Cultural Literacy Requirement

Classes

Course Number Name Credits Description
ATH 208 Introduction to Ethnography 4

Explores the patterns found in culture through ethnographic descriptions of contemporary peoples. Introduces ethnographic research methods and theories for studying and interpreting societies. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

ATH 231 Native Americans of the Northwest 4

Surveys the origins, development, and cultural variation of Native peoples in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Southwest Canada. Explores the historical and contemporary achievements of tribal lifeways within the Northwest region. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

COMM 140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4

Explores the impact of different cultures on communication. Includes interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding. Focuses on processing messages with changing political, economic and immigration patterns through individual cultural perceptions. Understand and communicate with people who are "different." Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

COMM 237 Gender and Communication 4

Examines similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. Attention given to implications of gender as social construct upon perception, values, stereotypes, language, nonverbal communication, power and conflict in human relationships. Discusses influence of mass communication upon shaping and constructing gender roles. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

ENG 213 Latin American Literature 4

Explores fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, myth, and other texts from Latin America. Includes works from many cultures and ethnicities from Latin America, including indigenous peoples. All readings are in English. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

ENG 222 Images of Women in Literature 4

Explores images of women as they appear in a diverse range of texts from across a variety of cultures and historical periods. Focuses on how both men and women have imagined and represented femininity and femaleness in ways that can challenge, reinforce and/or reconfigure culturally-based perceptions, behaviors and practices. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

ENG 237 American Working Class Literature 4

Introduces and examines literature by and/or about the working class, primarily from an American perspective. Explores how this literature promotes or rejects stereotypes of the working class in its depiction of working class realities. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Recommended: ENG 104, ENG 105 and/or ENG 106. Audit available.

ENG 250 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology 4

Develops a cross-cultural perspective on myths, mythologies and folklore from around the world. Explores different theories of the cultural meanings and functions of myth, past and present. Introduces various ways of interpreting and experiencing myth and folklore as texts with oral origins. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

ENG 260 Introduction to Women Writers 4

Explores women’s writings and literary theory from diverse places and historical periods. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 104 History of the Middle East 4

Surveys the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious and cultural themes. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 110 World History I: Ancient to Medieval 4

Covers the beginnings of civilization to the medieval period. Includes the ancient Near East, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and early medieval Europe. Prerequisites: MTH 20 orequivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 111 World History II: Medieval to Modern 4

Covers the Medieval period to the Early modern period. Includes the Middle East, India, China, Europe and the Americas. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 112 World History III: Early Modern to Present 4

Covers the Early modern period to the present. Includes the Middle East, India, China, Europe and the Americas. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 201 History of the United States to 1840 4

Examines cause and effect, and significant trends and movements related to political, social and economic ideas and events from Colonial times to 1840. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 202 History of the United States 1840-1914 4

Examines cause and effect, and significant trends and movements related to political, social and economic ideas and events from 1840 to 1914. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 203 History of the United States 1914 to present 4

Examines cause and effect, and significant trends and movements related to political, social and economic ideas and events from 1914 to present. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 218 American Indian History 4

Covers history of American Indians in what is now the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present, exploring the cultural diversity among Native peoples, tribal sovereignty, conflicts and accommodations with European Americans, and the historical roots of contemporary issues that emphasize American Indians as a vital part of the shared history of the United States. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 225 History of Women, Sex, and the Family 4

Examines the historical and cultural variations in family life and sexuality in the 19th and 20th centuries in an international context (including the United States) through topics such as courtship, marriage, reproduction, violence, colonialism, homosexuality, and work. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 240 Oregon History 4

Examines the rich and diverse history of Oregon including the significance of Oregon's frontier heritage and Oregon's role in American history from pre-European contact to the modern era. Explores economic, political, social, and cultural factors in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and religion. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

HST 270 History of Mexico 4

Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian to modern times. Focus on post contact history: the Spanish conquest, colonial Mexico, independence and its aftermath to contemporary times. Emphasizes social, political and cultural developments and contributions by a diversity of Mexico’s peoples. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

MUS 108 Music Cultures of the World 3

Examines musical cultures throughout the world with attention to cultural contexts and musical styles, including but not limited to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Near East, Europe and the South Pacific. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 204 Comparative Political Systems 4

Covers the study of political systems in various countries. Includes such issues as policy-making,  representation/ participation, political culture, political economy and development and governance. Compares countries that represent various political systems, including: democracies, totalitarian regimes, dictatorships, post-communist systems in transition, newly industrializing and developing countries. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 205 Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation 4

Examines the nature of relations among states. Includes topics on motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 211 Peace and Conflict 4

Explores the causes and manifestations of violence in actions involving oneself, society, one's nation, and the global community. Considers alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.Audit available.

PS 225 Political Philosophy 4

Covers sources, strengths and weaknesses of contemporary political philosophies, and the conditions which lead to conflict or to cooperation among them. Includes liberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism, and other idea systems. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PSY 201A General Psychology 4

Surveys the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in scientific re-search, biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning theory, memory, language, cognition, consciousness, and human development. Provides an overview of popular trends, examines the overarching themes of heredity vs. environment, stability vs. change, and free will vs. determinism, and emphasizes the sociocultural approach which assumes that gender, culture, and ethnicity are essential to understanding behavior, thought, and emotion. PSY 201A and 202A are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PSY 202A General Psychology 4

Surveys the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in personality theory, psychological disorders, therapy, emotion, motivation, intelligence, health psychology, and social psychology. Provides an overview of popular trends, examines the overarching themes of heredity vs. environment, stability vs. change, and free will vs. determinism, and emphasizes the sociocultural approach which assumes that gender, culture, and ethnicity are essential to understanding behavior, thought, and emotion. PSY 201A and 202A are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PSY 222 Family & Intimate Relationships 4

Explores processes involved in both traditional and non-traditional relationships and families; including love, cohabitation, dating, marriage, parenting, communication and conflict resolution, sexuality, balancing work and family, domestic violence, divorce, remarriage and blended families. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 204 Sociology in Everyday Life 4

Introduces the sociological perspective and the scientific study of human social behavior. Focuses on the core concepts, theories, and research on human interactions within social groups and how people are shaped by their social locations (status, roles, race, class, sex, age, etc.) within society's structures, stratification systems, and institutions, and by cultural processes such as socialization and group dynamics. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 205 Social Change in Societies 4

Explores how societies have changed and are changing by utilizing sociological perspectives to compare and contrast the impacts of changes on individuals, cultures, and social institutions (such as the family, economy, politics, education, and religion). Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 206 Social Problems 4

Applies the sociological perspective to the study of social problems, including their identification, analyses of causes and consequences, and considerations of possible solutions. Explores topics such as inequality, poverty, crime and delinquency, substance abuse, discrimination, domestic violence, the environment, global stratification, and international conflict. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 213 Diversity in the United States 4

Explores social status differences within the context of social structure and culture. Explains how inequalities and privilege play out through social status and are reinforced through both culture and social structure. Includes statuses such as: race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age. Includes concepts such as: privilege, social stratification, cultural bias, institutional inequality, and social construction. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 218 Sociology of Gender 4

Focuses on how socialization is affected by gender. Includes topics in how gender is reflected in culture through values, norms, language, media, power, violence, various theoretical approaches, significant social institutions, social movements and issues. Recommended: SOC 204 or SOC 205 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 219 Religion & Culture: Social Dimensions 4

Explores the relationship between culture, social structure, and religion, through a comparative and cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs, practices, and organization. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

SOC 231 Sociology of Health & Aging 4

Introduces age-related health issues in social and cultural context. Includes the social structuring of age, health and illness; demographics and patterns of health and illness of diverse older adults; issues related to medical and healthcare services; health and long-term care policy and programs. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

WGS 101 Women's and Gender Studies 4

Examines the diverse gender-related experiences, status, and contributions of people across the gender spectrum in the United States, both current and historically since the early 1900’s. Covers social construction of gender, race, sexualities, intersectionality, work, religion, class, violence, and health. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

WGS 201 Intercultural Gender Studies 4

Examines the power structures related to women, men, and across the gender spectrum in developing countries, using foundational understandings of patriarchy, oppression, gender bias, and the social construction of gender. Explores intersectionality and the reality that it is often the complex interaction of various factors including sex, gender, race, socio-economic-status, and sexual preference that contribute to power dynamics across societies. Includes the following topics: the process of gender enculturation, male preference, sexual violence, female circumcision, infanticide, child brides and honor/dowry deaths, economic empowerment, education, ethnocentrism, advocacy, literacy, trafficking and prostitution.Recommended: WGS 101. Prerequisite: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

WGS 202 Activism and Social Change 4

Examines how people in society work to empower their communities and to improve the conditions of their lives. Explores ways that feminist theoretical perspectives have shaped the goals and strategies of social change efforts. Offers an in-depth look at selected topic areas, connects analysis and personal experience, and prepares students to become effective citizens, able to analyze societal issues from a variety of perspectives. Prerequisite: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.