E-Term Courses

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

FER 199 Introduction to Service Learning

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

Prerequisites: None     Credits:  3

Cost: $380.00     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.

AGS 228: Equine Assisted Therapies

Instructor: Dr. Nany Brubacker

Prerequisites: None     Credits: 4

Cost: ?     Travel: Local

This course is designed to offer the student a focused experience in the Equine Industry and to allow the student to experience the range of diversity in occupation that the Equine Industry offers. While the course focuses on the EAAT, the broader discussion of career prospects in the Equine Industry will welcome students studying in many departments and majors. Students will earn up to 181 contact hours that can be applied toward certifications for EAGALA, EAL, QMHP, CHA, and USHJA Instructor. Riding will be a small part of this course, however any level rider is welcome.

202 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Development II

Instructor: Dr. Delia Heck

Prerequisites:      Credits: 

Cost: $3,500.00     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.

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.

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.

REC 372 Eco-Adventure: Mountain Biking

Instructor: Dr. Dan Caston

Prerequisites: None     Credits:3 hrs.

Cost:      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.

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.

SOC 392 /EPD 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.

HHP 249 (Special Topics Course): Certifications in Health and Fitness

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Hardwicke

Prerequisites:      Credits: 

Cost:     Travel: 

This course is designed to provide students opportunities to study specialized topics and timely issues in physical education through the parameters of a class. The topics courses typically provide elective credit in the Physical Education Program, and may be repeated if the topics are different. Courses taught at the 149 level that exposed students to the basic knowledge and vocabulary of the discipline. Courses taught at the 249 level are those in which students are acquiring a knowledge base through the direction of the faculty member. Courses taught at the 349 level are those in which students will begin to apply knowledge and skills from other courses through the completion of instructor-led and independent projects. Courses taught at the 449 level require autonomous completion of tasks based on prior knowledge and skills demonstrating substantial growth in the field.

 

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to gain certification in the area(s) of fitness, health and wellness. Possible certifications include; Yoga Instructor Certification, Strength and Conditioning Certification, Coaching Certification, Advance First Aid, CPR and AED, Wilderness First Aid Certification, Personal Training Certification, Certificated Health Specialist, Group Fitness Leader and Exercise Specialist.

SWK 299

Instructor: Prof. Jennie West

CJU 497

Instructor: Dr. David Nicholson

Prerequisites:     Credits: 

Cost: $3,500.00     Travel: England