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)
Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1. Introduction to the Social Sciences
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)

LBST 315: A European Tour

Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE subarea D.1 Introduction to the Social Sciences
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)

LBST 322: Cross-Cultural Social Science (3)
   Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
   Prerequisite: Completion of GE subarea D.1 Introduction to the Social Sciences
   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.

LBST 323: Cross-Cultural Humanities

Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations in the Arts and Humanities) and Area Z (CulturalDiversity)
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)
Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.1 and B.2.
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)

LBST 331: History of Science: Copernicus to the Present

Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category B.2.
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)

LBST 333 Evolution and Creation

Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories B.2 and C.2.
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)

  LBST 335 Science on the Silver Screen

Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations in the Arts and Humanities)
Prerequisites: completion of G.E. categories B.4 and B.2.
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.