Academics

Course Catalog

Accelerated Summer College students will take two of the courses below, each course is worth four credits. Students should be advised that credits earned at Saint Michael's College are transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Keep in mind that these courses are rigorous. Outside face-to-face class time, you will also be working independently through online coursework and class projects. When assessing your time commitments, consider faculty office hours, test times and project hours. 

Accelerated Summer College Catalog - Blended/Residential running May 22 - June 30, 2017


Accounting

AC 141 Financial Accounting - Professor Steve Doyon
Introduces accounting principles and practices applicable to the preparation and analysis of financial statements of a business organization. Major topics include the accounting cycle, classification of elements of financial statements (assets, liabilities, equity), measurement of income, and preparation and analysis of financial statements.

AC 143 Managerial Accounting - Professor Tom VanDzura
Covers the preparation and use of accounting information to support managerial planning, control and decision making. Introduces cost classification and behavior concepts, cost-volume-profit analysis, the use of budgets, cost-control systems, standard costs, variance analysis, cost-based decision making, and cash flows.

AC 250 Nonprofit Accounting - Professor Tom VanDzura
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the financial accounting, reporting, and stewardship issues pivotal to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits constitute a significant portion of the American economy, and engage in an array of important undertakings, from education, research, religion, health/welfare, social activities, and professional pursuits.

Pre-requisites: AC-143 or Permission of the Instructor


Art

AR 214 - Animation & Motion Graphics - Gordon Glover
This course introduces the aesthetic & technical demands of animation, motion graphics, and video compositing. It covers techniques including compositing images, image manipulation, motion graphics, animation and software navigation. In considering the aesthetic role of animation & motion graphics, students discern when where and how to use motion elements in design. Students work with video, photography, animation, vector, bitmap, digitally and traditionally generated images to synthesize and integrate using timeline-based applications to create professional-quality motion graphics compositions.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Artistic Experience requirement.


Biology

BI 108 Topics: Human Nutrition - Professor James Willard
An intensive lab science course for non-science majors that will consider the components of human diets, how such components are processed by the human body, and how nutrition affects human health throughout the life cycle. Topics include the physiological requirements for and chemistry of the main nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, lipid, minerals and vitamins.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Scientific Reasoning requirement.


Business Administration

BU 111 Management Information Systems - Professor Karen Popovich
Introduces students to the role of information technology and information systems in formal organizations. Includes the study of the use of information technology to build efficient and effective information systems. Focuses on development of information systems that provide meaningful information for management decision making. This course will have a project, focused on Excel, to analyze and organize data that in turn is used to inform decision-making for a real organization.

BU 214 Management - Professor Karen Popovich
This survey course covers the basic principles and management fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Topics covered include leadership, group dynamics, team management, motivation, and communication skills.

BU 215 Marketing
- Professor Robert Letovsky
This course will provide a review of the fundamental topics in marketing management, and expose the student to various analytical and decision making tools currently used by marketing managers. The course will focus on the various elements of the marketing mix, and on how the marketing manager must control and integrate each of them to achieve competitive advantage.

BU 440 EntrepreneurshipProfessor Rob Williams
BU 440 is focused on four key areas of entrepreneurship: 1) The challenges, both financial and psychological, of starting a business or nonprofit organization; 2) marketing a start-up in light of limited resources; 3) preparation of business plan or other document for investors; and 4) daily management issues faced by entrepreneurs.  During this class, students will be working with a food-based entrepreneurial startup - the YakItToMe mobile BBQ wagon, now in its fifth summer here in Vermont - to help manage all aspects of the food truck business, including marketing, menu planning, food preparation, customer service, and financials.


Economics

EC 101 Principles of Macroeconomics - Professor Reza Ramazani
This course is an introduction to the macroeconomic approach to economic analysis. Students learn how to measure and interpret: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment and price levels through a discussion of fundamental economic concepts and the role of markets. We examine macroeconomic instability through a study of causes and policy prescriptions from two major opposing schools of thought: Classical and Keynesian. We continue with a study of money, interest rates and the Federal Reserve. Current economic problems and policy debates including economic controversies on the role of international trade, monetary and fiscal policy, the deficit, economic growth, and productivity are also highlighted.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Social and Institutional requirement.


Education

ED 120 Topics in Education: The Culture of Making: Lego Robots, Laser Cutting, and BuildingProfessor Mary Beth Doyle
Makerspaces, once the purview of engineering schools, have recently been emerging in public schools, libraries, community centers, colleges, and universities. The experiences within these spaces are impacted significantly by a growing culture that supports active learning, creativity, sharing, and problem-solving. In this class, students will create their own "maker community" engaging in the creation and programming of Lego EV3 robots. In addition, after becoming familiar with the supplies and equipment in the SMC MakerSpace and in other local makerspaces, they will work together to develop and create Lego course challenges. 
Note: no prior robotics experiences are necessary.


History

HI 103 US History Since 1865 - Professor Micalee Sullivan
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Historical Studies requirement.


Mathematics

MA 120 Elementary Statistics - Professor Warren Sides
Description of sample data; probability distributions including the Normal distribution; correlation and regression; sampling; hypothesis testing; statistical inference; other topics may include Chi-square tests, multiple regression, and ANOVA.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Media Studies and Digital Arts

MJD 215 Wilderness Photography ­- Professor Jerry Swope
This digital-based photography course will explore the methods and artistry of outdoor, adventure photography and multimedia storytelling. Through the analysis of historical and contemporary work, students will develop the technical skills and creative approaches necessary for documenting recreational and adventure sports pursued in the natural world. Additionally, in the experiential learning component of this class, students will be responsible for creating multimedia marketing presentations for Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. By the end of the class, students will be proficient in the following Adobe programs: Photoshop, Audition and Premiere.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Experiential Learning requirement.


Music

MU 247 History of Rock - Professor William Ellis
This course examines the historical, social, cultural, and musical forces that contributed to the emergence and subsequent development and impact of rock and roll as an enduring form of popular music. Performers, genres, song and style analysis, regional distinctions, and more are addressed with contextual depth and nuance.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Historical Studies requirement.


Philosophy

PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy -  Professor Patrick Standen
The course both shows the student the nature and value of philosophical inquiry, using only primary texts such as Plato's dialogues and other major philosophical writings, and, at the same time, invites the student to become personally philosophical by developing their own way of seeing the meaning and value of things. One way of coming to see how deeply human and profoundly personal the questions of meaning and value examined in philosophy are is by coming to understand how they would remain unanswered even if some day we were able to answer all the questions of the sciences.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Philosophical Questions requirement.


Political Science

PO 245 International Relations - Professor Shefali Misra
This course introduces students to the study of international relations, focusing especially on the interactions between states and non-state actors in the international environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the major theoretical approaches to international relations, and applying them to consider enduring and contemporary issues and problems in international affairs.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Global Issues requirement.


Psychology

PS 101 General Psychology - Professor Ari Kirshenbaum
An introduction to the field of psychology, its methods, major perspectives, theories, and area specialties, with emphasis on the normal adult human being. The course explores basic psychological areas such as biopsychology, perception, learning, motivation, developmental, personality, social, abnormal, and therapies.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Social and Institutional requirement.

PS 250 Social Psychology - Professor Rene Schmauder
This course focuses on individuals and how their thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the presence, real or imagined, of others. This is a departmental survey course that will include topics such as the self, social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, prejudice, attraction, helping behavior, aggression and conflict.

For Saint Michael's College students, this course satisfies the Social and Institutional requirement.

PS 320 Psychology & Law (Forensic Psychology) - Professor David Boyton
Forensic Psychology examines psychological research, methods, theory, and practice as they apply to the legal system. Topics include psychopathy, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, media violence, the psychology of police, mistaken eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, false confessions, assessments of competence and insanity, jury decision making, punishment and sentencing, and juvenile and adult corrections. These issues and others are explored through an examination of the relevant court cases and decisions, media coverage, and empirical literature.

The course both shows the student the nature and value of philosophical inquiry, using only primary texts such as Plato's dialogues and other major philosophical writings, and, at the same time, invites the student to become personally philosophical by developing their own way of seeing the meaning and value of things. One way of coming to see how deeply human and profoundly personal the questions of meaning and value examined in philosophy are is by coming to understand how they would remain unanswered even if some day we were able to answer all the questions of the sciences.
The course both shows the student the nature and value of philosophical inquiry, using only primary texts such as Plato's dialogues and other major philosophical writings, and, at the same time, invites the student to become personally philosophical by developing their own way of seeing the meaning and value of things. One way of coming to see how deeply human and profoundly personal the questions of meaning and value examined in philosophy are is by coming to understand how they would remain unanswered even if some day we were able to answer all the questions of the sciences.
The course both shows the student the nature and value of philosophical inquiry, using only primary texts such as Plato's dialogues and other major philosophical writings, and, at the same time, invites the student to become personally philosophical by developing their own way of seeing the meaning and value of things. One way of coming to see how deeply human and profoundly personal the questions of meaning and value examined in philosophy are is by coming to understand how they would remain unanswered even if some day we were able to answer all the questions of the sciences.
The course both shows the student the nature and value of philosophical inquiry, using only primary texts such as Plato's dialogues and other major philosophical writings, and, at the same time, invites the student to become personally philosophical by developing their own way of seeing the meaning and value of things. One way of coming to see how deeply human and profoundly personal the questions of meaning and value examined in philosophy are is by coming to understand how they would remain unanswered even if some day we were able to answer all the questions of the sciences.

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