Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Required Core Courses
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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 249 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.
- 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
HCS 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,
- 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
- 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. Prerequisite: HIS201 is recommended but not
- 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.
- 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 ethnics included.
- MUS 261 World Music (3 crs.)
Develops an understanding of music in the culture of selected countries. A
wide range of videos and recordings assist in the analysis of musical
styles, forms, and practices.
325 African American Studies (3
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
- 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.
- 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.
- TCH 255 Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Basic
Education (3 crs.)
Examines topics and methodologies for development of instructional
strategies that promote multicultural content with existing curricula.
Topics include cross-cultural communication through education, cultural
influences in learning, and assessment. Techniques for teaching LEP
(Limited English Proficient) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other
Languages) students also explored.