2020 January Term Courses


ART 350 — Topic:Public Art
Course Description:
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 204 — Digital Art I
Course Description:
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.


COMM 220 — Experimental Film and Video
Course Description:
Explores the history and theory of experimental film and video not only through screenings and readings but also through creative action. Students produce their own avant-garde videos at the same time that they learn the form's aesthetic heritage.

Computer Science

CS 100 — Computer Concepts/Application
Course Description:
Topics include basic concepts of computer hardware and software the development of the computer, networks, and the Internet basic program 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 C, B, A, or H. Students with credit for CS 112 or higher by consent only. Offered each spring.


EDUC 621 — Collaboration with Communities, Families, and School Personnel
Course Description:
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.


ENG 105 — The Art of Writing
Course Description:
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.

ENG 107 — Practical Grammar
Course Description:
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.


GER 205 — The Short Prose of Kafka
Course Description:
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. Identical to GER 305. GER 205 (V) GER 305 (V,W).

GER 305 — The Short Prose of Kafka
Course Description:
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. Prerequsite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Identical to GER 205. GER 205 (V) GER 305 (V,W).


HIST 101 — Introduction to U.S. History
Course Description:
This 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. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Offered every semester.


HUM 261 — Cultural Impacts:Harry Potter
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary examination of works of art, music, film, theater, or literature that have profoundly shaped and impacted cultures in the past or presend. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HUM 150 — Service Learning in Global Context
Course Description:
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.)

Interdisciplinary Studies

INST 123 — Service Learning in Hampton Rd
Course Description:
Raises civic consciousness by fostering engaged citizenship where students perform a week of direct community service. Orientation and preparation before the direct service, as well as a reflection journal document student learning. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 123.

INST 124 — Service Learning & Issues Civic Engagement
Course Description:
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. Include reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 124.

INST 203 — App Tech for Innovative Instr
Course Description:
Students master educational technologies to enhance student learning in K-12 classrooms. Course includes best practices in online and blended learning environments. Teacher candidates meet Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP) and grade-level and content-specific technology standards as outline in the Virginia SOLs. Blended/hybrid course.

Management, Business, Econ.

MBE 246 — Personal Financial Planning
Course Description:
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.

MBE 350 — Supply Chain Mgmnt & Logistic
Course Description:
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.

MBE 343 — Govnmt & Not-for-Profit Acctg
Course Description:
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.


MATH 104 — Algebra & its Applications
Course Description:
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, 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.

MATH 150 — Topics in Modern Mathematics
Course Description:
Course 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: Math placement A or B.


MUS 101 — Basic Musicianship
Course Description:
Fundamentals of music, including pitch and rhythmic notation. Students learn to interpret music notation using recorders and other simple folk 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
Course Description:
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. Include reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to INST 124.


PHIL 212 — Practical Ethics
Course Description:
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.

Physical Education

PE 133 — Handball/Racquetball
Course Description:
Offered intermittently.

Political Science

POLS 103 — Global Realities
Course Description:
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.

POLS 202 — Politics and Film
Course Description:
This course uses film to explore basic concepts within political science. Topics include war and peace, democratic governance, and social justice.


PSY 101 — Introduction to Psychology I
Course Description:
The first part of the introductory psychology course 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 each fall.

PSY 394 — Psych in Film, Memoir, & Sci
Course Description:
An explanation of psychological topics of interest through the multiple lenses of nonfiction 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
Course Description:
Designed for all students who desire to explore the sport, recreation and leisure as a possible career goal or for personal growth and development. Sport, recreation and leisure in historical development and today's contemporary society and leisure education are the major areas of concentration.
Prerequisite: freshmen/sophomores status juniors/seniors by consent.

REC 219 — Disability in the Media
Course Description:
Explores various diabling 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 each January Term on demand.

Religious Studies

RELST 250 — Religion & Popular Culture
Course Description:
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.

RELST 361 — Topic: Reading Narnia
Course Description:
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: junior/senior status or consent. Offered each year.

Social Work

SW 318 — Aging in the Media
Course Description:
Explores aging through the context of popular media. The study begins with an overview of the major psychosocial 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.


SOC 308 — Visual Sociology
Course Description:
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.

Special Education

SPED 371 — Fdntns/Legal Issuesues in Sp Ed
Course Description:
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 abillities 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 millieu 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.


Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 219 — Women in Culture and Society
Course Description:
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 each fall.