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Power is the ability to make things happen. It is impossible to imagine the world without it, and it takes innumerable forms. Some can be precisely measured and analyzed; others are so subtle as to almost defy description. The Power thread will examine the forms power takes in the natural world and in the products of human culture, in relationships between individuals and in relationships between groups and nations.  Drawing on several different academic disciplines, we will seek to understand how this indispensable abstraction has been and is used and abused, gained and lost, asserted and contested in actual concrete circumstances of the past and the present.

This thread can be 9 or 18 hours.

Students must take at least one course from the 2000 level or above.

Courses in a 9-hour thread must be from a minimum of two departments. Courses in an 18-hour thread must be from a minimum of four departments. 

Select Courses to Meet Thread Requirements  
ARH 3000 History of Art Museums 4 hours
ARH 3100 Ancient Art 4 hours
BUSAD 2500 Principles of Management 3 hours
COMM 2400 Communication and Leadership 4 hours
COMM 3200 Persuasive Communication 4 hours
COMM 3700 Organizational Communication 4 hours
CRIM 2130 Corrections 4 hours
ECON 1540 Microeconomic Principles 3 hours
ENG 2050 Introduction to British Literature 4 hours
ENG 2600 Introduction to Ancient Rhetoric 4 hours
ENG 2290 Topics in World Literature: Inclusion and Exclusion 4 hours
ENG 3500 Postcolonial and Global Literature 4 hours
ENG 3530 Studies in Linguistics 2 hours
ENG 3720 Shakespeare and Power 2 hours
HIST 2540 African-American History 4 hours
HIST 2560 Indigenous History 4 hours
HIST 3180/HIST 4180 Topics in Indian History 2 or 4 hours
IDS 3270 Experiential Learning - Power Thread 1-2 hours
MUSIC 2860/MUSIC 3860 Music History II: Racial Equity 4 hours
PHIL 1200FYW Critical Thinking 2 hours
PHIL 2260 Philosophy of Education 4 hours
POLSC 2090 Introduction to Public Policy 4 hours
POLSC 2460 Media and Politics 4 hours
POLSC 2630 Foreign Policy 4 hours
RELIG 1150 World Religions 3 hours
SOC 1330/SOC 2330 Race Relations and Minority Groups 4 hours
SOC 3230 Thinking SocioLogically: Race/Ethnicity 2 hours
SOC 3540/SOC 4540 Urban Communities 4 hours
SOCWK 2200 Social Welfare Policy, Services, and Delivery Systems 3 hours