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  • PHYS 352: Analytical Mechanics

    Analysis of the motion and energy of macroscopic particles and rigid bodies. Topics include equations of motion, central forces, gravitation and orbits, rotating systems and bodies, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian analysis, and generalized coordinates. Prerequisite: PHYS 311. Offered fall term odd years. Four semester hours.

  • PHYS 354: Thermal Physics

    Analysis of the statistical mechanics of microstates and entropy as the formal basis for thermodynamics of gases, heat engines, and kinetic theory. Prerequisite: PHYS 311. Offered fall term even years. Four semester hours.

  • PHYS 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics vary from semester to semester. Offered as needed. One to three semester hours.

  • PHYS 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PHYS 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PHYS 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PL&S 301: Introduction to Leadership in Organizations

    This course is an introduction to leadership with a focus on developing effective skills for organizational leadership. This course will examine the behaviors of leaders in today’s organizations by studying current leadership theories and the theories’ application. Students will use readings, behavior modeling, experiential exercises, and self-reflection, as well as focused coaching and feedback, to optimize their own leadership capabilities in handling real world, day-to-day leadership functions in an ethical and effective manner. The content of this course is suitable for students in all disciplines. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PL&S 491: Field Work in Public Leadership and Service

    Supervised field work in various institutions and public service agencies including children’s homes and after school care programs, homes for the aging, local agencies serving the poor and homeless, and other persons in need. Students may develop other options in collaboration with the instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. To be arranged. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • PL&S 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PL&S 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PL&S 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • POLS 120: American National Government

    A survey of the structure and function of the American national government. Special attention is given to the historical development of the American Constitution and the modern relationship between the three branches of government. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 203: State and Local Government

    A study of the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States and the political environment in which they exist. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 210: Introduction to International Relations

    A survey of the interactions between states, and the theories that attempt to explain these relationships. Issues facing the international community such as nuclear disarmament, human rights, and security are also examined. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 230: Politics and Culture of Latin America

    An introduction to modern Latin America. Particular concentration is placed on the political culture and recent democratization (or lack thereof) throughout Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Specific countries and case studies are used to illustrate general political trends throughout the region. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 250: American Foreign Policy

    An analysis of trends, patterns, and change in the making of American foreign policy since World War II. Issues of internationalism, isolationism, power, morality, and pragmatism will be analyzed and used as a lens to understand the foreign policy making process. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 290: Independent Study

    Individualized study to enable the student either to study material in a field not now in the curriculum or to facilitate an individualized approach in a field not now covered in a single course. Not open to freshmen. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • POLS 295: Seminar

    A political science seminar designed to promote lectures, discussion, research, and writing at an introductory level in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. Offered occasionally. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 304: Law, Politics, and Global Development

    An examination of the function of law and politics in both domestic and international economic development. Concentration will be given to understanding the importance and influence of governmental institutions and specific laws upon individual societies, in particular, developing countries. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered spring term odd years. Cross-listed as LS/POLS 304. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 310: Philosophy of Law

    A detailed study of judicial decision-making and its relationship to the handling of disputes at different levels of the legal structure and various stages of the legal process. Using case-law materials, the techniques of legal reasons and styles of legal thinking, along with the ways in which judicial decisions are able to respond to the demands of social change, are investigated. Consideration is given to techniques of reading legal texts, strategies of interpretation, legal reasoning, decision-making, and persuasion. Cross-listed as LS 310. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 320: Constitutional Law

    A survey of the historical development of the American Constitution with concentration on the role of the judicial branch of the government as arbiter in determining the respective limits on national and state power, in protecting the individual, and in securing civil rights. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 330: Public Policy

    An examination of different political policies in the United States, how these policies are created, and their consequences. Possible topics include healthcare, education, taxation, environmental regulation, and immigration. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 340: Politics and the Media

    A study of political communication and the relationship between the “fourth branch” and American political institutions. Particular topics include news and dissemination of information, news as entertainment, and the language and discourse of politics. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 360: The Presidency

    An examination of the American presidency as a political institution, and of the leadership of the people who have held this position. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 370: Political Problems of Developing Countries

    A survey of the political institutions and economic problems of the developing countries found in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Particular attention is paid to the consequences of political decisions on economic development. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 380: Comparative Politics

    A systematic survey of the political institutions and behavior of various countries. The operation of contemporary governments around the world is highlighted. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 402: Political Theory

    An in-depth examination of major political theories in western thought and their implications for the state, the individual, progress, freedom, and justice. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 460: Tennessee Intercollegiate Legislature

    A course preparing students to compete at the Tennessee Intercollegiate Legislature in Nashville. Students will conduct in-depth research on the state government in Tennessee, write a draft resolution, and engage in research projects, debate, oral reports, and simulation. Offered as available. May be taken for one to three semester hours.

  • POLS 470: Politics, Religion, and International Conflict

    An examination of the role of religion within international political conflicts, including the relationship between religious communities and violence. Particular attention is paid to the conditions under which religion can aggravate or alleviate conflict. The course uses recent historical and contemporary case studies to explore the influence of religion on disputes regarding statehood, political independence, and terrorism. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 480: Model United Nations

    A survey of the history and work of the United Nations and its role in contemporary politics. Students will conduct in-depth research on a specific country’s role within the United Nations, and engage in research products, debate, oral reports, and in-class simulation in order to prepare for competition at a regional Model United Nations meeting. Offered as available. May be taken for one to three semester hours.

  • POLS 489: Directed Readings

    Supervised independent readings for a greater depth or a different approach than provided in other courses. Prerequisite: POLS 120. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • POLS 490: Directed Studies

    A program of readings and conferences which provides for individualized study. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • POLS 491: Field Work

    A practicum experience that involves the student in a supervised position in government for the joint purpose of learning about government and possible professional choices. Prerequisite: POLS 120. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • POLS 494: Capstone Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing regarding such issues as Christianity, law, governance, politics, and social justice. Cross-listed as LS 494. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • POLS 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: Political Science 120. To be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • POLS 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • POLS 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • POLS 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PSYC 150: General Psychology

    An introduction to the discipline of psychology. The study covers the background, methodology, and major findings from each of the major sub-areas of psychology. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 170: Puzzle of Life

    A course designed to raise students’ self-awareness by asking them to explore their personal value systems, attitudes toward relationships, personality styles, and philosophy toward money. The course examines and encourages healthy relationship dynamics, responsible money management, and thoughtful examination of students’ own behaviors. All of these will be considered in light of students’ values, personality types, and developmental stages. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 200: Career Preparation in Psychology

    An introduction to career options for psychology students. The course helps students to understand the variety of sub-fields within psychology and the different careers that are available within each. Students begin to explore career options and make preparations for reaching occupational goals, such as getting into graduate school. Offered spring term alternate years. One semester hour.

  • PSYC 252: Developmental Psychology

    An introduction to development through the entire life span, the realms of emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth and change; the major theories of development, the interactions and reciprocities among physical, psychological, social, familial, and individual issues. The study is applicable to students in psychology, nursing, education, ministry, and any student who desires a knowledge and appreciation of change and stability, growth and atrophy, throughout life. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 252M: Developmental Psychology

    An introduction to development through the entire life span, the realms of emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth and change; the major theories of development, the interactions and reciprocities among physical, psychological, social, familial, and individual issues. The study is applicable to students in psychology, nursing, education, ministry, and any student who desires a knowledge and appreciation of change and stability, growth and atrophy, throughout life. Offered summer term periodically. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 253: Child Development

    An in-depth study of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of the child from birth through adolescence. Development, care, and guidance of the child are examined in relationship to major theories of child and adolescent development. This course is designed for professionals who work with infants, children, and adolescents in a variety of settings. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 253B: Child Development

    An in-depth study of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of the child from birth through adolescence. Development, care, and guidance of the child are examined in relationship to major theories of child and adolescent development. This course is designed for professionals who work with infants, children, and adolescents in a variety of settings. Offered first term. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 254: Adolescent Development

    An introduction to the stage of adolescence including focus on physical, psychological, and primarily emotional development during the teen years. Adolescence is a critical period of development in which one’s identity as an individual grows significantly. The tools of this course are the biographies of adolescents, materials from popular culture, and readings of the social nature of the lives of teens. Offered every other spring. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 259: Research Methods in Psychology I

    A study of research methodologies in psychology with special concentration upon experimentation. The study covers research planning, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and the construction of models and theories. Laboratory work emphasizes application of these concepts. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 150 or Mathematics 213. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 260: Sport Psychology

    An overview of the psychological factors affecting behavior in exercise and sport settings. The course examines the major topics in sport psychology, including personality, motivation, arousal, imagery, goal setting, and burnout. The goal is that students would be able to apply this knowledge to instructional, training, and rehabilitation settings. Offered spring term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 270: Positive Psychology

    An overview of the field of positive psychology. As such, attention is given to the study of the psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life, rather than psychology’s traditional focus on psychopathology. Attention is given to how individuals reach their highest potential and how they live meaningful lives. Students are challenged to apply the emerging findings in the field to their own lives. Offered fall term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 290: Independent Study

    Individual study to enable the student either to examine material not in the curriculum or to facilitate an individualized approach in a field not now covered in a single course. Not open to freshmen. Offered as needed. One to three semester hours.