ART 204: Digital Photography Workshop
Instructor: Danny Jauregui
Satisfies the COM 3 Lib Ed requirement
This course will acquaint students with the fundamentals of Digital Photography including traditional and experimental uses of Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis will be placed on visual communication of ideas through the medium of digital photography. Instruction will cover topics such as manual camera operations, basic image correction, digital image manipulation, and will also cover fundamentals of composition and 2-D image organization. The assignments will include consideration of the cultural/political impact of digital manipulation, the relationship between subject and photographer, and the historical implications of photographic objectification.
CHDV 290: Children’s Creative Expressions
Instructor: Nora Obregon
How do children develop creative narratives? Why is pretend play important to cognitive and social development? This course will explore children’s creative expressions in narratives, fairytales, dramatic play, art, music, and drawing. You will have the opportunity to learn concepts related to children’s creativity and explore theories of young children’s creative development. In addition, you will learn how factors such as individual differences, gender differences and ethnic differences play a role in children’s creativity.
FILM/THEA 170: Fundamentals of Cinema
Instructor: Patti McCarthy
This course surveys the major films, filmmakers, themes, and issues of a major film genre. The genres will vary from semester to semester and during any given term, the genre might be the musical, gangster, western, film noir, or horror films. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by class screenings.
INTD 190: Professional Communication
Instructor: Kristen Smirnov
Satisfies the COM 2 Lib Ed requirement
This class prepares students of all majors to communicate professionally as they seek and begin their careers. Along with different formats (job applications, LinkedIn profiles, team communications, and more), students will appreciate the differences in business communication types (upward, downward, lateral, and external).
INTD 265: Nanotechnology and Society
Instructor: Serkan Zorba
Satisfies the CON 2 Lib Ed requirement
Nanotechnology is by its nature an interdisciplinary subject. It is where different fields of science and technology converge: physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. This course will lay down the technical background of nanotechnology, and discuss its potential implications for society. This exciting field is projected to bring about profound changes in our lives: ultra-fast computers, disease-fighting nano-robots (nanites), self-cleaning, and color-changing car/window surfaces, to name a few. The course will also emphasize how ethics and societal considerations have enormous transforming power over science and technology, and how this is a very healthy interaction for both. Throughout the course, we will draw on the ideas and writings of an eclectic group of scientists, philosophers, and futurists.
INTD 290: Disease and Immunity
Instructor: Sylvia Vetrone
Satisfies the CON 2 Lib Ed requirement
During this five-week course we will learn and discuss how our immune system develops and works, how our unique genetic makeup plays a role in that development, and the ways in which our immune system recognizes and protects us from invading pathogens. Understanding the unique interactions between our bodies and disease, will allow us to begin to explore how this unique relationship has impacted the development of human society over history, and into our present day, and how we are harnessing this information to help us better fight diseases from within our own bodies and prepare for fights against new and emerging diseases.
INTD 299: Internship
Instructor: German Aguilar Tinajero
INTD 299 is intended to support the core learning that takes place while a student participates in an academically-related internship. Course content and assignments will enable students to reflect on their day-to-day, hands-on experience, enhance existing skills, acquire new skills, apply content and theory learned in coursework (major, minor and liberal education), create professional contacts, strengthen their resumes, and learn from professionals in the field.
MATH 080: Elementary Statistics
Instructor: Jordan Hanson
Satisfies the COM 1 Lib Ed requirement
Descriptive Statistics: descriptive measures, probability concepts, discrete random variables, normal distribution. Inferential Statistics: sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, Chi-square procedures, linear regression. Emphasis on methodology rather than theory. Not open to students who have taken MATH 315. MATH 080 does NOT satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 085.
PSYC 085: Psychology in Film
Instructor: Margo Kaatz
Through films, primary- and secondary-source readings, and in-class lectures and discussions, this course is designed to help students with little or no background in psychology understand and appreciate the connections between American culture as expressed in early and contemporary film and the field of psychology. American cinema provides the backdrop for an exploration of the influence and interdependence between American culture and the study of human behavior and mental health during the mid- to late-20th and early 21st centuries. While focusing on psychological constructs as presented in film, students will be exposed to differing perspectives and interpretations of human behavior and mental illness at different historical time periods.
SPAN 190: Spanish for Health Professions
Instructor: Doreen O’Connor-Gomez
Satisfies the CUL 7 Lib Ed requirement
This course is designed to help provide the first step for health professionals and their patients to communicate effectively with each other. We will cover in four weeks about half of our textbook and a good chunk of the essential information about the Spanish language that the health professional needs in order to work toward proficiency: vocabulary, grammatical structures, and cultural information. At the completion of this course, you will not suddenly be proficient in Spanish. You will, however, have made important strides along the road toward proficiency. You will have learned how to engage in conversation with your Hispanic patients on both medical and non-medical topics; how to give instructions and make appointments; how to ask about symptoms; how to talk about treatment; and how to negotiate your way through misunderstandings that may arise during such conversations and ascertain that such misunderstandings have been cleared up. Key to our course will be basic cultural knowledge that all medical personnel should have about Latin America and their Spanish-speaking patients.