Tomorrow’s artists, economists, psychologists, health educators, sociologists, animators and linguists have all found new Associate degree programs at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) to get them started on their academic and career journeys.
Within its close to 50 Associate degree programs, BMCC also introduces cutting-edge courses and internships.
These new courses — ranging from digital imaging to economic analysis to principles of language learning — raise the bar for students who want to excel in their chosen fields of study.
The new courses include:
MEA 371 – Media Arts and Technology Internship 2 credits, 11.5 hours
In this internship, the student applies classroom theory and gains work experience relating to his or her major. Over a semester, the intern completes a term project assigned by the coordinator, and is evaluated by the work site supervisor.
In this course students are instructed in industry appropriate methods to creatively plan their careers. Students learn about self-assessment, career exploration, and practical job search skills.
ART 203 – Digital Creative Studio, 3 credits, 2 hours, 2 lab hours
This course will use digital imaging principles as an essential part of photographic editing. Fundamental digital imaging skills will include input, editing, archiving and output as part of the creative process. A range of approaches to producing, processing and printing digital images will be explored as they relate to current practices.
CIS 359 – Information Assurance, 3 credits, 2 hours, 2 lab hours
This course introduces the fundamentals of information security in the context of computer vulnerabilities and how to safeguard computers and networks. The students will examine security planning, organization and technologies and the legal and ethical issues associated with computer and network security.
CIS 362 – Cloud Computing, 3 credits, 2 hours, 2 lab hours
This course introduces students to the principles, foundations, and applications of Cloud computing. Through hands-on assignments and projects, the students will study the paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are offered as services over the Internet.
CIS 364 – Mobile Device Programming, 3 credits, 2 hours, 2 lab hours
The course will focus on installing, developing, and testing mobile applications. Students will learn the basic framework of a mobile application, mobile user interface design, methods for storing and retrieving information, and mobile security.
CIS 459 – Ethical Hacking and System Defense, 3 credits 2 hours, 2 lab hours
This course provides an in-depth look at network security concepts and techniques. It introduces students to the fundamentals of ethical hacking. The course focuses on the code of conduct and ethics of exploiting systems. It employs a hands-on approach when examining networking security techniques.
MAT 56.5 – Elementary and Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry, 0 credits, 7 hours
This course is a combination of elementary algebra and intermediate algebra including trigonometry. It includes topics such as properties of real numbers, polynomials and factoring, systems of linear equations and inequalities, rational expressions and functions, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and an introduction to trigonometry.
ECO 240 – Behavioral Economics, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course is an introduction to behavioral economics, which is the use of the methods of psychology to evaluate economic models of decision-making. The course reviews decisions made under conditions of uncertainty, judgments of risk and probability, intertemporal decision-making, and other topics.
ECO 245 – Competition and Strategy, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course introduces students to the economic analysis of strategic interaction and competition among firms in imperfectly competitive markets. While the focus of the course is on the behavior of businesses in an oligopoly, basic concepts of game theory will also be applied to a variety of situations facing firms.
LIN 130 – Sounds of English, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the sound system of English, with a focus on Standard American English and non-standard dialects of American English. The course will also introduce students to the physical production of sounds as well as the mental perception of sounds and how they pattern in English and other topics.
LIN 200 – Language Acquisition, 3 credits, 3 hours
The first part of this course introduces students to theories of first-language acquisition. In the second part of the course, students will become familiar with the theories of second-language acquisition and factors such as motivation, age and learning styles that affect language learning.
LIN 210 – Foundations of Bilingualism, 3 credits, 3 hours
This introductory course provides an overview of the psychological, social, and political aspects of bilingualism. Topics covered include definitions of bilingualism, language development in bilingual children, the linguistic behaviors of bilingual speakers, language loss and maintenance, and socio-political issues pertaining to bilingual language policy and planning.
LIN 220 – Language Teaching Practices, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical foundations and principles of language instruction and language learning. Special emphasis will be on studying pedagogical approaches to TESOL that address the learning needs of diverse language learners in multiple settings.
LIN 120 – Introduction to Linguistics, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course will introduce students to linguistics, the scientific study of language. Students will apply methods of scientific inquiry (including the scientific method) to linguistic systems (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic) and language phenomena and events.
LIN 150 – Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the US and its Territories, 3 credits, 3 hours
This course explores historical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives on the relationship between language, race, and ethnicity in the United States and its territories. It will examine language varieties such as Black American English and its cross-racial uses by other groups, Chicano English and Spanglish, Hawaiian English, and American Indian English.
ACR 250 – Issues in Literacy & Language Development, 3 credits, 3 hours
Through this course, students will examine diverse perspectives on language and literacy development, specifically atypical development of children (birth through adolescence). Specific attention will be paid to language disorders, language delays, dyslexia and developmental disorders related to language and literacy.
LIN 240 – Language and Power, 3 credits, 3 hours
In this course, students will study the relationship between language and capital, language and institutionalized oppression, and language and activism. Students will also explore the relationship between language, inequity, domination, and resistance.
MAT 161.5 – Mathematics Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning, 3 credits, 6 hours
This course aims to teach students how to interpret quantitative information, analyze quantitative data, and make inferences in contexts involving mathematical concepts. Topics include proportional reasoning, interpreting percentages, units and measurement, thinking critically, numbers in the real world, financial management, statistical reasoning, probability, and linear and exponential modeling.