On Campus Courses

We are pleased to be able to provide this introduction to our January 2018 Interim curriculum. Faculty and staff at BVU have worked hard to create an exciting array of Interim classes for you. We intentionally offer to you courses that will expand your creativity, cultural awareness, analytical abilities, and awareness of important conversations in today’s world. Our wish is that you will use Interim 2018 to seek opportunities outside your major programs of study where possible and investigate new ways of discovery and knowing.

We continue to expect high academic achievement from you. We ask faculty to fully employ class-time with you as well as engage you in meaningful preparatory work outside of class-time for 3 to 6 hours daily. You will find listed here descriptions for a variety of courses. Information in the descriptions below identifies if a course fulfills major/minor and/or general education requirement. All courses with the INTM notation fulfill elective credit toward graduation only.

As you review this list of course offerings, you will note that during our three-week January Interim, all of our course options offer distinctive educational experiences that align with the University’s overarching academic goals and objectives. These classes allow learning to take place within and outside the classroom as we offer you opportunities to enhance your potential for life-long success through innovative and imaginative opportunities. We believe Interim, with its travel courses, internships, residencies, and enrichment courses, is essential to the achievement of these goals.

Interim Policies

Interim courses meet the full Interim calendar for a minimum of 150 minutes each day. Students, be advised that missing any classes during Interim is hazardous to successfully completing Interim; a day of class during January is equivalent of a week during a regular semester. As a BVU student you must be enrolled in and attending an Interim course to remain in the residence halls; if you are not enrolled and attending your course, you will be asked to leave campus for the Interim period or any portion of it remaining at the time you stop attending to your academic work and class attendance. All courses, including internships and travel courses, are commonly 3 credit hours. Internship credit hours are typically determined by the number of 40 hour-weeks contained within the internship experience. A three-credit hour internship, for example, typically requires three, 40-hour work weeks. See your internship supervisor for complete information on requirements.

Courses under the INTM department code carry elective credit toward graduation. If a course offers major and/or general education credit that designation is included in the course description and noted with the course designation other than an INTM department code (i.e. HONR, BIOL, etc.). Some courses listed have been offered in previous years. You MAY NOT take an Interim course (INTM) which you have previously taken; doing so will cause you to lose the 3 credits from the previous occurrence since the course will be treated as a course repeat.

Classes meet daily. The grading system is determined by the instructor and indicated in the course description below as well as on the course syllabus. If student option is indicated, you may choose between P/F (Pass/Fail) or letter grade (ABCDF). For those courses with student option as the grading system, the grading option may be converted through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Registrar’s Office. All travel courses and internships are graded P/F.

Interim Enrollment Expectations

Buena Vista University hopes all BVU students will participate in an Interim learning opportunity. New first-year students are required to enroll in Interim. There will be no tuition, board and/or room refunds for full-time students who elect not to participate in Interim. Students will NOT be permitted to remain in the residence halls during Interim if they are not enrolled in and attending an Interim course.For further information on enrollment requirements, students should refer to the catalog under which they entered Buena Vista University.

  • Students enrolled in BVU travel courses will receive a stipend of their meal plan fees automatically. Students enrolled in travel courses need not complete a meal refund application.
  • Students enrolled in courses, such as an internship, field observation or practicum, requiring them to live off campus during Interim may apply for a stipend of meal plan charges. Students must be enrolled prior to making application for a meal stipend; applications for the meal stipend (and enrollment in the experience) must be made no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017. To apply for a meal stipend, complete the information requested through Step 1 on the Interim Meal Stipend Request Form found on the Registrar’s web page. Once Step 1 is completed, deliver the form to the Associate Dean’s Office (DE 107) for processing.

No requests for meal refunds after 5 p.m. on December 4, 2017 will be granted. Students seeking internships, etc. are advised to be working well in advance so that you will have final decisions on placements in time to qualify for meal reimbursement if the experience will require you to be off-campus.

Interim and Spring Registration Dates

Students register for Interim and Spring semester courses during a single registration period during late October and early November.

  • Oct. 25 for Honors students
  • Oct. 26 - Oct. 31 for seniors and juniors
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 6 for sophomores
  • Nov. 7 - Nov. 10 for first-year students
  • Nov. 13 - Nov. 17 for special students

Beginning November 10, decisions on canceling low enrollment courses will occur. It is in students’ best interests to register during their assigned times.


INTM 110: HOW TO BECOME A RECORDING ARTIST                                             3 CR
This course is designed to introduce the student to the commercial music industry through a series of lectures, class projects, and a final performance concert. Topics covered in the class will include:

  1. Basic music theory used in commercial music writing
  2. How the commercial industry works
  3. Tips on lyric writing
  4. Music agents, managers, producers
  5. Musician’s union
  6. Do-it-yourself tactics used by non-label musicians
  7. Gigging in nightclubs versus concerts

Prerequisite: Student must have some kind of musical background (played in band or sang in choir in high school). Required Utensils: Music writing paper, musical instrument and/or voice.
Dr. David A. Klee, Sr., Assoc. Professor of Music
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20                     Time:  9 a.m. to Noon


ENGL 110: INTRODUCTION TO WRITING STUDIES                                              3 CR
An intensive course designed to introduce students to the range of scholarly and creative approaches taken to writing as a practice, a product, and a way of knowing. Drawing on material from a range of disciplines, this course explores how the written word functions to create relationships among individuals and communities, to structure and express human experience, to stabilize bodies of knowledge, and to sustain systems of power in governments, schools, and the workplace. Students will analyze texts using theoretical frameworks that account for an author’s goals, audience, community, chosen genres, and material resources. Students will construct texts of their own based on similarly analytical assessments of their specific rhetorical contexts. This course functions as an introduction to the Writing Studies Minor.  General education explorations -  writing intensive humanities
Dr. Francesca Gentile, Assistant Professor of English
Grading:  Student Option                    Course Limit: 20                     Time: 1 – 4pm


INTM 118: THE HUMANITIES GO DIGITAL                                                              3 CR
This course is an experimental introduction to the Digital Humanities, in which students will have the opportunity to explore the application of new digital tools and technologies to the traditional subject matter and research methods of the humanities (literature, history, philosophy, etc.). Class time will be divided into three components: example exploration led by the instructor (in which the instructor demonstrates or models a tool or project); reading discussion (in which students will work on developing an understanding of the Digital Humanities literature through assigned reading and their own research), and project development (in which students will propose, research, and create projects of their own to be presented to the class, which will constitute the final test of their learning). 
Dr. Laura Bernhardt, Dean's Fellows and Honors Program Coordinator
Grading:  Student Option                        Course Limit:  20                     Time:  9am - noon


INTM 119: OPERA SURVEY                                                                              3 CR
Opera Survey is a course designed to familiarize students with operas from the Baroque through Modern eras.  The class will watch operas and discuss the socio-political implications of the various plots, redesign the staging of a well-known opera, and do a project that will challenge the assumptions of the musical stage art.  The class will also travel to Minneapolis and see the new production, Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie.  This course has no text or readings however some time spent watching operas outside of class will be required.  Opera Survey is a course necessary for any music major attempting to attend graduate school after they graduate.  The class would also be interesting to any student who is interested in the arts.  The class shows interesting operas and how the cultural environments surrounding the operas affected the artistic vision.  Students will learn not only learn about the operas but watch either part or all of many significant operas.  
Dr. Merrin Guice, Associate Professor of Music
Grading:  Student Option                                  Course Limit:  20               Time:  4pm – 7pm

This course offers the opportunity to delve into one of the most passionate and enduring classics of English literature, Wuthering Heights. Regular preparation for each course meeting will involve reading a portion of the novel each night. Each student will also lead one of the course discussions. We will explore the literature through various lenses to consider issues of history, narrative, class, race, and women’s rights. We will look at literary qualities, such as romantic, Victorian, and gothic elements, and consider the novel’s depictions of place, family, love and passion, and human nature and change among other topics our discussions generate.
Dr. Ashley Heiberger, Assistant Professor of English as a Second Language
Grading: Student Option                  Course Limit:20                       Time:  9 a.m. to noon


This course focuses on a specific topic of study in theatre. Topics are selected based on student and faculty interest, as well as current developments in the discipline or the community-at-large and may include, but are not limited to Children’s Theatre, Theatre for Social Change, Improvisation, and Devising. Repeatable for credit if different focus.  This course is geared to rehearsing and then presenting the children’s play Magic Theatre.  After several days of rehearsal we “hit the road” in order to present the show for surrounding grade schools.  Class time will be devoted to improvisational techniques, using your imagination, and creating an exciting production aimed at entertaining school aged children, teaching tolerance for others, and encouraging school aged children to use their imaginations. Once on the road it’s quite possible we could present as many as three performances a day. 
Ms. Hannah Anderson, Visiting Instructor, MFA, Texas Tech and BV alum ‘14
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit: 15                                 Time: 9am - noon


This course focuses on a specific topic of study in theatre. Topics are selected based on student and faculty interest, as well as current developments in the discipline or the community-at-large and may include, but are not limited to Children’s Theatre, Theatre for Social Change, Improvisation, and Devising. Repeatable for credit if different focus.  Employers state that they want to hire people who not only understand the content of the job they are to do, but who also work well with others, adapt to changing circumstances, think creatively, and communicate effectively. This course is for ‘creative types’ who want to know how to use your skills in a variety of vocational contexts. While on campus students will research potential career paths, interact with professionals from a variety of careers through Skype interviews, and create a vocational portfolio.  Students in the class will travel to the American College Theatre Festival to participate in workshops related to their vocational interests, attend performances, meet with graduate school admissions representatives, and interview BVU theatre alumni who have built careers in the Des Moines area. Class runs from January 6-27th.  Attendance at KCACTF is January 21-27, 2018 and is required. Lodging, parking and/or transportation, some meals, and festival registration is included. Cost: $750.
Details:  Jan. 21-27, 2018 KCACTF Region V Festival in Des Moines.
Likely Skype interviews with alums may include:

  • Kendra Ramthun, General Manager of ART-NY, Alliance of Resident Theatres, NYC
  • Jeannie Wickert, Feld Entertainment
  • Jessica (Peiffer) Peters, Director of Advancement for Westerly Chorus
  • Megan (Schettler) Schug, Senior HRIS, Meredith Corporation
  • Megan (Walz) McAtee, Regional Trainer and Learning Consultant, Pearson Education
  • Dana Gloege, designer for Graco and The Living Company
  • Lea Seaton, Director of Customer Care Center, Morley
  • James R. Brown, Technical Producer, Kreate, Inc., Technical Director, Disney Imagineering

Dr. Bethany Larson, Professor of Theatre
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit: 15                      Time: 9am - noon


Throughout history, visual communication has been used as a propaganda tool to intentionally communicate ideas of power.  However, propaganda has been around for millennia – and much of the ancient art that we value today was a form of propaganda. We often equate propaganda with the art of totalitarian regimes, but it is everywhere.  Uncle Sam pointing a finger and stating, “I want you,” Rosie the Riveter’s flexed arm sentiment that “We can do it,” and images of Che Guevara are all examples of propaganda which have become part of our visual culture. This course explores the power that art has as a visual influence over people's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. We will explore how persuasive deception techniques are used in the telling and showing of legends, movies, advertising, and political campaigns to influence a population.  This lecture-based course will look at the art of ancient civilizations, posters from World War II, view contemporary films, and the study the various forms of art and design that surrounds us today. Adolf Hitler once wrote, "all that matters is propaganda."
Miranda Pollock, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Grading: Student Option                   Course Limit:20                  Time:  9 a.m. to noon             

                             3 CR
The fine arts explorations seminar for honors students. Examines one topic in depth via cross-disciplinary methods of inquiry employing diverse ways of knowing grounded in the fine arts. Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracey K. Smith says “poets are lucky” because they get to “witness the world through different kinds of eyes.” This class is your chance to discover contemporary poetry and to write your own poetry. Small groups will “adopt a poet” and provide context for the poet’s work. Selections will include U.S. Poet Laureates from a wide range of backgrounds and aesthetic sensibilities, such as bilingual California poet Juan Felipe Herrera, Nebraska poet Ted Kooser, and New England nature poet Mary Oliver. Writing activities will be invented by the professor and the students; the activities will spring from the variety of poems studied in class. Students will keep notebooks of poetic ideas and experiments. Based on the ideas in their notebooks, students will draft, workshop, and revise poems. Students will research publication opportunities for the poems they produce in class. The course will culminate in the creation of a class chapbook and a reading. No prior experience with poetry necessary. Repeatable for credit. May not be taken P/F. General education fine arts course. Prerequisite: Admission to the honors program or permission of the honors program director
Dr. Gwen Hart, Associate Professor of English and Composition

Grading:  Letter Grade Only                    Course Limit: 20                   Time:  9 a.m. to noon          



Everyone thinks they “know” what crime looks like in the U.S. The question is, do the facts support what we think we know, or are we wrong about certain aspects of crime? In this course, we will examine a wide variety of ideas, concepts, and crime control policies and compare them to the data we have collected over time. Some will hold up nicely and fit into our preconceived notions about crime and criminals. Others, not so much. Subjects covered include policing strategies, sentencing guidelines, victims’ rights, and police legitimacy. As an added bonus, we will look at recently published research on the NFL and domestic violence. The class will be a mix of in-class discussion, analysis of research and crime data, quizzes and a position paper on a topic of the student’s choice.
Dr. Richard Riner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20                     Time: 9 a.m. to Noon



This is a course to fulfill the Honors Program Exploration course in life science.  The course will begin as an examination of the large scale surveys on American sexual behaviors conducted by Alfred Kinsey in 1948 and 1953 and the follow-up study from the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana in 2010, and the large spin-off studies of the last 3 years.  The class will build upon that initial look at behaviors to introduce and explore many specific issues broadly related modern day American sexual culture.  For example, two issues to be explored will be modern day relationships and sexual behavior and the second, the increased awareness or prevalence of transgender issues in society.  From here, the class will reflect on the changes, or not, of the Kinsey reports that may be apparent to illuminate changes in the attitudes over sixty years.  This will then be explored in depth in small research groups trying to find research evidence that can further help explain or understand the issue.  Students will be learning to look for primary academic research, in this case both biology based and social science based, as well as other academic areas where appropriate and input from the lay press.  For example, in looking at relationships, information and research will focus on the change in the social power and standing of women from 1948 to 2010.  One of the goals is to illustrate the differences between research in the academic disciplines, examine strength and weaknesses of the research and finally to see what gets distilled from the research to the popular press where often cultural norms are dictated.  The research will be done in class, specifically for the purposes of class discussion.   The class will operate with a simple introduction of the topic, followed by a set time for small group research, and concluded by a minimum of an hour of open discussion of the research and information regarding the topic.  In addition, every student will be researching a topic on their own in further depth to culminate in a class presentation in the last two days.  Grading will based on (in ascending order of importance) use of class research time to generate sources, participation in discussion and the final oral presentation.    
Dr. Thomas Bonagura, Assistant Professor of Biology
Grading: Letter Grade                        Course Limit: 20         Time:  9 a.m. to Noon            


INTM 121:  THE PRE-HAMILTON POLITICAL MUSICAL                                  3 CR
Musical theatre’s latest phenomenon, Hamilton, brings political commentary to the fore in ways we have never seen before…or have we? By studying American musicals of the last century, we will discover that a variety of political topics recur, including race, colonialism, war(s), historical politics, biographies, social policy, and others. In order to experience musical theatre as an inherently political act, we will read librettos, reviews, and commentary while considering all theatrical elements that amplify musical theatre’s political messages in the last century. We will also consider the use of choreography, costuming, staging, and lighting, as well as the ways in which political musicals use and subvert conventions of form, characterization, and style/genre. Coursework expectations include required readings, evening musical screenings, short response papers, and discussion questions, and the course will culminate in a presentation and essay on a musical of your choosing that we did not cover in class. This presentation will give everyone an opportunity to use the tools we developed in class to analyze and comment on the political history, context, and content of a musical that you are already familiar with (or become interested in during the course).
Heather Holmquest, Adjunct Instructor of Music
Grading:  Student Option       Course Limit:  20                             Time: 9am - noon


INTM 133:  DIVERSE CULTURES THROUGH MOVIES AND COOKING                               3 CR
This course will introduce students to the wide diversity of human cultures. Examination of the numerous dimensions by which human cultures vary, including concepts of social structure, organization, institution, and socialization will be discussed. An analysis of primary and secondary groups, gender roles, and stratification will be covered. We will spend time reading short stories, watch movies that frame different cultural experiences, cook meals from various cultures, and participate in group discussions. An individual presentation on a culture of your choice will be a required final project. Community service will be conducted to gain a full awareness of the surrounding community and varying cultures around Storm Lake as well. This class will expand students’ comfort zones and full participation is highly encouraged. Students should leave the class with a cultural awareness that will help to shift their perceptions to empathize with people who come from a different background than their own. 
Ms. Crystal Jones, Director of Residence Life
Grading: Student Option                          Course Limit: 20                  Time:  9 a.m. to noon          



BIOL 120: LIFE SCIENCE WITH A HUMAN FOCUS                                                 3 CR
A course designed for the non-science major, focused on the human body as a physical system and how humans influence and are influenced by their environment. General education explorations–life science course.
Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, Professor of Biology
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 30                Time: 9am - noon


DATA 100: DATA SCIENCE IN SOCIETY                                                                    3 CR
Technological advances in the 21st century have allowed companies and organizations to inexpensively gather vast amounts of raw data. Organizations have been quick to realize that this data represents an extremely valuable asset, and the question of how to efficiently mine useful information from these massive data sets has given rise to the new field of data science and analytics. This course examines the role played by “big data analysis” in areas as diverse as business, management, marketing, social media research, sports analytics, genomics, environmental studies, etc., and introduces some of the special techniques and considerations at the heart of big data analysis. General Education – Computational Science course
Dr. Anton Bezuglov, Assistant Professor of Data Science and Analytics
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit:  20                    Time:  9am - noon


INTM 115: CHEMISTRY AND FOOD                                                                             3 CR
This course will dive into the science behind how our bodies and brain interpret food, as well as the science and chemistry behind how food is made and works. Topics will include neurogastronomy, the science of flavor, foams, emulsions, biochemistry of food such as yeast, and others. Class time will be spent in lecture, discussion of readings, and hands on cooking and lab experiments. Students will be expected to turn in reading responses, lab notebooks, a midterm, final, individual paper, and group presentation on a chosen topic.
Dr. Melanie Hauser, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit: 20                     Time: 9am - noon


INTM 127: HOW THINGS WORK                                                                                      3 CR
Have you ever used a gadget and wondered how it works? While most of us are curious about the inner workings of gadgets and machines, we often feel intimidated in our efforts to really understand them.  In this course we will try to satisfy the curious and educate the perplexed by working to understand the mechanisms and principals behind technological wonders, as well as folding in the basic scientific principles that make each of them work.  One component of the course will involve hands-on activities, some of which include building an electric motor and the use of nanoscience in the construction and testing of a solar cell.  We will also be discussing biofuels, which will tentatively include a trip to an ethanol production facility.   Another component of the course will be presentations.  Students, working individually or as small groups, will ultimately choose a variety of machines or gadgets, either simple or complex in design, which they find interesting.  After researching their gadgets, they will demonstrate how these gadgets or machines do what they do by presenting their findings to both the instructor and to their classmates.  Presentations will include not only using technology, such as PowerPoint or video, but also hands-on demonstrations, where applicable, with working models.  If you are curious about gadgets, machines and technological innovation, this may be the course for you.  One book suggested for this course will be The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay, which costs approximately $24.  Field-Trip to AGCO in Jackson Minnesota and Flint Hill Resources ethanol production facility. 
Dr. Tim Ehler, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20         Time:  9 a.m. to Noon                                    


ENVS 103: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                               3 CR
This course provides an introduction to the biological and physical processes that occur in the environment and examines the role that humans play in various environmental systems. The format consists primarily of lectures and student led discussions.  Class time will be spent on lectures, discussions, and classroom activities the goal being that these additional activities will encourage a more engaging classroom with student led discussions. The class discussions will also be used to allow students to practice debate skills and discerning ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ scientific sources. Topics that will be discussed include, but are not limited to energy resource consumption, agriculture practices, land use, climate change, water and air quality, and other relevant topics. It will be expected that students have read the assigned reading before the start of each class. General education-explorations life science course.
Dr. Benjamin J. Maas, Asst. Prof Environmental Science and Geology     
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20                     Time:  1 to 4 p.m.


Introduction to computer programming using a high-level computer programming language. Emphasis on the fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation. Includes language syntax, data and file structures, input/output devices, and files. General education computational science course.
Dr. Nathan Backman, Asst. Prof of Computer Science
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20                     Time: 9 a.m. to Noon



An introduction to the technique of applying computers, both serial and parallel, and numerical methods to the solving of physical problems in science and engineering. Specific topics include finite difference methods, Monte Carlo simulations, boundary value problems, and N-body simulations. This course is useful to the physicist, engineer, and computer scientist.
Prerequisite: PHYS 212 and CMSC 181 or consent of instructor. 
PHYS 390 is the same course as CMSC 390.
Dr. Shawn Stone, Professor of Physics and Computer Science
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit: 20                     Time: 9am - noon



This course will provide an opportunity to reflect on the concept of Forgiveness through a variety of readings and current themes which our global community has faced. Together we will uncover the idea that forgiveness is a theological concept as well as a psychological process for each of us to intentionally investigate. The class participants will be immersed into humanity’s response to suffering, pain, and the methods of healing as hope emerges out of the chaos of the past. We will look at a variety of concepts of forgiveness, obstacles to forgiveness and begin to learn how nations and individuals transform themselves and others as this journey moves forward. The format will include brief presentations, self-reflective exercises, journaling, and the discussion of case presentations based on readings from the following texts.
Ken Meissner, Director of Spiritual Life
Grading: Student Option                                Course Limit: 20             Time: 9 a.m. to Noon


INTM 128: UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS                                                   3 CR
This course will provide students with an overview of mental health and mental illness. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify common mental health diagnosis and recognize some of the symptoms. Students will be encouraged to challenge the stereotypes and stigma associated with mental illness. Experiential activities, readings, videos, journaling, and discussions will be the primary methods of instruction. Throughout the course, students will complete assigned readings, daily homework assignments, reflective journaling, and an individual presentation. The required text will provide students with firsthand account of individuals coping with mental illness. This will assist students to develop empathy and increase understanding of mental illness and those affected. Students will journal daily to increase self-awareness and knowledge of mental illness.  As culmination of the course, students complete an individual presentation based on a mental health diagnosis of their choosing. This course is interactive and participation is needed for growth and understanding to occur. It is the aim of the faculty to teach this course in a manner that provides a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. As such, students will be encouraged and challenged to use appropriate language, communication, and presentation strategies that demonstrate respect.
Dr. Casey Baker, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Grading:  Student Option                   Course Limit: 20                  Time:  1 – 4pm


INTM 132: PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE                                   3 CR
You’ve made it to college, but what’s next and how to do you get there? This discussion based course will focus on how to be successful post college. We will unpack what it means to be an adult through developing your understanding of personal finance, contracts for owning or renting a home and purchasing a new vehicle. Through readings and presentations, we will touch on how to understand benefits packages and the variety of insurances available to you and the necessity behind them. Through research we will examine all the options a college graduate has through graduate school, employment, gap year of service or an internship. Students will participate in leadership development and goal setting activities and research that will challenge them to think about their passions in life and how to design their own path to meet those goals post BVU. Throughout the course students will be expected to read two texts, complete individual and group assignments and complete a final project as the culmination of the course.
Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson,  Assistant Dean of Students
Grading: Student Option                     Course Limit: 20          Time:  9 a.m. to noon             


ESSI 240: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE                                  3 CR
This performance based course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of American Sign Language including sign formation, grammar, and syntax. The course has a balance of receptive and expressive language while exploring the interplay of deaf culture with language development. No prior experience with signed language is required. 
Dr. Robbie Ludy, Professor of Education
Grading:  Student Option              Course Limit:  15               Time:  9am - noon



INTM 146: RUNNING, READING, AND REFLECTING                                                3 CR
Research shows a positive correlation between exercise and cognitive function, creativity, and mood.  Running is an easy and inexpensive way to improve physical and mental health, while also helping students perform better in college.  “Running, Reading, & Reflecting” is designed to motivate students as they fit physical activity into their busy lives and set goals for personal success. This class deals with the three A’s of running – Athletics, Academics, and Aesthetics.  Inspiration and perspiration will be incorporated into each class session which will begin with a presentation, discussion, film, guest speaker, or panel, then conclude with running (possibly run/walk at first) and other exercise.  Learning about the lore, legends, and logistics of the sport will be an integral part of the class, while innovative activities will keep things lively and interesting! Students are required to keep a journal and exercise log which will be used as the basis for a reflection paper.  Frank Shorter’s book, Peak Performance will be used for reference, while students will also read one other book related to running, then report back to the class in a method of their choice (written report, power point, poster, or oral report, etc.)  All of the books will be provided by the instructor.  In addition, the students will work on creative projects designed to delve into the history of running and to encourage lifelong participation.  We will have access to the indoor track and will also do some running outdoors, weather permitting. Students need to wear proper running shoes and attire, and all levels of prior running experience are welcome, from beginners to competitive athletes.  The first day will include a twenty-minute run/walk, with emphasis placed on participation rather than speed. 
Andriette Wickstrom, B.S., Winona State University, national class age group runner who has participated in over 1,000 races from the mile to the marathon..  Recipient of numerous awards, has qualified and run the Boston Marathon 24 consecutive years.
Grading: P/F                           Course Limit: 20                      Time: 9 a.m. to Noon


INTM 114:  SWIMMING FITNESS AND RECREATION                                            3 CR
Swimming and other aquatic activities are wonderful ways to exercise that can be done throughout one’s lifetime.  Most water activities are recommended for persons with and without injuries making it possible for persons of all ages and abilities.  Each class session may consist of a lecture/presentation, film, and a learning activity at the pool.  Possible activities include:  swimming, water polo, diving, water aerobics, snorkeling, synchronized swimming, logrolling, and more!  Occasional guest speakers may present also.   Students will each set goals to strive to reach by the end of the course based on their area of interest.  Students will be asked to research an area of interest to present towards the end of the course based on recommended books from the professor and /or the BVU Library or approved references from instructor based on student’s choice.
Ms. Janelle McArthur, Adjunct Instructor, M.S. Utah
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20         Time:  9 a.m. to Noon            


AND THE CULTURE YOU WANT TO CREATE                                                  3 CR

Have you ever wondered if you could lead those who follow?  Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a leader? Do you question what type of leader you will be based off your personality? Well, you can find all of this information in this class.  This course is designed to introduce students to the creation of culture by communication, team dynamics, leadership styles and intrapersonal examination of leadership skills.  These points that will be covered will be introduced by class discussion, readings, videos, lectures, and DiSC profiles. This class will give the tools to students that wish to lead not only athletic teams but also teams outside of an athletic foundation.
Dominic Morales, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Grading: Student Option                    Course Limit: 20         Time:  9 a.m. to Noon            


INTM 148:  ROLE OF SPORTS IN SOCIETY                                               3 CR
In today’s society, sports continue to play an ever increasing role. We inhabit a world in which sport is an international phenomenon.  Sports and sports personalities are important for politicians.  Sports contributes to the economy.  Some of the most visible international spectacles are associated with sporting events.  Sports  is part of the social and cultural fabric of different localities, regions and nations.  The transformative potential of sports is evident in some of the poorest areas of the world.  Sports is important to the television and film industry, the tourist industry.  Sports is regularly associated with social problems and issues such as crime, health, violence, social division, labor migration, economic and social regeneration and poverty.  The focus of this class will be the interaction between society and sports while exploring whether or not sports act a mirror of society or sports are helping to shape society. The course is comprised of three different units focusing first on sport, globalism and other communities; then sport identities and alternative lifestyles; and lastly, sport, social division and change.  Students will read extensively about the subject matter prior to class.  Class time will be divided into three sections: lecture, video presentation and class discussion.  Students will then be asked to write their own personal reflections on how the material answers the question on what is the role of sports in society. 
Ms. Jamie Schoenherr, Instructor of Exercise Science
Grading:  Student Option                              Course Limit: 20                Time: 9 a.m. to noon


EXSC 202     PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH                3 CR
Designed to enrich the student’s understanding of public and community health programs, school health, self care, and hygiene in relation to the environment.
Dr. Jim Farnsworth, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Grading: Student Option                        Course Limit: 20                       Time:  Noon to 3pm

Internships and Field Experiences

In order to register for an internship, you must file an “Application for Internship” located on the Registrar’s form web page: bvu.edu/bv/registrar/forms.dot.

Internship Courses, Field Experiences & Instructors 2018


ARTD 495: Internship        Professor Miranda Pollock or Professor Mary Mello-Nee
BCHM 495: Internship       Dr. Kristy McClellan
BIOL 495: Internship         Dr. Kristy McClellan
BUSN 496: Internship        Dr. Scott Anderson
CHEM 495: Internship       Dr. Tim Ehler
CMSC 495: Internship       Dr. Jason Shepherd
COMM 495: Internship      Dr. Bryan Kampbell (limit 15)
CRIM 495: Internship        Dr. Stephanie Hays
DIGI 495: Internship         Professors Claiborne, Frantz or Johnson
ENGL 450: Intraship         Dr, Gwen Hart (1-4 credit hours)
ENGL 495: Internship       Dr. Gwen Hart
ENVS 495: Internship       Dr. Ben Maas
EXSC 495: Internship       Professor Jamie Schoenherr
GWST 495: Internship      Professor Miranda Pollock
HIST 495: Internship         Dr. Bill Feis
MATH 495: Internship        Professor Ben Donath
MUSC 495: Internship       Dr. David Klee
PHYS 495: Internship        Dr. Shawn Stone
PSCN 495: Internship        Dr. Brad Best
PSPA 495: Internship        Dr. Brad Best
PSYC 495: Internship        Dr. Tracy Thomas
SPAN 495: Internship        Dr. Steve Mills
STPR 495: Internship        Dr. Bryan Kampbell
THME 495: Internship        Dr. Bethany Larson

Field Experiences:

EDCO 290: Professional Seminar II and Field Experience
Human Relations                                                                  Kara Neville, permission of Field Experience Office required
ENVS 400: Supervised Project                                              Dr. Ben Maas
ESSI 291: Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation 
in Special Education                                                             Dr. Karin Strohmyer, permission of Field Experience Office required
SCWK 211: Field Observation                                               Jessica Mendel
TEAC 401: Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching        Denise Wasko, permission of Field Experience Office required