ECON 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics

A study of the determinants of national income, its fluctuation and growth. Contemporary fiscal and monetary theories are analyzed in
connection with the causes and control of economic growth and fluctuations.


HIST 209 Natural Disasters

By studying the evolution of people’s responses to “natural disasters,” this course helps students understand the politics of environmental change. The course begins by developing a conceptual vocabulary drawn from the interdisciplinary field of “disaster studies.” We then explore the governmental, economic, and social contexts and institutional responses to several catastrophic events -- such as volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires -- to discover how they reshaped laws, public policy, and urban development.

HIST 216 Industrialism, Nationalism, and Imperialism: Europe, 1815-1914

Major Requirement: History of Europe

This course examines the impact of industrialization on the social, political, and intellectual life of Europe. The combination of nationalist idealism and the realism of state power that produced the unifications of Italy and Germany will be critically examined. The course will also examine the nationalist and imperialist rivalries that drove the European states to the brink of war after the turn of the century. (Course offered in alternate years.)

HIST 217 The Age of Extremes: European Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

Major Requirement: History of Europe

By focusing on the experiences of ordinary people and significant shifts in their values, we will study how Europe evolved through what one historian has called an “age of extremes” in the twentieth century. Central issues will include the experience and legacies of “total war,” daily life under Nazi rule and in the Communist countries of Eastern Europe, the psychological impact of the Great Depression, and the various ways in which people struggled to redefine themselves as Europe faded from a position of world dominance.

PHIL 220 Social-Political Philosophy

What are the appropriate limits of state power? Should the state be able to forbid, say, my choice to use drugs, sell my kidney, or take money for sex? To censor my speech or tax my income? The answer varies according to one’s theory of justice – or view about the proper exercise of state force. This course introduces students to prominent theories of justice in an attempt to answer such questions. We will make our way from utilitarian to libertarian to egalitarian conceptions of justice.

INTS 220 Global Ecopolitics

An introduction to the ecological politics paradigm, an alternative approach to the study of international relations. This course explores how environmental issues, population, disease, technology, and globalization create both problems and solutions to traditional questions of international relations (like war and peace, sovereignty, development, and power) and raise new areas of inquiry. 

INTS 222 Global Health Politics

This course introduces students to issues of global health viewed through the lenses of International Relations and Comparative Politics. It emphasizes connections between economic, social, political, and environmental factors and health outcomes. Students will examine the roles of various actors in setting and addressing items on the global health agenda, including the nation state, inter-governmental organizations, corporations, and other non-governmental actors.

URBN 230 Urban Geography

This course examines the history of urbanization from a geographic perspective. This entails an analysis of the historical development of
cities and an investigation of the spatial theories utilized to understand the causes of urbanization and its impacts on everyday life. The
course begins with a discussion of key concepts such as industrialization, urban political-economy, suburbanization, and the ghetto/inner
city. The course then focuses on four inter-related urban processes: working in the city, governing the city, living in the city, and urban

ANSO 233 Sociology of Sport

This course provides an introduction to sociological perspectives in the study of sport. It focuses on sport as a cultural and social institution and explores the ways in which sports shape individuals’ identities and are shaped by broader cultural, political and economic forces. Students will examine the intersections of race, class, gender and disability as they analyze the links between sports and the body, fandom, education, violence, the media, exploitation, and resistance.

HIST 233 The United States in the Twentieth Century

Major Requirement: History of United States
This course investigates major social, political, cultural, and economic changes in the twentieth century, from Progressivism through the end of the Cold War. Major themes may include the effects of world war and economic depression on society, the United States’ changing role in the global community, the rise and fall of American liberalism, the Vietnam War as watershed, and the emergence of cultural pluralism.