Dr. Don Hodges, Forestry
Approved for General Education: Cultures and Civilizations
We will examine the role that the natural environment has played globally in social and economic development over time, emphasizing the relationship between society and the natural world for a wide range of values – consumptive, spiritual, recreational, and cultural. This will be accomplished through a review of the history of thought and use of the environment and how cultural development and change have been influenced by the natural environment, followed by an examination of selected environmental and natural resource issues and society’s responses.
Dr. Mark Luprecht, English
Approved for General Education: Arts and Humanities & Writing Concentration
By reading and discussing fictional (novels, plays, poetry) and non-fictional (psychological, philosophical, sociological) works as well as examining visual art, we will try to come closer to understanding the concept of the Self. Exactly what is the Self: how does it differ, if at all, from one’s identity or one’s personality, or one’s ego? What can the arts offer by way of explanation? To what extent is the concept of Self universal: can one survive without belief in one’s Self?
Dr. Bob Kronick, Educational Psychology & Counseling
Approved for General Education: Social Sciences
In this course, you will draw on your common experience of education to examine related social issues such as tax policy, racism, home ownership, health care, and workforce preparation. This course will allow you to put a face on these issues, per the service learning design. As part of the course, you will be asked to serve in a local community school. Thus, you will spend time in class discussing issues that you will then confront when you work in the community. This course will allow you to learn while serving, hopefully instilling you with a sense of civic responsibility.