In this minor, students learn how different cultures interact to shape individual identities and to structure U.S. society. Because organizations today need employees who can perform effectively in a diverse workplace, the minor can also enhance employment options.
For coursework, each student chooses a theme or thread within multicultural studies that suits his or her special interests. The minor also provides students with career-relevant knowledge and experience.
In these various ways, the multicultural studies minor plays an important role in preparing Rider students, whatever their ethnic heritage, for an increasingly multicultural world.
- Minor in Multicultural Studies
Pearlie Peters, Ph.D.
Director, Multicultural Studies
Fine Arts 337
Program Website: www.rider.edu/multiculturalstudies
Multicultural Studies Minor Requirements
|MCS 110||Race, Class and Gender in Contemporary American Society||3|
|MCS 220||Issues in Multicultrl Studies||3|
|Select five courses from the following three groups, chosen in consultation with the director.||15|
|Directed Study in Multiculturl|
|Intrnshp in Mult Cultl Studies|
|Electives Emphasizing Multiculturalism Within the United States|
|Growing Up American|
|Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.|
|Studies in American Jewish Culture|
|Black American Lit|
|Multi-Ethnic Lit in America|
|African American History|
|The Immigrant in American Life|
|Managing Workforce Diversity|
|Race/Ethnicity in Amer Politic|
|Racial and Ethnic Relations|
|Area Studies:Indians of N Amer|
|Electives Providing Background and Context|
|Modern Middle East|
|Modern Latin America|
|Modern East Asia|
|China in Revolution|
|Women in East Asia|
|Politics of the Middle East|
|Area Studies: Africa|
|Latin American Latino Culture|
|Intro to Latin-Amer/Latino Lit|
|Latin American/Latino Film and Fiction|
Courses and Descriptions
MCS 110 Race, Class and Gender in Contemporary American Society 3 Credits
This interdisciplinary course analyzes the ways in which race, class, gender and ethnic relationships shape the experience of all persons in this society. It examines the categories of race, class and gender as social constructs that have been historically developed and sustained by economic, social, political, and cultural factors.
MCS 110S Introduction to Race, Class and Gender in Contemporary Society 1 Credits
This course introduces students to the concepts of race, class and gender as essential components
in understanding how social identities are socially constructed in the United States. Using
historical and contemporary references, the course explores the ways in which race, class, gender
and ethnic relationships shape the experiences of people in the United States, and the
implications of those experiences for social relationships. Part of this exploration is to expose
students to inter-relatedness of race, class and gender, as identity markers, both historically and
in contemporary society.
MCS 220 Issues in Multicultural Studies 3 Credits
An examination of issues and questions posed by the existence of diversity in social life. Students build on what they have learned in MCS 110 by focusing in greater depth on selected aspects of multicultural interaction. Topics change each semester and are listed in the course roster. Recent topics include “Understanding Privilege,” “The Meaning of Difference,” and “Narratives of Human Difference: Science, Politics, Literature.”
Prerequisite(s): MCS 110 or permission of instructor.
MCS 280 Directed Study in Multicultural Studies 1-4 Credits
An intensive study experience in multicultural studies. The student designs and carries out a course of focused study under the supervision of a multicultural studies faculty member. The student’s proposed plan of work must be reviewed and approved by the faculty sponsor and by the multicultural studies advisory committee. May be repeated once for credit.
MCS 490 Independent Study: Research and Creative Expression 1-4 Credits
Individual program of study under close supervision by the instructor, with weekly meetings and reports. Topics to be approved by the department. Available to seniors who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. No more than six credits allowed toward graduation.
MCS 491 Internship in Multicultural Studies 1-4 Credits
A supervised community service of work experience at an approved site. Placements are made in accordance with each student’s particular theme within multicultural studies. A minimum of three hours per week on site per credit (39 hours per semester); in addition, students complete readings and reports and meet weekly with the instructor. Primarily for multicultural studies minors in their junior or senior year.