Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Required Core Courses

ETH 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

ETH 101 Introduction to African American Studies

ETH 102 Introduction to Latino Studies

  • ETH 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

    This course will introduce students to perspectives about ethnic realities in America. Through an interdisciplinary examination of intellectual thought presented through various formats, students will facilitate the formation of a well-rounded view of ethnic groups, an awareness of their own ethnicity and an appreciation for human diversity. Major emphasis will focus on African Americans, Latino, Native Americans and Asian Americans. Attention will also focus on the immigration experiences of some European ethnic groups.

  • ETH 101 Introduction to African American Studies

    This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of various perspectives, which have impacted African American life and culture. Employing an Afrocentric conceptual framework, it seeks to provide students with a concise but substantive intellectual base for critical understanding and discussion of African American experiences and relevance of African American studies as an academic discipline.

  • ETH 102 Introduction to Latino Studies

    A study of Latino life and culture in the United States through a survey of literature, art, films and other cultural media. Students will be given background information necessary to explore the issues presented in these and other works.

Ethnic Studies Elective Courses

Anthropology Art Communication Journalism English Ethnic Studies



Human Comm Studies


Political Science


Social Work


    • ANT 111 Cultural Anthropology (3 crs.)

      Is a study of the nature of humanity it cuts across the boundaries which separate the sciences from the humanities and embraces both. Deals with basic facts concerning humanity in all of its variations, leading to understanding and appreciation of the significant differences in the behavior of various ethnic groups.

    • ANT 341 North American Indians (3 crs.)

      Considers the many aspects of Native American cultures. Topics include the peopling of the New World, prehistoric Indians, Aztecs and Mayas, religion and rituals, Columbus and the "discovery" of America, the struggle for the West, cultures of various nations, and contemporary problems. Prerequisite: ANT111.

    • ART 274 Introduction to Cultural Studio (3 crs.)

      Introduces a variety of two- and three-dimensional media and techniques through visual art projects developed from the art history of diverse global cultures. Through studio projects, develops awareness for cultural influences in art, will learn a universal visual art vocabulary and develop personal skills in the handling of art materials. (Not open to art majors or art minors. Teacher education majors/art minors may enroll in this course.)

    • COM 245 Diversity & the Media (3 crs.)

      Focuses on the diverse nature of mass media and the legal and ethical issues raised by race-, class- and gender-related representations of individuals and groups by the media. The course examines media's influence on various populations within the United States as well as globally. The course develops students' critical thinking skills in regard to message framing, message interpretation, and message presentation.

    • CRJ 411 Terrorism (3 crs.)

      To gain a basic appreciation for understanding the response of the criminal justice system to the terrorism problem. Includes types of terrorism, formation, leadership, location, motives and purposes, criminality, historical and contemporary issues and research, law enforcement, judicial and correctional efforts aimed at curtailing, controlling and understanding terrorism. Prerequisite: Upper division status.

    • CRJ 452 Special Topics in Criminal Justice: "Race, Ethnicity, and Crime"

      Acquaints students with issues regarding the role played by ethnicity/race in the American criminal justice system. A necessarily broad approach will be undertaken to achieve this goal. Will deal with three areas: the making of laws and minorities, the breaking of laws and minorities, and society's reaction to the breaking of laws and minorities. Provides a broad understanding of the philosophical and practical issues revolving around crime and minorities in American society.

    • CRJ 464 Popular Culture, Crime and Justice (3 crs.)

      Examines the interrelationships between popular culture, crime, and justice. Explores history of this linkage, the research, and the current issues. Examines popular culture's depictions of victims, offenders, and professionals in the criminal justice system. Popular culture depictions are found in print media (newspapers, magazines and tabloids), popular literature (police and law procedures), true crime fiction, films, television, rap music, and comics. Impact of popular culture by various media is addressed through the presentation of historical and contemporary research images of crime on individuals, groups, and public policy. Prerequisite: Upper division status.

    • ENG 248 Introduction to Culturally Diverse Literature of the U.S.

      Introduces literature by writers including but not limited to African-American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American descent. Representative authors may include but not be limited to John Edgar Wideman, Junot Diaz, Leslie Marmon Silko and Amy Tan. Expect to write at least one short analytical paper dealing with works read in the course. Course satisfies general education diversity requirements; fulfills general education literature requirement for Category B

    • ENG 358 Ethnic Literature

      Introduces literature by members of American minority groups such as Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Representative authors include Ralph Ellison, Amando Muro, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Expect to write at least one analytic paper dealing with works read in the course.

    • ENG 375 African American Literature

      Covers the origin and development of literary works by black Americans from the 18th century to the present day. Students will read autobiographies, poems, novels and essays by such major writers as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. Requires oral and written reports and essay .

    • ETH 390 Internship (3 crs.)

      An internship in Ethnic Studies will serve as elective credits (not to exceed three credit hours) where students find positions within organizations that foster diversity. The director of the minor will serve as the internship advisor and have final approval of internship assignments. Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand how persons from diverse populations interact, work, and structure themselves in various organizations.

    • GRN 480 Valuing Diversity in Later Life (3 crs.)

      Examines the unique experiences of aging among various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, with an emphasis on assessing needs and identifying strengths

    • HIS 201 Early History of the United States (3 crs.)

      Traces the major social, political, and cultural themes of American history from the initial contacts among Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans through the Civil War. This course fulfills the university's diversity requirement.

    • HIS 202 Recent History of the United States (3 crs.)

      Examines the social, political, and economic currents of the American history since the Civil War. Emphasizes changes taking place in agriculture, labor, urban society, social relations, and industry.

    • HIS 305 The Civil War Era (3 crs.)

      Studies the background, development and results of sectional rivalries between northern and southern sections of the United States. The war and its aftermath are considered from political, military, economic, and sociological points of view. Prerequisites: HIS 105, HIS 106, and HIS 201 or 202; or instructor's permission.

    • HIS 341 African-American History (3 crs.)

      Traces the experiences of African-Americans from the early colonial period to the present while emphasizing the following themes: the formation of a racial identity among diverse African-Americans, the rise of slavery and abolitionism, the struggles of African-Americans after the Civil War, and the evolution of 20th century civil rights movements. Prerequisites: HIS 105 and HIS 106 or instructor's permission.

    • HIS 342 U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity (3 crs.)

      Examines the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States between 1820 and 1980. Traces processes, politics, and cultures of new Americans with special emphasis on legal barriers to full citizenship. Focus on gender relations and the experiences of recent ethnicities included.

      Prerequisites: HIS 105 and HIS 106 or instructor's permission.

    • HIS 430 U.S. Cultural History (3 crs.)

      Focuses upon significant cultural developments in American History, and upon the importance of culture to major trends and events in the U.S. past. Course addresses culturual theory, definititions of culture, multiculturalism in history, and the roles of culture and communication inthe interpreation of history. Individual subjects covered each semester will include some combination of the following: mass media(including radio, televison and print), folklore, religion, material culture, and performance culture. Prerequisites: HIS 105, HIS 106, HIS 201 or HIS 202, sophomore standing, or instructor's permission.

    • HCS 270 Intergroup/Intercultural Communication (3 crs.)

      Investigates the process by which we acquire, manage, and execute those cultural qualities, patterns of thinking, values, assumptions, and concepts which constitute our subjective cultural experience. A primary objective is for students to improve their interactive skills and develop sensitivity toward individuals of other cultural groups and sub-groups.

    • HCS 310 African -American Communication (3 crs.)

      This course examines the body of oral discourses, styles, and traditions of African- American. Students will discover a foundation for understanding the nature and power of the spoken word as it develops an appreciation for communication theory, through the rhetoric of resistance, to the human communication of oppression, explore Afro-centric communication theory and African-American rhetoric.

    • HCS 315 Asian-American Communication (3 crs.)

      A course examining the cultural heritage of Asian-American ethnic groups and the communication patterns that emerge based on this cultural heritage. Students will explore the similarities and differences of Asian-American communicative experiences inside the United States in order to get a better understanding of the relationship among ethnicity, ethnic identity, generation, and communication.
    • HCS 325 The Rhetoric of African-American Struggle and Progress (3 crs.)

      Emphasizes bibliographical-historical-critical analyses of significant speeches, lyrics, and other artifacts by African-American men and women. Students will examine artifacts from slave narratives, the antebellum period, Civil Rights, Black Power Struggle, and the present. Included are public addresses and artifacts by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W. E. B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tupac Shukur, Public Enemy and others.

    • MUS 129 American Popular Music (3 crs.)

      This course is a survey of American Popular Music of the 20th century and the early 21st century. A particular emphasis will be placed on following the threads from styles such as blues, country, jazz, and rock and roll as they grow and develop through the 20th century and are affected by the growth of sound technology and ever more sophisticated forms of mass communication.

    • PLS 325 African American Studies (3 crs.)

      Students in this course will exam the relationship between African American citizens and the American political system in order to gain a broader prospective of the American political process. The issues of representation and strategies for empowerment will be discussed. The course will provide consideration of the behavior of African Americans within the political institutional setting and at various levels of government. The course will also address the positive and negative impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the Supreme Court and Affirmative action as it relates to the integration of African Americans in the American political system.

    • PSY 315 Prejudice and the Minority Experience (3 crs.)

      Examines the psychological roots of prejudice and discrimination in modern society, including the nature, prevalence, causes, and consequences of discriminatory behavior. Specifically, the class addresses the underlying psychological processes that influence prejudice towards underrepresented minority groups. Topics include racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, weight bias, and other forms of prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behaviors. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or PSY 102

    • PSY 365 Multicultural Psychology (3 crs.)

      Focuses on recent psychological research concerning understanding the differences within the United States in the way we think, feel, and behave. Designed to introduce psychological issues concerning gender, cultural values, race/ethnicity, religion, individualism-collectivism, self-identity, group identity and group conflict, environmental ecology, culture and development, culture and communication/relationships. Discussions are geared toward promoting an understanding of human experience in a multicultural context. Satisfies a diversity requirement for all students. Prerequisite: PSY101 or PSY102.

    • PSY 447 Multicultural Health Psychology (3 crs.)

      Investigates health and illness in traditionally under-represented groups. Psychological models of behavior and social interaction discussed to explain how health and illness impact different populations. Possible areas of coverage will be the role of health psychology in understanding epidemics world-wide. Other topics include the impact of ethnicity, gender and age on health in the United States and in a global context. Includes readings, opportunities to problem solve, and to apply knowledge gained in the course to real-world examples. Goal is to increase appreciation of a world-view of health. Prerequisites: At least junior standing and PSY420 or by permission of instructor.

    • SOC 243 Minority Groups (3 crs.)

      Defines the concept of minority. Looks at the impact of prejudice and discrimination. Reviews some of the major minority groups in the United States and provides some cross-cultural comparisons. Major problems and possible solutions discussed. Prerequisite: SOC101.

    • SOC 351 Race Relations (3 crs.)

      Studies sociological principles underlying race relations with emphasis on black-white relations in the United States. Concepts of race and patterns of interaction between racially and culturally diverse groups also highlighted. Prerequisite: SOC101.

    • SOC 421 Impact of International Migration (3 crs.)

      This course is a sociological survey of immigration and ethnicity, with a primary focus on originating countries of immigrants and their experiences in the contemporary United States. The causes of immigration will be studied. Various assimilation patterns will be compared and analyzd. We will examine the needs of immigrants including housing, employment, education and medical care, and what kind of impacts they will cause on receiving society.

    • SWK 102 Social Work in Social Welfare (3 crs.)

      Examines the social work profession within the social welfare system. Develops an understanding of contemporary social work practice by examining its history, knowledge base, values, skills, methods, and fields of practice. Introduces the generalist model for practice which serves as a base for subsequent social work courses. Provides initial understanding of the needs and issues of special populations in relation to social welfare policies and services and social work practice. Requires a volunteer experience with a social service agency. Provides introduction to the profession and serves as resource to make an informed decision about social work as a career.

    • SWK 250 Assessing Individuals in the Social Environment (3 crs.)

      Focuses on assessment skills to understand human behavior of individuals in the social environment. Assessments based on biological, psychological and social data as well as life cycle or situational specifics that may influence behavior. This is a required course for all social work majors. Basis of social work practice with individuals.

    • SWK 265 Understanding Diversity for Social Work Practice (3 crs.)

      Helps students develop tools for increased understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity and cultures different from their own. Students asked to identify areas where differing customs or values could have impact. Generalist approach to social work practice, which encompasses the ethnic sensitive model for intervention and management of human diversity issues. Includes work with, but is not limited to, populations of people who are oppressed due to racial, cultural, religion, gender or sexual orientation or other minority status groups in society.