Health Information Technology AAS

Program Description

Students who are interested in the digital/computer side of healthcare may enjoy the Health Information Technology field. After a patient meets with their healthcare provider, all the information collected from their medical history, their diagnosis and everything in-between has to be processed, analyzed, compiled, maintained and managed to support the patient and the hospital or doctor’s office.

The HIT program is 68 SHC and includes two Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs) in local health care facilities. Students will learn to supervise departmental functions, classify, code and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

In this program, students will study anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology; health care statistics, medical terminology and coding. Students also complete courses in healthcare law and ethics, quality management and computers for health care. A professional issues course is offered in the last semester, and students also complete six SHC in English and a course each in either psychology or economics and humanities/fine arts.

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in the Health Information Technology Program will be eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Craven Community College’s Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

Admission Criteria

Health Information Technology is a selective admissions program. Selective admission into A45360 (Associate in Applied Science, Health Information Technology) requires adherence to the program of study by successfully completing all courses as outlined for progression throughout the curriculum. Please refer to the Associate Degree Health Information Technology Handbook for additional admission, progression and graduation requirements.

Admission requirements into the Health Information Technology Program to include the following:

  • General Admission to Craven Community College must be completed before applying for the Health Information Technology program.
  • Math – High School GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for MAT 110 & BIO 168.
  • English – High School GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for ENG 111.
  • Prior to beginning PPEs, students must submit a completed physical examination form signed by a licensed physician and documentation of immunizations.
  • Clinical facilities require criminal background checks and drug screening. Any expenses associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student. Pending the outcome, clinical facilities may deny a student the opportunity to complete the clinical portion of the program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of the program will be dismissed from the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that patient health information is complete, accurate, and protected.
  • Effectively use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care or controlling costs.
  • Code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval and statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills in health information management.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for registered and non-registered health information technicians exist in:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation facilities
  • nursing homes
  • health insurance organizations
  • outpatient clinics
  • physicians’ offices
  • hospices
  • mental health facilities

Contact Information

HIT Program Coordinator
252-638-7316

Health Programs Admissions Office
252-639-2025

Degree Requirements

Courses in this program

First Semester

Take ACA-111 or ACA-122

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a basic study of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include a basic study of the body systems as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, nutrition, acid-base balance, and electrolytes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.

Lecture Hours: 4  Lab Hours: 4  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 5 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111, Take One Set:,Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, and DMA-030,Set 2: MAT-010,Set 3: MAT-021,Set 4: MAT-043,Set 5: MAT-052,Set 6: MAT-071,Set 7: MAT-110,Set 8: MAT-121,Set 9: MAT-143,Set 10: MAT-152,Set 11: MAT-171,Set 11: MAT-003 with P1 Grade,Set 13: BSP-4003 with P1 Grade
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DRE-097,Set 2: ENG-002,Set 3: BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take ENG-011

This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces Health Information Management (HIM) and its role in healthcare delivery systems. Topics include standards, regulations and initiatives; payment and reimbursement systems, healthcare providers and disciplines; and electronic health records (EHRs). Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of health information management and healthcare organizations professions and trends.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the study of the judicial, legislative, and regulatory standards applicable to health care and health information processes. Topics include legal terminology, Confidentiality, privacy, security, access and disclosure of health information, ethical implications, data, stewardship, and the integrity of the legal health record. Upon Completion, students should be able to apply policies, procedures and ethical standards in compliance with external forces.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Second Semester

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This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and DRE-098,Set 2: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and ENG-002,Set 3: DMA-010, DMA-020, DMA-030, and BSP-4002,Set 4: DMA-025, and DRE-098,Set 5: DMA-025, and ENG-002,Set 6: DMA-025, and BSP-4002,Set 7: MAT-003 and DRE-098,Set 8: MAT-003 and ENG-002,Set 9: MAT-003 and BSP-4002,Set 10: BSP-4003 and DRE-098 ,Set 11: BSP-4003 and ENG-002,Set 12: BSP-4003 and BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take MAT-052

This course is the second in a series of medical terminology courses. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms as related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take MED-121
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces computer concepts including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers concepts and techniques for managing and maintaining manual and electronic health records (EHR). Topics include structure and use of health information including data collection and analysis, data sources/sets, archival systems, and quality and integrity of healthcare data. Upon completion, students should be able to monitor and apply system-wide clinical documentation guidelines and comply with regulatory standards.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides supervised clinical experience in healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on practical application of curriculum concepts to the healthcare setting. Upon completion, students should be able to apply health information theory to healthcare facility practices.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 3  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Third Semester

Take ENG-112 or ENG-114

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers principles of disease and the associated pharmacological treatments. Emphasis is placed on physical signs and symptoms, prognoses, common complications and therapeutic options. Upon completion, students should be able to relate disease processes to physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, common complications and their management.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: BIO-163, BIO-166, or BIO-169
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the principles of quality assessment and improvement, including data analysis and decision making in healthcare. Topics include healthcare statistics, continuous quality improvement, data analysis and reporting techniques, quality and outcome metric monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to compute healthcare statistics, abstract, analyze, and report clinical data for organization-wide quality and performance improvement programs for compliance purposes.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take MAT-152
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation, styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course, the second in a series of two, is designed to teach professional communication skills. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading and thinking, analysis, interpretation, and design used in oral and written presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to work individually and collaboratively to produce well-designed business and professional written and oral presentations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

Fourth Semester

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This course covers diagnostic coding and sequencing utilizing the current version of the ICD code set for inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory care settings. Emphasis is placed on the rules and conventions of the ICD official coding guidelines in relation to anatomy, physiology and disease processes. Upon completion, students should be able to accurately assign and sequence diagnosis codes in compliance with the ICD official coding guidelines for reporting statistical data, patient outcomes and reimbursement methodologies.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the application of coding guidelines as applied to the reporting of inpatient procedures. Emphasis is placed on the rules and conventions of the ICD-PCS code set utilizing the index and tables, in relation to anatomy and physiology, to assign principal and secondary procedure codes in hospital inpatient settings. Upon completion, students should be able to accurately assign procedural codes according to the official ICD-PCS coding guidelines and evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 1  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers EHR systems, design, implementation and application. Topics include EHR, Informatics, information governance, health, information exchange (HIE), speech & imaging, technology, information/network security & integrity, data dictionaries, modeling and warehousing. Upon completion, students should be able to facilitate usage of electronic health record systems and other technologies.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

ELE-006 is a category of electives and not a specific course. Students must select from the approved Social Science Electives for the specific health program as indicated under degree requirements. The list of approved courses are shown in the Social Science Electives table. Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and Credit Hours are determined by the course selected.

Lecture Hours: –  Lab Hours: –  Clinical Hours: –  Credit Hours: – 
  • Prerequisites:
    View specific course for prerequisite information
  • Corequisites:
    View specific course for corequisite information

ELE-007 is a category of electives and not a specific course. Students must select from the approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives for the specific health program as indicated under degree requirements. The list of approved courses are shown in the Social Science Electives table. Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and Credit Hours are determined by the course selected.

Lecture Hours: –  Lab Hours: –  Clinical Hours: –  Credit Hours: – 
  • Prerequisites:
    View specific course for prerequisite information
  • Corequisites:
    View specific course for corequisite information

Fifth Semester

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This course covers application of coding and reporting standards as they apply to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) guidelines and principles. Emphasis is placed on application of the coding guidelines, in relation to anatomy and physiology, for ambulatory healthcare settings. Upon completion, students should be able to assign CPT/HCPCS procedural codes according to official guidelines and evaluate compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take HIT-211
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the revenue cycle management process used in all healthcare settings as they relate to national billing, compliance, and reporting requirements. Topics include clinical documentation improvement, prospective payment systems, billing processes and procedures, chargemaster maintenance, regulatory guidelines, fraud and abuse, reimbursement monitoring, compliance strategies and reporting. Upon completion, students should be able to perform data quality reviews to validate code assignment and comply with reimbursement and reporting requirements.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers organizational management concepts as applied to healthcare settings. Topics include leadership skills, managing organizational change, best practices, decision-making, financial management, cultural diversity, ethics, consumer engagement, and workforce training. Upon completion, students should be able to apply management, leadership, and supervisory concepts to various healthcare settings.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides supervised and/or simulated health information technology clinical experience in healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on practical application of HIM functions and core curriculum concepts. Upon completion, students should be able to apply health information theory to healthcare facility practices.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 6  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course integrates application of knowledge and skills learned in prior HIT courses and is designed to prepare students for professional roles in HIM and promote ethical standards of practice. Emphasis is placed on AHIMA domains and professional competencies, career services and preparation for the National Certification exam. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency in the entry-level domains and subdomains of health information management.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 2 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take HIT-211
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers data analysis to support decision making, patient care, and regulatory compliance. Topics include clinical terminology and vocabulary systems, data capture methodology, data presentation and reporting, and initiatives to improve the quality of patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to identify data elements and sets, analyze capture methodology in healthcare settings, analyze compliance issues and make improvement recommendations.

Lecture Hours: 2  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Soc Sci Elective

Students must select one course from the following options.

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and evaluate consumer and business alternatives in order to efficiently achieve economic objectives.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:, Set 1: DMA-010, DMA-020, and DMA-030, Set 2: MAT-010, Set 3: MAT-021, Set 4: MAT-043, Set 5: MAT-052, Set 6: MAT-071,Set 7: MAT-110, Set 8: MAT-121, Set 9: MAT-143, Set 10: MAT-152,Set 11: MAT-171,Set 11: MAT-003 with P1 Grade, Set 13: BSP-4003 with P1 Grade, Take One:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One from:, DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    None

HFA Electives

Students must select one course from the following options.

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces the origins and historical development of art. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of design principles to various art forms including but not limited to sculpture, painting, and architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods, and media.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the development of art forms from ancient times to the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the development of art forms from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers selected works in American literature from its beginnings to 1865. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural, context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: ENG-112, ENG 113, or ENG 114
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers selected works in American literature from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural, context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: ENG-112, ENG-113, or ENG-114
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides an intensive study of the works of several major British authors. Emphasis is placed on British history, culture, and the literary merits. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and evaluate the works studied.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: ENG-112, ENG-113, or ENG-114
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course considers technological change from historical, artistic, and philosophical perspectives and its effect on human needs and concerns. Emphasis is placed on the causes and consequences of technological change. Upon completion, students should be able to critically evaluate the implications of technology.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the use of critical, thinking skills in the context of human conflict., Emphasis is placed on evaluating information, problem solving, approaching cross-cultural, perspectives, and resolving controversies and, dilemmas. Upon completion, students should be, able to demonstrate orally and in writing the use, of critical thinking skills in the analysis of, appropriate texts.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take one set:, Set 1: DRE-098, Set 2: ENG-002, Set 3: BSP-4002 , Set 4: ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the humanities as record in literature, music, art, history, religion, and philosophy of humankind's answers to the fundamental questions of existence. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectedness of various aspects of cultures from ancient through early modern times. Upon completion, students should be able to identify significant fiures and cultural contributions of the periods studied.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    ENG 111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course intruduces the humanities as record in literature, music, art, history, religion, and philosophy of humankind's answers to the fundamental questions of existence. Empahsis is placed on the interconnectedness of various aspects of cultures from early modern times to the present. Upon completion, students should be able to identify significant figures and cultural contributions of the periods studied.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    ENG 111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is a basic survey of the music of the Western world. Emphasis is placed on the elements of music, terminology, composers, form, and style within a historical perspective. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in basic listening and understanding of the art of music.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the origins and musical components of jazz and the contributions of its major artists. Emphasis is placed on the development of discriminating listening habits, as well as the investigation of the styles and structural forms of the jazz idiom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in listening and understanding this form of American music.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    DRE 097, ENG 002 P1, or satisfactory reading and math placement scores
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces various musical styles, influences, and composers of the United States from pre-Colonial times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the broad variety of music particular to American culture. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in basic listening and understanding of American music.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    DRE 097, ENG 002 P1, or satisfactory reading and math placement scores
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces fundamental issues in philosophy considering the views of classical and contemporary philosophers. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and belief, appearance and reality, determinism and free will, faith and reason, and justice and inequality. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, analyze, and critically evaluate the philosophical components of an issue.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces theories about the nature and foundations of moral judgments and applications to contemporary moral issues. Emphasis is placed on moral theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply various ethical theories to moral issues such as abortion, capital punishment, poverty, war, terrorism, the treatment of animals, and issues arising from new technologies.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the world's major religious traditions. Topics include Primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the origins, history, beliefs, and practices of the religions studied.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One: DRE-097, ENG-002, BSP-4002, ENG-111
  • Corequisites:
    None