New year, new classes

by Abby Musser C0-Editor-in-Chief

Hesston College is anticipating many changes next year, including an expansion to curriculum.

Intro to Philosophy is one of several new courses being offered in 2016-2017.

  • PHIL 170 Intro to Philosophy : 3 hours

Students will study major thinkers and systems that shaped western philosophy. They will also contemplate things like truth, morals and the meaning of existence. For students who are hesitant to enroll, Justin Heinzekher, registrar, says that while philosophy sounds intimidating it’s really about how people see the world.

“In the process you’ll start to become more aware about how you approach the world, and maybe discover new ways of thinking that hadn’t occurred to you before,”says Heinzekher. “That kind of reflection is something that you can take back and apply to just about any future course or career.”

  • AVIA 121 Meteorology: 3 hours

Starting in the fall, students will be able to take AVIA 121 Meteorology and learn about things like atmosphere and forecasts. This course is designed for aviation students but anyone wanting to learn basic weather patterns can join.

“Anyone who loves tracking storms, or wonders about the crazy shifts in weather, or is curious about reading weather maps will enjoy this course,”says Amy Birdsell, 141 Chief Instructor-instrument rating; 141 Assistant Chief Instructor-private and commercial. “It will explore the atmosphere and touch on space weather (yes, there is such a thing!) as well as look at the ways technology is making forecasting easier and more accurate.  We will do our own forecasting as well as hear from professional meteorologists.”

  • AVIA 105 Private Pilate Principles: 1 hour

This class is for any aviation students  in the fall who are interested in becoming a private pilot.

  • AVIA 161 Aviation Regulations : 3 hours

This spring course focuses on Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations and the practical applications of Title 14. Students will also cover the history, rulemaking process, interpretations and enforcement.

“Regulations govern everything we do in the aviation industry and it is important to understand them to the point where applying them is second nature to you” says Travis Pickerill, Chief Flight Instructor.

  • IDS 130 Intro to STEM Careers: 1 hour

Also starting in the 2nd half of fall is this course for students pursuing a STEM career. This course teaches skills students need for a science, technology, engineering, mathematics major.

  • IDS 131/231 STEM Projects I/II: 1 hour

Starting in the spring students will learn skills such as designing experiments, analyzing data, and writing scientific papers and other skills they will need to succeed in a STEM field.

“Courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics are required for students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) major,” says Jeff Baumgartner, Mathematics faculty. “However, these courses often don’t truly give students experience with the types of research or work that people in STEM careers do on a daily basis whether in graduate school or on a job. The STEM Projects courses will provide opportunities for students to focus on scientific inquiry skills such as reviewing scientific literature, forming research questions, designing experiments, analyzing data, and writing scientific papers.”

  • IDS 110 Foundations of Leadership: 2 hours

Students will learn the four competencies of the Kansas Leadership Center, diagnosing a situation, managing self, energizing others and skills integration. In the spring students can explore these skills by engaging unusual voices, tough interpretations, servant leadership, and cultural and diversity issues.

“This will be an interactive discussion course that will weave together popular leadership theories with practical examples of theory application, provided to us by guest speakers,” says Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Vice President of Admissions. “If you are curious about leadership, self reflection or navigating challenging situations you should definitely consider taking this course”

  • ENGR 207 Engineering Graphics: 3 hours

In this spring semester class students will draft by hand and with a computer. This course will be useful for any students interested in engineering or architecture.

“If you want to learn how to look at a bridge and completely describe all its lengths and angles, you should take Graphics,” says Joel Krehbiel, Physics faculty. “If you want to understand what forces keep the bridge from falling down, you should take Statics.”

  • PHED 217 Intro to Sports Management: 3 hours

Here students learn about business practices in the sports industry. They will study sports management on high school and collegiate levels along with amutuer and professional participation.

“The program combines traditional courses taught in the exercise science and physical education field with business courses,”says Bryan Kher, Physical Education faculty. “While the sport industry is a growing industry there is also tough competition for entry level jobs.  A degree in sports management can help provide access to these jobs.”

  • NURS 307 Nursing Theories and the Baccalaureate Nurse Role: 3 hours

This spring course defines what the role of a nurse is for RN-BSN students. Classes will cover things like the history of nursing, nursing theories, current healthcare trends and self care.

  • NURS 311 Holistic Assessment for the Practicing Nurse: 3 hours

Also in the spring is this class which will teach skills in data collection and assessing families and communities across the lifespan. Other skills that are taught is interviewing and assessing the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of health.


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