General Education Courses

Advancing your career requires focused effort and skills development. DeVry offers general education courses, also known as GE courses, that build on your education. Through these foundation courses in subject areas including English, Mathematics and Humanities, you gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, information literacy, global awareness, cultural competence and technology literacy. These courses introduce you to tools and techniques to communicate strong ideas or use today's technology. So, no matter your field of study, our general education classes can help prepare you for what's next.

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Career Development Courses

Career Development^
Credit Hours: 2

This course will help to prepare you for your job search.

  • Learn about career strategies and resources
  • Look at ways to maximize your long-term job growth
  • Perform self-assessment and goal-setting activities
  • Apply research and evaluation skills to execute job search and advancement strategies
  • Create a professional portfolio highlighting achievements and goals

This course must be taken at DeVry.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 40 semester-credit hours

Career Development^
Credit Hours: 2

This course will help you to plan for your career and learn to maximize your potential. Course topics include:

  • Self-assessment and goal-setting activities
  • Research and evaluation activities to help you with your job search and career advancement strategies
  • Creating a professional portfolio that highlights achievements, goals and concrete plans

This course must be taken at DeVry. Students who receive credit for this course may not also receive credit for CARD415.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 89 semester-credit hours

Career Development Strategies^
Credit Hours: 1

This course builds your career development strategies. It builds on skills learned throughout your courses and applies them to your field. The course uses case studies, videos, role plays and discussion of business literature. You can develop personal strengths and aspirations. And you can build your skills as a communicator, problem-solver and teammate. This course must be taken at DeVry. Students who receive credit for this course may not also receive credit for CARD405.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 78 semester-credit hours and CARD205

Communications Courses

Senior Project I
Credit Hours: 2

In the senior project, students propose and begin developing an original thesis paper.

The paper should focus on a critical issue within their area of concentration. Students apply conceptual and practical knowledge and skills, and develop relevant competencies in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication

This is the first in a two-course sequence.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 89 semester-credit hours and ENGL135 and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Senior Project II
Credit Hours: 2

In the senior project, students complete, prepare and present an original thesis paper. The paper should focus on a critical issue within their area of concentration. Students apply conceptual and practical knowledge and skills, and develop relevant competencies in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication

This is the second in a two-course sequence.

PREREQUISITE(S): COMM491

Critical Thinking Courses

Critical Thinking and Problem-solving^
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches methods and skills needed for academic and professional success. These include:

  • Instruction and practice exercises in critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Analysis of critical reading and reasoning
  • Examination of problem-solving methodologies
  • Teamwork exercises to identify and resolve problems
  • Use of research to gather and analyze options

This course must be taken at DeVry.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Economics Courses

Principles of Economics^
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic concepts and issues in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Topics include: • Microeconomic concepts, such as supply and demand and the theory of the firm. These concepts serve as foundations for analyzing macroeconomic issues

  • Macroeconomic topics including:
    • Gross domestic product (GDP)
    • Fiscal and monetary policy
    • International trade and exchange rates
    • Analyzing and applying economic variables to real-world scenarios

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL112 or ENGL113; and MATH114 or MATH116

English Composition Courses

Introduction to Reading and Writing^
Credit Hours: 4

This course enhances your reading and writing skills. This can help you to successfully complete other courses in your program. It focuses on:

  • Process-based activities designed to develop pre-reading, reading and responding skills
  • Pre-writing, writing and revising skills that promote critical thinking
  • Grammar that is integral to the writing process
  • An integrated approach that links reading with writing

The minimum requirement to pass this course is 80 percent, and grades of C and D are not assigned. The final grade earned in this course is not used in GPA calculations. Credit hours earned are not applicable to credit hours required for graduation.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results

Composition with Lab^
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces elements of composition. It uses analysis of essays, articles and other written works. The course uses readings as models for writing practice and development. Writing assignments stress process approaches, revision and audience awareness. Word processing and electronic communication tools support the composition process. Students who receive credit for this course may not also receive credit for ENGL112.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results or on successful completion of ENGL062.

Composition+
Credit Hours: 4

This course develops writing skills through analysis of writing styles and practice.

  • Examine essays, articles and other written works
  • Write assignments that teach process approaches, organization, editing and audience awareness
  • Use word processing and web-based tools

Students who receive credit for this course may not also receive credit for ENGL108.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results or on successful completion of ENGL062

Composition
Credit Hours: 3

This course develops writing skills through analysis of writing styles and practice.

  • Examine essays, articles and other written works
  • Write assignments that teach process approaches, organization, editing and audience awareness
  • Use word processing and web-based tools

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results or successful completion of ENGL062.

Advanced Composition^+
Credit Hours: 4

This course builds on the techniques of composition. You will explore critical reading and longer, more sophisticated reports. This class includes a comprehensive library research paper. You will practice writing and editing for specific audiences. You will also learn search strategies for various print and electronic resources.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112

Advanced Composition^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on the techniques of composition. You will explore critical reading and longer, more sophisticated reports. This class includes a comprehensive library research paper. You will practice writing and editing for specific audiences. You will also learn search strategies for various print and electronic resources.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112 or ENGL113

Technical Communication^
Credit Hours: 3

Students in this course apply writing skills to common business and technical correspondence.

  • Create memos, letters and brief reports
  • Adapt written materials for oral presentation
  • Explore the research process

The highlight of the course is a brief research project presented in both written and oral forms.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112

Technical Writing^+
Credit Hours: 4

This course builds on basic writing composition principles. It focuses on common technical and workplace documents. In this course, you will apply writing process strategies for:

  • Audience analysis
  • Effective technical style
  • Organizational and effective communication strategies
  • Visual aids

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112 or ENGL113

Ethics Courses

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions^
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a framework for ethical and legal decision-making in the workplace. Topics include:

  • Ethics, social responsibility and professional codes of conduct
  • Legal and regulatory requirements
  • Case study examples from a variety of professions, including technology and healthcare

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a framework for understanding diversity and diverse populations in professional practice. Ethical principles, social responsibility, legal and regulatory requirements and professional codes of conduct are explored to help students develop clear perspectives on the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and gain a sense of ethical accountability for their behavior in the workplace. General principles are applied to professional examples such as business management, client engagement and health information technology.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112

Principles of Ethics^+
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, you will explore professional and personal dilemmas. And you will analyze the dilemmas using moral and ethical principles. The topics apply a respectful approach to issues of diversity and universality. The course also puts ethics in the social and cultural context of the world today.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135 or ENGL136

History Courses

United States History
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines American history and the American experience.

  • Defining American citizenship and government
  • Development of the nation and a national economy
  • Transformation to a world power
  • Racial issues in American society
  • Principles of justice

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135 or ENGL136

Contemporary History^
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the major 20th century historical developments in a global context. It examines political, social and technological perspectives. It establishes a context for historical events and suggests relationships among them. Also covered is the impact of technology on politics, the military and the economy.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135

Humanities Courses

Introduction to the Humanities^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces important areas in humanities. Explore the visual and performing arts, literature, history and philosophy.

  • Analyze and evaluate works of art
  • Visit cultural sites
  • Examine connections between history, culture and philosophy
  • Engage in discussions, presentations and group activities

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135 or ENGL136

Multi-Ethnic Humanities
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces vital areas of the humanities by highlighting groups, regions, and cultures traditionally underrepresented in humanities courses. Students engage with cultural products including, visual and performing arts, literature, history, and philosophy. Students analyze and interpret works and develop connections among these works and their historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts. Discussions, writing, and research activities prepare students for advanced cultural awareness and curiosity in a global society.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135 or ENGL136

Contemporary Fine Arts^
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces contemporary fine arts, primarily in areas other than literature. This may include:

  • Visual arts such as painting, sculpture, architecture and photography
  • Music, dance, film and other performance arts
  • An understanding and appreciation of these art forms
  • Relating art fields and trends to one another and to history

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135

Internship Courses

Internship I^
Credit Hours: 2

In this course, you will begin an experience in the education field. The experience will be with a local business or community organization. You will have the opportunity to acclimate to a business environment and culture. You can contribute your skills and learn from an outside team. You can gain insight through self assessment and you can get feedback from your host organization. This is the first in a two-course sequence. There is a classroom component. This course requires a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week of supervised experience at an approved external site.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 70 semester-credit hours and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Internship II^
Credit Hours: 2

In this course, you will complete your work with a business or community organization. The internship is an opportunity to apply what you've learned to a project or process. It provides an environment for developing good work habits. And it can further enhance your communication skills and self-confidence. This course is a continuation of INT481. There is a classroom component. Also required is a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week of supervised experience at an approved external site.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 70 semester-credit hours and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Legal Issues Courses

The Legal Environment^
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the North American legal system. Students explore aspects of the law as they relate to social, economic and ethical issues. Other topics include:

  • Regulatory and antitrust matters
  • Intellectual property
  • Employer-employee relationships
  • Environmental issues
  • Consumer protection
  • Distinctions between civil and criminal law

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses

Technology, Society, and Culture^+
Credit Hours: 3

Investigate the relationship between technology and society in this course.

  • Identify conditions that impact the development of technology
  • Assess the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic effects of current technology
  • Consider ethical and other issues in the use of technology

The course incorporates discussion, research, reports and presentations. It is the final course in your degree program and must be taken at DeVry.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 89 semester-credit hours and all general education requirements except courses with the prefix CARD, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Mathematics Courses

Beginning Algebra^
Credit Hours: 4

This transitional course introduces critical elements of algebra for linear equations and inequalities. The course progresses from order of operations to addition and multiplication rules for linear equations. You can then apply these rules to inequalities. The course introduces graphing in two variables, exponents, polynomials and polynomial operations. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 80 percent, and grades of C and D are not assigned. The final grade earned in this course is not used in GPA calculations. Credit hours earned are not applicable to credit hours required for graduation. Students who receive credit for this course may not also receive credit for MATH103.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results.

Algebra for College Students^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on key elements of algebra:

  • Factoring polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Radical expressions
  • Linear and quadratic functions that use application problems and modeling

The minimum requirement to pass this course is 80 percent. C and D grades are not assigned.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results, or on successful completion of MATH062 or MATH103

Algebra for College Students
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on key elements of algebra:

  • Factoring polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Radical expressions
  • Linear and quadratic functions that use application problems and modeling

The minimum requirement to pass this course is 80 percent. C and D grades are not assigned.

PREREQUISITE(S): Eligibility to enroll in the course is based on placement results, or successful completion of MATH062 or MATH103

Pre-calculus^
Credit Hours: 4

This course emphasizes concepts that form the foundation for numerous areas of study. These include electronics, engineering technology, game and simulation programming, and calculus. Topics include:

  • Quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions
  • Complex problem-solving in rectangular, trigonometric and Euler forms

Computer software and technology are used in class. The minimum requirement to pass this course is 70 percent, and grades of D are not assigned.

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114

Statistics for Decision-making^+
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides tools used for statistical analysis and decision-making in business. Learn to draw conclusions about a population with:

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential concepts

Get to know various research techniques:

  • Sampling and experiment design
  • Single and multiple sample groups

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114

Discrete Math in Information Technology
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an introduction to discrete mathematics as applied to the information technology field. Areas of application include:

  • Computer logic
  • Analysis of algorithms
  • Telecommunications
  • Probability and cryptography

Mathematical reasoning is emphasized throughout. Computer software is used in problem modeling and solutions

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH221 and NETW191

Applied Calculus
Credit Hours: 4

This applied calculus course promotes understanding computation by reducing complicated problems to simple procedures and promotes the practical value of mathematics. An emphasis is placed on interactive problem solving and concepts and modeling that offer a flexible approach to technology.

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH190

Healthcare Statistics and Research
Credit Hours: 4

This course uses an analytical approach for health information management. You will use statistical tools and biomedical research methods. You will organize health data using:

  • Descriptive statistics
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Inferential statistical concepts
  • Research design and protocols
  • Epidemiological principles (these help to determine the rate of disease occurrence in populations)

PREREQUISITE(S): HIT230 and MATH221

Physics Courses

Applied Physics with Lab^
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers the basics of force and motion, matter and energy, energy conversion, electricity and magnetism, heat and light. Use of transducers for performing physical measurements associated with these concepts is incorporated. Logarithms and trigonometry are introduced for analyzing problems in nature.

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114 and CEIS114

Political Science Courses

Political Science^
Credit Hours: 3

This course compares various political systems. Domestic and international governments and policies are studied, as well as:

  • Structures of governments and political institutions
  • Constitutions
  • Methods of political change
  • Recent political history
  • Foreign policy factors and current world affairs

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Political Science
Credit Hours: 3

This course compares various political systems. Domestic and international governments and policies are studied, as well as:

  • Structures of governments and political institutions
  • Constitutions
  • Methods of political change
  • Recent political history
  • Foreign policy factors and current world affairs

This course fulfills the state requirement for study of the State of Nevada and U.S. constitutions.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

International Relations
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines world politics as related to international conflict and security. Global political perspective is provided through case studies and real-world events. Other concepts include:

  • Behavior and relationships
  • Environmental concerns
  • Human rights
  • Trade issues

PREREQUISITE(S): POLI330 or POLI332

Psychology Courses

Motivation and Leadership^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on human motivation and leadership skills. Students study techniques required to effectively manage groups and individuals. Concepts include:

  • Basic motivation principles
  • Leadership styles
  • Workplace stress and conflict
  • Dynamics of group development

PREREQUISITE(S): SOCS185

Social Psychology^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on human motivation and leadership skills. Students study techniques required to effectively manage groups and individuals. Concepts include:

  • Basic motivation principles
  • Leadership styles
  • Workplace stress and conflict
  • Dynamics of group development

PREREQUISITE(S): SOCS185

Sciences Courses

Environmental Science with Lab^
Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates natural and social science concepts. Students use lab exercises to explore environmental issues and potential solutions. Topics include:

  • Sustainability
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Population dynamics
  • Natural resources
  • Waste management and pollution control
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ethics and politics

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114

Environmental Science with Lab
Credit Hours: 4

This course integrates natural and social science concepts. Students use lab exercises to explore environmental issues and potential solutions. Topics include:

  • Sustainability
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Population dynamics
  • Natural resources
  • Waste management and pollution control
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ethics and politics

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114

Environmental Science with Lab
Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates natural and social science concepts. Students use lab exercises to explore environmental issues and potential solutions. Topics include:

  • Sustainability
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Population dynamics
  • Natural resources
  • Waste management and pollution control
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ethics and politics

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH116

Integrated Science with Lab
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an understanding of science, clarifies the role of technology and strengthens decision-making. Four fundamental principles of science link the principles and insights taught in this course:

  • Newton’s laws of force and motion
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Laws of electromagnetic force
  • Atomic structure of all matter

Lab exercises help students explore theories through observation and application.

PREREQUISITE(S): MATH114

Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an overview of the basic nutrients needed for the body's health.

  • Nutrition for various biological phases of the human life cycle
  • Psychological and sociological implications of food
  • Scientific methods of inquiry used in nutritional science and health

In the lab, students collect data, use computer simulations, and prepare and sample various foods.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Social Sciences Courses

Culture and Society^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the connection between culture and society. Sociological principles and research findings are used to analyze a variety of topics:

  • Race and gender
  • Social structures
  • Multicultural societies
  • Increasing global interaction

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Environmental Sociology^+
Credit Hours: 3

Students in this course explore how we perceive and address environmental issues. Coursework covers:

  • Cultural norms
  • Ideologies and beliefs
  • Economic and gender-related factors
  • Finding and providing sustainable solutions

The course uses research, discussions, projects and presentations. Students learn to identify causes of environmental problems, and apply practical solutions.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135 or ENGL136

Workplace Culture and Communication
Credit Hours: 3

This course uses concepts in communication and social sciences to examine workplace culture. Students analyze workplaces as complex systems with subgroups, and learn to:

  • Identify challenges of cross-cultural communication
  • Strategies for meeting challenges
  • Explore how workers adapt to cultural change

PREREQUISITE(S): SOCS185

Cultural Diversity in the Professions
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students build foundations for working effectively with others. Key concepts include:

  • Cultural issues, including values, beliefs and practices that affect individuals, groups and communities
  • Case studies and other applications that relate to the workplace
  • Experiential learning to increase understanding and appreciation of different cultures

PREREQUISITE(S): SOCS185

Speech Courses

Public Speaking^+
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches basic elements of effective public speaking. Students get practical speaking experience through a series of individual and group presentations. Topics include:

  • Analyzing the audience
  • Organization
  • Language
  • Delivery
  • Nonverbal communication

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112 or ENGL113

Intercultural Communication
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation in basic elements of effective intercultural communication. The course addresses cultural awareness in written, verbal, and nonverbal communication strategies. Practical application is provided through a series of communication exercises in a variety of rhetorical modes and contexts.

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL108 or ENGL112 or ENGL113

Technical Communication Courses

Rhetorical Strategies for Technical Communication*
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores rhetorical strategies. This includes audience and context analysis, and determination of purpose. Students use these strategies to create technical documents for informative and persuasive purposes. Other topics include:

  • Logic, argument, evidence and appeals
  • Social, ethical, political and practical influences
  • Quantitative and qualitative information
  • Sound reasoning and effective language

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135

Marketing and Corporate Communications*
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores rhetorical strategies. This includes audience and context analysis, and determination of purpose. Students use these strategies to create technical documents for informative and persuasive purposes. Other topics include:

  • Logic, argument, evidence and appeals
  • Social, ethical, political and practical influences
  • Quantitative and qualitative information
  • Sound reasoning and effective language

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL135

Economics Courses

Business Economics
Credit Hours: 3

Business Economics provides a basic understanding of managerial economics. You can learn the impact of the economic environment on business decision-making. The course develops micro- and macroeconomic topics. There is an emphasis on marginal analysis and supply and demand considerations.

PREREQUISITE(S): MGMT501 or permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Finance Courses

Corporate Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on financial concepts and tools needed for effective business planning. Topics discussed include:

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Time value of money
  • Securities valuation
  • Working capital management
  • Cost of capital
  • Financial forecasting
  • Sources of capital, capital structure and company valuation

PREREQUISITE(S): ACCT503 or ACCT504

Managerial Finance
Credit Hours: 3

Managerial Finance teaches financial concepts and tools needed for effective business planning. Topics include:

  • Formation of interest rates
  • Income taxes
  • Working capital management
  • Cost of capital, financial forecasting, sources of capital and capital structure
  • Company valuation
  • Bankruptcy

PREREQUISITE(S): ACCT505

Advanced Managerial Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a comprehensive view of financial management. It includes insight into securities analysis, mergers/acquisitions and financial/futures options. Course topics include:

  • Risk, return and the capital asset pricing model
  • Dividend policy
  • Financing flexibility
  • Valuation of securities
  • Derivatives and risk management
  • Capital structure with the Modigliani-Miller models

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Securities Analysis
Credit Hours: 3

This course develops analytical skills for personal or business investment activities. It covers security selection based on technical and fundamental analyses. This includes:

  • Analyzing risk and return for specific investment opportunities
  • Modern and traditional portfolio management techniques

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Mergers and Acquisitions
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses corporate combinations and resource allocation. Topics include advanced capital budgeting techniques and valuation methods. You can learn strategies and rationale for mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and restructuring.

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Management of Financial Institutions
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on managing commercial banks and other financial institutions. It also focuses on the interaction of participants in money and capital markets. Topics include:

  • Management of lending
  • Funds acquisition
  • Capital management
  • Portfolio management
  • Issues relating to risk

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

International Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines international financial flows and the balance of payment considerations. This includes:

  • Corporate exposure to currency fluctuations (including foreign exchange rates and markets)
  • Methods of hedging risks in international transactions

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Options and Financial Futures Markets
Credit Hours: 3

This course can help you to use financial market strategies and protect investments. Topics covered include:

  • Put and call buying
  • Covered call writing
  • Put hedging
  • Futures speculation, hedging and arbitrage
  • Methods of valuation
  • The function and purpose of the marketplace

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers financial statement analysis. It builds on core accounting and investment concepts. The coursework addresses:

  • Analysis of information including ratio analysis
  • Analysis of balance sheets, income statements and cash flows
  • Accounting information in investment and credit decisions

PREREQUISITE(S): ACCT503 or ACCT504

Personal Financial Planning
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses personal finance from a practitioner's point of view, including:

  • Cash flow management
  • Creating and maintaining annual cash budgets
  • Investments, taxation and insurance
  • Retirement and estate planning

PREREQUISITE(S): ACCT503 or ACCT504

Real Estate Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces forecasting, measuring and analyzing returns from real estate operations. It introduces tools used in real estate valuation for funding and sale purposes. This course uses real-world problems with profit maximization as the goal. Course topics include:

  • Financial leverage and the consequence of income tax
  • The inherent risk of real estate and its reduction through modern portfolio theory

PREREQUISITE(S): FIN510 or FIN515

Internship Courses

Graduate Internship Seminar
Credit Hours: 3

This course is the first in a two-course sequence. It is an experiential internship opportunity. It can complement skills and knowledge learned throughout the program. To prepare you for an internship, you attend seminars and complete all requirements. This allows you to interview for and potentially secure an internship. No credit is awarded for the course. Students earn grades of A, B or F upon course completion. The final grade earned in this course is not used in GPA calculations.

PREREQUISITE(S): Permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. It is an eight-week, onsite internship at a professional organization. Using what you have learned in your program, you will complete organizational initiatives. You can learn to work in a real-world environment. You can apply practical communication, leadership and professional skills. It is an opportunity for self-assessment and host-organization feedback. The course is strongly recommended for those without business/industry experience. It is also recommended for those seeking to change fields.

PREREQUISITE(S): INTP580 and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Mathematics Courses

Applied Managerial Statistics
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers practical use of statistics in business, including:

  • Collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data
  • Descriptive and inferential techniques

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Public Administration Courses

Governmental Budgeting and Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course analyzes revenue and expenditure systems at all levels of government. Topics include:

  • Public budgeting processes and revenue sources
  • The appropriations process
  • Capital budgeting and analysis
  • Tax analysis
  • Government debt financing
  • Tax, forecasting, budgeting and finance software systems

PREREQUISITE(S): ACCT503 or ACCT567

Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines how governments allocate resources to social and economic programs, including:

  • The policy process
  • Establishing appropriate efficiency and equity objectives
  • Rational, political and bureaucratic models of decision-making
  • Voting mechanisms
  • Public choice
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Impact of special interest groups
  • Ethics
  • Program implementation and evaluation

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Intergovernmental Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course studies issues involved in implementing government programs that impact many jurisdictions. You can investigate ways in which various levels of government relate to each other. This includes matters of legality and responsibility, such as issues of inter-government externalities. Also evaluated are methods of resolving intergovernmental conflicts.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Public Administration Capstone
Credit Hours: 3

This is the last course of the program. It integrates knowledge and skills learned throughout the program. You will develop a project related to your area of emphasis within the MPA program.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of all other required MPA program courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Fundamental Skills for Education Success Courses

Foundations of Professional Communication
Credit Hours: 3

This course can help to improve your ability to communicate in professional environments. It covers communication purposes and responses in business. It teaches the writing process. Topics include:

  • Business letters, memos and short reports
  • Message organization and design
  • Strategies for oral presentations
  • Grammar, punctuation and style
  • The influences of technology, ethics and the global workplace on communication

This course may not be applied to elective course requirements in any program.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Foundations of Managerial Mathematics
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches quantitative skills useful to managers. The course covers selected algebra topics, mathematics for finance and descriptive statistics. This course may not be applied to elective course requirements in any program.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

FAQs for General Education Courses


What are General Education courses?

Students enrolled in four-year college degree programs are typically required to take at least some general education classes. General education aims to teach you diverse skills that can help you lead a productive life and be a knowledgeable citizen, regardless of your area of study.

While every post-secondary institution has its own general education requirements, many focus on the following subject areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Liberal arts and humanities
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Why are General Education courses required?

General education courses are built into most degree programs because they can help you evolve in many ways. They can:

  • Provide valuable knowledge and skills that can positively impact the way you work.
  • Improve your soft skills such as conflict resolution and communication, which can be applied to everyday life as well as the workplace.
  • Help you develop a global perspective to see the world through different viewpoints.
  • Allow you to experiment with different fields of study that may result in discovering a hidden passion.
  • Help you become a more well-rounded employee.

What GE classes do you take the first year?

The general education courses you take during your first year of college will depend on the degree program you enroll in. For example, students enrolled in our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking program will need to take a physics and environmental sociology class. In contrast, Business Management students will need to take principles of ethics and algebra for college students. To complete their degree programs, information technology students must finish 51 general education credits while business management students must complete only 40 GE credits.


How long does it take to finish General Education classes?

How long it takes to complete your general education classes will depend on a number of factors:

  • The general education requirements for the degree program you are enrolled in.
  • How many classes you take per 8-week session.
  • If you are enrolled year-round or take breaks between classes.

On average, you can expect to complete most or all of your general education courses within your first 1-2 years of college.


What are General Education credits?

General education credits represent the academic credit earned from taking each of your general education courses. The amount of credit hours that an individual course is worth will vary, but is established based on the amount of effort a student is expected to put into successfully completing a single course. On average, an individual general education class is worth 2-3 academic credit hours. Degree programs typically require a minimum number of credit hours in order to graduate, such as 120 or more. To explore the credit hours required for each course and program at DeVry, view our Academic Catalogs.

Additional Online Courses


Graduate-Level - Fundamental Skills for Education Success Courses: A solid foundation is critical to success in any graduate-level program. To help students who could benefit from skills enhancement as they return to the classroom, Keller offers fundamental skills courses that help foster long-term program and career success. Students in the following courses earn grades of A, B or F upon course completion. The final grade earned in the course is not used in GPA calculations, and credit hours earned are not applicable to credit hours required for graduation. Required prerequisite skills coursework may affect program length and cost.

*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
+Courses marked with a plus sign (+) are available as honors courses (restrictions apply).
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.