Current and Approved Courses

Students dropping a course must email gem@niagara.edu by day 2 of the class start date.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Niagara University Bookstore website or through many other retailers (i.e. Amazon, Chegg, etc). There may also be ebook versions available in a variety of formats.

SPK101 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

Textbook Information:
*Text for SPK101 is provided through Niagara University e-library so you do not need to purchase it.
Title: "Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking”   by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

REL206 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

Textbook Information:

  • Title: A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo, 2008) Author: Jaed Coffin ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 030-6-815-265
  • Title: Confucius Lives Next Door (Random House, 1999) Author: T. R. Reid ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 067-9-777-601

WRT100 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

Textbook Information:
Title: The Norton Field Guide to Writing with 2016 MLA Update
Author: Richard Bullock
ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 978-0-393-61736-8

ENG100 Introduction to Literature (Written Communication)

Introduces students to several genres of literature (usually poetry, drama, fiction), and to contemporary critical-theoretical approaches literary scholars use. Students write extensively in this course, arguing for their own interpretations, applying critical approaches, and incorporating secondary source ideas in thesis-driven analysis. Assigned literary works are diverse and multicultural, and may be organized by theme or motif.
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Prof. Anthony Cirilla

Textbook Information:
Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy. Trans. Victor Watts. Penguin Books, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0140447804
J.R.R. Tolkien, trans. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo. Ballentine Books, 1975. ISBN-13: 978-0345277602
Stanley Appelbaum, ed. English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology. Dover Publications, Inc.; 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0486292823

POL101   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 Pimlott

Textbook Information:
American Government: Power and Purpose (core 14th edition)
by Theodore Lowi et. al. (2017) published by W. W. Norton and Co.: New York, NY. 
ISBN: 978-0-393-28376-1

HIS199   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
- Current Instructor: Dr. Mustafa Gokcek

Textbook Information: 3/18/18 class

  • Gillon, Steven M. The American Paradox: A History of the United States since 1945. (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007).
  • Hahn, Peter L. Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East since 1945. (Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc, 2005).

MAT102   Introductory Statistics (Mathematics)

A study of the basic terminology and methods of elementary statistics including organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling theory, estimation and testing of hypotheses. Also includes an introduction to correlation and linear regression.
- Three semester hours
- Current Instructor: Prof. Mark Marino

Textbook Information:
Access for *MyStatLab: www.mystatlab.com

Note* The entire eTextbook will be available online in the MyStatLab course website and the Course ID will be provided on the first day of class.  Please do not register for MyStatLab before day 1 of class.
*There is a fee for MyStatLab.  Students can purchase it online for the $104 price and it will give them access to everything including the eTextbook, multimedia resources, course assignments and assessments.