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Albright’s Interim session courses are open to all — from undergrads from any college, to high schools students, alumni and adults interested in continuing education. Fulfill major, elective or general studies requirements with personal faculty interaction in small class sizes. Courses count towards Albright College bachelor’s degrees, and can often transfer to other colleges or universities. In addition, faculty-led study abroad excursions are excellent opportunities to explore destinations around the globe.
It only takes three weeks
Albright College Interim Session
January 2-23, 2020
- Guest high school or college students may take courses on-campus or online.
- Albright students may take interim classes on-campus, online or abroad.
- Registration deadline: December 19, 2019
ANT 101J – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology is an inherently interdisciplinary exploration of the study of humanity in all its glory and problems. This course examines humans holistically. It covers such diverse topics as human evolution to religion. Cross-cultural comparisons of a variety of human behaviors provide insights to the question of what it means to be human.
BIO J15 – Medical Externship
This non-credit externship is administered by the Health Sciences Advisory Committee of Albright College and offers an opportunity for students to receive first-hand experience with modern medical practice. Participants may be enrolled in one of two externship experiences made available through the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. 1) Most participants will be assigned a rotation schedule in a local hospital and will also be expected to attend a seminar series on current issues in medicine. 2) Interested participants who are able to make a continuing commitment during the spring semester, may apply to participate in specialized training as a Personal Productivity Assistant (PPA) in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Additional information about each of these externship experiences and the required application is available on the Albright College website in the Forms section of the Registrar’s Office page. Students wishing to enroll in the externship MUST apply to the Health Sciences Advisory Committee prior to registration. Participants will be selected on the basis of their overall academic record, their demonstrated interest in medicine, and their class year.
BIO 102J – Tropical Field Ecology
or BIO 317J – Tropical Field Ecology
This course begins with meetings in the fall semester to introduce tropical ecology. In January, we will travel to Costa Rica where we will focus on observing and identifying the organisms of Costa Rica and their adaptations for their environment. We will begin by visiting some of the nature preserves in Costa Rica with a local guide. We will then travel to Río de Sueños – the college’s property located in southern Costa Rica. While there, we will focus on projects developed by the students during the fall semester. The course concludes with an Experience Event presentation to the campus about the student projects. Also listed under BIO317J. > More details on Costa Rica Interim 2020
BIO 203J – General III: Genetics
An introduction to classical genetics, molecular genetics and evolution. Includes a major writing project designed to explore specific topics in genetics and evolution.
Adam Hersperger, Ph.D.
BUS 246J – Management Principles
This course introduces the dynamics of managing organizations. As a manager you need expertise in strategy, motivation, communication, leadership and evaluation. The management principles covered in this course provide the framework through which these skills can be developed. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Bonnie Rohde, MBA, CPM
BUS 283J – Introduction to Business of Sports
This course is intended to be a glimpse — a means of discovery— into what the field of sports business may be like for a student thinking about majoring in the field. We will cover foundation areas of business that crossover into sports such as: sports management, marketing, finance, economics, law, and human resources. We will also explore the different levels of sports within society including sport at the amateur level (high school and youth sports), collegiate sport, and professional sport. Specialized topics within the industry will also be explored that include: sports agency, facility management, event management, sports sponsorship, sport communication, sport broadcasting, sporting goods sales and lifestyle sports.
Richard Schott, MBA
BUS 310J – Operations Management
An introduction to concepts, principles, and practices of effective creation and distribution of goods and services. The focus of the course is on quantitative techniques for problems solving and decision making in a variety of strategic and tactical areas of operations management, including total quality management, forecasting, product design, process design and capacity planning, location planning, supply chain management, inventory control, and project management. Prerequisite: ECO207
Farhad Saboori, Ph.D.
An introduction to the concepts and techniques of financial management including elementary security valuation, time value of money, risk analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, financial planning and forecasting, and financial statement analysis.
Daria Newfeld, Ph.D.
ECO 105OL – Principles of Economics
An introduction to the methodology of economics and basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The primary objective of this course is to provide a foundation for further study in economics. It also serves as an introduction to basic economics as a social science.
Soma Ghosh, Ph.D.
ENG 125J – Creative Writing
A course designed to offer practical skills in various kinds of imaginative writing. A given course will address one of the following four genres: nonfictional imaginative prose; long fiction; the short story; or survey of poetry, short fiction, and prose.
ENG 135J – Art of the Short Story
These courses provide students with a foundational introduction to the language and methodology required for the close reading of texts. Students become familiar with the fundamental analytical tools for performing such readings, and apply those tools regularly to the readings in the course using them to write about the texts they have read. Different sections of ENG 135 focus on different texts, but in all cases students will exercise their interpretational and analytic skills. May be repeated with a new topic.
ENG 236OL – Folk Stories and Fairy Tales
This course explores the rich stories and legends that have traditionally given voice to the creative energies of agricultural laborers. This course will focus on common folklore topics, such as family life, happiness, and the world of work, while examining tales from across the globe. The assignments will also focus on the continued development of key communication skills: analytical reading, persuasive writing, and effective public speaking. Prerequisite: ENG 102.
Lawrence Morris, Ph.D.
HIS 101A – Ancient Mediterranean World
This survey of the Antiquity considers the development and interaction of cultures in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In so doing, it includes not just political developments but also the history of everyday life from religious traditions to the status of women and children.
Guillaume deSyon, Ph.D.
HIS J24J – Drama of the American Past
This class will use all the tools of theatre – speaking, acting, improvisation, dance, music, movement, playwriting, stagecraft – to bring to life primary sources from American history and to re-embody the motives and choices of individuals engaged in momentous encounters.
John Pankratz, Ph.D.
MUS 122OL – Music & World Cultures
A grand tour of the musical styles of the worldés large culture regions: sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Islamic world, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, East Asia, Amerindia, and the Western world. Student will be introduced to basic musical concepts with emphasis on understanding musical instrument types and their characteristic sounds. Students will listen to recordings of ancient and medieval folk music types of traditional rural communities (work songs, harvest songs, lullabies); the art music of the aristocratic courts (including the South Asian raga and the Western symphony); and the modern musical styles emerging in the contemporary urban and electronic age, from Chinese rock to African rap. Film viewings will help students link the diverse musical sounds with social contexts. Each semester we try to arrange for the visit of a world musician to personally introduce their style to the class.
Anthony Merlino, DMA
PSY 230OL – Human Development
A normative, eclectic approach to the study of the individual from conception to senescence. A review of physical, sensorimotor, cognitive, emotional, personality, moral, and social development through the life span. Prerequisite: PSY100.
Julia Heberle, Ph.D.
PSY 296J – Cross Cultural Understanding-Ecuador
The purpose of this course is for students to explore how their own culture, broadly defined, colors their perception of others from varying backgrounds. Cross cultural understanding requires not only an exploration of oneself, in relation to their own culture (customs, social institutions, arts, etc.), but also how other cultures vary. Students in this course will draw from the disciplines of Psychology and Sociology to explore how ethnocentrism creates a barrier to cross cultural understanding. Students will also be asked to reflect on how avoiding ethnocentric thoughts and behavior can improve their communication with individuals and entities with differing cultural backgrounds. This class will travel to Ecuador. Earn credit for ONE of the following: PSY296J, SOC296J or SYN329J.
Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Justin Couchman, Ph.D.
REL 231OL – Cults and New Religious Movements
or SOC 231OL – Cults and New Religious Movements
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a general sociological understanding and perspective with which to evaluate, interpret and understand new religious movements, also known as “cults” Topics investigated include the historical emergence of new religious movements, recruitment strategies and the use of violence. Several case studies are used throughout the course including: The People’s Temple, The Branch Davidians, Aum Shinrikyo, Montana Freemen, Solar Temple, Heaven’s Gate and Chen Tao. Also listed under SOC 231J.
Charles Brown, Ph.D.
REL 274A – Religion at the Movies
Film is one of the great myth-making forces of the twentieth century. This course focuses on how many contemporary popular films use religious images, motifs, and themes to embed a transcendent dimension in the viewing experience. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in viewing and evaluating films and discussing how films may create particular kinds of moral and spiritual responses in the viewing audience. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS HUMANITIES
Robert Seesengood, M.Div., Ph.D.
SOC 101A – Introduction to Sociology
A general study emphasizing the concepts methodologies through which the sociologist investigates the nature of the social structure and the social processes related to individual behavior. Satisfies general studies social science requirement.
SOC 201OL – Social Problems
An introduction to the sociology of social problems. This course concentrates on the sociological analysis of significant problems as they relate to the social institutions in contemporary American society and their global counterparts. It provides an introduction to the sociological research and literature concerning major social problems such as health care, public education, poverty, racism, sexism, etc.
Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
SOC 296J – Cross Cultural Understanding-Ecuador
See description for PSY296J.
Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Justin Couchman, Ph.D.
SPP J51J – Protecting Endangered Species: Field Study on Marine Mammals – Hawaii Trip
Learn through experience in Maui. This is the best place in the world to see the very surface-active endangered humpback whale. We will study the biology and behavior of these whales while you directly observe and record their spectacular behaviors from a shore station and from boats in Maui. You will learn and apply the principles of field research design as you participate in an ongoing field study on the impact of boats on the behavior of the humpback whales. We will consider the causes and consequences of extinction of species and the environmental crisis and you will have the opportunity to get involved in the politics of protecting this endangered species. Contact Marsha Green, Ph.D. or the Albright Registrar’s Office for information on registering for this course.
Marsha Green, Ph.D.
SYN 329J – Cross Cultural Understanding-Ecuador
See description for PSY296J.
Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Justin Couchman, Ph.D.
THR 283J – Sketch Comedy
This studio workshop explores the vocabulary and techniques utilized by writers/performers within the world of stand-up comedy. Intensive, workshopbased studio sessions introduce then hone essential skill sets through a series of writing and performance exercises. In addition to creating original material, students will study stand-up comedy history and theory.
Matt Fotis, Ph.D.
$520 per course for high school juniors and seniors
$800 per course for current Albright students.
$1,000 per course for non-Albright college students
How to Apply
Guest students will receive an electronic acceptance email from Albright’s Admissions Office. Before the session begins, guest students will also receive a campus map and directions, an Albright email address, campus computer login and information on purchasing course materials and textbooks. Guest students will be billed electronically; notification will be sent to their Albright College email address. Payment is due one week prior to the start of Interim Session. Albright College reserves the right to cancel any course due to small course enrollment.
Albright College courses equal four college credits, or one unit, unless otherwise stated.
Questions? Contact the Albright registrar’s office at 610-921-7256.