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College of Social SciencesProviding all students with a strong liberal arts education in traditional and applied social sciences which includes emphases in multicultural, communicative, interdisciplinary and international perspectives on society and the world.
300 Senior Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements (180 Credits)
Students must have completed appropriate transfer degree: AA or AAS (90 credits)
Upper division curriculum courses (60 credits)
Upper division electives (30 credits)
Student must fullfull a Foreign Language requirement in order to graduate (2 years of high school or one year of college)
Upper Division Curriculum Courses (60 credits)
Curriculum and Elective courses MUST include at least one Cultural and Gender Diversity Course, and one International Studies course.
ECON 424 - Economics of Poverty and Economic Security Programs - 5 credits
Causes of poverty and evaluation of possible remedies, especially current and proposed programs.
GOVT 304 - Equality, Discrimination and the Law - 5 credits
An investigation of the legal problems surrounding claims by various groups for equal treatment. The course emphasizes the problems of racial, economic, sexual, political, and religious discrimination.
SOCI 351 - Social Stratification - 5 credits
Course investigates class structures, stratification systems, and social mobility in contemporary American society.
Small Scale Social Organization
CMST 430 - Communication In Organization - 5 credits
The study of communication systems, channels, networks, and barriers; the role of communication in organizational assessment and change; the relationship between communication practices and organizational effectiveness, corporate image, and credibility.
PSYC 381 - Social Psychology - 5 credits
Individual behavior as socially determined; interpersonal attraction, aggressiveness, attitude formation, group dynamics, conformity, and leadership.
SOCI 481 - Social Psychology - 5 credits
An analytic approach to the social-psychological consequences of social structure. Focal concerns may include alienation, anti-psychiatry, personality and social class, role behavior, and socialization.
Social Control and Resistance
ANTH 366 - Revolution And Development In The Third World - 5 credits
This course explores the alternative models available for understanding rapid cultural change in a worldwide array of post colonial countries. Emphasis is placed on the historical origins of ethnic, nationalist, and class conflict in local regions as studied by anthropologists. Opportunities are made available for pursuing students' regional interests.
CMST 403 - Persuasion - 5 credits
Interaction of source, message, and receivers in effect-centered oral communication. Stresses preparation of persuasive messages, promotions, and campaigns.
SOCI 363 - Sociology Of Deviance - 5 credits
Examines the conditions under which deviance as a social reality emerges, develops, and changes over time. Typical concerns are the process of social typing; official responses to deviances; managing the deviant identity; and the role of bureaucracies and social class in promoting deviance as a political construction.
PSYC 302 - Abnormal Psychology - 5 credits
Explores and evaluates research and theoretical concepts relating to deviant and abnormal behavior.
Large Scale Social Organization
GOVT 321 - International Organization - 5 credits
A study of the purposes, structures, and approaches of international organizations within the world community. Focuses primarily on the United Nations system, its significance from the standpoint of global, national, and individual perspectives.
GOVT 331 - American Federal System And State Politics - 5 credits
A survey of the background and operation of the American federal system, emphasizing the governments of the states and localities.
SOCI 463 - Complex Organizations - 5 credits
Analyzes large, complex organizations as a social system. Includes theory related to the emergence and structure of bureaucracy, authority and control; organizational conflict and change; the individual and the organization; and the organization and its environment.
The Present as History
HIST 301 - History Of The Present - 5 credits
The historical background of contemporary problems and events, such as the Arab-Israelis conflict. Topics vary with changes in the world situation.
ECON 412 - Economic History Of The United States - 5 credits
Economic development of the United States from the early colonial period to the present; explorations, westward movement, labor, rise of great industries, world trade, and post-war economic problems.
GEOG 458 - Historical Geography Of The United States And Canada - 3 credits
Relates physical environment and human activity in the settlement and development of the United States and Canada.
ANTH 450 - Cultural Ecology - 5 credits
The relationship between man, nature, and culture is contrasted in food collecting, simple farming, and technologically more complex cultures.
GEOG 301 - Human Geography - 5 credits
A study of humans, focused on their interaction with the physical and cultural environments of the earth.
GEOG 465 - Urban Geography - 3 credits
Cities as components of central place and related functional systems and the study of cities as spatial systems.
SOCI 320 - Race And Ethnic Relations: Global Perspectives - 5 credits
A socio-structural analysis of the bases of oppression of minority groups in society. The course deals with economic, political and cultural factors involved in the emergence and perpetuation of racism/ethnocentrism in the United States and around the world.
SOCI 321 - Sex And Gender - 5 credits
A sociological analysis of differences and similarities between women and men. Examines the impact of gender ideologies of individual identity and social and political arrangements (especially instances of stratification and inequality). Also considers how changes in the gendered nature of society (e.g., socioeconomic organization, socialization, sexuality) occur.
WMST 415 - Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Studies - 5 credits
This course consists of a scholarly examination of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities. Material from philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, as well as literary and cultural studies will be covered. In some cases, it will be necessary to discuss sexuality, including specific sex acts, in some detail.
400 - Senior Capstone - 4 credits
Portfolio (*Required for all Prior Learning students)
ITDS 300 - Portfolio Development - 4 credits
This course enables the adult learner to translate his/her prior learning into elective credit through the development of a portfolio. Portfolios are submitted to faculty members who determine the credit award. A student may earn up to 45 credits for prio learning experience that can only be applied to the prior learning option.
Upper Division Electives (30 credits)
These courses can be chosen from other EWU face-to-face course offerings on the BC campus or through EWU Eastern Online.