Regional Studies (RS)

Regional Studies (RS) courses are also considered Humanities (HU) courses and can be taken as Humanities electives.


RS 299  Special Topics in Regional Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Regional Studies.

RS 300  Observing Asian Cultures  3 Credits (3,0)

An interdisciplinary course that takes an anthropological, philosophical, and geographical approach to traveling in Asia. Topics include geographical changes in Asia, philosophical issues of travel, and the theory and methodology of studying other cultures and societies. The course culminates in an optional yet strongly recommended field trip to an Asian country.

RS 305  Asian Literature  3 Credits (3,0)

Asian literature in translation. Representative readings are chosen from ancient times to the present, from poetry to prose, from female writers to male writers, from South Asia to East Asia. Synthesis of major literary themes and development, as well as the cultural contexts for literature, is an important part of the course. The course uses both books and films as study material. A regional and/or thematic focus may be created depending on the instructors expertise. For example, an instructor may focus on East Asia rather than South Asia, on prose rather than drama.

RS 306  Studies in Middle Eastern History and Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

This is an introductory survey to the history of the Middle East, politics, and diplomacy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The students will be introduced to the challenges of politics in the Middle East and will develop their appreciation and better understanding of the historical events that led to establishment of the State of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, several wars, population displacement, terrorism, outstanding questions in the peace process, links between the Arab-Israel dispute and the Gulf/Islamic world. The course will also cover the expanding role of religion in the Middle East.
Prerequisites: Any HU Lower Level course or any HON course.

RS 307  Islam and Arabic Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

An interdisciplinary course that explores the basics of Islam and aspects of Arabic culture. The Arab-Islamic culture has two main sources for legislation: the Holy Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet. There are other moral and social teachings from Pre-Islamic Arabia that have lasted and are part of the Arabic culture today such as the Bedouin code of ethics; however, the Holy Quran is the principal source of the Arab-Islamic culture and constitutes the framework that charts Arabic character and aspirations.
Prerequisites: HU Lower Level course or any HON course.

RS 310  Modern Middle East in World Affairs  3 Credits (3,0)

The Modern Middle East in World Affairs course offers a cultural and historical examination of the societies, geographies, economies, and politics of the Middle East from WWI to the present in relation to recent and current world events and policies. The course explores the different historical and current conflicts and reforms of the nations in the region as well as the societies, cultures, and politics of these nations to compare them with those of the US in an attempt to explain how and why they differ.
Prerequisites: HU Lower Level course or any HON course.

RS 311  Culture, History and Language of Southern Switzerland  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Italian. It provides an introduction to the written and spoken Italian language through a variety of communicative exercises. The course will focus on enabling students to communicate effectively in Italian at an elementary level. The language training is conducted entirely in Italian. Students will cultivate elementary listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as a familiarity with the culture and history of Ticino. Moreover, field trips through various historical sites will give students perspectives on how the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland has developed over time.

RS 399  Special Topics in Regional Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Regional Studies.