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+ - American Society and Culture

Focus: The United States offers a fascinating case study of the triumphs and struggles of a nation building its own identity. Able to choose from cultural, political, economic and social models already in place throughout the world, Americans made crucial decisions regarding our values, goals, and character that continue to shape our identity today. This cluster will provide an opportunity for students to examine the myriad factors that shape the dynamic society and culture of the United States and to examine critically its role in the world today.

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 History.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be at the upper division. Students take two courses from each of the two subdivisions.

Cultural Studies:
AMST 372: Images of American Indians
AMST 396: Indians of California
ENG 320: Topics in American Literature before 1870 [ENG 256]
ENG 326: Topics in American Literature [ENG 256]
ENG 327: Multicultural Literatures of the U.S. [ENG 256]
FS 342: Film Genre Studies (all topics)
PCST 352: Race and Change in South Africa and the United States (cross listed with POSC 352)
POSC 317: Media and Politics
SOC 370: Race and Ethnicity

Historical Perspectives:
HIST 101: United States History Survey I
HIST 103: United States History Survey II
HIST 211: Mother Russia and Uncle Sam During the Cold War: Conflict and Coexistence
HIST 221: Native American History: The Struggle to be Heard
HIST 224: U.S. Women’s History
HIST 230: Chicano/a History and Culture to 1865
HIST 231: Chicano/a History and Culture, 1848-present
HIST 256: Film and American History
HIST 301: U.S. Environmental History
HIST 317: Migration in World History
HIST 328: American Colonial History
HIST 330: America and Its Revolution: The Bonfires of Change
HIST 332: Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 333: Images of History
HIST 336: Conflict and Change in America: 1920-1945
HIST 337: World War II
HIST 338: America After the War, 1945-1960
HIST 342: The History of Everyday Life in America: Cooking, Cleaning, Life and Death  
HIST 369: History of Terrorism in the United States
HIST 371: U.S. Business and Entrepreneurial History [cross listed with ECON 371]
HIST 372: California History
HIST 373: U.S. Economic History [cross listed with ECON 373]
POSC 110: Introduction to American Politics
POSC 300: American Political Thought

+ - Business and Economics Cluster

Focus: This cluster is designed to introduce students to the essential concepts of business and economics.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean in the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Dr. Candace Ybarra

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 Accounting, Business, or Economics majors.

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

BUS 100: Introduction to Business
BUS 110: Accounting and Finance for Non-Majors
ECON 200: Principles of Microeconomics [MATH 099, or equivalent]
ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics [MATH 099, or equivalent]
ECON 350: Intermediate Microeconomics Theory [ECON 200 ,201, and MATH 109, or 110, or MGSC 208]
ECON 351: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory [ECON 200, 201, and MATH 109, or 110, or MGSC 208]
ECON 441: Economic Development [ECON 200, 201]
ECON 452: Econometrics [ECON 200, 201, and MATH 109, or 110, or MGSC 208, and MGSC 209, or MATH 203, and business administration, or economics major, or computational science, or economics, or mathematics minor]
FIN 207: Personal Finance [Quantitative Inquiry course]
MGMT 365: Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Non-Majors
MKTG 305: Fundamentals of Marketing for Non-Majors
REAL 370: Principles of Real Estate [ECON 200]

+ - Cross Cultural Studies

Focus: This cluster is designed to provide the student with differential worldviews as expressed in culture, the arts, and societal institutions. Courses in the cluster provide a broad overview of how societies across the globe translate their mores, values, arts, and priorities into functioning realities. The cluster courses illustrate the unique and creative ways cultures evolve solutions to problems we all confront to some degree.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Sociology Department Chair, 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 upper division.

ANTH 102: Cultural Anthropology
AMST 296: Indians and Film
COM 211: Intercultural Communication
DANC 353: Dance in World Cultures
ENG 302: Writing About Diverse Cultures [written inquiry course]
ENG 449: Literature in Translation [Written Inquiry course]
ENG 462: The Literature and Film of Diverse Cultures [ENG 256]
MUS 122: Musical Cultures of the World [non-music major, or minor]
POSC 130: Introduction to Comparative Politics
POSC 251: Intercultural Conflict and Communication (cross listed with PCST 251)
REL 336: Buddhism
SOC 332: Crime, Justice, and Globalization
SOC 404: Global Family Systems [SOC 101]
TH 150: Theatre in World Cultures

+ - Law and Public Policy

Focus: This cluster is designed for pre-law students to expose them to questions of the law and policy. Cluster courses are liberal-arts-based and examine law in the context of the larger social and political framework in which laws are made and enforced, bridging courses in the major and the professional law school curriculum.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Sociology Department Chair, 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: Not open to Political Science majors; cross-listed courses are not open to Peace Studies majors as cluster options.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. It is strongly suggested that students seeking to complete this cluster enroll in POSC 110: Introduction to American Politics and/or POSC 120: Introduction to International Relations prior to taking these following courses.

POSC 309: Sexual Politics in a Diverse Society
POSC 320: International Law, International Organization, and World Order (cross listed with PCST 320)
POSC 323: Law and Politics of Mass Atrocity (cross listed with PCST 323)
POSC 328: Human Rights Law (cross listed with PCST 328)
POSC 341: The First Amendment
POSC 343: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
POSC 373: Separation of Powers and Public Policy
POSC 374: Environmental Politics and Policy (cross listed with ENV 374)
POSC 375: Public Policy Process [ENV 102, or POSC 110] (cross listed with ENV 375)
POSC 439: Disability and the Law (cross listed with PCST 439)

+ - Law and Social Control

Focus: This cluster deals with the concept of law and social control from a broad interdisciplinary approach, encompassing both formal and informal mechanisms of social control.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Sociology Department Chair, 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: Not open to majors in Sociology

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take at least two courses from the Sociology offerings.

ANTH 230: Indigenous Rights: Peace and Justice in the Americas (same as ANTH 330)
ANTH 361: Conflict and Social Change in Latin America (cross listed with PCST 366)
PHIL 318: Political and Legal Philosophy
SOC 211: Social Problems [SOC 101]
SOC 332: Crime, Justice and Globalization
SOC 350: Gender in a Global Perspective [SOC 101, or consent of instructor]
SOC 383: Sociology of Deviant Behavior [SOC 101]
SOC 393: Child Abuse [SOC 101]
SOC 410: Victimless Crimes [SOC 101, or consent of instructor]

+ - Leadership and Communication Studies (This cluster is now closed.)

+ - Leadership, Organizations and Society (This cluster is now closed.)

+ - Media, Culture and Society

Focus: This cluster gives students the opportunity to study the symbiotic relationship between media and social, political and cultural institutions.

Cluster Coordinator/email: English Department Chair and Professor of English, Dr. Joanna Levin

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 Communication or Strategic and Corporate Communication.

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

AMST 296: Indians and Film
AMST 372: Images of Indians
ANTH 211: Visual Culture
COM 151: Mass Communication
COM 210B: Theories of Persuasion
COM 251: Issues in Mass Communication
DOC 321: The Documentary Tradition
ENG 206: Critical Literacies and Community Writing
ENG 215: Theory and Practice of Journalism [Corequisite, ENG 215L]
ENG 260: Literature into Film
ENG 272: Reading Cinema
ENG 371: Discourse Analysis
ENG 372: Language and Ideology
ENG 373: Rhetorical Criticism
ENG 375: Composing New Media
ENG 415: Topics in Journalism
ENG 472: Film, Gender, Sexuality
ENG 484: Introduction to Digital Humanities
ITAL 341: Italian Cinema: Politics, Art, and Industry (cross listed with FS 443F)
POSC 110: Introduction to American Politics
POSC 317: Media and Politics
PRA 230: Principles of Advertising
PRA 231: Principles of Public Relations
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
TWP 240: The Business of Television
TWP 246: History of Television
TWP 265: Prime Time: The Game of Television

+ - Multicultural Histories and Identities in the United States

Focus: The U.S. took shape as people from a variety of cultures and ethnicities came to this land, a place already peopled by Native Americans. This cluster allows students to examine the triumphs and tragedies of this influx by tracing the culture and history of this mix of people and considering the various meanings of the term "multicultural" today.

Cluster Coordinator/email:  Chair, Department of English and Associate Professor of English, Dr. Joanna Levin

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.

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

AMST 296: Indians and Film
AMST 372: Images of Indians
AMST 396: Indians of California
ENG 320: Topics in American Literature before 1870 [ENG 256]
ENG 321: Topics in American Literature after 1870 [ENG 256]
ENG 327: Multicultural Literatures of the U.S. [ENG 256]
HIST 221: Native American History: The Struggle to be Heard
HIST 230: Chicano/a History and Culture to 1865
HIST 231: Chicano/a History and Culture, 1848-present
HIST 372: California History
IES 300: Valuing Differences in American Society
PCST 352: Race and Change in South Africa and the United States (cross listed with POSC 352)

+ - Race and Ethnicity

Focus: This cluster considers the historical and contemporary experiences of major racial and ethnic groups in the United States and diverse and multicultural societies around the world through interdisciplinary lenses. Courses include examination of key theoretical perspectives on race and ethnicity.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Sociology Department Chair, 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 upper division.

AMST 397: Cultural Mythology
ANTH 102: Cultural Anthropology
DANC 353: Dance in World Cultures
ENG 302: Writing about Diverse Cultures
HIST 221: Native American History: the Struggle to be Heard
HIST 230: Chicano/a History and Culture to 1865
HIST 231: Chicano/a History and Culture, 1848-present
PCST 352: Race and Change in South Africa and the United States (cross listed with POSC 352)
POSC 327: Latin American Politics
POSC 337: Mexican Politics
POSC 372: Racial and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 370: Race and Ethnicity [SOC 101]
SPAN 397: United States Latino Literature and Cultures [SPAN 326 or consent of instructor]

+ - Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership (This cluster is now closed.)

 

+ - Social Service

Focus: This cluster is designed to introduce and provide a broad orientation to students who may be interested in a career in the helping professions. The underlying premise is that one must have an understanding of the worldviews of the clientele to be served as well as those of the various professions involved in delivering social services. It also is designed to provide a working definition of the logistics of the professions involved.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Sociology Department Chair, 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. (Note: majors in Sociology will have limited course selections because they may not choose SOC classes.)

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

ENG 327: Multicultural Literatures of the U.S [ENG 256]
FSN 200: Nutrition for Life
FSN 201: International Nutrition: World Food Crisis
IES 300: Valuing Differences in American Society
SOC 211: Social Problems [SOC 101]
SOC 293: Introduction to Social Work
SOC 385: Medical Sociology
SOC 393: Child Abuse [SOC 101]
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