Undergraduate Program Course Descriptions

Art Courses

ART 3941 Special Topics in Art
1 unit
During the year a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Child Development and Education Courses

CDE 3030 Child Psychology
3 units
This course covers the process of development from conception through early childhood years at the biological, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural levels. We will discuss the interactions of these various facets of development in specific areas like gender roles, aggressive behavior, or education and apply this knowledge to practical situations. We will also look at the child in relationship to family, school, and the community.

CDE 3040 Emerging Models of Early Childhood Education
3 units
This course will explore models of established early childhood education through an analysis of historical and theoretical antecedents. Students will study the major models in the field and examine how those approaches have changed over time and what their influence is on school today. Students will look at such models as Montessori, High/Scope, and Reggio Emilia. In addition they will look at the impact of No Child Left Behind on preschool programs.

CDE 3050 Integrating Curriculum: Best Practices
3 units
This course will look at curriculum development for young children in the framework of reflective teaching practices. By combining in-depth theoretical principles with practical applications, students will become familiar with methods to plan curriculum by providing for child-centered, relationship-based teaching. They will reflect on their own teaching practices and requirements from their work sites, as well as state mandates.

CDE 3060 Media, Technology & Children
3 units
This course is a study of the impact of modern media upon the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children. A critical exploration of communications through such channels as television, music, magazines, the Internet, and video games will be conducted. The positive as well as the negative manner in which the media influence the attitudes, values, and behaviors of young audiences will be examined.

CDE 3070 Child Advocacy
3 units
This course will explore a variety of concepts in child advocacy, including a range of individuals, professionals and advocacy organizations who promote the optimal development of children and family systems. Topics include individuals or organizations engaging in advocacy to protect children’s rights that may be abridged or abused in a number of areas. These topics will be examined from a variety of perspectives, both theoretical and cultural, and case studies will be analyzed.

CDE 3080 Special Education: Response to Intervention
3 units
This course provides an overview of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model—a multi-tiered framework designed to provide data-differentiated instruction appropriate for today’s diverse learners. Students will explore the assessment, intervention, and monitoring practices consistent with the model and apply its concepts to practical situations with regard to special education. Students will develop an understanding of relevant legal and ethical factors as well as the use of transdisciplinary teams, classroom grouping strategies, and researched-based instructional methods and programs.

CDE 3101 Practicum
3 units
Students will spend 30 hours at an approved site and begin to look at curriculum designed for early childhood programs and the relationships of students, teachers and parents in the classroom. Through structured observations and assignments, the students will examine a range of factors that promote optimal development and learning. There will be a new topic assigned each quarter.

(CDE-3101 is a required course for CDE concentration students.)

CDE 3200 Parent/Child Relationships
3 units
This course will focus on parent/child relationships and all the societal factors that affect them. Students will research and explore contemporary issues related to family structures and the resiliency of children to meet their needs in a fast-changing world. Students will become familiar with current neuroscience findings on children’s brain development. Any adult working with or caring about children and families will benefit from the material presented and the broad vision of the vital role children play in our future.

CDE 3320 Adolescent Development
3 units
At the completion of this course, the student should have an understanding of the process of human development from middle childhood through adolescence at the biological, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural levels. Through discussion and directed learning the student will become familiar with current research literature in adolescent development, and demonstrate the applicability to current practical situations.

CDE 3430 Theories of Learning & Cognition
3 units
This course examines the models and processes relevant to human cognition and learning. Topics include information processing, attention, memory, language, problem solving, and decision making. Surveys of empirical research and applications of concepts to everyday experiences will be conducted.

HDV 4550.SB Child Development & Learning
3 units
This class provides students with the opportunity to study and do research related to current child development theory and their applications in school and classroom contexts for children in grades K through 8. Students learn to read and interpret professional journal articles in order to explore the influence of culture on child development and child rearing practices. Students will learn to conduct developmental observations and interviews with children. Primary topics are cognitive, emotional, social and moral development, moral education, the role of children in US culture, and children’s rights. This course is offered by the Education Program.

HDV 4581 Language Development & Acquisition
3 units
This course combines the study of cognitive, personal, and social development with the study of the psychophysical dimensions of first- and second-language acquisition, language structure and its use, and the developmental and sociocultural factors that affect language learning and use. Genetic and social factors influencing cognitive and social development are studied. Candidates review contemporary theory and research on first- and second-language acquisition and use. The course also reviews current theory and research on how the variables of development, class, and ethnicity impact language learning. Then, the course focuses on dialects and standard languages, the implications of the differential status of language and dialects, value systems, acculturation patterns, and language environments. Finally, relevant federal and state laws, policies, and legal requirements governing the education of second language learners are studied, along with a review of different school-based programs designed to support English language development. This course is offered by the Education Program.

CDE 3941 Special Topics in Child Development & Education
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Communication and Media Courses

COM 3210.SB Interpersonal Communication in a Media World
3 units
Over the last decade, technology has compressed the world into a global village. Even though communication between dyads is now immediate and easily accessible, understanding the effects of interactions and relational development through the use of computer-mediated communication has brought new challenges in our world. This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches in understanding the effects of interactions (pros and cons), how relationships are developed, maintained, and terminated, and perceptions in a media-saturated world.

COM 3220 Documentary Filmmaking
3 units
Documentaries are powerful tools in accomplishing social justice work. They not only tell the story of the injustice and its impact but can bring about awareness and change through informing and mobilizing others. In addition, the advent of hand-held media devices, like smartphones, have put the power of the media into nearly everyone’s hands. This class will focus on how to use documentary filmmaking to address social justice issues. Students will learn how to document people, places, and things around them, interpret the material gathered and produce a visual nonfiction story. We will focus on story structure and using simple and easy-to-access media tools for creating a short documentary.

COM 3221 Environmental Documentary Filmmaking
3 units
Documentaries can be forceful tools in shaping environmental awareness. Very often they focus on the human impact on our natural world both in negative and positive ways. It no longer takes more than a smartphone to record environmental events from soil erosion to the devastating string of disasters in recent years that have plagued this small and, as we’ve all come to know, fragile planet. This class will focus on how to use documentary filmmaking to address the world within our own sphere. Students will study the issues at hand, then gather material and produce a short documentary focusing on a specific environmental concern. We will focus on story structure and simple ease-to-access media tools to achieve this end result.

COM 3230 Social Media
3 units
The emergence and diffusion of technology has provided us with two different realms to reside in: the real world and the social media world. Social media has drastically changed how we communicate with each other, from societal to individual levels. The question we will examine in this course is how does social media shape our lives and more importantly, how do we want it to shape our lives? This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches in understanding the effects of social media in our media saturated world. We will discuss how social media affects perceptions, relationships, education, business, global, and our identity.

COM 3250 World Media
3 units
The right to communicate was enshrined in the United Nations Charter on Human Rights more than 60 years ago. This was long before much of the media that we now take for granted was even imagined in this country, let alone much of the rest of the world. This course will examine what the right to communicate means within a social justice framework and how it plays out in various parts of the world and for various communities of interest. We will examine a variety of media and the ways that they are or can be used for good and ill; how the producers impact content delivery; what best practices are; and how to remedy poor practices. This course satisfies the Global & Intercultural Awareness requirements.

COM 3530 Organizational and Interpersonal Communication
3 units
Contemporary, global society is a collection of overlapping organizations. We are educated in organizations, hired into organizations, acculturated in organizations, entertained in organizations, and encouraged to spend our money in organizations.  Learning to communicate effectively and critically in organizations is crucial for survival and for success in contemporary society.  In this class, we will study different approaches to understanding and to practicing organizational communication.  Also, we will study the communication skills, particularly the interpersonal skills, and practices central to specific organizational processes.

COM 3270.SB Contemporary Issues in Media
3 units
This course is an exploration of theories of media, technology and culture as they relate to the study of cinema, focusing in particular on the age of “new media” or computer technologies. Increasingly new forms of technology are transforming the way we perceive and interact with moving images. The course focuses on a survey of central concepts and major theoretical debates associated with film/video in relation to new media, putting these debates in the context of film’s relation to other now older media such as photography, television and home video. Topics will include: indexicality in relation to digital technology, remediation, the virtual, information theory, convergence culture, software studies, digital animation and special effects, gaming and interactivity.

COM 3300 Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking
3 units
Documentaries are powerful tools in accomplishing social justice work. They not only tell the story of the injustice and its impact but can bring about awareness and change through informing and mobilizing others. In addition, the advents of hand-held media devices like smart phones, have put the power of the media into nearly everyone’s hands. This class will focus on how to use documentary filmmaking to address social justice issues. Students will learn how to document people, places, and things around them, interpret the material gathered and produce a visual nonfiction story. We will focus on story structure and using simple and easy-to-access media tools for creating a short documentary.

COM 3320 Online Odyssey: Digital Magazine Publication
3 units
The design and production of Antioch’s own online magazine provides the unique opportunity to publish a magazine with rich media and interactivity. Digital Storytelling is an emerging term that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own “true stories” in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. Using new models of content development and distribution, the magazine will create strategies for reader engagement and focus on publishing multimedia stories of interest to the Antioch community: activities & events; alumni stories; social justice issues; student and faculty profiles. Cross-platform distribution to a number of mobile, tablet and desktop devices combined with search optimization will provide increased audience reach; sophisticated analytics will be able to measure readership and engagement.

COM 3501 Media, Communication & Culture
3 units
History, theory, research, and issues surrounding mass communication are the subject of this course, which focuses on a critical survey of radio, television, newspapers, and magazines as instruments of mass communications. The behavior of audiences of the mass media is analyzed. Topics include ethics, persuasion, and media in relation to violence and minorities in society.

COM 3520 Public Speaking
3 units
This experience-based course in public speaking includes the preparation and presentation of a number of speeches. Topics include research, outlining, support of ideas, ethos, audience analysis, style and delivery. Students learn to evaluate critically their own speaking and that of others. Emphasis is on performance and improvement of targeted speech behaviors.

COM 3550 Intercultural Communication
3 units
Technology has compressed the world into a global village composed of myriad international and non-dominant domestic cultures. Communication between cultures is essential but complicated by different contexts, values, expectations, and perceptions. This course examines different theoretical and practical approaches to the complexities of both verbal and nonverbal communication across cultures. Communication styles of various nationalities are examined along with such issues as dominance, gender, religion, prejudice, time, distance, and silence.

COM 3580.SB Group Dynamics
3 units
This course examines theories and research about groups, and applications of social psychological (rather than clinical) notions of group processes. The course provides a setting in which students engage in both didactic and experiential learning about group roles, group development and task oriented and non-rational group dynamics. Topics include, among others: group functioning, development, role emergence and differentiation, leadership and authority, scapegoating and the relationship between these and non-rational behavior.

COM 3740 Advertising & Culture
3 units
Advertising is one of the most pervasive forces in modern culture. This class represents an overview of the advertising industry and its impact on society. Topics include the history and structure of the industry, consumer culture, persuasion theories, political advertising, children and advertising, sexuality, technological aspects, globalization, and ethical implications. Students analyze both print and television advertising and study the key role that research plays in planning and evaluating ad campaigns.

COM 3941 Films on Social Justice Topics
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Environmental Studies/Ecology Courses

ECO 3000 Ecopsychology
3 units
Ecopsychology recognizes the complex interconnection, interaction, and interdependence among living and non-living nature. It is a cross-pollination among the sciences and humanities that provides a critical and necessary understanding that the well-being, the flourishing of the planet and that of the human and nonhuman world must include sustainable and mutually enhancing relationships. This course emphasizes relationships between personal, community, organizational, economic, social, ecological and ethical issues.

ECO 3010 Environmental Justice & Advocacy
3 units
In this course, students explore fundamental environmental justice issues and effective means of advocacy. Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice is achieved when everyone—regardless of race, color, national origin, or income—has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process. Students will gain awareness of environmental justice issues and examine case studies from around the world. This course satisfies the Ethics requirement.

ECO 3020 Marine Ecology
3 units
This course is designed to give students an interdisciplinary perspective of marine science focusing on organisms, ecosystems, currents, and future environmental problems our oceans face, such as ocean acidification. Organisms in the sea will be discussed, including microbes, algae, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The ecology of plants and animals in various marine habitats, including rocky shores, estuaries, open ocean and deep sea, will be covered. Included topics are the natural history of Santa Barbara oceanic habitats and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

ECO 3040 Conservation Biology
3 units
Conservation biology is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on conservation of biological diversity at gene, population, species, ecosystem, landscape, and global levels. This course provides an overview of the discipline including the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, established and emerging conservation approaches and strategies, and the ecological and evolutionary theory that underlies these approaches.

ECO 3050 Natural History of Santa Barbara
3 units
This course examines local habitats in the Santa Barbara region, including sloughs, chaparral, streams, and gardens. Research and observational techniques will focus on contemporary ecological problems in diverse habitats, exploring solutions that emerge. This course incorporates knowledge of flora, vertebrate and invertebrate fauna, geology, chemistry, and ecological restoration and will include field work at various habitats.

ECO 3200 Sustainable Aid & Grassroots Initiatives
3 units
In this class, students will explore sustainable aid initiatives globally that focus on communities, countries, and ecosystems and empower people within their habitat. Sustainable aid is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. Sustainable aid can be grassroots oriented, using bottom-up approaches, involving constant conversation with aid recipients and using their feedback. Students will learn about sustainable aid in the context of collaborative, honest, realistic situations on the ground. We will focus on case studies that are mission-driven, people-oriented, marketable and scalable, well-managed and financed.

ECO 3450 Global Environmental Studies
3 units
The goal of this course is to give students an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. From the local scale to the global scale, we will use several approaches in our study of the science of ecology, and in the process, learn something of the natural history of the Santa Barbara area and the global processes important in controlling such phenomena as global warming. The course will include one mandatory all-day field trip. Satisfies Quantitative Relationship requirement

ECO 3500 Anthrozoology
3 units
This course explores the interdisciplinary field of Anthrozoology from a multidisciplinary perspective. Anthrozoology is the study of the many different ways in which human and non-human animals relate to each other and impact each other’s lives. Topics covered in this course represent an overview of current issues in Human-Animal Studies. This includes humans’ relationships with pets, psychological and physiological benefits of companion animals, concern for animal rights and animal welfare, the link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans, individual differences in people’s relationships with animals, and a review of moral and ethical concerns about eating meat, wearing fur, and the use of animals for research and entertainment. This course uses sociological, psychological, historical, cultural and environmental perspectives to examine the human-other animal bond.

ECO 3760 Sustainable Business Practices
3 units
In this course students explore sustainability issues and challenges affecting new and existing businesses in today’s global market. Environmental, social, ethical and cultural perspectives are addressed, as well as their impact on effective sustainable business management. Students reflect upon the truth about green business, carbon foot printing, green marketing, green management and finance. Students gain awareness of the potential for a paradigmatic shift in resource management and sustainability frameworks, and explore zero waste concepts. Students investigate multiple global approaches to sustainable business management and gain a solid understanding of managing without growth and a steady state economy that lead to effective integration of social, ecological and economic realities.

ECO 3941 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Entrepreneurship Courses

ENT 3000 Entrepreneurship
3 units
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial process, and the vital role played by entrepreneurs in the 21st century global economy. This is a project-based course, mixing theory with practice, and challenges students to (1) explore and critique case studies; (2) apply theoretical principles and concepts to real world ideas and situations; and (3) develop and articulate their own entrepreneurial vision.

ENT 3770 E-business & E-commerce
3 units
This course provides students with a broad overview of the concepts and principles of e-business and e-commerce and addresses the need for all businesses, including traditional business models, to incorporate an online presence into their existing structure. Students focus on the digital value chain for eBusiness and eCommerce and including: eProducts and eServices, eProcurement, eMarketing, eContracting, eDistribution, ePayment, as well as eCustomer relationship management. In addition to business models and business webs, digital procurement and marketing processes such as electronic negotiation processes, security questions with digital signatures, as well as electronic supplier relationship management, cyber law, and customer relationship management are also addressed.

ENT 3790 Business Planning & Development
3 units
Small business is the dominant form of business in the United States, and reliance on the services provided and jobs created by small companies is integral to our economic development. In this course, students identify management and financial concerns unique to the small business owner, and study models for small business growth, product or service innovation, and long-term sustainability. Students analyze the risks and rewards of potential growth opportunities and address fundamental marketing concepts, theories, principles of marketing new products in the global marketplace and the associated ethical dilemmas. Students discover the technologies that can boost competition and how to attract private investors and bankers for expansion.

 

Global Studies Courses

GBL 3000 History of Globalization
3 units
The goal of this course is to explore the history of globalization from several different angles to allow students to develop a strong foundation in knowledge about the different perspectives available in the scholarly community. Students start from a basic definition of globalization and develop critical thinking regarding the areas of global political influence, global military influence, and global economic influence in a historic sequence. Review of philosophies for each of the influence areas supported by group projects and interactive classroom activities will allow the students to get a broad overview of how globalization developed and why it has taken on such a dominant role in current global political and business discussions.

GBL 3140 Conflict Management I: Nature & Cause
3 units
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of individual, group, organizational, national and transnational conflicts in the “Ages of Globalization and Terrorism.” The world is irreversibly interdependent and marked by the free flow of capital, goods, people, knowledge and ideas, and at the same time subject to the increasingly turbulent forces of nationalism, ethnicity, religion and the spread of destructive technological  capabilities (nuclear arms). By examining the root causes of conflict from the perspective of biology, psychology, economics and business, politics and technology, students will delve into the nature and sources of modern conflict, the strategies and tactics most often employed by disputants and the dynamic and structural forces that cause conflict to escalate, stalemate, deescalate and ultimately settle.

GBL 3610 Global Economics
3 units
Beginning with a review of essential concepts in economics, this course focuses on the international and cross-cultural nature of contemporary economic phenomena. Emphasis is on macroeconomics, rather than micro-economics. Theoretical concepts are applied to specific cases, such as economic relationships between the US and Japan, Mexico, and other countries.

GBL 3941 Special Topics in Global Studies
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Interdisciplinary Courses

INT 3020 Educational Foundations
3 units
The major goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the history, philosophy, policies, and purposes of the undergraduate degree program at Antioch University Santa Barbara. It provides an orientation to the specific student-centered learning program available at Antioch Santa Barbara. From a basis of their transferred units, students learn to plan and take responsibility for the completion of their degree. This course also introduces the student to the Core Purposes of a Liberal Arts Education: critical and creative thinking; global and intercultural awareness; holistic personal development; competence for professional pursuits; effective communication; and the unifying principle of praxis for social justice. Special emphasis is placed on the development of college level writing skills and critical thinking. Required in the first quarter for all students.

INT 3031 Service Learning in the Community
3 units
Using models from experiential and adult learning theory, this course provides students with structured opportunities to intern at a local nonprofit organization while reflecting upon their service learning in a weekly seminar setting. Through use of carefully focused readings and a variety of interactive and reflective activities, students are encouraged to integrate their philosophical, conceptual, and practical learning experiences as they analyze, discuss, and write about their combined field and classroom learning. It is strongly suggested that students choose their volunteer site and begin the process before the first class. Volunteer hours should not begin before the official start of the quarter. Required for all students.

INT 3081 Senior Capstone Project
3 units
Built around the campus mission and BA Program’s Core Purposes, this course is designed to provide students with a structured opportunity to integrate, synthesize, and reflect upon common and practical themes from their undergraduate program. Students will provide evidence of the essential knowledge they have gleaned from their liberal arts education by creating a cumulative portfolio and by assessing their skills in the areas of each Learning Outcome. The course culminates in a presentation to the faculty and students. Required in the last quarter for all students.

INT 3941 Readings on Social Justice Topics
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Business and Entrepreneurship Courses

MGT 3200 Business Finance
3 units
Whether you are a business executive, entrepreneur, or would-be investor, understanding and assessing the fiscal health of a business is paramount to making sound financial decisions. In this course, we examine key aspects of financial management from micro-level health assessment of a business, to macro-level decision-making in financial markets. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding, forecasting and managing financial issues within an organization. Course topics include operating and capital budgets, financial reports, financial analysis, and fiscal controls.

MGT 3220 Leadership & Project Management
3 units
Project management is a continuous challenge for most of us. We manage projects daily—social, academic, and/or professional. The recorded history of project management has changed from a time when only engineers were in charge of large-scale projects to what we experience today, where homemakers, students, community advocates, and all levels of business associates lead and support team projects. This course focuses on the essential aspects of project leadership and management, covering the six fundamentals of project management: defining the scope, initiating, planning, launching, executing, and closing the project. These fundamentals are viewed from both the perspectives of the project leader and the project member. Topics include the dimensions of leadership, determining the direction, scheduling, managing risk, and creating a healthy team environment.

MGT 3230 Managing in a Global Environment
3 units
The global workplace is ubiquitous. In today’s business community, we find dispersed companies interfacing with contractors, subcontractors and strategic partners in every part of the globe. Each alliance brings with it cultural differences that impact communication, decision making, project management, leadership style, conflict management techniques, and relationship-building. This class explores cultural differences in the global environment from the perspectives of power, risk-taking and individual perception. Students learn how trust, an essential component to successful business ventures, is exhibited in select cultures, and experience how genuine overtures of trust can be misunderstood due to cultural perceptions.

MGT 3240 The Business of:
3 units
This course provides instruction in various business management and administration topics. Topics of current interest in business and issues related to management and creation of sustainable business will be covered. Students will understand the characteristics, business strategies and environment unique to an industry. May be repeated up to four time.

MGT 3681 Management: Best Practices
3 units
This course will focus on best practices management with a primary emphasis on what constitutes best practices in leadership and management in today’s complex world. This course will focus on the importance of the leader as teacher within the organization and community. Students will explore how leaders emerge, and learn to understand the importance of visionary leadership within a framework of social responsibility. The course will delve into the aspects of servant leadership that emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. Leading in a diverse world, leading in a time of crises and complexity, and how today’s leaders and managers handle change today and into the future will also be examined.

MGT 3741 Organizational Strategy & Culture
3 units
This course explores the improvement of organizations through planned, systematic, long- range efforts focused on the organization’s culture and its human and social processes. This exploration uses behavioral science techniques to diagnose current and potential organizational problems. The course then applies theory, practice and research to determine appropriate interventions to address the problem. Long-range strategies for prevention of future organizational problems are also discussed. The course will emphasize case studies and the use of role-playing by students to develop insights into the best use of interventions.

MGT 3750 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
3 units
This course explores the wide-ranging impact of management decisions, policy making, and strategy on communities and society. Internal and external political and social environments, ethical dilemmas faced by managers and executives, and the impact of “whistle blowers” are also covered. Students will initially analyze these issues within the context of ethical philosophy, later exploring the conditions and norms, which motivate institutional behavior, working relationships, and moral choice. Satisfies Ethics requirement.

MGT 3850.SB Human Resources & Legal Issues
3 units
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the human resources function and related legal issues and their impact on the professional manager. Subject areas include: employee relations, compensation practices, collective bargaining, human resources planning, quality of work life, employment law and affirmative action.

MGT 3941 Special Topics in Business Management & Leadership
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Marketing Courses

MKT 3000 Market Analysis & Research
3 units
This course adopts a comprehensive hands-on approach to designing and conducting research. From classic opinion research to social media analytics, a wide range of contexts, problem areas, and methods are covered that are relevant across disciplines and fields of study. Students will be exposed to the various stages of the research process from recognizing the need for research and defining the problem to analyzing data and interpreting results. Proper design of research methods, fieldwork, questionnaires, and surveys (e.g., online surveys) is covered. Emphasizes the total research process as well as specific research steps, stressing information needs, research formulation and design, and research procedure. Integrates and applies concepts through marketing research cases and a field research project.

MKT 3010 Integrated  Marketing Communications
3 units
This course provides a broad introduction to integrated marketing communications (IMC). Students learn the elements of a strategic communications plan. In the class, students also review marketing mix development in various product/service life stages of a company. This helps students gain an understanding that the integrated communications plan must tie to business goals, audience relevancy, market penetration, and measurable results. Lastly, students gain an understanding of how to plan and implement an integrated marketing communications plan from the viewpoints of advertising agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

MKT 3020 Web Analytics
3 units
This course explores best practices and applications for analyzing online marketing activities. Specifically, this course will explore the collection, measurement, and analysis of metrics for the purposes of improving web-based marketing. This course teaches web analytics through practical applications, with a focus on deriving actionable insights.

MKT 3030 Consumer Behavior
3 units
This course presents a comprehensive, systematic, and practical conceptual framework for understanding people as consumers—the basic subject matter of all marketing. Consumer buying patterns, motivation and search behavior. The consumer decision-making process includes interdisciplinary concepts from economics, sociology, psychology, cultural anthropology and mass communications as well as, case analyses and research projects. Students discuss relevant psychological and sociological theories and study how they can be used to predict consumers’ reactions to strategic marketing decisions. Basic methodologies for research in consumer behavior are developed and applied. Course emphasis is on developing applications of behavioral concepts and methods for marketing actions.

MKT 3050 Strategic Marketing
3 units
This course will provide an overview of strategic marketing techniques and the practical application of these methods as applied to small business, start-ups, and large corporations. Topics to be addressed and discussed include: the evolution of online, mobile and social marketing and its crucial role as a driver of growth, structured approaches to marketing campaigns, use of market research, market segmentation and targeting, positioning, branding, product development and pricing. The analysis of effective media channels for targeted marketing campaigns and methods used to measure and track results will also be covered. In addition to analyzing an existing company’s strategic marketing initiatives, each student will also create a strategic marketing plan for a business, product or service of his or her choice.

MKT 3060 Advanced Public Relations
3 units
Advanced Public Relations is a course designed to further develop public relations skills. Emphasis on public relations case studies and the development and execution of a public relations plan. Students will also learn specialized areas of public relations analyzing the state of contemporary media – online and off – and its impact on public relations examining key factors influencing reportorial and editorial coverage of entertainment, business, government and not-for-profit interests. Special emphasis is on the advent of the Internet, the rise of citizen journalism, and the impact of blogs and other social media.

MKT 3070 Brand Development
3 units
Exploring the reasons why brands are so valuable and the factors that contribute to that value are crucial elements when developing a comprehensive marketing strategy. This course will examine the relevance and differentiation of brands. The concept of branding will be explored to understand how the branding of a product, company (or purpose) influences customer perception and the strategic thinking behind brand development. Real-world examples will illustrate how marketing communication tools and techniques can be used to build both a competitive advantage and brand equity.

MKT 3080 Consultative and Relationship Selling
3 units
Collaborative interaction when selling products and services assists the buyer to identify his or her needs. With Consultative and Relationship Selling, the customers’ needs come first. We will explore how collaborative selling promotes and sustains customer loyalty and ultimate customer satisfaction. We will also discover how customer needs are identified through a combination of preparation and effective probing. The sales techniques we will examine will focus on the interaction between buyer and salesperson rather than the price or specific features of the product or service. Real-world examples will illustrate how Consultative and Relationship Selling tools and techniques can be used to build a competitive sales advantage in the marketplace.

 

Music Courses

MUS 3200 Exploration of Music
3 units
This course explores selected music areas and cultures from around the world and the local Santa Barbara music scene. We will learn terms and concepts of music such as: sound, timbre, pitch, intervals, scales, melody, harmony, and rhythm. Within the musical context we will explore different cultures, musical genres, instruments played, and the transmission and performance practices used by each culture. This course is designed to be an engaging and “hands-on” musical experience.

 

Philosophy Courses

PHL 3670 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society
3 units
This course provides an in-depth examination of selected ethical issues, appropriate for students in all areas of concentration. Students acquire an understanding of key concepts, theories and topics central to the area of philosophy known as Ethics. Students explore both their own views and those of prominent thinkers on questions such as the nature of morality.

PHL 3690 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Services
3 units
This course will give students an ethical decision making model to apply to professional situations. We will discuss the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as a reference to ethical behavior in work situations which professionals encounter. Through class discussions of possible scenarios and situations, students will also have opportunities to explore personal values, attitudes, and beliefs regarding a variety of topics such as gift giving, boundaries, dual relationships, and diversity issues. The course will also cover general ethical/legal principles that counseling professionals encounter, such as confidentiality issues, privileged communication, and issues of abuse and neglect.

PHL 3941 Special Topics in Philosophy
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Political Science Courses

POL 3310 Multiculturalism & American Politics
3 units
This course will study the political mechanisms that operate in the context of an increasingly multicultural society. American politics has historically been looked upon as a stable beacon of strength for many to emulate. Now significant numbers of people of color, women, and individuals who represent alternative lifestyles are impacting the political arena. How will politics as we know it be altered? Historical, psychological and sociopolitical thought will be utilized to examine the issues of multiculturalism and American politics. Satisfies Global & Intercultural Awareness requirements.

POL 3470 Public Policy
3 units
This course examines the dynamics of public policy formation. Through reading case studies, interviewing public officials and private sector representatives and observing community groups and government agencies in action, students learn to analyze local issues. Students gain an understanding of the political process on state and federal levels as well as the local arena. Areas of analysis may include: local and/or national policies on business, labor, human services, energy and environment.

POL 3920 Engaged Citizenship
3 units
This course is a combination of readings on the U.S. Constitution, governmental advocacy and a practical exercise in developing the knowledge of government at all levels and the skills necessary to influence it. Particular emphasis is placed on judicial constitutional applications and the actual participation in the governing process by advocacy of a specific issue in a governmental or community forum.

 

Psychology Courses

PSY 3020 Mindfulness
3 units
This course will explore both the classical roots of mindfulness practice and the modern scientific studies on mindfulness. Mindfulness practice is designed to help people develop inner calm, focus, insight and compassion. Scientific studies show its effectiveness in reducing stress-related mental and physical illness as well as promoting improved attention and well-being. Students will develop a mindfulness practice that fits their individual styles for learning as well as methods for integrating the practice into their relationships, professions, community service and personal lives.

PSY 3100 Global Perspectives on Stress
3 units
This course covers different ways cultures manifest and manage stress around the world. Different sources of stress, from the physical to the emotional, will be explored as well as the physiology of stress. Students will compare global perspectives on stress and methods of self-care. Included in this class is information about how to maintain your own health, recognize the symptoms of burnout, and manage the various manifestations of stress in your life.

PSY 3201 Counseling Theory & Coaching Techniques
3 units
This course explores the fundamental helping skills a counselor must practice and master in order to build rapport, foster trust and facilitate constructive collaboration in a variety of settings. Students learn about and practice these skills in the development of a helping relationship characterized by warmth, respect, genuineness, congruence and empathy. Special emphasis is placed on the process of adapting strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, such as disabilities, gender differences, sexual orientation, developmental levels, culture, ethnicity, age and health status.

PSY 3230 Personal Relationships: The Making & Breaking of Affectional Bonds
3 units
This course will explore both the positive and negative aspects in the dynamics of various types of relationships such as parent/child, friend, sibling, romantic/sexual (both heterosexual and gay/lesbian/bisexual), aging parent/adult child, and employer/employee to name a few. We will analyze major world philosophies and moral perspectives in regards to marriage, parenting, and adult child/parent issues. Students will have opportunities to explore personal values, attitudes, and beliefs regarding a variety of topics on personal relationships.

PSY 3281 Psychology of Gender & Sexuality
3 units
This course introduces students to the interconnectedness of sex, gender, and sexuality. Students explore the biological, psychological, social, political, and cultural meanings of gender and sexuality in a contemporary, global and transcultural context. Special emphasis is placed on the effects of oppression, including sexism, racism, misogyny and homophobia.

PSY 3330 Culture & Emotions
3 units
The science of emotion is critical to our understanding of human behavior and needs. This course explores the major psychological perspectives on emotion, both historic and contemporary, with an emphasis on cultural context. Topics include the components and functions of emotions, causes of emotions, and individual, gender, and cultural differences. Students will explore the causes of emotional dysfunction and how emotions can be regulated and controlled.

PSY 3340.SB Issues in Substance-based & Process Addictions
3 units
This course addresses major issues related to substance-based addictions (alcohol and drugs) and other related addictive behaviors referred to as process addictions (gambling, shopping, internet, sex, eating, etc.). The course will explore issues related to early life experience and trauma; family dynamics inclusive of family rules and survival roles; codependency; the biology of addiction; comparative theories of addiction and approaches to treatment.
** Students who have completed PSY 380A are not eligible to take PSY 3340.SB.

PSY 3350 Psychopathology: The Nature of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society
3 units
This course provides a comprehensive investigation into the nature and scope of mental illness in contemporary society. An overview of historical thinking and approaches, as well as cultural and societal influences, will be examined. The focus of the course will be on current theories and practices as they relate to both psychotherapeutic and bio-therapeutic approaches to understanding and treatment. Cultural, social, and political attitudes toward mental illness, inclusive of the marginalization and stigmatization of the mentally ill, will be of particular interest from a social justice perspective.

PSY 3391 Positive Psychology
3 units
This course provides an overview of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field of Positive Psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best with in them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Its three central tenets are explored: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. This includes the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future.

PSY 3400 Theories of Personality
3 units
This course is designed to acquaint students with the major theories of personality and schools of thought in psychology. A comparative approach is used, based on the assumption that each theory contributes a part to the whole understanding of the human personality. An objective is to study the parts in order to gain a greater understanding of the whole. A final goal of this course is for each student to develop her/his own theory of personality based on a critical understanding of predominant theories in order to come to know one’s own biases, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses.

PSY 3410 Transformation of Consciousness
3 units
This course examines some of the foundation for the transpersonal psychology movement as well as current developments in the creation of a full spectrum model for human growth and development. Students focus on consciousness, dreams, new findings on the functioning of the brain, meditation, and other related areas. The course explores ideas about consciousness and how consciousness relates to one’s thoughts and actions in the world. Experiential sessions focus on integration of course material into everyday life.

PSY 3440 Social Psychology
3 units
This course examines the ways that social psychology may be used to better understand such phenomena as conformity, prejudice, persuasion, love and aggression.  Individual experience and personality development are studied in the context of such social influences as family, peers, role models, institutions and mass media.  Strategies for social change are considered, as enacted by both individuals (as in psychotherapy) and groups (such as political activism).

PSY 3450 Community Psychology & Social Change
3 units
This course applies theory and research in community psychology to the analysis of social intervention strategies used by government, professional and paraprofessional workers to address social problems. Topics include: social, political and economic influences on the individual; ways people cope with stressful environments and events; the respective roles of prevention and treatment in various intervention strategies; and tactics used by change agents—social service employees, community activists, mental health practitioners and others who seek to improve the quality of life in their community. This course also critiques research methods used in program evaluation to assess the effectiveness of social innovations.

PSY 3550 Healing from Trauma
3 units
This course will offer an overview of trauma, loss and the theoretical frameworks that link trauma to the healing process, including diversity and cultural implications. Various traumas such as domestic violence, violent crime, grief, and natural disasters will be considered in this overview along with responses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We will explore effective therapeutic interventions for both children and adults.

PSY 3640 Principles of Group Counseling
3 units
This course examines theories and research about social psychological group processes. Special emphasis is placed on psychological/psychotherapeutic group process, and group process directed toward social support and psychoeducation. The course provides a setting in which students engage in both didactic and experiential learning about group roles, group development and task oriented and not-rational group dynamics. Opportunity is provided for students to develop and demonstrate group facilitation skills.

PSY 3681 Family Systems: Global Perspectives & Interventions
3 units
This course provides an overview of family systems in a global context. Students will explore family structures as manifestations of the cultural groups to which the family belongs, and interventions which reflect those cultural values. First to define family therapy were American family therapists such as Whitaker, Satir, Minuchin and Bowen. But as family therapy travels across the globe, it is changing to fit unique cultures and circumstances. This course explores both American and global models of the family as a living system in which change is best facilitated by considering the family in context. Students will have an opportunity to examine their own family system through a variety of class assignments.

PSY 3690 Adult Development & Aging
3 units
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The student is taught techniques to help the elderly, to support others who care for the elderly, what the student can do to prepare for later life, and how to prepare for their own end of life issues.

PSY 3941 Special Topics in Psychology
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Quantitative Courses

QNT 3600 Macroeconomics
3 units
Economics is the study of the choices which are made because of the scarcity of resources, the institutions which facilitate those choices, and the outcomes that occur in various market environments. This course introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals.

QNT 3890 Research Methods & Statistics
3 units
This course provides an in-depth examination of the importance of scientific research and covers research methodology including library searches, surveys, quasi-experimental, correlational, and experimental methods. Hypothesis testing through statistical analysis to accept or reject the research hypotheses is covered. Internal validity of controls and procedures as well as external validity enabling generalization to target populations are discussed. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped to critique claims in science and in the media. Satisfies Quantitative Relationship requirements. Required of all students—maybe satisfied with transfer work.

 

Religious Studies Courses

RLG 3000 Spirituality & World Religions
3 units
The focus of this course is to review and analyze the nature and impact that spirituality and religion have placed upon societies around the world. This course will also scrutinize the powerful role that spirituality and religion have played in the shaping of our American psyche value system and public culture. Utilizing critical inquiry, students will study the phenomenon of change and challenge in areas such as family, education, politics and business. The class will be directed to probe spirituality and religion in light of rapid modernization and globalization, public policy and law. In addition, spirituality and religions around the world will be explored through the ideals of varied and changing theologies, human rights, and environmental struggles.

RLG 3010 Buddhism
3 units
Buddhist ideas and meditation practices are having a profound impact on modern science, psychology, spirituality and health care. In this class each student will gain a personally meaningful understanding of the essential philosophy and practice of Buddhism through the lenses of their own questions and learning styles. The course will combine personal experience with academic study and include a workbook, course website, original Buddhist scriptures and individualized research. Each class session will include teachings on Buddhism, discussions, student sharing, journaling, movement and meditation. We will come away with new perspectives and practices to enrich our minds and lives.

RLG 3941 Special Topics in Religion
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

 

Sociology Courses

SOC 3020 Social Justice Movements, Their Leaders & People
3 units
The focus of this course is to review and analyze the cultural-political and spiritual environments, the very nature of how, why and when social justice movements occur. The course will examine components in an environment that set the stage for a social justice campaign to occur. Profile studies of social justice leaders, members and movements will be conducted. Current theoretical discussions, research and various community guests will be utilized in guiding the student’s awareness of social justice movements in the local and world communities. Students will critically analyze the social context of social justice utilizing Santa Barbara as an initial study site.

SOC 3050.SB Pacific Rim Cultures & Communities
3 units
This course examines the cultures of various countries that comprise the Pacific Rim. Students are informed through the analysis of cultural norms, values and beliefs of Pacific Rim communities, both within the US and around the world. Through the application of critical thinking skills, students will compare and contrast certain Pacific Rim cultures, learn how history, climate, geography, and trade impact relationships, and explore the contribution that this dynamic area of the world makes to the global community.

SOC 3510.SB Diversity & Cultural Awareness
3 units
Community is a complex, multilevel set of peoples, organizations, and values, interwoven and bound by relationships. Any single aspect of community affects the whole. Some may argue that the comfort of distance between people in the community is diminishing rapidly and causing a clash of lifestyles. Others would say that the community is coming together to redefine and improve itself. What are the levels and spheres that make up a diverse community? What role does awareness of diversity and culture play in the life of the community? This course is designed to generate responses to these questions. Professionals, activists, families, and private citizens who are part of this community have been invited to participate in a series of colloquia to share their knowledge, experience, and opinions with the class and community members. Satisfies Global & Intercultural Awareness requirements.

SOC 3770 The Latino Community in American Society
3 units
According to the 1990 census, by the year 2010, the Latino community will become the largest ethnic population in California. The Latino language and cultural influences will be felt in all public and private sectors of the society. As residents and future professional service providers, the students’ need to become aware of and understand Latino culture is critical. This course is designed to introduce the Latino community from cultural, historical, and psychological perspectives. Students will critically analyze the social context of the Latino in the United States using Santa Barbara as the study site.

 

Writing Courses

WRT 3100 Academic Writing
3 units
Beginning with a review of basics (grammar, outline, style, purpose, etc.) the course will focus on the development of the individual student’s writing skills from writing about the self through expository and persuasive writing. Through assignments and in-class exercises, the elements of basic communication common to both academic and professional writing will be examined. Revisions and development will be emphasized. There will be limited lecture and a great deal of discussion, practice and feedback in both dyad and workshop formats. The overall goal is to improve each student’s writing skills regardless of initial level of sophistication. Required in the first quarter for all students.

WRT 3110 Creative Writing
3 units
This course is an explanation of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and drama for students who seek an adventure in creative writing. Students will use their imagination to play with various writing techniques, which are relevant to all types of writing and genres. Through discussion and written exercises, students will write across genres and discover how they share similar sources and build on similar skills.

WRT 3130 Creative Writing: Fiction
3 units
This is a course in writing narrative prose short stories or novel chapters with the goal of developing a unique personal writing voice. Students will read and discuss brief pieces of published fiction that model specific writing techniques, and they will discuss examples of student writing to identify genial turns of phrase and to offer guidance where appropriate. The course will also consist of occasional in-class, and weekly at-home exercises from the course text: prompts designed to juice the creative muse and to provide enjoyable practice in certain narrative elements.

WRT 3190 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
3 units
This course explores the nonfiction genre, which celebrates the author’s subjective experience and impressions. Studied forms include personal (lyrical) essays, memoirs, travel and nature articles, profiles, interviews, narrative and human interest stories, and literary journalism. Using Classical examples, students will examine the unique role of creative non-fiction in literary discourse and public debate.

WRT 3200 Screenwriting
3 units
Students learn the fundamental building blocks of writing for the screen: character, conflict, scenes, dramatic structure, screenplay format, and the visual language of the screen. Students will acquire basic screenwriting skills through lecture, reading and analyzing produced screenplays, and by writing and workshopping short scene exercises, culminating in each student pitching, writing and revising a ten-page script.

WRT 3210 Professional Writing
3 units
An advanced course in writing for a variety of professional applications including, science, business, grants promotion, and reporting. Students study conceptual and technical writing in a wide range of mediums for diverse audiences with attention to tone and style. Students engage in the writing process as it pertains to professional writing through drafting, revising, and presenting an individual portfolio that is immediately applicable to the professional writing environment.

WRT 3220 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
3 units
In this class — a laboratory for working writers — students write extensively and participate in critiques of their own work and that of their peers. Instructors also examine work individually with students during conferences. Students are expected to come to the workshops with openness to various approaches toward literature and writing. There will be a strong focus on generating new work.

WRT 3223 Long Form Journalism
3 units
This course covers long form journalism, a branch of journalism dedicated to longer more in depth articles with larger amounts of content. The length of long form articles is between that of a traditional article and that of a periodical, often in the form of creative nonfiction or narrative journalism.

WRT 3390 The Personal Journal: Literature & Self Discovery
3 units
Historical and contemporary uses of journals and diaries to record reflections, feelings, and events of daily life will be considered in this class, along with ways to use this creative process to survive some of life’s more difficult transitions. The course includes selected readings and weekly journal writing exercises utilizing guided imagery, dialogue, the portrait, and the not-posted letter.

WRT 3940 Portfolio/Thesis Project
3 units
Students are required to develop a portfolio of written work that represents significant efforts in creative or professional writing. This may include a major creative work, or a collection of minor works that may include any of the following: Non traditional writing assignments (e.g., creatives cholarship,translations,editions, statistical studies). Work done for internships that are not easily classifiable as formal writing. Grants, applications, reports, promotions, technical report, or business writing.

WRT 3941 Special Topics in Writing
1 unit
Every quarter, a variety of one-unit seminars are offered on contemporary writing topics. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be repeated up to six times.

WRT 3950 Literary Theory for Social Change
3 units
An advanced course in writing to advocate social change and social causes. Focuses on the study and practice of writing related to governance, citizenship, and civil society, including theories of Marxism, deconstructionism, postcolonialism, and eco-feminism. Students study and practice communication that aims to influence public understanding of civic issues, such as op-ed pieces, policy briefs, and political campaigns and functions within a civic organization to meet its mission, such as grants, educational brochures, and marketing documents.

 

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