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Multi-Ethnic Studies | Courses


For Fall 2015

This list does not preclude other courses from counting. Please contact Prof. Leonard (kdl@american.edu) if you want to count a course not on this list. This list is meant only as a place to start. Be sure to get official approval of your course plans.

For current class offerings, times, and additional information, visit the Office of the Registrar.


Multi-Ethnic Studies Minor
Some Approved Courses, Fall 2015 

AMST-320.001: Civil Rights in the US TH 5:30-8:00pm 

AMST-320.002: Global Hip-Hop W 2:35pm-5:15pm 

AMST-340: Black Humor TF 4:00-5:15pm 

ANTH-210.001, 210.002: Roots of Racism TF 8:55 & 10:20 

ARTH-225: Buddhist Arts of Asia TF 1:10-2:25pm A

RTH-250.001: Chinese Art and Culture 

ARTH-350.001: Chinese Architecture 

AWST-115.001: Introduction to the Arab World TF 1:10-2:25pm 

AWST-396.001: From Mother to Revolutions W 5:30-8:00pm 

AWST-396.002: Arab and Muslim Americans T 5:30-8:00pm 

GOVT-440.001: Minority Representation and Ethnic Conflict MTH 4:00-5:15pm 

HIST-208.001: African American History to 1877 TF 2:35-3:50pm 

HIST-241.001: Colonial Latin America TF 10:20-11:35am 

HIST-247.001: Muslim Empires 1300-1920 MTH 10:20-11:35am 

HIST-305.001: Slavery TF 10:20-11:35am 

HIST-305.002: Black Popular Culture TF 8:55-10:10am 

HIST-314.001: China Transformation 1840-1960 

HIST-314.002: Social and Political History of Kenya 

HIST-344.001: The Jewish World after 1945 M 5:30-8:00pm 

HIST-396.002: Social History of the Middle East MTH 1:10-2:25pm 

HIST-396.003: Islamic Africa TF 4:00-5:15pm 

LIT-150.001: Third World Literature TF 10:20-11:35 

LIT-381.001: Black Humor TF 4:00-5:15pm 

LIT-443.002: All That Jazz TF 2:35-3:50pm 

LIT-446.002: Contemporary Latin American Cinema TH 5:30-8:00pm 

PERF-225.001: African American Experience in the Perf Arts TF 11:45am-1:00pm 

PHIL-413.001: Philosophy and Modernity in East Asia M 5:30-8:00pm

Core Courses

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.

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.

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.

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.