Academics

Social Sciences Courses (SSC)      

SSC 225. Introduction to Human Geography
3 hours
This course is designed to acquaint students with emerging global patterns and processes that have come to be known as globalization through the use of human geographic perspective. The course systematically explores globalization through the use of a series of human geographic "lenses," including: cultural geography, population geography, economic geography, urban geography, and political geography/geopolitics.

SSC 312. Urban Politics
3 hours
Focuses on the impact of an urban society upon the forms, structures, and functions of city and county government agencies. The course will also examine the political problems associated with urban growth, and city government's response to policy issues such as employment, education, housing, social welfare and social inequality.
Prerequisites: PLSC 220
Cross-listed: PLSC 312

SSC 316. Social Problems
3 hours
In this course, students will study social problems facing contemporary society. Students will explore the concept of "social problems" and such issues as street crime, poverty, drug use, racism, sexism, loss of jobs, and family disorganization within urban and rural settings. The use of different perspectives promotes a broad understanding of the study of social problems.
Prerequisite: SOCL 210
Cross-listed: SOCL 316

SSC 320. Social Psychology
3 hours
The course provides a unified view of the field of social psychology organized around the concepts of social influence and power and exchange in social life and explores in-depth human thoughts, feelings, and actions as influenced by other people. Specific topics include socialization, perception of self and others, pro-social and anti-social behavior, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence, and group behavior.
Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and PSYC 210 or permission of program director
Cross-listed: PSYC 320

SSC 324. The Immigrant Experience
3 hours
This course traces international immigration to the United States from all regions of the world. This course will describe the causes of immigration, immigrant occupations, immigrant social institutions, and immigrant adjustment to American life.
Prerequisites: HIST 110 or permission of the program director
Cross-listed: HIST 324

SSC 350. Social Structure and Conflict in American Society
3 hours
This course is a historical survey and theoretical analysis of the changing social and psychological foundations of conflict in American society with special attention given to the social structure and culture as generative of civil strife and violence. Comparative methods and scientific models are used in search for an explanation of violence and rebellion, particularly in the contemporary setting.
Prerequisite: SOCL 210
Cross-listed: SOCL 350

SSC 420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
3 hours
A study of the politics of civil rights and civil liberties in the United States focusing upon the Constitution, legislation, court decisions and executive implementation.
Prerequisites: PLSC 220
Cross-listed: PLSC 420

SSC 431. American Urban History
3 hours
This course surveys the history of urban America from colonial times to the present. It emphasizes urban political, economic, social, and cultural factors and their impact on the historical development of American cities.
Prerequisites: HIST 110 or permission of the program director
Cross-listed: HIST 431

SSC 480. International Business
3 hours
The content of this course, an integrated treatment of theory, policy, and enterprise in international trade and investment, will provide the student with an understanding of the economic dynamics and policy issues of trade and investment flows among nations.
Prerequisites: ECON 210-211, MATH 160 (or equivalent), or consent of program director.
Cross-listed: ECON 480

SSC 495. Internship
3 hours
The internship course enables students to acquire practical experience in a variety of professional settings that draw on the skills and knowledge obtained in the Social Sciences disciplines. Work settings include government, legal, economic, political or social agencies and/or organizations. The program director will coordinate the internship. This course may be repeated for up to a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Senior status needed before application can be made.
Approval of the class through the program director must be obtained at east one semester before enrollment.

SSC 497 Research in the Social Sciences
3 hours
As a means to promote scholarship, initiative, and experiential learning to senior students, this course is based on the student's area of interest. It is a course of independent study, directed reading, and research, the results of which are to be formulated in a research paper. This course requires the approval of the Program Director. Recommended for those going on to graduate school.
Prerequisites: PSYC 210