McPherson College is offering courses during a 2 week session May 16-27, 2016 for students currently enrolled at McPherson College.

Fees & Enrollment

Tuition: $430 per credit hour

Students will be on their own for room and board. Students without any other housing option may be able to extend stays in their residence hall. Contact the Office of Student Life for options.

All courses will require a minimum enrollment of five (5) students. Announcements about which courses make minimum enrollments will be made Friday, April 15, 2016.

Unless otherwise indicated, courses will meet MTWRF at times to be announced.

Contact the Registrar’s Office for enrollment.

Course Descriptions

This course is split between a classroom and a travel experience. 400 years after his life, William Shakespeare remains the most famous author of the English-speaking world. This survey course is a Shakespeare primer. It examines the life and times of William Shakespeare: his plays, his theatres, and his controversies; and, it gives an overview of how his work continues to impact storytelling today. After the initial two-day classroom content, students will travel to England for six days to see the sights and watch Shakespeare’s works performed in his hometown. Students will also have time to enjoy life in London during our stay.

Additional travel fee required.

7:00- 9:00PM, MTWRF, ML124

The course will be split between classroom, lab, and field experience. It will introduce students to basic skills associated with surviving difficult outdoor/wilderness situations without the use of current technologies or luxuries. Students will learn, practice, and use primitive techniques to start fire, build shelter, acquire clean water, find food sources, and navigate terrain using a compass and topographical map. The field experience will be 2-3 days in a relatively remote region of the Flint Hills.

9:00-11:30AM & 1:00- 3:00PM, MTWRF, ML 98

Any individual interested in teaching grades 5-8 will benefit from this course. Topics covered include the unique developmental needs of early adolescents (10-14 year olds), the history and structure of middle schools, the philosophy of middle-level education, and effective teaching in a middle school environment. Students will learn team and interdisciplinary teaching and planning techniques to meet middle school students’ needs. The unique behavioral challenges of early adolescents and techniques to meet them are also included. Prerequisite: None.

12:00- 4:00PM, MTWRF,  MI 103

With exposure to increased global connections, more sophisticated data, and public information individuals, residents, and organizations are beginning to understand and respond more positively to professional community planning. They are finding power in understanding how systems are tied together, how they can be empowered by participating in the process, and the benefits of planning ahead instead of reacting to potential impacts and opportunities in their community.

If you want to expand your global perspectives, study how systems work, or are trying to figure out what to do after graduation – than this class could be fun! By taking the course YOU will:

  1. Learn about the dynamic nature of community planning;
  2. Be motivated to get involved with your community;
  3. Plan to take your major/career interest and get a planning job or apply to graduate school;
  4. Identify some initial differences, demands, and requirements of graduate versus undergraduate studies; and
  5. Improve your critical-thinking, connection-building, and professional communication skills.

This course counts as an elective toward the minor in Transformative Entrepreneurship.

5:30- 8:30PM, MTWRF, ML 113

This course is designed to highlight selected topics associated with the business and management field. Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. Topics may include: Customer Service, Business Communication, Supervisory Management, Credit Management, Time Management, and Leadership. Meets the General Education requirement for Social Institutions distribution.

9:00- 3:00PM, MTWR, ML 124

This course will introduce students to key concepts of biology, including the cellular basis of life, genetics, evolution and ecology. Students will also explore the historical and contemporary scientific issues around these topics. This does no include a laboratory.

9:00-12:30PM, MTWRF, ML 111

NOTE: This course is full. Contact the Registrar to be put on a wait list.

In our earliest social studies classes in grade school, Americans are taught about “our history.” But is this really history or is it mythology? Travel with Dr. Kerry Dobbins and Dr. Joshua Norris to the place where the idea of “American” developed: Massachusetts!

First we’ll research the way historians view this time in American history and then the way it is used to sell souvenirs to tourists. We’ll spend three days in Boston, one in Salem, and two in Plymouth in search of American history and examining the mythology we find along the way. In Boston we’ll walk the Freedom Trail, visit the USS Constitution, travel to Bunker Hill and the Old North Church. In Salem we’ll visit the Salem Witch Museum…and then we’ll travel to Danvers, the sleepy town in which the witch trials actually took place. In Plymouth we’ll see the Mayflower II, the Pilgrim Museum, and Plimoth Plantation. We’ll finish our visit with a day at the beach before returning to Kansas.

Additional Travel Fees Required.


Acquisition of the four skills: hearing, speaking, reading, and writing. Latin American and Spanish cultural aspects are an integral part of this course. Classes conducted in Spanish. Tutorial sessions required. (Fall)

9:00-12:00PM, MTWRF, ML 122

Athletic competition plays a central role in our culture. Many who compete themselves, and many who strive to understand why we play sports, argue that athletics satisfies a fundamental longing in the human spirit. This course will seek to understand our passion for sport from the perspective of one or more of the world’s religious traditions. In so doing, it will explore what insights sport might contribute to our understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings. This course meets the general education requirement for Philosophy and Religion (“Religion/Beliefs/Values”).

1:00- 4:00PM, MTWRF, ML 103

Students will approach this course attempting to be visionary persons and develop thinking that will mesh dreams of a utopian community of people with the practical realities required of an efficient and effective community.

8:45-11:45AM, MTWRF, ML 230

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary for leading safe, successful camping and recreation programs. The class will camp at different sites around Kansas May 18-25. A $350 fee (in addition to tuition) is required to cover the cost of food and transportation.