creating new technologies, as well as those looking to learn more about the past. The regional focus of the course will be Europe and its neighbors.

Natural Science (NTSS)

“Technological Solutions to Climate Change,” Professor H. Bevsek
NTSS 301-01, TR 1330-1445, CRN 11660
We are already seeing consequences of a warming, changing climate–excessive heat in places that normally never experience such temperatures, drought, wildfires, sea level rise, increased tropical storm activity, etc. Besides cutting back on fossil fuel use, is there anything else that can be done? Are there any technologies that exist or could be developed to reverse or lessen these impacts? Students in this course will investigate these questions as well as develop an understanding of what we know about climate change, how we know it, and what the short-term and long-term repercussions of a warming planet are.

“Nanomedicine,” Professor T. Le-Vasicek
NTSS 301-02, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 11666
Nanomaterials, or materials with a dimension between 10-9 to10-7 m, are an emerging technology that see commercial application in the fields of engineering, biology, physics, and chemistry. Nanomedicine is the application of nanomaterials for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Nanomedicine is growing branch of medicine that you are likely to encounter in your lifetime. This course provides a survey of the fundamental theories and general principles of nanomedicine. This course is designed specifically for students without a strong background in chemistry, and will begin by introducing an elemental knowledge of chemistry. Then, the unique properties of nanomaterials are explored. Current and emerging applications in diagnosis, treatment, and drug delivery are discussed in the final segment of the course.

“Making Smart Tech,” Professor H. Yochum
NTSS 301-03, TR 1100-1215, CRN 11689
A number of innovative technologies use a mix of software and hardware to sense and respond to the surrounding world.  Example devices include sensor-based toys, kinetic sculpture, low cost scientific instruments, interactive wearables, and Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.  This course is an accessible, project-based introduction to conceiving, designing, and developing interactive sensor-based prototypes.  Students will pursue projects based on their interests.  Practical hands-on exercises will introduce the fundamentals of circuits, microcontroller programming, sensors, and actuators.  No experience needed.

“Physics & Technology for Leaders,” Professor D. Zimmerman
NTSS 301-04, TR 0930-1045, CRN 11684

Leaders often make far-reaching decisions that are – or ought to be – founded in basic physics concepts.  Likely topics will include Energy: from electric to nuclear and alternative sources; Radiation: from radio waves to radioactivity; Weapons; Earth’s Climate: from Hurricanes to Global Warming to the Ozone Layer; Gravity, Astronautics, Flight, and the Future of Transportation; Quantum physics and Digital Technology; and Artificial Intelligence, among others.  We will introduce topics with case studies and our emphasis will be on fundamental concepts.  We will make use of basic math to quantify some physical concepts.  This course is designed specifically for students without a background in physics or mathematics.

Social Science (SCSS)

“Democracy & Technology,” Professor W. Collins
SCSS 301-01, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 11702
SCSS 301-02, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11706
Nearly two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville noticed an almost irresistible drift within democratic nations toward administrative centralization or “soft despotism.” Under this mild but degrading form of tyranny, democratic citizens remain in “perpetual childhood” a​s a result of having exchanged their liberty for the security and comfort provided by the technical expertise of anonymous administrators or “schoolmasters.”

This three credit hour, social science “strand” course is a study of the basic principles and institutions of American democracy, with special emphasis on their relation to modern science and technology. Guided, if not somewhat alarmed, by the future described by Tocqueville, our study aims to know which features of American democracy, if any, leave American political life exposed to technological and administrative control. Are America’s founding principles and institutions to blame, as some conservative and progressive readers of Tocqueville say? Or have certain changes in American democracy since the founding disposed citizens to confuse their liberty with the security and happiness provided by advances in technology and today’s administrative state? Finally, how persuasive are Tocqueville’s concerns about democracy’s dangerous tendencies, anyway? Does his “aristocratic” view of liberty remain credible in our technological age?

Conflict (302)

Elective (ELES)

“Human-Wildlife Conflict: Predators, Plagues and Pests,” Professor A. Gramling
ELES 302-01, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11707
As the human population grows and the habitat for wildlife shrinks, conflicts between humans and wildlife increase in frequency.  These conflicts can be deadly, costly, and frustrating. This course will discuss the biology of predators, pests, and plagues to better understand how and why they impact humans.  We will also explore methods of wildlife damage management to answer the question: Can we balance the needs of humans with the needs of wildlife?

English (ENGS)

“Guts and Glory: The Legacy of the Ancient Greek Warrior in Literature and Film,” Professor K. Pilhuj
ENGS 302-03, MWF 0800-0850, CRN 10696
ENGS 302-04, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 10697
Hercules. Achilles. Odysseus. Leonidas. We all know the names of these ancient heroes, and many of us know their stories. But, why thousands of years later and thousands of miles away from Greece, do we still talk about these men? This class will examine ancient writings about these men, consider them in the context of their time and culture, and then look at their modern film and literature adaptations. We will read about ancient gods, goddesses, and the trials of Hercules before considering Disney’s version. Excerpts from The Iliad will be discussed before we compare how the story appears in comic books and the film Troy starring Brad Pitt. After reading parts of The Odyssey, the class will then consider how this wily leader appears in other comic books and in the American South in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Finally, we will learn about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae from both ancient reporters and Frank Miller’s graphic novel and film, 300. For all these texts and films, we will ask, what types of conflict are written about? Which ones are valued? How are heroes defined? Is there only one type? How have ideas about conflict and resolution changed (or not) from ancient Greece to today? What values, ideas, and beliefs lead to, exacerbate, and deescalate these conflicts? What is the role of the individual and groups in relation to conflict and resolution? How can we analyze and write about these depictions? How can we articulate and evaluate different styles of leadership and service during conflict?

“Reading the American West,” Professor J. Leonard
ENGS 302-05, TR 1330-1445, CRN 10702
One of the primary goals of the Conflict strand is to expand our definition of “conflict” to include competition of ideas as well as national and political strife. Along these lines, while the American West has historically been marked by a series of violent conflicts, it has also been the subject of conflicting portrayals and understandings. To that extent, literary depictions of the West have also conflicted—beginning with the pioneer and memoir literature of the 19th century, continuing on the silver screen with John Wayne, and culminating in the backlash of the contemporary anti-Western. In this class, we will explore the shifting landscape of the literary American West in order to identify how such conflicts catalyze the evolving project of American national and cultural identity. In doing so, we will think through ways in which recent interpretations of the genre attempt to illuminate perspectives that have traditionally been suppressed or elided, and consider the role of textual interpretation in resolving contemporary issues stemming from the legacy of the symbolic American West.

History (HISS)

“British Homefront World Wars,” Professor K. Grenier
HISS 302-01, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 10669
By examining the British experience of World War I and II, this course will ask what it means to consider “home” to be a “front” in wartime.  We will explore the variety of ways in which these wars impacted civilian life in Great Britain and the British Empire, including conscription, rationing, air attacks on those at home, the changing role of government, and gender roles.

“Resistance, Occupation & Genocide,” Professor J. Neulander
HISS 302-02, TR 0930-1045, CRN 10775
This course will examine life and death in Europe during World War Two. We will look at the actions of the German occupiers in the east and the west, the men and women who collaborated with those regimes, and those who resisted fascist and German control.  We will also look at how the Nazi systems of race and eugenics functioned within Germany and in other nations, and how the Germans perpetrated the Holocaust, slaughtering millions in a attempt to create a Europe in their image.

“Islamic Conquest,” Professor C. Wright
HISS 302-03, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 10776

HISS 302-04, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11576
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Natural Science (NTSS)

NTSS 302-01, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11661
NTSS 302-02, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11664
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“The Quantum Citizen,” Professor M. Dorko
NTSS 302-03, MWF 0900-0950, CRN 11665

Quantum mechanics is the most successful theory mankind has ever put forth but a concise and unified approach as to its meaning is still being debated.  The theory lead to the discovery of the silicon transistors in your phone and computer, the lasers used in research and in supermarket scanners, and the entire field of chemistry!  This class will examine how a theory developed about behavior on the atomic scale has had and will have a lasting effect on everyone on the planet.  We will examine topics such as Young’s two-slit experiment, superposition, quantum entanglement, the measurement problem, the Bohr-Einstein debates, hidden variable theorems, Bell’s theorem, quantum computing, and quantum cryptography.  Math will be kept to a minimum so that we can explore the concepts listed in-depth.  Prerequisites: CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 or CHEM 151 and CHEM 152 and MATH 119.

“Forensic Science,” Professor L. Zuraw
NTSS 302-04, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11668

NTSS 302-07, MWF 1200-1250, CRN 11669
Forensic Science is designed to familiarize the non-science major with various aspects of crime scene investigation, specifically focusing on the scientific aspects of evidence such as DNA, serology, documents, hair, and fiber analysis.  Discussion of historic and recent crimes will be used to illustrate the importance of the scientific techniques in forensics. 

"Bioterrorism,” Professor K. Johnson
NTSS 302-05, MWF 1200-1250, CRN 11615

NTSS 302-06, MWF 1300-1350, CRN 11616
The basis of conflict is differing ideas, which, when taken to the extreme, can manifest as acts of terrorism. Historically, biological agents have been used as weapons in an array of political and ideological conflicts. This course will examine diverse aspects of the creation, use, and response to the weaponization of biological agents. An understanding of the science underlying biological agents is critical to preventing the escalation of biological outbreaks. A detailed study of the biological characteristics of these organisms will be the main focus for this course.

Social Science (SCSS)

“Social Psychology,” Professor S. Nida
SCSS 302-01, MWF 1200-1250, CRN 10884
Social Psychology surveys our scientific knowledge of how the individual affects and is affected by other people.  The student will examine current theories, research findings, and applications in a number of specific topic areas pertinent to social thinking and social behavior; these include attitudes, persuasion, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and helping.  Four major topics addressed in the class – prejudice, conflict, conflict resolution, and aggression – are particularly reflective of this course’s place within the Conflict Strand.  The course emphasizes the development and use of critical thinking and writing skills to facilitate the student's mastery of the course material.

“Practical Applications of Learning and Behavior Change,” Professor J. Dawes
SCSS 302-02, TR 0800-0915, CRN 10885
This course will offer a critical review of the experimental literature in the area of learning, including the major learning theories and determinants of behavior. The course is designed to provide a short, broad-spectrum overview of past and present theories of learning from the early 20th Century to the present. Course content is technical enough to convey the scientific basis of the field, but with a strong emphasis on contemporary applications and relevance.

“Honors Psychology of Racism,” Professor K. Lassiter
SCSS 302-03, TR 1100-1215, CRN 11547
Racism is a pernicious, pervasive and persistent social problem, so it is not surprising that it has been a central and defining topic in social psychology since the 1930s. The course reviews the history and evolution of the construct of race as a psychological and social phenomenon. While this course will be social psychological in nature, the insidiousness of race in practically every aspect of life necessitates a multidisciplinary approach. Consequently, students will be exposed to readings in psychology, as well as ideas presented in other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and biology. The course will emphasize a theoretical and conceptual approach toward understanding the psychology of racial thinking.

“National Guard in Conflict,” Professor P. Moring
SCSS 302-04, TR 0800-0915, CRN 11708
SCSS 302-06, TR 0930-1045, CRN 11709
The use of the militia to quell domestic and international conflicts and establish order in time of need has a contentious history in the United States. The imposition of limitations on the National Guard in domestic disturbances is fraught with constitutional, legal, and political issues.  The deployment of the National Guard overseas implicates both federalism and separation of powers concerns.  This course will examine the sources of conflict that prompted National Guard involvement with an emphasis on the interplay between the exercise of individual constitutional rights and the governmental responsibility to maintain law and order.  LTC Moring, Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense in the Trump Administration, will explore how the role of the citizen-soldier in conflict has evolved from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terrorism.

"The Psychological Landscape,” Professor C. Dague
SCSS 302-05, TR 0930-1045, CRN 11592
This course focuses on conflict mitigation through the exploration of educational psychology and human interaction. It introduces students to how we learn and teach others to manage the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges of development. Students apply the concepts, theoretical principles, and research findings from the discipline of psychology to the planning and implementation of real-world coaching, teaching, and mentoring.

“Cultural Impacts of War & Peace,” Professor T. Mays
SCSS 302-07, MW 1300-1415, CRN 11710
This course examines the concepts of war and peace through the lens of cultural anthropology.   It begins with an understanding of what we mean by "culture" and how differences in culture translate into differences in how people perceive and engage in war and warfare as well as conflict mitigation and peace across time and geography.  The course includes an examination of how different countries have employed anthropologists to help soldiers and peacemakers to better understand their "opponents" who are across the battlefield or sit across the negotiating table.

Citizenship (303)

Elective (ELES)

“Honors Factfulness,” Professor D. Ragan
ELES 303-01, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11509

How do we view the world, and why? What is the world really like? Why do people disagree on so many things? How do people interpret ‘facts’? In this class we will dive into some ‘instincts’ that help us group information and defend our positions, often to the detriment of gaining actual understanding. We will also delve into the (mis)use of statistics and persuasion that further clouds our judgement.  This knowledge will be applied to modern hot topics selected by the class. Our main reference texts will be Factfulness (Rosling et al), Calling Bull** (Bergstrom et al), and Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (Grant).

English (ENGS)

“Forbidding Cities: Reimagining Urban Spaces” Professor L. Hendriks
ENGS 303-01, MW 1300-1415, CRN 10659
This Citizenship Strand English course will engage with the question of the reciprocal responsibilities of city and citizen: what should communities do to care for the people who live within them, and what should residents do to care for the communities in which they live?  The syllabus includes two classic novellas that depict municipalities akin to characters in their own right—Stephen Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893) and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928). We will also read P. E. Moskowitz’ How to Kill a City (2017) to help us think about contemporary issues of urban development, beautification, and preservation, and their impacts on where people choose to live and the communities from which they are excluded.

History (HISS)

“Redefining Citizenship in 1960,” Professor K. Taylor
HISS 303-01, TR 0930-1045, CRN 10668
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Natural Science (NTSS)

“Biology, Environment and Law,” Professor J. Berry
NTSS 303-02, TR 1330-1445, CRN 11623

NTSS 303-03, TR 1100-1215, CRN 11624
This course will explore the ways that the legal system protects and regulates biological systems in the environment. We will examine the profound influence that environmental laws have on species, ecosystems, and landscapes, and the effects of the regulation of air, water, and land in maintaining biodiversity, sustainability, and ecosystem health.

Social Science (SCSS)

“Survey of Economics,” Professor TBD
SCSS 303-01, MW 1300-1350, CRN 11381
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“Cultural Geography,” Professor K. Dougherty
SCSS 303-02, TR 0800-0915, CRN 11711
This course examines the competing pressures of rights and responsibilities through cultural geography, primarily in Charleston and at The Citadel.  Various features of the man-made or man-influenced landscape will be examined using a “spaces, faces, displaces/erases, embraces” methodology.  The course will involve numerous site visits to those locations and cadet reports of their observations.

“Adolescent Development,” Professor P. Johnson
SCSS 303-04, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11550
This course explores human development with a focus on adolescents and their educational processes. Adolescence is a transition period that involves specific cognitive, developmental and physical needs. These topics warrant further exploration and reflection for those pursuing careers of all kinds, including but not limited to business, criminal justice, education, and the social sciences.

Wellness (304) 

Elective (ELES)

“Personal Finance,” Professor W. Jones
ELES 304-01, TR 930-1045, CRN 10890
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?  Personal Financial Management focuses on the application of basic financial tools and principles to the student’s personal life.  Concepts and tools covered include:   the financial planning process, liquidity management, debt management, asset management, and risk management.  The course will also include retirement education and estate planning.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be prepared to create and manage their own personal financial plan.  The primary deliverable at the end of this course and a major component of your final grade is an individual financial plan prepared by each student for themselves.

English (ENGS)

“Honors Improvise, Adapt & Overcome,” Professor S. Heuston
ENGS 304-01, MWF 800-850, CRN 10521
ENGS 304-02, MWF 900-950, CRN 10676

This course will examine a wide range of written sources (fiction and nonfiction from the Roman Empire to the present) and films that deal with the central issue of the Wellness Strand: how to live a good life. We will read and discuss selections from classic works of nonfiction (including the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning) and fiction (including Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried) and films (such as Apocalypse Now, Cast Away, and Little Dieter Needs to Fly) alongside more recent nonfiction texts about facing and overcoming life’s manifold challenges. In addition to developing a familiarity with our course texts, students will become familiar with related research on aspects of wellness they can apply to their own lives. 

“Writing about Identity in YA Literature,” Professor T. Thompson
ENGS 304-03, MW 1300-1415, CRN 11504
ENGS 304-04, TR 1430-1545, CRN 11505
ENGS 304-05, TR 1330-1445, CRN 11506

To “live a good life, one that is sound in mind and body,” we need to come to grips with who we are. Questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is my role in society?” frequently arise during adolescence and young adulthood; not surprisingly, they are frequently explored in young adult novels. Using these novels as our main texts, and using writing as our main medium for thinking, we will consider these questions as we explore the issue of “identity” as presented in young adult literature.

History (HISS)

“A Good Life and Death in Chinese History,” Professor K. Knapp
HISS 304-01, TR 800-915, CRN 10593
HISS 304-02, TR 930-1045, CRN 11578
HISS 304-03, TR 1330-1445, CRN 11579

Over the three-thousand years of China’s recorded history, its people have long thought about how to live well and prolong life.  Since death was viewed as a continuance of life under slightly different circumstances, Chinese simultaneously pondered how to die well. By reading translated philosophical texts, hagiographies, medical treatises, short stories, and diaries, we will see how one could lead a healthy and meaningful life, and perhaps even cheat death by attaining immortality.  By examining death testaments, Buddhist scriptures, and archaeological evidence, such as tombs, grave goods, and excavated documents, students will ascertain how Chinese envisioned death and prepared the deceased for a pleasant existence, or even Buddhahood, in the afterlife.

Natural Science (NTSS)

“Human Diseases,” Professor P. Capers
NTSS 302-01, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11661
NTSS 302-02, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11664

This strand course will explore human diseases and our body’s defense mechanisms to combat diseases. We will explore organs of the human body to understand the development, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders. We will apply this knowledge to explore disease transmission and disease prevalence.
This class is for you, if you have an interest in:
- Understanding how organs work in our bodies
- Understanding how diseases and disorders affect our body
- Understanding why certain diagnostic tests should be used to determine a disease or disorder
- Understanding treatments/therapies available for diseases and disorders
- How diseases are distributed in different populations

“Herbal Medicine,” Professor J. Gramling
NTSS 304-04, MWF 800-915, CRN 11628
NTSS 304-05, MWF 800-850, CRN 11698

Plant-based remedies were both the first medicines and the basis for many commercial pharmaceuticals.  In this class we will explore the basic biology of plants to understand why plants evolved to produce compounds that are beneficial to human health.  We will discuss medicines, poisons and drugs derived from plants and the processing techniques that are essential to their use.  Students will learn the safety concerns and regulations of the herbal medicine industry.  A portion of the class time will also be devoted to cultivating and processing herbs firsthand. 

Social Science (SCSS)

“Sports Psychology,” Professor S. Nida
SCSS 304-01, MWF 1300-1350, CRN 10896

This course will examine a wide range of psychological factors relating to participation in sport and athletic performance, and to physical activity more generally.  Particular emphasis will be given to social psychological variables affecting participation and performance and their relationship to the psychological well-being of the individual athlete, to include attention to sports fans and sports marketing.  Two key topics addressed in the class – “exercise adherence” and “exercise and well-being” – are particularly reflective of this course’s place within the Wellness Strand.

“Psychology of Human Sexuality,” Professor TBD
SCSS 304-02, MWF 900-950, CRN 11543

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“Child Development,” Professor TBD
SCSS 304-03, TR 930-1045, CRN 11552

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“Learners with Exceptionalities,” Professor TBD
SCSS 304-05, TR 0800-0915, CRN 11708

This course is designed to educate others about supporting those with disabilities through a focus on social and emotional, academic, and cognitive differences of students with special needs. Students will learn how to collaborate, coach, and teach in diverse workplace environments.

Sustainability (305)

Elective (ELES)

“CAD for 3D Printing,” Professor K. Skenes
ELES 305-02, TR 1100-1215, CRN 10907
In this course, students will be introduced to the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software SolidWorks and will learn how to employ this software to create high-quality parts to be produced via additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.  Students will learn how to create virtual 3D parts and build assemblies of multiple parts.  The advantages and disadvantages of different methods of 3D printing will be discussed, and practical concerns related to consistently successful 3D printing projects will be explored.  Students who complete the course will have a greater understanding of how they can use 3D printing to independently create products for an entrepreneurial venture as well as the sustainable benefits 3D printing offers as a manufacturing method.

English (ENGS)

“Utopias & Distopias,” Professor S. Lucas
ENGS 305-01, TR 1330-1445, CRN 10522
For millennia, men and women have imagined new and (in their minds) ideal ways for humans to live, imagined communities that are nowadays referred to as utopias. Their creators have designed these ideal communities specifically to eradicate the worst elements of their own social formations and to help humans survive and reach their highest states.  Of course, what one designer might argue is of benefit to a society may be seen by another as terrible for humanity, and thus no two utopias are ever the same. Indeed, some authors have created literary dystopias (harmful, malignant imagined communities) as a means to warn against the perceived dangers of what others would call utopian innovations in human society.  In this class, we will explore how various authors of utopian and dystopian literature imagine the benefits and/or harms of large-scale social design, whether on the societal level, the individual level, or both. Our topics will include both the designing of social structures to shape human development and behavior and also the shaping, augmenting, and even the partial replacement of human individuals in a society. In the course of our studies, we will seek to apply the ideas and questions raised by the texts we read to our own lives and to the future of our own communities.

History (HISS)

“Changing American Landscapes,” Professor A. Mushal
HISS 305-01, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11588

In this course, students will explore changing interactions between society and the natural world, from pre-contact through the 21st century. From hunting practices to urban planning, agriculture to landscape design, and mining to adventure tourism, how have people shaped the landscape and environment around them, and how have they been shaped by it? How have attitudes toward the landscape and natural resources changed? How has changing technology shaped our relationship to the natural world?

Natural Science (NTSS)

Police, Politics, Pollution,” Professor B. Adair-Hudson
NTSS 305-02, MWF 1000-1050, CRN 11667

NTSS 305-03, MWF 1100-1150, CRN 11670
Students explore many aspects of chemical creation, distribution, and sources.  The importance of natural elements like metals in creating everything from television screens to cars is discussed in terms of the policing needed and politics involved in acquiring, processing, and distributing chemicals throughout the world.  Students will learn that implementing sustainable uses and disposal processes of chemicals has been a complex issue throughout history, especially when lives are impacted.

Social Science (SCSS)

"Sociology & Sustainability," TBD
SCSS 305-01, TR 930-1045, CRN 11778
In this course students gain a scientific understanding of the social world by observing human behavior, including culture, socialization, social inequality, urban demography, popular culture and more, through the lens of the sociological perspective which provides for a deeper understanding of how society affects you and how you affect society.  There will be an emphasis on environmental sociology & sustainability throughout the course, and how cadets can become active engaged citizens in their communities.

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