Social Sciences

The Social Sciences program at College of the Desert consists of the seven disciplines of anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The courses offered in these disciplines generally serve as surveys of each field and/or as general education and transfer requirements. There is also a degree and certificate program in Alcohol & Drug Studies.

Social Sciences majors find jobs in social service agencies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, libraries, probation departments, and correctional institutes. Social Sciences majors also find jobs in business and industry in market research, survey research, public relations, management, advertising, human resources, sales, counseling, and as forensic anthropologists and archeologists. Careers that generally require graduate-level degrees include teacher, researcher, field anthropologist, historian, counselor, criminologist, urban planner, lawyer, political consultant, pollster, political campaign manager, philosopher, psychologist, psychiatrist, and human resources director.  Even students who choose not to major in the social sciences find that coursework in the various disciplines prepares them to understand organizational and group dynamics, incorporate logic and reasoning in everyday life, understand research and statistical analysis, and connect personal problems to social issues through critical analysis.

College of the Desert’s Social Sciences program courses are designed to provide students with a general overview of various disciplines of the social sciences, help students meet general education requirements for transfer to four-year institutions, and provide them with supporting courses for majors in other programs.  Even students who choose not to major in Social Sciences find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think critically, problem solve, manage their lives, and understand the issues that engage our world, our country, and our community.

Within the social sciences program, students can earn an Associate of Arts degree in any of the seven disciplines and/or a Certificate of Achievement in Alcohol & Drug Studies. Students earning an associate’s degree within the social sciences program have a choice of pursuing positions as community support worker, gerontology aide, compensation/benefits worker, consumer survey advisor, delinquency counselor, insurance agent/broker, social welfare examiner, peace corps/VISTA worker, research assistant, claims representative, case aid worker, human resources assistant, public opinion surveyor, community service agency worker, or continuing their studies toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

College of the Desert offers associate degrees for transfer to the CSU in many social science disciplines. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. To view the most current list of College of the Desert Associate Degrees for Transfer please go to Academic Programs.

COD has various transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in the disciplines contained within the social sciences program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors and a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs. For more information please call (760) 773-2574 or contact the program faculty advisor(s).

Advisors:    

Eliu Benavides      
History
ebenavides@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 400-5303

Amber Black      
Sociology
adblack@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 862-1369

Sara Butler      
Global Studies, Political Science
sbutler@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7365

Jermaine Cathcart
Sociology 
jcathcart@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7436

Oceana Collins      
History
ocollins@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 400-5302

Linda Emerson      
Psychology
lemerson@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7267

Ellen Hardy      
Anthropology, Geography
ehardy@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7449

Chris Jones      
Psychology
cjonescage@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3264

Michael Smith      
Philosophy, Social Science
msmith@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7404

Nicole Tortoris      
Sociology
ntortoris@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7349

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 001  Introduction To Physical Anthropology Units: 3

This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and scientific explanations for biological evolution and their application to the human species. It examines the origins of humans and their place in nature. Topics presented include: basic biological and genetic background for understanding human evolution, evolutionary theory, human variation and biocultural adaptations, modes of evolutionary change and how these evolutionary mechanisms operate on contemporary human populations; an understanding of geological history; principles of classification; physical form and behavior of non-human primates; and the archaeological evidence for hominine development and worldwide diffusion.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-070
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2                 IGETC: 5B

ANTH 002  Cultural Anthropology Units: 3

This course explores how anthropologists study and compare human culture. Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the broad arc of human experience focusing on a set of central issues: how people around the world make their living (subsistence patterns); how they organize themselves socially, politically and economically; how they communicate; how they relate to each other through family and kinship ties; what they believe about the world (belief systems); how they express themselves creatively (expressive culture); how they make distinctions among themselves such as through applying gender, racial and ethnic identity labels; how they have shaped and been shaped by social inequalities such as colonialism; and how they navigate culture change and processes of globalization that affect us all. Ethnographic case studies highlight these similarities and differences, and introduce students to how anthropologists do their work, employ professional anthropological research ethics and apply their perspectives and skills to understand humans around the globe.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D1                 IGETC: 4A

ANTH 003  Archaeology, Introduction to Prehistory Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, data and models of anthropological archaeology that contribute to our knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences.(C-ID ANTH 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D1                 IGETC: 4A

ANTH 095A  Anthropology Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all work experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Anthropology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 001  Physical Geography Units: 3

This course examines the major features of the natural environment including land, water, air and life forms. The relationship between humans and their natural environment is emphasized, and map-reading skills are developed. (C-ID GEOG 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

GEOG 001L  Physical Geography Lab Units: 1

Laboratory exercises and experiments designed to explore and understand the primary areas of physical geography. Exercises and applications related to map scales and projections, stereoscopic, topographic and aerial photo interpretation, meteorological tools and models and weather prognostication, geomorphologic models and processes, and landform interpretation. (C-ID GEOG 111)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: GEOG-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B3                 IGETC: 5C

GEOG 002  Cultural Geography Units: 3

This course focuses on the distribution of and interrelationships between features of humankind's modern cultural environment. Among the topics discussed are world population, forms of livelihood, territoriality, urbanization, and material culture. Emphasis is also placed on the development of map-reading skills. (C-ID GEOG 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D5                 IGETC: 4E

GEOG 007  Regional Geography Units: 3

This course describes and explains the major cultural characteristics of the earth's diverse geographic regions. Emphasis is placed on the development of regional patterns through time and the processes responsible for the existing patterns. The development of map-reading skills is an essential aspect of this investigation. (C-ID GEOG 125)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D5                 IGETC: 4E

GEOG 010  Geography Of California Units: 3

This is a study of the natural and cultural environments of California including its climate, topography, biogeography, economy, urbanization and population diversity. Emphasis is placed on people and the environment, map interpretation and their changes over time. Both topical and regional formats are introduced. (C-ID GEOG 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: D5                 IGETC: 4E

Global Studies (GS) 

GS 010  Global Studies Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies, including the history of globalization, and economic, political, social, cultural and ecological developments related to the process of globalization.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071, PS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D7                 IGETC: 4G

GS 011  Global Issues Units: 3

This course introduces students to the origins, current status, and future trends of major transnational issues confronting the global community. Topics can include population trends, economic development and inequality, basic human needs (for food, water health care), human rights, international conflict and security concerns, and environmental problems. The course also focuses on global governance, including the study of collective global responsibilities.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: GS-001, ENG-071, PS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D7                 IGETC: 4G

History (HIST)

HIST 003  History Of World Civilization I Units: 3

This course is a broad study of the major elements of history from ancient times to the Renaissance. It is designed to develop understanding of institutions basic to world civilization. (C-ID HIST 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, D6                 IGETC: 3B, 4F

HIST 004  History Of World Civilization II Units: 3

This course is a broad study of the major elements of history from the 1500 to the present. It is designed to develop understanding of institutions basic to world civilization. (C-ID HIST 160)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, D6                 IGETC: 3B, 4F

HIST 005  History of Western Civilization I Units: 3

This course surveys the emergence of Western Civilization from its roots in the valleys of the Tigris-Euphrates and Nile Rivers to 16th century Europe. In addition to covering the major cultures and civilizations of the ancient world, it also addresses the development of the classical civilizations of Greece, the Hellenistic world and Rome; the transition through the medieval period, including the development of the Byzantine Empire, the rise and expansion of Islam, and the emergence of a new civilization, "Christendom," in Western Europe; to the transformations of the Age of Exploration, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. In particular, the course introduces the major social, economic, political, intellectual and cultural developments that shaped what came to be known as "the West."
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HIST 006  History of Western Civilization II Units: 3

This course surveys the development of Western Civilization from the 16th century into the 21st century. It addresses social, economic, political, intellectual, and artistic transformations that relate to the development of nation-states, industrialization, imperialism, and international conflicts and migration.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HIST 017  US History Through Reconstruction Units: 3

This course is a survey of the political and social development of the United States from the discovery of America through the Reconstruction Period. (C-ID HIST 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, D6                 IGETC: 3B, 4F

HIST 018  US History/Reconstruction To Present Units: 3

This course is a survey of the political and social development of the United States from the Reconstruction Period to the present. (C-ID HIST 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, D6                 IGETC: 3B, 4F

HIST 021  California History Units: 3

The political, social, and economic development of California from late Pre-Columbian American Indian communities and Spanish settlements to the present, against the background of Latin America, the United States and the Pacific.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, D6                 IGETC: 3B, 4F

HIST 023  Latin American History Units: 3

This course is a survey of the political and social development of South and Central America, including Mexico, from colonization to the present. It includes analysis of pre-Columbian cultures, first European contact and its consequences,independence movements, populist revolutions, and Latin America's current political climate, including its relationship with the United States.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: D6                 IGETC: 4F

HIST 095A  History Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all work experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose jobs and educational or occupational goals are directly related to History.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 003  Introduction To Political Theory Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the nature and tradition of political inquiry as articulated by classical, modern and contemporary theorists. This course focuses on basic theoretical debates such as, but not limited to, justice, equality, and the best form of government. Throughout the course, the application of theoretical debates to the contemporary world is stressed. Equivalent to PS-003. (C-ID POLS 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS-001
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PHIL 006  Introduction To Philosophy Units: 3

This course surveys the traditional philosophical problems of knowledge, logic, ethics, aesthetics, religion and metaphysics. A special emphasis is placed upon the ancient Greek philosophers as the foundational thinkers of Western civilization. The historical and conceptual links between ancient Greece and ancient India are discussed. Some relevant developments in medieval and modern philosophy are highlighted.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

PHIL 007  Ideas Of The Great Philosophers Units: 3

An introduction to the practice of philosophy through the analysis of selected original writings of some of our greatest philosophers. Topics include the nature of reality, the existence and nature of God, the mind/body problem, skepticism and knowledge, and the foundations of morality. This course is offered in the Fall semester.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

PHIL 010  General Logic Units: 3

An introduction to the basics of deductive and inductive logics. Emphasis is placed on the syntax and semantics of elementary deductive logic. Inductive reasoning, the identification of informal fallacies, and the rudiments of the scientific method are also studied. (C-ID PHIL 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: A3                 IGETC: None

PHIL 012  Religions Of The World Units: 3

An historical and conceptual introduction to the world's principal religious philosophies -- Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- with an examination of their original writings and subsequent commentaries
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B, 4G

PHIL 013  Perspectives On Death & Dying Units: 3

The phenomenon of human mortality as presented, analyzed, and critically evaluated from cross-cultural perspectives in philosophy, religion, literature, psychology, medicine, and law. Students will develop an understanding of death and dying, terminal illness, and attitudes and practices related to death.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: C2, E                 IGETC: 3B

PHIL 014  Introduction To Ethics Units: 3

A systematic examination of the concepts of moral right and wrong and the application of moral principles and/or virtues in the attempted resolution of significant moral difficulties. Theories of normative ethics and meta-ethics are stressed, but are supplemented with cases from applied ethics. (C-ID PHIL 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

PHIL 017  Philosophy Of Religion Units: 3

An in-depth examination of some of the significant commonalities and major differences among and between the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Particular attention will be paid to the logical analyses of some of the distinctive doctrines endorsed by each faith, and how these doctrines may have reinforced and exacerbated the historic and contemporary conflicts between civilizations.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: PHIL-006 or PHIL-012 and ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

PHIL 018  Philosophy Of Science Units: 3

An introduction to the core philosophical issues raised by the unprecedented success of scientific inquiry since the beginning with the origins of modern science in the 16th century through the conceptual revolution in physics in the twentieth century. Topics include the logic and epistemology of scientific discoveries, observation vs. explanation, causation and the laws of nature, realism and antirealism regarding scientific knowledge, and the conflicts and compatibilities between the sciences and religions. This course is offered in the Spring semester.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: RDG-051, and at least one previous college-level course in philosophy or the natural sciences.
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

Political Science (PS)

PS 001  Introduction To Government Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles, organization and politics of the National Government of the United States, including the study of State and local government. In considering government at the State level, specific emphasis is given to the government of the State of California. Throughout the course, current issues in American and State politics are stressed. (C-ID POLS 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 002  Introduction To Comparative Governments Units: 3

This course involves the comparative analysis of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur, and their consequences. (C-ID POLS 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 003  Introduction To Political Theory Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the nature and tradition of political inquiry as articulated by classical, modern and contemporary theorists. This course focuses on basic theoretical debates such as, but not limited to, justice, equality, and the best form of government. Throughout the course, the application of theoretical debates to the contemporary world is stressed. Equivalent to PHIL-003. (C-ID POLS 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS-001
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 004  Introduction To International Relations Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the nature of political relations among nations, including the basic factors which influence international relations. Emphasis will be placed on an examination of contemporary world politics. (C-ID POLS 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PS-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D8                 IGETC: 4H

PS 005  The American Presidency Units: 3

This course focuses on the evolution of the American presidency, with an emphasis on the modern presidency. Students will examine the expectations gap: what we expect from our president and what he can accomplish within the confines of the Constitution. Students will also learn about the presidential selection process, from the primaries to the general election.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PS 048A  Seminar- Contemporary World Affairs Units: 1

Seminar covering contemporary issues of international relations and global politics, including but not limited to terrorism, foreign policies, international development and globalization.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

PS 095A  Political Science Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Political Science.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Psychology (PSY)

PSY 001  General Psychology Units: 3

This course is an introduction to psychology and defines the principles and theories governing the scientific study of affect, behavior and cognition. Included are such topics as developmental psychology, states of consciousness, psychotropic agents, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, stress, and social psychology, psychotherapy, research methodology, and psychological disorders. This survey course offers a foundation and preparation for additional study in psychology and social sciences, for understanding self and others, and principles of psychology to apply to daily life. (C-ID PSY 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D9                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 003  Developmental Psychology Units: 3

This is a life span course that focuses on the behavioral patterns found at each level of normal human development, including the interrelationships of psychological, sociological, cognitive, and physical development from birth to senescence. The implications for both personal development and professional practice are considered.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: PSY-001 and ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D9, E                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 007  Positive Psychology Units: 3

The course provides an introduction to positive psychology. Positive psychology uses the tools of rigorous science to examine the sources and nature of positive human strengths, characteristics, resources, and aspirations. This course is designed to explore the concepts, research behind the concepts, techniques, resiliency factors and exercises to enhance optimism, decrease stressors, and significantly increase wellbeing. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, self-knowledge, empathy, compassion, friendship, hope, goal setting, love, parenting, achievement, positive education, positive organizations, resilience, creativity and flow, mindfulness, spirituality, and humor. This course is offered in the Spring semester of even-numbered years.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071 or ENG-061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

PSY 010  Psychological Aspects/Marriage & Family Units: 3

This course is designed to develop the student's repertoire of behavioral skills and an understanding of the principles governing marriage and family life. Included are areas such as communication, decision-making, human sexuality, divorce, single parenting, alternative family lifestyles and coping with stress.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D4, E                 IGETC: None

PSY 012  Human Sexuality Units: 3

This course examines the development and practice of human sexuality through exploration of the psychological, social, cognitive, and physiological dimensions of human behavior. (C-ID PSY 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D7, E                 IGETC: 4G

PSY 020  Adolescent Psychology Units: 3

This course is an introduction to both research and theory related to the growth and development of adolescents. Major areas emphasized include physical and psychological growth, adolescents and their families, the influence of peers, youth subcultures, sex roles, sexual behavior, self image and the impact of society at large. A special emphasis is placed on practical techniques useful to parents and professionals who work with adolescents. This course is offered in the Fall semester of odd-numbered years.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D9, E                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 023  Psychology Of Women Units: 3

This course presents an overview of the social and personality development of the female. More specifically, the course examines the physiological and psychological differences characteristic of women, as well as those resulting from gender linked cultural values. This course is offered in the Fall semester of odd-numbered years.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D4, D9, E                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 025  Intro To Research Methods For Soc Sciences Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the research methodology utilized in the social sciences. This survey of contemporary approaches for study designs and research techniques will include theory development, application of methods, and the systematic nature of data collection. The major qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods such as observation, surveys, experimentation, and correlation will be addressed. This course is offered in the Spring semester. (C-ID PSY 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PSY-001 and SOC-003 or MATH-014
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PSY 027  Biological Psychology Units: 3

This survey course identifies the physiological determinants of behavior, affect and cognition. It will include an overview of neuroanatomy and the endocrine system. The relationshipbetween these systems and psychological aspects such as perception, learning, motivation, emotion and personality will be identified. In addition, students will be introduced to neural basis for select disorders and organic and internally induced brain damage and associated psychopathology. This course is offered in the Fall semester of odd-numbered years. (C-ID PSY 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PSY-001
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D9                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 029  Abnormal Psychology Units: 3

This course is an examination of various categories of abnormal behaviors and psychopathology from current perspectives including socio-cultural, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and biological. Topics will include assessments, diagnostic practices, interventions and therapies. Students will also learn the role of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-TR (DSM - IV-TR) in psychology. This course is offered in the Fall semester of even-numbered years. (C-ID PSY 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D9                 IGETC: 4I

PSY 033  Personal & Social Adjustment Units: 3

This course examines the development of personality and places emphasis upon the process of adjustment encountered in such areas as self development, school, family, intimate relationships, vocation and community. In particular, the course focuses on the development of well being and understanding process of learning and applying adequate methods of coping in problematic situations. This course is offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. (C-ID PSY 115)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: D9, E                 IGETC: None

PSY 095A  Psychology Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Psychology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Sociology (SOC)

SOC 001  Introductory Sociology Units: 3

This course is a survey of the characteristics of social life, the processes of social interaction, and the tools of sociological investigation. (C-ID SOCI 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D0                 IGETC: 4J

SOC 002  Social Problems Units: 3

An application of sociological principles and concepts in an analysis of the family, religion, education, minorities, crime and delinquency, urban society, industry, and politics. Special attention is given to the interpretation of relevant quantitative data. This course is offered in the Spring semester. (C-ID SOCI 115)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: SOC-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D0                 IGETC: 4J

SOC 003  Fundamentals Of Statistics Units: 3

This course is a study of the fundamental concepts and techniques of statistical analysis which are encountered in all areas of application. Emphasis is placed upon precise mathematical reasoning coupled with a thorough understanding of the rationale underlying the statistical methods employed. The course encompasses both descriptive and inferential concepts and techniques, including the mathematical principles of probability theory and their application to parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. Published reports representative of the many ways in which statistical methods/data are employed in support of specific conclusions are examined with respect to both the appropriateness of their use and interpretation. (C-ID SOCI 125)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-040 and ENG-071
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: B4                 IGETC: 2A

SOC 004  Sociological Analysis & Critical Thinking Units: 3

This course provides instruction in the principles of critical analysis and the composition of reasoned, written responses to a variety of social issues. These include issues falling within the scope of sociology, anthropology, economics, education, politics, criminology, biology and the physical sciences. Both deductive and inductive forms of reasoning are studied, including common formal and informal fallacies. (C-ID ENGL 105)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A and MATH-054
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: A3                 IGETC: 1B

SOC 014  Introduction To Race & Ethnicity Units: 3

Racial And Ethnic Relations is about the varieties of racial and ethnic interactions in the United States. The course is concerned with the origins, implications, and consequences of race, ethnicity, prejudice, and discrimination. Although the significance of cultural differentiation is highly important in the course, major emphasis is placed on intergroup interaction. Both minority group reaction to ethnic status and majority group reaction to ethnic action are major components of the course. (C-ID SOCI 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D0, D3                 IGETC: 4J

SOC 015  Mexican American Culture & Society Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the culture and society of Mexican Americans. The various social, political, and economic conditions and experiences of people of Mexican ancestry living in the United States are examined in historical context, from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The group's culture and the group's relationship with the larger society are explored and analyzed. This course is offered in the Spring semester.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D0, D3                 IGETC: 4C, 4J

SOC 095A  Sociology Work Experience Units: 1-6

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to six units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Sociology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 450          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None