Liberal studies


Course No: PSY 100
Course Title: General Psychology
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

A survey of the biological and philosophical theories that form the foundation for understanding human behavior including the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, developmental issues, personality theories, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and social psychology.  Satisfies Individual and Society General Education requirement.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the process and logic of psychological research, differentiate between correlation and causality, and differentiate between experimental and non-experimental research.

2. Demonstrate ability to think critically about psychological research and findings.

3. Appreciate the impact of biological and social factors on human development.

4. Understand how cognition, emotion, and behavior interact with one another.

5. Show increased academic knowledge of psychological theories.

6. Demonstrate skill in presenting in public.

7. Become aware of the importance of psychological wellness at home and on the job.

8. Better appreciate the diversity and complexity of the global community.

9. Understand ethical issues in psychological research and practice.

10. Write a “review of the literature” research paper using APA style.

Course No: ART 102
Course Title: Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to Present
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

This course examines the production of art from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries.  Explores art from a variety of cultures and geographic regions.  Introduces students to the conventional designations of stylistic periods, treats major works and artists of these eras, and acquaints the student with the traditional methods of Art History. Satisfies Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Relate an understanding of basic concepts of Art History to a wider understanding of the world and its cultures.

2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze selected paintings and masterpieces of great painters. 

3. Confront individual styles and techniques of artists by comparing multiple artworks from different periods. 

4. Examine themes and techniques of different Visual Arts by seeing the way artists do with the representation of certain genres of universal value.

Course No: ENV 150
Course Title: Environmental Issues
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

Environmental changes and consequences that accompany anthropogenic development and industrialization are discussed. Students actively participate in a chronological and systematic investigation of the connections and relationships between ecological systems, energy, raw materials, Western industrialization, environmental degradation, and third world population. The content of the course ultimately serves to establish an historical reference point that allows for analysis of current environmental status and national policy. Satisfies the Science and Technology General Education requirement.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course a student will:

1. Identify, understand, and properly apply the terminology associated with environmental issues.

2. Explain the basic science behind environmental issues, and how changes in science lead to discovery of environmental problems and development of remediation strategies.

3. Discuss the major environmental challenges of the 21st century from historical, political, and scientific perspectives. The course does not claim any advocacy on environmental issues, and therefore, places an expectation on the student to develop their own position through a rigorous examination of the data and sources specific to the topic.

4. Articulate a position on an environmental subject/problem through research and synthesis and express this position in a written context (exams and term papers).

Course No: SP 207
Course Title: Spain: past and present (European Spain: Global Challenges in the XXI Century)
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

This course addresses the diverse reality of Spain today by paying special attention to how current reality has been shaped by historical processes and is reflected in the art, architecture, and cultural practices of the country. Both the reality today and the history behind it is brought to life through field trips, in-class presentations and lectures.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course a student will:

1. Identify the overall phases of the history of Spain.

2. Recognize the historical roots and present reality of Spain’s regional and national identity issues.

3. Know the prime contributions of past civilizations and actions to today’s cultural heritage.

4. Understand current social and political reality in Spain.

5. Be acquainted with the geography of Spain.

6. Become intimately acquainted with the social and cultural reality of Spain today by interviewing Spanish people and asking them their opinions (to be presented in class by the end of the semester).

7. Analyze the multiple challenges (economic, political and social) facing Spain in the current context of XXI century globalization and contrast Spain’s responses to these challenges to those of the US and other European nations.

8. Practice the preparation and execution of cultural itineraries.

Course No: LST 215
Course Title: Human Rights in Society - STTP
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

Based on the conceptual and practical framework of the 1948 Human Rights United Nations Universal Declaration, this course is multi-faceted and global; hence, the class uses the experiences of human rights defenders from around the world to educate students and others about Human Rights and urge them to take action when faced with a range of such ethical issues as slavery, human trafficking, environmental activism, religious self-determination, and political participation. Prerequisites: None.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of human rights, its philosophy and history.

2. Formulate connections between everyday activities and larger global issues, such as the right to education and fair working conditions.

3. Develop awareness of the importance of advocating for fellow citizens both local and global.  

4. Articulate the facts around what each topic means to them and on a grand scale with the goal to foster the development of educated, mindful, engaged and responsible citizens of the world.

5. Strategize approaches for creating a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.

6. Analize reports, news, and cases of human rights defenders.

7. Apply critical thinking skills to key issues in the human rights field.

Course No: HTM 315
Course Title: History and Appreciation of Wine
Credits: 3 US (6 ECTS)

Catalog Description

In this course students are introduced to new world and old world wines and grape growing regions. The wine making process, viticulture, and marketing trends are discussed. The sensory evaluation of wine is a component of this course, therefore, students must be of legal drinking age to enroll in the class.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course a student will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of wine and its contributions to civilization.

2. Analyze the elements of climate, agriculture and geography on the viticulture process.

3. Categorize the various production techniques of winemaking.

4. Classify wines through a cultural context of language, local traditions/laws, and style influence Old and New World wines.

5. Appraise the importance of taste, texture and flavour intensity in pairing wine and food for navigating restaurant wine lists and consumer purchasing.

6. Assess wine quality based upon organoleptic responses including aural, visual, olfactory and tactile.