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The Critical Social Studies program is about theory, emphasizing social and cultural theories and their interrelationships. Though we hold differing interpretations of what theory is, we share an understanding of its rootedness in the lived practice of everyday lives. This program involves us in a common project of studying, criticizing, and, indeed, making theory, engaging faculty and students in increasingly demanding theoretical dialogues with three aims: First, to reflect on the “common-sense” assumptions, practices, and identities that inform everyday life; to reflect on the practices, assumptions, and representations that constitute the common sense of academic disciplines; and to reflect on the consequences and implications of these. Second, to deal critically and historically, in social, political, and economic context, with those “common-sense” attitudes that constitute everyday and academic life. Third, to encourage reflection on the personal, practical, and policy implications of such critical activity, that is, to consider what might be done for public policy and for social action, and its sought and unsought personal consequences. The Critical Social Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor.

interdisciplinary, 11 courses
BIDS 200, four intermediate and six advanced-level courses from the critical social studies electives chosen in consultation with the adviser to form a coherent program. Of the 10 elective courses, no more than four may be in one department and no more than seven in one division.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses
BIDS 200, two intermediate level and three advanced level electives chosen in consultation with the adviser to form a coherent program. No more than three courses may be from any one department or division.

Intermediate Electives
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
ANTH 209 Women and Men in Prehistory
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 230 Beyond Monogamy
ANTH 271 Jobs, Power and Capital
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture: Cultural Ecology
ASN 101 Trekking Through Asia
BIDS 211 Labor: Domestic and Global
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
ECON 232 U.S. Economy: A Critical Analysis
ECON 236 Introduction to Radical Political Economy
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
EDUC 200 Philosophy of Education
EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development
ENG 165 Introduction to African American Literature
ENG 212 Literature of Sexual Minorities
ENG 213 Environmental Literature
ENG 244 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel: Topics
HIST 256 Technology and Society in Europe
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking and Argumentative Writing
PHIL 151 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Crime and Punishment
PHIL 152 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 154 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 155 Philosophy and Contemporary Issues: Morality and War
PHIL 220 Semiotics
PHIL 232 Liberty and Community
PHIL 235 Morality and Self Interest
POL 160 Introduction to Political Theory
POL 175 Introduction to Feminist Theory
POL 238 Sex and Power
POL 245 Politics of the New Europe
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 263 Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics
POL 264 Legal Theory
POL 265 Modern Political Theory
POL 270 African American Political Thought
REL 108 Religion and Alienation
REL 263 Religion and Social Theory
REL 271 The Holocaust
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 258 Social Problems
SOC 261 Sociology of Education
SOC 271 Sociology of Environmental Issues
WRRH 250 Talk and Text: Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Advanced Electives
AEP 335 The Arts and Human Development
AMST 302 Culture of Empire
ANTH 306 History of Anthropological Theory
ARCH 311 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARTH 333 Contemporary Art
ECON 300 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 305 Political Economy
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ECON 316 Labor Market Analysis
ECON 331 Institutional Economics
ECON 474 Seminar: Current Issues in Political Economy
ENG 242 Victorian Literature
ENG 302 Post-Structuralist Literary Theory
ENG 305 Psychoanalysis and Literature
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
ENG 362 Body, Memory, and Representation
ENG 380 Film and Ideology
ENG 381 Hollywood on Hollywood
ENG 382 New Waves
ENG 383 Science Fiction Film
FRE 252 Que Sais-Je?
FRE 380 Advanced Francophone Topics: Images de Femmes
HIST 234 History of American Thought from 1865 to Present
HIST 325 Medicine and Public Health in Modern Europe
HIST 371 Life-Cycles: The Family in History
HIST 476 Seminar: Western Civilization and Its Discontents
MATH 278 Number Theory
PHIL 370 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 372 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 373 Kant
PHIL 390 Contemporary Philosophy
POL 335 Law and Society
POL 348 Racism and Hatreds
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
REL 237 Christianity and Culture
REL 260 Religion as a Philosophical Act
REL 267 Psychologies of Religion
REL 269 Therapy, Myth and Ritual
REL 273 Foundations of Jewish Thought
REL 281 Unspoken Worlds
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies
REL 354 Seminar: God, Gender and the Unconscious
REL 365 Loss of Certainty
REL 370 Jewish Mysticism and Hasidism
REL 401 Literary and Theological Responses to the Holocaust
REL 461 Seminar: Towards a Theory of Religious Studies
SOC 300 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 301 Modern Sociological Theory
SOC 370 Religion, Politics & Lifestyle
SOC 465 Senior Seminar
SPAN 316 Voces de Mujeres
SPAN 317 Arte y Revolución
WMST 300 Feminist Theory
WMST 323 Research in Social Psychology
WMST 357 Self in American Culture
WMST 372 Topics: Social Psychology

BIDS 200 Introductory Dialogues in Critical Social Studies We use social and cultural theory in our everyday lives but rarely very consciously. This course investigates ways in which hegemonic “common sense(s)” are constructed and changed, both in society and the academy, and the purposes they serve. The aim is to heighten awareness of personal, practical, and policy implications of social theory, and develop critical responses to it. (Fall)


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