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Current Term Classes - BIS

Fall 2019

Fall class registration opens on August 6 for BIS students.  

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.

ISBU  3840: International Business
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 29 -Dec 5 | No class on Nov 28
An introduction to the practice and theory of international business. Consideration given to global trade and economic integration theory; the major instruments and procedures needed for management and operation of an international business; modes of international market entry and foreign direct investment; strategies appropriate to managing an international business; global environmental issues; and the importance of culture and ethics in international business.  Prerequisite: ISBU concentration prerequisites or instructor permission.
John Hulburt | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3170: Poetry and Memoir
Online Synchronous | Mondays & Wednesdays, 12-1:15 pm | Aug 28 -Dec 4 | No class on Oct 7, Nov 27
Just as a cartographer is one who makes maps, projecting an area of the earth’s surface on a flat plane, so is a writer able to transform an imagined shape into real shape.  In much the manner of a cartographer, a writer must “brave the elements” in order to come closer to an understanding of what is mysterious. With a focus upon poetry and memoir, this class will ask students to read widely, to respond to assigned readings through essays and annotations, to produce creative work on a weekly basis, and to share such work openly in a workshop setting.
Charlotte Hilary Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3304: The Films of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 29 -Dec 5 | No class on Nov 28
Studies the films of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, two very different but equally creative filmmakers who explored their medium with an intensive imagination. Analyzes such films as Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, and Psycho, examining what makes them work and looking at the cultural and historical context of the films. 
Hyeyon Moon | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3306: American Film and Culture in the 1950s
Charlottesville | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 | No class on Nov 27
Explores the way film echoes and influences the culture that contains it. Examines a number of film genres that were particularly sensitive to cultural and political currents including melodrama, the gangster film, the Western, science fiction, and others. Determines how Post-World War II America saw itself in films.
Hyeyon Moon | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4100: Writing Narrative
Blended (Richmond & Online Synchronous) | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 | In-person classes: 829, 912, 926, 1010, 1024, 117, 1121, 125 | Online classes: 95, 919, 103, 1017, 1031, 1114 | No class on Nov 28
This course focuses on developing the techniques of prose narrative. Students work on a short story, novel, memoir, or any combination of these. The course is structured as a workshop: each week, four or five works by students are discussed in full-class workshop led by the instructor. Issues to be addressed include characterization, voice, creating and sustaining tension, plotting in long and in short narratives, and the skills of critical response.
David Horton | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4850: Principles of Sustainability
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
Provides an introduction to sustainability concepts within the framework of environment, economics, and equity. Covers foundational principles of sustainability and emerging topics, including population, energy, food, water and technology. Emphasizes the interrelationship between humans and the environment, and includes discussion of ecosystems, human behavior, ethics, and policy.
Angela D. Orebaugh | 3 UG credits


ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Exploring the Social Sciences
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 | No class on Nov 27
Focuses on how social scientists explore the international issues of global poverty, development, humanitarian crises, and migration. 
,Ann Marie Harkins Plunkett | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Public Policy Analysis
Charlottesville | Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 | No class on Nov 28
Examines how public policy analysts determine the best course of action to meet organizational objectives within legal and financial constraints; considers the complex and ever-changing aspects of the problem, predicts the intended as well as unintended outcomes of the possible courses of action, and balances the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.
John V. Mirabella | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Art in the Ring of Fire
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
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

ISLS 3010: Nationalism and National Identity
Charlottesville | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
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.
Steven Laymon | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3190: Good Cop/Bad Cop
Blended (Alexandria & Online Synchronous) | Wednesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 | In-person classes: 828, 109, 124 | All other classes to be held online synchronously
This course examines the current use of the police power in a variety of situations, informed by the past and motivated by the future. Particular emphasis is on contemporary real-life examples to inform the discussion on the proper use of the police power. Those examples are subjected to a variety of perspectives, societal and individual, to gain a fuller understanding of the delicate balance of competing values. 
Alan Rasmussen | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3240: In Their Own Words: America
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
Culture is made of the shared beliefs and experience of individuals, and the stories of the lives of those individuals both describe the culture and prescribe the direction in which it must move.  The United States of America has a long series of disparate cultural histories; the purpose of this course is to use first-person narratives to unravel them.
David Horton | 3 UG credits
 

ISLS 3295: U.S. History through the Virginia Experience
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
Utilizes popular culture, archaeology, material culture, and traditional sources and methods to examine issues in American history as experienced by Virginians. Explores early contact, roots and development of American institutions and culture, the American Revolution, nation building, sectionalism, Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation, Civil Rights, and contemporary controversies.
David Corlett | 3 UG credits


ISSS 3045: Science and Practice of Mindfulness
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
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 Willims | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3050: Evolution of International Relations
Online Asynchronous | Aug 27-Dec 6
Provides a broad conceptual introduction to the study of international relations. Traces and debates philosophical, ethical, and political interpretations of world politics from ancient times to the present. Examines applied issues of international relations, such as the use of force; collective security; human rights and development; and environmental, globalization and technological influences in the context of these philosophical traditions.
Peter Ronayne | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3150: Constitutional Law
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 | No class on Nov 28
Introduces students to the study of constitutional law and provides a good grounding in the methods the U.S. Supreme Court uses to interpret our Constitution. Examines the generally accepted methods of constitutional analysis through in-depth studies of landmark cases both historical and contemporary. Lays an initial foundation in an overview of federal judicial, legislative and executive powers.
Cynthia Levy | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3820: American National Identity
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 | No class on Nov 27
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.
Steven Laymon | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3870: Eportfolios in Undergraduate Education
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 29 -Dec 5 | No class on Nov 28
Engages students in inventorying their interdisciplinary and extracurricular experiences, and assembling a digital narrative and collection of artifacts (eportfolio). Presents foundational learning experience for students to develop writing, graphic composition, integrative, and self-reflective and -authorship skills. Guides students in developing autonomy and agency, as they produce digital representations of themselves and their achievements.
Yitna Benyam Firdyiwek | 3 UG credits


ISSS 4062: Introduction to International Politics
Alexandria | Tuesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 27-Dec 3 | No class on Oct 8
Develops methods, examines issues, and discusses the roles of various actors in world politics. Examines the international system and analyzes the crisis of the Westphalian State System. Provides understanding of conflicts, foreign policy, power, security, alliances, deterrence, bargaining, cooperation, globalization, institutions, and law in international politics.
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4455: Social Inequality
TCC Virginia Beach | Mondays, 7-9:45 pm | Sep 2-Dec 2 | No class on Oct 7
This course explores systems of social inequality: feudalism, caste and slavery, class, and status groups, primarily in American society, but with reference to Europe and the Indian sub-continent as well. Starting with the fundamental concepts of Karl Marx and Max Weber, students will discuss the theoretical constructs that define systems of inequality, consider some historical examples, and then examine “social stratification” in our own country.  Does the United States have a class system? If so, what are its characteristics?  Joining the scholarly debate on this issue, students will consider the meaning of equal opportunity and social mobility for achieving the “American dream.” The course also explores the empirical consequences of social inequality for every day life: in health and wellness, housing, education, and family structure.
Clair T. Berube | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4456: Russian-American Relations
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45 pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 | No class on Nov 27
Focuses on the post-1945 period and the evolution of Russian-American relations since the fall of the Soviet Union, through an interdisciplinary lens based on contributions from international relations scholars and practitioners as well as historians, economists, philosophers, and political psychologists in historical and contemporary perspectives.
Yuri Urbanovich | 3 UG credits

The following Information Technology (IT) course is limited to students completing the IT concentration within BIS. Students should only register for courses after meeting with their advisor.


IT 3220: Strategic Business Value of Information Technology
Online Asynchronous* |  Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.)
Focuses on how to assess the value of IT investments and align technical strategies with business strategies. Introduces Porter’s Five Forces Model, the value chain, technology payoff metrics, and risk analysis. Explores ways to leverage disruptive technologies for competitive advantage.  
Lisa Wentzel | 3 UG credits | Required  

IT 3350: Agile Project Management
Online Asynchronous* | Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.) 
Introduces the principles of Agile Project Management and covers the frameworks and practices used by agile teams. Explores innovative ways of gathering requirements, estimation, release planning, performance metrics, and scaling with the Agile Manifesto in mind. Emphasizes software development while applying the principles to any type of project.
Michael Vito | 3 UG credits | Required

IT 3400: Database Management and Business Intelligence/Analytics
Online Asynchronous*  | Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.) 
Learn and apply the fundamentals of relational database modeling and database management systems technology in the development of business information systems.  Encompasses entity/relationship diagrams, relational theory, normalization, integrity constraints, the Structured Query Language (SQL), and physical and logical design.  Students will also be exposed to core concepts and tools associated with data warehousing.
Pritpal S. Kochar| 3 UG credits | Required

 

The following Cyber course is limited to students completing the IT concentration within BIS. Students should only register for courses after meeting with their advisor.

 

SEC 3010: Securing the Cyber World
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.)
Provides a global perspective on cyber security and the impact of cyber threats. Addresses a variety of topics that are all part of the cyber ecosystem, to include current threat trends, defense in-depth techniques, attack case studies, risk management, disaster recovery, security policy, and awareness training. Examines current best practices, compliance requirements, and evolving security architectures.
Angela D. Orebaugh | 3 UG credits | Required

SEC 3030: Human Factors in Cyber Security
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.)
Explores human aspects of cyber security – including security training and awareness, cyber ethics, hacktivism, hacker culture – with emphasis on human motivations and responses. Examines common human-centered attacks, such as phishing, social engineering, and other psychological manipulation.
Derek Holbert | 3 UG credits | Required

SEC 4010: Digital Forensics and Cybercrime
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 27-Dec 6 | Optional synchronous sessions on Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm (Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory at synchronous sessions.)
Examines cybercrimes and the digital forensics processes and techniques needed to discover, prosecute, and mitigate cybercrime. Explores the threats of cybercrime and mitigating countermeasures. Topics include discovering, preserving, and presenting digital evidence for legal prosecution; digital forensics tools and techniques; and anti-forensics techniques.
Angel Jones | 3 UG credits | Elective



*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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