Courses Linked to the Illuminate Honors LLC

2019-2020

Please note: each of the courses below fulfills the First-Year Integration Core requirement, and most fulfill at least one other core area (see individual course listings for details).

 

BIOL 242H: Genomes and Evolution

LLC Faculty: Dr. Michael Mayer
Core Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry | 4 units

This one-semester course for biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of information flow through organisms and their lineages. Lecture topics will include the use and change of hereditary information in DNA, the mechanisms of evolution, and the relationships among major groups of organisms.

Course Requirement: Students must have a Math SAT score of 630 or greater to qualify for this LLC course.


CHEM 151H: General Chemistry I

LLC Faculty: Dr. Lauren Benz
Core Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry | 4 unit class w/ lab

Part 1 of a 2 semester lecture course which introduces the fundamental concepts of chemistry. These principles, which include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, reactivity, stoichiometry, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, bonding, acid-base chemistry and states of matter, will be used in and expanded upon in more advanced courses.

Course Requirement: Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH 115, MATH 130, or MATH 150, or passed the appropriate department placement test within the previous year, to qualify for this LLC course.


COMM 130H: Introduction to Media Studies

LLC Faculty: Dr. Susannah Stern
Core Areas: Social and Behavioral Inquiry | 4 units

This course offers an introduction to the examination of media and media literacy. Students learn about the origins, history, and development of media.


ENGR 101H: Introduction to Engineering

LLC Faculty: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Core Area: Scientific and Technological Inquiry | 4 unit class w/ lab

Introduction to the field of engineering. Exploration of problem solving in lecture and laboratory projects in different engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical and industrial). Introduction to engineering software tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture - laboratory weekly.

Course Requirement: Students must have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, MATH 150 to qualify for this LLC course.


HIST 130H: East Asia Transformation

LLC Faculty: Dr. Yi Sun
Core Areas: Historical Inquiry | 4 units

To be a responsible global citizen in the 21st century, it is imperative to comprehend the historical transformations of East Asia. This class helps students develop a sophisticated understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political changes in East Asian countries since the 19th century. It will examine their shared cultural heritage and differing paths of development. Major topics include China’s journey from a semi-colony to a global power, Japan’s growth from its rice paddies to modern metropolises, and Korea’s change from one “Hermit Kingdom” to two adversaries ensnared in an unfolding nuclear crisis. The class also dissects the social and environmental costs of modernization as well as the geopolitical significance of the East Asian experience.


POLS 220H: The Presidential Election of 2020

LLC Faculty: Dr. Casey Dominguez
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry | 4 units

During this academic year, the United States will begin the 18 month process of selecting ang a new president. Why does this process last so long? Why does it look the way it does? By what rules does it operate? Who is running? Students will engage with the community by producing debate-watching events and informational videos to help USD students understand this important process better.


THRS 203H: Great Moments in World Religions

LLC Faculty: Dr. Evelyn Kirkley
Core Areas: Theological and Religious Inquiry | 4 units

Have you ever wanted to go back in time to see what really happened at an historical event, or to change it so the future would be different? If so, this course is for you! We will recreate “great moments” in Catholic Christian & Chinese Confucian religious history with large-scale role-playing games. You will play characters with distinct beliefs, personalities, and goals. Through teamwork, negotiation, writing, and speaking, we will make history and learn why people believe and practice religion as they do.

 

 

ENGL 226H: The Philosophy and Literature of Love

LLC Faculty: Dr. Malachi Black
Core Area: Literary Inquiry | 4 units

As much an idea as it is an emotion, love has long been one of Western civilization’s central preoccupations. But what is love, and what does it mean? From the earliest philosophers to the latest scientists and a multitude of writers in between, human beings have indefatigably sought to measure, define, taxonomy, and analyze the powerful if seemingly indescribable force of love. In this course, we will both evaluate and contribute to that preexisting discourse.


FYW 150H: First Year Writing

LLC Faculty: Deborah Sundmacher, M.A.
Core Area: First Year Writing Competency | 4 units

Fulfills the core curriculum requirement for lower-division Written Communication. Develops skills in reading and critical analysis of multiple discourses. Develops writing within multiple discourses, and the transfer of those writing skills to multiple disciplines and occasions. Students practice the entire process of writing, from initial conception, through drafts, to revision and editing. Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center, staffed by trained peer-tutors. Must be taken in first year.

 


HIST 130H: East Asia Transformation

LLC Faculty: Dr. Yi Sun
Core Areas: Historical Inquiry | 4 units

To be a responsible global citizen in the 21st century, it is imperative to comprehend the historical transformations of East Asia. This class helps students develop a sophisticated understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political changes in East Asian countries since the 19th century. It will examine their shared cultural heritage and differing paths of development. Major topics include China’s journey from a semi-colony to a global power, Japan’s growth from its rice paddies to modern metropolises, and Korea’s change from one “Hermit Kingdom” to two adversaries ensnared in an unfolding nuclear crisis. The class also dissects the social and environmental costs of modernization as well as the geopolitical significance of the East Asian experience.


POLS 220H: The Presidential Election of 2020

LLC Faculty: Dr. Casey Dominguez
Core Area: Social and Behavioral Inquiry | 4 units

During this academic year, the United States will begin the 18 month process of selecting ang a new president. Why does this process last so long? Why does it look the way it does? By what rules does it operate? Who is running? Students will engage with the community by producing debate-watching events and informational videos to help USD students understand this important process better.


THRS 203H: Great Moments in World Religions

LLC Faculty: Dr. Evelyn Kirkley
Core Areas: Theological and Religious Inquiry | 4 units

Have you ever wanted to go back in time to see what really happened at an historical event, or to change it so the future would be different? If so, this course is for you! We will recreate “great moments” in Catholic Christian & Chinese Confucian religious history with large-scale role-playing games. You will play characters with distinct beliefs, personalities, and goals. Through teamwork, negotiation, writing, and speaking, we will make history and learn why people believe and practice religion as they do.


LANG 142H: Myth to Fantasy: Asian Cinema

LLC Faculty: Dr. Mei Yang
Core Areas: Literary Inquiry; Global Diversity Level 1 | 4 units

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in literature, cultural diversity and inclusion, with a global focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.