New and returning courses to consider for your spring class schedule

November 28, 2016

Anne Stewart

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     It is your third year on campus, and you’ve fulfilled all of your major requirements for your degree program. With the necessary tools to excel in your upper division courses, you’re ready to tackle more difficult material.

     But when you’re not writing essays, collaborating on group projects and taking exams, it’s fun to to focus on nontraditional courses that help you learn information you might not have ever thought about.

     Several creative, nontraditional classes will be offered in the spring semester as recurring classes or new options.

     Those who are interested in signing up for these classes or have any other questions about their spring schedule can visit the Academic Advising office for drop-in advising on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Main Hall 208.

     Appointments can be made during regular office hours Tuesday-Friday. For the course catalogue, visit

HUM 3990: Hauntings, Huntings and Humanities

     Hauntings, Huntings and Humanities, a HUM 3990 course option, will be offered for the first time in the spring 2017 semester.

     Barbara Headle, senior history instructor, history and VAPA lecturer Amy Haines, and Mike Larkin, instructor of geography and environmental studies, will teach various sections.

     Students will analyze readings, lectures, film, art and photography about paranormal ideas.

     Headle said that the instructors hope to make the class an immersive experience.

     “(This class) is a neat, literary, artistic, geographical and historic examination of the paranormal, which will start with the premise of the human fascination of the paranormal,” said Headle.

     “In this day and age with technology, science and reason, why are we still so fascinated with this?”

ENGL 3170: riverrun Literary and Arts Journal

     “riverrun,” the studentpublished arts journal, will be included as an English course this spring. The class provides experience in editing and publishing for students who want to contribute to the publication process.

     Students will work together to complete a variety of creative assignments for the journal and the publication will feature as visual art, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and drama. This course helps fulfill Compass Curriculum requirements as well.

     Prerequisites include English 1310 and 1410 or equivalent classes, English 1510 or 2100 for English majors and English 1500 or the instructor’s permission is required for non-majors.

     English professors Jennifer Panko and Kirsten Bartholomew Ortega will teach the spring section on Tuesdays from 10:50-1:30 p.m.

HSCI 1080: Outdoor Adventure Fundamentals

     With a number of trails scattered throughout the city, many students enjoy hiking as a hobby in their spare time. HSCI 1080: Outdoor Adventure Fundamentals is a way for students to incorporate their hobby into weekly learning.

      Health science instructor Brittany Anderson will teach students outdoor skills such as backpacking, camping and navigation. Students will also have the opportunity to go on a three-day backpacking trip as part of the class.

     Sophomore nursing student Albert Bouchard said that he enjoyed taking the class this fall because it was fun and interesting to spend time in a small group away from the typical classroom setting.

     “The skills learned were useful, and it was interesting to learn about the impacts people have on the environment,” said Bouchard.

     The class is a weekend university intensive course that runs from April-May with meetings on Fridays from 1:40-5:20 p.m.