African Studies Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Introduction to African Studies
3.0 Fa/Spr

An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as AFAM 100. (000134)

African and Afro-Haitian Dance
1.0 Fa/Spr

Through dance, song, reading, and discussion, students experience the rich cultural traditions of West Africa and the island of Haiti, where African traditions have evolved and flourished in a "New World" setting for 300 years. Both dance forms challenge the strength and athleticism of the body. The African dances are high energy and polyrhythmic, with fast footwork, expressive and sweeping movements and free use of the back, head, shoulders, and pelvis. Haitian dance mixes African roots with indigenous, Spanish, and French colonial influences to create a unique form emphasizing spinal waves and torso, hip, and shoulder movements over rhythmic foot patterns. 2.0 hours field studies. This course is also offered as KINE 115. (000145)

African Studies: Contemporary Social Problems and Prospects
3.0 Fa/Spr

Series of in-depth studies, both thematic and topical, concerning major issues and current problems in sub-Saharan Africa, employing an interdisciplinary approach. Topics covered include South Africa, and revolution and ecological crises in Africa. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000146)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (000149)

Asian Studies Course Offerings

Cultures of Asia
3.0 Inquire

An introduction to the people and cultures of Asia, emphasizing India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The course employs a multimediated approach to learning. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as ANTH 200. (000523)

Asian Studies: Contemporary Social Problems and Prospects
3.0 Fa/Spr

Study of problems and prospects related to Asia. This course includes a series of in-depth analysis of major issues, current problems, and prospects of Asia. Extensive research, writing, and oral presentations are required. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as AAST 300. (000005)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (000998)

Capstone Course
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

This variable-content capstone seminar is devoted to the critical reading, evaluation, and discussion of major recent scholarship on Asia. Works are selected from a variety of disciplinary perspectives with an effort to cover several Asian areas (Japan, China, Southeast Asia, South Asia) and to deal with critical issues of the day. Students will lead discussions, evaluate arguments, and write critical essays at a level appropriate to graduating seniors with a major in Asian Studies. Required seminar for majors. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000999)

Honors in Asian Studies
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors in the Major program.

Honors candidates will write a senior thesis over two semesters on an approved topic related to Asia. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001000)

International Studies Course Offerings

Special Topics
1.0-4.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (002050)

International Forum
1.0 Fa/Spr

A series of presentations on a wide variety of topics of international concern. Lectures, debates, and panel discussions on areas of current international importance. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004875)

Intercultural Contexts: A Search for Meaning
1.0 Fa/Spr

This course explores the confluence of cultural identities, cultural contexts, and the individual. Course activities combine on-campus class sessions with a structured field trip to San Francisco. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (020501)

Cultural Dimensions of International Business
3.0 Fa/Spr

A global overview of the cultural dimensions of international business. Transnational socio-cultural processes are explored, including the impact of technology and natural resources. (015809)

Social and Institutional Elements of International Trade
3.0 Spring

An examination of the structure, organization, and policies of the major world trade institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the major regional free trade agreements. Critical evaluation of the social, political, environmental, and distributive effects of global trade. This is an approved General Education course. (020367)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (002051)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (002052)

Project Study Abroad
1.0-15.0 Fa/Spr

May be taken for 1 to 15 units. You must register with the campus Study Abroad advisor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004879)

USAC Study Abroad
1.0-15.0 Inquire

may be taken for 1 to 15 units. You must register with the campus Study Abroad Advisor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (004889)

International Relations of the Pacific Basin
3.0 Spring

Analysis of the international relations of the Pacific Basin area, with emphasis on the period since 1975. This course is also offered as POLS 446D, and POLS 346. (004873)

Special Topics
1.0-8.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (002053)

Project Study Abroad
1.0-8.0 Fa/Spr

May be taken for 1 to 8 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (004892)

Independent Study
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This is a graduate-level independent study course offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004901)

Master's Project
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-3.0. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004903)

Master's Study
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-3.0. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004902)

Latin American Studies Course Offerings

Introduction to Latin American Studies
3.0 Fa/Spr

A survey of the history, geography, culture, and society of Latin America. This course is designed to provide students who are majoring in Latin American Studies, as well as General Education students, with an initial orientation in the study of Latin America on an interdisciplinary basis. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015750)

Orientation to Mexico Program
1.0 Fall

Introduction to the Mexico Program of intercultural experiential learning in Mexico. The course will survey Mexican geography, anthropology, development, culture, adjustment to cultural differences, and intercultural communication. The course is intended to prepare the student for the six-week program in Mexico. (005373)

History of Government and Politics of Central America
3.0 Inquire

An interdisciplinary survey of the history and politics of Central America. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as POLS 321. (005381)

History and Politics of Mexico
3.0 Fa/Spr

An interdisciplinary approach to the history and politics of Mexico. This course will introduce students to the panorama of Mexican history while delineating the roots and development of the current Mexican political system. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as HIST 382. (004558)

History and Politics of Mexico (Mexico component)
2.0 Fall

See LAST 350. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004570)

Natural History and Ecology of Mexico and Central America
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower-division GE Breadth Area B requirement or faculty permission.

LAST 351 explores the natural and human-modified environments of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It introduces students to the biological and physical processes that create the natural environments of the region and examines the complex interactions between people and these environments, both past and present. This course is designed to be the Area B course in the General Education Upper-Division Theme I: Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005379)

Natural History and Ecology of Middle America (Mexico component)
2.0 Fall

See LAST 351. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015543)

Mexico: Literature and Arts
3.0 Fa/Spr

An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexico. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005377)

Mexico: Literature and Arts (Merida component)
2.0 Fall

An interdisciplinary examination of how Mexican literature and the arts reflect the social and cultural roots of the people of Mexico. This course is a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005371)

Regional: Art/Literature/Music
3.0 Spring

An interdisciplinary examination of how artistic manifestations (art, music, and literature) respond to the social and cultural roots of the people of a Latin American region. This course is designed to be a component of the General Education Upper-Division Thematic Program on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (005378)

Land and People of Mexico
3.0 Fall

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social institutions and culture in terms of family, neighborhood, community, region, and nation, with specific emphasis on Mexico. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as GEOG 354. (003903)

Land and People of Central America and the Caribbean
3.0 Spring

Study of the physical environment, human settlement, development, and modern problems of the nations of Central America and the Caribbean. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Mexico and Central America. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as GEOG 355. (003905)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (005382)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (005383)

Intercultural Experiential Learning
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: LAST 150, faculty permission.

This course will provide students with a genuine cross-cultural experience which will enable them to understand Latin American life from the point of view of the Latin American family with which they will live and the Latin American people with whom they will work. Students will live with a Latin American family and work in a Latin American organization for a six-week period. Students will keep a log of their experiences and prepare a written evaluation of their families and jobs. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (005385)

Seminar in Selected Topics
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, LAST 110.

An in-depth, interdisciplinary seminar that examines selected topics in Latin American culture and society, past and present, through critical reading of, and commentary on, recent scholarship devoted to the region. Readings may include Spanish language sources. Topics vary by semester. Required for majors and minors. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (005384)

Middle Eastern Studies Course Offerings

Islam
3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to Islam as a religious and cultural system. Topics include pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Muslims, the Qur'an and shari'a, basic ritual practices, mysticism, theology and philosophy, Shi'ism, the visual and musical arts, women, modernism, "fundamentalism," and Islam in the USA. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as RELS 202, and HIST 261. (004515)

Muhammad and the Qur'an
3.0 Inquire

This course introduces students to the sacred scripture and prophet of Islam. Students study the biography of Muhammad (570-632) and the text of the Qur'an by situating it within the context of Muhammad's life and career. By the end of the course, students are able to appreciate how devout Muslims view Muhammad and the Qur'an, as well as ask critical questions raised by modern scholars of religion. This course is also offered as RELS 302. (020263)

History of the Middle East
3.0 Fa/Spr

Introduction to some major aspects of society and culture in the Middle East, including the family, styles of living, roles of men and women, and Islamic religion. Examination of the nationalistic movements and politics in Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Israel. Analyses of cultural and political issues, such as the Palestinian question, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic resurgence, and modernization. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as HIST 362. (004550)

Islamic Civilization
3.0 Fall

Islamic civilization 600-1800; religion, philosophy, law, education, literature, and political thought and activity. This course is also offered as HIST 463. (004649)

The Modern Middle East
3.0 Spring

Social, intellectual, and political changes in Turkey, Iran, and the Arab countries in the twentieth century. This course is also offered as HIST 464. (004650)

The Arab-Israeli Conflict
3.0 Spring

The development of Zionism and Arab nationalism since 1900; international politics and the creation of Israel; Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 to the present; politics and society in Israel; Palestinian refugees and guerrilla groups; P.L.O. and the Palestinian nationalist movement; efforts and prospects for Arab-Israeli peace. This course is also offered as HIST 466. (004618)

Seminar in Selected Topics
3.0 Spring

A series of in-depth studies pertaining to issues and problems related to the Middle East, approached on an interdisciplinary basis. Content is variable. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005666)