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Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Dr. Charles H. Blake, II, Interim Coordinator

Cluster 1 Cluster 3 Cluster 5
Cluster 2 Cluster 4


Cluster Four Package
Cluster Four Learning Objectives


Rapid changes are taking place in today's world that are transforming our lives. To make informed judgments about the causes of these changes, their underlying dynamics and the implications they hold for the future, students must become critical thinkers about their own societies and the larger global community. Students must learn how to frame questions, develop strategies of inquiry, build upon past scholarship and make connections between distinct disciplines of study. Cluster Four courses help students develop these capabilities through an examination of the key social and cultural processes and structures that shape the human experience. Students will take one course that focuses on the American experience and one course that examines the global experience.

The Cluster Four courses that students must take are not sequenced so that either part of the cluster may be taken first or they may be taken concurrently. Students may not take two courses from the same discipline in completing the Cluster Four requirement.

Cluster Four Package

The American Experience
Each of the American Experience courses provides students with an understanding of the major themes and concepts that structure American life today. GHIST 225 does so through a contextual and document-based study of the American historical experience. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction of people, ideas and social movements.

GPOSC 225 focuses more narrowly on the evolution and operation of the American political system in presenting major themes and concepts. It does so by examining the fundamental principles on which American political institutions are based and using social science research methodology to examine competing claims about the current functioning of the American political system.

Choose one of the following:
     GHIST 225. U.S. History
     GPOSC 225. U.S. Government

The Global Experience
Each of the courses in the Global Experience is an investigation into a series of global issues that are of great importance to the human community. Topics discussed will vary from course to course. Issues are examined in a systemic context that allows students to see connections between disciplines. The unifying theme of these courses is a focus on the existence of an overarching structure at the global level that conditions behavior and which itself is shaped by that behavior. From this perspective the study of global issues is more than studying current events; it involves placing these global issues in a systemic context.

Choose one of the following:
GAFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies
GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
GGEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension
GPOSC 200. Global Politics
GSOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context

Cluster Four Learning Objectives

American Experience
Students completing this part of Cluster Four will be able to identify, conceptualize and evaluate:
Global Experience
Students completing this part of Cluster Four will be able to identify, conceptualize and evaluate:


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