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There are 2 ways to view USM Winter courses:

(Before you search courses, please be aware of the following)

  • Winter Session runs from December 21, 2015 - January 15, 2016
  • Students may take up to 4.5 credits during the intensive Winter Session
  • Payment is due within ten calendar days of registration.

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2. For your convenience, a course listing that provides course descriptions and faculty contact information is below:

  • BUS 195 - Spreadsheets & Problem Solving
    • An examination of problem-solving techniques using modern computer applications software. Primary focus is on the use of electronic spreadsheets as a problem-solving tool, including proper spreadsheet model design and the use of appropriate graphical representation of model results. Other computer problem-solving software is examined. Interpretation and effective communication of results, both written and oral, are practiced. Prerequisite: MAT 101 or equivalent proficiency and computer literacy. Cr 3. Instructor: Alice Cash (
  • BUS 201 - Personal Finance
    • Primary emphasis is to teach students how to become more knowledgeable and independent over money matters. Topics such as obtaining financial aid, managing student loans, career and education planning, budgeting, credit cards, stock market investing, real estate and insurance will be covered. Upon completing the course, students will be on their way to making better money decisions. This course is open to all USM students. When taken by business or accounting majors, this course will give general elective credit. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Joel Gold (
  • BUS 275 - Applied Business Analysis
    • This course provides students with an understanding of statistical concepts and tools that are critical in business decision making. The discussion and development of each topic are presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights and solutions to real world problems. The coursework requires extensive use of commercially available statistical software. Prerequisite: ABU 190 (C or higher grade, or test-out option ), MAT 108 (C- or higher grade), and MAT 210 (C- or higher grade) or other approved statistics course (see for approved courses). Cr 3.
      Instructor: Matthew Dean (
  • BUS 314 - Sport Communication
    • This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of effective communication in the sport, art, and entertainment industry settings. The nature and function of communication will be examined in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on interpersonal communications, public relations, mass media relations, public speaking, and innovative technology. Prerequisite: junior standing. Limited offerings. Cr. 3.  Instructor: Laura O'Neil
  • BUS 335 - International Business
    • Introduction to the global economy and the political and cultural environments of international business. Topics include financial, marketing, and human resource issues in international business. Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102, and junior standing. Cr 3. Instructor:Robert Heiser (
  • BUS 340 - Managing Organizational Behavior
    • A survey of the disciplines of management and organizational behavior, and of the practices managers employ in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizations. Topics include self-awareness, perception and decision making, individual differences and diversity, motivation, group dynamics, communication, stress, power and politics, organizational design, and change. The environmental context, workforce diversity, the global economy, and managerial ethics are core integrating themes. Prerequisite: junior standing. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Janet Nelson (
  • BUS 361 - International Marketing
    • This course addresses the critical marketing skills required for business survival in today's world economy. Students learn to apply global marketing and financial management concepts and techniques during a semester-long, simulated global market program. Students analyze and manage international product lines and adapt to cultural differences while working in a computer simulated global marketplace. Prerequisites: BUS 260 (C- or higher) and junior standing. Cr 3. Instructor: Robert Heiser (
  • CMS 103 - Introduction to Media Studies
    • This course examines the historical, philosophical, technological, economic, political, and social aspects of print (book, magazine, and newspapers) and electronic media (radio, television, film, sound recordings, and the Internet). In addition, the effects of mass media will be explored. Cr. 3. Instructor: David Pierson (
  • CMS 205 - Topics in Media Writing: Writing the Personal Essay
    • Writing the Personal Essay is an immersion into one of the most popular genres of contemporary non-fiction. This unique blend of biography and autobiography invites you to develop a narrative based on personal experience and intentional observation into a publishable, feature-length essay. Prerequisites: College Writing Cr. 3.
      Instructor: Dennis Gilbert (
  • CMS 242 - Communication & Social Media
    • Social media have influenced and altered patterns of human communication and interaction.  This course explores social media dynamics including communication in a networked public culture, interpersonal communication online, privacy and information security, social media production and work, media ecologies, and managing media and information in a networked and highly connected world. Cr 3. Instructor: Maureen Ebben (
  • CMS 495 - Theories of Communication
    • This course is designed for upper class students majoring or minoring in communication studies. Based on a seminar format, students in this course will explore in depth several advanced theories of communication, mechanistic through interactive, with examples and application for each. Prerequisites: CMS 102, CMS 200, and junior or senior standing. Cr 3. Instructor: Russell Kivatisky (
  • CON 219 - Lifetime Physical Fitness & Wellness
    • The primary emphasis of this course is to teach students how to take control of their personal health and lifestyle habits. Major areas will include nutrition/weight management, fitness training techniques, flexibility, coronary risk factor management, muscular strength/endurance, stress management, and other wellness-related topics. Class content will include readings, discussions, self-assessment activities, and development of personalized nutrition and physical activity plans. Cr 3. Instructor: Alicia Trott (
  • CON 270 - Holistic Approach to Reproductive Health
    • This course will enable the student to look critically at reproductive health options through the lifespan. Through readings, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and online discussions, we will weigh evidence related to alternative, complementary, and natural approaches to managing reproductive health issues. The course will follow a life span, growth and development approach. Course topics will include natural family planning methods, holistic contraception, infertility and pregnancy issues, holistic birth support skills, and holistic care of the newborn after birth. In addition, adult reproductive issues will be covered including menopause, erectile dysfunction, and sexuality in aging. The student will participate online via the discussion board, online quizzes, short essays, and complete an assignment to create a holistic teaching page related to a reproductive health topic. Offered as an online course. Cr 3. Instructor: Allison Gray (
  • CRM 100 - Introduction to Criminology
    • This course focuses on the nature of crime and on problems concerning its measurement and distribution. The course examines some of the popular images of crime in the media and elsewhere, the creation and utility of official and unofficial crime statistics, and theories about the causes of crime. No prerequisites. A grade of C or better is required in this course in order to continue in the major. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Dusan Bjelic (
  • CRM 320 - Film and Social Order
    • The intent of this course is to engage in a cross-cultural study of the relationship of film to social order and crime. Films construct images about social reality. The ways in which these images present and interpret this relationship will be examined from various analytical standpoints, including ethno-methodology, semiology, and post-modernism. Prerequisite: CRM 100 or permission. Cr 3. Instructor: Dusan Bjelic (
  • ESP 212 - Environmental Ethics
    • This course analyzes the relations between human beings and the environment in terms of the concepts of justice, the good, and human responsibilities. It attempts to provide a new cosmological model for adjudicating between conflicting rights and duties. Issues to be discussed include animal rights, environmental protection, and ecological harmony. Prerequisite: ENG 100, EYE course, or 100-level PHI course. Cr 3. Instructor: Julien Murphy (
  • GEY 100 - Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Moving Plates
    • An introduction to minerals, rocks, and the processes that have continually shaped the earth over hundreds of millions of years of geologic history. The course also explores how the movements of crustal plates generates earthquakes, volcanoes, continental rifting, sea floor spreading, subduction, and continental-scale mountain ranges. For core science course credit, registration in one of the following: GEY 101 or GEY 106 is required; concurrent registration is recommended. Cr 3. Instructor: Mark Swanson (
  • GEY 101 - Lab Experiences in Geology
    • Weekly lab sessions will focus on the basic skills of mineral identification, rock classification, and interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. Field trips to local geologic sites of interest will help illustrate rock types and geologic processes that shape our world. Traditional map, compass, and modern GPS techniques will be utilized. For core science course credit, registration in one of the following: GEY 100, GEY 103, or GEY 105 is required; concurrent registration is recommended. Cr 1. Instructor: Mark Swanson (
  • HRD 200 - Multicultural Human Development
    • This course introduces developmental theory and research that encompasses the entire lifespan. Emphasis will be on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary and multicultural view of human development will be taken by examining theories from a socio-cultural context and in consideration of change as well as stability throughout the life cycle. The interaction of hereditary, environmental, and socio-cultural factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Prerequisite:  Second semester freshmen or above; must have completed College Writing and an EYE course. Cr 3. Instructor: Julie Zink (
  • HTY 122 - U.S. History: 1800 to 1900
    • A thematic treatment of the nineteenth-century United States and its peoples. Chronological coverage of the nation's political, social, economic, intellectual, and institutional development provides the context for addressing the personalities and events of the country and its relations with the larger world. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Christopher Beam (
  • LAC 112 - Microsoft Excel
    • This course uses a problem-solving approach to electronic spreadsheets. It satisfies the LOS major's requirement and should follow the LAC 150 introductory course. Students will learn advanced data analysis, formulas, and create graphs to interpret the data. This course should be completed prior to taking a financial management, economics, or budgeting course. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent. Cr 1.
      Instructor: Valarie Maguire (
  • LCC 200 - Creative Critical Inquiry
    • This writing instruction course introduces students to criteria for identifying and constructing well-reasoned arguments, fosters the discovery and use of students' critical/analytical voice in their writing, and develops skills for incorporating, interpreting and integrating the views of others. It provides the opportunity to refine critical thinking abilities by analyzing everyday life experience, including how culture shapes our sense of reality and ourselves. The course highlights the importance of generating good questions and tolerating ambiguity when seeking to understand complex issues. Prerequisite: College Writing. Cr 4. Instructor: Michelle Lisi (
  • LCC 370 - Toward a Global Ethics
    • This writing instruction course assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines the range of ethical theories and positions and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice, and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context. Prerequisite: Core Area C. Cr 4.
      Instructor: Christy Hammer (
  • LOS 316 - Diversity in the Workplace
    • Using historical, socio-economic, and psychological perspectives, students learn about the challenges diverse members of U.S. society, such as women, people of color, people from marginalized classes, and those from other countries have had and continue to face. Students gain an understanding of how the workplace may affect diverse peoples and how others can learn to make the workplace more hospitable. A primary focus of this course is on examining beliefs, behaviors, or unconscious attitudes that perpetuate the oppression and subordination of diverse members of society in the workplace, while also looking at how increased diversity is adding to workplace productivity, creativity, and learning. Readings are drawn from the social sciences and humanities to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Sharon Timberlake (
  • LOS 436 - Risk, Public Policy & Society
    • This course considers the variety of ways in which risks, especially risks to the environment and to health, are measured, perceived, communicated, and acted upon in our society. Perspectives will be drawn from health fields, natural sciences, and political science, as well as from the social sciences. Cr 3. Instructor: Sharon Timberlake (
  • LSH 340 - Topics in Humanities: Communication & Social Media
    • Consideration of selected problems, approaches, issues or themes in the humanities. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: LSH 240 or permission of the instructor Cr 3.
      Instructor: Maureen Ebben (
  • MAT 108 - College Algebra
    • A more in-depth study of the topics introduced in MAT 101. The emphasis will be on the study of functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential) and their graphs. Additional topics may include matrices, sequences, counting techniques, and probability. Through the activity-based lab component, applications and modeling will be stressed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics. Cr 4.
      Instructor: Abou Aboueissa (
  • MAT 120 - Introduction to Statistics
    • An introduction to probability and statistics through lecture and lab. Particular topics include random variables and their distributions, methods of descriptive statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics. Cr 4. Instructor: Cheng Peng (  
  • MAT 140 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics
    • A brief review of elementary algebra followed by a study of the algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: MAT 108 or appropriate score on the College Level Math exam.  Cr 3. Instructor: Laurie Woodman (
  • MUS 110 - Fundamentals of Music
    • A background study of concepts and skills essential to an intelligent reading of music. The development of natural music abilities through participating in singing, rhythmic activities, and instrumental work. An appreciation of music through awareness of basic structures. Open to all students. Cr 3. Instructor: Thomas Parchman (
  • PHI 212 - Environmental Ethics
    • This course analyzes the relations between human beings and the environment in terms of the concepts of justice, the good, and human responsibilities. It attempts to provide a new cosmological model for adjudicating between conflicting rights and duties. Issues to be discussed include animal rights, environmental protection, and ecological harmony.  Prerequisites: ENG 100, EYE course, or 100-level PHI course. Cr 3.  Instructor: Julien Murphy (
  • PHI 230 - Philosophy of Religion
    • Analysis of the nature of religious experience, knowledge, and language. Special attention given to problems, classical and contemporary, exhibited in religious experience and relevant to areas of common concern in the sciences, humanities, and philosophy.Prerequisites: ENG 100, EYE course, or 100-level PHI course. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Derek Michaud (
  • REC 332 - Methods in Therapeautic Recreation 
    • Using a systems approach to therapeutic recreation program development, students will learn how to develop group-oriented treatment and educational programs. Leisure assessment, documentation, and individualized treatment plan development will be introduced. Students will be required to meet together outside of class to work on group program development projects. Prerequisites: REC 121, REC 225, majors only. Cr. 3. Instructor: Holly Bean (
  • RHF 118 - Yoga
    • RHF courses are designed to provide education and skill development in a particular recreation or health/fitness activity. Because skill and/or fitness development are objectives in all RHF courses, students must attend and participate in class activities in order to pass. The Department reserves the right to request written medical clearance for participation in courses that require high intensity exercise. An * after a course number indicates  that students will be required to pay a vendor charge for access to activity environments and/or equipment. The course instructor will explain any charge. Cr 1.5.
      Instructor: Amanda Kezal (
  • SBS 300 - Deviance and Social Control
  • SBS 316 - Diversity in the Workplace
    • This course considers the variety of ways in which risks, especially risks to the environment and to health, are measured, perceived, communicated, and acted upon in our society. Perspectives will be drawn from health fields, natural sciences, and political science, as well as from the social sciences. Cr 3.
      Instructor: Sharon Timberlake (
  • THE 109 - The Art of Dance
    • This is a lecture, discussion, and practice course that covers the history of modern dance from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.  Students will learn about the progression of the modern dance movement, its origins, and how the influences of each decade changed the art form. We will investigate various dance principles, styles, and aesthetics through the use of audio/visual materials, performance observation, written and reading assignments, and movement explorations. Cr. 3.
      Instructor: Maria Tzianabos (