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The Junior Year

Below is the core curriculum for the Junior year.  Official course syllabi are made available to enrolled students on or before the first day of class.

Please note that this list does not include courses that fulfill foreign language, simulation, or field experience requirements. Click here for more information about these courses and when they are offered.

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ST3510 World History I: Birth of Civilization to the Fall of Greece (3 credits)

This course covers the rise of ancient Greece, the development of the City State, the defeat the of the Persian Empire, the Peloponnesian war, the rise of Phillip of Macedon, and the dissolution of the Empire after the death of Alexander.

  • Herodotus, Histories
    • Plutarch, The Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans (selections)
      • Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
        • Bauer, History of the Ancient World
          • ST3510 Reading Packet

            ST3520 World History II: Ancient Rome to the Renaissance (3 credits)

            The first portion of this course covers the beginnings of Rome, the building of the Roman Republic, its transformation into the Roman Empire and eventual fall. The second portion covers the Middle Ages, beginning with the fall of Rome and ending in the Renaissance.

            • Tacitus, Annals
              • Plutarch, The Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
                • Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (selections)
                  • Bauer, History of the Ancient World
                    • Bauer, History of the Medieval World
                      • ST3520, Reading Packet

                        MS3510 Financial Competence, Fraud and Ethics: Principles & Practic (3 credits)

                        Leaders need to be competent and ethical in their financial stewardships. This course fortifies students with a basic understanding of the principles of finance in personal, business and government domains. Differences and similarities are identified as well as the moral and ethical concerns in each of these areas. Students gain the fundamental tools to understand the basic operations of the organizations they will one day serve and lead, including the financial dynamics of successful new entities whether in business, government, or as social entrepreneurs. Students will be especially fortified and inoculated against the ethical blind spots, justifications and other mistakes that end the careers of so many otherwise talented and promising servants for good causes, whether in the private or public sector.

                        • Texts for this class TBA

                          ST3530 World History III: Renaissance and Reformation (3 credits)

                          This course explores the driving forces and key events that shaped Western Civilization through the Renaissance and Reformation, continuing through the first European ventures in colonization that reshaped the cultures and governments of the world.

                          ST3540 World History IV: Enlightenment and Revolution (3 credits)

                          This course examines the Age of Enlightenment, the contrasting forces behind the American and French revolutions, and how the aftershocks of these and other developments in Europe and its colonies up through the dawn of the twentieth century set the stage for the great global conflicts to follow.

                          LT3560 Literary Agents of European History and Culture (2 credits)

                          A number of seminal classics laid the foundation for European society, even playing key roles in shaping the culture that kept mainland Europe separate from England in political ideology and liberty. This course examines a select handful of such works that delve into the heart of the great human struggles of moral agency, virtue, justice, mercy, power, humility and wisdom a literary snapshot of European culture and its fruits up through the late 19th century.

                          FA3510 Art, Architecture & Music: Timeless Agents of Culture & Chng (4 credits)

                          This course explores the arts as interpreter of history and shaper of societies. Whether ambassador of peace or agitator for revolution, the arts have historically been used as a potent agent of culture and change. From the earliest civilizations to the majesty of Rome, through the Renaissance and to the present -- the symbols, styles and aesthetics used in sculpture, architecture, paintings, music, theater and film evoke both visceral and cognitive responses, always for the aims of the artist. Examining artistic developments over the ages will reveal how societal change (and resistance) has nearly always depended on these cultural agents. In this course, our appreciation of their beauty will be enriched and informed, and finally intrigued with an expository tour of propaganda throughout history and the modern age.

                          * An asterisk next to a course's credit hours indicates that this course may be "swapped" for elective or transfer credit. Click here for more information on elective and transfer credit.

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