Comparative Cultural Studies U.S. - Minor

The minor in Comparative Cultural Studies U.S. focuses on how culture and politics affect American society. The program’s strong interdisciplinary approach in the humanities and social sciences gives students the skills and competencies they need to address complex and critical national problems and issues. The minor provides students with tools to better understand diverse cultures within the United States. The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Nearly every region of the world has influenced American culture: first, the English, then the cultures of Native Americans, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians.

The courses recommended for the minor examine such issues as racial and gender politics; media, power, and politics; language; religion and religious practices; literature, film, performance; politics; food; and sports. The coursework gives students the opportunity to an understanding of the various cultural groups which compose the kaleidoscope that is America.

The minor will assist students who are seeking a wide variety of jobs, ranging from U.S. government positions to social and popular media, to private business ventures, cultural organizations, and non-profit organizations. It is also beneficial for students who are pursuing a wide range of graduate and professional degrees, including law, education, non-profit administration, public policy, public health, communication, cultural studies, environmental studies, media studies, anthropology, social work, and business.

Select two of the following:6
American Ethnic Literature
U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Select three of the following not already taken:9
American Ethnic Literature
U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Indians of North America
American Oratory
Gender, Race and Media
Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement
Life and Literature of the Southwest
Life and Literature of the American South
African-American Literature Post-1930
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II
Latino/a Literature
Studies in Women Writers
Geography of the United States
Blacks in the United States Since 1877
Chicana/o History since 1848
Latinx History
Southern Identities and Cultures Since Reconstruction
American Society and Culture to 1877
Topics in Music
Theories of International Relations
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of African Americans
Sociology of Latinos
U.S. Hispanic Writers
Capstone course (selected in consultation with program coordinator)3
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all courses.