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
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.
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
- 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.
248 Introduction to Culturally Diverse Literature of
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
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 .
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.
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
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.
270 Intergroup/Intercultural Communication (3
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.
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.
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,