Roanoke College

May Term / Intensive Learning


The College provides a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. The majority of these courses are offered in May, during a three-week term, although some travel courses may run a little over or a little under the three-week period.

May Term Courses for 2013

INQ 277 Substainable Operations: The Right Road to Profitability
Instructors: Dr. Chris McCart and Prof. Michael Hutkin
Join us on an exciting adventure into sustainability learning how to "Go Green" AND still make a business profit. Starting in Salem, this course will define and explain the business processes taken to increase profit as an economic strategy while working within a business model that also affects positive changes on society and the environment. IN groups, we will visit local Roanoke Valley businesses to observe and discuss indications of sustainability. We will then begin a travel tour of model businesses and sustainability focused facilities starting in Boone, NC. at Appalachian State University to study wind farm research, Greenville, SC. visiting a hospital operation that includes its own worm farm, Spartanburg, SC. to view the BMW assembly plant in action, and conclude with a week in Charleston, SC. studying various sustainable applications in that area from the Port of Charleston to the fun-filled Eco-tour and it's water adventure to one of the barrier islands. The course will conclude with a re-visit of local businesses and student collaboration to present recommended changes to achieve sustainable business operations. For more information or application contact Dr. McCart,, or Prof. Hutkin, Prerequisite: Permission of instructors.

INQ 177: Women, Work, & Life
Instructors: Dr. Julie Lyon and Dr. Denise Adkins
An examination of work-life issues faced by women. Recent research and theories from business, psychology, and gender studies will be evaluated and applied to these issues. Students will be expected to complete self-reflective and growth activities in which they will integrate and apply research and theories to various women's issues. Course topics will include: gender bias at home and work, opting in and out of the workplace, childcare and eldercare, parenting and relationship skill building, conflict resolution, family planning, maternity leave, company policies, women as leaders, stress management, etc. Prerequisites: None

Past May Term Courses

Past Campus Based Courses:

IL 277 Basic Leadership Practices: Focus on the Walt Disney Companies
Instructors: Prof. Sharon Gibbs and Dr. Ali Nazemi
This course explores key leadership practices for accomplishing group and organizational goals. It focuses on the behavioral model of leadership. The second half of the course studies leadership practices during the past and in the current time period within the focus (or case study) organization. Two weeks of classes will be held on the Roanoke College campus and one week will be held in Disney World - three half days will be spent at the Disney Institute learning Leadership - Disney Style. Prerequisites: None. This course may be substituted for BUAD 264 in requirements for the Business major and concentrations. For more information or application, contact Professor Gibbs,, or Dr. Nazemi, Cost: TBA. Prerequisite: None.

INQ 277: Forensic Economics
Instructor: Dr. L. Lynch
An in-depth study of the required research, analytical techniques, report generation, and court preparation required in the evaluation and court testimony for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Business Valuation Losses. Cross-listed as ECON 277 CC for elective credit in the ECON major or Finance concentration. Prerequisites: Economics 121, 122 and BUAD 258

IL 277 CP: Experimental Economics
Instructor: Dr. Eddie Nik-Khah
The use of controlled laboratory experimentation in economics was regarded an impossibility a mere two decades ago, and yet practitioners have recently been recognized with nothing less than the Nobel Prize in economics. In this course we shall find that the study of laboratory experimentation in economics provides a golden opportunity to develop an understanding of the sudden emergence of economics as an "experimental" science, experience being an experimental economist and an experimental subject, and examine the pathways along which experimentation is actually changing social science. Students will not only learn the precepts of the field, but also have the opportunity to participate in real experiments.(1) Prerequisite: ECON 120 or 121 or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed as ECON 277 CP for elective in the Economics major.

Past Travel Abroad:

INQ 277 Promotions in Paris
Instructor: Dr. P. Galluch

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of promotions management in Paris, France. This course encourages learning by examining works of art, business atmospheres, traditional media, and supporting media. We will stimulate creativity at museums, such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. We will examine sales promotions, including business atmospheres and design, in the shopping district at the Ave de Champs-Elysées. We will also examine promotions on billboards, in the métro, on buses, and in premier magazines, etc. This course may be used as an elective within the Marketing Concentration. For more information or application, contact Dr. Galluch, Cost: $4300.00. Prerequisite: BUAD 233 or permission.


GERMANY INQ 177: The Greener Way of Life in Modern Germany and Berlin
Instructors: Dr. Lissa Velazquez and Dr. Jim Ogier
This course explores the "greening" of the modern Germany economy via a trip to Berlin. What kinds of green technologies are applied in and around Berlin to fuel the economy? How does Germany's capital try to achieve its unique combination of 21st century modern culture and sustainability? The focus will be on visiting production sites of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, and biogas), inner-city gardening projects, local organic food production, and many other aspects of Berlin's fascinating way of life. Prerequisite: None

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