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NSLC College Credit Program        School of International Service 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8071 United States

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Students may enroll only in the AU course associated with their particular NSLC program. The AU credit course is taught online in a self-paced, asynchronous format, allowing flexibility in completing reading and written assignments on your own schedule. Instructional content may include pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, documentaries, and faculty-led discussion boards. The AU online course dates—July 5 (with access as of July 1) to August 18—are structured to incorporate your on-campus NSLC program, regardless of its dates and location. You are not expected to complete any course work while participating in your NSLC campus program.

Course Offerings

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Topics in Biotechnology (1 credit)

Recent advances in the study of genome function reveal the fluidity and flexibility of the information encoded in our DNA. Gene structure, gene positioning within chromosomes, non-coding DNA sequences and the chemical structure of the nucleotides are all factors in how genetics impact our daily lives and development. Biotechnology is the collection of tools scientists use to manipulate and modify genomes for use in pharmaceuticals, medicine, agriculture and the criminal justice system. Techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, and molecular cloning allows us to isolate and characterize portions of DNA, so we may ultimately create new DNA sequences, new proteins and even entirely synthetic organisms. In this course, students will devise a CRISPR-Cas based research project. This will include DNA and protein sequence analysis, reading scientific literature, and scientific communication. This project will provide first-hand experience in the biotechnology field of genomics. 

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

International Business and the Global Economy (1 credit)

The course will seek answers to some of the most pressing questions facing today's world. For example, what are the main challenges international businesses face when navigating the increasing patterns of global interdependence and trade? How are goods, people and ideas moving around the world in new ways? If globalization goes beyond our borders, it underscores the fact that problems such as financial crises, conflicts, and environmental concerns are now experienced on a global scale, affecting countries, businesses and communities. This class will be interdisciplinary in nature in order to reflect the challenges international businesses and entrepreneurs face in today's globalized world. This class will therefore examine the intersection of globalization, economic development, political science, the environment and gender issues. Through the use of videos, newspaper articles and other media tools, we will uncover what it means for businesses and individuals to be globally oriented in today's world.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intelligence and Security Within a Global Framework (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the role that intelligence plays in international security. The class will begin with exploring the relationship between intelligence and security, examining the different ways nations seek to protect themselves. The course will move on to assess the nature of contemporary threats by focusing on what constitutes a threat and by discussing whether today's threats are more challenging than those of the past. Finally, the class will investigate the tough choices policy-makers are forced to make on a daily basis. Threats, responses, and intelligence are rarely crystal-clear, necessitating a set of very high-stakes decisions by national leaders. The follow-up assignments will allow students to explore these issues in greater depth. Students will finish the course with a deeper appreciation for the nuances of security studies, threat assessment, and intelligence analysis.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Topics in Data Science (1 credit)

Organizations such as governments, businesses, scientific research groups, and financial institutions more increasingly rely on data to make decisions. This course seeks to enable students with the ability to understand and explore data from a variety of sources. Students will be introduced to the R programming language and use technical skills to answer questions. Students will learn how to organize data, perform calculations, and create visualizations. Most importantly, students will learn how to carry out the data science process and convey insights from data.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a great deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Forensic Science (1 credit)

This introductory course, designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of using science to solve crime, provides a basic overview of the crime scene investigation process, and the issues involved in the presentation of forensic evidence in court. Students learn about the identification, documentation, and collection of physical evidence, including fingerprints, shoe impressions, hair and fibers, firearms evidence, and questioned documents. The class discusses the impact of television and other media on the field of forensic science.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intelligence and Security Within a Global Framework (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the role that intelligence plays in international security. The class will begin with exploring the relationship between intelligence and security, examining the different ways nations seek to protect themselves. The course will move on to assess the nature of contemporary threats by focusing on what constitutes a threat and by discussing whether today's threats are more challenging than those of the past. Finally, the class will investigate the tough choices policy-makers are forced to make on a daily basis. Threats, responses, and intelligence are rarely crystal-clear, necessitating a set of very high-stakes decisions by national leaders. The follow-up assignments will allow students to explore these issues in greater depth. Students will finish the course with a deeper appreciation for the nuances of security studies, threat assessment, and intelligence analysis.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

International Diplomacy and Cross-Cultural Negotiation (1 credit)

Diplomacy has been a significant form of interaction between sovereign entities since antiquity. In our time of tremendous social, political, and economic change, diplomacy persists as a prominent feature of international relations. It has been alternatively reviled as facilitating war and misperception, too antiquated to mitigate global issues, yet also praised as the only useful process for peace and effective communication. In this course, we will explore how scholars and practitioners have viewed diplomacy, offering arguments about its function, practice, limits, and response to change.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Fundamentals of Law (1 credit)

Fundamentals of Law will introduce you to the American legal system, law, the role of the lawyer, and legal writing. We will learn about the structure and function of the legal system, and look at the process of resolving grievances through the courts. Additionally, we will review the key substantive areas in criminal and civil law, highlighting controversial issues in each. Finally, we will learn about the different roles that lawyers and judges can play, as well as their unique ethical obligations. Throughout the course, you will learn how to use legal terminology, conduct legal writing, and examine the many interesting facets of the American legal system.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Fundamentals of Law (1 credit)

Fundamentals of Law will introduce you to the American legal system, law, the role of the lawyer, and legal writing. We will learn about the structure and function of the legal system, and look at the process of resolving grievances through the courts. Additionally, we will review the key substantive areas in criminal and civil law, highlighting controversial issues in each. Finally, we will learn about the different roles that lawyers and judges can play, as well as their unique ethical obligations. Throughout the course, you will learn how to use legal terminology, conduct legal writing, and examine the many interesting facets of the American legal system.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Global Public Health (1 credit)

This course approaches health care as much more than an individual- or local-level activity. Rather, it is embedded in a complex global system of health threats and responses. This arena, global public health, brings together scientific, economic, and political issues, and the outcomes eventually affect billions of lives. We will discuss the historical development of the field, the state of public health around the world, and the prospects for combating current and future health threats. The politics and advocacy movements around certain important issues (like HIV/AIDS) will be a particular focus. Finally, this course is designed to be a college experience and will emphasize the critical analysis and other skills that are required for university-level work.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Global Public Health (1 credit)

This course approaches health care as much more than an individual- or local-level activity. Rather, it is embedded in a complex global system of health threats and responses. This arena, global public health, brings together scientific, economic, and political issues, and the outcomes eventually affect billions of lives. We will discuss the historical development of the field, the state of public health around the world, and the prospects for combating current and future health threats. The politics and advocacy movements around certain important issues (like HIV/AIDS) will be a particular focus. Finally, this course is designed to be a college experience and will emphasize the critical analysis and other skills that are required for university-level work.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Global Public Health (1 credit)

This course approaches health care as much more than an individual- or local-level activity. Rather, it is embedded in a complex global system of health threats and responses. This arena, global public health, brings together scientific, economic, and political issues, and the outcomes eventually affect billions of lives. We will discuss the historical development of the field, the state of public health around the world, and the prospects for combating current and future health threats. The politics and advocacy movements around certain important issues (like HIV/AIDS) will be a particular focus. Finally, this course is designed to be a college experience and will emphasize the critical analysis and other skills that are required for university-level work.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Political Action and Public Policy (1 credit)

The course examines why and how individuals organize to influence government in the development of public policy. Students are introduced to interest group politics, effective advocacy, the tools of political communication, and policy development and analysis. The course will examine critical domestic policy areas, such as energy, environment, education, health, justice, and economic stability.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Topics in Psychology and Neuroscience (1 credit)

Students interested in medicine, the behavioral sciences, or life sciences will learn how the structure and function of the nervous system relates to human memory, learning, emotions, and sensations; and how psychologists understand normal and abnormal behaviors in terms of these processes. Over the last twenty years, knowledge of the brain has been greatly enhanced by the development of new neuroscience tools and techniques to examine neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiology. Students will learn how to interpret results of brain imaging and neuropsychological tests, which are used to probe the functioning of the human brain in both normal and abnormal states. Students will also learn about the value of animal models to understanding brain structure and function. They will perform simulations of brain and spinal cord of sheep dissections; and study the structure of nerve cells (neurons) and nerve pathways that connect our extremities to the central nervous system via the peripheral nervous system. The neurons of these systems are able to conduct signals based both on electrical current and chemically-mediated neurotransmitter-receptor mechanisms. Students will read primary literature and design experiments to test their own hypotheses on how changes in neurotransmitter levels affect behavior and nervous system development. Students will be able to apply what they learn to what is known about psychological conditions such as addiction, schizophrenia, and depression.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

International Business and the Global Economy (1 credit)

The course will seek answers to some of the most pressing questions facing today's world. For example, what are the main challenges international businesses face when navigating the increasing patterns of global interdependence and trade? How are goods, people and ideas moving around the world in new ways? If globalization goes beyond our borders, it underscores the fact that problems such as financial crises, conflicts, and environmental concerns are now experienced on a global scale, affecting countries, businesses and communities. This class will be interdisciplinary in nature in order to reflect the challenges international businesses and entrepreneurs face in today's globalized world. This class will therefore examine the intersection of globalization, economic development, political science, the environment and gender issues. Through the use of videos, newspaper articles and other media tools, we will uncover what it means for businesses and individuals to be globally oriented in today's world.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Intercultural Communication (1 credit)

This interdisciplinary course examines how globalization and our personal histories and cultural identities shape who we are, how we see the world, and the ways in which we communicate with people from culturally diverse groups and intercultural boundaries. Students will gain an introduction to the concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to interpret the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction and expand their intercultural competency.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.

Global Public Health (1 credit)

This course approaches health care as much more than an individual- or local-level activity. Rather, it is embedded in a complex global system of health threats and responses. This arena, global public health, brings together scientific, economic, and political issues, and the outcomes eventually affect billions of lives. We will discuss the historical development of the field, the state of public health around the world, and the prospects for combating current and future health threats. The politics and advocacy movements around certain important issues (like HIV/AIDS) will be a particular focus. Finally, this course is designed to be a college experience and will emphasize the critical analysis and other skills that are required for university-level work.

For a course outline, please email collegecredit@american.edu.