Minor in Poverty

Description: The Minor in Poverty Studies and Social Justice is interdisciplinary, available to all students, from all academic disciplines, and is housed in the School of Social Work. This minor is the central academic foundation to the mission and focus of BIPI and can be found under The School of Social Work section in Baylor's catalog. The Faculty who participate on the Advisory Committee of BIPI, along with the School of Social Work faculty, will collaborate and coordinate on any changes in the educational plan for the minor.

General guidelines: In keeping with Baylor University Undergraduate Catalog

  • a. The Poverty and Social Justice minor will consist of 18 hours;
  • b. At least 12 of these hours must be in residence;
  • c. At least 9 of these hours must be at a "3000" or "4000" level;
  • d. No more than 3 hours from a student's major may be applied to the "Poverty" minor.

Required courses:

(Students must complete the following 3 courses totaling 9 hours)

** The final 9 hours of course work should can be selected by the student and should relate to poverty, social justice, or human capability. A working list is being compiled, but students may petition courses they believe are relevant. Contact: Jon_Singletary@baylor.edu or Kayla_Mize@baylor.edu

1.ECO 3355 Introduction to the Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

(Cross-listed as SOC 3355) Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing; not open to pre-business or business students.**

Description: This course develops and applies basic economic concepts to questions of poverty, inequality, and discrimination in the United States, and to global poverty issues. Special attention will be paid to the contribution that economic principles can make to understanding family structure, participation in the labor force, and gender and racial discrimination. Attention will also be paid to evaluating public policies designed to ameliorate poverty and discrimination, including social insurance, welfare programs, minimum and living wage laws, and equal opportunity policies. No previous knowledge of economics is necessary; all necessary economic principles will be developed in this class. (Will not count toward a major in economics.)

**Business students should take ECO 4355 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination which is more appropriate for student who have already taken Macro and Micro Economics (Cross-listed as SOC 4355) Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in ECO 2306; not open to pre-business students.

2.SWO 3322 Social Policy and Service

Prerequisite(s) for Social Work majors: SWO 2321, and credit or concurrent enrollment in SWO 3301. Non-majors must have consent of the instructor. University scholars take this course even though they are not social work majors.

Description: Historical and current patterns of provision of social welfare services, the effect of social policy on people gaining optimal health and well-being; and the effect of social policy on oppressed and marginalized population groups and countries.

3.SWO 4v80/5v80 Foundations of Social Justice

Description: This course examines theories and practices of social justice as related to oppressed groups in a multicultural society utilizing religious and nonreligious perspectives. It analyzes oppression resulting from persistent social, educational, political, religious, economic, and legal inequalities by addressing issues of power, inequality and privilege. The course focuses on the diverse experiences of oppressed groups in order to understand their strengths, needs, and responses to these. It also enhances understandings of and appreciation for diversity in self and others. Finally, the course considers theological issues and ethical dilemmas faced by professionals in empowerment, advocacy, and other strategies for promoting social justice. Please see the attached syllabus (Appendix B).

** Other courses related to poverty:

ACC 2304: Managerial Accounting An introduction to principles of managerial accounting. Emphasis is given to the development and use of accounting information to support managerial decision-making process in manufacturing, service, and not-for-profit settings. Topics include managerial concepts and systems, various analyses for decision making, and planning and control.

ACC 4320: Not-for-Profit and Governmental Accounting Examination of accounting, financial reporting, and budgeting for state and local governments, the federal government, and not-for-profit entities.

ANT 2305: Cultural Anthropology in the Global Context (Cross-listed as AMS 2305) An introduction to global cultures with emphasis on socio-economic arrangements, religious beliefs, and responses of indigenous groups to modernization.

ANT 3320: Environment and Human Behavior (Cross-listed as ENV 3320) Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. Interrelationships between cultural and ecological systems, with focus on food production, economic exchange, and religious beliefs.

ANT 4306: Economic Anthropology (Cross-listed as ENV 4306) Prerequisite(s): ANT 2305 or consent of instructor. Traditional food production systems worldwide are compared to patterns in modern capitalist societies.

ANT 4327: Human Catastrophe and Cultural Response (Cross-listed as ENV 4327) Impact of major catastrophes on human society with emphasis on coping strategies and the utility of disaster theory to help in the recovery process. Issues include disaster, toxic disaster, famine, epidemic, war and natural oppression.

BIC 4374: World Cultures V Differing Visions and Realities Prerequisite(s): BIC 3358.Explores differing visions and realities in a selected sample of non-Western cultures. The initial interdisciplinary study will reveal themes that transcend cultural differences. Students will then investigate the expression of these themes in a culture fundamentally different from their own.

BIO 4323: Parasitology Prerequisite(s): BIO 1105, 1305; and either BIO 1106, 1306 or BIO 1406; upper-level or graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduction to study of parasites and vectors, emphasizing life cycles and control of those affecting humans. Research paper required for graduate credit.

BIO 4331: Science Leadership: Community-Based Medical Research Prerequisite(s): BIO 1105, 1305; and either BIO 1106, 1306 or BIO 1406; and upper-level standing and consent of instructor. Development of science leadership skills through community-based research on medical and public health problems.

CHE 3341: Biochemistry of Nutrition Prerequisite(s): CHE 1341.The chemistry of dietary components, digestion, and biosynthesis, with emphasis on molecular structures, chemical properties, and metabolic relationships relevant to health. (This course does not count as an advanced course for chemistry majors.)

CHS 4303: International Human Rights (Cross-listed as PSC 4303) Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The philosophy and implementation of human rights protection in the United States and abroad.

CCS 1100: Introduction to Citizenship and Community Service Volunteerism and community service as related to poverty, literacy, local political participation, mentoring, peer education, community law enforcement, gender, and neighborhood development. In addition to one weekly classroom hour, a minimum of two hours per week of community service is required. May be repeated a maximum of four times with a different topic each time.

CCS 3300: Citizenship, Community, and Service Learning Intensive integration of academic study with service learning opportunities in the community. Course emphasis will vary by semester. Seminar discussions, readings, and personal reflection will enrich the community volunteer experience. A minimum of three hours per week of community service is required.

CHS 4350: Religion and Terrorism in the Modern World (Cross-listed as HON 4350) The conflicts and conciliations that have arisen between secular and spiritual realms from ancient times to the present day in both the theory and practice of policymaking.

ECO 3330: Economic Geography (Cross-listed as GEOG 3330 and INB 3330) A study of the effects of geography and resource availability on the pattern of world land use, population growth and migration, technological change, transportation system development, output growth, capital flows, and tariff policy. Not open to economics majors.

ECO 3355: Introduction to the Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (Cross-listed as SOC 3355) This course develops and applies basic economic concepts to questions of poverty, inequality, and discrimination in the United States, and to global poverty issues. Special attention will be paid to the contribution economic principles can make to understanding family structure, participation in the labor force, and gender and racial discrimination. Attention will also be paid to evaluating public policies designed to ameliorate poverty and discrimination, including social insurance, welfare programs, minimum and living wage laws, and equal opportunity policies. No previous knowledge of economics is necessary; all necessary economics.)

ECO 4316: Industrial Organization Examines the economic organization of industry; a survey of major theoretical and applied issues in the field of industrial organization. Topics include theory of the firm, the welfare consequences of competition and market power, goals of the firm and market effects, collusion, mergers, price discrimination, product differentiation, predation, and public policy.

ECO 4331/INB 4341: African Economic Development (AFS 4331) Problems of economic development faced by the nations of Africa. Topics covered include poverty, healthcare, agriculture, population growth, education, the role of women, rural-urban migration, industrialization, trade, aid, debt, and economic reforms.

ECO 4334: Economic Development (Cross-listed as INB 4334) Prerequisite: ECO 1305 or a minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 and 2307; and junior standing; not open to pre-business students. Critical analysis of current explanations of economic growth and development, involving historical aspects, policies for achieving development in emerging countries, and conditions necessary for continued growth in advanced countries.

ECO 4350: Economics of Health and Medical Care (Cross-listed as MH 4350) Prerequisite(s): ECO 1305 or a minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 or consent of instructor; not open to pre-business students. Economic aspects of health and medical care: theory, empirical evidence, history, institutions, and public policy.

ECO 4355: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (SOC 4355) Market and non-market issues in income determination emphasizing: the supply and demand model and its application to the analysis of poverty and the poverty population. Provides analysis of the effects of labor incomes and demographic and institutional factors of living standards, achievements, and shortcomings of income maintenance (welfare), equal opportunity and employment programs.

ENG 3305: Language in Society Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. The study of language as it is used in its social context for marking an individual's group (e.g. race, gender, age, class, profession) membership.

ENT 4380: Social Entrepreneurship: Micro-finance and Economic Development in Africa: This course is a summer study abroad program. Students enrolled in the class will visit one of the following three African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, and Ghana. The content of the course examines the use of entrepreneurial skills to craft innovative responses to social problems in Africa. In particular, the ability of micro-lending practices to stimulate economic activity and alleviate poverty will be studied.

ENV 1301: Exploring Environmental Issues A survey of the fundamental physical, biological, and social forces affecting the solution of environmental problems. Principles of environmental history, political science, economics, biology, geology, physics, anthropology, and related disciplines.

ENV 3314: Introduction to Environmental Health Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above. Study of environmental hazards to the health of humans and other vertebrates, including pollution, radiation, wastes, urbanization, and climate change. Topics include epidemiology, risk assessment, infectious diseases, emerging contaminants, and regulation.

ENV 4310: World Food Problems (Cross-listed as ANT 4311) A seminar approach with emphasis on causes of malnutrition including: ecological basis for food production, the impact of economics and politics on food production and distribution and the consequences of malnutrition.

ENV 4350: Development and Indigenous Peoples (Cross-listed as ANT 4350) With particular reference to indigenous peoples, this course examines the ethnographic context of Third World development and evaluates key issues that influence the development process.

ENV 4380: Restoration Ecology (Cross-listed as BIO 4381) Principles and practices for restoring natural systems that have been degraded or destroyed. Emphasis on re-establishment of soils, plants, and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Legislative, political, industrial, and regulatory perspectives considered.

FCS 1300: Apparel in Today's Society Cultural, social, psychological, and economic aspects of clothing across the lifespan; emphasis on expression and use of clothing in relation to self, society, and culture. (3-0)

FCS 1301: Food Science A study of the physical and chemical changes that occur during preparation of food and its products. Preservation of nutritional content and food selection are also covered. (2-2) (Fee)

FCS 2351: Nutrition A study of the elements in foods essential for optimum health, quality diets, fad diets, and computer analysis of diets. (3-0)

FCS 2390: Nutritional Mechanisms and Metabolism Prerequisite(s): CHE 1301-1100.Properties and metabolism of nutrients with an emphasis on their interrelationships in health and disease. (3-0)

FCS 3314: Consumer Nutrition Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. General survey of basic nutrition and current issues focusing on personal nutrient needs. Critical analysis of food and nutrition issues will be emphasized.

FCS 3350: Individual and Family Financial Management Study of individual and family financial decisions, planning and management. (3-0)

FCS 3388: Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy Prerequisite(s): BIO 1305, CHE 1301, 1341, and a minimum grade of C in FCS 2351.In-depth study and proficiency testing of the nutrition care process, medical vocabulary, medical records, clinical math, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

FCS 4340: Resource Management Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Emphasis on a systems approach to time, energy, and resource management. Strategies for maximizing management influences on individual and family welfare. Designed to include occupational competencies and analyze career and job opportunities. (3-0)

FCS 4351: Life Cycle Nutrition Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 2351 or consent of instructor. Nutritional needs of individuals as they progress through the life cycle from birth through aging, with consideration of concomitant problems. (3-0)

FCS 4352: World Nutrition Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 2351; or consent of instructor. World hunger as a major international problem. The effects of malnutrition on growth, health, and economic output will be examined. (3-0)

FCS 4356: The Family: A Global Perspective Families around the world: functions, roles, responsibilities, environmental influences, and interactions with other societal institutions.

FCS 4387: Advanced Nutrition Prerequisite(s): Dietetics majors must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in FCS 2351, BIO 1305, CHE 1301, 1341 and 3341; and a minimum grade of C in FCS 2351.Nutrients and their roles in human health. Emphasis on trends in nutritional research. (3-0)

FCS 4388: Medical Nutrition Therapy Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in FCS 3388. Nutrient metabolic pathways as they relate to specific health conditions. Specific diet recommendations are explored. Field experience in clinical dietetics is required. (3-0)

GEOG 1300: World Geography A description survey of the world's major geographic provinces emphasizing the influence of environment and natural resources on human activity. (3-0)

GEO 1401: Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters Survey of the natural disasters afflicting mankind. The course examines the causes and impact upon society of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, subsidence, and floods. Weekly laboratory. Students taking GEO 1401 cannot receive credit for GEO 1403 or GEO 1405.

HED 2330: Introduction to Community Health and Health Promotion Introduces students to historical and theoretical foundations of community health, major health problems prevalent in society, and the community health models and programs used to address these problems. Overviews seven competency areas of an entry-level health education specialist and their applicability in community settings. Explores career opportunities, mock interviews, and resume and cover letter writing.

HED 2340: Consumer and Environmental Health Choices Current issues in consumer and environmental health. Special emphasis will be placed on the social, economic, political and environmental ramifications of decisions people make in their pursuit of health.

HED 3313: Nutrition Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A study of the fundamental, as well as relevant, current research and issues in nutrition in the United States and the world.

HED 3314: Environmental Health A course designed for the study of environmental health hazards such as air, water, solid wastes, noise pollution, radiation, pesticides, food additives, metallic menaces, substandard housing, urban environment, and population dynamics. The role of conservation and governmental agencies concerned with pollution control is included in the course.

HED 4340: International Health Education Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Overviews global health issues and the role of health education among medically underserved populations worldwide. Course is designed for field-based application in international or local immigrant/refugee settings. Instructor approval required.

HED 4355: Human Diseases Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HED 3350.Basic principles of pathophysiology and mechanism of diseases affecting the human body, including basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on the causation and effects of disease on human populations.

HIS 3355: Modern Latin America Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A survey of the evolution of Latin American countries since Independence. Emphasis will be placed on economic and social factors influencing national development and contemporary issues such as narcoterrorism, the debt crisis, liberation theology, the rights of indigenous peoples, the ecology, and hyper-urbanization.

HIS 3371: A History of Black Americans A survey of the history of black Americans from their African origins to the present. Emphasis will be given to the economic, social, and political impact of the presence of black people in the American colonies and the United States; attention will be given to the institution of slavery, the emancipation movement, the rise of segregation, black nationalism, and the ideologies of the civil rights movement.

HIS 4312: Modern Middle East History Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Political, religious, intellectual and social transformations in the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIS 4350: The History of Gender in Latin America (Cross-listed as LAS 4351) Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing, and nine semester hours of history; or consent of instructor. The history of the construction of gender and gender relations from pre-Columbian societies to contemporary Latin America. Special emphasis will be given to the creation of archetypes and the contrast between legal codes and realities across time, race, class and regional divides.

HIS 4375: The American Civil Rights Movement (Cross-listed as AMS 4377) Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. The origins, major events, and legacy of the struggle to gain full equality for African Americans in the century following the American Civil War. Emphasis on the philosophies and strategies employed to realize full citizenship rights for blacks, individual and institutional leadership, the participation of women, the role of religion, and the impact of this social justice movement on the South, the United States, and the world. (Graduate students may not receive credit for both HIS 4375 and HIS 5375.)

HIS 4385: The United States in the 1960s. (Cross-listed as AMS 4355) (Pre-requisites: Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor). The political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic development of the United States in the 1960s. [The approach will be thematic with emphasis given to national domestic policy in the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations; the civil rights movement; foreign policy, especially Vietnam; and the counterculture.]

HIS 4388: American Environmental History (Cross-listed as AMS 4388) Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. Investigation of the physical, social, cultural, and economic relationships between humans and their environment in America from pre-contact to the present.

HIS 5375: The Civil Rights Movement Seminar focusing on the origins, leadership, development, and legacy of the campaign to gain full equality for African Americans in the century following the American Civil War. Emphasis on the strategies employed to realize full citizenship rights for blacks, the role of religion, the participation of women, and the impact of this social justice movement on the South, the nation, and the world.

HP 3311: Essentials of Ethics in Healthcare (Cross-listed as HED 3311) Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and REL 1350. This course presents students with the opportunity to explore current healthcare ethical dilemmas, consider bias, and participate in the formulation of Christian responses in difficult healthcare situations.

REL 1310: The Christian Scriptures and REL 1350 The Christian Heritage are prerequisites.

LS 4353: Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Cross-listed as ENT 4353) Prerequisite(s): MGT 3305; not open to pre-business students. Is capitalism good for the poor? This course examines the morality of capitalism, the role of institutions in perpetuating or eliminating absolute poverty, and the contextual challenges of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the socio-cultural, political, economic, and technological challenges of doing business in the third world, we use organizational theory to design for-profit ventures that use appropriate technologies to create sustainable solutions to social problems. Course projects are intended to produce organizations that will be partially owned and operated by the members of the communities that benefit from their goods and services.

LAW 9224: Law, Public Policy and Scripture This limited enrollment seminar involves the study and informed discussion of how the American legal system has been influenced (or perhaps has not, depending on perspective) by scriptural principles as those principles illuminate the moral, ethical and philosophical bases of our legal culture. A research paper will be required and attendance at all seminar sessions is mandatory.

MKT 3325: Consumer Behavior Prerequisite(s): MKT 3305 and 4335. An interdisciplinary approach to the analysis and interpretation of consumer buying habits and motives and the resultant purchases of goods and services. The purchaser's psychological, economic, and sociocultural actions and reactions are stressed as they relate to a better understanding of consumption.

MKT 3340: Nonprofit Marketing Applies marketing concepts to objectives of nonprofit organizations. Special attention is paid to fund raising, promotion, and strategic planning in the arts, education, and social issues.

NSC 4312: Behavioral Medicine (Cross-listed as MH 4312 and PSY 4312) Prerequisite(s): NSC 1106-1306, and either PSY 2402 or MTH 1321 or consent of instructor. Topics include the role of mind, brain, and behavior in health, disease and wellness; the history, philosophy, and current status of health care systems; physiological and behavioral analyses of stress; psychoneuroimmunology; behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, cancer, drug abuse, and weight management.

NUR 2340: The Experience of Illness This course examines the human experience of illness using the narratives of persons with a variety of health conditions, essays that reflect upon the meaning of illness, and nursing research. By understanding illness from the patient's point of view, students entering the health professions will be better able to plan and deliver appropriate care. The course emphasizes class discussion and is taught as a seminar.

NUR 3316: Human Needs I Prerequisite(s): Admission in nursing major. Course introduces the human needs framework. Students are introduced to the role of the nurse as a facilitator of the nursing process. Case studies provide opportunities for learners to explore relationships among human needs, identify nursing interventions including those related to pharmaceuticals and plan care for a variety of physiologic, psychosocial and spiritual client needs.

NUR 3317: Human Needs II Prerequisite(s): NUR 3314, 3316, 3414 and 3420.This course continues the introduction to the role of the nurse as facilitator of the nursing process within the Human Needs Framework. Case studies provide opportunities for learners to actively explore relationships among human needs, identify nursing interventions including those related to ethics and pharmaceuticals, and plan care for a variety of physiologic, psychosocial, and spiritual needs within the contact of family.

NUR 3326: Child Health Programs (Cross-listed as FCS 3325) Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, unless a pre-nursing major, or consent of instructor. Introduction to sociology and statistics recommended. An introduction to selected public health programs implemented to improve the health of children. Emphasis will be on current public health programs with which future social workers, public officials, nurses, and health educators working with children must be familiar. Students will work in groups in the community to describe and evaluate one operating public health program for children.

NUR 4328: Human Needs III Prerequisite(s): NUR 3317: Continued study of human needs framework describing selected human needs categories, relationships among human needs, interruptions in human need fulfillment, and the basis for and techniques of nursing intervention across all levels of care.

NUR 4338: Human Needs IV Prerequisite(s): All Semester III courses. Analysis of individuals with multiple and/or complex disruptions of human needs and the effect on individuals, families, groups, and/or communities. A case-study/discussion format will be used to integrate physiological, psychosocial, and spiritual needs across the lifespan.

NUR 4353: Community and Culture Prerequisite(s): All Semester I courses. The nurse's responsibility in the delivery of health care to communities. Emphasis is placed on identifying unmet human needs and designing and evaluating culturally appropriate nursing care.

NUR 4357: Women's Health Concerns Prerequisite(s): All courses in Semesters I, II, and III of the major or consent of the instructor. This course will serve as an overview of physical, social, behavioral and environmental health concerns and needs of women throughout their life-spans. The course is designed to expand prior knowledge as it relates specifically to women's health, including the latest developments in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, and the impact of social, policy, and environmental factors on women's health.

NUR 4359: Health Promotion Prerequisite(s): Level I & II and commitment to pursue an activity to improve personal health. This course focuses on knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values from previous life experiences and nursing courses in order to develop a broader understanding of human needs through the study of health and health promotion. The course will provide an opportunity for the student to examine his/her own values and beliefs in order to meet human needs through an individualized program and personal health promotion.

NUR 4387: Environmental Issues and Their Impact on Health and Human Needs Prerequisite(s): All courses in Semester I and II of the major or consent of the instructor. A study of environmental issues and examination of their effect on human needs fulfillment. A review of the United States' progress in improving the condition of its environment and the management of its natural resources is included. (3-0)

PHI 1308: Introductory Topics in Ethics An introductory study of philosophical issues related to moral, social, and political life. Variable topics, possibly including morality and modernity, friendship, just war and pacifism, love and sex, the seven deadly sins, poverty, affluence, environment, business, or medical or professional ethics. May be repeated once provided the topic is different, not to exceed six hours.

PHI 2310: Law, Science and Society (Cross-listed as CHS 2310) A study of philosophical issues arising at the intersections of law, morality, science, and society. The course will consider such issues as the proper relation between morality and law, civil disobedience, racism, feminism, equal opportunity and justice, abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, punishment, pornography, creationism, and moral aspects of technological development.

PHI 3301: Moral Philosophy A critical study of problems in moral judgment and evaluation, with analysis of presuppositions and justifications used in moral discourse.

PHI 4361: Social Philosophy A critical survey of the fundamental concepts and theories used in justifying social institutions. Problems such as authority, law, freedom, rights, equality, responsibility, power, justice, the state, and justification of open societies are considered.

PHI 4363: Philosophy and Medicine (Cross-listed as MH 4363) Philosophical approaches to clinical medicine and contemporary health care, focusing on experience as a basis for knowledge.

PSC 3300: The Environment and Political Processes (Cross-listed as ENV 3300) This course explores the causes, the magnitude, and the meaning of the Ecological Crisis and analyzes the way in which environmental problems translate into political issues. Attention is given to the political processes on varying public levels and to political actions that have or have not been taken, or might be taken, on matters relevant to social and physical environments. The purpose of the course is to develop a broad base for informed judgment and for constructive attitudes regarding the growing ecological dilemma confronting all societies.

PSC 3314: Politics and Problems of Developing Countries (Cross-listed as AST 3314) A survey of the political systems and problems of the developing states of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Several components of political systems will be examined.

PSC 3320: Minority and Ethnic Group Politics (Cross-listed as AMS 3320) A study of the political experiences and public concerns of four major ethnic and minority groups: African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. Topics include employment, immigration, education, police-community relations, political and economic inequality, political movements, leadership patterns, and ethnic conflicts.

PSC 3322: American Public Policy (Cross-listed as AMS 3322) An introductory study of how the dynamics of governmental decision making influence the content of public policy; course focuses upon how legislators, interest groups, chief executives, and the bureaucracy function to define alternatives and to shape policy agenda and content.

PSC 3325: Ethno-political Conflicts Survey of communal and ethnically based conflicts, using case studies to explore communal grievances vs. state interests. Examines various forms of political accommodations such as exit, autonomy, access, and control.

PSC 4383: Contemporary Political Thought Twentieth-century political ideas, with emphasis on contemporary democratic political theory and the challenges posed for traditional democratic ideals by major movements in contemporary psychological, existentialist, ethnic, feminist, socialist, and nationalist thought, and by problems rising from technology, mass society, and the observations of empirical political science.

REL 3390: Christian Ethics Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. An introductory study of the patterns of reflection and action which characterize the Christian moral life. Attention will be given to Christian responsibility in politics, economics, family life, and other areas of human activity.

REL 4393: Environmental Ethics (Cross-listed as AMS 4393 and ENV 4393) Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. Moral perspectives which inform and support environmental activity in our society. The primary focus will be on the various interpretations of how humanity is properly related to its environment and the consequences of these interpretations for the environmental action of individuals and social institutions.

REL 4397: Race, Racism, and Religion in America Prerequisite(s): REL 1310, REL 1350; and upper-level standing. Survey of dominant theological perspectives on race and histories of racism in American Christianity, as well as religious resources for racial reconciliation.

SOC 1306: Social Problems TCCNS: SOCI 1306 An analysis of current social problems with emphasis on sociological aspects of problems in education, family life, religion, and other social institutions.

SOC 2310: Introduction to Gender Studies The impact of gender in the social world, emphasizing social and cultural forces, as well as the impact of biological factors shaping gender.

SOC 3311: Race, Class, and Gender (Cross-listed as AMS 3311 and SWO 3311) Race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the dynamics of their interrelationships in United States society.

SOC 3318: Mexican-Americans in U.S. Society Race relations theories are applied in the analysis of Mexican-American history, education, acculturation economics, identification, politics, and strategies for social change.

SOC 3322: Urban Sociology An analysis of the social structure of the city and social Problems unique to cities.

SOC 3330: Women in American Society Prerequisite(s): SOC 1305 or 1306 or consent of instructor. An examination of the sociological meaning of women's roles in comparison with men's roles in our society, along with social forces that mold the lives of women. The women's movement and changes in the legal, economic, social, educational, and political arenas as they affect women are investigated. The status of women in the context of contemporary society is explored.

SOC 3360: Juvenile Delinquency (Cross-listed as SWO 3360) A study of delinquency in a changing society, with emphasis on social causes and methods of control.

SOC 4322: Social Stratification (Cross-listed as AMS 4322) Class structure of society, with emphasis on the major theoretical explanations of stratification. Consideration is given to social class as a predictor of human behavior and to models of class mobility.

SOC 4353: Sociology of Medicine Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing; or consent of instructor. A sociological examination of health, illness, and the social organization of medical care in the United States. Consideration is given to race, class, gender, and age as factors influencing health, illness, and the delivery of medical care

SOC 4366: Social Change and Industrial Society (Cross-listed as AMS 4366) Contemporary social change as an outcome of the economic, political, and social processes involved in the development of modern industrial society. Structures for planned social change are studied.

TED 3380: Social Issues in Education This course will explore cultural and social issues that influence education such as poverty, social justice, gender, and church-state issues.