COM2001 Public Speaking
This course is designed to develop poise and self-confidence. Students master the techniques necessary for successful speaking by writing and delivering a variety of speeches in different speaking situations. Extemporaneous delivery is the goal. While most of the work is individual, an introduction to Parliamentary Procedure and group presentations are included.
WRI1001 Composition and Rhetoric I
An introduction to the basics of effective college-level expository and argumentative writing: clarity of purpose, use of pertinent supporting details, standardized usage appropriate to the context, an understanding of tone and voice, and well-balanced paragraph structures. The steps in the writing process as well as substantial revision will be emphasized. Techniques for conducting research and documenting sources are introduced as part of formal writing procedures. This course is a prerequisite for all 2000+ English courses.
WRI1002 Composition and Rhetoric II
Through writing as inquiry, in this course students will practice critical analysis to evaluate arguments, research and organize evidence, and learn to understand contexts by studying the rhetorical situation from which a text arises. Writers will focus on the ability to closely read and analyze texts, as well as locating, synthesizing, and documenting research from a variety of outside sources. The steps in the writing process as well substantial revision will be emphasized.
WRI2012 Advanced Composition
Building on the foundation of critical thinking, reading, and writing developed in English 1001 and 1002, this writing course offers an opportunity to practice advanced forms of prose, with particular attention to argument. It is open to students from all fields. Particular attention will be paid to upper-level writing concerns and a review of proper documentation formats will be conducted. Students will work with primary and secondary texts, offer evidence, deploy key terms, and present textual evidence. The steps in the writing process as well as substantial revisions will be emphasized.
The primary focus of the course is on problem solving and critical thinking, number theory and the real number system, and algebraic modeling. Topics include inductive and deductive reasoning, estimation techniques, properties of rational and irrational numbers, exponents and scientific notation, modeling with linear and quadratic functions, algebraic equations and inequalities, and graphing techniques. The course uses a combination of individual problem-based learning assignments, group projects, exams, and discussion questions.
The primary focus of the course is on probability and statistics. Topics include set theory, Venn Diagrams and set operations, counting methods, permutations, combinations, events involving Not, And and Or, conditional probability, expected value, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution. The course uses a combination of individual problem-based learning assignments, group projects, exams and discussion questions. Excel tools will be used for statistics.
Economics through an understanding of the accounting cycle, asset, liability and equity accounts. Develop the ability to prepare and understand basic financial statements.
PSY1000 Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology is designed to survey basic concepts and theories in the science of psychology. Topics covered include: methodology, learning, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, biopsychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology.
SOC1000 Contemporary Social Issues
This course is designed to introduce students to social issues that have been mediated by such factors as race, class, age, etc. and designated “social problems.” Using authentic learning assignments, students will employ a cross-cultural perspective in examining the social concerns of diverse communities as they relate to poverty, racism, crime, health care, education and the environment. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the process and politics involved in naming “social problems” and they will be called upon to offer alternative approaches to addressing the issues considered.
SOC1025 Introduction to Sociology
This course introduces the student to the main concepts, theories, methods and issues in Sociology. The students will learn to employ their “sociological imagination” in an attempt to understand culture and society while becoming more aware of the social forces that shape and change their lives
ENG2025 Ethnic American Literature
This course studies representative American writers of various ethnic minority groups. In so doing, it will examine from a socio-historical and literary perspective the novels, autobiographies, dramas, and poems of five groups of writers: African Americans, Native Americans (American Indians), Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Jewish Americans.
HIS2007 American Economic History
This course is a study of American history from an economic perspective. Topics include the foundations of the American economic system, economic issues in the Constitution, the rise of a national monetary and banking system, the evolution of the modern corporation, the development of the United States as an industrial power, economic depression and global competition.
PHI1005 Introduction to Philosophy
This course is designed to introduce students to the main problems of philosophy as the field has evolved since the time of Plato. Topics to be included are the nature of the mind and its relationship to the body, the existence of God, “the Nature of Love,” the problem of free will and determinism, and the most basic theories of ethics. Through papers and class discussion, students will learn how to discuss and analyze philosophical issues and will learn the basic techniques of philosophical analysis.
REL2001 World Religions
All religions imply that human beings do not, and cannot, stand alone. This course is designed to study religion from its beginnings among the primitive cultures to the manifold forms in which it exists today.