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)
- School of Architecture (ARCH)
- Art History (AHIS)
- Marshall School of Business (GSBA, IOM)
- Chemistry (CHEM)
- School of Cinematic Arts (CTAN, CTCS, IML, CTIN, CTPR, CTWR)
- Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (COMM, JOUR)
- Comparative Literature (COLT)
- Earth Sciences (GEOL)
- East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)
- Roski School of Fine Arts (FA, PAS)
- Geography (GEOG)
- Davis School of Gerontology (GERO)
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (HP)
- Information Technology Program (ITP)
- Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML)
- Kinesiology (EXSC)
- Linguistics (LING)
- Thornton School of Music (MUCO, MUEA, MUJZ, MUEN, MUHL, MUIN, MPGU, MPKS, MPPM, MPST, MPVA, MUSC)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Education (PHED)
- School of Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD)
- Political Science (POSC)
- School of Theatre (THTR)
American Language Academy
Description: Specialized tutorial classes in listening, speaking, reading, or writing. A maximum of 4 units may be counted toward a degree. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Required for international students whose oral skills are assessed to be at the advanced level by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or previous ALI course. (Duplicates credit in former ALI 259.) Graded CR/NC.
Description: Required for international students whose writing skills are assessed to be at the advanced level by the International Student English Examination (ISE) or previous ALI course. (Duplicates credit in former ALI 258.) Graded CR/NC.
Description: Elective course for international graduate students focusing on conventions of advanced academic writing and problems in syntax, vocabulary, and register for writing and/or publishing dissertations. Graded CR/NC.
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.
Description: Introduction to ways architecture represents aspirations of culture, satisfies practical and spiritual needs, shapes the social and urban environments, and helps preserve the planet.
Description: Introduction for the non-programmer to the uses of the computer in architecture, including the application of existing programs and their implications for design. Overview and use of software types. Lecture and laboratory. (Duplicates credit in former ARCH 207a).
Description: History of building and cities, social, political, technical, formal, aesthetic dimensions in western and non-western traditions: antiquity through the Middle Ages.
Description: Investigation of issues, processes, and roles of individuals, groups and communities in relation to present and future shelter needs and aspirations. (Duplicates credit in former ARCH 206.)
Description: Exploration of digital tools with an emphasis on building information modeling (BIM), parametric modeling, and interoperability including special topics in Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) and sustainable design. Recommended preparation: basic computer skills.
Description: Major theories of modern architecture are presented by studying the work of masters such as: Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Corbusier, and Kahn.
Description: Survey of opportunities, specializations, and professions related to architecture provides a resource for professional growth for architecture majors, and introduction to the field for non-majors.
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
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.
Description: Lectures, laboratory exercises and field trips introducing basic knowledge of the continually transforming landscape as a base for human settlement.
Description: Lectures, discussion, and individual research on the physical, formal, and spatial characteristics of historical urban centers.
Description: Assessing existing conditions and site repair imperatives; opportunities for reestablishment of natural system continuities; alternative techniques for soil remediation, regrading, and stabilization; selection of materials and methods of construction for site development. (Duplicates credit in former ARCH 535b.)
Description: Concepts and techniques for building conservation including identification of treatments, recordation and research, material properties and behavior, building forensics, and implementation of preservation projects.
Description: Survey of basic guidelines and standards for documentation in historic preservation, including cultural resource surveys, historic structures reports and Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record recordation.
Description: A comparative study of design theories of the physical, formal and spatial characteristics of historic city types from ancient to modern.
Description: Course focuses on the World Wide Web as a teaching tool. Students will construct a Web site as a final project, utilizing a hands-on computer laboratory. Not available for degree credit. Graded CR/NC.
Description: An introduction to the major art forms and monuments of religious art in India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan from prehistory to 1300.
Description: Examination of social conflicts and political controversies in American culture through the lens of visual art and photography. Concurrent enrollment: WRIT 140.
Description: An examination of European modern art and design, focusing on industrialization, urbanism, primitivism, colonialism, and their relations to the arts.
Description: Questions of social engagement and political address structure this examination of major movements in art since 1940.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Description: An overview of concepts, tools and principles of business management to develop a general management point of view. Open only to non-business graduate students.
Instructors: Thomas H. Olson, Merle W. Hopkins, Sriram Dasu, Dennis Rook
INFORMATION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Description: Specifics of digital technologies including Web 2.0, creating a website, ERP, and CRM in a way to understand how these digital technologies can be used strategically by companies.
Description: Computer-based management of data including data structures, conceptual data modeling, logical data modeling, structured query language (SQL), and physical optimization of high performance databases.
Description: Understanding the entertainment and media industries, and the effects of IT, the Internet, and mobile technologies on the business models and management of these industries.
Description: Study of concepts, frameworks and techniques for improving operations, formulation and implementation of operations strategy, and development of frameworks for process design, selection and performance evaluation. Prerequisite: BUAD 311.
Description: Chemistry for environmental studies, neuroscience and other life sciences: organic and inorganic structures, nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, gases, non-covalent interactions, equilibria, acid-base and redox reactions. Not for major credit in chemistry.
Description: Introduction to the expanding field of visual effects; topics include magic lanterns shows, stop-motion fantasies and animation combination films employing the latest digital technologies.
Description: Methods for creating animation blending traditional techniques with contemporary technologies.
Description: Survey of contemporary concepts and approaches to production in the current state of film and video effects work. Digital and traditional methodologies will be covered, with a concentration on digital exercises illustrating modern techniques.
Description: 2-D Digital animation exploring the art form as a fertile terrain for experimentation, exhibition and activism. Recommended Preparation: 2-D digital experience.
Description: Focus on film grammar, perspective, and layout, staging and acting as it relates to storyboarding for animation.
Description: Gateway to majors and minors in cinema-television. Technique, aesthetics, criticism, and social implications of cinema. Lectures accompanied by screenings of appropriate films.
Rated one of the top six "USC classes you cannot afford to miss" (Saturday Night Magazine, 2004), this course explores the formal properties of cinema, such as literary design, performance, and film design. Films may include "Raging Bull," "Sunset Boulevard," "Singin' in the Rain," and "No Country for Old Men."
Instructor: Drew Casper
Description: Exploration of the economic, technological, aesthetic, and ideological characteristics of the television medium; study of historical development of television and video including analysis of key works; introduction to TV/Video theory and criticism.
Are we doomed to a future of wall-to-wall reality television? Will YouTube replace network TV? This course studies television as a unique dramatic form. Screenings will run the gamut from "I Love Lucy" to "Weeds" to "Mad Men."
Instructor: Ellen Seiter
Description: Analyzes issues of race, class and gender in contemporary American culture as represented in the cinema.
One of the most popular classes offered at USC, this course satisfies the university's diversity requirement.
Instructor: Todd E. Boyd
Description: Examination of Chicana/o cinema and the Chicana/o movement; technology; and the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality and international relations.
What makes a film Chicana/o? This course explores the history of Chicana/o film and media from a variety of perspectives, including how Chicana/os have been represented in mainstream U.S. films. Readings focused on specific films will be supplemented by readings in literature, history, sociology, and anthropology.
Instructor: Laura Isabel Serna
Description: Rotating topics involving detailed study of the historical, cultural and aesthetic analysis of film, television, and new media technologies. Not open to freshmen.
Television and Sexuality
This senior seminar will look at representations of LGBT characters and personalities on some of TV's most popular shows, and how particular texts and images relate to TV's industrial practices.
Instructor: Julia Bess Himberg
Description: Historical survey of global cinema from its beginnings until the advent of World War II.
This course will explore the formal diversity of international cinema and examine the impact of global circulation and the complicated dominance of the American film industry.
Instructor: Laura Isabel Serna
Description: Seminar on media's impact in defining nation and/or region in specific cultural contexts. Also addresses issues of exile, diaspora, transnationalism and globalism.
Departmental approval required.
Instructors: Gabriela Taylor, Kara Keeling
Description: Introduction to central concepts, key theories, and/or leading figures in cultural studies, particularly as they relate to issues of popular culture and visual media.
This course will examine the different theories and theorists that make up the field of cultural studies, as well as various methods academics use to decode the objects and ideas that surround us. Focus will be on the role of identity politics and narratives of race, class and gender within contemporary society.
Instructor: Janani Subramanian
Description: Critical vocabulary and historical perspective to analyze and understand experiences with interactive entertainment; students imagine and articulate their own ideas.
Lectures will address the cultural history and theories of videogames. Students will play, analyze, interpret and discuss works from 1961 to the present, while cultivating a critical language for videogame aesthetics.
Description: Concepts and methods of usability assessment. The emphasis will be on understanding the issues surrounding game interfaces, and utilizing usability assessment methods.
As games become more sophisticated in their visual design, features and cultural impact, the study of how we interact with them and understand them becomes an essential aspect of our media literacy. The emphasis will be on understanding game interfaces and translating them into design recommendations.
Description: Introduction to the techniques, terminology, and implementation of sounds in games, including establishing a sense of place and concepts of realistic sound.
Instructor: Vincent Derina Diamante
Description: Theory and evaluation of interactive game experiences and principles of game design utilizing the leading software approaches and related technologies. Recommended preparation: CTIN 309, CTIN 483.
Students will experience the fundamentals of game design through the study of classic games in both traditional and electronic form, as well as design their own games. Designed to provide the foundation of knowledge for becoming a professional game designer.
Description: Use of motion picture camera equipment; principles of black-and-white and color cinematography. Individual projects.
The magic of creating images on film from using cameras, lenses and filters to photographic processes and the role of the cinematographer in interpreting story. Hands-on projects put theory into practice.
Description: Theory, techniques, and practices in picture editing; use of standard editing equipment; individual projects.
Exploration of aesthetics, theory, history and procedures of motion picture editing for many styles of film. Students view award winning shorts and sections of features to illustrate different editing styles and edit a series of scenes using the latest Avid Express DV equipment.
Description: Basic procedures and techniques applicable to production of all types of films; demonstration by production of a short film from conception to completion.
Motion picture production from writing of the script to planning, shooting and completion of a movie. The class will write, direct and shoot a digital video.
Description: Television production laboratory course covers operating cameras, creating graphics, technical operations, controlling audio and floor-managing live productions. Students plan and produce actual Trojan Vision programs.
Description: To provide students with basic working knowledge of both the skills of the motion picture set and production operations through classroom lectures and hands-on experience.
Learn the fundamentals of episodic TV drama and participate in the shooting of an episode written and directed by students. Positions available in producing, camera, sound, production design or editorial.
Description: The fundamentals of writing for episodic television. Writing scenes from popular television shows and examination of television story structure. Prerequisite: CTWR 106b or CTWR 412.
Description: In-depth analysis of the craft of writing prime-time episodic television. Examination of situation comedies and dramas through weekly screenings and lectures.
Description: Introduction to the formal elements of writing the short film.
Learn the basic building blocks of any screenplay — visualization, character, dialogue, scene structure, conflict, and sequence. After writing short premises, students will progress to combining scenes into sequences and a short script.
Description: Evaluation of completed scripts prior to their production. Coverage and analysis of scripts as potential properties from the perspective of a production company.
Description: Lectures and readings on creative problems in screenwriting: current scripts; interviews with visiting screenwriters.
The Genius of John Hughes
An exploration of the career and influence of screenwriter John Hughes, from "National Lampoon's Vacation" to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club." Hughes' work and the work of writers he inspired will be analyzed from a screenwriter's perspective.
Communication & Journalism
Description: Explorations of the effect of digital technology on the entertainment business. Relationships among technology, economy, popular culture, entertainment and art.
Description: Music as inter-cultural communication and method for exploring race and ethnicity in the constitution of American culture and American self; role of music industry.
Description: Interplay between media and society, including family and children's socialization, inter-group relations and community, pornography and violence, gender and race, media ethics, conduct of politics.
Description: Representations of Los Angeles communicated in diverse media; the city as a rhetorical text; analysis of cultural identities, art, architecture, and representations in popular culture.
Description: The study of current and historical battles over the limits of free expression from press and public parks to television, movies, music and cyberspace. (Duplicates credit in former JOUR 371.)
Description: Issues of gender in communication, including: media representations of femininity and masculinity; and gender's role in communication at the interpersonal, public, and cultural levels.
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.
Description: Introduction to broadcast newsroom production; preparation and treatment of form and content; procedures, problems, ethics, and practice in planning and producing a nightly newscast. Open to non-Journalism majors only. Not available for credit to Journalism majors. Graded CR/NC.
This course is taught in conjunction with the production of Annenberg TV News, USC's student-run nightly news operation.
Instructor: Stacy Scholder
Description: Emphasis on fundamental skills necessary for photojournalism including camera techniques, story ideas and digital darkroom.
Students will learn the basic principles and ethics of visual journalism, with an eye toward the diverse perspectives existing throughout our community. Students should have access to a 35mm film or digital camera.
Instructor: Armando Brown
Description: History and development of advertising; basic advertising campaigns showing relationships of marketing, creative, print and electronic media.
Students study many areas of advertising, including television, radio, print, out-of-home interactive, campaign development and production to execution.
Description: Production of advertising materials; emphasis on the creation and design of advertising elements. Prerequisite: JOUR 340.
Students will learn the visual elements of the creative process, concept, typography, color, design, headlines, theme lines and tag lines. Students also will gain knowledge in the art of logo development and icons.
Description: Theories, processes, and techniques involved in planning and implementing programs designed to influence public opinion and behavior through socially responsible performance and mutually satisfactory communication.
Students participate in analyzing public relations programs for both the profit and non-profit sectors. Team case presentations, brainstorming and a term paper examining the public relations functions of a specific organization are integrated into the course.
Description: Ethical questions in television journalism; the application of these moral dilemmas to prepare students for dealing with similar issues in their lives.
By exploring specific decisions in the reporting of news events, and the basis on which these decisions were made, students will be able to examine the moral values of those who work in television journalism and other forms of journalism and determine how the ethics of the profession dominate which events are covered, how they are covered and why they are covered.
Instructor: Howard Rosenberg
Description: An inside look at the symbiotic relationship of sports and the media – from the interdependence of sports and media, to the coverage of sports in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The economic and ethical issues involved, the conflicts of interest, the history and current status of sports coverage in American media today.
Students will get an opportunity each week to interact with some of the most accomplished, respected and influential figures in sports and the media today.
Instructor: Jeff Fellenzer
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.
Guests will include entertainment executives, celebrities, publicists, journalists and other media experts.
Instructor: Mary Murphy
Description: Emphasis on photographic storytelling in print, video and Web-based media; understanding of visual thinking and imagery techniques.
Students should have access to a digital camera.
Instructor: David Sprague
Description: Principles and practices of public relations as a basic component in the promotion and marketing of goods and services; regulatory considerations; consumerism. Prerequisite: JOUR 350.
Description: Introduction to the field of sports information and promotion, including lectures, media assignments, role-playing, and presentations by sports professionals. Junior standing.
The course will look at the television, team, newspaper, radio, agency and Internet aspects of the sports public relations field.
Description: History and growing importance of Latino print and broadcast news media in covering immigration, discrimination, culture, social differences and other aspects of U.S. Latino life.
This course covers the development of Latino marketing and public relations and the forces driving their growth.
Instructor: Felix Gutierrez
Description: Reporting and portrayal of people of color in the United States; impact of racial diversity on media, employment and access, and development of media for individuals and communities of color. Open to non-majors.
This course offers an overview of the role media plays in the culturally diverse society of the 21st century and in the past.
Instructor: Felix Gutierrez
Description: Selected Topics in journalism.
News Literacy in the Digital Age (4 units)
Feeling overwhelmed by the media onslaught, from blogs to cable news to tweets? This course will teach you how to apply critical thinking skills to this unprecedented barrage of information, allowing you to sift fact from fiction, sourced information from biased opinion, and — as a result — to make informed choices as a news consumer and to become part of the civic conversation as a news contributor.
Instructor: Judy Muller
Money, Markets and Media (4 units)
This course is one of the foundations of Annenberg’s new Economic Literacy and Entrepreneurship initiative, designed with the belief and expectation that a sound understanding of economics is required in order to thrive in a wide array of professions — particularly in media. Though it is geared toward journalism students, all students are welcome. The course stresses critical thinking and analysis in examining choices of business leaders and economic policy makers. To achieve this goal, it draws from case studies, historical examples and the day's headlines as its primary sources.
Instructor: Gabriel Kahn
Description: Seminar in selected topics in journalism.
News Media and War (4 units)
Given the pervasiveness of conflict and the public’s reliance on the news media’s coverage of it, journalists should understand that their responsibilities extend beyond the mechanics of combat reporting. They should also be able to analyze the political context of conflict; be familiar with the history of news coverage of wars and lessons from past coverage; recognize attempts to manipulate the news media; understand “objectivity” and its limits; consider journalists’ humanitarian duties; and understand other such matters that are the foundation of conflict coverage. This course will address these and related topics by studying historical and policy-oriented facets of covering conflicts ranging from global war to localized terrorism.
Instructor: Phil Seib
Description: Cultural dimensions of issues in globalization: migration, diaspora, terrorism, communications, climate change, collectives, production and technology, money and exchange.
Description: Formation and development of epic poetry from Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antiquity through the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis on relation to political and cultural change.
Description: Introduction to works of major women writers from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in their literary, social, and cultural contexts.
Description: Deconstructive analysis of theories of language, representation, selfhood, the human, art and technology, politics and ethics. Study of works by Derrida and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Description: Introduction to the major humanities traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through an examination of representative works drawn from literature, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, and historical writing.
Description: Introduction to the civilization, art and literature of pre-modern China through the lens of the cultural products of identity.
Description: Japanese literature from the earliest times to the present; development of prose, poetry and the novel; evolution of theatre; Japanese literature under Western influence. Conducted in English.
Description: a: An introduction to drawing, both skill and perception oriented, as the basic tool for all the visual arts.
Description: Introduction to the basic elements and processes of visual communication and design. Instruction includes studio projects, lectures and readings. Various media used.
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.
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.
Description: Practical and theoretical exploration of the nature of surface, form, volume and mass as fundamental elements of clay sculpture and the ceramic object.
Description: Introduction to plaster mold making using clay and wax for both ceramics and sculpture. Exploration of casting materials. (Duplicates credit in FA 208ax.)
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.
Description: Introduction to modern and contemporary visual culture with emphasis on the major aesthetic theories and practices of the past 150 years.
Description: Studio practice to develop standards of judgment and appreciation of the visual arts. Not available for credit to studio majors.
Description: Introduction to the practice of photographic image making within a fine arts context. Emphasis on the development of technical skills in relation to personal vision. Work is in black and white.
Description: An introductory course exploring contemporary processes and practices of video experimentation including the camera, desktop production, and editing. Experimentation with multiple modes of execution, presentation, and distribution. (Duplicates credit in former FA 215.)
Description: An examination of the impact of digital media on contemporary culture, with attention to a particular, changing topic each semester.
Section Title: All Mixed Up: Interdisciplinary Art and Cultural Production (4 units)
Description: An interdisciplinary course between art and engineering that addresses creative thinking in the manipulation of media and the communication of ideas.
PUBLIC ART STUDIES
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.
Description: Evaluates the causes, effects, and responses to international environmental disasters. Emphasis is on contemporary case studies in a theoretical context.
Description: Type study of a region; distribution of physical and cultural phenomena; delimitation into natural regions; analysis of human-environment interaction in regions of the state. Field trips.
Description: Introduction to evolving science, technology and applications of GIS. Laboratories provide experience with computer processing of geographic information using several GIS software and programming languages.
Description: How Americans' political values affect public policy. Studies of landmark legislation to explore the social contract between generations and role of governments in social welfare.
Description: Exploring diversity in the older population and variability in the human aging process.
Description: Explores nutritional needs and the physiological, psychological, and sociological relationships to nutrition. Laboratory experiments in assessment and evaluation.
Description: Physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of exercise. Laboratory involvement in assessment and evaluation of fitness.
Description: Age-related changes in nervous system structure and function; relationship of brain changes to changes in cognitive function and perception; Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L.
Description: Physiological, psychological, and social health problems of adults as they are impacted by health choices throughout life.
Description: Problems and resources of the middle-aged and older woman in a changing society; including discrimination, stereotypes, employment, social interaction, etc.
Description: Introduction and critical survey of the current issues, concepts, and research of the social and psychological aspects of death and dying.
Description: Biomedical ethical issues that are encountered in working with geriatric patients. Examination of ethical theory and the application of theory to clinical settings.
Description: Overview of the concepts, characteristics, skills, and clinical issues of case management in a variety of settings serving older persons.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Description: Comparison of national and international differences in health status as influenced by cultural practices and lifestyles within geographic, economic and political environments.
Ever wonder about the impact of culture and customs on health and illness? Satisfy the diversity requirement and explore multicultural perspectives on issues like HIV/AIDS and smoking.
Description: Systematic development of specific professional skills for providing effective, culturally sensitive health services to diverse populations. Recommended preparation: ANTH 101.
Learn to assess cultural traditions and health beliefs that impact patient care; work effectively with interpreters and healers; and incorporate cultural awareness into diagnoses and treatment plans.
Description: Explores human strengths that promote happiness/well-being and whether they influence physical health; mind-body relationships; and strategies for promoting hope, resilience, and quality of life. Recommended preparation: HP 200, PSYC 100.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Learn how being an optimist can impact your health and explore positive psychosocial factors that improve health and quality of life.
Information Technology Program
Description: Basic Internet publishing using HTML and other Web technologies. Concepts and theory of Web publishing and production. Introduction to page layout and design. Not available for major credit in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
Description: Introduction to object-oriented software design for business problems. Creation of console applications, windowed applications, and interactive Web applets. Not available for major credit in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
Description: Overview of developing a 3D animation: from modeling to rendering. Basics of surfacing, lighting, animation and modeling techniques. Advanced topics: compositing, particle systems, and character animation. Recommended preparation: knowledge of any 2D paint, drawing, or CAD program.
Description: 2-D vector graphics for web and animation. Scripting techniques for interactivity. Action Script syntax, logic and control. Recommended preparation: basic computer knowledge
Description: Survey game software development through quality assurance and in-depth analysis of the development cycle with a focus on bug testing systems and methodologies. Not available for major credit in Electrical Engineering.
Description: History of video games; overview of game genres; phases of video game development (concept, preproduction, production, post-production); roles of artists, programmers, designers, and producers.
Description: The role Information Systems play in an organization. Integration of Business Processes by using Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP). Not available for major credit in engineering.
Institute for Multimedia Literacy
Description: An introduction to the history, theory, and languages of new media.
Description: Introduction to the expressive potential of multimedia as a critical and creative tool, supplementing traditional forms of academic work.
Description: Lectures, presentations, and readings on the critical and creative challenges of contemporary multi-screen digital media practices.
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. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
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. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
Description: Evaluation of drugs, nutritional supplements, and ergogenic aids and their effect on human athletic performance, weight and fat loss. Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour.
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.
Description: Words as a gateway to the human mind. How words are stored, comprehended and retrieved. How words are constructed. Word and concepts. Words and social constructs. The processing and the acquisition of words in normal and atypical children and adults.
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.
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.
Description: Empirical study of the sounds and structures of human language; syntax and semantics; language change; linguistic universals.
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.
Description: The emergence of new languages, known as Creoles, in socio-historical situations where linguistic input is degraded and insufficient to support the ordinary language acquisition process.
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.
Description: Introduction to music theory; scales, intervals, principles of common practice and popular music harmony; melodic, harmonic, and structural analysis; 20th century developments. Not available for degree credit for Bachelor of Music students except Performance (Popular Music) majors.
Description: Introduction to the composition of concert music. Includes set exercises, free composition, study of selected compositions. Intended for interested, qualified students not majoring in composition. Not available for degree credit to composition majors. Recommended preparation: MUCO 130bx, MUCO 133b. Prerequisite: MUCO 221a.
Description: Electronic music procedures in a multi-track studio.
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 through the study of recorded examples, live performances and video. Not available for credit to jazz studies majors.
Description: Development of beginning improvisational skills, including modal and the ii-V7-I chord progression, through instrumental performance. Recommended to non-jazz majors. Not available for credit to jazz studies majors. Recommended preparation: demonstration of major scales of eighth notes at a tempo of 120 mm.
Description: An examination of the music, culture, and mythology of jazz revealed through the study of jazz fiction, film, poetry, and recorded examples.
Description: Development of intermediate jazz improvisational skills, starting with dominant seventh chords and progressing through the minor ii-V7-I chord progression. Not open to Jazz Studies majors. Prerequisite: MUJZ 150x.
Description: Study and performance of vocal ensemble literature from the Jazz idiom, with emphasis on improvisational techniques. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral literature from all periods of music history. Open to all students. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from all periods written for male voices. Open to all students. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Performance of choral works of all styles and periods. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber music written for women's voices. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Audition not required. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of standard repertoire. Open to all students by audition. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Study and performance of vocal ensemble literature from the Jazz idiom, with emphasis on improvisational techniques. Open to graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral literature from all periods of music history. Open to all graduate students.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from all periods written for male voices. Open to all graduate students.
Description: Performance of choral works of all styles and periods. Open to all graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of advanced chamber music written for women's voices. Open to all graduate students by audition.
Description: Rehearsal and performance of orchestra repertoire. Open to all graduate students. Audition not required.
MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE
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.
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.
Description: Economic considerations of home, studio and location recording. Equipment, labor, facilities, media, legal and tax considerations will be explored.
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. Prerequisite: MUIN 372ax
Description: A survey of the presentation of the live musical experience. Both classical and popular concert presentation will be examined including venue selection, promotion and security.
Description: An in-depth study of radio studio technical operations. Topics include consoles, microphones, transmission considerations, networks, satellites, and digital and analog production situations. Prerequisite: MUIN 275b.
Description: Techniques and applications of recording and editing sound on personal computers. Hardware, software, editing for song, sound effects and dialog for film.
Description: An exploration of the effects of new technologies, laws, economic models, media (Internet, mobile, satellite), the decline of traditional broadcasting, and convergence with the music industry. Recommended preparation: MUIN 360 or MUIN 372bx.
Description: Introduction to the performance technique of pop/rock guitar as well as music theory fundamentals, exploring repertoire by artists such as The Beatles and Dave Matthews.
Description: Introduction to the performance technique of pop/rock guitar as well as music theory fundamentals, exploring repertoire by artists such as The Beatles and Dave Matthews.
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.
Description: Techniques of classical guitar applied to the study of five to eight Beatles songs, from "Hey Jude" to "Blackbird." No guitar or background music required.
PERFORMANCE (KEYBOARD STUDIES)
Description: Techniques of performance, note reading, and basic musicianship. Not open to music majors.
PERFORMANCE (POPULAR MUSIC)
Description: A weekly lecture series addressing a wide range of special topics and issues confronting the popular musician. Graded CR/NC.
Description: Study of musical elements appropriate to the performance of popular music in a collaborative, interactive environment.
Description: Beginning and elementary instruction in drum set techniques.
Description: Development of practical keyboard skills, including reading and realizing chord symbols, basics of voice leading, study of various harmonic and rhythmic styles.
Description: Intermediate and advanced instruction on secondary instrument for all majors and minors except MPPM. Not open to B.M. in Popular Music Performance majors.
Description: Basic instruction in the fundamentals of solo harp playing, note reading, and basic musicianship. Open to music and non-music majors.
PERFORMANCE (VOCAL ARTS)
Description: Introduction to the fundamental principles of singing: breath control, tone production, diction, and the use of appropriate song material.
Description: Continued development of the fundamentals of singing, diction, and repertoire building. Prerequisite: MPVA 141.
Description: Stylistic and technical features of dramatic and musical elements involved in performance of American musical and standard operetta repertoire; staging of scenes.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Description: Development of musical and lyrical skills, composing, listening, analysis, and critiques of popular original music.
Description: Continuation of Songwriting I; particular emphasis on the analysis of the techniques of important popular songwriters and the application of these techniques to original songs. (Duplicates credit in former MUCO 252.) Prerequisite: MUSC 255.
Description: Selected Broadway musicals serve as a catalyst for inquiry into human diversity, cross-culturalism, and significant social and political issues.
Description: A history of hip-hop music from its inception to the present: its musical processes and styles, as well as attendant social, political, and cultural issues.
Description: Music, lyrics, recordings, production techniques, career strategy, social ramifications, and especially the technological impact of the musical group known as The Beatles.
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.
Description: Continuation of Songwriting I and II with emphasis on the development of performance skills of original popular music in preparation for songwriting showcases. (Duplicates credit in former MUCO 254.) Prerequisite: MUSC 355.
Description: An exploration of the social and cultural impact of music written for, popularized by, or exploited by American television from the 1950s through today.
Description: Introduction to theoretical concepts concerning the relationship of engagement in activities (occupations) to health and well being. Application of these perspectives to students' own lives.
Exploration of philosophy and practice of occupational therapy (helping the disabled regain independence), including visits to hospitals; designed for students considering a health career.
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.
Description: Exploration of the diverse ways occupational practices become central to identity, reify standard social ideologies, and are manipulated to redress conventional standards.
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.
Description: Exploration of neuroscience as it impacts everyday living, from the fundamentals of neurons and synapses, to the neural basis of language, empathy, and social interaction.
Description: Critically examines ethical issues central to the world of sports that range from matters of fair play and cheating to performance-enhancing drugs and gene-doping. Not available for major credit for occupational therapy students.
Description: Course content to be selected in occupational therapy and occupational science.
Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle (2 units)
Scientists and policymakers worldwide advocate lifestyle changes as a crucial component to solving the current environmental crisis. Students will investigate how individuals can develop habits that promote both environmental sustainability and personal wellbeing, and learn about sustainability as a way of life.
Description: 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.
Description: a: Basic instruction of self-defense for beginners; strategies for standing and ground fighting situations with and without weapons. b: Intermediate instruction involving more advanced fighting strategies and techniques.
Description: Improvement in cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, muscle endurance and flexibility; running, circuit training, resistance exercises; fitness principles and nutrition to develop individualized program.
Description: Instruction and practice in basic strokes for beginners and intermediate swimmers; elementary springboard diving; water safety techniques; endurance training as a fitness program.
Description: Fundamental instruction of surfing skills; water safety and etiquette; wave recognition and forecast interpretation; surf culture; board selection; surf related strengthening and stretching.
Description: a: Introduction to meditation, breathing techniques and postures as a means towards relaxation; increase muscle flexibility; understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional guidelines. (Duplicates credit in former PHED 120.) b: A continuing study of intermediate and advanced yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation as a means toward relaxation and stress-reduction.
Description: Develop a strong fitness foundation through walking; fitness assessment and individualized programs; gait biomechanics and power walking; injury prevention; strategies for special populations.
Description: a: Aerobic exercise focusing on cardiorespiratory endurance encompassing a variety of training methods such as high/low impact aerobics, body sculpting, circuit training and nutritional guidelines. b: Group exercise teaching techniques and application of fitness principles through weekly workouts; group fitness certification exam preparation.
Description: Development of physical fitness components through step aerobics; total body workout utilizing step movements and body sculpting exercises.
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. b: Advanced techniques; focus on offenses and defenses used in game situations.
Description: a: Fundamental instruction of basic strokes for beginners and intermediate players; rules, scoring, court etiquette, strategies; singles and doubles; practice and match play. b: Reinforcement of basic strokes and instruction of advanced strokes; advanced strategies; singles and doubles; practice and match play.
Description: Fundamental instruction of basic strokes for beginning and intermediate players; rules, scoring strategies; singles and doubles; practices and match play.
Description: Development of basic skills for beginners, intermediate and advanced players; rules, positioning elements of play, small group and team tactics; full field scrimmages.
Description: Basic skills development and knowledge in stance, grip and swing mechanics; course strategy; use of woods, irons and putting; history rules and etiquette.
Description: Basic skill development in dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense; rules, history, and etiquette; drills and full court games.
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
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.
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.
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.
Description: Contemporary management theory; the nature of complex organizations; organizational and intergovernmental arrangements; roles and responsibilities of managers; managerial and organizational effectiveness; organizational structure and dynamics.
Description: Modern political ideologies; their assumptions, perceptions, and prescriptions regarding political stability and social injustice: anarchism, communism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, and fascism.
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.
Description: American state politics from a comparative perspective. Examines political processes, differing policy outcomes and the impact of social change on system performance.
Description: Introduction to interest group and elite views of the American system, including recent interest group theory and findings and the general critiques of power distribution in American society.
Description: Comparative analysis of theories of power and leadership; application to leaders from western democracies, Third World, and socialist countries. Societal consequences of their policies.
Description: An evaluation of the ways in which different ideologies, institutions, and policies contribute to differences in political power between men and women.
Description: Roles and behavior of major legal and political participants in the criminal justice system including the police, the legal profession, judges, and the public.
Description: An examination of debates and controversies surrounding the nature and scope of civil rights and civil liberties. Recommended preparation: POSC 340 or POSC 440.
Description: Concentration of imaginative processes which develop the individual characteristics of a dramatic role. Not available for credit to theatre majors.
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.
Description: The visualization and communication of design ideas through free-hand and mechanical drawing, including orthographics, isometrics, perspective, shades and shadows, plans, sections and elevations.
Description: Developing and practicing performance skills necessary to give an effective oral presentation.
Description: 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.
Instructor: Anita Dashiell-Sparks