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Special Topics Course Descriptions

Special Topics Course Descriptions - Winter Session 2023

For general winter session or registration questions, please visit registration page or e-mail Course descriptions are also provided in the "requirements and notes" area of each course listed in the public course schedule.


CAP 129 – Excel for Analytics (1 credit)
ONLINE Course in Session II: January 3 – 17, 2023, CRN
This course is intended to help a student develop a portfolio of skills in business analytics using Excel. Advanced Excel functions will be covered including using the time value of money functions, developing pivot tables and charts, and using the optimization functions to solve various types of business analytics problems. For more information related to course content for CAP 129 Special Topics: Excel for Data Analytics, contact Rodney Koch at

PHI 329 – Philosophy of Mind and Identity (3 credits)
ONLINE Course in Session II: January 3 – 17, 2023, CRN 10140
What is the Self? What is an Identity? Is the body the same as the Self or are they distinct? In this course, we will begin with the mind/body problem in philosophy of mind and endeavor to answer the following questions:  What is the mind? The mind and the body are intimately related, but what is the nature of this relationship? Are the mind and the body distinct things, or is the mind a part of the body—say, identical with the brain? Should we attend primarily to the causal role the mind plays in the processing of information and the production of behavior— i.e., the mind as the engine of thought—or should we also worry about how all this feels? What is the nature of our feelings? For example, it makes sense to talk about the contents of mind, i.e., about beliefs, desires, and intentions. But what reason have we to believe that mental states such as these contribute to the causal economy of perception and action? If neurons are doing the work, where are the beliefs? How does the mind relate to the self? What am I? Who am I? Do animals have minds? And can computers think? Is there anything that separates human minds from the minds of non-human animals and machines? And of course we will have fun talking about immaterial spirits, futuristic computers and robots, fake computers with little people inside, Martians who behave like us, brains in vats, “swampmen” who are formed by random aggregation of molecules, and zombies. For more information related to course content for PHI 329, contact Dr. Elyse Purcell at

SOC 329 – Sociology of Sport (3 credits)
ONLINE Course in Session I: December 20, 2022 – January 17, 2023, CRN 10239
This course provides an introduction to the purposes, theories, methods, and central ideas of the sociology of sports. Through readings, class discussions, videos, and assignments, students in this course are encouraged to view sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective, and to develop new insights into the structural realities and social forces that shape—and are simultaneously shaped by—the institution of sports. Students will learn to apply their sociological imaginations to the study of sports, physical activity, and the various ways they intersect with the broader social, cultural, and political world around them. We will also discuss/examine the numerous ways that sports are socially constructed, as well as how they change over time.  For more information related to course content, contact Dr. Marcus Bell at


HLH 529 – Killer Bugs! Vectors of Human Disease (3 credits)
ONLINE Course in Session I: December 20, 2022 – January 17, 2023, CRN 10174
An examination of how arthropods contribute to public health problems.  Presents the major insect, mite and tick vectors of disease to humans via exploration of disease transmission, public health and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases. For more information related to course content for HLH 529, contact Dr. Margaret DiVita at


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