Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Area consists of 12 competences satisfied by 8 required SNL courses, approved transfer courses or proficiency exams. They are:
L-7: Collaborative Learning (L-7)
LL 302 EXTERNSHIP (L-10 & L-11)

Liberal Learning 

The Liberal Learning Area consists of 26 competences in 4 categories. Competences can be satisfied by SNL courses, relevant transfer courses of C- or better, and documented college-level learning from experience. They are:

Arts & Ideas Category

  • 1 from Interpreting the Arts (A-1)
  • 1 from Creative Expression (A-2)
  • 1 from Reflection and Meaning (A-3)
  • 1 from Ethics in the Contemporary World (A-4)
  • 1 from Creativity (A-5)
  • 3 additional AI competences

Human Community Category

  • 1 from Communities and Societies (H-1)
  • 1 from Institutions and Organizations (H-2)
  • 1 from Individual Development (H-3)
  • 1 from Power and Justice (H-4)
  • 1 from Globalization (H-5)
  • 3 additional HC competences

The Scientific World Category

  • 1 from Experiencing Science (S-1)
  • 1 from Patterns and Processes (S-2)
  • 1 from Science, Technology and Society (S-3)
  • 1 from Interconnections in the Natural World (S-4)
  • 1 from Information Technology (S-5)
  • 3 additional SW competences


  • 1 Advanced Elective (E-1)
  • 1 Advanced Elective (E-2)

Focus Area 

The Focus Area consists of 12 competences satisfied by SNL courses, relevant transfer courses of C- or better, and documented college-level learning from experience.

  • F-1: Focused Planning (Fulfilled by LL 250)
  • F-2: Focus Area Elective
  • F-3: Focus Area Elective
  • F-4: Focus Area Elective
  • F-5: Focus Area Elective
  • F-6: Focus Area Elective
  • F-7: Focus Area Elective
  • F-8: Focus Area Elective
  • F-9: Focus Area Elective
  • F-10: Focus Area Elective
  • F-11: Advanced Project (Fulfilled by FA 303)
  • F-12: Advanced Project​ (Fulfilled by FA 303)


LL 250


In this required course, students use structured reflection and analysis to assess themselves as learners, write learning goals, do preliminary research in their focus area, meet with their mentor, establish an academic committee and plan the remainder of their undergraduate program. They master the notion of competence and identify ways of achieving it through prior and future learning. The course includes organizing a portfolio that will be an ongoing resource to support and document students? accomplishment of their learning goals. Students should take this course early in their program so they have a clear pathway to graduation. This course satisfies two competencies and carries four hours of tuition credit. Competencies: L2 (Foundations) and F1 (Focus Area Planning).
Status as a BA student in SNL and (LL 102 or DCM 313) are a prerequisite for this class.

LL 150


In this 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.
LL 101 or LL 102 or DCM 313 is a prerequisite for this class.

LL 155


In this 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.

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.

LL 300


In this course 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.
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Research Seminar is required prior to registration.
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.
FA 303 and LL 302 are a prerequisite for this class.

MIS 140


Management Information Systems addresses how information technology is used to support business operations and management, especially the use of spreadsheets in business applications to insure that students can analyze and present business data. Topics include strategic uses of IT, databases, data warehouse, decision support and artificial intelligence, e-commerce, systems development, IT infrastructure, security, emerging trends, social, ethical and legal considerations. Formerly MIS 340.

LL 103


Students will analyze prior experience and identify ways it applies to requirements for competence. Through this process, they will develop the ability to report learning that advances them as SNL students and also applies to their continuing career progress. Students will complete the course able to present for credit prior or current independent learning. Completion of course includes a no-cost ILP submission. Competence: L1