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The Classroom Experience

Student paying attention in classWith Humanities being the foundation of many programs, your classroom and course work opportunities are plentiful. Many of the Humanities courses are set up traditionally to include lectures, exams, and papers. A few courses will occasionally incorporate field trips to help you understand a specific idea or focus of classroom discussion.

Expectations and Skills Taught
Lake Michigan College program coordinator and instructor Dr. K. Sundaram says it is important for students to "have high interest in the courses they sign up for and to actively participate in classroom discussions." "It is not until you hear others' opinions and ideas that you can strengthen the conviction you have in your own ideas and thoughts."

In HUMN 201, Intro to the Arts, you will learn about nine different art forms, ranging from film and music to literature and ethics. This course consists of two complementary components: the first, an introductory survey of influential theories on criticism and on the nature of art; and the second, a survey of the distinguishing formal characteristics of major artistic media. This course will also ask you to visit three different art forms such as a concert, museum, or play. You will prepare a written assignment for each visit that discusses ideas, thoughts and emotions.

Movies and films is a popular subject, and LMC is meeting your needs with an introductory course in cinema. HUMN 209, Introduction to the Art of Cinema, explores the social, cultural and artistic nature of film. Numerous films are shown in a variety of genres.

Travel Study Opportunities
Each year, LMC offers a trip that give students exposure to the arts and humanities.

In the fall, theatre lovers have a chance to experience the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Typically, the group sees three classic theatrical performances during the three-day trip. The trip qualifies for one Humanities credit.

In the spring, a Spanish immersion course to Costa Rica is offered. LMC instructor Mary Janet Scholten offers a one- and three-week trip with homestay. Tour the hot springs, volcano, La Fortuna Waterfalls, and more.

Technology in the Classroom
A variety of technologies are used in conjunction with traditional lecture and hands-on activities. PowerPoint presentations, the Internet, and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in class.

In addition, many Humanities courses use VHS, DVD, slides, and CDs as supplements to classroom lecture.

Getting the Most from the Program
By keeping in touch with your advisor, you can make sure you are on track and if necessary, your plan can be revised to adjust for any circumstances that may change your available time to complete the program.

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