Online Courses

For information on accessing online courses using the Blackboard system, view our documentation.

Special Notes for Online Courses
New: All students will require a PIN authorization number, contact us at 305-284-2727

Section Y:
During Fall/Spring Term ONLY for continuing studies students. All others MUST obtain Advisor and Dean Approval for Fall/Spring Term.*

During Summer Session course open to all.

*For all non-continuing studies students, there will be an ADDITIONAL TUITION CHARGE above the flat rate tuition of Fall /Spring semesters. Online courses are not covered by the flat tuition rate.

Section Y1:
This section is reserved for BGS students ONLY during the Fall/Spring Terms. This course is for BGS majors.

Please Note: non-BGS majors enrolled in this course will pay a separate tuition charge IN ADDITION to regular Fall /Spring semester flat tuition rate (since online courses are not included in the 12-20 credit flat rate).
Survey of Western Art I

ARH 131, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
J. Hollander
Room: Online
Course Overview:
The art of western cultures from pre-history through the Middle Ages.

Introduction to Biological Sciences - The Nature of Life

BIL 101, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Y. Wang
Room: Online
Course Overview:
Intended for non-majors, this course offers three main topics: the scale of life; genes and the mechanism of evolution; and organisms and their environment. The course progresses from the molecular level and concludes with an overview of major global environmental issues.

Genetics & Society

BIL 104, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Y. Wang
Room: Online
Course Overview:
Today's headlines are filled with issues concerning genetics. Stem cells, cloning, forensic studies and disease research all make this a highly relevant course for today's society. Discuss the vast impact of this scientific evidence and deepen your understanding of some of today's critical issues.

DNA and The Changing World

BIL 300 Section Y and Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Daniel Wang
Semester: Summer 2014
Course Overview:
Dna and The Changing World Course Description: This course covers in depth knowledge of DNA, gene, gene function, genome and inheritance with the focus on applying this knowledge to real-world issues, both personal and societal , from the history of life to challenges and opportunities in the modern times at the molecular level.

English Composition I: Visual Rhetoric

ENG 105, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
TBA
Room: Online
Course Overview:
This student-centered course provides an introduction to the kinds of reading, writing and thinking that take place in the university environment with instructors facilitating online discussions and providing editorial feedback.

English Composition II

ENG 106, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Katherine Komis
Room: Online
Course Overview:
Strengthen your critical thinking, research and writing skills as you learn to use evidence to support your assertions and add complexity to your discourse.

Business Communication

ENG 350 Section Y and Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Danielle Houck
Semester: Summer 2014
Course Overview:
Business Communication Course Description: This course presents students with an opportunity to learn and hone skills that are crucial to communication success in the workplace. You will leave the course prepared to transfer the skills gained from the class into any professional setting. The course aims to assist you in further becoming an informed, articulate and thoughtful member of professional settings, in order to effectively build and take part in desired opportunities. Building and sharpening your professional communication level is a constant course goal.

Human Geography

GEG 300 Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Diana Ter-Ghazaryan
Room: Online
Course Overview:
This course provides an in-depth exploration of human geography by focusing on pressing global issues including population growth, migration, economic crises, environmental decline, food security, identity politics, war and urbanization. In an increasingly globalized world, these issues have impacts upon all of our lives, whether we live in Miami, Buenos Aires, Beijing or Moscow. By exploring these topics through the lens of cultural geography, we will uncover how spatial interconnections and geographical interdependence shape the world as we know it. We will further understand how individual actions at the local scale have social, cultural and environmental impacts around the world.

Survey of Oceanography

MSC 101, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
TBA
Room: Online
Course Overview:
Introduction to the oceans and their significance to mankind, encompassing geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes; man's role in and on the sea, including fisheries, pollution, and ocean management. Not for major or minor.

Calculus I

MTH 161, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
TBA
Room: Online
Course Overview:
FORMERLY MTH 111. Limits and continuity, derivatives and applications, the definite integral and applications.

Introduction to Religion

REL 101, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Michelle Maldonado
Room: Online
Course Overview:
An overview of religious perspectives concerning ultimate reality, humankind, and the world, with special attention to major Asian and Abrahamic religions.

Caribbean Religion

REL 330 Section Y and Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Michelle Maldonado
Room: Online
Course Overview:
This course will provide an understanding of the historical foundation of Caribbean religions. You will learn to think critically about popular representations of these religions and understand the role of these religions in the development of your individual selves, your community and/or your society. This course will allow you to critically engage the intersection of race, politics, identity, and religion within the Caribbean and in Diaspora communities in the United States.

Introduction to Theater

THA 101, Section Y, Section Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
L. Soroko
Room: Online
Course Overview:
Intro survey course in theatre--what it is now, how it works, its practitioners and the relationship of theatre to the contemporary world. Attendance at Ring Theatre productions is required.

For more information regarding online courses please call 305-284-4000.

Players, Places, & Plays

THA 302 Section Y and Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
Lee Soroko
Room: Online
Course Overview:
This course offers an examination of the seminal events that brought about the death of romanticism and gave birth to the modern era through the lens of the drama. Emphasis is placed on social change as evidenced through theatre as a mirror to the world in events, dramatic literature and the people that shaped it.

It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with their advisor that credits earned will count towards their degree requirements.

Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry

WGS 350 Section Y and Y1 (BGS Only)
Professor:
TBD
Semester: Summer 2014
Course Overview:
Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry Course Description: The understanding of "mental illness" has undergone dramatic changes in the last two centuries, and these changes have accelerated at the end of the 20th century. What counts as mental illness? How do we approach it? How do we "treat" it? In this class we will discuss various constructions of mental illness as well as laws, policies, and cultural attitudes that purport to address it and "help" those who suffer from it. We will take in consideration the genderization of mental illness and the pathologization of "devious" sexualities and bodies. We will utilize academic studies as well as first-person narratives and online testimonies, the last of which have proliferated immensely in the last decade.

Screenwriting Workshop
CMP 386 Y - Undergraduate - 3 credits
CMP 586 Y - Graduate - 3 credits
Professor: Dr. Paul Lazarus
Course Overview:
Have you thought there's a terrific screenplay in your head? Do you know you have the ideas but lack only the experience to get them down in screenplay form? Have you always wanted to get expert feedback that helped shape your idea into a marketable finished product?

Now all of this can be achieved online, on your time schedule. Dr. Paul Lazarus, Director of the University of Miami's prestigious Motion Picture Program will work one-on-one to assist you in planning, outlining, and commencing your feature-length screenplay.

Winner of two national screenwriting competitions and producer of six acclaimed Hollywood films, Dr. Lazarus has guided hundreds of aspiring screenwriters during his years in Hollywood and with UM's School of Communication. Now, he will bring his years of experience to assist you, online and in the privacy of your home. With this unprecedented opportunity: refine your idea, develop the principal characters, prepare a step outline of your plot, perfect your screenplay format, and receive extensive comments on your actual screenplay pages.

Required Software: Final Draft 8
Required Text:
Bowles, Stephen & Zorn, Peter, The Screenwriter's Manual (available in University Bookstore).
Lazarus, Tom, The Secrets of Film Writing, St. Martin's P., 2001.