AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.
An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation
+This course is only offered every other year.
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
ARTS1220 3-D Design - 3 s.h.
Introduction to the principles of composition in three-dimensional space. Coordinated sequence of studio projects investigates the problems of spatial organization and focuses 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, 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
+This course is only offered every other year.
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
CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.
Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation
CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry - 3 s.h.
This course will expose students to the field of forensic science primarily using chemical forensics and testing. Topics include evidence collection and preservation, drugs and drug chemistry, heat and explosions, poisons and others. The course will cover basic chemical concepts needed to plan, execute, and interpret forensic results. All necessary scientific concepts will be developed in the context of forensic science. Two 50-minute class sessions and a 75-minute laboratory per week. ELO6 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Innovation
COMM1250 Introduction to Communication Theory - 3 s.h.
Survey of the major theories that support research and study of communication, such as interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, media, culture, and ethics. The course gives students a foundation in communication vocabulary, basic knowledge of key theories, and an introduction to practical application of theory to human communication. Offered every Fall. ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.
COMM3500 Emerging and Social Media - 3 s.h.
An exploration of the emergence of new communication practices as well as their social, political, cultural, and economic impact in personal, community, cultural, social, institutional, and international life. Specific attention will be given to the ways social media influence and shape matters of ethics and privacy, how we see ourselves and others, how we interact formally and informally, and how we do business. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation
+This course is only offered every other year.
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
CSIT1100 Principles of Computing - 3 s.h.
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming through extensive practice developing software in the Python language. Fundamental terminology and topics such as integrated development environments, variables, data types, control structures, functions, and objects will be covered. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation
ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.
Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - 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, smart boards and tablet technologies. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation.
ENGL1100 Discourse I (Writing Intensive) - 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. Corequisite for students with ACT English score of 15 and below, or an SAT English score of 480 and below: ENGL1110 unless they have taken 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.
ENGL2100 Discourse II (Speaking Intensive) - 3 s.h.
The second of three sequenced courses focused on integrated written and oral communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research, with a significant emphasis on public speaking skills. 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 or HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication
ENGL2310 British Borders: British Literature to 1800 - 3 s.h.
Survey of significant works originating from the British Isles through the eighteenth century, with an emphasis on poetry and drama. Examines the fluctuating concept of “Britishness” in literature in relation to the national borders of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland as they were shaped throughout this period. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.
ENGL2340 The Stories That Made Us: American Literature, 1900 to Present - 3 s.h.
Survey of U.S. Literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Special attention given to the making (and unmaking) of U.S. national mythologies, the major formal transformations that have taken place in U.S. Literature since 1900, and the function of literature as an innovative and adaptive technology that expands human capacities. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.
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 (Advanced Writing and Speaking) - 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: ENGL2100 or HONR2010 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.
HIST1320 World Civilizations II - 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - 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.
HMSC4100 Social Issues in Sport - 3 s.h.
Sociological analysis of sport in contemporary American society. Focus is upon sport as a form of social interaction, which reflects, reinforces, and helps create basic societal norms, values, attitudes, and beliefs. The impact of sport is analyzed on the basic societal institutions of family, church, school, government, and economics, from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: Junior standing. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation.
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.
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
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.
An overview of selected applications of mathematics for non-majors. Graph theory, cryptography, and voting theory. ELO6 Math.
MATH1280 College Algebra - 3 s.h.
Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, functions, exponentials. 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, set theory, measurement, and algebra. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math.
MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II - 3 s.h.
Symbolic logic, counting techniques, and statistics. Prerequisite: MATH1310. 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 - 4 s.h.
Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MATH2350 Discrete Mathematics - 3 s.h.
A survey of topics in discrete mathematics focusing on introductory logic, methods of mathematical proof, set theory, determinants and matrices, combinatorics, and graph theory. Prerequisite: Instructor approval for non-CSIT/MATH majors, 2 years high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
MUSC2360 Jazz History - 3 s.h.
Introduction to various jazz styles and performers through the listening, discussion, and lecture of important and representative musical works from each of these periods. A significant focus will be on the relationship between the music, style, and social and economic fabric. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.
PHIL1100 The Philosophy of Death and Dying - 3 s.h.
An exploration of philosophical issues related to death and dying. Examines the ethical scope of end-of-life decisions, obligations toward the dead and dying, and appropriate attitudes toward death, including evaluating the possibility of an afterlife. Offered even year springs. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Innovation.
+This course is only offered every other year.
PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.
A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation
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
RELG3360 Ethics of Hope - 3 s.h.
Hope is a central construct of Western theology and thought. Ethics of hope introduces students to the intellectual tradition and spiritual resources of hope. Students will be encouraged to explore hope in their own worldview, and how application of the ethics of hope can shape individual, collective (communal and global), and professional life. 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.
THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft - 3 s.h.
Introduction to the elements and practices of theatrical construction and scene design. Concentration on the techniques of theatrical construction, costume construction, lighting technology, stage mechanics, alternative methods of staging and shifting stage scenery, backstage organization, and development through practical experience of essential woodworking and stagecraft skills. Laboratory session required. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation