Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.
Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.
Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.
Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.
Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.
Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.
Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, regression, voting methods, and graph theory. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines. MTH 1060 – Quantitative Reasoning II satisfies the MTA Quantitative Reasoning Pathway.
Introduces elements of algebra including graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, and functions.
Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points. MTH 1120 – College Algebra II satisfies the MTA College Algebra Pathway.
Provides an introduction to aggregate economic issues to include inflation, unemployment, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP); economic theories; market system; and the role of government.
Examines the functions of individual business decision making, market structures, market failures, and the role of government within the economy.
Provides a psychological foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional settings. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective strategies to improve human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.
Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.
Prepares students to work effectively in groups. Students will collaborate to complete a group project and multiple presentations. Course content covers key concepts of group dynamics such as diversity, group roles, ethical issues, and conflict resolution. Students will hone group communication skills and effectively use technology to communicate with group members.
Prepares students to compose professional presentations using current technologies. Addresses theory and practice of communication, including research-based content development, organization of a message to achieve a desired outcome, audience and context analysis, presentation tools, and delivery methods. Consideration of diversity, ethics, and relevance to future careers are key components.
Provides assistance to students in the preparation of a final portfolio which demonstrates professional and personal growth during students' academic careers. Students provide documentation from courses and work experience to develop a portfolio demonstrating how they have met the criteria for each Institutional Student Learning Outcome. This is the capstone course for the Bachelor of General Studies for the Online campus only. The final portfolio will be assessed by Baker College professionals to evaluate if the student has proven competency in the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.
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