Exploratory Study Courses
AAA 201 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Traces the historical development and examines the scope, theories,
discourses, and methodologies defining African American studies and
the critical responses to these studies. Surveys perspectives on
African American history, religion, social organization, politics,
economy, literature, and culture and social ideology. Fulfills
Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity.
AHS 100 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
The construction and translation of common medical terms.
AHS 110 - INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE
Provides students with an introduction to the U.S. health care system
and health-related professions they might enter. Content includes how
health care is provided in the U.S., organizations involved in
providing health care, and an introduction to the various health
professions that students may enter as a career. (2-1-0) Offered every semester.
ANT 204 - PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE WORLD
Introduces the discipline of anthropology by examining the diversity
of human cultures that have been described by anthropologists over the
last 100 years. The principles of anthropology are explained with
examples drawn from nonWestern culture. Comparisons are drawn with our
own. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered fall and winter semesters.
ART 153 - FOUNDATIONS: MAKING AND MEANING IN ART AND DESIGN
This course entails investigating contemporary practices of art and
design, studying how images and objects acquire meaning, experimenting
with basic studio processes, and learning to use digital media in
combination with traditional media in making art. Fulfills Foundations
- Arts. Offered fall and winter semesters.
BUS 101 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
Introduces the disciplines of business law, marketing, management,
finance, accounting, and economics; seeks to synthesize them into a
general view of business; and briefly explores business careers.
Primarily for freshmen interested in business, it is open to all
students except upper-division students in the Seidman College of
Business. Offered fall semester.
CIS 101 - THRIVING IN OUR DIGITAL WORLD
Computing technology has a profound influence in our society.
Students work together to use technology for creative expression,
write computer programs to solve problems, use digital tools to make
meaning from vast amounts of information and to understand how the
Internet supports modern communication. Fulfills Foundations -
Mathematical Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
Prerequisite: MTH 110.
CJ 101 - JUSTICE AND SOCIETY
This introduction to the study of crime and justice includes theories
and methodologies from a variety of social science disciplines. The
course also provides an introduction to the study of social control
and to the origins of crime at individual, structural, and cultural
levels. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social and Behavioral
Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
COM 101 - CONCEPTS OF COMMUNICATION
An introduction to concepts and principles that are fundamental to
understanding the dynamics and consequences of communication. School
of Communications majors must take 101 within the first three
semesters of declaring their major. Offered every semester.
CSD 100 - INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
An introduction to a variety of communication disorders. A review of
the professions speech-language pathology and audiology, an overview
of the sciences associated with communication, and an introduction to
how various disorders affect communication. Offered every semester.
DS 201 - DIGITAL IDENTITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Students will reflect on their participation in digital cultures and
communities to examine the structure and function of digital
environments. They will explore how digital platforms inform and are
informed by self-understanding, identity performance, community
membership, and material experiences. Fulfills one of the Foundations
- Social and Behavioral Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
EAS 201 - EAST ASIA IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Prepares students for encountering East Asia in various ways.
Introduces East Asian cultures, political and economic systems,
international relationships, recent developments, traditional customs
and behavior patterns, differences between regions, and historical
roots of some contemporary situations. Fulfills Foundations -
Historical Perspectives. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives.
Offered fall and winter semesters.
EDF 100 - TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE ENVIRONMENT
Designed to acquaint students with teaching and culture of schools
through a 25-hour field experience. Students will learn fundamental
instructional principles, engage in one-on-one academic support, and
write/discuss their experiences. General knowledge of public schools
and the foundations of American education will be addressed through
readings and discussions. Offered fall and winter semesters.
EGR 100 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING
An introduction to engineering as a career. The major fields of
engineering and the typical responsibilities of an engineer are
introduced through the use of readings, discussions and presentations.
Offered fall semester.
ENG 105 - LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
An introduction to literatures written in English, organized around a
theme, period, author, genre, or topic. All sections emphasize close
reading, careful writing, and cultural understanding. Besides
enhancing these foundational skills, the course will highlight the
pleasures and excitements a lifetime of reading offers. Fulfills
Foundations - Philosophy and Literature. Offered fall and winter semesters.
ENS 201 - INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES
An introduction to interdisciplinary understanding of the multiple
ways that human society influences, and is influenced by, its natural
environment. The course uses frameworks such as systems thinking and
design thinking to integrate scientific, economic, political, and
socio-cultural perspectives on topics in environmental and
ENT 150 - ENTREPRENEURIAL QUEST
Students will explore the entrepreneurial quest beginning with the
myths and realities of entrepreneurs, student self-analysis through
creativity and idea generation, and the concept of the business plan.
Key motivators and the drivers for success will be analyzed. Students
will be required to conceptualize a new venture idea. Offered fall and
GEO 111 - EXPLORING THE EARTH
Introduction to the study of earth materials and processes, including
minerals, rocks, mineral deposits, weathering, erosion, volcanism, and
mountain building. Lectures, laboratories, and field trips. Fulfills
Foundations - Physical Sciences with a lab. (3-0-2) Offered every semester.
GSI 201 - (DIS)ORDER AND (IN)JUSTICE: AN INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES
An interdisciplinary introduction to global studies using themes of
order/disorder and justice/injustice to explore problems and issues
affecting people globally. Focuses on interconnectedness of global
concerns and links between the local and global, primarily from a
social science perspective. Possible topics: migration, human
trafficking, food security, anti-globalization movements, amd
infectious disease. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social and
Behavioral Sciences. Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered
fall and winter semesters.
GPY 200 - COMPUTER CARTOGRAPHY
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer
cartography. We explore various techniques for the analysis,
manipulation, and visualization of spatial data. Topics include earth
models, datums, map projection, coordinate systems, map types, spatial
and statistical data analysis, cartographic
generalization/symbolization, data classification, cartographic
design, and thematic mapping. Fulfills Foundations - Mathematical
Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: MTH 110.
HRT 105 - INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS
Introduction to the historical and conceptual development of human
rights as moral, legal, and cultural constraints on the behavior of
states in relation to their citizens. Analysis is theoretical,
exploring philosophical arguments surrounding the historical
development of human rights and their current role in legal, cultural,
literary, and political products. Fulfills Foundations - Philosophy
and Literature. Cross-listed with PLS
105. Offered fall and winter semesters.
HTM 101 - INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Explores the hospitality and tourism industry, including, but not
limited to, lodging, food and beverage, and meeting and event
planning. This course enables students to explore career options, see
parts of the industry firsthand, and understand this dynamic global
industry through a community-based learning perspective. Offered fall
and winter semesters.
ITC 100 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE
This course introduces students to the concept of cultural competence
and provides them with the knowledge and application of skills
necessary to succeed in diverse settings. This course examines
theories of intercultural engagement and then requires students to
consider how they might apply knowledge in diverse practical settings.
Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity.
LAS 220 - INTRODUCTION TO LATINO/A STUDIES
An interdisciplinary introduction to the diversity and complexity of
the U.S. Latino/a population, with attention to intraethnic and
interracial relations, formation of social identities, and issues of
assimilation and cultural conflict. Fulfills one of the Foundations -
Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity.
Offered winter semester.
LIB 100 - REFLECT, CONNECT, ENGAGE
Can education transform your life and change your world? Explore how
liberal education empowers students to question themselves and their
society, through critical engagement with classical and contemporary
philosophical and literary texts. Discover how liberal education
teaches skills that can help you develop your personal, professional,
and civic lives. Fulfills Foundations - Philosophy and Literature.
Offered every semester.
LS 201 - INTRODUCTION TO LAW
Introduction to the legal profession, with emphasis on paralegal
roles and responsibilities, legal ethics, and major substantive areas
of law in the United States including criminal law and substantive
civil law areas of agency, business organizations, contracts, real and
personal property, torts, wills, and estate administration. Offered
fall and winter semesters.
MES 201 - INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST
An entry-level course introducing students to the variety and
complexity of the Middle East. Provides a broad view of the region
from the perspective of several disciplines and is especially suitable
for students having little familiarity with the region. Fulfills
Foundations - Historical Perspectives. Fulfills Cultures - Global
Perspectives. Offered fall and winter semesters.
MLS 102 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES
An introduction to principles and practices of cytotechnology,
histotechnology, and medical technology and the professionals in these
fields as members of the health care team. Restricted to freshmen,
sophomores, or transfer students, or by permit.
MOV 101 - FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE
Exploration of the past, present, and future of human movement
science highlighting professional preparation and opportunities.
NRM 150 - INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES
An overview of the natural resources field, exploring how humans use
and manage renewable natural resources and the associated ecosystems.
Topics will include soils, wetlands, watersheds, fisheries, forestry,
wildlife, resource policy and economics, restoration ecology,
ecosystem management, and natural resource careers. Required in the
NRM major and minor. (0-3-0) Offered fall and winter semesters.
OSH 300 - INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
An overview of safety and health concepts (accidents, legal
accountability, hazard recognition/remediation, countermeasures, and
risk) as they apply in a variety of occupational settings. (3-0-0)
PA 270 - PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ADMINISTRATION
A survey of what is involved in the administration of public and
nonprofit entities. How to hire, evaluate, and reward the right
people, developing and carrying out public policies, preparing and
interpreting budgets, dealing with various pressure groups and
governmental agencies, and organizing human resources to carry out the
public's business honestly and effectively. Several case studies will
be used. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social and Behavioral
Sciences. Offered every semester.
PH 222 - PUBLIC HEALTH CONCEPTS
Introduction to the history, philosophy, current concepts, practice,
and administration of public health in the United States. Offered fall semester.
PHI 101 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
Inquiry into different perspectives on reality, reason, experience,
and human excellence. Intensive reading of at least one classical text
and its implications for life in the present. Fulfills Foundations -
Philosophy and Literature. Offered fall and winter semesters.
PLS 102 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
A prerequisite to all courses listed in the subfield of American
Government and Politics. Examines American political values,
governmental functions, political processes, policy issues, and
decision-making processes. Fulfills Foundations - Social and
Behavioral Sciences. Offered every semester.
PLS 211 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This introductory course in international relations (IR) examines
interactions among states and non-state actors in the international
environment. Class focuses on military, economic, ethnic, and
religious conflict. Topics include power, organizations, nationalism,
and economic integration. Major IR theories are exemplified by current
topics, such as terrorism, poverty, trafficking, and climate change.
Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Fulfills Cultures - Global Perspectives. Offered every semester.
PSY 101 - INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
General survey of psychology, the scientific study of behavior and
experience, including overt actions and mental activity. Covers how
psychologists think and act as scientists and how the study of its
subject matter may be integrated at the biological, psychological, and
social levels of analysis. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social
and Behavioral Sciences. Offered every academic year.
REL 100 - RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD
An interdisciplinary study of multiple world religions in their
cultural, historical, and political context. Students will investigate
topics including belief structures, ritual systems, sacred literature,
social dimensions, and historical development of various religious
traditions. The course will include identification and comparison of
key aspects of religion across traditions. Fulfills one of the
Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Fulfills Cultures -
Global Perspectives. Offered every semester.
SOC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Introduction to the fundamental questions, concepts, theories, and
general principles of sociological thought. Inquiries into culture,
socialization, norms, power relations, social institutions, and group
interaction. Illustrates how human action transforms society, and how
social and cultural forces constrain human action. Fulfills one of the
Foundations - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Offered every semester.
SW 150 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE
Social work practice, ethics, and values, in the context of social
welfare policy in the United States are discussed. Topics in social
welfare are examined including social policy, service delivery,
research, theory, and practice. Basic social work values and concepts
are interpreted. Offered every semester. Note: SW
150 is a prerequisite for all social work courses.
WGS 200 - INTRODUCTION TO GENDER STUDIES
Examines gender, sex, sexuality, and race as they relate to other
categories of difference from an interdisciplinary perspective
including disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Fulfills
Cultures - U.S. Diversity. Fulfills one of the Foundations - Social
and Behavioral Sciences. Offered fall and winter semesters.
Any 100/200 level history course
Any course in Historical Perspectives.
Language (3 or 4 credit)
- American Sign Language