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Lifelong Learners Course Offerings

Lifelong Learners Program at King

Fall 2022 Courses


BIOL 2500 Microbiology and Immunology (no lab)

Dr. Laura Ong

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:30-1:30pm

The fundamental principles of morphology, physiology, virulence of microbes, and vertebrate immune responses. This course is not recommended for Biology majors. Four hours of lecture.


BIOL 3100 Plant Biology (no lab)

Dr. Han Ong

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:30-1:30pm

This course explores topics unique to plants, including plant evolution, diversity, and domestication; physiological strategies that plants use to harvest light for energy, obtain and conserve water, and respond to various environmental cues; and the importance of plants to the local, national, and global economies. Four hours of lecture.


ENGL 3120 Appalachian Literature

Dr. Brandon Story

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:20-12:20pm

This course is designed to broaden students’ understanding of the literature, history, and culture of the southern Appalachian region. The course will examine cultural identity, sense of place, regional and racial identity of Appalachian people found in current as well as past forms of regional literature and scholarship. The course will examine different genres of literature such as travelogues, poetry, local color writing, manuscripts, and novels. The course will not be strictly limited to literature of the region, but may also incorporate sociological, economical, and religious examinations as well.

ENGL 3450 Renaissance and Restoration Literature

Dr. Karen Shaw

Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm

A study of representative literary works from the English Renaissance and Restoration. Readings will address major authors, genres, and issues from the period.


FINE 2250 History of American Art

Professor Dagmar Sproll

Thursday, 9:40-11:10am

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 3010 Cultures in Contact: The Middle Ages

Dr. Martin Dotterweich

Thursday, 1:10-2:40pm

The foundations of modern European society from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance, with stress upon the religious, aesthetic, and intellectual forces of medieval Europe.


HIST 3755 The Cold War: History and Politics

Dr. Kyle Osborn

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:20am-12:20pm

The Cold War has been described as “the most widespread international confrontation in history.” Indeed, far from being simply a prolonged standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, 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 the lives of billions of people. Their major repercussions upon nearly every aspect of human endeavor are still traceable today, as human societies continue to experience the seismic aftereffects of the Cold War’s dramatic closing stages.


MATH 1500 Cryptology: The Science of Secret Writing

Dr. Bill Linderman

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:40-2:40pm

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 2100 History of Music I

Professor Shea Clay

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00-9:00am

Analytical overview of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music. Emphasis given to the development alongside the early Christian church, the cultural and historical context of music, and musical styles. Out-of-class listening assignments and attendance at live concerts are required.


PHIL 3760 Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art, Beauty, and Culture

Dr. Craig Streetman

Thursday, 9:40-11:10am

This course offers an in-depth study of significant thinking within the field of aesthetics. Students will examine influential theories relating to the nature of art, beauty, aesthetic appreciation, and art criticism; conduct a detailed study of a selected work of art or topic in the field of aesthetics; and reflect on the state of the arts today and the role that they play within contemporary culture.


PSYC 3050 Lifespan Human Development

Dr. Logan Love

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00-9:00am

A study of the growth and development of the individual from conception to death. Emphasis will be placed on the multidimensional nature of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) paying special attention to diversity in individual life paths and the multiple interacting contextual influences on development (biological, psychological, social, community, societal, cultural, and historical). This course includes the study of major developmental theories and concepts as well as the research methods used in the study of lifespan development. Interviews are completed to gain insight into developmental patterns and to allow students an opportunity to apply course material to real-life scenarios.


THTR 2000 Introduction to Theatre

Dr. Chris Slaughter

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00-9:00am

This class is an exploration and hands-on study of the basic components of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, producing, theatre history, theatre design and technology. It is intended to introduce the student to all aspects of theatre by way of active participation including group projects and creative thinking. Theatre is an interactive art form, which requires active participation from the student. Class participation includes attending the University’s productions and discussing them: students will be encouraged to build their own opinions and share them with the rest of the class. This course will foster the students’ personal creativity while promoting an understanding of the theatrical process and the integral role of theatre in society.



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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