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PASO Courses

PASO courses are designed to recognize, incorporate and acknowledge the cultural wealth of Latinx students. Through the students shared experiences these courses will build support, motivate and inspire our PASO Scholars to achieve academic success.

Academic Year PASO Course Offerings - Fall 2016:

PASO Learning Communities:

Learning Communities are a group of students, taking two classes together. When students enroll in more than one course together, students see one another more frequently, which helps strengthen the social and intellectual connections between students, which helps to build a sense of commuinity among students and a asense of belonging.

Benefits for Participating in the Learning Community include:

1) Guaranteed enrollment in two General Education courses (6 units towards gradation).
2) A supportive learning community environment with Professors who use a bicultural-validating teaching approach that honors diversity and cultural identity. 
3) Development of a long-term academic plan and explortion of career options. 
4) Access to important campus resources and connections to campus life. 
5) Small class environment that focuses on strengthening college-level speaking, writing, and research skills.
 

GEL 101: General Education Lifelong Learning

This course is designed to facilitate your transition from high school to academic life at Cal State San Marcos. Your GEL instructor, along with library faculty and career advisors, will challenge you with a set of activities and assignments designed to strengthen your motivation to be in college, your skills for learning and the development of your personal academic and career plan. The theme for the PASO GEL section will focus on the Latin@/Chican@ perspective with discussion built around Latin@/Chican@ in the southwest, immigration, education and civil rights. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area E “lifelong learning and information literacy. 

GEW 101: General Education Writing

This course is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for students to build confidence in their college level writing skills. The theme for the PASO GEW sections will explore Latin@ experiences such as: identity, culture, ethnicity, nation, language, family, religion, immigration, borders, border crossings, violence and exclusion. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area A2 “written communication.”

PASO Stand Alone Course:

GEL 101: General Education Lifelong Learning

This course is designed to facilitate your transition from high school to academic life at Cal State San Marcos. Your GEL instructor, along with library faculty and career advisors, will challenge you with a set of activities and assignments designed to strengthen your motivation to be in college, your skills for learning and the development of your personal academic and career plan. The theme for the PASO GEL section will focus on the Latin@/Chican@ perspective with discussion built around Latin@/Chican@ in the southwest, immigration, education and civil rights. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area E “lifelong learning and information literacy. 

Academic Year PASO Course Offerings - Spring 2017

Standalone PASO Courses:

GEL 101: General Education Lifelong Learning

This course is designed to facilitate your transition from high school to academic life at Cal State San Marcos. Your GEL instructor, along with library faculty and career advisors, will challenge you with a set of activities and assignments designed to strengthen your motivation to be in college, your skills for learning and the development of your personal academic and career plan. The theme for the PASO GEL section will focus on the Latin@/Chican@ perspective with discussion built around Latin@/Chican@ in the southwest, immigration, education and civil rights. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area E “lifelong learning and information literacy. 

GEO 102: General Education Oral Communication 

This course is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for students to build confidence as they develop their college level oral communication skills. The theme for the PASO GEO sections will explore Latin@ experiences such as: identity, culture, ethnicity, nation, language, family, religion, immigration, borders, border crossings, violence and exclusion. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area A1 “oral communication.”

GEW 101: General Education Writing

This course is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for students to build confidence in their college level writing skills. The theme for the PASO GEW sections will explore Latin@ experiences such as: identity, culture, ethnicity, nation, language, family, religion, immigration, borders, border crossings, violence and exclusion. This class counts for lower-division general education credit Area A2 “written communication.”

PASO Scholars on Course Offerings:

“I am really happy to be in the GEL 101 course taught by Silverio.  It is really good, he makes it so interesting!” 

“I really like our instructor Erika, she is really nice. I love how they are incorporating the Latino perspective, it is really interesting. I didn’t have this in high school.”