Featured Course AU16

Students are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor for help selecting courses that best fit their program of study. For complete course information, including prerequisite requirements and course restrictions, students should consult the respective department’s course listing and the course catalog.

Climate Change: Mechanisms, Impacts, And Mitigation

(EARTHSC 1911), 4 Cr. Hrs.

Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing our civilization. It is vital that non-scientists and ordinary citizens understand the basic science of climate change, assess our ability to make accurate predictions, and examine the implications for global stability.  This interdisciplinary team-taught course combines the perspectives of the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and historical study in order to provide a basic understanding of the climate system; the impact of climate change on such environmental and biological factors as the water cycle and ocean acidification, agriculture, coral reef ecology, and pathogens; and the socio-economic impact of climate change in historical context.

This course is team-taught by Earth Sciences; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; and History.  General Education course: Historical Study; Biological Science; Physical Science

Featured Course SP16

Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective

(HISTORY 3680; RELSTDS 3680) 3 Cr. Hrs. – new spring semester 2016

These days, it is almost impossible to go online or watch TV without learning about a conflict at the intersection of religion and law: Should yoga or creationism be taught in public schools? Should religious symbols be displayed in public? Should same sex marriage be legal? Should corporations be required to provide their employees with access to contraception? These conflicts raise critical questions about the meaning of secularism and religious freedom; about religion’s proper place in American life; and about how we understand what it means to be an American.

Yet as contentious as these questions are in the contemporary United States, they have been addressed in different ways in other times and places. In this course, we will develop tools for thinking critically about these issues by adopting a comparative, interdisciplinary approach. Drawing on concrete cases, historical studies, and theoretical literature, we will explore how the relationship between religion and law has been configured differently in different liberal democracies and what this might mean for contemporary debates.

This course is team-taught with faculty from History and from Comparative Studies. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

See the sample syllabus for Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective