College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Humanities and Communication

Fall 2012 Capstones

  • Professor Renee Curry

    In this section of HCOM 475, we will explore the meaning of love. It will include, but not be limited to the study of love poetry, love literature, love in cinema, and the history of love and loving in the U.S. and around the globe. We will also explore who has the "right" to love in different places and in different times. The course will address the legalities of love as well as taboo love and illegal love. We'll study romantic love as well as the love of animals, family, siblings, and children. Science has also addressed and has theories of love worth examining. We'll conduct readings across the disciplines in HCOM as well as in a few disciplines outside of HCOM such as psychology, social sciences, art, and the sciences.

    Senior projects

    • Matthew Bolner, Pre-Law, “Love in the Law”
    • Michelle Clay, English Subject Matter Preparation, “Love is Like a Metaphor”
    • Elias Cuevas, Practical and Professional Ethics, “Liquid Love”
    • Adam Dikeman, Journalism and Media Studies, “Voices from the Street”
    • Madison Gassner, Literature and Film Studies, “Only Pick the Flowers You Like”
    • Michael Glines, Literature and Film Studies, Minor: Music, “Hot Live Sock Drive”
    • Stephanie Camber Johnson, Peace Studies & Africana Studies, “Reflections of Loving Loudly”
    • Kala Rockwell, Pre-Law, “Purpose-Driven Love”
    • Joana Ruvalcaba, English Subject Matter Preparation, “Love, Literature, and Its Evolution”
    • James Schellenberg, Writing and Rhetoric, “Compassionate Consumerism—Is it Possible?”
    • Sara Thorsen, Practical and Professional Ethics, “Little Jo Loves Big”
  • Professor Diana Garcia

    The theme for this section of HCOM 475 will be Environmental Justice. We'll examine how environmental justice is depicted in history, literature, film and popular culture, both in the U.S. and around the world. Areas of study include the history of environmental politics and legislation in the U.S. since the 1960s; an examination of how modern and contemporary literature addresses the topic; readings on environmental justice dealing with class, race, and gender; the environmental impact of war on local populations in other countries; the history of water politics in California and on the Monterey Peninsula; how federal and state legislation and court decisions on pesticide and fertilizer use affect farm workers and their families; water/air quality, especially in lower income neighborhoods; and the ethics of low-income high-density housing and the resultant lack of recreational areas and green space for inner city families.

    Senior projects

    • Diego Barraza (Chicana/o Studies) “HOPE for Monterey: The Use of Pesticides in the Carmel River Watershed and Its Impact on the Natural Environment”
    • Jessica Blackwood, Journalism and Media Studies, “The Otter Branch”
    • Elizabeth Cambra, English Subject Matter Preparation, “From Within to Without: The Poetry of Environmental Justice”
    • Kelly Craig, Journalism and Media Studies,“Globally Green”
    • Heather Denning, Pre-Law, “Prisons within Their Communities”
    • Jacquelyn Andrea Garcia, Journalism and Media Studies, “Draining California”
    • Andreina Hernandez, Chicana/o Studies, “HOPE for Monterey: The Use of Pesticides in the Carmel River Watershed and Its Impact on the Community”
    • Frances Hickman, Creative Writing and Social Action, “For the Love of Ivory”
    • Tawna Renee Hoag, Creative Writing and Social Action, “Bloodstream”
    • Amanda Lopez, Pre-Law, “How Environmental Policies Affect CSUMB Students”
    • Andrew Lopez, Pre-Law, Cold Case: Law and Environmental Justice
    • Jaclyn Malone, Journalism and Media Studies, “Protecting Elkhorn Slough”
    • Teodoro Martinez III, Practical and Professional Ethics, “Civic Engagement For a Better Environment”
    • Ross McCafferty, Journalism and Media Studies, “Shortage and Abundance: Monterey County’s Revolving Battle with Water Shortage.”
    • Jurija Metovic, Pre-Law, “Where Is Your House Hiding Money?”
    • Alma Perez, Pre-Law, “Detective Socorro and the Case of the Missing Dove” (Illustrated by Janet Rumsey)
    • Chloe Pica, Practical and Professional Ethics, “Farming for a Better Future”
    • Brian Reeves , Practical and Professional Ethics, “The Infamous Legacy of Agent Orange”
    • Janet Rumsey, Practical and Professional Ethics, “Detective Socorro and the Case of the Missing Dove”
    • Alexander Schenck, English Subject Matter Preparation, “Toward a Just Environment: Ecofeminist Criticism in the High School Classroom”
    • Desiree Sheppard, Journalism and Media Studies, “Challenge Green”
    • Jordan Charles Karns Sluggett, Practical and Professional Ethics, “The ORDeals of Fort Ord”
    • Justin Sumpter, Practical and Professional Ethics, “The Green Project”
    • Enrique Troncoso, Literature and Film, “Re-Cycling in Motion”
    • Vincent Trow, Pre-Law, “Point Lobos: Understanding Our Connection”