Online Courses

20110829chapel8508Below is a full list of online courses being offered during summer 2019.
Current and prospective Wake Forest students should note that no more than 15 credit hours earned through fully online courses may be applied toward graduation. Of these, no more than six credit hours may be transferred from another institution. Undergraduate students in the College may not enroll in any online course for credit during their first two semesters at Wake Forest.
Visiting students should consult their home university prior to registration to ensure transfer credit for online courses will be accepted.


103 – History of Western Art (3 credit hours)

The study of visual arts of Europe and America as they relate to history, religion, and the ideas that have shaped Western culture. Explores masterpieces from the ancient world to the present. (D)

This course is a survey of the main developments in art and architecture in Europe and America from the classical period through modern times. In the summer, the course is fully online. It is set up so that students can work on their own schedule, within the five-week Summer II term.  It is possible to work around a job or internship, but all work for each of the five units must be done by Monday of the following week (that is, you can’t leave everything til the end of the term). There will also be online meeting times once a week so that students will have a chance to interact with me and each other in real time.  Those meetings will be set up around the enrolled students’ schedules. You do need a reliable internet connection, but you do not need to be on campus to take this course. No special software is needed.

If you have further questions, please email Dr. Barnes (

Second Session Course:

  • 51536 – Online, Barnes


210 – Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Decision-Making in Biology and Medicine (3 credit hours)

Examines contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practice. P-BIO 114 or POI.

Second Session Course:

  • 51831 – Mondays & Thursdays 7:00PM-8:30PM – Online, Gibson


120 – Introduction to Film & Media Aesthetics (3 credit hours)

Introduction to the major theories and aesthetics of motion pictures and other media forms through a study of styles related to writing, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound. (D)

Full Summer Course:

  • 51541 – Online, Dalton

220 – Empirical Research in Communication (3 credit hours)

Introduction to methodological design and univariate statistics as used in communication research. (QR)

Full Summer Course:

  • 51836 – Online, Giles

318 – Culture and the Sitcom (3 credit hours)

Explores the intersection of American culture and the television situation comedy, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming.

Full Summer Course:

  • 51273 – Online, Dalton
  • 51374 – Online, Dalton

323 – Superheroes, Cinema and American Mythology (3 credit hours)

Examines the emergence of superhero films in American cinema as a representation and response to historical and ideological contexts.

First Session Course:

  • 51545 – Online, Hood

Second Session Course:

  • 52107 – Online, Hood

333 – Business of Sports Media (3 credit hours)

Examines the intersection of media content, production and business practices, and examines how the digital revolution is changing the game for content creators, leagues and teams.

Second Session Course:

  • 52165 – Online, Sheridan

Computer Science

111 – Introduction to Computer Science (4 credit hours)

Lecture and laboratory. Introduction to the basic concepts of computer programming and algorithmic problem solving for students with little or no programming experience. Recommended as the first course for students considering a major or minor in computer science, also appropriate for students who want computing experience applicable to other disciplines. Lab—2 hours. (D)

First Session Course:

  • 51873 – Thursdays, 6:00PM-7:30PM – Online, Thomas
  • 52089 – Thursdays, 8:00PM-9:30PM – Online, Thomas

191 – Special Topics: Introduction to Digital Sound and Music (3 credit hours)

Topics in computer science that are not covered in regular courses or that give special practice in skills used in other courses. Not to be counted toward the bachelor of science in computer science. May be repeated for up to 6 hours if the topic changes.

This course combines computer science and music in a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach. The course is team-taught by a professor of computer science and a professional musician and music theorist. The first projects involve making sound and music with MATLAB. An introduction to music theory is presented from a both a music theoretic and a mathematical/algorithmic perspective. In the second half of the semester, students work with audio editing software that combines MIDI with digital audio recording.  Students learn how to record, include software instruments, and apply amplitude envelopes, EQ, filters, LFOs, dynamics compressors, and other mixing tools.  The final project involves composing and digitally producing a short song with software instruments and digital audio components.  No background is necessary for the course.  However, the course often attracts students who have background in music as well as those with some computer programming experience.

Full Summer Course:

  • 52055 – Mondays, 12:00PM-1:00PM – Online, Burg


334 – Ethics in Health and Human Services (3 credit hours)

Investigation of the ethical parameters of health and human services work. Topics include least restrictive interventions, privacy, human dignity and compassionate service . NOHS standards will be studied.

First Session Course:

  • 51292 – Online, Farrell
  • 51996 – Online, Clarke

340 – Professional Orientation to Health and Human Services (3 credit hours)

Provides an overview of health and human services including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, specializations, and credentialing. Public policy processes and contemporary issues are also considered.

Second Session Course:

  • 51293 – Online, Mitchell


320 – Strategic Job Search Processes (1.5 credit hours)

Third course in the College to Career series. Provides students with the fundamental knowledge, strategies, and skills required to conduct an effective job search including professional written and verbal communication; interviewing techniques; networking and other job search strategies; the branding and marketing of oneself; and evaluating offers and negotiation. P—EDU 120 and 220 or POI.

First Session Course:

  • 51768 – Online – Calhoun

German and Russian

GER 1 – German for Reading Knowledge (1.5 credit hours)

First Session Course:

  • 52115 – Online, Wiggers &Knight

GER 2 – German for Reading Knowledge (1.5 credit hours)

Second Session Course:

  • 52116 – Online, Wiggers & Knight

GES 340 – German Masterworks in Translation (3 credit hours)

Examines selected works of German, Austrian, and Swiss fiction in English translation by such writers as Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Mann, and Schnitzler. Literary periods, genres, and authors vary according to instructor. Can also be offered online in summer. Also listed as HMN 340. (D)

Full Summer Course:

  • 50886 – Online, Knight
  • 52014 – Online, Knight


340 – German Masterworks in Translation (3 credit hours)

Examines selected works of German, Austrian, and Swiss fiction in English translation by such writers as Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Mann, and Schnitzler. Literary periods, genres, and authors vary according to instructor. Also listed as GES 340. (D

Full Summer Course:

  • 51018 – Online, Knight
  • 52015 – Online, Knight


220 – Logic (3 credit hours)

Elementary study of the laws of valid inference, recognition of fallacies, and logical analysis. (D)

First Session Course:

  • 52093 – Online, Glezakos

The Study of Religions

390 – Special Topics: Exploring Interfaith Practice and Leadership (3 credit hours)

Religion topics of special interest. May be repeated for credit. Group I-III with department approval.

First Session Course:

  • 52193 – Online, Van Doorn Harder & Pace

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