Category Humanities

  • American Literature [6 Credit Hours-CLEP]

    This American Literature course satisfies the requirements for the CLEP Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the CLEP Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Knowledge of Particular Literary Works—Their Authors, Characters, Plots, Style, Setting, Themes, etc.
    • Ability to Understand and Interpret Short Poems or Excerpts from Long Poems and Prose Works
    • Knowledge of the Historical and Social Settings of Specific Works, Their Relations to Other Literary Works and to Literary Traditions, and the Influences on Their Authors
    • Familiarity with Critical Terms, Verse Forms, and Literary Devices
    For the Following Periods:
    • The Colonial and Early National Period (Beginnings-1830)
    • The Romantic Period (1830-1870)
    • The Period of Realism and Naturalism (1870-1910)
    • The Modernist Period (1910-1945)
    • The Contemporary Period (1945-Present)

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature [6 Credit Hours-CLEP]

    This Analyzing & Interpreting Literature course satisfies the requirements for the CLEP Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the CLEP Exam Overview as follows: Although the official standardized examination does not require familiarity with specific works, it does assume that you have read widely and perceptively in poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction.

    • Ability to Read Prose, Poetry and Drama with Understanding
    • Ability to Analyze the Elements of Literary Passage and to REspond to Nuances of Meaning, Tone, Imagery and Style
    • Ability to Interpret Metaphors, to Recognize Rhetorical and Stylistic Devices, to Perceive Relationships Between Parts and Wholes, and to Grasp a Speaker's or Author's Attitudes
    • Knowledge of the Means by which Literary Effects are Achieved
    • Familiarity with the Basic Terminology Used to Discuss Literary Texts

  • Art of the Western World – [ 3 Credit Hours-DSST ]

    This Art Of The Western World course satisfies the requirements for the DSST Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the DSST Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Ancient World-Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome
    • Middle Ages-Early Christian, Byzantine & Romanesque, and Gothic
    • Renaissance-15th & 16th Century Italy and Northern Europe
    • Baroque-Italy, France, Spain, Holland and Flanders
    • Rococo and Neoclassicism
    • Romanticism and Realism
    • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
    • Early Twentieth Century-Emergency of Modernism and Art Between the World Wars
    • Postwar to Postmodern
    • Contemporary

  • English Literature [3 Credit Hours-CLEP ]

    This English Literature course satisfies the requirements for the CLEP Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the CLEP Exam Overview as follows:

    • British Literature
    • Literary Background
    • Identification of Authors
    • Metrical Patterns
    • Literary References
    • Literary Terms

  • Ethics in America / Ethics: Theory & Practice [3 Credit Hours-DSST]

    This Ethics in America course satisfies the requirements for the DSST Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the DSST Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Contemporary Foundational Issues- Relativism, Subjectivism, Determinism and Free Will, Relationship Between Morality and Religion
    • Ethical Traditions- Greek Views: Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoic, Epicureanism, Religious Traditions, Law and Justice: Epictetus, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Rosseau, Jefferson, Kant, Royce, King, Rawls, Nozick, Consequentialist Ethics: Epicurus, Smith, Bentham, Mill, Rand, Feminist/Womanist Ethics: Gilligan, Nodding
    • Ethical Analysis of Real World Issues- Morality, Relationships, and Sexuality (i.e. Pornography, Adultery, Prostitution, LGBT), Life and Death Issues (i.e. Abortion, Euthanasia, Suicide, Assisted Suicide), Economic Issues (i.e. Inequality, Poverty, Equal Opportunity Commodification), Civil Rights (i.e. Racism, Affirmative Action), Punishment (i.e. Capital Punishment, Retributive Justice), War and Peace (i.e. Just War Tradition), Life Centered and Human Centered Ethics (i.e. Animals, Environmental Issues), Human Rights, Biomedical Ethics (i.e. Experimentation, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Subjects, Organ Donation)

  • Humanities [6 Credit Hours-CLEP]

    This Humanities course satisfies the requirements for the CLEP Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the CLEP Exam Overview as follows:

    • Literature-Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
    • The Arts-Visual Arts ( Painting, Sculpture), Visual Arts (Architecture), Performing Arts (Music), Performing Arts (Film, Dance, etc.)

  • Introduction to World Religions [3 Credit Hours-DSST]

    This Introduction to World Religions course satisfies the requirements for the DSST Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the DSST Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Definition and Origins of Religion-Basic Dimensions of Religion (i.e. Ethics, Ritual, Doctrine), Approaches to Religion (i.e. Natural and Revealed Theology, Descriptive, Historical)
    • Indigenous Religions-Native North American Traditions (i.e. Aztec, Inuit, Lakota; Hopi, Cherokee), Native South American Traditions (i.e. Incan, Mapuche), Native West African Traditions (i.e. Yoruba, Dogon, BaVenda), Native Middle Eastern Traditions (i.e. Mesopotamian, Canaanite)
    • Hinduism-Historical Development (i.e. Vedic, Classical, Medieval and Modern Periods), Major Traditions (i.e. Theistic Paths), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Major Philosophical Systems, Spiritual Disciplines (Yoga), Moksha, Festivals)
    • Buddhism-Historical Development (i.e. Life of Buddha), Major Traditions (Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Four Noble Truths, Noble Eight-Fold Path, Three Jewels, Rituals, Symbols, Festivals)
    • Confucianism-Historical Development (i.e. Ancient Chinese Tradition, Life of Confucius, Classical Confucianism), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Ritual, Filial Piety, Loyalty, Humaneness, Genteel Behavior, Festivals)
    • Daoism-Historical Development (i.e. Ancient Chinese Tradition, Lao Tzu), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Dao, Wu Wei, Rituals)
    • Shintoism-Historical Development (i.e. Influence on Buddhism, Influence within Japanese Culture, WWII), Doctrine and Practice (Three forms of Shinto, Kami, Festivals)
    • Judaism-Historical Development (i.e. Ancient Israelites, First Temple Period, Second Temple Period, Modern Judaism, The Holocaust, Kabbalah), Denominations (i.e. Orthodox, Conservative [Masorti], Reform [Liberal/Progressive]; Reconstructionist), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Torah, Talmud, Covenant, Rituals, Symbols, Festivals)
    • Christianity-Historical Development (i.e. Life of Jesus, Early Church, Medieval Church, The Reformation, Modern Church), Major Traditions (i.e. Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Old and New Testaments, Crucifixion and Resurrections, Trinity, Creeds, Rituals, Symbols, Liturgical Calendar)
    • Islam-Historical Development (i.e. Life of Muhammad, Rise of Empire, Golden Age, Ottomand/Mughals, Modern Islam), Major Traditions (i.e. Sunnie, Shi'a and Sufi), Doctrine and Practice (i.e. Allāh, Qur'an, Five Pillars of Islam, Resurrection and Judgement; Predestination, Sharia/Fiqh; Jihad, Festivals)
    • Religious Movements and Syncretism-Before 1000 C.E. (i.e. Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Mystery Cults) , After 1000 C.E. (i.e. Baha'l, Sikhism), Contemporary Religious Movements (i.e. Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Nature, Spirituality, etc.)

  • Principles of Public Speaking [3 Credit Hours-DSST]

    This Principles of Public Speaking course satisfies the requirements for the DSST Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the DSST Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Ethical, Social, and Theoretical Considerations of Public Speaking- Free Speech
    • Audience Analysis, Adaptation and Effect- Analyzing the Audience Before, During and After the Speech
    • Topics and Purposes of Speeches- Formulating Appropriate Speech Topics for Specific Purposes
    • Structure/Organization- "The Hook", Structuring Introductions, Bodies and Conclusions
    • Content- Recognizing/Using Argument, Reasoning and Evidence
    • Research-Using Reference Materials, Finding Appropriate Sources in Speech Preparation
    • Language and Style-Using Language Appropriate for a Public Speech
    • Delivery-Articulation, Voice, Pronunciation, Body Language, and Media

  • Technical Writing [3 Credit Hours-DSST]

    This Technical Writing course satisfies the requirements for the DSST Standardized Exam. When completed, this course allows the user to measure knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis of material contained in this course per the DSST Exam Fact Sheet as follows:

    • Theory and Practice of Technical Writing-Understanding Contexts, Purpose(s), and Importance, Audience Analysis, Ensuring the Validity and Reliability of Data and Sources, Establishing the Appropriate Style
    • Purpose of Technical Documents-Informing (Progress/Inspection Reports, Feasibility Reports, Research/Laboratory Reports, Instructions, Procedures and Process Descriptions), Persuading and Making Recommendations (Proposals, White Papers, Grants)
    • Technical Writing Process (Individual and/or Collaborative Writing, Choice of Medium, Drafting and Organizing Content, Primary and Secondary Research)
    • Document Design-Elements of Document Design (Page Formatting, Textual Formatting, Illustration Formatting), Strategies of Document Design (Readability, Usability, Accessibility)
    • Revising, Editing, and Final Sections- Revising (For Completeness, Concision, Accessibility, Organization), Editing (For Concision, Grammatical Accuracy, Technical Accuracy), Final Sections (Cover Letters, Executive Summaries, Abstracts)