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Course Descriptions

Descriptions of the courses offered in the Social Sciences Department:

Health and Physical Education

History

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology


 

Health and Physical Education

HEA 110 PERSONAL HEALTH/WELLNESS          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course provides an introduction to basic personal health and wellness. Emphasis is
placed on current health issues such as nutrition, mental health, and fitness. Upon
completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the factors
necessary to the maintenance of health and wellness. This course has been approved to
satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major and/or elective course
requirement.

PED 110 FIT AND WELL FOR LIFE          1 Lecture 2 Lab 2 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course is designed to investigate and apply the basic concepts and principles of
lifetime physical fitness and other health-related factors. Emphasis is placed on wellness
through the study of nutrition, weight control, stress management, and consumer facts on
exercise and fitness. Upon completion, students should be able to plan a personal,
lifelong fitness program based on individual needs, abilities, and interests. This course
has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major
and/or elective course requirement.

PED 117 WEIGHT TRAINING I          0 Lecture 3 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course introduces the basics of weight training. Emphasis is placed on developing
muscular strength, muscular endurance, and muscle tone. Upon completion, students
should be able to establish and implement a personal weight training program. This
course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre major
and/or elective course requirement. There is a $11.25 lab fee for this course.

PED 118 WEIGHT TRAINING II          0 Lecture 3 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: PED 117
Corequisites: None
This course covers advanced levels of weight training. Emphasis is placed on meeting
individual training goals and addressing weight training needs and interests. Upon
completion, students should be able to establish and implement an individualized
advanced weight training program. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major and/or elective course requirement.
There is a $11.25 lab fee for this course.

PED 150 BASEBALL/BEGINNING          0 Lecture 3 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course covers the fundamentals of baseball. Emphasis is placed on skill
development, knowledge of the rules, and basic game strategy. Upon completion,
students should be able to participate in recreational baseball. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major and/or elective
course requirement. There is a $11.25 lab fee for this course.

PED 151 BASEBALL/INTERMEDIATE          0 Lecture 3 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: PED 150
Corequisites: None
This course covers more advanced baseball techniques. Emphasis is placed on refining
skills and developing more advanced strategies and techniques. Upon completion,
students should be able to play baseball at a competitive level. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement pre-major and/or elective
course requirement. There is a $11.25 lab fee for this course.

History

HIS 111 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate placement test score
This course introduces world history from the dawn of civilization to the early modern
era. Topics include Eurasian, African, American, and Greco-Roman civilizations and
Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures. Upon completion, students should be able to
analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in pre-modern
world civilizations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in social/behavioral
sciences. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course
for AA/AS.

HIS 112 WORLD CIVILIZATIONS II          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate placement test score
This course introduces world history from the early modern era to the present. Topics
include the cultures of Africa, Europe, India, China, Japan, and the Americas. Upon
completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and
cultural developments in modern world civilizations. This course has been approved to
satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in
social/behavioral sciences. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component
(UGETC) course for AA/AS.

HIS 131 AMERICAN HISTORY I          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate placement test score
This course is a survey of American history from pre-history through the Civil War era.
Topics include the migrations to the Americas, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the
development of the Republic, and the Civil War. Upon completion, students should be
able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early
American history. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in social/behavioral
sciences. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course
for AA/AS.

HIS 132 AMERICAN HISTORY II          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate placement test score
This course is a survey of American history from the Civil War era to the present. Topics
include industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the major American wars,
the Cold War, and social conflict. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze
significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in American history since
the Civil War. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation
Agreement general education core requirement in social/behavioral sciences. This is a
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course for AA/AS.

Political Science

POL 120 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: ENG 111
This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American
national government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three
branches of government including the bureaucracy, civil rights and liberties, political
participation and behavior, and policy formation. Upon completion, students should be
able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of
the American political system. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in
social/behavioral sciences. This course has been designated a Writing Intensive course.
This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course for AA/AS.

POL 130 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT           3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate test score
This course includes state and local political institutions and practices in the context of
American federalism. Emphasis is placed on procedural and policy differences as well as
political issues in state, regional, and local governments of North Carolina. Upon
completion, students should be able to identify and discuss various problems associated
with intergovernmental politics and their effect on the community and the individual.
This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement premajor
and/or elective course requirement.

Psychology

PSY 150 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate test score
This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics
include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation,
cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant
topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of
the science of psychology. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in social/behavioral
sciences. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course
for AA/AS.

PSY 241 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: PSY 150
Corequisites: None
This course is a study of human growth and development. Emphasis is placed on major
theories and perspectives as they relate to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial
aspects of development from conception to death. Upon completion, students should be
able to demonstrate knowledge of development across the life span. This course has
been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education
core requirement in social/behavioral sciences.

PSY 281 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: PSY 150
Corequisites: None
This course provides an examination of the various psychological disorders, as well as
theoretical, clinical, and experimental perspectives of the study of psychopathology.
Emphasis is placed on terminology, classification, etiology, assessment, and treatment of
the major disorders. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish between
normal and abnormal behavior patterns as well as demonstrate knowledge of etiology,
symptoms, and therapeutic techniques. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in
social/behavioral sciences.

Sociology

SOC 210 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: DRE 098 or ENG 095 or appropriate placement test score
This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social
interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality,
cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon
completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts
as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies. This course has
been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education
core requirement in social/behavioral sciences. This is a Universal General Education
Transfer Component (UGETC) course for AA/AS.

SOC 213 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course covers the institution of the family and other intimate relationships.
Emphasis is placed on mate selection, gender roles, sexuality, communication, power and
conflict, parenthood, diverse lifestyles, divorce and remarriage, and economic issues.
Upon completion, students should be able to analyze the family as a social institution and
the social forces which influence its development and change. This course has been
approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core
requirement in social/behavioral sciences.