Supporting Courses

SSC239 History of Ideas I

Ideas have shaped how we think about and respond to our world. History is replete with instances that demonstrate how small changes in ways of thinking lead to creative tensions and large shifts in social and cultural thinking. This two-semester course explores the metaphysical and material histories of such ideas as freedom, justice, ethics, reason, the self, the real, identity, faith, citizenship, rights, etc. It introduces students to methods of critical and philosophical analysis that investigate the sources and limits of historical, empirical, and theoretical knowledge.

SSC238 History of Ideas II

Ideas have shaped how we think about and respond to our world. History is replete with instances that demonstrate how small changes in ways of thinking lead to creative tensions and large shifts in social and cultural thinking. This two-semester course explores the metaphysical and material histories of such ideas as freedom, justice, ethics, reason, the self, the real, identity, faith, citizenship, rights, etc. It introduces students to methods of critical and philosophical analysis that investigate the sources and limits of historical, empirical, and theoretical knowledge.

SSC121 Major Themes in World History

This survey course introduces students to major patterns, processes, and events in world history organized around recurring issues and themes through the close reading and analysis of primary and secondary texts. Themes considered may include economics, conquest and war, religion, government, revolution, disease, technological invention, empires and nations, and globalization.

SSC221 South Asian History

This survey course introduces students to major developments in South Asian History from the emergence of the early Harappan period to the struggle for independence. Students will investigate key historical forces and individuals that shaped South Asian politics, society and culture including the introduction of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, the development of languages, the production of major cultural and scientific works, interactions with regional neighbors, the formation of ethnic communities, and major political incursions and social reconfigurations.

MTS202 Statistical Inference

This course introduces students to methods of statistical analysis including sampling, decision analysis, and data modeling. This course provides basic methods for research and practice in social and physical sciences. The aim is to acquaint students with advanced methods of data collection and analysis.

SSC302 Computational Research Methods

A course designed to introduce students to computational and symbolic processing software that facilitates quantitative research and analysis. (To be taken in the semester as the disciplinary research methods course.)