New classes for Spring 2013

Registration for Spring 2013

If you’re still looking for classes to finish out your spring semester schedule, maybe it’s time to try something “special.” 

That’s because six of the eight new classes approved for spring 2013 are in “Special Topics,” offered by history, humanities, philosophy, religion, sociology and information technology-networking

“Special-topics-type courses are a growing trend at JCCC, as well as at other colleges and universities,” said Valerie Dorsey, curriculum coordinator. “JCCC divisions and departments utilize ‘Special Topics’ to offer a variety of subject matter without creating a permanent course.” 

The content cannot repeat content in the main curriculum of a program or department, according to guidelines established by the educational affairs committee. 

All special topics classes have the naming convention of the number 292 (DEPT 292). A topic offered under a 292 class cannot be repeated again within a 24-month period. However, if interest in the topic develops, the department can pursue creating a new, permanent class with a new number. 

“Trying out” a topic before making it a full-time class offering is just one of the advantages to special-topics classes. Dorsey said these types of classes also:

  • Gage student interest in the topic
  • Allow instructors to teach emerging trends in their field
  • Infuse new coursework and methods into an academic pathway
  • Add variety, both for the students taking the class and the instructor teaching it. 

The sociology department’s new 292 offering will be “Sociology of Religion.” Other departments already have successfully integrated special-topics classes, such as English (ENGL) 292. That department will offer “Creative Non-Fiction” for spring 2013. Mathematics (MATH) 292 will be offering “Introduction to Mathematical Proofs.” 

The theatre department’s special-topics class for spring 2013 will be THEA 292 “Costume Crafts.” 

Also new for spring semester 2013 are certificate programs in fire services administration and decorating as well as a class in environmental ethics jointly offered by the philosophy and biology departments (PHIL 128/BIOL 128).