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Introduction to the Teaching of Reading
This course is an intensive study of reading skills in the areas of readiness, vocabulary development, phonics, word recognition, and comprehension. Students will become familiar with research-based practices in methods and curriculum as well as strategies for organizing classrooms to support literacy development in diverse school populations.
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
This course is a study of the scope and sequence of skills and methods related to the teaching of comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, and critical reading in the content areas. Strategies for improving content area instruction and developing appreciation and interest in reading are addressed.
Analysis and Correction of Reading Problems
Investigation of literature and multimedia offerings appropriate for adolescent readers. It is recommended that the candidate take an introductory course to technology prior to taking this class.
Literature for Children
This course is designed to address the evaluation and study of books for children and the integration of conventional and creative forms of written expression into elementary school curriculum. This course will focus on the utilization of children’s literature and writing to support academic, social, emotional, and cultural awareness and development.
Curriculum and Instruction in Reading Education
This course is designed to prepare middle grades teachers to work in the area of literacy, especially in the area of reading instruction. Planning, teaching, evaluation, and organizational skills including reading skills are applied to the teaching of reading at the 4-12 grade level.
Foundations for English Composition
This is a reading-based course where students read and analyze prose texts in a variety of non-fiction genres and write in response to them, preparing themfor the kinds of reading and writing tasks most common in their introductory college-level courses.
Support for English Composition
A lab-based tutoring course designed to provide just in time remediation for students—strengthening their English composition skills through interactive instruction and guided tasks—in tandem with enrollment in ENGL 1101.
Gordon College First-Year Experience
A required course for all students entering Gordon State College with one or two Learning Support requirements (Math, English (writing), and Reading) and optional for all other students. An introduction to college life and responsibilities meant to assist first-year students in making a successful transition into college. The course emphasizes the programmatic development of academic literacy (improving study, time management, and interpersonal communication skills), enhancing awareness of college resources and policies, encouraging participation in the college community, and addressing college-related attitudes and practices. Students who are required to take the course must pass with a “C” or better, and they must repeat the course each semester of enrollment until they achieve a “C” or better.
Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning
A course designed to help students learn basic algebra and other topics necessary for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include real number sets, set operations, linear, quadratic and exponential functions and their graphs, and introductory probability and statistics.
Foundations for College Algebra
A course designed to help students learn basic algebra topics to prepare them for college algebra. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include the set of real numbers, linear sentences, linear functions and their graphs, and operations and factoring with polynomials.
Support for Quantitative Reasoning
A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1001. Covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and statistical reasoning.
Support for College Algebra
A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1111. Covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, polynomial functions and their graphs, and simultaneous systems of equations.
Students Taking Academic Responsibility for College Success
This course is designed to teach strategies for creating success in college and in life through increased self-awareness and enhanced commitment to life-long learning. Topics include personal responsibility; self-motivation; goal-setting; priority management; learning styles; decision-making; engaging the academic community; interpersonal communication; note-taking and other study skills; test-taking strategies; stress reduction strategies; critical thinking; problem-solving; and the power of positive thinking. Readmitted students returning from academic suspension must complete this course. Please note, however, that students returning from Learning Support suspension are NOT required to enroll in STAR 0098.
Methods of Library Research
An overview of all aspects of the library with emphasis on the on-line catalog, periodical indices, basic reference books and on-line resources.
Principles of Management
An introduction to the management functions and processes as applied to organizations and individuals in organizations. The course will focus on both theories and applications of management to practical problems in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. A survey of the history of management will provide context for current approaches and emerging concepts in both domestic and international organizations.
Human Resource Management
This course examines the role of managers as human resource professionals. Key management functions of recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity, discrimination, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. The student will be exposed to practical situations, problem solving, and application of laws affecting human resource issues.
Marketing Management: Principles of Marketing
An introduction to the principles of marketing and the marketing environment with a focus on development of an understanding of ethical planning for marketing and implementing and controlling marketing activities on a local, national, and global scale.
Introduction to managing an organization’s financial resources with the aim of achieving its business objectives, emphasis on defining objectives, understanding and evaluating resources, and making financial decisions in an environment of uncertainty.
This course is an introduction to managerial and administrative decision making utilizing statistical analysis. The emphasis will be on use of basic descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics including estimation and hypothesis testing using contingency tables, analysis of variance, and regression. Specific examples will utilize Microsoft Excel, emphasizing decision making using datasets drawn from both business and nonprofit environments.
Management Information Systems
Introduces students to the study of organizations as systems supported by information processing. Students will learn to distinguish needs for information at different levels in organizations. They will learn to evaluate information system decisions. They will analyze business information problems using formal methods.
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
This course explores fundamentals of entrepreneurship and managing the small business operation, including management, marketing, and finance. The course is intended to prepare students to launch and manage new and existing small businesses with an emphasis on practical application. The course will include case studies, profiles of effective entrepreneurs, market research methods, and business plan development.
This course will introduce students to how firms make managerial decisions to maximize profits and will equip students to understand the problems faced by a manager as well as how to solve those problems strategically and efficiently. Students will evaluate the theory and application of economic concepts such as cost, production, markets, and pricing decisions undertaken by firms. The course will conduct an analysis of the structure and performance of the market by investigating the four market structures of perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. Students will gain a strong understanding of economic concepts and the application of these concepts in the real-world business environment through case-studies.
Personal Financial Planning for Professionals
This course will introduce students to basic global economics issues and their applications. Students will gain an understanding of global economics issues and
markets such as international trade, trade deficits, exchange rates, capital flows etc; look at the role of various organizations and international institutions in the global economy; and examine the impact, integration and markets of Latin American countries and countries such as India and China in the world economy.
An introduction t globalization and the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments of international business including an overview of risks, challenges, and opportunities of competing in the global marketplace. This course will introduce students to the theory and applications of international management. The students will advance their understanding of global firms and markets so that they can make managerial decisions and solve problems strategically and efficiently. This course will analyze the structure of multinational businesses and markets.
Management and Administration Senior Seminar
The Senior Seminar provides a forum for carrying out the BSMA degree requirement for either an internship or a research project in a rigorous academic and intellectual framework.
Independent Study in Management & Administration
Independent investigation of a topic through a research project or a program of directed readings. Topics will be developed by the student and the sponsoring faculty member.
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included.
This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
An analysis of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, anti-differentiation, the definite integral, and applications. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
Honors Calculus I
An analysis of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, anti-differentiation, the definite integral, and applications. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
An analysis of derivatives and integrals of transcendental and inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L’Hopital’s Rule, infinite series, and conics. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
Foundations of Numbers and Operations
An introductory mathematics course for early childhood education majors. This course will emphasize the understanding and use of the major concepts of numbers and operations. As a general theme, strategies of problem solving will be used and discussed in the context of various topics.
An introduction to non-calculus based statistics, including descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing, estimation and sample size, correlation, simple regression, and chi-square and F-tests. Students must provide a graphing calculator.
Introduction to Linear Algebra
A study of linear algebra including systems of linear equations, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, Euclidean n-space, inner product spaces, linear independence, bases, linear transformations, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
An analysis of real-valued functions of several variables, polar coordinates, parametric equations, vectors in two and three dimensions, quadric surfaces, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, and Stoke’s and Green’s theorems.
Topics in Algebra for Early Childhood Education
This course will provide early childhood teacher candidates with mathematical foundations in topics which include algebra concepts, mathematical modeling and logical reasoning.
Geometry for Teachers
Topics include plane figures, polygons and tessellations, space figures, symmetric figures, systems of measurement, area and perimeter, volume and surface area, congruence and similarity mappings, and topological mappings.
Data Analysis, Probability, and Connections
This is a capstone course for the early childhood candidate that teaches data analysis and probability. In addition, there will be opportunities to connect mathematical content to other disciplines as well as to develop instructional methods.
Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
Elementary logic, set theory, function and relations, and other selected topics from discrete mathematics with emphasis on mathematical proof including induction.
Foundations of Geometry
Rigorous study of the properties of Euclidean geometry with special attention to incidence and metric properties and introduction to elementary properties of non-Euclidean geometries.
Survey of topics from number theory to include divisibility, prime numbers, congruences, linear and nonlinear Diophantine equations, and quadratic residues.
Study of methods for solving differential equations including first-order and higher order differential equations. Includes power series solutions and numerical methods.
Counting principles such as permutations, combinations, derangements; pigeon hole and inclusion/exclusion principles; partitions; generating functions; and recurrence relations.
Probability and Statistics
Collection, organization, and description of data, probability, random variables, probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses.
Introduction to algebraic structures: groups, rings, integral domains and fields, including the basic facts of group and ring homomorphisms.
Survey of topics in graph theory including Euler and Hamilton paths, shortest paths, maximum flow, trees, spanning trees and matching and coloring problems.
Numerical solution of linear and non-linear equations, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solution of differential equations, errors and floating point arithmetic.
Introduction to Analysis
An introduction to the study of analysis with an emphasis on proving theorems. Topics include the topology of the set of real numbers, sequences, limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and series.
Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education
Planning, teaching, evaluation, and organization, applied to the teaching of mathematics at the middle and secondary level including analysis of trends. Course integrates knowledge of mathematics with skills in teaching. Fieldwork component required.
Capstone course for mathematics majors with emphasis on mathematical communication.
Special Topics in Mathematics
Special topics in mathematics not included in curriculum described in the catalog.
Undergraduate Research in Mathematics
Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Includes literature review, project, and presentation of results.
An introduction to music history and literature.
|MUSC 1101, 1102||
Aural Skills I, II
An aural skills laboratory, including sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills, to complement Music Theory courses. For music majors and minors.
|MUSC 1201, 1202||
Music Theory I, II
A study of music terminology and rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials. For music majors and minors.
|MUSC 1551, 1552||
Class Piano I, II
A study of elementary reading and piano techniques.
|MUSC 1561, 1562||
Class Voice I, II
A sequence for vocal minors and general college students.
|MUSC 1581, 1582||
Class Guitar I, II
A sequence in class guitar, offering instruction in basic chords, note reading, and simple strumming patterns.
By audition only. If you are not a music major, you must see Dr. Boumpani in Fine Arts 219 before registering for any Applied Music course.
Applied Music is a private lesson. Students taking applied music classes are charged a separate fee in addition to regular tuition and fees for their other classes. Students cannot use these one-credit applied music courses to meet full-time (12-hour) status to receive full financial aid.
A study of masterpieces of choral literature. Includes performance (Non-auditioned; open to all students).
A study of music for chamber chorus. Includes performance.
An ensemble for students who are already competent instrumental musicians. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.
This course offers students the opportunity to explore the music of American jazz. There is a strong emphasis on improvisation, but it is not required. The ensemble will perform standard jazz songs from composers like Duke Ellington and Chick Corea with an emphasis on proper interpretation based on the stylistic characteristics of the music. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.
This music is often more interesting and challenging to the percussionist than most band music. The ensemble will perform music on a diverse array of percussion instruments, including mallet instruments like the marimba and vibraphone, to non-standard instruments like the brake drums and pots and pans. It is strongly recommended that all percussion majors perform in this ensemble. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.
The brass ensemble provides the opportunity for the trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, and euphonium major to explore music written especially for the brass ensemble. Brass ensemble music spans several centuries and covers a wide range of styles and forms. This is also open to non-majors who have an interest in brass performance. It is strongly recommended that all brass majors take this course. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.
The woodwind ensemble provides the opportunity for the flute, oboe, clarinet or saxophone major to explore music written especially for the woodwind ensemble. This is also open to non-majors who have an interest in woodwind performance. It is strongly recommended that all woodwind majors take this course. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.
|MUSC 2101, 2102||
Aural Skills III, IV
An advanced aural skills laboratory to complement Music Theory courses. For music majors.
|MUSC 2201, 2202||
Music Theory III, IV
Introduction to Music Technology
Students will learn the basics of technology used in many fields of music, including Finale music notation software, Smart Music accompaniment software, Band-in-a-Box multi-use software and Pro Tools digital audio workstation software. Various music sample packages will be used in conjunction with all of the above software. MUSC 2510 cannot be used in Areas A-E or Area F of an associate degree program, but it should transfer to a bachelor’s program in music.
Basics of Studio Recording
This is an introductory class in audio recording technology. It is a prerequisite for any career in the music production field. Topics of discussion will
include acoustics and hearing, studio design, the digital audio workstation, multimedia and the Internet, the audio recording process and signal processing. MUSC 2511 cannot be used in Areas A-E or Area F of an associate degree program, but it should transfer to a bachelor’s program in music.
Solo Instrumental Recital
Participation in a public solo recital.
Solo Voice Recital
Participation in a public solo recital.
Foundations in Pharmacology
This is the first in a two-course sequence which introduces basic principles of dosage calculation, safe and accurate medication administration, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and legal and ethical nursing responsibilities.
This is the second in a two-course sequence emphasizing the pharmacotherapeutics of medication administration. The classroom experiences facilitate the application of the nursing process, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective medication administration across the lifespan.
Foundations in Nursing
An introduction to the art and science of nursing emphasizing the fundamental concepts and skills of care of adult patients’ physiologic needs in diverse health care settings. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize foundational knowledge and competencies that integrate the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective care.
Introduction to Adult Health Nursing
This is the first of three adult health nursing courses, and it introduces nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have chronic conditions or alterations in physiological functioning. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize the accumulation of knowledge and competencies that facilitate the application of the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective care for adults across the lifespan.
Mental Health Nursing
This course emphasizes the knowledge and competencies necessary to deliver safe and effective mental health nursing care to patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan. Common mental health disorders are explored utilizing the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication, interpersonal skills, the enhancement of critical thinking, and exploring evidence-based practices in the classroom and clinical experiences.
Guided Self-Study in Medical - Surgical Nursing
This one-credit-hour course is intended to assist ASN students who need an additional NURS hour to graduate in synthesizing information gathered in previous nursing courses and applying this knowledge to selected case studies. The grade for this course will be Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
Transition to Professional Practice
This is a seminar course that facilitates the transition into professional nursing practice by stimulating inquiry and discovery of essential principles required for safe and effective care and management. Emphasis is placed on accountability, delegation, legal/ethical responsibilities, health care economics, informatics, career management, and continuing competence.
Acute Adult Health Nursing
This is the second of three adult health nursing courses, and it integrates nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have acute alterations in physiological functioning or exacerbations of chronic conditions. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize the application of knowledge and competencies that facilitate the analysis of the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal
Maternal Child Nursing
This course integrates the knowledge and competencies essential to provide patient-centered nursing care to childbearing families and children from infancy through adolescence in diverse health care settings. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, growth and development, and common obstetrical and pediatric disorders utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, and evidence-based practices in the classroom and clinical experiences.
Complex Adult Health Nursing
This is the final adult health course, and it facilitates the synthesis of nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have acute/emergent alterations in physiological functioning. Classroom and clinical experiences engage students in the management and analysis of nursing care. Clinical practicum immerses students in the roles of advocator, manager, and collaborator of patient care across the lifespan in diverse health care settings.
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for Nursing Practice Prerequisite: Admission to Pre-licensure BSN Program Credit Hours: (4-0-4)
Students acquire knowledge of pathophysiology and the principles of clinical pharmacology to manage client care. Course content focuses on the physiological responses of the human body to selected conditions and the nursing responsibilities for pharmacological interventions to alterations in health status across the lifespan.
Nursing Assessment in the Promotion of Health and Wellness
Students acquire and develop the skills necessary for entry level professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of assessment thechniques to collect data and formulate nursing care to promote, restore, and maintain health across the lifespan. Classroom, simulation, and lab components are utilized in this course.
Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice Prerequisite: Admission to the Pre-licensure BSN Program Credit Hours: (4-6-6)
Students are introduced to concepts and skills that are necessary for maintaining professionalism and legal/ethical practice as a baccalaureate prepared nurse. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care for the adult client’s physiologic needs.
Health Assessment and Health Promotion
This course is designed to build on the assessment skills of the RN and has both theory and practicum components. The emphasis of this course will provide students with the skills necessary for promoting health in individuals and families in all phases of the lifespan. Health promotion activities such as counseling techniques and client teaching will be explored as strategies for disease prevention and health promotion.
Community Health Nursing
This course focuses on community health services with emphasis on professional nursing practices in the promotion of population health. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities. Through the assessment and analysis of the health status of a chosen population, students will intervene to influence change and promote health. Meeting the nursing care needs of individuals, families, groups and aggregates are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community. This course includes classroom and clinical components.
Professional Nursing Practice I
Students build on prior knowledge to develop analytic, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage care that results in high quality outcomes for adult clients who have alterations in functioning. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care. Emphasis is on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration in commonly occurring health care issues for adults across the lifespan.
Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing Prerequisite: NURS 3010, 3011, 3012
Evidence-Based Research for Nursing Practice Prerequisite: NURS 3012, 3220
Students explore the relationship between nursing research, theory, and practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding, critiquing, interpreting, and utilizing research as a basis for evidence-based nursing practice.
Community Based Nursing
This course focuses on community health services with emphasis on professional nursing practices in the promotion of population health. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities. Through the assessment and analysis of the health status of a chosen population, students will intervene to influence change and promote health. Meeting the nursing care needs of individuals, families, groups and aggregates are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community. This course includes classroom, simulation labs, and clinical practice components.
This course introduces the pathophysiological basis of illness and the basic principles of clinical pharmacology. The focus of this course is on compromises in the body's ability to meet its physiological needs integrated with nursing responsibilities related to pharmacological interventions in response to these compromises.
Professional Nursing Concepts
This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the role of a BSN prepared professional nurse. It provides an introduction to professional nursing and an overview of the roles and concepts essential to practice. As a foundation for subsequent nursing courses, the following concepts are explored: personal and professional values, culture, communication, nursing roles, and legal and ethical dimensions of nursing practice.
Research and Evidence-Based Practice
A study of the relationship of nursing research, theory, and practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to the research process and how to interpret these approaches for evidence-based nursing practice.
Nursing Leadership and Management
This course focuses on the leadership role of the nurse in professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on concepts relevant to nursing leadership, management, role development, and nursing administration. This course includes classroom and clinical experience.
Professional Nursing Practice II
Students continue to build on prior knowledge and skills to integrate analytical, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage the care of multiple complex, high acuity adult clients. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective care. Emphasis is on the achievement of safe, effective, evidence-based management of care for multiple adult clients.
Perspectives in Maternal-Child Health Nursing Prerequisites: NURS 3322, 3324
Students build on prior knowledge to develop analytic, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage care for the childbearing and child rearing families (birth through adolescence) in diverse health care setting. Classroom, simulation lab, and clinical practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care with an emphasis on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
Professional Nursing Senior Practicum Prerequisites: NURS 4412, 4420
Students engage in a clinical practicum with preceptors, which facilitates the synthesis of prior nursing knowledge, care concepts, competencies, and skills for clients across the lifespan who have varying alterations in functioning. Seminars, simulation labs, and clinical practice settings prepare the student to transition into the role of baccalaureate prepared registered professional nurse.
Leadership & Management for Nursing Practice Prerequisite: NURS 4412, 4420
Students explore and assume the role of the nurse in leadership & management, health team management/collaboration, organizational dynamics, and skills/concepts relating to decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and clinical practice settings emphasize concepts relevant for transition into the role of baccalaureate prepared registered professional nurse.
Professional Nursing Transition to Practice Prerequisite: NURS 4412, 4420
Students are guided in formulating their professional identity through the application, synthesis, and evaluation of the principles required for transition into professional practice, such as civility, professionalism, professional standards, and professional development.
Critical Analysis: Acute and Chronic Illness
This course focuses on common acute and chronic complex health care problems across the lifespan. A case study approach will be used to examine the relationship between pathophysiological concepts and the nursing process to enhance clinical decision making. Course content may change each semester to allow for discussion related to new or emerging disease/healthcare topics of interest at that time. Students will be encouraged to suggest new or evolving illnesses for inclusion in the course outline.
Synthesis in Professional Nursing
This course will be a synthesis of the coursework that has been completed in the RN/BSN program. This course prepares students to implement change through the use of evidence-based practice, conflict resolution, communication, and problem solving. Students will choose a Change Theory to guide them in the development of a proposed project within a healthcare organization.
Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to the study of philosophy through a consideration of the major problems asked in the discussion of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and the meaning of human existence and axiology. It is not the purpose of this course to provide definitive answers to the questions discussed, but rather to expose one to the various proposed solutions, to discuss the cogency of various proposals, and to allow one to decide, in light of the evidence offered, which proposal or proposals seem most rationally persuasive.
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to the classic dilemmas in the field of philosophy and how those questions have been answered by philosophers over the ages. Beginning with an analysis and investigation into the value of philosophy, the course will devote time to the study of metaphysics (the study of nature, structure, and origin of reality, of what exists) and epistemology (the study of how and what can we know). Through these approaches, answers to questions involving the divine, the mind, humans need for certainty, issues of free will, identity, and reality will be addressed.
Introduction to Ethics
Students examine philosophical thought in the area of ethics. The course provides a survey of major theories of ethics, from early Greek to contemporary. The course also addresses the application of ethical theory to contemporary social issues.