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First Year Experience

First Year Experience
Course Descriptions
Fall 2014


The Honors LLCs 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. SELECT ONLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO HONORS!

HIST 121-01 World Civ II, and HONR 111-01 Honors Literature

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Kathryn McDaniel, History and Dr. Janet Bland, English

In World Civilizations II (1815 to the Present) we will explore the impact of modern industrial technology on global relationships. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, we will analyze the role of science and technology in building nationalism and fueling empires, developing ideas about citizenship and individual rights, shaping responses to epidemics and environmental disasters, and creating modern warfare and communications systems. We will evaluate the benefits and pitfalls of technological innovations for both individuals and nations from the Age of Empires to the Post-Cold War world. .

In Honors Literature (Representations of Science and Technology in Literature and Film) we will consider the many ways in which innovations and scientific transformations are explored across decades, nations, and literary genres. If language is the vessel that bears the culture, texts are the means by which we explore how human experience intersects with the advancement of knowledge. While we are reading modern texts, the technological and scientific progress of these narratives are set from late nineteenth century, throughout the twentieth century, and continue up to today in the twenty-first century. We will be forming opinions within these discussions of technology--including how it relates to our own lives and choice--and making arguments in essay assignments. SELECT ONLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO HONORS!

POLS 120-01 Intro to Comparative Politics and HONR 112-01 Honors Communication

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Mike Tager, Political Science and Dr. Jamie Moshin, Communication Studies

POLS 120 focuses on states, the most important form of political organization in the world today. We will study how states are organized according to ideologies, and compare the origins, institutions, and practices of democratic and authoritarian states. We will also study the problems states face like ethnic and national conflict, underdevelopment or post-industrialism, and to what extent states will remain relevant actors in an increasingly globalized world. A special theme will be investigating why some states succeed and others fail, and whether any lessons from past states can be applied to help us understand the prospects for rising powers like China or established powers like the United States. HONR 112 will develop a political rhetoric theme to further help students understand how power gets used. In HONR 112 students will gain the ability to translate ideas into articulate language which is essential to the work done in any profession. This learning community will use our encounters with politics as a context through which we can develop critical thinking, advocacy, and communication skills. SELECT ONLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO HONORS!


If you scored below an 18 or below on their ACT Verbal or 449 or below on the SAT Verbal you must choose one of these FYEs. Or if you have another FYE designated course below that you are interested in that is NOT connected to a WRIT 110 or COMM 101 you may take it and the stand alone section of WRIT 060.

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 this course is required for and restricted to those with an 18 or below on their ACT Verbal or 449 or below on the SAT Verbal.


ENGL 199-03 Sports Literature, (Literature), WRIT 060-03 Basics of Composition, ENGL 194: Introduction to Critical Reading and FYE 102-02

College Life and Leadership Lab

Faculty: Dr. Bev Hogue, English; Dr. Tim Catalano, English; Prof. Kierra Hambrick, ARC; Prof. Linda Roesch

Learning Community

Sports, Literature, and Life

Many students line up at the starting gate, but how many will make it to the finish line? This learning community combines four courses that will equip students to tackle the challenges of college life. WRIT 060 and FYE 102 provide strength-training for writing, critical thinking and study skills. In ENGL 194 you will have an opportunity to find ways to be a more effective reader as you take on the challenge of the college level reading load. 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.

MATH 123-01 Practical Statistics, WRIT 060-01 Writing Composition, and FYE102-01 College Life and Leadership

Learning Community

Faculty: Prof. Michelle Jeitler, Mathematics; Dr. Tim Catalano, English; and Prof. Amanda Haney-Cech, ARC

In MATH 123 you will have an opportunity to examine real world data and find methods that allow you to synthesize and analyze the information in practical ways, by using statistics. In WRIT 060 you will be engaged in the process of writing to develop drafting, revision, and sentence-level writing skills. These courses will also provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your reading and writing skills by reading appropriate articles and writing brief summaries of the statistical and rhetorical methods the authors used. And the FYE 102 course will help strengthen your overall time management and study skills. Our topic for the course is Food, and includes hands-on research activities in which you can practice your skills with statistics, writing, and analysis.


Unless you were accepted to Honors or are required to take WRIT 060, you should choose all five of your top choices from the following list of courses. You are welcome to choose from all three sections: Arts, Human Experience, and Introduction to Majors.


ART 101-07 DRAWING I (Fine Arts)

Faculty: Prof. Jolene Powell, ART 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 intended for students who want to major OR minor in Art or Graphic Design or are interested in exploring these areas as a possible major or minor.

MUSC 171-01 Aural Skills I

Faculty: Dr. Brent Yorgason, Music

This course offers basic training in the development of aural skills through sight singing, rhythm reading, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. Emphasis will be on learning solfege and performing and transcribing diatonic, conjunct melodies with simple rhythms. Enrollment in this course is required for students interested in a major in music or music education.

THEA 106-01 Acting I (Fine Arts), COMM 101-18 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Prof. Andrew Felt, Theatre; Dr. Suzanne Walker, Communication Studies and Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education 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 theatre.


ENGL 220-02 CONCEPTS OF DIVERSITY (Literature or Diversity), COMM 101-18 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Nicole Livengood, English; Dr. Alane Sanders, Communication Studies

You pass a crowd of people but notice only one—one person who catches your eye a moment longer than the others—one person who looks or acts “different.” You have been caught looking. What is the consequence? How does your perception and reaction change your relationships; the world? In this Learning Community, we consider how acts of looking and the experience of being looked at have real-world implications. We draw on ideas of Social Justice, race, class, and gender as we examine (dis)ability and (ab)normality. In ENGL 220, we will analyze texts such as Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Learning Channel’s Little People, Big World. We will explore how and why various groups--such as Native Americans, immigrants, and the visibly disabled have been stared at and judged as “abnormal.” We will also think about how these groups have responded. In COMM 101, you will have the opportunity to experience being the center of attention by writing and delivering speeches, and developing skills in using language and audience analysis to communicate meaningfully with others. Enrollment in this course is intended for students interested in exploring an English major or minor, health majors, or those interested in science or medicine.

GEOL 199-01 Nature’s Fury, (Scientific Inquiry without a lab)

Faculty: Dr. Frederick Voner, Geology

This FYE 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.

HIST 240-01 American Medicine (Historical Perspective), and COMM 101-07 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Andrew Wehrman and Dr. Jamie Moshin

In this FYE, we will offer an introduction to the history of medicine and public health in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Research and presentation skills will be emphasized in this learning community, and students will also be expected to research and speak on current and historic issues of health and healing, as well as to explore the political rhetoric of health care. The courses will focus on differing conceptions of disease, health, and healing throughout American history, the changing role of medicine and medical professionals in American life, and the development of health care policies on local and federal levels. Additionally, this learning community will include a field trip to a key site in the history of medicine, as well as guest speeches from experts in the field.

LEAD 101 – Foundations in Leadership (Leadership & Ethics)

Faculty: Dr. Rob McManus, Leadership

This FYE is for students accepted into the Leadership program. Students will live together and take LEAD 101. As part of this FYE Living 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, special consideration will be given to those interested in majoring in International Leadership. All students accepted into the Leadership program will be assigned to a section of LEAD 101 so the FYE designated section of LEAD 101 is NOT required if you have another FYE that interests you.

MASS 101-02 Media and Society (Social Analysis)

Faculty: Prof. Lori Smith, Media Studies

Students considering majors or minors in 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 devel¬opment 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.

MIS 199-01 Information Technology and Globalization (Global)

Faculty: Prof. Bob Van Camp, Information Systems

This course introduces students to the basics of Information Technology (IT) and its important role in the process of globalization from economic, business, cultural and social perspectives. Students will explore a series of events behind the IT revolution which is reshaping the economies and social lives of many countries around the world. By the end of this course, students will have a basic but sound understanding of the Internet and World Wide Web, which facilitate the expansion of products, services, ideas, and resources among different nations and create efficient and effective communication channels to exchange information. Students will acquire hands-on skills using various online collaboration tools to explore the rich international resources at Marietta College and interact with students from other countries.

PSYC 199-01 Debunking the Myths (Social Analysis) and PSYC 101-04 Introduction to Psychology (Social Analysis or Scientific Inquiry)

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Alicia Doerflinger , Psychology and Dr. Mark Sibicky, Psychology

This LLC will provide a way to explore general introduction to several topics in psychology by means of tackling the great myths of psychology prevalent in popular media. A good portion of what we see regarding psychology in magazines, books, television, and movies is exaggerated, partially true, or sometimes completely false. We’ll examine some of these topics, such as the percentage of your brain you actually use, whether or not subliminal messages can have an effect on you, and whether or not hypnosis may help you retrieve memories. By examining different forms of popular media, the course will emphasize a critical thinking approach to understanding psychological topics as they appear in our everyday lives. Enrollment in this course is intended for those students interested in exploring a Psychology major or minor or who have an interested in learning more about psychology.


BIOL 101-05/105-05 Modern Biology/Introductory Biology Lab (Scientific Inquiry) and WRIT 110-07 College Composition

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. David McShaffrey, Biology; Prof. Tanya Jarrell, Biology; and Prof. Keira Hambrick,ARC

Exploring Life through Experimentation

In Biology 101, 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. This FYE is perfect for students planning on majoring in Biology, Health Science, Biochemistry, or interested in a pre-medicine track.

CHEM 131-05/CHEM 133-07 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Scientific Inquiry with a lab)

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Dr. Kimberly S Parsons, Chemistry and Dr. Kevin Pate, 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.

EDUC 110-01 PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION (Leadership & Ethics)

Faculty: Dr. Carole Hancock, Education; Dr. Tanya Judd-Pucella, Education

Historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education, including critical evaluation of contemporary educational trends, leading to clarification of individual teacher’s beliefs, values and ethics 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, and the socio-cultural interplay of schools and society. Enrollment in this course is intended for students interested in exploring an Education major.

EGRG 101: Engineering Reasoning

Faculty: Dr. Ben Ebenhack, Dr. Ben Thomas, Prof. Tina 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, DECLARED Petroleum Engineering majors.

PHYS 221-04 General Physics I (Scientific Inquiry) PHYS 221L Required

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.

SMGT 280-02 Introduction to Sports Management and COMM 101-15 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Prof. Debbie Lazorik, Business and Economics; Dr. Liane Gray-Starner, Communication Studies

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 famil¬iar 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, WRIT 110-02 College Composition

Living & Learning Community!

Faculty: Prof. Jaclyn Schwieterman, Sports Medicine and Dr. Nathan Anderson, English


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 write effectively. By linking this section of FYE to a section of WRIT 101, we will also improve the participants’ writing skills through integrated assignments in a supportive environment. Enrollment in this course is limited to those students interested in exploring athletic training careers.