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Multi-Ethnic Studies | Courses

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Course Descriptions

HIST-210: Ethnicity in America 4:2 (3)

Explores how ethnicity has shaped American institutions and behavior patterns from 1607 to the present. Largely a nation of immigrants, this country reflects the racial, religious, and national characteristics of those who migrated here, whether voluntarily or as slaves. Includes ethnicity's influence on family, politics, civil rights, and foreign policy. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ANTH-150 or PSYC-105 or SOCY-100 or WGST-125.


SOCY-210: Inequality: Class, Race, Ethnicity 4:2 (3)

Structured inequality in society in socioeconomic, racial, and gender terms. How the individual's life and experiences are circumscribed and structured by his or her position in the social stratification system. How and why stratification systems emerge and are reproduced and their alternatives. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite for General Education credit: COMM-100 or ECON-100 or GOVT-110 or SOCY-150.


GOVT-231: Third World Politics (3)

Political order and change in selected countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, emphasizing nation building, ideology, development, and the role of the military. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: GOVT-130.


IDIS-210: Contemporary Multi-Ethnic Voices 4:2 (3)

This course examines how ethnicity affects the organization of society, the relationship of the individual, communities, and society, and how artists negotiate their own understanding of ethnicity in contemporary American society. Literature, films, theatre, walking tours, and a community service project introduce students to the critical concepts, patterns, and issues that reflect multi-ethnic perspectives. The course also explores the relationship between ethnicity, values, and ethics in American society and fosters critical thinking based on reasoned evidence. Prerequisite for General Education credit: ANTH-150 or PSYC-105 or SOCY-100 or WGST-125.