Classes in social sciences, humanities, philosophy and English help students enhance their written communication skills, gain exposure to the literary arts and acquire a better understanding of humanity. Societal and family issues, philosophical and aesthetic concepts, and composition and writing skills are all developed.
Introduction to Literary & Critical Studies I
This class serves as an introduction to literature, composition, critical analysis, and research. Students are required to write essays based on the critical analysis of texts across a range of genres. Emphasis is placed on writing as an extension of the thought process, and as a tool that can be integrated across academic and artistic disciplines. Emphasis is placed on mastering the elements of the thesis-centered essay and developing research skills. Students who earn a C or above will register for English-103 in the semester immediately following the one in which they took English-101. Students who earn a C- or below will register for English 101 again in the semester immediately following the one in which they immediately took it. Students must earn a C or better in order to graduate. This course is a prerequisite to all other SLAS courses.
Introduction to Literary & Critical Studies II
While students continue to practice the critical thinking and writing skills acquired in English-101, emphasis is placed on exploring literature and critical theory and their relation to the other arts in greater depth. Stress is also placed on developing a writing style characterized by coherency, clarity of expression, and analytical rigor. Students who earn a C- or below will register for English 103 immediatey following the one in which they initially took it. Students must earn a C or better in order to graduate. This course is a prerequisite to all other SLAS courses. Students are required to take English 103 in the semester following the one in which they took ENGL-100 or ENGL-101.
This course is an in-depth study of the short story and the novel as literary types. Analytical, interpretive, and critical themes related to the readings are reviewed.
This course is an exploration of imaginative composition through analysis of passages from selected authors and regular creative writing.
The Literature of Popular Culture
An examination of the development of Mass Culture, its ubiquitousness, its pervasiveness, and its consequent impact on contemporary lives, values, and perspectives. Through discussion and analysis of characteristic examples of movies, television, pop music, spectator sports, best sellers, advertising and internet trends, students attempt to explore the ways we use mass culture and the way it uses us.
Sex/Gender Roles in Literature
Students investigate the fictional representation of social reality with respect to love, work, and domesticity from approximately 1910 to the present. This course will cluster with SS-357, Psychology of the Gender and Sex Roles.
Myth into Film
This course is an examination of certain notable cinematic works wherein film structure and content have attained the larger power and resonance of myth by building on archetypal patterns of experience and tapping primitive sources of response. Screenings of classic films, viewed in class, are preceded by an introductory commentary of background information and follow?ed by interpretations of the mythic and cinematographic contributions to the achievement of the film.
Basic Philosophy:Problems and Issues
2 or 3 credits
The course will consider and examine philosophical arguments dealing with basic issues in general philosophy. Topics for discussion and analysis will include the following: (a) epistemological issues concerning knowledge and belief, (b) metaphysical issues dealing with concepts of causality and freedom and dualist and materialist perspectives on the nature of reality, (c) issues and debates in the philosophy of mind on human and artificial intelligence, (d) the fundamentals of ethics.
2 or 3 credits
Aesthetic concepts and the logic of aesthetic judgment are discussed in this course.
This course covers basic concepts for the study of society: social processes operating in human groups, the influence of social and cultural forces on personal experience and social behavior, social stratification, major social institutions and issues of social change.
Topics covered in this course include sociological, psychological and legal views of the family, successive stages of family groups, marriage and family counseling, family dis?organization and cultural changes.
This course provides an introduction to disciplines in the field of anthropology such as physical anthropology, ethnology and linguistics. Material constructions pertaining to the hypotheses and theories concerning human evolution, comparative cultural analysis and the nature and significance of language are examined. As a comparative discipline, anthropological study provides important insights into the structure and functioning of culture in kinship as well as class-based societies. This study encompasses a range of societies from simple hunting and gathering to industrialized ones. Visual material is an important adjunct to this course.
This course is a study of human mental processes and behavior. Problems of maturation, motivation, emotional and mental development, disorders and treatment are considered.
Mass Media and Society
This course examines the psychological and social impact of the modern mass media. Basic models of communication, persuasion motivation and attitude formation are presented and applied to the study of the effects of the media on mental and emotional development and on the formation of social attitudes. The course also examines the social implication of the effects of commercial and political propaganda and the ”marketing“ of political figures, as well as the social consequences of the development of a ”post-literate“ society. This course is clustered with HUM-355.
Psychology of Gender and Sex Roles
This course covers a variety of issues relating to human sexual behavior from a theoretical, biological, and social perspectives. Sexual development, sex roles, gender identity (how we see ourselves as male and female) are discussed.
Psychology Through Film
This course will present fundamental topics in psychology through an examination of popular films, recent and classical, which articulate psychological themes. Material will be presented to permit discussion of the quality of information presented in these films and to examine popular conceptions and misconceptions of psychological matters.
Child and Adolescent Development
Interrelated aspects of individual development from infancy through adolescence are reviewed as well as the psychological and biological factors influencing personality adjustment.