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SOCI-105 - Multiculturalism in the U.S. - Hernan Ramirez

Course:Multiculturalism in the U.S.
Professor:Hernan Ramirez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello! My name is Hernan Ramirez, and I’d like to welcome you to my online sociology class. Please take a moment to read this orientation letter carefully in order to determine if this is the right class for you. After reading the letter, you may reach me at with any questions you may have, and I will reply to you as quickly as possible. When emailing me, please include your full name, the class, and the section number in your message.

Course Description

A brief description of the class can be found in COC’s online schedule of classes. The course syllabus will also contain a course description.

What to Expect in this Course

The content of this course is the same as when I teach this class in a traditional format, with the exception that you will not be attending lectures. Online classes utilize the Canvas learning management system. A typical week will require you to complete a Canvas module by reading content pages, watching supplementary videos, completing a timed quiz, and participating in a written discussion board with your classmates. The quizzes will be based on the content presented in the Canvas module as well as the required textbook or other reading material, which will be provided to you free of charge.


Quizzes - Although the weekly quizzes will be open-book, open-note quizzes, they will be rigidly timed and you will not have the time to look up more than a couple of items, so it is imperative that you complete the required reading and study the material thoroughly prior to attempting a quiz.


Discussion Forums - Typically, a discussion board will require you to post a substantive reply to a discussion prompt based on the week’s topic(s). You will then have several days to follow up on your initial post and engage in a thoughtful discussion by posting replies to your classmates. Each discussion forum post must be written using college-level English and consist of at least six substantive sentences that demonstrate reflective engagement with the course material.


Written Assignment - In addition, you will be expected to complete a written assignment that will be due towards the end of the semester. The length of this paper may vary.


This orientation letter is simply meant to provide a general overview of what to expect when enrolling in my 100% online classes. Refer to the course syllabus for more detailed information on the aforementioned requirements.

Types of Assessments

The class will require you to complete quizzes, discussion forums, and a written assignment.

Textbook Information

Once enrolled in a class, you will be able to access the free textbook and/or other required reading materials in the Course Resources module in Canvas. In addition, many (but not all) of COC’s free (ZTC/OER) textbooks can be found by going to

Other Relevant Course Information

First Week Attendance - Please note that in order to remain enrolled in the course, you are required to log in to the Canvas course shell during the first scheduled week of classes and complete the Introduction Quiz no later than Tuesday at 11:59pm. If you do not do this, you may be dropped from the class to make space for other students who would like to enroll. I realize this is a tight deadline, but there is high demand for space in online courses, and I need to know that you are serious about remaining in the class.


Time commitment - Students often sign up for online classes because they think that they will require less work than traditional face-to-face classes. However, you should know that online classes have strict assignment deadlines and require just as much – if not more – time and effort as traditional classes. If you are not serious about meeting deadlines and spending 8-10 hours a week on work for this class, you should not take it. If, on the other hand, you are self-disciplined and serious about learning, you should find this class to be a rewarding experience. Of course, in order to get the most out of this class you must be a diligent student but you must also have access to a dependable computer and reliable access to the Internet.

Waitlist Information - If you are on my waitlist, I will contact you at your COC email address. IF there is an open space, I will only add from the waitlist and in the order listed on the waitlist. You do not need to contact me unless I offer you a space in the class. If I do offer you a space, you will need to contact me within 24 hours to accept.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 06/05/2022 Sub#: 671