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Summer I

May 17 - July 4, 2021

Students analyze cost behavior, accumulation and allocation concepts in job and activity based costing and process costing systems. Students also examine estimated cost systems; budgetary control with standard costs; and cost and profit analysis for decision-making purposes. Computer usage is integrated.

Prerequisite: ACCT 238 

An introductory course in microeconomics focusing on individuals as consumers, producers, and resource owners operating in a market system. The supply and demand model is used to analyze how prices and output are determined in both the product and factor markets. Decision making in the firm is studied under different market structures.

This course introduces students to the fundamental practices involved in effective human resource management, such as recruiting, performance evaluation, compensation, employment law, and employee rights. HR theory and practice is emphasized within the context of improving organizational productivity and developing employee potential. 

A hands-on course designed to introduce the student to the software they will be using at Nichols and beyond. Students will become fluent with Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel) and digital media. 

A working knowledge of business law is important to every member of society, as the law applies to us all --- from individuals to organizations. This course is a broad introduction to U.S. law, concentrating on basic knowledge of the legal system and its impacts on commerce. Business Law begins with an overview of the judicial system and alternative dispute resolution. After a brief look at criminal law and civil liability, we focus on contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), business formation, agency relationships and intellectual property. This course will also introduce students to ethical constructs and ethics-based decision making. 

Prerequisite: A minimum of 27 completed credits 

Designed for students with three years of high school mathematics, which includes two years of high school algebra or its equivalent. Topics include real numbers, linear equations, functions, slope, equations of lines, systems of equations, quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. Practical applications of the material will be stressed. 

Prerequisite: Three years of high school Mathematics or its equivalent 

This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship which focus on the process of establishing and successfully operating a new business.

Entrepreneurship is setting up a freestanding new business and accepting the risks of time, effort, and money associated with such a venture. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to craft an initial plan for the start-up of a new business, including a working knowledge of permits, fees and municipal registration requirements and the development of a simple business plan.

Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227  

The global business world is a fast-paced environment. Maintaining relevance in the midst of dynamic change can be challenging. This seminar monitors and addresses current business leaders, fresh managerial theories, and innovative practices in a way that helps synthesize new trends with classic management models. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to craft the initial steps of his/her business career.

Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227, HRM 213, MGMT 365, and 72 credit hours earned 

A comprehensive introduction to the various facets of marketing in contemporary organizations. Topics include marketing strategy, product development, pricing, distribution channels, and promotion; as well as the environments in which marketers work in the United States and around the world. 

This course is designed to enhance the student’s professional and communication skills in order to develop and maintain a positive environment at work while preparing for future advancement opportunities. As a seminar course, Professional Development Seminar is highly interactive and will cover the following topics: personal branding, professional writing, business communication, networking, the interview and job search processes, career resources, mock interviewing, salary negotiations/benefits, and goal setting. 


Evening and online courses are just $370 per credit! Schedule is subject to change without notice. Don't hesitate to reach out with your questions. 

Amanda White
Director of Undergraduate Adult Learners, Partnerships, CBE

Sarah Whalen
Assistant Director of Enrollment for Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

Summer II

July 5 - August 22, 2021

The accounting professional is an information specialist. As a result, the profession requires a depth of technical understanding in a dynamic and evolving business environment. This course will teach students about the fundamental technical concepts underlying corporate information. This will include how to document and follow the flow of data throughout an organization, an understanding of the systems and processes used to generate information, an explanation of the common accounting transaction cycles and how to protect information from fraud or abuse.

Prerequisite: ACCT 238, ITM 209 

An introduction to the macroeconomic concepts of employment, income, and output, with an emphasis on their measurement and determination. The impact of policy decisions on the business cycle is investigated. 

Intensive practice in a variety of approaches to professional writing tasks: memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and both brief and longer reports.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212 

The emphasis of this course is on the development and management of successful entrepreneurial selling and marketing skills, e-commerce, and effective communication skills and tools for entrepreneurs. Successful completion of this course would enable the student to create and execute a successful marketing plan for the introduction of their business to the marketplace, including the virtual marketplace and would provide the student with the fundamental business communication tools and skill sets necessary for the operation of their company.

Prerequisite: MKCM 202 

An introduction to the environmental geologic forces and man’s interaction with them. Concentrates on environmental management that reduces geologic hazards and sustains natural resources. Topics include coastal erosion, groundwater management, river flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, global warming, rock types, energy production, and global changes. Laboratory. 

An introduction to the financial issues that impact the lives of average people every day. The course covers money management, the rudiments of investing, personal tax, the fundamentals of life, health and property insurance, the tradeoffs between risk and return in investing, home ownership and mortgages, the pitfalls of consumer debt, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Prerequisite: FIN 303 

This course introduces students to Gender and Diversity Studies, an interdisciplinary field of academic study. The course surveys contemporary gender issues, focusing on the social construction of race, sexuality, and gender and the relationship of gender to the self, others, and society. Along with the focus on the U.S., the course incorporates international perspectives on gender constructions and experiences. This course aims to connect our academic explorations with our lived experiences. 

This course introduces students to the world of information systems from a manager’s perspective. The modern business relies on hardware, software, networks, and databases. This class will delve into those technologies and learn how they support a firm’s operations. We will pay particular attention to analytics and how data informs business decisions and predict future trends. Modern case studies and issues relating to technology in business, like ethics and cyberthreats, will also be discussed. 

Prerequisite: ITM 123

Leading Strategic Initiatives provides seniors the opportunity to apply their mastery of the business core knowledge, learned during four years of study at Nichols College. Students are expected to look at their roles in business as applied to local, corporate and international level strategies. Students will demonstrate business and leadership knowledge through an intensive case study pedagogy designed to assess and reinforce key intellectual disciplines and leadership skills. 

Prerequisite: LEAD 101, MGMT 365, and 72 completed credit hours 

MGMT 227 provides an introduction of leading and managing organizations. Leadership is the ethical application of power to influence the decisions and processes of a group. Management is the attainment of organizational goals in an effective and efficient manner through planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources. MGMT 227 will explore the interrelation and differences of these two important business concepts as they apply to organizational behavior. 

Examination of the consumer marketing process. This includes analysis and planning of consumer marketing programs with investigation of consumer decision making and buying patterns. Includes written case analyses and presentations.

Prerequisite: MKCM 202 and a minimum of 42 completed credits 

The major living religions of the world are studied as expressions of ultimate concern within their historical, theological, and social contexts. Both eastern and western religions are studied. 

This class will explore and discuss different portrayals and corresponding intellectual and emotional narratives of human suffering or psychopathology through the use of the medium of film. The primary goal of the course is to refine student’s critical thinking skills applicable to the study of abnormal behavior and to appreciate this in a broad cultural context. 

Prerequisite: PSY 151

Fall I 

August 30 - October 15, 2021

A basic course focusing on the accounting systems, preparation of financial statements, selected balance sheet items, and financial statement analysis as applied in various business organizations. This course will assist the organization manager with decision-making.

An intensive course designed to broaden and strengthen the foundation laid in the introductory courses. Accounting principles are analyzed and applied in the preparation of financial statements, utilization of time value of money concepts, and examination of cash, short-term investments, receivables, and inventories. Includes computer applications.

Prerequisite: ACCT 238

This advanced communication course will cover the theories of organizational communication, the role of communication in organizations, communicating with and between key stakeholders such as employees and management, conflict and negotiation, and ethical communication. Students will analyze real cases and propose and debate alternative solutions.

Prerequisite: MGMT 227 or COMM 247

Become an informed and curious citizen of the world by exploring the diverse aspects of many cultures. Learn basic customs of different cultures and how they vary around the world. Engage in critical thinking regarding your own language and culture, make comparisons and prepare to meet and work with people of diverse backgrounds. Gain awareness of the many chronic and urgent issues around the world such as water scarcity, hunger, human trafficking, AIDS, conflict minerals, child soldiers, and the situations in Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, etc.

This course provides an overview of the unique problems faced by enterprises engaging in international activities, and the importance of understanding the international economy, social, political, cultural, and legal environment. This course also provides practical information on the mechanics of importing and exporting, joint venture, franchising, and subsidiaries, international dimensions of management, marketing, and accounting, international financial management. Other subjects covered in this course include special problems faced by multinational enterprises, recent problems of the international the economic system, country-risk analysis, and the increasing use of countertrade.

Prerequisite: MGMT 227

This course introduces students to the world of information systems from a manager’s perspective. Modern business relies on hardware, software, networks, and databases. This class will delve into those technologies and learn how they support a firm’s operations. We will pay particular attention to analytics and how data informs business decisions and predict future trends. Modern case studies and issues relating to technology in business, like ethics and cyberthreats, will also be discussed.

Prerequisite: ITM 123

The first course in probability and statistics covering descriptive statistics, correlation, linear regression, probability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Practical applications using the Microsoft Excel software package will be stressed.

Prerequisite: MATH 117 or MATH 122 or MATH 190

MGMT 227 provides an introduction to leading and managing organizations. Leadership is the ethical application of power to influence the decisions and processes of a group. Management is the attainment of organizational goals in an effective and efficient manner through planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources. MGMT 227 will explore the interrelation and differences of these two important business concepts as they apply to organizational behavior.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to project management and how the role of a project manager can enhance the success of both large and small projects within a business. Students will gain an understanding of the nine different project management knowledge areas and the five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing, and apply these as a framework and context for managing information technology projects.

Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227

This course provides a set of Operations Management concepts and tools for your use in managing your organization and in gaining a competitive advantage. The course is structured to provide you with practical and relevant applications of these tools. It recognizes the key role of processes in business and explores the elements which impact these business processes. It is equally suited for either the manufacturing sector or the service sector. Key elements include operations strategy, process design, and improvement and process layout, capacity management, technology, the role of quality and quality systems, and the management of the supply chain, including inventory, forecasting, and scheduling.

Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227, ECON 221, and FIN 303

Students will acquire awareness regarding the concepts of juvenile delinquency, the sociological and developmental views of delinquency as well as environmental influences. Selected theories on delinquency and causes of juvenile delinquency will be presented. The role of the different components of the juvenile justice system including the police, courts, and correctional facilities will be discussed; their impact on prevention and rehabilitation will be emphasized. Juvenile justice advocacy, intervention, prevention, and the future of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice will also be presented.

In preparation for collaborative and team-based workplaces, this course offers the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills that lead to successful team outcomes. The components of the course include team building, project management, and conflict management, covering topics such as group dynamics, emotional intelligence, diversity, project scheduling, and more. Students will have the opportunity to work in and lead multiple team-based projects and learn how to maximize team productivity and potential.

Prerequisite: LEAD 101 

This course will examine the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America, from its origins in the years after the Civil War to the current Black Lives Matter movement. Students will learn how the development of the NAACP, the Great Migration, and World War II helped ignite the protests of the 1950s and 1960s. Students will study numerous events related to the struggle for civil rights, including the murder of Emmett Till, school integration, student sit-ins, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Students will complete a research project on a person or event related to the Civil Rights Movement.

Humor is serious business. Sure, there's simple comedy, like a pie in the face or a Tyler Perry movie, but a lot of humor displays real intellect, and despite much reflection and experimentation—both in labs and on stages—no one has yet discovered a unified theory of hilarity. This course examines the mechanisms and models of humor, interpersonal humor, and the linkages of humor to personality, the practical use of humor in multiple settings, the biological and psychological connections humor has to one’s health and well-being, and how to bring humor to everyday life. 

Prerequisite: PSY 151

Disclaimer: In this course you will be viewing and reading material that contains profane language and, in some cases, sexual content, racists stereotypes, and references to drug abuse/use. Should these be things you feel uncomfortable with reading or viewing – then this course may not be suitable for you.

Fall II 

October 18 - December 10, 2021

Examines the uses of accounting data for planning and control in organizations. Topics include cost classification, profit planning, activity-based costing, flexible budgets, marginal and break-even analysis. Computer usage is integrated. Not open to Accounting concentration.

Prerequisite: ACCT 238

A continuation of ACCT 241. Topics include long-term assets, current liabilities, long-term debt and contingencies, and owners’ equity. Includes computer usage.

Prerequisite: ACCT 241

This course introduces the principles of effective speaking that will allow students to increase their effectiveness in a wide range of public and social settings. Topics covered include content selection and organization, audience analysis, the use of technology, non-verbal communication analysis, and the use of visuals. Students will develop and deliver a minimum of six speeches on a wide range of topics. The primary goal is to increase students’ skill and comfort level in delivering presentations extemporaneously.

This course introduces the principles of effective speaking that will allow students to increase their effectiveness in a wide range of public and social settings. Topics covered include content selection and organization, audience analysis, the use of technology, non-verbal communication analysis, and the use of visuals. Students will develop and deliver a minimum of six speeches on a wide range of topics. The primary goal is to increase students’ skill and comfort level in delivering presentations extemporaneously.

General principles of business finance focusing on markets, analysis, interest rates, the time value of money, the valuation of securities, and capital allocation within the firm. Formerly FIN 203 - Principles of Finance.

Prerequisite: ACCT 238, MATH 117

Hiring qualified talent is no guarantee that these employees will achieve their potential. Without nurturing, much of this talent will remain untapped and wasted. High-performing workforces are the result of continuous development and effective motivational strategy. Based on sound motivational theory, this course examines why people work and what organizations should know and do in order to create winning teams.

Prerequisite: HRM 213 or PSY 151 or SOC 161

Investigates the interaction of ethics with the operation of business, political, academic, and religious institutions. Examines ethics and the law, and attempts to establish guidelines for personal and institutional conduct.

Examines management theory and practice as applied to business activities that cross national boundaries. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of strategic, cultural, behavioral, functional, legal, and socio-ethnical aspects of international management in a global economy with multinational business enterprises.

Prerequisite: MGMT 227

Leading Strategic Initiatives provides seniors the opportunity to apply their mastery of the business core knowledge, learning during four years of study at Nichols College. Students are expected to look at their roles in business as applied to local, corporate, and international level strategies. Students will demonstrate business and leadership knowledge through an intensive case study pedagogy designed to assess and reinforce key intellectual disciplines and leadership skills.

Prerequisite: LEAD 101, MGMT 365, and 72 completed credit hours

This Undergraduate Adult Education Program (UAEP) Experiential Capstone Course is designed to provide fourth-year students the opportunity to apply the business core knowledge gained from their education at Nichols College. Students are expected to look internally within their organization, and their places within them for identifying and proposing actions and externally for influences on corporate social responsibility. Students will apply business, ethical, and leadership knowledge through a series of three projects. 

An investigation of the functions and activities of sales managers. Topics include recruiting, organizing, training, compensating, leading, motivating, and managing the sales force.

Prerequisite: MKCM 361

This course will examine the relationship between the two great superpowers of the 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union. Both countries were reforged from the fires of World War I and began an uneasy relationship that quickly soured and almost led the world over the cliff of nuclear war. This course will look at the history of their relations and how ideology, fear and popular culture played into the shaping of their foreign policy towards one another. This course will culminate on the problematic relations that still exist today. - This course will count as a social science and may be counted towards a political science minor with permission from the chair.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio development. It provides a series of structured activities and systematic approaches for the student to prepare for petitioning for credit for learning outside the traditional classroom. SEM 445 satisfies the requirement for SEM 444.

This course introduces students to the popular small business accounting software, QuickBooks Online. Students will use the software applications’ processes and procedures to prepare reports related to the accounting cycle, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and inventory systems. Accounting concepts are demonstrated in real-world business situations. The content covers all objectives in the QuickBooks Certified User Exam, which will be given at end of the semester. This is an excellent resume builder for any business student. Students must have a laptop and are responsible for the cost of the text. Nichols College will cover the certification fee. This is a Pass/Fail course.


* BOGO discount available to all new and current students registering for a Summer I or Summer II 2021 class. Free class must be taken in the Summer I or II session. Discount may not be combined with other offers.