International Studies Course Descriptions

Latin America Asia and Russia | Middle East and Africa | Europe and the United States | Political and Development Issues | Economics | Belief Systems

Latin America

ANT 3340 Indigenous Cultures of Modern Mexico and Central America
Pre-requisite(s):Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. The cultural history of the indigenous peoples of Central Mexico, including their adaptation to, and conflict with, forces of modernity. 

ANT 3351 Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
Pre-requisite(s):Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. The emergency and evolution of Meso-American civilizations and Central America. Focus on Olmecs and Teotihuacan, as well as the Toltecs, Mayas, and Aztecs.

ANT 3352 Latin-American Interface
Analysis of the interface between Anglo and Latin American socio-cultural patterns in the American Southwest and Central America.

HIS 3353 Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America
Pre-requisite(s):Six semester hours of history or consent of the instructor. A survey of pre-Colombian civilizations in the Americas and an examination of Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Emphasis will be given to Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, the creation of colonial society, and the forces leading to the end of political colonialism in Latin America.

HIS 3355 Modern Latin America
Pre-requisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of the 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 crises, liberation theology, the rights of indigenous peoples, the ecology, and hyper-urbanization.

HIS 4350/LAS 4351 The History of Gender in Latin America
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing, and nine semester hours of history; or the consent of the 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 4357 Inter–American Relations
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing, and nine semester hours of history; or the consent of the instructor. A history of the evolution of Inter-American relations from colonization to the contemporary development of regional economic blocs. Topics will include relations among the American colonies, efforts at unification after independence, the expanding role of the United States in hemispheric relations and the Latin-American reaction, and the evolution of regionalism in the hemisphere.

LAS 1301 Latin American Nations and People
This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultural traditions and institutions of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

LAS 2301 An Introduction to Latin American Studies
An interdisciplinary introduction to Latin American Studies.

LAS 4350 Latin American Studies Seminar
An interdisciplinary seminar to focus on topics related to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Central America, and developing Latin American nations. This course can be taken more than once since its content is different every year.

PHI 4331 Latin American Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Philosophical and intellectual movements in Latin America from the colonial times to the present. These movements include scholasticism, eclecticism, utilitarianism, romanticism, positivism, vitalism, phenomenology, and existentialism and philosophies of liberation. Works of major representatives of these movements including such men as Bello, Mora, Sierra, Varona, Deustua, Caso, Korn, Vasconcelos, Farias Brito, Vaz Ferreira, and Romero are studied.

PSC 4304 Governments and Politics of Latin America 
Forms of organization, functions, and operations of governments in Latin America, with emphasis on contemporary conditions, trends, and distinctive types of Latin American institutions and policies.

PSC 4314 Government and Politics of Mexico
Constitutional development and political processes in the Mexican federal system. Emphasis will be placed on twentieth-century constitutional and political change, with special attention given to the current scene. 

SPA 3311 Spanish–American Civilization
Prerequisite(s): SPA 2320, or consent of division director. Study of Spanish-American history and culture

Asia and Russia

ANT 4310 Societies and Cultures of East Asia
Cultural traits and social structures of China, Korea, and Japan in the context of their development from the traditional to the modern. Special attention on Japanese society in comparison with American society

AST 2380 The Peoples and Culture of Asia
An introduction to contemporary Asian economy, politics, and society.

AST 4350 Seminar in Asian Studies
An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on appropriate topics in the field of Asian studies. With content changed, this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours.

AST 4V80 Contemporary Issues in Asian Studies
Flexible credit options for the study of contemporary issues in Asian studies for upper-level and graduate students. With content changed, this course may be repeated once for a maximum of six semester hours; a maximum of three hours may be earned for graduate credit.

ECO 4335 Asian Economic Development
Prerequisite(s): ECO 1305 or a minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 and 2307; and junior standing; not open to pre-business students. A survey of the evolution of selected economies of Asia, with the aim of identifying in each case those conditions and policies which have aided or hindered economic progress.

HIS 3307 Japan
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A survey of the internal and external forces which have affected the development of Japanese civilization from ancient times to the twentieth century. Emphasis upon political, economic, and cultural developments which have shaped modern Japan.

HIS 3340 Russia to 1861
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A study of the historical, social, cultural, and intellectual currents of Russia.

HIS 3342 Russia since 1861
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A study of society, literature, history, and politics of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and present post-communist Russia.

HIS 4305 Modern China
Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A history of China from 1700 to the present that considers cultural, economic, literary, political, social, and religious developments. Emphasis will be given to the late imperial state, the Chinese heritage, decline, conflict with the West, revolution, and modernization.

PSC 4325 Asian International Relations
Historical and cultural background and structure of the emerging international order in Asia, with particular attention to the role of Japan, Russia and the Soviet successor states, and the People’s Republic of China.

PSC 4344 Government and Politics of Russia
Historical and cultural background, the organization and functions of government, and the theory and practice of Russian politics. Emphasis is given to Russia's relationships with associated states.

PSC 4364 The Governments and Politics of the Asia–Pacific Region
Historical development of the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the contrasting roles played by China, Japan, and the United States. Discussion of alternative models of economic development and the impact of ASEAN and APEC on regionalism. Survey of the socio-political conditions in and among the region’s states, with special attention devoted to Korean unification and cross-strait relations.

PSC 4374 Governments and Politics of East Asia
Government organization and functions, political processes, and major developments in the political systems of Japan, China, and Korea since World War II.

PSC 4386 Russia and the World
Pre-requisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of the instructor. This course surveys the evolution of Russia’s foreign policy objectives, its national security strategies and its relations with the US, Europe and post-Soviet states. It looks at the new spheres of cooperation and rivalry between Russia and the West, including regional conflicts, energy politics, non-proliferation and counterterrorism.

REL 3334 History of Eastern Orthodox
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. Historical and theological developments of Eastern Orthodoxy from the patristic period to the present, with special emphasis given to developments since the Second Council of Nicea.

REL 4346 Topics in Asian Religions
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. The basic history, beliefs and practices of religions in Asia. Course may highlight a specific religious tradition. The course may be repeated once with different topic.

SEES 2380 Introduction to Slavic and East European Studies I
Basic introduction to the peoples, history, and cultures of the countries covered by Slavic and East European Studies, including the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, and the former Federated Yugoslavia up to the mid-1700’s.

SEES 2381 Introduction to Slavic and East European Studies II
Major events and factors -- e.g., political, economic, and social -- leading to upheaval and change in the area countries from the mid-1760’s to the present, with attention to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Stalinism, the creation of the Soviet Empire, the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and the transition of post-communist states.

Middle East and Africa

ANT 4312 Societies and Cultures of Africa
Current social issues and policies in the light of historical and cultural foundations of selected African countries.

ANT 4341 Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.Environmental and cultural factors that led to the rise and fall of civilizations in the Mediterranean region.

ANT 4344 African Archaeology
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A survey of the African archaeological record, from emergence of stone tool technology 2.6 million years ago to the rise of complex civilizations and the African Diaspora.

HIS 3310 The Middle East
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A survey of Islamic civilization, especially under the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman empires; analysis of contemporary national, regional, and international problems with attention to the historical-geographical and political-geographical elements.

HIS 3311 Middle East History 600-1798
Survey of Middle East history from the rise of Islam to Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798.

HIS 3315 History of West Africa
Prerequisite(s): Six credit hours in history or consent of instructor. Introduction to West African history, culture, customs, and societies from the earliest times to 1975.

HIS 3316 History of Africa to 1900
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. African history from the earliest time to 1900.

HIS 3318 History of Modern Africa
Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of History or consent of the instructor. History of Africa since the early nineteenth century and analysis of contemporary African issues in a wider historical context.

HIS 3319 Women and Gender in Modern Africa
Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of History or consent of the instructor. The social, political, economic, religious, and cultural experiences of women living in Africa from the pre-colonial era to today.

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 4313 War and Peace in the Middle East
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The interaction of policy, military force, and society in the waging of war and the quest for peace and security in the Middle East.

MES 2301 Introduction to the Middle East
A regional geographic introduction to the Middle East region. An overview of the physical, cultural, ethnographic, economic and geopolitical components of the region followed by a more in depth description of selected political states.

MES 4V01 Readings in Mid-East Studies
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and approval of Director of Middle East Studies. A tutorial course, individually designed to either allow in-depth study of special topic of student/faculty interest; or allow for a student to have individualized instruction in a broad area of Middle East studies. Details arranged. The course may be repeated once when content differs.

PSC 4334 Governments and Politics of the Middle East
Political structures and processes of the Middle East nations with an emphasis on elites, political parties, interest groups, and bureaucracies. Inter-regional relations, nationalism, the impact of religion and the Arab-Israeli conflict will be considered. Problems of nation-building, regional cooperation, as well as super- and great-power penetration, will also be explored.

REL 4343 Topics in Islam
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. The tenets, doctrines, and sects of Islam, including the religious underpinnings of Islamic society. Field trip required. The course may be repeated once with a different topic.

Europe and the United States

ANT 3301 Science, Society, and Culture
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. Anthropological perspectives on controversial issues in the history of scientific thought as conveyed through original texts, popular films, and cultural critique.

ANT 4353 Archaeology of North America
An archaeological survey of human societies in the United States and Canada from their earliest appearance in the New World to the arrival of Europeans. One-third of the course will focus on historical archaeology.

AS 4301 Defense Studies
Co-requisite(s): AS 4111. Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. A study of civilian control of the military, the national security process and issues, American defense strategy and policy, and the Air Force organizational structure. Laboratory (AS 4111) enrollment is required for AFROTC students. This course may also be taken by non-AFROTC students without the lab.

AS 4302 Preparation For Active Duty
Co-requisite(s): AS 4112. This course prepares the student for active duty studying various world regions, officership, the military justice system, the military as a profession, and advanced leadership ethics. Special emphasis is placed on speaking and writing skills in the unique military-style format. Laboratory (AS 4112) enrollment required for AFROTC students.

CSS 4353 or PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Policy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. An analytical approach to the discourse generated by United States foreign policy in the postWorld War II era. Topics covered include the nature of public opinion and foreign policy, rhetorical and political constraints on foreign policy discourse, and in-depth analysis of the arguments for and against the conflict in Vietnam.

FRE 3337 French Civilization
Prerequisite(s): One 3000 level French course or consent of division director. The social, cultural, historical, and intellectual aspects French civilization from its origins to the twentieth century.

FRE 3338 Contemporary France
Prerequisite(s): One 3000 level French course; or consent of division director. Contemporary French culture from the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958 to the present.

GER 3341 Introduction to German Culture: Germany in the Making
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The history and culture of the German-speaking area, from the Romans to the present day, concentrating on what will become the nation of Germany. Taught in English.

GER 3345 Introduction to German Film: German Culture from Berlin to Hollywood
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. German culture through German film including cinematic traditions of the Weimar Republic and prominent German directors who emigrated to the United States, Nazi film, post-war cinema in East and West Germany, and the international media context since German unification. Conducted in English.

HIS 2V89 Introduction to Model Organization of American States
Course prepares students for first-time participation in a Model Organization of American States simulation. Stresses historical and contemporary hemispheric issues. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours under different topics.

HIS 3308 Hitler and Holocaust
The rise of Adolf Hitler and the policies of war and extermination he pursued before and during World War II, as well as the suffering, complicity and responses of Jews and Christians within and after the Holocaust.

HIS 3344 History of Modern Germany
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. A survey of the political, cultural, and economic development of German-speaking Central Europe since the eighteenth century.

HIS 4328 Medieval Britain
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing and nine semester hours of history; or consent of instructor. Medieval British history, emphasizing the development of parliament and the common law; the medieval church in the British Isles; the social impact of warfare; the demographic impact of famine and plague in England and Britain.

HIS 4336 Europe since World War I
Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. Problems of peace making and international organization; rise of Fascism and Communism; background and history of World War II.

HIS 4339 Cultural and Intellectual History of Modern Europe
History of ideas and their social and economic background from the Enlightenment to the present. Course includes study of Enlightenment philosophy (Reason, Nature, God, and Man), Romanticism, Democratic theory and Marxism, Idealism, Darwinism, Fascism, and Existentialism. Considerable emphasis on literature; some attention to art and music.

HIS 4343 France since 1815
Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. Major topics in French history from Waterloo to the present day, including the Bourbon Restoration, the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, the Second Empire, republicanism, colonialism, the world wars, and Gaullism.

HIS 4347 Europe from 1815 to 1914
Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours of history or consent of instructor. Political, social, and economic development of the European nations from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War; the rise of liberalism and growth of nationalism; imperialism and the development of international rivalry.

HIS 4392 American Foreign Relations since 1919
Prerequisite(s): Nine semester hours or consent of instructor. Role of the United States as a great power, with emphasis upon the changing attitudes toward world affairs.

PSC 3335 Contemporary American Foreign Policy: An Examination of Regions and Issues
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. Assessing continuity and change in foreign policy, including internationalism, isolationism, power, principle, and pragmatism to understand post-World War II American foreign policy. Analysis of evolution, patterns, and trends of American foreign policy.

PSC 3345 Making American Foreign Policy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Values, objectives, processes, and means through which United States foreign policy objectives are formulated and sustained.

PSC 3392 Washington Internship
Prerequisite(s): Consent of program director. Research and seminars which will usually include attendance at a seminar held in Washington. Also required is regularly scheduled fieldwork in a governmental or not-for-profit agency located in Washington.

PSC 4316 Grand Strategy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The relationship between a great power’s grand strategy and stability in international politics.

PSC 4324 British Government and Politics
Foundations, processes, and politics of British government. Emphasis will be given to political parties and interest groups, parliament, cabinet and administration, judiciary, and the prime minister. Analysis of current political issues and policies will be undertaken.

PSC 4335 Public Discourse and Foreign Politics
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. An analytical approach to the discourse generated by United States foreign policy in the postWorld War II era. Topics covered include the nature of public opinion and foreign policy, rhetorical and political constraints on foreign policy discourse, and in-depth analysis of the arguments for and against the conflict in Vietnam.

PSC 4354 Governments and Politics of Western Europe
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A comparative study of the forms of government organization, political processes, and major developments in Western Europe. Course emphasizes parliamentary forms of democracy.

PSC 4V89 Advanced Model Organization of American States
Prerequisite(s): HIS 2V89. Course prepares advanced students for leadership roles in a Model Organization of American States simulation. May be repeated for a total of six credit hours under different topics.

SPA 3310 Spanish Civilization
Prerequisite(s): SPA 2320 or consent of division director. Study of Spanish history and culture.

Global Issues and Institutions Courses:

Political and Development Issues

ANT 1310 Cultural Geography
An introductory course in human or cultural geography. Topics include geographical concepts and factors; systematic and regional approaches; geographic tools and techniques, stressing spatial interactions; reciprocal relations between peoples and geographical environments; geographical graphics; major earth regions and their interrelations.

ANT 1325 Intro to Global Health
An introduction to global health and illness from a cross-cultural and cross-border perspective.

ANT 2305 Cultural Anthropology in a Global Context
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
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 3350 Native North Americans
A study of the natives of North America including prehistory, cultural development, and contemporary relationships with other cultural ethnic groups.

ANT 4305 Anthropological Theory
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. Theoretical approaches to modern-day anthropology, with emphasis on political economy, Marxism, hermeneutics, ecology, and feminism.

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

ANT 4320 Culture, Personality and Identity
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor. A thorough investigation of the relationship between the individual and culture/society, with emphasis on the "culture and personality" school of contemporary humanistic social science.

ANT 4325 Medical Anthropology
Biological and sociocultural aspects of human health, disease, development, aging, and health care. Especially emphasized are the developmental, holistic, and cross-cultural perspectives on disease and the life cycle.

ANT 4311/ENV 4310 World Food Problems
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. A seminar approach with emphasis on the various causes of malnutrition including the ecological basis for food production, the impact of economics and politics on food production and distribution, and the consequences of malnutrition.

ANT 4350 Development and Indigenous People
Prerequisite(s): ANT 1305, SOC 1305 or consent of instructor. 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.

BL 4320 International Business Law
Prerequisite(s): BL 3305 or consent of instructor. Legal issues relating to international business transactions. Topics include major organizations and conventions/treaties related to international business, differences between U.S. and foreign contract and employment laws, methods of entry into foreign markets such as direct foreign investment or franchising, techniques to minimize risk in international transactions, the need for cultural awareness as it affects business transactions, trade regulations including import and export requirements and tariffs, and how to resolve disputes effectively.

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

GEO 4312 Oceanography
Physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the oceans with special emphasis on the direct and indirect relationships of humans to the oceans. Such topics as mining the sea and its floor, farming the seas, and influence of the oceans on weather are included. Field trips and laboratory exercises. May not be taken for credit if GEO 1402 has been taken. Fee: $50

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)

HED 4340 Global Health
Overviews global health issues and the role of health education and public health worldwide.

JOU 3387 International Communication
Prerequisite(s): Open to juniors and seniors throughout the university. International communication: its history, the flow of news and information, its role in international relations, a comparison of press systems, the role of new World Information Order, and communication in developed and developing nations.

PSC 3301 Scope and Methods of Political Science
A course designed to equip beginning political scientists with the basic tools of political analysis used by professional political scientists. The scope of the discipline is explored through the use of primary writings, and the student is introduced to general concepts, theories, approaches, and models as well as basic methodologies and techniques of political research.

PSC 3314 Politics and Problems of Developing Countries
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
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 3324 World Political Systems
A comparative survey of the world’s political systems with emphasis on political culture, institutions, processes, and policies. Systems to be covered include the democracies of Western Europe, North America and the Pacific, the Communist and former Communist states of Eastern Europe and Asia, and the politically developing states of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

PSC 3325 Ethnopolitical 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 3355 The Causes of War
The causes of warfare, as viewed through the lenses of human evolution, psychological approaches, economic system, ideology, and the international system.

PSC 3375 Model United Nations
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. An overview of the United Nations, including its origins, the six principal organs established by the UN charter, the UN’s role in international relations, and the functions of the General Assembly and Security Council. Recommended for those interested in participating in Baylor’s Model UN team. May be taken twice.

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

PSC 4305 International Law
Nature and origins of international law and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of the states under that law, as well as the problems which have arisen in its interpretation and enforcement.

PSC 4315 Political Geography
Concepts and principles of political geography. Analysis of dynamics of spatial relations and interactions of states. Comparison of main approaches, including geo-politics. Study of state elements, especially territorial integrity and frontiers. Survey and analysis of world political patterns.

PSC 4346 Intelligence and Covert Action
This course provides students with the ability to evaluate the impact of intelligence, counterespionage, and covert action policies on national security policy and international relations.

PSC 4355 Power, Morality and International Relations
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The influence of moral principles on international politics.

PSC 4365 International Political Economics
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above. The intersection of politics and economics at the domestic and international levels. Political outlooks considered include liberalism, Keynesianism, and Marxism.

PSC 4375 International Organization
Fundamentals of international politics and international law, advancing to an intensified study of past and, particularly, present international organizations, especially the United Nations.

PSC 4384 Principles of Political Development
The development of contemporary states and nations, emphasizing war, geographic location, natural resources, and cultural and religious norms as determinants of different experiences.

PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory and Practice
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. How states and other international actors communicate and pursue their foreign policy objectives through the use of diplomatic agents and techniques.

PSC 4395 Terrorism
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. The effectiveness of terrorism as a coercive strategy for states and non-state actors as well as the threat terrorism poses to the interests of the United States.

SWO 4317 Human Trafficking
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or graduate student. This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime, and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored.

PSC 4384 Principles of Political Development
The development of contemporary states and nations, emphasizing war, geographic location, natural resources, and cultural and religious norms as determinants of different experiences.

PSC 4397 Dictatorship, Democracy and Regime Change
This course will examine the origins of political regimes, compare the functioning of authoritarian and democratic institutions and study the institutional variation within them.

BIC 4374 World Cultures V: Differing Visions & 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.

Economics

BUS 3310 Multinational Business (Summer in Europe)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the unique problems and opportunities that face firms engaged in international business, from the point of view of the multinational firm doing business abroad. Special attention is given to the international environment. The course is taught only outside the United States.

ECO 2307 Principles of Macroeconomics
Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. A study of basic economic concepts, business organization, economic role of government, national income analysis, national income theory, money and banking, and the business cycle.

ECO 4334 Economic Development
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in ECO 1380, 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 4338 Economic Systems of the World
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing; not open to pre-business students. An examination of the institutional structures and relative performance of representative capitalist and socialist economies of the world. Countries surveyed include the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, China and Yugoslavia.

ECO 4343 History of Economic Thought
Prerequisite(s): ECO 1305 or a minimum grade of C in ECO 2306 and 2307; and junior standing; not open to pre-business students. Development of economic thought in relation to its economic and institutional background from the ancient philosophers to Alfred Marshall and neoclassical economists. Emphasis is placed on the contributions to economic thought of the founders.

FIN 4331 International Business Finance
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C+ in FIN 3310; not open to pre-business students. A study of international financial management, including multinational corporations (MNCs), international financial markets, international trade, foreign exchange rate, currency futures, forwards, options and swaps, currency exposures, and short- and long-term financing decisions of MNCs. With a focus on the enhancement of analytical skills based on the tools and theory of international finance, this course will promote critical thinking skills of the student.

INB 3305 Global Business
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. An introductory survey for all majors, exploring how companies and nations operate in the global economy. Topics include the cultural, legal, financial, logistical, and ethical challenges that companies encounter in the global market and the strategies designed to address those challenges. Current global developments and company practices are emphasized.

MKT 4325 International Marketing
Prerequisite(s): MKT 3305; not open to pre-business students. A study of the international dimensions of American enterprise and the background of the international environment. Includes international trade concepts, cultural dynamics, business customs, multinational markets, development markets, and influence of political, legal, and geographic factors on international marketing.

Belief Systems

HIS 3395 Historiography and Philosophy of History
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of history or consent of instructor. An introduction to ancient, medieval, and modern historiography and the development of the philosophy of history. Critical consideration will be given to traditional thought about concepts fundamental to history, including the ideas of historical explanation, purpose, cause, and interpretation. Emphasis will be given to methods of historical research and writing.

PHI 3305 British Philosophy & Culture
British Philosophy and Culture This course is designed for Baylor University’s study-abroad program. (Note: see section in this catalog regarding foreign study.) While the specific course content will vary with the instructor, attention will be given to the way issues have been addressed by philosophers in the British Isles such as Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, John Stuart Mill, Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, and Gilbert Ryle. The philosophical ideas of literary figures such as Jane Austen, Robert Browning, and William Wordsworth may also be considered. Discussions will be developed in the rich settings of cathedrals, theaters, universities, and museums.

PHI 3312 History of Philosophy: Modern European Philosophy
A study of the major developments in philosophy from the Renaissance through the first half of the nineteenth century. The demise of late Scholasticism, the rise of modern science, the philosophies of the Continental Rationalists and the British Empiricists, the critical philosophy of Kant, and German Idealism are considered. Philosophers studied include Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

PHI 4340 East Asian Philosophy
An historical and critical survey of the major movements in Chinese, Indian.

PHI 4341 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
A critical study of philosophical movements in Europe during the past one hundred and fifty years. Some of the major philosophers studied include Nietzsche, Husserl, Adorno, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Wittgenstein, Russell, Carnap, Gadamer, Habermas, Lyotard, Foucault, and Derrida. Movements studied include phenomenology, positivism, naturalism, critical theory, existentialism, structuralism, deconstructionism, and postmodernism. Course may be repeated once with a different area of concentration.

PSC 3363 Western Political Thought: Classical and Medieval
The tradition of western political thought from its origins in Greek antiquity through the Christian middle ages, stressing the original writings of great political philosophers.

PSC 3373 Western Political Thought: Modern
Modern political thought from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, stressing the original writings of great political philosophers.

PSC 4379 Islam and Democracy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing. Examines the evolution of political philosophy and institutions in Muslim culture.

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 arising from technology, mass society, and the observations of empirical political science.

REL 3333 History of Roman Catholicism
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. Historical and theological developments of Roman Catholicism from the patristic period to the present. Special attention will be directed toward individuals, movements, and councils.

REL 3345 World Religions
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350 or BIC 3358; and upper-level standing. Historical, aesthetic, philosophical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological approaches to the major faith traditions of our world.

REL 3394 War and Peace in Christian Tradition
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. An examination of relevant Biblical materials and their interpretation and application throughout Christian history. An analysis of three major historical positions; pacifism, just war, and crusade, and an examination of contemporary expressions in scholarship, public policy, and popular thought.

REL 4340 Christian Missions
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing. Biblical basis for missions, the expansion of Christianity, the encounter with non-Christian traditions, and contemporary rationales for Christian missions.

REL 4348 Modern Judaism
Prerequisite(s): REL 1310, 1350 and upper-level standing. Trends in 20th Century in Jewish thought, including Zionism, post-Holocaust thought, movements of Jewish renewal, and ecumenical relations.

SOC 4325 Sociology of Religion
Ways in which religion influences society, culture, and personality and, conversely, how the latter affect religion.