Business Core

AC 201 – Accounting Principles I

This survey course in financial accounting emphasizes the use of financial accounting information in decision making by individuals in business, government, and other organizations.  The accounting environment is examined along with the basic principles and concepts, which govern the recording and reporting of accounting data. Study of the language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle establishes the framework for comprehending how accounting data is transformed into the financial statements and utilized by decision makers.  Accounting of current and long-term assets and liabilities is introduced along with the study of contributed capital, retained earnings and the non-operating components of income.  The course concludes with comprehensive financial statement analysis for decision-making purposes.  Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards).

EC 201 - Macroeconomics

An introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the structure and operation of the United States economy: scarcity and resource allocation, the price system, national income and related problems, the role of government in the economic sphere, and theories of economic growth.

EC 202 - Microeconomics

A further introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the theory of the firm, supply and cost of production, pricing and employment of resources, and theory of international trade.

FN 211 - Introduction to Investments

Analysis of common and preferred stocks, government and municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and other financial instruments.  Also covered is securities analysis, including ratios and percentages useful in analysis, and sources of investment information.

LA 200 - Contracts, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations

A study of the legal aspects involved in the making of contracts and the enforcement thereof, both under the general law and under the Uniform Commercial Code.  Also covers the legal aspects of the relationships of principal and agent and of the responsibilities resulting therefrom; and of the legal aspects involved in the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships and of corporations.

MG 200 - Administrative Management

This introductory course provides a global view of management.  Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems.  Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities.

MK 201 - Introduction to Marketing

This course introduces the student to marketing practices, principles, problems, and philosophies as they relate to for- profit institutions in consumer markets.  It is designed to demonstrate a need for marketing as a systems approach in our daily environment.  Upon completion of the course, the student will recognize marketing concepts in the competitive marketing environment.  Typical topics include functions; social, economic, legal, geographic, cultural, motivational, and behavioral environments; pricing; distribution; and managing marketing ethical problems.

MS 182 – Introduction to Information Systems

Major microcomputer software applications emphasizing spreadsheets, database management and presentation software are studied.  Students learn the methodology of the development and design of templates for a business environment.  Techniques for using software are learned and applied to the solution of business information problems.  Students also access the Internet for supplemental data to assist in creating contemporary and resourceful projects.  This course uses Office 2007/2010.  (Equivalent to former MS 281) (No textbook required- included in course resource fee).

PH 306 - Business Ethics

An inquiry into what constitutes ethical and non-ethical conduct in the context of business practice, policy, and relationships.  Students receive grounding in the traditions of moral philosophy.  Students will learn how ethical decisions are made and how ethical dilemmas get resolved.  Topics include the responsibilities of business to employees and the responsibilities of employees to business, ethical issues related to consumers, environmental concerns, and issues faced by multinational corporations.  Ethics and ethical behavior are discussed using a case study approach. 

Legal Studies Core

PA 351 - Introduction to Law for the Paralegal

An introduction to the role of the paralegal in the legal system. The sources of law, court systems, administrative agencies, limits on the powers of the courts, and remedies are explored.  An introduction to civil procedure is given, which is the foundation for all other legal studies courses.  Legal ethics with emphasis on the paralegal, including the unauthorized practice of law.  Law office administration and procedure are discussed.

PA 352 – Introduction to Legal Research and Writing

Introduces the student to the many sources from which one may gather legal authority.  Traditional legal sources are used to teach primary and secondary authority, reporters, and codebooks, to name but a few. Use of a law school library is required. Additionally, students will learn research on CD- ROM, the Internet, computer-assisted legal research, and other cyber sources.  Email and intranet will also be taught. The special requirements of legal writing will be taught and students will be given a number of legal writing assignments.

PA 355 - Wealth Transfer

This course introduces the student to the way in which wealth is transferred upon the death of its owner.  Wills, probate, and estate administration are taught in-depth as well as valuation of property, tax implications, and payment of debt.  The course also discusses gifts, asset protection, second spouses, co-habitors and children of different marriages in the planning process in light of federal tax laws. A sophisticated review of trusts and other forms of ownership is offered.  Pensions, IRA’s, and other forms of wealth transfers are reviewed.

PA 356 - Civil Trial and Appellate Practice

Location, jurisdiction, and procedures of courts; pre-trial, trial, and settlement of cases. Emphasis is on research into and development of physical, documentary, and testimonial evidence, trial preparation, rules of appellate procedure, and documents used in appellate proceedings.  Preparation of documents, files, pleadings, and witnesses for trial. An overview of the substantive law of torts and contracts is offered.

PA 376 - Family Law

This course presents an overview of the substantive and procedural laws in the area of domestic relations. Includes allocation of parental rights, child and spousal support, adoptions, paternity, and domestic violence. Property division and tax implications of divorce will be examined.

PA 450 - Computer Use in the Law

The uses of computers in the delivery of legal services beyond word processing are studied in this course.  Utilization of computers in the areas of litigation support, jury and related research, information and document management, docketing, conflict of interest and other prepackaged software will be taught.  In-depth training in computer-assisted legal research will be offered.

PA 452 – Legal Research and Writing II

This is the second of two courses that will guide the paralegal in the methodology of applying legal research to writing legal documents

PA 499 - Paralegal Senior Seminar

This course is one of three elective classes from which legal studies majors must choose if pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree.  The class will be an overview and review of the critical thinking and acquisition of knowledge that students will need before they graduate.  A weekly series of topics will be covered and the student will write a number of papers, which will not only measure whether the student has acquired the core knowledge necessary of all paralegals but will help the student master legal concepts and strengthen writing skills.

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