Global Studies

Global Studies Concentration

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary academic area that draws from a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities, the Sciences and the Arts to examine global processes and events and their effects at a local level. For decades, the world has been undergoing a sustained reorganization along economic, social, political, cultural, technological and environmental lines that cuts across national boundaries. WSU has also experienced an increased global connectivity, integration and interdependence, and witnessed the emergence of planet-wide issues such as climate change, poverty, new technologies, and entrenched wars. In response to these real-world events, Global Studies has emerged as a dynamic interdisciplinary academic field to study the forces shaping these complex processes. 

The mission of the Global Studies concentration is to help students understand trans-national phenomena and to provide them with a solid background for decision-making in an increasingly interdependent world community. Students are encouraged to connect their knowledge of a particular region of the world to larger transnational processes and to examine their identities in a global frame. The interdisciplinary concentration in Global Studies helps students develop skills to function in a global market and the depth of understanding necessary to be responsible citizens of planet Earth.

Requirements for a Concentration in Global Studies: 15 credits

Students are required to take a total of five Global Studies courses starting with GL-150 (Required) plus four electives chosen from across various disciplines. One of the elective courses has to be at a 200 level and another at either a 300 or 400 level. No more than two courses can be counted from the same department. Students are strongly encouraged to elect a world language course other than English and/or a study abroad course that meets the Global Studies criteria.

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Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing from the faculty of many departments at Worcester State University. For more information, students may contact the Coordinator of Global Studies.

Required Course

GL-150 Introduction to Global Studies

This course analyzes the forces reorganizing the planet along economic, social, political, cultural, technological and environmental lines across national boundaries.

Every year. 3 Credits

Elective Courses

AB-102 Beginning Arabic II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: AB-101

A continuation of AB 101, designed for students to acquire additional vocabulary, grammar, and reading ability.

3 Credits

AB-210 Intermediate Arabic I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: AB-102

Instruction in advanced rules of Arabic grammar and verb system, and in advanced writing and reading.

3 Credits

AR-118 Global Art History

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, CA

Surveys the outstanding visual art from all cultures beginning in the prehistoric era to the late 19th century.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

BA-430 Administrative Practices and Management

Prerequisites: BA-305

Overview and analysis of human conduct in work-organization settings.

3 Credits

BA-440 International Business and Management

Prerequisites: BA-316 and BA-318

Study and analyze the nature, structures and strategies of international/global businesses. Examine international markets, economic systems, value-chains and core competencies of a firm.

3 Credits

BA-494 International Marketing

Prerequisites: EC-120 BA-318

With the rapid and continuous changes in global environment we will examine the complex issues in international marketing faced by today's manager.

3 Credits

BI-112 Diseases and Mankind

LASC Categories: GP, NSP

Diseases of ancient and modern man; the impact on history, religion, science, art and philosophy.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

BI-114 Plants and Human Affairs

LASC Categories: GP, NSP

Man's dependence upon plants and their influence on civilization and its art, religions, literature, folklore, medicine, and human behavior.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

BI-117 Humans and the Environment

LASC Categories: LAB, NSP

A survey of Anthropologic environmental impacts and the underlying mechanisms involved. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Not open to Biology or Environmental Science majors.

Every 2-3 years. 4 Credits

BI-130 Field Biology

LASC Categories: GP, NSP, LAB

Study-Abroad Field Biology course for non-Biology majors. Course explores the intersection of human activities and environmental preservation, with a basic introduction to topics in organismal biology, biodiversity and biogeography.

Spring only and every year. 4 Credits

BI-202 Principles of Ecology

LASC Categories: NLL, WAC

Prerequisites: BI-140, EN-102, MA-150 or MA-180, or MA-190, or MA-200 with a grade of C- or above.

Basic ecological theory relating to organism-environment interactions; population dynamics, and ecosystems. Three hours of lecture and a three-hour laboratory per week.

Fall and Spring and every year. 4 Credits

BI-380 Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

LASC Categories: LAB

Prerequisites: BI-140, BI-141, BI-202, and BI-203 with a grade of C- or above.

A theoretical and quantitative approach to species, genetic, ecosystem and community diversity in the context of modern conservation biology principles. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Every 2-3 years. 4 Credits

BI-430 Field Biology

Study-Abroad Field Biology course for Biology majors. Course explores the intersection of human activities and environmental preservation, with an in-depth discussion of topics in organismal biology, ecology, biodiversity and biogeography.

Spring only and every year. 4 Credits

CH-106 Paper Or Plastics?

LASC Categories: NSP

Students will study modern issues related to chemistry. These will include sustainability, green chemistry, climate change and the ozone layer.

Every year. 3 Credits

CH-320 Environmental Chemistry

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: CH-120 and CH-121 with a C- or above.

Chemistry of the atmosphere, soil, and natural water systems, air and water pollution, water treatment, hazardous wastes and pollution control. Lab techniques including sampling and analysis of environmental media. Lecture 3 hours per week and Lab will meet once a week for 3 hours.

Fall only and every year. 4 Credits

CM-270 Journalism: Editing

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

Training in copy selection, copy editing, story placement, headline writing, layout, and use of style books. [Cross-listed with EN-270.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

CM-271 Media and Globalization

This course examines the emergence of global media and its impact on the development of a global world.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

CM-350 Intercultural Communication

Prerequisites: CM-100

Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality, politics and economics.

3 Credits

CM-390 Independent Media and Society

LASC Categories: TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: CM-100

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of wide range of media economically and politically independent of both corporation and the state. The course focuses on the relationship between independent media and corporate media as well as the role of independent media within social movements, cultures of resistance, and processes of social change.

Other or on demand and other or on demand. 3 Credits

EC-206 Urban Economics

Prerequisites: EC-110 and EC-120

The theory and policy of the growth and development of metropolitan areas; some of the policy-related problems discussed are poverty, residential and commercial land use and traffic congestion.

3 Credits

EC-210 Current Economic Issues

Prerequisites: EC-110 EC-120

This course is designed to connect economic knowledge and theory acquired at the introductory level to current economic issues and policy. National and international topics of importance will be considered. For example, pollution, trends in productivity, profitability and distribution, debt and deficits, patterns of investment, trade, and globalization and the economic issues of race, gender and poverty may be covered.

3 Credits

EC-301 Economic Development

Prerequisites: EC-110 and EC-120

A survey of contemporary economic theories concerning less developed countries; social, cultural, and political forces shaping the development of such countries are also investigated.

3 Credits

EC-308 International Trade

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EC-110 and EC-120

Reasons why nations gain by spatial specialization and exchange with other countries. Analysis of the mechanism by which international equilibrium is restored. Study of trade and foreign exchange policies.

3 Credits

ED-271 International and Comparative Education

LASC Categories: ICW, GP

This course compares the educational policies, practices and coutcomes in two or more countries.

3 Credits

ED-339 Children's Literature: Multicultural Literature for PK-9

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-202

In this class, students will read, discuss, and analyze children's and young adult literature by people of diverse backgrounds including diversity in race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language, and country. Genres and formats may include fiction, nonfiction, biographies, novels in verse, graphic novels, fairy tales, fantasy, and wordless books. While children's and young adult literature will comprise the primary texts in this course, secondary sources from education, linguistics, English, history, sociology, anthropology, women's studies and communications will provide context and theory to guide analysis

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

EN-132 World Literature

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, TLC

Representative poems, stories, plays, both ancient and modern, from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

EN-167 Literature and Human Rights

LASC Categories: GP, DAC

An analysis of international creative writing dealing with the subject of human rights. Resource persons from different fields will be utilized.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

EN-169 Ethnic Literature in the U.S.

LASC Categories: USW, TLC, DAC

Study of ethnic literature in the U.S., focusing on African- American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native-American writers.

Fall and Spring. 3 Credits

EN-240 Survey of Postcolonial and Transcultural Literature

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102

Introduction to literatures in English from formerly colonized countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and from the postcolonial diaspora.

Every year. 3 Credits

EN-348 Postcolonial Women's Writing

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102

Writing by women from colonized and formerly colonized countries on local and global issues shaping women's lives and creative expression.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

EV-320 Environmental Chemistry

LASC Categories: NLL

Prerequisites: CH-120 and CH-121 with a grade of C- or above.

Chemistry of the atmosphere, soil, and natural water systems, air and water pollution, water treatment, hazardous wastes and pollution control. Lab techniques including sampling and analysis of environmental media. Lecture 3 hours per week and Lab will meet once a week for 3 hours. [Cross-listed with CH-320.]

Fall only and every year. 4 Credits

FR-210 Intermediate French I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: FR-102

Review of fundamentals and presentation of more complex grammatical features; development of conversational skills; selected readings; written and oral composition.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

FR-211 Intermediate French II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: FR-210

Continuation of FR210.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

FR-321 Advanced French Composition I

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250 or EN-202

Practice in diverse composition styles as well as review of grammar, and introduction to reading French texts. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two 200-level French courses.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-323 Advanced French Conversation

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: FR-211 or any 300 level French course.

Development of fluency and accuracy, free discussions, prepared oral presentations, practical exercises in oral expression. Conducted in French.

Spring only and other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-331 General French Civilization

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Significant aspects of French history, geography, cultural achievements to world War I. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-341 Introduction to French Literature

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major periods and genres of French literature; for majors and minors. Conducted in French. [Prerequisites: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

FR-342 Survey of French Literature I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Selections from the epic, drama, lyric poetry, and the major prose writers to major authors of the classical period. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

FR-344 Survey of French Literature II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Conducted in French. [Prerequisites: Two FR 200 level courses.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

FR-346 Twentieth Century French Literature

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: 6 credits department FR At level 200;

Major novelists, dramatists and poets from the turn of the century to the present. Conducted in French. [Two FR 200 level courses or equivalent.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

GE-102 Human Geography

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

Introduction to human geography, emphasizing globalization, human-environment relations, and spatial patterns of population, development, economics, politics, urbanization and culture.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

GE-110 World Regional Geography I

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

This survey examines characteristics of land and peoples of Europe and Asia.

3 Credits

GE-111 World Regional Geography II

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

This survey examines characteristics of land and peoples of Africa, Australia, Oceania and the Americas.

3 Credits

GE-255 Geography of Africa

LASC Categories: DAC, GP

Prerequisites: GE-102 or GE-111 or GL/GE-102 or GL/GE-111 or GL-150 or SO-100 or SO-110 or UR-101

Analysis of the physical and human geography of Africa.

3 Credits

GE-258 Global Environmental Change

Prerequisites: GE-102 or GL/GE-102 or GS-101 or GL-150 or EV-150 or UR-101 or CH-106

An introduction to the science, political economy and ethics of global environmental change.

Every year. 3 Credits

GE-285 Sustainable Communities

LASC Categories: HBS, USW

Prerequisites: GE-102 or GL/GE-102 or GL-150 or EC-110 or EC-120.

Exploration of changes in U.S. and global economic landscape, 1970 to present. Approaches to sustainable economic development.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

GE-308 Environment and Development

Prerequisites: GE-258

The global ecology of rich and poor environmental implications of poverty, economic development, mass consumption, globalization and demographic change.

3 Credits

GL-150 Introduction to Global Studies

This course analyzes the forces reorganizing the planet along economic, social, political, cultural, technological and environmental lines across national boundaries.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-202 Introduction to Global Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW

The course introduces students to the main concepts of public health and the critical links between public health and social and economic development. Students get an overview of the determinants of health, how health status is measured, and the influences of various factors, including cultural, historic, geographic, social, economic, and political issues on the health of individuals and communities. The course also introduces students to key concerns regarding nutrition, reproductive health, infectious disease, and chronic diseases. The course will be global in coverage but with an important focus on the developing world and on the health of the poor.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-228 Health Ethics

Prerequisites: HE-100 or HC-201

Ethical issues in health including genetic research, euthanasia, medical intervention and reproductive technologies as well as professional ethics.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-340 Global Perspective in Public Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW

Seminar course for students accepted into a global service learning trip during the academic year. It is designed to prepare students through curriculum-based learning, the components of service learning; ethical partnering with vulnerable communities, and the cultural/historical/political and economic factors that impact health and healthcare policies within the population where immersion takes places. There will be self-reflection and integration of learning through journal writing, critical thinking and exercises formal preparation for service in the host country and final paper at the end of the semester.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

HE-390 Environmental Health

Prerequisites: HE-100 or HC-201

Examination of the issues affecting the environment and their impact on our health.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HI-103 Connecting Ancient Worlds: World History to 1500

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Surveys economic, social, political and intellectual developments of global societies and their inter-relationship from ancient times to 1500. Counts for Global/Thematic in the History major.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HI-104 Age of Empires: World History 1500 to the Present

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of global societies world civilizations and their inter relationship from 1500 to the present. Counts for Global/Thematic in the History major.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HI-105 Modern World History

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of global societies and their inter-relationship from 1914 to the present. Counts for Global/Thematic in the History major.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HI-204 History of Science and Technology

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, WAC

Progress of science since the Enlightenment, including applied science or technology from the 19th century. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HI-208 American Immigrant History

Survey of immigration. Topics such as old-world background, impact on the United States, nativism, cultural pluralism, religion, mobility, family and politics. Counts for Europe/United States in the History major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HI-213 Colonial Latin America

The People of Latin America from Pre-Columbian societies to the wars for independence, focusing on race, sex and power. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-214 Modern Latin America

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

The people of Latin America from independence to the present, focusing on race, sex and power. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-216 Economic History of the United States

An introduction to United States economic development; particular attention will be paid to industrialization and the labor force. Counts for Europe/United States in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-221 African-American History I

The people of African descent from the emergence of the slave trade to the Civil War, focusing on race, gender, and power. Counts for Europe/United States in the History major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HI-226 Latin American History Through Film

This course will explore how filmmakers have portrayed Latin American History in their movies. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-230 Nicaragua, the US and the World

LASC Categories: DAC, TLC, USW

The course will examine the impact of globalization and imperialism on the lives of Nicaraguans at home and in their diasporic communities. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

HI-247 Central America and the Caribbean

This survey examines the political, cultural and social history of Central America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-248 Seminar on Globalization & Human Rights

LASC Categories: USW, GP, DAC

A.I.D. program participants in their sophomore year will explore globalization and human rights and issues of personal growth and academic development. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-261 Middle East History I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

The rise and expansion of Islam; the Caliphate; Muslim religion, civilization and its impact on the West, decline of medieval Islam. Counts for Middle East/Asia in History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-262 Middle East History Ii: the Ottoman Empire, 1289-1920

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, WAC

The Ottoman Empire: expansion, institutions, impact on Europe, decline of the Empire. Counts for Middle East/Asia in History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-263 US-Middle East Relations

LASC Categories: USW, GP

Course will discuss the influence the Middle East has had on United States policy since United States independence to the present. Counts for Middle East/Asia in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-267 US-Latin American Relations

LASC Categories: USW, WAC, DAC

This course will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of the interactions between and among the governments and people of the US and Latin America. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HI-270 History of Modern Italy

Study of modern Italy from 1789 to the present.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-276 Jewish History I

This course constitutes a systematic introduction to the Biblical history of the Jewish people down to the 12th century. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-277 Jewish History II

History of the Jewish people from Medieval period to early Modernity. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-278 African History Before 1800

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

An introduction to the history of societies and cultures of Africa up to 1800. We will consider such topics as Nubian queens in Egypt, the diffusion of Bantu languages, transcontinental trade networks, the spread of Islam and Christianity, the rise of West African empires, and the transatlantic slave trade. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Alternating and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-279 African History Since 1800

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

An introduction to the history of groups and countries within Africa from 1800 to the early 21st century. Like the rest of the world, Africa was also changing rapidly during these centuries. Topics include the extraction of wealth, European colonial rule, pan-Africanism, independence and development during the Cold War, and Africa today. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Alternating and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-280 Introduction to African Diaspora History

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

Students will learn about the development of the African diaspora and how it has shaped the world since antiquity. We will consider the movements, experiences, and exploits of ordinary people and celebrated figures of African descent through such topics as imperial expansion; slavery, resistance, and freedom; nationalism and the civil rights movement; and current global issues. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Alternating and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-312 20th Century Europe I

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104

The politics and economics of World War I; the pattern of restlessness between the wars in the rise of dictatorship in Germany, Italy, and Spain; the regimentation of economic control. Counts for Europe/United States in History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-313 20th Century Europe II

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104

Politics and diplomacy of World War II; the dynamics of the rebirth of Europe since VE Day. The effects of total war upon Europe. Counts for Europe/United States in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-314 20th Century Middle East History

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104 or HI-105 or HI-111 or HI-112 or HI-261

The Young Turk Revolution, division of Ottoman Empire in World War I; rise of new states; the Arab-Israeli conflict. Counts for Middle East/Asia in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-322 Nationalism

LASC Categories: GP, HBS, DAC

Examines the theories of nationalism, the development of the modern nation-state, and its effect on global politics. [Cross-listed with PO-322.] Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-323 Empire

Prerequisites: HI-103 and HI-104

Theories and models of colonization, the reaction of colonized peoples, and the way historians analyze imperialism from 1400 to 1920's. [Cross-listed with PO-323.] Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-333 Women in Latin America

Prerequisites: HI-213 HI-214 HI-226 or HI-247

Examines the roles of women in diverse societies including Mexico, Brazil and Caribbean nations. Emphasis on the modern period. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-335 Imperial Crossroads of Modern East Asia

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Examines East Asian history at the crossroads of Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Korean colonial and nationalist movements in a region called Manchuria, presently China's northeast border with Russia, Korea, and Mongolia. Counts for Middle East/Asia within the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-337 Travels in Asia

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Travels in Asia examines modern East Asian history through the lens of Chinese, Japanese, European, and American travel narratives from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Counts for Middle East/Asia in the History major.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-373 African Immigration in the 20th Century

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: Writing II

Why do we commonly hear about a "brain drain" in African countries or human rights violations of refugees entering Europe? This course examines how these current global issues developed through the history of immigration from the African continent to North America and Europe during the 20th century. Counts for Global/Thematic/Methodological in the History major.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

HI-375 Popular Music and Performance in Modern Africa

LASC Categories: CA, TLC, DAC

Prerequisites: Writing II

This course looks at changes in popular music in Africa since the late 19th century. Instead of studying the practice of traditional or art music in Africa, students will gain a stronger understanding of the significance of global connections between Africa and other parts of the world by examining the performance of popular music in a variety of spaces, including streets, nightclubs, and ceremonies. Counts for Africa/Latin America in the History major.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-140 World Music

LASC Categories: CA

An introducation to music of various cultures and continents including music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and India.

Spring only and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

MU-222 African Drumming

LASC Categories: GP, CA, DAC

An exploration of African music and drumming techniques from the culture of Ghana. Students will develop performance skills and present a public performance during the course of the semester.

Every year. 0.5-3 Credits

NU-357 Global Perspectives in Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW

Interactive course preparing students for global service immersion experience in partnership with host country.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

OT-411 Occupational Therapy International Service Learning Experience

Selected areas of interest to students and instruc

Other or on demand. 2 Credits

PH-150 Women in Western Ideas

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Investigates the concept of "woman" from ancient Greece to the present.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-170 Introduction to Asian Philosophy

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

Introduces and surveys the major philosophical traditions in East-Asia, South-Asia, and South-East Asia. This course will study the different worldviews, conceptions of human nature and the good life from these philosophical perspectives, and where possible, make comparisons with Western philosophies.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-172 Chinese Philosophy

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

Surveys the philosophies of ancient China, including Taoism, Buddhism, Legalism and the development of the Confucian tradition in China.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-177 Introduction to Latin American Philosophy

LASC Categories: GP, TLC, DAC

An introduction to many of the principal texts, thinkers, and debates within Latin American philosophy.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-178 Africana Philosophy

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, DAC

Explores the philosophy of the African diaspora in African, African American and Caribbean writings. The course addresses both historical and contemporary material across intersections of race, gender, and class using philosophy, history, and literature.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-241 Genocide and Human Rights

LASC Categories: USW, GP

This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general theoretical analyses.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-250 Global Feminisms

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PH-251 Mass Violence Against Women

LASC Categories: USW, GP

A philosophy-based, interdisciplinary course examining historical and contemporary mass violence against women.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PO-120 Global Politics

LASC Categories: GP, HBS, DAC

An introduction to Comparative Politics and International Relations. In this course, students will learn how different countries around the world govern themselves and how they interact with each other. Topics may include democratic and non-democratic regimes, theories of war and peace, global political cultures, and intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations. [Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

PO-202 Globalization

LASC Categories: USW, GP, WAC

The promise and problems of globalization (spread of free market capitalism and political democracy). [Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PO-220 European Politics

LASC Categories: HBS, GP

This course provides a comparative study of European government and politics, with a focus on major countries such as Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Russia. Special emphasis will be placed on learning about the structure of political power within the state and on important institutions that form the link between state and society, such as political parties and interest groups. Diverse nationalistic responses to the European Union will also be considered. [Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PO-221 Asian Politics

LASC Categories: HBS, GP

This course provides students with an analysis of selected political systems of the countries of Asia. Students will have the opportunity to learn about major theories in comparative politics, which will be applied to the understanding of countries in the Asian region. Topics will include communist and post-communist transitions, democratization, social movements, and economic reform. [Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PO-222 Latin American Politics

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

This course provides a comparative study of the government and politics of contemporary Latin America. It will explore the political systems of various countries, as well as how political dynamics, such as democratization, authoritarianism, and crisis situations, have affected political, economic, and social policies throughout the region. [Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PO-322 Nationalism

Examines the theories fo nationalism, the development of the modern Nation-state, and its effect on global politics. [Cross-listed with HI-322. Applicable to the Global Studies Concentration.]

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

PO-323 Empire

Prerequisites: HI-103 and HI-104

Theories and models of colonization, the reaction of colonized peoples, and the way historians analyze imperialism from 1400 to 1920's. [Cross-listed with HI-323. Applicable to the Global Stuydies Concentration.]

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

PS-365 Cultural Psychology

LASC Categories: TLC, HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101, EN-102, PS-210 with a C- or above.

This course addresses the role culture plays in human psychological processes and approaches to researching cultural aspects of human action.

Other or on demand and every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

SO-110 Cultural Anthropology

Cross-cultural analysis of the human capacity for adaptation and technological and ideological development. Significant field studies will be examined.

3 Credits

SO-270 Social Theory I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: SO-100

Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes, Durkheim, and Simmel.

3 Credits

SO-425 Global Capitalism

LASC Categories: HBS, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

This class will look at the development of capitalism from an historical, sociological, and critical perspective and consider the ways capitalism has made and unmade the world. Themes may include: imperialism and the underdevelopment of the Global South, decolonization struggles, global urbanization, global financial institutions, global labor struggles, war and capitalism, global environmental crises and the struggle over resources, and market hegemony.

3 Credits

SP-210 Intermediate Spanish I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

This course is a review of language constructions and everyday vocabulary at a slighter faster pace than an elementary course. Grammar review starts with the most basic structures, such as present, preterite, and imperfect tenses, ser/estar, por/para, command forms, pronouns, and ends with present subjunctive. Vocabulary fields include feelings and emotions; urban living; family relationships; the media; and the environment. Readings, videos, and short films related to different Spanish speaking countries will add a cultural component to the course. This course is intended for students with 2 years of past Spanish instruction. Closed to students who have already taken a 300-level* Closed to Native/Heritage speakers. Native and/or Heritage speakers are encouraged to take SP390 instead. * Unless recommended to a specific student by the Department of World Languages, on a per-case basis.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-211 Intermediate Spanish II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: SP-210 or appropriate placement score.

Continuation of SP210. [Formerly SP213.] Closed to students who have already taken a 300-level* Closed to Native/Heritage speakers. Native and/or Heritage speakers are encouraged to take SP390 instead. * Unless recommended to a specific student by the Department of World Languages, on a per-case basis.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-321 Advanced Spanish Composition I

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: SP-211 or appropriate placement score.

Facility in prose writing; study of style of selected authors; variety of expression through word discrimination, and advanced grammatical structures. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Every year. 3 Credits

SP-322 Advanced Spanish Composition II

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: SP-321

Continuation of SP321.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-323 Advanced Spanish Conversation Through Film

LASC Categories: TLC, USW

Prerequisites: Two 200-level or above Spanish courses.

The main objective of this course is to develop the student's oral proficiency and communication skills, while building on vocabulary, and learning about different aspects of the Hispanic cultural world with a special emphasis on immigration issues. Regarding the class format, it will be mainly based on group/pair discussions and debates, in which the students will ask questions, express their views, elaborate on their ideas, and defend them by providing supporting examples drawn from their own experiences, analysis, or comparisons.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-326 Spanish for the Professions

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Prerequisites: SP-321.

Intensive practice with language and documents used in private and public sectors including business, medicine, communication, education and social services.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

SP-327 Introduction to Translation

Prerequisites: SP-321.

SP-327 will prepare you for careers in translation and will satisfy professional and academic requirements. It seeks to introduce the student to the techniques required for translation in a competitive environment. Within the context of the development of greater cross-cultural awareness, it will develop the following language skills for business purposes: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and translation.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-331 Spanish Civilization

LASC Categories: CA

Prerequisites: SP-321

An historical survey of Spanish social, cultural, and political life. Conducted in Spanish.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-332 Cultures of Latin America

LASC Categories: DAC, GP

Prerequisites: SP-321.

Introduction to the cultures and history of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present day. This course will introduce students to colonial, modern and contemporary cultural, historical and political issues that influenced the development of Latin American identities. The course is taught in Spanish.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

SP-333 Hispanic Presence in US

LASC Categories: GP, USW, DAC

Prerequisites: SP-321

Socio-cultural study of Hispanics in the United States, with a focus on major contemporary issues. Conducted un Spanish. [Prerequisites: Two SP 200 level courses.]

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

UR-213 Human Identity and Urban Environment

LASC Categories: DAC

Prerequisites: UR-101

This course addresses a number of learning outcomes, including: studying historical experiences, cultural patterns, and social advantages and disadvantages of different groups within society; exploring social problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice, discrimination, and exploitation as both mainstream and non-mainstream groups experience them; examining the diversity of different groups and their changing dynamics; helping students become knowledgeable about diversity issues and develop the ability to distinguish facts from interpretations and opinions; become familiar with materials written by and about diverse groups.

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

UR-290 Gender and the City

LASC Categories: WAC, GP, HBS

Prerequisites: EN-102

Exploration of the ways in which gender, both male and female, structures responses of individuals to urban life and spaces.

Every 2-3 years. 3 Credits

UR-360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy

Prerequisites: UR-101

Examination of urban ecosystems, focusing on land uses designed to effectively utilize water, open space, and other natural resources.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

WL-210 Intermediate World Language I

Prerequisites: WL-102

Intermediate level I instruction in world languages that are not otherwise offered by the Department of Languages and Literature.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

WL-211 Intermediate World Language II

Prerequisites: WL-210

Intermediate level II instruction in world languages that are not otherwise offered by the Department of Languages and Literature.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits