This is an introductory course for the Criminal Justice program. It is a survey of the history and function of the different sections of the American criminal justice system including courts, corrections, and law enforcement. Additional topics will include the future of the justice system as well as an introduction to alternatives to our current justice responses.
This course is designed to survey the foundations of our criminal court system as defined in the U. S. Constitution, Federal, and State laws. Topics will include due process and procedure of criminal courts. Special emphasis will be placed on the safeguards provided to citizens in the U.S. Constitution.
An introduction to the literature of the early 19th century from Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, and others.
A thematic and genre study of representative plays. Students may receive credit for both courses, since different plays will be studied in alternating years.
A study of American art forms as they relate to successive periods in American history and as they compare to European work from the 17th century to the 21st century.
The political, social, and diplomatic currents of the nineteenth century from the French Revolution to the First World War, nationalism, imperialism, and the influence of democratic and socialistic ideas.
This course spans the decades prior to and after the Civil War, America’s greatest period of civil strife. We will cover the causes of the conflict, roam widely across battlefields, witness the vulnerability of the homefronts, and investigate the attempts made to resolve the conflict during the era of Reconstruction. Important questions of slavery and emancipation, dissent and opposition to the war, spiritual and cultural impacts, and legacies of the war on American politics, society and values will be the main topics of the course. We will concentrate on the social, political and economic aspects of the war; this is not a course in military history but we will learn about battles and wartime conditions. This class will expose students to a variety of sources on the conflict, including scholarly books and articles, memoirs, fiction, and primary historical documents.
A study of the classic methods of encryption and decryption, focusing on several historical methods of encryption and simple techniques involving transposition ciphers, modular arithmetic, and matrices.
The History of Jazz is intended to familiarize students with the unique American art form of Jazz. Course study encompasses pre-Jazz history through today’s current trends. A multi-media approach is a feature of this class as well as attendance at live Jazz performances allowing first-hand experience and application of course material. This course is an option for Music and Music Education majors and can be used to fulfill the Human Creative Products core curriculum requirement.
Analytical overview of western music from the 19th century. Understanding the expanded tonalities in music is a major component. Special emphasis is given to development of reading scores and listening skills. Out-of-class listening assignments and attendance at live performances are required.
This course offers a survey of pivotal philosophical theories relating to truth, value, and the good life. It will provide an introduction to the history of philosophical thought, engender a reflective stance toward these topics, and promote clear and critical though about the health of our culture and how we ought to live as U.S. and global citizens.
This course covers the principles of logic and critical thinking. It provides insight into the structure of arguments and the nature of inference, and introduction to basic forms of symbolic logic, and awareness of predominant kinds of informal fallacies. It promotes an appreciation for virtues of sound reasoning, and a healthy respect for the gravity of truth.
A general survey of Christian thought and practice utilizing both the Biblical text and human witness.
This course is designed to familiarize the student with American Foreign Policy (AFP), with an emphasis on contemporary issues. The primary goal is to equip students with the conceptual and analytical tools to understand and interrupt connections between contemporary U.S. foreign policies and international relations theory. The course examines the role of power and specific foreign policy issues in the international system. We begin with an overview international relations theory that underlies U.S. foreign policy, move on to investigate the influence of domestic politics, and ultimately students will utilize the knowledge gained to critically analyze a major foreign policy area.