2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    
    Jan 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


The information following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. A small number of courses are offered for a variable number of credit hours, and the semester credit hours listed represent the maximum number of hours possible for credit. This will be noted in the course description.

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 (“simultaneous 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, or corequisites, which must be completed simultaneously. 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 or corequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department offering the course.

A course may not use the same requirement as both prerequisite and corequisite. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students may not drop or withdraw from a course with corequisite requirements without dropping or withdrawing from both courses. Students may repeat a course with corequisite requirements alone in subsequent attempts if they fail or do not receive degree credit for the course on the first attempt. However, in courses with a subject code of EACH, EDUC, NURS, or SPAN, students must repeat both corequisite courses if they fail or do not receive credit for one or both courses on the first attempt.

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.

Independent Study and Special Topics Courses

Neither an independent study nor a special topics course should be a version or instance of a course that already has been approved for inclusion in the catalog.

Independent Study

An independent study course is a unique, student-initiated and student-driven course. An independent study course should be used to enhance a degree. It should be used as a substitution for degree requirements only in rare circumstances; it should not be used to correct poor planning. All other catalog policies apply.

Independent study courses are usually designed to be worth 3 credit hours. Ideally, independent study courses should make up no more than 6 hours (5 percent) of any student’s undergraduate degree. They should make up no more than 20 percent of any student’s graduate degree. Independent study courses should use the even hundred course number appropriate to the level of study (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, etc.)

Student proposals for independent studies may be approved or denied based on faculty interest or availability and departmental priorities. Students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program will incur a separate fee for an independent study course and should contact the Director of the DMin Program for details.

When proposing an independent study, the student should complete the Independent Study Request form and discuss it – including the outcomes and artifacts of the study – with the proposed faculty member. Artifacts should support the student’s and the faculty member’s intended outcomes for the course through research, written work, creative projects, and/or professional projects. If the course is approved by the faculty member, the faculty member is responsible for creating the syllabus for the independent study. The syllabus must include the learning outcomes and how they will be measured.

The syllabus and Independent Study Request form should be submitted to the chair and dean on a timeline that would allow for the proposal to be approved or denied prior to the beginning of the term or part of term in which the course is being proposed. Study Abroad courses should be approved prior to departure from the United States.

Special topics

A special topics course is faculty/department-initiated and faculty-driven. A special topics course will be included in the course schedule for registration in a given term and could be used as a pilot for addition to the curriculum. A substitution form must be submitted for a special topics course to satisfy degree requirement. All other catalog policies apply.

The special topics syllabus must be submitted to the dean before March 1 for a fall course or October 1 for a spring or summer course, so that it will be available for student registration. Special topics courses should choose the course number appropriate to the level of study from the following: 140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740, etc.

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

  
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    HIST 409 - Homer’s Children: The World of Ancient Greece


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Survey of cultural, economic, political, and military developments in ancient Greece.
  
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    HIST 410 - The Ancient Roman World


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Survey of cultural, economic, political, and military developments in ancient Roman Republic and Empire.
  
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    HIST 413 - The Medieval Era


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    A social, political, philosophical and religious survey of the Medieval era of European history (c500-1500). Prerequisite: Three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 414 - Islam and the West


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Cultural, political, and religious developments in the history of Islam with special attention to interactions with western cultures. Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 100-299.
  
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    HIST 418 - Britain and Empire, 1689-present


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    This course examines the major events of modern British history from the Glorious Revolution to the present. While providing a continuous narrative of major political, social, and economic developments, the course explores British national identity, imperialism, gender relationships, religious belief, and class culture and conflict. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 419 - Revolution and Empire: Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    This course examines Europe’s “long nineteenth century,” from the French Revolution (1789) to the Great War (1914), a century in which nationalism, revolution, empire, and technology brought Europe global power, but also paved the way for Europe’s eclipse. The course surveys the events, and introduces the historiography, of nineteenth-century Europe. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 436 - Africa in Global Context


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    This course examines the socioeconomic, cultural, and political history of a variety of African societies, always placing those historical developments into a wider global context. Prerequisite: Three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 451 - American Diplomacy


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    American diplomatic history from the pre-Revolutionary period to modern times. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 452 - Historical Documentary Production


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Focuses on researching, developing, writing and producing historical documentaries. The object will be to instill into the student the basic philosophy of visual presentation of historical materials for a general audience and the practical methods of achieving those ends.
  
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    HIST 454 - Public History Field School


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 6
    Credit Hours: 6
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Students live and work in a late 19th century/early 20th century setting and participate in fieldwork in public history. Students apply classroom knowledge and experience in the field and develop new skills under the supervision of the instructor and other public history professionals. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Travel required. Special travel fee.
  
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    HIST 455 - Social and Ethnic History in U.S.


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    The course of American social and ethnic development from the end of the colonial era to the present. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 458 - World War II: A Military and Social History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A military and social history of the global conflict, 1939-1945. It provides a basic understanding of the major themes relating to the world at war. This course will survey the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Second World War and will provide a perspective on the factors that shape human activity, particularly in time of war. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.
  
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    HIST 459 - Historiography Seminar


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    Required capstone course for all HIST BA degrees, research-intensive. Integrates instruction and practice in research methodology and interpretation; integrates a connection to the mission of Abilene Christian University through theological reflection related to vocation. Prerequisite: Senior standing, 12 hours of 100-299 HIST, HIST 353 , and 12 hours 300-499 HIST. Requires previous or simultaneous completion of an approved internship. A capstone course.
  
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    HIST 472 - Early Modern Europe: The Renaissance and Reformation Eras


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    European history during the early modern period, from the mid-14th to mid-17th century, with attention to Renaissance humanism as expressed in the arts, literature, and individual self-fashioning, and to changes in both elite and popular religious belief and practice as a result of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 474 - Europe in Crisis: Dictatorship and Division since 1914


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Offers an in-depth study of European history from the Great War of 1914-1918 to the present, including comparative discussion of the twentieth-century totalitarian dictatorships, geopolitical realignments as a result of World War II and the Cold War, the shifting definitions of “European identity,” and the rise of modern terrorism. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 477 - Third Reich


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Examination of Germany under Hitler and National Socialism, the roots of Nazism in German history, the tragedy of the Weimer Republic, Nazism in social practice, the Second World War. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 478 - Encounters: Latin America to 1830


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Explores the formation of the Latin American cultures, with attention to pre-Columbian civilizations, “encounters” between indigenous Americans, Iberians, and Africans that resulted in hybrid societies, and the various movements for national independence from Spain and Portugal. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 479 - Revolutions: Latin America, 1810 to Present


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A survey of Latin American peoples and nations, stressing significant cultural, political and economic developments since independence. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 483 - Legacies of Conquest: Empire and the Growth of the American West


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    The advance of the American West from colonial times through the first half of the Twentieth Century, including the military, economic, social, and political consequences of manifest destiny and expansion on people and places in the emerging American frontier. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 484 - A Clash of Cultures: The Civil War in Nineteenth Century America


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    Explores the military, economic, social, and political impact of the U.S. Civil War on the developing institutions of national life. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 485 - Russia


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Russian history from Kievan times to the present, with special emphasis on the Soviet Union and Communist ideology. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 486 - War and Society


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A survey of warfare from the fifteenth century to 1945. The course explores the development of warfare in Europe and the Americas and examines the impact of developing the power on a global world. Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of 6 hours of lower level history.
  
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    HIST 490 - The Cosmic Race: A History of Mexico


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    This broad treatment of the Mexican experience from early indigenous societies to the present highlights cultural identity formation in a nation once described as “the Cosmic Race.” Prerequisite: Junior standing or completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 491 - China, India, and the West since the 14th Century: Mongols, Poppies, & Satyagraha


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    This course introduces major trends in the history of China and India since the period of the Mongol conquest, with particular attention to themes of empire, technology, religious conflict and toleration, and indigenous political movements. Prerequisite: Junior standing or the completion of three hours of 100-299 history.
  
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    HIST 496 - History for Teachers


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Analyzes significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present by integrating American, European, and non-Western history into a unified whole. Prerequisite: HIST 117 , HIST 118 , HIST 221 , HIST 222 , HIST 280 ; six additional hours of upper-level history. This course is for teacher certification only. It does not fulfill University Requirements nor does it fulfill U.S. or non-U.S. history requirements for the B.A. in History.
  
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    HIST 552 - Historical Documentary Production


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Focuses on researching, developing, writing and producing historical documentaries. The object will be to instill into the student the basic philosophy of visual presentation of historical materials for a general audience and the practical methods of achieving those ends.
  
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    HIST 554 - Public History Field School


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 6
    Credit Hours: 6
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Students live and work in a late 19th century/early 20th century setting and participate in fieldwork in public history. Students apply classroom knowledge and experience in the field and develop new skills under the supervision of the instructor and other public history professionals. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Travel required. Special travel fee.
  
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    HIST 555 - Social and Ethnic History in U.S.


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    The course of American social and ethnic development from the end of the colonial era to the present.
  
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    HIST 572 - Early Modern Europe: The Renaissance and Reformation Eras


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    European history during the early modern period, from the mid-14th to mid-17th century, with attention to Renaissance humanism as expressed in the arts, literature, and individual self-fashioning, and to changes in both elite and popular religious belief and practice as a result of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations
  
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    HIST 574 - Europe in Crisis: Dictatorship and Division since 1914


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Offers an in-depth study of European history from the Great War of 1914-1918 to the present, including comparative discussion of the twentieth-century totalitarian dictatorships, geopolitical realignments as a result of World War II and the Cold War, the shifting definitions of “European identity,” and the rise of modern terrorism.
  
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    HIST 577 - Third Reich


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Examination of Germany under Hitler and National Socialism, the roots of Nazism in German history, the tragedy of the Weimar Republic, Nazism in social practice, the Second World War.
  
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    HIST 578 - Encounters: Latin America to 1830


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Explores the formation of the Latin American cultures, with attention to pre-Columbian civilizations, “encounters” between indigenous Americans, Iberians, and Africans that resulted in hybrid societies, and the various movements for national independence from Spain and Portugal.
  
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    HIST 579 - Latin American Modern Era


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A survey of Latin American peoples and nations, stressing significant cultural, political, and economic developments since independence.
  
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    HIST 580 - Texas History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    The history of Texas from prehistoric times to the present.
  
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    HIST 583 - Legacies of Conquest: Empire and the Growth of the American West


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    The advance of the American West from colonial times through the first half of the Twentieth Century, including the military, economic, social, and political consequences of manifest destiny and expansion on people and places in the emerging American frontier.
  
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    HIST 584 - A Clash of Cultures: The Civil War in Nineteenth Century America


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    Explores the military, economic, social, and political impact of the U.S. Civil War on the developing institutions of national life.
  
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    HIST 585 - Russia


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Russian history from Kievan times to the present, with special emphasis on the Soviet Union and Communist ideology.
  
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    HIST 681 - Problems in American History


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A topical seminar in American history.
  
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    HIST 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    May be repeated This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

Honors Core

  
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    HCOR 221 - Honors Humanities I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Humanities survey of world civilization from ancient times through medieval. Emphasizes history, literature and art with some attention to philosophy, science and other fields. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Meets requirement for ENGL 231  or HIST 117 .
  
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    HCOR 222 - Honors Humanities II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Humanities survey of world civilization from 15th through 18th centuries. Emphasizes history, literature and art with some attention to philosophy, science and other fields. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Meets requirements for ENGL 231 , ENGL 232 , HIST 117  or HIST 118 .
  
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    HCOR 223 - Honors Humanities III


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Humanities survey of world civilization from 19th century to present. Emphasizes history, literature and art with some attention to philosophy, science and other fields. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Meets requirement for ENGL 232  or HIST 118 .

Honors Project

  
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    HON 301 - Honors Project: Research


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Students conduct supervised research in an area of special interest. See Honors College office for approval from and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 302 - Honors Project: Travel


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Students complete projects associated with approved travel experiences within the country or abroad. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 303 - Honors Project: Service


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall Spring, Summer

    Students apply the principles of service learning to supervised projects. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 304 - Honors Project: Creative


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Guided by a faculty member, students apply their talents to works of music, creative writing, theater, the visual arts, film, and other creative outlets. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 305 - Honors Project: Internship


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Students participate in approved internships. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 306 - Honors Project: Co-curricular


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Students participate in approved co-curricular projects supervised by a faculty member. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.
  
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    HON 307 - Honors Project: Special


    Lab Hours: hours will vary, non-credit
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    See the Honors College dean or advisor to arrange for a project that does not seem to fit in any other category. See Honors College office for approval form and registration. May be repeated. Participation fee.

Honors Colloquium

  
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    HON 112 - General Biology I Honors Seminar


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: Fall

    This zero-hour seminar provides an introduction to philosophical and ethical issues that must be considered by biologists in natural history, genetics, medicine, and environmental stewardship from the perspective of a Christian worldview. Corequisite: BIOL 112  or BIOL 113 .
  
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    HON 113 - General Biology II Honors Seminar


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: Spring

    This zero-hour seminar provides students a supportive environment to reflect upon the nature of the relationship between the creation and its Creator from the perspective of the biological sciences with a Christian worldview. Corequisite: BIOL 112  or BIOL 113 .
  
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    HON 411 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 412 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 413 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 414 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 415 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 416 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 417 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 418 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.
  
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    HON 419 - Honors Colloquium


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Short course, interdisciplinary, varying topics. See Semester Schedule for current offerings. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College. Colloquia are generally taken beginning in the fourth semester. Some colloquia charge special fees for materials, travel, or equipment.

Humanities

  
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    HUM 212 - Oxford Through the Ages


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Explores the political, social and cultural history of Oxford by employing the city’s parks, museums, churches and colleges as primary texts. Students will experience the sites and spaces in which Oxford’s history has unfolded, as well as comprehend the social environment that has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Available only to students enrolled in ACU’s Oxford Study Abroad program.
  
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    HUM 217 - Latin America and the Arts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Offers an introduction to the arts in Latin America, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Available only to students enrolled in ACU’s Montevideo, Uruguay, Study Abroad program.
  
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    HUM 222 - Western Heritage in England


    Lecture Hours: 6
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A study integrating British literature (emphasizing but not limited to coverage of the 18th century to the present) and the social, economic, religious, political and aesthetic activities of western civilization from 1660 to the present. Will satisfy the same University Requirements as HIST 118  and ENGL 222  . Course is offered only at the Study Abroad program in England. Students who receive credit for HUM 222 may not register for HIST 118  or ENGL 222 . Travel required.
  
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    HUM 252 - American Identity in the Modern Era


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Combines the related fields of history, fine art, and literature to explore the formation of disparate American identities during the Modern Era (1918-1970). Prerequisite: ENGL 111 and 112 or equivalent.

Information Systems

  
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    IS 322 - Business Statistics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Survey of methods of collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of business information. Includes methods of sampling, uses of averages, construction of graphs, index numbers, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi-square, and correlation and regression analysis. Requires the use of contemporary statistical software in a business context. Prerequisite: MATH 130 .
  
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    IS 324 - Management Information Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A comprehensive study of organizational needs for information and an introduction to the integrated management information system. Information is studied as an organizational resource. The creation and distribution of managerial and accounting information and the management of that resource are stressed. Operational, tactical and strategic information systems are analyzed. Prerequisite: BUSA 120 ; 48 earned hours.
  
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    IS 330 - Business Geographic Information Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Survey of the concepts and tools of geographic information systems (GIS), along with their specialized applications to the analysis and solution of business problems, such as market research, facility site selection, and product distribution. Includes overview of GIS terminology, access to spatially-referenced databases, and use of contemporary GIS software. Prerequisite: IS 322 , Business Statistics (or equivalent course in statistical methods); Junior standing.
  
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    IS 342 - Business Decision Support Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Design and implementation of computer-based business decision support systems using commercially-available business intelligence software such as SAS. Emphasizes the role that knowledge management, analytics, business intelligence, and decision support technologies, such as dashboards and executive information systems (EIS), play in successful organizations. Includes coding and application development exercises. Prerequisite: IS 322 , Business Statistics (or an equivalent course in statistical methods); Junior standing.
  
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    IS 405 - Systems Analysis and Design


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Fundamental principles and methodologies of system analysis and design. Presents the systems development life cycle, with specific emphasis on planning, problem definition, specification of structured system requirements, information gathering, data and process modeling techniques, logical and physical design, feasibility assessment, and implementation and maintenance issues for businesses and organizations. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Junior standing, IS 324  or IT 220 .
  
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    IS 410 - Enterprise Resource Planning


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Surveys Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems with emphasis on industry-leader SAP. Provides an overview of the managerial and technical issues in planning, designing, cost justification, and implementation of enterprise systems. Includes business process integration concepts and hands-on software exercises. Prerequisite: IS 324  with a grade of “C” or better, or approval of instructor.
  
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    IS 415 - E-Commerce


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A studio-based course integrating the key business strategies and technology elements of contemporary electronic commerce. Emphasizes the use of Internet technology and the World Wide Web as strategic business tools, and links organizational strategy and business models to networked information technologies. Students gain hands-on experience with e-commerce tools and languages. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department chair consent.
  
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    IS 430 - Management of Information and Technology Resources


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: TBA

    Surveys contemporary management issues concerning information and technology resources of a firm. Topics include leadership of information systems, technology planning and acquisition, information retention and policy development, develop-vs.-purchase paradigm, legal/ethical/contractual considerations, customer support, staffing and organizational issues, performance metrics, social trends, and emerging technology. Prerequisite: Junior standing. A writing-intensive course.
  
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    IS 432 - Data Mining


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Survey of the emerging technologies used to uncover patterns and associations in large databases for improved decision making in the marketing arena. Prerequisite: Any one of the following with a grade of “C” or better: IS 322 , MATH 377 , PSYC 311 , or SOCI 416 . Same as MKTG 432 .
  
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    IS 499 - Information Systems Internship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Field experience applying information systems knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Prerequisites: IS 324, with a grade of “C” or better; 2.75 or higher GPA in business courses; 2.5 of higher GPA overall; approval from director of Internships. Same as ACCT 499 , FIN 499 , ITC 499 , MGMT 499 , and MKTG 499 .
  
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    IS 524 - Management Information Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Organizational needs for information and an introduction to the integrated management information system. Information is studied as an organizational resource. The creation and distribution of information and the management of the information resource are stressed. Operational, tactical and strategic information systems are analyzed. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
  
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    IS 605 - Systems Analysis and Design


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Contemporary principles and methods of systems analysis and design, with emphasis on organizational and management issues. Includes topics in systems theory, comparative definitions and philosophies, the systems life cycle, degrees of complexity, design paradigms, and tools and methods for syntheses and presentation. Also presents selected concepts of project management.
  
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    IS 680 - Data Mining


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduction to the principles, techniques, and tools needed for data mining. Students will learn to use data to make decisions, predictions, and recommendations based on their analysis outcomes. The course will include case studies, allowing students to review industry cases and use data to make decisions about business strategy.
  
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    IS 682 - Data Management


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overview of the process and tools of data management. Topics include available tools, databases, data acquisition, crowdsourcing, querying, and data cleaning. Students will learn how to effectively collect, organize, and manage data from various sources.
  
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    IS 684 - Data Visualization and Reporting


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an introduction to statistical computing and graphic software applications such as MS Office Excel and PowerPoint, R, and Tableau, to create various means of data visualization. Explores various data visualization methods involved in the process of taking raw data, creating visualizations, and reporting findings. Provides overview of Big Data, ethics particular to this current phenomenon, and interactive graph design to give students an understanding about designing effective large current data graphs to be explored and customized by anyone, even those without deep IT experience.

Information Technology

  
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    IT 105 - Introduction to Mobile Application Development


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Introduces the development of applications for mobile computing and technology. Students will learn to program by developing applications for mobile computing devices such as Android, Apple, and Microsoft phones & tablets. Theory concepts, and hand on programming are a part of the class. This course assumes no programming background. Prerequisite: A student may not receive credit for this course after receiving credit for CS 120 .
  
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    IT 220 - Introduction to Databases and Database Management Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall; spring, even years; summer, odd years

    A survey of the logical and physical organization of data and their importance in computer processing. Introduces data models, relational database design, and associated ideas. Compares modern DBMS software. Examines data as a strategic organizational resource. Students develop the basic SQL scripting skills necessary to create tables, queries, forms, and reports. Provides initial training towards professional database certification. Prerequisite: CS 115  or CS 120 .
  
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    IT 221 - Fundamentals of Networking and Data Communications


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall; spring, odd years; summer, even years

    A first course in data communications and networking. Topics include: IP networks and services, comparative network configurations and communications protocols, function and purpose of physical network components, resource sharing, client-server systems, administrative issues and tools, and industry standards. Provides initial training towards professional network certification. Laboratory graded and credited with course. Prerequisite: CS 115  or CS 120 .
  
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    IT 225 - Web Technologies


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    An introduction to the development of web pages used to display images, tables, forms, and frames. Topics include HTML, cascading style sheets, server- and client-side scripting, applets, and web databases and security. Also introduces Internet browsers, user computer configurations, standard protocols, XML compatibility, Dynamic HTML, and accessibility issues. Prerequisite: IT 220 ; CS 116  or CS 120 .
  
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    IT 310 - Introduction to Computer and Information Security


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A survey of the fundamental concepts of computer and information security, including policies and technologies used to achieve secure networks, systems, computing facilities, and information resources. Topics include common system vulnerabilities and threats; models and mechanisms for mandatory, discretionary, and role-based access controls; authentication technologies; ethical issues; and related ideas. Provides initial training towards professional database certification. Prerequisite: IT 220  or IT 221 .
  
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    IT 320 - Database Administration


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A comprehensive presentation of the concepts and techniques of modern database administration. Topics include: system/software evaluation, selection, installation, operations, and maintenance; capacity planning and re-engineering; and utilities and tools for trouble-shooting, backup/ recovery, and performance monitoring/tuning. Discusses approaches and standards for organizing and managing the database resources, users, and technology of an enterprise. Prerequisite: IT 220 
  
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    IT 325 - Web Application Development


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of Web Development I. Topics include: Rapid Application Development; client- and server-side scripting for user and database interaction; session/cookie management; and privacy and integrity issues. Students learn scripting languages such as JavaScript, Perl, and ASP and develop an understanding of the document object model. Emphasizes satisfying client specifications. Prerequisite: IT 225  with a grade of “C” or better.
  
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    IT 410 - Systems Integration and Administration


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Study and practice in the integration and administration of computer systems. Topics include: resource planning; hardware evaluation, acquisition, installation, and maintenance; file systems; system diagnostics and performance tuning; backup/restore processes; integration of various operating platforms and open source technologies; and user and customer support services. Requires scripting and shell programming. Prerequisite: Completion of all required 100- and 200-level CS and IT courses.
  
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    IT 415 - Networks and Security Administration


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    Study and practice in administering and securing a multifaceted network and communications infrastructure. Topics include: network standards, protocols, naming systems, configurations, and services; hardware and operating system interoperability; capacity planning and re-engineering; security requirements and procedures; logging and auditing tools; disaster planning; and trouble-shooting and performance tuning. Emphasizes user and client needs. Prerequisite: IT 221  and IT 310 .
  
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    IT 472 - Advanced Security


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, on demand

    Covers the domains of the Information Systems Security Professional common body of knowledge. Domains range from forensics and legal topics to physical and operations security to programming, cryptography and network security. Projects will reinforce and integrate the domains. Prerequisite: IT 310  or CS 230 .
  
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    IT 473 - Cybersecurity Policies, Standards, and Compliance


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A practical survey of cybersecurity policy, standards, and compliance issues. Projects and team projects reinforce learning. Students perform risk assessments and create cyber policies. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Corequisite: IT 310 .
  
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    IT 490 - Topics in Information Technology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Investigation of an Information Technology topic of current interest. Topics rotate depending on faculty expertise and student interest, with the same topic generally not being offered more than twice. Students may enroll more than once for credit so long as the topics are different. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: IT 220 , IT 221  and CS 116  or CS 120 .
  
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    IT 501 - Contemporary Readings in IT


    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Directed readings in the contemporary information technology literature. Includes individual and group discussion with the instructor, and either oral or written summary presentations. May be repeated for 3 hours of credit.
  
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    IT 610 - IT Services and Administration


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Presents contemporary topics affecting the day-to-day operational aspects of an IT organization, including asset tracking, customer care, human resources, support services and service metrics, budgeting, capacity planning, vendor relationships, and contracting and purchasing.
  
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    IT 615 - IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Concepts and frameworks for creating, commercializing, and profiting from technology-based products and services. Specifically explores issues currently affecting the field of information service management and related information technologies, and presents the conceptual foundation for managing information technology innovation.
  
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    IT 620 - Information Assurance and Control


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Investigates the impacts of technology on data quality and reliability. Covers foundations of IT security, encryption and authentication, the value of information as a strategic resource, data quality issues, information security standards, and contemporary principles of knowledge management.
  
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    IT 625 - Enterprise Architectures and Systems


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Examines the processes and models that drive continuous organizational and technology alignment to optimize workflows, resource sharing, and access to services. Focuses on the supporting role of IT infrastructures in business process management. Additional topics include standards and best practices, service oriented architectures, global supply chains, and virtual technologies.
  
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    IT 630 - IT Governance


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Presents the contemporary principles of IT governance, with specific focus on IT strategy, policy issues, performance metrics, internal controls, and ethical practice. Addresses issues in data retention, confidentiality, financial accountability, disaster recovery, and protection of intellectual property.
  
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    IT 632 - IT Leadership


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: rotating basis

    Examines principles of IT leadership and strategy, with focus on strategic issues, decisions, and unique situations within the IT arena, and ethical practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MS IT Leadership program.
  
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    IT 650 - Internship in Global IT Operations


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

    A focused internship with an international or multinational organization that conducts business through a global IT network. Participants are involved in the day-to-day IT operations of the organization for approximately six weeks. Placement at an international site is preferred. Requires documentation of work and submission of a reflective paper.
  
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    IT 651 - Leading IT Innovation in Education: Problem Analysis


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: rotating basis

    Systemic problem identification associated with integrating emerging digital innovations in education. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school and/or digital leadership of learning certificate program.
 

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