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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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 



Course Code
AMCS 315  Credits
Title African American Images in Film 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a broad survey of selected 20th/21st century films by and for African Americans. It introduces students to filmmakers, actors, and themes in African American film. Through this course, students explore the aesthetic dimensions of film as a medium of African American creative and political expression. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
AMCS 320  Credits
Title American Indian Belief Systems 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description American Indian Belief Systems focuses on common thematic elements found throughout diverse American Indian communities. This course introduces the students to the philosophies, knowledges, languages, and spiritual beliefs of indigenous peoples in the Americas using a variety of texts and audiovisual materials from the humanities and social sciences as well as oral histories, interviews, and personal narratives. In this course students will critically examine issues surrounding the resistance, loss, reclamation, and revitalization of Indigenous cultures, knowledges, religions, and languages. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 325  Credits
Title African American Theatre 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Survey of selected plays by African American writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Focus on aesthetic and interpretative dimensions grounded in African American historical and cultural contexts. Amcs 210 or 211 or Thtr 220 are highly recommended as prerequisites. MnTC Goal 6. 



Course Code
AMCS 368  Credits
Title Transnational Asian Adoption 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course examines Asian adoption and the experience of Asian adoptees in America over the past 50 years. It centers on the experience of Asian adoptees focusing largely on the social and cultural production this ever-growing population. Using the Cold War as a historical baseline, the course considers the geopolitical and socioeconomic relationships between the United States and South Korea, China, Vietnam and India during and since the Cold War that have shaped the history of Asian adoption. In addition we will make historical and political connections between Asian adoption, transnational adoption, and domestic trans-racial adoption within the United States. MnTC Goal 8. 



Course Code
AMCS 372  Credits
Title Dynamics of Prejudice and Oppression 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An examination of theoretical dimensions, dynamics and consequences of prejudices and oppression based on race, class, gender, and ability. Students will be expected to recognize, critically analyze and identify both shared and unique structural dimensions of various forms of oppression and discuss potential strategies for dismantling oppression. MnTC Goal 7. 



Course Code
AMCS 390  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 461  Credits 1-3 
Title Readings: American Multicultural Studies 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Independent reading and research. 



Course Code
AMCS 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A supervised, practical experience in the field. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
AMCS 492  Credits
Title Capstone Seminar in AMCS 
Prerequisite AMCS 300 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description As a capstone requirement, students will demonstrate their mastery of interdisciplinary research skills though the development of a research project on a given seminar theme in American Multicultural Studies. This is the designated writing intensive course for our major. Throughout this course students will have to complete short, informal writing assignments. They are also required to complete formal, polished writing assignments throughout the course including: response papers and one term paper. Themes vary each year. Possible themes are: Civil Rights, Education, Popular Culture, Folklore, Women's studies, Interracial Relationships, Multicultural Imaging. This course is open to majors of junior/senior standing and minors with permission. 



Course Code
AMCS 497  Credits
Title AMCS Independent Study 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description AMCS Independent Study course