College Classics

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College Classics

College Classics is perhaps the most interesting of all Midland College classes to area citizens who are 50+ years of age. The program, initiated in the Spring of 1989, provides a low-cost, non-credit opportunity for citizens 50 and over. The programs goal is to broaden knowledge in various areas of interest in an informal educational setting.
 
Classes are offered on the Midland College main campus and are taught by Midland College faculty and community volunteers who want to share their time and expertise in a variety of areas.

 

Registration and payment for College Classics fall 2021 courses can be done two ways:

  • Online at the links below, click on Membership fee, pay, or
  • Add courses by phone and mail a check to the cashier’s office for your membership fee.

Only purchase one (1) membership per person.

College Classics Membership

BLACK PLAGUE

This course will explore the causes, spread, and consequences of the Black Plague in Medieval Europe. Instructor is Jennifer Anselmi. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4042.CP01211Q
Wednesdays, September 22 – October 13,  2:30 – 4 pm

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CLOGGING

A healthy low impact aerobic workout combined with beginning/intermediate clogging routines.  Some type of dance background is helpful but not necessary. Tap/clogging shoes make the class fun, but are not required. Instructor is Tori Baca. The classroom is located at the Allison Fine Arts Building in the auditorium.

CCLA4002.CP02211Q
Mondays, October 18 – November 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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CURRENT TOPICS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Discussion-based course regarding law enforcement topics. Instructor is Richard McKee. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4007.CP01211Q
Mondays, September 20 – October 11, 1 – 2 pm

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PLAN A SUMMER TRIP TO EUROPE

Dr. Jaime Águila has been fortunate to have visited over thirty countries in Europe, North America, and South America. Four of the last five years, he has taken summer trips to Europe. In this course, he will share his system for planning a summer trip to Europe. It will include topics such as cost, suitcases, clothes, travel writers, websites, shoes, Apps, photographs etc. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4051.CP01211Q
Wednesdays, September 22 – October 13  2:30 – 4 pm

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POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

Students choose the countries that they would like to study and learn about the culture, history, geography and politics. Instructor is Terry Gilmour.  Located at Manor Park.

CCLA4001.CP01211Q
Mondays, September 20 – October 11, 10 am

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CCLA4001.CP02211Q
Mondays, October 18 – November 8, 10 am

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RELIGION AND MEDIA

In this class, we will watch and discuss videos about various religions and religious experiences in a comparative manner that encourages understanding. Insights from various academic disciplines will enhance our discussions. Instructor is Steven Gaines. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4049.CP02211Q
Tuesdays, October 19 – November 9, 1 – 2:30 pm

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RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

This course will cover the beginnings of the Roman Empire from the time of Julius Caesar to its end in 476 A.D. We will discuss a variety of topics including the different Roman Empires, the Pax Romana, the rise of Christianity, the decline of the empire, etc. The instructor is David Hopkins. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4023.CP02211Q
Tuesdays, October 19 – November 9, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

Public arguments about Critical Race Theory have recently exploded, widening awareness of social justice concerns. This class will explore definitions, histories, and contemporary manifestations and controversies of social justice/injustice, especially along lines of class, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Our investigation of these topics will be shaped by various academic disciplines such as communication, history, and sociology. We will focus on understanding society instead of debating political preferences, and we will learn about local organizations working toward social justice. Instructor is Steven Gaines. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4047.CP01211Q
Tuesdays, September 21 – October 12, 1 – 2:30 pm

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SPARTA – WARRIOR SOCIETY, CITY-STATE, CULTURAL PHENOMENON

An in-depth look at Spartan life from the earliest days to the downfall of the epic warrior society.  Instructor is Allison Williford. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4039.CP01211Q
Tuesdays, September 21 – October 12, 2:30 – 4 pm

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CCLA4039.CP02211Q
Thursdays, October 21 – November 11, 1 – 2:30 pm

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WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?

Should you be worried about the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Yes, but probably for reasons for which you are unaware. This course will expose you to leading scholars, technicians, and policymakers working on AI. Course materials will include videos, books, newspapers, popular movies and television shows, podcasts, and websites. Instructor is Jaime Águila. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202.

CCLA4052.CP02211Q
Mondays, October 18 – November 8, 2:30 – 4 pm

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WHAT THE PILGRIMS BELIEVED

The class will look at the faith of the Pilgrims.  Their roots in the Reformation, their place in England, and an overview of what they believed. Instructor is Bob Barndt. The classroom is located at Marie Hall Academic Building, room 202 (for the September/October session, and Manor Park (for the October/November session).

CCLA4043.CP01211Q
MHAB 202, Midland College
Thursdays, September 23 – October 14, 1 – 2 pm

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CCLA4043.CP02211Q
Manor Park
Thursdays, October 21 – November 11, 10 am

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Dr. Jaime Aguila is the son of former undocumented immigrants, a former farmworker, has a Ph.D. in Mexican history, and over twenty published articles that address Mexican immigration topics. He has held fellowships at the Library of Congress, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations, and with the Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. He has been a professor of history at Midland College since 2016 and teaches U.S. history, European history, and World Civilizations.

Jennifer Anselmi received her Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and has taught at the university and community college levels for the past twelve years. She has taught courses ranging from survey courses like World and American History to upper level courses including European History and the History of the South. Throughout her career, the French Revolution has been of particular interest as it is a dynamic topic that shows how a social movement can come full circle with regard to the goals of those involved.

Tori Baca has been teaching clogging at Midland College for 20 years. She has enjoyed sharing her talent to create a fun and interesting workout.

Bob Barndt has been pastor at Midland Lutheran Church for the past nineteen years. Born in Johnstown, PA. Graduated with a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and with an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC.

Lt. Ashley Borgstedte is a Lieutenant with the Midland College Police Department and has been at Midland College for seven years. He has 23 years in law enforcement and he holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He has been an Investigator, Crime Scene Photographer, Jail Administrator and is a certified Field Training Officer.

Dr. Steven Gaines teaches speech and communication for Midland College and is an ordained minister, currently serving in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His Ph.D. dissertation was an interdisciplinary analysis of communication in religion. His writings about religion and communication have appeared in scholarly journals, an encyclopedia, and nonacademic publications.

Dr. Terry Gilmour is professor of government at Midland College. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Texas A&M and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Nancy Hart worked full-time for many years at Midland College and now teaches as an adjunct. She uses this course to justify the hours she spends on the Internet. When she is not online, she lap swims, needlepoints, does puzzles and cares for a crew of canine teaching assistants.

Dr. David P. Hopkins, Jr. earned his B.A. from Michigan State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. This is his 6th year at Midland College. His area of specialty is the American Civil War, though he enjoys discussing a wide array of history.

Chief Richard McKee has been the Chief of Police at the Midland College Police Department since 2012. He has a total of 28 years of experience in all areas of law enforcement. Chief McKee holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin as well as a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Chief McKee is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and he oversees Emergency Management for Midland College.

Hugh A. “Andy” Shaffer served over thirteen (13) years on active duty as an officer in the United States Army, where he was in combat in Vietnam with the 10th Armored Cavalry Regiment and was awarded 3 Bronze Star Medals and the Air Medal. He taught engineering and computer sciences at the US Army Engineer School. He also taught engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and assisted in the development and testing of the M-1 Main Battle Tank. In 1981, he left the Army with the rank of Major, and joined El Paso Natural Gas Company for a new career in the oil and gas business. In 1998, as the Vice President of Operations and Engineering for El Paso Field Services Company, he retired from El Paso and joined Compressor Systems, Inc. in Midland, TX as a Senior Vice President. He finally retired from business in 2003 to pursue his hobbies and many other varied interests.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point in 1968 and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. He currently resides in Midland, Texas, with his wife, Betty, where they both serve as Admissions Representatives for the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also serves on Congressman K. Michael Conaway’s Service Academy Nomination Board. He serves on various non-profit boards throughput the community.  When he has time, he builds wooden ships to relax.

Allison Williford, an Adjunct Professor of History, has been an educator in Midland, Texas for sixteen years. She received her BA in history in 2002 and her MA in history in 2014. “My passion in life is research and teaching history.”

Online Registration Instructions

For students who have previously taken courses with MC Continuing Education:

  • Click the "College Classics Registration" button below
    (Works best in Chrome or FireFox browser)
  • Click "Add to Cart" next to the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 session
  • When you click "Add to Cart," select the classes you want to go to cart
  • Click "Checkout" under the Shopping Cart on the right side
  • Click on the “Reset your password” under Reset or Forgotten Password
  • Enter in your Login Name
    Login Name:  Last name + First name + Birth year
    Example: SmithJohn1960
  • Enter the answer to the secret question
    The secret question is: What is your last name?  (Example)
    The secret question answer is: Smith (Example)
  • An email will be sent to your email address that contains a link that redirects you back to the Midland College Continuing Education website to reset/create a password.
  • Once you create a new password, you may access your Account and Register and pay through the MC Continuing Education website.

College Classics Registration

For New Continuing Education students:

  • Click the "College Classics Registration" button below
    (Works best in Chrome or FireFox browser)
  • Click "Add to Cart" next to the Fall or Spring session
  • When you click "Add to Cart," select the classes you want to go to cart
  • Click "Checkout" under the Shopping Cart on the right side
  • Click on “Create a new account” under Create a new Customer Account
  • Follow the steps to create your account

COLLEGE CLASSICS REGISTRATION

 

If you need assistance,

call (432) 685-4518

Or send an email to: CECommunityPrograms@midland.edu