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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Discover the world of Criminology. This course examines criminal behavior and the methods of its study; causation; typologies of criminal acts and offenders; punishment, correction and incapacitation; and the prevention of crime.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

This course looks closely at the influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior will be discussed. Students in this class will study the psychology of persons and their relationships with others and with groups and with society as a whole. This class will also look at macrosocial phenomena (e.g. social class) as they relate to the attitudes and behavior of individuals. Of special concern to psychological sociologists is how to explain a variety of demographic, social, and cultural facts in terms of human social interaction. Some of the major topics in this field are social inequality, group dynamics, social change, socialization, and social identity.

Course supplies: This course utilizes TurningPoint for student polling. To participate in a TurningPoint web poll, students must have a TurningPoint account. In addition, students must install the TurningPoint app on their mobile device or log in to TTPoll on a web-enabled device. Students enter the Session ID provided by their instructor. For assistance with TurningPoint registration, contact UMD’s Division of Information Technology at 301-405-1500 or itsupport@umd.edu. Students must provide their full name and UID. This is done after students have completed the Confirmation of Admission Process but before the start of the course.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

What are the psychological implications of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other structures of inequality in the United States? How do socio-cultural privilege and oppression influence individual and group thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? This course will take a current events focus to understanding multicultural and social justice issues in psychology with an emphasis on self-reflection, mental health, cross-cultural communication, and strategies for social change.

Course supplies: This course utilizes TurningPoint for student polling. To participate in a TurningPoint web poll, students must have a TurningPoint account. In addition, students must install the TurningPoint app on their mobile device or log in to TTPoll on a web-enabled device. Students enter the Session ID provided by their instructor. For assistance with TurningPoint registration, contact UMD’s Division of Information Technology at 301-405-1500 or itsupport@umd.edu. Students must provide their full name and UID. This is done after students have completed the Confirmation of Admission Process but before the start of the course.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


What causes disease? How do we diagnose and treat disease? This course explores human biological systems, functions, and issues such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and neurological disorders. In addition, students explore the genetic, infectious and environmental causes of disease, and learn how various research laboratories on campus use modern scientific techniques to unravel these mysteries. The program incorporates a variety of laboratory and active learning activities. Students also explore the general principles of science.

Course Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed (or be currently enrolled in with anticipated successful completion of) high school biology before enrolling in this course.

College of Education


This course offers students the opportunity to explore the strengths and values of individuals and teams to better understand how to engage in effective, collaborative leadership. Tools such as the Gallup Organization's CliftonStrengths Assessment will be used with a critical lens. Themes of teamwork, problem-solving, diversity and inclusion, coaching others, and conflict resolution are woven throughout the course. Through engaging in this course, students will: 1) Understand leadership as a relational, process-based phenomenon, beyond person-centric conceptions; 2) Explore personal and group strengths and values and how these influence our understanding and practice of leadership.; 3) Practice effective collaboration and dialogue with diverse others, and; 4) Explore the purpose of leadership as making positive change in organizations and communities. This is a seminar-style online course with both synchronous (live class meetings) and asynchronous (outside of class) components. 

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

Merrill College of Journalism


This course provides students with an overview of how journalists use social media to gather information, tell stories and reach their target audience. Students will develop skills in social content creation, audience engagement, and sourcing and verification.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To confirm that you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course, see TYS-Online Technical Requirements.

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