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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions



Taxes 4 cr.

This course covers federal income taxation concepts and principles primarily for individuals and corporations. Income recognition, deductions, tax calculations, capital gains and losses and tax accounting methods are discussed for various tax reporting entities. Tax differences between corporations, individuals and flow-through entities are covered. Prerequisite: BUS 2203 or permission of instructor. 

Auditing 4 cr.

This course provides a strong conceptual and practical approach to auditing. Emphasis is placed on auditing theory, supplemented with practice work papers and discussions with selected representatives of the accounting profession. Prerequisite: ACC 3304. Fulfills X in LS Core.  

Environment, Ecology and Society  4 cr.

The course engages students to inquire the linkages between ecological systems, human systems and human perturbations of natural ecological systems.  Emphasis is placed on applied environmental issues that currently confront the planet. Students will also discuss the process of biological/ecological inquiry and the nature of science. This course will acquaint students with some of the social, economic, political, and ethical aspects of environmental problems following an introduction to the basic principles of ecology - the study of the interactions among organisms and their physical environment. The future of our society depends on whether Homo sapiens can learn to live in harmony with the global ecosystem so that it can support civilization. Knowing how the world ecosystem works permits more than knowledgeable participation in the great decisions of our day. Consideration will be given to alternative ways of organizing our society in accordance with sound ecological principles. Students will read several topical papers and conduct a semester-long investigation on an approved topic.  Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core (pending approval).  

Principles of Marketing  4 cr.

The marketing course introduces marketing as a functional area of a business enterprise. You will study numerous marketing concepts and functions, including the marketing concept, the marketing mix, buyer behavior, market segmentation, product position, and marketing research, all within a global context. Prerequisites: BUS 1100.

Managerial Finance  4 cr.

This course introduces the basics of a standard finance course. The goal is to provide a comfortable level of understanding of financial markets and securities for all business majors. The course will develop the financial skills and knowledge that will help them interact with the other functions of the firm to make good managerial decisions. The main topics included in the course are outlined under six main areas: (1) financial markets and institutions in a global environment; (2) financial ratios, budgeting, a firm’s pro forma financial statements, and cash flows determining firm value; (3) time value of money tools and concepts (compounding, discounting, annuities, and perpetuities); (4) relationship between risk and return; and (5) the basics of bond & stock valuation. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213. 

Operations Management  4 cr.

The course is designed to provide students majoring in business administration with an overview of the concepts, methodologies, and applications of operations management (OM). The focus of operations in the process of converting or transforming resources into products and services. The principal responsibilities of operations managers lie in making sound, cost-effective decisions that increase the productivity and competitiveness of both manufacturing and service organizations. The process of planning, implementing and monitoring the production allows operations managers to continuously improve in providing high quality goods and services at low cost thereby adding more value for the customer. Prerequisites: BUS 1100, BUS 0091, BUS 0092, BUS 0093, BUS 2203 & BUS 2213. Fulfills X in LS Core.  

Strategic Analysis and Decision Making 4 cr.

BUS 4402 is a capstone course that exposes students to issues that concern the firm as a whole. Through the use of “real-world” case studies and sophisticated practitioner journal articles, students will be called upon to grapple with such strategic issues as sizing up an organization’s standing in the marketplace, differentiating between winning and mediocre strategies, and spotting ways to improve a company’s strategy execution. In this course student teams will meet with the teaching team one hour per week to discuss their analysis of the assigned readings and cases. Prerequisite: BUS 3302.  Fulfills X in LS Core


TV/ Broadcast Journalism and the Art of Storytelling  4 cr.

Focus on the theories and practices of generating journalistic story ideas. Students will develop writing skills and study production techniques necessary for narrative journalism. Students will learn basic video and sound production techniques, and use multiple media resources to research, write, produce, edit, and narrate journalistic stories. Course participants will also learn how to incorporate digital video, archival material (audio, video, still photographs and even vinyl records) in the production of live broadcasts, narrative taped pieces for broadcast and other media platforms.


CSC 3950
Web Technologies  4 cr.

An introduction to the programming tools and skills required to build and maintain web applications. Topics include: the World Wide Web, the HTTP protocol, Web standards, HTML and XHTML, CSS, client-side programming using Javascript, server-side programming, an introduction to ASP.NET and database access through the Web. Prerequisite: CSC 2620. 


U.S. Economic History 4 cr.

Covers selected topics from the pre-colonial period to the end of the 19th century.  Includes the transformation of pre-colonialism, “native” economies, the economics of European colonialism, pre-Revolutionary self-subsistence and feudal agriculture, slavery and the slave trade, the transition to capitalism, industrialization (with special attention to the Merrimack Valley), the creation of a national market, and the rise of the labor movement.  Prerequisites:  ECO 1201.  Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement or H in LS Core

Foundations of Visual Arts   4 cr.

An approach to an understanding of art through the consideration of both fine art and practical objects, perception and visual communication, style and media, critical analysis. Slide/lecture. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills AL in LS Core. 



Introduction to College Writing 4 cr.

This course examines the rhetorical practices of college-level writing.  Emphasizes the interaction of writer, audience, language, purpose, and situation.  Fosters an understanding of the ways in which writing, thinking, and learning are related.  Sections limited to 15 students each.  Intensive concentration during the semester on the student’s own writing examined in class and in conference with the instructor.  Either WRT1050 or ENG 1050 satisfies the Institutional requirement in first year writing. Fulfills FYW in LS Core.  Cannot be taken in addition to ENG 1050.

Introduction to Human Disease 4 cr.

The course will offer an introduction to human disease appropriate for students of all majors. The human body is a masterpiece of art. The more one understands the functioning of the body, the greater appreciation one has for it. Disease states, the body’s natural attempts to right what is wrong and the compensatory actions involved will be discussed. The general mechanisms of disease as well as specific body systems will be discussed from a human-interest point of view.  The course focuses on basic medical concepts that are useful to every student and encourages them to become a medical advocate for themselves or for family members.  It is so important to understand doctors and your health care plan, to be able to ask important questions, and to know what questions to ask. In addition, the course will cover many diseases that are ‘in the news’ and allow the student to gain some knowledge and insight into the myths and facts surrounding these diseases. Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a STEM requirement in LS Core. 

Ethics and Social Responsibility   4 cr.    

Ethics and Social Responsibility provides students with opportunities to examine the meaning of business ethics and the social responsibility of business in light of the numerous high profile challenges that managers face in the current business environment.  Varying ethical approaches will be applied to ethical leadership and the management of conflicting values confronting business leaders on a daily basis.  The more global issue of balancing principles of good business with principles of ethical behavior in various cultures will be discussed.  Students will participate in a significant service-learning project in this course. Prerequisite:  Junior standing or permission. Fulfills E and X in LS Core.  

Legal Environment of Business 4 cr.

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the general framework of the legal environment in which twenty-first century business is expected to operate. The primary objective is to acquaint students with the many practical legal issues they should be cognizant of and are likely to encounter throughout their business careers. Class discussion will emphasize current court case decisions of the state and federal appellate courts and United States Supreme Court as appropriate. Students will appreciate how the law is integrated into the development of strategic business decisions. Primary course topics will be drawn from the following business law categories:

1) Government Regulation of Business and the Court System ; 2) The Law of Contracts, Sales and an Introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC); 3) The Law of Torts; Negligence, Strict Liability and Product Liability with some applications to Professional Responsibility;  4) The Law of Agency and Employment  and 5) Methods of Business Formation Including Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations and Special Business Forms.  Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission. 

Introductory Mathematics for Business  4 cr.

A one-semester course designed to develop algebraic and quantitative problem-solving skills. Students will use algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions as well as matrices and fundamental concepts of probability to solve applied problems selected primarily from the field of business. This course is not open to students who have credit for any math course numbered MTH 1115 or higher.  Fulfills Q in LS Core.  

Discrete Mathematics 4 cr.

An introduction to mathematics for first-year math majors exposing the student to a breadth of topics in the discipline while developing skills in written and oral communication of mathematical ideas, problem solving, and theorem proving. Topics include an introduction to number theory, logic, proofs, graph theory, combinatorics and discrete probability.  Satisfies a Mathematics/Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills Q and a STEM requirement in LS Core.

Introduction to Philosophy 4 cr.

A first course in philosophy focusing on classic questions that have stirred the perennial human quest for wisdom.  We will explore such questions as: Are humans free or determined? How do the mind and body interact?  Is ethics just relative to each person or society?  Should there be any limits to the political freedom of citizens?  Does God exist?  The course will introduce students to the methods and culture of philosophy: sympathetic understanding, critical analysis, fair argumentation, and a persistent desire to know the truth whatever it is.  The focus and questions covered will be determined by each instructor. Fulfills PHL in LS Core

Perspectives on the Good Life 4 cr.

Before it comes to an end, how shall I spend the life I have? What would make that life genuinely worth living? We will seek the guidance of many masters: East and West, ancient and modern, women and men and from diverse races. We have much to consider, but the main challenge for each of us is to shape a perspective we can each embrace as our own. What could be more important? Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a second institutional requirement in Philosophy if needed or a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfill E and W in LS Core. 

Introduction to Psychology 4 cr.

Provides students with a general overview, from a scientific standpoint, of this wide-ranging field. Explores major issues and concepts in the study of human behavior including biological foundations, perception, motivation, learning, developmental processes, personality, social factor, psychological disorders and therapy. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in psychology. This course provides a general overview of the wide-ranging field of psychology. Students will explore major concepts and issues in the study of human thinking, feeling and acting. These include biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world, what prompts people to act the way that they do, individual differences in behavior, social relations, the difference between normative and non-normative behavior, and approaches to therapy. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement  in LS core. 

Social Psychology 4 cr.

Emphasizes the centrality of social context in our psychological processes. Explores how people think about, influence and relate to each other.  Prerequisite: PSY1000. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core. 

Christianity in Context 4 cr.

As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core.

History of Christian Thought 4 cr.

An investigation of selected themes in the history of Christian thought and doctrine from the biblical period through the Middle Ages to the present time. Emphasis will be laid on how Christian thinkers, reacting to outside influences, developed doctrine from biblical and other sources. Discussion will include central doctrines such as the Trinity, Christ, sin and grace, etc.  Attention given to the way the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions reacted to the changing cultural situation, such as the Enlightenment and the rise of modern science. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills H in LS Core.

Introduction to Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness  4 cr.

This course is a survey of the discipline of health and fitness, including knowledge derived from performing physical activity, studying about physical activity, and professional practice centered in physical activity. It includes an analysis of the importance of health and wellness in daily life, the relationship between physical activity and the discipline of kinesiology, and the general effects of physical activity experiences. The course surveys the general knowledge base of the Health Science discipline as reflected in the major sub disciplines and reviews selected concepts in each, showing how they contribute to our understanding of the nature and importance of physical activity. The students will learn about the fitness components of wellness; flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, nutrition, weight management, and cancer. Fitness and other positive life style habits that lead to better health, improved quality of life, and total well-being will be discussed. Students will be responsible for developing a self-paced fitness program that will be followed for the duration of the semester.  In addition, the course introduces students to the general  and specific characteristics of the health and wellness professions. 

Sociology of the Family 4 cr.

This course provides an overview of the family as a major institution of society using a sociological perspective. The family is studied from both the macro and micro levels with special attention devoted to the significant transformations and changes the family is undergoing in its form and functions. The changing nature of the family is discussed in terms of its effects on us individually as well as the impact the changes are making in society.The objectives of this course are: (1) to introduce students to the essential concepts, theories, and research used in sociology to analyze the family; (2) to enhance the students’ understanding of the complexity of family life and how family experience is shaped by race, social class, gender, and culture; (3) to enable students to identify and examine sociologically relevant problems and issues within the contemporary family; and (4) to encourage critical thinking and writing skills that demonstrate the students’ abilities to understand and analyze social phenomena. Prerequisite: SOC 1001 or consent of the instructor. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.  

Social Class in America 4 cr.

The social class structure in America is examined in terms of differences in wealth, prestige, and power. What explanations have been given for the existence of social classes?  How have sociologists studied social class differences in the United States?  How important are these differences for our day to day lives?  What changes in our social class structure can we expect in the future?  Prerequisite:  SOC 1001 or consent of the instructor. Required for majors and minors. Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement.  Fulfills a SOSC requirement in LS Core.  

Introductory Spanish I 4 cr.

This course is offered for students with little or no background in Spanish.  Oral-aural Proficiency is acquired through speaking and role playing in class plus audio and visual practice outside of class, including mandatory language lab.  Students learn basic strategies for reading and writing in the language.  Fulfills FL in LS Core.  

U.S. Women’s History 4 cr.

An examination of the history of women in America.  It will include history prior to colonization, beyond and to the present.  A look at women’s roles in US Society and the intersection of class, culture and ethnicity in shaping women’s historical experiences across time. The course will examine the transformations and continuities in women’s lives as well as the political, social, economic and cultural factors that inspired, infused or inhibited women’s changing roles. This class also explores the ways in which race, class and ethnicity have operated to unite and divide disparate groups of women. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement.  Fulfills H and D in LS Core.  

Introduction to Composition Studies 4 cr.

This course examines different theoretical approaches that inform the field of Composition Studies.  Focus on current concepts and practices of composing with attention to their historical development.  Prerequisite: WRT 1050 or ENG 1050. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement or the Institutional Writing Intensive requirement.  Fulfills W in LS Core.