Summer Session 2019

Courses run during three sessions from May 20 until August 16 unless noted otherwise.  

All Merrimack College students should register through myMack.

Tuition for summer session is $375 per credit. All lab courses are $420 per credit. See tuition and fees

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Summer I: May 20- June 28, 2019  Summer II: July 8 - August 16, 2019  Summer III: May 20 - August 16, 2019

Courses Offered

Business

Accounting

 ACC3304C-A Intermediate Accounting II 

  • Instructor: MJ Potvin | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

The second course in the Intermediate Accounting sequence. The central theme of the course is financial accounting and the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) by which it is governed. The objective of the course is to allow students to develop a sophisticated comprehension of GAAP, its underlying theories, and corresponding practices, procedures, and techniques employed in their application. Intermediate Accounting II concentrates on student application to sources of economic resources (liabilities and equity). Prerequisite(s): ACC 3303.

Management

 


  • BUS2220C-A Operations Management 
  • Instructor: Bruce Han | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: M/W 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM

The course is designed to provide students majoring in business administration with an overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of operations management (OM). The focus of operations in the process of converting or transforming resources into products and services. The principal responsibilities of operations managers lie in making sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of both manufacturing and service organizations. The process of planning, implementing and monitoring the production allows operations managers to continuously improve in providing high-quality goods and services at low cost thereby adding more value for the customer. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213. Fulfills X in LS Core.  Four hours a week.


  • BUS4402C-A Strategic Analysis & Decision Making 
  • Instructor: Martin Chatterton | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: M 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM

BUS4402 is a capstone course that exposes students to issues that concern the firm as a whole. Through the use of “real-world” case studies and sophisticated practitioner journal articles, students will be called upon to grapple with such strategic issues as sizing up an organization’s standing in the marketplace, differentiating between winning and mediocre strategies, and spotting ways to improve a company’s strategy execution. In this course, student teams will meet with the teaching team one hour per week to discuss their analysis of the assigned readings and cases. Prerequisite: BUS1100 and all required BUS2xxx courses. Fulfills X in LS Core. Four hours a week.

 


  • MGT3325C-A Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Instructor: Linda Richelson | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Ethics and Social Responsibility provides students with opportunities to examine the meaning of business ethics and the social responsibility of business in light of the numerous high profile challenges that managers faced in the past several years. We will focus on ethical leadership and the management of conflicting values confronting business leaders on a daily basis, as well as the more global issue of balancing principles of good business with principles of ethical behavior in various cultures. Students will participate in a significant service-learning project in this course. Four hours a week.


  • MGT3330C-A Legal Environment of Business
  • Instructor: Augusta G. Dickson | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the general framework of the legal environment in which twenty-first-century business is expected to operate.  The primary objective is to acquaint students with the many practical legal issues they should be cognizant of and are likely to encounter throughout their business careers.  Class discussion will emphasize current court case decisions of the state and federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court as appropriate.  Students will appreciate how the law is integrated into the development of strategic business decisions.  Primary course topics will be drawn from the following business law categories:  1. Government Regulation of Business and the Court System 2.  The Law of Contracts, Sales and an Introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) 3. The Law of Torts; Negligence, Strict Liability and Product Liability with some applications to Professional Responsibility  4.  The Law of Agency and Employment 5.  Methods of Business Formation including Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations and Special Business Forms.  Prerequisite:  BUS1100 and Sophomore standing or permission.  Four hours a week.


  • SPM3005C-A Sports Marketing
  • Instructor: Taesoo Ahn | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Marketing is a critical function in the sport organization.  Sport marketing exposes students to the dynamics of marketing a sport organization.  Topics include promotion, public relations, event sponsorship, strategic marketing, consumer behavior, and brand management. Prerequisites: BUS 2205.  Four hours a week.

Education

Criminology

 


  • CRM2500C-A The Death Penalty
  • Instructor: Alicia Malone | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course is a detailed investigation into the legal, moral, religious, historical, economic, biological, social, and political issues involved in the current administration of the death penalty in America and worldwide.  After first examining the history of capital punishment and the arguments pro and con, the course will consider, among others, the following topics: early challenges to the death penalty; different attempts to enact constitutional death penalty policies; the history of the execution of juveniles, the mentally retarded, the insane and the innocent; the role of the jury in capital cases; the effect of race on capital sentencing; and the procedural requirements for capital sentencing trials.  In addition, some course materials may be tailored to the interests of the particular course members.  SOC1001 or SOC3200 or CRM1000 or consent of instructor. Three hours a week.

Health Sciences

Health Sciences

 

  • HSC2300C-C Nutrition, Diet & Health
  • Instructor: Leena Bharath | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Nutrition, Diet and Health will introduce the student to the science of nutrition. The fundamentals of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, and mineral requirements and metabolism will be explained as a basis for the study of the relationship between diet and health in both a personal and global perspective. The impact that human nutrition and industrial agriculture have on environmental quality, food resources and energy consumption will be explored. Nutrition, Diet and Health has a mandatory civic engagement component related to important public and environmental issues in human nutrition, health, and fitness that are considered in the course. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Four hours a week.

 


  • HSC3103C-A Global Public Health
  • Instructor: Matthew Lovett | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Global public health is a study of the biological, socioeconomic and environmental contributors to health and disease in populations around the world. Students will investigate the determinants of health, how health status is measured, and will review the burden of disease, risk factors and approaches to global cooperation to address health problems within and between nations for successful interventions. Specific issues underlying strategies and organization for health care delivery and health services will be discussed and linked to community service projects that aim to develop social responsibility through civic engagement and humanitarian activities. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Four hours a week.


  • HSC3302C-A Intro to Public Health
  • Instructor: Jason Aziz | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Public health aims to understand the occurrence and causes of disease within populations with the goal of prevention and health promotion, through changes in individual behavior, control of infectious disease and environmental health factors, and social and political organization for health improvement. The aim will be to describe the patterns of selected diseases in populations, to explain the causation of disease at the cell/physiological to social levels, to predict disease occurrence and to control disease through prevention strategies aimed at individuals, communities and governments. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement and X in LS Core. Four hours a week.


  • SME1104C-B Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Instructor: Leah K. Poloskey | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course is a survey of the discipline of health and fitness, including knowledge derived from performing physical activity, studying about physical activity, and professional practice centered in physical activity. It includes an analysis of the importance of health and wellness in daily life, the relationship between physical activity and the discipline of kinesiology, and the general effects of physical activity experiences. The course surveys the general knowledge base of the Health Science discipline as reflected in the major sub disciplines and reviews selected concepts in each, showing how they contribute to our understanding of the nature and importance of physical activity. The students will learn about the fitness components of wellness; flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, nutrition, weight management, and cancer. Fitness and other positive lifestyle habits that lead to better health, improved quality of life, and total well-being will be discussed. Students will be responsible for developing a self-paced fitness program that will be followed for the duration of the semester.  In addition, the course introduces students to the general  and specific characteristics of the health and wellness professions. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Four hours a week.

Liberal Arts

Communications

  • COM1020-A Public Communication 
  • Instructor: Brian Zager | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Week: T 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM

This course focuses on the concepts and practices associated with effective public communication. A central aspect of this course entails the mastering of public speaking through the process of researching, preparing, and delivering presentations in a variety of formats (e.g., informative, persuasive, and impromptu). The classroom serves as a laboratory to develop the skills needed for effective public communication. In addition, students will also analyze public speaking events as a means of developing a critical understanding of the public communication process.

 


  • COM2401C-A Introduction to Media
  • Instructor: Melissa Zimdars | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course focuses on the basic principles of mass communication and its historical development. Issues explored include media access, media ethics, media effects, and current trends in the growth of digital and wireless mass communication technologies. Students examine the role of the media industry in reinforcing and challenging dominant values, attitudes, and beliefs central to American culture. An additional feature of the course studies how mass media-created ideals have been disseminated internationally, as well as how media businesses reflect, influence and sometimes defy societal norms. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own independent mass media project. No prerequisite. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.

English

 


  • ENG2050C-A Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Instructor: Joseph Vogel | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course introduces students to such traditional literary genres as fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as newer and emerging forms such as the graphic novel, creative non-fiction, digital storytelling, and film. Emphasis is given to teaching students to read closely and to write analytically. The course also familiarizes students with a variety of interpretive strategies. Students leave the course recognizing the value of close reading and self-conscious interpretation. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL in LS Core. Three hours a week.


  • ENG2150C-A Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Instructor: Emily Duffy-Camparone | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Introduces the main genres of creative writing, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. In addition to producing their own creative forms such as poems, song lyrics, literary memoir, and short stories, students will study the works of contemporary and canonical authors in each genre. Classwork includes the workshopping of both short and longer projects and will culminate in a portfolio of revised work. Fulfills an AL requirement in LS Core.

Fine Arts

 


  • FAA1320C-B History of Rock and Roll
  • Instructor: Paula Bishop | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course covers the history of rock music in Western culture, focusing mainly on British and American contributions to the style. It begins with an overview of the musics that were predecessors of rock, including early blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, continues through the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950, and traces developments throughout the second half of the 20th century and beyond, culminating in a review of current trends. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL and X in LS Core. Three hours a week.

First Year Writing

 

  • FYW1050C-B First Year Writing
  • Instructor: Brenda Hajec | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course examines the rhetorical practices of college-level writing. Emphasizes the interaction of writer, audience, language, purpose, and situation. Fosters an understanding of the ways in which writing, thinking, and learning are related. Sections limited to 15 students each. Intensive concentration during the semester on the student’s own writing examined in class and in conference with the instructor. Either WRT1050 or ENG1050 or FYW1050 satisfy the Institutional requirement in first year writing and fulfills FYW in LS Core. Cannot be taken in addition to ENG1050 or WRT1050. Does not count toward English major or minor. Three hours a week.

History

 

  • WGS3300C-B US Women’s History
  • Instructor: Katina Manko-Mitchell | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

An examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present. A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.


  • HIS1106C-A  U.S. History: From Pre-Contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Instructor: Walker Robins | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Time: T/R 9:30am-12:40pm
  • Summer II
  • 7/8/2019 - 8/16/2019
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This course offers an introduction to American history from the beginning of European expansion through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Drawing upon the methods and insights of social, political, and cultural history, the class lectures and discussions will explore a range of topics, including: the colonial encounter, labor systems, racial formation, the movement for independence and the formation of the American Republic, religion and reform movements, the democratic and market Revolutions, the transformation of gender roles, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Fulfills: H in LS Core

Italian

  • ITA1110C-A Introductory Italian I
  • Instructor: Cinzia DiGiulio | 4 Credits
  • Days/Week: T/W/R 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM

This course is offered for absolute beginners only. This course is not open to heritage speakers or students with any prior study of Italian. Oral-aural proficiency is acquired through speaking and role playing in class plus audio and visual practice outside of class, including internet drills from the Super Site that accompanies the book. Students learn basic strategies for reading and writing in the language. Prerequisite: no Italian classes on High School Transcript. Fulfills FL in LS Core. Three hours a week plus films and other cultural activities outside the classroom.

Philosophy

 


  • PHL2070C-A Environmental Ethics
  • Instructor: Peter Ellard | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Environmental Ethics concerns humanity’s relationship with nature. In addition to questions about our moral obligations to other humans, animals, plants, ecosystems, and future generations, the course will also look at recent work on the Land Ethic, Ecofascism, Deep Ecology, Global Ecocentrism, Ecofeminism, Social Ecology, and Sustainability. We will begin with a brief look at some background texts before turning to philosophical analysis of such contemporary issues as climate change, renewable energy, pollution, and sustainability.
Prerequisite(s): PHL1000.
Fulfills: E in LS Core

Political Science

  • POL1100C-A Politics of the US
  • Instructor: Mary McHugh | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

An introduction to the American political system, this course examines (1) the Constitutional basis of American politics, (2) the national institutions that are involved in decision-making and public debate (for example, the Presidency and the bureaucracy, the Federal Courts, the Congress, political parties, the media), (3) issues that Americans argue about (rights and liberties, economic benefits, foreign policy), and the processes by which those arguments are conducted and resolved (campaigns and elections, administrative action, legislation, lobbying, publicity). Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and X in LS Core. Three hours a week.


 

  • POL3140C-A Mass Media and American Politics
  • Instructor: Harry Wessel | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course examines of the role of the media in shaping political opinions and behavior. The role of the media in setting political agendas and reporting and interpreting political events will be examined. The nature and influence of public opinion in a democratic society will be studied. Sophomore or above standing. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Psychology

 

  • PSY1000C-B Introduction to Psychology
  • Instructor: Amy Clinard | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Provides a general overview of the wide-ranging field of psychology. Students will explore major concepts and issues in the study of human thinking, feeling, and acting. These include biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world, individual differences in behavior, social influence and social relations, the difference between normative and non-normative behavior, and approaches to therapy. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS core. Three hours a week.

 


  • PSY2400C-A Personality
  • Instructor: Dawn Sime | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Introduces classical and contemporary thinking on the concept of ‘personality’. Explores the contributions of several important theoretical frameworks in personality theory including psychoanalysis, phenomenology, trait theory, and learning. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.

 


  • PSY3250C-A Cultural Psychology
  • Instructor: Rob Koegel | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

Analyzes current theories and research on culture, race and ethnicity; and explores the ways in which the individual, social relations and culture mutually constitute each other. The course analyzes the rich interconnections between language and culture, and the role of culture in the construction of self and higher-order psychological processes. Students will examine cultural groups within and outside of the United States. Also includes consideration of cultural issues in the interpretation of personal experience and the role of cultural diversity in contemporary society. Prerequisite: PSY 1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Religious and Theological Studies

 


  • RTS1100C-B Christianity in Context
  • Instructor: Nick DiSalvatore | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core. Three hours a week.


  • RTS3210-A Gender and the Bible
  • Instructor: Anna Choi | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

The course investigates the Bible as a “gendered” text of Christian and Jewish religious history and practice. It introduces students to the pertinent gender theories, primary texts, and scholarly discussions. The course also helps students to develop an understanding about the lasting influences of the Bible on past and present formations of gender as practiced in Western culture, politics, and religion.
Fulfills: Second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. D in LS Core.

Sociology

 

  • SOC3450C-A Sociology of the Family
  • Instructor: Michelle Holliday-Stocking | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Week: N/A

This course provides an overview of the family as a major institution of society using a sociological perspective. The family is studied from both the macro and micro levels with special attention devoted to the significant transformations and changes the family is undergoing in its form and functions. The changing nature of the family is discussed in terms of its effects on us individually as well as the impact the changes are making in society.

The objectives of this course are: (1) to introduce students to the essential concepts, theories, and research used in sociology to analyze the family; (2) to enhance the students’ understanding of the complexity of family life and how family experience is shaped by race, social class, gender, and culture; (3) to enable students to identify and examine sociologically relevant problems and issues within the contemporary family; and (4) to encourage critical thinking and writing skills that demonstrate the students’ abilities to understand and analyze social phenomena. Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or consent of the instructor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Women’s and Gender Studies

 

  • WGS1010C-B Gender and Society
  • Instructor: MaryBeth Salerno | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

This course will explore current attitudes about women, men and differently gendered persons in Western society, approaching women’s, men’s and differently gendered person’s experiences through insights provided by feminist thought on such areas as race and ethnicity, work, education, media, family, gender, sexuality, religion, and politics. Among the questions the course will consider are: Why is it important to study how gender is constructed? Why have women been treated differently than men in society? What is patriarchy? And how is power distributed based on gender? Required for the Women’s and Gender Studies Contract Major and Minor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

 


  • WGS3300C-B US Women’s History
  • Instructor: Katina Manko-Mitchell | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

An examination of the history of women in America. It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present. A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills H and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.


  • WGS3420C-A Gender, Race, and Media
  • Instructor: Simona Sharoni | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

In this hands-on course we will examine theories of gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality in mainstream and independent media. We will study who controls the media, whose story is told, and from what perspective. A focus will be on the historical and current impact racial and gender stereotypes in the media have on individuals and communities. We will examine how oppressed groups worldwide are portrayed in mainstream media and how they are using the media to tell their own stories. We will learn how various audiences interpret the media differently. Throughout the course we will address issues of social inequality in the media and forms of resistance and explore alternative media, global media, media literacy and media democracy. Finally, students will put theory into practice and create group videos. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.

Science and Engineering

Biology

 

  • BIO1028C-A Principles of Biology II
  • Instructor: R. David MacLaren | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Week: M/T/W/R 8:30 AM - 11:40 AM

The Unity and Diversity of Life: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution. An introduction to biological principles centered on organisms, adaptation and evolution. The course will focus on the process of evolution and the diversity of higher organisms. The course will explore how and why all living organisms must deal with the transmission of information, with the capture and expenditure of energy, with transport of materials, and with self-regulation. Animal behavior will also be considered. The course will have an integrated lecture and laboratory and will stress the relationships between organismal adaptation, form, function, ecological relationships and evolution.

Prerequisites BIO 1027 or consent of instructor. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Three hours lecture and one laboratory period a week.

Chemistry

 

  • CHM1120C-A General Chemistry II
  • Instructor: TBD | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Week: M/T/W/R 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM

This chemistry courses is for science majors. A continuation of CHM 1110. Topics include aqueous solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium calculations, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: CHM 1110. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. Offered every spring semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory a week.

 


  • CHM2220C-A Organic Chemistry II
  • Instructor: Patrick Gordon | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Week: T/R 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

A continuation of CHM 2210. The chemistry of aromatic compounds is introduced, and strong emphasis is given to the chemistry of organic compounds containing the carbonyl and amine functional groups. The application of organic reactions in multistep synthesis and the biological applications are emphasized. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is introduced. The laboratory offers experiments to supplement the lecture material. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in CHM 2210. Offered every semester. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory a week.