Online Courses 2019

First Session, 2019

BIOL 455 Behavioral Neuroscience (3)

Prerequisite, BIOL 205. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. The neurobiological basis of animal behavior at the level of single cells, neural circuits, sensory systems, and organisms. Lecture topics range from principles of cellular neurobiology to ethological field studies. Five lectures per week.

BIOL 474 Evolution of Vertebrate Life (3)

Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Evolutionary history of the vertebrates. Emphasis on anatomical, physiological, behavioral adaptations accompanying major transitions: the move from water to land, the development of complex integrating systems. Counts as organismal ONLY when 474 & 474L completed (474L offered in fall & spring only)

CHIN 150 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

A course designed to introduce students to the Chinese world of past and present. Chinese civilization is explored from a variety of perspectives: political, social, cultural, intellectual, and economic.

DRAM 287 African American Theatre (3)

This course investigates the history and legacy of African American drama through the study of its literary texts, performance styles, and cultural history.

DRAM 292 “Corner of the Sky”: The American Musical (3)

This course considers the anatomy and diversity of the American musical, exploring its history and aesthetics, and employing an interdisciplinary approach to examining its shows, sounds, stars, structures, styles, and sensibilities within the genre’s dominant contexts of Broadway, Hollywood, and Utopia. ***Canceled***

EDUC 689 Foundations of Special Education (3)

This course will provide an advanced introduction to key concepts, issues, and service delivery approaches pertaining to the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

ENEC 309 Environmental Values and Valuation (3)

Introduction to the methods for assigning value to aspects of the environment and to interhuman and human-environment interactions. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on methods from philosophy, ecology, psychology, aesthetics, economics, religion, etc. Computer equipped with internet access required.

ENGL 140 Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature (WGST 140) (3)

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

ENGL 143 Film and Culture (3)

Examines the ways culture shapes and is shaped by film. This course uses comparative methods to contrast films as historic or contemporary, mainstream or cutting-edge, in English or a foreign language, etc.

ENGL 146 Science Fiction/Fantasy/Utopia (3)

Readings in and theories of science fiction, utopian and dystopian literatures, and fantasy fiction.

HIST 372 History of American Politics, 1932-Present (3)

This course explores the political history of the United States from the New Deal in the 1930s to the present. Topics include the trajectories of liberalism and conservatism and the origins of today’s most protracted political debates-from McCarthyism to 9/11, from Watergate to Obamacare.

INLS 501 Information Resources and Services (3)

Analysis, use, and evaluation of information and reference systems, services, and tools for both printed and electronic delivery. Provides a foundation in electronic information search techniques, question negotiation, interviewing, and instruction.

INLS 520 Organization of Information (3)

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523 Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (3)

Prerequisite: INLS 161 for undergraduates. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.

MEJO 141 Media Ethics (3)

Explore what constitutes ethical practices, what interferes with ethical practices, and what emerging ethical issues may challenge the newest generation of professional communicators. Cases involve print, broadcast, and Internet news media; photojournalism; graphic design; public relations; and advertising.

MEJO 153 Writing and Reporting (3)

A laboratory course that teaches journalistic skills essential to writing across platforms. Practice in using news gathering tools, such as sourcing and interviewing techniques; writing stories, including leads, organization, quotations, and data; editing for grammar, punctuation, brevity, style, and accuracy; and critical thinking about news values and audiences.

MEJO 340 Introduction to Media Law: Journalism Focus (3)

Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Focuses on speech and press freedoms under the First Amendment. Topics include prior restraint, libel, privacy, protection of anonymous sources, free press-fair trial, federal regulation of electronic and new media, freedom of information, intellectual property, and international issues. For student in journalism and in AD/PR.

MEJO 390 Visual Communication Entrepreneurship (3)

Students gain an understanding of visual communication entrepreneurship. The course will utilize online learning tools to give students the skills and concepts necessary to manage a photography/video production business.

MEJO 441 Diversity and Communication (3)

An examination of racial stereotypes and minority portrayals in United States culture and communication. Emphasis is on the portrayal of Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans in the mass media.

MEJO 442 Gender, Class, Race and Mass Media (WGST 442) (3)

The media play a critical role in the construction and contestation of ideas about gender, class, and race. Using a range of methods, students will analyze media messages past and present to understand how gender, race, and class influence media production and consumption.

MEJO 713 Digital Data and Analytics (3)

This course explores the fundamental concepts and principles that underlie techniques for extracting useful information and knowledge from digital data. The primary goal of the course is to help you view problems from a data perspective and understand how to systematically analyze such problems. Certificate Students Only.

MEJO 717 Visual Communication and Information Architecture (3)

This course explores the overlap between several related disciplines: information visualization and architecture, cognitive science, graphic design and journalism. Content covered includes cognitive psychology, information design, visualization, and ethics. In this course, students will learn the basic rules of graphic design and information visualization through readings, discussions on real-world examples and the design of several projects.  The goal is not that students become a designer, but that they learn to visually organize information to communicate. MATC students only.

POLI 252 International Organizations and Global Issues (PWAD 252) (3)

Examines international organizations and their relationships with and impacts upon international politics, international law, and selected global issues.

PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

RELI 162 Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church (3)

This course provides students with a first glimpse and insight into the Catholic tradition, past, present, and future: its beliefs, structure, aims, successes, and failures. ***Canceled***

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RELI 201 Ancient Biblical Interpretation (3)

The course looks at the origins of biblical interpretation, how the Hebrew Bible was interpreted around the turn of the Common Era, the key formative period for early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. We consider the nature of interpretation as an endeavor, as well as how the Bible came to be viewed as Scripture.

SOWO 730 Social Work and the Law (3)

Course provides familiarity with legal processes, legal research, and legal analysis within the context of socio-legal issues important to social work practice.

SPAN 301 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 261. Prepares students to formulate and communicate critical analyses of literary works in at least three genres chosen from theater, poetry, essay, narrative, and film while situating the readings within a cultural context. Students will improve Spanish language proficiency and appreciation of different world views through literature and culture. Previously offered as SPAN 260. Students may not receive credit for both SPAN 301 and SPAN 260 or 302.

SPAN 373 Studies in Latin American Literature. (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 301 or 302. The literature of Spanish America from pre-Colombian times to the present. Representative authors and texts from various literary movements will be studied in their sociohistorical contexts.

Second Session, 2019

AMST 110 Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (HIST 110) (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.

ASIA 106. Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music (3)

An introduction to Israeli popular culture, with a transnational and interdisciplinary frame. Focusing on Israeli music, exploring its different genres and the cultural richness developed since Zionism, reaching along the way a broad understanding of Israeli society.

DRAM 287 African American Theatre (3)

This course investigates the history and legacy of African American drama through the study of its literary texts, performance styles, and cultural history.

EDUC 526 Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas (3)

Among the topics examined are ethical implications of democratic schooling for a democratic society, educators as moral agents, and education as an institution with incumbent responsibilities. Students explore the explicit and implied ethics of education and schooling as they relate to policy makers, educators, and citizens concerned about social justice.

EDUC 689 Foundations of Special Education (3)

This course will provide an advanced introduction to key concepts, issues, and service delivery approaches pertaining to the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

ENGL 129 Literature and Cultural Diversity (3)

Studies in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Anglo-Indian, Caribbean, gay-lesbian, and other literatures written in English.

ENGL 140 Intro to Gay & Lesbian Literature (WMST 140) (3)

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

ENGL 155 The Visual and Graphic Narrative (3)

This course examines a number of visual texts, including graphic novels and emerging narrative forms that include visuals as well as words. The course explores how meaning can be conveyed through the composition, juxtaposition, and framing of images as well as through the relationship between words and images.

HIST 107 Medieval History (3)

A survey of Western Europe and the Mediterranean World, 300 – 1500.

HIST 110 Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (AMST 110) (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.

HIST 140 The World since 1945 (3)

This introduction to the contemporary world examines the Cold War and its international aftermath, decolonization, national development across a variety of cases, and trends in the global economy.

INLS 500 Human Computer Interactions (3)

The behavioral and cognitive activities of those who interact with information, with emphasis on the role of information mediators. How information needs are recognized and resolved; use and dissemination of information.

INLS 513 Resource Selection and Evaluation (3)

Identification, provision, and evaluation of resources to meet primary needs of clientele in different institutional environments.

INLS 581 Research Methods Overview (3)

An introduction to research methods used in information and library science, exploring the design, interpretation, analysis and application of published research.

INLS 690 Project Management: Strategy and Applications (3)

This course introduces fundamental strategies used in successful project management. Topics include project planning tools, project life cycles, risk assessment, reasons behind project failures, and stakeholder & team management.  Through the use of readings, videos, assignments, and forum discussions, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategy behind successful project management and problem resolution.

INLS 725 Electronic Health Records (3)

Focuses on EHR data standards with emphasis on data management requirements, applications, and services. Course includes HL7, CCHIT, and CDISC standards. For data management specialists, administrators, and health data analysts.

MEJO 141 Media Ethics (3)

Explore what constitutes ethical practices, what interferes with ethical practices, and what emerging ethical issues may challenge the newest generation of professional communicators. Cases involve print, broadcast, and Internet news media; photojournalism; graphic design; public relations; and advertising.

MEJO 153 Writing and Reporting (3)

A laboratory course that teaches journalistic skills essential to writing across platforms. Practice in using news gathering tools, such as sourcing and interviewing techniques; writing stories, including leads, organization, quotations, and data; editing for grammar, punctuation, brevity, style, and accuracy; and critical thinking about news values and audiences.

POLI 150 International Relations and World Politics (PWAD 150) (3)

The analysis of politics among nations.

PSYC 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

No prerequisite. Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Fundamental principles will be introduced, including nervous system anatomy; molecular and cellular properties of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; current methods used in neuroscience; and how the nervous system produces behavior and cognition. This course provides greater breadth and depth of neuroscience topics, as compared to Biopsychology (PSYC 220). Previously offered as PSYC 315. **Cancelled**

PSYC 220 Biopsychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the biological basis of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on human findings and applications. **Cancelled**

PSYC 222 Learning (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in Pavlovian and operant (instrumental) conditioning, learning theory, higher order cognitive learning, and application of those principles to mental-health related situations.

RELI 283 The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (ASIA 300) (3)

Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture.

SOCI 277 Societies and Genomics (3)

The course examines how human genomic information can be incorporated into social sciences. Topics include twin studies; an introduction to basic principles of molecular genetics; evolutionary psychology; sex, gender and genomics; ethical issues in genetic studies; and epigenetics. ***Canceled***

SOWO 700 ATOD: Abuse and Dependence (3)

This course is designed to introduce the field of substance abuse to social workers. It will provide specific information regarding the use, abuse, and dependency issues related to chemical substances and an overview of the policy and practice issues related to working with substance abusers and their families.

SOWO 834 Advanced Policy Practice (1.5)

Advanced Policy Practice focuses on skills development in advanced policy analysis and change at administrative and legislative levels and on multiple levels of advocacy and lobbying strategies.

SPAN 261 Advanced Spanish in Context (3)

Prerequisite SPAN 204. Fifth semester Spanish course required for all majors and minors that uses literature, film, and culture as a basis for reviewing grammatical concepts, developing writing competency, and improving overall communication skills. Students may not receive credit for both SPAN 261 and SPAN 267, 300, or 326.

SPAN 344 Latin American Cultural Topics (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 300, 320, 321, 322, 323, or 326. This course studies trends in thought, art, film, music, social practices, in the Spanish speaking Americas, including the United States. Topics may include colonialism, race, class, ethnicity, modernization, ecology, religion, gender, and popular culture.