First Year Seminars
To be offered Fall 2014
seminars begin your academic journey with enlightening, challenging, and
FYSM 1099FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: GATEWAY is designed especially for first-semester freshmen
as the academic gateway to HSU’s Christian liberal arts experience. In small
classes led by our best and brightest faculty and including peer mentors,
Gateway explores self-identity and the art of asking questions while exploring
the academic, spiritual, and social integration of new first-year students into
the HSU community.
IS LIMITED! Only four courses will be offered in Fall 2014, so choose your
FYSM 1099 A - Gateway:
The Disney Version
MWF 11:00 Womble Courtroom, ES
yourself and your values through your connection to one of the most powerful
and global influences on our culture: Disney!
a significant shaper of culture, Disney reaches the lives of millions, so
Disney studies is serious business. Come consider the animated creations of
Disney in relation to your personal beliefs. Join Dr. Rich Traylor, respected
History professor and self-confessed Disneyphile, in a semester-long
conversation that will challenge the way in which you see Disney and your
FYSM 1099 B - Gateway: Seeing in Time
MW 1-2:15 AH 112 L. Fink
Use photography to heighten your vision of the eternal and to root out deeper meaning from captured moments in time. Digital camera of any kind required (cell phone camera acceptable).
Appreciating the moment heightens one’s vision of the eternal. Using cameras to capture moments in time can help us discern the meaningful, the important, and the real in our lives. Should you choose to accompany long-time English professor and acclaimed photographer Dr. Larry Fink through this First-Year Seminar, expect a positive and unforgettable first semester that will alert you to the value of future moments in time, both academic and non-academic.
FYSM 1099 C - Gateway: Consumption Gumption
MW 1-2:15 SR 232 Potess
Explore our human connection to God’s creation by examining our relationships with our natural environment.
Every aspect of human life is inextricably connected to the natural environment. Spend part of your first semester considering the responsibility we have as part pf God’s creations to understand the relationship we have with the world around us. Dr. Marla Potess will share her passion for the complex nature of environmental issues using her academic research interests and her experiences living in Indonesia, Viet Nam, and Australia. Come learn about your world!
FYSM 1099 D - Gateway: Suess-cess
TT 8:00 AH 109 Hinman
Discover strategies for academic and life success through the lens of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.
Nationally-respected physical therapy educator and researcher Dr. Martha Hinman uses the beloved stories of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Suess, to explore important life themes of academic and personal success in this fascinating approach to the pursuit of excellence. Come think with Dr. Hinman about the Lorax, Horton the Elephant, and a host of other Suess characters as they challenge you to find and follow your passion.