International students are welcome in this class, as you contribute to the diversity of class discussions. However, we have consulted extensively with English as a Second Language faculty, who advise us that this is NOT a good course for international students with weak skills in reading and writing in English. You may be tempted to take it because it meets both the ethnic studies and com-b requirements, but the ESL faculty recommend that you meet the two requirements in separate courses. The class requires that you read four books plus do extensive library research. Because it is a com-b course, you must be graded on your writing by the same standards as native speakers of English. The papers involve analysis of issues in US politics, which are harder for an international student to understand. If you do not easily read and write in English, you should expect that you will need to spend a great deal of extra time on this class or that you will receive a lower grade than you might otherwise hope for. Please ask ESL faculty for advice if you are unsure about how to evaluate your English skills.
This is a high-demand course and many people are trying to get into it. No one is being admitted except through the normal on-line enrollment. If you want to get into the class, sign up for the section you want on the electronic wait list through your student center.People on the wait list will have priority over people who try to add the class when classes begin. To confirm your place on the wait list you will need to ATTEND THE FIRST LECTURE CLASS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE 5206 on January 21. We will have students fill out information sheets and select people based on their need for the course and ability to contribute to the diversity of class discussions. Students who first attend a later class will have a lower priority than those who attend the first lecture.