Human Communication courses

HCOM 112: English Communication Through Global Literatures

Through portfolio assessment, introduces students to college-level reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Further develops reading skills through an examination of unique, transnational values represented in all literary genres from throughout the world. Develops the capability to understand, analyze, interpret, and appreciate literature of diverse cultures through written responses, oral presentations, and research papers.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 195: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Human Communication. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 196: Field Studies

Opportunities for independent field research projects involving oral history, social action writing, archival research, or investigative journalism.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 197: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 201: Philosophy of Human Nature

What does it mean to be human? How might we live meaningfully and well together? This course surveys representative theories and philosophical reflections that explore human nature and the nature of society, the state, and government with an emphasis on the experiential elements of meaningful human existence and notions of an ideal society.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 211S: Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking SL

Introduces students to college-level reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Explores issues of identity, diversity, social justice, and service learning through academic study and participation in local community service settings. Further develops reading skills through a focus on divergent perspectives on themes of social responsibility, literacy, and educational equity. Emphasizes the writing process and develops empathic and critical listening skills through class discussion, peer workshops, community service, and group presentations within a collaborative, interactive, and intercultural environment. Requires a minimum of 30 hours community service work in addition to class time.

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 211: Reading Writing Crit Thkg

Through portfolio assessment, introduces students to college-level reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Further develops reading skills through a focus on divergent perspectives. Emphasizes the writing process to develop writings and a research paper. Develops empathic and critical listening skills through class discussion, peer workshops, interviews, and group presentations within a collaborative, interactive, and intercultural environment.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 212: Dialogue and Deliberation-An Introduction

Dialogue and deliberation are communication processes that promote deeper understanding and better decision making about life's choices and challenges. Skill development in listening, inquiry, and reflection. Analytical and evaluative assessment of divergent perspectives, alternatives, and potential consequences in decision-making situations. Diverse ethical theories frame the exploration of communication-based controversies. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 213: Introduction to Communication Ethics

Introduction to the ethics of communication practices. Students identify, comprehend and interpret communication dilemmas in interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational or mass media contexts; they analyze the ethical controversies in these contexts and evaluate the communicative options suggested by different ethical frameworks. Students generate a personal and communal ethic to guide communication conduct. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 214: Interpersonal Comm & Conflict

This course introduces students to the dynamics of interpersonal communication and conflict resolution. Participants identify, comprehend, and interpret significant controversies, assess communicative options from different ethical frameworks, and develop knowledge and skills required to engage ethically and effectively across disagreement and other forms of difference. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 221: Global Narratives

Examines unique and transnational cultural values represented in novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and film from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Develops the capability to understand, analyze, interpret, and appreciate literature and diverse cultural forms, including film, as artistic and cultural representation. Meets the Subject Matter Requirement for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for English/Literature. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 3 — 3

HCOM 223: American Indigenous Literatures and Cultures

Students study the literary expressions of Native peoples of the Americas. The course engages the literature as aesthetic, spiritual, and political expression. Examines the indigenous ways of being and knowing represented in the texts. Cultural aesthetics are studied within social and historical contexts, including but not limited to colonization, removals, assimilation, and resistance. Questions of cultural identity and sovereignty are central.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 225: Literature,Film & Culture

Introduces literary and film analysis through readings and viewings of selected global and/or American writers and films. Examines these authors' cultural heritage and traditions. Develops analytical and critical reading and viewing ability of literature and film through discussion of themes, characters, techniques, images, and structures. Explores the symbiotic relationship between literature and film in transmitting cultural values.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 226: Afro Cuba Hip Hop - Music and Dance in the Black Atlantic

Explores the social history of music and dance throughout the African Diaspora. Students learn specific styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the United States including Afro-Cuban liturgical dance, rumba, salsa, samba, and hip hop. Students dance the music they study. Students become familiar with basic concepts in African Diaspora music and dance; identify and analyze trends therein; and develop a choreography based on the movements taught in class.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 227: Multicultural Poetry

Students focus on multicultural poetry as artistic and cultural representation. Students read works by poets of many cultures, watch poets read and talk about their work on video, and create their own original poetry. Students develop the tools to do literary and cultural analysis of poetry, as well as write their own poems.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 230: Environmental Creative Writing

Students explore environmental cross-cultural literature as artistic and socially conscious representations. Students read works by writers of diverse cultures and watch films and videos regarding environmental issues. Students develop the tools to do literary, cultural and environmental analysis. Students create original pieces about the environment using the basic elements of creative nonfiction, poetry and fiction.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 231: Latina/o Creative Wrtg Wrkshp

Students study the fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry of leading contemporary Latina/o authors with an emphasis on the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on their work. Students use the work of these authors as models to create their own original pieces, incorporating the elements of craft.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 232: Creativity and Social Action

Examines the creative process and its application to social action. Uses guest writers and artists from local communities, videos, field trips, and cross-cultural readings to understand and analyze creativity and social action. Students produce collaborative creative projects. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 240: American Cultural Heritages

Traces the history of cross-cultural contact in the North American continent from the colonial period to the present. The course focuses on the formation and evolution of American cultures and identities, emanating from the lived experiences of everyday people. Students explore these histories using an interdisciplinary framework of United States multicultural heritages. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 242: Intro to Women's Studies

Introduces the basic concepts and perspectives in multicultural feminisms with special emphasis on the changing status of women in relationship to the U.S. and California Constitutions and political life. This learning experience provides the opportunity for students to develop analyses of the current political conditions for women and to strategize their own political participation in relation to these conditions. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 244: Latino USA: Ident/Experiences

Examines and compares the political experiences, cultural practices, and literary expressions of diverse Latino populations in the U.S. Topics include immigration, citizenship, demographics, work, religion, education, language, gender, and cultural rights. Readings include ethnographies, histories, novels, and films. Students design political projects. Crosslisted with SBS 244: Latino USA:Ident/Experiences (4 units).

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 245: Introduction to Mexican American Studies

Introduces students to the experiences of Chicana/o communities in the United States and in a transnational context. Students learn about Chicanos/as in relationship to issues of race, ethnicity, citizenship, class, gender, and other social formations. Students are introduced to Chicano/a historical experiences with an emphasis on understanding the struggles and social movements for justice and equality that have been foundational to the development of Chicano/a identities.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 247: African Legacy Worldwide

Examines how historical, cultural, and social processes have influenced the development of African diaspora communities in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Special attention will be given to the impact of race and culture on the formation of diasporic communities. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 251: Introduction to US History

Meets the Subject Matter Requirement for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for U.S. history. Covers a time period from the Colonial Era, the War of Independence and the Early Republic, Manifest Destiny and the expansion westward, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Immigration at the turn-of-the-century and the response of Nativists, Industrialization and Urbanization, through the Progressive Era. Takes a multicultural perspective and looks at the histories of diverse peoples in the struggle to realize democracy and freedom. Develops historical thinking skills as students deepen their understanding of the cultural, economic, political and social dynamics that characterized each era. =

Units: 3 — 3

HCOM 255: Global Social Movements

Students will study twentieth and twenty-first century global social movements through social movement theory and case studies to evaluate the claims, strategies, and efficacies of movements. Utilizing social movement theory out of cultural studies and sociology, normative political science, and ethnographic theoretical strategies students will familiarize themselves on a basic level with these social science approaches both singly and in interdisciplinary iterations. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 260: Politics & Participation

Explores the impact of movements for social and political justice on the interpretation and content of the U.S. Constitution. Students will develop their ethical understandings of democratic participation through historical and contemporary texts and then apply these new understandings through the creation of collective political projects. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 266: Histories of Democracy

The course explores the changing meaning of democracy and freedom from a multicultural perspective. It covers major events between the Colonial and Civil Rights eras, with a focus on the 1860s-1960s. The origins, key developments, and philosophies of the US and California Constitutions are studied as well as the role of social movements in struggles for social justice. Students also organize a political project that enables them to directly participate in the democratic process. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 267: US Political Histories

Historical view of the United States through analysis of the changing political process from the Revolutionary War and drafting of the Constitution to the social movements of the 20th century, with emphasis on various struggles for civil rights and liberties as waged in the courts, through direct political participation, and by civil disobedience; provides students an opportunity to apply tools of political action in practice. (Prereq: GE Area A1)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 300: Major ProSeminar

Introduces multidisciplinary approaches to humanities and communication. Explores content in the major learning outcomes and investigates areas of specialization in the degree's concentrations. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 2 — 4

HCOM 301: Ways Of Knowing

Surveys the changing relationships among knowledge, truth, and reality in different cultural and historical contexts; investigates, evaluates, and apply different ways of knowing such as analytic, rational, creative, spiritual, emotional, and intersubjective to substantive topics or themes. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 304: Relational Ethics

Students survey ethical decision-making processes through various relational philosophical frameworks. They also investigate, evaluate, and apply relational communication guidelines to the ethical dilemmas examined in interpersonal, small group, intercultural, and organizational situations. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 305: Introduction to Mass Communication

This course introduces students to the history, social, legal, economic, political and technological aspects of mass media, which includes books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, movies, the Internet and more. Students also are introduced to basic mass communication theories such as gatekeeping, agenda-setting, and media framing. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 306: Gender and Communication

Explores theoretical explanations for the construction of gender. Identifies and examines the ways individuals communicate their gender identity to themselves and to others; identifies, examines, and analyzes the construction and communication of gender in media, interpersonal, intercultural, or rhetorical contexts in order to ethically and effectively interact with others.  (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 307S: Soc Impct Of Mass Media SL

Explores the relationship between the mass media and contemporary social problems. Media ownership, media and violence, and media representations of cultural identities will be examined. Students develop effective media literacy tools, and critically analyze media products. Involves students in media literacy programs in local schools and community organizations. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 307: Social Impact of Mass Media

Explores the relationship between the mass media and contemporary social problems. Issues such as media violence are explored from the perspective of consumers. Outcomes include raising awareness of the impact of media messages, developing effective media literacy tools, and preparing to critically analyze the cultural products we consume. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 309: Interracial Communication

Studies the rhetorical construction of racial identity in the U.S. and its impact on contemporary interracial communication; investigates and evaluates options for navigating interracial communication dilemmas ethically and effectively. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 310: Free Speech & Responsibility

Surveys the history of free speech in the United States; examines past and present controversies such as obscenity, hate speech, and media sensationalism; identifies, evaluates, and assesses rights and responsibilities surrounding the freedom of expression from various philosophical perspectives. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 311: LS only:GWAR Pract Reason&Comm

Develop and apply abilities in oral and written communication and related critical thinking skills. Develops empathic and critical listening, reading, viewing, writing, and speaking skills for deliberation, problem solving, and community building. Students apply and assess reasoning and argumentative skills in oral, written, and visual communication contexts on various topics. For Liberal Studies students only. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 3 — 3

HCOM 312: Deliberation and Advocacy

Introduction to cooperative argumentation. Students develop empathic and critical listening skills for cooperative deliberation and problem solving. They apply and assess reasoning and argumentative skills on various topics in oral and written communication contexts. [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 313: GWAR Assessment

Alternative portfolio-based assessment of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Provides no instruction in writing, oral communication, or critical thinking. Assumes students have already attained mastery of the outcomes. It is not an independent study. GWAR is required to graduate and should be completed at the beginning of the junior year. The recommended pathway for the fulfillment of GWAR is a GWAR-certified course. Students who believe they have completed written work that demonstrates fulfillment of the GWAR outcomes may seek instructor consent to enroll. [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 315: Media for Social Change

Examines social transformation and the role of media initiatives and communication strategies in local and global contexts. Explores how media can promote social justice and democracy, teach sustainable living, foster dialogues on diversity, catalyze peace building, advocate for equality, and promote conversations on issues of social exclusion.  (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 316: Media Ethics

Develops media literacy and related knowledge, skills, and abilities. Explores the ethical  implications of various social and economic forces on media production, distribution, and access, as well as on the content, context, consumption, and effects of media messages. Topics include media's role in democracy, what citizens have a right to expect from media and how media reflect and reinforce their social contexts. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 317S: Advanced Composition, Composition Theories, Service Learning

In a service learning context, students deepen communication skills, engage contemporary composition theories, and develop advanced written communication skills in a variety of genres. Students apply theories in area schools and literacy programs. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 318: GWARAdvCompTheory/PracK-8Teach

Introduces students to writing conventions, contemporary composition theories, and major forms of written expression such as expressive, interpretive, technical, rhetorical, argumentative, invitational, and creative. Offers built-in assessment in HCOM MLO 1 for Liberal Studies students only. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 319: Global Communication and Culture

This course offers students a critical understanding of the role of media and communication technologies in the processes of globalization. Drawing from historical and contemporary perspectives students will discuss the social, cultural and political implications of media's use and dissemination across the globe, and particularly in relation to issues such identity formation, community belonging, people's empowerment and political action around global challenges. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 320: Grammar, Usage, and Power

Introduces the basic elements and diverse linguistic attributes of the English language, and language theories, including universals and differences. Commonly practiced grammatical concepts and conventions and theories of language acquisition are studied and applied within the contexts of imperialism and post-colonial analysis. Explores the dynamics of current issues in language, including the roles of grammar in the schools, language in advertising, and variations in language usage. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 321: Introduction to Rhetoric and Culture

This course examines the role of communication in contemporary society. Students are introduced to rhetorical theories as tools to analyze and critique a variety of cultural and public texts such as literature, political speeches, social movement campaigns, films, television, and advertisements. The course develops understanding of rhetorical concepts, ability to interpret and critically analyze the diverse messages that surround us, and skill in using written and oral communication to establish community and/or advocate for change in the world. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 322: Asian American Literature

Develops students' critical and analytical reading ability of literature from the perspective of the Asian American experience. Grounds the discussion of Asian American experiences, literatures, and cultures in history and theory.  (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 323: American Drama

Examines the history of American drama. Explores the diverse cultures that have contributed to the shaping of the American drama. Introduces students to literary analysis through the study of the dialogical relationship between the "logical core" and the "non-logical texture."  (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 324: African American Narratives

Examines the development of African American and African diaspora literature. Explores the quintessential role African American and African diaspora literature and culture have played in the development of American mainstream literature, culture, and identity. Looks at vernacular tradition, the call and response practice, and the lyrics of the blues-infused, African American literary expression.  (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 325: 20th Cent Narr Amer Immgr

Explores immigration to the United States from different cultural perspectives. Integrates a historiographic approach as the primary method for reading and critically interpreting immigrant narratives; uses historical events such as The Great Depression, World War I and II, and the Civil Rights Movement as markers for analyzing the texts.  (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 327: Survey American Literature

Examines American literature through different historical periods, literary genres, and cultural movements. Develops ability to compare and contrast social, historical, and cultural experiences represented in literature. Students gain cross-cultural knowledge of American literary history, an introduction to literary theory, and further development of literary analysis skills. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 328: Latina Life Stories

Explores intersections of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class through autobiographical and testimonial writings by Chicana, Mexican-origin, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and mixed-heritage Latinas in the U.S. Students produce multimedia digital stories about their own lives and identities. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 329: Auto/Biografias

A course on Latinx identities as explored through life writing from multiple genres including memoir, testimonio, visual autobiography, and poetry. Students read and analyze written texts and films, and create their own autobiographical projects. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing

An introductory creative writing course that focuses on ethnicity, gender, and "witness" writing. Examination of the writing process, what roadblocks create silence, how to remove them. Cross-cultural readings in multicultural poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 332: Poetry Writing Workshop

Poems with "duende," as Federico García Lorca says, are poems that "burn the blood like powdered glass." An intermediate level course that explores forms of poetry, both traditional and contemporary. Students analyze the creative process; move toward publishing poems. [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing (4 units) or HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning (6 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 333: Women's Writing Workshop

An intermediate level creative writing workshop that examines women's lives, and their relationship to the writing process. Includes in-class writing exercises, cross-cultural readings, discussions of the writing process, and creative writing. For women and men honing their craft of writing poetry, fiction, life-stories.  [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing (4 units) or HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning (6 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 334: Fiction/Creative NonFiction Writing

An intermediate-level creative writing workshop that focuses on fiction writing and creative non-fiction. Students explore forms of fiction, and move toward publication.  [Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing (4 units) or HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning (6 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 335: Amer Ethnic Lit & Culture

This learning experience takes a comparative approach to the examination of American ethnic literature and cultures. It is designed to develop students' ability to compare and contrast the social, historical, and cultural experiences as they are represented in literature. The interdisciplinarity nature of the course is accentuated not only through the introduction to the use of language and literary analysis, but also through the discussion of history, philosophy, culture, and social justice. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 336: Poetry and Gender

A literature course in contemporary multicultural poetry, with a focus on gender issues. "A new kind of man/a new kind of woman," (in the words of poet Muriel Rukeyser) names a central theme of 20th century American literature and life the re-imagining of women's and men's lives. Students examine poets' perspectives of gender shifts. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3 and C2)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 337: Women's Literature

Examines, through literature, how women writers are rewriting the myths and scripts of their/our lives, and how writing is a way of taking action. Explores how women have moved from repression to resistance, from silence to voice, from socially constructed divisiveness toward community. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3 and C2)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 338: Multicultural Adolescent Lit

Examines multicultural adolescent literature through the study of issues related to identity, race, culture, equity, and social justice/injustice over time. In particular, the course will provide opportunities to discuss the difficulties that young people have in coming to terms with these complicated issues. Required course for the Single Subject in English Waiver concentration, meeting the Multicultural Adolescent Literature Requirement. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3 and C2)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning

Develops service learning sensitivity, creative writing competency and craft. Students develop original pieces and age-appropriate interdisciplinary creative projects for SL partners in the schools. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and GE Area A2)]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 340S: Topics in Social Movements Service Learning

Engages topical study of social movements in the service learning environment. Introduces various models of political organizing in movements that have addressed societal inequities from class, race, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and other positionalities, and students apply these models to contemporary problems of inequity. The service learning component connects students with community organizations in order to be participant observers in contemporary organizing strategies. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 342: Feminist Theories & Methods

Explores modes of analysis that engage the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, economic class, and (dis)ability. Readings and activities will ponder the ways that different feminist theoretical paradigms work to advance social justice. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 343: Race and Gender Justice

Examines the meaning and practice of racial and gender justice through case studies of communities, organizations, and individuals who have engaged in social movements, community organizing, and legal struggles towards that goal. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 344: Chicana/Latina Experiences

Offers an intensive introduction to the roots, forms, and impacts of Chicana and Latina feminist discourses. Explores critical analyses of historical and contemporary Chicana/Latina life experiences while presenting theoretical frameworks such as transnationalism, intersectionality, and gender studies. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 345: Chicanx Life & Culture

Intensive introduction to Chicanx and Latinx cultural formations and  experiences that have contributed to the shaping of Chicanx and Latinx communities and identities. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 346: African American Life/History

An introduction to the historical and cultural narratives that shape African American identities and experiences. The course focuses on such themes as African roots of African-American culture, freedom and inequality, black folklore and artistic expressions, migration, family and kinship, community and identity. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 348: Race, Colonialism, and Film

Students analyze the ways that film and literature have portrayed issues of colonialism, post-colonialism, race, culture, equity, power relationships, and identity. Includes films and literature from various countries and time periods and examines historical, social, political, and artistic backgrounds for  each text. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 349: Environmental Philosophy and Communication

This class explores diverse environmental philosophies, and traces contemporary environmental groups' use of strategic communication. We study digital campaigns, branding tactics, public education programs, and theories of environmental justice. The course highlights a range of regional, national, and global case studies such as food systems, gas pipeline construction, commercial fish farms, climate change, and freshwater politics. Emphasizes the rhetorical foundations of environmental thought. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 350: Oral History and Community Memory

Students design and conduct oral history projects in surrounding communities. Projects address social issues of significance to the student and the community involved. Interviews are archived in the CSUMB Oral History and Community Memory Archive. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 350S: Oral Hist/Comm Mem SL

Working in a local community, students design and conduct a collaborative oral history project of significance to students and community alike. Interviews will become part of the CSUMB Oral History and Community Memory Archive. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (D2 or D2)]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 352: History According To Movies

Critical examination of how historical subjects, people, places and events have been depicted in film. Explores such themes as the politics of representation and the role of film in shaping historical memory. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 353: California At Crossroads

Critical historical examination of contemporary issues shaping 21st century California, such as cultural diversity, immigration, the state¿s relationship to the global economy and the environment. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 354: Critical Public Histories

Through partnership with local organizations and hands-on research projects, explores the theory and practice of public history through a critical examination of historical interpretation as framed for diverse public audiences in archives, museums, tourist sites, historic preservation efforts and in popular media representations.  (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 356: Digital Multicultural U.S. Histories

Critically examines multicultural histories of the United States using the tools of the digital humanities.   (Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 357: Constitutional Law

Introduction to constitutional law through an in-depth examination of select U.S. Supreme Court cases. Close attention to how constitutional law has shaped and been shaped by the experience of ordinary people and the impact of the court's decisions on the social, political, and economic histories of the United States from a multicultural perspective. Offers built-in assessment in the concentration Pre-Law. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 358: Critical Perspective on Law in Society

Broadly introduces law in society from interdisciplinary global perspectives. Focuses on intersections of law with everyday life and how law is shaped by and shapes its social context. Special attention to how race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation relate to law and legal systems. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 359: Sexuality, Law and History

Examines the historical, legal, and social construction of sexuality from the perspective of multicultural communities in the United States. Emphasis on histories of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 360: Constitutional History

Intensive study of the U.S and California Constitutions from a historical perspective, focusing on the relationship of social, political, and economic transformation to constitutional jurisprudence. The course explores the relationship of the states to the federal government, civil rights and liberties, and the contested meanings of freedom, liberty and equality under the law. Provides opportunities for students to use historical perspectives to understand and advocate for solutions connected. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 361: Crime and Communities

Explores relationship of the criminal justice system to various kinds of communities; includes a focus on the intersection of criminal justice with race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 363: Topics in Social History

Often described as history from the bottom up, social history has become critical to how many historians have approached the history of ordinary people. This course introduces students to commonly used theories, methods and practices in social history scholarship and historical writing with a primary emphasis on the history of the United States. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 365: Chicanx Latinx History

Advanced introduction to the historical experiences of people of Mexican and Latin American descent in the U.S. Explores a variety of forces which have shaped and continue to shape the lives of these communities. Emphasizes the historical and sociological method used to analyze these experiences, with primary focus on the 20th century. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 366: History of Religion in the United States

Introduce students to the history of various religious traditions in the United States, particularly the intersection of religion with nationalism, legal and political institutions, identity formation, and the struggle over the meaning of religion in diverse multicultural communities.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 367: Gender and United States History

This course explores the role of gender in shaping the historical experiences and analysis of those experiences by historians of the United States with an emphasis on the intersection of gender with other social categories, including race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation among others. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 368: Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States

This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877, organized around four broad themes: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation; the experience of modern, total war for individuals and society; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction. The course explores national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, and/or moral dimensions of the period. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 369: Asian American History

A survey of the major events, people, places and themes that have shaped Asian migration, racialization and resistance in the U.S. from the 1800s to the present. Provides both macro and micro vantage points, both national and transnational, revealing how changes in the world economy, legislation and racial attitudes reveal the interconnectedness between different Asian groups, between Asians and other groups and possibilities for conflict, resistance and agency in different historical contexts. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 370: Media and the Military

This course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical frameworks in which to analyze communications and media work with the U.S. military. Students who wish to pursue careers in media, or with the military will learn practical skills for navigating media issues with the U.S. military. The course also is suitable for those who wish to participate in theoretical discussions about media representation of the military and military topics such as gender, race, and sexuality.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 371: Community Journalism Studies

This course explores the roles we play today as both consumers and producers of media across multiple platforms. Students engage in the study of journalism's role in reflecting a community voice and facilitating dialogue for community betterment, and are introduced to the craft of journalistic storytelling. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 373: Introduction to Public Relations

Introduces students to the history, evolution, principles and basic practices of modern public relations. Students study theories of the public and public relations and build skills in crafting and distributing effective communication campaigns. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 383: Genres of Social Justice Writing

Intermediate level writing and research course where students engage in theory and practice of professional and technical genres for social advocacy. Students use primary and secondary research methods and collaborate to produce proposals, reports, visual and multimedia communication, and other professional and technical texts for community advocacy and outreach. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 385: Reporting

Prepares students to conduct journalistic interviewing, newswriting and reporting from a local, community perspective. Outcomes include learning basic and advanced journalistic interviewing techniques, information gathering and independent research, and critical news source evaluation, ethical decision making; and journalistic writing of news, editorial, and feature articles for print and digital media. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 387: Media Production Lab

This course introduces students to the technology used in modern journalism. This includes mobile reporting, social media, podcasting and other digital tools for reporting and community engagement. [Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3 and HCOM 385: Reporting (4 units)) or Instructor Consent]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 390: Magazine Writing

Prepares students to report and write magazine articles about social issues. Outcomes include learning intermediate journalistic and creative nonfiction interviewing, reporting techniques, and writing short feature and in-depth magazine stories. Focuses on training students to create a magazine story from conception and pitch, through delivering the final copy for publication. (Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 395: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Human Communication.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 395S: Special Topic:Service Learning

With faculty sponsorship and oversight, students design, develop, and teach a particular topic in Human Communication.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 396: Field Studies

Opportunities for independent field research projects involving oral history, social action writing, archival research, or investigative journalism.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 396S: Field Studies Service Learning

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 397S: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 397: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 398: Legal Studies Internship

Opportunity for independent internship involving any area of legal studies. 

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 403: Professional Ethics and Communication

Ethical and effective communication in professional or organizational contexts.  Course examines small group and teamwork dynamics including deliberation, decision-making, and accountability. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 404: Restorative Justice

Students explore diverse models of justice as philosophies and practices. The epistemological, ethical, political, and spiritual dimensions of restorative justice are studied in cross-cultural contexts.   (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 405: Philosophy and Sexualities

Students explore the social construction of sexuality. Epistemological, ethical, political, and spiritual dimensions of sexuality are studied in cross-cultural contexts. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 406: Philosophy According to Movies

Introduces classical philosophical questions, such as the nature of good and evil, reality, and efforts to understanding self and community, through stories and film. Visual media integrate with classical and contemporary readings in philosophy enabling students to learn about the problems, methods and insights in philosophical analysis. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 410: Public Relations Ethics and Practices

Students study public relations models and theories, as well as practical public relations skills to better interact with myriad publics. Participants explore multiple ethical frameworks and apply them to the numerous issues facing public relations professionals. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 411: Media Law and Policy

Students develop an understanding of laws and policies regulating media industries, and those related to the public as both producers and consumers of media content, by examining legal cases and contemporary case studies. The course covers the 1st Amendment, the FCC, defamation, privacy, fair use, social media and more. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 412: Multicultural Conflict Resolution

Explores theories and methods of conflict resolution. Participants apply multicultural approaches to problem solving in personal, professional, and social contexts. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 420: Advanced Studies in Rhetorical Theory

Students interpret, analyze, and evaluate a selection of rhetorical theories or theoreticians in comparative, cultural, global, historical, and political frameworks. They consider their roles as practitioners, consumers, and critics of rhetoric; they apply elements derived from their study of the theories to rhetorical topics. The specific content will vary each semester. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 422: SelTop Multicultural Rhetorics

Explores in-depth a selection of one or more rhetorical traditions outside the traditional Western rhetorical canon; utilizes interdisciplinary methodologies to investigate and analyze the cultural concept and role of rhetoric in relationship to epistemology, ethics, spirituality, economics, and politics; examines developments in cultural rhetorical traditions in relationship to cross-cultural encounters, including but not limited to colonialism and postcolonialism. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 423: Rhetoric of Religion

This course examines ways in which religion plays a significant role in constituting both community and controversy in various contexts. Rhetorical theory and method, as well as a critical cultural studies perspectives, will be used to analyze how religious rhetoric and rhetoric about religion can draw groups of people together or divide them. [(Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 424: Latin American Media and Pop Culture

A bilingual English/Spanish course that explores the role and impact of multiple media platforms and cultural products in Latin America, along with the intersecting political and social movements, and technological advancements. Through an interdisciplinary framework students will critically examine mass media and pop culture in the 20th and 21st centuries and advance their Spanish language skills through readings, discussion, lecture and writing. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 426: Travel Narratives

Travel narratives have played a powerful role in shaping social inequality by relating journeys to home audiences, portraying the "other," and revealing the culture and "self" of the traveler. This course examines the historical, literary, and cultural significance of narratives that convey and reinforce themes of discovery, conquest, colonization, exploration, and tourism in the Americas. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 427: Survey of British Literature

Examines representative works by British writers from different periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Neo-Classical, Romantic, Realist, Modern and Post-Modern. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 428: Contemporary Chicana Poetry

Analyzes the works of Chicana poets of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Lorna Dee Cervantes, Pat Mora, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Demetria Martinez, and Diana Garcia. From the rural to the urban experience, students study the historical, cultural, and political determinants that define the work as Chicana. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 429: BritLit& Engl Lang Perspective

Examines works by British writers from Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Neo-Classical, Romantic, Realist, Modern, and Post-Modern literary periods. Explores literature as both literary and linguistic text. Applies postcolonial approaches to literature and explores current linguistic theories and sociolinguistic approaches.   (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 432: Social Action Writing

An intermediate level creative writing and research intensive course. Students do collaborative research and interviews in the community. They create poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and mixed media work towards a final public presentation. [(Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing (4 units) or HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning (6 units)))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 432S: Social Action Writing

Intermediate level creative writing course in which students apply craft to a particular public issue. Students do collaborative research and interviews in the community. They produce poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and visual representations of their writings. End-of-semester project is used to educate the community. [Prereq: (Junior or Senior Standing) and (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 330: Intro Creative Writing (4 units) or HCOM 339S: Creative Writing and Service Learning (6 units))]

Units: 6 — 6

HCOM 433: Life Histories & Creative Narrative

Multicultural approaches to the study and creation of life histories including analyzing narratives, informed creative storytelling, oral history, and public interpretation. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 434: Creative Publishing and Critical Storytelling

An advanced course in the creation of journalistic products that critically explore contemporary topics and public issues. These productions, strategically designed for community engagement, include interactive visual stories, podcasts, and infographics. Builds on basic digital tools knowledge gained in HCOM 387. [(Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 387: Media Production Lab (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 435: Community Media Project

Explores the technical, journalistic, and social empowerment aspects of mass media products. Students help a community group create a media project, such as a newsletter, public service campaign, or website. Outcomes include applying advanced concepts of visual communication and journalistic production, as well as digital media techniques. [(Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 385: Reporting (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 436: Literature of Sexualities

Students analyze literary criticism that offers criteria for defining straight, cisgender, asexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex,  transsexual,  transgender and other sexual ways of being in literary tradition(s). We explore canonized, non-canonical, and marginalized texts in relationship to issues of sexuality and authorship, content, genre, and form.  As well, students come to understand the long-standing politicization and censorship of the sexualized body in literature. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 437: Shakespeare

Analyzes Shakespeare's plays from classical, modern, postmodern, and postcolonial perspectives, and meanings in the colonial and postcolonial world. Covers Shakespeare's plays from comedies and histories to tragedies and romances. Explores the symbiotic relationship between literature and film. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 440: Leadership and Multicultural Communities

Study of leadership theories and practices within multicultural settings. Explores how cultural values and worldviews shape leadership definitions, styles, and communication.  Emphasis on deliberative and decision-making processes, conflict resolution, and ethics.   (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 443: Black Feminist Theory & Praxis

Explores the development of black feminism as both a conceptual framework and from a political practice. Examines black feminism from a comparative perspective and within a global context. Special attention will be given to black feminist thought and activism in Africa, the United States, England, and Brazil. (Prereq: GE Area A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 445: Slavery & Race in the Americas

Examines the cultural, social, and political dimensions of slavery and race relations in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Readings and class discussions explore the development of slavery in countries such as Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil. Examines the impact of nationalist ideologies on contemporary racial dynamics in the region.   (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 447: Explore the African Diaspora

Explores African Diasporic societies and cultures including such issues as slavery, race and gender relations, political mobilizations, African Diasporic religions, music and literatures. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 451: Transnational Migrations

Examines recent theories related to migration including nationalism and the nation, transnationalism, diaspora, borders/borderlands, and globalization. Surveys key theories and compares histories of specific transnational communities, focusing primarily on migrations between Asia/Asia Pacific and the Americas. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 452: Literature According to the Movies

This course explores how filmmakers translate literature into film, including depiction of characters, genres, and specific texts. Addresses how both literature and films examined represent race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other social identities; evaluates strengths and limitations of each form. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 454: History of Victorian Britain

This course examines the key social and ideological influences that shaped the dominant concerns of Victorian Britain. Among these concerns are the roles of men and women, industrialization, class struggle, sexuality, racial difference, poverty and disease, education, and social change. Drawing on a wide range of textual evidence, the course provides opportunities to explore and apply methods of socio-cultural historical research. (Prereq: GE Areas A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 455: Paradigms Of Chicanx Comm

Explores emerging intellectual paradigms in the Chicanx community and traces their antecedents and relationships. Provides an intensive foundation in Chicanx studies theory and emergent issues. (Prereq: GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3)

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 474: Research Methods

Senior level HCOM research seminar designed to helps students develop, commence and sustain the complex research skills expected of an HCOM graduate. Students deepen their research skills, including but not limited to the ability develop a scholarly research question and project, determine information required, identify where to find needed information, and the skills needed to obtain, synthesize, and integrate information. Subject focus may vary.

Units: 2 — 4

HCOM 475: Senior Capstone

Students examine a select theme and produce a major senior project integrating that theme with their overall studies in the HCOM major. Students present their project in a public Capstone Festival. Required for all HCOM majors.

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 486: Mass Media Internship

Independent internship working in such sites as a news organization, a public relations office of a business or community organization, an advertising agency or a media organization. 

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 488: Investigative Reporting

Prepares students to conduct in-depth and investigative reporting. Outcomes include learning advanced journalistic interviewing techniques, information gathering, and critical understanding of news sources. Focuses on the journalistic exploration of current social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Requires instructor consent. [(Prereq: (GE Area A1 and A2 and A3) and (HCOM 385: Reporting (4 units))]

Units: 4 — 4

HCOM 495: Special Topics

Studies a particular topic in Human Communication. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 496: Field Studies

Opportunities for independent field research projects involving oral history, social action writing, archival research, or investigative journalism.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 497: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 6

HCOM 498: Legal Aid Internship

Internship with a legal aid organization in the local community. Explores such issues as legal ethics, the justice gap and access to legal services while providing hands on training. [(Prereq: (GE Areas A1 and A2 and A3) and (Junior or Senior Standing)]

Units: 4 — 4