Summer Session Two: July 8 - August 16

Courses offered

BSAD 290: Storyboarding (3 credits)
BSAD 390: Entrepreneurship-Shark Tank 100: How to Start Your Own Business (4 credits)
PLSC 110: American Government and Politics (3 credits)
SPAN 120: Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)
THEA 190 / FILM 290: Introduction to Screenwriting (4 credits)

BSAD 290: Storyboarding (3 credits)

Instructor: Professor Kristen Smirnov
Asynchronous and Synchronous
Satisfies COM3 Lib Ed requirement

Students will learn about the process of storyboarding, which involves breaking down a script into specific and deliberate visual elements. As a form of narrative planning, students must be prepared to think critically about how best to represent the content using theories from film, sequential art, and other storytelling approaches. Students will learn this theory and ultimately prepare their own storyboards to a provided commercial script. 

BSAD 390: Entrepreneurship-Shark Tank 100: How to Start Your Own Business (4 credits)

Instructor: Professor Daniel Duran
Asynchronous and Synchronous
Satisfies CUL 4 Lib Ed requirement

This course has two key goals. The first is designed to expose you to the challenges and opportunities related to starting and managing your own business. You will be exposed to the realities of transforming an idea into an operational reality. This course has three focus areas: 1) Understanding and applying the ideation process to generate, develop, and communicate new ideas from innovation, to development, to actualization. 2) Understanding and applying the forces of change and innovation to your business idea with a focus on how to effectively manage your own efforts 3) Developing an executive business plan summary that can be shared with potential partners and investors.  

The second goal is to conduct our own Shark Tank competition this summer and to lay the groundwork for developing an Innovation-Entrepreneurial program/fellowship at Whittier College.  Students will be required to pitch their idea to a panel of WC alumni who have been involved in start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures. This online course will be both asynchronous and synchronous and will include business planning exercises, guest lectures, and active planning/discussion with external business leaders. By the conclusion of this class you should be better prepared to vet ideas, develop a value proposition, add turn that idea into a potential and viable business. 

PLSC 110: American Government and Politics (3 credits)

Instructor: Professor Sara Angevine
Asynchronous
Satisfies CUL 4 Lib Ed requirement

How does the American government actually work? Who governs, how does American politics work, and who are we in this process? This is an introductory course on American Government that will advance your knowledge of civics, as well as provide you with a platform to engage in critical analysis of democratic principles and how they are practiced. We will examine the institutional structures, political actors, and vital constitutional debates that shape and define American government and politics. You will deepen your understandings of the ideas, interests, institutions, and individuals that define America. By exploring the historical development and founding of the United States, discussing major debates about the structure of our republican form of government, and connecting the three branches of government to contemporary politics and elections, students will deepen their individual and collective sense of citizenship. In doing so, we will explore how the people, whether they be lobbyists, judges, citizens, activists, and/or policy-makers, work within the current American political system to achieve their objectives. In this class, we will also pay special attention to the role of identity politics and analyze how global factors affect American political decisions. In this online format over the summer, students will also be learning how to engage as netizens and critically analyze the public of the worldwide web.

SPAN 120: Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)

Instructor: Professor Doreen O’Connor-Gómez
Asynchronous with several conversations via Skype, Google Hangouts or other appropriate platform
Satisfies the CUL 7 Lib Ed requirement

This class is an introduction to the essentials of the Spanish language: reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.  Various facets of Spanish-speaking cultures will be analyzed via cross-cultural comparisons. The overall goals of SPAN 120 are seen in terms of students performing linguistic tasks successfully, gaining self-confidence, relying on themselves and classmates, expanding their risk-taking in real-life communicative situations, and gaining an awareness of Latino cultures. The language students practice is realistic - what they would speak in a Spanish-speaking environment. Our online platform will present vocabulary and grammar in action through culture.  This class is designed for students who do not have Spanish language background who wish to learn to begin to speak Spanish on a proficient level.

THEA 190 / FILM 290: Introduction to Screenwriting (4 credits)

Instructor: Professor Patti McCarthy
Asynchronous and synchronous

Introduction to Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film: This class will focus on writing the short film screenplay. Students will learn basic screenwriting principals—how to structure a screenplay, format, create believable and complex characters, how to write good dialogue, and, most importantly, how to write stories that will connect with an audience. At the end of the class, students will have written a short film screenplay.