Course Catalog: Summer Session 2

Accelerated Summer College students can take up to 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.

Accelerated Summer College Catalog – Summer Session 2: June 29 – August 7, 2020



AC 143 Managerial Accounting (online) – 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.

Pre-reqs: Prior Completion of or Concurrent Enrollment in AC-141 or BU 103 or BU 113.


AR 214 Digital Animation and Motion Graphics (online) – Professor Gordon Glover
This course moves students with little or no knowledge of digital image creation and manipulation through the steps necessary to create animation, motion graphics, and video composites useful in web, television, gallery, mobile, and cinematic applications.

Students of this course will need to purchase an Adobe subscription from our campus bookstore at for an additional fee.

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Artistic Experience

CORE: Literature and the Arts

Business Administration

BU 110 Personal Financial Planning (online) ­- Professor Tom VanDzura

This course covers key principles, processes, and techniques related to managing one’s own personal finances. The goal is for students to make more informed personal finance decisions and be wiser money managers and consumers of financial services and products

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC or CORE: Quantitative Reasoning


BU 111 Excel and Business Metrics (online) –Professor Karen Popovich

The first part of this course 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.

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The second part of our course will be exploring mobile apps.  The average person uses their smartphone or tablet 5 hours per day and some sources report that adults spend 12 hours a day consuming electronic media via multiple devices and computers.  We will research and explore mobile apps relevant for management and leadership in today’s data and thought-driven economy.  Students will learn to evaluate apps through use, analysis, discussion, and presentation.
US Adults Now Spend 12 Hours 7 Minutes a Day Consuming Media by eMarketer, May 2017


BU 290 Topics: Professional Readiness (online) Professor Karen Popovich
The course will include readings, reading quizzes for comprehension and discussion boards to build a knowledge base for the experiential components of the course.  Students completing this course will:


•          Develop the professional “tools” necessary to apply (and receive) internships and jobs after college (resume, cover letter, Linkedin profile, job search tools, mock interview practice)

•          Convey constructive and critical feedback to others

•          Develop an action plan to identify and begin a relationship with a mentor

•          Use SMART goals to build your 1 year and 5 year academic and career plan

•          Build communication skills, both oral and written, and develop effective presentations

•          Utilize current technology tools for communication, discussion, and presentation

•          Research companies and industries and conduct field research and informational interviews in career fields of interest


CH 101 Concepts in Chemistry (online) – Professor Christina Chant

The classical principles of chemistry, applied to modern-day science and technology. Possible topics include nutrition, food additives, drugs, nuclear power, plastics, and environmental problems. The laboratories provide students with the fundamentals of chemical experimentation, observations, and instrumentation, with an emphasis on everyday materials and experiences.

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Scientific Reasoning

CORE: Scientific Inquiry


HI 107 Modern Europe (online) – Professor Jennifer Purcell
This course is a survey of political, economic, social and cultural forces that have changed the course of European and western civilization since the French Revolution. This course will investigate the people and events that shaped European landscapes, boundaries, and economics, as well as the European mindset over the period.

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Historical Studies

CORE: History and Society


ID 498 Internship Practicum (online) – Professor Ingrid Peterson
The online Internship Practicum is designed to support the internship site experience and assist with the integration of learning from the theoretical to the practical by providing a means of reflection and learning. This course offers students the opportunity to share their internship experiences and concerns in a team setting and includes opportunities to develop personal and professional skills. Assignments and online discussions will be related to the internship experience. This course is open to students of all majors.


Political Science

PO 245 International Relations (online) – Professor 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.

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Global Issues

CORE: History and Society


PO 285 Intro to Comparative Politics (online) – Professor Michael Bosia
What is a nation state? Capitalism? Authoritarianism? This course provides an introduction to comparative political analysis and central concepts in this field. The course will investigate political development and contemporary politics, governments and policies of countries around the world

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Global Issues OR Social and Institutional

CORE: History and Society



PS 101 General Psychology (online) – Professor Melissa McDuffie
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:

LSC: Social and Institutional


PS 250 Social Psychology (online) – Professor Sarah Nosek

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.

Pre-reqs: PS-101 or SO-101


ST 120 Elementary Statistics (online) – 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:

LSC or CORE: Quantitative Reasoning

Religious Studies 

RS 120 Christianity Past and Present (online) – Professor Ray Patterson
A survey of Christianity, its origins and major periods in its historical development, the character of its faith in God and in the person of Jesus Christ, and theological and ethical perspectives it offers on contemporary issues of moral choice and human community

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC or CORE: Study of Christian Traditions and Thought