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Anyone can take classes at PC’s School of Continuing Education (SCE) – you don’t have to be enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Our courses are designed to be affordable, flexible and uniquely personal and supportive. 

You can browse and register for this semester’s courses below. But first, here are a few things to know:

  • The cost to take a class at SCE is less than URI, RIC and many other colleges – $380 per credit ($1,140 per 3-credit course), with no additional fees tacked on, except for those courses that include an online or lab component.
  • Our courses are offered in a variety of formats to provide the highest-quality learning experience along with the flexibility that busy adults need, including on-campus evening classes, all-online classes, and hybrid formats that meet mostly online with a handful of evening or weekend class meetings on campus.
  • Taking a course or two is a great way to: skill up to advance your career or build your business, experience what it’s like to be a student at SCE before enrolling in a degree or certificate program, fulfill prerequisites needed to enter graduate study programs, or pursue personal enrichment.
  • If you decide to pursue a degree or certificate at SCE in the future, you may benefit from our very generous policy for transfer of prior learning credits and/or credits for prior work or military experience. And, Financial aid, scholarships and payment plans are also available for SCE students.

Fall, 2020 Courses and Registration

Registration for the Fall, 2020 semester is now open. The Fall semester begins August 31. This semester’s most popular courses for single-course study in the areas of professional development, business, leadership and general interest are listed below. (Some courses may have pre-requisite requirements; please consult with the SCE Office.) You may click to register for any of these right from this page, or you may choose to browse the full list of this semester’s courses on our Find A Course page. 

  • After clicking on the link to register, on the next page click on “SCE New Student Registration.”
  • Payment is required at the time of registration and may be made by MasterCard, Visa or electronic check.
  • Online registration is not available once classes begin.  However, you may still register prior to the second class meeting using our paper registration form.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this semester we are offering a new variety of course formats to allow for increased online learning and social distancing. Please refer to this SCE Fall 2020 Course Formats document for details about these new formats.
  • You may also wish to review PC’s complete coronavirus response and policies and SCE’s Fall 2020 hybrid course meeting dates. 

ACC 301: Cost Accounting
On campus | Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn the quantitative tools and analytical techniques used by managers in formulating business strategies, including reporting issues relative to planning and control decisions; cost-volume-profit analysis; manufacturing cost flow; and cost estimation. Alternative management and accounting methods and their impact on business operations and performance is also studied. Register now >

HIS 212: History of Rhode Island
Hybrid | Online with on-campus meetings on select Saturdays, 9 – 12:30
Examine Rhode Island’s unique history, from 18th-century rum and slave trade, to the Dorr war, the birth of the Industrial Revolution, immigration, the growth of Rhode Island’s cities, wartime Rhode Island from the Revolution to World War II, postwar suburbanization and the impact of the post-industrial economy. Register now >

LDR 101: Leadership Theory & Practice
On campus | Mondays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Examine the development of leadership theory and practice from a contemporary and historical perspective, while learning new models of adaptive leadership emerging in 21st century work, community, and civic contexts. Students will develop a leadership learning plan to guide their study of leadership. Register now >

LDR 102: Conflict Resolution
Online
Learn the dynamics of conflict development and resolution within social organizations. Operating from the perspective that disunity is destructive to human organizations, the course stresses the techniques of conflict management and reduction. Finally, the course addresses the critical role of leadership in the resolution of conflict situations and the restoration of unity. Register now >

LDR 201: Leadership & Diversity
Hybrid | Online with on-campus meetings on select Thursdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn how to be an effective leader within a multicultural, multiethnic, global context. A special emphasis is placed on understanding issues of power, influence, and authority when diverse groups practice leadership in a global society. Register now >

LDR 490: Change Management
Hybrid | Online with on-campus meetings on select Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn the dynamics of change in organizations and skills to effectively lead change in a positive, effective and efficient way.
Register now >

MGT 101: Principles of Business Management
Hybrid | Online with on-campus meetings on select evenings
Learn key management skills required to meet organizational and business goals, including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Register now >

MGT 330: Legal Environment for Business
On campus | Thursdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of American law as it impacts the modern business community, including the American court structure, business ethics and decision-making, and constitutional law as well as contracts, agency, torts/negligence, employment law, and corporations. Register now >

MKT 205: Principles of Marketing
Hybrid | Online with on-campus meetings on select evenings
Explore the basic principles, theories, problems, and practices in the ever changing marketing environment (social, economic, technological, legal, and ethical) and its impact on product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions in the domestic and global market. Emphasis is placed on the marketing functions, planning, and the distribution of goods and services from the producer to consumer. Register now >

COM 103: Introduction to Public Speaking
On campus | Thursdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Learn concepts that are crucial for effective public speaking and broaden your understanding of all facets of communication and speaking, including nonverbal communication. Register now >

COM 210: Organizational Communication
Online
Learn how to apply the principles and practices of correct business writing in the form of business memoranda, letters, resumes, and reports, with an emphasis on clarity and precision. Considerable attention is also given to oral communications which enable the student to be well-prepared for seminars, interviews, and platform speeches. Register now >

PHL 301: Ethics, Moral Leadership and The Common Good
Online
Study the philosophical foundations for an ethics of public service,  including: ethical principles as a foundation for moral life and moral decision making; moral leadership as a means for transforming society; and reflection on the common good and the call to service. Course may include a practical experiential component. Register now >

PHL 207: Philosophy of the Human Person
Online | synchronous meetings, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
An introduction to philosophical anthropology. Topics may include: the nature of persons, freedom and responsibility, immortality, and the relation of mind and body. Register now >

 PSC 311: American Constitutional Law
On campus | Thursdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
An introduction to the American legal system and the development and evolution of the U.S. Constitution through judicial interpretation. Emphasis is placed on courts as political institutions directly involved in the development of public policy. Areas covered include judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, and economic policy. Register now >

PSY 127: The Psychology of Wellness
Online
The study of wellness and principles of health psychology including health maintenance and illness prevention. Emphasis is placed on models of stress and coping as they pertain to both health promoting and defeating behaviors. Psychological factors influencing the nature and course of medical conditions and recent advances in psychoneuroimmunology, particularly in the treatment of patients with AIDS and cancer diagnoses, will be studied. Register now >

SOC 305: Race and Racism
Online
An analysis of race and ethnic relations in America with special emphasis on the historical and contemporary experience of Native Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, and European-Americans. Sociological theory and data are used to examine the structural sources and effects of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. Register now >

SOC 310: Society, Culture and the Individual
Online
Explore the ways in which individuals process and then either adopt or reject competing norms and values. Scholars have used different concepts to explain this basic fact of human behavior: social psychology, symbolic interaction, culture, ideology, hegemony, interpellation, discourse, and habitus. Students will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. Register now >

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View the full selection of Fall courses on our Find a Course page >