Sophomore Signature Courses

Sophomore Signature Courses

Sophomore Signature Courses  are classes, designed and reserved especially for sophomores to promote academic and career exploration with your professional goals in mind. All courses meet the level 200 flexible core general education requirement. 

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Fall 2020 Sophomore Signature Courses

Flexible Core Level 200 Indiviual & Society
Flexible Core Level 200 World Cultures & Global Issues
Flexible Core Level 200 U.S. Experience in Its Diversity


Indiviudal & Society 

Africana Youth & Social Justice Struggles
Flexible Core Level 200 Individual & Society 
AFR 243, MW 8:00a-9:15a 
Registration Code: 3676
Professor: TBA
This course focuses on Africana youth’s struggles for social justice over the past hundred years. Students explore conceptual frameworks to analyze Black youth organizational initiatives around civil rights and community building. Using primary texts, case studies, and a thirty-hour service-learning project, students examine Africana youth agency and change-making from multiple vantage points. They also evaluate their own place in society, actions and personal choices.
Sex & Culture
Flexible Core Level 200 Individual & Society 
ANT / PSY 210, MW 3:05p-4:15p 
Registration Code: 2241 / 2460
Professor Shonna Trinch
Sex and Culture explores the cultural construction of human sexuality from the framework of the individual in society. Students will examine the social learning of sexual behaviors, beliefs and practices. Analytic focus will include how culturally prescribed gender roles for men and women inform notions of right and wrong. Specific topics may include institutionalized gender inequality, marriage and the family, homophobia and other issues involved in the relationship between sex and culture. All topics will be considered from a historical and cross-cultural perspective.
Love, Sex, and Intimate Relationships
Flexible Core Level 200 Individual & Society 
CSL 250, TTH 10:50a-12:05p
Registration Code: 61834
Professor Katherine Stavrianopoulos
Intimate relationships with others are central aspects of our lives. They can bring us great joy when they go well but cause great sorrow when they go poorly. Therefore, it’s useful to understand how they start, how they operate, how they thrive, and how they can end in a haze of anger and pain.  In this course you will be introduced to the concepts, principles and trends in relationship science and will learn to apply these to relationships you have observed, read about, and experienced. By examining scholarly articles, non-fiction texts, film clips and constructing case studies, students will become more critical, analytical and thoughtful when it comes to intriguing topics like attraction, love and effective communication.
World Cultures & Global Issues
The Ancient World 
Flexible Core Level 200 World Cultures & Global Issues
HIS 203, MW 3:05p-4:20p
Registration Code: 2152
Professor Matthew Perry
What skills are required to understand unfamiliar cultures? What questions should you ask, and what counts as “evidence”? In this course, students will investigate ancient cultures that developed in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Europe, and Mesoamerica. By closely reading historical documents that address issues such as religion, law, imperialism, cross-cultural exchange, and family life, they will assemble a narrative history of the world from human origins to 500 CE.

U.S. Experience & Diversity

American Stories
Flexible Core Level 200 U.S. Experience in Its Diversity1
LIT 233, TTH 12:15p-1:30p
Registration Code: 2280
Professor Bettina Carbonell
This course addresses how U.S. literatures have shaped evolving notions of what it means to be American. Through a variety of literary texts and genres, students will make connections between form, content and meaning while exploring how American literature delineates the capacious and often contested sense of American identity. Topics may include immigration and migration; performance; race, class, and gender; notions of liberty and oppression; place and space. Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation. We’ll begin with the stories (in verse and prose) of indigenous peoples—those who occupied these native grounds before the “first” settlers arrived from Europe. We’ll continue to follow the work of Native American writers into the 21st century as we add other voices, particularly those who question what it means to be an “American,” a citizen, and / or an immigrant. Our authors will include those who define and glorify what we might call mainstream versions of national identity, but we will give equal time to writers who raise passionate objections to the inequalities at the core of American life.  
Philosophical Visions of American Pluralism
Flexible Core Level 200 U.S. Experience in Its Diversity
PHI 202, MW 10:50a-12:05p
Registration Code: 3266
Professor David Wills
This course explores various philosophical visions of American pluralism as both the idea and the ideal of diversity in all its many forms. Pluralism as an idea is considered in relation to democracy, race, gender and immigration. Pluralism as an ideal is examined as a goal of liberal democratic society.