Four Week Courses

Summer Session 2020 June 1st - June 26th, 2020 Course Updates 

ART 055-01: Digital Art

Instructor: Peter Freund
When: M/W/F    Time: 09:00AM-12:40PM
Location: Online 

  • This summer course, taught fully online, will enable students to complete an SMC Core requirement in Artistic Understanding (both Artistic Analysis and Creative Practice) while living away from campus during the summer session. (The class is also available to students living on campus, who will participate using the same online platform as those students living away from campus.) In this course, students will study, produce, and learn how to assess and discuss artwork made through the use of digital tools, processes, and concepts. The artwork will include 2d (photomontage, collage and glitch) and time-based mediums (video, sound) as well as more “conceptual” digital artwork. In addition to using digital tools and processes to make and understand art, we will also engage the question of what distinguishes a properly digital work of art. The course will consider the relationship and the tension between the social justice impulses of contemporary art, personal expression, and the discipline of art practice. Grades will be based primarily on work submitted and participation in group critiques and class discussions. Regular online attendance is mandatory. Note: The online platform and software access will be discussed in detail during the first class session in addition to the course content, expectations, and policies.

ART 070-01: Printmaking: Printing for Protest

Instructor: Andrew Mount
When: M/T/W    Time: 1:00 PM-4:20 PM  
Location: TBD     Room: TBD 

  • An introduction to the medium of printmaking, this class explores the processes of monoprint, linoleum and other, non-traditional techniques. The course examines the use of tools, techniques, and machinery used in printmaking for their application to the students’ images and ideas. This project-based course highlights the relationship between creativity and communication in printing, often using political or social justice themes. Through class presentations, students learn the communicative potential of images and thereby become aware of their own ability to provide creative critique of any issue they choose. Fee $60. This course satisfies both of the Artistic Understanding (Artistic Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements of the Core Curriculum. (Course offered in Fall term.)

BIO 034-01 & Lab: Protecting Biodversity

Instructor: Michael Marchetti
When: M/T/W    Time: 9:00 AM-11:30 AM  Lab: Thursday 12:30 PM-4:30 PM 
Location: TBD     Room: TBD 

  • The primary goal of Biology 34 Protecting Biodiversity is to introduce students to basic concepts of evolution, ecology and conservation in the service of protecting planetary biodiversity. The course will often focus on California, and how the natural history, ecology and issues within our state relate to topics elsewhere in the US and abroad. The information contained in this course will provide some of the intellectual tools necessary to understand the worldwide environmental crisis we are living through and perhaps some possible solutions. Students will be expected to develop a deeper appreciation for the intricacy and beauty of natural systems. Attention will be place on honing the student’s general knowledge of the scientific method through the laboratory and in-class exercises. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum. Also, this course is open to non-Science majors. 

BUSAD 123-01: Finance

Instructor: Kevin Okoeguale
When: M/T/W/TH   Time: 1:00PM - 3:45PM
Location: TBD   Room: TBD

  • An introduction to the principles of corporate finance and their application in business today, focusing on the measurement and creation of value in a corporation. Topics include: financial markets, present value analysis, the theory of risk and return, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and value based management. Prerequisites: Lower division common business core courses and the core curriculum math requirement. This course is not available to freshman or sophomores.

BUSAD 124-01: Marketing

Instructor: Eric Kolhede
When: M/T/W/TH   Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Location: TBD   Room: TBD

  • The study of the major areas of marketing decision-making that confront organizations. Topics include the utilization of marketing information systems as well as the formulation and implementation of the integrated product, pricing, distribution, and promotion strategies. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Lower-division common business core courses, except Accounting 2, and the core curriculum math requirement. This course is not available to freshmen.

BUSAD 140-01: Strategic Management    

Instructor: TBD
When: M/T/W/TH   Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Location: TBD   Room: TBD
Contact: not provided

  •  A capstone course which must be taken in the Spring term of the Senior year, it integrates the major functional operating areas of business firms viewed within the broader context of strategic management, i.e., the process of managerial decision making and actions that determine the long-run performance of business organizations. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Lower-division common business core courses, the Core Curriculum Math Requirement, BusAd 123; BusAd 124; and BusAd 132.

COMM 125-01: Commincation,Technology and Culture   

Instructor: Samantha Joyce
When: M/T/W/TH   Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM and 1:30PM - 4:15PM
Location: Media Room

  •  This course, an introduction to media studies, focuses on the critical concepts and technical skills necessary for understanding communication practices in the 21st century. While acknowledging that the media have become digital, this course places communication and media technologies within a broader historical and cultural context. Students will be required to produce media criticism and creative media projects, as well as learn key theories about media and communication in the global, networked digital age. This course satisfies both of the Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements of the Core Curriculum.

JAN TERM 100-01: Energy Sustainability

Instructor: Alexandra LaGatta
When: M/T/TH/F   Time: 12:00PM - 2:35PM
Location: TBD   Room: TBD

  •  This course investigates our current energy supplies, and the infrastructure built on burning fossil fuels. Students will become intimately familiar with the production of electricity and the incredible amount of work that goes into flipping on a light switch. They will build a motor and a simple generator in the lab. They will visit a state-of-the-art co-generation natural gas-fired power plant that achieves a remarkable 58% efficiency. Other field trips will be to the Geysers Geothermal Power Plant (largest in the world) and the NIF at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Click her to see more

JAN TERM 101-01: The Science of Cooking

Instructor: Neeraj Chugh
When: T/W/TH    Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Hacienda de las Flores

Cooking represents one of the earliest forms of scientific inquiry. Through curious observation, followed by careful and repeated experimentation, our recipes have evolved over hundreds of years. What is the science behind cooking? What molecular changes drive culinary successes (or failures)?  

In this course, we will reflect on past culinary traditions and critically evaluate the ethical, legal, biological, and political ramifications of current agricultural transformations. We then learn about the science of cooking and apply it while we design and create our own meals through inquiry-driven, hands-on experimentation. We will capitalize on our interdisciplinary understanding of culinary science to shape a new vision of cooking and eating, thereby strengthening our present and future roles as nurturing family members, responsible community members, thoughtful consumers, and productive citizens. 

All students who harbor a genuine enthusiasm for the science of cooking are welcome. A basic understanding of cooking practices is recommended.

JAN TERM 170-01: Endangered Australia: Wildlife and Culture (Travel Course)  

Instructor: Derek Marks
When: T/W/TH    Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Travel-

  • This mission of this course is to survey and participate in Australian wildlife conservation efforts while developing a hands-on understanding of the relationship it shares with Aboriginal culture. We will visit and volunteer at wildlife conservation programs, Aboriginal sites, and national parks in order to gain an appreciation of how these organizations operate and to witness how Aboriginal culture is contributing to the wildlife conservation movement. Conservation professionals, park rangers, biologists, and Aboriginal leaders will provide us educational opportunities to help us better understand the effects that habitat damage, overexploitation, pollution, invasive species, and climate change are having on native species and ecosystems. Click here to see more

KINES 114-01: Sociology of Sport & Physical Actvity

Instructor: Steve Miller
When: M/T/W/TH    Time: 9:00AM - 11:45PM
Location: TBD     Room: TBD

  • Examines the contemporary issues in sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective. Students will explore current sociological theories/paradigms, research techniques and analyze empirical research in sociology, education and related fields while focusing on the social and cultural structures, patterns and organizations associated with sport. Topics include the in-depth study of sport as it relates to: the socialization process, racial and gender equity, upward social mobility, politics, economics, and our educational system in North America. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 10 and 15 (or for non-majors, permission of the instructor). This course satisfies the Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum

PERFA 010-01: Rock to Bach

Instructor: Lino Rivera
When: M/T/W/TH    Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Location: TBD    Room: TBD

  • Students in this class cultivate the ability to listen more deeply as we explore the evolution of classical music from its beginnings to modern times, eventually leading to jazz, blues and early rock developments. Students are exposed to more than three dozen composers. This course satisfies the Artistic Understanding (Analysis) requirement of the Core Curriculum.

PSYCH 160-01: Social Psychology

Instructor: James Temple
When: M/T/W/TH      Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Location: Psychology Annex  Room: 122

  • An introduction to social psychology including the study of attitude formation and change, social interaction, social norms and cultural influences on personality formation. Prerequisite: Psychology 1. This course satisfies the Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    SPAN 003-01: Intermediate Spanish

    Instructor: TBD
    When: M/T/W/TH     Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
    Location: TBD      Room: TBD
    Contact: TBD

    • For students with two or three years of secondary study of Spanish (or the equivalent). This course continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking, fostering confidence in conversation and composition across a variety of subjects. Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or equivalent.

    TRS 097-01: The Bible & Its Interpretation

    Instructor: Zach Flanagin
    When: M/T/W/TH      Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
    Location: TBD      Room: TBD

    • This course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples. This diverse collection of writings has served as inspiration and catalyst for a great number of central events in human history -- from the movements of liberation led by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to the great human tragedies of slavery in the Old South and the medieval Crusades. These texts have also had a profound influence on art, literature, philosophy, and politics for over two thousand years of history, particularly in the West. As such, an understanding of the Bible is essential for a well-informed perspective on the world. This course will introduce students to the most important Biblical events and themes, raising questions of the influence and relevance of this text for the modern world. This course will also teach students to employ critical, scholarly tools for reading and interpretation, such as historical and literary criticism, as well as various lenses for the modern academic study of religion. Co-curricular lectures are an integral part of this class.  This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Christian Foundations) requirement of the Core Curriculum. Course Fee $5.00

    TRS 153-01: Eastern Religions 

    Instructor: Norris Palmer
    When: M/T/W/TH      Time: 9:00AM - 11:45AM
    Location: TBD     Room: TBD

    • This course is an introduction to the study of religion by way of four of the world’s major traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and/or the Chinese religious field (Confucianism and Taoism). The emphasis will be on each tradition’s views of the nature of ultimate reality, human nature, the highest good that life can attain, and the conduct that leads to that attainment. Attention will also be given to the difficulties of trying to cross conceptual boundarie. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or 189. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Theological Explorations) requirement and the Global Perspective requirement of the Core Curriculum.

    TRS 171-01: Gender and Religion

    Instructor: Marie Pagliarini
    When: M/T/W/TH    Time: 1:00PM - 3:45PM
    Location: TBD    Room: TBD

    • This course focuses on the relationship between gender and religion in North American history and culture. We will explore gender as a category of analysis for the study of religion, and the ways that religions construct and deconstruct gender norms. Religion is lived and practiced, and therefore it cannot be separated from the gendered bodies that people inhabit. We will use historical and contemporary case studies to examine the way that notions of femininity and masculinity have played a role in the religious lives of Americans. The course is crosslisted with Women’s and Gender Studies. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or 189. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Theological Explorations) requirement and the American Diversity requirement of the Core Curriculum. Course fee $30.00

    No July 4  classes