2016-2017 Elite Learning Course Offerings
Upon successful completion, students will receive college credits from the community college affiliated with their high school. Participating community colleges include Southwest Virginia Community College, Wytheville Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Mountain Empire Community College. Students must complete an application and placement examination at their local community college before enrolling in Elite Learning courses. Other requirements may be established by each school and/or community college. Please consult colleges to inquire about transferability of courses. Note: Some courses may require two class periods due to college credits given; school counselors will determine scheduling needs.
English – ENG 111-112 Fall, Spring, or Yearlong
• Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.
• Continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete ENG 111 or its equivalent to enroll in ENG 112. 6 credits.
Creative Writing – ENG 211 Spring only
• Introduces the student to the fundamentals of writing imaginatively. Students write in forms to be selected from poetry, fiction, drama, and essays. Focuses on personal writings, short stories, poems, and non-fiction writings.
• Prerequisite-ENG 111/112 or written approval from current DE English 112 instructor of capability. 3 credits.
U.S. History – HIS 121-122 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 6 credits.
Civil War & Reconstruction/America in the Gilded Age – HIS 269-270 Spring only
• Studies the division between the States, examines the war, the home fronts, and the era of Reconstruction. Studies in detail American history during the years from 1870-1900 - The Gilded Age, emphasizes the relationships between various aspects of American life and identifying themes that helped define the era. 6 credits.
U.S. Government 1-11 PLS 211-212 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy. 6 credits
Introduction to Business – BUS 100 Fall or Spring
• Presents a broad introduction to the functioning of business enterprise within the U.S. economic framework. Introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Develops business vocabulary (Foundation course for all college business majors). 3 credits.
Personal Finance--FIN 107 (Dual Enrollment) Fall or Spring
• Presents a framework of personal money management concepts, including establishing values and goals, determining sources of income, managing income, preparing a budget, developing consumer buying ability, using credit, understanding savings and insurance, providing for adequate retirement, and estate planning. 3 credits.
Economics and Personal Finance--(High School Credit Only) Fall, Spring, Yearlong
• Presents a framework of personal money management concepts, including establishing values and goals, determining sources of income, managing income, preparing a budget, developing consumer buying ability, using credit, understanding savings and insurance, providing for adequate retirement, and estate planning.
Business Law I-II – BUS 241-242 Fall or Spring
• Develops a basic understanding of the U.S. business legal environment. Introduces property and contract law, agency and partnership liability, and government regulatory law. Students will be able to apply these legal principles to landlord/tenant disputes, consumer rights issues, employment relationships, and other business transactions.
• Focuses on business organization and dissolution, bankruptcy and Uniform Commercial Code. Introduces international law and the emerging fields of E-Commerce and Internet Law. 6 credits.
Survey of Criminal Justice – ADJ 100 Fall only
• Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components--law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections. Students will learn the techniques in which crimes are scientifically solved by using of modern technology and investigative techniques. 3 credits.
Survey of Criminology -- ADJ 107 Spring only
• Surveys the volume and scope of crime; considers a variety of theories developed to explain the causation of crime and criminality. Studies current and historical data pertaining to criminal and other deviant behavior. Examines theories that explain crime and criminal behavior in human society. 3 credits.
Introduction to Elementary Statistics--MTH 146 Fall only
• Introduces the methods of statistics including sampling from normally distributed populations, estimation, regression, testing of hypotheses, point and interval estimation methods. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 146 and Algebra I or equivalent. 3 credits.
College Algebra – MTH 158 Spring only
• Covers the structure of complex number systems, polynomials, rational expressions, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities and functions, quadratic and rational equations and inequalities. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation. 3 credits.
Principles of Psychology – PSY 200 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Surveys the basic concepts of psychology. Covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations. Includes topics that cover physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology. 3 credits.
Principles of Sociology—SOC 200 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Introduces fundamentals of social life by presenting significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions. 3 credits