Special Summer Session Courses

Courses during the Special Summer Session

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.


Short courses June 18-July 17

Courses in the Special Summer Session (June 22-July 31)

FSEM 100 SP1. The Anxiety of Identity. 1 Unit. First Year Seminar Instructor: Nicole Denner, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of English.

I think therefore I am ... I think? Art often teases us with competing concepts of the self that shake the stability of identity, taunting us with an existential anxiety. This course’s focus on identity will develop critical and analytical thinking while serving as an introduction to existentialism and its relationship to literature and film. We will use novels, short stories, plays, films and other narrative forms to explore the moral, social, political and artistic questions at the foundation of existentialism in its specific historical context. We will then try to think through how those questions and answers change in later, more modern contexts —indeed, how they matter for us today in our day-to-day lives.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

FSEM 100 SP2. Social Justice in Film: Prejudice, Discrimination and Persecution. 1 Unit. First Year Seminar Instructor: Stuart Michelson, PhD, Professor of Finance.

The class will examine films with social justice-related themes, specifically prejudice, discrimination and persecution. The course will review various movies such as The Crash, Freeheld, Milk, Dark Girls, Freedom Riders, Danish Girl and A Beautiful Mind. We will discuss the issues and concepts related to prejudice and discrimination as represented in these films and cover social justice from an academic standpoint to better understand the concepts dealt with in the films. We will go beyond prejudice and discrimination to discuss the personal social implications of diversity for both the majority and minority group members. We will consider how historical, political, economic, and societal factors shape the way people think about and respond to diversity. Be prepared to be involved in thought-provoking class discussions.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

FSEM 100 SP3. Life at the Intersection: Examining the Collision of Ideas, Innovations and Culture. 1 Unit. First Year Seminar Instructor: John Tichenor, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Management.

From Galileo to Marie Curie to Steve Jobs, great innovators have stood in the intersection of ideas, technology and culture. In this course, we will examine these intersections and the great innovators and innovations that have made our world. We will discuss how ideas and innovations come together in often-explosive ways. We will read, study and discuss texts such as The Medici Effect, writings of Malcolm Gladwell and Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Through our study and discussion, we will challenge ourselves to see beyond our own current expertise and to actively approach new situations, including the first year in college, in creative and game-changing ways.
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

COMM 201. Public Speaking. 1 Unit. 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

CSCI 111. Introduction to Computing. 1 Unit. 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.

CSEC 141. Intro to Cybersecurity. 1 Unit. 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.

DIGA 101A. Digital Art Fundamentals. 1 Unit. Instructor: Madison Creech, MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Arts.

An introduction to digital arts as a tool for artistic expression. Topics include digital imaging for print and screen, raster and vector graphics, video, animation and interactivity. Students will be exposed to the work and ideas of important artists working in digital arts. Emphasis is on the application of acquired skills in the completion of creative projects.

DIGA 161A. Digital Audio Fundamentals. 1 Unit. Instructor: Charles Underriner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Digital Arts.

An introduction to digital audio as a tool for artistic expression. Topics include digital audio encoding, recording hardware and techniques, basic audio processing, MIDI applications, and multitrack sequencing. Students will be exposed to the work and ideas of important artists working in electronic music and sound design. Emphasis is on the application of acquired skills in the completion of creative projects.

ECON 103S. Essentials of Economics I. 1 Unit. 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.

EDUC 255S. Educational Psychology. 1 Unit. 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. 

HIST 105H. Modern World Civilizations. 1 Unit. 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.

HLSC 119V. Health and Wellness. 1 Unit. Instructor: Michele Skelton, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Sciences.

This course focuses on Stetson's Health and Wellness Value. This course examines health information and issues confronting each person and our society from the psychological, physical, intellectual, social, occupational, environmental and spiritual dimensions.

HONR 301. Honors Junior Seminar. 1 Unit. Instructor: Yohann Ripert, PhD, Assistant Professor of French.

“Freedom: Facts and Fiction.” In their junior or senior year, students participate in a seminar focused on the question, “What does it mean to live a free life?” Students prepare for their Honors Oral Exam by substantively revising their credo. This summer session, our theme is “Freedoms, Rights, Responsibilities.” What do we mean when we claim our right to act in the name of freedom? Who, if anyone, should be responsible for the limits of freedom that constitute the bedrock of modern democracies? We will interrogate the meaning, ramifications and challenges of three notions that are crucial to our understanding of the modern world through the reading of key philosophical texts, fictional works, and films. We will pay attention to how real and imagined characters conceive of freedom, rights, and responsibilities, and confront it with our own conceptions. All the reading this session will enable our class to discuss the fundamental premises of today’s life in society–from philosophical to economic freedom, political agency and artistic creation, present limits and future opportunities. Prerequisite: HONR 202. Writing enhanced course.
Meets Mondays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

MATH 116Q. Introduction to Cryptology. 1 Unit. Instructor: Hari Pulpaka, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics.

This course gives a historical overview of cryptology and the mathematics behind it. Cryptology is the science of making (and breaking) secret codes. From the oldest recorded codes (taken from hieroglyphic engravings) to the modern encryption schemes necessary to secure information in a global community, cryptology has become an intrinsic part of our culture. This course will examine not only the mathematics behind cryptology, but its cultural and historical impact. Topics will include matrix methods for securing data, substitutional ciphers, transpositional codes, Vigenere ciphers, Data Encryption Standard (DES) and public key encryption. The mathematics encountered as a consequence of the cryptology schemes studied will include matrix algebra, modular arithmetic, permutations, statistics, probability theory and elementary number theory.

MATH 122Q. Calculus for Business Decisions. 1 Unit. Instructor: Tom Vogel, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science.

This course covers tools necessary to apply the science of decision-making in the business environment. Students working in teams give oral and written presentations on key projects taken from real world business problems. Quantitative reasoning topics include the following: Graphing Functions; Demand, Revenue, Cost and Profit; Trend Lines, Differentiation; Optimization; and Integration. Students integrate the use of technology with excel spreadsheets, power point presentations and software packages. Prerequisites: Math Placement Testing required for entry.

MATH 125Q. Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling. 1 Unit. Instructor: Brianna Kurtz, Phd., Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

An introduction to some mathematical techniques used to explore, model and analyze phenomena in the sciences. Topics include probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, regression, and linear systems.

PSYC 202. Memory in Everyday Life. 1 Unit. Instructor: Michael Eskenazi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

This course will explore the memory issues faced by people in everyday life, including the recollection of past events, judging memory accuracy, flashbulb memories, eyewitness testimony, trauma and repression, and disorders of memory. Students will critically analyze historical events, criminal trials, and their own memories to learn more about memory processes. This course is a mixture of lecture and discussions of experiments, readings and videos. 

PSYC 312V (or permission of instructor). Writing Enhanced course. PSYC 312V. Abnormal Psychology. 1 Unit. Instructor: Sarah Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

This course focuses on Stetson's Human Diversity Value. This course provides an overview of the field of abnormal psychology. The major psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance-related disorders, and sexual and gender identity disorders, are explored from biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and sociocultural perspectives. The investigation of each disorder covers symptoms, contributing factors and treatment options. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S (or permission of instructor).

Short Courses, Session 3, June 18-July 17

ARTS 105A. Drawing I. 1 Unit. Instructor: Viktoryia McGrath, MFA, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Creative Arts.

This course introduces the student to the practice and history of drawing. Using a range of different media and various technical and conceptual approaches, the course provides a solid foundation in the use of line, value, shape, composition, perspective and content.

ARTS 206A. Painting I. 1 Unit. Instructor: Viktoryia McGrath, MFA, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Creative Arts.

A basic course that acquaints the student with various approaches to painting through a study of its formal, technical, historical and conceptual aspects. The course will cover color theory, value, composition, shape, naturalism and abstraction.

SOCI 101S. Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology. 1 Unit. Instructor: Sharmaine Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

This course surveys the major theories, research methods, and contemporary issues and findings in sociology. Whether exploring gender, crime, the family, religion, race, social class, social movements or other social phenomena, students will discover how and why people behave as they do, and, in so doing, learn more about themselves and the social world. By analyzing the effects of group relations on people’s behavior; how individuals, groups, social institutions, community and culture affect each other; and the impact of social processes on our lives, students will discern the relevance of sociology to their own lives and to fostering social justice. Note: SOCI 101S is a prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level sociology courses.

SOBA 205. Professional Communications. 1 Unit. Instructor: Megan Young, MBA, Instructor of Management.

This course develops students’ written and oral communication skills for the professional environment. Students will use supporting technology to improve writing mechanics, develop various forms of written assignments applicable to the business disciplines, evaluate research sources, and write a topical research paper. Students will also be required to make presentations, develop supporting materials for presentation effectiveness, communicate in small groups, and participate in feedback sessions. Writing enhanced course.