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SS 101-AE Concepts in Social Science I (3)
Content is geared toward a clear understanding of the major ideas, eras, themes, developments, turning points, chronology and cause and effect relationships in U.S. History. The social studies concepts of economics and civics are presented within this historical context. Guiding the content are the essential "knowledge and skills" for elementary teacher candidates as stated in the elementary endorsement competencies published by OSPI. Fulfills U.S. history and civics requirement for elementary education majors. Fulfills the social science requirement.

CO 300-AE Reason & Knowing: Nature & Human Nature (4)
This worldview course for Continuing Studies students focuses on epistemology, metaphysics and human nature questions within the complex traditions of Christian and Rationalist worldviews from the Hebrews and Greeks in ancient times through the 19th and 20th century challenges to Rationalist assumptions. Fulfills the Core requirement for evening students.

MA 107-AED Basic Concepts in Modern Mathematics (3)
Mathematics for the liberal arts student. An introduction to contemporary mathematics and its role in society. Current and past applications of mathematics in the real world will be examined. Topics may include management science, coding information, geometric applications, and statistics. Fulfills the math requirement.

SO 311W-AEDHY Families & Society (3)
Family, kinship and marriage in societal context. Human families in their many forms are examined cross-culturally and historically; primary emphasis is upon the changing shape and character of American families today. Impact of class, race and values on family life is explored. Special focus is on parent-child relations and the problems of children in American families. Required course for social services majors.

TH 135-AED A Biblical Introduction to God (3)
This class presents a Christian view of the nature and character of God based on the Bible. Our goal: to bring students' perspectives on God into conversation with the biblical view, as we learn to think, speak, and write theologically. Fulfills the biblical literature requirement.

CO 300-AED Reason & Knowing: Nature & Human Nature (4)
This worldview course for Continuing Studies students focuses on epistemology, metaphysics and human nature questions within the complex traditions of Christian and Rationalist worldviews from the Hebrews and Greeks in ancient times through the 19th and 20th century challenges to Rationalist assumptions. Fulfills the Core requirement for evening students.

SO 425-AED Making Change: Social Intervention Strategies (3)
Learn to use a 'sociological imagination' to explore the relationship between personal troubles and public issues while examining a variety of social problems. Examine steps, strategies, approaches and skills used to make change while developing an understanding of neighborhoods, communities and organizations. Experience change firsthand and apply course material by participating in a service learning project outside the classroom. Prerequisite: SO 120. Required course for social services major.

SO 368-AED The Helping Process in Social Services (3)
Learn to use core concepts, values, and skills for helping people in social-service settings. Become familiar with interviewing, assessing and behaving professionally in these settings. A Christian view of the helping process will be integrated with the skills and knowledge base. Required course for the social services major.

PO 371-AE Introduction to Public Administration (3)
An introduction to the key elements of public administration, set in a context that considers current political, economic, administrative, social and public service practice. Topics may include organization theory, management of human and fiscal resources, governance, and public policy. Included will be an examination of values and issues contemporary to local, state, and national constituencies. Required course for the social services, criminal justice and public service administration major.

FW 175-E Survey of Physical Education Activities (3)
Course includes individualized fitness assessment, personalized program development, and exposure to leisure and lifetime wellness activities as they relate to the Continuing Studies student. Also includes a personalized aerobic component and nutritional considerations. Fulfills the entire (three credit) physical education requirement for graduation.

GE 335-AEDHY Transitions to Adult Learning (3)
An introduction to the expectations and methodology of the accelerated learning format and the programs in the School of Continuing Studies. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills. Topics include self-directed collaborative learning, academic research, and history/culture of Whitworth. This course must be taken within the first semester of attendance at Whitworth University.

EDE 302-EE Foundations of Education (3)
The course explores the philosophical foundations and critical issues related to education, faith/world view and the education profession, certification in Washington and the dispositions of successful practitioners as identified by the Whitworth School of Education conceptual framework. It also provides an introduction to educational opportunities in community organizations including museums, art, music or theatre groups, youth organizations and science centers. Students complete a service learning experience, either in a K-12 classroom or education-related community organization. Cross listed with EDE 502.

EL 109-AE Introduction to Academic Writing (3)
Introduction to critical writing in response to reading and research. Practice in using writing processes (invention, drafting, revision, editing) to create effective academic arguments. Style and grammar issues and strategies for avoiding plagiarism presented as needed. Fulfills the written communication requirement.

SO 466-AE Ethics in Public Service (3)
Examining the role, values and issues of management in social service and public agencies in the context of democratic governance, citizen participation, power structures and professional codes of conduct, with an emphasis on developing skill in critical and ethical reasoning and decision making. Required course for public service administration.

SN 100-AED Introduction to Spanish (3)
Preparation for foreign language acquisition via overview of Spanish language with concentration on language universals of category and relationship. Provides a framework of linguistic and cultural expectation upon which any foreign language can be built. Course is technologically enhanced. Fulfills the global perspective or world language requirement.

BU 361-AED Lean Management (3)
This course explores streamlining business processes through the application of quality management principles to create globally competitive business entities. The course takes concepts beyond the factory floor to service and retail environments; it is designed for anyone who is interested in a career in management of either a for-profit or not-for-profit entity.

EC 345-AEDHY Economics of Social Issues (3)
Economic thinking about social problems such as population growth, price controls, poverty, higher education, energy, crime, pollution, consumerism, health care, social and economic inequality, unemployment, inflation, taxation and the public debt. Required course for social services, criminal justice and public service administration major. Fulfills the American diversity or social science requirement.

EL 125-AEHY Reading Literature (3)
Introduction to literary genres: fiction, drama, and poetry. Attention to multicultural literature.

MA 256-ED Elementary Probability & Statistics (3)
Descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, and regression.

LS 497-E1 Workshop: Big Data, Big Deal? (1)
In the digital age, companies collect vast amounts of data about their customers and online users--from spending behaviors to web browsing activity. But what do they do with it? And what are the potential legal ramifications and ethical issues that might come into play with misuse and abuse? You'll learn from local experts in various industries that work with or leverage big data to accomplish their business objectives, including Marketing, Business Intelligence, Information Technology & Security, Finance, and more. The class will include an overview and understanding of what big data is, how it's being used and by who, and current issues and trends, through a series of lectures, guest presentations, case studies, white papers, and discussions.

AR 211-AE Watercolor I (3)
Beginning course in transparent watercolor. Traditional and contemporary techniques. Emphasis on observation, composition and content. Some art experience recommended.

PS 196-AE Climate Change: Past, Present and Future (3)
Climate change is a global problem that requires understanding, a sense of concern and then action to be solved. Understanding will be accomplished by learning about mechanisms that have produced changes in global climate over the past millions of years, what is presently occurring and what can be accurately predicted for the future. Through this understanding, students will develop a stronger sense of caring for our planet and, from caring, create openings for action. Climate is energized by ocean temperatures. Ocean currents, both surface and flowing deeply undersea, bring this stored energy to interact with the atmosphere throughout the globe. This energy produces air temperature, rainfall and wind patterns. Radical climate changes have occurred throughout geological history. We will study why these changes have occurred and learn that they have taken place over thousands of years, allowing life to adapt. We are presently experiencing similar changes that are occurring over decades; and they are projected to accelerate over the foreseeable future. We will explore the agents of these changes, what can be done to reduce the impact as well as what we must do to adapt.

TH 165-AE The Bible for Doubters (3)
An introduction to the overall content and themes of the Bible which is organized around difficult questions and welcomes students who are asking such questions. No Christian commitment is presumed. Fulfills the Biblical Literature requirement.

CS 178-E Workshop: Intro to Excel I (1)
This workshop is for students whose proficiency in Microsoft Office does not include fundamental Excel skills. Excel is the software tool that is essential in the business arena and every business student should have at least a basic understanding of the program. This workshop is especially important for students who are seeking a career in business or administration and whose Excel skills are at the novice level.

GE 335-AED Transitions to Adult Learning (3)
An introduction to the expectations and methodology of the accelerated learning format and the programs in the School of Continuing Studies. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills. Topics include self-directed collaborative learning, academic research, and history/culture of Whitworth. This course must be taken within the first semester of attendance at Whitworth University.

PY 101-AED Introductory Psychology (3)
Use of scientific method of examining human behavior. How to deal objectively with questions about behavior. Topics include biological psychology, development, perception, states of consciousness, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, disorders and therapy, social psychology and human diversity.

BI 107-AEHY Infectious Diseases (3)
Introduction to the structure, function and diversity of microorganisms that cause human disease. Microbial infections that complicate exposure to vacation climates, pets, recreational activities and exotic cuisine will be emphasized.

EL 301-AE Children's Literature (3)
Reading and evaluation of a broad range of literature for children.

GE 335-AE Transitions to Adult Learning (3)
An introduction to the expectations and methodology of the accelerated learning format and the programs in the School of Continuing Studies. Through readings, discussion, and writing assignments, the course examines critical thinking and communication skills. Topics include self-directed collaborative learning, academic research, and history/culture of Whitworth. This course must be taken within the first semester of attendance at Whitworth University.

JMC 311-AE Public Relations and Communication (3)
Students examine the role of manged communication in public relations problems unique to health, education, and human and public service organizations. This study includes the theory and practice of public speaking with a focus on civic persuasion. Students will strengthen written communication skills critical for effectiveness in professional environments.

PO 336-AEOL Gender, Politics and Law (3)
Issues related to gender in American political history. Theoretical foundation of the women's movement; current political conflict related to gender in workplace, family and society.

SN 100-AEHY Introduction to Spanish (3)
Preparation for foreign language acquisition via overview of Spanish language with concentration on language universals of category and relationship. Provides a framework of linguistic and cultural expectation upon which any foreign language can be built.

SO 370-AEDHY Delinquency & Juvenile Justice (3)
The class will review prominent theories on delinquency causation and will use these theories to understand case examples of people who exhibit delinquent behavior. A firsthand introduction to the components, agencies, programs and trends in the juvenile-justice system will move from theory to more pragmatic concerns.

TH 370-AED World Religions (3)
A study of the primary non-Christian religions of the world, with special emphasis on the beliefs and practices of those religions.

BU 386-E Directed Readings: Business (1)
Selected readings in business designed to broaden knowledge in specific business arenas. Self-paced; conference with instructor at the end of the semester. Obtain reading list by calling 509.777.3222. Open only to Whitworth Continuing Studies students.

EDE 386-E  Directed Readings: Education (1)
Selected readings in education design to broaden knowledge. Self-paced; conference with instructor at the end of the semester. Obtain reading list by calling 509.777.3222. Open only to Whitworth Continuing Studies students.

SO 386-E  Directed Readings: Sociology (1)
Selected readings in sociology and/or social service arenas designed to broaden knowledge. Self-paced; conference with instructor at the end of the semester. Obtain reading list by calling 509.777.3222. Open only to Whitworth Continuing Studies students.

TH 386-E  Directed Readings: Theology (1)
Selected readings in theology designed to broaden knowledge. Self-paced; conference with instructor at the end of the semester. Obtain reading list by calling 509.777.3222. Open only to Whitworth Continuing Studies students.

BU 305-E Dean's Executive Speakers Series (3)
This course explores the various ways that individuals become successful business leaders. Each week will consist of a lecture and a discussion led by a top executive from the Spokane community. The speakers will share their professional biographies - how they got their start, what happened to them, successes and failures, and what they are doing now. They will also tell us what they have learned about marketing, management, leadership, and life during their careers. Finally, they will provide suggestions and guidance to help you successfully navigate the cross-currents of the business world.

ASL 100-AEHY Introduction to Conversational Sign Language (3)
Preparation for language acquisition via overview of sign language with concentration on language universals of category and relationship. Fulfills the American diversity or world language requirement.

MU 305-AED Leadership in Music (3)
Principles of leadership in the context of a study of famous composers of classical music. Study the lives of composers and explore the specific ways composers shaped the development of a rich artistic tradition. Fulfills the fine arts or humanities requirement.

PO 360-AED Leading Sustainable Organizations (3)
This course will teach the need to find resources (fund raising, governmental support, sales) and effectively deliver services. Performance measurement and outcome tracking will be covered.

SO 238-AE Sociology of Middle-Eastern Society (3)
An overview of geography, history, demographic characteristics, social stratification, political behavior, socio-religious institutions, revolutionary change, problems of diversity, complementarity and integration in the people and cultures of the Middle East, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the gulf crisis and its aftermath; the Middle East and international inequality; and prospects for peace and the future.

SO 283-AEDHY Deviance, Crime & Criminal Justice (3)
Analysis of the theoretical core of criminology, including concepts related to deviance, crime, and criminal justice. Students will assess the nature of social problems related to the criminal justice system, show an ability to propose effective ways to treat harmed persons, and develop preventive structural changes. Students will also clarify faith commitments, values, and deepest convictions as they relate to social issues regarding deviance and crime.

BU 336-AD Introduction to Taxation (4)
A study of the concepts involved in determination of federal income tax liability, preparation of tax returns. Individual tax problems, tax planning. Prerequisites: BU 230 and junior standing.

SO 252-AE Sociology of Gender (3)
This course will cover topics related to the construction, development, and impact of gender in society. Students will examine how our gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other dimensions of identity. Finally, students will look at the relationship between family, education, the media, politics, economics, and religion. Students will be asked to consider the role of faith and values and how that shapes our understanding of gender in society.

SO 315-AE Funding and Grant Writing (3)
Identification of potential sources and preparation of application documents. Analysis of successful grants and assistance from local resources. Required course for program management and social services majors.

LS 497-E Workshop: Hiring Well: Tools and Traps in Building a Talent Acquisition Strategy (1)
Companies are in the midst of tight competition for talent, and it is important to think strategically about hiring well now and for the future. This class will help you create a structure for recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding the best talent. Using proven best practices, this course will give you practical skills and tools for creating a competitive hiring strategy to help you attract, interview, hire, and retain the best candidates.

EC 345-AE Economics of Social Issues (3)
Economic thinking about social problems such as population growth, price controls, poverty, higher education, energy, crime, pollution, consumerism, health care, social and economic inequality, unemployment, inflation, taxation and the public debt. Required course for social services, criminal justice and public service administration major. Fulfills the American diversity or social science requirement.

BU 373-AED Human Resource Management (3)
Changes in our social and economic environment have resulted in changes in the management of an organization's human resources. This course is designed to provide a contemporary view of human resource management. Emphasis is placed on the basic functions of human resource management, i.e. planning, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and union/management relations. Required course for program management. Note: There is content overlap between this course and a course in the organizational management major; do not take this course if you are considering joining an organizational management cohort.

BU 330-AED Fund Accounting and Budget Management (3)
Overview of the accounting procedures associated with governmental and agency needs. Preparation of required reports and related documents; special focus on monitoring performance. Required course for public service administration major.

BU 466W-AD Principles of Auditing (3)
Standards, objectives and ethics for auditors in public accounting. Reporting standards, internal control, evidence and statistical sampling. Prerequisite: BU 334.

AR 143-E Glass I (3)
Glass as an artist's material. Techniques include 3-D sculpture, fusing, slumping, integration of materials and installation.