Courses

Course Code Credits

History of the World Economic Development

The world has experienced an extraordinary but unevenly distributed increase in material living standards over the last 250 years. This course examines major developments, issues, and controversies related to long run economic development and change. Themes include the causes of technological leadership, the connection between technological change and business structure, and the spread of industry. Open to second semester first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cross-listed with History Department as HIS 219. Limited to 25.

ECO219 3

French Culture & Civilization I

Study of contemporary French culture and its recent history, social issues, economy, attitudes and institutions. Recommended 4 years of high school French. Pre-requisite: FRN 332 or higher. Limited to 25.

FRN333 3

Native American History

An interdisciplinary survey of the aboriginal inhabitants of North America from pre-history to the present. Confronts long-standing stereotypes of Native Americans and seeks a deeper understanding of native beliefs, values, and historical experiences. Course deals extensively with European and Native American encounters and evaluates their continuing impact on indigenous communities. Limited to 25.

HIS209 3

Italy: Language & Identity

Italian 331 is designed to refine and apply language skills in writing, speaking, reading and listening beyond the Intermediate level. Topics on regional and national identity serve as a context for language acquisition. Students investigate what constitutes the Italian identity through the study of authentic texts and Internet resources. Class projects involve individual research about the history, art and popular culture of contemporary Italy. Pre-requisite: ITA 232, placement above intermediate or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25.

ITA331 3

Introduction to the Old Testament

Literature of the Hebrew Bible. Survey of the religious, literary, and political history of ancient Israel. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Students may not receive credit for both REL 251 and REL 260. Limited to 25.

REL251 3

Hard Rockin' Jews: Judaism & Pop Culture in Israel

For 2000 years Judaism has been a minority religion in majority "other" cultures. With the establishment of Israel, Judaism became the majority culture of a nation-state. This course examine how the religion of Judaism both influences and is influenced by the secular culture of the modern State of Israel. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.

REL275 3

Popular Religion

An exploration of the substance of popular religion: theories of ritual activity, superstition, theories of the body, the nature of worship and prayer, and the role of sacred space. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

REL335 3

Sociology of Globalization

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects. Limited to 25.

SOC202 3

Sociology of Marriage & Family

Concepts of marriage and family as social institutions; intimate relationships; human sexuality; roles, functions, change, and problems of American family. Pre-requisite: SOC 101. Open to first-years, sophomores and juniors. Seniors must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC205 3

Native Americans in the 21st Century

This course analyzes the interactions between Native Americans and non-Natives. It looks critically at meanings of tribal sovereignty and the changing dynamics of international relations. Federal and state policies related to land, constitutional governments, crime and law enforcement, tribal recognition, sacred cultural artifacts, and economic development are assessed. Limited to 25.

SOC216 3

Political Sociology

This class is a sociological review and analysis of political structure and power. The course will critically analyze: state structures, political parties, power, legitimacy, civil society, and the welfare state. Limited to 25.

SOC220 3

Cultural Anthropology

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies. Open to first-years and sophomores, upper-class students must obtain permission of the instructor. Limited to 25.

SOC228 3

Language & Culture

An overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. The nature of human language will be explored by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create social worlds in which we live. Limited to 25.

SOC233 3

Racial & Ethnic Diversity

Immigration, history, patterns of intergroup relations, modes of adaptation, social, economic, and political conditions, and contributions of selected racial and ethnic communities: The English and the Anglo-Saxons; Irish Americans; Italian Americans; Jewish Americans; Native Americans; African-Americans; Latino and Hispanic Americans; and Asian Americans. Limited to 25.

SOC234 3

Sociology of Gender

Course will distinguish between sex and gender and critically examine how social historical meanings about femininity and masculinity are socially constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Considers how gender differences and gender inequality play out in a variety of institutions including education, the economy, the family, politics, religion, the media and medicine. Critical perspectives, including feminist and multi-cultural approaches, will be employed. Limited to 25.

SOC237 3

Introduction to Museum Studies

Survey of museology that introduces students to the history of museums and debates about their role in society. Through case studies of ethnographic, history, and art museums students will explore the relationships between museums, their missions, those they represent, and the communities in which they reside. Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or SOC 228. Limited to 25.

SOC304 3

Qualitative Research

An in-depth exploration of qualitative research practices in sociology. Students will study epistemological, theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative research and engage in hands-on projects utilizing the following methods: content analysis, oral history interview or in-depth interview, and ethnography. Students will also be introduced to cutting-edge qualitative methods including arts-based research practices. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and SOC 210. Limited to 25.

SOC312 3

Peoples & Cult of East Europe

An exploration of contemporary Russia and East Europe from an anthropology perspective. Topics covered are those of central interest to anthropologists working throughout the world including: kinship, gender, illness, and healing, politics, ethnicity, and religion, as well as issues specific to the region such as post-socialist transitions. Pre-requisite: SOC 228 or SOC 101.

SOC316 3

Anthropology of Violence

War, political and economic oppression, sectarian strife, poverty and disease are pervasive in the world today, ravaging the lives of every-growing numbers of people. Using a cross-cultural approach, we will explore the impact of violence on society, its cultural legacies, and examples of building peace. Pre-requisite: SOC 228 or SOC 101. Limited to 25.

SOC329 3

Anthropology of the Holocaust

In recent decades social scientists have increasingly turned their attention to the Holocaust. The goal of this class is to examine these studies in order to better understand the events, their causes, and their legacies from a range of perspectives: victims, perpetrators, witnesses, and rescuers.

SOC334 3

Seminar: American Inequality

Survey of the range of stratification systems. Emphasis on the American stratification system - social caste and its relationship to race, age, sex, religion, and ethnicity. Pre-requisites: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC415 3

Seminar on Oppression

Introduces the concept of oppression. Conditions of oppression to be explored include exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. Emphasis on the interaction among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ageism, to show the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. Reading assignments will challenge/encourage the students to take action to end oppressive behaviors and to affirm diversity and social justice. (Previously Seminar on Racism) Pre-requisite: SOC 101 and at least one additional Sociology course. Limited to 15.

SOC421 3

Afro-Hispanic Cult Caribbean

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre. Pre-requisite: SPA 332 or higher. Limited to 20.

SPA345 3

Maya, Aztec & Inca Traditions

Study of a specific literary movement, author, or genre. Pre-requisite: SPA 332 or higher. Limited to 20.

SPA346 3