2021-2022 Course Catalog – Humanities: Social Studies

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Humanities: Social Studies

CL College Level

CP College Prep

DC Dual Credit

XC Exploratory Course

Required American History Courses

All students must successfully complete American History, 1492-1876 and American History, 1877-Present. Normally taken junior year.

SOC203
American History, 1492-1876 (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course surveys the American historical experience through 1876. Students will examine key events, ideas, personalities and movements from before European exploration to the end of Reconstruction.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 201 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC204
American History, 1877-Present (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course surveys the American historical experience since 1877. Students will examine key events, ideas, personalities and movements since the end of Reconstruction.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 202 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

Required Government Course

All students must successfully complete ONE government course from the options listed below. Normally taken fall of senior year.

SOC301
Exploring United States Government: Political Theory and Practice (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

An exploration of United States government, with particular reference to past and present political theory. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of thinkers and ideas, as both the sources of American law and government and as comparative examples. Connections will be made between theory and practice, and students will be encouraged to think creatively about the nature, history, and present course of American government and politics. Critical thinking and productive civil discourse will be consistently emphasized. (Only one credit can be earned from the Exploring United States Government course series.)

SOC302
Exploring United States Government: Search for Democracy (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

An exploration of United States government, with particular reference to the history and experience of creating and sustaining a democratic system and way of life for all. What is a democracy, and what does it mean to live in a democratic country? Topics may include diversity, equality, equity, political power, and similar pressing questions of past and present. Critical thinking and productive civil discourse will be consistently emphasized. (Only one credit can be earned from the Exploring United States Government course series.)

Required Economics Course

All students must successfully complete ONE economics course from the options listed below. Normally taken spring of senior year.

ECON116
Survey of Economics (CL)

Prerequisite: Senior only except with permission of Social Studies Department Head
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall or Spring

An introduction to important and influential economic theories and circumstances, with specific examples chosen by the instructor. Course topics will include the study of scarcity and economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national economic performance, the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade.

ECON201
Elementary Microeconomics (CL)

Prerequisite: Senior only except with permission of Social Studies Department Head
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

A study of why people specialize as producers and exchange what they produce with others. Includes analysis of how market structure affects prices. Discusses the issue of whether self-interested economic behavior promotes or hinders society. Recommended for students interested in pursuing economics, business or related studies in college.

Electives: Topics in History

SOC05101
Indiana History (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course will examine the history of Indiana through the present day. Major personalities and important events in the political, economic, literary, philosophical, intellectual, educational, and social realms will be explored. Hoosier hospitality will be the norm for discussion—even when asking the age-old question: what exactly is a “hoosier?”

SOC05130
The West in the World (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

The West in the World is a survey of the development of Western Civilization since its origins emphasizing key problems, turning points, and recurring themes, especially in the past two centuries. The course emphasizes the civilization that emerged and developed in Europe and spread to the Americas during the past two millennia. The West in the World also focuses on the way peoples around the globe helped to shape Western Civilization and how they felt its influence. Non-Western civilizations have exercised a powerful influence on Western Civilization, and the West has interacted with the rest of the world throughout its history.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in HIST 150 upon completion of this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC05140
History of World Religions (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will explore the development of religions around the world from prehistoric to modern times. The major world religions will be studied, along with religions of the ancient world and of non-literate peoples. Primary sources will be emphasized to understand the key components of various religions. Special emphasis will also be placed on early developments, exploring the interaction between different religions, as well as the relation of religions to the historical time periods through which they develop.

SOC05141
Appalachian Regional History (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course is a survey of the history of Appalachia, with particular focus on Southern and Central Appalachia. The course focuses on Appalachia’s three phases of development: traditional society in the 19th century, the industrialization of the region in the early 20th century, and the problems facing contemporary Appalachia, with a specific focus on migration from the region to Indiana and the Midwest after World War II.

SOC05150
Themes in Ethnic Studies (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course will explore the historical development, lifestyles, and cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the United States and the world. Course themes may include a focus on a particular ethnic group or groups, or may use a comparative approach to study the cultural development, political trends, and economic impact of various ethnic or cultural groups, as well as issues of immigration and assimilation. Literary works emanating from the various ethnic groups may also be subject to scrutiny and discussion.

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