Spring 2024 Pre-Session registration opens Oct. 23

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Students can enroll in a three-week session at the beginning of the regular spring semester to catch up or get ahead on their degree requirements, broaden their career skills, or complete a required ACE or EL course.

Courses related to areas of study in the College of Arts and Sciences are below. Information on funding, registration, and more is available on the Spring Pre-Session webpage.

Achievement-Centered Education

CLAS 180 Classical Mythology ( 3 credits ) ACE 5
Learn about gods and goddesses, monsters, and heroes while studying literary and artistic sources within classical mythology.

COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups ( 3 credits ) ACE 2
Students will learn to advocate for themselves in team settings, negotiate with others, and understand how teams relate, making group work more productive and enjoyable.

COMM 215 Visual Communication ( 3 credits ) ACE 2
Visual images are all around us, creating, informing, and continually changing our lives. Learn how to interpret and critique visual information, such as photography, film, television, visual art, advertising materials, social media images, and monuments in this ACE 2 course open to all majors.

ETHN/HIST/WMNS 358 Native American Women ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Indigenous women's history offers a unique perspective on Native nations, colonialism, and modern movements toward decolonization and repatriation. Themes include ethnohistory, law and policy, reproductive rights, sovereignty, and women's activism.

GEOG 140 Introductory Human Geography ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Students will explore the interrelationships between people, place, and environment — across space and time.

HIST 286 Music of Protest ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Music has channeled the mood and feelings of definitive, historical moments. Students will learn about different historical eras as they correlate to different musical genres. Africans, and other global actors, overtly protested through songs that contain symbolism and historical allusions. The course will also explore genres from Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Australia.

HIST/ETHN 113 History of Hip Hop ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Hip hop celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023. Learn about the history of this dynamic art form and its four elements — rapping, deejaying, dancing, and tagging (graffiti) — and how it changed the world. Debate who are the rap G.O.A.T.S. of the past and the present.

MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics ( 3 credits ) ACE 3
This course will introduce applications of quantitative reasoning and methods for problem-solving and decision-making in the areas of management, statistics, and social choice to students who are not in mathematically intensive fields.

RELG/HIST 180 Culture, Religion and Society in Asia ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
Students will learn about diverse aspects of Asian cultures through exploring Asian languages, histories, religions, and other topics.

TEAC/ETHN 330 Multicultural Education ( 3 credits ) ACE 9
"Multicultural education" acknowledges schools' roles in building skills, creating community, and expanding opportunity, but also their sometimes roles in discriminatory practices, cultural erasure, and stratifying outcomes. Students will explore why we have the schools we do and how educators can create better ones.

Career Enhancement

BIOS 456 Mathematical Models in Biology ( 3 credits )
Mathematical models can be used to predict the spread of an infectious disease, the effect of management on species abundance, or the evolution of an organism in response to a change in its environment. Learn how to derive, analyze, and simulate mathematical models to answer your own biological questions.

CASC 291 CAS Career Launcher ( 0 credit )
Prepare to pursue a variety of opportunities: part-time jobs, internships, research, leadership, scholarships, and more. Develop a professional resume, create or update your LinkedIn profile, and meet with a career coach to talk about the next steps toward your goals.

MATH 391 The Mathematics of Quantum Computing ( 2 credits )
Quantum computing provides a fundamentally new approach to computation and a quantum future is closer than ever. This course will teach students the mathematical methods needed to understand and apply quantum computing.

MATH 391 Mathematics for Machine Learning ( 3 credits )
In a world where decisions are being made by analyzing large sets of data to predict phenomena and behaviors, machine learning is crucial to image recognition, sorting, classifications, and solving complex problems. With minimal mathematical background, students can learn how to use algorithms to perform these tasks and work on projects that use real world data to understand the architecture of the algorithms and mathematical aspects behind them.

PHYS 492/892 Introduction to a Software Package for Electron Diffraction Simulation and Crystallographic Analysis ( 1 credit )
Electron microscopes are critical tools in many research fields including materials science, physics, chemistry, and civil engineering. Students are required to receive training in the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience to use the instruments in their research work. This course provides the background and software knowledge necessary for students to carry out their research.

Degree Completion

HIST 291 History of Baseball ( 2 credits )
This course offers a fun way to look at the cultural history of America through its national pastime: baseball.

MATH 191 Preparing for Applied Calculus ( 1 credit )
Scared to take Math 104? This course will help students learn the skills needed to be successful in calculus.

MATH 191 Preparing for Calculus I ( 1 credit )
Scared to take Math 106? This course will help students learn the skills needed to be successful in calculus.

PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern) ( 3 credits ) ACE 5
Discover the metaphysical and ethical views of key figures in Early Modern (17th-18th century) European philosophy. Examine key ideas that drove much of the philosophical debate of the Early Modern period including the existence of God, the nature of knowledge, the nature of the mind or soul, and natural science.

UHON 298H Honors: Freedom, Belonging and Hope in Czechia ( 3 credits )
Honors students can learn about the merging cultures, demographics, and history of Central Europe, making connections between the U.S. heartland and the heart of Europe. Engage with Czech activists and experts, discussing and debating civil society and challenges to democracy.

UHON 395H Honors: Global Human Population ( 3 credits ) ACE 6
Learn how to use biostatistical approaches and modeling in Microsoft Excel to understand data related to vital statistics in order to project future population growth around the world. This Honors course is open to all majors. No prior statistics experience is necessary.

UHON 499H Honors: Thesis Triage ( 1 credit )
Open to Honors students graduating in 2024 and actively working on an Honors Senior Project, this course will teach techniques for improving writing skills, staying motivated, and implementing feedback as part of a community of writers with a common goal.

Experiential Learning

MATH 391 Knot Theory REU ( 2 credits )
A mathematical knot is like a twisted-up length of rope with the ends tied together. In this research experience for undergraduates, students will study open questions about mathematical knots and work on never before solved problems that could lead to coauthoring original research papers.