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American Multicultural Studies

Course Code
AMCS 100  Credits
Title America's Mosaic 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an introduction to the cultural experiences of historically underrepresented cultures in the U.S. (African American, American Indian, Hispanics, and Asian Americans). The purpose of this course is to make sense of the diversity between and within cultures. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
AMCS 102  Credits
Title Contemporary American Indians 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The political, economic and social issues of the indigenous peoples of North America, focusing on the past quarter century of both reservation and urban Indians. 



Course Code
AMCS 103  Credits
Title Contemporary Chicanos 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Political, economic and social developments within the Chicano community. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
AMCS 190  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in American Multicultural Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Exploration of a specific American Multicultural Studies topic. This course may be repeated as topic varies. 



Course Code
AMCS 203  Credits
Title Chicano Culture 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Key aspects of Chicano culture with an emphasis on literature, history and philosophy. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 207  Credits
Title Ojibwe Language I 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This elementary course is designed to give students the necessary speaking and grammar skills to begin reading, writing, and conversing in the Ojibwe language. Ojibwe is the language of the Anisshinaabe people, one of the American Indian tribes with contemporary communities in several states and provinces, including Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Ontario, and Manitoba. 



Course Code
AMCS 209  Credits
Title African American Humanities I: Roots 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course offers a survey of selected aspects of the arts and humanities of African Americans from multidisciplinary perspectives. Beginning with the fundamental cultural resources of African traditional roots and American slave experiences, we trace their cultural legacies through the historical, cultural, artistic, expressive and aesthetic dimensions of the lives of Black people in the U.S. through the Civil War. Students will be expected to recognize and understand the critical links between Blacks' experiences as Americans and their aesthetic and cultural expressions. They will be required to critically integrate information from readings with classroom presentations and discussions. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
AMCS 210  Credits
Title African American Humanities II: 1865-Present 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course offers a survey of selected aspects of the arts and humanities of African Americans from multidisciplinary perspectives. Beginning with the hope for new opportunities after the end of slavery to the 21st century, we trace the struggles and aspirations of African Americans through the historical, cultural, artistic, expressive and aesthetic dimensions of their lives in the U.S. Students will be expected to recognize and understand the critical links between Blacks' experiences as Americans and their aesthetic and cultural expressions. They will be required to critically integrate information from readings with classroom presentations and discussions. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
AMCS 211  Credits
Title Contemporary African Americans 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Political, economic, and social issues of contemporary African Americans within the United States since the post Civil Rights era. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 220  Credits
Title Asian-American Experience 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course studies the changing images of Asians in America, and discusses how race, class, and gender have shaped the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 220  Credits
Title Contemporary Asian America 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an introduction to recent experiences, political, social and cultural formations of Asian Americans. We willbe exploring the emergence and significance of "Asian American" as an identity formation, a racialized category, and set of ethnic experiences. Through reading, writing and discussion, we will focus on the following questions: What is Asian America, and whom does it include: Does the category "Asian American" make sense as a racial identity: Within American Asian ethnic communities: How does the Asian American experience help us understand contemporary race issues and current ethnic-racial identities? MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 233  Credits
Title Education and Multicultural America 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course provides an introduction to multicultural perspectives on American education. Given that the United States is becoming more culturally diverse and operates within an increasingly globalized world, citizens need to be equipped to understand the diverse cultures with which they work and interact. This course exposes students to the experiences and challenges of African Americans, American Indians, Chicano/Latinos and Asian Americans in the U.S. educational system from historical and contemporary perspectives. The course content both demystifies stereotypes and myths attributed to these groups and stresses the marvelous complexity and diversity of these groups as they seek equitable access to quality education. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 270  Credits
Title American Indian Education 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an overview of the nature, purpose, philosophy and programs of traditional and contemporary American Indian education. It is designed especially, but not exclusively, to assist students who plan to work in some area of education where an understanding and appreciation of Indian culture is essential. Classroom methods and curriculum materials designed for Indian students as well as those designed for introducing non-Indian students to Indian culture will be discussed and evaluated. 



Course Code
AMCS 290  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in American Multicultural Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Exploration of a specific American Multicultural Studies topic. This course may be repeated as topic varies. 



Course Code
AMCS 300  Credits
Title Theories and Methods in American Multicultural Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an introduction to theories, issues and research methodologies in American Multicultural Studies. This course is open to majors and minors who have successfully completed at least two AMCS courses. 



Course Code
AMCS 301  Credits
Title African American Music 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A survey of African American non-jazz musicians and music traditions. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
AMCS 302  Credits
Title Latinos of the Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course explores the economic, political, and cultural globalization of the Spanish Caribbean from an interdisciplinary, analytical, and historical framework. The impact of globalization is examined through migration (economic and political) and remittances; emergence of transnational societies; political transnational movements such as the Generacion Y, the Cuban blog; and cross-border exchanges in cultural trends. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
AMCS 303  Credits
Title Latinos in the United States 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An interdisciplinary study of the diversity of the culture, history, economic and political situation of the Latino population in the United States. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 307  Credits
Title Ojibwe Language III 
Prerequisite AMCS 208 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This intermediate course is a continuation of Ojibwe Language II, and is designed to give students the necessary speaking and grammar skills to begin the process of becoming proficient in written and spoken Ojibwe. Ojibwe is the language of the Anisshinaabe people, one of the American Indian tribes with contemporary communities in several states and provinces, including Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Ontario, and Manitoba. 



Course Code
AMCS 312  Credits
Title Origins of Multicultural America 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of multicultural America. This course looks at the history of multicultural America beginning before European contact with Native peoples and continuing through the Civil war. Course materials are drawn from disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, literature, philosophy, and the arts. MnTC Goal 5.