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Why not add an online class to your plans for summer break? Westminster summer term courses are a great opportunity to earn credit in major and general education courses with a discounted hourly tuition rate.

Registration Information

  • Current students: Register in MyWC
  • Registration deadline: To be announced

Online courses are available in either 3-week or 6-week formats. Students who enroll for on-line classes should carefully review the course description and information for on-line classes before enrolling.


$275 per credit hour. $825 for a 3-hour course.

Online Course Requirements

  • Westminster students must attend the online orientation meeting scheduled, to be announced.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining their course books before the start of class and are available at the bookstore.
  • Maintain reliable access to the Internet throughout the course's duration.

For further information, please contact Dr. Susan Serota, Director of Online Teaching.

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Course Information

 3 Credits in 3 Weeks - May Term

Term Dates: May 15, 2017 - June 2, 2017

  BUS 220 Management

An introduction to the basic concepts of management and organization. A review of the historical development of management practices will precede the core areas of study, which include the processes of decision making and planning in organizations, concepts of organization design, measurement and control of organizational performance, and leadership and the direction of human activity. Case studies of actual organizations are used. Instructor: Eames.

  BUS 353 Non-Profit Management

This course provides a broad-based look at nonprofit organizations. Topics include nonprofit management as a profession and field of study, the historical overview, understanding nonprofits across the disciplines, theoretical foundations and characteristics of nonprofits, governance, management and leadership, strategic planning, applying management theories to the nonprofit organization, managing volunteers, the fund raising process, government support, international nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurship. The course will also explore current emerging issues for nonprofit organizations that appear in the news media. Prerequisites: BUS 220 or BUS 221 or BUS 250. Instructor: Eames.

  CHM 105 Introduction to Chemistry

This course is geared towards today's digital citizens who plan to teach in the current technology-infused classrooms. Future educators are entering schools that are 1:1, so students must be prepared to work in a technology-rich environment. The class will integrate digital literacy across the curriculum, motivate students to embrace technology as both a consumer and a producer, and require that they participate in the course as both as student and an educator. This will be a hands-on, interactive, seminar-type course. Acceptance to the Teacher Education Program and EDU 231. Instructor: Halsey.

  ECN 212 Principles of Microeconomics

An introductory course to acquaint the student with consumer choice, the market system, resource allocation, and the decisions of firms in markets with varying degrees of competition with applications relating to public policy. Prerequisite: MAT 114. Instructor: Bhandari.

  EDU/PSY 221 Educational Psychology

The application of psychological principles of learning, cognition, and child and adolescent development to the educational process in elementary and secondary schools. Topics include the impact of psychological knowledge on student learning, teaching, motivation, management of the classroom, and assessment of student learning. (Cross-listed as PSY 221). Instructor: Hartin.

  HES/PSY 231 Sports Psychology

An examination of the psychological factors influencing participants and, to a lesser extent, spectators in sport. Topics include the use of behavioristic principles to develop skills, and the effects of causal attribution, attention, anxiety, coaching strategy, and imagery on athletic performance. Additional special topics include audience effects, children in sports, and the psychological benefits of exercise. Instructor: Gowin.

  HES/TNS 240 Global Health

Study foundational public health concepts in a global context, using an evidence-based approach. Students will understand the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale, the impact of poverty and inequality, the role of institutions and major players in global health, and the link between global an local health problems and solutions. Explore aspects of various cultures (history and tradition, institutions such as family and faith communities, economy, politics and law) and their impact on health status and strategies for prevention and treatment of disease. Instructor: Gowin.

  HIS 103 US History to 1877

A survey course covering American social, intellectual, economic and political development from pre-colonial times to 1877. Instructor: Boulton.

  HIS 104 US History since 1877

A survey course covering American social, intellectual, economic and political development from 1877 to the present. Instructor: Boulton.

  HIS 110 World History II

This course will cover global history from the Enlightenment to the present. Emphasizing the connections between cultures, we will look at cross-cultural interactions and compare global reactions to common problems. This course will expose students to historical methods, thereby enabling students to discover the complexity of past and present events, to examine the interrelationship of such factors as politics, economics, race, gender, culture, and religion, and to reflect more thoughtfully on the national and international issues that face them today. Instructor: Brown.

  HUM 277 Spanish Civilization

An introduction to Spanish civilization from its beginnings to the present. Can be taken as an alternative to SPA 102 in fulfillment of the Foreign Language requirement. Taught in English. Instructor: Morales.

  MUS 205 Music of the Western World

Investigation of the development of music and musical style from antiquity to the present day. Designed to build familiarity with major style trends in the history of music through an exploration of selected works and personalities as well as how such trends interact with and effect western culture. Offered fall and spring semesters. Instructor: Sexton.

  NSC 305 Survey of the History of Science

An introduction to the leading concepts and methodologies of science from the ancient Greeks through the mid-nineteenth century. Prerequisites: a course in natural science, philosophy, or history, or permission of the instructor. Instructor: Brown.

  PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

This course offers an introduction to the fields and methods of philosophy. It encourages the advancement of critical thinking skills in relation to fundamental questions about who and what we are and how we should live our lives. More specifically, it explores questions relating to the following sorts of issues from a wide range of traditional and multi-cultural perspectives: belief in God; knowledge of the world itself; the relationship between our bodies and our minds; and the foundation for and application of morality. Instructor: Finch.

  POL 332/SEC 300 National Security Law

The purpose of this class is to provide an understanding of the sources, impact and limitations of laws that impact the national security of the United States. We will look at the three branches of government and the roles that each plays in the legal environment related to national security. Additionally, there will be discussion of international law and the effect that laws from beyond our borders influences the security of the United States. Prerequisites: POL 211; POL 211; POL 301; POL 305; POL 314; POL 362; any Security Studies course (SEC designation); OR permission of the instructor. Instructor: Gibson.

  SPE/WGS 203 Interpersonal Communication

A skills and theory examination of communication within human relationships. The class covers communication-related areas of self-concept, self-disclosure, semantics, nonverbal communication, listening, defensive communication and conflict resolution. Instructor: Hardeman.

 3 Credits in 6 Weeks - Summer Term

Term Dates: June 5, 2017 - July 14, 2017

  BUS 250 Principles of Marketing

A survey of current concepts in marketing theory. Topics include the theory of exchange; product characteristics; channels of distribution; sales, promotion, and price policy; marketing research; and the marketing concept. Instructor: Carner.

  BUS 330 Advertising

This course examines the role of advertising in marketing and in society. Topics include communication theory, deception, regulation, the advertising campaign, message tactics, and media tactics. Prerequisites: BUS 250. Instructor: Carner.

  CRJ 101 Criminal Justice

This course provides a survey of the American criminal justice system. Topics of discussion include the roles of the three main components of the criminal justice system: the courts, law enforcement, and corrections. Special populations and issues addressed by the criminal justice system will also be examined. Instructor: Wilson.

  ECN 110 Introduction to Economics

This introductory course will briefly explore the historical foundations of economics systems including the foundation of private property rights, the emergence of capitalism and market based economy, and its rise in different forms in the US and around the world. The course will then move to the study of microeconomic topics such as scarcity, theory of markets and effects of the market structures on the resources allocation and social welfare. After exploring markets and market structures, the course will move into topics from macroeconomic such as measurements of an economy, basic classical and Keynesian theory and the macroeconomic tools of fiscal and monetary policy. Finally, this course will conclude with a look at the economics of international trade, and exchange rates. This is an excellent course to explore subject matter of economics for those who have not done any economics before and would like to get an introduction to its subject matter or to pursue further study in business and economics. Instructor: Tompson-Wolfe.

  EDU 230 Child and Adolescent Growth & Development

This course explores current theory and knowledge in the field of childhood growth, cognitive and psychosocial development from ages pre-birth through adolescence. Major learning theories will be interrelated with information on physical, psychosocial, cognitive and language development. The goals and methods of childhood education will be studied and important contributions from social and behavioral scientists will be analyzed and evaluated for those planning to work with children and/or adolescents. Prerequisite: EDU 101. Instructor: Serota.

  EDU 231 Education of the Exceptional Individual

This course is a study of the special needs and characteristics of individuals who are classified as exceptional. Students focus on the unique characteristics associated with giftedness, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, attention disorders, mental impairments, behavioral and emotional problems, physical disabilities and chronic health problems, and other at-risk factors. Legal aspects of schooling and curricular adaptations are explored. Instructor: Bumgarner.

  EDU 350 Digital Literacy

A survey course intended for non-science majors. Chemical phenomena, methodology, and theory are presented in the context of public policy issues such as air and water quality, the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, and energy sources. Instructor: Bumgarner.

  EDU 385 Diversity in Education

This course will introduce both education and non-education majors with the role of the 21st century school in a diverse society. An emphasis of this course is to promote teaching tolerance and anti-bias in a land where discrimination and sexism still exist. Specific topics to be explored include: understanding ourselves and others' values and belief systems, learning the language of prejudice, and creating unity in a diverse America. Prerequisites: EDU 290, PSY 113, SOC111 or ANT 115, POL 211 or REL 102, or permission of the instructor. Instructor: Serota.

  ENG 239 American Literature since the Civil War

A survey of American literature from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. This course examines changes in literary culture over time, tracing currents in the literature and the culture it reflects from the emergence of an industrialized society to the segmentation of twentieth-century society. Among the authors studied are Twain, James, Chopin, Frost, Eliot, Moore, Hemingway, Faulkner, Miller, Baldwin, and Plath. Instructor: Krieg.

  ENG 270 Expository Writing

A course in advanced composition, with emphasis on reasoning and organization, and with special attention to principles of style. Part of the course will consist of discussion of student work, as well as the study of trends of thought and the literary techniques of published essayists. Prerequisites: ENG 103. Instructor: O'Brien.

  ENG 275 Introduction to Creative Writing

An introduction to the writing of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama, with approximately equal time spent on each genre. Students will study the forms and techniques used by successful writers as models for their own work and will read and critique the writing of other students in a workshop format. Prerequisites: ENG 103. Instructor: O'Brien.

  GOG 101 Introduction to Geography

This course explores the discipline of geography from the dual perspective of the natural and social sciences. Through an examination of key concepts, tools, and methodologies of both physical and human geography, students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the interaction of human factors such as population, culture and economic or political organization with the physical environment. Instructor: Brown.

  HES 251 Introduction to Nutrition

This is an introductory nutrition class covering the major nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water) and their role in energy balance, weight management, the digestive process, and overall health. Students will learn the basics of healthy eating through the life cycle along with the basic nutritional science concepts of metabolism and digestion. Students will also learn about 123 nutrition misinformation, fad diets, and food politics. This course will give students the fundamental knowledge they will need to make informed decisions about foods. Instructor: Gowin.

  SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an introduction to the theories and methods used by sociologists to understand society. It explores topics ranging from culture to social institutions, including education, the economy, and government. It also examines how social identities, such as race, class, and gender affect people's lives and life chances. Counts toward the Tier II, Human Behavior and Social Institutions context. Instructor: Fein.
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