Multicultural Studies Working Group

  • Dr. Marcela Garces
    "Personal Identity: Creatively Explaining Oneself"

    Wednesday November 14
    Bernardine Room

    original paper


Contact Information

 Dr. Lisa Nevárez, director 
      Office: Kiernan Hall 226
      Phone: (518) 782-6878


About the Minor

How does the minor in Multicultural Studies work?
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:
  • Students can opt to gain 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 (ENGL 376/MULT 335), take a history course on the Middle East (HIST 330/MULT 370 or HIST 333/MULT 372), learn about Asian-American Literature (ENGL 374/MULT 345), and analyze race relations in a Sociology class on the Civil Rights Era (SOCI 385/MULT 314).
  • Or, a student could focus 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 (HIST 461/MULT 410, HIST 370/MULT 310, HIST 411/MULT 412 or HIST 373/MULT 312), an English course on African-American Literature (ENGL 370/MULT 316), and/or a Religious Studies course on Islam (RELG 210/MULT 210).
No matter the approach, the student will have the opportunity to sample a variety of disciplines, as no more than three courses for the minor can come from any one department, and a course for the minor cannot simultaneously fulfill credits for the student’s major.
In addition, students are required to take a Comparative Multicultural course, which allows them to gain a different perspective on issues of diversity. Such Comparative courses include Comparative Politics (POSC 140/MULT 180) and International Marketing (MKMG 334/MULT 386), among others.
Finally, students complete MULT 400, the Multicultural Studies capstone course. The topic for this seminar-style course varies, but no matter the subject matter students will have the opportunity to interact with diverse communities and individuals in projects 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.