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SOC 341 Criminology

Ever wonder why people commit crime?  Do you think about how we can prevent crime, or whether the criminal justice system is fair? 

This course provides an introduction to the study of criminal behavior.  More specifically, we will examine patterns of criminal behavior and incarceration rates in the United States.  We will study theories and research on the causes of crime, and evaluate how society has responded to minimize criminal activity.  

This is a fully online course, and assignments include unit quizzes, discussion board posts, and a final exam.  Students will have the opportunity to read further about a topic of their choice, and propose new ways in which this topic can be studied.


HIS 328 Ancient and Medieval Women

In this course, we will explore the ancient and medieval roots of our modern ideas about women, marriage, and gender roles.

Ranging from the Roman period through the Middle Ages and ending in the Renaissance, we examine the ancient and medieval practices of marriage and divorce, as well as the important role that childbearing, motherhood, and sexuality played in women’s lives. Relationships between women and men, including the personal, the professional, the political, and the spiritual, will be a way into this material as well.

The women of the past faced the same challenges that modern women face in terms of domestic violence, rape/abduction, prostitution, abortion, and access to contraception, and we will explore as a class how they dealt with those issues. From queens to peasants, from abbesses to brewsters, ancient and medieval women’s experiences and work were as diverse as our own, with cultural changes affecting women's daily lives and reality.


ENG 451 Chaucer


ITA 101 Beginning Italian I

Beginning Italian I is an introduction to Italian language and culture, covering basic greetings and social interactions, talking about family, studies, work, pastimes, etc. The class focuses on oral communication, Italian culture, and Italian customs. The class will be ONLINE.


Africa today is an exciting, dynamic region. While noting conflicts and challenges, the course focuses on the vitality and vibrancy of a changing Africa today. You will 'meet' Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and other women who helped end a civil war in Liberia; other activists and innovators who are forging a 'quiet revolution' of progress and change. And you will dive into author Chinua Achebe's story of Nigerian village life before arrival of the Europeans.


This course offers a global history of the major social, political and cultural currents of the twentieth century. Lectures and course readings will introduce students to the global processes and individual case studies whose legacies we, as humans, are still experiencing. The course is presented chronologically but focuses on a number of important sub-themes: 

  • Citizenship, claims-making and political activism
  • Empire and anti-imperialism
  • Intersections of politics and culture
  • The power of race and gender
  • State-building, nationalism, borders and violence
  • Science, statecraft and society
  • Students will be evaluated according to a mid-term and final exam, five short papers, a brief presentation and class participation.

A scholarly examination of the literary structure and style of the English Bible, with particular focus on examining genres and performing close readings of texts.  Required texts: Leland Ryken’s very readable Words of Delight: Literary Introduction to the Bible (2nd edition), plus the Norton critical editions of the King James Version (2 vols.), which include scholarly notes and ancillary materials. Course requirements: regular reading and class participation, three longer written assignments, weekly reading quizzes, two unit exams and a final exam.


This course explores many different types of Tibetan religion, from the deep and compassionate Buddhist teachings of the Dalai Lama to simple folk veneration of Tibetan mountains, lakes, and great human saints. In the course students also learn about Tibetan shamanism, Tantric Buddhist theory and practice, reincarnate leaders, models of sainthood, devotionalism, and magic. Readings include secondary Western scholarship, Tibetan scholarship in translation, spiritual biography, religious travelogue, and ethnographic descriptions.


In the forty years covered by this class, American novelists entered the world stage as major literary voices: not only did they transform the genre but they also brought new ideas to the fore concerning the meaning of “America.” We shall read Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Anne Porter, Dawn Powell, Ralph Ellison, and Saul Bellow. The written work will include a short paper, and a longer research paper.



Can’t we all get along? Race and ethnicity tends to divide people – until we understand the politics behind it. Why are blacks so often falsely labeled as ‘criminal;’ why are people led to fear migrants? Why are Native Americans pushed aside for an oil pipeline dividing their land? The main focus is on African Americans, including historic criminalization to contemporary mass incarceration; civil rights protests, and black achievements. Also included are analyses of Latino, Asian, and Native American ethnic issues, plus the intersection of politics and contemporary migration policies.


During the 1930s and 1940s, people of all sexes, ages, backgrounds, and regions of the world were gripped by the dangers, deprivations, and duties that accompanied a “total war.” Millions took on new roles and responsibilities on the home and battle fronts, and endured the horrors of aerial bombardment, occupation, and genocide.

At the same time, the war inspired remarkable acts of compassion and feats of heroism. The effects of this global conflict were profound and enduring, and more than seventy years later it continues to fascinate historians and the general public alike.

This course will survey the history of the Second World War, with attention being paid to social, cultural, political, and military perspectives. We will examine a wide array of primary and secondary material, including scholarly writing, diaries and memoirs, public papers, photographs, music, and film.


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