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AAS 003: Intro To Africana Studies (4 credits)
An interdisciplinary examination of the roots, culture, and politics of the modern black world through study of classic works in Africana Studies with emphasis on the continuities among African peoples worldwide and the social forces that have shaped contemporary black life in Africa and the Americas.

AAS/HIST 005: African Civilization (4 credits)
Sub-Saharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and non-state systems, the external slave trade; colonialism, resistance to European rule; independence movements; neocolonialism.

ANTH 011: Cultural Div. and Human Nat. (4 credits)
A cross-cultural investigation of variation in human societies. Examines forms of social organization, kinship, religion, symbolism, and language through the consideration of specific cultural case studies in local and global contexts. Students will learn how anthropological research methods enhance understanding of contemporary social issues, help solve real-world problems, and foster an informed perspective on what it means to be human.

ASIA/IR 061: East Asian IR (4 credits)
Introduction to East Asian international relations, with emphasis on post-1945 period: historical background of Asian international system; Cold War conflicts; China's rise and regional responses; Japan's changing international role; the two Koreas; ASEAN and Asian regionalism; U.S. and Russian policies; current and future issues.

CLSS/HIST 021: Greek History (4 credits)
The development of civilization from palaeolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great. The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions.

COMM 030: Media And Society (4 credits)
This introduction to the roles of mass media in U.S. and global society explores a media-saturated society. Students learn how mass media operate in relationship to society, controversies surrounding their activities, social consequences of media behavior, and theories for examining mass media. Upperclassmen allowed only by instructor’s permission.

ECO 001: Principles Of Economics (4 credits)
A one-semester course in the principles of economics. General topics covered are: supply and demand; pricing and production decisions of firms; the role of government in the economy; the determination of national income; money and banking; monetary and fiscal policy; and government finance.

ENTP 040: Entrepreneurial Communication (3 credits)
Explores the evolving culture of social media and related communication strategies and analysis. In depth discussion of tools, technique and tone; digital identity, content, voice and audience; and of managing social media blended with traditional platforms. Practical applications and best practices for multiple methods. Covers all the leading social media platforms, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, guerilla marketing, as well as exploring new emerging platforms. Case discussions with external profit, nonprofit and government practitioners. Students design, execute and evaluate a communication campaign strategy.

ES 001: Intro To Environmental Studies (4 credits)
Gateway to the field of Environmental Studies, the course surveys central issues and themes confronting humanity in the natural world on a national and global basis. Topics include humankind’s role in environmental change; society’s response to the dynamism of nature; cultural evaluations of nature; population dynamics; resource availability and pollution sinks; land use patterns; sustainability and consumerism; environmental justice and ethics; policy and planning. This course fulfills a social science credit requirement. Please select ES 002 to fulfill the natural science requirement.

GS 001: Introduction To Global Studies (4 credits)
Globalization - the historical and continuing integration of peoples, cultures, markets and nations - is the defining characteristic of our century. It brings with it advantages and disadvantages, surfeit and suffering. In this interdisciplinary course, the foundation of the Global Studies major, students will be introduced to a variety of historical, critical and analytical perspectives, methods and vocabularies for continued study of globalization and social change. Priority given to CAS freshmen and sophomores.

GS/POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4 credits)
The political systems of foreign countries; approaches to the study of comparative politics.

GS/POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4 credits)
The political systems of foreign countries; approaches to the study of comparative politics.

GS/HIST/POLS 097: Democracy's Rise and Fall (4 credit)
The promise and perils of democracy, from ancient Greece to the age of Trump. This course will pose fascinating and troubling questions about majority rule. We will examine its invention in antiquity, its resurrection in Britain and America, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its troubles today.

AAS/HIST 005: African Civilization (4 credits)
SubSaharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and nonstate systems, the external slave trade, colonialism, resistance to European rule, independence movements, and neocolonialism.

CLSS/HIST 021: Greek History (4 credits)
The development of civilization from paleolithic times to the world empire of Alexander the Great.The social, economic, religious, philosophic, artistic, and literary development of the ancient world; the origin of political institutions.

HIST 025: Pirates of the Caribbean (4 credits)
Introduction to the history of the Atlantic World, through the lens of piracy and seafaring. Interactions between Europe, Africa, and North and South America, 1442-1825.

HIST 050: Modern Latin America (4 credits)
Examines the 200-year-long struggle of Latin American peoples to gain political representation, economic equality, and social justice.  Explores key historical events in Latin America from the movement for independence led by Simon Bolivar and Father Miguel Hidalgo in the early nineteenth century to today's modern societies.  Topics include the wars of independence, the rule of caudillos, foreign military interventions, export economies, populism, social revolutions, the Cold War era, state terror and military dictatorships, and the war on drugs.

GS/HIST/POLS 097: Democracy's Rise and Fall (4 credit)
The promise and perils of democracy, from ancient Greece to the age of Trump. This course will pose fascinating and troubling questions about majority rule. We will examine its invention in antiquity, its resurrection in Britain and America, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its troubles today.

IR 002: Current Issues in World Affair (3 credits)
This is a survey course designed primarily for non-IR majors or minors. The purpose is to acquaint students with some of the concepts and historical facts behind current global issues. The content of this course will, in part, be dictated by international events as they unfold.

IR 010: Introduction To World Politics (4 credits)
Introduction to the major principles, concepts, and theories of international relations, along with a historical background focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics to be covered include the nature of power, balance of power theories, national interest, decision-making in foreign policy, theories of war and expansion, patterns of Cooperation, and international political economy.

IR 015: Authoritarianism (4 credits)
Authoritarianism has been the dominant form of government throughout history, and more than half of the world lives under it today. This course addresses its various forms and central dynamics. Learn how rulers organize coups, repress societal opposition, create cults of personality, enrich cronies, and avoid being overthrown by rivals. Use real-world case studies from the Mideast, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America to find out how authoritarian regimes have dealt with technological change and Western democracy promotion.

IR 040: The United Nations (4 credits)
Provides overview of key issues and debates in the United Nations and helps students understand the formal and informal operations of this global organization. We will explore two major questions. First, what are the major obstacles to effective international cooperation in the United Nations? Second, what does globalization mean for UN efforts to promote democracy, development, and human rights? Includes a trip to UN Headquarters in NY and an in-class UN simulation exercise.

ASIA/IR 061: East Asian IR (4 credits)
Introduction to East Asian international relations, with emphasis on post-1945 period: historical background of Asian international system; Cold War conflicts; China's rise and regional responses; Japan's changing international role; the two Koreas; ASEAN and Asian regionalism; U.S. and Russian policies; current and future issues.

POLS 001: American Political System (4 credits)
Constitutional principles; organization and operation of the national government; and dynamics of power within the U.S. political system.

GS/POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4 credits)
The political systems of foreign countries; approaches to the study of comparative politics.

GS/HIST/POLS 097: Democracy's Rise and Fall (4 credit)
The promise and perils of democracy, from ancient Greece to the age of Trump. This course will pose fascinating and troubling questions about majority rule. We will examine its invention in antiquity, its resurrection in Britain and America, its exportation to the rest of the world, and its troubles today.

PSYC 001: Intro to Psychology (4 credits)
Psychology as a science of behavior. Natural science aspects such as learning, sensation-perception, and physiological bases; and social science aspects such as human development, intelligence, and personality. Methodologies appropriate to these areas, and related societal problems.

SDEV 010: Challenges Of Sustnble Dvlpmnt (4 credits)
History and principles of sustainable development, including their application to projects in both rich and poor countries. Survey of current environmental, social and economic challenges to sustainable development. Philosophy and ethics of external intervention for poverty alleviation and green development, especially in poor societies. Integrated approaches to sustainable development practice, including the inter-relationship of the health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and management.

SDEV 011: Social Research for Engineers (1 credit)
Research project under the supervision of faculty.

SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
Patterns of social interaction, group behavior and attitudes provide a focus on the relationship of the individual to society. Social structure and social change within the institutions of society provide a focus on the relationship of society to the individual. The influences of social class, gender and race are explored at each level of analyses. Theories, methods and research results provide micro and macro models for understanding society.

STS 011: Technology&Human Values (4 credits)
Impact of technology on society in relation to ethical problems raised by the exploitation of technological innovations. Illustrations from history, social studies, philosophy, literature, and film.

WGSS 001: Women & Men In Society (4 credits)
The course introduces students to key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines how gender interacts with race, age, class, sexuality, etc., to shape human consciousness and determine the social organization of human society. The course may include topics such as: gender and work; sexuality and reproduction; women’s health; media constructions of gender and race; gender, law, and public policy.