Anthropology

ANT 345 / ENV 400

ANT 355 / ENV 400

ENGLISH

ENG 475

Environmental studies

ENV 400 / ANT 345

ENV 400 / ANT 355

Marketing

MKT 424

Psychology

PSY 390   

PSY 445

Rhetoric and Writing

RHW 101

Sociology

SOC 320

SOC 375

SOC 380

Spanish

SPA 290

Women's and Gender Studies

WNS 323


ANT 345 / ENV 400

Anthropology of Food

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Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Fall of odd years
Prerequisites | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | This course explores the interconnections between distinctive cultures and ethnicities and their food traditions, including production and preparation strategies, and consumption and waste patterns. What we eat reveals cultural and biophysical influences that range from sociocultural traditions, gender, politics, and religion, to habitat, environmental health, and human biology. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER | Students will work closely with Action Ministries Rome to better understand the connection between people, food, and community. Students will volunteer at the food pantry to develop gardens and recipes for produce grown on-site and cook meals from those ingredients at local soup kitchens 



ANT 355 / ENV 400

ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Spring of even years

Prerequisites* | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | Environmental Anthropology is a course that provides an introduction to human/environmental interactions from diverse anthropological perspectives and allows you to engage your local environment, working with your hands, but also your heart and mind, "getting dirty" in the sense of pondering all the microbiota in our soil and how our behaviors impact them. 

 COMMUNITY PARTNER | The community engagement component works collaboratively with the Action Ministries Rome Food Pantry, Chieftains Museum, Davies Shelter, CRBI, and other local organizations working to improve our community and tackling issues such as food insecurity, environmental injustice, and sustainability



EDU 222

Exploration of Diverse Cultures

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Instructor | Dr. Eliana Hirano | ehirano@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Summers
Prerequisites | EDU 221

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COURSE DESCRIPTION |  Students will explore methods for cultural and educational context analysis, and will consider techniques to determine the relationships among family, society, health, and schooling in a culture other than the student’s own.

COMMUNITY PARTNER |  The Global Village Project is a special purposes accredited middle school for refugee young women in Decatur, GA. Berry students will assist the GVP teachers and staff.

 


EDU 321

Language Arts for Early Childhood Education

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Instructor | Dr. Nancy Edwards | nedwards@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every Spring
Prerequisites | EDU 320 and admittance to teacher-education program. CR: EDU 371WI

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COURSE DESCRIPTION |  This course provides experiences with a balanced literary program through the integration of all the language arts across the curriculum with a focus on children’s literature. Instructional and assessment strategies, including technology, for helping diverse learners use literacy to explore cultures, arts, and sciences are integral components of the course. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER | The community partner is Anna K. Davie Elementary School, which is located in South Rome, and serves students in an area of high poverty. Berry students will serve as writing tutors in an after-school writing club for elementary age students who need additional at Anna K. Davie.  



ENG 475

Writing and Community

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Instructor | Dr. Sandra Meek and Dr. William Donnelly | smeek@berry.edu and wdonnelly@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Every third semester (starting in Fall 17) 

Prerequisites | ENG 470 or ENG 471 or ENG 305

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COURSE DESCRIPTION  |  This senior-level seminar class will consider the many ways creative writing can be integrated into community service. Students will grapple with underlying questions regarding the relationship between the individual artist and the community, such as where do we draw the line, if we can, between art for art's sake, and "therapeutic" writing? The course will also consider other aspects of the writer's life--including publication, translation, and criticism--from the perspective of communal service. Students will be challenged to think deeply about their own relationship, present and future, with their communities as individual writers.

COMMUNITY PARTNER |  We will be responding to community needs and creating a service program from scratch that offers local high school students a place to learn about and create their own creative writing.

 

 

MKT 424

Marketing Communiations

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Instructor | Dr. Melissa Clark | mclark@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring 2018 (See department schedule for future offerings)
Prerequisites | MKT 301

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COURSE DESCRIPTION |  An integrated marketing communications approach to the study of the many ways in which profit and nonprofit organizations communicate with their publics. Emphasis is placed on understanding the synergies between various communications tools (e.g., public relations, sales promotions, advertising, event sponsorship).

COMMUNITY PARTNER |  Students will venture beyond the classroom and partner with a designated nonprofit organization to collaborate on deciding the organizational message, creating a communication plan, and executing at least 5 different methods of the plan.

 


PSY 390

The Psychology of adulthood and aging

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Instructor | Dr. Casey Dexter | cdexter@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Every Spring

Prerequisites | PSY 101

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COURSE DESCRIPTION  |  The primary goal of this course is to provide the student with a working knowledge of the competencies of aging adults, the challenges faced by aging adults, and opportunities available to aging adults as they navigate the aging process. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER |  Students will meet with clients at Mercy Senior Care for roughly ten hours over the semester with this time including: orientation, getting to know the senior citizen they will be interviewing, conducting the interview, and presenting their final product.

 

 

PSY 445

SEMINAR IN THE APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY: CHILDHOOD CANCER

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Instructor | Dr. Susan Conradsen | sconradsen@berry.edu  

Course Rotation | Summers

Prerequisites | PSY 101, JS or SS or CI 

*can be waived at instructor’s discretion

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | This one week immersion course focuses on the application of health psychology to children and their families who are experiencing childhood cancer. Students will learn about coping with chronic illness, stages of death and dying, methods to improve prognosis and quality of life, research on prevention, and non-medical ways to adjust to chronic/terminal illness. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER |  This course will partner with Lighthouse Family Retreat in Sandestin, Florida. This organization works to provide fun, family-centered activities for families dealing with childhood cancer, and makes sure that every family member receives the special attention that they need. 


RHW  101

Rhetoric and Writing

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Instructor | Dr. Melissa Mullins | mmullins@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Fall 2017 (See department schedule for future offerings)
Prerequisites | None

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COURSE DESCRIPTION |  This course is designed to bolster students’ confidence, assisting them to achieve a level of competency necessary for adequate work in RHW 102. It focuses on writing skills appropriate for academic audiences, including recognizing and manipulating basic elements of the expository essay, citation and documentation, and the writing process. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER | Students will form a relationship with a community partner as they reflect on how social narratives are constructed and the effect that those narratives have on all of us. 



SOC 320

criminology

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Instructor | Dr. Sarah Allred | sallred@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Spring of even years

Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | This class offers a sociological exploration into the history, nature, and policies related to corrections, incarceration, and reentry. Readings are framed around core questions and the course is structured in accordance with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program way of teaching. 

 COMMUNITY PARTNER | Class sessions are held at the Floyd County Prison (FCP), where half of the students are Berry students, and the other half are men incarcerated at FCP. When possible, Berry students tour the Georgia Diagnostics and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA to better understand where their classmates were originally processed. 

                                            


SOC 375

Sociology of Disability

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Instructor | Dr. Sarah Allred | sallred@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Fall of Odd Years
Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | Engagement through the Inside-out course is derived from the learning experience overall. Two groups of students learn together as equals, in the setting of a local prison.  Half of the students are incarcerated at the prison; the other half are Berry students.  Most, but not all, of the Inside students have had some prior college experiences. Most are high school graduates. Engagement is best considered as something that happens in the context of the prison, in the company of “the other,” when we read and discuss together about aspects, policies, etc. concerning corrections. In the most recent course, disability issues in the context of corrections were examined: aging issues, mental illness, and physical disability issues.

 Note: Inside-Out is a pedagogy that may be used to teach on a range of topics. In the past several years, the pedagogy has been applied within sociology elective courses that have an established rotation in the Sociology department.

COMMUNITY PARTNER | Warden Jeff Chandler of the Floyd County Prison began partnering with Berry College to hold the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in the spring of 2011. Prior to this, Inside-Out courses were offered at the Floyd County Jail. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an international program that creates partnerships between higher learning institutions and correctional facilities in order to “deepen the conversation about and transform approaches to understanding crime, justice, freedom, inequality and other issues of social concern.”


SOC 380

Community

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Instructor | Dr. Dale McConkey | dmcconkey@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Fall of Even Years 

Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | Analysis of trends in community research and theory. Consideration for community as a unit of social organization from multiple perspectives including political economy, virtual, ideal type, and ecological systems. Examination of community in global era with consideration of economic, cultural, and political impacts on power structures and processes of change. 

 COMMUNITY PARTNER | Students will choose from a range of community partners including City of Rome Development Office, Restoration RomeAction Ministries Rome Food Pantry, and potentially the  Davies Homeless Shelter or the Boys and Girls Club of South Rome. Students will engage the South Rome community to learn firsthand the opportunities and challenges of intentional, sustained community development. 



SPA 290

Spanish in Context

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Instructor | Dr. Julia Barnes or Dr. Julee Tate | jbarnes@berry.edu or jtate@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Every Semester

Prerequisites* | SPA 200

*can be waived at instructor’s discretion

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | This course promotes Spanish language proficiency in all four skill areas, with a particular focus on reading and writing, and deepens students' cultural awareness. Through a thorough review and expansion of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, the course serves as a bridge between the basic language sequence and upper-level courses. Students enrolled in this course are required to participate for one to two hours per week in community initiatives using their Spanish-language skills.

COMMUNITY PARTNER | Most students choose to volunteer one night a week (either a Tuesday or a Thursday) with the Berry College ESL classes, which are held in Evans building. There are other options as well, including volunteering with the YMCA and assisting with ESL classes at the public library, for example. However, in these cases, you will need to take the initiative immediately and arrange them.

 


WNS 323

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ACTION 

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Instructor | Dr. Susan Conradsen | sconradsen@berry.edu

Course Rotation | Summers

Prerequisites* | Junior/Senior WNS 210 

*can be waived at instructor’s discretion

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COURSE DESCRIPTION | This course is a one week community-based learning immersion course focusing on social activism with an inner city community. It is designed to provide extensive engagement within the community with a focus on integrating theory with application on both a personal and community level.   

COMMUNITY PARTNER | The primary partner is Hearts to Nourish Hope, an organization that works with at risk inner city youth. Involvement with the organization is slightly different each time the course is offered depending upon the needs of the non-profit organization. In the past this has included working with the Atlanta Food Bank, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and with different aspects of Hearts to Nourish Hope.