In today’s increasingly global, diverse world, knowledge of multiculturalism is a real plus. No matter which field you pursue, be it an advanced degree in the liberal arts, a career in the business world, or another avenue, Siena’s Multicultural Studies program will help you understand, appreciate and work within our diverse world.
The Multicultural Studies minor allows the student to expand his/her knowledge of multiculturalism in a variety of ways. Since this is an interdisciplinary program, students have the opportunity to take courses in different departments and schools.
There are several approaches a student can take to fulfill the minor, including:
No matter the approach, the student will have the opportunity to sample a variety of disciplines. In addition, all students take a comparative multicultural course such as Comparative Politics or International Marketing, which provides different perspectives on issues of diversity.
Students also complete a capstone course, which gives students the opportunity to interact with diverse communities and individuals outside of the classroom. For example, Dr. Rachel Stein has previously offered the seminar with the topic “Environmental Justice Literature and Activism,” with a focus on African-American and Native American communities. Students in the seminar read literature (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) and participated in service-learning trips to communities affected by issues such as lead-poisoning in urban communities, connections between toxicity and cancer, farmer battles against genetically modified foods and other topics.