In order to give students a broad educational foundation, UA Grantham's associate degree programs require students to take general education classes in a variety of areas including communication, math, computer science, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, as well as social and behavioral sciences. Here are examples of some of the courses you might take to satisfy your general education requirements:
Introduction to Public Speaking: This course prepares students to feel confident and comfortable speaking in public. Students learn to analyze their audience, generate and develop engaging ideas, and structure their presentation so their message gets through with maximum style and impact. Specific topics include outlining speeches, crafting effective introductions and conclusions, using powerful language, and controlling nervousness. Students also practice using technology to record and share their speeches.
Introduction to Computer Applications: In this course, students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for navigating and manipulating the systems that many businesses use to store and share information. Students build confidence and competency in commonly-used office productivity software like word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Introduction to Pharmacotherapy: In this course, students explore the role of medical substances in everyday life. Students learn about how different drugs affect human bodies and the role medication can play in treating disorders and diseases. Students also explore the risks that arise from the widespread availability of medications in contemporary society, including risks of overdose and addiction. Throughout the course, students reflect on how drugs and drug policy can be safely administered to maximize health benefits while minimizing the risk of harm.
Introduction to Modern Art: This course introduces students to major movements in the arts from the 1700s to today. The course focuses on painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design. Students learn how to examine and analyze works of art, and they learn the language of art criticism so they can describe what they see. Using these techniques, students will develop a deeper understanding of some of the most beautiful and revolutionary creations ever conceived.
Fundamentals of Psychology: Looking to gain a better understanding of human behavior and mental processes? This course covers a range of topics including nature versus nurture, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and motivation. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and what makes people tick.