In the 2024-2025 Catalog

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 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 (3,0)

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 studies of selected topics.

SS 207  Introduction to Research Methods  3 Credits (3,0)

Practice of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Digital content analysis; statistical analysis; interviewing; survey research.
Prerequisites: Open to GCS and HSI majors only

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 studies of selected topics.

SS 302  Evolution of Scientific Thought  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 14X and (CHM 101 or PS 113 or PS 150) and PS 226

SS 310  Personality Development  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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: Lower Level General Education Equivalent

SS 314  Culture, History and Language  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******Introduction to the culture and language of a region of the world through cultural immersion and a variety of communicative exercises. Language training entirely (or predominantly) in the language of the region of focus. Elementary listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the foreign language; familiarity with the culture and history of the region. Field trips through various historical sites for perspectives on how the language and culture has developed over time.

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** An introduction of basic issues of democracy in the U.S., constitutional principles and the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Prerequisite: Lower Level Social Science General Education Equivalent.

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 Lower Level General Education Equivalent

SS 324  Topics in U.S. History  3 Credits (3,0)

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 Lower Level General Education Equivalent

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 Lower Level General Education Equivalent

SS 329  African American History  3 Credits (3,0)

Survey of African-American history from colonial Africa to the present; the experiences of the diaspora, slavery, emancipation, and the fight for civil rights to the present.
Prerequisites: SS Lower Level General Education Equivalent

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 Lower Level General Education Equivalent.

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 Lower Level General Education Equivalent.

SS 399  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

SS 499  Special Topics in Social Science  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.