Select 9 credits from the following courses:
HIST 2130 - Formation of Latin America (3 credits)
An interdisciplinary study of ancient American and Latin American systems and societies. The course examines ways in which essential elements of indigenous cultures have had an impact on the development of Latin American political, social, and economic institutions; the impact of Iberian history and socioeconomic systems on the discovery, colonization, and development of American nations; the legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism to emerging Latin American states; and the major goals and consequences of 19th century neocolonialism. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
HIST 2140 - Modern Latin America (3 credits)
Using Latin America and the Caribbean as a focal point, the course provides an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary American systems and societies and their place in a rapidly changing, increasingly interdependent world. Topics discussed will include the causes and goals of revolution in Latin America, Latin American debt and development, U.S.-Latin American relations, and a new hemispheric order for the 21st century. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
HIST 2300 - Caribbean History (3 credits)
This course traces the history of the Caribbean from the fifteenth century to the present, examining such issues as indigenous peoples and the early years of European settlement and colonization, the construction of African slavery, the changing place of the Caribbean in the world economy, various aspects of slave society, and the abolition of slavery. Revolution and struggles for independence will be emphasized, as will be U.S. imperialism, migration, and the rise of intellectual, artistic and literary movements in Caribbean island nations. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
HIST 2400 - African History (3 credits)
This class will focus on Africa as a vast continent that is characterized by enormous ethnic, religious, geographic, and historical diversity. Emphasis will be on the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and Africa's relations with the outside world. European colonization of Africa and the extent to which it shaped the modern history of the continent; and the history of South Africa and the rise and fall of the Apartheid Regime. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
HIST 3240 - Irish History (3 credits)
This course will study Irish history from the Neolithic era to the 21st century, focusing on the colonial relation between Britain and Ireland, including the 17th-century Plantation, the Cromwellian and Williamite wars, the United Irishmen and the 1798 Rising, the Act of Union, the Great Hunger (Famine) and emigration to America, and the formation of the Irish Republic and the Northern Irish state in 1922. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3430 - Renaissance and Reformation Europe (3 credits)
This course examines the reemergence of Europe in the fourteenth century as a center for political, intellectual, economic, and artistic developments. It also explores the religious, political, and social upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by focusing on the split between Protestants and Catholics, the development of powerful nation states, and the newly emerging "scientific" theories of the era. Prerequisites: one HIST course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3450 - History of American Immigration (3 credits)
This course will examine the history of American immigration. The course will study the motivation for those coming to America, immigration demographics, the impact of immigration on American society, American reaction to immigration in public opinion, and the political, social, and legal response to immigration. Prerequisite: one HIST course; COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HUMN 4400 - Issues in Latin American Development and Sustainability (3 credits)
In this course, theory and history are combined in an attempt to understand the various forces that have shaped development in Latin America, past, present and future. We start by examining divergent theories of development and their applications to the region. The historical roots of modern institutions are explored. The course then turns to the modern political and economic challenges confronting the region. The role of the state, the market, and the informal sector in the development process will be debated, as well as the prospects of reform and sustainable development in the future. Prerequisites: COMP 2000 or 2020 and INST 1500 or HIST 2130 or HIST 2140.
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.
POLS 2300 - International Relations (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to various theories and concepts used by scholars in the field of international relations and demonstrate their practical application to understanding major issues in contemporary international politics such as war, globalization, international trade and finance, the role of international organizations, ethnic conflict and peacekeeping, proliferation of nuclear weapons, migration and poverty, and the role of international organizations and NGOs. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.
POLS 3500 - Global Politics (3 credits)
This course offers an issue-based examination of world politics. Drawing on theories and practices in the field of international relations, the course will examine pressing and important problems in the world today such as global warming, terrorism, failed states, international public health, transnational organizations, human rights, drug trafficking and global crime. Each issue will be framed in appropriate theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives, and problem solving exercises will be utilized in order to arrive at a fuller understanding of the dynamics of world politics. Prerequisites: POLS 2300 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 4100 - European Union (3 credits)
This course will examine the historical development, the political parties, and the institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council of Ministers) of the European Union. Attention will be given to how European Union policies are developed, enacted and enforced as well as the effect of European rules upon the domestic legal systems of the twenty-seven member states. Students will consider to what extent the European Union will continue its development in terms of both increased horizontal and vertical integration. Students will also appraise to what extent the European Union protects the human rights and economic interests of its citizens and how effectively it functions as a unit in the international arena. Prerequisites: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 4200 - Latin American Politics (3 credits)
This course will examine the politics of Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic, and social developments that have contributed to Latin America?s current state of development. The course will also examine the political development of Latin American states, the impact of the Cold War, internal political conflict and the role of the military in these conflicts, and democratization and social movements. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are the effect of colonization on the region's economic development, the impact of revolution, and the effects of migration. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 4300 - Middle Eastern Politics (3 credits)
This course will examine the politics of the Middle East. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic and social developments that have contributed to current tensions in the Middle East. The course will also examine the political development of Middle Eastern states, the phenomenon of Arab nationalism, Islamism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, democratization, oil and economic development and regional security. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are an understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, events surrounding Iraq, and changing patterns in other countries such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.