Course Offerings

SOCIAL SCIENCES (SSCI)

Many of the courses listed below are offered as part of the university's general education program. Some are offered in support of other degree programs.

Lower Division

165. Regions and Peoples of the World
Survey of major regions of the world using general physical and cultural concepts to explain patterns and problems of human activities in relation to natural environments. (GE=D3) (4 units)

Upper Division

300. Nonwestern World
Historical, political, social, geographic and economic aspects of nonwestern societies. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
304. Contemporary Latin America
Social, economic and political conditions and institutions in contemporary Latin America. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
306. Expository Writing for the Social Sciences
Writing on topics related to the social sciences, including documented research reports, summaries and analytical papers. Revision and rewriting will be required. Course fulfills the graduation requirement in writing proficiency. No more than one of the expository writing courses (EDUC 306, ENG 306, HUM 306, MGMT 306, NSCI 306, SSCI 306) may be taken for credit. Students who have received a grade of no credit in any combination of the expository writing courses two or more times must meet with the 306 coordinator or designee to design a developmental writing plan as a condition for enrolling for a third quarter. All students must obtain junior status at the time of registration or their course request will be cancelled. Graded A, B, C/no credit. Prerequisites: satisfaction of the GE written communication (A1) requirement and a minimum of 90 quarter (60 semester) units of college credit. (GE=F1) (4 units)
309. Family, School and Culture
An overview of family, culture and social stratification and the implications of such for educational settings (including curriculum content and instructional practices). Home-school relations will be discussed. Skills needed for effective communication with diverse families and communities will be included. Five hours field work component required. Prerequisites: EELB 310 and HD 315. (3 units)
315. Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival
An interdisciplinary inquiry into diverse cultural solutions to universal human problems. Topics include alternative cultural provisions for satisfying economic, social, political and religious needs. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
316. Race and Racism
An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the concepts of race, ethnic group, prejudice and racism which includes studies of changing prejudiced attitudes. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5, G1) (4 units)
320. Understanding Capitalism
Exploration into the origins and nature of capitalism. Focus on the historical development and contemporary structure of the social, political and economic institutions of capitalism. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
321. Urbanization and the Urban Environment
Patterns and processes of urban growth. Major emphasis on reasons for growth of cities; economic, social, political and structural changes in urban areas which accompany urbanization; and a cross-cultural analysis of urban problems. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
325. Perspectives on Gender
This interdisciplinary course uses scientific, humanistic, and social science perspectives to foster an understanding of how gender roles in Western culture are established, maintained and changed. (Also offered as HUM 325 and NSCI 325. Students may receive credit for only one of these courses.) Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5, G1) (4 units)
345. Religious Expression in America
Interdisciplinary social science analysis of the relationship among religious belief, religious practices and secular society in American culture. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5) (4 units)
350. Roots of Modern Racism in America
An interdisciplinary exploration of the roots of modern racism in America in the decades following the Civil War. The course will focus on the experiences of ethnic men and women and on the concurrent anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and Americanization movements. The course will focus on the dynamics of these intergroup relations and their legacy for contemporary America. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. (GE=D5, G1) (4 units)
499. Senior Seminar
Assessment of the student's academic progress through the preparation and submission of a portfolio of completed course work. Students also compose a reflective essay covering courses taken and complete an exit survey on their academic experience in the major. Graded Credit/no credit. Prerequisite: senior standing. (2 units)
515. Model United Nations
An analysis of the role of the United Nations in world politics to prepare students for the national Model United Nations competition. May be repeated for credit. A total of eight units may be applied towards graduation. Formerly PSCI 515. (4 units)
516. Model Arab League
An analysis of the role of the Arab League in world politics to prepare students for the national Model Arab League competition. May be repeated for credit. A total of eight units may be applied towards graduation. (4 units)
590. Seminar in the Social Sciences
An intensive study of various multidisciplinary issues within the social sciences. May be repeated for credit as topics change. A total of eight units may be applied toward graduation. (4 units)

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