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Paralegal Studies on Saturdays

Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies

In the One Day A Week Saturday Program, you can earn your Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies by taking classes just on Saturdays.

This degree is available through our One Day a Week Saturday Program at our Longmeadow and Sturbridge campuses.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

CIT210 Intercultural Communication 3

This course focuses on communicating effectively in a culturally-diverse world. Students receive a solid grounding in Cultural Anthropology combined with Interpersonal Communication theory and practice to develop knowledge and skills essential for communicating effectively across cultural borders. Through lectures, small group discussions, research projects, videos, and guest speakers, students learn first to identify other peoples cultural patterns and then to analyze strategies for adjusting their own communicative styles to resolve and to avoid intercultural conflicts. Students demonstrate proficiency in intercultural theory and practice through writing assignments, including a formal cross-cultural research paper; oral presentations; and a variety of class activities and assignments. Prerequisites: ENG 114 and ENG 124

COM111 Computer Applications I 3

This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research and Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

GEO102 Introduction to Geography 3

This course introduces students to basic geographic concepts, familiarizing them with broad, world-scale patterns. The course provides an understanding of geography as a comprehensive discipline that draws knowledge from various other subject areas that focus on patterns of physical distribution (i.e. mountains, forests, deserts, bodies of water, etc.) on the earth's surface and the interrelationships between peoples and their environments. Students are taught to use geography as an investigative set of tools to answer analytical questions of "Where?" and "Why there?" as they look at the intertwining of human and environmental patterns of development and change over time.

GOV100 American Government 3

This course provides an understanding of the function of the American national government. The development of the Constitution and the American political system are considered in the light of contemporary economic, social, and technological conditions.

HIS115 United States since 1870 3

A topical and chronological survey of American history from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the discipline of history, and in developing interpretive, oral, and written skills. Topics to be covered include the emergence of Jim Crow, the expansion of America, the Gilded Age, reform movements, America at War, Depression and New Deal, the Cold War, the turbulent 1960's, social movements, recent political developments, and the role of the United States in a multinational/multi-ethnic world.

LAW103 Introduction to American Legal System 3

This course introduces students to basic legal concepts, the structure of the American state and federal court systems, basic legal theory and practice, and provides an overview of several areas of law. This course is required for all legal studies majors, minors, and certificate students; it is a prerequisite for all other legal courses

LAW220 Business Law 3

This course studies the legal environment of business, including an examination of the format and characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and agency law. The law of contracts is studied in detail. Prerequisite: LAW 103

LAW232 Principles of Litigation 3

This course introduces students to the principles and process of civil litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial. Students will gain insight into the litigation process from lecture and class discussion, reading assignments, examination of actual-case documentation, and the drafting of pleadings and motions and other documents. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the spring semester

LAW240 Legal Research and Writing 3

This course surveys published sources and materials of the law. Students are trained in the research and analysis of legal problems and in the practical applications of legal writing. This course includes drafting correspondence, case briefs, and legal memoranda. Prerequisites: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

LAW241 Computer Assisted Legal Research 3

This course provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in legal research and fact investigation. Topics covered include citation and searching methods, types of resources, Web site evaluation, and a comparison of print and electronic research tools. Students will perform tasks similar to those expected of them in a legal setting. Print, electronic, and Web-based resources from information providers such as WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS are included. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: LAW 240 or permission of Department Chair

LAW246 Tort Law 3

This introductory course covers basic tort law, including assault, battery, trespass, conversion, infliction of emotional distress, products liability, and negligence. Classroom work will be reinforced by assignments in which students research and brief a variety of tort cases. Prerequisites: LAW 232 and LAW 240 Offered in the fall semester

LAW250 Wills, Estates, and Trust Management 3

An examination of the law of property and how it is obtained, held, and disposed of during life and at death. The course includes preparation and drafting of various estate planning documents. Instruction includes using computer software in the writing of wills. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the spring semester in alternate years

LAW260 Real Estate Law 3

This course introduces the student to the following areas: ownership interests, methods and problems of co-ownership, contracts for the sale of real estate, deeds, mortgages, title examinations, brokerage contracts, leases, and landlord and tenant rights and liabilities. The course includes preparation of a title examination and various real estate documents, including RESPA forms. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses