Main content

Undergraduate Courses with Noncredit Seats

Take an undergraduate credit-bearing course on a noncredit basis at a reduced tuition rate! 

Costs

  • $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 2022

Registration is open.

You can find more information in the online course search. Choose “Spring 2022 Noncredit” and click on “Course Search.”

Dance

An introduction to major choreographers of the 20th and 21st century with a focus on Western theatrical dance. Original source readings, videos, and discussions reveal dance as an art form imbued with personal aesthetics and influenced by broader sociopolitical contexts. Subject matter includes modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary practice.

DPD1110 | Lecture | Noncredit | $520
Instructor: TBA
Location: Dance Building, room 1041
January 24 – May 9
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Environmental Studies

A practical guide to the quantitative assessment of potential impacts to the environment from a proposed development project. Topics include basic federal and New York State SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) requirements; use and interpretation of maps; and assessments related to physical, biological, and socioeconomic components. Students work as teams (using the map room, library, and computer resources) to prepare a sample Environmental Impact Statement related to ongoing development near the campus.

ENV3045 | Online | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: David Yozzo
Location: Humanities Building, room 1039
January 25 – May 10
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Film and Media

An in-depth look at French-language cinema “beyond the hexagon”—that is, film and media originating from regions of the world outside of France, including Africa, the Middle East, the French Caribbean, Belgium, Switzerland, and Québec. The impact of diverse geographical settings, cultural histories, and conditions of production and exhibition are addressed, along with such factors as colonialization, hybridity, diaspora, and globalization.

CIN3550 | Online | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Robert Watson
January 24 – May 9
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

An examination of how environments are represented across media forms and how they mediate cultural practices. Media forms include landscape painting, nature photography, art installations, music, nature writing, science fiction writing, and eco-cinema. Cultural practices include romantic, philosophical, and aesthetic traditions; indigeneities, nationalism, environmentalism, warfare, eco-mafias; and the arts and sciences of biomedia.

CIN3875 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Joel Anderson
Location: Center for Media, Film and  Theatre, room 0065
January 25 – May 10
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Fitness

Emphasizes the development of body strength, flexibility, poise, and cardiovascular fitness through jazz-based dance. Students assess their fitness levels at both the beginning and end of the course to note their progress.

PED1455| Studio | Noncredit | $180
Instructor: Caren Valente
Location: TBD
January 20 – May 9
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:10pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

History

Explore urban life in early modern Europe focusing on social history and how people of different backgrounds (e.g., gender, religion, and class) experienced urban life. Themes include community politics, women and work, family life, migration, culture and festivals, crime and punishment, and universities. Case studies include Venice, Rome, London, Amsterdam, Prague and Geneva.

HIS3232 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Patrick Holt
Location: Humanities Building, room 1039
January 24 – May 9
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Examines the responses of European intellectuals to the Russian Revolution, Great Depression, spread of fascism, two world wars, and genocide. Themes include: the ideological conflict between communism, fascism, and democracy; race and empire; attempts to rethink socialist and capitalist economics; and reappraisals of human nature and modern progress in the light of the savageries unleashed in these decades.

HIS3655 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: John Bailey
Location: Natural Sciences Building, room 3001
January 20 – May 9
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:10 pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Legal Studies

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.

LEG1510 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Colleen Duffy
Location: Social Sciences Building, room 1002
January 24 – May 9
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

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.

LEG3020 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Nduke Agwu
Location: Humanities Building, room 1039
January 19 – May 4
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

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.

LEG3390 | Online | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Kristyan Gilmore
January 20 – May 5
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:50pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Liberal Studies

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.

LBS3021 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructors: Dana Ware, Sabrina  Charney Hull
Location: Humanities Building, room 2052
January 20 – May 5
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Examines intersections between communication technology, media and political power. Can media maintain its function in producing informed, democratic members of society who hold governments accountable during a time when the lines between fact and fiction are blurred? Students contemplate how the transforming practices of social media alter the meanings of civic engagement, public awareness, and democratic governance.

LBS3027 | Lecture | Noncredit | $625
Instructors: George Keteku, Janis Astor
Location: Humanities Building, room 2052
January 25 – May 10
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Music

A survey course introducing students to the major musical traditions of the world. Topics include structures, scales, instruments, and cultural elements of music from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas, supplemented by historical and contemporary recordings and films.

MTH4340 | Lecture | Noncredit | $320
Instructor: Kamala Sankaram
Location: Music Building, room 1002
January 19 – May 4
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:40pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Psychology

In this course, the intra- and extra-personal causes of stress are identified, and a variety of assessment instruments are demonstrated and used. The consequences of stress are examined from several physiological and cognitive perspectives. A catalog of effective, direct, and palliative coping strategies is offered so that students can develop personalized stress-management programs.

PSY2755 | Lecture | Noncredit | $520
Instructor: Christopher Williams
Location: Social Sciences Building, room 1038
January 24 – May 9
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization

Writing 

How do we create meaningful writing for an online readership that scrolls quickly and relies less on the printed page than any other generation? Students will write essays, features, and criticism and identify online publications that suit each project, while guest lecturers offer insight on engaging social media to share reported stories. Students co-edit Expose, Purchase’s online expository writing magazine.

WRI 1200| Lecture/Discussion | Noncredit | $625
Instructor: Amy Wright
Location: Natural Sciences building, room 1059
January 20 – May 9
Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:10 pm
Registration Form | Credit Card Authorization