Fall three-week session expands students' academic opportunities

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Fall three-week session expands students’ academic opportunities

James Wooldridge, a senior journalism major, studies in his Lincoln apartment during the spring 2020 semester. After a shift in the fall academic calendar, the university is offering a three-week session starting Nov. 30.
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James Wooldridge, a senior journalism major, studies in his Lincoln apartment during the spring 2020 semester. After a shift in the fall academic calendar, the university is offering a three-week session starting Nov. 30.

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln can catch up or get ahead on their degree requirements, broaden their career skills, or explore new topics with a new fall three-week session.

Nebraska's modified fall academic calendar created an opportunity for additional academic offerings for interested students beginning the week after Thanksgiving. The three-week session will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, after the end of the regular fall semester, and, like existing summer sessions, is a supplemental session.

Registration opens Aug. 31 and students are encouraged to register early as classes are expected to fill quickly. Scholarship and financial aid options are available to qualifying students.

"The pandemic has limited educational experiences for students this year, and UNL's fall three-week session helps them continue their educational journey," said Elizabeth Spiller, executive vice chancellor. "We are pleased to offer innovative new courses in this supplemental session for students who are looking for additional opportunities for experiential learning, career skills and readiness, and topic-based courses that reflect this historic moment in which we are living.”

Nearly 60 remote courses are being offered and are organized into four categories:

  • degree completion
  • career and research skills
  • discipline-specific learning
  • solving interdisciplinary and innovative grand challenges.

Some new courses created specifically for this session include:

- Entrepreneurial Creativity (MNGT 398) — Entrepreneurial creativity isn’t just useful to those building a new business. Explore “The Innovator’s DNA” and develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.

- Pandemics, Schools and Helping Meatpacking Communities (TEAC 431J/831J) — Meatpacking workers, their families, and the towns where they live have borne the brunt of COVID-19 on the Great Plains. This course explores how schools might help them recover and heal.

- Introduction to Machine Learning (CSCE 478/878) — This course introduces the fundamentals and current trends in machine learning that can be applied to game playing, text categorization, speech recognition, automatic system control, date mining, computational biology, and robotics. Explore theoretical and empirical analyses of decision trees, artificial neural networks, Bayesian classifiers, genetic algorithms, instance-based classifiers, and reinforcement learning.

- Independent Study: Exploring the Culture of Agriculture (AGRO 496/896) — Explore the values, customs and social norms within U.S. agriculture culture and how they affect inclusivity in research, extension and outreach, and workplaces.

- Black Theatre and Social Justice (THEA 398) — Gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the black community through intensive exploration of plays written by contemporary black playwrights while expanding your world view and perspectives regarding diversity and inclusion, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

- Branding Yourself (JOMC 491/891) — One of the best ways to articulate your skills, experience, knowledge, and overall worth in today's competitive job market is to create a personal brand that helps you stand out in the crowd. Learn how to formulate your own value proposition and convey your knowledge, skills, and abilities to prospective employers.

- Analyzing 2020 U.S. Election Data Using R (POLS 398) — Gain hands-on experience and reinforce statistical skills by analyzing and reporting on 2020 election data using R statistical software.

- Independent Study: Golf Course Design and Architecture (PGAM 496) — Through direct interaction with industry partners, gain technical insight into the processes involved in starting a new golf facility and the redesign process for a facility undergoing a renovation.

- Black Architects in the United States (ARCH 497/597/897) — Learn about the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to architecture and the built environment.

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