Peace Studies (PS)
The Peace Studies courses listed below may be taken either as elective courses or as part of a course of study leading to the degree B.A. with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace Studies administered through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS). For information on the major in Interdisciplinary Studies, see Interdisciplinary Studies listing and consult the Director of IDS in O’Kelly Hall, Room 129. For the Peace Studies requirements, see the Program Director, Dr. Enru Wang, in the Geography Department in Ireland 156 (Ireland is a wing in the east end of O’Kelly Hall).
The Peace Studies courses are taught by faculty members from the departments of Geography, Philosophy and Religion, History, Education, Economics, English, Psychology, Sociology, Languages, and the natural and physical sciences. Their goal is to encourage critical scholarly thinking and action by students and faculty in the growing areas of interest in issues of peace, war, social justice and human rights. They are excellent preparation for graduate study in a range of legal, governmental, social service, educational, theological and international fields. The major requires a total of 36 credits, including all the following courses, except for the Independent Study. If one or more courses are not offered within the timeframe that students have for their graduation, they may take alternative courses with the permission of the Program Director who serves as the academic advisor to Peace Studies students. Other courses may be selected by the student in consultation with the advisor to focus on an area of interest, for example, courses from the Chinese Studies minor, or other international or environmental topics.
GEOG 161. World Regional Geography. 3 Credits.
Development of the concept of region with analysis of the relationship of physical and cultural features to the contemporary world situation. F,S.
GEOG 250. Introduction to Geopolitics. 3 Credits.
As a branch of political geography, the study of Geopolitics is concerned with the spatial dynamics of power relations especially at the international level. From a geographic perspective, this course surveys changing relations among states and the influences of national and transnational actors and events. The course attempts to help students apply a broad range of theoretical perspectives to the analysis of global and regional issues and events, and develop insights into what is happening in the world today. From war and terrorism to economic globalization, human rights and sustainable development, this course will explore a myriad of important issues and challenges that face the world today. S.
PHIL 120. Introduction to Ethics. 3 Credits.
This course investigates the nature of the Good Life, of moral principles, and the application of moral systems to contemporary debate. These may include questions about the morality of war, capital punishment, sexual behavior, welfare, and so forth. F,S.
IDS 280. Learning Across Disciplines. 3 Credits.
The course will examine the nature of disciplines and fields and the way in which knowledge is organized. Basic assumptions and orientations will be compared and contrasted for scientific, social scientific, and humanities areas. Current literature in the field of interdisciplinary studies will be presented. F,S.
HIST 335. Nuclear Weapons and the Modern Age. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the history of: nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, their development and use during World War II, the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., popular disarmament movements, and diplomatic efforts to control nuclear weapons and their proliferation. A final section will deal with the nuclear implications of the end of the Cold War and the development of new nuclear states in the last years of the 20th century. The course will include--from an historian's point of view--some technical material necessary to a reasonable and realistic understanding of the subject. S, even years.
PS 394. Independent Study. 1-4 Credits.
Supervised reading, study or research on an individual topic. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.
IDS 491. Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. 1-3 Credits.
This seminar will be organized by the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program to act as a point of reference for students working on their Senior Projects in the program. The projects will vary from semester to semester, so the focus will shift accordingly. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 498. S.
PS 497. Internship. 3-16 Credits.
Provides direct experience in a peace-related, social change, human service/ human rights or international agency. Prerequisites: Junior standing and advisory approval. F,S.
IDS 498. Senior Project. 3 Credits.
The project will be designed on an area of interest which the student has defined. It will include data or material from a variety of disciplines or fields which the student finds relevant to the issue under study. The student will synthesize the cross-cutting information into a creative/original whole and discuss applications of this new approach. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 491. F,S.