101Nex. Space and Time (3)
An interdisciplinary study of the changing concepts of space and time that underlie our vision of the world and the ways in which these concepts are expressed, especially in art, astronomy, literature, and physics. (Formerly Nexus 101)
102Nex. Understanding of Men and Women (3)
A philosophical, psychological, and biological investigation of the main issues involved in understanding human behavior. Reading and discussion of literary and historical accounts of behavior, with emphasis on the development of scientific explanation. Ethical scientific consequences of the use of experimental methods.
103Nex. Ascent of Man (3)
Exploration of basic ideas found in Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man. Explores the implications, both scientific and humanistic, of Brohowski's interpretation of man's cultural history. Guest lecturers from various arts and science disciplines add their insights. (Formerly Nexus 103)
104. Humanities in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (3)
An examination of art, literature, philosophy, and music and their interrelationships in European culture during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
104Nex. Psychological Issues through Literature (3)
Examination of fundamental and controversial issues in psychology as they appear in novels, plays, and short stories. (Formerly Nexus 104)
105Nex. Evolution Revolution (3)
An exploration of the significance of evolutionary theory and Its impact on the sciences and on the broader cultural scene: fire-Darwinian evolutionists; changing attitudes toward persons and their relation to the rest of nature; literary and artistic expressions of evolutionary ideas; philosophical and ethical responses; the controversies between evolutionary and other accounts of the origin and development of life. (Formerly Nexus 105)
108. Humanities in Classical Athens (3)
An examination of the unique cultural environment of the ancient city, its art, architecture, literature, social and political structures, and their interrelationships as manifest in fifth century Athens.
110. Humanities in Republican and Imperial Rome (3)
An examination of the unique cultural environment of the ancient city, its art, architecture, literature, social and political structures, and their interrelationships as manifest during Republican and Imperial Rome.
112. Humanities During the Baroque and Enlightenment (3)
An examination of European and American Art, literature, philosophy, and music and their interrelationships during the period from the late 16th century through the 18th century. (Formerly CapS 112)
116. Humanities in the Modern World (3)
An examination of art, literature, philosophy, and music and their interrelationships in the Western world during the 19th and 20th centuries.
118. Folklore in Modern Life (3)
An examination of the role of folklore in modern life, its power to communicate critical issues through expressive culture, e.g., jokes, legends, folksongs, graphic arts, and festival; focus on the intellectual currents influencing the study of folklore provide interdisciplinary perspective.
120A-B. Latin America: A Search for Stability (3-3)
Prerequisite: completion of Division 8 of the General Education Program or permission of instructor. An examination of the geographic, social, and historical factors underlying government instability In Latin America followed by a discussion of right and left wing approaches to stability. Completion of both semesters is required to satisfy the CAPSTONE requirement for General Education (Formerly CapS 120A-B)
123. The American Experience: Beginnings to World War I (3)
Survey of the principal experiences and intellectual movements that haveformed the American character, as illustrated through American literature, music, and the arts, serious and popular, from the formation of the colonies to the outbreak of WWI.
124. The American Experience: World War I to the Present (3)
Survey of the principal experiences and intellectual movements that have formed the American character as illustrated through American literature, music, and the arts, serious and popular, from WWI to the present time.
128. Mythology: An Interdisciplinary Approach (4)
An interdisciplinary examination of .mythology. Readings in significant myths from various parts of the world (including those influential on Western culture, such as Greek myth and the Bible, and equivalent Native American, pre-Columbian, Oriental, and African myth.) A survey of the current theories of myth (as a component in ritual and religion, a development of linguistics and oral tradition, a focus of cultural values, and the like), and an examination of the contemporary relevance of myth in art, literature, and culture. (Former CapS 128)
130. Latin American Cultures and Traditions (3)
A study of Hispanic cultural and aesthetic trends and practices as seen in the popular and formal arts and other styles of Hispanic thought, feeling, and expression.
132. Aging as a Social Issue (3)
Prerequisite: Engl 1 and prior fulfillment of upper-division writing skills requirement. An examination of human aging from the viewpoints of gerontology, literature, and social work with particular emphasis on the problems of women. (CT) (Former CapS 132)
148. Voting and Elections in the 1990s (3)
Exploration of the factors (e.g., socioeconomic, cultural, peer, and family influences) that affect voting. Focus of class is on the analysis of major election studies. (Former CapS 148)
152. Ethnic Minorities in American Schools (3)
Exploration of the sociohistorical and cultural development of education in the United States, with special emphasis on the Asian American, American Indian, African American, and Chicano experience.
156. Welfare and Military Expenditures: The Quest for Balance (3)
An examination of the size and effects of spending for social welfare and military purpose.
160. Orientation to Gerontology (3)
Orientation to the professional and personal requirements for work with the aging, including an introduction to the problems and potentials of the aged. (CT) (Former CapS 160)
164. Technology and Health Care (3)
The Impact of technology on the health care industry: current applications, resulting ethical issues, political ramifications, and future directions. (Former CapS 64)
168. Cinema and the Humanities (3)
Explores the relationships between the art and technology of the cinema and current humanist ideology. Topics include how film interacts with other arts and with cultural, aesthetic, and moral assumptions; whether cinema is a viable intellectual discipline; and where art, entertainment, and values meet. Weekly films, assigned reading, written reports.
172A-B. Health Promotion and Wellness (3-3)
Prerequisite: upper-division status. An interdisciplinary approach to encourage individual responsibility toward achieving high level wellness with integration of body, mind, and spirit. To assist students in seeking balance with their natural and psychosocial environments. IntD 172A is a prerequisite to IntD 172B and both A and B must be completed to receive CAPSTONE credit. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)
180. Peace and Conflict (3)
Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict; critical examination of issues related to war, peace and justice; historical and contemporary perspectives and responses to conflict resolution; uses an eclectic and interdisciplinary approach. This is the only required course for the Peace and Conflict Studies Interdisciplinary Minor program and provides and interdisciplinary foundation to the program. General Education CAPSTONE Interdisciplinary Course, Critical Thinking.
184. Family Communication (3)
The analysis and exploration of personal experience, family systems theory, and the mass media to describe, evaluate, and improve family communication patterns. Special topics include family conflict, sex roles, family types, sexual communication, parenting, and intimacy.
188. Principles of Self-Esteem in Education, Social Work, and Mental Health (3)
Involves an empirical exploration of the development, enhancement, and diminishment of self -esteem through social experience and the relationship of self-esteem to a variety of social problems and concerns. Focuses on the personal development of self-esteem and on specific applications of this theory domain to policy and practice in the fields of education, social work, and mental health.
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