Courses in Liberal Studies

The following is a selection of the courses you might take as a Liberal Studies major.

ACT132 What’s in the News!

This course presents the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and communication skills through spirited discussion of important issues facing our nation and world. $25 lab fee. Course may be taken more than once for credit. 1 credit.

ANT102 Introduction to Anthropology

An introduction to anthropology, including physical anthropology (human evolution, genetic diversity, and primate behavior), archaeology (investigating past societies through remaining material evidence), and cultural anthropology (the study of contemporary cultures and the diversity of social systems). 3 credits.

ANT202 Cultural Anthropology

A comparative survey of present-day human society and social institutions, including economic, political, and belief systems, ecological adaptations, and socially validated behavioral norms. Emphasis is given to universal problems facing all human societies and the multiple ways in which they can be solved. 3 credits.

HIS101 World Civilizations I

This course examines varied aspects of world history from the beginnings of civilization to approximately A.D. 1500. 3 credits.

HIS103 United States History I

This course presents a survey of the history of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Students will be introduced to the major social, political, cultural and economic developments that occurred within the U.S. during this period. 3 credits.

PHI103 Reason and the Search for Meaning

This introduction to philosophy will acquaint students with the strategies philosophers have used in their search for meaning. Students will examine a variety of philosophical explanations of the world and human nature and will relate these systems of thought to their own views of contemporary culture. The content of the course will introduce the major branches of philosophy and the basic questions associated with each. The theory presented in the course will be supplemented with extensive discussion of current issues thereby enabling course participants to apply the philosophical theory to real life situations. 3 credits.

PHI301 Ethics for the Professional

An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions.   Junior standing required. 3 credits.

POS102 American Government

This course surveys the structure and functions of the U.S. political system, the historical context of that system, and the major issues and problems confronting that system in the current century. 3 credits.

POS220 Comparative Politics

A comparative survey of the structure and function of political systems. The student will examine democracy, communism and socialism as the ideological basis of contemporary political systems. Specific governments using these various approaches will be studied, compared and analyzed. 3 credits.

REL201 Introduction to Western and Middle Eastern Religious Thought

An introduction to modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course covers the scriptural basis for the two dominant Western religions and the Koran as the basis of Islam, the dominant religion in Middle Eastern culture. 3 credits.

REL202 Introduction to the Religions of the Far East

This course examines the major religions of the Far East including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Attention will be given to the traditions and cultural influences of these systems of belief. Important scriptural texts will be examined. 3 credits.

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes. 3 credits.