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: July 3 – August 11. All courses are 100% online and asynchronous. 

Applied Linguistics

AL 101 Introduction to Language and Linguistics – Professor April Shandor

This course provides an introduction to the nature and structure of human language, as well as the basic methods of its scientific study. The course is framed in terms of four guiding questions: what are the components of the language system; how do we acquire this system; how is this system used in society; and how is this system represented in the brain.

CORE: History & Society
Notes: Optional Applied Language Component

Business Administration

BU 190 Sustainable Entrepreneurship Professor Karen Popovich

New and existing organizations are implementing initiatives to transform, disrupt, innovate, and build sustainable businesses and enterprises. Students will focus on the role of entrepreneurship as organizations transition towards a more socially and ecologically responsible world.  We will discuss and analyze topics such as corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurial leadership and mindset, sustainable practices and decision-making, and assessment of actions to study how organizations are solving problems related to sustainability. In addition to readings, case studies, and assessment, students will develop and present their business plan for a new sustainable venture.

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.

Restrictions: AC/BU Majors and Minors and IS Majors Only.

BU-103, BU-113, AC-141 or AC-143 – Must be completed prior to taking this course.


CH 101 Concepts in Chemistry – 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.

LSC: Scientific Reasoning
CORE: Scientific Inquiry

Environmental Science/Studies

ES 106 Environment & Society Professor Trevien Stanger 
This course is a social science based investigation of the complex relationship between humans and their environment. The emphasis will be on both the impact people have on the environment in relation to social, economic and political contexts but also how environmental scarcity shapes human interactions. Important concepts such as ecosystems, resource, sustainable development, carrying capacity, climate change adaptation/mitigation and economic utility will be introduced as well as an overview of political economy, institutions for environmental governance and issues of ecological economics.

Gender Studies

GS 208 US LGBTQI Politics Professor Mike Bosia 

This course looks at the tension between repressive policies in the US and LGBTQI+ mobilizations. We will consider key moments, including the Lavender Scare, Stonewall, the AIDS Pandemic, Marriage Equality, and the turn to transphobic politics today. The course will draw from a variety of texts and documentaries.

GS-208 can count toward a Political Science major.


ID 498 Internship Practicum  – 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.


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.

LSC: Historical Studies
CORE: Literature & The Arts

Political Science

PO 245 Introduction to International Relations  – 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.

LSC: Global Issues
CORE: History & Society


PS 250 Social Psychology 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

Sociology & Anthropology  

SO 221 Race and Ethnic Relations – Professor Inaash Islam 
This course explores the interethnic and “racial” dynamics in society and how they came to be characterized in the manner that they are. As a Sociology course, particular emphasis will be placed on the institutional and cultural dimensions.

CORE: Engaging Diverse Identities


ST 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.

LSC or CORE: Quantitative Reasoning