College to Offer New Courses during Spring Semester

Potomac State College will be offering three new courses for students this spring ranging in topics from Cinderella to Foreign Cultures to stories for children.

“Once upon a time, a course called Fairy Tales, Storytelling, and Adaptation was to be offered for the Spring 2015 semester.” This class focuses on fairy tales and how these stories cross cultures and survive through time. Many of the fairy tales you know date back thousands of years.

Cinderella was not always a pretty princess in training. Sometimes she was not kind, and sometimes she was not even a she. Many cultures tell of cinder lads and handsome men waiting for the kiss of a helpful princess.

The course will look at several popular fairy tales including but not limited to Blue Beard, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, the Frog Prince, Beauty and the Beast, Godfather Death, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Pig King, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin.

Students will also read modern revisions of classic stories and will have a chance to study fairy tales in film and television. The course explores many theories about fairy tales, including the idea that fairy tales are dangerous, restrictive, and a threat to children. Students will also examine the roles of heroes and villains as they consider why some people cheer for the wicked witches and stepmothers.

So, if you want to know why Prince Charming rarely has a first name, why Maleficent is often more interesting than Aurora, and why the Miller’s Daughter may prefer Rumpelstiltskin to her prince, this is the class for you. English 293N, CRN 18435, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. For more information about the class, contact Martha Johnson-Olin at

If you are instead interested in traveling the world but just don’t have the time or money to do so right now? Cultural Anthropology offers students a glimpse into different ways of living, of eating, of dating, of marrying, of believing.

Many people have no idea that there are still cultures that don’t have contact with the outside “modern” world and who still hunt and gather for food. Find out how a flood in China can affect you personally.  No matter your major, you will take things away from this class that you will be able to apply to your education, your career and your personal relationships. The instructor will be Catie Snider. The class will meet every Thursday, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 204. For further information about the course, contact Ms. Snider at

The third new class this spring will be Literature for Children . Literature for Children is a survey of children’s literature with attention given to historical development as well as current trends in children’s literature.

Emphasis will be on the selection, critical evaluation and utilization of literary materials for developmental, recreational and curriculum needs.

This is an upper-level course that may be of particular interest to students working on their Regent’s Bachelor of Arts Degree, criminal justice majors, business majors, or elementary education majors.

Professional teachers may also want to take this course in order to keep up with the current trends in children’s literature.

Because many of the students taking this class may also work full time during the day, this class will be offered on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m., beginning January 14.  

The instructor for the class is Heidi Gardner, who has been teaching at the College since 2005. She is the current instructor in religious studies, but has also taught courses in English, speech, communications, and music.

Gardner earned her bachelor’s degree in art from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., her master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and also attended Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind.

For more information or to enroll in any of these classes, contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820 or 800-262-7332