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Our Art programs offer introductory and intermediate courses in drawing, painting, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and design. Through the study of art theory and art practice, students develop an awareness and understanding of the materials, tools, rationale, and significance of art in society. The art curriculum's critical thinking and technical skills components encourage students to utilize independent thought processes and problem solving. Our Art programs provide students with transfer and employment opportunities as well as professional and personal development.
Our Art History programs focus on the history, theory, and research of art products, architecture, and artifacts. Our programs prepare students for further study in the history of art leading to a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and/or Ph.D. in Art History. Art Historians with advanced degrees often become college instructors, museum and gallery directors, curators, or art critics, and can work for public and private collectors.
The dance studies curriculum at Folsom Lake College offers students the opportunity to develop a breadth of multi-disciplinary dance abilities and knowledge. This curriculum provides students with an exploration of world dance history, pedagogy, injury prevention, and technical skills in classical and contemporary styles including, but not limited to, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and ethnic/folk forms. Career options such as performing, choreography, dance studio business ownership, dance movement therapy, and non-profit arts management will enhance students’ appreciation of dance as a global industry, as well as a cross-culturally meaningful expressive form. Comprehensive, academically rigorous classes will sharpen their leadership and critical thinking skills, preparing students for success in dance either at a university or in the workplace.
Our Ethnic Studies programs offer a broad array of courses in African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Mexican American/Chicano Studies, Native American Studies, Gender and Ethnicity, and the European Experience. We also offer general courses on American ethnic groups in sociology, psychology, anthropology, and history.
The health records information technology certificates are designed to quickly train students in the kind of computerized health information systems that are being installed by hospitals and medical and dental offices across the country. These IT systems make it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information in electronic form. The electronic systems are replacing inefficient paper records and allow health providers to quickly review and update a patient's medical history, which can be shared electronically as patients move to other health systems and/or to other geographic locations. Students completing these programs will support the IT systems that are in place in various health care related facilities.
Cosumnes River College has implemented three certificates. The Health Records IT Implementation Support Specialist Certificate will train students to provide on-site user support for the period of time before and during implementation of health records IT systems in clinical and public health settings. These individuals will provide support services, above and beyond what is provided by the vendor, to be sure the technology functions properly and is configured to meet the needs of the redesigned practice workflow. The Health Records IT Technical Support Specialist Certificate will train students to support the technology deployed in clinical and public health settings on an ongoing basis. Workers in this role maintain systems in clinical and public health settings, including patching and upgrading of software. They also provide one-on-one support, in a traditional "help desk" model, to individual users with questions or problems. The Health Records IT Trainer Certificate will prepare students to design and deliver training programs, using adult learning principles, to employees in clinical and public health care settings on the use of health records IT systems.
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Our history programs offer a study of history that contributes to cultural literacy and develops critical thinking skills while helping students understand connections between the past and present. Career opportunities include:
The humanities are the study of how people process and document the human experience. Humans have long used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language to understand and record our world. Studying humanities gives students the opportunity to develop a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge, enhance their appreciation of the arts, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Students who major in this program will gain a well-rounded world view which will prepare them for success at the university level, in the workplace, and in the community.
The Intercultural Studies Associate in Arts degree prepares students for careers in which they will interact with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The Intercultural Studies major is an interdisciplinary major drawing from coursework in sociology, history, humanities, geography, anthropology, and a foreign language.
The degree in Intercultural Studies is designed to prepare students to for careers in:
American River College's interior design program provides a foundation of education and skills in the expanding field of interior design. Topics include space planning, building and life-safety codes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our curriculum covers green and sustainable interiors, materials of interior design, architectural (global and regional) and furniture history, business practices, event planning, and universal design.
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Our music programs include vocal and instrumental components as well as courses on music, history, theory, and electronic music. Career opportunities include:
American River College's natural resources program focuses on environmental conservation. Environmental conservation is an interdisciplinary program that advances understanding of ecological systems and their interrelationships, including those with human society. Core study involves plant and animal ecology and natural history, field methods and study design, and conservation and management of ecosystems and natural resources. Students are able to focus their studies in conservation and sustainability; plant ecology, conservation and management; and/or vertebrate ecology, conservation and management.
This program covers a wide range of environmental studies, provides many unique opportunities for hands-on and real-world field experience, and prepares students for a variety of careers as well as transfer at the upper division level to academic programs involving environmental sciences.
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Our theatre arts programs provide a broad foundation in various aspects of theatre including history, diversity, and production. Students have the opportunity to learn the basics of acting, theatre design and technology, and an overview of the historical and social context of theatre.
Additionally, this program exposes students to core principles and practices in the field. Students have the opportunity to gain real world experience in our on-campus performing arts facilities, including the Harris Center for the Arts.