Provides instruction in the vital, realistic, and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic, and cultural situations. Classroom instruction is demonstration, discussion, project and teamwork based. Assignments range from the short and simple to the detailed and complex. Reality and practicality are the focuses all through the course.
Introduces American political processes and institutions. Focuses on rights and responsibilities of citizens and the process of participatory democracy. Students examine the complexity of the separation of powers and checks and balances. Explores the role of the media, interest groups, political parties and public opinion in the political process. Explores the role of state and national government in our federal system. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register) Credit for Prior Learning Available
Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Students analyze diverse ethical perspectives and compare relevant issues. Students critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to ethical dilemmas. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register)
Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, religion are explored. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register)
Developmental Psychology is the study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Students engage in application and critical thinking activities to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others. (Prerequisite: 809-198 Introduction to Psychology) Credit for Prior Learning Available
Provides an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and surveys factors that influence national economic policy. Students explore economic concepts illustrated through a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Students also examine scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register) Credit for Prior Learning Available
Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism, and the five institutions including family, government, economics, religion and education. Students examine sociological topics including demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register) Credit for Prior Learning Available
This science of psychology course is a survey of multiple aspects of behavior and mental processes. It provides an overview of topics such as research methods, theoretical perspectives, learning, cognition, memory, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal psychology, physiological factors, social influences, and development. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register) Credit for Prior Learning Available
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register)
Liberal Arts course.
Addresses employment skills that lead to productive working relationships. Emphasizes teamwork, customer service, interaction with diverse populations, problem solving, conflict resolution and handling feedback. Students practice stress management skills, strategies for maintaining mental and physical self-worth, and problem-solving approach to workplace transitions. (Prerequisite: Test score required to register)