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AcademicsExploratory Courses

We are building a culture of leaders who want to make a positive impact in their community, in their career, on the world-  creating a future to be passionate about starts here.

Civil Society & Community Studies

CSCS 125 Community and Social Change
3 credits
Examine contemporary issues that emphasize the role that individuals and communities play in achieving positive social change. Specific themes may shift based on current events, but often include education reform, racial justice, health equity, alternative economies, food systems, and sustainability.

CSCS 300 Nonprofit Sector: Overview and Foundations
3 credits
Provide learners with the concepts and tools to analyze the broad environment in which nonprofits operate and assess the impact of this environment at the community and individual organizational level.

CSCS 254 Community Nonprofit Leadership Symposium
1 credits
Provides detailed examination of careers in Human Ecology and the fields of community and nonprofit leadership. High-level leaders from leading community organizations, nonprofits, community health institutions, family support agencies, NGO’s, and public-sector entities will present as guest speakers and panel members

Consumer Science

CNSR SCI 111 Financial Life Skills for Undergraduates
1 credit | Freshmen and Sophomores only
Get the information and tools you need to manage your money throughout college. Topics include financial values and behavior, credit and student loans, housing, transportation, financial services, and spending and savings plans.

CNSR SCI 321 Financial Life Skills After Graduation
1 credit | Juniors and Seniors only
Graduation approaches and this is your guide to post-college finances. Learn about spending and savings plans, investing, insurance, paychecks, taxes, managing debt, retirement, housing, autos, and more.

CNSR SCI 250 Retail Leadership Symposium 
1 credit
Learn about the exciting and creative world of retailing from industry leaders. High-level experts from leading companies visit the classroom to talk about their careers.

CNSR SCI 251 Financial Leadership Symposium
1 credit
Provides students a detailed examination of careers in the financial services industry. High-level experts from leading companies in the financial services industry participate as guest speakers and panel members.


Design Studies

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I
3 credits
Explore the elements and principles of design and visual environments through lectures as well as hands-on studio time.

DS 252 Design Leadership Symposium
1 credit
What types of design careers are available in the fields of textiles, fashion, apparel design, interior design, industrial design, and architecture? Learn first-hand from design industry experts who visit class as guest speakers and panel members.

DS 341 Design Thinking for Transformation
3 credits
Students will innovate, prototype, and test designs that address real-word problems with real-world constraints and the limitations of technology.

Human Development & Family Studies

HDFS 362 Development of the Young Child
3 credits | Online
Begin to understand child development from conception through middle childhood. You’ll learn theoretical foundations, research findings, and practical applications.

HDFS 363 Development: Adolescence to Old Age
3 credits | Online Sophomore Standing
Begin to understand human development from adolescence through old age. Content includes theoretical foundations, research findings, and practical applications.

HDFS 253 Human Development & Family Studies Leadership Symposium
1 credit 
Discover careers in the fields of human development and family studies. High-level leaders from leading community organizations, nonprofits, community health institutions, family support agencies, and public-sector entities join the class as guest speakers and panel members.

Interdisciplinary Courses

INTER-HE 201 Belonging, Purpose And The Ecology Of Human Happiness: EcoYou
3 credits / Reserved for first year students only
Explore the art and science of purposeful living by integrating academic knowledge with issues real and relevant to students’ lives including: identity and belonging; happiness, purpose and meaning; self-awareness and self-presentation; romantic, peer and family relationships; material culture, consumer behavior and financial well-being; and connections to community, culture, and society.

INTER-HE 301 From Depression to Thriving
3 credits
Depression, languishing and flourishing are all part of our human experience. To live a life of thriving is often a product of how well you handle suffering. In this course, we will go on a journey through time, place, emotion and ideas to offer students a roadmap to resilience. To get from illness to wellness – as individuals, a society and as a world – will mean asking questions about how we allocate limited resources, how we form social connections and how we use technology to become more (or less) human.