BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College next semester is offering 16 new courses, seven of them online.

Classroom courses include Abnormal Child Psychology, Painting II, Photography I, Sculpture II, Special Topics in Psychology, and Introduction to Property Management, and new opportunities for independent study in Psychology, History and Human Services. Online courses include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Self-paced Intermediate Algebra, General Biology, Introduction to Anthropology, Abnormal Psychology, Natural Science and Safety for Children, and Computer Animation.

With the new online courses, HCC’s internet offerings number more than 60.

Specifics of the courses:

  • Abnormal Child Psychology examines abnormal behavior from a development perspective. Within the framework of this course, normative development will be examined and contrasted to the myriad of psychological disorders that arise in childhood and continue through adolescence. These include mental retardation, autism, attachment disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
  • Photography I covers the fundamentals of camera operations and darkroom procedures. It will include a study of photography as a fine art and as a means of communication. Students must provide their own 35mm manually adjustable camera, film, paper, and developing supplies.
  • Painting II builds on knowledge and techniques acquired in Painting I, providing students with more freedom to further develop their personal style of painting and explore content in their work. This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the exploration of both traditional and contemporary subjects with the goal of development of individual artistic expression.
  • Sculpture II builds upon the experience gained in Sculpture I, providing students with more freedom to develop their own style of creating sculpture and explore content in their work. They will further explore the process of making sculpture by making use of more complex design, techniques, procedures, and addressing conceptual challenges.
  • Special Topics in Psychology. This course presents students with the opportunity to study special topics, themes or problems in Psychology. Topics vary by semester and by the instructor's area of expertise.
  • Introduction to Property Management of  Supportive and Affordable Housing provides an overview of the different types of multi-family affordable and supportive housing, including the different populations living there and the role of supportive service personnel in aiding at-risk tenants. This course also explores local, state and federal housing programs that pay for construction, rehabilitation and operating subsidies. Specific vocabulary, case studies, and writing assignments are an integral part of the course.

In addition, three independent study courses will be offered: Independent Study in Psychology, Independent study in History, and Independent Study in Human Services. Each of these courses allows students to study a special area, theme or problem in the field in question by agreement with the instructor.

Online Courses

Online courses to be offered include:

  •  Introduction to Criminal Justice. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the American criminal justice process. The course will examine the history, development, and current practices of law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system on the local, state, and Federal levels
  • General Biology I (Hybrid version). An introduction to the principles and processes operating in living organisms. The course is designed to serve as the basis for further study in biology: it explores the chemical basis of life, including molecular biology, respiration and photosynthesis; the structure and function of cells; the genetic basis of inheritance; and the evolution of life. Similarities and differences among organisms are also discussed.
  • Introduction to Anthropology. This course provides an introduction to the discipline of anthropology. Emphasis is placed upon the evolution and diversity of humans (physical anthropology) and upon the environments and cultures of various peoples (ethnology). Archaeology and linguistics are covered briefly.
  • Abnormal Psychology. This course covers concepts of normality and abnormality, in terms of statistical frequency, cultural/social norms and deviance, degree of impairment or disordered behavior. It examines types of maladaptive disorders, their determinants or causative factors, and forms of treatment.
  • Natural Science and Safety for Children. This course is designed to enable the teacher to provide children with an appreciation of the world in which they live. It will encompass themes in mathematical concepts, natural science, physics, physical science, biology, chemistry, nutrition, and health and safety education. Emphasis will be placed upon children’s natural curiosity. The method of teaching by discovery will be stressed.
  • Computer Animation. An introduction to creating animation presentations as they apply to the digital environment as well as traditional skills such as storyboarding and script preparation. The software used is Flash, which is the most widely used animation tool for interactive media and has become an essential tool for web designers. Other software programs that may be used during this course are Director and Photoshop.

These courses join a roster that includes the popular Irish I and Russian I courses. Irish I covers the phonetic system of the language, basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles emphasizing communicative competency. Orientation to the geography, history and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans will be included

Russian I covers the pronunciation and phonetic system of the language, basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles. The course involves all language skill areas: listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension and writing and introduces fundamental information regarding the geography, history and culture of Russia.

For more information about programs, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or visit our website at <> .

Registration for the Fall semester is going on now. Prospective students may register in person (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) through Aug. 27; by fax, mail, or dropping off a registration form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Aug. 23, or online at <> . through Sept. 3. They may also attend formal late registration sessions, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 26, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Friday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Classes start Monday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-508.


Anson C. Smith
Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel. 203-332-5229; Fax 203-332-8558;