Sample Course Descriptions

Course Repeatability

For courses that can be taken more than one time, state the number of times the course may be repeated, such as “May be repeated once for credit” at the end of the course description.


ENGL 309. Verse Writing (3-3)
Intensive practice in writing poetry. Analysis and criticism of students’ work, as well as some critical study of published verse. May be repeated once for credit.

LING 590A-Z. Selected Topics in Linguistics/TESL (3-3)
Topics will change from semester to semester and be restricted in scope and aimed at gaining depth on a particular issue in Linguistics/TESL. Critical writing and reading required. Up to two different courses in the series may be taken for credit.

ART 519A-Z. Selected Topics in Art History (3-3-3)
Research in depth on specific topics within art history. Topics vary per semester. May be taken three times for credit.

Credit/No Credit Grading

State if the Grading Basis is Credit/No Credit only at the end of the course description.


TH 498F. Senior Honors Project or Thesis (3)
Completion of an artistic project or writing of a thesis resulting from the investigation of a significant topic or problem in theatre. (Credit/No Credit only)

SOC 698. Thesis (4)
Limited to students completing a thesis project for the M.A. degree in Sociology. (Credit/No Credit only)

Contact Hours for Classification C7 and Above

For classification C7 and above, state if the course requires more than 3 contact hours based on the classification, such as “6 hours per week” at the end of the course description.


ART 124B. Drawing I (3)
Basic drawing experiences dealing with the human figure. Emphasis on form, structure, proportions, gesture and systems of perspective and space. 5 hours per week.

TH 544. Principles of Directing (3)
Theories and techniques of directing plays. 6 hours per week.

General Education Section(s)

For General Education courses, state the applicable GE section(s) in parenthesis at the end of the course description. Note: All upper division GE courses meet the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement. It does not need to be stated in the course description.


ENGL 254. Popular Literary Genres (3)
Introduction to the study of one or more popular literary genres, such as mystery, crime fiction, urban romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, gothic, western, thriller, spy fiction, etc. Analysis of generic conventions and how these conventions reflect sociocultural concerns over time. Focus on skills requisite for thinking and writing critically about literary works within their historical contexts. Critical writing is an integral part of the course. (Available for General Education, C2 Humanities.)

GEOL 344. California Geology (3)
Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Investigations of aspects of California geology. California-related topics may include: plate tectonic history, earthquakes, geologic hazards, geology of national parks, climate record and hydrogeology. (Available for General Education, B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning.) (IC)

ANTH 151. Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
Anthropological perspective on biological variation in human and non-human primates in the past and the present; examines the interaction between biology and culture in the evolution of human society. Evolution and behavior of non-human primates are examined for what they reveal about the human condition. (Available for General Education, B2 Life Science or D1 Social Sciences.)

HUM 101. Forms and Ideas in Humanities (3)
Prerequisite: Multiple Measures Placement in GE-level writing or completion of the lower division writing requirement. Introductory course provides instruction in the interdisciplinary analysis and interpretation of meaning in art, music and literature ,and in the understanding of philosophical ideas in their own right and as they influence styles and themes in works of art. (Available for General Education, C1 Arts or C2 Humanities.)

400-Level Courses Available for Graduate Credit

For 400-level courses available for graduate credit, state “Available for graduate credit” at the end of the course description.


PSY 455. Ethical, Professional and Legal Standards in Psychology (3)
Ethical issues relevant to teaching, research, and application of psychology are reviewed, with an emphasis on the principles of the American Psychological Associations ethics code and related professional standards and guidelines. Available for graduate credit.

Cross-Listed Courses

For cross-listed courses, state the following at the end of the course description for each course: (Cross-listed with Subject Abbreviation/Course Number.)


GEOG 452. Urban Land Use Planning (3)
Principles and techniques of land-use planning in urban areas. Regular written assignments are required. (Cross-listed with URBS 452.)