Courses Offered

Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise marked.

COMM 180: Business and Professional Communication

Students learn basic presentation skills including techniques for informative and persuasive speaking. The course focuses on audience analysis, research skills, organizational principles, writing, delivery, and critical analysis of presentations.

EDEC 105 Health and Wellness

This course focuses on promotion and maintenance of physical activity, health, safety, and nutrition of young children. It provides an overview of the basic principles and best practices of physical education, health, safety, nutrition utilized in early childhood and primary-aged settings caring for children from birth to age nine. 3 credits

ENG 101: College Writing I

First in a sequence of practical experiences in academic writing. Emphasis on creating goals and planning for writing tasks, as well as producing essays of exposition, argument and problem solution.

ENG 102: College Writing II

Further development of experiences in writing for academic disciplines. Includes reading and thinking critically, accessing and using information in the construction of essays and research papers. Prerequisite: Eng 101.

ENG 140: Western Classics

A study of major writers of the Western World from Homer to modern times, with attention given to their individual achievements and contributions to Western literary and cultural development. Prerequisite: Engl 101, 102.

ENG 144: World Classics

An opportunity to read deeply into literary traditions and to make connections and distinctions between different traditions in from non-western literature, including selections from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Prerequisite: Engl 101, 102.

HDFR 100: Human Growth and Development

A survey of the processes and outcomes of development from conception through death. Emphasis is on the interaction between individual potential and the social and natural environments. Course includes theoretical perspectives, relevant research, and issues such as child-rearing, family life, schooling, sexuality, sex-role stereotyping, and myths about maturing and aging.

MATH 099: Basic Mathematics

This course emphasizes the acquisition and development of basic mathematical, geometric and algebraic skills. This course involves teaching the skills of problem solving related to percentages, proportions, rates and averages; the skills for interpreting data involving graphs and tables; and the skills for working with basic algebra.

MATH 102: Elementary Algebra

This course deals with the fundamental operations of algebra and the applications of these operations. Number systems, fractions, linear equations, linear inequalities, graphs, exponents and polynomial expressions are studied.

MATH 108: Mathematical Problem-Solving
An introduction to applications of mathematics. Topics selected from algebraic functions (linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic) and their graphs and applications, introductory trigonometry and applications, arithmetic and geometric growth, linear programming, applications to finance, counting principles, applications of data analysis, basic probability and statistics, calculus techniques, and graph theory. Satisfies the mathematics common core or distribution core requirement. Prerequisite: One year of college preparatory mathematics that includes Algebra or Math 102 Elementary Algebra. For non-science and non-mathematics majors.

MIS 101 Computer Applications

This introductory computer course provides students with a working knowledge of computer terminology and the computer itself. Topics include Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint and their application in business.

MGMT 226 Human Behavior in Organizations

A study of the individual as a functioning member of groups and organizations. Topics include organizational culture, motivation, group dynamics, communication, leadership, and conflict.

PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology

A general introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes. Topics considered include learning, memory, perception, motivation, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction.

POLI 100: American Government

An Introductory course in Political Science stressing how policy-making is done at the national level. Beginning with the Constitution, an introduction is given to the three main branches of the U.S. Government. Attention is also given to elections, political parties, interest groups, and the federal system.

POLI 436: World Politics

The course focuses on the theoretical and historical foundations for world politics. Novels like Lord of Flies, 1984, and Brave New World, as well as Machiavelli's The Prince, are used to discuss and illustrate the nature of world politics. Particular emphasis is given to the relationship between human nature and international politics. The course also uses historical examples to illustrate different approaches to world politics. Satisfies the LS World Issues core requirement and the distribution core requirement (categories 17-18).

SPCH 101 Public Speaking

An introductory study of principles of good speaking, developing ease, grace of manner, and voice control in the delivery of formal speeches. Students are required to make a number of oral presentations.

SOC 101: Contemporary Social Problems

This course is designed to provide a context for students to critically explore selected social problems from a sociological perspective. The contributions of opposing ideologies and ideas, and a critique of research related to the phenomena, will be utilized to facilitate understanding. Alternative modes of intervention will be discussed.

SSCI 100: Citizenship and Social Change

In the course students will explore citizenship and social movements through the lens of three related disciplines: history, political science, and sociology. Theories of democracy and civic engagement as well as histories of social mobilization and leadership strategies and tactics will be examined. Equipped with this knowledge base, students will be encouraged to engage in personal reflection about their rights, responsibilities, and possibilities as active citizens. 4 credits

U.S. History Course (101,102, or 103)

A survey class from one of the three majors time periods of U.S. history. Once class will be offered during the Spring term from the following time periods; the American Revolution to 1865, 1865-1945, or since 1945.


Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

Mercyhurst North East