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aca_pt_winterstagAccelerate your degree program this winter with an intensive, three-credit online course from Fairfield University. All Winter Intersession courses will be held online and are offered in two-week and four-week formats. 

Registration Begins Monday, November 2, 2020 and ends Monday, December 21, 2020.


$2,325 per three-credit course ($775 per credit)
Registration Fee: $50

Full payment is due at the time of registration for Winter Intersession courses. Students will be subject to withdrawal from the course(s) due to non-payment. If your intent is not to take the class, please note that it is your responsibility to officially drop the course in order to avoid being liable for charges associated with the registration.


Registration and Payment

All students must register online at For any registration questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at

Current & Returning Students:

  1. Register online using your account
  2. Register online at my.fairfield.eduClick here for course registration instructions and payment options
  3. To make a payment, return to, search for “Online Billing and Payment – Student” and click on the task

New Visiting Students: 

  1. Complete a First-Time User Form
  2. Claim your NetID after receiving an email prompt
  3. Register online at my.fairfield.eduClick here for course registration instructions and payment options
  4. Register online using your account
  5. To make a payment, return to, search for “Online Billing and Payment – Student” and click on the task.

NOTE to Visiting Students: Please contact Sandy Richardson at to obtain permission from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost to register for any undergraduate courses that have prerequisities. 

For additional information and guidance, visiting students should contact Cathy O'Donnell at or 203-254-5532.


Refund policy

Students may drop a four-week online course (December 23 - January 18) for a full refund through December 16, 2020 using the online registration system. They may drop a two-week online course (January 4-18) for a full refund through December 28, 2020 using the online registration system. After each of these dates, a withdrawal request must be emailed to the Office of the Registrar at, and the refund will be based on the University's refund policy. For more information, please view the graduate and continuing studies refund policy.

Online Course Details

All Blackboard courses are accessed through the portal. Access to the internet 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 online or at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. For ordering textbooks and bookstore hours, please visit the bookstore website.

Please note that courses, dates, times, and faculty are subject to change. Please check with the Office of the Registrar at to ensure accurate information.

For details on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at

Four-Week Online Courses

All four-week, online Winter Intersession courses are three-credits and run from Wednesday, December 23, 2020 to Monday, January 18, 2021.


Cultural Anthropology 
ANTH 1110 (OL1) (CRN 12105)

Professor: Alfred Babo
This course meets the World Diversity requirement.

Why is there such variety in the way people live, dress, speak, eat, love and fight? This course explores the shared patterns of thought, behavior, and feelings - that is, the cultures - of a number of peoples and presents explanations for the forms they take and the differences between them. The course helps students develop a new perspective on the values and institutions of Western culture.

Biological Anthropology 
ANTH 1200 (OL1) (CRN 12106)
Professor: Joseph Wilson
The study of natural selection, primate evolution, and living primate societies provides a baseline from which to study the evolution of the human species. The course also traces human cultural and social development from the foraging bands of the first humans to the civilizations that appeared at the dawn of written history. Students also examine physical variation among living populations. This course meets the core natural science requirement and not the social science requirement.


Ethics of Health Care
AETH 2285 (OL1) (CRN 12149)
Professor: James Ong
This course considers the moral dilemmas of the healthcare setting. Topics include patients' rights (medical paternalism and patient autonomy, informed consent to therapy, and participation in research); dilemmas of reproduction (technological assistance, abortion, cloning); dilemmas of life and death (assisted suicide, euthanasia, technological interventions for the dying); allocation of healthcare resources; and the special dilemmas of healthcare professionals caught in binds between HMO contracts and professional obligations. Previously AE 0285. (Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy or Religious Studies)

Business Ethics
AETH 2291 (OL1) (CRN 12150)

Professor: James Ong
This course investigates ethical problems in business practice. Topics include the foundation of the free-market system, personal morality in profit-oriented enterprises; codes of ethics, obligations to employees and other stakeholders; truth in advertising, whistle-blowing, and company loyalty; self and government regulation; the logic and future of capitalism; and the changing responsibilities of the manager in a rapidly globalizing business environment. Previously AE 0291. (Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy or Religious Studies)


Art of Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas
AHST 1103 (OL1) (CRN 12103)
Professor: Dawn Pilotti
This course meets the World Diversity requirement.

This course is an introduction to art and architecture of Africa, the Caribbean islands, and Central America, South America, and North America. Major works of art and architecture will be examined to understand the respective cultures and traditions of these regions. Cultures designated by their geographical locations will provide a frame of study for African visual culture. Art of Caribbean islands and the influence of the African diaspora will be explored. The Americas will be represented by Pre-Columbian and Native American visual arts. Students will be introduced to different art historical approaches and vocabulary used to study art from each of these areas.

History of Photography
AHST 1172 (OL1) (CRN 12104)

Professor: Lauren Cesiro
Students will learn the general historical development of photography from the 1830s to the present day. Concentrating primarily on Europe and the United States, this survey examines some of the themes threaded throughout photography's short history: the interrelationships between photography and other arts, the effect of technology on the medium, identity construction by and through photographs, and the tradition of the popular photograph. Social, cultural, and economic issues are considered as well as important photographers and photographic movements. Throughout the course there is a focus on thinking critically when looking at a photograph as well as how to articulate ideas in writing.


Bioinspiration: Innovation Inspired by Nature
BIOL 1020 (OL1) (CRN 12107)
Professor: Christine Rodriguez

This course introduces topics in Biology which have inspired developments in technology to the non-science major. Special emphasis is placed on ethical and social issues related to the knowledge and application of these technologies. Topics include biomimicry, antibiotics, gene editing, synthetic biology, and more. Through the semester, students will work together to design a bioengineering solution to an existing problem in nature. Note: This course counts as a natural science interdisciplinary core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Science, Technology, and Society
BIOL 1070 (OL1) (CRN 12108)
Professor: Debra Sauer

This course analyzes the major science and technology issues that confront today's society. Through an examination of the underlying science, students gain an understanding of the impact these issues hold for the environment, our natural resources, and our society, including benefit versus hazard expectations. Course issues, which change to incorporate timely topics, include acid rain; agriculture; diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and heart disease; energy; genetic engineering; the greenhouse effect; ozone depletion; and water pollution. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Introduction to Marine Science
BIOL 1078 (OL1) (CRN 12109)
Professor: Shannon Gerry
This course introduces the non-science major to the field of oceanography. Topics dealing with the geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of science underscore the interdisciplinary nature of world ocean study. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.


Human Communication Theories
COMM 1100 (OL1) (CRN 12111)

Professor: Qin Zhang
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. This course counts in the social and behavioral sciences core curriculum for non-majors

Intercultural Communication
COMM 2240 (OL1) (CRN 12112)

Professor: Qin Zhang
This course meets the U.S. Diversity requirement
This course deals with challenges to communication between people of different cultural backgrounds, emphasizing the ways 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 healthcare settings. Registration preference is given to Communication and International Studies majors.(Prerequisite: COMM 01100 or COMM 1102 or INST 1050).


Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 1011 (OL1) (CRN 12114)

Professor: William Vasquez Mazariegos
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.

Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 1012 (OL1) (CRN 12115)
Professor: William Vasquez Mazariegos
This course develops models of the aggregate economy to determine the level of output, income, prices, and unemployment in an economy. In recognition of the growing importance of global economic activity, these models incorporate the international sector. The course examines and evaluates the role of public economic policy, including fiscal and monetary policy. Topics may include growth theory and price stability.


Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
ENGL 1010 (OL1) (CRN 12116)

Professor: Christopher Madden
This course meets the World Diversity requirement

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. 

Introduction to Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 1020 (OL1) (CRN 12117)

Professor: Sally O'Driscoll
This course meets the World Diversity requirement

Students will review recent fiction from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Students learn strategies for comparing stories and narrative styles from different cultures, subject positions, and sociopolitical frameworks. Students develop a stronger awareness of different types of subjectivity in a global context.

Literature of Illness and Healing
ENGL 1630 (OL1) (CRN 12118)

Professor: Jacqueline Rinaldi
This course meets the U.S. Diversity requirement

What is it like to suffer a stroke, contend with cancer, deal with depression or live with a debilitating disease? While bio-medicine may clinically treat such conditions, it is to literature that we turn to gain a humanistic understanding of the emotional and spiritual impact of illness on wounded storytellers and on the dedicated doctors and nurses who care for them. Readings in various literary genres (memoir, essay, poetry, fiction, drama) and films with medical themes will also explore issues of diversity, noting how gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation affect the illness experience. (Prerequisites: ENGL 1002, ENGL 1001, or ENGL 1002)


Introduction to Finance
FNCE 2101 (OL1) CRN 12119
Professor: Titos Ritsatos
Additional Fee: $125 DSB Computer Lab Fee

This course provides the building blocks for understanding the role of finance in the domestic and international environments. Specifically, in a qualitative and quantitative manner, this course addresses the three interrelated fields of finance, namely: financial markets, investments, and business finance. Previously FI 0101. (Prerequisites: ACCT 1011, ECON 1011, ECON 1012, MATH 1016 or higher, sophomore standing)

Seminar in Finance: U.S. Securities Industry
FNCE 4390 (OL1) (CRN 12120)

Professor: Michael McDonald
This course investigates and examines the modern securities industry. This course is appropriate for any students interested in working in the Securities Markets as it prepares students to enter the industry through the newly required Securities Industry Essentials examination offered by FINRA. This course will also assist students who are interested in taking the CFA exams.The SIE exam is required for most people who will be entering the securities field going forward and is a prerequisite for the Series 7 exam among other securities licensing exams. By the end of this semester, the student should be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of US capital markets, (2) understand and explain major financial products sold to investors, (3) describe and apply regulatory rules around prohibited behavior in financial markets, and (4) explain the structure and approach of the US regulatory framework. Seminars are open to finance majors only. Prerequisites may vary.


Origins of the Modern World Since 1500
HIST 1100 (OL1) (CRN 12122)
Professor: Nicholas Rutter

This course, which examines the history of Europe and its relationship to the world from the end of the Middle Ages through the 19th century, emphasizes the cultural, social, economic, and political forces and structures that led to the development of commercial and industrial capitalism, and the effects of this development on Europe, the New World, Asia, and Africa. Topics include the Renaissance and Reformation; the Transatlantic Slave Trade; European expansion and colonialism; the development of strong nation states; the Enlightenment; the Industrial Revolution and conflicting ideological and political responses; changing social, family, and gender relationships; and the increasing interaction of Europeans and non-Europeans. Critical analysis of primary and secondary sources develops skills in historical methodology that are of great value in many other academic pursuits. Written assignments and class discussions enhance these skills.


Introduction to Information Systems
ISOM 2100 (OL1) (CRN 12123)
Professor: Yasin Ozcelik

This course helps students understand the role of Information Systems in the contemporary business environment. It introduces them to the use of information systems concepts and techniques in solving a wide range of business problems. Working in small teams, students develop, analyze, and present solutions to a business problem using information technology.


Principles of Marketing
MKTG 1101 (OL1) (CRN 12127)
Professor: Camelia Micu

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and theories that drive day-to-day marketing decisions. A thorough understanding of the marketplace (consumer or business-to-business) is at the heart of such decision making. In this course, students will learn to identify and satisfy customer's wants and needs. The core tools that enable managers to move from decision-making to action are addressed, namely: product development, pricing, channel management and structure, and promotions (including advertising and sales). Additional topics include global marketing, societal and marketing ethics, and digital marketing. Students are required to work in a team to construct a marketplace analysis for a chosen product/service. (Prerequisite: Sophomore standing)

Digital Marketing
MKTG 2241 (OL1) (CRN 12128)

Professor: Camelia Micu
In this course, students will undertake an applied perspective towards marketing on current digital platforms (company's website, social media platforms, etc.) and will learn how to adapt the traditional marketing strategies onto the digital space. Topics to be covered include website design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), online advertising, social media marketing, email marketing, mobile marketing, and web analytics. The course is designed to get students to think like a digital marketing professional, and to give them experience with industry-relevant hands-on assignments and exercises. (Prerequisites: MKTG 1101; junior or senior standing)


Applied Calculus I
MATH 1121 (OL1) (CRN 12124)
Professor: Anna DiCenso

Topics in this course include foundations of the calculus, differentiation of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions, extrema and curve sketching, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and integration of algebraic functions. A graphing calculator and Wolfram Alpha are among the technologies that may be used. Students who received credit for MATH 1141 or MATH 1171 may not take this course for credit. (Prerequisite: Precalculus)

Statistics I
MATH 2217 (OL1) (CRN 12125)
Professor: Irene Mulvey

This introductory, calculus-based statistics course focuses on applications in business, statistics, and everyday events. Topics include descriptive statistics including mean, median, mode, standard deviation, histograms, distributions, box plots, and scatter plots; probability theory including counting rules, random variables, probability distributions, expected values, binomial and normal distributions, and the central limit theorem; inferential statistics including point estimates, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing; and regression theory. Students learn to analyze data with the aid of common software packages. Mathematics majors may not take this course as a mathematics elective. Students who have received credit for MATH 3317 or MATH 3352 may not take this course for credit. (Prerequisite: MATH 1121 or MATH 1122 or MATH 1141 or MATH 1142 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1172)


History of Music: 1700-1964
MUSC 1104 (OL1) (CRN 12130)

Professor: Michael Ciavaglia
This course explores the ways in which composers manipulated musical language to meet the growing demands of the middle class. After learning the basic elements of music, students explore the world of the Enlightenment and Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. In the romantic period, the course explores the interaction of all the arts and the influence of politics and economics on compositional style. With the dawn of the 20th century, the course explores what "modern" means, learns about attempts to expand and replace musical language, and studies the impact of American culture on music.

Hip-Hop and its Antecedents
MUSC 2201 (OL1) (CRN 12132)

Professor: Laura Nash
This course meets the U.S. Diversity requirement

This class explores the musical, cultural, political, and aesthetic foundations of hip-hop. We will trace the corporeal, visual, spoken word, literary and musical antecedents to and manifestations of hip-hop in American cultural. Students will investigate specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Students create material culture related to each thematic section of the course. Scheduled work in performance studio helps students understand how hip-hop is created and assessed. We will analyze the effects of corporate America and examine the images and ideas presented by an industry driven by profit. Are we really in a post-racial society? How does hip-hop help us understand race, class, gender, power, and oppression? Artists studied will not be those with the highest number of albums sold, but those with significant musical or lyrical content and impact on hip-hop as a whole.


The Nature of the Universe
PHYS 1078 (OL1) (CRN 12133)

Professor: Joachim Kuhn
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.

Fundamentals of Astronomy
PHYS 1087 (OL1) (CRN 12134)
Professor: Angela Biselli

This course introduces students who are not majoring in science to the principal areas, traditional and contemporary, of astronomy. Traditional topics include a historical background to astronomy, telescopes, the sun, the moon, the major and minor planets, comets, and meteors. After discussing these subjects in detail, the course covers areas appropriate to modern astronomy such as the composition and evolution of stars, star clusters, quasars, pulsars, black holes, and cosmological models.


Abnormal Psychology for Non-Majors
PSYC 1310 (OL1) (CRN 12135)

Professor: Margaret McClure
This course introduces students to the field of abnormal behavior, presenting the classic behavior patterns in the classification system and discussing the possible causes and remediation of such. Psychology majors and students who have taken PY 2310 may not take this course.


Common Questions: Traditional Responses
Two sections:
RLST 1002 (OL1) (CRN 12136)
RLST 1002 (OL2) (CRN 12137)

Professor: John Slotemaker
This course examines the major questions addressed by most world religions, with special emphasis on how they are answered in a specific major tradition. Topics include the nature of the sacred and its relationship to human persons, the problem of evil and innocent suffering, religion's call for social responsibility, and the nature and function of ritual.

The Problem of God
RLST 2331 (OL1) (CRN 12138)
Professor: Erik Ranstrom

This historical and theological examination of the Christian doctrine of God pays special attention to the problematic aspects of the development of this doctrine through the ages, exploring this development in biblical sources; patristic, medieval, Reformation, and modern times. The course concludes with a consideration of the challenge of post-Enlightenment atheism and of the efforts of contemporary theologians to recast the classical conception of God. (Prerequisite: One 1000-level religious studies course)

Early Christianity
RLST 2428 (OL1) (CRN 12139)
Professor: Thomas Schmidt

This course presents a historical overview of early Christianity between the end of the first century and the close of the sixth. The focus of the course is on the institutional and theological development of the early Church after the final books of the New Testament were written. Topics examined include: Jesus and Judaism, Christianity and the Roman Empire, heresies of the Early Church, and the development of Christian theology - in particular, the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity. (Prerequisite: One 1000-level religious studies course)

Two-Week Online Courses

All two-week, online Winter Intersession courses are three-credits and run from Monday, January 4, 2021 to Friday, January 15, 2021 OR Monday, January 18, 2021. There may be pre-work assignments. 


Legal Environment of Business
BUSN 3211 (OL1) (CRN 12110)
Monday, January 4, 2021 - Friday, January 15, 2021
Course meets Mon.-Fri. each week, from 10 a.m. to noon AND from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Professor: Sharlene McEvoy

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)


Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop
MUSC 1132 (OL1) CRN 12131
Monday, January 4, 2021 to Monday, January 18, 2021
Professor: Brian Torff
This course meets the U.S. Diversity requirement

This course provides an in-depth look at the important musical, social, and racial issues in American popular music, from the media exploitation of the blues in the 1920s through current issues in hip hop. Subject areas will include blues and its origins, jazz and modernism, the obstacles of race in music, the death of rhythm and blues, rock's evolution in the 1950s, rap and hip hop culture, and issues in both postmodernism and perverse as seen by many music and art critics.


Criminal Justice System Seminar
SOCI 2220 (OL1) (CRN 12141)
Monday, January 4, 2021 to Friday, January 15, 2021
Course meets Mon.-Fri. each week from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Professor: Rose Rodrigues

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.


Introduction to Drawing
SART 1012 (OL1) (CRN 12140)
Monday, January 4, 2021 to Monday, January 18, 2021
Professor: Kathryn Jo Yarrington
Additional Fee: $75 materials fee

This course focuses on the act of seeing and its intimate connection with mark-making. Experiences develop observational, expressive, and conceptual skills. Students explore the formal elements of drawing, such as line, value, composition, and form, and how they can be used to express an awareness of one's self and the world around one. The course explores a variety of materials and processes through in- and out-of-class projects. Students participate in critiques of these projects and, through writing and speaking, develop a language of aesthetic awareness and a sense of artistic quality.

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