Current Term Classes - BIS

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January Term/Spring 2022

January Term class registration for BIS students opens on November 12th (may be subject to change) and Spring class registration opens on November 29th.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies may cancel, modify, or make substitutions for any published class or program, may change instructors, and may change the dates and times a class is offered. The information published here and in the catalog is subject to change.  For the most up-to-date and complete information, please use the SIS Class Search.  

BIS students should register in BIS classes. Classes outside of BIS are by permission of your advisor. Other students may register as Community Scholars for BIS classes with program permission. See class details for restrictions.

January Term

ISSS 3045: Science and Practice of Mindfulness     
Online Synchronous | Jan 3, 6, 11, 14; 6-10:00pm | Online Asynchronous Jan 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13 
Considers the latest scientific findings about the mind-body connection, offers students the opportunity to experience them through direct mindfulness meditative practices. Explores formal and informal mindfulness practices, the contextual background of mindfulness, and applies them to a variety of professions and settings. Covers a range of contemplative exercises that cultivate emotional balance and the ability to cope with stress.                            
Susanna Williams | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3720: Witchcraft   
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 3 - Jan 14  
Surveys Western attitudes toward magic and witchcraft from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on the European age of witch hunting, 1450-1750.                           
David Corlett | 3 UG credits

Spring 2022

ISBU 3410: Commercial Law      
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 20 – Apr 28 | No class Mar 10 (Spring Break); Synchronous sessions, Jan 27 and Apr 21, 7-9:45pm; Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Synchronous sessions will be recorded.      
Surveys the American legal system and principles of constitutional, criminal, and tort law, emphasizing legal issues related to contracts, agency, corporations, and partnerships.                   
Roger Pao | 3 UG credits

ISBU 3700: Financial Planning Strategies              
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 24 - May 2 | No class Mar 7 (Spring Break)   
Covers income, money management, spending, credit, saving, and investing.  Focuses on helping students organize their financial futures and expand their knowledge of various aspects of finance.
John Hulburt | 3 UG credits

ISBU 3773: Navigating Cultural Differences within Global Businesses
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break) 
Examines business management and leadership methods when working with cultural issues in today's international businesses.  Addresses challenges and opportunities that different cultures create.  Explores through classroom activities how to meet the challenges that may occur and addresses examples of diversity in a global setting.                  
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3330: Write Where You Are           
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 20 - Apr 28 | No class Mar 10 (Spring Break)
Develops the skills to inspire and cultivate writing and creativity.                
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3383: Dark Side of the 20th Century              
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break)   
Enables students to reflect on what was perhaps the greatest downfall into barbarity, genocide and mass oppression.  Examines first-hand accounts of both the Holocaust and crimes of the Communist regimes in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, and Cambodia. Explores historical, intellectual, cultural, and psychological roots of Nazism and Communism.                          
David Horton | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4180: The Nature of the Hero        
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 19 - Apr 27 | No class Mar 9 (Spring Break)              
Focuses on plot, point of view, discovery of theme, recognition and reversal, and writing in scene, for writers of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays and memoir. Creates an understanding of how stories are shaped and told. Explores Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, which distills the stories told in every culture into a framework for one's own story.               
Robert Henry | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Globalization, Liberalism, Reform in 19th Century       
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 24 - May 2 | No class Mar 7 (Spring Break)   
Surveys major trends in 19 century world history. Explores a representative sample of peoples and cultures of the period. Considers how societies in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia coped with similar problems and innovations. Introduces students to theoretical frameworks for world and comparative history. Explores the processes of cultural interaction and globalization. Introduces students to a broad range of sources.               
Richard Floyd | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Historical Study of Empire           
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 19 - May 3  
Explores the marvelous world depicted in Kipling's Indian Tales from the perspective of the commentary they provide on British expatriate society. Discusses how Kipling has often been viewed as a critic of Indian society, when in fact he is critical of the British. Examines the work of Clifford Geertz and other anthropologists to provide a rounded picture of Kipling as an analyst of cultural systems.                       
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Pyramids & Power: Ancient Art       
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 19 - Apr 27 | No class Mar 9 (Spring Break) 
Examines major architectural monuments and art forms produced by the Moche, Olmec, Maya, Aztec and others before European contact. Considers the advent of writing and the intersection of writing and image. Explores relationships between these forms and religion, ritual, and politics.                  
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Medical Humanities       
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break)
Examines the places where art and medicine intersect. Explores the relationship between art and sanity and the contemplative, cathartic, and expressive possibilities of art as a healing modality. Provides students with a theoretical basis and vocabulary for discussing therapeutic art and a set of tools and exercises for creating it.                          
George Andrews | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3000: Transformations: Reading, Thinking, and Communicating in the Liberal Arts
Online Synchronous | Mondays & Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm | Jan 19 - May 2 | No class Mar 7 & 9 (Spring Break)
Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, technology and research proficiencies necessary for success at college level and beyond; orients students to the culture of the University and the community of the BIS program. Introduces the breadth of campus resources and addresses academic advising; utilizes the theme of transformation as subject matter for reading, writing and discussion to provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary exploration.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3000: Transformations: Reading, Thinking, and Communicating in the Liberal Arts
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break)
Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, technology and research proficiencies necessary for success at college level and beyond; orients students to the culture of the University and the community of the BIS program. Introduces the breadth of campus resources and addresses academic advising; utilizes the theme of transformation as subject matter for reading, writing and discussion to provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary exploration.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3000: Transformations: Reading, Thinking, and Communicating in the Liberal Arts
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 24 - May 2 | No class Mar 7 (Spring Break)
Develops reading, writing, critical thinking, technology and research proficiencies necessary for success at college level and beyond; orients students to the culture of the University and the community of the BIS program. Introduces the breadth of campus resources and addresses academic advising; utilizes the theme of transformation as subject matter for reading, writing and discussion to provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary exploration.
Robert Henry | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3010: Nationalism and National Identity
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 20 - Apr 28 | No class Mar 10 (Spring Break)            
Focuses on theories about the origins of nations; examines the historical and cultural substance of nations; and explores related questions about national identity, nationalism, ethnic violence, and citizenship. Considers contemporary alternatives to national identity, such as supranational movements and multinational organizations.                 
Ann Marie Plunkett | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3780: The Criminal Justice System 
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 19 - Apr 27 | No class Mar 9 (Spring Break)
Provides students with an overview and understanding of the criminal justice system as a social institution inside of the American institution.  Enables students to gain an understanding of the various components of the criminal justice system and its responsibilities to include courts, corrections, and law enforcements.                 
Alan Rasmussen | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3773: Navigating Cultural Differences within Global Businesses    
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break)
Examines business management and leadership methods when working with cultural issues in today's international businesses. Addresses challenges and opportunities that different cultures create. Explores through classroom activities how to meet the challenges that may occur and addresses examples of diversity in a global setting.                  
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3830: American Foreign Policy        
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 19 - May 3  
Examines the critical foreign policy challenges facing the United States in the 21st century.  Explores the principal challenges and opportunities for American policymakers, such as: the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental issues, and human rights and democratization.                       
Peter Ronayne | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4292: Liberalism and Conservatism
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 19 - Apr 27 | No class Mar 9 (Spring Break)
Examines the fundamental clashes between liberals and conservatives, including how this split in perspectives developed our modern culture. Focuses on a tolerant, open-minded, and balanced investigation that seeks a broader understanding and appreciation of these diverse perspectives.     Robert Gutman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4314: World of Theodore Roosevelt              
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 20 - Apr 28 | No class Mar 10 (Spring Break)
Explores Theodore Roosevelt's life. Investigates key political, economic, social, and cultural developments of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that Roosevelt experienced and, in some cases, influenced.                          
Clifford Haury | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4431: Topics in Cognitive Psychology        
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 24 - May 2 | No class Mar 7 (Spring Break)
Examines the theoretical bases for the study of thinking, consciousness, and the mind, with a focus on current research findings. Topics include learning and memory, language, reasoning, decision-making and cognitive neuropsychology. Challenges students to design a small-scale experiment and connect their findings to applications in professional, personal, or education contexts.                             
Margaret Bryce | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4458: The Cold War             
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 25 - May 3 | No class Mar 8 (Spring Break)   
This course examines both Russian and American foreign policy at several critical points during the conflict.  Through major scholarly works, primary documents, films, class discussions, papers, and lectures students will work together to better understand the Cold War and gain a fuller understanding of its political, military, cultural, economic, and ideological impact at home and abroad.  The following questions will be explored: 1) How did the Cold War start?; 2) What were some of the important decisions made during the conflict, and why?; 3) Why did the Cold War end the way it did?         
Paul Pitman | 3 UG credits

*Asynchronous online courses at SCPS can sometimes include synchronous sessions. Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Synchronous sessions will be recorded

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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