Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

The following core courses are required for the liberal studies major. 

Core Courses:

ECON-200 Principles of Macroeconomics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduces scarcity, opportunity cost, and supply and demand analysis, with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth, unemployment, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

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ECON-210 Principles of Microeconomics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Analysis of individual choice and market behavior, with special emphasis on price and output relationships and the economics of the firm. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

PWR-275 Grammar, Style & Editing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of what is traditionally called grammar, including syntax, mechanics, style, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary-building and proofreading for teaching writing at the elementary and secondary levels as well as for publication at a professional level. Develops competency in creation, analysis and editing of written English. Prerequisite: ENG-110

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ENG-300 Linguistics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Linguistic analysis incorporating traditional grammar, phonology, syntax, sociolinguistics, morphology semantics and historical linguistics (including the history of the English language). Prerequisite: ENG-110

ENG-345W Literature for Children

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Development and analysis of the major types of children's literature are addressed, including picture books, poetry, fables, folktales, fantasy, realism, and historical fiction. Students read and analyze classic examples of each type. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: literature and writing intensive

MATH-105 Mathematical Theory & Computation I

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The courses are logically divided into four primary areas: arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and problem solving. Each of the four areas is studied in both terms. The theory of problem solving is an integral part of all aspects of the courses. The study of arithmetic includes the theory arithmetic operations and the development of skills in computation; number theory and patterns in sequences of numbers are used to introduce the basics of mathematical proofs. The study of geometry includes identification of plane and solid geometric shapes, computations of perimeter, area and volume, and trigonometry of right triangles. The study of algebra includes basic algebraic operations, computation using functions, and graphing.

MATH-115 Mathematical Theory & Computation II

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

The courses are logically divided into four primary areas: arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and problem solving. Each of the four areas is studied in both terms. The theory of problem solving is an integral part of all aspects of the courses. The study of arithmetic includes the theory arithmetic operations and the development of skills in computation; number theory and patterns in sequences of numbers are used to introduce the basics of mathematical proofs. The study of geometry includes identification of plane and solid geometric shapes, computations of perimeter, area and volume, and trigonometry of right triangles. The study of algebra includes basic algebraic operations, computation using functions, and graphing. FILA general education: master core skills

MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Basic descriptive statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Statistical computer software is used to analyze data. Prerequisites: MATH-118, MATH-110, MATH-115, or satisfactory performance on placement test

HIST-105 World History to 1500

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction prior to 1500 with primary focus on early human activity, the development of complex societies, classical and post-classical ages, and expansion of post-classical cross-cultural involvement. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: history

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HIST-110 World History Since 1500

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction since 1500 with primary focus on the origins of global interdependence, the ages of revolution, industry, and empire, and the twentieth century. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: history

HIST-201 History of the United States to 1877

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The United States from settlement to Reconstruction. Major themes include the development of a new society, evolution of democratic behavior, and the growth of sectionalism. Includes both social and political approaches.

HIST-202 History of the United States Since 1877

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

The United States from Reconstruction until the present. Major themes include industrialization and modernization, the increased role of government, greater U. S. involvement in international affairs, and the impact of these changes on society. A continuation of HIST-201.

GEOG-195 World Regional Geography

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

A human geographic exploration of all world regions, emphasizing population, cultural, economic and political geographies. Prerequisites: Completion of the FILA general education history requirement and one of the following: ECON-200, ECON-210 or SOC-101, or permission of instructor

BIOL-100 The Nature of the Biological World

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Survey of the discipline of biology designed for the non-major. Content varies with the expertise of the instructor, but all sections focus on the relevance/importance of biology in everyday life. Laboratory focuses on understanding science as a process and includes an independent research project with oral presentation. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisite: MATH-118 FILA general education: natural and physical sciences

PHYS-110 Introductory Astronomy

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Designed to help students appreciate and understand their physical environment and the methods of physical science through the study of basic astronomy. Topics include the history of astronomy; motion of celestial objects; planets of the solar system; birth, life, and death of stars; galaxies; and cosmology. Three hours in class and two hours in laboratory per week. Prerequisites: MATH-110 or MATH-115 or MATH-118 FILA general education: natural and physical sciences

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PHYS-119 Physics and the Modern World

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Physics has given humanity the ability to better understand our world as well as transform our relationship with it. This course investigates the influence of physics principles, discoveries, and applications in human endeavors, such as electricity and nuclear radiation. The role that physics plays in energy use, technology and modern society is explored along with the impacts these discoveries and applications have on global and personal scales. Prerequisites: MATH-110 or MATH-115 or MATH-118 FILA general education: natural and physical sciences

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PHYS-125 Concepts of Physics

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

An introduction to the basic concepts of physics emphasizing practical applications of physical laws to common occurrences. Physical descriptions are presented on how things move, the behavior of sound and light, uses of electricity and magnetism, and the behavior of fundamental particles. Three hours in class and two hours in laboratory per week. Prerequisites: MATH-110 or MATH-115 or MATH-118 FILA general education: natural and physical sciences

FCS-345 Child Development

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examine issues related to physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite: junior standing

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FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development, as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: experiential learning

Licensure (PreK-6) Track:

This track in the liberal studies major is linked to teacher licensure, thus all requirements (core and education courses) must be completed prior to graduation. A candidate cannot graduate with this track and then return to complete student teaching.

In addition to the core requirements, complete the following professional education courses for Elementary Education (Pre-K-6) Licensure:

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical, sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education, as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local, state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Surveys principles of development, learning and evaluation as they relate to learners' educational growth. The study of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy, motivation, classroom management, and assessment.

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Explores cultural, linguistic and academic diversity, with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Includes a minimum 10 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: minimum 2.5 GPA, application to the TEP, have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Mathematics, have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Sophomore standing.

EDUC-316 Strategies for Teaching Mathematics In the Elementary Classroom

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Provides prospective teachers in grades PreK-6 with the knowledge, skills and understanding to implement effective mathematics instruction. Emphasizes the teaching/learning process to best enable students to develop appropriate mathematics skills, attitudes, and concepts. Topics include national and state mathematics standards, assessment, diagnostic and remedial strategies, the use of manipulatives, the use of educational technology, the contributions of different cultures toward the development of mathematics, and the role of mathematics in culture and society. Required for PreK-6 licensure only.

EDUC-330 Early Literacy

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theory and practice related to readers at emergent and beginning stages. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the elementary level with a focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, beginning fluency and comprehension. Explorations of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners, including English language learners, are emphasized. Includes 20 hours in public schools. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

EDUC-332 Intermediate Literacy

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theory and practice related to readers at the intermediate stage. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the intermediate level with a focus on reading in the content areas, stages in the writing process, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Exploration of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners, including English language learners, are emphasized. Prerequisites: EDUC-330 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program

EDUC-371 Classroom Management, Elementary

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Effective and efficient management of time, space and resources, including lessons and classroom behaviors, are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive, respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Includes a minimum of 20 hours field experience in an elementary classroom. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term & Summe

Three-week, full-day, field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement, but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times, participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher, and engage in reflective seminars back on campus, or through online delivery. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, admission to the TEP, successful completion of EDUC-371 or EDUC-372 and taken in May Term or summer before student teaching FILA general education: experiential learning Note: Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC-371 or EDUC-372.

EDUC-406 Curriculum and Instruction Elem Class Elementary Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Instructional practice in the elementary classroom. Strategies for effective teaching of content based on Virginia Standards of Learning (PK-6) with particular emphasis given to science and social studies. Significant emphasis will be placed on curriculum content, lesson planning, research-based instructional strategies, and assessment. Taken the semester immediately prior to student teaching. Includes minimum of 20 hours of field experience in an elementary (PK-6) classroom. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP, taken the semester before student teaching

EDUC-451 Seminar in Educational Practices, Elementary

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Taken during the student teaching experience, this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards, measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources, including the development of an online educational portfolio, consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP Corequisites: EDUC-465 or EDUC-470

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

Credits: 13 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite: EDUC-450

Non-Licensure Track:

In addition to the core requirements, choose 9 hours from the following :

Choose one:

FCS-319 Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Students will examine family and interpersonal relationships from a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to gain an understanding of the changes in society relative to marriage and family. Students will engage in critical examination of issues related to families, work, and their interrelationships. Using family science theories, students will consider the contextual factors that influence the family. Emphasis placed upon the reciprocal impacts of relationships within the family and a person's relationships to individuals and society. This course focuses on family as a basic social institution, the various theoretical perspectives on the family, and provides an overview of current social scientific research on the family. The history, structure, and functions of the family will be addressed as will topics such as dating, cohabitation, marriage, parenting, family violence, and divorce. Corequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

FCS-345 Child Development

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examine issues related to physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite: junior standing

FCS-346 Adolescent Development

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Developmental changes of individuals in families throughout the adolescent years into emerging adulthood. Emphasis placed on knowledge of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of development.

FCS-347 Family Law and Public Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Students will develop an understanding of the legal issues, policies, and law influencing the well-being of families. Topics include family and the law relating to marriage, divorce, family support, child custody, child protection and rights, family planning, social services, education, the economy religion, and public policy as it affects the family, including tax, civil rights, social security, economic support laws, and regulations.

FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development, as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: experiential learning

FCS-440 Family Life Education Methodology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Critical examination of principles of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education in conjunction with the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate such educational programs. An understanding of the character and quality of human social conduct, and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional practice and community concerns and values.

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EDUC-330 Early Literacy

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theory and practice related to readers at emergent and beginning stages. Includes discussion of the complex factors involved in literacy acquisition at the elementary level with a focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, beginning fluency and comprehension. Explorations of assessment methods and strategies for teaching diverse learners, including English language learners, are emphasized. Includes 20 hours in public schools. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

EDUC-371 Classroom Management, Elementary

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Effective and efficient management of time, space and resources, including lessons and classroom behaviors, are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive, respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Includes a minimum of 20 hours field experience in an elementary classroom. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to a variety of conceptual frameworks and theoretical lenses relating to human gender and sexualities, including social constructionism, political economy, and cultural studies. A critical, global, historical, and sociological approach will be emphasized to unpack gendered ad sexualized social structures like patriarchy, heterosexism, and hegemonic masculinity. Special attention will be paid to social movements and challenges to power/resource inequalities made by gender and sexuality-based minority groups. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

SOC-368W Sociology of the Family

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the human family historically and comparatively in various cultures with major emphasis placed upon the modern American family. Included are such topics as the diversity of family structures, the social construction of emotions, gender expectations and roles, parenting, the life cycle, and family tensions. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, SOC-101 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive (Cross-listed as FCS-368W)

Choose one:

FCS-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

EDUC-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.