Accelerated Summer College

Course Catalog

Accelerated Summer College students will take two of the courses below, each course is worth four credits. ASC logo

Students should be advised that credits earned at Saint Michael's College are transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.

All courses have orientation activities, including computer set-up, on Sunday, May 18.

Business Administration 

BU 117 Organizational Problem Solving

This course will engage each student in developing professional skills, working with a team, and providing research and ideas of real value to a company or organization.  Each of the sections will partner with a different client, receive a challenge or challenges from that client, conduct research and work to develop solutions, culminating in a public presentation to the client.  Along the way, students will learn resume writing, interview skills, research techniques, business etiquette, and presentation skills.  Each section has a maximum number of students, so students will indicate their first, second, and third choices of site options of the Vermont-based companies and non-profits, prior to the beginning of the summer program. Learn more about the partnering organizations: Organization Problem Solving.
(SMC students - fulfills experiential learning requirement)

BU 215 Marketing
Instructor: Kellie Campbell

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 209 Business Law
Instructor: William Wargo

This course will explore the nature of the law and the judicial system, their relationship to consumers, ethical behaviors, and the business enterprise. It will introduce students to basic legal concepts governing business transactions, as well as to the constraints imposed and protections offered by the law. Students will also acquire an appreciation for how the contemporary American legal system operates.

BU 214 Management
Instructor: Brosh Teucher

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 405 Principles of Advertising
Instructor: Christian Camerota

This course focuses on the management of the promotion function in the context of an integrated marketing communications perspective. The course will consist of an in-depth analysis of the uses of advertising, sales promotion, personal selling, direct marketing, social media, and public relations techniques. The emphasis in the course will be on selecting the most appropriate vehicles for transmitting the organization’s marketing message and on integrating the various options into an optimal integrated program.

Computer Science

CS 101 Introduction to Multimedia Computing
Instructor: Michael Battig

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science through an examination of digital multimedia. Students will learn how pictures, music, and movies are represented in digital formats, as well as how to write programs that manipulate and transform digital media data.
(SMC students - LSC: Quantitative Reasoning)

Economics

EC 101 Principles Macroeconomics
Instructor: Reza Ramazani

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.
(SMC students - LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior)

EC 103 Principles Microeconomics
Instructor: Patrick Walsh

Introduction to how economists interpret the everyday decisions of consumers, businesses, and workers. Develops concepts and models that explain what is produced, how it is produced, and how output is distributed. Applies the insights of economic analysis to real-world questions such as minimum wage, business profits, taxes, outsourcing, and environmental policies.
(SMC students - LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior)

English

EN 101 College Writing
Instructor: Emily Copeland

In this workshop course, constant writing allows students to develop ease in writing, practice academic writing, and experience all aspects of the writing process: considering and understanding purpose and audience; generating ideas; gathering and organizing material; finding and sustaining a focus; developing a thesis; making arguments; using evidence; citing sources; doing multiple revisions; and editing for clarity, style, and correctness.

French

FR 101 First Semester French
Instructor: Peter Vantine

This elementary French course is designed to develop basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and to introduce students to French and Francophone culture. This course is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of language and culture in a media-rich course environment including contemporary video shot in France and Québec.
Note: class trips to Canada will require students to have a valid passport or the Enhanced Driver's License to cross the border.
(SMC students - LSC: Second Language)

FR 102 Second Semester French
Instructor: Peter Vantine

This elementary French course follows FR 101 or its equivalent, and is designed to continue developing basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) while teaching students about French and Francophone culture. This course is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of language and culture in a media-rich course environment including contemporary video shot in France and Québec. Prerequisite: Proof of achievement in one semester of French or placement test.  
Note: class trips to Canada will require students to have a valid passport or the Enhanced Driver's License to cross the border.
(SMC students - LSC: Second Language)

History

HI 101 U.S. History to 1865
Instructor: Susan Ouellette

A survey of the development of a distinctive American culture in the period from 1600 to 1865. An emphasis will be placed on social history and popular ideologies. Students will consider the ways that gender roles, family structure, immigration patterns, labor, religious traditions, racial prejudice, Manifest Destiny and other related factors have shaped the development of our nation.
(SMC students - LSC: Historical Studies)

HI 103 U.S History since 1865
Instructor: Susan Ouellette

A survey of American society and culture from 1865 to the present. An emphasis will be placed on social history and popular ideologies. Students will consider the ways that family structure, immigration patterns, labor, religious traditions, civil rights, women’s liberation, and other related factors have continued to affect our nation.
(SMC students - LSC: Historical Studies)

Mathematics

MA 104 Pre-Calculus
Instructor: Krisan Geary

A study of logarithms, exponentials, functions, graphing, polynomial and rational functions, conic sections, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities.

MA 120 Elementary Statistics
Instructor:  James Hefferon

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.
(SMC students - LSC: Quantitative Reasoning)

Political Science

PO 245 International Relations
Instructor: Jeffrey Ayres

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.
(SMC students - LSC: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good)

Psychology

PS 101 General Psychology
Instructor: Rene Schmauder

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.
SMC students - LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior)

PS 250 Social Psychology
Instructor: Rene Schmauder

This course focuses on individuals and how their thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the presence, real or imagined, of others. The course will include topics such as the self, social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, prejudice, attraction, helping behavior, aggression and conflict.
SMC students - LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior)

Sociology

SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Michael Ohler

This course is an entry level introduction to the basic institutions of society (education, religion, the economy, etc.) and an examination of culture, population, groups, the individual, socialization, social stratification, interpersonal interaction, and community. The "sociological imagination" and standard methods of research and theories are included.
SMC students - LSC: Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior)

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