Community College of the Air Force General Education Mobile Program

Park University is a proud, select member of the Community College of the Air Force's (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) program.

GEM Program Courses

Park’s GEM program provide airmen the opportunity to complete CCAF’s 15 semester hours of general education requirements online and face-to-face at one of 40 campus centers.

Typically, the 15 general education credits students needed for their AAS degree include coursework in; communication, humanities, math, social sciences, and writing.

This program is restricted to active duty Air Force personnel, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. If you require more information about GEM – contact your education center and Park University for details. Veterans and military personnel in other divisions, consider accelerated, online, traditional studies and graduate programs at Park.

Humanities

A basic art appreciation course which introduces the formal language of painting, sculpture and architecture, relating them to the philosophical premises and historical events that they reflect. This course provides a framework of reference for appreciation of art as well as a basis for further study. While slide-lecture is the usual format, demonstrations, field trips and gallery tours augment classroom instruction. 3 credit hours.
A chronological survey of the history of art from the prehistoric and ancient eras through the medieval. Instruction is not limited to the western tradition but includes sections on Asia, India, Africa, and the Americas. Art is studied within historical and cultural contexts. Gallery tours augment slide-lecture instruction. 3 credit hours.
Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature, and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literacy criticism. 3 credit hours.
A study of approaches to reading, understanding, and analyzing lyric poetry in English and American literature. 3 credit hours.
A close reading of selected works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story. 3 credit hours.

Social Sciences

This course is an introduction into cultural difference and spatial interactions within and between groups (religion, language, and customs) from around the globe. The course will also focus on human organization of space and how it impacts upon environment. 3 credit hours.
American History Survey Through the Civil War: LE – Introduction to the social, cultural, political and economic history of the United States from the conquest and colonization of North America to the reunification of the nation at the conclusion of the Civil War. The survey shall comprise and inquiry of period literature. (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3 credit hours.
American History Survey Since the Civil War: (LE) – Introduction to the social, cultural, political and economic history of the United States since the conclusion of the Civil War. The survey shall comprise an inquiry of period literature. (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3 credit hours.
A survey of the functions and processes of the three branches of American national government. The changing roles of the branches and their relationship to the public will be emphasized. 3 credit hours.
State and Local Government A critical survey of the major trends in state and local government in the United States, with special emphasis of the governmental practices of the State of Missouri and problems of municipal government in Kansas City. 3 credit hours.
A survey of the assumptions, history, methods, and techniques of psychology. A presentation of representative theory and reseach in the areas of consciousness, learning, motivation, cognition, personality and social behavior. 3 credit hours.
An examination of the social processes and structures of society, with particular attention to American Society. Reviews such topics as interpersonal interaction, culture, major social institutions, inequality, deviance and social change. Also introduces methods used in sociological research. 3 credit hours.

Oral Communication

A development of the ability to speak clearly and express ideas effectively before an audience. Students plan, compose, and deliver various kinds of speeches and talks. Principles of effective rhetorical presentation are related to basic purposes and forms of public speech-communication. 3 credit hours.
This course focuses on the most frequently used communication skills. The course demonstrates the natural relationships between communicating one-to-one and in public, group, and meditated contexts, showing that skills in one can be employed in the other and given practice in both. Students will be introduced to the communication process, listening, concepts of self, language, perception, small group and workplace communication, intercultural communication, mediated communication, the speech process (including topic selection and audience analysis, organization, development and support of speeches, delivery) and informative and persuasive public speaking. This course may fulfill the oral communication liberal education requirement. 3 credit hours.

Mathematics

A development of certain basic concepts in probability and statistics that is pertinent to most disciplines. Topics include: probability models, parameters, statistics and sampling procedures, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. 3 credit hours.
Prerequisite: MA 125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA 125, or an ACT math score = 23, or an SAT math score = 510, or a COMPASS score = 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra placement domain. A study of the algebra necessary for calculus. Topics include: Linear and non-linear equations, inequalities and their applications; inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of linear and non-linear equations; matrices and determinants.

A development of the ability to speak clearly and express ideas effectively before an audience. Students plan, compose, and deliver various kinds of speeches and talks. Principles of effective rhetorical presentation are related to basic purposes and forms of public speech-communication. 3 credit hours.

This course focuses on the most frequently used communication skills. The course demonstrates the natural relationships between communicating one-to-one and in public, group, and meditated contexts, showing that skills in one can be employed in the other and given practice in both. Students will be introduced to the communication process, listening, concepts of self, language, perception, small group and workplace communication, intercultural communication, mediated communication, the speech process (including topic selection and audience analysis, organization, development and support of speeches, delivery) and informative and persuasive public speaking. This course may fulfill the oral communication liberal education requirement. 3 credit hours.

Written Communication

An introduction to the recursive processes of writing, the course will emphasize discovery and writing-as-thinking. Students will engage various personal and academics genres, with attention to analyzing the audience and purpose for different writing situations. Course readings expose students to a variety of genres and topics from a range of cultural contexts to promote critical thinking and dialogue. Peer response, reflection and revision are emphasized through a summative course portfolio. 3 credit hours.

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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