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May Term



For credit: $150 per credit hour

For audit: Contact Melissa Carlson for details (see below)

TO REGISTER: Contact Melissa Carlson, associate registrar, or 316-284-5285


2021 Courses

(May 17-June 4 unless otherwise indicated)

1. ART 123 Art and Crime; 3 hrs., online; Rachel Epp Buller, Ph.D., instructor (GE-Arts and Humanities)

This course explores the intertwined history of art and criminal activity, including art heists, forgery, looting and the illegal trafficking of art. Historical and contemporary examples will take us from the lure of unsolved art mysteries to the weaponization of art in wartime to the ways that crimes committed under colonial rule continue to impact art museums across the globe.

2. BRL 323 Old Testament Studies: Women in the Hebrew Bible; Karen Robu, M.Div., instructor (GE-Bible and Religion)

This course will examine the stories of women in the Hebrew Bible. It will compare traditional, feminist, and womanist interpretations of these stories and challenge students to examine what effects the various interpretations have on the lives of women.

3. BIO 305 Pathophysiology; 3 hrs., online; Sarah Masem, D.N.P., instructor (required supporting course for nursing)

This course analyzes the complex metabolic processes occurring in the human body throughout the life cycle. The effects of environmental and genetic factors on the major body processes (respiration, circulation, digestion, movement, fluid balance, and neurological and endocrine function) will be outlined. Selected pathologic conditions will be discussed.

4. COA 202 Introduction to Communication; 3 hrs., online; Christine Crouse-Dick, Ph.D., instructor (meets Oral Competency requirement)

An introduction to the fundamentals of communication theory and practice. Students will probe the role of communication in a variety of contexts: interpersonal, small group, public and mass-mediated.

5. PSY 100 Current Topics in Science: The Neuroscience of Music; 3 hrs., online; Dwight Krehbiel, Ph.D., instructor (GE-Science and Mathematics)

This course will explore how the human brain responds to music and how these responses underlie our musical experience. Major topics will include the nature of musical sound, sound processing in the brain, similarities and differences between music and language in the brain, emotional responses to music and their basis in the brain, how the brain is changed by music, etc. We will listen to many examples and use online methods to measure our own responses to music.

6. SSC 113 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; 3 hrs., online; Angela Demovic, Ph.D., instructor (GE-CCL)

This course is designed to introduce students to the diversity of human cultures and how the anthropological perspective can be used to enrich understanding of the broader global community. The course investigates the culture concept, introducing cultures from a variety of geographical locations and focusing on the variability of the human experience. It includes sections on language, subsistence and economics, political systems, gender, families and kinship, religion and the arts. The course ends with an examination of the contemporary global world system, including sections on postcolonialism and inequality, culture change and experiences of modernity, and the work of applied anthropologists.

7. HPE 205 Intro to Personal Training; Emily Lockhart, M.S., instructor (required for personal trainer certification)

This course is designed to prepare and qualify students to work as personal trainers. The course bridges the gap between exercise science-related coursework and the practical application skills of personal training. Learn how to: properly screen and evaluate clients for safe participation in an exercise program; design and implement exercise prescriptions for multiple populations; and achieve successful goal attainment.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.