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On-campus and Online Courses

URI is proud to announce the launch of our first Winter J Term - an affordable academic mini-semester over winter break from January 2 - 17th. Take a class at URI or travel the world and earn credit. Register online through eCampus starting October 28.

The following is a preliminary listing as of October 22, 2013 and is subject to change. Please continue to check back. eCampus will reflect the most up-to-date information.

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)
Third section added!!

Mark August, Swan Hall 211, M-F 10am-2pm, 3 credits - Full!
Crystal Fonseca, Swan Hall 204, M-F 11am-3pm, 3 credits - Full!
Martha Waitkun, Swan Hall 205, M-F 11am-3pm, 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, F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, 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).

Rebecca Kanost, Swan Hall 304, M-F, 12pm-6pm, 3 credits

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 Hall 402, M-TH, 9am-1:30pm, 3 credits - Full!

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 403, 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!

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), Diversity (D).

Jared Sims, Swan Hall 207, TuTH, 10am-12:30pm plus blended online, 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).

Kristen Roland, Swan Hall 209, M-F, 9am-12pm, 3 credits - Full!


Special Topics and Major-Specific Course Offerings


BUS 310: Applications of Microcomputer Software Business

In-depth study of microcomputer software used in business applications. Emphasis on spreadsheets, data management, presentation graphics, and communication software. Student projects and microcomputer lab assignments required. Pre: BUS 110. Permission of instructor required.

John Ni, Ballentine Hall 240, M-TH, 5:45pm-9:45pm, 3 credits - Full!

CSV 302: Community Service at URI

Learning through a community service project that addresses a specific community need at the University.

This Winter academic alternative break is a service-based academic experience offered during the Winter J Term. Students will participate as part of a team for a week-long service experience. Each service experience will include direct service, advocacy work and reflection. Locations will be throughout RI.

Sarah Miller, On-Campus & Locations throughout RI, M-F, 9am-5pm, 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.

John Rooney, Swan Hall 209, TuTH, 3:30pm-5:30pm, 1 credit

JOR 445 Special Topics in Journalism

Topic for this Winter J Term: Producing content for television requires planning, research, technical skills and marketing ability. In "Producing Sports Television - A Project - Based Learning Approach," students will discover how to develop and enhance their current skillsets to create a half-hour television sports program. The class will work as a team to develop the program - which will revolve around University of Rhode Island athletics. Though the topic is sports, knowledge gained will apply to any topic and can be transferred to a variety of television models. Registration by permission number - email John Olerio @

Swan Hall 309, M-F, 9:30am-11:30am plus out-of-class learning and production time beyond scheduled course hours. 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, Swan Hall 215, M-T & TH-F, 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits

MTH 140X: Calculus A - Now on eCampus!

This course is offered during J-Terms and is designed to enhance understanding of MTH 141 - Introductory Calculus with Analytic Geometry. A review is given of concepts from MTH 141 that have been identified as crucial for success in MTH 142 - Intermediate Calculus with Analytic Geometry. It is designed for students who passed MTH 141 but who want to improve their chances for success in MTH 142.

Tom Bella, Online, 1 credit

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!

TMD 346: Computer-Aided Textile and Apparel Design

Development and production of textile and apparel designs and patterns using selected computer software packages. Implications for use in the apparel industry Pre: TMD 327 or permission of instructor.

Karl Aspelund, Quinn Hall 215, M-F 10am-1pm, 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, 9:30am-12:30pm plus blended online, 4 credits


Graduate Course Offerings

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.

MacLure/Harris, Providence CCE, M-F 9am-5pm, 3 credits - Full!

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.

Geri Theadore, Independence Square Lecture B, T,W,F 8:30am-4:30pm, 3 credits - Full!

MLS 591: Special topics in clinical microbiology

This two-week intensive J-term course will cover a range of infectious diseases, including many of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as well as tick-borne diseases, HIV and malaria among others. The course will cover basic topics in immunology, bioinformatics, ethics and designing clinical trials for vaccines. There will also be a hands-on component to the course that will allow students to learn about basic immunology and immunoinformatics tools in vaccine development. This course provides the opportunity to further existing research and collaborations and/or to determine future research paths in their academic careers.

Shahla Yekta, Providence CCE, M-F, 9am-5pm, 4 credits

Travel the World & Earn Credit This Winter J Term

URIs Winter J Term is also about traveling the world and earning academic credit. We are pleased to announce faculty-led programs to the following locations:

Film in Belize

Natural Resource Science in Bonaire

Nursing or Political Science in Dominican Republic

German Business & Culture in Germany

Developing Country Immersion in Indonesia

Sociology & Anthropology in Mexico

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Note: Many Winter J Term courses will have an online component in addition to classroom time. Due to the intensive nature these courses, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 credits.



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