College Notes: New courses highlight Peralta Colleges spring session

Believe it or not, the spring semester is upon us. It feels like winter — thank goodness for the rain — but at our local community colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney and Merritt College — eyes are on the many new spring classes beginning Jan. 25.

Over at College of Alameda, the anthropology department offers some of the most fascinating and inspiring classes in the field you can find anywhere. Under the leadership of Dr. Nathan Strong, who has been featured in Whos Who Among Americas Teachers, an honor bestowed on only 5 percent of the nations educators each year, the department offers physical anthropology, cultural anthropology and more. Not only are these classes a whole lot of fun, they are transferable to four-year universities nationwide. To find out more, visit

At ever-growing Berkeley City College, global studies is a favorite among those in the know. Led by faculty member Joan Berezin, BCCs Global Studies Program challenges students to examine history and the current process of globalization and socioeconomic stratification. There is a degree program and a range of electives that give students a deeper understanding of how geopolitical areas of the globe impact one another. The degree program includes courses such as critical thinking, history of the United States, global perspectives and current world problems. One of Berezins students, Tenzin Seldon, transferred to Stanford, became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and now works for the United Nations. Future diplomats can find out more by visiting

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