Course Offerings

NOTE: Independent studies, courses from other ACTC schools, study abroad courses, and up to two 100-level courses may be applied toward the minor with the approval of the program director, Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury (k9chowdhury@stthomas.edu).

Spring 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - 01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 210

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

20003 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - 01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

20728 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women¿s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211, or 212, or 213 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 340 - 01 Television Criticism - - - R - - - 1800 - 2130 MHC 210

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

20983 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kevin O. Sauter

This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand television as a text situation in a cultural context. It will examine television from a critical perspective, review a wide variety of program genres and incorporate several theoretical orientations to the qualitative analysis of TV. Students, along with reading about and discussion of critical perspectives, watch programs such as comedies, dramas, news, advertisements, miniseries, etc., and write several critical analyses of the programs.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 430 - 01 Society, Culture and the Media - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

22500 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

Society, Culture and the Media examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. The course looks beyond the media as transmitters of information to their broadest social and cultural effects. Students study media as agents of enlightened social modernism, as political and economic institutions, as purveyors of popular culture, and as aspects of cultural and sub-cultural rituals. History, political economy, critical studies, cultural anthropology, semiotics and sociology are among the areas from which approaches for studying the media are considered in the course. Prerequisite: COJO 211, 212 or 213, or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 209

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

20729 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Buffy Smith

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

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Summer 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2016 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - 01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 126

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

JRC 126

Course Registration Number:

41371 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 326 - 01 Communication in Pop Culture - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

42598 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Bernard J. Armada

This course focuses on the creation and use of rhetoric in public persuasion settings, including social movements and political campaigns. The diversity of rhetorical acts examined may include campaign ads, speeches, films, advertisements, music, memorials, architecture and other nonverbal strategies. Topics of study may include: The rhetoric of domination and resistance, national identity formation, and the rhetoric of public memory. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference. This course fulfills the Human Diversity Core requirement Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 328 - 01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

40663 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women¿s Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211, or 212, or 213 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 338 - 0 Political Communication - - W - - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 113

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

42601 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

Political Communication is a survey of how politicians use various communication strategies, particularly during campaigns, in local, state and national elections to influence public and legislative audiences. Examination of oral presentations, electronic media, written materials, and web-based appeals will be central to the course. Students will apply theory to specific political situations and candidates, will conduct interviews, and will write papers and make presentations on their findings. Prerequisite: COJO 212 or junior standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 116 - W01 Afr Amer Hist Glob Persp M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 202

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

MHC 202

Course Registration Number:

41887 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Anne Klejment

An introductory social history survey of African-American experience in global perspective. This course will cover developments from the beginnings of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the present. Topics include: West African cultures; origins of the international slave trade; African American life in the colonies and during the Revolution; development of slavery in global comparative perspective; resistance to slavery; and the role of African Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction eras; Jim Crow culture; African American culture; migration; black nationalism and independent Africa; the freedom movements of the North and South; and African American popular culture. This course fulfills the general education requirement in historical studies.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 210 - 01 Modern Latin America 1800-pres - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 204

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 204

Course Registration Number:

42546 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kari E. Zimmerman

A survey of the historical and cultural developments of Latin America from the movement for Latin American independence to the present. Selected topics include: the struggle for social justice, political instability, economic dependence, race relations, revolution, rural societies, militarism and the relationship between the United States and Latin American countries. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 216 - 01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40215 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 452

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 452

Course Registration Number:

40296 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Buffy Smith

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SPAN 332 - 01 Latin Amer Cult & Civil M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 325

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

SCB 325

Course Registration Number:

41207 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Paola B. Ehrmantraut

Physical and human geography. History of Latin America from pre-Hispanic civilizations through modern times. Political problems. Rural Latin America. Latin American society, cultural values. Religion. Economic problems. Offered in spring semester. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, 305 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course.

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Additional Approved Courses

Spring 2016

ENGL 214-01 American Authors I (CRN# 22300)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Andrew Scheiber
The study of significant American authors from the beginnings of American literature to the turn of the twentieth century. This survey course will consider the diverse literary, cultural, and historical contexts from which the American literary tradition has arisen. Possible authors studied include Hawthorne, Douglass, Jacobs, Fuller, Dickinson, Clemens, Jewett, Cooper, Wheatley, Whitman, and Native American voices. Prerequisites: ENGL 201,202, 203, or 204

ENGL 304-EW1 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (CRN# 21189)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Dr. Lucia Pawlowski

Writing is not just about describing our world, but changing our world, and in ENGL 304: Analytical and Persuasive Writing, we will use "community writing" to change our world. In this course, students will write for social justice by partnering with one of four non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities to make this change. Are you committed to fighting misogyny, racism, heterosexism, and cycles of poverty? If so, ENGL 304 is for you. Students who write for the Domestic Abuse Project will interview and write profiles of therapists and advocates in the organization. Other students will write blog entries for Aeon, an organization committed to affordable housing; or use social media writing to find ambassadors for the Dining Out for Life event on April 24 hosted by the Aliveness Project, an organization that provides community and programs to those affected by HIV/AIDS; or write a “Mythbuster” web page for Jeremiah’s Hope for Change, an anti-bullying organization. Throughout the semester, students will read scholarship to see examples of writing throughout the 20th century that forged social change (such as Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING, Betty Friedan's THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, and Michelle Alexander's THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS); students will interrogate their own privilege (class, race, gender, and sexuality) in the service learning situation; and finally, students will gain basic interpersonal skills (emailing, scheduling meetings, following-up, etc.) to work in the non-profit world. Students should not expect this course, even given its service learning component, to exceed the amount of time they would regularly spend on a rigorous 300-level class; that is, although students will need to make 2-3 site visits to their service learning site over the course of the semester, the service learning component is fully integrated into the course and not an extra requirement added on to the 4 credit course load. This course counts towards the writing distribution requirement for English majors and satisfies the core curriculum Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Please be advised that this course does not count towards the UST core literature and writing requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

ENGL 324-L21 Genre: Rise of the American Novel (CRN# 21890)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Dr. Heather Bouwman
In this course we'll read several novels, tracing the development of the American novel from its beginnings in the late 1700's through the so-called "American Renaissance" of the 1850's, finishing with the move to realism and naturalism in the late 1800's/early 1900's. We'll read and discuss popular fiction as well as literary fiction, from a broad sampling of authors, looking also at the ways that the novel as a form developed over the long 19th century, and also looking at the way the novel as a physical object--and as a commodity--changed over the years. This course satisfies both the Early and the American Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

HIST 114-W02 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. David Williard
or
HIST 114-W03 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Anne Klejment
Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the peoples of the United States from the Reconstruction period following the Civil War to the present. Special emphasis is given to the relation of racial minorities, ethnic groups, and immigrants to the dominant culture, and to the changing role of the U.S. within its larger global context. Major themes include: Reconstruction, domestic and overseas expansion, industrialization, racism and nativism, world wars, cold war, movements of liberation and reform, and other contemporary issues. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

HIST 366-W01 History of American Catholic Church (CRN# 21451)
T/R 8:00-9:40am
Prof. Anne Klejment
Analysis of the American Catholic church from the mission era through the post Vatican II period, with emphasis on the diverse populations who have comprised the American Catholic church throughout its history. The focus of the course examines the changing relationship between Catholics, their church, and American society. Topics analyzed include anti-Catholicism and nativism; slavery and other forms of racial and ethnic injustice; economic justice and peace; ethnic and gendered spiritualities; the nature of the pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II Catholic church. Extensive use of sources generated by minority American Catholics emphasize the rich thought and religious experiences of Catholics from diverse backgrounds. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum and satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course

IDSC 291-01 Anatomy of Violence (CRN# 20162)
Tuesdays 6:00-9:15pm
Prof. Paul Schnell
The purpose of this course is to increase the knowledge and understanding of cultural, racial and
interpersonal violence and develop a commitment to promoting a violence-free society. Emphasis is on exploration of the extent, causes and effects of violence and strategies for intervention on the micro and macro levels. Specific areas of study include domestic/partner abuse, child abuse/neglect, peer/date violence, elder abuse, sexual assault/sexual harassment, cultural violence, racism and other systemic oppression. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

JPST 280-01 Active Nonviolence (CRN# 20500)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Active nonviolence as a means for societal defense and social transformation analyzed through case studies of actual nonviolent movements, examining their political philosophy and how this philosophy is reflected in their methods and strategies. Examples of possible case studies include: Mahatma Gandhi's movement for a free India, Danish resistance to Nazi occupation, the struggle for interracial justice in the United State, an integrated Canada-to-Cuba peace-and-freedom walk, the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC), fair trade movements, and the Honeywell Project. The course emphasizes the theory and active practice of nonviolence as well as oral histories of successful nonviolent movements. Usually offered every semester.

JPST 355-D01 Public Policy Analysis & Advocacy (CRN# 21157)
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
In this class students will investigate how and why particular policies are developed, proposed, adopted, and implemented; will explore how social values shape and impact public policies; and will learn how to frame issues in ways that allow for more effective advocacy. The class will examine the relative power of diverse corporate and non-profit sectors in influencing policy debates and outcomes, including the role of think tanks. Students will analyze the limitations and strengths of diverse approaches to advocacy ranging from third-party appeals and solidarity efforts to elite decision makers, as well as the prospects for a politics of agency rooted in citizen-centered politics in which people mobilize to meet the needs of their communities. The course will integrate basic theory, interaction with public policy analysts and advocates, personal experience in persuasive advocacy, and case studies focused on issues such as climate change, economic inequality, land-food-hunger, and approaches to health care. Assignments will introduce students to various tools for persuasive advocacy and allow them to develop skill sets for using them.

JPST 375-D01 Conflict Analysis and Transformation (CRN# 21159)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Amy Finnegan
An introduction to issues surrounding conflict and the resolution of conflict in today's world focusing primarily on its contextual manifestation at the international, regional and intrastate levels. The course will explore important structural, social and psychological explanations of conflict. Attention will be given to ethnic and nationalist themes surrounding conflicts and their resolution at the intrastate and international levels. The course will examine how different types of intervention affect conflicts (the media, force, other types of third party intervention). Effective methods that foster an environment conducive to resolving or managing disputes will be studied. As part of the final task, the course will critically study how institutions such as power-sharing arrangements, federalism, and the rule of law figure into establishing a lasting basis for peaceful co-existence. For Justice and Peace Studies majors doing a concentration in Conflict Transformation, the course will complement JPST 370 Conflict Mediation, but there are no prerequisites and the course is open to students in other majors.

MUSC 133-01 Music of the U.S.: Aural and Written (CRN# 20489)
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm
Prof. Sarah Schmalenberger
This course focuses on the study of U.S. music within its cultural context. The course, with its emphasis on listening analysis, and vocabulary development will contain 1) music of aural traditions to include jazz, popular, and ethnic music and 2) music of written traditions to include art music and jazz. Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of instructor. Please note that this is a 2-credit course.

MUSC 162-01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (CRN# 22459)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
STAFF
This course traces the development of American popular music from its roots through multiple genres such as minstrelsy, jazz, big band, swing, crooning, jump blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, country, western, folk/protest, and rock 'n' roll, concluding with the British Invasion. Popular music development is critically examined through four interrelated driving forces: identity (ethnicity, gender, culture, generation), centers vs. peripheries (the established vs. the innovative), technology (impact on musical performance and listening), and business/law (commercial competition and development). Multimedia presentations include extensive audio and video support. Designed for the Popular Music minor, this course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

POLS 104-01 American Government in Comparative Perspective (CRN# 20610)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. Steven Maloney
OR
POLS 104-02 American Government in Comparative Perspective (CRN# 20611)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Arijit Mazumdar
An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum. 

POLS 205-L01 Intro to American Public Policy Process (CRN# 20301)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Steven Maloney
A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor

POLS 302-01 Women and Politics (CRN# 21430)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
An examination of the political involvement of women. Topics include: the representation of women, feminism as a social movement, the campaign strategies and styles of women candidates, the election of women to local, state, and national office, and the differences that women make in public office. Emphasis is on women in the United States, but comparisons will be made with women in other countries. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

POLS 404-D01 Seminar in American Politics (CRN# 22305)
M/W 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
This course is designed as a capstone experience in American politics.  Since the readings cover diverse aspects of American politics, you will be able to use what you have learned in other political science courses about public opinion, political participation, political parties, political institutions, and public policy to enhance your understanding of this material.  An additional aspect of this seminar includes empirical analysis of public opinion data, which will not only enhance your citizenship skills, but also your ability to market your political science skills on the job market.  POLS 404 also includes a professional development aspect, which will allow you to begin translating your academic experiences in political science into more applied settings.

SOCI 350-W01 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (CRN# 20609)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Buffy Smith
This course identifies and investigates the following topics: general principles of stratification, theoretical explanations by which inequality emerges and is maintained, the relationship between social class and other forms of inequality in the United States including gender, race, and changes in social hierarchy over time. The course will explore issues such as poverty, welfare, occupational prestige, meritocracy, and class prestige. Although primary focus is on the United States, the course also examines global inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or SOCI 110 and Junior standing.

SPAN 490-D01 Topics: Spanish in U.S. (CRN# 22591)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Susanna Perez Castillejo
This course covers the development and contemporary use of Spanish in the United States. Students will examine the major varieties of Spanish in the US and the effects of the linguistic contact between Spanish and English (code-switching, loan words). Topics discussed include bilingualism, language acquisition, language maintenance and loss, ‘Spanglish,’ the Official English movement, linguistic ideology and language attitudes, and the interaction between language, gender, ethnicity, race and social class. Class discussion will be entirely in Spanish and readings (articles and book chapters) will be mostly in Spanish, and some in English. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, and 305 or their equivalent with a C- or better in each course.

Summer 2016 (June 6-June 27)

IDSC 299-01 HECUA: Race in America (Contact the UST Study Abroad Office to Register)
Study Abroad in Jackson, Mississippi
HECUA Instructor
The summer of 2014 saw the beginning of a dramatic shift in public conversation around race in the United States. As the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, and other unarmed black men dominated the news, powerful protests forced Americans to confront the twin realities of institutionalized racism and police brutality. Protests spilled onto the highways of major cities, occupied shopping malls, and dominated digital spaces, framing dissent around a single rallying cry, originally posted as a Facebook status by 33 year old Alicia Garza: "Black lives matter."

Race in America: Then and Now dives into questions of racial justice in America today, and the continuing role of race in the United States. Students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s, and those who are active now, as well as lawyers, politicians, educators and youth. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its motivations, strategies, successes and failures. They have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities. 

The program is based in Jackson, Mississippi, and is offered in collaboration with the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at COFO on the campus of Jackson State University, one of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Hamer Institute advocates civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Mississippi typified the “Deep South” during the era of Jim Crow, and in many ways continues to be racially and politically divided. In and near Jackson and during trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast (including New Orleans), students also explore current issues related to health, education, culture, and community organizing.

While staying on the campus of Jackson State University, students are housed in dorm rooms. Lodging on the road will be in hotels or on other college/university campuses.

The program fee covers course credits, round-trip airfare from any major U.S. city to Jackson, ground travel to field sites, all lodging, most meals, course reading packets, and admission to museums and sites. The fee also includes multi-day trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast.

The fee does not cover incidental expenses (souvenirs, extra food, etc.). Also, air travel is restricted between the student's airport of departure and Jackson; additional flights will not be arranged from Jackson at the end of the program.

Fall 2016

ARTH 265-01 Art of Mesoamerica (CRN# 42784)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. William Barnes

A survey of Pre-Columbian art and architecture of Ancient Mesoamerica (parts of present day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador). Specific artistic practices, iconography, and the cultural contexts of selected works of art and architecture will be covered. Course participants will be expected to address the significance of various culture groups within Mesoamerica and be able to discuss, in an informed manner, the salient characteristics and cultural context of select major works of art and architecture. This course fulfills the fine arts and human diversity requirements within the core curriculum. 

COJO 332-01 Documentary: American Culture (CRN# 42148)
M 6:00-9:30pm
Prof. Luann Lippold

This course provides an overview of documentary television and film as part of American culture. Class sessions will focus on how to analyze and interpret claims particular documentaries make, while providing a foundation for understanding aesthetic, rhetorical, and political economic conventions that help shape the meaning of each documentary. To this end, this course will center on current theoretical dilemmas and debates in documentary filmmaking, including questions of how to define documentary, what constitutes the ethical treatment of documentary subjects and subject matter, and how documentaries construct and position audiences. We will explore the concepts of reality, truth and authority, through a variety of readings and viewings. 

COJO 430 Society, Culture, & the Media (CRN# 41538)
T/R 1:30-3:10pm
Prof. Dina Gavrilos
Society, Culture and the Media examines the role media play in social and cultural formations. The course looks beyond the media as transmitters of information to their broadest social and cultural effects. Students study media as agents of enlightened social modernism, as political and economic institutions, as purveyors of popular culture, and as aspects of cultural and sub-cultural rituals. History, political economy, critical studies, cultural anthropology, semiotics and sociology are among the areas from which approaches for studying the media are considered in the course. Prerequisite: COJO 211, 212 or 213, or permission of instructor

ENGL 217-L01 Contemporary U.S. Immigrant Narratives
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Kanishka Chowdhury

It is common, especially during the election season, to hear politicians proclaim “truths” and “facts” about immigrants’ lives, even though most of them have little experience of the complex realities of those lives. There is, for instance, no such thing as a homogenous immigrant experience. An immigrant’s life in this country is determined by multiple factors, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, national origin, and religion. In this course, we will study a range of post-9/11 immigrant narratives, focusing on the multiple ways in which immigrants have negotiated questions related to citizenship, state persecution, segregated labor practices, historical memory, and intergenerational conflicts over the last fifteen years. We will read works by writers such as Teju Cole, Edwidge Danticatt, Mohsin Hamid, Cristina Henríquez,Jhumpa Lahiri, Óscar Martínez, and Dinaw Mengestu. We will also read a range of theoretical and historical works that will help us understand the social, political, and economic factors that determine the realities of these myriad lives. Students will be responsible for a comprehensive presentation and will write blogs, short papers, and a research paper. This course satisfies the Human Diversity core requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

ENGL 337-L01 Afrofuturism (CRN# 41527)
M/W/F 12:15-1:20pm
Prof. Todd Lawrence
Watch enough science fiction movies and you’ll notice a curious thing: there aren’t many black folks in the future imagined by white people. White conceptions of the future tend to figure blackness as either absent or as symbolic of civilization’s failure. Consequently, black diasporic people have had no place to imagine themselves but the present; it would appear that both the speculative future and the historical past are the exclusive domains of whiteness. As comedian Louis C K has commented, “Black people can’t f*** with time machines.” The emergent literary and cultural aesthetic Afrofuturism, however, offers a challenge to this conclusion. Focusing on the intersection between race and technology, Afrofuturism explores alternative futures imagined by black diasporic artists, it re-visions culture and blackness in present and future moments, and it allows us to revisit history with an eye toward alternate explanations of past conditions. Ultimately, Afrofuturism combines art, imagination, technology, theory, and Afrocentrism to conceive and render, through various mediums, multiple alternatives to a past, present, and future imposed on diasporic peoples by a restrictive white imagination. In this class we will embark on a literary journey forward and backward through time looking for ways that re-imaginings of black existence can allow us to reconsider the nature of blackness itself. Artists will include Nalo Hopkinson, W.E.B. DuBois, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, Sun Ra, and Janelle Monae. This course satisfies the core Human Diversity requirement and the Diversity Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

ENGL 372-01 Make It New: American Modernism (CRN# 42442)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Kelli Larson
“Make it new” was the rallying cry of those visionary writers who literally and figuratively exploded into that revolutionary period between World War I and World War II, a time characterized by experimentation and innovation in all of the arts. Fueled by their desire to disrupt tradition and challenge the world’s values and sense of order, American moderns forged the way for our contemporary writers. And although one hundred years separate our world from theirs, their writings still feel timely and familiar. Their concerns and struggles, from politics and technology to women’s rights and racism, continue to be our concerns and struggles. So join us as we rediscover some of this country’s greatest writers, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Hughes, Hurston, and others, whose cry to “make it new” still rings true today. This course satisfies the American Literature distribution requirement for majors who started at St. Thomas previous to Fall 2015. For English majors who started at St. Thomas in Fall 2015 or later, this course satisfies the Contexts and Convergences distribution requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

HIST 355-01 Civil War Era (CRN# 42539)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. David Williard

The American Civil War was a pivotal event, followed by incomplete efforts at changing the shape of the nation through Reconstruction. The causes of the war, its conduct on both sides, and the consequences of this "War of Rebellion," including Reconstruction, form the three parts of this course. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course 

HIST 358-W01 20th Century U.S.
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Anne Klejment
An intensive study of 20th-century United States domestic history, with emphasis on social change and social thought. Topics include: reform movements, industrialization, urbanization, the economy, the homefront, consumer culture, suburbanization, liberation movements, and deindustrialization. Prerequisite: one 100-level history course. 

IDSC XXX Inequality in America: Policy, Community, & the Politics of Empowerment
(Contact Study Abroad Office to Register)
NOTE: This course is 16 credits; 8 credits may be applied towards the American Culture & Difference minor.
HECUA Faculty, Taught at off-campus location
In the Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment program students actively delve into major challenges of our time: poverty, inequality and social change. The program pursues three major framing questions utilizing a number of relevant and contested theories to frame the discussion throughout the semester. The questions are: What are some of the root causes of increasing levels of economic, political, social inequality and insecurity and how does this impact all social classes and groups in the United States? How are economic, political, and social inequality reproduced? How do we create more opportunity for all Americans squeezed by economic, political, and social inequality and what are some concrete social change tools for making these changes? To understand these questions the program looks at the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, urban sprawl, regional race and class segregation, and institutional discrimination. Connecting these issues is at the core of the program. Instead of just learning about these problems, students explore solutions and become engaged in organizations committed to social transformation. Students have direct conversations and work with practitioners in government, the private sector, nonprofit social change organizations, academia, labor unions, schools, and other community institutions that in one way or another claim to be addressing some aspect of economic, political, and social inequality and poverty.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota is increasingly diverse and in some areas still has a strong and vibrant economy, yet many people are not sharing in this vitality. As in most large urban regions there is a growing gap between the rich and poor, increasing geographic and social segregation and polarization between these groups. Forty-five percent of the children in the “core” of the Twin Cities live at or below the poverty line, and an educational gap between racial groups worries many policymakers, parents, educators and students. Through critical thinking set into action, HECUA students analyze policy, lobby elected officials and engage communities. This program focuses on learning the basics of organizing in communities and workplaces, persuading others to become critically engaged, and learning to act as an effective advocate for issues and people. Building these skills is valuable for social change.

JPST 280-01 Active Nonviolence (CRN# 40515)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

Active nonviolence as a means for societal defense and social transformation analyzed through case studies of actual nonviolent movements, examining their political philosophy and how this philosophy is reflected in their methods and strategies. Examples of possible case studies include: Mahatma Gandhi's movement for a free India, Danish resistance to Nazi occupation, the struggle for interracial justice in the United State, an integrated Canada-to-Cuba peace-and-freedom walk, the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC), fair trade movements, and the Honeywell Project. The course emphasizes the theory and active practice of nonviolence as well as oral histories of successful nonviolent movements. Usually offered every semester. 

JPST 365-D01 Leadership for Social Justice (CRN# 41383)
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Michael Klein

Leadership for Social Justice examines the arc of leadership through the process of creating, sustaining, then institutionalizing positive social change. The course examines models and case studies of authoritative, positional, influential and situational leadership in diverse settings such as community organizing, social movements, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. The course also explores approaches to ethical leadership and provides opportunities for students to develop the skills and vision needed to become ethical leaders for social justice. Students will analyze the role of leadership in the tensions between preserving order and promoting transformation. They will develop a critical approach to the dynamics of power in order to effect systemic change. 

MUSC 162-01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (CRN# 40732)
M/W 1:35-3:10
STAFF
This course traces the development of American popular music from its roots through multiple genres such as minstrelsy, jazz, big band, swing, crooning, jump blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, country, western, folk/protest, and rock 'n' roll, concluding with the British Invasion. Popular music development is critically examined through four interrelated driving forces: identity (ethnicity, gender, culture, generation), centers vs. peripheries (the established vs. the innovative), technology (impact on musical performance and listening), and business/law (commercial competition and development). Multimedia presentations include extensive audio and video support. Designed for the Popular Music minor, this course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum. 

POLS 205-L01 Intro to American Public Policy Process (CRN# 40270)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Angela High-Pippert
A survey of the way public policy is made in the American political system including agenda-setting, formulation of alternative policy choices, representation of interests and selection and implementation of policy options. Public policy case studies will be used as illustrations. Students also will be introduced to data analysis as a tool for policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor 

POLS 275-01 Intro to American Political Thought (CRN# 40272)
M/W/F 1:35-2:40pm
Prof. Steven Maloney

The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor. 

POLS 301-01 American Political Behavior (CRN# 41898)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Angela High-Pippert

An examination of the political attitudes and behavior of the public, as well as the linkages between the public and their government. Topics include: public opinion; political psychology; political participation; voting; elections; political parties; interest groups; and the mass media. The emphasis is on the American system, but comparisons will be made with other democratic systems. Attention also will be paid to survey research as a principal method by which these topics are studied. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor 

SOCI 110-01 Social Problems (CRN# 40319)
M/W/F 8:15-9:20am
Prof. Buffy Smith
OR
SOCI 110-02 Social Problems (CRN# 42451)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Buffy Smith

Contemporary society is confronted with a number of serious problems that are often global in their impact. This course explores the causes, effects, and proposed solutions to some of these major social issues. Special attention is given to issues of inequality (such as racism, sexism, and poverty) and problems in core institutions (such as family violence, unequal educational opportunities, and unemployment). This course meets a requirement in the Justice and Peace Studies program and fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum. 

SOCI 330-01 Religion in American Society (CRN# 42529)
T 5:30-9:15pm
Prof. Katarina Schuth

Theoretical and empirical examination of the sociological dimensions of religion, with a special emphasis on the religious situation in America. Topics include diverse religious expressions and values of each religion, including Christian denominations and other world religions with members living in the U.S., for example, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, as well as cultural contexts, organizational structures, individual religiosity, and emerging new forms. This course meets a requirement in Catholic Studies and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 

SPAN 412-D01 Chicano and U.S. Latino Culture(s) and Literature(s) (CRN# 42733)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Sonia Rey-Montejo

Overview of the different issues that concern the U.S. Latino population. This course studies cultural artifacts and literary texts (in Spanish) relating to the multiple cultures of the Spanish-speaking U.S. Topics of class discussion could include: The United Farmers Workers and the Chicano Power movement in the 1960s, the role of César Chávez and Luis Valdez, and literary interpretations of the Hispanic/Latino/Chicano experience. Authors will be selected from a broad range of writers such as Cherríe Moraga, Sandra Cisneros, Rolando Hinojosa, Miguel Mendez, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, Gustavo Perez Firmat, Achy Obejas, Esmeralda Santiago, among others. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 300, 301, 305, and 335 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course 

THEO 432-01 Black Religious Experience (CRN# 42867)
T/R 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Bernard Brady

This course explore Black theological development as a cultural, functional and cognitive dimension of traditional Afro-American society, including belief, worship, expression, symbol, spirituality and God. Attention will be given to the meaning and roots of the notions of culture, nationalism and racism as they appear as questions in Black theological though, including African religions, Islam and The Nation of Islam, along with Afro-American Christian theologies. African as well as Afro-American religious experience combined with the affirmation of the Christian creed are identified in order to evaluate the questions of Black Catholic theology in America today. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

THEO 450-L01 Theology and Mass Media (CRN# 42869)
M/W/F 1:35-2:40pm
Prof. David Landry

This course explore Black theological development as a cultural, functional and cognitive dimension of traditional Afro-American society, including belief, worship, expression, symbol, spirituality and God. Attention will be given to the meaning and roots of the notions of culture, nationalism and racism as they appear as questions in Black theological though, including African religions, Islam and The Nation of Islam, along with Afro-American Christian theologies. African as well as Afro-American religious experience combined with the affirmation of the Christian creed are identified in order to evaluate the questions of Black Catholic theology in America today. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115