Courses related to the BS degree curriculum.

This course will explore creativity from the standpoint of making the student more aware of a world of potentials and the limitless surrounding possibilities for making and doing something new and useful in a wide variety of settings. Everyone can be more of an artist by first seeing past the status quo, and then being the scientist, bringing discipline to new ideas and shepherding them from the mind to the “marketplace of ideas.” Creativity applies in areas as diverse as business, choosing recreational and vacation activities, volunteer work, furthering one’s personal learning, and employing creative strategies. Creativity, in this sense, is a valuable life skill to be developed, nurtured and liberally exercised to enhance life, work and career.

With the rise of technology use and the prolific integration of internet and web-technologies in everyday life, social communication has been enabled to instantaneously broadcast messages with global visibility of media (text, pictures, videos, blogs, tweets, etc.). Institutions of society from private industry, education and politics have been directly impacted and compelled to adapt and manage these types of social media. Relationships and how individuals and groups interact with one another have been challenged by social media and raised concerns of privacy, authenticity and culture. The practical use and management of social media by individuals, businesses, and organizations is fundamental to their success as well as how well they can craft their online identity - given the expediency of the technology.

Although the focus of this course is the study of how adults develop throughout a lifetime, the course purpose is to build a solid foundation upon which to live out our vastly changing lives as individuals, workers, and caregivers. This is done within the context of adult development theory. The human being possesses an innate desire to understand oneself and to define the unique contribution each of us represents in the universe. Adult roles today grow evermore challenging as the world accelerates the rate and breadth of change. Our commitments and contributions are tied to perceptions and understandings and these must keep up with the rippling tides of change. Towards that end, this course explores human contribution through the perspective of the changing world. This course is specifically designed to help adults expand their perceptions of adult development and learning through a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own life journey as they study a wide range of theories of Adult Development.

The purpose of this course is both to provide adult learners with foundational knowledge of the human resource management functions and to explore contemporary issues in the field. It is recommended that students have completed a basic management course prior to enrolling in this course.