Lost and Found

By: Cooper Lee, Executive Editor

Trine University’s Humanities Department has established a creative take on general education courses.

The newly installed, survey course titled, HUM 203, or “Lost and Found”, has seen amazing student success after its first semester in the fall. Taking the place once held by English Composition 2, this newly found course gives all students required to earn writing credits a creative replacement. With these curriculum changes being made, it fell to Professor Jeanette Goddard to spearhead the inaugural semester of “Lost and Found”.

The course provides students with the opportunity to learn about intensive writing filtered through an intriguing theme. “It gives students a way to think about things in terms of stories,” Goddard said, “and it’s also a cool way for professors to showcase their own research.” The themes of the course are interchangeable, ranging from space, place making, and community, to “Animals”, which is a course to be taught by Professor Melissa Mayus next fall. There is something for every budding, creative mind looking to understand topics that were once foreign. Students within this course are encouraged to bring their own, imaginative ideas and introduce them to the physical world, whether their major is Humanities related or not.

“Having different minds thinking about one thing is beneficial, and helps bring other disciplines together,” said Goddard.

The “Lost and Found” course has drawn more outside attention to the HAC Department, bringing students of all kinds to create in their own way. Some examples of these student contributions can be found on the HAC Underground podcast on the Trine Broadcasting Network, including a podcast created by Megan Davis and Amy Apgar, "Lost and Found: Exploring Disney's Creative Origins" and a website designed by Lauren Banks. Both projects were done within the first semester of the class and Goddard, along with the rest of the HAC Department, is excited to see the evolution of HUM 203 “Lost and Found”.