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Autumn 2017-2018

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May 15, 2017

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Each LSP 200 seminar addresses a dimension of multiculturalism, such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, language, religion, and sexual orientation, within the context of the United States. Students practice seminar behavior (including class discussion, active listening, and participation) to communicate ideas appropriately for a given audience and setting, and develop the skills to address specific problems through independent intellectual inquiry. Students gain a critical perspective about the historical roots of inequality, along with an understanding of the lasting effects of oppression on marginalized groups in society today. Through such analysis, an appreciation of the experiences of various cultural groups is acquired.

​​Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Understand the historical debates about and values of multiculturalism. The course will compare at least three different dimensions of multiculturalism, such as ethnicity, race, gender, class, language, and sexuality.
  • Develop, through self-reflection and critical analysis, alternative perspectives on the historical roots of inequality along with an understanding of the lasting effects of oppression on marginalized groups.
  • Critically analyze multiple sources of information (from, for example, relevant databases and other reference works, primary and secondary sources, community knowledge, etc.) in order to form clear, concise arguments about multicultural issues and to interpret evidence from a variety of points of view.
  • Advance collective intellectual understanding —through discussion, group work, active listening and speaking — and use information to address problems and issues related to social inequality, conflict and diversity.


Below please find examples of previously offered topics for Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

  • America as a Multilingual Society
  • American Autobiography
  • American Pluralism and the War on Terror
  • American Political Culture
  • American Urban History
  • Approaches to Multiculturalism, Identities, and Social Justice
  • Asian American Art 
  • Asian-American Experiences in the US
  • Assimilation in Organizational Communication
  • At Home and Abroad: Exploring the Changing Definitions of Ethnic Identity through Plays where Characters Travel from America to their "Countries of Origin
  • Black American Music Culture: Traditions/Innovations
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Border Cultures
  • Building through Resistance: Religions of Colonized People
  • Catholic Diversity in American Culture
  • Civil Rights on Film
  • Comparative Religious Worlds
  • Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • Cultural Issues in Psychology
  • Culture and Religion
  • Culture in Conflict
  • Culture-Quests in Literature and Film
  • Dealing with Group Diversity 
  • Diverse Values and Voices in Education
  • Diversifying the Stage
  • Diversity Among the Arab Communities in North America
  • Diversity and Equal Protection Under the Law - Racial Minorities, Women, Gays and Lesbians
  • Diversity in American Families
  • Diversity in Dance: Paradigms Shifting
  • Diversity in the Urban Landscape
  • Diversity in the Work Place
  • Domestic Groups, the United States and the World
  • Environmental World Views
  • Ethical Worlds: Moral Issues Across Cultures
  • Ethno-Cultures in Cyber Space
  • Gay and Lesbian America from the Forties to the Nineties
  • Gay, Lesbian and Queer Lives
  • Gender and Society
  • Historical Roots of Group Diversity
  • History of American Religion
  • History of Chicago 1800-1945
  • History of Marriage in the U.S.
  • History of US Women to 1860
  • Immigration and American Identity
  • Immigration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the American Economy
  • Issues of Difference in Education
  • Latina Perspectives in the United States
  • Latino/as in the United States: the Construction of Latino Communities
  • Perspectives on America
  • Latino Communities
  • LGBTQ U.S. History/1969 - Present
  • LGBT Sexuality and Civil Rights
  • Life on the Hyphen
  • Literature and Identity: Women’s Literature
  • Love, Beauty, and Friendship: Women’s Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • Lynching, Performance, and the American Imagination
  • Melting Pot or Salad: America's Racial/Ethnic Conundrum
  • Middle East Communities
  • Minority Mental Health in the United States​
  • Minority Subjects: Recovering Lost Histories
  • Mixed Race Art and Identity
  • Multicultural Comic Books: Verbal and Visual Subculture
  • Multicultural Environmental Discourse
  • Multicultural Issues in US Women’s History
  • Multicultural Literacy and the American Novel
  • Multicultural Perspectives on the War on Terrorism
  • Multicultural Theater: Diverse Voices from 1968 to Today
    Multicultural Voices in American Literature
  • ​​Multiculturalism and Democracy
  • Multiculturalism and Native American Sovereignty
  • Multiethnic Comedy
  • Music of the World’s People
  • Native Americans: Their Struggle to Have a Place in the United States Culture
  • Organizational Communication Assimilation
  • Parenting in Multicultural Family Systems
  • Performance Mosaic
  • Performing Identity/Performing Culture
  • Performing Indigenous Identities in the US and Global Stages
  • Perspectives on America
  • Philosophical Approaches to Multiculturalism
  • Political Socialization
  • Race, Ability and Class
  • Race and American Television
  • Race and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Race and Ethnicity in American Film
  • Race and Ethnicity Relations in the American Theatre
  • Race and Gender Identity in Contemporary Visual Arts Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Housing
  • Race, Identity, and Culture--Womanists and Feminists of Color
  • Race in America: Black, White, and Beyond
  • Red, White, and Black: Culture and Conflict in North America, 1500-1763
  • Religious Fundamentalism
  • Religious Worlds in Comparative Perspective
  • Rhetorical Histories of Latinos in U.S.
  • Sex and Power in American Politics
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape: AIDS & the Politics of Wellness
  • Shadows of Understanding
  • Southern Cultures after the Civil War
  • The American Religious Experience
  • The Immigrant Experience
  • The Politics of Childhood
  • The Rhetoric of Disability
  • The Urban Experience
  • Urban Diversity in the USA
  • Urban Ethnicity
  • Varieties of Judaism in the U.S.
  • War, Social Justice and Diversity
  • Wellness, Disease and AIDS in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • Women in the US, 1860-Present
  • Women, Race, and Film
  • Women Writers of Color