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Special Session May 21-25

Business and Economics

FIN-272 Corporate Valuation and Financial Modeling

Instructor: Eric Parnell
Class Time: 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. (optional sessions from 12-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily)

$250 non-refundable deposit due to reserve seat.  After registering online, please call the Student Accounts office at 610-409-3579 to make your deposit.

This course explores the fundamentals of popular corporate valuation methods and financial modeling techniques used by today’s Wall Street practitioners. It is designed to be the foundation for finance-related internships and opportunities for students interested in working in most areas of the financial services industry such as investment banking, private equity, asset management, research, sales & trading, wealth management and consulting, or working in the corporate, strategic development, or the finance department of a corporation. Prerequisites: ACCT-140 and ECON-101 or 102.
Note: This course does not satisfy any department requirements.

In addition to the week long session, students will be asked to do preliminary reading and preparation during the week prior to the course starting on Monday, May 14 and will be required to participate in a virtual exam session on Wednesday, May 30 and complete an online exam on Friday, June 1.

Session 1: June 4-29

History and Anthropology 

HIST/ANTH-385 Historical Archaeology Field School

Instructor: Lydia Garver
Class Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This course is held at The Speaker’s House located at 151 W. Main Street in Trappe.

A four-week summer archaeology course offered in conjunction with The Speaker’s House, a non-profit that owns and is restoring the Frederick Muhlenberg house and property in Trappe, Pa. The field school course in Historical Archaeology will combine instruction in archaeological methods and theory with hands-on excavation training and experience at an important historical site. Through assigned readings and classroom discussions, on-site training and experience, and weekly laboratory study,field school students will learn historical archaeology techniques and develop the ability to identify and interpret discovered artifacts and place archaeological information within a cultural/historical framework.
Six semester hours.

This course can be taken for credit or not for credit. The fee to participate with no credit and no transcript is $500. It covers all supplies for hands on excavation and optional field trips.

Non-Ursinus students, who require housing for this class can apply here. The housing rate is $140 per week; you will be billed separately. Move-in in Sunday June 3.

Environmental Studies

ENV/GEOL-102Q Earth Around Us

Instructor: Tristan Ashcroft, Ph.D.
Class Time: M-F 9 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.; Lab weeks 1-2 M-Th 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.; Weeks 3-4 M-Tu, Th 1:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Additional Student Fee: $20 for field trips.
Location: Pfahler 207

This course examines the current state of knowledge about the Earth and investigates the forces and processes that shape it.  Topics include the formation of the Earth and solar system, the materials that comprise the Earth, the forces that currently on, around, and within the planet, and the relationship of these forces to the processes and features we observe and/or experience at the Earth’s surface. To address complex and dynamic geologic processes, this course utilizes knowledge and methods from several disciplines in addition to geology, including biology, math, physics, and chemistry. This course does not count towards the ENV major or minor. Four semester hours. (LS)


PSYC-220 Abnormal Psychology and Mental Health

Instructor: Brenda Lederach
Class Time: M-Th 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Thomas 323

Mental health problems will be examined from the biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic/existential and sociocultural perspectives. Topics include reactive, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders, brain disorders, and substance abuse.  Prevention and treatment of mental illness will be discussed.  A working knowledge of psychology will be developed. This course will address sociocultural factors related to psychopathology, and how sensitivity to individual differences can promote outcomes that benefit society. Four semester hours. Prerequisite: PSYC-100.

Note: Students who have taken PSYC-260 Mental Health & Abnormal Psychology cannot register for PSYC-220.


SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish 1

Instructor: Giovanna Steyaert
Class Time: M-F 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Olin 101

Development of the four skills of learning, speaking, reading and writing. Designed for beginners or students with little or no recent study of the language. Also includes one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L)

Session 2: July 5 - August 3

Common Intellectual Experience

CIE 100 

Instructor: Sheryl Goodman, Ph.D.
Class Time: M-Th 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Olin 205

The first of a two-semester course introducing inquiry into the core questions of liberal education at Ursinus: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do? The course will explore these questions through the study of influential primary texts.  CIE 100 focuses on texts from antiquity up to modern era. Four semester hours. (CIE)


PSYC-100 Intro to Psychology

Instructor: Melody Bish
Class Time: M-Th 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
2-3 additional required field trips and/or activities that are still being determined. 
Location: Pfahler 107

This course will cover key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology. A range of topics will be covered, such as biological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, human development, personality, social behavior, stress and health, and psychological disorders and treatments. Four semester hours. (SS)


SPAN-102 Elementary Spanish 2

Instructor: Giovanna Steyaert
Class Time: M-F 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Olin 101

Continuation of SPAN-101. Also includes one hour of work with interactive technologies. Four semester hours. (L)

Theater and Gender and Women’s Studies

THEA/GWMS-217. From Shakespeare to RuPaul: A History of Drag Performance

Instructor: Domenick Scudera
Class Time: M-F 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., in addition to a field trip to see a theatrical performance (date and time TBD).
Location: Kaleidoscope 215

Additional student fees: $30 for tickets to theatrical performance

In Shakespeare’s theater, men played female roles and female characters sometimes disguised themselves as male, creating confusion, comedy, and insight into the human condition.  Today’s drag queens, such as RuPaul, bring a sense of empowerment and theatricality to challenge a gender binary and to break through social norms. For centuries, playwrights and performers have crossed and mixed gender roles, creating a distinct art form that brings into focus issues of identity, gender variance, and social structures of masculinity and femininity.  This course explores the history of drag entertainment and how it reflects and responds to cultural shifts over time. Four semester hours. (A, D)