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BUS 105 Basic Computer Technology 3 creditsThis course covers the use of technology necessary to succeed in current society. The student gains an understanding of computer hardware and experience in the use of typical software. 

BUS 107 Essential Communication for Leaders 3 credits              
This comprehensive course focuses on communication theory, techniques, and applications essential within the organization today. A wide variety of verbal, nonverbal, and writing tools are presented in a “hands-on” fashion that emphasizes traditional principles as well as state-of-the-art technology. Business effectiveness and ethics principles are worked on throughout the course topics.
 
BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3 credits
This course will include coverage of the nature and scope of economics, scarcity and choice, the U.S. economic system, the role of supply and demand, production, cost and profit, perfect and imperfect competition, money in the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve and the money supply, measuring output and income in the U.S., macroeconomic models/analysis, employment, income distribution, business cycles, microeconomic policies, national debt, and international trade.
 
BUS 208 Principles of Management 3 credits
The basic principles of management are studied with an emphasis on planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. The nature of the managerial process within the formal and informal structure are also studied.
 
BUS 306 Organizational Behavior 3 credits
This course studies behavior patterns and motivational dynamics of different types of organizations and focuses on the leadership skills and interpersonal relationships necessary to achieve organizational goals while developing human potential. Topics include micro and macro models of organizational behavior applied to the management of organizational processes and design, motivation, leadership, structural design, and workforce diversity.
Prerequisite: BUS 208 

BUS 415 International Business, 3 credits
The intent of this course is to provide a blend of solid research-based information coupled with real world, current, interesting application examples that help explain international business topics. An active learning approach is used in relating text material with real world international situations. The topics include the perspective and environment of international business, the human resource management functions, as well as the strategies and functions of international operations. Prerequisite: BUS 208

BUS 465 Special Topics in Business, 1-6 credits
Topics vary from semester to semester and are announced with preregistration information. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

GEO 202 Cultural World Geography 3 credits
A survey of the earth’s people and their relationship to the environment. Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, the area comprising the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the United States, and Canada will be studied. Spring only

HIS 320 Selected Studies in History, 3 credits
A lecture and discussion approach to the study of special themes in history. On request, students may take this course more than once if the theme they are studying differs. Prerequisite: Two semesters of History/Political Science Survey. (On demand)

HIS 322 World Wars, Cold War, and Beyond, 3 credits
In the 20th century, the United States emerged as the world's strongest nation. This course offers a survey of U.S. foreign relations during that time. It examines issues, including both World Wars, origins and history of the Cold War, episodes of international revolutionary nationalism, wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, U.S./Latin American relations, years of nuclear deterrence, and the challenges of globalization. Prerequisite: two semesters of either History or Political Science survey.

HIS 350 Post-1945 United States History, 3 credits
This course examines the history of the United States from the end of World War II through today. Students will deepen their knowledge of both domestic history and United States foreign policy through the use of primary and secondary evidence. Students will also draw connections between the recent past and important issues in today's society. Prerequisite: two semesters of either History or Political Science survey.

PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics, 3 credits
This course investigates the basic issues and problems encountered in the field of ethical theory. These issues include the prescriptive/descriptive distinction, the motivation for morality, virtue vs. rule-based ethics, deontological vs. consequentialist theories, moral psychology, and meta-ethical analysis. As a philosophical reflection upon our moral experience special emphasis is placed upon rational justification for the stances we take in these issues.

PHL 223 Social Ethics, 3 credits
An examination of the leading ethical theories in normative discourse, and their application to the most urgent social problems that address us. Topics such as poverty, war, animal rights, economic justice, and the morality of sex and reproduction are debated. Prerequisite: PHL 100

PHL 270 Social and Political Philosophy, 3 credits
An examination of the key issues in the history of Western social and political philosophy. These include the nature and purpose of government, political legitimacy, the relationship between theories of human nature and political systems, and the evolution of rights. Prerequisite: PHL 100

POL 100 American National Government, 3 credits
A study of the American political system with emphasis placed on the structure and operation of the national government; the constitution; citizenship and democratic processes.

POL 103 Global Politics, 3 credits
This course examines the nature, character and dynamics of global politics.  Emphasis is given to the political development, institutions, processes and policies, problems and prospects of key areas, regions, and nation-states in the contemporary global system.

POL 251/252 Law Seminar I-II, 3 credits each
Introduction to the legal system and legal profession; the role of lawyers and judges in American society; the courts and judicial process; policy making; legal research and procedures; the use of law books; legal terms; decision making; litigation; case analysis. Correlated field instruction and field experiences are included. Alternate years

POL 308 Comparative Government, 3 credits
The course will compare the political processes and governmental policies of several different countries. The economic and social problems that decision makers confront are emphasized. Focus is given to analyzing policy alternatives and the impact of social movements on policy making. (On demand)

POL 321 U.S. National Security I: History and Concepts
This course combines a case study approach of post-WWII national security events, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with conceptual perspectives on security strategy and theoretical explanations for the causes of war and peace. Students will also assess deterrence strategy, its use in the nuclear age, and its relevance in the post-Cold War age; investigate the security challenges presented by rogue regimes and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and assess strategies for peacekeeping and peacemaking.

POL 322 U.S. National Security II: Institutions and Methods
This course explores the organizational structures and resources required to defend the American homeland, with a specific focus on intelligence and diplomacy. Students analyze the evolving relationship between intelligence and national security strategy from the beginning of World War II to the present by reviewing the relationships between intelligence and national security strategy using an historical case study approach, analyzing both past and contemporary national security issues from an intelligence perspective. The course also provides an overview of the history, development and trends in diplomacy as an element of national power and how diplomacy is used by senior diplomats and military officials who regularly engage in the international sphere. Implementation of national security methods will be examined through the competing lenses of “hard power,” “soft power,” and “smart power” tactics and strategies.

POL 323 U.S. National Security III: Threats, Challenges and Solutions
This course presents an overview of the key security issues facing the United States. Topics covered include threats from international and domestic terrorism, catastrophic accidents, natural disasters, contagious disease epidemics, and infrastructure disruptions. Vulnerabilities behind these threats will be analyzed with a focus on threat mitigation and Critical Incident Management planning.

POL 405/406 American Constitutional Law I-II, 3 credits each
A case method survey of the organic role of the United States Supreme Court in the total process of the America constitutional system. Emphasis is on governmental structure and relationships, individual freedom, and the Bill of Rights. (Alternate years)

PSY 290 Psychopathology (formerly PSY430 Abnormal Psychology), 3 credits
Study of both professional and popular theories regarding mental illness and abnormal behavior. Exploration of chronology of abnormal behavior theories and treatments from demonology and phrenology to psychophysiology and chemotherapy, from madness and demonic possession to modern day viewpoints. Comparative study of the medical, behavioral and social models of mental disorder. Prerequisite: PSY 123. Fall and Spring

SOC 122 Social Problems, 3 credits
Presents a critical thinking approach to social problem theories and an examination of factors associated with social problems in contemporary American society. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

SOC 221 Cultural Minorities, 3 credits
Explores the nature of majority-minority relations as it relates to people of color in American society. Majority-minority relationships will be examined from the sociological perspective, which identifies majority status as one of dominance and minority status as one of subordination. In doing so, students will identify and analyze those historical, psycho-social, and socio-structural factors, which have contributed to the making of minority groups and to the perpetuation of prejudice and racism. Majority-minority relationships in the United States will be illustrated by studying the social experience of four selected groups: Black Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Rican Americans. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Fall/Spring