General Education 2019-03-22T13:03:40+00:00

General Education

General Education

Foundational courses required for every degree program

* With​ ​the​ ​approval​ ​of​ ​the​ ​advisor,​ ​certain​ ​courses​ ​under​ ​each​ ​component​ ​area​ ​may​ ​be substituted​ ​with​ ​an​ ​appropriate​ ​elective,​ ​directed​ ​study​ ​or​ ​other​ ​course.

An exploration of musical styles, socio-cultural background, and works of pioneering composers from the Middle Ages to the present day. Using basics of music, listening, research, and analysis of classical and popular European and American music. Emphasis on the development of the students’ aural skills and an appreciation of the creative process and artistic expressions.

A practical and historical introduction to solar system, stellar evolution, and formation of galaxies, stars and planets. Presents theories, principles and observations concerning the formation and evolution of the universe. Gives an overview of black holes, the big bang, dwarfs, neutron stars, string theory, and scientific progress towards understanding dark energy and dark matter.

Essential business information systems concepts, platforms, programming, and applications.  Covers basics of computer, databases, HTML, JavaScript, social media, and Internet content.  Students will develop applications using MS office, SQL, Access, spreadsheet modeling, and Website designing.

This course is a prerequisite for ASTR 111, ECON 211, ECON 212, and STAT 226.

Application of rhetorical theory and techniques for constructing, presenting, and evaluating public presentations, with emphasis on creativity, reasoning, evidence, organization, and delivery.

Use of strategic communication in business with a focus on oral communication (public presentations covering informative and persuasive; interviewing; decision-making; negotiation; and small group communication), and written communication (resume writing, case study of decision-making, and interview critiques).

Study of government fiscal and monetary policy tools to manage inflation, unemployment and growth. Covers national accounting system, aggregate demand and supply, and impact on macroeconomic variables affecting savings & investment, income & wealth, money & interest rates, credit & capital and international trade and exchange.

This course is a prerequisite for IDS 306.

Examination of fundamental concepts and tools for understanding the economic behavior of households, firms, and markets. Covers demand and supply, marginal analysis, production costs, profit maximization and pricing of resources.  Explains price and output decisions in various market structures. Applications of microeconomic analysis in addressing public, social, environmental and global issues and problems.

Survey course designed to introduce to the study of human communication. Students will be introduced to the wide range of topics in the field of communication, including intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication, public communication, and mediated communication.

The course develops effective academic writing skills, critical thinking ability, and rhetorical awareness. Focus is on the process of composing essays for a variety of purposes and audiences. Learning strategies include analyzing texts and using rhetorical devices to practice and improve academic writing skills.

This course is a prerequisite for COMM 225, COMM 259, ECON 211, ECON 212, ENGL 108, IDS 305, IDS 306, PHIL 101, PHIL 103, POSC 160, PSYC 101, and SOCY 101.

An intensive writing course focused on the academic writing process, information retrieval using research, new mediums and information technology. Development and presentation of effective academic arguments related to a unifying question or problem using current Modern Language Association style and citation format will be an emphasis of the course.

This course is a prerequisite for COMM 225, COMM 259, ECON 211, ECON 212, IDS 305, and IDS 306.

Survey of world history from the oldest known events to 1500 CE.  Chronologically and thematically examine the origins of civilizations, major economic, political, social, cultural, and technological trends and explore the impact of these trends on world societies.

A survey of the development of the institutions and society in the U.S. since the end of Reconstruction.  Introduces students to historical ways of thinking and applies historical perspective on constitutional development, politics, economics and religion.  Examination of the interplay of cultural diversity (and race) and conflict, reform, status of women, rapid change and development, westward expansion, immigration, urbanization, and the progression of the role of the U.S. as a world power.

An interdisciplinary course exploring the problems raised by, and the impact of technologies on global, social, and cultural institutions and relations and the effects on quality of life, personal safety & privacy, education & health, employment & productivity, social & ethical values, and behavioral conduct of groups, families and individuals.

Survey of comparative legal systems and laws affecting international e-commerce, international business transactions, foreign direct investment, international contract and sales, international intellectual property rights, methods of commercial dispute resolution, and examination of ethical considerations.

Algebraic concepts and applications of set operations, factoring, rational expressions, sequences and series, quadratic equations, exponents, radicals and mathematical systems (linear equations & inequalities, functions, graph, polynomials).

This course is a prerequisite for ASTR 111, ECON 211, MATH 210, MATH 211, PHYS 101, and STAT 226.

Treatment of real numbers, complex numbers, solving equations and inequalities, functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, trigonometry, trigonometric functions and their inverses, trigonometric identities, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series, binomial theorem, vectors, matrices, and limits.

This course is a prerequisite for MATH 210.

Brief Calculus is a semester long course that is part of the Business Major requirement at AUV, and it is designed to teach students the fundamental theories of Calculus. Students will learn the concepts of the derivative and the integral, see how they are connected by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and apply them to solve real world applications.

Survey of differential and integral calculus with applications, including derivatives, integrals and max-min problems. Univariate and bivariate differential calculus and optimization of algebraic functions that model business phenomena.  Applications of linear programming and dynamic programming, forecasting techniques, and select quantitative techniques such as PERT are covered.  For students of business and economics.

Introduction to major ideas and themes in philosophy.  Surveys the development of Western philosophy over time with emphasis on modern age.  Covers topics in the philosophy of religion, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics.

A survey of concepts and methods geared to the advancement of essential skills in critical thinking and methods of analyzing, evaluating, and constructing arguments.  Emphasis on logic and reasoning, sound argument, validity of statement, objectivity and impartiality, and appreciation of the value of applying these skills in academic and everyday life.

An overview of the principles of mechanics, waves and thermodynamics. Covers measurement, dynamics, impulse, momentum, work & energy, heat and temperature, oscillations, and fluids. Three hours of lecture and two hours of tutoring and field visits.

A survey of both theoretical and current policy issues in international political systems and review of various political ideologies and political processes and functioning.  Covers theories of liberalism, Marxism, regionalism, and the main global systems influencing the world in the 21st century.

A survey of the basic concepts, principles, theories, methods of investigation, and discoveries in psychology and its applications to human actions. Covers topics, such as perception, personality, cognition, emotions, human development, learning, thinking, memory, psychological disorders, biological bases of behavior, and behavior change.

An introduction to the scientific study of human society.  The basic concepts of family, culture and society and their interactions are studied and then used to analyze major social issues, such as diversity and inequality, socialization, social change, cooperation and conflict, social structure & organizations, and influence of social class and institutions.

An introduction to basic concepts, techniques, interpretation, and applications of data analysis, probability and statistics.  Covers descriptive statistics, probability, sampling and sampling distributions, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression analysis with practical applications to data analysis in various disciplines of study.