RIC’s 2011 Early Spring (Winter) courses give students new options for study and advancement

For those students looking to get a head start on the upcoming spring semester, Rhode Island College is offering Early Spring (Winter) courses during this year’s winter break.

Students who want to get closer to earning a degree, further their educational enrichment or just keep busy during the frigid season, have over 20 course offerings to choose from.

Early Spring courses run from Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 through Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.

The session includes classes in accounting, biology, chemistry, curriculum, elementary education, health education, physical education, physics, social work, sociology and women’s studies. Five general education courses are being offered as well, along with two graduate courses in social work.

Early Spring courses are billed and transcripted as regular spring courses for current RIC degree students. Additionally, spring 2011 financial aid awards may be applied to Early Spring classes.

The Early Spring session was a popular option last year. “We saw a 112 percent increase in 2010 Early Spring enrollment over 2009, and we expect interest and enrollment to remain strong," said Dante Del Giudice, interim director of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. Del Giudice also noted that some special workshops and topic courses will be offered during the Early Spring session.

Current RIC degree students can sign up for Early Spring courses through RIConnect from Oct. 25 through Dec. 17, as soon as their advisement block for the regular Spring 2011 session has been lifted. Registration for non-degree students begins November 1. New non-degree students must first create a RIC account online, and returning students will need to reactivate their account through the Records Office. All non-degree students and continuing education students, however, will register through the Records Office, which can be reached at (401) 456-8212 or (401) 456-8213.

The Early Spring session also offers an option for on-campus housing for students with spring 2011 dorm assignments. The rate for the three-week period of Jan. 4-21 is $300. Applications must be submitted before Friday, Dec. 17. For more information, contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (401) 456-8240 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For a complete listing of course offerings, dates and times, visit the Early Spring web page at www.ric.edu/earlyspring/.