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Thurgood Marshall College offers unique courses that speak to the college’s Mission and Philosophy of Developing the Scholar and Citizen.  These courses are open to Marshall Students, and the greater UC San Diego community.

The following course descriptions are from the UCSD General Catalog, and can be accessed by visiting the UCSD Catalog.


Winter 2017

The following courses are open to all UCSD students. Some prerequisites may be required.

TMC 15: Public Service in America
Instructor: Patricia Sinay
Thursdays 9-10:20AM
TMC Administration Bldg., 126

TMC 198: Partnership Schools Program (Marshall Directed Group Study)
Instructor: Mariko Cavey
Wednesdays 5-6:20PM
TMC Administration Bldg., 127

FILM 87: Film & Life
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Wednesday 2-2:50PM
MMC 221
Section ID: 894039

FILM 87:Banned Films
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Wednesday 3-3:50PM
MMC 221
Section ID: 894040

FILM 87:Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
Instructor: Allan Havis
Wednesday 3:30-4:20PM
MMC 221
Section ID: 894041

FILM 87:Fantasy, SciFi & Horror - 60 Years
Instructor: Babak Rahimi
Wednesday 4:30-5:20PM
MMC 221
Section ID: 894042

Marshall College also offers 2 to 3 honors seminars each quarter. To be eligable for these courses, you must be enrolled in the official TMC Honors Program. More information here.

Fall 2016

First Year Experience - TMC 1
Instructor: Mark Guirguis
Mondays 3-3:50PM
Center Hall 216
Section IDs: 874720, 885007, 874721, 874722, 874723

Transfer Year Experience - TMC 2
Instructor: Allan Havis
Lecture: Mondays 4-4:50PM
Pepper Canyon Hall 121
Discussions: Tuesdays 10-10:50AM (874725)
Fridays 10-10:50AM (874726)

Partnership Schools Program - TMC 198
Instructor: Mariko Cavey
Tuesdays 5-6:20PM
TMCA 127

Spring 2016

Partnership Schools Program - TMC 198

This is a guided studies course for students volunteering at either Preuss or Gompers Prep Academy through the Partnership Schools Program. Earn 4 units and meet various ed. requirements!

Mariko Cavey
Thursdays 5-6:20pm
4 units
Location TMCA 127
Section 864700

Freshmen Seminars

Principles of Clarity - TMC 87

Dr. Karen Dobkins
Thursdays 2-3pm
Location: MNDLR 1539
Section: 870536

Film Studies Courses 

FILM 87 A00 - What Film Can Teach us About Life
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 3-4PM
MCC 221
Section ID - 870511

FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 4-5PM
Locations - MCC 221
Sections ID – 870512

FILM 87 C00 - Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s
Allan Havis
Tuesday 3:30-4:30
Location: MCC 221
Section ID - 701513

FILM 87 D00 - Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror - 60 Years
Allan Havis
Tuesday 4:30-5:50pm
Location: MCC 221
Section ID - 870514

Winter 2016

Public Service in America 

Public Service in America (TMC 15) is an opportunity for students to discover what it means personally and collectively to contribute to the greater good. Together, the class will explore what is service and why it is important to our communities, a thriving civil society, and vibrant democracy.  Using one’s own interest, students will examine how the public, private, and independent sectors must work together to solve our society's challenges. During this interactive course, students will have an opportunity to put theory into practice and meet community leaders who will share their experience as they relate to the topics we explore in class.   

Patricia Sinay
Tuesday/Thursday 9am-10:20am
4 units
Location TMCA 126
Section 863180

Partnership Schools Program - TMC 198

This is a guided studies course for students volunteering at either Preuss or Gompers Prep Academy through the Partnership Schools Program. Earn 4 units and meet various ed requirements!

Mariko Cavey
Wednesdays 5-6:20pm
4 units
Location TMCA 127
Section 862567

Freshmen Seminars

Principles of Clarity - TMC 87

Dr. Karen Dobkins
Thursdays 2-3pm
Location: MNDLR 1539
Section: 858008

Film Studies Courses 

FILM 87 A00 - What Film Can Teach us About Life - FULL
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 1-2pm
MCC 221
Section ID - 857990

FILM 87 B00 - Banned Films- FULL
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 2-3pm
Locations - MCC 221
Sections ID - 857991

FILM 87 C00 - Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s- FULL
Allan Havis
Tuesday 3:30-4:30
Location: MCC 221
Section ID - 857988

FILM 87 D00 - Fantasy, SciFi, and Horror - 60 Years- FULL
Allan Havis
Tuesday 4:30-5:50pm
Location: MCC 221
Section ID - 857989

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

The following courses are open to all UCSD students. Some prerequisites may apply.

Public Service in America - TMC 15

Public Service in America is an opportunity for students to discover what it means personally and collectively to contribute to the greater good. Together, the class will explore what is service and why it is important to our communities, a thriving civil society, and vibrant democracy.  Using one’s own interest, students will examine how the public, private, and independent sectors must work together to solve our society's challenges. During this interactive course, students will have an opportunity to put theory into practice and meet community leaders who will share their experience as they relate to the topics we explore in class.   

Patricia Sinay
Tuesday/Thursday 3-4:30pm
4 units
Location TMCA 126
Section 844515

Partnership Schools Program - TMC 198

This is a guided studies course for students volunteering at either Preuss or Gompers Prep Academy through the Partnership Schools Program. Earn 4 units and meet various ed requirements!

Mariko Cavey
Wednesdays 5-6:20pm
4 units
Location TMCA 127
Section 844517

Principles of Clarity - TMC 87

Dr. Karen Dobkins
Thursdays 2-3pm
Location: MNDLR 1539
Section: 844516

Film Studies Courses 

FILM 87 A00 - What Film Can Teach us About Life
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 2-3pm
MCC 221
Section ID - 844513

FILM 87 D00 - Banned Films
Babak Rahimi
Wednesdays 1-2pm
Locations - MCC 221
Sections ID - 844514

Honors Seminars

Open to students eligable for the TMC Honors Program only.

Dimensions of Culture (DOC) Extended Studies Course - TMC 20 A00

This class welcomes any Marshall College students seeking to analyze historical and contemporary social justice issues in U.S. culture.  Course topics include: immigration histories; social movements for racial, class, and gender equality; access to higher education, and the hidden histories of UCSD.  This course is especially designed to go beyond the weekly DOC lectures through extensive group discussion.

NOTE: Students do not need to be enrolled in DOC 1, 2, or 3 to participate in this course.

Jeff Gagnon
Fridays 12-12:50pm
Section ID 853436

Academic Scandals on the Stage and Screen - TMC 20 B00

This honors seminar explores common Hollywood and Broadway depictions of contemporary university life, and asks why so many films and plays focus on the scandalous aspects of academia. Students will watch about six films and read several plays, with seminar time devoted to debating the dynamics of these representations of today’s academy.

Acting Provost Emily Roxworthy
Thursdays 11-12pm
Section ID 853437

Winter 2014

TMC 15: Introduction to Public Service in America
This course is designed to study, discuss, and analyze the history and current role of public service in the United States. Students will be introduced to the different roles held by the three sectors of the American economic structure (government, business, and nonprofit/public service) with opportunity to provide a critical analysis of those roles within American society. Introductory course for the Public Service Minor.

T/TH    9:00 am-10:20am
Professor Patricia Sinay
4 units
Section ID: 791350

TMC 198 - TMC/CREATE School Partnership Program
TMC 198 students complete 10 hours of service per week at one of two UCSD partnership schools: The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy. Classes are held on campus once a week, and are conducted as small seminars in which students discuss their experiences at site, critically analyze relevant topics in research and media, and learn from experts in the field. Contact bnelson@ucsd.edu to enroll. 4 unit course.

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Outline of the TMC 198 Course...


TMC 20: TMC Honors Seminar - Artist in Residence Fernando Vega on Learning Theater (Lehrstücke)
W     10:00am-10:50am (January 15-February 19)      
1 unit
Section ID: 791345 

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FILM 87:   What Film Can Teach Us About Life
W    10:00am-10:50am (January 7-February 25)
Professor Babak Rahimi
Section ID: 790863

FILM 87: Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
T    3:30pm-4:30pm (January 7-February 25)
Professor Allan, Havis
Section ID: 790864


FILM 87:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror-60 Years
T    4:30pm-5:20pm  (January 7-February 25)
Professor Allan, Havis
Section ID: 790865

Fall 2013

TMC 10: Methods of Inquiry
T/TH 1:00PM -2:00PM - Michele Goldwasser

"In this course, students learn analytical thinking strategies routinely used by professional scholars, historians, and social planners. Each student applies methodologies from the materials presented in lectures, films, and readings relevant to the current course work." Please contact tmcprovost@ucsd.edu to enroll in the course. Course can be taken for 2 units, P/NP only.

TMC 15: Introduction to Public Service in America
T/TH 9:00AM-10:20PM - Patricia Sinay
"This course is designed to study, discuss, and analyze the history and current role of public service in the United States. Students will be introduced to the different roles held by the three sectors of the American economic structure (government, business, and nonprofit/public service) with opportunity to provide a critical analysis of those roles within American society."

TMC 20: TMC Honors Seminar - Evolution and Human Intelligence
W 10:00AM-10:50AM - Dean Paul Naour
Seminar Topic: Evolution and Human Intelligence "Students must be in the TMC Honors Program. Course can be taken for 1 unit, P/NP only."

TMC 87: Freshman Seminar -Representation in Theory and Practice
T, 1:00PM-2:50PM - Scott Desposato
"Representation -what exactly is it, and what types of policies can lead to a system where everyone is represented? We will explore the central definitions of representation, then apply them to current controversies of representation, including the representation of ethnic groups, gender identities, indigenous groups, and minority interests." One unit course. May be taken P/NP only.

FILM 87 A00: What Film Can Teach Us About Life
M 10:00AM-10:50AM - Babak Rahimi
"This seminar is about how film can reflect and change our lives. We will discuss movies such as: I Love you, Beth Cooper, American Beauty, Sliding doors, Seventh Seal, Happiness, La Dolce Vita, Taste of Cherry, Do the Right Thing, Christmas Story and others."  Weeks 1-10 (extra due to campus holiday closure)

FILM 87 B00: Cult Films of 1950s-2000s
M 12:00PM-12:50PM - Allan Havis
"Cursory look at enigmatic cult film classics from 1950 to today. Basic aesthetics and ideas of cult films will be celebrated. Films include PSYCHO, WICKERMAN, ROAD WARRIOR, BLADE RUNNER, REPO MAN, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAROLD AND MAUDE." Weeks 1-9

FILM 87 C00:Fantasy, Sci Fi, And Horror: the Last 60 Years
M 1:00PM-1:50PM - Allan Havis
"An entertaining and analytical survey from the 1950s to today of memorable and strange feature films including THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, PSYCHO, BARBARELLA, ROAD WARRIOR, BLADE RUNNER, REPO MAN, DARK CITY, and THE RING. Technical achievement, visual power, and personal nuance will be emphasized." Weeks 1-9

TMC 198 - TMC/CREATE School Partnership Program
TMC 198 students complete 10 hours of service per week at one of two UCSD partnership schools: The Preuss School UCSD and Gompers Preparatory Academy. Classes are held on campus once a week, and are conducted as small seminars in which students discuss their experiences at site, critically analyze relevant topics in research and media, and learn from experts in the field. Contact bnelson@ucsd.edu to enroll. 4 unit course.

TMC Academic Advising

9500 Gilman Drive, #0509

La Jolla, CA  92093-0509

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
(858) 534-4110