» Area Studies

+ - Africa and the Middle East

Focus: The goal of this cluster is to encourage students to appreciate the dynamic and rich history and cultural diversity of Africa and the Middle East. Cluster courses provide detailed accounts of life in particular communities in Africa and the Middle East; exploration of significant and timely sociopolitical issues in both regions; and examination of the processes that have led to the present conditions in African and Middle East societies.

Cluster Coordinator/Email: Chair, Department of Sociology, Director, Babbie Center, and Instructional Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Edward Day

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be at the upper division level.


HIST 170: Why Africa Matters: African History 1800 to Present
HIST 351: Central African History
POSC 326: Politics in the Contemporary Middle East
POSC 352: Race and Change in South Africa and the United States (cross listed with PCST 352)
POSC 353: Peace and Conflict in the Middle East (cross listed with PCST 353)
REL 202: Introduction to Islam

+ - African Studies

Focus: This cluster allows students to explore the history, language, religion, and economics of the African experience in Africa and in the Diaspora.

Cluster Coordinator/Email: Chair, Department of History, and Professor of History, Dr. Jennifer Keene

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following courses, two of which must be upper division.

ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic
ECON 411: International Economics [ECON 200, 201]
FREN 101: Elementary French I
FREN 102: Elementary French II [FREN 101]
FREN 201: Intermediate French I [FREN 102]
FREN 202: Intermediate French II [FREN 201]
FREN 348: Francophone Literature of the World [FREN 201]
HIST 160: African Voices: African History to 1800
HIST 170: Modern African History
HIST 273: Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs: Women and Power in the African Past
HIST 317: On the Move! Migrations in World History
HIST 326: The African-American Historical Experience
HIST 332: Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 351: Fire in the Rainforest: Central African History
HIST 353: Slavery and Slave Trade in an Atlantic World
PCST 425: Global Education (cross listed with EDUC 625)
POSC 352: Race and Change in South Africa and the United States
REL 202: Introduction to Islam

+ - Asian Studies

Focus: This cluster focuses on the study of Asian religions, cultures, and history, allowing students to familiarize themselves with aspects of South and East Asia. With Japan’s current powerful place in the world economy and with the rich cultural heritages of India and China and their growing economic, cultural, and political importance in the global community today, this area of study is essential. This multidisciplinary cluster will allow students to deepen their understanding of Asian worldviews, religious and cultural values, art, and history.

Cluster Coordinator/Email: Associate Professor of History, Dr. Alexander Bay

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Religious Studies.

Courses: Choose four of the following courses, two of which must be at the upper division.

AH 202: Art of India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia
AH 203: Exchange and Evolution in the Arts of China and Japan
AS 150: Introduction to Asian Studies
HIST 190: From the Shaolin Temple to Shonen Manga: Modern East Asia
HIST 354: From Samari to Pokemon: A Social History of Japan
HIST 355: Disease, Power and Sex: Medicine and the Body in East Asia
PHIL 120: Global Ethics and Religion (cross listed with REL 120)
PHIL 125: Global Philosophy of Religion (cross listed with REL 125)
POSC 324: Asian Politics
REL 115: Living Religions of the World
REL 335: Hinduism and the Religions of India
REL 336: Buddhism

+ - Disability Studies

Focus: This cluster promotes the interdisciplinary study of disability across the domains of human experience. Students in this cluster will explore the variety of approaches to understanding disability in personal, social, economic, artistic, and political contexts. The cluster focuses on issues in the representation and interpretation of disability as a social category of human difference rather than issues related to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of impairments.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Professor of Political Science, Dr. Art Blaser

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

EDUC 471: Collaboration and Inclusivity
IES 103: Philosophy of Helping
IES 317: Disability, Families, and Society: Issues of Professional Policy and Support
IES 413: Current Issues in Disability Studies and Services
HIST 233: Disability and American Life
HIST 342: History of Everyday Life in America
PHIL 314: Medical Ethics
PHIL 319: Philosophy of Women/Women of Color
POSC 239: People with Disabilities in Politics and Society (cross listed with PCST 239)
POSC 439: Disability and the Law (cross listed with PCST 439)
SOC 385: Medical Sociology

+ - Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies

Focus: The Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies Cluster offers interested students an in-depth opportunity to engage in the study of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues from a variety of perspectives, including biological, psychological, socio-cultural, political, philosophical,
religious, literary, and artistic. This cluster can provide a valuable foundation for students preparing for careers in law, public policy, health and social services, the arts, entertainment, and the ministry.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, Dr. Ian Barnard

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be at the upper division.

ANTH 329: Experimental course: Queer Anthropology (approved for Fall 2017)
ART 464: Gender, Art, and Western Culture
COM 311: Gender and Communication
ENG 347: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies: Literature of the LGBTQ Experiences [ENG 256] (approved for Fall 2017)
ENG 472: Film, Gender, Sexuality
FS 444C: Seminar in Film History: Gay and Lesbian Cinema [FS 140 and FS 244 or 245]
HIST 200: A History of Sexuality
HUM 205: Introduction to Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies
IES 102: Social Construction of Difference
IES 310: LGBTQ Issues in Education
PHIL 319: Philosophy of Women/Women of Color
POSC 309: Sexual Diversity in Politics and Law
PSY 340: Human Sexuality [PSY 101]
PSY 344: Psychology of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
SOC 281: Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 371: Sociology of Human Sexuality

The following courses may count in the cluster when they contain a substantial Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies component and they must have the cluster coordinator's approval:
NWD 321: The Documentary Tradition [television writing and production, or news and documentary major]
REL 316: Genesis and Gender
SOC 410: Victimless Crimes

+ - Latin American Studies

Focus: This cluster offers students a foundation in the Spanish language and Latin American history, culture, and politics.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Chair, Department of History, and Professor of History, Dr. Jennifer Keene

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in History or Spanish.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take one course in each of the cluster subdivisions of Sociopolitical Studies, Historical Studies, and Language & Culture; the fourth course choice is open, though all students in the cluster complete a minimum of one Spanish language course.

Sociopolitical Studies:
ANTH 230: Indigenous Rights; Peace and Justice in the Americas (cross listed with 330)
ANTH 360: North and Middle American Indians
POSC 327: Latin American Politics

Historical Studies:
HIST 180: Modern Latin American History
HIST 230: Chicano/a History and Culture to 1865
HIST 231: Chicano/a History and Culture, 1848 to Present
HIST 258: Latin American History Through Film
HIST 396: Mexican History

Language & Culture:

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II [SPAN 201]
SPAN 326: Reading and Interpreting Literature [SPAN 343, 344]
SPAN 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition [SPAN 202]
SPAN 345: Spanish Conversation [SPAN 202]
SPAN 377: Literature and Culture of Latin America I [SPAN 326]
SPAN 378: Literature and Culture of Latin America II [SPAN 326]
SPAN 396: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 397: United States Latino Literatures and Cultures [SPAN 326]
SPAN 398: Twentieth-Century Latin American Fiction [SPAN 326]
SPAN 440: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Spanish Bilingualism [300-level Spanish course]
SPAN 441: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology [SPAN 202]

+ - ROTC Cluster

Focus: Students who participate in either the Air Force ROTC or the Army ROTC at partner institutions and complete the below courses satisfy the Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster portion of the GE program. Students must complete the specific program requirements listed below to fulfill the GE I/M Cluster.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Academic Program Specialist, Patricia Jorgensen

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors. Courses are considered transfer credit and subject to all transfer policies. Additional transfer credit outside of the ROTC program beyond transfer limit policy will not be permitted.

Courses: All four courses from either ROTC option must be completed with the grade of C- or higher.*

CSU San Bernardino Air Force ROTC
AS 103 The Air Force Today III
AS 203 Development of Air Power III
AS 303 Air Force Leadership & Management Principles III
AS 403 National Security Force & American Society III

CSU Fullerton Army ROTC Advanced Courses Instruction
MILSC 301
MILSC 302
MILSC 401
MILSC 402

USC Air Force ROTC
AEST 300A Leadership Studies
AEST 300B Leadership Studies
AEST 400A National Security Studies and Preparation for Active Duty
AEST 400B National Security Studies and Preparation for Active Duty


*Once the cluster is formally declared, it is recommended that the student submit official transcripts upon completion of each course in the sequence. Students are responsible for meeting all ROTC program requirements established by the partner institution in addition to the specific courses listed here.

+ - Women's and Gender Studies

Focus: This cluster provides an overview of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding women's history, gender roles, feminism, and gender issues in contemporary society. Students in this cluster can explore fundamental questions about women and the roles of women and men, and learn more about what makes us human--our differences and similarities, the way gender helps to shape our lives, and how cultures view "gender."

Cluster Coordinator/email: Instructor of Sociology, Dr. Clara Magliola

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students must select at least three courses from the core list and a fourth from the core or secondary list.

Core list:
ART 351: Art and Gender in Antiquity
ART 352: Love and Death in Ancient Egypt
ART 464: Gender, Art and Western Culture
COM 311: Gender and Communication
FREN 386: Images of Leadership in French Literature: Women Writers Across the Ages [FREN 201]
HIST 224: U.S. Women's History
HIST 305: Cooking, Clothes, and Comics: History of the Daily Life of Modern Europe
HIST 329: Gender and Culture in 20th Century America
HUM 200: Women's Realities
LEAD 396: Gender and Leadership [LEAD 101]
PHIL 319: Philosophy of Women/Women of Color
POSC 318: Women and Politics
REL 330: Women and Religion
SOC 204: Marriage and the Family
SOC 281: Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 350: Gender in a Global Perspective
SOC 404: Global Family Systems [SOC 101]
SOC 480: Women, Health and Healing [SOC 101]
WMST 101: Introduction to Women's Studies
WMST 498: Women's Studies Senior Seminar [WMST 101]

Students have the option of taking one of their four courses from the following:

ENG 347: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies: Literature of the LBGTQ Experiences
FS 444C: Seminar in Film History: Gay and Lesbian Cinema [FTV 140, and FS 244, or 245]
HUM 205: Introduction to Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Studies
PSY 340: Human Sexuality [PSY 101]
PSY 344: Psychology of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

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