Need an extra unit to graduate? Give us as little as two days.

These courses are designed to allow SDSU undergraduate students to earn extra units for graduation while at the same time learning about the latest trends and hot topics in a variety of areas. Courses are currently offered in political science and sociology. Most courses consist of only two class meetings; typically a Friday/Saturday combination. Community members are also welcome to enroll.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
2 Days
Course Format Course Format

Courses are held online.

Specific course start and end times vary. Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, and additional courses may be added throughout the semester; please check back for updates.

Course Level
These are undergraduate, upper-division courses. Each course is one unit.

Grading is on a Credit/No Credit basis. No letter grades will be assigned. Students must attend all meetings and complete all assignments to receive credit.


Starting in the spring 2023 semester, SDSU Global Campus is using a new registration process for open courses. Please follow the instructions below to successfully enroll in courses.

  1. Click the course names in the table at the bottom of this page to view course descriptions.

  2. Once you’ve chosen your courses, click the Enroll button below to begin the registration process. Please indicate on the form that you’d like to register for courses.

  3. Once you’ve filled out the Enrollment form, you’ll receive a confirmation email from SDSU Global Campus within 2-3 business days with the next steps to complete your enrollment.

  4. Once registration opens for your courses, you can register in the my.SDSU portal.

  5. Complete your full payment in my.SDSU after your registration has been submitted. Click here for more information on our payment and drop policy.

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Be sure to register early; courses may be canceled if there are not enough students enrolled. Check with your advisor to confirm if a course meets your degree requirements.

Starting fall 2022, we will be switching to a post-pay model, meaning you may enroll in classes without a payment required. You will need to submit your full payment through my.SDSU within 48 hours from the date of enrollment. Click here for more information.

Transferring Credit
Students from other universities should first check with their school to make sure these units will transfer. Approval is up to the receiving institution.

For more information, please contact or call (619) 594-7700.


Student Success Stories

Professor Murren has real-world experience that he applied to this course to make it very interesting! I loved how it was a quick and easy way to get my one credit I needed to graduate. I definitely feel more informed now about best practices in regard to international development.

— Kaitlin Mayfield

I really enjoyed the course [Use of Mediation in Police Work]; it helped me graduate on time. The instructor was amazing. I learned way more than I expected — how mediation is used in many different settings such as large events like marches and speaking engagements. We learned the steps to mediation, then role-played how to mediate in particular situations. I highly recommend a one-unit course to anyone who is looking for one more unit.

— Shelby Brown

I took a one-unit sociology class with Professor Justin Brooks [Wrongful Convictions]. It was by far the best class I have taken at San Diego State. He offered refreshing viewpoints regarding our criminal justice system while ensuring that his students were informed and entertained. I HIGHLY recommend his class to any and all majors. He is profound and the class is a 10.

— Jade Settoon

Course List

Courses Course Dates
POL S 0496.04 What is International Development? 10/4 - 10/12/24


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POL S 0496.04 What is International Development?
Various theories and practices of international development are utilized everyday to address poverty, hunger, lack of water, and other challenges experienced by billions of people. This course provides an overview of theories, practices, critiques, and case studies/projects that the instructor has worked on in his fifteen-year career in international environment development.

Format: Online

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POL S 0496.05 Negotiation and Mediation: Theory & Practice
This course examines dispute resolution processes outside of, or supplemental to, the civil trial system with particular emphasis on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as dispute resolution mechanisms. This examination includes a study of the procedures and dynamics associated with each mechanism as well as an overview of the pertinent legal framework. A particular focus is on the skills dimension, and students will participate in a number of simulation exercises designed to assist in the development of the lawyering skills associated with each process.

Format: Online

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POL S 0496.06 Political Participation in the Age of Digital Media
As a growing number of people around the world uses digital technologies for information and communication, digital media have become an integral part of citizens’ political life. Consequently, the nature of political participation has changed transitioning from off-line to on-line participation. This course will focus on political participation through digital media and discuss the effect of such participation on political discourse and democracy.

Format: Online

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