February 5, 2015
ENGL 380, Film Adaptation of the Novel, watches and analyzes the film “In the Bedroom.”
It is the first day of class and over thirty students file into Humanities Professor Robert King’s classroom. Quickly, students realize that this course on Revolutionary Eco-History isn’t taught in the same spirit as their core requirement Civilization course. King felt that more could be done to introduce students at Sierra Nevada College to alternative economic theories and modes of thinking.
“After finishing my philosophy degree I turned my interest toward economic and ecological problems because these had become the big problems in our world. Not only were they framed this way, they really were the big problems,” said King.
King’s elective course is one of several offered this semester across all disciplines and academic departments at SNC. Dan O’Bryan, associate provost and department chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, believes that students should have exposure to at least one elective course every school year.
“Although we do not have a history major, we do try to offer some history courses because we feel it’s very important,” O’Bryan said.
It is not always easy to introduce an elective course into the curriculum.
“It’s put in the schedule, and we see what the response is. If it goes below eight than that’s a bit of a problem. However, instructors always have the option to turn it into an independent study,” O’Bryan explained.
Samantha Bankston, associate professor of Humanities, is teaching two new elective courses this semester: Film Adaptation of the Novel and French 201. She has had difficulty attaining the eight student requirement in the past.