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Discipline: Degree: AA-T - Political Science - A0345
Course Name Course Number Objectives
African American Politics POLI 35
  • Students will be able to identify significant changes that have occurred in African-American political participation since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Students will be able to assess the success of African Americans in attaining representation in various levels of government.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Elementary Statistics Math 110
  • Determine the appropriate statistical methods by data type and number of populations or treatments.
  • Utilize statistical techniques with a variety of applications that pertain to business, the social, natural and physical sciences.
  • Students will be able to determine descriptive statistics from a sample
  • Students will be able to use sample statistics to develop a confidence interval for population parameters
  • Using sample statistics from one or more samples, students will be able to test a claim made about a population parameter.
  • Using bivariate data, students will be able to determine whether a significant linear correlation exists between two variables and determine the equation of the regression line.
  • Math 110 students will feel comfortable in their math class.
  • Math 110 students will demonstrate the thinking skill of accurate self-assessment.
  • Math 110 students will feel that mathematics is a beneficial part of their education.
  • Math 110 students will feel they have the resources necessary for their success.
  • Math 110 students will demonstrate the ability and willingness to take the steps necessary to succeed in their math class.
  • Define basic statistical terms and notation.
  • Describe the proper methods of sampling.
  • Describe the distributions of quantitative data in terms of center, shape, and spread.
  • Infer from observational and experimental studies.
  • Explain the basic concepts of probability theory and calculate probabilities.
  • Employ the principles of inferential statistics in estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Utilize computer technology in statistical analyses.
Elementary Statistics -Honors Math 110H
  • Students will be able to determine descriptive statistics from a sample.
  • Students will be able to use sample statistics to develop a confidence interval for population parameters
  • Using sample statistics from one or more samples, students will be able to test a claim made about a population parameter
  • Using bivariate data, students will be able to determine whether a significant linear correlation exists between two variables and determine the equation of the regression line.
  • Math 110H students will feel comfortable in their math class.
  • Math 110H students will demonstrate the thinking skill of accurate self-assessment.
  • Math 110H students will feel that mathematics is a beneficial part of their education.
  • Math 110H students will feel they have the resources necessary for their success.
  • Math 110H students will demonstrate the ability and willingness to take the steps necessary to succeed in their math class.
  • Define basic statistical terms and notation.
  • Describe the proper methods of sampling.
  • Describe the distributions of quantitative data in terms of center, shape, and spread.
  • Infer from observational and experimental studies.
  • Explain the basic concepts of probability theory and calculate probabilities.
  • Determine the appropriate statistical methods by data type and number of populations or treatments.
  • Employ the principles of inferential statistics in estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Utilize statistical techniques with a variety of applications that pertain to business, the social, natural and physical sciences.
  • Utilize computer technology in statistical analyses.
  • Demonstrate ability to combine appropriate data gathering techniques and ability to express statistical conclusions in formal writing to complete a large, semester-long project.
Environmental Politics POLI 10
  • Students should be able to define sustainability taking account of social, economic, and environmental indicators.
  • Students should be able to identify and compare competing models of sustainable political economy.
General Cultural Anthropology ANTH 22
  • Students will be able to examine the field of anthropology and its history as a holistic discipline.
  • Students will be able to explain ethnographic field work and cultural relativism.
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze ethnocentric attitudes and beliefs in themselves and as expressed by others.
  • Students will be able to illustrate the evolution of culture through the development of civilization.
  • Students will be able to distinguish human language as a unique form of communication.
  • Students will be able to explain and analyze the potential influence of culture on personality development, and on the structure of marriage and the motivation for particular marriage rules.
  • Students will be able to analyze and describe differences between kinship and nonkinship systems of organization in various societies, as well as the various patterns of political organizations.
  • Students will be able to contrast and compare the various subsistence patterns required in various environments including methods of exchange and differences in consumption practices.
  • Students will be able to contrast and compare the universal functions of religion and art in various cultures.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and describe the influence of American culture on various ethnic groups.
  • Students will be able to identify and predict the current and future problems facing humanity.
Geography of California GEOG 30
  • Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment of California.
  • Recognize and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state of California.
  • Describe the physical processes that shape the natural environments of California.
  • Explain patterns of urban development in the state and distinguish current trends in urban development in California.
  • Explain the origins and development of agriculture and industry in California.
  • Analyze the influence of varying cultural and ethnic groups in the shaping of the cultural landscapes of California.
  • Analyze the use of natural resources in the state, particularly the role of water in the development of both the economic and social landscape of California.
  • Identify and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and be able to analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state of California.
Geography of California - Honors GEOG 30H
  • Analyze the relationship between humans and the environment of California.
  • Recognize and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state of California.
  • Describe the physical processes that shape the natural environments of California.
  • Explain patterns of urban development in the state and distinguish current trends in urban development in California.
  • Explain the origins and development of agriculture and industry in California.
  • Analyze the influence of varying cultural and ethnic groups in the shaping of the cultural landscapes of California.
  • Analyze the use of natural resources in the state, particularly the role of water in the development of both the economic and social landscape of California.
  • Identify and evaluate how human and physical processes differ from place to place and be able to analyze the distributional and locational relationship of things in the state of California.
History of the United States HIST 1
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time
  • Students will comprehend the basic elements of the American Constitution, including the Bill of Rights and important Constitutional Amendments relating to the Reconstruction Era and the Progressive Era. Students will understand the significance of the Supreme Court's enforcement of the Constitution.
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in American History.
  • Students completing an assignment in Area C (Arts) courses will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
History of the United States HIST 7
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in American Constitutional government over time.
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in American History
  • Students completing an assignment in Humanities Area C will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time
History of the United States HIST 8
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in American History
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in American Constitutional government over time.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
  • Students completing an assignment in Area C (Arts) courses will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression
History of the United States - Honors HIST 8H
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in American History
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in American Constitutional government over time.
History of the United States - Honors HIST 7H
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in American Constitutional government over time.
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in American History
History of World Civilization HIST 4
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in World History.
  • Students will be able to identify through analysis the role of institutions (religious, political, economic, social, educational, etc.) in the development of World cultures.
  • Students completing relevant assignments in Area D2 courses will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Students completing relevant assignments in Area D2 courses will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior
  • Students completing an assignment in Area C (Arts) courses will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
History of World Civilization - Honors HIST 4H
  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate major agents of change/reform in World History
  • Students will be able to identify through analysis the role of institutions (religious, political, economic, social, educational, etc.) in the development of World cultures.
  • Students completing an assignment in Humanities Area C will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression
  • Students completing relevant assignments in Area D2 courses will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior
  • Students completing an assignment in Ara C (Arts) courses will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression
Human Geography GEOG 2
  • Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research.
  • Evaluate the relationship of humans and the environment.
  • Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world.
  • Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth.
  • Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization.
  • Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change.
  • Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
  • Explain spatial variation of and describe patterns of cultural and social expression including language, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, political processes, urbanization, development, agriculture, manufacturing and service economies.
  • Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
Human Geography - Honors GEOG 2H
  • Analyze the spatial variation of humans and their activities around the world.
  • Evaluate the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Describe the tools and theories used in geographic research.
  • Describe the scope of the discipline of geography and the tools used by geographers to study human processes on the earth.
  • Analyze the spatial expression and cultural impacts of contemporary globalization.
  • Describe the distribution of humans globally and explain the tools used by geographers to evaluate human population change.
  • Synthesize theories of human migration to explain historical and contemporary patterns of human mobility.
  • Explain spatial variation of and describe patterns of cultural and social expression including language, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, political processes, urbanization, development, agriculture, manufacturing and service economies.
  • Describe human impacts on the environment including impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
Introduction to International Relations POLI 9
  • Define, explain, analyze and compare core theories in International Relations and explain which theory best describes international relations and why.
  • Describe the International Relations concept Levels of Analysis and argue which level, or levels, best explains and analyzes international relations.
  • Describe the roles of national, international, transnational and sub-national actors in promoting or hindering international cooperation.
  • Analyze and evaluate key topics such as globalization, conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, human rights, and international political economy.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Cold War and its aftermath, the politics of the Middle East and American foreign policy.
  • Explain the impact of important historical events on the contemporary study of international relations and world politics.
  • Explain two theories of International Relations and argue which theory best explains International Relations and support said theory with appropriate evidence.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Cold War and its Aftermath, the politics of the Middle East and American foreign policy.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Explain the impact of important historical events on the contemporary study of international relations and world politics.
  • Students demonstrate comprehension of two theories of International Relations, able to argue which theory best explains International Relations support said argument with appropriate evidence.
Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1A
  • Differentiate the major theoretical perspectives of psychology.
  • Demonstrate psychology is a science by explaining how psychology utilizes the scientific method.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal observations and / or experiences.
  • Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, core empirical findings, and historic trends in psychology.
  • Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives of psychology (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, etc.)
  • Apply concepts and theories from the following general domains: (a) biological bases of behavior and mental processes, (b) sensation and perception, (c) consciousness, (d) learning and memory, (e) cognition, intelligence, and language (f) lifespan development (g) motivation and emotion, (h) gender and sexuality, (i) stress and health, (j) social psychology, (k) personality, and (l) psychological disorders and approaches to treatment.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal experience.
  • Compare and contrast research methods in psychology, including advantages and disadvantages of each (e.g., observation, case study, survey, correlational method, experimental method).
  • Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific methods of understanding.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior.
Introduction to Psychology - Honors PSYC 1AH
  • Be able to differentiate the major theoretical perspectives of psychology.
  • Explain how psychology utilizes the scientific method
  • Apply psychological principles to personal experiences.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social institutions and human behavior.
Latino Politics in the United States POLI 25
  • Students will be able to identify significant changes that have occurred over the past two decades in representation by latinos in American government and politics.
  • Students will be able to identify similarities and differences in public opinion held by different Latino communities such as Mexican-Americans and Cuban-Americans.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Political Science POLI 1
  • Marshall empirical data to support a political science theory.
  • Differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
  • Identify constitutional amendments, which have expanded the right to vote.
  • Differentiate powers delegated to the U.S. from those reserved to the states.
  • Evaluate the role of political parties, interest groups, elections and the mass media in the American political system with an emphasis on the state of California and its relations to the national government.
  • Evaluate the role of Congress, the presidency, the courts and their interaction with state and local governments.
  • Analyze policy areas such as foreign and economic policy, civil rights and civil liberties, environmental and educational policies in order to predict or evaluate the consequences of various policy alternatives.
  • Differentiate powers delegated to the U.S. from those reserved to the states.
  • Identify constitutional amendments which have expanded the right to vote.
Political Science POLI 2
  • Identify the key features of parliamentary and presidential forms of government and identify their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of proportional representation and single member district plurality as electoral methods.
  • Identify the role of the state.
  • Compare political systems, both in theory and with actual country examples.
  • Explain the impact of regional, economic, historical and cultural factors on political institutions and behavior.
  • Analyze the role of political parties, interest groups, elections and the mass media in various countries.
  • Analyze political systems by using the comparative method.
  • Distinguish among regime types and their central features.
  • Explain ethnic group conflict, and political institutions for managing ethnic group conflict.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Political Science - Honors POLI 1H
  • Students completing Political Science 1 will be able to marshall empirical data to support a theory.
  • Students will be able to differentiate among changes in the American constitutional government over time.
Political Science Theory POLI 5
  • Evaluate and assess divergent political philosophical and theoretical viewpoints as to their relative validity.
  • Analyze the relationship between philosophical assumptions and theories of government.
  • Analyze the development of political philosophy and theory and its impact on the historical development of governmental institutions.
  • Analyze divergent assumptions about human nature and the theories they influenced.
  • Explain similarities and differences between liberal and republican political philosophies, citing contributions of philosophers instrumental in the development of each.
  • Summarize the main criticisms of liberal democracy made by Karl Marx.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Explain similarities and differences between liberal and republican political philosophies, citing contributions of philosophers instrumental in the development of each.
  • Summarize the main criticisms of liberal democracy made by Karl Marx
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary POLI 7
  • Students should be able to explain the meaning of the terms public sphere and civil society in the theories of contemporary political theorists.
  • Students should be able to accurately explain theories of power and crisis associated with theories of thinkers covered in the course and to compare them
Principles of Cultural Anthropology ANTH 5
  • Students will be able to recognize the immense scope of the multi-faceted discipline of anthropology and explain the relationships between its basic areas of inquiry: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and archaeology.
  • Students will be able to assess the historical development of anthropology as a Western academic discipline, giving particular attention to the significant contributions and perspectives of women, minority and non-Western cultural anthropologists.
  • Students will be able to examine the basic conceptual framework which structures the anthropological study of humanity, identifying the crucial distinctions between ethnocentrism and the practice of cultural relativism.
  • Students will be able to analyze the key methodological practices of cultural anthropology, with its major focus on pursuing ethnographic research through fieldwork.
  • Students will be able to relate how the processes in any cultural system operate by analyzing the integrated, synergistic nature of all such systems.
  • Students will be able to recognize the diversity of human cultures by contrasting comparative ethnographic information from a significant variety of world societies.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate the dynamics of culture change (both voluntary and involuntary), and apply this knowledge to understanding the complexities of culturally heterogeneous societies.
  • Students will be able to analyze how anthropological knowledge and insights can be applied to current societal issues, and then be extrapolated to an analytic evaluation of humanity's future.
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics BUSC 1A
  • Students completing BUSC 1A - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics will correctly know the use of monetary policy and make comments on the monetary policy being used by the FED.
  • Students completing BUSC 1A - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics will correctly know the use of fiscal policy and will be able to comment on the fiscal policy used by the government.
  • Students completing BUSC 1A - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics will know Fiscal Policy, various types of Fiscal Policies, and the tools available to the federal government to use Fiscal Policy. The students will also know the difference between an expansionary and a contractionary fiscal policy.
  • Students completing BUSC 1A - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics will know the monetary policy and the tools available to the Fed to use a certain type of monetary policy. The students will know the difference between an expansionary monetary policy and a contractionary monetary policy.
  • Students completing BUSC 1A - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics will be able to discuss current fiscal policy of the federal government and will be able to form their opinion.
  • The students were asked to write a report on the use of fiscal policy used during Reagan administration. They were asked to discuss the 1981 Economic Recovery Act (ERA) and its effect on the economic activity during that period. More than 80% of the students were able to explain the fiscal policy and 1981 ERA effects on the economy with a clear understanding of the fiscal policy. (2017-18) Students were asked to write a summary report of 1981 Economic Recovery Act and compare it with Tax Reform of 2017. More than 80% of the students were able to highlight the similarities between two tax reforms, corporate income tax rates cuts and personal income tax rates cuts. They were able explain the expected impact in these tax rates cuts on unemployment rates in the economy. They were able to relate the recent news of bonuses given to employees as a result of corporate income tax rate cuts and got more than 80% score.
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors BUSC 1AH
  • Students completing BUSC 1AH - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors will correctly know the use of monetary policy and will be able to comment on the monetary policy used by the FED.
  • Students completing BUSC 1AH - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors will correctly know the use of fiscal policy and will be able to comment on the fiscal policy being used by the government.
  • Students completing BUSC 1AH - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors will know Fiscal Policy, various types of Fiscal Policies, and the tools available to the federal government to use Fiscal Policy. The students will also know the difference between an expansionary and a contractionary fiscal policy.
  • Students completing BUSC 1AH - Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors will know the monetary policy and the tools available to the Fed to use a certain type of monetary policy. The students will know the difference between an expansionary monetary policy and a contractionary monetary policy.
Sociology SOC 1
  • Students will identify and apply the main sociological theoretical frameworks to analyze social stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality or other social groups.
  • Students will apply sociological research to distinguish the interrelatedness of various social intuitions and the relationship between society and the individual.
  • Students will identify the role of culture and socialization in the development of one’s beliefs, opinions, and values.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between society and the individual.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Students will know major concepts of sociology.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their sociology coursework.
Sociology - Honors SOC 1H
  • Students will identify and apply the main sociological theoretical frameworks to analyze social stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality or other social groups.
  • Students will apply sociological research to distinguish the interrelatedness of various social intuitions and the relationship between society and the individual.
  • Students will thoroughly know the major concepts of General Sociology.
  • Students will demonstrate an thorough understanding of the relationship between society and the individual.
  • Students will thoroughly analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
  • Students will identify the role of culture and socialization in the development of one’s beliefs, opinions, and values.
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences PSYC 10
  • Perform and evaluate descriptive (e.g., mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation) and inferential (e.g., Pearson correlation, t tests, z test, and one-way analysis of variance) statistics.
  • Using SPSS software, correctly input data, analyze data, and interpret output for descriptive statistics, t tests, correlation, and one-way analysis of variance.
  • Define and distinguish basic statistical terms and notation including scales of measurement.
  • Chart and interpret simple and cumulative frequency distributions.
  • Distinguish the difference between sample and population distributions and analyze the role played by the Central Limit Theorem.
  • Compute and describe the effects of various measures of central tendency and variability.
  • Describe and explain the normal curve including how z-scores are used and calculated.
  • Describe and interpret statistical error, effect size and power.
  • Formulate and test research hypotheses through the use of various inferential statistical procedures: t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square.
  • Compute and interpret descriptive statistics including correlation and regression.
  • Conduct and interpret statistical analyses using statistical software.
World Regional Geography GEOG 5
  • Evaluate the geographic situation, problems and prospects for each world region.
  • Explain the geographic tools used in regional analysis.
  • Analyze the spatial variation of human activities and physical processes in distinctive world regions.
  • Define the concept of region in geographic analysis.
  • Identify the location of the world’s countries, major urban centers, bodies of water, and other landform features.
  • Explain patterns of physical processes in distinctive world regions including climate and landform evolution.
  • Explain patterns of human processes in distinctive world regions including demographics, migration, language, religion, ethnicity, political processes, development and economic activities.
  • Describe the physical, social, economic, political and cultural relationships between distinctive world regions.
  • Evaluate the primary causes of deforestation in Southeast Asia.
  • Analyze the impacts of colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Analyze the relationship between social, political and/or economic institutions and human behavior.