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Interdisciplinary Programs

American Studies

American Studies

Revised and updated for the 2014-15 academic year, American Studies is an interdisciplinary major drawing on courses from variety of disciplines. Students in the program may choose from a wide range of courses in arts and letters and the social sciences. With a modest set of core requirements and a large selection of electives, the major offers students an historical overview of the culture of the United States, an introduction to a range of investigative methods for understanding that culture, and extensive opportunities to pursue individual academic interests.

American Studies Program

Asian Studies

Asian Studies

CSUSB's Asian Studies minor, provides students with opportunities to study the languages and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Rim through a unique interdisciplinary curriculum drawn from courses in the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The program adds an international perspective to any major and provides physical and virtual resources for students interested in this area of the world.

Asian Studies

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects relating to the Western Hemisphere through an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Social and Behavorial Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The focus of the program adds an international perspective to any major. The Latin American Studies minor program can make a student more marketable as he/she gains more knowledge in areas of concern for today's global community.

Latin American Studies Minor

Interdisciplinary Certificates

Interdisciplinary Minors 

Requirements (28-32 units) for minor in Film Studies:

Lower-division requirements (4-5 units)

  1. Four or five units chosen from:
    • ART 290. Photography I (5 units)
    • COMM 245. Introduction to TV and Video Production (5)
    • ENG 160. World Drama
    • HUM 180. The Art of Film (4)
    • TA 160. World Drama (4)

Upper-division requirements (24-27 units)

  1. Eight units chosen from:
    • COMM 380. Visual Communication (4)
    • COMM 381. Development of Motion Picture (4)
    • ENG 315. Studies in a Literary Genre (4) (when the topic is Film and Literature)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 386. Contemporary Cinema and Society (4)
    • COMM 424. Film Theory (4)
    • COMM 425. Film and New Media (4)
  3. Twelve to 15 units chosen from either or both of these two categories:
    • Film and New Media Theory and Criticism
      • COMM 320. History and Development of Media Institutions (4)
      • COMM 321. Media and Culture (4)
      • COMM 381. Development of Motion Picture (4)
      • COMM 410. Asian Media and Culture (4)
      • COMM 481. The History and Development of Documentary (4)
      • May choose only one of the following two courses:
      • ENG 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
      • TA 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
      • ENG 463. Advanced Studies in Literary Topics (4) (when the topic is Chicano Film or Studies in Adaptation)
      • FREN 370. Francophone Film and Culture (4)
      • SPAN 398. Survey of Classical and Contemporary Hispanic Films (4)
      • TA 445. The Camera Eye (4)
      • TA 465. Ethnic Films and Film Makers (4)
    • New Media Production
      • ART 326. Interactive Multimedia Design (5)
      • ART 330. Animation and Web Motion-Graphics (5)
      • ART 387. Video Art (5)
      • COMM 345. Advanced TV-Video Production (5)
      • COMM 346. TV-Video Field Production (5)
      • COMM 347. Fundamentals of Screenwriting (4)
      • May choose only one of the following two courses:
      • ENG 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
      • TA 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
      • TA 357. Acting for the Camera (4)
      • TA 385. Acting for Non-Majors (4)

Requirements (28 units) for a minor in Script Writing:

Lower-division requirement (4 units)

  1. Four units chosen from:
    • HUM 180. The Art of Film (4)
    • TA 260. Introduction to Theatre (4)

Upper-division requirements (24 units)

COMM 347. Fundamentals of Screenwriting (4)

  1. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
    • TA 302B. Analysis and Writing of Drama (4)
    • TA 347. Playwriting (4)
  2. Four units chosen from:
    • ENG 316. Introduction to Creative Writing: Specialized Genres (4)
    • ENG 317. Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (4)
    • ENG 318. Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (4)
    • ENG 513. Advanced Creative Writing: Specialized Genres (4)
  3. Four units chosen from:
    • COMM 343. Nonfiction Reporting and Writing (4)
    • COMM 380. Visual Communication (4)
    • COMM 381. Development of Motion Pictures (4)
    • ENG 315. Studies in a Literary Genre (4)
    • ENG 463. Advanced Studies in Literary Topics (4)
    • TA 465. Ethnic Film and Filmmakers (4)

Note: Students are able to receive credit for summer arts courses pertaining to the minor.