2021 January Term Courses

COVID-19 Information

January Term 2021 will be held in a remote format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating students must have access to a computer and reliable internet service. Certain courses have additional technology requirements listed in their descriptions.


ART 204 Digital Art
Explores the computer as an art-making tool. Includes practice exercises to learn software. Topics include photo manipulations, the use of color, typestyles, page design, and composition. Students apply these concepts and skills to original, digital artworks. Lab fee. Offered every semester.

ART 350 Public Art
Focused, in-depth study of one studio art medium, including related aesthetic and historical considerations. Topics may include: mixed media, jewelry, prints, fibers, public art, raku, glass, etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Lab fee. Offered every semester.


BIO 475 Natural and Social History of the Chesapeake Bay
Provides a comprehensive view of one of the largest and most diverse estuaries in the world. Students examine the relationships between the natural history and the human history, including social and political aspects, use of the bay by various societies and their impact on and preservation of the bay. Saturday field trips required. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. Offered on demand.

BIO 489 Research in the Natural Sciences
Offers students the opportunity to conduct;original scientific research in an area of;interest. Students work closely with one or more members of the natural science faculty to develop and conduct a research project, then present their findings orally during the semester's undergraduate research symposium and as a formal research paper. Students are encouraged to present their findings at a conference. Prerequisites:junior/senior status and a major in the natural sciences, prior approval by the project advisor, and consent of the instructor. Students may enroll for 2 or 4 semester hours in a given semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 semester hours. Identical to CHEM 489, CS 489, EES 489, MATH 489 and PHYS 489. Offered each semester and most January Term(2 semester hours only).


CLAS 360 Classical Virginia
An exploration of how classical narratives of exploration, political thought, literature, and art and architecture helped to shape the culture of the state of Virginia. Offered January Term when circumstances permit. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent.


COMM 220 Experimental Film and Video
Explores the history and theory of experimental film and video through lecture, discussion, reading, and screenings and through creative action. Students produce their own avant-garde videos as they learn the form’s aesthetic heritage and contemporary developments. Offered in selected January Terms.

Computer Science

CS 100 Computer Concepts and Applications
Topics include basic concepts of computer hardware and software; the development of the computer, networks, and the Internet; programming logic; Web page development with HTML/CSS; application software such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; and social concerns associated with the widespread use of computers. Prerequisite: placement level H, A, B, or C. Students with credit for CS 112 or higher by consent only. Offered every spring.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES 320 Energy and the Environment
An introduction to the fundamental physical concepts underlying energy, its conversion, and its impact on the environment. Topics include fossil fuels, nuclear-fueled power plants, renewable forms of energy, pollution, and energy conversion. Prerequisite: math placement level H or A, or MATH 135. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.


EDUC 225 Characteristics of the Learner
A course in human growth and development from birth through adolescence. Students learn about the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children and how to use this knowledge to guide learning experiences and relate meaningfully to students. Includes discussion of social and individual differences that affect interaction including developmental disabilities, attention deficit disorders, gifted education, substance abuse, child abuse, and family disruptions. Offered every semester.

EDUC 621 Collaboration with Families, Communities, & School Personnel
Prepares candidates to develop specific;professional skills to facilitate effective;communication and collaboration with families,;school personnel, and representatives of community;agencies who are involved in the development,;implementation, and monitoring of appropriate;programs for school-age learners. Prerequisite:;Admission to the MAEd Program. Offered each;winter session.


ENG 105 The Art of Writing
An argumentative writing course focused on critical thinking, reading, researching, and composing, with special attention to rhetorical techniques. Students will engage in the writing and revisions processes and will demonstrate knowledge of writing conventions. A grade of C or higher is required to satisfy the ENG 105 requirement. Prerequisite: placement. Prerequisite for enrollment during January Term or Summer Session 1: consent. Offered every semester.

ENG 107 Practical Grammar
A course in practical grammar, usage, and mechanics covering the most important rules to follow when proofreading. Emphasizes application of skills to students’ own writing. Offered in selected January Terms.


GER 205/305 — The Short Prose of Kafka
Examines the short prose of Franz Kafka and its relevance in both literature and film today. Students search for common themes and interpretation in selected works. Taught in English. Prerequisites: GER 205: none. GER 305: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered in selected January Terms. * GER 305 (W).


HIST 101 U.S. in the World
This topics course is an introduction to the study of United States history. While taking a focus on a particular topic or era during each semester, the course gives special attention to the doing of history through introduction to the materials and methods of historical inquiry. Offered every semester.


HUM 150 Service Learning in a Global Context
Students engage in service projects in communities that have been damaged by the effects of violence, poverty, and social injustice. They learn about the target community, engage in a service project that addresses the needs of that community, and reflect on the service experience. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: students should be prepared to travel abroad (have valid passports, etc.). Offered in selected January Terms.

HUM 261 Heroes and Villains
Black Panther. Katniss Everdeen. Sherlock. The Joker. Khan. Maleficent. This course will look at heroes and villains from popular culture. We will examine film, literature, music, comics, musicals, television, and more, considering how heroes and villains are constructed, defined, and received by audiences. We will take an interdisciplinary approach and explore hero stories through discussion, lecture, reading, screenings, and creative action.

Interdisciplinary Studies

INST 124 Service Learning and Issues of Civic Engagement in Hampton Roads
Students are introduced to a community-based project and investigate the issue involved through research, reading, and lecture, followed by a week of direct community service. Includes reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 124. Offered every January Term.

Management, Business, Econ.

MBE 246 Personal Financial Planning
Introduces the principles of individual financial planning. Topics include goal setting and decision making, career planning, saving and investing, credit, and insurance. Prerequisites: MATH 104/105 or equivalent and sophomore/junior/senior status. Offered in selected January Terms.

MBE 343 Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting
A study of appropriate accounting for such entities as governments, colleges, churches, hospitals, charities, and clubs. Prerequisite: MBE 203. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MBE 350 Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Provides an understanding of supply chain management and logistics processes as they apply to both service and manufacturing organizations. Special consideration is given to identifying ways in which the strategic use of supply chain management can create competitive advantages for firms. Prerequisite: MBE 301 or 316. Offered in selected January Terms.


MATH 104 Algebra & its Applications
Presents topics in algebra through traditional and applications-based methods. Topics include functions, exponents and scientific notation, linear, exponential, rational and quadratic functions and graphs, systems of equations, and quadratic and linear inequalities. Prerequisite: placement level C, Math 005 with a grade of C or higher, or consent. Students must have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Offered every semester.

MATH 150 Topics in Modern Mathematics
Exposes students to areas of modern mathematics. Topics vary but may include voting theory, game theory, mathematics and art, elementary number theory, graph theory and scheduling problems, management science, and others. Focus is on critical thinking skills, communicating mathematics orally and in writing, and applications to other disciplines. Prerequisite: placement level A or B. Offered every semester.

MATH 210 Introductory Statistics
Introduces students to learning from data. Topics include the basics of data production, data analysis, probability, Central Limit Theorem, and statistical inference. Statistical software is used for data management, calculation, and visualization. No previous knowledge of statistics is required. Students cannot receive credit for both MATH 210 and PSY 210. Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher, and placement level H, A, or B, or MATH 104 with a grade of C- or higher. Not appropriate for first-year students. Students must have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Offered every semester.


MUS 100 Basic Musicianship
Fundamentals of music, including pitch and rhythmic notation. Students learn to interpret music notation by singing, playing the piano and percussion instruments. Students may not receive credit for MUS 101 if they have already taken MUS 102. Offered most January Terms.


PORT 124 Service Learning & Issues Civic Engagement
Students are introduced to a community-based project and investigate the issue involved through research, reading, and lecture, followed by a week of direct community service. Includes reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 124. Offered every January Term.


PHIL 212 Practical Ethics
Explores the potential of moral reasoning as a tool for conflict resolution and consensus building. Through a series of practical exercises, students learn to use moral argumentation as a means of fostering constructive dialogue and mutual understanding. Students develop the ability to listen carefully, distinguish real from apparent disagreements, discover common ground, and find creative solutions to moral problems. Offered intermittently.

Political Science

POLS 103 Global Realities
Designed for students who want to begin learning about international relations. Begins with a broad overview of political, economic, and cultural patterns in today’s global environment; followed by an inventory, evaluation, and comparison of information sources about international affairs, including print, broadcast, and cable media, the Internet, and CD-ROM and simulation software. Concludes with one or more case studies of current global issues, such as international terrorism, the control of rogue states, denuclearizing warfare, international women’s issues, international environmental problems, and the impact of global consumerism. Through these case studies, students learn how to identify key international problems, track them in the media, gather information about them, and develop and evaluate possible solutions. Offered every semester.

POLS 202 Politics and Film
A use of film to explore basic concepts within political science. Topics include war and peace, democratic governance, and social justice. Offered on demand.


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology I
The first part of the introductory psychology courses and a prerequisite for other psychology courses. Covers research methods, theoretical perspectives, biological foundations of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, cognition, learning, memory, consciousness, and development. Intended for freshmen and sophomores. Offered every fall.

PSY 394 Psychology in Film, Memoir, & Science
An explanation of psychological topics of interest through the multiple lenses of non-fiction writing, films, and scientific reporting. Topical themes in psychology are emphasized, and particular emphasis is placed on critique of the films from both an artistic and a psychological scientific standpoint. Prerequisite: junior/senior status or consent. Offered January Terms of odd-numbered years.

Recreation and Leisure Studies

REC 101 Intro to Sport, Rec & Leisure
Designed for all students who desire to explore the varied professions of recreation/leisure services as a possible career goal or for personal growth and development. Recreation and leisure in historical development and today’s contemporary society and leisure education are the major areas of concentration. Includes a practicum in which students are required to investigate local recreation/leisure agencies. Prerequisite: freshmen/sophomores only; juniors/seniors by consent. Offered every semester.

REC 219 Disability in the Media
Explores various disabling conditions and related challenges/prejudices experienced by individuals with disabilities and how these individuals are portrayed in popular film and other media. Examines physical, psychological, emotional, and social life-conditions and allows students to examine their own attitudes and perceptions regarding disabilities. Offered January Term on demand.

Religious Studies

RELST 250 Religion & Popular Culture
Introduces students to the role religion plays in creating and maintaining culture through such popular venues as motion pictures, television, sports, and fashion, as well as the impact of religious values on popular cultural expressions. Offered in selected January Terms.

RELST 361 Topic: Reading Narnia
Focused, in-depth study of one important religious thinker (or thinker about religion), or a narrowly defined topic of current importance in religious studies. May be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent. Offered every year. *RELST 461:(I).

Social Work

SW 318 Aging in the Media
Explores aging through the context of popular media. The study begins with an overview of the major psycho-social theories on aging and explores how aging and older people are portrayed in a myriad of media. Students focus on film and view television programs, comics and children’s literature. This is a fun and innovative way to study the etic construct of aging through the Western (American and British) emic lens. Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher. Offered in selected January Terms.


SOC 308 Visual Sociology
A survey of basic concepts in sociology as they are portrayed in selected motion pictures and music videos. Serves as a systematic application of sociological theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher; any sociology course would be helpful but not required. Offered intermittently.


SPAN 111 Beginning Spanish I
An introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Focuses on cultural aspects. Emphasizes the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Audiovisual materials supplement the program. Prerequisite: no previous instruction in Spanish. Offered every year.

SPAN 112 Beginning Spanish II
An introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Focuses on cultural aspects. Emphasizes the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Audiovisual materials supplement the program. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 with a grade of C or higher or proficiency as determined by the instructor. Offered every year.

Special Education

SPED 371 Foundations/Legal Issues in Special Education
Provides an introduction and overview of the field of special education including the definition, identification, and characteristics of those that are disabled. Students with ADHD and gifted abilities are emphasized. Also includes historical perspectives, models, theories, and trends that provide the basis for general and special education practice including the dynamic influence of the family system, cultural/environmental milieu pertinent to students, the understanding of ethical issues, and the practice of acceptable standards of professional behavior. Students taking this course will also gain an understanding of the legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and expectations associated with identification, education, and evaluation of all students. The rights and responsibilities of parents, students, and schools will also be a focus of this course. Prerequisite: consent only. Offered every fall.

Sport and Recreation Management

SRM 250 Sport and Society
Introduces and investigates key issues found in sport that impact society. By looking at the forces that impact individual sports, students will study how sport as a whole has mirrored our society and continues to do so today. Connections between sport and under-represented groups, social equity, ethics, values, and politics are some areas to be addressed. Film, podcasts, and other popular media will promote discussion.

Wesleyan Seminar

WES 300 History of Science and Technology
Explores the nature of scientific inquiry and the role of science and technology in our society by tracing the historical development and current state of several areas of science and technology. Considers the influence of culture, politics, religion, economics, and society on these developments and the impact of these developments on the society.

Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 219 Women in Culture and Society
Students examine conflicting definitions of gender, analyzing general patterns and the impact of gender on their own lives. Ideas about gender are contrasted with the real-life situations of women and men. Emphasizes the opportunities and difficulties that women of different races, classes, sexualities, and disabilities encounter in today’s society. Offered every semester.

Additional courses may be available through the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium.