Liberal Arts In Focus

Liberal Arts In Focus courses, offered for three weeks each May, help students to explore a variety of topics in a total immersion experience that deepens their academic study and creative work, strengthens their foundation for graduate and professional study, and provides valuable experience for work in every sector of the economy.

Liberal Arts In Focus Courses for Spring 2016

Intensive Field Studies: Field Ornithology (three credits)

Intensive Field Studies: Field Ornithology (three credits)
Skip Wittler, professor of biology

Field ornithology is the study of birds (anatomy, physiology, behavior and populations), including the techniques of studying birds (censusing, capturing, marking, specimen preparation, behavioral observation). The course will include one week on the Ripon College campus followed by two weeks at Coe College Wilderness Field Station near Ely, Minnesota. The week at Ripon will include monitoring the Ripon Bluebird Trail, day trips, specimen preparation and practice of bird identification by sight and sound. At the field station, various habitats will be visited by foot and canoe and their avian communities analyzed. We will examine the issues surrounding Neotropical migratory birds and their conservation. A group research project, two field exams, an anatomy practical and a written final exam will be the basis of grading for the course. Class size is limited to 16. Listed as Biology 450.01

Topics: Old Italy, New Italy (three credits)

Topics: Old Italy, New Italy (three credits)
President Zach Messitte, professor of politics and government, and Diane Mockridge, professor of history

This provides an intensive overview of Italian history, politics, culture and language. Students will spend the first week of the course on Ripon’s campus where they will have lectures, discussions, film screenings, basic language instruction and a special Wisconsin-Italian field trip. Students then will spend two weeks in a villa just outside of Rome, Italy, in Due Santi, a historic district south of the city. The class will be team-taught with Mockridge focusing on “old Italy” (ancient Rome, medieval Italy and the Renaissance) and Messitte concentrating on “new” Italy (from the Risorgimento through the present). In addition to two tests and two papers, students will be expected to keep a daily journal while in Italy. Counts toward Global/Cultural Studies requirement. Cross-listed as Classical Studies 200.01, History 200.01, and Politics and Government 200.01

Women in Religion

Women in Religion (three credits)
Brian Smith, professor of Religion

This will be an examination of the role of women, past and present, in world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It will include face- to- face interviews in May with contemporary women in the Ripon area in these religions at their places of worship for three days before students leave campus in May. Then for the next two and one half weeks students will engage from home in an online component of the course. They will do assigned readings and then post 500 word essays answering questions based on the readings,. Students will also respond to each other’s essays and the Instructor will engage them in online discussion and in Google Hangouts every three days to communicate with them on the screen “face to face” about their readings and on line posts. At the end of the three weeks students will prepare a 5 page paper comparing the role and statements of the contemporary women they interviewed at the start of the course near Ripon with the scriptures and history of how their respective religions have treated women in the past. When the students return to campus in August there will be one final wrap-up session between the Instructor and them where they will summarize the 5 page papers they have written on “Women in Religions: Past and Present” Listed as Religion 300.01/Women’s and Gender Studies 300.01

Liberal Arts In Focus Courses for Summer/Fall 2016

Harry Potter

Potter to Potter: Landscapes and Streets of Modern British Fantasy Literature (three credits)
Anne Pleiss Morris, assistant professor of English; Jeanne Williams, professor of educational studies

Focusing on children’s literature from Beatrix Potter’s “little books for little hands” to J.K. Rowling’s complex Harry Potter series, this travel course will explore the landscapes and streets that have given birth to British fantasy literature. Students in the course will delve into works by authors such as Barrie, Bond, Cooper, Dahl, Gaiman, Lewis, Lively, Lobel, Potter, Pratchett, Pullman, Rowling Sutcliff, Tolkien, Wynne-Jones, and others. Pre-travel sessions will use distance-learning technology, and the course will culminate in a twelve-day tour of Great Britain with stops in Edinburgh, Scotland, Oxford, the English Lake Country, London and the manor at Harlaxton. Some time for individual exploration is built into the schedule. Prerequisites: ENG 110. Preference may be given to students who have taken EDU 245 Children’s Literature or another literature course. Listed as Educational Studies 200.01/English 200.01

Tuition and Fees

Tuition charged is $470 per credit; tuition is waived in May 2016 for some Liberal Arts In Focus courses. Program fees may include travel, housing, food, entrance fees, etc. See course instructor for information.

Ripon College campus housing will be available for In Focus students while in Ripon. The room rate is $50 per week or any part of a week.

Consult the Office of Financial Aid regarding financial assistance.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Phone: 800-947-4766
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