Below is a list of available liberal studies courses offered by the Education Department. Consult the Academic Catalog for more information – see Registrar’s Office.
This course is designed around the national technology standards and the Virginia Technology Standards for teachers. Students will become familiar with a variety of technologies that are used in K-12 classrooms. Students will develop lesson plans for use in schools that integrate technology as a learning tool including PRS, SMART Board, Computer-based lab probes, and video editing. Hours credit: 1.5.
Students will examine the roles citizens play in U.S. politics and government, and the basic economic principles that underlie the U.S. market economy. Students will investigate the processes by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government's role in it. Students study how patriotism, respect for the law, willingness to perform public service, and a sense of civic duty facilitate thoughtful and effective active participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society. This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure or students seeking the history/social science teaching licensure. Course content maps to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.
Students explore scientific connections among earth and life science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will understand the nature of science and scientific inquiry including the role of science, and the science skills of data analysis, measurement, observation, and experimentation. Project-based and inquiry lessons weave together concepts that reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning and incorporate classroom work, and labs. Students develop the concepts essential to inquiry and safety procedures. This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Students will evaluate and conduct qualitative and quantitative research. Each student will work with a faculty supervisor to prepare a research proposal/thesis. Students will present their work during an oral presentation for students and faculty. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.