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Click on the links below to read the description, course number, prerequisites and course credits for each course in the General Education Requirements program.

This course is required for all students and is a preparation for a successful journey into the online learning environment with the University. It will introduce students to the University of the People library, the resources available to them, to the academic methods, and to the policies and expectations for student performance. Further, it will provide an overview of strategies for student success including time and stress management, effective study skills, and personal ownership of the learning process.
Course Number: UNIV 1001
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course is a mandatory course for all students that have not demonstrated English proficiency. The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance English skills of reading and writing which are necessary for adequate performance in all academic areas. The units focus on a range of texts and genres designed to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of academic discourse. Each unit also focuses on the progressive development of reading, grammar, writing and test taking skills.
Course Number: ENGL 0101
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course is designed to further develop and enhance skills in purposeful academic writing and analysis. The course covers the short story (literature, genre), the importance of storytelling, research review, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and promotes advanced writing skills.
Course Number: ENGL 1102
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to build an understanding of effective uses of English in a business environment and to develop strong core business communication skills. This course will introduce the varying modes of English communication in the business environment and when to use them. It will also help to develop and expand students’ business-related vocabulary, and to develop an understanding of the best techniques for successful communication in varying business contexts.
Course Number: ENGL 1103
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course can be used to satisfy an Arts and Sciences requirement as well as provide a solid grounding in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry in preparation for further mathematical studies. The course includes an extensive study of linear, quadratic, and rational functions. It also contains an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions and circles. Finally, the topic of systems of linear equations is covered.
Course Number: MATH 1201
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course covers topics such as real numbers, differentiation, continuous functions, integration, limits, analytic geometry and trigonometry.
Course Number: MATH 1211
Prerequisites: MATH 1201
Credits: 3

This course provides an introduction to economics as well as an overview of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Course topics include the operations of a market economy, money and banking, the relations between business organizations and government regulatory agencies, optimal allocation of resources, price stability and long-term growth.
Course Number: ECON 1580
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course presents students with basic concepts in statistics and probability and encourages statistical thinking. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the sampling distribution and the Central Limit Theorem. The R statistical programming environment is used for computation, graphical presentation, and simulations.
Course Number: MATH 1280
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course covers inferential statistics, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis in the course is on the presentation of statistical methods and on the interpretation of the outcome. The philosophy and practice of statistics and not its mathematics is at the center. Needed mathematical computations are demonstrated via simulations rather than by abstract proofs. The R system for data analysis is used as part of the teaching.
Course Number: MATH 1281
Prerequisites: MATH 1280
Credits: 3

This is a multidisciplinary course that will bring together data collected from various scientific fields to help students understand the environment, current environmental problems and solutions to these problems. The course will cover topics that include biodiversity conservation, agriculture related environmental impacts, environmental effects of human populations and urbanization, the consequences of society’s dependence on fossil fuel and solutions using alternative energy sources, environmental waste or pollutants affecting land, water and air and lastly environmental economics, ethics, policy and sustainable living.
Course Number: ENVS 1301
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course is primarily intended for students majoring in Computer Science. The emphasis will be on the development of technical discrete mathematics skills, rather than rigorous proof. Topics will include number systems, sets, logic, induction, elementary counting techniques, relations, functions, matrices, and Boolean algebra.
Course Number: MATH 1302
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This survey course in Western Art History will explore art as a cultural production. This introduction to the academic discipline will familiarize students with major movements and styles of art as well as the various media and purposes of artistic production. The relationship of the visual arts and the individual artist to their society and culture will also be explored.
Course Number: AHIST 1401
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course traces the origins of philosophical thinking from Socrates and Plato in Ancient Greece to great thinkers of modern times. The profound questions they posed about reality, ethics, and knowledge still challenges us today. This course emphasizes how philosophy is a manner of thinking about the most basic problems faced by ordinary people and students are encouraged to examine the ideas of the philosophers as they impact their own lives.
Course Number: PHIL 1402
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course studies and compares social groups and institutions and their interrelationships. Special topics covered in the course include culture, socialization, deviance, stratification, race, ethnicity, social changes, and collective behavior. As an introduction to the scientific discipline of Sociology, students will have the opportunity to analyze what we know and what we think we know as citizens, individuals, and as novice sociologists.
Course Number: SOC 1502
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course covers the basic principles of psychology, its common approaches, and its theoretical underpinnings. As both a research and applied discipline, Psychology involves the study of mental processes and behavior and will facilitate better understanding of the relationship between mind and body, and the self and other.
Course Number: PSYC 1504 (GS1504)
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course examines changes in national economies over the past half century. Special attention is given to the ways that globalization impacts citizenship, ethnic and religious issues, migration, public health, poverty, and wealth. The cross-cultural context affords the opportunity to address issues of a global nature which may profoundly influence the conditions under which people live and work.
Course Number: POLS 1503
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

This course explores Western and non-Western approaches to ethical reasoning, and the social implications of unethical behavior. Current professional ethics as well as cultural values will be analyzed, and students will be asked to reconcile these with personal beliefs in order to prepare them for taking responsibility for their actions in the world.
Course Number: PHIL 1404
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3

The course includes selected readings from Homer, Plato’s Dialogues, and a brief description of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Students will address the question: In what ways did Greek and Roman civilization provide the foundations for the development of western culture?
Course Number: HIST 1421
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3