Early Spring Session Offers Many Options for Study 


Students looking to supplement their studies can do so during Rhode Island College’s Early Spring Session, which offers undergraduate and graduate courses during the college’s traditional winter break.

The session is part of the college’s effort to offer opportunities for nonstandard programming, such as online and hybrid classes and to accelerate students’ progress through their degree programs.

“The session benefits the college and the community,” said Dante Del Giudice, director of professional studies and continuing education. “RIC’s students and academic programs are making use of intersession study as an important supplement to standard fall and spring semester offerings.”

The Early Spring Session runs from Dec. 30, 2013 to Jan. 17, 2014. Degree and non-degree students can register for classes through Dec. 30.

Courses are available within the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Though some courses have closed registration, there still are many classes with open spots including Gender and Society, Social Work & Public Health Issues, Principles of Accounting II: Managerial and Developing Inquiry for Reflective Leadership.

Intersession courses allow students to fulfill general education requirements, to take a class they might not be able to fit into their schedule during a regular semester and to explore new fields of study and experiences.

In order to accommodate their schedules, part-time students can utilize the semester to take courses taught completely online or in a hybrid environment.

Non-degree students or those considering returning to collegial studies have the chance to complete courses for credit in several academic fields.

“The session is open to all of RIC’s schools and faculty to hold classes,” Del Guidice said. “Over the years the course offerings have been increasing.”

This year, the Early Spring Session courses include two faculty-led travel abroad experiences (now closed.) A field course in biological anthropology will take students to Costa Rica where they will conduct field research on the behavior and conservation of white-faced capuchin monkeys. Students in a comparative criminology course will spend 10 days of service learning in Quito, Ecuador to gain a deep understanding of Latin America culture, history, politics and social issues.

Del Giudice said he has seen student attendance in early spring classes rise to a high this year; as of mid-December, registration was up 85 percent over last year.

“Participation in early spring classes is at a high point,” he said. “We are very pleased this is happening.”

A complete early spring 2014 course list is available at: http://www.ric.edu/earlyspring/