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Fall 2017 Undergraduate Diversity Studies Courses

Diversity Studies Courses offered Fall 2017

Course offerings are subject to change. For any questions on required Diversity Studies courses, contact the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies and/or refer to the course catalog. For questions on courses offered by other departments, contact the department the course is offered by.


ANTH 1312. Cultural Anthropology.

In this course students examine the nature of cultural variation of populations in the present and recent past. Its subjects include social, political, economic, and ideological aspects of human cultures. (MULT)

ANTH 3301. Principles of Cultural Anthropology.

This course is an ethnographically-based analysis of major theoretical positions and debates in contemporary anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 1312 and 60 hours of coursework. (WI)

ANTH 3309. Cultures through Film.

Through films, lectures, and discussions, students explore the various ways that ethnographic film interprets the cultural environment and social interactions of small-scale cultures around the world. We will also discuss anthropological interpretations of how historically U.S. (American) culture has dealt with concepts of the “other” and supernatural phenomena through film. (MULT)

ANTH 3324. Mexican American Culture.

An examination of the history and culture of Mexican Americans with an emphasis on the analytical concepts of culture, race, class, and gender. Lectures, films, and selected readings (including chapters from anthropological and literary books and journals) will be used to portray the diversity of Mexican American experiences in this country. Topics include religion, politics, economy, identity politics, popular culture, sexuality, marriage and the family. (MULT)


COMM 3329. Intercultural Communication.

Presents theory and application of communication skills for a culturally diverse world. Develops verbal and nonverbal abilities in social and professional intercultural contexts. Prerequisites: COMM 2315, COMM 2330, or COMM 2338; Full major or minor status. (MULT)

COMM 4322. Rhetoric of Protest Movements.

Explores the persuasive strategies used by protest and political movements to promote social and political change. Focuses upon the application of critical perspectives in understanding the stages, leadership styles, and rhetorical appeals characteristics of movements in American society. Prerequisites: COMM 2338; Full major or minor status. (MULT)

Diversity Studies

DVST 3320. Introduction to Global Issues in Diversity.

This course provides an understanding of relationship between U.S and other nations in terms of economics, politics, and culture. Students will examine how colonialism shaped developed and underdeveloped nations, investigate grassroots activism in response to globalization and will examine how policies formulation by one country has consequences for other countries


ENG  3345. Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region.

The first of two courses in a broad interdisciplinary survey of geophysical, cultural, social, literary, and political history of the Southwest that emphasizes regional and ethnic expressions of culture in architecture, art, economics, law, literature, philosophy and politics. (MULT) (WI)

ENG 3331. Literature of Black America.

African-American poetry, drama, and fiction. (MULT) (WI)

ENG 3344. Chicano/a Narrative and Social History.

A survey of narrative written by U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. (MULT) (WI)



GEO 3329. Geography of Texas.

A physical and cultural geography of Texas with special emphasis on human resources and economic activities. (MULT)

GEO 3353 American Ethnic Geography.

A geographical analysis of ethnic groups in the United States with emphasis on their settlement patterns, spatial interactions, and current problems. (MULT)


HIST 3310. History of Europe, 1815-1919.

The background, course, and results of World War I, with emphasis on imperialism, diplomatic alliances, and nationalistic rivalries from the Congress of Vienna to the Paris peace settlements. (MULT) (WI)

HIST 3369Z. Immigration and Ethnicity.

This course will focus on the history of immigration into North America from colonial times to the present. It will examine how and why various individuals and groups emigrated to America, as well as what experiences they had after arriving. This course will look at how both immigrants and native-born Americans struggled to reconcile often conflicting notions of ethnic identity and national loyalty. Finally, this course will help students evaluate the impact of immigration and ethnicity on American society. (MULT) (WI)

HIST 3372. Texas History: A survey.

A one-semester survey of Texas History which will emphasize political, economic and social development from prehistory to the twentieth century. (WI)

HIST 3373 B: Special Topics in American Women’s History.

Study of the diversity of women’s experiences in the United States from 1890 to the present. The social, economic, political, and intellectual realms of women’s worlds, both public and private, are explored. (WI)

HIST 3380. The Desegregation of the South.

Course will address the history and the historiography of the desegregation of the South from 1944-1970. (MULT) (WI)

HIST 4371. Introduction to American Indian history.

This course promotes understanding of the role played by the native peoples of North America in the history of the United States. Among the subjects to be covered through lectures and discussions: initial migrations and cultural development; impact of European conquest; adaptation; removal and reservation life; 20th century adjustments. (MULT) (WI)

HIST 4372. Mexican American History.

A survey of the political, economic, and social-cultural role of the Mexican-American in United States from the era of Spanish colonization to the present. (WI)

HIST 4376. History of Texas Music.

Examination of the evolution of music in Texas and the American Southwest, emphasizing how music reflects the richly diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the region. It also considers the importance of ethnic identity and other social, political, and economic factors in shaping the Southwest, its people, and its music. (MULT) (WI)


Political Science

POSI 3319 Metropolitan Politics.

An examination of the political institutions and processes of urban and suburban America, including such topics as urban sprawl, reform movements, ethnic politics, and city-county consolidation. (MULT) (WI)

POSI 4331. Minority Politics.

This course examines and analyzes the political participation of American minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, women, and other minorities) in the American political system and the impact of various public policies on minority groups. The course will emphasize the following topics: electoral participation; public policy participation, representation and implementation; protest politics; and political behavior. Some reference will be to Texas and the Southwest. May be repeated once with different emphasis. (MULT) (WI)



PSY 3334. Psychology of Human Diversity.

Explanations about how the environment, genetics and culture shape human differences, and how these differences are linked to world progress and understanding are addressed. (MULT)


REL 1300. World Religions.

This course will be a survey and comparative study of the major religions of the world including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and the Indigenous Religions. Recommended as an entry course for religion minors


SOCI 3327. Multicultural Relations.

 The nature and the problems inherent in racial and other minority groups, with special reference to the American scene

SOCI 3350. Men, Women, and Societies.

This course examines the relations between male and female roles throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and third world countries. Special attention is given to changes in these roles and the consequences of such changes for societies, including familial, marital, and sexual relationships. (MULT)


SPAN 3306. Survey of Spanish-American Literature: 1880’s to present.

Students will study literary texts of Latin American from Modernismo to the twenty-first century. The course will also consider the literature's historical, social, and political contexts. Prerequisite: SPAN 3309 with a grade of “C” or higher. (MULT) (WI)

SPAN 3371. Spanish-American Civilization.

Students will study the cultures of Latin America and the Hispanic U.S. The course provides a background of the history and civilization of both groups. Prerequisite: SPAN 3308 with a grade of “C” or higher. (MULT) (WI)

Women's Studies

WS 3376. Images of Women.

This course, one of two multidisciplinary team-taught women's studies courses, is a survey of the changing images of women in the U.S. since 1800 through the eyes of historians, writers, artists, orators, the media, and educators. (MULT)