Spring 2018

  • Computer Science 492-01:  Spring Senior Seminar
  • Environmental Studies 311-01:  Food, Poverty and Place
  • History 204-01:  Introduction to Historical Methodology
  • International Business and Management 100-01:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 100-02:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 100-03:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 300-01:  Human Resources Management
  • International Business and Management 300-05:  Organizational Development and Training
  • International Business and Management 300-06:  Social Impact Through Communication and Storytelling
  • International Business and Management 400-01:  Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
  • International Business and Management 400-02:  Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
  • Physics 114-01:  Climate Change and Renewable Energies
  • Theatre and Dance 319-01:  Dramaturgy
  • Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies 300-02: Research Methods in Gender and Sexuality 

Fall 2017

  • Computer Science 491-01:  Fall Senior Seminar
  • Health Studies 400-01:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
  • Health Studies 400-02:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
  • International Business and Management 100-01:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 100-02:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 100-03:  Fundamentals of Business
  • International Business and Management 300-03:  Comparative Business Ethics
  • International Business and Management 300-07:  Comparative Business Ethics
  • International Studies 401-01: Globalization, Sustainability and Security: Whole of Society Approaches
  • Psychology 165-01:  Psychopathology
  • Religion 121:01:  Hinduism
  • Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship 400-01:  Senior Seminar in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sociology 230-01:  Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Spanish 239-01:  Spanish for the Heath Professions
  • Sustainability 550-01:  Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal

SPRING 2018 SERVICE LEARNING AND COMMUNITY BASED RESEARCH

Computer Science 492-01:  Spring Senior Seminar
Instructor:  
Grant William Braught

A continuation of the project begun in 491 culminating in a written thesis and public presentation. Additional contemporary issues in computer science may be considered. Prerequisite: 491. Offered every spring.

Environmental Studies 311-01:  Food, Poverty and Place
Instructor:  
Heather CP Bedi

An interdisciplinary course on special environmental studies topics to be offered on the basis of faculty interest, need, and demand. Recent topics have included loss of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, forests, air pollution, and climate change. 
No laboratory. Prerequisite: Dependent upon topic or permission of the instructor.

History 204-01:  Introduction to Historical Methodology
Instructor:  
Jeremy R Ball

Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing.
Prerequisite: one previous course in history. 

International Business and Management 100-01:  Fundamentals of Business
Instructor:  Sherry Y Ritchey

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.

International Business and Management 100-02:  Fundamentals of Business
Instructor:  Sherry Y Ritchey

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.

International Business and Management 100-03:  Fundamentals of Buisness
Instructor:  C Helen Takacs

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.

International Business and Management 300-01:  Human Resources Management
Instructor:  Steven J Riccio

TAUGHT AS A GLOBALLY INTEGRATED COURSE Sustained organizational success is directly related to the effective management of human resources. Leaders widely acknowledge the challenges associated with developing this competency, particularly from a global perspective. This course will examine human resource practices that organizations face regularly while attempting to remain competitive in the current global economy. These include strategic initiatives such as: • Human Resource Planning • Employment Law • Workplace Diversity • Employee / Career Development • Performance Management • Compensation and Benefits • Organizational Health and Wellness • Global Human Resources This course will be interactive providing students with real-life activities including case studies, assessments, and a variety of application exercises. It is important throughout the course to examine each topic from the perspective of a human resource professional and operational manager. Learning Outcomes After completing all of the required components of this course, students will be able to: 1. Identify the value of the human resource function within the organizational structure. 2. Recognize how a successful partnership between organizational management and human resources can yield an empowered, motivated workforce. 3. Give examples of harassment and discrimination in the workplace while appreciating the vital role supervisors must exercise within the organization. 4. Compare and contrast human resource management practices in the United States and other countries. 5. Outline techniques that support the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified, well-diverse workforce. 6. Design a compensation model that supports the strategic goals of an organization. 7. Determine appropriate methods to address employee relations issues from both a performance and legal perspective.

International Business and Management 300-05:  Organizational Development and Training
Instructor:  Steven J Riccio

In this course, students will learn how to think strategically about how training and development aligns with a global business context. This includes identifying training and development needs through various assessment methods, analyzing jobs and tasks to determine training and development objectives, and Design effective training and development programs using different techniques and approaches. Through practical application, students will Implement a variety of different training and development activities including classroom and virtual spaces and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of training and development programs.

International Business and Management 300-06:  Social Impact Through Communication and Storytelling
Instructor:  Sherry Y Ritchey

Through the creation of storytelling students will develop social impact strategies for clients in both the non-profit and for-profit sections of our local community and national arenas focusing on healthcare, business, and community conflict areas. Students will learn to effectively incorporate non-violent communication into aspects of influence, negotiation, and imagery. By linking strategy with storytelling, a value proposition that drives purpose and provides profit can be communicated.

International Business and Management 400-01:  Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
Instructor:  David M Sarcone

This capstone course focuses on the challenges associated with formulating strategy in multinational organizations. The course will examine multinational business decisions from the perspective of top managers who must develop strategies, deploy resources, and guide organizations that compete in a global environment. Major topics include foreign market entry strategies, motivation and challenges of internationalization, the analysis of international industries, building competitive advantage in global industries, and the role of the country manager. Case studies will be used to increase the student's understanding of the complexities of managing international business operations. 
Prerequisite: Completion of at least four of the five 200-level courses (200, 220, 230, 240, 250). This course will not fulfill distribution requirement. 

International Business and Management 400-02:  Seminar in International Business Policy and Strategy
Instructor:  David M Sarcone

This capstone course focuses on the challenges associated with formulating strategy in multinational organizations. The course will examine multinational business decisions from the perspective of top managers who must develop strategies, deploy resources, and guide organizations that compete in a global environment. Major topics include foreign market entry strategies, motivation and challenges of internationalization, the analysis of international industries, building competitive advantage in global industries, and the role of the country manager. Case studies will be used to increase the student's understanding of the complexities of managing international business operations. 
Prerequisite: Completion of at least four of the five 200-level courses (200, 220, 230, 240, 250). This course will not fulfill distribution requirement. 

Physics 114-01:  Climate Change and Renewable Energies
Instructor:  Hans Pfister

An introduction to the physics of global climate change and a hands-on exposure to several types of renewable energy. The first third of this project-centered course introduces the basic physical principles of global climate change with a focus on radiative equilibrium, greenhouse effect, energy balance, and entropy. Since the energy sources of an energetically sustainable future will consist of renewable energies and possibly thermonuclear fusion energy, the remaining two thirds of the course is devoted to an exploration of wind turbines, solar concentrators, thermoelectric convertors, and photovoltaic systems.
This course will not count toward major requirements in physics. Offered every two years. 

Theatre and Dance 319-01:  Dramaturgy
Instructor:  
Karen E Kirkham

What is a dramaturgy? This course will answer that question through theoretical and applied investigations of dramatic texts in historical, literary, and performative contexts. Always keeping in sight the idea of theater as a collaborative production-focused art, students will practice research, text analysis, genres of writing for/about the theater and dramaturgical roles on various kinds and aspects of production. A dramaturgical casebook for a proposed play or department production will be the culminating assignment. Prerequisite: 101 or 201 or permission of instructor.

Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies 300-02: Research Methods in Gender and Sexuality 
Instructor:  Megan R Yost

This course addresses the methodological principles underlying empirical psychological research on gender and sexuality. We will specifically consider qualitative methods as they are used within psychology. Because the study of gender in particular has been strongly guided by feminist theory, this course will focus on feminist epistemologies as related to social psychological research. Class and lab time will be spent developing the following skills: critical reading and analysis of published research, design of empirical research, data collection, and qualitative data analysis. This course will culminate in the design and implementation of an original research project in the area of psychology of gender or human sexuality. 
 

FALL 2017 SERVICE LEARNING AND COMMUNITY BASED RESEARCH

Computer Science 491-01:  Fall Senior Seminar
Instructor:  
Grant William Braught

Students define and begin a year-long project. Written and oral presentation of project progress reports will be required. Contemporary social, ethical, technical and philosophical issues in computer science will also be examined.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offered every fall. 

Health Studies 400-01:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
Instructor:  David M Sarcone

The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of national health care reform on regional models of health care service delivery and reimbursement. We will begin the course with a comprehensive review of the U.S. Health Care System to include an identification of the system’s strengths and weaknesses. This will follow with a detailed review of enacted health care legislation (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and proposed replacement legislation (The American Health Care Act).  To ensure a comprehensive review of the health system and proposals to improve overall system performance, we will survey literature from numerous disciplines to include psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance.  

With support from the Partnership for Better Health, the community-based research will include student lead interviews with local and regional health care administrators and providers. The students will develop the interview guide; conduct interviews; and, code and analyze data generated from the interviews. Students then will use the research results to write a report to include academic background information, the survey methodology used, the findings, and discussion. The planned working report title is The Impact of National Health Care Reform on Systems of Health Care: Perspectives of Regional Health Care Institutions and Providers. The report will inform decisions made by the Partnership for Better Health in collaboration with regional health care providers to improve population and individual health status within the foundation’s defined service area. Learning goals:

  • effective team building and collaboration
  • professional conduct in communication and collaboration with a community partner
  • high quality oral and written final reports suitable for a community partner
  • interdisciplinary examination of national health care reform (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance perspectives)
  • skills associated with research including the development of interview guides; completion of interviews; coding and analysis data generated from the interviews; and, preparation of presentation and reports of the research findings.

Health Studies 400-02:  Senior Seminar in Health Studies
Instructor:  Marie Helweg-Larsen

The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of national health care reform on regional models of health care service delivery and reimbursement. We will begin the course with a comprehensive review of the U.S. Health Care System to include an identification of the system’s strengths and weaknesses. This will follow with a detailed review of enacted health care legislation (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and proposed replacement legislation (The American Health Care Act).  To ensure a comprehensive review of the health system and proposals to improve overall system performance, we will survey literature from numerous disciplines to include psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance.  

With support from the Partnership for Better Health, the community-based research will include student lead interviews with local and regional health care administrators and providers. The students will develop the interview guide; conduct interviews; and, code and analyze data generated from the interviews. Students then will use the research results to write a report to include academic background information, the survey methodology used, the findings, and discussion. The planned working report title is The Impact of National Health Care Reform on Systems of Health Care: Perspectives of Regional Health Care Institutions and Providers. The report will inform decisions made by the Partnership for Better Health in collaboration with regional health care providers to improve population and individual health status within the foundation’s defined service area. Learning goals:

  • effective team building and collaboration
  • professional conduct in communication and collaboration with a community partner
  • high quality oral and written final reports suitable for a community partner
  • interdisciplinary examination of national health care reform (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, organizational theory, health policy, health services research, management, public health, and public finance perspectives)
  • skills associated with research including the development of interview guides; completion of interviews; coding and analysis data generated from the interviews; and, preparation of presentation and reports of the research findings.

International Business and Management 100-01:  Fundamentals of Business
Instructor:  Steven J Riccio

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent.
This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement.

International Business and Management 100-02:  Fundamentals of Business
Instructor:  Sherry Y Ritchey

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent.
This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement. 

International Business and Management 100-03:  Fundamentals of Buisness
Instructor:  
Sherry Y Ritchey

This course features an introductory focus on a wide range of business subjects including the following: business in a global environment; forms of business ownership including small businesses, partnerships, multinational and domestic corporations, joint ventures, and franchises; management decision making; ethics; marketing; accounting; management information systems; human resources; finance; business law; taxation; uses of the internet in business; and how all of the above are integrated into running a successful business. You will learn how a company gets ideas, develops products, raises money, makes its products, sells them and accounts for the money earned and spent.
This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement. 

International Business and Management 300-01:  Comparative Business Ethics
Instructor:  Steven J Riccio

A topics course examining important issues in international management. Examples of course possibilities include issues in cross-cultural communication and ethics, issues in international marketing, issues in international dimensions of financial reporting, issues in government regulation of business, and issues in financial decision-making.
Prerequisite dependent upon topic/topic area.

International Business and Management 300-07:  Comparative Business Ethics
Instructor:  
Steven J Riccio

A topics course examining important issues in international management. Examples of course possibilities include issues in cross-cultural communication and ethics, issues in international marketing, issues in international dimensions of financial reporting, issues in government regulation of business, and issues in financial decision-making.

International Studies 401-01: Globalization, Sustainability and Security: Whole of Society Approaches
Instructor:  Michael J Fratantuono

In the 2010 National Security Strategy of the United States, President Obama articulates the need for whole of society approaches to tackling tough transnational issues. Furthermore, some experts believe that in the decades ahead, global governance will be a characterized by complexity and ambiguity, with governance structures reflecting the influence of states, NGOs, IGOs, for-profit companies, and other agents. In this seminar, we will investigate collaborative approaches to addressing national and transnational security related matters, especially those that are rooted in the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainable development. 

Psychology 165-01:  Psychopathology
Instructor:  Suman Ambwani

An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.

Religion 121:01:  Hinduism
Instructor:  Daniel G Cozort

A study of the dominant religion of south Asia that focuses on the contemporary "embodiment" of religion in culture. This course will explore ways in which religion permeates the Hindu cycle of life, shapes choices such as occupation and marriage partner, and infuses Indian arts. It will ask whether the variation in these patterns over time, among regions of India, in city and country, and among different groups, are diverse "Hinduisms" that nevertheless contain a vital unity.

Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship 400-01:  Senior Seminar in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Instructor:  C Helen Takacs

This capstone course builds on and integrates the key concepts of the introductory course in this certificate program by requiring students to reflect on, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained through their academic programs and experiential learning experiences. The focus will be on creating shared value, which simultaneously enriches social, ecological, and economic systems. Through exercises in strategy formulation and implementation, students will gain an appreciation for the challenges and rewards associated with conceiving and transforming innovative solutions into new products, services, and/or initiatives that change our world in meaningful ways. In imagining these pathways for success, we will also address the importance of compassionate leadership, tools that nurture vital social connections, and the power of our own agency.

Sociology 230-01:  Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Instructor:  
Shalom D Staub

Conflict seems to be an inescapable aspect of social life. Are we, as human beings, predetermined to live in conflict? Yet as social beings living in mutually dependent social groups, we have developed various simple and complex strategies for managing and resolving conflicts. We will explore these mechanisms to manage or resolve conflicts of different kinds-- inter-personally, in families, workplace-based, among ethnic, racial, and religious groups, and internationally. This course will examine the growing literature on conflict studies, and will draw on inter-disciplinary perspectives to examine conflict and conflict resolution processes and strategies.

Spanish 239-01:  Spanish for the Heath Professions
Instructor:  Asuncion Arnedo-Aldrich

This is a specialized course emphasizing Spanish language and culture as they relate to health and medicine. The course goal is written and oral communication and cultural fluency as they relate to Global Health Care, Food Security, Immigration, and the delivery of health-care services to Limited-English-Proficient, Hispanic patients. Off-campus volunteer work with native Spanish speakers is required.
Prerequisite: 202 or above, or permission of instructor.