Current and Approved Courses

Niagara University GEMDates (start & finish)Drop Date*

REL 206 ONGEM: World Religion (Humanities)

11/23/2014 -  12/21/2014 11/24/2014
POL 101 ONGEM: American Government 12/28/2014 -  1/25/2015 12/29/2014
SPK 101 ONGEM: Public Speaking 2/1/2015 - 3/1/2015 2/2/2015
WRT 100 ONGEM: Thinking and Writing 3/8/2015 -  4/5/2015 3/9/2015
MAT 102 ONGEM: Introductory Statistics 4/12/2015 -  5/10/2015


*Drop Date for GEM courses use the same policy as summer sessions.  Students dropping a course will need to inform Rob Healy,, via email no later than the end of the business day of the drop date.  


MAT102   Introductory Statistics

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

Textbook Information: 

Title: Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data

Authors: Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock

ISBN E-Text: 978-1-118-54424-2

ISBN Hardcover Text: 978-0-470-60187-7

Written Communication

WRT100   Writing and Thinking

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

Textbook Information: 

Title: The Norton Field Guide to Writing 3rd edition

Author: Richard Bullock

ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 978-0-393-91956-1


REL206   World Religion

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

Textbook Information: 

Title: A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo, 2008) 

Author: Jaed Coffin

ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 030-6-815-265


Textbook Information: 

Title: Confucius Lives Next Door (Random House, 1999)

Author: T. R. Reid

ISBN E-Text and Paperback: 067-9-777-601

Social Science

POL101   American Government

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

Textbook Information: 

Title: American Government: Power and Purpose (brief 12th edition)

Author: Theodore Lowi et. al.

ISBN: 978-0-393-91208-1

Oral Communication

SPK101   Public Speaking

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

Textbook Information: 

*Text for SPK101 is provided through NU e-library so you do not need to purchase it.

Title: Secrets: Presentation Secrets

Author: Alexei Kapterev

Textbooks can be purchased through the Niagara University Bookstore website or though any other retailer.  There may also be ebook versions available in a variety of formats including Nook and Kindle.