General Education Fall 2021 Course Offerings

The following General Education courses will be offered during the fall 2021 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 227: World Religions

Focuses on the world’s major religious traditions through a critical examination of their origins, spiritual teachers, religious beliefs, rituals, and practices.

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

An exploration of 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: Genre Studies – Gothic Stories

This course 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: Religion Studies – Three Wise Men: Sacred Stories of Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad

Explore the stories of the founders of three of the world's religions. This course focuses on the lives of Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad according to the various written accounts from the religious traditions of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. (CS, PS)

KCHU 360: Film Studies – Presidents on Film

Examines contemporary biographical films that depict the lives and terms of famous U.S. presidents. This course analyzes these films as acts of historical memory and focuses on the films' politics, cultural contexts, reception, and representations. (CS, NS)

KCHU 422: Fiction Workshop

An advanced creative writing course that centers on the craft and theory of fiction writing, with an emphasis on whole-class critiques of student work. (NS)

KCHU 460/461: Capstone in Narrative/Philosophical Studies

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.) (NS)


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: 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 Psychology

Examines the field of psychology, including its basic principles, theories, issues, and practices. (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 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

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. (CS)

KCSS 460: Capstone in Cultural Studies

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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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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