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:
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.