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Department of General Education

Components of General Education

The Program in General Education seeks not to draw students into a discipline, but to bring the disciplines into students' lives. The Program in General Education introduces students to subject matter and skills from across the University, and does so in ways that link the arts and sciences with the 21st century world that students will face and the lives they will lead after college.
The typical baccalaureate PIC USA academic program requires the completion of between 120 and 130 credits. The General Education requirements are common to all degree programs and compose about one-third of the course work (45 credits).
All students must also complete a writing-across-the-curriculum course as part of their degree program. For simplicity, those courses are included with the General Education program. The course selections are designed to provide students with a well-rounded academic experience within an integrated curriculum that allows for individual flexibility. The components of the program are:

  • Skills courses that help develop quantitative and communication skills.
  • Studies in the Knowledge Domains of the Arts, Humanities, and the Sciences (including the Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) that provide a broad overview of the world in which we live.
  • First-Year Seminars (FYS) that help introduce students to the scholarly community of the University.
  • Writing Intensive courses of the "Writing Across the Curriculum" component that further enhance writing skills.
  • United States Cultures and International Cultures that provide opportunities to increase understanding of the relationship between people of different cultures and widen international perspective.

 

General Education Requirement Descriptions

SKILLS
Writing / Speaking

It is the objective of these courses to teach students to communicate information clearly and set forth their beliefs persuasively both orally and in writing. In particular, it is expected that students become sufficiently proficient in writing, such that their expository prose meets the expectations of educated readers in both form and style.

Quantification

The objective of the quantification courses is to teach the students to work with numbers so as to measure space, time, mass, forces, and probabilities; to reason quantitatively; and to apply basic mathematical processes to daily work and everyday living.

KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS

Courses in the Health and Physical Activity area focus on the theory and practice of life span wellness and fitness activities, and on the knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills needed to live well. The courses include such diverse topics as diet, exercise, stress management, the wise use of leisure time, alcohol consumption and drug use, sexual health awareness, and safety education. Courses may be knowledge-focused (about aspects of the biological, social, and behavioral aspects of healthful living) or practice-focused (emphasize attitudes, habits, and skills needed to engage in healthful living and can include traditional dance, exercise, and sport activity classes) or integrated in any manner.

Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences reveal the order, diversity, and beauty of nature and in so doing enable students to develop a greater appreciation of the world around them. These courses help students to understand the nature of science through exposure to the broad divisions of science--physical science, biological science, earth science, and applied natural science. In these courses the students will be taught how to acquire scientific factual information, to use scientific methodology and to develop an appreciation of the natural world. Students should gain an understanding of how scientists reason and how they draw conclusions and think critically.

Arts

Courses taught in the area of the Arts are expected to help students understand and appreciate some of the more important creative works, traditions, literature, and history of the arts and architecture. General Education Arts courses aim to teach students to recognize the comprehensive role of arts and architecture as an expression of the cultural values of a society and the need to preserve these expressions for the benefit of future generations

Through the courses in the Arts area, students should recognize aesthetic values as an integral part of society's essential need and gain lifelong benefits through the acquisition and appreciation of arts-related skills. Students should become conversant with the terminology, techniques, attitudes, ideas, and skills that the arts comprise so as to understand how humankind relates to the arts.

Humanities

Humanistic studies are divided into four categories:

1 Literature, 2 History and Culture, 3 Advanced Language, and 4 Philosophy.

The study of the Humanities should develop competency in interpretive understanding of the human condition and of the values inherent in it. This interpretive understanding should evolve into the development of insights and a critical evaluation of the meaning of life, in its everyday details as well as in its historical and universal dimensions. Through this development students should acquire knowledge of and concern for the humanistic values that motivate and inform all humanistic studies.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences courses develop students' understanding of the diverse personal, interpersonal, and societal forces that shape people's lives and teach them how to approach these subjects through the concepts, principles, and methods of scientific inquiry. The general goal is a theoretical understanding of the interrelationships of the determinants of the organization of human behavior. These courses are expected to introduce students to the scientific analysis of:

  • the forms, practices, and theories of politics;
  • the nature and operation of economic analysis;
  • the interrelationships of social institutions;
  • the dynamics of individual and group behavior and change; and
  • the processes and functions of human communication.

Through the application of the methodologies of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, students should develop an understanding of the multiple nature of causality in social settings. The Social and Behavioral Sciences require a comprehensive, integrative, empirical, and theoretical view of the social world.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminars (FYS) are designed to engage students in learning, acquaint them with the learning tools and resources and orient them to the scholarly community from the outset of their undergraduate studies in a way that will bridge to later experiences in their chosen majors. In addition, the FYS facilitate students' adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life and introduce them to their responsibilities as members of the University community. The seminars are conducted in small sections, thus providing opportunities for students to develop relationships with full-time faculty and other students in academic areas of interest to them.

Each baccalaureate student must complete at least 1 credit of the First-Year Seminar. Some colleges may, however, call for the completion of more than 1 credit of the FYS. Students will typically enroll in the FYS offered by the college in which they plan to graduate. If a student changes his/her college of enrollment, it is not necessary to retake the FYS offered by the new college.

United States Cultures

A course that fulfills the United States Cultures requirement must strive to increase students' understanding of contemporary United States society. Such a course need not focus exclusively on the present and may concern a historical subject.

Courses with the United States Cultures designation will include two or more of the following components and will include those components in the graded evaluation of student performance:

  • Cultivate student knowledge of issues of social identity such as ethnicity, race, class, religion, gender, physical/mental disability, age, or sexual orientation;
  • Convey to students knowledge of different United States values, traditions, beliefs, and customs
  • Increase student knowledge of the range of United States cultural achievements and human conditions through time;
  • Increase student knowledge of United States social identities not in isolation, but in relation to one another (for example, the interaction of race or gender with socioeconomic status).

International Cultures

A course that fulfills the International Cultures requirement must strive to increase student knowledge of the variety of international societies and may deal to some extent with U.S. culture in its international connections. It need not focus exclusively on the present and may, indeed, be a historical subject. Courses with the International Cultures designation will do two or more of the following:

  • Cultivate student knowledge of the similarities and differences among international cultures;
  • Convey to students knowledge of other nations' cultural values, traditions, beliefs, and customs;
  • Increase students' knowledge of the range of international cultural achievements and human conditions through time;
  • Increase students' knowledge of nations and cultures not in isolation, but in relation to one another.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Developing the skill to communicate by means of the written word is extremely important. Courses other than General Education English composition courses emphasize the ability of students to write. Students are required to complete at least 3 credits of writing-intensive courses offered within their major or college of enrollment.

Typically, "W" courses include writing assignments that relate clearly to the course objectives and serve as effective instruments for learning the subject matter of the course. In writing-intensive courses, assignments are designed to help students investigate the course subject matter, gain experience in interpreting data or the results of research, shape writing for a particular audience, or practice the type of writing associated with a given profession or discipline.

Opportunities for students to receive written feedback from the instructor and to apply the instructor's feedback to their future writing are built into the writing courses. A writing-intensive course may also include peer review of written work, tutorial assistance, instructor conferences, teaching assistant feedback, and eClassroom discussions of assigned readings about writing.

General Education provides students with a broad, common foundation of study upon which to build an undergraduate education. The program develops students¡¯ capacity to communicate their ability to critically think and solve problems, to comprehend and contribute to diverse and global perspectives, to be a steward of life-long learning, and to advance public opportunity.

Courses in the General Education program will develop your communication skills and skills and abilities related to the following four areas:

• Critical Inquiry and Problem Solving
Students will develop and communicate a range of interests and curiosities, engaging those interests and curiosities through critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.

• Public Opportunity
Students will identify the resources and articulate the subsequent value of civic and community engagement.

• Diverse and Global Perspectives
Students will be exposed to diverse and global perspectives by developing and communicating an appreciation for the impact made in personal and professional lives.

• Life-Long Learning
Students will utilize the skills indicative of an effective life-long learner actively pursuing knowledge and applying new information and skills in interdisciplinary approaches.

Department of Early Childhood Education

Recognizing that early education is the basis for later learning, Pacific InterContinental College (PIC) Department of Early Childhood Education prepares students to teach children at the early childhood and childhood levels, including children whose primary languages are not English, and collaborates in the preparation of teachers of special subjects (art, music) from pre-K through 6th grade schools at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our Mission

We are a community of Early Childhood educators committed to equity, collaboration and excellence in field-based teacher education, research and service.

Our Vision

As a community of Early Childhood educators we are striving to be: diverse, research-oriented, innovative, collaborative, recognized leaders in the field while maintaining our field based focus.

Our Values

We value competence, diversity, well being of child, collaboration, reflection, trailblazing innovation, commitment, inquiry, caring trust, humor and initiative.

The Department Offers Richly Unique Courses in the Following Ways:

  • Child development and developmentally appropriate practice form the foundation of all of the department's work; and
  • hybrid, asynchronous, and supportive on-line coursework is available in each of our programs.

If it is your dream to become an urban teacher at the early childhood or childhood levels, we hope that you will join our community where we each function as both teacher and learner.

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Department of Speech Communication

Education Prerequisites

Entrance into a 4-year university offering a speech communication program typically requires a high school diploma. Students must also complete a standardized test such as the ACT or SAT. Individuals interested in studying speech communications should have a solid background in English and the humanities or even public speaking and debate.

Program Coursework

Students in speech communication program learn methods for various types of communication. Some of the specific courses that might be included in a speech communications degree program are listed below:

Public speaking:

  • Communication theories
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Persuasion
  • Family communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Organizational communication
  • Popular Career Choices

Graduates of a speech communication degree program are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields. Some of the more popular choices include: Director of corporate communications, Media relations director, Speechwriter, Foreign relations officer, Lobbyist, etc.

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Department of Social Welfare

Bachelor of Science Education Major in Social Welfare focuses on preparing a generalist social worker so that graduates are prepared to work with a variety of clients in a variety of settings. Baccalaureate-level social workers work in a variety of settings ranging from schools to child welfare to mental health services and offer services including case management, client advocacy, and counseling interventions.

Goals and Objectives

To provide access to social work education to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses, and prepare students for future professional development and graduate study.

To prepare baccalaureate-level social workers for culturally-sensitive, generalist practice in an interconnected world.

To promote understanding of urban and global social problems while preparing professional workers to empower, advocate, and otherwise meet the needs of marginalized populations and work for social change.

Curriculum is conceptualized as embodying three interrelated fields of study: the core knowledge, that is knowledge and information explaining the social work orientation; practice knowledge, that is knowledge of specific practice skills, techniques, environments and client circumstances; and, application, that is knowledge informed by the interplay between the core and practice bases and real life situations and experiences.

The BED Major in Social Welfare provides strong preparation for many careers in child welfare services, developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol programs, family services, services to the aged, and services in elementary and secondary schools. The degree also serves as a useful Pre-professional major for education, law, public health, public policy, and related fields.

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Department of Education Management

The Bachelor of Science in General Education Major in Educational Management goal is to prepare and graduate capable, skillful, and dynamic educational leaders for a diverse society. Through use of theory and practice we aim to develop change agents and role models for socially-just educational systems.

Work offered is primarily for graduate students working toward the Master of Arts, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The Department of Educational Management prepares

  • personnel for administrative positions in the public schools,
  • administrators for positions in higher education, and
  • educational management specialists for non-school positions in business, industry, and government. In addition, the department provides service courses in the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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Department of Physical Education

Physical Education is the process by which changes in the individual are bought about through movements experiences. Physical Education aims not only at physical development but is also concerned with education of the whole person through physical activities.

Pacific InterContinental College (PIC) provides the necessary pedagogical and kinesiological skills so that children and youths will be able to perform these lifestyle activities in a safe and efficient manner.

Mission:

The mission of the physical education major is to prepare students for teaching physical education in the schools, in addition to provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the college community by promoting physical fitness, wellness and lifetime activity skills. The aim of the department is to contribute to the total education of all students through the medium of physical activity. The program provides an opportunity for instruction and experience in a variety of activities on all levels. It is our hope that participation in this program will foster an understanding of movement and the pleasure of exercise and will enhance, by practice, qualities of good sportsmanship, leadership, and cooperation in team play. Students are also encouraged to develop skill and interest in a variety of activities that can be enjoyed after graduation.

Goals:

  • To provide an environment that supports students in becoming self-directed learners, critical thinkers and good communicators.
  • To promote the lifelong involvement of students in their community and professions.
  • To develop faculty/student connections that supports the educational experience
  • To provide students with the opportunity to attain physical fitness and wellness.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms (motor skills).
  • Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills (learning concepts).
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness (is physically fit).
  • Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings (personal and social skills).
  • Demonstrates understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity setting (diversity).
  • Understands the physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction (values exercise)

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Department of Civil Engineering

The main mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to educate engineers who can contribute to sustainable development and construction of environmentally friendly world.

Students are able to prepare their own future through the courses offered in Civil Engineering and/or Environmental Engineering. We offer degree courses in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Our students have a variety of opportunity to join construction and/or environment industries through the SANDWICH (a long term practice education at industries), internship, and site-practice programs on industries and worldwide.

Our major offers courses for broadening the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering for freshman and sophomore levels. Educational goals of this level are for adapting to various engineering environments in future.

General science courses are offered in the PIC major or other schools/departments at the College.

Junior and senior level courses are designed for career needs of the students in two major fields.

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College of Business Administration

Department of Public Administration

Online Public Administration Degree – Curriculum

From ethics and social issues to government operations and fiscal management, the courses that make up the online public administration degree curriculum will advance your understanding of key topics in the field. Courses introduce you to current public sector issues and explore methods for effective analysis and management. The breadth of the public administration curriculum creates a strong base for a public administration career.

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Department of Business Administration

Department of Business Administration Major: Management (BSBA in Business Management)

Business Administration: Management Concentration

The Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration prepares students with the skills necessary to meet today's business demands and those for the future. This major provides students with a solid business core that includes an extensive background in the functional areas of marketing, finance, accounting, and management; an understanding of the business environment to include the legal, economic, behavioral, human resource, ethical, and international aspects; technical skills in information systems and quantitative analysis; and the ability to communicate, integrate and synthesize. Students select one of six alternative areas of concentration from among Management, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The degree focuses on integrating theory and practice, so that graduates possess the ability to communicate effectively, understand the internal and external environments of business, appreciate the legal, ethical, strategic and behavioral contexts of business decisions, and understand the financial and economic dynamics which constitute the context for business activity. The selection of an appropriate area of concentration gives students an edge in a particular business area of interest, while not minimizing the broad general business education they will need now and in the future. Graduates profit from the technological emphasis of the College, which helps to better prepare them for their career choices, including continued study in a graduate program.

Career Opportunities
Supervisory/management positions within a variety of business environments, and for other related positions of interest. Preparation in international business will afford graduates the skills and abilities to seek positions with multi-national corporations. Elective courses, including participation in an internship with a business of the student's choice will further increase a graduate's marketability.

Recommended High School Subjects

English and mathematics courses (including algebra).

Transfer Procedures
All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the B.S.

Program Goals
A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • understand how to plan, organize, lead, and control within an organizational setting.
  • increase their individual knowledge and understanding of self, the dynamics of group and team interactions, and their impact upon productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • recognize the skills and techniques needed for problem solving and decision making.
  • understand the application of laws and the legal system to the business environment.
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • understand basic statistical and quantitative analysis and their application the business environment.understand the international arena and its current role and impact on business.
  • recognize the importance of business ethics and social responsibility to business operations.
  • understand basic accounting methods and their business applications.
  • utilize financial analysis within a business environment.
  • analyze business operations using information systems.
  • identify the broad functions of marketing and their applications to business.
  • apply the strategic management process to an analysis of the current business environment, identifying and forecasting trends, and making recommendations on preferred courses of action.

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Department of Real Estate

Careers in Real Estate

Real Estate as a career encompasses a wide range of activities - from development and construction to financing; from brokerage and leasing to property management; from appraisal and assessment to insurance and regulation; from research to urban planning, government affairs and more. Job responsibilities vary by function and can be office-based or in the field. Qualifications also vary from licensing and certification to advanced degrees.

Why Real Estate?

Real estate and construction represent more than 15 percent of the United States economy. The industry is as large as health care and larger than agriculture, government, manufacturing and arts/entertainment. As a profession, real estate is a complex web that includes development, design, engineering, construction, finance, marketing, property management, manufacturing and a host of supporting services businesses.

Why PIC USA?

As a student, you'll do concentrated coursework in all aspects of the real estate enterprise. As a graduate, you'll work in public or private industry in real estate development, appraisal, corporate real estate asset management, real estate analysis or other important areas. Real Estate aligns the compelling challenges of the 21st century with the talents of PIC USA. The initiative will benefit our communities and change lives through education by:

Contributing to knowledge of economic growth in the region and nation.

Co-creating knowledge and industry understanding through the combined efforts of faculty and industry experts. Attracting talented academic and business leaders. Applying the latest technology and research to critical issues.

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Department of Law

Bachelor of Arts in Law

An Online Degree in Law

Many occupations today require at least some legal knowledge and notion of the law. With a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, you will not only learn about the law, legal principles, and legal systems and processes in the United States, but you can also become skillful in logic, rhetoric, research and legal writing. These versatile skills can help you develop your legal or law enforcement career in a variety of organizations including nonprofit organizations, regulatory agencies, small businesses, public offices, or even the military.

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College of Arts & Culture

Department of Applied Music

Introduction

The B.A. in Music with Applied Emphasis appeals to students seeking a liberal arts degree that includes both academic rigor in music as well as applied study and ensemble experiences. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music Program is a requirement of all music majors, and included in the curriculum of many performing arts courses of study. This degree affords students the opportunity to hone performance skills and gain an increased knowledge of applied pedagogy. This emphasis does require a School of Music entrance audition.

Students will be electronically involved in a main stage production which requires vocal or instrumental performance during the intended semester of study.

Students will use the final two years of their undergraduate experience to explore courses that complement their music studies, preparing them for range of career options, such as:

  • Private teaching/Studio development
  • Freelance performance
  • Band leader/Contractor
  • Audio/MIDI recording and editing
  • Web Commerce
  • Nonprofit arts management
  • Promotion/Public relations
  • Special events coordinator
  • Music publishing
  • Artist relations
  • Recruiting/Outreach coordinator

Other students would be pursuing a classic liberal arts degree with a music emphasis, preparing for a variety of graduate school and career options.

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Department of Music Education

Our Music Department provides students a wide range of opportunities to learn about music and grow as a performer. Our instructors bring a wealth of diverse skills and approaches to their teaching. Their shared teaching goals include:

  • Giving students a solid foundation to all facets of music.
  • Providing a range of performance and creative opportunities.
  • Offering diverse music theory and digital music courses.
  • Creating a dynamic, rich learning environment for students to pursue their passion for music and performing.

Our curriculum is modeled on the best features of a music conservatory, but we are small enough to offer personal attention.

Music lessons constitute two credits, and are graded. They carry the additional requirement of taking a music theory course during the first or second semester of study, and performing in a College ensemble for the first four semesters of study. Students must audition for lessons, demonstrating at least a moderate facility with their instrument.Beginning vocalists and pianists may take Basic Vocal Skills or Basic Keyboard Skills, which are one-credit lessons designed for students with minimal background. They require a music theory course as either a prerequisite or parallel registration.Whether you are contemplating a career in music or simply enjoy learning and making music, the department is here for you.

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School of Oriental Medicine

BA in Oriental Medicine

PIC offers 52 quarter units in Oriental Medicine courses to prepare students for clinic internship and patient management.

Course No. Course Title Units Hours
OM211 History of A.M 2 20
OM212 Fundamental Theory of A.M 3 30
OM213 Diagnostics 3 30
OM214 Terminology 2 20
OM215 Essential of T.A.M 1 3 30
OM216 Essential of T.A.M 2  3 30
OM217 Essential of T.A.M 3  3 30
OM218 Essential of T.A.M 4  3 30
OM311 Oriental Internal Medicine 1 3 30
OM312 Oriental Internal Medicine 2  3 30
OM313 Oriental Internal Medicine 3  3 30
OM314 Oriental Internal Medicine 4  3 30
OM411 Treasured References 3 30
OM412 Chinese Philosophy Qi Gong 3 30
OM413/OM417 Tai-Chi & Tui Na 1.5/1.5 30
OM414 Oriental & Western Food Therapy & Nutrition 3 30
OM415 Weng Bing/Shang Han 3 30
OM416 Jin Gui/Nei Jing 3 30
 Total 52 520

 

Other Courses Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education major in SNPE

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