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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*
  • $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.

  • 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. 

Open Courses: Spring 2019 

Registration starts on November 12. From that date you will see more info in the online course search. Choose “Spring 2019 Noncredit (View Only)” and click on “Class Search.” Most courses are held in the evening, once a week for 15 weeks.

American Film, Reflections of a Century III: The 21st Century 

Analyzes trends in American cultural history as reflected in the movies from 1990 onwards, with an exploration of precursors. Topics include the digital age, globalism, millennialism, postmodernism, and what is to come in the future. Students examine connections between Western civilization and landmarks of film history—cinema mirroring society and vice versa.
COM3200 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Michael Garber
Jan. 28—May 13
Tuesday, 6:30-9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Rockland Community College extension site, room TBA

American Film, Reflections of a Century III: The 21st Century 

Analyzes trends in American cultural history as reflected in the movies from 1990 onwards, with an exploration of precursors. Topics include the digital age, globalism, millennialism, postmodernism, and what is to come in the future. Students examine connections between Western civilization and landmarks of film history—cinema mirroring society and vice versa.
COM3200 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Michael Garber
Jan. 23—May 8
Wednesday, 7:00-10:20pm (15 sessions)
Location: Humanities building, room 1032

Multiple Intelligences

The theory of multiple intelligences suggests that there are several distinct forms of intelligence. This course examines the initial interest in interspecies differences, followed by a critical look at the use of intelligence tests as classification tools and predictors of academic success. Students explore different forms of intelligence and ways of teaching children, and work with schoolchildren to study one form of intelligence.
PSY3260 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Donna Hart
Jan. 24—May 9
Thursday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Rockland Community College extension site, room TBA

Stand-Up Comedy

Learn how to write, edit, punch up and perform your own unique standup comedy piece. The course will focus on creating comedic stories, joke construction and performance techniques. An essential part of being successful is learning to give and receive feedback. The class will provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where feedback can be shared and everyone can continuously improve.
COM3703 / noncredit / $320
Instructor: Kevin Flynn
March 12—May 7
Tuesday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Natural Science building, room 1059

Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro 

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. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore. 
JOU1110 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Jill Campbell
March 11—May 14
Monday, 6:30—9:50pm (8 sessions)
Location: Library, room 0014

Food 

 Food preferences differ culture by culture. This interdisciplinary course explores practices and politics of food production, consumption, and regulation locally and globally. After taking a historic look at how food practices have changed, students examine microbial and chemical agents that may contaminate food supplies and learn practical considerations for preventing food scarcity and contamination on small and large scales. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore. 
This course is in a hybrid format: shortened in person classes supplemented with online components. 
LBS3013 / noncredit / $625
Instructors: Ryan Andrews, Mara Horowitz
Jan. 24—May 9
Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm (15 sessions)
Location: Humanities building, room 2047

Food

Food preferences differ culture by culture. This interdisciplinary course explores practices and politics of food production, consumption, and regulation locally and globally. After taking a historic look at how food practices have changed, students examine microbial and chemical agents that may contaminate food supplies and learn practical considerations for preventing food scarcity and contamination on small and large scales. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore.
This course is in a hybrid format: shortened in person classes supplemented with online components. 
LBS3013 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: TBA 
Jan 29—May 14
Monday, 7:00—9:00pm (15 sessions)
Location: Rockland Community College extension site, room TBA

Health and Human Rights

The modern conception of health and its resulting issues are examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the origins of emerging health and related public policy issues; the impact on the local, national, and global economy and educational systems; national security; preventive efforts; and approaches to planning policy that address these health challenges now and in the future. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 
LBS3011 / noncredit / $625
Instructors: Carina Vocisano-Bruel, George Keteku
Jan. 28—May 13
Monday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Humanities building, room 2047

 Introduction to Criminal Law

 Topics include the structure of the criminal justice system; the impact of the Supreme Court on criminal justice; and the process of arrest, prosecution, and sentencing. Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 

LEG1510 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Colleen Duffy
Jan. 28—May 13
Monday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Fort Awesome, room 137 

Law and the Family 

The law touches everyone from conception to the grave and beyond. Family interactions between spouses, parents, children, and elders are dictated by rights and duties defined in the law. This course explores how the law weaves in and out of family structures in an attempt to protect and preserve certain rights and values. Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 
LEG3020 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Arnold Streisfeld
Jan. 24—May 9
Thursday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Social Sciences building, room 1003

Law, Order, and Disobedience 

Protection of civil rights in the U.S. has been characterized by both civil disobedience and widespread violence. This course analyzes milestones in American history, periods of unrest, and the sociolegal changes associated with them. Landmark constitutional cases, law, and justice in U.S. culture are studied, and historical lawbreakers and high-profile dissidents are examined through various media. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 
LEG3420 / noncredit / $625
Instructor: Linda Gironda
Jan. 29—May 14
Tuesday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions) 
Location: Natural Sciences building, room 3001

Mathematica = Knowledge + Computation 

This course introduces the Wolfram Mathematica software program, a combination of computational knowledge and algorithms. Students explore new concepts, work with data, carry out numerous computations, and master different effective visualization techniques. Students also learn how to integrate Mathematica into other disciplines. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 
MAT3125 / noncredit / $320
Instructor: Jason Gregersen
March 13—May 14
100% online

Negotiation Skills 

Negotiation is approached from a communication perspective in this course. Students explore the cooperative decision-making process in which individuals and groups work together to attempt to achieve goals that may initially seem divergent. By examining the way language is used to frame arguments and barriers, students practice planning, reframing, and bargaining to maintain roles and relationships. 
Books for this course can be found at the Purchase College Bookstore 
COM3120 / noncredit / $320
Instructor: Lawrence Berglas
March 14—May 9
Thursday, 3:00—6:20pm (8 sessions)  
Location: Humanities building, room 1039
Communications Law

Explores the American legal system and examines the role of each branch of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—in shaping the laws that govern the right to free speech and the right to privacy, along with conflicts between those two rights that arise in the media, the private sector, and public institutions.
LEG3200 / noncredit / $625 
Instructor: Ndukwe Agwu 
Jan. 23—May 8 
Wednesday, 6:30—9:50pm (15 sessions)
Location: Rockland Community College extension site, room TBA