Global Studies Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Arts for Community Change (SAT 210)
This course involves exploration of using the arts and art-making experiences in community-based settings. Focus is on exploring how the arts engage people in meaningful experiences that link personal change and self-expression with the advancement of community and social change. The course includes discussion of different forms of community work including efforts to make art experiences accessible for diverse populations or cultural communities. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (SBL 100)
Students participate in an inquiry-based, authentic research experience while developing basic core competencies needed for success in the life sciences, including written scientific communication, experimental design, and use of basic lab equipment. Emphasis is placed on the process of science, establishment of professional identity, and making connections to the liberal arts, such as ethics and the role of science in society. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Fee.
The Environment:Issues & Choices (SBL 145)
This course is designed to give a non-science major an understanding of the interrelationship between the natural environment and humans, including the biological, social, and economic aspects of current environmental challenges. It focuses on building the scientific framework necessary to understand environmental issues. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Conservation Biology (SBL 210)
This course introduces key ecological principles to understand the importance of the environment, both locally and worldwide, and explore the human role in, and our responsibility to, the environment. Students explore the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, strategies, and techniques to combat the threat to biodiversity, environmental policy, and current issues. Prerequisites: SBL145, SBL160/161, or SBL162/163, or permission of instructor. Spring semester, odd years. 3 credits. Fee.
Special Topics in Biology (SBL 405)
In-depth study of a specific topic in biological science. Prerequisite: SBL247 or permission of instructor. Variable credit. Offered as needed. Repeatable for credit.
Principles of Management (SBU 180)
Process of management in both profit and non-profit organizations. Emphasis on major functions of management, with decision-making as integral part of each, including planning, organizing, leading, staffing and training, development, and marketing. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 2, 3, and 5. 3 credits.
Marketing (SBU 220)
Management problem-solving approaches of marketing. Basic marketing functions including product/service planning, distribution activities, location, logistics, promotion strategies, sales, e-commerce, advertising, and pricing techniques. Technological tools. Ethical ramifications. Cases and simulations supplement material. Fall semester and ADP session 1. 3 credits.
Small Venture Planning and Finance (SBU 235)
The components of the business plan and elements of operational and strategic planning as they relate to the small business, basic financial concepts, and the application in a small business environment. Spring semester, even-numbered years, evenings only. 3 credits.
International Business (SBU 240)
Introduction to international business, focusing on the historical development of international trade, finance, the emergence of the multinational corporation, and conceptual frameworks within which businesses operate. Writing Intensive course. Fall and spring semesters and ADP session 1. 3 credits.
Entrepreneurial Mindset (SBU 255)
This course introduces students to the entrepreneurial mindset: how entrepreneurs think and act, search for innovative ideas, select the best ones, and then turn their ideas into opportunities. The focus is on entrepreneurship as a process. Topics include entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Gender Issue in the Workplace (SBU 270)
Business, social, and economic implications of gender differences in the U.S. work force. Guidelines relevant to the demand for women in managerial and other professional positions. Treats such topics as sexual harassment, assertiveness training, and personal economics. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester and ADP session 5. 3 credits.
International Marketing (SBU 315)
Global marketing management analysis, sources of information, decision-making. Emphasis on learning and adapting to cultural areas and issues. International marketing functions: product, including development strategies; distribution considerations; promotion, including advertising activities; pricing concerns. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Juniors or seniors only. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.
Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship (SBU 355)
Introduction to ethical issues in business: moral standards, principles, and value systems in the business world. Ethical issues provide foundation for understanding connected with policies about products and customers, employees, technology, and the environment. Social entrepreneurship is about creating and leading organizations and companies that strive to advance social change through innovation solutions. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship (SBU 365)
Course varies as determined by faculty interest or student need. Introduces the growth of special interest entrepreneurs that are launching and managing businesses in the U.S. and globally. Explores options and resources for entrepreneurial youth, women, minorities, immigrants, microenterprises, veterans, family-owned, and other distinctive entities, such as lifestyle, technology, or inventors. Explores the advantages and unique challenges they face and their impact on shaping the future of entrepreneurship. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Prerequisite: SBU255. 3 credits.
Organizational Leadership (SCA 280)
Study of various types of groups, leadership, problem-solving approaches, performance appraisal, conflict resolution, decision-making strategies, and nonverbal communication skills to facilitate small and large group effectiveness. Spring semester and ADP session 3. 3 credits. Fee.
Advocacy Media for Social Change (SCA 310)
Students critically examine the philosophical foundations and principles of communication and social advocacy to engage the news media, help organize a community, and influence action. Topics include: the social activist and community outreach; leveraging social networks; power, powerlessness, and empowerment; contextual analysis, problem identification, and power mapping; lobbying, leadership, and coalition-building; advocacy journalism; and assessment strategies. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Corp Ethics & Social Responsibility (SCA 320)
A philosophical approach that investigates the rights, responsibilities, accountabilities, obligations, and legal and ethical expectations of the individual and the organization, with a value-centered approach to marketplace activities and practices. Thorough review of leading organizations that engage in social responsibility to enact positive social change. Satisfies the Philosophy requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Chemical Principles (SCH 100)
Designed to introduce the allied health student to essential and basic chemical concepts. The topics include matter, energy, the metric system, atomic theory, the periodic table, ionic and molecular bonding and structure, the mole and mass relations in chemical reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, gases, solutions, and an introduction to acids and bases. With SCH101, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Chemical Principles Laboratory (SCH 101)
Experiments conducted in the laboratory course complement the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course focuses on important chemical principles, safe laboratory techniques, and correct calculations. With SCH100 or SCH106, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SCH100 or SCH106. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Organic Chemistry Principles (SCH 120)
A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds for the allied health majors. A systematic examination of molecular structures, structure-property relationships, and chemical reactivities of the major functional groups of organic compounds. Prerequisites: SCH100 or SCH106 or the equivalent. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Organic Chemistry Principles Lab (SCH 121)
Experiments conducted in the laboratory course complement the concepts discussed in the lecture. Common laboratory techniques involved in organic synthesis, purification, and isolation of natural products are emphasized. Prerequisites: SCH100 and SCH101 or the equivalent. Corequisite: SCH120 or SCH122. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Restorative Justice (SCJ 180)
This course provides a thorough introduction to restorative justice theory and practice by exploring the theoretical roots of the restorative justice movement and the methods used in the field. Students develop proficiency in discipline-specific writing. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. Prequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. 3 credits.
Law Enforcement in the Community (SCJ 200)
Surveys the history, function, and current operation of law enforcement in American society. Studies the role of the police in a democratic society and issues related to the proper boundaries of police authority and discretion. Examines the ethics, opportunities, and dangers of policing as a profession. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Principles of Microeconomics (SEC 101)
Introduction to economic reasoning, terminology, and fundamental concepts. Emphasis on individual economic units, such as the household and the firm and how they affect and are affected by the various market structures existing in American capitalism. Basic algebra skills are recommended. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP sessions 1 and 4. 3 credits.
Principles of Macroeconomics (SEC 102)
Introduction to general equilibrium analyses, in particular, the policies that influence the level of aggregate output, unemployment, and price levels. International trade analysis. SEC101 strongly recommended as prerequisite. Basic algebra skills are recommended. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP sessions 2 and 5. 3 credits.
Writing the Environment (SHU 220)
This course studies Environmental Writing as a genre that is informed by literary and journalistic conventions and as a tool for environmental advocacy. Students examine how a writer's choice of form and genre reflect cultural values and develop communication skills through writing on a variety of environmental issues for a range of audiences. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits.
Historical & Political Geography (SHY 106)
An introduction to geographic thought with emphasis on the importance of geographical factors in history and politics. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Topics in Global History (SHY 394)
Focuses on an area of global history that extends beyond the cultural “western world.” This may include regional histories, comparative history, or global history. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.
Environmental Ethics (SPL 215)
This course addresses the central moral issues of our time: the relationship of humans to the natural world. To examine this relationship we learn and apply the four most powerful approaches to ethics (deontology, virtue/character, care/relationships, and consequentialism) addressing such topics as climate change, biodiversity, green urbanism, sustainability, ecological intelligence, ecotourism, and ecocentricism, among many others. Satisfies the Philosophy requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits
Introduction to Political Science (SPS 103)
A comprehensive introduction to the study of political science. Key concepts and theories are explored. Emphasis on the development and organization of the modern state; functions, processes, and ideologies of contemporary political systems; and introduction to the subfields of political science. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Introduction to Global Studies (SPS 105)
Surveys current world and domestic events, reading and analyzing using a variety of newspapers and news magazines available online, in various sites. Students follow the news generally and select one or more issues for independent research and presentation. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Comparative Politics (SPS 204)
A comparative examination of the world's different governmental and political systems and political culture, both Western and non-Western. Emphasis on European political systems and non-Western political systems including China, Russia, and Iran. Spring semester, odd numbered years. 3 credits.
Genocide and Human Rights (SPS 206)
This course explores human rights as an important international norm that is reflected in policies, practices, and laws at the international and national levels. It addresses such topics as: the use of military force to promote human rights; the development of international criminal courts; humanitarian and human rights law; crimes against humanity; and ethnic cleansing. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Political Theory (SPS 235)
A survey of Western political thought and philosophy with emphasis on modern political ideologies. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisite: SPS103. Spring semester. 3 credits.
International Relations (SPS 242)
Introductory analysis of major theories of international relations and their applications to current problems of world politics. Differing perspectives on the nature of the international system; the significance of power and global norms; patterns of conflict and cooperation between nations; and role and influence of non-state actors. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Global Political Economy (SPS 315)
This course introduces students to the actors, politics, historical and contemporary events, and decision-making procedures in the global market system. The production and trade of goods and services throughout the world are analyzed and examined through case studies. Different types of economic systems are assessed with discussion of the changes in globalization over the past two centuries. Using the perspectives of economic liberalism, mercantilism, and structuralism consideration is given to how money and power are distributed throughout the global economy by analyzing state economic policies, development and underdevelopment, and inequality. Satisfies the Global Perspectives of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Topics in Global Affairs (SPS 392)
This course covers a variety of topical issues in global affairs, including peacemaking, human rights, global governance, and democratization. Satisfies the Global Perspectives component of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Public Policy Seminar (SPS 400)
Development and implementation of government policy at the national level. Students research and report on the development of policy in particular issue areas such as military and defense or welfare policies. Juniors and seniors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Research Methods (SPS 405)
This course introduces students to the debates and methods that deal with the scientific study of political phenomena. Students learn to write in the field and develop a research design, as well as practice the variety of methods used to conduct research in political science. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: SPS103 and SSS250. 3 credits.
Field Study (SPS 420)
By arrangement. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.
Internship (SPS 430)
Open to qualified political science majors and minors. Ordinarily taken for 3 credits. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Religions of Asia (SRT 320)
An introduction to the major religious traditions of South and East Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism,Taoism, and Zen. Selected readings from their sacred writings and opportunity to experience the artistic forms and cultural riches of the religions of the East. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered as needed. 3 credits.
The Developing World (SRT 340)
An examination of the challenges faced by the marginalized in Africa, Asia, and Latin America associated with colonialism and globalization. The historical context and abiding impact of these phenomena are investigated through seminal thinkers and major texts of postcolonial theory as expressed in cultural studies, continental philosophy, and liberation theology. Case studies and current events facilitate critical yet hopeful applications of theory to the political, economic, and cultural dynamics of the developing world. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Christianity in Dialogue Judaism (SRT 355)
A study of Christianity’s origins within Judaism, its gradual separation from and increasingly polemical stance toward its ‘mother religion’, and the return to a position of mutual respect and dialogue between the traditions since Vatican II. Offered as needed. Offered online. 3 credits.
Principles of Sociology (SSO 100)
Examines the social and cultural forces that shape the lives of individuals and groups; the socialization of the human person throughout the stages of life; the multiple functions of social groups, institutions, and culture; and introduction to sociological theories. Fall semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Race, Class, and Gender (SSO 200)
Reviews research on cultural definitions of race, class, and gender and their consequences for social life; institutional stratification and efforts to reduce inequalities; and attempts to revise the meaning of race, class, and gender in American culture. Spring semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Environment and Society (SSO 235)
This course uses a systems perspective to analyze the interrelations between human societies and the environment. The focus is on explaining how these interactions contribute to problems such as resource depletion, changing weather conditions, hunger, and war around the world, and on emerging strategies to combat these problems. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Anthropology of Tribal Cultures (SSO 285)
Introduction to the theories and methods of the discipline of anthropology, providing an overview of tribal cultures, social organization, kinship patterns, and religions. Using case studies drawn from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, focuses upon the interactions between tribal cultures and modern nation states, particularly as a result of globalization. Prerequisite: SSO100. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Genocide in Comparative Perspective (SSO 306)
Places the Holocaust and other cases of genocide in comparative historical and cultural context. Investigates factors that cause genocide, the use of survivor testimony in documenting genocide, and the role of the international community in responding to acts of genocide. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 3. 3 credits.
Peace and Justice (SSO 372)
This course examines critical concepts, methods, and challenges facing individuals and groups who aspire to bring peace to persons and groups whose lives are marked by violence. It offers a critical analysis of why it is that we spend little time and resources on exploration of peaceful alternatives to the use of power and domination through non-violence. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.
Contemporary Topics (SSO 375)
This course examines various contemporary topics using sociological analysis. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.
Law and Society (SSO 385)
Reviews philosophies of law and visions of social justice developed over the course of American history. Considers the role laws have played in promoting and impeding democracy and equality. Focuses on pivotal and controversial laws and cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years, and ADP session 3, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.
Social Welfare (SSW 210)
An examination of the historical and contemporary social purposes, values, and policies of the institution of social welfare. Considers the social, political, and economic origins and consequences of societal provisions for economic security and social services. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)
Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.