Courses

Course Code Credits

International Business

This course introduces the students to the economic, political, and cultural environments affecting international business. In addition, the influence of government on trade, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange, export and import strategies, and the impact of multinational enterprises will be discussed. Students will also be exposed to the comprehensive set of dynamics that comprise international business decision environments and will learn to evaluate alternative courses of action in a global setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on areas of current importance. Extensive use of cases and readings. Open to junior and senior Business majors and minors and Political Science & International Studies majors. Limited to 25.

BUS336 3

Elementary Chinese I

The first semester is an introduction of modern standard Chinese, commonly referred to as Mandarin. Both simplified and traditional character formations will be introduced but the writing of the simplified form will be emphasized. Students will also master the Pinyin system. During the first semester students will develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use short sentences, words and phrases, simple questions and commands; when listening, understand some ideas and familiar details in a clear, uncomplicated speech; when reading, understand short texts enhanced by visuals. Limited to 25.

CHN131 3

Elementary Chinese II

During the second semester students will expand their previous Chinese ability and develop the ability to: when speaking and listening, use and understand learned expressions, sentences, and strings of sentences, questions and commands; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, understand important ideas and some details in highly contextualized authentic texts. The courses will integrate Chinese culture, customs, songs and history into the language learning. Pre-requisite: CHN 131 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

CHN132 3

Intermediate Chinese I

In the intermediate courses students will expand their previous ability in Chinese language and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing , create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic texts. The courses will integrate Chinese culture, history, music and social issues into language learning. Pre-requisite: CHN 132 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

CHN231 3

Intermediate Chinese II

In the intermediate courses students will expand their previous ability in Chinese language and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing , create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic texts. The courses will integrate Chinese culture, history, music and social issues into language learning. Pre-requisite: CHN 231 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

CHN232 3

Advanced Chinese I

In Advanced Chinese, students build upon their previous ability and develop the ability to: speak simple dialogue of paragraph length; understand most authentic speech; write a series of coherent paragraphs; read authentic text to acquire information. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues. Pre-requisite: CHN 232 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

CHN331 3

Advanced Chinese II

Advanced Chinese, students build upon their previous ability and develop the ability to: speak simple dialogue of paragraph length; understand most authentic speech; write a series of coherent paragraphs; read authentic text to acquire information. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues. Pre-requisite: CHN 331 or equivalent. Limited to 25.

CHN332 3

Chinese Television Series

Study of contemporary Chinese TV Series with an emphasis on conversation, culture and language proficiency. The class will view and discuss TV episodes. Students will study the corresponding scripts, related grammar and vocabulary. Completion of written and oral assignments is also required. Limited to 25.

CHN333 3

Intercultural Communication

Examines the role of communication in the creation and transmission of cultural knowledge and practice. Discusses the impact of communication differences in cross cultural contexts. Pre-requisite: COM 105. Limited to 30.

COM315 3

International Economics

This course covers the major themes of the theory of international trade. The gains from trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, the theories of international trade such as the theory of absolute and comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin theory will be studied. The justifications for trade protection, its effects on the economy, historical and contemporary U.S. trade policy and the economics of regional trade agreements will also be discussed. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Limited to 25.

ECO311 3

International Finance

Different aspects of the international financial markets, international trade, and balance of payments are studied by using analytical models of an open economy. This course examines the structure and the performance of the foreign exchange market through an extensive use of the Bloomberg technology. Using Bloomberg, students learn the interactions between economic news, global financial markets and exchange rates. Particular emphasis is placed on current issues related to the global financial crisis, international monetary system, the European Union and The European Bank. Other topics include money and financial management for international corporations, interest and commodity arbitrage, spot and forward currency markets. Bloomberg Financial Terminals and Bridge Telerate are used in the course in order to give students a more hands-on knowledge of the international financial markets. Pre-requisites: ECO 176 and ECO 178. Cannot receive credit for both BUS 425 and ECO 343. Limited to 25.

ECO343 3

Topics in Postcolonial and Global Literature

An investigation of themes within the frame of postcolonial studies. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG392 3

First-Year Seminar: Perspectives On China

This course follows in the footsteps of Venetian merchants, Japanese monks, British diplomats, Western missionaries and other foreign visitors to China's shores throughout the centuries. We explore what happens when cultures meet for the first time, how they perceive one another, and how this shapes the writing of history. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the History Cornerstone requirement. Not open to Elementary Education majors. Limited to 25.

HIS121 4

The Making of Modern China

An introduction to the dramatic transformations in China's political, economic and socio-cultural life from the seventeenth century to the present. The course will cover transitions from dynastic to republican to communist rule, encounters with the West, socio-economic reforms, and the challenges of modernization in the world's oldest continuous civilization and bureaucratic state. Limited to 25.

HIS270 3

World History II

Examines the history of the human community from the early modern era to the present. Explores how and why industry, nation states, and European style economics have come to define the modern world. It analyzes the interconnections and interdependencies, nowadays called "globalization", that continue to define human historical development. May not earn credit for HIS 253 and HIS 272. Limited to 25.

HIS272 3

The Vietnam Era & Its Legacy

An examination of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and the war in Vietnam from the 1940s to the present. The course explores the origins of the U.S. military commitment in Southeast Asia and the ultimate failure of U.S. policy. The effects of the war on veterans and the home front, the peace movement, and the legacy of the war for contemporary U.S. society is also examined. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 15.

HIS329 3

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

Explores the emergence of the Modern Girl, a revolutionary phenomenon in early twentieth-century China and Japan who defied social conventions regarding domesticity, sexuality, politics, commercial consumption, and nation-state ideals of the Female Citizen. Incorporating literature and film, this course examines global commercialization, marriage and family, education, feminism, and gendered nationalisms. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 25.

HIS374 3

Asian Philosophies

What is the nature of the self? What is the divine like? How should we live? What happens when we die? In this course, we discuss answers to these and many other questions from the rich philosophical traditions outside the Western world. Pre-requisites: One 100-Level Philosophy Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

PHL253 3

International Politics

An exploration of the formation of foreign policy, the structure and processes of international systems, patterns of conflict, economic and security issues, and institutions and processes of conflict resolution. Limited to 25.

POL143 3

Comparing States

The variations in political systems of states will be explored in terms of state-society relations. Types of democratic and authoritarian systems will be investigated, as well as conditions of their consolidation, change or transformation. In addition, the role of such forces as political protest and participation, ideologies and civil society on shaping politics and policy outcomes will be explored through comparative case studies of countries around the world. Cannot receive credit for both POL 134 and POL 234. Limited to 25.

POL234 3

Contemporary Global Conflict

Conflicts around the globe are grounded in ethno-national or ethno-religious foundations and exemplify this low level but intensely savage terrorism and war. The course will look at the explanations and analyze the causes of such wars and the strategies policy makers offer to deal with the consequences.

POL249 3

Politics of Developing Nations

The application of theories of political development to selected countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The course also examines problems of political development such as leadership, ideologies, political change, parties and political movement, nation-building, and constitutional development. Pre-requisite: POL 143. Limited to 25.

POL273 3

Contemporary Global Issues

Key issues in international relations: Terrorism, civil and ethnic conflict, economic interdependence, weapons of mass destruction, international political economy, human rights, failed states, and global warming. Limited to 25.

POL344 3

International Organizations & State Building

Explores the extent to which international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are able to alter the contours of statehood and state sovereignty and whether such international organizations serve or dominate state actors. Case studies are Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq. Pre-requisite: POL 143. Limited to 25.

POL353 3

International Political Econ

The development of the modern international economy and strategies for the pursuit of wealth, order, and development, emerging trends shaping the post-Cold War international economic order, the global monetary order, multinational corporations, economic aid relationships, food and energy politics, market reforms in non-Western and former communist societies. Pre-requisite: POL 143. Limited to 25.

POL377 3

Buddhist Ethics

An exploration of traditional Buddhist ethics, moral arguments Buddhists have advanced about contemporary issues, and points of comparison with philosophical and Christian ethics. Pre-requisite: One Religious Studies Cornerstone Course. Limited to 25.

REL307 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

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

History of Music II: Non-Western

This introduction to world music covers indigenous vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as the non-western musical traditions of Europe. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. Students will learn to play rudimentary rhythm patterns using representative percussion instruments in classroom groups. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus. Limited to 25.

VPM184 3