Sep 28, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 Archived Catalog

Course Descriptions


Course offerings are numbered utilizing four digits, the first indicating college year and the last the number of semester hours credit.

Courses numbered 0001 to 0999 are considered remedial; hours do not count toward minimum requirements for graduation.

Courses numbered 3001 to 4999 fulfill requirements for upper-division credits. Most of these courses have specified prerequisites.

Courses numbered 5000 to 8999 fulfill requirements for graduate credit. Most of these courses have specified prerequisites.

A prerequisite course must have been completed with an acceptable passing grade before enrollment in the given course is permitted.

A corequisite is a course in which a student must be enrolled and satisfactorily participating concurrently with the given course.

 

Psychology

  
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    PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    The nature, causes, and treatment of maladaptive behavior including personality disorders, psychoses, reactions to stress, anxiety disorders, and other dysfunctions. Includes a review of diagnostic techniques, biological and psychological therapies, preventive programs and other strategies of intervention. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 1013  or PSY 1093 
    Recommended: PSY 2233  
    Offered on campus Fall semester
    Offered online Fall A and Spring A terms

  
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    PSY 4262 Field Experience

    Two hours (On Campus)
    Placement in a variety of off-campus settings to gain practical exposure to the professional field. Open to Psychology majors. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor. A student may receive a letter grade for a maximum of 3 credit hours; any additional hours will be graded ‘S’ or ‘U’. Students must supply transportation to the field placement sites.

    Prerequisite: PSY 2233 
    Recommended: PSY 2243  
    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    PSY 4263 Field Experience

    Three hours (On Campus)
    Placement in a variety of off-campus settings to gain practical exposure to the professional field. Open to Psychology majors. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor. A student may receive a letter grade for a maximum of 3 credit hours; any additional hours will be graded ‘S’ or ‘U’. Students must supply transportation to the field placement sites.

    Prerequisite: PSY 2233 
    Recommended: PSY 2243  
    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    PSY 4333 Cognitive Psychology

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    A study of major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, imagery, categorization, language, and problem solving. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 2393  
    Offered on campus Spring semester (even-numbered years)
    Offered online Fall B and Spring B terms

  
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    PSY 4343 Theories of Learning

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    A study of the major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of animal and human learning. Classical and operant conditioning paradigms are emphasized. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 2393  
    Offered on campus Spring semester (odd-numbered years)
    Offered online Fall A and Spring A terms

  
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    PSY 4353 Behavioral Neuroscience

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    A study of the biological bases of behavior. Topics for consideration include neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, learning and memory, emotion, drug effects, and the biological correlates of mental disorders. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 1013  or PSY 1093 
    Recommended: PSY 2393  strongly recommended
    Offered on campus Fall semester
    Offered online Fall B term

  
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    PSY 4411 Independent Research in Psychology

    One hour (On Campus)
    Student-directed research supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. May be repeated for credit. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

    Prerequisite: PSY 3493  
    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    PSY 4412 Independent Research in Psychology

    Two hours (On Campus)
    Student-directed research supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. May be repeated for credit. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 3493  
    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    PSY 4413 Independent Research in Psychology

    Three hours (On Campus)
    Student-directed research supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. May be repeated for credit. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisite: PSY 3493  
    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    PSY 4493 Seminar in Psychology

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    An integrated capstone course emphasizing the application of Christian thought to the study and practice of contemporary psychology. Special emphasis is given to the selection of topics in psychological science which present unique challenges in the task of integration for students. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Prerequisites: PSY 2393 , junior standing, and six hours of BBL course work
    Offered on campus Spring semester
    Offered online Fall B and Spring B terms


Philosophy and Religion

  
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    RPH 2103 Introduction to Philosophy

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    A survey of the main areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and philosophy of religion. Students should develop their critical reading skills, their ability to analyze difficult but rewarding philosophical texts, and their ability to advance a single, clear argument on philosophical issues. Additionally, students should become more comfortable speaking about philosophical problems and concerns, and they should know more about the relationship between the Christian faith and contemporary philosophy. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Fall and Spring semesters
    Offered online Fall A and Spring A terms

  
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    RPH 2323 Logic

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An introduction to considering and evaluating arguments. Topics include formal and informal fallacies, syllogisms, truth tables, and statement or propositional logic. The course can include an introduction to predicate logic as well. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Fall semester (even-numbered years)
  
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    RPH 2423 Ethics

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    A comprehensive and critical study of morality. Topics can include metaethics, normative ethics or applied ethics. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Fall semester
    Offered online Fall B and Spring B terms

  
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    RPH 2483 Selected Topics

    Three hours (On Campus)
    Topics are chosen with the aim to introduce students to a particular area of philosophical study. Example topics include courses like business ethics, medical ethics, the seven deadly sins, professional ethics, or just war theory. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (even-numbered years)
  
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    RPH 3013 Political Philosophy

    Three hours (On Campus)
    A study of ancient and modern political philosophy utilizing primary texts. The course addresses the place of political philosophy in the broader field of philosophy, emphasizing a worldview approach as a means of understanding human existence. Topics include nature, reason, freedom, justice, right, property, law, religion, will, passions, power, customs, and community. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum. Same as POL 3003 

    Prerequisites: EGL 1023  or EGL 1093 , and either HST 2013 , HST 2083 HST 2023 , or HST 2093  
    Offered on campus Fall and Spring semesters
  
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    RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An advanced study of major issues in a Christian approach to philosophy. The course often centers around the works of a major Christian philosopher as a basis for discussion and evaluation. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    RPH 3343 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

    Three hours (On Campus)
    A survey of the development of the Western philosophical tradition, based on a close reading of primary texts, from the Presocratics to Ockham. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (odd-numbered years)
  
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    RPH 3353 Modern Philosophy

    Three hours (On Campus)
    A survey of the development of the Western philosophical tradition, based on a close reading of primary texts, from Descartes to Nietzsche. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (even-numbered years)
  
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    RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An examination of the religion, history and culture of Islam. The study traces the growth and development of Islamic traditions across time and place, looking in particular at how Muslims understand their own faith tradition in relation to broader human experience expressed in literature and the arts. Focus is on primary sources. Meets the Intercultural Engagement requirement or the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum (cannot meet both core requirements).

    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An examination of the “Eastern” religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. The survey includes historical aspects-following the growth and development of these religious traditions across time and place, as well as theological aspects-considering how each tradition approaches issues such as divinity, nature, humanity, salvation, sin, community and ritual. Focus is on primary sources. Meets the Intercultural Engagement requirement or the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum (cannot meet both core requirements).

    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    RPH 4433 Philosophy of Religion

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An introduction to a major topic in the philosophy of religion, e.g. arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil, or the relationship between God and morality. Students should be able to give an adequate defense of the Christian faith by the end of the semester. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum. Same as BBL 4433 

    Offered on campus Fall semester (odd-numbered years)
  
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    RPH 4481 Selected Topics

    One hour (On Campus)
    Topics are chosen from some area within religion and philosophy and may include a close reading of a major religious or philosophical work, e.g., Nicomachean Ethics or the Koran; a thorough study of a major figure in religion or philosophy, e.g., Martin Luther or Descartes; a select topic in religion or philosophy, e.g., metaphysics; or an issue, e.g., just war theory. The student may also do an independent study and research under the supervision of an instructor. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    RPH 4482 Selected Topics

    Two hours (On Campus)
    Topics are chosen from some area within religion and philosophy and may include a close reading of a major religious or philosophical work, e.g., Nicomachean Ethics or the Koran; a thorough study of a major figure in religion or philosophy, e.g., Martin Luther or Descartes; a select topic in religion or philosophy, e.g., metaphysics; or an issue, e.g., just war theory. The student may also do an independent study and research under the supervision of an instructor. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    RPH 4483 Selected Topics

    Three hours (On Campus)
    Topics are chosen from some area within religion and philosophy and may include a close reading of a major religious or philosophical work, e.g., Nicomachean Ethics or the Koran; a thorough study of a major figure in religion or philosophy, e.g., Martin Luther or Descartes; a select topic in religion or philosophy, e.g., metaphysics or epistemology; or an issue, e.g., just war theory. The student may also do an independent study and research under the supervision of an instructor. May be repeated for credit when content differs. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (odd-numbered years)

Social Studies

  
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    SST 1113 Introduction to Sociology

    Three hours (On Campus and Online)
    Understanding sociological research and how to apply it to aid in developing a global perspective of today’s world. Topics of emphasis include the individual and society, structures of power, and social institutions common to all cultures and societies. The sociology of the body-health and illness, sexuality, and aging-is also discussed. Meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
    Offered online Fall B and Spring B terms


Theatre

  
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    THE 1110 New Student Theatre Workshop

    No credit (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. This class is for incoming freshman or transfer students. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    THE 1111 New Student Theatre Workshop

    One hour (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. This class is for incoming freshman or transfer students. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    THE 1112 New Student Theatre Workshop

    Two hours (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. This class is for incoming freshman or transfer students. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Fall semester
  
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    THE 1221 Dance for the Performer

    One hour (On Campus)
    This course focuses on technique, movement, and choreography, particularly as relates theatre and musical theatre performance. May be repeated for credit.

    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    THE 2113 Fundamentals of Acting

    Three hours (On Campus)
    This course develops an understanding and appreciation of the art of acting and establishes the basic elements of the actors’ craft. Students will gain knowledge and develop skills in character analysis, basic internal and external acting techniques, characterization, listening, relaxation, concentration and improvisation.   

    Offered on campus Fall semester (even-numbered years)
  
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    THE 2120 Practicum in Theatre Production

    No credit (On Campus)
    Forty-five hours of production assistance per credit hour in preparing and producing theatre productions. May be repeated.

    Offered on campus Fall and Spring semesters
  
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    THE 2121 Practicum in Theatre Production

    One hour (On Campus)
    Forty-five hours of production assistance per credit hour in preparing and producing theatre productions. May be repeated for credit.

    Offered on campus Fall and Spring semesters
  
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    THE 2122 Practicum in Theatre Production

    Two hours (On Campus)
    Forty-five hours of production assistance per credit hour in preparing and producing theatre productions. May be repeated for credit.

    Offered on campus Fall and Spring semesters
  
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    THE 2223 Stagecraft

    Three hours (On Campus)
    An introduction to the tools, materials, techniques and practices of the technical theatre artist. The course is designed to give the student the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for introductory work in set, properties, lighting, sound, costume and make-up design. 

    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    THE 3102 History of Musical Theatre

    Two hours (On Campus)
    A survey of the works, authors, performers, and industry of American Musical Theatre, from early roots in Vaudeville through to the present day. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    THE 3110 Theatre Workshop

    No credit (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    THE 3111 Theatre Workshop

    One hour (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. May be repeated for credit. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    THE 3112 Theatre Workshop

    Two hours (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. May be repeated for credit. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    THE 3113 Theatre Workshop

    Three hours (On Campus)
    The practical study of the artistic and technical aspects of theatre arts by means of participation in a stage production. May be repeated for credit when content differs. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

    Prerequisite: audition required
    Offered on campus Spring semester
  
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    THE 3213 History of Theatre

    Three hours (On Campus)
    A survey of the literature, practices, and traditions of Western theatre from its classical Greek origins to the modern era with emphasis on the lives and works of prominent playwrights and theorists such as Aristotle and the Greek masters, Shakespeare, Moliere, Voltaire, Chekhov, Shaw, Ibsen, Beckett, Stanislavski, Brecht, and Meisner. Additionally, this course will examine cultural and political contexts and impact on the development and evolution of the art form throughout history. Meets the Arts and Humanities requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (even-numbered years)
  
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    THE 3221 Stage Combat

    One hour (On Campus)
    An introduction to stage combat focusing on the techniques for safely creating and performing stage violence. This course covers hand-to-hand combat and basic sword fighting methods for the stage. Students will also evaluate when and how to incorporate stage combat into theatrical activities.

    Offered on campus Spring semester (odd-numbered years)
  
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    THE 3231 Improv for Theatre and Life

    One hour (On Campus)
    A class exploring the history and techniques of improvisation. It challenges the student to grow in spontaneity and confidence in their creative capacities in all parts of life.

    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    THE 4113 Directing

    Three hours (On Campus)
    The study of directing with a strong focus on script analysis, conceptualization, ensemble creation, blocking, director-actor communication and director-designer communication. This course culminates with the direction of a short one-act play. 

    Prerequisite: THE 2113 
    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    THE 4481 Selected Topics: Theatre Studies

    One hour (On Campus)
    An introduction to stage combat focusing on the techniques for safely creating and performing stage violence. This course covers hand-to-hand combat and basic sword fighting methods for the stage. Students will also evaluate when and how to incorporate stage combat into theatrical activities. May be repeated for credit when content differs.

    Offered on campus upon sufficient request
  
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    THE 4483 Selected Topics: Theatre Studies

    Three hours (On Campus)
    Intensive study in a topic in theatre, such as set design, stage makeup, directing, costume design, or technical production. A capstone project related to the field of study will be required. May be repeated for credit when content differs.

    Prerequisite: THE 2113  
    Offered on campus Fall semester (odd-numbered years)
 

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