Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with or without teacher certification); a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science,  a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (with or without teacher certification), a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Pre-Ministry Concentration, and, a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems (pending State and accreditation agency approvals). Both degrees in Political Science offer tracks in American Politics, Legal Studies (Pre-Law), and Comparative Government/International Relations.  Additionally, the department offers minors in History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Hispanic Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. On the graduate level, the Master of Arts degree is offered in History, with a general MA degree or a degree in Public History or a graduate degree in History designed for teacher certification in connection with the TMATE program.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography
MATH 1314 [shared] College Algebra
BCIS 1309Introduction to Programming Logic and Design3
GEOG 1320Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
GEOL 1408Natural Disasters4
GEOG 1451Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography4
WSES 1301Society, Natural Resources, and the Environment3
GEOG 2312Economic Geography3
GEOG 2451Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
WSES 2302Sustainability3
BCIS 3333C# Programming3
EASC 3310Geographic Information Systems for the Sciences3
GEOG 3300Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 3301Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad3
EASC 3360Remote Sensing3
GEOG 3451Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
WSES 3305GIS for Natural Resource Scientists3
ENVE 4340Advanced GIS Applications3
GEOG 4453Geospatial Intelligence/Crime Mapping4
Electives (2 electives must be Writing Intensive, and 16 hours must be advanced)18
Total Hours120

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
HIST 4340 [WI] Historical Method3
Select 1 of the following Writing Intensive courses:3
American Beginnings
Antebellum America, 1815-1860
Europe in the Age of Absolutism
United States and the World
Ideas in Action: American Social Thought from the Progressive Era to the Present
Social History of the United States Before 1865
Europe 1850-1919
Advanced HIST9
Foreign Language 1411, 1422, 2311, 231214
Total Hours77
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Without Teacher Certification
Select one of the following: 2
The Short Story
Introduction to Literature
Literature and Film
Backgrounds of Western Literature
Advanced HIST9
Advanced POLS6
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Cultural Anthropology
Introductory Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Ethics in the Professions
Philosophy Seminar
Survey of the Old Testament
Survey of the New Testament
World Religions
Advanced Hours from ARTS, CRIJ, COMM, ENGL, MUSI, POLS, RELI, SOCI, SOCW, THEA9
Electives (9 Hours Advanced) 313
Total Hours43
Secondary Certification/Option 1
HIST 3304History of Texas3
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Advanced HIST6
Advanced POLS6
Select one of the following:3
The Short Story
Introduction to Literature
Literature and Film
Backgrounds of Western Literature
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Cultural Anthropology
Introductory Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Logic
Ethics in the Professions
Philosophy Seminar
Survey of the Old Testament
Survey of the New Testament
World Religions
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
Total Hours48
Social Studies Composite Certification/Option 4
HIST 3304History of Texas3
Advanced POLS6
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Geography
Economic Geography
Select one of the following:3
The Short Story
Introduction to Literature
Literature and Film
Backgrounds of Western Literature
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
Total Hours48
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

This course may be counted toward the Language, Philosophy and Culture General Education Requirement.

3

Consult with your academic advisor before selecting electives. Students who cannot prove computer literacy should take BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
POLS 3308 [WI] International Politics3
SOCI 4302 [WI] Methods of Social Research3
POLS 4303Political Theory Through 17893
POLS 4390 [WI] Political Science Capstone Course3
Foreign Language 1411, 1412, 2311, 231214
Total Hours74
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Legal Studies
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
POLS 4301 [WI] Constitutional Law I3
POLS 4302 [WI] Constitutional Law II3
Political Science Advanced Electives6
Elections and Political Parties
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Terrorism and Political Violence
Political Theory Since 1789
Comparative Politics
Religion and Politics
Problems
Political Science Seminar
Elective Options (All hours must be advanced - Select from the following options. Lower level courses can be counted toward General Electives)15
Professional Development 2
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communications
Ethics in the Professions
Internship
Policy Option
Social History of the United States Before 1865
Social HIstory of the United States Since 1865
Political Economy
Environmental Politics
International Environmental Issues
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Social Welfare in America
Service Learning
Social Welfare Policy
Criminal Justice Option 3
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Court Systems and Practices
Criminal Investigation
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
Comparative Criminal Justice
Criminal Evidence
Homeland Security
Criminal Justice Ethics
Criminology
Business Law Option 4
Introduction To Economics
International Economics
Business Law I
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Introduction to International Business
Employee and Labor Relations
Business Ethics
Texas Real Estate Agency Law
Principles of Real Estate I
Principles of Real Estate II
Texas Real Estate Contracts
Real Estate Law
Electives (at least 3 hours must be advanced)13
Total Hours46
American Politics
American Politics Advanced Electives15
Elections and Political Parties
Comparative State and Local Government and Politics
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Political Economy
Public Administration
Environmental Politics
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Administration of Justice
Political Science Seminar
Problems
Internship
Political Science Advanced Electives12
Electives (6 hours advanced)19
Total Hours46
Comparative Politics/International Relations
Comparative Politics/International Relations Advanced Electives15
Political Economy of Globalization
Terrorism and Political Violence
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Religion and Politics
Governments and Politics of East and South Asia
Foreign Policy
Conflict Studies
Peace Studies
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Civil Wars and Military Intervention
Political Science Seminar
Internship
Problems
Political Science Advanced Electives12
Electives (6 hours advanced)19
Total Hours46
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

 Recommended students take COMM 1311 for General Education Communications Requirement.

3

 Recommended students take CRIJ 1301 as a pre-requisite for advanced CRIJ courses.

4

 Recommended students take ECON 1301 prior to advanced Business courses.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
SOCI 3330Social Science Statistics3
SOCI 4302 [WI] Methods of Social Research3
POLS 3308 [WI] International Politics3
POLS 4303Political Theory Through 17893
POLS 4390 [WI] Political Science Capstone Course3
Advanced POLS Electives6
Total Hours72
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
With Social Studies Composite Certification/Option 4
HIST 3304History of Texas3
HIST 4340 [WI] Historical Method3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Geography
Economic Geography
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics 2
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON Elective3
Elective3
Sophomore Literature3
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III: Application of Effective Teaching Practices3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDUC 4690Practicum in teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
Total Hours48
American Politics
American Politics Advanced Electives15
Elections and Political Parties
Comparative State and Local Government and Politics
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Political Economy
Public Administration
Environmental Politics
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Administration of Justice
Political Science Seminar
Internship
Problems
Political Science Advanced Electives12
Electives (9 hours advanced)21
Total Hours48
Comparative Politics/International Relations
Comparative Politics/International Relations Advanced Electives15
Political Economy of Globalization
Terrorism and Political Violence
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Religion and Politics
Governments and Politics of East and South Asia
Foreign Policy
Conflict Studies
Peace Studies
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Civil Wars and Military Intervention
Internship
Problems
Political Science Seminar
Political Science Advanced Electives12
Electives (9 hours advanced)21
Total Hours48
Legal Studies
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
POLS 4301 [WI] Constitutional Law I3
POLS 4302 [WI] Constitutional Law II3
Political Science Advanced Electives12
Elections and Political Parties
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Political Theory Since 1789
Comparative Politics
Religion and Politics
Political Science Seminar
Problems
Elective Options (All hours must be advanced - Select from the following options. Lower level courses can be counted toward General Electives)15
Professional Development 3
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communications
Ethics in the Professions
Internship
Policy Option
Social History of the United States Before 1865
Social HIstory of the United States Since 1865
Political Economy
Environmental Politics
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Social Welfare in America
Service Learning
Social Welfare Policy
Criminal Justice Option 4
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Court Systems and Practices
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
Criminal Investigation
Comparative Criminal Justice
Criminal Evidence
Homeland Security
Criminal Justice Ethics
Criminology
Business Law Option 5
Introduction To Economics
International Economics
Business Law I
Business Law II
International Business Law
Introduction to International Business
Industrial Safety
Employee and Labor Relations
Business Ethics
Texas Real Estate Agency Law
Principles of Real Estate I
Principles of Real Estate II
Texas Real Estate Contracts
Real Estate Law
Electives (at least 3 hours must be advanced)9
Total Hours48
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

Course may be counted toward general education requirement.

3

 Recommended students take COMM 1311 for General Education Communications Requirement.

4

 Recommended students take CRIJ 1301 as a pre-requisite for advanced CRIJ courses.

5

 Recommended students take ECON 1301 as a pre-requisite for advanced Business courses.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
Foreign Language: 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 - 6 hours of coursework must be completed as study abroad14
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography 2
or SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 4301International Economics3
BUSI 4344Introduction to International Business3
BLAW 4384International Business Law3
POLS 3301Political Economy of Globalization3
POLS 3308 [WI] International Politics3
POLS 3320Terrorism and Political Violence3
Select 6 hrs of the following:6
Comparative Politics
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
Governments and Politics of East and South Asia
Select nine of the following (at least one of these must be writing intensive): 27
The Renaissance and Reformation
Europe in the Age of Absolutism
Revolutionary Europe 1789-1850
Mexico Before Independence
History of Mexico 1821-Present
Europe 1850-1919
History of Russia and Eastern Europe
Social History of Modern Europe
World Since 1919
European Politics
Nationalism
International Environmental Issues
Political Science Seminar
Political Science Capstone Course
Geographic Techniques
World Religions
Globalization (students must take SOCI 1301 to fulfill General Education requirement)
Cultural Studies
Shakespeare
British Literature I
British Literature II
Elective4
Total Hours120
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

Course may be counted toward general education requirements for social and behavioral sciences.

Minors in International Studies

Field of Study Courses
Without Foreign Language:
POLS 3301Political Economy of Globalization3
or ECON 4301 International Economics
Required or elective courses from International Studies Major15
Other Required Courses
With Foreign Language:
Foreign Language 16
POLS 3301Political Economy of Globalization3
or ECON 4301 International Economics
Required or elective courses from International Studies Major9
1

Two semesters of the same foreign language.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
ANTH 2351 [shared] Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 1301Introductory Sociology3
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 3330Social Science Statistics3
SOCI 4302 [WI] Methods of Social Research3
SOCI 4303 [WI] Sociological Theory3
SOCI 4399Sociology Internship/Capstone3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
or PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic
Total Hours63
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
General Sociology
ECON 1301Introduction To Economics3
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
or HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
SOCI advanced electives18
One of the following:3
Computer Technology and Impact
Topics in PC Software and Applications
Writing for Electronic Mediums
Technical Writing and Computer Applications
Electives from CRIJ and SOCW (3 advanced)6
Electives (3 advanced)6
Minor (6 advanced)18
Total Hours57
Pre-Ministry
PSYC 2315Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC 2314Life Span Growth & Development3
RELI 1301Survey of the Old Testament3
RELI 1302Survey of the New Testament3
RELI 3304World Religions3
RELI 3309History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation3
COMM 3304Interpersonal Communications3
SOCI 3301Sociology of the Family3
SOCI 4304Sociology of Religion3
SOCI 4305Social Psychology3
Choose 4 from the following:12
Race and Ethnic Relations
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Social Stratification and Inequality
Gender in Society
Death and Dying
Advanced Electives or Minor Courses6
Electives or Minor Courses12
Total Hours60
1

Please see Academic Information section.

Anthropology Courses

ANTH 2302. Introduction to Archeology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of human prehistory and the origins of civilization. Topics covered include archeological theory and methodology, the evolution of humans, the origins of culture, development of agriculture, and the early history of world civilizations. Theory reinforced by field experience.

ANTH 2351. Cultural Anthropology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comparative study of culture, cultural patterns, and sociocultural change with the emphasis on preliterate societies.

Geography Courses

GEOG 1303. World Regional Geography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the basic concepts of geography through a study of the major regions of the world. This course enhances the understanding of world events, lifestyles, environments, cultures, and conflicts and emphasizes thinking spatially to study human-land relationships.

GEOG 1320. Introduction to Human Geography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to geography as a social science, emphasizing the relevance of geographic concepts to human problems.

GEOG 1451. Pre-GIS: GPS, VGI and Cartography. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introductory course to GIS. Pre-GIS focuses on the knowledge, instruments, and data necessary for GIS. Pre-GIS is a student-centered, hands-on course that will introduce students to the GIS concepts that are intrinsic in introductory and advanced GIS courses. Students will create virtual maps by gathering data points using GPS instruments. Students will then use GIS to create detailed information relating to their map and data points to answer questions posed in the course. Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 2301. The Geography of Texas. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course uses the key concepts of regional geography to study the evolving character and nature of the different areas of Texas. The interaction of people and environment is used to study the economic development, social and political issues, urbanization, and other changes in Texas in the past and present.

GEOG 2312. Economic Geography. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines economic activity and production as a function of geographic location. Introduces the basic concepts related to the advance, spread, and distribution of economic activity around the planet and considers the forces that are reshaping the global economy, the fundamentals of spatial economics, and classical location theories. Prerequisite: GEOG 1303 or permission of instructor.

GEOG 2451. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic concepts of design, planning and implementation of geographic information systems. Students will learn how to create, manipulate, project, and interpret geographic information. Students are strongly encouraged to take Geog 1451: Pre-GIS. Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 3300. Geography of Latin America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the physical and cultural regions of Latin America. The course will examine the Spanish and Portuguese divide, indigenous, Afro, Asian, and European influence within one the world's most vibrant regions. Prerequisite: GEOG 1303, or permission of instructor.

GEOG 3301. Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to travel and cultural experience, preparing students to maximize their perspective study abroad and international experiences. The course does not take students abroad, and the student does not need to be enrolled in a study abroad program to take this course.

GEOG 3451. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Advanced topics in geographic information systems (GIS), manipulation of raster data types; three-dimensional modeling; geoprocessing, and internet-based GIS modeling. Prerequisite: GEOG 2451 Lab fee: $2.

GEOG 4086. Geography Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

GEOG 4385. Geography Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will consider major issues in modern geography. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: GEOG 1303, junior classification or permission of instructor.

GEOG 4453. Geospatial Intelligence/Crime Mapping. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Geospatial intellgence focuses on the process of intelligence collection (e.g. SIGINT, HUMINT) and structured methods of data analysis using GIS applications. Prerequisite: GEOG 2451 and GEOG 3451 Lab fee: $2.

Government Courses

GOVT 2305. Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics). 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the American national governmental system. This course with POLS 202 satisfies the legal requirement for graduation from state colleges and universities.

GOVT 2306. Texas Government (Texas Consitution and Topics). 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the constitution of the state of Texas and of the state and local governmental units created by the constitution. This course satisfies the TEA requirement for out-of-state teacher certification and, when taken with GOVT 2305, the legal requirement for graduation from state colleges and universities.

History Courses

HIST 1301. United States History I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a survey of United States history from the first European contacts through the end of the Reconstruction Period. It is designed to cover the broad sweep of United States political, cultural, social, and economic history with emphasis on those periods that have helped to shape a distinctive American character. This course with HIST 1302 will fulfill the legislative requirement of two semesters of United States history.

HIST 1302. United States History II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course continues the survey of United States history to present times. The emphasis is on the developments that contributed to the growth of modern America. This course with HIST 1301 will fulfill the legislative requirement of two semesters of United States history.

HIST 1309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: POLS 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309.

HIST 2321. World Civilizations I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of world history from prehistoric times to the beginning of the 18th century. Special attention will be given to the origins of civilization in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and its development through the ancient, medieval, and early modern eras.

HIST 2322. World Civilizations II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of world history from the beginning of the 18th century to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the rise and fall of Western global influence between the 18th and 20th centuries, and the numerous repercussions of this development.

HIST 3302. The Ancient World. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the ancient Near East, Greece, the Hellenistic period, and the Roman Republic and Empire. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of the department head.

HIST 3303. Europe in the Middle Ages. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of Medieval Europe from the decline of the ancient world to the eve of the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to the examination of economic and social changes underlying the formation and development of medieval civilization. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 3304. History of Texas. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of Texas from the Spanish colonial period to the present, with special attention to the Hispanic heritage, the Revolution and Republic, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the political and economic developments of the modern state.

HIST 3305. England and Great Britain to 1603. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of English history from Roman Britain to the death of Queen Elizabeth and the end of the Tudor dynasty. Special emphasis will be in political, legal, and religious changes which formed the foundations of modern England. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3306. British History from 1603 to Modern Times. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of English and British history from 1603 to modern times. Special emphasis will be on constitutional, political, economic, and legal changes. Included as well will be a survey of the empire and the United Kingdom. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: POLS 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309.

HIST 3310. American Beginnings. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The history of America from first European contact to 1763. The course emphasizes relations between Europeans and Indians, imperial rivalries, and the development of the English mainland colonies. Prerequisite: 6 hours of HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3311. Creating a Nation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The United States from 1763 to 1815. The course concentrates on the causes and consequences of the American Revolution, the creation of the Constitution, the role of slavery, and the tumultuous political and social events of the young republic. Prerequisites: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3312. Antebellum America, 1815-1860. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The United States from 1815 to 1860. An era shrouded in myth and legend, the early decades of the 19th century saw dramatic changes in American technology, politics, religion, economics, and society. From railroads, reforms, and religion, to political parties, Old Hickory, and the Cotton Kingdom, antebellum America was an exciting and critical time. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 3313. Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The United States from 1850 to 1877. From the infamous "Compromise of 1850" through the notorious "Compromise of 1877," this course will cover the immediate causes of disunion, the military and political battles of the Civil War, and the turbulent, controversial era of Reconstruction. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 3315. Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1929. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The United States from 1877 to 1929. In the years following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the nation experienced dramatic economic and social changes. An era made famous by Big Business, Robber Barons, corruption, and the Roaring Twenties, this period also saw the birth of a global American Empire, the rise of Populist and Progressive reformers, and the development of conditions that would lead to the Great Depression. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 3317. U.S. Military History, 1607-1918. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the beginnings and growth of the American military tradition from the first English colonies to the end of World War I. Important battles will be considered, especially those that illustrate tactical and technological developments. The primary emphasis of the class, however, will be on policy and strategic thought. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or department head approval.

HIST 3318. U.S. Military History, 1914-Present. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The new challenges of the 20th Century required changes and growth in the American military tradition. This course surveys the response of the United States to those challenges. Important battles will be covered, especially those that illustrate tactical and technological developments. However, the primary emphasis will be on policy and stratefic thought. Prerequisites: 6 hours HIST or department head approval.

HIST 3320. The Renaissance and Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of European political, diplomatic, and cultural history from 1300 to 1648. The course will focus on Renaissance Humanism, the Protestant movements, the Catholic Reformation, and the emergence of the European state system during the age of religious wars. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3321. Europe in the Age of Absolutism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A study of the European state system from the end of the Thirty Years War to the outbreak of the French Revolution. The course will concentrate on the consolidation of absolute monarchies, the rise of colonial empires, enlightened despotism, and the proliferation of Enlightenment ideas in Europe. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of Department Head.

HIST 3322. Revolutionary Europe 1789-1850. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the forces of change in modern Europe, beginning with the rise of Liberalism in the eighteenth century and culminating with the failure of the revolutionary movements of 1848-49. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 3323. Women and Gender in U.S. History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines shifting conceptions and experiences of gender in the United States from the colonial period through the present. Topics to be covered include changing notions of masculinity and femininity; race, ethnicity, and sexual politics; the long struggle for women's rights; shifting family patterns; the media and popular culture; labor and the workplace; and the culture wars.

HIST 3332. Latin America After Independence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

HIST 3335. Mexico Before Independence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of Mexican history from the arrival of the first peoples through the end of the Spanish colonial era. Early native civilizations, especially the Maya and Aztec, will be studied as well as the incursion of the Spanish and the conquest and colonization of Mexico.

HIST 3336. History of Mexico 1821-Present. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of modern Mexico, including the independence movement, conflict of centralism and federalism, war with the United States, political and economic developments under Juarez, Maximilian, and Diaz, and the social revolution of the 20th century. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4085. History Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Individual instruction in selected fields of history. The course will stress reports and wide readings in the field selected. Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of department head. May be taken more than once for credit.

HIST 4086. History Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent reading, research and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the history counselor.

HIST 4300. World War II and the Holocaust. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of European history between the rise of Hitler in the early 1930s to the end of World War II in 1945. Special attention will be devoted to the origins, process, and consequences of the Holocaust. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4301. United States and the World. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A history of how world events influenced American history from 1789 to the present. The course will discuss American diplomatic and social reactions to major world occurrences. Emphasis will be on the twentieth century, particularly on the two world wars and the Cold War era.

HIST 4303. History of the American Borderlands. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This class examines the history of the North American borderlands from the sixteenth century to the present. It takes a comparative approach, examining the history of the US-Mexico and US-Canada borderlands in relation to one another. We will address several key themes, including the establishment of formal legal regimes in the borderlands; changing notions of citizenship; immigration policies and experiences; intercultural and interracial communities and tensions; the rise of border cities as sites of tourism and ‘sin’; Texas as a border state; crime and smuggling along the borderline; representations of the border in media and popular culture; and the political and economic relationships between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Prerequisites: HIST 1301 and HIST 1302.

HIST 4305. Ideas in Action: American Social Thought from the Progressive Era to the Present. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This reading and writing intensive seminar offers students the opportunity to encounter the ideas that have been cornerstones of intellectual debate in the United States since the late 19th century. From the Pragmatists (and the progressive era) to the neoconservatives of the more recent past, ideas have been embedded within the more available world of policy, politics and major historical developments. Participants in this course will survey a wide array of intellectual debates that have been essential components of American history. Prerequisites: HIST 1301 and 1302, 4301 recommended.

HIST 4307. History Careers Ourside the Classroom. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examination of the choices available for historians who seek careers outside of classroom teaching, including museums, historic preservation, cultural resource management, archival administration, parks, oral history, corporate history, and editing and publishing. Will not count as a history course for purposes of teacher certification. Prerequisite: 6 hours of history.

HIST 4310. Recent United States History, 1929-Present. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will cover the period of American history that stretches from 1929 to the present. Discussions of the diplomatic and the domestic realms will be intertwined, illustrating how each component influenced the other. On the diplomatic side, emphasis will be placed on the rise of the United States to world power status and how the country responded to the responsibilities that accompanied that position. Domestically the course will focus on the nation finishing its transformation from a rural society to an urban one. Emphasis will be placed on the role of and attitudes toward the federal government. Considerable attention will also be directed toward the nation's continued struggle to deal with its diversity. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 4312. Social History of the United States Before 1865. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The social, cultural, and economic development of the United States from colonial times to the end of the Civil War. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 4313. Social HIstory of the United States Since 1865. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The social, cultural, and economic development of the United States since the Civil War. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 4314. History of the Trans-Mississippi West. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

History of the Great West from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the 20th century. Emphasis on the West as a distinctive region in national politics, state building in the 19th century, and the development of agriculture, transportation, and commerce. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4315. Slavery and the American South. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

From English pirates in the 1610s to King Cotton in the 1830s to the Civil War in the 1860s, this course will explore the nuances of Southern culture, politics, and economics, as well as the evolution and patterns of American slavery. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4320. Europe 1850-1919. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An analytical survey of important developments in the political, social, economic, and intellectual history of Europe between the revolutionary movements of 1848 and the first World War. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4323. History of Russia and Eastern Europe. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A history of Russia and Eastern Europe from the 18th century, through the Bolshevik Revolution, to the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Special emphasis will be placed on an analysis of those forces which led to the downfall of the Soviet system and the problems of adjustment in post-Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4324. National Histories. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Each time this course is offered, it will examine the history of a particular state. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: 6 hours HIST or approval of department head.

HIST 4325. European Intellectual and Cultural History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of some of the fundamental ideas in the European intellectual tradition through an analysis of primary texts. The course begins with an examination of the foundations of western thought in the Judeo-Christian and Graeco-Roman traditions. The latter half of the course focuses on the ideas and ideologies that have shaped modern European mentalities. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4326. Social History of Modern Europe. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An analysis of European society since the industrial revolution, with emphasis on the social impact of industrialization and urbanization, changing patterns of social stratification, mobility, and class conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4331. World Since 1919. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Major trends in world history following World War I, including the impact of the Great Depression, the rise of totalitarianism, and the coming of World War II. Events of the latter 20th century receive special emphasis. Prerequisite: 6 hours HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4340. Historical Method. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An examination of the concepts basic to all historical thinking; causation, periodization, change and continuity, the roles of social forces and individuals, and problems of interpretation, accuracy, and truth. A comparison of the social sciences and the humanities will focus on the distinctive nature of the historical discipline as it has developed since the late nineteenth century. Required of all history majors and students with teaching fields in history. Prerequisites: 12 hours of HIST or permission of department head.

HIST 4350. Special Topics in History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of important periods, regions, and themes in history. May be repeated when the topic varies.

HIST 4384. Practicum, Field Problem or Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in workplaces where historians find professional careers including museums, historic preservation, cultural resource management, archival administration, teaching, parks, oral history, corporate history, and editing and publishing. Will count as an elective but not for teacher certification or completion of the history major. Prerequisite: HIST 4307. May be repeated once for credit. Field experience fee $50.

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 1301. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the writings of major philosophical authors.

PHIL 2303. Introduction to Logic. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of formal logic, formal and informal fallacies, deductive and inductive reasoning, truth tables, symbolic notation, Venn diagrams, and the logic of scientific method. It will also include consideration of the philosophical foundations of logic.

PHIL 3301. Ethics in the Professions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will consider both the responsibilities inherent in a profession as such and some of the specific ethical dilemmas that arise in particular professions: business, science, engineering, military, education, medicine, etc. Prerequisite: Junior classification.

PHIL 3304. World Religions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophical, ethical, and social dimensions of the religions of the world. Focuses on major religions but lesser known ones may be included. The course will emphasize the diversity of religious experience and traditions. Credit for both PHIL 3304 and RELI 3304 will not be awarded.

PHIL 3309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions.

PHIL 4086. Problems in Philosophy. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent reading, research, and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the instructor and department head.

PHIL 4303. Political Theory Through 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems from the Greeks to 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4303 and POLS 4303 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: POLS 2305, 2306.

PHIL 4304. Political Theory Since 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems since 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4304 and POLS 4304 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: POLS 2305, 2306.

PHIL 4385. Philosophy Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of major philosophical issues and theories. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

Political Science Courses

POLS 3301. Political Economy of Globalization. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the demographic, technological, and economic forces that have come together to shape a more culturally, economically, and politically integrated world. It will also examine the hard political and economic choices that both individuals and governments must make in this more intensely competitive environment.

POLS 3302. Elections and Political Parties. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the electoral process in American national, state, and local political systems. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of political parties, interest groups, the news media, and other participants in the electoral process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3303. Comparative State and Local Government and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Variations and similarities in the practice of politics and in the administration of government in the states. Particular attention is given to local government and state-national relations. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3304. The Executive. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the organization of executive power in American national, state, and local systems. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of the Presidency of the United States and national, state, and local bureaucracies, and the role of parties, legislatures, courts, interest groups, and other participants in the executive process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3305. Legislation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the legislative process in American national, state, and local political systems. Emphasis will placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of the Congress and the state legislatures, and the role of executives, courts, parties, interest groups, and other participants in the legislative process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3307. Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the concepts and practices of American public administration. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3308. International Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The development of the national state system, the problems and issues which have arisen, international agencies created to cope with these problems, and the principles of international conduct. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3309. The Judiciary. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the organization of the judiciary in American national, state, and local systems. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the courts, plus the roles of the executive and legislative branches in selecting judges and checking the power of the courts, and the roles played by interest groups and others in influencing the courts. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: POLS 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and 2306.

POLS 3310. Environmental Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to the politics of environmental protection in America. The focus of the course is upon domestic environmental policy with particular attention paid to the federalism in shaping and implementing environmental policies. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3320. Terrorism and Political Violence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes of terrorism and other forms of political violence, with particular emphasis on measures of prevention and counter-terrorism.

POLS 4084. Internship. 3-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 16-30 Hours).

Application and integration of academic study and development of skills in a field setting. Field projects include direction of a political campaign, internship in a city or county administrative office, or in a not-for-profit organization for analyzing or carrying out governmental policy. Minimum of 200 hours of work required for 3 hours of credit. Prerequisites: 2.5 overall grade point average, advanced standing, and approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

POLS 4086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent reading, research and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the political science counselor.

POLS 4301. Constitutional Law I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The origin and growth of the constitutional aspects of national power as shown by leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions on commerce, federalism, jurisdiction, money, monopolies, treaties, and war. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306, HIST 1301, 1302.

POLS 4302. Constitutional Law II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The origin and development of constitutional prohibitions as shown by leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions on civil rights, contracts, due process, economic regulation, eminent domain, labor relations, obscenity, political utterance, and religion. Prerequisite: POLS 4301.

POLS 4303. Political Theory Through 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems from the Greeks to 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4303 and POLS 4303 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4304. Political Theory Since 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems since 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4304 and POLS 4304 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4305. Comparative Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces students to the politics of several nations in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle east. The course focuses on the analysis of major political developments in the post- World War II era leading to the present. Topics discussed include: the legacy of the past, governing structures and processes, and contemporary political debates. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4306. European Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Comparative examination of European politics and government, with particular attention to the European Union and policy processes at the nation-state and EU levels. This course may be conducted either as a regular seminar on campus or as part of a study-abroad opportunity. Students who take the course on campus may repeat it once for credit as a study-abroad opportunity, or vice versa.

POLS 4307. Nationalism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examination of theories of nationalism and national identity, origins of ethno-centric conflict, and impacts of national identity on political issues.

POLS 4308. Politics of Latin America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an analysis of contemporary political issues, economic development, militarism, and democratization in Latin America. In attempting to explain these phenomena, the course will focus on the shaping influences of such key factors as religion, gender, race, ethnicity, and the impact of external powers in shaping political events in the region. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4309. Politics of the Middle East. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the history and politics of the Middle East in the 20th century. Specifically, this course will analyze such critical political, social, intellectual, and economic themes as colonialism, Arab nationalism, secular modernism, military conflict, the rise of political Islam, the status of women, and the oil revolution. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4310. International Environmental Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to environmental politics and policy on the international level. The focus of this course is upon international environmental policy with particular attention paid to the agreements and treaties made by nations to shape and implement environmental policy, plus a comparative study of how other nations and states address the environment.Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4310 and POLS 5310. Prerequisite:GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4311. Environmental Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Focuses on the role of the American judiciary with respect to environmental policy and law, with particular emphasis on judicial review of environmental legislation and regulations, state-versus-federal environmental matters, and judicial review and interpretation of environmental treaties to which the United States is a party. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4311 and POLS 5311. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306.

POLS 4312. Religion and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the major theories of the relationship of religion and politics and a survey of this relationship in the United States with a focus on religious liberty, church-state relations, and religious advocacy. Additional focus on Christian-majority states in Europe and the Americas and Muslim-majority states and the relationship of Islam and government, as well as critical contemporary issues. Students cannot receive credit for both POLS 4312 and RELI 4312. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4313. Governments and Politics of East and South Asia. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Government organization and functions, political processes, and major developments in the political systems of Japan, China, Korea, India, Pakistan, and other states in East and South Asia from the 20th century to the present. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4315. Foreign Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of America's role in the modern world. Particular emphasis is placed on the policy makers, for example, the President, Congress, the State Department, and the Department of Defense, and on external factors such as other nations. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4316. Conflict Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes of international and civil conflict, historical changes in the nature of war, and predictions of future conflicts.

POLS 4317. Peace Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A seminar on the causes of peace, covering bargaining and war termination, social conflict resolution, international cooperation, and the ethics of peace.

POLS 4320. Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the physical and political effects of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, with emphasis on issues of deterrence and arms control.

POLS 4321. Civil Wars and Military Intervention. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes, characteristics, and effects of civil wars, with particular emphasis on preventing the resumption of warfare after peace agreements. The effect of military intervention on the outcome and recurrence of civil war is studied in detail.

POLS 4340. US Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the development of public policy in the United States and offers students the opportunity to understand this process in relation to their research interests. A major research project on a specific policy issue is developed over the course of the term. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4340 and POLS 5340. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4380. Administration of Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Analyzes the structure, function, and interrelationship of the components of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. The history and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society will be included. Credit for both POLS 4380 and CRIJ 4380 will not be awarded.

POLS 4385. Political Science Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading, research, discussion, and paper writing, under personal direction of instructor. Prerequisites: Senior classification, 18 hours POLS, or approval of department head. May be taken more than once for credit.

POLS 4390. Political Science Capstone Course. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course requires students to integrate and use fundamental concepts learned in previous political science courses to research and analyze real-world political phenomena and problems. Students will present oral and written reports on their research, supplemented by appropriate internet and multimedia materials, as well as portfolios documenting their research.

Religious Studies Courses

RELI 1301. Survey of the Old Testament. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the historical background and basic teachings of the Old Testament and its influence in the ancient world.

RELI 1302. Survey of the New Testament. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the historical background and basic teachings of the New Testament and its influence in the ancient world.

RELI 3304. World Religions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophical, ethical, and social dimensions of the religions of the world. Focuses on major religions but lesser known ones may be included. The course will emphasize the diversity of religious experience and traditions. Credit for both PHIL 3304 and RELI 3304 will not be awarded.

RELI 3309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: POLS 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309.

RELI 4312. Religion and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the major theories of the relationship of religion and politics and a survey of this relationship in the United States with a focus on religious liberty, church-state relations, and religious advocacy. Additional focus on Christian-majority states in Europe and the Americas and Muslim-majority states and the relationship of Islam and government, as well as critical contemporary issues. Students cannot receive credit for both POLS 4312 and RELI 4312. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

Sociology Courses

SOCI 1301. Introductory Sociology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A general introduction to the concepts and elementary methods used in the study of society. Special attention is given to social organization, social stratification, social institutions, formal organizations, small groups, and social change.

SOCI 1306. Social Problems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of several major problems facing contemporary society in such areas as family, mental health, crime and juvenile delinquency, racial and ethnic relationships. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 2300. HIspanics in the United States. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The goal of the course is to introduce students to sociology while exploring Latin American societies. The course will start with a general presentation of both sociology and Latin America, followed by a discussion of what sociology is and the different ways of studying societies. The course will focus on Latin American studies and their particularities. The course will approach Latin America through the lens of politics, often from a comparative and historical perspective. Drawing on examples from various countries in Latin America, the course will examine the development of political structures, cultures, and practices in Latin America. Students will therefore be introduced to a range of important sociological issues. Relying on the historical background of different Latin American societies, students will explore sociological concepts such as race, gender, class, social violence, religion, sports, and culture. The course will examine the sociology of Latino people living in Texas and in the United States.

SOCI 2303. Race and Ethnic Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course includes an analysis of relations between dominant groups and minority groups within the United States. Theories of prejudice and discrimination, the origins of the idea of race and ethnicity, the social historical foundations of the system of race and ethnic relations within the United States, systems of social stratification, and process of social change are emphasized. Credit for both SOCI 2303 and SOCW 3303 will not be awarded.

SOCI 3301. Sociology of the Family. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comparative study of the family as a social institution with emphasis on formation, functions, maintenance, child rearing, and family disorganization. Prerequisites: Junior classification and SOCI 1301 or approval of the department head.

SOCI 3304. Medical Sociology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores how the sociology of health and illness are affected by social structure and cultural factors, including how these influence health and illness and people's perceptions of the same. Additionally, this course explores the concrete organizations that make up medical systems and how that system reflects the interests of doctors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical industries, hospitals, researchers, the government, and the consumer. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 or 1306 or approval of department head.

SOCI 3305. Criminology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theories of criminology and significant research on causes, extent, cost and ecology of crime; police, criminal, and juvenile courts; and prisons and reformatories. Course also focuses on prevention and rehabilitation. Credit for both CRIJ 3305 and SOCI 3305 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or approval of instructor.

SOCI 3307. Rural Sociology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Adaptations of families to rural environments, farming, and other occupations; organizations, agencies, and institutions serving rural people; problems in delivering services to the country; and rural development and change. Prerequisites: Junior classification and SOCI 1301 or instructor approval.

SOCI 3308. Deviant Behavior. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the factors and conditions leading to behaviors that violate and deviate from fundamental social values. The relationship of personal and social maladjustment is addressed in relation to the various theories of deviant behavior. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3310. Sociology of Aging. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the reciprocal relationship between society and those considered aged by society, utilizing concepts and theoretical frameworks applicable to that population group. The course also examines the social forces that impinge on the aging process, including socially constructed images of the aged, and patterns of inequality of gender, race, and economics. Credit for both SOCW 3310 and SOCI 3310 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3312. Environmental Sociology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines relationships and interactions between society and the environment. Also examines how the natural world and its degradation influence the way societies are organized by studying human communities as part of natural ecosystems. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 3315. Sociology of Sport and Leisure. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the mechanisms through which sport and leisure institutions and practices are created, maintained, and transformed. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between sport and leisure institutions and other social systems such as the family, religion, politics, and economics. Topics considered include violence, discrimination, power, globalization, and the role of the media. This course places a strong emphasis on exploring the ways in gender, race, and class intersect with sport and leisure institutions.

SOCI 3320. Social Stratification and Inequality. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of social inequality in human society, with emphasis on the social class structure of the United States, its origins, development, and consequences for the society and the individual. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or approval of instructor.

SOCI 3330. Social Science Statistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Surveys the application of elementary forms of statistical processes, including central tendency, variation, the normal curve and Z scores, analysis of variance, regression analysis, and correlations, to social science data. The application of statistics will be made to the following areas: social work, sociology, criminal justice, political science, and gerontology. SPSS will be utilized for data analysis.

SOCI 4085. Sociology Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading, research, discussion, and paper writing under personal direction of instructor. Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of department head. May be taken more than once for credit if topics vary.

SOCI 4086. Problems in Sociology. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent reading, research and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the sociology counselor.

SOCI 4302. Methods of Social Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Principles and methods of social research, including research design, methods of observation, questionnaires, interviews, and other sources of social data; qualitative and quantitative techniques of inference; analysis and research report writing. Limited research studies and projects will be undertaken by the students. Prerequisites: Junior classification, SOCI 1301 and 1306, or approval of department head.

SOCI 4303. Sociological Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course examines the major schools of sociological thought, including perspectives from both classic and contemporary sociological theory. Prerequisites: Junior classification, SOCI 1301 or approval of department head.

SOCI 4304. Sociology of Religion. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the basic principles of religion, religious belief, and practice as a sociological concept. Attention will be given to the relationship of religion to the progress and stability of the social order. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or approval of department head.

SOCI 4305. Social Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The scientific study of the influence of society, groups, culture, and other persons on the attitudes, behavior, and experiences of the individual. An examination of the total person as he or she functions in relation to the social environment. Prerequisites: Junior classification, SOCI 1301 and 1306, or approval of department head.

SOCI 4312. Gender in Society. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Socialization to sex roles; male/female differences in family, work, and political behavior; male/female inequality; effects of gender in education and religion; and current changes in sex role definitions. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and junior standing.

SOCI 4313. Globalization. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on social processes and social problems as they are contained in the highly interdependent world system. Social change and development stresses historical, comparative, and critical perspectives, and addresses the problem of how and why societies and cultures around the world change and whether those changes promote justice, equity, democracy, and development of human potential. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4314. Medical and Health Care Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive study of current trends and issues related to professional health care practice, service delivery, and populations at risk. Provides an opportunity to explore the many ways in which issues related to health, illness, and disability policies including cultural factors impact clients, families, and society. Appropriate ways for health care professionals to understand and intervene in these areas will be discussed. Credit for both SOCI 4314 and SOCW 4314 will not be awarded.

SOCI 4321. Death and Dying. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The ramifications of death, including the experiences and rights of the dying and the significance to those who mourn. Using major sociology theories, focuses on the meaning to society of the reality and symbolism of death. Credit for both SOCW 4321 and SOCI 4321 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4322. Age and Ethnic Stratification. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies aging as a process and life stage as affected by health, economic status, and stratification in this society and in other industrialized countries. Addresses culture, ethnicity, and race as key dimensions in understanding aging and health as delivered to diverse populations. Prerequisite: SOCI 3310.

SOCI 4340. Sociology of Contemporary Japan. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers a wide range of topics regarding contemporary Japanese society, such as a brief history of contemporary Japan, family, workplace, gender, economics, politics, and popular culture. This course is intended to recognize multiple dimensions of Japan which go beyond the stereotypical image of Japan. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 or SOCI 1306 or ANTH 2351 or approval of instructor.

SOCI 4341. Migration and Society. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The United States is a nation build on the backs of im/migrants. Millions of people leave their homelands escaping from religious/ political persecution, and/or extreme poverty with the hope of finding freedom and economic prosperity. The roles that immigrants play are very significant. Often they are praised for enriching the U.S. culture and for fueling economic growth. At the same time, they are condemned for burdening taxpayers and/or they are seen to be unwilling to assimilate in the host country. This course will address some of the key issues on international immigration to the United States. Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 or SOCI 1306 or ANTH 2351 or approval of instructor.

SOCI 4399. Sociology Internship/Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Serving as a required, capstone course, students assist the faculty supervisor with their placements in a social science related agency. The field experience, coupled with textbook materials and weekly class seminars, provides students the opportunity to integrate sociological theory with practical experience. At the agency, students will work 120 hours, acquiring professional skills while earning college credit. Students will also keep a journal of internship experiences and write a final paper that applies sociology to the field experience. Prerequisites: major in sociology, senior standing, and approval of the undergraduate advisor. Field experience fee $50.

Dr. Eric V. Morrow, Department Head
Department of Social Sciences
O.A. Grant Building, Room 355
Box T-0660
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9626
(254) 968-9798
morrow@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences

Ms. Jeannie Vazquez, Administrative Assistant
Department of Social Sciences
O.A. Grant Building, Room 355
Box T-0660
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9021
(254) 968-9798
jvazquez@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences/

Chair

  • Morrow, Dr. Eric V.

Professors

  • Baker, Dr. T. Lindsay - History
  • Clifford, Dr. Craig - Philosophy
  • Cross, Dr. Malcolm - Political Science
  • Margolis, Dr. Lawrence - Political Science
  • Minix, Dr. Dean - Political Science
  • Schmelzer, Dr. Janet - History
  • Stanley-Stevens, Dr. Leslie - Sociology

Associate professors

  • Cruz, Dr. Richard - History
  • Hallgarth, Dr. Matthew - Philosophy
  • LaTouche, Dr. Jason - Sociology
  • Velasco, Dr. Jesus - Political Science

Assistant professors

  • Cavazos, Dr. Robert - Sociology
  • Cogley, Dr. Nathaniel - Political Science
  • Fitch, Dr. Mattie - History
  • Hickman, Dr. Christopher - History
  • Karibo, Dr. Holly M. - History
  • Kawakami, Dr. Atsuko - Sociology
  • Landis, Dr. Michael - History
  • Lemmons, Dr. Kelly K. - Geography
  • Morrow, Dr. Eric V. - Political Science

Instructors

  • Drohan, Dr. Christopher - Philosophy
  • Pickett, Ms. Melodie - Political Science
  • Roberts, Mr. Ted S. - History

Adjunct Instructors

  • Brownson, Ms. Connie A. - Geography
  • Curtis, Ms. Ramona - Sociology
  • Ebert, Ms. Stephanie - Sociology
  • Harvey, Dr. Jaqueline - Political Science
  • Jackson, Ms. Claudette - Sociology
  • Navarro, Mr. Omero - Political Science
  • Newman, Mr. Micah - Philosophy
  • Snyder, Mr. Gregory - Religious Studies
  • Stoker, Mr. Patrick - History
  • Thompson, Mr. Casey - Political Science
  • Tollett, Ms. Amanda - Political Science