MAT 107 - Quantitative Methods
This course is an extension to the fundamental concepts and processes of Elementary Algebra found in MAT 098/099, with an emphasis on problem-solving.
It is designed to prepare MAT 098/099 students for the rigors of Algebra/Trigonometry and to provide teacher certification candidates with the background needed to pass the pre‑professional tests.
Topics include factoring; multiples; decimal and percent notation; exponential notation; order of operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real numbers; properties of real numbers; simplifying expressions; solving equations and inequalities; graphs and applications of linear and quadratic equations; operations and factoring of polynomials; multiplying, simplifying, and solving rational expressions; systems of linear equations and graphs of quadratic equations. 3 credits.
HIS 199 - Survey of World History II
This course introduces students to modern world history to achieve a more critical and integrated understanding of global societies and cultures since the Fifteenth Century.
Students will explore social, economic, and political developments in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe and how people’s religious and political belief systems affected their views of themselves and their place in the world.
Students will focus on the causes and outcomes to the rise and fall of various political and economic empires and how people’s faith traditions and political values systems affected these events.
Special attention is paid to the concept of “just wars,” the Peace and Green Movements, human rights, medical ethics, and globalization. Satisfies the Values and Commitment Exploration. 3 credits.
RELS 302 - Study of Religion Through Films
This course will introduce students to a series of classic texts which have been influential in the development of religious studies as a discipline.
Included for study are the works of Sir James Frazer, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Rudolf Otto, Mircea Eliade, Martin Buber, William James, Clifford Geertz, Victor Turner, and Mary Daly.
Their writings will be complemented by a series of films which consider religion, as well as assist in the appreciation of relevant theoretical approaches to the subject.
Students also will read relevant film history and theory, and among the course requirements is the creation of a screenplay which expresses and teaches the ideas of a major theorist. Satisfies Imag, Creat, Aest Exploration. 3 credits.
SOC 301 - Special Topics: Sociology of Relationships
This course examines the relationships of our everyday life including family, kin, romantic, sexual, ,friendship, and colleague-ship, probing the role that various networks of intimates play in our general civic life and in our social and personal lives. Theories that will be explored will consider major arguments regarding social change and modernization and their impact on personal relationships as well as social psychological theoretical models such as exchange theory, identity theory, constructionism, and attachment. The course will include student practice with qualitative methodologies as a primary focus. For the first two weeks class will meet regularly for two class periods. After that, class will meet each week for one class period. Students will conduct research (in pairs) using various qualitative research designs such as content analysis of media, interviews, and observation. Class activity will include online posting of research results, and online and classroom discussion of research strategies and findings Students who enroll must be able to keep up with the online readings and assignments.Prerequisites: Soc 215, Soc 203