GOAL AREA 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES
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.
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.
Students will be able to:
- understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States, history and culture.
- demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
- analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
- 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.
- demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.
Courses that satisfy this goal area include
COMM 1090 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
COMM 3130 Family Communication (3 credits)
COMM 3150 Gender Communication (3 credits)
COMM 3170 Health Communication (3 credits)
*ED 2007 Anatomy of Hate (3 credits)
GEOG 1400 World Regional Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 2200 Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 3410 Geography of North America (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 Hawaiian Monarchy and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement: Field Projects (1-3 credits)
INST 1107 Introduction to Turtle Island (3 credits)
INST 2201 Creation to Contact (3 credits)
INST 2202 Survivance Since Contact (3 credits)
INST 3170 Indigenous Education (3 credits)
INST 3307 Ojibwe History (3 credits)
INST 3890 Genealogy and Clan Systems (3 credits)
MASC 2100 Minorities in the Media (3 credits)
MUS 1120 Introduction to Folk, Jazz, and Rock Music (2 credits)
MUS 3120 The History of Jazz (3 credits)
MUS 3130 The History of Rock and Roll (3 credits)
OJIB 1100 Ojibwe Culture (4 credits)
OJIB 3300 Indigenous Language Field Program (4 credits)
PHIL 3340 Twentieth-Century Philosophy (3 credits)
POL 1200 Introduction to American Politics (3 credits)
PSY 2200 Human Sexuality (4 credits)
SOC 2230 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
SOC 2240 Men, Women, and Society: A Sociological Interpretation (3 credits)
*SOWK 2110 Intercultural Communication (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 Minnesota State, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other Minnesota State institutions or the University of Minnesota.