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New Academic Opportunities for You!

New Majors, Minors, Courses and Graduate Certificate Programs!

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Every year the University expands and creates excellent new majors, minors, courses and certificate programs for you, the students. Below you will find a list of what’s up and coming for the fall 2018 semester in regards to these new academic opportunities.

New Majors

New Minors

New Programs/Certificates

New Courses

If you are interested in adding any of these new courses to your schedule, log on to NEST and navigate to schedule of courses.

  • EAES 101: Planet Earth
    • MW 10-11:15 a.m. W 8-9:50 a.m.
    • An introduction to the physical characteristics of planet earth. The focus is on processes and interactions of the four components of the earth system: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. An understanding of the human impact on earth systems is also developed and maintained in perspective. Satellite information, aerial photography, maps, charts and other Geographic Information Systems technologies are used to study planet earth in this course.
    • This course was added to allow more students to take it since the first sections filled up quickly!
  • EAES 107: Earth and the Environment
    • MW 8:30-9:45 a.m. or R 8-9:50 a.m.
    • The study of the natural processes of the earth and the effects of human activities on the environment. Earth materials, processes and systems and the engineering properties of natural materials will be discussed, as well as pollution of soil, water and air.
    • This course was added to allow more students to take it since the first sections filled up quickly!
  • EAES 384: Managing the Urban Environment / EAES 584: Urban Studies and Policy Analysis
    • R 5:30-8 p.m.
    • This course will investigate the social, cultural, economic, political and planning processes that impact the development of sustainable urban environments. Understanding the systems that make management possible in these spaces allows students to more holistic approach to policy and management challenges that face urban sustainable policy and practical implementation.
    • This class is a co-sit between undergrad and graduate students.
  • ECON 240: Economics of Time and Mind
    • TR 4-5:15 p.m.
    • This course will explore the nature of decision making from the perspective of time, mind and spirit as economic resources, used to produce goods and experiences that generate well-being. Topics to be covered include: holistic approaches to economic choice, the distinction between external and internal environments, exogenous vs. endogenous constraints, elements of behavioral economics, the three roles of time in decision-making, the impact of finite cognitive capacity on determining optimal behaviors, optimization when there are transition and transformation costs and the role of endogenous constraints and preferences in expressing moral and spiritual identity.
  • HIST 250-03: Imagining India: Fact, Film & Fiction in South Asian History
    • T 5:30-8 p.m.
    • How does the Western world imagine India? We will examine how India is represented in film, fiction and historical texts throughout the ages. The ancient Greeks believed that beyond the Indus River lay the ends of the earth, medieval Europeans dreamed it was the land of fabulous gold and spices, later colonizers saw it as dominated by oriental despotism and starving peasant masses and spoke of “the white man’s burden.” Mark Twain once described India as “The land of dreams and romance… of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle.” In the 1960s, hippie visions saw it as the ultimate destination for seekers, spiritualism, yoga, sitar music, gurus and drugs. Comparing these outside images to self-representations of how India is portrayed in Bollywood movies, postcolonial fiction, and other cultural products of the subcontinent, we will reflect on the history and politics of orientalism.
  • JAST 201: Introduction to Jewish American Studies
    • R 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    • This class explores the Jewish experience in America. Topics in education, family human services, immigration, culturalization, multiple religious expressions, Jewish history in the U.S., gender, performing arts, politics, organizations and institutions, will be studied as they relate to Jewish American individuals and communities.
  • JAST 390: Jewish & Gay on Broadway
    • TR 1-2:15 p.m.
    • This course provides an overview of the role of Jewish composers, lyricists and playwrights in the creation of a modern “theatrical liberalism” in America, paying particular attention to productions that bring Jewishness and sexuality to the fore: from the Jewish immigrant experience and acculturation, to anti-Semitism, to the AIDS “plague” of the 1980’s, to LGBTQ issues. A core group of four to five works will be read in their entirety, while others will be studied in anthologized, excerpted form. Whenever possible, we will watch videos or clips of any recorded performance.
  • LNGN 130: Speech Processing
    • MR 10-11:15 a.m.
    • Students will apply laboratory methods to investigate the basic concepts of linguistics, psychology and physics that underlie our current knowledge of speech production and perception. The course also covers speech digitization, speech recognition and speech synthesis.
  • MEDH 101: Introduction to Medical Humanities
    • MR 10-11:15 a.m.
    • This course investigates the human experience of health and illness as well as the values and beliefs behind the practice of healing. You will examine how disease and treatment are defined in different global traditions, including Greco-Arabic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Biomedicine. Students will also examine the importance and efficacy of empathetic care on the part of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Students will explore such contemporary healthcare issues as patient advocacy, disabilities rights, end-of-life care, reproductive autonomy, genetic counseling, health law, healthcare policy and alternative medicine.
  • RELG 225: Religion and Social Activism – Jesus, Justice and Protest
    • W 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • This course explores the theological and historical underpinnings of faith-based social activism in America, tracing the work of Latin American liberation theologians to the rise of Black liberation theology, feminist theology, queer theology and green theology. We’ll anchor our analysis in real life case studies ranging from sanctuary churches in the Southwest to ecofeminist activist nuns in the Northeast.