B.S. Multi-Disciplinary Studies Course Descriptions

REQUIRED MULTI-DISCIPLINARY STUDIES COURSES

MDS 300 - Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Studies  • 3 hours

Students will be introduced to multi-disciplinary studies and the different career and post-baccalaureate options available to graduates with this degree. With an emphasis on writing, library skills, and critical thinking, students will explore identity and worldview, and they will begin to articulate their purpose as it relates to the various multi-disciplinary concentrations and potential career paths. This course will also introduce MDS 495 - Multi-Disciplinary Studies Capstone, to be taken at the end of the program.

MDS 495 - Multi-Disciplinary Studies Capstone  • 3 hours

Final course in the multi-disciplinary studies program. Students will build on MDS 300 and complete a capstone project which examines connections between their chosen concentrations and articulates practical applications.

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION CONCENTRATION (15 CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE)

BUS 403 Marketing Management  • 3 hours

In this course, learners study marketing theory that presents a strategic overview of marketing concepts. Learners learn how to plan and implement marketing strategies and policies. Topics include consumer behavior, feasibility studies, market segmentation, marketing strategies, marketing mix forecasting, and budgeting within the domestic and global economy.

BUS 415/515 Global Business  • 3 hours

The objective of this course is to familiarize learners with the environments facing managers and corporations who are operating in the global economy. Thus, learners should acquire an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the global environment including international trade, cultures, economics, marketing, and communication issues of multinational corporations. More specifically, the successful completion of this course should enable learners to understand and analyze how global forces shape corporate strategy. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 425 Information Technology  • 3 hours

This course allows learners to evaluate the manager's role in ensuring best practices for the application of technology in organizations. It presents the significant components and technologies employed in information systems, their impact on business processes, and the contribution they make to competitive advantage. Learners will assess tools and skills about communication, policy, security, management, and technology.

BUS 435 - Human Resource Management  • 3 hours

This course covers the development of current policies, practices, and techniques necessary to ensure effective personnel management in complex organizations. There is an emphasis on the role of operating supervisors, executives, and the union in researching such challenges as employee selection, training, placement, wage and salary administration, promotion, fringe benefits, employee services, and management-labor relations.

BUS 480/580 Business Ethics  • 3 hours

This course will explore how ethical values influence individual and business effectiveness, compare and contrast major ethical theories, and apply ethical reasoning to develop sound business decisions. This course will focus on ethical problem solving and the application of ethical principles to issues of moral perplexity. (Master's Path Course)

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION (18 CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE)

BIB 110 - Introduction to World Religions  • 3 hours

In this age of social media and instant news, the world is getting smaller and seemingly more diverse. More so than ever, our neighbors and co-workers hold religious beliefs different from our own, and as a result we are more aware of the need to be culturally competent, daily practicing sensitivity and respect. The Introduction to World Religions course will provide a basic overview of the religious faiths and practices of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, comparing their basic beliefs about God, creation, scriptures, salvation, and the afterlife. This course will be taught from an evangelical Christian perspective, and Christianity will be the foundational benchmark to which the other religions are compared.

BUS 415/515 Global Business  • 3 hours

The objective of this course is to familiarize learners with the environments facing managers and corporations who are operating in the global economy. Thus, learners should acquire an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the global environment including international trade, cultures, economics, marketing, and communication issues of multinational corporations. More specifically, the successful completion of this course should enable learners to understand and analyze how global forces shape corporate strategy. (Master's Path Course)

ENG 204 - World Literature  • 3 hours

A study through literature of social, religious, political, and cultural issues with emphasis on analysis, application, and appreciation of literature.

ENG 301 - Studies in Literature  • 3 hours

This course is a study of life writing, with a special emphasis on the particular demands that different ages and cultures have placed on the biographer/autobiographer as an artist, writer, and historian. One basic goal of this course is to provide the learner with a better understanding of the role of the biographic arts within the larger disciplines of the humanities and the fine arts (history, sociology, psychology, literature, and film). This course will also provide the learners with directed opportunities to practice their knowledge of the processes of reading, writing, and critical thinking. They will learn how to intelligently read, write, and analyze.

HIS 379 - Latin American History & Politics  • 3 hours

An overview of Latin American history, politics, economics, and culture. Major epochs and achievements of Latin American history are explored, along with Latin reaction to specific regions and countries that are engaging the global spread of democracy. Students will become acquainted with some of the dominant aspects of Latin culture.

SOC 280 - Ethnic Relations  • 3 hours

This course provides an introduction and analysis of minority groups within the larger American society. Emphasis is given to the interaction patterns between minority and majority groups. Students are encouraged to critically consider how a Christian should respond to issues of diversity and oppression.

MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION (36 CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE)

ACC 306 Financial Accounting for Business  • 3 hours

A theoretical and practical analysis of principles, techniques, and uses of accounting in the planning and control of business organizations. Topics include a review of the accounting cycle and financial statements, effects upon General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), time value of money concepts, accounting for cash, receivables, inventory, property, and equipment, and intangible assets. Emphasis is placed on the use of the computer as a tool to provide critical information for decision making.

ACC 407 Managerial Accounting and Decision Making  • 3 hours

The primary emphasis of this course is on the role of accounting in the processes of management decision-making for planning and control. Topics include relevant cost analysis, standard costing, and analysis of variances; budgeting and responsibility accounting, and planned capital expenditures.

BUS 302 Statistics for Business  • 3 hours

This course provides a practical introduction to the tools needed to perform fundamental analysis of critical organizational data related to issues of quality control and decision-making. Topics covered include graphic and tabular summarization, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling distributions and estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis and variance, nonparametric methods, and regression analysis.

BUS 403 Marketing Management  • 3 hours

In this course, learners study marketing theory that presents a strategic overview of marketing concepts. Learners learn how to plan and implement marketing strategies and policies. Topics include consumer behavior, feasibility, and budgeting within the domestic and global economy.

BUS 410/510 Leadership and Management  • 3 hours

The focus of this course will be on clarifying the distinction between management and leadership by the examination of different models of leadership and the integration of ethical principles into various functional topics. The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades. Also, learners will survey contemporary perspectives of networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership, and crisis leadership. Special attention will be paid to examining the role that leaders play in identifying and implementing change in organizations. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 415/515 Global Business  • 3 hours

The objective of this course is to familiarize learners with the environments facing managers and corporations who are operating in the global economy. Thus, learners should acquire an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the global environment including international trade, cultures, economics, marketing, and communication issues of multinational corporations. More specifically, the successful completion of this course should enable learners to understand and analyze how global forces shape corporate strategy. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 419/519 Organizational Behavior  • 3 hours

Organizational Behavior is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organization theory, statistics, and others. This course will analyze the behavior of people in organizations. Organizational motivation, group behavior, group dynamics, communication, and decision-making are explored in the context of individual and group behavior. Learners are exposed to organizational behavioral science theories and their applications in different management settings and a variety of organizations. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 420/520 Operations Management  • 3 hours

This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, problems, and practices of operations management, including design, planning, control, and continuous improvement. Emphasis is on managerial processes for effective operations in both goods-producing and service-rendering organizations. Topics include operations strategy, process design, capacity planning, facilities location and design, forecasting, production scheduling, inventory control, quality assurance, and project management. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 425 Information Technology  • 3 hours

This course allows learners to evaluate the manager's role in ensuring best practices for the application of technology in organizations. It presents the significant components and technologies employed in information systems, their impact on business processes, and the contribution they make to competitive advantage. Learners will assess tools and skills about communication, policy, security, management, and technology.

BUS 435 Human Resource Management  • 3 hours

The development of current policies, practices, and techniques necessary to ensure effective personnel management in complex organizations are covered. There will be an emphasis on the role of operating supervisors, executives, and the union in researching such challenges as employee selection, training, placement, wage and salary administration, promotion, fringe benefits, employee services, and management-labor relations.

BUS 480/580 Business Ethics  • 3 hours

This course will explore how ethical values influence individual and business effectiveness, compare and contrast major ethical theories, and apply ethical reasoning to develop sound business decisions. This course will focus on ethical problem solving and the application of ethical principles to issues of moral perplexity. (Master's Path Course)

LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION (18 CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE)

BUS 410/510 Leadership and Management  • 3 hours

The focus of this course will be on clarifying the distinction between management and leadership by the examination of different models of leadership and the integration of ethical principles into various functional topics. The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades. Also, learners will survey contemporary perspectives of networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership, and crisis leadership. Special attention will be paid to examining the role that leaders play in identifying and implementing change in organizations. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 415/515 Global Business  • 3 hours

The objective of this course is to familiarize learners with the environments facing managers and corporations who are operating in the global economy. Thus, learners should acquire an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the global environment including international trade, cultures, economics, marketing, and communication issues of multinational corporations. More specifically, the successful completion of this course should enable learners to understand and analyze how global forces shape corporate strategy. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 419/519 Organizational Behavior  • 3 hours

Organizational Behavior is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organization theory, statistics, and others. This course will analyze the behavior of people in organizations. Organizational motivation, group behavior, group dynamics, communication, and decision-making are explored in the context of individual and group behavior. Learners are exposed to organizational behavioral science theories and their applications in different management settings and a variety of organizations. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 420/520 Operations Management  • 3 hours

This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, problems, and practices of operations management, including design, planning, control, and continuous improvement. Emphasis is on managerial processes for effective operations in both goods-producing and service-rendering organizations. Topics include operations strategy, process design, capacity planning, facilities location and design, forecasting, production scheduling, inventory control, quality assurance, and project management. (Master's Path Course)

BUS 435 Human Resource Management  • 3 hours

The development of current policies, practices, and techniques necessary to ensure effective personnel management in complex organizations are covered. There will be an emphasis on the role of operating supervisors, executives, and the union in researching such challenges as employee selection, training, placement, wage and salary administration, promotion, fringe benefits, employee services, and management-labor relations.

BUS 480/580 Business Ethics  • 3 hours

This course will explore how ethical values influence individual and business effectiveness, compare and contrast major ethical theories, and apply ethical reasoning to develop sound business decisions. This course will focus on ethical problem solving and the application of ethical principles to issues of moral perplexity. (Master's Path Course)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION (21 CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE)

CJS 243 - Introduction to Criminal Justice  • 3 hours

This introductory course examines the American criminal justice system from the commission of a crime to the release of the offender in the community. The focus of the course will be on the three main components of the system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. The nature and relationships of the various criminal justice agencies will be explored in detail, as well as major theoretical concepts, models, and perspectives.

CJS 393 - Criminal Law  • 3 hours

This course will examine the historical, constitutional, and legal principals applicable to substantive criminal law. This course will focus on an analysis of the definition of criminal law, elements of the major crimes, general principles of criminal responsibility, punishment, and the conditions or circumstances that may excuse an individual from criminal liability or mitigate the punishment. Legal reasoning, research, and case analysis will also be examined as well as the limitations of the criminal law.

CJS 360 - Criminal Procedures  • 3 hours

This course is an examination of the historical, constitutional, and legal principles applicable to criminal procedure. This course will focus on the procedural aspects of the criminal law pertaining to police powers in connection with the laws of arrest, search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, civil liberties, eavesdropping, confessions, and related decision-making factors. Analysis of such precedent cases as Miranda v. Arizona, Terry v. Ohio, and Escobedo v. Illinois will also be pursued.

CJS 316 - Corrections  • 3 hours

This course is an examination of the people, systems, practices, policies, and problems of the correctional community, at the local, state, and federal levels. This course will include an analysis of the historical development of corrections, including community attitudes and resources, treatment programs, trends, and changes in the field, based on the philosophies of state and national governments. Various sentencing options, including the death penalty, will also be examined.

CJS 325 - Police and Society  • 3 hours

This course will examine the philosophy, history, and agencies of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels. An analysis of the role and responsibilities of law enforcement in a democratic society will be investigated, as well as such contemporary issues as corruption and brutality.

CJS 373 - Criminology  • 3 hours

The focus of this course is on the causation of crime and delinquency. Classical, biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime causation will be explored, as well as violent, property, white-collar, organized, and public order crimes. An examination will also be made of the extent and measurement of crime, delinquency, and victimization.

CJS 440 - Human Trafficking  • 3 hours

This course will focus on international and domestic human trafficking. Human trafficking victims include men, women and children who are subject to sexual exploitation or forced labor. This course will analyze human trafficking through research, enforcement issues, laws and presentations.

Bachelor of Science in Multi-Disciplinary Studies Program