Anoka-Ramsey Community College & St. Cloud State University

Anoka-Ramsey Commmunity College Connection

Course Descriptions


Prerequisites (do not transfer to SCSU - placement based on Accuplacer test scores):


READ 0304 Reading Strategies: Expands students' ability to successfully use reading strategies for achievement in college courses. Course material will focus on textbooks and other types of reading materials prevalent in technical courses.


ENGL 0304 Foundations for College Writing II:  This is the second course in the developmental sequence for students seeking an AA degree. In this preparatory course, students will study and apply principles of sentence, paragraph, research, and essay structure in reading materials prevalent in college level courses.


MATH 0405 Foundations for College Mathematics:  This course is designed to help students improve their arithmetic and introductory algebra skills. The topics are divided into modules of study. Applications and problem solving will be points of emphasis.


MATH 0475 Principles of Intermediate Algebra:  This course is an intermediate course in the principles and applications of algebra. It is formatted for thorough, in-depth concept development. Topics covered include the basics of algebra & modeling; linear equations & inequalities; linear equations in two variables; systems of linear equations; exponents, polynomials, & factoring; rational expressions; introduction to functions; inequalities & problem solving; radical functions and equations; quadratic functions & equations; and exponential and logarithmic functions. A wide variety of examples and exercises are used to help the student connect the mathematical content with the real world. This course prepares you for college level Algebra and Pre-calculus.


MATH 0495 Foundations of Statistics:  This course explores and provides a connection between algebraic or statistical concepts and practical world questions through solving application problems. It will focus on developing critical thinking skills using quantitative data and descriptive statistical tools. Students will also learn the concept and application of probability. This course prepares you for college level statistics.


College Level Courses (do transfer to SCSU):


BLGY 1325 Nutrition: This course provides an introduction to nutritional dietary requirements and their mechanism of digestion, absorption, and metabolism. It also addresses the principles of nutrition throughout the human life cycle, as well as diet modification necessitated by specific health problems. Other topics to be covered are weight control, eating disorders, drug-diet interactions, diet and disease, and current nutritional fads.


CMST 1320 Introduction to Communication Studies: This course introduces students to a variety of communication areas, including listening, interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Students will apply concepts from these areas through writing, discussion and speaking. This course emphasizes the importance of effective communication in everyday life.


CRTK 1300 Introduction to Critical Thinking: This course develops monological and multilogical and ethical reasoning skills and explores creative and logical approaches to problem solving. It examines how our thinking skills affect our personal identities, our relationships with others, and our understanding of culture. It analyzes systems of ideas, multiple perspectives on issues, and differing analytical approaches. It develops the higher order thinking skills, intellectual values, and the qualities of thought important for personal integrity, academic success, and effective citizenship.


DVRS 1304 Diversity and Social Justice: This course uses critical thinking and questioning to define, recognize and analyze individual, institutional and cultural/societal racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and other forms of oppression. It will focus on development of practical skills for eliminating racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and other oppressive elements from personal, professional and public lives in the United States. Students will learn how to engage respectfully in interpersonal relationships, and empower themselves to act as agents of social change, learning skills to create a more equal and just society.


ECON 2320 Introduction to Macroeconomics:  Macroeconomics is the part of economic analysis that studies the behavior of the economy as a whole. The content includes: economic growth, national income, measurement of economic performance, understanding economic fluctuations, determination of output, price level, inflation, deficits, knowledge of monetary and fiscal policy, and unemployment in the United States. Economic literacy gives people the tools for understanding the nations economic world and how to interpret events that will either directly or indirectly affect them. Nations benefit from having an economically literate population because it improves the public's ability to comprehend and evaluate critical issues.


ECON 2330 Introduction to Microeconomics:  Microeconomics is the study of decision making undertaken by individuals (or households) and firms. The content includes: individual units (industries, firms, and households), determination of prices and quantities, measurement of costs and productivity, individual markets, specific goods and services, and resource prices. Economic literacy gives people the tools for understanding the nations economic world and how to interpret events that will either directly or indirectly affect them. Modern economic theory blends micro and macro concepts. Nations benefit from having an economically literate population who can evaluate critical issues faced by individuals (or households) and firms.


ENGL 1302 Analytical Writing: This course focuses on research and argument, emphasizing contemporary issues. The course develops the writing, research, analytical, and peer evaluation skills necessary to succeed academically, professionally and personally. Students will produce for grading at least 6,500 words during the semester, including an extensive research paper.


HIST 1310 American History until 1877: This course will examine major trends and events from the early European explorations until the Compromise of 1877. Topics will include historical methods, the indigenous peoples and their cultures, the European background, colonial government and culture, the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, establishment of the Constitution, the young republic, territorial expansion, slavery, immigration, sectional divisions, the Civil War, and Reconstruction of the South.


HIST 1311 The United States since 1877: This course will examine trends and events from the end of Reconstruction until the present, including topics such as industrial modernization, imperialism, Jim Crow, progressivism, the two world wars, the Great Depression, the New Deal, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Civil Rights movement, Great Society reforms, the impact of 9/11/01, America's changing role in the world, and continuing political controversies.


INTS 1155 Student Success Seminar: The intent of the course is to acquaint students with higher education and assist them in reaching their educational objectives. Students will demonstrate self-management skills and identify strategies and resources that can aid in their academic success, personal development, and goal identification and attainment. Students will be empowered to take ownership and control of their academic and personal life outcomes.


MATH 1350 Statistics:  This course focuses on the principles and applications of statistics and data analysis with an emphasis on inference. The goals are to help students acquire a solid foundation in statistics and its application in solving practical problems. This course uses examples from various disciplines to illustrate the relevancy of statistics in real world situations. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing of parameters, regression and inference about relationships, and comparison of population parameters.


MUSC 1340 History of Rock and Roll:  History of Rock and Roll Music is a historical survey of rock music from 1920 to 1990 with emphasis on rock music as social history. This course will examine how significant events in American history of the last eighty years have been both reflected and influenced by rock music.


PHIL 1320 Ethics: This course explores the philosophical conceptions of morality and value. It addresses questions such as: how do we make ethical decisions? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Do the values we hold apply only to us as individuals, to us as part of a culture, or do they apply to all humans in all places and at all times? Through an examination of major ethical theories, both contemporary and classical, this course reveals the relationship between ethical theory and ethical practice, particularly as it relates to contemporary issues such as the death penalty, poverty, gay marriage, and war.


PHIL 1360 Contemporary World Religions: Using a comparative framework, this course attempts to understand the nature of religion by looking at the historical and ideological formation of some of the world's most influential religious traditions. It explores ideas of ultimate meaning in different cultures and different times, and follows the development of these ideas in the long search for purpose in human existence. The primary goal is to comprehend better the varieties of religious experience in the world, with a particular emphasis on understanding the unfamiliar empathetically and the familiar objectively.


PSYCH 1300 Introduction to Psychology: Survey of contemporary scientific psychology. Includes: research methods, biological bases of behavior, cognitive mechanisms, sensation and perception, learning and behavioral adaptation, development, social influences, personality, and disorders.


PSYC 1310 Psychology of Women: Psychology of Women will critically explore the topic of women's psychology in a sociocultural, historical, global and multi-cultural context. It will focus on many facets of women's lives and the sociocultural impact. This course will compare feminist theories and research with other theories that are sex biased.


SOCI 1310 Introduction to Sociology:  This course introduces students to the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology. Social interaction, social structure, social relationships, and stratification are analyzed to deepen understanding of how individuals function within larger social contexts. Students will use sociological data, concepts and theories to think critically about social institutions. 


SOCI 2305 Environmental Sociology:  Students will examine environmental issues from a sociological perspective. The focus will be on social, political, and economic factors which encourage or discourage protection of the natural life support systems of earth. What steps are going to be required to restore our damaged resources and create a sustainable society for future generations? Considering the implications of what we have studied, students will be encouraged to develop a personal philosophy.