Get out of the classroom and still get ahead of the class!
July 29 - August 15 (3 weeks before Fall semester): courses listed below.
August Term is designed to:
- Let you get ahead or get caught up on a required course
- Take a course that incorporates an outside the classroom experience
- Move back to campus early (the cost is $50/week)
IDC 200: American Culture(s
- Instructor: Angela Scharfenberger
- 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
We will examine American Culture through a variety of lens, but most particularly, we will be addressing the question, is there a singular American Culture, or is it a multiplicity of cultures? We will use anthropological theories and paradigms to examine concepts such as mini-culture, subculture, and communities of practice, to address this multiplicity. We will ask how do these groups function as a community setting for individuals in a time when American culture as a whole is a seemingly elusive concept. Each student will conduct a mini-ethnography of a group in which they are already a part of. They will be utilizing a stance popular in recent anthropological studies; that of the reflexive, or insider stance – with the inherent idea that an insider has a perspective that outsiders would not have. The group could be an athletic team, a dorm hall, a church, a musical or creative group, or other kind of organization. The student will be asked to examine this group with an eye for cultural analysis, and the class will culminate with a non-conventional ethnographic paper, based on the student’s personal experiences and understandings. The vision at these experiences within a smaller group will allow us as a class to continue to address those analytical questions about American culture as a whole; what are the commonalities of these groups, what are the differences, and what does this tell us about the U.S. as a whole?
Biology 115: Introduction to Life Sciences
- Instructor: Dr. Mark Kaelin
- Lecture TWTh 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
- Lab MTWTh 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Biology 115 is an introduction to major principles in Biology. The chemical and cellular bases of life are analyzed from molecules to cells and organs to organisms, with an emphasis on structure and function. Non-science majors are encouraged to take this course. Some of the lecture topics covered are: Cell Biology, DNA Structure and Function, Ecosystems, Plant Structure and Function, Energy Metabolism. Some of the lab topics are: Ocean Acidification, DNA sampling, Genetics. We will travel on a Field Trip to Bernheim Forest to study small stream and eastern deciduous forest ecosystems
Psychology 103: Introductory Psychology
- Instructor: Megan Church-Nally
- 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Psychology 103 is a survey of psychology including the history and methods of psychological
science, learning and motivation, cognition and memory, biological bases of
behavior, sensation and perception, personality and social psychology,
psychological disorders and their treatment. The course emphasizes the relation
between life experiences and the scientific findings that explain those
Each class will be split between lecture and activities. There will be two field trips where students will apply the related psychological material to the Louisville Zoo and Kentucky Science center. Students will pay their own
admission to these two places. In addition. there will be a
lecture called "Psychology and TV" to demonstrate how psychological findings
are misconstructed and how disorders are portrayed in the media (e.g.,
Real Housewives, Wallflowers, Finding Nemo, and other relevant shows). It will
be a great class!
Theology 305: The Quest for God
- Instructor: Kat Baker
- 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join fellow seekers in the ancient quest for transcendence, or experience of the sacred. Discover your own spiritual type and engage in mystical practices such as centering prayer, meditation, walking a labyrinth, lectio divina, spiritual journaling, listening to music, contemplating art and engaging nature’s mysteries. Become a mystic this summer! Prerequisite: THEO 200
Theatre 110: Beginning Acting
- Instructor: Carol Stewart
- 3 - 6 p.m.
Acting I is both an introduction to the discipline of acting and an
opportunity to increase self-awareness, confidence and an understanding
of the human experience. This course will focus on the concept of acting
as behaving truthfully in imaginary circumstances. Using a variety of
exercises and projects, we will explore levels of awareness and
connection used in acting: relation to self, others, the text, and the
audience. Basic practices of actor skill training will be explored
including body and vocal awareness and development, discipline,
concentration, focus, script analysis, action, and ensemble in a format
that encourages curiosity, imagination and personal growth.
Philosophy 160: Introduction to Philosophy
- Instructor: Dr. David Mosley
- 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This course introduces students to philosophical thinking. By reading
some of the greatest thinkers in the history of Western philosophy,
students will learn about the topics that have engaged philosophers
through the ages, as well as learning how to begin to think critically
about those topics. Reading others’ reflections on the nature of
reality, knowledge, truth, personal identity, and human nature, students
will have the opportunity to participate in the wonder that animates
philosophers, and to begin to appreciate that learning is not simply a
tool to be employed in the conduct of practical affairs, but is at the
core of what it is to be a human being.