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Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

English Composition I (ENC-101) 3.00 s.h.
This test of basic writing ability in English requires the writing of a number of short compositions, each involving different topics and audiences, and a somewhat longer formal essay. The student's writing is evaluated on the basis of organization, grammatical correctness, clarity of expression and appropriateness of style to the audience addressed. This examination satisfies the first three semester hours of the College's English Composition requirement.

English Composition II (ENC-102) 3.00 s.h.
This test of basic writing ability in English requires the writing of a brief research paper on a general subject using reading materials provided with the examination. The student's writing is evaluated on the basis of organization, grammatical correctness, clarity of expression and appropriateness of style. This examination satisfies the second three semester hours of the College's English Composition requirement.

Contemporary Ethics (PHI-286) 3.00 s.h.
and personal-societal relationships and in professional and occupational roles (such as law, government, medicine, business, military service, journalism), relationships between ethical traditions and ethical analysis of situations.

Ethics and the Business Professional (PHI-384) 3.00 s.h.
This course focuses primarily on ethics as applied to business professionals. In addition to introducing many concepts of ethics, the course encourages students to develop practical methods and models for thinking about and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and applying these to ethical issues and problems that arise in business. It investigates institutions and their personnel and practices in light of ethical considerations, covering a broad range of political, economic, societal and philosophical views.

Language in Social Contexts (COM-322) 3.00 s.h.
Language is the center of all human activity. It defines who we are, what we can accomplish, what we have learned about our past and finally, what future generations will come to learn about us. In learning about language, we come to more fully appreciate who we are. This course will consider several aspects of how the language we speak and the societies we live in affect each other.

Elements of Intercultural Communication (COM-335) 3.00 s.h.
This course presents a broad theoretical base in the study of intercultural communications. Its emphasis is the study of the many complex elements and processes involved in the sending and receiving of messages within intercultural contexts. The aim of the course is to increase the student's sensitivity, understanding, and awareness of intercultural differences and similarities that lead to more effective communication. The basic concepts, principles and skills for improving communication between persons from different minority, racial, ethnic, cultural and intercultural backgrounds will be covered.

Technical Writing (ENG-201) 3.00 s.h.
Technical writing for industry, business and research, focusing on the special requirements of the professional report.

Introduction to Modern English and American Literature I (LIT-101) 3.00 s.h.
Introduces students to English and American works from the period between 1789 and 1901. Provides a general introduction to literature and literary analysis; discussion of major cultural movements of the 19th century; and an anthology which includes selections by Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Whitman, Dickinson, and Browning.

Introduction to Modern English and American Literature II (LIT-102) 3.00 s.h.
Introduces students to English and American prose and poetry of the 20th century. Explores the ways in which 20th century writers have sought to go beyond the literature of earlier eras by experimenting with new ideas and new forms of expression. Examines influential figures of literary modernism - writers who sought ways to respond to the fragmentation and impersonality of modern life. Also examines postmodernist writers from the period after World War II to the present.

American Literature I (LIT-111) 3.00 s.h.
A survey of major American writers and literary movements from the Puritans to the Romantic period.

American Literature II (LIT-112) 3.00 s.h.
A survey of major American writers and literary movements from the Civil War to the present.

Intro to Children's Literature (LIT-221) 3.00 s.h.
Designed to inform students about the history and diversity of children's literature, this course covers a variety of recommended works and suggests criteria for selecting and evaluating alternative books. Specific genres covered include traditional fiction, historical fiction, multi-cultural literature, works of contemporary realistic fiction and information books. Requires regular access to a library with children's books.

News Writing (JOU-352) 3.00 s.h.
News Writing is a comprehensive journalism course designed to teach students how to start, develop and polish hard news and feature stories. In addition, related styles, such as editorial and column writing, are explored along with issues of language use, media ethics and media law. The course explores both journalism styles in broadcast and public relations, as well as print journalism.

Myth and Culture (REL-371) 3.00 s.h.
Myth and Culture presents the world's mythologies as taken from the lectures of Joseph Campbell, world-renowned scholar and mythologist. Students will gain an understanding of mythology's role in human history and religions throughout the world. Topics include: origins of man and myth, gods and goddesses, eastern philosophy, Arthurian legends, Tristan and Isolde, the Tibetan Book of the Dead and more.

Introduction to Anthropology (ANT-101) 3.00 s.h.
The study of culture as the expression of human values, behavior and social organization in its unique and varied forms throughout the world, past and present. The course attempts to document that diversity and to demonstrate the inherent logic of each culture in the light of the problems people need to solve and the environments to which they must adapt.

Introduction to Western Archaeology (ARC-101) 3.00 s.h.
New scientific tools and sophisticate research designs are revolutionizing our ideas about what ancient societies were like, how they developed and how their civilizations collapsed. Research at the spectacular Classic Maya Center is the basis for the broadly comparative perspective of the course. Students will also learn how archaeology helps us understand ancient people by reconstructing their past.

Macroeconomics (ECO-111) 3.00 s.h.
Macroeconomics deals with broad economic aggregates, such as national income, the overall level of prices, employment and unemployment, and the money supply. Topics covered include the meanings and measurements of gross national product; business cycles; the effect of government expenditure and taxation; causes of inflation and unemployment; and international trade and the balance of payments. The course examines the major historic and contemporary events that have shaped the 20th century American economics. The course involves solving economic problems that require basic college mathematical skills.

Microeconomics (ECO-112) 3.00 s.h.
This course demonstrates how the basic principles of economics apply to current U.S. economic problems and provides practice in applying economic analysis. It focuses on individual economic units and how purchase and production decisions determine prices and quantities sold. These principles are applied to a wide variety of economic problems that require basic college mathematical skills.

Western Civilization I (HIS-101) 3.00 s.h.
exploring the cultural and philosophical movements that have influenced the Western world from ancient times to the present. The course covers the influential pre Western civilizations through the classic period of the High Middle Ages. Material is integrated from a variety of academic areas and stimulates critical thinking.

Western Civilization II (HIS-102) 3.00 s.h.
Exploring the cultural philosophical movements that have influenced the Western world from ancient times to the present. The course commences with the end of the Middle Ages and continues through industrial modernization to the present. Material is integrated from a variety of academic areas and stimulates critical thinking.

American History I (HIS-113) 3.00 s.h.
This course focuses on the origin and growth of the United States from 1492 to 1865. It also examines the social, economic and political development of the country with special emphasis on the major events from the English settlement at Jamestown to the Civil War.

American History II (HIS-114) 3.00 s.h.
This course focuses on the transformation of the United States from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is on the transformation from an agrarian nation and minor member of the international community to an industrial world power. Beginning with the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War, the course traces the social, economic and political development of the country through the 1980s.

American Civil Rights Movement (HIS-210) 3.00 s.h.
This course offers a comprehensive history of the people, stories, events and issues of the 20th century struggle for social justice in America. The course examines the Civil Rights Movement in terms of its impact on American society. It also considers the rise of other movements which transformed the face of American culture and discusses their influences on creating a new generation of American leadership.

The Middle East (HIS-310) 3.00 s.h.
This course is not a traditional history course, but a multidisciplinary perspective on a region of the world which effects the entire world. The course focuses on the complex interrelationships of history, religion, economics, diplomacy, politics, geography and military strategy in the Middle East. Study is focused on four topics: the physical and cultural setting, the Middle East and the West, the twentieth century, and problem areas.

American Government (POS-110) 3.00 s.h.
This American government survey course explores the development and nature of American political culture, constitutional and structural arrangements, policy-making processes, and sources of conflict and consensus. Provides opportunities for students to learn how to access their government.

Introduction to Psychology (PSY-101) 3.00 s.h.
This course examines the fundamental principles and major concepts of psychology. Topics include: the brain and behavior, sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, motivation and emotion, life- span development, the self, stress and health issues, and the methodology of psychology.

Developmental Psychology (PSY-211) 3.00 s.h.
The study of lifespan development; biological development; perception; learning and memory; cognition and language; social, emotional and personality development.

Living in the Information Age (SOS-110) 3.00 s.h.
Living in the Information Age is an introductory level course intended primarily for students who are reentering academic study after a considerable hiatus in their formal schooling. Students will assess and strengthen their academic skills in reading, writing, calculating, and computing; and complete a number of assignments which will put these skills to practical use. The subject matter of the course is of natural interest and will also complement the instructional methods, which rely heavily on the use of computers and electronic communications.

Nutrition (BIO-108) 3.00 s.h.
This introductory course is intended to provide accurate and scientifically sound information on human nutrition. Topics covered in the course include food choices; the digestive system; metabolism; the effects of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins on health; nutrition in various stages of the life cycle; vitamins and minerals; and the effect of diet in the presence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

General Chemistry I (CHE-112) 3.00 s.h.
Presents the essential concepts of chemistry and how we come to know and understand those concepts, focusing on the study of molecules and how their atoms bond together. Suitable for nonscience majors.

General Chemistry II (CHE-112) 3.00 s.h.
Includes study of liquids and solids, chemical reactivity, chemical reactivity, chemical kinetics, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Suitable for nonscience majors.

Introduction to Computers (COS-101) 3.00 s.h.
This course provides a broad, general introduction to computers including an introduction to programming using the QBASIC language. The course covers hardware and software fundamentals, essential computer applications, computer networking, how to use a computer to solve a problem and the impact of the information age on our work, our homes, society and the future. The course assists students in acquiring the ability to describe the uses of a variety of computer hardware and software, explain how computers are used for a variety of applications, and provides insight into computer networking and its impact upon society. Students learn how to write programs using the QBASIC language to solve problems.

Environmental Science (ENS-200) 3.00 s.h.
This course provides a systematic inquiry into the state of the global environment. It focuses on the threats to different natural systems and the complex interconnections between human society and the environment. It provides an understanding of the sciences and ways of thinking involved in the study of the environment.

Principles of Statistics (STA-201) 3.00 s.h.
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Measures of central tendency; variability; correlation; regression; hypothesis testing; non-parametric statistics.

Precalculus for Technology (MAT-129) 3.00 s.h.
Precalculus is designed to follow courses in college algebra, and to prepare students for courses in calculus and higher mathematics. It is broad-based to prepare students for courses in technology. Specific target population is students in the Applied Science and Technology degree program. Active participation by students is fostered by means of variety of activities. Learning is facilitated by shifting the focus from purely computational skills emphasized in more elementary mathematics courses to truly analytical skill. Topics covered include: exponential and logarithmic functions; exponential and trigonometric functions; exponential and trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations, applications of trigonometry; systems of equations, systems of inequalities, series and sequences; and analytic geometry.

War and American Society (HIS-356) 6.00 s.h.
Focuses on the various ways in which America has dealt with war and on the changes that have taken place in American society as a result of war. Covers the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War and Vietnam. Major emphasis is placed on the humanities approach, in which students view war and American society from historical, literary, artistic, and philosophical perspectives.

Marriage and the Family (SOC-210) 3.00 s.h.
Marriage and the family provides students with an understanding of the various approaches to studying the family and the varieties of U.S. family forms. It explores the family life cycle - mate selection, parenting and the major processes of family interaction. Lastly, it looks at some of the problematic aspects of the U.S. family, including stress, divorce and the elderly.

African History and Culture (HIS-301) 3.00 s.h.
African History and Culture examines the history and contemporary life of Africa through its triple heritage: indigenous, Islamic and Western. This course offers a new perspective on Africa, explores the real story of the continent and looks at modern Africa with new insight. The course also examines African economic and social systems, examining both inherent conflicts and Africa's relationships with the rest of the world.

The Renaissance: Origins of the Modern West (HIS-302) 3.00 s.h.
The Renaissance brought transformation of systems of government, technology, economic enterprise, social ideas and art that continue to influence contemporary society. This course explores the fundamental changes that occurred in Europe between the late 14th and late 17th centuries and shows how the issues raised in this period continue to influence the modern world. Topics focus on politics, war, dissent, economics, art and science, as well as on rulers, religious leaders, and soldiers.

Managerial Communications (MAN-373) 3.00 s.h.
The application of oral and written communication principles to managerial situations; an overview, simulation, and analysis of the communication process in the business environment. Topics include: alleviation of barriers; structure; information overload; interpersonal techniques such as transactional analysis, nonverbal and behavioral aspects.