Social Science Foundations Courses

**HON class codes are reserved for Honors Program Students**

Course Descriptions

COM 130S Media, Culture & Technology  An introduction into the historical, legal and social backgrounds of contemporary mass communication media including newspapers, radio, television, film, magazines, books and the Internet. 4 Sem. Hrs. 

COM 220S Interpersonal Communication  A study of the major approaches, models, theories and research on dyadic and small group communication. Focus will be on topics such as verbal and nonverbal communication, competent listening, situation analysis, relationship management, conflict management, and self-disclosure in personal and professional relationships. 4 Sem. Hrs.

COM 225S Small Group & Organizational Comm  A review of the development of organizational communication theory and how application of that theory adds to our understanding of organizations as information systems. Topics include information flow, organizational structures, formal and informal networks, organizational cultures, and external and internal organizational communication. 4 Sem. Hrs. 

ECN 105S 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 200S 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. 4 Sem. Hrs.

GEN 201S Introducation 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 psychological, cultural and biological factors that influence individual gender identity development and the construction and representation of gender in society. The complex intersection of race, ethnicity, class and gender will be explored. 4 Sem. Hrs.

HON 180S The Psychological Sciences  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 you 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. Honors Foundations focus on research methods and design, the broader intellectual context of the field, a greater emphasis on student autonomy, and connections with other fields. Prerequisites: None. 4 Sem. Hrs.

HON 185S 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 an experiential learning component. Honors Foundations focus on research methods and design, the broader intellectual context of the field, a greater emphasis on student autonomy, and connections with other fields. Open only to University Honors scholars. 4 Sem. Hrs. 

POL 100S Be the Change: Intro to Public Service  This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to public service, which will be defined and contrasted with "not-for-profits" and the "private sector." There will be a broad analysis of the role of government in contemporary American society. Several topics pertaining to applied public service will be introduced: the organization, responsibilities and limitations of the public sector, organizational theory, bureaucratic behavior, decision making, public finance, intergovernmental relations and comparative approaches to governing. 4 Sem. Hrs.

POL 105S US Politics in Crisis: Amer 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.

POL 120S Conflicts in 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 an experiential learning component. 4 Sem Hrs.

PSY 110S The Psychological Sciences  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 you 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. Prerequisites: None. 4 Sem. Hrs.

SOC 100S 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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