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Experiential Term (E-Term) at Ferrum College is your opportunity for hands-on learning experiences.

What is E-Term at Ferrum College?

Experiential Term (E-Term) is a three week term in the month of May, which offers a variety experiential courses for all students enrolled at Ferrum College. Courses offered in E-Term reflect the breadth of our curriculum, and cover a number of general education and major requirements. The intensity of the E-Term allows students and faculty an opportunity to take a hands-on, experiential approach to learning, and to break the mold of the traditional classroom course.

Every Ferrum College student is required to take at least one E-Term course, and many take more than one. Our offerings change each year, so explore this year’s courses and find the one that fits you best!

E-Term courses offer students various opportunities:

INTENSIVE RESEARCH

TRAVEL

RESUME BUILDING

SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS

Most courses offered do not require pre-requisites and are appropriate for students entering their second or third year of college. Ferrum College students are required to take, and pass, one E-Term course in order to graduate. There are no additional tuition or room/board costs attached to E-Term. If a student wishes to take more than two E-Term courses, tuition and room/board costs will be applicable. Any costs for travel, lab cost, etc. in an E-Term course will be listed with the course description during spring registration.

ENG 213: Literature and Film of the American Frontier

Instructor: Dr. Allison Harl

Pre-requisite: ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $95.00     Travel: Local

The frontier in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be examined in this course through the Western and the Anti-western novel, as well as Western and revisionist film.  Students will read both primary and secondary texts, representing the varying perspectives of Native Americans, slaves, immigrants, and early frontier settlers.  Topics include regeneration through violence, masculinity, national identity, memory, landscape, and land use.  With a hands-on, experiential approach, this course explores the shifting concept of frontier consciousness that pervades the American cultural imagination.  ENG 213 is designated as a WI sophomore literature course and meets the Literature Liberal Arts Requirement.

For more information contact Dr. Harl aharl@ferrum.edu

ENG 210: World Folktales and Literature

Instructor: Dr. Tina Hanlon

Pre-requisite: ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher     Credits: 3 hrs

Cost: $95.00     Travel: Local

This course examines the literary, cultural and social significance of folktales and their influence on other forms of literature. Common themes and images in folktales that link different cultures within Appalachia, America and the world are studied along with selections of classic literature. Topics include animal tales; quest stories; tricksters, rogues, and tall tale heroes; Sleeping Beauties, Cinderellas, and other heroines; magical, malicious, and monstrous encounters; Beauty and the Beast and other transformations; and humorous and satiric tales. Activities may include watching films, visiting archives and museums, meeting with authors, and observing storytellers.

This course is designated as a sophomore literature course and meets the literature requirement in the Ferrum College Liberal Arts Core. It can fulfill three hours of the writing intensive requirement for graduation from Ferrum College, for students who take this course as their second sophomore literature course and earn a grade of C or higher in the course. Students cannot earn a grade of C or higher in this course unless they earn a C or better on the writing assignments required by the course. This course provides IL (Integrated Learning) credit.

For more information contact Dr. Hanlon thanlon@ferrum.edu

ENG 203:  British Literature I

Instructor: Prof. John Carey

Pre-requisite:  ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: England (passport required)

Have you ever dreamed of visiting England?  If so, sign up for ENG 203-E today.  Visit places that make the timeless pieces of literature that you will read come alive.  Imagine hiking a portion of the world-famous Canterbury pilgrimage, touring the cathedral where St. Thomas Becket was martyred, seeing one of Shakespeare’s plays at the renowned Globe Theatre, visiting the final resting place of notable writers in Westminster Abbey, and touring the Tower of London, where writers such as St. Thomas More, John Wilmot, Walter Raleigh, and Samuel Pepys were imprisoned.  ENG 203-E will run simultaneously with REL 207-E, and all travel will be in conjunction with that course.  This course is designated as a sophomore literature course and meets the literature requirement in the Ferrum College Liberal Arts Core.  It can fulfill three hours of the writing intensive requirement for graduation from Ferrum College, for students who take this course as their second sophomore literature course and earn a grade of C or higher in the course.  Students cannot earn a grade of C or higher in this course unless they earn a C or higher on the writing assignments required by this course.

For more information contact Prof. Carey jcarey@ferrum.edu

REL 207: Globalizing Religion: Ritual and Pilgrimage to Canterbury

Instructor: Dr. David Howell

Pre-requisite: None      Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: England (Passport required)

In medieval Europe, a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury was a popular pilgrimage route behind journeys to Rome, Jerusalem, and Santiago de Compestela. Such a journey was immortalized in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as pilgrims regale each other with stories while they travel. But even before Becket, English pilgrims would stop in Canterbury on their way to Rome and visit the tombs of St. Augustine of Canterbury and Anselm. The site was considered sufficiently threatening that Becket’s shrine was destroyed by Henry VIII during the English Reformation. In this E-term course students will explore the historical context of this medieval pilgrimage and consider how theology, material artifacts, and ritual interact in pilgrimage. Because pilgrimage is a concretely physical or embodied type of spirituality, the approach will be interdisciplinary as students also consider ancient and modern literary accounts, history, museums, monuments, arts, and touristic practices.  We will walk the final 7 miles from Chilham to Canterbury Cathedral to have a taste of pilgrimage and consider ways in which pilgrimages are appropriated and interact with practices of tourism. Students will visit London, Oxford, and Windsor during the travel portion of the E-term course. Special attention in the course will be given to the religious and ritual dimensions of pilgrimage. This course will run simultaneously with ENG 203, and all travel will be in conjunction with that course. There are no prerequisites for REL 207.

Course will fulfill General Education Religion/Philosophy requirement for Liberal Arts Core or Religion Major or Minor requirements.

For more information contact Dr. Howell dhowell@ferrum.edu

ENG 207: Representations of the Holocaust through Literature and Film

Instructor: Dr. Melvin Macklin

Pre-requisite: ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $385.00     Travel: Richmond

This course examines related literature and films to examine how and why the Holocaust came about, the leadership of the Nazi movement, and the motivations behind the unprecedented atrocities perpetrated on the East European Jews and other groups under Hitler’s reign.  This course is designated as a sophomore literature course and meets the Literature requirement in the Ferrum College Liberal Arts Core.  If a student takes a second sophomore literature course and earns a “C” or higher in it, the course may be used to fulfill three credits of the Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.

For more information contact Dr. Macklin mmacklin@ferrum.edu

HIS 318: The American West in History and Memory

Instructor: Dr. Tim Daniels

Pre-requisite: None     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: in the United States by train and plane

Students will engage in a survey of the history of the United States west of the Mississippi from the 17th century to present during a guided tour of important mid-western and western cities, museums, and monuments, traveling to those locations by rail. Specific destinations will vary by year. Significant course themes include: cultural contact and conflict, economic development, ideas and meanings of the frontier, human interaction with nature and the environment, relationships between western states and the federal government, tourism, and shifting ideas about race, class, gender, and power in the west.

For more information contact Dr. Daniels tadaniels@ferrum.edu

ART 217: Introduction to Photography; ART 317: Intermediate Photography

Instructor: Prof. Jake Smith

Pre-requisite: None     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: in the United States by train and plane

Travel the American West on the rails and learn to use a digital camera to capture the experience.  In this course we will work in partnership with the Ferrum History Department.  Students will gain an understanding of the landscape and history of the American West while learning the techniques of operating a DSLR camera.

Before traveling, students will have required readings about cameras, photography, and their role in developing the nation. Students will travel primarily on trains, stopping in small towns and large cities and use their cameras to document their experiences.  Presentations will be made each evening to evaluate progress.

Activities include: Long beautiful train rides. Seeing striking vistas. Visiting national parks and monuments. Meeting local artists, interpreters and historians. Visiting markets, archaeological sites and museums.

Registration for this course is by permission of the professor–interviews prior to registration are required.  Personal cameras will be determined appropriate or not for the course by the professor in the interview prior to registration.

For more information contact Prof. Smith jrsmith@ferrum.edu

 

Students must be able to walk long distances, including climbing hills and stairs, and must be prepared for long days of physical activity.

THA 205, 305, 405: Applied Summer Theatre – I, II, III

Instructor: Prof. Giuseppe Ritorto

Prerequisite: None     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $500.00     Travel: None

Intensive experience, open to all students, in one or more areas of production in a summer theatre environment. The emphasis will be placed on practical and sound approaches to theatre technique characterized by short rehearsal time and culminating in public performance.

For more information contact Prof. Ritorto gritorto@ferrum.edu

FER 199 Introduction to Service Learning

Instructors: Rev. Dr. Jan Nicholson-Angle, Mr. Chris Burnley

Prerequisites: None     Credits:  3

Cost: $310.00     Travel: Local

Interested in hands-on learning through service engagement in our local community?  FER 199 Introduction to Service Learning will help students gain service-learning skills through the interaction of hands on experience, readings, and reflection. Students will gain knowledge of the local community surrounding Ferrum College while engaging with and supporting local agencies, organizations, and families.  Students will exercise critical thinking, develop self-learning and helping skills, develop societal knowledge and sensitivity, and enhance their personal development.  Service learning projects vary each year.  Past service learning projects have included dry wall repair, landscaping, creating a handicap ramp for local elementary students, assisting with a field day at a local children’s service center, and receiving training in United Methodist Volunteer Missions, and training in disaster recovery Early Response.

For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Nicholson jcnicholson@ferrum.edu

AGS 228: Equine Assisted Therapies

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Brubaker

Prerequisites: None     Credits: 4

Cost: $1,000.00     Travel: Local

This course will enhance a student interested in pursuing medical related fields including by not limited to physical therapies, occupational therapies, mental health professional, coaching, social work, veterinary science, as well as in the agriculture industry for those focused on working with the horse as a profession.  This course also provides an introduction to business aspects for a 501C and similar organizational structure.  The course will introduce the student to medical vocabulary, equine science, business perspective, and give hands on experience for communication and professional development. This is a lab science course as well as an E-Term.

Available Seats for Summer 2019 is fourteen

The course will mostly be held at a Premier EAAT facility but will have 2 regional (one day each) field trips.

For more information contact Dr. Brubaker nbrubaker@ferrum.edu

EPD 202 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development II

Instructor: Dr. Delia Heck

Prerequisites:      Credits: 

Cost: $2,500.00     Travel: Haiti (will need a passport)

This E-Term course is designed to provide the opportunity to study the economic and environmental history pertaining to sustainable development in Haiti and its effects on the Haitian people and their culture.  Before traveling, students will have required readings and research about Haitian culture and history.This course requires a two-week field travel component through the countryside and cities of Haiti.  Students will tour numerous historical and natural sites throughout these areas.  The course will involve considerable walking and at times hiking and climbing which may occur under diverse conditions typical of the Haiti climate.  A daily journal will be required as well the development of a personal project dealing with some aspect of Haitian natural, economic, social/politcial history that will be written up and presented at the end of trip.  A passport is necessary; no visa is required for US citizens. Students must be able to walk long distances, including climbing hills and stairs, and must be prepared for long days of physical activity. Particular vaccinations and special medications are required.

For more information contact Dr. Heck dheck@ferrum.edu

ESC 390 Herpetology

Instructor: Dr. Todd Fredericksen

Prerequisites:     Credits: 

Cost: $50.00     Travel: Local

A comprehensive study of the biology, ecology, conservation and natural history of amphibians and reptiles.  Students will spend much of this course in the field learning species-habitat relationships and becoming familiar with common species in southwestern Virginia.  Students will become familiar with different sampling and capture techniques used in herpetological research.

For more information contact Dr. Fredericksen tfredericksen@ferrum.edu

PSY 438:  Special Topics:  Child Maltreatment

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Stein

Pre-requisite: PSY 201     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $225.00     Travel: Local

This course will explore the area of Child Maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect).  In recent years our interest and understanding of the short- and long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment has grown.  The impact of trauma of any kind on the developing brain and body can have a life-long impact on the person in all areas of life (such as social skills, academic skills, physical health, and mental health).  Students will explore the research that is being carried out in multiple areas (medical, psychology, neuroscience, and educational areas). They will also have the opportunity to meet professionals involved in the field who work with victims and perpetrators of such maltreatment in order to understand these short- and long-term consequences and how to help improve the lives of those impacted by such maltreatment.

For more information contact Dr. Stein sstein@ferrum.edu

REC 372 Eco-Adventure: Mountain Biking

Instructor: Dr. Dan Caston

Prerequisites: None     Credits:3 hrs.

Cost: $1,400.00     Travel: Local

This course is a hands-on ecotourism experience that provides a powerful case study of the relationship between ecotourism and its role in community development. Specifically, students will participate in a variety of adventure and cultural activities that illustrate how tourism can promote local economic development, environmental conservation, and education. Students will be required to participate in meetings during the spring semester.

Since its emergence in the late 1970’s the mountain bike has  become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. The mountain bike provides exercise, social opportunities, transportation, competition, jobs, and contact with nature. Students will learn bicycle history, cultural relevance, and economic impact while also learning maintenance and bicycle handling techniques through daily rides and hands-on experiences.

For more information contact Dr. Caston dcaston@ferrum.edu

CJU 497 Comparative International Law and Justice

Instructor: Dr. David Nicholson

Prerequisites: None   Credits: 3

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: England

Come joins us in London, England on a seven-night, eight-day adventure to explore how different countries within the Western Worlds view sources of law, criminal justice systems, codes and cases, and constitutional design. We will look at questions of Federalism, judicial review and the balance of powers. The course will study aspects of the legal systems between the United States and London with discussions of “mixed” common and civil law jurisdictions as well as aspects of the European Union.

For more information contact Dr. Nicholson dnicholson@ferrum.edu

PSY 298-01/ PSY 298-02 Pre-Professional Placement

Instructors: Dr. Angie Dahl, Dr. Kevin Reilly

Pre-requisite: PSY 201 and permission of the instructor     Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $225.00     Travel: Local travel on your own

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to observe principles of psychology applied in practice in real-life settings.  Students will be involved in a community setting observing psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, personnel managers, teachers, school principals, behavior analysts, parole officers, counselors and/or other professionals in their work.  In the field of psychology, and other areas, students who are to compete for jobs upon graduation, or even for graduate school placement, are finding that they need to build professional skills through direct experience.  Although many programs have successful internship programs this course will offer students an opportunity to gain experience, possibly enrich their major, and “check out” the field in which they hope to be employed. This placement will require a minimum of 36 hours in the field.  Students must provide their own transportation to placements.  The fee includes a stipend to help cover food and gas during placement travel.

For more information contact Dr. Dahl adahl@ferrum.edu or Dr. Reilly kreilly@ferrum.edu

SOC 392  Eco-Social Justice: Issues and Applications

Instructor: Dr. Susan Virginia Mead

Pre-requisite: Sophomore Standing  Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $850.00     Travel: 9 days in the coalfield regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky

The Ferrum College Mission Statement calls students to demonstrate that they are “caring and concerned citizens of their community, nation, and world;” this course is designed to encourage students to explore that role in society in relation to environmental justice issues. While visiting sites and meeting residents within the coal regions of Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, students will examine social inequalities related to environmental issues, as well as explore social movements and paths for community action to address these issues. This course fulfills requirements for the Sociology and Environmental Studies majors and Sociology minor, but is designed so students can apply expertise from a variety of academic programs to the problems and solutions found among the people and communities of Appalachia.

For more information contact Dr. Mead smead@ferrum.edu

SWK 299: Introduction to Community Service

Instructor: Prof. Jennie West

Pre-requisite: SWK 201 and SWK 297; acceptance into the Social Work Major  Credits: 3 hrs.

Cost: $45.00    Travel: Local travel on your own to your field agency

After consulatation between student and instructor, students will be assigned to a local agency to experience real-world social work and have the opportunity to participate in a structured community setting for 75 hrs of volunteer service. The class seminar will meet a few times per week to review field experiences, increase self-awareness and professional identity as beginning social workers in training, and utilize the seminar as a place to begin to integrate practice with theoretical knowledge.

For more information contact Prof. West jwest@ferrum.edu

Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE E-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office.  Deadline for the scholarship application is November 16, 2018.  E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee. Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.

Scholarship applications may be received from the E-Term faculty person or Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes.
Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes, in Richeson, Room 4.

Travel Forms Packet: WILL BE PROVIDED BY YOUR E-TERM COURSE INSTRUCTOR DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER. You will need to complete the appropriate forms if your E-term class involves travel (local, regional or abroad). All forms and instruction will be distributed and reviewed by your professor during preparatory meetings in the spring semester prior to your E-Term class.

When do students take E-Term classes?

Students register for E-Term courses when they register for spring classes, but they do not attend the E-Term class until the first week of May. E-Term is offered the three weeks immediately following graduation each year. Students are housed on the Ferrum College campus during E-Term, and all of the resources expected during the academic year will be available. Any activities offered outside of the courses will be designed with course offerings in mind.

Currently enrolled/full-time students will register for E-Term courses when they register for spring semester. The last day for currently enrolled full-time students to register for E-Term is the last add date during the first week of spring semester. Students must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester.  An E-Term course will not count in those 12 hours but could put a student in an “overload” status for spring semester if the student registers for 18-19 hours and then registers for an E-Term course. The last day to drop an E-Term course is the first day of the E-Term classes.  Students who drop out their E-Term course after the drop date, are obligated to all fees attached to the course.

Students are required to enroll and successfully complete their E-Term course before achieving senior status in order not to delay graduation.  Part-time students must register by the “last day to ADD” the first week of spring semester (the add/drop week). Part-time students will be charged for a course during E-Term at the same credit hour rate as they are during the long semester.

How many E-Term classes are required?

All Ferrum Students are required to take a minimum of ONE E-Term course prior to senior status.

What are the important E-Term deadlines?

  • Students must register for an E-Term course when registering for the spring semester; however, they must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester as an E-term course will not count in the spring hours.  Registration for spring semester is November 5-9, 2018.  The course fee will be added to the student’s account when they register for the course.
  • Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE E-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office.  Deadline for the scholarship application is November 16, 2018.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required for courses with a fee of $2000 or more and is due no later than December 11, 2018 to student accounts.  Deposits not paid by this deadline will result in the E-Term course being dropped from the student’s schedule.  E-Term scholarships granted will also be permanently lost should the dropping of an E-Term class become necessary for failure to pay the deposit and/or dropping the course. The $500 deposit is forfeited if a student drops/withdraws from any E-Term class after December 11, 2018.
  • Arrangements to pay outstanding student account balances for the fall semester must be in place and current to register for an E-term course.  Arrangements must also be in place to cover spring semester balances (including E-term class), prior to spring semester check-in.  The cost of E-Term is part of the charges for the spring semester and the balance in full (if no other pending sources – Scholarships, Loans, Tuition Management Systems payment plans, etc.) is due December 11, 2018.
  • If a student adds an E-Term class after December 11, 2018, they must pay the $500 deposit (if applicable) prior to the E-Term course being added to their schedule. Students who register for an E-Term class after spring semester check-in must also have payment arrangements in place immediately to cover E-Term fees.
  • The last day to add an E-term class is January 18, 2018.
  • The last day to drop an E-term class is February 8, 2018.
  • Students are obligated for all course fees if still enrolled after February 8, 2018. If a student withdraws after February 8, 2018, the student is still obligated for the full course fee.
  • E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee.Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
  • Unless already awarded a need-based scholarship to help offset the cost of E-term travel, arrangements to cover the entire cost must be made.  Students will not be allowed to participate in an E-term course unless all prearranged financial obligations have been satisfied.

Are there any scholarships available for E-Term?

  • Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 are available (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed with the financial aid office.  Deadline for the scholarship application is November 16, 2018.  E-Term travel scholarships may only be applied to costs for E-Term travel and will be rescinded if the student does not actually go on the trip, leaving the student fully responsible for the travel fee. Students receiving any other college sponsored scholarship to be applied to an E-Term travel course are not eligible to receive this need-based scholarship.
    • Scholarship applications may be received from the E-Term faculty person or Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes.
      Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes, in Richeson, Room 4.
    • Members of the Boone Honors Program should see Dr. Lana Whited in Britt, Room 200  to apply for the travel scholarship and for additional deadline information.

Questions concerning E-Term may be directed to: 

Email Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes: psuppes@ferrum.edu