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Course Number Course Title Course Description
APST 200 Introducing Appalachia Three hours lecture. Introduces the Appalachian Mountain region
through a survey of its geography, history, cultures, lifestyles, and
the arts. Readings, discussions, and multi-media presentations on
the above topics will be supplemented by library and field
research. The class is designed to create an overall awareness and
appreciation of life in Appalachia.
ECON 101 Survey of Economics Three hours lecture. A study of economic theory, institutions and
issues. Emphasis on gaining a broad understanding of economic
reasoning and its application to major contemporary issues.
Students who have completed ECON 105 and 106 may not take
ECON 101.
ECON 105 Principles of Economics Three hours lecture. Macroeconomics. An introduction into the
study of scarcity and choice: supply and demand theory, national
income accounting, money and banking, monetary and fiscal
policy models and how government deals with the problems of
inflation, unemployment and economic growth. Principles of
Macroeconomics are an introduction to the study of the structure of the U.S. economy. The course will introduce the students to the
fundamentals of economic theory and reasoning. This course will
focus on understanding, measuring, and analyzing macroeconomic
activity and the role of the U.S. government in the economy. The
course coverage and material will emphasize historical and
contemporary economic issues facing the U.S. economy.
ECON 106 Principles of Economics Three hours lecture. Microeconomics. Concentrates on
microeconomics: elasticity of demand and supply, consumer and
producer behavior, market structure, labor market analysis and
general equilibrium. Students will be introduced to the science of
economics, particularly to the study of markets and degrees of
competitive behavior. Students will learn the "economic way of
thinking" through studying optimizing behavior. Students will
learn basic structures in both the product and factor markets, and
relate those concepts to real world activities. Students will build a
foundation for the continuing study of economics.
ENGL 203 Readings in American Literature Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CORE/ENGL 101,
CORE/ENGL 102. Study of selected works in American literature
with emphasis on the development of critical reading skills within
a historical, cultural, and ideological national context.
GEOG 201 North America Three hours lecture. Presentation of integrated spatial construction
of the continent. Study of physical and human elements in the
creation of the present diversity of life.
GEOG 202 The Commonwealth of Virginia Three hours lecture. Examination of physical and human features
of the state; emphasis on past and present human interpretations of
the potentials of the land.
GEOG 203 Appalachian Geography Three hours lecture. A regional geography of Appalachia, this
course examines the spatial interactions of people and the
environment within Appalachia in historical and current contexts.
HIST 111 U.S. History to 1865 Three hours lecture. Survey of national history from the colonial
period through the American Revolution and early national period
through the Civil War. Emphasis on economic, political and social
developments and the growth of the representative and democratic
HIST 112 U.S. History since 1865 Three hours lecture. General survey of national history since the
Civil War. Explores economic, political and social developments
in the United States and growing American involvement in world
POSC 120 Introduction to American
Three hours lecture. Introduces students to the study of American
government. Philosophical foundations, constitutional
development, institutions, and contemporary issues will be
examined. There will be an emphasis on the continuing influence
of founding principles.
SOCY 110 Introduction to Sociology Three hours lecture. Introduces basic concepts and methods of
sociology. It presents significant research and theory in areas such
as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social
stratification and social institutions.