Online/Distance Education

Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | College of Communication | Questrom School of Business | School of Education

The online courses listed below are single courses offered to all students (unless a restriction is noted). This list does not include courses offered to students who are matriculated into an online degree program at Boston University.

College of Arts & Sciences

First-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 111

Online offering. Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr.


Intensive Kanji 1

CAS LJ 385

Prereq: (CAS LJ 211) or more than 300 Kanji. Online offering. Supplements vocabulary and idiom for students beyond third- semester Japanese. Students learn to read and write the 1006 Kyoiku Kanji and recognize an additional 1130 Joyo Kanji in everyday Japanese. 4 cr.


College of Communication

Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2017: Gangster Film. Studies the rise of the gangster film in America and its growth as a genre. Examines the conventions of the genre, drawing on early classic gangster films, and then discusses how later gangster films complicated those conventions. The course looks at gangster films in pairs, to see how similar material and themes have been handled at different points in film history. For example, students study both versions of Scarface (1932 and 1983) to see how the Al Capone figure in each film reflected the social and political context of each film’s era (as well as the stylistic inclinations of the directors, Howard Hawks and Brian DePalma). As a film studies elective, this course emphasizes gangster films’ historical, sociological, and stylistic importance. It looks at the role of particular directors, actors, writers, and producers (and real gangsters) in the genre’s rich history. While not required, a background in film analysis, as taught in Understanding Film (FT250) and in other film studies-oriented courses, is helpful. 4 cr.


Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2017: Super Heroes in Film. Focusing on films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this course explores the thematic and aesthetic aspects that have made super hero films so popular. Students learn and utilize basic film studies terminology (the close-up, the long take, cross-cutting, etc.) in order to understand how filmmakers create meaning though the use of specific cinematic techniques. In addition, the course contextualizes MCU films by explaining how each has operated within Marvel’s cinematic history and its competition with DC. Taking the films themselves and their historical context into consideration, students are introduced to a basic understanding of the field of film studies and the types of analyses those working in the field undertake. For information about technology requirements for online courses at Boston University, see The Distance Education office can be reached at 617-358-1960 for additional information. 4 cr.


Questrom School of Business

Introduction to Management

QST SM 101

A broad introduction to the nature and activities of business enterprises within the United States' economic and political framework. Course content introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Key objectives of the course are development of business vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of how businesses make money. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.


School of Education

Classroom Assessment

SED CT 556

Online offering. Introduces the conceptual, practical, and ethical issues related to classroom and school-based assessment of children and adolescents. Topics include: basic assessment principles, design of classroom assessments, discussion of standards for educational testing, including validity, reliability, norming, test development, avoidance of cultural bias, and general guidelines for selections of particular types of assessment methods for individual children. It is open to teachers of all grades and content areas. 4 cr.


Technology and Curriculum Integration Workshop

SED EM 560

Online offering. Students build competencies in appropriate technology integration through case studies, discussions, readings, and through designing and evaluating tech-integrated lessons. Specific topics include how technology can support and enhance learning curriculum, how teachers progress through identified stages of expertise in teaching with technology, and how a technology-infused learning environment should be developed. Students investigate the instructional and operational differences between a desktop program and a one-to-one program. For further information, call the Office of Distance Education at 617-358-1960. 4 cr.


Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction in the Elementary School

SED LR 551

For beginning graduate students without experience in the teaching of reading. Study of reading development in childhood and early adolescence, and the implications for teaching and learning. Discussion of theory and research on effective instruction and assessment, and the application of both to teaching. Not open to students who have completed SED LR 501 or SED LR 503. 4 cr.


Classroom Discourse as a Teaching and Learning Tool

SED LS 690

This course focuses on the development of knowledge and understanding of the roles that language and culture play in the literacy development and learning of children and adolescents. Participants explore theories and practices of literacy instruction, including reading skills and comprehension across grade levels and academic disciplines and for students with a range of learning needs. Particular attention is paid to the role of discourse as a central component of teaching and learning, and participants learn strategies for building on students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds as assets in the learning process. Participants examine the types of instructional contexts, pedagogical approaches, and teacher talk moves that will support productive instructional interactions and deepen students' conceptual understanding about important curricular topics. In addition, participants learn to use video recording and transcript analysis to reflect on their talk in the lessons they plan and implement. 4 cr.


Problem Solving in Mathematics

SED ME 563

Explores big ideas in mathematics through solving sets of challenging problems and connects to issues in teaching and learning. Topics include research on problem solving, problem design, and implications of a problem-solving approach in school mathematics. 4 cr.


Methods of Coaching

SED PE 501

Online offering. Principles and problems in coaching various individual and team sports. Theory and techniques in coaching including offensive and defensive strategy and scouting. Women's and men's sports. For further information, please call the Office of Distance Education at 617-358-1960. 4 cr.


Introduction to Research

SED RS 600

Introduces students to the skills and methods used in conducting research and in establishing the criteria for identifying research-based practice, interventions, and curriculum in education settings. Students become familiar with quantitative, qualitative, mixed method, and action research approaches to inquiry. Students develop skills in conducting literature searches, examine empirical research studies, and learn how to apply these methods to answer questions that are relevant to their graduate program area. Students should leave this course as better consumers of research findings presented in the mass media, able to critically read primary research articles and to participate in research-based efforts to improve education. 4 cr.


Explaining Science: a Philosophical Perspective

SED SC 539

Online offering. An analysis of science from a philosophical and historical perspective. What distinguishes scientific knowing? What vision has science given us of the universe and humanity's place within it? And how can answers to such questions inform the presentation of science to students and other non-scientists? 4 cr.


Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction

SED SE 510

Designed to develop an understanding of the historical background and legal framework of special education, various disabilities, instructional practices and behavioral support strategies. Focus will be on middle- and high-school students. 2 cr.


Introduction to Special Education

SED SE 706

Improves students' understanding of individuals with disabilities, traces the development of their programs and services, and analyzes and critiques key assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs about special education practices. 4 cr.


Assessment In Special Education: Procedures

SED SE 751

Online offering. Designed to develop the knowledge and skill related to the assessment of students who are in or are being referred to special education. Includes legal issues, culturally- and linguistically-responsive practices, various types of assessments in multiple domains, test administration procedures, scoring, interpreting, and reporting of results. 4 cr.


Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), 5-12

SED TL 508

Online offering. Teaching methodologies for English as a Second Language at the middle- and high-school levels, including techniques for developing language skills, content-based language teaching, evaluation and adaption of materials, and planning and assessment. Students participate in a field-based component. 4 cr.