** These courses have a travel component. Instructors strive to keep field trip fee at the advertised price.
**ART 368 01: Art & Culture of Italy (3)
This short-term travel class will depart for Italy on Monday, January 13 and will return Tuesday, January 21. In between we will walk (and eat) our way thru the Italian Renaissance by staying in Florence, Pisa and Rome, with stops along the way. The majority of our time will be in the old city of Florence (just a block away from the Palazzo Vecchio), Pisa (home of that infamous leaning tower), and Rome (from the Roman Colosseum to the center of Christendom – the Vatican – to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel). What is the Italian Renaissance? You’ll learn all about it by visiting it in this class. Qualifies for Global Area B and WVS 3
Contact: Alan Garfield
Non-refundable deposit of $300 DUE September 1, 2019
AVI 132 01/02/03: Basic Flight Experience (3)
This course is designed for students as a review of pilot proficiency in support of the FAA Private Pilot Certificate. The course will have a ground school and a flight training/observation component. Students will review and articulate the policies, procedures and regulations required to successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot Certificate. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate skills necessary to complete the FAA Private Pilot Certificate. This course is intended for students working towards their Private Pilot certificate. Prerequisite: AVI and FLI majors
AVI 435 01/02: Ground School Multi-Engine & Lab (3)
Designed to provide the multi-engine pilot candidate with the skills and aeronautical knowledge necessary to operate multi-engine aircraft safely under normal and emergency conditions. Emphasis placed on systems operations, limitations under normal and emergency conditions, use of flight instruments and instrument navigation systems. Prerequisite: AVI 131, FLI 231, or consent of instructor.
**AVI 496 01/02: Aviation Policy Seminar & Trip (3)
Provides opportunities for students to visit and interact with government agencies, industry associations, and other interest groups involved in establishing aviation policy. Students should budget approximately $1,500 for expenses that include: UAA registration and fees, travel, hotels and meals. Scholarship opportunities are available. Students will be required to do advanced reading, attend all programmed events, and prepare a course paper summarizing the experience. Prerequisite: Junior standing
BAC 262 01/02: Personal Financial Stewardship (3)
This course is designed to make students better financial stewards in their personal and professional environments. The details of tax forms and exemptions, charitable donations, financial planning, and financial markets will be explored. Additional issues regarding compensation, tax deferred accounts and insurance options will be covered as well as credit options, how to finance major purchases and budgeting. Following completion of the course, students will understand the fundamentals of making informed choices regarding spending, saving, borrowing and investing for long-term financial security. Prerequisite: MATH 111 or 112 (CIS 101 or 103 recommended)
BAC 340 01: Effective Communication in Business (3)
This course provides direction in the fundamental forms and styles for common types of business reports, correspondence, and oral communication. Emphasis throughout the course is given to written, verbal, nonverbal, graphical, electronic, and perceptual differences within the business structure. Students study cultural differences and practice how to communicate effectively by using these differences positively to achieve predetermined business/professional objectives. Upon completion, students will be able to apply communication principles in diverse circumstances requiring competent communication skills from presenting to a group to establishing a social media presence. Students will also gain skills in researching, organizing, writing, and delivering reports, presentations, and specialized business documents. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and COM 101 (WVS 3)
BAC 357 01/02: The Professional’s Edge (3)
The professional's edge introduces students to establishing a professional brand. Students develop competencies in core professional skills including professional brand development, emotional intelligence, in addition to team and intercultural communication. Students will apply these skills in developing and communicating their professional brand through interactive class exercises, simulations, projects and presentations. In addition, they will attend a professional presentation, coaching, and networking series hosted by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to serving each student in developing their brand.
BAC 381 01: Income Tax Prep Project (3)
This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of individual income tax preparation. Students will practice preparing returns using IRS software and will test online to qualify as certified VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) preparers. Course includes a three-day/two-night trip to downtown Chicago where students will visit the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Federal Reserve, and the tax division of a public accounting firm. This trip will include at least one meal with young professionals who currently live and work in Chicago. At the conclusion of the course, students will host a VITA income tax preparation clinic where they will prepare tax returns for low income individuals.
BAC 481 01: Auditing Project (3)
By arrangement with instructor - A project which enables participants to apply auditing knowledge and skills under faculty guidance. Audits are performed in a real world setting. Prerequisite: BAC 446
CHM 281 01: Materials and Engineering Design (3)
This course will feature hands-on investigation and iterative design using (at least) composites, concretes, and liquid crystals. Students will be completely immersed in the engineering perspectives of properties of materials, delineations of design constraints, iterations of solutions, and communication of results. Students will expand their horizons in terms of thinking like a materials researcher and design engineer. This immersion has benefits for anyone who is interested in science, engineering design, and science education fields; as well as those who appreciate learning with a hands-on, brains-on style.
COM 101 01/02/03: Speech Communication (3)
This course exposes students to the fundamental concepts and skills needed for success in a variety of communication situations. Students demonstrate competence through oral presentations, quizzes and written tests. Students learn to make effective informative and persuasive presentations before groups.
COM 281 01: Communication Topic (3)
Subject TBD - more details coming soon!
SCJ 281 01: Technology in Criminal Justice (3)
Have you wondered what types of technology are used by criminal justice agencies in the United
States? This course explores the types of information systems and technology used by police, courts and corrections. Categories of technology discussed will range from communications and records management to special weapons and defense tactics. This course will also explore historical development and legal/ethical use and constitutionality of specific technologies.
SCJ 281 02: Controversies in Criminal Justice (3)
Through documentaries, dialogue and observations, students will study issues and challenges facing the criminal justice system in contemporary society.
EDU 119 01: Human Relation Skills (3)
Develops awareness of and understanding of the various values, lifestyles, history and contribution of various identifiable subgroups in our society. Examines the interaction of the student’s cultural background with racial, gender, legal and ethical issues; the educational setting and wider social forces. Emphasizes how to learn attitudes and behavior that overcome prejudices or discrimination in interpersonal relationships and in instructional methods and materials. Writing intensive. Open to all students.
EDU 210 01: Journeys in Nature (3)
This course has an interdisciplinary approach focusing on conservation and environmental education with an emphasis on wildlife. The course will use the natural environment to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment, to stimulate critical and creative thinking, to develop the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues, and to instill confidence to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. Qualifies for Stewardship
EDU 311 01: Reading Assessment & Diagnosis (3)
This course focuses on using reading and writing strategies, materials, and assessments based upon appropriate reading and writing research to tutor a child in reading. Includes working with licensed professionals who observe, evaluate, and provide feedback on the knowledge, dispositions, and performance of the teaching of reading and writing development. Fulfills the Iowa state requirement for a reading practicum for the K-8 reading endorsement. 20 hour tutoring experience required. Prerequisites: EDU 307 and Admission to Teacher Education.
EDU 318 01: Literacy and Language Diversity (ESOL) (3)
This course addresses the importance of language in culture, learning, and identity. Students will explore how the brain learns and processes language; how to modify curriculum for ELL students in the classroom; and ways to respect and maintain the cultural identity of all students in the classroom. New theories and approaches to language and literacy instruction will be explored. This course offers opportunities for pre-service teachers to interact with ELL students in an educational setting. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program
**EDU 368 01: Literacy & Language in Diverse Communities Seminar (3)
Learn and serve in diverse communities in Texas, by working with a diverse group of English Language Learners (ELL). This course will provide students with a great multicultural experience and extensive experience in teaching students whose first language is not English. A major part of this experience will involve serving alongside teachers and administration and helpers in a school or community setting. Knowledge of a second language is not necessary. Students will complete the requirements of the remaining parts of class through online readings, discussion boards and face-to-face meetings.
Enrollment: see instructor
Contact: Chad Biermeier firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-refundable deposit of $300
DUE: At registration
EDU 422 01: S.T. Pre-K/Kindergarten (3)
Student Teaching in Pre-K and Kindergarten - Education majors only.
ENG 260 01: Literature and Culture / Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Literature (3)
This course examines some intersection between literature and a specific element of culture. Students will discuss how various texts respond to a particular area of culture, both reflecting and shaping specific aspects of the culture. Readings will focus on dystopian & post-apocalyptic literature. Qualifies for Aesthetics Area A. Prerequisite: ENG 101
ENG 281 01: Sports Journalism (3)
True sports journalists write about sports because they love sports, though it is key that they remember they are no longer fans. In this course, students will learn what it takes to be both a contentious observer and an active reporter and understand what it takes to bring sports alive once the game is over. From constructing game stories, features, columns, and social media posts to listening to professional advice given by those in the field, students will learn what it means to be a sports writer (of both local and national, big and small outlets) in the 21st century.
**ENG 368 01: Literature and Culture of New York City / NYC Trip (3)
Students spend two weeks on campus studying New York City through its literature, film, music, and history and then travel to NYC for six days. Students read authors such as Stephen Crane, who wrote about the life of the very poor on the Lower East Side; Edith Wharton, who chronicled the lives of the very wealthy on the Upper East Side; Langston Hughes, who wrote about the vibrant life of Harlem in the 1920s; and Alan Ginsberg, the voice of the Beat poets of post-WWII Greenwich Village. While in NY, students experience where they lived and wrote. Qualifies for Aesthetics Area A & World View 3
Contact: Jonathan Barz
Non-refundable deposit of $ 500 DUE: September 24
EVS 256 01: Sustainable UD: Environmental Field Studies (3)
The survival and prosperity of the human race depends on our natural environment. In this course you will explore how you can positively impact the future of our planet as you investigate the environmental, economic, and societal implications of creating a sustainable college campus. Through field studies, guest speakers, site visits, case studies, sustainability audits, and grant writing you will engage in activities that will increase sustainability on the campus of the University of Dubuque and help your global citizens.
Qualifies for Stewardship
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
FPA 495 01: Senior Seminar in the Arts (3)
Students will discuss issues in the Fine & Performing Arts: the marketplace, job strategies, resume and audition preparation, headshots, e-portfolios, agent representation, union membership requirements and representation. Students will organize a Capstone project that synthesizes the most significant work that he or she has undertaken in the Fine & Performing Arts. This course gives the student the opportunity to focus on a particular area of the Fine & Performing Arts with particular attention to his or her next steps in career development: graduate school, education, ministry, or professional work. Prerequisite: Senior academic standing, FPA majors only
(Flight Courses may be taken during J-Term but do not fulfill J-Term requirement)
FLI 131 01: Flight Training - FW (3)
FLI 131 02: Flight Training – RW (3)
FLI 132 01: Flight Training – Commercial Cross-Country – FW (2)
FLI 132 02: Flight Training – Commercial Cross-Country - RW (2)
FLI 231 01: Flight Training – Instrument FW (3)
FLI 231 02: Flight Training – Instrument RW (3)
FLI 232 01: Flight Training – Commercial Maneuvers - FW (2)
FLI 232 02: Flight Training – Commercial Maneuvers - RW (2)
FLI 235 01: Fixed Wing – Private Pilot (2)
FLI 334 01: Flight Training – Complex Aircraft (2)
FLI 337 01: Fixed Wing TransComm/Instrument (3)
FLI 338 01: Fixed Wing Transition (Instr) (1)
FLI 340 01: Currency & Refresher – FW (1)
FLI 340 02: Currency & Refresher – RW (1)
FLI 431 01: Flight Training – CFI Airplane – FW (2)
FLI 431 02: Flight Training – CFI RW (2)
FLI 432 01: Flight Training – CFI Instrument – FW (1)
FLI 432 02: Flight Training – CFI Instrument – RW (1)
FLI 433 01: Flight Training – Multi-Engine CFI (1)
FLI 435 01: Flight Training – Multi-Engine (2)
HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORT
HWS 110 01 /HWS 210 01: Methods of Coaching Volleyball (2) / Volleyball (1)
This dual course offering will provide students with a hands-on approach to the art and methods of coaching and playing volleyball. Students will learn volleyball techniques, such as serving, passing, hitting, blocking, and defense and about various offense and defense strategies as well as player positions. Students will engage in designing drills, constructing, and running practices and will learn about scouting opponents and assessing prospective recruits. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design drills, run practices, critique performance, construct line-ups based on offense and defensive strategies, and perform fundamental to advance volleyball skills. Qualifies for 1 PE requirement and partial fulfillment of a coaching endorsement
HWS 110 02/HWS 210 02: Methods of Coaching Baseball & Softball (2) / Activity (1)
This dual course offering will provide students with a hands-on approach to the art and methods of coaching and playing baseball and softball. Students will learn the many different coaching tactics, understand the means for delivery, examine the roles and responsibilities for each position player, and build a strength training program. Students will design practice drills, review game film to critique game strategy and engage in extensive game play. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze performance on the field & in the practice setting. Students will also learn through performance the rules, etiquette, strategies, techniques, and skills of the sport. Qualifies for 1 PE requirement and partial fulfillment of a coaching endorsement
HWS 110 03/HWS 210 03: Methods of Coaching Wrestling (2) / Activity (1)
This dual course offering will provide students with a hands-on approach to the art and methods of coaching wrestling. More details to come!
Qualifies for 1 PE requirement and partial fulfillment of a coaching endorsement
HWS 110 04 / HWS 210 04 - Methods of Coaching Track & Field / Track & Field (3)
This dual course will provide in-depth instruction and demonstration of coaching, strength & conditioning, meet management, leadership, and goal setting techniques relative to the sport of track & field. Students will gain knowledge in all event areas including: sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws, and distance as well as the ability to apply that knowledge in a practice setting after completion of the course. Qualifies for 1 PE requirement and partial fulfillment of a coaching endorsement
HWS 202 01: Sports Facility and Event Management (3)
Students will visit various athletic facilities to study the management and operational procedures of the facility. Areas to be examined include stadiums, arenas, and fitness centers. Students will visit facilities in the immediate Dubuque area as well as in the tri-state area.
HWS 281 01: Racquet Sports (3)
This course consists of three units of popular racquet sports: badminton, pickle ball, and tennis. Heavy emphasis will be placed on skill development and strategy of each of these activities through instruction and tournament play. Fitness and conditioning activities will also be addressed. Students will learn the history, rules, etiquette, and scoring as well as play each sport, focusing on fitness and proper skill execution. The course will culminate in a tournament-like competition in which students will be responsible for setting up equipment and managing tournament play. Qualifies for 1 PE requirement
HWS 281 02: Women, Sports & Film (3)
Students will engage in the viewing of various sports films in which the main character(s) are female. Students will evaluate how the women in these films are portrayed and engage in class discussion of different cultural issues and debate various components of how female athletes are depicted in the sport’s world. Students will reflect on these films and write brief essays after each film.
HWS 281 03: Cooking with the Coach (3)
This course will help students learn how to create balanced meals, shop for the best ingredients at the grocery store, and cook healthy meals on a student budget. This hands-on course is designed to increase awareness of food choices for students and health benefits of food items they purchase and prepare.
HWS 281 04: History, Culture, and Practical Application of Skiing / Snowboarding (3)
Students will engage in learning fundamental skills, techniques, rules, safe practices, and etiquette of skiing and/or snowboarding. The course will take an in-depth look at the history and culture of skiing/snowboarding. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to ski/snowboard at least at a recreational level and demonstrate competencies in the history, culture, and maintenance of equipment. Qualifies for 1 PE requirement (No Prerequisites)
HWS 341 01: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
Students will learn to make educated and informed medical decisions in the field of athletics. Students will learn to recognize signs of medical emergency as well as how to handle these situations. Students will also learn the etiology, pathology, signs & symptoms, and treatment for the most common orthopedic injuries, as well as how to prevent injuries including taping, bracing, preventative exercises. Pre-Req: BIO 145
**HWS 368 01: Fly Fishing (3)
This course is designed to provide the training and education necessary for successful fly fishing. Students will be introduced to basic skills for fly fishing including equipment, casting, fly types and water reading. Students will focus on the classification and identification of a variety of aquatic insects (entomology). Students will be introduced to the elements of fly tying, including equipment selection and use, materials and techniques to tie a variety of flies. The course culminates in a fly fishing trip to the Current River in Montauk State Park, Missouri.
Course Fee: $500
HIST 281 01: History of Women in Film (3)
Students will learn about the roles of women in the history of film. The differences and similarities in women’s roles in film from 1950 ~ present day will be highlighted. Students will also study how each decade dictated the films offered for viewing through the timeframes studied.
HIST 281 03: Military History to 1453 (3)
Students will study important battles throughout history, by discussing participants and outcomes. After participation in some strategic and tactical war games, students will be able to design a simple military simulation that will demonstrate some of the underlying principles from military history, eg. range, terrain, morale, etc.
**HIST 368 01: Panama (3)
More information coming!
Contact: Brian Hallstoos
NRS 306 01: Nursing Care / End of Life (3)
Nursing students will gain knowledge of particular end-of-life needs and the evidence-based assessment and interventions needed to improve the quality of the end-of-life experience for patients and their families.
PHL 281 01: Philosophy at the Movies (3)
More information coming soon!
PED 281 01: Beyond Dodge Ball (3)
The course will focus on traditional physical education skills. Students will be engaged in team building skills, learn international games and how to incorporate them into the physical education curriculum, learn and create fitness games that keep all students moving for the duration of a physical education class, and introduce students to using technology in the physical education classroom, including heart rate monitors.
POLI 357 01: Utopias, Dystopias and Imaginary Worlds (3)
We often use stories about imaginary worlds to think about what real-world societies could and should look like. Sometimes we imagine a perfect world or “utopia,” and compare our current reality against that ideal. Sometimes we imagine a world gone wrong or “dystopia” and ask whether current trends might be leading us in that dark direction. In this course we explore some of these imagined worlds. Expect to read, watch, and talk about works like The Hunger Games, Brave New World, Gattaca, and The Walking Dead. We will also work together to build our own utopias and dystopias.
PRF 281 01: Adult Brain Health Training (3)Just as CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, Adult Brain Health Training can better prepare an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist an adult experiencing a brain health crisis and/or signs of distress. Enrolled students will learn appropriate strategies to apply within given situations/scenarios that may present themselves in their future field of vocation. Throughout your life, your brain’s job is to help you make sense of the world and help oversee your daily operations. Brain health refers to the ability to remember, learn, play, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind. It is being able to draw on the strengths of your brain, such as; information management, logic, judgement, perspective taking, and wisdom. Simply, brain health is all about making the most of your brain and helping reduce some risks to it as you age. This course will review the six pillars of brain health and its impact on the individual’s lifestyle: physical exercise, food & nutrition, medical health, sleep & relaxation, mental fitness, and social interaction. This course also provides participants the opportunity to become trained in the following areas of education gathering as a social change agent, proactive behavior modeling, intervention, and helpful steps of response to those experiencing distress: Ally; Active Bystander Intervention; Resiliency; Mindfulness; and Mental Health First Aid.
PRF 281 02: Take This Career and Love It! (3)
This course will provide students the opportunity to develop their career plan, while networking and engaging with local employers within the Dubuque area. The course will cover such topics as the following: finding the hidden job market thru networking; developing such documents as an eye catching resume and cover letter; strategies to prepare for the job search; interview techniques and career preparation; as well as, social media and you. Students will apply these skills and techniques to enhance their career development and vocational calling. Students will participate in employer site visits throughout the community of Dubuque and have an opportunity to engage in conversation with guest speakers.
PSY 281-01: Sleep and Dreaming (3)
This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the vast and expanding field of sleep and dreaming. Both the physiological and psychological theories underlying sleep, sleep disorders, dreaming, levels of consciousness, and dream interpretation will be explored. This course will include the usual in-class didactic learning component composed of lectures, readings, and videos. Students will also be required to keep a “dream log” and use a recognized model of dream interpretation to analyze their own dreams. The class will also visit local sleep labs and hospitals treating sleep disorders. Pre-Req: PSY 110
REL 118 01: Religion at the Movies (3)
Students in this course will explore the topic of "Reconciliation" through film. Reconciliation with God, with self, with creation, and especially with others in the human family, addressing racial, religious and economic barriers, will be explored. Students will view film and examine portions of the Gospels and Pauline Epistles that focus on the theme of reconciliation, as well as a few contemporary essays/book excerpts. Qualifies for Judeo-Christian Tradition
REL 121 01: Gospel of Mark (3)
Students will engage Christian Scripture as a witness to the reality and presence of the Living God through a focused reading of one book of the Bible, the Gospel of Mark, the engagement of which will include both individual studies and communal discernment and conversation from the class as a whole. Through this course, students will be able to read and analyze difficult passages of the Bible and learn how to appropriately utilize available research tools. Students will gain relevant knowledge of Mark’s Gospel, develop critical thinking skills of observing, comparing, summarizing, and interpreting texts and speak to their experience of studying Mark and/or the God to whom Mark bears witness. Qualifies for Judeo-Christian Tradition
SOC 281 02: Counseling Basics for the Soc/CJ Major (3)
This course will enhance a student’s ability to interview clientele and understand common mental health issues. “13 Reasons Why” will be viewed and discussed to better gain an understanding of the impact trauma has on mental health and how helping professionals should effectively interact with clients.
SOC 281 03: Trauma Informed Care (3)
A study for Criminal Justice/Sociology students to learn the organizational structure and framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Students will be taught how to emphasize physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and to help trauma survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
**SOC 368 01: Cuba: Our Forbidden Neighbor (3)
This course is an in-depth look at the Cuban culture and an immersion into the Spanish language. Students will see first-hand the history and culture of Cuba and how the island came to be where it is today. We’ll experience the city life of Havana, and the farm life in the tobacco fields of Viñales. We will visit the farm of Ernest Hemingway and see where he spent time writing both at the farm and in his favorite hotel in the city. We will visit the cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad before heading up into the Topes de Collantes in the Escambray Mountains. We will also spend time with the “real” Cuban people in their homes as we bring donations of food, medicine, and clothing to the people of Guines, the hometown of Professor Godwin’s wife, Judy. We will visit her family and the Presbyterian Church in town before enjoying a dinner in a local Paladar. We will also visit a family farm in the province of Pinar del Rio for dinner on the farm. On the farm you will see crops of tomatoes, plantains, yucca, sweet potatoes, black beans, squash, and more. Students will experience Cuban history, music, architecture, food, and more! It will be an exciting return to Cuba for U.D.! Qualifies for Global Awareness B & WVS 3
Contacts: Ken Godwin & Kim Hilby
Cost: approx. TBD
Non-refundable deposit of $400 due at time of registration
SPAN 281 01: Medical Spanish (3)
This course is designed for students in nursing who want to learn basic phrases in Spanish as related to their daily activities. The course activities are divided into two major sections: First, basic language skills that are taught using the textbook, “An Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers;” Second, the memorization of dialogs related to specific nursing tasks (e.g., assessing medical history, assessing health risks, teaching breast self exams, making appointments, etc.). This course is not a Spanish language class per se, but is designed to teach nursing and pre- med students how to do specific tasks in Spanish. As such, there is no specific Spanish prerequisite to be enrolled in this course. All non-native speakers of Spanish at any level are encouraged to enroll in this course.
SPAN 281 02: Classic Films of the Spanish-Speaking World (3)
This course will provide students a survey of classic films of the Spanish-speaking world. From Luis Buñuel's surrealist masterpieces to Alfonso Cuaró's Oscar-nominated Roma, the Spanish speaking world abounds with diverse stories told through film. We will watch, discuss, and write about the various political, historical, and cultural meanings in these films. Although the films are in Spanish, we will watch them with subtitles and discuss them in English; as such, there is no Spanish prerequisite for the course, and all interested students are encouraged to enroll.
SDV 281 01: Learning Through Gameplay (3)
This course teaches metacognitive learning strategies and study skills in the context of learning and implementing the rules and mechanics of a tabletop role-playing game. Topics include textbook reading, note taking, summarizing information, and reviewing, recalling, and using information gained. Successful completion of this course includes demonstrating learned strategies and skills, directly participating in a tabletop role-playing game as a group, and developing a sense of inclusiveness and respect for diversity. Prior experience with tabletop role-playing games is NOT needed and students with no prior experience are encouraged to enroll in this course.
THEA 217 01: Movement for the Stage (3)
This course is a guided exploration of movement for the stage. Through intuitive exercises and improvisation work, students will learn to listen to their environment, their fellow actors, and their own internal impulses so that they may respond truthfully from a place of emotion rather than intellect. Students will discover the simplicity and specificity of their own movement, develop physicality, and learn to embrace external events. Students will explore a variety of movement styles, including elements of stage combat, clown, and commedia mask technique. Upon successful completion students will be able to perform improvisations and choreographed movements. Qualifies for Aesthetics B
THEA 220 01: Storytelling and Performing Literature (3)
This course is a story building and skill development course in which students will become aware of their own potential as storytellers. Students will gather story materials, practice telling techniques, explore story philosophies, build audiences and become part of the rich tradition of storytelling. Students will begin the development of a personal style and a repertoire of stories. The work in this course will culminate in a final story performance which will be presented to an invited audience. Students will learn storytelling techniques, and methods for interacting with an audience. Qualifies for Aesthetics B
THEA 281 01: Introduction to Magic & Illusion (3)
This class will be a hands-on workshop, with an emphasis on learning and performing magic. Students will learn sleight of hand techniques that apply to close-up, parlor and the classics of magic. The instructor is an experienced area magician who is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians. The success you enjoy in magic will be directly related to the amount of ingenuity and creativity you can generate and the time you are willing to spend.
THEA 281 02: Cinematic Masterpieces (3)
This course will introduce students to some masterpieces of film from the silent era to today. Given the widely noted trend toward the juvenilization of cinema over the past few decades, we will take a look at films that aspire to the category of art. We’ll especially consider what it is that distinguishes great films from their more modest counterparts.