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Upper-Division Course Descriptions

 

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Area I: Advanced Written Composition

ENG 300
Advanced Writing Skills (3 units)

Students practice and perfect their writing skills by conducting research on debatable topics and completing a research project that meets the standards for academic writing. Students receive instruction in developing voice, matching style to audience, the research process, and crating forms that accomplish rhetorical purposes in expository and argumentative writing modes and contexts through drafting and revising.

Prerequisites: Must pass the Junior Writing Proficiency Exam or pass ENG399 with a grade of “C” or better.



Area II: Human Expression Across the Globe

ENG 301
Introduction to World Literature (3 units)

This course is a survey of world literature representing the various cultures of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, the Island Nations, the Middle East, and North America. Works include major literary genres: poetry, plays, essays, short stories, and novels. Analysis includes comparison and contrast of different forms and themes, literary criticism, and historical and cultural analysis. The authors represent human diversity and varieties of philosophies and styles.

Prerequisites: ENG 100, Upper Division Standing



ENG 305
Women's Literature and Social Change (3 units)

Students read and discuss a variety of historical and contemporary literary works written by women in the form of essays, short fiction, drama, and poetry/lyrics. Topics include: social change as it relates to women's experiences of work, family and community, health and well-being, education, and the future. Students use critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to articulate an understanding of course themes.

Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing



PHL 300
Personal, Professional, and Social Ethics (3 units)

This course introduces a systematic framework for thinking about ethical dilemmas that arise in personal, professional, and civic life. It reviews theoretical, biological, and social cultural conceptions of moral obligation, as well as relevant socio-historical, socio-cultural, and scientific contexts. This course enhances students’ ability to recognize the complex interplay between moral concepts and lived experience and to resolve moral dilemmas.

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing



Area III: World Issues and Problems

ETH 300
Latino Culture in the United States (3 units)

This course reviews the size, diversity, and influence of the Latino community in the United States. Emphasis is on the analysis of history, culture, social issues, and the future. In addition, this course offers opportunities to connect topics to the National Hispanic University and to develop college level research and writing skills as a tool to deepen knowledge of Latino culture.

Prerequisite: Student Readiness Orientation (SRO)



HIS 314
World History I (3 units)

This course covers themes in the institutional, political, socio-business, and cultural development of modern society and sociopolitical changes. It includes the themes, movements, and geography identified in the California State Framework. Students study the growth of civilizations and the interrelationships of peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America to 1650.

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing



HIS 414
World History II (3 units)

This course covers themes in the institutional, political, socio-business, and cultural development of modern society and sociopolitical changes. It includes the themes, movements, and geography identified in the California State Framework. Students study the growth of civilizations and the interrelationships of peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America from 1650 to the present.

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing



SPC 300
Argumentation and Advocacy of World Issues (3 units)

This course investigates and applies principles of argumentation to understanding theoretical models of argument and critical thinking, as well as applying communication contexts. Students learn about inquiry and advocacy in public issues for intelligent participation and analysis in discussion and debate. The role rhetoric plays in contemporary culture and world issues includes topics such as: political advocacy, science, technology, mass persuasion, and contemporary social issues.

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing