Elective Course Descriptions

  • All courses are 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.

ACCT 231 Principles of Accounting I
An introduction to the concepts and principles involved in the preparation of financial reports for proprietorships and partnerships, including accrual accounting, customer receivables, inventories, plant assets, debt, and equity. This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of basic financial accounting concepts and an understanding of the economic events represented by the accounting process and financial statements. Prerequisite: MATH 099.

ACTA 337 Financial Accounting for Managers
An introduction to the concepts and principles involved in the preparation of financial reports including accrual accounting, customer receivables, inventories, plant assets, debt, equity and cash flow. The course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of basic financial accounting concepts and an understanding of the economic events represented by the accounting process and financial statements.

BIO 115  Environmental Science
Environmental Science is an introduction to biological and social issues affecting the environment.  Topics include energy resources; land conservation; ecosystem diversity and sustainability; soil, water and air quality management; climate change; and environmental policy.  A diversity of social, political, religious, and scientific viewpoints on environmental issues will be presented.  Of special emphasis will be a Christian perspective on responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.

BIB 115 Biblical Foundations 
This course, designed for students with minimal knowledge of the Bible, will explore basic issues related to the Bible‘s big story (metanarrative), origin (canonicity), trustworthiness (revelation and inspiration), and proper interpretation and application (hermeneutics).  If credit has already been earned for BIB 222 and/or BIB 224 this course may not be taken.

BUS 121 Introduction to Business
This course examines the core functions of business, introducing learners to management, accounting, economics, finance, and marketing. Through both formal academic and experiential training, learners are encouraged to determine if business is a calling on their life. In addition, this course explores the biblical basis for business and the free market, distinguishes between profit and greed, and establishes a biblical standard for ethical business decision-making.

BUS 135 Business Information Systems
This course will assist the student in developing proficiency in the application of word processing, spreadsheet, statistics, presentation and web design software.

BUS 210 Personal Finance
A study of important personal finance problems form a decision-making viewpoint; examination of the principles of spending, saving, borrowing, and investing; how to set personal Christian financial goals. Topics include budgeting, inflation, housing, insurance, taxation, banking and lending and investments. 

BUS 220 Global Issues in Business
This course is a study of the principles, theories, and current issues of business in a global environment. The student will learn a systematic, logical way of thinking about the context of conducting business in a global environment and a framework for analyzing business issues. The course involves reading and writing from leading texts, journals, and popular literature in the field of international business as well as considering the companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals impacting the field today.

BUS 243 Principles of Marketing
An introduction to marketing in relation to the business environment; involves a study from the conception of the idea for a good or service to its utilization by the consumer with emphasis on major decision areas (product, place, price, and promotion) and tools.

BUS 310 Team Management
Selected readings will offer students the opportunity to examine current topics and thought related to managing teams in the work environment.

BUSA 341 Employee Selection
Development and implementation of effective employee selection programs is a critical component in an organization’s success. As part of the process of selection this course will examine the differences between staffing and selection, recruitment, predictors of job performance, and measurements.  

BUSA 342 – Employee Benefits
An understanding of employee benefits programs and how they relate to human resource management and total rewards is important for managers who deal with human resource issues on a daily basis. This course will seek to strike a balance between academic thought and practical benefit administration examples providing students with a solid foundation for dealing with employee benefit issues and laws affecting benefits.
 
BUSA 343 - Performance Management
In today’s organization it is essential to establish systems and measures that develop motivated and productive employees. This course will explore how to get top employee performance by working toward a cooperative work environment and through goals-focused planning and appraisals.

BUSA 344 - Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining
The relationship between management and labor unions has historically played a major role, and continues to do so, in today’s business environment. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of this relationship. Topics covered will include labor agreements, collective bargaining, arbitration, and the rights and responsibilities of unions and management.  

BUSA 432 Statistics for Quality Management
An introduction to the basic statistical tools necessary for Total Quality Management (TQM) analysis. Discusses the role of TQM within the organization. Emphasis placed on collection and presentation of data, computation and use of averages, measures of dispersion, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and regression.

BUSA 448  International Business
An examination of international organizational structures and managerial processes; cultural, political, economic, and legal environments of global marketing.  World market patterns and international trade theory.

COMM 111 Introduction to Communication
A course designed to develop an understanding of the basic principles of speech communication and proficiency in their use. 

CT 114 Introduction to Christian Thought & Apologetics
This is an introductory course in philosophy and Christian apologetics which will introduce and examine issues of faith and reason and their impact on beliefs about man and God.  How do we know anything at all?  What is Truth?  What is the relationship between science and faith?  Different ways to defend beliefs from a Christian perspective will be examined and some cultural analysis and its impact on beliefs will be included.

ECFN 210 Introduction to Economics
This is an introductory course on economic theory. The course consists of two broad segments. Microeconomics analyzes the interactions of individual consumers (households) and producers (firms) in specific markets. Macroeconomics considers the national level, examining the determination of important national variables, such as the level and rate of growth of output (gross domestic product), the rate of inflation, the level of unemployment, flows of imports and exports, and the balance of trade.

ENG 109 College Writing I
This course focuses on the development of proficiency in writing through peer editing, revision, and instruction by the professor. Students will write a number of essays, one of which involves a short literary work, learning the skills required for a variety of writing modes.

ENG 110 College Writing II
Students will learn basic elements of critical thinking and the application of those elements to living in the contemporary world. Assignments include a major research paper on a controversial topic and a critical analysis of a topic originating in a major work of fiction. Prerequisite: ENG 109.

GS 100 Personal Effectiveness 
Assists students in identifying their own style and developing their ability for personal effectiveness as an adult  student. Students develop mission statements, principles, and goals, in preparation for coursework. Emphasis will be placed on assisting students in developing time-management techniques. 

HIS 112  Western Civilization II
A survey course with an emphasis on world geography studying modern civilizations 1660 to the present. (You do not need to have Western Civilization I prior to taking this course)

HIS 222 History of the United States II 
A survey course that includes the influence of geography in the historical development of the US. This course covers 1877 to present. (You do not need to have History of the United States I prior to taking this course)

MATH 116 Contemporary Mathematics 
Intended for students majoring in liberal arts disciplines not requiring additional study in mathematics.  Designed to stimulate mathematical thinking by looking at areas of mathematics not usually encountered in the high school curriculum with an emphasis on their applications in real life.  Topics include graph theory, logic, geometry, applications of exponents and logarithms, mathematics of social science, and coding theory.  Prerequisite:  MATH 099 or equivalent.

MGT 237 Principles of Management
A survey of management theory and practice with emphasis on the functional and task requirements of management. Specific topics include decision making, time management, planning, organizing, directing, motivating, and controlling.

MGT 441 Leadership and Managing Change
This course explores leadership traits, styles, roles, and responsibilities of successful leaders over time. This course seeks to determine the students’ individual leadership style and to promote the development of the servant leadership approach modeled by Christ. The course also deals with the practical issues of leading organizations through change and managing the day-to-day aspects of organizational change.

MGTA 430 Healthcare Administration
Techniques of management and leadership are examined. Emphasis is given to an overview of healthcare management and administration in day-to-day public and private sector healthcare systems.

MGTA 432 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Management
This is a comprehensive course to allow synthesis and application of concepts to a variety of healthcare topics related to organization and administration in health services. This is a comprehensive course to allow synthesis and application of concepts to a variety of healthcare topics related to organization and administration in health services.

MUS 210 Music Appreciation
A survey course designed to investigate the nature and role of music.  Emphasis on the elements of music, the characteristic styles of major historical periods, and the lives and works of key composers within the Western musical tradition. 

PHIL 211 Intro to Philosophy
A consideration of the basic areas of philosophy, with special attention given to metaphysics (e.g. existence of God), epistemology, and moral philosophies.

PHILA 314 Healthcare Ethics
Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings and discussion, especially as they relate to healthcare organizations. Emphasis is given to the development of a personal ethic for decision-making in the healthcare environment. 

PSY 111 General Psychology
Introduction to the general field of psychology. Emphasizes concepts helpful for understanding contemporary psychology and those basic to further study.