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First Year Experience
Course Descriptions
Fall 2012

The Honors RLCs are limited to students who have applied and been accepted into the Marietta College Honors program. Accepted Honors students should rank these as their 1st and 2nd choice. Then you may rank your top three courses from the LLC list below.

#1 HONR 101-01 HONORS SEMINAR (History or Global) and (Literature) HIST 121-01: History of World Civilizations: 1815 to Present, HONR 211: Honors Literature: Australia Faculty: Dr. Katherine McDaniels, History; Dr. Janet Bland, English

This LLC, titled Empire, Nation, People, will introduce Honors students to the myriad of political, cultural, economic, and religious forces that have shaped human experience over the last two centuries and continue to influence our lives today. History 121 is the big picture. World Civilizations II will explore changes in world societies between 1815 and the present—including the increasingly complex connections between diverse peoples and places throughout the world.   Students will explore crucial themes, including nationalism, nation-building, and Europe’s creation and loss of great empires. In addition to learning the narrative of this period of world history, students will be introduced to the main techniques historians use to develop their interpretations—including critical reading, writing, and discussion.  HONR 111 is the case study.  Honors Literature is organized around ideas about how different texts—both literature and film-- portray Australia’s historical journey from British penal colony to modern nation.   In addition to gaining a greater understanding and knowledge of a nation and its literature, students will improve their writing and begin to clarify some of the ideas we all may share about Australia, America, and our common mother, England—in the context of class, crime, gender, place, progress, and time.

#2 HONR 101-02 HONORS SEMINAR (Global) POLS 130: Issues in International Politics, HONR 112-01: Honors Communication.Faculty: Dr. Mark Schaefer, Political Science; Dr. Tomeka Robinson, Communication

Going Global This Learning Community is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of world politics through major issues in today’s international system while learning the fundamentals of oral communication. This partnership will allow for a reinforcement of college skills, collaborative research for assignments, and an integration of critical thinking and communication skills while gaining a better understanding of the processes and interactions of actors in global politics.


Basics of Composition Learning Communities:
If you scored below a 19 or below on their ACT Verbal or 449 or below on the SAT Verbal you must rank these three sections as your top three choices. Then you may rank your top two courses NOT connected with a WRIT 101 or COMM 101.

One of the fundamental skills needed not only in college, but in the world of work is the ability to write well. In order to help all students succeed in this important area Marietta College requires all students who scored a 19 or below on their ACT Verbal or 449 or below on the SAT Verbal to take WRIT 060 their first semester in college. Over the past three years, the WRIT 060 learning community has been very successful in helping students connect what they learn in Basics of Composition to writing papers for other courses. Most importantly it has helped students develop confidence about writing skills. 

Enrollment in these courses are required for and restricted to those with a 19 or below on their ACT Verbal or 449 or below on the SAT Verbal.
ENGL 199: Sports Literature, (Literature), WRIT 060: Basics of Composition and FYE 102-02 College Life and Leadership Lab
Faculty: Dr. Bev Hogue, English; Prof. Joy Held, English; Dr. Lon Vickers, ARC
Sports, Literature, and Life
WRIT 060 Basics of Composition, ENGL 199 Sports Literature, and FYE 102
Many students line up at the starting gate, but how many will make it to the finish line? This learning community combines three courses that will equip students to tackle the challenges of college life. In WRIT 060 and FYE 102 provide strength-training for reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In ENGL 199, students will explore the portrayal of sports in poetry, fiction, and drama and stretch their literary analysis skills. Together, these courses will help students train themselves to reach their academic goals.

GEOL 199: Nature’s Fury, (Scientific Inquiry without a lab) WRIT 060: Basics of Composition and FYE 102-02 College Life and Leadership Lab
Faculty: Dr Frederick Voner, Geology; Dr. Joseph Sullivan, English; Prof. Linda Roesch, Instructional Technologist
Nature’s Fury
This learning community will examine scientific explanations for natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other forces of nature that may give rise to catastrophic events that cause enormous destruction of life and property, and shape our view of nature.  Students will investigate the causes, effects, and options available to mitigate natural disasters, and explore the impact of natural catastrophes on human societies and civilizations. Students will analyze how the popular culture represents natural hazards and their impact on the relationship between humans and the rest of nature in cinematic productions such as Armageddon, Twister, The Perfect Storm, and others. In Basics of Composition students develop literacy skills through reading and writing about texts associated with natural disasters.  Students in Basics of Composition also discuss and develop their drafts on assignments for the Nature’s Fury course.

POLS 103-03: American National Government(Social Science or Leadership), WRIT 060-02: Basics of Composition and FYE 102-02 College Life and Leadership Lab
Faculty: Dr. Mike Tager, Political Science; Dr. Tim Catalano, English; Prof. Amanda Haney-Cech, ARC
This learning community, titled Politics in an Election Year, looks at the leaders, institutions, and processes of American government.  Special themes include how to maintain our liberties in the face of concerns about terrorist threats, what kind of reforms might improve U.S. government and politics, and being able to explain the outcome of the 2012 presidential election—why did Obama or Romney win?  These courses should help you understand the larger picture as many of you prepare to cast your first vote in a presidential election.  Another primary goal of this learning community is to help you succeed at Marietta College.  The critical thinking and writing skills you practice and improve here you can apply in all your classes and beyond in your careers.  Attention will be paid to strengthening your time management and study skills.  By focusing on both academic content and skills development we hope to ensure you get a great start at Marietta College.      

LIVING and LEARNING COMMUNITY (LLC) SECTIONS (Residence Halls will be assigned after enrollment in the courses is completed):

ART 101 - Drawing i(Fine Arts) Faculty: prof. Jolene Powell
 All great art begins with the fundamentals. Designed to orient first year students to the major, this course provides an overview on the fundamentals of drawing. Assignments focus on perspective, line, form, and composition used for representational studies from nature and still life. Enrollment in this course is limited to students planning to major in Art or Graphic Design.

BIOL 105 - Introductory Biology Lab and WRIT 101 – English Composition (Scientific Inquiry)
Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Hancock, Biology and Dr. Bev Hogue, English
Exploring Life through Experimentation
In “Two Ways of Seeing a River,” Mark Twain wrote about how he mastered the Mississippi—first by reading, thinking, and learning about the river, and then by directly experiencing its twists and turns. This learning community will introduce students to methods of exploring the rivers of life. In Biology 105, students will explore biology through laboratory experiments in animal behavior, plant structure and function, and biofuel production, employing observation, experimentation, research, and writing to help them understand the diversity of life. In Writing 101, students will experiment with ideas by reading, thinking, and writing about scientific concepts and their cultural or ethical implications. Together, this learning community will investigate fundamental methods for students to successfully navigate their own life streams. This LLC is perfect for students planning on majoring in Biology, Health Science, Biochemistry, or interested in a pre-medicine track.

CHEM 131/CHEM 133 – General Chemistry I and General Chemistry Laboratory I 
Faculty: Dr. Debbie Egolf and Prof. Suzanne George, Chemistry
CHEMISTRY! This FYE designated learning community will investigate basic principles of chemistry, covering atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions.  Problem solving will be emphasized.  Atomic and bonding theories, and fundamental laws of chemistry will be explored from a historical perspective.  Laboratory techniques and experimentation in support of lecture topics will be emphasized in the laboratory course. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring biochemistry or chemistry as a major or for students requiring the course as a graduate/professional school prerequisite.

COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (Diversity or Social Analysis), COMM 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Faculty: Dr. Dawn Carusi and Dr. Alane Sanders, Communication
This LLC, titled, Critical Lessons in the Presentation of Self, will provide you with an opportunity to explore the question “What kind of a communicator am I in public and private settings?” Through integrated themes and assignments, COMM 110 and COMM 101 will provide a foundation to develop your communication skills to advance personally and professionally.
Through Interpersonal Communication (COMM 110), you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be an ethical and effective relational communicator in a variety of contexts—workplace, family, friendship, and romantic relationships. Issues of perception, identity, nonverbal messages, and conflict will be explored to improve your ability to build and maintain relationships in our diverse society.

Through the Fundamentals of Oral Communication course (COMM 101), you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be an ethical and effective oral communicator. Issues of organization, research, language use, and verbal and nonverbal delivery will be explored to deepen your oral communication competence. The ability to build relationships with your audience and present yourself well in public are critical life skills that will enhance your success in personal and professional spheres. This FYE is ideal for students interested in majoring or minoring in Communication Studies, Organizational Communication/PR, or minoring in Health Communication or Applied Communication or for any student simply wishing to become a better communicator!

EDUC 110: Principles of Education (Leadership & Ethics) and EDUC 130 Technology in the Classroom
Faculty: Dr. Dottie Erb and Dr. Connie Golden, Education
Principles of Education and Technology in the Classroom This LLC is perfect for students who are confident that teaching is their career goal. Students will live together and through the two courses will explore the foundations of what it means to be a classroom teacher. Education 110 examines the historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education, including critical evaluation of contemporary educational trends, leading to clarification of individual teacher’s beliefs, values andethics involved in purposes, content, methods, and appraisal of teacher’s role in public schools. Course includes basic school law and its influences, education policy and its influences, andthe socio-cultural interplay of schools and society.Education 130 emphasizes the uses of computer, laser video, CD-ROM, and telecommunications applications in pre-K-12 classrooms. Students gain working knowledge of hardware, software, and multimedia, as well as an understanding of how technology has impacted schools and society. Course also examines copyright and legal issues pertaining to print and non-print media. Open to all students considering majoring in all levels of education: elementary education, middle school, or Adolescent/Young Adult licensure.

EDUC 110 - Principles of Education (Leadership & Ethics)Faculty: Dr. Dottie Erb, Education Historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education, including critical evaluation of contemporary educational trends, leading to clarification of individual teacher’s beliefs, values andethics involved in purposes, content, methods, and appraisal of teacher’s role in public schools. Course includes basic school law and its influences, education policy and its influences, andthe socio-cultural interplay of schools and society.Enrollment in this course is intended for those interested in students interested in exploring an Education major.  

ENGL 199: Zombies (Literature), WRIT 101: Writing Composition
Faculty: Dr. Joseph Sullivan and Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker, English
Our first year seminar on zombies explores and analyzes novels, short stories, and films chronicling the travails of the recently dead.  Zombie literature ranges as a genre from tragic dramatic representations of the leadership challenges men and women encounter when faced with seemingly hopeless circumstances to humorous, pop culture-conscious critiques of daily life.  Just as students study abroad to learn more about their home countries, if one wants to learn best what it means to be alive, it makes perfect sense to examine what it means to be not so much alive. 

ENGL 240: Concepts of Progress(Literature), WRIT 101: Writing Composition
Faculty: Dr. Nicole Livengood and Dr. Nathan Anderson, English
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning,” said Benjamin Franklin. His views encompass a European-American view of progress as territorial expansion, technological advancement, and social change.  Through field trips that examine progress at a local level and the examination of poetry, diaries, fiction, and letters, we will trace out these concepts of progress from the early 1800s to the present.  But we will also consider multiple other voices—those who are “progressed upon” and dispossessed, from the Native Americans who were displaced in the name of “Manifest destiny” to the factory workers who were victims of the industrial revolution.
Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring English as a major or minor.

EGRG 101: Engineering Reasoning
Faculty: Dr. Ben Ebenhack and Dr. Ben Thomas, Petroleum Engineering
Engineers are required to reason through complex engineering issues by application of critical thinking skills applied with the appropriate intellectual disposition. Specific student learning outcomes for
this course include increased understanding and application of critical thinking skills and an increased awareness of the ethical implications often associated with decision making.

This LLC is for students accepted into the pre-Petroleum Engineering Program. Students will live together and take EGRG 101. As part of this Living/Learning Community students will have opportunities to develop study groups and explore the field of petroleum engineering through field trips, Career Center presentations, and through discussions with peers, faculty, and professionals. 
Enrollment in this course is limited to accepted Petroleum Engineering majors.

LEAD 101 – Foundations in Leadership (Leadership & Ethics)
Faculty: Dr. Bob Pastoor, Leadership and Dean of Students
This LLC is for students accepted into the Leadership program. Students will live together and take LEAD 101. As part of this Living/Learning Community students will have opportunities to explore the connection of leadership across the liberal arts through attendance at fine arts events, speaker series, and other on-campus events. It is the foundations course in leadership studies. It includes exploration of introductory themes: the academic study of leadership, definitions, ethics, power, and the tension between individualism and community. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who have been accepted into the Leadership program and interested in majoring in International Leadership. Students accepted into the Leadership program, but not interested in majoring will be assigned to another section of LEAD 101.

MASS 101 – Media and Society
Faculty: Prof. Lori Smith
Students considering majors or minors in Communication and Media Studies will live together and explore the question: “How can we become critical consumers and creators of media?”  Effects of both mass media and social media on the social and political behavior of the American people will be examined. Course includes an overview of the various mass and social media areas as well as the historical devel­opment of various media. Enrollment in this course is intended for students interested in exploring a major or minor in Ad/PR, Broadcasting or Journalism or who have an interest in the impact of media on society.

MNGT 199: Personal Financial Planning
Faculty: Dr. Jim Falter, Business and Economics
Personal Financial Planning
This course will cover the basic elements of financial planning including credit management, setting personal budgets, fundamentals of loans and debt from the personal perspective.  Additional coverage will include foundational outcomes in savings and investing including coverage of financial markets, information and stocks. 

MUED 110 -  Introduction to Music Professions(Leadership & Ethics)
Faculty: Prof. Marshall Kimball, Music
This course introduces the student to the historical, social and philosophical foundations of music including critical evaluation of contemporary trends leading to a clarification of an individual musician’s philosophy of music and professional ethics. The course includes an introduction to basic law and arts policy in the US and the socio-cultural interplay of music, schools, and society. It will also explore the artistic pathways and qualities that aid in the pursuit of extraordinary musicianship. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a Music Education major or Music major or minor.  

PHYS 221 -  General Physics I(Scientific Inquiry)
Faculty: Dr. Dennis Kuhl, Physics
Main topics covered include the principles of kinematics and dynamics for particles and rigid bodies; applications of Newton’s laws of motion to linear, rotational, and oscillatory motion; conservation of energy, linear momentum, and angular momentum. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a major in engineering or the physical sciences.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (Scientific Inquiry, non-lab or Social Science)
Faculty: Dr. Mark Sibicky
An introduction to the field of Psychological Science and a broad survey of the various areas of the discipline. The course reviews the empirical methods and theories used by psychologists to study human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on the practical applications of psychological research and the influence it has on our everyday lives. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a Psychology major or minor.  

RELI 105: Five Big Religions/Five Big Questions (Diversity or Leadership and Ethics), COMM 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Faculty: Dr. David Torbett, Religion; Prof. Jeff Walker, Communication
Speaking of Religion: Five Big Religions, Five Big Questions, and How Talk about Them
Using the Principles of Basic Public Speaking 
In this learning community, students will hone their oral communication abilities while discovering the five major world religions and debating five major religious questions human beings continually struggle with.
In RELI 101, students will explore the beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They will debate questions, such as: Is there a God and can the God’s existence be proven rationally? If God exists, why do innocent people suffer? Can different religions be equally true? Is religious non-violence possible (or necessary)? What happens to us when we die?
Students at the conclusion of COMM 101 will be able to inform and persuade audiences using public speaking principles. These principles include: the use of logical organization, evidence use, verbal and non-verbal means of expression, effective delivery skills, emotional appeals and the ethical use of creative language. In this learning community, COMM 101 will provide students with a unique opportunity to give voice to the concepts studied and questions raised in RELI 101.

SPAN 101: Spanish Level I (Global)
Faculty: Dr. Tim Abeln
This FYE is particularly appropriate for students interested in living and/or working in an international environment or studying abroad sometime during their time at Marietta College. Students considering a major in Spanish, International Leadership or International Business would also benefit from this LLC. Courses covers: Elementary pronunciation, vocabulary building, and language structure of the Spanish language. Listening comprehension, read­ing, writing, and speaking. Language approached through readings and authentic materials from culture and history of Spanish speaking countries. Intended for students with zero to two years of Spanish in high school.
It is our hope that this learning community will help deepen your understanding of cross-cultural relations and conflicts, as well as sources of bridging such divides.

SMGT 280 – Introduction to Sports Management and COMM 101 – Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Faculty: Prof. Debbie Lazorik, Business and Economics; Dr. Bill Fournier, Communication
This LLC titled, The Business of Sports, provides students with an introduction to sports management while living together. All students will acquire an understanding of the importance of management concepts and principles and their application to the sports industry, become famil­iar with the technical language associated with the field, and learn when and where to seek and find more information about sports management issues. Issues in human resource management, financial management and business policy as they affect sports management are also discussed.
Each year recruiters in the business community rank oral and written communication abilities as key skills needed for succeeding in business. Through integrated assignments students will have the opportunity to develop their abilities to articulate the ideas explored in sports management. Through research and outlining students will learn to write effective informative and persuasive speeches. Work on verbal and nonverbal communication helps students master the delivery skills needed to present the speeches orally. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a major or minor in Sports Management.

SPTM 199-01 Introduction to Sports Medicine, COMM 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Faculty: Prof. Jaclyn Schwieterman, Sports Medicine and Dr. Jamie Moshin, Communication
Why did the NFL make that new concussion rule?  Why do so many baseball pitchers have Tommy Johns’ surgery?  Why do some ankle sprains need walking boots, and others can just be taped up?  What is arthroscopic surgery? While other professions are struggling, sports medicine professionals are in high demand.  This course will critically examine some of the current trends in sports medicine, ethics in sports medicine, and will examine a variety of sports medicine professions by listening to current student panels, alumni and professional panels, the television shows “House” and “Scrubs,” and by looking at different literature on the subject.  Important to every major is the ability to communicate effectively. By linking this section of FYE to a section of COMM 101, we will also improve the participants’ presentation skills through integrated assignments in a supportive environment. Enrollment in this course is limited to those students interested in exploring athletic training careers.  

THEA 106: Acting I, COMM 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Faculty: Prof. Andy Felt, Theatre; Dr. Suzanne Walker, Communication
To Speak or Not to Speak: Process, Preparation, and Practice
The actor and the public speaker can learn much from each other. Success in both roles requires the use of body, voice, and intellect to communicate effectively. In this LLC students will develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively on both the speaking circuit and the stage. In THEA 106, an introduction to acting, students will learn the mechanics of acting through theatre games, improve, and scene work. In COMM 101 students will learn how to develop effective speeches through research and outlining. The use of body and voice will be adapted to the speaking platform. Through integrated assignments we will explore how the two disciplines complement each other and help us to develop into the actors and speakers who understand the process and excel through preparation and practice. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a major or minor in theatre, or those interested in participating in theatre as a co-curricular activity.