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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

 

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
 

Dean: Vaughn S. Millner (251) 460-6283

E-mail: vmillner@southalabama.edu

FAX: (251) 460-7824
 
School of Continuing Education and Special Programs web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/scesp
Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Developmental Studies
English Language Center
Office of International Education
Cooperative Education Program
USA Writing Center
Weekend College
 
The School of Continuing Education and Special Programs (SCESP) is the primary public service outreach arm for the University. The Mission of the SCESP is to provide and support lifelong educational learning experiences and to serve as an advocate for students along the Greater Gulf Coast as they interact with the global community. This includes providing educational services to individual students as well as to institutional clients. Various formats exist by which the school delivers educational programs to meet its stated mission. Both non-credit and credit programs assist individuals and institutions in meeting their educational objectives.
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services provides noncredit courses, conferences and workshops, cultural offerings, lecture series, and special education service projects. Programs are designed to serve the needs of business and industry and enrich the lives of individuals who seek to challenge and stimulate their minds, use leisure time productively, and enhance their citizenship skills.
Non-credit course offerings have included courses in a number of areas: conversational languages, supervision and management, computer literacy and application, art, music, literature, secretarial skills, communication, photography and leisure activities.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded to individuals attending non-credit courses and other non-credit activities. One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of class contact. Students may receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the course satisfactorily and may request a transcript which includes the non-credit courses, conferences, institutes and workshops they have satisfactorily completed plus the number of CEUs earned for each non-credit activity.
 
DEGREE PROGRAMS AND DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM
An undergraduate degree can be earned through the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Degree Program, and Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. These programs are designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests. In addition to offering traditional lecture courses both day and evening, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers an online opportunity for students to complete their online Bachelor's degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies major. These courses are the same as those offered during the day in content, quality, and quantity of work required.
 
WEEKEND COLLEGE
The University of South Alabama offers courses from its regular curriculum on the weekend. These courses are taught by University faculty and are adapted to the weekend format to provide flexible scheduling options for students. The Weekend College program is coordinated through the Dean's office. The scheduling of classes is done by the appropriate departments and colleges.
 
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
In keeping with the stated University of South Alabama mission statement, the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs is committed to broadening students' understanding of different cultures and preparing them for the global community in which we live. One of the most successful ways of achieving this global perspective is to study/research/intern abroad. An international academic experience is an enriching experience in which students can immerse themselves in a different culture, apply what they learned in their USA classes, enhance or begin new language/cross-cultural skills and learn lifelong interpersonal skills required in today's global economic environments. While abroad, students will also develop an understanding as well as an appreciation of the complexity of cultural, political, environmental, and social issues worldwide which builds on the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today's global society. Students interested in such opportunities should contact the
USA Office of International Education www.southalabama.edu/international/international/index.html
to explore additional options that may be available for all majors and minors.
 
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
Manager: Frank Ard (251) 461-1693
FranklinArd@southalabama.edu
 
The University Writing Center, located in Alpha Hall East and the University Library, provides assistance in writing to any member of the University community. The University Writing Center is an instructional facility that focuses on teaching the writer, rather than simply fixing the writing. Students and others may receive help with any type of writing task at any stage of the writing process: from idea generation, development, and revision, to grammatical concerns and editing strategies. Writing Center Consultants are available for in-class presentations on Writing Center services and general writing topics. The consulting schedule varies from semester to semester. More information can be found at the University Writing Center home page: http://www.southalabama.edu/writing, or by calling (251) 460-6480. Online writing assistance is available through Smarthinking.com for students in online courses or those who are unable to schedule an appointment with the Writing Center during normal hours of operation.
 
DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Interim Chair: Joycelyn Finley-Hervey (251) 460-6263
Professor: Finley-Hervey
Associate Professor: Millner
Assistant Professors: Javier-Ferrell, Manders
Academic Advisors: Davis, Harvey
Manager, Assessment: Davis
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/scesp/interdisc
E-mail: ist@southalabama.edu
 
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for students through three flexible, individually designed interdisciplinary degree programs: the Adult Degree Program (ADP) the Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP), and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.
 
ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM (ADP)
Adult students frequently have unique goals, along with other primary life responsibilities, that necessitate a more flexible approach to the design of learning experiences, the scheduling of classes, and the formulation of a program of study. To meet these needs, the Adult Degree Program offers a major in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate, ADP graduates will be able to
  1. Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
  2. Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
  3. Understand and apply knowledge of adult development personally and professionally;
  4. Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds;
  5. Identify and articulate important questions and problems related to their interests, education, and career development, and execute research strategies for discovering viable solutions.
Students applying to the Adult Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see “Admission to the University”) and complete an interview with the ADP counselor. In addition, applicants must be at least twenty-five years of age or fulfill the following definition of an adult learner: someone who has assumed major responsibilities and/or commitments of adulthood (work, family, community), who is operating independently in society, and whose principal identity is other than that of a full-time student.
Each adult student’s individualized, interdisciplinary program of study is planned in consultation with an academic advisor. Students choose one of the following concentrations of study: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 120 credit hours including 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree earned in residence at USA. Course requirements necessitate that students be enrolled in the program for a minimum of three terms before graduation.
The degree program begins with a required three semester hour foundation course, AIS 101: “Theories and Principles of Adult Learning” for students with fewer than 64 hours of credit. All students are required to take AIS 301: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies-ADP and must satisfy the University's general education requirements (See “Academic Policies and Procedures”), as follows:
 
General Education Requirements (41 Hours)
Area I - Written Composition
2 courses EH 101, EH 102
6 hrs
Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication
1 course* from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
3 hrs
1 course from ARH 100, 103, 123; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101
3 hrs
CA 110
3 hrs
1 course from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236; ARH 100, 103, 123; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101; AFR 101; AIS 105; CLA 110; LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172, 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272; LGS 101, 102, 106, 107, 121, 122, 141, 142, 201, 202, 206, 207, 221, 222, 241, 242; PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240
3 hrs
Area III - Natural Sciences and Math
2 courses with labs from BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L; CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L; GEO 101/101L, 102/102L; GY 111/111L, 112/112L; PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L
8 hrs
1 course from MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238
3 hrs
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
1 course* from HY 101, 102, 135, 136
3 hrs
3 courses from AIS 201; AN 100, 101; CA 100, 211; ECO 215, 216; GEO 114, 115; GS 101; IS 101; PSC 130; PSY 120, 250; SY 109, or 112; HY 101, 102, 135, 136
9 hrs
*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History.
 
In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete 15 hours of general competencies, as follows:
General Competencies (15 Hours)
Computer Applications - 1 course from CIS 150, 250; or passing score on CIS Proficiency Exam
3 hrs
Advanced Writing - AIS 350
3 hrs
Research Methods/Statistics - AIS 300
3 hrs
Human Development - 1 course from AIS 201, 401; BLY 207; PSY 250, 350, 456; SY 220, 315, or 418
3 hrs
Cultural Diversity - 1 course from AIS 320; AN 100; GEO 115; HY 374; IS 100; PHL 339; or SY 445
3 hrs
Each student must also complete an individualized 54-hour concentration with at least 30 hours from upper-division courses. The concentration, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 credit hours of appropriate course work (6 of which must be upper-division), relevant supporting courses, and a two-semester senior capstone experience (senior research thesis: AIS 380 & 430; or internship: IST 496 & 498). The concentration forms part of the graduation plan, which all majors must submit to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies for approval during AIS 301.
A maximum of 25 credit hours of elective courses, including a maximum of 6 hours coming from P.E. activity courses, may be included in the degree.
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all course work undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the concentration are required for graduation.
Qualified ADP students may participate in the University Honors Program (see "Honors Program"). Students with a 3.5 USA GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their concentration are encouraged to apply for IST departmental honors at the beginning of their senior year. To receive department honors, an honors senior research thesis capstone experience must be completed. Contact the IST department for specific honors requirements.
 
INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAM (IDP)
The Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP) is designed for students who have educational and career goals that cannot be met through traditional academic majors. In the Interdisciplinary Degree Program students can choose from seven concentrations: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 120 credit hours including 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree in upper-division credit hours earned in residence at USA. Upon completion of the degree, IDP graduates will be able to
  1. Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to learning;
  2. Have the ability to think critically and express themselves effectively orally and in writing;
  3. Understand and apply knowledge of human development personally and professionally;
  4. Appreciate individual and cultural differences and collaborate effectively with others;
  5. Demonstrate competence in various disciplines that are tailored to their educational and career goals.
Students applying to the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see "Admission to the University") and must complete an interview with the program coordinator. The student's individualized program of study is planned in consultation with the program coordinator or advisor and must be approved by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies during IST 302.
Each student enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Degree Program must satisfy the University's general education requirements, (see "Academic Policies and Procedures"), as follows:
 
General Education Requirements (41 Hours)
Area I - Written Composition
2 courses EH 101, EH 102
6 hrs
Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication
1 course* from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
3 hrs
1 course from ARH 100, 103, 123; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101
3 hrs
CA 110
3 hrs
1 course from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236; AIS 105, ARH 100, 103, 123; ARS 101; DRA 110; MUL 101; AFR 101; CLA 110; LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172, 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272; LGS 101, 102, 106, 107, 121, 122, 141, 142, 201, 202, 206, 207, 221, 222, 241, 242; PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240
3 hrs
Area III - Natural Sciences and Math
2 courses with labs from BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L; CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L; GEO 101/101L, 102/102L; GY 111/111L, 112/112L; PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L
8 hrs
1 course from MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238
3 hrs
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
1 course* from HY 101, 102, 135, 136
3 hrs
3 courses from AIS 201; AN 100, 101; CA 100, 211; ECO 215, 216; GEO 114, 115; GS 101; IS 100; PSC 130; PSY 120, 250; SY 109, or 112; HY 101, 102, 135, 136
9 hrs
*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History.
 
In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete 15 hours of general competencies, as follows:
General Competencies (15 Hours)
Computer Applications - 1 course from CIS 150, 250; or passing score on CIS Proficiency Exam
3 hrs
Advanced Writing - AIS 350;
3 hrs
Research Methods/Statistics - AIS 300;
3 hrs
Human Development - 1 course from AIS 201, 401; BLY 207; PSY 250, 350, 456; SY 220, 315, or 418
3 hrs
Cultural Diversity - 1 course from AIS 320; AN 100; GEO 115; HY 374; IS 100; PHL 339; or SY 445
3 hrs
Each student must also complete IST 302, a 3 credit hour foundation course taken during the junior year, as well as an individualized 54-hour concentration with at least 30 hours from upper-division courses. The concentration, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 credit hours of appropriate course work (6 of which must be upper-division), relevant supporting courses, and a two-semester senior capstone experience (internship: IST 496 & 498; or senior research thesis: AIS 380 & 430).
A maximum of 25 credit hours of elective courses, including a maximum of 6 hours coming from P.E. activity courses, may be included in the degree.
A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all coursework undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the concentration are required for graduation.
 
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRADITIONAL (IST) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AIS) COURSES
 
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (HTM)
The Hospitality and Tourism Management degree is envisioned to improve the well-being of people along the Gulf coast by producing socially, environmentally responsible and professionally competent and productive entrepreneurs, managers and workers in the hospitality, tourism, and ecotourism industries through education and training, job placement, and partnerships. The mission of the degree is to advance the people of Alabama, the Gulf Coast, and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and experience anchored in sustainable tourism practices in the hospitality and tourism fields.
The primary goal of the curriculum is to prepare students for global hospitality and tourism industries from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program will pull curriculum from multiple colleges at the University and include faculty with business and education backgrounds, among others. A secondary goal is to design the curriculum to provide students with applied learning opportunities in the Gulf Coast region, a premier travel destination. A third goal is to infuse sustainable ecotourism principles and practices into the tourism and hospitality sectors.
 
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) courses are offered under the aegis of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Hospitality and Tourism Management courses are open to all students for credit. There are no prerequisites for HTM 215, HTM 315, or HTM 350.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (HTM) COURSES
 
B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management Course of Study
Program Completion Requirements
  • Credit hours required in major: 51
  • Credit hours required in minor (if applicable): N/A
  • Credit hours in institutional general education or core curriculum: 41
  • Credit hours in required or free electives: 13-16 with a maximum of 6 PE credit hours and a maximum of 24 business credit hours
  • Total credit hours required for completion: 120
 
Core Curriculum Requirements
Area I. Written Composition (6 hours)
Area II: Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication (12 hours)
Area III: Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 hours)
Area IV: History, Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
 
Foundation and Competency Requirements
General Competencies (12 to 15)
  • CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Applications or CIS 010 Computer Proficiency Exam (must pass exam-no credit hours)
  • AIS 350 Critical Expression (W)
  • AIS 300 Foundations of AIS 300 Interdisciplinary Research
  • Cultural Diversity (select from list)
  • Human Development (select from list) AIS 125 Professional Conduct
  • IST 310 Global Leadership for the 21st Century or IST 495 Professional Leadership Development
  • HTM 350 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • HTM 215 Ecotourism
  • LS 300 Global Tourism
  • HTM 315 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • HTM 200 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry
  • HTM 440 Lodging Management
  • HTM 210 Food and Beverage Services Management
  • HTM 200 Legal Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • LS 292 Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
  • HTM 410 Sustainable Ecotourism
  • ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
  • ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MGT 305 Organizational Communication (W)
 
Choice of the following Capstone Experience Sequences
  • HTM 496 Internship in HTM I and HTM 498 Internship in HTM II-Capstone Experience (W) or:
  • HTM 380 Research in HTM I (W) and HTM 430 Research in HTM II (W)
 
Electives*
*A maximum of 6 PE activity credit hours and 24 business credit hours may be applied toward the degree. 13 to 16
TOTAL HOURS 120
 
Students will be required to complete a capstone sequence - internship or senior research thesis to complete the program.
  • HTM 496 Internship in HTM I and HTM 498 Internship in HTM II - Capstone Experience (W) or
  • HTM 380 Research in Hospitality and Tourism Management I and HTM 430 Research in Hospitality and Tourism Management II (W)
 
Study Abroad. Students will have opportunities to complete an international internship. We currently are in conversation with university officials at the University of West Hungary, Fuzhouz University Zhicheng College, China, and East University, Puerto Rico.
 
CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND
CONFERENCE SERVICES
Interim Director: Patrica Miles (251) 405-9930
Continuing Education Specialists: Laurent Cadden, Shelley Stephens
Accountant: Patricia Miles
Home Page: ATP://www.usacontinuinged.com
 
Serving as a community outreach arm of the University of South Alabama’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services provides a wide range of noncredit educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of both specialized organizations and individuals. Conveniently located at the Springhill Avenue campus, this Center reaches numerous groups, including business and industry, health care providers, governmental agencies, and individuals seeking personal enrichment or career enhancement.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, AND CONFERENCES
Programs emphasize education and training for the working professional in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house programs. University faculty as well as local and national experts from many fields actively participate in the development and instruction of these programs. Additionally, conferences focusing on specific topics of interest, such as alcohol and drug abuse, are offered annually.
Seminars and workshops are offered on an open-enrollment and an in-house (contract) basis. Open-enrollment programs are designed to meet the training and development needs of a variety of organizations. Program participants are drawn from throughout the region and the nation. In-house (contract) training programs are designed to meet the education and training needs of a specific organization. Services include needs assessment, course development and delivery of training. USA instructional resources travel throughout the country to deliver these programs at sites selected by the contracting organization. Topics include supervision, communication, management, computer software applications, business and technical writing.
 
HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM
The Emergency Response Training Program serves industry, government and other agencies with state-of-the-art instruction in the handling of hazardous materials and emergency spills, technical rescue and incident command. Much of the training is mandated by federal and state laws and the program follows the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, among others. In working directly with industry and other emergency response groups, training is offered on both an open-enrollment and contract basis that can be tailored to a client's site-specific needs. The program's staff is continuously expanding course offerings to keep clients safe and ahead of emerging regulations.
 
SPECIAL COURSES
Special Courses are noncredit, short courses designed with the concept of lifelong learning in mind. Personal enrichment, career development, and general educational enhancement for individuals throughout the community are offered during spring, summer, fall, and winter terms each year. Most courses are held during evening or weekend hours once or twice a week for a period of four to eight weeks.
Topics offered include music, dance, health and fitness, languages, photography, and other fields concerned with improving the quality of life. Several certificate programs are also offered for individuals seeking vocational development in areas such as paralegal, medical coding, and photography, Academic examination review classes are also offered.
 
PROGRAMS FOR MATURE LEARNERS
Road Scholar is a national residential program designed primarily for individuals of retirement age. Participants stay is one week during which they take a variety of classes similar to those offered through Special Courses. Educational content is diverse and utilizes both USA faculty and local experts. USA hosts approximately 30 Road Scholar programs annually.
Odyssey USA is a self-managed study program for mature learners in the local community. An Executive Board of elected members provides leadership for issues relating to curriculum development and the operation of the organization.
 
CONFERENCES, YOUTH PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Center provides conference management and facilitation services to client organizations for delivery at the venue of choice. Various levels of planning, marketing, registration management, onsite facilitation, financial processing, and post-conference certifications are available. A unique proposal is provided based on the client's needs.
Youth of different ages are offered quality educational opportunities through a variety of courses and programs. During the academic year, students may prepare for the ACT exam in review classes for Math, Science, Reading, and English. Over the summer months, courses and camps pertaining to both academic and extra-curricular areas of interest to young people are available.
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services is the administrative unit responsible for administering the University of South Alabama Camp, Conference and Special Event Policy. In this capacity, the Center serves multiple roles: to provide guidance to assure that University sanctioned events operate within the parameters of University policies and procedures; to facilitate the use of University facilities and services for events sponsored by non-University entities; to schedule University space and related services for events; and to serve as the liaison with the various campus entities which support camps, conferences and special events.
 
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services facility has a computer laboratory for workshops and short courses sponsored by the University. It is also available, on a rental basis, to organizations conducting their own training.
 
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES
Math Coordinator, Interim Co-Chair: Leslie Whiston
Reading Coordinator, Interim Co-Chair: Jeremy Daughtry
Assistant Professor: Matthews
Instructors: Case, Darby, Daughtry, Whiston, Williams
 
Academic Advisor: LaDora Howard
Web Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/developmentalstudiesprogram
 
The Mission of the Department of Developmental Studies is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the needs of students in their preparation for collegiate study and students in transition to the University. The courses and services offered provide students with opportunities to strengthen the basic skills necessary for academic success; to explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities, programs, and services; and to become active participants in the University community.
Credits earned in courses with a DS prefix do not meet degree requirements within the University. The credits earned do carry institutional, non-degree credit and allow students to qualify for financial aid. Grades earned are computed into the overall GPA in most colleges and hours are counted toward classification (sophomore, etc.). Credits earned in courses with a CP, LAS, MTH, or RDG prefix count as free electives.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (DS) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF LANGUAGE ARTS AND SKILLS (LAS) COURSE
 
DESCRIPTION OF MATHEMATICS FOR COLLEGE (MTH) COURSE
 
CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Career Planning and Development is a university-wide program offered under the aegis of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. The career courses are open to all students for credit. There are no prerequisites for CP 250 and 450.
The Career Program is designed to achieve four objectives: (1) to help students begin their academic careers with the skills necessary for college success; (2) to provide occupational exposure to students who plan to enter medicine, dentistry, optometry, or veterinary medicine; (3) to assist students who are uncertain as to a career or a major; and (4) to help students, launch their careers by obtaining suitable employment upon graduation, or to help students plan and develop their graduate or professional education.

CP 101, Freshman Seminar, is a course for first-time students that assists with maximizing the student's potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by college life. Taught in small groups, the course provides an introduction to the nature of higher education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the University. Extensive reading and writing assignments relevant to the student's first year experience are required.

CP 200, Clinical Observation, is designed to help students achieve the second objective by providing them with actual experience in these health care fields so that they may determine whether or not they are suited for the careers they have chosen.
CP 250, Career Planning and Development, is designed to help students achieve the third objective. Through the use of psychological testing and systematic self evaluation, as well as the study of occupations and occupational trends, students are aided in selecting a suitable career.
CP 450, The Job Campaign, is designed to help students achieve the fourth objective. In this course, emphasis is placed on developing strategies for obtaining suitable positions and making career choices based on career choice theories.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF CAREER PLANNING (CP) COURSES
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF COLLEGE READING (RDG) COURSES
 
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Director: Holly Hudson (251) 460-7053
FAX: (251) 460-6228
E-mail: intledu@southalabama.edu
Immigration Coordinator: Donna Pigg (251) 460-7104
English Language Center Director: Sylvia Koestner (251) 460-7185
Home Page: www.southalabama.edu/international
 
The Office of International Education (OIE) is responsible for the coordination, facilitation and oversight of all USA international activity, e.g., education (study) abroad programs and related projects beyond U.S. territorial limits involving University faculty, students or staff. OIE provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of the students, faculty, university, and college objectives and goals for international education and exchanges. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Education. The director chairs the University Council on International Education and Scholarship (USACIES), whose members are appointed by the President of the University and charged with disseminating information, developing as well as guiding policy and planning for USA in the international arena. In addition, the Director of International Education works in collaboration with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development. The Office of International Education administers all USA Education Abroad Programs, international cooperation agreements/contracts and advises on university business international travel. The Office of International Education is available for collaboration with local governmental, business and community organizations that foster international cooperation, exchange and understanding.
All USA students who plan to participate in a study, research, internship or work abroad opportunity must contact the Office of International Education for information on program advising and approval procedures.
The Office of International Education is also responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures associated with US immigration compliance functions for foreign nationals associated with current and potential faculty/staff employment, J exchange scholars (including postdoctoral trainees, degree and non-degree students, professors and research scholars), academic/co-curricular exchange program participants and international guests.
 
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
(English Language Center)
Director: Sylvia Koestner
(251) 460-7185; FAX: (251) 460-7201
Instructors: Basque, Gecewicz, Koestner, Taylor, Hidle
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/esl
 
The English Language Center provides intensive English-language instruction to individuals whose native language is not English. Matriculation in these courses is limited to international students of the University, to students of the English Language Center and to any resident internationals who wish to take one or more courses as students through the Continuing Education division of the University.
The English Language Center (ELC) is administered by the Office of International Education. The ELC offers intensive English language instruction and cultural orientation to international students who are preparing to study at a U.S. University or who wish to improve their English.
A variety of courses are offered each semester. ESL courses MAY NOT be substituted for EH 101 or 102 requirements. All required ESL composition courses must be completed BEFORE the student may register for EH 101 or 102. Credits earned in the English Language Center will not be acceptable toward meeting degree requirements within the University. However, ESL courses may be counted as part of the 12-hour course load required of F-1 students and may be taken as electives by students wishing to improve their proficiency in English.
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSES
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Director, Career Services: Bevley W. Green (251) 460-6188
E-mail: careerservices@southalabama.edu
 
The Cooperative Education and Internship Program enables students to combine classroom studies and paid work experience related to their major field of study. Undergraduate students may apply at Career Services to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have completed 12 credit hours, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above, and are classified as a full-time student upon commencement of participation in the program. Prior to the first work experience, engineering students must complete two or three semesters of study for a total of 24 credit hours toward the engineering degree and complete courses MA 125 and MA 126. The internship option requires completion of 12 credit hours, a 2.0 GPA or above and sufficient time remaining before graduation to complete the internship.
Graduate students may apply after they are accepted into a graduate program.
Option 1: Alternating Cooperative Education: Students rotate multiple semester of full-time work with semesters of full-time school until graduation..
Option 2: Internship: Students work for various lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the experience. The option of receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the academic department.
Option 3. Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows engineering students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their degree. The freshman year is spent as a full-time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years, the student alternates semesters of full-time work with semesters of full-time school. The student returns to campus full-time for the senior year. Students are paid an excellent pre-professional salary during the work semesters. This program offers many advantages; interested students should consult with Career Services.
To remain in the Cooperative Education program students must maintain good academic standing; a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above and comply with the policies and procedures of the employer and the Cooperative Education and Internship Program.
 



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