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Social Psychology

PSY 201

Students explore individual human behavior as it occurs in social settings. Specific topics include nonverbal communication, liking, loving, attitude change, conformity, leadership, bystander intervention in emergencies, and individual behavior within groups. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 203

In this analysis of the determinants, assessment, classification, and treatment of abnormal behavior, students examine theoretical, clinical, and experimental data. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.

Psychology of Adolescence

PSY 206

With a focus on human development during the segment of the life span from puberty to early adulthood, students investigate the physical, social, cognitive, moral, and emotional dimensions of development during this period. In addition, the interrelationships of these dimensions of development and their impact on the contextual situations in which adolescents live and function, such as the family, school, peer group, and society, are studied. PSY 206 is not open to students who have completed 6 credits from both PSY 210 and PSY 200. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.

Life Span Development

PSY 210

Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual across the life cycle are covered in this course. Students examine challenges and issues associated with each stage of development and the impact of social and cultural dynamics on the individual. Because of duplication of material, PSY 210 is not open to students who have completed 6 credits from PSY 200 and PSY 206. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.

Environmental Themes

SCI 104

Designed for the non-science major, this course provides students with a basic understanding of how various aspects of the global natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. Emphasis is placed on sustainable technological, economic, and social solutions to environmental dilemmas. Such topics as resource management, energy sources, pollution control, water resources, legal aspects, economics, and ethics are covered. 3 hrs. lect; optional 3 hrs. lab SCI 105 for 1 credit.

Chemistry for Health Sciences

SCI 107

This course is designed for students in the Veterinary Technology, Nursing, or other health science programs. Emphasis is placed on the practical and clinical aspects of chemistry as well as basic chemical theory. The course stresses several basic areas of inorganic chemistry including radioactivity, with an emphasis on biological and medical applications. Basic organic chemistry including structure, nomenclature and reactions is also studied. Analytical and problem-solving techniques are emphasized in all topics covered. 3 hrs. lecture Prerequisites: VTS 148 (Veterinary Technology students), or MAT 100 or higher (Health Science students). All students are required to have a working knowledge of Dimensional Analysis.

Sign Language Internship

SGN 230

Practical work experience in Sign Language Interpreting under the supervision of a communications faculty member is provided in this internship. The work assignment is at an approved area facility. COM 230 may be taken twice for credit. The College's repeat course policy as outlined in this catalog does not apply to SGN 230. Enrollment is open to students registered in the Sign Language Interpreting program and is by advisement.

Principles of Sociology

SOC 101

Students learn and use basic perspectives and research methods of sociology in examining individual and group interactions and institutions. This course concentrates on such topics as culture, the social origins of the self, collective behaviors and social movements, and social stratification.

Social Problems

SOC 206

Students use a sociological perspective to critically analyze how social issues and problems are developed and changed. This course focuses on such topics as crime and violence, racial and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, aging, employment, poverty, healthcare, and drug and alcohol use. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 101

Sociology of the Family

SOC 207

Students will learn about and better understand family structure and its relation to society by using sociological methods and concepts. This course examines the diversity of U.S. families, using cross-cultural views to encourage students to analyze contemporary issues such as gender roles, the formation and dissolution of families, employment and family conflicts, domestic violence, and social policies. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 101

Cultural Diversity

SOC 213

This course focuses on the theoretical foundation of cultural diversity in the United States. Racial, ethnic, gender, and class differences are examined from sociological perspectives. In order to develop deeper understanding of American culture, cross-cultural perspectives will be introduced. Active participation in class discussion is required. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 101

Elementary Spanish I

SPA 101

A four-skills approach (listening, speaking, reading, writing) is taken in this introductory course for beginners. Communication in Spanish is emphasized and regular practice with language tapes and videos forms an integral part of the course. SPA 101 is not open to students with two or more years of high school Spanish except by advisement.

Elementary Spanish II

SPA 102

In this second-level course for students who already have some knowledge of Spanish, the focus is on the use of the preterite and imperfect to talk the about the past. In addition, students learn to use the future, the conditional, and the subjunctive in everyday conversations. Regular practice with language tapes and videos forms an integral part of the course. Recommended: Two years of high school Spanish, the equivalent of SPA 101 or SPA 110, or by advisement.

Accel Elem Spanish I & II

SPA 115

This is a review course for students who have taken high school Spanish, but who do not have the language skills necessary for placement in SPA 102 or SPA 111. Communication in Spanish is emphasized and regular practice with language tapes and videos forms an integral part of the course. The course is intended to satisfy two semester language requirements. It meets for six hours a week. Prerequisite: One to two years of high school Spanish or by advisement.

Intermediate Spanish I

SPA 201

Improvement in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish is stressed in this course for students who can already communicate orally in simple Spanish and who have a good knowledge of basic Spanish grammar. Students read articles from Spanish newspapers and magazines and simple short stories. In addition, they review Spanish grammar and practice, applying it in conversations, reports, and compositions. Recommended: Three to four years of high school Spanish; the equivalent of SPA 102, SPA 111, or SPA 115; or by advisement.

Intermediate Spanish II

SPA 202

Emphasis is on improvement of speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills in this course for students who can communicate orally on the intermediate level and who can begin to read unsimplified Spanish literature. Students read selections from Spanish and Latin American literature, learn about leading contemporary authors, listen to Spanish radio magazines, and work on their remaining problems with Spanish grammar. The instructor conducts the course almost entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or ability to follow a course given in Spanish and to read Spanish prose with the help of a dictionary.

Adv Spanish Grammar/Comp

SPA 208

Students review and consolidate their understanding of Spanish grammar to improve their ability to express themselves in written Spanish. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or by advisement.


THE 105

In this course students will be introduced to all facets of technical theater production. Through a series of practical exercises and projects, students will explore various production roles and processes including construction of scenery, hanging and focusing lighting, light and sound board operation, scenic painting, and building of costumes and props. Students will practice and apply these skills in the actual creative process (logging in a minimum of 30 hours of shop and production time) of a Theater Program production.

Production Participation

THE 109

By participating in actual production, the equivalent of an academic lab experience, students practice and apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Prerequisite: Advisement of the instructor and approval of the Theater Program coordinator.

Introduction to Acting

THE 110

A practical introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, this course aspires to nurture a supportive and stimulating environment in which students can explore and practice the elements and disciplines necessary to begin formal training as an actor. The focus in this course will be on physical and vocal exercises and improvisation, as well as basic text and character analysis. By utilizing these tools, cultivating powers of observation, and stressing and applying the actor's goal to define the specific intention rendered by the most effective action, we will methodically work toward the mapping of the character's journey through the text. This course offers methods geared to help students get the most out of themselves and disciplines required to train their "acting instruments" (body and voice) to be more responsive, so that they possess a wider range of communications skills. The goal of the course is to introduce the student-actor to the technique necessary to master the basic discipline of truthful behavior in imaginary circumstances.

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