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Whether you're looking to make up courses, pick up additional credits or want to build your skills in a particular area, our wide variety of summer classes and affordable tuition make it easy. We have been offering online and distance learning for over 30 years! Classes can be easily transferred to your degree plan at other institutions or toward your future RWU degree.

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Online 3-credit undergraduate class tuition: $1299
Active Military and their families class tuition: $750

Graduate class tuition varies, view current rates.

Summer Session includes a variety of start and end dates. The details for each class are listed next to each course name.


Step One: Pick Your Online Course for Summer

View the program areas below and make note of the course number/key that you are interested in taking.

AAH.121.91C History of Art/Arch I (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
Fulfills a course requirement in the Art and Architectural History Core Concentration An introduction to the visual cultures of the ancient and medieval worlds, including Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Key issues and monuments focus the discussion, and works of art, including painting, sculpture and architecture, are examined in relation to their political, religious and social contexts.

ARCH.100.91C Exploring Architecture (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
Enrollment limited to high school students who have completed their junior year and high school students who have completed their sophomore year with permission at the time of application. A four week introduction to architectural issues, concepts, and basic design methodology for high school students interested in understanding architecture as a possible area of college study and career. Course instruction is via workshops and individualized studio critique emphasizing freehand drawing, design exercises, field trips, lectures and portfolios. The grade is based on overall performance with special emphasis on the quality of a major project.

ASIA 100.91C Foundations of Asia (Online, 5 week course, June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
This course provides an introduction to the literary,  historical, cultural and philosophical events and traditions of this important region that includes China, Japan, and Korea among other important states. Connections to major literary, historical, and political movements over time, as well as to the cultural and philosophical underpinnings that characterize the region. The course raises questions about the interaction among Asian countries in the modern world.

CAS.330.93C COVID-19: Introduction to Disease Control (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has given the world an up-close view of the challenging, interdisciplinary process of disease control. This course introduces students to the steps in that process with an emphasis on scientific discovery, international collaboration, health inequalities, and the complex, often messy dynamics of public health policy implementation in an evolving global crisis.

COMM.250.91C Intercultural Communication (Online, May 21, 2020 to July 31, 2020)
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.

CULST 370.91C/GSS430.91C Vigilante Women (Online, 5 week course, June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
This course examines vigilante women in life and fiction. Over the past ten years, in response to the global epidemic of violence against women, groups of vigilante women have emerged in India, Nigeria, and Mexico to fight back against corrupt institutions, systems, and leaders who do not protect women and girls against violence.  These groups claim an ethical legitimacy of their use of violence in response to ineffective and nonresponsive judiciaries. Furthermore, vigilante women in fiction provide a space where violent responses to violence against girls and women can be liberatory, freeing them from the shackles of violent men, or other patriarchal constraints. In particular, this course considers whether or not vigilante violence can be wielded toward feminist ends.  This is complicated terrain, because vigilantism utilizes threat, force, and violence, and historically many feminists have named those as weapons of the patriarchy.  But when women claim those acts as for agency and empowerment, and use them for the collective betterment of their communities, the feminist potential for vigilante women becomes a moral possibility worthy of deeper examination. Using memoir, journalism, photography, film, television, fiction, poetry, and young adult literature as our objects of analysis, students will leave this course understanding vigilantism, feminism, and what is at stake when vigilante women act on behalf of girls and women who are left vulnerable despite the systems and laws that have been designed to protect them.

EDU.202.91C Psychology of Learning and Development (Online July 5 to August 9, 2020)
This course explores how learning is influenced by development, experience, and maturation. The major focus is on the interaction of cognitive, cultural, and personality factors in development from early infancy to adulthood. The roles of motivation, intelligence, and socio-economic status receive considerable attention. Students evaluate distinct theories of learning and discuss the vital role that teachers play in the development and assessment of their students’ learning. This course includes a field experience in an urban public school.

EDU.305.91C Classroom Applications of Technology at the Elementary and Middle School Level (Online June 15 to July 19, 2020)
This course is required for all elementary education majors.  The focus of the course is the integration of technology into the classroom and the use of technology as a productivity and research tool for teachers.  This course addresses all of the National Technology Standards for Educators (©ISTE 2017).

EDU.380.93C Case Study: Refugee Youth (Online,  June 15, 2020 to July 19. 2020)
A look at current events in education. This course will look at the refugee experience and educational needs of refugee youth, particular to resettled youth in the US. Open to all students, no education background needed. PURPOSE THE COURSE: Providence is a refugee resettlement site, and as such, settles sizable numbers of refugee youth. Refugee youth have particular needs regarding their education. This course will look at the refugee experience from leaving their country of origin through their schooling experiences in the US.

EDU.381.93C Young Adolescent Development (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the key physical, psychological, and social needs changes that characterize the developmental stages of young adolescence. Emphasis is placed on understanding issues related to the complexities of this unique phase of development within the context of middle school classroom environments.

EDU.430.91C Children and Books (Online June 8 to August 16, 2020)
Introduction to multicultural trade books, classic and contemporary, for children from birth to age nine. Students examine and evaluate both text and illustration in a variety of genres: concept books, folktales, fantasy, historical fiction, poetry, informational books, etc. Open to everyone.

FILM.270.91C Documentary Film (Online, May 21, 2020 to June 12, 2020)
Documentary Film will examine critical and theoretical approaches to the documentary genre. Through a historical survey of documentary and ethnographic film, this course explores documentary theory, aesthetics, and ethics. Topics include early cinema, World War II propaganda, cinema verité, radical documentary, the essay film, counter-ethnographies, and contemporary mixed forms such as documentary films in journalism, anthropology, biography, historical restoration and personal statement. Students will gain an understanding of cinema theory and its language.Fulfills a course requirement for the Film Studies Minor. Prerequisite: FILM 101 or consent of instructor

HIST 345.91C Pirates, Sailors, and Whalers (Online, 5 week course, June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
Students will explore the history of pirates around the Atlantic World, and consider the myth and reality of piracy. The class will explore a range of primary sources, including execution sermons for pirates and pirate codes from aboard the Jolly Roger. Students will complete an in-depth case study of the whaling industry in New England.

HIST.360.91C/CULST.372.93C History by Hollywood (Online, June 24, 2020 to July 31, 2020)
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.

LATIN.101.91C Elementary Latin I (Online, June 15, 2020 to July 24, 2020)
Fulfills a course requirement in the Language Core Concentration The first course of a two-course sequence intended to provide the fundamentals of Latin with a special emphasis on developing facility in reading the Latin language. Elementary Latin I introduces the student to basic grammatical structures, vocabulary of the Latin language, and major works of Latin literature. No previous knowledge of Latin is required. (3 credits)

LANG 430.92C French Ideas Driving the Modern World (Online, 3 week course, May 21, 2020 to June 12, 2020)
French Ideas Driving The Modern World.  From the Renaissance, through the French Revolution to the European Space Program, French thinkers have influenced science, philosophy and the arts—and created the world we live in today. From Montaigne to Lévi-Strauss, they have changed the way we view different cultures. From Descartes to the Pasteur Institute, they have taken giant steps in logic and hard science. The French Enlightenment pollenated our founding documents, while the Revolution and Fourier’s socialism have shaped many other governments. The course explores these ideas, along with the arts: Realists and Naturalists who, together with the Nabis, Cubists and Surrealists, radically changed 20th Century writing and painting. Instruction is in English

VARTS.101.91C Foundations of Drawing (Online, May 21-June 21, 2020 OR June 15 - July 20, 2020)
Fulfills a course requirement in the Visual Arts Studies: Painting/ Drawing/ Printmaking, or Sculpture Core Concentration Using various drawing materials, basic drawing methods will be introduced including composition, the effective use of positive and negative space, the relationship of image to page, methods of controlling spatial illusion, and various means to creating images.

VARTS.161.91C Foundations of Photography (Online, May 21-June 21, 2020)
This studio course will introduce students to the fundamentals of film, darkroom, digital based photography, software and printing. This foundation course will form the basis of further studies within photography and digital media while emphasizing the rich vocabulary associated with this time and narrative based medium. Students must have an adjustable digital camera.

VARTS.181.91C Foundations of Painting (Online, May 21-June 21, 2020)
Fulfills a course requirement in the Visual Arts Studies: Painting/ Drawing/ Printmaking Core Concentration Using water-based materials, students will explore color mixing and color theory as it relates to spatial and compositional problems in painting.

ACCTG.202.91C Accounting II: Managerial (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
Prerequisite: 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.112.91C Principles of Macroeconomics (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
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. Students who have completed Econ 101 will not receive credit for Econ 112

MGMT.200.91C Management Principles (Online June 15 to July 19, 2020)
Analysis of general management, organizations, and organizational behavior. Emphasizes the manager’s accountability for efficient and effective performance, which includes responsibility for making work organizations more fit for human habitation.

POLSC 430.91C Rhode Island Politics (Online, 5 week course June 15 to July 19, 2020)
This course will focus on the foundations, structure and processes of Rhode Island politics in the context of the political science literature on state government.  Students will become familiar with the Rhode Island constitution and the allocation of power between the governor and the legislature, and the state government and municipalities.    The inner workings of selected state agencies and legislative committees will be analyzed.  Students will select a policy area and develop a policy analysis of Rhode Island’s approach to policy compared with other states.  Particular focus will be a real-time analysis of Rhode Island’s response to the public health crisis of 2020. Professor Speakman is currently a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives where she sits on the Health, Education and Welfare Committee and the Oversight Committee.  Her prior service include fourteen years as a member of the Town Council in Barrington, RI.

POLSC 430.92C The 2020 Election in a Time of Crisis (Online, 5 week course,  June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
This course will be an in-depth analysis of the presidential and congressional electoral landscape as we move out of primary season and into the general election.  We will study how campaigns and elections have changed in response to the public health crisis, and the extent to which the political science understanding of candidate behavior, campaign dynamics, and voter choice is changing as a result of the crisis. Open to everyone.

POLSC 430.94C Chocolate, Coffee, and Globalization (Online, 5 week course June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
Do you start your day with coffee? Coffee is an integral part of life for producers and consumers around the world, and it among the most valuable commodities produced by developing countries (in terms of total trade dollars). Do you consider your day complete when you have had a bite or three of chocolate? Like coffee, chocolate (cacao) is also an extremely valuable commodity. This course will consider the diverse expressions and ramifications of coffee culture and our chocoholic nature. Our course will examine farmers, traders, and consumers. The farmers at the ground level see the commodity as their livelihood. The buyers and traders are the middlemen who broker deals and control and manipulate the market. Finally, the consumers need both farmers and brokers and cannot imagine life without the nectar/food of the gods. This course will explore the historical roots of coffee and cacao production and trade, including their roles in nation-building and international power relations. It will also look at the current implications for economic development and social justice, including environmental justice.

CJS.200.91C Intro Criminalistics (Online, June 8 to August 18, 2020)
Instruction in the collection and preservation of physical evidence found at a crime scene.

CJS.305.91C Drugs Society & Behavior (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
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.

ANSOC 280.91C Anthropology of Sport (Online, 5 week course,  June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
This course is an introduction to anthropology of sport. In the first third of the course students will learn about history of the anthropology of sport and see how each of five subfields of anthropology examines sport. During the rest of the course students will examine a variety of case studies through books and films, not only about North American sports and culture but also outside our borders, including Europe, South America and Asia. Open to everyone.

CAS.330.92C The Pursuit of Happiness (Online, June 8 to August 16, 2020)
In this time of worldwide crisis, it is perhaps more important than ever to consider The Pursuit of Happiness.  Inspired by recent work in the social sciences about the causes and consequences of happiness and well-being, this course will expand on these perspectives and consider the pursuit of happiness from a variety of other viewpoints, including aesthetics, philosophy, literature, art, and other disciplines. The course aims to address issues such as, How has the pursuit of happiness changed across time?  Across place?  Is happiness essential, and if so, how do we as members of society make the pursuit of happiness accessible to all?  Readings and class discussions will focus on deepening our understanding of happiness from a broad perspective.  In addition (and perhaps most importantly), students will partake in a number of experiential activities designed to promote happiness, well-being, and learning how to live a meaningful life.

PSYCH.201.91C Psychology of Learning (Online July 5 to August 9, 2020)
Basic principles of learning are stressed in the analysis of behavior. Focus of attention is on psychology as a science. Behavioral measurement and objectivity in behavioral observation are stressed.

Psych.255.91C Social Psychology (Online, June 15 to July 19, 2020)
Fulfills a course requirement in the Psychology Core Concentration, Prerequisite: PSYCH 100   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.430.91C The Psychology of Food  (Online, 5 week course June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
This course explores the psychological processes, theories, and research that surround humanity’s complex relationship with food. We will focus on food consumption, advertising, political influences, and production from a psychological perspective and discuss how food choices impact our identity and health. We will also discuss different forms of eating-related psychopathology such as eating disorders and binging/purging behavior and review evidence-based treatments for these behaviors. Lastly, we will identify the ways that culture and class-based food choice and availability impact individual and societal health.

PSYCH.430.92C Star Trek and its Progeny: Predictions of  the Psychology of Human Diversity and Social Justice? (Online, 5 week course June 15, 2020 to July 19, 2020)
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.

MATH.214.91C Calculus II and Lab (Online, June 8 to August 16, 2020)
Prerequisite Successful Completion of Math 213 (C- or higher). Fulfills a course requirement in the Mathematics Core Concentration Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics.  Covers the integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and its applications. Topics include elementary differential equations, computation of areas, volumes, work and other physical quantities, integration techniques, improper integrals, and infinite series. The laboratory component Involves use of computer algebra software.

PHYS.202.91C Physics II / PHYS.202L.91C Lab (Online, June 19 to July 24, 2020)
Prerequisite: PHYS 201; Pre- or Co-requisite: MATH 214 PHYS 201 and 202 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in laboratory science Covers fluids, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, the atomic nucleus and radioactivity. (4 credits)

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