Summer Term 2010

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School of Graduate & Continuing Studies

School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Admissions

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610.796.8228 or
888.258.3764 X6
Fax: 610.796.8367

Office Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Online Courses

Taking a course online at Alvernia University is as much about the future as it is about the present. At Alvernia University, we strive to meet the educational needs of all working professionals. So by offering our courses online this Summer, Alvernia is providing high-quality, engaging, convenient, and timely academic courses to meet the growing educational requirements of the adult learner.

By participating in a summer class online, you can get the education you need - and where - you need it.

Students are responsible for communications software and internet service. There are both minimum and suggested requirements for computer setup. For more information, please visit our technology requirements.

Course Selections

Undergraduate and Continuing Studies

BIO 203-56: Enviromental Problems (3 credits)
Study of humanity and its environment. Material may be drawn from various disciplines but will include ecological principles, energy resources, population dynamics and pollution. Specific considerations are given to human alteration of the environment. Students may not receive credit for both BIO 203 and CHE 203. Integrates laboratory and classroom work. Cross-listed with CHE 203 cannot take both courses for credit.
May 17th - July 1st

HIS 112-60: Study of American History (3 credits)
Introduces student to the chronology of American history, a broad selection of key documents, appropriate secondary reading materials, and descriptions of selected key events in the evolution of American history.
July 6th - August 19th

PHI 105-61: Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
Historical introduction to fundamental problems and methods of philosophy based on readings in ancient, medieval and modern literature.
July 6th  – August 19th

PHI 105-62: Intro to Philosophy (3 credits)
Historical introduction to fundamental problems and methods of philosophy based on readings in ancient, medieval and modern literature.
July 6th  – August 19th

PHI 210-60: Professional Ethics (3 credits)
Study of ethical issues in the professions. Inquires into the nature of professional responsibility and the social role of the professions. Topics include an examination of professional codes of ethics, legal regulation of the professions, the relation between professional rights and social responsibilities, and professional ethics in a global society. Fulfills Ethics/Morality Requirement.
July 6th - August 19th

PHI 420-60: Social & Political Philosophy (3 credits)
Readings from major historical sources in social and political philosophy. Focus on issues such as the grounds of political obligation, nature of justice, and relation between freedom and human rights.
July 6th - August 19th

POS 424-60: History of Political Thought (3 credits)
Focuses on the enduring questions of politics-what is justice and how can we attain it for ourselves and our societies? What is the proper relationship of the individual to the state? This course is an in-depth study of political thought through the ages, requiring direct text readings and critical analysis of the ideas that have shaped political theory.
July 6th - August 19th

PSY 101-50: Intro to Psychology ( 3 credits)
Introduction to major concepts and findings in psychology with emphasis on basic processes underlying human behavior. Prerequisite for all other psychology courses except PSY 306.
May 17th - July 1st

SOC 210-50: Sociology of the Family

Consideration of meanings of marriage and family, contemporary gender roles, intimate relationships and family life. All major areas are studied from a sociological perspective.
May 17th - July 1st

THE 105-51: Foundations of Theology (3 credits)

Inquiry into nature of religion and its relation to other areas of human experience. Role of theology in bringing a religious tradition to reflective awareness. Focus on Christianity, especially its Catholic expression.
May 17th  - July 1st

THE 210-51: Medical Moral Theology (3 credits)
Investigation of moral problems which can arise in the area of bioethics. Introductory survey of the basic Christian principles of morality is followed by treatment of various medical moral situations. A natural law methodology is applied throughout the course. Fulfills the Ethics/Morality requirement
May 17th - July 1st


COR 510-60: Moral Leadership (3 credits)
Moral Leadership introduces students to a philosophy of education that will provide the skills necessary to assume a prominent place in shaping the vision, mission and activities of their employers and professions. This course also is designed to help students study the importance of systematic reform of political, economic and social services, in remedying the problems that plague urban school systems, social services and society generally. It will also help them understand the importance of openness to new analyses and strategies for change in addressing social problems.
July 6th - August 19th

COR 600-51: Organizational & Professional Ethics (3 credits)
This course explores specific questions relative to the behavior of systems, organizations and their members. The idea of a profession and its claim to special ethical expertise are examined. Methods to accomplish responsible social action, promote social justice and value the human dignity of each individual will be emphasized. Particular attention is paid to ethical issues surrounding the not-for-profit and educational sectors of American society.
May 17th - July 1st

MED 508-50: Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
This course will focus on theories and research in educational psychology that will provide foundations for educational practice. Emphasis will be placed on learning, development and motivation, with implications for educational settings. This course focuses on real-world applications.
May 17th - July 1st

MED 590-50: Special Topics: Technology for Teaching in the 21st Century (3 credits)
"Technology for Teaching in the 21st Century" will enable teachers, through the utilization of new, innovative, technology-based tools, to learn and develop activities, which they will be able to implement into their instructional practices.
May 17th - July 1st

The Alvernia University Virtual Campus Experience

Can't make it to campus? Like to get acquainted with us before your visit? Or just need a refresher? Let us bring Alvernia to you!

Explore campus through our interactive map for now, but we hope to see you here in person soon!

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