Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) Courses

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

LACC 160 Introduction to Hiking and Backpacking
3 hours. This course is intended to introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to enjoy safe hiking and backpacking experiences. Specific skills include planning and preparation, choosing equipment and clothing, navigation, meal planning, managing risk, and using the wilderness responsibility and courteously.

LACC 174 Earth Science
3 hours. This course will delve into topics of Earth Science: including Earth in space, the Earth-Moon system, the atmosphere, weather & climate, rocks & minerals, plate tectonics, the building of Earth's surfaces, and the shaping of Earth's surface.

LACC 201 Writing for Adults I
3 hours. A course designed to teach the basic components of the sentence and paragraph, composition techniques, critical reading and thinking skills, grammar and editing, basic research skills, and introduction to APA.

LACC 202 Writing for Adults II
3 hours. A course designed to teach the basic components of the essay, intermediate composition techniques, kinds of essays, intermediate research skills, intermediate elements of prose, and APA formatting and citation.

LACC 215 Personal and Professional Assessment
3 hours. This course is designed to help students articulate their personal and professional learning as applicable for prior-learning assessment. Students will develop writing skills by practicing various writing strategies to promote analytical thinking and effective communication. Course content includes the development of lifelong learning skills.

LACC 220 Religion in American Popular Culture
3 hours. This course will study the mutual influence and interaction of religion and American popular culture, focusing on themes in entertainment media, the internet, politics, sports, education, church, and civil religion. It gives attention to the ability to compare and contrast biblical Christianity with cultural expressions of religion.

LACC 221 U.S. in the 20th Century
3 hours. The aim of this course is to understand and evaluate important developments in the history of the United States during the 20th century. This course will give attention to the influence of selected events, trends, and key personalities in politics, religion, popular culture, and technology, and to their influence and application to the shape of our society today.

LACC 222 Writings of C.S. Lewis
3 hours. Once a self-described atheist scholar, C. S. Lewis has become one of the most widely read Christian apologists of all time. Best known for The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, Lewis wrote more than 70 books in the mid-20th century. In this course, students will read a sampling of his nonfiction and his fiction as they explore the broader societal contexts and implications for Lewis’ life and far-reaching influence.

LACC 223 Social and Cultural Diversity
3 hours. This course is designed to encourage students to develop multicultural awareness and competencies for working with people of diverse groups in society.

LACC 240 Facts & Myths of Social Media
3 hours. Social media is a term used to describe many online tools that make electronic social interaction possible. Through readings, video speakers, case presentations, and first-hand exposure to social media, this interactive course will provide students an opportunity to understand how social media is changing the way individuals think, interact, and engage. Students will explore the positive and negative effects of social media on the individual and on society.

LACC 250 Managing Stress: Mind and Body
3 hours. This course incorporates a theoretical and experiential exploration of the causes and effects of stress physiologically and psychologically. Students will be introduced to physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation.

LACC 285 Selected Topics
1-6 hours. A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.