Courses Linked to the Engage TLC


COMM 336: Communication Criticism

LLC Faculty: Dr. David Sullivan
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

This course introduces students to critical analytic methods used to understand the symbolic nature of communication messages. Students will be introduced to the nature of communication criticism, learn to distinguish between popular and scholarly criticism and employ criticism as a means of making ethical judgments.

Students must have credit for COMM 101 as a prerequisite for this course.

HIST 160: U.S. History of Food

LLC Faculty: Dr. Colin Fisher
Core Area: Historical Inquiry

What does food tell us about the American historical experience? How did Pre-Columbian Native Americans sustain themselves on the land? In what ways is food a window on European colonization and plantation slavery? How did urbanization and industrialization change food production and consumption? What does food tell us about the immigrant experience and changing gender relations? What are the ecological and labor consequences of industrial farming during the 20th century and early 21st century? We will ask these questions and many others. Learning will take place in class and also during a number of field trips.

THRS 112: Introduction to World Religions

LLC Faculty: Dr. Lark Stephenson Diaz
Core Area: Theological and Religious Inquiry

A survey of the major religious traditions of the world, focusing on an understanding of the religious world views and practices that shape cultures across the globe. Selected readings from these traditions, which will include Christianity, the religions of India and East Asia, Judaism, and Islam. Site visits to places of worship and meeting with religious leaders from each of these traditions in San Diego are an integral part of the course.

PSYC 230: Research Methods

LLC Faculty: Dr. Annette Taylor
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

This course provides a basis for understanding scientific psychology. You will acquire the necessary background in scientific methods  through lecture, discussion, and participation in laboratory and field research projects to enable you to evaluate published research and to develop valid research studies. This course will cover multiple research designs including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will become skilled at writing in APA style.

SOCI 310: U.S. Society

LLC Faculty: Dr. Judy Liu
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

This course analyzes U.S. society in historical, comparative, and contemporary perspectives. General trends in economic life, racial/ethnic relations, class, and gender/sexual orientation inequalities and conflicts will be examined to show the ways that American society has changed. The goals of the course are to help students acquire a more thorough understanding of the social, historical, and cultural development of the United States and to analyze critically present social conditions within it.   

THRS 366: Problem of God

LLC Faculty: Fr. Michael White
Core Area: Theological and Religious Inquiry

The questions "What is God?", "Does God exist?"and "What does it mean to believe in God?" are investigated against the background of classical theism and modern thought. This class will address certain key Theological concepts such as: Mystery, Salvation, Trinity, Grace, Incarnation, Faith, Hope, Love and Conversion. These concepts will be approached from the Judeo-Christian tradition.
During the semester we will explore some contemporary theological conversations concerning ways of speaking of God's relationship to human suffering.
Finally, the class will examine the evolving images of God through the lives and writings of the activist Dorothy Day and the contemplative Thomas Merton.

ACCT 201: Principles of Financial Accounting

LLC Faculty: Dr. Mark Judd
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

Accounting is fundamental to the operation of our market-based economy.  Information contained in accounting reports is used to make decisions about where to invest resources in society.  Financial accounting focuses on the system and strategies managers use to report the results of their firm’s operations to company stakeholders (e.g., stockholders, potential investors, creditors, employees, regulatory agencies, etc.).  With the knowledge gained in this course you will be able to read, prepare and, to some extent, interpret and analyze real-world financial statements.  Because accounting is “the language of business,” you will use the concepts and procedures learned here in virtually every personal and business transaction you will ever conduct (not to mention in future School of Business courses).

Course Requirement: Students must have equivalent credit for ECON 101 (Microeconomics) and one math course (MATH 130, 150 or 151).

ITMG 100: Information Systems

LLC Faculty: Dr. Cynthia Nitsch
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry

An introductory course on how technology and information systems impact business organizations. In addition to learning business information systems best practice you learn each of the four Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint) software applications and be able to apply them successfully to problem solving scenarios. This course will also prepare you to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.

Course Requirement: Students must have equivalent credit for ECON 101 (Microeconomics) and one math course (MATH 130, 150 or 151).

PHIL 321: Social Ethics

LLC Faculty: Dr. Holly Hamilton-Bleakley
Core Area: Philosophical Inquiry

A study of the applications of ethical concepts and principles to different areas of human social conduct. Typical issues considered include abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, assisted reproductive technologies, racism, sexism, poverty and welfare, animal rights, environmental ethics, and world hunger.