Multicultural Studies


Individuals graduating in the 21st century are confronting an increasingly diverse world. As a result, there is a corresponding increase in the need to prepare a workforce with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and values to navigate this diversity. The multicultural studies program will introduce students to different cultural, ethnic and social groups from the perspective of two or three academic disciplines. Students pursuing multicultural studies will gain a greater appreciation of these diverse cultural and ethnic groups and will, therefore be better prepared to work with diverse populations in a variety of fields including not-for-profit government, or business.


Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Multicultural Studies may combine courses from either two or three different academic fields. Students pursuing the two academic fields Liberal Arts Multicultural Studies Model Major must select six courses from one of the groups below and five courses from another. Students pursuing the three academic disciplines Liberal Arts Multicultural Studies Model Major must select five courses from one of the groups below and three each from two other groups. All students must also complete the Senior Seminar (LAM 499; LAM 403/404 for Honors Students). At least two courses, not including the Senior Seminar, must be at the 300 or 400 level. In addition to coursework required by the Multicultural Studies Model Major, students will also be required to complete all requirements of the Liberal Arts Program. For specific degree requirements unique to the Liberal Arts Program, consult the description of the program in this catalogue.

Course Requirements

Select from two or three of the following lists of suggested courses.

Communication Studies

  • CMS 350 Mass Media and Culture
  • CMS 354 International Communication
  • CMS 361 Politics and Media
  • CMS 363 Stereotyping in the Media
  • CMS 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496 Communication Studies
  • Internship/Co-op


  • HIS 105 Introduction to Africana Studies
  • HIS 220 Africa in World History
  • HIS 222 Rivalries: Central Asia &Afghanistan
  • HIS 321 History of Russia
  • HIS 322 History of the Soviet Union
  • HIS 273 The Rise of Black America
  • HIS 280 Asia-Pacific World
  • HIS 346 Civil Rights Movements
  • HIS 371 The Middle East
  • HIS 372 The Modern Middle East
  • HIS 376 Modern Africa
  • HIS 375 Modern China
  • HIS 376 Modern Japan
  • HIS 379 Modern Latin America
  • HIS 493, 494, 495, 496 History Internship/Co-op

Modern Languages

  • CHI 200 Chinese Popular Culture
  • FRE 200 Francophone Women Writers in Translation
  • ITA 200 Italian Culture
  • JPN 200 Japanese Popular Culture
  • LAS 200 Latin American from Latin America- A Survey
  • SPA 200 Hispanic Women Writers in English Translation

Political Science

  • POL 105 Comparative Government
  • POL 220 Women and the Law
  • POL 230 Women and Politics
  • POL 282 Canadian Politics
  • POL 306 Feminist Political Theory
  • POL 355 Civil Liberties
  • POL 362 Political Development
  • POL 376 Political Systems of the Middle East
  • POL 378 Politics and Society of Latin America
  • POL 493, 494, 495, 496 Political Science Internship/Co-op

Religious Studies

  • REL 206 World Religions
  • REL 230 Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism
  • REL 308 Judaism and Islam
  • REL 309 Hinduism and Buddhism
  • REL 370 Islam


  • SOC 205 Native American Cultures
  • SOC 231 Contemporary Black Families in American Society I
  • SOC 232 Contemporary Black Families in American Society II
  • SOC 288 Youth/Music/Subculture
  • SOC 308 Women in Society
  • SOC 317 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 325 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 431 Black Families Seminar I
  • SOC 432 Black Families Seminar II
  • SOC 493, 494, 495, 496 Sociology Internship/Co-op