ANTH-110 Culture and Human Experience
People around the world create and use systems of symbols to express their identities as members of social groups. This course draws on diverse life-cycle experiences in tribal, state-level, and post-colonial societies to explore ways that both tradition and contact with other cultures contribute to the cultural pluralism of the contemporary world. Usually offered every term.
ARTS-100 Art: The Studio Experience
This beginning studio course introduces students to painting, drawing, sculpture, and design combined with visual literacy. The course focuses on the interrelationship of hand, eye, and mind to create informed works of art that engage larger critical, formal, or cultural dialogues and relate basic visual language to analytic and creative processes of the artist. Usually offered every term.
COMM-105 Visual Literacy(PC, FM, MS)
This course introduces students to ways of understanding visual images in a variety of contexts, including art, photography, film, and performing arts. Students learn about aesthetics, as well as the production aspects of visual images; discover intuitive dimensions of seeing; and analyze the influence of culture on visual symbols and communication. Hands-on learning in blog development, photography, and video production puts theory into action. Usually offered every term.
Introduction to the basic principles of aggregate economic analysis. Includes measurement and determinants of national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and business cycles. Topics also include historical perspectives, alternative approaches to economics, and current issues and controversies. Usually offered every term.
PSYC-105 Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior
Survey of the social bases of behavior and the individual foundations of group and social behavior. This course emphasizes the concepts and methodologies of psychology in such areas as social development, personality, social psychology, and abnormal behavior, as well as the interaction between the individual and social institutions. Usually offered every term.
SOCY-100 U.S. Society
American pluralism and the variety of social arrangements and relationships found in the United States society. The emphasis is on how society is stratified; how organizations and institutions influence the way Americans think, talk, feel, and act; and how different groups (racial and ethnic) and divisions (gender and class) within society have differential access to power and privilege. Usually offered every term.
SIS-110 Beyond Sovereignty
The role of the sovereign state in a world of complex interdependence and the tension between nationalism and the necessity of cooperative global problem solving. Is the state becoming obsolete? Is global policy possible in such areas as environmental protection, resource management, and containment of the destructiveness of modern weapons? Usually offered every term.
SIS-140 Cross-Cultural Communication
Examines the impact of culture on communication, perception, thought patterns, values, and beliefs in order to better understand the behavior of individuals within different societies. Specific concerns include the dynamics of verbal and nonverbal communication; the relationship between dominant cultures and subcultures; ethnic, racial, class and other forms of diversity within countries and organizations; third-culture and multicultural persons; and the dynamics of cross-cultural adjustment. Usually offered every term.
SIS-210 Human Geography: Peoples, Places, and Cultures
A topical investigation of the interrelationships between human institutions and their surrounding environment. Provides a systematic spatial perspective to the interaction between physical, cultural, ecological, economic, and political systems on both local and global scales. Usually offered every term.
Students may if they wish take a Mathematics course for their General Education class. All students must take the Mathematics Placement Examination. The IGP staff will advise students of the appropriate Mathematics class they may enroll in.