J-Term 2018: On Campus Courses

ACCT041: Introduction to Financial Accounting
Jaime Grandstaff
3 credits

The elements of the financial statements, accounting for deferrals, the double-entry accounting system, internal control and cash, receivables and payables, inventory, operational assets, long-term debt, equity transactions, income measurement, and comprehensive treatment of the balance sheet, the income statement and the statement of cash flows. Financial statement analysis will be integrated throughout the course.

ACCT198: Taxes and You: Overcoming Fear
Stephen Gara
3 credits

This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of individual income taxation.  Students will initially learn how to complete a basic individual tax return.  Additionally, students will examine the role of taxes in their personal lives, including employment, education, and family. Students will also examine the role of taxes in society, exploring both economic and political factors.   Course work will utilize readings, projects, guest speakers and film.  The course presumes no prior accounting or tax knowledge.

Students may not receive credit for this course if they have taken ACCT 185.

ACTS 121: Introduction to Derivatives
John Garza
3 credits

Derivatives and their use in managing risk; forwards, futures, options, swaps; hedging and speculative strategies based on options; Black-Scholes formula + Option Greeks.

Prerequisite: One of STAT 071 or STAT/MATH 130 or (ACTS/MATH 131 concurrent allowed); MATH 028 or higher; FIN 101 or ACTS 120.

ART145:  Drawing the Figure
Gregory Fuqua
3 credits

An introduction to drawing the human form. Emphasis is on learning how to draw the figure as it is seen through direct observation techniques utilizing live models and through developing an understanding of basic anatomy. Historical and contemporary ideas and approaches to interpreting the figure will be introduced and explored. Students will learn to use a variety of media during the course. Learning extends beyond the classroom with a trip to the Des Moines Art Center.

AOI: Artistic Experience


BIO 001/BIO1L:  Biological Sciences – Non-majors
Charisse Buising
3 credits (2 for BIO1, 1 for BIO01L)

A survey course exploring principles and current topics in the biological sciences - origin of life; representatives of the biological kingdoms; structure and function of cells; ecology; genetics; evolution; bioethics. 

Students must enroll in both BIO001 and the lab section BIO001L.
AOI: Life Science

BIO 030:  Personal Fitness and Nutrition
Heidi Sleister
3 credits

A healthy lifestyle can decrease an individual’s risk of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. In this course, you will engage in activities and discussions related to the science of fitness and nutrition. Examples of course topics include cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, macro and micronutrients, metabolism, obesity-related conditions, weight loss, goal setting, and behavior. You will take action to promote health at both personal and community levels.

Join us in January to learn about the science of fitness and nutrition, commit to a healthy lifestyle, and promote health in the community!

AOI: Scientific Literacy (Life Sciences)

BIO 112L:  Avian Winter Ecology
Muir Eaton
3 credits

In this J-term course, you will gain extensive experience working with birds in a field setting. You will learn and practice a fundamental took used by ornithologist and wildlife biologist for studying birds: mist-netting and banding of individuals. In addition, you will learn identification of Iowa's winter bird species, working with museum study skins as well as captured live individuals, and you will design and conduct behavioral experiments on birds, exploring their winter physiology and ecological roles.

Class time will be outdoors as much as possible. You will become expert at handling and releasing live birds, and the skills developed in this course will well prepare you for advanced field studies and graduate work in Ornithology. This is an on-campus course, and we will be working at natural areas nearby Drake.

Prerequisites: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 or see instructor for approval.

BIO 145: 3D Printing-Making Virtual Tangible
Jerry Honts
3 credits

The ability to print 3D objects has existed for a few decades, but it has largely been restricted to high end industrial or academic environments. In the last several years there has been a proliferation of relatively low-cost printers that fabricate objects by extruding thin layers of plastic to build up the object. These printers have not yet evolved to be plug and play, but it seems highly likely that they will, even as they continue to drop in price and become easier to use and maintain. This course will focus on both the practical aspects of 3D printing, such as 3D modeling, 3D scanning, engineering of complex or multicomponent objects, and integration with electronics.

This course will look at potential uses of 3D printing in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as the social and legal implications of ready access to 3D printers. Finally, it will examine emerging forms of 3D printing, such as printing organs from living cells, or printing objects that self-assemble or change shape over time (4D printing). While we are still far from having access to the molecular replicators of science fiction (“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot”), it seems likely that 3D printing technology will increasingly make the virtual world physically tangible.

BLAW 060:  Business Law
Royce Fichtner
3 credits

This course discusses the basic precepts of our legal system. These precepts are then applied in the examination of the legal principles that affect business in the areas of contracts, torts and product liability. The course also addresses relevant ethical issues.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
AOIs: Critical Thinking, Values and Ethics

BUS 191: Internship in Business
Mary Edrington
1-3 credits

Experiential learning credit for substantive workplace experiences.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; major in the College of Business and Public Administration; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and permission of the Internship Coordinator.

COUN 154/254:  Applied Positive Psychology
Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp
3 credits

This course focuses on the science and art of happiness.Having its roots in humanistic orientation, positive psychology movement has become a new force in psychology. Positive psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, wellbeing rather than pathology and building a fulfilled meaningful life, rather than fixing the problems. This course explores positive psychological interventions that can be used in mental health and rehabilitation agencies, schools, and organizations. It is an experiential course that asks students to participate in positive psychological activities.

Students develop develop their own interventions to be used everyday life, mental health and rehabilitation settings, schools or organizations.  Main positive psychology topics such as sense of belonging, gratitude, creativity, forgiveness, compassion, flow, grit, optimism, hope, satisfaction and meaning in life and their applications in mental health, rehabilitation and educational institutions and organizations are the focus. Techniques and questions from strengths based counseling will be the main framework of this course.

CS 195: Parallel & Distributed Systems
Instructor TBA
3 Credits

Course Description: Moore’s law (i.e. frequency scaling) for processors ended in 2004; since then, computer architectures have become massively parallel. Unfortunately, developing systems which take advantage of these parallel machines is exponentially harder than writing single-core applications. This course is an introduction to multithreaded and distributed systems programming and will equip students with the basic tools necessary to write high performance parallel systems. Using C++11 std::thread and Boost. Also as our foundation, we will explore modern software patterns and parallel programming paradigms which aid in producing correct, high quality, reusable parallel and distributed systems.

ECON 198:  China's Economic History
Instructor TBD
3 credits

This class offers a general history of China’s economic performance from the earliest records of Chinese civilization. It is introductory and assumes no prior knowledge of China or its language. The organization of the course is basically chronological, but within that framework we will be approaching China from the viewpoint of the relationship between the economy and history.

Prerequisites: ECON 010 or ECON 002.

ECON  280: U.S. Government & The Global Economy
Tom Root
3 credits

For Graduate Students in the MBA program

The ability to analyze the current domestic and global economic environment is an integral part of any organization's decision making process. This course is designed to provide students with the ability to interpret and analyze current economic data and apply the data to make strategic decisions for their organization. Students will develop an understanding of the ability and limitations of economic indicators to describe the underlying macroeconomic relationships and the impact of those relationships on the strategic management of business and not-for-profit organizations. Students will also develop an understanding of the interaction of both market and non-market forces that impact the economy including the role of government and the rationale for government policy targeting economic performance.

Prerequisites: MBA 242 or consent of instructor, graduate standing and consent of the Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Business and Public Administration. Recommended MBA/MFM 253

EDUC 191-1903/291-1904:Intro to Gifted Education (WEB)
Ashley Delaney
3 credits

This comprehensive introduction to gifted education combines both theory and practice.  In addition to developing an understanding of the history of gifted education and the characteristics, identification, special programs, and related law, participants will learn about instructional models, programming options, assessments, and evaluation.  Practical components such as resources, beginning a program, and special programs available, as well as parent education will be addressed.

EDUC 193/293:  Creativity and Gifted
Sally Beisser
2 credits

This course is designed to be an overview of creativity to include definitions and theories of creativity, characteristics of the creative person, techniques of creative thinking, metaphorical thinking, creative dramatics, models of the creative process, tests of creativity, and developing personal creativeness.

EDUC 199/299: Classroom Management
William Orcutt
3 credits

Effective classroom management aims at encouraging and establishing student self-control through a process of promoting positive student achievement and behavior. Thus academic achievement, teacher efficacy, and teacher and student behavior are directly linked with the concept of school and classroom management.

This Drake J-term course will focus on three major components: content management, conduct management, and covenant management. Each of these concepts will be defined and presented with details of observable elements in effective teaching practices.

EDUC 199-1782/299-1783: Principal Insights-Pathway to Teacher Employment
Trent Grundmeyer
3 credits

The course is designed to give education students a competitive edge in the job market.  Students will be actively engaged in understanding the current job trends as they update their application documents and hone their interview skills.  Students will complete the class with polished application materials and increased confidence ready to sell them for their desired job.

ENG 136:  Adolescence in American Film
Ann Elizabeth Younger
3 credits

Course Description: This course explores depictions of problematic adolescence in contemporary American fiction and film. We read novels, essays, and view films with an eye toward understanding how western culture has constructed the adolescent experience. This course will expect students to engage in critical thinking, close reading and textual analysis to analyze, interpret, and interrogate texts. Additionally, we will consider the racial, public, familial, and educational aspects of adolescence and how these texts complicate our idea of what it mean to be a teenager.

Assignments include daily writing, essays, reading quizzes, small group discussion, and a final. Class will be primarily large group discussion. Texts include but are not limited to: The Outsiders, The Member of the Wedding, Columbine, and Black Hole. Films include PariahWelcome to the Dollhouse, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Where the Boys Are, Moonlight, River’s Edge, and The Outsiders.

FIN 199:  Corporate Finance Topics
Jimmy Senteza
3 credits

Individual advanced study and research under faculty supervision.

HIST 194:  The Cold War Through Film
Curt Cardwell
3 credits

This course explores the history of the Cold War through the medium of film. The focus is primarily on the American side of the Cold War, both internationally and domestically, and chiefly utilizes American produced films.

AOI: Historical Foundations

HSCI 020: Issues in Health Sciences I: College and Careers
Jill Batten
1.5 credits

This course is designed to provide students an introduction to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences policies, resources, and academic information, as well as offer awareness and understanding of various career pathways in the field of health sciences.  Course activities will include presentations, library and literature research, and discussions.  Students will identify the course work, experiences, and skills needed to be successful in a chosen field and outline an academic and experiential plan.

HSCI 100: Social Determinants of Health
Chris Espersen
2 credits

Course Description:  Social determinants of health affect everyone, and the ability to effectively address them is critical to the success of health system. This course provides an in-depth look at the social determinant of health domains and how health professionals and communities can address them to help individuals achieve optimal health status.  Different social determinant of health theories and resiliency will be explored, along with resources and tools that promote health and wellbeing.

Format of the course will be lecture and discussion and guest speakers providing case studies and demonstrations.  Students will be essential in contributing to discussions, and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in a final presentation.

HSCI 103:  Narrative Health Care
Dorothy Wawrose
2 credits

This class will use stories written by patients, their family members, health care providers, and other authors to encourage students to develop empathy and understanding in preparation for working in a health care setting.  The readings are chosen with an emphasis on providing a varied and robust patient-centered viewpoint of disease, illness, recovery, and death.  Students will be asked to identify, reflect upon, discuss, and write about concepts and impressions generated by assigned readings.  A combination of lecture, discussion of assigned reading material, and writing exercises will be used to facilitate comprehension of the course material.

HSCI 148: Exercise Test & Prescription
Kim Huey
2 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to learn the concepts of physiological fitness testing and exercise prescription.  Exercise prescription and the implementation of conditioning programs will include individuals of differing ages, fitness levels, and health status.  Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness: [1] cardiorespiratory fitness, [2] muscular strength, [3] muscular endurance, [4] flexibility, and [5] body composition.  The course will include hands-on exercise testing using class members, interpretation of test results, and effective design of exercise programs [i.e. Prescriptions].

HSCI 149:  Introduction to Sports Medicine
Angela Dahl Miller
3 credits

This is an introductory lecture course with a lab included.  The course will allow students to acquire the skills to recognize common injuries, illnesses and issues occurring in an athletic environment.  The lab portion of the class will provide a hands-on approach to prevention and rehabilitation techniques including taping, therapeutic exercise and modalities. 

It is strongly recommended that students taking this course have had a previous course in human anatomy.

HSCI 150:  Introduction to Joint Mobility
Megan Brady
3 credits

Course Description: This course will be an introduction to goniometry and manual muscle testing. The course begins with an overview of muscular anatomy and articulations. Other lecture areas include proper use of a goniometer to measure joint ranges of motion. Students will learn how to evaluate musculoskeletal joint functions, and types of musculoskeletal joint range of motion end points. Students will work collaboratively to become proficient at performing and grading manual muscle tests.

IS 198:  Exploring the Silicon Prairie
Alanah Mitchell
3 credits

This class is designed for students with an interest in technology and its various applications not only in the business realm, but also in society at large. This course will explore the history of technology and focus on how these powerful systems have fundamentally reshaped modern organizations along with our society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the “Silicon Prairie” we live in, as well as the global world. Topics of study will range from the technologies, methods, and practices of developing new innovations to how this knowledge and these skills are applied to re‐engineer business processes.

AOI: Historical Foundations

JMC 058:  Introduction to Visual Communication
Lee Jolliffe
3 credits

For Non-JMC Students

Survey of visual communications, including basic page/screen design, type and typography, color, illustrations, and concepts. Each topic is approached both analytically and aesthetically. Designed for non-journalism majors only.

Laptop required (minimum: i3 processor, 4 gigs of ram, 200 gigs of free storage space, Wireless N.) subscription to the Creative Suite.
AOI: Artistic Experience

JMC 085: Public Relations Principles
Kelly Bruhn
3 credits

This course explores the role of public relations in today's organizations. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the critical thinking, research, planning and communication skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations. Students will acquire a solid foundatin in the basic theories and concepts of communication, persuasion, motivation and learning which are integral parts in the success of public relations and in engaging people.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
AOI: Engaged Citizen

JMC 099:  The Recorded Music Industry
Tobi Parks
3 credits

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the music industry including music publishing, music promotion, music business ethics, emerging music business technologies, copyright law, and other subjects directly pertinent to understanding today’s music industry landscape.  The course will include a practical look at the industry through the work of Station 1 Records.

Station 1 Records is the non-profit record label of the Des Moines Social Club and is an experiment in a new kind record company model – one that emphasizes patronage over profits.  Part of the purpose of Station 1 Records is to build music careers.  With the goal of developing artists currently living in smaller markets in the Midwest – and luring new artists to these markets – Station 1 provides a platform for artists and opportunities for students interested in working in the business to do hands-on work in recording, distribution, public relations, marketing, promotion, and tour support.

JMC 199: Agency One-Nine-Nine, Strategic Digital Media Production
Todd Evans and Sandy Henry
3 credits

This 3-week on-campus class will operate as a digital media production agency, partnering with a professional client to craft and produce a strategic digital media campaign. Students from different disciplines will manage the agency - defining the insights and strategy, brainstorming creative concepts and producing a final campaign to satisfy the needs of the client. Students will develop advanced skills in their area of expertise, in addition to gaining broader exposure to other facets of strategic digital communication.

Prerequisites: JMC 124 and/or JMC 114, or JMC 123 (PR majors), or professor approval

JMC 199: Political Communication on the West Wing
Jennifer Glover Konfrst
3 credits

This course examines the ways political communication – speechwriting, media relations, and message development – is perceived on the NBC Television Series The West Wing. We'll watch select episodes of the series and analyze depictions of the development of these communication tools, and we'll read about and watch depictions of these tools in real-world political offices. We'll examine the ways the industry as a whole is reflected in this popular series, and discuss how it impacts how media consumers interact with political communication.

AOI: Engaged Citizen (pending)

LEAD 199: Ethical Leadership in the Wizarding World
Jennifer Trans-Johnson
3 credits

Whether seeking the golden snitch or aspiring to become minister of magic, a strong moral and ethical foundation is crucial for leadership success. Through the lens of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, students will use their personal morals, attitudes, and beliefs to develop a foundation for reflective decision-making. This class will explore the concepts of moral and ethical reasoning, identity development, servant leadership, and transformational leadership.  Students in this course must have already read the Harry Potter book series and have a comprehensive understanding of the stories, characters, and wizarding world.

There are no prerequisites for this course, however, completion of LEAD 001 or the Adams Leadership Academy is encouraged.

LIBR 077:  Fake News, Filters, and Falsehoods: Navigating Information Overload in the 21stCentury
Dan Chibnall
3 credits

We live in an age of information overload, where individuals can create their own, private news and media enclaves. Social media allows us to filter out what we don’t care to see and engage with ideas that sometimes only serve to reinforce our existing beliefs and ideas. This new era also presents us with the dangers of “fake news” that so closely resembles the real thing that even the most discerning eye cannot pick it out of a lineup.

This course will focus on how we can navigate the rivers of information, become discerning consumers, separate fact from fiction, and approach daily sources of information with an objective eye. We will also explore the effects of information overload, how we can become more information literate in a society saturated with various forms of media, and how that can help us be more engaged citizens.

AOIs: Information Literacy, Engaged Citizen (both pending)

LIBR 099: Copyright Issues in the United States
Marcia Keyser
3 credits

Whether you are writing a song for performance, taking notes in class, or posting an event on Facebook, do you have copyright protection for what you do? If you share someone else's story, can he or she claim infringement? What is copyright, anyway? Take this Engaged Citizen class for an overview of copyright law and the many ways it affects our lives in the United States.

AOI: Engaged Citizen

LIBR 101: Video Games, Gamers and Gaming Communities
Cameron Tuai
3 credits

This J-Term class will explore the relationship between video games, gamers and their communities. Starting with the question, “what is a game” students will develop foundational knowledge of video gaming concepts such as aesthetics, narrative, rules and design. From these basic elements, students will then explore the ideals of community as the interaction between the social values “coded” into a video game and game play as a means to communicate membership within that community. In particular, students will have an opportunity to critically reflect how video games and norms of game play shape community ideals of race, gender and sexual identity.

AOI: Engaged Citizen (pending)

MATH 028:  Business Calculus
Milan Sherman
3 credits

Course Description: Brief algebra review, data analysis, limits, derivatives, integration, applications to business.

Offering this course over J-Term allows for a more project-based, group work version of the course that is more applied and less technical.  Students will work on projects that have a business context in groups of 3-4 students.  These projects will be used to surface the big ideas of the course, as well as to apply techniques learned in class to problems that arise in business contexts.  The role of the instructor will be to support groups as they work through the projects, with brief lectures interspersed as needed.  Most lectures will be video lectures that students will watch outside of class meeting time.

The primary assessments for the course will be the projects and brief online homework assignments.  This is an ideal format for students interested in the answer to the question regarding math, “When will I ever use this?” 

Prerequisites: MATH 20 or equivalent.
AOI: Quantitative Literacy

MATH 195: The Many Faces of Randomness
Christopher Porter
3 credits

What is randomness? Although the concept of randomness is widely used in mathematical, computational, and statistical practice, it is difficult to give a precise definition of randomness. Moreover, it appears that there is no single definition of randomness that covers all of its various uses. The goal of this course to survey a number of such uses of the concept of randomness, with an eye towards determining what, if anything, unifies them. We will also consider commonly-held, intuitive conceptions of randomness, which are notoriously unreliable, and we will examine the extent to which such pre-theoretic conceptions inform and are informed by formal definitions of randomness. Topics will include pseudorandom number generation, random walks, randomness and entropy in information theory, algorithmic randomness, filtered randomness in game design, and the psychology of randomness.

Prerequisites: Math 101 or Math/Stat 130 (or an equivalent course in probability/statistics) or permission from the instructor.

MCL 299: Digital Storytelling
Chris Snider
For Graduate Students in the MCL Program

Special Topics.

MGMT 120:  Management of Operations
Brad Meyer
3 credits

A study of the operations function of organizations, focusing on providing services and producing goods efficiently and effectively. Students learn how to analyze, measure, and improve work methods; make capacity decisions; manage waiting lines; and control the flow of materials along the supply chain. The course also discusses ethics and sustainabilty; monitoring and improving quality, allocating scarce resources and managing projects.

Prerequisites: MATH 020 or MATH0 28; IS 044; STAT 072 or ACTS 131 or MATH 131, and sophomore standing.

PHAR 100: Community Pharmacy POCT Program
Kelly Percival
3 credits

Course Description:  This course is designed to assist pharmacy students in earning the Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate, offered by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). It includes pre-readings from current literature and governmental agencies, five days of in-class programming, and skills assessment. The infectious disease states most commonly tested for by point-of-care tests (Influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, and hepatitis C) will be reviewed. This will be incorporated into patient assessment for treatment in the community pharmacy, including vital measurements (heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse oximetry), and how to perform four types of specimen collection (oral swab, nasal swab, throat swab, and finger stick).

Students will perform vitals and specimen collection techniques including nasal/throat swabs, oral fluid collection, and a finger stick on each other as part of the course. In addition to specimen collection and patient assessment the legal and management issues associated with point-of-care testing and follow-up care will be discussed. The class is primarily lecture based with small group work and other assignments to stimulate active learning.

A course fee of $100 will be assessed to your Drake account to cover the cost of the NACDS certificate program.

PHAR 103:  Wellcoaches CHCT Program
Nora Stelter
2 credits

The Wellcoaches Core Health Coach Training Program is a 4-day J-Term elective course for senior Health Sciences and P3/P4 Pharmacy students. Other students may be accepted by special request to the course coordinator, Dr. Stelter. Students will learn health coaching techniques to assist patients in reaching their goals for health and wellness taught by the Wellcoaches professional health coach instructors. Topics include but are not limited to mindfulness, motivational interviewing, self-determination theory, self-efficacy, and vision and goal setting.

This course will use a variety of teaching methods including lecture with discussion, role playing, and self-reflection. This course is the first step in attaining health coaching certification through Wellcoaches.

PHAR 112: Political Advocacy & Leadership
Tom Temple
2 credits

Political advocacy and leadership are highly valued in the profession of pharmacy.  This interactive elective course provides the requisite knowledge, develops skills, and models behaviors so students can become political advocates and leaders in the profession.  This course consists of a series of prominent speakers from within and outside the profession.  Student pharmacists will develop effective advocacy skills through discussion and reflections based upon their experiences with instructors and assigned readings.

PHAR 126: Principles of Nutrition
Christa Hanson
2 credits

In this course, principles of normal nutrition are introduced.  Each essential nutrient function and metabolism is studied as well as cultural, societal, and economic influences on eating disorders and habits.  An emphasis is placed on the application of nutrition principles within the health care setting.

POLS 133:  The Middle East Through Film
Mahmoud Hamad
3 credits

Course Description: This class relies on films to study important political and social events in the Middle East region. Some of the movies covered in class examine the political and economic realities, whereas other films focus on societal changes that have had significant implications for the Middle East and beyond. We start with a lecture on the background of the political topics covered in the film; the second and third hours of class are devoted to the screening of the film; and the last hour of class involves class discussion of the film and an analysis of its political meaning and significance. I urge everyone to engage and to think critically about the topics presented and the questions presented during the course.

SCSS 073:  Public Speaking
William Lewis
3 credits

Course Description: Introduction to the principles of argument about public policy with emphasis on effective performance.

AOI: Engaged Citizen, Critical Thinking

SCSS 076:  Humans of the Drake Neighborhood
Darcie Vandegrift
3 credits

This J Term course will create podcasts using interviews created with residents of the Drake Neighborhood.  We will answer two questions: What is the role and responsibility of a university in urban Des Moines?  How does social identity shape the experience of life in the city?  Guided readings and writing in community sociology will inform our creation of podcasts about the lived experiences of urban spaces around the university.  Participants should anticipate a collaborative, unstructured, labor-intensive project that promises a high impact outcome.  

Recommended prerequisites: SCSS001, SCSA002, prior podcasting/radio experience, multicultural competency or native Spanish language fluency.  You do not have to have one of the prerequisites to participate in the class.

SCSS 076:  The Sociology of the Body
Erin Meek
3 credits

This course examines the embodied self from the sociological perspective. We will go beyond biology and physiology and interpret the body as it is shaped by various social forces. Culture, personal identity, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and other contextual elements will be used to discuss the phenomenon of the physical form. We will consider the body as a battleground for power, domination, and resistance. This course will draw from interdisciplinary writings, films, and other mediums in order to form a multivariate perspective on the human figure.

SCSS 076: Just Sustainability
Michael Haedicke
3 credits

This course will explore how central Iowa governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations are working to connect the goals of environmental sustainability and social justice through a framework called “just sustainability”. Students will engage in team-based interview research to investigate just sustainability initiatives in Des Moines and surrounding communities. As a class, we will focus on areas such as city planning, food production, environmental activism, and public health. In addition to sharpening our understanding of these initiatives and our critical thinking skills, we will work to create an interactive guide for the community and for policymakers about local projects that mesh environmental and equity concerns.

SCSS 078: The Sociology of Childhood
Laurie Linhart
3 credits

Childhood as a life category has shifted throughout U.S. history. Emerging social factors have changed the experience of childhood over time. The study of children has changed, too. Sociologists today recognize that children actively create meaning and engage in social processes. In this class, we will look at these topics through reading-based discussions, service learning with children, film, and personal exploration. Topics of emphasis include gender on the playground, consumer culture and kids, and childhood socialization in the family and school.

SCSS 108: Aesthetics of Everyday Life
Joan McAlister
3 credits

This course introduces students to urban studies, visual rhetoric and photography, while giving them the opportunity to produce their own images of city scenes. The first unit will cover key concepts in urbanism and photography, the second unit will profile the role and function of techniques particular to the photographic medium, and the final unit will explore the metamorphic capacity of photography and the urban issues it can address through the creation of student portfolios that will be presented to the class.

AOI: Artistic Experience

Sandra Patton-Imani
3 credits

Course Description: This course will be an immersion in methods of qualitative fieldwork and digital video as cultural critique. Students will be introduced to ethnographic participant-observation and interviewing methods, as well as video editing techniques.

During the three-week J-term course students will work in small groups to conduct ethnographic research, document it on videotape, and produce short video essays that will be put on both the IRC web site for community outreach and the Drake Cultures of Engagement site. This course will serve as an introduction to qualitative interview-based research and critical digital storytelling.

STAT 060:  Statistics for the Life Sciences
Lisa Gardner
3 credits

An introduction to statistical methods used in the life sciences. In this course, the student will develop the ability (1) to decide which techniques to use to solve particular problems, (2) to use basic statistical tools to address questions, and (3) to explain statistical results to others. At the end of the course the student should understand how to: (1) display and describe distributions, (2) display and examine relationships between variables, (3) design samples and experiments, (4) determine probabilities and use probability distributions, (5) conduct significance tests associated with means and proportions, and (6) significance tests associated with two-way tables, and one-way ANOVA.

Prerequisites: MATH 020 or equivalent. For life science and pharmacy majors only.
AOIs: Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy

STAT 198:  Cases Studies in Data Analytics and Big Data
Eric Manley
3 credits

In this course, students will apply description, predictive, and prescriptive data analysis methods learned in previous cases to new cases. Students will learn to effectively manage long-term data analysis projects within diverse teams through a complete data analytics project lifecycle and compellingly communicate outcomes through writing and oral presentations which include appropriate use of data visualizations.

Prerequisites: CS 066, STAT/MATH 130 or ACTS/MATH 131, and two of STAT 170, STAT 172, CS 167 or CS 178.

THEA 005: Readings in Theatre
Michael Rothmayer
3 credits

A reading/viewing discussion based format surveying Western dramatic literature (as well as films based on those plays), from ancient Greece to the present. For J-term we will add the following elements normally not part of the course: 1) We will be viewing either film excerpts or complete film versions of the plays read for class. This will give students the opportunity to see the text as a blueprint for a realized production. it will also allow the class to debate and discuss specific choices made by director, designers, and actors in regard to the text the students have read. 2) We will do a "table reading" of some of the assigned plays in class.

The longer class period for J-term will allow us to read all or part of a play aloud in class. Hearing the language spoken will provide a level of insight that reading a play silently cannot. In short, the J-term version of the Readings in Theatre class will help students engage the text in ways unique from the fall/spring semester versions of the course.

AOI: Artistic Experience

THEA 032:  Stage MakeUp
Josefa Poppen
3 credits

Study of various stage makeup techniques through assigned projects and practical applications. Emphasis is on designing makeup for an audience proximity of 30 feet. This course is a compressed version of the same Theatre Department course that is offered every Fall semester.  You will be learning about stage makeup materials and their application techniques to effect character designs on you own face. Approximately 15 design projects will be assigned during the term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be required to purchase their own stage makeup supplies (with guidance from the instructor) that could total up to $200. Materials are not transferrable from student to student.  

It fulfills a curriculum requirement for all Theatre Majors
AOI: Artistic Experience

THEA 114:  Classic American Film
John Holman
3 credits

In this J-term course we will look at nine classic Hollywood films from the point of view of the writers who penned the screen plays. The unique perspective of the writer is one that is seldom explored, their work being overshadowed by the promotion of the actors and directors. In-class film viewing and discussion is required.

Purchase of a text is necessary; additional reading assignments will be made from web-based sources. Information about film genre and terminology will be reviewed and included in weekly quizzes.

AOI: Artistic Experience

THEA 132: J-Term Musical
John Graham and John Pomeroy
3 Credits

WLC 081: The Study Abroad Experience
Marc Pinheiro-Cadd
2 credits
Independent Study

This course is designed to provide you with opportunities to interact with members of the culture and speakers of the language you are studying as you spend time away from Drake. You probably know some students who have studied abroad, but interacted only with other U.S. students or speakers of their own native language. Because you are pursuing a Minor in Language and Culture, we are asking you to complete a variety of assignments that will require you to interact with members of that culture; this will help demonstrate both your linguistic and cultural competence.

Enrollment limited to Language and Culture Minors who are concurrently taking an appropriate J-Term Travel Seminar.

WLC 148:  Intercultural Communication
Marc Pinheiro-Cadd
3 credits

Course Description: This course focuses on the understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the context of both the globalizing world and the U.S. Through reading, discussing, writing about, and reflecting on relevant texts and films, you will become acquainted not only with some of the theory and research in the area of intercultural communication, but also with how to apply that knowledge with the goal of understanding and improving human interactions in both global and domestic contexts. Special attention will be paid to the barriers that exist between cultures that may potentially disrupt attempts at fluid intercultural communication. 

By developing insights into the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of relations among racial, ethnic, and gender groups, you will make progress toward one of the course’s major goals: becoming aware of “cultural relativity” as an ethical guiding principle that results in respecting other cultures more than is the case when ethnocentrism is the guiding principle. We will also consider in some depth the role of the media in creating and diffusing information that affects intercultural communication. Thinking critically about issues such as these will help you demonstrate what Drake’s Mission Statement refers to as “responsible global citizenship.”




University News
April 27, 2017
When Drake senior Reed Fischer crossed the finish line at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday, he broke a school record that has stood since long before Drake’s famed Blue Oval was blue.