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New Classes at McNally Smith for Spring 2013

McNally Smith is adding several exciting new General Education elective courses to it's Spring 2013 schedule. Starting this Spring, students can take advantage of these new courses on McNally Smith's St. Paul campus:

Discourse in Democracy – COM 250 (3 credits)

Instructor: April Mitchell
Students will engage in an in-depth examination of one issue in our society that is of importance to each of them.  They will do this through the lenses of Ancient and postmodernist rhetorical theories, present day studies in neuroscience, moral and cognitive psychology.  Through panel discussions, conversation strategies, and written work, they will uncover multiple aspects of themselves, others and their chosen issue and, finally, proffer a workable solution to the problem.

Books that Changed Lives: Seeking Social Justice – HUM 280 (3 credits)

Instructor: Terri Whitman
This course is an intensive reading seminar. Students will read and discuss works of literature “that have changed lives.” The course will provide historical and cultural context and a forum for the deeper understanding of these works. How do these works recreate experience, awaken empathy, express and transform emotions, provide strategies for survival, and enlarge our experience of the world? Why are these works revolutionary in the risks they take and the revelations they offer? Students will keep a reading journal or blog in which they ask questions, discover, and clarify their own values and ideas. Students will also complete a project that involves actively seeking change. This course asks that students enter imaginatively into a variety of experiences, read critically and creatively, and be open to seeing in new ways.

Art of Today – HUM 260 (3 credits)

Instructor: William Franklin
Art was never meant to stay the same. Art of Today offers a global examination of the most prominent artistic trends from the 1960s to the present. Modalities include conceptual art, performance art, public art, multimedia and site-specific installations. Artists like Yves Klein, Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramović, Olafur Eliasson, and Marco Brambilla have helped redefine ways of experiencing art. This class will also examine some critical crossovers of art with fashion and the digital world. Students will watch examples of these manifestations in class to discuss and analyze their relevance in today’s global artistic stage. Class includes some group and individual visits to museum exhibitions.

Introduction to Calculus – Math 245 (4 credits)

Instructor: Chris Gaalaas
This course begins with an exploration of functions, limits, and continuity.  From there we develop the rules of differentiation and apply differentiation to graphs, rates, approximations, and maximum and minimum problems.  We will then touch on definite and indefinite integration and end by tying the derivative and integral together through the fundamental theorem of calculus.  The focus of this class will be on the main ideas, computation will play an important part, but our goal will be to understand the general processes of differentiation and integration.

Human Development – SOC 280  (2 credits)

Instructor: Sarah Souder Johnson, M.Ed., LPC (McNally Smith Counseling Services)
This course provides an overview of normative cognitive, emotional, and moral development through adolescence and early adulthood. It includes exploration and clarification of a student’s personal values, objectives, and decision-making processes as well as building proficiency in the areas of active listening, assertiveness, and conflict resolution. The first meeting of each week will include lecture on theory and principles of human development, and the second meeting will serve as a lab for intrapersonal skills development. Students will get to know themselves on a more complex level and understand how they approach personal and working relationships out in the world.

For more information or to register for these courses, students can visit the Registrars Office or their faculty advisor. Additionally, the 2012-2013 McNally Smith Course Catalog is available for download here.