Sep 30, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Spanish

  
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    SPAN 4327 - Methods in Foreign Language Instruction

    3 sem. hrs. This course is designed to study the current methods in foreign languages, their application in maximizing language proficiency, and the role of the students’ culture and language during the learning process.
  
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    SPAN 4390 - Topics in Spanish

    3 sem. hrs. Study of specialized topics in language or literature. These courses may also be designed to develop terminology and overall Spanish proficiency regarding specific professions: Business, Medical, Criminal Justice, Sociology, etc. May be repeated when topics vary.
  
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    SPAN 4396 - Directed Individual Study

    1‑3 sem. hrs. See College description. Offered on application.

Special Education

  
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    SPED 4310 - Students with Exceptionalities

    3 sem. hrs. Familiarizes the student with the various conditions of individuals with disabilities.
  
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    SPED 4315 - Motor Development for Students with Exceptional Needs

    3 sem. hrs. A comparative overview of the physical development and motor-activity needs of students with disabilities.
  
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    SPED 4320 - Community-based Instruction for the Students with Exceptionalities

    3 sem. hrs. Strategies and procedures for teaching community-based instruction to individuals with disabilities, including independent living and socialization skills, are discussed.
  
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    SPED 4325 - Teaching Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities

    3 sem. hrs. Introduction and demonstration of specific skills necessary for teaching students with disabilities
  
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    SPED 4330 - Individualized Education Programs for Students with Exceptionalities

    3 sem. hrs. Emphasis is given to the design and implementation of individualized educational programs (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  
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    SPED 4335 - Applied Learning theory

    3 sem. hrs. Designed to develop and extend the student’s knowledge of the principles of applied learning theory as it relates to students with disabilities.
  
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    SPED 4340 - Individuals with Severe Disabilities

    3 sem. hrs. Introductory study of the adaptations, approaches, and supports necessary to meet the educational needs of students who have communication, intellectual, motor, sensory, and/or medical impairments.
  
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    SPED 4345 - Introduction to Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders

    3 sem. hrs. lecture This introductory course will provide comprehensive information on Emotional and Behavioral disorders.  Course content includes information on: definitions, characteristics, prevalence, causes, assessment, education service placements, functional behavior assessment, ABA and Posititve Behavior Supports, advocacy, and current issues in the field.
  
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    SPED 4397 - Special Education Field Experience

    3 sem. hrs. Provides the student with the opportunity to interact with students with disabilities in a variety of settings ranging from non‑involved observer to active participant. Grade assigned will be “credit” (CR) or “no credit” (NC).
    Billing Hours
    Distance Education Fee $50
  
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    SPED 4696 - Directed Individual Study

    1‑6 sem. hrs. Programs will be designed for individual cases through special permission of the Department Chair and Dean. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Theatre

  
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    THEA 1100 - Theatre Production Lab I

    1 sem. hrs. Opportunity to participate in theatre productions in the areas of costume construction and stage makeup. Students are required to work on crews for the University Theatre productions. The course may be repeated for credit. Co-requisites: THEA 1371 Costume Construction  and SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar . TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1120
  
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    THEA 1101 - Theatre Production Lab II

    1 sem. hrs. Opportunity to participate in theatre productions in the areas of set construction, lighting, sound, and stagecraft. Students are required to work on crews for the University Theatre productions. The course may be repeated for credit. Co-requisites: THEA 2370 Theatre Stagecraft  and SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar . TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1121
  
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    THEA 1310 - The Art of the Theatre

    3 sem. hrs. Introduction to the theatre as an art form. Includes exploration of the creative process from the perspective of the playwright, director, actor, and designer. TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1310
    Meets Fine Arts requirements for the University Core Curriculum Program.

  
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    THEA 1341 - Stage Makeup

    3 sem. hrs. A practical exploration of basic stage makeup techniques. The student will also investigate the relationships of character to makeup and begin to understand the work needed to design makeup for a production. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar . TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1341
  
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    THEA 1342 - Voice and Diction

    3 sem. hrs. Basic voice training, including techniques for vocal production, manipulation, and control. Practical application of the vocal apparatus will be emphasized, including techniques of enunciation, projection, articulation, and the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. (Credit may not be given for both this course and COMM 1342.) TCCNS Equivalent: SPCH 1342
  
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    THEA 1351 - Acting I

    3 sem. hrs. The development of basic skills and techniques of acting, including sensory awareness, ensemble performing, character analysis, and script analysis. Emphasis on the mechanics of voice, body, emotion, and analysis as tools for the actor. TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1351
  
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    THEA 1352 - Acting II

    3 sem. hrs. A continuation of Acting I with emphasis on characterization and working with extended realism. The student will study the theories of Constantin Stanislavski. Prerequisite: THEA 1351. TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 1352
  
  
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    THEA 2100 - Theatre Production Lab III

    1 sem. hrs. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in the practical lab consisting of actual work on productions. One hour a week for one semester and additional laboratory hours as required. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar . TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 2120
  
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    THEA 2101 - Theatre Production Lab IV

    1 sem. hrs. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in the practical lab consisting of actual work on productions. One hour a week for one semester and additional laboratory hours as required. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar . TCCNS Equivalent: DRAM 2121
  
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    THEA 2370 - Theatre Stagecraft

    3 sem. hrs. Students will study the principles of stagecraft, and be provided hands on experiences in set construction, painting, lighting, sound and other techniques. Students will also utilize the computer to facilitate designs and projects for this course. Co-requisites: THEA 1101 Theatre Production Lab II  and SSMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3100 - Theatre Production Lab V

    1 sem. hrs. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in the practical lab consisting of actual work on productions. One hour a week for one semester and additional laboratory hours as required. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3101 - Theatre Production Lab VI

    1 sem. hrs. One semester hour of credit may be received per semester for work done in the practical lab consisting of actual work on productions. One hour a week for one semester and additional laboratory hours as required. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3165 - The Design and Technical Portfolio.

    1 sem. hrs. A basic course in the development of the student portfolio for the areas of design and technology with emphasis in the theatrical job market or graduate school. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3300 - Movement for Actors

    3 sem. hrs. Explores the movement skills necessary for the actor with emphasis on individual physical training and improvisation. Prerequisites: THEA 1351, THEA 1352.
  
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    THEA 3302 - Creative Dramatics

    3 sem. hrs. Theories and practices incorporating the techniques of creative drama in the elementary, middle, and high school classroom. Especially recommended for elementary education, recreation, and the social sciences.
  
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    THEA 3303 - Theatre in the Public Schools

    3 sem. hrs. Theories and practices of incorporating theatre activities in the public schools. Especially recommended to students of elementary and secondary education, recreation and the social sciences.
  
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    THEA 3310 - Contemporary Theatre

    3 sem. hrs. An overview of the nature and function of theatre in our contemporary society with discussion of representative plays and playwrights, theatrical styles, and avant-garde theatre. Students will explore multicultural, political, and experimental themes, attend theatrical productions, and meet with actors, designers, and directors to discuss contemporary practices.
  
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    THEA 3311 - Script Analysis

    3 sem. hrs. Students will learn the principles, techniques, and processes of dramatic structure found in written scripts as seen through the perception of the stage director, actor, and designer. A written intensive analysis of each script studied during the semester will be required. Focus will be on the theories of Aristotle and Eugene Scribe’s “Well Made Play Formula”. Prerequisites: THEA 1352, THEA 2370.
  
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    THEA 3312 - Stage Combat I

    3 sem. hrs. (1:2) Stage combat is a unique form of acting and movement; integral to the training of the professional actor and an extremely marketable skill. This course is an introduction to the stage fight discipline. It is important as actors that we develop a keen sense of duality in performance; a seemingly impromptu, theatrically engaging moment of violence built upon a foundation of safe, consistent physical dialogue. In this way, we can enhance the physical lives of all the characters we play; especially those engaged in acts of violence. This course explores many fundamental acting techniques in a new light including responsibility to a partner, listening and responding, projection, articulation, spatial awareness and above all intent. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    THEA 3335 - UIL Debate and Speech

    3 sem. hrs. This course will prepare students to coach High School speech events as extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.  The class will focus primarily on Texas University Interscholastic Leagues (UIL competitions) but will also cover events sponsored by the Texas Forensics Association (TFA) and the National Forensics League (NFL).  Areas covered will include oral interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, and debate.
  
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    THEA 3340 - Audition Preparation

    3 sem. hrs. Provides the student with the information and skills needed for auditioning in both professional and educational theatre. Prerequisites: THEA 1351, THEA 1352.
  
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    THEA 3350 - Production Management

    3 sem. hrs. This course is a survey of stage management and theatre administration. Topics to be studied include stage management, production management, professional unions, publicity/marketing, box office and house management. Prerequisites: THEA 1371, THEA 2370, THEA 3311.
  
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    THEA 3370 - History of the Theatre I

    3 sem. hrs. Historical investigation of the nature and function of theatre from primitive rituals through the Renaissance periods with discussions of representative plays/playwrights, theatrical styles and stage design. Prerequisite: THEA 3311.
  
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    THEA 3371 - History of the Theatre II

    3 sem. hrs. Historical investigation of theatre from the Restoration era to the present. Focus on the nature and function as well as the critical analysis of theatre and design, various movements, and influential people. Prerequisite: THEA 3311.
  
  
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    THEA 3375 - Acting III: Period Styles

    3 sem. hrs. Specific training for actors in period plays. Emphasis on training the actor for the Classical, Renaissance, Shakespearean, and Modern Periods. Prerequisites: THEA 1351, THEA 1352.
  
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    THEA 3380 - History of Theatrical Styles

    3 sem. hrs. A survey and research-oriented course which studies the major impact of the visual, artistic, historical, and social period movements. The course will focus on the approach that the actor, designer, director, and playwright take in developing the understanding of the environment of a play’s location and time period. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.
  
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    THEA 3381 - Drawing and Rendering for the Stage

    3 sem. hrs. Examination of the uses of the various materials used and the development of the techniques employed in the creation and presentation of theatrical renderings and models. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3382 - Drafting and Computer-Aided Design for the Stage

    3 sem. hrs. Practical examination and practice in theatrical drafting conventions with an emphasis on the development of hand drafting techniques and CAD (computer-aided design). Prerequisite: THEA 2370 Theatre Stagecraft . Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 3385 - Musical Theatre

    3 sem. hrs. The focus of the course is on musical theatre history, exploring trends in the genre, audition techniques, characterization, staging and choreography.
  
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    THEA 4100 - Senior Seminar

    1 sem. hrs. A seminar class for the graduating senior. The student will be given the opportunity to address individual weaknesses and strengths in preparation for graduate school or entering the job market.
  
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    THEA 4200 - Senior Capstone

    2 sem. hrs. The course is designed to provide the graduating senior an opportunity to complete a final project in the acting/directing or design/tech focus areas. The student’s project will be juried by the entire faculty and include a research and production component.
  
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    THEA 4312 - Stage Combat II

    3 sem. hrs. (1:2) Stage combat is a continuation of the skills of acting and movement; integral to the training of the professional actor and an extremely marketable skill. This course is an advanced weaponary course in the stage fight discipline. It is important as actors that we develop a keen sense of duality in performance; a seemingly impromptu, theatrically engaging moment of violence built upon a foundation of safe, consistent physical dialogue. In this way, we can enhance the physical lives of all the characters we play; especially those engaged in acts of violence. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 3312 Stage Combat I  
  
  
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    THEA 4314 - Collaborative Approaches to Design

    3 sem. hrs. An advanced design course where the student will examine the process of design from the standpoint of the relationship created within the design team. Through class projects, the student will participate in a design process which fosters communication of ideas, written analysis and collaboration in pursuit of a unified design in all aspects of production. Prerequisite: THEA 3373 Principles of Design . Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4323 - Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature

    3 sem. hrs. A study, primarily through the medium of performance, of various types and forms of literature for children. Strongly oriented toward teaching literature in the elementary school classroom. (Credit may not be given for both this course and COMM 4323 or ENGL 4370.)
  
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    THEA 4333 - Technical Direction

    3 sem. hrs. An advanced technical class geared for the student who wishes to receive training and employment as a technical director. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.
  
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    THEA 4360 - Stage Direction I

    3 sem. hrs. The study and practical application of directing principals for the beginning director. Elements of script analysis, blocking, movement, character development, tempo, and design will be investigated as part of the directing process. The student will direct a ten-minute play for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 1352, THEA 3311.
  
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    THEA 4361 - Stage Direction II

    3 sem. hrs. An advanced study in directing with actual experience in organization, interpretation, casting, and producing the one-act play. The student will direct a one-act play for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 4360.
  
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    THEA 4365 - Costume Design

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the theory and practice of costume design utilizing the human form as a design element for the stage. Encompasses theatre form, style, and drafting and drawing techniques. Students are required to work on University Theatre productions as part of this course. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4370 - Set Design

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the theory and practice of set design. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre design and will apply this knowledge to projects. Projects will encompass theatre form, style, and concept utilization. Students are required to work on University Theatre productions as a part of this course. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4371 - Acting for the Camera

    3 sem. hrs. Emphasizes the practice of various acting styles for television, video, and film. The student will receive practical experience in commercial styles, public service announcements, television and video style acting, and film scene study. (Credit may not be given for both this course and COMM 4371.)
  
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    THEA 4372 - Theatre Practicum

    3 sem. hrs. Advanced practice and participation in set construction, lighting implementation, and stagecraft. Students will build upon skills in the areas of theatre production and design for production in the University Theatre. Class meets twice weekly with additional crew/lab work requirements as well. Students are required to work on University Theatre productions as a part of this course. May be repeated twice for credit. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4373 - Improvisation Skills Level I

    3 sem. hrs. Improvisation Skills Level I is a fundamentals of improvisation course that teaches the guidelines for successful improvisation skills. The course emphasizes the basics of successful improvisation as it pertains to Theatre, Communication, and the student who wants to improve their communication skills. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    THEA 4374 - Improvisation Skills Level II

    3 sem. hrs. Improvisation Skills Level II is a continuation of Improvisation course level I that instructs the student in the guidelines for advanced improvisation skills. The course teaches the skills necessary for advanced individual and group improvisation. Emphasis is on ensemble performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THEA 4373 Improvisation Skills Level I  
  
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    THEA 4375 - Lighting Design

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the theory and practice of lighting design. Practical experiences in University Theatre are included to provide exposure to the total design and implementation of lighting design. Students will become familiar with the techniques and aesthetics of lighting theatrical performances and will apply skills to create designs for projects and actual plays. Students are required to work on University Theatre productions as a part of this course. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4380 - Advanced Stage Makeup

    3 sem. hrs. A study of the theory and practice of designing makeup for the stage. Students will learn about aesthetics, application, and techniques of stage makeup. Students will do makeup designs as projects in the class. Students are required to work on University Theatre productions as part of this course. Co-requisite: SMTE 0098 Theatre Student Safety Seminar .
  
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    THEA 4384 - Theatre Production

    1-3 sem. hrs. An applied production experience in which students perform in a play, work back stage or on a stage crew, or learn to design a play or musical from conception to final production. Students enrolling in the course but not cast in the shows will work backstage (technical production) or in another production capacity. Enrollment is by application only, and must be approved by the instructor in advance of registration. As part of the application process the number of credit hours will be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
  
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    THEA 4390 - Topics in Theatre

    1-3 sem. hrs. Study of specialized topics and themes in the areas of acting, directing, and theatre history. May be repeated when topics vary.
  
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    THEA 4396 - Directed Individual Study

    1-3 sem. hrs. See College description. By application. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.
  
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    THEA 4398 - Applied Experience

    3 sem. hrs. See College description. By application. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor.

University Core Curriculum Programs

  
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    UCCP 1100 - Career and Academic Planning

    1.0 sem. hrs. Career and Academic Planning assists students in confirming career and educational choices based on strengths-based career assessments, research on career interests, and clarification of majors and degree options. Through in-class activities, discussions, and presentations, students will explore the variety of educational opportunities available to them at the university to support their career and academic interests. In addition, students will be introduced to decision-making and goal-setting strategies to identify and set achievable academic and career goals.
  
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    UCCP 1101 - First-Year Seminar I.

    1 sem. hrs. Students are introduced to college level work and responsibilities, and provided with appropriate support and resources to successfully navigate their first semester. Required of full-time first-year students; to be taken as a component of a student’s first learning community.
    Billing Hours
    Distance Education Fee $100
  
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    UCCP 1102 - First-Year Seminar II.

    1 sem. hrs. Continuation of UCCP 1101 . Students participate in academic discourse and prepare for their future coursework and careers. Required of full-time first-year students; to be taken as a component of a student’s second learning community.

     


    Billing Hours
    Distance Education Fee $100


University Studies

  
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    UNVS 4350 - University Studies Capstone

    3 sem. hrs.  

    This course emphasizes writing, research, professionalization, and workforce preparation. Students will be responsible for developing a reflective writing portfolio that showcases their academic specialization and preparation within the University Studies program. The course will also cover the practical skills of obtaining employment, including writing resumes, effectively interviewing, and effectively searching for available jobs.



Women and Gender Studies

  
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    WGST 3301 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

    3 sem. hrs. An introduction to the study of women and gender across disciplines and cultures. Designed to engage students in some of the most important methodological and theoretical debates regarding women’s experiences and the construction of knowledge about women historically and today. Literary, anthropological, sociological, historical, scientific, and managerial perspectives may be included.
  
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    WGST 4380 - Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies

    3 sem. hrs. This seminar explores the relationship between theory and application in the field of women and gender studies. This includes the study of feminist theories and methodologies with special attention to the application of these to current debates and social issues. In addition, students must complete a research paper or applied experience project that is relevant for their major field of study.
 

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