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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.

BUS 202 - Career Development for Underclassmen
1 Credit
College students understand the importance of acquiring a degree but must also engage in planning and development related to their specific career goals to qualify for entering a suitable profession. This preparation involves occupational research, direct investigation and acquiring specific experiences (both developmental and pre-professional) in advance of the senior year. This course covers concepts and approaches that will help college students clarify their options, and prepare for their chosen profession. 

Students will learn about practical preparations such as gaining experience through internships, and the value of involvement in student organizations, campus programs and other extracurricular activities (in addition to skills developed through their coursework). Instruction will also cover resume development, investigating career fields and securing an internship.


BUS 302 - Job Search & Professionalism
1 Credit
Positioning oneself for a chosen field and securing employment requires proficiency in job search skills and methods. In addition to relevant experience, graduates entering their field of choice need an understanding of the practices and skills utilized when engaging the professional world. This course will initiate juniors and seniors into the process of securing a suitable occupation, and conducting themselves effectively in a professional setting. 

Instruction and assignments will include the following topics: identifying personal strengths, occupational research, informational interviewing, internet resources, writing resumes and cover letters, professional communication and conduct, networking and social media, searching, applying and interviewing for positions.


MTH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and computations used in statistical analysis as well as their application to problems in other disciplines, especially biology, business, education, and social sciences. Topics include the description of data graphically and numerically, the collection of data via samples and experiments, and the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data.

The laboratory component of the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, interpretation of statistical quantities, and written/oral communication and will require the use of mathematical software. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement.


PHL 150 - Theories of Ethics
3 Credits
A general introduction to ethical theories focusing on major figures in the Western tradition, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Kant. 

Not open to student enrolled in or with Credit in PHL 109 or PHL 110.


PHL 242 - Applied Ethics
3 Credits
An examination of ethical principles and their application to ethical issues. Specific areas of application announced when the course is offered. 

Prerequisites: For two-Credit sections, one prior PHL course other than PHL 101.


PHL 379A - CORE: Principles of Justice
3 Credits
An examination of some fundamental questions about how people should live and how societies should allocate their resources. To answer these questions, students will study the basic tenets of different theories of justice and economic systems. The course will focus on justice in the allocation of a society’s resources, but it also will address how different forms of justice are related. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in PHL 230. This course partially fulfills the Philosophy requirement.


PJU 279G - CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation & Mediation
3 Credits
This course introduces basic and intermediate level skills useful for resolving interpersonal conflicts and reconciling relationships post trauma. Building on an understanding of conflict theory and communication, the course uses skills of active listening, problem-solving and bargaining in family, work and community conflicts. Emphasis will be placed on training through simulations and role-play.

Particular attention will be focused on the areas of interest-based negotiation, principled mediation and victim-offender reconciliation. These topics will serve as the vehicle for addressing the question of the seminar: How shall we live in the world in the light of divine and social justice? 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in PJU 230, CRJ 237, CRJ 379B, or PJU 379C. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


PJU 379B - CORE: Peace & Justice: Catholic Social Teaching
3 Credits
The study of justice and peace through the application of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the findings of social and political science. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students who have completed POL/THL/SJU/PJU 278. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


PJU 479 - CORE: International Conflict Management: Diplomacy, Democratization, Development
3 Credits
This course focuses on the non-violent management of conflict at the intra state, regional and international levels based on concepts of justice and the common good. Particular attention is given to current areas of international conflict and what students have learned at ODU about the most ethical options for resolving these conflicts.

The role of individuals, political leaders, economic and political systems, civil society organizations, regional organizations, and international institutions such as the United Nations are explored in relation to the prevention of war and peace building post conflict. 

The course explores conflict management strategies such as preventative diplomacy, arms control and disarmament, economic sanctions, international law, UN peacekeeping, sustainable economic development, democratization, conflict resolution and reconciliation post conflict.

Prerequisites: Completion of junior core seminar; POL 360 and 379C. 


PJU 497 - Internship in Peace & Justice
1-6 Credits
Field placement under supervision in a local human service agency. The student will spend 50 hours in the field for each hour of Credit.. Students in this course are required to meet with faculty weekly in seminar to discuss and to reflect upon the practical application of their academic work. 

Prerequisites: senior standing; 2.5 GPA; successful completion of application requirements for fieldwork.


PJU 1/2/3/485 - Special Topics
1-3 Credits
Intensive reading and class discussion of selected topics in peace and justice not covered in regular courses.


POL 101 - The Great Issues of Politics
3 Credits
Introduction to the study of politics and government; survey of the discipline, the structure of the United States system of government and the major issues of political science including: the theory and function of government and the political process, public law, international politics, comparative government and foreign relations, and political development. Emphasis is on issues, approaches, methodologies, democracy and citizenship.


POL 279A - CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking
3 Credits
This course explores how the “common good” might be considered a way of judging government’s actions with respect to the natural environment. Some environmentalists wonder if conventional thinking—even democracy itself—is up to the challenge. Course will illustrate real-world technical complexities and uncertainties, and the existence of competing worthy (and costly) common objectives besides environmental protection, stand in the way of any easy solutions to environmental problems.

This course is necessarily interdisciplinary since neither nature nor policymaking is organized by academic departments. 

Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in POL 258.


POL 360 - Seminar: International Politics
3 Credits
Investigation of the major issues and concepts that inform world politics with special emphasis on developments since 1945; consideration of United States foreign policy and domestic political culture in light of World War II, the Shoah, the war in Vietnam; the development of international organization and international law. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


POL 379A - CORE: War & Peace: International Law & Organization
3 Credits
A study of the quest for a just international order through the development of international law and organization and their importance to an understanding of issues of war and peace. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students who completed POL 361. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement and fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits
A survey of the basic concepts of the sociological analysis of human behavior. Topics include culture and socialization; deviance and social control; stratification and social class; inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; collective behavior and social change; and the role of social institutions in society including family, health care, education, religion, politics, and the economy.

Some sections may include a service-learning component. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


SOC 279B - CORE: Nonviolent Social Change
3 Credits
The course addresses the philosophical and religious foundations, theory, history, and practice of nonviolence as a method of social change. The course will include study of some of the great nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Building on a nonviolent foundation, the course explores strategies for social organizing, designing campaigns for social change, fundraising, coalition building, recruiting, marketing ideas, media relations, and empowering grassroots leadership.

The class will explore common elements of successful social change movements throughout history including: labor, women’s, human rights, poor people’s, peace and environmental. In relation to social change, the course will address the question, “What does it mean to belong to a community?”

Students will work with diverse communities and have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action through a community service component focused on the common good. 

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in SOC 320 or SOC 322. This course partially fulfills the Social Behavioral Science requirement.


SOC 352 - Research Methods
3 Credits
This course examines research design and measurement techniques useful for understanding social science research. The course is skill based involving students in critical evaluation of existing research relevant to their specific field of study, design of a research project, and an introduction to data analysis using SPSS.

Of particular interest are issues of problem definition and research question formulation, conceptualization and operationalization of variables, sampling, and application of various methodologies from experimental designs to evaluation research. 

Prerequisites: MTH 140; junior standing or consent of the instructor.


SOC 379A - CORE: Poverty & Development Seminar
3 Credits
This course will examine the causes, consequences, and solutions to Central American poverty while studying in Guatemala. The course will explore poverty in the context of colonial history, economic globalization, political and economic policies of unrestrained capitalism and trade, population growth, tropical climate, and cultural patterns. Students will travel in both urban and rural Guatemala meeting with non-profit organizations, government officials, and living with poor families.

Grassroots efforts to address poverty including micro loan programs, sustainable agriculture, empowerment of women, literacy campaigns, prejudice reduction, and education for democracy will be emphasized. Spanish is useful but not necessary.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with Credit in SOC 241. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


SOC 379B - CORE: Global Ethnic Relations
3 Credits
This course seeks to empower students to become knowledgeable, caring, and active citizens in a diverse and often ethnically polarized world. The course examines multiple dimensions of global diversity (race, ethnicity, religion); common responses to differences including prejudice, discrimination, segregation, colonization, genocide and positive alternatives such as assimilation and egalitarian pluralism. We will examine ethnic relations in the U.S. and around the world through the lens of history.

 The course concludes with the ethical basis for seeking social justice via anti-discrimination work and strategies for dismantling discrimination and repairing strained ethnic divides at the individual, institutional, and societal levels. Students will have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action for social justice through a bridging cultures project.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. Not open to students with Credit in SOC/SWK 346 or 279D.


SOC 379C - CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War
3 Credits 
This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system.

This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Not open to students with Credit in POL/CRJ/SOC 347.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111.


THL 303 - The Gospels
3 Credits
A study of the sources and formation of the Gospel tradition: form criticism, distinctive literary structures, and theologies of the four Gospels.

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: THL 106, THL 107, or THL 225. Not open to students with Credit for THL 203.


THL 335 - Christian Morality
3 Credits
A consideration of the sources of the Christian moral life: scripture, theological reflection, law, and conscience. Application of basic principles to selected contemporary moral problems.

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: THL 106, THL 107, or THL 225.