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Current and Approved Courses

Students dropping a course must send an email to gem@niagara.edu by Day 2 of the class start date. Textbooks can be purchased through the Niagara University Bookstore website or through other retailers (i.e. Amazon, Chegg, etc).

SPK 101 Public Speaking (Oral Communication)

Directed to beginning speech students, with the goal of helping them express themselves clearly, succinctly and with some degree of persuasiveness. The course is also intended to make them aware of the responsibilities engendered by the art of persuasion. The basic theme of the course is that the message is the message as it is received.
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Dr. Mark Barner

REL 206 World Religions (Humanities)

This course introduces students to the category of world religion and surveys several examples, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Confucianism. Attention is given to the founders, communities, scriptures, teachings and practices of each tradition.
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Dr. Brian Bennett

WRT 100 Thinking and Writing (Written Communication)

In all sections, writing is taught as a means of acquiring as well as expressing ideas. Students receive instruction and practice in analysis and argument, in revision, and in the use and acknowledgement of sources. The emphasis in class is on developing ideas and refining them through writing.
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Dr. Erin Karper

POL 101   American Government (Social Science)

A study of the essentials of American government; Congress; the presidency; the federal judiciary; principles of federalism; separation of powers, the federal regulatory system. (Concentration: American political system.)
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Dr. Jamie Pimlot

HIS 199   America & Contemporary World (Social Science)

Interpretive overview of developments affecting America and Americans during the turbulent years since World War II. Examines the nation’s rise as a global superpower, the expanding role of central government, and related political, economic, scientific, social, and cultural developments. Provides perspectives on our future by evaluating the impact of developments on fundamental American values.
- Three semester hours
- Instructors: Prof. M. Durfee or Prof. Mustafa Gokcek

MAT 101   Math for the Liberal Arts

In this course, students will learn a variety of mathematics topics used in their everyday life, such as sets, probability, descriptive statistics and other contemporary math topics such as logic, financial math or game theory.
- Three semester hours   
- Current Instructor: Prof. C. Riegel