Annual Courses

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HIS 111 East Asian Civilization
This course surveys the origin and evolution of East Asian Civilization throughout the centuries. It covers the different patterns of interaction among early societies of China, Japan, and the two Koreas. It discusses different features of Confucianism, Daoism and East Asian Buddhism and their imprints on the East Asian Civilization. It covers a long span of historic period, and a very diverse cultural patterns, and the long and troubled interaction between East Asia and the West.

HIS 120 Western Civilization:Ancient Greece to 1450
A survey of European history from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages. It examines a wide variety of topics in political, social, and economic history including the nature of Greek society, the rise and fall of the Roman empire, the spread of Christianity, and the functioning of the feudal system. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 121 Western Civilization:1450-1815
A survey of history beginning with the late Medieval era and carrying through the Age of Napoleon. It provides both an introduction to and a better understanding of the cultural, economic, and political developments of this period. Students read three to four books in addition to the text and deliver a classroom presentation. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 122 Western Civ:1815-Present
In the same format as HIS 121, this course covers the period from 1815 to the present. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 131 U. S. History I
United States History I covers the period from 1492 to 1877. Beginning with the Age of Discovery, the course examines the development of colonial societies and the transition from colonial status to independent nationhood. The course continues with the era of the American Revolution, the course explores such topics as the Constitution, westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, the institution of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 132 U.S. History II
United States History II covers the post-Civil War period to the present. A major theme is the transformation of the United States from a predominately rural and agricultural nation to one that has become urban and industrial in character and emerged as a great global power. The course is intended to foster an understanding of the United States in the 21st century. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

HIS 230 Women in American History
The course examines the social history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The course explores how such issues as race, region, ethnicity, and politics have shaped women's lives and how women, in turn, have shaped their lives in response to these issues. From examining women's history and arguing about its meaning, students should gain a richer understanding of women's experience and a new perspective on American history. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirements.

HIS 480 Senior History Seminar
PreReq: Senior Standing
This course is a senior capstone for students majoring in history and political science. In this course students write a major research paper that relies heavily on primary source documents. The course has three aims: 1) to study and reflect on the disciplines of history and political science, 2) to learn research methods associated with history and political science, and 3) to refine writing skills, especially as they relate to writing a research paper in history and political science. To focus attention on the clarity and logic of writing, students will prepare drafts of their papers to be reviewed by the entire class as well as by the instructor. This course fulfills the Triad Education College Composition II requirements.

PSC 151 Intro to American Government
An introduction to the major institutions and actors of the American political system, including parties, interest groups, and the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Attention is given to cultural, ideological, and economic contexts. The fundamental concepts of political science are applied to the structure of power and the policy-making process in America. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science course requirement.

PSC 245 Environmental Politics in the Global Perspective
PreReq: ENS116 Intro.to Environ.St

This course surveys the emerging global environmental legal structures, norms and standards. It examines the role of international NGOs in creating international regimes, and monitoring and tracking compliance of different states. It will also look into the dynamics of interactions between IGOs and NGOs in creating new global discourse community in an era of increased environmental awareness. More importantly, this course will examine the complexity of the environmental politics of the dynamic interaction between the global north and global south.

PSC 257 International Relations
This course is a general survey of the essential concepts and practices of international politics, examining the historical past of international communities as well as current international concerns and issues. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science or Language/Global Issues course requirement.

PSC 258 Comparative Government in Industrialized States
This course examines the structure of government and political culture in industrialized states. The course focuses on, but is not limited, to, the governments of Great Britain, Japan, Sweden, and Germany. The principal forms of government, including parliamentary and presidential systems, are examined along with a wide variety of party systems and electoral systems. In addition, the course compares and analyzes the public policies of industrialized states in the areas of immigration, health care, education, and the environment. This course satisfies the Triad Education History/Political Science or Language/Global Studies course requirement.

PSC 259 Comparative Third World Government
This is a systemic and comparative study of the important political institutions, political culture, political legitimacy, policies, politics of major third world countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The course will also examine in a comparative manner what make a state strong or weak in the global system, and why certain governments behaves the way it does.

PSC 320 Chinese Government and Politics
This course is an in-depth study of the origin and evolution of Chinese revolution, and its impact on world power configuration and on transforming Chinese society and culture. It will examine the rise of Chinese nationalism and Communism and their impact on transforming China over the years. Through examining the four wars China engaged in between 1921 and 1949, students will learn the evolution of different political forces in China and eventual rise of Mao and his thoughts in China. It will study the dramatic events of the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square Incident and their aftermath for China and the world. Students will learn to appreciate the dynamics of Chinese politics and its impact on regional as well as world politics.

PSC 330 Politics of Developing States
Issue oriented, this course examines important questions in the politics of developing states. It will look at the legacies of colonialism, the impact of neocolonialism and the function of nationalism in the developing state. The impact of modernization theory, the green revoluton, the WTO, IMF, World Bank and other international institutions on the development of the third word countries. Population growth and its environmental impact will also be studied through different cases studies.

PSC 340 International Politics of the Asia-Pacific
This course examines the dynamics of international relations among major Asia-Pacific Nations including the U.S. China, Russia, Japan, the two Koreas, Southeast Asian Nations, as well as the importance of overseas Chinese community in the Southeast Asian countries. It tries to understand the cooperation and rivalry of these different nations through a discussion of the history, culture, economic and security concerns of these different nations since the WW II to the present.