May 2018 Campus & Field Trip Courses

Registration for Field Trip and Campus Courses is online starting in November. Register early to get best selection.

Field Trip Courses for 2018

Each Field Trip course spends 1-5 nights off campus

INQ 177 Health & Happiness

Instructor: Dr. Julie Maina
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $350 (pay to Business Office)

What makes people happy?  How do people find happiness?  How does being happy influence your life? The focus of this course will be on the relationship between the concept of happiness and its impact on all aspects of wellness.  In particular, the course will look at several theories surrrounding the idea of happiness, how real people have applied the theories in their everyday lives, and the results they have experienced.  Students will be required to actively participate in all activities planned and be able to reflect upon their experiences showing a deeper understanding of the complex nature of happiness and its influence on health.

INQ 177 Sport Consumer Behavior

Instructor: Dr. KC Mayer
Prerequisite: none
Fee: About $1000  (pay to Business Office)
Trip to Washington DC and Philadelphia

Campus Courses for 2018

Campus courses may have day trips, but no overnights away from campus

NQ/RELG 277 The Prophetic Message of Martin Luther King, JrInstructor: Dr. Paul Hinlicky
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 25 (pay to Religion/Philosophy department secretary)

Why did Martin Luther King's Christian message have such a powerful impact?  How does that impact continue to resonate? Is King represented in ways that respect his own self-understanding? This course queries the theological perspectives, rooted in the Bible and the Black Church in America experience, which inspired and informed the public ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. It further develops critical and analytic tools for the evaluation of the representation of King in literature, cinema, monuments and other works of art.  This is an intensive reading course with an experiential component that will include interviews with local religious leaders on the influence of King in their own ministries.

INQ/PHIL 277 Philosophy and Food

Instructor: Dr. Brent Adkins
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 150 (pay to Business Office)

This course studies the relation between the perennial philosophical question, "How should one live?" and the more mundane question, "What should one eat?" The relation between these two questions will be explored through reading, discussion, and hands-on experimentation in the kitchen. Every class will contain both discussion of assigned readings and an opportunity to cook. The cooking will be focused on the cuisine of Italy, particularly Roman cuisine. 

INQ 177 The Broadway Musical

Instructor:  Dr. Joe Blaha
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None

An examination of one of the most privately subsidized and widely exported products of American culture: the Broadway musical. Works from American musical theater have been translated and produced in nearly every country in the world. But is it just spectacle, or is there something deeper that attracts audiences and investors? Is this art or just entertainment? Can it be both? Who are the artists, who are the producers, who is the audience and what are the compromises? This course will study the artistic and cultural traditions, the limitations and the possibilities inherent with the Broadway musical. We will write, produce, and perform our own thirty minute musical.  

INQ 177 Differ-abilities

Instructor: Prof. Frances Bosch
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 25 (pay to Biology department secretary)

What are the experiences of an individual with disabilities living in an able-bodied world?  Throughout American history how have able-bodied individuals provided opportunities and imposed limitations on those perceived to be disabled?  What qualifies as a disability?   This course is designed to challenge students to understand, and view with greater tolerance and appreciation, the challenges and abilities of differently-abled individuals.  We will examine basic human anatomy, and consider mis-function in the human system, and living with mal-functions.  We will investigate how laws and society perceive, protect, and limit people with differ-abilities; examine the lives of famous and successful individuals with differ-abilities; investigate careers in Assistive fields; and propose solutions or modifications to improve the lives of individuals with differ-abilities.  Increasing empathy, and consideration of careers in the field are the expansive goals of this curriculum.

INQ/HIST 277  African Cultural History through Film

Instructor:  Dr. Jesse Bucher
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  none

Most courses on African history rely on a relatively narrow set of sources to analyze the past.  Indeed, Africa's academic historians write within parameters of style and content that are followed by other members of the discipline.  Historians generally place a strong emphasis on interpreting government documents, minutes of meetings, and other official records that are valued for their inherent 'truth'.  Yet, many people on the African continent use other mediums to talk about, debate, and articulate their pasts.  Like conventional historians, creative writers, filmmakers, and artists use their work to think historically and to raise poignant questions about the relationship between the past and present.  In this course, we will work with some of these creative works to think about the cultural history of twentieth century Africa.  By critically reading novels and films, the course will pursue new ways of evaluating African history.  We will consider the following questions: How do novels and films permit new types of historical analysis?  In what ways do these sources of history deliver larger historical insights into issues including colonialism, the formation of independent states, economic underdevelopment, and globalization?  In addition to reading a secondary text on African history, students will critically interpret novels and films about Africa.  These materials will allow students to develop a unique perspective on African cultural history in a comparative fashion.

INQ 277 Forensic Economics

Instructor: Dr. Tim Carpenter
Prerequisites: ECON 121, 122, and BUAD 218
Fee: none

An in-depth study of the required research, analytical techniques, report generation and court preparation required in the evaluation and court testimony for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Business Valuation Losses.

INQ 177 The Celluloid Boot: Visions and Versions of Italy through her Films

Instructor: Prof. Guilianna Chapman
Prerequisites: none, taught in English
Fee: none

This course will focus on Italian historical, cultural, and geographical identities as presented through Italian films. What version of history is revealed through her films? What do these films tell us about the Italian nation and her people? The course will study major movements in modern Italian history (the Risorgimento & Unification, the rise of Fascism, WWII and post-WWII, the North/South divide) and the attempts of some of Italy's film directors (Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and others) to contextualize these periods. The artistic innovations and contributions made by filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini will also be examined. In order to better gain an appreciation for the Italian sense of place and belonging, the regions and cities that appeared in the frame will be explored to understand why these images endure. Daily screenings are mandatory and selected readings will include Italian history and some literature in translation. Proficiency in Italian is not required.

INQ/SOCI 277  Understanding Poverty through Service

Instructor:  Dr. Kristi Hoffman
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  $75 (pay to Business Office)

This course provides the opportunity to explore and reflect on poverty as a lived social condition in the contemporary United States. Poverty will be examined through discussion of a variety of readings and experientially through community service. Field trips will encompass doing volunteer work as a group.

INQ 277 Business Lessons Learned from Celebrities

Instructor: Professor Ivy Kutlu
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course uses the unconventional examples of celebrities from arts, entertainment and sports to introduce several business concepts such as products, innovation and creativity in product development, brands, promotion strategies, management and entrepreneurship. Students will use their analytical/critical thinking skills to deduce important business lessons that can be used by any organization.

INQ 277 Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Instructor:  Dr. Srikanth Mallavarapu
Prerequisite:  none
Fee:  none

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most important filmmakers of the twentieth century, with a body of work that includes classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window and North by Northwest.  This course will examine Hitchcock's contributions to film form, style, and narration. We will examine the themes and motifs that run through Hitchcock's films. We will also analyze these films as social and cultural artifacts that reflect the context in which they were produced.

INQ/EDUC 277 Middle School Immersion

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Murrill
Prerequisite: EDUC 210
Fee: $40 (pay to Business Office)

This course examines the cognitive, physical and affective characteristics of 10-14 year olds through classroom observation, course readings and activities, and interactions with professionals in middle school education.  Attention will be given to various pedagogical, management and assessment strategies which have proven effective in working with this age group.

INQ 277 Exploring Vision through the Eye of the Lens

Instructor:  Dr. David Nichols
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  $ 75 (pay to Business Office)

This class will utilize the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision.  Cameras and the human eye will be compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, will first be discussed in lecture format and then assignments will be carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics.  The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, will give you a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does.  Photographic expeditions will be done both around campus and as part of full day trips.

INQ/ENST 277 Mountain Roots

Instructor: Dr. Kathy O'Neill
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $100 (pay to Business Office)

This course explores how the physical landscape of western Virginia has influenced - and continues to influence - the ways in which humans interact with the land. Answering this question leads us on a journey through time from the formation of the Appalachian Mountains up through the land use and resource development patterns that we see today. Our investigations will take us on many field trips into the mountains, valleys, and communities of southwestern Virginia to explore the interconnections between the health of the land and human well-being and to discuss opportunities for promoting greater environmental resilience on a changing planet. There are no pre-requisites; however, much of the class will be outdoors and students should be prepared for day travel, time outdoors, and moderate hiking.

INQ 177  Film as a Social Icon

Instructor:  Dr. Bruce Partin
Prerequisite:  INQ 110 or HNRS 110
Fee:  none

Students will view 12 films produced in the United States between 1950 and 1964. They will examine how these films are distinctive products of their times not only technically but also in terms of their narrative content and the socio-political issues they raise.

INQ 177 Math in Popular Media

Instructor: Dr. Karin Saoub
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Exploration of the use and portrayal of mathematics in film and television. In particular, various episodes of NUMB3RS will be viewed and discussed. The discussions will focus on the mathematical techniques used to solve crime, including understanding the mathematics and the accuracy of its portrayal. Students will also analyze various films for their mathematical content as well as answer questions such as "How are the mathematicians portrayed?" and "What stereotypes are reinforced and which are challenged?"

INQ 177 Ticked Off: Vector-Borne Diseases

Instructor: Dr. Meg Steinweg
Prerequisite: none
Fee: $200 (pay to Business Office)

Is Lyme disease's presence in southwestern Virginia ticks similar to that in other regions? What species of mosquitoes are found in southwest VA, and what diseases are they capable of carrying? Recent news reports about diseases have seemed scary with talk of Zika virus from mosquitoes and increasing Lyme disease because of ticks. These diseases, and others transmitted by arthropods are known as vector-borne diseases. In southwest Virginia we know some of these vector borne diseases exist but how bad is it? Whether you are interested in public health, are an avid outdoorsperson, or own a pet, vector-borne diseases may be on your mind. This course will focus on vector-borne diseases, with the main focus on ticks and mosquitoes. What does our data mean for the possibility of vector-borne illness for our community - both human and animal? We'll work to answer these questions and generate meaningful information for our region. 

INQ/POLI/CJUS 277 Law & Film

Instructor: Prof. Bridget Tainer-Parker
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course will examine how popular culture (more specifically, film) portrays lawyers and the legal system and how those images affect our perceptions of the legal system.

INQ 277  20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them

Instructor:  Dr. Anita Turpin
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  none

This course explores the visions of America presented through literature and film adaptations of that literature.  The novels and films represent a diverse vision of American culture and mythology-from America as a frontier nation to America in the late 20th century.  We will look at how the myth of the American West still pervades the culture, at the ways in which the American South creates its own milieu and wields its own influence across the continent, and at the ways in which immigrant cultures of the 20th century have further diversified an American culture which has always been formed by multicultural groups.

INQ/ARTH 277 Experimental Archeology

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Warden
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $50 (pay at Business Office)

How did ancient people make tools? How did they cook their food or brew their beer? How skilled were ancient cooks and ancient artisans? Experimental archaeology allows us to find answers for these, and other, questions through recreating food and artifacts using materials and technologies actually available to ancient peoples. Through experimentation, we can learn how such tools work-or if our interpretations of material culture are even correct! We will make beer, recreate the first Chinese noodles, knapping flint, and experiment with faience in the hopes of answering questions about ancient peoples and showing the role and importance of human (not alien!) ingenuity and skill in the past.