Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 
    
    Nov 26, 2022  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


This listing includes traditional undergraduate courses, degree completion courses and designated subjects education courses. Not all courses listed in this catalog are available each term at all campus locations.

 

Political Science

  
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    PS 385 - Urban Society and the Welfare State

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: HIST 150  PS 120  SOC 120   As America has become an increasingly urbanized society, growing numbers of people have become dependent upon governmental assistance to meet certain basic human needs. The result has been the gradual evolution of a welfare state--welcomed by some, resisted by others. This course acquaints students with the nature of current social welfare institutions and activities, provides an understanding of the political milieu that has shaped them over time, develops an awareness of the impact they have had on their recipients and stimulates the beginnings of a value-based personal perspective regarding how an individual should respond to the issues of social justice.
  
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    PS 390 - Religion and Politics in America

    4
    Recommended prior coursework: HIST 150  PS 120   Religion influences American politics and society in many ways. Is the connection necessary and proper, or the root of mischief and evil? How should Christians view the role of religion and should they endeavor to exert influence in politics? This course will explore answers to these questions and aid students in deciding how to respond to issues of current concern.
  
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    PS 395 - American Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror

    1
    Examines U.S. foreign policy as it has changed since September 11, 2001. Explores what has changed and what has remained the same in U.S. foreign policy goals and priorities.
    May not be audited
  
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    PS 400 - Comparative Politics

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 140  PS 120   Modern communications and transportation, increasing economic interdependence and the spread of political unrest and conflict have made Americans more aware of the impact of the world on their lives. Yet their understanding of other countries, and the forces that influence their relationships with the United States, is often limited. This course acquaints students with the social, economic and political systems of varied nations around the world; helps them to understand why those nations function in the world community as they do; and explores their problems and prospects.
  
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    PS 411 - Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   Modern Latin America is a dynamic and diverse region shaped by indigenous and old European cultures. This course explores the history and legacy of the pre-Columbian era and especially the political, social and religious developments--and interrelationships between them--since the early 19th century independence of these modern states.
    May not be audited
  
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    PS 412 - Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   Modern Sub-Saharan Africa remains a mystery to many people in the West today. This course will help unpack the mystery of Sub-Saharan Africa's rich history and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Special emphasis will be given to the colonial and post-colonial history, politics and culture of Nigeria, the Congo, Kenya and South Africa.
    Prerequisites: HIST 140  
  
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    PS 414 - Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   The experience of Asia in the colonial and post-colonial era will be studied with an eye towards understanding its unique character as an important region of the world today. The countries of China and India will be used as case studies to better understand and interpret important currents that run through Asian history and shape its contemporary politics and culture.
    Prerequisites: HIST 140  
  
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    PS 416 - Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   The Middle East is a region many in the West today view with apprehension and hostility. This course will examine the historical, cultural and political forces from the 19th and 20th centuries that have made the region what it is today. Special emphasis will be given to understanding contemporary Islamic and Jewish politics and culture, as well as ways the West has interacted with the Middle East over the past century.
    Prerequisites: HIST 140  
  
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    PS 420 - International Relations

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  PS 400   This course will focus on understanding how different "actors" significantly impact international politics today. These actors include nation-states, sub-national groups (including non-government organizations and "terrorist" groups) and international organizations. Special emphasis will be given to examining the increasing importance of these sub-national groups and international organizations on the decision-making process of nation-states.
  
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    PS 425 - Global Economics and Sustainable Development

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  INTB 370  PS 400   The increasing interconnectedness of the global economy affects people more profoundly today than ever before. This course will help students better understand and wrestle with some significant positive and negative aspects of the globalization process, as well as examine social, political and economic aspects of development and the varied impact of the development process on the world today.
    Prerequisites: ECON 101  ECON 102  
  
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    PS 430 - US Foreign Policy: History and Contemporary Issues

    4
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 425  PS 120   The world is increasingly becoming a global community, and America finds itself faced with the challenges and opportunities of living in such a world. But what does it mean to live in a global community? Does America see itself and behave as a member of a global community? This course will explore answers to these questions by examining the nature of American foreign policy since World War II, analyzing various international issues and problems of contemporary concern and exploring what America's response to them should be.
  
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    PS 435 - Energy, Economics and Ethics

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 140   Explores the relationship between the increasing demand for energy, the economics of energy choice and the ethics of long term global energy sustainability. Explores the process by which the world economy became dependent on and committed to fossil fuels for its energy needs. Examines the historical, political, economic and social considerations related to how this dependence became pronounced and what alternatives exist to move beyond fossil fuel dependence. Also looks at the theological and ethical considerations of dependence and depletion of fossil fuels in this generation and in generations to come.
  
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    PS 450 - History of Political Theory and Ideas

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: PHIL 100   Survey of political theorizing and the development of ideas on politcal order from ancient Greece, Rome and China, as well as Jewish and Christian theology, Medieval thinkers and the development of early-modern and modern political philosophy. Readings include Plato, Aristotle, Han Fei Tzu, biblical authors, medieval philosophers, Locke, Hobbes, Marx and American political philosophers.
    Prerequisites: HIST 120  HIST 130  HIST 140  
  
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    PS 460 - Organizational Theory

    3
    A study of organizational structure and design. Topics include the external environment, the role of technology, types of organizational and task structures and management practices.
  
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    PS 465 - Organizational Behavior

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: MGT 350   A study of group dynamics, conflict resolution and organizational control; theories of work, motivation and leadership; human differences, cross-cultural analyses of managerial processes and management of human resources.
  
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    PS 476 - Internship

    3
    In-depth, integrative field-service experience. In addition to a valuable service to constituents, provides a focused, consistent context for service and reflection. Requires evidence of learning through a portfolio compilation and a presentation of program impact.
    Signature required; May not be audited
  
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    PS 482 - Practicum in Political Science

    1-3
    Supervised work or participation in a political organization, campaign or activity.
    Signature required; Graded C/NC
  
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    PS 483 - Project in Political Science

    1-3
    A project designed by the student in consultation with a faculty member that results in something presentable to the faculty and students of the political science program in one of a variety of settings.
    Signature required; May not be audited
  
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    PS 486 - Topics in Political Science

    1

Psychology

  
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    PSY 119 - General Psychology

    3
    Presents the student with an overview of the facts and issues of the discipline, examines the relationship of psychology to religion and explores the implications of the subject matter for how we live. Such topics as emotion, psychopathology, stress, int
  
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    PSY 120 - General Psychology

    3
    The objectives of this course are to present the student with an overview of the facts and issues of the discipline, to examine the relationship of psychology to religion and to explore the implications of the subject matter for how we live. Such topics as perception, learning, biofeedback, stress, normality, therapy and community are discussed.
  
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    PSY 120H - General Psychology

    4
    An in-depth introduction to the discipline of psychology. Topics include psychology's major theories and theorists, influential experiments, current trends, future directions, major subfields and historical and contextual factors associated with the development of each. Special attention is given to philosophical and scientific implications of major movements within the discipline, integration of psychology with everyday life and other fields of study, and development of research skills associated with critical thinking. Students are assessed through exams, presentations, homework and a culminating formal research project. Class formats include seminar, lecture, multimedia presentations, group discussions and review of readings.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 121 - Human Learning

    3
    Introduction to theories of learning as related to cognition and language, behavior and environments.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 300 - Statistics

    4
    Students learn the organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, chi-square, analysis of variance and nonparametric methods. Students gain hands-on experience, using SPSS for data entry and data analysis.
    Prerequisites: Take 1 group PSY 120  or PSY 120H  MATH 120  or MATH 110A  and MATH 110B 
  
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    PSY 310 - Research Methods

    3
    An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; participant observation, survey, ethnography and secondary data analysis; organization and interpretation of data; and reading social research.
  
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    PSY 320 - Experimental Psychology

    3
    An introduction to the experimental methodology used in psychological research. Covers different types of research while focusing on experimental techniques. Research design, methods, data collection, analysis and interpretation are covered. Foundational for students thinking about going into a graduate program in psychology. Includes a lecture and a lab component that explores the theory and practice of psychological experiments.
    Prerequisites: Take 1 group;PSY 120  or PSY 120H  PSY 300  
  
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    PSY 320L - Experimental Psychology Lab

    1
    A companion to the lecture course PSY-320. Students work on a group research project on a topic of their choice. Students go through the experimental process from project conception through data collection and analysis. The culminating experience is a written research paper and a poster presentation at Undergraduate Research Day in the spring semester.
    Corequisite: PSY 320  
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 340 - Psychological Assessment

    4
    An introduction to psychometric theory and psychological assessment, with special attention given to how tests are developed, validated, and applied. Students are introduced to how psychologists assess constructs, and to the major testing domains in psychology (e.g., intelligence, personality, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, education). Students conduct a research project involving the development and administration of a psychometrically sound test.
    Prerequisites: Take 1 group; PSY 120  or PSY 120H  and PSY 300  
  
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    PSY 350 - Child Development

    3
    A study of the development of the child from conception to adolescence. Topics of development, such as physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral are studied.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 351 - Child Growth and Development

    3
    This course will focus on child growth and development from both classic and current theory and the effect that research has on our understanding of this complex field of study. The joint contributions of biology and environment to the developing child (birth through age eight) and his/her family will be examined throughout the course. Real-world situations will be studied and discussed as they pertain to the developing child and those who provide services including care, support and education. Illustrations and distinctions will be made as they address commonalities and differences between ethnic groups, cultures and traditions, with particular attention to our Central Valley and policy/programming issues that are crucial for safeguarding children and their families.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 352 - Advanced Child Growth and Development

    3
    This course is an advanced study of human development through a study of diverse cultural backgrounds. Professionals are provided a culturally sensitive account of developmental processes that will assist their young students to develop the skills, understanding and sensitivity needed in a pluralistic society. Included are advanced studies in the cognitive, physical, social, cultural and emotional development of children from conception to age eight from a multicultural perspective and a focus on typical and atypical child growth and development. Research, historical data, theories and recent trends are studied and applied through real-world case studies and applications.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 355 - Adolescent Development

    3
    The study of the development of the person from puberty to adulthood. Problems of adjustment during this period will also be studied.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 360 - Life-Span Development

    3
    This course uses the life-span developmental perspective to integrate theory and research related to adult development and aging. Its emphasis is on life transitions and life events and the psychosocial functioning of the adult.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 365 - Gerontology

    3
    Recommend taking PSY-360 prior to this course. The process of aging from social, psychological, cultural and spiritual perspectives. Examines the needs and strengths of the older generation and the resources available to serve them, the fastest growing segment of the population. Enriched by a wide variety of professional presenters, videos, field trips and lecture format.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  SOC 120  
  
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    PSY 370 - Cognitive Psychology

    4
    This course surveys the broad range of theories and research regarding cognitive psychology, covering such topics as perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, judgment and decision-making, pattern recognition, categorization, attitudes and consciousness.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 375 - Biopsychology

    4
    The study of the biological aspects of behavior, with special attention paid to the structural and functional components of the central nervous system. Topics include the brain and spinal cord, neurons, the peripheral nervous system, right-left brain functions, neurological disorders, neurotransmitters, sexual behavior, sleep, ingestion, and brain imaging. Students participate in several labs using BIOPAC software.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 376 - Human Sexuality

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: PSY 120   Sexuality is central to our identity as human beings. This course introduces students to physiological, developmental and sociocultural factors in human sexuality. Students are exposed to a diversity of perspectives on sexuality, including evolutionary, theological, religious and political perspectives. It also covers attraction, arousal, orientation and sexual disorders. The primary objectives are for students to become more well-informed about their sexual identities, to evaluate how sexuality is depicted in the media and to understand issues about sexuality in the national discourse.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 377 - Sport and Exercise Psychology

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: PS 120   An overview of fundamental psychological theory and its application to physical activity and sport. Topics covered focus on the interrelationships between physical activity and psychological variables, including personality, motivation, competitiveness, arousal, stress, anxiety, competition, reinforcement, intrinsic motivation, group and team dynamics, group cohesion, imagery, self-confidence, morality, goal-setting and concentration. In addition, the relationship between exercise and psychological well-being will be addressed.
  
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    PSY 380 - Behavioral Psychology

    4
    A study of the major principles and theories of learning. The practical application of learning to such areas as education, behavior control and modification and psychotherapy will be studied.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 381 - Psychology of Learning

    3
    This course will introduce students to the major principles and theories of learning. The practical application of learning to such areas as education, behavior control and modification and psychotherapy will be studied.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 386 - Psychology: Living with Stress

    1
    Introduces students to the psychological factor of stress. Students learn the definition, sources, reactions and factors that influence stress. In addition coping strategies are discussed.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 390 - Group Dynamics and Leadership

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: PSY 120   A study of the nature of group tasks, interpersonal relations in groups and group leadership. Provides a background of knowledge and experience helpful to the understanding of church groups, business and professional groups, educational groups and small groups in society generally.
  
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    PSY 395 - Social Psychology

    3
    The study of the social influences on human attitudes, personality, emotions, and behavior. This course introduces students to the major theories, research areas, and influential experiments in social psychology. It addresses topics such as cognitive dissonance, attributions, persuasion, conformity, prejudice, aggression, sociocultural influences, conflict resolution/peacemaking, beliefs/judgements, and group influences.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 397 - Community Psychology

    4
    Explores the relationship between social systems and individual well-being in a community context. Students consider an array of social and mental health problems through the lenses of prevention, community-based intervention and community-based research.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 400 - Personality

    3
    Major personality theories are studied together with practical application and topics that emerge from the theories. Theorists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, Erikson, Bandura, Rogers and Maslow are studied. Application topics include anger management, marriage adjustment and self-modification of behavior.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 410 - Abnormal Psychology

    4
    This course focuses on the etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, as well as on the latest findings in the discipline. Students are introduced to how scientists define abnormality, cultural aspects of mental illness and what disorders are most common in our society. Ideal for students interested in preparing for more clinically or therapeutically oriented studies or professions. Also ideal for students entering helping professions, for which awareness of issues affecting troubled people is helpful.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 411 - Abnormal Psychology

    3
    This course focuses on the etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, as well as, on the latest findings in this complex and rapidly changing field. Students are introduced to how scientists define abnormality, cultural aspects of mental illness, and what disorders are most common in our society. This course has value for students entering the helping professions, for which awareness of issues affecting troubled people is helpful.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 420 - Childhood Disabilities and Psychopathology

    4
    The nature and treatment of common emotional and behavioral problems of children and adolescents. Topics such as psychosomatic disorders, autism, childhood schizophrenia, mental retardation, brain damage in children and learning disabilities will be studied. Child rearing approaches, family therapy and methods of assessment of problems will also be studied.
    Prerequisites: PSY 350  PSY 355  PSY 410  
  
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    PSY 430 - Adult Development and Life Planning

    4
    The emphasis in module one is on the experiential nature of nontraditional education and adult development theory. Students will become familiar with various theories and instruments that provide a cognitive basis for personal analysis and understanding.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 440 - Counseling

    4
    This course is a study of the principles and practices of counseling individuals and of guiding them toward life's goals. It seeks to develop counselor self-awareness and beginning skills in interviewing and problem solving. Laboratory components include role playing, case studies and other simulation experiences.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 441 - Introduction to Counseling Theories

    3
    This course is designed to introduce students to the various theoretical components of counseling. Contemporary psychological theories are presented. The course will provide an introduction to interviewing and to individual and group counseling skills. Laboratory components include experiential activities, role playing, case studies and other simulation experiences.
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 450 - History and Systems of Psychology

    4
    This course covers the history of psychology and can be divided into three main sections: 1) the centuries leading up to the founding of psychology in 1879, ranging from ancient philosophy to 19th century studies in physiology 2) the founding of psychology as a laboratory science and its early and most influential theorists, and 3) psychology's explosive growth in the 20th century and recent developments and applications.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 460 - Psychology of Religion

    3
    This course introduces students to the major theories, experiments, and current research topics in the psychology of religion. It covers topics such as religious development, conversion, religious experiences, benefits, research methods, dimensions of relationship between neurophysiology and the brain. Special attention is given to the scientific study of religion and the philosophy of science.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  and SOC 120  
  
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    PSY 471 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

    4
    Recommended prior coursework: PSY 397  PSY 410   Provides students with the opportunity to view psychology from a cross-cultural lens. Psychological research and practice is examined and critiqued from a non-Western socio-cultural perspective. Students will also become familiar with how ethnocentrism, privilege, and bias impact our understanding and interaction with people from cultures different than our own.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
    May not be audited
  
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    PSY 482 - Psychology Practicum

    2-4
    Supervised work in an approved organization such as juvenile detention homes, mental hospitals, schools, youth work, etc. Limited to juniors and seniors who are psychology majors. Thirty hours of service required for 1 unit of course credit. A minimum of 3 units must be taken to count as a full psychology course.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
  
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    PSY 483 - Mediation Practicum

    1
    An opportunity for intensive training in mediation leading to a supervised experience in mediating actual conflicts. The practical component may be completed with the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) or other appropriate mediation programs, or the student may arrange to mediate an informal dispute situation approved by the instructor.
    Students may take up to 2 semesters to complete the course; Repeatable for credit; Graded C/NC; May not be audited; Equivalent to: COM 483, SOC 483, SW 483
  
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    PSY 484 - Psychology Practicum: Costa Rica

    4
    This course is offered to students participating in the Costa Rica semester study abroad program with Students International. Students work at one of the several ministry sites in Costa Rica at the arrangement of the instructor.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  
    Signature required; Repeatable for credit; May not be audited
  
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    PSY 485 - Integration Symposium

    3
    Addresses topics relevant to the integration of psychology and theology. Participants attend Fuller Theological Seminary's annual Integration Symposium and hear several speakers whose presentations revolve around a specific theme. Students increase their awareness of the latest research into integrative studies, have opportunities to meet and dialogue with conference speakers and meet regularly with the instructor(s) to expand upon themes presented at the conference. Students write a culminating paper, reviewing and sharing the implications of the research presented at the conference.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  or PSY 120H  
    Signature required; Repeatable for credit
  
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    PSY 495 - Psychology Research Project

    1-4
    Psychology majors engage in specialized research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Minimum 30-120 hours research, including literature review, feedback/discussion with faculty member and submission of a final summary report. Time requirement depends on the number of registered units.
    Prerequisites: PSY 300  SOC 462  
    Signature required; Repeatable for credit; Graded C/NC; May not be audited
  
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    PSY 496 - Psychological Research Practicum

    1-4
    Involves student participation in a research project headed by the instructor. Students develop their knowledge concerning how to conduct various aspects of a research study. Students are selected through an application process and must apply for the practicum with the psychology program director. A minimum of 3 units must be taken to count as a full psychology course.
    Prerequisites: PSY 300  
    Signature required; Repeatable for credit; Graded C/NC; May not be audited

Religious Studies

  
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    REL 300 - Multifaith Exchange

    1
    This is a class in which a student participates in one semester of The Fresno Multifaith Exchange Program and writes reflectively on each session. Students must attend the Sunday afternoon sessions and site visits to various religious centers in Fresno.
    Signature required; Repeatable for credit; Graded C/NC
  
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    REL 320 - Introduction to Mennonite Arts

    4
    This interdisciplinary course includes contemporary and historical Mennonite expressions of poetry, music, art, fiction and drama. The course will also offer opportunities for original creative expressions of students in the arts.
  
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    REL 350 - Interfaith Scholar Weekend

    1
    This course provides an opportunity for students to learn from an established scholar of religion in an interfaith setting. The Interfaith Scholar Weekend is an annual even in Fresno.
    Repeatable for credit; Graded C/NC
  
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    REL 405 - Philosophy of Religion

    3
    Study in the nature and validity of religious ideas.
  
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    REL 418 - Culture, Religion and the Church

    3
    This course will explore the religious history, traditions and thought of major cultural groups in Central California, with particular attention to the history, teachings and practices of the Christian church in these cultures.
  
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    REL 452 - World Christianity

    3
    This course investigates the diverse forms, practices, and theologies of Christianity in various regions around the world. Attention is given to the various ways in which Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal churches uniquely reflect and relate to the broader cultures around them.
  
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    REL 455 - Christians and Religious Neighbors

    3
    How should Christians interact with people from other religions? What does it mean to follow Jesus in and among non-Christian communities? This class investigates theologies of religion, models of interfaith engagement and ways in which some Christ-followers contextualize their faith in relation to and in the midst of non-Christian religious communities. In particular students practice dialogue skills in an effort to better understand what it means to love religious neighbors as a reflection of Christ's love.
  
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    REL 460 - Religions of the World

    3
    This course introduces students to the study of religion and to many of the diverse religious traditions in the world today. The course begins with a broad overview, investigating sacred texts, as well as regional, historical, cultural and social elements of various religious traditions, and then explores a few particular religions more deeply, using themes in religious studies.
  
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    REL 465 - Religions of India

    3
    This course will provide insights into particular expressions of Indian religions, the ways in which these conflict and influence each other, and various Indian Christian responses and reflections on these religions.
    Corequisites: ICS 300  
    May not be audited

Russian Language Studies

  
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    RUS 100 - Elementary Russian

    4
    This course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of Russian. The purpose of the course is to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening ability at a basic functional level in Russian. Classes will be conducted primarily in Russian.
    May not be audited

Sociology

  
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    SOC 120 - Introduction to Sociology

    3
    An introduction to the principles and theoretical perspectives of sociology and their application to the fundamental problems of social life. A practical component consisting of experiences, observations and exercises in the local environment is included, as well. The course will focus on Western/American society, examining the effects of groups, organizations, cultures and institutions on human behavior.
  
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    SOC 121 - Introduction to Sociology

    3
    An introduction to the principles and theoretical perspectives of sociology and their application to the fundamental problems of social life. A practical component consisting of experiences, observations, and exercises in the local environment is included. The course will focus on Western/American society, examining the effects of groups, organizations, cultures, and institutions on human behavior.
    May not be audited
  
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    SOC 164 - Cultural Studies: Canada

    1
    Overview of the methods and strategies used in cultural studies, using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze how culture influences individuals in society. Observations in three Canadian cities enhance understanding of Canadian and transnational culture. Comparison with American and Central Valley cultures.
    May not be audited
  
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    SOC 205 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    3
    Analyzes major ideas and approaches to the study of cultures around the world.
  
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    SOC 301 - Anthropology for Christian Witness

    3
    Presents anthropological perspectives and principles for cross-cultural ministry. Students develop skills for researching and interacting among diverse cultural and social groups.
    Prerequisites: SOC 205  
  
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    SOC 320 - Cultural Studies: Mexico

    1
    Presents an introductory overview of methods and strategies used in cultural studies, using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze how culture influences individuals in society. Observations in three cities in Mexico enhance understanding of Mexican culture and of transnational (global) culture, and their comparison with American culture.
    Students may take up to 2 semesters to complete the course; May not be audited
  
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    SOC 332 - Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG-220, HIST-120, HIST-130. Modern Sub-Saharan Africa remains a mystery to many people in the West today. This course will help unpack the mystery of Sub-Saharan Africa's rich history and culture in the 19th and 20th century
    Take HIST-140;
  
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    SOC 334 - Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   The experience of Asia in the colonial and post-colonial era will be studied with an eye towards understanding its unique character as an important region of the world today. The countries of China and India will be used as case studies to better understand and interpret important currents that run through Asian history and shape its contemporary politics and culture.
    Prerequisites: HIST 140  
  
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    SOC 336 - Modern Middle East: History, Politics And Culture

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: GEOG 220  HIST 120  HIST 130   The Middle East is a region many in the West today view with apprehension and hostility. This course will examine the historical, cultural and political forces from the 19th and 20th centuries that have made the region what it is today. Special emphasis will be given to understanding contemporary Islamic and Jewish politics and culture, as well as ways the West has interacted with the Middle East over the past century.
    Prerequisites: HIST 140  
  
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    SOC 338 - People and Cultures of Costa Rica

    3
    "Pura vida" (pure life or full life) is a common phrase used in many contexts in Costa Rica. In this class students explore the pura vida of Costa Rican culture with special attention given to the history, politics and religion of this Central American nation, along with issues of race, immigration, class and family relationships that are unique to the country. Course sessions are led by Costa Ricans with expertise in each of these areas and students make visits to various sites of cultural significance.
    Repeatable for credit; May not be audited
  
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    SOC 345 - Contemporary Issues in Immigration

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: SOC 120   Utilizes a critical lens to examine immigration in the United States, with a specific focus on contemporary Latin American immigration. A cross-national approach is taken in order to better understand the impact of migration on families, communities and countries. Also examined are the tensions and complexities surrounding topics such as undocumented migration, child migration, and U.S. immigration policy and reform. This course will explore the theological implications of immigration as well as reflect an Anabaptist commitment to justice. 
  
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    SOC 346 - Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Interventions

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: SOC 120   An introductory understanding regarding the issues surrounding human trafficking and at-risk children. In addition will analyze the various responses and strategies employed by Christian and governmental organizations in addressing trafficking and exploitation, and the pathways for informed action and advocacy for trafficked and exploited persons.
  
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    SOC 350 - Marriage and Family

    3
    An introduction to marriage and family as both a social institution and a system of interaction patterns. The family life cycle from marriage through death, including martial relations, divorce, parenting, abuse, mate selection and changing patterns of family life, is examined.
    Prerequisites: SOC 120  PSY 120  
  
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    SOC 351 - Marriage and the Family

    3
    An introduction to marriage and family as both a social institution and a system of interaction patterns. The family life cycle from marriage through death, including marital relations, divorce, parenting, abuse, mate selection and changing patterns of family life is examined.
    May not be audited
  
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    SOC 360 - Sociology of Religion

    3
    A study of the social dimension of religious experiences, movements and institutions, along with the personal and social significance of religious phenomena.
    Prerequisites: SOC 120  
  
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    SOC 364 - World Christianity

    3
    This course investigates the diverse forms, practices, and theologies of Christianity in various regions around the world. Attention is given to the various ways in which Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal churches uniquely reflect and relate to the broader cultures around them.
  
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    SOC 370 - Media and Society

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM 120   A study of mass media (television, radio, newspaper, etc.) as a social/communication force in American culture. Attention is given to media use by the church, as well as to such significant social/psychological problems as violence and sex in the media.
  
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    SOC 372 - Juvenile Delinquency and Justice

    3
    A study of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. Attention is given to the portrait of delinquency, causal factors, agencies of justice, the correctional process, programs for control and prevention and a restorative justice perspective.
  
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    SOC 375 - Organizational Behavior

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: MGT 350   A study of group dynamics conflict resolution and organizational control; theories of work, motivation and leadership; human differences, cross-cultural analyses of managerial processes and management of human resources.
  
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    SOC 400 - Social Psychology

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: SOC 120   The study of the individual in relation to group experience. Topics such as group leadership and control, attitude formation and change, prejudice, aggression and violence are studied.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  
  
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    SOC 410 - American Ethnicity and Pluralism

    3
    A study of the history of immigration, racism, discrimination and assimilation in American society. The experiences of various ethnic groups in America from the nation's founding to the present are examined and the rise of pluralism as the current model for structuring ethnic diversity in American institutional life is explored. SOC 482 must be taken simultaneously if this course is being used to meet a focus series requirement.
  
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    SOC 420 - Intercultural Communication

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM 110 , COM 120 . A study of the principles involved in communication between people of different cultures. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspect of intercultural communication through cross-cultural contacts.
    Same as COM 400  
  
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    SOC 430 - Conflict Management and Resolution

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM 120   A study of the nature of human conflict and approaches to its management, resolution and transformation. This course focuses on the generic characteristics evident in most human conflict and surveys a variety of interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and responding constructively to conflict in interpersonal, intergroup and international settings.
  
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    SOC 440 - Lifecourse Development

    3
    An introduction to development as a lifelong process. Changes in human behavior, personality competencies and social relations over the course of life are examined, as are historical, social-structural, demographic and contextual influences on human development.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  SOC 120  
  
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    SOC 442 - Social Gerontology

    3
    The study of the process of aging as it occurs within American culture. The impact of an increasingly aged population will also be explored, both on a social-psychological level and in terms of its impact upon the larger society. Other topics will include ageism, elderly abuse and Alzheimer's disease.
    Prerequisites: PSY 120  SOC 120  
  
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    SOC 446 - Sociology of Gender

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: SOC 120   Sexuality and gender are central to our identity as human beings. This course introduces students to physiological, developmental and sociocultural factors in human sexuality and gender. Students are exposed to a diversity of perspectives on gender and sexuality, including evolutionary, theological, religious and political perspectives. The course also covers attraction, arousal, orientation and sexual disorders. The primary objectives are for students to become more well-informed about their gender and sexual identities, to evaluate how these are depicted in the media and to understand issues about gender and sexuality in the national discourse.
  
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    SOC 450 - Social Problems and Public Policy

    3
    Recommended prior coursework: PS 120  PSY 120   Poverty, sexism, racism, crime, drug abuse and family breakup are examples of major social problems that increasingly concern society. At the same time, government's responsibility to deal with these social problems has become widely expected. This course acquaints students with the major social problems that have emerged in recent years, and familiarizes them with the social policies that government has devised in an attempt to alleviate or remedy those problems. In so doing, it seeks to stimulate a concern about the justice and equity of such policies on individuals and groups in our society.
    Prerequisites: SOC 120  
  
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    SOC 461 - Introduction to Social Science Research

    3
    An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; participant observation, survey, ethnography and secondary data analysis; organization and interpretation of data; and reading social research.
  
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    SOC 462 - Statistics

    4
    Students learn the organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, chi-square, analysis of variance and nonparametric methods.
    Prerequisite: SOC 120 ;
    Same as PSY 300  
  
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    SOC 470 - Sociocultural Theory

    3
    An introduction to the major theoretical perspectives and schools of thought within sociology. Theorists to be studied include Marx, Weber, Durkheim and contemporary theorists. Linkages between classical and contemporary sociological theory will be examined, as well as the application of these theories to students' lives and current social issues.
 

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