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Course Descriptions

HIS 150 Survey of American History (3)
An overview of major themes in American history from the pre-Colombian period to the present. Designed for non-history majors, especially elementary education. Special attention given to Pennsylvania history. Spring semester, every year.

HIS 201 Introduction to Historical Studies (3)
An introduction to the practice and discipline of history, ranging from research and writing to more theoretical concerns. Spring semester, every year.

HIS 220 Europe I: Ancient through Medieval (3)
Survey of ancient and medieval history, from fifth century BC to the 14th century AD, tracing major ideas, institutions, and events and the shift from Mediterranean to European culture. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 221 Europe II: 1500–1815 (3)
From the Renaissance through the Napoleonic period. The formation of modern Europe. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 222 Europe III: 1815–Present (3)
Nineteenth and twentieth century Europe. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 250 U.S. I: Colonial (3)
Survey of the colonial era from the earliest settlements to the adoption of the Constitution. Special emphasis on Pennsylvania history. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 251 U.S. II: 19th Century (3)
Development of the nation from the early republic through the 1890‘s. Special emphasis on Pennsylvania history. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 252 U.S. III: 20th Century (3)
Survey of major themes in US history since 1900. Special emphasis on Pennsylvania history. Offered on a four semester rotation.

HIS 260 Latin America (3)
Colonial developments from discovery to independence and problems of the republics from independence to the present. Alternate years.

HIS 270 Middle East (3)
History of Islam, noting especially its impact on political behavior of the Islamic countries and including the Arab-Israeli confrontation. Alternate years.

HIS 280 Modern Africa (3)
History and politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on the interaction of indigenous and Western influences. Alternate years.

HIS 290 Modern Asia (3)
Historical and political aspects of the people, particularly in China and Japan, especially since 1800. Alternate years.

HIS 300 Special Surveys (3)
Specialized surveys of various historical topics not otherwise listed in the catalog. Examples would be philosophy of history, Pennsylvania history, history of the British Empire, women‘s history, etc. May be repeated with different topics. Offered every year.

HIS 321 19th Century European Intellectual History (3)
A study of the main ideas that influenced European thought up to World War I, including Romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, socialism, imperialism, etc. Special attention will be paid to thinkers and movements that shaped the religious life of Europe in the 19th century. Offered periodically.

HIS 331 20th Century Western Intellectual History (3)
Intellectual trends in the Western world since World War I: intellectual underpinnings of communism, nazism, and fascism; the emergence from colonial dependence and the rise of a global world; scientific and philosophical movements; existentialism, postmodernism, and current trends; all with emphasis on a Christian understanding of the world. Offered periodically.

HIS 342 Gilded Age and Progressive Era (3)
This course provides an in-depth investigation of the years from 1877 through the 1920s, a time when many of the structures that define modern America originated. Industrialization, immigration, settlement of the West, social and national political reform, urbanization, Jim Crow-ism, the end of the traditional Native American lifestyles, and New Manifest Destiny are among the topics explored. Alternate years.

HIS 351 U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
Survey of the history of American foreign relations with particular emphasis on the period 1898 to the present. Investigates the ideas, decisions, personalities, and ideological underpinnings that have shaped and defined US foreign policy. Alternate years.

HIS 361 American Religious History (3)
A survey of American religious history from the pre-Colombian period through the present. Alternate years.

HIS 371 United States Cultural History (3)
An exploration of overarching themes in American cultural history, including marriage and family, consumerism, political culture, and sport. Alternate years.

HIS 381 History of Britain (3)
Overall view from earliest times to the present, with special emphasis on the unique developments that distinguish British history from continental history. Offered periodically.

HIS 391 History of Russia (3)
An overall consideration of Russian history, with emphasis on the modern period and the distinctive features of Russian history and culture. Offered periodically.

HIS 401 Selected Themes in History (3)
Specialized reading and writing within a subfield. Examples: French Revolution, capitalism and its American critics, genocide, Stuart Britain, the Israel-Palestine conflict. Repeatable with different topics. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor.

HIS 421 Senior Seminar (3)
A seminar on a topic or theme of the instructor‘s choosing, involving intensive engagement with historiographical literature as well as original research. Every fall.

HIS 422 History and Theory (1)
A reading course on theory and methodology, including readings on the intersection of Christian faith and the doing of history. Every fall. Prerequisite: senior standing.

POL 151 American Government (3)
Structure and operation of the national political institutions of the United States. (Political Science majors may not use this course to fulfill the social science core requirements.) Fall semester.

POL 203 International Relations (3)
Introduction to the theory of international politics and the foreign policies of the major powers. Offered every other year. Spring semester.

POL 211 Comparative Politics (3)
Introduction to the theory and practice of comparative politics; case studies of key political systems. Offered every other year. Spring semester.

POL 253 Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (3)
Development and present role in America. Brief investigations of other party systems for comparative analysis. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: POL 151 or consent of the instructor.

POL 254 State and Local Government (3)
Overview of structure and function in the United States, followed by exposure to city, county, borough, and township governments in the area. Offered periodically.

POL 255 Congress and the Presidency (4)
An introduction to processes, powers, functions, limits, and interactions of Congress and the presidency. Offered periodically.

POL 305 Constitutional Law (3)
A consideration of the development of American constitutional law and its relevance to political processes today. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: POL 151 or one course in American history.

POL 309 Topics in Modern Political Thought (3)
Studies in the variety of political theories during the last 300 years, including contract theories, Marxism and socialism, and liberalism, concentrating on one or two major theories. Alternate years, may be repeated with different topics. Cross-listed with PHI 354.

POL 312 History of Political Thought (3)
Reading and discussion of major works of political theory from Plato to the present. Alternate years. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

POL 313 Democratic Political Thought (3)
A consideration of both ―normative‖ and ―non-normative‖ democratic theory and evaluation of these in the light of the Scriptures. Offered periodically.

POL 331 Foreign and National Security Policy (3)
This course introduces students to key concepts and basic theories about foreign policy, national security, and homeland security in the United States and other countries, as well as current debates such as just war vs. pre-emptive war, privacy vs. security, and sovereignty vs. alliances and international organizations. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: POL 203 or consent of instructor.

POL 332 Topics in Comparative Politics (3)
This course introduces students to diverse regions of the world and to key issues in comparative politics. This course will focus on a different region or group of nations each time it is offered, including the Middle East, Latin America, the former Soviet Republics, and comparative democratic governments. Students will look at key issues for that region in areas such as economics, culture, politics, military affairs, and religion. Offered every other year.

POL 341 Politics of Global Economics (3)
This course introduces students to key concepts and basic theories about how institutions affect global economics, particularly in trade, finance and investment, debt, development, and fiscal and monetary policy. Those institutions include not only governments, but non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and multilateral treaty organizations. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: POL 203 or consent of instructor.

POL 342 Topics in International Relations (3)
This course introduces students to contemporary key issues in international relations. Each time it is offered, the course will focus on a different topic, such as transnational crime and terrorism, international law and organizations, intelligence, or public health and the environment. Students will learn about the underlying issues for each subject, the main actors involved, and the relevant public policy strategies utilized by the United States and other nations. Offered every other year.

POL 352 Great Issues in Politics (3)
Some significant questions asked by philosophers in the study of politics and some ways they have been answered. Writings of Christian political theorists included. Prerequisites: successful completion of BIB 112 and BIB 113; HUM 103, HUM 203, and HUM 303 and junior or senior standing (completion of 60 credit hours). Offered every semester.

POL 360 Public Administration (3)
Introduces students to the literature, theories, and key concepts that underlie the academic study of public administration. It also aims to familiarize students with some of the core areas of the practice of public administration, including personnel, budgeting, and decision-making and policy evaluation. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: POL 151 or consent of instructor.

POL 361 American Public Policy (3)
Process at national level, using currently significant policies as case studies. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: POL 151 or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

POL 421 Senior Seminar (3)
A review of academic political science, focusing on its relevance to the student as a Christian, as a professional, and as a citizen. Required of political science majors. Spring semester. Prerequisite: senior standing.

SOC 201 Sociological Imagination (3)
Develops a way of seeing the social realm sociologically and biblically. Surveys basic sociological concepts as well as identity, stratification, religion, and modernity. Offered every semester.

SOC 222 Social Institutions (3)
A study of the normative structure of social institutions such as media, school and church while highlighting a Christian understanding of family and marriage. Offered every other year.

SOC 220 Social Change (3)
A survey of macro and micro social change revolving around the civil rights movement, mediating institutions, neighborhood design, and economic foundations. Offered every other year.

SOC 221 Social Groups (3)
A study of the foundational theories and practices of group behavior. This is developed in the framework of civic engagement and institutional contexts. Offered every other year.

SOC 225 Sociological Investigation (2)
An introduction to social research including epistemology, quantitative and qualitative research, and style formats. Offered every other year.

SOC 251 American Culture Studies (3)
An historical and interdisciplinary study of culture including media, literature, and art theory set in a Christian critique of late modernity. Offered every other year.

SOC 254 Seeking Reconciliation: Gender, Class, and Race (3)
Central sociological concepts are surveyed and placed in a community context. The course is framed by the Biblical concept of reconciliation. Offered every other year.

SOC 257 Work, Vocation, and Leadership (3)
Foundational issues of work and vocation are studied in relation to the emerging field of leadership studies and the Christian notion of calling. Offered every other year.

SOC 260 Integrative Seminar (1)
Students work to consolidate the work done in their interdisciplinary concentration into a unified perspective. Offered every other year.

SOC 300 Special Topics (3)
Specialized courses in sociology not otherwise listed in the catalog. Examples would be sociology of the city, the civil rights movement, or new urbanism. May be repeated with different topics. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Offered every other year.

SOC 310 Deviance and Marginalization (3)
Investigating the social processes that marginalize individuals and groups due to norm violation and labels them deviant such as addicts, mentally ill, aging or murderers. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Offered every other year.

SOC 320 Theory and Method (3)
Methods of social research are studied in the context of the theoretical frameworks from which they emerged and the ends they intend. Prerequisite: SOC 225. Offered every other year.

SOC 342 Criminology (3)
The social causes and prevention of crime and the relations between society and the criminal. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Offered every other year.

SOC 346 Sociology of Religion (3)
The relationship between religion and society with special attention to the role of the church in American society. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Offered every other year.

SOC 360 Readings in Social Theory (3)
An in-depth reading of primary sources of classic and contemporary social theory done in seminar format. Prerequisites: SOC 201, and junior standing. Offered every other year.

SOC 401 Utopia and Shalom (3)
The sociology capstone course surveying the historical quest of human groups for utopia contrasted with the Biblical concept of shalom. Prerequisites: SOC 201 and junior standing. Offered every other year.

SOC 421 Seminar (3)
Independent work guided by faculty lectures and class discussion. This course will cover different topics and will only be offered as an elective necessitated by student interest. Prerequisites: sociology major, and junior standing. Offered every other year.

SOC 493 Sociology Internship (3)
Field experience or research related to social practice in the community. Students are expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week in this experience. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered every other year.


 

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