Science, Technology, & Society
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Science, Technology, & Society Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is a customizable interdisciplinary program that prepares students to confront complex issues and address emerging challenges which have arisen as a consequence of the interconnectedness of systems in the current era. Students in the Science, Technology, & Society program learn to apply methods of scientific thinking and integrative analysis to solve unstructured, real-world problems faced by individuals, organizations, industries, and societies in ways which cut across traditional boundaries of disciplinary thought.
Upon completing the degree, Science, Technology, & Society graduates will have obtained a broadly applicable set of high-value skills necessary to adapt and thrive in the ever changing workforce of the modern age. These skills are honed through upper-division courses in technical communication, data science, geographical information science, and organizational leadership. This STS skill-set is then applied in courses covering contemporary topics best addressed through a multi-perspective, interdisciplinary approach. Topics include the societal impact of technological change, environmental science, global affairs, and gender, race, and culture. The degree culminates in an applied learning capstone experience in which students can choose to enroll in a senior seminar or an internship relevant to their studies.
The Science, Technology, & Society curriculum is designed to develop within the students a problem solving skill-set defined by critical, integrative analysis. Such a skill-set will prepare students to engage head-on the challenges faced by future employers in the Long Island region and beyond. Further, the STS skill-set cultivates the intellectual agility required to succeed in the rapidly evolving professional landscape of the 21st century. By focusing on the interplay between science, technology, and social change, students graduate better equipped to anticipate emerging trends in the workforce and their impact on the future. The skills acquired in the Science, Technology, & Society program may be applied to a range of careers including those in the health professions, social welfare, science policy, and business.
Science, Technology, & Society (BS) Program Outcomes:
At the completion of any of the concentrations within the Science, Technology, & Society program:
- Graduates will be able to synthesize solutions to 21st century problems on the local and global scale through the utilization of scientific thinking and interdisciplinary problem solving.
- Graduates will be able to critically assess issues relevant to the modern workforce and identify internal and external drivers of change.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate ideas of a technical nature and be able to appraise and anticipate their impact on society.
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the methods by which data science and geographical information science can provide valuable insight when addressing modern problems.
Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Subject to revision
|Liberal Arts & Sciences||(61-63 credits)|
|Communication- Written and Oral (GE)—(other than EGL 101)||3|
|The Arts (GE)||3|
|US History and Civic Engagement/World History and Global Awareness(GE)||6|
|Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (GE) (MTH 110 or higher)||3|
|World Languages—Level I & II (GE)1||6|
|Social Sciences (GE)||3|
|Natural Sciences and Scientific Reasoning (GE)||4|
|Natural Science Elective/Lab||3-4|
|EGL 101—Composition I: College Writing||3|
|EGL 102—Composition II: Writing about Literature||3|
|Liberal Arts & Science Electives||21|
|FYE 101 First Year Experience*||1|
|Free Electives||(12 credits)|
|STS Technology Requirements||(9 credits)|
|BCS 160 Computer Society & Technology||3|
|STS 330 Scientific Thinking||3|
|STS 400W—STS Seminar or STS 401W—Internship2||3|
|STS Restricted Technical Electives (RTE)||(24 credits)|
|RTE Category 1: Technical & Scientific Communication||3|
|RTE Category 2: Data Science||3|
|RTE Category 3: Geographic Information Systems||3|
|RTE Category 4: Organizational Leadership||3|
|RTE Category 5: Impact of Technological Change||3|
|RTE Category 6: Energy, Environment and Sustainability||3|
|RTE Category 7: Global Connections||3|
|RTE Category 8: Gender, Race, and Culture||3|
|300+ Electives||(15 credits)|
2A grade of C or higher is required in the Capstone Course (STS 400W or 401W)
*FYE 101 First Year Experience, is required only for first-time full time freshman students beginning in Fall 2023
All graduates must have 30 credits in residency and a total of 15 credits of Upper Division (300-level or higher) courses in residency.
A full list of STS Restricted Technical Electives is available in the department. The list below is a sample of just some of the RTE's available to take:
Technical & Scientific Communication
EGL 303 – Writing for the 21st Century
EGL 310 – Technical Writing
PCM 315 – Research Techniques
SPE 330 – Professional and Tech. Speech
SPE 331 – Advanced Oral Communications
STS 381 – Science Communication
BUS 345 – Foundations of Business Analytics
PSY 324 – Psychological Measurement & Assessment
PSY 348 – Statistics for Psychologists
SOC 366 – Sociological Research Methods
STS 350 – Data & Society
Impact of Technological Change
ECO 358 – Economics of Labor
HIS 320 – Europe Since the Industrial Revolution
HIS 342 – History of Television
PHI 307 – Philosophy of Science and Technology
POL 393 – Politics and Popular Culture
STS 320 – Tech & Humanity in Cinema
STS 391 – Generative AI: Choices & Challenges
Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
BIO 355 – Ecological Principles
ENV 302 – Wind Technology
GEO 330 – Environmental Interactions
POL 330 – 21st century Energy Policy
SOC 352 – Environmental Sociology
STS 341 – Sustainable Food Systems
STS 342 – Food and Nutrition Policy in the U.S.
BUS 366 – International Human Resources Management
ECO 340 – International Trade
GEO 355 – Geography of Tourism
HIS 315 – Imperialism: A Modern History
HIS 341 – Terrorism and the Modern World
POL 370 – International Relations
POL 374 – Politics of Africa
SOC 350 – Global Social Change
Gender, Race, and Culture
EGL 309 – Voices of Black America in Poetry, Prose, and Song
HIS 335 – Gender and Technology from a Historical Perspective
MLG 300 – International Cinema
MLG 313 – Science, Literature, and Film in the Hispanic World
MLG 317 –The Arab-American Experience
MLG 321 – Chinese Culture and Civilization
POL 360 – Women in Comparative Development
PSY 307 – Psychology of Women
SOC 325 – Social Inequality
Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121-123
Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement
sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation
requirements are satisfied.
As a part of the SUNY General Education Framework, all first-time full time Freshman at Farmingdale State College (FSC) beginning Fall 2023, are required to develop knowledge and skills in Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ). Students will be able to fulfill this requirement at FSC by taking a specially designated DEISJ course that has been developed by faculty and approved by the DEISJ Review Board. DEISJ-approved courses will be developed in accordance with the guiding principles and criteria outlined below. DEISJ-approved courses may meet other General Education Knowledge and Skills areas and/or core competencies and thus be dually designated. DEISJ-approved courses may also earn other special designations such as those for Applied Learning or Writing Intensive.
MTH 110 Statistics
Basic concepts of probability and statistical inference. Included are the binominal, normal, and chi-square distributions. Practical applications are examined. Computer assignments using Minitab form an integral part of the course. Prerequisite(s): MP2 or MTH 015
FYE 101 First Year Experience
This course is designed to assist new students in acclimating, connecting, and adjusting to the college campus and experience. Through presentations, discussions and group work, students will become familiar with college resources and learn strategies for academic success. Students will also be introduced to the values and ethical principles of the College and encouraged to reflect on their role/responsibilities as college students. Topics include time management, study skills, stress management, goal setting, course and career planning, self-assessment and awareness, and the development of wellness strategies. Note: Students completing FYE 101 may not receive credit for FRX101, FYS 101, or RAM 101. Credits 1 (1.0)
BCS 160 Computers, Society and Technology
This is an introductory course that provides students with the knowledge to stay current and informed in a technology-oriented, global society. Students will receive instruction in basic computer concepts and terminology, the fundamentals of the Windows operating system and have hands-on experience at the beginning to intermediate level using Microsoft Excel and Access. The Internet will be used to supplement textbook and lecture materials. Note: Students taking this course may not receive credit for BCS 102.
STS 330 Scientific Thinking
In this course students will be introduced to a method of problem solving characterized by critical thinking across multiple disciplines. Students will revisit the scientific method to learn how to employ its tenets to approach unstructured, real-world problems faced on the individual, local, and global levels. Students will be introduced to the concept of integrative thinking and how to draw on the multi-disciplinary nature of STS to substantively interact with complex issues. In the process, students will gain familiarity with the methods in which data science may be employed to approach problem solving. As the semester progresses, students will apply the skill set this course cultivates to analyze and evaluate problems as well as synthesize solutions. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status and one General Education Science course with a lab.
STS 400W Senior Seminar in Science, Technology, & Society (Writing Intensive)
The Senior Seminar in Science, Technology, & Society is a capstone course for those students intending to graduate from the Science, Technology, & Society (STS) program. Students will participate in a reading and writing-intensive seminar organized around a common theme in the sciences and technologies, exploring how social, political, and cultural values affect the production and dissemination of knowledge and the development and use of new technologies. Students in the seminar will be required to complete a substantial research project integrating what they have learned during their course of study and their specific areas of interest. Students should consult the department before registering for any seminar course. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): Senior status in STS program and EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher.
STS 401W Internship in Science, Technology, & Society (Writing Intensive)
This course is designed for Science, Technology, & Society (STS) majors who wish to complete a semester-long (or equivalent) internship as part of their course of study. Students may choose an internship at a corporation or a civic, educational, governmental, or not-for- profit organization after consultation with and permission of the department chair. Any internship should support learning outcomes and/or career development in the sciences, technology, and/or society. Enrollment in this course is restricted to students with senior status in the STS Program. Students enrolled in an internship will meet periodically with their advisor and will be required to submit internship notes and both a draft and final report of the internship experience at the end of the semester. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): Senior status in STS program and approval of Department Chair and EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher.
EGL 303 Writing for the 21st Century
Writing for the 21st Century explores the many modes of expression that are available to writers, speakers, and thinkers, including auditory, visual, gestural, and spatial acts of communication. A central goal of this course is to make deliberate use of these modes and design choices in relationship to specific purposes and audiences. To do so, students will critically analyze the ways these varied modes are employed, as well as produce texts that deploy these for specific contexts, audiences, and situations in order to effectively inform, persuade, and communicate. After completing this course, students should feel confident in their ability to transfer information using twenty-first century technology and possess skills that will assist in their future academic and professional lives. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 and 200-Level or higher Writing Intensive Course with a grade of C or higher.
EGL 310 Technical Writing
A detailed study of the fundamentals of writing technical reports and other technical communications. Topics emphasized include the elements of a technical report, the interpretation of statistics and data, and the composition of letters, memos, and informal reports containing technical information. Assignments and student exercises are drawn from the student's technical area. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
PCM 315 Research Techniques
In this course students are introduced to information science, bibliographic practices, and research methods appropriate to finding, evaluating, and incorporating into documents both online and hard copy data and graphics. Students complete several research projects. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or permission of department chair.
SPE 330 Professional and Technical Speech
A course designed to prepare students to develop and deliver oral presentations in a professional, business, scientific, or technical context, stressing methods of presenting information specific to students’ disciplines. Students use audio-visual materials or technology to enhance their presentations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
SPE 331 Advanced Oral Communications
This course is designed to develop effective and professional communication in the areas of communication theory, advanced presentation skills, and voice and diction. A major component of the course provides students with a personalized voice and diction diagnostic profile which informs each student of specific speech characteristics they present that deviate from Standard Eastern Dialect. Particular attention is given to New York Regional Dialect and foreign accent reduction. The course also introduces various theoretical systems of communication. There is a strong focus on the development and effective application of presentational skills in both public and group/team environments with an emphasis on professional settings. All aspects of the course contain written components which include student readings and reports as well as comprehensive speech outlines. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
STS 381 ST: Technical & Scientific Communication
This course offers instruction in special topics in Science, Technology, & Society pertaining to Technical & Scientific Communication. Students will explore, analyze, and evaluate special interdisciplinary topics in Technical & Scientific Communication further developing their Science, Technology, & Society critical/scientific thinking skill set. The prerequisite can be taken as a prerequisite or a corequisite. Prerequisite(s): STS 330
BUS 345 Foundations of Business Analytics
This course introduces the primary business analytics concepts and tools. The course presents an overview of basic statistics, data mining, data visualization, optimization, and decision analysis. The course incorporates the use of Excel spreadsheet modeling capabilities in order to prepare students to model and solve real world problems. Prerequisite(s): BUS 240 or MTH 110 with a grade of C or higher
PSY 324 Psychological Measurement and Assessment
An analysis of the theory and practice of psychological measurement and assessment including the implications of psychological measurement in society and institutions such as schools, the workplace, clinical populations and other groups with special needs. Topics will include overview and history of the field, foundations of psychological testing and psychometrics, the assessment of ability, the assessment of personality, the assessment of interest and vocational choice, and ethical /social/cultural issues of psychological assessment. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
PSY 348 Statistics for Psychology
This course will examine the basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral and social sciences. Topics will include the organization of data, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, and various parametric and nonparametric tests of significance including t-tests, ANOVA, and chi-square analysis. In the computer lab component, students will focus on the interconnections between theory, statistical techniques, and research methods in order to identify the appropriate statistical tests to analyze data and reach objective conclusions regarding research questions in the social sciences. Computer lab sessions will also provide practice in using statistical software for data summarization, presentation, and analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, MTH 110 and Junior level status
SOC 366 Sociological Research Methods
In this course, we develop an understanding of the different types of research methods used by sociologists (and other social scientists) to study the social world. The class begins with a discussion of the fundamental concepts of social science research and the ethical issues involved. Students will learn how to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative research - the ability to formulate research questions, methods of research design, strategies for collecting information and data, as well as the ability to analyze and present statistical data. Great emphasis is placed on students doing research projects in and outside of class. Prerequisite(s): Any 200 Level Sociology course.
STS 350 Data and Society
Vast amounts of data exist online which chronicle aspects of our modern society in great detail. Careful analysis of these data sets can uncover useful information which may allow individuals, organizations, and governments to make better decisions as they prepare for the future. In addition to the benefits that come with more information, there is a growing risk of these data being misused in critical situations, either deliberately or as a result of poor training. This course introduces students to the skills necessary to extract meaningful and useful information from this data, the caveats associated with data mishandling and misuse, and the role that big data and online algorithms are playing in shaping society. Tenets of the scientific method will be applied to probe questions of a social, political, and economic nature through the analysis of publicly available online datasets. Students will learn hypothesis testing to be able to make statistically sound conclusions from their data analysis projects. Data acquisition, basic statistical techniques, data visualization, and methods for logical interpretation of results will be taught. The course will primarily use Microsoft Excel for data handling and analysis. STS 330 can be taken as a prerequisite or a corequisite. Prerequisite(s): STS 330, MTH 110, and BCS 160
GEO 322 Cultural Geography
This course takes a critical approach to the study of human-environment interactions, focusing on how various cultural products and norms (as well as differences across cultures) shape our views about each other and the world around us. Students will be introduced to the comparatively new sub-discipline of cultural geography and interrogate the “cultural turn” in the field of geography. Students will engage the complex relationship between the “self” and the “other,” addressing the topics of power, economy, race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and nationalism. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS, POL or GEO course
GEO 323 Urban Geography
This course will trace the historical development of the city from its humble beginnings to its current form and beyond. We will explore the impact of environmental, economic, demographic, sociological, cultural, technological and political forces on the development of the world’s urban centers. This course will also explore the effects that urbanization and urbanism has on the lives of the world’s citizens and how cities are shaping the future of mankind. In addition to a theoretical treatment of the city, we will also take an in-depth look at the world’s great metropolises. By focusing on representative urban centers in different world regions, students will gain insight into the commonalities and differences of cities around the globe. Class discussions will be supported by lectures on the development of urban centers in the United States. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS, POL, or GEO course
GIS 301 GIScience
This course will cover fundamentals of geographic information science (GIScience), the application of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to scientific inquiry involving geospatial data. GIScience intersects with fields as diverse as epidemiology, urban studies, environmental science, criminal justice, public policy, business management, marketing, data science, etc. This course offers hands-on application of techniques for the capture, storage, processing, analysis, and communication of geospatial data Prerequisite(s): EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher and (any 200 level or higher GEO course, or MTH 110) all with a grade of C or higher and Junior Level Status.
GIS 351 GIS and Public Health
This course covers the uses of geographic information systems (GIS) in public health. Possible topics include access to health services, the spatial clustering of health events, analysis of environmental hazards, the effective visualization and communication of information derived from geospatial data, and the evidence-based formulation of public policy based on the analysis of geospatial data. Skills developed in this class can enhance existing professional capabilities, and provide a stronger foundation for research performed during graduate study. Prerequisite(s): MTH 110 with a grade of C or higher and Junior-Level status
GIS 352 GIS and Municipal Government
This course covers the uses of geographic information systems (GIS) in municipal government. Topics covered include the acquisition of municipal geospatial data from diverse sources, the processing of structured and unstructured data into usable GIS formats, basic analysis of geospatial data to answer frequently-asked questions, and the publication of effective visualizations of geospatial data. Students will develop fundamental skills used by GIS technicians working for municipal government, and those skills can be used to enhance existing professional capabilities, or provide a foundation for deeper study of GIS technology. Prerequisite(s): MTH 110 with a grade of C or higher and Junior-Level status
BUS 311 Organizational Behavior
This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communication and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power, and politics in organizations. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for PSY 311. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109, or PSY 101 or permission of department chair.
PSY 331 Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Students will explore how the science and practice of psychology is applied in the world of work and organizations. Among the topics that will be examined are the history and research methodology of industrial/organizational psychology, job analysis, employee selection, performance evaluation, training, work motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, group dynamics, and organizational development. The course will highlight emerging trends in the modern workforce and examine how these changes will impact research and practice in today's organizations. Students will examine the factors influencing cross-cultural diversity and globalization, the theoretical and practical implications of these workforce trends, and how current organizational theories and practices apply to cultures outside of the United States. Implications for the full range of topics discussed in the course will be examined including how cultural diversity and globalization affect employee selection procedures, group dynamics, preferences for leadership, training needs, work motivation, and organizational development. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
SOC 303 Sociology of Work and Occupation
This course will focus on the various dimensions of work and the social experience of making a living in the United States and other societies - past, present and future. We consider the large-scale developments related to a rapidly changing global economy, and the implications of these changes for individual workers. Topics discussed include the impact of technological innovations, changing occupational roles and subcultures, the development of the professions and professional ethics, gender roles and work roles, unemployment and underemployment, and the relationship between work and family. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 102
ECO 358 Economics of Labor
Economics of Labor explores how individuals enhance their economic well-being through their work behavior and examines the role of labor markets in explaining disparities of wealth. Topics include the static labor market and its internal structure, the composition of the labor force, the nature of a job search, the life cycle human capital model, determination and classification of wages and wage structure, the American labor movement and the role of labor unions. Prerequisite(s): ECO 156 or ECO 157
HIS 320 Europe Since the Industrial Revolution
This course examines European history from the period of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Special focus will be placed on how scientific and technological developments impacted politics, society, and culture in Europe and the West more generally. The histories of individual European nation-states will be discussed, as well as major revolutions, periods of intense social change, and the two world wars. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course.
HIS 342 The History of Television
Despite the recent emergence of new communication technologies, television arguably remains the most powerful and important form of communication today--a medium that influences and shapes our views of ourselves and our outlooks on the world. Television helps to bind us together through shared cultural distortions of our social experiences and relations and yet divides us over its short- and- long-term effects, both national and global. This course explores American culture during the post World War II period through an analysis of the history of television from its origins in radio to its future in digital media. It examines television's role in both reflecting and constituting American society through a variety of analytical approaches. The course topics include the structure, economics and dynamics of the television industry, the role of television within American democracy, the variety of television genres, television as a site of gender and racial identity formation, television's role in everyday life, and the medium's technological and social impacts. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS or POL course.
PHI 307 Philosophy of Science and Technology
A philosophical overview of developments in science and technology, showing their impact on general culture. Some highlights include the early separation of religion and philosophy, the role of mathematics in culture, the beginnings of modern science in the works of Galileo, Descartes, Leibniz and Newton, and contemporary revolutions in science and technology. Prerequisite(s): One semester of science and EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
POL 393 Politics and Popular Culture
This course examines the influence of popular culture on political identity within the United States and across the globe. The relationship between the U.S. entertainment industry and the political system will be explored, while the second half of the course will focus on the impact of global popular culture on international relations. Various forms of pop culture will be addressed, including but not limited to: film, television, music, video games, novels, comics, political cartoons, jokes, blogging, fads, and fashion. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher HIS, POL or GEO course.
STS 320 Technology and Humanity in Cinema
This course examines the issues surrounding cinema’s portrayals of the impact that scientific and technological progress have upon humanity. Through critical analysis of assigned screenings and readings, students will explore the ways in which film articulates the shifting conception of what it means to be human in a world increasingly defined by our relationship with technology. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status in STS program.
STS 391 Impact of Technological Change
This course offers instruction in special topics in Science, Technology, & Society pertaining to the Impact of Technological Change. Students will explore, analyze, and evaluate special interdisciplinary topics related to the Impact of Technological Change further developing their Science, Technology, & Society critical/scientific thinking skill set. The prerequisite can be taken as a prerequisite or a corequisite. Prerequisite(s): STS 330
BIO 355 Ecological Topics: The Structure and Function of Nature
This course introduces students to basic ecological concepts as they relate to the biotic and abiotic environment. It stresses the diversity of life and the impact that man, other organisms and environment have on each other. Laboratory exercises and field work will investigate the effects organisms have on each other as well as the effects of environmental conditions on growth and development. Students will also characterize the nature of selected site(s) in terms of species diversity using plot sampling techniques. Seminar type discussions require individuals or small groups to explore environmental issues. Topics for these discussions will be submitted to the instructor for appropriateness and approval. Students will be required to research and prepare a paper as well as make a presentation to the class. The class will be given the opportunity to question each speaker following that individual's presentation. Note: the laboratory course, BIO 355L is a part of your grade for this course. Prerequisite(s): BIO 131 or BIO 192 or BIO 198 with a grade of C- or higher and Junior Status. Corequisite(s): BIO 355L
ENV 302 Wind Energy
This course provides an overview of sustainable systems of wind renewable energy. Topics include the assessment of wind resources, wind site assessments, identifying and evaluating factors affecting wind energy development, the basic principles of wind turbines, and the environmental impact of assessment processes for wind developments. Prerequisite(s): MTH 110 or higher
GEO 330 Environmental Interactions
This course explores important environmental issues in sustainability facing society today. Topics to focus around understanding the changing spatial relationships between people and their environments, the causes and consequences of environmental degradation, strategies for building a more sustainable world, and the methods and approaches that scholars have used to understand human-environment interactions. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-Level Social Science Course
POL 330 21st Century Energy Policy
In this course, students will examine pivotal questions of U.S. and global energy policy. Topics covered will include the development of alternatives and emerging technologies, energy efficiency, government intervention in markets, and the future role of conventional sources. While the focus is on the electricity sector, the roles played by food production and transportation will be considered as well. Students will also evaluate the role of localities and states, paying particular attention to how they are responding to changes in federal policy. Prerequisite(s): Any 200 level or higher social science Course with a grade of C or higher
SOC 352 Environmental Sociology
Environmental Sociology examines the changing relationship between social systems and the environment, and explores how environmental issues come to be defined as social problems. This course examines multiple perspectives within the field--including risk, political economy, consumer studies and social movements-- to understand the range of explanations for environmental degradation and improvement. The first part of the course is dedicated to introducing students to key theoretical perspectives, research methods and historical and contemporary cases in environmental sociology. In the second part, we look at competing explanations for why a meaningful response to environmental problems, such as resource depletion, environmental injustice, and climate change, have failed to materialize and what transformative change might look like. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 102 both with a grade of C or higher
STS 341 Sustainable Food Systems: Food Literacy
This course is a survey of food systems through historic, geo-political, and socio-economic lenses. A food system is the amalgamation of influencers from five categories: resources, production, processing and distribution, preparation and consumption, and resource recovery/disposal. The course addresses those influencers that are economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sustainable; a food system’s so-called triple-bottom-line. As food literacy is a trending global imperative, the course will address issues surrounding the shaping of food systems on the local, regional, national, and international level. We will discuss what works and what doesn’t within a given system, which stakeholders benefit and which are neglected, and how each movement; organic, local food, fair trade and others, impact these systems. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status
STS 342 Food and Nutrition Policy in the U.S.
This course explores the intersection of food systems, food security, and the American diet. Topics of focus include roles of government agencies, NGOs, business and private sector stakeholders, media outlets, and sustainable food system advocates as they navigate federal food and nutrition programs, the US Farm Bill, and dietary guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on intended and unintended consequences of food and nutrition policies and how they may benefit certain groups at the expense of others. Specific attention will be paid to how these policies impact the development, adoption, and practice of sustainable agriculture in local food systems. The role of interest groups whose influence helps shape these policies will also be examined. STS 330 can be taken either as a prerequisite or corequisite. Prerequisite(s): STS 330
BUS 366 International Human Resource Management
The importance of managing cultural diversity is a critical component to deriving successful outcomes for the workplace endeavor as well as the criteria for individual advancement in one's career in the global arena. The rapidly expanding involvement of the United States in global business activities has created a critical need for international business talent in all areas of business, and in particular, successful management of cultural differences to advance the team and the entity. This course addresses the understanding of cultural differences in global business and the art of negotiation to gain a win/win. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109
ECO 340 International Trade
First of a two semester offering to provide a comprehensive exposition of the theory and principles of international trade, the importance of international trade in interdependent economics, and a knowledge of international trade institutions and how they relate to U.S. commercial policy. The material will employ an analytical as well as historical and institutional approach. Prerequisite(s): ECO 156 or ECO 157
GEO 355 Geography of Tourism
Approaching leisure travel from a spatial perspective, this course examines the complex interplay between geography and tourism in a global world. Beginning with the history of tourism, the content critically assesses the power structures of holidaymaking, the effects of the tourism encounter, and how the travel-based experiences shape our individual and collective perceptions of the world around us. The impact of tourism on economics, society, culture, and politics will be explored alongside its effects on the environment at the local, national, and planetary scales. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher History, Politics or Geography course
HIS 315 Imperialism: A Modern History
The rise and fall of empires is fundamental to world history. Beginning with the First Opium War and concluding with East Timor’s independence from Portugal, this course explores how Europe’s maritime empires (Britain, France, Spain, Netherlands, etc.) and continental imperial states (Russia, Austria, and Turkey) acquired, maintained, and ultimately lost their vast colonial possessions in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Using cross-disciplinary approaches, the connections between imperialism and commercial, technological, and industrial advancement will be explored through analysis of various forms of imperialism, including political, economic, and cultural, as well as its discourses and practices. Related issues such as power, hegemony, capitalism, consumerism, and decolonization will also be examined. The course content may focus on a particular area of the globe (e.g., East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America) or a particular theme associated with imperialism (e.g., gender, migration, identity, etc.). Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course
HIS 341 Terrorism and the Modern World
This course traces the global impact of terror and terrorism since the first use of the term in 1795. Much of the course focuses on the use of political violence by non-state actors and revolutionary organizations operating both at a domestic and international level. We will compare and contrast the various "waves" of terror which have gripped the globe since the late 1800s and analyze the similarities and differences between groups such as the IRA, the Ku Klux Klan, and al Qaeda. We will also explore state-based terror, specifically the use of fear, surveillance, and the secret police by various regimes in the 19th and 20th centuries. The role of media as an enabler of terrorism and terrorists will also be an important theme throughout the semester. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher HIS/POL/GEO course or Junior Status
POL 370 International Relations
This course examines how the international political system was established and how it has changed since the Peace of Westphalia. Focusing on the role of states, complemented by a thorough analysis of non-state actors, students will investigate how the global system works and how the process of globalization is remaking the political and economic world. The art and purpose of diplomacy will also be explored. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher HIS, POL or GEO course.
POL 374 Politics in Africa
This course addresses modern African politics, including, but not limited to the colonial background and its consequences, ethnicity, the military, ideology, dependency, democracy and political stability. While a thematic approach to African politics is stressed in the course, an underlying current in the course will be the tensions that exist between opposing forces in African politics. Some of these influences include foreign and indigenous influences, anarchy and order, democracy and authoritarianism, socialism and capitalism, political decay, and development. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level course in Social Science
SOC 350 Global Social Change
This course examines global social change from a sociological perspective. Specifically, the course focuses on the process of globalization, particularly on the challenges international development poses for developing nations. Specific topics may include global income inequality, global poverty, anti-globalization activism, transnational corporations (e.g. Walmart), and the rise of supranational organizations (e.g. World Trade Organization). Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 102.
EGL 309 Voices of Black America in Poetry, Prose and Song
A study of the oral and literary tradition of African Americans in poetry, prose and song. This course provides both a historical examination of the written and oral tradition of African Americans in its own right and as a lens through which American culture can be viewed. The course will explore the developing aesthetic concerns of this tradition in different historical periods as, for example, the question of dialect before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance and the later Black Arts movement up through contemporary rap. Students will also consider how many texts by African Americans combine literary and musical forms, particularly spirituals, blues, jazz, hip hop and rap. Critical readings and research project required. Students who have completed EGL 224 may not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
HIS 335 Gender and Technology in Historical Perspectives
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the connections between gender roles and technology from comparative and historical perspectives. Studying the past in this way sheds light on key global issues today. How does technology shape feminine and masculine identities in the developed world? What happens to preconceived notions of gender relations and gender identities when the developed world and developing world come into contact? This course focuses on the interaction between technology and gender in the age of globalization and is intended to be interdisciplinary and may begin with a dash of sociology or anthropology, dissecting gender roles in our world today. It will also examine the historical connections between gender roles and technology specifically in the United States. At the discretion of the instructor, topics to investigate may include the function of gender and technology in European exploration, European imperialism, and U.S. expansion. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course.
MLG 300 International Cinema
Selected international films will be viewed, analyzed, and discussed in terms of their historical, social, political, and economic context as well as for their aesthetic value. Readings, lectures, and class discussions are organized to teach coherency in reading filmic works. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 313 Science, Literature, and Film in the Hispanic World
This course takes an integrated vision of reality in which the sciences and technologies, together with the humanities, take active part in the sociocultural system. This course synthesizes two supposedly antagonistic systems: the humanities and the sciences, and creates a communication between humanists and scientists. The course traces how the Hispanic world represented scientific activities in history and examines the interplay between sciences and humanities through Hispanic literature and film. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 317 The Arab-American Experience
This course will examine the assimilation of Arab immigrants within the United States and their unique contribution in creating a rich multicultural society. The course will allow students to learn about the Arab-American community through history, literature and sociology by using creative media tools such as art, music, films and documentaries. In addition, the course will examine political and social stereotypes of Arab-Americans as portrayed in current events. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 321 Chinese Culture and Civilization
This course covers the development of Chinese civilization from Neolithic times to the present. It examines both the evolution and the continuities of this ancient culture, including aspects of philosophy, religion and ritual, social life, literature, and art. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
POL 360 Women in Comparative Development
This course examines the relationship between women and development, including controversies surrounding the gendered impact of development strategies. It explores issues such as women’s health, education, employment, and population planning in the developing world. The course will analyze how women’s rights, leadership, and political participation are restricted or hindered by various societal and governmental structures. The course will consider a wide range of issues and human rights violations against women and examine how such inequalities affect the political and developmental progress of a country. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-Level or higher social science course.
PSY 307 Psychology of Women
This course is about being female in American culture. The purpose of the course is to examine the lives of girls and women from a feminist psychological perspective. It addresses the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors influencing women’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. The course is “woman-affirming” as it will examine and validate women’s experiences and perspectives. The course will highlight how race, class, and sexual orientation intersect with gender to affect women’s lives. Topics will include: behavioral and psychological gender differences and their origins; concepts of femininity and gender stereotypes; pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood; women, achievement and work; violence against women; women and mental health (disparity in diagnosis and treatment); and feminist psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 131
SOC 325 Social Inequality
This course examines the nature, causes, and consequences of social stratification. We explore the different theoretical perspectives on inequality, global inequalities, the extent of inequality in America, and the issues of status and mobility. In addition to examining the different class cultures in the United States, we investigate the profound effects of education, class, gender, and race on individual “life chances” (i.e. the ability to achieve power, wealth, status, etc.). Prerequisite(s): Any 200 level Sociology course.