GE Offerings

Core General Education Courses

Core GE Area A3 Basic Skills: Critical Thinking and Writing

LING 21: Language and Thinking

Exploring systems of language and logic in oral and written discourse, with a focus on the role of the shared cultural assumptions, language style and the media of presentation in shaping the form and content of argumentation. (3 units)

LING 24: Language Variation in Space, Time, and Culture

Exploring the diverse structural patterns and social functions found in English; analyzing the social, cultural, political, historical, and technological factors underlying language change; developing critical thinking and effective argumentation in writing. (3 units)

 

Core GE Area B4: Mathematical Concepts

LING 26: Quantitative Reasoning in Linguistic Diversity

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, including the visual interpretation and presentation of data about linguistic diversity and related social phenomena like education and immigration. Interpretation of numerical and graphical data to draw inferences about complex social issues. (3 units)

 

Core GE Area D1 Human Behavior

LING 20: The Nature of Language

Introduction to the nature of language as a social institution and practice in observing language structure and use in local communities. (3 units)

LING 24: Language Variation in Space, Time, and Culture

Exploring the diverse structural patterns and social functions found in English; analyzing the social, cultural, political, historical, and technological factors underlying language change; developing critical thinking and effective argumentation in writing. (3 units)

LING 25: Languages of the World

Explore the diversity of the world's languages through studying major language families, including basic language structure, language change and historical relationships, the sociocultural aspects of language, typological patterns and universals, writing systems and language vitality and endangerment. (3 units)

 

CORE GE Area E: Human Understanding and Development

LING 22: Language Across the Lifespan

Introduction to what is known about how people successfully learn second languages, with a focus on physiological, psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic factors that affect second language acquisition and on skills and strategies that promote language learning across the lifespan. (3 units)

 


SJSU Studies Courses

Area R: Earth and Environment

Ling 123: Sound and Communication

Basic acoustics and nature of sound as applied to the study of vocal communication by humans and other animals. Voice communication as transmission of a speech code via sound. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. (3 units)


Area S: Self, Society & Equality in the U.S.

Ling 129: Culture, Language, and Ethnicity in the U.S.

The role of language in the formation of culture and ethnicity in the U.S. Language and culture contact between indigenous, colonial and immigrant peoples. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. (3 units)


Area V: Culture, Civilization, and Global Understanding

Ling 122: English as a World Language

A survey of the ways and the purposes which English is used in diverse societies and cultures around the world, including the United States; implications for international and cross-cultural communication. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. (3 units)


Area Z: Written Communication II

LLD 100W: Writing Workshop

Advanced composition. Instruction and practice in reading, discussing and writing about issues germane to the student's major field of study. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. (3 units)

LLD 100WB: Writing Workshop for Business Students

Instruction and practice in reading, oral interaction and writing activities germane to the genres of the business world. Prerequisite: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of the Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. (3 units)