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Liberal Arts Core Courses

Marymount students can take advantage of Liberal Arts Core offerings at the Reston Center. Liberal Arts Core courses are general education classes that complement and enhance learning in all fields of study. Working with your advisor, you can select and register for courses that conveniently fit your schedule and program.

Fall 2014 Liberal Arts Core Courses at Reston (Classes begin August 25)
DSC 201 Discover: Music's Cream of the Crop
Introduces new transfer students to Marymount University and to the inquiry model of learning. Aims to ease the transition to a new university through a focus on fundamental liberal arts skills - inquiry, critical thinking, information literacy and communication - as well as participation collaborative activities that offer positive interaction and support from peer mentor, instructor, and classmates.  Required of all students transferring 12 or more credits to the University and any non-traditional students having significant work or life experience transferring fewer than 12 credits to the University. Second-degree nursing students are exempt from this requirement.
This section of the course examines the 1960s rock group Cream, and its effect on popular music, audio recording and modern culture in general. Students will trace the history of the group and its members to determine how interpersonal relationships and group dynamics led to human success and failure.
Prerequisites: None. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ. (1)
MGT 291 Business Communication
Focuses on the skills and approaches people in the business environment must have to communicate effectively at work. Emphasizes writing in a variety of formats, preparing and delivering business presentations, writing in teams, negotiating and interpersonal communication skills, and spending 40 percent of one’s time with every writing/speaking assignment engaged in editing and revision. Requires successful demonstration in the use of today’s technology to communicate with a variety of business audiences. Knowledge of PowerPoint required. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to some of the major issues concerning fundamental problems of human existence including an understanding of the core areas: logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Students will learn to recognize and evaluate logical arguments in the texts of central, primary figures.
Prerequisites: None. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: PH-1. (3)

SOC 131 Principles of Sociology
A study of the fundamental principles of social interaction. The course analyzes social relationships (family, peer, group, school, organization); culture; deviant behavior; and political institutions. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-1. (3)

TRS 100 Theological Inquiry
This course functions as an introduction to the discipline of Christian theology and thus will be foundational to further studies in theology and religious studies. It primarily examines the perennial questions of existence and the answers proffered by the Christian faith. It presents an overview of the development of Christian theology with an emphasis on the role Christian theology can play in the students’ lives, culture, and world. The issue of the responsibilities of Christianity in a pluralistic world is also addressed. Course includes significant reading and writing components.
Prerequisite: completion of, or enrollment in, EN 101 or higher. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: TRS-1. (3)

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