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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:

Historical Perspectives:

+ - 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.

+ - 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.

+ - 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.

+ - 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.

[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.

+ - 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.

(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.

[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.

[SOC 101]