HIST 1030 - American History to 1865 (3 credits) OR HIST 1040 - American History Since 1865 (3 credits)
HIST 1030 - American History to 1865 (3 credits)
American history from its colonial origins through the Civil War. Special emphasis is given to analyzing and evaluating the major forces and ideas that have shaped American political, social, and economic life.
HIST 1040 - American History Since 1865 (3 credits)
American history from Reconstruction to the present. Special emphasis is given to analyzing and evaluating the major forces and ideas that have shaped American political, social, and economic life.
HIST 1090 - Early Western History (3 credits) OR HIST 1110 - Modern Western History (3 credits) OR HIST 1150 - Early World History (3 credits) OR HIST 1160 - Modern World History (3 credits)
HIST 1090 - Early Western History (3 credits)
A historical study of the major political, social, economic, philosophical, and religious movements shaping Western society in the period preceding the Renaissance.
HIST 1110 - Modern Western History (3 credits)
A historical examination of modern western society since the Middle Ages, emphasizing political, social, and economic movements, and the religious and philosophical ideas that have shaped its development.
HIST 1150 - Early World History (3 credits)
A study of the development of world civilizations, examining the interrelationships of the various regions of the world from Prehistoric times through 1500, including the rise of world communities, cultures, religions, and empires, tracing the development of trade, economics, political forms, the creation of the nation-state, and on the development of technology and the use of war of resolve cultural/religious/national conflicts.
HIST 1160 - Modern World History (3 credits)
A study of the interrelationships of world civilizations of the various regions of the world in the post-Renaissance era, examining the major world communities, cultures, and religions, tracing the modernization of economics and political systems, and the relations between modern nation-states. The course will also examine the collapse of colonialism, the beginning and end of the Cold War, the use of technology and warfare to resolve cultural/religious/ national conflicts, and the role played by the United States in world affairs in the modern era.
HIST 3010 - Constitutional History I (3 credits)
A study of the origin and development of the American constitutional system from the colonial period to 1870. The course will examine seminal decisions of the United States Supreme Court during this period in their political, social, and economic context. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3020 - Constitutional History II (3 credits)
Continuation of the study of the constitutional system of the United States. The course covers the period 1870 to the present with special emphasis on Supreme Court decisions in the areas of federal-state relations, individual liberties, and civil rights. Prerequisite: HIST 3010.
LGST 2500 - Introduction to Legal Studies (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the structure and basic decisional processes of the American legal system, as well as a study of the historical and social development of the legal profession in America from the colonial period to the present. Particular focus is on examination of the central issues and processes of the legal system from the perspective of their everyday working relationships and how courts work. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
LGST 3400 - Comparative Law (3 credits)
A study of the interrelationship between cultures and legal systems; how legal systems develop as a response to, and expression of, the cultures from which they derive. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
LGST 4000 - Legal Research and Trial Advocacy (3 credits)
Students will learn legal research and writing skills, as well as the basics of case preparations, courtroom strategy and presentation, and legal argumentation. Library and Internet primary and secondary legal resources will be utilized, and legal memoranda and research skill exercises will be required. The students will create a trial notebook of their research and writing work, which they will then present in a mock trial/appellate setting. Prerequisites: LGST 2500 and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
LGST 4410 - International Law (3 credits)
An introduction to basic legal principles governing relations between nations. Topics include recognition of states, jurisdiction, human rights, treaties and agreements, law of the sea and claims against nations. Prerequisites: one LGST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.
POLS 1010 - American Government and Politics (3 credits)
An introduction to the processes of the American national and local forms of government. Included are the nature and structure of government, its characteristics and functions, and the intimate relation of government to other interests.
POLS 2010 - Comparative Government (3 credits)
This course will examine the elements of foreign political systems such as constitutions, political parties, institutions, historical development, and ideology using the United States as a frame of reference. Attention will be given to how legislation is enacted, how elections are conducted, and the relationship between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government.
SPCH 2020 - Argument and Debate (3 credits)
Training and practice in fundamentals of oral argumentation, including methods of obtaining and organizing materials, delivery, and audience analysis, with an emphasis on researching evidence and constructing and refuting an argument in a debate format. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.