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Humanities and Social Sciences:   Offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
 
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:

HSS 099 - English Composition: Reading, Writing, Speaking I (3-0-3 additive credit)
The first course of the two-semester sequence, HSS 099-HSS 100. Focuses on the reading, writing and speaking skills necessary for success in a university curriculum. Emphasizes reading strategies, understanding main ideas, classifying ideas according to their importance, inferring meaning, vocabulary development, preparing written and oral summaries, developing a thesis, and other steps toward writing expository essays including a research essay. Mandatory weekly writing labs are held in conjunction with the course work. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 099S - English Composition: Reading, Writing, Speaking I (6-0-6 additive credit)
The first course of the two-semester sequence, HSS 099S-HSS 100S. Intended for students for whom English is a second language. Focuses on the reading, writing and speaking skills necessary for success in a university curriculum, while strengthening English language proficiency. Emphasizes reading strategies, understanding main ideas, vocabulary development, grammar, developing a thesis, organizing an essay, and writing different kinds of expository essays, including a research essay. Mandatory weekly writing labs are held in conjunction with the course. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 100 - English Composition: Reading, Writing, Speaking II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 099. The second course of the two-semester sequence, HSS 099-HSS 100. Focuses on essay writing strategies, clear expression, correct syntax, grammar and diction; basic organizational principles, researching ideas, documenting reference sources, reading longer, more complex material, determining flaws in an argument, and presenting group oral reports. Mandatory weekly writing labs are held in conjunction with course work. The sequence HSS 099-HSS 100 satisfies the English GUR. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 100S - English Composition: Reading, Writing, Speaking II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 099S. The second course of the sequence, HSS 099S-Hss 100S. Continues the development of English language proficiency at a more advanced level and focuses on essay writing strategies, clear expression, correct syntax, grammar and diction, basic organizational principles, research ideas, documenting reference sources, reading longer complex material, and presenting oral reports. Mandatory weekly writing labs are held in conjunction with the course work. The sequence HSS 099S-HSS 100S satisfies the English GUR. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 101**** - English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking (3-0-3)
Provides instruction in written and oral communication in the context of the first-year curricula. Emphasizes critical thinking as essential in producing effective expository writing, with readings and writing assignments drawn from the Humanities, Engineering, and the Social and Natural Sciences. Placement in this course is based on performance on standardized composition and reading tests. This course satisfies the English GUR. Note: Special Honors sections are available; permission of Honors College or Humanities Department required. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 202**** - Society, Technology, and Environment (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 101. Uses case studies to examine the relationships between the creation and use of technologies, the human and natural environment, and the development of social and cultural institutions. Its central theme is the manner in which human society structures the environment in which it lives: nature and culture, city and country, civilization and development. This course satisfies 3 credits of the Basic Social Sciences GUR. Honors Note: See HSS 101. Effective Until: Fall 2006

HSS 211**** - The Pre-Modern World (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 101. Compares and contrasts world cultures prior to 1400. Case studies focus on differing forms of material culture, belief systems, aesthetic norms, and artistic productions to develop an understanding of ancient and medieval world views. This course satisfies three credits of the GUR in Cultural History. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 212 - The World and the West (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 101. The central theme is changing global relations between 1400 and 1900. Uses case studies to examine such key processes as the expansion of global trade and the formation of a global economy, European perceptions of non-Western cultures, and the roots and legacy of imperialism. This course satisfies 3 credits of the Cultural History GUR. Honors Note: See HSS 101. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 251 - Ethical Issues in Business (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: HSS 101. An examination of the ethical problems and moral foundations of business from the perspective of moral philosophy. Among the questions explored are: What are the rights of employees and employers in the workplace? Do corporations and managers have an obligation to society at large? What is the relationship between personal and business morality? Is there a moral justification for the free market. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 401- 402 - Independent Studies in Humanities (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HSS 101; completion of the Cultural History GUR (6 credits); permission of instructor. Pursue areas of special interest in humanities not covered in regular electives. Students are assigned readings and write reports under the guidance of a member of the humanities faculty. Effective Until: Summer 2005

HSS 403 - Humanities Senior Seminar - Literature (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better. Completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students are required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Spring 2009

HSS 404 - Humanities Senior Seminar - History (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and HIST 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better. Completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students are required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Fall 2012

HSS 405 - Humanities Senior Seminar - Philosophy (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better; completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Spring 2009

HSS 406 - Humanities Senior Seminar - English (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better; completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Spring 2009

HSS 407 - Humanities Senior Seminar - Theater (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better; completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Spring 2009

HSS 408 - Humanities Senior Seminar - Science, Technology, and Society (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better; completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Spring 2009

HSS 409 - Humanities Senior Seminar - Social Science (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better. Basic Social Sciences (6 credits) and either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS (3 credits) or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science (3 credits). The remaining 300-level course may be taken as a co-requisite of the seminar. The capstone seminars allow students the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a specific area of the instructor's expertise. Students will be required to bring together interests and skills developed in previous courses. Students make in-depth oral and written presentations. A list of capstone seminars is published each semester in the course registration bulletin. Effective From: Summer 2007

HSS 491- HSS 499**** - Humanities Senior Seminar - Honors (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: HUM 102 and one from among HUM 211, HUM 212 and Hist 213 or their equivalents, all with a grade of C or better; completion of either the Lit/Hist/Phil/STS or the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science, with a grade of C or better. The subjects are announced at the time of registration. Each seminar is limited to 16 students. These courses satisfy the Capstone Seminar in Humanities and Social Science Electives GUR for students enrolled in the honors college only. Effective From: Spring 2009





**** Special Honors sections are available; permission of Honors College or Humanities Department required.