Academics

Diversity Course Requirements

Course Descriptions

AMES 100:Introduction to American Minority and Ethnic Studies

Social and historical overview of the interrelationships between Native American, African American, Latino and Asian Americans in the United States. Focuses on relations with each other and with the dominant society. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

AMES 150:Race and Ethnicity in the Pacific

An interdisciplinary social and theoretical overview of the interrelationships that exist among various groups in the Northwest consisting of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Focuses on the historical, economical, political and social connections of Native American, African American, Latino/a, and Asian American/Pacific Islander with each other and with the dominant society. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ANTH& 206:Cultural Anthropology

Study of the field of sociocultural anthropology with emphasis on the nature of culture, types of social systems in society, and the way they work. Includes theoretical and methodological issues in anthropology, as well as ethnographic studies. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ANTH& 210:Indians of North America

Study of the Indians of North America (north of Mexico) as they are known from historical and ethnographic sources. Covers the representative cultures of all the major regions with some greater emphasis on the northwest coast. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

CJ 220:Multicultural Diversity in Criminal Justice

Addresses the beauty and richness of a culturally diverse population. Discusses uniqueness, diversity, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in relation to criminal justice professionals. PREREQUISITE: CJ&101, CJ 200, and ENGL& 101 or higher; or instructor's permission. Satisfies the diversity course requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 160:Literature By and About Women

Introduces writings by and about women. Studies cultural/historical concepts and paradigms that have impacted women’s concepts of them, of their relationships to men, and of their relationships to the general cultures that surround them. Introduces students to writers from various literary periods and from various nations and cultures. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 161:Cultures of Desire

Examines literary and cultural representations of desire-including love, the erotic, sexuality, the body, the spirit, and community-across various traditions, historical periods, and locations. Literal text may be studied comparatively with mythologies, religions, scientific discourses, the arts, popular culture, and/or cyberspace. Critical questions include language, identity, hegemony, diversity, and/or freedom, among others. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree

ENGL 163:The Poetics of Rap and Hip Hop

Deals with the elements of literature as applied to rap and hip hop. In addition to detecting use of poetic characteristics in lyrics, students analyze meaning and craft to explore the connections between rap music and poetry. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 165:Introduction to the Myths of the World

Introduces the concepts of mythology with an overview of significant world myths–western and non-western, ancient and modern, oral and textual. Explores myths thematically and critically, addressing such aspects as identity, gender, religion and spirituality, ecological concerns, political and social structures. Discusses major critical approaches including psychological, structural, anthropological, literary, and indigenous theories for interpreting myth. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 168:Introduction to Irish Literature

Presents the main themes of Irish literature from its ancient bardic and epic beginnings to current concerns of politics, gender, and cultural identity. Placing the poetry, drama, short stories and novels in historical and cultural context, including English colonization and the Celtic Revival, we will explore how Irish literature has maintained a people's identity, as well as challenged external hegemony. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 247:American Ethnic Literature

A study of American literature by ethnic writers, including selections from Native American, African American, Latino, Asian American, and immigrant writing. Students read individual texts closely, explore various literary critical and comparative approaches, situate texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and produce their own written interpretations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 248:African-American Literature

A survey of African-American literature from its colonial origins through the 21st century. Course requires close reading and written interpretation from among the following genres: African-American fiction, poetry, drama, essays, songs, and film. Focuses on such historical periods/movements as abolitionism and the slave narrative, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and postmodernism. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 249:U.S. Latino Literature

Examines the literary and cultural traditions of the Chicana/o, Cuban American, Dominican American, Puerto Rican, and Central American writers in the United States. Course includes critically reading and interpreting fiction, drama, poetry, and essays as a way to make distinctions and interconnections between these Latino communities. Themes including exile and exodus, religion and spirituality, patriarchy and feminism, sub/urbanism and border theory among others will inform students' understanding and appreciation of the texts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 257:Non-Western World Literature

A study of various genres of literature from the non-Western world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America. Students read individual texts closely, explore various literary critical and comparative approaches, situate texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and produce their own written interpretations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL& 256:World Literature III: 19th to 21st Century

An historical and critical survey of selected works of World literature (focusing on European and non-western) of the 19th through the 21st centuries from a diversity of cultures. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

FILM 121:Contemporary American Film

Examines contemporary American movies: directors, actors, style, and themes of cultural diversity. Focuses on the examination of popular films for greater understanding of cinematic aesthetics and greater awareness of how movies today both reflect and influence values of our culture, with special focus on diversity of gender, ethnicity and class. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

GEOG& 200:Human Geography

The spatial study of cultural phenomena on earth. Examines the distribution of diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions and economies at a global, as well as regional, scale. Analyzes current geographic problems in the context of migration, population growth, ethnic and religious identities, the colonial legacy and the growing forces of globalization. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 103:The Modern World

Introduces world history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes include industrialization, cultural revolutions, political modernization, colonialism and decolonization, world wars, Cold War, globalization, terrorism, and other contemporary problems. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 224:African-American History

A broad survey of African American history. Begins with an overview of West African cultures prior to the rise of the slave trade and ends with a discussion of modern events. Topics include the rise of slavery in the Americas, the origin and development of American ideas about race, the formation of an African-American culture, the Civil War and emancipation, the era of Jim Crow, and the struggle for civil rights from the 18th century to the present. Explores various interpretations and theoretical ideas about African American history. Shows that African American history is central to U.S. history. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 226:Asian-American History

Explores the experiences of Asians in the U.S. from the period of immigration to the present. Emphasizes the immigrant experience, the impact of exclusionary immigration laws, the development of ethnic Asian-American communities, and post-1965 developments. Surveys the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Asian-Indian, and Southeast-Asian refugees. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 228:Latinos in the United States

Examines the historical, social and economic experience of Latinos in the United States. Begins with the Spanish borderlands in the 16th century and ends with contemporary affairs. Explores the histories of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and Central Americans in the United States within the context of U.S. relations with the countries of origin and changes over time in the U.S. society and economy. Assesses the historical construction of race and ethnicity, gender, and the changing forms of identity. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST 233:History of Latin America

Surveys the history of Latin America from its indigenous, Iberian, and African roots through contemporary affairs. Assesses the historical construction of racial, class, and gender inequalities. Emphasizes the historical diversity of the region and examines common social, economic and political problems. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HIST& 215:Women in U.S. History

A brief survey of gender and U.S. history from pre-Colombian times to the present. Explores topics in cultural, ethnic, intellectual, political, social, and economic history. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HUMAN 190:Latin American Culture Through Literature

Introduces the study of Latin American culture through important works of literature that explores the complex social relations and culture of the region. Analyzes how Latin American literature has reflected cultural changes throughout the history of the region such as the impact of the conquest and slavery; the influence of patriarchy/machismo and marianism in gender relations; the problematic relations with the U.S., the history of dictatorship and social revolution in Latin America. Focuses on the connection between literature and culture in Latin American countries. Taught in English. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HUMAN 191:Latin America in Film

Explores the relationship between film and cultural interpretation and understanding of Latin America. Considers the history of cinema in Latin America. Focuses on how film has been used to interpret Latin American culture and how we can use it to understand Latin American past and present with special emphasis on discussing the complex history and social problems of the region. Also explores common stereotypes with which Latin America has been portrayed in main stream U.S. movies. No knowledge of Spanish language required. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

HUMAN 224:Women and World Religions

Explores feminine perspectives of religion and spirituality in classical and indigenous religions today and throughout history. Examines images of the divine, mythological presentations, as well as roles and practices of women in each tradition through the study of traditional writings, feminist themes and feminist theologies. Addresses questions such as: What do sacred sources in traditional religions say about women and issues of gender; and how both men and women in society used oral and written sacred narratives. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

PHIL 206:Gender and Philosophy

Examines how issues of gender have entered into discussions within the major fields of philosophy, including ethics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 238:Introduction to Philosophy of Human Rights

Introduces students to some of the major issues concerning human rights. Sample topics include: Are there such things as human rights? Are human rights universal or are they culturally relative? Are minority rights exceptions to or different from human rights? Do future people have rights? PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

POLS& 204:Comparative Government

A comparative analysis of politics and types of governing systems around the globe (e.g., democratic, authoritarian, theocratic, parliamentary, presidential). Examines power relationships (e.g., race, ethnicity, religion, sex) and citizen rights. Explores and analyzes the political issues and problems in their international, historical, economic, and cultural contexts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

SOC 205:Sociology of Disability

A sociological study of disability includes the implications of disability on identity formation and social policies. Examination also includes the intersectionality of disability with other categories such as race, gender, sexual orientation and social class. Investigates the Disability Rights Movement, from the enactment of the American with Disabilities Act to the development of the model of Universal Design. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

SOC 220:Sex and Gender in Society

Explores gender as a major organizing principle in culture, and examines how gender influences sexuality, personal relationships and social institutions, including media, family, work, school and politics. Examines similarities and differences between the sexes primarily from a sociological perspective, but also through historical, psychological, biological and anthropological theories that contribute to understanding gender as a social force. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a social science and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

SPAN& 221:Spanish IV

Systematic review of Spanish grammar aimed at communicative competency at an intermediate level. Intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with special emphasis on reading and reacting to texts that explore the diversity of the Spanish speaking world, as well as the global and local implications of gender, racial and cultural interdependence. Includes oral practice through discussion of above-mentioned materials. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPAN& 123 or equivalent with instructor permission. The equivalent of SPAN& 123 is three years in high school with a grade of B or higher. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

SPAN& 222:Spanish V

Systematic review of Spanish grammar aimed at communicative competency at an intermediate level. Intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with special emphasis on reading and reacting to texts that explore the diversity of the Spanish speaking world, as well as the global and local implications of gender, racial and cultural interdependence. Includes oral practice through discussion of above-mentioned materials. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPAN& 221 or equivalent with instructor permission. The equivalent of SPAN& 221 is four years in high school with a grade of B or above higher. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

SPAN& 223:Spanish VI

Systematic review of Spanish grammar aimed at communicative competency at an intermediate level. Intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with special emphasis on reading and reacting to texts that explore the diversity of the Spanish speaking world, as well as the global and local implications of gender, racial and cultural interdependence. Includes oral practice through discussion of above-mentioned materials. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 and a grade of 2.0 or higher in SPAN& 222 or equivalent with instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.