A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Adult Education

view dept. website http://www.houghton.edu/adult-education/

Katherine A. Buvoltz, Associate Dean of Adult and Distance Education


Adult Education 

Houghton College offers an adult degree completion offering leading to a bachelor of business administration degree as well as a bachelor of science degree in Human Resources Management, Integrated Marketing and Communication, Leaderhip Development, or Management.  Known as Adult Ed, these opportunities serve those who have interrupted their higher education for work, family, or other commitments and now wish to resume studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. For the adult learner, the combination of convenient scheduling, contemporary technology and high-quality conventional classroom instruction or online offers flexibility.

The adult degree completion offering is intended to build on previous college credit and experience equivalent to about two years of college. The degree, which can be completed in about 18 months, has three major requirements:

  1. Transfer of approximately 60 semester hours from approved institutions to Houghton College.
  2. Completion of all non-core credit requirements as determined after initial transcript review (up to 27 hours of credit).
  3. Completion of an advance-level, interdisciplinary core of 37 or 40 semester hours, comprised of 12 to 15  three-hour courses and a one-credit hour workshop series.

Note: The combination of transfer credit and on-core credit must provide a minimum of 87 semester hours for completion of degree requirements. Student with fewer total hours may take additional courses at Houghton or elsewhere, or may pursue DSST or experiential learning credits.)

General Education minima:

Certain minimum general education requirements must also be met as part of the non-core credit requirments. These general education requirements are:

Minimum hours

CategoryCredit hours
Religion and philosophy 6
Communication (written and spoken) 6
Humanities and social science (at least 6 hours in humanities and 3 in social sciences, but no more than 6 hours in any one discipline) 18
Mathematics/computer science 3
Science 3
Total 36

The adult degree completion program is conducted year-round. Each core course is taken over eight weeks, a total of four courses can be completed each spring, summer, and fall semsters. Students are considered full-time and eligible to apply for federal and state financial aid and student loans.

For more information, write to Adult Education, Houghton College at West Seneca, 2732 Transit Road, West Seneca, NY 14224, call 716.674.6363 or 888.874.7223, or visit Adult Education.

Costs and Financial Aid Information

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ADC 155 Computer Applications & Issues


Introduction to personal computer and Microsoft Office applications including spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, and database software. Students work on real business computing projects. Discussion of current issues in computing.

ADC 201 Discovery and Practice of Academic Learning (Pass/Fail)

1-Term I

Mandatory workshop that informs and prepares students to maintain their course of study in P.A.C.E. while teaching them how to become successful adult learners. Students are introduced to the Houghton campus and its services while learning the value of a Christian liberal arts education. Key factors include the importance of critical thinking and insight into adult learning theories. Emphasis will be placed on self-directed learning as it relates to the program and beyond. Students also learn how to avoid plagiarism by utilizing database research methods and APA citation sources. Opportunities for reflection, based on completion of Adult Development and content of the workshop, lead to a purpose statement and goal-setting exercise that integrates with the Portfolio process.

ADC 209 Introduction to Christianity


An introductory survey of the main beliefs and practices that constitute the Christian tradition. Christianity will be approached in a way that overcomes the traditional division between doctrine and practice. The Biblical, theological, historical, ethical and spiritually formative aspects of the Christian faith will be explored. The course aims to help the student to develop a personal theology and life perspective that is informed by Christian faith and Christian spirituality.

ADC 212 Managerial Accounting


Basic theories and practices of providing accounting information for use by decision makers within the organization.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 444

ADC 213 Masterworks of Sight and Sound


This course is a survey of art and music in western culture from the late gothic period through modern times. We will be looking at major monuments of art, architecture and music.

ADC 215 Interpersonal Communication


Principles, application of interpersonal skills in the context of friendships and families. Includes personal and relational awareness, person perception, verbal and non-verbal communication, relational, development, and gender communication.

ADC 215 Interpersonal Communication


Principles, application of interpersonal skills in the context of friendships and families. Includes personal and relational awareness, person perception, verbal and non-verbal communication, relational development, and gender communication.

ADC 217 Social Psychology


Social behavior from a sociological and psychological perspective, examining the interaction of behaviors of individuals in groups. Topics: prejudice, group processes, leadership, conformity, attitudes, change.

ADC 218 Marketing Principles


An overview of consumer behavior and strategies related to product development, pricing, promotion and distribution of consumer and business products and services in both domestic and international markets.

ADC 224 The Birth and Maturation of Western Culture


A connected narrative of western culture from ancient Greece to the present. This course surveys the birth and maturation of Western Culture from the Bronze Age through the Renaissance and Reformation. While highlighting key people, places, and events, will examine such important general issues as church and state, public versus private interest, human identity, human capacity, and worldview construction.

ADC 225 Western Culture in the Age of Science


A connected narrative of western culture from ancient Greece to the 20th century. Highlighting key people, places and events, will examine such issues as church and state, public versus private interest, human identity and worldview construction. Will examine each period by weaving literature and philosophy into the fabric of history. Using these elements, will examine the worldviews that have characterized the past and equip participants to evaluate critically the worldview options available.

ADC 295 Special Topics


ADC 301 Psychology of Personality


Description, development, dynamics, determinants and assessment of the normal personality. Emphasis on contemporary theories and research.

ADC 311 Employment Law


A conceptual and functional analysis of the legal framework and principles of industrial and employment relations with special emphasis on discrimination based on race, sex, age, and disability; testing and performance appraisal; wrongful discharge; labor/management issues; and employee benefits.

ADC 312 Advertising Principles


Overview of the advertising field and how it functions in society. Studies research, strategies, methods, creativity, and media planning. Typically includes case study.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 218

ADC 319 Marketing Research


Study of the techniques used in collection and analysis of secondary and primary data and use of that format for decision-making in marketing environment. Student teams work on real business marketing research projects.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 218

ADC 320 Leadership Development


A study of the principles of leadership found in biblical leaders, throughout history, and in our own lives. Designed as an interdisciplinary course, specifically to help guide personal understanding of both leadership responsibilities and leadership abilities. It is not intended only for individuals who aspire to positions of leadership or just for those who think they have what are normally considered "leadership" abilities. It is intended for anyone seeking to understand how to better be able to influence others for good, regardless of their profession, position, gifts, or calling. Liberal Arts.

ADC 321 Adult Development

3-Term I

Overview of adulthood in context of life span, including biological change, cognitive characteristics, personality and moral reasoning. Also addresses issues of gender, interpersonal relations, ethnicity, aging and impact of theory on organizational development.

ADC 322 Business Writing

3-Term I

Emphasis on improving ability to communicate effectively through writing, identification of audience and purpose, clear reasoning and rational organization, suitable wording and effective rewriting.

ADC 323 Work Team Dynamics

3-Term I

Focus on dynamic processes affecting task-oriented work groups, including formation, development, maturity and effectiveness. Addresses goals, interactions, problem recognition, interventions and team meetings.

ADC 325 Presentational Speaking

3-Term I

Performance course involving the preparation, delivery and evaluation of presentations commonly required in an organizational setting, including both informative and persuasive presentations. Emphasis on the process of communication, audience analysis, message content and structure, and extemporaneous delivery. The goal is developing confidence and competence as a public speaker.

ADC 330 Conflict Management


An introduction to conflict management that balances coverage of major theories with practice in communication skills and conflict intervention techniques (e.g. assertiveness training, mediation, negotiation). Focus on experiential learning, with heavy emphasis on written analysis that includes analytical journaling and analysis of scientific journal articles. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 311

ADC 333 Project Management


The primary premise of this course is that project management concepts are fundamental to most activities undertaken by organizations and individuals. Students will learn the elements of initiating, planning scheduling, resource allocation, executing, controlling and closeout for functional projects and other management initiatives. Team leadership and team dynamics will be explored as essential elements of a successful project. Opportunities to apply technology to project management will also be addressed.

ADC 425 Business Ethics


Ethics-related aspects of the business decision-making process. Students will address a variety of topics, including theoretical underpinnings of ethics, stakeholders, decision-making strategies, and utilization of such strategies in specific areas such as shareholder and employment relations, marketing, and globalization. The emphases of the course are issue recognition, application of ethical principles, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making process with such principles.

ADC 430 Integrated Marketing Communications


Focuses on both the theory and practice of blending strategies and tactics within the discipline of market communications. Explores ways to unify disparate initiatives with Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sales Promotion, Branding and Event Management to achieve maximum, coordinated effectiveness in the marketplace. Prepares students for today’s workplace by studying the manner in which current organizations practice Marketing for cost-effective results. While Marketing Principles touches on Public Relations and Sales Promotion, this course will include a more thorough study of these areas so students are prepared for today’s marketing environment.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 312 , ADC 218

ADC 440 Fundamentals of Management

3-Term II

Effective reasoning and decision-making for organizational managers. Assessment and development of individual managerial competencies, involving leadership styles, ethical perspectives, problem solving, stating goals and objectives, and strategic and tactical planning.

ADC 441 Worldviews at Work

3-Term II

Provides managers and other workers with an enhanced understanding of the way in which worldviews, in particular a person’s basic faith commitments, impact the workplace, and vice versa. It is an introduction to the relationship between religion and the culture of organizations, and as such is designed to help one identify and begin to reflect (or extend reflections) on the relevant issues.

ADC 442 Human Resources Management

3-Term II

Perspectives on traditional, current and emerging practices in human resources management, including matters related to economics, law, psychology, sociology, and programs and policies used in employee management.

ADC 444 Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers

3-Term III

Introduction to accounting and finance concepts, including cost control, understanding and analyses of financial statements, budgeting, working capital management and financing alternatives.

ADC 446 Staffing and Performance Management


Examination of recruiting, selection, and performance appraisal and an understanding of all facets of performance management including training and development, developing reward systems, performance measurement, equal employment practices, counseling and promotion processes. Discussions will also include strategies to recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 311

ADC 448 Employee Training and Development


An examination of employee training and human resource development in various organizations. Topics include the development, administration, and evaluation of training programs; employee development; career development; and organizational change. Issues in employee development (including assessment of employee competencies, opportunities for learning and growth, and the roles of managers in employee development) are explored.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 311

ADC 449 Employee Relations


Survey of the collective bargaining system in the U.S. The development of managerial approaches is provided to achieve labor-management cooperation, negotiations between management and employees’ organizations, the nature and significance of collective bargaining, procedures of collective bargaining, bargaining issues, contract administration, current practices and the future directions of unions.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 311

ADC 450 Personal and Professional Ethics

3-Term III

Focuses on ethical theories and specific moral issues in the workplace. Includes small group analyses of selected cases and applicable principles.

ADC 451 Quantitative Decision Making

3-Term II

Statistics as a tool in solving real-world problems, including organizing data, using models for predictions, constructing simple graphics; use of logic and reasoning in drawing conclusions and making recommendations. Emphasis on process improvement and decision making.

ADC 453 Diversity in the Workplace

3-Term III

Sociological approach to examining workplace diversity, stratification, stereotyping and misunderstandings, including matters related to culture, gender, ethnicity and race. Emphasis on contemporary issues and problem solving.

ADC 454 Organizational Development

3-Term III

Development of theory and innovative practice relevant to leadership and organizational change. Major topics include change processes within organizations, intervention strategies in organizations to improve their effectiveness, studies of such interventions, the roles of change agents, and problems of self-awareness, responsibility and the political consequences of organizational development theory and practice.

ADC 460 Managing Total Rewards: Compensation and Benefits


This course explores the concept of total rewards, its fundamental elements and strategic prevalence in attracting, motivating and retaining valued employees. Additional focus will be allocated to compensation and benefits, relevant philosophies, designs, and best practices, incorporating latest issues/trends along with their potential implications. Students will participate in strategic goal and program development, examining how total rewards, compensation and benefit designs, impact individual/organization performance and contribute to defining organization culture.

Prerequisite Courses: ADC 311 , ADC 442

COMM 101 Presentational Speaking


Studies in the basic concepts of effective communication. Emphases on oral presentation skills, organization of information, use of evidence, and audience analysis. Deliver demonstrative, informational, and persuasive speeches. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 205 Introduction to Communication Theory


This course provides a foundation for subsequent communication courses by introducing the major theories that help to explain human communication behavior. The course encourages students to see theorizing both as a formal, systematic approach to learning and as an informal activity in which we all engage. Through practical application, the course emphasizes the understanding, evaluation, and use of communication theories in daily life. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 207 Introduction to Pro Tools


Introduction to Pro Tools sound & recording software. Foundational skills necessary to record, edit, and mix at basic level using a Digidesign Pro Tools system. Focus: fundamental tools and techniques through demonstrations, real-world examples, and frequent hands-on assignments. Successful completion prepares students to undertake Pro Tools 101 Degidesign Certification exam. This course has a lab fee. By permission of instructor.

COMM 208 Pro Tools Production I


Continued study of Pro Tools: expanding range of tools and techniques. Focus: expanded hardware and software configurations, developing versatile tools for manipulating and editing both audio and MIDI data, and implementing various techniques to facilitate larger and more sophisticated mixing scenarios, again through real-world examples and frequent hands-on assignments that will enhance your capabilities in all aspects of Pro Tools production. Successful completion prepares student to undertake Pro Tools 110 DigiDesign Certification exam. This course has a lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: COMM 207

COMM 214 Introduction to Mass Media


Overview of the mass communication process and its application to mass media. Considers history, technological development, social implications, business functions, and legal aspects of mass media. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 215 Interpersonal Communication


Principles, application of interpersonal skills in the context of friendships and families. Includes personal and relational awareness, person perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, relational development, and gender communication. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 216 Organizational Communication


Development of communication skills applicable within organizations: understanding communication channels, interviewing strategies, task-oriented groups, business and sales presentations, conducting effective meetings, conflict management. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 218 Marketing Principles


Factors in product development, pricing, distribution, and promotion of consumer and business goods and services.

COMM 224 Time, Motion, and Communication


This course is an introduction to the foundational concepts of communications design in which time is an important formal element. Studio work will explore ways that images and design change over time in ways that enhance narrative or interactive communication: time and motion explored as formal properties; history of time-based communication and interactivity; extensive studio work developing key concepts in time and communication. This course has a lab fee. Liberal Arts.

COMM 228 Digital Video I


This course is an introduction to the movie-making process using digital tools. Students will learn the basics of managing digital workflow and software interface, using a digital video camera, editing in Final Cut Pro, and saving final output to DVD. Also covered are basic principles of storytelling, location production, integration of titles and audio, critique and production skills, and output and archiving. This course has a lab fee.

COMM 232 Introduction to Web Communication


This course is an introduction to the design, hosting, and maintenance of Web pages. Foundational concepts of composition and design, use of color, multimedia, accessibility, and good user interface design are covered in a project-based studio. Suitable for any major and discipline, with an emphasis on projects useful to communication majors (online Web gallery, portfolio, video, blogging, etc.) This course has a lab fee. Liberal Arts.

COMM 244 Oral Performance of Literature


Emphasis on the selection and analysis of literary texts in preparation for presentation in both traditional oral interpretation and Readers Theater formats. Development of vocal and physical skills for reading texts in a variety of literary styles, including prose, poetry, scripture, drama, and children’s lit. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 284 Introduction to Digital Imaging


This course is an introduction to the tools and concepts of creating and manipulating images with digital technology. It introduces students to compositing, drawing tools, digital photography, and basic filters, and covers the basics to intermediate techniques. The primary software application is Adobe Photoshop. Instruction is project based and relies on class critique. Students also learn to recognize digital equivalents of traditional art styles, techniques, and forms. This course has a lab fee.

COMM 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Independent Study

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

Liberal Arts.

COMM 295, 395 Special Topics in Communication: Lecture-Based or Studio-Based


Opportunity for study of issues and problems not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Liberal Arts.

COMM 314 New Media and Society


This course explores the ways computing and digital communication tools, along with the Internet, are transforming culture and society. Includes a history of the Internet and personal computing and examines critical writing from a range of perspectives on the potentially positive and negative aspects of technology-influenced trends.

COMM 316 Advanced Presentational Speaking


The preparation and delivery of various kinds of problem-solving presentations including problem analysis, policy justification, policy rejection, and hostile audience. Emphasis on content, structure, and delivery. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. Liberal Arts.

COMM 319 American Public Address


This course studies the public discourse of political speeches and popular culture from the colonial era to the present. A careful analysis of speech texts and the historical contexts in which they were delivered will help students become more careful consumers of public messages, will build critical skills, will improve understanding of key issues in American history and how those issues were debated, and will increase appreciation for the importance of rhetoric in a democratic society. Community: Communication. Liberal Arts.

COMM 324 Advertising and Public Relations Principles


An overview of the theory behind both related practices including the development, management and implementation of creative communication initiatives and campaigns. The course focuses first on advertising and then on public relations and concentrates on understanding their shared and unique roles in the important area of public communication.

Prerequisite Courses: COMM 218 , BADM 319

COMM 328 Digital Video II


This course is a continuation of DV I, intended to expand upon the skills and techniques introduced in DV I, and adding more advanced editing techniques to the student’s skill set. Techniques such as multi-camera production, compositing, green screen, and videoblogging are introduced. Students are encouraged to prepare film festival submissions. The course presents an outline of cinematic communication history. This course has a lab fee.

COMM 330 Conflict Management


An introduction to conflict management that balances coverage of major theories with practice in communication skills and conflict intervention techniques (e.g., assertiveness training, mediation, negotiation). Focus on experiential learning with heavy emphasis on written analysis that includes analytical journaling and analysis of scientific journal articles.

COMM 335 Integrated Marketing Communication Seminar


A culminating study of how marketing-communication disciplines coalesce to form powerful branding campaigns in business and not-for-profit organizations. The course examines case studies of various IMC projects and initiatives and analyzes approaches and outcomes.

Prerequisite Courses: COMM 324 , COMM 218 , BADM 319

COMM 384 Digital Imaging II


Advanced techniques in compositing, painting, graphics, and content expression using 2D digital computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. Creative studio lab work will focus on individual and collaborative digital imaging projects, for print or electronic distribution. Coursework conceptualizes the image as a powerful artistic and communication mode of discourse. Presentations, demonstrations, and intensive group critiques offer a chance for students wishing to pursue more advanced skills in using the computer as an expressive imaging tool. This course has a lab fee.

Prerequisite Courses: COMM 284

COMM 389, 489 Communication Internship

1, 2, 3 or 4-F, S, Summer

Experience in an applied communication field. Course tailored to individual student’s needs and interests.

COMM 496 Honors in Communication


Liberal Arts.

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