Liberal Studies General Education Courses

LBST 100: Introduction to the Humanities
Meets GE Requirement in Area C2 (Introduction to Humanities)
Interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities as a set of related disciplines that apply conceptual, critical, historical and linguistic analyses to advance our understanding of what it means to be human.

LBST 101: Introduction to the Social Sciences
Meets GE Requirement in Area D1 (Introduction to Social Science)
Major topics in the social sciences in order to understanding their systematic study of human behavior, to realise the connections among particular issues and approaches, and to reflect critically on modern life.  

LBST 310: The California Experience
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Seven themes in California studies. Explores the California experience through readings, films, music, and writing assignments that involve research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in California. (Same as HIST 310). Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.

LBST 315: A European Tour
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
A holistic, interdisciplinary introduction to the development of European civilization. Investigates the geographical and environmental context, the peopling of Europe, and the evolution of cultural, political, economic, and religious ideas and institutions that have shaped European identity and experience. (same as EUST 315 or HIST 315). Prerequisite: completion of GE Category D.1.

LBST 322: Cross-Cultural Social Thought (3)
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
An interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural social thought. Investigates the varied responses that thinkers from different societies and cultures have given to enduring questions of human social existence. Prerequisite: completion of GE Category D.

LBST 323: Cross-Cultural Humanities
Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations in the Arts and Humanities) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Interdisciplinary exploration of the Humanities through a series of persistent questions humans have raised across cultures and historical periods. It focuses both on the commonalities of human concerns and on the diversity and uniqueness of the answers given to them.

LBST 330: History of Early Science and Technology
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Science and technology in the development of human culture, especially the interactions among science, technology and society in ancient Greece and China, medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Islam. (Same as HIST 330) Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.1 and B.2.

LBST 331: History of Science: Copernicus to the Present
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Science from the 16th century to the present especially the scientific revolutions of the 17th and 20th centuries and the interaction between science, technology and culture. (Same as HIST 331) Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category B.2.

LBST 333 Evolution and Creation
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Interdisciplinary study of evolutionary biology’s impact on culture in context of religious doctrines of creation. Evolutionary theory and religious and philosophical reactions from Darwin to the present, including relevant educational and legal contexts. (Same as PHIL 333) Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.2 and C.2.

LBST 335 Science on the Silver Screen
Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations in the Arts and Humanities)
Representations of science in film. Issues include images of scientists, the nature of science and science as problem solving. Readings and film will emphasize the variety of interactions between science and its depiction on the silver screen. Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.4 and B.2.

LBST 337 Science, Technology, and Society
Meets GE Requirement in Area E (Lifelong Learning and Self Development)
Interdisciplinary examination of the relationships between science, technology, and social institutions and structures. Emphasis on developing and maintaining scientific literacy, understanding personal and public risk assessment, and participating in civic discussions of science policy. Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.1 and B.2.

LBST 340 Food in the Social Sciences
Meets GE Requirement in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences)
Interdisciplinary exploration of the study of food in the social sciences. The meanings of food in the construction of society and culture across time and space. One or more sections may be offered in any online format. (Same as HIST 340). Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.