Santa Clara University


Facilitator: Chad Raphael, Communication

This Pathway will focus on the history, theory, and practice of democracy. As both a political philosophy and a way of allocating power, democracy may be studied in many contexts:

  • Within political systems, as "rule by the people."
  • Within social systems, influencing and influenced by other institutions, such as the economy, education, philanthropy, science and technology, social services, the arts, religion, the media, and even the family.
  • In non-governmental institutions, shaping decision-making and rights of stakeholders.

The unifying goal of this Pathway is to help each student draw conclusions about the contributions to and practice of democracy in contemporary institutions relevant to the student's major and/or vocation.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ENGL            2A            Global Rights & Perceptions
ENGL            2A            Making Change Happen
ENGL            2A            Science, Ethics, and Society
ENGL            2A            The Rhetoric of Social Class
ENGL           12A           Rebellion & Conformity
HIST             12H           Rebellion & Conformity
HNRS           12A           Rebellion & Conformity
PHIL             12A           Personal Identity & Community (Vallor)
PHIL             12A           Philosophy, Society & Culture
POLI             2A             Making Change Happen

American Politics
GOVT           410-001T  American Gov't & Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

ANTH            151          Law and Society

Art History
*ARTH          144          Race, Gender, and Nation in the 18th and 19th Century American Art
*ARTH          145          Perpetual Revolution: American Art in the 20th Century

Arts & Sciences
ASCI              50            Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ELSJ 50)

CLAS             108          Ancient Greece (cross-listed with HIST 108)
CLAS             113          Democracy Under Siege: Ancient Athens and Modern America (cross-listed with HIST 132)
CLAS             146          Age of Socrates (cross-listed with PHIL 131A)
CLAS             187          The Democratic Muse: Public Art in Athens and the United States

CLAS             188          Classical Origins of Justice

COMM           40            Introduction to Journalism
COMM           40EL       Introduction to Journalism-ELSJ (cross-listed with ETHN 60)
*COMM         108A       Communication and Gender (cross-listed with WGST 161)
COMM           120A       Environmental Communication
COMM           122A       Media and Advocacy
COMM           127A       Media and Social Movements
COMM           128B       Dialogue and Deliberation
*COMM        141B        Advanced Journalism
*COMM        145B        Legal Journalism
COMM           147A       Theory of News
COMM           168A       Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with WGST 117)
COMM           170A       Communication Law
COMM           450-001T Journalism Semester Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

ENGL             66            Radical Imagination
ENGL             100          Literature & Democracy
ENGL             105          Literacy and Social Justice
ENGL             145          Milton
ENGL             148EL     Victorian Literature

Ethnic Studies
ETHN             60            Intro to Journalism: Focus on America's Diverse, Multi-Racial Identities and Communities (cross-listed with COMM 40EL)
ETHN             134          Black Social Movements
ETHN             156          Environmental Racism, Gender & Justice (cross-listed with WGST 113)
ETHN             165          Community Based Research Methods

Environmental Studies
*ENVS           122          Environmental Politics and Policy (cross-listed with POLI 157)

Experiential Learning for Social Justice
ELSJ               50            Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ASCI 50)

French & Francophone Studies
*FREN           173           Immigration, Race, & Identity in Contemporary France

HIST               96A         Introduction to the History of the United States I
HIST               96B         Globalization, Reform, and War: The United States, 1877 to Present
HIST               108          Ancient Greece (cross-listed with CLAS 108)
HIST               112          The Haitian Revolution in World History and Memory
HIST               115S        Gender, Race, and Citizenship in the Atlantic World (cross-listed with WGST 169)
HIST               118          Representation, Rights, and Democracy, 1050-1792
HIST               121          Saving the World? A Critical History of Human Rights and Humanitarianism
HIST               128          Victorian London
HIST               130          France and the World
HIST               130A       The French Enlightenment and Revolution in a Global Context
HIST               130B        Late Modern France & the World
HIST               131          War and Democracy in the United Kingdom during World War I
HIST               132          Democracy Under Siege: Ancient Athens and Modern America (cross-listed with CLAS 113)
HIST               158          Turmoil and Reform: U.S. 1877-1920
HIST               165          United States Political History
HIST               170          The American Revolution
HIST               186          California
HIST               188S        The Making of Modern America: The Progressive Era (formerly HIST 188)

Justice & Law
JLS                  492-001T Justice Semester Seminar I  (American University Washington Semester Program)

Peace & Conflict Resolution
SIS                  319-900T The Middle East & World Affairs Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS                  450-900T  Int'l Law & Organizations Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS                  471-900T  Int'l Environment & Development Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS                  486-900T  Peace & Conflict Resolution Seminar (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS                  491-001T  Foreign Policy & Intn'l Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

PHIL               8              Ethical Issues in Politics
PHIL               8H           Ethical Issues in Politics
*PHIL             113          Ethics and Constitutional Law
*PHIL             114          Ethics and Criminal Law
*PHIL             123          Marx and Ethics
* PHIL            131A       Ancient Philosophy: Socrates (cross-listed with CLAS 146)

Political Science
POLI               1              Introduction to U.S. Politics
POLI               2              Intro to Comparative Politics
POLI               30            Introduction to Political Philosophy
POLI               149L        Special Topics in Comparative Politics: British Politics
POLI               107          American Political Thought
POLI               116 A      Model United Nations Research Preparation (must take both A and B in order to get the 2 units of credit; if these courses are used towards the pathway, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum)
*POLI             116B        Model United Nations: International Conflict Simulation (must take both A and B in order to get the 2 units of credit; if these courses are used towards the pathway, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum)
POLI               117           International Humanitarian Action: Darfur
*POLI             119           European Union
POLI               132           Transnational Political Movements
*POLI             133           Political Parties, Elections & Policy
*POLI             134           Race & Ethnicity in Politics of Developed States
*POLI             143           Democracy & Democracy Building
*POLI             144           European Politics
*POLI             150           The Presidency
*POLI             151           The Congress
*POLI             153           Minority Politics in the U.S.
*POLI             156           Politics and Mass Media
POLI               157           U.S. Environmental Policy (cross-listed with ENVS 122)
POLI               169           Special Topics in US Politics (cross-listed with WGST 118)
POLI               171           Women and Law (cross-listed with WGST 118)
POLI               198A        Public Sector Study and Internship (Cross-listed with POLI 198EL)
POLI               198EL      Public Sector Study and Internship (Cross-listed with POLI 198)

PSYC              155           Psychology and Law

Religious Studies
*TESP             163           Christianity and Politics 

SOCI                30            Self, Community, and Society
SOCI                122          Applied Capstone
SOCI                132          Social Stratification
SOCI                157          Sociology of Family (cross-listed with WGST 182)
*SOCI              161          Sociology of the Criminal Justice System

SOCI                170          Applied Capstone

THTR               44            Modern American Theatre History: Censorship, Arts Funding and Theatre Unions

Transforming Communities
GOVT              417-001T Transforming Communities Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Women's and Gender Studies
WGST              76            Violence Against Women
WGST              101          Feminist Theory
WGST              113          Environmental Racism, Gender, & Justice (cross-listed with ETHN 156)
WGST              117          Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with COMM 168A)
WGST              118          Women & Law (cross-listed with POLI 169 and POLI 171)
*WGST            161          Communication and Gender (cross-listed with COMM 108A)
WGST              169          Gender, Race, and Citizenship in the Atlantic World (cross-listed with HIST 115)
WGST              182          Sociology of Family (cross-listed with SOCI 157)
WGST              189          Sex, Law and Social Justice: The Politics of Advocacy

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites