Education

SUGGESTED GRADES 4-12 Option offered through Liberal Arts

For students who wish to prepare themselves for an Associate degree or wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Education.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychological concepts to the learning behavior of children and adolescents;
  • Analyze characteristics of effective teaching behaviors and “best practices” in the teaching profession;
  • Analyze the organization and funding of school systems;
  • Describe the roles of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and teacher associations in the U.S.;
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.

Visual Arts/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Visual Arts option will approach sculpture, architecture, painting, and drawing from a dual perspective. Students will explore the history and appreciation of art in the classroom and develop introductory and advanced skills in a variety of media in the drawing and painting studio.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Apply formal creative issues including composition, balance, space, line, and form.
  • Apply skills associated with two-dimensional imaging.
  • Demonstrate use of diverse materials, various media, and techniques in foundation level drawing and painting studio activities.
  • Analyze the visual arts through art history.
  • Create a portfolio that demonstrated competency in the visual arts undertaken.

Film

Option offered through Communications

This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Course work includes film theory and criticism. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.

Other Communications Degrees Include:

  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning
  • Evaluate prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of film as a medium as well as the formal and thematic developments that constitute its history
  • Apply classroom learning to the creation of student video projects

Graphic Design/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Graphic Design is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/design related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of Graphic Design. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are introduced to the various aspects of the graphic communication process including the development of roughs, comps, layouts, pasteups, and mechanicals in a Macintosh-equipped digital laboratory. A specific approach to beginning and advanced design problem-solving is emphasized. Additional topics of study include an analysis of graphic art production processes including photo digitizing, typography, and the use of illustration software programs.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • State the theoretical skills involved in creating visuals, combining images and typography.
  • Create visuals which utilize both images and typography.
  • Create examples, utilizing diverse materials and media, of techniques traditionally used in foundation level graphic design studios.
  • Create examples of traditional layout comps, thumbnail, and sketch mode visualizations.
  • State the critical and aesthetic essentials seen throughout the history of graphic design.
  • Utilize the tools of digital design including computer and design software to prepare graphic design examples.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in graphic design.

Illustration/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Illustration is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/illustration-related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of illustration. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are taught to creatively differentiate between product, journalistic, and advertising forms of illustration. Considerable time is focused on learning specific studio media and techniques including the use of pencil and dry media, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, gouache, tempera, and acrylic paint. Study also includes concentration on beginning and advanced visual problem-solving through use of illustration software in a Macintosh laboratory environment.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • State the techniques and materials commonly used in textural and figurative depictions.
  • Create art work utilizing a variety of media including watercolor, colored pencil, ink wash and gouache.
  • State the critical, aesthetic and historic approaches to illustration.
  • Utilize computers and digital software to prepare illustrations.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in illustration.

International Studies

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The International Studies option is designed for traditional transfer-oriented students seeking a baccalaureate or higher degree in international affairs leading to possible careers with multinational corporations, the federal government, or international organizations. Community leaders interested in foreign policy issues and business people seeking to expand their knowledge of the international economy within the global system may also find this program of interest.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will have:
  • The ability to think critically about the global system
  • A familiarity with the history and culture of those civilizations which have interacted with the west over the last several centuries
  • Knowledge of the basic operation of the international system of sovereign states from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 to its current evolution
  • An understanding of the causes of war and the efforts made to produce alternative methods of conflict resolution, including collective security through the United Nations
  • An awareness of the roles played by intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), such as WTO, WHO, UNESCO, and non-government organizations (NGOs), such as Green Peace, in the global system
  • Familiarity with the development and growth of the Global Economy
  • An understanding of the role of multinational corporations(MNCs) within the international system
  • Familiarity with statistics so that students can analyze population trends, economic projections, and political data
  • Sensitivity to the different value systems, ideologies, national interests, and alternative business practices of various cultures

Journalism

Option offered through Communications
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Course work includes theory and practice of reporting and writing news and features for print publications. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning
  • Evaluate prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them
  • Compose articles and headlines appropriate to the style requirements of a variety of media publication and distribution channels
Other Communications Degrees Include:
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts program has existed at Union County College since its beginning in 1933. It is the College’s premier transfer-oriented curriculum for students who want to complete a broad-based liberal arts and sciences foundation before majoring in particular disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. The program is designed to meet the core requirements of most four-year Liberal Arts colleges.
A wide range of program options have been developed from this core curriculum, many of which allow a measure of specialization during the first two years of college. The core Liberal Arts program provides a basic college introduction to many academic disciplines and programs. It is the quintessential preparation for a well-rounded general education, allowing students to experience various academic disciplines before settling on a major after transfer.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • College-level competency in historical knowledge about the Western tradition and its development in America.
  • College-level competency in the social sciences.
  • College-level understanding of American government, politics, and society.
  • College-level appreciation of the economic forces shaping all human societies.
  • College-level appreciation of the fine arts: music, art, drama, literature.
  • An understanding of the findings of the natural sciences and their applications to solving practical problems.
  • College-level competency in mathematics that allows the graduate to use algebra and statistics to solve various problems in the sciences and practical life.
  • An awareness of and concern for the ethical implications of institutional policies and individual practices.
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and effective communications skills.
  • The ability to use technology for learning and research.
  • The ability to learn independently and to direct his/her own learning.

Multimedia

Option offered through Communications
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Students will learn the fundamentals of multimedia design and gain practical experience in the development of multimedia content through the fusion of audio, video, images and text. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
Other Communications Degrees Include:
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser in addition to software specific to the field of multimedia design
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning
  • Manage current technology in the area of multimedia development and design
  • Work effectively as a member of a team in the field of multimedia
  • Analyze and apply the technical and theoretical skills in the field of multimedia design and web specialist.

Music/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The study of music will include an exploration of the various styles and periods of music throughout history, as well as the acquisition of basic music skills such as reading music, playing simple instruments, and conducting song sessions. Discussions and listenings will illuminate the different forms of music.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • basic general musicianship skills;
  • a basic understanding and appreciation of various musical styles;
  • a general understanding of formal creative issues, including musical form, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, motive, instruments, and orchestra;
  • basic music theory, including notation, intervals, scales, and triads;
  • the necessary knowledge for teaching general music at the elementary school level.