Descriptions and Course Lists

Below are brief descriptions and approved course lists for each Area of Inquiry. Note that no double counting of courses across Areas of Inquiry is permitted. In other words, even if a given course is listed under more than one Area of Inquiry (as some are), that course may be counted only once, toward one of the Areas where it appears, but not toward more than one.

Note that Area of Inquiry requirements may only be fulfilled through courses or other experiences (e.g., independent study, AP credits, CLEP tests, etc.) that carry college-level credit. Ordinarily, AOI requirements must be fulfilled by taking a course appearing on the approved course list for that relevant area. With advisor approval, however, students may count appropriate courses falling into one of the following categories toward an AOI requirement: honors courses, independent study courses, special topics courses, and transfer courses. In such cases, the purposes and objectives of the advisor-approved course must substantially coincide with the objectives of the relevant Area of Inquiry.

According to the Undergraduate General Catalog Academic Regulations, each Drake Curriculum AOI course must be taken for a grade (rather than Credit/No Credit).

Links to AOI descriptions and approved course lists:

Artistic Experience


Drake students will learn to interpret and/or create art. Art constructs an essential and ongoing dialogue among individuals, cultures, and societies. Art—whether it takes visual, musical, or theatrical form—grows out of sustained intellectual inquiry. Drake students will recognize that art provides distinctive ways to engage the world and create expressions of the human condition. Courses that fulfill this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of these student learning outcomes. Students will be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of different artistic styles - visual, musical, or theatrical - and the factors that contributed to their establishment.
  2. Articulate the role played by an art form - visual, musical, or theatrical - in the development of culture(s) or as a distinctive expression of human identity and creativity.
  3. Articulate an analytical and reasoned understanding of a specific visual, musical, or theatrical art form and communicate this understanding in an appropriate form, whether oral or written or through the artistic medium itself.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the visual, musical, or theatrical arts through the application of or engagement with an art form.
Approved Course List:

ART 013 Design
ART 014 3D Design
ART 015 Drawing I
ART 019 Microcosm, Macrocosm
ART 021 Digital Media
ART 060 Walking: Making Art Out There (occasional, summer term)
ART 074 Intro to Art
ART 075 Survey of Art History I
ART 076 Survey of Art History II
ART 079 Sculpture I
ART 103 Art of India, China and Japan
ART 104 Christian Art
ART 104 Mapping Experience
ART 108 American Art History
ART 111 Cultural Intersections C. 1900
ART 112 Museums
ART 113 Current Chinese Art & Issues
ART 118 American Landscapes
ART 145 Beginning Furniture Design
ART 145 Drawing the Figure
ART 150 Bookbinding Workshop
ART 150 Digital Printmaking Studio
ART 150 Failure
BIO 061 Nature Photography
EDUC 113 Arts Integration in Education
ENG 041 Introduction to Film Study
JMC 058 Into to Visual Communication for Non-Majors
JMC 059 Intro to Visual Communication
MUS 011 Fundamentals of Music
MUS 073 Music Since 1900
MUS 078 Intro to Jazz
MUS 080 Music in Western Culture
MUS 081 World Music
MUS 082 World Music (for non-music majors)
MUS 119 Music and Politics
MUS 160 Kind of Blue-Miles Davis
MUS 160 Suicide, Seduction, & Sopranos: a Survey of the Great Operas
MUS 160 Fine Arts Travel Seminar: Home of the Masters
MUS 160 Music of the Movies

  PHIL 138 Philosophy of Art
SCSR 134 Suburbia in Contemporary American
Film
THEA 005 Readings in Theatre
THEA 018 Beginning Modern Dance
THEA 030/030L Stagecraft I (Fall 2006 to present)
THEA 032 Stage Makeup
THEA 074 Contemporary Film
THEA 076 Intro to Theatre
THEA 114 Classic American Film
THEA 120 Theatre History to 1600
THEA 120 Theatre History I
THEA 121 Theatre History II
THEA 123 American Musical Theatre
AP - Art
AP - Music Lit
AP - Humanities and Fine Arts Subtest

The Artistic Experience area can also be fulfilled
by combining any three of the following one credit courses:

MUS 145, 148, 149, 150, 169-182, 185-191, 194,
196, 197, 198

Note: Courses previously designated FA 18, 74, 76, 78,
80 and 81 have changed to Thea 018, Art 074, Thea 076,
Mus 078, Mus 080 and Mus 081.

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Critical Thinking


The Drake Curriculum makes an intentional effort to help students acquire the skills for rational analysis and argumentation. Critical Thinking should be purposeful, rigorous, self-reflective, and based on a careful consideration of evidence. Students learn to:

  • Clearly define a question or problem.
  • Gather information that is relevant to that problem.
  • Rigorously identify assumptions and preconceptions, including their own, that influence analysis of that problem.
Approved Course List:

ACCT 041 Intro. Accounting I
ART 111 Cultural Intersections
ART 112 Museums
ART 150 Failure
BIO 099 Biological Research & Statistical Methods
BLAW 060 Business Law
COUN 224 Adolescent and Adult Assessment
CS 010 Preview of Computer Science
CS 065 Introduction to Computer Science
EDUC/STEM 174 Inquiry and the Natures of Science, Technology and Engineering
EDUC 199/299 Perspectives on Education from Finland
ENG 030 Genre: The Documentary
ENG 038 Literary Study
ENG 039 Writing Seminar
ENG 081 Intro to English Linguistics
ENG 102 Structure of Modern American English
ENG 171 Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice
ENG 173 Critical Theory
ENG 174 Theories of Language and Discourse
INTD 075 Community Dialogue and Development
JMC 076 Advertising Principles
JMC 130 Advertising Research
JMC 132 Advertising Media Planning
LPS 135 Crime & Film
MATH 101 Mathematical Reasoning
MUS 053 Materials of Music IV
PATH 100 Paths to Knowledge
PHAR 169 Non-Prescriptions Medications
PHAR 172 Basic Quantitative Methods
PHAR 173 Applied Quantitative Methods for Pharmaceutical Care
PHIL 021 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 051 Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 090 Ethics
PHIL 100/RHET 100 Philosophies of Dialogue and the Interpersonal
PHIL 104 Philosophic Classics: The Ancient Period
PHIL 106 Philosophic Classics: The Modern Period
PHIL 107 Philosophic Classics: The Contemporary Period
PHIL 118 Feminist Ethics

  PHIL 124 Health and Social Justice
PHIL 137 Rights and Responsibilities
PHIL 138 Philosophy of Art
POLS 135/HONR 075: Islam in the 21st Century
POLS 180 Ancient & Modern Political Theory
POLS 181 Modern Political Theory
PSY 010 Research Methods
PSY 015 Statistical & Research Methods
PSY 024/BIO 025 Animal Behavior
PSY 030 Social Psychology
SCSA 156 Ethnographic Methods
(previously Anthropology 156)
SCSR 073 Public Speaking
(previously Rhetoric 073)
SCSR 128 Argumentation and Advocacy
SCSS 133 Sociological Theory
SCSS 135 Technoscience Culture and
Practice
SCS 151 Science, Cyborgs, & Monsters: Thinking Knowledge Projects for the New Millennium
SCSS 158 Social Science Statistics
(previously Sociology 158)
SCSS 159 Methods of Social Research
(previously Sociology 159)
SCSS 196/SCS 196/PSY 194 The
"Middle Kingdom" in a Global World:
Considering Family, Self, and Nation in a Changing China
STAT 060 Statistics for Pharmacy
STAT 072 Statistics II

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The Engaged Citizen


Drake students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes.

Democracy relies upon the participation of an engaged, knowledgeable and responsible citizenry. As preparation for active participation in public debate, Drake students learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making. In a sophomore level course, students have the opportunity to bring diverse disciplines to bear in further developing the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will lead them to be active stewards working for the common good of local, national and global communities.

This requirement will be fulfilled through coursework that challenges students to critically reflect upon the social, economic or political institutions and issues that shape the choices they will face as citizens. Instructors will provide students with opportunities to model democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or community.

Courses that achieve this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of the following four outcomes:

  1. Learn to evaluate the mix of diverse values and interests that influence democratic decision-making.
  2. Establish skills, knowledge, or dispositions that lead them to be active stewards for the common good.
  3. Critically reflect on the social, economic, or political issues that they will face as citizens.
  4. Learn democratic practices or public engagement through participatory activities organized in the classroom and/or in the community.
In order to take an Engaged Citizen AOI course, students must have 30 or more credit hours (sophomore standing).

Approved Course List:

BIO 108 Emerging Infectious Diseases
BUS 067/HIST 067 Sustainable Development
in Sub-Saharan Africa (summer term)
ECON 115 Labor Economics
ECON 180 Regulation & Antitrust Policy
EDUC 120/220 ESL Strategies
EDUC 140 Speech and the Classroom
Teacher
EDUC 185 Ethical Tensions in Global Urbanization
EDUC 199 Education Opportunities for Children in a Developing Country
EDUC 199 Global Engagement: Service Learning in Belize
ENG 083 English in America: Language,
the Citizen, and National Identity
ENSP 50 Species Conservation and Economic Development
ENSP 50 Poverty, Development, and the Environment
ENSP 051/PHSC 051 Energy and the
Environment
ENSP 055 Tropical Ecology
HIST 168 U.S. Interventionism
HIST 170 The United States and
Vietnam, 1945-1975: War, Dissent,
and American Society
HIST 175 Slavery and Emancipation
in the American Past and Present
HIST 186 Urban Environmental History
HONR 140/REL 155 Liberation and Feminist Theologies
INTD 075 Community Dialogue and Development
INTD 085 Developing Democracy: Critical Issues
in Creating Democratic Engagement
INTD 085 Explorations of Urban Poverty in Des Moines and New York
INTD 087 Disease, Dialogue, and
Democracy
INTD 150 Leading With Emotional Intelligence
JMC 066 Media Responsibility Over Time
JMC 135 Public Relations Principles
LIB 099 Copyright Issues in the United States
LPS 100 Law and Social Change
LPS 135/POLS 119 From Cradle to College, Breastmilk to Beer: The Law, Politics, and Social Responsibility of What you Drink
LPS 135 Contemporary American Indian Law
and Politics
LPS 135 Intergroup Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity
LPS 138 Reproductive Law and Politics
in the U.S.: Dissent and the Possibility
of Dialogue
MUS 119 Music and Politics
PHIL 124 Health and Social Justice
PHIL 151 Science, Values, and Democracy (topic specific)
POLS 051 U.S. Presidential Elections: What to Expect
When You are Electing
POLS 109 Topics in International Relations
POLS 109 Oil, Butter and Guns: Energy Security in the Asia-Pacific
POLS 109 Arab-Israeli Conflict
POLS 112 Women in Politics
POLS 113 The American Electoral Process
POLS 114 Public Opinion
POLS 115 President Nomination Process
POLS 116 Media and Modern Politics
POLS 119 Topics in American Government and Politics

  POLS 119/LPS 135From Cradle to College, Breastmilk to Beer: The Law, Politics, and Social Responsibility
POLS 120 Public Health in Botswana (a Summer Travel Course)
POLS 121 The United Nations and Global
Security
POLS 124 Revisiting the Vietnam War
POLS 125 Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Justice
POLS 126 Grassroots Globalism
POLS 127 Global Public Health and World Politics
POLS 128 Nationalism and Politics in Eastern Europe
POLS 129 Transitions to Democracy
POLS 133 The Middle East Through Films
POLS 134/HIST 146/HON 069 History, Politics, and Society of Modern Egypt
POLS 151 The American Presidency
POLS 152 Congress and the Legislative
Process
POLS 153 Judicial Politics
POLS 155 American Public Policy
POLS 156 Environmental Politics and Policy
POLS 157 Crime Politics and Policy
in the US
POLS 160 Modern European Political
Systems
POLS 162 Contemporary Asian Politics
POLS 163 The Government and Politics of Japan
POLS 164 Government & Politics in
Latin America
POLS 165 Government & Politics of
Developing Nations
POLS 166 Comparative Political Parties
and Interest Groups
POLS 167 Supreme Courts and Elections
POLS 168 Politics and Parliaments
POLS 169 Comparative Law and Courts
POLS 170 International Law
POLS 171 Political Integration of Europe
POLS 173 Human Rights and World Politics
POLS 176 Gender and World Politics
POLS 179 American Foreign Policy
POLS 183 American Liberalism and Conservatism
POLS 185 American Political Theory
POLS 186 Politics and Religion
POLS 189 Topics in Political Theory
POLS 190 Seminar in Constitutional Law
PSY 134 Ethnopolitical Conflict and Peacemaking
REL 120 Black Christianity and Prophetic Politics
SCSR 055/ENSP 050 Environmental Communication
SCSR 128 Argumentation and Advocacy
SCSR 142 Rhetoric and Politics
SCSS 071/ENSP 071: Environmental Movements
SCSS 074 Debating Marriage in the Contemporary United States
SCSS 076 Making Families Public
SCSS 077 Art of the Interview
SCSS 080 Social Problems
SCSS 145 Food and Society
SCSS 160: Jobs, Organizations and Inequality
SCSS 175 Social Stratification
STAT 198 Using Statistics to Shape Health Policy
WLC150: Learning about Immigrants
WS 075/ENG 75/SCSS 75 Introduction to Women's Studies

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Historical Foundations


Historical Foundations: Drake Students will gain greater understanding of the historical foundations of the modern world and the interconnections of global cultures. Two courses are required in this area of inquiry. Students will use historical analyses to study the interplay of multiple forces of change over time. Courses that count for this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of these student learning outcomes. Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the interplay of the fundamental historical forces (political, social, economic, cultural, scientific, and/or technological) that have shaped the contemporary world.
  2. Describe the historical processes that have contributed significantly to global change.
  3. Articulate an understanding of the histories of societies and cultures necessary to participate in an analysis of critical civic and global issues.
  4. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills necessary to analyze the lived realities of power and wealth differentials between industrialized and developing areas of the world.
  5. Reflect upon the nature of history itself as a product influenced by a nexus of forces, interests, and understandings, and on their own place within that historical context.
Approved Course List:

ACTS 198/MATH195 Risky Business
ART 075 Survey of Art History I
ART 076 Survey of Art History II
ART 103 Art of India,  and Japan
ART 104 Christian Art
ART 105 Italian Renaissance
ART 106 17th and 18th Century Art
ART 107 19th Century Art
ART 108 American Art History
ART 109 Modern Art History
ART 110 Art Since 1945
ART 112 Selected Topics
ART 112 Museums
ART 118 American Landscapes
COUN145/245: Counseling Diverse Populations
EDUC 199 Cyprus: Centuries of Globalization
EDUC 199/MSLD 252 Global and Team Leadership
ENG 063 American Writing Since 1960
ENG 104 History of the English Language
ENG 124 Emergence of Mass Culture
ENG 124: Salem Witch Trial and Questions of Evidence
ENG 146 19th Century British Lit
ENG 147 Twentieth Century British Literature
ENG 152 19th Century American Literature
ENG 155 20th Century American Literature
ENG 166 Literature of War
HIST 001 Passages to the Modern World, 1500-1750
HIST 002 Passages to the Modern World, 1750 to Present
HIST 021 East Asian History to 1600
HIST 022 East Asian History since 1600
HIST 041 Ancient Greece
HIST 042 Ancient Rome
HIST 060 Africa in World History
HIST 061 The Rise and Demise of Colonialism in Africa
HIST 075 US History to 1877
HIST 076 US History 1877 to Present
HIST 099/WS 130 Women in European History
HIST 113 America as a World Power
HIST 114 The US from 1933 to Present
HIST 115 From Contact to Removal: American Indian History, 1492-1840
HIST 123 Modern Mexico

HIST 124 Aztecs, Incas and Mayas
HIST 125 Colonial Latin America
HIST 126 Modern Latin America
HIST 129 Modern China
HIST 128 Revolutions in 20th Century Asia
HIST 133 Nineteenth Century Europe
HIST 134 Contemporary Europe
HIST 135 History of the Soviet Union
HIST 136 The Old Regime and the French Revolution
HIST 137 France since 1799
HIST 138 History of the Soviet Union
HIST 151 Culture and History: American from the Depression to the McCarthy Era
HIST 152 European Enlightenment
HIST 153 Chinese Communist Revolution
HIST 155 Introduction to Marxism
HIST 157 Sex and Power in Peasant Societies
HIST 161 Africa, Africans and Atlantic Slavery
HIST 166 The Women Intellectual in the West
HIST 169 The US and the Origins of the Cold War
HIST 172 Women and Gender in Early America
HIST 173 Women and Gender in Modern America
HIST 174 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 175 Slavery and Emancipation
HIST 176 Nationalism in Modern European History
HIST 194 Special Topics
INTD 085 Developing Democracy
MATH 157 History of Mathematics
MILS 005 American Military History
MUS 085 Music History I
MUS 112 Music History II
POLS 134/HIST 146/HONR 069: History, Politics, and Society of Modern Egypt
POLS 135 Islam in the 21st Century
PSY 151 History and Systems of Psychology
REL 053 Life and Teachings of Jesus
SCSR 110 History of American Public Address
(previously Rhetoric 110)
SCSR 150 Plato and Aristotle
(previously Rhetoric 150)
SCSS 130 Contemporary Chinese Society
(previously Sociology 130)
SCAA 157 Historical Research Methods
THEA 120 Theatre History I
THEA 121 Theatre History II
THEA 123 American Musical Theatre
AP - American History
AP - European History
IB - American History Higher Level
IB - American History Subsidiary
IB - European History Higher Level
IB - European History Subsidiary

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Information Literacy


Information Literacy: Drake students will learn to acquire, analyze, interpret, and integrate information, employing appropriate technology to assist with these processes, and to understand the social and ethical implications of information use and misuse. Drake students will use appropriate sources, including library and internet resources, to process and evaluate information. Students will gain an understanding of the social and ethical issues encountered in a networked world, an ability to assess the quality of information, and learn appropriate ways to reference information sources. Students will be able to:

  1. Navigate and integrate scholarly resources into their research and reflection.
  2. Articulate the social and ethical implications of information use and misuse.
  3. Evaluate information resources and identify quality resources relevant to the problem or issue investigated.
  4. Select and employ the appropriate method and data for disciplinary research, problem-based learning, experiential-based research, and/or reflective/integrative coursework.
  5. Articulate the basic implications of information use and misuse related to issues of academic honesty and plagiarism and pursue their educational goals with a high level of academic integrity.
Approved Course List:

ACCT 166 Financial Accounting II
ACTS 170 Stat Modeling/Data Analysis II
CS 010 Preview of Computer Science
CS 065 Introduction to Computer Science
ECON 107 Into to Econometrics
EDUC 109 Educational Technology
ENSP 037 Environmental Case Analysis
FIN 197 Seminar in Finance
HSCI 172 Evaluating Research
JMC 030 Communications in Society
JMC 076 Advertising Principles
JMC 099 Social Media Strategies
LIBR 042 Information Literacy
LIBR 046 Information Literacy
LIBR 072 What's Up Doc(umentory)?
LIBR 120 Advanced Research Methods for the Humanities
and Social Sciences
LPS 135 John Grisham: Lessons in Law and Pop Culture
LPS 135 Toxic Torts
PHAR 144 and 145: Basic Pharmacy Skills and Applications
1 and 2. BOTH are required to fulfill the AOI.
PSY 133 Psychological Assessment
SCSS 157 Historical Research Methods
SCSS 163 Global Youth Studies

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Global and Cultural Understanding


Through understanding the interaction of knowledge, awareness, and cultural responsibility, Drake students will pursue the ideal wherein all persons have value and a voice. They will learn to examine aspects of society in relation to nationality, race, ethnicity gender or culture, including the interactive nature of relations among people who differ according to these categories. Courses that fulfill this AOI will engage students to achieve at least two of these learning outcomes. Students will be able to:

  1. Interpret intercultural issues from the perspectives both of the self and of others and demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of cultural issues.
  2. Explore the elements that create diversity and explain their impact on the development of a culture or interaction between cultures.
  3. Identify and analyze how institutions adjust in response to struggles among members of diverse societies and how they address their needs.
  4. Reflect on the skills and knowledge, and collective efforts necessary to help foster inter-cultural communication, respect, and understanding.
Approved Course List:

ARAB 002 Beginning Arabic II (effective Spring 2011)
ARAB 052 Intermediate Arabic II (effective Spring 2011)
ART 113 Current Chinese Art and Issues
BIO 092 Ethnobotony
BIO 111 Evolved Foodways
BUS 067/HIST 067 Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
BUS 070 International Business
CHIN 002 Beginning Chinese II (effective Spring 2011)
CHIN 052 Intermediate Chinese II (effective Spring 2011)
COUN 145/245 Understanding Diverse Populations
ECON 175 Developing Economies
EDUC 164 Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Gender
EDUC 199 Cyprus: Centuries of Globalization
EDUC 199/MSLD 252 Global and Team Leadership
EDUC 199/299 Perspectives on Education from Finland
ENG 020 Literature and Culture
ENG 066 Reading Race and Ethnicity
ENG 123 Advanced Topics: Northern England and Scotland
ENG 158 Literature of South Africa
ENG 163 Transcultural Literature
ENG 164/ WS 111 Latino/A Literature
ENG 165 Postcolonial Literature
ENSP 111 International Environ-
mental Seminar
FREN 002 Beginning French II (effective Spring 2011)
FREN 052 Intermediate French II (effective Spring 2011)
FREN 151 National Identity in a Transnational Age
FREN 152 French Film
FREN 160 French Language and Literature
GERM 002 Beginning German II
(effective Spring 2011)
GERM 052 Intermediate German II (effective Spring 2011)
GERM 151 National Identity in a Transnational Age
GERM 152 German Film
GERM 160 German Language and Literature
HIST 021 East Asian History to 1600
HIST 022 East Asian History Since 1600
HIST 041 Ancient Greece
HIST 042 Ancient Rome
HIST 060 Africa in World History
HIST 061 The Rise & Demise of Colonialism in Africa
HIST 067/BUS 067 Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
HIST 099 Women in European History
HIST 115 From Contact to Removal: American Indian History, 1492-1840
HIST 123 Modern Mexico
HIST 124 Aztecs, Incas, Mayas
HIST 125 Colonial Latin America
HIST 126 Modern Latin America
HIST 129 Modern China
HIST 128 Revolutions in 20th Century Asia
HIST 133 Nineteenth-Century Europe
HIST 134 Contemporary Europe
HIST 135 History of Imperial Russia
HIST 136 Old Regime French Revolution
HIST 137 France Since 1799
HIST 138 History of the Soviet Union
HIST 152 European Enlightenment
HIST 153 Chinese Communist Revolution
HIST 157 Sex & Power in Peasant Societies
HIST 159 American Women's History to 1850
HIST 161 Africa, Africans & Atlantic Slavery
HIST 166 The Woman Intellectual in the West
HIST 176 Nationalism in Modern European History
INTD 040 Introduction to American Culture
INTD085 Developing Democracy
INTD 150 Leading With Emotional Intelligence
JAPN 002 Beginning Japanese II
(effective Spring 2011)
JAPN 052 Intermediate Japanese II (effective Spring 2011)
JMC 133 International Advertising Study Seminar
LEAD 110 Leadership at Sea
MKTG 170 Global Marketing
MUS 081 World Music
MUS 082 World Music (for non-music majors)

  PHIL/REL 121: Comparative Religion
POLS 065 Comparative Politics
POLS 075 World Politics
POLS 120 Globalization
POLS 120 Public Health in Botswana (a Summer Travel Course)
POLS 121 The United Nations and Global Society
POLS 128 Nationalism/Politics Eastern Europe
POLS 129 Transitions to Democracy
POLS 133 The Middle East Through Films
POLS 134/HIST 146/HONR 069: History, Politics, and Society of Modern Egypt
POLS 135/HONR 075: Islam in the 21st Century
POLS 160 Modern European Political Systems
POLS 164 Government and Politics in Latin America
POLS 165 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
POLS 168 Politics and Parliaments
POLS 171 European Integration
PSY 134 Ethnopolitical Conflict and Peacemaking
PSY 194/SCSS 196/SCS 196 The "Middle Kingdom" in a Global World: Considering Family, Self, and Nation in a Changing China
REL 003 Introduction to World Religions
REL 005 Introduction to Buddhism
REL 111 Religions of Des Moines
REL 118 Race, Religion and Civic Culture
REL 130 The Global Bible
REL 151 Cultural Diversity in Israel and Palestine
RUSS 002 Beginning Russian II (effective Spring 2011)
RUSS 052 Intermediate Russian II (effective Spring 2011)
SCSA 002 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (previously Anthropology 002)
SCSA 093 Representing Cultural Difference (previously Anthropology 093)
SCSA 101/WS 175 Feminist Anthropology (previously Anthropology 101)
SCSA 117 Native America (previously Anthropology 117)
SCSA 196: Social Life and Social Space in Spain
SCSG 002 Human Geography (previously Geography 002)
SCSG 003 World Regional Geography (previously Geography 003)
SCSG 122 Cultural Geography (previously Geography 122)
SCSG 132 Europe (previously Geography 132)
SCSG 134 Africa (previously Geography 134)
SCSG 135 Asia (previously Geography 135)
SCSG 176 South Asia (previously Geography 176)
SCSR 114 Rhetoric of Race (previously Rhetoric 114)
SCSS 020 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
SCSS 072 Global Social Change
SCSS 130 Contemporary Chinese Society (previously Sociology 130)
SCSS 138 Global Reproductive Politics
SCSS 161 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (previously Sociology 161)
SCSS 167 Sociology of the African-American Experience (previously Soc 167)
SCSS 173 Global Citizenship
SCSS 196/SCS 196/PSY 194 The "Middle Kingdom" in a Global World: Considering Family, Self, and Nation in a Changing China
SPAN 002 Beginning Spanish II
(effective Spring 2011)
SPAN 052 Intermediate Spanish II (effective Spring 2011)
SPAN 151 National Identity in a Transnational Age
SPAN 152 Spanish Film
SPAN 160 Spanish Language and Literature
WLC 002 American Sign Language
WLC 070 American Sign Language: Deaf Culture
WLC 148 Intercultural Communication
(formerly DILS 148)
WLC150: Learning about Immigrants
WS 001/ENG 075/SCSS 075 Intro to Women's Studies
AP - French Lit
AP - German Lit
AP - Spanish Lit
IB - European History Higher Level
IB - European History Subsidiary
IB - Geography Higher Level
IB - Geography Subsidiary

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Scientific Literacy


Scientific Literacy: Scientific literacy is crucial for understanding the issues that affect the future for all people, locally, nationally, and globally. Drake students will gain a basic understanding of content, methods, and contributions of science through courses rooted in the content of the life/behavioral and physical sciences. Through significant exposure to experiment and theory, students will be able to meaningfully interpret and evaluate scientific information for personal and professional applications as engaged citizens. All courses that fulfill this AOI will engage students to achieve basic scientific literacy; individual courses will pursue the additional outcomes as appropriate to their disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus. Drake students will complete two courses in this area of inquiry, including one in the life/behavioral sciences and one in the physical sciences. At least one course taken for this AOI will include a laboratory or field experience. Students will be able to:

  1. Apply the methods of science for the generation, collection, assessment, and interpretation of scientific date and/or phenomena.
  2. Use scientific methods and ways of thinking to solve problems.
  3. Describe scientific theories on cognitive and behavioral, intellectual, or physical development.
  4. Articulate the interrelationship of the development of human societies with the natural world around them.
  5. Articulate the relevance of science to the global community in order to serve as active stewards for the natural environment.

* Special rules for courses with SMCE prefix: SMCE courses integrate physical science, life science and math. The first SMCE course may be counted toward physical science or life science, but not both. A student taking two SMCE courses will be considered to have fulfilled the physical science, life science AND quantitative requirements. SMCE courses may be taken in any order.

Approved Course List:
Physical Science   Life/Behavioral Science

ASTR 001 Descriptive Astronomy (w/optional lab)
CHEM 001/003 General Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 006/007 Chemistry for the Informed Citizen w/lab
CHEM 97/98 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 108/110 Organic Chemistry II w/lab
ENSP 022 Meteorology: The Science of Weather
ENSP 027 Environmental Hazards
ENSP 041/GEOL 001 Principles of Geology
ENSP 105 Environmental Geology
ENSP 135 Global Climate Change: Science and Policy Issues
PHSC 001 Physical Science I
PHSC 051 Energy and the Environment
PHY 001 Intro Physics I
PHY 005 Intro Topics in Physics
PHY 011 General Physics I
SMCE 001 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: Nutrition*
SMCE 002 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: The Iowa Environment*
AP - Chemistry
AP - Physics B
AP - Physics C Elec & Mag
AP - Physics C Mechanics
IB - Chemistry Higher Level
IB - Chemistry Subsidiary
IB - Physics Higher Level
IB - Physics Subsidiary
CLEP - Chemistry General

  BIO 001/001L Biological Sciences w/lab
BIO 012/012L General and Pre-Professional Biology w/lab
BIO 013/013L General and Pre-Professional Biology II w/lab
BIO 019/BIO 019L Intro to Botany w/lab
BIO 092/092L Ethnobotony w/ lab
BIO 111 Evolved Foodways
CHEM 006/007 Chemistry for the Informed Citizen w/lab
CHEM 97/98 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
CHEM 108/110 Organic Chemistry II w/lab
COUN 160 Medical & Psychological Aspects of Disability
ENSP 035/036 One Earth: Global Environmental Science w/lab
ENSP 055 Tropical Ecology
PSY 001 Intro to Psychology
SMCE 001 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: Nutrition*
SMCE 002 Science and Math for Civic Engagement: The Iowa Environment*
AP - Biology
AP - Psychology
IB - Biology Higher Level
IB - Biology Subsidiary
CLEP - Biology General

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Quantitative Literacy


Drake students will learn to reason with the symbols and components of mathematical languages as well as effectively use the principles that underlie these operations. Courses that satisfy this requirement will have mathematical reasoning as their principal focus. They may also address questions that engage learners with the world around them and help them to analyze quantitative claims that arise from the study of civic, political, scientific, or social issues. Quantitative literacy courses may be focused on the mathematical needs of a specific discipline or on a specific interdisciplinary issue or problem. These courses will engage students to achieve these student learning outcomes. Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and present solutions to problems using symbols and components from mathematical languages and their underlying principles.
  2. Identify and execute appropriate mathematical operations for a given question.
  3. Evaluate claims based upon mathematical arguments.
Approved Course List:

BIO 099 Biological Research & Statistical Methods
MATH 017 The Spirit of Mathematics
MATH 020 College Algebra
MATH 024 Structure of Mathematics for Elementary Education
MATH 025 Structure of Mathematics for Elementary Education II
MATH 028 Business Calculus
MATH 050 Calculus I
MATH 054 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 070 Calculus II
MATH 080 Linear Algebra
MATH 100 Calculus III
PHIL 114 Symbolic Logic
POLS 095 Methods in Politics
PSY 011 Introductory Statistics
STAT 050 Statistics for Social Sciences
STAT 060 Statistics for Life Sciences
STAT 071 Statistics I
STAT 072 Statistics II
AP - Math Calc A&B
AP - Math Calc B&C
AP - Stat
IB - Math Higher Level
IB - Math Subsidiary
CLEP - Calculus Elem Function

As of Fall 2011 we no longer accept credit for these three CLEP tests:
CLEP - College Algebra
CLEP - College Algebra/Trig
CLEP - Trigonometry

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Values and Ethics


Values & Ethics: Drake students will learn to recognize ethical issues and to reflect critically upon the demands of conscience. They will develop as reflective practitioners with an understanding of the larger goals of stewardship inherent in their professional endeavors, and have a sense of obligation that extends to beyond the self. They will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to anticipate the consequences of actions as well as an understanding of the dispositions necessary to develop a commitment to ethical conduct. Students will develop the basic tools required to question themselves and others in a responsible manner and to evaluate the ethical implications of both collective and personal choices.

Courses that fulfill this AOI will meet at least two of these student learning outcomes. Students will be able to:

  1. Recognize and reflect critically on ethical issues.
  2. Identify values that underlie human activities.
  3. Articulate ethical issues that arise in their professional or civic life.
  4. Articulate relevant ethical issues and apply them in developing solutions for critical problems and questions.
  5. Articulate a reasoned vision of their own values or core beliefs.
Approved Course List:

BIO 021/PHY 025/PSY 095 Science, Ethics
and Diversity (Spring 2008 to present)
BLAW 060 Business Law
BUS 090 Business Ethics
CS 083 Ethical and Social Issues and Computing
CS 105 Computers and the Future
EDUC 103 Foundations of Education
EDUC 174 Safety in Academic Science Labs
EDUC 198 Educational Equity and Social Justice
ENSP 157 Environmental Justice
HSCI 105 Issues in Health Sciences IV: Bioethics
JMC 104 Communications Law and Ethics
PHAR 162 Pharmacy Law & Ethics

  PHIL 090 Ethics
PHIL 091 Contemporary Ethical Problems
PHIL 117 Bio-Medical Ethics
PHIL 118 Feminist Ethics
PHIL 137 Rights and Responsibilities
POLS 079 Ethics in a Globalizing World
POLS 125 Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Justice
POLS 173 Human Rights & World
PSY 145 Applied and Professional Ethics in Psychology (previously PSY 195)
REL 140 Ecological Ethics
REL 151: Confucianism and Human Rights
SCSR 112 Rhetoric of War (previously Rhet 112)
SCSS 071:/ENSP 071: Environmental Movements
SCSS 100 Doing Morality (previously Soc 100)
SCSS 170 Deviance (previously Soc 170)
SCSS 174 Being and Power: Feminist Theories of Subjectivity (previously Soc 174)

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Written Communication


Drake students will learn to read with discrimination and understanding and to write persuasively.

Drake students will learn to shape their writing according to subject, purpose, medium, context and intended audience.

This area of inquiry may be satisfied by a single course, provided that writing is a significant component of the course, significant attention is directed towards the teaching of writing, and a significant portion of the student's grade focuses on the quality of writing, independent of the subject matter.

Approved Course List:

BUS 098 Professional Communications
ENG 038 Literary Study
ENG 039 Writing Seminar
ENG 042 Approaches to American Literature (before 1900)
ENG 044 Approaches to British Literature (before 1900)
ENG 056 The Classic Then and Now
ENG 058 Reading Shakespeare
ENG 061 Approaches to American Literature (after 1900)
ENG 062 Approaches to British Literature (after1900)
ENG 086 Reading & Writing Sexuality
ENG 088 Reading and Writing about Class
ENG 090 Reading & Writing Drama
ENG 091 Reading & Writing Poetry
ENG 092 Reading & Writing the Short Story
ENG 093 Reading & Writing Non-Fiction
ENG 094 Business & Admin. Communication
ENG 109 Prose Stylistics
ENG 111 Reading & Writing the Personal Essay
ENG 112 Autobiography and Memoir
ENG 120 Topics in Writing

 

JMC 054 Reporting & Writing Principles
JMC 091 Magazine Article Writing
JMC 123 Public Relations Writing
JMC 124 Advertising Copywriting
MUS 111 History of Music I
POLS 192 Senior Seminar on International Relations Theory
PSY012 Writing in Psychology
REL 053 Life and Teachings of Jesus
AP - English Lit
AP - Composition
IB - English Higher Level
IB - English Subsidiary

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University News
April 15, 2014
Drake University’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) will host a discussion on the Keystone XL Pipeline initiative in collaboration with the Iowa Energy Forum. General James Jones, a former national security advisor, will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative.
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