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American Racial and Multicultural Studies
Director, 2011-12: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (English), creative writing
Faculty, 2011-12: Carolyn Anderson (Sociology/Anthropology), identity, kinship, theory, gender, Native North America, Western Europe, Scandinavia (on leave); John Barbour (Religion), religion and literature, ethics; Heather Campbell (Education), reading, ESL, science; Mary Carlsen (Social Work and Family Studies), social policy, professional ethics, cross-cultural practice, family practice (on leave); Michael Fitzgerald (History), African American History, Civil War Era (on leave); David Hagedorn (Music), jazz, percussion, aural skills, percussion methods; Steven Hahn (History), early America, Native American history; Joan Hepburn (English), African American literature, drama; Jan Hill (English), writing, journalism; Rika Ito (Asian Studies), Japanese language and linguistics; Maria Kelly (Education), social studies education, teaching methods; Judy Kutulas (History), 20th-century American history, American women’s history, media history; Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb (Sociology/Anthropology), gender, family, race and class; Matt Rohn (Art), art history, environmental studies; Jeff Solomon (English), multicultural literature, 20th century America, sexual studies, visual culture; Mary Titus (English), American literature
The American Racial and Multicultural Studies Program (ARMS) is committed to the study of racial and cultural diversity within the United States. Immigration, both historic and contemporary, represents a significant focus of study, as does the experience of systematic discrimination. The ARMS program is interdisciplinary, with faculty from many different fields helping students integrate multiple perspectives on the issues raised in courses.
overview of the major
The ARMS major introduces students to the cultures, histories, and experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, including Middle Eastern Americans. Courses concentrate on the cultural contributions of these groups, their interactions, and on the conflicts that arise from cultural differences.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
A major consists of Introduction to American Racial and Multicultural Studies (ARMS 121-125), plus a minimum of seven other approved courses taken in at least three departments or programs (total of eight courses). One of the seven courses may be an independent study or research, and one may be an off-campus internship approved by the ARMS director. Students may wish to link an ARMS major with a major in one of the departments represented in the program. ARMS majors are required to complete a senior project and give an oral presentation of their findings before the ARMS faculty.
ARMS students are strongly encouraged to include off-campus study in their programs.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONCENTRATION
A concentration consists of ARMS 121-122: Introduction to American Racial and Multicultural Studies plus four other approved courses taken in at least two departments or programs (a total of five courses).
This course provides an introduction to the cultural and historical background of four groups in the United States: African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on race relations and the distinguishing characteristics of these cultures as reflected in the academic disciplines of the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences and the general area of popular culture. Contributions to cultural pluralism are accentuated as well as the special issues of identity faced by these Americans. This course emphasizes literary texts. Counts towards American studies major and Africa & the Americas concentration.
This course provides an introduction to the cultural and historical background of four groups in the United States: African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans. Emphasis is on race relations and the distinguishing characteristics of these cultures as reflected in the academic disciplines of the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences and the general area of popular culture. Contributions to cultural pluralism are accentuated as well as the special issues of identity faced by these Americans. This course emphasizes historical texts. Counts towards American Studies major and Africa & the Americas concentration.
Students apply interdisciplinary theories and methods to selected topics in American racial and multicultural studies. The course employs a discussion format, focusing on critical reading and analytical essays. Offered annually. May be repeated if topics are different.
294, 394 Internship
298 Independent Study
This course provides a comprehensive research opportunity, including an introduction to relevant background material, technical instruction, identification of a meaningful project, and data collection. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Prerequisite: Determined by individual instructor. Offered based on department decision.
398 Independent Research
Africa and the Americas 231-232: Africa and the Americas
Dance 246: Dance in the United States
Education 170: Urban Schools and Communities
Education 378: Multicultural Education in Hawaii: Seminar and Practicum (Off-Campus: Oahu, Hawaii)
Education 379: Urban Education Seminar and Practicum (Off-Campus: Minneapolis/St. Paul)
English 108: The Hero and the Trickster in Post-Colonial Literature
English 205: American Racial and Multicultural Literatures
English 265: Performing Arts in New York (Off Campus)
English 345: Topics in Multicultural Literature
History 165: Slavery in the Americas
History 181: Civil Rights Revolution
History 199: American History Since 1865
History 277: African-American History
History 282: Native American History
History 288: America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
Music 231: History of Jazz
Music 237: World Music
Sociology/Anthropology 128: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology 242: Contemporary Native American Issues
Sociology/Anthropology 261: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Sociology/Anthropology 264; Race and Class in American Culture
In addition, some sections of Religion 121 and Writing 111 may count toward American Racial and Multicultural Studies, depending on topic. Petition the director of ARMS for approval.