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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
SW 310
Crisis Intervention
This course is designed to prepare students in the helping professions with the skills to handle short term crisis situations within a generalist social work framework. The focus of the course is on crisis, emergency, disaster management and preventi,on. At the completion of this course students will understand the nature of crisis and its impact on the lives of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities. Prerequisites are Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 315
Social Welfare
Examines the nature of social welfare policies and programs in the U.S. An overview of the history and administration of major social welfare programs is presented. Examines programs for the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, children and families, at-risk, the unemployed, and the aged in our society. No prerequisite. Spring, annually.|
SW 320
Human Sexuality and Soc Work
This course lays the foundation for understanding human sex and sexuality for beginning level social work practitioners who will need this information in their work with clients i.e. in sexual counseling, in policy and service discussions about sex e,ducation, and in public health issues related to sexual behavior with an emphasis on deiversity and inclusiveness. Prerequisites include Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 340
Health Care Policies & Systems
This course explores the role of social work in health care policies and systems. It examines the conceptual framework of health, mental health, and access to health care in society. Students will examine the health status of disadvantaged and at-ris,k populations and consider implications for policy, practice, and economic justice in society. Prerequisites are SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 350
Geron Soc Wrk Pract
Concepts, policies, and practice issues in social work with older adults. Examines methods of intervention, social service delivery systems, and the special needs of diverse older populations. Fall, annually.|
SW 354
Special Topics
Examines areas of study in Social Work. Professor selects format most suitable to the study. Topics, announced in advance, focus on the needs and interests of social workers. Course offered on demand. Prerequisites: SW 211, or SW 212 or SOC 211 or p,ermission of instructor.|
SW 360
Substance Abuse & Social Work
Students will study the NASW policy statement on alcohol and other drugs and examine contemporary, evidence-based approaches to prevention, assessment and intervention in social work. A system perspective is applies to this practice area and social a,nd economic justice issues are examined. This course lays the foundation for understanding substance use and abuse for beginning level social work practitioners and related majors who will need this information in their work with clients. An ecologi,cal framework is utilized to emphasize the relationship between policy and practice. Social and economic justice issues related to substance abuse are also examined. Prerequisites: Soc 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 370
Soc Work w/the Sexually Devian
In the field of social work there is continual need for specialized services to deal with current problems facing society. Sexuality remains a neglected and largely taboo area within practice, but it can be a demanding aspect of social work. This co,urse is outlined to educate students about the unique and specialized treatment of the sexually deviant population. Theories and etiologies of sexual offending will be discussed. Students will gain an overview of sexually deviant behaviors. The cours,e will cover specific areas of assessment and treatment of sexual deviance. Pathways and typologies of offenders will be discussed as well the significant differences when working with the sexually deviant individuals and juveniles. Further, the cour|
SW 399
Social Work Practicum Seminar
This is an upper division course for students near the end of their studies. In this course students will examine several social service agencies, how each applies the helping process, and the role and function of the social work professional in a va,riety of settings. Students will be exposed to a variety of local social service agencies and delivery systems through class visits from social workers and social service professionals whose programs serve primarily vulnerable populations. This cours,e is designed to enhance students' understanding and knowledge of the social determinants of need, community service and civic engagement and to incorporate field service and classroom learning. Prerequisite: SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 451
Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative research seeks to integrate the lived experience with principles from the scientific method. This course is designed to provide an overview of qualitative research methods and techniques used for conducting sociological research such as c,ase studies, unobtrusive methods, participant observation, choices of observer status role, recording data, uses of technical equipmrnt, key informants, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations in employing such methods and procedures. The, course examines the use of these methods and techniques in both academic and applied research. Prerequisite: SOC 211, SW 211 or SW 212.|
SW 499
Supervised Field Placemt
With the approval and under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty, students are placed in field-work settings, e.g., child welfare agencies, offices of aging, divisions of the criminal justice system, community development agencies, et,c., where they will observe and work with persons responsible for carrying out a range of specific human services. Requires a 10-hour commitment each week. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, junior standing, and, six hours in sociology.|
THE 103
Theatrical Performance
Students earn one to three credits through performance in University Theatre productions by successfully completing the terms of the Contract for Credit in THE Activities, subject to approval by instructor and department chair. No more than three cre,dits may be earned in THE 103 during any one semester. Students may not enroll concurrently in THE 103 and 254, 350, or 361 without instructor permission. Each semester.|
THE 104
Theatrical Production
Students earn one to three credits construction lab in the scene shop and costume shop. Credits will be earned successfully completing the terms of the Contract for Credit in THE Activities, subject to approval by instructor and department chair. No,more than three credits may be earned in THE 104. Is a requirement for all BFA theatre majors. Each semester.|
THE 120
Play Production
Introduces elements of theatre, including directing, acting, make-up, criticism, stagecraft, and stage lighting. No prerequisites. Summer, annually.|
THE 155
Interpretation I
Develops expressive presentational skills through practice in the oral interpretation of literature. Focuses on analyzing an author's meaning, responding to it, communicating that meaning to an audience, and correlating oral interpretation with other, arts. Fall, annually.|
THE 161
Stagecraft
A study of the theory, materials, and practice of stage construction. Emphasizes technical instruction and the relationship between the dramatic function of the setting and its actual physical realization. Student projects and required production lab,s provide practical experience. Fall, annually.|
THE 201
Dance I
Focuses on alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, and locomotor movement. Surveys jazz, ballet, modern, and tap dance styles. For actors: a working knowledge of dance styles for performance and auditions. For everyone: an exploration of personal,movement potential and an appreciation for the art of dance. Fall, annually.|
THE 204
Movement For The Actor
This class is designed to give student performers the tools to use their bodies as instruments for developing characters, and to develop a vocabulary that will enable them to communicate with directors and movement coaches from a variety of backgroun,ds. Instruction focuses on building physical presence and body awareness, increasing flexibility and range of motion, and developing control necessary for efficient and communicative movement in a variety of theatre styles.|
THE 215
Special Topics In Theatre
Focuses on offering special topics reflecting the interest of students. Content varies from semester to semester. Suitable for both majors and non-majors in theatre. May be taken for a maximum of nine credits in the major. On demand.|
THE 251
Voice & Articulation
Helps students improve their speech by the elimination of faulty voice and articulation habits. Gives attention to basic skills, including vocal variety, projection, breath control, tonal production, and articulation. Focuses on both the technical pr,oduction of speech sounds and the student's ability to communicate.|
THE 253
Intro To Theatre
Explores the techniques and contemporary practices in the organization of dramatic material. Surveys the division of labor for creation of dramatic material. Analyzes literary concepts, including realism and existentialism, that motivate the contempo,rary audience. Each semester.|
THE 254
Acting I: Intro To Acting
A beginning acting course. Familiarizes students with the skills and tools required of today's professional actors. Suitable general elective for non-theatre majors.|
THE 255
Adv Interp
Provides training in the advanced techniques of the oral interpretation of the three major literary genres and their structures with respect to oral presentation. 1. Poetry, 2. Prose fiction, 3. Drama. Prerequisite: SC 155 or consent of instruc,tor. Spring, odd-numbered years.|
THE 261
Draft & Rendering For Theatre
A practical study of the standard techniques used in drafting and rendering to convey textual information for design and construction of theatrical set designs, lighting designs, and costume designs. Prerequisite: THE 161 or consent of instructor. E,nrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring, odd-numbered years.|
THE 262
Stage Lighting
Introduces the theory and practice of theatre lighting. Examines the purpose and aesthetics of lighting for the theatre and allied fields of television, film, and concerts. Also examines mechanics and control, including sections on optics, electrica,l theory and color. Student projects and required production labs provide practical experience in stage lighting. Prerequisite: THE 161 - enrollment is limited to Theatre majors or minors or with consent of instructor. Spring, even-numbered years.|
THE 271
Costume Construction
Explores the basic aspects of constructing costumes for the stage, including beginning pattern generation, sewing and fitting. Familiarizes the student with the industry standard in building theatrical costumes.|
THE 301
Musical Theatre Dance Tech I
A practice and historical study of Broadway dance styles. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between dance in musical theatre and the 20th century popular social dance forms traced from minstrelsy and vaudeville to the present day. The sytlizat,ion of these forms is stressed through original musical theatre choreography from each decade. The main focus is in the jazz idiom; however, strong ballet and tap skills are required. Prerequisite: THE 201 or permission of instructor. Spring, annu,ally.|
THE 302
Intro To Choreography
Introduces dance composition, emphasizing spatial design, sources of movement, and exploring the basic elements of space, time, and energy through improvisation, short movement studies, and dances which are presented, discussed, and reworked in class,. Prerequisite: THE 301.|
THE 304
Dance Repertory
Provides students with the opportunity to learn and perform a complete dance choreographed in class by the instructor. Students gain experience as performers in an intensive company-workshop atmosphere and learn how an experienced choreographer uses,skills of dance composition and the strengths of the dancers to choreograph a new work. The finished dance is performed in class and as part of a student dance concert on campus. Prerequisite: THE 301 or 302 or permission of instructor.|
THE 310
Acting The Song
Students will do advanced work in character analysis and text analysis through materials that is entirely sung. They will explore songs as monologues, discovering where they can utilize and capitalize on previous training, while also developing new,techniques that are unique to acting in musicals. A variety of Musical Theatre genres will be explored as well as the historical significance of the Musical Theatre.|