Programs of study (curricula) designate specific courses that must be taken to satisfy requirements.  When elective courses are required as specified in curriculum guides, students may select from the following list of courses. Electives may be completed by selecting any of the following courses. Unless specifically indicated in your curriculum, the following electives will meet the requirements for CVCC associate degrees, certificates, diplomas and career studies certificates for the category of courses listed. Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one curriculum requirement.

As requirements of four-year institutions may vary, students in the Associate of Arts and Sciences and the Associate of Science (transfer) programs should consult a CVCC counselor or academic adviser, transfer guides, and prospective four-year colleges and universities to select appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

*Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites.

Any of the following may satisfy this requirement at CVCC. If you plan to transfer, please consult with an adviser or prospective four-year institutions before selecting electives.

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ART 100 - Art Appreciation (3 cr.)*

Introduces art from prehistoric times to the present day. Describes architectural styles, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting techniques. Note: Students may not receive credit for both Art 100 and Art 101 or Art 100 and Art 102. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

Presents the history and interpretation of architecture, sculpture, and painting. Begins with prehistoric art and follows the development of western civilization to the present. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

ASL 201 - American Sign Language III (3 cr.) / ASL 202 - American Sign Language IV (3 cr.)

Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

CST 151 - Film Appreciation I (3 cr.) / CST 152 - Film Appreciation II (3 cr.)

Provides students with a critical understanding of film through the discussion and viewing of motion pictures with emphasis upon the study of film history and the forms and functions of film. Students will develop the skills to analyze shared social, cultural, and historical influences of films and their contexts. Part I of II.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

ENG 121 - Introduction to Journalism I (3 cr.) / ENG 122 - Introduction to Journalism II (3 cr.)

Introduces students to all news media, especially news gathering and preparation for print. Prerequisite ENG 111 or ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

ENG 211 - Creative Writing I (3 cr.) / ENG 212 - Creative Writing II (3 cr.)

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of writing imaginatively. Students write in forms to be selected from poetry, fiction, drama, and essays. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

Examines American literary works from colonial times to the present, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of our national literature. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

Studies major English works from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, emphasizing ideas and characteristics of the British literary tradition. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

ENG 251 - Survey of World Literature I (3 cr.) / ENG 252 - Survey of World Literature II (3 cr.)

Examines major works of world literature. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

Examines the literary and social aspects of science fiction, emphasizing development of ideas and techniques through the history of the genre. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite ENG 112 or division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

ENG 260 - Fantasy Fiction (3 cr.)

Examines the literary and social aspects of fantasy fiction, emphasizing development of ideas and techniques through the history of the genre. Involves critical reading and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 111. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

FRE 201 - Intermediate French I (4 cr.) / FRE 202 - Intermediate French II (4 cr.)

Continues to develop understanding, speaking,  reading, and writing skills. French is used in the classroom. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or equivalent. Lecture 4 hours per week.

 

Introduces students to selected issues in contemporary American culture. Includes topic areas ranging from welfare reform, economic development, privacy, environmental protection and conservation, evolution vs. creation, to family values, and special interest lobbying in our state and national governments. Focuses on the development of the student's critical thinking skills by analyzing, evaluating, and reflecting on opposing sides of the same issue as expressed by public leaders, special interest groups and academicians. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

HUM 201 - Survey of Western Culture I (3 cr.)

Studies thought, values, and arts of Western culture, integrating major developments in art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy. Covers the following periods: Ancient and Classical, Early Christian and Byzantine, Medieval, and Early Renaissance. Prerequisite: Placement in English 111 based on VPT scores. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

HUM 246 - Creative Thinking (3 cr.)

Examines and analyzes creative and effective thinking processes with applications in individual and group projects to solve business, scientific, environmental, and other practical problems. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

Explores literature, visual arts, philosophy, music, and history of our time from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

MUS 121 - Music Appreciation I (3 cr.) / MUS 122 - Music Appreciation II (3 cr.)

Increases the variety and depth of the student’s interest, knowledge, and involvement in music and related cultural activities. Acquaints the student with traditional and twentieth century music literature,  emphasizing the relationship music has as an art form with man and society. Increases the student’s awareness of the composers and performers of all eras through listening and concert experiences. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.)

Presents an introduction to philosophical problems and perspectives with emphasis on systematic questioning of basic assumptions about meaning, knowledge, reality, and values. Prerequisite: Placement in English 111 based on VPT scores. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

PHI 111 - Logic I (3 cr.)

Introduces inductive and deductive reasoning, with an emphasis on common errors and fallacies. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

PHI 220 - Ethics (3 cr.)

Provides a systematic study of representative ethical systems. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

PHI 265 - Philosophy of Religion (3 cr.)

Examines problems raised by arguments for and against the existence of God and discusses such topics as the nature of God, the nature of religious experience, the problem of evil, religious truth and language, immortality, miracles, spirituality, and the relation between philosophy and theology. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

PHT 110 - History of Photography (3 cr.)

Surveys important photographers, processes, and historical influences of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

REL 200 - Survey of the Old Testament (3 cr.)

Surveys books of the Old Testament, with emphasis on prophetic historical books. Examines the historical and geographical setting and place of the Israelites in the ancient Middle East as background to the writings. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

REL 210 - Survey of the New Testament (3 cr.)

Surveys books of the New Testament, with special attention upon placing the writings within their historical and geographical setting. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

REL 230 - Religions of the World (3 cr.)**

Introduces the religions of the world with attention to origin, history, and doctrine. Lecture 3 hours per week.

 

REL 245 - History of Christianity (3cr.)

Surveys the development of Christianity from its origins to the present.  Lecture 3 hours per week. 

 

SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr.) / SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr.)

Continues to develop understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent. Lecture 4 hours per week.

 

* Students may not receive credit for both ART 100 and ART 101 or Art 100 and ART 102
** Students may not receive credit for both REL 230 and REL 231 or REL 230 and REL 232