Summer Session 2021

Opportunity, adaptability, resourcefulness and a love of learning don’t stop when the academic year ends. On the heels of a spring semester that was anything but text book, Sweet Briar continues to proactively innovate and expand to serve our students and life-long learners.

Sweet Briar College is offering 11 courses this summer for degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. These courses have no pre-requisites and are open to any interested person from upper level high school students to more mature individuals who want to continue their learning.

Two additional education courses will be offered for those interested in developing their skills in supporting diverse learners and requires prior course work or permission of the instructor.

Courses will run from May 24 to July 2.   The registration deadline is May 14.

How to sign up

Please use this link to register:

We will contact you as needed to gather more information.


Policies

  • Courses are offered to any person for academic credit or not for credit (audit option).
  • Courses are offered to men and women.
  • All summer courses are offered completely online. Each individual will be required to have a computer and stable internet access to support online work and streaming of live or recorded lectures.
  • It is recommended that one take no more than two courses.
  • Students who are enrolled in six credits may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the financial aid office at financialaid@sbc.edu to inquire.
  • All individuals will register using this form. We will contact you as needed to gather more information.
  • Courses will run from May 24 to July 2. Exams and final work will be given the week of July 5 and grades due by July 12.
  • Registration is ongoing and must be in by May 14. Depending on enrollments late registrations may be accepted through May 21. Courses that do not meet minimum enrollment will be canceled.
  • All courses taken for academic credit will be graded. Students can elect to take the course P/CR/NC. Requests for that grading option must be submitted by May 31.
  • The last day to withdraw from the course is June 18. For those enrolled for academic credit, a grade of W will be given for withdrawals.
  • The academic policies of Sweet Briar as detailed in the 2020-2021 college catalog will apply to these courses.

Cost

$1,560 for credit, $630 for no-credit (audit option). Due May 17.

Refunds: Full refund, less a $50 processing fee will be given prior to the start of the course (May 24). After May 24, the following refund policy applies:

  • 90% of tuition plus $50 processing fee until May 31
  • 50% of tuition plus $50 processing fee until June 7
  • 25% of tuition plus $50 processing fee until June 14

Courses

CORE 120 – The Mindful Writer

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Rebecca Ricksecker
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: TBD

A workshop-based writing course that helps students become confident and effective readers and writers. Using The New Yorker as the primary text – each student will have an individual ten-week subscription – students will learn to read carefully, identify the style and structure of individual pieces, from profiles to reviews to political and cultural commentary, and write several pieces of their own, practicing a range of rhetorical methods while also conducting research, crafting persuasive arguments, and producing multiple drafts through careful and sustained revision.


CORE – 130 Women and Gender in the World

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Kimberly Morse-Jones
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: Monday 7-9 p.m.

A multidisciplinary study of the social, cultural and political issues that influence women in societies across the world. The course introduces theoretical perspectives and social contexts for the diverse challenges that confront contemporary women.


CORE 140 – Sustainable Systems

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Tom Rogers
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: M-F, 10-11:30 a.m.

This class introduces the concept of sustainability by emphasizing the interconnectedness of different systems (e.g., environmental, cultural economic). Case studies from around the world will demonstrate the importance of understanding both cultural and political contexts when

developing innovative solutions to intractable environmental problems. Professor Rogers, M-F 10-11:30


CORE 160 – STEM in Society

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: John Morrissey
  • Modality: Entirely asynchronous instruction

Meeting times: N/A

This course is designed to empower students to develop evidence-based opinions, and make informed decisions about societal issues related to science and technology. After becoming familiar with the scientific method, the basic methodology common to all good scientific research, students will learn to distinguish between legitimate and bogus results by thinking clearly and critically about the claims of scientists and charlatans alike.


CORE 170 – Decisions in a Data-Driven World

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Stephen Loftus
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: TBD

The volume of data available to help us make decisions is increasing at a staggering rate. How do we sort through data to find what is relevant and useful? How do we evaluate, organize, and interpret the information to make good decisions? This course will focus on data-rich topics drawn from disparate fields such as health, science and technology, and political science to develop the ability to reason and work with data, as well as understand and present arguments supported by quantitative evidence. Professor Loftus, times to be determined.


BUSN 127 – Accounting I: Financial Accounting

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Sandy Glass
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: TBD

An examination of the accounting cycle; the recording, posting, adjusting, and closing of accounting data for a sole proprietor service and merchandising business, to include internal controls, receivables and payables, inventories, depreciation, and payroll. Emphasis is on the use of accounting data for decision making. Students will be required to master the automation of financial statement and pro forma development using interactive spreadsheets.


BUSN 227 – Accounting II-Managerial Accounting

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Sandy Glass
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: TBD

This second course in accounting builds on the concepts, principles, procedures, and analytic methods taught in the introductory course and extends to accounting for partnerships and corporations. The focus is on financial statements and the interpretation of financial information. Prerequisite: BUSN 127.


MUSC 143 – Special Topics in Music “OK, Boomer: Three Generations of Rock Music”

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Josh Harris
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: TBD

In the 1965 song “My Generation,” young, rebellious rock band The Who, criticized the older generation with lyrics like “I hope I die before I get old.” As the early rockers aged, how did notions of rebellious music change? How did subsequent generations adopt the politics and themes of early rock while continually evolving its musical content and production techniques? This course will look at American popular music since the 1950s through the lenses of three generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. Topics will include historical, cultural, and political analysis of music, primary source study, historical recording techniques, and the history of music criticism. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Note: Course may be repeated if topic is different. 


POLS 159 – Introduction to American Government

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Josh Wheeler
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: MWF 1-3 p.m.

Introduces the study of American government and politics using political science methods. Includes examination of political analysis models, authority systems, American political culture,

U.S. constitutional origins, federalism, political parties and elections. Also studies the influence of media and public opinion, while focusing on the president, Congress and judiciary. Explores how courts interpret civil rights and liberties.


POLS 224 – First Amendment and Hate Speech

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Josh Wheeler
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: MWF 10 a.m.-noon.

The constitutional right of free speech is not “free” in the sense that there is no cost. In fact, Americans pay a tremendous price by having to endure the expression of ideas and images that many find deeply offensive. With a special focus on the events that arose out of the protests that occurred at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the violent protests that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, this course will explore the question of whether we pay too high a price for free speech by protecting the expression racist, sexist, xenophobic, and other forms of hate speech even when such speech has the potential to encourage lawless behavior in others.


VART 332 – Women and Art

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Lou Haney
  • Modality: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Meeting times: N/A

This course will evaluate art created by women around the globe from prehistoric times to the present day. Prerequisite: any 100- or 200-level art history course, or by permission of the instructor.


EDUC 313 – Adapting for Diverse Learners in General Education K-12

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Rebecca Dilling Modality: Entirely asynchronous
  • Meeting times: N/A

This course focuses on creating responsive environments, planning and organizing instruction, and various educational approaches for diverse learners with mild/moderate disabilities. It is designed to provide pre-service teachers with specific strategies and knowledge of materials which are important in meeting the needs of students with mild disabilities in a variety of classroom settings. Prerequisite: EDUC 211 or permission of the instructor.


EDUC 322 – Assessments in Special Education General Curriculum K-12

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Rebecca Dilling Modality: Entirely asynchronous
  • Meeting times: N/A

This course addresses psycho-educational assessment instruments, procedures used to determine eligibility, and instructional planning based on evaluation results for students in special education general curriculum K-12. Prerequisite: EDUC 313 or permission of the instructor. Professor Dilling, asynchronous