E-Term Courses

E-Term Courses2017-10-19T21:00:32+00:00

Experiential Term (E-Term) is a three week term at Ferrum College which offers a variety of two, three, and four credit hour courses that offer experiential opportunities which may apply to or enhance courses in the liberal arts core and some majors/minors. E-Term is offered three weeks immediately following graduation in May.

School of Arts and Humanities

ENG 207

Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $115.00

Travel: Local

Instructor: Melvin Macklin

ENG 207: Literature The Literature of Slavery:  Ante-Bellum and Post Civil War Narratives

Course Description: The American slave trade is one of the most traumatic events in the annals of American history.  This course primarily examines narratives written by African American slaves and the motivations underlying their works. Students will study the various genres and classifications of poems, stories, letters, and documents written by slaves to understand the impact of their works on African American literature and their contributions to American literature as a whole.  Students will tour slave sights and institutions housing slave literature.  This course will add to the choices that students have for fulfilling the sophomore literature requirement.

Course Catalog: 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.

REL 207 and SPA 451

REL 207

Prerequisite: None

Fee: $3500.00

Travel: Abroad (Peru, passport required)

Credit: 3 hr.

Instructor: Eric Vanden Eykel

REL 207: Globalizing Religion: Christianity and Indigenous Religion in Peru

Course Description: In this course students will explore a number of diverse religious traditions in Peru. Visits to Incan sites like Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, as well as the chance to participate in local rituals, will facilitate study of Peruvian indigenous religion in terms of its function within the broader society. We will also have the opportunity to visit and explore a number of Roman Catholic churches, some of which are built on ground previously occupied by Incan temples. This will allow us to examine not only how Christianity came to establish itself as the dominant religious tradition in Peru, but also how Christianity and indigenous traditions interacted in the past and continue to influence one another in the present. There are no prerequisites for REL 207. This course will fulfill the General Education Religion/Philosophy requirement for the Liberal Arts Core as well as Religion Major or Minor requirements

SPA 451


SPA 202 or permission of instructor

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $3500.00

Travel: Abroad (Peru, passport required)

Instructor: Patty Suppes

SPA 451: Directed Study

Course Description: Before traveling, students will have required readings and research about Peruvian culture and history. Activities in Peru: We will travel throughout the south, starting on the coast and going up into the Andes Mountains. We will have the chance to explore all three of Peru’s major climate zones. We will begin our time in Peru in the historic and diverse capital city of Lima, where we will learn about Peru’s history and modern-day challenges, and visit museums and important archaeological sites of pre-Inca civilizations. We will then fly to the city of Arequipa, where we will explore the city and visit the still-active monastery of Santa Teresa. We will cross the high plateau national park known as the Valley of the Volcanoes and visit the natural preserve to see high Andean wildlife, as well as the deep Colca Canyon where we will observe condors in the wild. We will stay with local families on the Llachón peninsula and explore Lake Titicaca before heading to the historic city of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After visiting many archaeological sites in this area, we will take a three-day hike along an Inca trail, staying with indigenous families along the way and learning about their agriculture, religious practices, and weaving traditions. The trek will end up in Ollantaytambo, from which we will take the train to our last stop—Machu Picchu, sacred city of the Incas.

Both Courses: A passport is necessary; no visa is required for US citizens. No vaccinations or special medications are required. Registration for this course is by permission of the professor—interviews prior to registration are required.  Students must be able to walk long distances, including climbing hills and stairs, and must be prepared for long days of physical activity.

ENG 210

Prerequisite:  ENG 102 with a grade of “C” or higher

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $95.00

Travel: Local

Instructor: Tina Hanlon

ENG 210: World Folktales and Literature

Course Description: 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.

Course Catalog: 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.

COM 211

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $90.00

Travel: Local

Instructor: Karl Roeper

COM 211: Radio Broadcasting Methods

Course Description: This course will familiarize students the structure and design of radio program formats.  Analysis of a variety of radio programs will include both the content and business paradigms of present day radio broadcasts.  Students will learn to create and produce radio programs through developmental writing and practical on-air experience.  Students till also design daily broadcast and commercial programming schedules.

Course Catalog: This course will primarily be held on campus, but we will visit three radio broadcasting stations in Roanoke.  Students will live and breathe radio broadcasting by working full days at Ferrum Radio to create and produce radio programs, IDs, PSAs, Promotional spots, and commercial advertisements.  Students will also experience the managerial aspects of radio broadcasting by working on scheduling and coordination of content on Ferrum Radio.

THA 205, 305, 405

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $500.00

Travel: None

Instructor: Giuseppe Ritorto

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

Course Description: 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.

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

 AGS 218

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 4 hr.

Fee: $1300.00

Travel: Statewide and Washington, D.C

Instructor: Tim Durham

AGS 218: Regional Experiences in Agriculture

Course Description: This course is an intensive study of crop and animal production in this region. The course requires several field trips to nearby farms including a trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

BIO 123

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 4 hr.

Fee: $200.00

Travel: Local

Instructor: Glen Stevens

BIO 123: Introduction to Entomology – Insects and Society

Course Description: As a lab-based science course, the course is already experiential in nature.  During this E-Term course, students will spend substantial time outdoors on campus searching for insects, then identify those species in the lab.  For discussion of insects in the context of forestry, streams, forensic science, and agriculture, we will visit each of the relevant sites, and discuss the ecology of the site and how that relates to the insects groups we find.  Lectures and learning will take place in the field whenever practical.  In addition, we will also conduct visits to relevant local agencies or organizations (e.g., Virginia Tech Entomology Department, Novozymes Biologicals Inc. in Salem, the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville) that have an entomological focus.  Students will assemble an insect collection, which will require hands-on activity in the context of collecting, identifying, and preserving insect specimens.

CHM 405

Prerequisite: CHM 301

Credit: 4 hr


Local Travel

Instructors: Laura Grochowski, Jason Powell, Maria Puccio, and Natalia Smelkove

CHM 405: Advanced Chemistry Laboratory

Course Description: This interdisciplinary chemistry laboratory provides students with laboratory experience using biochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis through a laboratory rotation, intensive research projects, formal laboratory reports, and in-class presentations. Trips to regional laboratories will provide exposure to the usage of equipment not available at Ferrum College.

ESC 208

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 4 hr.

Fee: $3500.00

Travel: abroad (approx. 2 weeks, passport required, Ireland)

Instructor: Bob Pohlad and Carolyn Thomas

ESC 208: Ireland’s Natural History: Interaction of Nature and Culture

Course Description: This E-Term course is designed to provide the opportunity to study the unique natural history of Ireland and its effects on the Irish people and their culture. This course requires a two-week field travel component through the countryside and cities of Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.  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 wet conditions typical of the Irish climate.  A daily journal will be required as well the development of a personal project dealing with some aspect of Irish natural history that will be written up and presented at the end of trip.

MTH 105

Prerequisite: an “R” or passing grade (A, B, or C) in MTH 100

Credit:   3 hr.

Fee: $0.00

Travel: None

Instructor: Justin Allen

MTH 105: Fundamentals of Mathematics

Course Description: This course introduces Liberal Arts students to multiple topics in Mathematics. It helps students develop critical thinking skills; improve their ability to analyze and solve problems; and improve their use of mathematical skills and tools. Topics covered will include a combination of Number Systems, Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and selected other topics. As an E-term course there is a greater opportunity for instruction and one-on-one interaction due to the concentrated format of the term.

MTH 106

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $0.00

Travel: None

Instructor: Brian Falkner

MTH 106: Math Manipulatives

Course Description: This three week course offers students a “hands on” approach to mathematics.  Different areas of mathematics will be examined including, but not limited to, algebra, geometry, and calculus. Students’ understanding will be demonstrated through presentations and/or demonstrations.

School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies

PSC 384

Prerequisite: PSC 101

Credit:  3 hr.

Cost: $2200 (subject to change)

Travel: 5 day trip to Washington, D.C.

Instructor: Sandra Via

PSC 384: The President and Congress

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the functions of the President and Congress.  It examines the decision-making processes of both branches and the ways in which these branches interact in the American political system.  Students in this course will begin with an introduction to each branch, which will be followed by a 5 day trip to Washington, D.C.  The trip to Washington, D.C. provides students with the opportunity to witness the concepts and course material “in-action.”  While in Washington, students will have the opportunity to visit Capitol, meet with congressional representatives and Senators, possibly visit the White House (subject to accessibility), meet with representatives from interest groups, and more.

PSY 298


PSY 201 and Permission of the Professor

Credit:  3 hr.

Fee: $225.00

Travel: None as a class

Instructor: Angie Dahl

PSY 298: Pre-Professional Placement

Course Description: 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.

PSY 355


PSY 201 or BIO 105 or 111

Credit:  3 hr

Fee: $220.00

Travel: Local/Regional

Instructor: Megan St. Peters

PSY 355: Science of Sleep

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system as it is related to sleep, explore the psychological and neurological impact of sleep deprivation on individuals, and engage students in research as they conduct a sleep experiment on themselves

Course Enrollment Limit: 12

PSY 438

Prerequisite: PSY 201

Credit:  3 hr

Fee: $200.00

Travel: Local/Regional

Instructor: Sharon Stein

PSY 438: Child Maltreatment

Course Description: 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.

REC 372

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $1300.00

Travel: Combination of on-campus and regional travel within VA

Instructor: Chris Mayer and Aaron Conover

REC 372: Eco-Adventure

Course Description:  This experiential course is an in depth study of how fly fishing goes beyond being a sport but is a lifelong pursuit.  The course presents to the student through classroom instruction and hands on field-based opportunities the many aspects of fly fishing.  These students will be introduced to: history, theory, casting, tactics, knots, equipment selection/care/use, fly tying, aquatic entomology, conservation and how fly fishing benefits communities.

Catalog Description: This course is a hands-on ecotourism and adventure experience that provides a case study of the relationship between tourism, recreation, history and the environment and its role in communities. Specifically, students will participate in a variety of adventure, cultural/historical and environmental activities that illustrate how tourism can promote local economic stimulus, environmental conservation and education. Students will be required to participate in meetings during the spring semester.

Students must be physically able to take on challenging activities throughout the entire 3 week course.

Course Enrollment Limit: 10

SWK 299

Prerequisite: SWK 201 and ENG 102 (with a “C” or higher, only students who have been accepted into the Social Work major through the formal acceptance process are eligible.

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $45.00

Travel: None as a Class

Instructor: Martha Haley-Bowling

SWK 299: Introduction to Community Service

Course Description: SWK 299 is an experiential course in which students participate in a structured community agency including 75 hours of volunteer service within the local social welfare delivery system.  Classroom seminar accompanies this initial experience in the field.  Most agency placements will be located in the general Rocky Mount area but some may be in surrounding counties.  Students will be responsible for covering their own transportation costs to get to their agency as well as their Field Seminar Workbook.  Students will maintain a daily journal to address specific aspects of their agency experience, create a PowerPoint presentation about the agency, as well as several additional assignments.  Students will be evaluated by their Field Instructor and Faculty liaison.  Students will be at their agency 3-4 days per week (for at least 25 hours a week) and attending class seminar at least 2 days each week.  They may be required to attend at least one evening agency meeting.  Students will also be able visit at least one additional local agency other than their primary placement to get cross exposure.  Students enrolled in this E-Term course are responsible for the following: a) complete a placement interest form by February; b) attend a meeting with instructor in March, prior to E-Term’s start; c) pay a fee by early March for a criminal background, recent TB test and DMV check completed; some agencies require a drug test; and d) interview and be accepted at an agency no later than mid-April. For students in the new 2012 SWK Major curriculum this course is an elective; for students in prior catalog this is a required course.  Students must meet the pre-requisite requirements and should discuss interest with instructor prior to registering for this course.

CJU 375

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 3 hr.

Fee: $1700.00

Travel: None

Instructor: David Nicholson

CJU 375: Crime Scene Photography

Course Description: This course examines the theory and techniques of forensic photography. Students will be introduced to digital photographic terminology, concepts, and techniques, and introduced to the use of photo editing software for analysis and interpretation of photographic evidence.  Following the completion of this course, participants will have experience in writing an acceptable protocol for a forensic scene photography event, understand why photography is important to forensic issues, understand the principles of light as light applies to forensic photography, be able to describe the basic concepts of perspective, depth of field, field of view, shutter speed, aperture setting, and ISO speed and explain the legal implications of digital images as probative evidence.  Photographic equipment will be provided for this course.