Sharpen your skills, broaden your knowledge, or earn credit toward a college degree. The Friday Center for Continuing Education serves lifelong learners across North Carolina and around the world.
Through Carolina Courses Online, students earn college credit by taking courses electronically. Carolina Courses Online are offered on a semester schedule in the spring, fall, and over one summer session. Class attendance is not required, but students communicate with classmates and their instructor via e-mail and discussion forums. Courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Students can also earn academic credit from a distance through Self-paced Courses, a distance education program offering courses from eight institutions of the University of North Carolina and administered by the Friday Center. These print-based and online courses are open to anyone who wishes to enroll; there are no admission requirements. You can enroll in a Self-paced Course at any time and begin work on your course immediately after enrolling. You will have up to nine months from the date of enrollment to complete the course.
Each course has its own set of requirements and learning activities. In general you will read from textbooks and other sources (some available on the World Wide Web), complete written assignments and projects, participate in a electronic discussion group, take quizzes, and pass a final exam. In some courses the final exam must be taken under supervision at an accredited institution of higher education or other appropriate institutional setting. In others, the exam is given online. Some courses also include papers or projects.
Online courses are a different way of learning. They require self-discipline and motivation in order to meet deadlines and complete required work. Some students enjoy the flexibility of online courses and the opportunities they provide for reflection and independent learning. Other students miss the immediacy of a classroom and its opportunities for communicating face-to-face with classmates and teachers. Most students agree that online courses require hard work and determination, but that the benefits of successfully completing them are great. These are college-level courses, and you should be at least a rising senior in high school to enroll.
Courses taught via Carolina Courses Online and Self-paced Courses are equivalent to those taught on campus, and you can expect to spend at least as much time on an online or correspondence course as you would if you took the class in a traditional setting. You can expect to do a significant amount of reading and writing, and you may need to log in to your course pages or discussion forum daily.
Carolina Courses Online and Self-paced Courses are designed to be accessible to people with a wide range of experience using computers, so you don't need to be an expert. You will need to be comfortable sending e-mail and using the Internet. You'll need to become familiar with posting messages to a discussion forum, and it is likely that you will be creating documents and attaching them to e-mail messages.
The University of North Carolina is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; (404) 679-4500; www.sacscoc.org).
UNC Kenan-Flagler is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
This course covers major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.
This course introduces students to the role of accounting, basic accounting concepts and methodology, mass data processing, valuation and income determination principles, management and internal control problems, and basic financial statement components.
Advanced Composition: Business Writing teaches the skills of effective business communication. It is intended for students who have completed two college-level composition courses. The course's introductory unit reviews grammar and focuses on fundamental business writing strategies. The second unit asks the student to apply the skills acquired in Unit 1 to specific types of business documents, including information and positive messages, negative messages, persuasive messages, sales and fund-raising letters, and job-search documents. The third unit guides the student through the process of creating a substantial business report. Students should not expect to submit more than one assignment at a time, and all assignments must be typed. Microsoft Word is required for the Self-paced Courses version. This course has no final exam, but it does require students to do library or Internet research.
Advanced Fiction Writing seeks to discover and develop students' creative writing abilities in the planning and preparing of five short stories. Because of the creative nature of the work in this course, both on the part of the student and the instructor, students are advised not to take it under pressure of receiving credit by a specific deadline. This course has no final exam. The tuition for the course should not be paid and the application should not be submitted until the instructor has approved the student for enrollment. Applicants should send a sample manuscript of their work to Self-paced Courses for the instructor's consideration. An evaluation fee of $5.00 should be included. The instructor will also advise the student of the appropriate course of study based on the manuscript. Students may take this course once for academic credit. With permission of the instructor, students may enroll again on a not-for-credit basis. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
This course provides a review of basic algebra. Basic algebraic expressions, functions, exponents, and logarithms are included with an emphasis on problem solving. Assumes student has had Algebra I and II and Geometry in high school.
This course is a general survey of the nation's history from the era of Reconstruction (immediately following the Civil War) to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the significant political and economic events of the period, as well as on changes in the American social and cultural landscape. This class will be structured around themes that professional historians have deemed important, but you will be encouraged (in fact required) to find personal connections between your own life experiences and those of the Americans who came before you. Many of these vital connections will be found in the course's assigned materials (especially in the original source documents), but you and your classmates will also locate materials as you explore the Internet.
American History Since 1865 is a general survey of the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present, with particular emphasis on the politics, economics, and significant legislation of the period. Primary or "original" source documents comprise roughly half of the course materials, so students will be able to form their own judgments about many historical issues and think about important historical events from the point of view of the people who experienced them. Students are encouraged to make connections between the history they read and their own lives. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
American History to 1865 is a general survey course of American history from the earliest days of European contact to the conclusion of the Civil War. We will study and discuss the evolution of the American colonies and the subsequent nation building (and refining) that occurred throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emphasis will be on the most vital political, economic, and social events of the period.
This is a general survey course of American history from the earliest days of European contact to the conclusion of the Civil War. We will study and discuss the evolution of the American colonies and the subsequent nation building (and refining) that occurred throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emphasis will be on the most vital political, economic, and social events of the period. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
An introduction to major religions of South Asia and East Asia, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism.
This introductory statistics course includes collecting, presenting, and displaying data; statistical description, including measures of central tendency and variation; statistical inference, including estimating population values, testing hypotheses, and quality control; regression, correlation, and time series analysis; design of experiments; and probability and probability distributions.
Bioethics is by no means the exclusive domain of philosophers, but our approach is philosophical. Our debates about health-related ethical dilemmas are therefore framed by deeper, more fundamental questions about right action and justice. We also aim to develop philosophical skills, ones that have applications beyond the particular problems we consider this term, to a broad range of issues. The central skills we seek to develop are these: understanding ethical problems by clarifying key questions and concepts, identifying and reconstructing arguments from passages of text, assessing arguments, articulating and defending your own consistent response to an ethical problem.
Bioethics is a survey of moral theories and their application to dilemmas and controversies in medicine, biological research, and issues of life and death. Topics include abortion, euthanasia, justice in the distribution of health care, the human genome project, cloning, and the AIDS epidemic. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
This course is a survey of the drama, poetry, and prose of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. This course covers some of the best and best-known works from the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods of British literature. You will study not only how and what writers from each period wrote, but why they wrote what they did. Gaining insight into the historical and social contexts of these periods will help you appreciate the works you like least—and will help you articulate better the qualities of the works you love.
ENGL 121 is a seminar course focusing on later British literature. Students learn methods of literary study and writing about literature.
ENGL 120 is a survey of English literature from about 1385 to 1745. It considers the main historical, philosophical, and aesthetic currents at work during the period, and studies the effects of these currents on a number of great literary works. It also helps students develop critical-thinking skills so they might increase their understanding and appreciation of all literature. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
MATH 152 is an introductory survey of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on techniques and applications of interest for business and the social sciences. This is a terminal course and not adequate preparation for MATH 232. A student cannot receive credit for this course after receiving credit for MATH 231. Students who plan to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill’s business school may have to take an OR (Operations Research) class instead of MATH 152 (these students should check with an advisor).
Calculus of Functions of One Variable I is a first semester course in differential and integral calculus. Students will learn limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions of one variable. Student will need a scientific calculator with graphing capabilities.
Calculus of the elementary transcendental functions, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, Taylor’s formula, infinite series.
Child development is characterized by an increase in biological, behavioral, and intellectual complexity. In this course, we seek to understand how new capabilities emerge in each of these domains, and how they change from infancy to adulthood. Consider changes that take place in self-concept. What accounts for these changes? In this course, we will explore the theories, methods, and research findings that aim to answer this and similar questions about child development.
The purpose of HLTH 4305 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding a class management plan and appropriate responses to behaviors in a classroom setting. The course introduces strategies in teaching and managing behavior in K–12 classrooms, and is designed to provide a general understanding of a variety of behavior management techniques, theories, and strategies for effectively teaching in a classroom or related clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on designing positive learning environments and selecting and implementing behavior management strategies. Students will make decisions about pedagogical rationale, methodology, knowledge base, and the learner.
This course covers topics in analytical mechanics using vector operators and differential equations.
This course addresses the many ways our communication--including language, discourse, performance, and media--reflects, creates, sustains, and transforms prevailing social and cultural practices.
CSC 115 offers an overview of computer science and an introduction to programming. This course involves a high level programming language and the topics covered are data types, expressions, assignment, selection, repetition, and function. Students will develop computer programs in a structured language.
In this course, we will identify and explore some cultural, social, ethical, and economic issues that arise from our use of information and computing technologies. We’ll read about, discuss, and apply some ethical theories, including those of contemporary thinkers and scholars in the field of information and computing ethics. Our basic areas of inquiry will include intellectual property and digital rights management; media representations of computers and information technology; privacy and security; technologies of friendship, gaming, virtual worlds, avatars, and identity; net neutrality; enabling technologies; and artificial intelligence.
Contemporary Literature is a freshman and sophomore elective, open to juniors and seniors. This course studies the literature of the present generation. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
This online studio course investigates concepts and strategies of two-dimensional image making. Introduces design elements of visual language (line, shape, value, texture, color). Considers the cultural codes that accompany visual information and how they combine with organizational structures to determine a variety of effects, influence responses, and inform meaning. Foundation requirement for studio majors.
This course explores the history of the genre, its significant performers, songwriters, songs, and cultural identity from 1922 to the present. Following a loose chronology, we will trace the evolution of specific musical styles and investigate issues related to culture, performance practice, transmission, and reception. Extensive listening assignments will introduce the distinct musical styles, voices, and performers that comprise the genre. Reading assignments cover the relationship of country music to American popular culture, historical representation, and authenticity. This course will critically evaluate country music's musical content and contemporary cultural role; the primary texts for our investigation are the songs themselves.
This course is an introduction to the sociological study of crime. This course concentrates on the social facts of crime, such as the criminal justice system and the structure of economic inequality, as well as social processes, such as the development of criminal identities through interactions with criminals. We also discuss the environments in which people are embedded, with particular attention to the disruptive settings of the American urban underclass. Finally, we discuss several important sociological theories concerning crime and their implications for public policy.
Introduction to the sociological study of crime. This course concentrates on the social facts of crime, such as the development of the criminal justice system and the structure of economic inequality, as well as social processes, such as the development of criminal identities through interactions with criminals. We also discuss the environments in which people are embedded, with particular attention to the disruptive settings of the American urban underclass. Finally, we discuss several important sociological theories concerning crime and their implications for public policy.
A course on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people and how to construct arguments. Topics include argument reconstruction, informal logic, fallacies, introductory formal logic, probabilistic reasoning.
Cultural anthropology studies the social and cultural behavior of contemporary societies and cultures all over the world, and it is comparative and broad in scope. Cross-cultural comparison lies at the heart of its scientific methodology.
Introduction to basic paradigms of thinking about cultural difference, encouraging students to examine how these paradigms shape how we think, act, and imagine ourselves/others as members of diverse cultures.
The purpose of this course is to study theories of development, to become familiar with the normal sequence of development (physical, intellectual, emotional, social and personality), and to gain knowledge of the psychological characteristics of different periods during the human life cycle.
This particular course will take a lifespan approach and will focus on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that are evident at various life stages (infancy, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, late adulthood, and dying and death). This course will also offer an opportunity to think critically and formulate written responses to relevant developmental issues.
The Discrete Mathematics course serves as a transition from computational to more theoretical mathematics. Topics are from the foundations of mathematics: logic, set theory, relations and functions, induction, permutations and combinations, and recurrence.
This is a self-contained course—the online lectures serve as the text. However, you are required to have a calculator with the combinatorial functions (permutations and combinations), either a scanner to scan handwritten pages or an equation editor to use with your word processor and a browser that is capable of displaying mathematical notation (MathML).
The primary focus of this course is to introduce the complex social, psychological, pharmacological, cultural, and political aspects of drug use, abuse, dependency, treatment and education. The methods, materials, and theories of drug abuse prevention in the school and community will be presented.
Early Modern European History, 1450-1815 provides a comprehensive introduction to the social, economic, political, intellectual, and diplomatic history of Europe between 1450 and 1815. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education requirements.
This course emphasizes the importance of sociological perspectives in understanding and explaining economic activities such as shopping at global retailers, hiring an employee, or obtaining a bank loan to start a business. Presents a diverse set of perspectives on economic sociology while covering some of the most significant and promising areas of research in the field. It focuses on six main perspectives: institutions and institutionalism, social networks and social capital, cognition and decision-making processes, power, inequality based on race and gender, and consumption patterns, social class, and social groups.
This course introduces the essential elements of French structure and vocabulary and aspects of French and francophone culture. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed in that order.
Italian 101 students acquire elementary communication skills through a systematic introduction to the basic grammatical patterns and vocabulary of the Italian language. A cultural component ties into the grammatical content. While reading and writing will be emphasized, tape recordings will also make it possible for the student to practice listening and speaking. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements. Students must have access to a CD player and a cassette recorder.
Italian 102 students develop communication skills through a continuation of the systematic introduction to the basic grammatical patterns and vocabulary begun in ITAL 101. A cultural component ties into the grammatical content. While reading and writing will be emphasized, tape recordings will also make it possible for the student to practice listening and speaking. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements. Students must have access to a CD player and a cassette recorder.
SWAH 401 introduces the essential elements of Kiswahili structure and vocabulary and aspects of African cultures. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed.
Latin 101 introduces the important vocabulary, grammatical structure, and reading skills that are necessary to understand and appreciate the Latin language, culture, and literature. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements. Cassette tape player required.
The Elementary Latin course (LATN 102) introduces the important vocabulary, grammatical structure, and reading skills that are necessary to understand and appreciate the Latin language, culture, and literature. Students will submit 23 assignments throughout the duration of the course. UNC-Chapel Hill is the credit-granting institution.
This is the first semester of an introductory course in Macedonian language. The course covers pronunciation, structure of language, and reading in modern Macedonian.
This course introduces the essential elements of Spanish structure and vocabulary and cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed in that order.
An introduction to the essential elements of Spanish structure, vocabulary, and aspects of Hispanic culture. SPAN 101 focuses on basic conjugation and grammar, conversational expressions, and the present tenses. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed.
This course continues the study of the essential elements of Spanish structure, vocabulary, and the cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed in that order.
Elementary Spanish (SPAN 102) continues the introduction to the essential elements of Spanish structure, vocabulary, and aspects of Hispanic culture. This course focuses on grammar, conversational expressions, vocabulary, and presents the past and perfect tenses and the subjunctive mood. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed. Students submit 9 assigments throughout the duration of the course. UNC-Chapel Hill is the credit-granting institution.
ENGL 0 is a basic course in English that presupposes no previous study of either composition or grammar. Its purpose is to increase awareness of language, to provide skills necessary for effective writing, and to clarify common trouble spots in grammar and mechanics. The course is flexible enough to serve students just beginning high school, someone needing a college preparatory refresher course, or adults seeking a review of fundamental English for their own satisfaction.
English History Since 1688 studies the Hanoverians, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic era, the Industrial Revolution, and the great social and economic changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as England changed from a laissez-faire economy to a welfare state. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
MATH 551 is the critical study of basic notions and models of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries: order, congruence, and distance.
This course covers the emergence of Western civilization from Greek antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century.
This course is designed to establish a basic understanding of European government, business, and economic systems, and to lay a foundation for future study in the field. The course will focus on relevant themes and concepts—not specific countries.
Students learn how the body responds to exercise, both during a single bout and during repeated exercise training. These principles will help students understand the physiologic rationale of exercise training programs for athletes as well as for providing exercise prescriptions for those with health risks.
This course introduces students to the sociological perspective on the American family. Both theoretical literature on family and the research process are covered, but the primary focus of the course is on encouraging critical thinking skills in studying and reading about family. Contemporary novels and articles assist students in learning to interweave the emotional experience of family (their own) with the scientific analysis of family (a social institution).
Family and Society introduces students to the sociological perspective on the American family. Both theoretical literature on family and the research process are covered, but the primary focus of the course is on encouraging critical thinking skills in studying and reading about family. Contemporary novels and articles assist students in learning to interweave the emotional experience of family (their own) with the scientific analysis of family (a social institution). Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
In every moment of every day, organizations and bureaucracies affect life in countless subtle and obvious ways. In our post-industrial Western society, formal organizations order our lives and fulfill our needs. Despite their immense influence, most understandings of organizations are vague, shallow, and unspecific. This course aims to provide you with a thorough sociological understanding of organizations. We will look at where organizations come from, how they change, and how they die. We will examine the ways organizations are structured, the ways they act, and the relationships between individuals in organizations, between individuals and organizations, and between organizations. A critical and rigorous understanding of organizations and organizational behavior underpins our understanding of the world around us. This course will give you the tools to apprehend organizational forms and processes at work in your life and in your world.
BUS 5001 is a study of the statistical tools used to analyze business and economic problems. The focus is on descriptive statistics, the concepts of probability, discrete probability distributions, and continuous probability distributions.
This course introduces students to the microeconomic environment of business decision making. Topics include modeling markets with supply and demand analysis and the influence of price, production, cost, and technology on the firms’ decisions.
BUS 5004 is an introduction to the financial concepts needed for the management of a business firm. Topics covered include the time value of money, bond and stock valuation, capital budgeting, and financial statement analysis.
This course teaches the basics in organizational behavior theory, which is a necessary foundation for coursework in any Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The general pedagogical approach consists of attaining basic knowledge in the following content areas of organizational behavior: the individual in the organization, groups in the organization and the organization system.
BUS 5002 covers the accounting cycle used to produce financial statements, and methods of accounting for merchandising businesses (those who sell goods).
This course covers the basic principles in marketing. It can serve as a refresher course for students who have not taken a marketing course recently, or as a basic introduction to the topic for those who have never taken a marketing course. The course entails a broad coverage of the controllable strategic variables of marketing (product, price, place, and promotion) in the context of the uncontrollable environment in which marketing operates, accompanied by discussions of the ethical implications of marketing and the growing demographic diversity and globalization of the marketplace.
This course covers fundamental ideas in economics: scarcity, substitution, opportunity cost, marginal analysis, gross domestic product, real and nominal magnitudes, supply and demand analysis, microeconomic analysis of pricing in competitive and noncompetitive markets. It also covers macroeconomic analysis of production, employment, the price level, and inflation; monetary and fiscal policy and the stabilization of the economy; comparative advantage and international trade. Credit will not be given for both EC 205 and either EC 201 or ARE 201. Credit will not be given for both EC 205 and EC 202.
Fundamentals of Music I covers the musical building blocks of pitch, melody, rhythm, meter, harmony, and form, along with the notation system used in Western art music. Students will explore these materials in both a written and an aural form, developing skills in each domain. This course will be helpful for students who wish to read and write conventional musical notation; to understand the concepts and systems behind music they play, sing, and hear; and to prepare for further academic studies in music theory, composition, or performance.
Because all human populations across the world have some things in common and some things that differ, the focus of this course will be to make analytical distinctions among gender ideologies across global societies. By evaluating the "other," the class will address how human behaviors, including traditions and customs associated with gender, are transmitted through cultural learning. Writing assignments and exams will critically examine the ethnocentrism of gender, the attitude that the arbitrary conventions of how one's own culture defines gender roles are “correct” or “natural,” and that all other cultural patterns are immoral or unnatural.
Topics covered in this course include measurements in the metric system and temperature conversions; the nature of atoms, molecules, and ions; chemical calculations using chemical formulas and equations; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms; properties of elements; chemical bonding and the shapes of molecules; and an introduction to organic molecules. This course does not include lab. Meets UNCG General Education requirements.
Topics covered in General Chemistry II include rates of reactions, chemical equilibria, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, spontaneity criteria for reactions, electrochemical cells, redox reactions, and coordination compounds. Meets UNCG General Education requirements. This course does not include lab.
Topics covered in General Descriptive Chemistry I include measurements in the metric system and temperature conversions; the nature of atoms, molecules, and ions; chemical calculations using chemical formulas and equations; thermochemistry; electronic structure of atoms; properties of elements; chemical bonding and the shapes of molecules; and an introduction to organic molecules. This course does not include lab. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Topics covered in General Descriptive Chemistry II include rates of reactions, chemical equilibria, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, spontaneity criteria for reactions, electrochemical cells, redox reactions, and coordination compounds. This course does not include lab. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
General Physics I is a self-paced online course that presents the physical principles of mechanics and thermal physics that apply in our day-to-day lives as well as everywhere in the universe. Students gain practice and appreciation for problem-solving and thinking skills applicable to other fields of inquiry outside of physics. While the material in this course is largely conceptual, an understanding of the concepts requires a significant amount of problem solving. This course requires a working understanding of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vector mathematics. It does not include the lab component.
General Physics 103 is an algebra-based college course in general physics. It is the second course in a two-course sequence that covers all the basic areas of physics including electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. In addition to presenting the various physical principles that apply in the areas of physics, the courses develop skills in thinking through problems, applying basic principles, expressing problems in mathematical terms and equations, solving mathematical equations to obtain numerical results, and expressing and comparing those numerical results with experimental results. The problem-solving skills you learn here can often be applied to other areas of intellectual inquiry outside of physics. High school teachers can take this course as PHYS 425 under special arrangement with the instructor.You will be required to complete the online work, final exam, and a term paper. This course does not include the lab component which can be taken during a later semester if the student is admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill. This online course is not open to UNC-Chapel Hill students.
This course is structured to provide you with an overview of the many areas of the rapidly changing science of psychology. No prerequisite is required, and no prior knowledge of psychology is assumed. This survey course will introduce you to many of the underlying principles and approaches believed to guide human behavior, including biological factors, learning, memory, social cognition, intelligence, emotion, and personality.
The Global Issues course is a survey of international social, political, and cultural patterns in selected societies of Africa, Asia, America, and Europe, stressing comparative analysis of twentieth-century conflicts and change in different historical contexts.
This course is a study of modern English grammar (traditional, structural, and transformational) with special attention to such current problems as the confusion of grammatical terminology, attacks on traditional rules, and conflict between prescriptive and descriptive grammar. The course is designed for prospective English teachers, but others may take it.
The English 313 course is a study of modern English grammar (traditional, structural and transformational) with special attention to such current problems as the confusion of grammatical terminology, attacks on traditional rules, and conflict between prescriptive and descriptive grammar. The course is designed for prospective English teachers, but others may take it.
This course offers students a survey of mutually supportive developments of literature and the visual arts from classical antiquity until around 1700.
Health Education in the Elementary School is an introduction to the content and methods of health education. The course will survey basic wellness issues such as nutrition, fitness, sexuality, drug abuse, stress management, death and dying, and communicable and chronic diseases. The theory and practice of health education programs at the elementary level is studied and discussed, including the use of a variety of methods and the development of relevant materials. This course has no final exam.
A History of American Business is an introduction to the economic and business history of the United States, from the time of colonization to the present. The course has a broad focus, dealing mainly with general economic, political, and social changes, but also covering key individuals and institutional developments. Although it is designed as an advanced course for students of both history and business, it is suitable for any student with a basic grasp of the broader contours of American history.
This course is a general introduction to the history of Western art, its ancestry, and its heritage. It is designed for the beginning student, and assumes no previous experience in art or art history. In addition to introducing many of the major surviving monuments of painting, sculpture, metalwork, and architecture from circa 2500 BC to circa 1300 CE, this course will teach the fundamental skills of visual analysis and provide you with vocabulary and concepts for discussing works of art. No less important, the enormous geographical range and long time span covered by the course provide a unique opportunity for investigating the relation between works of art and the varied cultures in which they were produced. As much as learning about creative thinking and skills, understanding human cultural diversity is a major goal of our education.
History of Western Art II is the second part of a two-part survey course that covers Western art from the Renaissance to Modern art. ART 151 is not a prerequisite for ART 152, but all UNC-Chapel Hill art history majors must take both courses. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
This course covers world civilization from 1500 to the present, surveying the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of European, American, African, and Asian societies. Particular attention will be devoted to the growth of nationalism, the age of revolution, achievements in science and art, the effects of European colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and the causes and results of the First World War, Second World War, the Cold War, and post-Cold War.
The study of the structure of the human body with special emphasis on the musculoskeletal, articular, and nervous systems.
This course builds on the short story writing skills introduced in ENGL 130. Exercises allow students to develop the beginning, middle, and end of stories; to work with imagery; and to listen for their own voice and style. In addition to these exercises, students write two complete short stories and revise one.
The Intermediate Fiction Writing course builds on the short story writing skills introduced in ENGL 130. Exercises allow students to develop the beginning, middle, and end of stories, to work with imagery, and to listen for their own voice and style. In addition to these exercises, students write two complete short stories and revise one. NOTE: Because of the creative nature of the work in this course, both on the part of the student and the instructor, students should not take it under pressure of receiving credit by a specific deadline. This course has no final exam. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Italian 203 develops your skills in the four areas of grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation. You will review some of the grammatical structures you learned in your second-semester Italian course and learn a few new ones. Readings include essays on many aspects of Italian culture, including food, holidays, music, information technology, American influence, and social problems. You will also read a collection of short stories by a famous Italian author. The readings will help you expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Italian 204 further develops your skills in the four areas of grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation. You will review some of the grammatical structures you learned in your second and third semester Italian courses as well as learn new ones. Readings include essays on aspects of Italian culture such as fashion, film, games, lifestyles, and immigration. You will also read stories by two famous Italian authors. The readings will help you learn more about Italian literature, history, and contemporary culture, and provide a context for much of the grammar. They will also help you expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Intermediate Microeconomics studies the functioning of the market economy, role of prices in determining the allocation of resources, the functioning of the firm in the economy, and forces governing the production and consumption of economic goods. Credit is not allowed for both EC (ARE) 301 and 401.
Intermediate Spanish 203 is an introduction to representative literary works and study of the finer points of Spanish structure. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Intermediate Spanish 204 provides a thorough examination of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture through a study of representative cultural readings, songs, and literary texts of fourteen Latin American countries. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are interwoven with interesting cultural material with the ultimate goal of improving students’ communication skills in Spanish. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
This course continues the study of the elements of Spanish structure, vocabulary, and the cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed.
The primary goal of Spanish for Health Professionals is to improve your communication skills in Spanish so that you will be a better health care provider to your current and future patients and clients. Communication in a health care setting involves much more than just speaking a common language, however. In order to provide adequate care, you must also understand your patients' and clients' culture and their reactions to receiving health care. As such, Spanish for the Health Professionals focuses on improving your aural and oral communication skills within the context of Latino immigrant culture in health care settings.
The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the central concepts of and analytical approaches to the study of international politics, apply those ideas to historical and current international events, and provide students with a foundation of basic knowledge and skills that will enable them to analyze and digest information about international issues outside of the context of the class.
The objectives of this course are to: acquaint you with the African environment, its peoples, their culture, past, and contemporary society; and develop an appreciation for African civilization, a civilization that has made a major contribution to American society.
This is an introductory course that will explore the following topics: charting the heavens, the Copernican Revolution, radiation, spectroscopy, telescopes, the solar system, the formation of planetary systems, the Sun, measuring the stars, star formation, stellar evolution, stellar explosions, neutron stars and black holes, the Milky Way galaxy, normal galaxies, cosmology, the early Universe, and life in the Universe.
This lab uses exercises and elementary calculations to illustrate methods used in astronomy. Students are required to rent a lab kit for this course. The refundable rental fee is $90 plus postage. WebAssign, a homework management system, is needed for this course. Students must purchase a WebAssign access code (available from Friday Center Books & Gifts or at the WebAssign site when class begins).
This course focuses on selected aspects of communication studies. This course will cover the role of communication in technology, culture, and society. The course moves historically, exploring the cultural impact of technology in the mid-1800s (telegraph), the early 1900s (film, telephone), World War II (commercial radio, television), and the 1960s (transnational information technologies, computer, VCR, walkman). The second half of the course focuses on the current implications of the Internet for democracy, privacy, community, art, entertainment and other concepts central to US society and culture.
This course begins with a look at how cultural anthropologists study cultural settings around the world, and considers the questions of what culture is (as well as what culture is not) and why language is so important. The course also includes an examination of the role of political systems and forms of exchange in cultural variation; a review of how different people are grouped according to social status, including race, gender, class, and age; a look at how religion and ideology play an important role in the conceptualization of culture and our place in the world; and an exploration of the many manifestations of marriage and family across cultures.
This course introduces students to digital photography. Students are encouraged to be in control of their cameras and technology, to develop an artistic style moving beyond the snapshot, and to learn to describe and critique work with a command of digital and artistic vocabulary.
This course introduces students to fiction writing through novels and short stories by Hemingway, Faulkner, Wharton, Baldwin, Ellison, Oates, Erdich, Morrison, and others.
ENGL 123 introduces students to novels and shorter fiction by Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Faulkner, Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Joyce, and others.
This course examines the basic techniques of fiction, with related writing exercises involving elements such as point of view, characterization, and dialogue. The course includes discussion of student exercises and readings in short fiction.
This is a general introduction to government and politics in the United States. We will examine government from both normative and empirical perspectives. How should our government function, and how does it function in reality? As a society, how close have we come to the ideal of a representative democracy in which citizens are informed, politically active, and heard on an equal basis? How can we move closer to that ideal? We will attempt to answer these questions through the study of American political institutions and political behavior.
This course provides guidance in the historical, geographical, and faith contexts, as well as the literary art involved in the production and crafting of this great literature. The course helps students understand the Hebrew scriptures, which have been a source of enjoyment, inspiration, and spiritual direction for centuries.
An introduction to communication theory, research and practice in a variety of interpersonal and organizational contexts. This course examines the role of communication in both personal and professional relationships.
This course is a survey of the many aspects of human language, including the history of language, similarities and differences among languages, language and culture, dialects, writing systems, child language acquisition, animal "languages," the use of computers in analyzing languages, and linguistic methods used to describe and relate languages.
Symbolic logic is the study of certain precisely specified formal languages. In this course we will study these languages and their applications. Symbolic logic has proven to be extremely useful in a number of different disciplines. First, they are helpful in the study of good and valid reasoning. We will use these formal languages to study valid and invalid forms of reasoning, and how to distinguish them. Secondly, symbolic logic is useful in the study of natural languages, and we will see some illustrative examples of this. Finally, symbolic logic is crucial for computer science and foundational issues in mathematics. Although these latter two areas quickly get into more advanced topics, we will be able to discuss some highlights of these uses of logic.
This course is an introduction to the critical analysis of film and television. Students become familiar with the concepts on which humanistic understandings--as opposed to social scientific understandings--of media and culture are currently based. The course surveys the filmic, televisual, photographic, musical, and digital texts of which the contemporary international mediascape is composed. Students also study the analytic techniques available for making sense of, appreciating, and taking issue with individual media texts, groupings of media texts, and the overall "media ecology," as understood in their proper cultural and historical contexts.
This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament and to the faith of the early Christian communities. The study focuses on Jewish and Greco-Roman background, the proclamation of the early church, the development of the gospel traditions, the life and ministry of Jesus, the ministry and theology of Paul, developments during the post-Pauline era, and the literature of the Johannine circle.
This course will introduce you to three central problems of philosophy. However, it's important to bear in mind that the problems we'll consider are ultimately questions. Our philosophical investigations will be attempts to answer these questions. 1. Freedom and Determinism: Do I have free will, or are my actions causally determined? 2. Skepticism (summer term omits this topic): Can I know that there's an external world, and if so, how? (How can I be sure that all the images and sounds I perceive are caused by external objects rather than by a dream?) 3. The Mind-Body Problem: What is my nature--am I an immaterial soul, or am I a purely physical being? 4. Personal Identity: What, if anything, makes me the self-same person over time, given that my properties are always changing?
An Introduction to Physiology (PHYI 202) is a course in human physiology exploring physiological processes from molecular to organ systems levels including regulation and interrelationships. In addition, PHYI 202 is a "systems physiology" course covering major physiological organ systems including neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, renal physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, and endocrine physiology.
On completion of this course, you should understand normal body function from molecular to cellular, cellular to tissue, tissue to organ, and organ to organ system levels; understand interrelationships between organ systems; and have acquired sufficient knowledge of the above to begin to understand human disease processes and appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Nearly everyone loves some form of poetry-in a popular song, a sentimental poem found on a greeting card, a patriotic hymn, or a beautifully worded epitaph on a gravestone. It is unlike any other artistic form, and each poem conveys a message that cannot be transmitted any other way. In this course, we explore how poetry creates that meaning. ENGL 125 is, most importantly, about learning how to read, hear, and enjoy poetry.
Survey of basic principles for the understanding of behavior and experience, including development, learning, cognition, biological foundations, perception, motivation, personality, behavior abnormalities, measurement of individual differences, and social processes. The value of scientific observation and experimentation to the development of psychological understanding is emphasized.
This is an introductory course that explores relations between religion and culture through the examination of social theory and the analysis of case studies. The case studies focus on such issues as visual culture, ritual, media, gender, and politics.
This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of the history and development of rock music and its influence on the broader culture of America from the 1950s until today. The study of this music will also allow students to develop their listening skills and a vocabulary with which they can intelligently discuss the music they hear in their daily lives.
This course is designed to provide you with knowledge of a variety of musics from around the world and an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between music and culture. Through this study of musical sounds that may be unfamiliar to you, you will develop listening skills and a descriptive vocabulary that will allow you to engage more deeply with the music that you encounter on a daily basis.
This course will provide you with an overview of how psychologists attempt to discover how we think, feel, and behave. You will be introduced to psychology as a science and to its subdisciplines, and you’ll also learn about its various theoretical orientations, methodologies, and applications to society. Throughout the course you will enhance your understanding of yourself and others by relating the material and applying it to your own life.
This course is an analysis of the variety of traditions used in the first two centuries to portray Jesus, focusing on the reasons for this variety, and the historical and literary problems it presents.
This is an introductory level course to a prominent subject in cultural anthropology—how local cultures respond to increasing global pressures. Using a wide array of examples from different cultures around the world, this course will encourage students to think critically about the current world order. Completing this course will help students understand key concepts anthropologists use to examine the tension between local and global interests, critique many standard assumptions about cultural diversity and modernity, and increase their awareness of hidden prejudices and the ways that inequalities operate on a global scale.
This course is a study of major American authors, mainly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Authors include Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Whitman, Thomas Pynchon, and others. Through the readings, we will focus on exploring questions of individualism in America--the quest for self-knowledge, self-expression, and personal freedom.
The course provides an introduction to management accounting, a field of business that develops the financial and nonfinancial information necessary to effectively manage the organization. Management accounting is a field in transition, moving from a procedural focus on stewardship accounting to a strategic focus on the use of accounting to facilitate the business success of the enterprise--for manufacturing or service firms. Also, the concepts of management accounting are increasingly applied to government and not-for-profit organizations, to help them succeed in their service missions to be responsible to the citizens and funding agencies.
In this course, the student will be introduced to the sociological perspective on the American family. Both theoretical literature on family and the research process are covered, but the primary focus of the course is on encouraging critical thinking skills in studying and reading about family. Contemporary novels and articles assist students in learning to interweave the emotional experience of family (their own) with the scientific analysis of family (a social institution).
The goal of the Medical Word Formation and Etymology course is to give you access to the imposing language of the medical profession. It will acquaint you with the elements from which most medical terms are formed—roots taken from Greek and Latin, which were the languages of doctors and philosophers from the time of Hippocrates.
Meeting and Convention Management studies the many issues impacting the management of large and small conventions, meetings, and events. Topics include meeting site selection, program planning and budgeting, legal issues and insurance problems, housing, food and beverage arrangements, transportation, exposition management, and audiovisual services.
People living in the United States today have formed similar or shared opinions about the nature of human beings, what liberty and equality mean, what the ends of government should be, and, given those ends, how government ought to be structured. Few dispute, for example, the United States' philosophical commitment to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all of its citizens. Far from being isolated in time, however, these opinions are shaped by a long history of scholars thinking and writing about politics—we are the heirs to this tradition of modern political thought. The purpose of this course will be to learn about that inheritance.
Through a chronological exploration of style periods in Western music, this course will increase students' appreciation for the music they already know and love. Students learn to aurally recognize and comprehend the various elements of music that define style, genre, and period, and develop the vocabulary to discuss them. The course also gives an overview of some popular and traditional world music.
North Carolina History Since 1865 is designed to broaden your understanding of North Carolina from many perspectives, including those of race, class, and gender. This course is based less on dates and famous people, and more on a broader examination of how social, political, and economic changes have affected North Carolinians since the Civil War.
Perspectives in the Theatre at UNC provides a survey of the interrelationships of acting, directing, designing, and playwriting through the study of major periods of theatrical expression and representative plays. The course strives to equip the student with a common vocabulary and understanding of the concepts utilized in the study and collaborative work of the theatre.
DRAM 120 is the first course in the major and the minor in dramatic art. It emphasizes development of the skill to analyze plays for academic and production purposes through the intensive study of representative plays.
This course is designed to hone students’ skills in understanding how plays work—essential knowledge for theatre practitioners, but illuminating for any spectator or reader of drama. The ultimate goal is to develop the capacity to look at any play and get to know it on its own terms before bringing the power of interpretation to take the script from “page to stage.”
Students will study intensely five classics of the Western dramatic canon, using the texts to help peer more deeply into the principles of dramatic storytelling. Students will choose one of two modern plays and apply the skills learned to an individual project that involves both critical analysis and creative interpretation.
This course explores the historical, social, political, and cultural significances of popular music as a communicative practice in the United States from 1950 to the present.
Precalculus Mathematics covers the basic concepts of trigonometry and analytic geometry, including trigonometric functions and their graphs, relationships, and applications. Basic analytical geometry topics include the conics, translations, rotations, and basic vector geometry. A student may not receive credit for this course after receiving credit for MATH 231. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Principles of Biology is an introduction to the fundamental principles of biology, including cell structure, chemistry and function, genetics, evolution, adaptation, and ecology. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements. This course does not include lab.
Public Relations in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry deals with the many issues impacting the management of large and small conventions, meetings, and events. Topics include meeting site selection, program planning and budgeting, legal issues and insurance problems, housing, food and beverage arrangements, transportation, exposition management, and audiovisual services.
This course is designed to introduce you to the topic of race and ethnic relations from a sociological perspective. The first unit of the course is devoted to becoming aware and conscious of the place and importance of race and ethnicity in our culture. The second unit addresses brief histories of the relationships between and among different racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and, more importantly, the conditions under which those relationships originated and developed. The third unit addresses institutional discrimination by discussing different aspects of how racial and ethnic relationships develop (or not) within the context of social institutions such as the family, education, the economy, the government, and even the media and entertainment.
Description and analysis of social aspects of the American South. Emphasis is on recent development and its effects on institutions and culture.
This is an introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present.
This course is an Introduction to and application of the processes that can be used in seeking information, evaluating the quality of the information retrieved, and synthesizing the information into a useful form.
This course provides a review of basic algebra. Basic algebraic expressions, functions, exponents and logarithms are included with an emphasis on problem solving. Assumes student has had Algebra I and II and Geometry in high school. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
COMM 170 examines the basic nature and importance of rhetoric and argumentation. Attention is devoted to interpreting the persuasive function of texts and their relation to modern forms of life.
ENGL 225 is a survey of representative comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances by William Shakespeare. Learning
As an introductory course in microsociology, this course looks closely at social interaction, rather than focusing on the abstractions of social structure examined by most macrosociology courses. We will go "inside social life" to explore the ways that people create, make sense of, reproduce, and/or challenge the meaning and experience of everyday life. We will use a theoretical perspective known as symbolic interactionism, which views humans as continually engaged in the process of seeking and creating meaning through interaction with others. Our starting point will be the social construction of "the self." However, we move on through the course, we will give increasing attention to the ways that individual action both shapes and is shaped by social contexts and institutional structures. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to provoke thought about what we take for granted as "natural" about the social order of everyday life, in order that we may think more critically about the ways our own social interactions both reinforce and challenge the cultural practices and social institutions that constrain those very interactions.
This course consists of the analysis of social structure and stratification in terms of class, status, prestige, and rank. Attention is given to the social roles of elites, professionals, the middle class, the working class, and to comparative topics.
This course is an introduction to sociology as a discipline that includes study of differences and equality, social structure and institutions, culture, social change, individuals and populations, and social psychology.
This sociological perspectives course is designed to introduce students to the essentials of contemporary sociology. It asks two basic questions: (1) What holds society together? and (2) How are individuals related to society? The course explores answers to these questions through the study of the specific substantive fields of sociology.
This course is a study of theoretical perspectives in sociology, their relation to contemporary social issues, and their roots in classical social thought. Required for sociology majors.
This course examines the uniqueness of the sociological perspective in understanding mental health and illness. It draws upon various fields to explain mental illness in as broad a social context as possible. It focuses on how social factors influence definitions and perceptions of illness.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the politics of state and local governments through the prism of political science. At the course's conclusion, students should be able to identify and discuss the operation of major political actors and institutions common to many political situations in the American states and their constituent subdivisions. Moreover, students should develop a reasonably comprehensive framework to analyze and understand political systems and information that may fall beyond the scope of this course. As such, this course will encompass a basic introduction to the field of political science. This material will also serve as an important foundation for students who pursue more advanced studies in political science.
This course studies the state and local governments within the context of the American federal system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government.
String Processing Languages is designed to teach students Perl as a scripting language. After completing this course, students should be comfortable with the basic concepts of the language and syntax.
EDCI 201 focuses on the interdisciplinary application of various foundations of education fields--philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, comparative and international education, educational studies, educational policy studies--to the purposes of professional preparation of teachers and other school personnel. More specifically, the course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of educators working in K-12 school settings where they encounter a wide range of teaching and learning issues related to schools and society.
Teaching Stress Management and Emotional Health will explore the factors associated with the development of emotional health and the management of stress as a basis for understanding the healthy personality. Emphasis will be directed towards teaching stress management and emotional health within an educational setting. Practical aspects of health education and program planning will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to deepen their commitment to effective teaching by applying the principles of self-esteem building, behavior self-management, communication, and accessing appropriate resources. This course has no final exam.
This course introduces students to the recent history of the Middle East and compares the Middle East to the United States.
AST 103 is a descriptive introduction to our solar system from a historical and evolutionary perspective.
The purpose of this class is to learn about historical developments in the post-World War II era and appreciate the historical roots of these issues. The class materials are designed to help you develop understanding of the issues you confront daily and improve critical thinking and ability to present and defend a position. You will be required to use the discussion forum to raise questions and to respond to issues raised by the instructor and other class participants. Since this class is also part of the multi-cultural curriculum, you will compare your assumptions and experiences with those of other cultures.
The World Since 1945 provides an introduction to the social, economic, and political history of the world since 1945. The course focuses on international problems and on case studies of individual countries. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Word Formation and Etymology is an introduction to the Latin and Greek elements that make up over half the vocabulary of the English language. It is designed to improve vocabulary skills, promote precision of expression in writing and speaking, and increase the student's appreciation of the historical developments of his or her language. Meets UNC-Chapel Hill General Education Requirements.
Writing for Business and Industry is designed to help you learn basic strategies and skills for responding to a variety of communication situations, write responsibly, professionally, and ethically, realize the importance of creative problem-solving, and recognize the needs of your multiple and diverse audiences. The course has no final exam.
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