Roanoke College

2013 Campus & Field Trip Courses


Field Trip Courses spend 1-5 nights off campus.  Campus Courses do not spend any nights off campus but often have day trips.  Many courses have fees to cover such trips or other course expenses.  Book costs are normally low for May courses to help offset these fees.  Students should assume that May courses require 9 am to 5 pm commitment each day unless the instructor informs them otherwise.  Evening and weekend hours are required in some courses.  Contact the instructor for course-specific hours.

Field Trip Courses for 2013

INQ 177  Back to our Roots: Urban Farming and the Locavore Movement 

Instructor:  Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $720
Overnight trip 
What is a locavore? Through hands-on experiences, films, and readings, we will seek to understand the roles of urban farming and locavorism as alternatives to conventional eating in the United States today. Through visits to farmers markets, community gardens, farm-to-table restaurants, and an exploration of the arts of cheese making and preserving, we will learn to sustain ourselves locally as we explore the vast resources that make the locavore lifestyle attainable in the Roanoke Valley. As a capstone to this course, we will become agritourists, traveling to work and reflect upon our experiences at a farmstay in the southeastern United States.  Fee covers cost of a four-day stay in North Carolina as well as local day trips and about 8 additional meals.


INQ 177 Health and Happiness

Instructor: Dr. Julie Maina
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $350
Overnight trip
What makes people happy?  How do people find happiness?  How does being happy influence your life? The focus of this course will be on the relationship between the concept of happiness and its impact on all aspects of wellness.  In particular, the course will look at several theories surrrounding the idea of happiness, how real people have applied the theories in their everyday lives, and the results they have experienced.  Students will be required to actively participate in all activities planned and be able to reflect upon their experiences showing a deeper understanding of the complex nature of happiness and its influence on health.


INQ 177 Through the Lens of Television: Examining the 1960s and Beyond

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Melican
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $400
Overnight trip
Using the lens of television, we will examine the decade of the 1960s, from the image of Camelot and John F. Kennedy through the years of war, protest, and assassinations to the moon landing. We will first ask: How did television reflect or refract what was happening in society at large? The follow-up question is: In what ways, if any, has this function changed over time? Students will employ their insights from the sixties to examine a television show from the first decade of the 21st century. Day and/or overnight field trips will be included.


INQ 277  Exploring the Biological Diversity of the Southern Appalachians

Instructor:  Dr. Rachel Collins
Prerequisites:  BIOL 125 and HHP 160
Fee:  $400
Overnight trip
Designed for those interested in the natural history of the Southern Appalachian region. Biology majors, environmental science majors, and others with strong curiosity or experiences in the natural world are welcome. We will explore the biodiversity and ecology of forest communities as naturalists do. Students will keep field notebooks and develop skills for identifying trees, forest wildflowers, birds, and other animals common in the region. The course will include a number of day trips to nearby forest and a five-day trip to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee (an area with extremely high biological diversity). 

INQ 277/SOCI 277  The Scopes Trial

Instructor:  Dr. Gil Dunn
Prerequisites:  INQ 110
Fee: Approx $285 including transportation, lodging, and admissions
Overnight trip
An in-depth examination of representations and ramifications of the famous Scopes (or "Monkey") Trial of 1925. Debates over science and religion and how the debates are framed will be explored from various perspectives. The course features a 4-day trip to Dayton, TN, to visit the Scopes Trial Museum and related historical sites.


INQ 277/SOCI 277 Understanding Poverty through Community Service

Instructor: Dr. Kristi Hoffman
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $260
Overnight trip
This course provides the opportunity to explore and reflect on poverty as a lived social condition in the contemporary United States. Poverty will be examined through discussion of a variety of readings and experientially through community service. Field trips will encompass doing volunteer work as a group.


Campus Courses for 2013

INQ 177 Computing Aspects of E-Commerce

Instructor:  Dr. Anil Shende
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
An overview of electronic commerce. Topics include: network infrastructure for e-commerce; overview of web technology; a study of the web-sites hosting several web-based businesses; the electronic storefront; security; electronic payment systems; social, legal, and ethical issues. Students will form teams, develop a web-site-including the software to handle electronic commerce-for a mock web business which will be evaluated by the class.


INQ 177  Exploring Social Wellness

Instructor:  Professor Sandy McGhee
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
Student leadership in health advocacy is the key to successful promotion of responsible decision making, risk reduction and improved overall wellness in the college population. The goal of this course is to prepare students for campus leadership, advocacy, and activism in health promotion. Students should be comfortable discussing topics such as binge drinking and safer sex practices. The course is an academic exploration of social health and wellness issues with emphasis placed on practical skill development. Furthermore, students will gain valuable experience that will better prepare them for continued study in a variety of health care fields. Students will take the BACCHUS Network Certified Peer Educator (CPE) exam and have opportunities to practice these skills in the community. Successful students will be eligible to join Roanoke College's Health Education Awareness Team.

INQ 177  Film as Social Icon

Instructor:  Dr. Bruce Partin
Prerequisite:  INQ 110
Fee:  None
Students will view 12 films produced in the United States between 1950 and 1964.  They will examine how these films are distinctive products of their times not only technically but also in terms of their narrative content and the socio-political issues they raise.

INQ 177 Symbolic Narrative: The National D-Day Memorial

Instructor: Dr. Tom Carter
Prerequisites: None
Fee: None, student will pay own admission to the memorial (under $20)
How does a monument tell the story of the event that it memorializes?  This course looks at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford and will examine how its design and construction create symbols that tell the story of the Normandy invasion.  Students will first learn about the invasion through books and films and will make several trips to the memorial for first-hand analysis.  Students will present their final reports at the memorial. 

INQ 177  Math in Popular Media

Instructor:  Dr. Karin Saoub
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
Exploration of the use and portrayal of mathematics in film and television. In particular, various episodes of NUMB3RS will be viewed and discussed. The discussions will focus on the mathematical techniques used to solve crime, including understanding the mathematics and the accuracy of its portrayal. Students will also analyze various films for their mathematical content as well as answer questions such as "How are the mathematicians portrayed?" and "What stereotypes are reinforced and which are challenged?"

INQ 177  The Mathematics of Gambling

Instructor:  Dr. David Taylor
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that relies on the mathematics of its games to drive their profits and avoid their losses. This course provides both a hands-on and a computational analysis of the probabilities involved when gambling and playing games. We include an introduction to the rules of and basic winning strategies for roulette, blackjack, various forms of poker, and other games, including selected board games and sports. Students will also learn to apply skills developed in this class to other games they come across. There is a field trip to the Virginia Lottery Headquarters and a casino night activity.  


INQ 177 Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

Instructor:  Dr. Catherine Sarisky
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
Is the FDA broken, and if so, what should we do about it?  This course explores the drug approval process in the United States.  We will use case studies to illustrate how the process works (or doesn't work) for various drugs.  Drug safety, politics, economics, and ethical issues will be discussed.  Background in chemistry and/or biology will be helpful but not required.

INQ 177  Psychology in Film

Instructor:  Dr. Chris Buchholz
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
The goal of this course is to examine the interaction between film and psychology. Throughout this course we will explore and attempt to answer several questions: How are the discipline of psychology and psychologists portrayed in films? What are some common film techniques employed to create specific psychological reactions? What are some examples of psychological concepts that are depicted in film and are they accurately portrayed? Our answers to these questions will help us see how the discipline of psychology is seen through the eyes of the American public. 


INQ 177/PHIL 177 The Trial of Socrates

Instructor:  Dr. Hans Zorn
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
This course will look at the trial of Socrates and examine different views about it.  Was he a martyr for the truth, for example, or a victim of political intrigue?  Was he guilty of the accusations set against him, or unjustly prosecuted for his religious and political views?  How should we understand the reports of those who wrote about his trial?   Finally, what would we have to know about his society and intellectual milieu in order to answer any of these questions?


INQ 177  Women, Work, & Life

Instructor:  Dr. Julie Lyon and Dr. Denise Friedman
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None
An examination of work-life issues faced by women. Recent research and theories from business, psychology, and gender studies will be evaluated and applied to these issues. Students will be expected to complete self-reflective and growth activities in which they will integrate and apply research and theories to various women's issues. Course topics will include: gender bias at home and work, opting in and out of the workplace, childcare and eldercare, parenting and relationship skill building, conflict resolution, family planning, maternity leave, company policies, women as leaders, stress management, etc.


INQ 277  Keeping a Journal

Instructor:  Dr. Katherine Hoffman
Prerequisites:  INQ 110
Fee:  None
The personal journal can be literature, historical testimony, a way of delving into the psyche, a record of a spiritual journey or a way of life, a storehouse of dreams and ideas. In this course, you will write every day, share some of your writing and the reflections that arise from it with others, and be part of a supportive audience for others' writing. You will read examples of and try out many different kinds of journal writing in order to discover the kinds of personal writing that are most valuable to you. You will develop your skills and learn to use your journal for your own purposes by solitary practice and by shared reflection upon that practice.


INQ 277  Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making

Instructor:  Dr. Chuck Early
Prerequisites:  PSYC 101
Fee:  None
Examination of psychological research on the way we evaluate arguments, determine the causes of things, solve problems and make decisions. Effective thinking techniques will be introduced and applied to a variety of content areas.


INQ 277 The Science of Sports

Instructor:  Dr. Roland Minton
Prerequisites:  MATH 121 or permission
Fee:  None (students will be responsible for own ticket to a minor league ball game--under $10)
Calculus, physics and statistics will be applied to a variety of sports in this interdisciplinary course. Mathematical analysis will shed light on some of the fundamentals and strategies of sports. For each of the concepts developed, students will design experiments and use technology to collect and analyze data.  


INQ 277/SOCI 277 Towards the Green Society: Community Sustainability Initiatives

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Sarabia
Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or INQ 260SO or permission
Fee: $30
The course examines the ideals and principles that contribute to conceptualizations on environmental sustainability. Of focus will be the competing meanings, visions, and strategies that signal the social construction of the environmentally friendly society. Discussions on environment occur in a social context where pathways to sustainability are debated and informed by our own cultural understandings of societal organization and human nature. Implicit in the discourse on sustainable futures are the contemporary problems we now face and the foresight required to preserve society. Out of crisis surfaces the empowering challenge of being able to envision and create for ourselves communities reflective of our collective ideals. The course fee covers the cost of a day trip to the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia. 


INQ 277 Writing Film Reviews and Film Criticism

Instructor:  Dr. Robert Schultz
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None (students will pay own admission to several films)
This course is designed to help students discern different kinds of film reviews, their different audiences and purposes, and, within the different kinds, we'll try to see what makes an accomplished and interesting review stand out among lesser reviews. We'll also read essays in film criticism and look into the different audiences and purposes of reviews and film criticism. Students will screen new films, review them, read current reviews of them, and discuss together the films and reviews. Students will also screen films that have been deemed important to film history or cultural history, read criticism of these films, and attempt an essay in film criticism. This is as much a writing course as a film course, attending to the different rhetorical situations of the two forms of film writing. This is a campus course, with a lot of afternoon movie-going in the area, on-campus film screenings, a lot of reading of current film reviews in the local paper, national dailies, weekly magazines (for example, The New Yorker, The Nation), film magazines (for example, Premiere), online sites (for example, Slate, Rotten Tomatoes), classic review-essays by the likes of Pauline Kael, and film criticism in the more scholarly film journals (for example, Screen). 


INQ 377  Psychology of Consciousness

Instructor:  Dr. Dino Pranzarone
Prerequisites:  PSYC 101
Fee:  None
The intensive study of the psychological epi‑phenomenon of self-awareness and/or consciousness from multi-disciplinary perspectives including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, computer neural networks and artificial intelligence, philosophic psychology, and Judeo-Christian and Eastern religious traditions.