2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks 
    
    Jun 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix. Each course description begins with a subject prefix followed by a three-digit course number and the course title. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites and co-requisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student will be permitted to enroll in the course. A co-requisite is a course, experience, or other preparation that must be completed at the same time that the student is enrolled in the listed course.

Courses numbered 100 to 199 are primarily for freshmen, 200 to 299 for sophomores, 300 to 399 for juniors and seniors, and 400 to 499 for seniors. Courses numbered 500 and above are reserved for graduate students.

Please note, when searching courses by “Code or Number”, an asterisk (*) can be used to return mass results. For instance, a “Code or Number” search of ” 5* ” can be entered, returning all 500 or graduate-level courses.

 

Teacher Education

  
  • TE 474 Clinical Methods in Teaching Secondary School - Social Science


    Credit, one hour.
    Students will observe, assist, tutor students, complete assignments, and teach lessons in a social science classroom in a middle or high school setting under the direction of the regular classroom teacher and university supervisor. Students will be in the cooperating classrooms for field experience. Prerequisite(s): TE 306 , admission into a teacher education program, and students must be enrolled in TE 470  during the same academic period (semester). Failure to successfully complete TE 470  will prohibit a student from passing TE 474 as well.
  
  • TE 497 Study in Selected Topics


    Credit, one to six hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for competent students to study in areas of interest other than those elsewhere defined. This series is primarily a classroom function, either seminar or lecture, permitting flexibility in course offerings. Prerequisite(s): Admission into a teacher education program.
  
  • TE 498 Study in Selected Topics


    Credit, one to six hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for competent students to study in areas of interest other than those elsewhere defined. This series is primarily a classroom function, either seminar or lecture, permitting flexibility in course offerings. Prerequisite(s): Admission into a teacher education program.
  
  • TE 504 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth


    Credit, three hours.
    Introduces and surveys areas of exceptionality.  Emphasizes cause and effect relationships relating to exceptional children in the classroom. Provides professional laboratory experiences in school settings. Lecture Cross-listed as: TE 304   Prerequisite(s): TE 525  
  
  • TE 505 Computer-Based Technology


    Credit, three hours.
    This course emphasizes the interdependence of technology with educational systems in a historical and social context.  It provides opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge of computer and telecommunication software systems in educational settings.  This course also facilitates skill development using word process, spreadsheet and database, and presentation software programs. Lecture Cross-listed as: TE 405   Prerequisite(s): TE 525  
  
  • TE 508 Instructional Technologies for the Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom


    Credit, three hours.
    This course emphasizes instructional technologies and the integration of those technologies in lessons taught in the early childhood and elementary classroom.  Students will focus on the instructional design process including analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Students will research a variety of instructional design models that support technology integration and apply one of those models when designing instruction. 

     

  
  • TE 509 Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom


    Credit, three hours.
    The focus of this course is planning for students with diverse needs, identifying learner supports, and monitoring students within inclusive classroom settings.  Additional emphasis will be on the effective use of differentiated instruction, interventions, and collaborative strategies to increase student engagement in the general education classroom.   This course will rely on the use of technology during class and for assignments.  Prerequisite(s): TE 525  
  
  • TE 510 Curriculum Development


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of the nature of curriculum; examination of factors affecting curriculum; and the relation of design, implementation, and evaluation to curriculum development. On-line class.
  
  • TE 511 Contemporary Issues in Teaching


    Credit, three hours.
    A study of issues in education. A research-based course emphasizing critical examination of contemporary issues and various proposals for improving American education in the 21st century.
  
  • TE 517 History of Education


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a comprehensive study of the history of education with emphasis on American education.
  
  • TE 519 The Law and the Schools


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a study of constitutional and common law as they pertain to educational issues in the United States.
  
  • TE 520 Evaluation and Research in Education


    Credit, three hours.
    Designed to develop skills for evaluating current research procedures and results in education with an emphasis on APA writing style guidelines.  A test fee will be added as a Course Fee to billing.
  
  • TE 523 Internship


    Credit, three hours.
    Full-time teaching experiences are provided with early childhood and/or elementary pupils through assignment in selected schools. Experiences will progress gradually to the exercise of full responsibility of the teacher for at least twenty days. Teaching experiences are directed and supervised by a cooperating teacher and college supervisor. A seminar is provided for discussion, planning, and evaluation. Cross-listed as: TE 423   Corequisite(s): TE 533  
  
  • TE 525 Curriculum and Teaching in the Elementary School


    Credit, three hours.
    This course emphasizes the psychological and ethical foundations of eduation relating to learning and teaching principles and ethics, and the design, development, and implementation of media materials for reinforcement of these principles.  (WI)  A test fee will be added as a Course Fee to billing. Lecture.
  
  • TE 533 edTPA Professional Development Seminar


    Credit, three hours.
    edTPA is a performance assessment of readiness to teach.  This portfolio assessment is designed with a focus on student learning.  As a performance-based assessment, edTPA is designed to engage teacher candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning.  In this class, pre-service candidates complete tasks and commentaries within a portfolio relevant to their program.  A test fee will be added as a Course Fee to billing. Cross-listed as: TE 433   Corequisite(s): TE 523  
  
  • TE 597 Evaluation of Teaching and Learning


    Credit, three hours.
    The focus of this course is developing formative and summative assessment practices that inform and guide instruction.  Emphasis is placed on developing competencies in creating different types of test formats in order to create valid and reliable assessment procedures.  Effective assessment development and implementation is the first step toward data-based decision making that guides instruction in order to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Prerequisite(s): TE 525  
  
  • TE 598 Comprehensive Examination/Portfolio


    Credit, none (no hours).
    Constitutes an integrated comprehensive examination of the M.A. in Education Programs. It consists of a written examination and is graded as either “Pass” or “Fail”. Students in the traditional fifth-year M.A. program in education are also required to successfully complete and submit a portfolio that includes Alabama State Department of Education mandated technology standards.

Theatre

  
  • TH 103 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 104 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 106 Beginning Ballet


    Credit, one hour.
    Principles, techniques and body alignment for ballet.
  
  • TH 107 Beginning Tap


    Credit, one hour.
    Basic principles, styles and steps of tap dancing.
  
  • TH 108 Beginning Jazz


    Credit, one hour.
    Principles, techniques and different styles of jazz dancing.
  
  • TH 202 Acting I


    Credit, three hours.
    Principles and techniques of acting as applied to the theatre, including improvisation, pantomime, theatre games and other exercises that develop creative awareness.
  
  • TH 203 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 204 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 205 Advanced Ballet


    Credit, one hour.
    Advanced principles, techniques and body alignment for ballet. Prerequisite(s): TH 106  or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons.
  
  • TH 206 Stagecraft and Lab


    Credit, three hours.
    This class will be an introductory course to the language and practical application of the field of stagecraft. The student will study paint techniques as well as proper terminology and safe use of tools. There will be 2-3 small class projects where they will use the techniques and skills they have learned.
  
  • TH 207 Advanced Tap


    Credit, one hour.
    Advanced principles, styles and steps of tap dancing. Prerequisite(s): TH 106  or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons.
  
  • TH 208 Advanced Jazz


    Credit, one hour.
    Advanced principles, techniques and different styles of jazz dancing. Prerequisite(s): TH 108  or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons.
  
  • TH 211 Stage Management


    Credit, two hours.
    Students will learn how to stage manage a production. The student will learn how to create the necessary paperwork, how to format communication addressed to the company from the director, as well as how to call and run a show. It will also include a lab element in which they are an Assistant Stage Manager either for the Musical, Opera, Mainstage Play, and/or the Easter or Christmas Concert.
  
  • TH 212 Introduction to Design


    Credit, three hours.
    Students will be exposed to the language and history of design and how that applies to theatre. It will include two design pieces. One of these will be a piece based on a favorite text or song allowing them to explore design that is influenced by a written text. The second piece will be a paper project for a specific play and can be either scenery, costumes, or digital media and sound.Students will be exposed to the language and history of design and how that applies to theatre. It will include two design pieces. One of these will be a piece based on a favorite text or song allowing them to explore design that is influenced by a written text. The second piece will be a paper project for a specific play and can be either scenery, costumes, or digital media and sound.
  
  • TH 213 History of Musical Theatre


    Credit, two hours.
    A study of the evolution of American musical theatre from the 20th century to the present, its landmark productions, songs and its place within the history of Western Music. Cross-listed as: MU 213  
  
  • TH 297 Study in Selected Topics


    Credit, one to six hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for students to study in areas of interest other than those elsewhere defined. This series is primarily a classroom function, either seminar or lecture, permitting flexibility in course offerings.
  
  • TH 298 Study in Selected Topics


    Credit, one to six hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for students to study in areas of interest other than those elsewhere defined. This series is primarily a classroom function, either seminar or lecture, permitting flexibility in course offerings.
  
  • TH 301 Theatre History


    Credit, three hours. (WI)
    A survey of the theatre and dramatic literature, with emphasis on technical innovations, architecture, dress and decor, plays and playwrights. English majors may take this course as an elective (EN 497 ).
  
  • TH 302 Acting II


    Credit, three hours.
    Theory and techniques in character analysis development and the process of creating a role through scene study. Prerequisite(s): TH 202 .
  
  • TH 303 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 304 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 305 Script Writing


    Credit, two hours.
    The course will explore the development of story ideas that originate from improvisational exercises and the manner in which to develop a pre-existing story idea. This class will culminate with each student writing a one-act play.
  
  • TH 306 Stage Movement/Combat


    Credit, three hours.
    Theory and practice in creating combat scenes for the stage, movement and warm-up exercises for the actor or actress.
  
  • TH 315 Auditioning in the Global Musical Theatre Marketplace


    Credit, two hours.
    This course will prepare students for real-life audition experiences in the two most prominent places of Musical Theatre employment; the United States and Europe.  Using the most up-to-date industry expectations and standards as guidelines, students will learn how to create excellent mission statements, resumes, headshots, images, websites, repertoire choices and networking skills pertinent to both the United States and Europe.  Prerequisite(s): TH 202   and TH 302  
  
  • TH 321 Theatrical Make-Up


    Credit, three hours.
    Basic principles and application of stage make-up including aging, beards, animals and clowns.
  
  • TH 330 Production Procedures


    Credit, three hours.
    Examines the chronological procedures in producing a play, including script selection, auditions, rehearsals, schedules, publicity and budgets.
  
  • TH 400 Senior Showcase/Capstone


    Credit, zero hours.
    This course is designed to accomplish two things: an opportunity to pursue a project that can take the form of a research, performance, or technical project. Additionally, the student will be working to create a packet for job searches in their field (I.E Actor: Headshots, Audition Packets, Resume, Potential Companies, etc. Technical: Paper Project or Realized Design, Portfolio, Resume, Potential Companies, etc.)
  
  • TH 402 Acting III


    Credit, three hours.
    Advanced theory and techniques in acting using scene studies, monologues, scene analysis and techniques for movement and musical theater acting. Prerequisite(s): TH 202   and TH 302  
  
  • TH 403 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 404 Dramatic Production Participation


    No credit (S or U).
    Laboratory experience that involves all aspects of producing theatrical performances.
  
  • TH 406 Acting for Camera


    Credit, three hours.
    An exploration in the art of film acting. The students will learn how acting for the camera differs from acting on a stage and how to prepare for those differences. They will build a small reel of film, television, and commercial pieces. Additionally they will learn how auditions and the film industry as a whole differ from the theatre industry.
  
  • TH 415 Dialects and Voice for Actors


    Credit, three hours.
    Students will study how to speak with consistent and accurate dialects, after they have learned the International Phonetic Alphabet. Additionally, the course will create exposure to different vocal warm ups and production techniques such as Lessac, necessary for the vocal health of an actor.  The class will culminate in a performance showcase.
  
  • TH 430 Directing


    Credit, three hours.
    Theories and techniques of stage direction, analysis of plays, preparation of production plans and practice in stage directions. Prerequisite(s): TH 202  and TH 330 , or consent of the instructor.
  
  • TH 431 Independent Study


    Maximum credit, eight hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for students to pursue an independent study or research project in the major areas, with the approval of the advisor, instructor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prerequisite(s): Completion of eighteen semester hours with a 3.00 GPA or higher in the major. (See independent study contract for requirements and details.)
  
  • TH 432 Independent Study


    Maximum credit, eight hours.
    Courses offered to provide opportunities for students to pursue an independent study or research project in the major areas, with the approval of the advisor, instructor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prerequisite(s): Completion of eighteen semester hours with a 3.00 GPA or higher in the major. (See independent study contract for requirements and details.)
  
  • TH 433 Directing II


    Credit, three hours.
    Students will expand upon information from Directing I. They will produce two one-acts or two plays cut down to hour long productions. Each will be produced in a showcase at the end of the semester.
  
  • TH 435 Period Styles for Performance


    Credit, three hours.
    In this course, students will be exposed to specific acting tools necessary for certain styles of theatre: Greek, Commedia Del Arte, Restoration, Shakespeare, Modern, etc. They will also learn how the different styles are connected and how they influence each other. This class will culminate in a Styles performance showcase, which will span the time periods covered.
  
  • TH 488 Interdisciplinary Seminar


    Credit, three hours.
    Study of a selected theme or topic designed to synthesize and reveal the coherence of the undergraduate curriculum. Prerequisite(s): Normally limited to seniors with the approval of the course director.
  
  • TH 495 Theatre Production and Performance


    Credit, three hours.
    Theatre Production and Performance is a celebration of the Theatre as a unique form of art and entertainment. The foundation of this course is a practical study of the history, performance and production librettists, lyricists, directors, designers and choreographers who have been of great influence in shaping the development of theatre. Emphasis will be placed on structure, content, cultural influences and historical development featuring interactive lectures, guest performers, in-class improvisation and participation. All students are required to participate in three hours of shop time per week. Cross-listed as: MU 497.1 .
  
  • TH 499 Internship/Study Abroad


    Credit, zero hours.
    Students will have the opportunity to gain professional experience in the area of emphasis, either in the American or European professional theatre arena.
  
  • TH 502 Acting I


    Credit, three hours.
    Principles and techniques of acting as applied to the theatre, including improvisation, pantomime, theatre games and other exercises that develop creative awareness. 
  
  • TH 503 Acting II


    Credit, three hours.
    Theory and techniques in character analysis development and the process of creating a role through scene study.  Prerequisite(s): TH 502  
  
  • TH 505 Beginner Ballet


    Credit, one hour.
    Principles, techniques and body alignment for ballet.  
  
  • TH 506 Beginner Tap


    Credit, one hour.
    Basic principles, styles and steps of tap dancing.
  
  • TH 507 Beginner Jazz


    Credit, one hour.
    Principles, techniques and different styles of jazz dancing. 
  
  • TH 508 Advanced Ballet


    Credit, one hour.
    Advanced principles, techniques and body alignment for ballet. Prerequisite(s): TH 505  or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons
  
  • TH 509 Advanced Jazz


    Credit, one hour.
    Advanced principles, techniques and different styles of jazz dancing.  Prerequisite(s): TH 507  or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons
  
  • TH 510 Stage Combat and Movement


    Credit, three hours.
    Theory and practice in creating combat scenes for the stage, movement and warm-up exercises for the actor or actress.  
  
  • TH 511 Advanced Tap


    Credit, one hour
    Advanced principles, styles, and steps of tap dancing.  Prerequisite(s):

    TH 207/507 or permission from instructor for years of previous dance lessons.

  
  • TH 513 History of Musical Theatre


    Credit, two hours.
    A study of the evolution of American musical theatre from the 20th century to the present, its landmark productions, songs and its place within the history of Western Music. 
  
  • TH 515 Auditioning in the Global Theatre Marketplace


    Credit, two hours.
    This course will prepare students for real-life audition experiences in the two most prominent places of Musical Theatre employment; the United States and Europe. Using the most up-to-date industry expectations and standards as guidelines, students will learn how to create excellent mission statements, resumes, headshots, images, websites, repertoire choices and networking skills pertinent to both the United States and Europe.  Prerequisite(s): TH 502   and TH 503  
  
  • TH 521 Theatrical Makeup


    Credit, three hours.
    Basic principles and application of stage make-up including aging, beards, animals and clowns. 
  
  • TH 530 Directing I


    Credit, three hours.
    Theories and techniques of stage direction, analysis of plays, preparation of production plans and practice in stage directions.  Prerequisite(s): TH 502  and TH 531  or consent of the instructor
  
  • TH 531 Production Procedures


    Credit, three hours.
    Examines the chronological procedures in producing a play, including script selection, auditions, rehearsals, schedules, publicity and budgets.  

Theological Studies

  
  • TS 530 Systematic Theology I


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes theological studies of the Christian faith to include doctrines of theology proper, revelation, anthropology, and Christology.
  
  • TS 531 Systematic Theology II


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes theological studies of the Christian faith to include doctrines of pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
  
  • TS 532 Patristic Theology


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a historical and thematic study of the major themes of Christian reflection from the apostolic period through AD 600.
  
  • TS 533 Reformation Theology


    Credit, three hours.
    Analyzes the events and currents of thought that culminated in Catholic and Protestant reforms in the sixteenth century.
  
  • TS 534 Modern Theology


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides a historical and analytical study of the major themes of Christian reflection from the Reformation through the modern era.
  
  • TS 535 Historical Theology I


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes theological studies of the historical Christian faith, as the Church defined and defended the faith against heresies, from the Early Church Fathers through the Early Medieval Period.
  
  • TS 536 Historical Theology II


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes theological studies of the historical Christian faith, as the Church defined and defended the faith against heresies, from the Reformation through the present.
  
  • TS 538 Special Topics in Theology


    Credit, three hours.
    Provides an intensive study of particular doctrines, persons, or movements in the history of Christian thought. The course may be repeated when content changes.
  
  • TS 540 Communicating Expository Messages


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes preaching and teaching biblical and theological content of the Christian faith through oral and written communication, using a variety of media.
  
  • TS 541 Integrating the Gospel, Church & Culture


    Credit, three hours.
    The content of this course includes surveying contemporary churches which intentionally engage the surrounding culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  
  • TS 599 Thesis Research & Writing


    Credit, three hours.
    Supervised research and writing on an approved thesis topic for presentation to the student’s thesis committee.

Worship Leadership

  
  • WL 011 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 012 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 021 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 022 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 031 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 032 Worship Experience and Concert Attendance


    No credit (S or U).
    This course is designed to introduce students to the wide range of worship and music through concerts, church services and events of both classical and contemporary styles.
  
  • WL 100 Music Skills


    Credit, three hours.
    A rudimentary course in general music reading designed to provide worship technology majors with a basic set of recognition and application skills.  Emphasis will be on recognizing basic music notation, charts, keys and key changes, dynamics, choral (SATB) scoring, and principles of melody, harmony and rhythm.
  
  • WL 100L Music Skills Lab


    Credit, zero hours.
    Applied experience and skill development in rudimentary music skills; a companion to WL 100. Corequisite(s): WL 100  
  
  • WL 101 Inside the Music Industry


    Credit, three hours.
    A survey of the history, structure, business practices, procedures, economics, technologies and career opportunities within the commercial music industry.
  
  • WL 110 Macintosh Literacy


    Credit, two hours.
    This course is designed to prepare students for the use of Mac computers. Mac proficiency is required for courses such as Finale, Pro-Tools Recording, Orchestration, Arranging, Graphic Design, and Presentation Software.
  
  • WL 111 Microphones and Theory


    Credit, two hours.
    A study of different categories of microphones, microphone placement, applications, and microphone usage in both live and recording scenarios.
  
  • WL 201 Survey of Technology and Media


    Credit, three hours.
    An analysis of the history and present role of technology and media in the music industry. Topics include MIDI applications, sampling, sequencing and current trends in music and media-related software. Attention is given to the growing role of media in the local church.
  
  • WL 205 Equipment Maintenance and Electronics


    Credit, two hours.
    Training in the fundamentals of electricity for the entertainment industry along with practices to keep equipment performing at an optimal level.  Topics include Ohm’s Law, testing equipment, soldering techniques, and repair. Students will practice these techniques by solving problems that are often found in the industry.  Prerequisite(s): WL 201  
  
  • WL 210 Critical Listening and Ear Development


    Credit, two hours.
    Training in the development of critical listening skills. The class will analyze different genres of music and how they are mixed differently. Other topics include frequency and instrument identification, differences in EQ, and compression. Prerequisite(s): WL 100   or MU 101  
  
  • WL 215 Survey of the Arts in Worship


    Credit, two hours.
    Introduces students to an overview of visual and performing arts used in the corporate worship setting. Emphasis will be placed on genres that increase the capacity for genuine worship and expression including, music, visual art, design, drama, theatre, dance and other creative forms. In addition, students will be required to plan and execute a worship service involving all areas of the creative arts.
  
  • WL 220 Concert and Event Production Strategies


    Credit, two hours.
    An in-depth look at the creative process of a major production from conception to completion. Topics include planning, contracting, budgeting, and team management. Other areas include logistics and coordination for touring and traveling productions.
  
  • WL 226 Introduction to Web Design


    Credit, two hours.
    A basic introduction in designing and managing Internet sites for churches and ministries.  Emphasis will be on learning basic web management software, hosting, aesthetics, back page functions, and serving the needs of the church/ministry.
  
  • WL 301 Copyright and Intellectual Property Law


    Credit, three hours.
    An introduction to the fundamentals of copyright law, its application to the protection of sound recordings, musical compositions, motion pictures and other creative works. The impact on the distribution of intellectual property, including record piracy, the delivery of music via the internet and the open-sourcing of music will be presented.
 

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