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An introductory course in critical thinking, study strategies, goal setting, time management, and study skills and their relationship to academic success. Designed to help students develop strong academic skills. Offered each semester.
An introductory course in critical thinking as it relates to college reading success. Designed to help students develop their skills in these areas. Offered each semester.
Introduces students to the research process and helps students develop the information literacy needed to succeed in college. Students learn how to define information need, use effective research strategies, and evaluate and communicate research results. Offered during selected Winter Sessions.
Designed to help non-traditional students develop the academic skills needed to excel in their coursework. Emphasizes critical thinking. Offered each semester as needed.
Raises civic consciousness by fostering engaged citizenship where students perform a week of direct community service. Orientation and preparation before the direct service, as well as a reflection journal, document student learning. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 123. Offered each Winter Session.
Students are introduced to a community-based project and investigate the issue involved through research, reading, and lecture, followed by a week of direct community service. Include reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 124. Offered each Winter Session.
Introduces students to the music and folk culture of the Southern Appalachians, including Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Emphasizes the unique pre-World War II styles of rural dance music, social and religious music, and early commercially recorded music, including the old-time string band, jug bands, clawhammer style of banjo playing, unaccompanied fiddling, shape note singing, and balladry. Students examine the history, development, and structure of these regional music styles and try playing the music themselves in an old-time string band or jug band. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
An introduction to the history, technique, biology, and practices of apiculture. It is an introduction to the fundamentals and pleasures of keeping bees as either a hobby or a business. The long history of beekeeping around the world, the various metaphorical and cultural meanings assigned to bees and beekeeping over time, the development of the Langstroth hive, and the theories behind the most modern hive management practices are studied. Essentials such as building of hives, supers, and frames, the capture of swarms, the installation of packaged bees, management of the hive throughout the seasons, requeening, and the harvesting of a honey crop are also studied. The basics of bee biology and hive organization, and the critically important methods of preventing disease and maintaining a healthy, productive colony are also covered. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
A study of the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of public education in the United States. Topics include the foundations of instructional design based on assessment data, the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, the school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Offered each semester.
Offers students the opportunity to master introductory concepts and use technology aids to produce educational materials and instructional units and to increase the efficiency of instruction in the classroom. Enables educators to meet the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP) and to teach Computer/Technology Standards K-12 as outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Online section requires consent. Offered each semester.
A travel course in which students spend a week volunteering at the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana, as assistants to the teachers and as mentors to the children. Coursework before and after the trip enhances student learning and provides an intercultural experience that invites students to affirm a common bond. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Promotes awareness of cultural differences and positive attitudes toward these differences. Includes topics related to effective management of people who differ in race, gender, age, disability status, nationality, or sexual orientation. Does not fulfill any requirements for Latin honors. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.
Explores the nature of scientific inquiry and the role of science and technology in our society by tracing the historical development and current state of several areas of science and technology. Considers the influence of culture, politics, religion, economics, and society on these developments and the impact of these developments on the society. Does not fulfill any requirements for Latin honors. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, junior/senior status, and one "L" course. Offered Winter Sessions of even-numbered years.
Offers students the opportunity to develop a descriptive research study. The student chooses a topic, conducts a review of the related literature, designs the study, develops research questions, gathers and analyzes data, and reports the results. Does not fulfill divisional requirements for Latin honors but may fulfill research requirement for summa cum laude. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and junior/senior status. Offered each semester.
Provides opportunities to explore current topics, trends, and issues related to curriculum, methodology, and evaluation. Primarily intended to meet in-service and re-certification needs of practicing educators. Does not fulfill any requirements for Latin honors. May be repeated for credit as designated topics change. Prerequisite: consent. Offered each semester.