Undergraduate Courses

These undergraduate courses approach racial and social justice and equity from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Lower level courses demonstrate how these ideas are situated within broad structures, traditions, and thought. Upper level courses are more focused on specific structures and examples of inequity. In both you will gain a more nuanced understanding of these complex issues and the contemporary racial justice movement.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.

WMST 100: Global Representations of Women (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Explores ways women are portrayed around the world in advertising, film, TV, cartoons, and news media; literature and religious texts; as well as photography, and the visual and performing arts. Through interdisciplinary study, students evaluate the powerful effects these representations have on the political, economic, and social lives of women throughout the world. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Interdisciplinary introduction to women’s, gender and sexuality studies, encompassing key concepts in the field, history of women’s movements and women’s studies in America, cross-cultural constructions of gender, and a thematic emphasis on the diversity of women’s experience across class, race, and cultural lines. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HNRS 240: Reading the Past (Topic Varies) (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Course topic varies by semester and section. Students will pursue focused questions about a historical problem or situate a contemporary social issue in historical context. Students assess what is at stake in specific historiographic debates, consider how historical narratives are constructed and contested, and/or apply historical perspectives to analyze pressing social issues.Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HNRS 110C, 302C or 109C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College (Business)., Honors College (STEM). or Honors College. attributes.

Schedule Type: Seminar

WMST 300: Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies (1-6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include subjects such as women and violence, women and international development, women's myth and ritual, LGBTQ topics, the history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

INTS 304: Social Movements and Community Activism (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Examines how citizens, individually and collectively, accomplish social change in society through case study analysis. Considers advantages and limits of social change strategies from communication and social movement theory perspectives. Surveys topics including how leaders maintain momentum in face of opposition; how movements and organizations use slogans, symbols and music to inspire followers; and how participants construct persuasive media campaigns and political arguments to facilitate policy change. Notes: One credit of experiential learning enables students to explore their role as social advocates and effective citizens in context of community. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

CRIM 307: Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Explores the significance of social inequality (especially race and gender inequality) for several crime and criminal justice issues. Examines variations in criminal offending and victimization, and explores disparities in criminal justice processing. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading: This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

CRIM 325: Hate Crime (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Provides an introductory understanding of the definitions of hate crime; extremist groups and individuals; reporting, investigation, and prosecution of hate crimes; and hate crime policy and legislation. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100.
Schedule Type: Lecture

INTS 334: Environmental Justice (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Examines historical and contemporary sociopolitical and socioeconomic conditions that have given rise to the environmental justice movement. Analyzes how individuals contribute to environmental justice or injustice through everyday decisions. Considers how environmental justice movement responds to these issues. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Focused Course, Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Seminar

INTS 337: Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Explores the many spaces at which the quest to strengthen social justice consciousness interacts with processes and commitments for personal transformation. Analyzes through the lens of the activist and in the spirit of bringing mindfulness to activism, how we come to see and experience the world. Examines how socialization informs consciousness. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Schedule Type: Seminar

INTS 362: Social Justice and Human Rights (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Considers the philosophical foundations of social justice and human rights. Explores the interpretive difficulties related to identifying what constitutes human rights abuses, and evaluates regional perspectives on human rights. Analyzes institutions that strive to promote and enforce social justice and human rights standards including the United Nations system, regional human rights bodies, and domestic courts. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

INTS 375: Special Topics (1-18 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Studies topics of special interest to undergraduates. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

INTS 419: Youth Resistance and Advocacy (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Focuses on contemporary perspectives on youth, resistance, and advocacy, both in the form of social movements and subcultures. Asks questions such as: When do everyday activities constitute "resistance"—and resistance to what?—and how do everyday forms of resistance relate to broader forms of historical change? How do these forms of resistance perpetuate forms of exclusion and inequality? Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

INTS 436: Social Justice Education (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Examines educational policy, practice, and materials using a variety of lenses informed by social justice theory and praxis. Investigates ways in which racism, sexism, economic injustice, heterosexism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination influence schools and educational access and opportunity for youth. Considers and practices what individuals and communities can do to ensure that all students have equitable educational opportunities. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

ARTH 440: RS: Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Studies a particular aspect of Renaissance or baroque art. Topics may be monographic, thematic, or concentrated on the art of a smaller time period or a particular area. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Topic Varies, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

INTS 450: Social Innovation in Action (4 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Develops students' capacity to engage in positive social change. Examines social innovation approaches, including social and political entrepreneurship, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and social movements. Explores how social innovators catalyze multistakeholder collaborations across commercial, governmental and nonprofit sectors, exploring social innovation through case studies, best practice analyses and relevant readings. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar

CRIM 490: Special Topics (1-3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2021 

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture