Quick Guide to Liberal Studies Electives

  
  

Winter 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 12 different electives offered each term.

This guide shows the courses we offer in the Winter 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.                                                                                                                                                           

Upper Division Electives

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 - MTWF 9:05-10:05
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
 
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 4:40-5:40   
Graduation Requirement - Social Science          
Minor - Economics
             Int’l. Studies
 
International Economics (ECON 352)                   
A study of the theories, policies and contexts of the international economy.
Days/Time - TR 6:00-8:05         
Graduation Requirement - Social Science           
Minor - Int’l Studies
             Economics
 
Modern Middle East (HIST 320)                          
A study of the central issues and problems of the Middle East from World War I to the present including the impact of outside powers on the region, the rise of nationalism, the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, oil and politics, and the reassertion of Islamic identity.
Days/Time - MR 1:20-3:25         
Graduation Requirement – Social Science
Minor – History
             Pre-law (obj. 1)
             Int’l Studies
 
Literature of Multicultural America (LIT 309)  
An analysis of novels, poetry and memoirs by American writers examining such themes as race, identity, myths of origin, and cross-cultural communication.
Days/Time - MR 3:35-5:40
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Int’l. Studies
             Literature
             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 - MR 10:15-12:20
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - Literature
 
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
                                                                                                                                                          
Indians, Aliens and Others: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Literature (LIT 391)
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 - Int’l Studies
             Literature
             Pre-law (obj.3)
                                                                                                                                                  
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 1:20-3:25         
Graduation Requirement – Social Science
Minor - Int’l. Studies  
             Pre-law (obj. 3)                             
 

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