DIVISION OF

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Froman (chair), Gambill, A. Himes, J. Himes, Iglesias, D. Johnson, P. Jones, Kirk, R. Moore, Niles, Pastoor, Posey, Roby, Stratman

 

The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses that are rich in the liberal arts and that contribute to the general education of all students. The division includes departments of English, History, Language Studies, Political Science, and Social Studies. Curricula leading to teacher certification are offered in English and Social Studies. The division also houses the Pre-Law Professional Program.

 

Mission Statement


The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences equips students to study human nature and the actions and ideas of people in their historical, political, and cultural contexts and to promote, from a distinctly Christian perspective, the intellectual, spiritual, and occupational development of our students. The faculty members in this division also contribute to our academic disciplines through research and publication which enriches the work of teaching that is our primary objective.

The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences develops students who

* know the theories, ideas, research methods, and key personalities of their discipline

* are willing to ask critical questions to evaluate and modify preconceptions

* will develop personal values based on observation, research, critical thinking, personal reflection, and Christian principles

* can propose thoughtful and expedient solutions to social problems

* appreciate the great tradition of arts and literature of the West while considering both the values of that tradition and the problems inherent in the canonization of tradition

* can communicate clearly in written and oral expression

* develop cross-cultural understanding in Western and non-Western traditions

* will be life-long learners and critical thinkers

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

(SYMBOL: EGL)

The John Brown University Department of English offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts and, in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, the Bachelor of Science in Education for teachers of English.

The curriculum for the English major emphasizes the reading and critical analysis of literature, the historical development of literature as part of culture, and the research, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for scholarship, effective teaching and success in a wide variety of professional fields, which include publishing, editing, writing for business and industry, management, and many more.

Practicums offer experience in Writing Center consultation and experience in the production of a creative writing anthology.


Student Learning Outcomes


Students graduating with a major in English will:

  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding in their field by scoring above the 60th percentile on the MFAT.
  • Demonstrate their ability to evaluate arguments and to formulate their own views on issues raised in the study
    of literature.
  • Be able to demonstrate improvement in their writing and expression of ideas.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Christian perspectives inform both the composition and the interpretation
    of literature.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.
  • Achieve success in graduate school and/or be gainfully employed.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in English

 

1. University Core Curriculum - 52 hours

EGL 4003 Masterpieces of Literature is covered by one of EGL 2213 or EGL 2223 and one of EGL 3313, EGL 3333, EGL 3353, EGL 4413, EGL 3323, or EGL 3343 in the program requirements.

2. English Major Core - 25 hours

EGL 1221 Introduction to English Studies

EGL 2393 Advanced Composition

EGL 2413 American Literature to 1900

EGL 3313 Medieval Literature

EGL 3333 Shakespearean Drama

EGL 3353 Nineteenth Century British Literature

EGL 3363 Advanced English Grammar

One of the following:

EGL 2213 World Literature I

EGL 2223 World Literature II

One of the following:

EGL 3323 Renaissance Literature

EGL 3343 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

3. One of the following Emphases - 11 hours

     A. Literature

EGL 3321 Writing Center Practicum (to be taken twice)

EGL 3713 Literary Theory

EGL 4483 Selected Topics: Literature in two of the following:  1) Author   2) Period   3) Genre   4) Topic

     B. Writing

EGL 2273 Introduction to Creative Writing

EGL 3321 Writing Center Practicum (may be repeated for additional credit)

EGL 3341 Publishing Practicum

EGL 4473 Creative Writing Workshop: Selected Genres

EGL 4473 Creative Writing Workshop: Selected Genres  (2nd genre)

4. Foreign Language - 12 hours

Twelve hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses in the same language; or six hours of LS-2000 level courses; or twelve hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses, BBL 2513, BBL 2523, BBL 3513, or BBL 3523 with six hours each in two different languages.

English majors are encouraged to consider Spanish or French as a minor.

Completion of an intermediate Language course meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.  

5. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

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Requirements for minor in English

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours of course work in EGL, including at least six hours of
upper-division courses.

 

Requirements for minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 

The student must successfully complete the following courses for a minimum of 21 hours.

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communications

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

ED 2143 Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology

ED 3563 Second Language Acquisition for Teachers

EGL 3363 Advanced English Grammar

EGL 3583 Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

ED 3183 Educational Assessment

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree with major in English


See B.S.E. degree with major in English under the College of Education.

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Requirements for minor in Education

English majors whose professional plans may include teaching in public (grades 7-12 with a non-traditional licensure), private, international, or college settings are encouraged to consider the 18-hour Education minor. Though the minor is not recognized for teacher licensure, the package will provide a strong educational background for whatever teaching opportunities one may encounter.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

(SYMBOL: HST)

The Department of History seeks bright, motivated young people who are interested in the world around them and who desire to work toward becoming reflective, thoughtful and well-rounded Christians. Undergraduate study of history prepares students for graduate work in many fields, including theology, linguistics and psychology. JBU's History Department is especially equipped to assist students interested in pursuing careers in law, international relations, and politics. In addition to being a good thing in itself, learning about history complements all other courses of study. For this reason, the department offers courses within the Core Curriculum. Courses in this department also serve as a substantial component of the Social Studies curriculum as required for the B.S.E. degree.


Student Learning Outcomes


Students graduating with a major in History will:

  • Be able to analyze primary sources.
  • Be able to analyze and evaluate secondary sources.
  • Clearly express ideas in written form.
  • Be able to explain the effect of a Christian perspective on the study of history.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of major historical facts from JBU's history elective offerings.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in History

1. University Core Curriculum - 49 hours

HST 1013 and HST 1023 are included in the program requirements below.

2. Courses Specified by this Department - 42 hours

HST 1013 Western Civilization I

HST 1023 Western Civilization II

HST 2113 United States History to 1865

HST 2123 United States History since 1865

HST 2213 Study of History

HST 4613 Seminar in History

Twenty-four hours from the following (at least 15 hours must be upper-division courses):

BBL 3363 History of the Christian Church I

BBL 3373 History of the Christian Church II

HST 2111 Selected Topics: Language Lab

HST 2112 Selected Topics: Great Books

HST 2153 Twentieth Century World History

HST 2243 Middle Ages

HST 2323 Poverty and Welfare in American History

HST 2523 Classical World

HST 3253 British Empire

HST 3263 Slavery and Race in American History

HST 3273 America at War

HST 3313 Second World War

HST 3411/12/13 Selected Topics

HST 3423 Leaders in History

HST 3433 History of the Middle East, 600-1800

HST 3443 The Modern Middle East

HST 3463 African Civilization to 1850

HST 3473 African Civilization since 1850

HST 4511/12/13 Independent Study

POL 3143 The American Presidency

3. Foreign Language - 12 hours 

Six hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses in the same language with six additional hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses, BBL 2513, BBL 2523, BBL 3513, BBL 3523, or HST 2111; or six hours of LS-2000 level courses

Completion of an intermediate language course meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in History

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 6 hours

HST 2113 United States History to 1865

One of the following:

HST 2123 United States History since 1865

HST 2153 Twentieth Century World History

A minimum of 12 additional hours in HST

At least six hours must be upper-division courses

 

U.S. History CLEP Examinations

History majors and minors may not use CLEP examinations to substitute for HST 2113 or HST 2123 after matriculating at JBU.

 

Requirements for minor in Museum Studies

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 12 hours

ATG 1163 Accounting for Decision Making

HST 3513 Introduction to Museum Studies

HST 4313 Internship in Museum Studies

MGT 2173 Principles of Management

Choose one of the following emphases - 6 hours:

A.  Archives/Public History Emphasis

HST 2213 Study of History

3 hours HST elective

B.  Art History Emphasis

ART 2233 Art History I

ART 3233 Art History II

C.  Archaeology Emphasis

BBL 4483 Selected Topics: Art and Archaeology of Jordan

BBL 4483 Selected Topics

 

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGE STUDIES

(SYMBOL: LS)

The Department of Language Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with major in Spanish, and minors in French, Spanish, and Linguistics. Courses in other languages—Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin—are offered upon sufficient student interest. Language courses meet the needs of students in Bachelor of Arts programs throughout the university. The Language Studies Department designs and schedules its courses in cooperation with the Biblical Studies, English, History, Intercultural Studies, International Business, Music, and Political Science Programs.

A hallmark of the program is the use of instructional technology for out-of-class practice and exposure to samples of actual language use. The department's language facility provides software, videos, and feature films for language learning. Students go there to record pronunciation assignments or to watch the several foreign language television channels which are available on campus. The department has worked with instructional technology to make other resources, such as foreign language dictionaries, available on the campus computer network.

The Spanish major entails a semester of study in Seville, Spain. In order to be eligible to participate in Semester in Spain (Seville), students must successfully complete LS 3163 Professional Spanish. LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics or an equivalent course is strongly recommended. Performing well in these courses is directly linked to success in Spain where all instruction is in Spanish.

Financial aid funds for Semester in Spain may be limited based on student demand. Students interested in majoring in Spanish should consult with the department head as early as possible about their future participation in Seville.

The relatively low number of hours required for the major, 37, facilitates double-majoring. Most students do so; those who do not typically complete two minors. Students who are interested in a teaching career should consider a minor in Education.

Students in other majors may earn credit in Spanish and specialized areas such as business and environmental studies by spending a semester in Costa Rica in the Latin American Studies Program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

College credit in language may be established by CLEP or other examinations approved by the department.

Based upon recommendation of the Department of Language Studies, a student may enter language study above the elementary level without having established college credit for the elementary course(s). In such cases, the early courses are waived upon completion of subsequent work. The waiver does not establish credit; hours are posted only for the specific courses completed. However, a language requirement is considered met upon completion of the highest course required.

Spanish majors, especially those considering graduate school, are urged to take at least six hours of another language.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students graduating with a major in Spanish will:

  • Demonstrate skill in listening, reading, speaking, and writing in the Spanish language.
  • Be autonomous language learners who can use resources such as dictionaries to extend their language proficiency.
  • Appreciate the diversity of populations who speak the Spanish language.
  • Succeed in multilingual settings after graduation from JBU.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Spanish

1. University Core Curriculum - 49 hours

The Social Science elective is covered by LS 3173 in the program requirements. The Global Studies elective is covered by the semester in Spain.

2. Courses Specified by the Department - 21 hours

LS 2113 Intermediate Spanish I

LS 2123 Intermediate Spanish II

LS 3163 Professional Spanish

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

LS 4113 Readings in Spanish I

LS 4123 Readings in Spanish II

One of the following (chosen in accordance with the student's professional goals):

LS 4143 Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Teachers

LS 4193 Language Internship

3. Semester in Spain (Seville) - 16 hours (recommended during the fall semester of the junior year)

LSS 3114 Spanish History and Civilization

LSS 3514 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

Two of the following:

LSS 3044 Spanish Short Story

LSS 3064 History of Spanish Art

LSS 3554 Spanish Literature I

LSS 3564 Spanish Literature II

Other Seville courses may be substituted only upon approval of the Department of Language Studies

4. Minor field or electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

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Requirements for minor in Spanish

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours.

LS 2113 Intermediate Spanish I

LS 2123 Intermediate Spanish II

LS 3163 Professional Spanish

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

LS 4113 Readings in Spanish I

LS 4123 Readings in Spanish II

 

Requirements for minor in French

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours.

LS 1213 Elementary French I

LS 1223 Elementary French II

LS 2213 Intermediate French I

LS 2223 Intermediate French II

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

LS 3213 Readings in French I

LS 3223 Readings in French II

 

Requirements for minor in Linguistics

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 22 hours.

Required Courses - 6 hours

EGL 3363 Advanced English Grammar

LS 3173 Introduction to Linguistics

Intermediate Language Study or Latin - 6 hours

Summer Institute of Linguistics - 10 semester hours minimum, offered through the University of North Dakota or Trinity Western University (Langley, British Columbia, Canada).

 

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

(SYMBOL: POL)

The Department of Political Science offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with major in Political Science. Minors are available in International Relations, Political Science, and Pre-Law. The curriculum is international in scope, theoretically grounded, and academically rigorous.  Courses within the department introduce students to the theory and practice of political science with particular emphasis on political philosophy, international relations, comparative politics, political behavior, and political institutions. At the same time, students are equipped with the skills necessary to excel in any post baccalaureate pursuit, including graduate school, law school, missions, or business.

Faculty in the department take seriously the integration of faith and learning. Students are encouraged to view themselves as active participants in the flow of history with a God-given mandate to serve others in the local community and the world. Graduates will be able to apply a Christian worldview to public life and integrate their faith with their chosen vocation.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students graduating with a major in Political Science will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field.
  • Think critically.
  • Demonstrate communication skills.
  • Integrate faith with the principles of Political Science.
  • Demonstrate research skills.
  • Be prepared for graduate school.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Political Science

1. University Core Curriculum - 49 hours

The Philosophy elective is covered by POL 3003 in the program requirements.  POL 2013 is included in the program requirements below.

2. Courses Specified by this Department - 36 hours

POL 2013 American Government

POL 2213 Comparative Politics

POL 2473 Methods of Political Analysis

POL 3003 Political Philosophy

POL 3133 Politics of Social Policy

POL 3143 The American Presidency

POL 3213 Faith and Politics

POL 3353 International Relations

POL 3423 Selected Topics in American Politics

POL 4243 Constitutional Law

POL 4313 Christianity and the Law

POL 4613 Seminar in United States Politics

3. Foreign Language - 12 hours 

Six hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses in the same language with six additional hours from LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses, BBL 2513, BBL 2523, BBL 3513, or BBL 3523; or six hours of LS-2000 level courses

Completion of an Intermediate language course meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum

4. Minor field or electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in Political Science

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours.

Required Courses- 12 hours

POL 2013 American Government

POL 2213 Comparative Politics

POL 3003 Political Philosophy

POL 3213 Faith and Politics

A minimum of nine additional hours in Political Science

 

Requirements for minor in International Relations

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours.

Required Courses - 9 hours

HST 2153 Twentieth Century World History

POL 2213 Comparative Politics

POL 3353 International Relations

Nine hours from among the following:

ECN 2043 Economies of the European Union

ECN 2113 Principles of Microeconomics

ECN 2123 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECN 4103 International Economics

HST 3253 British Empire

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

SST 2123 Cultural Anthropology

 At least six hours must be upper division courses

 

American Studies Program (ASP) Option

Students successfully participating in ASP (four-month internship/seminar program) in Washington, D.C., may fulfill the
requirements of the Political Science minor by the additional completion of POL 2013 and 3003. Consult Political Science faculty for details.

 

 

Requirements for minor in Pre-Law

 

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours.

Required Courses - 15 hours

BUS 2153 Financial Mathematics

EGL 2393 Advanced Composition

POL 2013 American Government

POL 4243 Constitutional Law

POL 4313 Christianity and the Law

Two of the following:

BUS 4143 Business Law

COM 4293 Communication Law and Ethics

FAM 4453 Family Law and Society

 

PREPARATION FOR LAW SCHOOL

Current trends highlight the fact that law schools are not looking for Pre-Law majors but, instead, for students who have successfully completed a rigorous liberal arts program and who can perform well on the LSAT. The purpose of the JBU Pre-Law Professional Program is to assist students of all majors in developing the skills and knowledge necessary for active intellectual engagement in the first year of law school. The program also seeks to assist students as they explore their interest in the legal profession and the possible avenues in which those interests might best apply. To meet these goals, the Pre-Law Professional Program consists of the following components:

> the Pre-Law Minor (listed under Political Science), which can be taken in conjunction with the degree of the student's choice, as a way to develop the verbal, written, and analytical skills necessary for law school;

> the advice and guidance of the Pre-Law advisor;

> mock LSAT available online;

> an introduction to the integration of faith and the practice of law in JBU's Christianity and the Law course;

> exposure to the law through JBU's Constitutional Law, Communication Law and Ethics, Family Law and Society, and/or Business Law courses; and

> the opportunity for competitive admissions and scholarships for The Law, Justice and Culture Institute, a two-week May-term course at Trinity Christian College for undergraduate students interested in law school. The course consists of legal study and analysis, guest speakers who are lawyers in a variety of fields, and a day trip to the University of Chicago School of Law where students meet with law school personnel and sit in on a first-year law class. Three hours of Policital Science credit can be earned.

Students interested in the Pre-Law Professional Program should contact the administrative assistant for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL STUDIES

(SYMBOL: SST)

The Department of Social Studies provides supporting courses to programs in Education and Intercultural Studies. Courses within the department are designed to encourage students to develop a global perspective on the modern world, including the individual and society, structures of power, and social institutions. Courses are designed to give students a greater appreciation for the effects of geographical factors on cultures, economics, and politics and the effects of cultural factors on human relations-factors such as language, economics, kinship, marriage, gender, social control, social stratification, religion, and art.

In conjunction with the College of Education, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Social Studies. The Teaching Field consists of courses from four departments—Economics, History, Political Science, and Social Studies—and prepares the prospective secondary teacher for multifaceted responsibilities in the classroom. The minor in Social Studies also draws coursework from diverse fields.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree with major in Social Studies

See B.S.E. with major in Social Studies under the College of Education.

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Requirements for minor in Social Studies

 

The student must successfully complete 21 hours from courses in Economics, History, Intercultural Studies, Social Studies, and Political Science. Of these, at least six hours must be in History and at least six hours each from any other two of these five departments.  At least six hours must be upper-division courses.