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ANT 1 Development of the Human Species, Culture and Society
This course presents students with the evidence of human evolution, the relation between human beings and other primates and facts of human variation. It traces cultural evolution from hunting and gathering societies of the Paleolithic to the emergence of farming, cities, states and civilizations of the Neolithic. Meets Core Curriculum requirements when combined with ANT 2.

ANT 2 Anthropology Through Film
The goal of this course is to introduce students to a cross-cultural approach to human diversity through film. Documentary films include "Kung San of the Kalahari," "The Azande of Sudan," "The Palauan of Micronesia" and other relevant films.

ART 33  ART   33 - Creative Image, Idea, Realization
Idea, and Realization: Survey and Lab in Ceramics. This is an introduction to the appreciation of ceramic art. This course consists of creative work in conjunction with the study of pottery, architecture tiles, sculpture and mixed media.

ART 600J Raku Ceramics
This workshop will explore a range of firing methods to broaden the artist's or teacher's creative expression in clay. Students will be encouraged to create works that embraces an aesthetic of simplicity, spontaneity and raw beauty. Raku firings and guest artists will contribute to a sense of community and creative exchange.

BIO 280 Tropical Field Studies Topic: Costa Rica
This course is designed to provide students interested in tropical environments with brief but intense experience in a variety of terrestrial, arboreal, and aquatic habitats.  The focus of this course will be on project-oriented field studies (observational and experimental) that incorporate and emphasize the scientific method.  Student projects will address issues of interest in ecology and tropical biology.  These projects may involve 1) the entire class, 2) small groups of students, 3) individuals.  Another important component of this course will involve learning about the indigenous people of region studied (e.g., ethnobotany). Length of course varies based on location. This course has special travel fees.

BMS 705 Selected Topics in Medical Biology
This seminar course deals with current topics and critiques and evaluates techniques used in an area of specialization in Medical Biology. These include Medical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Different topics are offered during an academic year. Open only to matriculated students.

CHM 1 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry I
This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence in forensic chemistry for non-science majors. Students will learn basic forensic chemistry and how it is used in the practical real world of forensic investigations. Topics include law, science and the scientific method, forensic crime laboratory and the crime scene, fingerprint development and analysis, narcotics, forensic toxicology and death investigation.

CIN 99  Film Internship
This is an opportunity for the student to work in a professional venue and to be directly and meaningfully in day-to-day operations with an emphasis in an area of special interest.

CMA 9 Introduction to Media Arts
This course is an overview of mass media and their impact on society and culture. Studies of various media forms and content are used to explore questions about the relationship between media and their audiences. For non-majors only.

CRJ 20/675 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice/Critical Issues in Law & Society
This course reviews contemporary issues in criminal justice. Issues such as court administration, fourth and fifth amendment rights, issues of due process, use of insanity plea, American women and crime, comparative studies in delinquency prevention, capital punishment, crime trends, sentence disparity, alternatives to incarceration, parole and probation, racism in the criminal justice system, etc. are included.

CRJ 60/760 Terrorism
This course is a survey of terrorism within the United States. Topics include the threat of domestic and international terrorism, terrorist groups, and counter-terrorism strategies, among other related topics.

ECO 10 Introduction to Microeconomics
This course discusses the important economic theories and concepts that facilitate understanding economic events and issues. Its main focus is on the choices made by consumers, producers, and governments, and there interactions of these choices. Topics include demand and supply, consumption, and production, competitive and non-competitive product markets, markets for resources, and welfare.

ECO 11 Introduction to Macroeconomics
This course discusses the important economic theory and concepts that facilitate understating economic theories and concepts that facilitate understanding economic events and questions. Its main focus is on analyzing the behavior of important economic aggregates such as national income, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and economic growth.  The effects of the government's monetary and fiscal policies on economic growth and inflation are also examined.

ECO 72 Statistics
Topics covered include descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory and probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing. Analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis and index numbers are introduced.

ENG 2 Composition: Argument & Analysis
English 2 is a course in analysis and argumentation, focusing on scholarly research and documentation. Building on the work begun in English 1, the course develops knowledge of complex rhetorical and stylistic techniques and culminates in a library research paper.

ENG 7 World Literature I: From Antiquity to the Renaissance
This course provides an introduction to the foundations of Western culture reflected in a series of literary masterpieces that demonstrate evolutions of thought from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Some sections might also integrate non-Western texts into this survey to enlarge the scope of analysis. The course’s main objective is to encourage students to conceive of our literary heritage as an ongoing debate on the central issues of human experience. Its syllabus is composed of a selection of foundational texts that still shape our current perceptions of the world. The works that it includes, drawn from such major authors as Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare, are selected both for their stylistic innovations and their insights into basic social issues that still confront us today. Each section of this course may be taught with a thematic focus based on texts selected by the individual instructor.

ENG 8 World Literature II: From the Enlightenment to the Present
This course provides an introduction to some of the world’s most brilliant literature from the late seventeenth century to the present. Its scope traditionally includes: the Enlightenment (1660-1770); the Romantic Movement (1770-1856); Nineteenth-Century Realism (18566-1900); Modernism (1900-1945); and the Contemporary Period (1945-Present). Its purpose is to examine literary masterpieces for their insights into human nature and society. Although texts are primarily drawn from the Western tradition, the course can also feature literary works from non-Western cultures as well, to focus on issues of cultural exchange. Texts will be examined in light of the intellectual, social, literary, and political contexts in which they developed. Each section of this course may be taught with a thematic focus based on texts selected by the individual instructor.

HE 205 Substance Abuse & Related Issues
This course is an examination of the uses of prescription, over-the-counter and consciousness-altering drugs in contemporary America. Emphasis is placed on making improved health-related decisions when confronted by substance use. A non-judgmental approach is used to encourage students to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to drug usage.

HE 205A Adolescent Health-Risk Behaviors Workshop
In lieu of the HE 205 Substance Abuse and Related Health Risks course, which is a requirement for all elementary education majors as per recent changes in New York State Education Department regulations, we offer this two-hour workshop for future secondary subject matter teachers.  We believe just as the S.A.V.E. & Child Abuse seminars meet State Education guidelines, this seminar meets the needs of our graduates and undergraduates whose goals are to teach at the secondary level.

HIS 3 American Civilization to 1877
A survey of major political, social, economic and cultural developments in what is now the United States from initial colonization through the end of Reconstruction. Explores early cultural encounters, the origins of slavery, the American Revolution, the market revolution and the coming of the Civil War.

HIS 4 American Civilization since 1877
A survey of the political, economic, social and cultural change that shaped the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Topics include: emergence of mass society, immigration, economic and technological changes, civil rights movements, and the impact of U.S. military power at home and abroad.

ITL 1 Elementary Italian I
This course covers the essentials of Italian structure, simple oral expressions, and writing.

LIS 609 Business & Economics Sources & Services
Examines business and economic fields, their literature and research, and the various settings and environments of business and economic research for the U.S., with some attention to international needs. Includes collection development and services, general reference sources, statistical, bibliographic, government documents, periodicals, associations, etc., in print and electronic form, and techniques for using them. Also covers specific client groups, ethics, management, and current issues.

LIS 901 Special Topics Topic: Collaborative Strategies
A special topic not covered in the regular curriculum is explored in-depth.

PHI 8 Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy asks fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life, truth, morality, social justice, the existence of God, the nature of beauty, etc.  This course introduces students to such questions through an encounter with the ideas of some of the greatest philosophers in history.

PHI 13 Ethics and Society
What does it mean to be a good person? What are our ethical obligations to other individuals and to society as a whole? Is there such a thing as moral truth, or is morality “relative” to individuals or societies? This course is an introduction to ethics, the branch of philosophy that addresses such questions.

POL 1 Introduction to Political Science I
This course is an analysis of the nature of the state, political power, law sovereignty and political ideologies.  The stress is on analysis of contemporary concepts.

POL 2 Introduction to Political Science II
This course introduces the study of the Constitutional structure, major functions and operations of the national government.

POL 10 Research Problems in Political Science
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PSY 41 Special Topics in Psychology   Topic: Psychology of People & Pets
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PSY 41 Special Topics in Psychology   Topic: Psychology of Humor
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PSY 43 Forensic Psychology: The Law and Human Behavior

This course covers psychological principles and practices applied to the legal system. Expert testimony, relevancy of mental illness, competencies, abuse and trauma are among the topics covered.

PSY 44  Differential Diagnosis of Central Nervous System Disorders
This course will primarily focus on disorders of the central nervous system. It will introduce the student to the standard neurological approaches for diagnosing diseases associated with the brain and spinal cord.  It will include some clinical disorders such as cancer (e.g., neoplasms, gliomas, menigiomas), myasthenia gravis, migraines, diseases of the spine and skull (e.g., cervical spondylosis, syringomelia) and motor neuron diseases.
PSY 99 Field Study of Wild Dolphin Social Behavior
PSY 324 Field Study of Wild Dolphin Social Behavior (Honors Students Only)

This is a winter session travel course dealing with the study of social interactions in dolphins found off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

SOC 2  Social Institutions
This course covers the basic institutions of society: the family, religion, education, the state, and the economic order; the social classes and stratification; bureaucracy, population and social change.

SOC 36 The Sociology of Genocide
Genocide as a social phenomenon will be discussed utilizing a social problems approach. The course material explores the social processes by which racial and ethnic ideologies, joined by nationalistic fervor, result in mass death and ethnic cleansing

SOC 99 Independent Study
This course is an individually-tailored program of supervised study in a selected area of sociology.
SPA 1 Elementary Spanish I (on line course)

This course covers the essentials of Spanish structure, simple oral expression, and writing.