On-Campus and Online Courses
The 2017 Course Schedule is here!
Below are the on-campus courses for the 2017 Winter J Term. Registration for all students for the 2017 URI Winter J Term is live on e-Campus!
The 2017 Winter J Term course schedule is still subject to change, so continue to check back here for updates. Remember, e-Campus will always reflect the most accurate and up-to-date information. If you have specific questions, please call John Olerio at 401-874-2540.
Note: Many Winter J Term courses will have an online component in addition to the listed classroom time. There will not be any Winter J Term courses delivered fully online. Due to the intensive nature of these courses, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 credits.
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ART 120: Introduction to Art
Fundamental principles of the visual arts, evolution of styles and conceptions through the ages in different forms of creative expression. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A); A3 – Humanities.
Kathy Quick, Fine Arts Center 202A, M-F, 11am-2pm, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
AST 108: Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
Celestial sphere, constellations. Constitution of sun, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Planetarium used freely for lectures and demonstrations. Gen. Ed. Category: Natural Sciences (N).
Doug Gobeille, East Hall Auditorium, MWF, 6pm-10pm, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
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); B2 – Communicate Effectively.
Mark August, Swan Hall 213, M-F, 10am-2pm, January 3rd-17th, 3 credits – FULL!
Crystal Fonseca, Swan Hall 202, M-F, 10am-2pm, January 2nd-13th, 3 credits
Vanessa Quainoo, Swan Hall, M-TH, 9am-12:20pm plus blended online, January 3rd-19th, 3 credits
Martha Waitkun, Swan Hall 203, M-F, 10am-2:00pm, January 4th-18th, 3 credits
COM 108G: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems
Cross-listed as SUS 108G. 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); B4 – Information Literacy, C1 – Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities.
Norbert Mundorf, Ranger Hall 102, W, F, 9am-1pm plus blended online, January 4th-20th, 4 credits
ENG 110: Introduction to Literature
Analysis of literature through reading and discussion of a number of genres derived from a variety of literary cultures. Not available for English major credit. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, B1 – Write Effectively.
Ken Jolicoeur, Providence Campus, Room 438, M-F, 1pm-4pm, January 3rd-20th, 4 credits
ENG 160: Literatures of the WorldIntroduction to significant works of world literature. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, C2. Global Responsibilities.
Gitahi Gititi, Washburn Hall 132, M-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
Sarah Kruse, Swan Hall 205, M-F, 12pm-3:30pm, January 3rd-20th, 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); A3 – Humanities, B1 – Write Effectively.
Elisabeth Bell, Swan Hall 206, M-F, 10am-1pm plus blended online, January 2nd-13th, 4 credits
David Faflik, Swan Hall 202, M-F, 2pm-5pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
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); A4 – Arts & Design, C2 – Global Responsibilities.
Rebecca Kanost, Swan Hall 201, M-F, 12pm-5pm, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
Christopher Mensel, Swan Hall 215, T-F, 11:30am-4pm, January 3rd-20th, 4 credits
HIS 393: Topics in History: 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. May be repeated for credit with permission of chairperson. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Gen. Ed. Category: A3 – Humanities, B1 – Write Effectively.
Robert Widell, Swan Hall 209, M-TH, 10am-1pm plus additional field work, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits
HPR 183G: Honors in Diversity & Inclusion and Information Literacy
Exploration of themes and topics in Diversity & Inclusion and Information Literacy. The theme of the course is ‘racial passing’ in 19th, 20th, and 21st century America. Racial passing has to do with the instability of racial categories and the lived experiences of those who blur our racial lines. Gen. Ed. Category: B4 – Information Literacy, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion.
James Haile III, Lippitt 402, M-F, 11am-2:30pm, January 3rd-20th, 3 credits
HPR 326: Honors Tutorial in Writing
How can writing best chart our lives or capture our responses to the world? This course focuses on the work of creative non-fiction writers and guides students in writing the personal essay – in genres such as the travel essay, memoir, and digital story. Students will develop strengths in writing description, reflection, and insight. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. Writing (ECw).
Heather Johnson, Lippitt 403, M-TH, 9:30am-12:30pm plus blended online, January 2nd-19th, 4 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); A3 – Humanities, C1 – Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities.
John Pantalone, Swan Hall 205, M-TH, 9am-12pm, January 2nd-19th, 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); A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences, B4 – Information Literacy.
Rick Armstrong, Independence Square 194, MWF, 1pm-5pm, January 2nd-20th, 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); A1 – STEM; B3 – MATH.
James Baglama, Lippitt Hall 204, MWF, 9am-11am plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
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); A4 – Arts & Design, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion.
Joseph Parillo, Swan Hall 313, M-F, 10am-1pm, January 2nd-17th, 3 credits
PHL 212: Ethics
Evaluation of major ethical theories. Application of moral reasoning to topics such as virtues and vices, human dignity, conscience, responsibility, moral dilemmas, and reasons to be moral. Gen. Ed. Category: Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion.
Alessandro Tomasi, Chafee Hall 251, M-F, 2pm-4pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits – FULL!
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); A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Andrew Savchenko, Providence Campus, Room 442, M-TH, 6pm-9:15pm, January 3rd-20th, 3 credits
Alana Bibeau, Swan Hall 309, F, 9:30am-12:30pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
STA 220: Statistics In Modern Society
This is an introductory statistics class that begins with exploring and understanding data
including how to summarize data with graphs, statistics, and verbal descriptions. The class then
progresses to exploring relationships between different variables, as well as learning about
randomness and probability. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ); B3 – MATH.
Catherine Robinson, Swan Hall 201, M-F, 8:30am-11:30am, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
THE 100: Introduction to Theatre
Designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the theatrical process as well as to develop critical standards and increase the enjoyment of theatre as an art. Not open to theatre majors. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A); A4 – Arts & Design, B2 – Communicate Effectively.
Maria Day Hyde, J Studio in Fine Arts, T-TH, 10am-2pm, January 3rd-19th, 3 credits
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. Prerequisite: three courses in biology (including current enrollment) or permission of instructor.
Scott Ruhren, Swan Hall 202, M-TH, 6pm-8:30pm plus blended online, January 2nd-12th, 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.
John Dunn, Swan Hall 309, M-TH, 10am-1pm, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits
BUS 247X: Business of Innovation: the Design Process
Creativity meets business. Learn practical skills that promote efficient and effective creative process, develop your concepts through sketching, design thinking, storyboards, and mind-maps to discover creative strategies and achieve problem solving solutions for either entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship. Experience hands-on visual activities to nurture a growth-mindset, expand frontiers of innovation, and strengthen imagination.
Ryan Maguire, Ballentine 251, M, W, TH, 12pm-4:30pm, January 4th-January 19th, 3 credits
BUS 345: Business in Society
Examination of the contemporary social, political, cultural, legal and ethical forces that shape the business environment. Consideration of stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college.
Donna Gamache-Griffiths, Swan Hall 305, T-TH, 9:30am-1pm plus blended online, January 3rd-19th, 3 credits – FULL!
BUS 359: Management Systems Analysis
Analysis, concepts, methods, and techniques used in the evaluation of business processes leading to the design strategies for developing management information systems. Prerequisite: Junior standing in a degree granting college.
Doug Hales, Library 166 (Active Learning Classroom), T-F, 8:30am-5pm plus blended online, January 17th-20th, 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, Ballentine Hall 111, M-TH, 8am-11am, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits – FULL!
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. Prerequisite: COM 100 or 100H or 110.
Tracy Proulx, Swan Hall 207, MWF, 9am-1pm, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
COM 310: Topics in Communication: 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. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
Tom Ohanian, Swan Hall 201, M-TH, 5:30pm-10pm, January 2nd-12th, 3 credits
COM 310: Topics in Communication: 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. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, MWF, 10am-2pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
COM 310: Topics in Communication: Mass Mediated History: The Vietnam War
This course will introduce the conflicting differences between popular commercial film representations of the Vietnam War and a historical text’s description of that conflict and its immediate aftermath. The “war over the war” will include a semiotic exploration of how Vietnam War film narratives amplified the social turmoil of the post war period and how the discourse prominent in many cinematic representations contributed to American political polarization.
Thomas Conroy, Swan Hall 204, M-TH, 9am-12:30pm, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits
CSV 302: Community Service at URI
Students will be introduced to relevant learning theories and teaching, tutoring, and coaching methodologies, and practice their application through active participation in undergraduate learning support programs. Successful completion of this course leads to an opportunity to function as a paid academic coach in the Academic Enhancement Center. Prerequisite: junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
Jane Sullivan, Roosevelt Hall 18E, M-TH, 10am-1pm, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits
CSV 302: URI Community Service
A Winter Academic Alternative Break (WAAB) is a service based academic experience. This service experience includes direct service, advocacy work and reflection with a variety of local RI non-profit organizations. In addition, each service day will include an introduction to historical and community contexts for the service being completed that day and personal leadership reflection. No past service experience is required. Prerequisite: junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
Sarah Miller, various off-campus locations, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm, January 9th-13th, 3 credits – FULL!
CVE 220: Mechanics of Materials
Mechanical properties of materials; analysis of members under axial, torsional, and transverse loads; stress and strain; beam deflections, and introduction to statically-indeterminate beams and buckling of columns. Prerequisite: MCE 262.
George Tsiatas, Swan Hall 311, M-TH, 9am-12pm, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
Ernie George, Bliss Hall 206, M-TH, 9am-12pm, January 2nd-19th, 3 credits
EGR 326: Engineering Entrepreneurship II
Advanced concepts in engineering entrepreneurship including metrics development and utilization, negotiating, business simulation and continuous improvement. Prerequisite: EGR 325.
James Miller and Rajesh Nair, Watkins 12, Bay Campus, M-F, 9am-5pm, January 3rd-16th, 3 credits
ENG 205A: Creative Writing: Poetry
Writing and analysis of works written by class members and professional writers. Students may repeat ENG 205 for a total of 16 credits but may not repeat the same letter (A, B, C, D).
Talvikki Ansel, Swan Hall 154, M-F, 10am-1pm, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
EVS 295X: Introduction to Life Science Research
Provides an introduction to research methods, including development of research questions, research methodology and documentation, a research shadow experience and a hands-on laboratory experience.
Brianne Neptin, CBLS 335, M-F, 9am-4pm, January 2nd-13th, 2 credits
FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: The Business of Film
Explores the production and business dimensions of film media, film production technologies and aesthetics, and the funding of films from commercial, private, or non-profit sources. The course follows the trajectory of a film from concept to creation to distribution. Students will gain a basic understanding of how the processes of thinking, developing and financing a film all correlate. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic.
Reshad Kulenovic, Swan Hall 304, M-TH, 2pm-6pm, January 2nd-19th, 4 credits
FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: Poetic Forms in Cinema
In this intensive film workshop, students will explore poetic forms in cinema that convey the filmmaker’s subjective experience of reality rather than reality itself. Films by Deren, Tarkovsky, Bunuel, Pasolini, and other visionary filmmakers will be watched and their work analyzed in the context of their own theoretical writings. Students will then learn to apply these creative methods and techniques to their own work. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a permission number.
Marina Shron, Swan Hall 204, F, 3pm-7pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: Promotional Video Production
Covers the different forms of promotional videos and the production details that go into each one. Students will oversee the production of promotional videos for causes of their choosing from development of the initial concept, to creation, through the final edit. Non-linear editing skills are helpful, but not required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic.
Don Coyne, Swan Hall 211, M-F, 9:30am-11:30am plus additional field work, January 2nd-20th, 4 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. Prerequisite: MTH 141 and credit or concurrent enrollment in EGR 106 or permission of instructor.
Nassim Rahmani, Washburn Hall 111, M-F, 9am-12:30pm, January 2nd-13th, 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. *No prerequisites required*
Gerry Tyler, Swan Hall 211, M-TH, 1pm-4:15pm, January 2nd-19th, 4 credits
PSC 377: Politics of China
Institutions of the Chinese system including the Communist Party, the state system, the bureaucracy, and the army. Emphasis on China’s economic and social progress and relations with other nations. Prerequisite: PSC 116 or 211 or equivalent.
Ping Xu, Washburn Hall 133, M-F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 4 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. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
Allyson Marsh, Providence Campus, Room 438, M-T & TH, 4:30pm-9:15pm, January 3rd-19th, 3 credits
PSY 489: Problems in Psychology
This course provides an opportunity for students to receive intensive training on both foundational knowledge about eating disorders and a high-intensity training on a campus-based intervention program. Students will receive training to become facilitators of The Body Project.
Lindsey Anderson, Chafee Hall 251, M-F, 10am-1pm, January 4th-20th, 3 credits
TMD 426: Historic And Contemporary Furniture
Review of major historical styles of furniture and their influence on contemporary furniture design. Materials, styles, and construction of contemporary furniture. In-depth study of upholstery fabrics. Prerequisites: TMD 103, TMD 226.
Linda Welters, Quinn 307, M-TH, 9am-12pm plus Museum Visits, January 2nd-20th, 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. Prerequisite: permission of instructor or B or better in two WRT courses.
Heather Price, Washburn Hall 112, M-TH, 9:30am-1pm plus blended online, January 2nd-20th, 4 credits
Being offered during the Winter J Term for the third time in 2017, ITR 300 allows students the opportunity to engage with the professional world and gain an understanding of prospective careers outside of the classroom. This section of ITR 300 is perfect for any upperclassmen in almost any major looking to network with distinguished URI Alumni and explore the local job market.
The 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 RI.
ITR 300: Career Planning: Concepts and Skills
Identify personal strengths, interests, and professional values related to career exploration. Develop professional job and internship search skills. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; NOT for BUS or Wanting BUS students.
Kim Stack, Washburn Hall 308, M-F, 9am-4pm, January 2nd-20th, 3 credits
CMD 586: Multisensory Instruction in Language and Literacy
Intervention for reading, spelling and written expression based on principles of Orton-Gillingham approach for working with individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology or permission of instructor.
Geraldine Theadore, Independence Square, Lecture B, M-TH, 9am-12:30pm, January 2nd-18th, 3 credits
HDF 597: Center for Mediation and Collaboration 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 and Erin M. Wright, Providence Campus, Room 442, M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm, January 9th-13th, 3 credits