General Education Courses

General Education

HUMANITIES

KCHU 120 – Written Rhetoric – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: None Written Rhetoric provides students with practice in the art of writing well. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate competence in critical thought and expression and in the composition of expository prose. They will use writing both as a tool for discovery and communication, and they will shape their communication in response to audience and purpose.

KCHU 121 – Oral Rhetoric – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: None Oral Rhetoric provides students with the skills and confidence needed to speak effectively in formal presentations. Course concentrations include the examination and practice of oral rhetoric, building on skills in common with Written Rhetoric.

KCHU 203 – Special Topics in Humanities – 1 to 3 Credits

KCHU 220 – Introduction to Drama – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 A study of drama from ancient through modern times.

KCHU 222 – Introduction to World Literature – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Surveys and analyzes selected fiction, poetry, and drama of world civilizations. This course places literature in its historical and cultural contexts. (Students who have earned credit for THTR 231, Theatre History, or THTR 232, Modern Theatre, may not use credit earned in KCHU 222 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 225 – Introduction to Theatre – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 A survey of theatre production including the play, playwright, actor, director, scene design, costuming, props, and business management. (Students who have earned credit for THTR 215, Introduction to Theatre, may not use credit earned in KCHU 225 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 227 – Introduction to World Religions – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 An objective comparative survey of the history, doctrines, ethical codes, myths, and rituals of major world religions, including, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. (Students who have earned credit for HUMN 227, Western Religions, may not use credit earned in KCHU 227 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 228 – Introduction to Philosophy – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Introduces philosophical thought from ancient times to the present. Topics include ethics, metaphysics, art, religion, politics, and social behavior. (Students who have earned credit for HUMN 115, Introduction to Philosophy, may not use credit earned in KCHU 228 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 303 – Special Topics in Humanities – 1 to 3 Credits

KCHU 317 – International Literature – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 An advanced study of selected classic and contemporary international writers. Special emphasis on global perspective and multi-cultural issues.

KCHU 320 – Advanced Rhetoric – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120, KCHU 121,Junior or Senior Standing Advanced Rhetoric provides students with practice in analyzing, developing and organizing various forms of persuasive discourse, including written, oral and visual. Building on the skills developed in the two prerequisites, students apply their understanding of rhetorical concepts to the study of various social issues and cultural texts.

KCHU 321 – Modern Literature – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Studies major late 19th century and 20th century international authors, their literary forms and themes. (Students who have earned credit for LITR 223, Contemporary Literature, may not use credit earned in KCHU 321 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 322 – Creative Writing – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Focuses on the reading and writing of short fiction. (Students who have earned credit in ENGL 322, Creative Writing, may not use credit earned in KCHU 322 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHU 323 – Aesthetics – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120, KCAH 112, or program consent An exploration of the philosophical nature of beauty, art, and taste.

KCHU 324 – Mythology – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Studies world myths from ancient civilization to the present, their singular and comparative values, their impact on knowledge and culture, and our reassessment of them in light of our current concepts and knowledge of the world.

KCHU 325 – Bible as Literature – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Focuses on a thematic study of the Bible, its literary genres and styles, and its influence on the culture of Western civilization. This course will explore the ways in which the Bible defines the nature of human beings and answers the ultimate questions of the human condition. It will deepen students’ appreciation of the Bible as great literature and as a source of inspiration for other works of art.

KCHU 328 – Film as Literature – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Teaches the student how to view a film as a work of art. Introduces the student to cinematic techniques and important American and international directors.

KCHU 399 – Independent Study:Humanities – 1 to 3 Credits

Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, junior/senior standing

KCHU 403 – Seminar in Humanities – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCAH 112, KCHU 120 Seminar dealing with topics of special interest in the humanities and especially intended for upper-division students.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

KCHP 220 – Introduction to History Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCAH 112, KCHU 120, or instructor approval Introduces methods and procedures for analytical examination of our architectural and cultural heritage and how good management with design standards can contribute to extending the useful life of buildings. Students will learn to recognize and respect the diverse contributions that each generation and each region has made. (Students who have earned credit for KCSS 220 or KCSS 445, may not use credit earned in KCHP 220 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCHP 330 – History and Theory of Historic Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHP 220 or instructor approval Introduces the history, organizations, and theories of historic preservation and investigates why and how historic buildings, districts, and sites are protected. Students will gain knowledge about the criteria used to identify, classify, and evaluate the integrity and historical significance of historic structures, districts, and sites.

KCHP 420 – Theory and Practices of Historic Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHP 330 Further investigates the theories and practices and the design consequences of historic preservation. Students will gain knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of historic preservation and how the multitude of players (private, public, non-profit government) focuses on cooperative work capitalizing on the strengths of each. The course will discuss successful grass-roots preservation advocacy techniques including marketing and dealing with the media. The course will examine design-guidelines in historic districts (and other related zoning overlay designations) as well as theories of compatible new construction in those districts.

SCIENCE

KCSC 203 – Special Topics in Science – 1 to 3 Credits

KCSC 230 – Natural Science – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Introduces the student to natural history, the origins and development of life on earth, and ecology.

KCSC 231 – Math in Art and Design – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 A study of the relationships between mathematics and the arts. Includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, rhythmic, progressions, proportion, and composition.

KCSC 234 – Conceptual Physics – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120, KCSC 231 As an introductory course, covers a variety of topics giving general insights into scientific thinking and the methodology of physics. (Note: no prior familiarity with physics is required.)

KCSC 261 – The Aesthetics of Geometry – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120, KCSC 231 or instructor consent Plane and solid Euclidean geometry. History of geometric concepts; theoretical geometry; and mathematical properties of geometric shapes useful in practical and visual applications.

KCSC 303 – Special Topics in Science – 1 to 3 Credits

KCSC 304 – History of Mathematics – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Chronicles the development of mathematics, including geometry, from the time of the Greeks to the present..

KCSC 399 – Independent Study:Science – 1 to 3 Credits

Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, junior/senior standing

KCSC 403 – Seminar in Science – 1 to 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Topics of special interest in the sciences, especially intended for upper-division students.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

KCSS 203 – Special Topics in Social Science – 1 to 3 Credits

KCSS 220 – Introduction to Historic Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCAH 112, KCHU 120, or instructor approval Introduces methods and procedures for analytical examination of our architectural and cultural heritage and how good management with design standards can contribute to extending the useful life of buildings. Students will learn to recognize and respect the diverse contributions that each generation and each region has made. (Students who have earned credit for KCHP 220 or KCSS 445, may not use credit earned in KCSS 220 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 240 – History of North America – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Studies the political and cultural history of the North American continent. Traces the development of Canada, Mexico, and the United States into modern times. Included is a comparative study of the modern cultures of North America.

KCSS 241 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Provides an overview of the field of psychology including its basic principles, theories, issues, and practices. In addition, it provides a beginning framework for the understanding of human behavior and experience, and helps students gain insight into the psychological phenomena of their everyday experiences. Topics include: growth and development, perception, learning, personality, psychological disorders, and social behaviors. (Students who have earned credit in PSYC 150, Introduction to Psychology, may not use credit earned in KCSS 241 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 242 – Introduction to Sociology – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Introduces sociology and considers topics such as culture, society, social class, institutions, and social change. Social organization is examined from a sociological perspective. Concepts, terms, and major schools of thought are introduced. (Students who have earned credit in SOCY 121, Introduction to Sociology, may not use credit earned in KCSS 242 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 243 – Anthropology – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Surveys major anthropology areas: physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. Ethnographic methods are studied and major anthropological concepts are examined. Major schools of thought are studied and problems of interpretation of data are discussed. (Students who have earned credit in ANTH 121, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, may not use credit earned in KCSS 243 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 245 – Comparative Government – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 As an introductory political science course, provides students with an awareness of principles, theories, issues, and practices of various model government systems. (Students who have earned credit in PLSC 331, Comparative World Governments, may not use credit earned in KCSS 245 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 246 – Ethnic and Interracial Dynamics – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Introduces the history of racism in the United States and examines how it is continued in institutions that affect our daily lives. Students will examine literature that analyzes racism and the roots of prejudice. Communication techniques of empathetic listening and conflict management will be introduced. (Students who have earned credit in HIST 301, Racism in the Modern World, may not use credit earned in KCSS 246 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 247 – Political Science – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 An introduction to political science. Political history, theory, and current issues will be examined. Students will use texts, lectures, and films to help them understand political structures and events. Possible future events will be discussed.

KCSS 303 – Special Topics in Social Science – 1 to 3 Credits

KCSS 330 – History and Theory of Historic Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCSS 220 or instructor approval Introduces the history, organizations, and theories of historic preservation and investigates why and how historic buildings, districts, and sites are protected. Students will gain knowledge about the criteria used to identify, classify, and evaluate the integrity and historical significance of historic structures, districts, and sites.

KCSS 341 – America in the 20th Century – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Examines American society and culture over the past 90 years. Minorities, religion, the role of women, social welfare, and war are a few of the topics that will be studied. Also included is a brief narrative history of America since 1990.

KCSS 342 – Human Sexuality – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Provides a comprehensive understanding of the broad field in a balanced manner, integrating the five major dimensions of human sexuality. These include: the biological dimension, the psychosocial dimension, the cultural dimension, the behavioral dimension, and the clinical dimension. In addition, the course is intended to provide students with information that will contribute meaningfully to their knowledge and be useful for their everyday lives. (Students who have earned credit for SSCI 114, Human Sexuality, may not use credit earned in KSCC 342 to meet graduation requirements.)

KCSS 399 – Independent Study:Social Science – 1 to 3 Credits

Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, junior/senior standing

KCSS 403 – Seminar in Social Science – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCHU 120 Topics of special interest in the social sciences; intended for upper-level students.

KCSS 420 – Theory and Practices of Historic Preservation – 3 Credits

Prerequisites: KCSS 330 Further investigates the theories and practices and the design consequences of historic preservation. Students will gain knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of historic preservation and how the multitude of players (private, public, non-profit government) focuses on cooperative work capitalizing on the strengths of each. The course will discuss successful grass-roots preservation advocacy techniques including marketing and dealing with the media. The course will examine design-guidelines in historic districts (and other related zoning overlay designations) as well as theories of compatible new construction in those districts.

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