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Extended Education Courses and Information

Extended Education is a menu of Core Curriculum approved courses that BSM, OLM, OBL, BE, BSIS, and BPA students may take to complete their University degree requirements. Extended Education provides courses in most Core areas not fulfilled by program course offerings. All courses are conducted fully online. All courses are 3 credits but select courses may be taken for individual 1, 2, or 3 credit options.

  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Visual and Performing Arts    

*All courses satisfy Core Area and Supplemental Core requirements


Extended Education Course Offerings


Summer 2014 Extended Education Courses

Class Schedule for 3 credit courses:

Mandatory Pre-session: June 2-8
3 Credit Course Start: June 9
3 Credit Course End: August 4

Weekly Schedule for 3 credit courses:

Add/Drop Pre-session: June 2-8
Week 1: June 9-June 15
Week 2: June 16-June 22
Week 3: June 23-29

Independence Day Break

 Week 4: July 7-July 13
 Week 5: July 14-July 20                                                                                                                                            Week 6: July 21-July 27                                                                                                                                            Week 7: July 28-August 3                                                                                                                                          Course Ends: August 4                    

Class Schedule for 1 credit courses:

Note: All students enrolling in 1 credit courses must appear for the Pre-Session to add/drop a course and to become acquainted with the course content.

Part 1:                                                                                                                                                                      

July 9-June 22                                                                                                                                               

Part 2:                                                                                                                                                                 

July 7-July 20

Part 3: 

July 21-August 3


Area C-1: Literature—Reading and Writing about Working

Instructor: S. Stockton

PSAM 450-40 (3 credits)


Beyond job descriptions and white papers, performance reviews and mission statements, there exists the world of literature, poetry, memoir, and essays about what it means to work, to strive, to craft a career or follow a vocation. In this class we will explore readings from all of these genres, compare notes on what rings true, analyze the strengths and weakness of each form in relation to the topic, and practice writing about our own experiences in the world of work.

Area D-1: Philosophy— Philosophy of Western Civilization

Instructor: A. Fairweather

PSPH  349-40 (3 credits)


This course will undertake an intensive exploration of a broad spectrum of Greek and Roman philosophical texts that reflect a reorganization of religious and societal values that took place during the Fifth Century B.C.E. and the shift from Roman Republic to Empire and trace its ongoing influence on cultural thought and production. 

Area D-2: Theology & Religious Studies—Sacred Arts of the World

Instructor: B. Schulz

PSRE 475-40 (3 credits)

CRN:  42297

Students will study specific historical works of stone, etched and painted imagery, and artistic creations, all developed under the auspices of religious expression.  Study will include the mix of motivation and impact on the religion, theology and spirituality of the creators and their communities. Students will study the development of religious and cultural imagery in stone, drawing, photography, architecture and impressionistic painting.  Using a basis of  historical Asian, Mid-Eastern, and South American cultures, along with more recent North-American and European communities, coursework includes comparison and awareness for the need of social expression through art and rites.

Area F: Visual & Performing Arts—East/West: Japanese and American Encounters in Art and Cinema

Instructor: D. Davidson

PSVP 423-40 – Part 1 (1 credit)


PSVP 424-40 – Part 2 (1 credit)


PSVP 425-40 – Part 3 (1 credit)


This course examines some of the fascinating Japanese and American perceptions, interaction and influences in art, cinema and popular culture from 1853-present. Part 1 examines the vast record of Japanese responses to America's insistent arrival through single sheet woodblock prints and drawings which reveal both imaginative and factual observations of the Westerners and explores the Japanese woodblock print aesthetic and form and how American artists appropriated those features. Part 2 probes the issue of identity through cinematic form and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the first notable American designer to observe and absorb Japanese architectural sensibility. Part 3 investigates their individual forms of anime (animation) and manga (comic book/graphic novel) and the subtle relationships between them as well as examining the issues and aesthetic of an individual and artist compelled to live bi-culturally by the example of Isamu Noguchi.

Fall 2014 Extended Education Courses

Class Schedule for 3 credit courses:

Mandatory Pre-session: August 25-31
3 Credit Course Start: September 1
3 Credit Course End: October 27

Weekly Schedule for 3 credit courses:

Add/Drop Pre-session: June 2-8
Week 1: September 1-September 7
Week 2: September 8-September 14
Week 3: September 15-September 21

Independence Day Break

 Week 4: September 22-September 28
 Week 5: September 29 -October 5                                                                                                                            Week 6: October 6-October 12                                                                                                                                FALL BREAK: October 13-October 19                                                                                                                      Week 7: October 20-October 26                                                                                                                              Class Ends: October 27

Class Schedule for 1 credit courses:

Part 1: 9/1-9/14

Part 2: 9/15-9/28

Part 3: 9/29-10/12


Note: All students enrolling in 1 credit courses must appear for the Pre-Session to add/drop a course and to become acquainted with the course content.


Area C-1: Literature—Leadership in Literature 

Instructor: B. Jackson

PSAM 445-40 (3 credits)

CRN: 42270

In this course we will read literary texts in multiple genres and disciplines, as well as from multiple cultures and time periods, examining a range of individuals, both fictional and non-fictional, who have assumed leadership roles. We will analyze the impact of their leadership on other people and on the surrounding environment. In our analysis we will move beyond simplistic notions of good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, striving to comprehend and appreciate the subtle factors behind complex organizational decisions. Special attention will be paid to the myriad psychological and emotional attributes that make up a leader and how those attributes influence his or her leadership capabilities. While reflecting on leaders’ inner lives, we will evaluate our own makeup as leaders (and followers) and explore how we ourselves can lead (and be led) with greater efficacy.  


Area D-1: Philosophy—Political Philosophy

Instructor: J. Glasgow

PSPH 446-40 (3 credits)

CRN: 42271    

In this course, we will look at several topics concerning the justification for state power.  Possible questions to be addressed include the following.  What way of distributing resources within the state is required by justice?  Who is entitled to join society?  When is it just for the state to interfere with our freedom?


Area D-2: Theology & Religious Studies—Founders of World Religions

Instructor:  M. Stillman

PSRE 457-40 (3 credits)

CRN: 42272

Many of the world’s great religions can trace their origins back to a single, charismatic founder who inspired people to become their “followers” who sometimes traveled with the founder from place to place, following in the literal sense of the word. Founders created the new movement’s concepts, taught them to others, and recorded them in documents that were then passed down through the generations. Examples include Jesus (Christianity), Mohammed (Islam), Buddha (Buddhism), Joseph Smith (Church of Latter Day Saints, aka “Mormonism”), Confucius (Confucianism), and others. This course will examine some of the world’s important religious movements from the point of view of those who founded them, focusing on what daily life was like for their first followers and how this may have influenced the development of each religion.


Area F: Visual and Performing ArtsAmerican Art (3 Parts--Innovation    and Idiosyncrasy; Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art; Urban and Folk Art

Instructor: D. Davidson


Part 1

PSVP 444-40 (1 credit)

CRN:  42273

Virtually without aesthetic precedents, early American artists forged an artistic identity that reflected New World uneasiness and inventive urges while serving pragmatic ends. Part 1 examines artistic development as it coincided with social, economic, and religious progress from the 17th-19th centuries.


Part 2

PSVP 445-40 (1 credit)

CRN: 42274

Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art established America as the center of international artistic activity in the early second half of the twentieth century. Part 2 situates these modern movements’ dramatic public appearance within a postwar escalation of media influences, consumerism, and popular culture.


Part 3

PSVP 446-40 (1 credit)

CRN: 42275

By the late 196-s, no subject better represented American commodity culture than the automobile. Urban American artists were drawn to its visual and metaphorical possibilities. But for other artists living in remote geographical areas, and set apart from the mainstream, vernacular sources held other implications for visual art activity, a duality explored in Part 3.