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Z-courses at RVCC

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A "z-course" is a course for which there is zero cost for textbooks. You will still use course learning materials, but they are freely available, often through Canvas, library databases or ebook collections, or internet resources. In some cases, a printed version of the materials may be available for purchase from the RVCC Bookstore or from the website where it is published for a minimal fee ($15-$40 typically). You can also print the course materials using your RVCC print allowance. Your instructor will provide you with more information about how the course materials can be accessed.

In certain courses, only specific professors run the course as a z-course. Check the "Instructor" column on the chart to see which professors run z-course sections.

There is also a list of low-cost courses for which all course materials cost less than $45/semester.

ARTS through ASL (American Sign Language)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Catalog Description
Introduction to Video Production - Aesthetics ARTS 266 All This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital video production. Students will learn how to produce short videos, including story-boarding, directing, lighting and shooting, and will finish productions using current video- and sound-editing software. The course examines the application of video in contemporary art, documentation, and television production. (3 credits)
Introduction to American Sign Language I ASL 101 All Designed exclusively for students with no previous exposure to American Sign Language, this course develops basic signing skills and provides an introduction to Deaf culture and communities. The course is conducted in voice and American Sign Language. Native users of ASL and students with successful completion of two or more years of American Sign Language  (within the past 5 years) cannot receive credit for this course. The laboratory component provides self-paced skill development with individualized support by the instructor. (3 credits)
Introduction to American Sign Language II ASL 102 All Prerequisite(s): ASL 101 - Introduction to American Sign Language I  .
Designed for students with one semester of American Sign Language, this course builds upon ASL 101 skills and some knowledge of the Deaf culture and community. The laboratory component provides self-paced skill development with individualized support by the instructor. (3 credits)

BUSI - Business

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Introduction to Business BUSI 111 All This course examines the fundamental aspects of the business community. Emphasis is placed on business functions as they apply to current business practices. Current events comprise the framework for topic development and class assignments. (3 credits)
Principles of Management BUSI 112 Klinger

Prerequisite(s): BUSI 111 - Introduction to Business 
This course is a study of the basic theories and concepts of management and their application.  The course content is organized around the functions of management; planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.  The course is designed to prepare students to successfully manage in a changing business environment. (3 credits)

Business Law I BUSI 131 All An introduction to the study of law as it relates to society with special emphasis on business applications. General areas covered include an overview of law, court systems and procedure, introduction to legal research, torts, contracts, and agency. This course is also based on a broader premise that the law is worthy of the study and respect of all educated persons irrespective of discipline. (3 credits)
Business Law II BUSI 132 All

Prerequisite(s): BUSI 131 Business Law I .
This course surveys the legal environment of business and covers employment, real estate, commercial paper, personal property, bailments, sales, and business organizations.  Service Learning opportunities offered. (3 credits)

COMM - Communication

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Speech COMM 101 Kinebrew-Bosa

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
Speech is a “hands-on” course in which students learn public speaking by preparing and delivering oral presentations. The course emphasizes two important components of effective public speaking: selecting and organizing good material for speeches, and developing good presentation skills. It helps students enhance their speeches by using visual aids, such as flip charts and PowerPoint slides, effectively. The course also helps students develop strategies for managing anxiety about public speaking. (3 credits)

Introduction to Communication Theory COMM 102 Treut Introduction to Communication Theory is an introductory survey of human communication on many levels of interaction, from interpersonal to mass communication. Through the study of theoretical communication models students will analyze the influence of language, perceptions, culture, and media on the communication process. Theoretical and practical skills will help students become more competent communicators with other individuals and groups. (3 credits)
Interpersonal Communication COMM 110

Lorio

Mahajan-Cusack

Treut

This course is a survey of concepts, principles, theories, and practices of Interpersonal Communication. Students will participate in small-group and large-group experimental learning simulations that reinforce theory and practice of effective Interpersonal Communication. Emphasis is on self-awareness as the key to awareness of others. Topics covered include listening, self-esteem, self-disclosure, interpersonal dynamics, and assertiveness training. Students who complete this course will become more effective and confident in their relationships with family, friends, colleagues, significant others, and strangers. (3 credits)
Organizational and Technical Communication COMM 115 All Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 English Composition I .
Organizational and Technical Communication is an introduction to writing and oral communication in business, professional, and technical settings. Students will produce and analyze common communication genres including written emails, letters, resumes, memos, proposals, reports, technical definitions, and technical manuals, and, oral phone calls, meetings, and presentations. (3 credits)
Writing for the Media COMM 150 All Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
Writing for the Media exposes film, digital media, communication students and others to a variety of public writing styles.  The course will prepare them for more specialized courses in Screenwriting, Public Relations, and/ or Journalism. (3 credits)
Introduction to Mass Communication COMM 120 Treut Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 English Composition I .
This course surveys the development of the major mass communication mediums: books, newspapers, magazines, radio, musical recordings, film, television, video games, and new media, with a focus on their impact on society and contemporary economic, technological, and operational issues confronting each medium.  Students will examine the complex relationship between mass media and society and develop analytical tools to understand competing mass communication theories.  Students who complete this course will better appreciate the impact of mass media on culture and will become more proficient observers, consumers, and practitioners of mass media by becoming media literate.
Introduction to Public Relations COMM 210 Mahajan-Cusack Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
Introduction to Public Relations examines issues, tasks, and responsibilities of public relations practitioners in a variety of professional settings (e.g., corporate, academic, government, nonprofit, trade association and union). The course covers theories and foundations of public relations as well as contemporary practices of public relations in North America. It also explores legal and ethical issues facing professionals in the field of public relations today. (3 credits)

Independent Study/Cooperative Education Digital

COMM 291 All Prerequisite(s):  .FILM 267 Digital Video Production: Narrative & Documentary .
This course integrates classroom study with the preparation and submission of a final digital multimedia project (independent study) or practical work experience (internship) where the student is employed as a production assistant or other applicable position for approximately 20 hours per week at a firm producing digital communications or entertainment. (3 credits)

CRMJ - Criminal Justice

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Introduction to Criminal Justice CRMJ 101

All 

(begins Fall 2021)

This course surveys the criminal justice system’s adjudication process through an examination of the police, courts, and corrections components. Explores in depth the mechanics of the criminal justice system and its inherent problems. Current efforts to improve the justice process are also reviewed. (3 credits)

EDUC - Education

Course Name Course Code Instructors (Last Name) Catalog Description
Education Field Experience EDUC 230 All

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 212 - Foundations of Education and Grade of B or higher in ENGL 050 - Introduction to College Reading & Composition I or Grade of B or higher in ENGL 060 - Introduction to College Reading & Composition II or appropriate score on placement test.
This course provides opportunities for the observation, analysis, and guided interaction of the teaching/learning experience within the elementary, middle and high school settings. Students are assigned to observe and perform specific teaching duties within a variety of public and private school settings. Psychological, philosophical and historic educational theories are analyzed in light of current best practices as they occur in contemporary classrooms. Students are required to complete 30 hours of assigned field observation over the course of the semester. (3 credits)

 

ENGL - English

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
English Composition I

ENGL 111

ENGL 111H

Pipitone Prerequisite(s): Grade of A in ENGL 050 Introduction to College Reading and Composition I or ENGL 060 Introduction to College Reading and Composition II, grade of B in ENGL 050 or ENGL 060 with corequisite of ENGL 070 English Composition I Workshop, or appropriate score on placement test.
English Composition I is the first in a two-course composition sequence. The central purposes of English Composition I are to develop critical reading and thinking skills and to write thesis-driven, text-based essays. The course takes a process-oriented approach to writing that incorporates prewriting, drafting, reviewing, and revising. Students in English Composition I learn basic research skills and apply them to at least one text-based research essay. (3 credits)
English Composition II ENGL 112

Arvay

Chase

Felix

Gaffney

Hoffman

Mainka

Parmese

Pipitone

Zieba

 

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
English Composition II is the second in a two-course composition sequence that continues to expand and refine analytical writing and critical reading skills. Students produce a series of documented essays based on a range of fiction and non-fiction sources, focusing on the challenges posed by writing longer essays and using advanced research techniques. (3 credits)

Introduction to Literature ENGL 201

Arvay

Gaffney

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.

Introduction to Literature examines selected essays and works of poetry, fiction, and drama in ways that develop in-depth analytical and critical reading skills. Open to majors and non-majors, the course is designed for students who desire an introduction to literary study. The course requires students to utilize careful textual analysis, to explore thematic connections among and between texts, and to recognize and apply literary terminology in class discussions, papers and examinations. (3 credits)

Masterpieces of Early World Literature ENGL 211

Arvay

Tyson

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
In this literature course the class reads early works from around the world, including but not limited to East Asia, India, the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and pre-Renaissance Western Europe. The emphasis is on understanding the philosophical and cultural context in which the literary works are embedded. Students encounter and examine world views and values from a variety of cultural and historical perspectives. Among the topics discussed are mythology, religion, and the nature of the hero. (3 credits) (GCA Gen Ed course)
American Literature:  Colonial Period to the Civil War ENGL 221 Tyson Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
This course is a study of American literature from the period of European exploration in the 15th century through to the end of the Civil War.  Students examine both historical nonfiction as well as literature, specifically the genres of novels, short stories and poems.  In addition to the historical development of literary form, the course also examines literature in both a contemporary context and within the social context of the period. The Honors option is available for this class. (3 credits)
American Literature: Post Civil War to the Present ENGL 222

Chase

Felix

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
American Literature:  Post Civil War to the Present introduces students to a diverse range of American literary works that have been produced from the mid-1860s until the contemporary moment. Students will critically read literary works from representative American literary movements of this time period within their social, political, economic, and aesthetic contexts. Writers may include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Art Spiegelman, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Tony Kushner. (3 credits)

Shakespeare ENGL 233 Arvay

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
This course is a study of the works of William Shakespeare through reading a selection of plays and poems.  In addition to the literary aspects of the plays, students study the staging conventions of Elizabethan England and explore the social and historical context in which the plays were written and first performed. (3 credits)

English Literature: Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century  ENGL 235 Arvay

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.
A chronological study of English literature through the 18th century including authors such as Chaucer, Kempe, More, Shakespeare, Donne, Montagu, Swift and Behn. Students will examine the authors’ ideas and the development of literary forms in a historical context. Religion, politics, gender roles, science and philosophy are discussed in terms of their impact on these writers. The Honors Option is available for this course. (3 credits)

Creative Writing ENGL 248 All Prerequisite(s): ENGL 111 - English Composition I.

A Workshop course designed to encourage and develop a student’s creative talents principally in poetry and the short story. Students will analyze and critique their peers’ manuscripts as well as examples of published work. (3 credits)

FILM

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Art of the Movie FILM 101

Blumberg

Griffith

Walter

Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis is an introduction to film as a contemporary art form. It emphasizes close observation and analysis of essential film language, specifically mise en scène, camera and editing techniques, lighting, and the cinematic use of sound. Screenings for this course include a broad range of films and film excerpts representing different time periods, cultures, and cinematic traditions. Students who complete this course will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of movies. (3 credits)
Survey of American Film FILM 122

Blumberg

Kinebrew-Bosa

Walter

Survey of American Film explores mainstream American cinema within a cultural and historical context. It focuses on the characteristics of Hollywood storytelling and visual style in film genres (such as romantic comedies, Westerns, and film noir), which not only entertain audiences but also mirror American attitudes and values. The screening list includes classic and contemporary American films and film excerpts. Students record their reactions to these screenings in weekly journal entries or short response papers. Students who complete this course will have a deeper understanding of how American movies both shape and reflect American culture. (3 credits)
Digital Portfolio Development FILM 252 All

Corequisite(s): FILM 261 Light, Optics & Lighting  and FILM 268 Advanced Video Production: Narrative & Documentary 
This course is designed to help prepare students majoring in Digital Media/Film Studies to successfully transfer to a B.A. or B.S. program in Television Production or Communication.  The course will cover topics such as critical thinking in digital media and film, career options, resume and portfolio preparation, and identification of appropriate transfer colleges.  Students will also learn about and potentially pursue Co-op opportunities, submit films to area screenings and competitions, and explore long-term internship opportunities (e.g., Director’s Guild of America).  Students will engage in interview simulations and presentation of portfolios. (2 credits)

Light, Optics, & Lighting FILM 261 All

In this course, students will explore the science and technology that produce visual images, specifically the nature of light and lens optics. A clear understanding of image formation (chemical, analog & digital) will be gained. Classic lighting styles, lighting patterns and lighting methods used for film, video and still photography will be examined and put into practice. (3 credits)

Introduction to Video Production - Aesthetics FILM 266 All This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital video production. Students will learn how to produce short videos, including story-boarding, directing, lighting and shooting, and will finish productions using

FITN - Fitness & Wellness

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Dynamics of Fitness and Wellness FITN 115 All This course is designed to teach the student the necessary information to improve  fitness and wellness by adhering to a healthier lifestyle.  Student will learn how to  assess physical fitness and implement a program based on those results that will  enhance their fitness levels.  Stress reduction, nutrition and weight management,  and management of risk factors for major disease will be explored to improve life expectancy and overall quality of life. (1 credit)
Current Health Issues FITN 131 Romaine A comprehensive study of personal, school and community health problems, this course will devote special attention to chronic and degenerative diseases, communicable diseases, air and water pollution, accidents and mental illness. Other topics covered include nutrition and weight control and the effects of alcohol and narcotics. (3 credits)
Cardiovascular Conditioning FITN 132 Bingel

This course introduces the student to program design for cardiovascular training. Students will be taught how to administer and interpret field tests for speed, agility, and cardiovascular endurance and use the information gathered from testing to design an appropriate program to meet the goals of competitive athletes, special populations, and the general population. A variety of training techniques will be introduced along with proper technique, the benefits of warm up and cool down, the science behind effective training. (2 credits)

Introduction to Weight Training FITN 135 Burns

This course introduces the student to program design for resistance training programs. Students will be taught how to administer and interpret field tests for muscular strength, endurance and power, and use the information obtained in testing to develop an effective resistance training program to meet the goals for health benefits of the general population, competitive athletes, and special populations. A variety of training techniques will be introduced along with proper technique, benefits of various types of training systems, spotting techniques, and the science behind effective training. (2 credits)

Yoga FITN 143 Rajamani Students will be introduced to the history and practice of yoga, which includes physical postures (asana), and the formal practice of controlling breath (pranayama).  Students will learn relaxation techniques incorporated in the yoga practice, and understand the psychological and physical benefits of the practice, which include stress reduction, relaxation, increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone.  (1 credit).

FREN - French

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Introduction to French I FREN 103 Reynolds Designed exclusively for students with no previous exposure to French, this course develops basic speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Conducted primarily in French. Native speakers or students with successful completion of two or more years of French (within the past 5 years) cannot receive credit for this course. The laboratory component provides self-paced skill development with individualized support by the instructor.  (3 credits)
Introduction to French II FREN 104 Reynolds Prerequisite(s): FREN 103 - Introduction to French I or appropriate score on placement test.
This course further develops basic speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. Conducted primarily in French. The laboratory component provides self-paced skill development with individualized support by the instructor. (3 credits)
Intermediate French I FREN 201 Reynolds Prerequisite(s): FREN 104 - Introduction to French II or appropriate placement test score.
This course emphasizes each of the four modes of expression (speaking/writing) and comprehension (listening/reading). The course is designed for students with one year of college-level French. Course is multi-media within the classroom, and a language lab is available to supplement individual/group learning. (3 credits)
Intermediate French II FREN 202  

Prerequisite(s): FREN 201 - Intermediate French I or appropriate placement test score.
This course emphasizes each of the four modes of expression (speaking/writing) and comprehension (listening/reading). This course is designed for students with three semesters of college level French. Native speakers and students with successful completion of two or more years of French (within past 5 years) cannot receive credit for this course. This course is multi-media within the classroom, and a language lab is available to supplement individual/group learning. (3 credits)

GDEV (Game Development) through GEOL (Geology)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Game Design and Development GDEV 290 All

Prerequisite(s): GDEV 267 - Programming for Game Developers.
This course serves as the capstone for game development and game art production. It allows the students to demonstrate the skills involved in game production, visual design and programming. In this course, the student teams will take a game concept that has been previously play tested and prototyped and turn it into a complete digital game including: performance tuned gameplay, functional UI, game load/save system, art and sound design, appropriate models, textures, animations, shaders, lighting and level design. The final product is a team produced game produced under the current best practices of agile game production worthy of inclusion in the student’s demo reel. (3 credits)

Geology GEOL 157 All

There are no prerequisites for this course.  This course is an introductory course in physical geology that examines the materials composing the Earth and seeks to understand the many processes that operate beneath and upon its surface.  Applications are presented that include evaluating mineral, water, and energy resources and the nature of natural hazards.  Laboratory activities include mineral and rock identification, dating of rocks and fossils, the construction of geologic maps and their interpretation, and evaluation of stream, groundwater, and shoreline data.  One field trip is required for the on campus course.  No field trip is required for online and summer courses. (4 credits)

HLTH (Health) through HMNS (Human Services)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Pharmacology HLTH 109 All

Prerequisite(s): HLTH 150 - Medical TerminologyBIOL 120 - Human Biology or BIOL 124 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I & BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II .

This course is an introduction to pharmacology, including terminology, drug category, use, side effects, contraindications, and interactions. Common dosage ranges and routes of administration will also be examined. A general understanding of the actions and reasons for use of various groups of pharmacologic agents is introduced. Medications are discussed according to major drug classifications and body systems. (2 credits)

Assessment and Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction HMNS 208 Battista Prerequisite(s): HMNS 105 - Introduction to Addiction , HMNS 205 - Interviewing and Counseling Skills
This course will provide an overview of methods and approaches to assess and treat individuals with alcohol and other substance use disorders. It will examine formal and informal models of client assessment including screening, intake, and doing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment. The course will cover methods to increase rapport, develop trust, and motivation. It will examine various instruments to diagnosis and assess severity levels of substance use disorders including DSM-IV- TR; ASAM Criteria, and ASI. It will cover addiction treatment planning including diagnostic summaries, differential diagnosis and levels of care. The course will describe various models of treatment including detoxification, outpatient, inpatient, residential, therapeutic communities, and medication treatments. Students will examine different categories of drugs and specific treatment and assessment issues with each category. The course will provide an overview of evidence-based treatment modalities including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 12 Step Facilitation and use of individual, group and family therapy. (3 credits)

IDMX (Interface Design & Web Development) through INFO (Information Access & Tech)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Web Development I IDMX 225 All This course provides students the skills required to author standards based Web sites using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) specifications. HTML5 and CSS will be used to create effective Web pages accessible on a variety of computer platforms. Students will learn how to incorporate tables, forms, images, and video into Web pages and will be briefly introduced to responsive web page design. (3 credits)
Web Development II IDMX 268 All Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or better in IDMX 225 - Web Page Development I .

This course builds upon the concepts taught in Web Page Development I by utilizing advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) techniques to teach students how to create complex page layouts for a variety of media and devices using HTML5. Students will also learn how to create dynamic Web pages using JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS3. (3 credits)

Information Seeking in Today's World INFO 101 All This course is designed to prepare students for information seeking at the college level. Students will examine the information landscape and the role of technology in delivering information in a variety of formats. By learning effective search techniques, appropriate attribution of sources, and the ethical use of information, students will become savvy consumers and producers of information in both academic and social situations. At the end of the course, students will be equipped to discover, evaluate and use information sources for a variety of purposes and across disciplines. (1 credit)

MATH

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Statistics I (including Honors) MATH 110 All Prerequisite(s): MATH 030 - Intermediate Algebra ,or MATH 030R Intermediate Algebra w/Basic Algebra Review  or appropriate score on math placement test.
This is a first course in statistics that introduces the student to the methods and uses of statistical research.  Topics include descriptive displays and analysis, classical probability, the normal distribution, the sampling distribution of the mean, inferences concerning means p-values. (3 credits)

MUSC (Music) through PHIL (Philosophy)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Fundamentals of Music MUSC 101 Nelson This course is designed for non-major students with little or no prior understanding of music fundamentals, who wish to learn to read, write and comprehend music notation. Topics include pitch and rhythmic notation, scales, intervals, key and meter signatures, music symbols, basic aspects of melodic and harmonic construction, examination of the elements of music, and an introduction to ear training, sight-singing and the piano keyboard.  (3 credits)
Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 101 Hotchkiss This course is an historical and thematic introduction to Philosophy emphasizing the historical development of the discipline and related issues in logic, ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of religion. It addresses such questions as, What is the difference between good and evil? What are the limits of intellectual knowledge? Does God exist? Am I essentially a free agent or a machine? Where am I ultimately headed? (3 credits)

PHYS (Physics) through SCIE (Science)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Astronomy PHYS 130 All

Prerequisite(s): MATH 020 - Elementary Algebra 

This course studies periodic changes in the night sky, astronomical instrumentation, the solar system, stars, nebulae and galaxies, and cosmology. Laboratory exercises will utilize simulations and night-sky observations. May be used to fulfill one semester of a laboratory science requirement for non-science majors, or as an elective for science majors. (4 credits) 

The Nature of Science SCIE 101 All

In this course, students will examine the development of scientific theories, and discuss how science is viewed by the public through various forms of media sources.  The use of the scientific method to conduct research and experiments will encourage students to distinguish credible science from false scientific claims.  The importance to society of scientists and citizens making informed decisions on science/technology issues are stressed. (2 credits)

SCCS (Student Success) through SSCI (Social Science Research)

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Last Name Course Description
Pathways to College Success SCCS 100 All This course examines ways in which students can build the cognitive and non-cognitive skills necessary for success in college and career. Students engage in and utilize independent and collaborative tools and exercises to enhance reading and notetaking, writing, studying and test taking, critical thinking, research, and reflection. Enhanced skills are applied to current and future personal, academic and career exploration and readiness experiences.  Students engage in the college experience as intentional learners who are empowered to persist for personal and collective outcomes. (2 credits)
Technological Literacy Across the Social Sciences SSCI 101 All Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 111 English Composition I with ENGL 070 English Composition I Workshop , or higher, and MATH 020 Elementary Algebra .
This multidisciplinary course introduces students to the critical analysis and technical aspects of information related to the social sciences. Students will learn how to identify and address an area of examination, to collect information by conducting online literature reviews and by gathering data, to process and critically examine the information they encounter, and to effectively communicate information. Students will develop computer skills to identify, collect, process, and present social sciences information. They will learn how to use specialized databases, word and data processing programs, spreadsheets, and multimedia software for oral presentations. Students will also learn to use computers and information ethically. As a multidisciplinary course, this course uses data and information from, but not limited to, the following disciplines: anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. (2 credits)

SOCI - Sociology

Course Name Course Code Instructor's Name Course Description
Introduction to Sociology SOCI 101

Abdullah

Hession

Seater

Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 111 English Composition I with ENGL 070 English Composition I Workshop , or higher.
Introduction to Sociology is a systematic investigation of the basic concepts and principles of sociology with emphasis on culture, social relationships, groups, institutions and social structure. (3 credits)
Contemporary Social Problems SOCI 201

Seater

 

Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology.
The goal of this course is twofold: to familiarize students with a broad array of social problems currently afflicting people locally and globally, and to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and create strategies for improving social problems. Attention is given to topics such as: family-related problems, domestic violence, healthcare challenges in the U.S., discrimination against transgender people and various racial groups, mass incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse, human trafficking, poverty, climate change, and others. (3 credits)

Marriage and Family SOCI 202 Seater Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology.
This course examines the background of marriage and family systems. Students will examine trends and issues affecting families using sociological theories and methods. Attention is given to topics such as the history of families, purpose of families, family diversity, love, gender roles, sexuality, family violence,