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Humanities Electives Course Offerings

On-Site Instruction

Science Fiction: Humanities 2011 with Rick Bombard, CRN 80569 and 81385Portrait of Rick Bombard

  • Marietta Campus
  • 3 credit hours
  • HYBRID Split format: 80569 meets Tuesday; 81385 meets Thursday
  • Full session

This class is a hybrid split; you will attend class one day a week. Both Tuesday and Thursday students will be in the same class on D2L to complete all other coursework. Focusing on text & film, we will explore how science fiction and horror relate meaningfully to human existence. We will also try to answer the following questions: What does it mean to have a personal identity? Is it possible to enhance, or even transcend, the human brain? Is life merely a computer simulation? Are there other dimensions? Student evaluation consists of quizzes, one short & one long paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Possible readings will include Dracula and Frankenstein. Films will include Alien and The Exorcist and Invasion.

Southern Writers with Rachel Wall, CRN 80682Rachel Wall

  • Cartersville Campus
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 4th Session: Sept 8-Dec 7
  • No textbook

This is a 2-credit class that meets twice a week in a classroom space that allows for social distancing.  This Area B course explores the South both old and new in fiction and nonfiction. Topics include Southern Gothic, landscapes and nature, film, dialect, and other cultural aspects of the region. No textbook is required, but online readings will be assigned. Students will have some choice of which writers (even songwriters) from southern states they want to research. Faulkner, O’Connor, Poe, Walker, and Welty are just a few of the authors covered. For more information, contact rwall@highlands.edu.

Hispanic Cinema with Kathryn Garcia, CRN 81023Dr. Kathryn Garcia

  • Cartersville Campus
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 3rd Session: Aug 15-Oct 26
  • No textbook required

In this course students will watch masterpieces of Hispanic cinema and write short essays discussing culture, film theory and cinema trends. This class is taught in English and there is no required text. This is a 2-credit class that meets twice a week in a classroom space that allows for social distancing. I am available to students via email at kgarcia@highlands.edu and will hold regular office hours.

Online Instruction

Engaging in the Election of 2020 with Steve Stuglin, CRN 80983Dr. Steve Stuglin

  • Fully Online
  • Full Fall Session
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • No textbook required

The focus of the course is the 2020 election, with particular attention to the national political climate. Students will participate in activities to register voters, research policy planks online, fact-check political statements, compare and contrast candidates, develop informational visual aids about candidates and issues, and organize debate watch parties with peers. For more information, contact sstuglin@highlands.edu.

Team Sports and Critical Thinking with Dalton Lemelle, CRN 80986portrait of Dalton Lemelle

  • Fully Online
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 3rd Session (Aug 15-Oct 26)
  • No textbook required

This fully-online course explores the philosophies and strategies that create successful team sport performances, including close examination of successful teams in history, and applies those philosophies to success in academic areas across the curriculum and in career endeavors outside of college. For more information, contact dlemelle@highlands.edu.

The Legends of King Arthur: Medieval to Modern with Michelle Abbott, CRN 81186portrait of Michelle Abbott

  • Fully Online
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2nd Session (Oct 8-Dec 7)
  • No textbook required

This course explores the legends of King Arthur with an examination of its relevance to culture and creative expression via literature, visual art, and film. Literature and visual art will be assigned from The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester. Students will be required to locate and watch one feature-length film based on the Arthurian Legend. Many films are available through public libraries and/or for a minimal cost at various online venues. For more information, contact mabbott@highlands.edu.

What is Love? Exploration of Romance in the West with Josh Grant, CRN 81237portrait of Josh Grant

  • Fully Online
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • Zoom Optional
  • Recordings Available
  • No textbook required

What is romantic love? Is it a feeling? An uncontrollable passion? Is it finding a soul mate? Or deciding to be more than just friends? Is it good? Bad? Are there rules involved? You might notice that many people have different ideas about what love is or what it should be. Most of the definitions of love that we have today come from people in the past who were asking similar questions. In this class we will explore the drunken philosophers, irreverent poets, and celibate priests who created these concepts of love that we now see in American life on a daily basis. The class will meet asynchronously through D2L. There are no textbooks to buy or additional fees. All readings, online discussions, and videotaped lessons will be available on D2L. If you have any questions about the course, you may email me at jgrant@highlands.edu.

Book Journey with Charmaine Dever, CRN 81257 & 81258

  • Fully Online
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 3rd Session (Aug 15-Oct 26)

This fully-online course focuses on the theme of Utopian vs Dystopian Society. The course will examine how books formulate relationships and narratives that build communication with others. It will give students different ways to engage with a book and its subject matters, enhance critical thinking, and formulate an understanding of written and real-life applications. For more information, email cdever@highlands.edu.