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Here is a list of the courses I have taken

Westchester Community College
ENG 101. English Composition 1
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Western Connecticut State University
ENG 102. English Composition 2
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HIS186. Europe: Ancient and Medieval
  A critical examination of the forces, movements, and idealogies which established western civilizations as the dominant force of the modern world.
PS104. World Governments, Economies, and Cultures
  Political, historical, economic, and socio-cultural perspectives are used to examine the problems and prospects of the contemporary world.  Course topics will be selected in terms of current global issues and developments.
PSY100. Introduction to Psychology
  An introductory survey course covering the major topics of psychology.  Areas included are: history, human development, physiology, perception, motivation, learning, individual differences, personality, and social and personal adjustment.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
PHI100. Introduction to Philosophy
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LIT230. Classical Literature*
  A study of early or fundamental literature in a variety of cultures.  Close readings and analysis of epics, lyrics, dramas, and sacred texts, with an eye to literary form and style as well as content.  Discussion of appropriate literary concerns, such as heroism, divinity, sacrifice, duty, and justice.
*Intensive Writing Course
GOV101. American Government and Politics
  A study of American politics--it's institutions and processes and the distribution of political power with an emphasis on how the system works, who benefits and who does not, and to what extent it is democratic.
SOC101. Introduction to Sociology: Sociological Analysis
  The study of modern society: social groups, social organization, process of interaction, social disorganization, and change.  Such topics as deviant behavior, social control, ethnic and class relations, culture and personality and urbanization are considered.
Suffolk County Community College
HS11/HIS101. Western Civilization 1
  Study of principal forces that have shaped European civilization from antiquity to 1715.
HS12/HIS102. Western Civilization 2
  Study of ideas, politics and economies that influenced European civilizations since 1715.
MA01/MAT001. Developmental Mathematics Skills
  For the student who needs to learn or strengthen basic arithmatic skills, introductory plane geometry concepts, and to prepare for entry into beginning algebra.
MA07/MAT007. Algebra 1
  Introduction to basic concepts of algebra.  Equivalent to first year of high school algebra, order of operations, signed numbers, linear equations, simultaneous equations, factoring, solving quadratic equations by factoring, application of algebra to selected verbal problems.
MA21/MAT101. Survey of Mathematical Reasoning (Going to take Fall 2003)
 Liberal Arts mathematics course which provides insight into nature of mathematical reasoning by examining basic structures such as logic, sets, real numbers, numeration systems and inductive reasoning.
MA23/MAT103. Statistics I (Going to take Spring 2004)
 For students interested in social sciences, health sciences, business and industry. Theory of probability is used to develop methods of statistical inference, confidence intervals and decision theory. Topics include sample spaces, statistical models, binomial and normal distribution, t-distribution and chisquare distribution.
PL14/PHL104. Critical Thinking
  Develops methods of inquiry and analysis as core of a strategy of critical thinking.  Students examine hypotheses according to evidence, role of necessary and sufficient conditions, concept of cause and effect, and treatment of alternative hypotheses.  Includes use of these structures to formulate, evaluate, criticize and improve argument, judgement and interpretation.
PL23/PHL107. Ethics
  Study of traditional and contemporary moral theories, along with consideration of some contemporary moral problems, designed to help develop student's ability to assess moral judgements.
PO20/POL103. State and Local Politics and Government
  Introduction to state and local governments, their institutions, processes by which they govern and political environments in which they operate.  Includes current challenges state and local governments face due to changes in their relationship with national government and shifting policy needs.
EK22/ECO112. Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
  Introduces structure and operation of markets for goods, resources and financial instruments.  How does a market determine the price for a good?  Within a market, how does the firm determine it's profit-maximizing production level of a good and employment level of labor?  How does competitiveness of the market affect behavior of the firm?  Under what circumstances (if any) should government alter decisions of the market place?
CO15/COM105. Public Speaking
  Introduction to essential steps in preparing amd presenting speeches.  Structured exercises and presentations are used to help students master each phase, including topic selection, audience analysis, research content, organization, style and delivery.
GE11/GER101. Elementary German (Fall 2003)
 Beginning sequential course in German which develop four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on communicative competence. Introduce basic concepts of target culture. Language laboratory requirement.
ES21//AST101. Astronomy of The Solar System (Fall 2003)
 Introduction to fundamental aspects of planetary science. Topics include historical development of astronomy; basic concepts of celestial coordinates and motions; properties and individual characteristics of planets and their moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids; and origin and evolution of solar system. Students also learn to identify celestial objects (constellations, prominent stars, planets, etc.) utilizing planetarium, telescopes and unaided eye. Occasional evening observations required.
AN11/ANT101. Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2003)
 Introductory course studying broad range of cultural similarities and differences among human populations. Using ethnographic accounts as a database, initial focus is on non-Western cultures. Comparisons with more technologically advanced cultures provide important insights into how culture works.
EG99H 4458  Utopian/Dystopian Visions in 20th Century Lit and Film
Human beings have been writing about ideal worlds for a long time. In works as varied as Platos Republic, Shakespeares The Tempest, Jeffersons Declaration of Independence or Marxs Capital, writers have been compelled to imagine life differently, often in a potential future or in an isolated, unspecified locale. Thomas Mores sixteenth-century novel Utopia invented and introduced the word utopia into our vocabulary. Utopia, meaning nowhere, is Mores conception of a place that, by definition, does not exist, but that he hopes could exist in some idealized version of the world. Since the field of utopian writing is so vast, after reading brief selections from a few of those earlier works for some contextual background, this course will be concentrating on twentieth-century texts in English (including film) that examine utopian visions from a multitude of viewpoints. We will simultaneously go nowhere and everywhere.

It is almost impossible, of course, to create a utopia without also invoking the ever-present shadow of a more ominous dystopia. For, even the most intentioned utopian blueprint inevitably harbors its own nightmare version. Utopias and dystopias co-exist and feed each other in these twentieth-century texts. Part of the difficulty with utopian concepts, as we have seen too often in this past century, is that they often contain the seeds of the totalitarian impulse. How can one make manifest the ideal without exerting complete control and excluding that which is undesirable? The dialectic between utopias and anti-utopias in literature grapples with this question. This course is based on the premise that, more than ever, our world needs an ongoing conversation about our hopes and dreams and failures.
VA43H 4461 Contemporary Art
This class will introduce the world of contemporary art through visits to galleries and museums as well as readings and discussions. We will learn about contemporary art, its history and its means of distribution. We will also learn to evaluate and critique current art works including discussions of materials, concepts and presentation.
EK51 4465 Internaional Economics
Study of underlying forces affecting economic relations among nations; development and bases of international trade; balance of payments and mechanics of adjustment; commercial policies, foreign exchange rate systems and market; and role of the United States and international agencies in the international economy.
EG43 1134 Banned Books
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