This course gives the students a comprehensive way to understand the present within the framework of the past. It traces the change in societal life in the United States from its migration trends, from the American Revolution on. Geographical expansion, cultural changes, political developments, and economic advances of the 19th century are heavily emphasized. Students also concentrate on the major turning points in the 20th century that led its emergence as a global superpower. The course will also introduce the students to the Constitution and the three branches of American Government. Significant focus will be placed on famous Supreme Court cases and current political events. In order to encompass such a broad context, this course focuses attention on global expansion and cultural, political, and economic developments.
ELECTIVE HISTORY: WORLD HISTORY SURVEY
This class consists of a systematic overview of world history from the beginning to the present. It is global in scope. We also focus on essential skills necessary for success in college humanities classes, such as writing effective research papers, participating in seminar discussions and writing essay exams. There is a heavy emphasis on global current events and each student is required to read the entire textbook and a reliable news source.
This course is a survey of economic life that aims to create a sense for what a healthy relationship to the economy means to each individual student. We begin from the premise that the whole of humanity is knit together in a global economy. The potential for free individual self-development in creating the conditions for an economic life that strives to actualize the ideal of brotherhood or cooperation is emphasized. We explore how the economic activities of production, trading, and consumption are bounded by culture and nature. The wealth generated by economic activities also depends on intellectual creativity and the capacities of laborers, and this is explored in historical context. The course reflects the idea that a sense of fairness and equality between human beings should regulate human relations within the economic sphere.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS, FINANCE, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This course will focus on business and finance during the first semester and on management during the second semester. In addition to a practical understanding of accounting, students will develop additional competencies in areas such as strategic and critical thinking, risk analysis, problem solving and decision making, communication, team work and leadership, and awareness of the legal and regulatory environment, with an emphasis on ethical responsibility.
History of Africa
This course presents the students with a survey of African History in order to provide the students with a broad, general background of African History in the hope that they will be able to see more clearly the role of Africa in the world today. Emphasis will be placed on the different cultures that arose on the continent, from ancient times, through the colonial period and up to the present. While the class will not be able to touch on everything in Africa’s rich history, hopefully the students will gain a greater appreciation of the contributions and struggles of the African people. The students will complete an artistic project inspired by current events in Africa as their final project for the course. Lecture and a reading packet will serve as the basis of student learning.
History through Architecture
History through Architecture is a course designed to impart a comprehensive understanding of the history of western culture as it is reflected in the development of architecture. We explore the progression of its advancement from prehistoric to contemporary times by following the chain of innovations inherent in this evolution. Students in the class are directly involved in the creative process of architectural design in a hands-on way. They develop a complex project in a computer program similar to those used by professionals in the field today. The aim of the class is to foster not only a deeper comprehension of the world in which we live by the constructions we inhabit, but to provide a deeper understanding of who we are as people in relationship to the kinds of spaces we use everyday.
The class focuses on modern political issues that shape and define the current political situation of the world. Some of theses topics include radicalization of Islam, treatment of prisoners of war, politics of oil, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, global terrorism, and domestic surveillance. The goal is for the students to begin to see the world as not merely a series of events strung together, but rather to perceive the deeper impulses that run through events or even epochs. This course curriculum and instructional style is designed to prepare students for active participation and understanding of current events issues and for more advanced studies in college.