Summer at UC

Whether you're looking to make up courses, pick up additional credits or get a head start on your degree, our variety of course offerings and affordable tuition will get you where you want to go.

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  • Courses at our convenient downtown Providence location and online, so they fit your life, not the other way around.
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  • Programs that meet industry needs in high-growth areas.


The 10-week Summer 2019 semester runs from May 21, 2019 - July 31, 2019.


At UC, we provide a private school experience at an affordable cost.

  • Evening Classroom Course (3 credits) $999
  • Directed Seminar (3 credits) $1,299
  • Online Course (3 credits) $1,299
  • Graduate Certificate Course (3 credits) $1779

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We have over 70 courses to choose from this summer. Courses are offered in Providence or online.

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CD 220: Issues in Community Development
Overview of the concepts, theories and applications in the field of community development. This is the foundation course for the Community Development program, but it is appropriate for all students interested in a comprehensive look at the elements required to understand what makes for successful communities, from housing to education, to social services and infrastructure. 

CD 351: Sustainable Economic & Community Development
Explores key subject areas related to sustainable economic development, including business creation and retention, microenterprises, co-ops, job creation, asset development, sector analysis, the connection between economic development and social health.  Examines the role that community development professionals can and should play in ensuring that economic development occurs in a sustainable manner. 

CD 352: Nonprofit Management
Examination of current issues confronting health care managers. An assessment of current programs and management responses to emerging trends in the health care field, including delivery systems, marketing/competition, strategic planning, financial management and/or epidemiological changes. 

CD 430: Urban Education
Study of special topics in community development. Topics will be determined by current trends in the field.

CD 430: Influence of Urban Music
Study of special topics in community development. Topics will be determined by current trends in the field.

CD 430 42C: Urban Policy
Study of special topics in community development. Topics will be determined by current trends in the field.

CD 430 43C: Global Migration & Immigration
Study of special topics in community development. Topics will be determined by current trends in the field.

CD 521: Social Theories of Community Based Practice
This class investigates community and economic development theories within the context of classical and contemporary economic and social theories. Since community development is an inter-disciplinary field, students in this course will consider theories as diverse as location and place theories, micro- and macro-economics, structural-functional and conflict social theories, among others and how they are used, on a daily basis by community based practitioners. Students will formulate a basic theory of change to be applied in community-based practice. 

CD 522: Fundamentals of Urban Ecology and Healthy Communities
This course examines components and relationships within urban ecosystems.  From both a historic and contemporary vantage point, students will explore the different stakeholders that make up the urban neighborhood environment, the relationships among and between them and how community and economic development initiatives can positively impact the health of a community.

CD 530: Special Topics in Sustainable Community and Economic Development
This course provides students the opportunity to explore, in greater depth, timely and significant topics influencing, affecting and/or impacting the field of community development. The course may be taken more than once depending on topical content.

CJS 305: Drugs, Society & Behavior
Issues related to the use and abuse of drugs in American society. Topics include effects of drugs on the human nervous system; addictions and their treatments; legalization; the social and political meanings of abuse, addiction, rehabilitation; and education/prevention methodologies. 

CJS 405: Introduction to Criminal Investigation
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. 

COMM 210: Introduction to Public Speaking
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.

CORE 101: Scientific Investigations
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. 

EDPR 140: Promoting Health & Safety for Children
Course focuses on nutrition, health and safety as a key factor for optimal growth and development of young children, prenatal to age 8. Includes USDA food program participation, health practices, management and safety, appropriate activities and communication with families. Children's physical health and well-being are critical parts of school readiness. Children's health impacts brain development, moods, ability to concentrate, and willingness to take risks. Fundamental areas of health in early childhood are physical, oral, and mental. This course explores topics related to health and well-being and focuses on teaching practices, classroom activities, partnerships with families, and program policies to ensure that all children are healthy and ready to learn. 

EMS 121: EMT Basic
Students will learn Skills in Basic Life Support, Respiratory Emergencies, Trauma Emergencies, vehicle extrication, and a new section on Terrorism awareness as it pertains to EMS. There will also be sections on medication administration, use of Automated External Defibrillators, and ambulance operations. Students will also be required to document 8 hours of observation time in a hospital Emergency Room. 

EMS 212: EMT Paramedic II
This Program consists of over 172 hours of classroom lecture/didactic and the start of 50 hours of clinical setting training and demonstration of skill. In addition a significant time is spent riding on an approved 911 rescue It also requires several hours of hospital internship. This Paramedic course helps prepare students for certification as a Paramedic. 

HCA 105: Introduction to Public Health
Introduces students who are currently practicing in health care fields to an overview of public health on a state and national level. Students will learn about the public health system, including infectious disease, chronic disease, occupational health, injury control, maternal and child health, regulation, behavioral health issues, surveillance, quality assurance, and policy. 

IDS 150: Cultural Awareness in a Global Society
This course uses didactic, experiential and applied learning opportunities to prepare students to understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures. Students learn how cultural identity influences personal and worldviews, perceptions of experience, and styles of communication. With a focus on developing intra-and interpersonal awareness, students cultivate attitudes and practice skills necessary for relating constructively with diverse individuals in a variety of work settings. Ultimately, students will gain a new openness/awareness to ways of thinking, communicating and building connections through lectures, reading material, class discussion and self-reflection. 

IDS 210: Effective Speaking Across Audiences
This class is designed to give the University College student experience in the practice of researching, preparing, analyzing, and delivering public and personal presentations most often found in the workplace. One of the primary focuses of this course is to connect the role and practice of public speaking to students' current or future career goals. The course frames public speaking from a real world, professional approach. The interplay between audience analysis and speaker goals, and the development of personal style is emphasized. Assignments are relevant to adult learners and/or students in the professional world/ workplace. Various types of oral presentations in a variety of settings including interviews, small groups, board meetings, public forums and computer-enhanced speaking opportunities are explored. Students will ultimately gain confidence in their ability to organize and prepare clear, concise and interesting oral presentations to multiple stakeholders needed to meet current and future career goals. 

IT 357: Occupational Safety and Health Regulatory Issues
Students will develop an awareness of the historical events in occupational safety and health that led to the current regulatory process. They will identify health and safety concerns in previous jobs and present a proposal to correct the situation(s). The proposal will identify the hazard, methods to measure and contain the risk or hazard, and discuss cost of implementing the proposal and the cost of injury and illness to workers. 

MATH 110: Math / The Modern World
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: Basic Statistics
Emphasizes descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.  

MUSIC 161: The Art of Rock & Roll
This course explores the history, music, and cultural impact of rock and roll from the 1940s to the present. In involves the student in critical listening and analysis of the fundamental elements of music and technology used in the changing styles of rock and roll. 

NATSC 430: Survey Physical Science
Advanced-level topics of importance in environmental science, determined by interest of the students in consultation with faculty. This course may be repeated for credit, but students may not study the same subject more than once. 

PA 201: Public Administration
Introduces the theory, forms, and practice of public administration at the national, subnational, and international levels. Emphasizes administrative theories, concepts of bureaucracy, the environment of public service, and the role of administrators in government. 

PA 340: Public Policy
Systematic analysis of critical domestic issues and areas: poverty, race relations, crime, etc. Consideration of the entire public policy cycle: recognition and definition of potential problems; formulation and implementation of governmental policy solutions; and assessment of the impact of policies.

PA 360: Communication in Organizations
A study of the nature and importance of communications in complex organizations such as corporations and agencies. Topics include communication theory, theory of organizations, managing communications in organizations, and effects of communication on behavior and attitudes. 

PA 362: Public Personnel Administration
Focuses on the primary personnel functions including job evaluation and compensation; staffing; employee training and development; employee relations; collective bargaining; and other issues and concerns of public sector personnel management. 

PA 363: Public Financial Administration
This course explores administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budgetary and financial management processes within the public sector. A review of federal, state, and local financial, budget, and revenue systems. 

PA 364: Organizational Theory & Management
Study of the historical evolution of organizational thought and theories. An analysis of the basic concepts of organizations within both a contemporary and future view of the public sector. 

PA 352: Nonprofit Management
Examination of current issues confronting health care managers. An assessment of current programs and management responses to emerging trends in the health care field, including delivery systems, marketing/competition, strategic planning, financial management and/or epidemiological changes. 

PLS 100: Introduction to Law/Legal Studies
Introduction to the law and the American legal system. Includes an introduction to legal research, legal writing and analysis, communication skills, law office administration, and legal and professional ethics. Basic concepts of substantive and procedural law, legal terminology, the functions of the courts and the role of attorneys, paralegals and other legal professional, will be stressed. 

PLS 101: Criminal Law for Paralegals
Analysis of substantive criminal law, federal and state, with emphasis on background of the common law. Includes discussion of general principles of criminal law such as the extent to which the law attributes criminality to acts or omissions; criminal intent; conspiracy; infancy; insanity; drunkenness; special defenses; entrapment, mistake, and ignorance; and specific offenses such as offenses against the person, habitation,property, public peace, and morality. 

PLS 110: Emerging Technologies in the Legal Environment
Hands-on experience using standard computer software packages to perform operations, including form letters and legal documents; and spreadsheet applications that will encompass accounting principles as experienced in the legal environment. Stresses the importance of timekeeping, billing, and docket control. Use of the Internet and computer software packages to perform litigation support, investigations, and legal research. 

PLS 200: Environmental Law
Analysis and overview of the major federal laws pertaining to environmental protection. Stress full understanding of the reasons and the substance of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, the Federal Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Also provides an opportunity for analysis of the functions of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

PLS 210 Legal Research & Writing I
Integrates the "how to" procedural aspects of legal research with the bibliographic knowledge necessary for effective research. Introduction includes: use of all primary legal sources, including cases, constitutions and statutes, and administrative rules and regulations, as well as texts and treatises, encyclopedias, law journals, and other secondary sources; hands-on use of electronic means of research such as CD-ROM and online database searching (Westlaw); analysis of legal problems and formulation of appropriate research procedures to determine the applicable law. The writing component stresses basic written communication skills as applied to common legal documents such as opinion letters and memoranda. 

PLS 211: Legal Research & Writing II
Involves students in individualized projects requiring research in multiple sources and use of various writing modes. Explores "non-library research" through government agencies, court personnel, and peer networking; specialized research tools available in particular subject areas in which paralegals are frequently involved; research into legislative history; techniques for searching and updating complex government regulations, both federal and state; and introduction into searching foreign law.

PLS 221: Law of Contracts
Study of the history and development of the law, including court structure and procedure. Consideration of criminal justice and tort law followed by a thorough study of contract law, including the basic elements of a valid contract, rights of the third parties, and remedies for breach. 

PLS 222: Law of Business Organization
Considers the basic principles of the law of business associations; includes a study of agency, partnerships, and corporations. Discusses government regulation of business, business ethics, and sanctions for violations of the law by businesses. 

PLS 310: Litigation I
Study of state and federal courts, and the civil litigation process including:, preparation of case before trial, interviewing prospective witnesses, interviewing expert witnesses, preparation of pleadings, pretrial discovery, trial proofs, and actual courtroom experience observing trials. 

PLS 31I: Litigation II 
Building on the principles covered in Litigation I, students develop practical skills in drafting pleadings, discovery, documents, motions, jury instructions, trial notebooks, and post-trial and appeals memoranda. The role of the paralegal in assisting attorneys during settlement, trial or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods is stressed.  

PLS 352: Nonprofit Management
Examination of current issues confronting health care managers. An assessment of current programs and management responses to emerging trends in the health care field, including delivery systems, marketing/competition, strategic planning, financial management and/or epidemiological changes. 

PLS 370: Immigration Law for Paralegals
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of immigration law. This course will teach students the various types of visa, legal permanent residence, and United States citizenship. It will examine the principles and processes associated with immigration applications and procedures including tourist and student visas, family-based residence applications, employment-based residence applications and visas asylum, citizenship and naturalization, and removal or deportation cases in Immigration Court.

PLS 400: Legal Ethics
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. 

PLS 420: Legal Capstone Course
Students integrate knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical application of research methods, writing for the legal and criminal justice professions, and selected specialty areas in the law and criminal justice through assigned readings, seminar discussion, and the completion of assigned projects. 

PSYCH 240: Quantitative Analysis
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 499: Applied Practicum in Psychology
Students register for this course in conjunction with a 120-hour applied practicum experience in psychology, students attend a weekly 1-hour classroom seminar designed to integrate their practicum experiences with theoretical and empirical concepts in psychology. Enrollment is by permission of instructor. 

SHS 328: Crisis Intervention
Designed for personal growth related to issues of death and dying for professionals working in the field, as well as non-professionals. A developmental, life cycle perspective is used, examining such concepts as bereavement theories, cultural differences, clinical intervention with various types of mourning, and coping with caregiver stress and grief. Students will have an opportunity to examine their own beliefs and attitudes, expand their understanding of the grief process within families, examine traditional and non-traditional closure rituals, and learn new caregiver skills to prevent burnout.  

SHS 408: Counseling: Theory/Skills
A brief theoretical overview of counseling is discussed in conjunction with the application of practical skill development. Skills included are listening, observation, presentation of self, rapport development, interviewing, and empathy.  

SHS 411: Grant Writing
Provides a working knowledge of the various sources of funds available to the grant writer as well as the terminology and the components (problem statements, objectives, methodology, evaluation, budget) of various funding applications and instruments. At the conclusion of the course the student will have the skills to do basic research for a grant proposal and to write a proposal.

SHS 454: Social & Health Services Research Methods
Introduces principles of research methodology pertinent to health care and social service fields of practice in which Social and Health Services students are currently or will be employed. As such, the course focuses on the formulation and design of an independent research project related to practice. 

SHS 459: Seminar in Managed Care
Investigates the evolution of managed care in the United States health care system, particularly focusing on efficiency and effectiveness in this approach to contemporary medical and mental health care practice. Students will be required to critically examine issues of cost containment, quality management, and the political context of current debates regarding the future of managed care in social and health services. 

STCOM 100: Introduction to Persuasive Technique
Writing for corporate and organization communication requires professionals to craft and deliver targeted persuasive messages. This course introduces students to the role and theories of persuasion in writing and provides synthesis between the theory and practice of persuasion for any communication related career. This class teaches fundamental persuasion and related writing skills, allowing the student to deliver message through multiple vehicles. The concepts of audience analysis; source credibility; appeal to self-­-interest; clarity of the message; timing and context; symbols, slogans, and acronyms; semantics; suggestions for action; and content and structure will be interwoven throughout. 

STCOM 220: Corporate Communications
Corporate communications is more than the carefully selected words that make it into memos, newsletters, speeches and official corporate outreach activities. It's how well communications priorities integrate with business objectives. It's what managers say - and neglect to say - to their employees. It's the way leaders address rumors and speculation. And, perhaps most important, it's the vehicle that drives the way the world regards an organization. This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the corporate communication function with all of a company's stakeholders. Stakeholders are those individuals or groups who have an interest in the success or failure of corporation. This course will examine the strategic communication demands placed on the corporation by a variety of stakeholders: employees, customers, shareholders, the local community, and media.   In this course, students examine communication practices in the corporate environment. Course content focuses on how corporations communicate with their key stakeholders, both internal and external to the corporation, and introduces students to specific communication functions such as image management, crisis communication, advertising, public relations, and new media/communication technologies. Corporate communication and public relations theories are explored through the lens of practical applications. Through readings, discussions, and hands-on applications, students are introduced to practices that reach a variety of stakeholders including media, customers, investors, employees, media, government agencies, and communities.

SOC 234: The Family
An analysis of the family as a social institution and intimate group. Topics include the impact of industrialization, marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenthood, the influence of social class, and variations in lifestyle and family structure. The focus is on the contemporary U.S. society, with some cross-cultural comparative material. 

TLM 430: Ethics in Science & Technology
In-depth study of some aspect of Technology and Manufacturing Management. Specific focus may vary from semester to semester and may include: Lean Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Ethics in Science and Technology, Organizational Change Management, Leadership, etc. 

TLM 430: Lean Manufacturing
In-depth study of some aspect of Technology and Manufacturing Management. Specific focus may vary from semester to semester and may include: Lean Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Ethics in Science and Technology, Organizational Change Management, Leadership, etc. 

TLM 457: Workplace Safety/Health
Topics include: job safety analysis, plant inspection, accident investigation, safety education, and training. Special emphasis is placed on an introduction to the OSHA program and its application to industry. 

WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing
In a series of increasingly complex assignments, students cultivate rhetorical and writing process knowledge as well as an understanding of the general expectations of the academic discourse community. Assignments focus on summary and analysis of academically oriented texts. 

WTNG 102 How Writing Works
This first-year course helps students develop a conceptual map of how writing works by building their rhetorical and writing-process knowledge and by fostering genre and discourse community awareness. Students draft a minimum of four revised essays and complete a course portfolio.  

WTNG 220: Critical Writing / Professions
A research-based course, Critical Writing for the Professions focuses on the guidelines for persuasive writing commonly used in business and industry: how to write for specific audiences, choose the appropriate style, design effective document formats, and use visuals to help achieve a document’s purpose. The course emphasizes the composition of such professional documents as letters, proposals, and analytical reports.   

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