Quick Guide to Liberal Studies Electives

Fall 2016

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 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.

Art: Styles and Aesthetics (ART 305)
A study of stylistic and aesthetic developments in human creative experience, focusing on modern art from the 1860s to the 1960s and its relationships to politics, technology and popular culture.
Days/Time - 3:35-5:40
Graduation Requirement - Humanities
Minor - International Studies

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 - MR 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 - Economics

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

America and the World (HIST 308)
A study of the central issues and problems in the history of America’s relations with the larger world.
Days/Time - TF 1:20-3:25
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, History, Pre-law (obj. 1)

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)

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 3:35-4:35
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

Global Social Movements (SOC 391)
This course explores the major theoretical and  empirical approaches to studying transnational social movements. These are movements of civil society groups asserting rights for food security, the  environment, energy, land rights, education and so on.  The course will promote understanding of why and how movements arise and the extent of  their success.
Days/Time - TF 8:00-10:05
Graduation Requirement - Social Science
Minor - International Studies, Pre-law (obj. 3)

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