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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).

Summer 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 215 - L01 American Authors II - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30435 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Matthew B. Harrison

How did the modern warfare of World War I change those who fought and those who stayed at home? Why did so many of the best American artists flee to Paris? How did the traditionalism and stability of the 1950s lead to the radicalism and rebellion of the 60s? How has technology, from the typewriter to the internet, reshaped literature? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework though extensive readings in American literature from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as progress and innovation, war, the “lost generation,” the New Woman, race, and conformity and individuality. This fully online course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, counts as a second core literature/writing course for students who started that core requirement with ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, or 206, and satisfies an allied requirement for select business majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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Fall 2018 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - L01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 222

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M - W - - - -

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1335 - 1510

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JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

42458 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Dina Gavrilos

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.

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COJO 326 - W01 Communication in Pop Culture - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 BEC 113

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- T - R - - -

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0955 - 1135

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

41696 (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

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COJO 328 - D01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 113

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M - W - - - -

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1335 - 1510

Location:

BEC 113

Course Registration Number:

40614 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Debra L. Petersen

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: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

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MUSC 216 - 01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110

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- T - R - - -

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1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40238 (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.

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SOCI 251 - 01 Race and Ethnicity M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 207

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 207

Course Registration Number:

40312 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

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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SPAN 332 - L01 Latin Amer Cult & Civil - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 317

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 317

Course Registration Number:

42122 (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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J-Term 2019 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location

American Culture & Difference
Summer and Fall 2018 Additional Approved Courses

Summer 2017 (June 5-June 26)

HIST 114-L01 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective (CRN# 30179)
T/R 5:30-9:30pm
Prof. Meliha Ceric
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 and the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

IDSC 299-01 HECUA: Race in America (Contact the UST Study Abroad Office to Register)
June 4-26, 2018
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 2017

ARTH 265-L01 Art of the Ancient Americas (CRN# 42642)
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.

ART 298-L01 Museum Studies: Exhibitions and Collections
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Jayme Yahr
In this course, museum successes and failures will be examined in relation to the broad topics of exhibition design, collecting, politics, tourism, and education. The course combines thematic and theoretical classroom discussions with practical and experiential museum components. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with museum professionals and explore museum careers. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement and is a Writing to Learn course.

COJO 332-01 Documentary: American Culture (CRN# 41548)
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. 

ENGL 214-L01 American Authors I (CRN# 43130)
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm
Prof. Anne Roth-Reinhardt
Where does the popular perception of America as the “New World” come from? How could slavery flourish in a land idealizing freedom? Why were immigrants so feared and reviled? Why did expansionism push out some and make millionaires of others? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings from the beginnings of the American literary tradition to the turn of the twentieth century. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as religious identity, political reform, race, slavery, war, gender, and industrialization. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major and counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn course in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204.

ENGL 324-L01 American Apocalypse: Poetry (CRN# 42454)
T/R 9:55-11:35am
Prof. Andrew Scheiber

The first decades of the Twentieth Century marked a time of what Alvin Toffler would later call “future shock”—a perfect storm of cultural, technological, political, and philosophical change (not to mention the horrors of a world war) that blasted away long-held assumptions about human nature and Western civilization. Writers and other artists of the period recorded and responded to these seismic tremors in the culture, freely exploring new forms and new subjects, or radically recasting and re-evaluating old ones. In this course we’ll examine literary innovations of this period in historical context, with an eye toward what these writers' work can tell us about the human imagination’s response to profoundly disruptive social and cultural change. This course satisfies the Genre Studies requirement for English majors and counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn course. This course also satisfies the 2nd core literature/writing requirement for students whose first core course was an ENGL 201-204 class. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

ENGL 337-L01 The Black Mystery Novel (CRN# 41906)
MWF 12:15-1:20pm
Prof. Todd Lawrence
This course will explore the complex terrain of crime and mystery novels written by black authors and seek to understand the ways protagonists of these works occupy a unique and precarious position while attempting to negotiate a world in which notions of "criminality," "justice," and "morality" are highly contested and almost always dependent on who occupies the positions of power. We will also explore the ways that black criminality can offer a powerful indictment of the very laws and systems that seek to regulate it. Ultimately, we will consider the critiquing function of black detective, crime, and mystery novels and attempt to understand the world they construct for us as readers. Likely authors to be examined include Pauline Hopkins, Chester Himes, Walter Mosley, Barbara Neely, Ishmael Reed, and Percival Everett. This course satisfies the core Human Diversity requirement and the Diversity Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

HIST 113-L01 Early American History from a Global Perspective (CRN# 42576)
M/W/F 1:35-2:40pm
Prof. Anne Osler

Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the peoples of North America from the European-American encounter through the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. Special emphasis is given to the relation of minority groups (American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic peoples, European immigrants, etc.) to the dominant culture. Major themes include: colonization, slavery, revolution, nation building, territorial expansion, industrialization, reform movements, nativism, sectionalism, and the Civil War. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum.

HIST 114 Modern U.S. from a Global Perspective
Multiple Times
Multiple Instructors
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. “L” sections satisfy the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

HIST 298-01 Topics: Reading Black Resistance (CRN# 42729)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. David Williard / Prof. Todd Lawrecne

This course, team-taught by a historian and a literary scholar, focuses on the long struggle of African Americans for justice and equality in the U.S. Analyzing literary and historical texts, students in this course will learn about and engage in research on African American history and culture. Utilizing historical, literary, and cultural approaches, this interdisciplinary course will immerse students into an exploration of the African American experience from multiple perspectives using dual disciplinary frameworks. For example, students may study Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON, but would read the text within the historical and cultural framework of the Great Migration, connecting Wright’s text not just to other literary texts, but situating it within an historical and cultural context vital to the novel’s creation and essential for its interpretation. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. This course is cross-listed with ENGL 202-W05.

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# 40501)
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# 41169)
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. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing in the Discipline requirement.

MUSC 162-W01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country (CRN# 40653)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Chris Kachian
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. It also fulfills the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

POLS 205-L01 Citizen Participation and Public Policy (CRN# 40289)
M/W 3:25-5:00pm
Prof. Timothy Lynch
This course focuses on American politics and public policy, with an emphasis on what both citizens and governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes. It examines aspects of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and issue attention cycles, before covering substantive public policy issues such as education, civil rights, health care, energy and the environment, defense, and immigration. The ways in which citizens influence the public policy process through elections, interest groups, and measures of public opinion will also be considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor.

POLS 275-L01 American Political Thought (CRN# 40253)
M/W/F 12:15-1:20pm
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. This course satisfies the Writing Across the curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

POLS 314-01 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (CRN# 42634)
T/R 8:00-9:40am
Prof. Caleb Goltz

This course examines individual freedoms protected in the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Supreme Court precedent. While many political hot button issues are discussed throughout the semester, understanding and analysis of the varying interpretations of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedents are emphasized. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor. Junior or senior standing strongly recommended.

POLS 320-01 American Foreign Policy (CRN# 42633)
M/W 1:35-3:10pm
Prof. Renee Buhr
This course will examine both the history and politics of U.S. foreign policy. As the United States developed from a small post-colonial government to a world power, its foreign policy philosophies, goals, and behaviors changed markedly. By outlining important periods in U.S. history, then examining the role of certain political actors such as the President, Congress, the bureaucracy, and the American public, we can gain a better understanding of the forces that have shaped U.S. foreign policy in the past and will continue to shape it into the distant future. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 110-01 Social Problems (CRN# 41482)
M/W/F 9:35-10:40am
Prof. Patricia Maddox
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.