Affordable online and on-campus classes to help you get ahead or get back into the swing, open to matriculated students and lifelong learners with easy credit transfers and convenient scheduling.

session i

January 13 - February 28, 2020

The accounting professional is an information specialist. As a result, the profession requires a depth of technical understanding in a dynamic and evolving business environment. This course will teach students about the fundamental technical concepts underlying corporate information. This will include a how to document and follow the flow of data throughout an organization, an understanding of the systems and processes used to generate information, an explanation of the common accounting transaction cycles and how to protect information from fraud or abuse.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238, ITM 209

This advanced communication course will cover the theories of organizational communication, the role of communication in organizations, communicating with and between key stakeholders such as employees and management, conflict and negotiation, and ethical communication. Students will analyze real cases and propose and debate alternative solutions.
Prerequisite: MGMT 227 or COMM 247

Within the field of criminal justice, it is necessary to understand why some people commit crimes and others do not. Crime rates throughout the world are continuously monitored and everyone wants to know the profile of the typical offender; yet it’s relevant that we explore the principles and theories that correlate with crime rates and its offenders. This course will explore historical and contemporary theories of the causes of crime; including theories derived from biological, psychological, sociological, geographic, economic, and political perspectives.

Intensive practice in a variety of approaches to professional writing tasks: memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and both brief and longer reports.
Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212

General principles of business finance focusing on markets, analysis, interest rates, the time value of money, the valuation of securities and capital allocation within the firm. Formerly FIN 203 - Principles of Finance.
Prerequisite: ACCT 238, MATH 117

This course introduces students to the fundamental practices involved in effective human resource management, such as recruiting, performance evaluation, compensation, employment law, and employee rights. HR theory and practice is emphasized within the context of improving organizational productivity and developing employee potential.

This course examines the relationship between rewards and performance on the job. Students will learn about the issues that influence how organizations set pay and benefits policies including executive bonus and deferred compensation plans. They will also examine how compensation differs by job level and by job location and how these factors contribute to decisions regarding outsourcing and off-shoring of jobs.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

This course exposes biases, perspectives and motivations which can be hindrances to organizational problem solving and decision making. Students are asked to examine in detail how they think to better evaluate, analyze and resolve issues encountered in organizational context.

A hands-on course designed to introduce the student to the software they will be using at Nichols and beyond. Students will become fluent with Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel) and digital media.

Through intensive, experiential learning and practice, students will be immersed in the study of leadership, and will directly apply themselves in leadership opportunities. This course takes a cross curriculum approach to exposing students to the many facets of leadership and, in a motivational setting, encourages them to find their own personal leadership style, ultimately identifying the emerging leader within.

Prerequisite: ITM 123 and FIN 203

In preparation for collaborative and team-based workplaces, this course offers the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills that lead to successful team outcomes. The components of the course include team building, project management, and conflict management, covering topics such as group dynamics, emotional intelligence, diversity, project scheduling, and more. Students will have the opportunity to work in and lead multiple team-based projects, and learn how to maximize team productivity and potential.

Prerequisite: LEAD 101

A working knowledge of business law is important to every member of society, as the law applies to us all --- from individuals to organizations. This course is a broad introduction to U.S. law, concentrating on basic knowledge of the legal system and its impacts on commerce. Business Law begins with an overview of the judicial system and alternative dispute resolution. After a brief look at criminal law and civil liability, we focus on contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), business formation, agency relationships and intellectual property. This course will also introduce students to ethical constructs and ethics-based decision making.
Prerequisite: A minimum of 27 completed credits.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to project management and how the role of project manager can enhance the success of both large and small projects within a business. Students will gain an understanding of the nine different project management knowledge areas and the five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing, and apply these as a framework and context for managing information technology projects.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227

This course provides a set of Operations Management concepts and tools for your use in managing your organization and in gaining competitive advantage. The course is structured to provide you with practical and relevant applications of these tools.
It recognizes the key role of processes in business and explores the elements which impact these business processes. It is equally suited for either the manufacturing sector or the service sector.
Key elements include operations strategy, process design and improvement and process layout, capacity management, technology, the role of quality and quality systems, and the management of the supply chain, including inventory, forecasting and scheduling.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227, ECON 221, and FIN 303

This course fulfills the internship graduation requirements for adult learners. This course exposes students to hands-on learning experiences in which they will compete two projects within their workplaces as well as writing a professional memo detailing the cumulative representation of research and findings through the demonstrated knowledge of, and the ability to use, action research as part of personal professional development and reflective practice. Students will design and conduct an action research project with strong ties to current educational research. This culminating project will provide students with a strong sense of internal and external forces of the organization and workplace competencies.

An investigation of the functions and activities of sales managers. Topics include recruiting, organizing, training, compensating, leading, motivating, and managing the sales force.

Prerequisite: MKCM 361

This course examines the biological, social and psychological perspectives of the American male experience through the reading of autobiographies and a review of contemporary research. Theories on the development of stereotypes, self-concept, achievement motivation, and cognitive and moral reasoning of men are discussed. Both traditional and nontraditional roles of men from birth to old age are examined. Mental health and social issues specific to men are also discussed.

Register by January 10, 2020

session ii

March 9 - April 24, 2020

The Institute of Internal Auditing states, “Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The duties and responsibilities of the Internal Auditor within the management team of the organization are explored in detail.” Topics covered in this course include the organization of the Internal Audit Department, staff qualifications and development, long/short range audit plans, and the elements of Internal Auditing i.e.: Preliminary Survey; Audit Programs; Fieldwork Activities; Reporting; and Management Review.
Prerequisite: 200 level ACCT courses and ACCT 343

This course gives the student an understanding of accounting for non-profit organizations and governmental entities. Special attention is placed on reporting requirements and governmental oversight through in-depth analysis of actual organizations. Includes computer applications.

Prerequisite: All concentration requirements excluding ACCT 490

An introduction to the environmental geologic forces and man’s interaction with them. Concentrates on environmental management that reduces geologic hazards and sustains natural resources. Topics include coastal erosion, groundwater management, river flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, global warming, rock types, energy production, and global changes. Laboratory.

The history of the human race began in Africa, and the ancient kingdoms of Egypt and Nubia were among the earliest human civilizations. In ancient times, parts of northern Africa were integrated into the Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, and Turkish empires; in the fourth century, the Kingdom of Axum embraced Christianity before any nation in Europe; and in the medieval era, eastern and southern Africa were closely linked by trade with the Middle East, India, and China, while northern Africa was home to some of the world’s most advanced universities. Beginning in the sixteenth century, Africa and its inhabitants increasingly came under the control of European powers, which used the population and resources of Africa to fuel both their own industrialization and their conquest of the Americas. By the start of the twentieth century, almost the entire continent was controlled by Europe, yet by the middle of the century, Africans played a decisive role in ending the era of European imperialism. Yet despite Africa’s central role in world history, it remains one of the most misunderstood places on Earth. This course will examine the developments that have shaped the continent roughly since the year 1800. Rather than simply presenting facts, however, this course will invite you to examine the evidence of the past first-hand in the manner of professional historians, and to learn to look at and analyze the past in the same way.

Virtually every US company now faces competition from abroad, and the fortunes of most US firms, large and small, are inextricably bound to the global economy. Company HR Departments must have a global perspective to remain competitive. And all managers, especially HR professionals, must develop a sensitivity to global issues and practices. This course will focus on several aspects of human resources in a global context: labor practices in developing countries; multinational companies’ strategies in complying with international ethical principles; and how companies can manage global operations in a manner that results in a successful experience for both the employee and the firm.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

This course provides an overview of the unique problems faced by enterprises engaging in international activities, and the importance of understanding the international economic, social, political, cultural, and legal environment. This course also provides practical information on the mechanics of importing and exporting, joint venture, franchising, and subsidiaries, international dimensions of management, marketing and accounting, international financial management. Other subjects covered in this course includes special problems faced by multinational enterprises, recent problems of the international economic system, country-risk analysis, and the increasing use of counter trade.
Prerequisite: MGMT 227

This course introduces students to the world of information systems from a manager’s perspective. The modern business relies on hardware, software, networks, and databases. This class will delve into those technologies and learn how they support a firm’s operations. We will pay particular attention to analytics and how data informs business decisions and predict future trends. Modern case studies and issues relating to technology in business, like ethics and cyberthreats, will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: ITM 123

Leading Strategic Initiatives provides seniors the opportunity to apply their mastery of the business core knowledge, learned during four years of study at Nichols College. Students are expected to look at their roles in business as applied to local, corporate and international level strategies. Students will demonstrate business and leadership knowledge through an intensive case study pedagogy designed to assess and reinforce key intellectual disciplines and leadership skills.
Prerequisite: LEAD 101, MGMT 365, and 72 completed credit hours

This course focuses on the strategies and tactics for conceiving, developing, initiating and managing innovation and change within an established corporate structure. Topics include attributes of corporate entrepreneurs, bases of creativity and innovation, interpersonal and interdepartmental relationships, promoting innovation and change within the corporate structure, organizational politics, strategic organizational changes, and corporate culture.
Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 227

The major living religions of the world are studied as expressions of ultimate concern within their historical, theological, and social contexts. Both eastern and western religions are studied.

This course is designed to enhance students professional and communication skills in order to develop and maintain a professional career path. As a seminar course it is highly interactive and will cover the following topics: interpersonal communication, professional writing, networking, the job search process, career resources, and mock interviewing. It is recommended to take this course as close to the student’s anticipated graduation date as possible. At the end of this course, students will have an updated resume and cover letter to prepare them for their professional lives. 

Register by March 6, 2020

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Session Dates (beginning and end dates)


Session I

January 13, 2020


February 28, 2020


Session II

March 9, 2020


April 24, 2020


Registration Dates (add/drop)


Session I

November 13, 2019


January 17, 2020


Session II

November 13, 2019


March 13, 2020


Payment Due Dates (by session)


Session I

January 13, 2020


Session II

March 9, 2020


If you register after the appropriate payment due date, then payment is due within 24 hours. You are responsible for all financial obligations incurred by your registration(s).


Withdrawal Dates (last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” for each session)


Session I

February 7, 2020


Session II

April 3, 2020

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Spring courses are just $350 per credit!

Contact Laura Hunter, Director of Enrollment for Undergraduate Adult Education


Phone: 508-213-2141

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