ANT 343--North American Indians
This course concentrates on the Native peoples of North American (north of Mexico) immediately following the arrival of Europeans. The cultural patterns of representative groups will be studied intensively in each major region of North America. The region by region survey will be preceded by a brief discussion of the place of origin and time of arrival of the first people in the New World. This course will not be considering contemporary Native American issues. Prerequisite: ARC 200 recommended.
CHE 453/553--Cultural issues in Health Education:
Ethnic, Racial, Religious, and Familial Groups
A study of cultural influences on health and illness. Values and attitudes held by different groups in America’s pluralistic society need to be considered in health program planning. Various racial, ethnic, and religious groups health beliefs and practices will be examined. Cultural influences and patterns of communication within cultures and how these affect health care and utilization of services will be identified. The U.S. health care system will be analyzed in terms of servicing its culturally diverse population. Designed for health professionals, this course will increase their sensitivity in working with people of various cultural origins. Repeatable for credit – maximum three. Offered occasionally.
CST 332--Intercultural Communication
The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the study of cultures and their effects on communication. Cultural, sociocultural, psychocultural and environmental influences will be explored in terms of how they affect the communication process. Communication behavior (both verbal and nonverbal) will be examined to determine its role in other cultures. Students will learn to communicate more competently with people from other cultures and ethnic groups. Prerequisite: CST 190 or 230 or TSL 300.
CST 337--Communication and Race
Human understanding of ethnicity and race is established, maintained, and changed by communication. Therefore this course uses a communication perspective to examine interpersonal and mediated messages about race. From the perspective of communication studies, ethnicity and race are continuously defined, interpreted, and acted out as we communicate with one another on a daily basis in all contexts. This course introduces students to communication research on ethnicity race and other aspects of identity such as gender and class. This course also provides exposure to related research in other disciplines. Prerequisite: completion of at least nine additional credits in CST (excluding CST 110). Offered occasionally.
EFN 486--Multicultural Education
The course will examine multicultural education as a reform effort for pre K-12 schools and the rationale for advocating it. Alternative approaches for implementing multicultural education will be discussed with emphasis on curriculum. Classroom activities to assist students in understanding and appreciating human differences will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisite: EFN 205. Offered occasionally.
ENG/ERS 207--Multicultural Literature of the United States
This course examines cultural themes in American literature in an effort to enhance student awareness of the multi-ethnic nature of American culture. Students engage in close reading, discussion, analysis, and interpretation of texts written by individuals from a variety of American ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Content varies with instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 110 (Cross-listed with ERS 207; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)
ENG/ERS 210--Literature of Black America
Survey and exploration of Black American prose and poetry from their eighteenth century beginnings to the end of the Harlem Renaissance and the Depression years. Prerequisite: ENG 110 (Cross-listed with ERS 210; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)
A study of the principal post-depression (1940-present) African American authors, critics and scholars which clarifies the relationship between these writers and the general field of American literature and which illustrates their unique contributions as representatives of African American culture. Prerequisite: ENG 110 (Cross-listed with ERS 215; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)
380--Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
Study of selected works representative of American ethnic and minority cultures, including American Indian, Chicano, and Jewish. Emphasis will vary according to the interests of students and the instructor. For the current content, consult the instructor or the department chairperson. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Offered occasionally.
ENG 381--American Indian Literature
A study of a broad range of American Indian literature, both traditional and contemporary, in cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Offered annually.
ENG 382--U.S. Latino Literature in English
Study of representative works in English by writers of Mexican-American, Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, and other Latino origins, emphasizing the aesthetic dimensions of this literature as well as its historical roots and contemporary U.S. cultural contexts. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Offered annually.
ENG 477--African American Essay and Short Story
An examination of the African American literary short form, specifically the essay and short story, across literary periods, includes such writers as D. Walker, F. Harper, M. Delany, C. Chesnutt, P. Dunbar, P. Hopkins, W. DuBois, L. Hughes, C. McKay, Z. Hurston, R. Wright, J. Baldwin, A. Baraka, E. Cleaver, S. Sanchez and I. Reed. Prerequisite: three credits in any 200-level literature course. ENG 210 or 215 recommended. Offered every third semester.
ENG 478--Twentieth-Century African American Novels
A study of significant novels written by preeminent 20th-century African American writers, including DuBois, Toomer, Wright, Ellison, Baraka and Morrison. Prerequisite: three credits in 200-level English courses. Offered every third semester.
ERS 253--Introduction to Wisconsin Indians
An introductory examination of Wisconsin Indians with specific reference to the Ho-Chuck, Menominee, Ojibwa, Oneida, Potawatomi, and the Stock bridge-Munsee communities. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to explore topics including sovereignty, land use and environmental issues, education, economic development social issues and challenges, and tribal identity. The course also will explore each tribe's responses to both state and federal governments. Offered Fall, Spring.
ERS/HIS 409--20th Century Civil Rights Movement
This course explores the modern civil rights movement in the US and the struggle for African Americans and other marginalized groups to gain equal rights in voting, education, employment, housing, and other facets of life in the US. It begins with the MOWM and examines the seemingly completing philosophies of civil rights organizations such as CORE, SNCC, SCLC, BPP, AIM. SDS and other civil rights leaders, and local people in shaping their own destinies. It highlights and interrogates major national and local political struggles and their reciprocal relationship with international political and anticolonial movements from 1941 to the present. Includes with exploring the link between convict leasing, prison reform movements, political prisoners, and the prison industrial complex as the New Jim Crow. Prerequisite: ERS 100.
ERS 410--Contemporary Issues in Ethnic and Racial
An introduction to ethnic minority groups in the United States today emphasizing the historical antecedents of contemporary issues with particular attention to the problems of ethnic groups and education institutions. Offered occasionally.
ERS/HIS 411--20th Century African American Urban
This course will explore the interrelationships between race, class, and gender among blacks in the twentieth century American city. Throughout the semester we will interrogate the confluence and the divergence of the myths and the realities of the black urban political, social, and cultural experience in the United States. The course begins in the American South in 1900, where the majority of blacks continued to live, and follows the migration of over two million African Americans to the northern and western United States in the years between World War I and World War II. The course continues with the black community-building process and the black urban struggle for political, economic, and cultural self-determination. While backs in the South played an enormous role in the Civil Rights Movement, this course will include focus on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement in the Urban North and West, and conclude with examinations of the rise of the so-called second ghettos. Prerequisite: ERS 100.
HIS 306--History of Ethnic America
The role and impact of immigrants and ethnic minorities on the political, economic and cultural development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the immigrant experience--the problems of immigrant adjustment, patterns of immigrant mobility and assimilation, and the persistence of ethnicity and ethnic tensions. Offered once a year.
HIS 310--Native American History
A survey of Indian history in North America from European contact to the present, with primary emphasis upon the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A major theme to be explored will be Indian patterns of resistance to white-imposed policies. Offered once every year.
HIS 336--Hispanics in the United States
This course will introduce students to the diverse experiences of Hispanic peoples in the United States through an interdisciplinary survey of their social, historical, political, economic, and cultural experiences. Offered every third year.
HIS/WGS 370--The History
of Black Women's Activism
An historical overview of the thoughts, actions, and creative products of Black women activists in the United States, from slavery to the present. Students will examine historical analyses, speeches, essays, economic activities, organizational styles, political issues, and various forms of artistic expression that women of African descent have produced in order to query, resist, and defy the interlocking oppressions of racism, sexism, and classism in the United States. Prerequisite: W-S 100 or 210 or 230. (Cross-listed with WGS; may only earn credit in HST or WGS.) Offered alternate years.
PHL/ERS 321--American Indian Thought
Reflections of the Native American ways of thinking as manifest in the literature of various select tribes, on the essential characteristics of thinking commonly shared by Native Americans, and on the fundamental differences of the Native American ways of thinking and those of the dominant (white) culture. The "primal world" of Native American thought will be studied as an alternative to the western way of thinking. Prerequisite: PHL 100. Offered occasionally.
POL 342--Ethnic Politics in Contemporary America
A survey of some major political philosophies of the western world from the French Revolution through the 20th Century: Burke, Mill, Bentham, Marx, Shaw, Ford, Camus, Leary, et al. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.
PSY 282--Cross-Cultural Psychology
An orientation to the definitions, concepts, theories, and methodologies of cross-cultural psychology. Included is an examination of cultural and ecological factors and their influences on perceptual and cognitive processes, personality, language, and other psychological variables. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Offered Fall, Spring.
PSY 285--Culture and Mental Health: An
This course provides an examination of the relationship between culture and mental health. Specific attention is given to the impact of racism, prejudice, and minority status on the lives of various American minority groups and how the effects of these factors reveal themselves within a mental health framework. An eclectic, multidisciplinary approach that draws from clinical and social psychology, as well as sociology, is utilized. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and sophomore standing. Offered Fall.
PSY 360--Cultural Human Development
This course represents a blend of cross-cultural concepts and human development (across the lifespan) and will seek to explore the influence of culture on various aspects of human development. More specific topics include the role of culture on: socialization, physical growth, cognition, self and personality, sex and gender, social behavior, family relations, and health. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 210, or 212. Offered Spring.
SOC 225--Racial and Ethnic Minorities
An investigation into the social dynamics shaping racial and ethnic minority experience in America. Processes of prejudice formation and prejudice reduction are discussed. The nature of institutional discrimination and institutional racism is analyzed in proper socio-historical context. Minority group achievements and legacies are emphasized. Contemporary issues and assessment of minority group progress in America are vigorously examined.
This course provides an introductory overview of Hmong history, culture, and contemporary adaptation in the United States of America. Areas of exploration will include ancient and modern Hmong history, the Hmong oral tradition, the traditional clan and leadership structure, Hmong musical heritage, Hmong craft heritage, marriage and funeral practices, child-rearing customs, traditional methods of conflict resolution, the tradition of ancestor worship, and herbal and spiritual healing practices. Contemporary developments and adjustment issues within the Hmong communities will be discussed. These will include current Hmong business initiatives, educational achievements, utilization of welfare institutions, the role of Hmong Mutual Assistance Associations, intergenerational conflicts, youth gangs, traditional vs. modern family structure, and Hmong exposure to public prejudices and discriminatory practices. Throughout the course Hmong achievements and triumphs over adversity also will be highlighted. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing recommended. (Cross-listed with ERS. Can only earn credit in ERS or SOC.)
SOC/ERS 343--American Indian Contemporary Issues
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of American Indian contemporary experience in the United States. It will introduce students to some of the critical issues in American Indian studies by examining the place of American Indians within the American imagination, politics and society. The course concentrates on issues of tribal sovereignty, economics, social class and structure, and the difficulties on maintaining a tribal identity in the 21st century. Prerequisite: One of the following: ERS 100, 253, SOC 225, EFN 205, HIS 310, WGS 230. Offered occasionally.
THA 130--Multicultural U.S. Plays: Acting the Text
In this performance-based course, students will study dramatic literature from multiple cultures within U.S. society. Plays will be selected from African-American, Asian American, Native American, Hispanic American, lesbian/gay/transgendered/bisexual and other cultures for study. Students will research cultural context, analyze the plays, develop basic skills in performance, and prepare and perform scenes from the plays under study, in order to enhance student awareness and exchange ideas about multi-cultural nature of the U.S. No acting experience required. Offered Spring.
WGS 230--Women’s Diversity: Race, Class and Culture
This course explores the diversity of women’s experience in America as it has been affected by race, ethnicity, class, and other factors, and the effects of gender on women of different groups. Issues that have united and divided women in movements for social change are also addressed.