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Like No Other - Freshman Seminars

The Office of First-Year Programs offers two types of transitional courses for new students – the Like No Other – Freshman Seminars for our on-ground students and an Academic Success Strategies for our on-line students. All first-year students must take either an LNO or LUL 11000 during their first semester. Transfer students who successfully completed a Freshmen Seminar course at another college are exempt. 

Freshman who are entering as students in the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship are strongly encouraged to take the MGMT 1602511 Business Environment & First Year Seminar.

LNO 10101 – Like No Other Freshman Seminar

Our Like No Other seminars allow for a student to find a topic and a professor that can help make their freshman experience Like No Other.  There are 30 different options for students to select from.  This course is a one-hour subject-area seminar and orientation course.  Students will be introduced to special topic based on personal interest, declared major or academic interest while also orientating to the university environment. This special topics seminar course will provoke critical thinking, problem solving, and interaction. This course is required of all first-time freshmen or transfer students without an equivalent course previously completed from another college or university. 

Globalization 101: Influences and Effects

“Globalization” has become a buzzword of the 21st century, which is not surprising given how everything from countries’ economies to different cultures’ forms of entertainment (music, sports, movies) have become interdependent and far-reaching. The factors which influence globalization and the effects – both positive and negative – of globalization are interdisciplinary in nature and impact many career fields such as business and trade, government / international relations, engineering, the energy sector, agriculture, climate studies, health care, education, and the arts and entertainment. This makes an understanding of globalization beneficial and foundational in many fields of study and work. And, of course, it is an absolutely key concept in my field of International Business. Lastly, understanding the components of globalization can help provide a better understanding of our multicultural societies.

Time Offered: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Chemistry in Hollywood

Have your ever watched CSI or Breaking Bad and wondered “Can that really happen?” or “Is that scientifically true?” This course will answer some of those questions.

We will introduce general chemical knowledge in order to explore the accuracy and inaccuracies of how Hollywood portrays science. Units will include the environment, forensics, and pharmaceuticals. Critical thinking and the scientific method will be used to examine scenes from your favorite shows and movies.

Join us for an adventure into the real world of science as we sort out the good, bad, and ugly science of entertainment.

Time Offered: Monday, 9 – 9:50 a.m.

Biology: Separating Fact from Fiction

Do vaccines cause autism? Is climate change occurring? Are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) harmful to human health? In popular culture there are many misconceptions about biology that exist despite sound scientific evidence supporting one viewpoint over another. How can you tell the difference? In this seminar, we will examine claims made in popular media (newspapers, websites, blogs, etc.) and compare them with scientific evidence. We will develop criteria to help distinguish claims based on fact from claims based on fiction.

Time Offered: Monday, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Fighting Fake News

Regardless of your attitude about news, there’s one thing we know about it: successful people consume news, usually a lot of it. And now that so many folks are getting their news through social media, successful people need to be sure they know how to separate online fact from online fiction. This course will address the proliferation of “fake news” and help you sort out the lies from the truth. We will talk about how news is made, how it fits into your worldview, and how to develop an appropriate level of skepticism about information you read, hear and see in the mass media. The course also will help you develop a news diet that can help you be successful regardless of your major or your plans for the future.

Time Offered: Monday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

The Psychology of Me

This is the only course you will ever take specifically designed to teach you about “you”! Learn how to change unhealthy and negative patterns in your life that make you feel stuck. Take charge of your physical and mental health. Become a relationship pro by learning constructive communication and conflict skills. Recognize authentic love and misconceptions about love that will no longer trip you up. Formulate your own personal meaning of life and value system. Learn the ins and outs of traveling along your career path in a changing world. Handle the inevitable losses that come up in life. By the end of this course you will be prepared to further your own self-awareness and growth for years to come.

Time Offered: Monday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Time Machine: Time, Sport Performance, and the Human Body

Is it better to work out in the morning or in the evening? Why is Usain Bolt so much faster than you? What does your birth month have to do with your success in sports? This course will explore how time interacts with sport performance. Topics include pacing strategies, circadian rhythms, slowing down time, aging, and others, viewed through the lens of athletic performance ability. After you complete this course, you’ll have a better understanding of how time works for and against the body in the quest for athletic success.

Time Offered: Monday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

How to Win at College (and Life!)

Getting clear on what you want and how to get it is the first step in creating the life you are dreaming of. How do you define success? Is it achieving a big goal? Commanding influence and leadership? Is it finding what makes you happy or special relationships? Using psychological research into rational thinking, this seminar will quickly uncover what has worked for you and what hasn’t. I will introduce you to the ABCs of getting more of what you want from life and we will work together to help you step with confidence through your college experience. By investigating and experimenting with thoughts, feelings and actions you will implement a plan to master your mind, win at college and start living now.

Time Offered: Monday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Harold and the Purple Crayon: Drawing for Success

In the classic children’s book, “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, Harold uses drawing as a means to explore the world, create adventure, and (spoiler alert!) find his way safely home. For all students of the visual arts, drawing is as instinctive as it is for Harold. Drawing is utilized as an investigative process; a method of processing and ordering information for analysis and synthesis. This seminar will analyze that method of learning and explore the various objectives of visual deduction; observation, investigation, research, narration, and communication. In the process, we’ll look at sequential art, animation, 3-D drawing, political cartoons, Surrealism, and much more.

Time Offered: Monday, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Me, Inc. - Welcome to Brand You!

Welcome to Brand You! Yes, you are a product. That may sound strange, but you have “market value” as a person -- you have qualities that set you apart from others and abilities other people want and need.

Although it may seem strange to think about the marketing of people, the principles of marketing apply to people, just as they apply to peas, Porsches, and computer processors. Sure, there are differences in how to go about marketing each of these, but the general idea remains the same: Marketing is a fundamental part of our lives, both as consumers and as active participants in the business world.

How do the elements of a marketing plan apply to you personally? Put yourself in the situation of preparing for a great start to your career (or changing careers).

In this scenario, you are marketing yourself. In this course you will develop a strategic marketing plan for a company called “Me, Inc.” That’s you!

Time Offered: Tuesday, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

What the Health?

Health and wellness are two powerful contributors to overall quality of life and happiness. Health is a multi-faceted phenomenon connected to the idea that well-being is related to the absence of disease. Wellness occupies the dimensions of physical, mental, emotional, vocational, social, and spiritual health. The purpose of this course is to expose students to this idea of holistic health and wellness and ways in which to develop a balance in life. One of the tools for broaching this topic is a reading of Odede & Posner’s 2016 book, “Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum.” Students within this course will also have an opportunity to meet students studying in health and wellness-oriented academic disciplines: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health & Wellness, Healthcare Management, Human Performance, Paramedicine, Physical Education, Recreation Administration, and Therapeutic Recreation. Students will leave the class with a true appreciation for health and wellness and a blueprint for living a more balanced lifestyle.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Get Out of Your Own Way

Are you an artist interested in overcoming fears about making art? So am I. Making art and performing art can be a wildly intimidating process. Let us explore the ways art gets made, discuss why it often doesn’t get made, and uncover the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up before they even get started. Get out of your own way and clear a path for making art.

Time Offered: Tuesday, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Our lives in music and pictures

Have you ever heard the quotes a picture is worth a thousand words and without music life would be a mistake? What do the pictures of us and our music preferences (as individuals and as a society) tell us about who we are and where we come from? This seminar will dive into the world of personal and public pictures and music, and will dissect what we can learn about ourselves and the world around us by what pictures we chose to take and display and what music we choose to represent us. We will spend time looking at personal photographs and music of students in the seminar, as well as other popular photographs and music in the media and contemporary art. We will also explore and determine what kind of story pictures and music tell about ourselves to future generations.

Time Offered: Tuesday, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Food, Sex, and Death

Food, sex, and death are the most basic and universal elements of the human experience. By exploring these topics, we will delve into some of the big questions in anthropology—a discipline that seeks to understand and explain the human condition in all times and in all places. From the perspective of food, we’ll look at the ways in which humans have acquired, prepared, and shared food throughout our human history, and how food is not only about eating but also about communication. From the perspective of sex, we’ll consider how humans around the world select a mate, different forms of family, and different cultural perspectives on sexuality. From the perspective of death, we’ll investigate the various ways in which humans have thought about death, treated their dead, and maintained social networks despite the disturbance that death causes.

Time Offered:Tuesday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Exploring the Psychology of Human Relationships

Life is filled with influential experiences that shape who we are and guide who we become during our lifetimes on Earth. As humans, we are a highly social species, which means our individual and unique experiences of psychological growth and personal transformation are embedded within a rich social fabric of connections with others. In this seminar, we will discuss how psychology conceptualizes the nature of human relationships with the “other” aspects of our lives. We will also explore how our own complex, multifaceted relationships with the people, animals, and places in our lives have impacted and shaped our psychological growth and development. In other words, how do our relationships with others affect who we become as individuals, and how are our multiple relationships connected with each other in unique ways that reflect who we are?

Time Offered: Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Law, Ethics & The X-Men

What civil rights apply to mutants? Would the Second Amendment of the US Constitution apply to Wolverine’s claws? Could privacy law violation claims be brought against Professor Xavier and Jean Grey for using their powers of telepathy? These are just a few of the implications pondered when comparing fictional characters to real-world legal situations. This course examines the increasing legal and ethical influences of the X-Men in society through multiple platforms including American popular culture, hip hop, media, philanthropy, politics, race, religion, and social justice. Through literary critiques, role-playing, classroom debates, and student presentations, the traditional and contemporary roles of business in framing the prominent debates about the emphasis of diversity, equity and inclusion will also be explored through analysis of key X-Men characters.

Time Offered: Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m.

Tweaking on Money

This course is about financial behavior. Think about the guy who blows half of his paycheck at the casino. Think about the guy who hoards so much stuff you can barely walk through his house. Think about the guy who works all the time and ignores his family. Think about the guy who has his credit cards maxed out yet still spends money like there’s no tomorrow. Think about the guy who is so cheap he won’t even pick up his share of the bar tab. Do you know that guy? Are you that guy? Find out why he does that, then find out how not to be that guy.

Time Offered: Tuesday, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

Law and Order - LNO

If you have ever watched an entire season of Making of a Murderer, or Orange is the New Black, you likely have an appreciation for the misunderstood world of criminal behavior, and the ways in which our system responds to those behaviors. This seminar will explore the American Criminal Justice System and what it looks like from the perspective of the police, courts, corrections, victim and offender. We will spend time discussing key issues within the criminal justice field, the current efforts at criminal justice reform, and the impact on professionals within the field.

Time Offered: Monday, 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

Chemistry in Hollywood

Have your ever watched CSI or Breaking Bad and wondered “Can that really happen?” or “Is that scientifically true?” This course will answer some of those questions. We will introduce general chemical knowledge in order to explore the accuracy and inaccuracies of how Hollywood portrays science. Units will include the environment, forensics, and pharmaceuticals. Critical thinking and the scientific method will be used to examine scenes from your favorite shows and movies. Join us for an adventure into the real world of science as we sort out the good, bad, and ugly science of entertainment.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Zombie Parents, Vampire Lovers, and Final Girls: Examining Gender through Horror Film

Horror writer Stephen King, when asked why audiences crave horror films, once said that every person, no matter how well-adjusted, has “gators in the basement.” Horror film, he said, is all about “keeping the gators fed.” As appealing as this quote is, are horror films really just about cathartic release of the violent impulses we aren’t allowed to express in civilized society? Or does horror, in film and increasingly on television, tell us something deeper about our relationships to our bodies and the bodies of others, by literally de-constructing bodies in visceral, often gruesome ways? Anytime we talk about “bodies,” of course, we inevitably begin to talk about maleness and femaleness and therefore about gender, a separate, social construct we tend to correlate with biological sex – although what it means “to take it like a man” or “to act like a lady” is by no means a biological imperative. Furthermore, given the preoccupation horror films have with bodies, we must also consider the relationship between blood, sex, and death – between murder and desire, and what this tells us about relationships between men and women in contemporary American society. Through watching, discussing, and reading about horror films, our aim in this course will be to understand how zombies, psychokillers, werewolves, vampires, mutants, and cannibals represent and complicate cultural tensions about gender roles in the “embodied” experience of horror film.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

How to make your own Lemonade: Female Self-Empowerment

You are here!! Your first college semester. So many questions come to mind. Often we begin our college journey asking: what to do next or simply how do I begin? College is traditionally the beginning of student self-discovery. Specifically, young women often launch an exploration during the first year to discover their 'authentic-self' and begin the process of individual self-empowerment. This seminar will provide different perspectives on empowerment and self-discovery. We will explore several different mediums (video, music, poetry and text) as we navigate through your first semester and personal expedition. We will communicate ideas through face-to-face narratives, blogging, and digital storytelling; sharing individual perspectives, and concerns. In addition, the seminar will utilize several sources including Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and several works by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie. The goal of the seminar is to provide you with a diverse set of ingredients so you can begin to make your own recipe for lemonade.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Throwing Shades... of Color

This course is designed as an intellectual excursion to explore global diversity through the lens of pop culture. The class will analyze their impact on themes of race, gender, sexuality and identity through class discussion. Students will also be taken through the history of certain cultures, stereotypes and lifestyles. This class allows students to assess their social attitudes and express their opinions about diversity. The course will also demonstrate public speaking and writing skills that are essential to our diverse society.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Around the World in 15 Weeks: A Look Inside Comparative Education

This freshman seminar on comparative education provides you with information and concepts for comparing different school systems, their contexts, and educational outcomes. You will be able to analyze what makes the United States’ education system unique and which aspects of education systems throughout the world make them unique. This ability is important for you, the future educator, who wants to learn about creating your own education philosophy but also improve the education system overall. Each class will cover a major topic in comparative education, which will involve reading, discussion, and exploring the educational world around us. Various writings over the text and our interpretation of the theory is essential as well as venturing out into the area to compare different types of educational philosophies implemented into classrooms. This introductory course on comparative education is a crucial and exciting stepping-stone to your educational career.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Hispanics: (Mis)Representations in US Popular Culture

Are you curious about Hispanic cultures? Do you wonder about perceptions of Hispanics in the US? Do you want to explore issues of gender and race diversity? Do you feel that Hispanic culture is ONLY about tacos, “macho” culture, and telenovelas? Do you feel that it is MORE than that? These are some of the issues we will discuss in this class! We will think critically about cinematographic, literary, and popular representations of Hispanics and their cultures in order to question established stereotypes about Hispanic men and women. We will nuance our understanding of “Hispanic” by discussing ethnic cuisine, stereotypes involving the hypersexualization of women, “macho” culture, and undocumented immigrants, collective imaginaries about narco-culture, gang violence, and even spiritual beliefs, music, and melodrama. Taught in English.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Flipping the Pyramid: The Servant as Leader

Leadership is a topic of universal interest and application. This seminar course is designed to prepare the student for effective leadership in their profession and/or collegiate career by introducing key aspects of servant leadership from research literature and Scripture. Students will be challenged not only to understand the key ideas associated with servant leadership but also to apply those ideas to their own life, by drawing connections between servant leadership, civic engagement, and what it means to be an engaged citizen.

Time Offered: Wednesday, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Wilderness Physics

Wilderness Physics will be conducted largely outdoors and will focus on physics principles and their application to survival in the wilderness. Shelter, water, fire, and food are the basic requirements of survival, and these will be addressed in physics concepts of heat transfer, distillation, fire making from friction and lenses, and projectiles, respectively. Additional concepts involving light reflection (signaling), refraction and polarization (fishing), magnetism (navigation), levers and mechanical advantage (moving heavy stuff), momentum and impulse (surviving collisions and throwing things far), and the buoyant force (staying afloat) will also be covered. If you ever need to survive in a pre-modern setting, the basic principles of physics can extend your life and allow you to thrive. At the end of the class, students will be permitted to demonstrate their new skills in a wilderness survival challenge. Champions survive and thrive Like No Other.

Time Offered: Thursday, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

The Global Arthurian Legend

Do you or someone you know live on Camelot Drive, drive a Toyota Avalon, or use King Arthur flour to bake cookies? The legend of King Arthur has become so finely interwoven into our everyday lives that it is difficult to imagine the world without Arthuriana in it. In this course we will trace the development of the Arthurian legend from its medieval origins through the literature of our own time, with particular emphasis on its global nature. Written assignments include keeping track of Arthurian references encountered outside of class and using the results to write a critical reflection on the legend's presence in contemporary culture, and engaging creatively with the material by exploring how students might fit into the Arthurian tradition through reflection on their own strengths and weaknesses and the development of their own knightly identity. By the end of the term, students in this course will have a broad understanding of the complexity and richness of the global Arthurian tradition. They will also have engaged in and successfully negotiated many of the acts required of a college student: critical reading, analysis, and reflection on texts; research; theoretical application; and synthesis.

Time Offered: Thursday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

An Apple a day could earn you an "A"!

Life is all about finding balance in what we enjoy, what challenges us, and how to live a truly happy, healthy, and fulfilled life! This seminar will focus on 6 areas of wellness throughout the semester to help you develop and implement a personal wellness plan. We will explore physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellness by engaging in hands-on activities and group discussions. For example, learning the principles of fitness, knowing the habits for healthy eating on a college campus, and managing stress-specific events during the academic semester. After completing this course you will have the tools necessary to help you overcome the many obstacles faced during the transition to college.

Time Offered: Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Life, Liberty, and the Liberal Arts

How is a liberal arts education supposed to impact your life? This course is intended to help you discover an answer to this question by exploring the history of the university alongside the main questions of philosophy:

  • Is there real purpose in life?
  • Is goodness real?
  • Is beauty real?
  • Is anything real?
  • Could we even really know what’s real?
  • Are our minds really different from our brains?
  • What are governments really supposed to do?
  • What does real thinking actually look like?

Our journey also will include an investigation into the goals and history of the various departments at Lindenwood University and their relationship to these eight philosophical questions.

Time Offered: Friday, 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.


If you did it once, you’re an expert! Everyone is an education expert, right? Members of society, including business men and women, local, state, and federal legislatures, and professionals of every field have been formally educated, so that makes them experts, wrong! This seminar will introduce students to the perceptions and realities of the field of education. We will identify and debunk the myths associated with the field of education and empower each other to take a stand as an educator. We will discuss the current state of education and the many educational crises, both phony and legitimate. We will also examine the US educational system in relation to other world powers. This course will provide students opportunities to seek resources in the community to help serve their students and to build partnerships within the community. If we are to make changes in education, we must educate our community and advocate for the profession. After all, teachers are the education experts!

Time Offered: Friday, 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

Lindenwood History, Myths, and Mysteries

This course will introduce you to Lindenwood’s long and fascinating heritage. We explore the history that now surrounds you, and the people, ideas, and environment that shaped the university for almost 200 years. We will examine Lindenwood myths and explore some of the unanswered mysteries. We will draw on the extensive Lindenwood archives with photographs, scrapbooks, films, and letters to give us insights into the campus experiences of generations of students. Assignments will include researching people in the cemetery, writing a history of your dorm, mapping changes to the campus over time, reading historical photographs to reveal the evolution of sports teams at Lindenwood, and creating your own walking tour of campus.

Time Offered: Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301