Intersession courses are offered between the fall and spring semesters.
Looking to get ahead and pick up a credit (or a few) or interested in a brief course that explores a current topic? Try out one or more of UND's intersession courses! These 1-credit courses are offered online for three weeks.
About Intersession Courses
Intersession courses have no prerequisites and are open to non-UND students as well
as UND students in all majors and at all class levels. Some of them also fully meet
a special emphasis for Essential Studies (i.e., even though they are 1-credit, they
meet the requirement because of the topical focus).
In addition, K-12 educators may use these courses to obtain credit(s) toward licensure requirements in North Dakota and other states.
Enrollment & Registration
When selecting these courses, please search under the spring term. They will be listed as part of your spring courses and will be included under your spring ﬁnancial aid package.
For students enrolled at UND, register in Campus Connection under the spring term.
For non-UND students, follow enrollment steps #1-5 to become admitted to UND and learn how to register for an online course.
Please apply and register by Reading and Review Day to ensure access to course(s) in Blackboard, UND's online course management system.
Cost for Current UND Students
Each 1-credit course is:
- Included in your spring semester enrollment.
- Part of the 12-credit tuition cap.
- Billed at your standard tuition rate for your academic program. Please visit the Quick Cost Estimator for details on your program tuition rate.
Cost for Non-UND Students
- If you apply as a non-degree-seeking student, each 1-credit online course is $428.20 (regardless of your residency status).
- There is an additional, nonrefundable $35 application fee for non-UND students.
Online, asynchronous. Courses will have assignments and deadlines, but you'll be able to log into your online course when it's convenient for you.
No. Anyone can take these courses for extra credits or professional development.
Reach out to the instructor prior to registration for additional information.
Contact the course instructor.
If you have questions about enrollment or registration, contact your academic advisor or One-Stop Student Services.
2020-2021 Intersession Course Offerings
AVIT 399-02: Special Aerospace Topics – Beyond Amelia Earhart: Positive Impacts of Women in Aviation
This course will focus the social issues of women in the ﬁeld of aviation and their impact on society. A survey of the trends and patterns of social change throughout history of women in aviation will be studied, leading to an exploration of current events. Inquiry of how gender dynamics affect the aviation workforce and how social norms may affect career progression both positively and negatively. This course will meet the Essential Studies Global Diversity or Diversity of Human Experience requirement.
BIMD 494-04: Directed Studies – HeLa: The Mother of Modern Science
Henrietta Lacks, better known as HeLa to the science community, was a poor black woman who died of cancer in 1951. She is also immortal. Her cells were the ﬁrst human cells to be grown outside the body, which may be the single most important technological advancement to modern biomedical science. This course will integrate discussions of her life and family, modern cancer research, and the ethical implications around human experimentation. This course will meet the Essential Studies Global Diversity or Diversity of Human Experience requirement.
COMM 499-01: Special Topics – Social Media Analytics in the Age of Pandemics
The primary objective of Social Media Analytics in the Age of Pandemics is to increase students’ analytical literacy in a landscape that involves social media initiatives and data. Social media has changed how individuals and organizations consume information and make decisions. With the unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety of digital traces, social media data has been considered the new gold in social marketing, crisis responses, political campaigns, and public health monitoring, among many others. In the gold rush of the digital age, however, it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the massive amount of data without extracting actionable insights, or make misinformed decisions based on ﬂawed analytics. The course will introduce students to basic concepts, tools, and advantages and disadvantages of social media analytics. Emphasis will be on hands-on experience of collecting, managing, visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting social media data. Students will apply the social media analytical methods to COVID-19 informatics, speciﬁcally examining the impacts of two social media initiatives (#InThisTogetherND and #NDStrong) on informing the public about the threat. Sample topics include: fundamentals of R programming, sentiment analysis, network and hyperlink analysis, and story-telling with data. The class will culminate with a project poster in which students will present analytical ﬁndings and provide data-driven recommendations.
POLS 491-01: Readings in Political Science – The Politics of COVID
This course will address the reaction to COVID by elected and unelected public officials in the United States. It will examine debates over public policy and public health actions during the pandemic. The course will also consider conﬂicts over expert knowledge and political imperatives.
PSYC 499-02: Advanced Special Topics in Psychology – The Psychology of Men
Exploration of the individual, interpersonal, and cultural construction and perpetuation of masculinity; this includes gender identity and health, masculinity and the workplace, current research in male identity. This course will meet the Essential Studies Global Diversity or Diversity of Human Experience requirement.
RHS 499-02: Special Topics - Living and Dying with Disability during COVID-19 Pandemic
This course will focus on bioethical questions and research as they relate to the lived experiences of disabled people as a minority group. In addition to deﬁning central concepts at the intersection of bioethics and disability, the course will analyze several cases illustrative of the economic, political, and cultural inﬂuences on the (bio)ethical reasoning in the context of disability. The course will highlight bioethical quandaries raised during the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will meet the Essential Studies Global Diversity or Diversity of Human Experience requirement.