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Underlying all the University's programs is the conviction that an educated person is one who knows that which is important for all people to know. Courses required for your major may prepare you for your vocation; the General Education program provides you the integrative intellectual experience common to all Chico graduates.

General Education (GE) will help you to see your major's place in your total education by showing you that knowledge is not isolated, that what you know of one subject is related to what you know of another, that there is always more to know, and that what you know affects the way you live. By suggesting the essential unity and wholeness of knowledge, GE counteracts the sense of fragmentation you may feel while studying bits and pieces of issues and information through the various colleges, schools, and departments of the University.

You, like many new students, may be uncertain about your choice of a major or career field. Thus, in addition to the primary goal of broadening your awareness and understanding, an early focus on GE may help you become better acquainted with yourself and discover and deepen your interests and abilities in various academic disciplines and programs. If you are undeclared or uncertain about your major, carefully review programs you are considering, taking note of required GE courses and modifications. The Evaluations or Advising and Orientation Offices can help you plan your GE program in such a way that you take full advantage of GE as a powerful career exploration tool.

Which Requirements Do You Follow?

CSU, Chico revised its General Education Program effective fall semester 1987 and again in fall 1993.

If you were admitted and enrolled (matriculated) as a first-time freshman beginning with the fall 1993 semester or thereafter, either at CSU, Chico or at another institution in The California State University or California Community College systems, follow the current GE program described in this section.

Download a PDF of the Fall 2011 Academic Planning and Upper Division Theme Sheet.

If you have questions regarding the General Education program, see an Academic Evaluator in Student Services Center room 120, or call the Evaluations Office at 530-898-5957.

Important Notes to Help You with General Education Planning

1. No more than 39 semester units of GE credit may be certified by other institutions to apply to GE requirements at Chico.

NOTE: If you are a transfer student from a California community college who has completed the entire Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), you will not be held for additional lower-division GE requirements. However, you must complete CSU, Chico's U.S. Diversity and Global Cultures requirements, if these courses were not taken within your IGETC program, and, if necessary, the U.S. History, Constitutions, and American Ideals requirement, which may double-count within the IGETC certification program. All students transferring with IGETC must complete the 9-units of Upper-Division coursework in a Pathway at Chico.

2. If, by virtue of transferring or readmission after an extended absence, you are required to switch from an earlier GE pattern, we will grant as much GE credit as possible for courses previously taken.

3. If you transfer to another CSU campus, Chico will certify a maximum of 39 GE units. The remaining 9 units must be completed at the campus awarding your degree.

4. Many courses which meet either the U.S. Diversity or the Global Cultures Studies graduation requirement also meet specific GE Area requirements. These courses are identified both in the following GE program and on the U.S. Diversity and Global Cultures Studies course list at the end of this chapter. Other U.S. Diversity and Global Cultures courses not currently approved for GE are also listed at the end of this chapter.

5. Several majors require you to take specific GE courses and/or recommend certain GE courses as elective credit for the major. In a few high-unit majors we have made modifications in the GE requirement in order to reduce the total number of units required to complete the program. It is very important that you review the description of your major in the University Catalog with your advisor. You must determine whether or not specific GE courses are recommended or required or if there are modifications which you should consider for your major. The GE modifications are summarized later in this chapter.

6. Courses used to meet the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement (HIST 130 and POLS 155) do not count toward the 48 units of GE in most cases. There are exceptions: this requirement may count toward GE for students majoring in certain high-unit programs (See "Majors with Important Modifications to GE Requirements"). Exceptions will be noted on your transfer evaluation.

7. Passing scores on some Advanced Placement and CLEP exams can fulfill GE requirements. See the "Evaluation of Transfer Credit" section in The University Catalog and an Evaluator in SSC 110 or Advisor in SSC 220 for specifics.

General Education Evaluation

When you have completed at least 39 semester units of GE, review your Degree Progress report in your student center via the Chico State Portal. If you have questions regarding the General Education portion of your Degree Progress report please see an Evaluator in SSC 110 or an Advisor in SSC 220.

General Education Course Notation and Footnotes

Courses which may count toward both a major and General Education are identified by asterisks (*) in the program requirements description of a major in The University Catalog.

General Education courses listed in this section which are also applicable to the U.S. Diversity orGlobal Cultures requirements are footnoted USD or GC respectively.

General Education Course Requirements Overview

You are to complete 48 units selected from designated General Education categories and courses. If you are enrolled in or are considering one of our high-unit majors, such as engineering, nursing, or liberal studies, carefully review the GE changes outlined in "Majors with Important Modifications to General Education Requirements" found later in this chapter.

Note the following general guidelines:

1. Courses must be selected according to the following pattern of General Education: 12 units from core requirements (Area A); 27 units from breadth courses (Areas B, C, D, E); and 9 units from Upper-Division Themes.

2. The 9-unit Upper- Division Theme may not be taken until you have completed 45 semester units and GE core requirements.

3. A minimum of 9 of the 48 GE units must be taken at CSU, Chico.

4. GE courses are periodically reviewed and may be added to or deleted from the list below.

General Education Core: 12 Units

Area A: Skills

You must take a minimum of 12 semester units of skills courses, including communication in the English language, both oral and written; critical thinking, considering common fallacies in reasoning; and mathematical concepts and their applications. Select one course from each of groups A1, A2, A3, and A4. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course taken to fulfill Area A requirements.

A1 Oral Communication

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Effective oral communication. Introduction to human communication theory. Practice in gathering, organizing, and presenting material in speeches to persuade, inform, and interest. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002206)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
Effective oral communication. Introduction to human communication theory. Practice in gathering, organizing, and presenting material, with special emphases on evidence, reasoning, analysis, and argument. Oral advocacy of ideas with a focus on critical thinking. Open to Honors students only. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002207)
This course examines communication in small group processes such as group development, group climate, leadership and roles, problem solving, and conflict. Participation in an in-class small group helps facilitate individual and group improvement. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002208)

A2 Written Communication

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: English Placement Test.
Instruction and practice in writing university-level expository prose. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (003383)
Prerequisite: English Placement Test.
A special section of Academic Writing open only to students with English as a Second Language. Interested students should consult with International Evaluations. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (020665)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
As an introductory writing requirement for Honors students, this course is designed to help students sharpen their skills in thinking and writing and to practice and so enhance the connection between the two. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (003386)
Prerequisite: English Placement Test.
Instruction and practice in writing university-level prose. Instruction and practice in writing university-level expository prose. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020872)
Prerequisite: English Placement Test.
An intensive writing course designed to introduce students to professional expository writing by using media content as models and a platform. Emphasis is on clarity, conciseness, and consistency in style, along with form, content, context, and effectiveness of communication. Writing for various audiences will feature the Internet, academic writing, persuasion, description and other rhetorical models. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (021092)

A3 Critical Thinking

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: CMST 131 or CMST 132.
Study of the nature of argument, including methods of analysis, research, patterns and fallacies of reasoning, use and tests of evidence, refutation, and debate as a practical application of argumentation. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002221)
A practical course in clear thinking and sound reasoning, which includes training in recognizing and avoiding the most commonly made mistakes in reasoning. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007151)
Prerequisites: For Students with English as a Second Language.
A special section of Logic and Critical Thinking open only to students with English as a Second Language. Interested students should consult with international evaluations. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007152)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
A special section of Logic and Critical Thinking open only to students with demonstrated academic talent. Interested students should consult with the University Honors Advisor. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007153)

A4 Mathematics

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
An informal approach to mathematics designed to bring an appreciation and workable knowledge of the subject to non-majors. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005514)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
An informal approach to Mathematics designed to bring an appreciation and workable knowledge of the subject to non-majors. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (020870)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005501)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, acceptance into the Honors in General Education Program.
A special section of MATH 105 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. Summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005503)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Solutions to systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, combinatorics, probability, binomial and normal distributions. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005521)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 118, MATH 119 (or High School equivalents).
This course covers the fundamental concepts and techniques of differential and integral calculus with an introduction to differential equations. Emphasis on applications from the Life Sciences. This course is not intended for majors in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or engineering. No credit for students with credit in MATH 120. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005512)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Trigonometric functions, graphs, identities and conditional equations, logarithms, solutions of triangles, and complex numbers. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005500)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, and either 1/2 year of high school trigonometry or MATH 118.
Functions and graphs, including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Systems of equations and inequalities, polar and parametric equations, complex numbers, and analytic trigonometry. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005504)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
Limits and continuity. The derivative and applications to related rates, maxma and minima, and curve sketching. Transcendental functions. An introduction to the definite integral and area. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005506)

General Education Breadth: 27 Units

Area B: Science

You must take a minimum of 6 semester units, including inquiry into the physical universe and its life forms, with some laboratory activity.

Specific course sequences are required or recommended for certain majors. Consult with your major advisor to determine the appropriate selection and sequence.

Select one course from each of Groups B1 and B2 (both groups require labs).

B1 The Physical Universe

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Designed for non-science majors, this course will examine contemporary science issues and use this context to provide an understanding of the basic chemical processes that govern our lives. Students will learn how scientists study chemical processes, decipher them, and develop them to meet our needs. The importance of the relationship between science and technology and the public's understanding of these issues will also be explored. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001819)
Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.
A survey of the principles of chemistry, primarily for students in agriculture, industry and technology, and pre-nursing. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (001826)
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
Principles of chemistry for students in science, medical, and related professions. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, periodic table, gases, solids, liquids, solutions, and equilibrium. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (001816)
Prerequisites: High school biology, chemistry, or physics is recommended.
This course is a survey of the basic processes that determine flows of energy through the atmosphere and examines the subsequent interactions among water, landforms, soil, and vegetation that create and modify the surface of the earth. Students develop a recognition of landscape patterns, as well as an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological principles and functions that create those patterns, in order to understand the natural environment in which we live and the role of humans affecting that environment. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003857)
Earth materials, processes, and history, and their significance to humankind. No college credit for students who have passed GEOS 102. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004067)
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.
Physical and chemical processes in the earth, including origin and identification of rocks and minerals; earth's interior; movements and major features of the earth's crust; erosion and sedimentation; geological structures; topographic maps; mineral resources. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (004069)
Origin and evolution of the universe. Topics include black holes, pulsars, quasars, life in the universe, and interstellar communication. Constellation study in Roth Planetarium and telescope observation of stars and galaxies at Observatory. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004129)
An introduction to human impact upon planet Earth. Scientific principles applied to air pollution, water pollution, and solid and radioactive waste problems. Population dynamics, world hunger, and environmental issue analysis are also covered. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004131)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors in General Education Program.
An introduction to human impact upon planet Earth. Scientific principles applied to air pollution, water pollution, and solid and radioactive waste problems. Population dynamics, world hunger, and environmental issue analysis are also covered. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020207)
This course focuses on the principles and scientific thought processes as they relate to climate change, air and water resources, and ecosystem alteration. The Earth's physical environment is the primary focus, although a portion of the course covering ecosystems bridges physical and biological interrelatedness of the global environment. Problem solving skills and skills in analyzing environmental issues are emphasized. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020268)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This is a special section of NSCI 101 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. The course focuses on the principles and scientific thought processes as they relate to climate change, air and water resources, and ecosystem alteration. The Earth's physical environment is the primary focus, although a portion of the course covering ecosystems bridges physical and biological interrelatedness of the global environment. Problem solving skills and skills in analyzing environmental issues are emphasized. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020269)
A non-mathematical General Education lecture, laboratory-activity course with opportunities for discussion. Topics include Newtonian Mechanics, properties of matter, heat, wave motion, sound, electricity, and light. Not intended for students who have completed high school physics. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (007392)
This is a conceptual General Education lecture/activity course with much opportunity for discussion. The course provides an overview of modern physical theory, emphasizing the approach of science in understanding our place in the universe. The student discovers how simple, fundamental physical principles enable us to understand key features in diverse physical systems: from the radiometric dating of early hominid ancestors to the measurement of the expansion rate of the Universe. The course emphasizes our current understanding of solar system formation, stellar evolution, and cosmic evolution. This in turns leads us to investigate the physical conditions salient to life on Earth, and ways in which these conditions are 'rare'. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (021079)
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
Mechanics, properties of matter, wave motion, sound, heat. Science majors are encouraged to take PHYS 204A instead of this course. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (007394)
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
Vectors, kinematics, particle dynamics, friction, work, energy, power, momentum, dynamics and statics of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, fluids. Calculus used. A grade of C- or higher is required before progressing to either PHYS 204B or PHYS 204C. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (007401)

B2 Life Forms

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An overview, using a scientific perspective, of farm animals. Highlights anatomy and physiology of farm animals, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, animal products, animal behavior, and pertinent social issues, such as animal rights. Includes human opportunity to influence trait inheritance, population densities, and productivity. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (000419)
The qualities of being human are examined through the investigation of evolutionary principles, non-human primates, human fossil record, and living peoples. The biological origin, evolution, and variation of humankind are explored. Lower division General Education Breadth Area B2, Natural Sciences-Life Forms. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (000490)
Study of the structure of the human body, to include muscles, bones, heart, brain, ear, eye, and other systems, as well as a short look at development of the fetus. Lab work entails dissection of the cat and study of the human skeleton. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001110)
Basic functioning of the organ systems of the human body, including the brain and nervous system; vision and hearing; heart and circulation; blood and immunity; respiration, digestion and metabolism; muscles; excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001114)
An integrated study of the nature and interactions of living things and their environments. This course is an introduction to the processes of evolution and speciation, ecology and ecosystem processes, cellular biology and organismal physiology. The course is primarily for students without a strong background in high school biology or chemistry. The course includes online content delivery, in-class discussion, and a hands-on activity session. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020372)
Plant structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and the environment to grow crops. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (007765)

Area C: Arts and Humanities

You must take a minimum of 9 semester units among the arts, literature, philosophy, and foreign languages.

Select one course from each of the three groups below, but no more than two courses from any one academic department. Note that HNRS 110H may be counted in only one GE Breadth Area (C, D, or E).

C1 The Arts

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as MUSC 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
APCG 110 provides an introduction to computer graphics and art. Students use the computer as a tool for creating static and animated images. Basic instruction in design and color relationships is provided. The writing component may include research reports from current graphics publications and/or attendance and discussion of art exhibitions. 1 hour discussion, 4 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (002287)
Survey of the major visual arts of the Ancient World through the Middle Ages. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000705)
Survey of the major visual arts of the Renaissance and the Modern World. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000706)
Survey of the major visual arts of India, China, and Japan from the prehistoric to the nineteenth-century period. An emphasis on the traditional Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000707)
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000709)
An interactive discussion of art and visual literacy using related texts that focus on works from around the world, from ancient times to the present. This course fulfills General Education C1 requirements in the basic study of visual elements and concepts related to the arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000713)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
Survey course of dance as an art form, including social, ballet, modern, post-modern, jazz, and musical comedy. Topics covered will include the artistic role of dance and the roots, theories, criticisms, and concepts which inform the contemporary dance aesthetic. An appreciation course employing lecture, discussion, video/film. This course is entirely Internet based, with some additional on-campus time. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002483)
A survey of the elements of music and diverse cultures and values in relation to music. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, including classical, folk, and popular idioms. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006053)
A survey of the development of music in the United States from colonial days to the present. Includes African American, Indian, folk, sacred, country, blues, rock, Broadway show, jazz, and art music traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (006182)
This course is also offered as AFAM 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
A survey of all aspects of theatre arts, including history, production styles and techniques, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Supplemental reading and examination of theatre literature. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009211)
An exploration of human intention, as revealed in behavior, to be accomplished through a study of the techniques of acting, the interpretation of scripts, and the analysis of character. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009210)

C2 Languages and Literature

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as ENGL 253 .
An introduction to various traditions and issues of the Asian American experience in literature. The course explores both early and contemporary novels, poems, and plays by writers of different genders, ethnicities, and cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000002)
This course is also offered as ENGL 251 .
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000135)
This course is also offered as ENGL 252 .
Study of the oral and written literature of the American Indian and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000377)
This course is also offered as ENGL 264 .
An interdisciplinary study of the culture and literature oral and written of an American ethnic group or groups, with emphasis on ties to particular regions and traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000408)
Intensive practice and analytical study in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Focus on American culture, supplemented by selected reading in various academic disciplines. This course is open to international and resident students who have lived most of their lives in a non-English-speaking country. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (003377)

Note: EFLN 170 is for international students for whom English is a foreign language.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Through examining the texts and film interpretations of Shakespeare plays, students in this course develop a deeper understanding of both Shakespearean drama and the language of film. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (015856)
Workshop for beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003399)
An introduction to the study of literature, including short stories, novels, plays, and poems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003423)
This course is also offered as AFAM 251 .
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000135)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors in General Education Program.
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020146)
This course is also offered as AIST 252 .
Study of the oral and written literature of the American Indian and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000377)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into Honors in General Education.
An introduction to American Indian literature. The course explores multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, autobiography, and oral texts. The course covers works of Indian literature from pre-contact oral traditions through contemporary American Indian writers. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003418)
This course is also offered as AAST 253 .
An introduction to various traditions and issues of the Asian American experience in literature. The course explores both early and contemporary novels, poems, and plays by writers of different genders, ethnicities, and cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000002)
Survey of Chicano/Latino literature and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003417)
Study of non-Western literature from a variety of cultures, with European materials included for comparison. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003408)
The study of novels, poetry, and drama selected from the world's great literature. Historical, thematic, and formal approaches shape the analysis of these works. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003492)
This course is also offered as AMST 264 .
An interdisciplinary study of the culture and literature oral and written of an American ethnic group or groups, with emphasis on ties to particular regions and traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000408)
An introduction to the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003411)
Introduction to French language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003787)
Prerequisites: FREN 101 or equivalent.
Continuation of FREN 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003792)
Prerequisites: FREN 102 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in FREN 101 and FREN 102. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003795)
Prerequisites: FREN 201 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in FREN 101, FREN 102, and FREN 201. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (003794)
Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004199)
Prerequisites: GERM 101 or equivalent.
Continuation of GERM 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004201)
Prerequisites: GERM 102 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in GERM 101 and GERM 102. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004204)
Prerequisites: GERM 201 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in GERM 101, GERM 102, and GERM 201. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (004203)
Introduction to basic Hebrew language and Jewish culture. Emphasis of the course is on speaking and listening. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004419)
Introduction to the Modern Hebrew language and culture. Emphasis is on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Modern Hebrew. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020724)
Prerequisites: HBRW 101.
Continuation of basic Hebrew language and Jewish culture, with emphasis on speaking and listening. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004420)
Continuation of HBRW 101A. Emphasis is on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Modern Hebrew. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (020725)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
Introduction to Italian language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005088)
Prerequisites: ITAL 101 or equivalent.
Continuation of ITAL 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005090)
Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in ITAL 101 and ITAL 102. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005093)
Prerequisites: ITAL 201 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in ITAL 101, ITAL 102, and ITAL 201. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005092)
Introduction to the Japanese language and culture. Emphasis on the development of fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with clear understanding of basic sentence structures. Acquisition of Hiragana and Katakana characters (phonetic symbols). 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005334)
Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or faculty permission.
Continuation of JAPN 101. Special attention to different verb forms and essential auxiliary expressions. Appropriate language use in a variety of social settings. Acquisition of 110 Kanji characters (ideographic symbols). 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005335)
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or faculty permission.
Review of major grammatical structures and further development of the student's cultural awareness and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese. Special attention to logical discourse development. Acquisition of 200 Kanji characters (ideographic symbols). 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005336)
Prerequisites: JAPN 201 or faculty permission.
Continuation of review of major grammatical structures and further development of the student's cultural awareness and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese. Special attention to refining and expanding discourse. Acquisition of 300 Kanji characters (ideographic symbols). 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005337)
Introduction to the Latin language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of reading, pronunciation and composition of Latin. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (005390)
Prerequisites: SPAN 101 is not available for credit to students with two or more years of Spanish within the last three years.
Introduction to Spanish language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (009113)
Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or equivalent.
Continuation of SPAN 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (009118)
Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in SPAN 101 and SPAN 102. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (009121)
Prerequisites: SPAN 201 or equivalent.
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in SPAN 101, SPAN 102, and SPAN 201. This course includes composition and reading. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (009120)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Further reviewing and expanding of language skills possessed by speakers of Spanish who have not studied the language formally. Builds on topics studied in SPAN 201N. This course includes composition and reading. Particular focus on the Mexican-American/Latino experience. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (009126)

C3 Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Students examine the early civilizations of the Levant with foundations in the Early Bronze Age. The class focuses on Middle and Late Bronze Age period Canaan, the development of villages, towns, and societies during the periods of Canaanite and early Hebrew settlement. The focus of the course is with the cultural, demographic, political, and economic emergence of the nation of Israel with comparisons in the Old Testament and extra-biblical accounts of the period. Tools used in the examination include interpretation of evidence from archaeological excavations, historical materials, biblical and other textual sources, and area studies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (020211)
Origins and development of ancient Greece and Rome; politics, society, religion and mythology, archaeology, art and architecture, literature and philosophy of the Graeco-Roman world. (Core course for Classical Civilization Minor.) 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004497)
This course is also offered as MEST 261 , RELS 202 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
An overview of the artistic and intellectual heritage of the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, India, China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Medieval Europe, and Islam from their origins to 1500 C.E. Comparative analysis of music, art, architecture, and primary texts (theatre, philosophy and religion, literature, history, and political science). 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (015843)
A comprehensive introduction to Eastern art, literature, and philosophy, as revealed in the civilizations of India, China, and Japan. The course examines the rise of civilization in India, China, and Japan with special focus on Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Buddha, and follows the development of artistic and intellectual culture down to modern times. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020684)
A study of the major events in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy and their influence upon other European countries. Taught in English. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005108)
This course is also offered as HIST 261 , RELS 202 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
This course is also offered as RELS 204 .
History of Judaism from biblical to modern times. A study of the literature, faith, and events that shaped Jewish life. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005860)
This course is also offered as RELS 205 .
Traces of the historical development of a variety of Jewish sects, denominations, and cultures found in the Middle East, northern Africa, Europe, and North America from antiquity to modernity, with special emhasis on contemporary Jewish communities in the United States. Rituals, beliefs, and textual traditions that relate to the history of Judaism are surveyed, and the phenomenon of secular Judiasm are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020675)
An introduction to philosophical thought and skills. Issues that traditionally have been of central importance in philosophical inquiry, such as the nature of knowledge, reality, and values, will be emphasized. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007155)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
A special section of PHIL 101 open only to students with demonstrated academic talent. Interested students should consult with the University Honors Advisor. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007156)
An examination of various moral theories and their application to contemporary moral issues. The role of morality in everyday life will be explored. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007163)
Philosophical interpretations of the human condition as reflected in and affected by modern developments in the arts, science, society, and philosophy. The course covers modern approaches to freedom, consciousness, subjectivity, language, history, alienation, power, and creativity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007167)
Western philosophical thought from the pre-Socratics through Stoicism, including movements and figures such as Pythagoreanism, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicureanism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007181)
A philosophical analysis of major ideas in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian thought and their relationship to basic philosophical developments in the west. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (007185)
Philosophical analysis of various approaches to the problems of religious belief, such as faith and knowledge, the existence and nature of God, immortality, and the problem of evil. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007201)
An examination of existentialism from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Sartre, and de Beauvoir. An analysis of the basic forces, concepts, and figures which have shaped existentialism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007205)
Critical examination of selected cinematographic works, with special emphasis on the clarification and analysis of the philosophical ideas they entail. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (007248)
An analysis of the religions of the West: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008129)
This course considers the disputes over the interpretation of the Bible in Western culture. Did Moses and the prophets write the Hebrew Bible? Was the Bible intended as scripture, myth, or history? Why were books left out of the Bible? What are the differences between Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant approaches to the Bible? In adition to examining books of the Bible in their original context, this course considers the Bible's role in ancient and contemporary disputes over the Sabbath, heaven and hell, the resurrection, the law, circumcision, divorce, the Trinity, salvation, slavery, polygamy, abortion, homosexuality, and feminism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008131)
An introduction to the religions of the East: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008128)
What is religion? How do we recognize it? Are there functions religions characteristically serve or questions they characteristically ask? Are there characteristic answers? Are there secular religions? How do various cultures approach the category of "religion"? This course explores diverse religious beliefs and practices in light of classic and contemporary analyses from several disciplinary fields. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008130)
This course is also offered as HIST 261 , MEST 261 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
This course is also offered as MJIS 204 .
History of Judaism from biblical to modern times. A study of the literature, faith, and events that shaped Jewish life. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005860)
This course is also offered as MJIS 205 .
Traces of the historical development of a variety of Jewish sects, denominations, and cultures found in the Middle East, northern Africa, Europe, and North America from antiquity to modernity, with special emhasis on contemporary Jewish communities in the United States. Rituals, beliefs, and textual traditions that relate to the history of Judaism are surveyed, and the phenomenon of secular Judiasm are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020675)
An introduction to the basic features of the Christian worldview through an anlysis of its historical, ritual, doctrinal, ethical, and social-institutional dimensions. Special attention will be given to the diverse expressions of Christianity in different times and places and to its impact on human history, society, and culture. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008145)
A survey of Hinduism from its origins to the modern day, including philosophy, literature, popular temple worship, the role of feminine power, and modern fundamentalist and communal movement. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008181)
A discussion of the roots and transformation of the Buddhist teachings in India, China, Japan, and Tibet. Special emphasis will be given to major trends and problems in contemporary Buddhism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008180)

Area D: Behavioral and Social Sciences

You must take a minimum of 9 semester units dealing with human social, political, economic, and cultural institutions.

Select one course from each of the three groups below, but no more than two courses from any one academic department. Note that HNRS 110H may be counted in only one GE Breadth Area (C, D, or E).

D1 Individual and Society

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000014)
This course is also offered as HIST 230 .
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000382)
The course explores culture as the basis for understanding the human experience, including an examination of cross-cultural diversity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000492)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
The phenomenon of culture and its profound role in structuring the individual's experience of reality. The range of diversity in human socio-cultural institutions. Some explanations for similarities and differences in human cultures. Exploration of the contemporary relevance of anthropological perspectives, data, and methods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000493)
An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002638)
This course is also offered as AIST 230 .
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000382)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
This course is also offered as PSYC 341 .
This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005638)
This course is also offered as SOCI 253 .
A sociological perspective is used to understand the Holocaust, examing the Nazi rise to power, and the changes in German society that led to persecution of Jews and many other groups. Students explore the role of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Other areas of interest include resistance and rescue, Jewish cultural responses to the genocide, and the aftermath of war 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005862)
Examination of social and cultural influences on emotional, social, and intellectual development. Specific emphasis on children raised in lower socio-economic environments as well as children of American Indian, Mexican-American, and black cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007889)
This course is also offered as MCGS 341 .
This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005638)
This course helps organize thinking about societies in general, the society we inhabit, and our place within it. Underlying questions are: Why do people have different values? Why do people act differently? Why is there inequality? And why and how does society; its values and norms, institutions, and groups influence our behavior. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008933)
This course is also offered as WMST 230 .
Taking an in-depth look, this course explores women's lives in today's world across categories of class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age. Students also discuss such topics as gender, body politics, violence against women, poverty, religion, and power as they relate to women. Special attention is given to social activism and emerging policies here in the U.S. and elsewhere. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008968)
This course is also offered as MJIS 253 .
A sociological perspective is used to understand the Holocaust, examing the Nazi rise to power, and the changes in German society that led to persecution of Jews and many other groups. Students explore the role of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Other areas of interest include resistance and rescue, Jewish cultural responses to the genocide, and the aftermath of war 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005862)
This course takes an in-depth look at how deviance is contructed in our society. This includes deviant identities, deviant subcultures, and the stigmatization of individuals and groups engage in non-normative behavior. Students examine the main theories of deviance, and consider ethical and political issues when researching deviance. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008974)
This course identifies groups within American society which have a high risk of disenfranchisement. Societal responses established to reduce the impact of inequitable distribution of goods, services, and opportunities based on economic, medical, educational, generational, gender, and legal scarcity are studied. Issues are examined from historical and contemporary perspectives. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009411)
This course explores the impact of cultural beliefs and practices on diverse women's lives. Readings, films, and lectures analyze women's challenges, struggles, and accomplishments. Specific topics include race and class, media images of women, the women's movement, work, motherhood, and sexuality. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009621)
This course is also offered as SOCI 230 .
Taking an in-depth look, this course explores women's lives in today's world across categories of class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age. Students also discuss such topics as gender, body politics, violence against women, poverty, religion, and power as they relate to women. Special attention is given to social activism and emerging policies here in the U.S. and elsewhere. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008968)

D2 Political and Economic Institutions

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as SOCI 152 .
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000003)
Comparative analysis of the institution of slavery which places slavery in the Western Hemisphere into a global and historical context beginning with labor oppression systems in Asia, the Roman Empire, and Mediterranean cultures. The significance and impact of Africans on the cultural, economic, and political life of North and South American nations will be examined in detail. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000139)
A comparative analysis of the interaction of economic and political forces in societies of the non-western world. The diversity with which various cultures address scarcity, the distribution of goods and power. Transition from traditional economic and political institutions over time, and the impact of these changes on the values, attitudes, and lifestyles on developing urban populations. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000495)
Provides a basic knowledge of legal fundamentals so as to inform students of their rights and duties for practical application in social and business life. Areas covered include employee rights, family law, renters and landlords, contracts, law and Small Business, home ownership, etc. Not open to Business Majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001339)
This course is also offered as HIST 135 .
Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001974)
This course is also offered as HIST 234 .
This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001976)
A non-technical introduction to economics with coverage of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Overview of the evolution of economic concepts and ideas. Application of economics to current problems such as inflation, unemployment, the financial sector, the economics of regulation, market imperfections, environmental problems, and international economics. Consumer decision making and different market models are included. (Can be substituted for ECON 102 in the major if students also take ECON 330 as one of their 300-level electives.) 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002635)
An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002636)
The historical cultural geography of the American West, emphasizing how various cultural groups have each made a unique imprint on the western landscape. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003861)
Examination of the developments and events that are the focus of the tenth-grade history-social science curriculum: the French Revolution, industrialization, imperialism, the world wars, totalitarianism, the Cold War, nation-building in the Third World, and global economic and technological integration. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (004491)
This course is also offered as CHST 135 .
Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001974)
This course is also offered as CHST 234 .
This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001976)
A survey of South America since independence from Iberia, highlighting the chaotic years of post-independence state building, the region's integration into the global capitalist economy in the late nineteenth century, and the age of mass politics and revolutionary ferment after 1930. The final weeks focus on South America's experience with military dictatorship and current transitions to democracy. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004495)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
An examination of major political problems challenging America today. Emphasis on class discussion of controversial topics involving political policy in the context of the study of political science. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007467)
The political dynamics of selected third world nations. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary third world societies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (007468)
An introduction to the structure, composition, and performance of the judicial process and its role in the resolution of societal conflicts. Following an examination into the nature of law, the course will focus on the essential actors in the process and review the performance of their roles. Issues critical to a free society freedom of speech, rights of the accused, equal protection will be studied to illustrate the politics of distributing "justice" by means of the courts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007470)
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.
An examination of major political problems challenging America today. Emphasis on class discussion of controversial topics involving political policy in the context of the study of political science. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (015555)
The political dynamics of selected third world nations. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary third world societies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015554)
This course is also offered as AAST 152 .
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000003)

D3 Cultural and Social Institutions

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as AFRI 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)
Introduces the aims and objectives of African American Studies. A critical examination of the African American experience and its antecedents. This includes an assessment of how the dominant society impacts African Americans, including such factors as racism, poverty, and the current social/economic status of African Americans. Africa's contributions to the world are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000136)
This course is also offered as HIST 231 .
An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
This course is also offered as AFAM 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)
Introduction to socio-cultural development of the American Indian in modern times and the background for present-day conditions. Attention given to contemporary Indian affairs and problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000375)
This course is also offered as ANTH 261 .
Survey of Native North America with emphasis on U.S. tribes, their cultures, rituals, and institutions. Brief examination of pre-history. The focus is on historical and contemporary people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000383)
Basic course in American Studies. An interdisciplinary study of major aspects of American character and values from the colonial period to the twentieth century focusing on those characteristics and ideas which have helped define us as "American." 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000399)
Significant events in mankind's prehistoric cultural development and their relevance to the present. Human antiquity; the acquisition of culture during the Paleolithic; the beginning of early civilization. Introduction to the methods of archaeology and human paleontology. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000491)
A cross-cultural examination of religions and world views. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000499)
This course is also offered as ASST 200 .
An introduction to the people and cultures of Asia, emphasizing India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The course employs a multimediated approach to learning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000523)
This course is also offered as AIST 261 .
Survey of Native North America with emphasis on U.S. tribes, their cultures, rituals, and institutions. Brief examination of pre-history. The focus is on historical and contemporary people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000383)
This course is also offered as ANTH 200 .
An introduction to the people and cultures of Asia, emphasizing India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The course employs a multimediated approach to learning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000523)
This course is also offered as SOCI 157 .
This course explores contemporary issues affecting Chicanos in the United States, including cultural values, social organization, urbanization, gender, and socio-economics. Attention is given to how family, religion, and immigration experiences play upon the lifestyles and values held by Chicanas and Chicanos. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001973)
Survey of human populations and activities, with an emphasis upon how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003859)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
A special section of GEOG 102 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. Survey of human populations activities with an emphasis on how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020002)
Broad overview of spatial and temporal changes in the California landscape resulting from the interaction of various cultural groups with their environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003860)
Development of civilization in the Western world from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004490)
This course is also offered as AFAM 231 .
An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
Peoples, cultures, and economic systems of Africa before 1800, with emphasis on agricultural history, long-distance trade, state formation, and African religions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004532)
Africa since 1800. Establishment and demise of European colonial regimes, African resistance to foreign domination, African political systems, dilemmas of socio-economic development, and gender differences in modern African life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004533)
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from antiquity to 1800. Emphasis on common traditional heritage of China and Japan. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004560)
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from 1800 to the present. Emphasis on the transformation of the traditional heritage of China and Japan through revolution and modernization. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004561)
An historical survey of pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, with emphasis on Aztec and Inca societies, Iberia's military, economic, and spiritual conquest, and the ways in which diverse colonial subjects resisted, adapted to, and assimilated colonial rule. Concludes by considering popular and elite culture in the late colonial period and tensions leading toward independence. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004568)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
The course seeks to develop an understanding of the dimensions along which the human experience varies. Sport, game, and play forms vary dependent upon the cultural environment and historical period in which they are embedded. Analysis of variations in sport forms will provide cultural and temporal perspective on differences in human behaviors, beliefs, and social institutions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006945)
A survey of the history, geography, culture, and society of Latin America. This course is designed to provide students who are majoring in Latin American Studies, as well as General Education students, with an initial orientation in the study of Latin America on an interdisciplinary basis. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015750)
An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002602)
This course is also offered as SOCI 350 .
This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and govermental policies 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005640)
Examination of the nature of prejudice and hate and their contribution to societal violence. How prejudice and hatred affect personal, family, and group behavior are considered in a context of understanding factors that contribute to their development. Strategies for reducing the prevalence of prejudice, hatred, and violence in our contemporary culture are evaluated. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (007908)
Prerequisites: Students must be in good standing in the Honors Program.
Examination of the nature of prejudice and hate and their contribution to societal violence. How prejudice and hatred affect personal, family, and group behavior are considered. Strategies for reducing the prevalence of prejudice, hatred, and violence in our contemporary culture, such as techniques of "nonviolent communication," are evaluated. This course is taught using tutorial and seminar formats. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020006)
This course is also offered as CHST 157 .
This course explores contemporary issues affecting Chicanos in the United States, including cultural values, social organization, urbanization, gender, and socio-economics. Attention is given to how family, religion, and immigration experiences play upon the lifestyles and values held by Chicanas and Chicanos. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001973)
The production and consumption of popular culture - one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing aspects of American culture - influence virtually every aspect of social life. This course critically examines trends in mass media and culture and their influence on the attitudes and behaviors of various soical groups. Special attention is given to focusing our sociological lens and to uncovering connections between popular culture and our individual experiences. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008938)
This course is also offered as MCGS 350 .
This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and govermental policies 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005640)
This course focuses on the immigration and subsequent history of California's different ethnic groups. It explores their interactions and the effects on the social, political, and economic development of the state. The course is required for Liberal Studies majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009060)

Area E: Lifelong Learning

You must take a minimum of 3 semester units in study designed to equip human beings for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological, psychological, and sociological entities.

Select one course from the list below. Note that HNRS 110H may be counted in only one GE Breadth Area (C, D, or E).

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Designed for Nursing, Liberal Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and other non-Child Development majors, this course studies the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from conception through adolescence. The course explains genetic, biological, and environmental influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observations are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001442)
This is an introductory course to marriage and family, including psychological, physiological, and social aspects of close personal relationships. The topics include dating, courtship, marriage, family life, dual career marriages, single parenting, and other contemporary issues. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001443)
This course explores the impact of technology on our lives. Aspects of our complex technological society are investigated through study of the various forms technology takes, and readings in contemporary literature regarding the impact these technologies have on individuals. Students are encouraged to reflect on technology in their own lives through journaling, and to discourse with their peers on the benefits and harm to individuals, society, and humanity that modern technology presents. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (020623)
This course introduces students to the issue and practices of environmental literacy. Environmental literacy is the capacity to perceive and interpret the relative health of environmental systems and to connect the environment to human physical, mental, and social health. Students are encouraged to recognize that their lives depend upon the environment, and that their personal decisions affect the environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003723)
Explores major issues regarding behavior conducive to optimal health throughout the life course. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, substance use and abuse, fitness, diet, sexuality, stress, and disease risk reduction. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004378)
Overview of human sexuality, including psychosexual development, gender roles, reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases inlcuding HIV/AIDS, relationships, sexual orientation, sex and the law, sexually explicit materials, and sexual dysfunction. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004384)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course focuses on the building of interdisciplinary learning communities, so that each class has the experience of exploring an issue of contemporary concern from a variety of perspectives, working closely with an Honors faculty member. This course may be applied to one of the following General Education (GE) areas: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, or E. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004795)
Students participate in and monitor the results of a training program in swimming, running, weight training, cycling, or aerobics. Lectures explore the body's response to exercise and how to best exercise. Information and guidelines on how to begin or maintain a program of healthy and enjoyable exercise are presented. Topics discussed include the values of exercise, the body's responses to exercise and training, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, exercise and the environment, exercise for special populations, and sports nutrition. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (006967)
Physiological, social, and psychological factors affecting food intake are examined. Relationships of nutrients to health throughout life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004273)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
Physiological, social, and psychological factors affecting food intake are examined. Relationships of nutrients to health throughout life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (006373)
Introduction to concepts and problems in psychology. Topics include perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and biological and social bases of behavior. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007881)
Orientation to leisure in terms of personal and social growth, leisure and recreational planning, leisure time management, fitness and health enhancement, stress management, constructive use of leisure, and the development of personal leisure values. Designed for non-majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008787)
A study of the religious, ethical, spiritual, psychological, and socio-cultural dimensions of dying, death, and afterlife. Reading and discussion of issues surrounding dying (dying as one's last career, patient-centered approaches, spirit/body relationships); death (definitions, religious meanings, ritual practices); and afterlife (religious conceptions, relation to the human quest for meaning). 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (004443)
This course uncovers the complexity and impact of sexuality on our experiences and on broader social life. Addressing biological, psychological, and cultural aspects, this course examines how society influences cultural and individual sexual meanings, identities, expresssions, and controversies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008937)
This course examines the family as an institution and as a personal and intimate arena of meaning and interaction. With an emphasis on the U.S. and their own experiences, students examine issues of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and social class; historical changes in family structure and function; and power relations within the family and society at large. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008961)
Corequisites: SWRK 200 for majors only.
Using a systems framework and selected human behavior theories across the lifespan, the biological, social, psychological, and cultural influences on individuals, families, and groups are investigated. Particular emphasis is given to ethnic and cultural diversity and promoting student self-reflection across generations and cultural competence. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009416)
A comprehensive introduction to university life. This course is designed to help students expand their knowledge of the life skills needed to be successful in college and after graduation. Topics include transition to academic and campus life, introduction to campus resources, academic expectations and developing skills to meet them, introduction to information literacy including library and computer resources, evaluating information, and applying it. The course may also include a service component. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009580)

A Sustainable Path through General Education

Looking for a path through your General Education requirements? Want to learn more about, and participate in, activities on campus focused on sustainability and environmental awareness? Consider the Sustainability Path through the GE Program. The General Education program on the CSU,Chico campus prepares you with the knowledge and skills for success in your major and for life beyond college. Students are faced with many choices in completing their General Education requirements. One approach to completing these requirements is to take a series of courses that focus on sustainability - all of which fulfill your GE requirements.

The Sustainability Path in GE combines diverse courses in the lower-division Core and Breadth areas of GE and an upper-division theme - Environmental Issues, Theme D. In taking this series of courses, students from any major can gain a deeper understanding and multiple perspectives on the issues facing us in the 21st century as we strive to meet human needs while respecting the integrity of the natural environment and preserving resources for future generations.

How do you get on the Sustainability Path in GE? You are invited to take any of the sustainability GE courses, identified in the catalog and the class schedule with an oak leaf. Students who successfully complete five GE sustainability courses in the lower-division, and the Environmental Issues Upper-Division Theme (Theme D), will be recognized with a special ribbon and green tassel at graduation commencement activities.

Consider your future, and the future of the planet. Take the Sustainability Path through GE. For more information on the Sustainability Path in GE, contact Academic Advising, 530-898-5712, acdmcadvprog@csuchico.edu, or Dr. Dave Brown, Geological and Environmental Sciences, dlbrown@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4035.

General Education Upper-Division Thematic: 9 units

9 units required:

One GE goal is to provide you the opportunity to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained through your college experience to issues and areas of life you will face as a citizen of a complex world. You should be able to relate your major to seemingly unrelated knowledge. To help achieve these goals, 9 of the required 48 GE units must be selected from upper-division courses within one of the themes described below. Complete 45 semester units before you begin your upper-division theme.

Each of the themes represents a topic of far-reaching concern. In addition to allowing you to immerse yourself in depth in the topic, you have the opportunity to draw from your previous General Education experiences and skills in exploring the dimensions of the theme. The content of the three courses you take will be drawn somewhat equally from the natural sciences, the humanities and fine arts, and the social sciences. But in contrast to the Breadth Areas of General Education, theme courses tend to be more integrative among those three areas.

If you first enrolled in college prior to fall 1993, you may be eligible to follow an earlier version of the 9-unit upper-division requirement. Note the following guidelines:

First-time freshmen who were admitted and matriculated beginning with the fall 1993 semester or thereafter, either at CSU, Chico or at another institution in the CSU or California Community College systems, must select one of the themes described in this section.

Prior college enrollment: If you 1) established catalog rights in the California State University or the California Community Colleges prior to fall 1993; 2) earned transferable college credit during that time; and 3) have since remained "continuously enrolled" in an accredited institution of higher learning, you may elect to complete a theme either from those described below or from themes which are described in a previous Class Schedule or an earlier University Catalog. The information is also available on the CSU, Chico Web.

Direct questions with regard to your eligibility for earlier versions of the themes to the Evaluations Office.

You must take all 9 units from within the same theme. Exceptions to this rule are described in the "Majors with Important Modifications to General Education Requirements" section which follows the theme descriptions. In some of the themes, you must follow the specified sequence, either beginning with a foundation course, or concluding with a Capstone course.

Theme A: American Identities and Cultures

Theme Coordinator: Matt Blake, THMA 339.

The landscape of American cultures and ideas, and its scientific and technological base, provide a uniquely pluralistic background for individual Americans. This theme investigates important aspects of the rich cultural complexity which contributes to the American cultural landscape. Courses also follow the search for common community, the effects of this search upon an individual's cultural roots, and the possibility of a pluralistic society which embraces cultural diversity. The metaphor of the salad bowl replaces that of the melting pot to reveal the many Americas.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Breadth Areas B1, The Physical Universe, and B2, Life Forms.
A consideration of the scientific principles underlying key scientific and technological occurrences in the United States, and the relationship of these occurrences to other aspects of American life. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (004145)
Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Breadth Areas B1, The Physical Universe, and B2, Life Forms.
Major issues in the evolution of science within the development of the United States. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004146)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An interdisciplinary study of autobiographical literature (personal narratives, diaries, journals, etc.) emphasizing the experience of being/becoming American, with particular attention to ethnic identity, race, gender, and social class. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000404)
This course is also offered as RELS 324 .
An exploration of the religions which inform America's ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005643)
A study of the major philosophic movements which have originated in the United States or had a significant impact on its institutions and culture. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007174)
This course is also offered as MCGS 324 .
An exploration of the religions which inform America's ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005643)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A regional study of our nation in terms of the physical earth and its human use. The course includes emphasis on issues and problems related to resources, environmental concerns, and settlement patterns. Cultural and regional differences in human-environmental relationships are compared and contrasted. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003902)
This course is also offered as MCGS 332 .
An examination of the various ethnic groups that came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004540)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
Entertainment, as a major form of mass media content, is a major shaper of the individual and collective cultural identities in the United States. The popular arts are studied from historical, theoretical, philosophical, and critical perspectives. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005346)
This course is also offered as HIST 332 .
An examination of the various ethnic groups that came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004540)

Theme B: Contemporary Health Issues

Theme Coordinator: Holly Nevarez, BUTE 647.

With health becoming a national obsession, it is critical that you, as a consumer, be fully informed about the most recent medical findings and health trends. A broad perspective on health beliefs and practices helps us to better understand their impact on our culture. Courses within this theme provide insight into major contemporary health issues, from individual as well as societal viewpoints. The impact of politics, economics, culture, and ethics upon health will be addressed.

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An examination of moral issues arising in medical practice and biomedical research. Among the topics discussed are the responsibilities of health care professionals, the allocation of scarce medical resources, genetic engineering, and the harvesting of fetal tissue. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007225)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Onve lower-division course in Biological Sciences.
An introduction to cancer; what it is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed and treated. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001165)
Prerequisites: One lower-division course in biological sciences.
Analyzes and evaluates current practices and theories regarding nutrition and its relationship to athletics, weight control, and physical exercise. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004288)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Examination of major health care consumer issues from historical and contemporary perspectives. Discussion of cost, availability, and quality of health care and their relationship to political and economic activities. Identification of national, regional, and local health trends affecting consumers. Analysis of individual and collective consumer strategies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004445)
An overview of the use and abuse of alcohol, prescription and street drugs, and their personal and societal consequences on the young adult, the family, and society. Historical perspectives, legal issues, and decision-making skills regarding drug use will also be addressed. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004435)
This course examines the ways that social life contributes to human stress, and how stress impacts health and well-being. Students explore the ways that families, relationships, school, jobs, and social inequalities influence the effects of stress on our lives. Various coping and adaptation strategies are discussed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008973)

Theme C: Cross-Cultural Exploration

Theme Coordinator: Tony Waters, BUTE 629.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the human experience is how people from different cultures experience reality in often very different ways. Why is this? And how has it come about? You are invited to join in this intellectual adventure to explore across cultures for a greater understanding of the many perspectives and values which provide the richness of the human experience. Guided by the traditions of literature, science, and interdisciplinary area studies, the goal of your exploration is an increased awarenes of the forces of social change which are at work shaping the 21st century. Students are encouraged to enroll in all three theme courses simultaneously.

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
How ecological factors, technology, and human values interact to determine available choices of food and its production. Consequences of these choices in terms of community structures, resource allocations, and stability of agro-ecosystems. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. Not intended for majors, but open to them. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004874)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as SPAN 354 .
A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Reading, discussions, and reports will be in English. This is a service course for non-majors and not elective for a BA degree or minor in Spanish. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001977)
An intensive survey of major issues and themes in non-Western literature. Students examine the interconnections between works of Western cultures and works from the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003470)
This course is also offered as CHST 354 .
A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Reading, discussions, and reports will be in English. This is a service course for non-majors and not elective for a BA degree or minor in Spanish. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001977)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as ASST 300 .
Study of problems and prospects related to Asia. This course includes a series of in-depth analysis of major issues, current problems, and prospects of Asia. Extensive research, writing, and oral presentations are required. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000005)
Series of in-depth studies, both thematic and topical, concerning major issues and current problems in sub-Saharan Africa, employing an interdisciplinary approach. Topics covered include South Africa, and revolution and ecological crises in Africa. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000146)
Study of the Native peoples of South America, Mexico, and Central America from European contact to the present. The course emphasizes contemporary ethnography and interaction of indigenous people with colonialism and the modern nation-state. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000522)
This course is also offered as AAST 300 .
Study of problems and prospects related to Asia. This course includes a series of in-depth analysis of major issues, current problems, and prospects of Asia. Extensive research, writing, and oral presentations are required. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000005)
This course is also offered as MEST 362 .
Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004550)
This course is also offered as POLS 343 .
An examination of the structure, organization, and policies of the major world trade institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the major regional free trade agreements. Critical evaluation of the social, political, environmental, and distributive effects of global trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (020367)
This course is also offered as HIST 362 .
Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004550)
This course is also offered as INST 327 .
An examination of the structure, organization, and policies of the major world trade institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the major regional free trade agreements. Critical evaluation of the social, political, environmental, and distributive effects of global trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (020367)
This course studies relationships between ethnic groups outside of the U.S. Consideration is given to ethnic identities, interactions, competition, conflict over resources, cultural preservation, the development of nationalism, and state policies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005641)

Theme D: Environmental Issues

Theme Coordinator: Tom Imhoff, TRNT 107.

Humans, like all creatures, are affected by their environment. Yet humans are unique in their ability to modify their surroundings. This theme explores the many ways in which humans use and abuse the environment. The theme objectives are 1) to impart an understanding of and an appreciation for the place of the human species in the global ecosystem; 2) to examine the ways that the environment has influenced human behavior; 3) to provide skills and information necessary to asses human impact and 4) to pursue ways to maintain Earth's life-support systems.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
An examination of ecological principles and the impact of increasing population and technology upon the environment. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001156)
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of the General Education requirements.
Human impact on life-support systems; use of physical and ecological principles in environmental management and protection; discussion of land use and its environmental impact; and an evaluation of human influence on natural cycles. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004141)
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of General Education requirements.
Provides the non-major with a geologic approach to current environmental problems relating to the origin and use of energy, mineral, and water resources, and the causes and mitigations of geologic hazards. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004071)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Engl 130, ENGL 335 recommended.
Through a variety of readings, documentary films, discussions, lectures and writing activities, students will learn about current arguments about the environment and, specifically, contemporary discourse on global climate change, sustainability, environmental activism, and social movements. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (020597)
An examination of a variety of approaches to the development of an environmental ethic, including "shallow" and "deep" environmentalism, the balance of nature argument, and the Gaia hypothesis. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007229)
A cross-cultural and historical investigation of the ways that religious and secular worldviews and ethics influence attitudes, behaviors, and policies toward the environment. Attention is given to Biblical, Native American, Confucian, Taoist, and feminist perspectives on nature. Topics include an analysis of the modern consumer lifestyle and its impact on the environment, the value of wilderness, mainstream and radical environmentalism, and contemporary policy issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008159)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Geographic analysis of humanity's interaction with the environment. Examines natural and human systems, resources, population, energy, and pollution. Develops an appreciation of the beauty, balance, and complexity of natural systems and human success in attaining harmony with them. Enhances awareness and perception of each individual's role in and with the environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003873)
History of the attitudes, concepts, and public policy toward the American environment, including the natural, rural, and urban environments. Emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004539)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
The role of citizens in influencing natural resources policy. Integrative study of factors influencing wildlife, timber, range, water, air, mineral, and recreation resources, including resource scarcity, societal structure, economic influences, and institutional policies. Focus on public involvement in natural resources planning and decision-making. Survey of basic principles of multiple-use natural resource management. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008795)

Theme E: Ethics and Social Policy

Theme Coordinator: Robert Stewart, TRNT 105.

In this theme you will study the relationship between moral values you, as a member of society, hold, and their embodiment in the social institutions which affect your daily life. In this theme, you will explore ethics as a philosophical theory, a social and cultural phenomenon, and as a matter of practical decision-making. The study of ethics cuts across disciplines and will allow you to select a capstone course close to your own interests.

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Breadth Area B requirement, PHIL 321.
The process of science and the scientific method. The Darwinian revolution and its social and ethical implications. Proteins and nucleic acids. Technological and ethical issues in biotechnology. Nuclear weapons. Conservation and environmental ethics. This course cannot be used for credit toward a geosciences major or minor. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004147)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An investigation of major contemporary theories of human happiness. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing the philosophical assumptions which they make about human nature, on evaluating the ethical content of these theories, and applying these theories to one's everyday life. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007191)
An examination of selected ethical issues confronting contemporary society, emphasizing legal and other institutional contexts in which these problems arise. Topics may include genetic engineering, animal rights, and preferential treatment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007223)
What role does religion play in contemporary debates about ethics and morality in modern pluralistic societies? Topics may include abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, war and peace, environmental destruction, sex, and world hunger and poverty, as well as the conflicts between secular and religious world views. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008158)

1 course selected from:

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This course is also offered as HCSV 333 .
An examination of the health care industry and its role in fulfilling national health needs. Topics include national health insurance, health financing, and resource allocation. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002667)
This course is also offered as ECON 352 .
An examination of the health care industry and its role in fulfilling national health needs. Topics include national health insurance, health financing, and resource allocation. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002667)

Theme F: Gender Perspectives

Theme Coordinator: Kurt Nordstrom, THMA 253.

The Gender Perspectives Theme considers gender as a biological, historical, cultural, economic, and psychological force. It challenges assumptions about gender, and it explores ways of treating human relations and understanding beyond the stereotypes of divisions based on gender. Gender shapes the experience of self and the world so deeply and thoroughly that it almost goes unnoticed even by the most sensitive and intelligent people.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as NURS 326 .
This course explores the physiological mechanisms of disease and resistance, social definitions of disease, and gender-related factors in research, diagnosis, treatment, and adaptation to disease. Diseases are usually studied and described in generic terms without regard to gender; however, it is apparent that substantial differences exist in male and female susceptibility, manifestations, and reponses to many diseases; just as significantly, society's responses to disease are clearly influenced by gender issues. These issues are explored, through the perspectives of both natural and social sciences. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005637)
This course is also offered as MCGS 326 .
This course explores the physiological mechanisms of disease and resistance, social definitions of disease, and gender-related factors in research, diagnosis, treatment, and adaptation to disease. Diseases are usually studied and described in generic terms without regard to gender; however, it is apparent that substantial differences exist in male and female susceptibility, manifestations, and reponses to many diseases; just as significantly, society's responses to disease are clearly influenced by gender issues. These issues are explored, through the perspectives of both natural and social sciences. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005637)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines GLBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009639)
This course is also offered as THEA 315 .
A study of gender issues as they have been dealt with in plays and productions throughout the history of the theatre. The course will focus on the portrayal of women and men on stage as well as key figures who broke barriers in the areas of playwriting, acting, designing, and production. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009520)
This course is also offered as MCGS 315 .
A study of gender issues as they have been dealt with in plays and productions throughout the history of the theatre. The course will focus on the portrayal of women and men on stage as well as key figures who broke barriers in the areas of playwriting, acting, designing, and production. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009520)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Using both cognitive and experiential models, this course will explore the relationships between gender and communication. Lectures/discussions/exercises will focus on such topics as self-perceptions and images of men and women, language used by and about men and women, self-disclosure and self-assertion as communicative acts, gender differences in information processing and non-verbal communication, private and public contexts for gender communication, and gender communication in organizations. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002228)
This course is also offered as WMST 335 .
Focus on the role gender plays in shaping and defining American history, from colonial times to the present. Analysis of relations between sexes, the family, and the struggle by women to achieve civil rights and social reform. The roles of race and class, and the rise of feminism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004541)
This course is also offered as WMST 311 .
The purpose of this course is to educate students to be informed consumers of media, to examine actual portrayals of women in the various media, and to explore how the media industry treats women. These objectives will result in a raised awareness of how both sexes can participate equally in the world around them. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005347)
This course is also offered as JOUR 311 .
The purpose of this course is to educate students to be informed consumers of media, to examine actual portrayals of women in the various media, and to explore how the media industry treats women. These objectives will result in a raised awareness of how both sexes can participate equally in the world around them. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005347)
This course is also offered as HIST 335 .
Focus on the role gender plays in shaping and defining American history, from colonial times to the present. Analysis of relations between sexes, the family, and the struggle by women to achieve civil rights and social reform. The roles of race and class, and the rise of feminism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004541)

Theme G: Global Issues

Theme Coordinator: Mitchell Johns, PLMS 219.

This theme focuses on the enduring global issues of food, environment, human rights, justice, and social conflict. Exploration of these issues can be done through careful selection of courses in the theme. Global food issues focuses on the area of worldwide food production, distribution, and consumption. It explores crop production systems, biotechnology/GMO, environment, politics, and economics of food production and distribution, hunger and poverty as a method of inquiry into the theme issues. Geopolitics investigates the nature of the world and its physical, cultural, economic, and political evolution and studies how the process of global interdependence, in its clash with local authorities and conditions, forces re- evaluation of the enduring theme issues.

Foundation Course - to be taken first:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An exploration of traditional and contemporary American Indian thought regarding people in relationship to the human and nonhuman worlds, with focus on land ethic, animal ethics, sustainability. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020644)
An introduction to major religions of the contemporary world (Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Chinese religions) with particular emphasis on their relationship to pressing global issues, including economics and poverty, environmental issues, war and peace, and human rights. Explores a number of religious traditions that are closely identified with specific ethnic groups in this country. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008190)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1.
Analysis of present and long-term global energy crises; coverage of scientific concepts needed to understand energy and its environmental interactions; in-depth examination of alternative energy sources and their environmental impact. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004149)
A study and analysis of various world agriculture systems that provide food and fiber. Environmental, technological, socio-economic, and political factors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000068)

Capstone Course - to be taken last:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A study of agricultural problems and policies of developing nations. Emphasis on cultural values; physical, economic, and political constraints; hunger and international trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015535)
Geography in the news. Analysis of current world conflicts and problem areas, with an emphasis upon examination of social, economic, political, and environmental realities. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003872)
Concepts in international politics, with emphasis on the analysis of contemporary global issues. Recommended for secondary teachers. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007500)

Theme H: Honors

Theme Coordinator: John Mahoney, SSC 440.

We are faced with increasingly complex technology in all aspects of our lives, from medicine and agriculture to communication and international affairs. This technology has advanced more rapidly than our understanding of its social and ethical implications. The Honors theme uses team-taught courses and an independent study opportunity to explore this contemporary dilemma and to enable you to make informed decisions about these complex issues.

You must have been accepted into the Honors Program to enroll in any courses for this theme.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as PHIL 322H .
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001149)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as PSYC 332H .
An Honors seminar that explores the psychological, philosophical, social, biological, and technical aspects of machine "minds." Explores core issues within a subset of the disciplines that comprise the cognitive sciences, including artificial intelligence, philosophy, and psychology. Readings and discussions focus on theories of artificial intelligence and classic themes in human cognition and philosophy, such as determinism, consciousness, free-will, and the mind-body problem. The course focuses on increasing one's capability to express beliefs and evaluate arguments concerning various issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002311)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PSYC 318H , RELS 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as BIOL 322H .
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001149)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PHIL 318H , RELS 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as CSCI 313H .
An Honors seminar that explores the psychological, philosophical, social, biological, and technical aspects of machine "minds." Explores core issues within a subset of the disciplines that comprise the cognitive sciences, including artificial intelligence, philosophy, and psychology. Readings and discussions focus on theories of artificial intelligence and classic themes in human cognition and philosophy, such as determinism, consciousness, free-will, and the mind-body problem. The course focuses on increasing one's capability to express beliefs and evaluate arguments concerning various issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002311)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PHIL 318H , PSYC 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Junior status at the end of semester in which course is taken and current enrollment in the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as GEOG 316H .
An overview of contemporary human geography and some aspects of women's studies, emphasizing the importance of space, movement, place, environment, and family. Primary texts such as novels, memoirs, and films will be used to explore the perspectives of a variety of culture groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003882)
Prerequisites: Junior status at the end of semester in which course is taken and current enrollment in the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as ENGL 316H .
An overview of contemporary human geography and some aspects of women's studies, emphasizing the importance of space, movement, place, environment, and family. Primary texts such as novels, memoirs, and films will be used to explore the perspectives of a variety of culture groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003882)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as SOCI 356H .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This class examines issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002231)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PSYC 318H , RELS 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PHIL 318H , RELS 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)
Prerequisites: Enrolling students must be in good standing in the Honors in GE Program.
This course is also offered as PHIL 318H , PSYC 318H .
Open only to students working on Theme H: Honors. Ethics has traditionally been characterized as a process of bridging the gap between how we are and how we would ideally be. One example of a moral ideal is love of neighbor. Because we labor under the pull of self-interest, loving one's neighbor is not common. In the light of this truism, examples of altruism cry out for explanation. Is there even such a thing as an "altruistic" behavior? If genuine altruism does exist, what motivates it? This course explores answers to these questions by looking at philosophical, biological, economic and sociological accounts of selfless behavior. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (020767)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as MJIS 356H .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This class examines issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002231)

Capstone - to be taken last:

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is team taught across several disciplines: sociology, political economy, sustainability, intellectual history, and literary and cultural studies. Examines the ways people have thought about their relationship to the world, particularly in North America and the American West. Examines how ideas are shaped by environment, and the ways in which different cultures have affected the environment. This course evaluates the sustainability of past and current relationships to the land, and also considers a number of future possibilities for positive change. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020913)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (004811)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program, faculty permission.
Independent study of an interdisciplinary topic that satisfies three units of upper-division GE theme requirements. This capstone course is designed to hone your skills in research and writing by working on a topic that grows out of the material you found most intriguing in your other upper-division theme classes. 9 hours supervision. This is an approved General Education course. (000358)

Theme I: Mexico and Central America

Theme Coordinator: Steve Lewis, TRNT 219.

This theme is designed to provide you with a well-integrated set of courses which will enrich your understanding of our unique and complex southern neighbors in Mexico and Central America. We will examine social and political institutions, as well as development of the area's natural resources to learn to understand the future and how the United States, particularly California, can interrelate. The history, politics, diverse social structure, and rich artistic traditions of Mexico and Central America are all expressions of a region that the United States, and particularly California, needs to understand and appreciate.

Students who select this theme have the option of spending the last six weeks of the semester on an "experiential-living" program in Mexico or Costa Rica. Please see the Latin American Studies Coordinator for more information.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of the lower-division GE Breadth Area B requirement or faculty permission.
LAST 351 explores the natural and human-modified environments of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It introduces students to the biological and physical processes that create the natural environments of the region and examines the complex interactions between people and these environments, both past and present. This course is designed to be the Area B course in the General Education Upper-Division Theme I: Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005379)
See LAST 351. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015543)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexcio. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005377)
An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexcio. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005371)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as LAST 354 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003903)
This course is also offered as LAST 355 .
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003905)
This course is also offered as LAST 350 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004558)
This course is also offered as POLS 321 .
An interdisciplinary survey of the politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005381)
This course is also offered as HIST 382 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004558)
See LAST 350. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004570)
This course is also offered as GEOG 354 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003903)
This course is also offered as GEOG 355 .
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003905)
This course is also offered as LAST 321 .
An interdisciplinary survey of the politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005381)

Theme J: Minds, Brains, and Machines

Theme Coordinator: Edward Vela, MODC 110.

One of the most extraordinary advances of twentieth century science and technology has been the emergence of artificial intelligence in machines. The very possibility of artificial intelligence inspires profound questions: Can machines think? Can brains be thought of as a kind of machine? Is language necessary for intelligence? Is having a conscious mind necessary for intelligence? How are mind and brain related? In this theme you will learn about the contributions to the interdisciplinary research and debates concerning the nature of intelligence and mind made by scientists and scholars in a variety of fields.

Foundation - to be taken first:

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course explores the fundamental relationships between brain function, mental states and consciousness, and human behavior. Attention is given to the influence of brain research on artifical intelligence, neural networks, and computer technology, and to the current metaphor of brain as computer. The course focus is on basic brain processes involved in sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, learning and memory, and language and consciousness. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007919)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as PHIL 364 .
An examination of the emergence of artificial mind in machines, with special attention to related issues in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002312)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.
This course is also offered as CSCI 380 .
An examination of the emergence of artificial mind in machines, with special attention to related issues in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (002312)

Capstone - to be taken last:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course presents a practically based treatment of artificial intelligence, and a general introduction of technical issues associated with the development of intelligent systems. The course addresses issues of knowledge representation and natural language processing in particular, from a computational perspective. Students write programs to perform simple analyses of natural language and logical reasoning. Students also explore the limits of computation, using practical and theoretical approaches. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (002313)
This course is also offered as PSYC 363 .
This course examines the history of two competing approaches to psychology, and it evaluates their philosophical and scientific merits. Implications for contemporary debates in psychology are discussed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007213)
This course is also offered as PHIL 363 .
This course examines the history of two competing approaches to psychology, and it evaluates their philosophical and scientific merits. Implications for contemporary debates in psychology are discussed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007213)

Theme M: Science, Technology, and Society

Theme Coordinator: Leonard Fisk, OCNL 210.

This theme exposes students to concepts and ideas which are a result of scientific applications and investigations. These applications have significant philosophical and moral impacts that affect our professional and private lives. Through lecture, discussion, and frequent writing assignments, students are encouraged to articulate and critically evaluate the ways various disciplines present and grapple with these pressing contemporary concerns.

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
The inheritance, expression, and evolution of the genetic material in humans. Topics include genetic engineering, gene therapy, prenatal diagnosis, cancer, the human genome project, genetic influences on human behavior, such as homosexuality and mental illness, and the social and ethical consequences of the new technologies. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001140)
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
This course is also offered as PHIL 322 .
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001148)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
This course is also offered as BIOL 322 .
Critically examines scientific and humanistic world views and sensibilities, directly applying these approaches to contemporary social and personal problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001148)
An examination of the philosophical issues raised by scientific inquiry. Topics include the logical empiricist view of science, perception, and discovery, scientific paradigms, and the implications of reductivism. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (007193)

Capstone - to be taken last:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; Junior standing.
Impact of computers and high-tech systems on people, institutions, organizations, and environment. Examines the following: law, medicine, education, government, data banks, privacy, computer security, changing work, automation, robots, expert systems, AI, social responsibility, ethics, war, conflict resolution. Includes weekly reading, midterm, and final writing projects. Weekly lectures, discussions, films, and writing. No programming. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved General Education course. (002309)
An exploration of how science and culture have affected people's understandings of gender and sexuality, in both Western and non-Western cultures, from ancient times to the present. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005642)

Theme N: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Theme Coordinator: Thomas Imhoff, TRNT 107.

This theme examines an issue of universal concern in an age of apocalyptic weapons - the causes of war and prospects for peace. Integrating an array of courses in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, this theme invites students to draw their own conclusions about the causes and ethics of war and the real possibilities for peace.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Breadth Area A4 requirement, Mathematical Concepts.
The study of the scientific and strategic principles underlying war and peace in the 21st Century. Concepts from the physical sciences. The strategic theories of Sun Tzu and Clausewitz. Warfare in the 20th Century, especially the development and effects of nuclear weapons. The world after Sept. 11, 2001. This course cannot be used for credit toward a mathematics major or minor, a mathematics emphasis under the Liberal Studies major, or any credential. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004876)
Properties of nuclei, nuclear systematics, nuclear forces, radioactivity, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, reactors, weapons, biological effects, waste disposal, nuclear medicine, and the impact of nuclear technology on society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007363)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A critical examination of diverse philosophical views regarding the causes of war and the prospects for peace. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (007224)
An interdisciplinary cross-cultural survey of prospects for peace. Focuses on non-violent modes of conflict resolution. Major philosophical and social scientific ideas from both the pacifist and non-pacifist traditions are examined in depth. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007228)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Focuses on America's Vietnam experience. Emphasis on the domestic and foreign policy repercussions of U.S. involvement, the mythological and symbolic components of the war, and its legacies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004546)
This course is also offered as SOCI 356 .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This course examines the issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002230)
Course analyzes post-World War II American foreign policy. It examines the origins and development of the cold war, with attention to nuclear capabilities, the growth of national security bureaucracy, and the impact on American society. Special attention is given to the decision-making process as well as to theories of personality, organizational behavior, and the political process as these affect the cold war basis of American foreign policy. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007503)
This course is also offered as MJIS 356 .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This course examines the issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002230)

Theme O: Women's Issues

Theme Coordinator: Katherine McCarthy, TRNT 237.

This theme is designed to provide a variety of perspectives on women within the United States and globally, including psychological, social and cultural issues, artistic and religious expression, political and scientific involvement, and health concerns. These perspectives are explored and analyzed to help students, both male and female, appreciate the contributions of women and to understand the issues that affect women's lives.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as NURS 368 , WMST 368 .
This course represents an overview of health care issues faced by women throughout the life cycle. The course begins an examination of scientific inquiry and the study of disease in women. Then, using sociological, political, and behavioral sciences, the roles, rights, and responsibilities of women in the health care system are assessed. The course concludes with a biological review of the female body and specific health care problems common to women. This course encompasses a woman-centered philosophy which encourages women's active participation in their health care decisions. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004381)
This course is also offered as HCSV 368 , WMST 368 .
This course represents an overview of health care issues faced by women throughout the life cycle. The course begins an examination of scientific inquiry and the study of disease in women. Then, using sociological, political, and behavioral sciences, the roles, rights, and responsibilities of women in the health care system are assessed. The course concludes with a biological review of the female body and specific health care problems common to women. This course encompasses a woman-centered philosophy which encourages women's active participation in their health care decisions. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004381)
This course is also offered as HCSV 368 , NURS 368 .
This course represents an overview of health care issues faced by women throughout the life cycle. The course begins an examination of scientific inquiry and the study of disease in women. Then, using sociological, political, and behavioral sciences, the roles, rights, and responsibilities of women in the health care system are assessed. The course concludes with a biological review of the female body and specific health care problems common to women. This course encompasses a woman-centered philosophy which encourages women's active participation in their health care decisions. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004381)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as WMST 360 .
An exploration of the thematic and stylistic elements of literature by women. Readings include autobiography, diary, journal, short story, novel, drama, poetry, and criticism by women from different cultures and periods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003478)
This course is also offered as WMST 375 .
Analysis of the images, roles, and experiences of women in world religions in historical and contemporary contexts. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (008152)
This course is also offered as ENGL 360 .
An exploration of the thematic and stylistic elements of literature by women. Readings include autobiography, diary, journal, short story, novel, drama, poetry, and criticism by women from different cultures and periods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003478)
This course is also offered as RELS 375 .
Analysis of the images, roles, and experiences of women in world religions in historical and contemporary contexts. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (008152)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as WMST 324 .
Analysis of the roles of women in politics; volunteer, candidate, elected official. Considers politics of the women's movement and women's issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007491)
Examination of the conflicts in the development of the female personality. Common stereotypes, myths, and typical societal expectations will be explored in terms of biological, social, psychological, and developmental determinants. Men and women will be expected to examine their own gender roles and to evaluate the psychological impact of these determinants on their own lives and personalities. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007907)
This course explores the history and experiences of women in the workplace and how family roles intersect with both paid and unpaid work, in and out of the home. Considered are the impacts of race, class, gender, and globalization on poverty, child and elder care, and workplace equity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008960)
This course is also offered as POLS 324 .
Analysis of the roles of women in politics; volunteer, candidate, elected official. Considers politics of the women's movement and women's issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007491)
Women Internationally is an interdisciplinary course which concentrates on the universal experiences of women around the world. The impact of international and domestic politics and culture on women, and the role of women in economic development, equity issues, and women's role in the social movement will be the centrality of the course. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (009627)

Theme Q: International Studies Abroad: London, Italy, France, Spain

Theme Coordinator: Frank Li, SSC 440.

Students who participate in the London Semester or in the CSU International Program in France (Aix-en- Provence or Paris), Spain (Madrid or Granada), or Italy (Florence) are eligible to complete two out of the three required courses for this upper- division theme during their study abroad. The third upper-division course, BIOL 302, must be taken at Chico State. Early and frequent consultation with the theme coordinator is indispensable.

Theme R: Global Music, Culture, and Technology

Theme Coordinator: Hope Smith, PAC 203.

Music has always been an integral part of civilization. For many people, it is a significant part of their spiritual being and a valued companion in their lifelong search for meaning. This theme examines the nature of seven styles of contemporary global music and how they can be understood through the study of surrounding culture and influenced by the historical development of musical technology and its basis in concurrent science.

Students will explore: 1) rural blues of 20th century America, 2) son and salsa from Cuba, 3) the Beatles from England, 4) reggae from Jamaica, 5) Afro-pop from Senegal/Mali, 6) Aboriginal rock from Australia, and 7) rap from the United States. For each musical style, students will listen to and study the nature of the music in the capstone course, Case Studies in Global Music (MUSC 395), in an emphatically non-technical manner. Previously, students will have examined how culture works and generates musical meaning in American Popular Culture (AMST 335) and will have explored the science of music and the history of music technology in Sound in the Environment (PHYS 360).

Students will listen to a lot of music. In addition, classroom instruction will include lecture, discussion, video and film, live performance, experiments, computer demonstrations, concert attendance, and group projects.

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Interdisciplinary study of American popular culture from an historical/cultural perspective, with particular emphasis on how popular culture is both created and consumed and on how it affects and reflects contemporary American society. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (000402)
Application of basic principles of physics to a study of acoustics. Topics include measurement of sound, acoustics of musical instruments, electric production of sound, room acoustics, and environmental noise pollution. Especially recommended for music and speech pathology majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007350)

Capstone - to be taken last:

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Students will study seven musical styles from different times and places, including American rural blues, Jamaican reggae, Australian Aboriginal rock, and Cuban salsa. This course is the capstone for Upper Division Theme R, Global Music, Culture and Tecnology, and will therefore emphasize the ways in which society and technology provide meaning and context for music. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006179)

Theme S: Wealth, Power, and Inequality

Theme Coordinator: Eric Gampel, TRNT 115.

Inequalities in wealth and status are universal social phenomena and give rise in all societies to important issues regarding the distribution of income, wealth, and opportunities for mobility. The discussion requires empirically identifying the extent of inequality as well as identifying the causal structural mechanisms in society that give rise to inequality. Finally, there is the normative issue of fairness, of distributional justice. This theme integrates these three areas to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature of inequality, and to prepare them to contribute thoughtfully to the ongoing public dialog over issues of wealth, power, and inequality.

Foundation - to be taken first:

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of General Education Breadth Area A4 requirement.
The study of statistical principles. Descriptive statistics, regression analysis, sampling theory, statistical inference for population means and proportions. Economic systems. Ideologies related to economic systems. Quantitative and statistical measures of economic inequality, including the Gini index, Lorenz curve, Income Disparity Index, and the Kuznets curve. Applications to social and economic inequality. This course may not be used to fulfill requirements for a major or minor in mathematics. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (005557)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A systematic investigation of the historical origins of the concept of justice and its application to domestic and international issues involving human rights. Special attention is given to the related issues of power and social control. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (007211)
What is the proper attitude toward wealth and poverty? Do the rich have an obligation to help the poor? How should we balance a commitment to human equality and to individual liberty? How are we to determine whether a society's distribution of wealth and power is just or unjust? What methods constitute legitimate means of achieving social change? This course explores alternative religious perspectives on these and other ethical questions that arise in connection with contemporary social, political, and economic life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008167)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Investigation of the nature and causes of income distribution in the United States. Consideration of the social and economic forces which generate income levels and determine patterns of economic mobility over time, interweaving theoretical, descriptive, quantitative, and normative aspects. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002662)
This course considers the unequal distribution of wealth, prestige, knowledge, and power in the U.S., and makes comparisons to other societies. How does inequality get reproduced from one generation to the next? How does inequality affect students today? This course examines the role of social networks, as well as the interconnections between class, race/ethnicity, and gender. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008977)

Theme T: The Child

Theme Coordinator: Chris Coughlin, MODC 107.

As we move into the 21st century, it is vital to remind ourselves that children are society's most important resource. How a society values and raises its children augurs much about the future of that society. This theme is designed to help students learn about children's physical, psychological, emotional, and social development, and how growth and development are impacted by the environments in which children are raised--from smaller family units to larger cultural systems.

However, this theme is about more than the biological and behavioral study of child development. This theme also considers development in the light of a broader and deeper examination of historical and contemporary conceptualizations of childhood as revealed in world literature and philosophies. Furthermore, this theme provides students the opportunity to examine a wide range of critical and persistent social, political, economic, health, and moral issues children and their presence in society raise, both generally and as individuals.

Foundation - to be taken first:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is designed for upper-division students who wish to develop a broader and deeper understanding of contemporary controversial issues in child development. Students learn fundamentals of social, emotional, and cognitive development from infancy through puberty, and study clashing theoretical explanations of these developments. Students apply their knowledge by preparing position papers and participating in debates on a number of urgent issues children present to society. The course takes a topical rather than "ages and stages" approach to development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001453)
Students will examine a variety of issues which are of concern to persons interested in children. The topics will range from health care issues to toy selection. Emphasis will be on optimum individual and collective outcomes. Psychological perspectives will be emphasized, but the effects of historical, societal, and biological factors will also be explored. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007914)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
Basic biological principles, including the scientific method, reproduction, development, physiology, and anatomy. The biological basis of childhood diseases, immunity, nutrition, issues of health and well-being, and the relevance of biological information in social, political, and ethical decision making regarding children. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001151)
An examination of the status, needs, and trends in the health of America's children, including selected racial/ethnic groups. The course includes an overview of physical growth and development from the prenatal period to early adolescence; discussion of common health problems, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention; and addresses selected health issues such as diet, physical activity, stress, violence, drugs, sexuality, and environmental risks. An overview of current and potential health services and prevention programs for children is included. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004441)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A study of the many ways in which the child and childhood are dealt with in literary works. Texts for study will be drawn from Western and non-Western works including memoir, fiction, poetry, film, autobiography, books for children and for young adults, essays, and plays. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003434)
A philosophical investigation of the moral and legal dimensions of parenting. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007212)

Theme U: Catastrophe and Humanity

Theme Coordinator: Karin Hoover, PHSC 226.

All human societies have pondered the meaning of catastrophe as they have experienced, planned for, and recovered from disasters and catastrophic events. This theme explores the range of human responses to catastrophe, not only grief and dismay but also resilience and hope. It provides a variety of perspectives on some perennial issues that societies confront as they seek to adapt to an often unstable and unpredictable world: understanding the relationship between society and nature, the role of civilization in managing crises, the social construction of "normality," the inevitability of change, and the search for meaning.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of General Education requirements.
A discussion of the geologic processes that cause geologic hazards; the methods of measuring their magnitude and frequency; the various ways in which hazards affect humans and their environment; the methods by which geologic hazards can be predicted and mitigated; and the various stages of recovery from catastrophic geologic hazards. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004148)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Using a chronological frame, catastrophes like famine, war, plague, and death will be studied as modes for giving structure and meaning to human events. "Poetics of History" and mimesis will supply the analytical means for understanding the catastrophic foundations of cultural identities in narratives and representations from Homer to Spielberg and in various modes, including the epic, tragic, ironic, prophetic, religious, and historical. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004518)
This course introduces students to the ways in which historic and contemporary religious communities interpret catastrophes and how religious worlds explain and provide humans with tools to cope with catastrophes and with making meaning out of suffering and death. Focus is on visions of the end of the world (apocalypticism, environmental destruction), interpreting the meaning of disasters (natural, human-induced), and personal and global annihilation (epidemics, nuclear destruction). 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008166)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Through selected case studies, this course examines a series of cataclysmic events, ranging from volcanic eruptions and droughts to massacres and societal collapse, which illustrate that change, even cataclysmic change, is and has long been part of the human experience. The theoretical perspectives which anchor this inquiry into cataclysmic events of the human past are evolutionary, anthropological, and archaeological. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. (000512)
This course provides a broad global overview of disasters resulting from natural or technological hazards. Disasters contrive to maim and kill, and property losses due to disaster have continued to increase. This course emphasizes the spatial and temporal distribution of hazards, the human impact of disaster, roles played by technology and society in creating or worsening risky situations, and policy options for disaster preparation and loss reduction. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (003875)

Theme V: Consuming Interests: Food and Society

Theme Coordinator: Lynn Houston, TALR 117.

Contemporary American society is obsessed with food: food and cooking magazines spill over the racks at bookstores and grocery stores, and the Food Network runs shows 24/7, from "Emeril Live" to Rachael Ray; books on eating healthfully (and lavishly!) top the best-seller lists; organic food production is debated on local and national levels; and nutritionists are interviewed from CNN and to the Senate floor. Yet few of us reflect on the significance of food in our everyday lives and in the lives of others around the world. Food is not only fuel required to sustain humans biologically; it functions symbolically and metaphorically, defining who we are, how we view our bodies, and how we view plants and other animals. Through choices of what we eat (or through what the industry chooses for us to eat), we express our identities and cultural ties. Similarly, choices in how we produce, harvest, and distribute our food express historically and culturally specific value systems. In this theme -- through literature, film, the media, popular culture, folklore, archeology, history, nutrition, and agriculture -- students explore the many roles that food plays in our lives--as sustenance, as expression of identity, as entertainment, as ritual, and as a means to bring people together in a community.

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course examines the social and cultural contexts of food production and consumption in a cross-cultural, global and historical perspective, including contemporary social, environmental and policy issues associated with food. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020625)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course examines the relationships among human dietary patterns, human biology, and societies. Topics covered include the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition, factors contributing to malnutrition, and the ecology of obesity and chronic diseases in both developing and industrialized nations. Inter-relationships between food systems and major chronic diseases affecting the world population are also examined. Special attention is given to a critical analysis of the biological, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of nutrition-related issues around the world and strategies for addressing those issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020508)
How ecological factors, technology, and human values interact to determine available choices of food and its production. Consequences of these choices in terms of community structures, resource allocations, and stability of agro-ecosystems. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. Not intended for majors, but open to them. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004874)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Offers a better understanding of how literature illustrates and mediates the relationships between food and culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic classes, and religion. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020570)
This course explores themes about food in international cinema, with special attention to the social, cultural and historical contex for food as depicted in film, the cultural issues regarding national, ethnic and gender identity, and how the art and history of cinema have presented the many roles that food plays in our lives. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (020650)

 

Download a PDF of the Fall 2011 Academic Planning and Upper Division Theme Sheet.

Majors with Important Modifications to General Education Requirements

Following is a list of majors in which GE requirements have been modified. These modifications include special approval for various required non-GE courses to count in the GE categories indicated.

Agriculture, Agricultural Business, and Animal Science

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area C requirements (C1, C2, or C3).

POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D requirements (D1, D2, or D3).

Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Select an upper-division Natural Sciences Thematic course and an upper-division Social Sciences Thematic course from the same theme. See your advisor to identify thematic courses which qualify. Both the Writing Proficiency requirement and the upper- division Humanities Thematic course requirement are fulfilled by ARTS 485, ARTS 495, ARTH 500, ARTS 592, or ARTS 595.

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill the Breadth Area C2 or C3 requirement (ARTH 101 or ARTH 102 may be used to meet the Breadth Area C1 requirement).

POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D requirements (D1, D2, or D3).

Biochemistry

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 151.

Biological Sciences

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 151.

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill Breadth Area C requirements and POLS 155 may be used to fulfill Breadth Area D requirements.

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3 requirements and POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3 requirements.

Computer Science

Upper-division theme modification has been approved for this major. See How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications below for detail on how to apply this modification.

Concrete Industry Management

Select one course each from Breadth Areas A1, A2, and A3.

Select one course from Breadth Area B2.

Select two courses from Breadth Area C.

Select one course from Breadth Area E.

Select two courses from the same Upper- Division Theme. Consult with an advisor to determine which two courses in the selected theme meet the Upper-Division Theme Requirement for Concrete Industry Management majors.

Construction Management

Upper-division theme modification has been approved for this major. See How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications below for detail on how to apply this modification.

Select only one Breadth Area C course (C1, C2, or C3) because HIST 130 meets one Area and the other is waived.

POLS 155 may be applied to Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3.

Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Mechatronic Engineering)

Select CMST 131 from Area A1 and 3 units from A2; the A3 requirement is met by a course in the major.

Select only one course from Breadth Area C (C1, C2, or C3) because HIST 130 meets one Area and the other is waived.

Select only one course from Breadth Area D (D1, D2, or D3) because POLS 155 meets one Area and the other is met by CIVL 302.

CIVL 495 may be used to fulfill the Breadth Area E requirement.

Upper-division theme modification has been approved for this major. See How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications below for detail on how to apply this modification.

For Computer Engineering majors only, the Breadth Area B2 requirement is satisfied by the additional Physics classes.

Note: In addition to these modifications, Engineering majors must consult with an advisor about when and how to take GE courses in order to fit the required upper-division GE units and U.S. Diversity/Global Cultures requirements into their program without exceeding the 132 required units for the degree. Students should obtain the program planning outline from the department.

Environmental Science

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 152.

Geosciences (Option in Science Education)

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 151.

Liberal Studies

The completion of the Liberal Studies major satisfies all General Education requirements. SOSC 302 and SOSC 303 satisfy the U.S. Diversity and Global Cultures Studies requirements.

MATH 110 and MATH 111 meet the Breadth Area A4 requirement for students transferring out of the Liberal Studies major. A grade of C- or higher is required in each.

Microbiology

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 151.

Majors may count HIST 130 for a Breadth Area C requirement and POLS 155 for a Breadth Area D requirement.

Nursing

Upper- division theme modification has been approved for this major. See How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications below for detail on how to apply this modification.

CHEM 108 may be used to fulfill the B1 requirement.

HIST 130 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area C requirements (C1, C2, or C3).

PSYC 101 may be used to fulfill the D1 requirement.

POLS 155 may be used to fulfill the D2 requirement.

ANTH 113 or SOCI 100 may be used to fulfill the D3 requirement.

Physics

The Breadth Area B2 requirement may be fulfilled by BIOL 151.

For General Physics Option: HIST 130 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3 requirements.

POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3 requirements.

HCSV 451 may be used to fulfill the Breadth Area E requirement.

Sustainable Manufacturing

Upper-division theme modification has been approved for this major. See How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications below for detail on how to apply this modification.

Select only one course from Breadth Area C (C1, C2, or C3) because HIST 130 meets one Area and the other is waived.

POLS 155 may be used to fulfill any one of the Breadth Area D requirements (D1, D2, or D3).

How to Apply the GE Theme Modifications:

For majors in Computer Science, Concrete Industry Management, Construction Management, Engineering (all), Sustainable Manufacturing, and Nursing

General Education Upper-Division Themes are modified for those in the above noted high-unit majors. Students in these majors need to take two courses rather than the normal three. First, select a theme that is of interest to you. Second, select two courses as indicated below for the particular theme. Note that some themes require that you take the courses in a particular order (e.g., Theme B), while in other themes the courses may be taken in any order (e.g., Theme A). Courses designated with USD or GC also satisfy the Diversity requirement. Major advisors can answer any questions.

Theme A: American Identities and Cultures
Take one of: AMST 345, MCGS 324USD, PHIL 306, or RELS 324USD.
Take one of: GEOG 352, HIST 332USD, JOUR 310, or MCGS 332USD.

Theme B: Contemporary Health Issues
First take: PHIL 327.
Then take one of: HCSV 325, HCSV 370, or SOCI 363.

Theme C: Cross-Cultural Exploration
Take one of: CHST 354USD, ENGL 353USD,  or SPAN 354USD.
Take one of: AAST 300GC, AFRI 300GC, ANTH 368GC, ASST 300GC, HIST 362GC, MEST 362GC, or SOCI 354GC.

Theme D: Environmental Issues
Take one of: ENGL 338, PHIL 329, or RELS 347.
Take one of: GEOG 304, HIST 341USD, or RECR 310.

Theme E: Ethics and Social Policy
Take one of: PHIL 321, PHIL 326, or RELS 346.
Take one of: ECON 352 or HCSV 333.

Theme F: Gender Perspectives
Take one of: MCGS 310USD, MCGS 315, or THEA 315.
Take one of: CMST 334, HIST 335, JOUR 311, WMST 311, or WMST 335.

Theme G: Global Issues
First take one of: PHIL 336USDor RELS 332.
Then take one of: ABUS 390 GC, GEOG 303GC, or POLS 341.

Theme H: Honors -This theme is only available to students participating in the Honors in GE Program.
First take one of: ENGL 316HUSD, GEOG 316HUSD, PHIL 318H, PSYC 318H, RELS 318H, or SOCI 356HGC.
Then take one of: HNRS 366HUSD, HNRS 398H or HNRS 399H.

Theme I: Mexico and Central America
Take one of: LAST 352GCor LAST 352M GC.
Take one of: GEOG 354GC, GEOG 355GC, HIST 382GC, LAST 321GC, LAST 350 GC, LAST 350MGC, LAST 354GC, LAST 355GC, POLS 321GC.

Theme J: Minds, Brains, and Machines
First take one of: CSCI 380, PHIL 364, or PSYC 321.
Then take one of: PHIL 363 or PSYC 363.

Theme M: Science, Technology, and Society
First take one of: BIOL 322, PHIL 322, or PHIL 370.
Then take one of: CSCI 301 or MCGS 380.

Theme N: War and Peace
Take one of: Phil 342 or PHIL 344.
Take one of: CMST 356GC, HIST 350, MJIS 356GC, POLS 344, SOCI 356GC.

Theme O: Women's Issues
Take one of: ENGL 360, RELS 375, WMST 360, or WMST 375.
Take one of: POLS 324, PSYC 345, SOCI 335, WMST 324, or WMST 333GC.

Theme Q: International Studies Abroad: England, Italy, France, and Spain -Two courses completed abroad will complete the theme. Consult with the coordinator of Theme Q (the list of theme coordinators is maintained at http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/UDThemeCoord.shtml).

Theme R: Global Music, Culture, and Technology
First take: AMST 335.
Then take: MUSC 395 GC.

Theme S: Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Take one of: PHIL 341 or RELS 343.
Take one of: ECON 340 or SOCI 340.

Theme T: The Child
First take one of: CHLD 362 or PSYC 352.
Then take one of: ENGL 342 or PHIL 323.

Theme U: Catastrophe and Humanity
Take one of: HIST 305 or RELS 357.
Take one of: ANTH 312 or GEOG 306.

Theme V: Consuming Interests: Food and Society
Take: ANTH 340.
Take one of: ENGL 365 or HUMN 380.

Diversity Requirements: 6 units

U.S. Diversity Course Requirement: 3 units

1 course selected from:

The following courses satisfy both General Education and U.S. Diversity requirements:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as SOCI 152 .
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000003)
This course is also offered as ENGL 253 .
An introduction to various traditions and issues of the Asian American experience in literature. The course explores both early and contemporary novels, poems, and plays by writers of different genders, ethnicities, and cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000002)
Introduces the aims and objectives of African American Studies. A critical examination of the African American experience and its antecedents. This includes an assessment of how the dominant society impacts African Americans, including such factors as racism, poverty, and the current social/economic status of African Americans. Africa's contributions to the world are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000136)
Comparative analysis of the institution of slavery which places slavery in the Western Hemisphere into a global and historical context beginning with labor oppression systems in Asia, the Roman Empire, and Mediterranean cultures. The significance and impact of Africans on the cultural, economic, and political life of North and South American nations will be examined in detail. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000139)
This course is also offered as HIST 231 .
An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
This course is also offered as ENGL 251 .
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000135)
This course is also offered as MUSC 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
Introduction to socio-cultural development of the American Indian in modern times and the background for present-day conditions. Attention given to contemporary Indian affairs and problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000375)
This course is also offered as HIST 230 .
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000382)
This course is also offered as ENGL 252 .
Study of the oral and written literature of the American Indian and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000377)
This course is also offered as ANTH 261 .
Survey of Native North America with emphasis on U.S. tribes, their cultures, rituals, and institutions. Brief examination of pre-history. The focus is on historical and contemporary people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000383)
This course is also offered as ENGL 264 .
An interdisciplinary study of the culture and literature oral and written of an American ethnic group or groups, with emphasis on ties to particular regions and traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000408)
This course is also offered as AIST 261 .
Survey of Native North America with emphasis on U.S. tribes, their cultures, rituals, and institutions. Brief examination of pre-history. The focus is on historical and contemporary people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000383)
This course is also offered as HIST 135 .
Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001974)
This course is also offered as SOCI 157 .
This course explores contemporary issues affecting Chicanos in the United States, including cultural values, social organization, urbanization, gender, and socio-economics. Attention is given to how family, religion, and immigration experiences play upon the lifestyles and values held by Chicanas and Chicanos. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001973)
This course is also offered as HIST 234 .
This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001976)
This course is also offered as SPAN 354 .
A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Reading, discussions, and reports will be in English. This is a service course for non-majors and not elective for a BA degree or minor in Spanish. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001977)
Prerequisites: Junior status at the end of semester in which course is taken and current enrollment in the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as GEOG 316H .
An overview of contemporary human geography and some aspects of women's studies, emphasizing the importance of space, movement, place, environment, and family. Primary texts such as novels, memoirs, and films will be used to explore the perspectives of a variety of culture groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003882)
This course is also offered as AFAM 251 .
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000135)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors in General Education Program.
Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020146)
This course is also offered as AIST 252 .
Study of the oral and written literature of the American Indian and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000377)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into Honors in General Education.
An introduction to American Indian literature. The course explores multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, autobiography, and oral texts. The course covers works of Indian literature from pre-contact oral traditions through contemporary American Indian writers. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003418)
This course is also offered as AAST 253 .
An introduction to various traditions and issues of the Asian American experience in literature. The course explores both early and contemporary novels, poems, and plays by writers of different genders, ethnicities, and cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000002)
Survey of Chicano/Latino literature and of related historical and critical materials. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003417)
This course is also offered as AMST 264 .
An interdisciplinary study of the culture and literature oral and written of an American ethnic group or groups, with emphasis on ties to particular regions and traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000408)
An intensive survey of major issues and themes in non-Western literature. Students examine the interconnections between works of Western cultures and works from the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003470)
Offers a better understanding of how literature illustrates and mediates the relationships between food and culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic classes, and religion. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020570)
Broad overview of spatial and temporal changes in the California landscape resulting from the interaction of various cultural groups with their environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003860)
Prerequisites: Junior status at the end of semester in which course is taken and current enrollment in the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as ENGL 316H .
An overview of contemporary human geography and some aspects of women's studies, emphasizing the importance of space, movement, place, environment, and family. Primary texts such as novels, memoirs, and films will be used to explore the perspectives of a variety of culture groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (003882)
This course is also offered as CHST 135 .
Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001974)
This course is also offered as AIST 230 .
A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000382)
This course is also offered as AFAM 231 .
An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000138)
This course is also offered as CHST 234 .
This course examines the history and heritage of the Mexican people of the present-day Southwestern United States from the fourteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001976)
This course is also offered as MCGS 332 .
An examination of the various ethnic groups that came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004540)
History of the attitudes, concepts, and public policy toward the American environment, including the natural, rural, and urban environments. Emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004539)
This course is team taught across several disciplines: sociology, political economy, sustainability, intellectual history, and literary and cultural studies. Examines the ways people have thought about their relationship to the world, particularly in North America and the American West. Examines how ideas are shaped by environment, and the ways in which different cultures have affected the environment. This course evaluates the sustainability of past and current relationships to the land, and also considers a number of future possibilities for positive change. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020913)
An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002602)
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines GLBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009639)
This course is also offered as RELS 324 .
An exploration of the religions which inform America's ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005643)
This course is also offered as HIST 332 .
An examination of the various ethnic groups that came to America; the reasons for their emigration, their reception in the United States, special problems they encountered, and the contributions they made to American society. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004540)
This course is also offered as SOCI 350 .
This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and govermental policies 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005640)
This course is also offered as RELS 204 .
History of Judaism from biblical to modern times. A study of the literature, faith, and events that shaped Jewish life. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005860)
This course is also offered as RELS 205 .
Traces of the historical development of a variety of Jewish sects, denominations, and cultures found in the Middle East, northern Africa, Europe, and North America from antiquity to modernity, with special emhasis on contemporary Jewish communities in the United States. Rituals, beliefs, and textual traditions that relate to the history of Judaism are surveyed, and the phenomenon of secular Judiasm are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020675)
This course is also offered as AFAM 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
An exploration of traditional and contemporary American Indian thought regarding people in relationship to the human and nonhuman worlds, with focus on land ethic, animal ethics, sustainability. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020644)
Examination of the nature of prejudice and hate and their contribution to societal violence. How prejudice and hatred affect personal, family, and group behavior are considered in a context of understanding factors that contribute to their development. Strategies for reducing the prevalence of prejudice, hatred, and violence in our contemporary culture are evaluated. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (007908)
Prerequisites: Students must be in good standing in the Honors Program.
Examination of the nature of prejudice and hate and their contribution to societal violence. How prejudice and hatred affect personal, family, and group behavior are considered. Strategies for reducing the prevalence of prejudice, hatred, and violence in our contemporary culture, such as techniques of "nonviolent communication," are evaluated. This course is taught using tutorial and seminar formats. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020006)
This course is also offered as MJIS 204 .
History of Judaism from biblical to modern times. A study of the literature, faith, and events that shaped Jewish life. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005860)
This course is also offered as MJIS 205 .
Traces of the historical development of a variety of Jewish sects, denominations, and cultures found in the Middle East, northern Africa, Europe, and North America from antiquity to modernity, with special emhasis on contemporary Jewish communities in the United States. Rituals, beliefs, and textual traditions that relate to the history of Judaism are surveyed, and the phenomenon of secular Judiasm are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020675)
This course is also offered as MCGS 324 .
An exploration of the religions which inform America's ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005643)
This course is also offered as AAST 152 .
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000003)
This course is also offered as CHST 157 .
This course explores contemporary issues affecting Chicanos in the United States, including cultural values, social organization, urbanization, gender, and socio-economics. Attention is given to how family, religion, and immigration experiences play upon the lifestyles and values held by Chicanas and Chicanos. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001973)
This course is also offered as MCGS 350 .
This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and govermental policies 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (005640)
This course focuses on the immigration and subsequent history of California's different ethnic groups. It explores their interactions and the effects on the social, political, and economic development of the state. The course is required for Liberal Studies majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009060)
This course is also offered as CHST 354 .
A study of the Chicano people as reflected in selected films and literature. Reading, discussions, and reports will be in English. This is a service course for non-majors and not elective for a BA degree or minor in Spanish. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001977)

The following courses satisfy the U.S. Diversity, but not the General Education requirement:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Examination of Asian immigration to the United States from a world system's perspective. Examines immigration process and the implication of this process for contemporary interest in Pacific Rim. Topics include origins of Asian immigration, major U.S. immigration legislation, demographic structure of contemporary Asian immigration, and cross-cultural comparisons of other world groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000008)
An examination of Southeast Asian immigrants to North America. The cultural and historical backgrounds of Southeast Asian peoples (Hmong, Mien, Kampuchean, Vietnamese, etc.) will be discussed. The historical and political forces that stimulated immigration to North America and the subsequent adaptations made by these peoples to North American cultural contexts will be core themes for this course. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000009)
Historical development of traditional American Indian tribal education and its gradual replacement with European-American educational systems up to and including modern times. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000385)
This course is also offered as RELS 325 .
A description and analysis of selected American Indian religions and philosophies of American Indian peoples of North America. The course will emphasize the Indians' spiritual relationship with nature as depicted in ceremonies, music, literature, and oral traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000384)
This course is also offered as ANTH 362 .
Native peoples of California, their origin, prehistory, languages, culture, and interaction with Europeans. Selected case studies, with special emphasis on the local area. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000519)
This course is also offered as AIST 362 .
Native peoples of California, their origin, prehistory, languages, culture, and interaction with Europeans. Selected case studies, with special emphasis on the local area. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000519)
This course is also offered as SOCI 358 .
This course examines the economic, social, and political status of Chicanos and Chicana in the United States since the 1960's Chicano Movement. Students also consider issues such as immigration, stratification, educational attainment, labor market inequality, and resistance movements. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001980)
Focus is on the problems of communication between cultural groupings inside and outside of the U.S. Various historical and political contexts in which intercultural communication occurs are examined. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002229)
An introductory survey of the world's languages, examining contact, convergence, and loss. Attention will be paid to ongoing efforts to preserve this linguistic legacy through revitalization and documentation programs, and the role of language in the construction of ethnicity, with particular attention paid to linguistic diversity in the United States. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020633)
This course is also offered as MCGS 328 .
Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004448)
This course is also offered as POLS 327 .
Analysis of the role of race and ethnicity in the American political process, including a critique of their role in local, state, and national elections. Factors accounting for participation and non-participation will be analyzed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000137)
This course is also offered as HCSV 328 .
Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004448)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, NFSC 120. Recommended: ANTH 113, GEOG 102.
Study of world food patterns, including food customs of peoples of different ethnic backgrounds. Emphasis upon nutritional significance. Survey of social, economic, religious, and aesthetic aspects of food customs. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved US Diversity course. (004330)
This course is also offered as MCGS 327 .
Analysis of the role of race and ethnicity in the American political process, including a critique of their role in local, state, and national elections. Factors accounting for participation and non-participation will be analyzed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000137)
This course is also offered as AIST 325 .
A description and analysis of selected American Indian religions and philosophies of American Indian peoples of North America. The course will emphasize the Indians' spiritual relationship with nature as depicted in ceremonies, music, literature, and oral traditions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000384)
This course is also offered as CHST 358 .
This course examines the economic, social, and political status of Chicanos and Chicana in the United States since the 1960's Chicano Movement. Students also consider issues such as immigration, stratification, educational attainment, labor market inequality, and resistance movements. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001980)
Corequisite: SWRK 302 for SWRK majors only.
This course presents a framework for understanding and openly interacting with people from diverse backgrounds that compose the rich mosaic of the United States. The class is designed to promote ethnic-sensitive interpersonal relationships. Diverse people studied are distinguished by issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion/spirituality, generation, and national origin. Historical and cultural experiences shaping their lives and current reality are examined. The overall goal is for students to develop high regard for the worth and dignity of all people. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009415)

Global Cultures Studies Course Requirement: 3 units

1 course selected from:

The following courses satisfy both the General Education and Global Cultures requirements:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as ASST 300 .
Study of problems and prospects related to Asia. This course includes a series of in-depth analysis of major issues, current problems, and prospects of Asia. Extensive research, writing, and oral presentations are required. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000005)
A study of agricultural problems and policies of developing nations. Emphasis on cultural values; physical, economic, and political constraints; hunger and international trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015535)
This course is also offered as AFRI 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)
This course is also offered as AFAM 100 .
An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000134)
Series of in-depth studies, both thematic and topical, concerning major issues and current problems in sub-Saharan Africa, employing an interdisciplinary approach. Topics covered include South Africa, and revolution and ecological crises in Africa. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000146)
Significant events in mankind's prehistoric cultural development and their relevance to the present. Human antiquity; the acquisition of culture during the Paleolithic; the beginning of early civilization. Introduction to the methods of archaeology and human paleontology. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000491)
The course explores culture as the basis for understanding the human experience, including an examination of cross-cultural diversity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000492)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
The phenomenon of culture and its profound role in structuring the individual's experience of reality. The range of diversity in human socio-cultural institutions. Some explanations for similarities and differences in human cultures. Exploration of the contemporary relevance of anthropological perspectives, data, and methods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000493)
A comparative analysis of the interaction of economic and political forces in societies of the non-western world. The diversity with which various cultures address scarcity, the distribution of goods and power. Transition from traditional economic and political institutions over time, and the impact of these changes on the values, attitudes, and lifestyles on developing urban populations. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000495)
A cross-cultural examination of religions and world views. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000499)
This course is also offered as ASST 200 .
An introduction to the people and cultures of Asia, emphasizing India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The course employs a multimediated approach to learning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000523)
This course examines the social and cultural contexts of food production and consumption in a cross-cultural, global and historical perspective, including contemporary social, environmental and policy issues associated with food. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020625)
Study of the Native peoples of South America, Mexico, and Central America from European contact to the present. The course emphasizes contemporary ethnography and interaction of indigenous people with colonialism and the modern nation-state. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000522)
Survey of the major visual arts of India, China, and Japan from the prehistoric to the nineteenth-century period. An emphasis on the traditional Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000707)
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000709)
This course is also offered as ANTH 200 .
An introduction to the people and cultures of Asia, emphasizing India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The course employs a multimediated approach to learning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000523)
This course is also offered as AAST 300 .
Study of problems and prospects related to Asia. This course includes a series of in-depth analysis of major issues, current problems, and prospects of Asia. Extensive research, writing, and oral presentations are required. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000005)
Study of non-Western literature from a variety of cultures, with European materials included for comparison. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003408)
Survey of human populations and activities, with an emphasis upon how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003859)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
A special section of GEOG 102 for students in the Honors in General Education Program. Survey of human populations activities with an emphasis on how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020002)
Geography in the news. Analysis of current world conflicts and problem areas, with an emphasis upon examination of social, economic, political, and environmental realities. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003872)
This course is also offered as LAST 354 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003903)
This course is also offered as LAST 355 .
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003905)
This course is also offered as MEST 261 , RELS 202 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
This course is also offered as MEST 362 .
Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004550)
Peoples, cultures, and economic systems of Africa before 1800, with emphasis on agricultural history, long-distance trade, state formation, and African religions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004532)
Africa since 1800. Establishment and demise of European colonial regimes, African resistance to foreign domination, African political systems, dilemmas of socio-economic development, and gender differences in modern African life. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004533)
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from antiquity to 1800. Emphasis on common traditional heritage of China and Japan. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004560)
Cultural, economic, and political evolution of eastern Asia from 1800 to the present. Emphasis on the transformation of the traditional heritage of China and Japan through revolution and modernization. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004561)
An historical survey of pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, with emphasis on Aztec and Inca societies, Iberia's military, economic, and spiritual conquest, and the ways in which diverse colonial subjects resisted, adapted to, and assimilated colonial rule. Concludes by considering popular and elite culture in the late colonial period and tensions leading toward independence. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004568)
A survey of South America since independence from Iberia, highlighting the chaotic years of post-independence state building, the region's integration into the global capitalist economy in the late nineteenth century, and the age of mass politics and revolutionary ferment after 1930. The final weeks focus on South America's experience with military dictatorship and current transitions to democracy. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004495)
This course is also offered as LAST 350 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004558)
Corequisites: HNRS 120D, HNRS 120E.
Honors Survey of Civilization is a survey of civilized life from the first appearance of humans until today. It is a map of the course our species has traveled since the discovery of agriculture, and it provides a coherent and foundational overview of many of the moments, monuments, and movements of civilization. It is a unique and foundational 9-unit general education experience for Honors students. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021030)
Corequisites: HNRS 120C, HNRS 120E.
Honors Survey of Civilization is a survey of civilized life from the first appearance of humans until today. It is a map of the course our species has traveled since the discovery of agriculture, and it provides a coherent and foundational overview of many of the moments, monuments, and movements of civilization. It is a unique and foundational 9-unit general education experience for Honors students. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021031)
Corequisites: HNRS 120C, HNRS 120D.
Honors Survey of Civilization is a survey of civilized life from the first appearance of humans until today. It is a map of the course our species has traveled since the discovery of agriculture, and it provides a coherent and foundational overview of many of the moments, monuments, and movements of civilization. It is a unique and foundational 9-unit general education experience for Honors students. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021032)
A comprehensive introduction to Eastern art, literature, and philosophy, as revealed in the civilizations of India, China, and Japan. The course examines the rise of civilization in India, China, and Japan with special focus on Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Buddha, and follows the development of artistic and intellectual culture down to modern times. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020684)
The course seeks to develop an understanding of the dimensions along which the human experience varies. Sport, game, and play forms vary dependent upon the cultural environment and historical period in which they are embedded. Analysis of variations in sport forms will provide cultural and temporal perspective on differences in human behaviors, beliefs, and social institutions. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006945)
A survey of the history, geography, culture, and society of Latin America. This course is designed to provide students who are majoring in Latin American Studies, as well as General Education students, with an initial orientation in the study of Latin America on an interdisciplinary basis. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015750)
This course is also offered as POLS 321 .
An interdisciplinary survey of the politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005381)
This course is also offered as HIST 382 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004558)
See LAST 350. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004570)
Prerequisites: Completion of the lower-division GE Breadth Area B requirement or faculty permission.
LAST 351 explores the natural and human-modified environments of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It introduces students to the biological and physical processes that create the natural environments of the region and examines the complex interactions between people and these environments, both past and present. This course is designed to be the Area B course in the General Education Upper-Division Theme I: Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005379)
See LAST 351. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015543)
An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexcio. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005377)
An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexcio. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. 2 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005371)
This course is also offered as GEOG 354 .
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003903)
This course is also offered as GEOG 355 .
Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003905)
This course is also offered as PSYC 341 .
This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005638)
This course is also offered as HIST 261 , RELS 202 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
This course is also offered as HIST 362 .
Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004550)
This course is also offered as SOCI 356 .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This course examines the issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002230)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as SOCI 356H .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This class examines issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002231)
A survey of the elements of music and diverse cultures and values in relation to music. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, including classical, folk, and popular idioms. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006053)
Students will study seven musical styles from different times and places, including American rural blues, Jamaican reggae, Australian Aboriginal rock, and Cuban salsa. This course is the capstone for Upper Division Theme R, Global Music, Culture and Tecnology, and will therefore emphasize the ways in which society and technology provide meaning and context for music. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006179)
This course examines the relationships among human dietary patterns, human biology, and societies. Topics covered include the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition, factors contributing to malnutrition, and the ecology of obesity and chronic diseases in both developing and industrialized nations. Inter-relationships between food systems and major chronic diseases affecting the world population are also examined. Special attention is given to a critical analysis of the biological, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of nutrition-related issues around the world and strategies for addressing those issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020508)
A philosophical analysis of major ideas in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian thought and their relationship to basic philosophical developments in the west. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (007185)
The political dynamics of selected third world nations. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary third world societies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (007468)
The political dynamics of selected third world nations. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary third world societies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015554)
This course is also offered as LAST 321 .
An interdisciplinary survey of the politics of Central America and the Caribbean Basin. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005381)
How ecological factors, technology, and human values interact to determine available choices of food and its production. Consequences of these choices in terms of community structures, resource allocations, and stability of agro-ecosystems. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. Not intended for majors, but open to them. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004874)
A study and analysis of various world agriculture systems that provide food and fiber. Environmental, technological, socio-economic, and political factors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000068)
This course is also offered as MCGS 341 .
This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005638)
An introduction to the religions of the East: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008128)
This course is also offered as HIST 261 , MEST 261 .
An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004515)
A survey of Hinduism from its origins to the modern day, including philosophy, literature, popular temple worship, the role of feminine power, and modern fundamentalist and communal movement. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008181)
A discussion of the roots and transformation of the Buddhist teachings in India, China, Japan, and Tibet. Special emphasis will be given to major trends and problems in contemporary Buddhism. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (008180)
This course studies relationships between ethnic groups outside of the U.S. Consideration is given to ethnic identities, interactions, competition, conflict over resources, cultural preservation, the development of nationalism, and state policies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005641)
This course is also offered as MJIS 356 .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This course examines the issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002230)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Honors Program.
This course is also offered as MJIS 356H .
The social impact of acts of genocide around the globe is explored, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This class examines issues of ethnic and national identity, ethnocentrism, the role of technology, and issues of power. Also considered are the moral implications of genocide, as well as individual, social, and corporate responsibility. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (002231)
Women Internationally is an interdisciplinary course which concentrates on the universal experiences of women around the world. The impact of international and domestic politics and culture on women, and the role of women in economic development, equity issues, and women's role in the social movement will be the centrality of the course. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (009627)

The following courses satisfy the Global Cultures, but not the General Education requirement:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as WMST 339 .
This cross-cultural study of women emphasizes changing constructions of gender and gender relations from the Paleolithic period to the rise of the state. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000517)
A systematic survey of human economic activities. Analysis of resource exploitation and use, including agriculture, extractive activities, industry, commerce, and service functions. Recommended for business and liberal arts majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (003871)
This course examines women in China from antiquity to the present day. Focus is on women's roles in traditional society, formation and evolution of the patriarchal system, women's resistance and accomplishments in history, and women's emancipation movements under Western impact. Major issues include the role of socialism as savior of women and as appropriate strategies for Chinese women to adopt for achieving their feminist goals. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004565)
This course explores tradition and new trends in 18th and 19th century China, the Western impact and the Chinese response, the nationalist and the communist movements, changes in values and the society after 1949, and the ongoing economic reforms. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004661)
History of Japan from the end of exclusion (about 1853) to the present, with emphasis on the modernization of Japan and the road to Pearl Harbor. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004660)
An introduction to Japanese history and geography, as well as Japanese art forms, literature, philosophy, education, economy, customs, language, and politics. Course also includes a comparison of Japanese and American organizational theories. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000993)
This is an exploration of the fundamental concepts of human biological, social, and cultural evolution. It is a comparative study of adaptation, social organization, religious and other ideological systems in contemporary non-Western societies. With a multidisciplinary approach, the course covers the biological basis of human social behavior, fossil evidence for human evolution, and relevant ethnographic and archaeological evidence of human social evolution. This course is required for Liberal Studies majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (009062)
This course is also offered as ANTH 339 .
This cross-cultural study of women emphasizes changing constructions of gender and gender relations from the Paleolithic period to the rise of the state. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000517)
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