The list of recommended Holy Cross courses on this page can help expand your business skills.
Note that some of these courses are available only to majors and may have prerequisites. Please check with the departments before enrolling. Contact Professor Chu at email@example.com for advice on other courses that may not be listed here.
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Excel Finance Lab (ACCT 175)
This course introduces students to the Excel tools and finance concepts used by professionals in the field. We will explore the valuation of securities, evaluate financial decisions using present value techniques, and create reports and models that are useful for decision-making. Open to non-accounting majors. Students who have completed ACCT 275 (corp fi), ECON 230 (Financial Markets), ECON 330 (International Finance) or ECON 332 (Financial Economics) are not able to enroll. Overload. One-quarter unit.
Financial Accounting (ACCT 181)
Accounting is the measurement system used to evaluate the financial status of any business venture. As such, accounting constitutes the common language for anyone who is running a business (for-profit or not-for-profit), and understanding financial statements generated by an accounting system is a key skill that you must have.
Excel Accounting Lab (ACCT 185)
Provides an opportunity to use Excel spreadsheet tools to explore financial statements, build financial models, value transactions and evaluate economic opportunities. Provides additional development of the quantitative reasoning and technical skills introduced in the financial accounting coursework. Overload. One-quarter unit.
Organizational Responsibility (ACCT 199 non-accounting majors only)
We will examine what it means to be a good corporate citizen, how to make sound ethical decisions and how organizations can bring about positive changes to address social and environmental concerns raised by their customers and shareholders. This concept of responsible management aligns organizational success with the need to balance profit against other factors such as risk, that impact of organizational decisions on stakeholders and the necessity for organizations to be sustainable for future growth.
Corporation Finance (ACCT 275)
Provides an overview of two important questions posed to corporate financial managers: 1) what long-term investments should the company make? and 2) how will the company finance those investments? Topics include: stock and bond valuation, financial markets, risk and return, project analysis, capital, dividends and leverage. Prerequisites: Economics-Accounting 277 or Economics-Accounting 181and Economics 111 or 112. One unit
Academic Internship Program
Persuasive Communication Seminar (ACIP 380-06)
The central question of this course is, what communication "factors" contribute to persuasion. By the end of the course, you should: (1) Understand key theories in the area of persuasion and social influence (2) Recognize the role that is played by such factors as sender characteristics, receiver characteristics, message characteristics, and context characteristics (3) Comprehend key principles of logic that apply to promotion/persuasion (4) Have an increased awareness of others' efforts to influence you, thus becoming a more critical consumer of persuasive messages (5) Be able to apply the principles and practices of these theories to address real-world situations and (6) Be able to create persuasive messages.
Economic Anthropology (ANTH 268)
An introduction to the issues, methods, and concepts of economic anthropology. This course places economic features such as markets, commodities, and money into a larger cross-cultural context by exploring relations of power, kinship, gender, exchange and social transformation. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit.
Fashion and Consumption (ANTH 269 )
A comparative, cultural anthropological exploration of fashion and consumption as tools for the creation, expression, and contestation of social, cultural, economic, political and individual identities. Topics include: anthropological and semiotic theories of materialism and consumption, subcultural styles, colonialism, race, gender, religious dress, globalization and ethnic chic. Prerequisite: Anthropology 101 recommended. One unit
Ethnographic Field Methods (ANTH 310)
An examination of cultural anthropology’s main data-gathering strategy: long-term ethnographic fieldwork. Topics include: review of the methodology literature, participant observation, in-depth interviews, designing field studies, oral histories, research ethics, issues of power and positionality. Involves hands-on fieldwork in Worcester or Holy Cross. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. One unit.
Interdisciplinary & Special Studies
Capitalism in Context (CISS 112)
Capitalism in Context will introduce students to the intellectual foundations and principles of capitalism, detailing how these intersect with ideas about individual liberty, social responsibility and human flourishing. Capitalism itself is a contested term, and we will explore some of the many “capitalisms” that have arisen, always with an eye to normative questions about which accord best with the demands of morality and justice. Additional topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to: debates about regulation and the proper relationship between the state and the market; theories of corporate social responsibility and the evolution of corporate governance; the challenges posed by the increasing focus on finance rather than industrial production as the main source of profit making; and the social, political and technological changes that have accompanied this shift.
Business Fundamentals Lab (CISS 199)
The Business Fundamentals Lab helps students develop a clear, basic understanding of the central unit of the institution of business: a company. Led by a practitioner, students will learn the components and functions common to companies, and explore the internal workings by which companies assess their ability to achieve multiple goals while generating profit. Acting as the managerial and executive staff of a hypothetical company named “Helios,” students will experiment with making complex decisions while addressing competing demands, not only concerns immediate, bottom line profit but also broader concerns about shareholders, stakeholders, ethical impact, and company culture. The Lab is a recommended course for the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, and Society, fulfills the Fundamentals requirement for the minor in Business, Ethics, and Society, and is open to any student interested in understanding how businesses function and the decision making processes they follow. Students should have Microsoft Office on their computers.
Entrepreneurship (CISS 208)
Entrepreneurship begins with a vision. This course focuses on the foundations of entrepreneurship and is appropriate for students from any major. It is designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial process so that they may begin to shape their own entrepreneurial vision. Course objectives include an introduction to the challenges of entrepreneurship, an understanding of the ethical environment within which entrepreneurs operate, the skills to think critically and work toward the ability to evaluate opportunities in the business. This is a course that includes project-based entrepreneurial activities where students work to test ideas.
CreateLab – Borders: Tension & Possibility (CISS 275)
Borders - between ecosystems, between ideologies, between art and commerce, history and myth, conservation and innovation, us and them – are places of tension as well as possibility. By exploring different kinds of borders, we’ll experiment with the process of creativity, which is vital to every field from medicine to politics to education to business to the arts.
Power, Persuasion, and Law (CLAS 225)
A study of Greek and Roman oratory based on the reading and rhetorical analysis of speeches delivered in the law courts and assemblies of 5th and 4th century Athens, and the late period of the Roman Republic (80-45 BC) where the focus will be on the law court speeches of Cicero. The course involves both an introduction to the legal procedures of the Athenian and Roman courts and assemblies, and careful analysis of the literary style and forms of legal argument in selected speeches.
Core Principles of Economics (ECON 100)
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses. Microeconomics investigates how households and firms make individual and social decisions concerning the allocation of resources through their interactions in markets. Macroeconomics studies national level economic issues such as growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, exchange rates, technological progress, and government budgets. This course introduces the central topics of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in one semester. The purpose of the course is to provide a basic understanding of economics for students who are not economics majors. One unit.
Core Principles of Economics (ECON 110)
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses. Microeconomics investigates how households and firms make individual and social decisions concerning the allocation of resources through their interactions in markets. Macroeconomics studies national level economic issues such as growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, exchange rates, technological progress, and government budgets. This course introduces the central topics of both microeconomics and macroeconomics in one semester. The purpose of the course is to provide a basic understanding of economics for students who are not economics majors.
Social Welfare and Public Policy (ECON 114)
This course explores the development and impact of public welfare, public health, public education, and other social programs in the United States. It analyzes the values and assumptions that formed the foundations of social welfare policy and explores the economic, political,and social context in which these policies developed. The course utilizes economics tools and the results from empirical economics research to evaluate the effectiveness of such policies in improving outcomes for vulnerable populations including low-income households, children and the elderly. The course is for juniors and seniors with no prior study in economics. One unit.
Principles of Economics (ECON 199)
The first half of the course will focus on how rational economic agents make individual and social decisions concerning the allocation of scarce resources through their interactions in markets (microeconomics). The second half of the course will focus on how the actions of a large number of individual consumers and producers, as well as the actions of the government and foreign countries, combine to create a whole economy (macroeconomics). We will discuss and develop both mathematical and graphical models examining a wide range of economic topics including supply and demand curves, production possibility sets, utility and profit maximization, differences in short and long run outcomes, the effect of government intervention, imperfect markets, externalities, gains from trade, aggregate output, inflation, wages, unemployment, investment, monetary policy, and interest rates.
Economics of European Union ( ECON 210)
Applies economic theory (e.g., market equilibrium, externalities, optimal exchange rate arrangements, and welfare effects of free trade) to understand multiple facets of the process of the EU integration. Discusses the history of European integration (with the emphasis on political motivations of different national and political leaders); free mobility of goods, services, capital, and labor; regional income inequality; trade and environmental issues related to Common Agricultural and Common Fisheries Policies; the Euro; labor market policies and unemployment; sustainability of the government-provided pension systems; and the EU as a political player on the world stage. Prerequisites: Econ 111, 112, 110 or 199 (Principles of Economics). One unit.
Economic Development of Modern China (ECON 221)
Aims to provide the student with a sophisticated understanding of economic development in China. The historical circumstances and resource endowments which have constrained Chinese economic development are examined as a basis for analyzing the intentions and success of policies adopted since 1949. Prerequisites: Economics 111, 112, or permission.
Health Economics (ECON 222)
Explores the health care sector and health policy issues from an economic perspective. Topics include the production of and demand for health and health care, moral hazard and adverse selection in insurance markets, information asymmetries in physician-patient relationships, regulation and payment systems for providers, medical technology, the pharmaceutical industry, Medicare, Medicaid and other social insurance programs, and national health care reform and comparisons to other countries. Prerequisites: Econ 111, 112, 110 or 199 (Principles of Economics). One unit.
Environmental Economics (ECON 224)
Shows how natural resource usage and environmental issues can be analyzed from an economic perspective. Presents the basic concepts of environmental economics and develops the analytical and policy tools used in environmental economics. Considers the problems of air pollution, water pollution and solid and hazardous waste management, their causes and how they can be reduced. Other topics such as global warming, amendments to the Clean Air Act and international environmental issues will be discussed. Prerequisites: Economics 111, 112. One unit.
Financial Markets and Institutions (ECON 230)
A basic introduction to the main features of financial institutions and markets in the United States. First part covers interest rates, including rate of return calculations, how markets determine the overall level of interest rates and why different securities pay different interest rates. Second part covers financial markets and the assets that are traded on those markets, including the money, bond, stock and derivatives markets. Last section details workings of some financial institutions, including banks, mutual funds and investment banks. When discussing these institutions, particular attention is paid to conflicts of interest. Prerequisites: Economics 111, 112.
Statistics (ECON 249)
An introduction to statistical methods emphasizing the statistical tools most frequently used in economic analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and their probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression analysis. Students may take MATH 376 in place of this course but may not take both courses. Prerequisites: Economics 111 or 112. One unit.
African Economies (ECON 299)
The course will explore the major economic dynamics, both positive and negative, in the economies of Sub-Saharan African countries. These will include interrelated issues such as economic growth, income inequality and poverty, international trade and finance, and economic factors in conflict and peacebuilding and vice versa. The recent debates about the 'Africa Rising' narrative that developed 2000-2010 will help focus our study. Since this course is for non-economics majors, the students will bring the perspectives of their own discipline, such as politics or music, in a way that will enrich the discussion. The national dynamics vary widely among these 50+ countries so each student will follow a particular country or region throughout the course, making a presentation on its dynamics and writing a paper on his or her research.
Critical Reading and Writing: Fiction (ENGL 121)
Course topics are the elements of fiction: narrative structures, various aspects of style, and point of view. This course is also devoted to the writing of student essays on the literature. One unit.
Critical Reading and Writing: Drama (ENGL122)
Studies carefully dramas from the Western tradition selected because they clearly reflect both the elements of drama and the nature of genre. Professors emphasize the critical analysis of each text rather than performance of them, though each class will attempt to attend at least one production. Students will be asked to write a series of essays which demonstrate their growing ability to write well-organized analytic/argumentative essays. One unit.
Critical Reading and Writing: Multigenre (ENGL 124)
Compares different genres of literature and their elements, and can include any combination of the following: poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction. The course is organized around a particular theme, e.g. Civil War Literature, Writing about Place. Equal emphasis falls on helping students to write perceptive critical essays about the texts. One unit.
Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 142)
An introductory course in the study of the varied prose forms and techniques of fiction and nonfiction. Emphasis is on the intensive reading and writing of various prose forms. Lectures on form, language and finding material for inspiration. Class size limited to 12 students. One unit.
Opposites Attract: Writing Science (ENGL 211)
Focuses on the study and practice of various types of writing about scientific phenomena; considers fundamental questions about the relationship between scientific and humanistic modes of inquiry. One unit.
Rhetoric (ENGL 381)
A consideration of rhetorical theory in the classical texts of Plato and Aristotle, an analysis of some famous examples of persuasive eloquence, and the student’s own exercise of persuasive speech on subjects of public concern.
U.S. in the 20th Century I: 1890-1945 (HIST 205)
Examines the major political, economic, social and cultural forces that contributed to the modernizing of America. Special emphasis on: industrialization and Empire; the impact of racial, gender, class and ethnic struggles for justice within a democratic republic; “Americanism”; the expanding role of the government in the lives of its citizens; labor and capitalism; popular and consumer culture; war and home front. One unit.
U.S. in the 20th Century II: 1945-present (HIST 206)
Examines the major political, economic, social and cultural forces of the post-WWII era. Special topics include: Reorganizing the post-war world; McCarthyism; consumer and youth culture; the Civil Rights Movement; the New Left and the Vietnam War; the women's movements; Watergate and the resurgent Right; and post-Cold War America. One unit.
History of U.S. Capitalism & Politics (HIST 212)
The goals for this course are: an understanding of the importance of capitalism--the free market, labor, the lives of workers and consumers, the politics that structure these factors, and the effects of capitalism on American society and culture from the Civil War to the present day. Topics will include political ideology, immigration, imperialism, civil rights, wars, party politics, religion, gender, consumerism, entertainment, terrorism, and mass media. Students will participate in conversations with peers and professor to further the understanding of change over time and the importance of context; and learn to write with clarity, verve, and conciseness about historical issues.
Statistical Reasoning (STAT 120)
This course presents the basic concepts of statistics and data analysis in a non-technical way. Topics include graphical methods of summarizing data, descriptive statistics, and methods of statistical inference. STAT 120 is a terminal, introductory course intended for students who are not interested in pursuing mathematics, economics, biology, psychology, sociology, or the health professions. Students who have taken any one of the following may not enroll in this class: MATH 110, MATH 133, MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, BIOL 275, ECON 249, PSYC 200, SOCL 226 or STAT 220.
Statistics (STAT 220)
This course presents statistics intended for students aspiring to the health professions or minoring in statistics. Topics include sampling strategies and experimental design, numerical and graphical methods of describing data, basic concepts in probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and simple linear regression. Statistics is a part of the health professions curriculum, but some majors at the College offer their own statistics courses that are tailored to their respective disciplines. Students majoring in mathematics, economics, biology, psychology and sociology should take the statistics course within their major. Health profession students are advised to wait and take the statistics course in their major, should it offer one. Otherwise, such students should take STAT 220 sometime after their first year at the College.
Prerequisite: Any one of the following calculus courses: MATH 133, MATH 134, MATH 135 or MATH 136. Students who have taken BIOL 275, ECON 249, PSYC 200 or SOCL 226 or have credit for AP Statistics may not enroll in this course. ACCT, ECON, PSYC or SOCL majors may not enroll in this course.
Linear Models (STAT 231)
This course provides a thorough examination of the theory and practice of ordinary least squares (OLS) regression modeling. Model interpretation and a conceptual understanding of confounding, mediation, and effect modification are emphasized. Specific topics include analysis of variance (ANOVA), derivation of parameter estimates, correlation, prediction, dummy variables, contrasts, testing general hypotheses, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), multicollinearity, regression diagnostics, techniques for handling model misspecification (incorrect functional form, heteroskedasticity), and model-building strategies. Students will work extensively with data sets and the R statistical software package. Prerequisite: Any one of the following statistics courses: BIOL 275, ECON 249, PSYC 200, SOCL 226, STAT 220 or STAT 376
Corequisite: MATH 134 or MATH 136Students who have earned credit for ECON 314 cannot enroll in STAT 231.
Data Mining (CSCI 307)
Data Mining refers to the process of extracting useful models of data. Sometimes, a model can be a summary of the data, or it can be the set of most extreme features of the data. Computer scientists often approach data mining in one of two ways, as an algorithmic problem or by using data along with a machine learning engine. This course provides an introduction to Data Mining and will examine data techniques for the discovery, interpretation and visualization of patterns in large collections of data. Topics covered in this course include data mining methods such as classification, rule-based learning, decision trees, association rules, and data visualization. The work discussed originates in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical data analysis, data visualization, databases, and information retrieval.
Prerequisite: CSCI 132 Course count: 1
Statistical Learning (STAT 381)
This course is an introduction to the main principles of supervised and unsupervised machine learning within the context of data analytics. Methods include linear regression, logistic regression, K-nearest neighbors, and discriminant analysis. Resampling methods such as cross-validation and bootstrapping, as well as model selection and regularization techniques are discussed. Non-parametric methods, including classification and regression trees (CART), boosting, bagging, and random forests are presented. Unsupervised learning methods focus on principal components analysis, K-mean, and hierarchical clustering. Students will work extensively with data sets and the R statistical software package.
Prerequisite: STAT 231 or ECON 314
Business of Music (Music 163)
Explores the world of music business from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Students will examine the economic structure that surrounds the core relationship between the artist and the fan. Topics include: copyright, music, publishing, recording contracts, music production, marketing, royalties and concert promotion. One unit.
Corporate Moral Agency (PHIL 302)
The course explores the question of whether highly organized collectives (corporations, governments, colleges, etc.) qualify as moral agents. If they do, then they have moral obligations and it is wrong when they lie, cheat, or steal. If they don’t, then they don’t have moral obligations and it isn’t wrong when they lie, cheat, or steal. That’s an unattractive result, but holists claiming that such collectives are moral agents face a difficult challenge. The holist has to demonstrate that (1) the collective entity exists, that it cannot be “reduced” to its members; (2) the entity qualifies as an “agent”, with beliefs, desires, and the ability to act on them; and (3) the entity has the additional capacities necessary for “moral agency” (including free will). That is the path we will trace in this course, drawing on contemporary analytic work in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, agency, and ethics to see whether collectives can meet the standards established there. Throughout, we will consideration the implications for either the Enron scandal, NASA’s failures with the Challenger and Columbia shuttles, the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal, or the Countrywide mortgage scandal – student choice. By the end, students should be able to (1) adopt a position on each of these core questions, supporting their position with reference to the contemporary literature and responding to criticisms, and (2) draw a conclusion about the situations involving the contemporary issue we choose to explore. One unit.
Intro to International Relations (POLS 103)
Introduces students to major theories and concepts in international politics and examines the evolution of the international system during the modern era. Principal topics include: the causes of war and peace, the dynamics of imperialism and post-colonialism, the emergence of global environmental issues, the nature and functioning of international institutions, the legal and ethical obligations of states, and the international sources of wealth and poverty. International Relations. One unit.
Capitalism in Crisis (POLS 220)
The use of markets to allocate economic resources is the dominant mode of economic organization in the modern world. Market systems, however, have at times experienced crises that have threatened the foundations of their economic order. These crises, which go beyond the travails associated with recessions in the ebb and flow of the business cycle, raise questions about the political, economic and cultural preconditions of a capitalist economic order. This course examines various theories regarding the causes of two such crises, the Great Depression and the current Great Recession, and appropriate policy responses to them. American Government. Prerequisite: Political Science 100. One unit.
Latin American Politics (POLS 251)
What factors have shaped Latin American politics? To what extent can these factors explain commonalities and differences among Latin American countries? What are the strengths and limitations of theories that attempt to explain Latin American development/underdevelopment? What can the world learn from the Latin American experience with authoritarianism, democratization, revolutions, and civil wars? How have Latin American countries responded to new challenges of the 1980s and 1990s, such as drug-trafficking, environmental degradation, human rights abuses, regional integration, and economic globalization? This course will address these questions while providing the student with intellectual and methodological tools to pursue further research on Latin America.
Politics of Development (POLS 257)
The purpose of this course is to challenge, both theoretically and ethically, students’ ideas about development. What does development mean? Who benefits from it? What strategies have been used in its pursuit? What conflicts – economic, political, religious, ethnic, and environmental — has it triggered or fueled? What kind of developmental path should the world pursue in the next millennium?
Politics of the Middle East (POLS 272)
An examination of politics in selected Middle Eastern countries. Begins with a brief overview of the rise and spread of Islam in the region and the establishment of Muslim empires, then turns to an exploration of the role of European colonialism in post-independence Middle Eastern politics. Analyzes various explanations for the difficulty of establishing durable democracies in the region, explores the political implications of religious identity and secular nationalism, and assesses prospects for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Comparative Politics. Prerequisite: Political Science 102. One Unit.
International Political Economy (POLS 275)
This course is designed to be an introduction to international political economy. Provides an overview of theories of international political economy, a historical review of the international political economy in light of these theories, and an application of the theoretical approaches to issues of trade, monetary relations, finance, and development. Readings and discussion focus on issues of conflict and cooperation; the relationship between the international system and domestic politics; economic growth, development, and equity; and the connections between the study of economics and politics. International Relations. Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or 103.
International Politics of East Asia (POLS 278)
This course examines China’s emergence as a major power, and surveys the relationships of East Asian states with each other and with external powers including the United States. In addition to China, substantial attention is given to Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Topics covered include military competition and regional security, trade relations, globalization, human rights, and potential conflict flashpoints such as North Korea and Taiwan. International Relations. One unit.
Government and Business (POLS 237)
Markets are generally efficient mechanisms for allocating resources and producing goods and services, but real-world markets are never perfect. Government regulation of markets provides a mechanism for addressing market imperfections, but government regulation is itself imperfect. Regulatory bureaucracies can be captured by private interests or can pursue regulatory agendas that reflect the goals of the regulators rather than the preferences of voters or even the common good. This course primarily studies the history of regulation of business in the American case and assesses its strengths and weaknesses. There will be some comparison of the American approach to regulation with regulatory approaches in other developed market economies. No prerequisite.
Seminar: Ethics & International Relations (POLS 333)
Can considerations of justice and morality be incorporated successfully into national foreign policies, given the will to do so? Or must a successful foreign policy always be amoral? This course examines problems of ethical choice as they relate to international politics. Topics include the relationship between ethical norms and international law, the laws of war, the tension between human rights and state sovereignty, the ethical implications of global inequity, and the difficulties involved in applying standards of moral judgment to the international sphere. International Relations. Prerequisite: Political Science 103 or CIS 130 – Introduction to Peace and Conflict. One unit.
Statistics (PSYC 200)
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods in analysis and interpretation of psychological data. Required for the psychology major. One and one-quarter units.
Social Psychology (PSYC 227)
An overview of the methods and research findings of social psychology. Emphasis is on the experimental analysis of topics such as person perception, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior, aggression, social exchange, and group behavior. Fulfills the Individual and Social Processes Fundamental Area Requirement. One unit.
Judgment and Decision-Making (PSYC 238)
This course will provide an overview of the psychological research on human choice and decision making. It will investigate sources of bias and error in decision making and consider whether the actual choices that people make in their own lives align with theories that prescribe how decisions should ideally be made. Topics will include risk and uncertainty, emotion and intuitive judgment, self-control, moral decisions, and social influences on decision making. When possible, the course will consider how existing research findings can be applied to reduce biases and improve the quality of decision making. One unit.
Judgment and Decision Making (PSYC 299)
This course will provide an overview of the psychological research on human choice and decision making. It will investigate sources of bias and error in decision making and consider whether the actual choices that people make in their own lives align with theories that prescribe how decisions should ideally be made. Topics will include risk and uncertainty, emotion and intuitive judgment, self-control, moral decisions, and social influences on decision making. When possible, the course will consider how existing research findings can be applied to reduce biases and improve the quality of decision making.
Consumer and Corporate Sustainability (SOC 210)
This course asks what it means to be a good citizen, good consumer, and good corporation in light of contemporary social and environmental problems by focusing on the relationship between democracy and capitalism. It investigates the complexities of understanding and implementing social responsibility on the local, national, and global level. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.
Social Statistics (SOCL 226)
Social Statistics introduces students to the use of data to answer questions about the social world. The beginning of the course is dedicated to basic data literacy. Emphasis here is on picturing, analyzing, and computing distributions of single variables. We next move to statistical analyses to describe the relationship between social phenomena. Ultimately, we transition from general ways of the presentation and discussion of statistical techniques, discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of data production, and interactive exercises that take advantage of a statistical software program to analyze data.
Sociology of TV and Media (SOCL 247)
This course investigates the evolving role of television in shaping our understanding of the world as it relates to democracy, consumerism, human relationships, and how we make sense of our own lives. More specifically, the course examines the nature of entertainment, advertising, news and the institutions that create television programming. Prerequisite: Sociology 101. One unit.
Spanish for Business (SPAN 314)
This course seeks to expand the students’ overall command of Spanish and develop their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formal and professional settings. The class covers key terminology and grammatical structures, focusing on areas such as advertising, tourism, transportation, international travel, imports, exports, human resources, financing and job-hunting, among others. The course emphasizes both oral and written skills, and it also addresses cross-cultural differences in business practices and etiquette. Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the equivalent.
Basic Acting (THEA 101)
This course offers, through classroom exercises, improvisations and performance of scenes from plays, an approach to understanding, appreciating, and practicing the art of acting and theatre.
Visual Arts - History
Introduction to the Visual Arts (VAHI 101)
Fundamental, introductory course in art history and visual culture. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basis visual skills and an understanding of the major periods in the history of art. Exposure to works of art through the collections of The Worcester Art Museum is an integral part of the course.
Introduction to Museum Studies (VAHI 199)
This course addresses such central questions in the history, mission, and structure of museums. We also explore the ways in which visual display conveys knowledge and builds broader arguments about cultures and society. We engage with the ethics embedded in acquiring and displaying irreplaceable and ritual objects from other cultures. In addition, this course also treats practical issues like conservation of art, funding, organization, and public outreach in museums. Many Thursday classes will take place in the Worcester Art Museum. Students participate in field trips to different types of museums and learn about careers as directors, curators, collections managers, and educators in museums and historic houses.