Whittier College Undergraduate Summer Courses 2016

Student on lawnThe Whittier College Summer Program offers traditional classroom instruction as well as fully online courses. Courses are scheduled with individual dates of instruction and may overlap other offerings. Please pay close attention to the start and end dates for each class.

Members of Whittier College faculty and select adjunct instructors teach Summer Program courses. All courses satisfy requirements for Whittier College academic credit and may be applied toward degree requirements. The maximum number of credits for which a student may register during the summer is 13. All courses are transcripted using semester credit hours.

Whittier College students:

  1. Register using My.Whittier.edu, Registration tab, Add and Drop Classes link, unless otherwise noted.
  2. Some classes may require you to accept the Start Date on the Registration Start Date Confirmation page. Click the Submit Changes button to acknowledge the Start Date for your class and continue.
  3. Use the Registration Fee Assessment link at the bottom of the Add or Drop Classes page to see your balance due.
  4. Use the Credit Card Payment link at the bottom of the Registration Fee Assessment page to pay your fees. Alternatively you may submit payment to the Business Office located in Mendenhall.

Students Visiting from other Institutions:

  1. Complete an Application for Non-Degree Admission, which is available online here or at the Registrar’s Office front desk in Mendenhall.
  2. You will be notified of admission via email and provided additional registration instructions.

Registration and fee payment deadlines vary by class. See descriptions below for details.

Summer Online ­ Schedule of Classes 2016

ART 204 Digital Photography Workshop
This course will acquaint students with the fundamentals of Digital Photography including traditional and experimental uses of Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis will be placed on visual communication of ideas through the medium of digital photography. Instruction will cover topics such as manual camera operations, basic image correction, digital image manipulation, and will also cover fundamentals of composition and 2­D image organization. The assignments will include consideration of the cultural/political impact of digital manipulation, the relationship between subject and photographer, and the historical implications of photographic objectification. No prerequisite, however previous enrollment in Art 100, 101, or 210 is recommended.

Asynchronous. 3 Credits. Satisfies the COM3 Lib­Ed requirement. Course duration 7/11/2016 ­to 8/12/2016.

THEA 260 Chicano/Latino Theatre
Traces the contextual, thematic, and historical influences of Chicano/Latino theatre. Analysis of plays, performances, movements, and theatre troupes that express the experiences of the Chicano/Latino people. The course utilizes social media, streaming lectures, and the creation of video/audio blogs to compliment the course work.

No prerequisite. Asynchronous. 3 Credits. Satisfies the CUL3 LibEd requirement. Course duration 5/15/2016 to ­6/10/2016.

INTD 130 Cancer Biology
The main learning objective for this course is to increase your basic scientific understanding of the biology of cancer, as well as understanding of the societal and cultural perspectives of cancer within the United States. This understanding will include an introduction into the cellular biology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of various types of cancers. In addition, you will be introduced to the history of cancer in American society, the politics that surround cancer research and advocacy, and exploring medical case studies that go as far back as 1800’s and extend into today. By the end of the course you should have a new appreciation of how social and cultural perspectives shape, influence, and drive the advancements of current and future cancer research.

Asynchronous and Synchronous. 4 credits. Satisfies the CON2 LibEd requirement. Synchronous Online Live Lectures will be twice a week. Time will be determined through a Doodle Poll during the week of May 9, 2016. Course duration 7/3/16 to­ 8/6/16.

ART 205 Western Art: Prehistory through the 14th Century
J​oin us for an asynchronous adventure in this “Cave to Cathedrals” art history class. We will survey art beginning with the Paleolithic age through the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, and Byzantium up to the early Renaissance. You will learn how to place art and architecture in context from wherever in the world you are this summer!

Asynchronous. Satisfies the CUL4 (European Cultures) requirement, 3 credits. Course duration 5/23/16 to 6/28/16.

INTD 279 Disasters
This course will begin with an exploration of the philosophy and history of science. A discussion of the scientific method will then lead into an investigation of the science of natural disasters. Students will learn about the theory of plate tectonics, and then apply this knowledge to detailed studies of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunami. Other disasters, such as hurricanes, will also be examined. Prediction and mitigation will be explored for each disaster that is discussed. The study of the effect of natural disasters on human societies will be an integral part of this course. 

Satisfies the CON 2 liberal education requirement, 4 credits
Asynchronous and synchronous. Synchronous online discussion sections will be held twice a week. The time for these discussion sections will be determined through an online poll the week of 9 May 2016. Course duration 6/1/16 to 6/29/16.

INTD 270 Introduction to Public Health
In this course we will explore what public health is (and what it is not), the science and data that underpin it, and how it is a part of our social fabric. We will explore some of the causes of disease, and other societal threats to health. And, because public health is intertwined with medical delivery services, we will explore health care systems. While our focus will be on what is happening within the United States, we will take the opportunity to explore things that are different in other parts of the world, as well.

Satisfies the CON 2 liberal education requirement, 4 credits
Asynchronous and synchronous. Synchronous Online Live Lectures/Discussions will be three times a week. Meeting time will be determined through a Doodle Poll during the week of May 4, 2016.

INTD 309 / BSAD 309: Finance and the Brain
While much of financial theory is built on the premise that people are strictly rational, empirical research has shown this paradigm to be insufficient to describe various features of actual financial decision­making. This indicates that asset prices may not be completely driven by economic fundamentals and that investors’ “animal spirits” constitute an important source of price fluctuations. The prevalence and the devastating impact of ‘market psychology’ in the overall economy, has led researchers to incorporate brain science to explain how our primal circuits can, and often do, override our reason when it comes to financial decision­making. This course answers two questions: What are the deep “irrational” forces driving financial behavior, and what can be done to better manage them.

Satisfies the CON 2 liberal education requirement, 4 credits
Asynchronous and synchronous. Synchronous Online Live Lectures/Discussions will be once a week. Time will be determined through a Doodle Poll. Course duration 5/16/2016 to 6/10/2016.

SOWK (Special Topics) 290: Introduction to Aging
This course guides students in an exploration of their own aging process as well as issues related to old age. We will use the biopsychosocial framework to guide our examination of both gains and losses associated with aging. Specifically, we will address the effect of aging on physical health, mental health, social roles, and personality. We will also explore larger social, cultural and economic issues including retirement, housing and public policy from a domestic and global perspective.

Online (asynchronous), 4 credits. Satisfies the COM II requirement. Course duration 5/23/16 to 6/24/16.

INTD 299 Internships
​INTD 299 is intended to support the core learning that takes place while a student participates in an academically­related internship. Course content and assignments will enable students to reflect on their day­to­day, hands­on experience, enhance existing skills, acquire new skills, apply content and theory learned in coursework (major, minor and liberal education), create professional contacts, strengthen their resumes, and learn from professionals in the field.

Class credits 1 to 3 available. Course duration 7/1/16 to 7/31/16. Asynchronous.

BSAD 291 ­Creativity
Although most people can agree that creativity is an important concept, there is often very little agreement about what creativity is and how we can achieve it. This course surveys basic theories of creativity with the goal of applying this knowledge to the development of creativity in organizations and society. It focuses primarily on (1) the neuroscience of creativity, (2) cognitive theories about creative thought, (3) personality theories about exceptionally creative individuals (4) social­psychological theories about creative groups, and (5) the points at which these approaches interact.

Satisfies the CON 2 liberal education requirement, 4 credits Asynchronous. Course duration 5/16/16 to 6/10/16

HIST 390 Clash of Empires: “Aztecs” and “Spaniards”
This course will consider the encounters, conflict, and adaptation between Mesoamerican peoples known as the Aztecs and Iberian peoples from the Spanish peninsula during the onset of European colonization of the Americas. We will begin by evaluating and analyzing the high point of the pre­Columbian Aztec Empire in the fifteenth century by considering the social, cultural, economic, and political values that comprised Mesoamerican societies. Likewise, the course will examine the social and political milieus of “Spanish” society. In many ways the fall of the Aztec Empire not only altered the Mesoamerican social and political terrain, but these transformations also had lasting effects on the European continent. The course will also argue that conflict and adaptation between “Aztecs” and “Spaniards” established the basis for a multicultural society in Mesoamerica.

Asynchronous. Satisfies the CUL3 requirement, 3 credits. Course duration 6/27/2016 to 7/25/2016.

PHIL 390 Africana Philosophy
Africana Philosophy covers the philosophies of African peoples and persons of African descent who are indigenous to continental Africa and the many African Diasporas worldwide. This course considers forms of reasons marked by colonialism and racism, and diasporic consciousness from the Global South concerning liberation, the meaning of being human, and human relationships beyond colonial paradigms. After a comprehensive introduction to Africana Philosophy, we study the philosophical literature which analyzes an important historical figure and philosopher, Franz Fanon.

Asynchronous. 3 credits. CUL 1. Course duration 8/3/2016 to ­8/30/2016.

FILM 170 Fundamentals of Cinema
This course provides an introduction to the aesthetics and language of film. It also understands film as an artistic expression, an economic product, and a social text. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by class screenings. One semester, 3 credits. 

SOC 290 - Stats for Social Sciences
Data analysis in the social sciences; analysis of distributions, central tendency, variability, correlation, and parametric and non-parametric statistical tests. Pre-req: Sophomore standing or above and MATH 76 or a score of 2 or higher on the Math Placement Exam.

Add/Drop and Withdrawal Schedule for Summer 2015 Undergraduate Enrollment

Instructors may drop students for non-attendance through 25% of class duration. It is the student's responsibility to drop classes before published deadlines. Classes not dropped by the deadline are subject to grading and full fee liability.

  • Drop by 25% of class duration to not receive a grade
  • Withdraw after 25% of class duration to receive a W-grade on transcript
  • No withdrawal or leave of absence is granted during the last week of any course.

Fee Payment and Refund Schedule for Summer 2015 Undergraduate Enrollment

Fees must be paid in full before the class Start Date unless otherwise noted above. Note: Some classes have early registration and payment deadlines. Enrollments are canceled for non-payment of fees by the deadline. Late payment and registration reinstatement incurs a $100 penalty.

  • 100% of fees are refunded for classes dropped before 25% of class duration
  • 50% of fees are refunded for classes dropped before 50% of class duration
  • 0% of fees are refunded after 50% of class duration

Transcripts for Summer Classes

Please refer to the Registrar's Office Transcript page for information on how to order an official transcript of your Whittier College coursework.