Fall Semester 2019

Courses run from September 3 until December 10 unless noted otherwise.  

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Courses Offered

Business

Accounting

  • BUS2203C Accounting for Business
  • Instructor: Susan Flaherty | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: Wed. 6-9:50 p.m.

A computer and project-based course designed to develop the students’ ability to read and interpret internal and external financial reports, understand their underlying concepts, use their information in making informed decisions, and understand the effects of management decisions on these reports and the financial performance of the business. Topics include the basic concepts of the accounting process, preparation of the financial statements, analysis and application of the generally accepted accounting principles used to account for the various elements of the balance sheet and income statement, accounting for manufacturing operations, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing, budgeting, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisites: BUS1100. Four hours a week.

Management

  • BUS1100C Introduction to Management 
  • Instructor: Leah Ritchie | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: TH 6 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.

(Formerly BE100A) Primarily for freshmen, the course provides students with an integrative approach to learning the functional areas of business while emphasizing oral and written communication and effective group interaction. Students will learn various technical, organizational and operational aspects of business through active learning opportunities, case discussions, technological applications and outside activities.  Four hours per week.


  • BUS2210C Management Information Systems 
  • Instructor: John Haley | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Management Information Systems presents a core of IS principles with which every business student should be familiar. Information technology has become a key component in accomplishing strategic and operational goals in organizations today. It is necessary to understand how a company utilizes information technology to gain its competitive advantage in business. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts and principles of information systems. Therefore, it focuses on breadth of coverage rather than the depth of any specific IS area. Topics include: the role of IT in organizations, computers and information processing, hardware and software, managing data resources, telecommunications and networks, electronic commerce, security, IS ethics and leading information technologies and applications. Prerequisites: BUS1100. Four hours a week.


  • BUS2220C Operations Management 
  • Instructor: TBD | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: W 6 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.

The course is designed to provide students majoring in business administration with an overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of operations management (OM). The focus of operations in the process of converting or transforming resources into products and services. The principal responsibilities of operations managers lie in making sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of both manufacturing and service organizations. The process of planning, implementing and monitoring the production allows operations managers to continuously improve in providing high-quality goods and services at low cost thereby adding more value for the customer. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213. Fulfills X in LS Core.  Four hours a week.


  • BUS4402WC Strategic Analysis and Decision Making 
  • Instructor: Martin Chatterton | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: M 6 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.

BUS4402 is a capstone course that exposes students to issues that concern the firm as a whole. Through the use of “real-world” case studies and sophisticated practitioner journal articles, students will be called upon to grapple with such strategic issues as sizing up an organization’s standing in the marketplace, differentiating between winning and mediocre strategies, and spotting ways to improve a company’s strategy execution. In this course, student teams will meet with the teaching team one hour per week to discuss their analysis of the assigned readings and cases. Prerequisite: BUS1100 and all required BUS2xxx courses. Fulfills X and W in LS Core. Four hours a week.


  • MGT3310C Organizational Behavior
  • Instructor: Linda Richelson | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: TUES 6 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed through the Business Enterprise core courses. The course will focus on individual and group level organizational behavior within domestic and international contexts, with specific emphasis on leadership, power, communication, negotiation, organizational change and self-managed team processes. This course is designed to deepen students’ understanding of behavioral theories and provide them with opportunities to apply that learning to interpersonal, group and organizational problems. This is an experiential course and it is recommended for students planning to apply to graduate school in business or related areas. Prerequisite BUS1100 and Sophomore standing or permission.  Fulfills X in LS Core.  Four hours a week.

Health Sciences

Public Health

  • HSC3302C Introduction to Public Health 
  • Instructor: Michelle Holliday-Stocking | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Public health aims to understand the occurrence and causes of disease within populations with the goal of prevention and health promotion, through changes in individual behavior, control of infectious disease and environmental health factors, and social and political organization for health improvement. The aim will be to describe the patterns of selected diseases in populations, to explain the causation of disease at the cell/physiological to social levels, to predict disease occurrence and to control disease through prevention strategies aimed at individuals, communities and governments. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a STEM requirement and X in LS Core.  Four hours a week.

Liberal Arts

English

  • ENG2770C Literature and Film 
  • Instructor: Joseph Vogel | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Study of the transformation of works of literature into film, focusing on the different techniques used in cinema, literature, and the relationship of film to traditional literature. Class will focus on four major films and the literature they are based on. Prerequisite: ENG/WRT1050. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills AL in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Philosophy

  • PHL1000C Introduction to Philosophy 
  • Instructor: Christopher Brooks | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

A first course in philosophy focusing on classic questions that have stirred the perennial human quest for wisdom.  We will explore such questions as: Are humans free or determined? How do the mind and body interact?  Is ethics just relative to each person or society?  Should there be any limits to the political freedom of citizens?  Does God exist?  The course will introduce students to the methods and culture of philosophy: sympathetic understanding, critical analysis, fair argumentation, and a persistent desire to know the truth whatever it is.  The focus and questions covered will be determined by each instructor. Fulfills PHL in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Photography

  • FAA2450C Basic Digital Photography
  • Instructor: Colleen Dolan | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Time: Wed. 6-9:50 p.m.

Students will develop visual ability in a digital context to make, share, and publish photographs.  Examples of photographic work from the history and philosophy of photography will provide for the development of a photographic vision.  Composition, manipulation, restoration, and creating images for other uses, such as Power point, will be stressed.  Students will also develop an on-line portfolio. A digital  SLR camera is required. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills AL in LS Core.  Three hours a week.

Psychology

  • PSY2200C Social Psychology
  • Instructor: Richard Ochberg | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

Emphasizes the centrality of social context in our psychological processes. Explores how people think about, influence and relate to each other.  Prerequisite: PSY1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Religious and Theological Studies

  • RTS1100C Christianity in Context 
  • Instructor: Nicholas DiSalvatore | 4 Credits | Hybrid
  • Days/Time: Thurs. 6-9:50 p.m.

As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Sociology

  • SOC2000C Ways of Seeing II: Class, Gender, Race
  • Instructor: Sean Quinn | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

The social class structure in America is examined in terms of its intersection with gender and race, and differences in wealth, prestige, and power. What explanations have been given for the existence of social classes?  How have sociologists studied social class differences in the United States?  How is social class related to gender and race? How important are class, gender, and race-based differences for our day to day lives?  What changes in our social class structure can we expect in the future?  Prerequisite:  SOC 1000 or consent of the instructor. Required for majors and minors. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC and D requirement in LS Core.

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • WGS1010C Gender and Society 
  • Instructor: Raechel Tiffe | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

This course focuses on gender as a useful category to analyze structures, institutions, relationships, and social problems in the U.S. and globally. Students will learn such key concepts as the social construction of gender, power and privilege, patriarchy, and intersectionality. Topics include gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and the relationship between sexism, racism, homophobia and other systems of oppression and inequality. The course looks at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and nation with such areas as work, education, media/technology, family, religion, and politics. Students will also social movements that have and continue to emerge to promote gender equality and social justice in the US and globally.
 
Required for the Women’s and Gender Studies Contract Major and Minor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC requirement and D in LS Core.


  • WGS3300C US Women’s History
  • Instructor: Katherine Turner | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

An examination of the history of women in America.  It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present.  A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills H and D in LS Core.  Three hours a week.

World Languages

  • WLC1000C International Customs Cultures and Languages
  • Instructor: Joel Dure | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Time: Tues. 6-9:50 p.m.

This course explores the culture (or cultures) of a non-English-speaking country. The course aims to stimulate cultural curiosity and cross-cultural communication, along with providing practical knowledge of the customs and culture(s) of the specific country that will be covered each semester. The aspects of the country’s culture that will be covered include Culture and Arts, Social values, Food and other customs, Economics, Geography, History, Politics, Demographics and other social issues such as immigration/emigration, the environment, and mass media. There will also be a language component at the introductory level to provide students with the tools to navigate the target culture. This course is available exclusively for Degree Completion students who are taking courses through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Fulfills FL in LS Core for GPS students.

Writing

  • WRT3050WC Business Communication 
  • Instructor: Melanie Brooks | 4 Credits | Online
  • Days/Time: N/A

This course introduces the principles of effective communication in modern organizations, with particular attention to written communication.  Emphasis on analyzing audience, achieving appropriate tone, and developing effective rhetorical strategies to relay information, shape ideas, advise, instruct, persuade, and establish rapport. Prerequisite: WRT1050 or ENG1050 or FYW1050. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement or the Institutional Writing Intensive Requirement.  Fulfills W in LS Core. Three hours a week.

Science and Engineering

Mathematics

  • MTH1003C Intro Math for Business
  • Instructor: Stephen Smith | 4 Credits | Traditional
  • Days/Time: Wed. 6-9:50 p.m.

A one-semester course designed to develop algebraic and quantitative problem-solving skills. Students will use algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as well as matrices and fundamental concepts of probability to solve applied problems selected primarily from the field of business. This course is not open to students who have credit for any math course numbered MTH 1115 or higher.  Fulfills Q in LS Core.  Four hours a week.