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Undergraduate Elective Courses - Fall 2018

Listed below are elective courses offered to all students regardless of campus location. Students currently enrolled elsewhere (at an institution other than FSU) who wish to transfer course credit back to their home institution must complete a transient student application.

  • ART3654C Web 1: Art, Design, Code (3)
    Prerequisite: ART1201, ART1300, and ART1602.
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    In this course, students learn to conceptualize, design, and program responsive websites as both an applied and creative practice. Through a combination of technical topics in interface design and development such as usability, coding in HTML, CSS, Javascript and Jquery, as well as readings and discussions around net-based artworks and historical and cultural concerns surrounding the internet as a communication platform, students execute interactive projects that are both culturally-relevant and technically sophisticated.
  • Art and the Environment videoIFS3129 Art and the Environment (3) | View video text only
    This course provides an introduction into the theories and creative processes that propel environmental art and design. Students explore a wide range of creative media, methods, and themes used by visual artists and designers that address the environment. By analyzing, discussing and writing about environmental art and design, students develop an enhanced awareness of the complexities faced globally and gather perspectives on the ways artists attempt to affect change. For non-art majors.
  • Contemporary Art As A Mirror videoIFS3140 Contemporary Art As A Mirror (3) | View video text only
    This course identifies the cultural landscape that artists are currently exploring and discusses a variety of artists' works to explore and critically analyze the ways that art can function as a mirror of contemporary society.
Certificate in Special Events
  • LEI4864 Technology for Events (3)
    Prerequisite: n.
    This course introduces the student to the variety of ways computer applications and other technologies are used in the planning, design, marketing, and evaluation of events.
  • COM2080 Online Communication & Presence (3)
    This course provides students with theoretical background and practical experience in constructing messages for online communication, as well as managing self-presentation and professional relationships in the online environment. The course includes critical analysis of information sources and audiences and the development and delivery of online oral presentations.
  • COM3332 New Communication Technology & Contemporary Society (3)
    Relates the design, development, and the use of new communication technologies to social, economic, and policy implications.
  • COM4132 Communication & Stress Management (3)
    Course provides practical education in controlling stress that emphasizes primarily organizational, intrapersonal, and interpersonal communication skills and utilizes primarily written channels.
  • COM4431 Rhetoric of Global Corporation (3)
    This course provides opportunities to observe ways in which religious and musical rhetoric are employed by a major U.S. corporation with a global target market. The course emphasizes observation research that focuses primarily on communication theory and methods. The course requires that students spend 45 documented hours performing lab/field work research and/or library research in the symbols and messages of an appropriate corporation.
  • MMC2000 Introduction to the Mass Media (3)
    A historical and social overview of the mass media and their relationship to the mass communication process in a modern society.
  • PUR3000 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
    This course if designed to introduce the student to the principles and practices of the public relations profession throughout all organizations using public relations.
  • RTV3001 Media Techniques (3)
    Introduction to basic principles and terminology associated with photography, filmmaking, television, and radio.
  • SPC3210 Contemporary Human Communication (3)
    This introductory course surveys current scholarship in five areas of communication theory: group, rhetorical, interpersonal, legal, and performance communication.
  • SPC3231 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3)
    This course examines rhetorical theorists of the 20th century, including Burke, Richards, Foucault, Habermas, Fisher, and Weaver.
  • SPC3513 Speech Communication Argumentation (3)
    This course focuses on the principles of argumentation theory and the practical applications of these principles in different argumentative situations. Traditional as well as contemporary approaches to the study of argument are combined with the settings of argument to provide a practical experience for each student.
  • ECO2000 Introduction to Economics (3)
    This course is a survey of the discipline for people taking only one economics course. Historical perspective and major principles of theory are presented. Not to be taken by students who have had or who must take ECO 2013 and 2023. Not applicable to the economics major nor the economics minor.
  • ECO2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    This course explores aggregate economics and national income determination, money and monetary theory, present macroeconomic conditions, and aggregative policy alternatives; theory of international trade and the balance of payments; economic growth and development.
  • ECO2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    This course covers consumption, production, and resource allocations considered from a private and social point of view; microeconomic problems and policy alternatives; economics of inequality and poverty; and comparative economic systems.
  • ECO3223 Financial Markets, the Banking System, and Monetary Policy (3)
    Prerequisite: ECO2013. ECO2023.
    This course explores the functions of money, bank creation of deposits, and credit; Federal Reserve control of money supply; and monetary theory and policy questions.
  • ECO3431 Analysis of Economic Data (3)
    This course provides basic skills in finding, downloading, displaying, graphing, and analyzing economics data. Topics include locating data sources, graphics methods, such as data smoothing and interpolation, basic statistics, and bivariate and multivariate regression.
  • ECO4713 International Finance (3)
    Prerequisite: ECO2013. ECO3223 or ECO4203 is recommended. ECO2013. ECO3223 or ECO4203 is recommended. ECO2023. ECO2023.
    This course focuses on the balance of payments; disequilibrium and adjustments; birth, evolution, and demise of the Bretton Woods System; the managed float; international monetary reform; multinational corporations.
  • ECP3010 Economics of Art and Culture (3)
    Prerequisite: ECO2013. ECO2023.
    This course allows students to use traditional economic analysis of supply and demand to examine the markets for "high art". Students discover in the class that many of the standard approaches to economic analysis apply to these markets, but there are also features of the art markets that are unique.
  • ECS3200 Economics of Asia (3)
    This course is a survey of economic development in the economies of East Asia. The course includes an economic analysis of the factors that contributed to the substantial growth in East Asia from 1960-1989 and the subsequent financial crisis that ensued in the 1990s.
Family and Child Sciences
  • CHD4630 Methods of Studying Families and Children (3)
    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission to the major..
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    This course examines research methods, concepts, principles, and issues in studying families and children.
  • FAD3432 Stress and Resilience in Individuals and Families (3)
    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Admission to the major..
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides undergraduate majors with an introduction to family-based, stress-focused mini-theories. The course provides a framework for understanding the differences between family patterns when families are centered on growth related themes and when they are pre-occupied with a variety of stressor events.
  • GEA1000 World Geography (3)
    This course is a regional survey of the human occupation of the face of the earth, local cultures, political systems, and development problems.
    This course meets the University's multicultural course requirements.
  • GEO1330 Environmental Science (3)
    This course explores the causes of local and global environmental problems and their impacts, including resource use, pollution, ecosystems, and population growth.
  • GEO1400 Human Geography (3)
    This course is an introductory survey of geographic theories, issues and applications from the human perspective. The course discusses how people interact with each other politically, economically, culturally and socially across distances, scales and within various physical environments. In addition, global contrasts are examined using urban versus rural habitation, local versus transnational trade, and uneven economic development.
    This course meets the University's multicultural course requirements.
  • GEO2200C Physical Geography (3)
    This course is an overview of earth-sun relations, weather, climate, landforms, water systems, soils, and vegetation.
  • GEO4210 Landforms and Landscapes (3)
    This course is on the spatial distribution of geomorphic landforms across landscapes: how they form, how they change over time, how they are designated, and their nomenclature. Emphasis is given to how humans interact with these landscapes and how these landscapes can impact human habitation.
  • GEO4300 Biogeography (3)
    This course examines the spatial distributions of flora and fauna, ecosystem change, and human interventions such as logging, invasive species, and wilderness preservation.
  • GEO4412 Environment and Gender (3)
    In this course, students look at how physical space (be it national boundaries or public parks) and the terrain of the symbolic realm are sometimes at odds. Included in this investigation is the examination of how ideas of gender, place and space affect individuals' experiences and how said experiences are created and limited by ideas of space at various geographical scales and contrasts between more and less economically developed nations.
  • GEO4450 Medical Geography (3)
    This course applies geographical concepts and techniques to health-related problems, including the ecology of health, disease diffusion, medical cartography, and health care access.
  • GIS2040 Essentials of GIS (3)
    This course is an introduction of the basic principles and techniques of geographic information systems (GIS) for students with no or rudimentary knowledge of geographic concepts and practices.
  • GIS3015 Map Analysis (3)
    This course is an introduction to the acquisition, processing, and presentation of cartographic data.
  • AMH2020 A History of the United States Since 1877 (3)
    This course surveys the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present with emphasis on social, economic, and political problems of the 20th century. May not be taken by students with test credit in American history.
  • EUH3205 19th-Century Europe (3)
    This course is an introduction to key themes and problems in the social, political, and cultural history of Europe from the era of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I. Although this is an upper-level course, no prior background in European history is required.
Information Studies
  • CGS2821 Introduction to Web Site Design (3)
    This course teaches proper Web site design techniques to students from all degree programs. Topics include visual design and graphics, information architecture, usability and accessibility, communication, adaptation to audience, markup languages, and development tools and processes. Coursework is focused on applying proper Web site design principles and techniques to projects in the students' disciplines. The course is gauged for beginners who are computer competent; it does not teach computer programming.
  • LIS2360 Web Applications Development (3)
    Prerequisite: CGS2821 or any equivalent course in web design (HTML and CSS) or instructor permission.
    This course introduces the concepts and technical needs of client and server side technologies for web applications. The course equips students with resources for design, production, and evaluation of web applications and strategies for locating these resources. Students gain hands-on experience in web application production, including: client-side markup and programming, server-side programming for data processing, code versioning, accessing web services and related authentication techniques.
  • LIS3267 Information Science (3)
    This course presents the history, philosophical bases, concepts, theories and methodologies of information science. It also emphasizes the definitions and properties of information, formal and informal information systems, information origination, transfer, classification, formatting and use.
  • LIS4708 Perspective on Information Technology (3)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or instructor permission.
    This is the capstone course in the Information Technology degree program. The course provides students with a broad perspective on the information technology field, the skills required to succeed in the field, and a familiarity with emerging technologies. It also allows students to complete their information technology portfolio. The course consists of a combination of discussions of issues in the information technology profession, emerging technologies, and directed work on the student's degree portfolio.
  • LIS4910 Information Technology Project (3)
    This course consists of students working in teams and individually to manage, design, implement, and evaluate an information technology project. Students are also given evaluation and guidance on improving artifacts from projects entered into their degree portfolio during other courses within the degree program.
  • LIS4940 Internship in Information Technology (1-6)
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides students with opportunities to test theory in practice and to gain work experience in a real information technology environment. Specifically, students work under the guidance and supervision of a professional in an organization that provides information technology services. This work is guided by individualized learning objectives designed to accommodate the student's background and career objectives as agreed upon by the site supervisor, the internship coordinator, and the student. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
  • MET1010 Introduction to the Atmosphere (3)
    This course covers the structure of the atmosphere; weather processes and weather systems, including climatic processes. Credit may not be received in this course if student has already received credit in 2000-level or higher MET courses.
  • IFS2073 World Music (3)
    This course provides an introductory survey of various musical traditions in a global perspective, exploring music both as a phenomenon of sound and as a phenomenon of culture.
  • MUL2010 Music Literature, Listening, and Understanding (3)
    This course is an introduction to music as a manifestation of human culture, as an expressive art form, and as an intellectual discipline. The course also develops a knowledge of a variety of significant musical repertoire, skills for perceptive listening, and the ability to respond to musical expression with critical insight.
  • APK2001 Medical and Scientific Terminology (3)
    This course is the study of medical and scientific terminology, the language of medicine that focuses on prefixes, suffixes, word roots and their combining forms by review of each body system and specialty area. Emphasis is on word construction, usage, comprehension, pronunciation, and spelling. In addition, students gain information regarding anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnostic/surgical procedures, pharmacology, scientific equipment and instruments, and abbreviations.
  • HUN1201 The Science of Nutrition (3)
    This course focuses on the elements of nutrition and factors influencing the ability of individuals to maintain good nutrition status.
  • HUN4362 Functional Food and Health (3)
    Prerequisite: HUN1201.
    This course focuses on what makes a food or a food product functional, chemistry, bioavailability, and health benefits of various functional foods.
  • PET3361 Nutrition and Sports (3)
    Prerequisite: HUN1201 and PET3322.
    This course studies the effects of sports training upon individual nutrient stores and requirements. The effects of nutrient intake upon sports performance.
  • EVR1001 Introduction to Environmental (3)
    This course is an introduction to environmental science that covers the basic functioning of the earth's environmental system and human effects on that system.
  • EVR1001L Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
    This course is a virtual-reality lab that covers various aspects of environmental science. Students submit lab reports on-line for each module that include data analysis and graphical interpretation.
  • OCE1001 Elementary Oceanography (3)
    Prerequisite: MGF1106 or MGF1107.
    This course studies the structure and motion of the ocean and its environs, properties, populations, and energy budget. Not intended for upper-division science or mathematics majors. Upper-division science or mathematics majors are encouraged instead to take OCE 4008.
Political Science
  • CPO3615 Post-Soviet Politics (3)
    Prerequisite: CPO2002 or instructor permission.
    This course examines developments in the so-called 'transition countries' of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, drawing on readings to introduce students to the major debates on economic and political reform in the region.
  • POS4284 Courts, Law, and Politics (3)
    This course surveys the judicial system and its links to politics in the United States. Covers the U.S. Supreme Court, other federal courts, and state and local courts. Topics include legal education and law careers, role of lawyers in court, selection of judges, how civil and criminal cases get to and through the courts, plea bargaining, judicial decision-making, and court-made public policy.
  • PSY2023 Careers in Psychology (1)
    Prerequisite: PSY2012.
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    This course is intended for psychology majors who are uncertain about their career goals. Students learn what career opportunities are available in psychology and related fields and what these careers involve. Students are encouraged to take this course early in their undergraduate years so they can pursue opportunities at FSU that will help prepare them for their chosen career paths.
Public Administration
  • PAD3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)
    This introductory course in public administration studies the management of large-scale government bureaucracies including organization, career systems, and financing. It also focuses on the role of bureaucracies in modern society in the forumalation and implementation of public policy.
  • PAD3013 Futures Studies (3)
    This course applies futures studies perspectives and methods to the study of societal trends and conditions. Emphasis is on the development of anticipatory public policy.
Recreation, Tourism, & Events
  • LEI4524 Leadership and Supervision in Recreation, Tourism and Events (3)
    This course introduces the concepts, principles, and best practices for leading and supervising employees of recreation, sport, and leisure service organizations.
  • LEI4921 Fieldwork in Recreation, Tourism and Events (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors; contact the department for additional information.
    This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to gain practical experience by working in an organized recreation, parks, tourism or special event agency. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
Social Science
  • AFA3101 Theory of African American Studies (3)
    This course engages theories of race discrimination and oppression as it relates to African Americans. Students systematically and objectively examine the sources of American oppression and explore how it shapes the life chances of African Americans from prior to the Reconstruction Era to the twenty-first century. The course explores the timing and manner of their entry into U.S. society, conflicts with other groups, encounters with prejudice and discrimination, as well as the extent to which they have secured access to cultural, economic, political, and social assimilation into U.S. society.
  • ISS4304 Contemporary Social Problems (3)
    This course is designed to introduce the benefits and methods of interdisciplinary research and study. This course uses multiple and interrelated perspectives to identify and explore social issues and problems. Students are guided through the process of building interdisciplinary perspectives to maximize cognitive skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • SYA3741 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)
    This course explores the structure of human response to death, dying, and bereavement with a focus on sociocultural and interpersonal context. The course explores how cultural and medical factors shape experience of a "good death", grief over the life course, functions of funeral practices, and death-related ethical debates such as physician assisted suicide.
  • SYA4300 Methods of Social Research (3)
    This course is a broad coverage of research design, data collection, and data analysis. The course is required for sociology majors.
  • SYA4400 Social Statistics (3)
    This course involves the application of statistical techniques to sociological data as illustrated in the research and writing of social scientists. As a course for majors, it represents an important part of the student's methodological training with respect to the statistical analysis of data typically used by sociologists. The student is expected to carry out a number of exercises involving the statistical analysis of sociological data and to interpret the results. This is a required course for sociology majors.
  • SYD3600 Cities in Society (3)
    This course explores changes in societal scale and structure associated with development of cities and urban societies, the impact on individuals and social groups of the urban context, and the ways that life in cities is influenced by social inequalities related to ethnicity, social class, and other dimensions of social organization.
  • SYD3800 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
    This course examines how gender, as an identity, interaction, institution, and inequality, influences individuals' lives and organizes society.
  • SYG1000 Introductory Sociology (3)
    This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of sociology. In the course, emphasis is placed on exposure to the basic findings of empirical research studies in a wide range of areas traditionally examined by sociologists.
  • SYG2010 Social Problems (3)
    This course represents a study of various contemporary social problems in an urbanized society, which may include such topics as education, the family, politics, the economy, race relations, drug use and alcoholism, over-population, and other issues.
    This course meets the University's multicultural course requirements.
  • SYG2430 Sociology of Marriage and the Family (3)
    This course focuses on marriage and family relationships over the life course. Topics covered include dating, love, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, reconstituted families, parenting, and marital and family relationships in later life. The major course objective is to critically analyze some of our most private social relationships from a sociological perspective.
  • SYO3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3)
    This course explores the basic theory of social stratification that is presented and used in description of the stratification system in the United States and other nations. The course gives opportunity for social mobility in the social structure is assessed and compared with rates of mobility in other countries.
  • SYP4550 Alcohol and Drug Problems (3)
    This course presents a review and analysis of sociological approaches to the study of alcohol and drug problems. It addresses theoretical perspectives on recreational and deviant drinking and drug use and introduces important empirical methods in the study of alcohol and drug problems and current debates over alcohol and drug policy.
  • SYP4650 Sports and Society (3)
    This course explores the topics of sport from a critical perspective focusing especially on inequalities in gender, race, class, and power. This class jointly examines sports as a social mirror that reflects status inequalities as well as the role of sports in perpetrating social inequalities.
Sport Management
  • SPM4011 Sport History (3)
    This course provides a survey of significant time periods beginning with the Ancient Greeks and ending with the current society. The survey reviews sport issues and practices across time, aiming to inform students about the role of sport in our current society.
  • SPM4013 Cross-Cultural Sport (3)
    This course approaches sport through a variety of global perspectives and cultural lenses. Students are exposed to different national contexts, histories, leagues, and governing bodies, as well as the social, cultural, political, and economic imperatives organizing sport and its management, including global mega-events (e.g., Olympics, World Cup) and national structures (e.g., Barclay's Premier League).
  • SPM4014 Sport and Literature (3)
    This course uses literary theory to critically analyze and interpret a series of popular sport-related novels. The course focuses on the role that literature in general, and sport-based books in particular, has played in promoting and challenging structures of gender, nationalism, sexuality, race, social class, and ability in the United States and Western society more generally.
  • STA1013 Statistics through Example (3)
    This course provides students with a background in applied statistical reasoning. Fundamental topics are covered including graphical and numerical description of data, understanding randomness, central tendency, correlation versus causation, line of best fit, estimation of proportions, and statistical testing.
  • STA2023 Fundamental Business Statistics (3)
    This course covers statistical applications in business, involving graphical and numerical descriptions of data, data collection, correlation and simple linear regression, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, sampling distributions, and confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for a single sample.
  • STA2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics (3)
    Prerequisite: MAC1105 or equivalent.
    This course covers normal distributions, sampling variation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, correlation, simple and multiple regression, contingency tables and chi-square tests, non-parametric statistics. No credit given for STA 2122 if a grade of "C-" or better is earned in STA 2171, STA 3032 or QMB 3200.
Undergraduate Elective in Ed Psychology
  • EDF4210 Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (3)
    Prerequisite: n.
    This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of human development, learning, and motivation as foundations for the planning and implementation of classroom instruction. Students are expected to acquire and use theoretical knowledge to inform decisions about strategies for helping learners develop, learn, and achieve.
Urban and Regional Planning
  • URP3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development (3)
    This course introduces planning concepts and the role of planning in formulating policy, meeting critical problems, and shaping the future urban environment.
  • World Cities: Quality of Life videoURS1006 World Cities: Quality of Life (3) | View video text only
    In this course, major world cities are examined in terms of their natural, social, and built environments in order to assess those factors that promote quality-of-life and sustainability. Prospects for future growth and change are considered in light of demographic, cultural, economic, and political trends.
    This course meets the University's multicultural course requirements.

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