General Education Fall 2022 Course Offerings

The following General Education courses will be offered during the fall 2022 semester: 

Humanities

CS = Cultural Studies Pathway | NS = Narrative Studies Pathway | PS = Philosophical Studies Pathway

KCHU 120: Writing

Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose.

KCHU 228: Intro to Philosophy

Introduces philosophical thought from ancient times to the present; topics include ethics, metaphysics, art, religion, politics, and social behavior.

KCHU 255: Intro to Narrative Studies

Provides a core understanding of effective storytelling, examining the ways in which storytellers—both past and present—craft, organize, and convey ideas to successfully reach audiences.

KCHU 322: Creative Writing

Emphasizes the basic elements of craft in short fiction while introducing students to the writing workshop. (NS)

KCHU 323: Aesthetics

Explores the philosophical nature of beauty, art, and taste. (PS)

KCHU 324: Mythology

Examines world myths from ancient civilization to the present. (CS, NS, PS)

KCHU 330: Experimental Fiction

Explores numerous avant-garde techniques in fiction, with a particular focus on short stories designed to resemble other written forms: stories in the forms of recipes, game instructions, eulogies, math tests, permission slips, GoFundMe pages, and more. It’s designed to be about two-thirds literature course and one-third creative writing course, allowing for students to create their own experimental stories. (NS)


KCHU 330: Gothic Stories

Examines the cultural and narrative meanings attached to the Gothic genre—the literary precursor to the Horror genre—in a variety of stories from novels, short fiction, film, and other forms of media and culture. (CS, NS)

KCHU 350: Gods, Myths and Religion

This course focuses on four major areas of religious inquiry: myth; authority; purity and sacred space; and ritual practices. We will draw on diverse source material, including Indian, Muslim, Greek, and Christian traditions but maintain a focus on the re-interpretation of these traditions in the modern, secular west. We will look at popular notions of “cults”; magic; race, ethnicity, and gender; religious fundamentalism and violence; and current debates about religion and science. (CS, PS)

KCHU 360: The Future on Film

This course looks at representations of “the future” in popular cinema. We will focus on portrayals of the environment, society, government, technology, and human relations in dystopic / post-apocalyptic science fiction films such as V for Vendetta, Minority Report, Blade Runner, Ex Machina and others. (CS, NS)

KCHU 460/461: Capstone

Synthesizes learning from students’ general education coursework—particularly from the Narrative or Philosophy Pathway courses—and, as appropriate, from their disciplinary studies. (Students who enroll should have completed their “Pathways” courses and, ideally, have achieved senior status.) (CS, NS, PS)


Science and Math

CS = Cultural Studies Pathway | NS = Narrative Studies Pathway | PS = Philosophical Studies Pathway

KCSC 231: Math in Art and Design

A study of the relationships between mathematics and the arts. Includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, rhythmic progressions, proportion, and composition.

KCSC 240: Perspectives on Science

Examines the nature of science and some of the major scientific ideas and issues affecting our culture.

KCSC 303: Special Topic – Astronomy

Examines the distinctive qualities of the planets, their moons, the stars, and galaxies; enables students to use empirical evidence to examine whether many widely accepted ideas do reflect the reality of our universe.


Social Sciences

CS = Cultural Studies Pathway | NS = Narrative Studies Pathway | PS = Philosophical Studies Pathway

KCSS 229: Intro to Cultural Studies

Examines what it means to be a member of a particular society and how individuals both form and are formed by society.

KCSS 241: Intro to Sociology

Considers topics such as culture, society, social class, institutions, and social change. (CS)

KCSS 243: Anthropology

A survey of physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. (CS)

KCSS 342: Human Sexuality

Examines the broad field of human sexuality, integrating five major dimensions of the subject: biological, psychosocial, cultural, behavioral, and clinical. (CS)

KCSS 355: Historical Studies – Jazz

Examines the major artists, works, and events of the musical genre as well as its related historical developments. (CS)

KCSS 355: Historical Eras—Rock-n-Roll

Examines the major artists, works, and events of the musical genre as well as its related historical developments. (CS)

KCSS 365: Race Studies

The course examines the social construction of race in the United States, historically and culturally, analyzing how various institutions shape the changing definitions of race in relation to identity, difference, and power. We will examine how race plays out in pop culture and society using topics such as film/TV, music, material culture, and the environment. (CS)

KCSS 460: Capstone

This course synthesizes learning from students’ general education coursework—particularly from the Cultural Studies Pathway courses—and, as appropriate, from their disciplinary studies. (Students who enroll should have completed their “Pathways” courses and, ideally, have achieved senior status.) (CS, NS, PS)

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Pathways Info Packet

 

GENERAL EDUCATION FACULTY


Susanna Engbers, PhD
Professor/Program Chair
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Adam Schuitema, PhD
Professor
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Christine Haskill, PhD
Assistant Professor
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