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Current Term Classes - BIS

Fall 2020

Class registration opens on August 14 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 3710: Managerial Finance  
Online synchronous | Aug 27 – Nov 19 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm  
Principles and practices of business finance focusing on managerial decision-making in financial policy. Topics include capital structure, types of securities and their use in raising funds, risk, valuation, and allocating resources for investment.  Prerequisite: ISBU concentration prerequisites or instructor permission. 
John Hulburt | 3 UG credits  

ISBU 3810: Ethical Issues  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 23 | Mondays & Wednesdays 12-1:15pm  
Introduces the philosophical concept of the ethical discrimination of actions.  Examines primary sources in some detail by presenting prevailing philosophical systems.  Studies decision-making in the context of the contemporary world using examples such as business environment, faith and religion, and the political arena.  
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits  

ISBU 4680: Entrepreneurship  
Online Synchronous | Aug 25 – Nov 24 | Tuesdays 7-9:45pm  
Explores the process of creating and managing new ventures. Studies how to evaluate new opportunities, the early growth of the enterprise, the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, and venture capital investment.  
Alejandro Hernandez | 3 UG credits  

ISHU 3457: Global Architecture  
Online Synchronous | Aug 25 – Nov 24 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-1:15pm  
Examines architecture from a global perspective. Focuses on aesthetic, cultural, and political forces that influence design, use, and meaning. Provides students with a vocabulary for discussing architecture as well as tools for visual analysis and interpretation. 
Julia May | 3 UG credits  

ISHU 3624: Visual Culture and Aesthetics: The Practice of Seeing  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 18 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm  
Examines the cultural elements involved in the interactive process of defining and interpreting the meaning of visual images with regard to how art images are produced, consumed, and made meaningful.  Explores images in art history and digital media to investigate the philosophical, social, and cultural influences which affect how we interpret and define the art experience.  
Julia May | 3 UG credits  

ISHU 3810: Ethical Issues  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 23 | Mondays & Wednesdays 12-1:15pm  
Introduces the philosophical concept of the ethical discrimination of actions.  Examines primary sources in some detail by presenting prevailing philosophical systems.  Studies decision-making in the context of the contemporary world using examples such as business environment, faith and religion, and the political arena.  
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits  

ISHU 4190: Writing Strategies  
Online Synchronous | Aug 27 – Nov 19 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm  
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: The Atlantic World  
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 25 – Nov 24 
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: Writing for Your Life  
Online Synchronous | Aug 25 – Nov 24 | Tuesdays 6-8:45pm  
Provides a general overview of prose writing and strategies of rhetoric and composition. Covers the personal essay and fiction, professional writing, research and journalism, and opinion/analysis. Pairs reading assignments with writing assignments that are critiqued and edited by peers and the instructor. 
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits  

ISLS 3020: Critical Thinking: Why Do We Believe the Things We Do?  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 18 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm  
This course focuses on a central question: ‘Why do we believe the things we do?’ This question will drive all of the individual writing and reading assignments. In this context students consider, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, topics such as: mental models, hidden assumptions and the place of implicit beliefs in reasoning; ‘thin slicing’ and the role of the ‘adaptive unconscious’ in decision making; propaganda, public relations and the role of the media in belief formation; the identification and evaluation of arguments and the difference between persuasive and cogent reasoning. 
Deborah Bishop | 3 UG credits  

ISLS 3211: Russian Politics  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 18 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm  
Explores Russia’s political themes of the 20th century, especially events since the fall of the Soviet Union. Includes Russia’s tentative steps towards capitalism and democracy in the last two decades. Employs different analytical tools to craft an interdisciplinary portrait of Russia. Provides an opportunity to substantially improve critical thinking and basic academic writing. 
Yuri Urbanovich | 3 UG credits  

ISSS 3045: Science and Practice of Mindfulness  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 18 | Wednesdays 4-6:45pm  
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 3416: Social Psychology in The Modern World  
Online Synchronous | Aug 25 – Nov 24 | Tuesdays 7-9:45pm  
Examines major theories of social influence and human relations, with a focus on research methodologies and recent findings. Covers topics such as social cognition, self-concept, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, aggression, helping behavior, prejudice, and interpersonal relationships. Provides opportunities for students to critically examine the scientific literature and undertake research assignments to apply theory to modern societal issues.  
Margaret Bryce | 3 UG credits  

ISSS 3180: Critical Issues in Democracy  
Online Synchronous | Aug 26 – Nov 18 | Wednesdays 7-9:45pm  
Explores several critical issues in democracy, relating to both the United States and countries abroad, such as: the examination of ancient and modern theories of democracy, political parties, the Presidency, voting, foreign policy, and the development of international relations.  
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits  

ISSS 4010: The Second World War: Experience of Total War  
Online Synchronous | Aug 27 – Nov 19 | Thursdays 7-9:45pm  
Covers military, political, social and economic aspects of history’s most devastating conflict. Explores the experiences of military personnel and civilians in Europe and Asia. 
Ann Marie Plunkett | 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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