Full course descriptions:
|1. ART 2399: Beginning Digital Photography*
Prof. Jennifer Nichols
This course is forwho don’t know anything about photography and would like to learn or for those who would like to take better images than they take now.
*Students in this course must have a digital camera, memory card, batteries, recordable CDs with paper sleeves or a jump drive, and permission to go off campus on shooting excursions.
|2. BUSINESS (BA) 1399: Introductory Finance and Economics
Students will be introduced to the basics of personal finance such as budgeting, saving, and simple investments. Elementary economic laws of supply and demand will be discussed along with an overview of macroeconomic concepts of inflation, unemployment, and gross domestic product. The course focuses on the plausible applications of finance and economics to the life of a teenager or young adult. Emphasis will be placed on the role finance and economics play in our lives regardless of profession. While the course is a business course, it is a must for all young adults to understand these basic principles.
|3. MATH 1315: Contemporary Mathematics
Dr. Cindy Martin
This class focuses on how math impacts many dimensions of life in contemporary society, including garbage collection, organ transplants, and the role of probability in decision making.
|1. ENGLISH (ENG) 1399: The Logic and Art of Writing Essays*
Prof. Cole Thompson
Students will learn the basic logic of the essay and how to plan and write an essay with effective focus, organization, and development. Students will also learn strategies for introductions and conclusions, as well as various advanced compositional techniques, such as Aristotle’s modes of persuasion and figurative language. Additionally, students will review and practice sentence grammar and punctuation. During the three-week course, students will write four essays: an informative; a descriptive; a short, persuasive critique of a movie, television show, or video game; and a longer persuasive.
*Enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
|2. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) 1399: Social Media:Creating Identity, Building Community, Encouraging Change
Dr. Alicia Wyatt.
This course will explore societal shifts made possible by technologies that allow people to influence, organize, and act collectively.Political activists, marketers, teachers, and individuals consume and produce content to serve an endless variety of agendas.Students in this course will study the positive and negative uses of contemporary tools for networking, communication, and collective action.They will analyze their own use of social media sites and discuss the importance of crafting and maintaining a digital identity in a public space. The class will design a social media marketing campaign, and each student will write a paper on a selected instance of social media promoting collective action.
|3. Art 1313: Basic Pottery Art
Prof. Kathie Walker-Millar
We will explore both functional and sculptural clay projects, applying the art elements and principles, in this introduction to ceramics summer course. We will investigate basic methods of hand-building with clay and the basic skills of wheel throwing, centering, opening and pulling clay vessels into the forms of cylinders, bowls, cups, and more.. With the guidance of the instructor the students will create projects that call for personal expression; exercising their imagination; evaluating the results; and applying technical clay and glazing skills. We will be working with Raku, mid-temperature glazes, and cone 10 glazes, learning about kilns and the history of ceramics. Students will research clay art forms and respond to historic and contemporary works of art made using ceramics. At McMurry "we aim to be a community in which students expand their intellectual and cultural horizons as they develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning (McM mission).”
|4. MUSIC MLH 2301: MUSIC APPRECIATION
Dr. Elizabeth Moss
Do you love music? Have you ever wondered where it all began? In this exciting course, we will explore the elements of music and how it has developed and expanded over time. We will also study the lives and careers of history's most important composers and musicians, from Bach to the Beach Boys.