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CUL 94 / CUL 194 - Study Travel / ART 173 Multiculturalism and the Visual Arts (3)
(or any Art History class, see Art Department)
ART 173: Illustrated lecture and discussion. A study of art from the diverse cultures which make up the pluralistic character of the United States. African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American art will be examined along with the contemporary social and cultural implications. GS-IIIA,VI.

CUL 107 - Theory and Practice of Culture (3)
The course addresses the growing domestic and global necessity for understanding and communication across cultural boundaries. This is a theoretical and practical approach to understanding cultural differences as well as similarities.

CUL 108 - World Literature in Translation (3)
Explores world cultures through short stories and novels from around the world in translation.

CUL 110 - Culture through Film / PHI 162 Philosophy and Native Cultures (3)
CUL 110: This course uses a thematic approach to analyze a selected number of cultures from different parts of the world through films.

PHI 162: In this course we explore the philosophy, mythology and world views of four major groups of Native Americans. The focus is usually on the tribes of the Southwest, Northwest, Far North, and Mexico (especially Huichol). Examination of the philosophical issues, myths, language, literature of these tribes; as well as contemporary issues (such as casinos and gambling, nuclear waste storage on reservations, and cultural authenticity. Prerequisite: one lower division course in philosophy.

CUL 114 - Faces of Spirituality / RST 161 Introduction to World Religions (3)
The focus of this course is to survey and gain an understanding of how different cultures approach spirituality.

RST 161: A survey of the largest religious traditions: includes Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Other religions may be added (e.g., Confucian/Taoism at the discretion of professor). This course focuses on the following: the religion's historical development, its sacred texts, essentials in its way of life, its spiritual life and arts, and distinctive truths about ultimate realities and the unique purpose of human life and afterlife forms. Prerequisite for RST 161: A lower division course in the same area.

CUL 117 - Women's Literature in Translation / ENG 123 Women Voices in Literature (3)
In search of similarities and differences in women's condition, aspirations and accomplishments as seen through literature written by women from around the globe.

ENG 123: Major contemporary works by women studied in the context of current critical theory. Impact of women's voices from diverse ethnic groups.

FRE 1: Elementary French I (4)
This course will teach listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a focus on communication.  Students will learn how to talk about themselves, their friends and family, their courses, their living situation, and their leisure-time activities in French. They will also be introduced to the cultures of the French-speaking world. GS-IV

FRE 2: Elementary French II (4)
This course continues to build upon the skills introduced in French 1.  Students will advance in their listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing abilities.  They will learn how to describe and narrate past events, and will be introduced to the different countries of the francophone world. GS-IV
 
FRE 3/103: Intermediate French III (3)
This course is the first semester of second year French, and it is designed to build upon the skills acquired in French 1 and 2.  Students will develop a deeper knowledge of the French language and cultures.  They will broaden their vocabulary and grammar skills, and expand their appreciation of many facets of today’s French life.  They will read authentic texts and excerpts from French literature. GS-IV
 
FRE 4/104: Intermediate French IV (3)
This course is the last semester of second year French, and it is designed to deepen the students’ knowledge of the French language and cultures.  They will continue to read excerpts from literary texts, and explore the diversity of the French and francophone world.  This course will provide a strong foundation for subsequent upper division work in French language and literature. GS-IV,VI
 
FRE 33 A/B: French Culture and Civilization (3,3)
This course offers a comprehensive approach, both historical and thematic, to better understand French culture today. Topics of discussion and analysis include highlights of major social and historical developments and of literary and artistic movements. These courses are given in English only through the Weekend College. GS-IV
 
FRE 101: French Writing Lab (3)
This course is an intensive training in writing. Students expand their vocabulary and they work structural patterns and style. Materials include exercises in rhetoric, in creative and argumentative writing. Students learn to organize their ideas and to effectively communicate in writing. The course is taught in French.
 
FRE 112: History and Civilization of France (3)
This course covers the major events and cultural movements of the history and civilization of France, spanning from the Middle Ages, the French Renaissance, the glory of Versailles, and the Enlightenment. Topics of discussion cover the development and enrichment of the French language, nation building, and the enlightenment. Materials incorporate literary and philosophical texts (for example, Rabelais, Ronsard, Racine, Montesquieu, Diderot), films and works of art. The course is taught in French.
 
FRE 114: 18th and 19th Century Civilization and Literature (3)
This course covers the period from the French Revolutionary period through the eve of World War One. Topics of discussion include Romanticism in literature, the birth of Impressionism in painting and music. This course examines the vibrant evolution towards modern France. Taught in French.
 
FRE 115: Translation and Interpretation (3)
This course introduces students to the theory and the mechanics for written translation and basic oral interpretation. Students translate texts both from French into English and English into French. 
Prerequisite: basic fluency in both languages.
 
FRE 116: Contemporary Culture and Politics (3)
This course traces cultural changes in contemporary France since the end of World War II. Topics of discussion include the birth and development of the European Union and the role of France, the decolonization movement and its consequences, the social evolution and changes in France. Materials incorporate literary and philosophical texts by Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Franz Fanon to name a few, films and works of art. The course is taught in French, and may be repeated with change of subject. 
 
FRE 120: Francophone Literature (3)
This course will study the rich and vibrant literature produced outside of Metropolitan France. Topics of discussion include colonization and decolonization, immigration issues, women role and status in society, overseas French territories. Materials incorporate literary works from writers such as Albert Memmi, Assia Djebar, Ousmane Sembène, or Edouard Glissant, films and works of art. This course is taught in French, and may be repeated for credit with change of subject.
 
FRE 122: Advanced Oral expression (3)
This course is designed to develop students’ oral expression. They learn to present a main argument, to lead a discussion, and to actively participate to a debate. Students expend their vocabulary, and ease with oral expression. Materials introduce students to current topics of interest in France and the Francophone world. This course gives students a global perspective on important topics such as women issues, environmental issues etc…
 
FRE 124: Introduction to the analysis of Literary Masterpieces (3)
This course introduces students to literary genres: poetry, tragedies, comedies and philosophical essays. It retraces their evolution and the establishment of formal rules from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century until the French Revolution. Materials include poems from La Pléaide, tragedies from Racine and Corneille, philosophical essays by Voltaire and Rousseau.
 
FRE 126: 19th Century Culture and Literature (3)
The nineteenth century has been called the Golden Age of French literature. This course studies authors who established the rules for Modern novelists, such as Balzac, Victor Hugo, Flaubert, Emile Zola. Topics of discussion also include French Romanticism and post-romanticism with poets such as Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud. Materials incorporate literary text and works of art, impressionist paintings for instance. 
 
FRE 128: 20th and 21st Century Culture and Literature (3)
From the Surrealists to the Nouveau Roman, this course focuses on some of the main French writers of the twentieth century, for example Albert Camus, André Malraux, Marcel Pagnol, and Natalie Sarraute. Various texts from Francophone literatures are also discussed to underline the dialogue between authors of various backgrounds and their influence on each other. Topics of discussion include the questioning of literary forms and genres, and self-image. GS-VI
 
FRE 148: French and Francophone Cinema (3)
This course present French and Francophone Cinema, from its early days and following its transformation through the 21st century. Topics of discussion cover the Films Noirs genre, the Nouvelle Vague, the New French Cinema, and the study of a specific French or Francophone director. The course is taught in French and may be repeated for credit with change of subject.
 
FRE 50/150: Times, People and Themes (3)
This course fosters the exploration of special interest areas, such as Francophone Cinema or literature, French Cuisine, or French Philosophers, for instance. The course content is defined and announced when the course is offered. The course is taught in French and may be repeated for credit with change of subject.
 
FRE 190 A/B: Internship (3, 3)
Internship/cooperative experience programs in areas related to French culture or international business.
 
FRE 191: Senior Thesis (3)
This course is two-semester directed research project required for majors under the direction of a department faculty member. The topic of the thesis must be approved by the department chairperson. Students must enroll in their thesis course no later than the first semester of their senior year.
 
FRE 194: Study/Travel (1-6)
This course offers pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, which serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project highlighting the travel experiences.
 
FRE 196H: Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.
 
FRE 198 A/B: Directed Readings (3,3)
Directed readings selected from authors representative of significant literary periods.
 
FRE 199 A/B: Independent Studies (1-3,1-3)
Directed research. For qualified students with the approval of the department.
 

JPN 1 - Elementary Japanese I (4)
Develop fundamental skills for reading, writing, listening and speaking Japanese. Students are also introduced to the cultural context of the language. GS-IV

JPN 2 - Elementary Japanese II (4)
Further develops the fundamental skills, stressing on reading, and writing. Continuous attention is paid to pronunciation and cultural context. GS-IV

MUS 106 - Varieties of Music (3)
Beginning with an introduction to the world and language of music, this course explores the richness of the art of sound from varieties of avenues in order to heighten awareness, understanding and appreciation of this art. Emphasis on the diversity and stylistic development of music as it reflects the times and world cultures. Both MUS 6/106 may be taken for Honors Credit. Designed for non-music majors. GS – IIIA, VI

MUS 116 Music of World Cultures (1)
Introduction to the richness and variety of musical expression found in selected world cultures. Emphasis on the music of cultures well represented in California. Selected cultures may vary with each offering.

SPA 1 - Elementary Spanish I (4)
Develops the four fundamental skills of reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. Emphasis on speaking and grammar. GS-IV.

SPA 2 - Elementary Spanish II (4)
Further develops the fundamental skills, stressing reading and writing as well as vocabulary building. Prerequisite: SPA 1 or Instructor's consent. GS-IV.

SPA 3A - Accelerated Spanish III (3)
This is a fast-track course for students who can communicate orally but need to improve in grammar. The class is conducted in Spanish only and will focus primarily on grammar. Prerequisite: Oral Test. GS-IV

SPA 3B - Intermediate Spanish III (3)
This is the logical continuation of SPA 1 and SPA 2 for students who are not Spanish-speaking. Emphasis on conversation and oral comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 2 or equivalent. GS-IV

SPA 4 - Intermediate Spanish IV (3)
Introduction to literature which underlines cultural diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 3 or equivalent. GS-IV, VI

SPA 8 - Oral Comprehension and Conversation (3)
Intensive practice in oral communication both formal and spontaneous. Emphasis on vocabulary building and the acquisition of idiomatic speech patterns. Prerequisite: SPA 2 or instructor's consent. GS-IV.

SPA 9 - Intermediate Spanish Readings (3)
Literary and journalistic texts from Spain and from Latin America will be read and discussed, to improve reading and conversational skills and underline cultural variances. Prerequisite: SPA 2 or instructor's consent. GS-IV, VI.

SPA 25 - Writing, Composition and Grammar (3)
The emphasis is on writing and composition skills with intensive review of verbs and grammatical structures. Prerequisite: SPA 2 or equivalent. GS-IV.

SPA 27 - Spanish for Health Professionals (2)
An introduction to medical vocabulary with emphasis on the process of communication, on practical vocabulary and role playing. Prerequisite : elementary knowledge of Spanish useful but not required. 

SPA 33A - Civilization and Culture of Spain (3)
A general view of historical, social, and cultural developments in Spain up to today. This course is given in English through the Weekend College only. GS-IV. 

SPA 33B - Civilization and Culture of Hispanic America (3)
An introduction to the Civilizations and Cultures of Hispanic America, with emphasis on their artistic and literary masterpieces. Cultural differences and similarities will be stressed. This course is given in English through the Weekend College only. GS-IV, VI

SPA 42 - History and Civilization of Spain (3)
A survey of the history and the civilization of Spain as background for the study of Literature. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or Instructor's consent. (This course is offered at the Doheny campus only.) GS-IV. 

SPA 44/144 - Hispanic Civilizations and Cultures (3)
A background course for the study of the arts and literature of Hispanic America, focusing on historical, social, and cultural developments. Emphasis on cultural differences and similarities. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or equivalent. GS-IV. 

SPA 109 - Spanish Writing Lab (3)
Intensive training in writing, with emphasis on vocabulary, idiom, structural patterns, and style. Exercises in rhetoric, in creative and other forms of writing.

SPA 112 - History and Civilization of Spain (3)
A historical and cultural analysis of the civilization of Spain, of the development of its socio-political institutions up to this day.

SPA 114 - Translation/Interpretation AB(3)
An introduction to the theory and mechanics for written translation and basic oral interpretation. Prerequisite: basic fluency in both languages. 

SPA 115/215 - Applied Linguistics (3)
Modern descriptive linguistics and its application to teaching. Attention will be given to phonology, morphology, syntax, and other structural elements that apply to language learning. Appropriate for those working toward bilingual Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or equivalent. 

SPA 125 - Spanish Masterpieces (3)
A study of the Masterpieces of Spanish Literature with emphasis on themes and styles of works: Cervantes, Calderon, Galdos, Zorilla, and Blasco Ibanez. Prerequisite: SPA 42 or 112. 

SPA 129 - Cervantes (3)
A study of the most important shorter works of Cervantes, meant to elucidate his thoughts and his continuing relevance for our time. Prerequisite: SPA 025.

SPA 132 - Studies in the Generation of 1898 (3)
The spirit of the Generation of `98 as reflected in the works of major representative authors. Prerequisite: SPA 42 or 112. 

SPA 135 - Contemporary Spanish Literature (3)
Major trends of poetry, theater, and prose fiction from 1898 to today. Intensive study of specific authors and critical analysis of selected works. Prerequisite: SPA 42 or 112. 

SPA 140 - Contemporary Literature of Hispanic America (3)
A study of the most outstanding works by contemporary Hispanic and Spanish-American writers, with emphasis on inter-cultural variations. Prerequisite: SPA 25. GS-VI

SPA 145 - Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking Peoples of the Americas (3)
Various historical and modern aspects of the cultures and their roles within the United States and California. Includes origins, values, communication and socialization systems, migration and immigration patterns, relationships with other cultures. Appropriate for those working toward bilingual Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or equivalent. GS-IV 

SPA 146 - Women in Hispanic Literature (3)
Major contemporary women writers in the literature of Hispanic America and Spain: a women's view of life and culture. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or instructor's consent. GS-VI. 

SPA 148 - Films and Hispanic Literatures (3)
Analysis of main aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical questions in the Hispanic world as articulated in literature and films. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or instructor's consent.

SPA 149 - Spanish for Business (3)
An introduction to the forms, styles, usages and procedures followed in commercial correspondence and business practices in the Spanish speaking world. Prerequisite: SPA 25 or instructor's consent.

SPA 150 - Times, Peoples and Themes (3)
This course will foster the exploration of special interest areas: from Latin American music to border literature to specific authors and artists. Course content will be defined and announced when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit.

SPA 190AB - Internship (3,3)
Internship program in areas related to Spanish.

SPA 191 - Senior Thesis (3)
Spanish majors complete a senior thesis in literature, history, or business, under the direction of a department member, enrolling in SPA 191, Senior Thesis, during the term in which they complete the work.

SPA 194 - Study/Travel (1-6)
Pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project highlighting the travel experiences.

SPA 196H - Senior Honors Thesis (3)
Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.

SPA 198AB - Directed Readings (3,3)
Directed readings selected from authors representative of significant literary periods.

SPA 199AB - Independent Studies (1-3, 1-3)
Directed readings and research. For qualified students with the approval of the department.