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More than Just the Three R’s

Publication Date: 1/9/2013

By Aaron Banks ’15

Here at Rhodes, we have plenty of classes each semester that are much more than what meets the eye. These classes can fulfill the science foundation requirement by studying the intersection of science and art, or they can cover a topic of your major that you didn’t even know existed. Either way, you’ll find the classes you’re looking for, and then some, here at Rhodes.

A sample of these classes offered this coming Spring include:

Physics of Sound and Music- Professor Brent Hoffmeister

Students in this class will learn all about the physics of sound; what makes an octave, how do we perceive sound and how do instruments produce sound? As a final project, students will make their own acoustic instrument and play it in front of the class. And to top it all off, this study of the intersection between music and physics will fulfill your science foundation credit!

Elvis Presley and America- Professor Charles Hughes

Few figures in U.S. history have been as compelling and controversial as Elvis Presley. In this course, students will examine Elvis Presley′s life and career and try to understand what they can tell us about the broader history of the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. Together, students will use a wide variety of sources, including plenty of great music, to think about the broader contexts and consequences of the man whom many still call “the King.”

This class is taught by Dr. Charles Hughes, a professor who works in conjunction with The Memphis Center and whose research deals largely with race and the recording industry in the southern U.S.

First-Year Writing Seminar, Adam Smith Goes Shopping- Professor Gordon Bigelow

In this first-year writing seminar, students will consider the significant questions of the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, in a contemporary light. After the recent economic crisis, it is a better time than ever to give careful consideration to his highly influential theories on economics. The two major works of Adam Smith, along with several modern interpretations of his works, will be read, and students will be asked to consider questions such as: Do consumer goods improve our lives? Does capitalism promote virtue? And does free trade promote political freedom?

Scuba Diving- Professor Sarah Hatgas

Ever wanted to learn how to scuba dive? Well, here’s your chance to do so and complete foundation requirements! Students will be instructed on the skills and techniques required for scuba diving and will eventually become certified divers.

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