Sep 21, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Course Descriptions


 

Science (SCI)

  
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    SCI 388 - Global Positioning & Geographical Information Systems

    Unique Course
    The course will allow a student to learn the basics of two new information gathering and processing systems. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) allow a student to learn to determine their position as well as precisely record the location of any attribute anywhere in the world. The Geographic Information System (GIS) component will allow the student to create maps by using GPS, or by importing and modifying maps from data bases. Students will participate in a field project.
    Additional Fee: An additional ‘Mandatory Fee’ applies to this course.
  
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    SCI 491 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SCI 492 - Topics

    Unique Course
    Includes Current Topics, Advanced Topics, and Special Topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement.
  
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    SCI 494 - Internship

    Unique Course
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in this course.

Secondary Education (SEED)

  
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    SEED 295 - Practicum

    Unique Course
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.
    CoRequisite: ELED-315
  
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    SEED 408 - Planning, Managing & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom

    Unique Course
    Students use a variety of teaching methods, including educational technology, classroom management techniques, and learning & assessment strategies to become effective teachers in the 7-12 diverse classrooms.  Integrated into this course is field-based experience where students observe, generate and deliver plans of instruction for diverse populations.



    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
    CoRequisite: SEED-495
  
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    SEED 411 - 7-12 Speech Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students develop and understanding of the tools of inquiry of 7-12 speech; the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of instructional strategies and processes that incorporate learning resources, materials, technologies, and state and national curriculum standards appropriate to 7-12 speech; the ability to assess student learning in 7-12 speech; and to apply theses knowledge, skills, and attitudes to real life situations and experiences.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 413 - 7-12 Science Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students develop an understanding of the tools of inquiry of 7-12 sciences; the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of instructional strategies and processes that incorporate learning resources, materials, technologies, and state and national curriculum standards appropriate to 7-12 science, the ability to assess student learning in 7-12 science; and to apply theses knowledge, skills, and attitudes to real life situations and experiences.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 415 - 7-12 Social Science Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students develop an understanding of the tools of inquiry of 7-12 social science; the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of instructional strategies and processes that incorporate learning resources, materials, technologies, and state and national curriculum standards appropriate to 7-12 social science; the ability to assess student learning in 7-12 social science; and to apply these knowledge, skills, and attitudes to real life situations and experiences.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 418 - 7-12 Math Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students develop an understanding of the tools of inquiry of 7-12 math; the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of instructional strategies and processes that incorporate learning resources, materials, technologies, and state and national curriculum standards appropriate to 7-12 math; the ability to assess student learning in 7-12 math; and to apply these knowledge, skills, and attitudes to real life situations and experiences.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 420 - 5-12 Teaching Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    This course is designed to provide general teaching methods and strategies for effective middle level and secondary education to prepare professionals for the 21st century who are caring, competent, and confident. It prepares prospective teachers to plan and develop instruction respecting learner differences as well as preparing appropriate methods for assessing student achievement. The nature of this course creates opportunities for prospective teachers to individualize the course content and learning activities to be responsive to the different education majors. The learning projects are built around the integration of technology, media, other instructional aids, and various resources relevant to the uniqueness of each content major.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 424 - 7-12 Language Arts Methods

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students develop an understanding of the tools of inquiry of 7-12 language arts, integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening; the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of instructional strategies and processes that incorporate learning resources, materials, technologies, and state and national curriculum standards appropriate to 7-12 language arts; the ability to assess student learning in 7-12 language arts; and to apply theses knowledge, skills, and attitudes to real life situations and experiences.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 450 - Reading and Content Literacy

    Common Course Number & Description
    This course explores methods for teaching middle and high school students to read, write, think, and learn in ways that allow them to master the subject matter and meaningfully apply their understanding.  Participants learn to plan lessons that teach content and nurture greater literacy.  Pre-, during-, and post-reading strategies are explored, along with assessment methods that give students a continual view of their literacy progress and achievement.  Classroom adaptations for culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the content areas are also addressed.

     
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as SEED-550)
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed

  
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    SEED 459 - 5-12 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

    Unique Course
    This is a practical course in which the student is directed toward acquiring specific skills that will enable a teacher to diagnose reading difficulties observed in middle/secondary classrooms and develop activities/strategies to correct them. This course includes a practicum.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 488 - 7-12 Student Teaching

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students preparing for teaching in the secondary school will observe, participate, and teach under the supervision of the regular classroom teacher in an approved elementary school.
    Additional Fee: An additional Mandatory Fee applies to this course.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SEED 491 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SEED 492 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes Current Topics, Advanced Topics, and Special Topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement.
  
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    SEED 495 - Practicum

    Common Course Number & Description
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
    CoRequisite: SEED-408
  
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    SEED 498 - Undergrad Research/Scholarship

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes Senior Project, and Capstone Experience. Independent research problems/project or scholarship activities. The plan of study is negotiated by the faculty member and the student. Contact between the two may be extensive and intensive. Does not include research courses which are theoretical.

Sociology (SOC)

  
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    SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology

    Common Course Number & Description
    Comprehensive study of society, with analysis of group life, and other forces shaping human behavior.
  
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    SOC 150 - Social Problems

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of present day problems in contemporary societies, such as racism, sexism, ageism, alcoholism, drug addiction, physical and mental health, war and environmental issues - their significance and current policies and action.
  
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    SOC 151 - Social Issues in Sustainability

    Unique Course
    This course examines issues of sustainability that include social impacts on the environment, inequality, consumption and waste, urbanization, violence, and issues of health and well-being.
  
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    SOC 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

    Common Course Number & Description
    Overviews the criminal justice institutions involved in the operations of criminal law including the police, the attorney, the bail system, the trial, the guilty plea, sentencing, corrections and an analysis of criminal law in terms of why certain kinds of conduct are criminal in our society.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as CJUS-201)
  
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    SOC 225 - American Indian Women

    Unique Course
    This will be a study of the historical importance of Indian women and their significance in the modern world.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as AIS 225)
  
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    SOC 291 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SOC 292 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
  
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    SOC 307 - Research Methods I

    Common Course Number & Description
    The research process; selection and formulation of research problems; concepts, propositions and scientific theories; elementary research design; data collection procedures and computer applications.  Course research projects when possible.
  
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    SOC 308 - Research Methods II

    Common Course Number & Description
    Method for data manipulation and presentation; discussion of principles for selection of analysis techniques; index and scale construction; tabular presentation and interpretation; and oral and written report development.
  
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    SOC 326 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution

    Unique Course
    This course is a study of the causes, characteristics, dynamics and intervention processes associated with both interpersonal and international conflict.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 330 - Self and Society

    Common Course Number & Description
    A social psychological exploration of the factors linking self and society, with an examination of the social construction of reality.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 350 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    Common Course Number & Description
    A survey of contemporary ethnic and racial groups and selected minorities in South Dakota, the United States and other countries; special attention will be given to sociological concepts and theories relevant to intergroup dynamics, social structures, and communication.
  
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    SOC 351 - Criminology

    Common Course Number & Description
    Focuses on theories of crime, juvenile delinquency and justice, laws, systems of criminal behavior, victimization, and corrections.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 355 - Sociology of the Mass Media

    Unique Course
    This course examines the history and function of the mass media including how it shapes culture, influences social life and affects how we see ourselves and others both in the United States and around the world.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 356 - Sociology of Religion

    Unique Course
    This course examines religion in a social context by analyzing religious beliefs, practices, and organizations from a sociological perspective.  The primary focus is on religion in contemporary American society.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 380 - Sociology of Life Cycles

    Unique Course
    This course is a study of the different stages of the life cycles of humankind with particular emphasis on adulthood and aging.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 382 - The Family

    Common Course Number & Description
    Focus is on the development and maintenance of the family as a social institution with emphasis on comparative family systems and the contemporary American family from the standpoint of social class, ethnic background and family crises.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 400 - Social Policy

    Common Course Number & Description
    A review of social welfare legislation; current trends and issues in, and implementation and administration of, social policy in a variety of practice areas.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 402 - Social Deviance

    Common Course Number & Description
    This course examines the nature of negatively evaluated behaviors and the process by which customs, rules and normative structure of society are constructed.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 403 - Sociological Theory

    Common Course Number & Description
    This is an introduction to the classics in social theory, various schools of social thought, and modern developments in the discipline. It also covers the major ideas of the classical and modern theorists, the social environment in which they wrote, and the implications of their contributions.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 421 - Culture of the American Indian

    Unique Course
    A study of the past and present culture patterns of American Indian people is presented.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as AIS 421)
  
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    SOC 422 - Issues in Contemporary Indian Life

    Common Course Number & Description
    An analysis of current American Indian life including inquiry into government policies, economics, and social adjustment to non-Indian society, and cultural changes as these relate to Indian citizens on and off the reservation.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as AIS 422)
  
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    SOC 423 - Social Stratification

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of the bases, varieties, changes, and consequences of systems of stratification. Major attention is directed to social class patterns in American society.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 432 - Collective Behavior & Social Change

    Common Course Number & Description
    A social psychological study of such phenomena as social unrest, milling, collective excitement, crowd behavior and mass movements.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 440 - Urban Sociology

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of the urban community, focusing on its development, social structures and institutional patterns.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 444 - Siouan Tribal Culture

    Unique Course
    Examines the culture of the Siouan-speaking tribes of the northern plains using historical, anthropological, and linguistic approaches. The course focuses on the three divisions of the Sioux peoples, namely Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota. It also may include other Siouan-speaking tribes such as the Mandan, Omaha and Winnebago.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as AIS 444)
    PreRequisite: AIS-257
  
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    SOC 452 - Prisons and Penology

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of the history and theory of reformatory treatment of adult and juvenile offenders.
  
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    SOC 454 - Indian Community Organization & Development

    Unique Course
    This will be a study of the theory and process of community development in Indian communities.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as AIS 454)
  
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    SOC 455 - Juvenile Delinquency

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of the youthful offender and the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior; preventive and rehabilitation programs are also discussed.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 456 - Community Corrections

    Common Course Number & Description
    An examination of the history of adult and juvenile treatment and punishment.  Emphasis is upon contemporary community based treatment as well as traditional prison-based incarceration.  The process of sentencing, particularly the role of the pre-sentence investigation (PSI) is covered.  Special attention is devoted to internship and career possibilities in the corrections arena.
  
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    SOC 458 - Sociology of Aging

    Common Course Number & Description
    A comprehensive study of the aged population in American society. Including discussions of socio-demographic changes, life course issues, relevant social policy, and cross-cultural comparisons.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 459 - Sociology of Death and Dying

    Common Course Number & Description
    This is a study of the beliefs, attitudes, and values toward death and dying, as well as a probe of the customs, laws, social norms, scientific information, and anthropolical and sociological viewpoints of death and dying.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 462 - Population Studies

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of human populations with respect to size, distribution, and structure, with emphasis on theories of population growth and decline, population policies, and impacts on the environment.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 463 - Environmental Sociology

    Unique Course
    This course examines how population growth, technology, and social organizations affect the natural environment and how the natural environment affects humans and their systems.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 471 - Medical Sociology

    Unique Course
    This course provides an introduction to the field of medical sociology.  It examines the social aspects and components of health, illness, patient-healthcare worker relationships and healthcare systems.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100
  
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    SOC 480 - Sociology of Education

    Common Course Number & Description
    An examination of educational systems from a sociological point of view.  The social organization of the American public school and the relations between the school and the community are emphasized.
    PreRequisite: 6 hours of Sociology
  
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    SOC 483 - Sociology of Gender Roles

    Common Course Number & Description
    Female and male roles in relation to one another in a changing world are foci of this course. The nature of gender roles, their origin and maintenance, institutional features, and their variations over time and across cultures are examined.
    PreRequisite: SOC-100 or SOC-150
  
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    SOC 484 - Political Sociology

    Unique Course
    This course is designed to promote the scholarly understanding of a sociological interpretation of political phenomena.
  
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    SOC 491 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SOC 492 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
  
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    SOC 494 - Internship

    Common Course Number & Description
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Student gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.
  
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    SOC 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship

    Common Course Number & Description
    Independent research problems/projects or scholarship activities.  The plan of study is negotiated by the faculty member and the student. Contact between the two may be extensive and intensive.  Does not include research courses which are theoretical.

Spanish (SPAN)

  
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    SPAN 101 - Introductory Spanish I

    Common Course Number & Description
    Introduces the fundamental elements of Spanish sentence structure and vocabulary. Promotes speaking, listening and writing within a cultural context. Class work may be supplemented with required aural/oral practice outside of class.
  
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    SPAN 102 - Introductory Spanish II

    Common Course Number & Description
    Introduces the fundamental elements of Spanish sentence structure and vocabulary. Promotes speaking, listening, and writing within a cultural context. Class work may be supplemented with required aural/oral practice outside of class.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-101
  
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    SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

    Common Course Number & Description
    Students use previously learned elements of fundamental Spanish to improve speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. Authentic materials promote the understanding of Hispanic culture.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-102
  
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    SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II

    Common Course Number & Description
    Continuation of 201 with more emphasis on using grammar structures in an interactive way. Further study of the Hispanic world. Students planning to major or minor in Spanish are encouraged to take 212 concurrently.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-201
  
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    SPAN 211 - Intermediate Oral Practice I

    Common Course Number & Description
    Conversational work, oral reports.  May be taken concurrently with SPAN 201, SPAN 202, or SPAN 203.
  
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    SPAN 291 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SPAN 301 - Spanish Conversation & Composition I

    Unique Course
    SPAN 202 or equivalent is required. The course is designed to develop knowledge of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and to improve proficiency in speaking and writing through the study of advanced grammar, classroom discussion, independent research, and composition writing.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-202
  
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    SPAN 302 - Spanish Conversation & Composition II

    Unique Course
    SPAN 301 or equivalent is required. The course is designed to develop knowledge of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and to improve proficiency in speaking and writing through the study of advanced grammar, classroom discussion, independent research, and composition writing.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-301
  
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    SPAN 304 - The Structure of Spanish

    Unique Course
    The course offers intensive examination of Spanish grammatical structure. Students develop analytical skill and control for grammatical accuracy in written and spoken expression.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-202
  
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    SPAN 455 - Applied Translation in Spanish

    Unique Course
    The course provides Spanish translation experience within a community context, focusing on translation theory, intensive skill development and civic interaction.
    PreRequisite: SPAN-302 or SPAN-304 or SPAN-444
  
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    SPAN 490 - Seminar

    Common Course Number & Description
    A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division or graduate levels. Enrollment is generally limited to fewer than 20 students.
  
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    SPAN 491 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SPAN 492 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
  
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    SPAN 494 - Internship

    Common Course Number & Description
    Applied, monitored, and supervised field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid.  Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and/or directed plan of study.  A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.

Speech Communication (SPCM)

  
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    SPCM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech

    Common Course Number & Description
    Introduces the study of speech fundamentals and critical thinking through frequent public speaking practice, including setting, purpose, audience, and subject.
  
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    SPCM 201 - Interpersonal Communication

    Common Course Number & Description
    Studies modes of interpersonal communication through readings, and experiential discussions of the role of interpersonal communications in common situations within our society.
  
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    SPCM 215 - Public Speaking

    Common Course Number & Description
    Sharpens student’s skills in platform speaking events, covering the preparation for and delivery of competitive speaking formats including oral interpretation, persuasive, expository, impromptu, extemporaneous, and after dinner speaking.
  
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    SPCM 222 - Argumentation and Debate

    Common Course Number & Description
    Explores argument as a communication activity, construction sound arguments in a variety of venues and analyzing the contribution of argument to public dialogue on contemporary issues.
  
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    SPCM 281 - Speech and Debate Activities

    Common Course Number & Description
    Initiates active participation in competitive public speaking, including debate, oral interpretation, and non-competitive public performances.
  
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    SPCM 290 - Seminar

    Common Course Number & Description
    A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division graduate levels. Enrollments in generally limited to fewer than 20 students.
  
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    SPCM 291 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SPCM 292 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
  
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    SPCM 340 - Oral Interpretation of Literature

    Common Course Number & Description
    Examines the theory and practice of the performance of texts, the artistic, aesthetic, and carefully considered sharing of our personal understanding of literary selection, involving analysis, planning, rehearsing, and effective sharing of meaning with an audience.
  
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    SPCM 405 - Theories of Communication

    Common Course Number & Description
    Examines communication theories and philosophies, emphasizing clarification through theory of daily communication processes, and relating theory to traditional and developing research methods.
  
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    SPCM 410 - Organizational Communication

    Common Course Number & Description
    Explores communication processes in organizational contexts, theories of leadership, decision making and conflict, the application of principles that facilitate communication in organizations, and other selected topics.
  
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    SPCM 434 - Small Group Communication

    Common Course Number & Description
    Explores prominent concepts and theories of human small group interaction, cultivating critical assessments of communication strategies in task, social, and therapeutic groups.
  
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    SPCM 455 - Visual Culture

    Unique Course
    Study and criticism of the symbolic, rhetorical, and ethical implications of imagery, as well as the place of imagery in a predominantly visual culture.  Topics will include mediation, art, semiotics, identity, iconicity, virtuality, and commodification of images.
    Cross-listed: (Also offered as WRTG-455)
  
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    SPCM 466 - Principles of Rhetoric

    Unique Course
    A consideration of the grounds of effective oral and written discourse makes up this course. It examines rhetorical theories throughout history with a view to constructing a practical synthesis applicable to personal life, teaching careers and communication oriented vocations.
  
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    SPCM 481 - Speech and Debate Activities

    Common Course Number & Description
    Active participation in competitive public speaking, including debate, oral interpretation, and non-competitive public performances.
  
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    SPCM 485 - Communication & Conflict Resolution

    Common Course Number & Description
    A study of theoretical and practical strategies for individual and group conflict resolution. Specific training in critical analysis, listening, and communication strategies for mediation, negotiation, and other conflict resolution forums are explored. Illustrative simulations based on family, industry, and social conflicts are used to develop a clearer understanding of conflict management.
  
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    SPCM 490 - Seminar

    Common Course Number & Description
    A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division graduate levels. Enrollments in generally limited to fewer than 20 students.
  
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    SPCM 491 - Independent Study

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.
  
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    SPCM 492 - Topics

    Common Course Number & Description
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.
  
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    SPCM 494 - Internship

    Common Course Number & Description
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.

Special Education (SPED)

  
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    SPED 100 - Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

    Common Course Number & Description
    A survey of the various exceptionalities and implications of education; the history and philosophy of special education; and state and federal legislation affecting special education.
  
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    SPED 300 - Students with Exceptionalities

    Common Course Number & Description
    Characteristics and needs of exceptional individuals including review of special education legislation and special methods focusing on elementary level students with special needs.
  
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    SPED 405 - Educating Secondary Students with Disabilities

    Common Course Number & Description
    An introduction to the entire field of education for children with exceptional needs and is required by all middle school and secondary school majors. Students will identify etiology, classification, and educational programming practices for individuals with any identified disabilities. Students will also determine which local, state, and national administrative and legislative provisions support children with these conditions. Computerized IEP forms and other productivity tools will be reviewed.
  
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    SPED 406 - Introduction to Assistive Technology

    Unique Course
    An examination of best practices and state-of-the-art Assistive Technology (AT) devices, including Augmentative Communication, Technology Access, and Environmental Control/Modification. This course will address both lo-tech and hi-tech strategies for supporting individuals with disabilities for communication and independent living. Future special educators will become familiarized with AT devices and practices they are likely to encounter in their classrooms.
    Cross-listed: SPED-506
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Ed
  
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    SPED 410 - Behavior Management of Exceptional Children

    Common Course Number & Description
    This course covers the development and implementation of positive behavior management including interventions, strategies, and supports as appropriate for individual students with disabilities.
    Registration Restriction: Admitted to Teacher Education
 

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