WNMU to Offer Classes in T or C


Western New Mexico University (Silver City) will offer two general education classes in Truth or Consequences beginning in Fall 2019 Spring 2020. The classes being presented will be Creative Writing and Philosophy.

In Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 215), students will learn to explore philosophical questions from a different angle: that of creative writing. After reading works by T.S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor, and others, aspiring writers will create their own projects and workshop them in class in order to build a writing community. Prose, drama, poetry, screenplay…whatever your writing interest, this class is for you.

In Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 100), students will ride with author Robert M. Pirsig on a tour of the landscapes of Western Wisdom. Employing Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Plato’s Phaedrus as primary modes of transportation, students will tour the texts of Ancient Greece and Rome, cruise through the Golden Era of Christian philosophy, and detour to modern Europe before bringing it on home to America.

Classes will be held at the WNMU Learning Center (601 Sunset) on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The classes being offered will result in college credits for high school students, retirees, or anyone looking to advance their career and enrich their lives through education.

The courses will be presented by Professor John Gist, Chair of the Department of Humanities at WNMU, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wyoming. His interests include Existentialism, martial arts, backpacking, and creative writing.

For more information or to sign up, contact Gist at: john.gist@wnmu.edu