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E-term Courses

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. For more information about E-Term (details, dates, deadlines, fees, etc.) go to main E-Term page.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND FEES FOR E-TERM 2014  (May 13 - 30, 2014)

ACC 202: Principles of Accounting II

Basic elements of the accounting process for planning budgeting and control and their application to various forms of business. Also included are financial analysis and concepts of cost, including the effects of cost on revenues, profits, asset values, and capital budgeting decisions.

  • Instructor:          Professor Jason Sharp
  • Pre-requisite:     ACC 201
  • Travel:                 no travel
  • Credit:                  3 hr
  • .Fee:                      $0

 

AGS 218: Regional Experiences in Agriculture

What is the face of agriculture going to look like in the 21st century? This is a critical question as we strive to resolve agriculture's ongoing identity crisis: factory farming to feed the masses, ecological farming to preserve the environment, or both? This requires a thoughtful dialog on agricultural "sustainability" - the environmental, social, and economic factors that determine the long-term resilience of farming systems. This immersive course is designed to examine these factors, using Virginia's diversified systems as a backdrop. Guest speakers, travel, and field exercises will illuminate fundamental concepts. A service learning component may be included. Course delivery will be supplemented with readings and a capstone project evaluating the sustainability of a selected agricultural system. Students from all backgrounds and majors are encouraged to enroll.

  • Instructor:          Professor Tim Durham
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 local and regional travel
  • Credit:                  4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $500.00

 

BUS 207: The History of Business Through Film and Media 

This course examines pivotal topics in American history of business as delivered through feature files and documentaries. Students will view movies on various topics, participate in seminar discussions, and conduct research to establish how historical events have impacted contemporary business decision making. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation and evaluation of business practices that have influenced past, present, and even into future organizational behavior. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Faye Angel, Professor Micky Naff
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 no travel
  • Credit:                  3hr.
  • Fee:                      $0

 

BUS 493: Global Practicum II

The GCP experience is designed to give students an opportunity to leverage their existing business skills, as well as, develop new ones in an exciting environment, working cooperatively in a team setting with students from English Speaking Universities/Colleges in Greece. Registration for this course is by permission of the professor--interviews prior to registration are required.  (Limit of 15 students in course)

  • Instructor:          Dr. Demetri Tsanacas and Dr. Rathin Basu
  • Pre-requisite:     BUS 492, permission of instructor
  • Travel:                 travel abroad (Greece, approx. 3 weeks)
  • Credit:                  3hr.
  • Fee:                      $3500.00

(Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.)

COM 211: Radio Broadcasting Methods

This course will familiarize students with the structure and design of radio program formats. Students will learn to create and produce radio programs through developmental writing and practical on-air experience. Students will also design daily broadcast and commercial programming schedules. Analysis of a variety of radio programs will include both the content and business paradigms of present day radio broadcasts. Although this course will spend most of the time on campus, some local travel is possible. 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.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Karl Roeper
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 local/regional travel
  • Credit:                  3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $85.00

 

CJU 375: Crime Scene Photography

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.

  • Instructor:          Dr. David Nicholson
  • Pre-requisite:    none
  • Travel:                 no travel
  • Credit:                  3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $1350.00

 

CJU 497: Topics in Institutional Corrections

This course takes an in depth look into prisons and jails (correctional institutions) and how varied they are depending on their custody level and the types of offenders they serve. We will visit a variety of correctional facilities that range from minimum to maximum security at both the local and state levels.   Some prisons will house male   offenders, while some will house females, and one of the jails will house both. Field trips will be taken to the local court as well as a local probation and parole office. Prior to taking the field trips, we will watch a variety of classic films which are both fictional and documentary to help you understand the prison culture. Students will practice a play depicting prison life and its impact on prisoners, the correctional officers, and the families of prisoners and correctional officers. The play will be performed on campus and in a boot camp prison. There are several written assignments that include previews and reviews of all the agencies visited as well as critiques of all the films. The course has a maximum of 13 students.

  • Instructor:          Dr. William Osborne
  • Pre-requisite:    none
  • Travel:                 local and regional travel (Virginia and Eastern Tennessee)
  • Credit:                  3 hr
  • .Fee:                      $360.00

 

EDU 147: Selected Topics – Diverse Student Populations as Portrayed in Visual Media

Through this course, students will examine the impact that specific disabilities have on individuals' lives and on the lives of their families.   Students will explore a variety of disability-related issues, and will complete assigned readings and view media presentations (for example, movies, documentaries, YouTube, and streaming media) to create a basis for discussion and informal research. Based on their research they will develop a presentation to support or refute assumptions based on the media presentations. Students will discuss characteristics, definitions, and appropriate school intervention for students. Field trips to selected facilities in the region will allow students to observe and interact with special populations and with professionals working in those fields.

  • Instructor:          Professor Nancy Beach
  • Pre-requisite:     SPD 220
  • Travel:                 regional travel
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $225.00

 

ENG 210:World Folktales and Literature

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.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Tina L. Hanlon
  • Pre-requisite:     ENG 102 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Travel:                 local travel
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $95.00

 

ENG 213: Literature and Film of the American Frontier

The objective of this course is to examine the American frontier with a particular emphasis on the western and anti-western novel as well as western and revisionist film. 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.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Allison Harl
  • Pre-requisite:     ENG 102 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Travel:                 local travel
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $95.00

 

ENG 221: Introduction to Film

This course provides an introductory survey of film history, theory, and technique.  In this process, students assess the impact of the rapid emergence and development of movies in modern culture.  Students will be able to discuss and analyze a variety of movies each week (some on campus, some off) and working in small groups will have the opportunity to devise, film, and edit a short video which may be presented to and critiqued by the class.

  • Instructor:        Dr. John Kitterman
  • Pre-requisite:   ENG 102 with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Travel:              some local
  • Credits:            3 hr.
  • Fee:                 $46.00

 

ESC 205: Rainforest to Reef; Resource Management in Belize

This course is an introduction to the geology, taxonomy, ecology, and management of tropical terrestrial and marine ecosystems.  In this course, students will learn the principles of tropical and marine ecology during a two-week field course in Belize a stable English-speaking democracy in Central America.  We will travel from rainforest to reef. We will focus on both the ecology of the ecosystems and how local community-based organizations in Belize decide how to manage resources sustainably.  Issues in Belize such as wildlife conservation, jaguar ecology, biodiversity, sustainable forestry, producer cooperatives, and ecotourism will be covered in detail.  Students will have the opportunity for hiking, caving, snorkeling the world's second-longest barrier reef, exploring Mayan ruins, and studying the local and indigenous cultures.  Lectures and labs will take place in the field.  Students will be required to have a US passport and some immunizations.  (Limit of 10 students in course)

  • Instructor:          Dr. Glen Stevens
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 abroad (approx. 15 days, passport required, Belize)
  • Credits:                4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $2995.00

(Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.)

 

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

This E-Term course is designed to study the unique natural history of Ireland and the effects on the Irish people and their culture. This course requires a two week field component, traveling through the countryside of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Bob Pohlad and Dr. Carolyn Thomas
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 abroad (approx. 2 weeks, passport required, Ireland)
  • Credits:                4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $3500.00

(Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.)

 

ESC 390: Ornithology

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

  • Instructor:          Dr. Todd Fredericksen
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 local travel
  • Credits:                4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $85.00

 

HIS 303: The American Revolution

Students will expand their understanding of the American Revolution during a guided tour of important historical sites in New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Discussions, lectures, and multimedia presentations on campus and during travel will enable students to appreciate the geographical, architectural, and topographical context of the American Revolution and allow them to process the information they gather at the sites. Specially selected readings will help students maximize on-site learning. Tests will be administered daily during the tour, and analytical papers will be submitted during the on-campus portions of the course.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Michael Trochim
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 regional travel (regional travel (9 days, 7 nights, eastern US)
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $785.00

 

MTH 106: Math Manipulatives

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.  An excellent course for students minoring in education and will teach math in K-12.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Bryan Faulkner
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 no travel
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $0

 

PSY 289: Pre-Professional Placement

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, psychotherapists, social workers, personnel managers, behavior analysts, parole officers, and counselors 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 66 hours in the field. Students must provide their own transportation to placements.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Angie Dahl
  • Pre-requisite:     PSY 201 and permission of the instructor
  • Travel:                 none as a class
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $0

 

REL 207: Selected Topics: Globalizing Religion: Service Learning and Christianity in Mexico

Because of the global environment of the twenty-first century, students need to relate constructively to the diverse religious beliefs and practices they will encounter in the world. For both religion majors and students taking a second religion course as part of their liberal arts core, this course will help students demonstrate their understanding of some ways that religion helps shape identity. Questions driving this course include: 1) How has Christianity globalized and adapted in different cultural contexts? Particular attention will be paid not only to different manifestations of Christianity in Mexico, but also to its political and cultural relationship with colonialism. 2) What role has Christianity played both in creating situations of oppression as well as being a resource to resist oppression. This course will run simultaneously with SPA 451 and will include together all travel and service work in central Mexico. We will work in partnership with Por un Mejor Hoy in Mexico, an organization that connects US colleges with local service programs. Before traveling, students in both courses will have required readings and research about Mexican culture and history. Students will also plan an educational activity in advance, which they will implement in-country. There are no prerequisites for REL 207, and you will not need to know Spanish to take this course. 

Registration for this course is by permission of the professor--interviews prior to registration are required. Students must be physically able to walk long distances and hike.

  • Instructor:          Dr. David Howell
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 travel abroad (approx. 3 weeks)
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $2700.00

(Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.)

 

SCI 205: Chemistry and Art

This is an interdisciplinary course designed as an introduction to the basic elements of general, analytical, and organic chemistry using technical examination of artwork such as paintings, sculpture, glasswork, and others. The course will place emphasis on teaching science, mainly chemistry, in context of proper examination, authentication, and restoration of art objects; it also will address questions in history, religion, and economics.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Natalia Smelkova
  • Pre-requisite:     MTH 100 or higher
  • Travel:                 regional travel (3 days, 2 nights to Washington, DC)
  • Credits:                4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $965.00

 

SCI 244: Introductory Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology

This course investigates the scientific principles and techniques behind forensic criminal investigations. The techniques explored will include latent fingerprint detection and identification, blood analysis, hair and textile identification and ink and handwriting analysis. The highlight of this course will be travel to the University of Tennessee for training in forensic anthropology and a visit to the "Body Farm". During the forensic anthropology training students will evaluate changes in human composition as a function of time and environmental circumstances, in order to appropriately establish reasonable approximations of cause and time of death. Students will also learn how to use skeletal remains to estimate age, stature, gender, and ancestry of deceased individuals.

  • Instructor:          Professor June Minter
  • Pre-requisite:     MTH 100 or higher
  • Travel:                 regional travel (7 days, 6 nights, Knoxville, TN)
  • Credits:                4 hr.
  • Fee:                      $2035.00

 

SPA 451: Directed Study: Service Learning in Mexico

The best way to learn about a culture and develop language skills is through interaction with people. This course will give students the opportunity to travel through several parts of beautiful and historic central Mexico, and will include close work and cultural exchanges with a number of local people. Throughout our stay in Mexico we will visit schools, religious institutions, and cultural and historical sites to learn about the diversity and richness of Mexican culture. This course will run simultaneously with REL 207. In this program we will work in partnership with Por un Mejor Hoy, an organization that connects US colleges with local service programs. Before traveling, students will have required readings and research about Mexican culture and history. Students will also plan an educational activity in advance, which they will implement in-country.

In order to take SPA 451 you will need to have completed SPA 202 or have permission of the instructor. Students must be physically able to walk long distances and hike.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes
  • Pre-requisite:     SPA 451 will need SPA 202 or have permission of instructor
  • Travel:                 travel abroad (approx. 2 weeks, passport required)
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $2700.00

(Travel safety will be determined at the beginning of the course and could cause a revision of course plans or cancellation.)

 

SWK 299: Introduction to Community Services

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. 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 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; 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) interview and be accepted at an agency no later than mid-April. Students must meet the pre-requisite requirements and should discuss interest with instructor prior to registering for this course.

  • Instructor:          Professor Martha Haley-Bowling
  • Pre-requisite:     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.
  • Travel:                 none as a class
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $0

 

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

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.

  • Instructor:          Professor Wayne Bowman
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 none
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $350.00

 

THA 222: Voice and Diction

This lively course examines all the elements that contribute to clear, correct, and engaging voice production. Through reading, exercises, games, listening, evaluating and other activities, students will experiment and practice using their voices and bodies in good communication. There will be a field trip to Staunton, or other location, to see professional actors as they employ their voices in live theatre. The course will culminate in a recreation of "the days of radio," performing scripts from authentic radio shows of the past.  This class is designated to meet Speaking Intensive requirement for graduation.

  • Instructor:          Dr. Helen Prien
  • Pre-requisite:     none
  • Travel:                 local travel (1 day trip)
  • Credits:                3 hr.
  • Fee:                      $125.00

 

  

*IMPORTANT Deadlines for E-Term  2012/2013*

  • 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 11-15, 2013.
  • Check in for E-Term 2014 is May 12.  Classes start May 13 and the last day of class is May 30.
  • 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 10, 2013 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 travel scholarships granted will also be permanently lost should the dropping of an E-Term class becomes necessary for failure to pay the deposit and/or dropping the course for any reason. 
  • Applications for need-based scholarships for ONE E-Term travel course with a fee over $2000 will be available during registration for spring semester classes (students may only receive one E-term scholarship as they pursue their undergraduate degree). Arrangements for any other financial aid help must be addressed now with the financial aid office. 
  • Deadline for the scholarship application is November 15, 2013.  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.  E-Term travel scholarships are not available for E-Term travel classes beyond the number of E-Term classes required to graduate.  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.
  • The last day to drop an E-term class is February 7, 2014.
  • Students are obligated for all course fees if still enrolled on or after February 7, 2014.  If a student withdraws after February 7, 2014, and therefore loses an E-Term travel scholarship that might have been granted, the student is still obligated for the full course fee.
  • 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 10, 2013.
  • 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.
  • Students enrolled in a May 2013 E-Term course on or after February 7, 2014 will be obligated to pay travel related expenses and/or the full course fee whether or not they ultimately participate in the E-Term experience.
  • Students taking any additional E-Term courses (i.e., over the number required in the catalog for the year they enrolled) will incur an additional tuition fee of $570.00 per credit hour for the course.  If course is not dropped by the set drop date (e.g., Feb. 7, 2014 for May 2014 E-Term courses) the student will be obligated to pay all travel related expenses and/or published course fees.
  • The $500 deposit is forfeited if a student drops/withdraws from any E-Term class after December 10, 2013.
  • If a student adds an E-Term class after December 10, 2013, they must pay the $500 deposit (required for courses with a fee of $2,000 or more) prior to the E-Term course being added to their schedule. The last day to add an E-term class is Friday, January 17, 2014  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.
Loan options for payment of E Term may be available. Students MUST contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. All applications and appropriate documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before April 17, 2014 for timely processing.