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  • SOWK 210: Principles of Social Work

    An introduction to the profession of social work and an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. The student is introduced to the historical evolution of social work, the history of social welfare, the various fields of social work practice, and general systems theory. Offered spring term even years. Three credit hours.

  • SOWK 295: Seminar

    A 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. One to three semester hours.

  • SOWK 310: Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    A study of human behavior from a person-in-environment perspective. The course is designed to help the student recognize the unique challenges confronting individuals and families at both the micro and macro levels. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between the individual and various systems impacting the individual including the social, psychological, and spiritual-cultural systems. Adaptive strategies that people employ to cope with adversity will be examined. Examination of a strength-based, problem-solving approach, which constitutes the assessment phase of generalist practice at the micro level, will be emphasized as well. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 370: Social Welfare Policy and Services

    A course which introduces the student to the foundations of generalist social work policy and practices. Students examine the knowledge, values, and skills base of the social work profession. The course provides introductory content in the areas of human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, social research, and social work practice. Offered spring of alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 380: Social Work Ethics and Applications

    A course which focuses on the myriad ethical issues surrounding social work practice, especially the application of social work theory to specific situations in people’s lives. Through the use of case studies and other instructional strategies, students will develop the ability to critically question, examine, probe, and resolve ethical questions and issues as they relate to social work professional practice. Offered fall of alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 391: Field Work in Social Work

    Supervised field work in various social work institutions, agencies, and facilities in the local area. The course is especially structured for second- and third-year students who are exploring a major in Social Work. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 450A: Senior Seminar I

    A course which offers students enrolled in SOWK 491A (Generalist Practice in Social Work I) the opportunity to gather as a group for regular debriefings, reviews, and discussions of situations encountered in the field. Co-requisite: SOWK 491A. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour.

  • SOWK 450B: Senior Seminar II

    A course which offers students enrolled in SOWK 491B (Generalist Practice in Social Work II) the opportunity to gather as a group for regular debriefings, reviews, and discussions of situations encountered in the field. Co-requisite: SOWK 491B (Generalist Practice in Social Work II). Offered spring term each year. One semester hour.

  • SOWK 491A: Generalist Practice in Social Work I

    A course which teaches basic skills for generalist social work practice. Students examine the strengths and challenges in the contexts of individuals and their environments. This course helps students begin to craft skills in ethical decision making and networking, to identify and utilize all available resources, and to document services. Prerequisites: SOWK 370 (Social Welfare Policy and Services) and SOWK 380 (Social Work Ethics and Applications). Co-requisite: SOWK 450A (Senior Seminar I). Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 491B: Generalist Practice in Social Work II

    A course which allows students to continue building their skills in the practice and application of social work theory. The study emphasizes theories, methods, and techniques for multi-dimensional assessment, differential selection of interventions, and evaluation in work with diverse populations. Prerequisite: SOWK 491A. Co-requisite: SOWK 450B (Senior Seminar II). Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOWK 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing at an advanced level in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. One to three semester hours.

  • SOWK 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.

  • SOWK 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.

  • SOWK 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.

  • SPAN 111: Elementary Spanish I

    An introductory course that introduces students to effective communicative strategies and grammar necessary to speak about oneself, family, and daily schedule. Over the course of the semester students will develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills within a cultural context. Three class periods per week. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 112: Elementary Spanish II

    A continuation course of SPAN 111. An introductory course that will introduce students to effective communicative strategies and grammar necessary to speak about one’s daily routine, activities, habits, and tell stories in present and past tenses. Over the course of the semester students will develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills within a cultural context. Prerequisite: SPAN 111 or placement. Three class periods per week. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 211: Intermediate Spanish I

    A continuation course of SPAN 112. An intermediate language course designed to focus on communicative competency and cultural awareness to express ideas, opinions, and preferences in the future, conditional, and perfect tenses, as well as the subjunctive mood. Over the course of the semester students will develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills within a cultural context. Three class periods per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 112 or placement. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 212: Intermediate Conversation

    An intermediate language course designed to meet the goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Each unit will include a short film, a grammar review, and culture and literary readings. Three class periods per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or placement. Usually offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 301: Advanced Conversation and Reading

    An advanced language course designed to engage students in classroom discussion based on different historical and cultural contexts, and themes as presented in feature-length films, poetry, short stories, plays, and selections from novels. Students will develop high intermediate to advanced speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or 221 or placement. Offered alternation fall semesters. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 302: Advanced Composition and Grammar

    Intensive practice in the written target language with emphasis on vocabulary, syntax, and culture necessary for communication. Students will develop high intermediate to advanced speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or placement. Offered alternating spring semesters. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 311: Survey of Spanish Literature: Iberian

    An overview of the literature of Spain from the Middle Ages to the present. Selections from prominent authors of different periods and genres are read. Readings and discussions are in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 312: Survey of Spanish-American Literature

    An overview of the literature of Latin America from the Colonial Period to the present. Selections from prominent authors of different periods, genres, and countries are read. Readings and discussions are in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 401: Civilization and Culture of Spain

    A study of Spanish civilization and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Topics include geography, history, political and social structures, culture, and the arts. Readings, class discussion, and reports are in Spanish. Offered alternating fall semesters. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 402: Civilization & Culture of Latin America

    A study of Latin American civilization and culture from the ancient Indian civilizations to the present. Topics include geography, history, political and social structures, culture, and the arts. Readings, class discussions, and reports are in Spanish. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Offered alternating fall semesters. Three semester hours.

  • SPAN 490: Directed Studies

    A program of readings and conferences which provides for study of material not included in the regular course offerings. Available on demand. One to three semester hours.

  • SPAN 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, writing, and concentration in areas beyond regular course offerings. Topics vary from semester to semester. Available on demand. One to three semester hours per semester.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • SPAN 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.

  • THEA 110: Theatre Fundamentals

    An introduction of the foundations of text analysis for the stage, presenting common vocabulary and concepts of the theatre event as an art form and examining how theatre is created. Concentration is placed upon the understanding and appreciation of theatre in today’s society. Course offering to be announced. One semester hour.

  • THEA 130: Stagecraft

    An introduction to the basic principles of theatre production, including application of techniques, use of tools and equipment, and other materials associated with theatre production. Students are required to participate in some facet of technical work for the current semester’s theatre production(s). Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 141: Fundamentals of Voice/Stage Movement

    A survey course introducing the student to major vocal production and stage movement theorists as well as an introduction to stage dialects and stage combat. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 151: Introduction to Theatre

    An introduction of theatre as an art form directed toward the appreciation of the dramatic experience as a whole. Analysis of significant selected plays, an overview of theatre in its historical perspective and a survey of the collaborative process of theatre will be addressed in the course. Attendance to area productions and participation in some facet of work on the current semester’s production will be emphasized. Offered each fall semester. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 170: Alexander Technique

    Introduction to The Alexander Technique, a method of educating the body toward efficient use of the whole self through verbal, visual, and hands-on skills. Offered every term. One semester hour.

  • THEA 230: Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

    An introductory course in the basic elements and principles of theatrical design, including script analysis, research, and basic rendering and modeling techniques. Students will be required to participate in design work for the spring semester’s One Act Play Festival. Prerequisite: THEA 130 (Stagecraft) or equivalent. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 240: Stage Make-up

    An introduction to the basic techniques of stage makeup ranging from the application of personal enhancement, age, character, to special effects makeup. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 242: Fundamentals of Acting

    A study of techniques in acting. Class exercises are designed to develop relaxation, concentration, and improvisation skills. Audition techniques, monologue studies, and scene study are also emphasized. Cross-listed as COMM 242. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 256: Theatre Practicum

    An opportunity to gain experience in practical theatre work: acting, technical work, or directing. This course may be taken multiple times for up to 6 hours of credit. Offered every term. One to two semester hours.

  • THEA 275: Writing for Stage and Screen

    A studio course in writing for film or for the theatre. Students learn the basics principles of dramatic writing. Students study examples of dramatic writing, compose a critical paper on the film or stage play of their choice, and create an original short script. This course fulfills the screenwriting credit that is prerequisite for all production courses in the film program, and film students may develop scripts that can be produced in subsequent filmmaking courses. The course is offered as an elective for theatre and creative writing students. Cross listed with COMM 275. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 330: Advanced Theatrical Design

    An advanced course employing the elements and principles of theatrical design. Concentration will be placed on either scenic, lighting, and/or makeup design according to the individuals’ prerequisite fulfillment. Students will be required to participate in design work for the spring semester’s main stage production and/or One Act Play Festival. Prerequisite: THEA 130 Stagecraft and/or THEA 230 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design and/or THEA 240 Stage Make-up or equivalents and consent of instructor. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 340: Fundamentals of Directing

    A course emphasizing study of the various elements in the production of a play or a short film: theory, selection of play or screenplay, production, interpretation of the play or film, scene design, costumes, and make-up. The course culminates in the direction of a one-act play or short film for the public. This course is especially recommended for students preparing to supervise play or film production in the public schools. Prerequisites for film studies majors: COMM 270 and 323. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 345: Theatre for Young Audiences

    An opportunity to gain experience in touring theatre work. Approval of instructor is required. Every fall semester and odd year spring semester. One to three semester hours.

  • THEA 470: Dramatic Literature and Criticism

    A concentrated program of readings from 20th and 21st century playwrights which will serve to introduce the student to important dramatists. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 490: Theatre Performance Recital/Portfolio

    An individualized course of study to be determined by the student and an advisory committee. Performance students may do this in the form of an acting recital or final directing or playwriting project, while design oriented students may elect to do comprehensive work on preparing their design portfolio. Seniors only. Approval of chair is required. Three semester hours.

  • THEA 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. To be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • THEA 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.

  • THEA 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.

  • THEA 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.