Pop-Up Classes

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Pop-Up Classes

Pop-up classes are short 1 credit or ½ credit classes that do not follow the regular term or block schedule. Their name comes from the fact that they can be mounted relatively quickly in response to student or faculty interest, current events, or hot topics. These are pass/fail classes that provide elective credit and cannot be used to fulfill program requirements. Up to 8 credits from pop-up classes can be applied toward your degree for enrolled BAC students.

Current Pop-Up Offerings:

Online Summer Series

Bryn Athyn College is offering 1-credit online popup classes this summer, from July 6-24, 2020. These five online classes are available for credit or audit and offered Pass/Fail. Classes are capped at 15 students.

Registration is open now through June 29th. Please note that all participants in pop-up courses will need a laptop. See here for details about the laptop specifications.

Computer Science 197 Introduction to Python Programming

Instructor: Neil Simonetti
Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9 pm EDT
Prerequisite: Ownership of a Mac or PC computer
We pursue ideas basic to computer programming with the Python programming language, including variables, conditionals, loops, arrays, and functions.


Fine Arts 197 Introduction to the New Christian Church through its Art and Architecture

Instructor: Jonathan Kline
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 pm EDT
No prior experience with New Church beliefs or practices is necessary. New Church doctrines will be presented at an introductory level.
As the course title suggests, this course provides an introduction to the beliefs of the New Christian Church, based on the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (b. 1688 in Sweden, d. 1772 in England), through the study of works of art and architecture that were, themselves, designed or executed with “New Church” principles in mind. The course is object-oriented: each class will focus on a work of art or group of works and investigate beliefs or practices of the New Church that are manifest in its/their subject or symbolism, form, or use. Specific examples may include Jean-Jacques Gailliard’s Triptych of the Three-Fold Word, John Flaxman’s Deliver Us from Evil, Denis Duckworth’s The Pulpit: The Tedium of Perpetual Worship, the stained glass of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and the chapels of Cairnwood, Glencairn, and Cairncrest, among others. Works of art from other religious denominations will also be studied to provide context and comparison.


Nutrition 197 Nutrition and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19

Instructor: Suzanne Nelson
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm EDT
The COVID-19 health crisis is creating a range of unique and individual impacts—from food access issues, income disruptions, emotional distress, and beyond. As we navigate these unprecedented times, many are wondering about the role of diet and nutrition during this pandemic. This course explores the link between nutrition and immunity, and existing evidence on nutrient status, supplementation, and infection, along with practical guidelines on how to safely shop for, and prepare food, and manage stress.


Religion 197 Topics in Divine Providence

Instructor: Scott Frazier
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 pm EDT
Topics from the book Divine Providence with a focus on Divine goals, the laws and fundamental principles by which the Lord governs creation, and how the Lord brings good out of evil. Students will work through readings, write responses, and engage in class discussions.


Writing 197 Creating Online Content and Developing Personal Platform: Where Narrative and Digital Media Intersect

Instructor: Chandra Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6 pm EDT
In response to the growing demand for quality internet content and strong personal platform, this course introduces writers to the basics of the fast-paced field of digital communication. Students will perform market research and establish their individual niche. They will identify and study the masters of style and content in target areas Instruction and related activities both in and out of class focus on creating and maintaining a multimedia website, establishing consistent creative nonfiction voice, and populating personal platforms with high quality digital and written content.

Student Type

Fee

Admitted Student for Fall 2020 Free
Current BAC Student Free
Current ANCSS Student (entering senior year) $200 Flat Rate
General Church High School Student (entering senior year) $200 Flat Rate
Auditor * $150 Per Credit
Senior Auditor (65 and above) * $75 Per Credit
Regular (For Credit) $200 Per Credit

* %50 Discount for Current BAC Employees

Former Classes:

Modern Greek 197 : Introduction to Modern Greek Language and Culture for Travelers

Course description: An introduction to the fundamentals of modern Greek, with an emphasis on components useful for travelers. Includes learning to pronounce text written in modern Greek, to understand and use the most commonly encountered vocabulary, to communicate with phrases and sentences appropriate to different settings encountered during travel, to ask common questions, and to respond to common questions with politeness and friendliness. Language introduction is accompanied by a consideration of various contemporary Greek cultural characteristics and settings.

Instructor: Dr. Wendy Closterman

Credits: 1

Schedule: Monday, February 17, 5:15-5:45 PM; Thursdays from March 12th-April 30th 8:45-10:15 AM

Prerequisites: None.

How do you sign up? Students should speak with their advisor and register for the course in Sonis before February 17. Because this course only runs for a few weeks, it will not be possible to add this course after it starts. Drops (with no record on your transcript) will be allowed during the first week of the course. Withdrawals (with a “W” on your transcript) will be allowed during the second week.

Computer Science 197: Introduction to Python Programming

Course description: We pursue ideas basic to computer programming with the Python programming language, including variables, conditionals, loops, arrays, and functions.

Instructor: Dr. Neil Simonetti

Credits: 1

Schedule: Classes run December 3, 2019 through December 20, 2019 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:50 pm. Students will present their final projects on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Prerequisites: None.

How do you sign up? Students should speak with their advisor and register for the course in Sonis before classes start on December 3. Because this course only runs for a few weeks, it will not be possible to add this course after it starts. Drops (with no record on your transcript) will be allowed during the first week of the course. Withdrawals (with a “W” on your transcript) will be allowed during the second week.

Religion 397: Council of Nicea

Course description: This pop-up course is participation in the Reacting to the Past “Council of Nicea” game already offered in Religion 305: Universal Theology. Religion 397 students will join the Religion 305 students during the first three weeks of winter term when the Reacting to the Past game takes place. Religion 397 students will research their character, participate in game sessions, and write two assigned papers. Rel 397 students benefit from gaining a first-hand experience tackling historical doctrinal issues in committee.

Instructor: Rev. Scott Frazier

Credits: 1

Schedule: Classes run December 3, 2019 through December 19, 2019 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:20-5:10 pm.

Prerequisites: a 200-level religion course

How do you sign up? Students should speak with their advisor and register for the course in Sonis before classes start on December 3. Because this course only runs for a few weeks, it will not be possible to add this course after it starts. Drops (with no record on your transcript) will be allowed during the first week of the course. Withdrawals (with a “W” on your transcript) will be allowed during the second week.

Auditing Students

Part-time non degree seeking students and auditors can find information about costs and details of this program on the Part-Time and Auditors page.

Faculty and Staff Auditing

Full-time and percent time staff and faculty may audit undergraduate classes at Bryn Athyn College during the fiscal year in which they are employed, providing space is available, with the following criteria and discounts:

For courses with sufficient enrollment of regular students (non-College employees):

  • The audit fee is discounted to 50% of the applicable audit rate.
  • Faculty and staff may apply for professional development funding to support audit costs not covered by the discount; decisions on such funding are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Faculty and staff are limited to auditing up to ­­­four credits ­per term.
    • For courses held during the employee’s normal work hours, the employee must make scheduling arrangements with their supervisor prior to the first day of the course.

For courses with insufficient enrollment of regular students (non-College employees), the option to audit the course is unavailable. For courses that are full/at capacity, the option to audit the course is unavailable.