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MGMT 305E: Product & Brand Marketing
An introduction to the functions, activities, and ethical considerations of brand and product management and marketing. Topics include corporate identity and image, brand image, charismatic brands, product and brand differentiation, the brand management process, and the inception-to-death product management process.

MGMT 305F: Sustainable Business
The rules of business have changed.  Long-term success for business requires more than a positive cash flow.  Companies must be economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable in order to survive in today's global business economy.  Sustainability is integrated into the business strategies of nearly every major company.  This course will take an in-depth look at the impact of business on the environment, the drivers for sustainability, and the justification for businesses pursuing sustainability initiatives.  The course will investigate the best industry practices of companies pursuing sustainability initiatives and analyze how these companies are using those practices to reduce their footprint and create a competitiive advantage.  Major areas of sustainability such as energy, food, agriculture, water, waste, transportation, and personal responsibility will be covered.  Prereq GBUS 210, 220, 230 & 240 or MGMT 201 or permission of department chair.


NUTR 110: Understanding Nutrition
This course is intended for non-majors seeking their NS requirement. There are no prerequisites. This course introduces the basic concepts of nutrition. The content includes: the functions of the major nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals) and food sources of each. The principles of diet evaluation, nutritional assessment, energy balance, weight control, nutrition and fuel fitness, and how food choices can enhance health, athletic performance, and reduce the risk of chronic disease are emphasized. Selected topics in current nutrition trends, protein quality, vegetarian diets, and food safety are explored. The laboratory for the course is required in conjunction with lecture for all students enrolled.

NUTR 260A: Culinology of French Cuisine
Structure of the class will combine lecture, discussion, and readings examining the food science behind the essential elements of French cuisine. Culinology®, Culinary Science, combines culinary arts and food science and technology to create safer more wholesome food. Research on food production and preservation will be combined with culinary preparation technique to create appealing food from a taste, texture and visual perspective. Students will also spend time with experiential learning in the food science laboratory applying knowledge previously discussed in the classroom. The prerequisite for this course is one introductory course, Nutrition 225: Experimental Food Science.

NUTR 260B: Physiology of Weigh Regulation
An overview of physiological processes that contribute to the regulation of body weight in humans. Focus will be placed on adipose tissue hormones and gut hormones, the role of gut bacteria in energy harvest, the influence of viruses on adiposity and the impact of exercise on substances involved in weight regulation. Students will be expected to read and interpret technical journal articles.


PCST 399: Is Peace Possible?
Are human beings naturally violent and warlike, or do we have the potential for peace? John Lennon once said, "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." Maybe it's not quite that simple, but is peace possible? If it is, how might we achieve it, and what roles can individuals play in the process? This course is designed to help senior peace studies majors and minors search for and evaluate answers to these and related questions by examining theories and evidence from a variety of fields (including, but not limited to: peace studies, anthropology, psychology, history, sociology, biology, and futures studies), with a view to integrating their four year academic experience.  Preference given to senior Peace Studies majors & minors.


PHIL 321: Moral Philosophy
We will first consider some of the most prominent moral theories in the tradition of western philosophical thought, such as the views of Aristotle, John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant. We will analyze their views to see if they provide adequate guides for living a good life. We will then turn to a number of contemporary moral views which claim to offer variations or alternatives to the classical models-such as feminist ethics, virtue ethics, and the use of literary texts to develop moral points of view. Most of our work will be through class discussion of our readings. Our focus throughout will be to consider whether we can find guidance for our own lives in the moral views we will consider.

PHIL 339: Chinese Philosophy
Students in this course will engage in the close reading and discussion of selected foundational texts in the Chinese Philosophical tradition. One central course theme will be the Confucian emphasis on individual cultivation of virtuous character and the role such character plays in assuring the appropriate utilization of government authority. Another will be the Taoist analysis of the dysfunctional nature of the competitive pursuit of wealth and prestige, accompanied by their provocative argument that a genuinely satisfying life can only be obtained by abandoning such pursuit. The class will begin with psychologist Richard Nisbett's groundbreaking work, The Geography of Thought, which documents how styles of thinking widespread in China, Japan and Korea can be traced back to these traditions of Chinese philosophy. We will also examine political philosopher Daniel Bell's recent book East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia, in which he investigates whether Western democracies might learn something from traditional Chinese social and political thought.


POLS 358: International Relations & Comparative Politics: Security
In this course, students will explore issues of international security from different perspectives. The course will start by looking at traditional security issues involving violence and warfare, but then move on to economic security, environmental security, human security and human rights. Students will examine the role of states, international institutions, and non-governmental actors that define the contemporary meaning of security.


PSYC 309A-01A: Psychology of Language
This course will explore how language is learned, produced and understood.  Topics will include language acquisition, speech perception, sentence processing, reading, sign language, bilingualism, and language disorders.  Psychological and neuroscientific research and theories will serve as the basis for discussions and debates about psycholinguistic controversies and issues.

PSYC 309B: Psychology & Law
The general aim of this course is to learn about psychological knowledge as it applies to law. The course offers an overview of contemporary psychological theories, research, principles, concepts, and practices pertinent to the legal system. Although students will gain an appreciation for the culture and traditions of law, this is not a law course. The emphasis is on human behavior and mental processes and the interaction of psychology with the legal and criminal justice systems. Specific topics include psychological assessment, testing, and the law; psychology and the courts; mental health law (competencies, criminal responsibility, civil commitment; the psychology of the jury (procedural considerations and jury decision making; the psychology of evidence (eyewitness testimony, the polygraph, hypnosis, facial composites, profiling, pretrial publicity); correctional psychology; family law; juvenile delinquency and justice; criminal behavior; and the psychology of law enforcement.
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 111 & either PSYC 350 or 381

PSYC 309M-01A: Multicultural Psychology
This seminar-style course will focus on the contemporary scholarship in multicultural psychology.  The course will emphasize the psychological and social experience of discrimination, oppression, and privilege.  Students will learn about how one's social identities (race, gender, sexual orientation etc.) make up an individual's cultural experiences.  Students will be expected to explore these topics about themselves and others.  The course will include readings, discussion, and experiential activities to interactively learn these topics.

PSYC 393-01A: Ethical Issues & Controversy in Psychology
This course is designed to assist the student integrate ideas and principles gained through their college career and apply them to ethical issues which are in the forefront within psychology.  The student will be asked to discriminate between personal and societal values and professional ethical codes of conduct which often appear, on the surface, to be at variance with one another.  The student will also develop an understanding of the relationship between professional ethical codes and the fields of law and medicine.  Topics for the course include care and protection of human subjects in psychological research, animal experimentation issues, applied issues in the areas of therapy and mental health, psychologists in forensics, predicting violence, civil commitment, involuntary medication in hospitals and prisons and issues relating to race and gender bias in psychologists.
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing and 20 credits in psychology.

PSYC 393-02A:  Personality Assessment & Profiling in Criminal Psychology
Psychology Seminar involves detailed consideration of a special topic and requires seminar participants to prepare and present a major paper.  This section is designed to help senior psychology majors integrate diverse psychological concepts, principles, theories, and methods to the applied areas of criminal investigation.
The course will draw from several areas of psychology, including the biological foundations of personality; perception and cognition; motivation and emotion; human development; personality psychology; psychopathology; and social psychology.
Students will develop offender and victim psychological profiles in unsolved criminal cases.
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing and 20 credits in psychology.


THEA 218: Culture & Dramatic Literature: Plays Exploring Cultures of Peace & War
Kaarin Johnston
We will read plays that portray the moral tension between how we live in times of peace as opposed to in times of war. These works are often written by people who fought in or were involved with a specific war. Plays such as: All My Sons (WWII), Ruined (the Congo), Indians (1880's treatment of Native Americans morphing with the Viet Nam War), Mother Courage (a capitalist profits on war in 1624), Arms and the Man (the mercenary whose gun is actually a chocolate bar), etc. may be included.

THEA 366B: Acting Techniques (Topics: Morrison & Spolin)
Acting Techniques of Dr. George Morrison (SUNY Purchase, The George Morrison Studio and The New Actors Workshop, NYC) and Viola Spolin (Improvisation for the Theater) will be explored. Class will include monologue preparation, Improvisation and scene study component. Required Texts: Theater Games for the Lone Actor. Viola Spolin; Improvisation for the Theater. Viola Spolin; The Fervent Years. Harold Clurman

THEA 366C: Improvisation: A Path to the Intuitive
Some researchers put the level of non-verbal communication as high as 80%. Study the Theater Games of Viola Spolin to expand non-verbal communication and intuitive communication, all in a safe and highly stimulating environment. Required Text: Theater Games for the Lone Actor. Viola Spolin


THEO 210: History of the Development of the Christian Church
As an introduction to the history of Christianity and the Christian church from the New Testament era to the present, this course traces key Christian figures, events, trends, and projects against the larger socio-cultural backdrop of world history.

THEO 339A: Discernment & Christian Decision Making
This course introduces participants to the teachings on discernment found within the Christian tradition. The topic of discernment will be considered both as a way of life and as a specific process for vocational decision-making. Participants will apply discernment principles in differing contexts through course assignments and class activities such as discussion of case studies and reflection on personal experiences.

THEO 339D: Theological Reflection of the Arts
A Theological Reflection on the Arts introduces the students to the relationships between theology, spirituality, and the arts, with a primary focus on the visual arts.  The course will explore how the making of art and experiencing art can inform both theology and spirituality.  We will look at what is central in a theological reflection on the arts beginning with the contributions of theologians who have reflected on art, beauty, and aesthetics.  Artists and their works studied will include:  Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Flannery O'Connor (American writer and essayist), Henri Nouwen (spiritual writer), Maya Lin (sculptor and architect), Delores Dufner, OSB (Benedictine writer of liturgical hymn and song texts), and Donald Jackson (calligrapher).  And we will examine the significance of artistic style in the presentation of religious subject matter and meaning, the importance of formal analysis of a work of art in the process of theological interpretation.

THEO 349A: Family, Church, and Society
Drawing on historical, sociological, and religious sources, this course introduces students to a range of perspectives concerning the intersection of family, church and society, focusing on issues such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, and gender roles.

THEO 369B: Modern Islam Political Movement
After providing an introduction to the beliefs, practices, and history of Islam, this course will analyze some of the relationships between Islam and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries among Islamist (or "fundamentalist Islamic groups") in the Middle East, South Asia, and other parts of the world. Specifically, the course will examine the histories, ideologies, and structures of groups. This course will examine the religious, theological, and political, foundations of these groups while analyzing their work in education, literacy, social service to people in many sectors of societies (including the underprivileged), religious and political instruction, and community-building. The course will also explore the various perspectives of members of these groups and movements toward peace and violence as well as their religiously- and politically-based reasons for attacking various targets. Finally, the course will compare and contrast those Islamist trends with those represented by some liberal Muslims.