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Degree Pathway

Associate of Arts degree in Professional Studies

HEPI facilitates the associate degree program at SCI-Greene in partnership with Waynesburg University. Upon completion of the sixty credit curriculum, students will earn an Associate of Arts degree in Professional Studies from Waynesburg University.

Though not located in West Virginia, SCI Greene emerged as the best location for HEPI’s degree program because of its proximity to both WVU and Waynesburg University. Waynesburg University, which offers an associate degree (WVU-Morgantown does not), will provide half the general education courses remotely and confer the degree. WVU instructors will teach the rest of the courses in-person.

Fall 2023 Courses

HEPI is committed to reciprocal modes of learning, to broadening horizons and hopes, and to joy. Classes are taught by WVU faculty who experience a revitalized commitment to teaching and, without access to technology, develop more interactive and collaborative classroom strategies.

ARSC 293B: Inside-Out Think Tank 

Dr. Rayna Momen

This experiential learning course allows students the opportunity to earn college credit for the work they are doing to enhance educational opportunities at SCI-Greene, through participation in an Inside-Out Think Tank. The Think Tank is composed of WVU faculty and graduate students, undergraduates who have completed at least one WVU Inside-Out Prison Exchange course, and prison staff. Working individually and collaboratively, students may develop a Think Tank structure, devise and pitch proposals, seek organizational support, work on actionable steps to implement approved ideas, and reflect on their experiences throughout the process.

CRIM 461: Special Topics in Crime and Justice

Dr. Jim Nolan

Course details coming soon.

ENGL 234: Inside-Out Drama

Dr. Katy Ryan

This course focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary American plays that invite audiences to think about matters of justice, human connection, social transformation, and pathways to peace. Students read, write about, and perform plays across a range of theatrical forms such as social realism, epic theatre, workers’ theatre, the choreopoem (a mix of poetry, music, song, dance), and documentary theatre. Part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program, this course brings on-campus students and incarcerated students together to learn in a dynamic space.

FCLT 281: Vampire: Blood and Revolution

Dr. Lisa Di Bartolomeo

This course examines the phenomenon of vampirism in verbal and visual culture from different periods in various cultures (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, France, England, America). 

  • Why do vampires capture the imagination, especially of Anglophone readers and viewers? 
  • What qualities does the vampire incarnate? 
  • Which historical events or customs have triggered particular enthusiasm for depicting the undead? 
  • How has the depiction of the vampire evolved over centuries? 

Students analyze stories, novels, films, legends, fairy tales, television shows, and historical studies.

ENGL 101: Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric

Dr. Laura Brady

Writing helps us share stories, solve problems, and develop ideas.  Writing helps us create, reflect, and collaborate. When you write, you connect with others. To help build those connections, this course will ask you to consider goals and purposes for writing; what readers might need or expect; conventions for different writing situations; and ways to avoid trouble spots. Since this course strives to create an environment where you can strengthen your writing, speaking, and reading skills, please think of yourselves as a supportive community of writers.

WRIT 490: Tutoring Practicum

Dr. Nathalie Singh-Corcoran

All new Writing Studio consultants participate in a one-semester practicum (English 490) as a way of joining the global writing center community and supporting fellow writers. The practicum introduces you to writing center theory and practice and also asks that you engage in writing consulting for your peers.

Along with increasing your understanding of yourself as a writer, you will develop a range of consulting strategies to help you work effectively with diverse students and varied writing situations.


By the end of the course, you should:

  1. Understand basic writing center theory and how it applies to practice.
  2. Develop flexible writing tutoring strategies.
  3. Demonstrate the value of listening and the attendant qualities of empathy and respect for our diverse community.
  4. Conduct basic research in writing studies.
  5. Develop an emerging philosophy of writing tutoring.