Spring 2016 Courses

Registration Information

Current Students - RAN 201610

Advising begins Oct. 12
Registration dates: Nov. 2 - 15
Register at oneport.unca.edu with RAN 201610
Tuition payments due Dec. 15

New Students - RAN not yet assigned

Advising and registration take place during Orientation in January. Tuition bills are due at the end of the first week of classes.

Course Offerings for Spring 2016

MLAS 500.001 – The Human Condition: Notions of Race from Plessy v. Ferguson to Ferguson, Instructor: Holly Iglesias

ENG 520.001 – Advanced Creative Prose Workshop: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, Instructor: Tommy Hays

MLAS 520.001 - Documenting the Soul: Spiritual Autobiography, Instructor: Rick Chess

MLAS 540.001 – The Luminous Moment: History Through Poetry, Instructor: Holly Iglesias

MLAS 540.002 - Collective Impact & Population Health Improvement, Instructor: Rebecca Reeve

CCS 560.001 – Communicating Science, Instructor: Gerard Voos

MLAS 500.001 – The Human Condition: Notions of Race from Plessy v. Ferguson to Ferguson

Instructor: Holly Iglesias, Ph.D. (MLAS Core Faculty)
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
206 Karpen Hall
CRN 11589

This gateway seminar is an introduction to interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. With a large, overarching theme—the human condition—the course offers opportunities to examine numerous topics addressing our fundamental human nature from a multitude of perspectives—intimate and immediate, as well as analytical and detached.


This course examines the dreams and anxieties that crystalized at the cusp of the 20th century and continue to vex us to this day. It looks at how white supremacy evolved from overt slavery to the social and legal constructs collectively known as Jim Crow. It also considers memory’s connection to healing and storytelling’s ability to shape meaning. Last, it addresses two aspects of human nature that came to characterize the 20th century—the ability of the human spirit to endure in the face of violence and terror, and the capacity to rationalize and tolerate systems that deny the humanity of others.

ENG 520.001 - Advanced Creative Prose Workshop: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Tommy Hays, MFA (MLAS Core Faculty)
Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
221 Karpen Hall
CRN 10257

This is a small workshop that will be limited to only eight students, who are interested in devoting the semester to their own writing.  Ideally students will have already taken a creative writing class in the MLA but I will consider others who have extensive writing experience.  Some students may have an ongoing project in mind, such as a collection of stories, a novel or a memoir.  Others may simply be interested in writing more rigorously, and we can plan your pieces as you go.  However, unlike my other workshops, I will limit workshop submissions and outside reading of other texts, so that each student will have time to devote to their own work.  Also there will be no writing assignments outside of their own work.  I will meet with each student as much as he or she needs me to in responding to and guiding their work.

Anyone interested in taking this class should contact me Tommy Hays at hays@main.nc.us before registering. 

ENG 520.002 - Documenting the Soul: Spiritual Autobiography

Instructor: Rick Chess, Ph.D. (Literature/Language Faculty)
Mondays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
206 Karpen Hall
CRN 11588

In this class, we'll read several contemporary spiritual autobiographies to see how the spiritual life is developed, defined, and experienced in the post-modern, digital age. We'll use what we find in the readings (both content and form) to look at the spiritual aspects of our own lives and to begin writing our own spiritual autobiographies. We will probably also write one essay based on an interview of someone else about his or her spiritual life. We will have opportunities to share and discuss our work-in-progress with each other in class. The assigned readings will likely include Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith', Fred Bahnson; Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard; Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, Richard Rodriguez; My Bright Abyss, Christian Wiman; and Dharma Punx, Noah Levine. The final reading list will be set closer to start of the spring semester. We will probably also draw on some episodes of Krista Tippett's NPR show, "On Being".

MLAS 540.001 - The Luminous Moment: History through Poetry

Instructor: Holly Iglesias, Ph.D. (MLAS Core Faculty)
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
206 Karpen Hall
CRN 10258

Because brevity is at the heart of poetry, one well-chosen detail can convey a constellation of ideas in just a few words. Through the use of metaphor, image, associative language, emotional intensity and emphasis on the senses, poetry draws a reader in. Because a poem manifests rather than describes experience, it can be used as a unique tool for understanding history. Through the works of a variety of contemporary poets and visual artists, the course will examine major topics in U.S. history such as the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, immigration and labor unrest, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, and World Wars I and II. Attention will also be given to critical works that address documentary aesthetics and ethics, and to the politics of voice. Students will also develop a mini-portfolio of creative writing in response to their personal connection to an issue or event of historical import.

MLAS 540.002 - Collective Impact & Population Health Improvement

Instructor: Rebecca Reeve, Ph.D. (NC Center for Health and Wellness)
Mondays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
302A Owen Hall
CRN 11590

The social, built and natural environments surrounding individuals within organizations and across communities affect the education, health and financial status of those individuals. A "health in all policies" approach promises to increase health equity by making the healthy choice the easy or default choice for everyone, yet this approach requires multiple community sectors to speak the same language. This course will explore existing evidence-based and practice-tested health policy and practice strategies, and analyze current opportunities and options to explore how education, transportation, land use, housing, fiscal policy, and other public and organizational policies can be modified to promote health and eliminate health inequity. Guest lecturers involved in current collective impact health initiatives will share their experience and expertise in local, state & national efforts to improve population health.

CCS 560.001 - Communicating Science

Instructor: Gerard Voos, Ph.D. (MLAS Core Faculty)
Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3 graduate credit hours
302A Owen Hall
CRN 10255

Explores methods to bridge the gap between scientific findings and their understanding by the general public. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical approaches to developing successful communication campaigns, including the use of focus groups to determine the best course of action.