COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - ELECTIVE COURSES
Bachelor of Science Programs (Accelerated)
The following courses qualify as elective courses for all three accelerated B.S. programs in Behavioral Studies, Communications Management, and Organizational Management.
ARH 3055 Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art in New York City Museums
This course will provide an introduction to 19 and 20 century art in the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modem Art in New York City. Since the intensive timeframe of the course will not permit a comprehensive survey of the vast range of artistic movements that emerged during this period, our approach will be more thematic. Topics include: the development of modernism in relation to the experience of modernity; "primitivism" as a contradictory aspect of modernity; and the relationship between modernism and consumer culture. Through lectures and readings, students will be introduced to some of the major issues and debates that have engaged modem artists, providing a background for extensive museum visits, where students will be able to view works of art and apply the knowledge and critical skills they have learned in the course.
ART 4085 Museums as Studios
This course will use the museums in New York City as studios. Artwork both traditional and contemporary will act as our aesthetic inspiration for creativity and personal investigation. Activities will include brief lectures, drawing, painting, assemblage and collage. Time in the museums will be spent drawing and sketching; on alternating days, we will work in the studios at Manhattanville College, developing our sketches and drawings into major portfolio works. The museums will include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and a trip to galleries on 57 Street.
ECO 1011 Principles of Economics I: Introduction to Macroeconomics
This course is an introduction to economic reasoning and macroeconomic theory, with major attention given to inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, income policies and the international sector.
ENG 3013 Expository Writing and Literature
Emphasis on writing clearly, appreciating and analyzing prose and on developing ideas on paper will be the substance of this course for students who want to write better essays, generally with an academic focus. Students will write at home each week and sometimes in class. Students will also be given the opportunity to study a variety of literary prose and to read and comment on each other's work.
ENG 3016 Shakespeare as a Student of Human Behavior
In his plays Shakespeare explores the human condition and our many ways of coping with it. He examines the intricate, intimate relationships of love and the social interactions of prejudice, the pain of family conflicts and the dilemmas of moral decision. His plots explore how and why men act as they do. He shows us, for example, role playing as a way to deal with troubling emotions, as a means of manipulating others, and as an accommodation to gender expectations. In this course we will study The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Othello The Winter's Tale and King Lear. Videotapes will be used where appropriate.
ENG 3019 Principles of Film Criticism
This course is an introduction to principles important to a critical appreciation of film. Students will view a representative variety of American and foreign films with an eye to the aesthetic and technical choices made by directors in their attempts to create coherent works of art. This course will trace the development of film as an art form and as a vehicle for social analysis throughout the twentieth century.
ENG 3064 Literature in New York
In this course we will read literature about New York, its boroughs, and its citizens by some of America's finest writers and by writers from abroad observing us. These writings will take the reader from high-rolling Manhattan dinner parties to Coney Island, to Brooklyn, to the tenements on Manhattan's Lower East Side, to the Fulton Fish Market. Among the authors are: E.B. White, Mary McCarthy, John Cheever, Henry Miller, Walt Whitman and Irwin Shaw.
FIN 3012 Financing the American Corporation
This course will deal with the financing of the American corporation from several different aspects. It will study the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a business in the form of a corporation, and then look at the pros and cons of being a private corporation vs. being a public corporation. The various sources of raising cash with which to purchase the assets needed to run a company will be explored from both the point of view of the corporation that requires the cash and from the point of view of the investor who has excess cash to invest. Looking at investments from the investor's vantage point will lead into a discussion about how an investor should build a portfolio of stocks, bonds mutual funds and possibly other investment types both in retirement accounts and in personal investment accounts. An in-depth analysis of information available in the Wall Street Journal will be an integral part of the course. The student will also be taught how to read and interpret corporate financial statements and other data found in annual reports.
HIS 3054 Great Leaders in History: Historical and Contemporary Case Studies of Women in Leadership
For much of American history and the writing of history in general, leadership was identified with men whose names we readily recall. Our memory and indeed our historical narratives offered few examples of women leaders, and even when they are noted, the list was short and the treatment cursory. This course will attempt to correct this historical neglect and, through the use of the insights of gender history, study the lives of selected women leaders and develop a paradigm that explains the process by which women become leaders.
HIS/INS 3056 September 11: An Historical Context for Going Forward
This course is designed to examine the underlying historical dimensions of the terrorist attack on the United States as a means of providing a wider perspective on the events of September 11. By investigating three key areas in detail (the attack, role of ideologies, and previous mass attacks) students will develop important skills to understand mass population violence and the phenomenon of 2ls century terrorism. Going forward, students will be equipped to intelligently participate in the public debate and influence the decision-making process.
MATH 1005 Math for the Returning Adult
Designed as an introduction to college mathematics and as a preparation for statistics and computer science, the primary focus of this course will be algebra including integers and solving equations; geometry and trigonometry will also be covered.
MGT 3025 Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior
This course will explore individual, team and organizational behaviors that contribute to organizational effectiveness. Special emphasis will be placed on utilizing tools to help bring about organizational change and development. Approaches will focus on how to make organizations more successful and more responsive to the interests and needs of all stakeholders' employees, managers, customers.
MGT 3055 Human Resource Management
Faced with pressures from the workplace, increasing international and domestic competition, and government regulations, corporations must continually reevaluate employment policies and practices. This course coves general areas of human resource management development, performance appraisal, counseling, labor relations, collective bargaining, wages and fringe benefits, EEO and OSHA requirements, and employment planning.
MUH 3012 Music of the World
The varied forms and diversity of musical expression will be examined. The class will sample music from different parts of the world and will include a visit to the Musical Instrument Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Each student will be required to research the music of a specific culture for class presentation.
PHI 3016 Philosophical Concepts
At the core of the liberal arts education are several concepts which continue to frame the discourse of the humanities on value and meaning: truth, goodness, beauty, equality, and justice. This course will address each of these through a study of their major formative philosophical texts. It will also seek an understanding of their interconnectedness and the forms of current inquiry concerning them.
POS 3064 American Law and Business
The emphasis in this course is on the origins and development of law with an examination of the judicial system and the relationship of law to business. It includes an examination of contracts, sales, commercial paper, consumer law, real property, bankruptcy and labor law. This course will also examine the enforcement of these laws through legal actions.
P05 3065 Multinational Corporations and Social Change
This course will define and discuss the scope of multinational corporations (MNCs) and the risks inherent in conducting business on the global level to both host and source country. In the process of understanding how MNCs function, we will learn about financing international trade, balance of payments concepts and global banking practice.
PSY 3053 Psychology of Leadership
This course presents basic social science notions useful in understanding how people relate to each other in organizations and how to apply these concepts to improve organizational effectiveness. Topics will include: leadership style, situational leadership, trait leadership, and team building.
REL 3046 Mythology
This course will focus on the creation of myths. Methods drawn from the history of religions, from Jungian and Freudian psychology, from feminist theory and from the dialogue of structuralists and deconstructuralists will be applied to the creation myths of many cultures. This course should give students an opportunity to learn what many myths have said about creation and an acquaintance with some of the tools they need to understand what these myths say about life. Reading will include many primary sources and theoretical perspectives from Jung and Freud, Joseph Campbell, Mircea Eliade, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and feminists including Mary Daly, Elaine Pagels, Maria Gimbutas, Alice Walker and Starhawk.
REL 3053 Religions of the World
A survey of the religious faiths and traditions of the East and West. Symbols, iconography, sacred writings and types of religious communities will be examined.
RUS 3027 The Family in Russian Literature
Provocative readings in Russian literature concerning the fast changing social and economic conditions of Russian family life and how they affect the family. A survey of "the family" concept from pre-Revolutionary, to the Soviet, and the post-Glasnost periods with special emphasis on the variety of voices and points of view on feminist issues in a patriarchal society. Readings include selection from Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Popov, Trifonov, and other contemporary Russian writers.
Soc 3004 Principles of Sociology
This course will introduce the student to the broad scope of the discipline of sociology, focusing on its historical development, concepts, theoretical perspectives, research techniques and more of analysis. The course will have substantial online and fieldwork components.
SOC 3024 Gender, Health and Culture
How individuals know they are sick and what they do to return to health is governed by their cultural beliefs, values and traditions. In this class, we look at the relationship between culture, health and gender in different societies in the world. We examine the economic, political and environmental factors influencing women's health and health care. Topics to be studied include the medicalization of the life cycle, childbirth, healers, mental health, gendered violence and international health and development.
SOC 3039 Culture of New York
This seminar will examine ethnicity in the context of the wide variety of ethnic group experiences in New York City. Topics include the ideologies and mythologies of ethnicity, the class basis of ethnic groups' culture and experience, racial and ethnic group conflict, race and ethnicity in American social science, and the future of ethnicity.
SOC 3066 Economic Geography
This course emphasizes contemporary crisis, world food problems, uneven economic development, the spatial movement of industry and jobs, and regional decline and unemployment. The course concludes by discussing the decline of unique regional economies and cultures and the emergence of a world capitalist economy, culture and consciousness.
SOC 3093 Images of Women in American Popular Culture
Images of women are both historically and in today's society neither benign nor accurate. This course will examine how women are portrayed by class and race and in comparison to popular male images. A wide spectrum of American popular culture will be drawn from when analyzing the images of women: sit-coms, soaps, advertising, print media, dance sports, pornography and movies.