Explore Academics Nov. 11 session descriptions

This detailed schedule of events includes descriptions of the student choice options for Explore Academics @ Bluffton visit day on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. 

 

8 a.m.
Registration begins in Yoder Recital Hall

 

8:30 a.m.
Welcome session

 

9 a.m. sessions

Class: Social & Philosophical Issues in Education
Join current juniors and seniors in discussion and information on current issues in education and the impact on teachers, students and the local/state policy makers.

 

Class: Survey of English Literature
Fondly known as "Brit Lit", this course is a speedy tour of the first thousand years of English literature, beginning with the Anglo Saxons (you may know Beowulf) and meeting Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims along with less-known works. We mingle history, language, drama (Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe), poetry, essays, satires, epics (Milton's Paradise Lost) and other strange and marvelous works. Come join!

 

Class: Drawing 1
Join current students in learning to draw with a focus on creating a sense of value (shading). Visiting students will be given drawing supplies to participate in the drawing process.

 

Class: Introduction to Computer Graphic Design
Join current Bluffton students in exploring the computer as a tool for graphic design.  Fundamental components of design theory and typography are incorporated with problem definition to provide students with valuable experience in the ideation, research, execution and presentation of projects.

 

Class: Introduction to Biblical Worldview
A basic introductory course to the biblical story and various disciplines within religious study, with content including biblical studies, theological studies, ethical studies and spirituality focused around the content of Jesus' teachings.

 

Class: Making of Contemporary America
A chronological survey of American history from Reconstruction through the 1980s. Emphasis is placed on the impact of industrialization, growth of the United States as a world power and the development of state capitalism.

 

Class: Introduction to Music
This course examines music from a variety of perspectives: listening, performing and learning music fundamentals.

 

Mini Lesson: Vocal

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Hands-on Workshop: Radio 101
In this hands-on session, students will be introduced to Bluffton's radio station, 96.1 WBWH, and produce their own station identification spots.

 

Class: Spanish Peninsular Culture & Civilization

Learn about 20th century Spanish art with our Spanish majors.

 

10 a.m. sessions

Class: Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society
Join current first year students as they explore the world of teaching as well as discussing the early field experience course where they are out exploring the classroom and teaching.

 

Class: Sports Communication
Interested in sports, media and communication? Attend this class session focusing on parent-coach relationships through theoretical lenses such as Chellaurai & Saleh's Multidimensional Leadership Theory, Jowett's Positive Coaching and Turman's Regret Messages.

 

Class: The Gospel of John
This course is an in-depth study of the history, theology and message of the fourth gospel, the Gospel of John.

 

Class: World Music
This course examines various world cultures through the lens of their specific musical practices and customs.

 

History Lecture: The Civil War and World War II as Total Wars
Join Professors Bush and Cucchiara in exploring the Civil War and World War II from the perspective of "total war." They will discuss the meaning and different implications of this concept for Americans during the Civil War and Germans during World War II under Adolf Hitler.

Class: Beginning Spanish 2
Meet second semester Spanish students as you join them for class.

 

Mini Lesson: Piano

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Mini Lesson: Woodwinds

Bring your instrument and music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Mini Lesson: Vocal

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Class: Music Teaching Methods

Join us for this class that explores various methods used by public school teachers in a classroom setting.

 

Next Steps in the Admissions process

Join admissions counselors in talking one-on-one about next steps in your college search process. Learn more about the application process, financial aid, and career options.

 

Campus tour

 

11 a.m. sessions

Class: Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society
Join current first year students as they explore the world of teaching as well as discussing the early field experience course where they are out exploring the classroom and teaching.

 

Class: Curriculum and Assessment

Join second year students as they examine practices of standardized assessment and teacher constructed tests as well as integrating goals and objectives in their classroom teaching.

 

Spotlight on the Arts

Join us for a variety of performances and exhibits with faculty from art, English, music and communication & theatre.

 

Let's Talk: Religion

Meet in the religion department lounge and learn more about majors offered in the religion department with department chair Randy Keeler.

 

Let's Talk: History

Come meet with history faculty for an introduction to the Bluffton University history major and a survey of post-Bluffton career options in history.

 

Let's Talk: Spanish

Join the Spanish faculty for informal conversation about our programs including studying abroad in places like Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain.

 

Noon sessions

Let's Talk: Communication & Theatre (includes lunch)

Meet faculty members and students in broadcasting and journalism, communication, public relations and theatre programs during this informal conversation time. Includes complimentary lunch! 

 

University Chorale Rehearsal

This rehearsal is open to all student interested in vocal music opportunities at Bluffton (not limited to music majors.) This session ends at 12:45, so please plan to eat lunch at 1 p.m..

 

Lunch Option #1 

Join us for complimentary lunch in Marbeck Center with current Bluffton students, faculty and staff.

 

Mini Lesson: Low Brass

Bring your instrument and music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes)

 

1 p.m. sessions

Class: Media & Culture
Students are invited to sit in on this required course for all majors in the communication & theatre department analyzing the intersections of media and contemporary society.

 

Class: Spanish American Literature

Join students for a discussion - in Spanish - of one of the most important authors from 20th century Argentina.

 

Mini Lesson: Vocal

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Mini Lesson: Piano

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Mini Lesson: Low Brass

Bring your instrument and music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Let's Talk: Education

Join current faculty and students in the Education suite in an informal look at the various programs in the teacher education programming at Bluffton.  Parents should plan to attend this session.

 

Next Steps in the Admissions process

Join admissions counselors in talking one-on-one about next steps in your college search process. Learn more about the application process, financial aid, and career options.

 

Lunch Option #2

Join us for complimentary lunch in Marbeck Center with current Bluffton students, faculty and staff.

 

 Campus tour

 

2 p.m. sessions

Class: Curriculum and Assessment

Join second year education students as they examine practices of standardized assessment and teacher constructed tests as well as integrating goals and objectives in their classroom teaching.


Class: Public Speaking & Persuasion
Students are invited to sit in on this communication and general education course focusing on strengthening reasoning and oral communication skills.

 

Class: Argumentation & Advocacy

Argumentation and Advocacy is a course that enables students to develop their reasoning and critical thinking skills by engaging in team debate about current policy issues.

 

Class: Ceramics I & II
Join beginning and advanced ceramics students as they work on assigned projects.  Visiting art participants are welcome to watch, ask questions and join in the making!

 

Class: Introduction to History

Join Professor Cucchiara in exploring the nature of the historical enterprise, the use and evaluation of primary documents, and the basic elements of historical research and writing.

 

Let's Talk: English, Writing, and TESOL

Join English, writing and TESOL faculty for informal conversation about available programs and what Bluffton graduates are doing.

 

Let's Talk: Music

Join our music faculty, current students and music alumni to learn more about music opportunities at Bluffton.

 

Mini Lesson: Woodwinds

Bring your instrument and music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Campus tour

 

3 p.m. sessions

Class: Oral Interpretation
Students are welcome to sit in on this required course for all majors in the communication & theatre department which focuses on the expressive performance of literature.

 

Class: Public Speaking & Persuasion
Students are invited to sit in on this communication and general education course focusing on strengthening reasoning and oral communication skills.

 

Class: Advanced College English
In this course, students analyze and critique challenging texts while working on writing and creative thinking.

 

Mini Lesson: Vocal

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).

 

Teacher Education and Licensure
Thinking about teaching high school in your area of academic interest? Faculty from Bluffton's education department will present information for students interested in pursuing a teaching career. Learn more about our nationally accredited teacher education program. This session will last approximately 30 minutes.

 

Campus tour

 

3:30 sessions

Next Steps in the Admissions process

Join admissions counselors in talking one-on-one about next steps in your college search process. Learn more about the application process, financial aid, and career options.

 

Mini Lesson: Vocal

Bring your music and have a short demonstration lesson with our music faculty (30 minutes).