2019 Winter Session Courses


ART 105-01 Introduction to Studio Art
Course Description: 
Introduces the basic studio materials and techniques for making art in a variety of media that may include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, fibers, and/or electronic technology. Includes lectures, demonstrations, studio participation, museum or artist studio visits, and related historical information. Lab fee. Offered in selected Winter Sessions. 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ART 350-01 Topic: Public Art
Course Description: 
Students participate in the production and installation of public, site specific and collaborative works of art. Public art inhabits public spaces. Site specific work has a location and parameter requirements. Collaborative art requires multiple sources of input. These concepts are the basis for an investigation of art making practices that contribute to an expanding realm of creativity. 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ART 350-2 Topic: Photos & Collages
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

ARTH 231 Ancient and Medieval Art History
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BIO 199 The Science of Zombies
Course Description: 
Designed for non-majors, this course features an exploration of the processes of death and body decomposition as well as a basic review of forensic entomology, the biology of behavior-altering parasites, and the essentials of disease transmission.  This course will also analyze the scientific inconsistencies of the functional anatomy and behavioral ecology of zombies, provide a brief review of the history of the undead, and critique how science is depicted in popular films. 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 p.m.- 9 p.m.

BIO 424-01 Topics: Gene Cloning & DNA Manipulation
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m.- 10:30 am, 11:20 a.m. -2:50 p.m.

CHEM 310 Metrology: Measurement Science
Course Description:
This course introduces students to metrology as it applies to global commerce as well as the measurement systems and standards it generates. Students engage in high-level measurement practices with scientists at the U.S. metrology institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in the Washington DC area. Students investigate how industrial chemists, regulated by those standards, ensure compliance with product specifications in a commercial laboratory; including day trips to local labs in Virginia. This is an advanced elective for science majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 120 and the successful completion of any 200-level chemistry course with a grade of C or better.  CHEM 210 (Analytical chemistry is highly recommended).
Destination: Washington, D.C.
Tentative Travel Dates: January 7-11, 2019
Approximate Travel Cost: $750
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

COMM 220 Experimental Film and Video
Course Description: 
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.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00-4:30p.m.

COMM 222-01 Public Speaking
Course Description: 
An individualized introduction to the theory and practice of informative and persuasive speech communication. Extemporaneous speaking is explored in depth while impromptu and group communication are also examined. The communication model is stressed, including sender, receiver, message (verbal and non-verbal) channel, noise, and feedback. Offered each semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

COMM 333 Topic: Ghibli Stu Anim: Japan Culture
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CS 201-01 Intro to 3D Modeling/Printing
Course Description:
Introduction to 3D modeling and printing. Several software packages are used to create and manipulate 3D models. Topics also include a survey of current applications of 3D printing, the mechanics of basic 3D printing technology, and factors involved in achieving a successful 3D print. Pass/fail grading. Prerequisites: Sophomore status or higher and placement level B or higher, or Math 104 with a grade of C or higher. $30 lab fee.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

EDUC 225 Characteristics of Learner
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ENG 105-01 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. Offered each semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

ENG 107-01 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. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00-3:15 p.m.

ENG 250-01 Topic: Introduction to Literature
Course Description: 
As an introduction to the study and appreciation of literature and literary forms, this course explores the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama to help students develop their critical and aesthetic understandings of literature and its cultural and creative value. To do so, we will analyze and evaluate texts to expand students’ appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Through a study of literary conventions and our own reception and engagement of texts we will work to discern various aspects of quality and effect in literary techniques and styles to consider how literature functions to convey and construct meaning and significance on both personal and cultural levels. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered most semesters.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

GER 205-01 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. Prerequisites: GER 205: none. GER 305: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

GER 305-01 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. Prerequisites: GER 205: none. GER 305: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

HE 201 Safety and First Aid
Course Description:
Provides the general public with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle most emergency situations when first-aid care is needed. Incorporates personal safety and accident prevention information and acquaints students with the many causes of accidents so care can be taken to eliminate or minimize such causes.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

HIST 250 Topic: History of Piracy
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

HIST 262-01 Seminar in the History of European Cities: Prague
Course Description: 
Investigates the history of various European cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Vienna, and Prague. Focuses on the history of art, architecture, city planning, and public spaces. Through walking tours, visits to museums and key landmarks, and musical performances, students investigate the historical developments of the cities, especially the conflicts radiating from the construction and destruction of the urban landscape. Begins at VWU with an on-campus component in which students prepare for an on-site study of the city. This study is followed by travel to the destination. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HON 200 Connections & Context
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

HUM 205-01 Reacting to the Past
Course Description:
Using a role playing experience, students will explore important ideas, and historical figures in a variety of time periods, from ancient Greece to 20th century Argentina and beyond.  Through research, writing, and oral presentations, students will engage with challenging historical and contemporary issues.  Games will vary semester to semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

HUM 261 Cultural Impact: Why Harry Potter?
Course Description:
Through an examination of the literary, the cinematic, and the musical elements, this course will consider the cultural impact of the Harry Potter series.  We will read the books, watch the movies, and listen to the music as we explore how J.K. Rowling's magical world became a cultural phenomenon and think about the significance of the story that has been beloved, but also at the center of censorship debates.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INST 114 Read, Research, Respond
Course Description: 
This course explores the intersections between reading, research and response, both generally and in specific disciplinary contexts. Students will go through the research process from determining purpose and selecting a topic to communicating research effectively. Through this process, students will explore topics and research practices in potential fields of interest.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

INST 123-01 Service Learning in Hampton Roads
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. Offered each Winter Session.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

INST 124-01 Service Learning and Issues of Civic Engagement in Hampton Roads
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. Includes reflection, assessment, and consideration of broader contexts. May be repeated for credit. Identical to PORT 124. Offered each Winter Session.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

INST 470 Developments in Science and Technology
Course Description: 
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. Does not fulfill any requirements for Latin honors. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, junior/senior status, and one “L” course. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

MATH 104-01 Algebra and 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. Offered each semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Math 150-01 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: placement level A or B.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

MATH 210-01 Introductory Statistics
Course Description: 
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. Prerequisites: Sophomore status or higher. Placement level B or A or H, or MATH 104 (C- or higher). Not appropriate for first-year students. Offered each semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. & 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

MBE 112-01 Problem Solving & Decision Making
Course Description:
Designed to provide the basic skills of management and to improve thinking skills regardless of a student’s major. Examines various methods of problem solving and decision making, progressing from simple decisions under certainty to complex decisions under uncertainty. Both quantitative and creative methods are used. No prerequisites, but students should have elementary algebra skills and English skills beyond the 105 level.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MBE 315-50 Managing Diversity in Organizations
Course Description: 
Promotes an awareness of cultural differences and positive attitudes toward these differences. Includes topics related to effective management of people who vary in race, gender, age, disability status, nationality, or sexual orientation. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered fall of odd-numbered years.
Meeting Information:
ONLINE

MBE 350-01 Supply Chain Management and Logistics
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. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MUS 101-01 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 fall of odd-numbered years.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PE 116 Personal Fitness Training
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

PE 133-01 Handball/Racquetball
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

PE 133-02 Handball/Racquetball
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.

PHIL 212 Practical Ethics
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

POLS 202 Politics and Film
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

POLS 300-01 Topic: Misinf & Cnsp Thrs in Pol
Course Description: 
An examination of selected topics in comparative politics. Course topics may include Asian Pacific Rim, South Asia, Latin America, Contemporary Africa or the Middle East and North Africa. May be repeated for credit with different topic to description.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PORT 123-01 Service Learning in Hampton Roads
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 INST 123. Offered each Winter Session. 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

PORT 124-01 Service Learning and Issues of Civic Engagement in Hampton Roads
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. Offered each Winter Session.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

PORT 225-01 Career Study
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PSY 102-01 Introduction to Psychology II
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PSY 394-01 Psychology in Film, Memoir, & Sci
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

REC 101-01 Intro to Rec & Leisure Servcs
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

REC 219-01 Disability in the Media
Course Description: 
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 Winter Session on demand.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

REC 348-01 Travel’s Impact on Culture and the Environment
Course Description: 
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.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00-4:30 p.m.

RELST 250-01 Religion and Popular Culture 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RELST 361-01 Topic: Christian Food Fights
Course Description:
Food is more than fuel.  It is one of the most powerful expressions of identity for both individuals and groups.  It communicates values, it is used symbolically, and it marks social and theological boundaries.  Christians’ relationship to food—what they eat, when and how they eat, with whom and why they eat—has shaped and continues to shape religious identity and self-understanding.  This course focuses on key foods (including Graham crackers and Corn Flakes), movements, practices, and individuals who have sought to define their faith through their food and—in the process—have defined themselves over against the society in general, other religions, or other Christians.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SOC 308-01 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. Offered each semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

STAB 300 Study Abroad
Meeting Information:
TBA

SW 318-01 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. Offered in selected Winter Sessions.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 semester.
Meeting Information:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WS 004-01 Praxis Core Math Preparation
Course Description: 
Reviews topics covered on the Praxis Core for Educators Mathematics Test.  These topics form an essential body of basic mathematical knowledge for any classroom teacher and include algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.  The workshop covers both content and test-taking strategies. 
Meeting Information:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.