The many voices, images and impacts of modern popular culture are the subject of the next course by newspaper that will be published in The Washington Post Weekly beginning Jan. 26.

Entitled "Popular Culture: Mirror of American Life," the 15 part series looks at the ways popular culture both reflects and shapes social change, the mass media, entertainment, and lifestyles.

While the articles are being run in The Weekly each Thursday, the course will be offered for college credit by The U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, The American University, Bowie State College, Prince George's Community College, and the University of Virginia School of Continuing Education Falls Church Regional Center. A schedule of course requirements, fees and other information on participating schools appears at the end of this article.

Topics included in the course are popular culture as big business and arbiter of change; the themes of popular culture that recur in movies, music, sports and politics; and the heritage and future of today's popular culture.

Courses by Newspaper was developed in 1973 by University Extension, University of California, San Diego, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Readers who would like to earn college credit, but cannot attend required sessions at the five participating local schools, can earn extension credit from the University of California. For information, send your name and address and a request for information on extension credit to: Independent Study, University of California Extension, (Dept. Culture), 2223 Fulton St., Berkeley, Ca. 94720.

Some of the participating schools will have enough textbooks available for those who are not enrolled in the course. Books and related study materials are also available from Publisher's Inc., 243 12th St., Drawer P, Del Mar, Ca. 92014. Books used in conjunction with the series of articles are "Popular Culture: Mirror of American Life," ($6.25) and "A Study Guide" $2.95). Audio cassettes that expand upon the themes discussed in the newspaper articles are also available for $9.95. American University

Registration

Register in person Jan. 4 through Feb. 3 at The American University campus, Room 109, McKinley Building, or at any off-campus location. Students can also register by mail. Call 686-2500 to request a mail registration packet or for information on off-campus registration locations.

Tuition

$130

Credit

Students who successfully complete the course will receive four undergraduate college level credit. A letter grade will be given.

Course Description

Students will be required to take a mid-term and a final examination, and they must write a critical book review. Four on-campus sessions will be held. The sessions will usually consist of a review and discussion of newspaper articles and related materials. Dates, times and room numbers have not yet been announced.

Textbook

Books will be available at The American University Bookstore in mid-January. Call 686-2660 for bookstore hours. Books will be available only to students enrolled in the course.

Additional Information

Call 686-2500 Bowie State College

Registration

Register in person Jan. 17 and 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. on the Bowie campus, Room 102, Martin Luther King Building.

Tuition

$85

Credit

Students who successfully complete the course will receive three undergraduate college level credits. The course can be taken on a pass/fail basis, or a letter grade can be given.

Course Description

Students will be required to complete a mid-term and a final examination. An orientation session will be held Jan. 19, 5 p.m., in Room 102 of the Martin Luther King Building. Meeting times and dates will be announced then.

Textbooks

Books are available at the college bookstore in the Student Union. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday throught Friday. Telephone 464-3279. Only enrolled students may buy the books.

Additional Information

For more information, call William Johnson at 464-3460 or Dr. Douglas Snyder at 464-3339. USDA Gradyate School

Registration

Register in person at the U.S. Department of Agriculture North Building, between 12th and 14th Streets SW on Independence Avenue, Jan. 3 through 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tuition

$45 for those who take the course for credit or on an audit basis, and $25 for people who are 55 or older.

Credit

Students who successfully complete the course will receive four undergraduate college level credits, which can be transferable. A letter grade will be given.

Course Description

Students must submit one major paper, and a final examination is also required.

Four discussion groups will be held. Students attend all Wednesday, all Thursday, or all Saturday sessions at the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW. Wednesday sessions will be held Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3, from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday sessions will be held Feb. 2, March2, April 6, and May 4 from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday sessions will be held Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Textbooks

Available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School Bookstore, Room 1404, South Agriculture Building, on Independence Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets SW. During registration, the bookstore will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After registration, the bookstore hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. weekdays. Anyone may buy books at the bookstore, including those who are not enrolled in the course. Telephone 447-6070.

Additional Information

For more information, call the Graduate School information office at 447-4417. P.G. Community College

Registration

Register in person Jan. 9 through 12 and Jan. 16 through 19, in the Records and Registration Office, Bladen Hall, Largo Campus, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Students must make appointments to register. Appointments can be made at the Largo Student Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students can also register off campus at the following times and places:

Jan. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Northwestern High School; Jan. 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Surrattsville High School; Jan. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bowie High School; Jan. 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Laurel High School; Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Police Academy; Jan. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., E. Roosevelt High School; Jan. 11, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Andrews Air Force Base. Call 336-6000, ext. 407 or 408 for late registration information.

Tuition

County residents pay $13 per credit hour; Maryland resident pay $30 per credit hour; out of state residents pay $53 per credit hour. In addition, new students pay a $10 admission fee, and $1 student activity fee for each credit; and a $1 Student Union Building fee for each credit. Courses by Newspaper students also pay an additional $5 fee. There is no charge for people over 60 years old.

Credit

Students who successfully complete the course will receive three undergraduate college level credits, which may be transferred to an accredited institution. A letter will be given.

Course Description

Students will be required to take two or three examinations on a flexible schedule on the Largo Campus. They are required to attend an orientation session on the Largo Campus, either Feb, 2 at 7:30 p.m., or Feb 4 at 1:30 p.m. Students will also attend several on campus weekend discussion sessions, and discuss the course with an instructor by telephone on a weekly basis.

Textbooks

Textbooks will be sold at the Prince George's Community College campus bookstore Monday through Thursday form 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The books will be sold to anyone, including those who are not enrolled in the course. Telephone 336-6000, ext. 240 for information about books.

Additional Information

For more information, call 336-60000, ext. 407 or 408. University of Virginia, School of Continuing Education, Falls Church Regional Center

Registration

Register in person at the Center, 400 N. Washington St., Falls Church, or by mail during the regular registration period: Jan. 4 through Jan 18. Late registrations will be accepted through Feb. 1. The Center will be closed at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Tuition

Tuition is $84 plus a $5 registration fee. Refunds will be considered through the week following the first class meeting. The last date for refunds is feb. 11. All requests must be received in writing at the Center by that date. A fee of 25 cent will be deducted.

Credit

Students who successfully complete the course will receive three undergraduate college level credits at the Junior level. A letter grade will be given.

Course Description

Students will be required to take a mid-term and a final examination. All class sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Central Classroom Building, Room 120. Sessions are scheduled for Feb. 4, March 18, April 15, and May 6.

Textbooks

Textbooks will be sold at the University Bookstore, on the lower level of the University of Virginia Center Building. Books will be available only to those who are enrolled in the course. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from Jan. 4 through Feb. 9. The bookstore will close at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. Beginning Feb. 11, the bookstore will be open only Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Telephone 534-0050.

Additional Information

For more information, call 532-5800, ext. 45.