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Course Catalog

Arrupe College students are required to complete at least 62 credit hours successfully in order to be awarded an Associate’s degree.  These 62 credit hours are composed of twenty 3 credit classes, one 4 credit hour lecture with a lab component, and one First Year Seminar (1 cr).  Because the aim of Arrupe College is to prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year institution, most of the classes students take are easily transferable, general education courses.  However, in addition to these core requirements students also choose to pursue one of three academic plans, each with its own unique set of requirements.   

Students are encouraged to review their program requirements with an academic advisor before each registration period.  Below are links to tracking sheets that will help guide course selection by academic plan.

Liberal Arts core

Liberal Arts premajors

Social & Behavioral Sciences core (excludes PreNursing)

Social & Behavioral Sciences premajors (excludes PreNursing)

PreNursing core & premajor

Business core & premajor

Arrupe College offers more than three dozen classes, each taught by a professor who is an expert in the field. The courses—which include literature, math, history, and several other topics—help build strong communicators, critical thinkers, and ethical leaders. Below is a listing of the classes now available at Arrupe.



ACACT 201 Introductory Accounting I

(3 credit hours)

Corequisite: ACMAT 117 PreCalculus (Take ACMAT 117 either before ACACT 201 or during the same semester.)

The major emphasis is on the development and reporting of accounting information for use by investors, creditors, and others. The student is required to develop skills in the preparation and use of accounting information and must demonstrate an understanding of the accounting process, and be able to evaluate the impact of estimates, alternative accounting principles, and the limitations of the accounting model on accounting information. Topics include preparation and use of financial statements, the accounting process, and the measurement and reporting of income, assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity.

Outcomes: The student will be able to understand the underlying principles, design, concepts, limitations, and the necessity of accounting systems. The student will gain an appreciation of the uses of financial data and financial statements and their impact on business decisions.

ACACT 202 Introductory Accounting II

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACACT 201 Introductory Accounting I with a C- or above, ACMAT 117 PreCalculus with a C- or above

This course highlights the differences between financial accounting and managerial accounting. The course begins by completing the study of transactions and events affecting financial statements. The cash flow statement is then explored in some detail. Finally, financial statement analysis as traditionally practiced, is considered a capstone for financial accounting. The course then focuses on the use of accounting data by management. Product costing in a manufacturing setting, assigning of costs to objects, learning how costs behave, and the use of accounting data by management in planning operations, controlling operations, and in short term decision making are all investigated.

Outcomes: The student will be able to understand the differences between cash and accrual accounting, the use of ratio analysis in investing and managing decisions, the value and importance of identifying and allocating costs, and the methods involved in the budgeting process.



ACBIO 100 Introductory Biology

(3 credit hours)

This course will expose students to the breadth of biological concepts by including cell and molecular biology, organismal structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution, and ecology. The course will engage students in science as a structured process that generates and refines knowledge through evidence-based decisions. It will emphasize the value and contributions of life science to society. Inclusion of scientific process skills development and the importance of science to society will account for 25% of the course.


ACCHM 100 Introductory Chemistry

(3 credit hours)

A course emphasizing the general principles and theories of chemistry, including fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, atomic structure and states of matter, bonding, stoichiometry, acid-base concepts, periodicity and solution chemistry.

IAI Code: P1 902


ACCOM 101 Oral Communication and Presentation

(3 credit hours)

This course is designed to supply students with an understanding of critical thinking practices, foundational tenets of communication theory, the skills of public address and persuasion, the role of visual aids in effective presentation, and a sense of the social responsibility that comes with the capacity for communication.

Outcomes: Students gain skills in public speaking, preparing a presentation, including visual aids, and critical listening, thinking, and speaking.

IAI Code: C2 900

ACCOM 201 Introduction to Communication

(3 credit hours)

This course gives a general and theoretical overview of communication. By approaching communication through a critical and historical lens, students will acquire a foundation for further study and practice in communication.

Outcomes: Students will have an understanding of the nature and structure of communication and be able to critically evaluate oral and written communications.

IAI Code: MC 911

ACCOM 205 Communication and New Media

(3 credit hours)

This course explores the way technology affects personal, cultural, and mass communication through examining the historical, societal, and ethical implications of new and interactive forms of media.

Outcomes: Students use audio, video and digital tools to research and produce essays, projects and presentations that analyze the impact of technology on communication.

Criminal Justice

ACCRJ 201 The Criminal Justice System

(3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of the development and operations of the US criminal justice system. Attention will be focused on law enforcement, judicial organization, and correctional processes. The course will also consider the nature and extent of crime and will survey main theories of criminal behavior.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure and challenges facing the criminal justice system from historical, interdisciplinary, and inter-agency relationship perspectives.

IAI Code: CRJ 901

ACCRJ 204 Corrections

(3 credit hours)

This course examines the history, functions, and processes of corrections. The primary focus is institutional corrections and its evolution based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation. The role and influence of community correctional practices and policy on institutional corrections are also covered.

Outcomes: Students will be able to identify and describe the role of institutional corrections in society and the criminal justice system and articulate the connection between theories regarding criminality and the purposes of incarceration that have historically guided and continue to guide American correctional practice historically and currently.

IAI Code: CRJ 911


ACECO 201 Microeconomics

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to demand and supply, consumer choice, price analysis in alternative industrial organizations, and the distribution of income.

Outcomes: Students will be able to think critically about price formation in different market structures, and how prices, household incomes and income distribution in a diverse society are determined with interpretations based on the concepts of opportunity costs and decision making under uncertainty.

IAI Code: S3 902

ACECO 202 Macroeconomics

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to national product, its components, money and the real sectors and business fluctuations.

Outcomes: The students will be able to think critically about the economic environment of the nation and to measure growth, unemployment, inflation, fiscal and monetary policies of the government, to ultimately understand economic stability and the welfare of the individual citizen.

IAI Code: S3 901

English (Literature)

ACENG 110 Interpreting Literature

(3 credit hours)

This is a foundational course in literary studies requiring students to read closely and analyze carefully a representative variety of prose, poetry, and drama; master key literary and critical terms; and explore a variety of core critical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of literature.

Outcomes: Students will understand the structure and techniques of different literary forms and will be able to analyze the content of literary works with respect to the authors’ purposes and meaning.

IAI Code: H3 900

ACENG 271 Introduction to Poetry

(3 credit hours)

This class offers you the opportunity to become proficient in close reading and critical analysis of poetry from several different periods of wildly varying style and content.

IAI Code: H3 903

ACENG 273 Introduction to Fiction

(3 credit hours)

This course explores how narratives are constructed and mediated and how they influence us—with or without our knowledge or consent. Narrative fiction permeates our lives in a staggering variety of forms experienced live, in print, and on screens of all kinds. Through comparison of ‘old media’ and ‘new media’ narratives, we will investigate the literary, political, ethical, social, and technological dimensions of texts, such as war stories told in print, film, and video games; domestic dramas told through short stories and interactive dramas; and political fiction in novels and on Twitter. These comparisons will highlight the strengths, weaknesses, and cultural uses of media formats for fiction and put traditional narrative theory to the test. Analyzing narrative fictions by reading, viewing, playing, discussing, reading about, and writing about them, we will become more aware, articulate, and purposeful in our daily engagements with fictional and non-fictional narratives. Requirements include consistent participation, a short paper (4pp), a long paper (8pp), a discussion lead, a midterm, and a final.

IAI Code: H3 901

ACENG 274 Introduction to the Plays of Shakespeare

(3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the dramatic works of Shakespeare as literature and as theater, covering at least three of the four genres (comedy, history, tragedy, romance). The class experience includes attendance at and discussion of live performances.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the theatrical works of Shakespeare; such elements of drama as plot, character, theme, imagery, and verse forms; and the personal, political and theatrical world in which Shakespeare lived and worked.

IAI Code: H3 905

ACENG 275 American Literature since 1865

(3 credit hours)

This course examines American literature following the Civil War, during the early twentieth century, and since the end of the Second World War.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the literature of these periods in American history and familiarity with critical perspectives on the works studied, as well as an understanding of the personal, cultural, and political experience of America's diverse population as it is reflected in the literature of the period.

IAI Code: H3 914

ACENG 276 Writing the Self

(3 credit hours)

In this course, we will study nonfiction prose from a range of times and places. To focus our studies, we will investigate how a wide variety of authors have used writing to express, explore, and create a sense of self. When sharing their lives with an audience of readers, how do these authors navigate the territory between the private and public spheres, between internal experience and external reality, between self and environment? To answer this question, we will read a variety of nonfiction forms including diaries, essays, autobiographies, and graphic memoirs. Throughout the course, we will discuss issues of literary meaning, form, and value.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate inquiry and pursue self-directed learning, master key literary terms, read for comprehension, read for analysis, and argue for a literary interpretation.

IAI Code:  H3 904

Environmental Science

ACISC 101 Interdisciplinary Science: Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues

(3 credit hours)

The foundational course in science is predicated on the view that understanding environmental issues and their underlying scientific principles will occupy a central role in our students' lives and will be critical in their development as informed and participating members of society. The overarching strategy of the course will be to frame environmental science in terms of a series of interacting systems to allow students to analyze a variety of environmental issues.

Outcomes: 1) Exhibit knowledge of the nature of the four Earth systems 2) Draw inferences from evidence, constructing testable and falsifiable hypotheses and analyzing data.3) Understand the role of energy and thermodynamics in ecosystems; 4) Understand and describe important cycles in nature.

IAI Code: LP 900

ACISC 102 Interdisciplinary Science: Environmental Processes, Challenges, and Methods 

(4 credit hours)

This course combines lectures and laboratory-based inquiry. The lecture portion of this course will examine the scientific issues underlying a series of significant threats to the planet. These include the loss of biodiversity, ensuring access to a stable supply of food and water for all of the Earth's inhabitants, climate change, and the demands for energy and other resources. In addition to learning the relevant science for these issues, students will investigate possible responses to these planetary threats.

The laboratory portion of the course will provide students with the opportunity to learn basic and intermediate lab skills commonly used in environmental science, including measuring properties of matter, analyzing soil, water and atmospheric samples, as well as the mathematics needed to analyze data and draw inferences from evidence.

Outcomes: Students will understand the nature of contemporary environmental challenges, both as scientific and social problems. Students will master basic scientific techniques related to the study of the environment.

IAI Code: LP 901L

Fine Arts

ACFNA 100 Art and Visual Culture

(3 credit hours)

A survey of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) as they transmit cultural traditions and humanistic and aesthetic values. Examines historical, social and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of works of art.

Outcomes: Introduce students to an appreciation of the visual arts through an inter cultural, social/historical approach. Emphasize the nature of the creative process, integrating a study of the conceptual principles, with methods and materials which influence artistic critical thinking, problem solving, exploration, and discovery.

IAI Code: F2 900

ACFNA 105 Western Art: Renaissance to Modern

(3 credit hours)

A general survey which explores the development of art in Western culture from the Renaissance to modern art in the twentieth century.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ideas, formal expressions, themes, techniques, and functions of art in relation to their cultural, social, and historical contexts. Students acquire the skills to critically analyze the relationships between various art forms and their relation to historical cultures.

IAI Code: F2 901

ACFNA 112 Foundation Studio: Two Dimensional Design

(3 credit hours)

This course explores the fundamental organizational systems of intentional visual expression through purposeful making of, and critical response to, traditional design concepts. The elements of art and the principles of design will be experienced through a range of media both tactile and digital, with emphasis on spatial perception, color theory, and visual communication.

Outcomes: Students will recognize and experience the core concepts and practices of visual communication through hands-on exercises and projects addressing observation and perception, composition, transformation and manipulation of the picture plane, sequence and narrative, and the physical and communicative properties of pigment and color. Students will further engage these concepts through critical examination of images, texts, and objects representing a wide array of contemporary and historical visual culture.

IAI Code: ART 907


ACHIS 101 Western Civilization to the 17th Century

(3 credit hours)

This course traces the early development of Western civilization from the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, the medieval civilization(s), and the European Renaissance and Reformation.

Outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline, be able to place Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in historical context, explain the expansion of the West, and develop critical thinking and communications skills.

IAI Code: S2 902

ACHIS 102 Western Civilization from the 17th Century

(3 credit hours)

This course traces the development and of western civilization and its global impact from the seventeenth century to the present.

Outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline and develop critical thinking skills based on historical knowledge about the key people, places, and events that shaped the modern world.

IAI Code: S2 903

ACHIS 201 US History to 1865

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the colonial era through the Civil War.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Native American societies, the impact of European colonization, the creation and evolution of democratic institutions in a multicultural society, the geographic expansion of the United States, and the impact of slavery.

IAI Code: H2 904

ACHIS 202 US History since 1865

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the United States became a modern industrial society, the emergence and evolution of the modern welfare state, the rise of the United States as a global power, and the impact of controversies over civil rights and liberties on American society.

IAI Code: H2 905

Information Systems

ACINF 247 Introduction to Information Systems

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to using information technology to support business processes.

Outcomes: Students will understand the purpose and composition of information systems and develop expertise in the use information technology to develop business spreadsheets and database applications.


ACMAT 100 Fundamentals of Math

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the foundations of algebra.  Topics include the real number system operations, variable expressions, linear equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations in two variables, slope and equations of a line, exponents and polynomials, applications of proportion, percent and the use of formulas to develop problem solving skills.

Outcomes: Students will evaluate variable expressions. Students will solve and graph linear equations in two variables. Students will apply ratios and proportions

ACMAT 117 PreCalculus I

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACMAT 100 with a "C-" or better or a Math Placement Exam score of 45 or higher

This course covers algebraic topics ranging from functions and their applications to complex numbers to inverse functions to the fundamental theorem of algebra.

Outcomes: Students who plan to study calculus will obtain the algebraic background needed.

ACMAT 118 PreCalculus II

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACMAT 117 with a "C-" or better or a Math Placement Exam score of 60 or higher

This course is a continuation of MATH 117 focusing on exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions, their graphs, and their properties. Techniques for solving equalities involving these functions are examined. Trigonometric identities, sum and difference formulas, double and half-angle formulas, the Laws of Sines and Cosines, and polar coordinates are also considered.

Outcomes: Students will build and improve their skills in algebra and precalculus topics in order to be able solve a variety of problems. The content and the strategies students will learn will prepare them to be successful in Calculus and courses beyond. Students will frequently be asked to express their mathematical thinking orally and in writing by working in groups and explaining their work. 

ACMAT 161 Calculus I

(4 credit hours)

This course is under development and will be offered in the future.


ACPHI 130 Philosophy and Persons

(3 credit hours)

This course examines the way philosophy looks for fundamental characteristics that identify life as a properly human life, asks about its ultimate meaning or purpose, and raises questions about what counts as a good life.

Outcomes: Students will be able to explain a claim to truth, to explain theories of value in human life, and to describe theories of the metaphysical nature of human persons.

IAI Code: H4 900

ACPHI 205 The Person and Society

(3 credit hours)

A contemporary look at the origins of social problems, democracy movements (both domestic and international), and the role of government in society.

Outcomes: Students will understand the moral bases of social activity and have the ability to relate individual responsibilities with life in a society.

IAI Code: H4 901

ACPHI 274 Logic

(3 credit hours)

Study of the rules of judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context.  Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consequences of a given set of statements is included.  Logical analysis is applied to problems dealing with knowledge of reality.

Outcomes: Students will be able to formally analyze, evaluate and demonstrate the various aspects of argumentation.

IAI Code: H4 906

ACPHI 281 Ethics

(3 credit hours)

This course is a general introduction to ethics and moral philosophy.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life.

IAI Code: H4 904

Political Science

ACPOL 101 American Government and Citizenship

(3 credit hours)

This course examine American national government and politics, including institutions, group and electoral processes, and public policy. An underlying theme throughout the course identifies the rights and responsibilities of citizens within the American political system.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the American political system, the patterns of political participation and behavior of diverse individuals and groups in American society, and evaluate the roles and processes of U.S. political institutions.

IAI Code: S5 900

ACPOL 200 Introduction to Political Thought

(3 credit hours)

An introduction to political thought, covering the principal ideas, controversies and institutions of political society. Authors covered include Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Hobbes, and Marx.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of major approaches to the normative study of politics, to identify the assumptions underlying philosophical arguments, and to critically assess different theories of political justice.

IAI Code: S5 903

ACPOL 202 International Relations

(3 credit hours)

Competing perspectives on international politics and global issues such as North-South relations, human rights, war and peace, population growth, and environmentalism.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main approaches to the study of international politics and to analyze and assess such major substantive issues as interstate war, terrorism, arms control, international political economy and sustainable development.

IAI Code: S5 904


ACPSY 201 General Psychology

(3 credit hours)

Introduction to concepts, theories, and methods in psychology. Emphasis is given to the scientific study of consciousness and human behavior. Topics include: human development, learning, thinking, perception, personality, testing, mental illness and mental health, biological and social aspects of behavior.

Outcomes: Students will master basic concepts and key theories and learn to apply them to real-world situations.

IAI Code: S6 900

ACPSY 273 Developmental Psychology

(3 credit hours)

This course is under development and will be offered in the future.

ACPSY 275 Social Psychology

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACPSY 201 General Psychology

This course is an introduction to the field of social psychology, which seeks to understand human behavior by viewing it within its social and cultural context.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of cultural and social group differences, which is critical to the development of inter-cultural understanding and the reduction of inter-group (or inter-cultural) conflict.

IAI Code: S8 900

ACPSY 280 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACPSY 201 General Psychology

Nature and causes of maladjustment and mental disorders. History of mental illness, diagnosis, research, and treatment of mental disorders.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of current approaches to researching maladaptive behavior, current views of maladaptive behavior, major categories of mental disorders, factors contributing to development of problems, different types of intervention strategies, and appreciation of social, ethical, and legal issues.

IAI Code: PSY 905


ACSTA 101 Statistics

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACMAT 100 or Math Placement score of 30 or higher

This course provides an introduction to statistical reasoning and techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications in economics, education, genetics, medicine, physics, political science, and psychology.

Outcomes: Students will obtain a background in the fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics along with an understanding of their uses and misuses.

IAI Code: M1 902


ACTHE 101 Introduction to Christian Theology

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.

Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.

ACTHE 107 Introduction to Religious Studies

(3 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to the contemporary field of religious studies.

Outcomes: Students will be able to analyze and interpret various ways in which religious traditions intersect with contemporary issues.

IAI Code: H5 900



University Courses


ACUNI 101 First Year Seminar

(1 credit hours)

This course introduces students to college life, especially that of an Arrupe student. The course focuses on Ignatian spirituality, community building, goal setting and attainment, academic success strategies, and task initiation.

Required for all Arrupe College First Year Students.

ACUNI 102 Academic Success Strategies

(1 credit hours)

Designed to strengthen students' academic skills so that they can become more effective learners. By completing class readings and participating in class discussions and activities, students will learn and practice relevant and productive study strategies. Additionally, students will reflect on the motivations, achievements, and obstacles they encounter while working to become more successful students.  

Outcomes: Time management, motivation maintenance, study skills, and college resources

ACUNI 201 A Journey in the Spirit of Ignatius

(1 credit hours)

The purpose of the sophomore seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to utilize Ignatian values and reflective practices to identify their values, accomplishments and future personal, academic and or professional goals.

Restricted to Arrupe Sophomores.

Outcomes: Students will reflect upon how Ignatian values connect to their personal experiences and how they see themselves becoming persons for others.

Writing and Rhetoric

ACWRI 105 College Writing I

(3 credit hours)

College Writing I is designed to help first-year Arrupe students understand and meet college expectations for writing.

Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate an effective process for invention, drafting, and revision to produce polished academic work; communicate using written modes appropriate to audience and purpose; and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate texts.

Students will complete at least four polished papers during this course. Activities will also include informal writing, invention exercises, and responding to peer and instructor feedback. At least 60% of the final grade will be based on formal, graded writing assignments.

Arrupe Program Outcomes:  Written & Oral Communication; Critical Thinking

IAI Code: C1 900

A grade of C or higher is required to receive IAI credit.

ACWRI 110 College Writing II

(3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: ACWRI 105 College Writing I

College Writing II is designed to help first-year Arrupe students understand and meet college expectations for writing.

Outcomes:  In College Writing II, students will continue to practice and strengthen their writing process, including invention, drafting, and revision. Additionally, students will demonstrate skills needed in the research process, including finding, evaluating, and integrating material from reliable sources.

Students will complete at least three polished papers, including a long final paper that requires documented, multi-source writing. Activities will also include informal writing, invention exercises, information literacy instruction, and responding to peer and instructor feedback. At least 60% of the final grade will be based on formal, graded writing assignments.

Arrupe Program Outcomes:  Written & Oral Communication; Critical Thinking

IAI Code: C1 901R

A grade of C or higher is required to receive IAI credit.