General Education: Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Courses

GIS 100

The nature and use of political power. Political analysis of social institutions and behavior and their impact upon the distribution of social values. Current political problems.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PHL 100

A survey of perennial issues and problems of philosophy addressed from historical or contemporary perspectives. Such problems may include: freedom and determinism, personal identity, the existence of God, right and wrong, reason and sensation, problems of knowledge, etc.

1.00 c.u.
Corequisites: WRT 102 Enhanced Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 105 Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 106 Accelerated Argumentative and Analytic Writing
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
SOC 100

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and methods in sociology. It explores the interactions between self and society by examining social structure, social consciousness, and social change. It takes the perspective that individuals both affect and are affected by values, norms, groups, and institutions.

1.00 c.u.
With a grade of C or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PSY 100

Introduction to psychological research methods, biological foundations, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, human development, personality, social behavior, psychological disorders and treatment, and applied psychology.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PHL 101

Contemporary moral issues in the light of traditional and contemporary philosophical analysis. Racial discrimination, violence, poverty and affluence, changing moral standards, the values of a business society, and the rights, responsibilities and problems of the individual with respect to his society

1.00 c.u.
Corequisites: WRT 102 Enhanced Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 105 Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 106 Accelerated Argumentative and Analytic Writing
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
BUS 107

This course helps individuals understand personal financial planning. Specifically, the content of this course is geared to teach students how to prepare personal budgets and how to evaluate insurance requirements. The fundamentals of investment decisions will also be covered. Any student who has taken or is taking BUS 312 cannot take BUS 107 for credit.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PHL 110

Effective Reasoning is a general introduction to the principles of reasoning and logical analysis. The main focus of this course will be on the nature of arguments, the critical evaluation of arguments, and the evaluation of theories.

1.00 c.u.
Corequisites: WRT 102 Enhanced Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 105 Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 106 Accelerated Argumentative and Analytic Writing
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
EDC 120

This interdisciplinary methodology course will introduce students to the use of educational robotics as an alternative means of fostering learning in children. The main focus of the course will be a hands-on experience through which students will learn concepts of mathematics and science while working with the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Intervention System and RoboLab programming software. This course is a strongly recommended Arts-as-Catalyst course for Education majors. Other students may register as well.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 102 Enhanced Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 105 Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 106 Accelerated Argumentative and Analytic Writing
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Technological & Digital Literacy
CMP 126

An introduction to the problem solving process, numerical methods, algorithms and algorithm design . Basic principles of software engineering, program design, coding, debugging, and documentation are introduced . Structured and object-oriented programming is taught using the Java platform.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PHL 200

The principles of reasoning, both deductive and inductive, immediate inference, the syllogism, fallacies, doctrine of probability and experimental method. The course acquaints the student with the conditions of valid thought and scientific inquiry.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C-or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
GIS 204

Concepts and questions that are the basis of Western political thought. Conflicting notions of justice, the nature and role of authority, individualistic and majoritarian principles in modern political life. Emphasis on the role of these principles in resolving issues of contemporary significance.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
GIS 205

Modern political thought with emphasis on political movements of this century: conservatism, liberalism, socialism, statism and radicalism. The role of political ideologies in modern political systems. The examination of competing ideologies in the light of contemporary issues.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
EDC 210
Also Known As: PSY 210

(Also PSY 210) The role of psychological concepts in educational practices, focusing on the nature and sources of intellectual development and readiness according to Piagetian, psychometric, and information process perspectives. Beyond these approaches to cognitive development, learning theory, motivation, and the role of emotion in learning will be discussed. This course will also include a section on individual differences in learning; exceptional students and social, ethnic, cultural, and gender differences. The related topics of measurement and evaluation of learning will round out the course.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: PSY 100 Introduction To Psychology
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
PSY 210
Also Known As: EDC 210

(Also EDC 210) The role of psychological concepts in educational practices, focusing on the nature and sources of intellectual development and readiness according to Piagetian, psychometric, and information process perspectives. Beyond these approaches to cognitive development, learning theory, motivation, and the role of emotion in learning will be discussed. This course will also include a section on individual differences in learning; exceptional students and social, ethnic, cultural, and gender differences. The related topics of measurement and evaluation of learning will round out the course.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: PSY 100 Introduction To Psychology
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
LAC 216
Also Known As: HIS 216

(Also HIS 216) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean from Conquest to Independence. Special attention will be paid to encounters between various peoples; the economic, political, and cultural institutions of the colonial period; and the wars for independence that ended colonialism. This is the first course offered in the Latin American-Caribbean survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Writing Intensive
HIS 216
Also Known As: LAC 216

(Also LAC 216) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean from Conquest to Independence. Special attention will be paid to encounters between various peoples; the economic, political, and cultural institutions of the colonial period; and the wars for independence that ended colonialism. This is the first course offered in the Latin American-Caribbean survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Writing Intensive
HIS 219

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of writing history. Students will learn to both identify and make historical arguments, use primary and secondary sources to appropriately support an argument and successfully sustain an argument throughout academic papers of varying lengths. Students will develop their writing by editing and revising multiple drafts of papers.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Writing Intensive
LAC 224
Also Known As: GIS 224

(Also GIS 224) American foreign policy today. American relations with major allies, the Communist countries and the Third World. Current problems in American foreign policy such as d’etente, national security, disarmament, the global allocation of resources.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
GIS 224
Also Known As: LAC 224

(Also LAC 224) American foreign policy today. American relations with major allies, the Communist countries and the Third World. Current problems in American foreign policy such as detente, national security, disarmament, the global allocation of resources.

1.00 c.u.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
HIS 225
Also Known As: AFS 225

(Also AFS 225) This course explores the African American struggle for freedom after Reconstruction. Of articular concern will be the economic, political, social and cultural struggles that African- Americans waged to secure freedom and justice in the face of racial segregation and injustice. This is the second course in the African- American survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Writing Intensive
AFS 225
Also Known As: HIS 225

(Also HIS 225) This course explores the African American struggle for freedom after Reconstruction. Of particular concern will be the economic, political, social and cultural struggles that African-Americans waged to secure freedom and justice in the face of racial segregation and injustice. This is the second course in the African-American survey

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Writing Intensive
PHL 226

Philosophical reflection upon African-American social experience, African-American intellectual history, modern and contemporary oppositional discourse. Caribbean presence, Pan-Africanism, African heritage, value systems, aesthetics, political theology.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
LAC 226
Also Known As: HIS 226

(Also HIS 226) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean since Independence. It will pay particular attention to the colonial legacy; the abolition of slavery; economic development; twentieth-century social movements and revolutions; and relations with the United States. This is the second course offered in the Latin American-Caribbean survey.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
CMP 226

A continuation of CMP 126. Continued development of design, coding, debugging, and documentation. Topics covered include Servlet, Java Server Pages, Web Application, polymorphism, overloading along with the most common aspects of Java.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: CMP 126 Programming I
With a grade of C or higher.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking
HIS 226
Also Known As: LAC 226

(Also LAC 226) This course explores the history of Latin America and the Caribbean since Independence. It will pay particular attention to the colonial legacy; the abolition of slavery; economic development; twentieth-century social movements and revolutions; and relations with the United States. This is the second course offered in the Latin American- Caribbean survey. 

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

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