New Century College (NCLC)
New Century College
First Year Experience
110 Community of Learners (8:8:0) Develops essential college skills, particularly communication (reading, writing, speaking) for critical thinking and problem solving, information literacy, statistics, and probability. Issues such as transition to college life, cultural diversity, and personal freedom and responsibility are explored. Credit distribution: composition (3), communication (2), math/analytical reasoning (1), and information technology (2).
111 Composition, Communication and Community (7:7:0) Students study key skills for our information economy. They research original ideas and analyze critically the ideas of others. They also learn to communicate their conclusions through writing, speech, and the creative use of electronic media. Topics covered include writing to learn, information literacy, individual and small-group communication, and collaborative problem solving. Credit distribution: written communication, 3; oral communication, 2; quantitative reasoning, 1; and information technology, 2.
120 The Natural World (8:6:2) Designed for students pursuing a BA or BS in integrative studies in New Century College. Introduces worlds of science and mathematics. Students explore contemporary issues of public health and the environment, with a historical perspective and understanding of how scientists communicate ideas. Students will engage in debate, poster presentation, and group problem solving. Credit distribution: math/analytical reasoning (2), natural science (4), and communication (2).
121 Science, Mathematics, and Technology in Society (7:7:0) Building on skills developed in NCLC 110/111, designed for students pursuing a BA or BS in integrative studies within New Century College. Introduces natural sciences and their relation to mathematics. After building a knowledge base, students explore the natural world through contemporary issues. Discusses man and nature from biological, historical and contemporary viewpoints, while developing an understanding of how science develops and communicates ideas. Students learn to work in groups to solve problems and work through issues, then publicly present ideas through debates, posters and various written formats. Credit distribution: math/analytical reasoning (3), natural science (4).
130 The Social World (8:8:0) Designed for students pursuing a BA or BS in integrative studies in New Century College. Focuses on the social world and its cultural origins. Students investigate how that world is both model and mirror of social behavior. Students are encouraged to model objective and subjective thinking, analysis and synthesis, explanation, and understanding. Credit distribution: arts (2), humanities (2), and social sciences (4).
140 Self as Citizen (8:8:0) Designed for students pursuing a BA or BS in integrative studies within New Century College. Explores definitions of self and society in historical non-Western and Western contexts. Issues relating to the concepts of moral identity and cultural differences are covered using text, film, plays, social science research methods, and writing. Credit distribution: art (1), literature (3), and social sciences (4).
Learning Communities: Special Topics (3-15:3-15:0) Division II is composed of a variety of learning communities; each combining subjects usually taught in separate courses into a single course of study. Offering the equivalent of between 3 and 15 credits of undergraduate work, replaces the often fragmented classroom experience and integrates material from several perspectives. Credit is assigned for each learning community at the time it is offered.
194, 294, 394, 494, Service Learning Experience (1-15: 1-15:0) Service-learning courses offer students, faculty, and community partners opportunity to work together to integrate and apply knowledge to address community needs. Learning goals, action strategies, and assignments developed collaboratively. Students demonstrate progress through critical reflection that illustrates growth in acquiring and comprehending values, skills and knowledge content. Critical reflection may take the form of papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams.
195, 295, 395, 495, Field Based Work (1-15:1-15:0) Directed field studies in topic not otherwise available to students. Topics vary, but entire course or significant component is located off Mason campus. In addition to fieldwork, course may also include reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, portfolios, journals, and exams. Students bear costs of required field trips, and should consult Center for Field Studies for more information.
196, 296, 396, 496, Teaching Assistant Experience (1-6:1-6:0) Teaching assistantship and peer mentoring duties carried out through existing university programs such as Technology Assistants Program, Writing Tutors, and Residence Advisors. Also includes teaching assistantship arrangements for specific courses detailed in individualized course contract signed by instructor and student. In addition to peer mentoring/advising, course work may include logistical support, reading assignments, papers, presentations, and portfolios.
197, 297, 397, 497, Add-On Experiential Learning (1-3:1-3:0) Prerequisites: must also be enrolled in a learning community or experiential learning class to add this additional credit. For students who wish to add one or more experiential learning credit to existing experiential learning course or learning community. May also be used by students who wish to add an experiential learning component to course that provides no experiential learning credit (with permission of instructor) Unless experiential learning add-on requirements are spelled out in course syllabus, requirements for add-on experiential learning credit must be detailed in individualized course contract signed by instructor and student.
198, 298, 398, 498, Field Based Work (1-15:1-15:0) Experiential-based individualized studies, mentored by instructor. Topics decided by student and instructor, and approved by associate dean. Requirements must be detailed in individualized course contract signed by student, instructor, and associate dean. May include reading assignments, papers, journals, and portfolios.
200 Visual Thinking and the Creativity (4:3:1) Investigates modes of visual and textual creativity through art, literature, and variety of visual and textual forms. Through interdisciplinary approach to picturing text, provides opportunity to experiment with creative composition that includes visual elements; and with arts forms that include textual elements. Explores blocks to creativity, and provides understanding of how to evaluate and write about visual texts as well as how to produce documents that integrate words, images.
201 The World Since 1945 (3-15:3-15:0) Examines the history of the past 50 years to illuminate the contemporary world as well as build connections between the global and local. Using historical works, fiction, autobiographies, films, and daily newspapers, students explore such major events as the Cold War, the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the Vietnam War, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East. As a learning community, requires active student participation in group projects and discussions.
202 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (4:3:1) Combines process of learning to speak in front of audiences with analysis of arguments and persuasive appeals. Students learn how to create and present effective speeches, adapt messages to specific audiences, and evaluate and critique messages produced for others. One credit of experiential learning enables students to examine public speeches, news stories, political campaigns, and advertising, among others, to make meaningful connections between public speaking theory, practice.
204 Leadership Theory and Practice (3:3:1) Examines historical and contemporary leadership theories, analyzes various methods and styles of leadership while providing students with opportunity to better understand their leadership strengths, challenges.
211 Introduction to Conservation Studies (6:4:2) Provides foundation for the integrative study of environmental conservation. Formal and informal writing assignments and oral presentations designed to strengthen critical thinking and communication skills important to students who pursue conservation-related professions. Instructors encourage students to use course assignments and off-campus work to identify suitable educational and career paths within the conservation world.
220 Energy and Environment (3-15:3-15:0) Investigates current sources of energy, various modes of their utilization, and environmental effects. Offers an overview of the mechanical, physical, and chemical methodologies of energy use and delves into the biological, environmental, and ecological aspects of pollution-generating mechanisms.
225 Dean's Honor Book Review (1:1:0) Open to New Century College students admitted with a GPA of 3.30 or better. Considers the ways in which specific works such as books, dramas, works of art, or ideas have influenced the intellectual climate of their times and beyond.
226 Dean's Honors Seminar (1:1:0) Prerequisite: students must have entered New Century College with GPA of 3.30 or greater, or with 6 or more AP credits. Considers dynamic relationship of author or artist with cultural and intellectual climate of times and beyond. Broader question is how one helps create culture and is influenced by it.
230 Math and Culture (3-15:3-15:0) Focuses on mathematical problems and their emergence in different cultures and historical moments. Emphasizes interdisciplinary nature of the motivations for the development of mathematics and on the process of mathematical discovery. High degree of faculty/student interaction, which enables students to demonstrate, through the use of presentations and projects, their understanding and mastery of fundamental mathematical ideas and techniques and the role of mathematics in the development of human culture.
231 Introduction to Community Studies (4:3:1) Examines relationship between sustainable communities and democratic citizenship in a diverse society. The objectives are to improve one's understanding of and thinking critically about communities and democratic principles, theories and practice. Students will identify and work through problems that communities address by working in a community service-learning setting.
244 Beats, Rhyme, and Culture (4:3:1) Examines the history of hip-hop and the effect it has had on our society. The primary focus is to consider hip-hop as a medium of communication that impacts, represents, and misrepresents the life experiences of youth in the United States. Students are exposed to historical, socio-economic, and musical/aesthetic contexts of this genre through in-class activities, and by attending related cultural events.
245 Visual Culture and Society (4:3:1) Explores the role of visual culture in contemporary society including an examination of photography, the visual and performing arts, film and video, and electronic media. Readings focus on the historical foundations of visuality as well as theories of visual culture and aesthetics. Students investigate the ways that forms of visual culture function in society and how these are linked to race, class, and gender as well as politics and economics. Students will gain hands-on experience working with contemporary visual media tools such as computer graphics and digital video editing.
249 The Internet: Literacy, HTML Tools, and Virtual Community (3-15:3-15:01) Introduction to cyberspace, the Internet, and web. Students learn basic HTLM to create individual and collaborative web pages. In addition to using e-mail, students explore use of listserv, online discussion forums, and virtual communities. Assignments include collaborative and individual web pages, analytical and creative papers, and online research. One experiential credit is required in this class.
270 Page and Stage: Theory and Practice (3-15:3-15:0) In reading, writing, and performing plays and other literary texts, we discover our own ability to inhabit others' minds, live in others' bodies and see through others' eyes. Students investigate the metamorphosis of reader into actor and text into three-dimensional theater. How do writers use images, voices and structure to shape their material and reach out to an audience? How does the actor as detective follow a writer's clues to achieve a unique performance? Throughout the semester, students practice communicating those answers on page and stage.
275 Special Topics (3-15:3-15:0) Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. May be repeated for credit if subtitle is different.
300 Utopia (3-15:3-15:0) Examines utopian and dystopian literature, theory, and practice including Plato, Piercy, LeGuin, Robinson, and others. Examines how utopian dreams (and dystopian nightmares) have changed over time and how texts are designed to jostle readers' ideas about society and themselves. Students study several utopian experiments and visit a few local utopian communities.
301 Science in the News (3:3:0) Examination and discussion of the current trends in science as reported in the popular media. Students learn how to evaluate the science that is reported so they may become informed consumers; discuss how scientific advancement might shape society by looking at how science and society have changed together over time; and use examples from the past to discuss future trends.
304 Social Movements and Community Activism (4:3:1) Examines how citizens, individually and collectively, accomplish social change in society through case study analysis. Considers advantages, limits of social change strategies from communication and social movement theory perspectives. Surveys topics including how leaders maintain momentum in face of opposition; how movements, organizations use slogans, symbols, music to inspire followers; and how participants construct persuasive media campaigns and political arguments to facilitate policy change. One credit of experiential learning enables students to explore their role as social advocates and effective citizens in context of community.
305 Conflict Resolution and Transformation (6:6:0) Examines the nature and dynamics of conflict and ways to resolve and transform conflict. Experiential learning is used as the vehicle through which students explore their assumptions about communication and develop their skills for resolving interpersonal conflicts.
306 Our Common Futures (3-15:3-15:0) Students and faculty work together to model patterns of life that fit within the planet's ecological means. Involves the study of "environomics," introductions to urban systems and planning, and studio work to actually create models of alternative growth.
307 Narratives of Nature (6:3:3) Course begins with the individual's connection to the infinite, the cosmos, and ends in a microscopic examination of the behavior of the human animal. Looks at the fundamental questions relating to scientific thinking and writing.
308 American Landscapes in Fiction, Film, and History (6:4:2) Satisfies requirements for ENGL 302. Waterways and roadways have always had practical, spiritual significance for Americans. Course looks at American literary works and films in historical context to better understand the roles roads, rivers play in shaping physical, cultural landscape of United States. Students explore course themes outside classroom on weekend field trips, and conduct self-directed road trip as a main learning events.
310 Violence and Gender (3-15:3-15:0) Using nonfiction, research documentaries, oral histories, case studies, literature, feature films, music, dance, and visual arts, examines the dynamics of violence through different cultural lenses. Students work in university and community settings to integrate their academic experiences with practice.
311 The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (3-15:3-15:0) Investigates the biology of migration and its implications for science policy. Students consider the phenomenon of migration in the context of natural history, conservation, and cultural issues. The course includes several weekend trips for field study.
312 Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature and Film (3-15:3-15:0) Immerses students in the images of childhood through the media of literature, video, and poetry, with a strong emphasis on historical perspectives of childhood. The class is interactive, requires some work in groups, and requires classroom participation.
313 Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigration in 20th Century America (3-15:3-15:0) Examines immigration experience as historical reality, culture. Through explorations of historical and contemporary discourse of immigration in United States, illuminates connections between current-day events, and ideas and policies that inform them.
315 Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (6:6:0) Examines dimensions of spirituality, including peace-making efforts in large-scale conflicts, conflicts within faith communities, and interpersonal disputes. Experiential learning explores spiritually informed resolution.
317 Issues in Family Relationships (4:3:1) Prerequisite: 55 credits. Dynamics of family systems and issues that shape relationships among family members. How families evolve as members grow, leave, and create related family systems; family roles and forms; and communication patterns, decision-making, conflict, stress, and power. Content draws from family communication, family relations, psychology, and counseling. Lecture, discussion, observation, analysis, research, and role-playing. One credit counts for experiential learning; students complete 45 credits of course-related work outside classroom.
318 Exploring Virginia's Watersheds (4:4:0) Prerequisites: HIST 120, 121, 122, or equivalent; and EVPP 110 or GEOG 102 or GEOL 109 or NCLC 120. Comprehensive overview of history, geography, economics, and management of water resources in Virginia; and how rapidly growing population has measurably degraded resource. Includes one weekend field trip.
319 An Endangered Earth (3-6:3-6:0) Introduces issues and problems raised by science in the public policy process, especially the inherent tension between the tenets of a democratic society and scientific community. Using environmental policy problems, course is structured to prepare students to ask intelligent and useful questions about the science and politics of particular public policy issues, understand where they might go to find information for developing options, and develop criteria by which they can evaluate these ideas.
320 Construction of Differences; Race, Class, and Gender (3-15:3-15:0) Investigates race, sex, sexual orientation, and social class in contemporary American society. Examines commonalities in the construction of these categories and experiences of those who occupy them.
321 Vision Quest: Modeling the Natural World Using Art, Computer Programs, and Science (3-15:3-15:0) Imparts concepts of science in a visual, auditory, and kinetic fashion. Uses simulation programs, modeling the natural world to help students understand the principles and mysteries of science.
325 Dean's Honor Book Review (1:1:0) Open to New Century College students who have had a previous semester GPA of 3.30 or better and at least 30 college credits. Focuses on classical philosophers and artists and the impact of their works for contemporary times. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
326 Dean's Honors Seminar (1:1:0) Prerequisite: overall GPA of 3.30 or greater while in New Century College. Focuses on a variety of topics of interest ranging from book and film reviews to development of special events and symposiums. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
330 Enterprise Development (3-15:3-15:0) Prepares students for enterprise development in diverse environments by examining the spectrum of sociocultural, organizational, behavioral, strategic, and management factors that impact enterprise creation. Instructional method is interactive, using case studies, scenarios, role playing, guest speakers, and student-driven semester projects to link theory to practice.
331 The Nonprofit Sector (4:3:1) Readings, classroom discussions and activities, and practical experience reveal historical, legal, and socioeconomic forces that define and influence the American nonprofit sector. Explores structures, issues that affect nonprofit management, governing, and financial systems. Includes 1 experiential learning credit.
333 The Nature of Mathematics (3:3:0) Prerequisites: performance on Math Placement Exam equivalent to requirements for entrance to math, successful completion of algebra program in mathematics learning center, or any mathematics course that fulfills university's general education requirement in quantitative reasoning; and permission of instructor. May be taken even after credit for MATH 106 or equivalent has been received. Sections include theoretical framework, historical context, connections with some other disciplines, and current issues. The sections are illustrated with selected mathematics topics (more advanced algebra and geometry plus introductions to set theory, probability, calculus, and number theory) Student presentations (in pairs) on what they have read and learned in mathematics, and result of optional experiential learning component of the course. Enrollment in NCLC 395 Experiential Learning is optional for at least 1 credit.
335 Ethics, Communication, and Freedom (3-15:3-15:0) Prerequisites: sophomore standing and 3 credits each of communication and philosophy; or permission of instructor. Students examine ethical principles, discuss some underlying bases for these principles, and work to understand how such principles are experienced and can be applied in a free society. Focus is on examining potential conflicts between ethics and the freedoms believed essential to a healthy democratic society. Cases drawn from sports, medicine, media, politics, and business.
336 Wealth, Power, and Values (3-15:3-15:0) Investigates political, economic, social, industrial, and diplomatic sources of wealth, values, and power at the end of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Includes lecture, discussion, debate, and experiential learning, with emphasis on individual research projects.
337 Politics, the Arts, and History (9:9:0) Students taking this learning community receive opportunities to see how major musicians, composers, studio artists, dramatists, writers, architects, and dancers confront political issues and historical events. Students are required to attend several museum exhibitions or performances.
340 Progress: Can America Figure Out What It Means? (3-15:3-15:0) Explores our land, the built and the left natural, as valued and sacred. Challenges students as developers and environmentalists, as citizens and business persons, to strive for a win-win scenario.
341 Progress: Washington-the New Edge City? (3-15: 3-15:0) NCLC 340 investigates how the city, both the good parts and the bad parts, came to be. This course investigates what we might do about the situation. Requires active engagement of the students in research and discussion. Collective field work and class field trips both semesters. Students may take either Part I or Part II of this course but are encouraged to take both.
343/ENGL 343 Interactive Digital Texts (3:3:0) Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent. Writing-intensive course devoted to critical reading of new media texts, and to creation of technology-enriched texts in a variety of rhetorical genres targeted to specific audiences. Includes analysis of text embedded within technology-enhanced writing and that which surrounds this emerging medium. Critical reading and interpretive skills, historical and theoretical contexts for development of contemporary textual media. Allows students to explore critically such genres and gain command of a new rhetorical field for academic, educational, informational, technical, and business communication.
345 Introduction to Multimedia (3-15:3-15:0) Technological, aesthetic, and educational issues of using interactive multimedia. Topics include theoretical underpinnings of some technological issues involved in multimedia computing as well as techniques for authoring interactive multimedia projects using a variety of digital media tools.
346 Art As Social Action (4:3:1) This learning community explores historical record to understand different ways art has been produced, distributed, and consumed. Examines ways artists have affected change in their worlds. Through interdisciplinary studies, teaches major social movements, and artists and theories used in socially engaged art. Students engage in experiential learning outside classroom as course requirement.
348 Information in the Digital Age (6:3:3) Prerequisite: NCLC 249. Examines how purpose and function relate to form, and how digital material can attract or hinder audience responsiveness. Unique concerns of copyright, security, and privacy in a digital environment are considered. By looking at significant social, cultural, ethical, business, and economic consequences of the digital age, students gain hands-on experience in working with and assessing digital information.
349 Writing for Multimedia (4:3:1) Looks at how literary traditions of 20th century meet the cybercultures of 21st century. Workshop course exploring writing tasks facing multimedia professional, whether as a concept and storywriter, a producer, or as a hands-on creator of multimedia presentations and narratives. Students practice creative and project-focused writing. Scripting interactivity is a key component of both kinds of multimedia writing; class time is spent working on the skills and concepts needed to creatively communicate interactively.
350 Cyberculture (6:6:0) Prerequisite: NCLC 249, or permission of instructor. Research and write reports about ethical, social, educational, and cultural dynamics of online communities. Students examine who forms and has access to these communities, various types of communities, how people represent themselves online, electronic mediums they use, how technology shapes human interactions, and vice versa. Extensive online discussion component, and students post their work on the web. Student groups create a cyberculture web site as the final project. Students expected to know basic web publishing.
360 The Built Environment (3-15:3-15:0) Examines, records, and interprets objects, structures, and landscapes that compose our built environment. Draws on the fields of historical archaeology, architectural history, and urban geography, and employs photography, cartography, and evocative writing to represent the material world we inhabit. Builds on study of one neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, and expands to entire metropolitan area.
361 Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (3-15: 3-15:0) Examines processes of neighborhood formation and transformation in the context of urbanism, suburbanism, immigration, and transmigration. Students explore the history and meaning of neighborhoods in the Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
375 Special Topics (3-15:3-15:0) Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. May be repeated for credit if subtitle is different.
378 Medicine, Justice, and Public Policy (3:3:0) Explores formation of public policy relating to several key issues in medicine. Students examine basic theories of justice and public policy formation and apply these to contemporary issues in the field of medicine. The goal is to examine how current policy on these issues was established and to example major stakeholders in the debate. This course involves some traditional lecture and discussion classes, but also features participative learning through group work and web-based discussions.
379 Cancer and Its Social Impact (4:3:1) Prerequisite: 60 credits, or permission of instructor. Introduces epidemiology and biological basis for treatment and prevention of cancer. Students consider the social impact of cancer by looking at how patients and families cope with the disease. A portion of the learning community focuses on working with and learning from people living with cancer. Designed for biology and premedical students as well as nonscience majors interested in connecting the physiology of health and disease to the human spirit.
381 When Cultural Worlds Collide (3-15:3-15:0) Explores what happens when "civilization" encounters "the jungle" by reading, writing, discussing, and viewing written and filmed works dealing with contacts between cultures with colliding world views. Literature (from Conrad's The Heart of Darkness to Shakespeare's The Tempest to Burrough's Tarzan), news articles, radio broadcasts, web home pages, art exhibits, and many film and video presentations provide the basis for in- and out-of-class activities.
391 Introduction to Integrative Studies (3:3:0) Students may not enroll in this course after completing 12 or more learning community credits, or simultaneously with or after completing NCLC 491. Describes key components of the Integrative Studies Program in New Century College. Students prepare for active participation as a community of learners; to develop skills in reflective learning and self-assessment; and to identify areas of intellectual and professional interests, values and skills so that students may take greater advantage of opportunities in NCC. As a learning community, this course fosters group collaboration, intensive writing, and reflective learning.
401 Conservation Biology (3-15:3-15:0) Prerequisite: junior standing. or permission of instructor. Provides students with a working knowledge of conservation biology. Integrates the study of social, economic, and political factors with biodiversity, population modeling, habitat degradation, and management issues. Students confront the leading edge of this exciting field by developing real species conservation plans. The experiential learning component of the course will include trips to the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, to study with nationally known experts.
410 Contemporary Health Issues (3-15:3-15:0) Looks at a variety of health and health care issues. Examines several of the major health concerns of women and, to a lesser degree, men. Also explores the biology and medical implications of these diseases and how our society deals with potential life-altering information. Examines who is making the decisions on the allocation of research funds and prevention of diseases.
420 Work Effectiveness Skills (3-15:3-15:0) Develops a variety of work-readiness skills needed to become successful in both local and global marketplaces. Topics and skills covered include communication, problem solving in the business setting, workplace ethics, listening skills, how to influence others, building team project rapport, and meeting effectiveness skills.
422 An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy (3-15:3-15:0) Takes an experiential approach to the study of American foreign policy. Through case studies, discussions, group projects, and directed research, students learn how foreign policy is made and executed and how they as citizens, activists, or officials can influence national decisions.
423 Management in the Global Marketplace (6:6:0) Experiential approach to the study of global management and organizational behavior. Through exercises, case studies, discussions, group projects, and individual research and essays, students learn the principles of effective management as they apply to modern global organizations, whether public, private, or nonprofit.
424 Force and Justice in the International System (3-15:3-15:0) Examines ethical dimensions of war and peace, human rights, and international justice. During the first seven weeks of the semester, students explore these issues in a classroom setting, followed by a seven-week, off-campus internship, and an integrating project, monitored by instructor. The class meets again as a group in the last week of the semester to share and consolidate the learning experience.
426 Dean's Honors Research/Thesis (3:3:0) Research related to an aspect of your specialization or BIS Project. Course will require analysis, quantitative interpretation, and a minimum 15-page thesis to be presented in written and oral form.
431 Principles of Fundraising (4:3:1) Prerequisite or corequisite: NCLC 331. Examines history of philanthropy and public policy, economic and legal frameworks that shape it. Combining theory and practice, students study human behavior, communications, and management systems that are hallmarks of successful fundraising, and begin to develop skills to generate donations, foundation grants, and other unearned revenue for a nonprofit organization. Includes 1 experiential learning credit.
435 Leadership in a Changing Environment (4:3:1) Prerequisite: 60 credits. Explores the basic framework for change management. It examines leadership styles focusing on historical, philosophical, and industrial examples, as well as personal change stories. Students learn about the diverse nature of leadership, explore historical perspectives on leadership, and interview business and community leaders to understand strategies for change.
440 Death, Dying, and Decision Making (3:3:0) Prerequisites: 60 credits, or permission of instructor. Inter-disciplinary examination of clinical care of dying persons along with psychosocial issues related to processes of death and dying. Special emphasis on application of ethical principles in resolving complex problems for individuals with life-threatening illnesses and their families as care givers or decision makers. Students consider the changing norms and mores surrounding end-of-life decisions and explore the care available to terminally ill patients.
441 AIDS: Impact on Society (variable 3-15:3-15:0) In-depth understanding of the medical, legal, and psychosocial factors surrounding HIV disease. Provides conceptual framework of current issues to become better prepared to deal with the emerging challenges posed by AIDS. Students may take this course for 5 credits and work with the Center for Service-Learning to develop internship or experiential learning project involving impact of AIDS in our society.
445 Multimedia Design (5:4:1) Prerequisite: NCLC 345, or permission of instructor. Technological, aesthetic, and educational issues of using interactive multimedia. Topics include theory and practice, integration of digital media, interface and navigation studies, and technical constraints on design.
449 Multimedia Research and Project Development (4:3:1) Prerequisite: NCLC 345, or permission of instructor. Provides a solid background in multimedia research and concept development from a scientific yet practical point of view. Students gain a full understanding of the computer-based principles behind multimedia and appreciate the symbiotic relationship between the two. Students also learn about the life cycle of development for a multimedia application including what constitutes a good idea, usability testing, and copyright issues.
475 Special Topics (3-15:3-15:0) Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. May be repeated for credit if subtitle is different.
490 Internship See Division III Courses.
491 The Senior Capstone Experience (3:3:0) Should be taken semester before graduation; 85 credits required. Graduation requirement for integrative studies students. Students complete final NCC portfolio and senior exposition. Provides information on issues of professional development (interviewing skills, resume development, career strategies, alumni opportunities).
510 Institutional Records Keeping (3:3:1) Explores theory and mechanics of animal records keeping at zoological and aquarium institutions and how AZA, ISIS, SSPs®, TAGs, PMPs, WCMC, studbooks, and animal records collected in the ISIS database combine forces to manage captive populations.
511 Career Development (3:3:1) Prerequisite: PUAD 505 or permission of instructor. Focuses on traditional and industry-specific nonprofit management topics ranging from marketing to education. It is one of a series of three management courses for MAIS ZAL students.
512 Organizational Development (3:3:1) Prerequisite: NCLC 511. Covers traditional zoo and aquarium organization topics, strategic planning, human resources, leadership styles, crisis management, and personal ethics. It is one of a series of three management courses for MAIS ZAL students.
513 Population Management I: Data Acquisition and Processing (3:3:1) Prerequisite: Admission to MAIS ZAL program or permission of instructor. Teaches students to use SPARKS software and collect, process, and enter data into the studbook computer software program to manage captive populations in zoos and aquariums. Introduces principles of captive population management and genetics.
514 Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breedding Recommendations (3:3:1) Prerequisite: NCLC 513. Educates students to be competent population managers with the ability to manage the genetic health of captive populations in zoos and aquariums.
520 Conservation Education (3:3:1) Prerequisite: Admission to MAIS ZAL program or permission of instructor. Provides students with a comprehensive view of best practice and an understanding of pedagogical reform necessary to provide excellence in modern zoo and aquarium education. Focuses on public education and K-12 program development.
522 Developing an Institutional In Situ Conservation Strategy (3:3:1) Prerequisite: Admission to MAIS ZAL program or permission of instructor. Educates students about the process and disciplines necessary to facilitate the professional development of an institutional in situ conservation strategy. Teaches the students key components of a successful institutional conservation strategy. Presents model for strategy development that can be used as a guide to develop institutionally specific strategies.
523 Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs (3:3:1) Prerequisite: Admission to MAIS ZAL program or permission of instructor. Focuses on the study of animal behavior, exhibit enrichment, training, and animal welfare in modern zoos and aquariums. Topics include history, philosophy, and theory of animal welfare and husbandry planning.
531 Principles of Elephant Management (3:3:1) Prerequisite: Admission to the MAIS ZAL program or permission of instructor. This course is designed to train students to be competent elephant managers through understanding and application of behavioral science, reproductive physiology, population genetics, and conflict resolution.
625 Online Library Research for the Zoo and Aquarium Professional (3:3:0) Examines technologies such as full-text databases, open access publishing, and websites. Develops an understanding of expectations of the scientific method and ethical conduct among zoo and aquarium professionals. Covers case studies of appropriate conduct including peer review, allocation of credit, animal welfare, and conservation education. Students review cases, conduct independent research, and draw on their own professional experiences to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate process and moral behavior.
Independent and Experiential Learning
165, 265, 365, 465 Independent Study (1-12:1-12:1-12) Prerequisite: permission of instructor and dean. Individualized section form required. Study of a topic not otherwise available to the student. May involve any combination of reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, papers, presentations, or field/laboratory study (determined in consultation with instructor) Students are encouraged to work as a team on a particular topic. Maximum 12 credits can be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
190, 290, 390, 490 Internship (1-6:0:1-6) Prerequisite: sophomore standing, and permission of instructor. Internship credit may be applied to 12 credits required in experiential learning. Students may take no more than 6 credits in any one semester, unless approved by director of integrative studies or associate dean. Structured and supervised professional experience, within an approved agency, for which the student earns academic credit. The primary purpose of an internship is to connect the student's academic course work to experiences and challenges outside the university classroom. The faculty also expects that students will enhance their competencies and skills and explore career options.
195, 295, 395, 495, 595 Experiential Learning (1-18: 1-18:0) Prerequisite: minimum 12 credits of experiential learning, including internships, required for BA/BS in integrative studies, with maximum 24 credits toward fulfilling graduation requirements. Students enrolled in BA or BS program required to participate in equivalent of at least 12 hours of course work devoted to experiential learning. Experiential learning sites may change each semester to include study abroad programs, internships, and community service learning opportunities. Students should complete learning contracts for each experiential learning activity undertaken.