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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Course Descriptions


The numbers in parentheses following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. An asterisk (*) following these three figures indicates variable or alternative credit, and the last figure represents the maximum variation in semester credit hours. In general, credit hours for these variable courses may range from one to the number indicated.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“concurrent enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department and/or instructor offering the course. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Guided Study, Special Topics, and Tutorial Courses

Each department may offer Guided Study (also called Independent Study) courses (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700); Special Topics courses (140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740); or Tutorial courses (generally offered to students at Study Abroad locations) as special needs dictate and/or available faculty allow. The first number will indicate the level of the course. Special Topics courses are offered on a one-time basis, to take advantage of particular faculty expertise, or to allow a department to develop a course for permanent inclusion in the inventory of courses. Generally, Special Topics and Tutorial courses may be included in the Semester Schedule when they are offered; Guided Studies will not be included in the Semester Schedule.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

History

   •  HIST 452 - Historical Documentary Production
   •  HIST 454 - Public History Field School
   •  HIST 455 - Social and Ethnic History in U.S.
   •  HIST 458 - World War II: A Military and Social History
   •  HIST 459 - Historiography Seminar
   •  HIST 472 - Early Modern Europe: The Renaissance and Reformation Eras
   •  HIST 474 - Europe in Crisis: Dictatorship and Division since 1914
   •  HIST 477 - Third Reich
   •  HIST 478 - Encounters: Latin America to 1830
   •  HIST 479 - Revolutions: Latin America, 1810 to Present
   •  HIST 483 - Legacies of Conquest: Empire and the Growth of the American West
   •  HIST 484 - A Clash of Cultures: The Civil War in Nineteenth Century America
   •  HIST 485 - Russia
   •  HIST 486 - War and Society
   •  HIST 490 - The Cosmic Race: A History of Mexico
   •  HIST 491 - China, India, and the West since the 14th Century: Mongols, Poppies, & Satyagraha
   •  HIST 496 - History for Teachers
   •  HIST 552 - Historical Documentary Production
   •  HIST 554 - Public History Field School
   •  HIST 555 - Social and Ethnic History in U.S.
   •  HIST 572 - Early Modern Europe: The Renaissance and Reformation Eras
   •  HIST 574 - Europe in Crisis: Dictatorship and Division since 1914
   •  HIST 577 - Third Reich
   •  HIST 578 - Encounters: Latin America to 1830
   •  HIST 579 - Latin American Modern Era
   •  HIST 580 - Texas History
   •  HIST 583 - Legacies of Conquest: Empire and the Growth of the American West
   •  HIST 584 - A Clash of Cultures: The Civil War in Nineteenth Century America
   •  HIST 585 - Russia
   •  HIST 681 - Problems in American History
   •  HIST 699 - Master's Thesis

Honors Project

   •  HON 301 - Honors Project: Research
   •  HON 302 - Honors Project: Travel
   •  HON 303 - Honors Project: Service
   •  HON 304 - Honors Project: Creative
   •  HON 305 - Honors Project: Internship
   •  HON 306 - Honors Project: Co-curricular
   •  HON 307 - Honors Project: Special

Honors Colloquium

   •  HON 411 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 412 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 413 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 414 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 415 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 416 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 417 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 418 - Honors Colloquium
   •  HON 419 - Honors Colloquium

Humanities

   •  HUM 212 - Oxford Through the Ages
   •  HUM 217 - Latin America and the Arts
   •  HUM 222 - Western Heritage in England
   •  HUM 252 - American Identity in the Modern Era

Information Systems

   •  IS 322 - Business Statistics
   •  IS 324 - Management Information Systems
   •  IS 330 - Business Geographic Information Systems
   •  IS 342 - Business Decision Support Systems
   •  IS 405 - Systems Analysis and Design
   •  IS 410 - Enterprise Resource Planning
   •  IS 415 - E-Commerce
   •  IS 430 - Management of Information and Technology Resources
   •  IS 432 - Data Mining
   •  IS 499 - Information Systems Internship
   •  IS 524 - Management Information Systems
   •  IS 605 - Systems Analysis and Design

Information Technology

   •  IT 105 - Introduction to Mobile Application Development
   •  IT 220 - Introduction to Databases and Database Management Systems
   •  IT 221 - Fundamentals of Networking and Data Communications
   •  IT 225 - Web Technologies
   •  IT 310 - Introduction to Computer and Information Security
   •  IT 320 - Database Administration
   •  IT 325 - Web Application Development
   •  IT 410 - Systems Integration and Administration
   •  IT 415 - Networks and Security Administration
   •  IT 472 - Advanced Security
   •  IT 473 - Cybersecurity Policies, Standards, and Compliance
   •  IT 490 - Topics in Information Technology
   •  IT 501 - Contemporary Readings in IT
   •  IT 610 - IT Services and Administration
   •  IT 615 - IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship
   •  IT 620 - Information Assurance and Control
   •  IT 625 - Enterprise Architectures and Systems
   •  IT 630 - IT Governance
   •  IT 632 - IT Leadership
   •  IT 650 - Internship in Global IT Operations
   •  IT 651 - Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem Analysis
   •  IT 652 - Leading IT Innovation in Education: Solution Analysis
   •  IT 660 - Work-Product Portfolio

Information, Technology, and Computing

   •  ITC 110 - Introduction to Information, Technology, and Computing
   •  ITC 399 - ITC Research
   •  ITC 460 - Managing Technical Projects
   •  ITC 480 - Reflections on Faith and Work
   •  ITC 499 - Information, Technology, and Computing Internship

Journalism and Mass Communication

   •  JMC 100 - Media Issues
   •  JMC 102 - Creating Media Messages
   •  JMC 111 - Announcing
   •  JMC 201 - Introduction to Visual Media
   •  JMC 223 - Convergence Reporting I
   •  JMC 233 - Photography
   •  JMC 261 - Broadcast Production
   •  JMC 302 - Introduction to Race and Media
   •  JMC 303 - Colloquium in Race and Media
 

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