U.S. Cultural Studies

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Whitworth University U.S. Cultural Studies Minor

Whitworth's U.S. Cultural Studies minor acknowledges that many factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economics, gender, sexual orientation and type of disability influence our lives and experiences in the United States. In one way or another, others' perceptions of us or even our self-perceptions have been formed by these personal characteristics and by the groups that are identified by these characteristics. Our goal is to study these groups so that we can better understand these groups and our own lives in the contemporary U.S.

Through this program of study, our goals are:

  1. to study the foundations and interactions of diverse groups living in the U.S.
  2. to develop intercultural competencies for graduate or professional schools and eventual vocations.

Minor Curriculum (17-19 credits)

The minor will consist of 18 semester credits. Nine of these credits will be required courses with the remaining 15 credits of elective courses whose content and pedagogy are consistent with the description and purposes of the minor.  No more than two courses from any one department can count towards the minor.

Required Courses (Six Credits)
Introduction to U.S. Cultural Studies (1 credit)
U.S. Cultural Studies Capstone: Campus Based Research (1 credit)
U.S. Cultural Studies Capstone: Community Based Research (1 credit)
Intercultural Communications (3 credits)

Elective Courses (11-13 Credits)
The student must choose at least one course from each list.

Humanities-Interdisciplinary Courses
EL 228: Multicultural American Literature  (3)
EL 235: Asian American Literature (3)
HI 228: Identity, Race, and Power (3)
HI 229: African American Heritage (3)
IDS 201: Genealogy in Cultural Context (2)
IDS 230: Asian American Film (2)
IDS 231: U.S. Latino/A Film (2)
IDS 232: Native American Film (2)
IDS 233: African American Film (2)

Social Sciences
PO 275: Poverty and Community Development (3)
PY 262: Psychology of Poverty (3)
PY 343: Prejudice Across America (3)
SO 220: Race and Ethnic Relations
SO 222: Civil Rights Movement (3)
SO 205: Social Stratification: Power, Prestige and Wealth (3)
SP 398: Intercultural Communications (3)
SP 436: African-American Preaching (3)
TH 323: Religion in American Public Life (2)

Stacy Keogh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
(509) 777-3851



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