On-Campus and Online Courses
URI’s Winter J Term is an affordable academic mini-semester offered over annually during the winter break in January. You can choose to either take one of the classes below at URI or travel the world and earn credit. You can register online through e-Campus starting Monday, October 27, 2014.
The following is a preliminary course listing and is subject to change. Please continue to check back. e-Campus will always reflect the most up-to-date information.
Note: While many Winter J Term courses will have an online component in addition to classroom time, no courses are currently offered fully online. Due to the intensive nature of the Winter J Term, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 credits during the term.
2015 course listings now available! more courses still to come!
General Education Offerings
- COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
- COM 108: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems
- ENG 243: The Short Story
- FLM 101: Intro to Film Media
- HPR 107: Honors Seminar in Letters
- HPR 110: Service Learning In and Out of the Classroom
- HPR 326: Honors Tutorial in Writing
- JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media
- KIN 123: Foundations of Health
- MTH 108: Topics in Mathematics
- SOC 100: General Sociology
- MUS 106: History of Jazz
- PHL 212: Ethics
- STA 220: Statistics In Modern Society
Special Topics and Major-Specific Course Offerings
- BIO 396: Biology and Society
- BUS 140: Introduction To Business
- BUS 365: Marketing Principles
- BUS 449: Entrepreneurship
- COM 221: Interpersonal Communication
- COM 310: The Business of Digital Media
- COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy
- EDC 279: Career Development Seminar
- HDF 298: Success In Higher Education: Math and Sciences
- HIS 393: Documenting Rhode Island
- MCE 262: Statics
- PSC 303: The Politics of the Vietnam War
- PSC 312: Model United Nations
- PSY 442: Psychology of Exceptionality
- SOC 224: Health, Illness, and Medical Care
- WRT 353 – Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy
- Exploring the Job Market in Health: Boston
- Exploring the Job Market in Rhode Island
- Exploring the Job Market in Communications and Media
Graduate Course Offerings
General Education Offerings
COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
Integrates basic theory and experience in a variety of communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human differences in order to develop more effective communication skills. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC)
Mark August, Swan Hall 211, M-F, 10am-2pm, 3 credits – Full!
Crystal Fonseca, Swan Hall 204, M-F, 12pm-4pm, 3 credits
Martha Waitkun, Swan Hall 203, M-Th, 11am-3:30pm, 3 credits – Full!
COM 108: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems
Through in-depth study of films, readings, and Web sites, students will explore the economic and ecological principles of sustainability and the rhetorical strands linking scientific evidence, public policies, and individual behavior. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC) or Social Science (S)
Norbert Mundorf, Swan Hall 202, M-T & Th-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, 4 credits
ENG 243: The Short Story
Critical study of the short story from the early 19th century to the present. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L)
Elisabeth Bell, Swan Hall 207, M-F, 10am-1pm, 4 credits – Full!
FLM 101: Intro to Film Media
Introduction to techniques of film practice, film history, genres, analysis of film texts, and reading of film images in their aesthetic, cultural, and literary context. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A).
Rebecca Kanost, Swan 304, M-F, 12pm-6pm, 3 credits - Full!
HPR 107: Honors Seminar in Letters
Creative Self-Discovery through Philosophy and Literature
Who are you really? Insights from philosophy and literature will be our guide into creative self-exploration. Read, write, create, and leave with a greater understanding of who you are. Gen. Ed. Category: Letters (L).
Bethany Vaccaro, Lippitt 402, M-TH, 9am-1:00pm, 3 credits
HPR 110: Service Learning In and Out of the Classroom
This service learning class will consist of in-class learning, examining topics such as poverty, food security, social and political action, employment and wages, civil rights. The course will also include hands-on work with South County Habitat for Humanity on active building sites in Washington County Rhode Island, in the Habitat ReStore or both. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S).
Gail Faris, Lippitt 401, M-F, 9am-1pm, 3 credits
HPR 326: Honors Tutorial in Writing
In a supportive workshop atmosphere, students will produce work in new and traditional formats, including flash fiction, blogs, columns, the personal essay, and the short memoir. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (ECw).
Betty Cotter, Lippitt Hall 405, M-F, 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits
JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media
Surveys newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, television, advertising, and emerging technologies. Examines economic and news functions of each. Considers First Amendment, legal and ethical problems, restrictions, and social consequences of media. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S) or Letters (L).
John Pantalone, Swan Hall 201, M-F 9am-12pm, 3 credits - Full!
KIN 123: Foundations of Health
Development of attitudes and practices that lead to more healthful living. Personal and community health problems studied. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S).
Rick Armstrong, Independence Square 195, M-F 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits
MTH 108: Topics in Mathematics
Introduces the non-math majors to the spirit of mathematics and its applications. Presupposes no mathematical background beyond University admission requirements. Emphasis is on development of reasoning ability as well as manipulative techniques. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ).
James Baglama, Lippitt Hall 204, MWF, 9am-11am plus blended online, 3 credits - Full!
MUS 106: History of Jazz
The nature and origin of jazz and its development as an American folk idiom: European and African heritages, blues, ragtime, dixieland, boogie-woogie, swing, bop, cool, funky, gospel, jazz-rock, free-form, and progressive. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A).
Jared Sims, Swan Hall, M-TH, 10am-2:15pm, 3 credits
PHL 212: Ethics
An introduction to philosophical inquiry by critical examination of some major traditional and contemporary views of human nature as expressed in a variety of religious, literary, scientific, and philosophical writings. Gen. Ed. Category: Letters (L).
Charles Chaves, Providence Campus, M-F, 10am-1pm, 3 credits
SOC 100: General Sociology
Introductory description and analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society. Social norms, groups, intergroup relations, social change, stratification, and institutions. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Sciences (S).
Jill Doerner, Swan Hall 205, M-F, 11am-2pm, 3 credits - Full!
Andrew Savchenko, Providence Campus, M-F, 6pm-9:15pm, 3 credits
STA 220: Statistics In Modern Society
Elementary concepts in sampling, polls, surveys, random samples. Foundations of statistical inference; estimation, comparison prediction. Statistics for the consumer, quality of data, credibility of statistical evidence. Environmental measurements and experiments. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ).
Catherine Robinson, Swan Hall, M-F, 8:30am-12pm, 3 credits
Special Topics and Major-Specific Course Offerings
BIO 396: Biology And Society
A seminar course dealing with the impact of biological discoveries on societal questions and with the social influences that affect biological discovery. Discussion of original papers, magazines, newspaper articles, and books about various discoveries. Pre: three courses in biology or permission of instructor.
Scott Ruhren, Providence Campus, M-W, 5:30pm-9:30pm, 2 credits
BUS 140: Introduction To Business
Nature, philosophy, objectives, and scope of the American business system. Emphasis on the interrelations of the functional areas. Not open to juniors and seniors in the College of Business Administration.
James Blair, Swan Hall 202, M-F, 1pm-4pm, 3 credits
BUS 365: Marketing Principles
An introduction to marketing from a managerial viewpoint. Examines social, economic, technological, legal, ethical, and other environmental factors and their impact on product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions in a worldwide market. This Winter J Term section of BUS 365 is offered for non-marketing majors only. Registration by permission only. Email email@example.com for a permission number.
David Mitchell, Swan Hall, M-F, 9am-1pm, 3 credits – Full!
BUS 449: Entrepreneurship
Procedures for starting one’s own business including business plans, financial data analysis, legal issues, and assessing feasibility of business ideas. Also addresses evaluating career interests and skills in entrepreneurship. This Winter J Term section of BUS 449 can be used toward a business minor and is offered for non-business majors only! Registration by permission only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a permission number.
Melissa Withers & Allan Tear, Swan Hall 313, M-TH, 10am-2pm, 3 credits
COM 221: Interpersonal Communication
Examines basic theory and skills, including impart of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family and romantic relationships. Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.
Tracy Proulx, Swan Hall, M-TH, 9am-1:30pm, 3 credits
COM 310: The Business of Digital Media
Television has long been an experience that is easily defined and understood. But today, the content consumption experience is redefining and disrupting every aspect of television. Is it “Television” or is it “Media and The Internet”? This course will outline the technology, business models, and the intricate relationships between content owners, service providers, and consumers.
Tom Ohanian, Swan Hall, M-W, 6pm-10pm plus blended online, 3 credits- Full!
COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy
An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring literature and research about Chinese Hollywood through visual literacy; and training students how to read Chinese film. Pre-requisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Pre-requisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, M-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, 3 credits
EDC 279: Career Development Seminar
This course is designed for students who have not yet chosen an academic major. Individualized approach to career concerns, skill identification, self-awareness, career development theory, decision making. Emphasis on understanding long- and short-term goals.
Kim White, Swan Hall, TuTH, 3:30pm-6:00pm, 1 credit
HDF 298: Success In Higher Education: Studying for Math and Sciences
This course will help students to develop the study skills, strategies, and mindset needed to succeed in college level math and science courses. Students will learn about how they learn, and how to strategically apply best practices in managing time, learning from lectures and text, solving problems, preparing for tests, and dealing with issues like procrastination and test anxiety.
David Hayes, Swan Hall 213, MWF, 1pm-3:30pm, 1 credit
HIS 393: Documenting Rhode Island
Documenting Rhode Island will send teams of students into communities across Rhode Island to identify, capture, and document local histories that have shaped the lives of Rhode Island and its residents. Through oral history – and perhaps photography, film, and other media – students will collect these histories and design methods of sharing them with the public.
Robert Widell, Swan Hall, M-TH, 10am-2pm, 3 credits
MCE 262: Statics
Newton ‘s laws of force systems in equilibrium and their effects on particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Both scalar and vector methods of analysis are developed. Pre: MTH 141 and credit or concurrent enrollment in EGR 106 or permission of instructor.
Musa Jouaneh, Wales 225, M-F, 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits
PSC 303: The Politics of the Vietnam War
The politics of the Vietnam War addressed from a range of perspectives. Emphasis on the political, social, strategic, legal, and moral issues raised by the Vietnam War and its aftermath.
Gerry Tyler, Swan Hall 201, M-F, 1pm-4pm plus blended online, 4 credits- Full!
PSC 312: Model United Nations
An interactive, simulation-based course which examines the United Nations and its successes and failures in addressing a myriad of global problems. Pre: PSC 113 or 116 or permission of instructor.
Jim Buxton, Swan Hall 205, M-F, 1pm-4pm, 3 credits
PSY 442: Psychology of Exceptionality
Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes toward exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace. Pre: junior or senior standing.
Allyson Esposito, Providence Campus, M-F, 5pm-9:15pm, 3 credits
SOC 224: Health, Illness, and Medical Care
Introduction to social factors in the occurrence, distribution, and treatment of illness in society; critical analysis of the social organization of medicine in contemporary American society.
Alana Bibeau, Providence Campus, M-F, 4pm-7pm, 3 credits
WRT 353 – Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy
Practice and theory of one-to-one instruction emphasizing varied situations and multiple learning styles. Covers approaches to collaboration, learning, writing, and responding. Requires sustained fieldwork. Pre: permission of instructor or B or better in two WRT courses.
Heather Johnson, Swan Hall 213, M-F, 9:00am-12:30pm plus blended online, 4 credits
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New to the Winter J Term! Career Planning: Concepts and Skills
Being offered during the Winter J Term for the first time in 2015, the experiences allow students the opportunity to engage with the professional world and gain an understanding of their prospective careers outside of the classroom. Your eyes will be opened by inspiring conversations with business leaders and other professionals within their fields of interest. By participating in this program, students will learn how to navigate the 21st century job market while also developing the skills necessary for success. Visit http://www.uri.edu/international/career for more information
Exploring the Job Market in Rhode Island
This course is designed to increase awareness of the professional decision making process, explore career choices and expand understanding of the relationship between education and the 21st century world of work. Students will study key career development theories. Students will also travel to meet with employers at various agencies (i.e. for profit, non-profit, large and small businesses, government, etc) throughout Rhode Island. Note: This program is not open to BUS/WBUS students.
Kim Washor, January 2-16, 3 credits
John Rooney, January 2-16, 3 credits
Exploring the Job Market in Health: Boston
This program is open to students majoring in health related fields. Students will travel throughout Boston meeting professionals in a variety of health related fields. Students will visit various businesses related to the health industry as well as many medical offices. Students will develop skills in networking and will learn how to conduct themselves in the professional environments surrounding health.
Richard Song, January 2-16, Travel Dates TBD, 3 credits
Exploring the Job Market in Communications and Media: Providence/Stamford/New York City
Classroom meets corporate office as students from the Harrington School of Communication and Media travel to, network with, and learn from communication professionals who work in public relations, marketing, corporate communications, and other communication-intensive positions. By the end of this course, students will know how to network with business leaders, perform effective job searches, and land jobs in industries that often hire students with strong backgrounds in communication and media studies. By networking with communication professionals, students will also learn how these individuals and their organizations communicate with internal and external constituents while utilizing contemporary technologies and navigating organizational challenges, changes, and competition.
Gail Alofsin, January 2-16, 3 credits
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Graduate Course Offerings
AFS 531: Fisheries Stock Assessment
A quantitative approach to describing the processes of fish growth and mortality, the estimation of stock size, the prediction of stock yield, and management practices. Spreadsheets and other computer applications will be used for the analysis of data.
Najih Lazar, East Farm, M-F, 8:30am-10am (Lecture), 3:00pm-5:00pm (Lab), 3 credits
CMD 586X: Multisensory Instruction in Language and Literacy**
Introduction to Orton Gillingham, course hours may be applied toward certification by the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Students develop, implement, and evaluate instruction in six major areas of language and literacy intervention: phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, fluency, comprehension, and written expression. The intervention approach is evidence-based, structured, sequential, and multi-sensory.
Gerry Theadore, Independence Square Lecture B, T,W,F 8:30am-4:30pm, 3 credits
HDF 597: Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island Mediation Conflict Resolution Skills Training
This graduate level, three credit course will explore the theory and practice of mediation as an alternative means of resolving conflict. Students will have an opportunity to practice and apply their mediation skills in simulated role-plays and exercises.
Tonya Harris, Providence CCE, T-Th, 9am-5pm, 3 credits
MLS 594: Special Problems in Biotechnology
Intensive tutorial work, research, and readings in biotechnology. Pre: graduate standing and permission of chairperson.
Shahla Yekta and Loren Fast, Providence Campus, M-F, 10am-5pm, 4 credits