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Social Sciences

ECOC102  Macroeconomics - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
A macroeconomic analysis of the basic characteristics of a modern market-directed economy challenged by global development. Topics discussed include supply and demand; national income; the business cycle; inflation and unemployment; fiscal, supply-sided and monetary policy; and the Federal Reserve System.

GEOC101  Introduction to Geography - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Geography is a discipline that examines a broad range of topics but is unified by a number of themes and methods of inquiry. A systematic introduction to the discipline, designed to give the beginning student exposure to physical, cultural, economic, and cartographic aspects of Geography.

HISC134  Topics in African History - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the African continent and its peoples. Materials and methods from anthropology, archaeology, geography, linguistics, musicology, art history, political science and other disciplines will contribute to our study of the African past. The traditional, documentary methods of the historian will be complemented by extensive use of oral tradition. The course begins with the origins of man in eastern Africa more than 6 million years ago and in roughly chronological order particularly considers developments over the last two thousand years. We will pay special attention to those elements of African cultures which have made their way across the Atlantic Ocean. The interests of Europeans in Africa from Roman times to the present will be of concern but the course will examine Africa from an African perspective.

HISC224  Reading and Writing History - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course introduces students to the way the historian works. Students are engaged in the historical process by learning the proper techniques of research, citing sources, and the questions historians ask in preparation for writing a historical essay. This course is also intended as a capstone course for students with a Social Science or Humanities concentration. During the semester, students will write several short research papers and a longer research paper. (Prerequisite: 100 Level U.S. History course)

HISC255  Leadership: A Study of Presidential Leadership - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Every four years Americans elect a President they hope exhibits the leadership character of a Washington, a Lincoln, or a Roosevelt. After the election, their high expectations are frequently dashed leaving many Americans skeptical of the electoral process and doubtful if another Great leader will become President. Is this expectation unrealistic? Is a republican form of government with its frequent elections capable of producing a constant flow of Great Leaders? Do Americans recognize the leadership ability in Presidential Candidates? Do Americans recognize the leadership qualities of the President? Is it an unrealistic expectation? Leadership is elusive. Consequently, it is often missed or overlooked by the electorate in the emotional heat of the political battles. Usually, Great Leaders are not discovered or recognized or judged Great Leaders until time distances them from the Oval Office. Regardless, there are ways and means of identifying leadership. This study identifies and examines several leadership models to be used for the purpose of reviewing each 20th Century President and evaluating their on-the-job- performance, ending with a rank ordering of the Presidents. The study closes with an application of the leadership models to Presidential aspirants to identify and assess their leadership abilities. Course requirements include several short papers, participation, and several position papers. (Prerequisite: College level U.S. History)

POLC102  Survey of American Government - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the basic structures of the political process in the United States; it combines attention to political activity at the national (Federal), State and local levels. Topics covered include analysis of Federal and State constitutions, the American political economy, Federal/State relationships, the workings of and interactions between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of government, the elective process, activities of public and private interest groups, and how the government handles the country’s tax dollars.

PSYC101  Introduction to Psychology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Introduction to Psychology is an introductory college course in psychology which focuses on the fundamental facts and principles of psychology within the broader context of contemporary personal and social concerns. Topics may include the historical development of the discipline, scientific methodology, human development, motivational theory, consciousness, sensation and perception, learning, thinking, memory, emotions, biological basis of behavior, personality theory, psychopathology, sexuality, and measurements and statistics.

PSYC114  Human Development - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
The course in normal human development shall take a look at developmental life sequences of humans from an historical and contemporary view of theories of development and learning. Emphasis will be on the interaction and adaptation in the process of human maturation in growth, movement, perception, cognition, communication, social interaction, and activities of daily living.

PSYC200  Educational Psychology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Educational Psychology is designed to cover five broad topics: development, learning, lesson and classroom management, assessment and characteristics of learners. The development component focuses on developmental theories of cognition and affect as they relate to education. The learning component presents behavioral and cognitive perspectives on learning, problem solving, critical-thinking and reasoning. The classroom management component focuses on the evaluation of learner characteristics to include those with exceptionalities and ethnically diverse learners. Topics may include the definition of a reflective teacher; cognitive, personal, gender, social, and moral development; individual and group differences; behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning and thinking; motivation and instruction; and assessment. This course provides basic knowledge from the discipline of psychology as related to the field of education and application of this basic knowledge to improve the quality and outcome of the educational process. (Prerequisites: PSYC101, EDUC102, EDUC105, HSVC120 or permission of instructor.)

PSYC210  Abnormal Psychology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course explores the diagnosis, treatment and care of the symptoms associated with abnormal behavior. The theoretical causes of various types of psychological disorder – particularly the neurotic, psychotic, and mood disorders will be presented as will a historical perspective regarding treatment. The history surrounding the treatment of mental illness will be discussed. The psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and medical model approaches to treatment will be emphasized (Co prerequisite: PSYC101, PSYC200)

PSYC211  Social Psychology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course surveys the major areas of social psychology - the science of individual human behavior in social situations. The course emphasizes an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of social psychology. By understanding social psychology we can become more aware of others and ourselves. It is required that you have passed an Introductory Psychology course before taking this class. The course employs primarily a lecture format, although your comments, questions, and discussion are strongly encouraged. (Prerequisite: PSYC170)

SOCC101  Introduction to Sociology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
The course provides an introductory study of sociology using the principles and methods of social sciences and the scientific method. Sociological principles, sociological perspectives, and the relationship of the individual to society groups will be emphasized. Culture and the elements influencing society today are major themes of the course. Other topics that will be examined include socialization, social structure, stratification, race, class, family, education, population, economics, religion, gender, age, and social change. Sociological research and the role of sociologists in the modern world are discussed. Students learn to think critically about the nature of society and social institutions.

SOCC110  Cultural Anthropology - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
An exploration of Homo Sapien’s origins and the development of cultural differences and similarities. An examination of what the similarities and differences mean and why they are valuable.

SOCC201  Contemporary Social Problems - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
Contemporary Social Problems and Issues will be studied, including such topics as deviance and crime, sex and gender, culture, poverty, aging, the family, population (rural and urban issues), the media, education and the economy, health and medicine. Sociological principles, sociological perspectives, and the relationship of the individual to society and groups will be emphasized. Students learn to think critically about the nature of society and social institutions. (Prerequisite: Any 100 level Social Science)