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Social & Behavioral Sciences Courses

ANT 210 General Anthropology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the physical, archaeological, linguistic, and ethnological fields of anthropology.  Topics include human origins, genetic variations, archaeology, linguistics, primatology, and contemporary cultures.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the four major fields of anthropology.

ANT 220 Cultural Anthropology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading OR a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090)
  • Corequisites:  None

This course introduces the nature of human culture.  Emphasis is placed on cultural theory, methods of fieldwork, and cross-cultural comparisons in the areas of ethnology, language, and the cultural past.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural processes and how cultural data are collected and analyzed.

ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavioral, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and evaluate consumer and business alternatives in order to efficiently achieve economic objectives.

ECO 252 Principles of Macroeconomics – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals.

EDU 216 Foundations in Education – 4 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites:
    a. Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
    b. Proficiency in Numerical/Arithmetic Skills (minimum ASSET of 42 on numerical or minimum CPT of 57 on arithmetic) or a grade of “C” or better in MAT 060.
    c. Proficiency in Intermediate Algebra (minimum ASSET of 43 on Intermediate Algebra or a minimum CPT of 76 on Elementary Algebra) or a grade of “C” or better in MAT 080 or MAT 090
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the American educational system and the teaching profession. Topics include historical and philosophical foundations of education, contemporary educational, structural, legal, and financial issues, PRAXIS I preparation and observation and participation in public school classrooms. Upon completion, students should be able to relate classroom observations to the roles of teachers and schools and the process of teacher education.

HIS 115 Introduction to Global History – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the study of global history. Emphasis is placed on topics such as colonialism, industrialism, and nationalism. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant global historical issues. This course will focus primarily on Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East since 1500.

HIS 116 Current World Problems – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course covers current world events from a historical perspective.  Topics include regional problems as well as international concerns.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant current world problems from a historical perspective.

HIS 121 Western Civilization I – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces western civilization from pre-history to the early modern era. Topics include ancient Greece, Rome, and Christian institutions of the Middle Ages and the emergence of national monarchies in western Europe. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early western civilization.

HIS 122 Western Civilization II – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces western civilization from the early modern era to the present. Topics include the religious wars, the Industrial Revolution, World War I and II, and the Cold War. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in modern western civilization.

HIS 131 American History I – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course is a survey of American history from pre-history through the Civil War era. Topics include the migrations to the Americas, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the development of the Republic, and the Civil War. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early American history.

HIS 132 American History II – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course is a survey of American history from the Civil War era to the present. Topics include industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the major American wars, the Cold War, and social conflict. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in American history since the Civil War.

HIS 221 African-American History – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course covers African-American history from the Colonial period to the present. Topics include African origins, the slave trade, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the civil rights movement, and contributions of African Americans. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in the history of African Americans.

HIS 227 Native American History – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 41 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course surveys the history and cultures of Native Americans from pre-history to the present.  Topics include Native American civilizations, relations with Europeans, and the continuing evolution of Native American cultures.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments among Native Americans.

HIS 228 History of the South – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course covers the origin and development of the South as a distinct region of the United States. Emphasis is placed on Southern identity and its basis in cultural, social, economic, and political developments during the 19th and 20th centuries. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze the major cultural, social, economic, and political developments in the South.

HIS 229 History of the Old South – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course is a study of the development of the South from European settlement through the Civil War.  Topics include the multi-ethnic character of colonization, the plantation economy, relations between social classes, the nature of slavery, and issues leading to the Civil War.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in the antebellum South.

POL 110 Intro to Political Science – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 and RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces basic political concepts used by governments and addresses a wide range of political issues.  Topics include political theory, ideologies, legitimacy, and sovereignty in democratic and non-democratic systems.  Upon completion, students should be able to discuss a variety of issues inherent in all political systems and draw logical conclusions in evaluating these systems.

POL 120 American Government – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government including the bureaucracy, civil rights and liberties, political participation and behavior, and policy formation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system.

POL 210 Comparative Government – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides a cross-national perspective on the government and politics of contemporary nations such as Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Topics include each country’s historical uniqueness, key institutions, attitudes and ideologies, patterns of interaction, and current political problems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and compare various nations’ governmental structures, processes, ideologies, and capacity to resolve major problems.

POL 220 International Relations – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides a study of the effects of ideologies, trade, armaments, and alliances on relations among nation states. Emphasis is placed on regional and global cooperation and conflict, economic development, trade, nongovernmental organizations, and international institutions such as the World Court and UN. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss major international relationships, institutions, and problems.

PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the basic principles of psychology as they relate to personal and professional development. Emphasis is placed on personality traits, communication/leadership styles, effective problem solving, and cultural diversity as they apply to personal and work environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of these principles of psychology as they apply to personal and professional development.

PSY 150 General Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

PSY 211 Psychology of Adjustment – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: PSY 150
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the study of the adjustment process focusing on contemporary challenges individuals must deal with in everyday life.  Topics include theories of behavior, career choices, self-understanding, coping mechanisms, human relationships, intimacy, sociocultural factors influencing healthy personal adjustment, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the processes of adjustment.

PSY 241 Developmental Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: PSY 150
  • Corequisites: None

This course is a study of human growth and development. Emphasis is placed on major theories and perspectives as they relate to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development from conception to death. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of development across the life span.

PSY 259 Human Sexuality – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: PSY 150
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of human sexuality and related research.  Topics include reproductive biology, sexual and psychosexual development, sexual orientation, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual disorders, theories of sexuality, and related issues.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge and understanding of human sexuality.

PSY 263 Educational Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: PSY 150
  • Corequisites: None

This course examines the application of psychological theories and principles to the educational process and setting. Topics include learning and cognitive theories, achievement motivation, teaching and learning styles, teacher and learner roles, assessment, and developmental issues. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the application of psychological theory to educational practice. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: PSY 150
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides an examination of the various psychological disorders, as well as theoretical, clinical, and experimental perspectives of the study of psychopathology. Emphasis is placed on terminology, classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of the major disorders. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior patterns as well as demonstrate knowledge of etiology, symptoms, and therapeutic techniques.

SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

SOC 213 Sociology of the Family – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course covers the institution of the family and other intimate relationships. Emphasis is placed on mate selection, gender roles, sexuality, communication, power and conflict, parenthood, diverse lifestyles, divorce and remarriage, and economic issues. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze the family as a social institution and the social forces, which influence its development and change.

SOC 220 Social Problems – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides an in-depth study of current social problems. Emphasis is placed on causes, consequences, and possible solutions to problems associated with families, schools, workplaces, communities, and the environment. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, define, analyze, and propose solutions to these problems.

SOC 230 Race and Ethnic Relations – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course includes an examination of the various aspects of race and ethnicity and how these lead to different experiences, opportunities, problems, and contributions. Topics include prejudice, discrimination, perceptions, myths, stereotypes, and intergroup relationships. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze relationships among racial and ethnic groups within the larger society.

SOC 232 Social Context of Aging – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides an overview of the social implications of the aging process. Emphasis is placed on the roles of older adults within families, work and economics, politics, religion, education, and health care. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze changing perceptions, diverse lifestyles, and social and cultural realities of older adults.

SOC 234 Sociology of Gender – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: SOC 210
  • Corequisites: None

This course examines contemporary roles in society with special emphasis on recent changes.  Topics include sex role socialization, myths and stereotypes, gender issues related to family, work, and power.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze modern relationships between men and women.

SOC 240 Social Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: Proficiency in reading (minimum ASSET 42 or CPT 80 on reading) or a grade of “C” or better in ENG 095 or in ENG 090 or in RED 090.
  • Corequisites: None

This course examines the influence of culture and social groups on individual behavior and personality. Emphasis is placed on the process of socialization, communication, conformity, deviance, interpersonal attraction, intimacy, race and ethnicity, small group experiences, and social movements. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze cultural and social forces that influence the individual in a society.

SOC 242 Sociology of Deviance – 3 Credit Hours

  • Prerequisites: SOC 210
  • Corequisites: None

This course provides an overview of deviant behavior and the processes involved in its definition, causation, prevention, control, and treatment.  Topics include theories of causation, social control, delinquency, victimization, criminality, the criminal justice system, punishment, rehabilitation, and restitution.



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