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What's Exciting in Eastern's Summer Session B?

At Eastern, all our summer courses are exciting, but we'll highlight a few for you.  If you have questions, call 860-465-0206.  Registration is open.

50262 BUS 301 Business Ethics.  Prerequisites: ACC 202, BUS 225, BUS 201, BUS 245, BUS 260, and ENG 100, 100P, 200 or HON 200 and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student.
In this course, students who are already familiar with the core areas of business administration and the ethical issues faced in those areas will engage in a writing-intensive examination of classical and modern approaches to business ethics and exploration of their own moral values.

50266 ECO 210 Economics & the Environment (EasternOnline).  Prerequisite: None
Note: Cannot be used for the economics major. This course examines how economic analysis can be used to understand the sources of environmental problems and possible solutions. Emphasis is placed on basic economics tools and their application to social issues and policy such as pollution, recycling, energy and sustainable development.

50216 EES 230 Natural Disasters.  Prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS course or GER student.
Natural disasters occur where and when destructive atmospheric, hydrologic, geologic and/or human-induced processes negatively impact people. Most such disasters are associated with large infrequent events such as hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, floods, etc. Topics that are examined focus on specific hazardous conditions and disasters associated with violent weather, internal and external geologic processes, hydrologic phenomena and selected human activities.

50116 FAH 240 Style in the Arts. Prerequisite: None
This course introduces major themes and issues in the arts. Students will review and critique art while analyzing its role in society. The course format will consist of lectures, group discussions, projects, video presentations and museum visits.

50309 HIS 365/PSC 365 Judges, Lawyers & Courts.  Prerequisite: None

50137 PHI 220 Ethics. Prerequisite: None
A study of the major positions in Western ethical thought from Socrates to the present, and an examination of the basic principles of moral decision that have been proposed.

50065 PHY 102 Energy & Scientific Method.  Prerequisite: None
An integrated lab-lecture course designed for non-science majors in which the scientific method is studied as it is applied to the investigation of energy and its uses.

50269 THE 272 Intro to Acting.  Prerequisite: LAC student with T1A or T1LT course or GER student.
Vocal and physical exercises, improvisations and scenes are employed in order to master the techniques and methods of character development.

--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Summer Session B starts July 5 -- You Want to Be There!

Panoramic_view2.jpgSummer at Eastern is wonderful for its small, intimate classes and real learning experiences.  The second Summer Session (Summer Session B) is filled with possibilities for you.  Let's look at a few.


Are you one of those people who really can't leave your home for long?  Gas prices getting you down?  There are more than 20 courses via EasternOnline available for the second session.   Online courses at Eastern are great educational experiences where you have the benefit of studying when you can and attending lectures online.  Check out EasternOnline and see if it's for you.

There are also traditional in-person courses held on the campus in Willimantic or at the off-campus site in Groton.   Here are several courses you might enjoy;  some will help with majors and have prerequisites.

50112 ART 114 02 Ceramics - Workshop experience with clay processes used in making and decorating pottery. Emphasis on hand pieces, decoration, glazing, modeling and knowledge of the use of the potter's wheel and operation of kiln. No prerequisite required.

 50135 ACC 416 02 Federal Individual Taxation - Emphasis is placed on basic forms and structures of federal income taxation and delves particularly into those aspects which affect individual taxpayers. Attention is given to the historical development of federal taxation, the legislative process, the underlying rational of federal taxation, working with the Internal Revenue Code, tax preparers' responsibilities and tax research.  Prerequisite: ACC 301.

50024 COM 310 02 Digital Photography - Focus is on venues for publication in mass media communication including photojournalism and marketing. Camera fundamentals, concepts of exposure and camera operation are reviewed. Lecture/lab topics include image protocols and techniques for photo display and editing with CS4. Retouching techniques and photomontage are introduced along with ethical issues regarding image manipulation and the ownership protections of copyright laws. Students compile digital portfolios of their lab work for display in Powerpoint and a web portfolio. Labs include instruction for use of Eastern student accounts to store and serve student ePortfolio content.  Prerequisite: COM 210


This is only a sampling of the many courses available in the Second Summer Session (Summer Session B).  If you have any questions and would like to speak to an advisor, please, call (860) 465-0206.  Visit  to view all the available courses.  Take a course with Eastern and gain a whole new insight on education.


--Susan Crowley, Webmaster

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!


Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University


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