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Quick Guide to Liberal Studies Electives

Quick Guide to Liberal Studies Electives

Fall 2015

The Department of Liberal Studies has faculty able to teach 35 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 Fall 2015 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 Public Speaking (COMM 313)
This course focuses on the processes and contexts of public speaking, including audience adaptation, principles of clear organization, development of ideas, and techniques of effective speaking.
Days/Time - TF 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Pre-law (obj. 4)

Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 342)
Applied microeconomic theory and quantitative analysis with relevance for managerial decision-making.
Days/Time - TF 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - Ecomonics

International Economics (ECON 352)
A study of the theories, policies and contexts of the international economy.
Days/Time - MW 6:00-8:05
Graduation Requirement -  Social Science
Minor -   International Studies, Economics

Africa in the World Economy (HIST 322)
A study of Africa's involvement in world affairs emphasizing the political, social and economic basis for the history of Africa since independence, the role of external intervention, especially by China, and the economic opportunities within Africa.
Days/Time -  MR 1:20-3:25
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, History, Pre-law (obj. 1)

The Rise of the Global Community (HIST 391)
A study of the central issues and problems in the history of international organizations and the rise of the modern global community. Students will explore changes in international law, diplomacy, and human conflict in order to examine and debate some of the most important challenges confronting the contemporary world.
Days/Time -  TF 1:20-3:25
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, History, Pre-law (obj. 1)

Literature of the Fantastic (LIT 315)
An examination of the fantastic in literature and film, including such topics as fantasy as satire and social criticism and the use of fantasy and horror literature to explore taboos about mortality, insanity and sexuality.
Days/Time - MTRF 2:25-3:25
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 - MR 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - International Studies, Literature, Pre-law (obj. 3)

Plays of Shakespeare (LIT 379)
Critical reading of selected plays of Shakespeare, emphasizing the times, places and issues they portray as well as traditional analysis of character, plot and staging
Days/Time - MW 6:00-8:05
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Literature

19th Century British Fiction (LIT 391)
A thematic exploration of different genres of the 19th century novel and short story, emphasizing the impact of historical context on English fiction.
Literature elective TBD
Days/Time - MR 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Literature

Religion in Society (SOC 337)
A social scientific study of a broad range of religious beliefs and practices selected from diverse human societies.
Days/Time - TF 3:35-5:40
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, Pre-law (obj. 3)

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SSCI 391)
This course offers an introduction to the critical, theoretical, and historical study of gender and sexuality. The focus will be on the social construction of gender-sexuality as they intersect with other identity categories such as race, ethnicity, and class. Readings will span multiple disciplines and transnational contexts, and will include an analysis of gender in STEM fields.
Days/Time -  MR 8:00-10:05
Graduation Requirement -  Social Science
Minor -  Pre-law (obj. 3)

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