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Philosophy 1- Introduction to Philosophy
A sample of the fundamentals of philosophy, Western or Eastern, with selected philosophers of topics in the history of philosophy, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, etc. Subjects covered vary with instructor.
Philosophy 6- Logic in Practice
This course is intended to introduce fundamental issues of logic, epistemology, rationality, argument, persuasion, and critical thinking, with examples if sound and unsound thinking, for analysis and debate, from current public discourse and perennial political and philosophical issues.
Philosophy 9- Symbolic Logic I
Introduction, Origin and Use of Formal and Symbolic Logic, Truth Functional Connectives and Validity, Truth Tables, Deductive and Axiomatic Systems, the Propositional Calculus and Quantification.
Philosophy 12- History of Greek Philosophy
History of Greek Philosophy, including the Presocratics, Sophists, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, with some material from Hellenistic Philosophy, Late Antiquity, and even Medieval Philosophy.
Philosophy 14- History of Modern European Philosophy
An introduction and survey to modern Western or European Philosophy, beginning with the inception of Modern Science with Copernicus and Galileo, the inception of modern philosophy proper with Rene Descartes, through the Rationalists and Empericists, German Idealism, Positivism, Marxism, Linguistic and Analytic Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Science, Existentialism, Feminism, Deconstruction, and other recent trends.
Philosophy 20- Ethics
Survey of ethics, covering moral dilemmas, the justification and nature of moral value, i.e. meta-ethics, different historical ethical doctrines with representative philosophers, theories about the good life, or the meaning and value of life, and a selections of contemporary moral issues, which may be of a personal mature (e.g. abortion) or involve political (race, gender), economic (class, corporations), or religious issues.
Philosophy 30- Asian Philosophy
Philosophy in the traditions of India and China, including countries of South, East, and Southeast Asia influenced by Indian and Chinese civilization, like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc. This covers philosophical schools such as Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga, Confucianism, Taoism, and in Buddhism, Zen, Tendai, Tantrism, etc.
Philosophy 33- Comparative Survey of World Religions
The historical development of the world’s great religions. A study is made of the origins and growth of the chief religions of mankind and of their contributions to modern civilization.
Philosophy 35- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
A scholarly study of religion that explains the basic structure of religious belief and practice. It examines the cultural history and social aspects which influenced and shaped the growth and development of the western religions in order to encourage a desire to understand as a means of overcoming the destructive exchanges that frequently accompany religious discussion.

Economics 1- Principles of Economics I
An introductory microeconomics course designed to provide the student with an understanding of basic economic principles and forces which govern the production, distribution, exchange and consumption of goods and services. Topics considered include: economic decision-making; given scarcity of resources; resource allocation; value and price theory in a free-enterprise economy; income distribution; poverty and its causes and solutions, social costs and benefits; the roles of governments in the economic system; forms of business enterprise; labor management relations. Contemporary economic developments are considered throughout the course. Meets the Social Science requirement for certification.
Economics 2- Principles of Economics II
A macroeconomics course which is a continuation of the introductory principles of economics. Topics considered include: national income and employment; economic fluctuations; business cycles; money, credit and banking; public financing and taxation; monetary, fiscal, and economic stabilization policies; international trade, tariffs, payments and policies; comparative economic systems; economic growth and development. Contemporary economic developments are considered throughout the course. Meets the Social Science requirement for certification.
Economics 4- Economics for the Consumer
An understanding of the factors and problems present in consumption, advertising, credit and installment buying, and determination of price, which can improve consumer economic decision-making and can assist in maximizing satisfaction in consumer spending. Designed to assist students in understanding the consumers role in the economic system, including the development of knowledge and skills in earning incomes, and in personal and household management, budgeting and investment. Recommended for economics, social science, business, and home economics majors.
Economics 5- Economics for the Citizen
An introductory course to provide the pre- Business or non-Business student with a single cohesive exposure to the general principles of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Designed for students who desire to get a general perspective of the economy without the intensive and comprehensive theoretical analyses and policy applications of Economics 1 and 2. Meets the Social Science requirement for certification. A student may receive credit for Economics 5, 1, and 2 ONLY if Economics 5 is completed before Economics 1 and 2.
Economics 10- Economic History of the United States
A survey of the economic development of the United States emphasizing a topical approach rather than strict chronology. Consideration is given to European backgrounds and the rise of capitalism, the evolving and technological nature of the economy as applied to agriculture, industry, commerce, the labor movement, business cycles, principles of national and California state constitutional and local government structures, functioning and economic legislation, and other essential economic relationships. Recommended for economics, social science, humanities, general education, and business majors. Meets both the Social Science and American Institutions requirements for certification. This course is not acceptable as a substitute for Economics 1 or 2. This course fulfills the state requirement in U.S. History and the U.S. Constitution.
Economics 30- Comparative Economic Systems
Examination of how economic systems function. Differences between market and planned command economies in theory and practice, and problems of transforming a socialist economy into a market economy. Course studies cases such as former USSR, China, Mexico, England, Sweden, Poland, The Middle East.
Economics 40- History of Economic Thought
This course studies the history and evolution of economic ideas starting with early beginners, Adam Smith, Ricardo and continues with Marx to modern times. Course covers competing paradigms in economics, including neoclassicism, monetarism, American Institutional school, Keynesian school and others and establishes a link between evolution of economic ideas and the economic history of Europe and the United States. A special attention is paid to methodology of economics.
Economics 50- Principles of Financial Economics
Examination of financial problems of economics, including history and evolution of money, commercial banking systems, the Federal Reserve System, theories of money and monetary policies, the capital markets, mortgage markets, stock and bond markets and the international and foreign exchange markets.
Economics 185/285/385- Directed Study- Economics
Allows students to pursue Directed Study in Economics on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.
Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies 1- The Jew in America
An historical analysis of the Jews in the United States which discusses the essentially social and psychological problems of Jewish group identity. Much of the course concerns itself with the contemporary scene – the Jewish religious minority in America and its revival, the reasons for it, and the extent to which it expresses religious and spiritual impulses as well as social needs. The contribution of the successive waves of Jewish immigration to this country and western civilization in general is evaluated.
Jewish Studies 2- The Jewish Religious Heritage
Comprises an exploration of the major teachings of Judaism. A brief historical background dealing with the development of Judaism is related to an exposition of its central affirmations. The goal is to familiarize the student with what the Jewish religious tradition regards to be its essential genius and also to provide an opportunity for an appreciation of the similarities and differences between Judaism and the other major religious groups of American culture. Among the topics to be discussed are the following: (A) The shape of faith: God, man, rites of passage, Jewish festivals, community; (B) The dynamics of faith: religious commitment and social problems, contemporary values, the present state of Jewish belief.
Jewish Studies 4- Israel: The Theory and Practice of Zionism
Consists of a general survey of the historical development of the area with an emphasis upon the social and political development of the state of Israel. The social and political institutions of the state of Israel will be analyzed along with a general study of the geographic, economic, ethnic and religious composition of the land of Israel. A general study will be made of the ideological and historical background of the Zionist movement as well as a general survey of the origins of the Palestinian national movement.
Jewish Studies 6- American-Jewish Literature
A good deal of the best current American writing is being done by the sons and grandsons of immigrant Jews (e.g., Bellow, Wiesel, Malamud, Roth, Potok, Wouk, Ozick, etc.). Some earlier American-Jewish writing is currently being rediscovered (e.g. Cahan, Fuchs, Henry Roth). The course will study a score of such writers, after first grappling with a definition for American- Jewish literature. The books selected will be read and discussed first as literature, and second as a reflection of the Jewish experience in America.
Jewish Studies 9- Hebrew Civilization I
A study of the development of the Jewish self-understanding in relation to the intellectual climate of the environment, as expressed in the Biblical Age (ca. 3000 B.C.E. to ca. 300 B.C.E.).
Jewish Studies 10- Hebrew Civilization II
Studies in specific problems and trends in the Jewish Heritage during the European and Modern Periods, Mysticism, Hasidism, Haskalah, Emancipation, Religious Movements, Zionism; the Holocaust and the state of Israel; educational, moral, and theological issues; Diaspora Jewry and non- Jewish relations; Ashkenazim and Sepharadim; the thought and manners of the time in an historical context.
Jewish Studies 11- Elementary Hebrew I
Fundamentals of the language, the essentials of grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases, and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Hebrew. Emphasis is on the spoken language.
Jewish Studies 12- Elementary Hebrew II
Continues the presentation of grammatical forms, provides additional training in oral and written composition, and reading. Use of the language laboratory is required.
Jewish Studies 25- The History of the Jewish People
Traces the development of the Jews from their origins in Mesopotamia to the present day. It follows and describes the experiences of the Jewish people in all parts of the world and in all important countries. It analyzes their outlook and philosophy, their habits and customs, their values and ideals.
Jewish Studies 27- Holocaust: A Prototype of Genocide
The course describes pre-World War II Europe, emphasizes the nature of Hitler’s Nazi-movement in Germany, reviews the war years and program of genocide against the Jewish people of Nazi-occupied Europe, and considers reasons for the Holocaust, roles of the perpetrators and victims, and results.
Jewish Studies 35- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
A scholarly study of religion that explains the basic structure of religious belief and practice. It examines the cultural history and social aspects which influenced and shaped the growth and development of the western religions in order to encourage a desire to understand as a means of overcoming the destructive exchanges that frequently accompany religious discussion.