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Graduate Majors:

Graduate Major Descriptions:

Agricultural and Rurban Development Studies

The program is oriented towards a systematic study of development theories, models and strategies in agricultural and rurban areas. The program consists of different areas: development theories, development models, development administration techniques, development research, and social mobilization strategies. Development studies will draw on perspectives from the fields of political science, economics, public administration, sociology, anthropology, history, management and community development. The Program is designed to equip students with knowledge, skills and appropriate values necessary for development work specifically in rurban and agricultural areas. It is focused on developing the students’ abilities in the following areas: research, analysis and conceptualization of theories that promote understanding of development trends and issues; assessment of development needs, constraints, resources, and policies through situation analysis, project management, human resource management, conflict management, organization development, financial management, development of communication and advocacy strategies, political negotiation skills, community organizing and development approaches, education and training. A graduate can choose a career in the government, non-government organizations, research institutions, and academe.

American Literature

A major in American Literature is a specialization of a more general major in English. Many universities will offer American Literature as a concentration. American Literature is as varied and rich as the country itself, with layer upon layer of historical, social, and cultural interpretations of texts. Some of the more significant things you’ll learn about are the three significant movements of American writing: the naturalist period, the realist period, and the romantic period. One of the more fascinating characteristics of American Literature is the vast difference in literature written in various regions of the country: literature from the South, West, Midwest, etc. Each has a unique perspective, and by reading widely you will begin to form a deeper and more personal vision about what it means to be an American. As with a more general English major, you will learn to be a critical reader and a skilled writer, both of which are valuable skills in many lines of work.

Anthropology

Anthropology is concerned with the study of humanity as a part of the natural world, and of culture that developed to cope with that world. Anthropologists have dealt largely with prehistoric and primitive or simple societies and cultures in an effort to arrive at an understanding of universal cultural laws. Increasingly, anthropologists are applying basic concepts to the study of modern, complex societies. This major is so diverse that it has been divided into four categories by many universities. Socio-cultural anthropology is the study of people who are alive today and how they are different and similar in their cultural and social practices. Biological anthropology is the study of biological diversity, in particular, primate research and the application of the theory of evolution. Linguistic anthropology is the study of the variety of human languages. Archeology is the study of past cultures based on their material remains.

Applied Economics

A Master in Applied Economics program is a program designed for corporate planners and professionals employed in financial institutions. The student will be rigorously trained in the practical applications of theories, the use of research methods and forecasting. Students will also be exposed to various theories, models, methodologies and tools that will enhance them in the field of monetary and financial economics. The program will provide the student with a comprehensive view and sharpen his/her ability to analyze the complex structure of the current financial system.

Asian Studies

A Program on Asian politics, history, culture, demography, economy, philosophy and religions. It focuses on Asia as a dynamic area of change and opportunity, playing an increasingly active role in world economy and politics. Job Opportunities: tourist guides, travel agents, translators, researchers, writers, government consultants, public administrators, teachers

Behavioral Sciences

This Program combines psychology, management and sociology with emphasis on human resource management. It gives the student a detailed picture of the world of labor and industry. The course trains students to understand and perform personnel functions such as wage and salary administration, recruitment and placement, training and development and labor relations. Job Opportunities: personnel manager, organization analyst, training coordinator, human resource development, researcher, guidance counselor.

Bioethics

When it comes to medical research, each new development leaves a trail of moral questions in its wake. Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? Bioethics is the study of ethical issues in the fields of medical research and treatment. In a sense, bioethicists act as the conscience of science; they make sure society doesn’t get too far in over its head. If you are a patient, philosophical person interested in medical issues and helping people, the rapidly-growing field of bioethics might be for you. You’ll learn how to apply social and moral values to health issues. You’ll study philosophical ethics, medical sociology, theology, spirituality, policy analysis, and decision theory; you’ll research and debate the big questions, like cloning, stem cell research, and euthanasia. But you’ll also deal with everyday healthcare issues like death and dying, therapeutic relationships, organ transplantation, human and animal subjects, reproduction and fertility, healthcare justice, cultural sensitivity, needs assessment, professionalism, and clinical or emergency procedures. You might work in healthcare, education, public policy, or social work.

Chinese Studies

If you choose this major you must be willing of study anything related to China: Chinese Government and Politics, Chinese Society and Culture, Chinese Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Chinese Art and Literature…

Clinical Psychology

Psychology is a discipline that focuses on behavior, on why people, and in some cases animals, do the things they do. Clinical Psychology is one variation of the study and practice of psychology, and as a discipline its primary focus is on the practical application of psychological research and methods. Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. A wide range of psychological difficulties may be dealt with, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, learning disabilities, child and family problems, and serious mental illness. To assess a client, a clinical psychologist may undertake a clinical assessment using a variety of methods including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behavior. Assessment may lead to therapy, counseling or advice. Clinical Psychologists work largely in health and social care settings including hospitals, health centres, community mental health teams, child and adolescent mental health services and social services. They usually work as part of a team with, for example, social workers, medical practitioners and other health professionals. The work is often directly with people, either individually or in groups, assessing their needs and providing therapies based on psychological theories and research. Some clinical psychologists work as trainers, teachers and researchers in universities.

Community Development

This course prepares students for community practice, social action and other social services. This course is designed for students interested in working in the human and community service sectors. This is one of the fastest growing industries and is evolving rapidly to meet the changing environmental, economic, social and cultural demands facing individuals, families and communities. This qualification provides students with a theoretical and practical basis to work as effective community change agents across a broad range of sectors and issues in both government and non-government organizations. The course covers areas such as human learning and development, adult and community education, ethics, change theory, social research. Graduates of the course find employment in a wide range of settings in areas such as client support and advocacy services, community development, policy development, program management or planning and within community organizations as service coordinators, project officers or community workers. This course might include specialized components of study within community welfare, youth work, and international social development such as services to children and families, community mental health services, issues concerning people with disabilities, aged people, indigenous people, victims of crime and other disadvantaged groups, as well as specialist skills in areas such as counseling, cross cultural work, dispute resolution, child abuse, developing social and life skills programs, sexuality issues, drug and alcohol work, family violence and human rights.

Corporate Environmental Governance

The degree in Corporate Environmental Governance is an interdisciplinary program designed for people looking for a career in business specializing in environmental management, social responsibility and sustainable development. This is a highly practical course aimed at those working or planning to work in business or as consultants to businesses. At the same time it also provides a firm intellectual foundation for those wishing to specialize in corporate environmental governance at postgraduate level.

Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology, a branch of psychology specifically concerned with the practice of counseling. The concept of counseling has actually been around for ages, and it reflects the need for one person to seek out help or advice from another person. Counseling as a professional occupation, therefore, derives not from the clinic but from more social settings. It focuses on helping persons resolve problems or role issues related to work or school or family matters. In this setting, the counselor is a “problem solver” who through direct advice or non-directive guidance helps the client make rational decisions. Moreover, many counseling psychologists receive training in vocational psychology, an aspect of psychology that, through personal guidance and vocational testing, helps individuals discover a fulfilling and productive work life.

Creative Writing

Creative writing is a relatively new major. Creative writing majors obtain the skills and methodologies needed to write original works of poetry, prose, scripts and stories. Students read and write extensively. Creative writing helps students sharpen their creativity through exercises and examples. Most creative writing programs emphasize contact with practicing writers and employ teachers who themselves are recognized as successful writers.

Cultural Heritage Studies

Nationally and internationally, cultural heritage plays a vital role in social and economic development. It includes many dynamic and diverse fields, such oral tradition, community histories, artefacts, historic sites, museums and galleries, monuments, landscape and the natural environment.

This program brings together research devoted to understanding the material and behavioral characteristics of heritage and explores the uses of heritage and the meaning of its cultural forms as a way to interpret the present and the past. Cultural Heritage Studies try to understand and describe how local and national communities develop and value the past.

Cultural Studies

This course examines the nature and organization of all aspects of culture within local, national, and international contexts. It offers the opportunity to explore cultural forms such as television, art, film, new media, and literature, as well as the social role of culture generally. This wide-ranging course draws on work from sociology, media studies, and history. Throughout, you will engage with topical debates about class, gender, national identity, globalization, and their relationship with culture and the cultural industries.

Demography

A program that focuses on the systematic study of population models and population phenomena, and related problems of social structure and behavior. It includes instruction in population growth, spatial distribution, mortality and fertility factors, migration, dynamic population modeling, population estimation and projection, mathematical and statistical analysis of population data, population policy studies, and applications to problems in economics and government planning.

Development Economics

A program that focuses on the systematic study of the economic development process and its application to the problems of specific countries and regions. It includes instruction in economic development theory, industrialization, land reform, infrastructural development, investment policy, the role of governments and business in development, international development organizations, and the study of social, health, and environmental influences on economic development.

Development Policy

The Program in Development Policy is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to dedicate their careers to policy making and public service in developing countries and countries in transition. It provides interdisciplinary training in policy analysis on issues related to long term social and economic development. Upon successful completion of the program students typically go on to serve in their home countries or in international agencies at senior levels as public officials, policy analysts, independent researchers, and leaders of non-governmental organizations.

Developmental Psychology/ Human Development Psychology

Developmental psychology, also known as Human Development, is the scientific study of progressive psychological changes that occur in human beings as they age. Originally concerned with infants and children, and later other periods of great change such as adolescence and aging, it now encompasses the entire life span. This field examines change across a broad range of topics including motor skills and other psycho-physiological processes, problem solving abilities, conceptual understanding, acquisition of language, moral understanding, and identity formation. Developmental psychologists investigate key questions, such as whether children are qualitatively different from adults or simply lack the experience that adults draw upon. Other issues that they deal with is the question of whether development occurs through the gradual accumulation of knowledge or through shifts from one stage of thinking to another; or if children are born with innate knowledge or figure things out through experience; and whether development is driven by the social context or by something inside each child. Developmental psychology informs several applied fields, including: educational psychology, child psychopathology and developmental forensics. Developmental psychology complements several other basic research fields in psychology including social psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive development, and comparative psychology.

Economics

Economics is the study of how individual sin our society allocates, produces and distributes scarce resources. The scarce resources can include, labor, raw materials, land, machinery, and natural resources. Economists use mathematical models to develop programs predicting answers to questions and to obtain data. Economic theory and practice is used in government, business, non-profit organizations and research and teaching. The foundations for economics are business, finance, marketing and management. Top positions in economics usually require a graduate degree. An economic student may qualify for entry level positions such as research assistant, administrative or management trainee, marketing interviewer and sales. An economics student can use this degree as a basis for furthering their education in fields such as economics, business, public policy and law, journalism, social welfare and urban planning.

English

English programs focus on literature, language, and writing, and an English major provides the opportunity to encounter a wide array of absorbing works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from around the world and throughout history. A few years of analyzing the works of the greatest minds and imaginations that human civilization has produced will almost assuredly sharpen your critical, emotional, creative, and moral faculties. An English major accords the unique opportunity to engage with different societies, different eras, and different societies from different eras. It enables you to share the experiences of others, to feel what was felt by people in earlier eras, distant lands, entirely other patterns of life, and to juxtapose those feelings with your own. The study of literature also beautifully and powerfully conveys the enduring questions about the human condition, and – occasionally, if you look especially hard – sheds light on the answers to those questions.

European Studies

The European Studies Program equips students to understand the cultural, economic and political situation of Europe and the European Union. Students gain a macro view of the European business, economic, and political environment. The program provides insights into the richness of European culture and teaches effective communication skills in continental European languages, that means you will have probably to learn a European language together with European History, European Economics, European Foreign Relations and European Political Economy.
Career opportunities abound among the many organizations that deal with Europe and in the private sector in multinational corporations and export-oriented enterprises, in general management, corporate planning and marketing.

Family Life & Child Development

Family Life and Child Development is the study of the individual and collective development of family members and their relationships. It focuses on the interaction of family members as they address their material and relational needs. The discipline takes into account issues and challenges facing families and societal development both local and global.

Family Psychology

Family psychology students learn how to treat families as well as individuals within the family context. They study everything from family rituals and parenting to sex therapy and family violence. This specialization is offered to learners seeking advanced education and professional training in the application of psychological principles, especially systems oriented perspectives, to families. The Family Psychology program was developed for those professionals interested in research and teaching in the area of family theory and therapy. You could even work as a marriage or family therapist.

French

You should gain a substantial degree of competence in speaking and writing the language as advanced courses are often conducted in French. In addition, you’ll learn about French culture, history, and literature, and the throng of exotic locales where French is spoken. Majoring in French also offers abundant opportunities to take classes in other departments like history, English and literature, philosophy, international studies, film, and art history. What can you do with a French major besides teach? A lot. French speakers are in demand in banking and finance, foreign market analysis, diplomacy, and hotel management, just to name a few fields.

Gender Studies

Students will examine differences between the experiences on men and women throughout history and across cultures, races, and classes. Students study and generally, seek to assure, through research, writing and action programs, to give equitable attention to both genders. A degree in gender studies offers an opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of men and women from various perspectives humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Gender studies students seek an understanding of the new intellectual frameworks that are reshaping thought about the meaning and role of gender in human life. They pursue knowledge of gendered experiences in diverse cultures and across time, examining the ways in which race, social class, sexuality and ethnicity constitute that experience.

Geography

Geography relates the study of Earth to social, political, and economic development. It is a broad major that requires that students take courses in economics, history and politics, as well as in geography. A field in and of itself, geography has many subdivisions as well such as cultural geography, geomorphology, and many others. Math and science are critical to all geographers as essential tools to learning and practicing this profession. One focus of study is urban and regional systems, which covers such topics as the dynamics of regional change, urban growth and decline, metropolitan land use, population change, urban politics, and local economic development. Spatial analysis methodology is another focus which considers cartographic (mapping) methodologies. Another specialization is in atmospheric and climatic studies, which includes the study of atmospheric behavior over time and in different parts of the Earth. You might be asked to choose to specialize in some specific field of Geography (Economic, Physical, Human…)

History

History is the analytical reconstruction of the past, distant and recent. Many people study history for its own sake, but the critical insights it brings make it also make it relevant for understanding one’s own times and environment. It is an essential part of knowing the context within which one lives. History is one of the broadest of all fields. It overlaps and cuts across most other disciplines, frequently borrowing content and adapting concepts from them. History places a special emphasis on relation-ships among events, developments, ideas and cultures from all times and places. While it works to uncover valid analogies and comparisons, it recognizes uniqueness and tries to avoid the overly simple model or the too facile answer. History provides an ideal focus for a liberal education and a functional basis for lifelong learning. It is an essential component of higher education for majors and non-majors alike.

Human Resource Development

The graduate will acquire the following competencies: identify the nature and functions of personnel management, staffing, training and development, discipline, compensation and other factors that affect personnel policies and programs; use the systems approach in viewing industries, organizations and their environment and apply psychological theories and methods to industrial and organizational requirements; use different principles and philosophies of guidance and various techniques of counseling for attitudinal change and behavior modification in the work, distinguish problems of morale and motivation, productivity and effectiveness, power and control, leadership and change processes in all types of organizations; analyze social processes of decision making, goal setting, motivation, communication and exercise of authority within the matrix of institutional structures, objectives, resource, and group normative values; know the basic elements of labor law and the current trends and issues in labor relations and management. Graduates will assist individuals choose/ prepare and progress in a career/ profession; demonstrate facilitation skills for group interactions and processes as change agents for community/ team building.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Industrial-organizational psychology, in brief, is concerned with the scientific structuring of organizations and of work to improve the productivity and quality of life of people at work. The field of industrial-organizational psychology is certainly a very applied field, but many industrial-organizational psychologists also address relatively basic research questions. In other words, industrial-organizational psychologists very much want to produce solutions to problems in the workplace. industrial-organizational scientist/practitioners like being in an environment that has problems that need to be solved, but they also like to discover and collect scientific facts about work and organizational settings that they can apply to problems yet to be faced. Traditionally, industrial-organizational psychologists have focused on understanding individual behavior and experience in organizational settings. That is, the worker has received the most attention. This, of course, continues today. Today more than ever, however, industrial-organizational psychologists explicitly acknowledge the importance of considering the whole work system. For example, they conduct research at the group and organizational levels of analysis as well as at the individual level. Also, they formally address the impact on work of environmental factors such as labor markets, economic conditions, and governmental regulations. They might be doing basic or applied research in these areas or actually implementing solutions to problems found across these areas of specialization. Broadly put, industrial-organizational psychologists are scientists, consultants, teachers, and often, something of a combination of all three of these. Industrial-organizational psychologists don various titles depending upon their places of employment, specializations, and interests. A number of industrial-organizational psychologists employed in research organizations or private industry choose to teach in colleges and universities on an adjunct basis.

Industrial Relations

The purpose of the program is to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities. Many students go on to professional careers in labour relations, human resources and line management which require industrial relations and human resource knowledge and skills. Others establish careers in applied and policy-oriented research, non-university teaching and consulting. The Program attracts new graduates as well as career employees wishing to change or upgrade their qualifications. The program provides students with: a thorough grounding in labour relations and human resource practice, an understanding of evolving employment relationships and organizational dynamics, an understanding of the fundamentals of the laws governing the individual employment relationship and the collective bargaining relationship and the capacity to collect and analyze data on current workplace issues and interpret research in the field.

International Studies

International Studies majors are immersed in the politics, culture, and history of various parts of the world. As an International Studies major your focus is more on depth than breadth, so while you’ll gain a greater appreciation for the commerce of the world as a whole, you will probably concentrate on a specific region of the globe, studying in detail its unique history, economy, and political structure. Whether it’s Africa, Asia, or Western or Eastern Europe, you will have the opportunity to focus on the region or countries that interest you most, learning their language as well. In addition to focusing on a specific region, International Studies majors concentrate on some of the most pressing political and social issues of the contemporary world. You can choose to focus your area of study on economic development issues around the globe, or problems of diplomacy. Drawing upon other fields of study, such as economics, history, and political science, International Studies will equip you with a greater understanding of how
other cultures live and govern themselves.

Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies is a multidisciplinary major incorporating the fields of art, politics, religion, history, philosophy, literature, international studies, and others. As an Islamic Studies major, you’ll be gaining a solid humanities-based education with an emphasis on Islamic languages such as Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. You’ll study Islamic literature both in its original languages and in translation, and, as is the case with most liberal arts majors, your studies will touch upon what it means to be human and how we define our world. Almost a billion people worldwide are of the Islamic faith, and through Islamic Studies you’ll gain an understanding of this religious culture that has influenced so much of modern society.

Japanese Studies

If you choose this major you must be willing to study anything related to Japan: Japanese Government and Politics, Japanese Society and Culture, Japanese Literature, Japanese History, Japanese Religion and Philosophy.

Library Science

If you’ve ever done research, then you probably already know the value of a great librarian. How they can locate any book, what resources are available to you as you begin your search—they seem to know the answers to your questions before you even ask them. All of that knowledge comes, of course, with time and experience, and also with a degree in Library Science. The library is one of our greatest cultural and social institutions, serving as a vast warehouse of information and a locus where nerds can meet and fall in love. The men and women responsible for running these institutions are librarians. The Library Science major covers a wide range of topics and issues ranging from the history of libraries, to library administration, to media for children and young adults. A combination of both practical field experience gained through internships and rigorous academic course work, the Library Science major prepares you to be the key that unlocks the great reserves of information.

Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of the nature, structure, grammar, history and function of language. It treats language as a fundamental human capacity and as a changing social institution. Linguistics contributes to and prepares students for professional fields such as law, because it uses a variety of rigorous methodologies for the analysis of language. It also supports law through the voice-print evidence assessment, the interpretation of the statutes and contracts. It clarifies ambiguities and presuppositions in the statutes and contracts and in testimony. Linguistics is a highly theoretical discipline, similar to and drawing from philosophy, computing and artificial intelligence, anthropology, and cognitive psychology. It is not a means to speak many languages. Linguistics considers questions such as: How are the speech sounds of language produced? What are the building blocks of language? How does language change over time? What do various languages have in common? How are they different? How do children acquire language? How does reasoning and inference underlie human communication? Linguistics majors often go on for advanced degrees in fields such as Anthropology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Education (Language Arts and Language teaching), Journalism, Neurosciences (for the study of, e.g., dyslexia and aphasia), Speech and Hearing Sciences, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Literary Theory

Literary theory is the theory (or the philosophy) of the interpretation of literature and literary criticism. Its history begins with classical Greek poetics and rhetoric and includes, since the 18th century, aesthetics and hermeneutics. In the 20th century, “theory” has become an umbrella term for a variety of scholarly approaches to reading texts.

Literary Translation

This program offers training in the practice and theory of literary translation. It operates on the assumption that a translation of a literary work is an act of creative writing. Students take hours of translation workshops, hours of study in the literature of source languages, as well as formal study of the techniques of poetry and fiction. Students usually produce a book-length thesis of translation. A candidate for the degree must have reading knowledge of foreign languages.

Migration Studies

Migration Studies apply various historical and methodological approaches to the study of the movement of people both to the contemporary world and to historic case studies. It focuses on the conceptual and critical frameworks of migration theory with particular reference to the interplay between the political, social and economic. It examines the implications of policy on migrants and migration and cultural change and stasis within the context of migration. This program aims to enable students to: identify the main approaches to the study of migration; equip students with a knowledge of key themes and issues in the movement of people over the past two centuries and to encourage students to develop a critical approach to theories of migration. On successfully completing the program students are expected to be able to: apply a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches to historical and contemporary case studies in migration; to demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches to the study of migration; to compare and contrast patterns of migration over time and space and to practically apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the study of migration.

Philosophy

Philosophy is a discipline of the mind that is an excellent preparation for professional studies. It also lends itself to interdisciplinary programs such as legal studies, women’s and gender studies, environmental studies, international studies and various other possibilities. It provides a different perspective on other disciplines such as psychology, mathematics, literature, and political science and it centers on a set of questions that thinking people seek out. Philosophy explores fundamental and general questions about the nature of concepts such as knowledge, reality and values. It analyses of the logic of valid argumentation applicable to all rational thought and philosophy studies the methodology and basic concepts of all other disciplines.

Political Economy

Political economy as an intellectual tradition was already vibrant in the 18th & 19th Centuries, with the disputes between the classical liberal political economic vision of Adam Smith and David Ricardo, the Mercantilist or Nationalist political economy of Friedrich List, and the radical critique of Karl Marx. Political Economy is concerned with the connections between politics and economics, and explores the production, reproduction and distribution of power and wealth within the contemporary world order. This program prepares students to analyze the complex interactions between political and economic trends, both domestically and at the international level. This program provides the analytical tools and contextual background that prepares students for the challenges of competition in market economies around the globe.

Political Science

Political Science is the academic study of politics and government. In one sense, it is an ancient discipline. It remains central to any classical study of the liberal arts, firmly grounded as it is in the work of Plato and Aristotle. In another sense, because it often deals with current events and sophisticated statistical analysis, Political Science is a cutting-edge area of study. Whether you are analyzing voting patterns in a presidential campaign, the Israeli parliament, or the pros and cons of different systems of government, Political Science is timely, fascinating, and perpetually changing. Political Science majors develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills and, more broadly, an understanding of history and culture. If you major in Political Science, you’ll study everything from revolutions to political parties to voting behavior to public policy. You are also likely to explore the political issues inherent to different regions of the world, like the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe

Psychological Measurement

This program provides students with specialized training in the design and use of various methods for the assessment and/or measurement of psychological variables with special application to data-gathering. A student who graduates from the program should be capable of assuming leadership, research and consultancy positions in academic, corporate, government or organizations where assessments or measurement of psychological variables is required.

Public Policy

A Public Policy program provides a strong foundation in conceptual and analytical skills for future public service leaders and individuals with an interest in understanding and influencing how public policy choices are made. Students learn to confidently apply economic and management ideas and tools to analyze, design and manage efficient and effective public policies and organizations. The program’s emphasis on problem-based learning and use of case studies focuses students’ minds on complex real-world problems rather than simple textbook examples. Graduates usually go on to serve the public interest in international and national organizations in Asia and beyond.

Rural Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of groups of humans. So, Rural Sociology is the scientific study of groups of humans who live out in the country. Rural sociologists analyze the problems of rural people and their communities all over the world. It’s a good thing, too, because rural areas are pivotal in providing for national and international energy needs, national defense, agricultural production, and outdoor recreation. You’ll learn about how groups, organizations, and societies are structured in rural communities. You’ll study crime and violence, sex and gender, families, health and illness, work and leisure, ethnic relations, religions and cultures, and social classes. You’ll also study the ways in which perpetually increasing technology affects and transforms rural life.

Social Psychology

Social Psychology is a branch of the social sciences that deals with how and why people interact with each other the way they do. You’ll learn about how our attitudes form and why they change; what causes social conflict, aggression, and violence; and what influences judgment. You’ll dig into theories of conformity, emotions, motivation, personality, negotiation, persuasion, social identity, and gender. You’ll learn about inter-personal dynamics in different types of relationships and discover how social issues can influence physical health. Social Psychology, as with most of the social sciences, is a research-oriented discipline. Integral to your studies will be learning about past research and its influences on the field. You’ll do your own research, perhaps in conjunction with faculty or other students. Be prepared for a load of laboratory work, statistics, and paper writing.

Social Work (Clinical Practice; Community Organizing; Social Administration)

Graduates of this major seek to benefit society through service, education and research in socially beneficial programs. Students are prepared for entry level social work positions in organizations such as social welfare, child correction, community health agencies, and in this major, one works with individuals, families, groups and communities and cultural and ethnic minorities. Social work is unified by a common core of social work values, knowledge and methods, all of which stress the need to protect the welfare of individuals, to preserve the family, to respect cultural diversity. This profession educates individuals to be change agents who can bring about positive social change. The profession provides an array of individuals who find themselves or their families to be at risk.

Sociology

The study of the structure of society and its enduring patterns of social relations is sociology’s primary mission. Sociology studies human conduct from the perspective of the history and the anatomy or structure of the groups. It focuses on how people coordinate their activities to reach individual and collective goals through the development of roles, meanings, and norms that make behavior reciprocally predictable and organized. Sociology investigates questions such as how such patterns of interdependent activity originate and what sustains them, why they take one shape instead of another, how some societies change more rapidly than others, how groups are related to each other, and how people justify and explain what they are doing. The patterns are learned as customary behavior and institutional practices. The sociological perspective is closely linked to comparative historical and cross-cultural studies of social institutions and to psychological studies of human interaction in a wide range of social, economic, educational, religious, familial, and political settings.

Southeast Asian Studies

A Program on Southeast Asian politics, history, culture, demography, economy, philosophy and religions. It focuses on Southeast Asia as a dynamic area of change and opportunity, playing an increasingly active role in world economy and politics. Job Opportunities: tourist guides, travel agents, translators, researchers, writers, government consultants, public administrators, teachers

Spanish

Perhaps you’ve already fallen in love with the poems of Pablo Neruda and the novels of Gabriel García Márquez and realized that you want a deeper look into the culture and language in which these writers flourish. Or maybe you’ve got a businesslike mind and see a lot of potential in the developing economies of South America. Regardless of what your interest may be, a Spanish major will provide you a unique insight into the second most widely spoken language in the world. Spoken throughout Central and South America, Spain, and many parts of the United States, knowledge of Spanish is a bridge into varied cultures that span several continents and dozens of centuries. In addition to becoming fluent in the language, a Spanish major also obtains a broad knowledge of the history of the Spanish-speaking world. From Aztecs ruins to Argentine fascism, you’ll delve into the social, political, and economic elements that have made Spanish one of the most important languages in the world.

Sustainable Development

The program considers a number of tools that can play an important role in effecting changes towards sustainable development. Specifically, it aims to develop participants’ practical skills in strategic planning and management, action research, education and capacity building, community consultation, facilitation and evaluation. The program addresses the need of environment and development professionals who interact with people and organized groups on a regular basis. It is particularly relevant to those who are involved in planning, financing and evaluating initiatives in sustainable development. The program addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, NGOs, government agencies and intentional or national bodies concerned with issues of sustainability. The basic philosophy of a program in Sustainable Development is to integrate theory and social science disciplines namely geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics and law, with natural science. The program aims to enhance students’ ability in analyzing the complexities of development processes and problems, which result from changes i.e. cultural and political movements, state policy implementation, legal systems, economic and trade relations, patterns of production and resource use, health related problems, etc. This program encourages students to search for alternative policies and promotion of sustainable development based on ecological sustainability and security of local livelihood through participation of local people. Research topics focus on resource management, local knowledge and sustainable development, health and cross-border migration, etc.

Theology

Theology is the questing, probing, and searching of the Word of God; it is a rational effort, guided by faith, that attempts to penetrate the message of God. You might think that Theology is the study of the Christian faith alone. Not so. Although “Theology” is Western-rooted (the Greek theos means “god”), the term can be applied to the study of all world religions. As a Theology major, you’ll explore how the believer understands his faith or how a religion’s practitioners understand their religion. You’ll examine the ways in which these believers and practitioners define, defend, and verify various elements of their religious doctrine. You’ll attempt to find a place for religious beliefs among the realms of science, history, and logic.

Tourism

A major in tourism will get you a foot in the door to this ever-booming industry. Tourism majors aim to discover the world’s top destinations and how best to encourage people to visit them. From the dreamy, steamy islands of the South Pacific to Sweden’s Icehotel, you’ll learn how to make guests feel welcome and enjoy a safe and memorable stay. A tourism major covers the whole spectrum of travel—you’ll study everything from the booking of flights to facilitating operations at a resort hotel. You’ll use the tourism industry’s most prevalent electronic databases and discover how to navigate other travel-related computer programs and systems. Count on learning how to market and sell travel destinations and products, including how to promote tourism in new places and how to sustain interest in classic tourist destinations. In addition, you’ll examine how Internet technology is affecting the Tourism industry and how to use this technology most advantageously. Your tourism major should also touch on the effect tourism has on the environment—and how certain aspects of the industry are working to minimize those effects. Tourism is more global than ever, and this major will explore the role it plays in the world—how it affects cities and countries both economically and culturally. You’ll learn where the industry has been and where it might go in the future. After college, you’ll have the skills you need to pursue a career for an airline, a travel agency, or many other sorts of travel service organization. Tourism is an interdisciplinary major, and your course work will draw from accounting, marketing, communication, and other business courses, as well as courses in geography and specific elements of tourism.

Translation

The Translation major provides pre-professional training in the theory and practice of translation and interpretation both for students planning to translate professionally and for students wishing to add translation and/or interpretation as an ancillary skill. You will have, of course, to be fluent in at least one or two foreign languages.

Women’s Studies

Borrowing from the skills and information found in related fields, such as English, history, and sociology, Women’s Studies examines the ways in which women have helped to shape and define the world. At the core of Women’s Studies are the contributions women have made to politics, culture, history, arts and sciences, and society. These contributions are combined with a set of critical and theoretical approaches that allow you the freedom to examine how race, gender, sexuality, and nationality have influenced the way women have lived and worked in both the past and present. Women’s Studies majors explore some of the most difficult and troubling questions of our society. If you major in women’s studies, you will have the opportunity to think and write critically about the experiences women have had throughout history, and how these experiences have shaped our understanding of our society (that includes men). By considering various controversial issues through multiple perspectives, the Women’s Studies major encourages debate and critical thinking, while at the same time developing your skills and ability to think and argue effectively.

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