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Participating in Kean’s Student For A Day [SFAD] program will allow you a chance to explore the University by actually becoming a part of our community. Over the time span of a typical day at Kean, you will have the opportunity to be a Kean student and:

  • attend a class (click to learn what classes are offered!)
  • meet Kean professors and current students
  • tour our beautiful campus
  • learn more about Admissions and Financial Aid

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the STEM Building (1075 Morris Avenue) where you will be greeted by current Kean students. A welcome session commences at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The SFAD visit lasts for about five to six hours.

We understand that selecting a college/university is many times a family decision, so we encourage you to bring your parent(s), guardian(s) or other family member(s) along with you. While you are in class, your guest(s) may attend Parents’ Class, an information session exclusively designed for parents and family.


(SFAD is open to transfer students, high school juniors and high school seniors only)

More dates coming soon!



"I gained excellent and above average information in this workshop. This is my first time going through the college process and I am kind of lost.  But today, the information I received will allow me to do what is right for my daughter.  The parent workshop was God sent". - Parent Guest

"I liked that the students were separated from the parents, that doubled the information.  I liked the variety of speakers and the informal, candid nature of the talks.  Also there was a lot of time for Q & A and we needed a lot of time." - Parent Guest

"The Student For a Day program was incredible!  My daughter was very nervous about being able to handle college level work.  Sitting in on an actual class at Kean really helped ease her fears.  She was able to experience the college class setting first hand.  We also enjoyed interacting with current Kean students and seeing the campus in full action that day.  The SFAD program enabled my daughter to experience a day in the life of a Kean student.  She is so excited to begin her journey at Kean.  Thank you again for such a wonderful program." - Parent Guest 

"The class was great!  The Professor was very entertaining and really explained the subject well.  I learned a lot about Geology.  I look forward to going to Kean!" – Student Guest

"What an informative day!  Many of my questions were answered, some I didn’t know I had."  – Student Guest

"The student ambassadors were very polite, respectful and knowledgeable of the students and their questions."  – Student Guest


(Selection made during online registration)

  1. Intermediate Accounting: This course involves the preparation and detailed analysis of financial statements; the conceptual framework of accounting; use old accounting information as a basis of decisions by financial statement users. Specific areas studies include revenue recognition, cash and receivable and inventory valuation.
  2. Federal Income Taxes: Understanding and solution in tax problems. Practice provided in preparation of returns for individual taxpayers, partnerships, corporations, and in the use of the Tax Guide.
  3. Art Renaissance to the Modern World:  A study of important works of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on stylistic analysis and the relationship of art to its cultural and historical setting.
  4. Ancient Egyptian Cultural: An anthropological examination of ancient Egyptian culture from pre-dynastic times to the end of the New Kingdom. A systematic study of the cultural evolution of Egyptian philosophy, worldview, technology, plastic industry, religion, writing system and its impact on African and world civilization.
  5. Intro to Asian Studies:  An interdisciplinary survey course that examines Asian culture, history, politics, religion. Economics, and international relations; assesses the importance of Asia in the world including the study of the Asian Diaspora; and enhances students' understanding of the Asian region, its peoples, and their interactions.
  6. American Sign Language: Introduction to American Sign Language examines the Deaf Community and its language. Includes exposure to and practice with ASL terms, concepts, fingerspelling, linguistic structure and cultural norms. Emphasis on developing grammatical competence in both expressive (manual) and receptive (visual) communication forms.
  7. Principles of Biology: This course introduces the student to the nature of living forms, their interdependencies, and their adjustments to their physical environment. The fundamentals of structure and function dealt with in such primary processes as respiration, digestion, circulation, excretion, the control systems, reproduction, heredity and variation of biological form through time.
  8. General Biology II: An introduction to the biology of organisms, including a survey of kingdoms, behavior, evolution, and ecology.
  9. Human Anatomy & Physiology: An integrated understanding of human anatomical structures and their functions.
  10. Neuroscience: Study of the excitable tissues beginning at the cellular level and leading to an integration of the morphological and physiological divisions of the nervous system.
  11. Disorders of Speech Production and Voice: Study of the nature, etiology, diagnosis and remediation techniques associated with disorders of speech production and voice.
  12. Chemistry II: A thorough discussion of the basic principles of general and inorganic chemistry such as solid and liquid states, solutions, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acid/base theories and electrochemistry.
  13. Police Role in the Community: Human relations as they affect policing and police management, and the police role in various community settings. Topics include prejudice and discrimination, corruption and violence and their impact on the police and the community in a changing society. The role of the modern police officer in attempting to balance the needs of order and individual rights.
  14. Proof and Verification in Criminal Justice: The history and authority of proof and verification as they relate to suspects and defendants accused of crimes. Emphasis on relevance, admissibility, competency, standard of proof, presumptions and the exclusionary rule.
  15. Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship: Understanding and practicing speech communication as a central value of a civil society. It is this value that provides the frame for producing, presenting, interpreting and evaluating oral messages in dyadic, small group, and public speaking contexts.
  16. Business and Professional Communication:  An introduction to the principles, practice and importance of oral presentations within business and professional settings. Application of presenting informative and persuasive reports and research.
  17. Scriptwriting: Develop and understand film and television script formats, and learn the techniques to write scripts for different genres.
  18. Communication Research Seminar: Advanced level research course that integrates learned theoretical knowledge with methods to prepare students for skills needed as a communication specialist.
  19. Fundamentals of Computer Science:  Fundamental computing concepts, components and processes; hardware and software components; communications and information systems; use of systems software; problem solving with application software; introduction to design of algorithms using a high-level programming language.
  20. Computer Organization and Programming:  Fundamental computing concepts and processes; use, development, analysis and style of algorithms involving a high-level programming language; object-oriented programming concepts.
  21. Principles of Economics I: The American economy; aggregate economics with emphasis on the relationships of income, consumption, savings and investment; money and banking, economic growth and the role of government.
  22. Principles of Economics II: The allocation of resources and distribution of income through the price systems with emphasis on the American economic system.
  23. Public Finance: Principles of taxation, budgeting, public expenditure, debt management and fiscal policy with special reference to federal, state and local governments.
  24. College Composition: Development of flexible processes for composing writing to meet academic purposes across the curriculum.
  25. Creative Writing: Introduces practices for reading and writing the primary forms for creative writing, to include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
  26. Writing: Exploration of writing: its history and theoretical foundations; processes and purposes; careers and technologies. Students experiment with a range of discourses: commercial, creative, informational, academic, personal, political, and technical.
  27. British Literature II: Major writers, periods, genres, styles, and ideas in British literature from the Restoration through the twentieth century, with emphasis on poetry, drama, and shorter prose.
  28. Diverse Traditions and Voices of American Lit II: 1860 to Present:  A survey of American Literature after the Civil War in context of the diversity of its traditions and of its voices.
  29. Children’s Literature:  Introduction to the nature and variety of children's literature. Criteria for evaluating literary merit and visual artistry. Related topics, such as literacy, learning, and the changing views of childhood.
  30. World Literature:  Readings in world literatures from ancient times to the present. Emphasis on cultural diversity, selected themes, and literary genres.
  31. Business and Professional Writing:  Readings, discussion, and writing projects focused on writing for the workplace, including completion of a resume and a formal report.
  32. Editing Skills in Journalism:  Instruction and workshop in the principles and practice of editing newspapers and magazines. Includes newsroom administration.
  33. Personal Finance:  Evaluation and structure of a lifetime personal finance program. Financial strategies, alternatives and problems for small investors. Insurance, real estate, estate planning, portfolio investments.
  34. Transition to Kean: Students learn about university programs/services and develop academic skills to function successfully in a university setting.
  35. Research and Technology: This course provides an introduction to the research process, including preparing a formal research paper and an oral presentation with an emphasis on the use of computer technology to design, investigate, and report research activities.
  36. World Geography: World geography from the point of view of how physical features, resources, climates, and economic and political systems help to shape human culture.
  37. Human Sexuality: Sex and sexuality in today’s society, with implications for evolving interpersonal relationships, dating patterns, marriage, and responsible parenthood.
  38. Worlds of History: An introduction to the history of world civilizations which gives students an understanding of the major developments in human civilization over the last millennia, encourages them to think historically by studying human change critically and analytically as it relates to the relationship of the past to both the present and the future.
  39. United States History From 1877 to Present: A survey of recent American history from the Reconstruction period to the present. Particular emphasis is given to the emergence of the United States as a world power and to the contributions of labor, women, and peoples of color in the building of contemporary society.
  40. Leisure and Recreation in a Multicultural Society: This course examines current trends in the growing areas of discretionary spending, changing lifestyles and leisure pastimes for various social groups.
  41. Critical Issues and Values of Contemporary Health:  An overview of the physical, emotional and social determinants of health and strategies which contribute to overall wellbeing.
  42. Introduction to Women's Studies: Overview of the significant perspectives and contributions women have brought to a variety of academic disciplines; examination of how gender, race, class, ethnic and cultural constructs, and sexual orientation affect women.
  43. Human Exceptionality: This course provides an overview of the historical, legal, etiology, and needs of individuals with disabilities.
  44. Technology and the Young Child: Exploration of developmentally appropriate use of technology by young children in home and school. Emphasis is on computer and Internet technologies.
  45. Calculus I: Functions, limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic and trigonometric functions, tangent and normal lines, optimization, related rate problems, definite integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus.
  46. Calculus II: Integration of algebraic and transcendental functions including exponential and logarithmic functions, numerical integration, and elementary differential equations. Area, volume, arc length, and surface area. Indeterminate forms and improper integrals. Infinite sequences and series, convergence tests. Power series. Taylor series, series approximation of functions, error bounds.
  47. International Business and Trade: A survey of the essentials of international business and the global forces that affect it. The course is designed to introduce students to the study of international environments and international business operations in the “global marketplace.”
  48. Principles of Marketing: Course provides an extensive overview of the concepts, principles and activities that comprise contemporary marketing management. Specific topics include customer behavior, competitive analysis, segmentation, market research, product planning, pricing, channels of distribution, and promotion.
  49. Music Survey: Intended to develop a more profound understanding and appreciation of art music. Students develop the ability to think analytically about music, to evaluate it, and to respond to great works of artistic expression by composers throughout music history.
  50. Music Fundamentals:  Introduction to rudiments of music and notation. Developing an understanding of the music language and facility in music reading and aural perception, through class and individual vocal and instrumental practice and written work.
  51. Introduction to Public Administration:  Emphasis on a systematic perspective in understanding the impact of social, economic and political forces (both national and international) in shaping the role and impact of public administration. Focus on the policy-making and policy implementation process; importance of federalism and intergovernmental relations.
  52. Physics I: Kinematics and dynamics of particles and extended bodies. PHYS 2095 is a calculus based introduction to the fundamentals of classical physics.
  53. Introduction to Comparative Politics: The history, methodology, and general theoretical foundations of the field of comparative politics. Institutions, structures, and processes of pluralistic-liberal democracies and Marxist-Leninist societies are compared.
  54. General Psychology: Introduction to the scientific study of behavior: biological bases of development and behavior, learning, motivation, perception, cognition, personality, abnormal behavior, measurement of behavior, and social behavior. Foundation for those interested in the behavioral sciences of human service occupations.
  55. Professional Psychology: Principles and Practices: This course is intended to establish basic skills necessary for planning and pursuing a career in psychology. Students will be introduced to different methods of conducting psychological research and exposed to the diverse areas of study in psychology and career preparation.
  56. Child Psychology: Examination of development from conception to adolescence. Emphasis on the developmental effects of maturation and experience and the interactional nature of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural development on the psychological development of the child.
  57. Marriage and Family Relationships: This course is designed to provide an overview of the formation, meaning, and function of marriage and family relationships. Different issues such as intimacy, communication, sexuality, ethnicity, dysfunctional behavior, and treatment will also be examined.
  58. Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Examination of the psychological development of the individual across the life-span. The influence of biological, sociological, and historical changes on psychological development is discussed.
  59. Psychological Statistics:  Introduction to both descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, variability, hypothesis testing, probability, correlation, regression, t-tests, analysis of variance and chi square and the use of computer-based statistical software package.
  60. Theories of Personality:  Various systematized conceptualizations of personality including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, personalistic, and phenomenological. Current areas of research including cognitive and biological factors.
  61. Introduction to Sociology: The study of social life, society, and the individual within a global and multicultural context.
  62. Sociology of the Family: Study of families in contemporary society. Examination of the impact of globalizing forces upon family life, family as a gendered experience, and variations in families by race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation.
  63. Qualitative Methods in Social Research: An introduction to the qualitative aspects of research with emphasis on the theory and practice of the techniques of content analysis, participant observation and interviewing.
  64. Gender and Society: An analysis of the social and cultural determinants of sexual behavior. Examination of the social roles of men and women and the possible influence of sex differences on the organization of society.
  65. Physical Systems:  A calculus-based introduction to the fundamentals of classical physics. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and extended bodies, rotational motion, collisions and systems of particles. Integrated laboratory will include advanced versions of classical experiments, use of modern instrumentation, mathematical models and simulations.
  66. Introduction to Theatre: Survey of the basic elements and theories of theatre production with practical experiences in theatrical production and field trips to professional and amateur productions.
  67. Stage Dialects: Dialect as a tool in theatrical presentation using phonetic transcription to develop auditory, muscular and imitative speech skills. 

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