Courses Offered

Fall 2015 Courses

LL1513 From Medieval Christian to Modern Secular:
The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment

  • Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • September 9, 26, 23, 30
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. Barry Hankins, professor and graduate program director for the Department of History, will help us understand the postmodern world we live in today that developed during the 17th and 18th centuries. This shift was brought about by the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment. The course will explore fascinating biographical figures, many whose names are familiar: Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Isaac Newton.

LL1514 Religions of the World:
Greater Waco Interfaith Conference

  • Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • September 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue
  • Class limited to 20 students

Join members of the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference as they explore the Baha’i Faith, Islam, Far Eastern religion philosophies which include Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism and the Unitarian Universalist. A member of each faith will focus on the history, beliefs and practices of each faith. There will also be a Q&A period in each session.

LL1515 Entertainment Media and Society

  • Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • September 15, 22, 29, October 6
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Film and Digital Media Dan Shafer will cover several areas of interest regarding entertainment media and its impact on individuals and society. The class will look into violence and graphic content, media that stirs emotions, and the impact of video games.

LL1516 Getting to Know Your Police Department

  • Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • September 15, 22, 29, October 6
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue
  • Class limited to 20 students

Police officer Mark Mitzel coordinated this course as an introduction to various areas of the police department and to share information about the types of crime and services offered to the victims. We will also learn the requirements and steps involved in becoming a member of the Waco Police Department, as well as actions to take to prevent becoming a victim of crime.

LL1517 Treats and Treasures:
A Behind the Scenes Looks at the Baylor Libraries

  • Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • September 24, October 1, 8, 15
  • Moody Library and Poage Library on Baylor Campus (parking passes available)
  • Class limited to 25 students

This course will allow you to view the Baylor Libraries as rarely seen by the public, learn about the role of the modern research library, examine cutting-edge resources and discover materials available to community members. Glimpse Texas politicians through the eyes of their collections of documents, photos, and campaign materials. Examine the extent of religious persecution in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and how believers resisted. Observe how Baylor provides digital access of special treasures that span seven centuries, four continents and topics ranging from local to international.

LL1518 Understanding Revelation in its Historical Setting

  • Monday 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Truett Seminary

The Book of Revelation appears strange and foreign to modern readers. In this course Dr. Joel Weaver, senior lecturer at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, will look to the book’s original historical and cultural setting for the keys to unlock the meaning of these unusual symbols.

LL1519 A View of the Zoo

  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th St.

This course includes a behind-the-scenes look at Cameron Park Zoo to learn about the conservation, education, veterinary care and animal husbandry programs at the zoo. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because we will be visiting animal holding areas, but passenger carts will be available to transport us throughout the zoo during the class.

LL1520 Make the Right Moves for Changing Lifestyles

  • Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • October 13, 20, 27, November 3
  • Coldwell Banker/Jim Stewart Realtors, 500 N. Valley Mills Dr.

Are you considering a change or move in your future? Kevin Kenny, a home appraisal specialist, and Realtor Barbara Rusling-Lloyd will share their knowledge on how to prepare a house for handicap accessibility or to sell maximizing net value. You will get tips for staging the scene to entice a buyer and also explore the options of owning vs. leasing or various other senior housing alternatives.

LL1521 Thomas Jefferson:
The Voice of America's Aspirations

  • Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • October 13, 20, 27, November 3
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. David Smith provides an entertaining and educational view on the life of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia. Members of the class will also receive admission to the Brazos Forum lectures, an annual event occurring this year Oct. 28-29. With the theme Great American Homes and Gardens, the Brazos Forum will include Diane Ehrinpreis, curator of decorative arts at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Note: There will be a charge for any meals attended that also have speakers.

LL1522 50 Years of McLennan Community College

  • Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • October 15, 22, 29, November 5
  • MCC Campus

Harry Harelik, executive director of the MCC Foundation, will lead tours of new campus facilities, review the history of MCC, discuss the 50th anniversary activities and share stories of many well-known alumni. The course may provide a quick preview of a musical or theatre production or hear a master lecturer presentation.

LL1523 Voices from Rendova: Stories of the Greatest Generation in the South Pacific of WW II

  • Wednesday 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • October 21, 28, November 4, 11
  • Baylor Law School

Gerald Powell, Master Teacher and The Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence, will relate personal stories of men and events of the PT Boat service in World War II, primarily based out of the island of Rendova in the Solomon Islands chain. He has collected many interesting stories that go beyond the famous story of John F. Kennedy and PT 109.

LL1524 VETS: Veteran Educational and Transitional Services

  • Monday, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23
  • (Location TBD)

The Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) program was created in fall 2012 to promote the academic success of student veterans at Baylor University, and Dr. Janet Bagby was named VETS coordinator. The goal is to have a military-embracing campus with personalized service of a transition coach, a new-student experience course, access to career development opportunities, and a mentoring program. The course will highlight the difference being made in the lives of past, present and future military personnel as we hear from Dr. Bagby regarding the details of VETS, learn about Baylor’s military programs, get information on military related research conducted by Baylor faculty, and listen to stories from Soldiers of the Wooden Cross by Frank Jasek that shine a light on American heroes who are honored by plaques on memorial lampposts on Baylor campus.