One Credit Workshops

HON 5300-001 LIFE BEYOND THE HONORS PROGRAM

KEVIN GRUBB
T 4:00-5:15 PM

What comes next after Villanova? In this Honors workshop, students will discuss the possibilities, meet with people living them and consider what steps to take to land in a great first destination after college. This class will involve discussions, special guests and opportunities for students to explore their individual ideas via on campus events and personal meetings with a professional of choice. Sessions will be interactively structured and the workshop will culminate in a TED talk-style presentation on what ideas each student has about life beyond Honors.

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HON 5300-002 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN AMERICAN HIGHER ED

KURT DAVIES
T 4:00-5:30 PM (Course runs 1/20-3/10)

This course will provide a discussion-based introduction to the role of higher education in American society.  Potential topics may include athletics, access to higher education, campus sexual violence, diversity initiatives.  Each session will focus on one particular issue within higher education.

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HON 5400-001 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

KIMBERLY REILLY
R 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

This course offers a practical, experiential, and theoretical introduction to mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices. Mindfulness is a facultative state that promotes increased creativity, flexibility, clarity, resilience, and peace of mind.  Mindfulness meditation practices are simple yet powerful ways of transforming our everyday lives. These practices can help us to reduce stress, overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and engage more deeply with the world around us.  In this course, we will explore various methods of entering into mindfulness meditation through pranayama (breathing exercises), hatha yoga (body postures), and other contemplative practices. No prior experience with mindfulness, meditation, or yoga are necessary for this course. 

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HON 5410-001 INTRO TO GUITAR I

REBEKA KARANT
M 4:30-5:30 PM

“Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – W.F. Corgill

In this workshop students will learn chords, chord progressions, several different strums, and learn some basic theory as it applies directly to the guitar.  Students will learn to play popular folk, pop, rock and country songs.  This workshop is for beginning students or a refresher for the rusty.  Students must bring an acoustic or electric guitar.

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HON 5410-002 INTRO TO GUITAR II

REBEKA KARANT
T 4:30-5:30 PM

“Music is the weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz

Bring more happiness and joy into your life by making some beautiful music.  This workshop picks up where the Intro to Guitar course left off.  Students will improve their skills, increase their repertoire, build more confidence, explore more advanced concepts that will allow them to play anywhere on the guitar neck.  Come ready to learn more chords, more strums, and more skills that will allow you to play folk, pop, rock and blues tunes more competently and with greater freedom.

Prerequisite: Intro to Guitar or Professor’s permission.

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HON 5420-001 INTRO TO COMPETITIVE SCRABBLE

KURT DAVIES
W 4:30-6 PM (Course runs 2/25-4/22)

This course is designed to introduce students to the skills and methods required to compete in tournament-style Scrabble®.  Topics will include basic game play, word knowledge, board vision, rack management, etc.  Each session will include a 30-45 minute discussion of a particular strategic topic followed by game play.

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HON 5440-100 POETRY WORKSHOP: PAINTINGS SPEAK

CATHERINE STAPLES
FRI 1/16 5-9 PM, SAT 1/17 10 AM-5 PM, SUN 1/18 11 AM-2 PM

Dr. Barnes’ collection of impressionist and early Modern paintings will be the centerpiece for this one-credit poetry workshop. From Picasso’s pensive acrobats to Matisse’s storytelling interiors—we will let the details of these paintings “tease us out of thought.” We will write our way through the galleries, using the paintings as well as the quirky objects—door hinges, lost keys, locked chests—as entry points for our own poems. The class begins on Friday afternoon in Garey with exercises in memory and observation. We’ll look at excerpts from letters and sketches by the artists. Why did van Gogh so often paint the portrait of his friend Roulin, the postman? Are the still-lives within the paintings of Matisse mini-versions of the natural world? Why a picture within a picture? Above all, we will look to the examples of an array of fine poems, hoping that alert study of their craftsmanship will guide our own. On Saturday morning, we will take the train to Philadelphia and spend the day at the new Barnes Foundation. On Sunday, we will gather for coffee and snacks to share our new work.

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HON 5490-001 CULTURE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

RALPH GIGLIOTTI, KATHLEEN BYRNES, AND CAITLIN RUSSELL
R 4:00-5:00 PM

Our Leadership class is a continuation of this semester, with the “one credit” ending in February. Open only to students who participated in the first semester of the class. Students will be pre-registered.

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