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PASO Courses

PASO courses are designed to recognize, incorporate and acknowledge the cultural wealth of Latin@ 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 

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.”

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.”

ID 170: Introduction to Origins of Chicanx Studies

This interdisciplinary course is an introduction and general overview of the Chicanx historical cultural experience in the United States from contemporary social issues to national, reginal, and local Chicanx communitied. This class counts as an Elective Credit. 

 

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 professor Erika, she is really nice. I love how PASO Courses incorporate the Latino perspective, class is really interesting. I didn’t have this in high school.” 

"This GEO class taught by Professor Matsumoto, along with other PASO Courses has helped me feel proud of my roots. I feel like I belong at this university now."

"In Professor Weseloh's GEW class we read such an amazing book that made connections to our culture. It is a very fun and interesting class."

"The GEW Class with Mea Hall is super fun! It is a class that I look forward in attending and participating. She is really understandable."