Intercultural Studies Course Descriptions
The program in InterCultural Studies draws together courses from diverse fields of study. To minor in InterCultural Studies, students must complete 15 hours of credit to include ICS 201, a minmum of one course from the Cultural Theory category, and a minimum of one course from the Theory of Power and Privilege category. The additonal 6 credit hours may be completed by a second coursein either of these categories or by ISC electives.
For more information and an updated listing of ICS courses see the program requirements page.
Survey 1: Culture and Language
Survey of cultural anthropology and linguistics. This course takes a comparative approach to the study of culture in both Western and non-Western societies. Topics include: family, kinship, and marriage; economics and adaptational strategies; political organization; religion and ritual; gender roles and socialization; and language. Basic concepts, methods of research and analytic perspectives are introduced.
The Anthropology of Race and Racism
Native American Cultures
This course is an introduction to Native American cultures, to the history of European contact and colonialism, and to the contemporary status of native Americans in the U.S. and Canadian society. Ethnography, history, essays, fiction, and film are used to explore important themes in the study of these cultures such as the diversity and similarity among Native North American groups; the relationship between culture and the natural environment; the meanings of identity, tradition and acculturation; the mutual impact of Native and European cultures; and the ongoing debate over the representation of Native American peoples.
This course introduces students to the role communication plays in shaping interactions between members of differing cultural groups. Topics include the role of media as vehicles of cultural expression, tourism as a characteristic type of encounter between people, and the ways in which maps construct the identity of social groups.
Introduction to Comparative Politics
An introduction to the political systems of Britain, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. We will learn how to carry out cross-national comparative analysis with particular emphasis on the issues of political identity, participation, and the role of the state. We will also evaluate the impact of globalization as an economic and cultural process influencing the behavior of individual nation-states.
Theory of Power and Privilege Courses