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 2023 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 11/28/2022 08:02PM

History

HIST 101 - World History Since 1500

From an explicitly multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, the course examines a variety of civilizations since the time of the Columbian exchange, with a particular focus on the rise of the West to world dominance. Evaluating many cultures and societies that have experienced colonialism and post-colonialism, a variety of different sources will be used including literature, film and primary documents. Trips will be arranged to different sites around Boston to better understand subjects such as the environmental change, cross-cultural contact and western hegemony, and independent projects will be developed by students to enhance their research skills.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/05
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
TBD
4
TBD

HIST 141 - Modern American History

Surveys transformations in American society, politics, and culture, from Reconstruction through the 20th century. These include industrialization, immigration, and urbanization; social protest; the expansion of citizenship, suffrage, and civil rights; the rise of the U.S. to world power; and the revolutionizing effects of science, technology, visual arts, and the written word.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/05
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:00PM - 12:50PM
TBD
4
TBD

HIST 205 - Global Environmental History

Examines the ways in which humans have perceived, interacted with, and shaped the non-human environment. Looks at the influence of different cultural perspectives in establishing environmental practices. Areas of inquiry include the impact of agriculture and the effects of European colonialism on different habitats.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/19 - 2023/05/04
Thursday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Stephen Ortega
4
TBD

HIST 207 - Family, Gender, and Sexuality in Chinese Historya

This course explores the dynamic world of family, gender, and sexuality in China<br />from ancient times to the twentieth century. We cover a wide range of topics including<br />family and marriage patterns, women and political power, gender and law, gender and<br />medical care, gender and arts, femininity and masculinity, and same-sex relations. We<br />incorporate diverse approaches like political, legal, spatial, and intellectual history,<br />using historical biographies, personal writings, legal documents, as well as literary<br />and visual sources.<br /><br />We will discuss questions such as: What were the continuities and changes of the<br />normative gender roles in different historical periods? How did these changes relate to<br />the political and social environment, laws, and religions? How did actual gender<br />practices conform to or deviate from the normative? How did gender, class, and age<br />intersect with one another? In what ways was gender presented in different genres of<br />writing, and how should we critically read these sources?<br />This course will be useful for students interested in China and gender studies as<br />well as those seeking to understand cultural diversity and social issues from multiple<br />perspectives.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/04
Tuesday, Thursday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
TBD

HIST 216 - Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1890

Studies women's lives and roles from 1890 to the present. Examines women's experiences in households and families, at work, and in diverse communities. Focuses on racial, class, ethnic, and regional differences among women. Also explores changing definitions of femininity and masculinity. Course materials include a wide range of primary documentary and visual sources as well as historical essays.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/04
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Laura Prieto
4
TBD

HIST 237 - Holocaust

Examines the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, and the process that led the Nazi State to pursue mass murder of Jews and other so-called "undesirables." Uses literature, memoirs, and film to examine social exclusion, forced migration, and genocide.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/04
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 255 - Pathogens and Peoples: A Cultural History of Disease

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Monday, Wednesday
5:00PM - 6:20PM
Stephen Berry
4
TBD

HIST 260 - Interpreting the Past: The Craft of History

Studies the methodological, theoretical, and practical questions involved in the writing of history. Explores the relationship between past and present, the use of primary sources, and the interpretation of history by drawing on the work of the most creative practitioners of the discipline.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/04
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 350 - Independent Study

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
TBD
8
TBD

HIST 355 - Senior Thesis

Consent of department required. Includes a written thesis and an oral presentation to the department upon completion. Required for honors candidates in history, who must have successfully completed HIST-350 Independent Study in the previous semester.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Laura Prieto
8
TBD

HIST 360 - Seminar in the History of Women and Gender: Queer Histories

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Offers advanced studies in the history of women's experience and the construction of gender. Each semester, draws upon one of a series of revolving themes, including gender and consumer culture; women and education; gender and war; women, work and professionalization; and the suffrage movement.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/19 - 2023/05/04
Thursday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 361

Consent of department required. Enrollment normally open only to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Concentrates on forms of contact between people in different parts of the world. Examines how encounters across borders inform, affect, and relate to issues such as trade, the environment, conflict, notions of other, gender perceptions, and colonialism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Topics in World History: Transnational Labor History

01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Frances Sullivan
4
TBD

Topics in World History: Topics in World History: Decolonizing the Archive

02 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Ortega
4
TBD

HIST 366 - Digital History

This course introduces graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to digital tools and methods for historical<br />analysis. Topics include data processing in R, spatial analysis, network analysis, text analysis, and data visualization. Students will<br />learn how to apply these tools by discussing digital scholarship and completing their own research projects.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
TBD

HIST 373 - Seminar in Nineteenth Century American History

Consent of department required. This seminar examines how ideas about race and ethnicity took shape in the 19th-c. U.S. It integrates African-American histories of slavery, emancipation, citizenship, and urban migration; the Native American experience of territorial conquest and cultural resistance; and waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/23 - 2023/05/01
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Berry
4
TBD

HIST 380 - Fieldwork

4 sem. hrs. Prereq.: Consent of the department. Staff.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/20 - 2023/05/05
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Laura Prieto
2
TBD
02 2023/01/20 - 2023/05/05
Friday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Laura Prieto
4
TBD

HIST 400 - Virtual Orientation

This required orientation course introduces all graduate students in the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities to the full range of academic, administrative, and social expectations for students, and the environment in which they must meet those expectations. This course describes program requirements; university, college, and program policy; and offers information about the full range of resources available to the students in support of their program. It also offers basic tutorial and instruction related to the use of Moodle (our learning management system), library resources, and other key tools used to support student learning.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL1 TBD TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

HIST 455A - History Thesis

Involves independent research based on archival primary sources culminating in a paper of approximately 60 to 80 pages under the supervision of two historians with expertise in the subject area. Requires consent from the history archives management director and a proposal approved during the semester before the course is taken. See program director for guidelines and due dates to submit proposals.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Wednesday
6:30PM - 8:20PM
Stephen Berry
4
TBD

HIST 560 - Seminar in the History of Women and Gender: 1790-1920.

Offers advanced studies in the history of women's experience and the construction of gender. Draws upon one of a series of revolving themes, including gender and consumer culture; women and education; gender and war; women, work and professionalization; and the suffrage movement.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/19 - 2023/05/04
Thursday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Sarah Leonard
4
TBD

HIST 561

Concentrates on forms of contact between people in different parts of the world. Examines how encounters across borders inform, affect, and relate to issues such as trade, the environment, conflict, notions of other, gender perceptions, and colonialism.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location

Topics in World History: Transnational Labor History

01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Frances Sullivan
4
TBD

Topics in World History: Decolonizing the Archive

02 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Ortega
4
TBD

HIST 566 - Digital History

This course introduces graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to digital tools and methods for historical analysis. Topics include data processing in R, spatial analysis, network analysis, text analysis, and data visualization. Students will learn how to apply these tools by discussing digital scholarship and completing their own research projects.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Yunxin Li
4
TBD

HIST 573 - Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American History

This seminar examines how ideas about race and ethnicity took shape in the 19th-c. U.S. It integrates African-American histories of slavery, emancipation, citizenship, and urban migration; the Native American experience of territorial conquest and cultural resistance; and waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/23 - 2023/05/01
Monday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Stephen Berry
4
TBD

Honors Courses

HON 190 - Talking in the 21st Century

Membership in honors program required. A one-credit seminar for all first-year students. Sophomore-entry students take this course in the spring of their sophomore year. The course develops critical thinking skills learned in HON-101 and 102, now applying them to public speaking. The class meets once a month for workshops on extemporaneous speaking, formal presentations, and the use of sources to make strong arguments.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Valerie Geary
1
TBD
02 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Wednesday
11:00AM - 1:50PM
Valerie Geary
1
TBD

HON 395 - Honors Capstone Project

Membership in honors program required.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL TBD TBD
Diane Grossman
TBD
TBD

Health Professions Education

HPED 530 - Principles of Inquiry and Evidence in Education

This course introduces students to principles of research design, critical reflection, and methodological rigor that inform practice in health professions education. Particular attention is paid to the skills required for collecting, interpreting, and evaluating educational data and evidence, developing answerable educational questions, and addressing threats to validity. Other topics include the visual presentation of data and techniques for summarizing and organizing research literature.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/19 - 2023/05/04
Thursday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 662 - Applied Statistics II

This second course in the statistics sequence covers: correlation, simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, simple logistic regression, and multiple logistic regression. The course will make extensive use of statistical software packages. The goal of the course is to provide students with the ability to identify the appropriate statistical method for their data, analyze the data, and interpret the output in the context of the problem.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/23 - 2023/05/01
Monday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 663 - Qualitative Research Methods

This course introduces students to the historical and philosophical foundations of qualitative research methodology, key research strategies in qualitative research, and principles for research design in qualitative research. It involves intensive analysis of the theory and practice of qualitative research, including a review of primary methods such as grounded theory, case study, narrative, and phenomenology, among other approaches. Emphasis is placed on research design, multiple methods of data collection, and the exploration of the impact of researcher identity in this research process. Methodologically, students are introduced to participant observations and interviewing in context.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/19 - 2023/05/04
Thursday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
TBD
3
TBD

HPED 670 - Proposal Development

Students will develop and defend a proposal for dissertation research according to the posted dissertation guidelines. The proposed research may be qualitative or quantitative or a combination of these. During this course, students will identify potential members for a dissertation committee. The proposal is an independent endeavor completed with course faculty and dissertation committee members critical review and support. Students should expect iterative and numerous substantive revisions to the dissertation proposal. Course deliverables include the written dissertation proposal, the oral defense of the dissertation proposal, and IRB application submission if applicable. A letter grade will not be assigned if the proposal is not successfully defended, rather a placeholder of S for satisfactory progress will be applied.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/18 - 2023/05/03
Wednesday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 690 - Dissertation

During this course, the student will complete the research and pass an oral defense of the dissertation. Students enter this phase when ready for data collection, meaning that a written dissertation proposal has been defended, approved, and revised, if needed, and all IRB permissions have been obtained. The six credits for this course are generally spread over two semesters.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
3
TBD

HPED 699 - Dissertation Extension

If the dissertation is not defended after the completion of the allotted dissertation credits and the student has exhausted the 48-credit program of study, the student will be required to register for 1 credit per semester of Dissertation Extension for each semester of continuation. This fee is beyond the 48 credits assigned to the PhD program. Such students will register for CNBH 699-Dissertation Extension each semester until the dissertation is successfully defended and following time limits as defined in the HPED Handbook.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dolores Wolongevicz
TBD
TBD

Humanities

HUM 370 - Humanities Internship

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2023/01/17 - 2023/05/02
Tuesday
3:30PM - 4:50PM
Valerie Geary
8
TBD
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