Students broaden horizons with quirky classes PDF Print
Friday, 03 April 2009

Being a liberal arts college, Benedictine offers several unique classes that help to provide students with a well- rounded education.

Students explore the “Chemistry of Beer and Wine” taught by Dr. Aileen Beard. Students discover wine tasting and beer brewing, and the history of beer and wine. (Alzbeta Voboril I The Circuit)
Calligraphy, Chemistry of Beer and Wine, and Natural Family Planning are just a few of the distinctive classes at Benedictine College.

Calligraphy, AR 359, teaches students about the “history and practice of letter forms as a supplement to interpretative experiences fusing form with content,” according to the school catalog. The class, taught by Michael O’Hare, was first offered in 1973.

“When I came to the college in 1971, the first year of the merger, there was a lettering class offered here. In 1973 I was asked to take over the class and I turned it into a calligraphy class,” O’Hare said.

Classes outside of general education and majors offer students an opportunity to learn about things outside of their everyday life. The use of unique classes also helps give students a well rounded education.

“It (calligraphy class) introduces a creative opportunity to students that is different than the creativity available in other classes.” O’ Hare said.

“Calligraphy indirectly connects students to history by learning the process by which learning was presented and shared in history. Everything was manually written in history.”

Unique classes not only give students a different perspective, but some students even find these classes more interesting than their major and general education classes.

“If a student can find time to delve into a class of personal interest, I think that’s a great way to go to school,” O’Hare said.

Another class that holds students’ interest is CH 301: Chemistry of Beer and Wine.

This course teaches students about the chemical make up of beer and wine, including a study of fermentation and metabolic processes, wine and beer consumption, and sensory perception.

“We learn the history of beer and wine and how it was discovered. We also learn about the chemistry of making the beer and the processes of brewing it,” Rachel Akers, senior, said.

While the class features beer and wine, it teaches students to appreciate the many different characteristics of beer and wine and does not encourage binge drinking.

“The class doesn’t cover drinking in moderation, but it teaches us to appreciate all the different aspects of the beer, like taste, foam, color and haze,” Akers said.

Students must be 21 by midterm to enroll in Chemistry of Beer and Wine.

Natural Family Planning, a course offered in the Theology department, is another class that teaches students about a distinctive topic.

The course focuses on the physiological, theological, and practical foundations of Natural Family Planning.

Natural Family Planning is a “church supported method of determining periods of fertility for the purposes of family planning” according to the BC course catalog.

While unique classes at Benedictine College vary in topics, they help shape the education offered.

Each topic is distinctive and helps give students a wider range of knowledge.

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