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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.

 Humanities and Social Sciences has two interdisciplinary double majors.  Aretê combines business and liberal arts in a program that unites the broad education and critical thinking skills of the liberal arts with the practical skills essential for contemporary business success.  Social Documentation combines humanities and social sciences with communication and media in a program that emphasizes critical inquiries into societal issues along with the study of recording and documenting theories, techniques and technologies.  For more information, see either the Aretê or the Social Documentation curriculum

* Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a Humanities/Social Sciences Major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a Humanities and Social Sciences 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
  STAT282 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        
line
  Free Elective
3
     
15
  Knowledge Area or
     
  University Course
3
       
  Free Elective
6
       
   
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15
       

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
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.
ANTH330 Men and Masculinities
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
ANTH499 Minor Portfolio   Tradition
PHIL341 Professional Ethics
FILM STUDIES PHIL370 Environmental Ethics
FILM240 Films from Fiction PHIL380 The Law and Bioethics
FILM321 Great American
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
FILM499 Minor Portfolio PHIL499 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
HIST326 Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in POL371 Environmental Law
  Modern America POL380 The Law and Bioethics
HIST327 History of Women in America POL391 Causes of War
HIST328 History of Gender and Sexuality in the POL400 Constitutional Law
  Transatlantic World POL470 Environmental Policy
HIST329 History of the American Family POL490-497 Independent Study
HIST330 Science, Technology &
Society in the Ancient World POL499 Minor Portfolio
HIST331 Ancient Medicine & Magic SOCIAL SCIENCES 
HIST333 Science, Technology & SS120 Introducing Liberal Arts
Society in the Renaissance SS380 Research Methods
HIST340 War in Ancient Greece SS480 Majors Research Seminar
HIST342 War and Gender SOC200  Introduction to Culture
HIST343 War in the Middle Ages and Society
HIST345 The Civil War SOC350 International Development
HIST346 America, 1790-1850   and Social Change
HIST347 World War I in History and Literature SOC351 Globalization
HIST348 World War II, The European Theater SOC385 Food and Society
HIST349 Cold War History SOC470/570 Environmental Policy
HIST350 History of Nazi Germany SOC490-497 Independent Study
SOC498 Undergraduate TA
HIST351 History of the Holocaust SOC499 Minor Portfolio
HIST352 European History, 1789-1914
HIST355 Travel Literature of theBalkans,
  Middle East & West Central Asia
HIST360 Oral History: Theory and Practice ARETÊ COURSES 
HIST380 Middle Ages &  Renaissance Survey AR120 Introduction to Liberal Arts
HIST391 ST: Ancient Egypt AR228 Professional Writing
HIST396 ST: 19th Century American Survey AR321 Following the News
HIST459 Neuroscience and Society AR420 Digital Video
HIST490-497 Independent Study AR425 Informal Business Practices
HIST499 Minor Portfolio AR490-497 Independent Study
 
HUMANITIES
Hum/SS120 Introducing Liberal Arts
HU480 Majors Research Seminar  
LITERATURE
LIT200 Introduction to Literature
LIT220 American Literature I
LIT221 American Literature II  
LIT251 Understanding Vietnam
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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