MSC Southeast - Social Sciences

Disciplines and Subject Areas

Social Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences courses numbered 1100 and above satisfy the requirements for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. General education courses numbered 1000 and above satisfy the requirements for diplomas and certificates.

Courses at "zero" level are designed to strengthen academic skills. Courses at the "zero-zero" level prepare students for developmental coursework. These courses do not satisfy program requirements.

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Details for Social Sciences Courses
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
POLS1101Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
Introduction to Political Science: An introduction to the basic terms, concepts, principles, and structures of modern political systems worldwide. Problems and issues arising from various political systems, such as democracy, communism, socialism, and totalitarianism will also be studied. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 & 9) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST1105Western Civilization to 1500 3 credits
Western Civilization to 1500: This course will investigate the beginnings of Western Civilization through the Renaissance and explore the creation and development of its social, political, economic, and philosophical traditions. A variety of topics and areas will be discussed which could include earliest civilizations, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, and medieval Europe. Students will learn about how unique development by these societies has shaped and formed our current society today. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 & 8) (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST1108U.S. History to 1865 3 credits
U.S. History to 1865: HIST 1108 is a history of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States to 1865. This class will discuss the development of the United States and the interactions of different peoples and groups. Even more importantly, this course will offer historical perspectives into the formation of todays society as we discuss how political, social, economic, cultural, and technological changes have impacted both the past and the present. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 & 7). (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST1110U.S. History: 1865 to Present 3 credits
U.S. History: 1865 to Present: The objectives for this course will be to give the student a broader and deeper understanding of American history from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the present day. Even more importantly, this course will offer historical perspectives into the formation of todays society as we discuss how political, social, economic, cultural, and technological changes have impacted both the past and the present. (MnTC goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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PSYC1110Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology: Psychology applies to everyone's personal and workplace daily life. In this course, you will be introduced to the history of psychology, consciousness, learning theories, memory, problem-solving, intelligence, motivation, life-span development, personality, abnormal psychology and therapy. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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SOCS1110Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Introduction to Sociology: The purpose of this course is to develop in students an understanding of basic sociological issues, concepts, terminology, and applications of these understandings with current societal events. Students will become conscious of societal influences in relationship to human and cultural dynamics in our world. This course will call for the development of reflective and critical thinking skills. (MnTC Goal 5) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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PSYC1115Lifespan Development 3 credits
Lifespan Development: Students will explore theories of human development to understand the connections and relationships of stages of growth from conception to late adulthood. Genetics; prenatal development and birth; physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from birth through late adulthood; and dying, death, and bereavement will be examined. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 and 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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GEOG1115World Regional Geography 3 credits
World Regional Geography: This course will present an introduction to the physical, economic, political, cultural, and demographic characteristics of world regions. Particular emphasis is placed on spatial (geographic) relationships and principles that impact the formation of economies and cultures, on settlement and land use patterns, population distribution, commerce and industry, language, religion, and political alliances. (MnTC Goals 5 and 8) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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POLS1120American Government 3 credits
American Government: A survey of the basic structure and operation of the American National Government, with emphasis on the core ideas and values that underlie it. Topics will include citizen participation, political parties, interest groups, the Presidency, Congress, and Federal Courts. (Fulfills MN Transfer Curriculum Goals 5 & 9) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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SOCS1205Sociology of the Family 3 credits
Sociology of the Family: The purpose of this course is to offer a comprehensive study of the forces external to and within the contemporary Western social institution that we call 'the family'. Current sociological theories and research will be used to study American family structure and functions. Cross-cultural comparisons; family dynamics; disorganization; and change will be included. The course will provide a forum to expose the students to the vast changes that have taken and continue to take place in marriages and family enabling them to make choices in a diverse society. (MnTC Goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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GEOG1210Physical Geography 3 credits
Physical Geography: An introduction to the significance and aerial distribution of various physical elements of our environment with emphasis on climate, landforms, gradational work of streams, glaciations, and earth-time relationships and their relevance to people and land development. (MnTC goals 5 & 10) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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ECON1210Survey of Economics 3 credits
Survey of Economics: This course is a survey of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles illustrated by a discussion of current economic policies, issues, and problems. The private enterprise system, demand-and-supply, and market interaction; business costs and prices, forms of competition, resource markets; the mixed economy (Meets MnTC goals 5 & 8) (Prerequisite: A minimum score of 86 in the Elementary Algebra section of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or successful completion of MATH0544 or MATH0533 or MATH0522 and FYEX0100) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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SOCS1214Work in America 3 credits
Work in America: The purpose of this course is to develop in students an understanding of history, methods, social issues, impact of family, meaningful work and barriers of work. Additionally, the course will focus on industries, technologies, factories, high-technology workplaces, and general services. Lastly, the student will be exposed to work in the twenty-first century to include the future of work. Basic sociological issues, concepts, terminology and applications of these understandings with current societal events will be examined. The course will call for the development of reflective and critical thinking skills. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 5) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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PSYC1223Psychology of Death and Dying 3 credits
Psychology of Death and Dying: This course examines death and dying in terms of current and historical viewpoints and the effect of individual and cultural attitudes and rituals. Medicolegal movements and issues, and factors such as age, culture, spirituality, and manner of death will be investigated and how those issues shape end-of-life and grief experiences. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 and 9) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST1228World Civilization to 1500 3 credits
World Civilization to 1500: HIST1228 is a history of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the world to 1500 C.E. This class will discuss the development of the world's civilizations and the interactions of different peoples and societies. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 & 8) (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST1230World Civilization: 1500 CE - Present 3 credits
World Civilization: 1500 CE - Present: HIST1230 presents a history of political, social, economic, and cultural history of the world from 1500 to present. This class will discuss the development of the worlds civilizations and the interactions of different peoples and societies. The class will look at how the worlds history has shaped not only our own history but also how the world has moved toward a more interdependent present. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 & 8) (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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ECON1405Personal Finance 3 credits
Personal Finance: Personal Finance offers a study of economic decisions facing individuals in their personal lives. The course includes such topics as budgeting, using consumer credit, buying or renting a home, providing for medical care, purchasing life insurance, understanding retirement programs, buying and selling stocks, preparing income tax returns, minimizing taxes, and thinking about consumerism. (Prerequisites: none) (MnTC Goals 5 and 9) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST2515American Music History 3 credits
American Music History: American music history will focus on the economic and social changes that have shaped and also been shaped by the nation¿s unique musical history. As each era¿s music reveals many of the most significant changes of our history, a study of the varying musical styles will give insight into the complexity of our multicultural American past. This class will examine how the music of each era is symbolic of the historical circumstances of the time. Students will be able to describe the musical styles of the time periods and also the historical factors associated with the music. (MnTC goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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PSYC2520Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 credits
Psychology of Human Sexuality: Psychology of Human Sexuality is an overview of theories, research and contemporary issues in human sexual behavior. Topics include psychosexual development, gender roles, sexual orientation, sexual anatomy, alternate methods of reproduction, pregnancy/birth, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sex education, sexism, love and attraction, sexual abuse, sexual dysfunctions, sex therapy, paraphilia, and sexuality through the life cycle. (Meets MnTC Goals 2 & 5) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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SOCS2525Social Deviance 3 credits
Social Deviance: Sociology of deviant behavior will use sociological perspective to examine how society has defined deviance; in addition, how laws and sanctions have been adopted to discourage deviant behavior. Another goal of the course is to understand the various theories of deviance developed by professionals such as sociologists and criminologists; comparing and contrasting each disciplines interpretation as they explain the causes and effects of deviant behavior. Deviance such as terrorism, political crime, and cultural and social reactions to deviance will also be explored utilizing the most current scientific research methodologies to examine the direct and indirect societal cost of these forms of behavior. (Meets MnTC Goal 5) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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HIST2525Minnesota History 3 credits
Minnesota History: This course is a survey of Minnesota's historical development from the pre-Columbian period to the present. It focuses on the historic importance of Minnesota's geography and natural resources, American Indian-white relations, the development of Minnesota's unique political tradition, and the emergence of Minnesota's diverse society and economy. (MnTC Goal 5 & 10) (Prerequisites: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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PSYC2533Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 credits
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences: Students will become familiar with the concepts and statistical procedures commonly used in the behavioral sciences, choosing appropriate statistical tests, and interpreting and writing APA-style research results. Use of a statistical software package will be performed as the lab component of the course. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 5) (Prerequisite: PSYC1110 AND completion of Math MnTC requirement, with MATH1230 Introduction to Statistics strongly recommended) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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HIST2535History of the American Indian 3 credits
History of the American Indian: This course will investigate the inhabitants of continental America before, during, and after the arrival of Europeans. An in-depth analysis of different Indian societies and how they were affected by their environment, social, economic, and political realities of their time. Students will look at their own pre-knowledge of Indian societies and will check it for misconceptions or generalizations that may or may not be true. Students will also learn to research and investigate historical topics related to American Indians through the use of historical research techniques. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisties: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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SOCS2545Diversity and Social Change 3 credits
Diversity and Social Change: This course empowers exploration and understanding of areas of diversity, including individual, institutional, and societal racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and others. Topics include development of skills in combating these forms of oppression and in effecting social change for a just society, as well as skills in forming respectful relationships across group differences. (MnTC Goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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