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What's New at VU — updated March 1, 2015

• Intelligent people love news. But it takes way too much time to visit dozens of news sites hunting for headlines. NewsWave gives you one-click access to all your news in one place!

• Our developers have been hard at work, and we're rolling out a preview of myVU (pronounced my view), a new social network for cool, creative and intelligent people! If you are a VU student, past or present, or you plan to enroll in classes, you're invited to create a myVU account. Otherwise, please request an invite and we'll add more users as we roll out new features.

New Instructor-led Courses

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More New Courses!

Software Security   (started February 23, 2015)

Introduction to Philosophy   (always open)

On Strategy : What Managers Can Learn From Philosophy   (always open)

Getting and Cleaning Data   (starts March 2, 2015)

How to Succeed at: Interviews   (starts March 9, 2015)

Practical Machine Learning   (starts March 2, 2015)

Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines   (starts March 2, 2015)

Introduction to Relational Databases   (always open)

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills   (always open)

Virtual University's master index of low-cost and free online classes

Applied Science Courses
Business and Finance Classes
Earth and Space Science Classes
Education Classes
ESL/EFL Learn English Classes
Geography and History Classes
Art, Graphics and Photography Classes
Health, Wellness and Medical Classes
Language Classes
Law and Criminology Classes
Leisure and Do-It-Yourself Classes
Literature Classes
Marketing and Advertising Classes
Math and Algebra Classes
Music, Film and Theater Classes
Natural Science Classes
Philosophy Classes
Political Science Classes
Psychic, Metaphysics, Occult Classes
Psychology and Cognitive Science Classes
World Religion Classes
Self-help and Self-improvement Classes
Learn to Meditate
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College
Computer and Technology Classes
Gender and Urban Studies Classes
Writing, Journalism and Grammar Classes

Free and Low-cost Computer and Technology Classes

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Devices

Free and Low-cost Writing, Journalism and Grammar Classes

Fantasy Writing Workshop
Your Screenwriting Career
The Art of Writing Horror
Introduction to Personal Journaling
Memoir Writing: The Journey to Me
Break the Block
Grant Writing 101
The Creative Spark
Digital Poetry
Hypergrammar
Reading and Writing Short Stories
Writing and the Environment
Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society
Writing, Editing and Publishing in Cyberspace
Genre Fiction Workshop
Writing on Contemporary Issues: Imagining the Future

Free and Low-cost Religion Classes

Politics and Religion
Theology I
Christian Faith: Its Practice
Christianity and Ethics
History of Christianity
History of Christianity in America
Islam 101
Principles of Islam (Part 1)
Principles of Islam (Part 2)
Islam in 10 Minutes
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Religion
Science, Magic and Religion
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Ancient Israel
Anthropology of Religion
Politics and Religion
The Bible: An Introduction
The New Testament History and Literature
Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Latino Theology and Christian Tradition
Islam: Religion, History and Culture
Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Islam, the Middle East and the West

Psychic and Metaphysical Classes

Science, Magic and Religions
Learn to Meditate
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Learning the Tarot
Magic, Withcraft and the Spirit World

Self-Help and Self-Improvement Classes

Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

Political Science Classes

Politics and Religion

Math and Algebra Courses

Early Math for Pre-Schoolers
Basic Math: 3rd Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 4th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 5th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 6th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 7th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 8th Grade U.S.

Environmental and Earth Science Classes

Writing and the Environment
End of Nature
Climate Change and the Law

Psychology Classes

The New Psychology of Depression
Psychology 101

Business and Finance Classes

Grant Writing 101
How to Launch a Successful Startup

Education Classes

Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

Direct Links to History and Geography Classes

Roman Architecture

Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Ancient Israel

Direct Links to Law and Criminology Classes

Climate Change and the Law
Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Drugs and Drug Control in the USA

Direct Links to Photography, Art, Film and Music Classes

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography
Elements of Drawing
Exposing Digital Photography

Direct Links to Philosophy Classes

Introduction to Philosophy
Revolutionary Ideas: Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy