New Course Offerings | Fall 2015

BI 344 – Forest Ecology (4 credit hours)
BI 344 L – Forest Ecology Lab

Scott Kimball, instructor

This course will provide a basic introduction to the ecology of forests, with special consideration given to the relationships between plants and animals adapted to eastern deciduous forests found in northeastern Kansas. The course will include lab and field-based exercises as well as assigned readings from texts and primary literature to provide a fundamental understanding of ecological principles and field techniques that are unique to the study of forest ecology.
Pre-requisite: BI 251

FR 371 – Francophone Cinema (3 credit hours)

Erin Joyce, instructor

This course will serve to introduce students to an array of francophone films, which will be used as a springboard for class discussions. After viewing each film, class time will be spent reviewing vocabulary and discussing issues that the films raise, as well as their artistic merits. Some history of francophone cinema will be presented. Exams and written work will assess your knowledge of vocabulary and content of the films, as well as encourage you think critically about the societal problems and achievements of the francophone world.

MM 375 – Environmental and Science Media (3 credit hours)

McKay Stangler, instructor

This course will introduce students to the different forms of writing about issues relating to environmentalism, scientific research, and the attendant complexities of the two. Students will learn how to write in a clear and concise manner about complex subjects, how to interview figures about highly specialized information, and how to situate discrete issues in a broader narrative picture. Central emphases will be writing skills, narrative construction, and interpretation.

RE 240 – Theories of Religion: Gender, Power, and Race (3 credit hours)

Nicholaus Pumphrey, instructor

This course is to introduce students to the various methods and theories in which people examine, approach, and study religion, especially issues of gender, power, and race. For the most part, the course will examine the “modern” and “post-modern” theories of religion. The course will be primarily discussion based and will require students to read the material in preparation of discussing the issues in class.

RE 329/HI 329 – Modern Christianity (3 credit hours)

Nicholaus Pumphrey, instructor

Christianity is often divided between the modern period and the medieval period by the Protestant Reformation. The purpose of this course is to examine the Protestant Reformation, the response by the Catholic Church, and its spread throughout the world. As a result, this class will focus on several major Christian thinkers and theologians as well as various historical events. The class will end with a discussion of Christianity in the Americas and how it has developed and changed as a result of its new context. This will include the creation of new movements such as Mormonism, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the Jehovah's Witnesses.