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SS 131
General Psychology
3 credits
Principles of psychology and their application to general behavior are presented. Stresses the scientific method in understanding learning, perception, motivation, emotion, personality development, and the social influences on human behavior. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 141
Macroeconomics
3 credits
Introduction to basic principles and characteristics of economic systems. Primary emphasis is on macroeconomic issues, including national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy, and current economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 151
Introduction to World Affairs
3 credits
Examines the contemporary world including changes in Europe, Russia, and the developing world. Explores timely international issues such as nuclear arms, the breakdown of the Soviet Union, and the Israeli-Arab dispute. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 171
Introductory Sociology
3 credits
Study of patterned social behavior and the interrelationships between individual life experience and the social structure that helps to shape it. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 231
Personality
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131
Emphasizes normal personality development as viewed from a variety of perspectives, including social, educational, biological, and psychodynamic factors. Students apply these psychological principles to problems of everyday living and gain an understanding of both normal and deviant reactions to life events. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 232
Developmental Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131
Studies the development of psychological, emotional, social, and biological processes from prenatal stage and birth to maturity. Emphasis is on critical stages in development as well as application of psychological principles to everyday situations. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 237
Industrial Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131 or approval of chairperson
Applies psychological principles to issues in the workplace. Personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, performance appraisal, and stress are explored to provide future leaders, managers, and technical specialists with information and skills to enhance their interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 242
Microeconomics (formerly SS 342)
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 141
Examines the principles underlying the behavior of business firms, resource owners, and consumers within a system of price-making markets. Emphasis is on pricing, resource allocation, cost analysis, price determination under market structures ranging from competition to monopoly, and a functional approach to the distribution of income. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 243
History of Economic Thought
3 credits
This course traces the rise of major economic philosophies from pre-Quesnay through Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes and beyond. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of broad-scale models of social reality, and their relation to the times in which economists lived. Students trace the contributions of prominent philosophers within the context of the changing views of economic science, and evaluate the applicability of these views for understanding todayís world. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 244
Fashion Economics
3 credits
Students study economic theories and concepts focused on fashion and the fashion industry. Topics include market structure, supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, market competition, historical developments, international environment and regulation. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 251
American Government and Politics
3 credits
Examines the organization and operation of the American political system, including analysis of present national policies and problems. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 272
Sex Roles, Marriage, and Family in Transition
3 credits
Sociological study of sex roles and relationships in modern society. Analysis of traditional marriage and family systems, new alternatives, and future trends. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 273
The Study of Social Problems: Prostitution, Drugs and Other Issues
3 credits
Studies social problems in contemporary society, emphasizing interrelationships between social systems, social change, and individual lives. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 275
Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations
3 credits
An overview of the major concepts and theories defining the nature of race and ethnic relations, prejudice, and discrimination. Strategies for reducing prejudice and discrimination and promoting intergroup harmony are addressed. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 277
Cultural Expressions of Non-Western Dress and Fashion
3 credits
This course introduces students to the socio-cultural meanings of ethnic dress. Students examine case studies from non-Western cultures to understand how dress reflects the values and beliefs of traditional cultures, and how ethnic dress has become integrated into today's fashions. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 278
Latinos in the United States: A Sociological Perspective
3 credits
This course provides an understanding of the socio-economic, political, and cultural impact of Latinos in the United States. Students explore sociological issues including race, ethnicity, urbanization, gender, immigration, and social mobility that have helped shape Latino culture and values. Comparisons with other ethnic/racial groups in the United States, as well as the differences within the Latin community itself, are addressed.

SS 299
Independent Study in the Social Sciences
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Liberal Arts

SS 334
The Psychology of Color
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131 or approval of chairperson
Examines the importance of color and its influences on behavior. Topics include the biological and perceptual characteristics of color, fundamental color research, societal and cultural influences on the meanings and uses of color, adaptations of color in both natural and manmade environments, and the interaction between personality and color. Special attention is given to the application of color in both industry and everyday life. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 335
Abnormal Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131
This course is designed to help students understand the symptoms, causes and treatment of psychological disorders and the contemporary issues facing mental health practitioners and researchers. Issues related to abnormal psychology are presented from theoretical research and clinical perspectives. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 343
Labor Economics
3 credits
Prerequisites: SS 141 and (SS 342 or SS 242)
Examines labor economics and labor institutions' role in the U.S. economy. Major subjects include the changing labor force and its composition, labor markets, labor unionism, collective bargaining, labor legislation, and government regulation. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 345
Fundamentals of Finance for Fashion Industries
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 141 and SS 242
This course focuses on the basic principles and concepts of international finance relevant to the fashion-related industries. Topics include the world financial system and institutions, and financial instruments and their use from a practical standpoint. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 352
Contemporary Western Europe
3 credits
Introduction to the Western European countries and societies, their relations with each other and with the rest of the world. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 353
Latin America Today
3 credits
Introduction to modern Latin American states and societies with surveys of their economies, politics, and cultures. Also explores inter-American and international relations. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 354
Comparative Political Systems
3 credits
Study of political systems with a global perspective; compares and contrasts contemporary political ideologies, institutions, and processes from democracies to authoritarian regimes, advanced industrialized economies to developing countries. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 355
Contemporary African Politics
3 credits
An introduction to modern African political, cultural, and social institutions. The first part of the course focuses on examining Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The second part concentrates on issues that transcend borders: political instability and civil wars, the AIDS epidemic and other health crises, population growth, economic development and poverty, and environmental degradation. The significance of U.S.-African relations is also studied. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 356
Asia in Motion: National, International, and Transnational Relations
3 credits
Examines the complexity, diversity, and dynamics of East Asian and Southeast Asian politics. The course analyzes Asia and its moves toward modernity in terms of politics, economics, and culture. Topics include modernization, post-World War II political settings, and post-Cold War regional integration. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 374
Cross-cultural Studies
3 credits
Prerequisites: two introductory Social Sciences courses (SS 131, SS 141, SS 151, SS 171) or approval of chairperson
This course provides conceptual and practical knowledge of the societies and cultures, economies, histories, and institutions of non-Western societies. Special attention is paid to the distinctive features of Japan and India. Students are introduced to the range and significance of cultural differences and will be prepared to adapt to these cultural differences as they move into international arenas. (G4: Social Science; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 376
Clothing and Society
3 credits
Prerequisites: two introductory Social Sciences courses (SS 131, SS 141, SS 151, SS 171) or approval of chairperson
Examines the development of dress, adornment, and appearance as a nonverbal mode of communication and explores the meaning of clothing in modern American society. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 378
Asian Global Popular Culture
3 credits
Students examine the global production, consumption, and reproduction of popular culture products in Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan, and India. Cultural products such as films, television sitcoms, pop music, comic books, and animation from South/East Asian societies are examined from local and global perspectives, and analyzed using social scientific tools and methodologies. (G4: Social Science; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 379
Sociology of the Digital Era
3 credits
This course explores the impact of digital information and communication technologies (ICTís) in everyday life. Students examine how digital ICTís have transformed social relations, social structures, identity formation processes, and cultural, political, and economic practices.

SS 385
Social Psychology
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 131
Human behaviors such as aggression, prejudice, attraction, attitude formation, conformity, helping, and group processes are examined with particular emphasis on their current applications. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 386
Youth Subculture, Identity, and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective
3 credits
This course explores youth subcultures, in relation to gender, race and class identity. Students are introduced to various case studies of youth subcultures around the world, including Goth, Punk, and Lolita, and analyze how their values, norms, attitudes and beliefs are reflected stylistically. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 392
Psychopathology and Modern Life (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
Students learn the symptoms, causes, and treatment of psychological disorders and the contemporary issues facing mental health researchers and practitioners. Psychopathology is presented as both a scientific and a clinical endeavor that gives students the clearest understanding of the field. Information from the text and lectures is based on current research, findings, and different theoretical approaches. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 393
Politics in the Middle East (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
The most significant issues in Middle Eastern politics are presented in three parts: an examination of the ethnic, geopolitical, and religious composition of the Middle East; an exploration of issues of conflict, including the Arab-Israeli dispute and the Persian Gulf War; and a study of the nature of economic and military cooperation among countries in the Middle East and with other countries. Topics analyzed include economic development, moves toward democratization, and regional alliances. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 394
Global Financial Markets (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This course discusses the general principles and main concepts of international finance. Topics such as the world financial system and institutions, global financial instruments, and interruptions in the international financial markets (i.e. the financial crisis of 2008, the East Asian financial crisis) are addressed. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 395
International Conflict in the 21st Century (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This course examines the nature of international conflict in the 21st Century. Students analyze how international conflicts have occurred through time while examining the question of why people and states take particular types of actions. Students review case studies that demonstrate examples of post-cold war conflict including terrorism, civil war and international intervention. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 396
Social Experiments: Answering the Questions of Social Psychology (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program or 3.5 GPA with approval for dean of Liberal Arts
Classic and contemporary experiments in social behavior are reviewed, and methodological procedures in social psychology research emphasized. Student teams design and conduct appropriate, controlled experiments on topics relating to social psychology, including attitude and stereotypical conformity, aggression, or helping behavior. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 443
International Economics
3 credits
Prerequisites: SS 141 and (SS 242 or SS 342)
Reviews the origins of modern international economic theory and discusses present patterns of trade and finance, including the balance of payments and its economic effects, exchange rates, international commodity agreements, and tariff policies. Includes an analysis of the relationship between international economics and current U.S. economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 445
Money and Banking
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 242 or SS 342
Reviews the monetary and banking system of the United States, with emphasis on its structure and regulation. The theoretical framework of the monetary system and its relation to monetary policy are also studied. (G4: Social Sciences)

SS 446
Economies of Latin America
3 credits
Prerequisite: SS 141 and (SS 242 or SS 342)
The course reviews modern international economic theory and its application to the Latin American economies. Major topics include trade theory and regulation, industrial policies, regional trading agreements, and the role of multinational enterprises and financial issues. Students examine theoretical concepts within the context of the historical and current economic experiences of Latin America. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

SS 499
Independent Study in the Social Sciences
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean fro Liberal Arts

PHILOSOPHY

PL 141
Introduction to Western Philosophy
3 credits
A general introduction to western philosophy covering the existence of God, freedom and determinism, personal identity, death and the question of survival, and cross-cultural understanding. (G7: Humanities)

PL 143
Introduction to Asian Philosophies
3 credits
Introduces the major philosophies of the Asian world that underlie and shape Eastern cultures. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are emphasized. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

PL 211
Informal Logic: A Guide to Clear Thinking
3 credits
Introduction to practical techniques for evaluating, criticizing, and defending arguments using ordinary English. Both deductive and inductive reasoning are considered, and how to recognize fallacies is emphasized. Stresses techniques for producing good arguments of many types. (G7: Humanities)

PL 299
Independent Study in Philosophy
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Liberal Arts

PL 321
Philosophy of Art
3 credits
Prerequisite: one semester of History of Art and Civilization
Considers the philosophy of art and the logical structure of criticism. Presents a group of problems arising from description, interpretation, and evaluation of aesthetic objects, with special emphasis on the visual arts. (G7: Humanities)

PL 391
Ancient Greek Philosophy (Honors)
3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
A study of the origins and development of philosophy in the West, from Homer and Hesiod to the Hellenistic period. Contributions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are emphasized, and the Greek influence on Roman and Christian philosophy is examined. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities)

PL 431
Philosophy: Ethics
3 credits
An introduction to philosophy in general and to ethics in particular. Philosophy is presented as an ongoing activity with emphasis on providing students with logical and conceptual tools for dealing with real-life situations. The course is oriented toward the development of the student's ability to use reason to evaluate arguments, particularly ethical arguments. (G7: Humanities)

PL 499
Independent Study in Philosophy
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Liberal Arts

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