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Pathway - Courses

The Pathway Program was developed as the complementary support component of the degree completion programs at Roberts. Today, Pathway provides a unique opportunity for students to satisfy credit requirements in a time-shortened format, which is ideal for completing a bachelor's degree. Courses are offered in a five-week accelerated format on weeknights, Saturdays and online. These courses serve as an excellent introduction to non-traditional learning or for continuing education and professional development.

Registration for the following Pathway Schedule is now open:

NOTE: Pathway schedules are published approximately 3 months prior to each semester.

Course Descriptions

ACC 491 PL | PREPARATION FOR CMA EXAM

Become a CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and accelerate your career and earning potential.

The Pathway Program offers four courses designed to prepare professionals to take the Certified Management Accountant exam. CMA® is the advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the advanced accounting and financial management skills used in business today. Each of the four courses carries 1.5 semester hours of credit.

While the primary focus of these courses is to prepare individuals for the CMA exam, the courses also provide an excellent professional development opportunity for helping individuals advance their careers in accounting, finance, or business management.

  • Qualified instructors reinforce key points and keep you on track for success.
  • A peer network is developed while you learn in a cohort.

AST 201 PL | DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY

In this basic course, students learn about the systems of reference of the heavenly bodies, the solarsystem, the more distant members of our galactic system, outer galaxies, the instruments used for astronomical purposes, and the information obtained with them. A part of the time is spent observing the principal constellations and other heavenly bodies.

BIO 150 PL | HUMAN NUTRITION

This lecture course presents information on nutrients, their use by the body, and their relationship to human health.

BUS 430 PL | HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

In this course, students will explore policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees. While most students are not HR professionals, they are affected by standards, policies, and guidelines emanating from an HR office.

CHM 114 PL | INTRO TO BIO & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Basic concepts of chemistry are surveyed. Primary emphasis is on inorganic chemistry, but some organic chemistry is included. Laboratory experiences are included.

CMC 101 PL | PRINCIPLES OF SPEECH

This course focuses on the practical application of public speaking principles. Students gain experience in preparing and presenting formal speeches, and they develop skills of effective listening and critical analysis.

CMC 206 | CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This course examines connections between language and culture within different cultures and between different cultures, and promotes attitudes and skills which foster intercultural communication.  It is an interdisciplinary study that combines communication, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will have opportunity to apply what they are learning to various intercultural experiences.  They will also examine their values, beliefs and assumptions about communication and about their world in general.  

CMP 099 PL | A WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This five-week accelerated course is designed to improve writing skills and to encourage critical-thinking skills. Students will spend time reading, reflecting, writing, and revising. As
a result of completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and use writing as a process
  • Recognize and correct common problems with grammar and mechanics
  • Organize their thoughts into clear and coherent essays

Instructional Methods will include lecture, discussion, group work, and peer editing.

CMP 205 PL | WRITING AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS

This course provides instruction in writing that encourages learners to generate and perfect the techniques and skills required for academic writing. With an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical writing, this course focuses on the characteristics and uses of expository literature. This course satisfies the writing requirement for OM.

CSC 101 PL | INTRO TO COMPUTERS & APPLICATIONS

This is an introductory course on computers and their applications primarily geared to the non-traditional student. The class meets once a week over five weeks for four hours (approximately one and a half hours of lecture and two and a half hours of lab). Lecture topics include the computer hardware and software with particular focus on Microsoft Office, computer organization and operation, file storage and networking, collaboration tools, business applications, and social networking. The course will emphasize the use of computers in the business environment.

ECN 201 PL | PERSONAL ECONOMICS

This course emphasizes financial planning and decision-making. Topics include budgeting, insurance, investing, retirement planning, and estate planning.

FNA 256 PL | THE ART OF FILM

Students examine film history and literature as well as the impact of film on popular culture. Film's potential for raising and exploring meaningful issues and its capacity to instruct and edify are considered.

GEO 201 PL | CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY

Cultural Geography is an interesting, exciting and practical course that can enrich your life, strengthen your knowledge about geography, history, and current events. It is designed to make geography understandable and fun. The instructor
loves geography and has traveled extensively and enhances the topic with personal anecdotes.

HST 102 PL | WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1

This course offers an overview of Western European civilizations including the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome; medieval civilization; the Italian Renaissance; and the Reformation of the sixteenth century. The course will focus primarily on the religious, social, and political aspects of this period.

LIT 200B PL | MASTERPIECES IN DRAMA

This course introduces the student to a serious study – through video and written text – of several of Western civilization’s most significant plays and playwrights.

LIT 304 PL | SHORT STORY (ONLINE)

This course introduces the student to a serious study of literature primarily through the short story. Students will read and discuss selected short fiction pieces.

LIT 315 PL | ADOLESCENT LITERATURE

In this course we will examine themes in adolescent literature and discuss the application of their meaning to real life. Although the literature is considered adolescent, it is universal in theme, applicable to all ages. Emphasis will be placed on reflection and meaning – exploration of theme and its significance to life. In the process of exploring literature, we will examine the impact of setting, narration, characterization, plot, tone, description, dialogue, authorship, and historical background.

MGT 391-2 PL | PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project Management involves planning, organization, managing, and controlling project activities to ensure that the project reaches its objectives at the desired scope, cost, and schedule. The two course sequence provides preparation for taking project management certification exams.

MTH 121 PL | APPLIED ALGEBRA

This course is a study of elementary functions including linear functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. Some mathematics of finance, matrices, and linear programming are also covered.

MUS 104 PL | INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC

Students are introduced to the art of music and its materials with emphasis on the development of listening skills. This course is not open to Music majors.

NSC 207 PL | FORENSIC SCIENCE

This course provides an introduction to the problems and techniques of scientific criminal investigation. Discussion is focused on the fundamental principles of the physical and biological sciences with concern for the application of these principles as an aid to the resolution of legal questions.

NHA 380 PL | HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (ONLINE)**

This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth introduction of healthcare accounting and finance. This course is intended to give those who seek to manage health care organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to assure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of health care organizations such as not for profit and for profit hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare agencies including how these organizations use accounting and financial systems for decision making.

NHA 400 PL | HEALTH CARE POLICY, ETHICS AND LAW (ONLINE)**

This course presents a review of the ethical and legal dilemmas faced by health care providers and administrators. The values underlying the development of the health care system in the United Stated are explored in depth. The formation of governmental policy, state and federal, is reviewed. Health policy’s impact on and regulation of health care delivery in the United States is examined. Application of ethical decision-making is explored.

NHA 410 PL | HUMAN RESOURCES IN HEALTH CARE (ONLINE)**

This course will provide undergraduate level students with a framework for human resource decision making, an understanding of employee development, appraisal and employee compensation, as well as the recruitment and retention process within health care organizations. This course familiarizes the student with the field of human resources management through an examination of the major components of labor law, collective bargaining, and labor relations. In addition, the course provides purposeful exploration of how strategic management of human resources creates value and delivers results in health care.

NHA 450 PL | NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATION (ONLINE)**

Nursing home administrators take charge of many of the long-term operations of an elderly care home, such as managing finances, establishing policies, directing employees and much more. This is a multi-faceted job which requires a number of educational credentials as well as licensure from one’s state. This module covers content that includes all of the domains of practice, as established by the American College of Health Care Administrators, and will provide students with a broad based overview of the field of Nursing Home Administration. The content is solely oriented towards educating students for licensure as nursing home administrators.

PHL 208 PL | CRITICAL THINKING

The student develops skills for evaluating arguments through an applied study of the formal and informal components of language and reasoning. The course is preparation for a thoughtful, informed, and attentive life.

PHL 300 PL | HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF ADULT EDUCATION

Learning is a lifelong process that occurs in the workplace, the community, the church, and the classroom. In this course, students will study the theories that support learning from personal experience. Students will draw from the works of scholars such as David Kolb and Malcolm Knowles to produce life-learning essays that may be submitted to faculty readers for additional academic credit.

PHL 402 PL | PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

This course is a philosophical analysis of religious belief. Specifically, the student analyzes the following issues: religious language, divine omniscience, divine omnipotence, divine goodness, petitionary prayer, divine immutability, arguments for and against God’s existence, and personal immortality.

PSC 310 PL | NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

This course will explore and analyze New York state and local government, including the role of politics. It will explore such issues as structure, electoral process, and the role of special interests.

PSY 201 PL | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course provides an introduction to human development from conception through death. Focus will be on physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, with an emphasis on contemporary issues, concerns and application of information.

REL 305 PL | WORLD RELIGIONS

This study will focus on Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, giving attention to the origins, development, literature, and belief systems of these religions. Issues of inter-religious dialogue will be examined.

SOC 102 PL | MODERN SOCIAL PROBLEMS

This course is a survey of the nature and range of social problems, the conditions which give rise to them, and the methods by which our society attempts to cope with them.

SOC 104 PL | AGING & LIFE: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY

This course is a general introductory study of aging and social behavior from a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. Special attention is given to the realities of biological, psychological, and social development in late adulthood; personal attitudes about aging; and psycho-social-spiritual needs.

SOC 300 PL | GERONTOLOGY (ONLINE)**

This course provides an overview of the aging process and problems associated with normal growth and development, with an emphasis on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that meet the needs of older adults. The course will also address behavioral health issues associated with aging, including psycho-social impact of cultural and cohort influences. A discussion of prevention, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention as well as an examination of legislation affecting older adults will be reviewed. In addition, an understanding the death and dying process as a normal part of the life cycle and an examination of the specific are needed to care for the dying patient and (their) family as they complete that last stage of growth and development will also be considered.

SOC 410 PL | MAJOR ISSUES IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Recognizing that today’s college graduates will live in a world that is economically, politically, and environmentally connected, this course seeks to challenge students to think beyond their immediate surroundings and see themselves as part of a large human community. The course focuses on the complex global, intercultural, and cross-cultural issues that graduates will face as citizens of a global and an interdependent world.

WST 300 PL | WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

This course is designed to provide students who have a general interest in leadership with insights, perspectives, and considerations that pertain to women in leadership in particular. It assumes that understanding leadership issues as they relate specifically to women will benefit both women and men as they engage in leadership in their daily lives. The course will identify skills and strategies for women in recognizing barriers to leadership in themselves and in the context in which they lead and for women and men in promoting leadership contributions from all individuals. 

585.594.6905 or PATHWAY@roberts.edu