Webster Opens Classes to Community

Aug. 18, 2015

Webster Opens Classes to Community
News for life-long learners

ST. LOUIS – Ever wish you knew more about film history? Or maybe you want a little more intellectual ammo when debating foreign policy with your friends?

Starting this fall, community members may attend courses in those and many other subjects at Webster University as part of the new Audit for Enrichment Program.

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide life-long learners in our community access to a variety of undergraduate course offerings,” said Nancy Hellerud, vice provost. “Anyone passionate about life-long learning is encouraged to sign up.”

An “audit” is when a student attends course lectures and participates in class with degree-seeking students, but does not receive academic course credits.

The program is for anyone 17 years or older who has a high school degree or higher. There is no age limit in the program.  Participants must apply to attend Webster University by submitting a completed online non-degree seeking student/audit participant application. To participate in courses that begin Aug. 24, applications are due Aug. 21; to participate in courses beginning later in the fall, applications are due Oct. 19.

Courses offered are from the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Communications.

“Communication and media have never been more important than today, or changing faster,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications. “We are excited to have this opportunity to invite the community into our courses and invite everyone to sample from our menu.  We hope to expand the program too, so let us know what else you would like to see offered.”

Courses that will be available for the Audit for Enrichment Program in fall of 2015 are:

  • Introduction to Mass Communication Mon. & Wed. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 9 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Environmental Journalism & Communication Tues. (Oct. 26-Dec. 18), 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
  • Modern World Cinema Mon. & Wed. (Aug 24-Dec. 18), 1:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
  • Unconventional Uses of Sound Fri. Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. and Sat. Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
  • History of Film Tues. & Thurs. (Aug 24-Dec. 18), 1 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
  • Media, Sports & Society Tues. & Thurs. (Aug 24-Dec. 18), Noon - 1:20 pm
  • Communication as Storytelling Mon. (Oct. 26-Dec. 18), 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to Computer Applications Mon. & Wed. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 1:00 p.m. -2:20 p.m. OR Tues & Thurs. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 8:30 a.m.-9:50 a.m. OR Thurs. (Aug. 24-Oct. 16) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Principles of Macroeconomics Tues. (Aug. 24-Oct. 16) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Economics of Development Tues. & Thurs. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) Noon – 1:20 p.m.
  • The Business of Sports Tues. & Thurs. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
    Entrepreneurial Marketing Tues. & Thurs. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • Innovation, Creativity and the Entrepreneur Wed. (Oct. 26-Dec. 18) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Entrepreneurial Financial Management Tues. & Thurs. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
  • Seminar:  Interpersonal Skills - Keys to Becoming a Leader Sat. Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Seminar:  Binking Outside the Thox Fri. Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. AND Sat. Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Seminar:  How to Think Sat. Nov. 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Seminar:  Big Picture Thinking Sat. Dec. 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Introduction to Law Mon., Wed., & Fri. (Aug. 24-Dec. 18) 9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
  • Conduct of Foreign Policy Tues. (Oct. 26-Dec. 18) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The cost per course varies from $100 to $300 per class with a maximum of two courses allowed per semester. Individuals who are 60 years of age or older will receive a 50 percent discount per class, while retired faculty and retired staff of the University can audit courses free of charge. Participants may only audit a course if space is available and are responsible for obtaining their own books.

All of the classes are on the home campus in Webster Groves. For more information about the program or to see complete course descriptions, visit http://www.webster.edu/enrichment.

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