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Undergraduate Courses with Noncredit Seats

Take a noncredit course at a reduced tuition rate!


  • $180 for the noncredit option in a 1-credit course*
  • $260 for the noncredit option in a 1.5-credit course*
  • $320 for the noncredit option in a 2-credit course*
  • $520 for the noncredit option in a 3-credit course*
  • $625 for the noncredit option in a 4-credit course*

*plus applicable fees. In addition to the tuition and any listed lab fees, there is a $25 nonrefundable noncredit registration fee paid once per semester. Please note: Specialized course tuition rates may vary from the above.

More Information

  • Students who register for this option do not receive college credit or grades.
  • This noncredit option is limited to students who are not enrolled in a degree program at Purchase College.
  • Because noncredit spaces are limited in these credit courses, early registration is advised.
  • Students may not switch between the credit and noncredit sections of these courses after the add/drop period.
  • Early registration discounts do not apply to these courses.

Spring 2020

Registration begins Thursday, January 2, 2020

You can find more information in the online course search. Choose “Spring 2020 Noncredit (View Only)” and click on “Class Search.”


*CLOSED* Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro—starts January 25

An introduction to the essentials of digital video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro in an intensive hands-on training format. Students become familiar with the user interface and editing tools needed to produce professional-quality videos for home use, broadcast television, and the web.

JOU 1110 / noncredit / $625
 Jill Campbell
January 25—February 1
Saturday, 10:00 am—5:00 pm (2 sessions)
Library, room 1015A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization


Energy and Society: Toward a Global Commons—starts January 23

How do energy systems and our energy choices affect anthropogenic climate change across the global north and south? This course examines the technological, sociopolitical, and cross-cultural dimensions of energy use, and their implications for the environment, human life and non-human life. Students explore alternative sources of energy, with particular emphasis on sustainable policy and governance at the local level.

LBS 3021 / noncredit / $625
Tom Kelly + Dana Hall
January 23—May 7
Thursday, 6:30—9:50 pm (15 sessions)
Humanities Building, room 1032
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

Fundamentalism—starts January 28

Contemporary culture cannot be adequately understood without considering the impact of religious extremism. While other factors play a role, it is religious passions that fuel the jihadist movement in the Islamic world, incite violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, and amplify culture wars between secular and religious forces in the U.S. This course examines the root causes of such cultural phenomena, asking whether fundamentalism can exist in modern society without leading to bloodshed.

LBS 3014 / noncredit / $625 / hybrid (in-person class meetings supplemented with online component)
 George Keteku + P.E. Moskowitz
January 28—May 12
Tuesday, 6:30—8:30 pm (15 sessions)
Humanities Building, room 1032
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

Legal Studies

Immigration Law—starts January 23

Issues related to immigration law are placed in context by reviewing their historical evolution. Students examine current law and issues related to family and labor-based petitions for permanent residence, political asylum and refugee applications, the status of undocumented workers, immigration and national security, and deportation policies and procedures.

LEG 3390 / noncredit / $625
 Matthew Blaisdell
January 23—May 7
Thursday, 6:30—9:50 pm (15 sessions)
Humanities Building, room 1042
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*CLOSED* Introduction to Civil Law—starts January 28

An exploration of the day-to-day applications of civil law: who can sue and be sued, the basis for lawsuits, and how to win cases. Through case studies and mock litigation, students explore such issues as product liability, medical malpractice, negligence, strict liability, and legal procedure, including document production and the use of expert witnesses.

LEG 1520 / noncredit / $625
 Linda Gironda
January 7—May 11
Monday, 6:30—9:50 pm
Fort Awesome, room 0137
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization


Grant Writing—starts March 11

Introduces students to techniques in grant research as well as technical and contextual writing skills for grants for the arts and other non-profits. Students will examine private and governmental sources of funding and fund-raising techniques. As a final project, students will research, write and share their own grant proposal for a neighboring cultural or non-profit institution.

WRI 3010 / noncredit / $320
 Dawn Gibson-Brehon
March 11—May 6
Wednesday, 8:00—11:40 am
Humanities Building, room 2030
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization