CMMK 121 Public Speaking in Organizational Life (3) -- ONLINE
This course promotes principles of effective public speaking and provides opportunities for the development of speaking skills. The course will examine: standards for evaluating personal performance and the performances of others; speeches and presentations required in modern organizations; speaking clearly and persuasively; and effective audience interaction. Students will become familiar with presentation technologies. The knowledge and skills learned will be applied across the entire curriculum.
CIS 295 Principles of Data Analysis (3) -- ONLINE
This course examines the concepts, techniques and methods used in the description and analysis of data and in statistical inference. Topics presented in this course are directed towards the analysis of experimental and survey data. Data analysis software will be used as a tool to collect, organize and process data.
ENGL 190 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. Students in this course study the more complex structures of language with respect to its logical and persuasive possibilities. The course emphasizes the development of the skills of analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and research methodology, and it seeks to help students integrate their own reasoned opinions with the fruits of their reading and research in order to produce coherent, persuasive essays. To this end, the course requires students' close analytical readings of published essays, their participation in class discussions about rhetorical strategies, and their preparation of several argumentative essays, including one researched essay. Through the study of style and argumentation, this course aims to deepen awareness of the nature and power of language and its cultural use.
ENGL 400 Business and Professional Writing (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 190. This course is an introduction to principles of effective writing in business, science, and other professions through letters, memos and reports. In this course, students will investigate different kinds of and occasions for business and professional writing. Students will learn to effectively communicate by knowing their audience, understanding their subject matter and by expressing themselves with clarity and distinction. Each student will explore the role writing plays in their professional career. Students will consider problems and solutions that can and will arise from their writing in their professional life. Writing in class will be public writing, meaning; it will be shared and discussed with the entire class. These in class editing sessions will require full class participation and interaction.
HIST 382 Islamic Middle East (3)
Prerequisite: ENGL 190. The subject of this course is the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam up to the Mongol conquests in the 13th century. We will follow a chronological as well as thematic line starting off with late antiquity, the rise of Islam, teachings of Muhammad, first Islamic empires and associated religious, cultural, intellectual and political developments.
MATH 093 Elementary Algebra (3)
Prerequisites: Math Assessment. This course provides a foundation in algebra. Topics of study include sets and intervals, algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, graphs of lines, polynomial expressions, and factoring.
MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra (3)
Prequisites: MATH 093 or Math Assessment. Review of the real number system; linear equations, and inequalities in one and two variables; functions; systems of linear equations; exponents, and radicals; polynomials, and polynomial functions; factoring; rational expressions and functions; quadratic equations. inequalities, and functions; conic sections. Credit is not applicable toward most degree requirements. Student will be required to purchase a graphics calculator.
MATH 120 College Algebra (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: MATH 114 or Math Assessment. Polynomials; rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; conic sections; systems of equations; and inequalities. Students will be required to purchase a graphics calculator.
PHIL 105 Intro to Philosophy: Self and Reality (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. This course will focus primarily on the writings of Plato and Aristotle as central figures in that historical period when Western humanity began to use and to develop reason systematically as an instrument for understanding the world and its place in that world. Students will be introduced to the Greek contributions to logic, metaphysics, and ethics.
PHIL 205 Ethics (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: PHIL 105. This course undertakes a systematic analysis of fundamental problems and issues involved in questioning whether and how moral discourse can be rationally grounded; the utilitarian-duty ethics debate; questions concerning different levels of moral discourse; competing notions of justice and the relationship between morality and religion.
POLS 110 American Politics (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. This course introduces the student to the basic principles of American systems of government, exploring relations of citizens to government and the structure, organization, powers and procedures of government agencies. Political decisions affect our everyday lives, so this course will explore how these decisions are made. Topics to be covered include elections, voting behavior, political parties, interest groups, public opinion, public policy, and current events.
PST 190 Survey of Economics (3) -- ONLINE
Analysis of how individuals, firms and nations make choices given limited resources. Determinants of decision making in market economies. The political economy of income, employment, and inflation in the aggregate. The role of government and the Federal Reserve.
PST 301 Contemporary Spain Study Abroad: Culture-Commerce-Community (3)
This class is an innovative course dealing with the societal practices, economic trends, and the diverse spiritual climate of Spain. The multidisciplinary course will cover issues related to Spain's cultural transformation, comparative business and leadership experiences, and religious diversity. While in Spain, students will participate in site visits to support the development of an understanding of the complexities of this nation from a global perspective. Students will also be exposed to the historical framework of Spain as well as its modern context to enhance their intercultural competence as professionals and leaders.
PSYK 101 General Psychology (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 190. Provides a basic and general knowledge of the theoretical, scientific, and conceptual foundations of psychology, including biological, cognitive, emotional, development, cultural and social aspects. Includes key concepts and principles, methods for collecting and evaluating evidence, and application of psychological knowledge.
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. This introductory course emphasizes fundamental concepts in sociology and their application to contemporary society for the purpose of enhancing the students' understanding of the world in which they live.
SOC 120 Introduction to Anthropology (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. This course emphasizes the nature of humans and culture, human prehistory, language and culture.
THEO 100 Theological Foundations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 150. This course seeks to educate students from all the undergraduate programs in a critical discourse with human experience, biblical origins, historical foundations, and historical developments of the Christian tradition. It provides opportunity for human enrichment through creative questioning, awareness of Christian cultures, access to other cultural and religious contexts through comparative study, and a balanced appreciation of Christianity as a vital element in our global heritage. Students will be introduced to the Hebrew and Christian scriptures with an emphasis on important texts and theological issues. Students will explore how historical and literary criticism help in understanding fundamental theological concepts such as God, revelation, faith, creation, covenant, and salvation history. In post-biblical developments students will study the early experience of Christians, especially as they learned to articulate their faith in Christ and thereby developed their understanding of the triune God. The manner in which these and other theological developments are taught varies according to the method and strengths of the instructor. Students will be challenged to acquire the targeted skills of reading, writing and speaking theologically. They will also be encouraged to consider how critical, careful and creative theological questioning can deepen their understanding of the human condition.
THEO 379 Studies in Non-Christian Religious Traditions (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: THEO 100. An introductory survey of selected world religions, examining culture, history, basic beliefs and practices. Students will become aware of how people of other cultures think and act religiously.