Previous/Current Courses


Fall 2015:

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Dr. Michele Leiby, Political Science

In Dr. Leiby’s FYS, the class explored human rights and political violence in Latin America. Their service project was at Immigrant Workers Project in Canton, where they assisted in the legal process gaining Latin American refugees asylum in the United States.


Utopian and Dystopian Visions: Dr. Thomas Tierney, Sociology

This course sought to discover the true definitions of a utopia and a dystopia through examples in literature. For their service project, students bowled with adults with developmental disabilities once a week in Scot Lanes.


Human Memory, Dr. Grit Herzmann, Neuroscience

Students aimed to better understand memory and how it changes over time. There were two service project options that students could pick from: volunteer work at Cornerstone Elementary School or volunteer work at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions.


Current courses:

Want to Change the World? Harnessing Creativity, Dr. Paul Edmiston, Chemistry

Are you embarking on your college career with the future goal of making a better world by developing a new idea into a successful non-profit organization or business? This seminar will study how to harness innovation by learning from agents of change, including those in the local community. Using modern social science research and insight from potential mentors, participants will formulate a plan around an innovative idea. The class will engage in activities and exercises intended to examine habits of thought and behavior. The final project will be a Shark Tank like pitch for the organizations you plan to create.


Catching Up or Leading the Way: How the U.S. Education System Stacks Up on a Global Stage, Dr. Sharon Ferguson, Education

Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim? What makes Finland so hot and how has its stellar performance drawn the attention of education and government officials around the world? View the American education model from a global perspective and find out why China and other nations in Asia are actually reforming their systems to be more like their American counterparts. In this seminar we will explore the American education system and how it compares to other countries. What does it mean when it is said that regardless of nationality, as soon as students complete the eighth grade, they have just Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately a career. We will watch this groundbreaking documentary. We will visit three different after-school programs at an elementary school, middle school, and high school.


Speech, Language, and Socioeconomic Status, Dr. Joan Furey, Communication Sciences and Disorders

How do speech and language differ as a function of socioeconomic status? What are the consequences of those differences? What can or should be done to address the differences? In this course, students will develop critical thinking and writing skills as we explore the nature of speech and language differences in children. As part of the Community Connections Program, this course involves a service learning component.


Just Work: Class, Race, and Gender, Dr. Chuck Kammer, Religious Studies

An exploration of work with a focus on what makes work meaningful and what makes it dehumanizing. Also a discussion of how we assign social and monetary value to various forms of work. What relationship do these issues have to race, class and gender and to the glaring inequalities of wealth in the United States? There is an experiential learning component, as all students will work three hours a week in Custodial Services, Grounds, or Campus Dining. Members of our Departments of Custodial Services, Grounds and Campus Dining will serve as co-instructors for the course.


The Eyewitness in History, Dr. Greg Shaya, History