Course Descriptions

ANTH 3000 - Anthropology and Global Issues

(3 Units) An examination of the ways in which cultural anthropology can offer contemporary Americans a broad understanding of national/world events and problems. Global issues treated include the Third World, development, poverty and culture, education in modern society, the environment, and social change. Satisfies G.E. areas F3 and G. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 3000 - Frontiers in Biology

(3 Units) Consideration of different topics of biology that are currently in the forefront of research and public awareness. Emphasis is on further development of biological principles learned in lower-division general education courses in natural sciences and in preparing people to deal with questions and decisions relating to biological developments affecting their lives. Topics vary from semester to semester but may include genetic engineering, ecology, cancer research, agricultural developments, disease treatment and control, wildlife and endangered species. May not be used to count toward electives in the biology major. Satisfies G.E. area F1. Prerequisites: Junior standing. (Lecture, 3 hours) (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3100 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

(3 Units) Structure and communication processes in two-person relationships. A review of the history, current theories, and research findings in such areas as interpersonal attraction, mate selection, compatibility, power, love, sex roles, conflict, and divorce. Alternative forms of close relationships are analyzed, including friendship, cohabitation, and homosexual relations. Satisfies G.E. Area F3. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3110 - Organizational Communication

(3 Units) Theory, problems, and practices of communication in organizations. Examination of organizational communication systems, cultures, and contemporary developments related to ethics and technology. Prerequisites: Junior standing, or consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4160 - Intercultural Communication

(3 Units) Examines intercultural communication on the interpersonal level. In particular, it looks at the ways in which cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings. As such, the cultural assumptions brought to the interpersonal communication encounter will be explored. Through such inquiry, insights will be obtained about communicating competently with persons of other cultures. Satisfies G.E. area G. Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

PHIL 4401 - Professional Ethics

(3 Units) Intensive study of moral issues and conflicts that arise when one attempts to reconcile the priorities of professional responsibilities and the world of business with those of an ethical frame of mind. Emphasis on issues surrounding the concepts of duty, rights, autonomy, justice, and regulation of business, together with extended reflections on the relationship between moral responsibility and the professions (drawing from specific fields such as engineering, medicine, and law). Satisfies G.E. area F2. (Fall, Spring)

PSCI 4050 - Political Ideologies

(4 Units) Examines four key ideologies that shape contemporary debates about politics: liberalism, socialism, nationalism, and democracy. (Formerly Big Arguments: Clashes and Connections) Satisfies G.E. area F3.

PSCI 4230 - The Presidency (WP)

(3 Units) Study of the chief executive in American national government. The roles, responsibilities, powers, and limits of the President and other decision-makers in the Executive Branch are analyzed, and the centrality of the executive in the American political system is emphasized. (Formerly The Chief Executive) Satisfies upper division writing proficiency requirement. Prerequisites: PSCI 1201 and completion of the Writing Proficiency Screening Test with a passing score.

PSCI 4315 - Public Policy-Making

(3 Units) Addresses two areas of the policy-making process: a) the role of social/political institutions with particular attention to administrative agencies, interest groups, and the judiciary in addition to the presidency and Congress; b) principal models of policy formation including elitism, systems theory, and incrementalism. Policy-making in a number of specific domestic problem areas will be studied. Prerequisites: PSCI 1201. PSCI 3304 recommended. (Spring)

SOCL 3200 - Social Change

(3 Units) Sociology and social change, types and problems of change, factors in rate and direction of change, classic and modern theoretical analysis of social change.

SOCL 3310 - Social Inequalities (WP)

(4 Units) Causes and consequences of socially structured inequalities including socioeconomic class, gender, and body image; focuses on U.S. society within the context of globalization. (Previously Social Stratification) Satisfies upper-division writing proficiency requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of the Writing Proficiency Screening Test with a passing score.

SOCL 3400 - Contemporary Theory

(4 Units) Major contributions to systematic sociological theory. Critical analysis of selected works from Comte, Pareto, Weber, Durkheim, Sorokin, Parsons, and other classical and contemporary sociologists. Prerequisites: SOCL 3000 or consent of instructor. (Spring)

SOCL 3240 - Social Deviance

(3 Units) The study of social behaviors which differ from the norm or expected behavior. Focus is on the reaction of segments of society to these behaviors; i.e., the process by which some behavior is ignored, other behaviors generate social sanctions, and certain behaviors are criminal. Review of the social benefits and function of deviance, as well as the conflict between those social forces which disagree on the proper response to deviant behavior. (Formerly SOCL 4240)

SSCI 3005 - Research and Information Literacy

(2 Units) Introduction to research. Strategies for effectively finding, evaluating, and integrating information into research assignments in a changing information environment. Designed to be taken in conjunction with another course requiring research. (Formerly SSCI 3000) (Same as MDIS 3005)

SSCI 3010 - Introduction to the Social Science Methodology

(3 Units) A general introduction to the different types of methodologies used by the various social science disciplines. An important part of the course will be to read and critique representative works of social science research in the student’s areas of interest.

SSCI 4960 - Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Seminar

(3 Units) Discussions and papers based on concepts, theories, information, and techniques from several social science disciplines. Prerequisites: Completion of SSCI 3000 and seven other upper-division courses in the major. (Fall, Spring)