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Summer Session Spotlight Classes:

BUS 398: Business of Books

the business of books

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11118
Instructor: Emmeline de Pillis

3 credits

Things have changed. Authors need to think like marketers. This class is intended for authors, marketers, and anyone interested in the business of writing.

COM 240: WI/Professional Communication

professional communication

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11001
Instructor: Anne Miller

3 credits

The general objective of this course is to develop competence in written and electronic communication, encompassing the theories, concepts, and practical skills necessary to be a confident, effective communicator in a variety of business and professional settings. Two important themes explored in this course are diversity and ethical relations in the workplace. Course projects guide students from career exploration, through discovery of business and company culture, to development of targeted, effective job applications, interviewing, and follow through.

Summer ’15 Students’ Comments:

“I was really amazed at the course content and how much we learned in the four short weeks.  Professor Miller really did a great job with organization of the assignments and weekly due dates… I would recommend it with Professor Miller to other students.”

“The class was short, sweet, enjoyable and definitely pushed my limits to keep up and succeed. I hope you all accomplished what you wanted to and benefited from the class as much as I did.”

“I am more than satisfied with what I was able to take in given that all of what we were taught can be manifested moving forward in our college careers and lifestyle afterwards.”

COM 251: Public Speaking


Both Sessions
Instructor: Colby Miyose

3 credits

Ever had something to say, but didn't know how to say it?
Does standing in front of an audience make you nervous?
You are not alone!
Learn how to overcome your fears of public speaking in 6 short weeks!
Learn to be a charismatic, energetic, and confident speaker—all while gaining a general education credit.

“If YOU can speak, YOU can influence. If YOU can influence, YOU can change lives” –Robert Brown

ED 310: Foundations of Education

foundations of education

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11097
Instructor: Diane Barrett

3 credits

Would you like to explore how education has evolved? In this course you will develop a solid foundation upon which to build your understanding of educational beliefs and practices. This course will help you create your future by studying our past.

ENG 200E: WI/Lit Genres: Myth/Folklore

literary geners: mythology & folklore

Session 2 (June 20-July 29)
CRN: 11045
Instructor: Kirsten Mollegaard

3 credits

This course is an introduction to the major concepts, methodology, and theories in the academic field of mythology and folklore. Students will examine myths, tales, legends, and literature involving mythology and folklore. 

ENG 200E is cross-listed with Gender & Women's Studies (WS 294)

ENG 200E is a General Education Humanities elective

ENG 209: WI/Writing for Business

english 209: writing for business

Session 2 (June 20-July 27)
CRN: 11046
Instructor: Andrea Vasconcellos
3 credits

English 209 prepares students to write in the informative, analytical and persuasive modes required for their major field and in their career.  The course is modeled on appropriate behavior in the workplace and includes a formal research project and report.  Prereq:  C or better in Eng 100, 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T.

Student Comments:

 “I like the fact that taking English 209 Online is convenient and available all the time.”

 “As nervous as I was for taking an Online writing intensive course, I think Professor Vasconcellos runs the course very well.  The assignments are easy to keep track of and the schedule is easy to understand.”

“I like the discussion aspect of the class because the prompts turn into actual discussions between multiple students whereas in a traditional classroom setting the people that discuss in the forum may not be as open to have conversations in class.

“The structure of the class is easily understood with its resources and the teacher’s assistance.  In Summer, this class tends to give pressure as the date nears, but I would expect nothing less from it.”

ENG 287: WI/Introduction to Rhetoric

introduction to rhetoric

Session 2 (June 20-July 29)
CRN: 11048
Instructor: Kirsten Mollegaard

3 credits

This course is a survey of rhetorical history, studies and practices from classical to contemporary times. Instruction will consist of Online lectures and student discussions of social, political, legal and ethical aspects of rhetoric and rhetorical theory. Students are required to post written assignments as specified in the schedule and to demonstrate familiarity with the assigned readings.

PRE: C or better in ENG 100, 110T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T.

ENG 287 is listed as WI (Writing Intensive)


Barnet, Sylvan and Hugo Bedau. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide   to Argument. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014. Print.

Student comments:

"Before taking this class, I was a bit worried about the Online format because I am a not confident as a writer. The teacher was really helpful and gave me a lot of feedback so that I could revise my papers. I overcame my fears of writing!" --- Student in ENG 287

"ENG 287 was a requirement for my major. It was convenient for me to take it Online during summer because of my work schedule." --- Student in ENG 287

"I liked that we could choose our own research paper topic."  -- Student in ENG 287

"I have always hated paper assignments, but this class taught me how to write a thesis statement and back up my argument with citations and examples. The teacher was patient and I learned that it pays to revise my papers."  -- Student in ENG 287

HIST 152: World History Since 1500

world history since 1500

Special Session: July 11-August 5
CRN: 11175
Instructor: Michael Bitter
3 credits

Take a world cultures GE credit with one of the best! Dr. Bitter is offering HIST 152 at a special time this summer, July 11-August 5, 2016. Let him delight you with his stories as he takes you through a survey of global history, traditions and encounters, since 1500 C.E.

HIST 284: History of Hawaiʻi

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11141
Instructor: Kerri Inglis

3 credits

In this on-line course we will survey the history of Hawai‘i over the last two centuries and more.  Our studies will be focused on change, continuity, adaptation, accommodation, and resistance within Hawaiian society during this era.  Throughout the course we will privilege the Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) voice and experience, but we will also consider the influence of outside forces, immigrants, and internal struggles on this ever-changing landscape.

MARE 380: Natural History of Sharks, Rays and Skates

natural history of sharks, rays and skates

Session 2 (June 20-July 29)
Instructor: Jason Turner

Subjects will include evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, ecology, conservation and management of these unique animals. In addition to lectures students will discuss research paper and dissect and compare anatomy of 4 elasmobranch species. Labs will consist of utilizing standardized techniques for catching and tagging coastal species of sharks in Hilo Bay.

This class is only offered during summer.

NURS 360: Health Care Policy

healthcare policy

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11002
Instructor: Lindy Hern

3 credits

Health Care Policy is a course designed to get pre nursing, sociology, and other students in medical related fields excited about engaging with the policy and politics behind health care delivery in the United States and in Hawaiʻi. We will focus on the the development of the American health care system and the policies that guide current practice, while highlighting how these factors affect populations of people differently. A significant amount of our time together will also be spent discussing the political process that has resulted in significant health care reform on the mainland and in Hawaiʻi, as well as how these reforms affects the practice of medicine and the experiences of patients. Students will be given the opportunity to critique a health care policy of their choice. Please note: Although the class is listed as NURS 360 -- it will also count as sociology credit.

POLS 342: International Law

Political Science 342: International Law

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11099
Instructor: Su-Mi Lee

3 credits

Have you wondered how countries’ behavior is regulated? Who drafts and enforces international law? What happens if a country is found to be guilty? POLS 342 is designed to help students learn the fundamental principles of international law and the interaction of law and politics at the international level.

SOC 398: Global Sociology

global sociology

Session 2 (June 20-July 29)
CRN: 11151
Instructor: Marina Karides
3 credits

This class introduces students to the field of global sociology. The emphasis of the course is for students to gain a social structural understanding of contemporary global processes and how they relate to their everyday lives. We begin by historicizing the current global socio-economic system identifying key political economic moments that shaped our current global society. Students will be introduced to sociological debates on global development requiring understanding of the following perspectives: modernization; dependent development; world-systems, patriarchy and accumulation; post-colonialism; neo-liberalism. We conclude by considering the central conflict of contemporary global society that exists between the interests of corporations and the public good.

WS 151: Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies

women's studies 151: introduction to gender & women's studies

Session 1 (May 23-June 17)
CRN: 11116
Instructor: Amy Gregg

3 credits

Explore the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity in relation to:

  • history
  • privilege & inequality
  • body images & ideals
  • family
  • violence
  • social justice