Quick Guide to Liberal Studies Electives

Spring 2016

The Department of Liberal Studies has faculty able to teach 40 upper division electives in the humanities and social sciences. These are offered on a rotating basis with 8 to 14 different electives offered each term.

This guide shows the courses we offer in the Spring 2016 term, brief descriptions, the graduation requirement each satisfies and the Liberal Studies minor the course supports.

Prerequisites for all upper division COMM, HIST, LIT, HUMN, PHIL, SOC, SSCI electives are COMM 101, HUMN 201, and SSCI 201. Upper division ECON electives require ECON 201 as a prerequisite.

Rhetorical Principles of Persuasion (COMM 311)
Theories of persuasion, techniques of argumentation, and the analysis of persuasive texts.  Topics include political messages, advertising and persuasive elements of popular culture.
Days/Time - TF 1:20-3:25
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Pre-law (obj. 4)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 344)
Applied macroeconomic theory and quantitative analysis with relevance for managerial and governmental decision-making.
Days/Time - TF 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - Economics

History of Economic Thought (ECON 348)
An analysis of the development of economic thinking by studying preeminent economists and their schools of thought.
Days/Time - MW 6:00-8:05
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - Economics

Comparative Economic Systems (ECON 350)
A study of economic systems (capitalism, mixed economies, socialism) emphasizing their influence on economic decision-making and their relative success.
Days/Time - MTWF 1:20-2:20
Graduation Requirement -  Social Science
Minor - Economics, International Studies

Global Film Cultures (HUMN 362)
A study of select cinematic traditions from around the world, this course approaches cinema as an artistic form that is at once global, and historically and culturally specific. The course explores both differences and points of connection between films. There will be some required screenings outside of class time.
Days/Time -  MR 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - International Studies, Pre-law (obj. 3)

Masterpieces of Literature (LIT 372)
This course grapples with issues critical to western literature and culture through a close examination of several different literary genres.
Days/Time - TR 6:00-8:05
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Literature

Seminar on J. R. R. Tolkien (LIT 374)
This course examines Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings and his extended mythology in The Silmarillion. The course focuses on genre, style and themes of the works, with particular emphasis on the elements of epic.
Days/Time - MR 8:00-10:05
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Literature

Indians, Aliens and Others: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Literature (LIT 319)
What happens when vastly different peoples, customs, and worldviews collide with each other? Is conflict inevitable? What leaps of imagination might bridge the gulf? This course seeks answers to these questions in literary texts that stage cross-cultural encounters of various kinds. Readings range from science fiction to the history of colonialism to contemporary examples of cross-cultural interchange.
Days/Time - TF 1:20-3:25
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - International Studies, Literature, Pre-law (obj. 3)

Contemporary Political & Economic Alternatives (SSCI 391)
In this course, students will explore a variety of alternative modes of political and economic organization that are currently being practiced in real life by diverse groups and communities in the US and around the world.
Days/Time - MR 3:35-5:40
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, Pre-law (obj. 2 & 3)

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