Current Course Offerings
ENGL 1102—Rhetoric of Science (Taught by Jennifer Bracken Scott)When we think of science, we don’t often think about rhetoric. After all, we think of science as based on facts. But how does a fact become a fact in the first place? Scientists use language all the time to report their findings, argue for their interpretations, and debate whether a new piece of information requires them to revise or discard existing theories. This course is an enhanced introduction to college composition with a focus on arguments within and about science. We will read and discuss texts that discuss the role of rhetoric and argument in scientific discourse, and we’ll explore the relationship between science and culture.
English 1105—The Rhetoric of Star Trek (Taught by Mich Nyawalo)In this class, students will study the multifaceted ways in which rhetoric operates in society. By examining a number of rhetorical situations located in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, students will explore topics that include rhetoric and gender, rhetoric and science, rhetoric and race, rhetoric and human rights, rhetoric and conflict resolution, as well as rhetoric and sexuality.
IDST 4490 Senior Seminar Honors Section-- Beliefs and Ideologies (Taught by Dr. Amr Al-Azm Massie)Do ideologies and beliefs have a positive or negative impact on society?
What would be the outcome if people started to question their ideologies and beliefs?
In today’s charged political and religious atmosphere it is easy to see how polarized American society has become, driven by different ideologies and beliefs. In this Senior Seminar we hope to explore and discuss the impact of beliefs and ideologies on society.
Math 2999 --- Contemporary Topics in Mathematics (Taught by John Whitaker)This course is a topics course that is designed to illustrate the breadth of ideas within mathematics and the usages of mathematics. Topics may include but not be limited to inductive reasoning, logic, set theory, counting techniques, basic probability, and possibly voting theory and fair division problems if there is time. Students will learn to make educated guesses at future events based on patterns. They will discover the nuances of what compound statements imply and practice making logical conclusions from arguments. They will learn some background set theory which they will use to translate general information survey information into to more specific information. They will learn some counting techniques which will allow them to compute the probabilities of certain card hands as well as the expected winnings in certain lottery scenarios. Student may be exposed to several ways of voting in which the same votes may yield a different winner in an election. Students may learn ways to divide quantities so that the parties involved are satisfied.
HIST 1340 - American History since 1865HIST 1340 is an introduction to the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War in the 1860s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will look at the industrial revolution that transformed the nation and launched the US as an imperial and global super power and we will examine that history’s impact on the environment and the enduring struggle for equality and justice in American society. Our approach will be both thematic and chronological in order to introduce you to the study of current controversies in American history, as well as the methods and practices of professional historians.
HONR1101—Introduction to Honors (Taught by Mich Nyawalo)COURSE OBJECTIVES
- To introduce students to the Shawnee State Honors Program and encourage the development of intellectual curiosity and involvement
- To encourage the development of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills
- To encourage the ability to write and speak effectively
- To encourage the development of skills and habits of community and public service
- To encourage the understanding of the value and issues associated with research in our developing world