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Communication 111

Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr)

Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.

Communication 304 

Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr) 

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118 or 236 or consent of instructor.


Communication 318

Intercultural Communication (3 cr) (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118, 236 and 368 or consent of instructor.

Communication 380

Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies (3 cr)

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners' organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today's organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication. 

Prerequisites: Comm. 111 or Comm. 112 or consent of instructor.

Communication 416

Managerial Communication (3 cr)

This course explores fundamental aspects of managerial communication by focusing on how to ensure the effectiveness of management messages and interactions in a variety of organizational contexts and in terms of typical challenges managers face. 

Prerequisites: Communication 280 or Communication 380 & Communication 368 or consent of instructor.


English 309

Advanced Composition for Business (3 cr) (EN)

An advanced composition course for Business majors, designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to business. Attention is also given to business communications such as correspondence, reports, and resumes. Required of Business majors. 

Prerequisite: 45 credits including WBIS 188, Eng. 101, 110, 202 or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 credits Advanced Comp per semester. English 309 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 310, 316, 317, 318, 321 or 389.


Liberal Studies 209

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 cr)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Liberal Studies or Bachelor of Applied Studies.


Liberal Studies 230

Introduction to Leadership (3 cr)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities. 

Prerequisite:  concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 315

Managing People at Work (3 cr)

Examines the human resource management component of the management process. The course includes both theory and application related to effectively managing individuals in their work roles. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.



Liberal Studies 335

Transformative Leadership (3 cr)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate, and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn.  In this course, learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches.  Through a combination of inventories, reflection, and experiential activities, learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 336

Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 cr)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success.  Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent. 

Liberal Studies 337

Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 cr)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 338

Mentoring and Development (3 cr)

This course will examine the principles and techniques of effective mentoring, the mentor as a change agent within  the organizational entity and the impact mentoring programs have in organizational settings overall. Students will examine and critically analyze their own mentoring experiences as well as the content of existing programs, and propose recommendations on how to develop or enhance a mentoring culture in a given organization. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent; and Communication 111.


Liberal Studies 351

Occupational Safety and Health 

This course will provide the student with basic understanding of occupational safety and health in the workplace, as it relates to emergency services. Topics covered include historical perspectives, setting up safety and health programs and looking at risk management as a tool for reducing injuries and line of duty deaths. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to take the NFPA Pro-Board Certification exams for the Incident Safety Officer and Health and Safety Officer, administration by the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association. 

Prerequisite: Lib Stds 209; restricted to FERM major.


Liberal Studies 410

Capstone Seminar (3 cr) 

Designed as a culminating or "capstone" learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses. 

Prerequisite: Department consent.


Liberal Studies 463

Budgeting & Bookkeeping for Program Managers (3 cr)

This course provides the students with an opportunity to learn the basics of budgeting and bookkeeping. The course of study will help prepare program and profit center managers to develop and manage their budgets and expenditures. They will also have the opportunity to learn to use accounting information and make monetary and financial decisions. The relationship between organizations, the national economy and monetary decisions will also be discussed. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also, Lib Stds 315, Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 466

Applied Data Gathering and Analysis (3 cr)

Using data effectively in the workplace: the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for decision-making and problem solving within organizations. Topics include question posing, qualitative data gathering and analysis, qualitative data gathering and analysis, descriptive statistics, beginning inferential statistics, feasibility techniques, and process analysis. This course will use an extensive series of cases and problems and conclude with student projects that demonstrate an ability to take a problem from inquiry and data gathering, through analysis and solution identification, to formal presentation. 

Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.


Math 109

Elementary Statistics (3 cr) (MA) (14 weeks)

Descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, sampling distributions, basic problems of statistical inference including estimation and confidence intervals, test of hypothesis and regression. 

Prerequisites: Math 103 with a grade of C of better or placement.


Nursing 408

Management of Emergency Medical Services (3 cr)

This theory course focuses on the role of the professional fire and emergency manager as coordinator and member of the profession. Emphasis is on facilitating lifelong learning and enhancing the qualities of mind and character that are necessary to act in the public interest. Ethics and legal issues in fire and emergency management are included throughout the course as well as the theories of leadership, decision-making, change, and the advocacy process.


Public Administration 221

Introduction to Public Administration (3 cr) (SS)

Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.


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