Academic Affairs Committee
March 26, 2001
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384, email@example.com.
The following General Education Curricular change is being proposed by the Department of The History & Political Science:
Include the following courses in the appropriate General Education blocks:
[note: *new courses not in current catalog but have been approved by AAC and Senate
**Courses included in the current Gen Ed Model.]
Block I: Humanities
HST 111* WORLD CIVILIZATION TO 1500
A survey of significant ideas, events, and cultural developments in world history from the emergence of ancient civilization to the Renaissance.
HST 112* WORLD CIVILIZATION 1500-1900
A continuation of HST 111, beginning with the Protestant Reformation to the close of the 19th century, including the political, economic, and social forces that affected the world.
HST 113* WORLD IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
A survey of the cultural, political, economic and social forces that have shaped the 20th century world, with particular emphasis on global historical trends. Formerly HST 104.
**HST 201 AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR
A survey of American history covering the 17th century colonization; independence and formation of the Federal Union; nationalism, sectionalism and growth of democracy in the 19th century; and the Civil War.
**HST 202 AMERICAN HISTORY-RECONSTRUCTION TO THE PRESENT
A continuation of HST 201, covering significant trends and events in the rise of modern industrial America, its emergence as a world power and events through the 1990s.
HST 210 HERSTORY: THE AMERICAN SIDE OF WOMEN'S PAST
Explores the life stories, experiences, and thoughts of American women 1607-present. Themes are changing expectations of women and men in society, women in the labor force, and the equal rights movement.
HST 220 WORLD WAR II
The origin, background, and course of World War II and its effects upon world affairs. Deals with battles and the scientific, psychological, political, and economic impact of the war.
HST 226* FILM AS HISTORY
Explores how the cinema, the 20th century's most important mass medium, has portrayed and presented history on the screen. We view various feature films with historical topics and then analyze how these films present history to their audiences. We look into not only questions of visual representation, but also the problem of factual accuracy.
HST 265 HISTORY OF SPORTS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
Topics include: evolution of major sports, influence of organization and technology, critics of sports, racism, the role of women and labor relations with sports, sports in the school, and various sports heroes. Formerly HST 205.
HST 320* HISTORY OF AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
The role of technology in American society and its impact on the environment. Environmental thought and issues on the changing landscape.
HST 333* HISTORY OF ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN AMERICA
The origins of immigration to the United States and the interaction of immigrants with the social, political, and economic life of the nation, with emphasis on such topics as nativism, assimilation, and the "ethnic legacy." Surveys the impact of the development of religious institutions, ideas, and values on American culture and society.
HST 377* HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
A survey of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from the pre-Columbian Indian civilizations to the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on the factors that have affected the region's economic and political development.
HST 387 HISTORY OF EAST ASIA
Traditional cultures and institutions of China and Japan and their roles in Korea and Southeast Asia; the role of Western powers in China's development; post-war changes; United States foreign policy in relation to the Far East; and the emergence of Communist China and Modern Japan are discussed.
HST 388 HISTORY OF AFRICA
After an introduction to the history prior to European colonization and a brief examination of colonialism on the continent, the course will focus on sub-Sahara Africa for the period from post World War II until the present, examining colonialism, nationalism, independence and continuing crises and problems of the nations of the continent.
HST 389 (PSC) VIETNAM WAR
Examines the historical, military, political, religious, and social aspects of the war. Includes the effect on Vietnam politically and culturally. American domestic concerns, international aspects and consequences will be covered. Prerequisite: HST 202 or permission of instructor.
HST 401 HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The founding and development of Pennsylvania, emphasizing the social, political, and economic characteristics of the Commonwealth; the diversity of its people; local and family history is an important aspect.
HST 415 (PSC) MODERN AMERICAN DIPLOMACY
Explores American diplomacy from the Spanish American War through recentevents. Included are the techniques, purposes, and problems of diplomacy. Prerequisite: HST 202 or permission of instructor.
HST 471* HISTORY OF MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN
A survey of Mexico and the Caribbean basin from the rise of native civilizations to the revolutions of the 20th century and their aftermath. Studies the interaction of various racial groups, the formation of distinct national identities, and class conflict.
HST 487* PACIFIC RIM: HISTORY AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
Study of the cultures and traditions of China, Japan, and Korea. Also covers Southeast Asia and their participation in the global economy.
Block V: Social Sciences [all of these courses retain the course descriptions in the current catalogue]
**PSC 100 Introduction to Politics
**PSC 201 American Politics
**PSC 204 State and Local Politics
**PSC 210 World Politics
PSC 212 Comparative Politics
PSC 235 Research Methods
**PSC 301 Participation and Elections
**PSC 312 Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.
PSC 324 Administration of Justice
PSC 328 Political Economy
PSC 330 Public Policy
**PSC 333 Modern Ideologies
PSC 389 Vietnam War
**PSC 402 President & Congress
PSC 404 Courts and the Constitution
PSC 412 Topics in Comparative Politics
PSC 415 Foreign Policy
Report from the General Education Subcommittee:
[GES] found that all courses met the criterion of no prerequisites for lower level courses and one for upper level courses. The only objection that we thought might surface was that some of these courses might have a narrow focus. We felt strongly, however, that having a narrow focus in no way reduced the appropriateness of a course in general education. In fact, we felt that one of the most important aspects of general education was to introduce students to ways of thinking inherent in a particular discipline, and that this might be better illustrated in a course with a narrow focus.
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