Public Health Courses

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field concerned with recognizing, evaluating, understanding and responding to factors that may affect the health of individuals, communities and populations. The curriculum includes courses from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics to educate students about various approaches to public health.

A student who elects to major or minor in public health will obtain an understanding of the process of scientific inquiry, statistics, and the behavioral, economic, historical, political and social approaches to health. The core class, Survey of Public Health, introduces a student to the six primary areas of public health: biostatistics, behavioral sciences and health education, health policy and management, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, and global health.

Many in the public health and medical communities refer to Atlanta as the public health capital of the world. We encourage students to utilize the globally-recognized experiential learning opportunities connected to our courses—internships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CARE, the American Cancer Society, the Carter Center—and through community service outside of the classroom. Through an agreement with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, qualified students may apply to take up to two graduate courses during their senior year at the Rollins School.

Public health careers can be found in local, state and federal government; nonprofit organizations with a local, regional or global focus; corporations; hospitals and health departments; or universities. Many public health careers require a graduate degree (typically the M.P.H.), and although a major or minor in public health is not required for admission to an M.P.H. program, our undergraduate degrees in public health permit students to enter any of the most prestigious M.P.H programs. Liberal arts education, with a focus on public health, will also prepare students for a range of graduate and professional programs in medicine, human rights, public policy, and the natural and social sciences.

Public Health Courses

PH-101 SURVEY OF PUBLIC HEALTH (4)
Survey course that introduces the subdisciplines of public health. Introduces epidemiological, environmental, occupational, cultural, behavioral, and policy issues relevant to the health of populations around the world. Includes a historical context for current health issues and global practices.

PH-202 PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COMMUNICATION (4)
Examines and develops communication practices associated with current issues and
controversies. Focus on communication as related to public and environmental health, especially as directed to target populations and advocacy. Final project related to a student’s academic interest.
Pre-requisite: ENG-110, PH-101, or ESS-101 (for ESS minors)
(Cross-listed with ESS-202)

PH-211 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (4)
Analysis of the distribution, determinants and prevention of disease, disability and premature death in populations. Includes quantitative analysis of the biological, social, economic and environmental conditions that affect health, as well as an examination of potential bias in studies.
Prerequisites: PH-101 and MAT-115 or PSY-206

PH-225 TOPICS IN WOMEN’S HEALTH (4)
This course will examine women’s health issues from scientific and sociopolitical perspectives. This course meets the second science requirement.
(Cross-listed with WS-225)

PH-240 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)
This course provides a introduction to medical anthropology, incorporating both cultural and biological approaches to the sub-field. The course will examine the variation of experience, meaning, and response to human health and illness across cultures. Particular emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical concepts in medical anthropology to public health and development work.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101 or PH-101
(Cross-listed with ANT-240)

PH-295 MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS: MATERNAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (4)
This course introduces students to multiple disciplinary perspectives on maternal and reproductive health topics, including pregnancy and childbirth, family planning, and reproductive technologies. Covers socio-cultural, biological, environmental and historical influences on maternal and reproductive health, as well as intervention strategies.

PH-311 GLOBAL HEALTH (4)
Continues from intro to public health and epidemiology to infectious and chronic disease in terms of global prevalence. Case studies, theory and methods about health from a multidisciplinary perspective. The relation of biological, economic, political, cultural, and behavior factors to disease spread and management.
Prerequisites: PH-101, PH-211

PH-331 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (4)
An interdisciplinary, scientific survey of human interactions with the natural and built
environments of the earth, and how anthropogenic stressors can ultimately influence public health and environmental quality. Physical and social environments are important determinants of the health of individuals and communities. Exposure to chemical, biological and physical agents can and do occur through the air, water and soil that
comprise our physical environment. Particular emphasis in this course will be placed on
describing (1) what pollution is and how/why it is harmful, (2) what the root sources and causes of pollution are, (3) what happens to pollutants when they enter the environment, and (4) how each pollutant class affects individual and community
health over acute to chronic exposure periods.
(Cross-listed with ESS-331)
Pre-requisite: PH-101

PH-332 HEALTH POLICY (4)
This course will introduce students to different models of health care delivery and finance, including universal, single-payer, privatized, and "out-of-pocket" systems. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of different health care models with attention to cost, quality, access, ethics and human rights. They will also discuss the socio-cultural, historical, economic and political factors that led countries to adopt different health systems, including the U.S. The course addresses leadership in the field of health policy and management, in both domestic and global settings. T.R. Reid's 'The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care,' will be supplemented with academic analyses and policy briefs. Students will complete projects on the U.S. health care reform and at least one other international health system. This course provides an additional topical offering for PH-331, which will provide students with a choice of topic and also expands the curriculum to cover all of the major subdisciplines of public health.
Pre-requisite: PH-101

PH-335 LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4)
This laboratory course is a hands-on experimental experience investigating an original Environmental Health program utilizing two or more common instrumental techniques such as absorption and emission spectroscopies, chromatography, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Students will identify a scientific question, formulate an experimental design, and conduct experiments. Students will also gain experience on obtaining and preparing samples, analyzing and interpreting data, and drawing valid conclusions based on experimental results.
Prerequisites: PH-101, CHE-220, and CHE-230
(Cross-listed with CHE-335)

PH-345 HEALTH ECONOMICS (4)
This course analyzes the economics of health care in the United States with a focus on health policy. Topics include obesity, smoking, and insurance.
Prerequisite: ECO-105
(Cross-listed with ECO-345)

PH-350 ANTHROPOLOGY OF VIOLENCE (4)
This course explores violence across the modern world, including political, structural,
symbolic, and "everyday violence." Case studies of genocide, ethnocide, femicide, and rape will be considered through a human rights framework, with particular emphasis on reparation, rebuilding, and prevention.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101 or PH-101 or REL/POL-125
(Cross-listed with ANT-350)

PH-370 PUBLIC HEALTH INTERNSHIP SEMINAR (4)
Academic component of supervised field experience in Public Health. Students attend a weekly seminar to discuss readings linking research and practice, complete an independent project that builds on the internship, and develop presentations of their work. Permission required.

PH-372 AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES (4)
This interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of the key issues involved in the introduction of sustainable healthcare technology in resource-constrained regions. The course combines lectures on critical concepts in affordable health care technology development and implementation, including context and needs evaluation, supply chain infrastructure and usability design, financial sustainability, and the ethics of low-cost healthcare provision, with practical learning. Through close faculty mentorship, small groups of students will work in mixed-discipline teams (in partnership with Emory University and Georgia Tech.) to create a solution to an identified real-world health problem, such as delivering clean water or perinatal monitoring. Students will develop applications for mobile-based devices in recognition that such technologies are increasingly relied upon as a rapid route to implementing and deploying healthcare solutions (mHealth). Organizations based in relevant resource-constrained settings will be identified who can provide feedback and detailed information important to the solutions; wherever possible, pilot implementation of student-developed apps will be facilitated with local partners at the conclusion of the course.
Prerequisite: PH-211 or PH/ANT-240 or SOC/ANT-390 or PHY/MAT-130
(Cross-listed with ANT-372).

PH-375 PUBLIC HEALTH DESIGN AND EVALUATION (4)
This course guides students through the process of public health intervention design, from needs assessment to evaluation. Students work in groups mentored by the course instructor to develop and pilot research instruments and study protocols, simulating public health working environments.
Prerequisite: PH-311

PH-395 TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4)
This course will offer a rotating selection of topics in public health. Students enrolled will have a background in Public Health and will be able to explore areas of public health which might include Health Disparities, Mental Health, etc. When topic is Health Policy, the course covers systems of health care financing and delivery in the United States and in other countries. PH-395 may be repeated if the topic changes. Prerequisites: PH-101 or ESS-101

PH-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

PH-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

PH-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

PH-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

ANT-101 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)
Overview of cultural universals and cultural diversity, using comparative analysis of African, American, Asian and other cultures. Examination of the impact of contact between cultures and the contemporary condition of indigenous peoples, using case studies (ethnographies), ethnographic film and class activities.

ANT-219 TRANSATLANTIC VOODOO (4)
Traces Voodoo/Vodun religious traditions from West Africa to the Caribbean and North America, including the history of European contact and the slave trade, European views of African religions, and the cultural and symbolic meanings of Voodoo spirits and dancing.
(Cross-listed with AS-219 and REL-219)

ANT-245 MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY AND POWER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (4)
This course reviews marriage around the world such as polygyny, monogamy, polyandry, and homosexual and heterosexual unions and discusses the consequences for emotional bonds, power, sexuality, children, and financial arrangements.
(Cross-listed with WS-245)

ANT-301 CONTEMPORARY CULTURES AND CONTROVERSIES IN LATIN AMERICA (4)
This course focuses on understanding the legacies of colonial and neo-colonial relationships in Latin America through exploration of current controversies and social issues. The critical reading of ethnographies from throughout the region will be central to the course.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101

ANT-340 WORLDS OF CULTURE: GLOBAL ETHNOGRAPHY (4)
A sample of ethnographies offering detailed anthropological studies of a range of geographic regions and cultural themes. The course probes other cultures’ ways of knowing and how they deal with religion, ecology, economics, kinship, gender, health, language, and globalization.
Prerequisite: ANT-101

ANT-354 HUMAN CULTURE IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (4)
Advanced course on anthropological understandings of culture and humanity. Students read ethnographies and theoretical works to examine different ways of understanding behavior.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

ANT-371 WOMEN, HEALTH AND SOCIETY (4)
Cross-cultural concepts of women’s bodies and health, including reproduction and child care, health practitioners and disease. Focus on gender, ethnic and class differences in health, health concepts and health practices.
Prerequisite: ANT-101 or SOC-101 (Cross-listed with WS-371)

ANT-380 CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (4)
This course offers an examination and appreciation of African cultures in the present context and in historical perspective. Course topics include kinship, gender, politics, religion, economics, and colonialism. Students read several ethnographies for an in-depth understanding of specific cultures.
Prerequisite: any one course from ANT-101, SOC-101, ANT/REL/AS-219, AS-170, HIS-257, or AS-140/REL-217
(Cross-listed with AS-380 and REL-380)

ANT-390 FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (4)
Introduction to social research, including developing research questions, reviewing literature, carrying out field research and data analysis. Involves teamwork. Basic skills include kinship, ethnography, interviews and surveys. Topic varies by semester.
Prerequisite: SOC-101, ANT-101, junior standing
(Cross-listed with SOC-390)

ANT-391 SPECIAL AREAS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY (4)
Topics vary by semester, according to professor teaching the course. Each student will design and carry out a research project.
Prerequisite: SOC-390 or ANT-390
(Cross-listed with SOC-391)

AS-170 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (4)
Overall framework for the study of African Americans from slavery to the present. Aspects of the African-American experience are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective.

BIO-110 INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY I (4)
An integrated study of biological form and function as they relate to ecology, evolution and genetics. Inquiry-based approaches to problem solving in science. 3 LEC, 1 LAB

BIO-111 INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY II (4)
An integrated study of biological form and function using one or more current problems such as addiction and cancer as a central theme. Molecular, cellular and organismal biology and the relationship of biological issues to science and society. 3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110

BIO-250 FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROSCIENCE: EXCITABLE CELLS AND SYNAPSES (4)
Structure and function of neurons. Electrical properties of membranes. Synaptic transmission and modulation. Sensory transduction, muscular and endocrine function.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and 111; students may take BIO-250 or BIO-251 first and each course is independent of the other
(Cross-listed with PSY-250)

BIO-260 BIOINFORMATICS (4)
An introduction to the theory and practice of bioinformatics and computational biology. Laboratory includes original research of new genomes, including sequence annotation and sequence improvement. Topics include: the analysis of genome sequences, comparative genomics, gene expression arrays, and proteomics.
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and 111; a math course MAT-115 or higher

BIO-270 INVERTEBRATE BIOLOGY (4)
Comparative anatomy, functional morphology, systematics and evolution of major and minor invertebrate phyla to achieve an understanding of unity, diversity and evolution in these animals. Laboratory includes some fieldwork.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and 111

BIO-201 MICROBIOLOGY (4)
Cell biology, metabolism, genetics and phylogeny of bacteria and archaea. Introduction to eukaryotic microbes and viruses. Principles of pathogenesis, immunology and environmental microbiology. Applications in biotechnology, medicine and industry. Individual laboratory project and use of representative literature in the discipline.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

BIO-216 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)
Genes and their activities at the molecular level in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation in health and disease. Advanced topics in genetic engineering and biotechnology. Emphasis on experimental strategies and data analysis.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

BIO-220 GENETICS (4)
Structure, function, regulation and transmission of hereditary materials in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

BIO-317 IMMUNOLOGY (4)
Study of mammalian immune system at cellular and molecular level. Topics include: recognition of antigen, development of lymphocyte repertoire, innate and adaptive immune responses and immune disorders such as autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: BIO-110, BIO-111, and one 200-level BIO course

BUS-202 INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT (4)
Provides a foundation for critical thinking about organization and management, for competent action as practicing managers, and for learning from our own and others’ experience. Involves an experiential exercise in organizing.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher, or permission of the instructor

BUS-211 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4)
An introduction to the principles of accounting theory and the application of these principles in business and government to record business transactions and journal entries.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher, or permission of the instructor.

BUS-212 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (4)
Builds on concepts developed in BUS-211. Concentration is on the development and use of accounting information within the organization to make managerial decisions.
Prerequisite: BUS-211

BUS-240 BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (4)
Investigates business’ social and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal stakeholder groups. Topics include personal and organizational ethics, business’ relations with government, consumers, the environment and the community; and employee rights, employment discrimination and affirmative action.

BUS-320 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (4)
An introduction to nonprofit organizations. Topics will include the history of the nonprofit sector and its place in society, the formation and governance of nonprofit organizations, financial analysis and performance measurement, and social enterprise.
Prerequisite: BUS-211

CHE-150 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY (3)
This course delves into the world of atoms and molecules in order to study the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course will provide an introduction to the field of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, acids and bases, enthalpy, and equilibrium. In addition, contemporary problems and
applications of these topics may be explored. Examples may include atomic and molecular structure relevant to the design of new material such as memory metals; stoichiometry as a means of achieving green chemistry; acids and bases
in the context of biochemical and environmental reactions; enthalpy in the context of energy generating fuels; and equilibrium and its role in energy storing batteries.

CHE-150L INTRODUCTION TO BASIC CHEMICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (1)
This lab course focuses on the experimental methods in basic scientific measurements, elementary reactions and analysis arranged around a theme such as forensics or the environment.
Corequisite: CHE-150

CHE-240 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (3)
The systematic study of the chemistry of organic compounds with emphasis on theories of structure and reactivity. Specific topics include basic organic molecular structure and bonding, isomerism, stereochemistry, molecular energetics, substitution and elimination reactions, and reactions of biologically relevant functional groups.
Prerequisite: CHE-150 and CHE-150L
Corequisite: CHE-240L

CHE-240L ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (1)
Introduction to fundamental experimental techniques of carbon‐based molecules, including organic synthesis, purification and separation techniques, and theory and interpretation of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Corequisite: CHE-240
Prerequisite: CHE-220 and CHE-220L, MAT-118 and MAT-119

CHE-270 FOUNDATIONS OF INORGANIC AND BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY (2)
This foundation course in inorganic chemistry examines the behavior of the elements in an effort to identify and explain patterns on the periodic table. The course focuses on the approximately 28 elements with known roles in biochemical systems including iron, copper, zinc, Na+/K+ , Mg+2, and Ca+2. Topics include the toxicity of environmental pollutants and the often surprising toxicity of nutritionally required elements such as iron and copper. Recent discoveries and case studies are used to explain biochemical selectivity in a wide variety of systems; plant, animal and archaea.
Prerequisite: CHE-220 and CHE-220L

CHE-280 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY/LAB (4)
Fundamentals of biochemistry, including structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, catabolic and anabolic pathways and regulation of biochemical processes. Fundamental biochemical laboratory techniques including spectroscopy, enzymology, chromatographic separations, and protein detection methods.
3 LEC, 1 LAB
Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L
(Cross-listed with BIO-280)

CHE-350 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III (4)
The organic chemistry of drug design, development, and mechanisms of action, including the study of synthetic routes to commonly prescribed drugs and their biological activities and properties.
Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L
Corequisite: CHE-345

ECO-104 INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS (4)
Macroeconomics examines aggregate aspects of the economy. Topics covered include economic growth, the business cycle, unemployment, inflation and interest rates. International topics covered include balance of payments and exchange rates.

ECO-105 INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS (4)
Microeconomics studies how individuals and firms allocate scare resources via markets. In addition to an introduction to microeconomics, this course examines topics such as monopoly and competition, taxes and government interventions in the economy, and international trade.

ECO-330 POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION (4)
This seminar examines selected topics on poverty, discrimination and the distribution of income including the nature and extent of poverty in the United States, race and sex discrimination in the workplace and changes in the distribution of income. Special attention is focused on policy issues including affirmative action, the minimum wage and welfare reform.
Prerequisite: ECO-105, one course in statistics (ECO-338 recommended)

ESS-101 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES (4)
Causes and effects of human incursion into natural systems. Examination of social, political, ethical and economic issues and theory in light of ecological and evolutionary principles, with a goal of developing sustainable programs.

MAT-115 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS (4)
Statistical measures and distributions, probability and its application to statistical inference, linear correlation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and applications in the natural and social sciences. A scientific calculator is required for this course.

MAT-130 INTRO TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (4)
Lab-based course introducing computation and program development. Introduction to the fundamentals of computational problem solving and the Python programming language. Students will use and modify existing programs as well as write their own. Semester projects will be built around areas of interest of enrolled students.
(Cross-listed with PHY-130)

MAT-325 MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND APPLICATIONS (4)
Development of techniques of model building. Applications to illustrate the techniques drawn principally from the natural and social sciences.
Prerequisite: MAT-206 or MAT-220 with a grade of C- or better

PHI-106 BIOETHICS (4)
Recent moral issues in medicine, such as euthanasia, abortion, experimentation on human and other animal subjects, justice in providing health care and in the allocation of scarce resources.

POL-313 GENDER POLITICS (4)
Engagement with the theoretical and empirical literature on women, gender and politics. Topics include representation, sexuality and reproductive politics and gender politics at the local and global levels. Uses feminist theory to understand politics.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226
(Cross-listed with WS-313)

POL-322 THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENT AND ANTI-DEVELOPMENT (4)
Overview of development theory, including the modernization paradigm. Also examines criticisms of development theory and practice in the south (Latin America, Asia and Africa), which call into question many of the tenets of modernization and work consciously to define antidevelopment strategies. Includes examination of postcolonial social theory as well as environmental, feminist and other social movements in the south.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 strongly recommended

POL-329 ISSUES IN GLOBAL MIGRATION (4)
Provides a theoretical framework and empirical information needed to examine critically the structures conditioning migration and people's lived experiences of migration. Includes analysis of labor migration and development, borders and national identities, forced migration, and gender and migration.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL -226

PSY-101 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY: BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES (4)
This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course is about the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and cognition. Students may take PSY-101 or PSY-102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-102 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY: DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (4)
This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. This course will cover topics such as social psychology, development, personality, and psychopathology. Students may take PSY-101 or PSY-102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PSY-202 PSYCHOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR (4)
Study of psychological determinants and consequences of human sexual behavior. Attitudinal and emotional factors will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102
(Cross-listed with WS-202)

PSY-205 INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Explores how people think and behave at work from industrial/organizational perspectives. The industrial perspective examines the theory and practice of selection, training and evaluation of workers. The organizational perspective investigates employee satisfaction, motivation, leadership and cooperative processes.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102 (but PSY-102 is preferred)
(Cross-listed with ECO-205)

PSY-207 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS (4)
Fundamentals of research methodology in psychology. Topics include experimental, quasi-experimental and descriptive research designs, internal and external validity and research ethics.
Prerequisite: PSY-206 or permission of the instructor

PSY-312 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Coverage of the diagnostic characteristics, theoretical perspectives and treatments of the major psychological disorders.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 and PSY-207

REL-125 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS (4)
An exploration of the theoretical and historical foundations of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective. Presents human rights as a framework of analysis and as a moral discourse. Examines group rights—for example women, indigenous peoples, or inmates—and analyzes particularly challenging human rights problems such as genocide, torture and immigrants’ rights.
(Cross-listed with POL-125)

REL-214 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION: MYTH, RITUAL, AND SYMBOL (4)
This course examines the nature of religious institutions, rituals, beliefs, and experiences. By drawing upon anthropological theories of religion and selected ethnographies, we seek to understand the complex interplay between the beliefs, practices, and experiences of religion(s) and the socio-cultural contexts in which they are embedded. How do religions relate to the social order? Are they reflections of it or contested sites upon which political, economic, and cultural struggles are fought? Is religion primarily a social or psychological phenomenon? What is the nature of religious rituals and what role do they play in the construction of identity? How do sex and gender inform the nature of religious experience? What are myths and symbols? In order to explore these questions, students will be asked to engage with the anthropological corpus of theoretical and ethnographic writings on religion. In addition, there will be an opportunity to apply these concepts to the students’ own lived realities through field exercises that combine theoretical analysis with participant observation.
(Cross-listed with ANT-214)

SOC-101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (4)
Current sociological theory and research as they relate to primary units of social life, social processes and social institutions. Emphasis on relating concepts to contemporary American society.

SOC-230 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER (4)
Survey of the history, basic theories and recent research integrating these key concepts for modern society. Systematic examination of the effects of these variables on different groups in society.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with WS-231 and AS-230)

SOC-325 URBAN LIVES (4)
An exploration of social change, particularly the ways societal processes and social structures influence human behavior in urban settings. Issues such as deindustrialization, urban poverty, environmental pollution and gentrification will be discussed.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101