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Social Change

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A SOCIAL CHANGE major from Graceland is a way to give students an education that cultivates and creates a transformative community beyond the walls of the university. The Social Change Major is designed for students in all fields to prepare them to enter the work world as leaders who are enabled to create positive change. Graceland’s community is shaped to provide students with the tangible skills and tools to go into communities to provide meaningful and sustainable change. And with half of the credits for the major available through the Equality & Peace track of Graceland’s essential education, students can easily double major in social change and an additional program, providing endless career opportunities in a more socially conscious world.

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Major
Field of Study
Humanities, Social Sciences
Format
Lamoni Campus
Now more than ever, we know that big structural change is needed in every community connected to Graceland students. The social change major will have an impact in all fields of study, from pre-med to computer science to education.
Casey Main '22 Graceland Student Government President, 2021-22 Communications
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Curriculum
  • 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 careers and advocacy efforts. This major is intentionally designed to be partially completed through the General Education curriculum, making it very easy to add as a second, complimentary major.

    In addition to the general education requirements, majors in social change must complete 30 semester hours as prescribed below:

    Core Requirements 12 s.h.

    Context  (Choose 12 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):

    Racial/Ethnic, Gender and LGBTQIA Literacy and Justice

    Tools of Change (6 hours from the following; at least 3 must be upper division; courses should not be from the same discipline):

    Recommended that Social Change students take ECON1320 Principle of Microeconomics and MATH1360 Statistics for Critical Thinking to complete their General Education requirements.

    Courses Offered
    • ARTS1710Graphic Design 2
      ARTS1710 Graphic Design 2 - 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.

    • ARTS2240Art for Social Change
      ARTS2240 Art for Social Change - 3 s.h.

      This course aims to create social and political change through collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions through the creation of participatory art. This discipline often values process over final product and become lifelong pursuits. Some examples include artistic activism, community-based art, creative placemaking, cultural organizing, performance, participatory art, social engagement, and social sculpture. No prior art experience necessary.  ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    • ARTS3110Art History: Activism, Empathy and Justice
      ARTS3110 Art History: Activism, Empathy and Justice - 3 s.h.

      Theme-based art history course that explores topics such as activism, empathy, justice, disability, mental illness, feminism, sexuality, queer art, social and civic engagement, labor, and race throughout art history to the present. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

    • COMM2110Intercultural Communication
      COMM2110 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 skGE3C Liberal Learning-Humanities. ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace, GE3C Liberal Learning-Humanities. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • 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.

    • COMM3140Rhetorical Criticism and Persuasion
      COMM3140 Rhetorical Criticism and 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

      Analysis of various societal subgroups and how such groups recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases. Students learn to relate effectively to various groups to foster understanding and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to ethnographic analysis and pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in working with and educating various societal subgroups. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace, GE3E Liberal Learning-Social Sciences

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction
      ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

      Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction 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.

    • 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.

    • ENGL3350Shakespeare and Social Justice (also THTR3350)
      ENGL3350 Shakespeare and Social Justice (also THTR3350) - 3 s.h.

      Examines plays and poems authored or co-authored by Shakespeare, emphasizing the plays as historical performance texts, specifically looking at the plays through lenses of social justice, including those informed by critical studies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. No prior knowledge of or comfort with Shakespeare is required for success in the course. ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

    • 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.

    • 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, GE3B Liberal Learning-Histories.

    • HIST3220History of Inequality in the United States
      HIST3220 History of Inequality in the United States - 3 s.h.

      This course examines the causes and consequences of social, political, and economic inequalities in modern United States history. Through the examination of primary sources, students will engage in discussion of the cultural impact that inequality has had in shaping modern US society.

    • 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.

    • MUSC3340Musical Citizenship: Artistic Activism and Social Justice
      MUSC3340 Musical Citizenship: Artistic Activism and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

      This course will focus on how music has historically been used for social justice, activism, and reform both within the United States and worldwide. Additionally, it will foster critical discussion and reflection on a wide range of artistic activism and applied research. What is musical activism? What kind of social responsibilities do music researchers have? Can music be used to bring about social justice? Music has long been used by movements seeking social change. People from around the world have used music as a platform to speak up and sing out about injustices. This course will focus discussion on the sounds and sentiments of social activism in the public sphere and the value and challenge of cultural advocacy in civil society. From protest songs of the Civil Rights Movement, to music concerts for charity causes, to freedom songs of the African Americans, to the Singing Revolution of the country of Estonia, to songs of the LGBTQ movement, to the Sigauque Project in Mozambique, to the protest songs of the American union movement… and so on. Through readings, discussion, and in-depth analysis of these different songs and movements, students would gain knowledge of efforts to bring about both cultural and social change throughout the world. ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

    • RELG2220Religion and Social Justice
      RELG2220 Religion and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

      What are the stories and inspiration of those who work for social justice? Religion and Social Justice introduces students to social justice as a basic concept of Western social and political thought. Students will explore religious and ethical foundations for social justice and the role of religion that shape the imperative for social justice in a pluralistic and secularizing world. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - 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.

    • 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.

    • THTR1230Theatre and Society
      THTR1230 Theatre and Society - 3 s.h.

      Designed to develop an understanding of how Theatre and society coexist in our world. Course fosters an appreciation for the theatre artist’s skills and expertise. In this course students experience acting, design, and playwriting through collaborative group projects and interactive assignments. Students will explore the complex relationship between Theatre and society from the past to the present through presentations and class discussions. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

    ARTS1710Graphic Design 2 ARTS2240Art for Social Change ARTS3110Art History: Activism, Empathy and Justice COMM2110Intercultural Communication COMM2220Communication and Advocacy COMM3140Rhetorical Criticism and Persuasion COMM3210Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) COMM3220Gender and Communication ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics ECON3200Public Finance EDUC2120Human Relations ENGL2330Our Bondage and Our Freedom: Literatures of the Americas, 1491-1865 ENGL2350American Ethnic Literature ENGL2360African American Literature ENGL2410Creative Writing: Poetry ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction ENGL2600Gender and Sexuality ENGL3240Poetry and Social Justice ENGL3350Shakespeare and Social Justice (also THTR3350) ENGL3480Cultural Studies ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking HIST1200History of the African Diaspora HIST3220History of Inequality in the United States INTD4710Social Change Capstone MUSC3340Musical Citizenship: Artistic Activism and Social Justice RELG2220Religion and Social Justice RELG3540Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition SOCI2300Race and Ethnicity in the United States SOCI3130Social Movements SOCI3200Gender and Society SOCI4330Social Inequality THTR1230Theatre and Society
    Course Descriptions
    ARTS1710 Graphic Design 2 - 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.

    ARTS2240 Art for Social Change - 3 s.h.

    This course aims to create social and political change through collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions through the creation of participatory art. This discipline often values process over final product and become lifelong pursuits. Some examples include artistic activism, community-based art, creative placemaking, cultural organizing, performance, participatory art, social engagement, and social sculpture. No prior art experience necessary.  ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace

    ARTS3110 Art History: Activism, Empathy and Justice - 3 s.h.

    Theme-based art history course that explores topics such as activism, empathy, justice, disability, mental illness, feminism, sexuality, queer art, social and civic engagement, labor, and race throughout art history to the present. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

    COMM2110 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 skGE3C Liberal Learning-Humanities. ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace, GE3C Liberal Learning-Humanities. +This course is only offered every other year.

    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.

    COMM3140 Rhetorical Criticism and 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.

    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.

    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.

    EDUC2120 Human Relations - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of various societal subgroups and how such groups recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases. Students learn to relate effectively to various groups to foster understanding and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to ethnographic analysis and pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in working with and educating various societal subgroups. ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace, GE3E Liberal Learning-Social Sciences

    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.

    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.

    ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

    Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction 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.

    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.

    ENGL3350 Shakespeare and Social Justice (also THTR3350) - 3 s.h.

    Examines plays and poems authored or co-authored by Shakespeare, emphasizing the plays as historical performance texts, specifically looking at the plays through lenses of social justice, including those informed by critical studies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. No prior knowledge of or comfort with Shakespeare is required for success in the course. ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

    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.

    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, GE3B Liberal Learning-Histories.

    HIST3220 History of Inequality in the United States - 3 s.h.

    This course examines the causes and consequences of social, political, and economic inequalities in modern United States history. Through the examination of primary sources, students will engage in discussion of the cultural impact that inequality has had in shaping modern US society.

    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.

    MUSC3340 Musical Citizenship: Artistic Activism and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

    This course will focus on how music has historically been used for social justice, activism, and reform both within the United States and worldwide. Additionally, it will foster critical discussion and reflection on a wide range of artistic activism and applied research. What is musical activism? What kind of social responsibilities do music researchers have? Can music be used to bring about social justice? Music has long been used by movements seeking social change. People from around the world have used music as a platform to speak up and sing out about injustices. This course will focus discussion on the sounds and sentiments of social activism in the public sphere and the value and challenge of cultural advocacy in civil society. From protest songs of the Civil Rights Movement, to music concerts for charity causes, to freedom songs of the African Americans, to the Singing Revolution of the country of Estonia, to songs of the LGBTQ movement, to the Sigauque Project in Mozambique, to the protest songs of the American union movement… and so on. Through readings, discussion, and in-depth analysis of these different songs and movements, students would gain knowledge of efforts to bring about both cultural and social change throughout the world. ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

    RELG2220 Religion and Social Justice - 3 s.h.

    What are the stories and inspiration of those who work for social justice? Religion and Social Justice introduces students to social justice as a basic concept of Western social and political thought. Students will explore religious and ethical foundations for social justice and the role of religion that shape the imperative for social justice in a pluralistic and secularizing world. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - 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.

    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.

    THTR1230 Theatre and Society - 3 s.h.

    Designed to develop an understanding of how Theatre and society coexist in our world. Course fosters an appreciation for the theatre artist’s skills and expertise. In this course students experience acting, design, and playwriting through collaborative group projects and interactive assignments. Students will explore the complex relationship between Theatre and society from the past to the present through presentations and class discussions. ELO5 Arts - Equality, ELO5 Arts - Equality and Peace, GE3A Liberal Learning-Arts.

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