Jun 19, 2024  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

  • PHYS 244 - General Physics II

    Second course of a three semester calculus-based sequence. Topics on Light, electricity, magnetism and some aspects of modern physics are covered. Prerequisites: PHYS 243 . (3)
  • PHYS 244L - General Physics II Laboratory

    This laboratory will include experiments from light, electricity and magnetism. Prerequisites: PHYS 243L . Fee required. (1)
  • PHYS 245 - General Physics III

    Calculus-based sequence involving the study of the principles of wave optics and modern physics are treated in detail. Prerequisites: PHYS 244 . (3)
  • POLS 100 - Introduction to Political Science

    Introduction to basic theories, methods, and concepts of political science, with emphasis on the role of ideology and interests in the political process. (3)
  • POLS 110 - Introduction to Black Politics

    This introductory course provides an overview of African American politics, while carefully defining each area of study in the discipline. The course will focus on relevant literature as well as provide a framework of case studies or topical approaches to the presentation of literature. (3)
  • POLS 137 - Introduction to International Affairs

    This course is designed to introduce the field of international affairs to students. Assuming that the class attendants have no prior knowledge on the subject, Introduction to International Affairs covers diverse topics from globalization to terrorism. Students are expected to analyze a given international affair. (3)
  • POLS 210 - American National Government

    Introduction to American federal government from both domestic and international perspectives. Special emphasis on the implications and responsibilities of political and economic leadership. (3)
  • POLS 220 - Political Ideologies

    Introduction to basic contemporary political ideologies, including theoretical foundations of democracy, socialism, communism, and nationalism. (3)
  • POLS 223 - Black Political Theory and Behavior

    This course is an introduction to the major theoretical frameworks in Black Politics and their application to substantive problems of political behavior. Special attention will also be given to Black politics as it relates to individuals, groups, the historical and contemporary and the controversies associated with the African American political experience in the Unites States of America. (3)
  • POLS 225 - LSAT Preparation

    Provides systematic approaches for all LSAT question types along with a plethora of test-taking tips. Students learn all the techniques that are taught by the big “commercial” courses. Class sessions emphasize strategy and include extensive practice. Students practice using official exams. Sessions are timed to end just before LSAT testing dates. (3)
  • POLS 233 - American State and Local Government

    Study of major characteristics of public policy making process at the three levels of the American political system: federal, state and local. Prerequisites: POLS 100  and 200. (3)
  • POLS 234 - Black Electoral Politics

    This course provides a comprehensive analysis of Black activities in electoral politics, voting trends party allegiance and other important factors. The course will also devote attention to Black voter behavior and factors that contribute to Black voting tendencies. (3)
  • POLS 235 - American Executive Process

    Assessment of the role of the presidential, state gubernatorial and municipal executive offices in the American system of government. Analysis of leadership, constitutional status and powers, and legislative responsibility of chief executives. Prerequisites: POLS 131, 133 and 231. (3)
  • POLS 237 - Civil Rights/Race Politics

    This course examines the institutions and processes of American Government and politics from the perspective of the African American presence and influence. The course will focus on the role of politics in the quest for African American political, social and economic equity in the United States. (3)
  • POLS 238 - American Foreign Policy

    This course combines theoretical and empirical studies to increase our understanding of American foreign policies. First, the course introduces rational and organizational models as analytical frameworks while utilizing such psychological frameworks as prospect theory and groupthink theory for secondary explanatory tools. The second part of the course covers the history of American foreign policies focusing on critical turning points. The part also includes several current issues in foreign policy like terrorism. (3)
  • POLS 331 - American Legislative Process

    Study of the nature of legislative process in the United States, including organization and procedures, direct legislation, and the relationship of law making bodies to other branches of government. Prerequisites: POLS 233  and POLS 235 . (3)
  • POLS 332 - Comparative Politics

    Introduction to comparative methodology via comparison of political systems in western and non-western states. Prerequisites: POLS 233  and POLS 235 . (3)
  • POLS 333 - American Judicial Process

    Analysis of the structure and functions of judicial systems, including organization, administration and politics of judicial bureaucracies. Prerequisites: POLS 233  and POLS 235 . (3)
  • POLS 335 - Constitutional Law

    Study of major Supreme Court decisions in relation to the growth and development of the United States Constitution. Prerequisites: POLS 333 . (3)
  • POLS 336 - Government of Developing States

    Survey of political, economic and social development within the developing world. Includes assessment of ideologies, revolutions, sources of instability, and party and interest group development. Prerequisites: POLS 232, POLS 233  and POLS 235 . (3)
  • POLS 337 - International Relations

    An introduction to and analysis of the factors affecting relationships among nations. Emphasis is placed on the functions of economic and military power, diplomacy, and international law and organization. Prerequisites: POLS 332 . (3)
  • POLS 338 - International Political Economy

    This course examines both the newly emerging issues and traditional ones to better comprehend movements and patterns of international trade and finance. It is thus imperative to go over diverse theoretical frameworks introduced to the filed so far: government-private business relationship, the leadership of international economic organizations, and the increasing financial power in international economic activities. (3)
  • POLS 339 - Black Leadership, Organization and Movements

    This course represents a study of the anatomy of Black movements with particular attention to leadership and organization factors such as goals, strategies and tactics. (3)
  • POLS 370 - Political Science Research Methods

    This course provides a general introduction to research methods in Political Science. Among the topics considered will be fundamental elements of research design, alternative approaches to research in the social sciences, selecting and defining a research problem, specifying and testing hypotheses, methods of data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation of results, and the role of theory in the research process. Among the approaches considered will be survey research, elite interviewing, experimental design, case studies, documentary analysis, and field and archival research. Prerequisites: POLS 333   T1 CT
  • POLS 401 - African American Political Thought

    This course is designed to introduce students to the variety and complexity of African American identity and expression, while exploring the roots of African American ideologies and their relationship with social movements and the grassroots. (3)
  • POLS 405 - Pre-Law Internship/Political Science

    The Political Science Internship is a one semester long general internship. The field placement requires a minimum of six (6) hours per week. An individualized plan will be developed as a team by the student faculty, advisor, and the supervisor of the participating organizations. These experiences will be based on needs and professional goals of the student. The supervisor/faculty advisor will determine the criteria for evaluation. Students interested in pursuing a career in law with a law firm is required to enroll in and successfully pass HIST 442B  instead of POLS 405. Prerequisites: POLS 100 , POLS 233  and Junior or Senior status. Fee required. (3) T1 CAP
  • POLS 406 - Pre-Law Internship

    An internship with a law firm or in the legal department of a corporation, government agency, or nonprofit organization. (3)
  • POLS 410 - Black Nationalist Thought

    This course will explore aspects of radical Black politics and activism from the early 1960s and 1970s. Black Nationalism is the response of people of African descent to their complex history of oppression and exploitation in the Americas. Expressions of nationalist ideas in the United States can be traced to the eighteenth century. (3)
  • POLS 423 - Special Topics in Political Science

    An intensive examination of current political problems and issues as selected by the instructor. Topics vary. (3)
  • POLS 432 - Politics of Pacific Rim

    This course analyzes relations among states in the Pacific region from three perspectives: hegemonic competition, trade and regionalism. First, the course reviews power competitions among major powers, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia. Formal alliances are intertwined with each other surrounding the region, so the analysis of power relations provides a roadmap of security/military interactions. International trade is the second part of consideration. Trade relations among the Pacific states are rapidly changing these days and so with their political relations. Students will see how domestic politics are closely related to foreign policies from the economic point of view. (3)
  • POLS 434 - Seminar in International Affairs

    This course selects three or four major topics in international affairs for in-depth discussion. The goal of the course is to prepare students to seek careers either in academia or in practical professions including diplomacy, international organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs.) (3)
  • POLS 440 - Public Policy

    This course is primarily concerned with what policies governments pursue, why governments pursue the policies and what the consequences of these policies are. It also attempts to describe and explain public policy decision-making processes by the use of various analytic models. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 233 . (3)
  • POLS 441 - Quantitative Applications in Political Science

    This course concentrates on the elements of research design and hypothesis testing, as well as the application of statistical techniques to social and political problems and data. Topics covered include sample distributions and statistical probability, chi-square, testing of the difference of means, analysis of variance, correlation and regression. Prerequisites: POLS 370 . (3)
  • POLS 442 - Public Administration

    Analysis of managerial, legal and political theories and processes of public agencies in a democracy for the provision of service functions for the society as a whole or for some segments of it. Prerequisites: POLS 232, POLS 332  and SOC 364. (3)
  • POLS 443 - African Politics

    Study of political practices and perspectives in Africa. Emphasis on emerging independent nations of sub-Saharan Africa, including political change, nationalism, cultural duality, nation building and Pan-Africanism. Prerequisites: POLS 232 and POLS 337 . (3)
  • POLS 444 - Senior Seminar

    This capstone course provides an overview of the discipline of political science and its sub fields. Students complete research projects and attend seminars on specialty topics. Prerequisites: POLS 332 , SOC 364, and Senior Status. (3)
  • PPS 100 - Introduction to Public Policy

    This course is an introduction to the public policy process in the United States through examination of current and recent events. Policymaking at the national, state and local levels will be discussed, with particular attention to the role of those who have been trained in public policy writing and analysis skills. (3) T1 CE
  • PPS 200 - Administration and Management of the Public Enterprise

    This course will introduce students to governance and public management from the perspective of those for whom it is a professional endeavor. The focus is on the American system of government. Including rudimentary introduction to organization theory, this course will provide students with learning and practice of basic skills useful to those in management and administrative positions (public and otherwise.) (3)
  • PPS 210 - Race and Gender in American Politics and Policy

    This course surveys key policy areas (including education, employment and economic policies) where minorities and women have gained legal standing and rights to progress in America. This course will also explore possible rights and policy measures that could further advance the status of these population groups in America. (3)
  • PPS 300 - Policy Analysis

    This course will help students to develop analytical skills in: defining a policy problem and the associated decision, articulating relevant decision-making criteria, evaluating policy alternatives, and assessing the means and costs of implementation. The goal of this course is to learn to think systematically and critically about a range of public policy issues. A policy analyst should be able to develop viable, informed alternative policies with a reasonable expectation of the anticipated outcome. (3)
  • PPS 350 - Health Disparities in America: Policy Implications

    Health disparities are differences in the burden of disease felt by particular communities of people, as defined by racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and other demographic characteristics. This course will explore the contribution to these disparities from social factors such as limitations in access to medical care or other social resources as well as from human perceptions and other daily stressors. Although little is known about which policies work best to reverse the impact of disparities on health, this course will engage in active debate and consideration of proposals. Cross-listed as PHS 350 . Prerequisites: PHS 101, PHS 230 . (3)
  • PPS 400 - Special Topics in Public Policy

    This capstone course will offer students intense examination of a particular public policy issue through reviews of selected theoretical and empirical studies; the choice of topic will change from semester to semester. A simulation and role-play of real-world policy situations prepares students to work in the fast-paced, team-oriented environment in which policies are formulated, passed into law, implemented and evaluated. These steps mimic those encountered by the policy graduate. (3)
  • PSYCH 132 - Introduction to Psychology

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of psychology. The course will explore the long history and short past of psychology and the many sub-disciplines relevant to the science. A significant amount of coverage will be given to the important contributions of African Americans to the science of psychology. (3)
  • PSYCH 132L - Introduction to Psychology Laboratory

    This course will introduce students to a cyber rat laboratory necessary for applying basic psychological principles of learning and response conditioning of animal and human behavior. Although this is a simulated laboratory, students will be exposed to a critical component of the major. This laboratory will expose students to the various learning components of psychology (i.e., operant and classical conditioning, shaping, punishment, schedules of reinforcements, etc.). This laboratory will be a requirement for psychology majors only. (1)
  • PSYCH 204 - Lifespan Development

    This course is designed to foster a better understanding of human development from conception to death, emphasizing biological, cognitive, emotional, social and personality development. Scientific approaches for studying developmental psychology will stress the importance of research methodology and research findings across the life-span. Theories of development and applications to real-world problems will provide a context for understanding how humans change during the life-cycle. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132 . (3)
  • PSYCH 206 - Cross Cultural Psychology

    This course is an in-depth investigation of the relationships between cultural and human development and the thoughts, emotions and behaviors of individuals in different cultures. Topics for this course will focus on human traits, development and interactions from a multicultural and multiethnic perspective. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 230 - Clinical and Counseling Psychology

    This course provides an introduction to the science and practice of clinical and counseling psychology. History, major theories and scientific underpinnings will be covered, as well, as current developments in practice and research. Major topics include theoretical models, diagnostic and assessment methods, psychotherapeutic interventions, treatment effectiveness, specialization and training. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 235 - Abnormal Psychology

    This course involves the study of maladaptive behavior. Such behaviors range from the simple habit disorders (thumb sucks, nail biting), to the addictions (alcohol, gambling and so on) to the most severe mental disturbances the psychoses. The course investigates the causes and dynamics of mental and behavioral disorders. Various theories have opinions on the etiology, development and treatment of maladaptive behavior. This course will explore psychoanalytic, Neo-Freudian, Gestalt, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic approaches. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 206 . (3)
  • PSYCH 236 - Organizational Behavior

    This course emphasizes an experiential approach to the study of individual and group behavior within the context of the organization and as affected by a wide array of emerging organizational realities. It provides current and emerging theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, managerial decision-making, group processes and conflict resolutions. The major objective of this course is to understand organizational behavior concepts and models, moving from individual behavior to the group and to the organization as a whole. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 300 - Careers in Psychology

    This course focuses on career planning and development issues for psychology majors. Using a combination of lecture, readings and exercises, students will be exposed to information designed to assist in the clarification, selection and pursuit of a career in psychology or a related field. Topics will include an overview of the undergraduate major in psychology, career options in psychology and related fields, preparation for employment with a bachelor’s degree, preparing for and succeeding in a graduate school and applying for a job or to graduate school. Prerequisites: Junior status. (3)
  • PSYCH 301 - Adult Development and Life Assessment

    This course introduces the adult learner to adult development theory and links these concepts to life through a process of individual reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theory is examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life assessments, the basis for understanding individuals within organizations. (3)
  • PSYCH 310 - Psychology of Adjustment

    This course will discuss the dynamics of normal and maladaptive adjustment, including the study of appropriate and inappropriate reactions to frustration and stress; resolution of conflicts, fears and anxiety; building emotional stability and preventing mental illness. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 320 - Sex, Gender and Behavior

    This course will examine the differences between the male and female experience from the psychologist’s point of view. The course will include factors which have affected the male and female experience, current research on actual and perceived gender differences, and how social changes have contributed to changing roles. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 324 - Introduction to Statistics Using SPSS

    This course is designed to teach the students basic concepts in statistics and research methods. The course will focus on the Scientific Approach and teach the student how to test for relationships, mean differences and predictive relationships. The course will cover descriptive statistics as well as inferential designs. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used in this course. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and MATH 131 . (3) T1 QL
  • PSYCH 325 - Research Methods

    This course focuses on the application of the scientific method in the field of psychology. In order to find cogent explanations for pertinent issues, students are taught to use computer technology as a part of their semester-long research project. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used throughout the course. Each student is expected to develop, carry out and defend a major research project. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 324 . (3)
  • PSYCH 329 - Psychology of the African-American Community

    This course will include an examination of the development of hip hop in the US as a psychological, cultural, political and artistic resource. In particular, the course examines hip-hop literacy, language and learning, art, performance, and dress. Psychological explanatory theories related to hip-hop and its impact on society will be examined. Topics include: culture, community, crime and injustice, economics, education, family, history, identity, language, politics, sports, race and racism, sex and sexism. Emphasis is placed on hip-hop in a variety of contexts including schools, religious organizations, and political movements. Comparisons of hip hop with other African American community dynamics will be made. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132 . (3)
  • PSYCH 330 - Employee Selection

    This course will cover the relevant theory research, concepts, and applications associated with personnel selection and testing issues. Topics include: job analysis, validity, reliability, interviews, personality measures, assessment centers, fairness, validity generalization, utility analysis, test theory, privacy issues and cognitive ability measures. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 332 - Psychology of Adolescence

    This course is a study of the attitudes associated with the adolescent period. Special emphasis is given to the problems arising in the junior and senior year of high school. Prerequisites: PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 333 - Theories of Personality

    This course involves the study of how specific personality traits are related to various life outcomes. The course will focus on the assessment and description of personality from both an individual and situational perspective. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used throughout the course. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 336 - Sensation and Perception

    While there was a great deal of scientific work in the 18th and 19th centuries that could easily be called psychological, the official founding of psychology is credited to the German physiologist and psychologist Wilhelm Wundt. This course will trace the study of sensation and perception from Pre-Structuralism to contemporary virtual reality computer models. The class will introduce the student to the study of mind and the body interaction and show how this combination influences human behavior. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132 , PSYCH 204 , PSYCH 206  and PE 241 . (3)
  • PSYCH 339 - Theories of Human Learning

    This course will look at the development of learning theories in psychology starting with early philosophers to the development of Learning Theory and Social Learning Theory. Other areas to be covered include maladaptive learning, such as learned helplessness, and learning in traditional settings such as in the classroom and on the job. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 340 - Health Psychology

    This course will include an examination of the relationship of psychological factors to physical illness, including the impact of such factors on illness, illness behavior and interventions at the individual and community levels. Emphasis will be on psychosocial stress, psycho immunology, and psychobiological aspects of disease and the etiology and psychological factors influencing illness recovery. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and BIOL 131 . (3)
  • PSYCH 400 - History and Systems in Psychology

    Since ancient times philosophers have speculated about the origins of human thought and behavior. On the one side were those philosophers who argued that human thought and action are innate others argued that there is no thought or action that does not have its origin in experience. This course will look at the historical development and modern resolutions of this nature versus nurture controversy and many other debates that have formed the science of psychology. In addition to the usual look at Structuralism, Functionalism, Gestalt, Behaviorism and other major schools and systems, this course will also look at the contribution of Imhotep and other great Africans to the history of psychology. Prerequisites: PSYCH 325 , PSYCH 330  and PSYCH 339 . (3)
  • PSYCH 405 - Field Experience

    A supervised field experience in which the student is placed in an approved agency for fir-hand knowledge of psychological works. Pre-requisite: Senior Status (3)
  • PSYCH 410 - Training and Development

    The objective of this course is for each student to learn how to assess, develop, carry out and evaluate a training program. To get to this objective, we will review the field of training and development, as well as the broader area of human resource development (HRD.) This means covering some of the basic concepts of training/HRD, such as motivation and learning theory, needs assessment and the evaluation of training. Different types of training programs will be examined, including orientation, skills training, team building, management development, organization development and diversity training. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3) T2 Quan (F2012) SQT (10 hrs req’d) 4hrs scl,3hrs
  • PSYCH 431 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    Industrial psychology concerns the physical and psychological conditions of the workplace and how these factors contribute to an efficient work environment. Industrial psychologists are also concerned about the design of manufactured products. This course will focus on how psychologists apply knowledge of human capabilities and limitations to the design of the modern workplace. Prerequisites: PSYCH 325 , PSYCH 330  and PSYCH 339 . (3)
  • PSYCH 433 - Psychological Testing

    Testing is perhaps the most widely used method within psychology. Individual and group tests are used to assess intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality. Once the items of a test have been scaled, the test can be used to assess individual or group performance. The course will focus on the construction and uses of testing instruments in psychology. The student will develop, administer, and report on his or her own unique test instrument. Prerequisites: PSYCH 324 , PSYCH 330  and PSYCH 339 . (3)
  • PSYCH 435 - Leadership in Organizations

    The focus of this course is on leadership in work organizations. There will be an examination on leadership theory, research and practice. For each topic reviewed in the course, the students will work towards connecting available theory and research on the topic to effective and successful leadership practices in organizations. Prerequisites: PSYCH 132  and PSYCH 204 . (3)
  • PSYCH 470 - Senior Psychological Seminar

    This seminar will involve group research and presentation under the direction of the professor. It is expected that all students will have established senior level status and be in the last semester of his or her undergraduate program. All students will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of psychological theories and systems and express this knowledge in a dynamic seminar setting. Seminar participants will enjoy the privilege of pursuing independent study, to an extent, with support from previous years of training and guidance from the professor. This class is recommended for Psychology majors who are actively seeking graduate school admission. Prerequisites: PSYCH 325 , PSYCH 333 , PSYCH 400  and Senior status. (3)
  • PSYCH 475 - Cognitive Psychology

    Cognitive psychology applies to the study of thinking, concept formation, and problem solving. Work in this field has been much influenced and aided by the use of computers. This course will not only look at historical developments in the field of cognitive psychology but it will also focus on current trends and future objectives. While the course will look at traditional topics such as attention, memory and information processing, it will also look at parallels in computer and artificial intelligence. Prerequisites: PSYCH 324 , PSYCH 330 , PSYCH 333 , PSYCH 336 , PSYCH 339  and Senior status. (3)
  • PSYCH 480 - Special Topics in Psychology

    This course will involve individual research under the direction of the professor. It is expected that the students will have established senior level status and be in the last year of their undergraduate program. The primary focus of this class is to prepare the student during the fall semester to present his/her research at a local, state, regional or national psychological conference. The student will also prepare a mock manuscript for submission to a psychological journal. Prerequisites: PSYCH 325 , PSYCH 333 , Senior status and permission of the instructor. (3)
  • PSYCH 500 - Directed Readings in Psychology

    This course involves reading and library research on a specialized topic in the primary scientific literature in psychology under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Senior status. (4)
  • REL 222 - Hermeneutics

    Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of proper interpretation of the Biblical text. Focusing on issues such as historical setting, date of the writing, information about both the author and the audience are essential in finding out what was the authors intent in writing and what did it mean to the hearers of that day. (3)
  • REL 231 - Origin of Beliefs

    This course provides a historical and systematic investigation into the roots of faith with special emphasis on the Judeo/Christian belief system. Students will explore how faith develops and in what ways a person’s beliefs may impact their behavior. (3) T1 ID
  • REL 232 - Survey of Comparative Religions

    This course will be a comparative study of religions of the world, focusing on their basic concepts, rites, and geographical distribution. Religions studied will include Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. (3)
  • REL 233 - Old Testament Survey

    This course is an introduction to the history, culture, and thought of the ancient Near East as a context for understanding the Old Testament with emphasis on the history of Israel. This study will give the students and overview and working knowledge of the thirty-nine books included in the Old Testament canon. (3)
  • REL 234 - New Testament Survey

    In this course we will consider a survey of the history, life, and thought in the Greco-Roman world as a context for understanding the New Testament. This course will give the students an overview of the twenty seven books of the New Testament canon, and provide an understanding of the background of the various authors and their areas of focus in their writings. (3)
  • REL 235 - Survey of Church History

    A study of the development of Christianity from the Apostolic days to the Reformation, covering 33 AD, 1600 AD in the first half of the semester and an overview of Christianity from the Reformation to the 20th Century in the second part of the semester. (3)
  • REL 236 - The Many Faces of Jesus

    The overall purpose of this course is to engage students in the critical study of Jesus across diverse cultures and time periods. The course poses the central question: Who was Jesus, and what has been and continues to be his significance in culture? The approach is interdisciplinary; historical, sociological, philosophical, ethical and aesthetic issues will be addressed. Specifically topics of study will include Jesus in relation to history, the arts, film, social ethics, politics, the 21st century family and world religions. (3)
  • REL 240 - Contemporary Theological Perspectives

    This is a creative study that will deal with the orthodox beliefs of the Christian faith as well as investigate contemporary theological issues of the twenty-first century. Guest lecturers representing a variety of church traditions will also be a part of the learning process. (3)
  • REL 241 - African American Theology

    A study in Christian Theology from an African and African-American perspective. A focus on the rich contributions of people of African heritage to the development of the Bible and throughout Church History will be highlighted. (3)
  • REL 242 - The Role of Women in Scripture and Church History

    A systematic study of the contribution and influence that women have made in the development of the Judeo/Christian literature found in Scripture. Students will also explore the rich contribution over the course of Church History and in modern times. (3)
  • REL 332 - Christian Ethics

    The term ethics fundamentally means what we “ought” to do or what we “ought not” do. The Christian worldview has a distinctive perspective on the rightness or wrongness of an act based on the teaching of the Scriptures. This course will explore modern ethical issues through the lenses of the Bible. (3)
  • REL 333 - World Missions

    This course will investigate the history and motivation for Christian mission worldwide. It will investigate the fact that some people regard missions as the imposition of Western culture and the extension of North American denominationalism. Others view missions as a religious cover for the spread of political influence or as a massive welfare program for developing nations. Students will examine these in search of the truth. (3)
  • REL 343 - Fundamentals of Counseling

    This course will assist students to develop some basic counseling skills such as active listening, rapport, and building of relationship with people one might be seeking to assist. This course is particularly important for students who will be involved in careers that require a helping component with the community. Religious insights on helping hurting people will be shared, but will not be the dominating theme of the course. (3)
  • REL 344 - Principles of Christian Leadership

    A key to the success of any organization is the quality of leadership displayed at the top. This course will help students to be exposed to a number of principles and models of leadership, both religious and secular, that will equip them not only to be members of quality teams, but also to fulfill leadership roles in their chosen field. (3)
  • REL 345 - Church Administration

    This course is designed to introduce church workers to the basic principles related to the nature, structure and function of the church and to teach them the practical knowledge and skills necessary for the local church to effectively carry out its roles in the areas of ministry, administration, and education. (3)
  • REL 346 - Homiletics I

    This course is the introduction to the study of the art and science of preaching. In this first of a two-part course, students will study the background of preaching. They will learn of the various types of introductions, conclusions, the effective use of illustrations and the various distinctive types of sermon and their usage. (3)
  • REL 350 - Biblical Perspectives

    An overview study of the literary, historical, and religious dimensions of the Old and New Testaments. Special attention is given to the themes of covenant, redemption, justice, righteousness, reconciliation, eschatology, and hope. Adult learners are guided in an examination of biblical teachings in relation to everyday life. (3)
  • REL 421 - Homiletics II

    The second in a two part course in the art and science of preaching will assist students in both the development of sermon outlines and also the opportunity to present in class various types of sermons. Students will be graded on a number of key factors necessary for good communication including eye contact, voice fluctuation, natural movement, and clarity of thought. (3)
  • REL 422 - Field Experience I

    The Field Experience I course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to interact in the local church community and to learn by observation, interaction, reading, and the development of a portfolio. The student will observe the function of the local church at its various levels including ministry to children, youth, men, women, and the elderly. Learning about church structure and board governance will also be required. At the end of the course they will also have had opportunity to apply their skills in a supervised setting by either a teaching or preaching presentation. The student must document 80 hours of involvement in this experience. (6)
  • REL 423 - Field Experience II

    The Field Experience II course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply some of the skills they have been learning in previous classes. These skills will include teaching a Bible study, preaching a sermon, counseling a person in need, and being a part of a church committee meeting. The students must document 80 hours of involvement in this experience. (6)
  • REM 201 - Introduction to Real Estate Management

    This course provides a foundation for entry into residential or commercial management field from the property manager perspective. The course will focus on the fundamentals of management process. Upon completion of the course, you will have a practical background in the management of a wide variety of property types. (3)
  • REM 202 - Introduction to Apartment Management

    This introductory property management course serves as a preliminary step toward understanding the specialized management of residential properties. It reviews the forms and goals of ownership as related to residential properties. It reviews the forms and goals of ownership as related to residential property management; discusses personnel management issues and policies; outlines key elements in developing and implementing property policies; explains leasing procedures and the contents of the lease document; outlines the components of resident relations, including lease renewal strategies and rent payment and collection; describes strategies for preparing vacant units and otherwise maintaining the property; identifies marketing strategies and advertising media; addresses converting prospects to residents; discusses different approaches to setting and raising rents; outlines renovation strategies; discusses property insurance coverage and handling of claims; and provides information on financial administration, including budgeting and different types of budgets, use of computers, and accounting and record keeping. (3) T1 IC
  • REM 203 - Professional Site Management of Affordable and Public Housing

    This is an introductory course that effectively addresses the knowledge and skills required to be an effective manager in government-assisted housing. The course textbook, Government-assisted Housing: Professional Strategies for Site Managers, is published the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and authored by our executive director, Glenn French, CPM. (3)
  • REM 204 - Introduction to Office Building Management

    This course is designed to provide you the fundamental knowledge required to understand the requirements of managing a commercial office building. It is geared to the property manager rather than the site manager and is designed to serve as a preliminary step toward the more specialized educational training for certification in commercial of property management. (3)
  • REM 300 - North Carolina Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course

    This course is mandated by the NC Real Estate Commission for persons seeking their North Carolina Real Estate Licenses. It fulfills educational requirements for the state licensing exam. The course provides the necessary information on real estate principles and practices and has a heavy emphasis on real estate brokerage law. The primary objective of this course is to prepare the student for the North Carolina real estate license examination. (3)
  • REM 301 - Accredited Residential Manager® Certification

    This course is specifically designed for practitioners and those seeking careers in the site level multifamily apartment management. This course fulfills all educational requirements for Accredited Residential Manager designation (IREM). Course topics include: Human Resources, legal issues and risk management strategies, professional ethics, on-site maintenance management, finance, basics of property accounting and budgeting, marketing and leasing tools and strategies. Prerequisites: Junior Standing or completion of REM 201  and REM 202 . Successful completion IREM examination is required. (3)
  • REM 354 - Fundamentals of Purchasing and Financing Residential Real Estate

    This course will identify the process and necessary elements to purchase and finance residential real estate. The major topics include: Deciding to Purchase, Getting Pre-approved, Budgeting for a Mortgage, Making the Offer to Purchase, Understanding the TranSAUtion Process, Your Guide to Financing, Selecting the Right Mortgage, and Capitalization on those Tax Benefits. (3)
  • REM 456 - Real Estate Internship

    This internship provides on-the-job training in real estate and offers the student an opportunity to work in and evaluate a professional setting. Students will be at their internship sites a minimum of forty-five hours during the semester and meet with their internship instructor for ten hours over the course of the semester. (3)

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