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  • BA Degree — Interdisciplinary Studies Major

    The Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to build their own major using the coursework available at Graceland University.  This major offers the student a dynamic opportunity to devise, in concert with the faculty advisor, a program of study designed by the student to prepare them for the innovative thinking necessary for success in today’s complex world and matched to the student’s particular needs and interests. Beyond the graduation requirements, the student’s program will consist of:

    1. Concentrated Area of Study—A concentrated area of study not already offered as a major. This concentration cannot closely duplicate an existing major. This area of study should include a minimum of 39 s.h. of course work. The student, in cooperation with a faculty adviser, submits the electronic application for the major. Final approval for designed concentrations rests with the faculty adviser, two additional faculty members knowledgeable about the area of concentration and the Special Programs Office.

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    2. General Studies Concentration—Enriched study in at least 12 s.h. from each of three historically separate disciplines (e.g. Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Science and Math, Health and Movement Science, Social Science, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing). This concentration includes at least 36 s.h. of study of which 24 s.h. must be upper division courses. At least 6 s.h. of upper division course work is required in each of the three topic areas chosen. In addition, the 3 s.h. course INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone is required. This is a capstone course in which a student, working with two faculty advisors, will write a research paper involving two of the three topic areas. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty evaluators in each of the areas included in the assessment rubric. Alternatively, a student may, in conjunction with at least two faculty members, design a project that demonstrates competency with regard to the learning outcomes identified at the time of application for the major. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty members based on their evaluation of the project vis-à-vis the learning outcomes. It will be the responsibility of the student to identify faculty members willing to serve as instructors of record for this arranged course. Interdisciplinary Studies proposals approval rests with the faculty adviser and Special Programs Office.
    Courses Offered
    • INTD4700Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
      INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone - 3 s.h.

      A guided capstone where students will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for essential education, and may not be repeated for credit.)

    INTD4700Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
    Course Descriptions
    INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone - 3 s.h.

    A guided capstone where students will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for essential education, and may not be repeated for credit.)

  • BA Degree - Social Change Major

    The Social Change major at Graceland University prepares students to be difference makers in their communities. Through an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, students learn about the history and context of their chosen concentration and are empowered with the practical tools that will best equip them to drive change in their particular careers and advocacy efforts. This major is intentionally designed to be partially completed through the Essential Education Curriculum, making it very easy to add as a second, complimentary major.

    In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in social change must complete 42 semester hours as prescribed below:

    Core Requirements 18 s.h.

    History and Context (Choose a concentration and take 15 hours from the list of options; at least 6 hours must be upper division; no more than two courses can be from the same discipline):

    *A student may also build their own concentration in consultation with their social change advisor.

    *Students may complete more than one concentration if they so choose.

    Racial Justice

    Gender and LGBTQ+ Justice

    Economic Justice

    Transnational Justice

    Tools of Change (9 hours from the following; at least 3 must be upper division; no more than two courses from the same discipline):

    Recommended that Social Change students take Intro to Statistics and Math for the Liberal Arts to complete their Essential Education Math requirements.

    Courses Offered
    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

      Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    • ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design
      ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

      A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    • ARTS1710Introduction to Graphic Design
      ARTS1710 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

      Covers basic principles of typography, such as type anatomy, type fonts and families, communication with typography and an introduction to layout and grid structures. Typography as medium and message and conceptual solutions are emphasized. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design. Goal 2A

    • ARTS2240Art and Social Practice
      ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

      Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0)
      BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    • COMM2220Communication and Advocacy
      COMM2220 Communication and Advocacy - 3 s.h.

      An examination of rhetorical and political communication theories and practices that are fundamental to social change advocacy. Students will become familiar with basic tools of organizing and advocating for social change, with hands-on application of various communication theories and approaches. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media
      COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3100Intercultural Communication
      COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

      An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3140Campaigns and Theories of Persuasion
      COMM3140 Campaigns and Theories of Persuasion - 3 s.h.

      An emphasis in learning theories, information processing theories, perception theories, components of persuasive appeals, and the ethics involved in persuasion. Further, students will examine the theories and persuasive appeals involved in communication campaigns and critique the success, or lack thereof, of multiple persuasive strategies. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3210Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210)
      COMM3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) - 3 s.h.

      An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3500Emerging and Social Media
      COMM3500 Emerging and Social Media - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the emergence of new communication practices as well as their social, political, cultural, and economic impact in personal, community, cultural, social, institutional, and international life. Specific attention will be given to the ways social media influence and shape matters of ethics and privacy, how we see ourselves and others, how we interact formally and informally, and how we do business. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3600Trends in Communication
      COMM3600 Trends in Communication - 1-3 s.h.

      Advanced study in specific trends in communication, to be announced the semester before they are offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture
      COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

      Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    • CSIT1060Introduction to Web Programming
      CSIT1060 Introduction to Web Programming - 3 s.h.

      Basics of how the World Wide Web works and web site construction using HTML and CSS. Related technology skills will be covered.

    • ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics
      ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    • ECON3200Public Finance
      ECON3200 Public Finance - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the taxation policies and expenditure programs of the public sector. Related topics include public goods, income distribution, and public choice theory. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ECON3280Economic Development (also GEOG3280)
      ECON3280 Economic Development (also GEOG3280) - 3 s.h.

      A survey of various analytic approaches to the problem of economic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and an examination of their significant policy problems. Goal 4, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • ECON3360Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
      ECON3360 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - 3 s.h.

      A study of national income determination theory and stabilization policies. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C

    • ECON3440International Economics
      ECON3440 International Economics - 3 s.h.

      Theories of international trade, foreign exchange markets, resource movements and international economic policies. Prerequisite: ECON1300. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators
      EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

      Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • ENGL2330Our Bondage and Our Freedom: Literatures of the Americas, 1491-1865
      ENGL2330 Our Bondage and Our Freedom: Literatures of the Americas, 1491-1865 - 3 s.h.

      Survey of writers from North and South America stretching from the advent of European colonization in the Western Hemisphere to the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. The course will pay special attention to the legacies of colonialism and slavery, and the ways that literature and language, as oral storytelling and print culture, both underwrote systems of enslavement and created social movements for freedom and equality. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

    • ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature
      ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

      A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL2360African American Literature
      ENGL2360 African American Literature - 3 s.h.

      A survey of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the present. An array of discursive modes, including songs, folklore, speeches, poetry, fiction and drama, will be analyzed across various African-American artistic and social movements, from sorrow songs, abolitionist tracts, and the Harlem Renaissance to civil rights speeches, the Black Arts avant-garde, and spoken word performance. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of African-American studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ Denotes a course on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL2370World Literature
      ENGL2370 World Literature - 3 s.h.

      Examines literary works by authors from a broad range of artistic and cultural traditions, emphasizing literature in translation. Designed to offer students an introduction to literature as a point of access into global communities. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2410Creative Writing: Poetry
      ENGL2410 Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 s.h.

      Study of poetry writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive poetry writing and class discussion. Emphasis on poetry as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2600Gender and Sexuality
      ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, with a focus on fiction, drama, and poetry by women and LGBT+ writers. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL2610Whiteness and the Working Class
      ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the racial category of whiteness and its historical relationship to social class and power in the United States. Representations of the white working class in literature, music, film, and television will be analyzed alongside cultural histories of multiracial, antiracist labor movements in the United States. As a complement to cultural texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the multidisciplinary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and working class studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice
      ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3480Cultural Studies
      ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

      Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking
      ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

      A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema
      ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    • HIST1200History of the African Diaspora
      HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

      A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    • HIST1310World Civilizations I
      HIST1310 World Civilizations I - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from earliest times to approximately 1500 A.D., combining broad chronological coverage with intensive concentration on a small number of selected topics. Those social, political, economic and intellectual themes which have a direct bearing upon contemporary culture and society will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Sustainability

    • HIST1320World Civilizations II
      HIST1320 World Civilizations II - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Innovation

    • HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I
      HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II
      HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST3200Modern Mexico
      HIST3200 Modern Mexico - 3 s.h.

      A history of Mexico from the end of the Porfiriato through the 2000 presidential election. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Revolution and the rise and dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240)
      HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HIST3460United States Foreign Relations (also POLS3460)
      HIST3460 United States Foreign Relations (also POLS3460) - 3 s.h.

      A history of the interaction of the United States with the people and governments of foreign nations from 1898 to the present. Topics include US imperial ambitions, the world wars, the Cold War, and US concerns with foreign nationalist movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HIST3470British Foreign Relations (also POLS3470)
      HIST3470 British Foreign Relations (also POLS3470)

      Survey of Britain’s relations with governments and peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1815-1970. Topics include Britain’s role in shaping the post-Napoleonic order, development of imperial policy in the 19th century, Britain and the pre-World War I alliance system, the policy of appeasement, and the transition to a diminished world role after World War II. Goal 1B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HIST3530History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
      HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict - 3 s.h.

      A history of one of the world's most intractable conflicts; examines the origins of this conflict; the concept of Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel; the development of Palestinian nationalism; and outside forces-including Arab nationalism, colonialism and great power interests-that have had a major impact on the conflict. Goal 1B

    • HIST3550Contemporary United States History
      HIST3550 Contemporary United States History - 3 s.h.

      The history of the United States since 1960 emphasizing social and cultural trends. Goal 1B +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HLTH3120Human Sexuality
      HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

      Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    • INTD4710Social Change Capstone
      INTD4710 Social Change Capstone - 3 s.h.

      Capstone project designed to allow students to synthesize knowledge across their social change major through the production of an original work (research paper, creative project, etc.). Must be developed under the supervision of a social change advisor. Students who are completing more than one major may elect to complete this requirement by approaching another major's capstone project through a social change lens. A social change contract to be filled out by the student, the student's social change advisor, and the faculty teaching the capstone in the aforementioned major is required for this option.

    • INTD4720Social Change Internship
      INTD4720 Social Change Internship - 3 s.h.

      Practical experience working with professionals enacting change in a community. Offers an opportunity to apply the understanding and skills accumulated through the social change curriculum to real-world contexts in a monitored individual learning setting related to the student's interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable up to six hours.

    • MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace
      MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

      Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity
      PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

      A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2420World Philosophy
      PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

      A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    • PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality
      PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

      An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • POLS1200Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/INTD1200)
      POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/INTD1200) - 3 s.h.

      An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    • PSYC3280Psychology and Law
      PSYC3280 Psychology and Law - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology
      PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    • RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition
      RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

      Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • SOCI1300Introduction to Sociology
      SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States
      SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

      Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    • SOCI2320Marriage and the Family
      SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family - 3 s.h.

      Sociological study of the family institution. Topics include dating, marital roles and interaction patterns, socialization, divorce, and others. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • SOCI2440Victimology
      SOCI2440 Victimology - 3 s.h.

      Explores victimology, or the study of victimization. Topics include the history of victims’ rights, causes of victimization, its consequences, and how other institutions deal with crime victims. Also addresses how social scientists conduct research on victims of crimes and current issues and topics of interests to researchers who study victimization. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 or consent from instructor.

    • SOCI3130Social Movements
      SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

      Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI3200Gender and Society
      SOCI3200 Gender and Society - 3 s.h.

      Examines gender as a major organizing principle of contemporary social life and explores the different explanations of gender, gendered interactions, and its effects on identities and social institutions. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC1300 Introduction to Psychology and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI4330Social Inequality
      SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

      Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    • SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema
      SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures
      SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

      Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • SPAN3220Unheard Voices
      SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

      Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    • SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
      SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

      Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • THTR1200Introduction to Theatre
      THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre - 3 s.h.

      Designed to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of dramatic art and to foster an understanding of some of the basic principles which underlie theatre practice and theatre technique. Students should develop an appreciation for the work of the artists who help to bring the playwright’s pages to life as well as consider their contribution as members of an audience. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture ARTS1680Computer Graphics for Art & Design ARTS1710Introduction to Graphic Design ARTS2240Art and Social Practice BIOL1400Unity of Life (3-0) COMM2220Communication and Advocacy COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media COMM3100Intercultural Communication COMM3140Campaigns and Theories of Persuasion COMM3210Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) COMM3500Emerging and Social Media COMM3600Trends in Communication COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture CSIT1060Introduction to Web Programming ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics ECON3200Public Finance ECON3280Economic Development (also GEOG3280) ECON3360Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory ECON3440International Economics EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators ENGL2330Our Bondage and Our Freedom: Literatures of the Americas, 1491-1865 ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature ENGL2360African American Literature ENGL2370World Literature ENGL2410Creative Writing: Poetry ENGL2600Gender and Sexuality ENGL2610Whiteness and the Working Class ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice ENGL3480Cultural Studies ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema HIST1200History of the African Diaspora HIST1310World Civilizations I HIST1320World Civilizations II HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II HIST3200Modern Mexico HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) HIST3460United States Foreign Relations (also POLS3460) HIST3470British Foreign Relations (also POLS3470) HIST3530History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict HIST3550Contemporary United States History HLTH3120Human Sexuality INTD4710Social Change Capstone INTD4720Social Change Internship MUSC2320Global Musics as Languages of Peace PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity PHIL2420World Philosophy PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality POLS1200Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/INTD1200) PSYC3280Psychology and Law PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition SOCI1300Introduction to Sociology SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States SOCI2320Marriage and the Family SOCI2440Victimology SOCI3130Social Movements SOCI3200Gender and Society SOCI4330Social Inequality SPAN3110Hispanic Cinema SPAN3120Hispanic Literatures SPAN3220Unheard Voices SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean THTR1200Introduction to Theatre
    Course Descriptions
    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

    Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design - 3 s.h.

    A technical course exploring the digital tools used in the graphic design industry. Students are exposed to the function, theory, and use of industry-standard computer hardware, software, and basic digital design principles utilized in the production of graphic design. Additional fee required. Goal 2A

    ARTS1710 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 s.h.

    Covers basic principles of typography, such as type anatomy, type fonts and families, communication with typography and an introduction to layout and grid structures. Typography as medium and message and conceptual solutions are emphasized. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS1680 Computer Graphics for Art & Design. Goal 2A

    ARTS2240 Art and Social Practice - 3 s.h.

    Introduces an interdisciplinary approach to understand and produce social practice art projects with an emphasis on engaging community in social and public spaces. Focus is on being able to use creative acts as a force for social change. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    BIOL1400 Unity of Life (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the key characteristics of life that unite all living organisms, including humans. Emphasis will be placed on comparing how humans and other organisms fulfill basic life needs. Will not count for credit in the Biology major or minor. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Equality, ELO6 Science - Equality and Peace

    COMM2220 Communication and Advocacy - 3 s.h.

    An examination of rhetorical and political communication theories and practices that are fundamental to social change advocacy. Students will become familiar with basic tools of organizing and advocating for social change, with hands-on application of various communication theories and approaches. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

    An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3140 Campaigns and Theories of Persuasion - 3 s.h.

    An emphasis in learning theories, information processing theories, perception theories, components of persuasive appeals, and the ethics involved in persuasion. Further, students will examine the theories and persuasive appeals involved in communication campaigns and critique the success, or lack thereof, of multiple persuasive strategies. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) - 3 s.h.

    An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3500 Emerging and Social Media - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the emergence of new communication practices as well as their social, political, cultural, and economic impact in personal, community, cultural, social, institutional, and international life. Specific attention will be given to the ways social media influence and shape matters of ethics and privacy, how we see ourselves and others, how we interact formally and informally, and how we do business. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3600 Trends in Communication - 1-3 s.h.

    Advanced study in specific trends in communication, to be announced the semester before they are offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

    Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    CSIT1060 Introduction to Web Programming - 3 s.h.

    Basics of how the World Wide Web works and web site construction using HTML and CSS. Related technology skills will be covered.

    ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    ECON3200 Public Finance - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the taxation policies and expenditure programs of the public sector. Related topics include public goods, income distribution, and public choice theory. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ECON3280 Economic Development (also GEOG3280) - 3 s.h.

    A survey of various analytic approaches to the problem of economic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and an examination of their significant policy problems. Goal 4, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    ECON3360 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - 3 s.h.

    A study of national income determination theory and stabilization policies. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C

    ECON3440 International Economics - 3 s.h.

    Theories of international trade, foreign exchange markets, resource movements and international economic policies. Prerequisite: ECON1300. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

    Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    ENGL2330 Our Bondage and Our Freedom: Literatures of the Americas, 1491-1865 - 3 s.h.

    Survey of writers from North and South America stretching from the advent of European colonization in the Western Hemisphere to the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. The course will pay special attention to the legacies of colonialism and slavery, and the ways that literature and language, as oral storytelling and print culture, both underwrote systems of enslavement and created social movements for freedom and equality. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

    ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

    A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL2360 African American Literature - 3 s.h.

    A survey of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the present. An array of discursive modes, including songs, folklore, speeches, poetry, fiction and drama, will be analyzed across various African-American artistic and social movements, from sorrow songs, abolitionist tracts, and the Harlem Renaissance to civil rights speeches, the Black Arts avant-garde, and spoken word performance. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of African-American studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ Denotes a course on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL2370 World Literature - 3 s.h.

    Examines literary works by authors from a broad range of artistic and cultural traditions, emphasizing literature in translation. Designed to offer students an introduction to literature as a point of access into global communities. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - World Citizenship, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2410 Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 s.h.

    Study of poetry writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive poetry writing and class discussion. Emphasis on poetry as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, with a focus on fiction, drama, and poetry by women and LGBT+ writers. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the racial category of whiteness and its historical relationship to social class and power in the United States. Representations of the white working class in literature, music, film, and television will be analyzed alongside cultural histories of multiracial, antiracist labor movements in the United States. As a complement to cultural texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the multidisciplinary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and working class studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

    Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

    A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

    A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    HIST1310 World Civilizations I - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from earliest times to approximately 1500 A.D., combining broad chronological coverage with intensive concentration on a small number of selected topics. Those social, political, economic and intellectual themes which have a direct bearing upon contemporary culture and society will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Sustainability

    HIST1320 World Civilizations II - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Innovation

    HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST3200 Modern Mexico - 3 s.h.

    A history of Mexico from the end of the Porfiriato through the 2000 presidential election. Emphasis will be placed on the Mexican Revolution and the rise and dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). +This course is only offered every other year.

    HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    HIST3460 United States Foreign Relations (also POLS3460) - 3 s.h.

    A history of the interaction of the United States with the people and governments of foreign nations from 1898 to the present. Topics include US imperial ambitions, the world wars, the Cold War, and US concerns with foreign nationalist movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    HIST3470 British Foreign Relations (also POLS3470)

    Survey of Britain’s relations with governments and peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1815-1970. Topics include Britain’s role in shaping the post-Napoleonic order, development of imperial policy in the 19th century, Britain and the pre-World War I alliance system, the policy of appeasement, and the transition to a diminished world role after World War II. Goal 1B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    HIST3530 History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict - 3 s.h.

    A history of one of the world's most intractable conflicts; examines the origins of this conflict; the concept of Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel; the development of Palestinian nationalism; and outside forces-including Arab nationalism, colonialism and great power interests-that have had a major impact on the conflict. Goal 1B

    HIST3550 Contemporary United States History - 3 s.h.

    The history of the United States since 1960 emphasizing social and cultural trends. Goal 1B +This course is only offered every other year.

    HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

    Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    INTD4710 Social Change Capstone - 3 s.h.

    Capstone project designed to allow students to synthesize knowledge across their social change major through the production of an original work (research paper, creative project, etc.). Must be developed under the supervision of a social change advisor. Students who are completing more than one major may elect to complete this requirement by approaching another major's capstone project through a social change lens. A social change contract to be filled out by the student, the student's social change advisor, and the faculty teaching the capstone in the aforementioned major is required for this option.

    INTD4720 Social Change Internship - 3 s.h.

    Practical experience working with professionals enacting change in a community. Offers an opportunity to apply the understanding and skills accumulated through the social change curriculum to real-world contexts in a monitored individual learning setting related to the student's interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable up to six hours.

    MUSC2320 Global Musics as Languages of Peace - 3 s.h.

    Music, and sacred music in particular, has been the bridge to peace across many cultural situations and political barriers. It is a language (actually many languages) of connection between reason and emotion, personal and communal activity, solitude and social activism (all large political crowds sing and chant). This course will increase awareness of our distinctives as musical cultures, recognize the common themes and concerns of musical expression, experience great performances of essential repertoire, and make personal discoveries of global musics. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Peace, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

    A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2420 World Philosophy - 3 s.h.

    A survey of philosophical worldviews with origins in differing traditions, appealing to historical and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy. Addresses fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of perspectives and evaluates points of convergence and divergence. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - World Citizenship, ELO3 Ethical Thinking - Innovation

    PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

    An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/INTD1200) - 3 s.h.

    An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    PSYC3280 Psychology and Law - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C +This course is only offered every other year.

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

    Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

    Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family - 3 s.h.

    Sociological study of the family institution. Topics include dating, marital roles and interaction patterns, socialization, divorce, and others. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    SOCI2440 Victimology - 3 s.h.

    Explores victimology, or the study of victimization. Topics include the history of victims’ rights, causes of victimization, its consequences, and how other institutions deal with crime victims. Also addresses how social scientists conduct research on victims of crimes and current issues and topics of interests to researchers who study victimization. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 or consent from instructor.

    SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

    Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    SOCI3200 Gender and Society - 3 s.h.

    Examines gender as a major organizing principle of contemporary social life and explores the different explanations of gender, gendered interactions, and its effects on identities and social institutions. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC1300 Introduction to Psychology and sophomore standing.

    SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

    Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures - 3 s.h.

    Designed to enhance students' knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    SPAN3220 Unheard Voices - 3 s.h.

    Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

    Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    THTR1200 Introduction to Theatre - 3 s.h.

    Designed to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of dramatic art and to foster an understanding of some of the basic principles which underlie theatre practice and theatre technique. Students should develop an appreciation for the work of the artists who help to bring the playwright’s pages to life as well as consider their contribution as members of an audience. The dramatic literature studied in the course will focus primarily on the issue of equality. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

    The interdisciplinary minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies requires 18 s.h.:

    Core Requirements 9 s.h.

    3 s.h. of electives from each of the following lists (9 s.h. total)

    Culture:

    Theory:

    History:

    Courses Offered
    • COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media
      COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3100Intercultural Communication
      COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

      An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture
      COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

      Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    • CRMJ3340Penology (also SOCI3340)
      CRMJ3340 Penology (also SOCI3340) - 3 s.h.

      Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators
      EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

      Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature
      ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

      A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL2360African American Literature
      ENGL2360 African American Literature - 3 s.h.

      A survey of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the present. An array of discursive modes, including songs, folklore, speeches, poetry, fiction and drama, will be analyzed across various African-American artistic and social movements, from sorrow songs, abolitionist tracts, and the Harlem Renaissance to civil rights speeches, the Black Arts avant-garde, and spoken word performance. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of African-American studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ Denotes a course on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL2610Whiteness and the Working Class
      ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the racial category of whiteness and its historical relationship to social class and power in the United States. Representations of the white working class in literature, music, film, and television will be analyzed alongside cultural histories of multiracial, antiracist labor movements in the United States. As a complement to cultural texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the multidisciplinary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and working class studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL3110Critical Theory
      ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

      Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice
      ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3480Cultural Studies
      ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

      Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema
      ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    • HIST1200History of the African Diaspora
      HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

      A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    • HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I
      HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II
      HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

      A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240)
      HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PEAC2200Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200)
      PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) - 3 s.h.

      Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • PEAC3220Global Peace Issues (also POLS3220)
      PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (also POLS3220) - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning - Peace, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity
      PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

      A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality
      PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

      An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • POLS2360The Politics of Immigration
      POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration - 3 s.h.

      Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology
      PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    • RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition
      RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

      Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States
      SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

      Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    • SOCI3130Social Movements
      SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

      Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI4330Social Inequality
      SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

      Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    • SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
      SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

      Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media COMM3100Intercultural Communication COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture CRMJ3340Penology (also SOCI3340) EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature ENGL2360African American Literature ENGL2610Whiteness and the Working Class ENGL3110Critical Theory ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice ENGL3480Cultural Studies ENGL3560Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema HIST1200History of the African Diaspora HIST2200Survey of Latin American History I HIST2210Survey of Latin American History II HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) PEAC2200Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) PEAC3220Global Peace Issues (also POLS3220) PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality POLS2360The Politics of Immigration PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) PSYC3370Cross Cultural Psychology RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States SOCI3130Social Movements SOCI4330Social Inequality SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
    Course Descriptions
    COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3100 Intercultural Communication - 3 s.h.

    An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

    Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    CRMJ3340 Penology (also SOCI3340) - 3 s.h.

    Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed. +This course is only offered every other year.

    EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

    Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature - 3 s.h.

    A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL2360 African American Literature - 3 s.h.

    A survey of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the present. An array of discursive modes, including songs, folklore, speeches, poetry, fiction and drama, will be analyzed across various African-American artistic and social movements, from sorrow songs, abolitionist tracts, and the Harlem Renaissance to civil rights speeches, the Black Arts avant-garde, and spoken word performance. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of African-American studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. ++ Denotes a course on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the racial category of whiteness and its historical relationship to social class and power in the United States. Representations of the white working class in literature, music, film, and television will be analyzed alongside cultural histories of multiracial, antiracist labor movements in the United States. As a complement to cultural texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the multidisciplinary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and working class studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

    Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

    Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace.

    HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora - 3 s.h.

    A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace.

    HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II - 3 s.h.

    A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) - 3 s.h.

    Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (also POLS3220) - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning - Peace, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

    A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

    An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration - 3 s.h.

    Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace.

    RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

    Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States - 3 s.h.

    Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

    SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

    Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

    Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

    Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

    The interdisciplinary minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires 18 s.h.:

    Core Requirements 9 s.h.

    3 s.h. of electives from each of the following lists (9 s.h. total)

    Theory and Law:

    Society and Nature:

    Language and Culture:

    Courses Offered
    • COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media
      COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3220Gender and Communication
      COMM3220 Gender and Communication - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of sex, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the ways we communicate in personal, professional, and political contexts. Specific attention will be given to self-other relationships, how gendered identities affect interpersonal, cultural, and political interactions, where do individuals stand in terms of normative gender identities, and how those norms came to be. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture
      COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

      Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    • EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators
      EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

      Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • ENGL2600Gender and Sexuality
      ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, with a focus on fiction, drama, and poetry by women and LGBT+ writers. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    • ENGL3110Critical Theory
      ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

      Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice
      ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

      An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3480Cultural Studies
      ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

      Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240)
      HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • HLTH3120Human Sexuality
      HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

      Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    • PEAC2200Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200)
      PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) - 3 s.h.

      Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    • PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity
      PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

      A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality
      PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

      An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • PSYC1300Introductory Psychology
      PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

      An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310)
      PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

      The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    • RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition
      RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

      Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    • SOCI1300Introduction to Sociology
      SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology - 3 s.h.

      Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    • SOCI2320Marriage and the Family
      SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family - 3 s.h.

      Sociological study of the family institution. Topics include dating, marital roles and interaction patterns, socialization, divorce, and others. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • SOCI2440Victimology
      SOCI2440 Victimology - 3 s.h.

      Explores victimology, or the study of victimization. Topics include the history of victims’ rights, causes of victimization, its consequences, and how other institutions deal with crime victims. Also addresses how social scientists conduct research on victims of crimes and current issues and topics of interests to researchers who study victimization. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 or consent from instructor.

    • SOCI3130Social Movements
      SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

      Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI3200Gender and Society
      SOCI3200 Gender and Society - 3 s.h.

      Examines gender as a major organizing principle of contemporary social life and explores the different explanations of gender, gendered interactions, and its effects on identities and social institutions. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC1300 Introduction to Psychology and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI3220Sociology of Sexualities
      SOCI3220 Sociology of Sexualities - 3 s.h.

      Examines human sexuality through a sociological perspective, focusing on how sexuality reflects the society in which we live. We will consider the relationship between individual sexualities, (sub)cultures, institutions, and the nation-state. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology and sophomore standing.

    • SOCI4330Social Inequality
      SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

      Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    • SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
      SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

      Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

    COMM2500Introduction to Mass Media COMM3220Gender and Communication COMM3900DTopics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture EDUC2120Human Relations for Educators ENGL2600Gender and Sexuality ENGL3110Critical Theory ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice ENGL3480Cultural Studies HIST3240Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) HLTH3120Human Sexuality PEAC2200Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) PHIL2340Finding Peace in Identity PHIL2440Social Dimensions of Equality PSYC1300Introductory Psychology PSYC3310Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition SOCI1300Introduction to Sociology SOCI2320Marriage and the Family SOCI2440Victimology SOCI3130Social Movements SOCI3200Gender and Society SOCI3220Sociology of Sexualities SOCI4330Social Inequality SPAN3240Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
    Course Descriptions
    COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3220 Gender and Communication - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of sex, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the ways we communicate in personal, professional, and political contexts. Specific attention will be given to self-other relationships, how gendered identities affect interpersonal, cultural, and political interactions, where do individuals stand in terms of normative gender identities, and how those norms came to be. +This course is only offered every other year.

    COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture - 3 s.h.

    Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

    EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators - 3 s.h.

    Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    ENGL2600 Gender and Sexuality - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of issues of gender and sexuality in literature, with a focus on fiction, drama, and poetry by women and LGBT+ writers. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace ++ This course is on a four-year cycle.

    ENGL3110 Critical Theory - 3 s.h.

    Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

    An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3480 Cultural Studies - 3 s.h.

    Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (also POLS3240) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace. +This course is only offered every other year.

    HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

    Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (also POLS2200) - 3 s.h.

    Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

    PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity - 3 s.h.

    A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality - 3 s.h.

    An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology - 3 s.h.

    An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    PSYC3310 Social Psychology (also SOCI3310) - 3 s.h.

    The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C.

    RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition - 3 s.h.

    Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace.

    SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology - 3 s.h.

    Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

    SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family - 3 s.h.

    Sociological study of the family institution. Topics include dating, marital roles and interaction patterns, socialization, divorce, and others. Goal 1C. +This course is only offered every other year.

    SOCI2440 Victimology - 3 s.h.

    Explores victimology, or the study of victimization. Topics include the history of victims’ rights, causes of victimization, its consequences, and how other institutions deal with crime victims. Also addresses how social scientists conduct research on victims of crimes and current issues and topics of interests to researchers who study victimization. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 or consent from instructor.

    SOCI3130 Social Movements - 3 s.h.

    Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

    SOCI3200 Gender and Society - 3 s.h.

    Examines gender as a major organizing principle of contemporary social life and explores the different explanations of gender, gendered interactions, and its effects on identities and social institutions. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC1300 Introduction to Psychology and sophomore standing.

    SOCI3220 Sociology of Sexualities - 3 s.h.

    Examines human sexuality through a sociological perspective, focusing on how sexuality reflects the society in which we live. We will consider the relationship between individual sexualities, (sub)cultures, institutions, and the nation-state. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology and sophomore standing.

    SOCI4330 Social Inequality - 3 s.h.

    Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean - 3 s.h.

    Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

  • Course list - Interdisciplinary Studies

    In addition to Graceland’s graduation requirements, our Interdisciplinary Studies program consists of a concentrated area of study and a general studies concentration.

    Courses Offered
    • INTD1000Transition
      INTD1000 Transition - 1 s.h.

      A required course designed to provide additional support to non-native speakers of English and non-North American international students transitioning into university life during their first semester in the USA. This course serves as an extended orientation that will help students integrate into campus life and navigate through cultural adjustment while learning about the USA/State/Local/Graceland cultures and procedures. Course may be taken with instructor consent for students that are not required to take the course.

    • INTD1010College Investigations
      INTD1010 College Investigations - 1 s.h.

      The course investigates the impact of economic class on individuals and communities, hidden rules and resources, college orientation, and theories of change. The course is designed to help students use conceptual frameworks to analyze abstract and ill-defined issues, as is expected for educational and work/life success.

    • INTD1020Reading and Learning Strategies for College: Pathways to Student Success
      INTD1020 Reading and Learning Strategies for College: Pathways to Student Success - 2 s.h.

      The focus of this course is on the development and application of college-level reading and study skills necessary for college success, personal success strategies, and the use of campus resources that enhance individual student achievement. Because this is a graded course, a student’s efforts will directly impact his or her GPA.

    • INTD1100Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
      INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences - 3 s.h.

      An interdisciplinary course that introduces students to college-level critical thinking and a thematic approach to Essential Education. Applies the critical-thinking model to big questions, both contemporary and enduring, and serves as the entry point for the Essential Education program. NOTE: Withdrawal from this course is only allowed through student petition. ELO2 Critical Thinking.

    • INTD1110Steps to Success: Year 1
      INTD1110 Steps to Success: Year 1 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, freshman level. This is the first course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the freshman year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1120Steps to Success: Year 2
      INTD1120 Steps to Success: Year 2 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, sophomore level. This is the second course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1130Steps to Success: Year 2
      INTD1130 Steps to Success: Year 2 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, sophomore level. This is the third course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1140Steps to Success: Year 3
      INTD1140 Steps to Success: Year 3 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, junior level. This is the fourth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1150Steps to Success: Year 3
      INTD1150 Steps to Success: Year 3 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, junior level. This is the fifth course in the series and will be provided during the spring semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1160Steps to Success: Year 4
      INTD1160 Steps to Success: Year 4 - 1 s.h.

      Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, senior level. This is the sixth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the senior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    • INTD1200Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/POLS1200)
      INTD1200 Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/POLS1200) - 3 s.h.

      An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    • INTD1300Sexuality: The Human Experience
      INTD1300 Sexuality: The Human Experience - 3 s.h.

      Designed to expand students’ awareness of themselves as sexual beings and to examine such topics as anatomy, psychology, behavior, and ethics as they relate to human sexuality in a value-oriented environment.

    • INTD1900Topics
      INTD1900 Topics - 1-3 s.h.

      Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

    • INTD2000Individual Study
      INTD2000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    • INTD2300Humanities I: Ways of Seeing
      INTD2300 Humanities I: Ways of Seeing - 3 s.h.

      An interdisciplinary foundation course in the shared and unique approaches to human experience of the visual artist, musician, creative writer, and philosopher. Course content draws freely on major cultural landmarks from each discipline. Goal 2B.

    • INTD3000Individual Study
      INTD3000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    • INTD3200Exploration of Third World Cultures
      INTD3200 Exploration of Third World Cultures - 3 s.h.

      Focus will be on the political, socio-economic, geographical, health, and cultural determinants of life circumstances of people living in third world countries. Literature of specific cultures will be studied for insights into cultural beliefs and behaviors that are at variance with student’s culture. Resource persons with extensive experience in third world countries will be available for class interactions. Preparation requirements for travel abroad will be discussed. Offered in Independence, Missouri.

    • INTD3900Topics
      INTD3900 Topics - 1-3 s.h.

      Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

    • INTD4000Individual Study
      INTD4000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    • INTD4100Internship in International Studies
      INTD4100 Internship in International Studies - 1-3 s.h.

      An internship that allows students to work with professionals who are in career areas relating to the field of international studies. The student will play an active role in identifying potential field sponsors. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis). Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    • INTD4200Study Abroad Retrospective
      INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective - 1 s.h.

      An evaluation and analysis of intercultural experience and its implications within a framework of current theory, concepts, and methods in the field of intercultural communication. This course is designed to immediately follow the International Studies major's residence abroad and must be successfully completed no later than one year from the student's return from study abroad. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: COMM3100 and Instructor's consent.

    • INTD4700Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
      INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone - 3 s.h.

      A guided capstone where students will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for essential education, and may not be repeated for credit.)

    • INTD4710Social Change Capstone
      INTD4710 Social Change Capstone - 3 s.h.

      Capstone project designed to allow students to synthesize knowledge across their social change major through the production of an original work (research paper, creative project, etc.). Must be developed under the supervision of a social change advisor. Students who are completing more than one major may elect to complete this requirement by approaching another major's capstone project through a social change lens. A social change contract to be filled out by the student, the student's social change advisor, and the faculty teaching the capstone in the aforementioned major is required for this option.

    • INTD4720Social Change Internship
      INTD4720 Social Change Internship - 3 s.h.

      Practical experience working with professionals enacting change in a community. Offers an opportunity to apply the understanding and skills accumulated through the social change curriculum to real-world contexts in a monitored individual learning setting related to the student's interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable up to six hours.

    INTD1000Transition INTD1010College Investigations INTD1020Reading and Learning Strategies for College: Pathways to Student Success INTD1100Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences INTD1110Steps to Success: Year 1 INTD1120Steps to Success: Year 2 INTD1130Steps to Success: Year 2 INTD1140Steps to Success: Year 3 INTD1150Steps to Success: Year 3 INTD1160Steps to Success: Year 4 INTD1200Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/POLS1200) INTD1300Sexuality: The Human Experience INTD1900Topics INTD2000Individual Study INTD2300Humanities I: Ways of Seeing INTD3000Individual Study INTD3200Exploration of Third World Cultures INTD3900Topics INTD4000Individual Study INTD4100Internship in International Studies INTD4200Study Abroad Retrospective INTD4700Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone INTD4710Social Change Capstone INTD4720Social Change Internship
    Course Descriptions
    INTD1000 Transition - 1 s.h.

    A required course designed to provide additional support to non-native speakers of English and non-North American international students transitioning into university life during their first semester in the USA. This course serves as an extended orientation that will help students integrate into campus life and navigate through cultural adjustment while learning about the USA/State/Local/Graceland cultures and procedures. Course may be taken with instructor consent for students that are not required to take the course.

    INTD1010 College Investigations - 1 s.h.

    The course investigates the impact of economic class on individuals and communities, hidden rules and resources, college orientation, and theories of change. The course is designed to help students use conceptual frameworks to analyze abstract and ill-defined issues, as is expected for educational and work/life success.

    INTD1020 Reading and Learning Strategies for College: Pathways to Student Success - 2 s.h.

    The focus of this course is on the development and application of college-level reading and study skills necessary for college success, personal success strategies, and the use of campus resources that enhance individual student achievement. Because this is a graded course, a student’s efforts will directly impact his or her GPA.

    INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences - 3 s.h.

    An interdisciplinary course that introduces students to college-level critical thinking and a thematic approach to Essential Education. Applies the critical-thinking model to big questions, both contemporary and enduring, and serves as the entry point for the Essential Education program. NOTE: Withdrawal from this course is only allowed through student petition. ELO2 Critical Thinking.

    INTD1110 Steps to Success: Year 1 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, freshman level. This is the first course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the freshman year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1120 Steps to Success: Year 2 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, sophomore level. This is the second course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1130 Steps to Success: Year 2 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, sophomore level. This is the third course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1140 Steps to Success: Year 3 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, junior level. This is the fourth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1150 Steps to Success: Year 3 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, junior level. This is the fifth course in the series and will be provided during the spring semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1160 Steps to Success: Year 4 - 1 s.h.

    Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, senior level. This is the sixth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the senior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

    INTD1200 Introduction to International Studies (also GEOG/POLS1200) - 3 s.h.

    An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

    INTD1300 Sexuality: The Human Experience - 3 s.h.

    Designed to expand students’ awareness of themselves as sexual beings and to examine such topics as anatomy, psychology, behavior, and ethics as they relate to human sexuality in a value-oriented environment.

    INTD1900 Topics - 1-3 s.h.

    Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

    INTD2000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    INTD2300 Humanities I: Ways of Seeing - 3 s.h.

    An interdisciplinary foundation course in the shared and unique approaches to human experience of the visual artist, musician, creative writer, and philosopher. Course content draws freely on major cultural landmarks from each discipline. Goal 2B.

    INTD3000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    INTD3200 Exploration of Third World Cultures - 3 s.h.

    Focus will be on the political, socio-economic, geographical, health, and cultural determinants of life circumstances of people living in third world countries. Literature of specific cultures will be studied for insights into cultural beliefs and behaviors that are at variance with student’s culture. Resource persons with extensive experience in third world countries will be available for class interactions. Preparation requirements for travel abroad will be discussed. Offered in Independence, Missouri.

    INTD3900 Topics - 1-3 s.h.

    Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

    INTD4000 Individual Study - 1-3 s.h.
    INTD4100 Internship in International Studies - 1-3 s.h.

    An internship that allows students to work with professionals who are in career areas relating to the field of international studies. The student will play an active role in identifying potential field sponsors. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis). Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

    INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective - 1 s.h.

    An evaluation and analysis of intercultural experience and its implications within a framework of current theory, concepts, and methods in the field of intercultural communication. This course is designed to immediately follow the International Studies major's residence abroad and must be successfully completed no later than one year from the student's return from study abroad. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: COMM3100 and Instructor's consent.

    INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone - 3 s.h.

    A guided capstone where students will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for essential education, and may not be repeated for credit.)

    INTD4710 Social Change Capstone - 3 s.h.

    Capstone project designed to allow students to synthesize knowledge across their social change major through the production of an original work (research paper, creative project, etc.). Must be developed under the supervision of a social change advisor. Students who are completing more than one major may elect to complete this requirement by approaching another major's capstone project through a social change lens. A social change contract to be filled out by the student, the student's social change advisor, and the faculty teaching the capstone in the aforementioned major is required for this option.

    INTD4720 Social Change Internship - 3 s.h.

    Practical experience working with professionals enacting change in a community. Offers an opportunity to apply the understanding and skills accumulated through the social change curriculum to real-world contexts in a monitored individual learning setting related to the student's interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable up to six hours.