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Foundation Seminar


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

FOSEM 110

Portfolio Development

0 credit hours

This is an independent study course that will introduce the theory and practice of creating a portfolio to obtain credit for prior learning. Students will be guided how to document and verify college-level learning through a conceptual and systematic approach based on their personal and professional experiences. Students wishing to develop a portfolio must complete this seminar.

FOSEM 200

Foundation Seminar IV: Mathematics

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

This course provides an exposure to the richness of mathematics through a unique examination of its history, creators and cultural influences. Various branches of mathematics will be surveyed. Formulas and calculations will be required. There is no mathematics prerequisite for this course.

FOSEM 201

Foundation Seminar III: Symbolic Language: Music

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

This course is an introduction to music as a distinct mode of communication. Course topics include treatment of basic elements of music as relevant and as a source of knowledge; and continuing practice in reading, listening, writing and speaking as related to the concept of music.

FOSEM 202

Foundation Seminar III: Symbolic Language: Art

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

This course is an introduction to the visual arts as non-verbal communication calling for skills of perception and expression different from, but analogous to, the verbal arts. Course topics include instruction and experience in the modes of communication proper to such arts as painting, sculpture, architecture, film and mass communication; and continuing practice in reading, listening, writing and speaking as related to the visual arts.

FOSEM 202

Foundation Seminar III: Symbolic Language: Film

3 credit hours

Understanding the World's Great Cinema. Cinema is a communication mode that warrants our attention. Through examination of great international artists and their films, much can be learned about cultures with which we are not familiar. Since our experience of film is mediated by our own experience and by our own curiosity about its creator, during this course our attention will focus not only on film as an artistic expression, but on the experiences of the director, and the circumstances that caused her/his films to be created. Most class time will be spent on viewing and discussing a film; preparation for each class will necessitate background knowledge and film analysis by the learner. Throughout this course the learner will become familiar with internationally known film directors, their works, and the historical background that inspired them them to produce their art.

FOSEM 205

Business Communications

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student's current work situation is required.

FOSEM 301

Ideas, Methods and Resources

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

The course considers varied approaches to the study of the humanities, surveys available resources and guides each student in designing a research project.

FOSEM 302

Interpretation of Texts

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

The close reading and analysis of texts with attention to selected interdisciplinary themes. Involves reflecting on the text in all aspects to determine and identify different strata of meaning.

FOSEM 350

Senior Seminar

3 credit hours

The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

FOSEM 360

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

Topics in this course vary from semester to semester.