The minor in American Culture and Difference consists of 7 courses (24 credits).

  • Two required courses
  • Five elective courses (20 credits) from the lists below and other approved courses, with no more than two courses from a single department

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).

To ensure interdisciplinary breadth in the program, students are encouraged to sample as broadly as possible among the course offerings of participating departments with at least four credits from each of the categories listed below and no more than eight credits from a single department.

  • AMCD 200 American Culture: Power/Identity (4 credits)
    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.

  • AMCD 450 American Culture & Difference Capstone (0 credits)
    The American Culture and Difference Capstone Project will integrate learning from the ACST 200 course and elective courses that compose each student’s ACD Minor. It will articulate and enhance the interdisciplinary studies of an ACD minor and synthesize that learning in a culminating project that is presented in a public forum at the end of the fall or spring semester. This project can take the form of knowledge production (i.e.: article, essay, or research) or cultural production (i.e.: music, poetry, visual art, creative writing); guidance from an ACD faculty advisor will be provided. Registration is restricted to American Culture and Difference minors in their senior year. Prerequisite: AMCD 200.


*No more than 8 credits from a single department)
*At least 4 credits must be at the 300 level or higher 
*No more than 8 credits from 100-level courses 

Art History
ARTH 284 Arts of the African Diaspora (4 credits) 
ARTH 321 The Art and Culture of Modern Mexico (1824-1940) (4 credits)

Communication Studies
COJO 326 Modern American Rhetoric (4 credits) 
COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender (4 credits) 
COJO 332 Documentary: American Culture (4 credits)
COJO 338 Political Communication (4 credits) 
COJO 340 Television Criticism (4 credits) 

English
ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits) 
ENGL 373 Contemporary American Literature (4 credits) 
ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture (4 credits)

Geography
GEOG 340 Geography of the U.S. and Canada (4 credits) 

History
HIST 113 Early American History (4 credits)
HIST 114 Modern U.S. from s Global Perspective (4 credits)
HIST 117 Latin America in Global Perspective (4 credits) 
HIST 207 Slavery in the Americas (4 credits) 
HIST 211 Women and Family in the Americas (4 credits)
HIST 216 African-American History (4 credits)
HIST 303 History of Modern Brazil (4 credits) 

Journalism
JOUR 334 Literary Journalism (4 credits)

Justice and Peace Studies
JPST 280 Active Nonviolence (4 credits)
JPST 355 Public Policy Planning and Advocacy (4 credits)
JPST 365 Leadership for Social Justice (4 credits)
JPST 375 Conflict Analysis and Transformation (4 credits)

Music
MUSC 162 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (4 credits)
MUSC 216 Jazz in America (4 credits) 
MUSC 217 Music of the Americas (4 credits)

Political Science
POLS 205 Citizen Participation and Public Policy (4 credits)
POLS 301 Political Identity and Participation (4 credits) 
POLS 302 Women and Politics (4 credits)

Sociology
SOCI 110 Social Problems (4 credits)
SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits) 
SOCI 350 Social Inequality: Privilege and Power (4 credits)

Spanish
SPAN 332 Survey of Latin American Culture and Civilization (4 credits) 

Theology
THEO 224 Bridges: Theology and Mass Media (4 credits)

Theater
THTR 223 American Theater (4 credits)