Summer Online | Course Listing

Courses marked with an * are open to high school juniors and seniors

Summer 2018 - Session 1



Students will gain a fundamental understanding of consumers’ social interactions by examining the various social media channels available to marketers, learning how to build social marketing strategies, and practicing how to track their effectiveness. Relevant related topics of digital marketing and technology, including emerging topics in electronic commerce and mobile marketing will also be covered. Note that this course is NOT about focusing on a specific online social media platform (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat), but rather, to obtain a clear perspective on what’s really going on in the current digital/social/mobile marketing front and to understand its value to consumers,to managers, and to other corporate stakeholders.

BIOL 2010 - Medical Terminology (2 hours)

Instructor: JAMIE POTTER

This course provides the opportunity to learn and recognize word roots, prefixes, and suffixes used in current medical professions. The meaningful combination of words (to describe and understand medical conditions) will be emphasized. Medical terms related to all major body systems will be reviewed. This course is often required for students pursuing careers in numerous health professions, including physician assistant, physical therapy, and nursing, and may be of interest to students in other pre-health tracks (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry).

EDUC 306 Early Childhood Education: Language and Literacy Development (3 hours)


Focuses on research-based principles and practices for language and literacy development of children birth to 2nd grade. Emphasis is given to understanding the processes by which young children learn spoken and written language and to designing appropriate learning experiences to support the development of language and literacy in young children. According to NYS teacher certification requirements (2/2010), ICE graduates who are granted an Initial Teaching Certificate from New York State and who complete this course with a C or better may be able to extend their teaching certificate to include the early childhood grades through Individual Evaluation for Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate pathway ( N.B. This course is restricted to Houghton College Education majors who have completed junior-level course work in the major and graduates of Houghton's education program. Any other enrollees must receive permission from the instructor.

MHS 223 A -History of Rock and Roll and Commercial Music in the US (3 hours) Liberal Arts

Instructors: David Clem & JAMES BOWMAN

An examination of the history of the commercial music industry in America from the start of the commercial music industry to the commercial music industry of today, including the musical influence of the commercial song.Beginning with the birth of American popular music in the U.S., the course explores the development of ragtime, blues, jazz, the crooners, American musical theater, country,Latin, rock and roll, rock, rap, and contemporaryChristian music. Satisfies Culture: Music.

MHS 222 - Introduction to Film Music (3 hours) Liberal Arts

Instructor: DAVID CLEM

History and aesthetics of music written for Hollywood films. Exploration of the sociology, philosophy, psychology, and technique of film music. Review of the elements of musical style with particular emphasis on their relation to the dramatic aspects of film. Written work emphasizing critical analysis of the use of music in various American film genres. Culture: Music. Liberal Arts.

MHS 254 - Music of World Cultures (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Survey of Asian, Latin American, African, European music; listening experience, with research and analysis. Introduction to ethnomusicology to broaden student's perspective. Recommended for those interested in mission field or intercultural relations.

POLS 205 - In Search of Justice, (3 hours) Liberal Arts


How do we do justice and avoid injustice through political activity? We explore the possibilities and pitfalls of the search for justice by considering classic theories of justice, studying citizen action and the policy process, and examining case studies of specific issues such as health care, same-sex marriage, human trafficking, or other issues of current concern.

POLS 260 – Introduction to Political Thought (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Introduces students to the tradition of Western political thought from the ancient to the modern world through a close reading of important thinkers. By considering problems of community, obligation, order, justice, liberty, and freedom, the course equips students for careful normative reflection on public life. Liberal Arts.

PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Scientific study of thinking, emotion, and behavior. Surveys theories, issues, and concepts of psychology. May include research participation requirements.

SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Introduction to the sociological perspective and sociology program emphasis. Explore environment, development, social work, and marriage–family topics and issues. Understand social and cultural influences on human action, relationship between our personal lifestyles and society, and how to address challenges facing communities. Fulfills half of General Education Social Sciences requirement. Liberal Arts.

SPAN 101 - Spanish Level 1, (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Emphasizes the development of communicative competence in Spanish, bringing students to the novice-mid level of oral proficiency. At this level, communicative tasks are specifically focused on interpersonal and interpretive modes. Additional activities develop awareness and appreciation of the variety of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Summer 2018 - Session 2

* BIBL 101 - Biblical Literature, (3 hours) Liberal Arts

Instructor: Karen Tucker

Survey of the types of literature found in the Bible. Considers the origin of the biblical texts and canon; basic issues of interpretation (hermeneutics); and an outline of the history of Israel and of the New Testament church as a backdrop for the message. Literary, historical, and theological aspects of selected texts will be explored. This is a prerequisite for all Bible courses and THEL 209.

* COMM 215 - Interpersonal Communication, (3 hours) Liberal Arts

Instructor: Denise Reichard

Principles, application of interpersonal skills in the context of friendships and families. Includes personal and relational awareness, person perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, relational development, and gender communication.

EDUC 307 - Early Childhood Education: Developmentally Responsive Instruction Across the Curriculum (3 hours)


Examines the cognitive and social development of children birth to second grade and explores a range of developmentally responsive pedagogies that help young children to grow, learn and develop through meaningful, integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences. Intended for Education major juniors, seniors and post-grads. According to New York State teacher certification requirements (8/2015), graduates granted an Initial Teaching Certificate from New York State who complete 6 credits of middle-grades coursework with a C or better may be able to extend their teaching certificate to include the middle grades through the Individual Evaluation for Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate pathway.
N.B. This course is restricted to Houghton College Education majors who have completed junior-level course work in the major and graduates of Houghton's education program. Any other enrollees must receive permission from the instructor

MLT 211 - Music and Listening: An Introduction (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Introduction to the study and enjoyment of classical masterpieces in music: recordings, outside biographical readings, reports on current musical events.

MUS 250 – Music in Christian Perspective: An Introduction (2 hours) Liberal Arts


Introduction to music studies in the context of Christian worldview. Examination of biblical, philosophical and scientific bases for human creativity. Discussion of music’s role in society and in the liberal arts context. Orientation to college-level work in music, including diagnostic examination of background knowledge. Liberal Arts.

POLS 220 - The American Political System (3 hours) Liberal Arts


The foundation course in American politics. Focuses on the basic design of the American political system, including constitutionalism, federalism, and the separation of powers, with special attention to the Founding principles as explained in the Federalist. Additional topics can include political parties, elections, Congress and the President, bureaucracy, the judiciary, and state and local government.

POLS 230 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours) Liberal Arts


Development of the international system of nation-states; effects of system structure and intrastate elements on international relations; concepts such as power, balance of power, sovereignty, interdependence; and issues such as foreign policy decision-making, causes of war and nuclear arms control. Liberal Arts.

PSY 218 Social Psychology (3 hours) Liberal Arts


PSY 218 Social Psychology 3-F Social behavior from a sociological and psychological perspective, examining the interaction of behaviors of individuals in groups. Topics: prejudice, group processes, leadership, conformity, attitudes and change. Satisfies Community: Psychology. Liberal Arts.

PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)


PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology 3-F Etiology, dynamics, assessment and treatment of psychopathology. Liberal Arts. Prerequisite: 6 hours in psychology

Note: a course may have prerequisites that need to be fulfilled before enrollment. Please check the college catalog.