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Anyone can take classes at SCE – you don’t have to be enrolled in a degree or certificate program. This “non-degree” option is great if you’re: looking to develop specific skills or knowledge in order to “get ahead” in your career or build your business; thinking about going back to school but would prefer to try a class or two before applying; seeking to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate study; visiting from another school and want to take a summer class; or you’re simply interested in personal enrichment.

To take a class, simply register during an open registration period. Registration for Winter Session classes and the Spring 2019 semester opens on November 19. You can browse all classes and search by subject, schedule or class format (online, on campus, or hybrid) on our Find A Course page.

We’ve also listed some of the upcoming classes that are most popular with our non-degree students here for you, according to area of interest.

Business Skills and MBA Preparation
Leadership Skills
The Arts
The Sciences
Personal Development
Exploring the Self and Society

Classes to Build Business Skills and for MBA Preparation

Introduction to Statistics
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., January 16 – May 11
Learn statistical methods that are central to good business planning and decision-making, including probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, regression and non-parametric methods.
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Introduction to Public Speaking
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – May 11
Learn foundational skills for effective public speaking, including nonverbal communication.
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Human Resources Management
Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., January 15 – May 11
Human resource management deals with the design of formal systems in an organization to ensure the effective and efficient use of human talent to accomplish organizational goals. Topics covered include job analysis, staffing, training and development, managing and appraising performance, compensation, pay and benefits, employee relations, and union-management relations. Register now >

Organizational Behavior
Online, January 14 – May 11
Examines how people behave both as individuals and as members of groups in organizational contexts. Topics include job attitudes and performance, motivation, group dynamics and team effectiveness, leadership, power and influence, decision-making, and cross-cultural diversity. Register now >

Writing for Communications I
Thursdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – May 11
This course explores the various modes of written media communications within journalism, public relations, and advertising. Course emphasis is on print and broadcast writers and their roles through analysis of selected written communications such as news articles, press releases, opinion editorials, advertisements, feature articles, and more. Students practice developing writing skills in several formats. Register now >

Classes to Build Leadership Skills

Leadership and Diversity
Mondays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., January 14 – May 11
The study of leadership within a multicultural, multiethnic, global context is the focus of this course. A special emphasis is placed on understanding issues of power, influence, and authority when diverse groups practice leadership in a global society. Register now >

Ethics, Moral Leadership and the Common Good
Winter Session: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., January 7 – 11
This course is a study of the philosophical foundations for an ethics of public service. The course will include the study of ethical principles as a foundation for moral life and moral decision making; a study of moral leadership as a means for transforming society; and a reflection on the common good and the call to service. Course may include a practical experiential component. Register now >

Classes in The Arts

America Through the Camera’s Eye
Hybrid Class – online and select Saturdays (click to view schedule)
For over 150 years, photographers have recorded American lives, capturing not only the great moments in our history-the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement-but also documenting more subtle changes in our society in family life, women’s roles, immigrant experiences, and leisure-time activities. This course examines the history of the American experience as conveyed through photographs. Register now >

Reading and Writing Short Stories
Online, January 14 – May 11
This will be both a reading and a writing course. Students will read a few classics of the short story form as well as work by a few contemporary ?masters.? The goal (and the final requirement of the course) will be a completed first draft of a story. Prerequisite: Basic writing course or permission of instructor. Register now >

Young Adult Literature
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., January 14 – May 11
Examine the social issues found in today’s young adult literature through the reading of select short stories, plays and novels, as well as reflective writing, book talks and collaborative activities. Register now >

Classes for Personal Development

Psychology of Wellness
Online, January 14 – May 11
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 >

Introduction to Public Speaking
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – May 11
Learn foundational skills for effective public speaking, including nonverbal communication.  Register now >

Sociology of the Family
Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., January 15 – May 11
Family patterns and processes in selected societies. Uniformities and variations in structures are considered. The family is analyzed as a social institution and as a form of intimate behavior. Various alternatives to the family are explored, and issues related to human sexuality and gender-role behavior are examined. Register now >

Studies in the Holocaust
Wednesdays, 7 – 9:30 p.m., January 16 – May 11
Students read and view literature about the Third Reich, Hitler?s Final Solution, concentration camps, Jewish victims and survivors, Gypsy and Gay victims, non-Jewish rescuers. Among the readings are memoirs, novels, and short stories. Documentaries and films are screened as well. Students submit essays, participate in class discussions, and contribute to group projects.
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