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Core Requirement Courses in Social & Behavioral Sciences

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This course provides an introduction to human culture encompassing social organization, the arts, technology, economics, religion, language, family, and identity, as well as the effects of globalization. Drawing on examples from around the world and close to home, students will explore the broad variation of cultural expression, as well as the common characteristics shared by all. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S1 901N

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 102: Introduction to General Anthropology
This course provides an introductory survey of Anthropology and its subfields (cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Students will study the nature of humans and their development in relationship to their physical and social environment today and in the past. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S1 901N

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ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics
Prerequisite: Completion of Math through Intermediate Algebra Level 1 or assessment. Microeconomics, including utility, supply and demand, and product and resource pricing with specific emphasis on associated problems of American economy. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S3 902

IAI Social and Behavioral Sciences

ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ECON 101 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent. Introduction to the American economic system with emphasis on macroeconomics including national income accounting, employment theory, and fiscal and monetary policies. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S3 901

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GEOG 101: World Geography
This course is a study of the interrelationships between contemporary world cultures and geographic structures and regions. The course includes a geographic perspective of human origins and distribution, population, migration, health, climate, culture, language, settlements, industry, and agriculture. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S4 900N

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HIST 101: Western Civilization to 1500
This course covers the main stream of Western civilization from the first millennium B.C. to 1500. The course considers religious, economic, and cultural trends and developments as well as the major political events of the period. The focus of the course is on Europe but the great Middle Eastern civilizations and cultural contributions are considered as they impact Europe and help shape the West. Special attention is given to individuals and their contributions as well as to the rise of nations. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 902

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HIST 102: Western Civilization Since 1500
This course covers the development of the modern West in terms of the great movements of the past five centuries: The Reformation, The Enlightenment, Absolutism and the rise of the nation state, the French Revolution, Industrialization, the emergence of modern political ideology, the World Wars, the Cold War and the roots of the present political situation. The course emphasizes watershed events in the realm of religion, politics, economics, artistic and cultural developments, and war. Special attention is given to the contributions of individuals in shaping the modern world. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 903

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HIST 135: History of the US to 1865
This course covers the major political, social, economic and diplomatic trends that have shaped the United States from the early explorations of America to the Civil War and Reconstruction. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 900

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HIST 136: History of the US Since 1865
This course covers the major political, social, economic and diplomatic trends that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 901

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HIST 150: Latin American History
This course is an introduction to Latin American history. As such, the cultural, economic, political, and religious characteristics of the region will be discussed. The sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries are the principal concern. The topics include the indigenous civilizations of the Americas; the motives for, and the methods and results of, the Iberian conquest and colonization; the struggle for independence from Spain; the national period; legacy from the past and new dependency; and twentieth century Latin America. Though the emphasis will be on the Spanish heritage, the course will include a brief examination of the Brazilian experience. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 910N

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HIST 261: Non-Western Civilization I
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 101. This course is designed as an introduction to the study of non western civilizations from their earliest origins to the late-fifteenth century. The cultural, political, economic and social roots will be explored. An appreciation of the organizing principles and philosophical and religious tenets of these diverse civilizations will be developed through in depth readings on selected topics in all of the following areas: East Asian, South Asian, Western and Central Asian, African and Native American. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 904N

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HIST 262: Non-Western Civilization II
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 101. This course is designed as an introduction to the study of non-western civilizations from the late-fifteenth century to the present. The cultural, political, economic and social roots will be explored. An appreciation of the organizing principles and philosophical and religious tenants of these diverse civilizations will be developed through in-depth readings on selected topics in all of the following areas: East Asian, South Asian, Western and Central Asian and African. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S2 905N

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POS 101: American Government and Politics
This course introduces students to the structures and processes of American government and politics, to the exercise of power, and to value conflicts among key actors in the political process. The course also addresses some of the theoretical underpinnings of the study of American government such as democracy, pluralism and elitism. Finally, the course asks students to apply their learning to interpretations of current political events. Topics for study in the course include: political participation, interest groups, the Constitution, civil liberties, civil rights, the presidency, Congress, the federal court system, the media, political parties, and elections. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 900

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POS 124: State and Local Politics
This course will explore the role of state and local governments in the US system. Students will explore a variety of theories and models that attempt to explain the power relationships between the federal government and various state and local governments. Course topics include: state constitutions, federalism, governors, state legislatures, state courts, taxing and budgeting, and local government structures. Additionally, students will examine their own roles in state and local communities. Special attention will be given to both the state of Illinois and Bloomington-Normal. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 902

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POS 145: Politics of Mid East, Central/South America, Asia
The Middle East, Central and South America and Asia from the standpoint of the politics of international relations, social/economic change, internal factionalism, revolution, warfare and religion. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 906N

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POS 151: International Relations
International Relations is an introductory study of the basic principles of politics among nations, encompassing both the dynamics and organizational dimensions of the subject. It includes examination of U.S. foreign policy and the foreign policies of other world powers, plus a survey of important issues and disputes relevant to the balance of power. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 904

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POS 220: Comparative Governments
An examination of the structure, function, and political processes of selected world governments. The course demonstrates political differences that distinguish one nation’s political institutions from another. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S5 905

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PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
Prerequisite: - Placement into College level English and Reading This course provides an introduction to psychology as the scientific study of human and animal behavior with an emphasis on the factors that influence human behavior and mental processes. This course also focuses on how we may use knowledge and theories of physical and emotional/cognitive growth, learning, personality functioning and coping, and social interactions in our everyday lives. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S6 900

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PSY 207: Introduction to Child Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY 101. Child psychology is the study of human development from conception to puberty. This course will examine the many environmental and biological factors which shape and influence development and will study many different areas of cognitive, social, emotional and biological development. The contributions of a variety of individuals and schools of thought will be drawn from in order to provide a balanced perspective representing modern psychological understandings. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S6 903

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PSY 209: Human Growth & Development
Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course examines human development from conception to death with some focus on research methods and developmental theories. This course addresses all the major areas of development (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) and the interaction among these areas. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S6 902

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PSY 210: Social Psychology
Prerequisite: - Completion of PSY 101 AND - Placement at College level English and reading Social Psychology is the study of feelings, motivations, perceptions and behaviors of individuals in social situations. It includes the study of our personal perceptions and attitudes toward others, relationships with others, group influences, and the broader social and cultural factors that influence the behavior of individuals and groups. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S8 900
IAI Major Code - PSY 908

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PSY 216: Adolescent Psychology
Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course involves a study of human growth and development across adolescence. Social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and personality growth patterns will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on theories of development, contemporary research, and current issues. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S6 904

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PSY 217: Adult Development and Aging
Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course will serve as an introduction to the changes that occur from early adulthood through old age. Topics may include: career choice and development, mate selection and marriage, conventional and nonconventional families, theories of adult personality development, mid- and late-life transitions, aging and dying, and death and bereavement. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S6 905

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SOC 101: Sociology
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of society. Topics include power and inequality, change, deviance, education, occupations, organizations, family/gender, religion, and racial/ethnic groups. Students will develop a critical understanding of social forces. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S7 900

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SOC 102: Social Problems
This course will examine how social problems are framed, who has the power to frame them, how the public reacts to them, how we work to solve these problems, and how we evaluate solutions to problems. Typical issues used within this course to study social problems may include inequality (by social class, race, ethnicity, sex, and age), institutional issues (education, family, health care, crime, etc.), and global threats (war, terrorism, environmental issues). 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S7 901

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SOC 135: Sociology of Marriage and Family
This course is a sociological investigation of marriage and family, with particular attention given to the impact of social institutions on marriage and family structure, various marriage and family arrangements and their consequences, interactions within marriage and family, abuse, divorce and widowhood. 3 HRS
IAI GEC Code - S7 902