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Thematic Studies Course Descriptions

All University College students must complete 6 credit hours of Thematic Studies courses.

Thematic Studies courses are interdisciplinary courses about significant problems, themes or ideas. Thematic Studies courses are numbered UNIV 35xx or 45xx and are taught in the classroom and online.


Students who have a GPA of 3.50 on the last 12 credit hours they have taken are eligible to enroll in honors Thematic Studies courses. Contact your college advisor for a permit.


Online thematic studies courses can be easily identified by the instructional method and section number in the course schedule.

RODP online courses are sections R01, R25, and R50.
Ex. UNIV 3580-R50
RODP Instructional Methods is "RODP-WEB Asynchronous UG"

UM online courses are sections 41x, and M5x.
Ex.  UNIV 3535-M50
UMOnline Instructional Method is "WEB-Asynchronous"

UNIV 3522  

American Cinema (3) [Online course.]
Overview of American film history from silent cinema to the present. Considers the place of Hollywood film in American popular culture, the relation of movie technology to film art, and seeks to develop cinematic literacy and the ability to think critically about popular culture.

UNIV 3526 

War and American Society (6) [Online course.]
Interdisciplinary examination of the concept and effects of war from historical, literary, artistic and philosophical perspectives. Focus on the various ways in which America has dealt with war, from the Revolutionary War to the recent Gulf Conflict, and on the changes in American society that have resulted.

UNIV 3531

American Experience: Images and Narrative (3)
Organized around "images" and "narrative". Utilizes a variety of cultural materials to enhance appreciation of the peoples and experiences that define the term "American".

UNIV 3534

Theatre and Therapy (3)
Traces the therapeutic functions of theater from the ancient practice of shamanistic rituals up to the contemporary applications of psychodrama and drama therapy. Considers the meaning of drama and play in a evolving culture. Practical experience in the therapeutic uses of theater through a series of workshops.

UNIV 3535

Family Communication (3) [Course offered on campus and online.]
Provides a framework and perspective for analyzing the family as a communication system. It examines the ways in which members of family systems interact in order to develop, sustain and manage their relationships in an era when family issues are at the forefront of national concerns, particularly in governmental, educational and religious arenas.

UNIV 3540

Ethics and Professionalism (3)
An analysis of ethical decisions and dilemmas of professional practice. A study of elementary principles of moral philosophy and applying those principles to professional decisions. Learning how to tolerate disagreement, developing respect for ethnic and gender diversity, and gaining a sense of moral responsibility in your professional practice.

UNIV 3542

Baseball in America (3) 
"Baseball in America" will cover the game’s early history to the present, formation of the National and American Leagues, the Dead Ball Era, establishment of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, key players, racism in the game, including the Negro Leagues, the AAGPBL, as well as baseball in war, film, poetry, and song. The course will also explore how the sport has affected a cross section of America and the world and the business aspects of the game from free agency to radio-television contracts.

UNIV 3565

Comparative Christianity (3)
Commonality in Christianity; major turning points in Christian history; the tradition's variety of subgroups, starting with the three great groupings: Eastern Christianity, Roman Christianity, and Protestant Christianity; examination of future of Christianity.

UNIV 3580

Hebrew and Greek Legacy (3) [Course offered on campus and online.]
Interdisciplinary examination of salient ideas, values, and traditions of ancient Hebraic and Greek cultures, with emphasis on those ideas and values that have most significantly influenced the modern world. Understanding of ideas and values enhanced through comparison with selected non-Western traditions.

UNIV 3581

Faith, Reason & Imagination (3) [Course offered on campus and online.]
Interdisciplinary examination of religious, rationalist, and aesthetic viewpoints as distinctive ways of understanding what is fundamental to human experience. Exploration of historical development of each of these modes of understanding and examination of tensions that exist among them in modern world.

UNIV 3713

Freedom, Openness, Internet (1)
In-depth exploration of the openness of the internet in both historical and contemporary context.

UNIV 4506

The Chinese (3) [Online course.]
Provides an understanding of the people, history, culture, and government of a civilization more than 5,000 years old. Shows the influence ancient Chinese medicine, art and religion has had on the contemporary world and illustrates the way in which China attempts to balance economical and political development with ancient customs, rituals, and beliefs. Also considers the role which China plays in the global economy - now and in the future.

UNIV 4511

Holocaust Studies (3)
Synthesizing knowledge and methodologies from several disciplines; contexts and implications of the Holocaust; encompass periods before, during, and after the event to explore questions of human values and responsibility; research paper, journal, writing for oral presentation and essay exam. (same as JDST 4511)

UNIV 4518

Literature of the Americas (6) [Online course.]
Explores the diversity, similarities and universality of the central themes of Spanish- American and African-American fiction.

UNIV 4520

Mind, Brain & Intelligence (3)
Examination of theories, mechanisms, and systems in the cognitive sciences that explain intelligent thought and behavior. Explores the implications of core ideas on ethics, values, public policy.

UNIV 4527

The Developing Adult (3) [Online course.]
Explores issues involving the developing adult, such as: early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood including understanding social relationships, retirement options and issues, choice in living arrangements and finally, end-of-life concerns.

UNIV 4708

Business Intelligence (3)
Data warehousing, data mining, text and web mining, and reality mining.

UNIV 4830

Israeli/Arab Conflict (3)
(Same as JDST 4830). Historical, political, cultural dimensions of tensions that have existed between Israelis and Arabs since the founding of the State of Israel with attention to current situation.

UNIV 4707

Violence, Culture & the Origins of Postmodernism (3)
An overview of mass violence (wars, revolution and genocide) in the twentieth century and its effects on Western 'pop' or mass culture, as reflected in modern and postmodern art and literature from the Great War (1914) to Iraq War II (2003).  The focus will be on the extent to which violence undermined Enlightenment ideals and contributed to the emergence of a 'postmodern' culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

CSED 4205

Behavioral Science Aspects of Clothing (3) [Online course.]
Interdisciplinary study of clothing and appearance; concepts, methodologies, and applications of behavioral science to clothing.

CSED 4300

Family Resource Management (3) [Course offered on campus and online.]
Investigates values, goals, and human and material resources necessary for individuals and families to make informed management decisions throughout the life span. (This course is reserved for Fashion Merchandising, Home Furnishings, and Family/Consumer Studies Students)

CSED 4304

Trends in Housing and Home Furnishing (3)
Major trends and influences on contemporary residential furnishings as these affect home furnishings merchandising.

DANC 4402

Dance Education in Diverse Settings (3) (For Dance Education Majors Only)
Theory, methods and materials for teaching modern and creative dance in schools, dance studios, arts programs, and community settings; current research in aesthetic education and curriculum development.

PHIL 3514

Biomedical Ethics (3)
Discussion of ethical problems raised by contemporary medical practices and biological innovations from standpoint of contemporary ethical theories including abortion, euthanasia, behavior modification, human experimentation and genetic engineering.

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