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Current Term Classes - BIS

J Term/Spring 2021

Class registration for BIS students opens on November 9th for J-Term and December 18..  

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.


J-Term 2021

ISHU 3901: Dance: Anthropological Origins of Dance and Music in World Cultures              
Online Synchronous | Jan 4 – Jan 15 | Monday-Friday 6-10pm 
Examines the anthropological origins of dance history in world cultures.  Discusses the importance of dance to define and preserve the historic traditions within a culture.  Explores the inherent relationship between dance and music within both the socio-cultural and folk aspects, as well as the ceremonial, religious, and ritual aspects of a culture. 
Sharen Mendoza | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3820: American National Identity   
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 4 – Jan 15 
Examines the character, origins, and evolution of American national identity. Positions the discussion in a wider theoretical landscape, designed to understand the nature of nations and nationalism.  Explores the ways in which concepts of America and American have evolved over time, across space, and within social, cultural, and political contexts.
Ann Marie Plunkett | 3 UG credits

Spring 2021

ISBU 3451: Fundamentals of Marketing
Online Synchronous | Feb 4 - May 6 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
Introduction to marketing principles and activities in both profit and non-profit enterprises, from the conception of goods and services to their consumption. Participants study consumer behavior as well as ethical, environmental, and international issues in marketing.  Prerequisite: ECON 201 and 202 or equivalents, or instructor permission.
John Hulburt | 3 UG credits 

ISBU 3888: Looking Through the Philosophic Lens of Technology
Online Synchronous | Feb 2 - May 5 | Tuesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Mar 9
Explores ways in which the history and philosophy of technology can inform today’s liberal arts students about the role of technology in our society.  Covers current and historical topics as well as explores and develops a personal philosophic approach to the application of technology.
Yitna Firdyiwek | 3 UG credits 

ISBU 4670: Organizational Change and Development    
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Feb 17
Studies organizational change and development with an emphasis on corporate culture, ethics, diversity, decision making, and team building. Focuses attention on the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses and organizations and how the effects of the pandemic might direct future outcomes. Addresses the ways both individuals and corporations can manage and adapt to said changes. 
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits 

ISHU 3301: Introduction to Film               
Online Synchronous | Feb 2 - May 4 | Tuesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Mar 9
Examines the cultural and commercial contexts of film production, including the directors, the intended audience, and the audience’s response. Investigates film structure, how meaning is created, and how this structure can be read and understood.Examines genres, stories, and the ways in which films and their audiences are a part of the larger structure of the culture in which they exist. 
Hyeyon Moon | 3 UG credits 

ISHU 4170: African-American Novels      
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Feb 17
Focuses on African American novels from 19th century through the present. Examines topics such as literary realism and naturalism, protest fiction, and magical realism. Considers race and gender relations, communal and individual identity, and the modern legacy of slavery. 
Seth Horton | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4180: The Nature of the Hero and How to Create One         
Online Synchronous | Feb 4 - May 6 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
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: Economics of Terrorism           
Online Synchronous | Feb 4 - May 6 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
Explores the historical trends and modern day threats of terrorism to society through economic analysis in combination with political schemes. The application of empirical and theoretical economic/political approaches to terrorism provides an understanding of the prospective approaches by policy makers to these occurrences, founded in the study of rationalism, cost/benefit analysis, comparative advantage, and utility.                  
Michael Schnur | 3 UG credits 

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Introduction to European Studies            
Online Asynchronous | Available Feb 1 - May 6 
Explores several centuries of European history and traditions through different social scientific approaches including demography and ethnicity, politics, economics, and law. Provides background for understanding major developments (the welfare state, end of empire, Cold War, migration, and the EU) in European civilization in the 20th and 21st centuries.                  
Richard Floyd | 3 UG credits 

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Art in the Ring of Fire        
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Feb 17
Examines the development and meaning of art and architecture in small-scale indigenous cultures that inhabit areas along the Pacific Coastline. Though diverse in many aspects, the course attempts to uncover commonalities of expression between certain groups such as the Ainu of northern Japan and cultures of the Northwest Coast region of Canada from the perspective of art history, anthropology and ethnology.              Julia May | 3 UG credits 

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Medical Humanities        
Online Synchronous | Feb 2 - May 4 | Tuesdays 7-9pm | No class on Mar 9
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 | Feb 1 - May 3 | Mondays 7-9:45pm | No class on Mar 29
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 | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 4-6:45pm | No class on Feb 17
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 3250: The Notion and the Heft of Home    
Online Synchronous | Feb 2 - May 6 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-1:15pm | No class on Mar 9 & Apr 15
Explores the myriad meanings of home through such questions as: is home a preposterous notion? Considers and analyzes personal definitions of home. Explores readings from sermons of Puritan New England to personal narrative of Native Americans to testimonials of the homeless.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits 

ISLS 3780: An Examination of the Criminal Justice System
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
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 3411: Topics in Personality Psychology         
Online Synchronous | Feb 4 - May 6 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
Explores major theoretical approaches to understanding the development, structure, and dynamics of personality. Analyzes recent scholarship and various research methods, with projects for students to apply leading theories in real-world social and professional settings.
Clair Berube | 3 UG credits 

ISSS 3850: Media and Politics    
Online Synchronous | Feb 4 - May 6 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Apr 15
This course will examine the role of mass media in the political process focusing on the presidency and includes such topics as print and broadcast news, social media and election campaigns, political advertising, fundraising, and media effects on public opinion and political participation.
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits 

ISSS 3888: Looking Through the Philosophic Lens of Technology
Online Synchronous | Feb 2 - May 4 | Tuesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Mar 9
Explores ways in which the history and philosophy of technology can inform today’s liberal arts students about the role of technology in our society.  Covers current and historical topics as well as explores and develops a personal philosophic approach to the application of technology.
Yitna Firdyiwek | 3 UG credits 

ISSS 4300: America in the 1960’s: A Decade of Turbulence   
Online Synchronous | Feb 1 - May 3 | Mondays 7-9:45pm | No class on Mar 29
Examines the issues of ideology, race, gender, faith, war, the youth movement, as well as the politics of the Great Society social programs and voting rights.  Explores music, the draft, and the counter culture, including a new conservatism also present amidst the violence at home and abroad.
Clifford Haury | 3 UG credits 

ISSS 4610: Economics of Climate Change               
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Feb 17
Examines all aspects of global warming, emphasizing appropriate government policies such as carbon taxes, cap and trade systems, and clean technologies to limit future carbon emissions. Provides students with economic background and tools to address the public policy issues related to climate change.
Andrew Wilson | 3 UG credits 

ISSS 4670: Organizational Change and Development    
Online Synchronous | Feb 3 - May 5 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm | No class on Feb 17
Studies organizational change and development with an emphasis on corporate culture, ethics, diversity, decision making, and team building. Focuses attention on the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses and organizations and how the effects of the pandemic might direct future outcomes. Addresses the ways both individuals and corporations can manage and adapt to said changes.     
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits 

*Asynchronous online courses at SCPS can sometimes include synchronous sessions. Instructors can require attendance for these sessions the dates are listed. For synchronous class sessions whose dates are listed, attendance is strongly encouraged. These sessions can be recorded for students who are unable to attend.

* 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.

Faculty Spotlight

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I want my students to realize that good writing just doesn’t happen. You have to work at it.
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Charlotte Matthews

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Charlotte Matthews is a well-regarded poet with three full-length poetry collections to her name. Also an associate professor in the BIS program, she delivers rigorous instruction in writing and revision while encouraging students to develop their own voice. In 2018, Charlotte received the Adelle F. Robertson Award, the school’s highest honor, for sustained excellence in providing new knowledge, instruction, and public service to the people, organizations, and institutions served by the University.

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It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.
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Stephen Levine

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Stephen is an associate professor in BIS, and also serves as the program director. He has been teaching courses on U.S. cultural history since 2006, and, in addition to his work as an instructor, strives to increase access and flexibility at UVA to help adult learners reach their academic goals. Under his leadership, students are now able to complete the BIS degree entirely online.

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Student Spotlight

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It was very important to me to set an example for my three children. And earning my degree was a source of personal satisfaction.
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Marisela Perez

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

As a part-time student and working mother of three, Marisela took advantage of flexible learning opportunities and employer reimbursement to earn her bachelor’s from SCPS. After completing her associate’s degree at a local community college, she enrolled in the BIS program part-time. She completed her degree online after relocating from Charlottesville to California, and now works as an accounting manager for Tri-Dim, who sponsored her SCPS studies.

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I'm in a managerial position now. An SCPS degree provided the foundation for advancing in my career.
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Clifton Jones

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

When Clifton began his academic career at UVA, it was as a biomedical engineering student in the rigorous Engineering School. Three years in, however, he realized that this field was not for him. He left Charlottesville to enter the workforce, and started applying his talents at a youth arts organization in Washington, DC. Now returning to UVA as a BIS student, Clifton is completing his undergraduate degree in his true area of interest, and is collecting skills that will help him advance his creative career.

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At orientation, everyone was kind and supportive, and they make you feel welcomed as a UVA student. You get all the services you would expect from a university like this. It is amazing.
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Jesús Pino

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Jesús came to SCPS by way of his home city of Córdoba, where he developed a passion for photography as the co-founder of a bimonthly arts and culture magazine. When he relocated to the United States for his wife’s job, he decided to advance his photography and advertising career with an undergraduate degree. Now a bachelor’s student at BIS, he’s making connections, developing expertise, and gaining experience in pursuit of his dream job.

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