Online Courses

UW Summer Quarter offers a select number of courses that can be taken completely online. These are regular credit courses taught by UW faculty and follow the same academic schedule as other Summer Quarter courses.

Course formats and technology requirements vary. To learn more about an individual course, click on the links below the description to view it in the time schedule or in MyPlan (requires a login).

ART H 272: French Impressionism & Post Impressionism

Examines the lives and works of the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists within the cultural, social, and economic context of their time. Overarching themes include the examination of subject matter, gender issues, contemporary influences in the art world, and modernity.

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DANCE 101: Dance and the American Experience

Investigate shared, conflicting and shifting notions of the American experience as expressed in 20th- and 21st-century American dance. Investigate real, imagined and idealized portrayals of the American experience as enacted on the concert stage, in film and on television. Engage in critical discourse on issues of identity in American society.

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DRAMA 103: Theatre Appreciation

Explore the art of live theatrical performance. Discuss how theatre is assembled, who the artists are, what they do, how theatre differs from other media and how the various genres and styles of performance function to create a deeper understanding of live performance.

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ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science

Examine the importance of the environment in society, with particular emphasis on worldwide distribution and uses of resources, the role of natural and man-made environments and causes of environmental degradation. Learn about the ethics of conservation and recycling. Course cannot be taken for credit if ESC 110 has already been taken.

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HSTCMP 205 Filipino Histories

What is the relationship between colonialism and nationalism, between politics and religion, and between language and society? This is the question that will guide us in this survey of the histories, cultures and politics of Filipinos and the Philippines. Topics include: pre-colonial societies, Spanish and US colonial rule, the rise of nationalism, the Revolution and the First Republic, the Filipino-American war, the Japanese occupation, the postcolonial period leading up to Martial Law, the recurrence of peasant, communist and Muslim rebellions, the beginnings of the Filipino diaspora, the persistence of elite rule amid changing conditions of neo-colonialism and postcolonial globalization. No prior knowledge is required.

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JSIS E 134 Intensive Elementary Modern Greek

Fundamentals of oral and written modern Greek.

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MUSIC 162: American Popular Song

Undertake a historical, social and stylistic study of popular idioms from the late 19th century to the present. Focus primarily on contemporary idioms (rock, country-western, soul, hip-hop). Examine various facets of the industry to learn how they influence taste and musical style.

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POL S 321: American Foreign Policy

Investigate concepts such as the constitutional framework; major factors in formulation and execution of policy; policies as modified by recent developments; and the principal policymakers – the president, Congress, political parties, pressure groups and public opinion.

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SCAND 270: Sagas of the Vikings

The medieval literary treasure known collectively as the Icelandic Family Sagas offers its readers a stunning and strange view of a time gone by, when Viking raids were righteous proof of cunning and some of the toughest warriors composed brilliant poetry on the spot. The Family Saga is typically set in rural Iceland and thus portrays ordinary people rather than court culture of its contemporary, European Romance. In the 10 representative sagas we read in the course a variety of subject areas come to the fore, ranging through biography, feud and justice system, pagan-Christian conversion and Viking exploration.

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SCAND 330: Scandinavian Mythology

Integrative study of religious life in the pre-Christian North. Emphasis on source materials, including the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda. Discussion of historical, archeological, and folkloric evidence.

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STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods

Examine elementary concepts of probability and sampling; binomial and normal distributions; basic concepts of hypothesis testing, estimation and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests; linear regression theory; and the analysis of variance. Students may receive credit for only one course of these courses: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311 and ECON 311. Prerequisite of one of the following: MATH 111, MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 127 or MATH 144.

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T ARTS 120: Music Appreciation

This course will provide students with an introduction to western art music from the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Postmodern. Develop listening skills as the vehicle through which specific musical concepts are examined. Explore analytical and critical tools to develop a historically informed appreciation of this tradition.

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