Service-Learning Courses

Southern Adventist University offers over 50 courses that provide service-learning credit opportunities.

Service-Learning Classes

Biology Department

  • BIOL 317 // Ecology - Prerequisite(s): BIOL 151, BIOL 152. Ecology is a study of the interrelationships of plants, animals and their environment. This course examines these interactions in the context of energy flow, nutrient cycles, limiting factors, succession and population dynamics. Field work introduces various ecological sampling techniques and the student participates in an ecological analysis of various local communities as well as extended field trips. Two lectures and one field trip or three-hour laboratory period each week. Lab fee 6 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.

School of Business & Management

  • BMKT 423 // Promotional StrategiesPrerequisite(s): BMKT 326. An analysis of integrated marketing communications, with an emphasis on the role of advertising, promotion, direct marketing, and public relations. Topics include setting advertising objectives and budget, media strategy, creative strategy, and evaluating promotional effectiveness. Focus is on the design and management of a complete promotional strategy for an organization. 3 hours. (Winter, even years) 
  • BUAD 233 // Introduction to the Nonprofit SectorThis course offers the student an overview of the development and current status of the nonprofit sector in the United States with specific focus on youth and human service agencies. Students will study the unique philosophical, financial, and administrative qualities of this rapidly growing sector of society, as they observe and assess local nonprofit agencies at work. 3 hours.
  • LTCA 492 // Long Term Care Administration Internship - Prerequisite(s): LTCA 431, LTCA 432 , LTCA 434 , LTCA 435 or permission of LTCA program director. The internship is a tailored program of 650-1000 clock hours of management training experience in a long term care facility approved by the University. The hours are determined by the minimum required by the state in which the student wants to be licensed. The program director or designee will make scheduled on-site evaluation visits. The student is responsible for arranging the time of visits with the facility management. Three reports must be submitted at each 100-hour interval: a written narrative description of the experience, an intern’s report form, and an administrator’s report and evaluation form. These are described in the Long Term Care Internship Manual. 4-8 hours.
Chemistry Department
  • CHEM 205, 305 // Tutoring Chemistry - Prerequisite(s): Must be a chemistry major; successful completion of CHEM 152. In this course, students will gain knowledge of current research that provides information about learning and learning styles. They will learn and demonstrate good pedagogical tools that promote learning in chemistry. They will be trained with effective one on one teaching methodologies such as Socratic dialogue, concept modeling and scaffolding. They will also be instructed in methods that will help identify common chemical misconceptions that cause the learner difficulty with chemistry. Active tutoring, totaling 15 hours during the semester, will allow the tutors to use the identification tools and instructional methods mastered so that they can become adept at working with all types of learners and subject material. This service learning training equips each student with lifelong tools that may be used to provide community service as an effective tutor. 1 hour.
School of Education & Psychology
  • EDOE 301 // Outdoor Ministries This course is at the heart of Christian outdoor leadership and youth ministry. Quite simply it is the art of connecting people with God through the book of nature. During the course students will study and emulate the outdoor teaching methods of Jesus and discover the transformational power of the wilderness as depicted in the Bible. Emphasis is placed on the development of metaphors, parables, and object lessons derived from nature. Students will gain practical outdoor ministry experience through networking with area schools, church, and community programs. An extended off-campus field experience of up to four days may be required. Lab fee 6 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. (Fall)
  • EDOE 348 // Environmental Education - This course is designed to give students practical experience in the use of the outdoor classroom. Recent trends in methods, materials, strategies, laboratory techniques, assessment, and curriculum standards will be covered. Students gain valuable experience by teaching environmental education at local schools as well as by the planning and implementation of a multi-day outdoor school. An extended off-campus field experience of up to four days may be required. Lab fee 6 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. (Winter)
  • EDUC 338 // Foundations of Inclusive Education - Prerequisite(s): Admission to Teacher Education or permission of instructor. This course is based on the assumption that all students are capable of learning. The course seeks to familiarize teacher candidates with the broad range of exceptionalities found in elementary and secondary classrooms. Emphasis is placed on learning to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse students in inclusive classrooms. This course will include a case study incorporating twenty (20) hours of field experience outside of class time, scheduled with the field experience coordinator. Lab fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.
  • EDUC 419 // Philosophy & Leadership in Christian EducationPrerequisite(s): Admission to Teacher Education or permission of instructor. This course is designed to familiarize teacher candidates with the scriptural principles and philosophical base as it relates to Seventh-day Adventist education and instructional leadership. The writings of Ellen White and others inform this study. Leadership principles are studied, including topics related to the integration of faith and learning, interpersonal communication, administration of small schools, and the responsibility of educators to constituencies. 3 hours.
  • EDUC 471, 472, 473 // Student TeachingPrerequisite(s): Admission to Student Teaching. Corequisite(s): EDUC 464. Designed as a full-time practicum for one semester. Cooperating teachers, determined by the district and university personnel, are selected according to experience, certification, and competence, and share supervision responsibilities with university faculty, who assume responsibility for the final summative evaluation. 10 hours.
  • PSYC 100 // Careers in Psychology - A seminar that introduces prospective psychology majors and minors to the field of psychology with its many and varied areas of specializations. The course focuses on the critical steps needed to be taken in the process of becoming a psychologist and an overview of the psychology programs offered at Southern Adventist University. 1 hour. (Winter)

History & Political Studies Department

  • GPSS 110 // Human Rights & Service - This course examines the history of human rights and current human rights issues. Best practices of social entrepreneurs in the human rights arena are analyzed. An application is made to how Seventh-day Adventists individually and corporately can relate to human rights issues. 3 hours.
  • HIST 297 // Historiography - A course examining historiography, which is the study of historical consciousness and historical writing. The class will focus on Western historiography (classical, European, and the United States). General education credit will not be given. 2 hours.

Mathematics Department

  • MATH 205 // Tutoring in Mathematics Prerequisite(s): Mathematics majors; MATH 192. This course is designed to help students become effective peer tutors. 1 hour.

School of Nursing

  • NRSG 231 // Child HealthPrerequisite(s): NRSG 191, NRSG 212, NRSG 226A course utilizing the nursing process emphasizing primary and secondary prevention with special consideration given to developmental and sociocultural variables in the care of the child rearing family. Practice and service opportunities will be availabe in secondary-care and community settings (including service in NRSG 110, NRSG 126, NSRG 130) where the student has the opportunity to develop awareness of client needs, collaborate with other healthcare providers, and to provide education to clients. Three and one-quarter hours theory and three-quarter hour of clinical. Lab fee 11 will be assessed for this course. 4 hours.
  • NRSG 308 // Mission TripThis course is cross-listed with RELP 308 and SOCW 308. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. This elective class gives the opportunity for mission experience in a developing country or home mission area for the purpose of meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Opportunities are available to work collaboratively with students of other disciplines in intraprofessional outreach utilizing the knowledge and skills of each respective major. Lab fee 26 will be assessed for this course. This course may be repeated for credit.  0-1 hours.
  • NRSG 340 // Community Health NursingPrerequisite(s): NRSG 231, NRSG 305, NRSG 309A course that focuses on the impact of certain stressors on the health of individuals, families, and communities. The NSM as well as Pender’s Health Promotion Model are utilized in diagnosis of aggregate health needs. Emphasis is placed on interventions in the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. 3 hours theory, 2 hours clinical. Lab fee 10 will be assessed for this course. 5 hours.
  • NRSG 467 // Health Evangelism - This course is cross-listed with RELP 467. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. A study of the concepts and methods of creating witnessing opportunities through taking advantage of the current interest in preventive health practices and lifestyle changes. The objective of these concepts and methods is to obtain decisions for a more abundant way of life and to lead men and women to Christ. The course also will provide future church leaders with practical ways to utilize the talents of members in health evangelism. Laboratory work in area churches and/or community settings is required. A 2-hour class will not complete the R general education area of 12 hours. 2-3 hours.
  • NRSG 494 A&B // Transcultural NursingPrerequisite(s): NRSG 231, NRSG 305, NRSG 309This course provides an opportunity for the student to examine the way in which values, beliefs, and cultural practices affect health and illness among individuals, families, groups, and communities. Lab fee 5 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.

School of Journalism and Communication

  • PREL 368 // Fund Development - Study of fund-raising principles and concepts; techniques used in planning, organizing, and carrying out a fund-raising campaign; developing prospect lists, writing proposals, identifying and training development leadership, and working with foundations. 3 hours.

Physics & Engineering

  • PHYS 255 // Tutoring Physics - Prerequisite(s): Must be a Physics or Engineering major; successful completion of PHYS 222-PHYS 224. In this course, students will gain knowledge of current research that provides information about learning and learning styles. They will learn and demonstrate good pedagogical tools that promote learning in Physics. They will be trained with effective one-on-one teaching methodologies such as Socratic dialogue, concept modeling and scaffolding. They will also be instructed in methods that will help identify common physical misconceptions that cause the learner difficulty with physics. Active tutoring, totaling 15 hours during the semester, will allow the tutors to use the identification tools and instructional methods mastered so that they can become adept at working with all types of learners and subject materials. 1 hour.

School of Religion

  • RELP 291, 391 // Practicum - Supervised practicum in various forms of ministry as individually designed for each student. The program and the supervisor must be approved by the School of Religion prior to registration. These programs will involve a minimum of 100 hours of instruction and activity for each hour of credit. This course may be applied to a Religion minor but is not a substitute for RELP 466 - Public Evangelism, or other General Education requirements. (Pass/Fail). 1-3 hours.
  • RELP 308 // Mission Trip - This course is cross-listed with NRSG 308 and SOCW 308. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. This elective class gives the opportunity for mission experience in a developing country for the purpose of meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Opportunities are available to work collaboratively with students of other disciplines in intraprofessional outreach utilizing the knowledge and skills of each respective major. A reflection paper identifying both group and discipline-specific opportunities and contributions made on the mission trip will be turned in at the conclusion of the trip and will be assessed by the professor. Lab fee 26 will be assessed for this course. 0-1 hours.
  • RELP 361 // Personal Evangelism I - The course covers the principles and practice of one-to-one evangelism, focusing on leading people to Christ, giving effective Bible studies, friendship evangelism, ministering to young people, and working in local church outreach endeavors. Students must take this course immediately preceding RELP 362 - Personal Evanglism II. 2 hours. (Fall)
  • RELP 362 // Personal Evangelism ll - Prerequisite(s): RELP 361. This course builds on the practical ministry skills introduced in Personal Evangelism I. In addition, urban evangelism, small groups outreach, and answering Bible objections will be covered. Students whose major or minor requires RELP 466 - Public Evangelism, must take the course immediately before Public Evangelism. 2 hours. (Winter)
  • RELP 391 // Practicum - Supervised practicum in various forms of ministry as individually designed for each student. The program and the supervisor must be approved by the School of Religion prior to registration. These programs will involve a minimum of 100 hours of instruction and activity for each hour of credit. This course may be applied to a Religion minor but is not a substitute for RELP 466 - Public Evangelism, or other General Education requirements. 1-3 hours. (Pass/Fail).
  • RELP 467 // Health Evangelism - This course is cross-listed with NRSG 467. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. A study of the concepts and methods of creating witnessing opportunities through taking advantage of the current interest in preventive health practices and lifestyle changes. The objective of these concepts and methods is to obtain decisions for a more abundant way of life and to lead men and women to Christ. The course also will provide future church leaders with practical ways to utilize the talents of members in health evangelism. Laboratory work in area churches and/or community settings is required. A 2-hour class will not complete the R general education area of 12 hours. 2-3 hours.

School of Social Work

  • FMST 201 // Parenting - This course is cross-listed with SOCW 201. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. A study of the family system in preparation for parenthood and the dynamics of parent-child interaction. Attention is given to family planning, the childbirth experience, child development, techniques for developing close relationships and communication between parent and child, understanding and relating to children’s individuality, common child rearing problems, and methods of modifying behavior. 3 hours. (Winter)
  • SOCW 201 // Parenting - This course is cross-listed with FMST 201. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. A study of the family system in preparation for parenthood and the dynamics of parent-child interaction. Attention is given to family planning, the childbirth experience, child development, techniques for developing close relationships and communication between parent and child, understanding and relating to children’s individuality, common child rearing problems, and methods of modifying behavior. 3 hours. (Winter)
  • SOCW 308 // Mission Trip - This course is cross-listed with NRSG 308 and RELP 308. A student may receive credit for this course from only one program. This elective class gives the opportunity for mission experience in a developing country for the purpose of meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Opportunities are available to work collaboratively with students of other disciplines in intraprofessional outreach utilizing the knowledge and skills of each respective major. A reflection paper identifying both group and discipline-specific opportunities and contributions made on the mission trip will be turned in at the conclusion of the trip and will be assessed by the professor. Lab fee 26 will be assessed for this course. 0-1 hours.
  • SOCW 428 // Social Work Practicum l - Prerequisite(s): SOCW 319; Corequisite(s): SOCW 497. This course provides opportunity for students to apply practice theory and to develop skills for generalist social work practice. Through participation in the social service delivery for generalist social work practice system, the student comprehends agency structures, functions, and programs. A minimum of 200 clock hours will be spent working in an agency setting. Social Work practicum courses can be taken ONLY by students accepted into the social work program. 3 hours. (Fall)
  • SOCW 429 // Social Work Practicum IIPrerequisite(s): MATH 215, SOCW 428, SOCW 497. This course builds on the experiences of the first semester practicum and progresses to more difficult and varied tasks. Social Work practicum courses can be taken ONLY by students accepted into the social work program. 3 hours. (Winter)

Student Missions

  • NOND 227, 228 // Christian Service l & ll - Prerequisite(s): NOND 099. A two-semester sequence for elective credit only, designed for student participants in the North American Division Task Force and Student Mission Program. The credit is primarily field work characterized by Christian witnessing and other assignments. Other activities may be designated. Students may earn 6 credit hours by completing one semester or 12 credit hours by completing a full academic year. Periodic reports from the students and on-site supervisors may be required. The policy for tuition refunds applies. Refer to the finance section of the Catalog. The date the college receives notification of withdrawal will be the official withdrawal date. May not be repeated for credit. 6 hours. 

Technology Department 

  • TECH 115 // Arc WeldingA course designed to give basic understanding of arc welding processes. Emphasis will be given to MIG as well as conventional stick welding. One project required that will be donated to the Samaritan Center or similar organization. Each student must purchase safety glasses and welding gloves. Lab fee 5 will be assessed for this course. 2 hours. (Fall)
  • TECH 151 // Introduction to Architectural Drafting & CADD - An introduction to skills and basic knowledge of architectural drafting. Emphasis is on lettering, orthographic projection, parallel line pictorial drawings, shades and shadows, and perspective drawing. Open to all students. Lab fee 2 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.
  • TECH 154 // Woodworking - A study of hand and machine tools, jointery, and proper methods of furniture construction. The required introductory project will be donated to a charitable organization such as the Samaritan Center. One period lecture, six periods laboratory each week. A supplies fee will be charged for the cost of the materials used in project construction. Lab fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. 
  • TECH 270 // Service in Construction - Prerequisite(s): Second year Construction Management major and instructor approval. An integrated application for development and reinforcement of trade and/or management skills through service initiatives. Students, collaboratively with the construction management instructor will seek out, select, arrange, and participate in service activities that engage and challenge the utilization of elements from their construction management education and through which immediate benefits are brought to others. To be at least 50 documented hours per credit hour completed during the semester taken. Activity involvement outside the semester may count toward the 50 hours needed at the discretion of the instructor. Submission of the two-year portfolio required for successful completion. 1-2 hours.

School of Visual Art and Design

  • AART 322 // Motion DesignPrerequisite(s): ARTG 115In this course, graphic design, interactive media, animation, and film students will explore elements of moving compositions by incorporating the fundamentals of design and animation principles and techniques. The course covers how motion design is used by broadcast, film, interactive, and fine art professionals. Lab fee 12 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.
  • ART 331 // Illustration MethodsPrerequisite(s): ART 105Students will learn illustration techniques using pencils, ink, markers, colored pencils, and photo retouching. Lab fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.
  • ARTF 353 // Directing the Documentary Pre- or Co-requisite: ARTF 320Students produce several documentary films and analyze documentary films paying special attention to the kinds of creative and practical challenges documentary film makers confront. This is a lecture/studio course. Lab fee 12 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. 
  • ARTG 420 // Corporate Identity Prerequisite(s): ARTG 212A course in which a logo is created as a base for the development of an identity system which an organization will project on various means of visual communication. Lab fee 12 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours.

Modern Languages Department

  • FREN 353 // Contemporary French Culture & Civilization - Prerequisite(s): FREN 244 or approval of the department.
    This course focuses on contemporary French culture and civilization and emphasizes social, political, and artistic trends, and intellectual movements that have contributed to the institutions and character of modern France. Course conducted entirely in French. 3 hours. (Winter)
  • SPAN 207 // Intermediate Spanish 1 - Prerequisite(s): SPAN 102 or score a minimum of 356 on a placement examination, or approval of the department. Continued emphasis on development of listening and speaking skills. There is, however, an increased emphasis on reading and writing skills through the study of short selections of Spanish literature. Laboratory work is required. Lab fee 3 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. (Fall)
  • SPAN 208 // Intermediate Spanish ll - Prerequisite(s): SPAN 207 or score a minimum of 440 on a placement examination, or approval of the department. This course maintains a strong emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Through reading of more extensive texts and informal writing as a support for speaking, it develops oral fluency and more effective narrative. Laboratory work is required. Lab fee 3 will be assessed for this course. 3 hours. (Winter)
  • SPAN 209 // Spanish for Native & Heritage Speakers l - Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Designed for students for whom Spanish is their native or heritage language. It provides those students with the opportunity to expand their existing proficiency and to develop their reading and writing skills. Spelling and vocabulary development are stressed. Emphasis will be placed on usage appropriate to academic and professional settings. 3 hours.
  • SPAN 210 // Spanish for Native & Heritage Speakers ll - Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Designed for students for whom Spanish is their native or heritage language. It provides those students with the opportunity to continue expanding their existing proficiency and to continue developing their reading and writing skills. Spelling, vocabulary, and intermediate level grammar and composition are stressed. Emphasis will be placed on usage appropriate to academic and professional settings. 3 hours.
  • SPAN 354 // Hispanic Culture & Civilization - Prerequisite(s): SPAN 243. A course designed to study the social, political, economic, artistic, intellectual, and religious aspects of Spanish-speaking society, their diversity of cultures, their interaction, and their past and present projection toward participation in a global arena. 3 hours. (Winter)

 

 

 

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