Continuing and Adult Education Course Descriptions

Foundation Seminars

The Foundation Seminar courses are designed to build and strengthen writing, speaking, mathematical, critical thinking and analytical skills. In addition to the courses listed here, ENGL 120 and COMM 101 are considered foundational courses. The 200 level FOSEM courses fulfill requirements in the Adult General Education Core 300 level. FOSEM courses fulfill requirements in the Liberal Studies and Professional Studies major, or may be taken as electives in other adult degree programs.

FOSEM 200 FSIV: Math (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
This course provides an exposure to the richness of mathematics through a unique examination of its history, creators and cultural influences. Various branches of mathematics will be surveyed. Formulas and calculations will be required. There is no mathematics prerequisite for this course.  

FOSEM 201: Symbolic Language: Music (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
This course is an introduction to music as a distinct mode of communication. Course topics include treatment of basic elements of music as relevant and as a source of knowledge; and continuing practice in reading, listening, writing and speaking as related to the concept of music.

FOSEM 202: Symbolic Language: Art or Film (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
This course is an introduction to the visual arts as non-verbal communication calling for skills of perception and expression different from, but analogous to, the verbal arts. Course topics include instruction and experience in the modes of communication proper to such arts as painting, sculpture, architecture, film and mass communication; and continuing practice in reading, listening, writing and speaking as related to the visual arts.

FOSEM 203: Symbolic Language: Mass Communication (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
This course is an introduction to the field of communications with a special focus on elements of mass media: the information delivery systems, their functions and the uses to which they are put by society. Course emphasis is on a theoretical and conceptual basis for the functioning of mass communication in society, such as technology and change, diffusion of information, freedom and responsibility, and mass culture.

FOSEM 205: Business Communications (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student’s current work situation is required.

FOSEM 301: Ideas, Methods and Resources (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
The course considers varied approaches to the study of the humanities, surveys available resources and guides each student in designing a research project.

FOSEM 302: Interpretation of Text (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101
The close reading and analysis of texts with attention to selected interdisciplinary themes. Involves reflecting on the text in all aspects to determine and identify different strata of meaning. 2014 Saint Xavier University

FOSEM 350: Senior Seminar (3)

*Prerequisite: senior standing and FOSEM 301 or department permission
The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

FOSEM 360: Special Topic: Interdisciplinary Seminar (3)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and COMM 101


The History/Humanities courses examine the inter-relationship of historical, social, philosophical, cultural, political, artistic and economical approaches through various epochs of history. These courses fulfill requirements in the Adult General Education Core. Students in the adult degree programs may take additional HISHU courses as electives.

HISHU 251: History/Humanities I (3)

The first of a series of four courses that examine the close relationship between the historical and artistic achievements of mankind, this course considers briefly the methods of historical knowledge and the nature of man as perceiver and creator. It then examines prehistoric cultures and the great Neolithic civilizations and concludes with a study of classical Greece.

HISHU 252: History/Humanities II (3)

This course provides a study of major trends in European culture from the Middle Ages to the 19th-century. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-relationship of historical, political, philosophical and artistic developments with special attention given to representative figures in each period.

HISHU 253: History/Humanities III (3)

This course provides an analysis of United States history and culture through lecture and experience with American art works. The approach will be topically oriented, including such representative areas as industrialization, war, race relations, technology, depressions, imperialism and the formation of the American character.

HISHU 254: History/Humanities IV (3)

The course deals with the concept of world history: the diversity of human experience and the unity of human destiny. Discussion will focus on highlights of the achievements of various peoples and epochs of history leading to the development of a world-wide civilization.