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Approved GEM Courses

These courses are offered fully online in either a 7- or 15-week format.

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GEM Course Offerings

Oral Communication

COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

A theoretical and contextual overview of the communication discipline, including concepts and models of communication; verbal and nonverbal messages; communication ethics; perception; and listening in public, interpersonal, group/team, and mass communication contexts. Incorporates research, preparation, critique, adaptation, and delivery of informative and persuasive messages in public presentations.

COMM 112 - Reasoned Discourse

Introduction to logical reasoning and the role of the advocate in a free society. Analysis of propositions, issues, arguments, evidence, fallacies of arguments, and various systems of reasoning. Preparation for and participation in activities designed to apply the principles of logical reasoning in the public forum.

COMM 231 - Public Speaking

Analysis of methods and techniques of message composition. Practice in the presentation of public speeches.

Written Communication

ENGL 101 - Writing and Rhetoric I

Introduction to critical reading and to writing processes, including invention, revision, and editing. Emphasis on writing thoughtful explorations of readings, observations, ideas, and experiences; developing the author’s voice and inventiveness; editing for style and conventions of standard usage.

ENGL 101P - Introduction to College Writing Plus

English 101 paired with a studio (lab) component. The studio is an intensive study of a variety of writing concepts and strategies designed to extend the English 101 curriculum. English 101P fulfills the graduation requirement for English 101.

ENGL 102 - Writing and Rhetoric II

An inquiry-based course that continues work with critical reading and writing processes and provides experiences with methods and genres of researched writing. Students will initiate research projects, gather information from a range of sources, and demonstrate they can write about that information purposefully, using appropriate documentation.


MATH 108 - Intermediate Algebra

Radicals, negative and rational exponents, completing the square, quadratic formula. Linear and quadratic inequalities (including absolute value); simple systems of equations and inequalities. Multiplication of polynomials; basic factorization techniques. Manipulation of rational expressions, compound fractions, rationalization of denominator (or numerator). Introduction to the concept of function, graphs of functions and equations. Introduction to exponential and logarithmic expressions.

MATH 123 - Math in Modern Society

Survey of quantitative reasoning topics including deductive and inductive reasoning, benchmarks, and sense of scale. Topics will be applied in a conceptual way to interpretation of graphical information, descriptive and inferential statistics, elementary probability, and exponential growth.

MATH 254 - Introduction to Statistics

Precalculus treatment of descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, correlation, introduction to probability. Emphasis on reasoning, problem-solving, communicating ideas, and applications to a wide variety of disciplines. Use of computer statistics packages and calculators to handle computations.

Social Science

ANTH 102 - Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to the descriptions, analysis, and explanations of the different ways of life, or cultures, through which human groups have adapted to their environments. Explanation of the nature and characteristics of culture as an adaptive mechanism for human survival.

ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Economics principles are used to analyze the aggregate performance of developed economies. Analysis is applied to domestic and international macroeconomic issues. The goals and problems of high employment, price stability, growth, and the balance of payments are analyzed. Monetary, fiscal, and other national policies are discussed.

POLS 101 - American National Government

Institutions and processes of the American political system, emphasizing social, ideological, and constitutional background.

PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology

Investigation of mental processes and behavior through the lens of the scientific method. This survey course draws from topics within the American Psychological Association’s five pillars of psychology: Pillar 1 Biological (Neuroscience, Sensation, Consciousness, Motivation); Pillar 2 Cognitive (Cognition, Memory, Perception); Pillar 3 Development (Learning, Life Span Development, Language); Pillar 4 Social and Personality (Social, Personality, Intelligence, Emotion, Multicultural, Gender); and Pillar 5 Mental and Physical Health (Abnormal, Health, Therapies).

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to groups, organizations, and societies, and their impact on human behavior. Emphasis is on sociological perspectives, concepts, methods, and applications in areas such as organization, socialization, inequality, institutions, intergroup relations, change, etc.


ART 100 - Introduction to Art (Spring Only)

An introduction to the basic language of Visual Art.

ENGL 175 - Literature and Ideas

An exploration of ideas in literature and other cultural texts. Topics will vary, and texts may include film, drama, new and interactive media, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, and other literary and cultural forms.

FILM 220 - Cinema, History and Aesthetics

Designed to provide knowledge of the development of motion pictures with attention given to the elements and qualities peculiar to cinema which give it validity as a unique and multi-cultural art form.

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to some major issues in metaphysics and epistemology, such as free will, the existence of God, the rationality of religious belief, the mind/body problem, personal identity, skepticism about external world, and the problem of induction.


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