Professors Bremmer, Brophy, Carlson, Carvill, Casey, Christ, Clark, Gardner, Heeter, House, Kubota, Kukral, Luegenbiehl, Mason, Michel, Pickett, Rivas, Smith, Watt, and Williams.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) seeks to encourage the
emotional and intellectual growth of Rose-Hulman students, enabling them to
become sophisticated thinkers, active citizens, and effective leaders and to
lead rewarding lives.
Department seeks to foster in each student:
Curiosity, creativity, an awareness of self, and a commitment to life-long
learning and achievement.
Ethical standards, a sense of responsibility for one’s actions, and a desire
to contribute to the world.
Reasoning: Analytical and synthesizing skills that permit one to form
independent, cogent opinions and to define and solve problems.
Skills: The capacity to understand others and to express oneself clearly and
of Knowledge: An appreciation for the humanistic and social dimensions of
Thinking: An awareness that societal processes—the context within which
science and technology exist—are complex and interactive.
An appreciation for alternative points of view and the diversity of human
The ability to adapt to personal, professional, societal, and global change.
Department seeks to maintain faculty of high quality, to continue program and
curricular development, and to support excellent teaching through professional
Department seeks to support and encourage service to the Department, the
Institute, appropriate professions, and the community.
The Department’s courses are
listed under each academic discipline
in the following pages with the discipline identified by the center digit of the course number. In addition, each course fits
into one of four thematic categories
which is indicated by the course’s two-letter prefix.
|Philosophy and Religion||0|
|Languages and Literature||3|
|Art and Music||4|
Studies (GL prefix): Courses
whose primary focus is on non-Western cultural traditions, or on the
interrelationships among multiple societies.
Rhetoric and Expression (RH
prefix): Courses whose primary focus is on human communication in all
Self and Society (SL prefix): Courses
whose primary focus is on the dynamics and patterns of human and social
Values and Contemporary Issues (VA
prefix): Courses whose primary focus is on societal values and/or on
current topics of importance.
prefix of foreign language courses identifies the language:
students must take a minimum of nine courses (36 credits) in Humanities and
Social Sciences (HSS). These courses may be chosen from the HSS offerings,
within the restrictions below. (A student taking an area minor in HSS must take
a minimum of ten to eleven courses; see below.)
2. Freshman Composition
All students, with the exception noted below, are required to take RH 131, Rhetoric and Composition, on campus. Freshmen, unless exempted or taking a foreign language, are normally enrolled automatically in the course in either the Fall or Winter Quarter. Students who have taken a writing course at another college will be granted Rhetoric and Expression transfer credit, but are not exempted from RH 131.
An entering student who achieves a score of 4 or higher on the AP Language and
Composition examination will receive four hours of credit by examination for RH
131. (A student who achieves a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Literature
examination receives four hours of credit by examination for a course in
Rhetoric and Expression.)
3. Distribution Requirements
All students will take two courses
in each of the four thematic categories: Global
Studies, Rhetoric and Expression, Self and Society, and Values
and Contemporary Issues. The section of course descriptions lists
courses currently available in each category.
4. Foreign Language
Students who elect to take a foreign language should note the following special requirements.
a. A minimum of two successive language courses must be taken to receive HSS credit.
b. Students who take 2-4 courses in a foreign language sequence may allocate those language courses in any of the four thematic categories as they choose, but may have no more than one language course in any category. In other words, the student must still take at least one course in each thematic category in a discipline other than foreign language and must also take RH 131.
Students who take twelve courses (four years) in a single language are
exempted from RH 131 and from both courses in Global Studies.
Note: Students planning to
study abroad should be sure to have their program approved ahead of time by the
head of the HSS Department and by the head of the Department in which they are
5. Area Minors
Students may elect an area minor
in most of the HSS Department’s disciplines. In addition, several
interdisciplinary minors are available. (See below.)
6. Other Requirements
Certain curricula require students
to take specific HSS courses. For example, Electrical Engineering requires SL
151, Principles of Economics, and several departments require RH 330, Technical
HELP WITH REQUIREMENTS
having questions concerning these requirements should consult their advisers or
the head of the HSS Department. The following check sheet summarizes the HSS
graduation requirements. Copies of this check sheet are available in the HSS
HSS GRADUATION CHECK SHEET
|1. Either RH 131, Rhetoric and Composition, or, if student is exempted, any HSS course.|
|2. Two Global Studies (GL prefix) courses.|
|3. Two Rhetoric and Expression (RH prefix) courses in addition to RH 131.|
|4. Two Self and Society (SL prefix) courses.|
|5. Two Values and Contemporary Issues (VA prefix)|
NOTE: A foreign language course
may count in any of categories 2-5, but only one foreign language course may be
put in any one category. A minimum of two successive language courses must be
taken to receive HSS credit. (Also, see 4b on page 127.)
student may elect to take an Area Minor in Philosophy and Religion, German,
Japanese, Spanish, History, Language and Literature, Economics, Political
Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography, East Asian Studies, European
Studies, Latin American Studies, or Science, Technology, and Society, by
concentrating 5 HSS to 7 courses in that area. NOTE:
All Area Minors require taking one additional HSS course, for a minimum of 40
HSS credits, 44 in the case of foreign languages. See the specific
requirements listed under each Area. Successful completion of the Area Minor is
indicated on the student’s grade transcript. A student interested in pursuing
an Area Minor should consult with the appropriate Area Minor Adviser, listed
below, for aid in planning a course schedule.
following requirements hold for earning any HSS minor:
courses counted toward fulfilling the requirements for one minor may be counted
in fulfilling the requirements of another minor.
earning a disciplinary minor, a minimum of four HSS courses must be completed
outside of the discipline area. Disciplines are identified by the center digit
of the course number.
earning a minor in East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies,
or Science, Technology, and Society, a minimum of three HSS courses must be
completed outside of the minor.
|Philosophy and Religion||pending|
|Spanish||Victor R. Rivas|
|History||William B. Pickett|
|Language and Literature||Caroline Carvill|
|Economics||Dale S. Bremmer|
|Political Science||Terrence Casey|
|Psychology||Patrick D. Brophy|
|Geography||Michael A. Kukral|
|East Asian Studies||Scott Clark|
|European Studies||Michael A. Kukral|
|Latin American Studies||Antonio de la Cova|
|Science, Technology, & Society||Andreas Michel|
|Global Studies||Self and Society|
|Rhetoric and Expression||Values and Contemporary Issues|
|Special Topics||Modern Languages|