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Contemporary Challenges [CC] (6 credits)

contemporary challengesStudents must take two degree credit-bearing courses that meet one or more of these goals.

  • Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person's experiences of and perspectives on contemporary issues.
  • Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.
  • Analyze contemporary issues of social justice.

The Contemporary Challenges Learning Goals must be fulfilled by taking classes at Rutgers-New Brunswick; transfer and AP courses are not certified to meet these learning goals.

SAS Core courses taught each semester are available to view in the Schedule of Classes. After selecting a semester, New Brunswick, and Undergraduate and hitting "Continue", choose the tab on the left labeled "Core Code". The dropdown list will show each of the SAS Core codes. After selecting one of the options, courses will appear from all departments that fulfill that SAS Core goal.

Course # Course Title Credits Core Codes
 
African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
01:013:204 Introduction to Discourse Analysis 3 CC, SCL
01:013:205 Cultural Forces in International Politics 3 CC
01:013:285 Language and Globalization 3 CC
01:013:305 Languages in Peril (formerly African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages in Peril) 3 CC, ITR
01:013:307 Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures and Theories 3 CC, AHo or AHp
American Studies
01:050:210 The American Dream 4 CC, AHp
01:050:223 Learning from the Past: Early America and the 21st Century 3 CC, HST
01:050:271 Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes  3 CC, SCL
01:050:316 Twenty-First Century Writing 3 CC, AHp
Anthropology
01:070:111 Extinction 4 CC, NS, SCL
01:070:223 Anthropology of Latin America  3 CC
01:070:225 Gender in Global Perspective 3 CC
01:070:242 Anthropology of the Middle East 3 CC
01:070:303 Wealth and Culture  3 CC
01:070:324 Globalization, Sex, and Families 3 CC
01:070:372 Body Politics
(formerly Anthropology of the Body)
3 CC
Art History
01:082:101 Building the Future: An Introduction to Architecture 3 CC, Ahp
01:082:118 Looking at Twenty First-Century World History 3 CC, HST
Asian Studies
01:098:250 Global East Asia 4 CC, HST or SCL
Biological Sciences
01:119:150 Biology, Society, and Biomedical Issues  3 CC, NS
01:119:152 Biomedical Issues of AIDS  3 CC
01:119:154 Genetics, Law, and Social Policy 3 CC, NS
01:119:155 Human Genetics 3 CC, NS
01:119:156 Genetics, Evolution and Human Health 3 CC, NS
01:119:160 Biology, Society, and Ecological Issues  3 CC, NS
Chemistry
01:160:127 Impact of Chemistry  3 CC, NS
Chinese Studies
01:170:245 Women and Contemporary Chinese Society 3 CC, HST, WCr or WCd
Cinema Studies
01:175:321 World Cinema II 3 CC, AHp
Cognitive Science
01:185:253 Human Nature and Human Diversity 4 CC, AHo
Communication and Information
04:189:103 Information Technology and Informatics 3 CC, ITR
04:189:353 Digital Technology and Disruptive Change 3 CC, ITR
Communication
04:192:346 Intercultural Communication 3 CC, WCr or WCd
04:192:354 Mediated Communication Theory 3 CC, WCd
04:192:380 Public Speaking 3 CC, WCr, ITR
04:192:432 Mediated Communication in Society 3 CC
04:192:446 Communication and Social Change 3 CC, WCd
04:192:478 Family Communication 3 CC, WCd
Comparative Literature
01:195:220 The Global Ecological Imagination 3 CC, Aho
01:195:270 Past Today 3 CC, AHo or AHp
01:195:307 Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures and Theories  3 CC, AHo or AHp
01:195:321 World Cinema II 3 CC, AHp
01:195:334 Russia: Between Empire and Nation 3 CC
Computer Science
01:198:142 Data 101 3 CC, QQ or QR, ITR
01:198:405 Seminar in Computers and Society 3 CC, WCd
East Asian Languages and Area Studies
01:214:245 Global East Asia (no longer offered) 3 CC, HST or SCL, WCd
Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
11:216:115 Evolution of Sex & Gender in Animals 3 CC, NS
11:216:317 Conservation Ecology 3 CC, WCd
economics
01:220:120 Inequality 3 CC, SCL
English
01:354:205 Cinema Today 4 CC, AHp
01:354:321 World Cinema II 3 CC, AHp
01:358:205 The Coming Apocalypse 4 CC, AHp
01:358:275 The Cultural History of Now 3 CC, AHp
Environmental and Business Economics
11:373:101 Economics, People, and the Environment 3 CC, SCL
11:373:431
(was 11:015:431)
International Trade Policy 3 CC
Environmental Planning and Design
11:573:202
(was 11:372:202)
Environmental Issues in the United States 3 CC, SCL
Environmental Policies, Institutions and Behavior
11:374:101 Introduction to Human Ecology 3 CC, SCL
11:374:115 Water and Society 3 CC, SCL
11:374:175 Energy and Society 3 CC, SCL
11:374:279 Politics of Environmental Issues 3 CC, SCL
Environmental Science
11:375:101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 CC, NS
11:375:197 Environmental Science Literacy 3 CC, ITR
European Studies
01:360:320 Politics and Social Policy: Lessons from Europe 3 CC
French
01:420:251 France and the World - the World in France (Taught in English)
(formerly The Republic and the Melting Pot: Immigration and Integration in Contemporary France)
3 CC, AHp
01:420:271 Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France 3 CC, WCd
Genetics
01:447:354 Social, Legal and Ethical Implications of the New Genetics 3 CC
01:447:356 Evolutionary Medicine 3 CC
01:447:384 Genetic Analysis I  4 CC
Geography
01:381:101 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 CC
01:450:101 Earth Systems 3 CC, NS
01:450:102 Transforming the Global Environment  3 CC, NS
01:450:214 Conservation 4 CC, SCL
01:450:240 Cities 3 CC, HST, SCL
01:450:250 Cities 4 CC, SCL
01:450:341 South Asia 3 CC
01:450:363 Geography of Development 3 CC
01:450:370 Climate Change and Society 3 CC, ITR
01:558:101 Global Awareness: An Introduction to International and Global Studies 3 CC
Geological Sciences
01:460:110 Sea Change: The Rise and Fall of Sea Level and the Jersey Shore 3 CC, NS
01:460:203 Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet 3 CC, NS
01:460:204 The Water Planet 3 CC, NS
01:460:207 Oil and Gold: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 3 CC, NS
01:460:222 Planet Mars, the Next Frontier 3 CC, NS
01:460:224 Geology of the Moons and Planets 3 CC, NS
History
01:506:118 Looking at Twenty First-Century World History 3 CC, HST
01:506:151 History and the News 3 CC, HST
01:508:110 Political Islam 3 CC, HST
01:508:209 Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives 3 CC, HST
01:508:226 War and Violence in Africa 3 CC, HST
01:512:216 Famous Trials 3 CC, HST
01:512:268 Plantation to White House 3 CC, HST or SCL
Information Technology and Informatics
04:547:111 The Internet and the Information Environment: A Quantitative Approach 3 CC, QR, ITR
04:547:220 Retrieving and Evaluating Electronic Information 3 CC, ITR
04:547:340 Gender and Technology 3 CC, SCL, WCd
Interdisciplinary Studies
01:556:143 Energy and Climate Change  3 CC, NS
01:556:271 Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes  3 CC, SCL
Japanese
01:565:215 A-Bomb Literature and Film in Japan 3 CC, AHp
Jewish Studies
01:563:280 Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives 3 CC, HST
01:563:350 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 3 CC, HST or SCL, AHo
Journalism and Media Studies
04:567:330 Exploring New Media
(no longer offered - NOT equivalent to Exploring New Media 04:567:211, which is not on the Core)
3 CC
Labor Studies      
37:575:110 Work, Society, and the Quality of Life 3 CC, SCL
37:575:215 Youth and Work 3 CC, SCL
37:575:301 Labor Movements and Democracy
(formerly Comparative Labor Movements)
3 CC
37:575:302 Comparative Social and Labor Legislation 3 CC
37:575:303 Black Workers in American Society  3 CC, SCL
37:575:307 Latino Workers in the U.S. 3 CC
37:575:309 Working Women in American Society 3 CC, SCL
37:575:320 Immigrant Workers and Their Rights 3 CC
37:575:335 Women and the Labor Movement in the US and Globally 3 CC
37:575:357 Social Movements, Social Change and Work 3 CC
37:575:359 Organizing for Social Change 3 CC
37:575:363 Labor and the Global Economy 3 CC
37:575:364 Diversity in the Workplace 3 CC
Landscape Architecture
11:550:230 Environmental Design Analysis 3 CC, AHp
11:550:371 Agriculture and the Landscape 3 CC
Latin American Studies
01:590:101 Latin America: An Introduction  3 CC, HST or SCL
Latino and Caribbean Studies
01:595:100 Introduction to Caribbean Studies 3 CC
01:595:101 Introduction to Latino Studies 3 CC
01:595:202 Color-Lines and Borderlands 4 CC, Aho
01:595:271 Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes  3 CC, SCL
01:595:333 Caribbean Religion 3 CC, SCL, WCr
Marine and Coastal Sciences
11:628:204 The Water Planet 3 CC, NS
11:628:221 Human Interactions with the Coastal Ocean 3 CC, NS
Microbiology
11:680:101 Living in the Microbial World 3 CC, NS
11:680:103 Microbiology of Agricultural Products in New Jersey 3 CC, NS
Middle Eastern Studies
01:685:100 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 3 CC, HST or SCL, AHo
01:685:280 Jerusalem Contested: A City's History from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives 3 CC, HST
01:685:306 Multiple Identities of the Middle East 3 CC, HST
01:685:350 Introduction to the Modern Middle East  3 CC, HST or SCL, AHo
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
01:694:414 Harnessing Solar Energy 3 CC
Music
07:700:292 Musics of the World
(formerly Introduction to World Music)
3 CC, AHp
Nutritional Sciences
11:709:255 Nutrition and Health 3 CC, NS
Organizational Leadership
01:713:308 Leadership in a Diverse Workplace 3 CC
Philosophy
01:730:252 Eating Right: The Ethics of Food Choices and Food Policy 4 CC, AHo, WCd
01:730:253 Human Nature and Human Diversity 4 CC, AHo
Physics
01:750:140 The Greenhouse Effect  3 CC, NS
Political Science
01:790:120 Inequality 3 CC, SCL
01:730:313 Political Economy of East Asia 3 CC
01:790:318 Comparative Public Policy 3 CC
01:790:320 Politics and Social Policy: Lessons from Europe 3 CC
01:790:333 Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 3 CC
Psychology
01:830:123 Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences 4 CC, HST
Public Health      
10:832:252 Health and Social Justice 3 CC, SCL
Religion
01:840:101 Gods, Myths, and Religions in a Secular Age 3 CC, AHo
01:840:105 Religions Now: Cst Century Controversies 4 CC, AHo
01:840:333 Caribbean Religion 3 CC, SCL, WCr
Russian
01:860:334 Russia: Between Empire and Nation 3 CC
Sexualities Studies
01:888:290 Introduction to Critical Sexualities Studies  3 CC
01:888:291 Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France 3 CC, WCd
Sociology
01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology 3 CC, SCL
01:920:103 Sociological Analysis of Social Problems 3 CC, SCL
01:920:108 Minority Groups in American Society 3 CC, SCL
01:920:240 Normality and Abnormality 4 CC, SCL, WCd
01:920:271 Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes  3 CC, SCL
01:920:273 War: Critical Perspectives 3 CC, SCL
Spanish
01:940:363 Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World  3 CC
01:940:418 The Spanish Language in Social Contexts  3 CC
01:940:450 Spanish-American Theater  3 CC
01:940:462 Environment and Literature in Hispanic Culture 3 CC
Statistics
01:960:142 Data 101 3 CC, QQ or QR, ITR
Study Abroad
01:xxx:xxx Study Abroad Program - Full Time
12cr or more in a Fall or Spring term, or
6cr or more in a Summer term
xx CC
Theater Arts      
07:965:370 Global Theater I 3 CC, AHo
Women's and Gender Studies
01:988:101 Introduction to Gender, Race, and Sexuality (formerly Women, Culture, and Society) 3 CC
01:988:130 Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women's Leadership 3 CC
01:988:160 Women Working in the Global Economy: Feminist Perspectives 3 CC
01:988:235 Dynamics of Class, Race, and Sex 3 CC
01:988:270 War: Critical Perspectives 3 CC, SCL
01:988:271 Immigrant States: Jersey's Global Routes 3 CC, SCL
01:988:309 Working Women in American Society 3 CC, SCL
01:988:317 Gender and Consumption 3 CC
01:988:337 Globalization, Sex, and Families 3 CC

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