Social Sciences

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Winter Courses
Jan 3 - Jan 19

Spring Courses
Jan 24 - May 18

Questions about course content? Contact:
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SS 101
Mathematical Economics
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00

This course helps students in creative fields develop quantitative skills in economics that are important for academic success, preparation for careers or graduate school, and entrepreneurial endeavors. The course empowers students to master quantitative skills in a supportive environment with applications to the fashion industry and other creative fields. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18665 301 T 9:10 AM—12:00 PM B819


SS 131
General Psychology
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Principles of psychology and their application to general behavior are presented. Stresses the scientific method in understanding learning, perception, motivation, emotion, personality development, and the social influences on human behavior. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1908 OL1 ONLINE    
1909 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
4098 302 M 2:10 PM—5:00 PM C509
4101 306 W 3:10 PM—6:00 PM A321B
12988 OL1 ONLINE    
12989 OL2 ONLINE    
13589 OL3 ONLINE    
15869 OL4 ONLINE    


SS 141
Macroeconomics
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Introduction to basic principles and characteristics of economic systems. Primary emphasis is on macroeconomic issues, including national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy, and current economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences).

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1910 OL1 ONLINE    
1911 OL2 ONLINE    
1912 OL3 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
4109 303 M 2:10 PM—5:00 PM B306
5045 35A M 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B928
9316 35B T 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A324
5047 35C W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B915A
5048 35D R 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B928
18214 35F T 5:10 PM—6:25 PM B915A
    T 5:10 PM—6:25 PM A341A
19337 35G M 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A307
13401 OL1 ONLINE    
13402 OL2 ONLINE    
13812 OL3 ONLINE    
16370 OL4 ONLINE    
17153 OL5 ONLINE    


SS 151
Global Power and Politics
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

This course is designed to give students an understanding of world politics by examining historical and current events and issues. It explores topics of international relations–origins of wars, conditions for peace, and conflicts over wealth and resources. Students will learn how international actors interact with each other. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19630 35A M 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A336
12433 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 171
Introductory Sociology
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Study of patterned social behavior and the interrelationships between individual life experience and the social structure that helps shape it. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1917 OL1 ONLINE    
1918 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
4122 302 T 2:10 PM—5:00 PM A341B
12637 OL1 ONLINE    
17565 OL2 ONLINE    
17752 OL3 ONLINE    


SS 200
Personal Finance
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00

This course introduces terminology, concepts, and practices of personal finance: the financial planning process, consumer loans, home ownership, saving for retirement, time value of money, interest compounding, inflation, risk diversification, behavioral finance, mutual funds, bonds, and stocks. Tools to evaluate financial decisions at different stages of life are provided. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19261 302 R 2:10 PM—5:00 PM E621


SS 201
Contemporary Issues in Economics
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00

Prerequisite: SS 141
This course covers leading contemporary economic problems, with specific topics chosen from current and recent policy debates such as immigration, health care reform, national debt and executive pay. The objective is to provide a critical economics perspective about these issues, utilizing economic reasoning, theory, and principles. (G4: Social Sciences).

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18197 301 W 9:10 AM—12:00 PM C229
19213 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 231
Personality
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Prerequisite: SS 131
Emphasizes normal personality development as viewed from a variety of perspectives, including social, educational, biological, and psychodynamic factors. Students apply these psychological principles to problems of everyday living and gain an understanding of both normal and deviant reactions to life events. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1913 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 237
Industrial Psychology
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Applies psychological principles to issues in the workplace. Personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, performance appraisal, and stress are explored to provide future leaders, managers, and technical specialists with information and skills to enhance their interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1914 OL1 ONLINE    
1915 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17316 35A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM C709
15647 OL1 ONLINE    
15872 OL2 ONLINE    
15873 OL3 ONLINE    


SS 242
Microeconomics
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00
Online: In state $705.00 Out of state $2,028.00

Prerequisite: SS 141
Examines the principles underlying the behavior of business firms, resource owners, and consumers within a system of price-making markets. Emphasis is on pricing, resource allocation, cost analysis, price determination under market structures ranging from competition to monopoly, and a functional approach to the distribution of income. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1924 OL1 ONLINE    
1925 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
13675 303 M 2:10 PM—5:00 PM C311
13682 35A M 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A337
13683 35C T 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B306
13685 35D W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B928
13915 OL1 ONLINE    
14322 OL2 ONLINE    
14774 OL3 ONLINE    
15667 OL4 ONLINE    
16375 OL5 ONLINE    
18995 OL6 ONLINE    
19256 OL7 ONLINE    
19285 OL8 ONLINE    


SS 272
Sex Roles, Marriage, and Family in Transition
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00

Sociological study of sex roles and relationships in modern society. Analysis of traditional marriage and family systems, new alternatives, and future trends. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
5062 35A T 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B304


SS 277
Cultural Expressions of Non-Western Dress and Fashion
3.0 credits
In state $660.00 Out of state $1,983.00

This course introduces students to the sociocultural meanings of ethnic dress. Students examine case studies from non-Western cultures to understand how dress reflects the values and beliefs of traditional cultures, and how ethnic dress has become integrated into today’s fashions. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17572 301 M 9:10 AM—12:00 PM C410


SS 302
Economics of Energy and Fossil Fuels
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 141
The course discusses energy markets and especially the economic history, extraction and consumption of the fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas). We also discuss energy and environmental polices such as the cap-and-trade, cap-and-share systems; net-metering; or a carbon tax. We will also provide examples of alternative and more sustainable energy policies from other countries. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17647 801 W 2:10 PM—5:00 PM A341A


SS 304
Introduction to Caribbean Studies
3.0 credits
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

This course is cross-listed with MC 304. This course is an introduction to modern Caribbean States and societies with emphasis on their economies, politics and cultures. Students explore current global trends and their impact on the Caribbean region and its diaspora. (G9: Other World Civilizations).

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19116 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 307
Emotions in Society
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

How are our emotions shaped by society? This course examines sociological theories and research on why we feel what we feel, applying them to social issues such as capitalism, climate destruction, racial injustice, and war to examine shame, pride, sympathy, denial, happiness, and trauma. Students examine their own emotions in order to experiment with thinking more critically about both their own lives and society as a whole. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18308 801 W 3:10 PM—6:00 PM B307


SS 311
Environmental Psychology
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 131
This course explores how human behavior and cultural values shape, and are shaped by, natural and built environments. Topics include: environmental perception and cognition, place attachment and psychological experiences of home, spatial implications of power and inequality, and typologies such as institutions, public space, workplaces, and play spaces. (G4: Social Sciences).

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19095 801 W 12:10 PM—3:00 PM A337


SS 313
Cultural Awareness, Design Responsibility, and the Law
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

This course investigates the legal, financial, and social implications of cultural appropriation and the misuse of cultural property. A variety of indigenous and cultural groups ranging from the Wixáritari people of Mexico to the hip-hop community will be examined through case studies. Students develop strategies to design and collaborate with cultural groups in a sensitive and responsible manner. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19718 801 M 2:10 PM—5:00 PM A641


SS 334
The Psychology of Color
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 131 or approval of chairperson
Examines the importance of color and its influences on behavior. Topics include the biological and perceptual characteristics of color, fundamental color research, societal and cultural influences on the meanings and uses of color, adaptations of color in both natural and human-made environments, and the interaction between personality and color. Special attention is given to the application of color in both industry and everyday life. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18256 801 M 9:10 AM—12:00 PM A307
18920 802 T 2:10 PM—5:00 PM A643
19233 85A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B506


SS 335
Abnormal Psychology
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 131
This course is designed to help students understand the symptoms, causes, and treatment of psychological disorders and the contemporary issues facing mental health practitioners and researchers. Issues related to abnormal psychology are presented from theoretical research and clinical perspectives. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18597 85A T 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A320


SS 336
Psychology for Sustainability
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Students explore the psychological relationship between humans and their natural and built environments to gain insight into environmental problems and generate solutions. Topics include conscious and unconscious influences on human behavior, social norms and influence, the role of contingencies, the neurotoxic effects of pollution, and the psychology of environmental stress. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
16948 801 T 9:10 AM—12:00 PM B503


SS 340
The Psychology of Gender, Perception and Self-Expression
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 131
Through critical engagement with psychological theories of gender and cognition, this course challenges students to think about how gender affects our sense of self, how we communicate that self, and how others perceive us. It encourages students to imagine new possibilities for how we embody our identity and interact based on fashion.

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18217 801 R 2:10 PM—5:00 PM C410


SS 341
Women and Global Politics
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

This course will examine how gender intersects in, and shapes, international relations through an examination of issues in international conflict and in the international political economy. The course will focus on the global women’s movement as a considerable player in international politics, incorporating the experiences of women as well as feminist analyses. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
16945 801 W 9:10 AM—12:00 PM C410


SS 343
Labor Economics
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Prerequisites: SS 141 and SS 242
Examines labor economics and labor institutions’ role in the U.S. economy. Major subjects include the changing labor force and its composition, labor markets, labor unionism, collective bargaining, labor legislation, and government regulation. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
4145 801 T 2:10 PM—5:00 PM B915A
1926 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 345
Fundamentals of Finance for Fashion Industries
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisites: SS 141 and SS 242
This course focuses on the basic principles and concepts of international finance relevant to the fashion-related industries. Topics include the world financial system and institutions, and financial instruments and their use from a practical standpoint. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17568 85A T 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B915A


SS 354
Comparative Political Systems
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Study of political systems with a global perspective; compares and contrasts contemporary political ideologies, institutions, and processes from democracies to authoritarian regimes, advanced industrialized economies to developing countries. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1927 OL1 ONLINE    
1963 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
12992 802 M 3:10 PM—6:00 PM C408
16722 85A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A317
14919 OL1 ONLINE    
15628 OL2 ONLINE    
19290 OL3 ONLINE    


SS 356
Asia in Motion: National, International, and Transnational Relations
3.0 credits
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Examines the complexity, diversity, and dynamics of East Asian and Southeast Asian politics. The course analyzes Asia and its moves toward modernity in terms of politics, economics, and culture. Topics include modernization, post-World War II political settings, and post-Cold War regional integration. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
12038 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 374
Cross-Cultural Studies
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Prerequisites: two introductory Social Sciences courses (SS 131, SS 141, SS 151, or SS 171) or approval of chairperson
This course provides conceptual and practical knowledge of the societies and cultures, economies, histories, and institutions of non-Western societies. Special attention is paid to the distinctive features of Japan and India. Students are introduced to the range and significance of cultural differences and will be prepared to adapt to these cultural differences as they move into international arenas. (G4: Social Science; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1919 OL1 ONLINE    
1920 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18309 801 W 3:10 PM—6:00 PM A341B
8646 85A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B819
11622 OL1 ONLINE    
13918 OL2 ONLINE    
15208 OL3 ONLINE    
17405 OL4 ONLINE    


SS 376
Clothing and Society
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisites: two introductory Social Sciences courses (SS 131, SS 141, SS 151, or SS 171) or approval of chairperson
Examines the development of dress, adornment, and appearance as a nonverbal mode of communication and explores the meaning of clothing in modern American society. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17109 802 T 2:10 PM—5:00 PM A684


SS 378
Asian Global Popular Culture
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Students examine the global production, consumption, and reproduction of popular culture products in Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan, and India. Cultural products such as films, television sitcoms, pop music, comic books, and animation from South and East Asian societies are examined from local and global perspectives, and analyzed using social scientific tools and methodologies. (G4: Social Science; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1921 OL1 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
16705 801 W 3:10 PM—6:00 PM A312
15634 OL1 ONLINE    
18919 OL2 ONLINE    


SS 379
Sociology of the Digital Era
3.0 credits
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

This course explores the impact of digital information and communication technologies (ICT’s) in everyday life. Students examine how digital ICT’s have transformed social relations, social structures, identity formation processes, and cultural, political, and economic practices. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1922 OL1 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17753 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 385
Social Psychology
3.0 credits
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Prerequisite: SS 131
Human behaviors such as aggression, prejudice, attraction, attitude formation, conformity, helping, and group processes are examined with particular emphasis on their current applications. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1916 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 386
Youth Subculture, Identity, and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Prerequisite: SS 171 or SS 277 or SS 374
This course explores youth subcultures, in relation to gender, race and class identity. Students are introduced to various case studies of youth subcultures around the world, including Goth, Punk, and Lolita, and analyze how their values, norms, attitudes and beliefs are reflected on their styles. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1923 OL1 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
18198 85A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B504
17571 OL1 ONLINE    


SS 442
Environmental Economics and Policy
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 141 or SS 242
The foundations of environmental and natural resource economics are examined. Current economic approaches to the valuation of environmental issues, including economic incentive policies, internalization of environmental costs, public policy, and related multilateral trade issues, are discussed. Students analyze property rights as well as uses and restrictions of the global commons. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
19253 801 R 9:10 AM—12:00 PM B509


SS 443
International Economics
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00
Online: In state $942.00 Out of state $2,757.00

Prerequisite: SS 141 and SS 242
Reviews the origins of modern international economic theory and discusses present patterns of trade and finance, including the balance of payments and its economic effects, exchange rates, international commodity agreements, and tariff policies. Includes an analysis of the relationship between international economics and current U.S. economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences)

Winter
CRN Section Day Time Location
1928 OL1 ONLINE    
1929 OL2 ONLINE    
Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
5071 85A W 6:30 PM—9:20 PM A312
13920 OL1 ONLINE    
15191 OL2 ONLINE    
15209 OL3 ONLINE    
15466 OL4 ONLINE    
16303 OL5 ONLINE    
17414 OL6 ONLINE    
19013 OL7 ONLINE    


SS 445
Money and Banking
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 242
Reviews the monetary and banking system of the United States, with emphasis on its structure and regulation. The theoretical framework of the monetary system and its relation to monetary policy are also studied. (G4: Social Sciences)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
17873 85A TR 5:10 PM—6:25 PM C313


SS 446
Economies of Latin America
3.0 credits
In state $897.00 Out of state $2,712.00

Prerequisite: SS 141 and SS 242
The course reviews modern international economic theory and its application to the Latin American economies. Major topics include trade theory and regulation, industrial policies, regional trading agreements, and the role of multinational enterprises and financial issues. Students examine theoretical concepts within the context of the historical and current economic experiences of Latin America. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations)

Spring
CRN Section Day Time Location
16598 85A R 6:30 PM—9:20 PM B503