Multicultural Studies


Effective 1 June 2023 through 31 May 2024

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department and is only available at the St. Louis main campus.

For information on the general requirements for a minor, see Minor under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

Multicultural studies provides a complement to a student’s overall educational experience by encompassing a wide range of perspectives on the cultural experience in the United States. By exploring the varying identities and communities that form the United States, students will gain a better understanding of both other cultures and their own. Coursework in multicultural studies will provide students with the background and tools necessary for effective and responsible citizenship in our multicultural society. Students may elect either a minor in multicultural studies or a certificate in diversity and identity in the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the diversity of people who make up the United States, focusing particularly on the dynamics, problems and rewards resulting from interactions among diverse groups. 
  • Evaluate the impact of categories of identity (gender, sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity, ability, etc.) have on both individual attitudes and the social systems of the U.S., including institutional prejudice and other social problems. 
  • Demonstrate increased intercultural competence skills, including both cultural self awareness and awareness of the complexity of elements important to members of other groups within the United States. 

Required Courses

Core Courses

  • MULC 1100 Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • MULC 4900 Independent Research Project (3 hours)

12 credit hours from the following qualifying courses (6 or more must be at or above 3000-level):

  • MULC 2000 Topics in Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • MULC 4650 Seminar in Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • ANSO 1000 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours
  • ANSO 1050 Global Social Problems (3 hours)
  • ANSO 1060 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANSO 1085 Human Origins (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2060 Culture and Communication (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2220 People and Cultures (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2070 Introduction to Sex, Gender and Sexuality (3 hours) 
    or PSYC 2475 Topics in Sex and Gender (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2300 Social Movements (3 hours)
  • ANSO 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4250 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4300 Global Sex, Gender and Sexuality (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2400 Indigenous Arts of the World (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 The Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2050 Introduction to Global Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2086 U.S. Literature of Diversity (3 hours)
  • HIST 1500 American Studies: Native Americans (3 hours)
  • HIST 2320 African-American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 3060 History Roundtable: The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3170 Jazz History I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3180 Jazz History II (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2540 American Transcendentalism Pragmatism(3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)
  • POLT 2070 Politics of Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3650 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • RELG 1060 World Religions (3 hours)
  • RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3 hours)
  • RELG 2500 Gender, Culture, and Religion (3 hours)
  • WGST 1010 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Around the World (3 hours)

Other relevant courses may be substituted upon petition to and approval by the Multicultural Studies Committee.

A list of courses appropriate for the multicultural studies minor will be published in the course schedule each semester; please check for any new or topics courses which fulfill the minor. Please note that the content of topics and issues courses may vary; one should therefore confirm that the course being taught is a qualifying course.