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Areas of Strength and Cross Disciplinary Foci
Asian History and Religion
SHPR offers a wide range of courses that introduce students to diverse perspectives on Asia. Encompassing politics, culture, religion, and philosophy, these courses reflect the research expertise and strength of the faculty, and are enhanced by study abroad opportunities, experiential learning, and other educational processes beyond the traditional classroom. Our course offerings intersect with other programs on campus, including a minor in Asian Studies, and certificates in Contemplative Studies and Yoga studies. By meeting the demonstrably high student demand for knowledge about Asia, these courses cultivate an awareness of the importance of Asia in global society, and support student curiosity into the visions of life which Asian cultures offer.
The study of Ethics provides tools for responsible participation as professionals and citizens, and teaches skills for reflecting on individual and social obligations. Ethics also explores interpretations of what it means to create a live a “good life,” fundamental for college students as they shape their lives as adults. We have a "Philosophy of Happiness" class in the works to help students pursue this goal.
Medical Humanities is an online and on-campus certificate. By confronting moral, historical, psychological and ethical dimensions of health, medicine and the healing professions, students in our interdisciplinary program learn to empathize with the suffering and experiences of others and reflect critically on ideas of wellness, disability, medical knowledge, practice, and discourse.
United States History
USA history classes provide a deep understanding of change over time, the ability to view the world from various and often unfamiliar perspectives, and crucial historical context for “how we got here.” Drawing on documentary films, political speeches, government reports, oral history testimony, and popular music, students explore crucial events, debates, and changes in society, economics, politics, and world affairs, as they become part of an informed and engaged community of global citizens. Students develop their skills in reading carefully and efficiently, weighing evidence critically, and writing clearly and persuasively.