One Credit Workshops

HON 5001-001: SHAPING A COLLEGE LIFE

MADELINE REYNOLDS
R 4:00-5:15 PM

Shaping a College Life aims at helping Honors students navigate successfully across this threshold by inviting them into a co-curricular one-credit experience focused around several themes such as: Study Skills and the Life of the Mind, Distraction and Free Time, Meaningful Work, Resume Writing, Involvement & Friendships, Dealing with Anxiety, Forming Relationships, and linking students to various resources on campus that highlight these topics. This reflective experience will provide you with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your peer group, and Villanova. We want to challenge you to think more critically about the choices you make, and to become more intentional in living, and leading, according to your fundamental values. Our values paradigm is based on holistic formation coupled with a focus on the common good. How this call to development is articulated at Villanova University is captured, in part, in the University’s Mission Statement: To foster academic excellence, we as a University, concern ourselves with developing and nurturing the whole person, allowing students, faculty and staff to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically in an environment that supports individual differences and insists that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of university life. The program spans the two semesters of freshman year, and you are registered for this one-credit workshop each semester, meeting for one hour weekly. The program's exercises include guest speakers, group and individual reflection, alumni involvement, and team building exercises. Excursions are also intentionally designed to build a culture of solidarity and community among Honors students.

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HON 5001-002: SHAPING A COLLEGE LIFE

KIMBERLY HIDORE
R 4:00-5:15 PM

Shaping a College Life aims at helping Honors students navigate successfully across this threshold by inviting them into a co-curricular one-credit experience focused around several themes such as: Study Skills and the Life of the Mind, Distraction and Free Time, Meaningful Work, Resume Writing, Involvement & Friendships, Dealing with Anxiety, Forming Relationships, and linking students to various resources on campus that highlight these topics. This reflective experience will provide you with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your peer group, and Villanova. We want to challenge you to think more critically about the choices you make, and to become more intentional in living, and leading, according to your fundamental values. Our values paradigm is based on holistic formation coupled with a focus on the common good. How this call to development is articulated at Villanova University is captured, in part, in the University’s Mission Statement: To foster academic excellence, we as a University, concern ourselves with developing and nurturing the whole person, allowing students, faculty and staff to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically in an environment that supports individual differences and insists that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of university life. The program spans the two semesters of freshman year, and you are registered for this one-credit workshop each semester, meeting for one hour weekly. The program's exercises include guest speakers, group and individual reflection, alumni involvement, and team building exercises. Excursions are also intentionally designed to build a culture of solidarity and community among Honors students.

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HON 5003-001: SHAPING A WORK LIFE

KIMBERLY HIDORE
R 2:30-3:45 PM

At the heart of the Honors Program is a commitment to holistic formation so that our students are prepared for a life of leadership and service to their various communities: family, civic society, nations, and humankind. Students from all disciplines have expressed a desire for additional instruction in professional development and preparation for life after college.

Shaping a Work Life aims to meet these needs by giving Honors students the tools to successfully navigate their future career paths, as well as providing space for students to ask bigger questions about meaningful work and their contribution to society. This seminar offers a one-credit, co-curricular experience focused on themes such as: Strengths and Motivators, Professional Identity and Exploration, Major Selection, Meaningful Work, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Interviewing Skills, Experiential Learning, and Service and Community. Additionally, the course will connect students to campus resources to help them engage further with these topics.

The seminar will last for one semester, meeting for an hour and fifteen minutes weekly. The class will be primarily seminar style and discussion based, with guest speakers, alumni involvement, professional event attendance, and project completion.

 

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HON 5300-100 PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

JOHN IMMERWAHR
FRI 9/6/19 (5:00PM-9:00PM), SAT 9/7/19 (10:00AM-5:00PM)

This course is designed especially for students who have no background in art history and no familiarity with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (However, a number of Art History majors and museum members have taken the course in the past and reported that they got a lot out of it.) The course has two main goals:

●     Introduce students to some of the most important art works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

●     Teach art-appreciation skills that will help students enhance their enjoyment of visits to any other art museum.

In the Friday evening class, which will be on Villanova’s campus, we will discuss and analyze slides of some of the most famous and iconic works of art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The Saturday session, held at the museum, will expose students to the museum’s collection of Asian, European and American art.  Over the course of the day, the students will do a series of interactive exercises emphasizing art appreciation skills. All students will also receive, at no charge, a one-year membership to the museum that will entitle them to unlimited visits, reduced admission prices for their guests, and many other benefits.

 

Instructor. John Immerwahr is a retired Villanova professor who now serves as a Guide (docent) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. For more information about him, consult his homepage (johnimmerwahr.org) or contact him directly at john.immerwahr@gmail.com.

 

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HON 5300-101 QUILTING I (August - Fall Break)

TERESA BERRY
SAT 10:00AM-12:20PM

Learn basic sewing skills while exploring the history of Quilting in America.  By the end of this course you'll know how to sew straight seams by machine, draft patterns, use a rotary cutter, construct and quilt with batting to complete a project of your choice.  You'll also learn the history of how necessity and soical expression combined to make this utilitarian activity an outlet for creative time and personal expression.

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HON 5300-102 LEARN TO SEW I (August - Fall Break)

TERESA BERRY
SAT 1:30PM-3:50PM

Make a comfy pair of casual pants while learning how to sew by machine. We’ll start by fitting a pattern, selecting fabric, marking and cutting pattern pieces, sewing simple seams, and finishing off with elastic waist and hemming the cuffs. Depending on class progress, we will also work on a complementary top to explore neckline styles, interfacing, zippers, and buttonholes. Students purchase fabric. Meets 6 times.

 

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HON 5300-103 QUILTING II (Fall Break - May)

TERESA BERRY
SAT 10:00AM-12:20PM

Take your quilting skills to the next level – explore applique, paper piecing, and geometric design to create a beautiful quilt.  You’ll learn advanced techniques to make cutting, piecing, and quilting faster and more accurate.  Whether you select a ‘quilt as you go’ project or a traditional construction method, you’ll develop sewing skills to last a lifetime.

This class requires basic sewing skills, so taking basic Learn to Quilt or Learn to Sew class is encouraged. Students purchase fabric.  Meets 6 times.

 

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HON 5300-104 LEARN TO CROCHET (Fall Break - May)

TERESA BERRY
SAT 1:30PM-3:50PM

Cold weather is coming!  Learn to crochet a warm hat and scarf in this beginner class.  You’ll be introduced to different types of yarn, how to determine the right hook size, basic crochet stitches and how to combine them to make more advanced stitch patterns.  We’ll also cover how to read pattern instructions and change colors.

A skein of yarn and crochet hook will be provided.  Meets 6 times.

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HON 5305-001 COLLOQUIUM: STAND-UP COMEDY

JOHNPAUL SPIRO
W 4:30PM-5:20PM

This is a very serious course about a major American art form. We will survey the history of stand-up comedy and by watching and listening to its major practitioners, focusing mostly on its development after World War II up through the present day. We will attend to the fundamentals of the craft, its role in American culture, and its ongoing controversies. Each student will write a critical essay and develop a 5-minute set to be performed at the end of the semester.

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HON 5305-002 COLLOQUIUM: HUMAN EVOLUTION AND THE HUMANITIES

SAMANTHA CHAPMAN
T 4:00PM-4:50PM

Human evolution and the Humanities: pro tips for surviving the Anthropocene

E.O. Wilson said, “The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another.” In his book “The Meaning of Human Existence,” Wilson suggests that the genetic bases for human behavior can both damn and buoy our efforts to save our planet and our societies. In his view, our hunter-gatherer existence predisposed us to dangerous tribalism. However, similar to only a few other types of animals in the history of evolution (ants, termites, etc.), we also evolved to collaborate, divide labor and be altruistic. These are perhaps the qualities we can exploit to solve our most pressing societal and environmental problems.  Using Wilson’s book and other readings we will explore how environmental and genetic history and the humanitieshave together shapedhuman evolution and behavior, and how the science-humanities intersection may be our best way forward to solve the issues of our age.

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HON 5400-001 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

KIM REILLY 
W - 3:00-4:15

Course description forthcoming.

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HON 5410-001 INTRO TO GUITAR I

REBEKA KARRANT 
T 4:30-5:45

“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 KARRANT 
R 4:30-5:45

“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 I” 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 I or Professor’s permission.

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HON 5460-100 ACRYLIC WORKSHOP

CHRISTINE CLAY GORKA
FRI 9/20/19 (6:00-8:00PM), SAT 9/21/19 (9:00-5:00PM)

Students will learn basic tenets of color theory, paint application and design, and the nature of still life painting in art history. Application of concepts learned will result in a finished painting on canvas of objects and arrangement chosen by the student.

 

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HON 5460-101 DRAWING WORKSHOP

CHRISTINE CLAY GORKA
FRI 11/8/19 (6:00-8:00PM), SAT 11/9/19 (9:00-5:00PM)

This workshop is designed to teach the student the major elements of visual thinking processes through exercises developed by artists and neurologists in the 20th century and in contemporary practices. 

 

 

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HON 5460-102 LANDSCAPE PAINTING AS MEDITATION

CHRISTINE CLAY GORKA
FRI 10/25/19 (6:00-8:00), SAT 10/26/19 (9:00-5:00)

Participants will employ mindfulness techniques and relaxation exercises to heighten awareness to the task of landscape painting through a step by step demonstration of color-mixing and application. Paintings are done on canvas with acrylic paint and medium. 

 

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HON 5490-001 CULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

LANCE KENNEY
T 4:00-4:50 PM

This course, customized for participants in the Honors Global Scholars Program, is intended to prepare students to living and studying in the UK.  A variety of issues will be covered, ranging from history, politics, and religion to sport, media, and travel.  In addition, a variety of tools will be examined that will help students better immerse themselves into their host culture.  The point is not to ameliorate the effects of culture shock, but to work through it in order to learn as much from this experience as possible.

 

Limited to the Honors Global Scholars cohorts. 

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