AREAS OF STUDY

MAJORS

GERMAN TECHNICAL TRANSLATION CERTIFICATE

MINORS

Professors Bremmer, Carlson, Carvill, Casey, Chapman, Christ, Christensen, Dyer, Findley, Garcia, Gardner, Garner, Grose, Hartner, Hartnett, Heeter, Hirotani, House, Jern, Kim, Kukral, Letsinger, Livingston, Martland, Michel, Minster, Smith Roads, Summers, Taylor, Watt, and Williams.

MISSION STATEMENT

To enable our students to become creative, sophisticated thinkers, active citizens, and effective leaders in the global community, the department contributes to a broad liberal education, introducing students to a wide array of disciplines and traditions in the humanities and social sciences. In doing so, it provides learning experiences that, in addition to their intrinsic value, enrich a scientific and technical education.

Educational Objectives

Within the context of a liberal education, the department fosters in its students the desire and the ability to:

think critically, forming cogent, informed opinions, defining and solving problems with an awareness that societal processes are complex and interactive;

communicate effectively to diverse audiences, including those from other cultures and communities;

succeed in a global context by understanding and adapting to diverse cultures, alternative points of view, and the challenges of globalization;

exhibit ethical and responsible leadership as individuals, citizens, and professionals, committed to lifelong learning and achievement.

Disciplines

The HUMANITIES study what it means to be human within a contemporary or historical context. These disciplines analyze the ideas and expressive artifacts of individuals or groups emphasizing qualitative rather than quantitative methods. The Humanities provide us with the broad frameworks within which enduring questions of existence, relationships, values, and aesthetics can be examined from multiple perspectives.

The SOCIAL SCIENCES study human interactions and the social institutions in which these occur. These disciplines tend to adopt scientific methods, emphasizing quantitative rather than qualitative approaches. The Social Sciences provide us with the broad frameworks within which to analyze the nature of social systems, processes, and outcomes.

The following disciplines are represented within the department:

HUMANITIES SOCIAL SCIENCES
Art and Art History Anthropology
English and Literature Archaeology
Foreign Languages(German, Japanese, and Spanish) Economics
History Geography
Music Political Science
Philosophy and Religion Psychology
Theater Sociology

Thematic Categories

The majority of courses offered by the department are distributed across three thematic categories. These are:

  • Global Studies (GS prefix): Courses whose primary focus is on the examination of other societies, or on the interrelationships among multiple societies.
  • Ideas and Arts (IA prefix): Courses whose primary focus is on theories and debates within disciplines, the development of ideas, or arts and aesthetics.
  • Society and Values (SV prefix): Courses whose primary focus is on the dynamics, patterns, and values of human interaction and social institutions.

In addition, courses related to communication skills and foreign languages have their own designations:

  • Rhetoric and Composition (required of all students, with the exception noted below) and Technical Communication are designated with an RH prefix. Rhetoric and Composition is RH 131 and Technical Communication is RH 330
  • Foreign language courses are identified by prefixes which identify the language: GE for German, JP for Japanese, and SP for Spanish

Course Levels in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department are intended to contribute to our students' broad liberal education. Given this, they frequently do not follow a sequence or require prerequisites. This does not mean, however, that there is no distinction between upper and lower level courses. In general lower level courses (100 and 200 level) tend to be broad surveys of particular subject areas within disciplines. Upper level courses (300 and 400 level) are often more focused in terms of subject matter and may go into greater depth of content.

Graduation Requirements

1. General

  • All 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. Rhetoric and 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 free elective transfer credit, but are not exempted from RH 131.
  • EXEMPTION: An entering student (freshman or transfer) who meets both of the following requirements may be exempt from the RH 131 requirement. The student will not, however, be awarded credit for RH 131. Any HSS course may be substituted for RH 131 for exempted students.
    1. A combined score of 1500 or above on the Writing and Critical Reading sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or of 34 or above on the English section of the ACT exam.
    2. Has received grades of B or higher in all high school English courses.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:  International students for whom English is not their native language will be required to take an assessment test to gauge their written, oral, and listening proficiency in English. The purpose of this testing is to ensure that all students have the proper communication skills to advance successfully through the challenging Rose-Hulman curriculum. Based on this assessment, some students will be required to take CLSK121 College English. Those students must successfully complete CLSK121 prior to taking RH131 Rhetoric and Composition.

3. Technical and Professional Communication

  • Technical and Professional Communication is a requirement for most majors. Students are required to take RH 330 on campus. Students who have taken a technical writing course at another college will be granted free elective transfer credit, but are not exempted from RH 330.

4. Distribution Requirements

  • All students will take two courses in each of the three thematic categories: Global Studies, Ideas and Arts, and Society and Values. The section of course descriptions lists courses currently available in each category. Students are also required to take one additional course in any category OR two additional courses in any category IF Technical Communication is not required of any of the student's majors. Technical communication may be taken as one of the additional courses if not required by the student's major(s).

5. Foreign Language

  • Students who elect to take a foreign language should note the following special requirements.
    1. A minimum of two terms of the same language (or the equivalent thereof) must be completed in order to apply foreign language credits toward Humanities and Social Sciences requirements. If only SP111, JP111 or GE111 is completed, that course will not be allowed to satisfy an HSS requirement.”

    2. HSS credit will not be awarded for a lower-level language course until the student takes and passes the following course in the language sequence with a grade of C or better.

    3. Students who take 2-3 courses in a foreign language sequence may allocate those language courses in any of the three 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. If a fourth foreign language course is counted toward the general HSS requirements, it will count as the one additional course noted under the Distribution Requirements.
    4. Students who take twelve courses (four years) in a single language are exempted from RH 131 and from both courses in Global Studies.
    5. Students may not earn foreign language credit in their native languages.
    6. 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 majoring.

6. Minors

  • Students may elect a minor in most of the HSS Department's disciplines. In addition, several interdisciplinary minors are available. (See below.)

HELP WITH REQUIREMENTS

Students having questions concerning these requirements should consult their advisers or the head of the HSS Department. A check sheet summarizing HSS graduation requirements is available in the HSS Department Office.

Minor

A student may elect to take an Minor in Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Economics, European Studies, Geography, German, History, Japanese, Language and Literature, Latin American Studies Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, or Spanish, by concentrating 5 to 7 HSS courses in that area. NOTE: All 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 Minor. Successful completion of the Minor is indicated on the student's grade transcript. A student interested in pursuing a Minor should consult with the appropriate Minor Adviser, listed below, for aid in planning a course schedule. No courses counted toward fulfilling the requirements for one minor may be counted in fulfilling the requirements of another minor.

Minor Advisor
Anthropology Paul Christensen
Art Steve Letsinger
East Asian Studies Tim Grose
Economics Dale S. Bremmer
Kevin Christ
Jong Hun Kim
European Studies Andreas Michel
German Heidemarie Heeter
Geography Michael A. Kukral
History Samuel Martland
Japanese Maki Hirotani
Language and Literature Caroline Carvill
Music David Chapman
Latin American Studies Gustavo Garcia
Philosophy and Religion Dan Hartner
Political Science Terrence Casey
Psychology Alan Jern
Spanish John Gardner

Courses Offered

Global Studies – Courses whose primary focus is on the examination of other societies, or on the interrelationships among multiple societies.

GS 130 Introduction to Sustainability 4R‐OL‐4C Prereq: Admission to HERE Program or Consent of Instructor
Surveys the fundamentals of sustainability in scientific, technical, and social contexts. Introduces students to the history of environmentalism and sustainability, along with the basics of ecology, climate assessment, natural cycles, life‐cycle analysis, environmental economics, and other concepts.

GS 161 Comparative Politics  4R-OL-4C
Examines the politics and government of numerous countries around the world. Explores the concepts and principles of comparative political analysis.

GS 163 International Relations  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes the structures, actors, and major problems of the international political system.

GS 191 Geography of Middle East  4R-OL-4C
Introduces the culture, landscape, and peoples of the Middle East and North Africa through discussion, maps, regional analysis, and visual presentations. Includes social issues and contemporary problems facing this area, from Afghanistan to Mauritania and all points between.

GS 221 Colonial Latin America  4R-OL-4C
Examines the history of Latin America from before the conquest to independence, with particular emphasis on social, economic, political, and cultural developments between 1492 and 1800.

GS 222 Modern Latin America  4R-OL-4C
Examines the history of Latin America from independence (about 1810) to the present, with particular emphasis on the social, economic, political, and cultural developments of the past hundred years. Introduces major problems facing contemporary Latin America, including the search for stable government, political violence, environmental degradation, and extreme poverty and inequality.

GS 223 World History  4R-OL-4C
Explores the history and interaction of major world regions, with particular emphasis on the development of global economic, political, and cultural networks in recent centuries.

GS 237 Science Fiction  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes literary techniques used for displacing historical reality into a cross-cultural perspective to create science fiction. Emphasizes science fiction’s humanistic usefulness in examining human values from an “extra-species, extra-terrestrial” perspective and in assessing the effects of technology on varieties of belief structures and social institutions.

GS 243 Music History (Before 1650): Early European Music 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys the early music of Europe in the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods and explores problems of accessing musical practices distant and distinct from our own

GS 285 Humans and Culture  4R-OL-4C
Examines human adaptation and diversity; language and its use; the development and variety of economic, political, religious, family gender and expressive institutions.

GS 291 World Geography  4R-OL-4C
Explores the people and lands of the world through studies and concepts from human geography with emphasis on cultural landscape,, maps, and visual interpretation. Emphasis is placed on the culture regions of Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the South Pacific.

GS 313 Contemporary Spain  4R-OL-4C
Introduces historical, political, and above all cultural issues in Spanish society, beginning with an overview of Spain prior to the twentieth century, but concentrating on the period from 1975 to the present. Special emphasis on the unique characteristics of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Country. Taught in English.

GS 330 Contemporary Global Film  3R-3L-4C
Examines films outside of the Hollywood tradition with a consideration of the cultural, political, and economic influences that shape film.

GS 334 Travel in World Literature 4R-OL-4C
Examines a wide variety of literature—including some in translation—and emphasizes works that comment on travel, tourism, and the effects of colonialism.

GS 335 The Global Novel in the Twentieth Century  4R-OL-4C
Explores novels, written in or translated into English, by non-American authors. Provides students with multiple perspectives on different global cultures.

GS 336 Literature of War  4R-OL-4C
Examines the influence of military engagements on individual writers. Analyzes literary works as responses to the cultural, psychological, and social impacts of war.

GS 337 Shakespeare's Europe  4R-OL-4C
Studies Shakespeare's representations of cultures outside of Britain, with attention to his source texts in other national literatures and historians' perspectives on the cities where the plays are set.

GS 338 Contemporary Arabic Literature in Translation  4R-OL-4C
Covers a range of literature and film by writers and filmmakers from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabic-speaking diaspora. Includes literature in translation by major authors of this genre and critical works by a number of scholars of Arabic literature.

GS 339 Contemporary Global Film 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys world cinema, emphasizing the importance of situating films within their historical and cultural background as well as recognizing the tensions between art and business in the film industry and how that shapes the medium.

GS 343 Musics of the World 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys the role of music in human cultures around the world and explores problems of accessing musical practices distant and distinct from our own, as well as thinking critically about those most familiar to us.

GS 350 International Trade and Globalization  4R-OL-4C Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes the theory of international trade, trade policy, foreign exchange and the payments adjustment process, adjustment policies and multinational corporations.

GS 351 International Finance  4R-OL-4C Prereq: SV 151
Studies the workings of international financial markets, the role of exchange rates in international trade and capital movement, and the effects of exchange rate volatility. Topics include exchange rates and the foreign exchange market, the balance of payments, parity conditions, the international monetary system, and international interdependence.

GS 352 Economic Growth and Development  4R-OL-4C Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes the determinants of economic growth. Pays special attention to problems faced by developing nations and discusses the impact of globalization.

GS 361 Politics of the Global Economy  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes the political aspects of the global economy. Reviews the dominant theoretical approaches, concepts, and major issues in the international political economy.

GS 366 The European Union  4R-OL-4C
Examines the historical development of European integration and current EU institutions, politics, and policy.

GS 368 Contemporary Japan (Field trip to Japan)  4R-OL-4C
Examine contemporary Japan through the lectures, reading, and discussions during the course. Explorer the culture through the field trip to Japan.

GS 379 Japanese Culture  4R-OL-4C
Examine Japanese culture in various aspects (e.g., society, arts, history, education, media, and pop culture).

GS 384 Japanese Society  4R-OL-4C
Examines the context within which individual Japanese live and work in contemporary Japanese society. Considers the “traditional” roots of Japan, the impact of industrialization, and current trends. Emphasizes the change and continuity in Japanese life, including the family and marriage, rural and urban lifestyles, education, and the organization of management and labor.

GS 391 Contemporary Europe  4R-OL-4C
Surveys the changes and dynamics confronting Europe in the 20th Century. The dissolution of empires and communism to the expanding European Union will be examined with maps, theories and concepts from political geography. Ethics and values related to territoriality, place, and culture will be examined.

GS 412 Topics in German Culture II  4R-OL-4C
Explores topics in German and European intellectual history as represented in literature, essay, and film. Same as GE412.

GS 413 Nazi Germany: Fact and Fiction 4R‐0L‐4C
Examines the history of Nazi Germany as well as its representation in literature, film, and new media.

GS 422 Industrial Revolution in Global Context  4R-OL-4C
Examines the changes in production, distribution, and consumption commonly known as the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. Explores technological, economic, social, and cultural aspects of these changes, both in industrialized countries and in other parts of the world.

GS 425 Cities and Technology in the Industrial Age  4R-OL-4C
Explores development of cities and the machines and systems that make them possible as human life became more and more urban and industrial from 1700 to the present. Compares urban growth and city life in different parts of the world.

GS 430 World Drama  4R-OL-4C
Examines drama from multiple cultures and time periods through a thematic lens.

GS 431 Literary London  4R-OL-4C
Considers literary depictions of London, a highly symbolic and frequently used setting in 19th, 20th, and 21st century British literature. Covers a broad range of literary texts set in the city, including works by major authors of this genre and a number of recent works by ethnic minority writers.

GS 432 Literature and Film of the Global Economy  4R-OL-4C
Focuses on contemporary fictional and non-fictional narratives that address economic interdependence between nation states. Employs an interdisciplinary approach to contextualize these narratives.

GS 442 Art History: Renaissance to Modern  4R-OL-4C
Explores the creation and uses of visual art by world civilizations from the Renaissance to the present. Studies the cultural evolution brought about by scientific and technological changes which culminate in the Modern and Post-Modern eras.

GS 462 Postcolonial Literature  4R-OL-4C
Examines works by postcolonial writers and theorists, and coverscontemporary human rights and anti-colonial/anti-globalization movements.

GS 469 Contemporary British Fiction and Film  4R-OL-4C
Covers fiction and film produced in the British Isles during the last half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, including works by both canonical and non-canonical authors. Includes readings about a number of pressing issues in contemporary Britain, and focuses on literary responses to race and class concerns.

GS 470 Japanese Media  4R-OL-4C
Explores historical and contemporary media-related Japanese culture, both in visual and text communications.

GS 480 Leadership & Global Challenges 4R‐0L‐4C Prereq: Junior or senior standing; cross listed with EMGT536
Examines the art of leadership and its development in our increasingly globalized society by studying general theoretical approaches, with close attention to the unique challenges which globalization and cross‐cultural interactions impose upon leaders.

GS 491 Geography of Europe  4R-OL-4C
Introduces the culture, landscape, and peoples of Europe through discussion, maps, regional analysis, and visual presentations. Includes social issues and contemporary problems facing the Europeans, from Russia to Ireland and all points between.

GS 492 Geography of Africa  4R-OL-4C
Introduces the culture, landscape, and peoples of Africa south of the Sahara Desert through discussion, maps, regional analysis, and visual presentations. Includes social issues and contemporary problems facing this area, from South Africa to Senegal and all points between.

GS 496 and GS497 Senior Project in International Studies (2 credits each; 4 credits total)
Guided study, research, and analytical writing on a topic in international studies, integrating knowledge gained from international experience and/or from course work in the major.

IDEAS AND ARTS -- Courses whose primary focus is on theories and debates within disciplines, the development of ideas, or arts and aesthetics.

IA 101 Introduction to Philosophy 4R‐OL‐4C
Introduces the methods and subject matter of philosophy through examination of some of the major problems and figures in classical and contemporary philosophy, including the nature of reality, the existence of God, the criteria of knowing, the nature of mind, and the foundations of morality.

IA 102 Critical Thinking and Introduction to Logic 4R‐OL‐4C
Introduces students to philosophical methodology for examining the truth of claims and the quality of arguments used to defend them, including informal logic, i.e., the study of arguments in natural language, as well as formal logic, i.e., the study of inference with purely formal content, for the purpose of clarifying thinking and improving reasoning.

IA 142 Drawing  4R-OL-4C
Introduces the student to drawing as a basis of personal expression. Exposes the student to a range of tools, techniques, and attitudes.

IA 148 Beginning Photography  4R-OL-4C
Introduces the student to historical aspects of photography, the impact of the visual image in modern culture, and photography as a medium of individual expression.

IA 230 Fundamentals of Public Speaking  4R-OL-4C
Examines the thought processes necessary to organize speech content. Analyzes components of effective delivery and language. Provides practice in a variety of speech types, such as special occasion speeches, informative presentations, and persuasive speeches, as well as impromptu speaking.

IA 231 Introduction to Poetry  4R-OL-4C
Provides students with the means for understanding and appreciating poetry. Focuses on tone, speaker, figurative language, verse forms, and structure in poems from a variety of historical periods.

IA 232 African American Music in American Literature  4R-OL-4C
Surveys the history of African-American music, from slavery to the present, and considers the ways in which writers have adapted different musical styles into their work. Includes--but is not limited to--readings on spirituals, blues, jazz, funk, and hip-hop; written works will include nonfiction, novels, poetry, short stories, and drama.

IA 233 World Literatures  4R-OL-4C
Examines literary texts and their historical contexts across boundaries of language, culture, and ethnicity.

IA 234 Major American Writers  4R-OL-4C
Covers a broad range of American novelists and poets, with special attention to their roles in major literary movements such as romanticism, naturalism, and modernism.

IA 235 Major British Writers  4R-OL-4C
Examines well-known British writers, placed against the historical backgrounds of their times. Poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction from such famous writers as Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Wordsworth, Bronte, Browning, Joyce, Lawrence, Auden, and Beckett will be studied.

IA 237 Introduction to Drama  4R-OL-4C
Traces the development of drama by analyzing representative plays from historical periods and from different cultures. Analyzes how, and why, drama has changed over time and how individual plays mirror their times and cultures.

IA 238 African American Literature  4R-OL-4C
Surveys African-American literature, history, and culture from the Colonial era to the present day.

IA 239 Rhetoric of Science  4R-OL-4C
Examines rhetorical and philosophical approaches to persuasion in scientific argument. Emphasizes popular science writing and the role played by science in shaping public opinion and policy.

IA 240 Introduction to Shakespeare  4R-OL-4C
Studies Shakespeare’s histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. Focuses on close textual reading of selected plays within the intellectual framework of his era.

IA 241 Introduction to Film Studies  3R-3L-4C
Covers the formal elements of film and provides a vocabulary for analyzing film. Introduces film theory and criticism.

IA 244 Design and Color  4R-OL-4C
Explores visual design and communication, creative problem solving, color theory and aesthetics. Students engage in problem-solving to create projects using a variety of materials.

IA 246 Music Theory I: Fundamentals of Tonal Music 4R‐OL‐4C
Pursues the initial stages of literacy in western tonal music, from rhythm and pitch to basic functional harmonic analysis.

IA 301 Philosophy of Mind 4R‐OL‐4C
Focuses on the philosophical investigation of the nature of the mind, its relationship to the brain/body, the phenomenon known as consciousness, and a host of related issues including freedom of the will and its implications for moral responsibility, the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, the nature of self and personal identity, the possibility of machine and animal consciousness, and the idea of mental disorder.

IA 302 Philosophy of Religion 4R‐OL‐4C
Examines the nature and existence of God and religious experience, the meaning of religious language, and the relationship between religion, science, and philosophy through analysis of classical and contemporary texts and teachings of major figures in theology and philosophy.

IA 303 Political Philosophy 4R‐OL‐4C
Examines the philosophical foundations of social and political organization, governance, rights, liberty, law, individualism, and justice. This course explores fundamental questions about organized society by engaging with classical and contemporary texts dealing with the state of nature, the idea of a social contract and its opposition, democracy and its ideals, virtues, and difficulties, human rights and liberties, alternatives to democracy including communism and communitarianism, and feminist and individualist theories.

IA 311 Topics in German Culture I  4R-OL-4C
Examines a variety of historical and contemporary issues in German popular and high culture. Same as GE311.

IA 330 Documentary Film  3R-3L-4C
Examines the development, contexts, generic conventions, and social functions of documentary film

IA 331 American Modernism  4R-OL-4C
Explores texts published in the first half of the twentieth century, what is commonly called the "Modernist" era. Focuses primarily on written works in different genres, but also covers music, film, visual arts, and other media.

IA 332 Don Quixote  4R-OL-4C
Studies Cervantes’ masterwork in translation and its relationship to the society and literature of its day as well as its relevance to our own. Taught in English.

IA 333 Representations and Redefinitions of Reality  4R-OL-4C
Examines representative pieces of philosophy, literature, and popular culture that all seek to represent and--in some cases--redefine the notion of "reality."

IA 334 Creative Writing  4R-OL-4C
Introduces students to writing in genres such as poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, and drama. Employs a variety of writing and revision techniques to assist students in producing a portfolio of their work.

IA 335 Bible as Literature  4R-OL-4C
Examines the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as literary texts. Emphasizes the variety of genres employed in biblical literature and introduces students to different approaches appropriate to literary interpretation.

IA 336 Mystery & Horror Literature  4R-OL-4C
Examines the development, contexts, generic conventions, and social functions of modern horror and detective fiction from their roots in European Gothic traditions to the present.

IA 337 European Romanticism  4R-OL-4C
Covers major authors and themes in European Romantic literature from 1770-1830, as well as its repercussions and transformations.

IA 338 Medicine in Literature  4R-OL-4C
Examines images of patients, doctors, and other medical professionals as constructed in literary works. Explores medical and ethical issues as represented in both classic and current fiction.

IA 339 Rebellion in American Literature  4R-OL-4C
Examines American literary and historical texts that use rebellion against different kinds of authority--governmental, social, cultural, artistic, personal--as their central subject, motif, and / or theme. Includes readings from the Colonial era to the present day.

IA 340 Ethics in Human Communication  4R-OL-4C
Examines the interconnection between ethics and rhetoric by studying such topics as persuasion versus propaganda, manipulation and distortion through language, leadership and communication, manifestations of prejudice (racism and sexism), language of intimidation and oppression, dehumanizing communication, effects of advertisement, and the content and effectiveness of professional codes for ethical communication.

IA 341 Steinbeck and American Society 4R‐0L‐4C
Studies selected writings by John Steinbeck and his contemporaries to examine their views about America as a nation, its social upheavals, morals, and paradoxes in the twentieth century. Weaves a broad context for students to debate on ideologies, ethics, values, government, and purpose of art.

IA 342 Modern Southern Fiction 4R‐0L‐4C
Examines the major writers of the American South (both the modern and contemporary periods).  Emphasizes recurrent social themes and fictional methods.

IA 346 Music Theory II: Basic Form and Composition  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: IA246 or consent of instructor
Explores intermediate topics in western tonal music and applies theoretical concepts to music composition. Forms studied and composed include simple classical and popular music genres.

IA 348 Music Performance  1R-0L-1R  Prereq: Consent of Instructor
Applies music skills in performance groups for music minors. May be repeated up to 4 hours.

IA 350 Intermediate Microeconomics  4R-OL-4C S Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes optimal choice, and the conditions required for efficient exchange in market economies. Emphasizes rational choice theory as it applies to consumers and businesses, with complementary examination of uncertainty, anomalous features of actual market behavior.

IA 351 Intermediate Macroeconomics  4R-OL-4C W Prereq: SV 151
Studies the economy as a whole, including factors affecting economic growth, unemployment and inflation. Explains economic events and considers how policies affect economic performance.

IA 352 Game Theory  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Introduces techniques used to solve strategic games encountered in business and economics. Analyzes behavior of economic agents in various situations including single and repeated games with perfect and imperfect information.

IA 353 History of Economic Thought  4R-OL-4C S (even years)  Prereq: SV 151
Surveys the history of economic thought and examines the literature of economics from rhetorical, historical, and methodological perspectives using original sources.

IA 371 Cognitive Psychology 4R‐OL‐4C
Explores how the mind works using experimental findings and psychological models. Topics include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and language.

IA 401 Philosophy of Science 4R‐OL‐4C
Examines a range of philosophical questions about the methods, foundations, assumptions, and scope of science, including: How does science work? Can science reveal truths about the structure of the world? What is the scientific method and how is it different from other forms of knowledge acquisition, such as philosophy? What is a scientific explanation? What counts as evidence for a theory? What are scientific laws? These and other questions will be explored by engaging with a variety of classical and contemporary philosophical texts and arguments.

IA 431 History of the American Novel  4R-OL-4C
Studies the novel in America from its early examples into the present. Emphasizes influential novels with historical and societal impact, placing more recent novels into historical context.

IA 436 Reinterpretations of Literary Themes  4R-OL-4C
Examines pieces of literature which rework the themes, characters and/or plots of other works to show how different authors from different times and cultures reinterpret earlier works in their own way.

IA 450 Mathematical Economics  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Illustrates the use of mathematics in economic analysis. Includes discussion of mathematical programming, decision theory, the applications of differential and integral calculus, differential and difference equations.

IA 453 The Entrepreneur  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Describes the role of the entrepreneur and in small and large businesses. Uses economic analysis to study entrepreneurship and prepare business plans. Includes an application to a simulated entrepreneurial effort by the students.

IA 463 Seminar on America's Future  4R-OL-4C
Examines the key political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in a changing global environment.

IA 471 Computational Psychology 4R‐OL‐4C Pre: BE 100 or CSSE 120 or ME 123 or Consent of Instructor
Explores computational principles that can be used to explain human learning and develop intelligent machines. Includes programming assignments.

SOCIETY AND VALUES -- Courses whose primary focus is on the dynamics, patterns, and values of human interaction and social institutions.

SV 134 Popular Literature  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes texts written for mass consumption, such as detective novels, horror stories, fantasy fiction, and contemporary thrillers. Explores these literary genres’ conventions, traditions, and sociohistorical contexts.

SV 151 Principles of Economics  4R-OL-4C  F, W, S
Includes both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Analyzes market behavior. Considers production and pricing decisions under alternative industrial structures. Examines the determinants of economic growth, unemployment and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy.

SV 166 American Politics and Government  4R-OL-4C
Examines the ideology, culture, political processes, institutions, and public policy of the American democratic system.

SV 171 Principles of Psychology  4R-OL-4C
A broad survey of the scientific study of mind and behavior. Topics include learning, perception, emotion, motivation, memory, childhood development, personality, social behavior, and psychological disorders.

SV 191 Cultural Geography  4R-OL-4C
Explores themes, topics, and concepts in cultural geography studies with examples from a diversity of world areas. Included are studies and examples from language, religion, settlement, ethnicity, agriculture, urbanization, population, and popular culture.

SV 201 Religion and Ecology  4R-OL-4C
Examines religious and cultural beliefs, texts, and practices relating to the natural world, focusing primarily on historical transvaluations of the concept of nature.

SV 222 Western Civilization to 1500   4R-OL-4C
Introduces the origins and growth of ideologies and institutions that have shaped Western Civilization from the first sedentary societies until the first contact between Europe and the Americas. Emphasizes the development of society, religion, the economy, government, science, and technology.

SV 223 Western Civilization since 1500   4R-OL-4C
Introduces the development of ideologies and institutions that have shaped Western Civilization from the beginning of European colonialism to the Cold War, globalization, and the present day. Emphasizes changes in society, religion, government, the economy, and the impact of science and technology on daily life.

SV 231 Introduction to Short Fiction  4R-OL-4C
Guides students in reading, appreciating, and analyzing a range of short fiction. Gives special attention to how reading such fiction can help us better understand ourselves and our relationships to the societies in which we live.

SV 232 Introduction to Non-Fiction  4R-OL-4C
Guides students in learning about human interactions by reading, appreciating, and analyzing contemporary non-fiction works. Includes both general essays and science and nature writing.

SV 233 Survey of American Lit  4R-OL-4C
Studies a broad range of American literature since the Civil War. Examines a variety of authors and genres (fiction, poetry, prose, nonfiction).

SV 234 The American Dream  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes representations of the American Dream in fictional and non-fictional narratives through a cultural studies approach.

SV 242 Visual Arts in Civilization  4R-OL-4C
Investigates the purposes and uses of art in civilizations with an emphasis on art appreciation. Aesthetic and historical issues are explored to reveal how art makes worldviews tangible.

SV 244 Music History (1600 to 1900): The Common Practice Period 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys western classical music in the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.

SV 245 Music History (After 1900): Modern and Postmodern Music 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys western classical music of the 20th Century.

SV 246 Music History (After 1900): The Era of Recorded Sound 4R‐OL‐4C
Surveys the impact of audio recording revolutions of the 20th Century on jazz, film, rock, nonwestern, and classical music.

SV 288 Introduction to Sociology   4R-OL-4C
Examine the social and historical construction of our personal identity based on race, class, and gender as well as how social and global inequality is associated with these categories.

SV 291 Medieval Europe  4R-OL-4C
Explores the settlement, state and nation building, trade, innovation, and peopling of Europe from the age of Vandals, Goths, and Vikings to the Renaissance. Emphasizes wars, revolts, power and society in transforming the map of Europe through studies of historical geography.

SV 303  Business and Engineering Ethics  4R‐OL‐4C
Examines the ethical issues faced by professional businesspeople and engineers working in a global corporate context. Issues include the development and use of codes of professional ethics, the social responsibilities of corporations, the autonomy of professionals, whistleblowing and corporate loyalty, environmental obligations of corporations and professionals, standards of conduct in international business, and the impact of technology on our world.

SV 304  Bioethics 4R‐OL‐4C
Examines the major moral issues in the development and practice of biomedicine and biomedical research through the analysis of philosophical and ethical theory as well as analysis of real cases of morally questionable practice in biomedicine. Topics include the autonomy and rights of patients, physicians, and researchers, informed consent and experimentation with humans and animals, the moral status of genetic and reproductive controls and interventions, the extension and termination of life, and the allocation of scarce medical resources.

SV 322 Disasters and Modern Society  4R-OL-4C
Examines how people at different times and places have tried to explain and prevent natural and technological disasters, and how those disasters have influenced the development of modern society. Explores how societies have thought about nature and technology, measured costs in lives and property, and perceived obligations between rich and poor.

SV 325 Cities in Latin American History  4R-OL-4C
Examines the evolution of cities and urban life in Latin America since before 1500. Specific topics vary but will include some of the following: technology, architecture, daily life, government, mass politics, and violence.

SV 332 Gender, Work, and Popular Culture  4R-0L-4C
Examines popular culture representations of masculinity and femininity in the workplace. Employs an interdisciplinary cultural studies approach for analyzing gendered representations of work and how they intersect with topics such as technology, race, and class.

SV 334 Utopian Thought and Literature  4R-OL-4C
Studies varieties of utopian thought from a cross-cultural perspective.

SV 336 Contemporary American Fiction  4R-OL-4C
Analyzes the evolution of the American novel since 1945, with an emphasis on the historical context of late 20th-century American culture.

SV 337 20th-Century American Novel  4R-OL-4C
Examines the American novel with representatives of the major 20th century literary periods: realism, modernism, postmodernism. Examines the themes and issues addressed in different decades and from different perspectives.

SV 338 Latin American Fiction: The Boom and Beyond  4R-OL-4C
Studies writers associated with the “Boom” in Latin American fiction (the expanded popularity beginning in the 1960’s), along with their literary predecessors and descendents. Examines the relationship between literature and cultural context.

SV 339 Literature and the Environment  4R-OL-4C
Considers the relationship between art and the natural world. Readings may include myths and poems, travel and adventure narratives, activist projects and manifestoes, and scientific and philosophical essays, drawn from a variety of cultural traditions.

SV 351 Managerial Economics  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Applies economic analysis to the management of modern business enterprise. Emphasizes demand estimation, business forecasting, uncertainty, investment decisions, capital budgeting, and pricing strategies. In addition to SV 151, students should have some knowledge of business statistics.

SV 352 Money and Banking  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Examines the nature and functions of financial markets and institutions. Analyzes the determination of interest rates and the processing of information. Considers the relationship between the financial system and the macroeconomy.

SV 353 Industrial Organization  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Examines the influence of market structure and competition policy on business firms’ decisions. Discusses modern theories of the firm, implications of market power, strategic interaction, merger and acquisition activity, antitrust policy and regulation.

SV 354 Environmental Economics  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes the consequences of pollution and discusses possible solutions to reduce pollution. Introduces analytical tools used in environmental planning. Performs benefit-cost analyses of regulations dealing with air, water, and solid waste pollution.

SV 355 Health Economics  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes demand and supply of health care and the roles of medical technology and health insurance. Studies the behavior of physicians, the use of paramedics, preventive care, and outpatient care. Examines the rising cost of health care and analyzes appropriate public policy responses.

SV 356 Corporate Finance  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Introduces managerial finance. Examines the valuation of assets, the cost of capital, capital structure, working capital management, planning and budgeting, and long-term financing.

SV 357 Labor Economics  4R-OL-4C  Prereq: SV 151
Analyzes labor markets with theoretical, empirical, and policy applications. Explains the determination of employment and wages. Studies compensating wage differentials, labor market discrimination, labor unions and theories of unemployment.

SV 369 British Politics and Government  4R-OL-4C
Examines the historical development, ideology, culture, political processes, institutions, and public policy of the political system of the United Kingdom.

SV 371 Social Psychology 4R‐OL‐4C
Explores how people's behavior, feelings, and thoughts are influenced by their social environments.  Topics include attitude formation, prejudice, relationships, group behavior, conformity, altruism, and aggression.

SV 382 Anthropology of Religion  4R-OL-4C
Examines various concepts and practices pertaining to the supernatural, focusing primarily on indigenous religions around the world. Discusses the relationships of religious beliefs, values, and practices with social organization, economic behavior, subsistence systems, and technology

SV 385 Archaeology & Prehistory  4R-OL-4C
Examines the human past through the analysis of cultural artifacts: the course focuses on the methods and techniques of archaeology and the study of the major cultural and social transformations from foraging to agricultural and complex civilizations.

SV 386 Human Evolution  4R-OL-4C
Examines human origins and ongoing evolution: examines the evidence of the fossil record and genes, compares human behavior with other primates, considers physical basis for behaviors, and the extent and causes of human physical diversity.

SV 402  Human Nature  4R‐OL‐4C
Examines what it means to be human by examining major philosophical texts in the Western tradition in conjunction with recent developments in psychology and cognitive science. The central issues include happiness and the good life, morality, justice, and the structure of human social institutions.

SV 413 Contemporary Germany  4R-OL-4C
Introduces historical, political, and cultural issues in German society from 1945 to the present. Compares German to European developments. Same as GE413.

SV 450 Econometrics  4R-OL-4C F (odd years) Prereq: SV 151
Applies statistical methods to problems of economic analysis. Stresses the use of regression analysis in economic research and discusses the special problems encountered in empirical investigation of economic phenomena. In addition to SL 151, the student should have some knowledge of statistics.

COMMUNICATION

RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition  4R-OL-4C
Emphasizes rhetorical analysis oftexts and images,research methods, and theconventions of academic writing, including argumentation.

RH 330 Technical and Professional Communication  4R-OL-4C Prereq: RH 131
Provides students with instruction and practice in analyzing contexts, audiences, and genres; crafting documents to meet the demands and constraints of professional situations; integrating all stages of the writing process; and collaborating effectively within and across teams.

SPECIAL TOPICS AND DIRECTED STUDY

GS, IA or SV 399 – Special Topics   4R-OL-4C   Arranged
Examines a selected topic in one of the HSS disciplines in depth. A particular offering may require a prerequisite or consent of the instructor.

GS, IA or SV 499 – Directed Study   4R-OL-4C  Arranged Pre: Consent of the Instructor and HSS Department Head
Allows for individual study of an HSS topic selected by the instructor and the student(s). A plan of study, regular meetings with the instructor, and a major term project are required.

XX496 Seminar for HSS Senior Project   2R-OL-2C  F  Prereq: Economics or International Studies major and Junior or Senior standing, or permission of instructor
Reviews methodologies employed in Economics and/or International Studies, and directs students toward approval of a senior project proposal. Required of all Economics and International Studies majors and double majors.

XX497 Directed Study for HSS Senior Project   2R-OL-2C  Arranged  Prereq: XX496  W,S
Directed study leading to completion of a senior project that demonstrates the ability to
pursue independent intellectual inquiry. Required of all Economics and International Studies majors and double majors.

MODERN LANGUAGES
(NOTE: Students may not earn foreign language credit in their native tongue)

GE 111/112/113 German Language and Culture I/II/III  4R-OL-4C  F/W/S  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination.
Provides elementary training in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing German. Uses reading exercises to show the relationship between language and culture. Required language laboratory.

JP 111/112/113 Japanese Language and Culture I/II/III  4R-OL-4C  F/W/S  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination.
Provide elementary training in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese. Three types of characters, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji will be introduced as well as fundamental linguistic forms and functions of modern Japanese.

SP 111/112/113 Spanish Language and Culture I/II/III  4R-OL-4C  F/W/S  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination.
Provides elementary and intermediate training in oral/aural skills, reading, and writing Spanish. Enhances grammar presentations by means of appropriate readings that show the relationship between language and culture.

GE 211/212/213 German Language and Culture IV/V/VI 4R-OL-4C F/W/S  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination.
Reviews German grammar, emphasizing its logical sub-structure. Stresses analysis of complex sentences of scholarly German. Introduces the student to selected topics dealing with life in Germany as contrasted with life in the U.S. Provides continued practice in reading and speaking. Required language laboratory.

JP 211/212/213 Japanese Language and Culture IV/V/VI  4R-OL-4C  F/W/S  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination.
Provides further training in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese. More advanced aspects of modern Japanese such as honorific and humble forms, empathic expressions, casual speech, and male and female speech are examined.

SP 211/212 Spanish Language and Culture IV/V  4R-OL-4C  F/W  Prereq: Preceding course or placement by examination
Stresses conversational skills and intensive first year grammar review. Intermediate reading and discussion of texts on contemporary issues and cultural topics from Latin America and Spain.

SP 213 Spanish for Engineers  4R-OL-4C  S  Prereq: SP 212 or placement by examination
Stresses language skills useful for the engineering profession. Provides training in advanced reading, writing and conversation with emphasis on the use of language in a professional context.

GE 311 Issues in German Culture I  4R-OL-4C  F
Examines a variety of historical and contemporary issues in German popular and high culture. Same as IA 311.

GE 312 Reading German Texts  4R-OL-4C  W  Prereq: GE 213
Studies and practices effective reading of German texts. Analyzes and evaluates their contents in discussions and the writings of short German essays.

GE 313 Advanced Grammar and Translation Methods  4R-OL-4C  S  Prereq: GE 312
Introduces advanced grammar concepts targeted for translation of German texts. Familiarizes students with translation techniques for a variety of text types.

JP 311/312/313 Japanese Language and Culture VII/VIII/IX (Through Study Abroad Program) 4R-XL-4C  Summer  Prereq: Preceding course
Further develops reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students learn technical terms by participating in engineering laboratory with Japanese students. Includes cultural field trips and company visits. [This course is offered as a summer program at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.]

GE 411 Technical Translation   4R-OL-4C  F  Prereq: GE 313
Introduces scientific and technological vocabulary; continues working with complex grammatical structures; applies methods of translation using scientific and technical texts. Requires the writing of a major technical translation project.

GE 412 Topics in German Culture II   4R-OL-4C  W
Explores topics in German and European intellectual history as represented in literature, essay, and film. Same as GS 412.

GE 413 Contemporary Germany   4R-0L-4C  S
Introduces historical, political, and cultural issues in German society from 1945 to the present. Compares German to European developments. Taught in English and open to all students. Same as SV 413.

JP 411/412/413 Japanese Language and Culture X/XI/XII (Through Study Abroad Program) 4R-0L-4C Summer Pre: Preceding course
Develops advanced language communications skills. Presents further cultural aspects of contemporary Japanese. Introduces reading and writing of scientific Japanese. [This course is offered as a summer program at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.]

FL 299 Summer Language Study Abroad
Maximum Credit per Summer: 12. May be repeated. Credit for approved summer foreign language study abroad. May count towards a departmental minor, with the exception of a foreign language minor. Prior approval by the HSS Department Head and evidence of satisfactory completion required

HSS MAJORS

International Studies Major (IS) (second major only)

In the 21st century, technical work occurs increasingly in an international and multi-lingual arena. The International Studies major provides Rose-Hulman students with the opportunity to complement their primary major with a second major that prepares them for an interdependent, multicultural, and transnational world. Courses in the major focus on economic, cultural, and social processes that take place among nations and world regions. Topics may include globalization, post-colonialism, communication, migration, and environmental change.

Learning OutComes:

  1. Recognition of cultural diversity requires the comparison and analysis of historical, cultural, political, social, or regional differences.
    1. Analyze a socio-cultural artifact, event, or system of a society different from your own.
    2. Compare socio-cultural artifacts or systems in two or more cultures/world regions/civilizations
    3. Carry out a project involving meaningful contact with students, colleagues, clients, or sponsors abroad.
  2. Transnational and global awareness requires an understanding of the ideas, systems, processes, or trends that have created a globally interdependent world.
    1. Explain the global causes or effects of an action or decision by nation-states, corporations, groups of people, or other actors
    2. Argue for a course of action—political, economic, or otherwise—when given an international situation/case study
  3. Independent Study of global issues requires the application of appropriate analytic vocabulary, methodologies, or critical frameworks from the Humanities or the Social Sciences
    1. Assemble and evaluate resources for research in international studies.
    2. Design and carry out a research project analyzing a significant international or global issue, system, process, or event.

Requirements for a second major in International Studies (60 cred.)

  • Students double majoring in International Studies may use their International Studies courses to satisfy HSS graduation requirements.
  • Courses counted for the International Studies major may not be counted for HSS minors—except that foreign language courses may be used to fulfill foreign language requirements in one additional minor.
  • Students wishing to pursue a double major in Economics and International Studies may not choose the IPE area of concentration.
  • All International Studies majors are subject to approval by HSS Department Head and the Institute Curriculum Committee.

I. International Studies Core (24 cred.)

IA233       World Literature
GS163 International Relations
GS285 Humans and Culture
GS291 World Geography
SV151 Principles of Economics
GS223 World History

II. Area of Concentration (20 cred.)

Students choose 5 courses from one of three areas of concentration: (a) International Political Economy; (b) Comparative Cultures; or (c) Individualized IS Major.

  1. International Political Economy: This concentration emphasizes the political, economic, geographic, and historical analysis of international relations.

Students must choose at least three courses from the general list and a total of five courses from both lists. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the IS advisor.

General List

IA353       History of Economic Thought  
GS322 Industrial Revolution in a Global Context
GS350 International Trade and Globalization
GS351 International Finance
GS352 Economic Growth and Development
GS361 Politics of the Global Economy
SV328 Comparative Business History
SV354 Environmental Economics

Regional List

GS128      Introduction to East Asia
GS161 Comparative Politics
GS222 Modern Latin American
GS366 European Union
GS363 European Politics and Government
GS399 Geography of the Middle East
GS492 Geography of Africa

Reminder: Students wishing to pursue a double major in Economics and International Studies may not choose the IPE area of concentration.

  1. Comparative Cultures: This concentration emphasizes the comparative study of institutions and traditions across and within nations and geographic regions.

Students must choose three courses from the general list and two from the regional list to ensure both breadth of analysis and depth of content. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the IS advisor.

General list

GS322      Industrial Revolution in Global Context
GS333 Travel in World Literature
GS334 Global Novel in the 20th Century
GS432 Literature of the Global Economy
GS462 Postcolonial Literature
SV191 Cultural Geography
SV201 Religion and Ecology
SV226 The West in the East
SV382 Anthropology of Religion

Regional list (including but not limited to the following courses)

IA311      Topics in German Culture I
GS128 Introduction to East Asia
GS207 Asian Religions and Philosophy
GS222 Modern Latin America
GS313 Contemporary Spain
GS327 Modern China
GS335 Arabic Literature
GS379 Japanese Culture
GS391 Contemporary Europe
GS442 Art History: Reniassance to Modern
GS492 Geography of Africa
  1. Individualized Major: Focus and composition of this concentration are to be designed by the student and approved by IS advisor and Department Head. It is the student’s responsibility to present a coherent program of study focused on the international relations between peoples and cultures in the contemporary world.

Students must take a total of five courses.

III. One full year of a foreign language (e.g., German, Japanese, Spanish) (12 cred.)

IV. GS 496 and GS 497 Senior Project in International Studies (2 credits each; 4 credits total)

Guided study, research, and analytical writing on a topic in international studies, integrating knowledge gained from international experience and/or from course work in the major.

HSS MINORS

MINOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Anthropology has the following requirements:

  1. Five Courses in Anthropology.
  2. The following three courses are required:
    • GS 285 Humans & Culture
    • SV 385 Archaeology & Prehistory
    • SV 386 Human Evolution
  • A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  • Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Advisor
    Courses
    • GS 384 Japanese Society
    • SV 382 Anthropology of Religion
    • XX 399 Special Topics
    • XX 499 Directed Study

MINOR IN ART

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Area Minor in Art has the following requirements:

  1. Five Courses in Art:
    1. The following three courses are required:
      • IA142   Drawing
      • IA148   Beginning Photography
      • SV242   Visual Arts in Civilization
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Advisor
    Courses
    • GS442 Art History: Renaissance to Modern
    • IA142 Drawing
    • IA148 Beginning Photography
    • IA244 Design and Color
    • SV242 Visual Arts in Civilization

MINOR IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in East Asian Studies has the following requirements:

  1. Three courses (or proficiency) in Japanese Language. (Language courses may be allocated in any of the three thematic categories, but there may be no more than one language course in any category.)
  2. Four courses selected from the following:
    • GS128 Introduction to East Asian History
    • GS207 Asian Religions and Philosophy
    • GS324 Gender and Work in China
    • GS327 Modern China
    • GS384 Japanese Society
    • SV226 The West in the East
    • SV326 Overseas Chinese
  3. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  4. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.

MINOR IN ECONOMICS

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Economics has the following requirements:

  1. Five courses in Economics, distributed as follows:
    1. Principles of Economics (SV 151);
    2. Intermediate Microeconomics (IA 350) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (IA 351);
    3. Two additional Economics courses chosen by the student and approved by an Economics Minor Advisor. These shall be selected to provide some depth in the student’s understanding of economic analysis and its applications;
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser
    Courses
    • GS350 International Trade and Globalization
    • GS351 International Finance
    • GS352 Economic Growth and Development
    • IA350 Intermediate Microeconomics
    • IA351 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • IA352 Game Theory
    • IA353 History of Economic Thought
    • IA450 Mathematical Economics
    • IA453 The Entrepreneur
    • SV151 Principles of Economics
    • SV351 Managerial Economics
    • SV352 Money and Banking
    • SV353 Industrial Organization
    • SV354 Environmental Economics
    • SV355 Health Economics
    • SV356 Corporate Finance
    • SV357 Labor Economics
    • SV450 Econometrics
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Study

MINOR IN EUROPEAN STUDIES

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in European Studies has the following requirements:

  1. Three courses (or proficiency) in either German or Spanish. (Language courses may be allocated in any of the four thematic categories, but there may be no more than one language course in any category.)
  2. Four courses selected from the following:
    • GS313 Contemporary Spain
    • GS337 Shakespeare’s Europe
    • GS363 European Politics and Government
    • GS366 The European Union
    • GS431 Literary London
    • GS469 Contemporary British Fiction and Film
    • GS491 Geography of Europe
    • IA311 Topics in German Culture I
    • IA337 European Romanticism
    • SV222 Western Civilization to 1500
    • SV223 Western Civilization from 1500 to the Present
    • SV291 Medieval Europe
    • SV413 Contemporary Germany
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Study
  3. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  4. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.

MINOR IN GEOGRAPHY

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Geography has the following requirements:

  1. Five courses in Geography, one of which must be either World Regional Geography (GS291) or Cultural Geography (SV191).
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Advisor.
    Courses
    • GS191 Geography of Middle East
    • GS222 Modern Latin America
    • GS291 World Geography
    • GS327 Modern China
    • GS391 Contemporary Europe
    • GS491 Geography of Europe
    • GS492 Geography of Africa
    • SV191 Cultural Geography
    • SV291 Medieval Europe
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Study

MINOR IN HISTORY

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in History has the following requirements:

  1. Five courses in History
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.
    Courses 
    • GS221 Colonial Latin America
    • GS223 World History
    • GS222 Modern Latin America
    • GS325 Cities and Technology
    • GS413 Nazi Germany: Fact and Fiction
    • GS422 Industrial Revolution in Global Context
    • SV222 Western Civilization to 1500
    • SV223 Western Civilization since 1500
    • SV322 Disasters and Modern Society since 1700
    • SV329 Cities in Latin American History
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Readings

MINOR IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Language and Literature has the following requirements:

  1. In addition to RH 131 and RH 330, five courses in Language and Literature.
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.
    Courses
    • GS237 Science Fiction
    • GS334 Travel in World Literature
    • GS335 The Global Novel in the Twentieth Century
    • GS336 Literature of War
    • GS337 Shakespeare's Europe
    • GS338 Contemporary Arabic Literature in Translation
    • GS339 Contemporary Global Film
    • GS412 Topics in German Culture II
    • GS431 Literary London
    • GS432 Literature and Film of the Global Economy
    • GS462 Postcolonial Literature
    • GS469 Contemporary British Fiction and Film
    • IA230 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • IA231 Introduction to Poetry
    • IA232 African American Music in American Literature
    • IA233 World Literature
    • IA234 Major American Writers
    • IA235 Major British Writers
    • IA237 Introduction to Drama
    • IA238 African American Literature
    • IA239 Rhetoric of Science
    • IA240 Introduction to Shakespeare
    • IA241 Introduction to Film Studies
    • IA330 Documentary Film
    • IA331 American Modernism
    • IA333 Representations and Redefinitions of Reality
    • IA334 Creative Writing
    • IA335 Bible as Literature
    • IA336 Mystery & Horror Literature
    • IA337 European Romanticism
    • IA338 Medicine in Literature
    • IA339 Rebellion in American Literature
    • IA341 Steinbeck and American Society
    • IA342 Modern Southern Fiction
    • IA431 History of the American Novel
    • IA436 Reinterpretations of Literary Themes
    • SV134 Popular Literature
    • SV231 Introduction to Short Fiction
    • SV232 Introduction to Non-Fiction
    • SV233 Survey of American Literature
    • SV332 Gender, Work & Popular Culture
    • SV334 Utopian Thought and Literature
    • SV336 Contemporary American Fiction
    • SV337 20th century American Novel
    • SV339 Literature and the Environment
    • SV234 The American Dream
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Study

MINOR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Latin American Studies has the following requirements:

    1. Three courses (or proficiency) in Spanish Language. (Language courses may be allocated in any of the three thematic categories, but there may be no more than one language course in any category.)
    2. Four courses selected from the following:
      • GS221 Colonial Latin America
      • GS222 Modern Latin America
      • GS323 The Andean Countries of South America
      • GS313 Contemporary Spain
      • IA332 Don Quixote
      • SV329 Cities in Latin American History
      • SV338 Latin American Fiction: The Boom and Beyond
      • XX399 Special Topics
      • XX499 Directed Topics
    3. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
    4. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.

MINOR IN MODERN LANGUAGES (GERMAN, JAPANESE, AND SPANISH)

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Modern Languages has the following requirements:

      1. Six successive courses, or the equivalent, in German, Japanese or Spanish.
      2. RH 131 and 3 HSS courses, one in each category.
      3. This means a minimum of 44 credits in HSS courses must be earned.
      4. Students may not earn foreign language credit in their native languages.

First Year Courses
GE 111/112/113 German Language and Culture I/II/III JP 111/112/113 Japanese Language and Culture I/II/III SP 111/112/113 Spanish Language and Culture I/II/III

Second Year Courses
GE 211/212/213 German Language and Culture IV/V/VI JP 211/212/213 Japanese Language and Culture IV/V/VI SP 211/212/213 Spanish Language and Culture IV/V/VI

Third Year Courses
GE 311 Topics in German Culture I/ GE312 Reading German Texts/313 Advanced Grammar and Translation Methods/ JP 311/312/313 Japanese Language and Culture VII/VIII/IX

Fourth Year Courses
GE 411 Technical Translation/412 Topics in German Culture II/413 Contemporary Germany/ JP 411/412/413 Japanese Language and Culture X/XI/XII

XX 399 Special Topics
XX 499 Directed Study

NOTES:
Credits earned in a first-year, first-term language do not count in satisfying HSS graduation requirements unless the second course in the sequence is also completed successfully.
Students who have completed high school courses in German, Japanese or Spanish can get credit-by-examination for their knowledge by completing subsequent advanced level courses.

MINOR IN MUSIC

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the Minor Advisor.

The Minor in Music has the following requirements:

1. A minimum of five courses (20 credits) must be earned to obtain the minor. At least 16 of these credits (four courses) must be in HSS courses. The remaining four credits may be one of the approved course from outside the HSS Department listed below.

2. Both courses in music theory and at least two in music history are required.

3. A minimum of 40 hours (10 courses) of HSS credit are required to complete the minor except when an approved technical course is applied to the minor. Then the requirement is 36 hours of HSS and four hours of approved technical credit. The distribution of courses is as follows:

A. Two courses in music theory:

IA246 Music Theory I: Fundamentals of Tonal Music.

IA346 Music Theory II: Basic Form and Composition. Pre‐requisite: IA246.

Students who have taken music theory before attending Rose‐Hulman may choose to take a Theory I placement test in order to be granted admittance to Music Theory II. Students who successfully pursue this option must then substitute for Music Theory I another music‐related course, as approved by the Music Advisor.

B. Two courses in music history:

GS243 Music History (Before 1600): Medieval and Renaissance Music

SV244 Music History (1600 to 1900): The Common Practice Period

SV245 Music History (After 1900): Modern and Postmodern Music

SV246 Music History (After 1900): The Era of Recorded Sound

Other music-related courses offered within the HSS Department may be used to satisfy up to two of these four required courses.

C. To fulfill the fifth course requirement for the Area Minor in Music, the candidate may choose ONE of the following options:

1) A music‐related course from outside the HSS Department, approved by the Minor Advisor, such as:

ECE481 Electronic Music Synthesis

PH404 Acoustics

PH460 Directed Study in Physics

2) A music‐related course offered within the HSS Department, approved by the Minor Advisor, such as:

GS343 Musics of the World

IA499 Directed Study in Music   Pre‐requisite: consent of the Minor Advisor

 3) IA348 Music Performance. Pre‐requisite: consent of the Minor Advisor and ensemble directors. Four (4) credits of satisfactory participation in one or more of the formal Performing Groups (Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Chorus) are required. One academic term of satisfactory participation earns one credit. The four required credits need not be completed consecutively, nor must they all be completed in the same performing group. The specific criteria for “satisfactory participation” will be provided to the candidate by the ensemble directors.

Any course taken to satisfy the four required Music Theory and Music History courses cannot also be used to satisfy the fifth course requirement.

MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Philosophy has the following requirements:

1. Five courses in Philosophy, one of which must be Introduction to Philosophy (IA 101).

2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.

3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.

Philosophy Courses:

  • IA101 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • IA102 – Critical Thinking & Introduction to Logic
  • IA401 – Philosophy of Science
  • IA302 – Philosophy of Religion
  • IA301 – Philosophy of Mind
  • IA303 – Political Philosophy
  • SV402– Human Nature
  • SV303 – Business & Engineering Ethics
  • SV304 – Bioethics
  • XX399 – Special Topics
  • XX499 – Directed Study

Minor in Political Science

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Political Science has the following requirements:

  1. Five courses in Political Science, one of which must be Comparative Politics (GS 161), International Relations (GS 163), or American Politics and Government (SV 166)
  2. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.
  3. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.
    Courses
    • GS161 Comparative Politics
    • GS163 International Relations
    • GS361 Politics of the Global Economy
    • GS366 The European Union
    • SV166 American Politics and Government
    • SV369 British Politics and Government
    • SV463 Seminar on America's Future
    • XX399 Special Topics
    • XX499 Directed Study

Minor in Psychology

Students may apply only one (1) transfer course toward a minor. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the minor advisor.

The Minor in Psychology has the following requirements:

1. Principles of Psychology (SV 171).

2. Four other psychology courses.

3. Engineering Statistics I (MA 223) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics with Applications (MA 381).

4. A minimum of 40 credits in HSS courses must be earned to obtain the minor.

5. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Adviser.

Courses:

  • SV171 Principles of Psychology
  • IA371 Cognitive Psychology
  • IA471Computational Psychology
  • SV372 Social Psychology
  • IA301 Philosophy of Mind

GERMAN TECHNICAL TRANSLATOR’S CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

A student may earn, in addition to one of the regular degree programs in science or engineering, a certificate of proficiency in German technical translation. Successful completion of this non-degree program partially fulfills the graduation requirements in humanities and social sciences.

Certificate Requirements

A student must have a 3.0 in the first two years of German and in his/her major, as well as permission of the instructor, to enter the third year language courses. Exceptions may be made by the instructor in charge of the program.

  1. A student must complete all the technical courses required by one of the Institute’s degree-granting programs.
  2. A student must successfully complete the third and fourth year courses of the German Studies program (GE 311/312/313 and GE 411/412/413).
  3. A student who successfully completes the four-year language program is exempted from RH 131 Rhetoric and Composition, and from both courses in Global Studies (GS). This generally means that the student will only need to take three HSS courses other than German (one IA, one SV, and RH330 Technical and Professional Communication).

Commentary

A student who qualifies through the Foreign Language Examination administered at Rose-Hulman during Freshman orientation week, will be permitted to enroll in the appropriate level of German as determined by the foreign language faculty. A student who successfully completes a quarter of more advanced language at Rose-Hulman with a grade of C or better will be granted 4 hours of Credit by Examination for each quarter of language by-passed. (Note: a minimum of two terms of college language must be completed in order to receive HSS graduation credit.)

  1. A student who is in the German Studies Program in Culture and Technology is not required to take RH 131, Rhetoric and Composition.
  2. In order to obtain the Translator’s Certificate, some students in some curricula may have to take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
  3. Due to scheduling requirements of some regular degree programs, a student may also have to carry an overload in some terms. This means that the student will have to maintain a better-than-average grade point average to meet the Institute requirements permitting an overload. See the Student Handbook for details.
  4. A student is strongly urged, but not required, to spend at least one summer studying in an approved program for foreigners in Germany. Some small grants may be available to help defray expenses.
Summary Credits
First Year German (GE 111, 112, and 113 or approved equivalent) 12
Second Year German (GE211, 212, 213 or approved equivalent) 12
Third Year German (GE311 Topics in German Culture I; GE312 Reading German Texts;
and GE313 Advanced Grammar and Translation Methods
12
Fourth Year German (GE411 Technical Translation; GE412 Topics in German Culture II;
and GE413 Contemporary Germany)
12
One IA course (any) 4
One SV course (any) 4
RH330 (required for most majors) 4
TOTAL 60