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Current Term Classes - BIS

Summer 2019

Summer class registration opens on April 15 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 3451: Fundamentals of Marketing
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 6-10pm | May 29-Jul 31 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/1, 9am-12:45pm
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.
Rokesha Green | 3 UG credits

ISBU | ISSS 3888: Looking Through the Philosophic Lens of Technology
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm
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

ISHU 3456: History of Western Architecture from Antiquity to the Present
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm
Examines the tradition of Western architecture from its inception in Greece and Rome to the present. Focuses on aesthetic, cultural, and political ideas framing the design, uses, and meanings of these celebrated buildings. Provides tools for visual analysis using a variety of methods from text analysis to visits of buildings.
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3901: Dance: Anthropological Origins of Dance and Music in World Cultures
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 6-10pm | May 30-Aug 1 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/22, 9am-12:45pm (No class on 7/4)
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 sociocultural and folk aspects, as well as the ceremonial, religious, and ritual aspects of a culture.  
Sharen Mendoza | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4090: Writing: Comfortable as a Hearth Rug
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 6-10pm | May 29-Jul 31 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/1, 9am-12:45pm
Writing begins with intuition, moves towards consciousness and strives for clarity. Such movement calls for a steady eye and an enduring approach. Accordingly, this course focuses upon resurrecting the fading art of patience, a faculty required for writing.  Students will read widely, respond to assigned readings through weekly essays and share work in a workshop setting with an emphasis on revision. Writing intensive.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4190: Writing Strategies
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 6-10pm | May 30-Aug 1 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/22, 9am-12:45pm (No class on 7/4)
Explores non-fiction writing. Develops and hones skills needed to write stories and essays that readers are compelled to read. Learn the power of personal narrative and begin to grasp how that power affects a reader by understanding the difference between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’.
Robert Henry | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Historical Study of Empire
Online Asynchronous | Available May 28-Aug 2
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 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: The Atlantic World
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 6-10pm | May 29-Jul 31 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/1, 9am-12:45pm
An interdisciplinary examination of exploration and colonization of the New World, 1300-1700, and the Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans who shaped it. Students will be introduced to and employ historical methodology and research, anthropology, and literary analysis in an examination of primary sources, literature, artifacts, and current scholarship to gain a deeper understanding of social sciences and the roots of our modern world.
David Corlett | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Art in Society
Online Asynchronous | Available May 28-Aug 2
Proposes to examine the history of western culture through the history of the performing arts beginning with plays of ancient Greece and ending with musicals of twentieth-century Broadway and Hollywood.  Examines different works of art in order to discover what they can tell about the aspirations, fears, and basic conflicts of the societies from which they emerged.
Christine Bhasin | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3150: Genocide: Origins, Prevention, and Punishment
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm | Limited to BIS Students
Students address serious questions about mass violence; human rights; psychological, sociological, cultural and economic sources of human cruelty; and the responsibility of bystanders. Students also consider what genocide is, why it happens, where it has happened, how best to prevent it, and how to deal with perpetrators.
Waitman Beorn | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3280: Science as a Cultural System: Challenging Our Presuppositions
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm | Limited to BIS Students
Focuses on the production of the scientific method from its eighteenth-century roots in natural philosophy, which demonstrates that the methodology which produces science is the same which produces natural philosophy.
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3360: The Role of Memory and The Human Condition
Online Synchronous | Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 12-1:15pm | Jun 3-Jul 31 | Limited to BIS Students
Focuses on the  human condition and uses literature to examine the role of memory.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3160: Democracy in America
Online Synchronous | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 6-10pm | May 13-May 24
Examines democracy, free speech, elections and the press; considers the role of a free press in a time of civil discord, challenges to free speech in America at large and on college campuses; evaluates threats to democracy and the electoral process by analyzing Russian hacking and the role of PACs and Super PACs; examines mainstream and social media, “fake news” and posits if democracy can survive in a culture of 24/7 news coverage and “tweets.”
Paul Pitman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3360: Making Sense of the News
NVCC Loudoun | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm
Develops thoughtful and informed perspectives on some of the most intriguing news stories of our times. Examines aspects of current event topics. Students will have opportunities to share their discoveries and report their findings and judgments and discuss the relevant issues.
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3460: Lifespan Development
Blended (NVCC Alexandria & Online Synchronous) | Thursdays, 6-10pm | May 30-Aug 1 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/22, 9am-12:45pm | In-person classes: 5/30, 6/27 & 7/25. All other classes to be held synchronously. (No class on 7/4)
Explores an individual’s psychological development in today’s world. Investigates communication and relationships among individuals, families, and societies. Examines cognitive, social and emotional developmental changes that affect one’s self and environment. Considers how technology influences many aspects of development including research in genetics, involvement with computers and apps, application of new medical research, and aging.  
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4000: The Experience of the Great War: Life and Literature
Charlottesville | Tuesdays, 6-10pm | May 28-Jul 30 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12:45pm
Drawing on histories and literature, including autobiographies, poetry, and novels, this course focuses on the experiences and mentalities of those who fought in World War I, as well as those who remained on the home front. The realities and myths of the Great War are explored. An emphasis is placed on British, French, and German writings about the Western Front as well as some consideration of the fighting on the Eastern Front and in Turkey.
Ann Plunkett | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4430: Topics in Developmental Psychology
Charlottesville | Wednesdays, 6-10pm | May 29-Jul 31 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/1, 9am-12:45pm
Analyzes major theoretical approaches to understanding the development of perception, cognition, language, personality, and social interaction. Challenges students to critically analyze assumptions and methods that underlie developmental research findings. Provides opportunities for students to conduct independent research on course-related topics.
Fan Gao | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4454: Emotion, Emotional Intelligence, and Meditation
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 6-10pm | May 30-Aug 1 | Additional class to be held on Saturday, 6/22, 9am-12:45pm (No class on 7/4)
Examines the neurological basis of emotion and the content of emotional intelligence which includes social competence in relationships, impulse control, empathy and compassion, resilience, motivation, and optimism. Discusses the underlying neurological mechanisms through which mindfulness meditation exerts its impact on emotion regulation and emotional intelligence.
Fan Gao | 3 UG credits

The following Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Security courses are limited to students completing the IT or Cyber Security Analysis concentrations within BIS. Students should only register for courses after meeting with their advisor.

IT 3210: Programming with Java
Online Asynchronous* | Available May 13-Aug 2 | Synchronous sessions, Thursdays 7-8:30pm.
Studies key structures, concepts, and applications needed to write programs with Java, an object-oriented programming language used for developing user interfaces on the Web.  
Michael Vito | 3 UG credits 

IT 3220: Strategic Business Value of Information Technology
Online Asynchronous* | Available May 13-Aug 2 | Synchronous sessions, Thursdays 7-8:30pm.
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
 
IT 3230: Basics of Web Design
Online Asynchronous* | Available May 13-Aug 2 | Synchronous sessions, Wednesdays 7-8:30pm.
Master the basics of website construction, design, and maintenance using XHTML and CSS.  The course provides an overview of aesthetic, business, and technical website design concepts. Attention is also given to the underlying concepts of website design such as navigation for websites, usability, accessibility issues, and the process of putting a completed website online.  
Mary Smith | 3 UG credits

SEC 3020: Cyber Security Policy, Law, and Ethics
Online Asynchronous* | Available May 13-Aug 2 | Synchronous sessions, Wednesdays 7-8:30pm.
Provides overview of cyber security policies, laws, regulations, and ethical considerations that can be used to help protect and improve an organization’s security posture. Explores related topics including ethics, security policy requirements, legal requirements, regulations, compliance, and security policy frameworks. Examines global impact of cyber security policy, law, and ethics through case studies.
Michael Esenwein | 3 UG credits


The following Health Care Management (HCM) courses are limited to students completing the HCM concentration within BIS. Students should only register for these courses after meeting with their HCM advisor.

PSHM 3080: Legal and Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | May 15-Jul 31
Provides an overview of the laws governing health care institutions and the ethical dilemmas facing health care managers and providers; reviews ethical principles utilized to examine health care issues. Evaluates the procedures followed by health care organizations in making legal and ethical decisions; addresses such contemporary issues as cloning, euthanasia, and organ donation. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS program.
Stephen Oliver | 3 UG credits

PSHM 3805: Health Information Systems and Applications
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | May 14-Jul 30
Introduces foundational knowledge and emerging trends in health informatics, and examines how information systems can be utilized to improve patient care, health outcomes, efficiency, and quality. Provides knowledge on how health informatics can enhance evidence-based decision making, cost-management, and performance; analyzes key issues in data management, and confidentiality in health informatics. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program (Concentration Only).
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits


*Asynchronous online courses at SCPS can sometimes include synchronous sessions. Instructors can require attendance for these sessions as long as the dates are listed. For synchronous class sessions whose dates are not listed, attendance is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. These sessions can be recorded for students who are unable to attend.

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

Steven 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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