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Free College Courses Available at King University for Adults Ages 60+

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2015 – King University is now offering a select set of collegiate courses for adults ages 60 and over. The offerings are part of a new program at King entitled Lifelong Learning at King in which the adult learners would audit the non-credit classes at King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., free of charge.

“We are excited to offer this continuing education opportunity for our more seasoned adult learners in our community,” said Dr. Richard A. Ray, interim president at King University. “We have received inquiries about offering such a program as this. We truly do want to give our people something they will enjoy, and that will deepen their own personal education.

“King University has a great tradition of service to the surrounding community,” Dr. Ray continued. “It is an important tradition we strive to uphold. Offering thought provoking and engaging courses provide a new pathway to continue the adventure of lifelong learning.”

Lifelong Learning at King will offer a select set of courses taught by King professors. The courses include:

  • British Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century
    • Shaw, Karen; MWF, 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Cold War: History and Politics

    • Tkach, Benjamin; MWF, 1:40 PM – 2:40 PM
  • Cryptology: The Science of Secret Writing
    • Linderman, William; MWF, 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Dramatic Literature and Criticism
    • Pipino, Kiara; TR, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice
    • Hudson, Don; TR, 9:40 AM – 11:10 AM
  • History of Art II
    • Sproll, Dagmar; TR 1:10 PM – 2:40 PM
  • Modern and Contemporary American Literature
    • Kingsley, Erin; TR, 9:40 AM – 11:20 AM
  • Modern Political Thought
    • Robinson, Michael; TR, 9:40 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Photographic Foundations
    • Robinson, Michael; TR, 9:40 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Principles of Biology
    • Ong, Laura; MWF, 11:20 AM – 12:20 AM
  • Politics and History of China
    • Helt, Gail; MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Shakespeare's England
    • Dotterweich, Martin, TR, 9:40 AM - 11:10 AM
  • Special Topics: Music in Elizabethan England
    • Flannagan, William; TR, 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
  • Survey of Astronomy
    • Bloomer, Raymond; TR, 9:40 AM – 11:10 AM
  • The Modern Era of Music
    • Flannagan, William; MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
  • World Politics
    • Robinson, Michael; TR, 1:10 PM – 2:40 PM

By auditing the selected courses, the students will be able to attend class, learning alongside the traditional students in the classroom, without worry of test-taking.

“The hallmark of a broadly educated individual is to be a lifelong learner,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “Part of King's commitment to education is to develop lifelong learners--learners who develop an intellectual curiosity for their world that never diminishes as they get older...a program such as the Lifelong Learning at King helps define and sustain that commitment for our students and our community.”

Registration for the courses through the Lifelong Learning at King program is currently open for the spring 2016 semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 11. Books are available for purchase through

For information on the Lifelong Learning Studies program, contact Dr. Han Chuan Ong, dean of the King College of Arts and Science at King University at 423.652.6007 or Also visit for additional details.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.