Check out these spring courses: Chinese, Italian Art (with travel to Italy), and more


Interested in studying Chinese? Want to travel to Italy and earn credit? SMCC is offering new courses this spring that allow students to do just those things.

Here is a list of new and cool spring semester classes worth checking out. For expanded descriptions, go to course listings on the MySMCC student portal.

  • Beginning Chinese I (CHIN 101): Introduction to Mandarin Chinese. (The Confucius Institute at USM is covering the cost of the books). M&W 3-4:15 p.m., with lab on W 4:30-5:20 p.m.italy
  • Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture (ARTH 192): This course focuses on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, with a one-week seminar in Italy over spring break. Online.
  • Historical Archaeology (HIST 155): This course delves into the origins of historical archaeology — the study of archaeological remains in literate cultures — in North America. W 6-8:45 p.m.
  • The African-American Freedom Struggle: From Emancipation to Black Lives Matter (HIST 225): This course examines the history of the struggle for African-American freedom from the end of slavery to current day. T&R 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Technical Writing/Communication (COMM 201): Students will learn the techniques used in technical fields to communicate in writing and through presentations. W 6-9 p.m.
  • Introduction to Public Policy (POLS 120): This course teaches students the key concepts in the formation, implementation and evaluation of public policy in the American political system. T&R 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • Introduction to Political Theory (POLS 250): This course examines different political systems, such as democracy and socialism, and key political concepts such as political authority, law, liberty and justice. T&R 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • IOS App Design (CNMS 150): This course teaches student how to conceive and design applications for mobile devices — iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch — that utilize Apple’s proprietary mobile operating system, iOS. T 6-8:45 p.m.
  • Digital Foundations (CNMS 111): Students are introduced to the tools used in digital drawing, imaging and design using the Adobe Creative Suite. T 1:30-4:15 p.m., or T 6-8:45 p.m., or R 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., or online.
  • Educational Psychology (PSYC 225): This course is an overview of the psychology of learning, motivation, growth and development, personality dynamics and social adjustment. T&R 9:30-10:45 a.m. or online.
  • Theories of Personality (PSYC 240): This course reviews major personality theorists and their theories, including psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive, biological, trait and cultural perspectives. T&R 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.