Summer Semester at Assumption: Small Classes, Reduced Cost
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Assumption's online and summer day courses provide students the opportunity to complete a semester-long course in six weeks with smaller class sizes at a reduced cost per course. Whether a student seeks to accelerate his/ her degree program, catch up, or simply focus on a particular course, this is an opportunity worth exploring.
The courses offered during the summer are the same versions as their fall or spring semester counterparts, taught by the same professors, and provide the same level of intellectual rigor. As such, no special permission is needed for Assumption students to “count” these courses as part of their curriculum. The only real difference is the summer classes cost less than the fall and spring versions.
SESSION I: May 22 - June 30, 2017
|PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING||Foley||Online|
|PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS||White||Online|
|ARGUMENT & PERSUASION||Gilbert||Online|
|INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES||Caron||Online|
|HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & DISABILITY||Scannell||Online|
|INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT||Lewis||Online|
|MARKETING ON THE INTERNET||Daniels||Online|
|SOCRATES AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH||Danko||T/TR 9 - noon|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT||Kalpidou||Online|
|INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY||Klofft||M/W 9 - noon|
|WEST & THE WORLD I||Black||Online|
|SPECIAL TOPICS: CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA||Christensen||Online|
SESSION II: July 10 - August 18, 2017
|PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II||Coleman||Online|
|APPROACHES TO READING AND INTERPRETATION||Shields||Online|
|REHABILITATION STRATEGIES & INTERVENTIONS||Lauzon||Online|
|CALCULUS I||Alfano||M/T/W/TH 9:30 - 11am|
|SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING||Daniels||Online|
|THE HUMAN DIFFERENCE||Danko||T/TR 9 - noon|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE & MATURITY||Zhang||Online|
|WEST AND THE WORLD II||Christensen||Online|
|ETHICS AND THE GOOD LIFE||Gallagher||T/TR 9 - noon|
Summer I (May 22 - June 30, 2017)
ACC 125 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I
An introduction to accounting concepts for financial reporting. Accounting theories and principles relative to asset valuation, liability reporting, and income determination will be examined. The uses and limitations of external financial reports will be emphasized.
INSTRUCTOR: Joe Foley
ECO 111 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
An analysis of the basic theory of aggregate economic activity and the application of the theory to current policy problems. Topics include national income accounting, the determinants of the level of income and employment, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policies, and economic growth and stability. Prerequisite: ECO 110.
INSTRUCTOR: Tom White
ENG 201 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION
Words matter. Of course, so do images and ideas, which can be expressed linguistically but also stylistically in terms of both the form and the function of a persuasive piece of communication. This course will therefore take up the rhetorical force of words (not to mention images and ideas) by first considering “rhetoric” itself not as a pejorative label but rather as a source of communicative power. Students will engage the uses (and abuses) of words and phrases, categories of language choices, varieties of verbal techniques, figures of argument, and more, all with the learning objective of developing a strong sense of rhetorical style. Emphasis will be on written argument, with some attention to reading, listening, and speaking. Consequently, you will analyze and then produce communications like micro-analysis papers, letters to editors, op-eds, and congressional testimonies. Students will then have the option to create an artful piece of persuasion for a final project in the form of an advertisement, a public service announcement, a podcast episode, or some other mode of public argumentation. Prerequisite: ENG130.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Gilbert
ENG 263 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
This course provides a general overview of the field of children’s literature. Students read representative classic and contemporary works of children’s literature from a variety of genres, including fairy and folk tales, modern fantasy, realism, and nonfiction. They evaluate text and illustration, as well as address current issues in the field. Further, through disciplined examination of the history and tradition of children’s literature, students develop an appreciation for children’s books and those who create them. Prerequisites: ENG 130 and any Introduction to Literature.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Beyers
HRS 119 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES AND REHABILITATION STUDIES
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. The information presented in this course is intended for students in ALL majors so that they may become politically, culturally, socially and humanly aware of the issues many individuals with special needs face. This course employs a social justice framework and provides students with information about the history, legislative underpinnings, mission, purpose, and services provided to individuals across the lifespan by human and rehabilitation service organizations. This course examines the major models and theories of helping that can be used to support/help individuals experiencing the myriad of developmental, environmental, economic, political, social, vocational, behavioral, physical, psychological and learning issues. Current issues and trends in human service provision are covered with specific attention to disability and other types of diversity. Ethics and ethical decision making in the human services is covered in this course. A service learning component may be integrated in this course to provide students with the opportunity to observe and volunteer in a human and/or rehabilitation service setting. This course fulfills the social science requirement in the Core Curriculum.
INSTRUCTOR: Bob Caron
HRS 121 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
The purpose of this course is to study disability within the context of human development. Lifespan development will be studied to provide a framework for exploring the implications of specific developmental, learning, communication, sensory and physical disabilities. The psychological processes involved in adjusting to disability will be presented along with various stage theories of adjustment to disability. Specific psychological, social, environmental, and political factors impacting individuals with disabilities will be studied. Students will gain an in-depth appreciation and understanding of what it means to have a disability. Cultural sensitivity and diversity issues related to disability will also be explored. The concepts of consumer involvement, consumer rights, and consumer choice related to individuals with disabilities and service systems will be studied. This course fulfills the social science requirement in the Core Curriculum.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Scannell
HRS 320 PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION
As an introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation, this course emphasizes understanding of lifespan development with appreciation for the complex interaction of biological, social and psychological variables that influence human behavior. From this bio-psycho-social framework, the course will review major psychiatric and developmental disorders with attention to diagnostic and intervention strategies. This course will also address the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders in individuals. The challenging nature of treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with co-occurring disorders will be identified and covered. Educational and vocational factors will also be covered. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the personal experience of psychiatric disability and recovery, including an understanding of the core principles and motives of psychiatric rehabilitation. Prerequisites: HRS 119; HRS 121
INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Randall
MGT 100 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT
This course introduces a systems approach to managing organizations and focuses on the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling tasks and functions of managers. Students are given the opportunity to development key managerial skills such as self-management, team management and organizational management that support effective performance. The course includes an introduction to basic Microsoft Excel, Word, and presentation software for business communication. MGT 100 should not be taken in same semester as MKT 101.
INSTRUCTOR: Mike Lewis
MGT 305 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
Leadership is the process of transforming organizations from what they are to what the leader would have them become. This course builds upon the basic knowledge of leadership theory and practice provided in an introduction to management and organizational behavior course, and prepares the student for a capstone course in business strategy by (1) expanding the scope and depth of the student’s knowledge of leadership theories in the context of creating strategy in a globalized world, (2) building the student’s capacity to apply leadership theory to situations arising from the economic, social and environmental conditions that are transforming our world in the early 21st century, and (3) developing the student’s self-knowledge of his or her actual as well as desired leadership style. Prerequisites: MGT 100
INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Pastille
MKT 326 MARKETING ON THE INTERNET
This course is designed to teach students how to integrate the Internet into marketing and business communication functions. The objective of this course is to increase students’ understanding of the complexity of marketing goods and services on the Internet. This will be accomplished through an analysis of the technology from a marketing/communication perspective. Students will study the concepts and business models of electronic commerce as these relate to the development and implementation of successful Internet strategies. Prerequisites: MKT 101.
INSTRUCTOR: Zack Daniels
MUS 126 GLOBAL POP
A category of ethnomusicology, Global Pop explores musical traditions from a variety of nations with an emphasis on the popular music industry in each. This course examines the forces that enable the movement of music and musicians around the world and that give global music its persuasive power. Topics include music as expressive culture, music production, ethnicity and identity in pop music, music as symbol, cross-cultural collaborations in popular music, and music as a force that transcends sociological, political and national boundaries.
INSTRUCTOR: Peter Clemente
PHI 154 GOD AND THE PHILOSOPHERS
Is there a God? What could God be? What does God have to do with us? What is the role of reason in relation to faith? This course examines several ways that philosophers have thought about the divine: its existence and its relation to the world and to human beings. It considers classic arguments for the existence of God and various challenges to theism, such as those made in the name of science and the problem of evil. Included among the readings are the “Five Ways” of Thomas Aquinas, Anselm’s “ontological argument,” and Nietzsche’s “Madman” parable. Prerequisite: PHI 100.
INSTRUCTOR: Tony Traylor
PSY 101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
In this introduction to psychology, students learn the language, methods, theoretical perspectives, and research of the discipline. This course introduces students to a range of topics within psychology, such as the biological and social bases of behavior, as well as basic principles of perception, learning, and motivation.
INSTRUCTOR: Regina Kuerstan-Hogan
PSY 190 PSYCHOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT: INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD
This course examines human growth and development during infancy and childhood. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between theory, research, and the application of knowledge in child development. Different theoretical perspectives (psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, developmental); current research on selected topics (e.g., day care, cross-cultural differences in child rearing); and ways to encourage optimal growth in children at home, with friends, and at school are reviewed. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum requirements.
INSTRUCTOR: Maria Kalpidou
THE 100 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY
This course introduces students to the intellectual challenge posed by the academic study of Catholic theology. Through the study of selected classic and contemporary texts, the course familiarizes students with the nature, foundations, history, methods, and ends of Catholic theology. Students will become familiar with some of the distinctive movements and thinkers of the Catholic theological tradition, as well as the dialog between Catholicism and other theological traditions. Each section of this course examines a book from the Old and a book from the New Testament, St. Augustine’s Confessions, the thought of a medieval and the thought of a modern Catholic theologian, and the thought of a non-Catholic theologian.
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Klofft
HIS 114: WEST AND THE WORLD I
This course explores important episodes and trends in the history of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from ancient times until the late eighteenth century. Participants study the origins and worldwide expansion of Christianity, the dramatic transformation of Western European societies during the Renaissance and after, and the collision and convergence of European, American, Asian, and African civilizations across the centuries. The course emphasizes the written analysis of primary and secondary documents. For all classes prior to 2020, this course fulfills the Core requirement in History and Humanities. For the class of 2020 and all subsequent classes, this course fulfills the Core requirement in Person and Society as a first or second history, and the Core requirement.
INSTRUCTOR: Winston Black
HIS 389: SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY: CONQUEST IN LATIN AMERICA
This course permits the study of selected topics in history. The topic normally changes each time the course is offered.
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Christensen
MKT 101 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
This introductory course assesses the impact of environmental forces on the practice of marketing. Students will learn the fundamentals of the marketing mix. The course covers the following: target market identification, market research, consumer behavior, product positioning, distribution, communications (personal selling, advertising, sales promotion, and public relations), and pricing decisions. Should not be taken in same semester as MGT 100.
INSTRUCTOR: Ross Tsakas
Summer II (July 10 - August 18, 2017)
ACC 126 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II
A consideration of some of the more complex areas of financial accounting and an introduction to managerial accounting and its role in the planning and control of business operations. Changes in financial position, analysis of financial statements, cost accounting, and budgeting will be examined. The impact of accounting information on internal decision making will be emphasized. Prerequisite ACC125.
INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Coleman
ENG 220 APPROACHES TO READING AND INTERPRETATION
This writing emphasis course considers fundamental issues of textual interpretation, primarily but not exclusively in the print media. Representative readings, limited in number, will be chosen from a variety of genres and historical periods. In addition to adopting a critical vocabulary that will assist close reading of texts, the course also introduces the student to various interpretive strategies: formalist, historical, reader response, structuralist, and deconstructionist, among others. Required for all English Majors. Prerequisite: Complete ENG 130 and any Introduction to Literature.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Shields
HRS 219 REHABILITATION STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS
This course explores the full range of rehabilitation strategies and interventions that occur across the lifespan of individuals with disabilities. Educational and rehabilitation strategies aimed at maximizing independence for people with disabilities will be covered. Early intervention, inclusion and transition services will be examined as critical educational strategies aimed at minimizing the impact of disability and enhancing independence. The course will provide critical knowledge and skills related to employment and independent living options for people with disabilities including related legislation. Supportive strategies for assisting and maintaining individuals with disabilities in educational and employment settings will be addressed. Rehabilitation and assistive technology options will also be covered.
MAT 117 CALCULUS I
An introductory course in differential calculus. Topics to be covered include limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, and an introduction to integration. The department also offers sections of MAT117 with a specific emphasis on business applications. Not open to those who complete MAT 131. Prerequisite: MAT 114 or department permission through placement.
INSTRUCTOR: Joe Alfano
MKT 327 SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
This course will cover one of the fastest growth areas within the marketing discipline—social media marketing. Over the last half dozen years, organizations have shifted more of their marketing expenditures from traditional to digital marketing campaigns. And, within digital marketing, expenditures for campaigns that involve social media tactics have grown exponentially. Although specific social media platforms or channels such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter may come and go; the underlying principles behind social media of engaging present and potential customers with content that they want to share with others are here to stay. Prerequisite: MKT 101
INSTRUCTOR: Zack Daniels
PSY 101 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
In this introduction to psychology, students learn the language, methods, theoretical perspectives, and research of the discipline. This course introduces students to a range of topics within psychology, such as the biological and social bases of behavior, as well as basic principles of perception, learning, and motivation. This course counts as a social science in the Core Curriculum requirements.
INSTRUCTOR: Leamarie Gordon
PSY 116 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
This course provides students with a detailed description and analysis of the forms of behavior seen as abnormal in our contemporary culture. Research relevant to and theoretical perspectives on these disorders are presented. Throughout the course students are asked to consider the implications of being labeled abnormal and to apply their knowledge to individual cases.
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Volungis
PSY 181 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE AND MATURITY
The course will examine a wide range of issues in adolescence, such as historical perspectives on adolescence; biological changes; cognitive development; parenting styles and family dynamics; moral development; drug abuse; and psychological disorders of adolescence. The issues will be illustrated and further developed through the use of several case studies.
INSTRUCTOR: Fang Zhang
HIS 115 WEST AND THE WORLD II
This course explores the expansion of political participation in Europe from the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to the present. Students study the commercial revolution in Europe and North America as well as other areas of the world. They examine the experiences of societies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas as global capitalism emerged and European and North American colonial empires expanded. The course also treats the two World Wars of the twentieth century and the emergence of powerful challenges to liberal democracy worldwide, including communism, fascism, and anti-colonial nationalism. It concludes with the study of particular episodes and trends in world history after 1945. At the instructor’s discretion, these might include the Cold War, emergence of the United States as a superpower, the rise of mass consumer societies, decolonization, changes in gender and family relations, 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other themes. The course emphasizes the written analysis of primary and secondary documents. For all classes prior to 2020, this course fulfills the Core requirement in History and Humanities. For the class of 2020 and all subsequent classes, this course fulfills the Core requirement in Person and Society as a first or second history, and the Core requirement in Culture and Expression as a Global Awareness course. HIS114 is not a prerequisite.
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Christensen
PHI 151 Ethics and the Good Life
Each person must confront the question, How should I live? In doing so, one may also wonder, Do the ends justify the means? Are intentions all that count? Is God the source of right and wrong? How important are my desires? Many things seem good that later prove to be evil or merely incomplete goods for the human being. This course uses classic texts to investigate common opinions about the human good in light of our need to distinguish apparent goods from true goods. Ultimately, what is it to live well? Texts include Aristotle’s Ethics and readings from the utilitarian and the Kantian traditions. Prerequisite: PHI 100.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Gallagher