Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Area consists of 12 competencies that can be met by SNL courses, equivalent transfer courses or proficiency exams as listed below.

Liberal Learning

The Liberal Learning Area consists of 26 competencies in 4 categories. Competences can be satisfied by SNL and CDM courses, equivalent transfer courses, and documented college-level learning from experience as listed below.

Arts & Ideas Category: 

  •  6 SNL competencies

Human Community Category:

  • 6 SNL competencies 

Scientific World Category: 

Elective Category:

  • 8  competencies
    • 6 Open Elective courses or competencies
    • 2 SNL Advanced Elective competencies

The BAC Focus Area

The BAC Focus Area consists of 12 competencies satisfied through CDM courses, approved transfer courses or experiential learning and SNL projects. Students can design their own Customized Focus Area track or choose one of the following Specialized Focus Area tracks.

  • Computer Graphics and Software Development
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Cinema
  • E-Commerce Technology
  • Game Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Media
  • Network Technology
  • Security

LL 102


Learning Assessment Seminar is the first of the required courses in the Lifelong Learning Area and designed to help students make educational decisions in the context of their educational and personal goals, become well-versed in SNL's philosophy and competence framework, and make concrete plans for completion of their degree. This course is also the first step toward admission to baccalaureate degree-seeking status within SNL and carries two hours of academic credit. Competence: L-1. Faculty: Staff

LL 250


In this required course, the instructor becomes the students' Faculty Mentor for the duration of their academic programs. During this course, students learn how to submit learning from experience for competencies. They complete a plan to achieve their learning and professional goals, and also begin work on a reflective portfolio in the Lifelong Learning Area that they will complete at their Last Committee Meeting. Students are encouraged to take this course early in their program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Learning Assessment Seminar and approval for registration. This course satisfies two competencies and carries six hours of tuition credit. Competencies: L2, L3.
Status as a BA student in SNL and (LL 102 or DCM 313) are a prerequisite for this class.

LL 150


In this required course, SNL students focus on writing skills associated with effective performance in a variety of settings. Students will review and practice the essentials of good writing by building on their particular strengths and improving areas of difficulty. In addition to receiving individual feedback and guidance from the instructor, students learn to give feedback on writing to one another. This is a Pass/Fail class. However, you have the option of taking the course for a letter grade. If you wish to take the course for a letter grade, you must inform your instructor in writing by the end of the second week of class. Once you commit to taking the course for a letter grade, you cannot switch back to Pass/Fail. Pre-requisite required: successful completion of Learning Assessment Seminar. Competence: L-4. Faculty: Staff
LL 101 or LL 102 or DCM 313 is a prerequisite for this class.

LL 155


In this required course, students are introduced to the basic concepts behind the skills of effective listening, dynamic thinking, and persuasive argumentation and have an opportunity to practice these skills within an active and experiential context. Through peer and small group activities, problem-based exercises, and self-evaluation skills, students will develop effective habits of thinking that can be employed in subsequent learning experiences. This course satisfies the L5 competence and carries four hours of tuition credit

LL 205


This course provides an introduction to various topics in quantitative reasoning that most adults will be exposed to throughout their university course work, their careers and their daily lives and how to more effectively handle these topics. It covers different approaches to problem solving, how numbers are used in the real world, how to manage your personal finances, basic concepts in statistics and how they are applied in everyday settings and , finally, how money and populations grow and decay. Scientific calculators and the Excel spreadsheet program will be used as tools for exploring algebraic and statistical concepts. Excel spreadsheets and charts are used extensively to illustrate graphically how to display, analyze and interpret data. Using mathematical models to understand real-world phenomena and to make predictions is an important component of the course. Access to a PC and the Internet is required. Quantitative reasoning will be a large part of the class discussion. Competence: L6

LL 300


This required course fulfills two competencies and carries six tuition hours. Students will learn to pose questions and use methods of formal inquiry to answer questions and solve problems as preparation for their Externship and Advanced Project. The instructor selects a topic around which to organize the course. The topic is broad enough to allow students to pursue research in areas of interest, while providing a common reference point for class discussion. Prerequisite: Students must complete Foundations of Adult Learning, College Writing and Critical Thinking prior to registration. Competencies: L8, L9.
LL 250 and (LL 150 or LL 104 or LL 153 or LL 154) and (LL 155 or DCM 310 or LL 105) are a prerequisite for this class.

LL 302


Externship is a required course in which SNL students design and execute an independent study project, guided by their academic committees, which engages them in learning under new conditions and in reflecting on the methods of independent learning used. Externship is offered in two modes: as a service learning course or as a course completed individually with your faculty mentor. To register for Externship as a service learning course, use Campus Connect. To register as a course with your mentor, submit a paper registration form found on the SNL website. Externship carries 4 tuition credit hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Research Seminar is required prior to registration. Competences: L10, L11.
LL 300 is a prerequisite for this class.

LL 390


This required course is the final requirement completed by SNL students to earn their degree. Primary purposes are to 1) bring appropriate and reflective closure on the SNL experience; 2) enable students to celebrate and share their work with others who have accomplished goals and projects; and, 3) reflect upon the overall SNL experience, its developmental effect, its contribution to lifelong learning, and the transferable skills, attitudes, etc. that were developed as a result of the SNL experience. * Students must be approved to register for Summit Seminar by their academic committee upon successful completion of all degree requirements. Summit Seminar carries four hours of academic credit for Pre-1999 and a fee for BA-1999. Pre-1999 Competencies: LL-9 & LL-10. BA-1999 Competencies: L-12. Faculty: Staff
FA 303 and LL 302 are a prerequisite for this class.

IT 223


(FORMERLY CSC 323) Application of statistical concepts and techniques to a variety of problems in IT areas and other disciplines, using a statistical package for simple data analysis. Course topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability rules, sampling, distributions, confidence intervals, correlation, regression and hypothesis testing. PREREQUISITE(S): MAT 130 or placement

IT 263


This course introduces the networking and security technologies required to build and maintain a home or small-office network. Networking topics will include client/server application software configuration, network connectivity (cabling, switch and router configuration), basic IP addressing, network address translation and options for public Internet access services. Security topics will include typical threats and responses, firewalls, host hardening, password management and virtual private network (VPNs). The course has a lab component where students apply wired and wireless technologies to design and administer a small network with various applications. PREREQUISITE(S): none