Liberal Studies: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Concentration



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Liberal Studies: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Concentration

A student can choose to pursue a Race, Ethnicity and Gender track within the Liberal Studies major at any time in her/his college career, although students are advised to declare their major early in order to ensure a timely completion of their degree program.



AREA F: 18 hours

Interdisciplinary Methods: 3 Hours

IDST 2315 AMERICA’S DIVERSE CULTURAL HERITAGE


Theory/Methods Focus Courses: 15 Hours

Choose from the following list:

AFST 2010: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES

BLST 2010: INTRODUCTION TO BLACK STUDIES

SOCI 1121: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

IDST 2310 FINE AND APPLIED ARTS IN CIVILIZATION

WMST 2010: WOMEN IN SOCIETY: INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS : 27 hours

The student’s program of study should include at least one course that addresses issues in each of the following areas: African Studies, African-American Studies, Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies. [Note: Students may take courses not listed below with the approval of the advisor]



Required Courses: 6 hours

SOCI 3444: THEORIES OF RACIAL STRATIFICATION

SOCI 3432: GENDER AND SOCIETY

Humanities: Minimum 3 hours

AFST/BLST 4845: AFRICAN ART HISTORY

AFST/BLST 4451: AFRICAN LITERATURE

AFST/BLST 4667: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

AFST/BLST 4669: MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE

AFST/BLST 3650: SURVEY OF JAZZ HISTORY

AFST/BLST 3800: AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE

ENGL 4671. STUDIES IN NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE.

ENGL 4770. STUDIES IN FOLKLORE.

SPAN 3230. SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE I.

SPAN 3240. SURVEY OF LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE II.

SPAN 4500. SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN-AMERICAN CULTURE



Social Science Courses: Minimum 3 Hours

GEOG 3500: THE GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA

GEOG 3500:THE GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA

SOCI 3615: LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN AFRICA

POLS. 4541: THE POLITICS OF MODERN AFRICA

AFST 4950: AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

AFST/BLST 3580: TRADITIONAL AFRICAN WORLDVIEW

AFST/BLST 4010: AFRICAN COUNTRY PROJECT

ANTH 3200. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF LATIN AMERICA.

ANTH 3100. NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURES

ANTH 4800. PLANTS & PEOPLES OF LATIN AMERICA.

Gender Courses: Minimum 3 Hours
WMST 3010: THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY

WMST 3120: WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND HEALTH ISSUES

WMST 3500: WOMEN IN THE ARTS

AFST/BLST 4452: AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS

BLST/WMST 4840: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS

WMST 4800: WOMEN AND ART



History Courses: Minimum 3 Hours

HIST/BLST 3020: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877

HIST/BLST 3025: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1877

HIST/ BLST 4635: THE ERA OF SEGREGATION

HIST/BLST 4640: THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND BLACK POWER MOVEMENT

HIST/BLST 4645: AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

HIST/BLST 4810: THE MODERN CARIBBEAN HIST 3715.

HIST 3715 COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA.

HIST 3720. MODERN LATIN AMERICA.

HIST 4690. HISTORY OF UNITED STATES AND LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS.

HIST 4700. CONQUEST AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA.

Additional Requirements: 6 Hours: TWO other courses must be selected from any of the above areas.

Capstone course: 3 HOURS

The capstone course can be fulfilled by independent study, but it must be on a project that shows the convergence between race, ethnic and gender relation.

Options for capstone:


  1. AFST 4010, the African Country Project can be used for this purpose, provided it is not already used under the Social Studies category, and the student shows the convergence, in the country studied, of race, ethnic and gender relations.

  2. WMST 4xxx: An appropriate 4000 level Women’s Studies Course

  3. IDST 4999: An appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone

  4. Appropriate Study Abroad taken in consultation with the advisor..

  5. Student can petition the Liberal Studies coordinator to allow an upper level AFST, BLST or WMST course as a capstone course for this track.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: 3-12 HOURS

Students must demonstrate minimum proficiency at the level of the fourth university course (2002) in one foreign language.


ELECTIVES: 3-12 hours

Electives will vary by student because of various credits needed for foreign language requirement.


*Students must have at least 39 credits at the 3000-4000 level and 120 total hours to graduate.


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