Course Descriptions

American Studies

2103 Introduction to American Studies (D,H) Introduction, via topical case studies, to some of the major themes, methods and materials used in the interdisciplinary study of American culture.

2513 Plantation to Plate: Sugar, Bananas, and Coffee in America (H) Considers the historical impact that three food commodities – bananas, sugar, and coffee – have had on producing and consuming societies in Latin American and the United States. Analyzes the way food influenced the formation of racial and gender identities and examines different moments when these commodities influenced foreign policy and politics. Same course as HIST 2513.

3223 Theory and Method of American Studies (H) Introduction to assumptions, methods, and theories of cultural analysis in American Studies scholarship.

3253 Globalization and American Culture (H) Transmission, reception, and influence of American culture in one or more of the following: Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East. The cultural history of globalization and American culture.

3333 Crime, Law, and American Culture (S) Study of crime, law, and the legal system from a cultural perspective. Examine how race, gender, and social class play different roles in issues related to crime, law, and the legal system.

3373 Comparative Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas (D) Comparative study of truth and reconciliation in Oklahoma and beyond. Explores theories and practices of reconciliation in multicultural contexts. Emphasis on the relationship between past injustices and contemporary social problems. Possible topics might include the Tulsa Race Massacre, Native American boarding schools, and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

3423 American Popular Culture (H) History of American popular culture and its role in shaping social behaviors, beliefs and relations, especially as regards issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and social power.

3473 Race, Gender and Ethnicity in American Film (D) A survey of race, gender, and ethnicity as they have been represented in American films. (Same course as ENGL 3473)

3503 Television and American Society (D, H) Examination of television within the social and cultural context of the U.S. Looks at the narrative and visual practices, genres, industrial regulations, and social effects of TV in relation to US history and society.(Same course as ENGL 3503)

3513 Film and American Society (H) Examination of US film in its social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Topics may include the history of US film production, distribution and consumption; Hollywood film genres; independent cinema; the star system; and/or representations of historical events, political issues, or social groups in US film.

3550 The Arts and American Society (3 credits, maximum of 6 for degree) Interdisciplinary study of major figures, trends, themes, periods, and modes of representation in American thought and cultural expression. Emphasis on the relationship between the arts and social, political, and historical context. Examples include Realism, American Modernism, Regionalism, American Postmodernism, the City and the Country, the Other, Nationalism, Time, and Space. Topics vary by semester.

3653 The Body in American Culture (D,H) The body and its impact on American culture examined through a survey of diverse cultural productions and social practices. Examine the intersections of ideas of embodiment with discourses of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and nationalism.

3673 History of American Art (D,H) Visual arts in America from the Colonial period to present. Major styles, ideas and uses of material in architecture, painting, sculpture and design. (Same course as ART 3663).

3683 Introduction to Digital Humanities  Introduction to issues and tools involved in digital knowledge production. Students will create hands-on projects using readily available digital tools. No computer expertise required; just a willingness to tinker.

3723 Cultural History of American Sports (D,H) Examines the role of sports in American cultural history; analyzes issues of class, ethnicity, gender, nationalism, and race; interprets the importance of athletic heroes, fans, performance, and rituals; evaluates amateur, collegiate, Olympic, and professional institutions.

3743 Harlem Renaissance (D, H) This course will examine the Black cultural movement of the 1920s and 1930s.  Evolving in Harlem, New York, it affected the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa.  This course will examine the impact of this period on the arts, class, culture, gender, leisure, literature, music, sports, and racial and social equality in the United States.

3753 African American Arts and Culture (D, H) An exploration of the history, practice, and significance of African American arts and culture. Topics might include black visual, literacy, filmic, musical, and street arts, artists, and movements. Approaches may be comparative or transnational. Same course as AFAM 3753.

3803 War in American Culture (H) Study of war and its impact on American culture through an examination of diverse cultural productions and social practices.  Emphasis on the circulation of common (and contested) representations of war within American visual, literary, and memorial culture.

3813 Readings in the American Experience (D,H) Life in the New World from the colonial to the postmodern era using a multiplicity of interdisciplinary texts that demonstrate the emergence and ongoing evolution of collective American identities. Topics vary by semester. (Same course as ENGL 3813)

3823 US as Business Culture (D,H) This interdisciplinary course examines American business in relation to political, social and cultural phenomena, emphasizing the implications of business for race, class, gender, and nation.  Themes considered may include business literature, advertising, film, documentary, and other forms of popular and visual culture.  The course examines changes in business and business culture over time, and offers students opportunities to synthesize sources that are not usually considered together.

3950 Special Topics in American Studies (D, H) (3 credits, maximum of 6 for degree). Particular topics to illustrate the use of interdisciplinary methods in American Studies. Topics might include: regionalism, social issues, popular culture, myth, subcultures, race, gender, ethnicity, class, etc.

3980 Inquiry in American Studies For students interested in pursuing a research or reading project. Open to honors students in American Studies and to others by permission of the program head. Offered for variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

4093 Language in America. Historical development of American English. Regional, social and cultural language differences. (Same course as ENGL 4093)

4103 Death Penalty In America (S)
The institutional, social and cultural histories and debates surrounding the use of the Death Penalty.

4453 Black Geographies & Memorialization in the Landscape (D, H) Prerequisites:Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. How and why have African American people sought to memorialize their history in public places? How have Black counterpublics shaped discourse on memorials to African American history? What has this discourse done to the field of landscape and memory studies? To explore these questions, this course is organized around memory in the landscape as it relates to black geographies, including, for example, slavery, the Civil War, civil rights, and the Tulsa Race Massacre in the United States. Approaches may be comparative or transnational. Same course as AFAM 4453 and GEOG 4453. May not be used for degree credit with GEOG 5453.

4553 Gender in America (D) Cultural, societal, and political reflections of American men and women from the colonial era to the present. Examination of the women’s movements and their opponents. Exploration of changing notions of masculinity and femininity. (Same course as HIST 4553)

4593 America in International Perspective (H) Prerequisite: HIST 1103 or a lower-division survey course in U.S. History, any period. A transnational interpretation of American history from the colonial era to the present day. Uses a variety of interdisciplinary sources to place the history of the United States within a comparative, global framework. (Same course as HIST 4593)

4910 American Period Seminar (3 credits, maximum of 6 for degree). In-depth study of a particular period or era in American historical experience. Examples include The Ragtime Era, The Jazz Age, The Great Depression, The Postwar Era, The Civil Rights Movement, Postmodern America, and so on. Topics vary by semester.

4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies Writing of senior thesis based on original research and its analysis and evaluation or completion of independent project based on practical community experience.

4990 Internship (1-3 credits, maximum of 6 for degree). An internship opportunity which combines independent study and practical fieldwork experience focusing on a particular problem or topic related to American culture and experience. (Examples: Internship in Archival Fieldwork, Material Cultural Fieldwork, Museum Management, Sound Recordings, and Native American Heritage Site). Students are responsible for securing an internship and reporting to the director of AMST. See the Internships page for possible sites. Internships may be taken for 1-3 credit hours per term. Students are expected to work 5 hours a week for 1 credit hour, 10 hours a week for 2 credit hours, and 15 hours a week for three credit hours.


American Studies Courses in the Traditional Disciplines

English (ENGL)

2773 Survey of American Literature (D) The Puritans through the Romantic Period.

2883 Survey of American Literature II (D) The Romantic Period to the present.

3153 Readings in Literature by Women (D,H) The collection of literature written by women in England and America, classical and modern figures.

3183 Native American Literature (D, H) Origins and development of a literary tradition in its historical and cultural context.

3190 Readings in Postcolonial and Multiethnic Literature 3 credits, max 6. Principal literary and critical texts written in English either by writers from parts of the world once colonized by the West or by American writers of different ethnic origins whose work bridges cultures.

3193 African-American Literature (D, H) Origins and development of a literary tradition in its historical and cultural context.

3410 Popular Fiction (H) Study of certain popular genres of fiction including science fiction, detective fiction, Western fiction, horror and the grotesque, the romance, American humor. Course content varies by semester. Exploration of the characteristics and evolution of the genre while developing skills in reading, writing, and thinking critically.

3453 History of American Film (H) Introduction to the history of the American cinema, the principal eras in American film history, key directors, and the main genres.Basic approaches to film history and key theorists.

3473 Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Film(D) A survey of race, gender, and ethnicity as they have been represented in American films3813 Readings in the American Experience. (Same course as AMST3473)

4093 Language in America Historical development of American English. Regional, social and cultural language differences. (Same course as AMST 4093)

4200 Studies in Early American Literature (3 credits, maximum 6) Readings and topics in early American literature and culture.

4210 Studies in 19th Century American Literature (3 credits, maximum 6) Themes in 19th century American literature with attention to social and cultural contexts.

4220 Studies in 20th Century American Literature (3 credits, maximum 6) Topics focusing on the literature and culture of the United States, such as 20th century American fiction, poetry, or drama; alienation and activism; the impact of science and technology.

4263 Moving Image Aesthetics A historical and theoretical examination of the stylistic and affective dimension of moving images, including questions of beauty and ugliness, cuteness and the graphic, enjoyment and disgust, high and low culture. Screenings will vary from semester to semester, but may include examples of realism, lo-fi production, prestige pictures, documentary, music videos and cult cinema, and will include material from both American and international contexts

4330 Native American Novel Readings and topics in Native Am Literature and culture.

4400 Studies in Regional Literature (3 credits, maximum 6) Literature of a nation such as Ireland or Canada, or of a region such as the American Southwest. Topic varies by semester.

4450 Culture and the Moving Image (3 credits, maximum 9). The study of the moving image in a social or cultural context, including genre, auteurs and auteurism, film and feminism, television and other media.


History (HIST)

2323 Oklahoma History Early exploration and establishment of Indian Territory; the rise and demise of the Five Indian Nations; and the organization and development of the 41st state to the present. Required of all candidates for teacher’s licensure/certification in social studies.

2333 American Thought and Culture (H) Survey of American religious, philosophical, artistic, and scientific ideas and their impact on culture and values.

2343 Religion in America (H) Survey of the history of religion in America and its impact on social reform, politics, and intellectual life.

3133 (H) African Diaspora History Introduction to the origin, development, and maturation of the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, from the transatlantic slave trade to the mid-20th century. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and discussion of a selection of essays, historiographies and primary materials on diasporic and transnational experiences and identities of Africans, African descendants, and Caribbean transmigrants.

3613 American Colonial Period to 1750 (H) Colonization of British and French North America; colonial political, social, cultural, intellectual and economic development; international rivalries; the imperial structure.

3623 Era of the American Revolution (H) British imperial problems; the American Revolution; political, cultural, economic, social and religious change; the War for Independence; the Articles of Confederation; the critical years.

3633 Early National Period, 1787-1828 (H) Drafting and adopting the Constitution, organizing the government, Jeffersonian Republicanism, the War of 1812, territorial expansion, the new West, nationalism and sectionalism.

3643 The Jacksonian Era, 1828-1850 (H) Development of a modern political system and an entrepreneurial economy; social reform; territorial expansion; and sectionalism.

3653 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877 (S) Causes, decisive events, personalities and consequences of the disruption and reunion of the United States.

3663 Robber Barons and Reformers: U.S. History, 1877-1919 (H) The impact of industrialization upon American society and politics. America’s rise to world power, the Progressive movement and World War I.

3673 United States History, 1919-45 (D,H) The political, economic, social and cultural changes in the United States from 1919 to 1945, the 1920s, the Depression, the New Deal, WWII, and domestic impact of the war.

3683 United States History since 1945 (D,H) The political, social, and cultural history of the United States since World War II. The Cold War, McCarthyism, 1950s ideals of the nuclear family, the civil rights and other social movements, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Reagan years and globalization.

3693 The Modern West (H) Social, political, economic changes that define the twentieth-century American West.

3713 Women in the American West (D,H) Introduction to the history of women in the American West from pre-contact to present, with emphasis on cultural diversity, women’s roles as economic and social partners, and the many ways women were active participants in western development. This course incorporates Oklahoma and public history using written documents, art, film, museum and archival materials, and local historical sources.

3753 Trans-Mississippi West (H) Emergence of the modern West from Spanish and French settlement and exploration, the Rocky Mountain fur trade, the settlement of Texas, Oregon, California, and Utah, the mining, ranching and farming frontiers, the Indian Wars and transportation.

3763 American Southwest (D,H) Southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California from the Spanish colonial period to the present. Mining, ranching, farming frontiers, Indian wars of the Apache, Comanche and other southwestern tribes, and the emergence of the modern Southwest.

3773 Old South (S) Social, political and industrial conditions in the South before the Civil War.

3793 Indians in America (H) American Indian from Columbus to the present, emphasizing tribal reaction to European and United States cultural contract and government policy.

3803 Food and Culture (H) This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of the history and culture of food production and consumption in the US with an emphasis on how US food ways relate to those of other countries. It examines such topics as: food and the formation of social bonds, food and identity, the cultural meaning of food ways, issues of justice and equality in food production and consumption, and how food cultures have developed over time and in relation to other societies. (Same course as AG 3733)

4063 Historic Preservation Focuses on the United States and examines the history and theory of the preservation movement, the legal basis for preservation of the built environment, and the methodology of preservation.

4073 Digital Methods in History Introduction to the methods and practice of working with digital sources, creating digital content, basic foundations of software and metadata for digital archives, introduction to web design and database construction.

4153 African American History, 1619-1865 (D,H) Overview of the history of African Americans from the onset of slavery and the slave trade to the Civil War. Topics include: African background; interaction between Africans, Indians, and Europeans; development of slavery; forms of resistance; rise of the abolitionist movement; and conditions of free blacks.

4163 African American History, 1865-1954 (D,H) Major issues and actions from the beginning of the Civil War to the 1954 Supreme Court decision. Focus on political and social history; transition from slavery to emancipation and Reconstruction; the Age of Booker T. Washington; urban migrations; rise of the ghettoes; the ideologies and movements from integration to black nationalism.

4173 Black Intellectual History (D,H) Examines the nature of black social and political thought from the early 18th to the mid-20th century and the contributions made by black intellectuals to discussions of race, citizenship, and nationality. Emphasis is placed on topics of abolitionism, labor movements, populism, socialism, pan-Africanism, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

4253 US Foreign Relations to 1945 (H) American experience in foreign relations from colonial times to World War I.

4273 US Foreign Relations Since 1945 (H) America’s emergence as the decisive factor in the world balance of power.

4353 American Military History (H) Civil-military relations, the military implications of American foreign policy, and the impact of technological advances on warfare since colonial times.

4453 History and Film (H) Examines the ways in which historical events are made available to viewers through the medium of the cinema. The primary focus involves examining the relationship between historical events and the ways in which those events are depicted, commemorated, memorialized, remembered and misremembered in film.

4463 American Cultural History to 1865 (H) American society in nonpolitical aspects: sections, classes, national culture and social structure, immigration, education, religion, reform, world influences; ends with Civil War.

4483 American Cultural History Since 1865 (H) Continuation of 4463; may be taken independently. Emphasis on nonpolitical aspects of American society and thought and on world influences.

4493 Frontier in American Memory (H,D) Examination of the ways in which several American frontiers have been remembered, especially in popular culture. These frontiers include those informed by imagery related to Euro-American pioneers, women, people of color, and the tribal peoples of the American West.

4503 American Urban History (H) Impact of urbanization upon American communities from 1865 to the present. Evolving political and social institutions, social change, technological innovations and planning theories.

4513 American Economic History (S) Economic development and economic forces in American history; emphasis upon industrialization and its impact upon our economic society since the Civil War. Same course as ECON 3823.

4523 American Environmental History (H) Examination of the changing ways society (from Native American to post-industrial) has defined, interpreted, valued, and used nature.

4543 Vietnam War (H,I) Origins of the Vietnamese struggle against colonialism, international policy, making of military strategy and diplomacy, anti-war movement, impact of the war on soldiers and civilians, reflections of the war in popular memory and culture.

4553 Gender in America (D) Cultural, societal, and political reflections of American men and women from the colonial era to the present. Examination of the women’s movements and their opponents. Exploration of changing notions of masculinity and femininity. (Same course as AMST4553)

4563 Cold War (H) International perspectives on the origins, conflicts, and ideologies of the Cold War, the nuclear arms race, impact on daily life, cultural reflections, the collapse of communism, victors and losers in the post Cold War period.

4593 America in International Perspective (H) Prerequisite(s): 1103 or lower-division survey course in U.S. History, any period. A transnational interpretation of American history from the colonial era to the present day. Uses a variety of interdisciplinary sources to place the history of the United States within a comparative, global framework. (Same course as AMST 4593; Prerequisite(s): HIST 1103 or lower-division survey course in US History)


American Indian Studies (AMIS)

2013 Introduction to American Indian Studies (D) This course is designed to present an indigenous perspective to explore both the historical and contemporary issues facing Native American people. The course will examine the history and development of American Indian Studies as an academic discipline and will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of American Indian Studies employing a broad interdisciplinary approach. A range of topics will be covered, including history, art, literature, language, culture, religion, sociology, geography, as well as historical and contemporary law and economic development issues.

4013 American Indian Sovereignty (D) Critically analyzes historical and contemporary experiences of American Indians in society. Examines the importance of tribal sovereignty for the socio-political, cultural, and religious rights of Native people. Federal Indian law provides a context for understanding historical indigenous experience and informs understanding of the Native American perspective. Explores contemporary sovereignty issues and proposed solutions that impact American Indians in relation to broader American culture.

Art (ART)

3663 History of American Art (H) Visual arts in America from the Colonial period to the present. Major styles, ideas and uses of material in architecture, painting, sculpture and design. (Same course as AMST3673)

3683 History of 20th Century Art (H,I) Beginning with the birth of “modernism” in the late 19th century, exploration of the fast-changing artistic styles of the 20th century: abstraction, expressionism, fantasy, realism, surrealism, and social protest. Emphasis on the relationship of art and 20th century society.

4613 Art since 1960 Art and art theory from 1960 to the present. Major trends of Minimalism; Pop Art, Photorealism, Performance, and Conceptual art. Theories and intellectual bases of each movement as well as major critical responses.

4763 Native American Art and Material Culture Survey of the history and material production of the Native American tribes living within the boundaries of the continental United States and Canada. Focus on basic concepts and primary issues related to tribes of the major geographical areas: the woodland areas, which includes the Northeast and Great Lakes area, the Southeast, the Great Plains, the Southwest, the Plateau and West Coast, and the Northwest Coast.

Economics (ECON)

Government and Business (S) Prerequisite(s): Three credit hours in economics. Methods of measuring the extent of monopoly power in American industries and ways of evaluating the effects of this power on consumer welfare. U.S. antitrust laws, their enforcement and landmark court decisions under these laws.

3823 American Economic History (S) Economic development and economic forces in American history; emphasis upon industrialization and its impact upon our economic society since the Civil War. Same course as HIST 4513.

Gender and Women’s Studies (GWST)

2113 Transnational Women’s Studies (S) Introduction to research on women and gender in transnational contexts. Interpersonal relationships, socioeconomic status, power and authority as women experience them, myths and realities among women of different races, classes, ethnicities, sexual orientation, nationalities, ages, and physical ability.

2123 Introduction to Gender Studies (H) Introduction to critical thinking about the construction of gender and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Basic methods of studying gender from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective.

3513 Theorizing Sexualities (D) Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123. Examination of poststructuralist and/or feminist theories of sexualities in contexts of film, literature, history, or popular culture. Likely theorists include Foucault, Butler, D’Emilio, Lorde, Kristeva, Anzaldua, Chow, and/or Chauncey.

3613 Race and Reproduction in the US (D) Prerequisite GWST 2113 or 2123 recommended. An interdisciplinary examination of the inextricable relationship between race relations and reproductive policies. Issues explored include Malthusianism, sterilization abuse, criminalizing pregnancy, natalism and nationalism, eugenics, the role of women of color in campaigns for reproductive justice, and representations of motherhood.

3713 Gender and Representation (D) Cultural analysis of gender representation and gender relations. Using cultural texts and practices in several areas such as children’s culture, sport, music, film and TV.

4113 Feminist Theories Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 or consent of the instructor. Examines the different types of feminist theories and the role theory plays in the production of knowledge. A variety of feminist theories will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective.

4503 Theorizing Men and Masculinities Prerequisite: GWST 4113 or permission of instructor. Examines the roles of men in various cultural contexts, the historical development of manhood as an ideal, and theories of masculinities.


Geography (GEOG)

3123 Urban Geography (D, S) Locational aspects of urbanization; functions of and relations among cities and between cities and rural areas; internal structure of urban areas.

3133 Political Geography (S, I) Political structures, relationships, and geopolitical implications of location, boundaries, culture and the natural environment of nations and states. Global patterns of political behavior, political history, international law, and geostrategy.

3173 Cultural Geography (S) Geographic impact of human cultures. Emphasis on the concepts of social space, density, crowding, territoriality, diffusion, migration, environmental perception and cultural landscape.

3243 Geography of Indian Country (S) Systematic analysis of geographic patterns, processes, and issues peculiar to the lands of the indigenous peoples of the United States including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Spatial interaction of federal policy and indigenous sovereignties.

3703 Geography of Oklahoma (S) Geographic interpretation of physical, economic, historical and scenic features.

3713 Geography of the United States and Canada (D,S) A regional analysis of the United States and Canada, including physical and cultural landscapes, population and migration trends, regional development, natural resources, US-Canada relations and global relations.

4103 Historical Geography of the United States (H) Examination of the spatial dynamics of frontier encounter and settlement, regional development, and cultural landscape evolution in the United States from pre-European to modern times.

4113 Cultural and Political Ecology Focus on the relationship between culture and environment, people and place and how environs are politicized. Competing theories of human-environment interactions throughout history. The first half of the course focuses on theories of human agency, diffusion, migration, adaptation, decision-making, and agricultural change. The second part of the course focuses on cultural landscapes, perception, and politicized environments to explain current environmental issues.

4143 Geography of Travel and Tourism A systematic and comprehensive analysis of the geographical dimensions of tourism, illustrating the relevance of a spatial perspective to tourism planning, development, and management. Economic, social, and environmental impact of both domestic and international tourism considered.

4213 Sport, Place, and Society (S) Spatial analysis of sport, its origin and diffusion, geographical organization and regional variation. Geographical movements and interaction associated with sport. Application of geographical solutions for reorganization and reform. Focus on both US and international scene.

4223 Geography of Music (H) Geographical and historical analysis of music as a cultural trait. The cultural significance of music and how it varies from place to place as well as how it helps shape the character of a place.

4253 Geographic Perspectives on American Women’s Travel Accounts Then and Now (H,D) Examination of American women’s travel writing both past and contemporary to understand social practices involving both geography and gender associated with travel and tourism. Topics include: geostrategic imaginaries, identities, social norms and transgressions, constructing the “Other” and the tourist “gaze,” ideas of “home” and “away,” and mobilities of women, situating these ideas with place and “race.”

Music (MUSI)

3573 America’s Ethnic Music (D,H) A survey of the settlers of America and their musical traditions and literatures. Particular emphasis is given to settlers indigenous to Oklahoma. Students will examine their individual ethnic roots in music, family traditions, and life passages (births, deaths, celebrations).

3741 Survey of Rock and Roll I An examination of the cultural and musical elements that led to the advent of Rock and Roll, through an exploration of the evolution of the music from its inception to 1980 through lecture, reading and musical recordings.

3751 Survey of Rock and Roll II An examination of the cultural and musical elements that led to the advent of Rock and Roll, through an exploration of the music from 1980 to the present.

Philosophy (PHIL)

2042 Philosophy of Film (H) Uses films and some literature as tools to investigate standard philosophical issues such as: a) current ethical and social topics; b) Epistemology; c) Metaphysics; d) Social and Political Philosophy; e) Philosophy of Science; f) Philosophy of Race & Gender; and g) Philosophy of Mind. The primary focus is the use of various media (primarily film) as a way to introduce and explore philosophical issues. Different instructors may emphasize different films and/or philosophical topics.

2513 Philosophy and Culture (H) A philosophical investigation of diverse cultural attitudes, values, and experiences. Representative topics include social media, entertainment, music, film, art, tradition, ritual, gender, race, class, and religion.

3413 Ethical Theory (H) Contemporary and classical views on the nature of moral judgments, moral value, relativity and objectivity, freedom and responsibility.

3513 Social Philosophy (H) Major social thinkers and contemporary issues. Social authority, human rights, political forms and justice. Emphasis on Aristotle, Locke, Mill and Marx.

3613 Philosophy of Religion (H) Nature of religion, religious experience and religious language. God-concepts, theistic arguments, God and evil, God and immortality.

3623 Philosophy of Race (D,H) Philosophy of Race investigates race discourse within the texts of contemporary philosophers. The course begins with an examination of the concept of race from antiquity through postmodernity. Course discussion focuses on the biological veracity of race, the rise of race as a sociopolitical concept, and the role of modern philosophers in shaping the prevailing perception of people of non-European descent in the West and the implicit justification of slavery, which pervades their texts.

3813 Recent American Philosophy (H) Dominant trends in American philosophy during the last 100 years, with emphasis on pragmatism.

3843 Philosophy of Law (H) Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Philosophical issues related to US law. The relationship between law and morality, the nature and functions of law and grounds of liability.

4113 Philosophy of Art and Literature (H) Nature of aesthetic objects and experiences; form, meaning and value in the arts; the function of art in society; criteria of criticism of the arts


Political Science (POLS)

2023 The Individual and the Law (S) Introduction to the U.S. Constitution, legal reasoning, legal research techniques, and topical issues of U.S. public law.

3353 Parties and Interest Groups Political parties and interest groups as institutions; their role in elections and government.

3443 Political Campaigns and Candidacy Planning, fundraising, targeting, public opinion, support operations, voter contact, the mass media and candidate activities.

3453 The Legislative Process The power and organization of legislatures, as well as the selection and behavior of legislators. Special attention given to the U.S. Congress

3483 The American Presidency The politics of presidential selection, removal and succession; formal and informal powers of the president; relations with Congress, the national judiciary and national executive branch; proposed reforms and the vice-presidency.

3493 Public Policy Identification of policy options open to policy makers and examination of measurements and rationales underlying governmental programs. (Prerequisite(s): Any one of POLS 1013, 2033, 2113, ECON 1113, 2123, SOC 1113, PHIL 2113)

3513 Public Opinion and Polling The nature of public opinion. Public opinion polling, the factors influencing opinion formation, and the effects of public opinion on policy and policy makers.

3523 Money, Media and Politics Techniques used by successful candidates for elective office to present their positions to the voting public. Beginning with the basic elements of fundraising exploration of current campaign finance laws, funding techniques and campaign budgeting. Message development, media production and ad placement. Preparation of a fundraising strategy. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

3533 Political Lobbying and Grassroots Organization Traditional special interest lobbying and the rapidly emerging local grassroots constituent movement. New federal laws pertaining to lobbying and rules that govern the conduct of state lobbying. The implications of technology and the potential advent of a plebiscite form of government. Development of complete grassroots strategy on an issue either at the federal or state level. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

3613 State and Local Government Political processes, government and administration of American states, cities and counties; special emphasis on Oklahoma.

3663 Introduction to Political Thought The teachings of the three lasting traditions of Western political thought: classical, Christian and modern.

3683 American Politics in Contemporary Film The effect of politics on contemporary film. Exploration of the often subtle political imagery and symbolism contained in film. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

3953 Minorities in the American Political System (D,S) Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113. Examination of mass and elite level behavior of minorities in the contemporary U.S. political system. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

3963 State Courts and the Bar This course will cover the various constraints that exist within the decision-making outcomes of state courts, as well as the institutional biases found within state run criminal justice systems. It looks at the increasingly partisan nature of state court election cycles and the contemporary status of the legal academy, the Bar, and the economics of law firms. It will be particularly useful to those students thinking about continuing their education with the pursuit of a law degree.

3973 Race, Politics, and Sports (D) Historical, as well as the contemporary relationship, between race, politics, and sports in the US political system. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

3983 The Judicial Process: Courts, Judges and Politics (S) The American judiciary and legal process from a political perspective with particular emphasis on judicial organization and powers, recruitment, fact-finding, decision-making, impact of decisions, the legal profession and relations among courts. Oklahoma judicial organization.

4000 Topics in American Politics In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in American politics, including American political behavior and political leadership. May be repeated with different topics. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113 and 45 earned hours or consent of instructor)

4013 American Foreign Policy Major problems and policies of American foreign relations since World War II and description of foreign formulation and aid administration.

4223 Comparative Political & Social Movements & the Politics of Protest  The origins, activities, and impact of political and social movements. Concepts and theoretical approaches related to political and social movements and these concepts and approaches to case studies of several contemporary movements in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113)

4363 Environmental Law and Policy Statutory law, case law, and administrative practices relating to regulation of the environment including environmental impact statements, pollution, public lands, and preservation law.

4403 Urban Politics and Management Problems of governing and managing American metropolitan areas.

4553 American Political Thought A survey of the major developments in American political thought from the Colonial period to the present, followed by a topical analysis of important recent theoretical developments in political science.

4573 Democratic Theory Investigates the origins, development, and continuing challenges of theories of democratic government, with particular emphasis on the American political tradition. Topics include citizenship, accountability, voting and elections, federalism, and institutional design.

4623 Oklahoma Politics (S) Topics include the evolution of Oklahoma political institutions; the struggle to shape the Oklahoma political culture with special attention to the role of race and woman suffrage; political issues; the structure of Oklahoma political institutions at the state and local levels; and elections. (Prerequisite(s): POLS 1113, Introduction to Oklahoma Politics)

4693 Women in Politics (S) Changing role of women in government and politics. Voting behavior, public opinion, women in government and the women’s movement.

4963 American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights Prerequisite(s): 2023 or 3983 recommended. Development of principles of constitutional law by the Supreme Court concerning individual and group rights, with particular emphasis on equal protection of the laws concepts in matters of race, gender, wealth, citizenship, legislative reapportionment and voting rights, government employment and affirmative action programs. Legal research techniques.

4973 The Constitution: Civil Liberties (Prerequisite: 2023 or 3983 recommended). Development of principles of constitutional law by the Supreme Court concerning federalism and separation of powers with particular emphasis on political and doctrinal developments surrounding judicial review, regulation of commerce, taxing and spending and presidential power. Introduction to legal research methods.

Religious Studies (REL)

3573 The Religions of Native Americans (H,D) Prerequisite: REL 1103. Selected tribal worldviews, belief systems, and religious ceremonies as depicted in oral traditions, songs, and literature. Emphasis on Northern and Southern Plains Indians.

3713 Religion, Culture and Society An introduction to the scientific study of religion. Religious activity in both tribal and technological societies studied in the light of contemporary interpretations of culture and of social behavior. (Same course as SOC 3713)

4022 Am Christianity through the Colonial Period (H) A study of the planting, development and spread of Christianity in America, beginning with the European roots and continuing through the colonial period up to c.1800.

Social Foundations (SCFD)

4123 History of Education (S) The development of major educational ideas and programs with emphasis on the growth of public education in the United States from the Colonial period to the present.


Sociology (SOC)

3133 Racial and Ethnic Relations (D,S) The historical and sociological dimensions of race and ethnicity in global society and understanding of the controversies and conflicts that race and ethnicity have generated in the global experience.

3213 American Society and Culture (D,S) The social structure and organization of American society. Approaches to our contemporary national experience through the relational character of ideas and the social and historical experience of their producers.

3713 Religion Culture and Society An introduction to the scientific study of religion. Religious activity in both tribal and technological societies studied in the light of contemporary interpretations of culture and of social behavior. (Same course as REL 3713)

3323 Collective Behavior and Social Movements  Analyzes panics, crazes, riots, and social movements emphasizing institutional and social psychological origins and consequences.

3523 Juvenile Delinquency (D,S) Juvenile delinquency behavior in relation to family, school, church, peers, community and institutional structures. The extent of delinquent expressions, varieties of delinquency, comparative international perspectives and new trends of females in delinquency and gang behavior.

3713 Religion, Culture and Society An introduction to the scientific study of religion. Religious activity in both tribal and technological societies studied in the light of contemporary interpretations of culture and of social behavior. (Same course as REL 3713)

3993 Sociology of Aging (D,S) Sociological problems of aging, including the analysis of the behavior of the aged within the framework of social institutions.

4043 Gender and Work (D,S) Prerequisite: one upper-division SOC course. Consideration of unpaid, paid and volunteer work and gender differences. Linkages between economy, work and family with examples from United States and less developed countries.

4213 Sexuality in American Society (S) Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Sociological aspects of sexual behavior, attitudes and belief systems in society. Similarities and differences in males and females in all types of sexuality.

4333 Criminology (S) Summary of sociological and psychological research pertaining to crime, causation and crime trends. Modern trends in control and treatment.

4383 Social Stratification (S) Systems of class and caste, with special attention to the United States. Status, occupation, income and other elements in stratification.

4433 Environmental Sociology (S) Critical assessment of the social causes and consequences of problems with resource scarcity and environmental degradation. Environmental problems viewed as social problems, requiring an understanding of the structural conditions producing environmental problems and inhibiting resolutions.

4443 Sociology of Law and Legal Institutions (S) Prerequisite(s): 3523 or 4333. Criminal and civil law as mechanisms of social control; control and consensus models of legislation; legality doctrine and its application by police, prosecution and defense courts and administrative agencies of control. Decision processes in the criminal justice system, personnel, case loads, and related areas. Native American law; federal policy and trust status, criminal and civil law, tribal jurisdiction, tribal courts.

4453 Environmental Inequality (S) Prerequisite: SOC1113. Considers the connection between environmental problems and race/ethnicity and class inequality. Focuses on environmental justice/equity, social movements, health, policy and risk at the local, national, and global levels.

4463 Technology and Society Exploration of various aspects of the relationship between society and technology. Analysis of arguments about the role of technology in society. Examination of the social contexts within which technology is created and discussion of the mechanisms and processes through which technology is embraced or discarded, such as peer review, politics, religion, and legal frameworks.

4473 Oklahoma Environmental Sociology Critical assessment of the social causes and consequences of environmental problems in Oklahoma, both historical and contemporary. Examines the Land Run, the Dust Bowl, the Oil Boom, land ownership and use patterns.

4643 Sociology of Gender (S) Explores the social organization of gender from diverse theoretical and empirical perspectives using a global experience.

4723 American Marriage, Family, and Male-Female Relationships (S) The sociological relationship between marriage and family and other institutional structures and systems, especially work and the economy. Male and female roles and relationships in mate selection, sexuality, marriage, divorce, and other intimate situations.