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 ofStar 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 1865

HIST 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, aswell as the methods and practices of professional historians.

HONR1101—Introduction to Honors (Taught by Mich Nyawalo)


  • 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

Study Abroad Classes

Black Paris (Class taught in Paris through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies)

In this course, students will study the history and experiences of the African diaspora in Paris from 1716 to the present. Students will begin the course by familiarizing themselves with historical debates surrounding the condition of black slaves on French soil following the Edict of October 1716. Students will further explore representations of black women in 19thcentury France as well as how projected French caricatures of black womanhood have been contested by various black female writers and artists. As part of the 20thcentury segment, students will examine the cultural and intellectual interactions among African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African artists, activists and writers in Paris. A segment of the class will thus be dedicated to studying and discussing the international alliances that African American writers formed in Paris as they sought refuge from racism in the United States. By the end of this course, students are expected to acquire a foundational knowledge of the history and cultural politics of the black diaspora in Paris through classroom discussions, readings, excursions and written assignments.

French Hip-Hop and National Identity (Class taught in Paris through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies)

This course explores contemporary debates surrounding French national identity, immigration and second-class citizenship through the prism of hip-hop music. The course will begin by providing a general history surrounding the birth and development of the French Hip-Hop industry. Students will subsequently examine the ways in which French hip-hop artists have engaged with issues such as the politics of the veil in French high schools, the rise of the National Front, the riots in the banlieue as well as the politics of immigration, among other topics. Students will be encouraged to visit various cultural scenes in Paris where hip-hop culture proliferates. By the end of this course, students are expected to acquire a foundational knowledge of contemporary French politics and hip-hop culture through classroom discussions, readings, excursions and written assignments.

Education: Family & Community Involvement in Early Childhood Programs (Class taught in Denmark through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies)

The emphasis of this course is on the importance of communication, teaming, and the assimilation of knowledge related to family/community partnerships. Within the course, students will explore issues dealing with diversity, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for all learners.

Education: Teaching Integrated Curriculum and Assessment for Early Childhood (Class taught in Denmark through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies)

The course is designed for students in the process of preparing to teaching young children in early childhood settings. This course fosters the development of skills and techniques in curriculum and assessment for teaching with young children—including play, child-centered practices, and observations form the foundations of learning and socialization.

Martin Luther and the German Reformation(Religious Studies. Class Taught in Berlin by Dr. Nicholas Meriwether.

In 1517, in the small city of Wittenberg not far from Berlin, theology professor Martin Luther nailed 95 theses protesting certain church practices to the chapel door of All Saint's Church, launching a movement that would change Europe forever. 500 years later, in 2017, Germany will commemorate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In addition to visiting key historical sites in Wittenberg and the surrounding region, this course explores the complex theological, political, and social factors that led to this momentous event, the effects of which continue to reverberate throughout Germany, Europe, and the world.

National Identity, Immigration, and Contemporary Germany(Class Taught in Berlin by Dr. Nicholas Meriwether.

In 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders of Germany to allow unrestricted immigration from Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Current estimates are that 800,000 to one million refugees entered Germany in 2015 alone. An event of this magnitude raises complex questions regarding national and cultural identity, especially in light of Germany's troubled past. It also raises ethical, political, and philosophical questions, such as the responsibility of wealthy nations to refugees, and the tension between pluralism and assimilation in a liberal democracy, which are questions our own country is facing. This course examines the issues through readings, discussion, and on-site visits to neighborhoods and institutions in Berlin that seek to address these questions.

Language Classes

SPAN 1112—Elementary Spanish 2 (Taught by Pablo Salinas)