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Current Term Classes - BIS

Summer 2020

Summer class registration opens on April 2 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 3410: Commercial Law
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 2 - Aug 4
Surveys the American legal system and principles of constitutional, criminal, and tort law, emphasizing legal issues related to contracts, agency, corporations, and partnerships.        
John Roper | 3 UG credits

ISBU 3700: Financial Planning Strategies
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 3 - Aug 5
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  4680: Entrepreneurship
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 3 - Aug 5
Explores the process of creating and managing new ventures. Study of financing for initial capital and early growth of the enterprise; legal and tax issues associated with a new business; how to identify opportunity areas; and the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.  
Prerequisite: ISBU concentration prerequisites or instructor permission.                               
Alejandro Hernandez | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3080: Islam
Online Synchronous | Thursdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 4 - Aug 6
Provides students with refined knowledge which is relevant in both the professional and private spheres.Focusing on both the history of Islam, from its founding through the present day, and (more specifically) on the principles of Islam and how different Muslim theologians and statesmen have interpreted and applied those principles throughout Islam’s history.The course is a purposeful mix of anthropology, history and political science.                        
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3183: Writing the Story of Your Life:  Creative Nonfiction
Online Synchronous | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 12-1:15pm | Jun 1 - Aug 7
Student learns how to bring together the imaginative strategies of fictional story telling with new ways of narrating true, real-life events.  Explores how Creative Nonfiction writing allows you to share your stories in compelling ways, helps you write effectively in professional and personal situations, and provides new ways for you to document real-life experiences as they occurred.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3251: Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop
Online Synchronous | Thursdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 4 - Aug 6
Explores the process, form, and voice of writing poetry.  Offers the chance to read widely in contemporary American poetry and develop reflective prose essays on poetry, poetics, and the philosophy of poetry.                        
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Public Policy Analysis
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays; 6-9:45pm | Jun 3 - Aug 5
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..                          
David Corlett | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: God and Darwin
Online Asynchronous | Available Jun 1 - Aug 7
Studies scientists’ and philosophers’ rigorous arguments that God and Darwin are logically irreconcilable, that the idea of a world-creating monotheistic god is mutually exclusive with the idea of evolution by natural selection. Discusses the fact that other scientists and philosophers have argued God and Darwin are complementary, that they in no real sense conflict at all.         
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3190: Good Cop/Bad Cop
Online Synchronous | Mondays, Wednesdays; 4-5:45pm | Jun 1 - Aug 5
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 3620: Ritual and Becoming in the Arts of Africa
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 6-9:45pm | Jun 3 - Aug 5
Examines the traditional arts produced on the African continent such as painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, and body modification as they are incorporated into age-grade initiation, fertility ceremonies and curative rituals.                         
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3310: Popular Music’s Vision of America
Online Asynchronous | Available May 18 - Jun 13
Examines American popular music using Michael Billig’s work Banal Nationalism. Helps students understand the day-to-day cultural scaffolding of their lives, and the larger narrative and ideological project of America. Contextualizes popular music’s vision using sociological and literary contributions of the same era. Places American popular music within a wider parallel examination of America’s post-Vietnam search for purpose and meaning.                
Steven Laymon | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3810: The American Presidency
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | June 4 - Aug 6
This course addresses the constitutional role and historical development of the American Presidency.We will also examine the theoretical explanations of the institution’s relationship to democratic government, the separation of powers, and the expansion of national administrative power.  This broad understanding of the historical and theoretical presidency will inform our consideration of current events and upcoming presidential elections.                          
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4430: Topics in Developmental Psychology
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 6-9:45pm | Jun 2 - Aug 4
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.                   
Margaret Bryce | 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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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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