Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

The study of human diversity, inclusion, and social justice is an important component of a liberal arts education. It exposes us to the richness of human aspirations and achievements, and strengthens our understanding of the essential and equal dignity of all human beings. It provides vantage points for reflection upon our own experiences, beliefs, and practices. It forces us to confront instances of oppression, and to recognize that the experiences, beliefs,

and practices of various people and cultures have been at times misrepresented or underrepresented in academic discourse and in the discourse of American society. It shows us how particular interests and privileges may contribute to misrepresentation or underrepresentation. It helps us make the world more just, more peaceful, and more harmonious.

The University of St. Thomas values the study of diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice also because it is basic to Catholic education. Following the radical call of the gospel, the Church demands justice for the vulnerable and for the economically, socially, and politically oppressed: “Since all men and women possessed of a rational soul and created in the image of God have the same nature and origin,” Gaudium et Spes tells us, “the basic equality which they all share needs to be increasingly recognized” and “every type of discrimination affecting the fundamental rights of the person … should be overcome.”

Finally, the University of St. Thomas believes it is important for students to explore issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice because it wants its graduates to be successful, as well as informed and ethical actors in a diverse society. If graduates of St. Thomas are to be successful, they must understand the significance of human diversity, inclusion, and social justice for a

wide field of human interactions, from those associated with responsible citizenship to those involved in the practice of their chosen professions and disciplines. DISJ core-flagged courses are part of a series of DISJ touchpoints in the core curriculum stretching from the first days of orientation to reflective capstone work, and including curricular and co-curricular components.

A course may satisfy DISJ and the Integrations in the Humanities requirement; however, a single course cannot satisfy both DISJ and a core-area requirement (other than Integrations in the Humanities) for the same student.

Students must take four credits.

Some sections of a course may carry the DISJ flag while others do not. Students should use ClassFinder to determine which course sections satisfy the DISJ requirement in the term for which you are completing the requirement.  

Fall 2021 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
AMCD 200 - L01 American Culture:Power/Identit M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 222

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

JRC 222

Course Registration Number:

40445 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

AMCD 200, American Culture:Power/Identity: (This course was originally titled ACST 200: Introduction to American Culture and Difference; the name change has been submitted as an information item to the UCC). In AMCD 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COMM 326 - W01 Communication in Pop Culture - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 246

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

44028 (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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
EDUC 329 - 01 Diverse Learners & Families See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44509 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eleni Roulis

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning modalities and all types of diversity to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, exceptionality, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systematic change for social justice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MOH 3181400-1540M - W - - - -
VMP 11400-1540M - W - - - -
VMP -- - - - - - -
ENGL 202 - W05 Business & American Identity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44123 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Daniel G. Jones

This course will examine literary texts which feature the connection between the world of business and American culture. Work has always been an integral part of American society, and individuals often identify themselves with the work that they do. Students will closely read a handful of texts--Willa Cather's A LOST LADY, Solomon Northup’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT--to explore how the dominant cultural narratives behind common perceptions of American business (such as the American Dream and the self-made person) shift from the pre-Civil War era through the early twenty-first century. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies a WAC Writing Intensive requirement and an Integrations in the Humanities requirement. Please note that ENGL 202 is non-repeatable; students wishing to take a second 200-level Texts in Conversation course will need to register for ENGL 201, 203, or 204. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or 190.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2091215-1320M - - - - - -
VSP 11215-1320- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
ENGL 202 - W06 Business & American Identity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44124 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Daniel G. Jones

This course will examine literary texts which feature the connection between the world of business and American culture. Work has always been an integral part of American society, and individuals often identify themselves with the work that they do. Students will closely read a handful of texts--Willa Cather's A LOST LADY, Solomon Northup’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT--to explore how the dominant cultural narratives behind common perceptions of American business (such as the American Dream and the self-made person) shift from the pre-Civil War era through the early twenty-first century. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies a WAC Writing Intensive requirement and an Integrations in the Humanities requirement. Please note that ENGL 202 is non-repeatable; students wishing to take a second 200-level Texts in Conversation course will need to register for ENGL 201, 203, or 204. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or 190.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2111335-1440M - - - - - -
VSP 11335-1440- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
ENGL 202 - W5A Business & American Identity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44186 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Daniel G. Jones

This course will examine literary texts which feature the connection between the world of business and American culture. Work has always been an integral part of American society, and individuals often identify themselves with the work that they do. Students will closely read a handful of texts--Willa Cather's A LOST LADY, Solomon Northup’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT--to explore how the dominant cultural narratives behind common perceptions of American business (such as the American Dream and the self-made person) shift from the pre-Civil War era through the early twenty-first century. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies a WAC Writing Intensive requirement and an Integrations in the Humanities requirement. Please note that ENGL 202 is non-repeatable; students wishing to take a second 200-level Texts in Conversation course will need to register for ENGL 201, 203, or 204. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or 190.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
VSP 11215-1320M - - - - - -
MHC 2091215-1320- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
ENGL 202 - W6A Business & American Identity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44187 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Daniel G. Jones

This course will examine literary texts which feature the connection between the world of business and American culture. Work has always been an integral part of American society, and individuals often identify themselves with the work that they do. Students will closely read a handful of texts--Willa Cather's A LOST LADY, Solomon Northup’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT--to explore how the dominant cultural narratives behind common perceptions of American business (such as the American Dream and the self-made person) shift from the pre-Civil War era through the early twenty-first century. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies a WAC Writing Intensive requirement and an Integrations in the Humanities requirement. Please note that ENGL 202 is non-repeatable; students wishing to take a second 200-level Texts in Conversation course will need to register for ENGL 201, 203, or 204. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or 190.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
VSP 11335-1440M - - - - - -
MHC 2111335-1440- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
ENGL 341 - L01 African American Women's Lit See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

41383 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild

At the start of her novel MAMA DAY, Gloria Naylor writes, "someone who didn't know how to ask wouldn't know how to listen." Audre Lorde, in "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," questions, "What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change are possible and allowable." Both writers call on their readers to approach African-American women's texts with humility, openness, and curiosity. They call upon readers to find new tools to dismantle racism, sexism, homophobia, and all the intersecting forms of racism that blight our lives. In this course, we will be "integrating" across communities and across time as we explore women's lived experience of the American racial and gender divide. We will be moving chronologically from the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks during the Civil Rights era to the prose and poetry of Audre Lorde, where racial and second-wave feminist concerns intersect. We will study issues of black and mixed-race identity, questions of body image, and the painful realities of colorism in Toni Morrison's THE BLUEST EYE (1970), Gloria Naylor's MAMA DAY (1988), and Natasha Trethewey's MONUMENT (2018). The course will end with contemporary treatments of the economics, politics, and sociology of race intersecting with gender in Dominique Morisseau's THE DETROIT PROJECT and PIPELINE, Claudia Rankine's CITIZEN and THE WHITE CARD. This course satisfies the Diversity Literature requirement for English majors and English with a Professional Writing Emphasis students; a literature requirement for English with a Creative Writing students; the Human Diversity core requirement (old core); the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice core requirement (new core); and Integrations in the Humanities (new core). It also satisfies a major and minor requirement for the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program. Prerequisite: ENGL 121, 190, or ENGL 201-204.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 4540935-1040M - - - F - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
HIST 292 - 01 Topics:Native American History - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 302

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 302

Course Registration Number:

41394 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Stephen R. Hausmann

This course provides an overview of Indigenous history in North America from the long era before European contact to the present day. Content will include the stories of well-known individuals and topics such as Sitting Bull and the Battle at the Little Bighorn, as well as lesser-known figures and events such as Susan La Flesche Picotte and the Alcatraz Occupation. We will also examine events central to American national history from the perspective of “facing East from Indian Country” to learn how Native people across North America played crucial roles in, and were affected by, historical trends and events. These include the age of empires and revolutions in the 18th century, American expansion and conquest in the nineteenth century, and globalization and the Cold War in the twentieth century. Finally, the course ends with a discussion of the recent Indigenous past during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including the highly publicized #NODAPL protests on the Standing Rock Reservation in 2016 and 2017 and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on reservation communities.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
HIST 292 - 01A Topics:Native American History - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 302

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 302

Course Registration Number:

44709 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Stephen R. Hausmann

This course provides an overview of Indigenous history in North America from the long era before European contact to the present day. Content will include the stories of well-known individuals and topics such as Sitting Bull and the Battle at the Little Bighorn, as well as lesser-known figures and events such as Susan La Flesche Picotte and the Alcatraz Occupation. We will also examine events central to American national history from the perspective of “facing East from Indian Country” to learn how Native people across North America played crucial roles in, and were affected by, historical trends and events. These include the age of empires and revolutions in the 18th century, American expansion and conquest in the nineteenth century, and globalization and the Cold War in the twentieth century. Finally, the course ends with a discussion of the recent Indigenous past during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including the highly publicized #NODAPL protests on the Standing Rock Reservation in 2016 and 2017 and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on reservation communities.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 275 - W01 Qualitative Methods M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 208

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 208

Course Registration Number:

40519 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Michael C. Klein

This course introduces students to qualitative research theories, methods, and techniques focused on representing voices of women, people of color, people in poverty and others that are marginalized or excluded from dominant culture. Specifically, students will gain familiarity with the qualitative social science methods of interviews, ethnography, documentary research, and focus groups. Throughout the course, students will be guided through the process of designing and conducting their own unique research projects meanwhile learning from ongoing research with their instructors and partner organizations. In addition to training in data collection techniques, analysis, and varied epistemologies, the course thoroughly explores the ethics of research with marginalized communities and the ways in which research can and does relate to social change. Together, participants in this course will co-create a teaching/learning community wherein we all critically analyze and respectfully value each person’s individual and particular contributions as well as our diverse understandings of social reality and how we position ourselves in the multiple worlds in which we live and work.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 385 - 01 Inclusive Leadership - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 111

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MCH 111

Course Registration Number:

45087 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2

Instructor:

Kris Donnelly

Leaders, both with and without formal management titles, need to appreciate the diverse people internal and external to their organizations and society at large. It is critical that leaders step up to design and deliver effective programs of inclusion in their organizations. Culturally competent leaders think critically about these programs and practice inclusion at individual, interpersonal, team, organization, and community levels. This requires foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes applied in diverse domestic and global contexts. This course introduces a range of perspectives to explore topics including, but not limited to, human diversity; inclusive cultures; social identity and perception; power and privilege; and models and paradigms for interpersonal and organizational inclusion. Prerequisites: MGMT 200 or MGMT 305 and Junior standing. Note: Students who receive credit for MGMT 385 may not receive credit for MGMT 388

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 385 - 01A Inclusive Leadership - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 111

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

MCH 111

Course Registration Number:

45088 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2

Instructor:

Kris Donnelly

Leaders, both with and without formal management titles, need to appreciate the diverse people internal and external to their organizations and society at large. It is critical that leaders step up to design and deliver effective programs of inclusion in their organizations. Culturally competent leaders think critically about these programs and practice inclusion at individual, interpersonal, team, organization, and community levels. This requires foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes applied in diverse domestic and global contexts. This course introduces a range of perspectives to explore topics including, but not limited to, human diversity; inclusive cultures; social identity and perception; power and privilege; and models and paradigms for interpersonal and organizational inclusion. Prerequisites: MGMT 200 or MGMT 305 and Junior standing. Note: Students who receive credit for MGMT 385 may not receive credit for MGMT 388

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PSYC 205 - L01 Psychology of Women See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

43777 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Britain A. Scott

An examination of physiological, experiential, and social factors affecting the psychological development of women and their status as adults. Addresses diversity among women and how factors such as class and race intersect with historical and contemporary gender inequalities in women's lives. Topics include: biological and social influences on the development of gender, research on sex-related differences in psychological traits and cognitive abilities, media image and stereotypes of women, close relationships and sexuality, mothering, employment, aging, violence against women, and psychological health. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 1121335-1415M - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
PSYC 205 - L1A Psychology of Women See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

45285 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Britain A. Scott

An examination of physiological, experiential, and social factors affecting the psychological development of women and their status as adults. Addresses diversity among women and how factors such as class and race intersect with historical and contemporary gender inequalities in women's lives. Topics include: biological and social influences on the development of gender, research on sex-related differences in psychological traits and cognitive abilities, media image and stereotypes of women, close relationships and sexuality, mothering, employment, aging, violence against women, and psychological health. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SCB 1121425-1510M - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
SOCI 251 - W01 Race and Ethnicity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

42893 (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. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2061055-1200M - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
SOCI 354 - 01 Sex in Society M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 414

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OEC 414

Course Registration Number:

44019 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

Sexuality as a social construction is explored with a specific focus on cultural and institutional influences including the family, economy, religion, government, and the media. Current research findings are discussed within the context of historical change in American sexual behavior, attitudes and research methodologies. This course meets a requirement in Family Studies. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or 110

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change - T - R - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 112

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

SCB 112

Course Registration Number:

43060 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Renee A. Hepperlen

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 181 (or 281 under the old course number) or consent of the Program Director.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 226 - L03 Spirituality: Christ Marriage M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

44278 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Marguerite L. Spencer

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” This section is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 227 - W03 Contexts: Women & Christianity M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 208

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

OEC 208

Course Registration Number:

44232 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Shirley E. Jordon

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” This course explores the ways in which the Christian tradition has profoundly influenced our society's definition of women. It will focus on what some of the major works of this tradition assert about the nature and place of women in their particular historical communities. Students will also read religious literature by women in order to acquire a sense of women's religious experience both throughout history and in the present day. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 227 - W3A Contexts: Women & Christianity M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 208

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

OEC 208

Course Registration Number:

44233 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Shirley E. Jordon

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” This course explores the ways in which the Christian tradition has profoundly influenced our society's definition of women. It will focus on what some of the major works of this tradition assert about the nature and place of women in their particular historical communities. Students will also read religious literature by women in order to acquire a sense of women's religious experience both throughout history and in the present day. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 228 - L03 Comparative: InterRel Encounte See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

40563 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Hans S. Gustafson

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” In the last half century religious diversity in the West has rapidly increased, bringing people from different religious traditions into daily contact. This has resulted in new conflicts, sometimes in violence, but also in new collaborations and friendships. Drawing on several approaches to interreligious conflict and relations, this course will examine the dynamic encounters that take place between and among people of different religious identities and ask students to reflect on their own role in religiously complex situations. Students will consider this interreligious reality and their role in it against the backdrop of their own individual relationship to spirituality, faith, and theology. To foster interreligious understanding beyond the classroom, students in this course will spend significant time outside the classroom directly engaging religious diversity. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2041335-1510- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -
THEO 228 - L3A Comparative: InterRel Encounte See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

40564 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Hans S. Gustafson

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” In the last half century religious diversity in the West has rapidly increased, bringing people from different religious traditions into daily contact. This has resulted in new conflicts, sometimes in violence, but also in new collaborations and friendships. Drawing on several approaches to interreligious conflict and relations, this course will examine the dynamic encounters that take place between and among people of different religious identities and ask students to reflect on their own role in religiously complex situations. Students will consider this interreligious reality and their role in it against the backdrop of their own individual relationship to spirituality, faith, and theology. To foster interreligious understanding beyond the classroom, students in this course will spend significant time outside the classroom directly engaging religious diversity. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MHC 2041335-1510- - W - - - -
VSP 1-- - - - - - -

J-Term 2022 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10891 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kelli A. Larson

What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 121 or 190. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 226 - L02 Spirituality:Christian Marriag - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10946 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Marguerite L. Spencer

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.”  This section is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 228 - L01 Comparative:InterRel Encounter - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10952 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Hans S. Gustafson

Theology courses numbered 221-229+300 are reserved for students on the new core curriculum. If this section of the class appears to have very few seats, it is because the rest of the seats in the classroom will be occupied by students in the equivalent course on the “old core.” In the last half century religious diversity in the West has rapidly increased, bringing people from different religious traditions into daily contact. This has resulted in new conflicts, sometimes in violence, but also in new collaborations and friendships. Drawing on several approaches to interreligious conflict and relations, this course will examine the dynamic encounters that take place between and among people of different religious identities and ask students to reflect on their own role in religiously complex situations. Students will consider this interreligious reality and their role in it against the backdrop of their own individual relationship to spirituality, faith, and theology. To foster interreligious understanding beyond the classroom, students in this course will spend significant time outside the classroom directly engaging religious diversity. 

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THTR 223 - L01 History of American Theater - - - - - - - -

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10989 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Shanan M. Custer

Development of theater in the United States from its 17th century roots to the present, with special attention to contemporary American drama. Emphasis on the connections between theater and culture.

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Spring 2022 Courses

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AMCD 200 - L01 American Culture:Power/Identit - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

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- T - R - - -

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1330 - 1510

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27916 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

AMCD 200, American Culture:Power/Identity: (This course was originally titled ACST 200: Introduction to American Culture and Difference; the name change has been submitted as an information item to the UCC). In AMCD 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.

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EDUC 329 - 01 Diverse Learners & Families M - W - - - - 0955 - 1135

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M - W - - - -

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0955 - 1135

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29242 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Eleni Roulis

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning modalities and all types of diversity to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, exceptionality, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systematic change for social justice.

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ENGL 218 - L01 Lit by Women:Critical Hist - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

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- T - R - - -

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1330 - 1510

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Course Registration Number:

28709 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Emily M. James

From Sappho to Austen to Woolf to Morrison – women have been rendering the world into exquisite words for centuries. But how has the writing of women served as a critique of patriarchy? What impact has women’s writing had on important cultural and political movements such as abolition, suffrage, and environmentalism? In what ways has the writing of women been more radical than polite, more aggressive than demure, more confrontational than deferential? How have women consistently defied the limiting expectations of them through the creation of some of the most experimental, risky, and defiant works of literature in existence? These questions and more will be explored in this course, which focuses on the history of literature by women. While it will concentrate mainly on British and American women writers, the course will also address the work of non-western writers. Ultimately, this course will examine gender and its role in both the composition and reading of literary texts. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 121 or 190. 

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HIST 264 - 01 Hist of Medicine & Health Care M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200

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M - W - F - -

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1055 - 1200

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Course Registration Number:

29179 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Stephen R. Hausmann

This course explores how people have thought about bodies, illness, and medical treatment over the last several centuries, both in the American context and in other parts of the world. Although the geographic and temporal coverage of this course might vary depending on the instructor’s expertise, we will investigate the history of several different medical epistemologies before narrowing in on the gradually developed hegemony that allopathic or Western medicine came to hold within the United States and Europe. In the American context, we will inquire about indigenous concepts of health and healing, pandemics and disease during the colonial era, the proliferation of medical disciplines during the nineteenth century, and the professionalization and privatization of health care in the twentieth and twenty first centuries that give rise to the disparities in access and outcomes that we see today. Prerequisite: One 100-level history course.

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JPST 375 - D01 Conflict Analysis & Transform - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

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- T - R - - -

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1330 - 1510

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Course Registration Number:

28330 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Amy C. 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.

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MGMT 385 - 01 Inclusive Leadership M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510

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M - W - - - -

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1335 - 1510

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Course Registration Number:

28905 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Rama K. Hart

Leaders, both with and without formal management titles, need to appreciate the diverse people internal and external to their organizations and society at large. It is critical that leaders step up to design and deliver effective programs of inclusion in their organizations. Culturally competent leaders think critically about these programs and practice inclusion at individual, interpersonal, team, organization, and community levels. This requires foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes applied in diverse domestic and global contexts. This course introduces a range of perspectives to explore topics including, but not limited to, human diversity; inclusive cultures; social identity and perception; power and privilege; and models and paradigms for interpersonal and organizational inclusion. Prerequisites: MGMT 200 or MGMT 305 and Junior standing. Note: Students who receive credit for MGMT 385 may not receive credit for MGMT 388

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MUSC 230 - W01 Music of the United States - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700

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- T - R - - -

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1525 - 1700

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Course Registration Number:

28693 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Sarah C. Schmalenberger

This course focuses on the study of music in the United States within its historical, cultural, and sociological contexts. The course will develop skills in critical listening analysis using appropriate musical terminology, to describe both aural and written traditions of music. Repertoire to be explored include homeland traditions of cultures and population groups brought over through migration/immigration, blends of popular and concert traditions, and new and emerging styles unique to the United States. Historical, cultural, and social contexts will facilitate and understanding of how music reflects particular identities, ideas, values, and issues among population groups in the United States.

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PHIL 230 - 01 Disability and Human Dignity - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700

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- T - R - - -

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1525 - 1700

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Course Registration Number:

29074 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Gloria R. Frost

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the most pressing issues and questions concerning disability.  Students will encounter and critically evaluate longstanding stereotypes and biases about the disadvantages of disability.  This course examines disability primarily from a philosophical perspective, yet readings from other disciplines will also be used throughout the course.   Some of the central questions examined in the course include:  What is disability?  Is disability merely a medical condition?  In what ways do societal barriers disable? How does economic class impact access to educational, medical and social resources?  Does disability itself make a person worse off or is it only social stigmatization and lack of accommodation that makes the lives of those with disabilities worse?  How have those with disabilities been disadvantaged in the US?  What is the basis for human dignity?  What conceptual frameworks allow us to uphold the dignity of those with severe disabilities?  Which behaviors and assumptions threaten the equality and dignity of those with disabilities? Prerequisite: PHIL 110

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SOCI 280 - 01 Hate Crimes - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

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- T - R - - -

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1330 - 1510

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Course Registration Number:

29191 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Jessica P. Hodge

Although hate crimes have long existed in the United States, the term "hate crime" is a relatively new addition to the social, political, and legal domains. This course examines the institutionalization of hate crime law within our legal system and explores the complexities surrounding the development and enforcement of hate crime laws. This course also examines the causes, manifestations, and consequences of hate crimes, and the effectivess of formal and informal social controls in combating these crimes.

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SOCI 350 - 01 Social Inequality:Priv & Power M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920

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M - W - F - -

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0815 - 0920

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Course Registration Number:

26857 (View in ClassFinder)

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4

Instructor:

Laura Fischer

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. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing

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SOWK 240 - 01 People & Environment: Theories - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

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- T - R - - -

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0955 - 1135

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Course Registration Number:

27918 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Melissa A. Lundquist

This a theory-driven course focusing on metacognition- training students to think about the way we think. The course takes a multidisciplinary approach to theoretical knowledge, introducing students to many ways of understanding how humans behave in, impact, and are impacted by multiple environments. Students learn to apply theories to understand human behavior in regard to their social and natural environments as well as reciprocal impact of humans and their environments. Theories are examined through a multidimensional framework constituting biological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, political, environmental, and economic factors. Emphasis is on these factors within and between multiple systems: individual, family, small group, organization, community, and society, including political, economic, and natural systems. The course consists of five modules: interpersonal relations and empowerment, social systems, political and economic systems, social and environmental justice, and multiculturalism. The course investigates the multiple dimensions and intersections of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, and global and international perspectives. Students leave the class with a holistic understanding of the human experience within the environments that surround them. Recommended prerequisite or concurrent registration: SOWK 181 (or 281 under the old course number); Required Prerequisites: PSYC 202, or consent of the program director. 

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