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U.S. History/ Arizona History

Trace the growth of the United States, especially westward expansion,  by studying the economic, social, technological, and political turning points; focus directly on the social movements and events leading up to and forming the 21st century–land purchase, racial conflicts and struggles for enfranchisement, economic depression and the dust bowl migrations, the cold war, civil rights’ struggles and the Vietnam conflict, market failures and wars.  Students will develop historical research skills, as well as the ability to respectfully express points of view and perspective.  (taught by Lukas Bogard)

World History/ Geography

Study the world in transition, comparing and contrasting the development of empires and nation-states; identify core ideas and theories and their impact on historical change; focus directly on the forces leading up to and forming the 20th century; examine environmental issues from a global view and develop historical research skills; interpret the world, regions, and places in spatial terms.  (taught by Joseph Mais)

Government / Economics

Describe the development of American democracy and the structures of forms of government; analyze Constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the factors that influence contemporary elections and policy-making, and local/global governance; as well as production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services; personal and global finance, trade policies, alternative monetary standards, economic recessions and depressions in history, health care, education, and finance.  Students in this class will follow the passage of a bill into law, work with local congressional representatives through that process, and engage with local issues that have governmental consequences.  (taught by Joseph Mais)

Issues of Western Humanities

Students in this class will study the cultural heritage of human beings and have an opportunity to explore our fundamental humanity. The content of the course will include readings in history, literature, comparative religion, philosophy, art, music, and architecture.  By discussing the readings during directed conversation in class, students are asked to analyze and clarify their sense of themselves, examine and clarify their responsibilities in relation to those of others, and examine philosophies concerning moral / ethical responsibility for the future. (taught by Ennis Bustos)

Sociology/ Social Issues

Social Issues is an upper level course designed to study the interactions of race, class, gender, and culture as they relate to contemporary human societies, particularly in the United States. It also includes a special emphasis on the social construction of the environment, environmental justice, and the social connection to spatial arrangement of cities and neighborhoods, especially in the Tucson region. (taught by Lukas Bogard)