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PSY 180 - General Psychology. A basic course introducing the student to psychology as a science that can be applied to practical problems and everyday issues by learning the methods, concepts, and terminology of the discipline.      

CSC 199 - Introduction to Information Technology. Course is designed for students pursuing any program of study. A student taking this course will gain competency with file management, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics software. In addition, the student will become familiar with general computer technology such as computer hardware, computer operations, networks, the Internet and the World Wide Web. Corequisites: MAT 117 or 140, or math ACT score of at least 20.   

YNL 099 - Transitions. Course designed to assist students in their transition to Murray State University. Content includes orientation to the specific areas, majors, and minors within academic programs. Other topics may include university procedures, policies, resources, strategies for success and extracurricular activities. Only one transition course will count toward graduation. Graded pass/fail. (Same as HEA 099.)   

YNL 290 - Current Trends and Issues in Youth and Human Services. A study of the effect of current results, educational, social, economic environmental issues on youth and human service organizations. Includes student involvement in a community service organization. 

YNL 350 - Program Administration in Youth and Human Service Organizations. An analysis of the historical background, development, organization and purpose of youth agencies. An emphasis on the structure, program, policies, and future problems which confront major youth and nonprofit organizations. Includes a service learning project. 

YNL 351 - Support Systems in Youth and Human Service Organizations. An analysis of the leadership components involved in directing youth and human service programs. An emphasis on the development of support systems including staff, volunteers, and other resources. Includes a service learning project.

YNL 400 - Youth and Human Service Agency Administration Internship. Students seeking a minor and/or certification in YNL must complete six credit hours of an internship in a quality nonprofit organization approved by the program director. Internships are set at a minimum of 300 hours at the intern site. Prerequisite: Six hours of YNL coursework, including YNL 350. 

YNL 401 - Youth & Human Service Internship. YNL majors and minors must complete six credit hours of an internship in a quality nonprofit organization approved by the YNL Campus Director. The six credits may be taken separately as YNL 400 first then YNL 401, or concurrently. Internships are set at a minimum of 300 contact hours of actual work experience. Prerequisites: YNL 350 and 3 hours of additional YNL coursework. YNL 400 is prerequisite or co-requisite. 

YNL 450 - Senior Seminar.  YNL majors or minors must participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Conference. This senior seminar is usually offered in early January between semesters and includes workshops, seminars, and a job fair conducted by leaders in the youth and human service field. The seminar is held in major cities across the country and fundraising activities provide opportunities to pay for the cost of the trip. 

YNL 475 - Social Entrepreneurship. This course is about utilizing entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to social problems. Entrepreneurs are particularly good at recognizing opportunities, exploring innovative approaches, mobilizing resources, managing risks, and building viable enterprises. Social entrepreneurship applies to both profit and non-profit organizations that have programs designed to create social value. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. 

YNL 485 - Seminar on Leadership Development. Course addresses various competencies and concepts relevant to leadership including the importance of leading with character. Students will engage in a service learning project using the knowledge and skills they will be developing. 

YNL 501 - Seminar on Youth and Human Service Organizations. An introductory survey course on the youth and human service organizations. Program development, leadership, personnel and volunteer management, communication, decision making, and problem solving are discussed using discussion board and a service learning project approach. This class is a part of the Service Learning Scholars program.  

YNL 502 - Workshop in Financial Resource Development. Overview of successful methods of financial budgeting, accounting and development are discussed using a case study and service learning approach. An overview of financial development is presented including aspects of membership and program fees, special events, grant writing and United Way allocations. Students participate in a fund raising project for a local youth or human service organization. This class is a part of the Service Learning Scholars program.  

YNL 580 - Special Problems in Youth and Human Service Organizations. Involves developing a project to address issues and needs in a local youth or human service organization. Must demonstrate ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a project using program planning knowledge and skills developed from YNL 350 or YNL 501. This class is a part of the Service Learning Scholars program. Prerequisite: prior consent of instructor.

COM 340 - Intercultural Communication. Designed to explore communication principles from the viewpoint of different western and nonwestern cultures. 

COM 380 - Organizational Communication. A study of concepts, theories, and processes of human communication in organized workplaces. Emphasis is given to the nature and function of human communication in different organizational structures and designs. 

COM 439 - Conflict and Communication. Examines conflict processes as communication phenomena. Explores theories of conflict communication and develops competencies for a range of professional and interpersonal contexts by applying theory to practice. 

HEA 191 - Personal Health. This course is designed to educate students about wellness through the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The major health-related problems in society are addressed, as well as an understanding of individual developmental patterns and health needs. Personal fitness is assessed and activities that promote lifelong fitness are practiced. A broad range of factors affecting wellness, including identification of risk and health promotion behaviors, are covered. Topics include, but are not limited to, substance use and abuse, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, health risk factors, mental and emotional health, exercise. 

MGT 350 - Fundamentals of Management. The fundamental concepts, relationships and principles of managing organized activities are studied. Special emphasis is given to human behavior in organized systems, with attention to the diverse workforce, interpersonal relations, group processes, and the philosophy for managing human resources effectively. Prerequisite: conditional or full admission to upper-level business courses or junior standing. 

MGT 550 - Human Resource Management. Familiarizes the student with fundamental tools to effectively manage and motivate a diversified workforce. Included in this course is a study and analysis of the programs in human resource management including job analysis, job evaluation, selection and placement, testing and training, personnel services, and labor relations, as well as the current issues of globalization and the changing composition of the workforce. Prerequisite: MGT 350. 

MKT 360 - Principles of Marketing. An integrated study of the interrelationship of marketing to the other primary functions of business through an analytical survey of problems related to product planning, pricing, promotion, channels of distribution, and legislation affecting marketing activity encountered in distributing goods and services to markets. Emphasis is on the role of the consumer. Prerequisite: conditional or full admission to upper-level business courses or junior standing. 

OSH 101 - Emergency Medical Training. Designed to cover the overall role and responsibilities of the emergency medical technician-basic in performing both the emergency care and operational aspects of his/her job. Also covers diagnosis and all emergency treatment procedures short of those rendered by physicians. Successful completion of all required coursework and examinations will qualify the student to apply for state and national registry certification. 

PHI 202 - Ethics. Introduction to classic and contemporary problems of personal and social morality and to the systems and methods proposed by philosophers, past and present, in response to questions of good and evil. 

PSY 261 - Child Psychology. A study of the biological, social, affective and cognitive aspects of the development of children from conception to adolescence. The implications of this development for present and future behaviors are presented. The research, principles, concepts and theories of child psychology are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 180. 

PSY 262 - Adolescent Psychology. A study of the biological, social, affective and cognitive aspects of the development of adolescents from puberty to young adulthood. The relationship of these developmental aspects to the individual’s past, present and future behaviors are stressed. The research, theories, concepts and principles pertaining to adolescent psychology are presented. Prerequisite: PSY 180. 

REC 403 - Managing Recreation Areas and Facilities. Emphasis on planning, design, principles, and construction of buildings, playgrounds, parks, pools, camps and athletic facilities for schools and communities. Prerequisite: REC 101.


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