Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 02/26/2024 06:02AM

Arts Administration

AADM 390 - Seminar: Arts in the Community

Capstone of the Arts Administration major. Pairs a four-credit advanced seminar with a four-credit external internship. Examines the theory and practice of arts administration through academic readings, class discussion, and real-world, semester-long projects. Develops concrete professional skills including curation, event management and marketing, arts-related writing for the general public, and grant writing.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Heather Hole
8
Main Campus

Accounting

ACCT 110 - Financial Accounting

Develops the ability to read, understand, analyze and interpret a company's financial statements. Also develops decision-making skills based on accounting information that may vary according to perspective, such as investor, creditor or manager.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
Ray Pfeiffer
4
Main Campus

ACCT 120 - Managerial Accounting

Introduces concepts and methods used to report business performance information to data users and managers. Assists students in making sound business decisions needed to manage organizations effectively. Students will learn the skills required for collecting, analyzing, and presenting internal financial information.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Ray Pfeiffer
4
Main Campus

ACCT 201 - Intermediate Accounting II

This is a course in financial accounting (reporting). As the second of a two-course Intermediate Accounting sequence, it examines investments; current and long-term liabilities; leases; pensions; shareholders' equity; stock-based compensation; earnings per share; and the statement of cash flows.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Ray Pfeiffer
4
Main Campus

ACCT 220 - Business Applications in Excel

Students will learn about the use of various advanced functions of spreadsheets to become more efficient and effective in making accounting and business decisions in the corporate environment. Students will develop skills and gain knowledge through the use of hands-on exercises to be completed outside of class.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 TBD TBD
Yulong Li
2
TBD

ACCT 325 - Accounting and Business Ethics

This course incorporates a behavioral perspective into ethical decision-making that encourages students to identify with their values and learn how to voice them in the workplace when conflicts arise and ethical dilemmas exist. We build on traditional philosophical reasoning methods by converting ethical intent into ethical action. Students will use the "Giving Voice to Values" (GVV) approach to provide a framework for ethical reasoning. In addition, knowledge of professional values and ethical standards as well as understanding the attributes for exercising professional skepticism are also encompassed.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Ray Pfeiffer
2
Main Campus

ACCT 350 - Independent Study

Involves a course of study on a topic of interest to the student. The work culminates in a final paper or other substantial final project. In order to complete an independent study, students must identify a faculty member of the Program faculty who is willing to work with them on the topic. Consent of instructor required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Ray Pfeiffer
3
TBD

ACCT 370A - Internship and Career Strategies

It is not easy to figure out what you want to be when you grow up! In this course, you will examine who you are as an individual with intersecting identities and what kind of a job you might want after college. You will learn to ask for help, to identify opportunities, prepare for them, and present yourself to the world of work in a compelling way. You will learn to plan your career (and life) strategically - from the big picture to the nitty gritty.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
5:00PM - 6:20PM
Judy Zhao
2
Main Campus

Art

ART 100 - Objects & Ideas: A Museum History of Art

Introduces the history of art based on the worldclass museum collections in the Boston area. Introduces Ancient Egyptian, Asian, Islamic, Native and South American art, as well as European art. Includes class discussion and weekly field trips to museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Counts towards the art minor.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Kate Minniti
4
Main Campus

ART 111 - Draw What You See

Drawing requires developing awareness of how and what you see - perceptually, personally and culturally. In this introductory course, students develop formal/technical skills, learn to use various wet and dry media and drawing processes, and stretch the imagination while exploring the complexity of vision.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Colleen Kiely
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Colleen Kiely
4
Main Campus

ART 112 - Color Studio

This introductory studio course immerses you in the evocative and complex world of color and its applications in art, design and culture. Students learn color theory and develop technical, perceptual and conceptual skills through hands-on weekly assignments, both formal and experimental. Working in paint and mixed media, you will explore the interdependent relationship between color and issues of visual communication.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Michael Zachary
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Guhapriya Ranganathan
4
Main Campus

ART 138 - The Poetry of Photography

Like a poem, the art photograph often uses metaphor, allusion, rhythm, and profound attention to detail. In this course students learn to create artful photographs while acquiring the skills and craft of using a 35mm camera, developing black and white film and making gelatin silver prints in the darkroom. 35mm cameras available for students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Edie Bresler
4
Main Campus

ART 138L - Photography Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Edie Bresler
TBD
Main Campus
02 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Edie Bresler
TBD
Main Campus
03 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Edie Bresler
TBD
Main Campus

ART 139 - Color Photography CSI

Clear-eyed observation with a camera is similar to a detective solving a mystery. Students improve their photography with assignments that stretch both visual and critical thinking skills. Students engage with their unique style and vision by learning to manually operate a digital camera (DSLR) and apply Camera Raw and Photoshop to produce dynamic color prints. DSLR cameras available for students' use.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Edie Bresler
4
Main Campus

ART 139L - Color Photography CSI Lab

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Edie Bresler
TBD
Main Campus
02 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Edie Bresler
TBD
Main Campus

ART 142 - Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present

Introduces painting, sculpture, and architecture from Europe and the United States made between 1600 and the present. Explores the careers of key artists and interprets objects from this period, considering such issues as obstacles and opportunities for women artists at various periods, changing views on what art should accomplish in society, and the development of unconventional approaches to art during this century. Uses the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum to study the work of such important artists as Rembrandt, Leyster, Vigee-Lebrun, Cassatt, Monet, O'Keeffe and others.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Renzo Baldasso
4
Main Campus

ART 216 - Screen Printing and Propaganda

Introduces students to the silk-screen process and to its historical roots in advertising, promotion, and propaganda. Students will learn a variety of techniques for screen printing as they study the way artists, communities, and political groups have used silkscreen to get their message across to a wide audience.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Helen Popinchalk
4
Main Campus

ART 221 - About Face: Portraits Now

Contemporary portraiture includes a multitude of possibilities that go beyond the depiction of an individual to create a portrait of our lives, cultures and times. In this course, you will work with processes including drawing, painting, collage and mixed media and explore traditional, expressive and conceptual approaches to portraiture, including drawing and painting from live models.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Colleen Kiely
4
Main Campus

ART 222 - Collage and Mixed Media

Recycle and transform your raw materials into art! This course explores a variety of forms of representation from the 1950s to the present, focusing on painting, mixed media and collage. Students work with traditional (ex: paint, drawing media) and non-traditional materials (ex: recycled and found materials) emphasizing experimentation, culminating in an independent body of work.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Helen Popinchalk
4
Main Campus

ART 237 - Advanced Black and White Photography

Students expand their camera and darkroom skills by engaging in advanced exposure ideas and fiber printing techniques. Students also experiment with darkroom painting and large format Holga cameras. Each student produces a final portfolio of gelatin silver fiber prints. 35mm cameras and a variety of lenses and filters are available.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Edie Bresler
4
Main Campus

ART 248 - Gender and Art

Examines social constructions of gender in the visual arts from the Renaissance through today, focusing on artists including Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elizabeth Catlett, Judy Chicago and Vaginal Davis. Considers the intersections of race and class with gender, the power dynamics inherent in seeing and being seen, and the role of arts institutions in the creation and reception of art.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Monday, Wednesday
5:00PM - 6:20PM
Shannon Bewley
4
Main Campus

ART 254 - Contemporary Art

Examines art from 1950 to the present with emphasis on the changing nature of the art object, role of the artist, and audience for art in the second half of the 20th century. Emphasizes primarily, but not exclusively, American art with attention to emerging awareness of feminism, multiculturalism, and postmodern critical influences.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/19 - 2024/05/10
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Nancy Jones
4
Main Campus

ART 331 - Special Topics in Studio Art:

Offers students an opportunity for immersion and concentrated study in topical themes in studio art, resulting in a portfolio of related works. Themes and topics for particular semesters will be posted before registration begins. For Fall 2020: Combine print techniques in innovative ways! Transform your photographs, drawings and paintings into reproducible works of art with multiple techniques including silkscreen printing, woodblock, simple etching, nature printing and monotypes. Creative risk-taking will be encouraged!

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Michael Zachary
4
Main Campus

ART 350 - Independent Study

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Helen Popinchalk
4
TBD

ART 370 - Internship

Offers students "hands-on" experience in an arts organization such as a gallery, museum, music program, concert hall, or arts nonprofit. Internship sites are selected in consultation with advisor based on interest and learning goals.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
TBD
4
TBD

Asian Studies

AS 216 - Asian American Cinema

For over forty years, stories of Asian American experience have been told in films and documentaries containing recurring themes, such as identity politics, interracial marriage, sexuality, migration, and generational change. The course samples influential and enduringly poplar Asian American films made by famous directors such as Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club), Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala), and Ang Lee (The Wedding Banquet). Class discussion and written work will focus on thematic analysis and common cinematic conventions.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/08
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Alister Inglis
4
Main Campus

AS 350 - Independent Study

Consent of instructor required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Alister Inglis
4
TBD

Africana Studies

AST 241 - Contemporary Black Women Writers

How do novels by contemporary African American and Black British women writers encourage us to rethink our understandings of racial identity?  This course examines the literary devices and formal innovations employed by Black women writers to represent the lives of black characters and black people more broadly.  It responds to a style of interpreting black novels that reads them only as sociological documents that grant insights into what is then positioned as an alien culture; it replaces this purely sociological focus with an insistence on the artistry of the text, an analysis of the ways that Black women writers invent new formal techniques and artistic innovations for representing realities that are less readily acknowledged in the larger culture.  At the center of the course is the oppositional voice of Black women writers.  The course reads these writers as responding to canonical representations of blackness through their own insistent presentations of the racial past and its possible futures, through their remaking of the literary genres of the canon that help generate representations of blackness, and through their reimagining of the very category of Black womanhood in new, more expansive and liberating ways.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Sheldon George
4
Main Campus

AST 249 - Inequalities

The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet we live in a society riddled with inequality. Too often this inequality is hidden from many Americans. The purpose of this course is to understand where inequality exists and how it is able to sustain itself. Students will read articles and books on how racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia are prevalent in society�s economic, social, and political structures. They will also examine how these create a society where some are guaranteed privileges and opportunities while others are denied it.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
11:00AM - 12:20PM
Karla Alba
4
Main Campus

AST 275 - The Black Freedom Movement: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

The course examines the long Black freedom movement from its early origins in the 1930s and 1940s, through the classical civil rights period of nonviolent direct-action, the Black Power Movement, urban politics of the 1970s and 1980s and mass incarceration, up to contemporary politics in the age of #BLM.<b> </b>

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Tatiana M.F. Cruz
4
Main Campus

AST 355 - Senior Thesis

Consent of instructor required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Tatiana M.F. Cruz
4
TBD

AST 365 - Intimate Family Violence

Examines the scope and variety of violence in the family from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes: (a) a theoretical framework of economics, law, public policy, psychology, and sociology; (b) a cross-cultural understanding of family violence against girls and women; and (c) an exploration of the sociopolitical, legal, and cultural response to family violence. Discussion of the theories used to describe and research family violence that include: violence against women, children, intimate partners, and elderly family members.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Dawna Thomas
4
Main Campus
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