Course Descriptions

Liberal Arts Online


COM 3453 - Social Movements
(3 credit hours)
A survey of social movements and the rhetorical strategies used to further those causes, including analysis of abolition, suffrage, civil rights, and other significant events.

COM 4363 - Political Communication (3 credit hours)
A study of the role of communication in the American political process. Campaign strategies, political oratory, grass roots activism, and other forms of political rhetoric will be explored.

COM 4373 - Online Advocacy (3 credit hours)
A survey of the interaction of the Internet and its use as a medium for social change. The evolving role of social media is explored as a means of increasing public involvement in advocacy processes.

COR 1103 - Orientation to Online Adult Learning (3 credit hours)
Prepares students to locate and use resources available to online learners and introduces the Christian worldview unique to JBU. The distinctive characteristics of adult learners are explored, and students identify their individual strengths through the StrengthsQuest assessment instrument.

EGL 4003 - Masterpieces of Literature (3 credit hours)
Selections from ancient to contemporary world literature in drama, prose, and poetry.
Prerequisites: EGL 1023 and RPH 3003

HST 2153 - Twentieth Century World History (3 credit hours)
A study of major political, economic, and military trends of the twentieth century.

POL 3003 - Political Philosophy (3 credit hours)
A study of ancient and modern political philosophies, utilizing primary texts. The course addresses the place of political philosophy in the broader field of philosophy, emphasizing a worldview approach as a means of understanding human existence. Topics include nature, reason, freedom, justice, right, property, law, religion, will, passions, power, customs, and community.

POL 3133 - Politics of Social Policy (3 credit hours)
An examination of the origin, logic, structure, and function of America's social welfare state. Areas explored include income support, poverty and welfare, social security, health care, and affirmative action. Particular emphasis is placed upon evaluating the competing goals of social policy from a Christian perspective. Students will learn how to apply their faith to matters of public policy.

PSY 2233 - Theories of Counseling (3 credit hours)
A study of major counseling theories. Includes dynamic, existential, humanistic, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, reality, and family systems theories of counseling and the most useful strategies from each.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013

PSY 2383 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
A general statistics course that stresses a conceptual understanding of statistical procedures, and their appropriate use and interpretation. The course uses spreadsheet applications, current behavioral research publications, and examples from current events to teach critical thinking skills. Topics include descriptive statistics, the normal distribution, probability, and inferential statistics.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013 and a freshman-level mathematics course

PSY 2393 - Research Methods (3 credit hours)
An introduction to research methods in psychology that stresses critical thinking about methodological issues. Research skills are developed in hypothesis construction, research design, interpretation of statistical results, scientific writing, library and internet research, and presentation of results to a professional audience.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013 and PSY 2383

PSY 3203 - Psychological Testing (3 credit hours)
An examination of the theory, interpretation, and appropriate use of individual and group tests of personality, mental ability, aptitude, achievement, and interest.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013 and PSY 2383

PSY 3423 - Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
An investigation of how the behavior, feelings and thoughts of an individual are influenced or determined by the behavior and characteristics of others. Topics for discussion include attraction, attitudes, aggression, persuasion, and group behavior.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013

PSY 4213 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
The nature, causes, and treatment of maladaptive behavior including personality disorders, psychoses, reactions to stress, anxiety disorders, and other dysfunctions.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013; PSY 2233 recommended

PSY 4333 - Cognitive Psychology (3 credit hours)
A study of the major principles, research methods, and empirical findings of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, imagery, categorization, language, and problem solving.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013

PSY 4343 - Theories of Learning (3 credit hours)
A study of the major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of animal and human learning. Classical and operant conditioning paradigms are emphasized.
Prerequisite: PSY 1013 and PSY 2393

RPH 3003 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit hours)
A survey of the main areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Students should develop their critical reading skills, their ability to analyze difficult but rewarding philosophical texts, and their ability to advance a single, clear argument on philosophical issues. Additionally, students should become more comfortable speaking about philosophical problems and concerns, and they should know more about the relationship between the Christian faith and contemporary philosophy.
Prerequisite: EGL 1023

RPH 4423 - Ethics (3 credit hours)
A comprehensive and critical study of morality. Topics include metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics.
Prerequisite: RPH 3003