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Focuses on the structure and processes of American government and policies. Class topics include basic constitutional principles, the theory and practice of representative government, and the organization of a specifically American political system. Students will examine the political and ideological background of the American constitution as it relates to its current form. The course will emphasize the analysis of federal, executive, congressional and judicial processes as well as more recent governing policy issues. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106. Co-requisites: GE115. Credits: 3 
Is designed for students who want to improve their ability to define and attain their financial goals. The course begins with the fundamentals of the financial planning process and proceeds to cover topics such as personal financial goals, opportunity cost, the time value of money, family budgeting and spending, financial products and services, types of credit, debt management, consumer activities, housing and home buying, property and casualty insurance, health and disability insurance, life insurance, investing and investing alternatives. Prerequisites: None. Credits: 3 
The course begins with planning family spending and covers issues of risk management (insurance), taxes, wealth accumulation, investing, and wealth distribution (retirement and estate planning). Students learn financial modeling techniques and the basics of money psychology and counseling skills. In a concluding case study, students discover what a planning engagement entails and how the various aspects of the discipline are integrated. Prerequisite: GE126. Credit hours: 3
Takes an interdisciplinary approach to current events in the community and in the world, encouraging students to investigate available materials from newspapers, DVD scenarios, and professional and popular journals. Students will be asked to focus on strategies of communication, explorations of public opinion and leadership models as well as corporate image-making and survival tactics. The course areas of study include Communications (private and public media functions), Government, and Policy-forming Institutions. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106. Co requisites: GE112, GE115. Credits: 3
Studies and analyzes fundamental issues and problems of group life, social organization, culture, interactive processes and socialization, deviance, social inequality, social institutions, and the dynamics of modern society through sociological approaches. Class topics include the sociology of the family, religion, education, law, work, poverty and the relationship of society and the environment. Prerequisites:  GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Examines the support of regional economies through innovation in business development in order to advance social and ecological values in local communities. This course provides basic  knowledge on several  aspects of sustainable community development including examination of community needs, financial planning, and marketing and management issues, while emphasizing the consolidation of public and private interests. Students will engage in applied research in a real project. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, GE155. Credits: 3
This course will investigate the principles guiding environmental policy and decision-making for a sustainable society. Focus will lie on international law, as well as on the role of international and supranational institutions, such as the UN, the WTO, the World Bank etc. Global challenges will be identified and humanity’s current and potential response through treaties, conventions and agreements will be critically analyzed. The current system of global governance (or lack thereof) will be investigated, with particular focus on the exchange between multinational corporations, governments and of civil society, and on the role of democratic structures in an era of rapid globalization. The history and political platform of green parties will also be discussed. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE155. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the history, structure, institutions, and policies of the European Union. The course explores topics such as new treaties, common policies, financial resources, the European Monetary Unification, as well as the terms and conditions of international business activities as a result of European Union policies. The course also focuses on how activities of member-states can be supported by the economic policies of the EU in accordance with the principles of an open market economy. Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Examines communities that aim to transition towards sustainability. Students  will be  exposed to the real-life challenges that these communities face in this process and will take part in relevant projects where they will have the opportunity to develop their own proposals under the supervision of project leaders. The course is geared towards students interested in hands-on experience in making change happen under real conditions. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE155, GE158. Credits 3
Establishes the ancient Greek conception of the “Polis” and explores paradigms of government put forward by Plato and Aristotle in some of their major works. The course discusses how America’s founding fathers (Jefferson, Madison, Adams), embraced and departed from key assumptions of the ancient Greeks to develop their own views of democracy. Students examine issues such as the rights of the individual in relation to the power of the state and society, the nature and legitimacy of political authority and democracy, the significance of power, economics, justice and equality in social life; and the duties and responsibilities of citizens. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE112. Credits: 3
Covers the overall economic performance of a national economy. The course deals with the determination of the level of the gross national product, employment, prices of goods and services, and the growth of an economy. The course also analyzes the role of money and banking systems, the impact of fiscal and monetary policy on the level of output, employment, prices and the effect of international transactions on a national economy. Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Introduces students to theoretical and practical aspects of human behavior and management in the workplace. The course focuses on understanding and attaining competencies necessary for effective performance at the organizational, group, and individual levels within the firm. Topics include motivation, organizational structure, job design, group dynamics and teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, power relationships, and organizational change. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE 115, BUS305. Credits: 3
Provides a general introduction to psychology -the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course covers such topics as memory, learning, sensation, perception, attitudes, conformity, persuasion, motivation and the study of the nervous system. Students gain an increased awareness of the broad range of phenomena investigated by psychologists and a greater ability to understand and critique psychological research. This course is not intended for students with a  major or minor in psychology. Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Introduces the field of educational psychology and explores the development of cognitive functions and language, individual and cultural differences, and research on teaching and learning. The course also covers learning theories, developmental theories, issues of motivation, emotion, class management, intelligence and diversity, as well as understanding measurement and assessment, teaching and learning styles and special needs. Prerequisite: GE105, GE106. Credits: 3 
Introduces students to the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding of how people influence and are influenced by others around them. The topics covered will examine how individuals perceive themselves and others, how individuals interact with others, and how individuals think in social settings. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology. An equally important goal will be to develop critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, PSY150. Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the field of Play Therapy including the theories and principles involved in its practice. By the nature of the subject, learning-by-doing is emphasized. The course involves hands-on-experience directly associated with the theoretical ideas outlined in the course readings, with the overall aim to facilitate self-expression and the development of one’s creative potential in a non-threatening way. At the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding of the use of Play Therapy as a healing modality and how it can be applied when working with various age groups for clinical and non-clinical populations. Prerequisites: GE105, PSY101 or PSY150, PSY220. Credits 3
The social psychology seminar constitutes an interdisciplinary field of study, concerned  with how psychological processes help illuminate concepts, principles and theories social scientists use to better understand other areas of interest like politics, culture, sociology or marketing. Various contexts may be addressed, including cultural, social, historical,  economic, and political with the primary goal of advancing students’ understanding of how such factors impact the lives of populations. Some of the major lines of advanced social psychology theory and research as well as their applications to human life can be explored in this course. The applications of this course may include group decision-making, personality characteristics of leaders and followers; racism and stereotyping, and their impacts; the influences of emotion and cognition on decisions; the origins of violence and genocide; and relations and interactions within and between groups as in business relations and the workplace in general. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, PSY150, PSY200. Co-requisites: PSY240. Credits: 3

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