Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Course Descriptions
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SESSION ONE

Due to popular demand, all published courses for Session 1 are now FULL.
Students may enroll in the recently added course for Session 1 titled, "Rain, Rain Go Away: Poor Weather in Early Literature."

English
"Rain, Rain Go Away: Poor Weather in Early Literature."
Description of Session: Green studies has made in-roads into just about every field of study, and the study of literature is no exception. This 20-minute class will show students how literary representations of weather, particularly poor weather, can be analyzed to show attitudes toward the natural world and to highlight actual weather patterns at work during the historical period(s) that literary works were composed and disseminated.
Most Suitable For: All Majors

Nursing
- CLASS IS NOW FULL
“The Profession of Nursing”
Description of Session: This class provides an overview of the education and career options for
professional Registered Nurses. Nursing offers a variety of opportunities from direct patient care
to informatics and even forensics. Advanced Practice Nurses include certified Nurse Anesthetists,
nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists. Millikin’s School of Nursing
admission requirements, course work, and clinical opportunities will be explained.
Most Suitable For: Nursing majors or science inclined students

Entrepreneurship - CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship”
Description of Session: Most artists, writers, musicians, and actors are self-employed at some
point in their careers, and one could say that all artists are also entrepreneurs. New graduates will
need to learn how to recognize opportunity and leverage it with basic business skills. This session
will involve creating an innovative business model with Millikin University’s award-winning,
multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship program.
Most Suitable For: Music Business, Commercial Music, Theatre, Fine Art,
English, Communication and all Business majors

Exercise Science - Athletic Training - CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries”
Description of Session: Discuss and demonstrate orthopedic evaluation techniques used by
sports medicine professionals to assess orthopedic and athletic related injuries to the spine and
upper extremities sustained by physically active individuals.
Most Suitable For: Athletic Training majors or anyone interested in Exercise Science

Education - CLASS IS NOW FULL
“What about that Marshmallow?: The Trials and Tribulations of Self-Regulation”
Description of Session: Have you ever wondered why you can’t stop yourself from eating a cookie
right now? This session examines the ways in which we learn to organize, plan, and avoid fun
things, like getting on Facebook, until after finishing homework. Students will engage in active
learning experiences focusing on the concept of self-regulation.
Most Suitable for: Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors

SESSION TWO
Theatre

“Me/You”
Description of Session: How is a dynamic relationship created between characters in a play? How
does this relationship then change and develop? We will begin to explore these questions
through interactive partner exercises all starting with a simple breath.
Most Suitable For: Theatre or Communication majors

Biology
“The $1,000 Human Genome: What Does It Tell Us”
Description of Session: It has been over 10 years since the initial draft of the human genome
sequence was completed at a cost of almost three billion dollars. Now in 2014, technologies have
developed to sequence the genome of a person for a thousand dollars. We will discuss the ethical
and technical issues that arise from this amazing technological breakthrough.
Most Suitable For: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Philosophy majors

Nursing
“The Profession of Nursing”
Description of Session: This class provides an overview of the education and career options for
professional Registered Nurses. Nursing offers a variety of opportunities from direct patient care
to informatics and even forensics. Advanced Practice Nurses include certified Nurse Anesthetists,
nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists. Millikin’s School of Nursing
admission requirements, course work, and clinical opportunities will be explained.
Most Suitable For: Nursing majors or science inclined students

Philosophy/Pre-Law
“Why be Moral? Reflections on Rings of Power,Human Nature, and the Rationality of Morality”
Description of Session: Sometimes, immoral conduct would best advance self-interest. In that
situation, it is natural to wonder, “Why should I be moral?” If you had the power to advance
self-interest through immoral conduct, would you do so? Should you do so? The skeptic invites
you to think critically and reflect.
Most Suitable for: Philosophy and Pre-Law majors or any student to
satisfy the Interdepartmental Studies credit.

SESSION THREE

Music - CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Microphone Selection and Placement in the Recording Studio”
Description of Session: Microphones are the “tools of the trade” for recording engineers; they must
understand the properties of each microphone and how to select and place them to achieve the
best recorded result. This presentation will offer students the chance to handle, place, and hook up
numerous microphones from the Millitrax microphone locker.
Most Suitable For: Commercial Music or Music Business majors

Behavioral Science
- CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Introduction to Psychology”
Description of Session: Introductory Psychology is a “greatest hits” course in which we talk about
important theories and findings in many different areas of psychology. Since psychology is the
study of human behavior, come learn some practical methods for bringing about behavior change
in ourselves and others.
Most Suitable For: Psychology, Athletic Training and Nursing majors.

Mathematics
“Welcome to the Hotel Infinity”
Description of Session: The Hotel Infinity has a peculiar feature. When every room in the Hotel
Infinity is occupied there are still vacancies. This sample class provides a brief introduction to the
mathematics of infinity.
Most Suitable For: Honors Students across all majors

Business
“Principles of Marketing”
Description of Session: This will be a discussion of creating and capturing customer value, based
on the first marketing course in the sequence. We will discuss needs, wants, demands, and market
offerings along with exchange relationships, customer value, and satisfaction, and the concepts of
segmentation, targeting, positioning, and branding. The group will understand that customer
needs precede marketers and the importance of personal responsibility in consumer behavior.
Most Suitable For: Marketing, Business or Communication majors

SESSION FOUR
Art
- CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Kitchen Lithography”
Description of Session: Lithography has had a long tradition in art as a fairly complicated
printmaking process involving the use of large stone plates and specific equipment typically
found only in art printmaking studios. In this course, students will learn to make quick and easy
lithographic prints using common household materials.
Most Suitable For: Art majors or anyone with a creative interest

Chemistry
“Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry”
Description of Session: Biochemical techniques have improved medical diagnosis and improved
therapeutics. Techniques like PCR, cloning, microarrays, bioinformatics, and protein
crystallography have improved drug development as well as advanced diagnosis for diseases like
diabetes, cancer, and AIDS. We will explore a few biochemical advances that impact personalized
medicine.
Most Suitable For: Biology, Physics, Nursing and Athletic Training majors

Communication - CLASS IS NOW FULL
“Risky Communication”
Description of Session: What is cliché? What is authentic communication? Why does it matter?
Most Suitable For: All students interested in a foundation of ideas that will make it possible for them to better understand human communication.

History
“Genocide and Film”
Description of Session: This course is an exercise in how Genocide is portrayed in film. Most
importantly, we will raise critical questions about what genocide means for humanity and how we
learn from its representation in media.
Most Suitable For: History majors or any student to satisfy the Interdepartmental Studies credit.
 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL