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University Studies Program
Southeast Missouri State University
Table of Contents
Welcome from the President
What is University Studies?
Courses in the 100-200 Level Core Curriculum
Courses in the 300-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Courses in the 400-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Courses in the 500-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum
University Studies Student Checklist
Course Descriptions First Year Introductory Course
Perspectives on Individual Expression
Perspectives on Natural Systems
Perspectives on Human Institutions
Development of a Major Civilization
300-Level Interdisciplinary Courses
400-Level Interdisciplinary Courses
500-Level Interdisciplinary Courses
Course Number Index
Course Title Index
Notes and Credits
The University Studies Handbook is also available on line http://www.semo.edu/ustudies Welcome from the President Welcome to Southeast Missouri State University and our nationally recognized University Studies program!
We are glad that you chose Southeast and its outstanding faculty for your college education, an education that will undoubtedly prepare you to be as competitive and successful in life as thousands of Southeast graduates in such fields as business, politics, medicine, science, education, music, art, criminal justice, and technology, to name just a few.
One of the reasons our graduates are successful is that they receive a broad and deep general education in our University Studies program.
The era in which we live has been characterized by some as the “information age.” One of the characteristics of our period is that the pace of change in every field is accelerating more and more rapidly. In some fields, experts have noted that the amount of new knowledge doubles every three to five years -- or in some cases in a matter of months.
Many futurists have pointed out that most people entering the job market these days can expect to have several different careers during their lifetimes. This makes it more urgent that you look upon your university experience as an opportunity to prepare yourself to cope with a changing environment.
College is not just about preparing you to perform a specific task, although Southeast offers many opportunities for “real world experiences” to help prepare you for that “first job” after college. Rather, college is about creating an educated person, one who is able to function responsibly and successfully in whatever environment he or she may encounter. Included in this booklet is a list of the nine "objectives" of University Studies.
Those objectives spell out the kind of skills you will need for success during your lifetime of career changes. I hope that you will not consider your University Studies courses as an "extra burden" – something to “get out of the way” -- but rather as the key to becoming a broadly educated human being and thus making your life and career a success.
Again, welcome to Southeast! I look forward to seeing you on campus!
Experience Southeast…Experience Success What is University Studies?
All colleges and universities offer a core of courses designed to help students develop a collective understanding of the world and prepare for the changing conditions of personal, family, and career life. At Southeast Missouri State University, you will have these core learning experiences in the courses of the nationally recognized University Studies program. After examining this handbook, you will see that this reputation is due to two emphases of the program: academic skills and curriculum themes.
In a nutshell, the University Studies program is designed to help you develop academic skills by learning the ways that scholars in different academic disciplines seek answers to important questions about our lives. In the program, you should learn how artists, scientists, poets, economists, and other scholars use critical and creative thinking to understand humans and their relationship with the universe around them. For example, to understand the relationship of humans and nature an artist may create a painting of humans in a serene forest setting; a scientist may test hypotheses about human impacts on the ecology of that forest; a poet may weave words expressing a sense of wonder at the forest’s beauty; and an economist may seek to understand the optimal cost-to-benefit ratio of harvesting the trees in that forest. Each of these scholars uses different approaches to thinking about the interaction of humans and nature. The courses in the University Studies lower division categories help you learn key academic skills that are the bases of these various ways of seeking answers to fundamental questions about our existence. The lower division courses, therefore, provide opportunities for you to learn how scholars acquire knowledge and form it into concepts that help us understand the world around us. This emphasis is evident in the lower division curriculum’s theme, "Acquisition of Knowledge: Gaining Perspectives on the Individual, Society and the Universe."
After completing the lower division courses, you will enroll in three interdisciplinary courses. These upper division University Studies courses are focused on the theme, "Integration of Knowledge: Living in an Interdependent Universe." The interdisciplinary courses will help you see that the various ways scholars seek answers to questions are complementary and based on the same underlying academic skills. Your experiences in these courses should help you understand that integrating the different ways of applying these intellectual skills is a powerful and necessary way to gain a fuller understanding of the complex issues, problems, and joys of human life.
What are these important academic skills? You will find the nine University Studies skills objectives and the program’s themes and structure described on pages 6-7 of this handbook. Every University Studies course uses academic subject matter to help you practice these key skills as you prepare for life after college. Please examine these skills objectives and themes carefully and then look through the descriptions of courses in the University Studies program. The information you find on these pages will help you choose courses that interest you and that meet the requirements of various academic programs. By making good use of this handbook, you will gain a better sense of how the University Studies program will help you succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
The staff of the School of University Studies is committed to helping you be successful in the University Studies program. As you participate in the program and prepare for your future, we encourage you to ask us for advice and help. We wish the best for you and will work with you to help you achieve your educational goals.
Objective No. 1 Demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information This objective addresses the ways to search for, find and retrieve the ever increasing information available in a technological society.
Objective No. 2 Demonstrate capabilities for critical thinking, reasoning and analyzing Students today cannot learn all the information that is produced. Therefore, they must be able to evaluate, analyze and synthesize information. They must be able to effectively process large amounts of information.
Objective No. 3 Demonstrate effective communication skills The ability to understand and manipulate verbal and mathematical symbols is a fundamental requirement in any society, especially one that thrives upon the free exchange of ideas and information. Functional literacy is not the goal, rather, students must attain a high level of proficiency in order to be effective and happy citizens.
Objective No. 4 Demonstrate an understanding of human experiences and the ability to relate them to the present The degree to which individuals and societies assimilate the accrued knowledge of previous generations is indicative of the degree to which they will be able to use their creative and intellectual abilities to enrich their lives and the culture of which they are a part.
Objective No. 5 Demonstrate an understanding of various cultures and their interrelationships Understanding how other people live and think gives one a broader base of experience upon which to draw in the quest to become educated. As we become more proficient in information gathering, critical thinking, communication, and understanding our past, our need to understand other cultures becomes greater.
Objective No. 6 Demonstrate the ability to integrate the breadth and diversity of knowledge and experience This objective deals not merely with the possession of isolated facts and basic concepts, but also the correlation and synthesis of disparate knowledge into a coherent, meaningful whole.
Objective No. 7 Demonstrate the ability to make informed, intelligent value decisions Valuing is the ability to make informed decisions after considering ethical, moral, aesthetic and practical implications. It involves assessing the consequences of one's actions, assuming responsibility for them, and understanding and respecting the value perspective of others.
Objective No. 8 Demonstrate the ability to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses A concern for beauty is a universal characteristic of human culture. Aesthetics, while usually associated with the fine arts, can be broadly defined to include all areas of human endeavor, for example, science, history, business and sport.
Reminder: In order to receive a degree from Southeast, students must pass MA 095 Intermediate Algebra, or score at the appropriate levels on placement tests to have the course waived. This requirement should be completed before attempting any course in the Logical Systems Category. This requirement applies to all students regardless of the major selected (see "Graduation Requirements" in the University Bulletin).
IU 300 Cyberlaw IU 301 Historical Perspective: American Agriculture UI 300 Drugs and Behavior UI 301 Managerial Communication Processes UI 303 The Female Experience UI 304 The History and Culture of West Africa UI 305 Judicial Reasoning UI 306 The Film as History and Literature UI 307 Economic Geography UI 308 Cultural and Physical Landscapes of the World: A Geographical Analysis UI 309 Crime and Human Behavior UI 310 The American Musical Experience UI 312 Perspectives on the Present UI 313 The African-American Experience UI 315 Electronics and Computers in Music UI 316 Contemporary Legal Studies UI 317 Human Sexuality UI 318 Earth Science: A Process Approach UI 319 Science, Technology and Society UI 320 The Modern Presidency UI 322 International Political Economy UI 326 Australian Culture UI 330 Experimental Methods in Physics and Engineering I UI 331 Biochemistry I UI 332 Images of Women in Literature UI 336 Religion in America UI 337 Issues in Modern Architecture UI 339 North American Indians UI 340 Housing Perspectives UI 341 Victorian Studies UI 342 Modern Political Thought UI 343 Transcultural Experience: Economic and Cultural Institutions UI 343 Transcultural Experience: Health and Human Services UI 344 Plants and Humanity UI 345 Nonverbal Communication UI 347 Living in a Global Society UI 349 Comparative Economic Systems
UI 350 Middle East Politics UI 351 Public Opinion Management UI 352 Medical Ethics UI 354 Lifestyle Enhancement UI 355 Consumer and the Market UI 357 Early American Political Thought UI 358 Foundations of Political Thought UI 359 Consumers: Buying/Having/Being UI 360 Recycling and Waste Management UI 361 Contemporary Political Theory UI 362 Contemporary French Culture UI 366 Law and Economics UI 368 Mind, Meaning and Value UI 369 Vice and Virtue UI 370 Media Ethics UI 371 Government and Business UI 372 Earthquakes and Society UI 373 Earth/Life Through Time UI 375 European Film UI 378 Physics of Star Trek UI 382 History and Philosophy of American Mass Media UI 384 Musical Theatre: From Origins to the Present UI 386 Environmental Health UI 387 Environmental Law and Public Policy UI 390 The Film Musical UI 392 Age of Romanticism UI 393 Age of Modernism UI 394 Music and Culture 1600-1750 UI 396 The Age of Beethoven UI 397 Music in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
UNIVERSITY STUDIES PROGRAMUpper-Level Interdisciplinary Curriculum 400-LEVEL SENIOR SEMINAR COURSES UI 400 Business and Ethics UI 401 American Cultural Landscapes: Regional Architecture and Settlement Systems UI 402 Music in World Cultures UI 406 Transforming the Female Experience UI 407 Rational Endeavor UI 410 Manufacturing Research in a Global Society UI 412 American Health Care System UI 414 The American Temper: Ideas in Conflict UI 415 Science and Religion UI 416 Planetary Exploration: From Galileo to the Present and Beyond UI 418 European Mind UI 422 Scientific Reasoning UI 423 Political Communication UI 425 Persuasion: Understanding, Practice and Analysis UI 427 Service and Community UI 429 Environmental Ethics UI 430 Aging Successfully: Critical Issues Facing the Individual in the 21st Century UI 431 Shakespeare's Tragedies and the Human Condition UI 432 Shakespeare's History Plays and Comedies and the Human Condition UI 433 Aesthetics of Movement: Athletic Dancers and Artistic Athletes UI 435 Literature of Sport UI 436 Agricultural Ethics UI 438 The Nature and Growth of Mathematical Thought UI 440 The Holocaust UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry UI 444 Americans and Their Institutions UI 446 The Civil Rights Movement UI 448 American Revolution Experience UI 450 Capstone Experience UI 452 World Historical Geography
UNIVERSITY STUDIES PROGRAM
UI 500 History of the English Language UI 501 Principles of Language UI 503 Age of Alexender the Great