Interdisciplinary social sciences/humanities/liberal studies majors devote 28 of the total 120 credit hours to program-specific classes. This gives you flexibility to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors. There is also a capstone course (HSS480), which is a major research seminar in your chosen area of study.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, and FY100 First-Year Seminar is required of first-year students only. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

FY100

First-Year Seminar

1

UNIV190

The Clarkson Seminar

3

Core Requirements

Core Requirements
Students majoring in humanities are required to complete the following courses:

HSS120

Introducing the Liberal Arts

1

HSS480

Major Research Seminar

3

 

Professional Experience
Fulfilled by HSS480 or by opting for an internship program. (Students who opt for an internship program must still fulfill HSS480 as a graduation requirement.)

Core Electives
Students work with their academic advisors to choose courses that best fit their interests.

Major Topical or Thematic Focus Courses
Students must complete eight courses in humanities (literature, film, philosophy, history, arts) or social sciences (political science, anthropology, sociology) or liberal studies (humanities and social sciences).

Pre-Professional External Field Electives
Students must complete five courses in a pre-professional external field, such as business, communications and media, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary, etc. This pre-professional concentration provides students with opportunities to increase their career choices, while exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in humanities will have approximately 36 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives
Students majoring in humanities, social sciences or liberal studies will have approximately 45 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

Sample Courses:

 

ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH200

Introduction to Culture and Society

ANTH370

Environment, Technology and Society

ANTH201

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH380

Drugs, Guns, Spices

ANTH220

Understanding the Americas

ANTH381

Consumption and Culture

ANTH225

Global Perspectives on Sexuality

ANTH385

Food and Society

ANTH230

Introduction to Race and Ethnicity

ANTH390-99

Special Topics

ANTH320

Racial Inequality in the U.S.

HIST391

ST: Contemporary Issues in Social Problems

ANTH325

Sex and Commerce

ANTH395

ST: Global Forces, Local Outcomes

ANTH330

Men and Masculinities

ANTH485

Advanced Topics

ANT332

Cities and Social Justice

ANTH490

Independent Study

ANTH351

Global Forces, Local Outcomes

ANTH581

Consumption and Culture

ANTH585

Advanced Topics

ANTH586

Food and Society or What to Think About What You Eat

 

FILM STUDIES

FILM240

Films from Fiction

FILM344

History of Art & Animation

FILM322

The Hollywood Cinema

FILM490-497

Independent Study

FILM340

World in a Frame

FILM499

Minor Portfolio

 

HISTORY STUDIES

HIST210

Ancient History Survey

HIST343

War in the Middle Ages

HIST220

America: 1776-1877

HIST345

The Civil War

HIST221

America: 1877 to the Present

HIST346

America: 1790-1850

HIST230

Science and Society

HIST347

World War I in History and Literature

HIST240

War and Society

HIST348

World War II: The European Theater

HIST241

War Literature I

HIST349

Cold War History: 1945-1955

HIST250

History of 20th Century Germany

HIST350

History of Nazi Germany

HIST320

Medicine & Society in America

HIST351

History of the Holocaust

HIST323

War Literature II

HIST352

European History: 1789-1914

HIST325

Sexuality & Health in America History

HIST353

Medicine and Medical Ethics During the Third Reich

HIST326

Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America

HIST354

The Construction of Nazi Germany

HIST327

History of Women & Gender in America

HIST355

Secret War: Codebreaking & the Clandestine Services in WWII

HIST328

History of Gender and Sexuality in the Transatlantic World

HIST356

Nazi Germany at War

HIST329

History of the American Family

HIST360

Voices of the Past

   

HIST380

Middle Ages & Renaissance Survey

HIST331

Ancient Medicine & Magic

HIST390-99

Special Topics

HIST332

Documenting Social Activism

HIST391

ST: Medieval Survey

HIST333

Science, Technology & Society in the Renaissance

HIST398

The Virtual Past: Local History goes Digital

HIST334

Crime and Gender in Early Modern Europe

HIST459

Neuroscience and Society

HIST335

History of Medicine in Europe and North America

HIST485

Advanced Topics

HIST338

Women, Gender and Science in American History

HIST490

Independent Study

HIST340

Warfare in Ancient Greece

   

HIST342

War and Gender

   

 

HUMANITIES

HSS120

Introducing Liberal Arts

HSS480

Major Research Seminar

 

LITERATURE

LIT200

Introduction to Literature

LIT326

Contemporary American Fiction

LIT220

American Literature I

LIT327

American Drama

LIT221

American Literature II

LIT328

African-American Literature

LIT225

American Short Story

LIT329

Modern & Contemporary African American Fiction

LIT229

American Weird Fiction

LIT335

Violence and Reconciliation

LIT230

Monsters in the House

LIT343

The Novel: Love, Marriage and Adultery

LIT235

Science Fiction

LIT380

Shakespeare

LIT250

World Literature

LIT385

Modern Drama

LIT251

Understanding Vietnam

LIT390-99

Special Topics

LIT253

Greek Mythology

LIT421

Contemporary American Poetry

LT255

Ethnic Literature

LIT430

American Autobiography

LIT260

Introduction to Poetry

LIT485

Advanced Topics

LIT265

Creative Writing

LIT499

Minor Portfolio

LIT320

Modern American Novel

   

LIT323

American War Fiction

   

LIT324

Literature of American Popular Music

   

LIT325

American Short Story

   

 

PHILOSOPHY

PHIL200

Philosophy & Contemporary Issues

PHIL341

Professional Ethics

PHIL201

History of Western Philosophy

PHIL370

Environmental Ethics

PHIL240

Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL390-99

Special Topics

PHIL241

Medical Ethics

PHIL405

Sustainability Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment

PHIL243

Business Ethics

PHIL410

Where the Wild Things Are: Environmental Philosophy and the Emergence of the Ecosphere

PHIL310

World Religions & Contemporary Issues

PHIL485

Advanced Topics

PHIL330

Logic for Critical Thinking

PHIL490

Independent Study

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POL220

American Politics

POL355

Women and Politics

POL240

Causes of War

POL375

Environmental Law

POL250

Politics in Cross-National Perspective

POL380

The Law and Bioethics

POL251

Introduction to International Politics

POL390-99

Special Topics

POL301

Political Theory

POL391

American Foreign Policy

POL302

Contemporary Political Theory

POL392

ST: Campaigns, Elections and Voting Behavior

POL320

The American Political Tradition

POL394

ST: Intro to International Relations

POL335

Violence and Reconciliation

POL400

Constitutional Law

POL350

International Development and Social Change

POL490/497

Independent Study

POL351

Globalization

POL499

Minor Portfolio

POL355

Women and Politics

POL440

The Business of War

POL362

Human Rights Law and Politics

POL470/570

Environmental Policy

POL370

Close and Contested Elections

POL471/571

Energy Policy

POL372

Biofuel & Farm Policy

POL485

Advanced Topics

POL374

Environmental Political Theory

POL490

Independent Study

 

SOCIOLOGY

SOC200

Introduction to Culture and Society

SOC385

Food & Society or What to Think About What You Eat

SOC201

Introduction to Society

SOC390-99

Special Topics

SOC310

Women & Religion

SOC393

ST: Sociology of Popular Culture

SOC330

Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment

SOC470

Environmental Policy

SOC350

International Development & Social Change

SOC485

Advanced Topics

SOC351

Globalization

SOC490

Independent Study

SOC372

Biofuel and Farm Policy

   

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

HSS120

Introducing Liberal Arts

SS380

Research Methods

SS220

Introduction to Gender

SS390-99

Special Topics

SS221

Introduction to Sexuality

SS485

Advanced Topics

SS230

Introduction to Human Geography

   

SS320

Social and Political Issues in the Adirondacks