Multicultural Studies

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:

  • Gaining a broad base of knowledge in Multicultural Studies by taking a range of courses about different diverse groups. For instance, a student could study U.S. Latino/a Literature, take a history course on the Middle East, learn about Asian-American Literature and analyze race relations in a Sociology class on the Civil Rights Era.
  • Focusing on an area of interest. For example, if a student has a passion for or curiosity about Africana/African-American Studies, s/he could enroll in a range of courses, including but not limited to History courses on the African-American experience and on Africa, an English course on African-American Literature, and/or a Religious Studies course on Islam.

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.


Lisa Nevarez

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