• First Year Seminars

  • Announcing Upcoming FYSM 1099 Gateway for FALL 2016!

    FYSM 1099 B Gateway: How Would Jesus Vote?

    MW 1-2:15 p.m. Mr. John Hunt and Mr. Tim Schmidt

    November 8, 2016, U.S. citizens will select their next President by exercising a freedom afforded to them by one of the most significant documents in history. What is the believer’s role in the current partisan political process? Why should the faithful participate in politics? How would Jesus vote? Join a group of faithful questioners, led by Mr. John Hunt and Mr. Timothy Schmidt, as we grapple with these and other issues about the intersection of faith and culture, analyze HSU’s role as an engine of leadership development, and examine the practices of a successful student.

    FYSM 1099 C Gateway: Playground to Profession

    MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. Dr. Corrie Reed

    Rooted in the book Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, this course asks you to identify the passions of your life and looks at strategies for integrating your passions into college and life after college. Whether your “red rubber ball” is sports, poetry, or calculators, you’ll be challenged to consider the successful life path meant for you. Note: All students in the Exploring Majors LLC need to enroll in this course!

    FYSM 1099 D Gateway: The Disney Version

    MWF 11-11:50 a.m. Dr. Rich Traylor

    As a significant shaper of culture, Disney reaches the lives of millions, so Disney studies is serious business. Come consider the many creations of Disney and how they connect to you. 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 world.

    FYSM 1099 G Gateway: ESPN 30 For 30: Sports, Life, and Personal Values

    TT 1:20-2:35 p.m. Dr. Melissa Madeson

    Learning through media and real world examples from sports and athletes, Dr. Melissa Madeson helps students investigate skills leading to success in college and beyond. Explore critical thinking, time management, study techniques, and social skills in the world of athletics and apply those to your own life!

    FYSM 1099 H Gateway: Hogwarts at Hardin-Simmons

    TT 1:20-2:35 Dr. Susan Pigott

    Calling all Potterheads! Read from all seven Harry Potter books, choose your house, and enter the Hogwarts world of learning as you explore the struggle between good and evil, biblical themes and allusions, social issues, the hero journey, self-sacrifice, and other relevant issues. Wands are optional.

    FYSM 1099 I Gateway: Photography: A Window on Life

    MW 1-2:15 p.m. Dr. Larry E. Fink

    Your camera phone—or digital camera-- and a love for reading, film, and creativity are all you’ll need to join Dr. Larry Fink for an intense exploration of the physiology, psychology, and spirituality of vision and creativity. You’ll be introduced to multiple styles of art photography the tools of photographic composition as you practice mindfulness through the appreciation and creation of art.

    FYSM 1099 J Gateway: Made in His Image: The Amazing Human Body

    MWF 8-8:50 a.m. Dr. Martha Hinman

    Interested in pursuing a career in health care or fitness sciences? Join nationally known physical therapy professor Dr. Martha Hinman as she reflects on the miraculous creation that is the human body. Why did God make us this way? Why are so many biblical analogies linked to the human body? How does our recognition of our Creator relate to our interactions with others, to ethical concerns like genetic engineering and end-of-life issues, and to our own sense of calling and purpose?

    FYSM 1099 L Gateway: Popcorn Science

    Time: TBA Dr. Jennifer Hennigan and Dr. Steven Rosscoe

    Can Thor’s hammer really fly? Could you face a real- life zombie? Would we live in a world like “Waterworld” if the polar ice melted? Our best science fiction and action stories are based in scientific principles. This course provides an exploration of how science, scientists, and scientific ethics are portrayed in movies, television, and print media through the lens of two of our favorite scientists!

    FYSM 1099 M Gateway: Parks and Rocks

    TT 10:30-11:45 a.m. Mr. Brian Dawson

    Our National Parks have preserved America’s most beautiful and historic places! Their struggle for preservation gives us powerful examples of leadership. Students will join HSU’s beloved Dean of Students in activities and theory-study involved in preserving these beautiful places for the next generation of Americans. Highlight of the course is a visit to one of our U.S. National Parks! Designed for students in the Parks and Rocks LLC!

    HONR 1301 Honors Colloquium

    MW 1-2:15 Dr. Tom Copeland

    Honors students! You need to sign up for HONR 1301 - Honors Colloquium, a course devoted to tackling the hard questions: How do I know what I know? How should Christians respond to authority? What is my responsibility for poverty? Does suffering have meaning? Why does God allow evil in the world? Every week we’ll read, talk, and write about these and other questions that may not have clear answers, but are essential topics for well-educated, deep-thinking people. Along the way you’ll get to know yourself, and your classmates very well. It may be the most intellectual fun you’ve ever had! See you in Colloquium!

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