Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) - Open Cohort

Tentative course schedule
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Below is a sampling of courses a BLS student might take.

Exploratory Seminar: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies
This is an introductory course in interdisciplinary studies. This course will help develop the learning, thinking and adaptive skills, as well a the global awareness, that all students need as they embark upon the issues and problems of the future. The primary goal of this course is to cultivate growth of interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding and provide an opportunity to synthesize academic experiences in preparation for the workforce.
3 unit(s)
Individual Study Project: Portfolio
Reflecting on your experiences can be a powerful tool in determining who you are and where you see yourself going. This course will provide opportunities to explore your academic and professional past to strengthen your future plans. Though primarily designed for interdisciplinary majors, all students will find this course to be useful in developing their reflection and planning skills.
3 unit(s)
Abnormal Psychology
Definition, classification, and characteristics of abnormal behaviors and major mental disorders. Review of the causes and treatment of major mental disorders. Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1001 (400:001); junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Cultural Competency for the Helping Profession
Overview of the changing demographics in the United States, and discussion of how culturally competent health care can improve the wellbeing of underserved populations. Provides in-depth training in working in a culturally appropriate manner with multiple diverse populations in Iowa and the United States. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Exploration of theoretical models of violence in intimate and family relationships and examination of the impact of violence on secondary victims. Empirical and programmatic implications for prevention and intervention models are reviewed. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Business and Professional Oral Communication
Exploration of theories and experiences in business and professional dyadic, small group, and public communication situations, with emphasis on developing individual communication skills and professionalism. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 and ENGLISH 1005 or ENGLISH 2015 or ENGLISH 2120 or the Cornerstone equivalent for both courses (UNIV 1000 and UNIV 1010).
3 unit(s)
Practical Marketing for Organizations
How to make sure the world knows what you want them to know about your organization. Economic, business, and social environments are considered in developing a marketing plan for product, place, price, promotion, and customer service. Prerequisite(s): ECON 1031
3 unit(s)
Latin America
Historical, political, social, and cultural elements that form the civilization of Latin America. No credit if student has credit in SPAN 3020.
3 unit(s)
Creativity and the Evolution of Culture
Explores creativity from a Systems Perspective - as achievement resulting from a confluence of the Individual, the Domain, and the Field. Investigates creativity's role in the advance of culture; provides student opportunities to enhance personal creativity. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Introduction to Sociology
Scientific approach to analysis and understanding of culture, human groups and institutions, personality, self, and social control.
3 unit(s)
Sociological investigation of institutional, economic, family, and personal victimization in American society with special attention to causes and processes of exploitation. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Studies in Electronic Communication, Youth Development and Generation X, Y and Z
A youth development comparative analysis of multiple generations targeting the modes of electronic communication will provide student learning opportunities targeting (a) the influence of various electronic communication techniques and platforms on young people’s growth and behavior; (b) the sociocultural dynamic and the influence on goal-setting by youth; and (c) behavior management strategies associated with electronic communication employed by workers and the rationale for usage. This class will lead to a deeper understanding of youth work and the impact of electronic communication within Generations X, Y and Z related to behavior, motivation and social relationships.
3 unit(s)
Addictions Treatment
Social, legal, political, psychological, biological, spiritual, and ethical factors related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, eating disorders, and behavioral additions such as shopping and gambling. Various intervention models with an emphasis on harm reduction, stages of change, and a strengths perspective. The role of a professional social work in the field of addictions treatment, application of social work ethical principles to guide professional practice, and response to contexts that shape practice. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.
3 unit(s)
Climate Change, Human Migration and Conflict
Climate change has and will continue to drive massive forced and planned migration of human communities around the globe. This course examines the role of climate change in human migration and the security implications for the United State and the World.
3 unit(s)
Studies in Forgiveness
This course explores the topic of interpersonal forgiveness from a psychological perspective. It consists of a psychological examination of forgiveness and will focus primarily on interpersonal forgiveness, the gift an injured person gives to the one who hurt him or her. Topics include what forgiveness is and is not, the process of forgiveness, applications and benefits of forgiveness, forgiveness in education, forgiveness in counseling and therapy, as well as how forgiveness education can be used as a prevention and intervention for bullying. Read about self-forgiveness, group and cultural perspectives of forgiveness and community and national issues related to forgiveness. Psychology students will find this course helpful as they can learn more about forgiveness as a form of Positive Psychology and apply their new knowledge to individuals who have experienced deep hurts. Counseling and clinical students will find this course useful and helpful as they prepare to work with clients as helping professionals. In addition, this course is an appropriate elective for general studies majors, or students in other majors, who want to expand their knowledge and understanding about the interpersonal process of forgiveness from a psychological perspective. This course will also help students improve their writing and critical thinking skills.
3 unit(s)
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