Social Sciences Department - 200 Level

241. International Affairs

This course is designed to stimulate students' interest in international relations and foreign policy. As a result of their experiences in the class, they become more astute observers of the international scene and better understand the problems facing the world. Strong emphasis is placed on both the historical background and the realities of the modern world scene. Students are assigned readings and gain considerable experience in utilizing library sources emphasizing a variety of viewpoints. Much attention is given to the development of critical thinking, and a large portion of the course is devoted to activities that promote student involvement.


242. Introduction to American Government

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles that define American government. Understanding the three branches of government and their relationship to the rights of American citizens will be a primary focus. Students will also learn how American government interacts with foreign governments in an ever-changing world. Additional time is spent on understanding how government evolves as culture and the needs of its people change.


243. Current Events

In this course, students will have the opportunity to discuss, read and write about current events. These issues will stimulate interest and enhance awareness of the world around us. Students will be required to study newspapers and periodicals and to participate in all class discussions.


247. Introduction to Psychology

This elective course gives an introductory look into several topics in the discipline of psychology. Particular attention will be paid to the brain and biological bases of behavior, personality theories, learning theories, and abnormal psychology. This course is ideal for students with little to no previous exposure to the subject of psychology.


250. The Research Paper

This course is designed to familiarize students with techniques of research in a modern library. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to select and narrow a research topic. They will be able to find and use a variety of resources including reference materials, books, journals, online databases, and the World Wide Web. Students will learn how to evaluate information, particularly information found on the Web. They will also learn strategies for searching the Web to find authoritative information. Lessons will cover how to document sources using an appropriate citation style. These skills will not be developed in isolation; rather through interesting historical and current events topics. The skills learned throughout the course will be applied in a final short research paper.


252. Introduction to Philosophy—New!

This course will approach the topic of philosophy through historical and modern lenses. Students will investigate questions about existence, truth and knowledge, ethics, and the mind and body by reading and discussing philosophical texts, writing analytical arguments, and watching philosophically-inspired films.

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