Ethnic and Diversity Studies Minor

Course Descriptions:

 

SOC 255 | Diversity Issues in the United States (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive review of majority-minority relations in the United States and begins with an introduction of the sociological framework of the study of minorities, culture, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup relations. Subsequent weeks will be spent learning specifically about the experiences of a wide variety of minority groups, each starting with a socio- historical perspective and ending with a sociological analysis of their contemporary situation.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

SOC 300 | Contemporary Social Problems (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the causes, treatment, and prevention of selected social problems with particular emphasis on the problems of conflict and inequality.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies, Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

HIST 304 | African American History (3 credit hours)
This course provides a survey of African American life and culture in America from 1619 to the present.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

ANTH 308 | Native American History and Culture (3 credit hours)
This course is a broad introductory survey of the cultures and historical experiences of North American peoples from pre-contact to the present in ethno-historical perspective. Course content reflects the diverse nature of indigenous experience across a spectrum of culture groups that comprise the Native peoples of North America. Instruction focuses on how the indigenous peoples of North America responded to the ever-shifting societal stresses that accompanied rapid and often violent social, cultural, and environmental transformations of the last four centuries and how they adapted and changed to meet the challenges they confronted as they persisted in their efforts to preserve their homelands, their cultures, their sovereignty, and their right to self-determination. Cross-listed as HIST 308.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies, Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

Select 1 class from each category:

Culture
ANTH 225 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
A comparative and historical approach to the religion, social organization, subsistence patterns, and the other aspects of the great variety of cultures around the world.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

ENG 335 | Non-Western Literature (3 credit hours)
The course introduces readers to what will be for many a rather new world of literature, to material you might not otherwise have either occasion to encounter or the inclination to read. The course requires that students analyze, from a socio-cultural perspective, issues of global significance on which the literature concentrates. The examinations, class discussion, and essays likewise invite students to evaluate and synthesize relevant interdisciplinary research to develop supported conclusions and describe their implications with respect to the issues raised in the readings from Libya to New Zealand, from the conflict between tradition and modernity as it relates to cultural values, to the political turmoil of post-colonial society.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies

SOC 322 | The World's Religions (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Central to the understanding of each will be knowledge of: location and history of the origins of the faith, especially in relation to world history; the difference between philosophy and religion, and where each fits; basic theological concepts; and social teachings. Dual listed as PHIL 322.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

American & Global History
HIST 307 | Women in American History and Politics (3 credit hours)
This course is an introductory survey of American women's history from pre-contact to the present with an emphasis on women's roles in the nation's political and civic life.
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

HIST 411 | U.S. West and Borderlands (3 credit hours)
This course is a thematic survey of the history and major debates that have framed Americans changing conceptions of the American West and its borderlands from the colonial period to the present.
Prerequisite Required: HIST 113
General Studies Outcome: Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

HIST 351 | Modern Africa (3 credit hours)
Modern Africa presents the history of sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating on the events of the last three centuries and providing comparisons with European and American history. Cross listed as PSCI 351.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies

HIST 367 | Modern East Asia (3 credit hours)
Course examines modern East Asian history from 1800 to the present. The major emphasis is on the histories of China and Japan. The history of these countries is deeply intertwined politically and culturally, but each country's fate in the 19th and 20th century was unique to its internal and external circumstances. This course traces the political histories of each country, the issues of their social structures, their intellectual and philosophical thoughts and beliefs, and their internal efforts to modernize themselves. The road to modernity for each state was paved with different goals and challenges, and yet the region continues to have a major impact on the world today.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

HIST 371 | Modern Middle East (3 credit hours)
This course examines the recent history of the Middle East region, focusing on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the growth of fundamentalism and terrorism, and the international conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Cross listed as PSCI 371.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies, Methods of Inq & Explanatory Schema - Soc Science

HP 333 | Genocides in History (3 credit hours)
This course examines the phenomenon of genocide in world history in comparative and historical perspective, with a principal focus on the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Potential topics to be discussed may include ancient, medieval, and early modern cases, the extermination of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australia, the Herero-Nama Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, the Holodomor, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and Darfur.
General Studies Outcome
:  Cultural Literacy, Diversity and Equity

The Arts

MUSC 216 | Evolution of Hip Hop (3 credit hours)
The Evolution of Hip-Hop traces the development of hip-hop and rap music from its inception in the Bronx in the 1970s through today. As active listeners and participants, students will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and criticize elements of not only the musical stylings, but the socio-political and historically relevant topics of each year.
General Studies Outcome: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics


MUSC 213 | Introduction to Jazz History (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Jazz History is a general education survey course that will examine the three artistic activities of music, viz., creating, performing, and listening; the course will examine the unique place jazz has in American cultural history and how its creators have been influenced by social and historical forces peculiar to America; and although concerned primarily with the music of jazz, the course will examine the lives of some of the most prominent performers from each jazz period.
General Studies Outcome: Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics

MUSC 310 | World Musics (3 credit hours)
World Musics is an introduction to ethnomusicology, integrating the disciplines of anthropology and musicology. Students will learn to experience and understand music in the context of cultural beliefs and societal institutions. Students will gain exposure to, and analyze the musics of Africa, Native America, Asia, the Near East, the Pacific, and Eastern Europe. This course will also provide the student the tools with which to discover the meanings of music in the life of any society.
General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies, Perspectives on Values, Thought, & Aesthetics