Undergraduate Course Catalog 2005-2006

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This minor provides all students the opportunity to enhance their academic majors with an Ethnic and Cultural Studies minor. The program emphasizes, but is not restricted to, the contributions of people of African, Latin American, Asian and Native American descents. The histories, ideologies and cultures of these peoples are critically examined. Since the world is increasingly becoming cross-culturally interactive, students should have an awareness of the diverse global society.

The Ethnic and Cultural Studies Program, in cooperation with several academic departments, offers courses in African, Latin American, Asian and Native American studies. Comparative coursework in European studies is also provided. Students can pursue a concentration in one study area or a combination of different studies. In some cases, a course in the Ethnic and Cultural Studies curriculum may also satisfy one of the general education requirements. All courses may be used as electives. However, students interested in the program may take courses without pursuing a minor. Students interested in pursuing a minor must consult with the Ethnic and Cultural Studies program director to declare the minor and to develop a specific program of study. Students must have at least sophomore standing to declare an Ethnic and Cultural Studies minor. The director of the Ethnic and Cultural Studies Program serves as an advisor to all students pursuing the Ethnic and Cultural Studies minor. All minors in Ethnic and Cultural Studies are housed in the Department of Sociology. The program also has an advisory board of faculty and staff members who meet at least twice every semester to provide students guidance with respect to the program.  An African American Studies minor (see separate section) and a Latino Studies minor are part of the Ethnic and Cultural Studies Program. 

The Latino Studies Minor includes courses from a variety of disciplines, such as sociology, history, Spanish, literature, philosophy, psychology, communications, political science and social work. The minor provides a framework for understanding Latino history and culture and contemporary triumphs and struggles of Latinos. For further information about Latino Studies at Lewis University consult the Latino Studies coordinator or the chair of the Sociology Department.