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Power and Politics

Innovative Leadership


Political power has historically been only accessible to a select few across the globe. The Power & Politics Pathway explores the relationship between political access and power in order to understand this dynamic at a national, international and transnational level. Courses in this Pathway focus on accessibility to political power by different groups in the United States and abroad from different historical moments. This Pathway is designed for students interested in a comparative understanding of political power by studying the philosophical framework of political systems, the social means by which power is accessed, and the implications of such structures. It provides a basis from which to consider research careers in government, regional and international organizations, as well as non-governmental groups seeking to access political power. This Pathway will appeal to those interested in pluricultural approaches to political power and social organization.

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The structure of society has changed throughout time due to the influences of innovative leaders. This Pathway is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be innovative leaders and make an impact on society. This Pathway recognizes that leadership can take many different forms. Students will learn how leadership transcends beyond cultural, historical, and societal boundaries and they will gain a thorough understanding of how influential figures have molded modern society. The interdisciplinary courses chosen for this Pathway interweave and blend elements of how communities, religion, culture and social identities impact society to provide students with a rich and thorough knowledge base that will prepare them for a lifetime of leadership in a multicultural society.

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Human Rights/Social Justice

Sustainability


The Human Rights/Social Justice Pathway offers students a cross-disciplinary opportunity to learn about and focus on issues/theories/research related to social justice and human rights challenges. Students who are considering going to law school or pursuing higher education in a field that studies human behaviors and cultural diversity may benefit from focusing their GE courses in this direction. Additionally, students entering careers in activism, law enforcement, government, and social services among others may find these courses useful in gaining broader perspectives on the challenges of achieving progress in social justice. This Pathway will provide students an opportunity to learn about community needs and deepen their understanding of how underrepresented, marginalized, and subordinated client populations and causes can be served.

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Students who follow the Sustainability Pathway will have the opportunity to take a series of interdisciplinary courses that interweave the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainability. Students evaluate the impact of communities and geographical regions on sustainability efforts. Students will gain knowledge of current and integral ethical standards. Using environmental, cultural, social and economic perspectives, proposed solutions to identified challenges and problems will be addressed. The courses offered in this Pathway highlight the cultural and social facets of sustainability and will challenge students to become more environmentally-minded and socially-responsible.

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Globalization


The Globalization Pathway will encourage students to think critically about global issues that transcend beyond geographic and political boundaries. Students will have the opportunity to explore the increasing interconnectedness of people, places and ideas around the world. Political, economic, socio-cultural, and historical issues will be examined in relation to a global environment. The interdisciplinary courses offered will address global issues and how they start from a local perspective. This pathway is intended to prepare students to fully participate in a global society.

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