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B.S. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

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Program Chair: Bill Vitek

Program Goals
Clarkson offers interdisciplinary bachelor of science degrees in Humanities, Social Sciences and Liberal Studies. Students can also minor in these areas, as well as in interdisciplinary thematic areas.
      The Interdisciplinary Humanities, Social Sciences and Liberal Studies programs challenge students to think critically and incisively about ideas, people, society and the human condition. Students learn about, think about, and come to understand the issues and problems of the contemporary world and of the past. They learn about the diversity and the complexity of social life, past and present. They learn how the human condition and human experience have been captured in literature and art. And they learn the ways in which people have sought to understand their lives through philosophical inquiry.
      These degree programs offer the individual a great deal of flexibility, allowing a student substantial elective choice. Each student works closely with an advisor to select both major and elective courses that meet his or her educational and career goals. Students minoring in the department also choose the courses in their programs in consultation with their advisors.
      Courses in the Interdisciplinary Social Science, Humanities or Liberal Studies majors at Clarkson offer students intellectually challenging opportunities to help them:

  • Gain critical perspectives on themselves and the world
  • Understand the complexities of open-ended human problems
  • Achieve awareness of cultural and social diversity
  • Assess the ethical and social implications of science, technology and business
  • Engage in and appreciate the creative process

      Through their Interdisciplinary Social Science, Humanities or Liberal Studies major at Clarkson, students will also gain the ability to:

  • Write clearly and persuasively
  • Speak effectively in a group setting
  • Think critically
  • Understand and analyze complex problems
  • Examine and interpret evidence
  • Organize and synthesize large amounts of information

Program Requirements*
120 credit hours, comprising:

  • 1 credit Introduction to the Liberal Arts pre-seminar
  • 8 courses with an appropriate topical or thematic focus
  • The Humanities/Social Sciences Research Seminar
  • 5 courses in a pre-professional concentration
  • Fulfillment of the requirements of the Clarkson Common Experience

      Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Science, Humanities or Liberal Studies at Clarkson are required to take a concentration of at least five courses in a pre-professional field, such as pre-law, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, business, or communications and media. This pre-professional concentration provides students with opportunities to increase career choices, while at the same time exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

* Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a Humanities/Social Science Major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a Humanities and Social Science Minor.

H&SS Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    MAJOR COURSE
3
Hu/SS/120 Introduction to Liberal Arts
1
  MA282 Statistics
3
  Common Experience Math
    Common Experience
  Requirement
    Science Requirement
3
  (MA180 recommended)
4
    Common Experience
  HIST MAJOR COURSE at
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  200 Level
3
    Pre-professional
  Free Elective
3
    Concentration or  
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  MAJOR COURSE
3
    MAJOR COURSE
3
  Common Experience
    Common Experience
  Knowledge Area Course
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  Pre-professional
    Pre-professional
  Concentration
3
    Concentration
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
  Common Experience
    Free Elective
3
  Science Requirement
4
     
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15
   
16
     
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  MAJOR COURSE
3
    MAJOR COURSE Or
  MAJOR COURSE Or
    Free Elective
6
  Free Elective
3
    Common Experience
  Common Experience
    Knowledge Area or
  Knowledge Area or       University Course
3
  University Course
3
    Pre-professional
  Pre-professional
    Concentration
3
  Concentration
3
    Free Elective or Common
  Free Elective or Common
    Experience Technology and
  Experience Technology and
    Humanity Course
3
  Humanity Course
3
     
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15
   
15
     
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  H/SS RESEARCH
    H/SS RESEARCH
  SEMINAR (C2) or
    SEMINAR (C2) or
  MAJOR COURSE
3
    MAJOR COURSE
3
  Pre-professional
    Free Electives
12
  Concentration or        
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  Free Elective
3
     
15
  Knowledge Area or
     
  University Course
3
       
  Free Elective
6
       
   
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15
       

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

1 This presumes that the major research experience is the professional experience, though internships, etc. could also count.

Major courses are those designated Anthropology, Film, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Sciences or Science Technology and Society.

Topical Listing of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses
The courses listed below are typical of those offered by Liberal Arts. They may not be offered
regularly, and new courses will be introduced. Use the list as a guide to the type of courses available.
UNIVERSITY COURSE  
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar LIT341 Modernism and the Novel
ANTHROPOLOGY LIT343 Love, Marriage, Adultery
ANTH200 Introduction to Culture and LIT344 Initiation Literature
  Society LIT352 Portrait of Japan
ANTH230 Introduction to Race and LIT380 Shakespeare
  Ethnicity LIT385 Modern Drama
ANTH250 Peoples & Cultures Through LIT420 Imagining Science
  Film and Fiction LIT421 Contemporary American
ANTH270 Environment, Technology   Poetry
  and Society LIT397 ST: Ancient Greece
ANTH320 Racial Inequality in the U.S. LIT490-497 Independent Study
ANTH330 Men and Masculinities LIT498 Undergraduate TA
ANTH332 Cities and Social Justice LIT499 Minor Portfolio
ANTH355 Understanding the PHILOSOPHY  
  Contemporary Middle East PHIL200 Introduction to Philosophy
ANTH380 Drugs, Guns, Spices PHIL240 Contemporary Moral Issues
ANTH381 Consumption and Culture PHIL241 Medical Ethics
ANTH385 Food and Society PHIL243 Business Ethics
ANTH394 ST: Global Perspectives PHIL270 American Environmentalism
  on Sexuality PHIL310 Faith and Action
ANTH490-497 Independent Study PHIL320 Citizenship & the American
ANTH498 Undergraduate TA   Tradition
ANTH499 Minor Portfolio PHIL341 Professional Ethics
FILM STUDIES PHIL370 Environmental Ethics
FILM240 Films from Fiction PHIL380 The Law and Bioethics
FILM321 Great American PHIL381 Minds and Machines
Directors PHIL420 Philosophy of the
FILM322 The Hollywood Cinema   American Founding
FILM340 World in a Frame PHIL470 Environmental Philosophy
FILM344  History & Art of   Seminar
Animation PHIL490-497 Independent Study
FILM490-497 Independent Study PHIL498 Undergraduate TA
FILM498 Undergraduate TA PHIL499 Minor Portfolio
FILM499 Minor Portfolio POLITICAL SCIENCE 
HISTORY POL210 Introduction to Politics
HIST210 Ancient History Survey   & Policy
HIST220 America: Revolution POL220 American Politics
  to 1877 POL250 Politics in Cross-
HIST221 America: 1877 to National Perspective
  the Present POL251  Introduction to
HIST230 Science and Society International Politics
HIST240 War and Society POL301 Political Theory
HIST241 War Literature I POL302 Social & Political Thought
HIST250 History of 20th Century   in the 20th Century
  Germany POL320 The American Political Tradition
HIST320 Medicine & Society in POL350 International Development and
  America   Social Change
HIST325 Sexuality & Health in POL351 Globalization
  America POL362 Human Rights, Law and Politics
HIST327 History of Women in POL371 Environmental Law
  America POL380 The Law and Bioethics
HIST329 History of the POL400 Constitutional Law
  American Family POL470 Environmental Policy
HIST330 Science, Technology & POL490-497 Independent Study
  Society in the Ancient POL498 Undergraduate TA
  World POL499 Minor Portfolio
HIST331 Ancient Medicine & Magic SOCIAL SCIENCES 
HIST333 Science, Technology & SS120 Introducing Liberal Arts
  Society in the Renaissance SS480 Majors Research Seminar
HIST340 War in Ancient Greece SOCIOLOGY  
HIST343 War in the Middle Ages SOC200 Introduction to Culture
HIST345 The Civil War   and Society
HIST347 World War I in History and SOC350 International Development
  Literature   and Social Change
HIST349 Cold War History SOC351 Globalization
HIST350 History of Nazi Germany SOC385 Food and Society
HIST351 History of the Holocaust SOC470/570 Environmental Policy
HIST355 Travel Literature of the SOC490-497 Independent Study
  Balkans, Middle East & SOC498 Undergraduate TA
  West Central Asia SOC499 Minor Portfolio
HIST380 Middle Ages & ARÊTE COURSES 
  Renaissance Survey AR103 Cultural Events
HIST391 ST: Ancient Egypt AR152 Working Lives, Working Selves
HIST396 ST: 19th Century AR202 Success in Business
  American Survey AR250 Management in America:
HIST490-497 Independent Study   Ideologies at Work
HIST498 Undergraduate TA AR305 Thinking Globally,
HIST499 Minor Portfolio   Acting Locally
HUMANITIES AR350 Ethics and Management
Hum/SS120 Introducing Liberal Arts AR351 Valuing the Earth: Economics,
HU480 Majors Research Seminar   Ecology and Ethics
LITERATURE AR352 Cross-cultural Communication
LIT200 Introduction to Literature AR370 Managing Success
LIT220 American Literature I AR428 Doing Business in an
LIT221 American Literature II   International Context
LIT251 Understanding Vietnam AR490 Canadian-U.S. Business Issues
LIT253 Greek Mythology    
LIT260 Introduction to Poetry    
LIT265 Creative Writing    
LIT320 Modern American Novel    
LIT323 American War Fiction    
LIT324 Literature of American    
  Popular Music    
LIT325 American Short Story    
LIT326 Contemporary American    
  Fiction    
LIT327 American Drama    
LIT328 African-American Literature    
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