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Liberal Arts & Sciences – International Studies Option (A.A. Degree)

Liberal Arts & Sciences – International Studies Option

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Specialization Course Descriptions

ECONOMICS

ECO 11     3 rec 3 cr
Microeconomics

Nature of the market system via supply and demand; analysis of prices, costs and profits for various firms and markets. Applying economic theory to policy issues such as wage determination, discrimination, education, unionization, government intervention, rent control and employment of resources. (May be taken before or with ECO 12.)
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core: Individual and Society

ECO 12     3 rec 3 cr
Macroeconomics

Analysis of economic growth and determination of domestic output, employment, and income; examining GDP, price index, the business cycle, unemployment, and theories/effects of inflation. Exploring differences between Classical and Keynesian Economics via consumption, savings, investment, and the interest rate. Evaluating government fiscal policy and monetary policy. Studying Federal Reserve System and role of money and banking. (May be taken before or with ECO 11.)
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

ECO 15     3 rec 3 cr
History of Economic Thought*

Study of evolution of economic ideas; basic problems of economics: factor allocation, distribution and growth. Major schools of economic thought [primitive, feudal, classical, marginalist, Keynesian, Neo-classical synthesis, modern socialism) are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): ECO 11 or 12, or permission of the instructor..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ECO 71     3 rec 3 cr
Economics of Developing Areas

This course introduces students to basic principles and current problems of economic growth and development in developing and underdeveloped nations in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
Prerequisite(s): ECO 11, ECO 12, HIS 10 or SOC 11.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ENGLISH

ENG 47     3 rec 3 cr
Latino Literature

Introduction to prominent writers from a range of Latino literary traditions. Representative literary works from Mexican-American, Dominican-American, Cuban-American, Puerto Rican and other Latino writers are read and analyzed. Critical writings, including a research paper, are required.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 10 or ENG 11..
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

ENG 48     3 rec 3 cr
Afro-Caribbean Literature

Introduction to prominent writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Representative literary works are read and analyzed. Critical writings, including a research paper are required.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 10 or ENG 11..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ENG 57     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Women’s Literature

Introduction to prominent women writers from various backgrounds, genres, and periods. Both primary literary works by women and theory about women’s literature are read and analyzed. Critical writings, including a research paper, are required.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 10 or ENG 11..
Flexible Core: Individual and Society

MODERN LANGUAGES

ARB 111     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Arabic I

This introductory language course is designed for beginners of Arabic. This course is not for native or heritage speakers of Arabic. Students will develop their Arabic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introducing Arabic letters and basic vocabulary of daily communication will be the major focus at this stage. The course also focuses on the cultural aspects of the Arab world in context with language learning. Students will be given opportunities to explore the cultural side of the Arab world through different activities, presentations, and contacts with native Arabic speakers and Arabic organizations in the United States.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ARB 112     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Arabic II

This course is continuation of Arabic 111. At this level, students will continue building the skills they acquired as beginners and will move to a higher level where they can listen, read, comprehend, and speak about various topics of personal interest, such as culture, religion, work, studies, travel, daily activities, and economics. In addition to the textbook this course also relies on the use of authentic materials, such as newspapers, Arabic media products, guests from Arabic speaking countries, Arabic menus, trips, and extra-curricular activities in Arabic settings (North African and Middle Eastern restaurants, Arabic cultural centers, etc.).
Prerequisite(s): ARB 11 or 111 or Placement.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

FRN 111     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning French

Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on French and Francophone cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

FRN 112     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning French II

Continuation of FRN 11. Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on French and Francophone cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Prerequisite(s): FRN 11 or FRN 111 or placement test.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ITL 111     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Italian I

Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Italian cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

ITL 112     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Italian II

Continuation of Italian 11. Continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing language skills. Introduction to new vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Italian cultural themes.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

POR 111     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Portuguese I

Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Portuguese and Lusophone cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

POR 112     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Portuguese II

Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Portuguese and Lusophone cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Prerequisite(s): POR 11 or POR 111 or placement test.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

SPN 111     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Spanish I

Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Hispanic cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

SPN 112     1 conf/rec 3 rec 3 cr
Beginning Spanish II

Continuation of Spanish 11. Development in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use of textual materials and multimedia on Hispanic cultural themes. Use of instructional technology.
Prerequisite(s): SPN 11 or SPN 111 or placement test.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

SPN 113     3 rec 3 cr
Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

Intermediate language structures, communicative work in listening, speaking, reading and writing, work with authentic literary texts and Hispanic cultural material. Use of instructional technology.
Prerequisite(s): SPN 10 or SPN 12 or SPN 112 or placement test.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POL 11     3 rec 3 cr
American National Government

Survey of structure and activities of the national government: bases of present political system, pressure groups, political parties, elections, Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, and the protection and deprivation of individual rights.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

POL 31     3 rec 3 cr
Comparative Government

The purpose of this course is to get students interested in, and knowledgeable about, the politics of other nations. To accomplish this, we will examine various nations, with particular attention to nations within Western Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The comparative method will be discussed as well as case studies of specific nations. This will be accomplished by comparing the historical experiences, political institutions and public policies of countries. We will also explore issues related to globalization.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or permission of the department..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

POL 42     3 rec 3 cr
Civil Rights Throughout the World

The purpose of this course is past and present comparison of governmental civil rights activities throughout the world, including civil rights and color; civil rights and religion; women’s rights in various countries.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10, or SOC 11, or permission of the department..

POL 71     3 rec 3 cr
Politics of Developing Areas

This course is an introduction to the politics and government of developing areas of the world. Study of modernization and political development, influences of internal and external forces on political evolution, social bases of political life, national political institutions and processes, political thought and ideology, regional and international institutions and politics, and foreign policy problems.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10/11, or SOC 11.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

POL 72     3 rec 3 cr
International Politics

This course is an introduction to the field of international politics. It explores the foundations of modern international politics, the relationship between domestic and international politics, the various means for the pursuit of foreign policy goals by states, role of non-governmental organizations on the international scene, and some approaches to problems of war and peace.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10/11, or SOC 11 or permission of the department..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE

ANT 11     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Anthropology

Development of human societies and cultures from early origins to present day. Touches all major fields of anthropology, such as physical anthropology, linguistics, and archeology; but focuses on cultural anthropology. Issues of economics, politics, family structure and religion from an anthropological point of view.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

GEO 10     3 rec 3 cr
World Regional Geography

This course introduces geographical concepts and perspectives and builds basic map skills and locational knowledge of countries, cities, physical features and regions. Issues addressed include climate change, the global economy, natural resource use, culture, and geopolitics.
Prerequisite(s): RDL 02 or ENG 02 if required..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 10     3 rec 3 cr
History of the Modern World

Exploration of outstanding political, intellectual, philosophical, social and economic trends, movements and events from mid-18th century to present. Analysis of forces that have shaped the modern world.
Prerequisite(s): A passing score on the CUNY/ACT Writing Skills Assessment Test and a passing score on the CUNY/ACT Reading Skills Assessment Test.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 11     4 rec 3 cr
Introduction to the Modern World

Exploration of outstanding political, intellectual, philosophical, social and economic trends, movements and events from mid-18th century to present. Analysis of forces that have shaped the modern world. This course is identical in academic content and in assessment to HIS 10, but adds a fourth developmental hour and limits class size to 28 to allow the instructor to work closely with students in English/Reading remediation to assist them in building a conceptual framework as well as developing academic comprehension, expressive and interpretive skills.
Prerequisite(s): RDL 01 and ENG 01 if required.
Corequisite(s): RDL 02 or ENG 02 or ENG 10..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 13     3 rec 3 cr
History of the Ancient World

Four major River Valley civilizations—Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China—will be covered. Examination of the florescence and decline of Greek and Roman civilizations. Focus on significant achievements of each people, assessing their impact on contemporary cultures as well as their legacy to ours. Readings from religious texts, poetry, drama and philosophy.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

HIS 14     3 rec 3 cr
The Individual and Society in Medieval History

Effects of major ideas, social and economic changes, political concepts and their impacts upon the society of the West during the Middle Ages. Emphasis on interaction of these aspects within the cultural context of medieval Europe.
Prerequisite(s): Passing scores on both the CUNY/ACT Writing Skills Assessment Test and CUNY/ACT Reading Skills Assessment Test..
Flexible Core: Individual and Society

HIS 24     3 rec 3 cr
The History of American Foreign Relations

Major developments in the foreign relations of the U.S., from the American Revolution to Vietnam, and their domestic and international effects. Emphasis on the policies of this century; evolution of the republic into a world power and the consequent tensions and crises. Origins and progress of efforts at international cooperation and peace.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 02 and RDL 02 if required..
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

HIS 27     3 rec 3 cr
Modern History of the Far East

China, Japan and Korea in the modern period; political and cultural institutions; structure of oriental societies; advances of the West and the effect of imperialism; industrialism, agrarian reforms; Communism; problems of the post-World War II period.
Prerequisite(s): HIS 10 or 11..

HIS 31     3 rec 3 cr
Modern Latin American History

Historical development of the Latin American area through the 19th and 21st centuries.
Prerequisite(s): HIS 10 or 11..

HIS 34     3 rec 3 cr
History of Science and Technology

Major developments in science and technology in the Western world and their impact on man and society. Growth and interaction of science and technology from the dawn of civilization to the present day.
Prerequisite(s): HIS 10 or 11..

HIS 39     3 rec 3 cr
History of The Caribbean

Political, economic, social and cultural history of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti from Spanish discovery to present. Emphasis on Puerto Rican contributions to culture and society of the Caribbean area and the United States.
Prerequisite(s): HIS 10 or 11..

SOC 11     3 rec 3 cr
Sociology

Introduction to the scientific study of human life as group life. Culture and personality; courtship, marriage and family; religious behavior; education and communication; theories of social stratification and social change.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required..
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

 

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