Essential Education Curriculum - Innovation Theme
Curriculum for this theme will critically examine the role of innovation from a historical and/or futuristic perspective to see how social, economic, political or technological development can change society.
Learning Outcome One: Communication (9 s.h.)
- ENGL1100 Discourse I or HONR1120 Honors Discourse I (3 s.h.)
- ENGL2100 Discourse II or HONR2120 Honors Discourse II (3 s.h.)
- ENGL3100 Discourse III (3 s.h.)
Learning Outcome Two: Critical Thinking (3 s.h.)
- INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 s.h.)
Learning Outcome Three: Ethical Thinking and Action (3 s.h.)
One of the following:
Learning Outcome Four: Global Learning (3 s.h.)
Learning Outcome Five: Knowledge of Human Cultures: Arts (3 s.h.)
One of the following:
- ARTS1210 2D Design
- ARTS1250 Creativity, Innovation & Change
- ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern
- ARTS3200 The Printed Image
- THTR1220 Beginning Acting
Learning Outcome Five: Knowledge of Human Cultures: Humanities (3 s.h.)
One of the following:
- ENGL2510 Introduction to Film
- ENGL3300 Creative Writing Experiments
- ENGL3420 Structures in of Modern English
Learning Outcome Five: Knowledge of Human Cultures: Social Science (3 s.h.)
- ECON/GEOG3280 Economic Development
- POLS1300 United States Government
- PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology
Learning Outcome Five: Knowledge of Human Cultures: Histories (3 s.h.)
One of the following:
Learning Outcome Six: Knowledge of Natural and Physical World: Science (3 s.h.)
Learning Outcome Six: Knowledge of Natural and Physical World: Math (6 s.h.)
Two of the following:
Approved course descriptions:
ARTS1210 2-D Design 3 s.h.
Introduction to the visual arts which explores the elements of art and principles of 2-D design while focusing on creativity, idea development, formal criticism, and the understanding of visual language. Through the use of various media, tools, materials, and processes, emphasis will be placed on comprehending contemporary art, non-literal visual problem solving and presentation. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation
ARTS1250 Creativity, Innovation & Change 3 s.h.
In a playground of creative thinking and discovery, students will learn and apply the process of design thinking – ideation, visualization, production and refinement to solve problems. Through hands-on exercises and interactive discussions and experiences, students will develop an understanding of the language of the visual arts, the development and function of art and innovation, and the creative process. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation
ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation
+ ARTS3200 The Printed Image 3 s.h.
This introductory printmaking/image making studio course is steeped in the tradition of innovation through technology, and the power it has through its use of media, information sharing and protest. Students are introduced to non-toxic relief, intaglio-type, monotype, silkscreen, and multiple image making through contemporary applications of print media. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Innovation
BIOL2580 Drug Development and Society 3 s.h.
An exploration of drug discovery, development, and delivery from the medicinal herbs of the Middle Ages through the present day pharmaceutical industry. Drug safety for society is the underlying theme. Topics include pharmacology of selected herbs, drug delivery systems, and federal regulation of drugs. ELO6 Science - Innovation
CHEM1310 Matter Matters: An Introduction to Chemistry 3 s.h.
Surveys the basic principles of chemistry, ranging from atomic structure and chemical bonding to chemical and nuclear reactions. Covers key scientific discoveries—and the people behind those breakthroughs—that are responsible for our current understanding of chemistry and for today’s emerging technologies. Does not apply toward the Chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra or MATH1280. ELO6 Science - Innovation
CSIT1080 Technology in a Changing World 3 s.h.
A study of technology and its effects on the world. The world is connected by technology and how its connecting us is critical to how we live today. Knowing how to handle technology and make it work effectively will be increasingly important for the future. Exploration will include how technology impacts our world in both a positive and negative sense. The ethical use of technology will be explored. Students will understand how to solve simple programming problems. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation
ECON3280 Economic Development (also GEOG3280) 3 s.h.
A survey of various analytic approaches to the problem of economic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and an examination of their significant policy problems. Goal 4, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation
EDUC2100 Technology Applications in Education 3 s.h.
A hands-on course with a focus on the effective and appropriate use of technologies commonly used in the professional world and the field of education. This includes use of office applications, developing and working with multimedia such as video, podcasts, and professional audio recording, creating web pages, using cutting edge social media communications tools for marketing and communication, and extensive use of still and video cameras, audio recording tools, smartboards and tablet technologies. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation
ENGL1100 Discourse I 3 s.h.
"Discourse" refers to the language, images, styles, genres, behaviors and other forms of communication used by specific social and professional groups. This course introduces students to college-level writing and speaking, with a primary focus on composition. In order to lead productive academic, professional, and personal lives, students must learn to communicate their ideas effectively to different audiences in a variety of formats and contexts, as well as to seek and evaluate relevant messages sent by others. Students will produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts; and they will learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Prerequisite for students with ACT English score of 15 and below, or an SAT English score of 480 and below: DEVL1250 or two high school English courses, one of which must be or prominently require composition (not creative writing), with a grade of "C" or better in both. All students must complete Discourse I or transfer in equivalent credit by the end of their third semester at Graceland. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication
HONR1010 Honors 101 3 s.h.
Interdisciplinary first-year seminar provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Designed to help exceptional students produce, deliver, and, analyze written and oral texts and learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Substitutes for Discourse I. Admission by selection only. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication
ENGL2100 Discourse II 3 s.h.
The second of three sequenced courses focused on integrated written and oral communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research. Students will learn to produce, deliver, and analyze college-level, written and oral texts that are based on sustained academic research. Students will continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Prerequisite: ENGL1100. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication
HONR2010 Honors 201 3 s.h.
The second of two sequenced interdisciplinary Honors seminars focused on developing the skills of written and oral communication, critical inquiry, and research. Students produce, deliver, and analyze college-level written and oral texts based on sustained academic research, and continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Reinforces the common intellectual experience of the Honors program and further exposes students to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Admission by selection only. Substitutes for Discourse II. Prerequisite: HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication
ENGL2510 Introduction to Film 3 s.h.
Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema’s artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation
ENGL3100 Discourse III 3 s.h.
Teaches students to put the knowledge and skills learned in Discourse I and II into sustained, practical use by preparing them for substantial, interdisciplinary research projects. In this course, students will explore issues of civic, public, or community concern using rhetorical analysis, engage in deliberation over those issues, and ultimately propose solutions based on well-developed arguments. Students are expected to use strategies of critical discourse analysis and production to target the appropriate audience/recipients and to develop innovative and rhetorically effective texts (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Prerequisites: Discourse II and Junior standing. Goal 3D, ELO1C Communication
ENGL3300 Creative Writing Experiments 3 s.h.
An investigation of experimental writing and the ways it disrupts preconceived notions of genre. Students will write individually and collaboratively, composing short stories, poems, nonfiction pieces, and comics that reimagine the uses and possibilities of language. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation
+ ENGL3420 Structures in Modern English 3 s.h.
An introduction to grammatical structures of the English language. Emphasizes the history and development of English in different cultural communities as a means to understand, rather than prescribe, how English-speakers use language. Encourages active participation in, rather than passive observance of, language’s evolutionary processes and social functions. ELO5 Humanities - Innovation
HIST2410 United States History to 1877 3 s.h.
A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas which have shaped United States history from the earliest colonial settlements to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the struggle for independence, the establishment of government under the Constitution, and the succeeding political, social, and economic movements that culminated in the Civil War. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Innovation
HIST2420 United States History Since 1877 3 s.h.
A survey of the personalities, events, and ideas that have shaped United States history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis upon the rise of the industrial United States, 20th century adjustments to prosperity, depression and world war, and the political, social, and economic changes since World War II. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Innovation
INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary course that introduces students to college-level critical thinking and a thematic approach to Essential Education. Applies the critical-thinking model to big questions, both contemporary and enduring, and serves as the entry point for the Essential Education program. NOTE: Withdrawal from this course is only allowed through student petition. ELO2 Critical Thinking
MATH1200 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3 s.h.
A survey course for non-majors with an emphasis on problem solving and quantitative literacy. Topics included will be voting theory, financial math, graph theory, and coding theory. ELO6 Math
MATH1280 College Algebra 3 s.h.
Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, combinatorics, mathematical induction. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra or DEVL1200. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, and measurement. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II 3 s.h.
A systematic development of the real number system and its subsystems, symbolic logic. Prerequisite: MATH1310. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH1330 Elementary Functions 3 s.h.
Functions and relations, special functions and their graphs including logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses. Prerequisite: 2 years of high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
Limits, continuity, derivative, mean-value theorem, simple integration, fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
POLS1300 United States Government 3 s.h.
The nature, philosophy, and history of the United States federal system with major consideration given to the national government, its organization, and the interrelation and functions of its component parts. A consideration of the political processes and legal concepts implicit in the American government. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation
PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation
RELG2380 Life and Writings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 s.h.
Examines the life and circumstances of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a black Baptist preacher, scholar, and American prophet who has been whitewashed, romanticized, and misunderstood. Central themes include racism in America, the US Civil Rights Movement, black Christianity and the black church, non-violence, and MLK’s vision for America. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Innovation
SOCI3110 Community Studies 3 s.h.
Explores various approaches to and studies of community. Topics include forms of community, community development, community organizing, community assessment, place attachment, community power structure, community trauma, and crime and community. ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation
THTR1220 Beginning Acting 3 s.h.
Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises. Basic principles of stage performance designed to enhance the student’s appreciation of the art form are emphasized. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation
+ Denotes an alternate year course.