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College Offers Winter Break Online Courses

November 30, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester, Saint Anselm College will offer three online courses for students interested in earning additional credits. Running from December 19, 2016 to January 16, 2017, these two-credit offerings provide students with the opportunity to take Saint Anselm courses from the comfort of their own homes.

"The pilot was prompted by the fact that there have been a large number of students the past few years who needed to make up credits and have requested permission to take winter session courses at different institutions," says history Professor Andrew Moore, coordinator of the program.

"For the past two summers, the college has developed and run online courses successfully," he says. "The success of those summer courses, then, suggested that we should try to meet student demand online in the winter as well." The courses also provide a wide range of opportunities for students to pursue topics of interest to them outside of their prescribed major, and with less formality.

The three winter break online courses are: BI 105: Infection Diseases, EN 171: American Gothic, and SP 372: Spanish Introduction to Professional Nursing.

The biology course on infectious diseases, taught by Professor Elizabeth Greguske, will focus on diseases often covered by the news media, especially those that have garnered international attention. Students will explore the risks and benefits of vaccines, as well as taking a closer look at diseases such as Zika, Ebola, and Influenza. This course is offered to all students, regardless of major, and is a general elective with no prerequisites.

The English course, taught by Professor Jennifer Thorn, will explore the American Gothic genre, examining American literature from the 1690s to 2009 in order to gain a better understanding of the genre and its effect on American society.

American Gothic fiction often delves into the shadows that have haunted the pursuit of the American dream, revealing biases and restrictions borne of social arrangements regarding race, class, gender, religion, and disability. This course has no prerequisite and is open to any student who wishes to participate.

The Spanish Introduction to Professional Nursing accompanies NU 110: Introduction to Professional Nursing. Taught by Professor Elizabeth Fouts, the class will focus on the unique implications and demands of professional nursing in the Spanish language and culture. Emphasis of study will be placed on cultural differences in the healthcare system of Spanish speaking countries, as well as the role of nursing and healthcare in Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States.

These new classes are filling up quickly as students look to get a head start on their spring semester, add to their credits from their last semester, or learn something new over their winter break.

Limited space is available; please contact the Registrar's Office for more information or to register.

Story by Margaret Lynch '17

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