General Education Course Descriptions

This page contains course descriptions for GE courses for the current GE plan.
Updated June 2018.

Area A: Basic Skills


ENG 110 Freshman Composition I (3).
Prerequisite: English Placement Test T-score above 146 or EPT T-score of 136 or below and ENG 088 and 099 or EPT T-score ranging from 137 to 146 and ENG 099.
Basic writing skills emphasizing exposition and textual analysis. Graded A-C/NC.

ENG 111 Freshman Composition II (3).
Prerequisite: ENG 110 or equivalent.
Reinforcement of basic writing skills with emphasis on persuasion and argumentation, including a documented essay. Aids in writing convincing arguments and assembling, organizing, and documenting evidence supporting a thesis. Graded A-C/NC.

Logic/Critical Reasoning

MAT 271 Foundations of Higher Math (3).                                                                     
Prerequisite: MAT 193 with grade of "C" or better.              
Topics include logic, methods of mathematical proof, set theory, relations, and functions. Introduction to complex numbers and proof strategies using ideas of vector algebra. Meant to prepare students for mathematics program as well as concepts of computer science.

PHI 120 Critical Reasoning (3).
Introduction to methods of critical thinking including the nature of arguments, formal and informal fallacies, deductive and inductive arguments. Provides students with critical skills in both academic and non-academic contexts. A-C/NC grading.

PSY 110 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3).
Course is designed to improve critical thinking and problem solving skills such as deductive and inductive reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, and decision-making. May include computer-assisted instruction. A-C/NC grading.

Oral Communication

THE 120 Fundamentals of Speech (3).
Introduction to the basic principles of speech communication. Classes cover the use of organization and evidence in speech preparation, and emphasize research and performance techniques. Students develop speeches for a variety of topics and situations. A- C/NC grading.

Area B: Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning

Physical Sciences

CHE 102 Chemistry for the Citizen (3).
A non-mathematical treatment of the basic principles of chemistry and their application to various facets of life in a highly technological society.

EAR 100 Physical Geology (3).
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in EAR 101 is recommended.
Volcanoes, earthquakes, oceanic processes, and continental drift. Rock and mineral identification is enhanced by concurrent enrollment in EAR 101. Meets certain general education requirements, is fundamental to the Geology major, and has wide-ranging applications in art, commerce, public policy, and science. Field Trip.

GEO 200 Physical Geography (3).
Classical natural systems, including earth-sun relationships, atmospheric flows, terrestrial biogeography, landforms, and processes of change; introduction to modern monitoring methods using maps, satellite reconnaissance, and geographic information systems.

PHY 100 Patterns in Nature (3).
Unifying principles of elastic, sound, light, and matter waves. Models of nature. Successes and failures of wave and particle models and their synthesis. Designed for non-science students. Partially meets the lower division General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

Life Sciences

ANT 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3).
Examination of human biology. Introduces scientific approaches to genetics and evolution, primate evolution and behavior, evidence from fossil record for human evolution and biological variation among modern humans, human growth and disease patterns, and human demography.

BIO 102 General Biology (3).
Representative topics in modern biology, emphasizing the present state of knowledge and the major means whereby this knowledge is being expanded. Three hours of lecture per week.

Science Laboratory

BIO 103 General Biology Laboratory (1).
Prerequisite: BIO 102 (may be taken concurrently).
Laboratory work and demonstrations in representative areas of modern biology. Emphasizes scientific methodology. Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 103 Chemistry Laboratory for the Citizen (1).
Prerequisite: CHE 102, or concurrent enrollment in CHE 102.
Recommended general education course for student interested in the chemistry of everyday life. Includes determining the composition of foods and drugs, measurements, unit conversions, scientific notation, chemical representations, mole concept, structure of atoms and molecules. Three hours of laboratory per week.

EAR 101 Physical Geology Laboratory (1).
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 100 is recommended.
Nature and origin of rocks and minerals through determination of physical properties of specimens. Topographic and geologic map analysis. Geological features from stereoscopic air photos. Recommended elective for students interested in the outdoors, archaeology, mineral deposits, land use, and natural hazards.

Quantitative Reasoning

MAT 105 Finite Mathematics (3).
Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement.
Mathematics of finance, combinatorics, probability, statistical measures of central tendency and dispersion, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning, and additional topics selected by the instructor, e.g. linear programming, statistics, graph theory, game theory. A-C/NC grading. Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the General Education Program.

MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability (3).
Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement.
A practical course in probability and statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 132 Statistics with Algebra Review (4).
Prerequisite: MAT 002 or MAT 003 with department recommendation.

A practical course in probability and statistics coupled with an algebra review of ideas necessary for probability and statistics. Includes the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability. Satisfies General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 151 College Algebra (4).  
Prerequisites: MAT 003 or department recommendation.
Graphic, numeric, analytic and applied perspectives on topics including linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions, exponents and radicals, linear and nonlinear systems of equations, and inequalities. Preparation for MAT 153: Precalculus.

MAT 153 Pre-calculus (4).
Prerequisite: MAT 009 or equivalent.
Topics include functions and their graphs; systems of linear and quadratic equations; ratios, proportion, variation; sequences; mathematical induction; the binomial theorem; complex numbers; theory of equations and trigonometry. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 171 Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences (4).
Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the ELM requirement.
Not available for credit to students who have credit in MAT 191 or its equivalent or courses that have MAT 191 as a prerequisite. Functions, linear equations, the derivative and its applications, the integral and its applications, and partial derivatives. Satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the General Education Program.

MAT 191 Calculus I (5).
Prerequisite: MAT 153 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and fulfillment of the ELM requirement.
Limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation formulas, applications of derivatives, introduction to integration, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, application of integration. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 193 Calculus II (5).
Prerequisite: MAT 191 or equivalent with a "C" grade or better.
Differentiation and integration of transcendental function. Techniques and applications of integration. Polar coordinates. Infinite sequences and series, power series, convergence. Satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

Area C: Humanities


AFS 205 Introduction to Hip Hop (3).
Hip Hop, the music and lifestyle, is rooted in African American urban life in the mid-1970's on the streets of New York City. This course will critically explore the evolution of Hip Hop as a socio-cultural political movement.

ART 100 Looking at Art (3).
Learning to perceive art through discussion of selected historical periods, development of a descriptive vocabulary, and observation of actual works of art. Introduction to theories of interpretation and evaluation.

ART 101 Experiencing Creative Art (3).
Learning modes of artistic expression through discussion of theories of composition, examination of the lives and goals of selected artists and art movements, and creation of individual and group art projects. Discussion of projects to develop skills in art criticism.

CHS 125 An Introduction to Chicano and Latino Musical Culture in the United States (3).
The course examines musical expressions of Chicano and Latino peoples in the present geographical boundaries of the United States. The course emphasizes the intercultural dynamics in the formation of Chicano and Latino music which incorporates African, American, Native American, and European roots.

COM 130 Introduction to Film (3).
An introduction to the study of film as an aesthetic, historical, and cultural phenomenon, and to various methods of critical analysis.

DAN 130 Dance Perceptions (3).
Introduction to dance in America through viewing of dance films, videos, and live performances. Applications of aesthetic perception and criticism skills to determine artistic value of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance performances. Three hours of lecture viewing per week.

MUS 101 Introducing Music (3).
The technique of listening to music. The elements of music, musical forms, and historical styles. Concert attendance and discussion will be an integral part. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

MUS 110 Music Fundamentals (3).
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 109 is recommended.
Music rudiments taught through reading, writing, harmonizing, and creating songs. Includes principles of notation, key signatures, scales, intervals, triads, and chord progressions. Satisfies a General Education Requirement.

MUS 201 Music in Film (3).                             
Prerequisite: MUS 101 is recommended.                             
Studies film music over the past century and is open to all majors. Through readings, lectures, listening, and film viewing, students study music's continually changing relationship with film, composition styles, and musical and cultural diversity.

MUS 259 History of Rock (3).               
Prerequisite: MUS 101 is recommended.               
Studies the origins and movements of rock music including blues, R&B, soul, funk, and hip hop. Includes historical development, social contexts, associated styles and sub-genres, aesthetics, meanings, and music technology. Examines influential and innovative performers, songwriters, and producers.

THE 100 Television, Film and Theatre (3).
Appreciation of the performing arts of television, film, and the live theatre through the viewing of films and videos, as well as attendance at plays and musicals.

THE 160 Acting for Non-majors (3).
Introductory course for non-majors who wish to develop awareness and control of the voice and body while building self-confidence, and improving concentration and imagination.


AFS 200 Introduction to Africana Studies (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of EPT requirement.
An introduction to the discipline of Africana Studies. An overview of the philosophical underpinnings, evolution, theories and concepts, and practical applications of the disciplines; and the African-centered, holistic method of studying the African world.

AFS 231 Africana Literary Traditions (3).
The course examines literary traditions developed by people of African descent who reside in Africa as well as throughout the world.

APP 101 Introduction to Asian-Pacific Studies (3).
Basic themes and key issues in Asia and the Pacific region. Multi-disciplinary survey of art, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, and society. Background to understanding tradition and change in the region, and introduction to the multicultural roots of Asian-Pacific Americans.

CHS 100 The Americas: Cultural and Historical Synthesis (3).
An in-depth study of the Mexican Indian, African, and European peoples who created major New World mestizo culture that influence a significant portion of the Western Hemisphere today.

CHS 205 Introduction to Chicano Literature (3).
Prerequisite: CHS 100 recommended.
An introduction to selected works of modern Chicano literature including an analysis of influences, themes, and techniques. Special attention given to certain issues of the Chicano experience reflected in the literature. Frequent written assignments.

ENG 230 Literature and Popular Culture (3).
Prerequisite: ENG 110 required. ENG 111 recommended.
Ways of reading literature and popular culture to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment. Requires frequent writing assignments.

FRE 220 Second-Year French (3).
Prerequisite: At least one year of college French or consent of instructor. 
Individualized instruction in French language, life, and letters for second-year and advanced first-year students in French. This course taken successfully twice completes lower division requirements for the major and minor. Repeatable course.

HUM 200 Introduction to the Humanities (3).
Prerequisites: ENG 111 or six units of IDS 107 or equivalent.
Examines the interrelationships among the humanities (art, literature, music, and philosophy) in Western culture by studying the theme of tradition and change in two periods, the Renaissance and the 20th Century (including the Harlem Renaissance).

HUM 212 Introduction to African American Culture (3). 
(This course is no longer offered.)
Prerequisite: ENG 110.
Exploration of the fusion of African and American cultures in the development of the African American culture, with particular emphasis on music, dance oral literature, language, drama and art. Three hours of lecture per week.

PHI 101 Values and Society (3).
The role of values as motivations and as goals in our lives. General knowledge of what values are and how they influence us on individual and societal levels. Students are asked to construct solutions to value problems, for example, problems of justice. Essays and exams required.

PHI 102 Humanity, Nature and God (3).
Critical examination of perennial philosophical issues such as the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, free will, truth. Both Western and non-Western perspectives are discussed. It gives students a general understanding of their societal context. Essays and exams required.

SPA 151 Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3). 
Introduction to Hispanic Culture. A designated geographical area studies course focusing on patterns of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics will vary from semester to semester; for example, Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., or Contemporary Spain. Conducted in English.

SPA 221 Intermediate Spanish II (3).
Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent. 
A continuation of Spanish 220, with emphasis on reading and writing.

Area D: Social Sciences

Individuals, Groups, and Society

AFS 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3).
Explores the lived experiences of the Ethnic/Global communities in the U.S. and their places of origin. The course will examine the socio-cultural dynamics in Africana, Asian-Pacific, and Chicano/Latino communities.

AFS 220 African World Peoples and Societies (3).
This course provides students with an overview of the geographical, historical, and cultural foundations of African world peoples and societies. 

ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3).
Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior. The concept of culture, cultural institutions and processes, evolution of cultural systems, application of the concept of culture to current social problems.

APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3).
Explores the lived experiences of the three Ethnic/Global communities in the U.S. and their places of origin. Examines the socio-cultural dynamics in Africana, Asian-Pacific and Chicano/Latino communities.

CHS 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3).
The course will explore the lived experiences and gendered complexities of Ethnic/Global communities as they relate to historical and contemporary international and global forces. The course will examine the economic and socio-cultural dynamics of the global interdependencies of Indigenous, Latino, Asian-Pacific, and Africana communities and women's lived experiences within and across these communities.

ECO 210 Economic Theory 1A Microeconomics (3). 
Introductory microeconomic theory; resource allocation, output determination; production theory, income distribution. 

ECO 211 Economic Theory 1B Macroeconomics (3). 
Introductory macroeconomic theory; national income accounting, national income determination, monetary, and fiscal policy. 

IDS 210 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3).
Provides students with an overview of environmental philosophy, policy, and literature examining a range of interrelated social and scientific aspects of ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on earth.

SOC 101 The Individual in Society (3). 
An introduction to the study of self, socialization, and social interaction. Interpersonal relations and the structure of social roles; deviance and normality in everyday life.

SOC 102 Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Context (3). 
Dynamics of the basic units of society, such as marriage and family groups, associations, and bureaucracy. Study of work, class and mobility, conflict and cooperation, crime, delinquency, and social control.

WMS 250 Introduction to Women's Studies (3). 
Introduces students to Women's Studies. Students learn about gender from a multicultural, multiracial feminist, and global perspective. Emphasis is on women's history; gender, culture, and nation; social institutions; sexuality, sexism, and violence; and local and transnational women's movements.

Global and Historical Perspectives

AFS 201 African World Civilizations (3).
Students study African civilization from antiquity to the present. The course explores African civilizations’ interaction with and contribution to world civilizations like Greek, Asian, European, and American civilizations.

ANT 102 Ancient Civilizations (3).
Examination of origins and development of world civilizations. Using evidence from the archaeological record, the written record, the arts, literature, and the sciences, human cultural achievements are examined from the earliest beginnings to the sixteenth century.

CHS 200 Key Themes in Chicano/a and Latino/a History (3).
Explores the history and experiences of Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the United States in the 19th and 20th Centuries and will explore the following themes: immigration, migration, labor, education, gender roles, and community organizations.

GEO 100 Human Geography (3). 
Cultural, physical, and biological earth systems. Emphasizes human geography and adaptation to physical habitats.

HIS 120 World History I (3). 
Explores the early development of societies around the world and their increasing interactions to 1500. Reviews the rise of cities and empires, and major political, social, economic, and cultural developments prior to the modern period.

HIS 121 World History II (3). 
Explores the regional and global interactions and exchanges that have shaped the world since 1500. Treats the major demographic, socio-economic, cultural, and political patterns and changes that distinguish the modern period in world history.

LBR 200 Labor and the Environment (3).
The course will pursue an understanding of the consequences of climate policies for different categories of workers, identified by economic sector, geographic location, gender, migration and immigration, and national status.

MGT 200 Global Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility (3).
This course will cover key issues involving ethics and social responsibility in global organization. The course will focus on the interdependencies between people and their organizations. We will study historical ethical perspectives of major Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Western philosophies.

POL 100 General Studies Political Science: World Perspectives (3). 
An introduction to world affairs and the role of the individual in an increasingly complex and interdependent international system. Both the conceptual and practical aspects of problem solving and decision making are examined as they relate to international cooperation and conflict.

Perspectives on U.S. History

HIS 101 History of the United States (3). 
A study of the ideals, creeds, institutions, and behavior of the peoples of the United States. Meets the State requirement in U.S. History.

Perspectives on U.S. and California Government

POL 101 American Institutions (3). 
A study of contemporary political institutions, with emphasis on the philosophy, structure, and behavior of the American political system, including the State of California. Meets State requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and Local government.

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

BUS 100 Entrepreneurship for Everyone (3).
Covers key issues involving entrepreneurship. Including how to write a business plan the will document your business ideas, developing a deal to finance your plan and developing a pitch to sell your plan to investors or partners.

CIS 275 Internet Literacy (3).
Prerequisite: CIS 270 or CSC 111 or CSC 121 are recommended. 
Digital skills and concepts needed for success in the Internet era as a student, professional, and lifelong learner. Concepts pertaining to Internet technology and applications, and their implications for key relationships of human kind to the social and physical environment. Skills using and developing Internet applications in everyday life.

FIN 200 Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors (3). 
A survey of concepts and tools that can help consumers improve the management of their personal finances. The course may help students identify psychological and social processes used to influence how we spend our money in ways that benefit those institutions, but may conflict with their self-interest.

HEA 100 Health and Lifestyles (3). 
To familiarize the student with relationships among the physical, social and psychological aspects of health, which include: self-care, prevention, and analysis of personal health problems through participation in self-assessment techniques. Topics include the relationship of lifestyles to nutrition, stress, physical fitness, death and dying, and mental illness.

HEA 201 Health Care Systems and Perspectives (3). 
(Formerly HSC 201.)
Examination of healthcare delivery systems and personal health as integrated physiological, social, psychological processes. Topics include role of healthcare providers; major healthcare organizations; contemporary healthcare issues; interactions of healthcare and physical environmental changes which influence health of the whole person.

KIN 235 Lifetime Fitness (3). 
Examination of components of fitness; training principles, energy sources; nutrition and weight control research; stress reduction techniques; and fitness programs. Fitness assessment and development of personalized fitness program. Meets General Education requirement for Whole Person.

REC 100 Dimensions of Leisure (3). 
Investigation of leisure, recreation, and personal and social adjustments to leisure. Examination of use and misuse of leisure. Students develop personal philosophy of recreation and increase awareness of impact of leisure on American society.

UNV 101 Personal, Social and Intellectual Development (3). 
A consideration of individual development with the goal of increasing knowledge of self and others within the University. Topics include self-knowledge and assessment, learning to learn, career development, and making the best use of university resources.

Area F: Upper Division Integrative Studies

Integrative Studies in the Humanities

AFS 331 - Africana Literature and Culture (3).
(Course description coming soon.)

AFS 332 - Harlem Renaissance (3).
Explores the artistic productions of key figures, scholarly works analyzing significant events and films of the time. Focuses on works examining race, culture, and social issues pertinent to people of African descent. Explores how the Harlem Renaissance influenced later movements.

APP 315 Asian Pop Culture and Globalization (3).
Explores the growing transnational flows of Asian popular culture in historical and socioeconomic contexts. Analyzes the ramifications of the popularity of Asian pop culture for the changing contemporary global cultural landscape and power relations.

CHS 340 Native American and Chicana Women's Prose (3).
The course explores contemporary cultural and historical narratives by and about Native American and Chicana women in the U.S. through poetry, short stories, and narratives. The class will analyze the histories of colonial exploitation, historical memories, gender oppression, and marginalization.

CHS 345 Latina/o Identity in the Americas (3).
The course explores the concept of Latina/o identity in Americas from a literary perspective in different time periods and particular cultural societies. The study of certain intellectuals and their literary contributions will assist with comprehension of identity and socio-political reality.

HIS 376 Film as History (3).
The historical analysis of films as manuscripts and source materials for social and intellectual thought in the twentieth century. Emphasis to vary from semester to semester, for example: Film as History: The Great Depression; or Film as History: Latin America.

HUM 310 Key Concepts (3).
Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. 
Analysis of a major concept in humanistic thought and expression, e.g. the individual and society, success and values in the U.S., death and dying, war and society, global popular music, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

HUM 312 Key Movements (3).
Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. 
Analysis of a major historical movement from a humanistic perspective, e.g. Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, the Jazz Age, African Literature and Culture, Medieval Japan and Europe, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

HUM 314 Key Issues (3).
Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent. 
Analysis of major contemporary issues from a humanities perspective. Examples include the role of the arts in society, literature and the rights of women, romantic love, visions of Los Angeles, etc. Repeatable with different topics for credit.

IDS 312 Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities: Promise of the West (3).
Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent.
Each topic for this course examines an important issue in the Humanities, using a methodology incorporating multiple disciplines and placing the content in a historical and cultural context.

MUS 345 Global Popular Music: Identity and Social Change (3).
Prerequisite: HUM 200 or equivalent.
The course explores popular music and social change in Africa, Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Students will consider social development, modernity, and political movements in relation to music and text as resistance, and as representing social change.

MUS 486 Late Romantic-20th/21st Music(3).
Prerequisites: MUS 101 and MUS 110 or consent of instructor.
Music from the late Romantic through the present. Study of styles of music to uncover the various musical, aesthetic, and social determinants underlying the musical literature.

THE 315 The American Musical (3).
Prerequisites: ENG 110 and ENG 111 are required.
This course investigates the American Musical as social history, and studies musicals as a reflection of cultural, economic, and political developments. Students learn how our musicals have portrayed our national identity.

THE 317 Theatre of Revolt (3).
Prerequisites: ENG 110 and ENG 111 are required.
Investigates the revolutionary impulse that has promoted modern drama in African, European, American and Asian/Pacific societies. Students learn how modern playwrights have continually crossed boundaries to break with traditions and sculpt new conventions.

THE 319 The Power of Masks (3).
Prerequisites: ENG 110 and ENG 111 are required.
Covers the significance and function of ritual masks in African, European, American and Asian/Pacific societies; mask usage in literature, and the visual and performing arts; and the integration of psychological masking in human behavior.

Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences

SMT 310 Science and Technology (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. 
An assessment of the interrelationships of Science and Technology. Study of the development of technological advances and the scientific principles behind them. 

SMT 312 Natural Disasters (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. 
Impact of natural events on human activities and vice versa. Mankind's uneasy relationship with atmosphere, oceans and not-so-solid Earth. Will include study of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. 

SMT 314 Introduction to Cosmology (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. 
An introduction to the major theories of the origin and structure of the universe and the evidence for them, with attention to the way earlier ideas have been incorporated in modern thought. The "Big Bang Theory" will be examined in depth.

SMT 416 Earth Sciences for Teachers (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. 
Study of planet Earth including such topics as geology, volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils, oceanography, weather, and astronomy as appropriate for elementary and junior high school teachers. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Integrative Studies in Social Sciences

AFS 310 The African American Experience in the US (3).
(Course description coming soon.)

AFS 311 - African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean (3).
Explores the politics of globalization on Africana Communities over time. Focuses on how Africana communities have constructed new space in the Western Hemisphere. Emphasizes the impact of race, class and ethnicity on Africana community's development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ANT 334 Cultural Pluralism: Mesoamerica Past and Present (3).
Explores historical and contemporary trend among the diverse cultures of Mexico and Central America from Pre-Columbian era to today. Focus on indigenous peoples and relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

ANT 371 Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Disability Studies (3).
Theoretical and historical perspectives on issues pertaining to disability studies/research. The course explores cultural concepts of "normalcy" and "disability" and reviews ethnographic contexts of disability in a variety of communities in the United States and the world.

APP 311 Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities (3).
Examination of the history and contemporary realities of Asian America.  Analyzes the differences and commonalities in the experiences of various Asian American populations, focusing on the interplay of ace, ethnicity, class, gender and culture in shaping their lives.

APP 327 Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures (3).
Examination of basic values and societal outlooks unique to various Asian Pacific groups. Comparative analysis of verbal and nonverbal communication modes for better cross-cultural understanding.

CHS 323 U.S. Immigration Citizenship: A Latino Perspective (3).
The course seeks to understand some of the issues which concern Mexican/Latino immigrant people, specifically Mexican and Central American groups, in efforts to bring awareness to this human crisis and to explore some of its effects on U.S. Latino community.

CHS 330 Mexican and Latino Identities in the United States (3).
The course broadens the social, cultural, and political scope of Chicano and Latino communities in the United States which include Puerto Rican, Cuban, Caribbean, and Central and South American peoples. The historical experiences of these diverse communities will be examined.

CHS 335 Urban Youth Gangs in Los Angeles (3).
The course provides an interdisciplinary perspective to the origins and evolution of youth groups (Chicana/os, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Anglos, and Asians) in California. Class topics include the definitions of gangs; history of gangs; membership practices; and law enforcement responses.

GEO 318 The Human Environment (3).
Prerequisites: Completion of Lower Division General Education. Analysis of cultural diversity and the process of cultural interaction, inter-ethnic relations and social integration on the community, national and international levels with emphasis on people's knowledge of the natural world.

HEA 468 Multicultural Health (3).
Prerequisite: Study of social, cultural, psychological, and biological factors affecting the distribution of health, wellness, and illness in various ethnic, cultural, and racial groups. Special attention is given to health issues of groups with special physical and mental health needs, including underserved and immigrant populations residing in California.

HIS 340 American West (3).
Evaluates successive American "wests" from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Major themes include the Turner thesis, socio-economic, cultural, and political consequences of American colonization, and ways in which women, African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians shaped the American West.

HIS 348 Labor in American Society (3).
The role of labor in the political, economic, and social life of the U.S., including growth of organized labor, rival ideologies, legal decisions, and contributions of various ethnic groups, from the colonial period to the present.

HIS 354 History of American Immigration (3).
Historical trends, movements, and patterns of global immigration to the United States. Topics of study include motives for immigration; anti-immigration sentiments and activities; legal and political responses; role of distinctive cultural groups; assimilation and nonconformity.

HIS 380 Women in History (3).
Changing role of women in the family, political economy and culture of various societies. Topics vary, for example, Women in History: Sex Roles in North and South America; Women in History: Women in China ; Women in History: Sex roles and Feminism in the United States.

IDS 318 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Pluralism: Immigration in the United States (3).
Each topic for this course examines an important social issue in the Social Sciences, using a methodology incorporating multidisciplinary approaches, cultural diversity, and social interaction.

SBS 318 Cultural Pluralism (3).
Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education. 
Analysis of cultural diversity and the processes of cultural interaction, inter-ethnic relations, and social integration on the community, national, and international levels. Repeatable for credit for up to nine units with different topics.

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