Courses List (20 courses, 60 units)

  • ENGL 205: Business Communication in its Rhetorical Contexts
  • PHIL 150: Introduction to Philosophical Thought
  • LING 200: (How) Language Matters
  • MATH 331: Mathematical Explorations
  • BUS 104: Introduction to Business
  • ECON 175: Introduction to U.S. Economic History
  • LRS 401: Research in the Digital Age for Professionals
  • HUM 101: Forms and Ideas in Humanities
  • COM 356: Intercultural Communication
  • FLIT 321: Business Culture in Europe
  • PHIL 305: Business Ethics and Public Policy
  • PHIL 349: Contemporary Social and Political Issues
  • RS 310: Religion and Literature
  • URBS 350: Cities of the Developing World
  • LRS 402: Cultural Literacies in Career Contexts
  • PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science
  • POLS 355: American National, State and Local Governments
  • ENGL 407: Composition and the Professions
  • HUM 391: Cultural Theories and Methodologies
  • COMS 443: Rhetoric of Business

Course Descriptions

course name units description
ENGL
205
Business Communication in its Rhetorical Contexts 3 units This course hones your written, oral and visual communication skills, as well as your ability to find, synthesize and make arguments based on primary and secondary sources. You'll learn to communicate with diverse audiences, and you'll study real-world cases related to ethical issues in local and global business.
PHIL
150
Introduction to Philosophical Thought 3 units In this introduction to philosophy, you'll investigate the concepts of knowledge, reality and mind, paying special attention to skepticism, dogmatism, common sense, materialism, mind-body dualism, the existence of God and free will.
LING
200
(How) Language Matters 3 units Using topical social issues as a model, this course examines how language affects the construction of identity; the formation of new meanings; and the use of popular new technologies (e.g., texting). You'll also probe personal and societal perceptions and attitudes toward the language use and competence of others.
MATH
331
Mathematical Explorations 3 units Through this course, you'll explore the tremendous diversity of mathematics, and investigate how its varied application affects results and outcomes. Further topics of study include the character and origin of different branches of mathematics; the contributions of various cultures to the field; and the use of mathematical models to solve physical problems.
BUS
104
Introduction to Business 3 units In this introduction to the American enterprise system, you'll learn about the economic foundation of the United States, as well as the basic concepts of business organization and the nature of business activity. 
ECON
175
Introduction to U.S. Economic History 3 units Using social, historical, economic and political viewpoints, you'll analyze economic events in the United States from the colonial period to the present.
LRS
401
Research in the Digital Age for Professionals 3 units TDesigned for the digital age, this course teaches you how to find, interpret and evaluate information in today's hyperconnected world. You'll learn the steps necessary to develop workplace-related research topics; find and evaluate relevant information; and hone your presentation skills for the occasion and audience.
HUM
101
Forms and Ideas in Humanities 3 units TThis introductory course provides instruction in the interdisciplinary analysis and interpretation of meaning in art, music and literature. You'll study the influence of philosophical ideas on styles and themes in works of art.
COM
356
Intercultural Communication 3 units In this course, you'll apply and evaluate theories of intercultural communication, examining how perception, power, language and nonverbal communication affect the social, political and economic outcomes of encounters between cultures.
FLIT
321
Business Culture in Europe 3 units Designed for international business, this course gives you the cross-cultural sensitivity and communication skills needed for success in the markets of Asia (320) or Europe (321). You'll learn to research and assess cultural, political and economic risks and opportunities as you simultaneously explore interpersonal cues, rules of behavior and regional norms.
PHIL
305
Business Ethics and Public Policy 3 units Using moral philosophy, you'll examine ethical norms and issues in contemporary business and public policy. As you explore the societal roles of business and economic institutions, you'll also study the conduct and responsibilities of individuals, firms and organizations.
PHIL
349
Contemporary Social and Political Issues 3 units This course examines concepts, values and arguments central to contemporary social and political issues. You'll explore current public debates, civil and political rights, social and economic inequality, the environment, biotechnology, economic policy, global trade, and national defense. 
RS
310
World Religions 3 units Digging into an array of literary sources, you'll investigate how religious tradition affects an author’s understanding of human existence. You'll study a diverse lineup of writers – some religious, and others humanistic or athiest – to discover the role(s) of religion in literature.
URBS
350
Cities of the Third World 3 units Through case studies of cities in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, you'll explore the social, economic, historical, cultural and political factors that influence and shape cities in the developing world.
LRS
402
Cultural Literacies in Career Contexts 3 units In this course, you'll develop the multicultural understanding needed to thrive in today's diverse workplace. You'll investigate your own cultural assumptions, as well as your personal background, to examine how culture shapes your worldview. You'll also explore the intersectionality of race, gender, class and sexuality.
PHIL
330
Philosophy of Science 3 units Through varied lenses – among them, reality, knowledge, mind and theory – this course sets out to discover the scientific essence of human beings and nature.
POLS
355
American National, State and Local Governments 3 units This course investigates the structures and functions of federal, state and local governments. You'll pay special attention to legislative and executive branches, and conduct detailed studies of policy-making, administrative procedure and the constitutionality of governance.
ENGL
407
Composition and the Professions 3 units This advanced composition course teaches you to analyze, structure and compose content in a logical, error-free manner. Designed for a range of high-value professions, this course covers composition in the fields of law, medicine, government, community services, business, education and more.
HUM
391
Cultural Theories and Methodologies 3 units In this seminar, you'll explore the practices and metholodogies of interdisiplinary study. Depending upon the semester, the course might focus on historical eras, political movements, cultural problems or other largescale themes.
COMS
443
Rhetoric in Business 3 units This course analyzes the rhetoric used in executive speaking, advertising and labor negotiations to give you the depth and range of communication needed to conduct business in many contexts. Regular written assignments are required.