First Year Seminars Spring 2013

Honor’s Credit
Many seminars can be offered for Honor’s credit with an individual contract.  Please talk to your advisor and instructor if you want to pursue this option.

First-Year Seminars: Spring 2013


CJ 190 - Controversies in Criminal Justice
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Criminal Justice touches our lives each day in subtle and not so subtle ways. You do not have to be a crime victim to be impacted by the criminal system. From traffic stops to the funding of local, county, state, and federal criminal justice policy initiatives through tax revenue, our system of law and justice, like politics, is inescapable. Because of this, it is important for everyone to have a basic understanding of some of the predominant issues affecting the criminal justice process in the United States. Since much crime is now global in nature, true understanding sometimes forces us to look beyond our borders in our attempt to fully analyze many justice problems and solutions.  This course is designed to look at some of these domestic and international crime issues. There is no presumption of prior knowledge about the system. We will start fresh with each issue and, after building a background on each respective topic, have ample time for discussion as we look at the significance and implications of what we have learned.

COMM 190 - A User’s Guide to the Mass Media
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An increasing number of media streams vie for your attention every day. But the messages may not always be as simple as they seem. Learn to read between the lines and recognize the nuance and subtext of all media.  Take a look behind the curtain to see how diverse motives, agendas and practices affect the media you consume. And see how that same media responds and reacts to pressures and trends from you, the consumer.  Media and culture are bound together in an elaborate dance. This course will help you understand that dance and make you a smarter consumer of media.


EDCI 191 - Teachers, Schools, and Society - LLC
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This seminar is designed to encourage exploration into how education transforms the world that we see and how a limited worldview impacts our thinking. As a community of learners, we will study the growth and deve lopment of the learner, gain insight into the nature of teaching, and examine the critical issues facing education in America today. We will read articles, excerpts from books and watch films about education, teaching and learning that will promote critical thinking and scholarly discussion about who we are and how our education helps us refine our definitions of self.  In addition, this course provides a field experience opportunity for students to be actively engaged with Pk-12 pupils in the local schools. Students enrolled in this seminar will be in the Whee Teach Living-Learning Community (LLC).  Permission of Instructor – limited to students in the LLC. 


ENGL 191 - Explorations in Creativity Through Writing                 
11444 ENGL 191 01
This course will examine reading and writing about literature, with an emphasis on human experience and values.


ENGL 191 - First-Year Seminar in Creative Writing
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What is creativity?  Does it involve inspiration or experimentation or both?  Does the Muse have to land on your shoulder for you to be creative?  Can a person increase his or her creative potential?  This first-year seminar will explore these and other questions by uncovering the writing process.  You will write in a variety of genres, including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and you will read masterworks from a variety of authors.  By practicing with the many tools and devices that successful writers rely on, you will learn how to enhance your creativity and develop your unique writer’s voice. 


ENGR 190 - Technology Systems: How Things Work
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ENGR 190 is an introductory engineering course for non-engineering majors.  This course provides an in-depth view of the engineering and technology that we rely on every day in every aspect of our modern life. Whether it is the digital SLR camera that takes breathtaking pictures of the Great Smoky Mountains in autumn, the Hubble Telescope offering views of the deepest portions of the universe, using Twitter, Skype, or smart phones to connecting you instantaneously to your family and friends anywhere in the world, the hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) that help you find your way when  lost on a deep mountain trail, or the pacemaker that save people’s lives, these innovative engineering advancements have become an integral part of our culture. Together, we will investigate where these technologies came from, how they work, and where they might take us in the future.   The course will also incorporate four hands-on projects ranging from making images from Hubble Telescope data of the deep universe to building and testing a medieval Trebuchet.  Advanced mathematics will not be required for this course.  The challenging modern topics will be presented conceptually and only basic math (some trigonometry and simple algebra) will be needed to complete the projects.  The focus will be on conceptual understanding, proportional reasoning, estimating, and graphical interpretation.  Verbal and written communication of scientific ideas will be emphasized throughout the course.


ENGR 199 - Introduction to Engineering Practice and Principles
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10368 ENGR 199 30 - LAB
10372 ENGR 199 31 - LAB
Introduction to the engineering disciplines, curriculum, personal and professional development, teamwork, project planning, communication skills, and conceptual design engineering. This is a required class for all students considering majors in engineering or engineering technology.


ENT 195 - Social Entrepreneurship: Innovative Solutions
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This course will introduce students to the concept of social entrepreneurship as a mechanism for individuals to develop innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Whether it's using football (soccer) to keep children around the world out of gangs, saving old growth forests by printing Harry Potter on recycled paper or saving or creating a new type of bank to address poverty in India, social entrepreneurs use their drive and passion to combat problems governments and industry have failed to solve (  This course is designed to help students explore their ability to create social change by developing an organization that is self-sustaining, delivering value and doing good. In this course, students will learn by doing. They will develop an initial, simplified plan for a new venture to address a significant social issue


ENVH 190 - From Black Death to Bioterrorism
12258 ENVH 190 01
12259 ENVH 190 02
This course uses current events to examine basic public and environmental health concepts as they apply to the average U.S. citizen; critical evaluation of various public health components such as environmental disease agents, radiation, chemical exposures, biological hazards (including potential bioterrorism agents), noise, air, water, and soil pollutants, and food safety; and, an assessment of the various ways that the public can be protected.


HIST 190 - American Revolution in History & Memory
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For over two centuries the American Revolution has inspired independence movements around the world.  It is also a touchstone of our nation’s political discourse as Americans of all political persuasions cite the Revolution to support divergent and sometimes contradictory views.  This course will examine the events of the American Revolution and how those events have been interpreted, re-interpreted, and misinterpreted since 1776.  Specific topics will include: changing attitudes towards equality, freedom, and citizenship; the role of religion during the revolution; the role of government in the lives of Americans; and the evolving answer to the question of who is an American.  Readings will include primary documents from the revolutionary era, readings from a variety of present-day sources, and scholarly articles.


LAW 195 - Contemporary Legal Issues
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10118 LAW 195 02
The law is everywhere – on TV and in movies, in politics and current events, and in the fine print on everything from credit card receipts to websites. Every day the law impacts our individual lives and guides our conduct and decision making in our roles at school, in business, and in the community. In Law 195, emphasis is placed on exploring the legal issues of today, from understanding the right to privacy in a social media world to understanding how private legal organizations and alternative dispute resolution methods are supplanting more traditional legal systems to meet the needs of the global economy. Hands on activities will provide insights as to the development of legal systems and institutions, the application of law to real-world situations and debate and discussion of contemporary legal issues.


MKT 195 - Facebook Generation: Marketing
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Do you really want to be a Facebook "friend" with Wal-Mart?  Would you actually read updates from Coca-Cola in your Twitter feed?  Few would argue that social networks have generated a tidal wave of change in the way people communicate and get information.  As a result, companies are often left bewildered, anxious and just plain frustrated as they deal with new approaches toward marketing, advertising and consumer behavior.  Oddly enough, insight into handling these changes is starting to emerge from an unexpected place -- ancient history -- and a possible link between the age-old process of "friending" in tribal societies and its budding equivalent in latest and greatest cutting edge communication networks.  This course will explore this exciting idea of linkages between human communications in past and present, bringing together ideas and activities from several camps of thought, including media theory, anthropology, communication studies and marketing.  Through this multi-colored lens, this seminar intends to shed light on why we typically avoid spam on our Facebook Wall, but at the same time are willing to embrace online relationships with some brands and companies.


ND 190 - Personal Nutrition
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How do I avoid the freshman 15?  What are the healthiest foods to eat on campus?  Should I still be taking vitamins?  Explore the answers to these questions and more, design your own personal eating plan (chocolate cream pie included) and discover how the foods you eat influence your appearance, energy level, health, and longevity.


PSC 190 - A Study of Leadership
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This course will undertake an in-depth study of leadership in a variety of fields in order to learn more about leadership in general. For example, we will explore how leadership in the political arena might differ from leadership in the business community, and how leadership in that community might differ from leadership in the military and Hollywood. We will also investigate what the classics teach us about leadership. We will discuss why various leaders, such as an American President, fail to provide strong and effective leadership. The most important skills, traits, and characteristics associated with leadership will be noted. Communities, states, and our nation benefit when leaders provide effective leadership over a sustained period of time. They suffer when leaders fail to lead effectively.


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