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American Patterns is a creative examination of a narrative of American History. The focus of the course and the pedagogies used will vary semester to semester, but this course will help students develop an understanding of American History by exploring the creative production of history using primary and secondary sources written from multiple perspectives. Refer to the History Department website for specific topics/focus.
 
What was, and is, a “Great” Society? This question serves as the historical and metaphorical theme as we journey from 1600 to 1968 exploring how and why the United States helps, or doesn’t help, vulnerable citizens. Ideas related to democracy, policy, social contracts, human rights, oppression, social justice, benevolence, and social control are explored.
Introductory course investigating the principles and elements of visual design. Unity, emphasis, balance, scale, line, form, texture, rhythm, and color are explored through two-dimensional studio problems.
Students will explore, through literature, primary historical texts, and/or other genres and media, central U.S. myths and cultural narratives. Individual sections will examine particular themes chosen by the instructor.
 
This course introduces students to foundational concepts in the study and practice of social justice in American society, historically and at present, and in comparative global perspective. The course can include social justice topics as related to: racism; classism; religious oppression; sexism; heterosexism; transgender oppression; ableism; ageism; and environmentalism. The course will also engage students in the process of putting thought into practice by introducing various research methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and cultural studies approaches. Students will explore the course concepts, coupled with research methodologies, to identify and analyze social problems and to use information to formulate and engage in problem-solving strategies for social change. 
 
American Pasts is a critical examination of a narrative of American History. The focus of the course will vary semester to semester, but this course will help students develop an understanding of American History by analyzing sources and events from different perspectives. Refer to the History Department website for specific topics/focus.
 
This course introduces students to foundational concepts in the study and practice of social justice in American society, historically and at present, and in comparative global perspective. The course can include social justice topics as related to: racism; classism; religious oppression; sexism; heterosexism; transgender oppression; ableism; ageism; and environmentalism. The course will also engage students in the process of putting thought into practice by introducing various research methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and cultural studies approaches. Students will explore the course concepts, coupled with research methodologies, to identify and analyze social problems and to use information to formulate and engage in problem-solving strategies for social change. 
 
Western Pasts features history courses which focus on Europe. The focus of the course will vary semester to semester, but this course will help students develop an understanding of Western Civilization by analyzing sources and events from different perspectives. Refer to the History Department website for specific topics/focus.
 

American History / Becoming Americans (ENGL 127)
Students will delve into historical and recent American literature, across multiple genres and in relation to multiple institutions and media, that relates to the experience of “becoming Americans.”

American History / American Identities (ENGL 296)
An exploration of the historical construction of American gender, ethnicity/race, and class; their present status; and their literary and cultural representations. Focusing on the intersections between these categories of identity, the course will utilize an interdisciplinary approach, integrating materials from such fields as literary studies, history, gender studies, ethnic studies, geography, sociology, music, and art.

American History / African American Studies (ETHN 206)
Study of the intellectual and social origins of the discipline known as African American Studies. Key concepts, themes, and theories of the discipline will be discussed in the class.

Arts / Musics of the World (MUS 233)
Non-technical introduction to ethnomusicology. Survey of musical styles from around the world emphasizing how music reflects and influences society.

Foreign Language / Essential Arabic (ARBC 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course ARBC 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / American Sign Language (ASL 115)
Introduces the student to three major areas of learning to use a signed language. First, deaf culture is explored. Second, manual communications as a language is surveyed. Third, the practical application of sign language as a method of communication is stressed and practiced. In class and out of class practice is emphasized.

Foreign Language / Essential Chinese (CHNS 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course CHNS 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Essential French (FREN 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course FREN 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Intermediate French I (FREN 215)
The course Increases proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French. Further development of vocabulary and grammar. Selected cultural materials will provide cultural awareness and cross cultural proficiency to the students.

Foreign Language / Intermediate French II (FREN 216)
The course Increases proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French. Further development of vocabulary and grammar. Selected cultural materials will provide cultural awareness and cross cultural proficiency to the students.

Foreign Language / Essential German (GERM 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course GERM 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Essential Italian (ITAL 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course ITAL 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Essential Russian (RUSS 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course RUSS 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Essential Spanish (SPAN 110)
Students develop essential communicative skills and cultural awareness necessary in order to interact with people from that culture, whether it is in their home country or in the United States.
In order to take this course, students must have scored a level 2 or 3 in the approved placement test or have taken the introductory course SPAN 100 at Fredonia.

Foreign Language / Intermediate Spanish I (SPAN 215)
The course Increases proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Further development of vocabulary and grammar. Selected cultural materials will provide cultural awareness and cross cultural proficiency to the students.

Foreign Language / Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 216)
The course Increases proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Further development of vocabulary and grammar. Selected cultural materials will provide cultural awareness and cross cultural proficiency to the students.

Humanities / Social Justice and the Written Word (ENGL 274)
A study of the ways in which writers and others use the written word as a form of social critique and to effect social change.

Humanities / World in Cinema: Special Topics (LANG 180)
With a thematic approach, the course will introduce students to the films of a specific country(ies) and/or culture(s). The films will be analyzed as art objects and serve as a text through which students will learn about the history, beliefs, and socio-political issues affecting the culture(s). Films will be watched in the original version with subtitles in order to expose students to the language in which they were shot. The course can be repeated as its content changes.

Humanities / Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 218)
This class looks at the nature of morality, across and within specific cultures from various parts of the world. Specifically, it looks at the status of moral sentences, what morality is about (right, good, and virtue), and specific moral issues.

Humanities / LGBTQ Literature & American History (WGST 210)
This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of LGBTQ American identities, combining historical and literary analysis and methodologies. We will examine major events, developments, themes, and concepts within LGBTQ American history from the nineteenth-century to the present. Sexual orientation and gender identity will also be examined in relation to other marginalized identity positions and systems of privilege and oppression.

Natural Sciences / Environmental Biology (BIOL 115)
Study of basic relationships between the environment and humans. Discussion of constraints and relationships in nature from points of view of the physical and life sciences and investigation of how people make decisions to utilize the environment as a resource from the viewpoint of the social sciences. Attempts to link natural and social sciences for awareness of multifaceted nature of environmental problems.

Natural Sciences / The Easth As A System (EDU 226)
In today’s world, with increasing global population, shifting climate and a growing demand for raw materials and energy, a basic understanding of the earth as a system is more important than ever. ESS aims to illustrate the interconnectedness and complexities of the planet’s principal subsystems of hydrologic, atmospheric, biologic and geologic processes and their impact on shaping the planet and the lives of humans.

Other World Civ / International Media (COMM 385)
An introduction to the study of international and domestic media systems around the world. Students will understand and appreciate how different countries and cultures use the media in unique ways and learn of different systems of ownership, financing, regulation, and programming. Key international media issues will also be discussed. Media examples (primarily films) will be used to show how cultures are portrayed by their media. 

Other World Civ / Global Perspectives (ENGL 167)
Study of a range of world literature, across multiple genres, that relates to the experience of the process of “Border Crossings.”

Other World Civ / Global Perspectives (HIST 152)
Global Perspectives focuses on the history of non-Western regions of the world. Subjects and pedagogical methods of instruction will vary from semester to semester, but professors will help students develop an understanding of other world civilizations by using a global and multicultural perspective, focusing on long-term processes and individual patterns via case studies drawn from Africa, the Americas, and Eurasia. Refer to the History Department website for specific topics/focus.

Other World Civ / Democracy Across Societies (POLI 241)
This course focuses on how we compare different societies from a political perspective. Issues such as economic development, political system, government structure, representation, political culture, and state capacity are discussed by examining in greater depth particular country cases from both the industrialized and developing world as well as those with different degrees of democratic practice and values.

Other World Civ / Our Populated Planet (SOC 230)
An introduction to social demography, the course provides an overview of the three basic demographic processes: fertility, mortality, and migration. It evaluates the relationships among these population processes and their interaction with population structures and characteristics, such as age, sex, marital status, race/ethnicity, social class and religion. It also examines contemporary social issues associated with the population processes, including equality, aging, urbanization, women and household structure, economic development and environmental concerns.

Other World Civ / Economics in global History (SSED 205)
The course provides an introduction to micro- and macroeconomic concepts and global economic history with a special emphasis on the ability to weave those basic tools of analysis into the presentation of a narrative of global history.

Social Sciences / Transnational Crime (CRMJ 250)
This course will examine the topic of transnational crime in our globalized world. Students will be introduced to various types of transnational crimes including drug trafficking, stolen property, counterfeiting, human trafficking, fraud and cyber-crime, commercial vices, extortion and racketeering, money laundering and corruption, and international terrorism.

Social Sciences / World Affairs (POLI 150)
Studies key reasons for how and why countries behave as they do in international politics taking into account the world diversity in politics, cultures, historic trajectories and different levels of economic development. International Relations and Political Science theories and the research methods in the Social Sciences are applied to enhance the understanding of complex global issues such as human rights violations, ethnic conflict, large migration flows, environmental decay, human insecurity, and terrorism with an emphasis on world’s increasing interdependence.

Social Sciences / Sport in Diverse Societies (SPMG 230)
This course examines the philosophical and sociological foundations of sport in a global society. Through lecture, small and large group discussions, film, personal reflection, and research, students will explore the cultural contributions, challenges and outcomes diverse populations have provided to global sport. Students will be challenged to reflect upon how sport has been influenced by various cultures and diverse groups to develop their own personal philosophy and explore current issues in sport through this historical lens.

Western Civ / Spanish Civilization/Culture (LANG 188)
A comprehensive introduction to aspects of Spanish civilization and culture: geography, history, social customs, political movements, literature and art. In English.

Western Civ / Science and Civilization (PHYS 205)
A survey of major scientific discoveries, the effect that these discoveries have had on the progress of civilizations, and the relationship between culture, and science.

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