Special Summer Session Courses

Courses during the 2021 Special Summer Session

Courses run from June 21 - July 30, 2021

Note: When no meeting days/times are listed, the instructor will discuss with the class about specific days and times to meet. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

ANTH 290. Slavery: From the Trade of Humans to Human Trafficking.
Instructor: Iliana G Villegas, Adjunct Faculty

These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Their topics are contingent upon the expertise of current departmental faculty. Any prerequisites will be indicated in the course schedule.

Meeting Time TBA

COMM 201. Public Speaking.
Instructor: George Griffin, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Communication and Media Studies

Study of the principles of public address to include the preparation and delivery of various types of speeches.

Meets Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

CSCI 111. Introduction to Computing.
Instructor: Daniel Plante, PhD, Professor of Computer Science.

An introduction to computing for non-computer science majors or those who have no previous programming experience. Introduction to elementary computer theory, algorithmic thinking, terminology and software applications in either a robotics or multimedia context.

Meeting Time TBA

CSEC 141. Intro to Cybersecurity.
Instructor: Daniel Plante, PhD, Professor of Computer Science.

This course provides an overview of the broad range of issues, techniques, people, organizations, and recent news related to cybersecurity. It explains the ways in which cybersecurity impacts individuals, organizations and states and covers relevant U.S. and international laws. This course also exposes students to the various professions connected with cybersecurity and provides the terms and concepts that are revisited in all other CSEC courses. Students in this course use a scripting language such as Python to simulate attacks and understand cybersecurity principles. Prerequisite: CSCI 111 or CSCI 141.

Meeting Time TBA 

ECON 103S. Essentials of Economics I
Instructor: Ranjini Thaver, PhD, Professor of Economics

An analysis of the economic problem of scarcity. The course focuses on solving these economic problems from the perspective of individual economic agents, and on the economy as a whole from an aggregate perspective, measuring and analyzing the interrelationships among gross domestic product, unemployment, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies and their impact on economic growth and stability are examined.

Meets Wednesdays, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


EDUC 255S. Educational Psychology.
Instructor: Doreen Gruber, EdD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Leadership.

Examines principles of psychology as they apply to education with an emphasis on the use of theory and research to improve instruction. Topics typically include theories of development, theories of learning, motivation, assessment and evaluation. 

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ENSS 418: Energy Management and Policy.
Instructor: Dennis Dickerson, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Environmental Science and Studies

This course provides a critical understanding of energy resources and the importance of energy markets and utilization in supporting modern economies. Topics will include power generation and distribution, transportation, and the environmental consequences of using energy. It will also explore how energy resource availability and costs are regulated by international agreements, and national, state, and local government agencies to support a healthy economy and environment.

Meeting Time TBA

FSEM 100: First Year Seminar - Concepts of the Human

Instructor: Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy

Meets Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

FSEM 100: First Year Seminar - Social and Spiritual Intelligence

Instructor: Ranjini Thaver, PhD, Professor of Economics

Meets Wednesdays, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

HIST 105H. Modern World Civilizations. 

Instructor: Martin Blackwell, PhD, Visiting Professor of History

Survey of world history since the 14th-century Black Plague, focusing initially on the European enlightenment and the creation of global empires leading to the First World War. After highlighting the rise of global nationalisms and the politics of disease, the course culminates with the end of the Cold War between capitalism and communism and the development of the multi-polar present with its differing approaches to the planet’s problems. Writing enhanced course.

Meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

RELS 103B: Religions of the East
Instructor: Christopher Bell, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

An introduction to the beliefs and practices of the religions of the East, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. By tracing the historical development of these religious traditions and studying the scriptures, doctrines, rituals, ethics, and social institutions, students enter into the worldview of the East.

Meets Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.