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Social Science (SS)

Courses

SS 110  World History  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is primarily a survey of the development and evolution of World Civilization from 1500 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the effect of Western influence on the world.

SS 115  Introduction to International Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

Theories, concepts, and issues in international politics. Relations among nation-states and the global world system; how globalization may be changing the nature of politics. Conflict and security; international political economy; and contemporary issues. Incorporates political science, history, and philosophy.

SS 120  U.S. History  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a survey of the United States history from the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865 to the present. Reconstruction, the age of big business, the United States as a world power, The Great Depression, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, and its aftermath.

SS 130  History of Aviation in America  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the history of America in the 20th century, emphasizing the explosive growth of aviation as a major influence on the economic, military, and societal development of the United States.

SS 140  Introduction to Middle East Mediterranean World  3 Credits

Introduction to the Middle East and the Mediterranean World is a survey of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean World, their land and societies, as well as their cultural, economic and political development and contributions to world civilizations, from Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Persian times to the present.

SS 199  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in the areas of history, sociology, psychology, and human culture in general.

SS 210  Introduction to Sociology  3 Credits (3,0)

Integrated survey of the fundamental concepts of culture, forms of collective behavior, community and social organization, social interaction, and social change. The social effects of aviation and the impact of science on the social order living in an air age will also be investigated.

SS 299  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in the areas of history, sociology, psychology, and human culture in general.

SS 302  Evolution of Scientific Thought  3 Credits

Traces the development of science from the earliest times through the modern period, with particular emphasis given to our changing concepts of nature and of science itself. (Also offered as PS 302. Students receive either Social Sciences elective credit or Physical Sciences elective credit, but not both.)
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146 and PS 101 or PS 102 or PS 103 or PS 150 and PS 226.

SS 310  Personality Development  3 Credits

A survey of selected theories of human nature and functioning from the beginning of modern psychology to present developments, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, biological, humanistic, and other types. Various concepts of personality and the associated methodologies for gathering and validating knowledge are explored. Theories are applied to normal issues in personal, professional, and relational life, and theory-related skills are taught for self-awareness, problem solving, habit change, and emotional and interpersonal competence.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.

SS 311  U.S Military History 1775-1900  3 Credits (3,0)

Military history with an emphasis on military policy, organization and technology as they relate to political, social and economic developments from 1775 to the present.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 320  Government of the U.S.  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction of basic issues of democracy in the U.S., constitutional principles and the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

SS 321  U.S. Military History 1900-Present  3 Credits (3,0)

Military history with emphasis on military policy, organization, and technology as they relate to U.S. political, social, and economic developments from 1900 to the present.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 322  Modern Russian History  3 Credits

This course is an overview of the land, the people, the culture and the history of Russia with emphasis on its historical development and impact of the latter on current events and policies on the world scene.

SS 324  Topics in U.S. History  3 Credits

Specific problems, issues, crises and developments in U.S. History and their political, economic and social causes and impacts. Course topics vary according to instructor and are subject to approval by the department chair. May be repeated for credit when topics change.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 325  International Studies  3 Credits (3,0)

An overview of the land, the people, the culture, and the history of one region of the world, with emphasis on current events and policies on the world scene. Specific content varies from year to year.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 115 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 326  Russian-U.S. Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the development of Russian-American economic and political relations, emphasizing the era of the 20th century.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 328  History of U.S. Intelligence  3 Credits

The history of United States civilian and military intelligence Revolution to the 21st Century.

SS 331  Current Issues in America  3 Credits (3,0)

A course in selected political-economic issues of national and international importance. Extensive use of journals, magazines, and newspapers to supplement lectures and discussions.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 333  U.S. - Asian Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the development of U.S.-Asian political, cultural, and economic relations, from their beginning in the 19th century to the present. The course will examine America's domestic motivations for expanding into the Pacific, the various impacts that the United States has had on Asian nations, and Asia's collaboration with and resistance to the American presence.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120.

SS 334  Contemporary Africa and the World  3 Credits (3,0)

A historical examination of Africa's land, societies, and cultures with a focus on the political and economic changes and challenges that have marked the continent's relations with major world powers during and after the Cold War.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 336  The Modern Middle East in World Affairs  3 Credits (3,0)

A historical examination of the land, societies, cultures, economics, and politics of the Middle East from World War I to the present in relation to recent and current world events and policies.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 337  Globalization and World Politics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the contemporary debate on globalization and new world order. Key topics include, but are not limited to, problems of definition in globalization; trans-border issues and the role of the state; multinational corporations; labor and the terms of international trade; issues of environmental degradation; international organizations and nongovernmental organizations in global affairs; terrorism, global crime and international security; human rights, democracy, and cultural nationalism; and technology and global communication.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 340  U.S. Foreign Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey of the evolution of present American foreign policy, stressing the factors that affect and shape this policy. Attention is given to current governmental offices, agencies, and departments, as well as the role each plays in policy formulation. Emphasis is on the period since World War II.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 353  Early U.S. Diplomacy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the cultural, economic, political and social aspects of U.S. foreign policy from the Colonial Era through World War I.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 363  Inter-American Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the development of U.S. political and economic relations with Latin America from their beginnings in the 19th century to the present.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or SS 130.

SS 399  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in the areas of history, sociology, psychology, and human culture in general.

SS 499  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed study of selected topics in the areas of history, sociology, psychology, and human culture in general.