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With careful planning, students may be able to complete the requirements for a minor as part of the hours already required for their degree programs.

Accounting

16 credit hours
  • ACCT 310 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I (4)

    ACCT 310

    INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I

    Course Description

    The first of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, the conceptual framework, development of generally accepted accounting principles, and applications are stressed. Topics include the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the balance sheet, specifically asset accounts.
  • ACCT 320 - INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II (4)

    ACCT 320

    INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II

    Course Description

    The second of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, concepts and applications are stressed. Topics include time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred taxes, retirement benefits, stockholders? equity, earning per share, accounting changes and errors, and statement of cash flows.
  • ACCT 390 - FEDERAL INCOME TAX I (4)

    ACCT 390

    FEDERAL INCOME TAX I

    Course Description

    An introduction to the federal income tax structure with emphasis on the individual taxpayer, including employee, sole proprietor and investor. This course also provides exposure to basic concepts that apply equally, or with slight modification, to taxpayers other than individuals. Major topics include filing status, exemptions, excludable and includable income, business and non-business deductions, disallowances, technical tax research, and computer problem applications.
  • ACCT 425 - ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS (4)

    ACCT 425

    ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    This course creates a framework for accounting information systems by combining knowledge about business as it relates to information systems, information technology, and accounting. Students will examine the REA enterprise ontology as it relates to databases which can be used to store and retrieve information for decision-making within an organization. Students learn that in the competitive organizations of today, and tomorrow, accountants cannot simply prepare and report information; they must take a more active role in understanding and creating systems and processes that impact the organization?s bottom line.

Business Economics

16 credit hours
  • ECON 321 - INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 321

    INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    This course provides a further examination of profit maximizing strategies by firms and individuals. Evaluation of consumer behavior, firms? production decisions, and market power are at the core of the analysis. Special attention is given to the asymmetric information considerations, game theory, and externalities.
  • ECON 322 - INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 322

    INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    This course examines the differences between the economy in the short run and in the long run. A number of macroeconomic models are considered, and the results are used to conduct macroeconomic policy discussion on stabilization policies and government debt.
  • and choose two of the following:
    • ECON 340 - MONEY,BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS (4)

      ECON 340

      MONEY,BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS

      Course Description

      This course provides an overview of the financial system. The roles of money, financial intermediaries, financial markets, and central banks are discussed in the context of global economy.
    • ECON 420 - FORECASTING (4)

      ECON 420

      FORECASTING

      Course Description

      This course provides a hands-on experience for creating working econometric models to forecast business activities, including revenues, costs, and profits. Trends, seasonal and cyclical fluctuations, as well as error term dynamics, are analyzed.
    • ECON 450 - HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT (4)

      ECON 450

      HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT

      Course Description

      This course provides a broad introduction to the development of economic thought through time. The ideas and concepts are considered in their historical perspective. Contributions by leading economists, emergence of a variety of schools of economic thought, their relevance to the current economic problems constitute the core of the analysis.

Business Forensics

16 credit hours
  • BSFR 341 - FRAUD EXAMINATION (4)

    BSFR 341

    FRAUD EXAMINATION

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of the behavioral research associated with occupational fraud and the methodology of fraud examination (i.e., obtaining documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports, testifying to findings, and forensic document examination). The majority of the course is focused on detecting the most common types of occupational fraud, determining how each type of fraud is committed, and implementing prevention strategies.
  • BSFR 342 - INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES FOR FRAUDyINVESTIGATIONS (4)

    BSFR 342

    INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES FOR FRAUDyINVESTIGATIONS

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of techniques and strategies useful in interviewing and interrogating occupational fraud suspects and other parties of interest. These techniques and strategies include interpreting the verbal and nonverbal cues of an interviewee, as well as planning, conducting, and documenting the findings from investigative interviews.
  • BSFR 343 - LEGAL ELEMENTS OF FRAUD (4)

    BSFR 343

    LEGAL ELEMENTS OF FRAUD

    Course Description

    This course explores the legal issues associated with occupational fraud investigations with a primary emphasis on the proper preparation of a fraud report. Related topics addressed include analyzing relevant criminal and civil laws, the rights of the parties involved in an investigation, rules of evidence, and expert witnessing.
  • BSFR 344 - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & INTERNAL CONTROLyASSESSMENT (4)

    BSFR 344

    CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & INTERNAL CONTROLyASSESSMENT

    Course Description

    This course starts with an overview of key legislation and guidelines associated with corporate governance. This includes analyzing the components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations? (COSO) internal control framework, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 99, and the role of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). However, the primary focus of the course is on identifying, documenting, analyzing, and testing internal controls in an organization as part of an effective fraud prevention program.

Communications

16 credit hours
  • COMM 315 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS (4)

    COMM 315

    COMMUNICATION ETHICS

    Course Description

    This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will respond to cases in an intercultural professional environment.
  • COMM 321 - ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 321

    ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    The course examines the role of communication in organizations. Students will learn the major theories of organizational communication, identifying and defining primary concepts, and applying them to discussions of real-world situations. The role of technology, corporate culture, leadership, teamwork, ethics, and diversity in communication is examined. Effective communication in global organizations and critiques of organization communication systems and structures are also presented.
  • COMM 335 - COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS (4)

    COMM 335

    COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS

    Course Description

    The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
  • COMM 400 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 400

    INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.

Criminal Justice Administration

16 credit hours
  • CJAD 210 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICEyADMINISTRATION (4)

    CJAD 210

    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICEyADMINISTRATION

    Course Description

    This is an introductory course designed to expose students to the various Major elements of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Students will learn about the ways in which the various systems interact, the processing of offenders, the various forms of punishment and the alternatives to punishment. The future of the criminal justice system will also be discussed.
  • CJAD 240 - INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY (4)

    CJAD 240

    INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course will focus on theories of crime and types of offending. Topics related the causation, control and prevention of criminal behavior will be addressed in this course.
  • and two of the following:
    • CJAD 310 - COURTS AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (4)

      CJAD 310

      COURTS AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

      Course Description

      This course addresses the requirements for processing criminal offenders through the court system. Topics include structure of the court system in the U.S., evidentiary standards, constitutional protections, the role and importance of case law, and the role of the prosecutor and defense attorney in the courts.
    • CJAD 315 - POLICING IN AMERICA (4)

      CJAD 315

      POLICING IN AMERICA

      Course Description

      This course will provide the student with an overview of the philosophy and history of policing in America. Students will learn about personnel and management issues related to policing. Students will also be exposed to topics including police discretion, police use of force, civil liability, police culture, and the impact of the war on terrorism on police operations and practices.
    • CJAD 320 - CORRECTIONS IN AMERICA (4)

      CJAD 320

      CORRECTIONS IN AMERICA

      Course Description

      This course considers contemporary corrections in America. This course will include a review of recent corrections-related research and a discussion of the role corrections plays in the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include a historical overview of corrections in America, alternatives to incarceration, types and functions of various prison systems in corrections, and various categories of inmates within the corrections system.
    • CJAD 330 - JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY (4)

      CJAD 330

      JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY

      Course Description

      This course will address the history of the U.S. juvenile justice system and the nature and extent of youth crime. It will focus on the correlates and theoretical perspectives used to explain juvenile delinquency all within a framework of current research and strategies used to prevent, treat, and control youth crime. Students will analyze and apply these concepts to the structure within which juveniles are taken into custody, treated, processed, rehabilitated or punished in an integrated and collaborative environment. Finally, students will examine basic criminal justice research methods and the role of science and inquiry in criminal justice.
    • CJAD 450 - CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT ANDyADMINISTRATION (4)

      CJAD 450

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE MANAGEMENT ANDyADMINISTRATION

      Course Description

      This course will examine the basic concepts of management and administration as applied to agencies in the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to the effective management and administration of criminal justice agencies. Topics covered will include environmental influence; conflict, power, and ethical issues; motivation, leadership, and communication. The concept of the service quality approach will also be considered.
    • CJAD 455 - ETHICS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (4)

      CJAD 455

      ETHICS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

      Course Description

      This course will address the topics of ethical and moral values as they pertain to the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include ethics and the police, racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, the purpose of punishment, ethics in corrections, and the ethics of criminal justice policy making.

Emergency Management & Homeland Security

16 credit hours
  • Choose four of the following:
    • PSMT 225 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SAFETYyMANAGEMENT (4)

      PSMT 225

      INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SAFETYyMANAGEMENT

      Course Description

      An introduction to the study of various agencies involved in public safety, including emergency management and homeland security. Emphasis will be placed on the history and evolution of the various public safety agencies, as well as the leadership and management challenges that are unique to these particular agencies.
    • SEMT 322 - ETHICS & LEADERSHIP IN SAFETY, SECURITYyAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES (4)

      SEMT 322

      ETHICS & LEADERSHIP IN SAFETY, SECURITYyAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES

      Course Description

      This course will study ethics and leadership theories in the context of public safety agencies. Consideration of leadership skills and traits in both the strategic and tactical settings will be considered. Ethics will be considered in terms of creating a culture of ethics within a public safety agency.
    • SEMT 326 - SECURITY OPERATIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE (4)

      SEMT 326

      SECURITY OPERATIONS THEORY AND PRACTICE

      Course Description

      This course will provide insight into the history, theory, and principles of security operations in private and industrial settings.
    • SEMT 328 - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT THEORY & PRACTICE (4)

      SEMT 328

      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT THEORY & PRACTICE

      Course Description

      This course will focus on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Post 9-11 era. Emphasis will be on mitigation and preparedness related to international and domestic terrorism as well as natural disasters.
    • SEMT 335 - INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT &yHOMELAND SECURITY (4)

      SEMT 335

      INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT &yHOMELAND SECURITY

      Course Description

      This course analyzes emergency management from a historical perspective. Disaster planning and disaster management in the post 9-11 environment are analyzed. The impact of Homeland Security on local public safety agencies is examined as are selected Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD #5 and HSPD #11 in particular). The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP) are examined with regard to their impact on local public safety agencies. Finally, special challenges for emergency management and disaster response will be analyzed.
    • SEMT 424 - LABOR RELATIONS AND PUBLIC SECTORyBARGAINING (4)

      SEMT 424

      LABOR RELATIONS AND PUBLIC SECTORyBARGAINING

      Course Description

      This course will involve the study of collective bargaining in the public sector, including management and labor relations, public sector bargaining law, and related labor issues particular to public safety agencies.
    • SEMT 432 - HOMELAND SECURITY - THEORY AND PRACTICEyAT THE LOCAL LEVEL (4)

      SEMT 432

      HOMELAND SECURITY - THEORY AND PRACTICEyAT THE LOCAL LEVEL

      Course Description

      This course will study the impact of Department of Homeland Security requirements on local public safety agencies. Focus will be on interoperability as it relates to planning and responding to terrorist threats or actions at the local level.
    • SEMT 436 - RISK MANAGEMENT AND THREAT ASSESSMENT (4)

      SEMT 436

      RISK MANAGEMENT AND THREAT ASSESSMENT

      Course Description

      This course will involve the study of risk management techniques and methods for safety and security purposes. Threat assessment will be studied in terms of private and corporate security concerns.
    • SEMT 438 - PRINCIPLES OF SECURITY MANAGEMENT (4)

      SEMT 438

      PRINCIPLES OF SECURITY MANAGEMENT

      Course Description

      This course examines the principles involved in leading and managing private security operations. Areas covered in this class will include leadership, supervision, and a range of personnel issues, including staffing and training, as they pertain to private security operations.

Financial Management

16 credit hours
  • FINA 340 - MONEY, BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS (4)

    FINA 340

    MONEY, BANKING & FINANCIAL MARKETS

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of the financial system. The roles of money, financial intermediaries, financial markets, and central banks are discussed in the context of global economy.
  • FINA 403 - ADVANCED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (4)

    FINA 403

    ADVANCED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    An introduction to advanced concepts and methods of financial management. Topics include risk and return, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, capital structure, business financial planning and working capital management.
  • FINA 405 - INVESTMENTS (4)

    FINA 405

    INVESTMENTS

    Course Description

    An examination of investment markets, transactions, planning and information. Topics include investment risk and return measures, debt and equity instruments, evaluation techniques, hybrid and derivative securities, mutual funds, real estate investments, tax planning and the investment process, and portfolio management.
  • FINA 450 - GLOBAL FINANCE (4)

    FINA 450

    GLOBAL FINANCE

    Course Description

    An examination of financial management in the global economy. Topics include international financial markets, exchange rates, interest rates and inflation, exchange rate risk management, working capital management, capital budgeting, country risk analysis, long-term financing, and global strategic planning.

Fire & Emergency Services Administration

16 credit hours
  • FIES 310 - FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICESyADMINISTRATION (4)

    FIES 310

    FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICESyADMINISTRATION

    Course Description

    This course is designed to be a progressive primer for students who want more knowledge about fire and emergency services administration. The course demonstrates the importance of the following skills, necessary to manage and lead a fire and emergency services department through the challenges and changes of the 21st century: persuasion and influence, accountable budgeting, anticipation of challenges and the need for change, and using specific management tools for analyzing and solving problems. A central part of the course focuses on how the leadership of a fire and emergency services department develops internal and external cooperation to create a coordinated approach to achieving the department's mission.
  • FIES 330 - HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR THE FIREy& EMERGENCY SERVICES (4)

    FIES 330

    HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR THE FIREy& EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Course Description

    This course examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.
  • FIES 430 - POLITICAL & LEGAL FOUNDATIONS FOR FIREyPROTECTION (4)

    FIES 430

    POLITICAL & LEGAL FOUNDATIONS FOR FIREyPROTECTION

    Course Description

    This course examines the legal aspects of the fire services and the political and social impacts of legal issues. This course includes a review of the American legal system and in-depth coverage of legal and political issues involving employment and personnel matters, administrative and operational matters, planning and code enforcement, and legislative and political processes with regard to the fire services.
  • FIES 450 - APPLICATIONS OF FIRE RESEARCH (4)

    FIES 450

    APPLICATIONS OF FIRE RESEARCH

    Course Description

    This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The course also provides a framework for conducting and evaluating independent research in the following areas: fire dynamics, fire test standards and codes, fire safety, fire modeling, structural fire safety, life safety, firefighter health and safety, automatic detection and suppression, transportation fire hazards, risk analysis and loss control, fire service applied research and new trends in fire-related research.

Global Business

16 credit hours
  • BSAD 476 - GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES (4)

    BSAD 476

    GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on global economic integration and emerging market economies and the effects these trends have on both service and manufacturing industries in the short- and long-term. Other global business issues will include: the European Union (EU), North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO); environmental considerations in business operations; the influences of the political and legal environment on markets; the strategies for business entry into a global market; and the development of leadership talent in a global setting.
  • HUMN 305 - GLOBAL ISSUES (4)

    HUMN 305

    GLOBAL ISSUES

    Course Description

    This course provides students with a coherent sense of the past and present human societies drawn from five cultural areas: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. It also reviews the diversity of traditions that have formed the world and continue to interact in it today. Through the synthesis of connections, influences and parallels among cultures, students will gain an understanding of how to communicate in a culturally diverse world.
  • and choose two of the following:
    • ANTH 215 - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)

      ANTH 215

      CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

      Course Description

      This course exposes students to the principles, concepts, research methods, and applications of cultural anthropology. Students will be introduced to the wide range of variation in social and institutional arrangements found historically and cross-culturally. From language to gender roles, from bases of social stratification to causes and consequences of conformity, from the simpler life in foraging societies to the seeming-chaos in modern post-industrial societies: students will examine the enormous variation in solutions to the requisites of social life.
    • COMM 400 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (4)

      COMM 400

      INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

      Course Description

      This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.
    • FINA 450 - GLOBAL FINANCE (4)

      FINA 450

      GLOBAL FINANCE

      Course Description

      An examination of financial management in the global economy. Topics include international financial markets, exchange rates, interest rates and inflation, exchange rate risk management, working capital management, capital budgeting, country risk analysis, long-term financing, and global strategic planning.
    • HUMN 218 - WORLD RELIGIONS (4)

      HUMN 218

      WORLD RELIGIONS

      Course Description

      A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
    • MKTG 450 - GLOBAL MARKETING (4)

      MKTG 450

      GLOBAL MARKETING

      Course Description

      A course in marketing theory and methods as they apply to world markets. Among the topics discussed are: the importance of linking international marketing with the overall strategy of the business while examining the impact of cultural, political and legal issues and the economic differences in global strategies. Emphasis is placed on developing the marketing mix appropriate to various international global environments.

Healthcare & Society

16 credit hours
  • HCM 300 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 300

    HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
  • HCM 340 - COMMUNITY HEALTH (4)

    HCM 340

    COMMUNITY HEALTH

    Course Description

    Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.
  • HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 442

    LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
  • HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCAREyMANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 472

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCAREyMANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

Healthcare Management

16 credit hours
  • HCM 300 - HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 300

    HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
  • HCM 320 - HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I (4)

    HCM 320

    HEALTHCARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I

    Course Description

    This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of the organization.
  • HCM 442 - LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 442

    LEGAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
  • HCM 472 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCAREyMANAGEMENT (4)

    HCM 472

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTHCAREyMANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.

Human Resources Management

16 credit hours
  • HRM 300 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (4)

    HRM 300

    HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is placed on the modern day importance of HRM and the new "corporate view" of the function. Additionally, the student will be exposed to the view of HRM from the perception of both management and subordinate employees. The importance of maintaining fair and equitable compensation and benefit programs will be discussed. The student will be exposed to practical situations and problem solving regarding areas of employee counseling, discipline and termination. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed in order for the student to understand its need, importance and the legal issues surrounding it. Other critical areas of training and development, staffing and strategy will also be explored.
  • 12 credit hours of Human Resources Management courses

Internet Marketing

17 credit hours
  • COMM 107 - INTRODUCTION TO WEB PRESENTATION &yPUBLISHING (1)

    COMM 107

    INTRODUCTION TO WEB PRESENTATION &yPUBLISHING

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the use of Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) for creating Web sites. It will provide students with the basic knowledge required to design, build, and maintain an informational Web site.
  • EMKT 340 - INTERNET MARKETING (4)

    EMKT 340

    INTERNET MARKETING

    Course Description

    Common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as website planning, development, design, and other factors which contribute to a website's success.
  • EMKT 345 - SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING (4)

    EMKT 345

    SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

    Course Description

    In this course students will explore and utilize techniques for integrating social media marketing as an integral component of marketing campaigns, serving as listening and outreach tools for building brand awareness and promoting business. Through an investigation of tools which include internet forums, message boards, blogs, wikis, podcasts, picture sharing, video sharing, and social networking, students will have the opportunity to create and present a written plan for achieving business goals through the use of a social media marketing campaign.
  • EMKT 415 - SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING (4)

    EMKT 415

    SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING

    Course Description

    In this course students will use search engine optimization to evaluate the processes that bring websites to the top. It will also show students how to choose the best keywords and phrases to target and how to monitor and maintain successful search engine rankings for those keywords.
  • EMKT 430 - WEB ANALYTICS (4)

    EMKT 430

    WEB ANALYTICS

    Course Description

    In this course, students will learn how to quantifiably measure and define client interaction through web analytics. Successful companies today are leveraging the power of web analytics to realize the full potential of their websites, and are able to develop and maintain client relationships that create measurable value to business. In this course students will be introduced to key concepts, tools, techniques, and practices of web analytics. Students will understand how web analytics can drive higher profits and improve the customer experience.

Management & Leadership

16 credit hours
  • MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4)

    MGMT 325

    ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change.
  • MGMT 425 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (4)

    MGMT 425

    ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

    Course Description

    This course analyzes the forces that drive organizations to change, examines impediments to change, and surveys a range of approaches for making organizational change more effective. Students will develop an understanding of change processes and develop practical skills for becoming an organization change agent.
  • MGMT 440 - ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE (4)

    MGMT 440

    ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the relationship between an organization's culture and its performance. The challenges and opportunities presented to both leaders and followers in adapting to and implementing organizational cultural change are addressed in this course. The impact culture performs as a mediating factor between a leader's style and the effective performance of an organization is examined in this course.
  • MGMT 470 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (4)

    MGMT 470

    ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the development of leadership theories from trait, skill, style, situational, and contingency constructs and their utilization by managers and leaders. The primary emphasis of the course is the importance of the Full Range Leadership model and the role transformational leadership performs in the interaction with organizational culture and performance.

Management Information Sciences

16 credit hours
  • MIS 310 - INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE &yTECHNOLOGY (4)

    MIS 310

    INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE &yTECHNOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course provides a conceptual survey of general systems theory followed by a conceptual and technological survey of the structure of distributed information systems architectures, operating systems, network operating systems, peripheral technology and user interfaces. Interoperability between these architectural components will be explored and current technology and trends in each architectural element will be reviewed. This course will de-emphasize, although not ignore, mainframe architectures in favor of information architectures more applicable to client/server computing. The various interacting categories of client/server computing as well as the benefits and implications of such a system will be fully explored.
  • MIS 330 - SYSTEMS INTEGRATION CONCEPTS &yPRACTICES (4)

    MIS 330

    SYSTEMS INTEGRATION CONCEPTS &yPRACTICES

    Course Description

    Systems integration permeates the information management landscape, operating conceptually on three levels: the strategy of achieving enterprise-level information systems (IS) integration, the process at the IS department-level to achieve integration and the selection of technologies needed to achieve integration. This course examines these levels of systems integration, emphasizing realistic solutions, guidelines, and practices, through a hands-on approach.
  • MIS 400 - SYSTEM ANALYSIS & DESIGN (4)

    MIS 400

    SYSTEM ANALYSIS & DESIGN

    Course Description

    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), tools and methods. The course is centered on evaluating existing business processes and choosing a system development methodology to improve upon it. Emphasis will be on analyzing, modeling and designing processes that improve business processes through the deployment of information technology. It will also emphasize the factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. It encourages interpersonal skill development with clients, end-users, team members and others associated with development, operation and maintenance of systems.
  • and one of the following:
    • MIS 360 - ENTERPRISE-WIDE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE (4)

      MIS 360

      ENTERPRISE-WIDE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE

      Course Description

      This course is designed to familiarize individuals with current and emerging business processes that utilize electronic data transmission technologies including the Internet. Topics will include network and Internet technology for business advantage, enterprise-wide business functions and processes, re-engineering of legacy processes through electronic commerce, and Internet-based business-to-consumer business ventures. Social, political and ethical issues associated with electronic commerce are reviewed. The purpose of this course is to educate a new generation of managers, planners and analysts of the realities and potential for electronic commerce.
    • MIS 478 - QUANTITATIVE METHODS & ANALYSIS (4)

      MIS 478

      QUANTITATIVE METHODS & ANALYSIS

      Course Description

      This course addresses the importance of applying quantitative methods and analysis to the solution of business problems using structured problem solving and specialized data analysis software tools. Focus will be on solutions to problems of inefficiency, poor productivity and risky situations within the management of business and technical processes, projects and operations. Some of the methodologies covered are linear programming, PERT-CPM analysis, time series and decision tree analysis, forecasting, regression analysis and data mining. Key success factors in the course will be for the student to build on statistical techniques and spreadsheet tools covered in prerequisite(s) courses.
    • ISEC 300 - PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY (4)

      ISEC 300

      PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY

      Course Description

      In a highly connected, data intensive, and cost-focused business environment, the practice of information security not a business advantage; it is a customer requirement. Viruses, malware, trojans, denial of service attacks, phishing, and even Wiki leaks have become headline news. Failure to insure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data costs companies millions, if not billions of dollars in legal settlements, lost business, and trade secrets. In this breadth-based course, you will get an overview of information security principles and practices, including security models, risk management, access controls, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, software vulnerabilities, and ethical issues. Subsequent courses expand on this foundational material in much greater depth.

Marketing

16 credit hours
  • MKTG 300 - MARKETING (4)

    MKTG 300

    MARKETING

    Course Description

    A general course in marketing theory and methods. Among topics discussed are the importance of marketing, the interrelationship of the different phases of marketing, the differences between the marketing of goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.
  • MKTG 320 - ADVERTISING (4)

    MKTG 320

    ADVERTISING

    Course Description

    The study of the components of advertising and its function within the total marketing function. The course examines advertising campaigns and procedures dealing with planning, creation, production, media, management, research and budgeting.
  • MKTG 330 - MARKETING BEHAVIOR (4)

    MKTG 330

    MARKETING BEHAVIOR

    Course Description

    An understanding of consumer decision processes is developed through application of behavioral sciences. Organizational decision-making processes are also considered. The implications of these processes are considered in relation to marketing, organizational strategies and decision making.
  • MKTG 332 - MARKETING RESEARCH (4)

    MKTG 332

    MARKETING RESEARCH

    Course Description

    Students develop an understanding of the theories and techniques of planning, conducting, analyzing and presenting market studies. Students will study different methodologies with emphasis on primary research including questionnaire design.

Marketing Promotions

16 credit hours
  • MKTG 320 - ADVERTISING (4)

    MKTG 320

    ADVERTISING

    Course Description

    The study of the components of advertising and its function within the total marketing function. The course examines advertising campaigns and procedures dealing with planning, creation, production, media, management, research and budgeting.
  • MKTG 350 - PERSUASIVE STRATEGIES (4)

    MKTG 350

    PERSUASIVE STRATEGIES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the most prevalent promotional and persuasive approaches used in written, oral, and electronic communication. Students investigate the psychological aspects of persuasion and influence. Methodologies that incorporate analyses of audience, situation, and purpose are evaluated. The application of effective strategies for sales, product introduction, and advocacy for a position are emphasized.
  • PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS (4)

    PBRL 325

    PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Course Description

    A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
  • EMKT 340 - INTERNET MARKETING (4)

    EMKT 340

    INTERNET MARKETING

    Course Description

    Common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as website planning, development, design, and other factors which contribute to a website's success.

Performance Management

16 credit hours
  • MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4)

    MGMT 325

    ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change.
  • HRM 400 - PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HRM 400

    PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course uses a systems perspective to identify, select, develop, and evaluate solutions to document and improve the performance of individuals, groups, and organizations. Students will learn how to analyze performance problems and make recommendations at the employee, job, and organizational level that will assist the organization and its employees in achieving organizational goals and managing change. Students will also learn how to bridge the gap between organizational strategy, individuals, and departments.
  • HRM 420 - PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONALyDEVELOPMENT (4)

    HRM 420

    PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONALyDEVELOPMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides students with an overview of the emergence and development of organizational development as a field, processes for diagnosis and intervention, and basic skills needed to facilitate individual, small group, and organizational change. The course will also cover key concepts in organizational transformation, organizational development in global settings, and future directions in the field.
  • MGMT 425 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (4)

    MGMT 425

    ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

    Course Description

    This course analyzes the forces that drive organizations to change, examines impediments to change, and surveys a range of approaches for making organizational change more effective. Students will develop an understanding of change processes and develop practical skills for becoming an organization change agent.

Public Administration

16 credit hours
  • PUAD 295 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ACTION (4)

    PUAD 295

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

    Course Description

    The course examines the American system of government and how government affects and interacts with individuals and organizations in society. Students learn how politics, law, and the structure and principles of American government impact citizens, public policy, and the administration of public and private organizations. Students apply fundamental political theories and administration law principles in personal and professional contexts.
  • PUAD 305 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (4)

    PUAD 305

    INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

    Course Description

    Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students learn to think and act as ethical public administration professionals by developing a broad understanding of the political and organizational environment in which public administrators work and by applying fundamental analytical, decision- making, and communication skills. The professional knowledge and skills explored in the course provide a foundation for subsequent public administration courses.
  • PUAD 350 - ANALYSIS FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT (4)

    PUAD 350

    ANALYSIS FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

    Course Description

    Students learn core concepts and techniques for analyzing and improving the programs, operations, and performance of government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the risks and benefits of undertaking performance improvement efforts within mission-driven organizations operating in political environments.
  • PUAD 420 - PUBLIC & NONPROFIT FISCAL ADMINISTATION (4)

    PUAD 420

    PUBLIC & NONPROFIT FISCAL ADMINISTATION

    Course Description

    Students learn fundamental budgeting, accounting, and financial management concepts and techniques necessary for planning, analysis, and decision making in government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the competing values and politics that underlie and impact the budget process and financial decisions. Finally, students apply skills for effectively communicating financial analysis methods and conclusions with colleagues, elected officials, the media, and the public.

Public Relations

16 credit hours
  • PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS (4)

    PBRL 325

    PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Course Description

    A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
  • PBRL 350 - MEDIA RESEARCH AND WRITING (4)

    PBRL 350

    MEDIA RESEARCH AND WRITING

    Course Description

    This course explores approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within key public relations contexts. Students in this course will examine and utilize research techniques and methodologies that are essential for public relations professionals. Components of this course will include: journalistic research, copywriting, research and writing for broadcast, web research, writing for the Web, transforming technical information for general audiences, and media release writing. Additionally, this course will examine the ethics involved in researching and writing for public relations contexts.
  • PBRL 425 - MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION (4)

    PBRL 425

    MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    Today's public relations professionals have entered a new era where preparedness to respond rapidly to various levels of crisis is essential. Building a positive reputation through the strategic management of communications with internal and external audiences during good times is a necessary foundation for withstanding negative press. Utilizing analysis techniques, public relations tactics, and hands-on projects, students will evaluate crisis situations, create and implement a strategic crisis communication plan, and learn to coach the corporate spokesperson and manage the media, while maintaining the organization's reputation.
  • PBRL 445 - PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROMOTIONAL STRATEGY (4)

    PBRL 445

    PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROMOTIONAL STRATEGY

    Course Description

    Students research, develop and implement persuasive and promotional campaign strategies appropriate to corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations. This advanced course is designed for those who desire specialized skills in public relations and promotional communication. Emphasis is placed on various tactics including investor relations and employee communications.

Public Safety Management

16 credit hours
  • PSMT 315 - CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC SAFETYyMANAGEMENT (4)

    PSMT 315

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC SAFETYyMANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of selected topical areas of continuing interest and importance to public safety agencies.
  • PSMT 440 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (4)

    PSMT 440

    ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

    Course Description

    This course is a study of administrative legal issues within the context of Public Safety Management. The topics include constitutional limitations, rule-making authority, licensing and standing, evidentiary rules, informal proceeding, ethics regulation and contractual law.
  • PUAD 420 - PUBLIC & NONPROFIT FISCAL ADMINISTATION (4)

    PUAD 420

    PUBLIC & NONPROFIT FISCAL ADMINISTATION

    Course Description

    Students learn fundamental budgeting, accounting, and financial management concepts and techniques necessary for planning, analysis, and decision making in government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the competing values and politics that underlie and impact the budget process and financial decisions. Finally, students apply skills for effectively communicating financial analysis methods and conclusions with colleagues, elected officials, the media, and the public.
  • SEMT 335 - INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT &yHOMELAND SECURITY (4)

    SEMT 335

    INTRODUCTION TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT &yHOMELAND SECURITY

    Course Description

    This course analyzes emergency management from a historical perspective. Disaster planning and disaster management in the post 9-11 environment are analyzed. The impact of Homeland Security on local public safety agencies is examined as are selected Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD #5 and HSPD #11 in particular). The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP) are examined with regard to their impact on local public safety agencies. Finally, special challenges for emergency management and disaster response will be analyzed.

Web Development

16 credit hours
  • GRPH 210 - FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (4)

    GRPH 210

    FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Course Description

    In this course students will explore the fundamental principles and creative process of graphic design. An emphasis is placed on visual problem solving skills and the creative and aesthetic aspects of traditional graphic design. The course also explores the implications of traditional graphic design in a digital format. NOTE: This is a technology course, in a technology program, and it requires the purchase of software that may be used in subsequent courses as well as being suitable for commercial work beyond completion of degree studies. For specific software requirements, consult the course syllabus.
  • WEBD 234 - WEB DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (4)

    WEBD 234

    WEB DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

    Course Description

    This advanced course in web page construction builds upon the basic concepts of HTML and CSS. In this course, students learn to construct robust and highly interactive web sites using the latest features of CSS and HTML. Other skills taught in this course include implementing web pages that use advanced CSS, integrating user-generated content, and employing CSS visual properties. In addition, students explore how the Document Object Model (DOM) can be used to build web sites with dynamic effects and user-controlled behavior. This practical course provides students with many opportunities to implement the advanced concepts of CSS and the Document Object Model (DOM).
  • WEBD 335 - ADVANCED CLIENT SIDE DEVELOPMENT (4)

    WEBD 335

    ADVANCED CLIENT SIDE DEVELOPMENT

    Course Description

    This course builds on the fundamental concepts of constructing web pages by expanding into robust, efficient, and highly responsive client side applications of current web technologies. Students will apply advanced techniques that employ scripting languages, libraries, and frameworks to build interactive front ends to server applications. These web pages will be single page applications that use asynchronous scripting language callbacks to provide user interactivity. These applications will consume RESTful services.
  • WEBD 434 - WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (4)

    WEBD 434

    WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

    Course Description

    This course brings together all of the elements of website design, graphics, animation, and data storage in the construction of fully functional commercial website applications. The use of industry standard software products and end to end construction will be emphasized. NOTE: This is a technology course, in a technology program, and it requires the purchase of software that may be used in subsequent courses as well as being suitable for commercial work beyond completion of degree studies. For specific software requirements, consult the course syllabus.

Minor Requirements & Policies

The responsibility for designating the requirements for a minor lies with the program/faculty offering the minor. Academic policies related to minors include the following:

  • Requirements for a minor should consist of a minimum of 16 credit hours
  • Students must attain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the minor area, and each minor course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • Students must earn at least eight of the 16 credit hours for the minor at Franklin University
  • No more than four of the 16 credit hours can be used to fulfill any other specific degree requirements, such as the Major Area, Major Elective, General Education Core, or Business/Professional Core requirements
  • Courses for a minor may not be taken Credit/Non-Credit
  • Any prerequisites to courses in the minor must be honored