Social Science (SS)


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 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 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 204  Introduction to Geography  3 Credits (3,0)

A survey course designed to acquaint the student with types of maps, map reading and use, as well as to show relationships between geography and economics, culture, and geopolitics. Humans and their use of their environment are stressed, along with the usual emphasis on places, names, and locations. Ancillary topics will include climate, demography, and transportation.

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 260  Cultural Anthropology  3 Credits (3,0)

In a time of globalization, geopolitical movement, and increased cultural contact, an understanding of basic cultural constructs is necessary for global political, economic, military, and human behavior analysis. This course examines the nature of culture, with particular emphasis on theoretical and methodological approaches to studying culture. Cultural institutions, such as family, clan, tribe, and other kinship networks, customary political and religious organizations, and village communities will be studied. Social behaviors, shaped by various cultures, as exhibited in groups, as well as internalized social behaviors at the individual level, will be examined.

SS 290  History of Modern Europe  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a survey of the major social, economic, political, and cultural forces that shaped contemporary Europe. It traces the 19th century surge of optimism that the problems of humankind could be solved by ideologies such as liberalism, nationalism, and socialism through to the death of that optimism in the bloody conflicts of the 20th century. The class will also examine the 21st century directions of Europe and European unity.

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 (3,0)

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.

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.
Prerequisites: Chinese Track or SS 110 or SS 120 or Chinese Track.

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 120.

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 or Chinese Track.

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.

SS 327  International Relations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine historical and contemporary themes in international relations that set the stage for analyzing the current and future international system. Toward this, the curriculum is designed to introduce the student to the theory and practice of international relations with the objective of enabling a greater understanding of the global context that shapes issues and outcomes in world affairs. Extending beyond simple description, the student will develop an analytic and anticipatory capacity in which to explain foreign policy and international politics.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or in Chinese Track.

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: Chinese Track or SS 110 or SS 120.

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.

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.

SS 340  Modern 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.

SS 360  Environmental Law  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides a general introduction to the field of planning, and examines the procedural approaches shared by practitioners working in all areas of contemporary planning. Introduces legal concepts and doctrines relevant to pollution control, assessment of environmental impacts, and land use.

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 327 or SS 340.

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 410  International Human Rights  3 Credits

This course will address the issues of human rights at the global level from a historical and sociological perspective. It will provide an introduction to basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments, and institutions. The course will cover the conceptual foundations of the idea of rights, the international human rights movement, and various human rights issues, including the Holocaust and other cases of mass genocide. As with any social science course, students are expected to engage in readings and write critical essays.
Prerequisites: SIS 200.

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.