Jun 19, 2024  
2021 - 2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2021 - 2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Course Descriptions


 

Theatre Studies

  
  • TH 491 - Individual Study

    (1-6)
    Specialized study in an area of theatre or performance studies under the supervision of a faculty member with an approved format.  (Offered fall/spring.)
  
  • TH 493 - Selected Topics

    (1-6)
    Repeatable under different topics.  (Offered as needed.)
  
  • TH 495 - Internship

    (0-12)
    Qualified students may apply to work within various dimensions of theatrical activity. Opportunities include community theatre and various performing arts venues. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 hours.  (Offered fall/spring/summer.)

University Core

  
  • UC 100 - First Year Seminar

    (3)
    This course will create a focused context for first-year students’ introduction to the complex demands of the academic community. Students will think intentionally about their education, practice critical reading, practice inquiry about an issue from more than one disciplinary perspective, and practice a high standard of written and oral communication. We recognize the need for students to cultivate flexible ways of thinking in an era of rapid and sometimes dramatic change. (Offered fall/spring)
  
  • UC 100H - First Year Seminar (Honors)

    (3)
    This course will create a focused context for first-year students’ introduction to the complex demands of the academic community. Students will think intentionally about their education, practice critical reading, practice inquiry about an issue from more than one disciplinary perspective, and practice a high standard of written and oral communication. We recognize the need for students to cultivate flexible ways of thinking in an era of rapid and sometimes dramatic change. (Offered fall.)  Prerequisite(s): Honor Program. 
  
  • UC 110 - Reading and Writing in College

    (3)
    Fosters critical reading of challenging material. Aims at teaching students to perform successfully the writing tasks that are an accepted part of college life. Students complete at least four projects, producing a total of at least twenty pages of academic writing and culminating in an argumentative research paper of eight plus pages. (Offered fall/spring.)
  
  • UC 120 - Oral Communication

    (3)
    Fosters the competencies necessary for effective speaking and listening in both interpersonal and intra-personal forms. The student develops insight and skill sending and receiving factual, expressive, persuasive and problem-solving messages in small and large group settings with a focus on public speaking.  (Offered fall/spring.)
  
  • UC 140 - Quantitative Reasoning

    (3)
    Introduces the student to contemporary mathematical thinking and develops the capacity for engaging in logical thinking and critical evaluation of quantitative information. The power of mathematics is conveyed by the great variety of problems that can be modeled and solved by quantitative means.  (Offered fall/spring.)
  
  • UC 170 - Introduction to Ethics

    3
    Students learn and apply classical and modern approaches to morality, including questions concerning what makes an action right, a character good, and a society just.  These theories will be discussed in conjunction with a variable set of contemporary issues. 
  
  • UC 170H - Introduction to Ethics (Honors)

    (3)
    Students learn and apply classical and modern approaches to morality, including questions concerning what makes an action right, a character good, and a society just.  These theories will be discussed in conjunction with a variable set of contemporary issues.  Corequisite(s): Honors Program.
  
  • UC 220 - Religious Foundations and the Bible

    (3)


    Fulfills the Religion Signature Learning requirement. Introduces the student to the academic study of the religious dimensions of human experience and various expressions of religion in life and society. The course, while focusing on the Abrahamic religious traditions will include treatment of other religious traditions. Students will be introduced to historical, literary and cultural critical approaches to religion and sacred texts, and the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. (Offered fall/spring.) 

      Prerequisite(s): UC 110 Reading and Writing in College  or UC-110H or ENGL 111 Academic Composition  or equivalent.

  
  • UC 220H - Religious Foundations and the Bible (Honors)

    (3)
    Fulfills the Religion Signature Learning requirement. Introduces the student to the academic study of the religious dimensions of human experience and various expressions of religion in life and society. The course, while focusing on the Abrahamic religious traditions will include treatment of other religious traditions. Students will be introduced to historical, literary and cultural critical approaches to religion and sacred texts, and the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. (Honors Program) (Offered fall/spring.) Prerequisite(s): UC 110 Reading and Writing in College , UC-110H or ENGL 111 Academic Composition  or equivalent.
  
  • UC 230 - Social Science

    (3)
    This courses meets the Signature Learning Social Science requirement. Using specific issues (such as crime, poverty, etc.) this course will introduce the student to the domain of the social sciences, how new knowledge is established and tested, and how the social sciences can be used in choosing from among the competing solutions to social issues.  (Offered fall/spring.)
  
  • UC 241 - Science and Technology in Society

    (2)
    Develops the student’s understanding of the nature of science through the study of selected concepts, processes and skills in natural science and technology. The impact of scientific/technological knowledge on society and the relationship between science and other ways of knowing also is examined.
  
  • UC 242 - Topics of Science of Music

    (2)
    Students will develop an understanding of the nature of science through the study of selected scientific concepts, processes and skills as they apply to musical elements. The impact of musical acoustics and its impact on general society will also be explored and explained. This course serves as an introduction to the science of music, connecting physical, neurological and social sciences with elements of music. Through exploration of acoustics (i.e. waves, frequency, amplitude of sound), electronics (i.e. amplifier, microphone, speakers), perception (i.e. hearing function and processing), and architecture (i.e. performance halls and adapted spaces), the student will explore environmental realities in which they live and work. This course meets a GenEd non-lab requirement for Natural Science. Prerequisite(s): Basic musical knowledge and an understanding of college entry-level mathematics. (Cannot be taken if UC-243 is taken.)
  
  • UC 243 - Topics in Science of Music & Lab

    (3)


    Students will develop an understanding of the nature of science through the study of selected scientific concepts and lab experiments, processes and skills as they apply to musical elements, the impact of musical acoustics and its impact on general society will also be explored and explained. This course serves as an introduction to the science of music, connecting physical, neurological and social sciences with elements of music. Through exploration of acoustics (i.e. waves, frequency, amplitude of sound), electronics (i.e. amplifier, microphone, speakers), perception (i.e. hearing function and processing), and architecture (i.e. performance halls and adapted spaces), the student will explore environmental realities in which they live and work. This course meets a GenEd lab requirement for Natural Science. Prerequisite(s): High school level musical experiences (or the equivalent) and an understanding of college entry-level mathematics. (Cannot be taken if UC-242 is taken.)

     

     

  
  • UC 248 - Natural Science Signature Learning Goal - Non Lab

    (3)
    Course fulfills the Natural Science Signature Learning - non lab requirement (Group A).
  
  • UC 249 - Natural Science Signature Learning Goal With Lab - (Group B)

    (4)
    Course fulfills the Natural Science Signature Learning - lab requirement (Group B).
  
  • UC 270 - Cultural Pluralism

    3
    Students analyze the history, patterns, contemporary social costs of, and moral questions posed  by prejudice and discrimination in the United States against racial and ethnic minorities as well as women. (Offered fall/spring) Prerequisite(s): UC 170 Introduction to Ethics .
  
  • UC 270H - Cultural Pluralism (Honors)

    (3)
    Students analyze the history, patterns, contemporary social costs of, and moral questions posed by prejudice and discrimination in the United States against racial and ethnic minorities as well as women. (Offered fall, spring.) Prerequisite(s): UC 170  or UC 170H  and Honors Program.
  
  • UC 320 - Humanities

    (3)
    Requires students to engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the human condition in particular historical contexts, with analysis and criticism of primary sources and a comparison of cultural artifacts.  Individual UC 320 courses may focus on different cultures and time periods.  Prerequisite(s): UC 220 or UC 220H, Honors Program and completed 60 credits.
  
  • UC 320H - Humanities (Honors)

    (3)
    Requires students to engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the human condition in particular historical contexts, with analysis and criticism of primary sources and a comparison of cultural artifacts.  Individual UC 320  courses may focus on different cultures and time periods. (Offered spring.) Prerequisite(s): UC 220  or UC 220H , Honors Program and completed 60 credits. Honors program.
  
  • UC 370 - Global Systems

    (3)
    The Global Systems course invites an in-depth analysis and research of topics which influence humanity as a whole (for example, the global food system, climate change, global health, environmental change, international law, conflict within and between states) through the lens social theory and history. Prerequisite(s): Take UC-170 or UC-170H, UC-270 or UC-270H; Completed 60 credits. 
  
  • UC 370H - Global Systems (Honors)

    (3)
    The Global Systems course invites an in-depth analysis and research of topics which influence humanity as a whole (for example, the global food system, climate change, global health, environmental change, international law, conflict within and between states) through the lens social theory and history. (Offered spring.) Prerequisite(s): Take UC-170 or UC-170H, UC-270 or UC-270H; Completed 60 credits. Honors Program.

University Studies

  
  • UNIV 100 - College Learning Strategies

    (1)
    This course is aimed at selected incoming first-year students and is designed to enhance their ability to achieve academic success by improving their study habits, teaching them new learning strategies, and providing them opportunities to practice these techniques within the context of their other coursework.
  
  • UNIV 101 - Academic Reading and Writing for International Students

    (4)
    UNIV-101 focuses on the reading, writing, and library skills and the ESL language and cultural issues particularly relevant to success in a United States university for non-native speakers of English. This course is designed to prepare the student for the rigors of university-level reading and writing tasks. Students will practice comprehension of challenging university-level texts centering on cultural themes and employ that knowledge in writing essays and research paper. The student will develop the library skills necessary to succeed in a United States university. The course will focus on understanding and applying test-taking strategies based on your reading assignments and class discussions. Aspects of American culture such as values and beliefs, religion, ethnic and racial diversity, and the American family and educational system will be thoroughly explored. UNIV-101 is required of those international students with a TOEFL score below 540 (76 iBT TOEFL) & must be taken during the first semester of undergraduate studies. Typically followed by UC-110 or ENGL-111.  Students who have taken ENGL-100 or ENGL-102 should not enroll in UNIV-101. 
  
  • UNIV 102 - Spoken Communication for International Students

    (4)
    UNIV-102 focuses on the listening, speaking, and classroom participation skills and the ESL language and cultural issues particularly relevant to success in a United States university for non-native speakers of English. This course is designed to prepare the student for the rigors of university-level listening and speaking tasks. The student will practice the English skills needed to understand lectures and take effective notes, to participate confidently in classroom discussions, small group conferences, and one-on-one conversations, and to speak effectively in individual and group presentations. The course will also focus on understanding various cultural issues that can improve the university experience as the student begins undergraduate study, including classroom and course expectations, student life in the United States and idiomatic language. UNIV-102 is required of those international students with a TOEFL score below 540 (76 iBT TOEFL) & must be taken during the first semester of undergraduate studies. Typically followed by UC-120.
  
  • UNIV 199 - College Success Strategies

    (1)
    College Success Strategies is designed to facilitate students’ successful transition into the first year of college. The course fosters a sense of community and belonging, promotes engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university, further introduces students to key resources, assists students in developing successful behaviors and strategies, and helps students clarify their purpose, meaning, and direction in college. Course content is tailored to the needs of the students and is student driven. UNIV 199 covers topics such as social wellness and getting involved in and around campus; college expectations; campus resources; creating an academic plan; financial literacy; becoming engaged in learning; academic advising; identity and diversity; and time management and organization.  In other words, UNIV 199 introduces students to the essential behaviors and strategies needed to achieve and sustain academic success.  National studies indicate that students who successfully complete first-year transition courses such as UNIV 199 on average earn higher GPAs and are more likely to return for their second year of college.

Performance Technology

  
  • PTEC 100 - Pre-Professional Studies

    (0-6)
    Laboratory experience in design and production for theatre and other events. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 hours. (Offered fall/spring.)
     
  
  • PTEC 222 - Stagecraft

    (3)
    Principles and practices of scenic construction, setting, furnishing, properties and lighting. Practical experience with University Theatre productions emphasized. Organized for those who plan to design, build, paint and light scenery in an educational setting, as well as those who approach theatre as a vocation or an avocation.  (Offered as needed.)
  
  • PTEC 293 - Selected Topics

    (1 - 6)
    Repeatable under different topics. (Offered as needed.)
     
  
  • PTEC 300 - Advanced Pre-Professional Studies

    (0-6)
    Advanced laboratory experience in design and production for theatre and other events. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 hours. (Offered fall/spring.)
     
  
  • PTEC 321 - Scenic Design

    (3)
    An intellectual, creative, and practical study of the theatrical design process. The class will focus on the scenic and lighting response to theatrical productions. (Offered as needed.) Prerequisite(s): PTEC 222  
  
  • PTEC 332 - Lighting, Design and Production

    (3)
    An exploration of designed performance lighting. Combines practical experiences in labs with lecture/class experiences about the history, applications, as well as design processes and production methods. This class includes experiences with theatrical, dance, music, event, studio, architectural, and visual artist’s of light. (Offered as needed.) Prerequisite(s): TH 121 Introduction to Theatre  or permission of instructor.
  
  • PTEC 393 - Selected Topics

    (1 - 6)
    Repeatable under different topics. (Offered as needed.)
     
 

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