Winter Sessions

Welcome to Winter at Roger Williams University!

There is no better time of year to get ahead or catch up! Take a look at the wide selection of classes being offered this Winter. RWU has been offering online classes for years and this year's schedule is more robust than ever.

Winter Session classes are all online.

Some classes meet at specific times in the mornings and the afternoons. Many classes are Asynchronous, meaning you can access them at any time, at your own pace!

Schedule 1: 2½ Weeks

Monday, Jan. 4 through Thursday, Jan. 21
Morning courses: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Afternoon courses: 1-4:30 p.m.

Schedule 2: 3½ Weeks

Monday, Jan. 4 through Thursday, Jan 28
Morning courses: 9-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon courses: 1-3:30 p.m.


Online 3-credit undergraduate class tuition: $1,299
Active Military and their spouses 3-credit class tuition: $750 
Additional discounts may be available.
Graduate class tuition varies, view current rates.

Courses Offered

COMM 210 Public Speaking    
3 credits          
Emphasizes effective speaking techniques for public as well as everyday situations. Focuses on identifying, organizing, and presenting facts, opinions, and values to a variety of audiences.

COMM 250 Intercultural Communication    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks    
Open to Everyone  The field of intercultural communication examines the ways in which communication creates and represents social orders and cultural identities. In this course students will gain a theoretical understanding of intercultural communication and apply theoretical/ conceptual frameworks to real and hypothetical cases of cross cultural (mis)communication and representation. The relationship between communication and culture will be explored in order to understand how communication does not simply transmit cultural information but constitutes and maintains cultural realities. Further, students will learn to identify the different components of intercultural communication and how these impinge on intercultural encounters in the workplace and the larger community.
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies    
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone. Introduction to Communication Studies is a survey course. We will explore the various areas of the communication discipline. Specifically, we will focus on communication processes and practices within media, intercultural/global, interpersonal, organizational, group, and public communication contexts. This course is aimed at understanding the breadth of the communication field by examining communication concepts, models, theories and applications.

CORE 104 Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
This course explores central questions related to the examined life-Who am I? What can I know? How should I act?-through literary and philosophical texts. Participants practice close reading and logical reasoning as methods for understanding how literary and philosophical texts convey meaning. Common readings include selected dialogues by Plato.

CORE 105 Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks  
This course examines a variety of masterworks and artists from the western traditions of art, dance, music, and theater. The course situates art and artists in historical perspective, emphasizes Classicism, Romanticism, Modernism and relates them to contemporary modes of expression. Works of art will be presented in context, so the impact of historical circumstance and cultural expectation on the creative artist will be apparent. Students will respond through oral and written analysis to masterworks studied in class and to works experienced at outside performances. While all sections of the course will include historic masterworks from the fields of art, theater, dance, and  and music, specific content of individual sections will reflect the interests and expertise of the professor. Throughout the semester, we also examine the work and ideas we study in order to explore the role, meaning and implications of questions that have shaped the human experience: Who am I? What can I know? How should I act?

CORE 430.91C  Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks
From Odysseus’ dog Argos who waited 20 years for Odysseus’ return before dying on the front porch, to Snoopy who philosophized, wrote novels and fought the Red Baron from the roof of his doghouse, to the Jetsons’ Astro, from fire-sharers and protectors to best friends, dogs figure prominently in human history and culture. This course starts with wolves and domestication and moves through to the future—robot dogs?!—while considering ethical, scientific, psychological, sociological, political, philosophical, and aesthetic questions through issues such as breeding, shelters, training, working dogs, household companions, social media, the dog industry, etc. The course will be all dogs, all the time, as we pursue this extraordinary inter-species relationship. 

CORE 447.91C Women Across Time
3 credits | Afternoon | 2.5 Weeks

CORE 450.91C  Are We of It or Against It? People and the Planet in the 21st Century
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks
Artists, poets, novelists, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, historians and policymakers all attended to the relationship between people and their natural environment. Those in the creative arts tend to focus on the glory of nature, often without reference to, and sometimes with a conscious avoidance of, the role people play in nature. Those in the social and physical sciences examine humanity’s increasingly intrusive, and even destructive, interactions with nature. In this course, we will examine the place of humans in nature through the lens of each of these disciplines. We will read selections from many nature writers, study the work of nature photographers and listen to the creations of composers of music that addresses natural themes. These artists will draw our attention to the complexity, beauty and interrelatedness of the natural world. In contrast to these paeans to the majesty of nature, historians, policymakers, and the filmmakers studied here will draw a generally negative picture of how humans have profoundly, and often destructively, changed the natural world. CORE 450 relies extensively on the films chosen to guide our exploration and discussion of the complex and dynamic relationship people have with their natural environment. 

CORE 453.91C Obsession: Understanding
3 credits | Afternoon | 2.5 Weeks
This course explores the place of passion and obsession in our personal lives, our work, our pastimes, and our communities. The discussions will focus on the place of passion, obsession, commitment, and responsibility in our post-college lives and careers, how these energies can fuel success and satisfaction as well as failure and frustration, and how we seek to spend our time and energies.

CORE 467.91C  Globetrotting
3 credits | Afternoon | 2.5 Weeks
Why do we travel?  Who do we become when we travel?  As we go into the core of travel, we will ask these questions and others about who we are, what we can know, and how we should act—all the while focusing on travel’s transformational nature.  We will consider travel as a means for self-knowledge, cultural knowledge, and scientific knowledge, and we will critically examine motives for travel.  Drawing from the fields of literature, philosophy, history, science, technology, psychology, anthropology, and art, readings and research will delve into the types of travel humans have embarked upon across time—from the pilgrimage to the slum tour and from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution.  

CORE 468.91C  Language and Society
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks
This three-credit seminar examines language usage from a wide range of human experiences, including science, history, psychology, politics, law, business, media, philosophy, literature, art, and sports. Language is like air and water – essential for human life, but, because it’s all around us all the time, people tend to take it for granted, until our well-being is threatened. Participants in the seminar will study how to become more thoughtful and ethical users of language.

CORE 471.91C  Paths to Enlightenment
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks
Pathways to Enlightenment: From Alchemy to Zen is a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural exploration of the ways humans have defined and sought enlightenment throughout history. We'll read science, philosophy, and literature; we’ll listen to sacred and psychedelic music and look at visual and visionary expressions of human perfectability and the sacred.  Seminar participants will discuss these perspectives in a small seminar format, then focus on their own interests in a substantive writing project with supportive feedback from peers and the instructor.

EDU 380 Constructing Disability    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone.  This special topics course will explore how (dis)ability is a socially constructed identity. This online course will ask students to learn about the historical, social, and political construction of (dis)ability, as well as the disability rights movement in the United States. Students will be asked to question how (dis)ability is portrayed in society, film, and media. Students will engage in online discussions and reflections to deeper understand the role society plays in defining “normal.
EDU 380 Case Study: Refugee Youth    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone.  This course will look at the refugee experience from leaving their country of origin through their schooling experiences in the US. A good course for students interested in international affairs, equity and diversity, social justice and contemporary social issues. While we will look at educational needs of refugee youth, this also had relevance to those who will teach/work with immigrants and emergent bilinguals (English learners). We will also look at how the refugee process works in the US and the ways in which contemporary politics are impacting that process. This class will be asynchronous, to best accommodate all learners.

ENG 299 Special Topic: James Baldwin – On Being Black and Gay in America     
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
This course will fit as an elective for many majors. James Baldwin is much in the news, especially after the 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro and this year’s Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Eddie Glaude). We will read the recent David Leeming biography, which features the special angle of this course: Baldwin’s reaction to America, his living in France, and his interaction with writers and thinkers from all over the world as they labeled, defined and attacked prejudice. 

FREN 101    Elementary French
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks
Open to everyone.  The first of a two-course sequence in the elements of a language and its culture. Proficiency-based instruction in fundamental discursive patterns, vocabulary, and syntax of the language within a cultural context. Emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Establishes the foundation for further facility in the language studied. Uses audio and video components.

GER 350 Deutsche Geschichte
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks
Fulfills a course requirement in the Modern Language Major, Minor and Core Concentration. Prerequisite: Placement by examination or successful completion (C- or higher) of the appropriate Intermediate II language course.  In this course, students shall examine the major events in the development of the Germany from AD 9 to 1918 or from the beginning of what the Germans consider their history through the reign of Wilhelm II. Each class begins with a lecture focused on a major historical event. Class discussion (in German) focused upon a prompt related to that event closed each lecture. Starting with Arminius and the battle of the Teutoburg forest and ending with World War I, students who complete this course will have a clear understanding of the role Germany and the Germans have played in European history and will be able to express their thoughts in German on a variety of historical topics comfortably.

HIST 345 Witchcraft in the Atlantic World    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone. This course examines the beliefs about witchcraft and the nature of witch-hunts in a variety of cultures that rim the Atlantic Ocean. This course considers, the so-called “the Age of the Witch-hunts” in Western Europe, England, Scotland, West Africa and Native American groups. The course will address how and why magic and witchcraft made sense to early modern people. Between 1450 and 1750, at least 100,000 individuals, mostly women, were accused of witchcraft in Europe and North America. Of these, roughly half met their demise at the stake or in the noose. A variety of social, religious, judicial, and political causes, none of which is singularly responsible, lurk behind this tragedy. We shall study the formation and dissemination of both learned and popular witch beliefs from ancient times to the eighteenth century, the development of criminal procedures that facilitated the trial and conviction of accused witches, the religious motives for prosecuting witches during the age of the Reformation, and the social contexts within which accusations of witchcraft arose. Over the course of the semester we will examine the litany of complex reasons for and debates about the witch-hunts, asking why they occurred when and where they did, why certain people were accused, and why the trials finally ended. We will also explore, in brief, the witch-hunts that still occur today in places like Africa, asking how they resemble yet differ from those of the early modern world. In addition, we will also examine the myth and reality of modern Wiccan beliefs.
HIST 360 Maya and Aztec    
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone. Meets LALS Minor and Core Concentration  This class looks at both the rise of the Maya and the Aztec and their subsequent declines through an historical and environmental lens. Usually placed in the realm of pre-history, much work has been done on both these areas pushing into the historical realm as we learn more and more about their daily live, traditions, and beliefs through a written historical record. This class blend a number of arenas beyond history in order to think about the rise and fall of Mesoamerica with the arrival of the Spanish. Moreover, we want to understand how both the Maya and Nahuatl speaks are still here and are extant today.

HIST 360 History by Hollywood    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone.  This course will explore the presentation of history in popular film and television. The nature of the historical content, and the content itself, will be considered, as well as the impact of that content on the audience and the knowledge about and understanding of history on both the individual and community level. Due to time constraints, we will only be considering American media interpretations of history as a class, though students will have the opportunity to broaden that scope, if they choose to do so, through personal final projects. The movies and television shows themselves will be the primary focus of the course, though supplemental materials geared towards enhancing the understanding of this viewed material will also be used.

ITAL 350 The Italian-American Experience
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to Everyone. This course examines literary, cinematic, and critical works on the experience of Italian Americans in order to investigate the many facets of their identity. The first part of the course includes readings on theories of race, ethnicity, and identity formation in the United States. The second part explores novels, films, and popular culture as evidence of the many forms of Italian-American cultural expression and their representation. Particular attention is given to the construction of internal and external stereotypes, interethnic relations between Italians and other minorities in the US, and religious, family, and gender identity.

LANG 430 Greek Mythology    
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks
Open to everyone. This course is an introduction to the major stories traditionally collected under the term Greek mythology. Starting with the creation myths, then moving to heroes and sagas, and finally considering the Roman adaptations and additions to the corpus of Greek mythology that we possess, we will examine the details, transmission, relevance, and ultimately the impact of these tales in the ancient and modern world.

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy: The Art of Inquiry    
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone. Introduction to philosophy as the activity of critical inquiry and reflection by exploring some of the questions which have shaped human experience. Focuses on philosophers who have examined and challenged our fundamental beliefs about what is real, whether God exists, how one should act, and what we can know about these and other matters.

SCS 430.91Entertainment Industries
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks   
This course is designed to allow students to explore the entertainment industry:  specifically how culture is both a reflection of entertainment and shaped by it. Students will be able to apply communication theory and management skills to both traditional and emerging media to understand publicity and management strategies for film, television, music, and live theatrical events. Students explore case studies from well know entertainment situations –both problems and promotional situations--and examine the inner workings of the entertainment as a business. Finally, students will learn about the influence of celebrities on culture, regardless of A-List or microcelebrity, and the effects of our  “cancel culture” on the industry. No book will be required, although students will be expected to watch and read entertainment news, celebrity interviews and watch films and TV shows.

TLM 430 Special Topics: StoryPathing™: Learn How to Lead Through Storytelling 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This class is designed to provide students and emerging leaders - of any age and at any inflection point in their life or work journey – with a model for leading through storytelling. The class is part leadership development in nature and part communication development. The Peak Storytelling™ Model which is the core focus of the class provides an accessible way for students to rethink the art and science of storytelling when communicating with teams, partners, externally, and internally within one’s workplace. Several practical types of exercises allow students to simulate leadership through storytelling, receive professional guided feedback, and evolve their leadership storytelling effectiveness. Students will ultimately gain confidence in their ability to organize and prepare clear, effective personalized leadership storytelling approaches for varied scenarios, across generations, and in a way that feels like a “fit” for the student and is energizing; in other words, the stories students create will liberate them to express who they are at work, in interviews and in managing teams, in a way that highlights the student's unique value and worth.

ACCT 201 Accounting I: Financial    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks  
A study of the fundamentals of accounting, with an emphasis on the use of economic data in the decision-making process. Topics covered include: forms of business organizations, financing options, and financial statement analysis. The ability to analyze financial statements is the overall goal of this course. Topics include inventory, property (plant and equipment/natural resources/ intangibles), liabilities, stockholder equity, investments, statement of cash flows.
ACCT 202 Accounting II: Managerial    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Prerequisites: ACCTG 201  Continuation of ACCTG 201(101), with an emphasis on the application of accounting principles to specific problem areas in managerial accounting as well as accounting for manufacturing operations, and cost-volume-profit analysis.
ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to RWU Students Only.  Note: Students who have completed ECON 102 will not receive credit for ECON 111  An introduction to the modern market economy as a system of dealing with the problem of scarcity and choices made by individuals and businesses. Topics include resource allocation, price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, various market structures, market failure, government intervention and comparative advantage. The basic tools of microeconomic analysis will be applied to topics of current interest such as minimum wage legislation and competition policy.
ECON 112 Pinciples of Macroeconomics    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks  
Note: Students who have completed ECON 101 will not receive credit for ECON 112  An introduction to the study of the national economy. The measurement, causes, and implications of inflation, unemployment, and recessions are examined, as are the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies. Topics covered include the Keynesian and Classical theories of output and price determination, the Federal Reserve System, and the application of macro theories to events of current interest.    

ECON 430 Meeting Global Challenges    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone. Using simple economic reasoning, this course analyzes a broad range of global challenges including pandemics, global warming, ozone shield depletion, acid rain, nuclear waste disposal, international terrorism, disease eradication, population growth, tropical deforestation, and peacemaking. These challenges are put into perspective in terms of scientific, economic, and political considerations. This course is intended for a wide audience, including the general  public who wants to learn about  global challenges.
FNCE 301 Financial Management    
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks  
Prerequisites: ACCTG 201, MATH 141 or equivalent  Application of financial theory, tools and methods to financial decision-making in the firm.

FNCE 380 Technical Analysis    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Prerequisites: FNCE 325 or consent of instructor  This course focuses on the study of short-term and long-term decision making in the context of portfolio management using the basic principles of technical analysis. Incorporating the latest financial platforms in the Center for Advanced Financial Education, students will achieve a deep understanding of charting techniques to make better buy/sell decisions in security markets, while applying this knowledge to portfolio and risk analysis.

IB 303 EU & the US MNCs in Emerging Markets    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks  
Cross-Listed with: MGMT 303  Open to everyone   This course covers a variety of strategic topics related to the nature of the emerging markets of Central and South American countries (e.g., Mexico, Brazil), Central and Southeast Asian countries (e.g., India, China) and Middle Eastern countries (e.g., Turkey). The political, economic, technological and socio-cultural environments in these countries are examined in addition to the comparative advantages these countries provide for MNCs. The primary focus is the presence of multinational corporations (MNCs) of the European Union and the U.S. and their operations in these countries. The issues with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in these countries are also examined."    These are crosslisted

MGMT 303 EU & the US MNCs in Emerging Markets    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks      
Cross-Listed with: IB 303  Open to everyone   This course covers a variety of strategic topics related to the nature of the emerging markets of Central and South American countries (e.g., Mexico, Brazil), Central and Southeast Asian countries (e.g., India, China)) and Middle Eastern countries (e.g., Turkey). The political, economic, technological and socio-cultural environments in these countries are examined in addition to the comparative advantages these countries provide for MNCs. The primary focus is the presence of multinational corporations (MNCs) of the European Union and the U.S. and their operations in these countries. The issues with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in these countries are also examined.
MGMT 430 Entrepreneurship    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Entrepreneurs create value in our world by taking resources and crafting them into valuable goods and services for which people pay. Entrepreneurs, however, do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach. In this course, students will learn about the three prominent processes of entrepreneurship and create a different, fictitious business for each type. Students will also engage in a variety of other activities centered around opening their minds to the two less common entrepreneurial processes, as well as reaffirming what is known of the traditional process of entrepreneurship. Lastly, students will learn of their own natural orientation towards one of these three entrepreneurial processes.
MRKT 370 Sports Marketing Principles    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Prerequisites: MRKT 200  The course covers the essentials of effective sports marketing in the context of the characteristics that make sport unique from other industries; consumer allegiance to sport properties and merchandise, an sponsorship as a dominant form of promotion. The course further covers principles of research, segmentation, product development, pricing and communication channels such as advertising promotions, and of course sponsorship.
MRKT 430 Social Media and Digital Marketing    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone  This course is designed to help students understand how marketing has changed due to the rise of social and digital media in various underlying contextual factors, such as dramatically increased speed of information dissemination across consumers and brands. The overarching goal is to introduce to students what is going on in digital/social/mobile marketing so that they can appreciate its true value to consumers, to managers, and to other corporate stakeholders.  Topics covered may include, but not limited to, viral marketing, email marketing, social media strategies, landing page, search engine marketing (SEM), pay per click (PPC), Google, data security, conversion-centered designs, consumer wellbeing and social media, influencer marketing, and introduction to artificial intelligence (AI).  Students also prepare and get certified in Google certification with the assistance of the professor during the course.

CORE 102 Challenges of Democracy
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This course, which is taught primarily by faculty from the Departments of History & American Studies and Politics & International Relations, investigates the roots of current democratic thought through the study of primary source material dating from antiquity to the present. Other sources of inquiry may include scholarly analyses, films and documentaries, and works of the imagination including literature and art. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to explain, evaluate and critique the key concepts from these primary source readings and demonstrate how these concepts are expressed in the modern world. Special attention will be paid to the student’s ability to apply this knowledge to such topics as political institutions, activism and national identity.

POLSC 100 American Government and Politics
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Requirement Fulfillment: Fulfills a course requirement in the Political Science Core Concentration. Provides a practical examination of how things get done politically in the United States, including analysis and discussion of American attitudes and institutions. Topics include: the actual making of the U.S. Constitution; the relationship between the national government and the states; civil liberties and civil rights; the role of the President, the Congress and the Supreme Court; elections, interest groups, the media and public opinion; and various contemporary public policy issues. Prerequisite for all advanced courses in the American Politics.

POLSC 430 Election 2020: Analysis, Aftermath and Inauguration
3 credits | Afternoon | 2.5 Weeks 
The 2020 election was one of the most consequential and unusual in recent American history.  This course will do a deep dive into the results of the 2020 election: what happened, and why?   What do the results tell us about the state of mind of the American electorate? We will also look forward to the new political landscape.   What can we expect of the new configuration in Washington?  In this seminary-style course, students will read political science and media analyses of the election.  For the lab portion of the course, students will join students from other universities for a 1-credit inauguration mini-course.  We will attend two days virtual seminars offered by the Washington Internship Institute with analysts on the ground in Washington, go on a virtual tour of DC sites related to the inauguration and attend the inauguration virtually.

POLSC 430 Land Grabs and Narco Trafficking in Latin America
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This course explores the phenomenon of narco-dispossession, a process by which narco-traffickers appropriate land, thereby dispossessing local communities, economically exploit the land, and politically leverage themselves in the process. We will explore case studies in Honduras, Colombia, and Mexico of such cases of agrarian transformation and the implications for local communities, governance, and the environment.

CJS 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks  
Provides students with the basic grammar, reading, writing and listening skills to communicate in an environment in which Italian is spoken. As an introductory course, we will place emphasis on communicative and interactive classroom activities. The primary goal of students outside of class will be the assimilation of vocabulary and mastery of introductory grammatical structures. Along the way, this course will introduce students to fundamental aspects of Italian culture, geography and history. 

CJS 150.91C Policing in America
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks  
Review of the history of policing and police functioning, with regard to contemporary social issues. Special focus on related research into police functioning.  

CJS 320 Criminal and Civil Procedures in the Courts
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
This course examines the history, traditions, philosophy and ethical dilemmas underlying the courts in the United States justice system. Students will be introduced to: the origins and developments of the United States courts; the issues of subject matter and geographic jurisdiction of the state and federal courts, the dynamics of the courthouse workgroups consisting of attorneys, judges, and litigants; and the processes related to the prosecution of criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts.

CJS 405 Introduction to Criminal Investigation
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Prerequisite: CJS 105, CJS 201 An overview of criminal investigative techniques. This course will explore the lawful reconstruction and successful investigation of a crime using three primary sources of information: physical evidence, records, and people. Areas of study include: investigating crimes against persons and property, crime scene evidence, witness interviews and interrogations, case preparation, and the role of the investigator in the judicial process.

CJS.427.91C Youth Gangs
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Prerequisites: CJS 105, CJS 308 or permission of instructor. This course is intended to give students a foundation in core issues related to the topic of youth gangs in the United States. The course will provide students with a historical perspective of gangs, identify the challenges associated with defining gangs, and the related challenges with measuring the prevalence of gangs and gang crime in the United States. The course will also cover theoretical explanations for the causes of gangs and the effectiveness of different system responses intended to prevent gangs.

CJS 430 Police Reform: Past, Present, and Future
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
This course will examine police reforms of the past, present, and likely changes in the future. A variety of perspectives will be considered, including those of researchers, police, and community members. Some of the reforms to be discussed include evidence-based policing, crime control initiatives, civilian oversight, body-worn cameras, reducing use of force, and promoting officer wellness. 

CJS 430 Crime and Film
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This course considers the relationship between law and society by examining the relationship between crime films and society. According to Nicole Rafter, “crime films reflect our ideas about fundamental social, economic, and political issues while, at the same time, they shape the ways we think about these issues.”  Coursework includes assigned reading by Rafter and other scholars in sociology, psychology and film.  Students will view films from different genres, with attention to the role of gender, race and class in these films, and will submit assignments in the form of forum postings, reflection papers, and quizzes. 

CJS 430 Sports and Crime
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 

CJS 512 Victimology
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
This course will provide an in-depth look into the causes, correlates, and dynamics of victimization as a field of study within criminology. Topics include the examination of victimization patterns and trends, victim assistance and the rights of crime victims in the criminal justice system. Special focus will be given to victims of domestic violence, school and workplace violence, and white collar crime. Policy implications of patterns and trends will also be discussed.

CJS 528 White Collar Crime
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of topics and issues in the white-collar crime area.  The course will examine types, causes and the measurement of white-collar crimes.  Specifically, this course will review the debate regarding the definition of white-collar crime, overview the costs of white-collar and corporate crime to society, consider competing theories to explain white-collar criminality and explore the use of criminal sanctions to deter the misconduct of corporations. 

LS 430 Alternative Dispute Resolution
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This class will explore the expanding field of alternative dispute resolution processes. We will address conflict, conflict types, and causes of conflict. We will also study the different dispute resolution processes used to resolve conflict and the law and ethical considerations that support these systems.

PLS.345.91C Estates & Trusts 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Examines laws of descent and distribution; probate administration, proceedings, administration of estates, preparation of petition for probate and other probate matters, estate tax, federal and state, fiduciary's account; and estate planning.

PLS.400.91C Legal Ethics 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Designed to familiarize students with the various ethical responsibilities in the practice of law. In-depth analysis of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility and discussion of actual ethical problems. Includes unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflict of interest, advertising, disciplinary process, and malpractice.

PPSS.110.91C Introduction to Policing 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
This course will provide students with an understanding of the evolution of policing in the United States and the role of policing agencies in public safety. Specific topics will include different philosophies and deployment strategies of police resources, the effects of society's standards and norms on the policing mission, and the future of policing.

CORE 103 Human Behavior in Perspective
3 credits | Afternoon | 3.5 Weeks 
A study of the individual in society, this course draws from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology in order to demonstrate the idea that multiple perspectives and frames of reference broaden our understanding of specific behaviors. A focus on cultural diversity will be a central feature throughout the course. The course also proposes a model for critical thinking about human behavior in general. Students explore the limitations of a single point of view and the benefits of information derived from multiple vantages as they consider key existential questions: Who am I? What can I know? And, based on what I know, how should I act?

PSYCH.100.91C Intro to Psychology 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone. Introduction to the basic conceptual approaches through which psychology derives its intellectual form. Emphasis is placed upon the nature of scientific inquiry and its role in obtaining an understanding of human behavior. Exposure to various psychological theories, including Freudianism, behaviorism, social learning, and humanism.

PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone. Introduction to the basic conceptual approaches through which psychology derives its intellectual form. Emphasis is placed upon the nature of scientific inquiry and its role in obtaining an understanding of human behavior. Exposure to various psychological theories, including Freudianism, behaviorism, social learning, and humanism.

PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks      
Open to everyone. Discussion of inferential and descriptive statistics. Provides some computer experience with statistical packages and a comprehensive study of methodological models, and presentation of outcomes in the professional journals.

PSYCH 255 Social Psychology    
3 credits | Morning | 2.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone. Examines experimental treatment of the social structure as it affects the individual. Emphasizes cognitive dissonance, attraction, social comparison, attribution theory, cohesion, group process, risk-taking and altruism. Replication of classic social psychological experiments.
PSYCH 270 Positive Psychology    
3 credits | Asynchronous      
Open to everyone. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, families and communities to thrive. The course examines the history of positive psychology, the emergence of research in the field, and the influence of positive psychology on psychotherapy. Self-reflective journaling is a large component of this course. Journal entries include: selfless acts, experiential exercises and reading/viewing reflections.

PSYCH 314 Psychology of Adulthood    
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
Open to everyone. Considers basic perspectives on adult development. Using the concept of continuing maturation throughout the lifespan, it focuses on the latter portion of human life. Discussions center on changes in intelligence, motivation, learning, and memory which are supposed to accompany aging, as well as the psychology of dying and bereavement, and the psychosocial aspects of growing old. Field work in a retirement center.

PSYCH 326 Health Psychology    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks      
Open to Everyone  Through the lens of psychological research, students in this course will examine the etiology, treatment, and prevention of various medical conditions. Specifically, this course will increase students’ understanding of how social, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and biological factors influence health.
PSYCH 390 Substance Abuse    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks     
Open to everyone. Focuses on the clinical orientation and emphasizes the integration of psychological theory with clinical research. Readings and class discussions center on a broad array of clinical topics designed to provide the student a better understanding of clinical psychology as a profession.     

CHEM 190 Introduction to Chemical Principles
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
Prerequisites: Entrance by examination, Concurrent enrollment in MATH 117 or higher or consent of instructor.  This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry who plan to take additional chemistry courses to satisfy degree requirements for chemistry, biology, marine biology, or engineering programs. There is no laboratory associated with this course and this course does not fulfill chemistry requirements for science or engineering majors or minors.

CHEM 191 Principles of Chemistry            
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks  
***This course is limited to students who failed the same lecture in the fall.

CNST 465 Sustainable Construction
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks  
Crosslisted with CNST 540. Prerequisite SUST 301 or 401 or CNST 450. This course develops an awareness of environmental problems created by construction projects. The course also examines the means and methods of addressing these problems in a “green” way. Sustainability must be addressed on a life-cycle basis from the origins of the building materials, through the construction process, ending with the eventual disposal of the project. Topics include: LEED history and application; life-cycle costing; energy measurement; sustainable site planning and; “green” technologies; sustainability as a value-engineering exercise; the methods and means of sustainable construction; “green” site logistics; educating the sustainable work force; sustainable construction and public relations.

CNST 540 Sustainable Construction
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks  
Crosslisted with CNST 465. Prerequisite Graduate standing or permission of instructor. This course develops an awareness of environmental problems created by construction projects. The course also examine the means and methods of addressing these problems in a “green” way. Sustainability must be addressed on a life-cycle basis from the origins of the building materials, through the construction process, ending with the eventual disposal of the project. Topics include: LEED history and application; life-cycle costing; energy measurement; sustainable site planning and; “green” technologies; sustainability as a value-engineering exercise; the methods and means of sustainable construction; “green” site logistics; educating the sustainable work force; sustainable construction and public relations.

CORE 101 Scientific Investigations and CORE 101L Lab
4 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
Corequisite: Students must register concurrently for lecture (CORE 101) and lab (CORE 101L).  This interdisciplinary course explores important issues of societal and personal relevance by evaluating testable ideas through experimentation and literature-based research in lecture and laboratory settings. Students will use the process of science to generate data and synthesize new ideas to come to evidence-based conclusions that will illuminate responses to the three core questions: Who am I, what can I know, and given what I know, how should I act? Lecture content will vary across sections to reflect the expertise of instructors from the breadth of scientific disciplines including astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, oceanography, physics, public health, and sustainability studies, among others. The laboratory experience complements the lecture by providing students with hands-on opportunities to use the scientific method as they lead their own research investigations.

PHYS 320 Modern Physics    
3 credits | Morning | 3.5 Weeks  
Major topics in 20th century physics including special relativity, the wave-particle nature of light, elementary quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure, particle physics, and cosmology.

MATH.110.41C  Math/The Modern World 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Survey of mathematics designed for students who are majoring in non-technical areas. Topics may include problem-solving techniques, an introduction to statistical methods, and an introduction to the mathematics of finance.

MATH.124.91C Basic Statistics 
3 credits | Asynchronous | 2.5 Weeks 
Emphasizes descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.

MATH 213 Calculus I and MATH 213L Calculus I Lab
4 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Prerequisites: Successful completion (C- or better) of MATH 136 or placement by examination.  Requirement Fulfillment: Fulfills a course requirement in the Mathematics Core Concentration Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics

Covers the differential calculus of a single variable and introduces integration. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of derivatives to rates of change, optimization, and curve sketching, and the Fundamental Theorem. The laboratory component involves use of computer algebra software.

SEC 101 Introduction to Computer Software    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks 
Open to everyone. This course covers installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of software/operating system components. The material is presented to prepare the student for the A Technologies examination. SEC 101 is the second of two courses designed to prepare students to embark upon a career in IT helpdesk, desktop support, or systems implementation. Emphasis in this second course is placed on the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of software/operating systems. In addition to these topics, emphasis is also placed on using knowledge of PCs, hardware, and the Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 Operating Systems to support and troubleshoot technical issues of networked computers.
SEC 300  Security Techniques II    
3 credits | Asynchronous | 3.5 Weeks     
Prerequisites: SEC 200 or permission of the instructor  This course focuses on the ISACA COBIT methodology used in the exams like CISA and develops the idea of audit and assurance for technology professionals who may be required to oversee, develop, or conduct such audits in compliance with Federal or other legislation which may impact their organization.    


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