Courses

Discovery Florence

The Discovery Florence program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by first-year students studying on Syracuse University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Florence experience.

Required Courses:

FYS 101: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
This course will engage you in guided conversations, experiential activities, and written assignments about transitioning to Syracuse University life, exploring your identity as you situate yourself in a new context, and understanding how you will relate to and interact with other students, faculty and staff in contributing to a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse campus community.

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
In WRT 105 you will focus on critical analysis and argument, practices that are central to the academic work at university, as well as in professional careers. The course will involve you in a shared topic of inquiry—an urgent issue that requires multiple points of view and kinds of knowledge— with which you will engage through readings, a range of informal and formal writing assignments, a modest amount of database and web research, and a lot of conversation with your classmates. You will compose for different audiences and experiment with a range of rhetorical approaches. You will learn to revise and refine your ideas with the feedback and suggestions of peers and the instructor. You will deepen your reading practices as you read both popular and academic essays. The course is structured on a studio model so that each and every day in class you and your peers will collaborate on, discuss, and share texts and ideas, and you will invent, compose and revise in class as well as outside of class. This course satisfies a Liberals Arts Core requirement for writing, except for students who receive AP credit toward writing. Students eligible to receive AP credits toward writing will take either PHI/PSC/WGS 413 Identity and Difference or HST/SOC/WGS 454 Family and Gender in Contemporary Italy.

ITA 101 Italian I or higher (3-6 credits, depending on level)
Your placement in an Italian class will be determined by an online placement exam. ITA 101 is an introductory proficiency-based course which prepares you to understand, speak, read, and write in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Italian. This course meets daily, Monday through Thursday. Other levels of Italian language instruction are available for students with some degree of proficiency.

 Optional Courses:

You will round out your schedule by selecting two of the following optional courses:

CLA/LIT/REL 421 Classical Mythology (3 credits)
 Myths and rituals of Greek mythology and religion. Ancient poets/playwrights and important mythological themes found in later Western religious/artistic traditions. Learn to interpret the many examples of mythological themes that occur in Italian art and literature. Emphasis given to those themes that are especially relevant to your experience in Italy. The course begins with an introduction to the Greek myths of creation and the twelve Olympian gods, covers Theban, Mycenean and Trojan sagas, and focuses on the myths of individual heroes such as Heracles, Theseus, Perseus and Jason. This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for humanities.

HOA 203 Italian Arts from Antiquity to Michelangelo (3 credits)
May not be taken with HOA 320. Explore centuries of Italian art and culture amidst the joyous living museum that is Florence. This course provides an introduction to the art and architecture of the Italian peninsula from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance. Participate in classroom lectures, discussions, small group assignments, site visits, and field study (a course fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover field study). This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for humanities.

HOA 320 Italian Renaissance Art (3 credits)
May not be taken with HOA 203. Survey of Italian art and architecture from c. 1200 to 1550 with an emphasis on style, patronage, artistic techniques, and the social, political, and devotional contexts of works by major artists and architects. Introduces the art and architecture of Italy from Giotto to Michelangelo and the early Mannerists. Each week focuses on a single artist or topic and consists of a “looking” assignment, a classroom lecture, and a site visit to a monument or museum in Florence with a course fee billed from Syracuse to cover field study. This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for humanities.

PSC 141 Liberty and Power from the Ancient World to Modernity (3 credits)
What forces have shaped your personal perspectives on justice, equality, and authority? With the cradle of the Italian Renaissance as a fitting backdrop, you’ll engage the juggernauts of social theory including Florence’s own Machiavelli, plus More, Kant, Locke, Wollstonecraft, and other foundational thinkers. Through their eyes – and via your own interactive projects – explore the historical relationships between morality and politics, politics and religion, the foundations of legitimacy through democratic consensus, and the birth of feminism. This course satisfies a core curriculum requirement for Social Science.

EAR 105 Earth Science (3 credits)
Processes that shape Earth and affect humans: Earth’s structure; plate tectonics; geologic time; and surficial processes. Examine the processes that drive the internal dynamic of the planet, which are responsible for major geologic phenomena, to develop an understanding of how they define both the history of the Earth and the sustainable usage of the territory and of the Earth’s resources. In- and out-door labs will be dedicated to the direct observation and examination of the Earth’s materials (i.e., rocks and minerals) and their usage as building stones and raw materials relevant for human life. Examine how phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes are relevant to the human habitat and to human creative activity, from architecture to art, with a focus on Florence, where the science of geology was born in the 18th century. Includes a four-day “Volcano Excursion” (a course fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover field study). This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for Natural Sciences. You may not earn credit for both this course and the main campus course EAR 110 Dynamic Earth

LIT 423 Italian Film Now (3 credits)
By paying special attention to how certain themes are addressed— immigration, organized crime, and family life— you will gain a critical perspective on today’s Italian society and culture. Examine how contemporary Italian film has challenged traditional cinematic language and transgressed genre boundaries. While focusing on contemporary films (all released in the last decade), we will also consider the legacy of the masters, to capture the evolution of Italian cinema in relation to society and culture. The variety of pictures presented, with the relevant contribution of female directors, belong to genres such as the Noir, the political film, the cinema impegnato (socially-committed cinema), the drama, LGBTQI cinema, and the auteur film. All shed new light on the evolution of cinematic language, themes and genres, while providing a challenging reading of today’s Italy. A course fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover attendance at a film festival. This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for humanities.

LIT 445 Comedy in Italy from Ancient to Modern Times (3 credits)
Comedy, Italian style, from ancient Roman stages to the international scene. Laughter, farces, cartoons, films, and the use of comic masks. Read plays by Plautus, Machiavelli, Fo, Shakespeare, Moliere and others. Explore the rich comic tradition that began in the Roman republic and continued to flourish through the stages of the Renaissance and to the movie screens and concert halls of early 21st century Italy. Topics include the moral and legal status of the comedian; relationship of comic authors and performers to political and religious authority; comic mockery, inversion, Saturnalia and Carnival; comic performances of gender and parodies of sexual roles; the dynamic duo of master and servant; family, fools, and foolery; slapstick farce and political satire, and the rise of professional theatre companies. Examine the profound international impact of Italian comedy. A course fee will be billed from Syracuse to cover site visits and theater excursions. This course satisfies a Core Curriculum requirement for humanities.

Discovery Madrid

The Discovery Madrid program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by first-year students studying on Syracuse University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Madrid experience.

Required Courses:

Mapping Madrid
This four-day seminar prior to orientation will help you become familiar with Madrid and provide the foundation for living and thriving in another country.

FYS 101: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
This course will engage you in guided conversations, experiential activities, and written assignments about transitioning to Syracuse University life, exploring your identity as you situate yourself in a new context, and understanding how you will relate to and interact with other students, faculty and staff in contributing to a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse campus community.

HST 300.1: Clash of Titans, Meeting of Minds: When Early Islam Met Early Christianity in the Mediterranean (3 credits)
This course explores the 700 years covered by the Islamic conquest and the Christian reconquest of Spain—centuries of rivalry but also of unprecedented coexistence between communities of various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Furthermore, we will investigate how out of that unexpected cauldron arose modern Spain, ready to conquer the American continent. The course will include two mini-tours of diverse cultural and religious interest. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Social Sciences. 

SPA 101 or higher (3-4 credits, depending on level)
Your placement in a Spanish class will be determined by an online placement exam. SPA 101 is an introductory proficiency-based course that prepares you to understand, speak, read, and write in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Spanish. Other levels of Spanish language instruction are available for students with some degree of proficiency.

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
In WRT 105, you will focus on critical analysis and argument, practices that are central to the academic work in universities and in professional careers. The course will involve you in a shared topic of inquiry—an urgent issue that requires multiple points of view and kinds of knowledge— that you will engage with through readings, a range of informal and formal writing assignments, a modest amount of database and web research, and a lot of conversation with your classmates. You will compose for different audiences and experiment with a range of rhetorical approaches. You will learn to revise and refine your ideas with the feedback and suggestions of peers and the instructor. You will deepen your reading practices as you read both popular and academic essays. The course is structured on a studio model so that each and every day in class you and your peers will collaborate on, discuss, and share texts and ideas, and you will invent, compose, and revise in and outside of class.

This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for writing. Students may be exempt from this requirement if bringing in AP, IB, or other qualifying college credit and may select one of the optional courses below in its place. 


Optional Courses:

You will round out your Madrid schedule with one to two of the courses below.

ANT 381: Ancient Rituals and Beliefs in Modern Spain (3 credits)
Modern Spain is a complex mixture of traditions and cultures, many of them ancient. It is not an easy culture to understand, and it is the aim of this course to introduce you to the field of physical, archaeological, and cultural anthropology by using Spain as a laboratory. The course has a chronological historic structure and aims to detect the ancestral origins of actual Spanish beliefs and traditions. It starts by explaining the first appearance of humans on the Iberian Peninsula and ends with considerations on modern Spain. However, rather than a strictly historical approach, we are interested in syncretism, the complex layering of ancient belief systems inside a modern country. The course includes local site visits, an optional study tour (day trip) to a site of archaeological interest, and a workshop at the forensic laboratory of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Social Sciences. 

CHE 180.1 & CHE 180.2: General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4 credits)
Offered in partnership with ICAI School of Engineering, these corequisite courses are equivalent to Syracuse’s CHE 106 and 107. They cover fundamental principles and laws underlying chemical action, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of solutions, chemical equilibria, and introductory thermochemistry. Laboratory work concerns experimental study of basic principles and techniques of chemistry: states of matter, determination of formulas and molecular weights, simple volumetric and gravimetric analysis, heats of reaction. Equilibrium, rates of reactions, and qualitative analysis. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Natural Sciences. 

EAR 104 & EAR 105: Earth Sciences Laboratory and Lecture (1 + 3 credits)
In these courses, you’ll learn about the processes that shape Earth and affect humans: Earth’s structure; plate tectonics; volcanoes; geologic time; and surficial processes. Laboratory (EAR 104) includes three field trips to explore the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and its most important geological structures and two visits to Madrid museums. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Natural Sciences.

MAT 295: Calculus I (4 credits)   OR   MAT 194: Precalculus (4 credits)

Designed for science majors, Calculus I (MAT 295) covers Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, L’Hospital’s rule, and integration.

Precalculus (MAT 194), appropriate for those who do not yet place into MAT 295, covers polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, as well as analytical trigonometry and trigonometric functions, and prepares you for success in MAT 295.


HOA 209: Arts of Spain (3 credits)
Introduction to the art of Spain, through the analysis of the history of Spanish painting from the late Gothic (15th century) to Goya (19th century), and its relation to other European schools including the Flemish and Venetian Schools (Raphael, Titian, Rubens, etc). Concentration on El Greco painting in Toledo, the Spanish Baroque and the importance of Velazquez, and the modernity of Goya. Illustrated lectures given in class and at the Prado and other museums. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Humanities.

HST 412/PSC 422: Modern Spain: History and Politics (3 credits)
 Through history, and by analyzing the present, the main aim of this class is to help the students understand present-day Spain, politically, socially, economically, culturally, etc. Starting with a review of Spanish history, and analyzing in depth the numerous political systems developed during the 20th century (including a parliamentary monarchy, a republic that brought the Civil War, the forty-year dictatorship of Franco, and the outstanding Spanish transition to democracy), they will be able to understand the origin and debates concerning some of the conflicts that exist today in Spain such as the regional-nationalisms, the debates about the structure of Spain, the welfare state, Spain in the EU, etc. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Social Sciences. 

REL/HUM/JSP/MES 321: Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Historic Encounters in the Mediterranean (3 credits)
In its more than two-thousand-year history, Spain has been the home of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who over centuries met, loved, shared and fought within its borders with consequences that affected not just the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the rest of the world. This course intends to examine key “historic encounters” between the three versions of monotheism, with constant reference to the richness of past cultural and religious legacy rooted in the Mediterranean region, from the end of the Roman Empire to the birth of the modern era.  This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Humanities. 

SOC/WGS 302: Gender, Race, Migration and Family in Spain (3 credits)
This course examines how all people’s lives are shaped by the concept of gender and how it interacts with other identity variables like class, race or religion. You will explore the links between gender roles and family relations, and reflect on the consequences of these interactions in the labor market. Persisting gender inequalities like the feminization of poverty and gender-based violence will be analyzed. The course explains the social structure of the Spanish family system and the relevance of family networks for social cohesion and stability, and examines the Spanish labor market from a gender perspective. The course also explores the migration model in terms of migrants’ population composition and gender-related issues. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core divisional requirement in the Social Sciences.

Discovery: Engineering and Computer Science (Madrid)

This specialized Discovery program fulfills the same curricular requirements for first-year students focusing on Engineering and Computer Science on Syracuse University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Madrid experience.

Required Courses:

FYS 101: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
This course will engage you in guided conversations, experiential activities, and written assignments about transitioning to Syracuse University life, exploring your identity as you situate yourself in a new context, and understanding how you will relate to and interact with other students, faculty and staff in contributing to a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse campus community.

ECS 101: Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science (3 credits)
This gateway course includes discussion of disciplines within the college, technical communication, presentation of technical results, professional behavior, ethics, problem solving, modeling, and data analysis. Laboratory topics include computers, computer language, and software packages.

SPA 101 or higher (3-4 credits, depending on level)
Your placement in a Spanish class will be determined by an online placement exam. SPA 101 is an introductory proficiency-based course that prepares you to understand, speak, read, and write in culturally authentic contexts. Activities are conducted in Spanish. Other levels of Spanish language instruction are available for students with some degree of proficiency.

WRT 105: Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
In WRT 105, you will focus on critical analysis and argument, practices that are central to the academic work in universities and in professional careers. The course will involve you in a shared topic of inquiry—an urgent issue that requires multiple points of view and kinds of knowledge— that you will engage with through readings, a range of informal and formal writing assignments, a modest amount of database and web research, and a lot of conversation with your classmates. You will compose for different audiences and experiment with a range of rhetorical approaches. You will learn to revise and refine your ideas with the feedback and suggestions of peers and the instructor. You will deepen your reading practices as you read both popular and academic essays. The course is structured on a studio model so that each and every day in class you and your peers will collaborate on, discuss, and share texts and ideas, and you will invent, compose, and revise in and outside of class.

This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for writing. Students may be exempt from this requirement if bringing in AP, IB, or other qualifying college credit and may select one of the optional courses below in its place. 


MAT 295: Calculus I (4 credits)   OR   MAT 194: Precalculus (4 credits)

Designed for science majors, Calculus I (MAT 295) covers Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, L’Hospital’s rule, and integration.

Precalculus (MAT 194), required for those who do not yet place into MAT 295, covers polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, as well as analytical trigonometry and trigonometric functions, and prepares you for success in MAT 295.

Students may be exempt from this requirement if bringing in AP, IB, or other qualifying college credit.


CHE 180.1 & CHE 180.2: General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4 credits)
NOTE: Optional for Computer Sci, Computer Eng, and SIS students.
Offered in partnership with ICAI School of Engineering, these corequisite courses are equivalent to Syracuse’s CHE 106 and 107. They cover fundamental principles and laws underlying chemical action, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of solutions, chemical equilibria, and introductory thermochemistry. Laboratory work concerns the experimental study of basic principles and techniques of chemistry: states of matter, determination of formulas and molecular weights, simple volumetric and gravimetric analysis, heats of reaction. Equilibrium, rates of reactions, and qualitative analysis.

CHE 180.1 and CHE 180. are required for Aero, Bio, Chem, Civil, Elec, Env, Mech, and undecided majors. Students in these majors may be exempt if bringing in AP, IB, or other qualifying college credit.


Optional Courses:

If you have met any of the above requirements through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other qualifying college-level credit, you may round out your schedule with one or two of these optional courses:

ANT 356: Ancient Rituals and Beliefs in Modern Spain (3 credits)
Modern Spain is a complex mixture of traditions and cultures, many of them ancient. It is not an easy culture to understand, and it is the aim of this course to introduce you to the field of physical, archaeological, and cultural anthropology by using Spain as a laboratory. The course has a chronological historic structure and aims to detect the ancestral origins of actual Spanish beliefs and traditions. It starts by explaining the first appearance of humans on the Iberian Peninsula and ends with considerations on modern Spain. However, rather than a strictly historical approach, we are interested in syncretism, the complex layering of ancient belief systems inside a modern country. The course includes local site visits, an optional study tour (day trip) to a site of archaeological interest, and a workshop at the forensic laboratory of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

EAR 104 & EAR 105: Earth Sciences Laboratory and Lecture (1 + 3 credits)
In these courses, you’ll learn about the processes that shape Earth and affect humans: Earth’s structure; plate tectonics; volcanoes; geologic time; and surficial processes. Laboratory (EAR 104) includes three field trips to explore the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and its most important geological structures and two visits to Madrid museums.

HOA 209: Arts of Spain (3 credits)
Introduction to the art of Spain, through the analysis of the history of Spanish painting from the late Gothic (15th century) to Goya (19th century), and its relation to other European schools including the Flemish and Venetian Schools (Raphael, Titian, Rubens, etc). Concentration on El Greco painting in Toledo, the Spanish Baroque and the importance of Velazquez, and the modernity of Goya. Illustrated lectures given in class and at the Prado and other museums. 

HST 412/PSC 422: Modern Spain: History and Politics (3 credits)
 Through history, and by analyzing the present, the main aim of this class is to help the students understand present-day Spain, politically, socially, economically, culturally, etc. Starting with a review of Spanish history, and analyzing in depth the numerous political systems developed during the 20th century (including a parliamentary monarchy, a republic that brought the Civil War, the forty-year dictatorship of Franco, and the outstanding Spanish transition to democracy), they will be able to understand the origin and debates concerning some of the conflicts that exist today in Spain such as the regional-nationalisms, the debates about the structure of Spain, the welfare state, Spain in the EU, etc.  

REL/HUM/JSP/MES 321: Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Historic Encounters in the Mediterranean (3 credits)
In its more than two-thousand-year history, Spain has been the home of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who over centuries met, loved, shared and fought within its borders with consequences that affected not just the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the rest of the world. This course intends to examine key “historic encounters” between the three versions of monotheism, with constant reference to the richness of past cultural and religious legacy rooted in the Mediterranean region, from the end of the Roman Empire to the birth of the modern era.

SOC/WGS 302: Gender, Race, Migration and Family in Spain (3 credits)
This course examines how all people’s lives are shaped by the concept of gender and how it interacts with other identity variables like class, race or religion. You will explore the links between gender roles and family relations, and reflect on the consequences of these interactions in the labor market. Persisting gender inequalities like the feminization of poverty and gender-based violence will be analyzed. The course explains the social structure of the Spanish family system and the relevance of family networks for social cohesion and stability, and examines the Spanish labor market from a gender perspective. The course also explores the migration model in terms of migrants’ population composition and gender-related issues.

Discovery Strasbourg

Students participating in the Discovery Strasbourg program will enjoy a rich and varied introduction to France through a  semester-long curriculum. The program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by first-year students studying on Syracuse University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Strasbourg experience.

Required Courses:

FYS 101: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
This course will engage you in guided conversations, experiential activities, and written assignments about transitioning to Syracuse University life, exploring your identity as you situate yourself in a new context, and understanding how you will relate to and interact with other students, faculty and staff in contributing to a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse campus community.

FRE 101 – French I or higher (3-4 credits, depending on level)
Your placement in a French class will be determined by an online placement exam. FRE 101 is an introductory proficiency-based course that prepares you to understand, speak, read, and write in culturally authentic contexts. Meets four days per week. Activities are conducted in French. Other levels of French language instruction are available for students with some degree of proficiency.

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
In WRT 105, you will focus on critical analysis and argument, practices that are central to the academic work in universities and in professional careers. The course will involve you in a shared topic of inquiry—an urgent issue that requires multiple points of view and kinds of knowledge— that you will engage with through readings, a range of informal and formal writing assignments, a modest amount of database and web research, and a lot of conversation with your classmates. You will compose for different audiences and experiment with a range of rhetorical approaches. You will learn to revise and refine your ideas with the feedback and suggestions of peers and the instructor. You will deepen your reading practices as you read both popular and academic essays. The course is structured on a studio model so that each and every day in class you and your peers will collaborate on, discuss, and share texts and ideas, and you will invent, compose, and revise in and outside of class. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for writing.

Plus either 

PHI 191 - Ethics and Contemporary Issues (3 credits)
Introduction to the questions, theories and arguments of moral philosophy. The approach is to raise both perennial and topical questions of right and wrong — What is justice? Are there objective moral facts? Should war refugees be detained? Are genetically modified foods safe? — and to apply moral thought in going about answering them. Socrates may exaggerate in saying the unexamined life is not worth living, but examining it through an ethical lens may lead to life being lived more fully. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core Critical Reflections requirement. This course is required for students who have satisfied the Writing Skills requirement with AP, IB, or other college-level credit.

OR  

HST 281 - Hostile Friends? France and the U.S., 1919 to Present (3 credits)
Examine the evolution of French and North American (U.S.) national identities and cultures from 1919 to the present. Major themes discussed will include cross-border cultural exchanges (together with the notion of ‘borders’ in general), “Americanization,” and Old World v. New World. Through film screenings and readings by authors as diverse as Alexis de Tocqueville and Julia Child, you will come to see how the cultural differences between our two nations have shaped the way we see and understand each other today. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for social sciences. This course is required for students who have satisfied the Writing Skills requirement with AP, IB, or other college-level credit.

Optional Courses:

You will round out your schedule by selecting one of the following optional courses:

REL 356/PSC 456 – Religion and Conflicts in Contemporary Europe (3 credits)
With the collapse of Communism, many people believed that conflict in Europe between differing worldviews was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, intolerance, discrimination, and renewed conflicts based on religion have shown this judgment to be premature. We will examine the continent’s long history of religious conflict, and especially the ways in which local and global religious tensions have developed in recent years. We will also look at the ways in which contemporary religious leaders and communities of all faiths are profoundly involved in attempts to find solutions to these problems, together with such institutions as the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This course also includes discussions with representatives of various religious groups in Strasbourg. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for humanities (REL 356) or social sciences (PSC 456).

HOA 206 - Arts of France (3 credits)
May not be taken with LIT 301. Introduction to the major artistic movements in France from 1750 to 1950. Explore how artists both portrayed and influenced society during these two centuries, a period that witnessed such dramatic events as the French Revolution and two World Wars, as well as the rise of industrialization and the creation of the modern city. Learn how to “read” images, both by comparing them with images from earlier periods, as well as by placing them in their historical context. Includes a visit to the museum of Strasbourg and a three-day study tour to Paris (a course-related fee will be billed from Syracuse). This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for humanities.

LIT 301 – French Cinema versus Hollywood (3 credits)
May not be taken with HOA 206. The French often speak of l’Exception Culturelle – their tradition of cultural difference and autonomy – and this term is most often invoked in discussions about French cinema. What makes French cinema distinctive? Why does this industry often insist on its uniqueness and its difference from Hollywood? To what extent do movies reveal different cultural values and different ways of seeing the world? Are there forms of censorship that apply in one country but not in the other? Compare the ways in which France and Hollywood treat common themes or genres through lectures, discussions, readings, and numerous film screenings in with English subtitles. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for humanities.

PSC 350/HST 415 – Europe, Russia and the Eastern Borderlands (3 credits)
 With the collapse of the communist system and the end of the Balkan wars in the 1990s, it seemed that Europe had finally become an oasis of peace and stability. Against this island of relative peace and prosperity, however, lies a vast territory stretching from the Western Mediterranean through the Near East and into Central Asia – an arc on the edge of Europe – which constitutes an area of inter-state conflict, ethnic and religious tensions and rivalry, economic under-development and political authoritarianism. Examine this “arc of crises” with its overt and potential conflicts, and analyze the role of Europe in their possible solution. Topics covered include the rise of political Islam, geopolitical reconfiguration due to the comeback of Iran, failure of democratic uprisings, the emergence of the Gulf, domestic and international challenges to the existing states as well as European and American perspectives and policies on this turbulent region. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for social sciences.