Lecture Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday | 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Faculty: Jeff Decker | English, Coordinator
Robert Fink | Musicology
Jan Reiff | History
Lynn Vavrek | Political Science
Librarian: Miki Goral | Powell Library
Writing Consultant: Peggy Davis | Writing Programs
Inquiry Specialist: Michael Lima-Sabatini

The ‘60s. Hippies and tie-dye, afros and Motown, free love and psychedelic drugs—this era is commonly reduced to a montage of cliché images and phrases. This Cluster goes beyond the familiar, and looks at the major social revolutions of that era that transformed America’s cultural character and political environment forever. Students will better understand this period by exploring the 60’s counter-culture, the turbulent political arena and revolutionary youth movements. And as students analyze movies and music, the Civil Rights movement and campus takeovers, and Vietnam and Cold Wars they will make connections to society today.

What are the Benefits?

  • Satisfy 4 GEs requirements
  • Satisfy Writing II requirement
  • 18 units toward degree
  • College Honors units including Honors Collegium
  • Priority Enrollment in Eng. Comp. 3

Writing II and Foundation Area General Education Credit

Upon completion of the yearlong cluster, students will fulfill the Writing II requirement and satisfy 4 GE course requirements:

  • 2 in Foundations of the Arts & Humanities (1 in Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice; 1 in Literary and Cultural Analysis)
  • 2 in Foundations of Society & Culture (1 in Social Analysis; 1 in Historical Analysis)

Diversity Requirement

Upon completion of all three quarters of the cluster, students will satisfy the diversity course requirement.

Student quote: I always look forward to coming to this class. I have never enjoyed history or writing, but this class has made me more interested in politics, music, and literature. I would definitely recommend this cluster course to other students.Course Format

During fall and winter quarters, the course meets twice a week for lectures and once a week for a two-hour section discussion. Themes include:

  • The Civil Rights movement
  • The Vietnam War
  • Movies, television, and music of the 60’s
  • Campus takeovers on the political Left
  • The Goldwater and Wallace campaigns on the political Right
  • The Cold War
  • Watergate
  • Pro sports
  • The Supreme Court

Film Screenings

In addition to these regular class meetings, students will also attend a series of film screenings that highlight a number of movies that are of special significance for the study of the Sixties, e.g. The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Hearts and Minds, Woodstock, and The Godfather.

Spring Seminars

During spring quarter, students choose a seminar that allows them to explore a particular topic in greater depth. Previous seminar titles have included:

  • Consuming the Sixties: Buying and Selling Cultures and Countercultures
  • Music from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix
  • Global Protest in the 1960s
  • Changing Conceptions of Rights: The Warren Court and Beyond
  • California, 1960 to 1973
  • Presidential Nomination Process of the 1960s