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May Term



For credit: $150 per credit hour

For audit: Contact Tammy Shirley for details (see below)

TO REGISTER: Contact Tammy Shirley, 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. HIS 256 Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching; 3 hrs., online; Bryant Macfarlane, M.A., instructor (GE-PJCS)

Chicago in the summer of 1968 was riddled with friction. As protesters sought resolution to infrastructure failures and pervasive poverty, in addition to social, civil and international injustice, through peaceful protest and discussion, they were met with violence, focused judicial persecution and political indifference. The whole world was watching . . .

3. LAN 230 Mexican Immigration and Latino Communities in the U.S.; 3 hrs., online; Jenny Masias, M.A., instructor (GE-CCL)

Designed to study Mexican immigration to the United States, using the Midwest as a focal point, through historical data, pictures and oral histories. The course will explore Mexican immigration, the formation of Latino/Mexican communities throughout the United States, and cultural convergence, through open class discussions, lectures, research and community interviews.

4. SWK 230 American Migration and Borderlands; 3 hrs., online; Jennifer Chappell Deckert, Ph.D., instructor (GE-PJCS)

This social work course will explore concepts related to migration and borderlands in the Americas. It will include an overview of history and theories related to human mobility and xenophobia, an understanding of policies and programs that contribute to migrant well-being, and narratives for building empathy and compassion toward migrant experiences.

5. 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.

6. BUS 114 Introduction to Business; 3 hrs., online; Allison McFarland, Ph.D., instructor (prerequisite for all business department courses)

This survey course is designed to provide an overview of business and the role business plays in economic, social and political environments. Specifically, this course will provide students with exposure to content and career opportunities within the following business sub-disciplines: management; marketing; finance; accounting; leadership; business law; production/operation; and management of human resources. Special attention will be paid to helping students use business administration methodologies to understand and analyze the complexities and development of human societies.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. MUS 103 Music: How We Listen; 3 hrs., online; Kristopher Hilding, M.M., instructor (GE-Arts and Humanities)

This course will explore Western and non-Western music through active aural and critical analysis. In addition to this exploration, a substantial portion of this course will contain active student engagement through listening and creation of music in traditional and non-traditional venues. 

12. 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.

13. Restorative Practices in Schools; 1 hr., online; Sheryl Wilson, M.L.S., instructor

This course runs May 18-21, as an elective offered by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College. It is an excellent options for teachers and school administrators.

14. Negotiation Theory and Practice; 2 hrs., online; Dan Wassink, M.S., and Kirsten Zerger, J.D., instructors (GE-PJCS)

This course runs May 25-June 4, and is offered by KIPCOR.

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