Online Classes

Before coming to campus in the fall, you will be able to select one of the following 6 courses detailed below that will be offered in an asynchronous online format.

RELN 112: Survey of World Religions

Professor: Dr. Paul Brian Thomas
Required Textbook: Robert Van Voorst, RELG, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-1285434681
Amazon: $61.74 new, $51.50 used

Course Description: This is an asynchronous online course delivered via Desire2Learn and Wikispaces. RELN 112 Survey of World Religions: This course introduces students to the world’s most widespread and historically significant religions, including but not limited to Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will cover the historical development, beliefs, scriptures, and practices of the major religions of the world. Such a course is inevitably cross-cultural and encourages students to develop a comparative perspective regarding religion both diachronically within a religion and comparatively across religions.

HIST 101: World History to 1500

Professor: Dr. Kurt Gingrich
Required Textbook: Von Sivers et al. Patterns of World History. Volume I: To 1600. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780195332889. RU Bookstore: $59.95 new, $45.00 used, and $25.78 rented.

Course Description: HIST 101 is a survey of premodern world history up to around the year 1500. This course is based on the idea that understanding our world today is possible only by understanding our world’s past. So, we will focus on what humans have accomplished and on how the achievements of people have affected themselves, other people, and the world around them. We will think about how humans have come together as peoples and about how peoples have interacted with each other, how they have interacted with their environments, and how they have organized themselves. We will see how humans developed in prehistoric times and how ancient peoples asserted an ever-greater impact on the world around them by making tools and domesticating plants and animals. We will see how government, religion, and language enabled humans to live together in large and well-organized groups known as civilizations. And we will see how human civilizations, brought together in empires and networks, interacted in meaningful ways. Students will learn by reading a college-level textbook, by watching brief videos, by streaming short lectures, by studying primary source documents, and by writing focused analytical papers. Students who complete this course can choose to use it to satisfy the requirements of either Goal Seven (Humanities) or Goal Eleven (Global Perspectives) of the Core Curriculum.

MUSC 100: Introduction to Music Literature

Professor: Dr. Bruce Mahin
Required Textbook: None. Free online materials will be used in this class.

Course Description: Examine music literature of all periods with an emphasis on standard concert repertory. Students learn the fundamentals of music by studying how melody, rhythm and harmony build extended works of the past and how this music has shaped the music we enjoy today. Students learn how to compose a short, original musical composition. No prior musical experience is necessary.

DNCE 111: Dance Appreciation

Professor: Professor Danah Bella
Required Textbook: None. Free online materials will be used in this class.

This is an asynchronous online course. We will engage in an experimental multidisciplinary dialogue on the historical, cultural and political dimensions of American Modern Dance. By the completion of this course you should have a more critical understanding of dance in general, American Modern Dance in particular, and a deeper appreciation of its contribution to visual culture in particular and society in general. Please note that this course is approved for General Education credit in the Fine Arts Area of the curriculum.

MGNT 105: Management in Movies

Professor: Dr. Shu Wang
Required Textbook:
Movies to Manage By (author: John Clemens) ISBN-10: 0809227967
Cost: Amazon: $10.21
Movie Rental Fees through i-Tunes: $45 *(costs may be less if students already have a Netflix or Hulu subscription)

Movies exaggerate and over-simplify, but they can also be compelling case studies. This course uses classic movies (readily available for rental or purchase) that are complementary to classic management literature to study the most pertinent management and leadership issues including conflict management, structured problem solving, motivation, teamwork, and corporate social responsibilities and ethics. Students are also expected to apply information gained from movies, readings and discussions towards a real life leadership and management project.

ART 100: Art Appreciation

Professor: Dr. Steve Arbury
Required Textbook:
About Art, 3d revised printing (Kendall-Hunt, 2012). ISBN: 978-0-7575-9827-2
Cost: Amazon: $95.55 new, $6.60 used

This is an introductory course designed to develop students’ visual awareness. It centers on the study of social, historical, and personal significance of visual art. You will learn about many fascinating art objects and architectural structures via readings, tailored visual presentations, and online videos. We will investigate art media, techniques, styles, and historical periods for many types of art. Western art is emphasized.
At the end of the course students will to be able to:

  1. Analyze works of art in terms of the medium’s distinctive language and syntax.
  2. Identify and explain how works of art express human values and experiences within specific historical, cultural and social contexts.
  3. Identify and explain how the visual and performing arts have been used as vehicles for influencing culture.
  4. Evaluate works of art from the perspectives of aesthetic and critical criteria.