Summer Credit Session II

July 7 - August 8, 2014
Courses run Monday - Friday
Morning Sessions: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Science courses meet additional time as 4 credit offerings.

Landmark students may choose one or two courses from the following:

Visiting students may only enroll in one of the following:

  • AT 1221: Ceramics
  • *BU 2011: Effective Business Communication
  • *CO2031:  Leadership and Small Group Communications
  • EN 1061: Creative Writing
  • *EN 2051: Special Topics; Film in Literature
  • NS 1021: Intro to Biology:  Organisms and the Environment
  • MA 1421: Statistics
  • *HU 2011:   Western Worldviews
  • *SS 2711:   Human Sexuality

       *=Pre-requisite required (see course description for details)

All students may choose one courses from the following:

  • PE 1010: Yoga
  • PE 1180: Fencing
  • PE 1040: Karate
  • PE 1000: Bike Exploration
  • PE  ------: Soccer

Course Descriptions

AT 1221: Ceramics
Credits: 3.000
This course will ground students in the fundamentals of ceramics and introduce them to clay techniques, tools, materials, and visual language as experienced through hand building and wheel throwing. Students will explore several significant genres such as Japanese ceramics, Bennington potters, pottery of the Southwest, as well as contemporary artists working in the medium. Students will also take advantage of the rich resource of potters in Windham County by visiting other studios and hearing guest lectures from established potters. Students will develop individual goals in formal and non-traditional approaches with guidance from the instructors. A major component of the course is for students to take responsible ownership of the studio space, expressed through student commitment to work independently, to honor all safety procedures, and to keep the space in good condition. Prerequisites: None. Ezra Stafford instructor; morning

BU 2011: Effective Business Communication
 Credits: 3.000 Students develop effective communication skills to present business and professional topics in a variety of mediums. Students learn how to organize technical and non-technical materials for presentation in a variety of written formats (formal and informal reports, e-mail, instructions, memoranda, letters, resumes, etc.). Students also learn how to organize ideas and express them through oral presentation using presentation software. Topics of discussion also include: structuring presentations (written or oral) for different purposes, strategies for persuading people in authority to support one's position, the effects of non-verbal communication, and ways to develop and incorporate visual aids. Additionally, students are introduced to how organizational culture influences internal and external organizational communications, problem solving, conflict resolution, and interviewing skills.  Prerequisites: ( EN1015 or EN1021) and ( CO1011 or CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans) and ( FY1011 or FY1001 or FY1101) Roxie Hamilton, instructor; morning

CO 2031: Leadership and Small Group Communications
Credits: 3.000 This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of theoretical aspects and practical skills of leadership and small group communication. Participation in this course will model the content. Methodology for leading and participating in small groups will be introduced, implemented and reinforced. Oral communication skills will be practiced through various experiential formats such as small group challenges, role-playing, fish bowl observations, and computer mediated communication. Current research and theory from a range of disciplines on topics such as self-awareness, diversity, power, creativity, problem solving, and ethics will be provided.
Prerequisites: (CO1011 or
CO1021 or CO1061 or CO1071 or CO Core Trans) and ( EN1011 or EN1015) and ( FY1011 or FY1001 or FY1101) Lee Crocker, instructor; morning

EN 1061: Creative Writing
Credits: 3.000 Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children's literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes.  Prerequisites: None. John Rose, instructor; morning

EN 2051: Special Topics; Film in Literature
Credits: 3.000 Film Adaptations of Literature explores the ways that two distinct media play with the same ideas. In this course, we'll discuss the foundations of the two media, their similarities, differences and shortcomings, in order to understand and appreciate the choices each artist made for the medium. We will work within the disciplines of literature and filmmaking, in order to develop our expertise in the fields of film and literary criticism. Class work will include extensive reading and film viewing, discussion and analytic writing assignments.
Prerequisites: (EN1021 or
EN1015) and ( FY1011 or FY1001 or FY1101) Susan Austin, instructor; afternoon

NS 1021: Intro to Biology:  Organisms and the Environment
Credits: 4.000 This course examines the key concepts of modern biology with an emphasis on the relationships between organisms and their environment. Studies of evolution and genetics are woven in to this theme and provide students with additional perspectives on the biological world. Lab included. Prerequisites: None.  Andrew Stein, instructor. afternoon

MA 1421: Statistics
Credits: 3.000 This course examines frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution curve. Students explore confidence intervals and sample size. The structure of hypothesis testing is introduced and applied to a variety of situations. Studies in correlation of data and sampling techniques are introduced. Placement test and/or prerequisite of MA0392 with grade of C- or higher required. Not open to students with credit in MA 2621. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.  Prerequisites: None. Frank Klucken, instructor; afternoon

HU 2011: Western Worldviews
Credits: 3.000 This course introduces students to questions relating to human nature, good and evil and ways of knowing. These topics are discussed within the framework of five world views: Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism and existentialism. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are studied as vehicles to understanding the various perspectives, and students are encouraged to begin formulating their own world views.  Prerequisites: (HU1011 or HU1012 or HU1211 or HU1212 or HU1431 or HU1432 or HU1435 or HU1511 or HU Core Trans and EN1011 and ( FY1011 or FY1001 or FY1101) Daniel Miller; instructor, afternoon

SS 2711: Human Sexuality
Credits: 3.000 This multi-disciplinary course gives students the opportunity to learn about human sexuality from psychological, sociological, political, historical and cultural perspectives. Each semester begins by exploring cultural and historical aspects of sexuality, as well as a look at research methods that have been used and are being used to inform our understanding of human sexuality. Topics for the rest of the semester are student driven and vary from semester to semester. Past topics have included sexual behavior and expression across the lifespan, sexual and gender identity, communication in sexual relationships, and sexuality, media, art and the law. This course utilizes a seminar-style format in which students prepare for and engage actively in weekly roundtable discussions about the topics being studied. The course also provides an opportunity for students to undertake individual or small group projects on a topic of particular interest to them. Prerequisites: (SS1011 or SS1211 or SS1311 or SS1411 or SS Core Trans) and ( EN1011 or EN1015) and ( FY1011 or FY1001 /or FY1101) Peg Alden, instructor; morning

PE 1010: Yoga
Credit: 1.000 This course supports students interested in exploring mind/body integration and offers an appealing option for balancing academic work with a healthy lifestyle. Conditioning, breathing techniques and self-awareness are covered. Assessment based on a willingness to explore yoga practice through regular attendance and participation. Prerequisites: None Kristin Cassidy, instructor;  MW 4:15-5:30, 5:45-7:00

PE 1180: Fencing
 Credits: 1.000 In this one-credit class, students will learn the basic theory and techniques of 17th century Italian fencing using a sword called a Rapier. While some history will be taught to provide context, the majority of the class will be dedicated towards physical hands-on work. Classes will consist of a roughly even mixture of drill/lesson and sparring and will be presented from a martial arts and educational perspective rather than as a competitive sport. As a result, this fencing class is ideal for students who are seeking a physical activity outside of a team sport. All equipment will be provided. Prerequisites: None. Erik Schmitt instructor, T/Th 5:45-7:00

PE 1040: Karate
Credits: 1.000
Students will learn the basic skills, principles, and values associated with this ancient Okinawan martial art. The word "Karate" can be translated as "empty hand technique" and through the physical training the student strives for balance of the mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, the student will learn basic self-defense techniques, strategies, and principles that could be utilized, if necessary, outside the classroom. Perquisites: None. Gray, instructor; W,TH 4:15-5:30

PE 1000: Bike Exploration
Credit: 1.000 This one credit summer course introduces students to the fundamentals of various bike riding techniques while emphasizing safe group riding and emergency bicycle repair. The course relies on twice weekly mountain bike rides when weather permits. Prerequisites: None. Rebecca Shangraw instructor;
MW 5:30-6:45

PE  ------: Soccer
Credits: 1.000 Rebecca
Shangraw, instructor;  M/W 4:15-5:30

Wondering which courses make the most sense for you? Talk to your academic advisor.