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Undergraduate Credit Courses

aca_pt_winterstagAccelerate your degree program this winter with an intensive, three-credit course. Fairfield University offers a variety of courses, both on campus and online.

Registration Begins Friday, November 1, 2019 and ends Wednesday, December 18, 2019.


$2,250 per three-credit course ($750 per credit)
Registration Fee: $35

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.

All students must register online in your account. If you have any registration questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (203) 254-4288.



Current & Returning Students: Register online using your account. If you have any registration questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (203) 254-4288.

New Visiting Students: If this is your first time enrolling in a class at Fairfield.

  1. Complete a First-Time User Form
  2. Claim your NetID after receiving an email prompt
  3. Register and pay for your class at

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


Refund policy

Students may drop themselves from an online course for a full refund through December 13, 2019 using the online registration system, and they may drop themselves from a one-week on-campus course for a full refund through December 26, 2019 using the online registration system. After each of these dates, a withdrawal request must be submitted in writing, with the student's signature, and delivered to the University Registrar's Office in the Kelley Center or emailed to 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 Courses

Online courses will run from Friday, December 20, 2019 to Friday, January 24, 2020. 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 at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. The bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open at other times during winter break. 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 Registrar's Office to ensure accurate information.

For details on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2911 or


Courses Offered
All courses are 3 credits
Dec. 20, 2019 to Jan. 24, 2020



Biological Anthropology AY 0110 (OL1) (CRN 12023)
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.

Cultural Anthropology AY 0111 (OL1) (CRN 12038)
Professor: Alfred Babo
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. This course meets the World Diversity requirement.



Ethics of Health Care AE 0285 (OL1) (CRN 12048)
Professor: James Abordo 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. (Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or Religious Studies)

Business Ethics AE 0291 (OL1) (CRN 12022)
Professor: Lisa Sticca-Conrod

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. (Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or Religious Studies) 


Art of Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas AH 0103 (OL1) (CRN 12045)
Professor: Dawn Pilotti
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. This course meets the World Diversity requirement.



Identity and the Human Genome BI 0071 (OL1) (CRN 12012)
Professor: Christine Rodriguez
This course introduces human genetics to the non-science major. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, modes of inheritance, gene editing, sex and gender, race, and human genetic diversity. Special emphasis is placed on ethical, legal and social issues related to the knowledge and application of genetic information. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Ecology and Society BI 0075 (OL1) (CRN 12004)
Professor: Thomas Cunningham
This course focuses on environmental issues raised by modern society's conflicting needs for land, water, a livable environment, and renewable/nonrenewable 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, and films. This course is open to all except biology majors. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Introduction to Marine Science BI 0078 (OL1) (CRN 12024)
Professor: Thomas Cunningham
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.



Intercultural Communication CO 0240 (OL1) (CRN 12006)
Professor: Qin Zhang
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. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. (Prerequisite: CO 0100 or CO 0102 or IL 0050)



Introduction to Microeconomics EC 0011 (OL1) (CRN 12025)
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. The course includes computer applications.



Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies EN 0101 (OL1) (CRN 12040)
Professor: Christopher Madden
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. (Prerequisites: EN 0012 or ENW 0100).

Literature of Illness and Healing EN 0163 (OL1) (CRN 12007)
Professor: Jacqueline Rinaldi
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. This English elective satisfies the U.S. diversity requirement. (Prerequisites: EN 0012 or ENW 0100)



Introduction to Finance FI 0101 (OL1) (CRN 12017)
Professor: Nazli Alan
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. (Prerequisites: AC 0011, EC 0011, EC 0012, one math course; sophomore standing.)



Introduction to Information Systems IS 0100 (OL1) (CRN 12026)
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.



Concepts of Calculus MA 0016 (OL1) (CRN 12041)
Professor: Matthew Duckett

This course introduces differentiation and integration, and shows how these ideas are related. The course illustrates how important and interesting applied questions, when expressed in the language of mathematical functions, turn out to be questions about derivatives and integrals and, thus, can be solved using calculus. The basic concepts of calculus are numerically, algebraically, and geometrically investigated, using graphing technology to illustrate many of the underlying geometrical ideas. This is a terminal core course and is not a prerequisite for any other course. Please note that MA 0011 is not an appropriate course to take before taking MA 0016.

Statistics I MA 0217 (OL1) (CRN 12033)
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 MA 0352 may not take MA 0217 for credit. (Prerequisites: MA 0119 or MA 0145 or MA 0171)



Principles of Marketing MK 0101 (OL1) (CRN 12016)
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 MK 0241 (OL1) (CRN 12027)
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: MK 0101; junior or senior standing)



History of Music: 1700-1964 MU 0104 (OL1) (CRN 12028)
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 MU 0201 (OL1) (CRN 12029)
Professor: Laura Nash
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. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement.



The Nature of the Universe PS 0078 (OL1) (CRN 12008)
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.



Abnormal Psychology for Non-Majors PY 0131 (OL1) (CRN 12019)
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 0231 may not take this course.



Exploring Religion: Religion in a Comparative Key RS 0101D (OL1) (CRN 12009)
Professor: Erik Ranstrom
This course invites students to explore the religious dimensions of human experience, emphasizing the themes of scripture, community and practice. In a critical appraisal of one or more of the great religious traditions of the world, students will analyze sacred texts in context, discover how social patterns shape religious communities, and survey a wide variety of religious devotions and practices, both personal and communal. Students in this course will learn to investigate the religious lives, beliefs, experiences and values of others, in their scope and diversity, respecting both the differences from, and the similarities to, their own. While several sections of RS 101 will offer a variety of lenses for such a critical understanding, all sections will inquire about the relationship between religion and culture, employing the tools of the humanities and the social sciences.
Religion in a Comparative Key: This subsection of RS 0101 examines different kinds of religious experience, doctrine, and practice through a close examination of two different religious traditions, engaging the traditions as these appear in a variety of cultural contexts.

Early Christianity RS 228 (OL1) (CRN 12044)
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: RS 0101).

One Week Courses

One-week intensive credit courses will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five days: Thursday (Jan. 2, 2020), Friday (Jan. 3, 2020), Monday (Jan. 6, 2020), Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2020) and Wednesday (Jan. 8, 2020).

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. Students must buy textbooks prior to the start of class.

Textbooks may be purchased at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. The bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open at other times during winter break. 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 Registrar's Office to ensure accurate information.

For details on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2911 or


Courses Offered
All courses are 3 credits


Legal Environment of Business BU 0211 (01) (CRN 12001)
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)



Family Communication CO 246 (01) (CRN 12039)
Professor: Margaret Wills
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. (Prerequisite: CO 0100 or CO 0102)



The History and Development of Rock MU 0102 (01) (CRN 12013)
Professor: Brian Torff
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.



Introduction to Drawing SA 0012 (01) (CRN 12015)
Professor: Kathryn Jo Yarrington
Additional Fee:
$70 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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