January MiniMester

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Wed., January 3 – Wed., January 17, 2018

January MiniMester courses are open to current Mitchell students and the public; each course runs Monday – Saturday that the January MiniMester is in session at the times listed below (unless noted). Internships are available for current Mitchell students and require prior permission. Internships run December 18-January 17 and the last day to enroll in an internship is December 19 at noon. To view available internships, visit register.  There are no classes on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Day.

Tuition for a 3 credit class = $910

3 credit class = $910     4 credit class = $1, 213   6 credit internship = $1,820

Additional costs:

Room & Board for residents = $725
Additional cost for students needing BLC assistance in the January Term = $515


AR280 Digital Photography Riley 8:30am – Noon meets Fine Arts requirement
CW101 Intro to College Writing Giovannazio 8:30am - Noon required core class
EL223 Young Adult Lit Adler 8:30am – Noon Course Full
FC120 Information Tech Literacy Wall 1:00pm – 4:30pm required core class
GV119 American Govt & Politics Stephenson 5:30 - 9:30pm (Mon-Fri) required for LPS majors and CJ majors
HU310 The Holocaust Goldsmith 5:30 - 9:30pm (Mon-Fri) meets Humanities requirement
MA104 Math in Our World Peterson 1:00pm – 4:30pm meets MA requirement
PE199 Sp Top: Lifetime Leisure Sports Peretz 1:00pm – 4:30pm meets PE requirement
SC199 Sp Top: Intro to Astronomy (4 cr) Koehler 8:30am -12:30pm (Mon - Fri) 1:30pm-3:30 pm (Tues & Thurs Lab meetings) meets Lab Science (**Class instructed at Mystic Seaport, transportation provided)
SO230 Social Issues via Media Brailey 8:30am – Noon

Course Descriptions

AR280 Digital Photography (3 cr)

This course will provide students with an understanding of techniques and trends in contemporary digital photography, as both a medium for self-expression and a tool for use in capturing image. The basic concepts and terminology of traditional photography, composition, color theory, lighting methods, and equipment are covered in the context of planning and capturing images. Students must possess a digital camera, preferably with through the-lens viewing.

CW101 Intro to College Writing (3 cr)

This course introduces students to the writing, reading & thinking skills necessary for success in college as well as in the workplace. Assignments will emphasize composition processes, writing for different purposes, reading and responding critically, and conventions of formal written English. This is a writing intensive (WI) course, requiring students to submit a minimum of 15 pages of revised and edited text in finished form. NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required to meet graduation requirements and to enroll in CW102.

EL223 Young Adult Literature (3 cr)

 Course is Full
Prerequisite: CW102  Novels geared towards readers in middle school and high school have gained extraordinary popularity with this age group in recent years. This course explores themes abundant in young adult literature, such as self-discovery, survival, loss, relationships, and non-conformity. Two novels will be read in entirety – Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, as well as a young adult novel of the student’s choice (with instructor approval). Students will keep a reading journal and they will also write a short story for young adults.

FC120 Information Tech Literacy (3 cr)

This course is designed to introduce students to 21st Century technology literacy skills. By leveraging the knowledge and skills students have in using technology, this course, through a collaborative project based approach, will focus on developing an awareness and knowledge of how to critically analyze and determine the meaningfulness, relevance and applicability of acquired information. In addition, this course will help students enhance their technology literacy skills through the use of resources including Microsoft Office Suite, Presentation Software and Cloud Technologies/Services, and Advanced Technologies and Applications.  NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required to meet graduation requirements.

GV119, American Govt & Politics (3 cr)

Prerequisite: CW101 or permission of the instructor. GV119 is a survey course covering the organization of national, state, and local governments. Students will explore the three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial). Students will also evaluate themes in Federalism, Civil Liberties, Political Parties, and selected public policy issues. Essential questions concerning the role of an informed citizenry in a representative democracy will be stressed. Active participation in the government processes will be encouraged through special projects. A historical perspective will be taken.

HU 310   The Holocaust (3 cr)

Prerequisites: CW102 (C- or better), the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. An introductory study that confronts the Holocaust through the work of scholars and the voices of Holocaust perpetrators, victims, bystanders and witnesses. Students explore literature, documents, scholarly essays, films and other materials that raise questions, explore issues and otherwise bring the dimensions of the Holocaust to life and ultimately shed light on the lessons and implications for our contemporary world.

MA104  Math in Our World (3 cr)

Math in Our World will provide students with an understanding of the practical uses of Mathematics with an emphasis on consumer mathematics and finance. The topics covered include percent, simple and compound interest, installment buying including credit and debit, home buying and stocks and bonds. The US system of measurement and the metric system will be presented in addition to an overview of statistics, probability, graph theory and geometry.

*PE199 Sp Topics: Lifetime Leisure Sports (3 cr)

Lifetime Leisure Sports provides and introduction to the basic concepts of lifetime leisure sports & activities in which students can use throughout their lifetime. Sports and activities to be introduced will include golf, tennis, badminton, volleyball, fitness walking/jogging, and personal fitness. The course will also focus on overall wellness behavior for longevity including weight control, diet and exercise and relaxation techniques.

*SC199 Sp Top: Astronomy (4 cr)

The primary goal of this course will be to provide students with an introduction to the unique members of our solar system, and a brief foray further out into our galaxy to explore the nature of the stars. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand that the basic concepts of our calendars (days/nights, months, seasons, years) are drawn from the motion of objects in the sky; and recognize that our view of the night sky is unique to Earth, with regard to the organization of stars into constellations; and identify the most prominent constellations at different times of the year in our region. In addition, formulate a detailed outline of the evolution of stars, by observing various stars at different stages of their lifetimes; analyze the characteristics of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and meteors; and draw comparisons between each unique member of our Solar System; demonstrate their knowledge of optics and light paths by actively participating in an evening telescope observing session; and calculate basic star fixes to apply knowledge of the basic concepts of celestial navigation.

SO230 Social Issues via Media (3 cr)

Prerequisites: SO103 Contemporary social issues will be explored and analyzed through the lens of Media Satire. Selected social issues will include: stratification, inequality within society, politics, environmentalism, terrorism, technology as an agent of socialization, gender roles, race relations, health and disease, and ageism. These and other social issues will be critically examined through various forms of media satire applied within contemporary popular culture.


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