Course offerings for May, summer terms announced

Update: March 20, 2020
In response to recent events related to COVID-19, the start of May Term has been delayed. Emboldened text below reflect new dates.

Course offerings for May, summer terms announced

March 9, 2020

Online registration for May Term and Summer Term 2020 courses begins April 2, and students are encouraged to begin making plans to enroll in general education or major-specific courses, including some that are offered online.

“May Term and summer courses ensure that the vibrant intellectual life of the College exists on a year-round basis,” said Dr. Dan Klingensmith, vice president and dean of the College. “These courses are the perfect opportunity, not only for our returning students, but also for non-Maryville College students in the local community to continue their studies during the summer.

“Taking advantage of course offerings is a good way to catch up or get ahead on credit hours and/or course requirements,” the dean added.

May Term begins May 11 and concludes May 31. Most classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and carry three hours credit.

Three sessions of summer courses will follow, with two sessions beginning June 1 and a third beginning July 6. Depending on the courses taken, the sessions last five or 11 weeks.

Students will register by class level and will find their registration window start time on Self-Service. Students must meet with an advisor prior to registration and must have a completed fall schedule before leaving campus for the summer.

Students can register online for summer courses through June 1.

Housing is available to both May Term and Summer School enrollees.  The deadline to register for housing is March 31 and can be completed online.

10 May Term courses offered

General education courses and experiential courses that take advantage of Maryville College’s location near the Great Smoky Mountains are among the academic offerings for May 2020.

With the exception of the travel-study courses (the deadlines of which have passed), MC students may register for these classes:

Biology Field Camp with Dr. Jay Clark

Prerequisites: At least 17 hours in biology courses that satisfy major requirements, and junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. Seminars and laboratory courses involving the detailed study of advanced topics in biology not encountered in other course work.  Potential topics could include animal behavior, immunology and plant ecology. 

Early Western Literature Tradition with Dr. Nathaniel Norman

Prerequisite:  Placement into English 110 or higher, or completion of English 108.  A thematic approach designed to deepen understanding of the breadth, diversity and richness of Western culture as well as to develop interpretive and critical skills. Readings include classical, medieval and Renaissance texts. This course fulfills the core requirement in literature.

Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought with Dr. Jesse Smith

Prerequisite:  Senior standing.  A senior capstone, interdisciplinary course which considers the ethical dimension of the human experience, including historic and contemporary ethical frameworks designed to engage the students' ethical stances. Students reflect on general education, major courses of study and chosen vocation. Special concern to address service, global citizenship, and responsibility for the common good.

Workplace Technology with Dr. Reeves Johnson

This course will acquaint students with a range of digital technologies used by today’s enterprises. It addresses the need to develop critical thinking and tech skills that are all-important to the formulation and implementation of innovative solutions in the workplace. The course will also introduce technology trends and contemporary tools for data analytics, digital marketing and design and technical business tools. After familiarizing themselves with an application or platform, students will strengthen their understanding through workshops. 

Principles of Human Nutrition with Dr. Kristin Riggsbee

Focus is on optimal nutrition for energy, growth and health. The course includes information regarding the functions and interactions of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Assessments, analysis and appropriate interventions are addressed.

Physiology of Exercise with Dr. Jeremy Steeves

Prerequisites: EXS 217 and EXS 218.  Study of the physiological principles related to exercise and human movement to include health and sport-related components of physical fitness.

Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction with Dr. Aaron Astor

This class provides an examination of the causes, course and consequences of the American Civil War, with a special emphasis on the process of emancipation and Reconstruction. The course requires students to weigh structural factors behind the Civil War, actions and experiences of particular leaders and participants, multiple perspectives of participants, and the contingent and haphazard nature of historical change in 1860s America.

Inferential Statistics with Dr. Jeff Bay

Prerequisite:  STA 120.  Topics include Interval estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, basic experimental design, nonparametric statistics and chi-square tests.

Wilderness First Responder with Tyson Murphy

Prerequisites:  SCI 150 and 2 outdoor activity classes.  Wilderness Emergency Response addresses emergency management situations such as patient assessment, likely wilderness medical scenarios, CPR, first aid kits, transport equipment and the outdoor professional’s role in emergency situations and search and rescue management. Course includes identifying processing and avoiding hazards as well as field practice.

Latin America with Dr. Doug Sofer

Prerequisites:  FRS 140, LIT 270 or 290, and Junior standing.  An examination of the peoples and customs of a particular culture that lies outside of the traditionally understood “Western World.” The course integrates geography, history, social institutions, religion, and the arts.  The course seeks to foster intercultural understanding, global perspective and appreciation for the breadth, diversity and richness of the human experience.

Faculty to lead travel-study in May

The College continues to monitor the global COVID-19 situation and directives from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, but at the time of this posting, the following travel-study courses were planned:

Comparative International Business (UK/USA) with Dr. Gabie Kerr

This course includes visits to Visit London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham and Belvoir to learn more about international businesses such as Triumph Motorcycles, the Manchester Football Club, London Stock Exchange or Business School and Land Rover. Homebase is Harlaxton Manor, the most unique study abroad location in the UK.  Set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside in the heart of England, Harlaxton allows students to enjoy the peace of the British Midlands and be immersed in the beauty, history, and culture of England.

New Zealand: Ecology & Culture with Dr. David Unger

Study in one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet.  The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the New Zealand the country (history, government, culture, currency, architecture, society, etc.) and the Natural History/biota (plants and animals) and their relationships with the environment.  New Zealand animals and their ecology will be covered in addition to the culture, history, and economics of New Zealand.

Sex and Society: Cultural Comparisons Between the U.S. and the Netherlands with Dr. Karen Beale

This class will provide the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and belief systems of the Dutch people. The program includes a stay in Amsterdam as well as excursions to other historically significant towns within the Netherlands, including Rotterdam.  The class explores how various social and political decisions such as legalized prostitution, wide acceptance of LGBTQ+ rights, federally funded abortions, and comprehensive sex education. It also includes a further examination of the relationship between these norms and the Netherlands’ rates of STIs, teen pregnancies, abortions and ages of sexual debut in Dutch youth. Travel days end with an evening class discussions to debrief and process the day.

MC faculty develop online courses

For the first time ever, five MC faculty members have developed online courses that will be offered to students this summer.

“We’re really pleased with the progress made in this area,” Klingensmith said, adding that offering online education that is consistent with the College’s mission of producing lifelong learners.

“We know that online courses are – and will continue to be – the way most 21st century students continue their education and stay current in their field. And we also know that a majority of our current students are interested in taking courses online,” he said. “As an institution, we want to make sure that we are preparing students for effective lifelong learning and citizenship in the digital age and that our pedagogy reflects Maryville College values.”

The majority of the College’s online courses begin June 1. Taught by MC faculty members, they include:

The College’s partnership with Acadeum/College Consortium is continuing from last year, giving MC students the opportunity to choose among 25 online courses developed by instructors at other institutions but judged equivalent to MC courses by MC faculty members. Six of the College’s eight academic divisions have approved classes in the 2020 slate of courses.

Summer courses span disciplines         

Eleven courses across six academic divisions are being offered on campus this summer. They include:

Educational Technology with Dr. Becky Lucas

This course is often taken in conjunction with Education 301 or 303 and is designed to prepare future teachers to integrate instructional technology into the classroom. Emphasis is placed on preparing students with the necessary skills and confidence to develop and/or select materials to use with a variety of technology-based instruction.

Excel for Business with Dr. Sharon May

This course fosters development of skills in the creative use of spreadsheets to derive useful information from a variety of business data.   Direct applications will be drawn from various aspects of Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Management, and Human Resources.  The course emphasizes when and how to use particular tools and techniques in solving business problems and making relevant strategic decisions.

Reading & Writing in Content Classrooms with Dr. Alesia Orren

Prerequisites: Acceptance in an educator preparation program, Education 301 or 303, or permission of instructor.  This course focuses on discipline specific literacy development and offers instruction and practice in various strategies designed to integrate and reinforce reading and writing for meaning in all subject areas. Emphasis is on using texts and other printed material to facilitate reading comprehension and concept development.

Composition and Speech II with Dr. Scott Steele

Prerequisite: English 110 or placement into the course. This course hones students’ skills in writing and speech, with particular emphasis on strategies and sources appropriate for academic and professional work. It also provides instruction in argumentation and library research that supports students’ completion of an extended researched argument as well as multiple shorter writing assignments and presentations.

American Social History Through Cookbooks with Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer

A cookbook is so much more than a collection of recipes. Cookbooks are an expression of culture, a celebration of tradition, and a reflection of social status. A simple list of ingredients can outline stories of migration and trade while cooking instructions reveal the march of technological progress. Come learn how Chop Suey became American, how bagels made their way out of the Bronx, and why it is essential to wear pearls while setting a Jell-O mold.

Developmental Disabilities (PSY and SOC) with Dr. Zachary Himmelberger

Students will be introduced to contemporary issues surrounding inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. The course will focus on how institutions and individuals work to increase inclusion and reduce stigma. Students will explore these topics as they relate to public policy, education, and attitudes. Prerequisites: PSY101 or SOC101

Psychology of African-American Relationships with Dr. Terrence Schofield

Fundamental principles of diverse human behaviors and interrelationships will be examined, especially as they pertain to African Americans in the United States. Attention to the aims and socioemotional perspectives of psychology and other topics including motivation, identity, sexual orientation, emotion, learning and cognition, perception, personality, and behavior disorders. Relating psychological principles to individual and social experience as well as other disciplines is a basic objective of the course. Prerequisite: PSY101

Child Trauma and Resilience with Dr. Ariane Schratter

Students will develop a foundation for understanding childhood trauma, post-trauma responses, and approaches to working with children experiencing trauma and stress. We will examine the relationship between trauma and physiological disorders and look at trauma within various contexts including the home, school, and community. We’ll review related issues including bereavement, mental health, recovery and resilience. Ways in which teachers, therapists, and other caregivers work with traumatized populations will be explored. Community engagement with either at-risk populations or programs that support trauma-informed practices is required. Prerequisites: PSY101 and Junior standing

American Christianities with Dr. Phillip Sherman

This course explores historical and contemporary forms of Christian belief and practice from the colonial period to the present, with special attention to how Christianity engages larger cultural questions around gender and race. The course meets the US Pluralism requirement.

World Cultures: East Asia with Dr. Kathryn Julian

Prerequisites:  FRS 140, LIT 270 or 290, and Junior standing. An examination of the peoples and customs of a particular culture that lies outside of the traditionally understood "Western World."  The course integrates geography, history, social institutions, religion, and the arts.  The course seeks to foster intercultural understanding, global perspective and appreciation for the breadth, diversity and richness of the human experience.

Introductory Statistics with Dr. Dan Ross

Prerequisite:  MTH 110 or satisfactory performance on the quantitative literacy assessment. The course develops quantitative and computational skills necessary in the collection, organization, and interpretation of data.  Topics include techniques in sampling and data organization, measures of central tendency and dispersion, an introduction to correlation and linear regression, elementary probability, confidence intervals and an introduction to hypothesis testing.  The course is project-oriented and the laboratory component emphasizes the use of calculators, computers and statistically-oriented software. Note:  Recommended for first-year students; available to first-semester Sophomores.


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