Cluster 10A: Patronage & Power

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For General Education: Creative Expression, 3 credits / Western History, 3 credits
For History Majors / Art History Minors

This course cluster examines patronage and power as expressed in art and Western civilization from the 17th century to the present. The religious conflicts as well as the huge political and economic upheavals during this period in Europe were catalysts for the transformation that resulted in our modern world. We can see in the visual arts a kind of documentary illustration of everything from the fall of kings and the empowerment of the lower classes to the changes in attitudes toward children and non-Europeans.
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Cluster 9A: U.S. Politics & the Power of Dissent: Using Your Voice to Rethink Democracy

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For General Education: Speech Communication core requirement / Ways of Knowing, 3 credits
For Political Science / Communication Majors

This cluster will collaboratively study politics in the United States by engaging students in discussions and presentations on government actors, current affairs and political controversies. In a world that is inescapably political, we must understand both how our government system works and how we can work ethically within it. By learning how to effectively articulate personal views while also listening and learning from the views of others, students will be better prepared to help build and contribute to a responsible, informed and democratic community.
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Cluster 8A: Fear of Differences: Using Social Science to Understand Why We Are Afraid

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For General Education: Ways of Knowing, 6 credits
For Sociology / Psychology Majors

This cluster will combine the disciplines of sociology and psychology to examine the culture of fear through the lens of social science. Various fears will be investigated to understand why we may be afraid of things, especially social and psychological differences, including cultural, racial, religious, economic, life style and others. Opportunities for exposure to such differences will be presented.
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Clusters 6A & 7A: Sport in Society

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For General Education: English core requirement / Ways of Knowing, 3 credits
For Business / Economics / Sport Management Majors

These clusters will examine the key social, political, economic and cultural phenomena of sport. The focus will be on the relationship between sport and its historical and literary contributions. Students will also explore the economic principles that aid in a more complete understanding of the financial aspects of sport.
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Cluster 5A: In Pursuit of Freedom

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For General Education: English core requirement / Creative Expression, 3 credits / Ways of Knowing, 3 credits
For Political Science / Art Majors

This cluster will focus on the idea of freedom in a global context. What does freedom mean? How do we pursue it? To what extent is it a “natural” right? How is freedom represented in images, words, media and cultural practices?
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Cluster 4A: The Good Life

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For General Education: English core requirement / Ways of Knowing, 6 credits
For Business / Political Science / Economics Majors

This cluster will investigate — through reading, conversing and writing — the broad historical phenomenon called “the good life,” as it is understood in the context of political science and economics. Students will explore the concept of “the good life” through questions such as: How do we define “the good life”? Is it measured by our accomplishments? Our material possessions? Our relationships? Our moral and ethical standards? Is it something to be defined individually or corporately? Do our notions of “the good life” transcend time and space, or are they inevitably influenced by the culture we live in?
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Cluster 3A: Identity

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For General Education: English core requirement / Creative Expression, 6 credits
For Art / Theatre / English Majors

This cluster will focus on Identity — how people, literary characters, corporations and societies create, manipulate and transform their own identities. Courses will incorporate workshops in the theatrical arena with studying and creating artistic and literary pieces focused on advertising, writing, blogging, photography and video.
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Cluster 2A: History & Visual Culture

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For General Education: Foundations of Knowledge, 3 credits / Creative Expression, 3 credits
For History or Art Majors

This cluster explores the overlapping relationship of American history and visual culture. HIS205 examines the events of American history from Colonialism to Reconstruction, while ART218 will examine how visual imagery promotes, influences and records history. Ideas about how visual images sustain history will be explored through class discussions, projects and field trips.
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Cluster 1A: Teaching, Writing, Reflecting: Documenting the History of the Teaching Profession

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For General Education: English core requirement
For Education Majors

This cluster looks at how education policies and practices, as well as modes for their documentation, have changed over the years. Courses will examine how these changes are reflected by different social movements and key events in American history. The courses are interwoven in their focus on different methods of documenting the changes made in schooling at key moments in American history, such as before and after the end of slavery, during the Civil Rights movement and more current moments that influence today’s educational practices, such as the introduction of special education. During the course of the semester, we will visit local Civil Rights historical sites and low-income elementary schools, as well as create digital documentation, share completed research, produce videos and other documents.
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