2022 January Term Courses

APMU 101 Band (2 credits)
Jason Squinobal
An exploration of music associated with the concert/athletic bands and preparation for group performances.

ART 350 Topics in Studio Art: Public Art (4 credits)
John Rudel
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.

ART 350 Topics in Studio Art: Handmade Books (4 credits)
Sharon Swift
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.

BIO 340 Tropical Marine Ecology (4 credits)
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson
An introduction to major tropical marine habitats and ecological processes that control tropical marine ecosystems with a focus on coral reefs, mangroves and tropical seagrass beds.  Organisms characteristic of these habitats and their symbiotic relationships will be examined. Prerequisites: BIO 130/131 or BIO 200 or consent. Offered on demand.

BIO 424 Topics in Molecular Techniques: Gene Cloning and DNA manipulation (4 credits)
Johnson, E.
A focused study on molecular techniques necessary for research and biotechnology applications.   Students’ conceptual understanding, troubleshooting and lab-skills will develop on given topics. Topics vary with offerings and may include: gene cloning, gene expression analysis or characterization of protein expression and activity.  May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: BIO 288 or consent. Offered in selected semesters.

CLAS 360 Classical Virginia (4 Credits)
Haller, B.
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 (4 Credits)
Minnis, S.
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.

EDUC 225 Characteristics of the Learner (4 Credits)
Berube, C.
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.

ENG 105 The Art of Writing (4 Credits)
Johnson
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 (1 Credit)
Johnson
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 305 The Short Prose of Franz Kafka (4 Credits)
Wansink, S.
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).

GER 205 The Short Prose of Franz Kafka (4 Credits)
Wansink, S.
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 102: Introduction to Non-Western History (4 Credits)
Topic: Galileo and Darwin
Bond, R.
This course is an introduction to the study of the history of cultures outside of the US and Europe. While taking a focus on a particular topic of era during each semester, the course gives special attention to the doing of history through an introduction to the materials and methods of historical inquiry. 

HON 150 Leadership and Civic Responsibility (4 Credits)
Caughell, L. & Jackson, K.
An immersive Washington, DC experience in which students explore social issues, the role of leadership, and commitment to civic responsibility with accomplished, informed leaders in diverse fields, such as government, media and communication, education, business, military, non-profit organizations, athletics, and the arts. 
Prerequisite: Batten Fellow.  Offered every January Term.

HON 200 TPC: Diversity and Sustainability (4 Credits)
Easter, J. & Risk, D.
An investigation of concepts, issues, and ideas relevant to the culture and travel destination(s) that includes engagement in a service or research project that addresses the particular need(s) of that community and involves interaction with representative community members, constituencies and agencies. May be taken additional times for credit as topics change. Course fee based on destination. Prerequisite: Batten Honors College. Offered summer and January Term.

HON 200 Waging Peace (4 Credits)
Wansink, C.
An investigation of concepts, issues, and ideas relevant to the culture and travel destination(s) that includes engagement in a service or research project that addresses the particular need(s) of that community and involves interaction with representative community members, constituencies and agencies. May be taken additional times for credit as topics change. Course fee based on destination. Prerequisite: Batten Honors College. Offered summer and January Term.

HUM 261: Cultural Impacts (4 Credits)
Topic: Storytelling in the Humanities
Mortensen, B; Larkin S; Malone, T
An interdisciplinary examination of works of art, music, film, theater, or literature that have profoundly shaped and impacted culture in the past or present.  May be repeated for credit as topics change. The course will focus on stories such as In the Heights, The Handmaid’s Tale, and many others.

INST/PORT 124 Service Learning & Issues in Civic Engagement in Hampton Roads (4 Credits)
Coats, Takacs
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.

MATH 210 Introductory Statistics (4 Credits)
Frazier, S.
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. Prerequisites: 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.

MATH 150 Topics in Modern Mathematics (4 Credits)
Kennedy, L.
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 104 Algebra & Its Applications (4 Credits)
Wilkinson, D.
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.

MBE 246 Personal Financial Planning (4 Credits)
Dessouki, E.
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 317 Advanced Taxation (4 Credits)
Jackson, G.
A comprehensive study of income tax problems relating to business entities. Topics include flow-through taxation (partnerships and limited liability companies), double-taxation (corporations), either/or taxation (estates and trusts), and other derivations from the three fundamental approaches. Additional topics include tax administration and the Federal estate tax. Prerequisite: MBE 216. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

MBE 209 Business in Emerging Markets-Morocco (4 Credits)
Nafar, N.
This course investigates the opportunities and challenges of doing business in emerging markets. It examines the political, legal, cultural, and economic factors that shape the business environment in such markets.  The course also investigates business entry mode strategies, negotiating and relationship building in emerging markets and methods to assess risks and opportunities.  The course starts at VWU with an on-campus component followed by study away at the destination. Prerequisite: Consent. Offered intermittently, typically every other year.

MUS 101 Basic Musicianship (4 Credits)
Squinobal, J.
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.

PHIL 212 Practical Ethics (4 Credits)
Emmanuel, S.
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.

POLS 103 Global Realities (4 Credits)
Gibson, W.
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.

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology I (4 Credits)
Jackson, C.
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 first years and sophomores. Offered every fall.

PSY 385 Psychology of Eating Disorders (4 Credits)
Myers, T.
Explores the psychology of eating disorders through readings, discussion, lectures, student research and presentations, and visits by clinicians. Students examine the pathology of eating disorders, as well as risk and protective factors for these disorders. Issues investigated include comorbidity with other disorders, etiology, neurobiology, and treatment and prevention. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 102 and junior/senior status, or consent. Offered January Terms of even-numbered years.

REC 219 Disability in the Media (4 Credits)
Pollock, W.
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.

REC 101 Intro to Sport, Recreation, and Leisure (4 Credits)
Sturts, J.
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: first years/sophomores only; juniors/seniors by consent. Offered every semester.

SOC 308 Visual Sociology (4 Credits)
Toussaint, J.
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.

SPED 371 Foundations/Legal Issues in Special Education (4 Credits)
John, R.
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.

SRM 348 Maui Sea to Sky: The Impact of Adventure Travel on Culture and the Environment. (4 Credits)
Kennedy, D.
This course examines the impact that adventure travel has on culture and the environment. To study the impact, students travel to Maui and local Hampton Roads destinations. These trips help students to understand how tourist activities (such as snorkeling, hiking, surfing, luau, and agri-tourism) have an effect on culture, the economy, and preservation of the environment. Offered January Terms.

SW 318 Aging in the Media (4 Credits)
Dobrin, BD
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.

TH 210 Acting I (4 Credits)
Delpo, J.
An introduction to basic principles of acting in a workshop setting. Offered frequently.

WES 300 Dev in Science and Tech (4 Credits)
Kittredge, K.
An intensive seminar experience building on the work done in WES 100 and WES 200. Students will engage more complex questions and produce more informed, imaginative responses. Section topics vary from year to year.