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Courses Scheduled - Fall 2010

The Marshall University Service Learning Program introduces a new kind of course that lets you practice citizenship through the lens of academically-based community service. "Service learning" helps students of all majors achieve a greater understanding of academic theory, as well as a greater awareness of the social problems that exist around us. These are not internships or "field work" courses. Instead, service learning courses give you an opportunity to apply your course learning to a specific community problem or need. The tangible benefits of such an experience include greater connections to the local community, deeper understanding of course material, exposure to a wide variety of people, and real-world examples of what is learned within the classroom. Through service learning you not only benefit the Huntington area, but you also benefit yourself as you consider how a student is a citizen, how a citizen is a servant, how a servant is a leader, and how you as an individual might claim such identities for yourself in community for a lifetime of learning.  

Service-learning courses are cross-listed with courses in other majors. The following "SL" courses will be offered in Fall 2010. (This list will be updated regularly, so check back soon.) 



ACC 412

Governmental Accounting

Instructor: Marie Archambault

Credit Hours: 3 
Frequency: Once per year
Pre-req: None

Principles and problems of valuation, analysis, and formal presentation of accounting data.  3 credits.  This course has been designated as a service learning course and as such requires a service project of all students that is at least 15 hours in duration during the semester.


Communication Studies    
CMM 315--Sect. 101 & 104
Group Communication
Instructor: Barbara Tarter
Credit Hours: 3
Frequency: Every semester
Pre-req.: CMM103 or CMM 104H or CMM 207 or CMM 305 or YGS 161 or IST 101

The Group Communication course meets both the writing intensive and the service learning requirements. The course reviews communication skills as they relate to the small group process. Students have the option of either writing a grant for a local service agency or participating in the development of a project for an agency. Projects have included building a bridge at Beech Fork, developing a program for the children of women being served by Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, painting a wall for a local community center, growing a garden for the Marshall Childcare Center and acquiring funds for local agencies through grant writing and fundraising activities. This course will specifically work with the Tri-State Literacy Council in the development of grants and programs that will serve their clients.

Communication Disorders
CD 101-- Sect. 101 & 103
Introduction to Communication Disorders
Instructor (s): Pam Holland & Jennifer Horne
Credit Hours: 3
Frequency: Every semester
Pre-req: None

This course is an introduction to the field of Communication Disorders for persons interested in selecting Communication Disorders as their major. There will be discussion of the various communication disorders, as well as the roles and responsibilities of a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist. In addition, students will be introduced to the ideas of service learning through participating in various activities scheduled at the Huntington City Mission within Project Hope and the Women's and Children's Emergency Shelter. One of the main purposes of speech-language pathologists providing service to such agencies is for the prevention of communication delays. In our participation at the City Mission, we will interact and develop relationships with the staff, family and children. We will provide language stimulation activities including reading books, writing in journals, making crafts, and playing age appropriate games to assist in the development of communication and social skills for all of the children. Because parents who find themselves at the city Mission with their families need guidance and assistance with transition into the working force, we may also be assisting the adults in the learning and resource room with their computer skills and aid the staff in preparing the adults for job interviews and other professional skills.


ENG 648

Feminist Rhetoric

Instructor: Whitney Douglas

Credit Hours: 3
Frequency: N/A
Pre-req: None

Feminist rhetoric examines the ways women have made arguments in the public sphere for purposes of activism and advocacy.  Students will study different feminist rhetorical theories as well as exploring the different rhetorical strategies feminist rhetoric use and will put that knowledge in conversation with their experiences serving with a local community organization that addresses women's issues.

Exercise Science and Sport

ESS 435
Adapted Physical Education and Mainstreaming

Instructor: David Robertson

Credit Hours: 3
Frequency: Every semester
Pre-req: None

Theory of remedial exercise and individualizing of physical activities to meet the needs of the physically, mentally and emotionally disturbed will be the focus of this course. This course will provide prospective physical education teachers the principles and practices of adapted physical education emphasizing the nature and needs of exceptional persons. This course will include history, recent legislation, growth and developmental factors, assessments, and individualized education plans related to adapted physical education. A service project in the community (totaling 20 hours) will provide students with experience in assisting individuals with special needs by actively engaging them in activities that will enhance their motor abilities. Students will critically think, collaborate, and cooperate with special needs individuals to ensure everyone appreciates the need for physical movement.

First Year Seminar

FYS 100-- Sect. 126 &127

First Year Seminar

Instructor (s): Barbara Tartar & Allyson Goodman


Credit Hours: 3
Frequency: Every semester
Pre-req: None
Students will learn critical thinking skills integral to life-long learning through discussion interaction, discovery, problem-solving, writing, research, reflection, and examination of multicultural/international issues.

PSY 430/530

Psychology of Women

Instructor: Wendy Williams

Credit Hours: 3 
Frequency: Once per year
Pre-req: None

This course explores contemporary theories, findings, and social issues regarding the psychology of women and gender. Emphasis is placed on understanding how gender role socialization influences women's beliefs and behaviors across the lifespan including issues of work and motherhood, mental and physical health, and violence against women. The course is guided by a feminist analysis that recognizes the intersection of gender, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. A major goal of the class is that students think critically about issues surrounding gender at the individual and societal levels (including media representations of women and public policy). Learning will take place using readings, lecture, discussion, media analysis, guest speakers, and service learning community placements.