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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Non-Degree Programs

Critical Discourse

This course is an integration of informal logic, or reasoned discourse, with small group collaborative problem solving. Students will learn how to define and propose reasoned solutions to various types of problems. The skills stressed are those of speaking, listening, reasoning, and working effectively in small groups.

Cross Cultural Studies

Students develop an understanding of the commonality and diversity of human experiences from the study of materials in one or more of the courses designated Cross-Cultural. The cross-cultural courses are explicitly designed to enhance a student’s awareness of one or more non-English-speaking cultures through such topics as language, literature, history, values, social relationships and institutions, and ideas and beliefs.

Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies

The Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies at Monmouth University consists of exciting course offerings, as well as regular campus events, that critically investigate gendered power relations in all fields of social life. Not only do we support the rigorous examination of the social construction of gender in various social, cultural and historical contexts, we encourage students to become keen analysts of how gender inequalities in a range of domains intersect with other structures of advantage and disadvantage, such as race, class, nation, and sexuality.

Religious Studies

In the spirit of leadership, Monmouth University promotes the research, study, and teaching of world religions to: teach our students and the community to understand different faiths and their cultural heritage; help foster a harmonious social unity in which members of all religions or ideologies may interact openly; study different religions with scholarly objective analysis and scientific criticism; analyze the sacred texts, doctrines and teachings of world religions; and highlight religious/philosophical questions with reasoned consistent, coherent, and integrated investigations, while respecting cultural and gender differences and sustaining the freedom of every personal faith and ideology; deepen the understanding of religious differences which often lead to military and sectarian conflicts; and search for common ground(s) from which world peace can flourish, encouraging the awareness that religions offer ethical and moral codes.