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Winter Session 2021

Take an online course to move even closer toward your degree.

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s no better time to stay in, stay warm, and take an online course to move even closer toward your degree. Whether you want to free up your spring, accelerate your graduation date, or squeeze in an elective between semesters, Winter Session is the perfect opportunity.
All courses will run online January 5-22, and enrollment is open to current Seton Hall students, Pirates Virtual Academy students, and visiting students. Registration begins November 2 and ends January 6. Get your new year started on the right track!


Winter Session undergraduate tuition will be at the standard 2020-2021 rate of $1,315 per credit, plus a registration fee of $55. Please note that Winter Session is an independent session and is not part of spring registration or tuition.

Current Seton Hall undergraduate students, as well as students who have participated in Pirates Virtual Academy, who take three credits will receive a $750 scholarship toward their Winter Session tuition. No additional financial aid is available for students in this program. Students cannot file the FAFSA and cannot receive any federal or state aid which includes student or parent loans. The balance after the scholarship is applied must be paid by the family. 

Visiting students are not eligible for this scholarship at this time. 

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Courses and Faculty

From art, to religion, to science and everything in between, you'll have plenty of courses to choose from this winter. Students enrolled in the Winter Session may choose up to four credits.

Digital Art and Design I
ADIM 2312

This course focuses on computer-based illustration and design techniques that involve industry-standard software programs. Image and type manipulations will be taught through projects, lectures and hands-on experience. Additional fees for supplies.
3 Credits

Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 1201

This course is an introduction to the study of humans as biological and adaptive organisms. We will use the scientific method and natural selection theory to examine our close genetic relatedness with other primates and our evolutionary history. We will also emphasize humans as cultural organisms and discuss the biological basis and evolution of human behavior. Topics will include the history of evolutionary thought and modern Darwinian framework, the application of the evolutionary process to humans, human genetics, human variation, the relationship of humans to other organisms (particularly within the order Primates), the human fossil record and the archaeological evidence for the emergence and development of human culture.  
3 Credits

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Introduction to Biology
BIOL 1101 

This course offers an introduction to concepts that contribute to understanding the distinctive nature and characteristics of life and its cellular, physical and chemical bases. There is an emphasis on the function of tissues, organs and systems of the human body. The course consists of a three-hour lecture per week (for students not majoring in the sciences).
3 credits

Entrepreneurs in Cosmetics
BMGT 4568/7568 (CHEM 4323/6323)

This course will consist of discussions centered around current topics in business and chemistry. Guest speakers will include successful entrepreneurs who will offer a series of presentations in the field of cosmetics and personal care products. Students will present their own business proposal at the end of the course.
1 credit

Persuasive Speaking
COMM 2623
This course focuses on the art of inspiring, convincing and actuating audiences through the use of ethical appeals, both logical and psychological. Theories and principles of persuasion provide a foundation for practice. Prerequisite: COST 1600. 
3 credits 

Public and Presentational Speaking
COMM 2625

This course offers a broad study of the "one-to-many" speaking context with a focus on developing speaking and listening competence. It includes the message organization, speech presentation, vocal and physical delivery of various types of formal and informal speaking situations.
3 credits

Modern Women of Faith
CORE 3890 (CAST 3021/WMST 3513)

The course focuses on the question of what it means to be women of faith, by considering the examples of several Catholic women who have lived exemplary faith-filled lives in a way that has challenged conventional expectations of women on the part of society. In view of their examples, students are encouraged to identify and consider the characteristics of an authentic, faith-filled, Catholic feminism. Pre-requisite: CORE 1101 and CORE 2101.
3 credits

Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy for Diverse Learners

This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates for addressing the learning needs of struggling/at-risk students. Literacy and numeracy strategies learned in this class are intended to be used with individual students, small groups, and the whole class. These strategies can easily be translated to different content areas. Candidates will learn ways to identify students’ learning difficulties using informal and formal assessments, and students will plan instruction based on students’ needs.
3 credits

The Juvenile Justice System
CRIM 2617

This course examines patterns of delinquent behavior among youth. It focuses on the definition and measurement of delinquency; the influence of kinship; educational and other institutions on delinquency; social class and sub-cultural influences on delinquency; and the identification and processing of delinquents by official control agencies.
3 credits

Grammar Workshop
ENGL 1001

This course will concentrate on parts of speech and the grammar of the sentence as they are written and spoken in correct American English. It will provide students with an intense study of grammatical structures and usages in order to improve their use of grammar in academic writing and to help prepare them to teach grammar. Students will participate by group discussion, written practices, and oral presentation.
1 credit

Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2511

Introduction to writing in several literary genres, including short story fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Not a prerequisite for ENGL 2512 or 2513.
3 credits

Business Writing
ENGL 2516

This course explores communication for the business world, such as letters, resumes, memos, electronic communication, short and long reports.
3 credits

World History I
HIST 1101 

This course traces and interprets the evolution of world civilizations from the emergence of early humans up until approximately 1500 and seeks to study and compare diverse historical experiences worldwide. The content of the course is organized both chronologically and thematically. The advancement of human societies through time is reflected in general themes of universal application: human origins and human culture; settling down; empire and imperialism; the rise of world religions; and the movement of goods and people.
3 credits

American History II
HIST 1302
This course traces American history from reconstruction to the present.  
3 credits

PHIL 1105

This course focuses on the functions and methods of moral philosophy and discusses a comparison of the major ethical theories and an analysis of a wide range of common oral issues.
3 credits

Introduction to Physical Science
PHYS 1001

For non-science students. Emphasis on concepts and methods of physical sciences. Topics range from gravitation and astronomy to modern scientific frauds.
3 credits

United States Politics
POLS 1211
This course offers an introduction to the institutions and processes of United States national government, its development as a constitutional system and the political culture in the United States. It enhances students’ workings of the American political system and provides them with a better grasp of the importance of politics in everyday life.
3 credits

Personality Concepts
PSYC 2211

This course focuses on individual, social and cultural factors in personality formation and development. It offers an introduction to the concepts underlying the major theories of personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 (minimum grade of C- required for psychology majors).
3 credits

Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2212 
This course studies the basic principles, data and methods in the study of human development from conception to death. Prerequisites: PSYC 1101 (minimum grade of C- required for psychology majors).  May not be taken for credit if student has completed PSYC 1212. 
3 credits

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Religions of the World
RELS 1402 

This course covers basic issues in major faith traditions of the world. There is a special emphasis on the religious experiences as expressed in sacred literature and specific worldviews and mythologies.  It considers traditional rituals and symbols as well as nontraditional forms used to express a response to the sacred.
3 credits

Integrated Human Science
SOBS 1101

This course is an introduction to the human sciences as modes of thinking and practice. With theoretical, applied, and career components, students will appraise research that examines social phenomena from at least two social-scientific disciplines; develop their own multilevel reasoning; and refine their communication and career skills in connection to potential professional and vocational paths.
3 credits

Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1101

This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective, exploring basic concepts and theories relevant to various dimensions of social life. It may include a discussion of socio-cultural influences on everyday social interaction, collective behavior, social inequalities, deviance, socialization, sexuality and identity, as well as social institutions and organizations such as bureaucracy, religion, family, education, health, class, race, ethnicity and gender.
3 credits

Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 1111

Introduces components of generalist social work practice including social work fields of practice, special (at risk) populations, the value of human diversity, issues of poverty and oppression, and the values and ethics of the profession.
3 credits

Child Welfare Policy and Practice
SOWK 2311 

This course provides an overview of principal supportive, supplementary and substitute child and youth welfare services: family and child guidance, social insurance, public assistance, education and employment, day care, protective services, adoption, institutional care and advocacy. This course is required for social work majors who have been accepted into the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education (BCWE) Program.
3 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Winter Session courses open to visiting students or only current enrolled SHU students?
    Courses are available to current matriculated SHU students, Pirates Virtual Academy students as well as students matriculated at another college/university.
  • Do visiting students need to complete an application?
    If you are a current student at another college/university, a Visiting Student Request to Register form is required.  Please click here to complete this form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.
  • I am taking a gap year; am I eligible to enroll in one or more courses?
    Courses are available to current matriculated Seton Hall students, Pirates Virtual Academy students as well as students matriculated at another college/university.
  • How many courses can I enroll in?
    Students are eligible to take up to four (4) credits during the Winter Session.
  • What is the cost per credit during Winter Session?
    Winter Session courses will be billed at the per-credit rate and are not included in the flat tuition for fall or spring. The undergraduate tuition is $1,315 per credit plus a $55 registration fee. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information on tuition and fees.
  • Do you offer scholarships for Winter Session?
    All SHU undergraduate and Pirates Virtual Academy students who register for at least three (3) Winter Session credits will automatically receive a $750 Winter Session scholarship. At this time, visiting students are ineligible for scholarships.
  • Will my financial aid package cover the cost of Winter Session?
    Winter Session is not eligible for financial aid; however, Seton Hall undergraduate students are eligible for a $750 Winter Session scholarship if they are registered for at least three (3) credits. SHU merit scholarships and state and federal financial aid awards may not apply to Winter Session tuition. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Are all courses online?
    Yes, all courses offered during the Winter Session will be remote/online.
  • Do these online courses meet at a specific time?
    No, the courses are asynchronous. This means that courses do not have any listed days and times for meetings. The faculty member will have materials and assignments posted, and students work through them on their own schedules. Asynchronous courses still have deadlines for assignments in most cases, but just not a routine meeting time.
  • How do I get textbooks for my course?
    Textbooks can be ordered through the SHU bookstore or at your preferred location. Find out more on course books.
  • When can I register for Winter Session?
    Registration runs November 2, 2020 through January 6, 2021.
  • When do courses begin?
    Courses begin January 5, 2021.
  • What if my plans change and I want to take a different course or drop my course(s)?
    Students may add/drop through January 6, 2021.  If you drop a course by January 6, tuition will be credited/refunded.
  • What if I want to "drop" a course after January 6?
    Please visit the Registration page for more information on add/drop procedures as well as withdrawing from a course.
  • If I drop or withdraw from a class, will my tuition payment be refunded?
    Please visit the Office of the Bursar for guidelines on reimbursement. 
  • How do I get my PIN to register?
    For SHU students, the PIN for registration for the Winter Session will be the same PIN that students use for spring registration. Be sure that you have consulted your academic advisor. For visiting students, the Office of the Registrar will assist in registration; no PIN is required.
  • Can I live on campus while taking a Winter Session class?
    Unless special arrangements have been made with the university, campus housing will not be available during the Winter Session.
  • I don't see a class listed that I need to take for my major. Why not?
    The Winter Session is a select list of courses; not all courses can be offered during this timeframe. Please refer to the Spring Session for additional course choices. 
  • Where will I log in to access the course?
    All Winter Session courses will be posted in Blackboard via Seton Hall's Pirate Net portal. 
  • I am a Seton Hall graduate student. Are any graduate courses offered during the Winter Session?
    There is a limited schedule of graduate courses offered during Winter Session. You may check the schedule and reach out to your program director with questions.
  • Will Seton Hall University offer a Winter Session next year?
    A decision to hold a session in Winter 2022 has not yet been determined.

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Contact Information:
Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies
Karen A. Passaro, Dean, (973) 761-9087

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