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Freshman Seminars

The Office of First-Year Programs offers two types of transitional courses for new students – 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 UNIV or UNIV 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.

UNIV 10101 – First-Year Seminar

Our Freshman Seminars allow for a student to find a topic and a professor that can help make their freshman experience a real success. There are 30+ different options for students to select from.  This course is a one-hour subject-area seminar and orientation course required of all first-time freshmen. Students will be introduced to special topics of their choice 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. Course is required of all first-time freshmen or transfer students without an equivalent course previously completed from another college or university. May not be retaken for a higher grade. Lab fee required.

Many of the seminars have commercials for their course! You can view them all here, or by looking in the drop down menus below.  

The list below consists of all Fall 2020 Freshman Seminar courses.

Developing the Educational Leader within You – Sect FLC01 Education Learning Community (Paired with 2 other classes)

*Please note, this UNIV Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!*


Your potential to lead is limitless. Our course will promote a holistic approach to educational leadership by integrating skills needed and valued in the 21st century, such as critical thinking and collaboration to achieve objectives. This course will support the endeavors of those who are committed to helping all students learn at higher levels in the field of education.


Vanessa Vandergraaf is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Education at Lindenwood University. Vandergraaf’s teaching and learning is motivated by the explosion of digital technologies with a focus on delivering a richer learning experience. She was nominated for the, “Outstanding Professor of the Year Award” (2019) and was a finalist for the, “Excellence in Teaching Award” (2019). Vandergraaf’s most recent publication, “The Importance of Sensory Play” discussed sensory integration and the impact on early development. Her most recent presentation, “Perception and Learning” discussed the significance of perceptual awareness and early learning. She is currently working on her Online Teaching Certificate through the Online Learning Consortium to provide students the most effective digital learning environment using the latest methods, tools and practices.


Time Offered: Wednesday 9:00AM - 9:50AM

Our Lives In Music and Pictures – Sect FLC02 Learning Community (Paired with 2 other classes)

*Please note, this UNIV Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

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.


Sarah Leassner serves as Director, of First-Year Programs (FYP) at Lindenwood University.  Her responsibilities include New Student Orientation, UNIV Seminar support, mentoring, meeting with first-year students, and helping students during the freshman journey to their sophomore year.  Her educational background includes, a Bachelors in Communications from Missouri State University (2001), a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University, and is finishing her Doctorate in Management and Leadership from Webster University.   She is also fond of her other job, which is raising four amazing kids.  In her free time, you can find her on the softball field keeping score, at Scottrade Center watching the Blues praying for a Stanley Cup, or spending time with her family and friends.


Time Offered: Tuesday 9:30AM – 10:20AM

Law & Order - No, Not the TV Series – Sect FLC03 Learning Community (Paired with 2 other classes)

*Please note, this UNIV Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!* 

If you have ever watched an entire season of Making of a Murderer, Orange is the New Black, or any Crime Time TV shows, you likely have an appreciation for the misunderstood world of criminal behavior and are intrigued in the ways in which our system responds to those behaviors. This seminar will explore the American criminal justice system, separating fact from fiction, 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 system, the current efforts at criminal justice reform, and the impact on professionals within the field.

Darren Marhanka is a former police officer with nearly 18 years of experience. He served in a variety of roles throughout his police career, but he is most proud of his work with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Marhanka started as a patrol officer and eventually found himself working in the detective unit. He investigated almost any type of crime out there. Marhanka interacted with thousands of people throughout his time on the police department as well, finding it to be a very fulfilling career.

Marhanka loves doing things on the water: jet skiing, boating, scuba diving, fishing, you name it. He loves spending time with his wife, parents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, cousins, the "whole gang." He loves Jimmy Buffett music and goes to his concerts. Marhanka is a self-described "Parrothead Pirate." Life is about living, so go out and live it!

Time Offered: Wednesday 11:00 am

Leaders in Health – Sect FLC04 Health Sciences Learning Community (Paired with 2 other classes)

*Please note, this UNIV Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!*


Transitioning to college can be a big step and figuring out how to be an adult can be overwhelming. As part of the Public Health and the Social World Learning Community, this UNIV course will focus on two main concepts: 1) adulting and 2) critical thinking about current events and hot topics in health.  Students will engage in small and large group discussions with their peers who want to be doctors, nurses, PAs, and public health practitioners.  We will focus on adulting basics, such as budgeting, writing appropriate emails, and navigating new and changing relationships. We will also discuss harder concepts related to the world around them, such as absorbing current events related to health and medicine, understanding bigger influences of behaviors, and lifestyles, and learning to formulate and understand your own values around health and healthcare.


Amy Estlund earned a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and an MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University. She worked in health education and sexual health education, youth development, and program management in the non-profit sector for eight years in Atlanta and rural Georgia. She then transitioned to academic research at Saint Louis University and Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine.  She completed her PhD in Public Health from Saint Louis University. Fun facts: Amy has been skydiving twice. The first time she traveled outside of the country was when she participated in an International Partnership for Service Learning trip to the Philippines the summer before her senior year in college.


Time Offered: Monday 10:00AM - 10:50AM

HONORS - The Student Protagonist – Sect FLC06 Honors Learning Community (Paired with 2 other classes)

*Please note, this UNIV Seminar is only offered in conjunction with a Learning Community. Visit the Learning Community website to learn more information!*


A story is only as strong as its protagonist is. This course is designed as an in-depth character study of the self, or the student protagonist.  Using storytelling methods, students will explore their defining characteristics and motivations to be better prepared for their hero’s journey. In a world saturated with outside influences, not knowing yourself will allow others to write your character for you. Learn how fiction can be used in your favor or against you, and the power that comes with understanding your own story. This class is offered for the Honors Learning Community to help students to realize their potential and imagine how to apply their talents to unique circumstances that will affect their future.


Zachary Alley is the Honors Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs. He has earned both his B.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University. Fascinated by storytelling in all its forms, he hopes to help students realize its ability to entertain and enlighten. In his free time, he sometimes enjoys writing and always enjoys winning board games.


Time Offered: Thursday 9:30AM - 10:20AM

An Apple a Day could earn you an "A"! – Sect 34

Life is all about balance in what we enjoy, what challenges us, and how to live a truly happy, healthy, and fulfilled life! This seminar will focus on six 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.

Dr. Alameda earned a Doctor of Education from Lindenwood University, an M.S. in nutrition from Saint Louis University, and a B.S. in exercise science from Illinois State University. She currently teaches in the School of Health Sciences as an associate professor in the areas of health, nutrition, and wellness. In her free time, Alameda enjoys beach vacations with her husband and two young girls, Cardinal baseball games, and being part of the sport of gymnastics.

Time Offered: Thursday 1:00pm

Around the World in 15 Weeks: A Look Inside Comparative Education – Section 10

This freshman seminar on comparative education provides students with information and concepts for comparing different school systems, their contexts, and educational outcomes. At the completion of the course, 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 future educators who want to learn about creating their education philosophy, but it's also important for those who are interested in improving the education system overall. Each class will cover a major topic in comparative education, which will involve reading, discussing, 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 onto our own campus to compare different types of perspectives (professors and students). This introductory course on comparative education is a crucial and exciting stepping-stone to your educational career.


Dr. Robyne Elder is an Assistant Professor in the Education Leadership Department. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Mizzou, and a Master's Degree in Teaching and an EdD in Instructional Leadership from Lindenwood University.


Elder was a high school English instructor for 13 years and ELA department chair for five years. She was honored to receive the following awards during her teaching career: Teacher of the Year, Educator of the Year for the Ft. Zumwalt School District, Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Sue Spellmann Award from Lindenwood. She enjoys watching and playing football, basketball, and baseball with her two boys and husband in Crestwood, Missouri, as well as taking her dog, Izzy, for walks.


Time Offered: Monday 2:00PM - 2:50PM



Arts and Crafts with a Sprinkling of Math – Section 14

Do you remember creating a craft project in elementary school?  You may recall cutting out geometric shapes with safety scissors, gluing these pieces to construction paper to form some particular pattern, and finishing off your project with loads of glitter.  Those days at school seemed like all fun and no work, but you learned quite a bit from that process.  You were secretly learning about math!  Just like with our elementary school crafts, crafts like origami, crochet, knit, and glasswork can help us understand math!  The goal of this class is to explore the close relationship between mathematics and various types of crafts.  An artist may need an understanding of mathematics to create and finish a product; meanwhile, a mathematician may create a piece of art to visualize a mathematics topic.  You will feel inspired to create a final art project and describe how the project uses mathematics or portrays a mathematics concept.  Note: Your future project does not need to be museum quality or use advanced mathematics!


Rebecca Heinen is an instructor in the Mathematics Department in the School of Sciences and serves as the faculty advisor for the Lindenwood University Mathematics Club.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics from North Central College and a Master of Arts in Mathematics from University of Missouri-Columbia.  Her research interests lie in the fields of graph theory and complex analysis.  She is originally from Sparta, IL and enjoys working at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, located in Sparta, during the summer.  She likes to crochet and put together puzzles in her free time.


Time Offered: Tuesday 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Asia Its Now, Its Wow! – Sect 29

Asia: a continent rapidly becoming one of the most significant locations on earth. For centuries the Asians dominated world trade and diplomacy, then lost status and became largely disregarded. That is no longer the case, for three of the world’s wealthiest economies lie in Asia and these countries, China, India, and Japan have diplomatic and political tentacles stretched across the world as once the Europeans had done. This course is an examination of how this situation arose. In this seminar we will examine Asia’s history, its cultural traditions, and its rise to world significance.


This is a topic very dear to my heart. Not only have I spent decades studying Asian history, culture, and politics, but I had the rare opportunity (back in the old days) to study and live in both Korea and Taiwan. I loved my experiences there and considered never returning! The food, the friendliness of the people I met, and, especially the close relations I developed with my classmates was second to none. My goal is to teach you all more about my favorite topic.


Time Offered: Thursday 9:30AM - 10:20AM

Biology in the News – Sect 2

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.


Alison Albee is an Associate Professor and Director of the Biological and Earth Sciences programs who teaches Cell Biology and Genetics.  Her favorite parts of biology are the things we can’t see with the naked eye, like cells and cellular processes. If you need a microscope to see it, then she likes it!  Dr. Albee received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Purdue University and her PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She came to St. Louis to pursue her post-doctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis before joining the faculty at Lindenwood University in 2013. In her free time, Dr. Albee enjoys challenging herself in wide variety of ways, whether it be physically through chasing after her 3-year old and 6-year old, mentally through board games and crossword puzzles, or creatively through designing and sewing projects.


Time Offered: Monday 9:00AM - 9:50AM

Bro Science or Know Science – Sect 27

Do you even lift Bro? If it fits your Macros. My followers will love this. If it’s not posted, did it really happen?  Today social media plays an incredible role in allowing people to share information and even foster communities of people with similar interests. Unfortunately, within the field of Exercise Science and Health Sciences in general, it is often difficult for most people to recognize the good from the bad. The so called FitFluencers, InstaFit models and BroScientist make it challenging to distinguish between genuine, scientifically based information and basic propaganda. Countless individuals use social media and their followers to promote specific products and personal opinions, many of these are not based on true science. As a result, some social media personalities are able to prey on people not actually knowing the science behind the products or claims. So how can people figure out the truth or know which sources to trust? The purpose of this course is to begin to understand the actual scientific principles in the sports & fitness world. We will also learn about myths and truths in the fitness or nutrition world and ways to identify who to trust and who to question.


Scott Richmond earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, then earned a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas and worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at Washington University-School of Medicine. He has taught Introductory and general education courses up to upper level major and graduate courses. He has always been interested in learning how different technologies or substances can improve performance and has supervised numerous student research projects. He enjoys being in the classroom, lab, or gym and loves spending time with his family.


Time Offered: Wednesday 1:00PM - 1:50PM

College Communication for Introverts – Sect 32

This course will appeal and engage introverted first year students with an interest in Communications by focusing on how introverts can use their communication style as a strength.  Also, usually at the start of an adventure like college, extroverts are in their element. I want to ensure the introverts have a safe space to better develop their public speaking skills.


Adjunct Professor of Communications at Lindenwood and Harris-Stowe Graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, TN Proud Introvert, Lifelong Learner, Avid Reader, Quiet Observer


Time Offered: Thursday 2:30PM - 3:20PM

Directing Life: Applying Theatre Practices in Our Day-to-Day – Section 15

Life is not a dress rehearsal.  The curtain is up and you are on so go out there and give it your best shot.  Dig in.  Take risks. Fail. Risk again.  Explore, discover, challenge yourself and others, love deeply, embrace differences, and truly find what you are passionate about.  Allow theatre to lead you there. Theatre is the universal language -- a reflection of life. Theatre can help us reflect, learn to improve, educate ourselves, develop discipline, and open our eyes to the world around us. We can learn about self and others and most importantly, our responsibility to others as well as self. This course will engage students as artists, and inspire them to see theatre as a discipline with a process, principles, and essential skills that, when applied, can lead them to the performance of their dreams-- LIFE.


Emily Jones is a theatre director and instructor by day and Supermom by night.    She believes in the power of theatre and its ability to transform lives and illuminate minds.  She is an artist who strives to live an inclusive and adventurous life.  She enjoys hiking, playing hide and seek with her husband and daughter, lazy days on the beach, Nirvana, yoga, boxing, watching football, playing board games, hibiscus tea, and puppies. Emily has taught at Lindenwood for nine years and has directed over fifty productions.  Her Teaching Motto: There is only one way to look at things until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes. - Pablo Picasso


Time Offered: Tuesday 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Entertainment, Food, Sports, Chemistry...OH MY!!!! – Sect 12& 13

I wonder, wonder, wonder…Is that explosion in a movie legit.  Why is there only one lab tech in a forensics lab on a television/streaming crime show.  How are hundreds of pieces of evidenced analyzed in 20 seconds, my computer takes longer to start than that?  Does Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) really know Physics?  How does bread rise?  Why did the mayo separate?  What preservatives am I eating?  I would love to ride on the Zamboni.  How does it get the ice so shiny?  Man the last few seasons of baseball have seen a larger number of homeruns, is the ball “juiced”?  How does a water spider walk on water?  Why is my water for my pasta taking so long to come up to a boil?  How does snow form?  Do snowflakes have different shapes?  Does the weather really affect animals?…and a whole lot more.  Experience the Freshman seminar of:  Entertainment, Food, Sports, Chemistry…OH MY!!!!


As a graduate of Saint Louis University with BA and MS(R) in Chemistry my area of specialty is Surface and Colloidal Chemistry.  I am an avid Cardinals and Blues fan.  I hold blue ribbons (first place) from the Missouri State Fair for Canning.  I enjoy cooking, learning about cooking, brewing, and other beverage making.  As a trained volunteer weather spotter, you will find me outside when a thunderstorm approaches.  However, I am not crazy to go storm chasing.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  Day trips and the outdoors in the summer are some of my favorite activities.


Time Offered:

Sect 12 – Tuesday 8:00AM - 8:50AM &

Sect 13 – Tuesday 9:30AM - 10:20AM

Fashion: ReThink - ReDesign – Sect 20

Currently the fashion industry is the world second most piloting industry, next after the oil industry. So what can we do to both love fashion and care for our environment?  In Fashion: ReThink – ReDesign we will explore environment friendly and sustainable ways to produce fashion, and learn about what the industry is currently doing to change course. You will evaluate your own consumer habits, learn about innovative designers and watch a fashion show or two. Maybe ten… Together we will develop a Spring 2021 collection and work hands on in the universities fashion studios to give old garments a new life.


Ameli Skoglund received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in fashion design in 2011 and a Master of Fine Art degree in fashion design in 2014, both from Lindenwood University. Skoglund has several years of industry experience, working as a freelance product developer and technical designer. Her area of expertise is sweaters, and she is researching new software and technology for apparel production and sustainability.  In addition to designing for her own brand, Ideas from the North,, Skoglund teaches the technology focused courses and upper-level design classes in the Fashion Design and Technology Program.  Ameli is originally from Sweden, and in her free time she loves to bake, hike and spend time with her family.


Time Offered: Thursday 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Food is More Than Food – Sect 5

When we sit down to a meal, we typically fail to recognize the complex cultural, social, economic, political, and geographic processes that support the meal’s composition.  Further, we don’t always recognize the importance of the ritual!  For many of us, our fondest memories and strongest traditions involve sharing a meal with family, with friends, or with both.  In this class, through readings, discussions (and, of course, some eating), we will foster a greater appreciation for the entirety of the meal experience.  We will investigate the origin of meal ingredients, the process of transforming those ingredients into our favorite dishes, and how and why the sharing of a meal is one of the most fundamental of human activities.


I am Professor Meri Marsh and I might be the first and only geographer you ever meet! have 3 degrees in Geography: my BA is from Calvin College, and my MA and PhD are from the University of California Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!).  I have been teaching geography at Lindenwood for 10 years. In my free time, I love to read, I love to run, I love to garden and I love to cook!  Which leads me to this course: food is so much more complex and important than we realize.  Our meals represent a complex and global geography while also signifying some of the most foundational experiences in our lives (e.g. family dinner).


Time Offered: Monday 10:00AM - 10:50AM

That Leadership Life – Sect 26

Aspire for greatness! Join us in this fun and interactive course to examine yourself as a leader. Through a little bit of discussion and a whole lot of group activities, we will explore topics including communication skills, conflict resolution, finding your voice in the face of injustice, followership, time management, motivating others, and more. Students will leave this class knowing themselves a little better and confident in their ability to lead their peers, teams, organizations, and communities with integrity. So come join us for a fun and exciting journey into leadership development.


I'm Angie Royal, and I've had the pleasure of serving as Director of Student Involvement at Lindenwood since 2012. I'm a proud two-degree alum of SIU Carbondale (go Salukis) and am currently pursuing my doctorate at Lindenwood in higher education. Leadership development is a passion of mine and in addition to having served as a staff fellow for Leadership & Supervision, I have been blessed to work with student leaders for over 16 years. When I'm not working hard at getting students involved at Lindenwood, I enjoy cooking and traveling with my daughter. I'm extremely excited about helping the Class of 2024 enhance their leadership skills, and cannot wait for us to take this journey together!


Time Offered: Wednesday 1:00PM - 1:50PM

Mapping Fictional Worlds – Sect 17

The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars...besides being blockbuster movies these works bring to mind very distinct places and create in our minds Fictional Worlds.  This class will transport students to these worlds via Map using the latest Geographic Information Systems technologies.  Students will spend the semester digitally mapping these fictional places.  Create your own map of the Hunger Games districts, use Lord of the Rings cartographic styling to create your own path to Mordor, build Oz out of digital Lego and study the Star Wars galaxy in 3D!


Tara Vansell has been teaching Geographic Information Systems classes at Lindenwood since 2011.  She holds a B.A. in Geography with a GIS emphasis from the University of Missouri - Columbia and an M.A. in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from Saint Louis University.  Before teaching at Lindenwood she spent several years working for various GIS companies in the St. Louis region.  Off campus, she enjoys traveling with her family.  Favorite vacations have included hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, biking the Katy Trail, sailing in Maine, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, soaking up the sun along the California coast, getting in touch with her Viking roots in Scandinavia, and DISNEY WORLD!


Time Offered: Tuesday 1:00PM - 1:50PM

Mathematics in Pop Culture – Sect 30

Pop culture offers several awesome mental pictures in explaining mathematical concepts and their applications in our daily lives and in industry. We can see these examples in movies, TV shows, video games, etc. In this class, we will discuss how pop culture helps better understand these concepts around us and we will also discuss when they get the math wrong.

Topics include:

  • How polygons have made video games better.
  • The pure math of Futurama.
  • The short in Monsters Inc. as a demonstration of the Green's function.
  • Mario in a dark tunnel as a demonstration of the Kalman filter.


Dr. Nick Wintz is an Associate Professor in Mathematics. He has BS and MA in Mathematics from Marshall University and a PhD in Mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. His research interests include control theory, game theory, differential equations, difference equations, dynamic equations on time scales, special functions, among others. He is originally from Morgantown, WV and is a pop culture aficionado.

Time Offered: Thursday 11:00PM - 11:50PM

Mind Gym: Unlocking the Human Potential – Sect 4

Do you know how to unlock your true potential? Successful athletes, entrepreneurs, professionals, teachers, performers, and musicians share many things in common. This course will expose students to some of the skills, characteristics, and mindsets that contribute to creating a life that is truly extraordinary. There is a difference in "living" and "existing." By unlocking the mind's true potential and embracing a life of challenge and opportunity, every student can develop their passions through the exercise of successful mind-body connections. Be prepared for a class that will completely change the way you think about the present and the future.


Coach Paul Wright is a Sport Psychologist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Professional Counselor, Ironman Triathlete, World Traveler, Author, Life Coach, Olympic Coach, and Elite Scrabble Player. Through the years, Coach Wright's athletes and students have competed at the Olympic Games, performed on Broadway, built schools in Africa, published novels, graduated with doctorates, and have become teachers, coaches, lawyers, doctors, PT's, OT's, RT's, and truly remarkable spouses and parents. When asked what he does for a living...he answers...."Experiential Engineer!"


Time Offered: Monday 10:00AM - 10:50AM

Respect Ability – All abilities play in sports and recreation! – Sect 23

Have you ever heard of goalball or sit volleyball or played wheelchair basketball? What are those sports? Who plays them? This is a course open to all students who want to embrace the "can" in people, not the "can't." This class will challenge you to think differently and expect more out of people that might have a different ability (disability). We will engage in all kinds of activities and sports that you may have never tried before! This class is exposure to diversity in our culture. This course will also introduce you to exciting and fulfilling career paths and hopefully encourage new thought about people with disabilities. We will look at what they CAN accomplish! We will challenge the stigma that society tends to put on people with disabilities as we learn about the Paralympics, adapted sport, and therapeutic recreation.  Students will gain experience in a major course of study (therapeutic recreation) as well as a minor in adapted sports and recreation that is appropriate for many different majors across campus. Students will learn about careers in the School of Health Services as well as other majors who are involved in human service. We are going to play and experience sports such as wheelchair basketball and sit volleyball, as well as many more! More than anything, the hope is that upon leaving this class, students will think about people with different abilities and believe in the "I CAN."


Heather Pennington has worked for 20 years in the field of adapted sports and recreation. She worked at an Olympic and Paralympic training site, where she wore many hats and loved it! Hats included fitness coordinator, strength conditioning coach, wheelchair basketball coach, adapted ski instructor, and more. She was blessed to serve with the U.S. Paralympic Military program and help wounded warriors find their strength! Pennington is also passionate about serving families that live with disability everyday through many organizations in our community like DASA, Community Living, St. Louis ARC, etc. She has a master's degree in exercise physiology and certifications related to the field. She loves teaching and showing students their career potential!


Time Offered: Wednesday 10:00AM - 10:50AM

Retraining the Brain: Recognizing Hidden Biases – Sect 3

Have you ever wondered what makes us categorize and label social groups so quickly? When does is start and how does it persist? This class will examine the psychological background of social categorization. We will ask questions such as: How do race, gender, and class differences form? How are they maintained? Are there true differences? How do we eliminate biases and inequalities? These topics are critical to first-year students as they may transition into a more diverse college climate as well as understand the way in which we made decisions and inferences about the social world. As we examine our own identities, we will also explore our possible biases towards others. Our ultimate goal is to retrain our brain, or the way that we think about social groups, to acknowledge and replace our potential hidden biases.


Welcome first-year students! Dr. Stephanie Afful is an associate professor of psychology at Lindenwood. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology from Saint Louis University, as well as bachelor degrees in psychology and sociology from Drury University. Her research focuses on modern measurement of racism, racial identity, and interracial relationships. Dr. Afful loves teaching psychology. She believes students will find there is much more to psychology, as well as our understanding of prejudice and privilege, than first meets the eye. In her free time, Dr. Afful enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with family.


Time Offered: Monday 9:00AM - 9:50AM

Seeing the world through film – Sect 18

Do you ever wish you could experience the bustling streets of London, see the bright colors of the markets in India or feel the sun in Sydney? Movies allow us to see the world from the comfort of our own chair. In this course, you'll have the chance to watch movies from around globe, recreate a scene from a movie and pick out future trips you would like to go on. We will get a taste of places near and far without having to pay for a single flight.


Elizabeth Snell oversees the study abroad program at Lindenwood. She has a master's degree in feature film screenwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London and had the opportunity to live and work in London for 5 years. She also just completed a master's degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. She loves writing, traveling, movies and watching sports.


Time Offered: Tuesday 2:30PM - 3:20PM



Service Learning and Social Justice – Sect 21

Do you enjoy volunteering? Do you care about your local community? Do you have a cause that you are deeply passionate about? In this course, we will examine social issues affecting our campus, local, and global communities, stay up-to-date on world news, and learn how to do good better. You will use your individual academic interest areas and skills to work as a team with your peers to complete a service learning project while learning about sustainable service and social justice.


Erika Hatfield is an alum of Lindenwood University. In undergrad, she studied criminal justice, nonprofit administration, and gender studies. She also received her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood. She is a Career Strategist in the Center for Experiential Learning on campus. Erika loves engaging in conversations about current events, politics, and social justice issues. In her free time, she enjoys being over-caffeinated, cooking yummy meals, reading, volunteering, and going to concerts and comedy shows. She also LOVES dogs. Like, really loves them.


Time Offered: Wednesday 9:00AM - 9:50AM



The Science of Snacks – Sect 7

Everyone eats; it is a biological process that unites us to each other, as well as to other animals. In this seminar we will explore the biological and chemical principles that relate to food selection, food preparation, and the requirements of the human diet. Along the way we will glimpse curious cultural practices and better understand the role of food in the human experience.


A graduate of Washington State University’s PhD program in biological sciences, Dr. Neely has worked in higher education since 1998. His academic interests include botany, genetics, and evolutionary theory. He considers himself an enthusiastic lifelong learner for all things edible.


Time Offered: Monday 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Truth and B.S. – Sect 9

What exactly is the nature of truth and how important is it for a well-rounded education?  This course is intended to help you, the first year Lindenwood student, discover your own answers to these questions by exploring the goals of the various Schools and Departments at Lindenwood University alongside the current philosophical theories of truth and bullshit.  Special emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate these goals and theories within the context of every-day life.

Dr. Joseph Steineger has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lindenwood University since January 2014.  He received his degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Chicago, and works in the fields of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Religion within the context of Medieval Philosophy.  A first generation college graduate, Dr. Steineger is an enthusiastic teacher of college undergraduates with a deep commitment to the view that the examined way of life is the best way of life in any walk of life.

Time Offered: Tuesday 2:30pm

Unfiltered: Who's the "me" behind your bitmoji? – Sect 25

Bitmoji, emoji, avatar, that perfect Instagram profile picture, that's you, right? It's a part of you for sure, but only a fragment, a mask. Behind the mask, who are you...really? Deep down, what do you believe? About yourself? About your place in the world? For the next few weeks, we'll be sharing our reactions to statements of belief from many people, some famous, some just like you and me. Along the way, each of you will be creating your own statement of belief...a clear, true message to the world that says "if you want to know who I really am, then let me tell you what I really believe."  Don't worry, after all is said and done, you can keep your avatar, I've got mine too, but something will have changed by the end of the course: you may know yourself a bit better than you did before, and so will we.


Spencer E. Hurst has been a barker at Six Flags, interoffice mail delivery person for a defense contractor, janitor in a maternity undergarment factory, transportation manager, director of global logistics, truck loader at UPS, K-12 substitute teacher, university teaching assistant, and English professor, in that order. Along the way he has tried his best to be a good parent, husband, and grandfather. With a rap sheet like that, he can only hope for forgiveness. His poetry and stories have appeared in Untamed Ink, Natural Bridge, River King Poetry Supplement, Salamander Magazine, and others.


Time Offered: Wednesday 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Unleashing Your Hidden Desires, Passions and Talents – Sect 11

Do you worry about what employers are looking for when they ask you to submit a paragraph "describing yourself"?  Or, do you know what goes into the marketing of you?  How about what instructors want in writing?  If so, you have come to the right class!  This course will focus on developing your writing skills for success in the classroom and in the boardroom in a fun and fantastic environment.  Come along for the ride!


Paula Nunning is an adjunct instructor of English who teaches at Lindenwood University.  She has spent her career teaching composition, business writing, and journalism in the university arena and training, developing, interviewing, hiring, supervising, and writing in the corporate arena.  She is passionate about developing people and helping them realize their potential.


Time Offered: Monday 2:00PM - 2:50PM

Wags, Walks, and Wellness – Sect 6

Are you a dog-lover? Wags, Walks, and Wellness brings together animal lovers, healthy living, and the St. Charles community in this Freshman Seminar course. Students in this course will make strides towards a healthier lifestyle through walking adoptable dogs at a local animal shelter (Five Acres Animal Shelter). Through dog walking and giving back to the St. Charles community, students enrolled in this course will develop peer connections and a strong connection to their new home at Lindenwood. Throughout the semester, students will learn about the benefits of pet ownership on human health and well-being as they transition into the Lindenwood University community. Every student will receive training from the Five Acres staff and spend time weekly at the shelter with wonderful pups, helping prepare them to find a forever home. Through these experiences, students will learn about and improve their own lives as well as the lives of deserving shelter dogs. Students will explore the opportunities that dog ownership provides for health through self-reflection and relevant scientific research. If you’re an animal lover and if you’re ready to get involved in our local community, this is the course for you!


Dr. Kyle Sunderland is a proud dog owner and exercise physiologist whose passion for his dogs and his field permeates this course. As a former collegiate athlete, he understands the importance of an active lifestyle which has served as a foundation for his many teaching and research interests. These include a range of exercise physiology aspects from athletic performance to metabolic disease. When Dr. Sunderland joined the Lindenwood community, he quickly got involved with Five Acres Animal Shelter and their canine companion volunteer program. A dog owner himself, Dr. Sunderland understands the impact that dog ownership can have on health and well-being. When he’s not on campus, he can be found with his pups, Bailey & Penny, or cheering on his beloved Denver Broncos.


Time Offered: Monday 11:00AM - 11:50AM


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