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Where does Spanish come from? 

Why is Spanish grammar the way it is? 

How many dialects of Spanish are there?

Spanish is a rich, complex, and beautiful language. Understanding how Spanish is put together—the reasons behind the grammar rules and how the many dialects of Spanish developed in different regions of the world—will not only improve your spoken and written Spanish, but give you a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture worldwide.


Everyone has the inherent right to live a life of dignity, freedom, justice: men and women; children, everywhere.

Disregard for human rights has led to tyranny and repression. This course examines what human rights are, why they are important, and how people are working to defend them - regardless of sex, religion, political views, or country of origin. Human rights transcends parties and can unite people in respect for others and their views. Freedom from slavery, torture, arbitrary arrest; freedom to speak, write; assembly, marriage, live without discrimination.


A survey of classical and modern approaches to real property, personal property, and the nature of interests held in property


This course acquaints students with the broad scope of religious influences in contemporary American political life.


An intermediate study of the determination of aggregate income and employment.


How can one write compellingly about earthquakes for an audience that knows little (if anything) about seismology? How can one accurately describe a new planetary system to a person who has never really thought beyond the planet Earth? How can one properly explain cancer immunotherapy to people without any medical training?

This course focuses on texts about scientific and medical topics that are produced for non-specialist audiences. We will discuss what makes for clear and effective—and also what makes for confusing and ineffective—medical and scientific writing. In doing so, we will read about an intentionally broad range of topics. Likewise, we will consider an intentionally broad range of publications, including mainstream newspapers and magazines, and websites and print materials produced by governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.



This course is designed to familiarize students with theories and types of law, the federal and state court structure and processes, and the functions of law in American society.  The course will also examine substantive areas of law such as constitutional law, criminal law, torts, and family law.  Emphasis will be placed on critical legal thought.


A survey of history of economic thought, economic history of the United States, and the fields of economics. This course serves as an introduction to the History of Economic Thought and how those ideas are related to US Economic History, with particular attention to the slave economy and the south.  The course will begin with an overview of eminent economists and economic ideas from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes. We will then progress into an analytic survey of the structure of the U.S. economy from colonial times to the 1940s, with a particular emphasis on the political economy of the South.


Though the scope of black studies is broad, this course will examine closely the culture and history of African Americans and the black diaspora using a multidisciplinary approach for critical inquiry. We will survey the development of black studies as an academic discipline, from its student-activist origins of the 1960s to the present. Students will be given a substantive introduction to the discipline in subject areas covering African civilization, slavery and colonialization, political movements, religion, economics, sociology, media, psychology and black aesthetics (i.e. literature, art, music, and dance). A theoretical concern for identity constructions (e.g. race, gender, class, and sexuality) will also be central to our studies. Overall, BLKS 301 will serve as a required, foundational course for the black studies minor to launch the exploration of other related courses covering black experiences. This course is also open to students of any major and/or minor concentration.


For students interested in social change, leadership, or hands-on experience. Take as a stand-alone course or apply it toward The Leadership Experience academic certificate. More info at www.usm.edu/lep.


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