Wintersession 2015 Undergraduate Credit Courses

‌Accelerate Your Degree Program with an intensive, three-credit course during Wintersession 2015. Fairfield University offers a variety of courses, both on campus and online.


One-Week Courses
Unless otherwise noted, one-week intensive credit courses will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five days: Monday (Jan. 5, 2015), Tuesday (Jan. 6, 2015), Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2015), Thursday (Jan. 8, 2015) and Friday (Jan. 9, 2015).

All one-week courses require pre-work prior to the start of class. Students who register for a one-week course will be e-mailed the pre-work and syllabus to their student G-mail account on December 19, 2014. Students must buy textbooks prior to the start of class.*

Online Courses
Unless otherwise noted, online courses will run from December 22, 2014 - January 28, 2015. Students taking online courses must go to by December 22, 2014 to get login instructions and contact information. Access to the internet with a DSL or cable connection is required.

Students who register for an online course will receive a syllabus from their professor. Students must buy textbooks prior to the start of class.

* Textbooks may be purchased at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. The downtown bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open at other times during winter break. Please see the website for store hours. You may also order textbooks online at


$2,175 per three-credit course ($725 per credit)
Registration Fee: $30

All students can register by phone at (203) 254-4288, fax (203) 254-4109, online (in your account) or in person at the Registrar's Office in the Kelley Center.

Refund Policy

Full refunds (minus the $30 registration fee) are only granted one week or more prior to the start of class:

  • For online courses starting Dec. 22, 2014, full refund if withdrawn on Dec. 15, 2014 or before.
  • For the EN 101 online course starting on Jan. 1, 2015, full refund if withdrawn on Dec. 25, 2014 or before.
  • For one-week courses starting on January 5, 2015, full refund if withdrawn on Dec. 29, 2014 or before.

Tuition refunds are calculated on the basis of the refund schedule according to the date of withdrawal. Fees will be refunded only if courses are closed or cancelled. Refunds of tuition charged on MasterCard, Visa, or American Express are applied as a credit on your account. To withdraw from a course we require a written confirmation letter with the student's signature delivered to the University Registrar's Office or sent via fax to (203) 254-4109.

One Week Courses
All courses are 3 credits
Jan. 5 to Jan. 9, 2015 unless noted.*

BU 211 (A) Legal Environment of Business
CO 246 (A) Family Communication
EC 112 (A) Economic Aspects of Current Social Problems
EN/W 350 (A) Special Topics: Digital Storytelling
MU 102 (A) History & Development of Rock *From Jan. 5-7 and Jan. 12-13, 2015
SO 279 (A) Criminal Justice System Seminar
SA 139 (A) Watercolor

Online Courses
All courses are 3 credits
Dec. 22, 2014 to Jan. 28, 2015 unless noted.*

AH 11 (1) Visual Culture Since 1400: Expression and Experimentation
BI 75 (1); BI 75 (2) Ecology & Society
CO 100 (1) Human Communication Theories
CO 240 (1) Intercultural Communication
EC 11 (1) Introduction to Microeconomics
EN 101 (1); EN 101 (2) Gateway to Literary and Cultural Studies *From 1/1/15 to 1/30/15 EN 101 is not eligible for January 2015 graduation.
EN/W 332 (1) Business Writing
MA 17 (1) Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PO 133 (1) United States Foreign Policy
PS 78 (1) The Nature of the Universe

Internship Course
1 credit

CO 398 (1) Communication Internship-one credit

One Week Courses

BU 211 (A) (10911) Legal Environment of Business 
This course examines the broad philosophical as well as practical nature and function of the legal system, and introduces students to the legal and social responsibilities of business. The course includes an introduction to the legal system, the federal courts, Constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, the civil process, and regulatory areas such as employment discrimination, protection of the environment, and corporate governance and securities markets. (Prerequisite: junior standing) Three credits.
Sharlene McEvoy

CO 246 (A) (10896) Family Communication 
In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement and counts for the minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. (Prerequisite: CO 200 or instructor approval) Three credits.
Margaret Wills

EC 112 (A) (10899) Economic Aspects of Current Social Problems
This course uses a policy-oriented approach to study contemporary economic issues. Topics include government spending, the role of federal budgets in solving national problems, poverty, welfare, social security, population, the limits to growth controversy, pollution, energy, and regulation. Three credits.
Philip Lane 

EN/W 350 (A) (10914) Special Topics: Digital Storytelling
This course will give students the opportunity to study and practice new media art forms and their application to creative narratives. Students will learn new techniques of digital media to apply to their creative writing projects including image creation, video, sound, non-linear storytelling and web hosting. Students will gain knowledge of online sharing, digital identity, and digital literary communities, as well as best practices in finding the correct new media platform for their work. This course will also explore the ethical questions of online publication, the spectrum of high culture and low culture in online writing, and the benefits and challenges of translating traditional text to the digital space. Three credits.
Laura Marciano

MU 102 (A) (10903) History & Development of Rock
This course surveys the musical and social trends that resulted in the emergence of rock and roll as an important musical and cultural force in America. The course traces the roots of rock, blues, and country styles, showing how they merged with popular music. Students examine periods from the 1950s to the present, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Beatles, the British invasion, folk music, Bob Dylan, jazz and art rock, Jimi Hendrix, the west coast movement, and the music industry. Students learn to understand, discuss, and differentiate between stylistic periods and their historical relevance to American culture.  This course meets the U.S. Diversity requirement. Three credits.
Brian Torff

SO 279 (A) (10906) Criminal Justice System Seminar 
This seminar explores in detail the workings and problems of the criminal justice system in the United States. In addition to investigating the sources of criminal behavior, the course focuses on the arraignment process, probation, the trial, sentencing, prison reform, and parole. Three credits.
Rose Rodrigues

SA 139 (A) (10905) Watercolor
This course is an introduction to the methods, techniques and language of watercolor. In exploring the fundamentals of watercolor this course helps students develop their abilities to see and explore washes of color in relation to pictorial space and form. Color relationships, value, layering of washes, and wet into wet processes are explored. Three credits.
Suzanne Chamlin

Online Courses

AH 11 (1) (10910) Visual Culture Since 1400: Expression and Experimentation
This course explores the ways in which people use images to record their world. From the development of linear perspective in the early Renaissance to the assimilation of advances in optical sciences in the baroque period and the incorporation of photography in the 19th century, art has responded to technological advances and created distinct and expressive visual cultures. By exploring painting, sculpture, the graphic arts, and architecture, students learn to analyze how the contemporary world is designed and defined by a visual heritage that incorporates historical images into film, television, and advertising. Three credits.
Lauren Cesiro

BI 75 (1) (10893); BI 75 (2) (10916) Ecology & Society
This course focuses on environmental issues raised by modern society's conflicting needs for land, water, a livable environment, and renewable/non-renewable resources. Students examine the available scientific evidence and are encouraged to draw their own conclusions concerning these environmentally sensitive issues, which are presented in lectures, readings, films, and occasional off-campus field trips (by arrangement). This course is open to all except biology majors. Note: This course serves as a natural science elective n the Program on the Environment. This course counts as a science core course, but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor. Three credits.
Thomas Cunningham

CO 100 (1) (10894) Human Communication Theories 
This course introduces major theoretical perspectives that inform communication scholarship. This foundational course for the major emphasizes understanding human communication as a symbolic process that creates, maintains, and alters personal, social, and cultural identities. Students critique research literature in the communication field in this course, which is a prerequisite for the 200- and 300-level communication courses. This course counts in the social and behavioral sciences core curriculum for non-majors. All CO majors must fulfill their social science core requirements outside of the major. Three credits.
David Gudelunas

CO 240 (1) (10895) Intercultural Communication 
This course deals with challenges to communication between people of different cultural backgrounds, emphasizing the way communication practices reveal cultural values and the role of communication in creating and sustaining cultural identities. Students discuss how differences in value orientation, perception, thought patterns, and nonverbal behavior cause misunderstanding, tension, and conflict in business, education, and health care settings. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. (registration preference given to Communication and International Studies majors). (Prerequisite: CO 100 or IL 50 or instructor approval). Three credits.
Qin Zhang

EC 11 (1) (10898) Introduction to Microeconomics
This course analyzes the behavior of individual consumers and producers as they deal with the economic problem of allocating scarce resources. The course examines how markets function to establish prices and quantities through supply and demand, how resource costs influence firm supply, and how variations in competition levels affect economic efficiency. Topics may include antitrust policy, the distribution of income, the role of government, and environmental problems. The course includes computer applications. Three credits.
William Vasquez Mazariegos

EN 101 (1) (10900); EN 101 (2) (10919) Gateway to Literary and Cultural Studies * 1/1/15 - 1/30/15
This course allows students to develop ways of reading, analyzing, and interacting with texts in English from around the globe. You will focus on such questions as: How are literary texts produced? How do local, national, and global cultures and events affect the way authors fashion their texts? Do literary works produced in different cultures at the same time "speak to each other" across time and space? The course will be run as a combination of lecture and small group discussion and will make use of web-based background materials to provide context and depth to the readings. This course meets the world diversity requirement. (Prerequisite: EN 11 –EN 12 requirement) Three credits.
Gita Rajan

EN/W 332 (1) (10901) Business Writing
This course investigates the demands of business writing, including designing documents that visually display information and invite readers to read either quickly or thoroughly. The course stresses theoretical issues as well as practical skills. Students practice writing skills on a variety of projects including memos, proposals, reports, collaborative writing, and writing as part of the job-hunting process. Learning goals include understanding the purposes of writing in business and industry, writing with a clear sense of audience, becoming familiar with document design and electronic communication, ethical and cross-cultural issues, and reviewing scholarly writing and research in this academic field. (Prerequisite: EN 12 or equivalent) Three credits.

MA 17 (1) (10902) Introduction to Probability & Statistics
This introduction to the theory of statistics includes measures of central tendency, variance, Chebyshev's theorem, probability theory, binomial distribution, normal distribution, the central limit theorem, and estimating population means for large samples. Students who have received credit for any mathematics course at the 100-level or higher may not take this course for credit without the permission of the department chair. Three credits.
Robert Parisi

PO 133 (1) (10904) United States Foreign Policy
This course examines the impact of domestic and international actors and processes in the formation and conduct of United States foreign policy. It provides a historical background on the basis of which it analyzes contemporary United States economic and security (broadly understood) foreign policy in different regions of the world, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Three credits.
Lucrecia Garcia Iommi

PS 78 (1) (10917) The Nature of the Universe
This course, intended for non-science majors, reviews the scientific field of cosmology, or the nature of the physical universe, from a historical perspective. Beginning with the ancients, the course traces the development of cosmological principles through the Greek and Egyptian era of Aristotle, C. Ptolemy, and others; the 16th and 17th centuries of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton; and the cosmology of the 20th century based upon Einstein's theories of relativity coupled with several fundamental observations. This leads to an examination of the current model of the universe, which is based upon the Big Bang theory. Three credits.
Joachim Kuhn


Internship Course

CO 398 (A) (10897) Communication Internship one credit
Communication internships provide students with first-hand knowledge about the field of work, allow them to experience new professional activities and relationships, help them apply conceptual knowledge and skills in communication in the work environment, and allow them to experience the problems and successes of efficiently and effectively communicating within a complex organization. Students may take an internship twice for credit. (Prerequisites: 2.8 overall GPA and junior or senior status) One credit. Note: Interested students should e-mail Dr. David Gudelunas
David Gudelunas