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Requirements Goals

To increase students' understanding of individual and group differences (e.g., race, gender, class) and their knowledge of the traditions and values of various groups in the United States. Students should be able to evaluate the United States' historical and contemporary responses to group differences.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills required for clear understanding of human diversity, including the ability to gather and apply factual information, analysis of logical connections between facts and assumptions, skill at recognizing and articulating the value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  1. understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States, history and culture.
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  3. analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  4. describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  5. demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Courses that satisfy this goal area include

ANTH 2100: Native North Americans (3 credits)
ED 2007*: Anatomy of Hate (3 credits)
ENGL 2350: American Literature, to 1865 (3 credits)
ENGL 2355: American Literature, 1865 to Present (3 credits)
GEOG 1400: World Regional Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 2200: Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
HLTH 2800*: Multicultural Health in America (2 credits)
HST 1114: United States History I, to 1877 (3 credits)
HST 1115: United States History II, since 1877 (3 credits)
HST 2610: Minnesota History (3 credits)
HUM 2150: The Hawaiian Monarchy and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement: Projects for the Hawaii Field Program (1-3 credits)
INST 1107: Introduction to Indian Studies (3 credits)
INST 2201: American Indians: Precontact to 1887 (3 credits)
INST 2202: American Indians: 1887 to Present (3 credits)
MASC 2100: Minorities in the Media (3 credits)
MASC 2190: International Communication (3 credits)
MUS 1120: Introduction to Folk, Jazz, and Rock Music (2 credits)
MUS 3120: The History of Jazz (2 credits)
MUS 3130: The History of Rock and Roll (3 credits)
OJIB 1100: Ojibwe Culture (4 credits)
PHIL 3340: Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)
PSY 2200: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
SOC 2210: American Culture: A Sociological Interpretation (3 credits)
SOC 2230: Ethnic and Minority Group Relations (3 credits)
SOC 2240: Men, Women, and Society: A Sociological Interpretation (3 credits)
SOWK 2110: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
SPCM 1090: Interpersonal Communication (2 credits)
THTR 3704: American Indian Theatre (3 credits)
THTR 3709: The Performance of Race and Gender in America (3 credits)
WMST 2220: Women's Issues (3 credits)
WMST 2600: Women and Diversity: Crossing Boundaries of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3 credits)
All-University course numbers 1955 and 2955 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.
*This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by MnSCU, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other MnSCU institutions or the University of Minnesota.

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