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Continuing Studies

Enrichment Courses

Fall 2017 Schedule

Click on course title below for description and class times.


Laughter is Medicine ‒ 2 credits

ENR 0143 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0143 02 — Use for graduate credit

This course will explore in detail how laughter, humor, and attitude have a profound effect on our physical, personal, and professional lives.  Your words reinforce your beliefs, and beliefs create your reality.  This class will provide a variety of concepts, techniques, and activities for personal insight as well as connecting with students in the classroom.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, social workers, school counselors, parents, general public
  • Instructor: Dave Schani
  • Dates:
    Fridays, Oct. 27; Nov. 3 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturdays, Oct. 28; Nov. 4 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Lentz Hall 300

An Understanding of Film and Story — 1 credit

ENR 0164 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0164 02— Use for graduate credit

In this course, we will look at how film enhances our novels and short stories, as well as the historical events we teach. The relationship between film and novel and historical events have changed over the years into an art form.  Through comparative readings and film viewing, we will discover how to bring literature and history alive in the classroom!

  • Appropriate for: Middle school teachers, high school teachers
  • Instructor: Melissa Whitaker
  • Dates:
    Thursday, Nov. 2 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 4 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Lentz Hall 319

Bad Books? You Decide! — 1 credit

ENR 0165 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0165 02 — Use for graduate credit

Children’s books have been under fire from many sectors since the dawn of children’s literature.  In this course, participants will explore the history of banned books and “subversive” children’s literature, from ancient nursey rhymes to fairy tales to modern picture books and young adult fiction.  Through readings, discussions, and group and interactive activities, course attendees will garner a solid understanding of the centuries-long targeting of children’s books as being subversive, perverted, violent, or downright evil.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, parents, education students, English majors, librarians
  • Instructor: Nancy Slivka
  • Dates:
    Friday, Nov. 10 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 11 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Clausen Center 113

Yoga in the Classroom — 1 credit

ENR 0147 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0147 02 — Use for graduate credit

This class will guide teachers to use yoga in the classroom to benefit student focus, emotion management, energy, and confidence boosting. Through the use of breath, balance, foundation, and flow of poses, teachers will study and practice the use of full group short yoga exercises in the classroom.  Additionally, this class will practice subtle use of yoga elements in order for students to privately de-stress, combat anxiety, focus, etc.  We will discuss how to include students with various special needs; myths surrounding yoga will be debunked; real life tips will be provided on how to bring yoga to a real classroom.  Students of this class will also learn the basic foundational elements of yoga, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and a yoga flow to practice for their own benefit.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, social workers, school counselors, parents
  • Instructor: Lori Hawkins
  • Dates:
    Friday, Dec. 1 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 2 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Lentz Hall 233

Creativity Classroom Workshop — 1 credit

ENR 0167 01 — Use for undergraduate credit
ENR 0167 02 Use for graduate credit

It is a challenge for teachers to find time for imaginative and creative activities in today’s data-assessment, college-career-driven school day.  For many educators, this circumstance flies in the face of much that is known about child development.  Children of all ages learn through play art, games, music, dance, and drama.  If you are such an educator, then this course will satisfy.  Participants will try out a wide range of creativity-inspiring activities that can be easily incorporated into the school day.  You are sure to walk away with a bundle of ideas that your students will LOVE.

  • Appropriate for: Teachers, parents, education students, administrators
  • Instructor: Nancy Slivka
  • Dates:
    Friday, Dec. 8 — 5-8 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 9 — 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (working lunch)
  • Room: Clausen Center 113


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    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …