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Class Descriptions

Foundations classes are designed to provide a jumping-off point for the general education program and are intended for students in their first year at Snow College. Like GE requirements themselves, Foundations classes connect three seemingly unrelated academic fields to study an issue that is richer because of interdisciplinary insights. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

Most Foundations classes have three sections that interact in studying a common topic, and students can register for any of the sections associated with that topic.

Spring 2022 Foundations Courses
Title Instructors Description Sections Campus Times

Whitney Ward
Jonathan Bodrero
Nick Marsing

Fear is a natural, guiding part of life. Fear is something that most people think of as negative. However, fear has useful purposes as well. Some fears may be natural, and others may be engineered. We will explore how fear impacts individuals, society, businesses, and even explore the likelihoods of different fears. In this class the concept of fear will be explored from three distinct perspectives. Each discipline will provide a way of seeing fear as not only restricting behavior, but as a guiding force in our lives. Ultimately students will come to understand how to better manage fear within their own lives, and therefore leverage the emotion to their benefit. 1, 2, 3


TR 9:30-10:45
Becoming a Jedi

Kellyanne Ure
Robert Cox
Kyunghwa Michaels

Explore what it is to be a Jedi, through religion, culture, language, and movement. In this course, we will study the religious and philosophical backgrounds that inspired George Lucas in the creation of the Jedi Order; the language and cultural contexts used in the development of Yoda and other characters; and the martial arts, meditation, movement, therapeutic paradigms, and philosophies rooted in these contexts. The entire creation of the Star Wars Universe was deeply rooted in many actual cultures and people in existence today and some that have been around for millennia. Come explore what it means to be a Jedi, and learn how these lessons can be applied to your own life. 4, 5, 6 Ephraim TR 8:00-9:15
Just Do It: A Lifetime of Health and Wellness

Michael Cross
Andrew Naylor
Robert Cox

The overall health and fitness environment in America is toxic, and we are so habituated to this environment that we miss the subtle ways in which it influences our behaviors, personal lifestyle and well-being. 7, 8, 9 Ephraim MWF 12:30-1:20
Natural Disasters

Jacob Thomas
Renee Faatz
Mark Andreasen

This class helps students see the connections between different areas of learning, how they relate and how they affect each other. This specific course explores the connections between geology, business, and literature under the course theme of natural disasters. Students will learn how natural disasters occur (geology), how they impact the economies of devastated nations and communities (business), and the stories people tell about their experiences (literature). The final project for the semester will involve writing a personal narrative describing a natural disaster event. Students will also learn strategies for effective critical learning. 10, 11, 12 Ephraim MWF 10:30-11:20
How to Make Something Out of Nothing

Andy Nogasky
Trent Hanna
Dmitri Peskov

This GE Foundation course examines the idea of spontaneity through the point of view of three disciplines: dance (solo improvisation, contact improvisation, mindful movement, sensory explorations), music (chance theory, instrument making and playing, group harmony) and theatre (improv games, imaginary situations, verbal and non-verbal communication). More specifically, the class explores different ways we can spontaneously relate to each other and to our environments while also respecting personal boundaries and the safety of others. Students will develop skills to improve the results of situations that come upon them in the random, normal, and everyday experiences of life. 13, 14, 15 Ephraim MWF 11:30-12:20
Earth: The Landscape Around Us

Christopher Lee
Steven Lund
Scott Meek

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the relationship between place and identity, with an emphasis on Utah’s rich geography and cultural history. Through the lenses of Ecology, Literature/Philosophy, and Geology, students explore how different disciplines and great thinkers understand our environment and our place within it. How does the natural environment shape our behavior and, in turn, how do our conceptions and interactions with the natural environment shape the landscape around us? What are our responsibilities to our natural environment and how can conflicting values and practices be reconciled? Students will learn how various disciplines can inform answers to these questions as well as how these disciplines pose further complicated and important questions. 16, 17, 18 Ephraim TR 3:30-4:20

Adrian Peterson
Diane Ogden
John Jamison

For your educational best interest; no, for your education's very future, it is imperative that you take this class! March over to your nearest advising office today and do your part! Be a part of the class that is winning the war over your mind! Information is always good; but when combined with a biased and/or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular cause or point of view, we call this PROPAGANDA! In this foundations course, we will discover what propaganda is, how it is used and what effect that has on the brain. 19, 20, 21 Ephraim MWF 12:30-1:20
Are You What You Eat?

John Van Orman
Jay Olsen
Vikki Masters

This interdisciplinary course asks the question, "Are You What You Eat?" through combining Communication, Home and Family Studies, and Agriculture, students explore evolving trends in food consumption, nutrition and marketing. As this course provides a foundation for the GE program, this course is intended for students in their first year at Snow College. 22, 23, 24 Ephraim TR 12:30-1:20
Being Human Jed Rasmussen
Michael Salitrynski
Dmitri Peskov
This GE Foundation course is focused on what it means to be human through three disciplines: Biology, Philosophy, and Dance. As a critical thinking course, this class explores an understanding of how people engineer their lives, the way we process our perceptions of the world (Science of the senses), how we interpret and process that information (Philosophy of perception), and then how we embody that knowledge through physical expression (Dance). In this course, you will come to understand how our biology, our ways of thinking, and our bodies shape, limit, and may even expand our understanding of the world and our own humanity. 28, 29, 30 Ephraim TR 4:00-5:15
Engineered Beauty Kevin Holdsworth
LaFaun Barnhurst
Richard Lambert
In this course, we explore different ways people make beautiful things in commerce, music, and landscape, as well as how beauty functions in the natural world.  Students also explore creating beauty in their personal image/brand and their life stories. 200, 201, 202 Richfield TR 2:00-3:15
Facets of Food

Adrian Peterson
Russell Graves
Katie Justesen

This online course explores the biological, cultural, and psychological dimensions of food in our everyday lives. The course pursues a broader understanding of food's ever-present nature in society, all-the-while encouraging the development and honing of skills necessary to becoming an intentional, goal-oriented learner. 107, 108, 407 Online NA