Courses

Interdisciplinary Studies

DSGN 101, Design Fundamentals
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Foundational design course, covering the theories, processes, vocabulary, and techniques common to visual design disciplines. Students will develop and apply their knowledge through analysis, critique and individual and collaborative exercises and projects.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

DSGN 101 = VMD 101 = PHOT 100

DSGN 105, Design Thinking
Lec-26.25 P/NP Available

Design thinking is an iterative process of discovery, ideation, and experimentation to gain insight and produce innovative experiences, processes and products. This course will introduce design thinking models and processes through historical and contemporary practice. Hands-on exercises will provide practice with design thinking activities for visual artists, designers, engineers, makers and others.

UC/CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

DSGN 105 Design Thinking is written as a companion course to DSGN 110/VMD 112 Design Drawing Techniques.

DSGN 150, Color in Design
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: DSGN 101 or VMD 101 or PHOT 100 and VMD 105

An exploration and application of the historical, cultural symbolic personal and professional uses of color through individual and collaborative projects. Topics include the properties and theory of color; creating color relationships and harmonies; and optical, psychological and spatial uses of color in various media and design disciplines.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

DSGN 150 = VMD 118

IDST 14, American Cultures in Literature and Film
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An interdisciplinary survey of literary and cinematic works of fiction, drama, non-fiction and poetry that investigates unity in diversity in the shifting trajectories of American identities and interrelationships. Groups featured to assess their interactive contributions to American cultures include Native-, European-, African-, Latin-, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 17, Human Sexuality
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A human sexuality course that integrates content and methodology from the disciplines of
anthropology, biology, ethics, health education, history, jurisprudence, and psychology.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 27B, Asian Humanities
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Survey of Asian cultures of modern to contemporary period, especially Arabic-Islamic, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cultures. Emphasis on literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts. Provides an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to the differences and underlying unity of Asian cultures.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

IDST 27A Not prerequisite to 27B No knowledge of foreign languages required

IDST 29, Islam: Identity & Culture
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 186 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An interdisciplinary survey of Muslim identity and the origins, principles, and practices of Islam, comparing and contrasting them with those of other major religions. Focus on the historical development and current practices of Islam and its impact on philosophy, art, music, architecture, gender, media, popular culture, and politics.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 3, Introduction to Museum Studies
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Museums display, collect, preserve, and interpret art, historical, and scientific objects. Exploration of museums from multiple perspectives: architecture, collections, exhibitions, and economic realities involved in museum sustainability. History of museums in the United States. Promotion of museums as a community resource with open access to everyone. Visits to local museums.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

May not be offered every semester. Specific times, topics, and instructors will be announced through campus media.

IDST 30, Demystifying the Middle East
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This interdisciplinary survey of South West Asia and North Africa (the Middle East) introduces students to the historical, cultural, and religious diversity of the region, highlighting contributions in various disciplines, including science, art, music, and literature. It also examines U.S. involvement, representation, media, current political discourse and activism in the region and in diaspora.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 300, Social Justice Work Experience
P/NP Only

PREREQ.: Approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department

General work experience course designed for students considering careers in social justice, public service and the nonprofit sector. Through supervised internships and at social justice and community-based organization, students can increase their skills working with the public section and their knowledge of career options and pathways, including the skills necessary for work in this sector. One unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid work or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 31, Women and Gender in the Middle East
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An interdisciplinary examination of differences/similarities in women's lives in the Muslim/Arab world, including the diaspora, and among minorities in the Middle East/Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA). Analysis includes diversity, colonization, nationalism, religion, gender, sexuality, family, law, literature, music, art and film.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 36, Poetry for the People
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An interdisciplinary approach toward development of literacy in multiple popular traditions of poetry, including in social justice movements, by incarcerated people, and through alternative media. Includes scrutiny of published poems from multiple cultural traditions, a focus on community, and the cultivation and public presentation of new poems.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 37, Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

An introduction to concepts, theories, and social policy related to the history, culture, concerns, and conditions of American ethnic and racial groups. Examines cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and patterns of interaction between various racial and ethnic groups.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 4, Ways of Faith
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This interdisciplinary course introduces the scriptural, symbolic, and artistic traditions of the world's major faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The class also considers how knowledge of these religious systems can serve to advance world peace.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 45, Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course examines Pacific Islander migrations to the United States mainland including the history, culture, and politics of Hawai'i and U.S. Pacific territories. It explores indigenous cultures and American experiences of Pacific Islanders from Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 46, Fa'a Pasefika: Interdisciplinary Cultural Expressions of Oceania
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A survey of traditional and contemporary art across Oceania (Pacific Islands). Emphasis on literature, dance, music, visual arts, film, and museums. Using an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach, the course explores the underlying unity of Pacific cultures, including their engagement with both western and non-western societies, colonization, and diasporic communities.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 47, Trauma and the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

A multi-disciplinary examination of works of art, music and literature inspired by both personal and global trauma with an emphasis on the transformative power of the creative process and how it helps individuals and communities heal.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 50, College Success
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Integrates personal growth and values, study strategies, and communication and critical analysis in to lifelong success in academic, professional and personal development. Includes life management, learning styles, personal and educational values, instructor-student communication, diversity, financial literacy, health, memory, concentration, note taking, textbook reading, test-taking, library skills, problem-solving.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

IDST 50 = LERN 50

IDST 7, Intro to the United Nations
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

An introduction to the United Nations, including the UN Charter's mission to achieve international peace, and the function of the organization's six administrative bodies. In addition to studying the theory and practice of international diplomacy, students evaluate the successes and challenges of collective security, peacekeeping attempts, and technological cooperation.

Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80A, Diversity and Social Justice: Racism
Lec-9 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of race-based oppression on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Emphasis on expanding knowledge about racism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80C, Diversity and Social Justice: Sexism
Lec-9 P/NP Available

A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of sexism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the United States. Expanding one's knowledge about sexism, increasing personal awareness of one's own sexism and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80D, Diversity and Social Justice: Heterosexism
Lec-9 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of homophobia and heterosexism (discrimination based on perceived or real sexual orientation and identity) oppression on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Emphasis on expanding knowledge about heterosexism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80E, Diversity and Social Justice: Ableism
Lec-9 P/NP Available

A consciousness raising analysis and evaluation of ableism (disability-based oppression) on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the US. Expanding knowledge about ableism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80F, Diversity and Social Justice: Class and Classism
Lec-9 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of class oppression and classism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Expanding knowledge about class, class oppression and classism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 80G, Diversity and Social Justice: Transphobia
Lec-9 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of transphobia and gender oppression on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Emphasis on expanding knowledge about transphobia and gender diversity, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 81A, Diversity: Ageism and Adultism (Age-based Oppression)
Lec-18 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of age-based bias, discrimination and oppression (adultism and ageism) on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Expanding knowledge about adultism and ageism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
IDST 81B, Diversity and Social Justice: Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism
Lec-18 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 184 or ENGL 88 or placement in ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English

A consciousness-raising analysis and evaluation of anti-Semitism and anti-Arabism on individual, institutional, and cultural levels in the U.S. Expanding knowledge about anti-Semitism and anti-Arabism, increasing awareness of one's own socialization and assumptions, and the application of this knowledge and awareness for individual and social change are emphasized.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable