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

This course explores the histories of several “natural disasters” to discover how humans have understood and responded to environmental events beyond their control. The course begins with a conceptual conversation about the relationship between environment and society within the context of disaster, and then proceeds to explore the stories of several events -- such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires. We will also consider how disasters are woven into the historical memories of various societies and used as reference points to understand both the past and the future.

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. 

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

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.

URBN 240 Introduction to Urban and Community Health

This course focuses on the production of health inequalities and the policy interventions proposed to reduce them, with an emphasis on
US cities and Memphis. The course begins by examining the concept of health and its key social determinants. The remainder of the
course focuses on applying these conceptual foundations to evaluate community health policies, including access to health care, obesity,
gun violence, and environmental health. It uses Memphis as a case study through which to understand many of the challenges of urban

INTS 243 Government and Politics of the Middle East

Survey of historical and political trajectories of selected Middle East states, including Turkey, Iran, Israel-Palestine, and the Eastern
(Mashreq) Arab world. The region’s history, influence of Islam, and ideological trends are considered as are the roles of ethnic and
religious minorities, state building, economic and political liberalization, authoritarian rule, conflict, and gender questions.