College Classics

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.
 
 

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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

BEGINNING ENGLISH PAPER PIECED QUILTING

Using a traditional English Paper Pieced Grandmother’s Flower Garden block made with 1-inch paper hexagons. Participants will finish a pin cushion or a mug rug.  While a kit will be provided, quilters will need their own needle, thread, thimble (optional), and scissors for cutting paper and fabric.  The classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building in room 202.

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Thursdays, January 27 – February 17, 2 – 3 pm

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Thursdays, February 24 – March 24, 2 – 3 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. The classroom is located at the Allison Fine Arts Building in the auditorium.

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Mondays, January 24 – February 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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Mondays, February 21 – March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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Mondays, March 28 – April 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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CONSTITUTION AND THE SUPREME COURT

The class will discuss current cases pending before the Court and their historical precedent. Class members suggest topics.  First two sessions are by Zoom and the third session is in the classroom (Marie Hall Academic Building in room 202).

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Mondays, January 24 – February 14, 2 – 3:30 pm
BY ZOOM

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Mondays, February 21 – March 21, 2 – 3:30 pm
BY ZOOM

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Mondays, March 28 – April 18, 2 – 3:30 pm
IN CLASS

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GERMANS INTO TEXAS

This course will provide an overview of German immigration into Texas, pre-Revolution (1836) to present.

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Thursdays, February 24 – March 24, 1 – 2 pm

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Thursdays, March 31 – April 21, 1 – 2 pm

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LORDS of the SOUTH PLAINS: A HISTORY of the COMANCHE

Rising to power in the American Southwest during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Comanche (along with the Iroquois and Lakota) were one of the few Native societies that posed a challenge to the Euro-American conquest of North America. This course will highlight the politics, culture, and leaders of Comanchería as well as its conflicts with Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and United States through the end of the 19th century.  The classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building in room 179.

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Tuesdays, March 29 – April 19, 2 – 3 pm

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MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This class will provide a summary of Midland College’s for-credit Introduction to Mass Communication course. We’ll cover several interesting topics, such as history and theory, print media (books, magazines, etc.), news media, music, movies, and social media. Students may attend the physical classroom or participate via Zoom (link to be emailed before the class starts).

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Tuesdays, February 22 – March 22, 1 -2 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.

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Mondays, January 24 – February 14, 10 – 11 am

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Mondays, February 21 – March 21, 10 – 11 am

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Mondays, March 28 – April 18, 10 – 11 am

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SPARTA vs. ATHENS

The war of the city-states – Peloponnesian Wars - An in-depth look at Spartan oligarch society versus Athenian democracy – Who they were and why they went to war.  The Delian League (Athens) vs The Peloponnesian League (Sparta).  The classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building in room 202.

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Tuesdays, January 25 – February 15, 2:30 – 4 pm

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Tuesdays, February 22 – March 22, 2:30 – 4 pm

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SPEAKING WEST TEXAS:  Exploring American Dialects

A fascinating look at the cultural influences that help to mold what we say and how we say it.  Those enrolled will gain new insight, knowledge, and appreciation of the vocabulary and pronunciation that help define who we are by the language we use. The classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building in room 202.

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Wednesdays, January 26 – February 16, 1 – 2:30 pm

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VICTORIAN BRITAIN: CULTURE AND CUSTOMS

The course will examine the history of Victorian Britain while focusing specifically on the culture of class and respectability.  The classroom is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building in room 202.

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Wednesdays, March 30 – April 20, 2 – 3:30 pm

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WALK, JOG, RUN

We will learn about exercise and do some outdoor walking, jogging, and/or running (your choice!) in a supportive environment around MC’s main campus. Each class session will include physical activity at levels chosen by the students, so please dress for that.

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Wednesdays, March 30 – April 20, 7 – 8 am

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Jennifer Anselmi graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 with a Master’s degree in U.S. History.  She then moved on to teach World History at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.  Jennifer relocated to teach at Midland College in 2017 and has been teaching U.S. History since.  With nineteen years of experience teaching World and American History survey course in addition to courses in European History and the History of the South, Jennifer has experience teaching virtually all topics in History giving her an extensive pool of knowledge to draw from when creating College Classics Courses.

Tori Baca has been tap dancing for over 51 years, performing as well as teaching.  She thought it would be fun to share her expertise to create a fun and interesting workout.

Bob Barndt is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A graduate of Arizona State University, Tempe, and of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia SC.  He’s served congregations in Carlsbad NM, Gilbert AZ, Goodyear AZ, Lubbock TX, Gruver TX and for the past twenty years, here at Midland Lutheran Church.  This is his fourth go-round at College Classics.

Dr. Steven Gaines has a PhD in communication with a focus in rhetoric and media studies, teaches speech and communication for Midland College. Dr. G’s writings on those topics have appeared in four scholarly journals and an encyclopedia and have received state and national honors. Dr. G has completed 5K, 10K, and half-marathon runs in Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Malaysia and co-holds a tentative Guinness World Record in running—not for being fast! 

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 has taught at MC for over 30 years in the paralegal, business, study skills, and most recently, the government department.  She volunteers as an attorney in the child welfare court system and in the Episcopal Church.  Her hobbies include needlepoint, lap swimming, puzzling, and road tripping.  She owns too many dogs.

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

Carol James had an early interest in sewing and fabric which led her to a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education with an emphasis in clothing and textiles from Texas Tech University which launched a thirty-four-year career in education.  She is an active member of the Midland Quilters Guild and has won awards for English Paper Pieced quilts at both the local shows and the Ogallala Quilt Festival.

Dr. Tom Parks holds four degrees in English, including a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  He is a retired professor and Dean at Clemson University and later UTPB. He has lived in Midland since 2003.

Professor Sheena Thompson is chair of Midland College’s kinesiology program, holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science and a master’s degree in health and human performance, is credentialed as an exercise physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine, and is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED by the American Heart Association.

Allison Williford is an Adjunct Professor of History and 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 containing 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, register, and pay through the MC Continuing Education website.

Returning Student - 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

NEW Student - COLLEGE CLASSICS REGISTRATION

 

 

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Contact the Community Programs Office
(432) 685-4518