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American Multicultural Studies

Course Code
AMCS 313  Credits
Title Modern Multicultural America 
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Description An interdisciplinary study of the development of multicultural America. Emphasis is on thematic study of maturing multicultural America. Materials are drawn from humanities, social sciences, literature, and the arts. Recommended to follow AMST 312. 



Course Code
AMCS 315  Credits
Title African American Images in Film 
Lasc Area Goal 6  
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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  
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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  
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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 340  Credits
Title Social Science Research Methods 
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Description This course is explores research methodologies in the field of American Multicultural Studies, with an emphasis on social science methodologies. Students will explore both quantitative and qualitative methods in American Multicultural Studies. In this exploration, students will both review the research and findings of others, and design their own research experiences. 



Course Code
AMCS 368  Credits
Title Transnational Asian Adoption 
Lasc Area Goal 8  
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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  
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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 
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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 
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Description Independent reading and research. 



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



Course Code
AMCS 490  Credits 1-4 
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 492  Credits
Title Capstone Seminar in AMCS 
Prerequisite AMCS 300 
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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 
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Description AMCS Independent Study course