USC University of Southern California Schedule of Classes

The courses listed in this section have been chosen by the designated departments as having special interest for students who are not majoring in that particular subject but who might find courses in that discipline both enjoyable and beneficial. For more information, contact the department directly.

American Language Institute

ALI 103x Elective Courses in English as a Second Language for International Students (2-8 units)

Description: Specialized tutorial classes in listening, speaking, reading, or writing. A maximum of 4 units may be counted toward a degree. Graded CR/NC.

Classes offered this semester include Pronunciation, Grammar, Spoken Grammar, and Dissertation Writing. Each course is 2 units.

ALI 258 Writing Workshop (2 units)

Description: Required for international students assessed by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or by completion of a lower level ALI course to be at the post-advanced level in all skills except writing. Graded CR/NC.

This course is also offered as an elective for those international students who want to improve their writing for college-level purposes. Students develop writing skills which will help them complete assignments faster and more efficiently. For more information, contact the ALI at (213) 740-0079.

ALI 259 Oral Skills (2 units)

Description: Required for international students assessed by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or by completion of a lower level ALI course to be at the post-advanced level in all skills except speaking. Graded CR/NC.

This course is also offered as an elective for those international students who want to communicate more fluently, effectively and confidently in spoken English. For more information, contact the ALI at (213) 740-0079.


ARCH 106x Workshop in Architecture (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the ways architecture is created and understood, for minors and non-majors. Hands-on discussion and laboratory session with some drawing and model building. Not available for credit to architecture majors.

ARCH 114 Architecture: Culture and Community (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the ways architecture represents aspirations of culture, satisfies practical and spiritual needs, shapes the social and urban environment, and helps preserve the planet.

ARCH 214b History of Architecture (4 units)

Description: History of building and cities, social, political, technical, formal, aesthetic dimensions in western and non-western traditions: b: Renaissance to present.

ARCH 220x The Architect’s Sketchbook (2 units)

Description: The architect’s sketchbook as a portable laboratory for perceiving and documenting space introduces the study of the built environment. On-site sessions develop drawing, observation, and visualization skills. Not for professional elective credit for architecture majors.

ARCH 270 Introduction to Architectural Studies (2 units)

Description: Gateway course requirement for the B.S. in architectural studies program introduces related fields using mentoring, readings, case studies and field trips.

Guest lecturers and field trips will cover careers in real estate development, landscape architecture, historic preservation, architectural law, construction, and product design. Guest lecturers will include real estate tycoons, Disney Imagineers, lawyers, contractors, architects, urban planners and engineers.

ARCH 304x Intensive Survey: Prehistory to the Present (4 units)

Description: An intensive historical overview of architecture from prehistory to the present, emphasizing interrelationships of various global cultures and how social considerations were translated into form. Not available for credit to architecture majors.

ARCH 422 Architectural Photography (2 units)

Description: Perceiving and documenting the built environment through the perspective and frame of the camera. Abilities with 35mm and large format cameras, lighting, and black and white lab techniques will be developed. Recommended preparation: knowledge of 35mm camera.

ARCH 440m Literature and the Urban Experience (4 units)

Description: Post-industrial revolution urban environments and dynamic relationships in cities such as Manchester, Paris, St. Petersburg, New York, and Los Angeles, as revealed in novels, architecture, and urban forms.

ARCH 441 A History of Architectural Theory: 1400-1914 (2 units)

Description: A seminar on architectural theory from Alberti to Scott, reviewing primary texts and subsequent criticisms.

ARCH 444 Great Houses of Los Angeles (4 units)

Description: An introduction to the architectural philosophies of seven influential California architects through readings and site visits to significant case studies. (Duplicates credit in former ARCH 322.)

ARCH 450 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation (4 units)

Description: Concepts and strategies for preservation of significant elements of the built environment: buildings, sites and communities as revealed by reading, site visits and case studies.

Art History

AHIS 220g Medieval Visual Culture (4 units)

Description: Medieval visual culture as an introduction to the Christian heritage of western civilization and to the interaction of Church and state from the 3rd to the 13th century.

AHIS 250m Modernity and Difference: Critical Approaches to Modern Art (4 units)

Description: Consideration of various categories of “The Modern” as they have been constructed in Western art of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

AHIS 255g Culture Wars: Art and Social Conflict in the USA, 1900-Present (4 units)

Description: Examination of social conflicts and political controversies in American culture through the lens of visual art and photography. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140

AHIS 304m Italian Renaissance Art: Old Masters and Old Mistresses (4 units)

Description: An introduction to Italian Renaissance art with emphasis on the role of gender and sexuality in the creation of “masterpieces.”

AHIS 364m Myths, Arts, Realities: Visual Culture in California, 1849 to the Present (4 units)

Description: Diverse interpretations of “the California experience and lifestyle” in paintings, sculpture, photography, cinema, public art and popular culture of the last 150 years.


CHEM 203Lxg Chemistry in Life: AIDS Drug Discovery and Development (4 units)

Description: Scientific principles underlying molecular approaches to diagnosis and treatment of diseases, using specific models within a societal (business, legal, ethical) context. Not available for major credit.

Cinematic Arts

Cinematic Arts offers more than 50 courses available to non-majors in the following areas: screenwriting, critical studies, film producing/television business, animation, film and video production and interactive media. Please refer to the Cinematic Arts Web site ( or pick up a brochure in the lobby of the George Lucas Building or from the Office of Student Affairs, CTV G-130.

Earth Sciences

GEOL 105Lg Planet Earth (4 units)

Description: Geologic structure and evolution of planet earth. Principles of plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, processes of mountain building, continent and ocean formation, earthquakes, volcanism, development of landforms by running water and glaciers. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. One all-day or two-day field trip required.

GEOL 125Lxg Earth History: A Planet and Its Evolution (4 units)

Description: Basic principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics used in evaluating clues written in the rock record, and the processes that have shaped our planet. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. At least one field trip required. Not available for major credit to earth or geological sciences majors.

GEOL 130Lxg The Nature of Scientific Inquiry (4 units)

Description: Examination of the scientific process: what constitutes science; evolution of ideas about the nature of space, time, matter, and complexity; paradigm shifts in the biological and earth sciences. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. Not available for major credit to earth or geological sciences majors.

GEOL 150Lxg Climate Change (4 units)

Description: Climate systems from the beginning of earth history to the present; tools and techniques used to reconstruct prehistoric climate records; effects of climate variations on development of life forms on earth. Not available for major credit to earth or geological sciences majors.

East Asian Languages and Cultures

EALC 145g Introduction to Chinese Culture, Art and Literature (4 units)

Description: Introduction to the civilization, art and literature of pre-modern China through the lens of the cultural products of identity.

EALC 352g Chinese Literature and Culture (4 units)

Description: Readings of Chinese poetry, prose, novels and drama; influence of the West on Chinese literature and culture in modern times. Conducted in English.

EALC 412a Business Chinese (4-4 units)

Description: a: Practice in the basic vocabulary and idioms of foreign trade and other commercial transactions in Mandarin. Prerequisite: EALC 206.

Rossier School of Education


EDCO 030x The Process of Paraprofessional Counseling for Young Adults (2 units)

Description: Explores the theoretical processes involved in paraprofessional counseling with specific application to issues faced by young adults. Graded CR/NC.

EDCO 102xm Human Diversity: People, Power and Politics (4 units)

Description: Social and political power relationships: historical perspectives; factors which maintain dominate and subordinate status within current society; empowerment of persons (groups) in subordinate positions. Not available for major credit.

EDCO 248 Theories of Career Development (2 units)

Description: An exploration into the theories, literature, and techniques in the field of career development and the impact of psychological, sociological, economic, and other variables on career decision-making. Graded CR/NC.

EDCO 324m Asian American Psychology (4 units)

Description: Psychological issues of Asian Americans such as cultural identity, intergenerational conflict, stereotypes, interracial dating and marriage, educational achievement, and mental health.


EDPA 308 Politics and American Education (4 units)

Description: Historical study of political, legislative, judicial decisions that have shaped American education; interaction of educators, courts, legislative bodies; emphasis on in-depth analysis of current issues.


EDPT 110 Motivation and Learning Strategies (4 units)

Description: Applying research in cognitive psychology and motivation theory to improve students’ learning in different academic disciplines.

Fine Arts


FA 101ab Drawing (4 units)

Description: a: An introduction to drawing, both skill and perception oriented, as the basic tool for all the visual arts. b: Continuation of a.

FA 102 Design Fundamentals (4 units)

Description: Introduction to the basic elements and processes of visual communication and design. Instruction includes studio projects, lectures and readings. Various media used.

FA 105 Painting I (4 units)

Description: Practical introduction to oil and acrylic pigments, painting equipment, processes, and media. Also, primary experience in: color, composition and perception through representational and abstract painting.

FA 106 Sculpture I (4 units)

Description: Practical and theoretical introduction to sculpture as dimensional manipulation. Primary exploration of form, mass, gravity, surface, structure and associative recognition in three-dimensional art.

FA 140x A Cultural Guide to Los Angeles (2 units)

Description: An experiential and critical survey of the cultural phenomena that make up Los Angeles: dance, music, theater, film; emphasis on visual arts. Not available for major credit to fine arts majors. Graded CR/NC.

FA 207abx Two-Dimensional Art Workshop (2 units)

Description: a: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors. b: Continuation of a.

FA 208abx Three-Dimensional Art Workshop (2 units)

Description: a: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors. b:Continuation of a.


PAS 371 Art in the Public Realm: Contemporary Issues (4 units)

Description: Critical frameworks and theoretical perspectives of contemporary public art issues explored through case studies and discussions with artists, architects, and designers engaging the public realm.


GEOG 255 American Environmentalism (4 units)

Description: Geographic and historic approach to the growth of environmental awareness in the United States from Colonial times to the present. Extensive use of case materials.

GEOG 306 Asia and the Global Economy (4 units)

Description: The Asian region in the geographical evolution of the global economy. Organization and scope of transnational industry. Asian culture and society in the creation of economic landscapes.

GEOG 345 Conservation of Natural Resources (4 units)

Description: Interaction between resource conservation and people based on recent advances, current developments, and future resource utilization. Special attention to the western United States. Field trips.

GEOG 393 Field Techniques (4 units)

Description: Field exploration of physical and cultural aspects of different regions, with emphasis on rural California. Field methods, especially mapping and interviewing.


GERO 200 Gerontology: The Science of Adult Development (4 units)

Description: Introduction to adult development through the lifespan; biological, psychological, and social processes; gerontology as a career for the future.

GERO 310 Physiology of Aging (4 units)

Description: Effects of normative aging processes on homeostatic mechanisms and how these changes relate to development of disorder and disease in later life. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L.

GERO 320 Psychology of Adult Development (4 units)

Description: How psychologists study thinking, memory, emotions, personality, and behavior, and how people change in these throughout adulthood to old age. Recommended preparation: PSYC 100.

GERO 330 Society and Adult Development (4 units)

Description: How social relationships affect adults of different ages; the changing contract across generations; interaction of culture, race, family and social values with adult development.

GERO 350 Administrative Problems in Aging (2 or 4 units)

Description: Analysis of the skills, approaches and issues involved in the planning, development, and implementation of programs directed at meeting the needs of older persons.

GERO 380m Diversity in Aging (4 units)

Description: Exploring diversity in the older population and variability in the human aging process.

GERO 415 Neuroaffective Disorders of Aging (4 units)

Description: Methods of studying, evaluating, and treating cognitive, psychiatric, and behavioral problems associated with medical conditions of old age.

GERO 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8 units)

Description: Examination of special topics in the area of gerontology.

Molecular and Computational Biology of Aging: A comprehensive analysis of the study of aging on a cellular level.


JOUR 190 Introduction to Journalism (2 units)

Description: Survey of all media and outlets including print, broadcasting, public relations and online journalism, plus analysis of what it means to be a professional journalist.

JOUR 201 History of News in Modern America (4 units)

Description: Understanding news today. A survey of how news is gathered, weighed, and disseminated and how historical events have shaped news in the 20th century.

JOUR 330 Photojournalism (4 units)

Description: Emphasis on fundamental skills necessary for photojournalism including camera techniques, story ideas and digital darkroom.

JOUR 375 The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (4 units)

Description: The impact of conflicting images of reporters in movies and television on the American public’s perception of newsgatherers in the 20th century. A decade-by-decade evaluation.

JOUR 381 Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society (4 units)

Description: An examination of the symbiotic relationship of the entertainment business and the media; press coverage of the entertainment industry; Hollywood’s relationship with news media.

JOUR 421 Photo Editing for News Media (4 units)

Description: Emphasis on understanding, selection and power of photographs; how they work in concert with words and graphics to inform the public.

JOUR 452 Public Relations in Entertainment (4 units)

Description: Public relations in the design, promotion, and presentation of popular entertainment, including films, broadcasting, music, expositions, amusement parks, resorts and arenas.

JOUR 458 Public Relations in Politics and Political Campaigns (4 units)

Description: Application of public relations principles to the context of political campaigns; emphasis on message development and delivery; relationship between candidate, news media, and electorate.

JOUR 460 Social Responsibility of the News Media (4 units)

Description: News media as instruments of constructive social change; standards of ethics and aesthetics; interactions between news media and cultural settings; social responsibility of news media personnel.

JOUR 468m The American Press and Issues of Sexual Diversity (4 units)

Description: Examines how news media reflect and affect perception of gay/lesbian issues; provides historical-contemporary context; arms students to bypass rhetoric and knowledgeably evaluate facts.

JOUR 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8 units)

Description: Selected topics in journalism.

Judaic Studies

JS 100g Jewish History (4 units)

Description: Major ideas, personalities, and movements in Jewish history from antiquity to the present in light of the interaction of the Jews with the general culture.

Introduction to the broad sweep of Jewish history, requiring no previous knowledge. Students get a sense of the major themes and events that have shaped the Jewish experience for over 3,000 years.

JS 321 Gender and Judaism (4 units)

Description: An investigation into the ways in which gender has structured Jewish religious, social, political, and intellectual life from the Biblical period through the present.

For all students interested Judaism, one of the world's oldest religion, and gender studies, which is at the forefront of social thought.


EXSC 202L Principles of Nutrition and Exercise (2 units)

Description: Fundamental knowledge of proper nutrition for optimal health performance. Concepts of weight loss, gain; understanding of cardiorespiratory functioning. Laboratory experiments; body composition evaluation, energy metabolism. Laboratory, 2 hours.

EXSC 203L Individualized Exercise Prescription (2 units)

Description: Principles and theories related to exercise prescription; programs of weight-training, circuit-training, aerobics, flexibility, high and low-intensity training guidelines; safeguards and effectiveness.

EXSC 205Lxg The Science of Human Performance (4 units)

Description: The physiological and nutritional basis of human performance. Factors that facilitate and limit athletic achievement. Lectures and laboratory. Not available for major credit. (Duplicates credit in EXSC 300L.)

EXSC 310 Sociopsychological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity (4 units)

Description: Examination of the individual in a social environment related to sport and physical activity; personality, motivation, attitude, and group behavior viewed in physical activity contexts.


LING 110Lg In a Word (4 units)

Description: Words as a gateway to the human mind. How words are stored, comprehended and retrieved. How words are constructed. Words and concepts. Words and social constructs. The processing and the acquisition of words in normal and atypical children and adults.

LING 115g Language, Society, and Culture (4 units)

Description: Discourse patterns among diverse social groups in institutional and interpersonal settings; interrelationships among language practices and gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity; social structures and cultural values as reflected in language policies and practices. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.

LING 122 Arabic I (4 units)

Description: Introduction to current Arabic; oral practice, hearing and reading comprehension; the grammar necessary for simple spoken and written expression. Lecture, classroom drill, laboratory practice.

LING 125 Hindi I (4 units)

Description: Introduction to current Hindi. Oral practice, listening and reading comprehension; grammar necessary for simple spoken and written expression. Lecture, classroom drill, laboratory practice.

LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4 units)

Description: Empirical study of the sounds and structures of human language; syntax and semantics; language change; linguistic universals.

LING 275Lg Language and Mind (4 units)

Description: Language within cognitive science: speech physiology and acoustics, language acquisition, reading, language disorders, perception and mental representation of words, linguistic diversity and computer analysis of speech.



MUCO 101x Fundamentals of Music Theory (2 units)

Description: An introductory course in music theory required for those majors in need of remedial training, and available to the general student who wishes to develop music writing skills. Not available for credit to B.M. and B.A. music majors. Recommended preparation: ability to read music.

MUCO 250 Songwriting I (2 units)

Description: Development of musical and lyrical skills, composing, listening, analysis, and critiques of popular original music.


MUHL 315x Music and Culture (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the B.A. degree in music. Western and non-Western music in its sociocultural context. Not available for credit to B.M. majors. Ability to read music highly recommended.


MUJZ 100xm Jazz: A History of America’s Music (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the minor in Jazz Studies. Historical evolution of jazz from its origins to present day; elements of musical structures and jazz styles revealed though the study of recorded examples, live performances and video. Not available for credit to jazz studies majors.

MUJZ 419m The Jazz Experience: Myths and Culture (4 units)

Description: An examination of the music, culture, and mythology of jazz revealed through the study of jazz fiction, film, poetry, and recorded examples. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 419m.)


MUEN 321 USC Concert Orchestra (1 unit)

Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Audition not required. (Duplicates credit in former MUEN 221 and MUEN 421.) Graded CR/NC.

MUEN 521 USC Concert Orchestra (1 unit)

Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all graduate students. Audition not required. (Duplicates credit in former MUEN 421.)


MUIN 277x Introduction to Music Technology (4 units)

Description: A survey of the technology used to create, prepare, perform, and distribute music, with an emphasis on recording, MIDI, music production, mastering, and Internet technologies. Not available for major credit to B.M. and B.S. music industry majors.

MUIN 286 Record Production Management (2 units)

Description: Function of the record producer, studio procedures, music business law, union relations, artist management, copyright and publishing agreements, record company structure.

MUIN 372ax The Business and Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (4 units)

Description: A survey of the major elements that support the music industry. History, copyright, music contracts, radio, record companies, managers, music publishing and communication. Not available for major credit to B.M. and B.S. music industry majors.


MPGU 125 Beginning Fingerstyle/Chord Guitar (2 units)

Description: Basic fingerstyle guitar, learned through the study of such pieces as “Greensleeves,” “Malaguena,” and “Minuet” (Bach); song accompaniment patterns and music notation for the beginner. (Duplicates credit in former MPGU 124a.)


MPKS 150a Beginning Piano (2 units)

Description: Techniques of performance, note reading, and basic musicianship. Not open to music majors. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 150abcd.)


MPST 163 Beginning Harp (2 units)

Description: Basic instruction in the fundamentals of solo harp playing, note reading, and basic musicianship. Open to music and non-music majors. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 163abcd.)


MPVA 141 Class Voice (2 units)

Description: Introduction to the fundamental principles of singing: breath control, tone production, diction, and the use of appropriate song material. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 141.)


MUSC 400m The Broadway Musical: Reflection of American Diversity, Issues, and Experiences (4 units)

Description: Selected Broadway musicals serve as a catalyst for inquiry into human diversity, cross-culturalism, and significant social and political issues. (Duplicates credit in former MUED 400m.)

MUSC 422 The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times (4 units)

Description: Music, lyrics, recordings, production techniques, career strategy, social ramifications, and especially the technological impact of the musical group known as The Beatles. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 422.)

MUSC 423 Classic Rock: Popular Music of the Sixties and Seventies (2 units)

Description: Critical examination of the lyrics, structure, associated mythology, technology, and evolving styles of popular music reflecting the turbulent societal changes during the Sixties and Seventies. (Duplicates credit in former MUPF 423.)

MUSC 444 American Roots Music: History and Culture (4 units)

Description: The history, genre, styles, songs, lyrics, and influences of American vernacular music in the 20th century, including the background that spawned these musical genres.

MUSC 450m The Music of Black Americans (4 units)

Description: The musical contribution of Africans and African Americans to American society. Musical genres and the relationship between music and society will be topics for examination.

MUSC 460 Film Music: History and Function from 1930 to the Present (4 units)

Description: A survey of the art and craft of film music as practiced by outstanding composers in motion pictures.

Occupational Therapy

OT 220 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (2 units)

Description: Exploration of philosophy and practice of occupational therapy (helping the disabled regain independence), including visits to hospitals; designed for students considering a health career.

OT 250 Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (4 units)

Description: Introduction to concept of occupation and overview of human drive for meaningful activity; impact of occupations on health and well-being; analysis of personal occupational patterns; selected therapeutic applications.

OT 300 Occupational Expressions of Diverse Identities and Lifestyles (4 units)

Description: Exploration of the diverse ways occupational practices become central to identity, reify standard social ideologies, and are manipulated to redress conventional standards.

Exploration of the diverse ways occupation or everyday activities are central to shaping identity, the influence of occupation on an individual's participation in society, and the importance of occupation to people who might be said to function outside of conventional standards.

OT 310x Creativity Workshop (2 units)

Description: Theories and practice of the creative process in varied media, genres and occupations. Explores creativity in the arts, sciences, professions, evolution, daily life, and culture. Not available for major credit to occupational therapy majors.

OT 360 Creating the Self through Narrative: Acts of Life Story Production (4 units)

Description: Analysis of life stories, life histories, and testimonies in social interactions, texts, and films. Life stories are an occupation to re-create the “Self” in response to conflict and change.

Physical Education

PHED 102a Weight Training (1 unit)

Description: a: Improvement of body shape, muscle endurance, and muscle strength; understanding of weight training and nutrition principles that can be utilized for future weight training development.

PHED 104a Self-Defense (1 unit)

Description: a: Basic instruction of self-defense for beginners; strategies for standing and ground fighting situations with and without weapons.

PHED 106a Physical Conditioning (1 unit)

Description: a: Improvement in cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, muscle endurance and flexibility; running, circuit training, resistance exercises; fitness principles and nutrition to develop individualized program.

PHED 110a Swimming (1 unit)

Description: a: Instruction and practice in basic strokes for beginners and intermediate swimmers; elementary springboard diving; water safety techniques; endurance training as a fitness program.

PHED 120 Yoga (1 unit)

Description: Introduction to meditation, breathing techniques and postures as a means towards relaxation; increase muscle strength and flexibility; understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional guidelines.

PHED 129a Aerobics (1 unit)

Description: a: Aerobic exercise designed to improve cardiorespiratory endurance; high/low impact aerobics; body sculpting; circuit training; nutritional guidelines.

PHED 139a Volleyball (1 unit)

Description: a: Introduction to beginning and intermediate volleyball skills, rules, game tactics, and strategies. Emphasis on the development of: passing, setting, hitting, serving, blocking, and digging.

PHED 154a Soccer (1 unit)

Description: a: Development of basic skills for beginners, intermediate and advanced players; rules, positioning elements of play, small group and team tactics; full field scrimmages.

PHED 156a Basketball (1 unit)

Description: a: Basic skill development in dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense; rules, history, and etiquette; drills and full court games.

PHED 160 Stress Management for Healthy Living (2 units)

Description: Instruction on the effects of stress as it relates to work, sport and academics; coping strategies are discussed and applied through physical conditioning interventions.

Policy, Planning, and Development

PPD 225 Public Policy and Management (4 units)

Description: Institutions, legal context, and processes of public policy and management. Contemporary theories of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Public managerial challenges and reforms.

PPD 227 Urban Planning and Development (4 units)

Description: Gateway to B.S., Public Policy, Management and Planning and minor in Planning and Development. City building and development process; who plans, politics of planning and development; major topics include land use, fiscal policy, transportation, sustainability, and economic development.

PPD 230 Introduction to Health Policy and Management (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the minor in Health Policy and Management and the Health Care Policy and Management track of the B.S., Public Policy and Management. Institutions and processes affecting health care policy and the management of health care delivery in the United States; historical and philosophical roots; access and quality issues; responsiveness to public needs.

PPD 250m Third World Cities (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the B.S., Planning and Development. The transition from traditional to modern cities in the developing world. Primacy and dualism; comparative urbanism as an expression of cultural variation; contrast in Western cities.

PPD 371 The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest (4 units)

Description: Theories of the voluntary nonprofit sector in society and its relationship to government and business; public policies toward the sector.

Political Science

POSC 100 Theory and Practice of American Democracy (4 units)

Description: Theoretical, institutional, and functional aspects of American national, state, and local government and politics; contemporary issues. Recommended for freshmen and sophomores.

POSC 120 Comparative Politics (4 units)

Description: Gateway to the major in political science. Comparative analysis of political institutions and processes in selected industrial, developing and socialist countries, in terms of contrasting ideologies, parties, elites, and economies.

POSC 130g Law, Politics and Public Policy (4 units)

Description: Interaction between law and politics; overview of the American legal system; value conflicts and public policy questions which arise within it. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.

POSC 335 Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (4 units)

Description: Organization and function of political parties, nominations and elections, strategy and tactics of campaigning, professional candidate management finance, political machines, voting behavior.

POSC 340 Constitutional Law (4 units)

Description: Development of constitutional law by the courts; leading cases bearing on major constitutional issues; the federal system; powers of government; civil liberties.

POSC 345 International Law (4 units)

Description: Nature, origin, and development of international law; basic principles analyzed and illustrated with cases.

POSC 366 Terrorism and Genocide (4 units)

Description: Comparative analysis of the determinants of political violence, terrorism, and genocide and their social and moral consequences; application of theories to contemporary case studies.

POSC 374 The American Founders: Visions, Values and Legacy (4 units)

Description: Analysis of the political thought of the American Founders; consideration of alternative visions of patriarchalism, republicanism, and liberal democracy; exploration of Founders’ core values and their impact on issues of race, class, and gender.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLL 120 Beginning Russian I (4 units)

Description: Introduction to the Russian language with emphasis on basic conversational skills, major points of grammar, and reading.

SLL 302 Modern Russian Literature (4 units)

Description: Survey of the major developments in Russian literature during the 20th century, from modernism to the post-Soviet era. Readings in English.


THTR 122 Improvisation and Theatre Games (2 units)

Description: Individual and group exercise to free the actor physically and emotionally and to stimulate creativity, imagination, and self-expression.

THTR 188a International Style Ballroom Dance (2 units)

Description: Representative ballroom dances: waltz, slow foxtrot, tango, and quickstep. a: Beginning. Graded CR/NC.

THTR 222 Stage Make-up (2 units)

Description: Principles of stage make-up materials and skills allowing the actors to enhance their features and techniques for moderate and extreme aging, injuries, and character roles.

THTR 341x Voice for the Non-Theatre Major (2 units)

Description: Designed for the non-theatre major focusing on the range, color, texture, and projection of the human voice in a variety of situations. Not available for credit to theatre majors.

THTR 476m African American Theatre (4 units)

Description: Focuses on issues of race and social class of African Americans in the United States as it examines stage works written by and/or about African Americans.

Urban Studies

URBN 375 The Urban Neighborhood (4 units)

Description: Understanding neighborhoods as the fundamental places of everyday urban life from the perspective of the fields of architecture, education, planning and social work.

This course provides an introduction to four disciplines, and can be used to obtain a minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies. It is taught by senior faculty and is an unusually effective way to discover more about urban life and place, and about ideas and ways of thinking outside any single major.