Winter Session 2023-2024

Warm up with DCC!

Winter Session Runs From December 18, 2023 - January 6, 2024

**Deadline to Enroll: December 16, 2023 at 11:59pm MST**

Warm up for the spring semester with a Winter Session class from DCC! All Winter Session classes are 3 credits and offered fully online!

9 General Education Courses:

  • ARTZ100 - Beginning Art

    Instructor: Jennifer Wheeler

    Credits: 3

    This course is intended to serve as a broad overview to Art, with specific assignments to help students learn the Principles and Elements of Design, Color Theory, and Compositional Devices for effective image making and visual communication. Additional fee required.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Students will apply critical thinking skills while exploring topics related to visual art.
    ●    Students will apply creative thinking skills while producing technically proficient and explorative art.
    ●    Students will be equipped with the technical skill set to render form in answer to the assignments.
    ●    Students will communicate content through the expressive use of line and shape.
    ●    Students will recognize in art the principles that they are learning.

    Fine Art general education core.

  • BIOB110 - Plant Science

    Instructor: Tom Smith

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an understanding of basic plant science principles and environmental components that impact plant growth and plant interaction with agriculture and humankind. Students develop solutions to problems.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Familiarize the student with the science of plant production and botanical knowledge.
    ●    Provide a working knowledge of plant physiological mechanics and needs.
    ●    Explain the photosynthetic and life cycle of plants.
    ●    Explain the importance of soil health and maintenance.

    Natural Science non-lab general education core.

  • COMX115 - Intro to Interpersonal Communications

    Instructor: Casey-May Huff

    Credits: 3

    This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and insight into, the choices made by participants in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting their own and other people’s attempts at communication.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Distinguish the interpersonal communication context from other communication contexts.
    ●    Understand self-concept and its relationship to interpersonal communication.
    ●    Demonstrate an awareness of the effect of perception on interpersonal communication.
    ●    Critically evaluate and apply appropriate emotional expression in interpersonal interactions.
    ●    Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of language on relationships.
    ●    Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of nonverbal communication on relationships.
    ●    Demonstrate effective listening and response strategies.
    ●    Recognize and describe appropriate strategies for self-disclosure.
    ●    Analyze conflict situations and propose approaches for conflict management and resolution.
    ●    Illustrate understanding of gender and cultural influences on interpersonal communication.
    ●    Recognize concepts of relationship dynamics.
    ●    Demonstrate understanding of the link between technology and interpersonal communication.

    Communication general education core.

  • CRWR240 - Intro to Creative Writing Workshop

    Instructor: Nick Staffileno

    Credits: 3

    This course enables students to explore their own capacities as creative writers through critical analysis of both the students’ own writings and the writings of others combined with readings and discussions of the processes of creative writing. 

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of conventions, terminology, and concepts of specified genres and apply that knowledge to their own creative writing.
    ●    Engage in a process-based model of writing creative works, including significant revision.
    ●    Participate in peer-review to constructively critique their own work and the work of others.

  • LIT110 - Intro to Lit

    Instructor: Christina Di Gangi

    Credits: 3

    Introduces key literary terms, themes, and genres including short narrative, drama, and poetry. Non-Western literature will be studied.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Students will develop definitions for and a basic understanding of elements of literature.
    ●    Students will develop definitions for and a basic understanding of key genres of literature: short fiction, drama, and poetry. For course purposes, genre is taken to include characteristics of literary period.
    ●    Students will be able to use their writing about literature to cultivate college-level writing skills.
    ●    Students will be able to use their thinking about and oral and written discussion of literature as a vehicle for sustained critical reflection and analysis.

    Humanities general education core.

  • M105 - Contemporary Math

    Instructor: Jennifer Weeding

    Credits: 3

    Prerequisite: Math Placement Test or consent of instructor.

    This course is designed to give liberal arts students the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make numerically based decisions in their life.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Use set notation to find the intersection and union of sets and the complement of a set.
    ●    Use Venn diagrams to solve counting problems involving two and three sets.
    ●    Use the Fundamental Principle of Counting.
    ●    Use permutations and combinations, as appropriate, in counting.
    ●    Apply the basic rules of probability.
    ●    Use counting principles as an aid in finding probabilities
    ●    Find the expected value of game.
    ●    Use tree diagrams and the product rule to find conditional probabilities.
    ●    Organize data and graph the data with a histogram.
    ●    Find the mean, median, and mode of a given set of data.
    ●    Find the standard deviation of given set of data.
    ●    Use the normal distribution and z-scores to find probabilities.
    ●    Find simple and compound interest.
    ●    Find the future value and payment for an annuity.
    ●    Find the present value and payment for an amortization.
    ●    Find perimeter and area of a geometric figure.
    ●    Find volume and surface area of a geometric figure.
    ●    Use Trigonometry to solve basic applications for right triangles.

    Mathematics general education core.

  • MUSI207 - World Music

    Instructor: Tsai-Ying Li

    Credits: 3

    Equivalent to MUSI307.

    Covers music cultures in various parts of the world, with emphasis on the way in which music functions within each society. The basic elements of music, such as melody, rhythm, form and texture, will be covered to develop perceptive listening. Selected musical cultures of the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America will be presented. This all-inclusive world music course will give students a broader view of the global world. 

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Examine the function of the arts (music, dance, and theater) in each culture through lectures and demonstrations and video presentations.
    ●    Identify the representative musical genres and important musical instruments of a given culture by watching video and listening to audio examples and participating in class activities.
    ●    Discuss music according to each culture’s concepts and the roles different types of music play in their own cultural contexts.
    ●    Recognize the different musical traditions that are covered, appreciate the connections between music and culture, and understand the variety of meanings music can have for different societies.

    Humanities, Social Science/History and Cultural Diversity general education cores.

  • NASX105 - Intro to Native American Studies

    Instructor: Dr. Anna East

    Credits: 3

    This course presents a general overview of Native American history from the prehistoric period through the 20th century. The course emphasizes socio-cultural, religious, environmental and gender themes as well as important political and economic forces that shape American Indian life.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    ●    Understand and apply basic concepts about Native American cultures and culture perception.
    ●    Describe the basic characteristics of the Native American cultural areas of the United States.
    ●    Understand Native American history prior to 1492.
    ●    Understand historical facts and basic legal principles and how they influence Native American life and culture in modern times.
    ●    Describe the major historical, social, and economic events that have contributed to the current socio-economic environment of Native Americans.
    ●    Demonstrate awareness of self as a member of a multicultural global community.

    Social Science/History and Cultural Diversity general education core.

  • PSYX100 - Intro to Psychology

    Instructor: Gina Roos

    Credits: 3

    This course is an introduction to the methods of study in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, including an overview of physiological aspects of behavior, sensation, perception, research methodology, statistics, learning principles, motivation, intelligence, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality, therapy, and social psychology.

    Upon successful completion of this course (70% or higher), students will demonstrate the following: 
    ●    Define psychology.
    ●    Develop and understand the various fields/focuses of psychology.
    ●    Define the scientific method and its application to psychology.
    ●    Describe how the brain and biological factors influence our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
    ●    Describe how psychology is applied in the real world and in various contexts.
    ●    Learn self-care/coping tools.

    Social Science/History general education core.

Getting Started:

Students new to DCC will need to complete an Application for Admission. Currently enrolled DCC students can register for courses through their advisor. Payment for courses must be made by going to the Make a Payment option on our website.

Important Details:

Students may take a maximum of 6 credits. All required information must be received before December 16, 2023 at 11:59pm MST in order to start class on December 18, 2023. Students will be charged a flat rate of $675.00 per course. Payment is due upon registration. Registration will not be finalized until payment is processed. Students will automatically be dropped from from a Winter Session course on December 18, 2023 if they have not paid their bill in full. Courses offered in the Winter Session will be included in the Fall 2023 semester. Winter Session courses are not typically eligible for scholarships or for financial aid since most students have already received their Fall Semester aid. Contact the Financial Aid office at with any questions regarding financial aid.

To Pay for a Winter Session Course(s):

To pay for courses, select the Make a Payment feature at the top of our website to conveniently pay online.

Winter Session FAQs:

  • How do I log into my course(s)?

    Winter Intersession courses are offered through Moodle, DCC's online classroom platform. 

    New students will receive an email with their login details, including their username and password.

    To log in to Moodle, your username is your last name, first initial, and the last three digits of your D16# (example: smithj123). If you do not know your Moodle password, please contact the IT Department at

    Student information, including registration and grades, can be accessed through MyInfo.

  • How much will the course cost?

    Courses are typically not eligible for financial aid and will have a flat cost of $675.00 per course. Winter Session classes must be paid in full on or before December 16th. These courses will appear on the student's Fall 2023 section of their transcript. 

    Payment for courses must be made by going to the Make a Payment option on our website.

  • Is Winter Session eligible for financial aid?

    Courses are not typically eligible for financial aid and will have a flat cost of $675.00 per course.

    Contact DCC's Financial Aid office at 406.377.9410 or for questions about financial aid.

  • What are the important dates and deadlines for Winter Session?

    Important Dates
    Payment is due upon registration!

    • December 16, 2023 at 11:59pm MST -- Deadline to Enroll
    • December 18, 2023 -- Classes Start
    • December 20, 2023 -- Last Day to Add Courses
    • December 21, 2023 -- Last Day to Drop Courses w/Refund
    • January 3, 2024 -- Last Day to Withdraw
    • January 6, 2024 -- Last Day of Class

    To drop or withdraw, please email

  • What kind of commitment can I expect?

    We want you to understand that at three weeks long, these will be intense, expedited courses. In a typical 15-week, 3-credit course, you would be expected to spend three hours a week in class with an additional two to three hours outside of class which totals approximately 75 to 112 hours. For a three-week course, you could expect to spend approximately 25 hours per week to meet the minimum recommended hours.

  • What should I do if I experience technical issues?

    Please contact DCC's IT Department at

    For Moodle-specific issues and questions, please contact Erin Kaufman, Academic Coordinator, at

  • Why did I not receive an information email?

    Please make sure to check your Spam and Junk Mail folders for your Winter Session Login Information Email if you are not locating it. If you still have questions, please contact us via to form below or call 406.377.9400. We are happy to help!

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