Social Science Foundations Courses

Course Descriptions

COM 110 Introduction to Communication. An introductory survey of concepts, methods, and theories that define the study of communication.  Attention is given to the history of the field, ethics, the process of communication, contexts of communication, theories and research methods fundamental to the study of communication as well as career options.  This course is required for the major and minor in the department and is to be completed prior to the end of the second year of study. 4 Sem. Hrs.

*COM 278 Minorities, Women and the Media. This course in media literacy offers students the opportunity to examine critically the image construction of women, LBGT communities, economic classes, and various minorities including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities. Both U.S. and international media will be considered. 4 Sem. Hrs.

ECN 105 Introduction to Economics.  An introduction to the tools and techniques of economic analysis. Economics principles and concepts are used to examine current issues such as pollution, education, health care, poverty, housing, discrimination, international trade, national debt, inflation and unemployment. Designed for majors outside the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration. Not open to students with credit for both ECN 200 and ECN 201.   4 Sem. Hrs.

ECN 200 Introduction to Microeconomics.  An introduction to economic principles and analytical tools needed to think intelligently about social and economic problems. The course looks at the behavior of individual economic units--consumers, producers, and workers—and examines topics such as opportunity cost, gains from trade, market equilibrium, price controls, consumer decision-making, production, cost, market structure, input markets, and externalities. The course emphasizes concepts and principles and their use in analyzing economic issues.  Prerequisite:  None.  4 Sem. Hrs.

*GEN 201 Introduction to Gender Studies.  A broad introduction to the basic theories, definitions and methods of the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies.  The course is devoted to analyzing the experiences of men and women with respect to the social, psychological, cultural, biological and historical factors that influence individual identity development and the construction and representation of gender in society.  The complex intersection of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender will be explored.   4 Sem. Hrs.

POL 105 American Government.  This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the structure and processes of government in the United States.  It is a survey course covering the foundations of American government, its major institutions and the various forces that shape political decision making.  Some of the topics which will be addressed include: democratic theory, the constitution, federalism, state and local government, public opinion, interest groups, elections, the courts, Congress, and the presidency.  4 Sem. Hrs.

As part of the Integrative Core, this course will emphasize written and oral communication skills, and it will introduce students to the basic approaches of social science as a means of understanding the world. 

POL 120 World Politics.   This course examines the structure and operation of the international system, providing an overview of  the nature, forms and dynamics of world politics covering issues of international security, international political economy and emerging trends in the post-Cold War world.  This course will include a service learning component. 4  Sem. Hrs.

*PSY 110 The Psychological Sciences (in our major document we still had it listed as “Introduction to Psychological Science” so this may change)   This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes using current issues and research as the framework for exploring the discipline of psychology. In this course students will learn that psychology is a science that attempts to answer some of the age-old questions about the human experience by using rigorous empirical methods. Students will become familiar with the concepts, general theories, and specific approaches and applications used in the field of psychology as well as how they relate to the work done by other social scientists. The following subfields in psychology will be explored: research methodology, biological bases of behavior, development, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory and cognition, motivation and emotion, personality, social behavior, abnormal psychology, and the treatment of psychological disorders.  4 Sem. Hrs.

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology.  A survey of the basic concepts, methods and principles used in the scientific study of human interaction. Emphasis is on such distinctively sociological concepts as socialization, social stratification, social organization, minority groups, deviant behavior and social change. 4 Sem. Hrs.


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