Core Requirements

Liberal Studies Core Courses (30 credit hours)
Literature
Philosophical Foundation
Diversity in Human Interaction
Research Methods
Fine Arts
Advanced Writing
History and Political Thought
Personal Development and Enrichment
Liberal Studies Core Courses
LITERATURE (Choose one)
ENG 2150 – Prose Fiction
Study of selected short stories and novels. IAI: H3 901
ENG 2160– Survey of American Literature I
Study of authors, themes, and trends in American literature to 1865. IAI: H3 914
ENG 2190– Survey of American Literature II
Study of authors, themes, and trends in American Literature from 1866 to present
ENG 2330– Readings in British Literature I
Survey of major British writers from the beginning to 1800.
ENG 2340– Readings in British Literature II
Survey of major British writers from 1800 to the present. IAI: H3 93
ENG 2410– Third World Literature
Survey of the literatures of Africa, Asia, and Latin American countries and sub regions (including Mexico, Central America, and South America). Study of major forms, trends, and authors, or cultures.
ENG 2440 – Popular Literature
Studies in various aspects of popular culture as found in such forms as science fiction, crime and detective fiction, the western, spy fiction, and literature of the supernatural. May be taken twice for credit if the topics are different.
ENG 2910–African American Literature I
Survey of African American works from the 1700s to 1939. Emphasis on poetry, fiction, and drama. (Satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
ENG 2940 African American Literature II
Survey of African American works from 1940 to the present. Emphasis on poetry, fiction, and drama. (Satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
+ENG 4316– World Masterpieces
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Exam, ENG 2100, ENG 2260 or consent of the department.
Study of major forms, works, authors and characteristics of classic literatures in Greece, Rome, Africa, the Middle East, and of Continental European literatures.
+ENG 4370– The American Ethnic Experience in Literature
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Exam, ENG 2100 and ENG 2260 or consent of the department.
Comparative study of ethnic cultures in America through an analysis of their fiction, poetry and drama.
+FREN 3220 – Survey of French Literature
Prerequisite: FREN 2020 or consent of the department.
Selected readings in French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
+FREN 4140– Topics in Literature in the French Language
Prerequisite: FREN 2020 or consent of the department.
Study of writings n French from various countries. May be repeated twice for credit.
+SPAN 3222– Survey of Spanish Literature I
Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
Selected masterpieces of Spanish literature from its origins to 1699.
+SPAN 3230– Survey of Spanish Literature II
Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
Selected masterpieces of Spanish literature from 1700
+SPAN 3500– Survey of Spanish American Literature I
Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
Selected masterpieces of Spanish American literature from the time of the conquest to modernism.
+SPAN 3510 – Survey of Spanish American Literature II
Prerequisite: SPAN 2020 or consent of the department.
Selected masterpieces of Spanish American literature from post modernism to the present
+SPAN 4150– Mexican Literature
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or consent of the department.
Selected masterpieces of Mexican literature with emphasis on works from the 20th century.
PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS(Choose one)
PHIL 1020– Introduction to Logic
Training in deductive reasoning including syllogism, symbolic logic and truth tables. IAI: H4 906
PHIL 1030– Critical Thinking
Practical training in the principles of reasoning including the analysis, construction and criticism of arguments and fallacies in natural language.
PHIL 1040 – Ethics
An examination of moral principles applied to contemporary problems. (A writing emphasis and enrichment course.) IAI; H4 904
+PHIL 2510– Environmental Ethics
Prerequisite: GEOG 4220 or equivalent or consent of department.
Ethical issues involved in the environment broadly understood as a social and cultural as well as a physical and biological phenomenon. Topics addressed include environmental justice, the question of sustainability, and the philosophical foundations of the environmental movement.
PHIL 2700 - The Scientific World Outlook
The study of scientific reasoning concentrating on major scientific theories such as the origins of the universe, history of earth and history of life.
+PHIL 2720 – African American Philosophical Perspectives
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Exam and one course in philosophy or consent of the instructor.
An examination of moral principles applied to contemporary problems. (A writing emphasis course.)
DIVERSITY IN HUMAN INTERACTION(Choose one)
AFAM 2010 African Culture, Society, and Politics
Prerequisite: Successful completion of university qualifying examinations.
African philosophical thought, African political developments, practices of socialism and Marxism, African political economy, emphasis on wealth, geography, political diversity, international relations, and concepts of cosmology and axiology.
+ANTH 2120– Cultures of Africa
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English qualifying examination.
Overview of African cultures. Regional patterns of behavior and social structures. Rec3nt cultural change. Writing emphasis course. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
+ANTH 2130– Cultures of the Middle East and South Asia
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English qualifying exam.
Traditional culture of the Middle East and South Asia, including the spread of Islam and the impact on the modern world.
+HIST 2130– Multicultural America
Prerequisite;: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500
The historical contributions and interactions of the wide spectrum of racial, ethnic, religious, and other minorities as a key element in the American experience. Writing emphasis course.
+PSYC 3200– Psychological Problems Related to African Americans
Prerequisite: PSYC 1100. Successful completion of the English, reading and mathematics qualifying examinations.
Identification o psychological problems of contemporary African Americans. Related social, economic, and historical factors will be emphasized. Psychological principles applied to understanding and treatment of problems. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
+PSYC 2200– Psychology of Gender
Prerequisite: PSYC 1100
Examination of gender stereotypes: social roles, development, sexuality, power, and achievement in males and females. Survey of current gender-based research and theory.
+SOC 3230 Women and Social Action
Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or equivalent. Successful completion of the university qualifying examinations in English and reading.
How gender stereotypes are transmitted through culture, the media, language, and educational institutions; social control in the areas of politics, the law, religion, and medicine; feminist movements and social action. Emphasis on case studies.
+SOC 3430– Dealing with Diversity
Prerequisite: SOC 1010 and SOC 1200, or equivalents. Successful completion of Reading and English Qualifying Examinations.
A telecourse which provides a substantive and critical review of racial, ethnic, gender, and global trends that lead to polarization.

WS 2000 Introduction to Women’s Studies
An overview of women’s history, women’s movements, and the study of women’s lives with attention to race and class. (Fulfills diversity requirement.)
RESEARCH METHODS: Ideally, you should take a research methods course appropriate for your concentration area, or in your minor
+AFAM 3010– African American Studies Research
Prerequisites: Successful completion of qualifying examinations or equivalent courses and Junior or Senior level standing; or consent of Department.
Using the internet, the library, and other resources to locate information about African-Americans. Introduction to quantitative data analysis using SPSS or excel.
+GEOG 4800– Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Prerequisite: Consent of the department
Fundamentals of cartography; data development and acquisition; introduction to data structures and data-base management; spatial analysis and modeling; GIS applications areas. GIS and Society. Additional course fee.
+GEOG 4880– Geographic Measurement Techniques
Prerequisite: GEOG 2840 or ECON 4000 or consent of the department.
Analytical methods for geographic decision-making and spatial analysis. Additional course fee.
CJ1800/PH S 1800 Forensic Chemistry
Application of physical science to analyzing evidence in criminal investigations. Topics covered in this interdisciplinary lecture/laboratory course include organic and inorganic analysis of samples, forensic toxicology, forensic blood analysis, modern chemical instrumentation. Emphasis placed on understanding the science behind the techniques used in evaluating evidence. Additional course fee.
+PSYC 4120– Behavioral Research Methodology
Prerequisite: PSYC 2080 and PSYC 4185 or consent of the department. Successful completion of the English, reading, and mathematics qualifying examinations.
Survey of non-experimental behavioral research methodology. Students will design research, and collect and analyze data in various areas of psychology.
+SOC 4820– Computer Research in Sociology/Social Work
Prerequisite: SOC 1010; CPTR 1060, completion of university proficiency examination. Successful completion of Reading and English Qualifying Examination.
Introduction to the personal computer, its operating systems, and word processing. Special emphasis on contemporary social research, such as community needs, assessment, trends, field research, and data management and analysis.
+SOC 4810– Social Research Methods
Prerequisite: SOC 1010 and 6 additional credit hours in sociology, or consent of the instructor. Successful completion of Reading and English Qualifying Examinations.
The techniques of original sociological research; research design, surveys, experiments, content analysis, field research, and comparative research. Evaluation of current research.
FINE ARTS(Choose one)
ART 2110 – Introduction to Non-Western
A survey of non-Western art exploring Africa, Asia, Islamic, Oceanic, and Native American culture and art.
ART 2120– History of Photography
The appreciation and survey of the history of photography from the early pioneers (1839) to the present day. IAI: F2 904
ART 2101– Ancient Through Medieval Art
Art from the ancient Egyptians through the medieval cultures, tracing the connections and relationship of literature, history, and art. IAI: F2 901
+ART 2102– Renaissance Through Baroque Art
Prerequisite; Successful completion of the English Qualifying Exam.
Art from the 13th through the 18th centuries with emphasis on important artists and their distinctive styles. Writing emphasis course. IAI: F2 902
+ART 2103– Modern Art
Prerequisite; Successful completion of the English Qualifying Exam.
Art from 1800 to the present, stressing the major movements and artists. Writing emphasis course.
MUS 2216– Jazz and Popular Music History I
A survey course on the history of jazz and popular music from 1870 to 1960. Enrichment core course. This course satisfies the elective course requirement for the African American Studies major or minor.
MUS 2217– Jazz and Popular Music History II
A survey course in the history of jazz and popular music from 1960 to the present. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.
MUS 2285 – World Music Cultures
A survey of the music of several non-Western cultures; India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia., Africa, Europe (folk music), Latin America, Native North America, Polynesia, and Australia.
CMAT 2040– Introduction to Theater
An orientation to live theater, including its origins and occupations. IAI: F1 908
CMAT 2140– African American Theater
A survey of the history and literature of African American theater from its beginnings in ritual to the present. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.) IAI: F1 909D.
CMAT 2310– African American Cinema
History and theory of African American Cinema. Screenings, lecture and discussion will include independent filmmakers and also influential works from the African Diaspora.
CMAT 3130 – Classical African Theater
A detailed study of the history and form of traditional African theatre beginning with the world view and ritual practices by which it is informed.
+ CMAT 4314– World Theater History and Literature
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
A survey of theater history and theater literature of various cultures.
ADVANCED WRITING(Choose one)
+ENG 2090– Introduction to Technical Writing
Prerequisite: English Qualifying Exam.
Study of terminology, analysis of technical documents, and practice in formatting and writing technical material.
+ENG 2100– Writing and Editing Nonfiction
Prerequisite: Successful passing of English Qualifying Examination and English 1360 or passing of the Grammar Competency Examination (GCE).
Practical approaches to writing and editing nonfiction.
+ENG 2280– Critical Strategies for Writing and Research
Prerequisite Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination.
Practice in critical thinking and writing, based upon studies of writing (especially contemporary writing) in fields across academic disciplines. Introduction to bibliographic methods and preparation of the research paper. (Writing emphasis course.)
+ENG 2790– Business Writing
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination.
The study and writing of clear, coherent, effective business communication. (Writing emphasis course)
+ENG 2800– Writing Research Papers
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination.
Practice in researching non-literary topics and in writing the research paper. (Writing emphasis course.)
+ENG 2920– Writing the Short Story
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination.
Practice in developing structure, content, and viewpoint. Examples of work may be required at least two weeks prior to registration.
HISTORY AND POLITICAL THOUGHT(Choose one)
+HIST 2200– Key Problems in World History
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500
Significant political, social, and economic world problems related to Non-western and Third World Cultures. IAI: S2 905N
+HIST 2300– The Caribbean World
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500.
The Caribbean islands from colonization to the present and Central America since independence.
+HIST2320– South America
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500.
South America from the movements for independence to the present.
+HIST 2710– The African American Experience
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500.
The African American from slavery through the 20th century struggle for equality. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor.)
+HIST 2840– Africa to 1800
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500.
A survey of African history from the origins of human societies in Africa to the impact of the slave trade, ca. 1800. Key themes will be state and empire formation, the spread of Islam, the impact of long distance trade, and the material and cultural bases of African societies. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American Studies major or minor). IAI: S2 906N
+HIST 2850– Africa Since 1800
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Reading Exam or Reading 1500.
An overview of African history from the late pre-colonial period to the present. Main themes include the effects of the slave trade, state formation and Islamic revolutions, European colonialism, independence and nationalism, and contemporary Africa. (This course satisfies the elective course requirements for the African American studies major or minor. ) IAI: S2 907N
+HIST 4070– The European World in the 20th Century
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Europe from 1914 to the present.
+HIST 4170– Forging of Modern America 1877-1932
Prerequisite: Consent of Department.
The Gilded Age, Progressive Era, World War I, the 1920s and the Great Depression.
+HIST 4200– American Colonial History
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Culture and institutions of the American colonies.
+HIST 4270– The Ancient Near East and Greece
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Civilizations in the ancient near East and Greece.
+HIST 4280– World Civilizations 500 BC-1500 AD
Prerequisite: Consent of the department.
Competition for world domination among civilizations originating in Western Europe, the Middle East, China, and India.
+POL 2020– American Political Thought
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination or consent of the department.
American political thought from the colonial era to the present. Topics include the founding, the issue of slavery, African American political thought, and feminist/womanist contributions. (Writing emphasis course.)
+POL 3030– Political Theory: Classical
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination or consent of the department.
Explores a variety of classical political theorists, both western and non-western, including Plato, Aristotle, and Lao-Tzu. Students will read original texts and commentary on the theorists. (Writing emphasis course.)
+POL 3040– Political Theory: Modern
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination or consent of the department.
Development of liberalism through Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and other theorists including African American philosophers. Emphasizes issues of race, gender, class and ethnicity. (Writing emphasis course.)
+ECON 2050– History of Economic Thought
Prerequisite: ECON 1010 and ECON 1020
Influence of economic thought on politico-socio-economic development. Ancient and medieval economic ideas. Mercantilists and physiocrats. English classical, Marxian, German historical, Austrian, neoclassical, Keynesian, and neo-Keynesian schools. American contributions. Current development. Writing emphasis course.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT(Choose one)
+HPR 2200– Personal Health and Wellness: / +HSC 2220– Personal Health and Wellness
Co-requisite; Any activity course. Prerequisite; Consent of the department and concurrent enrollment in a one credit hour physical education course.
An overview of wellness concepts and theories from interdisciplinary perspectives. Students will plan and implement wellness activities from a holistic approach for individuals, family groups and communities. This course is designed to help students develop skills, attitudes, beliefs, and habits by providing learning experiences that will assist them in achieving an optimal level of wellness through self-responsibility. The course includes an activity component which involves concurrent registration in a physical education course worth one credit hour. Credit will not be given for both HPR 220 and HSC 220.
REC 2050 Multicultural Leisure in Urban Environments
Exploration of diverse leisure, including the leisure of various gender, race/ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, and religious groups. Analysis of the impact leisure has on the overall quality of life in a multicultural urban setting.
FIN 1010– Personal Financial Decisions
Management of personal income and expenditures, including the development of competencies in logic as a consumer in the areas of budgeting, credit, housing and mortgages, insurance, savings and investment and retirement and estate planning.
PSYC 2120– Psychology of Stress and Its Management
Prerequisite: PSYC1100
A critical analysis of the psychological aspects of stress. Theory, diagnosis and management of stress related disturbances.

4205 Psychology of Drug Addiction

Prerequisite: PSYC 1100. Successful completion of the university qualifying examinations in English, reading, and mathematics.
Introductory course in the chemical, psychological, social and treatment aspects of drug use, abuse, and dependency. Drug abuse prevention will be introduced through elementary theories of open communication.
LIBERAL STUDIES
LBST 1099 Freshman Seminar in Liberal Studies (1)
Introduction to the expectations of the university. The nature of an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Promotion of effective study skills, utilization of university resources, including the academic library, computers, and laboratories. Acclimation to university life.

LBST 3000 Liberal Studies Foundations (2)
Prerequisites: Sophomore or Junior standing, completion of or concurrent registration in advanced writing class, or consent of department.
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and information analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Preliminary development of personal intellectual contract and learning plan.
LBST 4900: Liberal Studies Capstone Seminar
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
Capstone seminar in Liberal Studies. Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge analysis, interpretation and presentation. Exploration of various themes focusing on the value of a liberal education.