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Frequently Asked Questions

ICCA CIC Shared Online Humanities Course Information

The ICCA CIC Online Humanities Consortium includes a network of five accredited, private Catholic colleges and universities in Iowa committed to sharing online course offerings.  The online consortium provides students with access to additional, flexible online course options to support students’ timely academic progress.

Registration Process

​Please download the Registration Request Form. Advisors should submit completed forms to the registrar’s office at a student’s home institution, which will then complete the registration process. Students will receive a confirmation of enrollment from the institution that is offering each course. Registration deadlines vary by course. Note: The list of Consortium Registration Contacts also includes drop and withdrawal dates and other important information for advisors and registrars.

Registrations are dependent on approval on a student-by-student basis. You will be notified when your request to register for a CIC Online Humanities course is approved or denied.

ICCA Online Humanities Offerings

School Contact

Deidre Engel

Registrar
registrar@briarcliff.edu
(712)279-5448

Briar Cliff University

Registration Open Date: November 11, 2019
Registration Close Date: January 12, 2020

Course Add Deadline: January 17, 2020*
Course Drop Deadline: January 17, 2020
Course Withdraw Deadline: March 30, 2020

ENGL 340: Advanced Creative Writing (3 credits)

Instructor:  Ryan Allen, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Contact the Instructor: Ryan.Allen@briarcliff.edu

Course Description
An advanced, creative exploration of the student voices and visions that will shape our world to come. For the aspiring poet, novelist, filmmaker, and/or other aspiring creative geniuses who want to deepen their ability to make the words count. Student writing is the primary text for the course. Using the workshop format to create community and to cultivate a personal process, students will read, research, write, and review works in various genres and prepare texts for publication in print and digital formats.

Class Start Date: January 13, 2020
Class End Date: May 7, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Todd Knealing todd.knealing@briarcliff.edu

School Contact

Kristi Bagstad

Registrar
registrar@clarke.edu
(563)588-6392

Clarke University

Registration Open Date: October 31, 2019
Registration Close Date: January 31, 2020

Course Add Deadline: January 31, 2020*
Course Drop Deadline: February 11, 2020
Course Withdraw Deadline: April 3, 2020

PHIL 225: Applied Ethics: Biomedical (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Kent Anderson, Professor of Philosophy
Contact the Instructor: kent.anderson@clarke.edu

Course Description
Course topics include normative ethics, autonomy and medical paternalism, the use of human subjects in biomedical research, genetics and eugenics, artificial reproductive technologies, abortion and impaired infants, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and organ donation. Student outcomes include applying ethical values to biomedical issues, appreciating a diversity of moral viewpoints, and improving critical thinking skills in reference to values analysis.

Prerequisite
This is an intermediate general education course; an introductory course in philosophy is a prerequisite.

Class Start Date: January 27, 2020
Class End Date: May 8, 2020
Final Exams: May 11-14, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Susan Burns susan.burns@clarke.edu

School Contact

Scott Stran

Associate Registrar
registrar@loras.edu
(563)588-7779

Loras College

Registration Open Date: November 7, 2019
Registration Close Date: February 2, 2020

Course Add Deadline: February 2, 2020*
Course Drop Deadline: February 7, 2020
Course Withdraw Deadline: February 21, 2020

MUS 395: Music and Social Change (3 credits)

Instructor:  Luke Tyler, Assistant Professor of Music
Contact the Instructor: luke.tyler@loras.edu

Course Description
This course will explore how music has historically served as a vehicle for social change and the realization of Catholic Social Teaching. The overarching goal is for students to question how music can serve as a vehicle for change and whether music is truly a basic human right that serves to provide human dignity. Topics explored will be music from suppressed peoples, protest music, and the access and use of music for detainees.

Classes Start Date:  February 3, 2020
Last day to add a class:  February 7, 2020
Class End Date:  May 15, 2020
Final Exams:  May 18-21, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Donna Heald donna.heald@loras.edu

ENG 253: Native Voices, Native Lives (3 credits)

Instructor:  Susan Stone, Associate Professor of English
Contact the Instructor: susan.stone@loras.edu

Course Description
This literature and culture course encourages students to examine—through encounters with historical and popular literature, self-narrative reading and writing, mythology, and film, as well as direct interactions with members of multiple tribes—several aspects of Native American culture(s) and their depiction. Topics to be studied and discussed include spirituality and religion, history and tradition, gender and identity, Native laws and US governance, and the importance of language, storytelling, and communication to those inside and outside of “the Reservation.”  Students will read, reflect, write about, and discuss the impact of fiction and creative non-fiction written by and about Native/Indigenous people, including but not limited to the Cherokee (both Eastern Band and Oklahoma), the Ho-Chunk and Winnebago tribes of the Midwest, the Oglala and Dakota (Sioux), and the Navajo, and they will make direct connections to their own lives and lived experiences.

NOTE: This multidisciplinary course can give Education students the needed WI and IL training that is required for certification to teach in those states.

Classes Start Date:  February 3, 2020
Last day to add a class:  February 7, 2020
Class End Date:  May 15, 2020
Final Exams:  May 18-21, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Donna Heald donna.heald@loras.edu

School Contact

Chance McWorthy

Director of Academic Operations and Registrar
cmcworthy@mtmercy.edu
(319)363-8213 x1310

Mount Mercy University

Registration Open Date: Currently Open
Registration Close Date: February 3, 2020

Course Add Deadline: February 3, 2020*
Course Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020
Course Withdraw Deadline: May 1, 2020

RS 284: “Work” (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Phil Drey
Contact the Instructor: pdrey@mtmercy.edu

Course Description
This course introduces students to the concept of work through an interdisciplinary study of the Humanities. By examining works of art, literature, music, philosophy, religion, history and anthropology, this course explores the following questions, among others:

  • What is work? Is there a difference between good work and bad work?
  • What is the history of human labor which leads to an understanding of how work shapes human nature and culture?
  • How does leisure impact attitudes toward work?
  • What is capitalism, especially in relation to the meaning of humanity?

Throughout the course, focus will be on the meanings and values of students’ work experiences.

Class Start Date: January 27, 2020
Class End Date: May 8, 2020
Finals: May 11 – May 14, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Timothy Laurent tlaurent@mtmercy.edu

RS 115: “Introduction to World Religions” (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Phil Drey

Course Description
Throughout this course, different modes of religious belief will be explored and discussed. To that end, the following religions will be studied: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. During this exploration, students will gain additional knowledge about these world faiths by an in-depth analysis of various topics, including:

  • Who/What is God?
  • Life, Humanity, and Our Purpose
  • Relationship between science and religion
  • Relationship between violence and religion
  • Suffering
  • What is love?
  • What is death?

As this course is an “introduction”, there is no assumption of any prior knowledge of religion on the part of the student. All that is required is a willingness to enter imaginatively and empathetically into these religions and the ultimate issues that inform the personal lives and social institutions of the various cultures of the world.

Class Start Date: January 27, 2020
Class End Date: May 8, 2020
Finals: May 11 – May 14, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Timothy Laurent tlaurent@mtmercy.edu

School Contact

Dan Zeimet

Registrar
zeimetdaniell@sau.edu
registrar@sau.edu
(563)333-6204

St. Ambrose University

Registration Open Date: November 6, 2019
Registration Close Date: January 10, 2020

Course Add Deadline: January 16, 2020*
Course Drop Deadline: January 17, 2020
Course Withdraw Deadline: February 21, 2020

ENGL 240 “Fiction into Film” (3 credits)

Instructor: Dr. Carl Herzig, Professor of English
Contact the Instructor: HerzigCarl@sau.edu

Course description
An examination of works of fiction and their film versions, analyzing the two media and considering the transformation from page to screen.

Classes Start Date: January 13, 2020
Class End Date:March 7, 2020
Point of Contact: Dr. Paul Koch kochpaulc@sau.edu

Consortium Policies

Academic Calendar
Students who cross-register must follow the academic policies and academic calendar of the institution offering the course. Students must abide by the college/university catalog or bulletin and course syllabi for courses offered at another institution.

Grading Scale
If grade choices are not the same between two institutions, the grade will be converted to the most appropriate grade at the home institution. (e.g. B+ would go to a B at an institution that does have + or – grades).

Academic Credit
Course credits earned through the consortium are institutional credits.  Grades will be posted to a student’s home institution transcript after completion of the consortium course.   A consortium course grade is included in the grade point average.

*Course Add Deadline
The deadline to Add a course is typically within the first week of class.  However, once a course has started, instructor approval is required.  Contact your home school registrar to add a course.  The registrar will contact the teaching school to obtain approval.

Student Participation
Students must participate in required online activity the first week of the course in order to remain enrolled.