GEM Course Descriptions

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Oral Communication

Human Communication - COMM 1100 (3 semester credit hrs)
A broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public speaking


Written Communication

Composition I – ENGL 1101  (3 semester credit hrs)
A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. Students will develop analytical and evaluative skills by reading and writing expository and/or argumentative essays.

Composition II – ENGL 1102  (3 semester credit hrs)
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101H. A composition course, focusing on writing skills beyond the levels of proficiency required by ENGL 1101, that emphasizes interpretation and evaluation and that incorporates a variety of more advanced research skills. Students will learn to organize and present ideas and information effectively in research essays.



Introduction to Mathematical Modeling – MATH 1101  (3 semester credit hrs)
A study of algebraic topics from a modeling perspective. Introduction to different types of models including linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic. Emphasis on gathering, presentation, and interpretation of data by using real-world examples as models

College Algebra - MATH 1111  (3 semester credit hrs)
Algebraic topics including polynomials, rational expressions, equations, inequalities, graphing, exponents and radicals, relations and functions through exponential and logarithmic functions

Precalculus - MATH 1113  (3 semester credit hrs)
Prerequisite: MATH 1112 or MATH 2261 with a grade of "C" or higher, or by mathematics placement policy. Study of polynomial, rational, and transcendental functions and applications, conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and mathematical induction.

Calculus I - MATH 1501 (4 semester credit hrs)
Topics to include functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, antidifferentiation, the definite integral, and applications. Prerequisites: MATH 1113 - Pre-calculus or its equivalent. For more information on this institution's eCore courses, please see

Introduction to Statistics - MATH 1401 (3 semester credit hrs)
The course is a course in basic statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing, inferences, correlation, and regression. Prerequisites: MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling, 1111 College Algebra, or 1113 Precalculus or approved equivalent. For more information on this institution's eCore courses, please see


Social Science

Introduction to Sociology SOCI 1101  (3 semester credit hrs)
Fundamentals of sociology, focusing on basic concepts, theories, and methods of research and inquiry. Emphasis is on applying the sociological perspective to understanding social inequalities and social stratification, culture, social institutions and groups, social change, and the relation to the individual to society.

Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 1101  (3 semester credit hrs)
Introduction to the central issues, questions, and theories of Western Philosophy. Topics covered include logic and critical thinking; religion; knowledge and skepticism; philosophy of mind; freedom and determinism; and ethics. Students are expected to engage in philosophical discussion based on primary and secondary texts

American Government POLS 1101  (3 semester credit hrs)
An examination of the fundamental institutions and political processes of the American system of government. Students are also given an overview of Georgia's Constitution, state politics, and state government institutions. POLS 1101 satisfies legislative requirements for U.S./Georgia Constitutions.

United States History  to 1865  HIST 2111  (3 semester credit hrs)
A survey of the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the United States and Georgia to 1865. (Either HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 satisfies legislative requirements for U.S./Georgia History.).

World History I HIST 1111  (3 semester credit hrs)
A survey of world history to early modern times. Students in this course will be expected to participate frequently in class discussions, take 12 unit quizzes, and proctored midterm and final exams. For more information on this institution's eCore courses, please see



World Literature I: The Ancient World - ENGL 2111  (3 semester credit hrs)
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1102 or 1102H. A study of selected works of literature from the beginning of writing to the end of the 7th to 8th century, C.E., presented in their historical and cultural contexts. This course presents myths, epics, dramas, and prose works from Gilgamesh and Homer to the great traditions of Hebrew, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Greek, and Roman philosophers who laid the foundation for modern, global thought. The course also examines ancient and classical poetry from around the world.

World Literature II: The Age of Discovery - ENGL 2112  (3 semester credit hrs)
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1102 or 1102H. A study of selected works of world literature from the 8th to the 17th century, C. E., presented in their historical and cultural contexts. This course includes introductions to Medieval and Early Modern worldviews and presents literary works from India, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Japan, and the Americas.

American Literature I - ENGL 2131  (3 semester credit hrs)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. A survey of American literature from the pre-colonial age to the mid-nineteenth century.

American Literature II - ENGL 2132  (3 semester credit hrs)
This course will present a broad overview of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Students will utilize various critical approaches and reading strategies as they examine important authors and themes of this period. The course will pay special attention to multiple cultures and perspectives. Some of the authors that will be included in this course are Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Kate Chopin, Maxine Hong, Robert Frost, and Raymond Carver. Prerequisites: ENGL 1102. For more information on this institution's eCore courses, please see

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