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Lifelong Learners Course Offerings

Lifelong Learners Program at King

Spring 2024 Classes


CRJU 2800: Serial & Mass Murders—Professor Colette Wilcox

MWF 1:40-2:40pm

This course explores current research and case studies of serial killers and mass murders. Topics of discussion will include profiling, behavioral case studies, typologies, the history of these phenomena, and our culture’s fascination with this behavior.


ENGL 3540 British Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century—Dr. Karen Shaw

TR 1:10-2:40pm

A study of representative works of poetry, non-fiction prose, and drama from the Romantic and Victorian periods.


FINE 2250 History of American Art—Professor Tony Henson

TR 2:50-4:20pm

A study of American art forms as they relate to successive periods in American history and as they compare to European work from the 17th century to the 21st century.


HIST 3755 The Cold War: History and PoliticsDr. Kyle Osborn

MWF 11:20am-12:20pm

“The most widespread international confrontation in history,” the Cold War defined the ideology of an entire era. From the formation of NATO, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the Vietnam War and beyond, decisions made in the context of the times shaped, and continue to shape, the lives of billions.


MATH 1500 Cryptology: The Science of Secret Writing—Dr. Andrew Simoson

MWF 11:20am-12:20pm

A study of the classic methods of encryption and decryption, focusing on several historical methods of encryption and simple techniques involving transposition ciphers, modular arithmetic, and matrices.


MUSC 2101 History of Music II—Dr. Ryan Whittington

MWF 8:00-9:00am

Analytical overview of Classical, Romantic, and Modern Era music. Major components include understanding the expanded tonalities in music and the introduction of new musical systems.


PHIL 3500 History of Philosophy—Dr. Craig Streetman

TR 1:10-2:40am

This course addresses pivotal metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical movements from the ancient Greek era to the 21st Century, examining the philosophical underpinnings of current thought, comparing these ideas to Christian beliefs, and providing some insight into the fundamental questions of life.


PHYS 2050 Survey of Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies—Professor Thomas Rutherford

TR 9:40-11:10am

A survey course on the nature of the stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and the universe.


PSCI 3250 Politics and History of China—Dr. Gail Helt

MWF 10:10-11:10am

An introduction to the study of Chinese politics and history. Traditional China will be considered, yet the focus will be on China since the Revolution of 1911: the Chinese civil war, the Sino-Japanese war, the rise of communism, the People’s Republic of China, and recent domestic and foreign policy.


PSYC 3000 Social Psychology—Dr. Kevin DeFord

MWF 1:40-2:40pm

An analysis of the ways in which the social environment influences thought, affect, and behavior. Topics covered include how we perceive our social world and the causes of events, stereotyping and prejudice, attitude formation and change, group processes, close relationships, self- concept, and self-esteem. Emphasis is on the use of both theory and research to understand the social influences on why we think, feel, and behave the way we do.


THTR 2000 Introduction to Theatre–Professor Heather Eisenhart

TR 9:40-11:10am

This class explores the basic components of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, producing, theatre history, theatre design, and technology, introducing students to all aspects of theatre through active participation, including group projects and creative thinking.


For information on the Lifelong Learning at King program, contact Glenn Sanders, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 423.652.4842 or [email protected].

Submit completed application to [email protected].

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