This interdisciplinary minor examines the diversity of human and other life systems across a variety of cultural and intercultural contexts, including political, social, economic, and scientific ways of knowing that determine and apply definitions of justice. Students will explore biodiversity and human systems of classifying scientific constructs and investigate the development and maintenance of systems of political and economic power that govern communities. Other disciplinary courses will interrogate narratives that reflect how communities express the intersections of power and identity, and examine communications within and across cultural and interpersonal relationships. The minor invites students to pose and answer questions of social justice that emerge from studies of these systems.
Of the disciplinary distribution required for graduation, at least 18 credits must be taken from the following list of courses to complete this Minor. No more than 9 credits from lower-division courses can contribute to the minor.
The following courses contribute to the Global Diversity and Social Justice Minor:
A. Theology (3 credits)
TH250 Christian View of the Human Person (3 cr.)
This course explores the set of Catholic Christian doctrines and interpretation surrounding the question "what does it mean to be a human person?" for example, the creation to the image of God, sin, redemption, sacramentality, and vocation. There is a focus on modern questions of the mind, conscience, embodiment, gender, and sexuality.
B. Philosophy (3 credits)
PH362 Business Ethics (3 cr.)
The course examines critically the major ethical or moral theories that are at the basis of decision making in the complex area of contemporary behavior we know as "the business world." It is recommended for business majors.
PH385 Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
This course examines some of the core concepts and presuppositions involved in decisions to be made by citizens and governments, especially in relation to issues of equity and justice.
C. History (3 credits)
H114 U.S. History since 1865 (3 cr.)
This course offers an overview of the history of the United States between the end of the Civil War and the present day. It emphasizes broad developments that transformed American life: the transformation of a rural-agrarian into an urban-industrial society; the shift from "isolationism" to internationalism; the rise of liberalism, the growth of the federal government, and the development of the military-industrial complex; the rise of a conservative movement and the subsequent polarization of American politics and life, especially as seen in the Cultural Wars; and the ubiquitous role technology played in these developments. In addition, the course looks at these transformations through the lenses of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and class, in order to investigate how these broad developments affected people in an increasingly diverse nation.
H151 American History for Education Majors (3 cr.)
This course serves as an overview of American history for elementary education majors. It is organized around the social studies standard defined by the Minnesota Department of Education, and as such stresses, in the context of United States and Minnesota history, (1) concepts of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time, and (2) concepts of people, places, and environments. The course pays special attention to the various periods into which historians divide American history; the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity that has marked American society throughout its history; the creation and development of the United States' political and economic institutions; the role the United States has played in the world; and the ways in which changing interpretations of their own history has shaped Americans' understanding of their identity.
H305 Race, Slavery, and Revolution in the Atlantic World (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the exchange of goods, people, and ideas between Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1900, with special emphasis on ideas about race and the social structures they engendered, the triangular trade in the Atlantic basin, the transatlantic slave trade, slave rebellions, and the political revolutions and religious upheavals that transformed many slave societies and ultimately ended plantation slavery in the Atlantic World. The course also pays attention to race and slavery prior to the transatlantic slave trade, the racial dimensions of national independence movements, the trans-Saharan slave trade to northern Africa, abolitionist movements, and the diverse cultures of the black diaspora.
H317 History of Latin America (3 cr.)
The History of Latin America provides a historical overview of Latin America—broadly defined to include relevant parts of the Caribbean and French America—from the Spanish, Portuguese, and French conquests to the present day. The course pays attention to the following: the role of Indians and Africans in shaping Latin American societies; the conquest of Latin America; sugar and slavery; the role of the Catholic Church and other religions in Latin American cultures; Spanish and Portuguese administration; the independence movements of the nineteenth century; the revolutionary movements and military dictatorships of the twentieth century; Latin America's relationship with the United States and other world powers; liberation theology; and soccer, music, literature, and other expressions of Latin American culture.
H319 The History of the Palestinian- Israeli Conflict (3 cr.)
This course begins with a brief historical examination of the period from Abraham, whose "many sons" include both the Jews and the Arabs, through the Ottoman collapse and Mandatory Period to World War II. The chronology then slows and focuses primarily on the developments in the Middle East that have led to the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Underlying this chronological structure, specific themes will be emphasized in each class, along with overarching themes like the roles of nationalism, religion, and victimhood narratives.
H357 The History of Rock and Roll (3 cr.)
This course analyzes the rise, development, and sociocultural impact of rock and roll, broadly defined to include soul, rhythm and blues, punk, reggae, country, hip hop, heavy metal, and other genres that have become essential parts of American popular culture. Through critical analysis of the texts, images, sounds, business practices, and media machinery of rock culture, as well as of rock and roll's profound impact on television, fashion, race relations, gender relations, advertising, and politics students gain an understanding of the functions of popular art and culture in the political, social, and economic life of the United States. The course challenges students to critically examine primary source materials and secondary readings about topics such as the southern roots of rock music, postwar youth culture, race and racism, class, gender and sexuality, technology and mass media, the culture wars, and rock music as an American export, and thereby come to a greater understanding of the development and interaction of modern and postmodern culture.
H367 Europe in the Era of World War 1914–1945 (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to Europe's "thirty year crisis," from the outbreak of World War I in 1914 to the end of World War II in 1945. Europe's period of progress and optimism was shattered by the "Great War" in 1914. Four years of violence created the crucible out of which the monster of fascism arose. This led to an even larger war only twenty years later. During WWII, mass slaughter became commonplace, from the Nazi Holocaust to the Allies' strategic bombing campaigns, which targeted civilian populations. Using a variety of sources, the course examines the big picture of great power confrontations, but also how the wars were experienced by individuals.
D. Literature (3 credits)
E176 The Graphic Novel (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce students to fiction within the graphic novel genre and increase students' appreciation of the experience of reading. With a close, critical focus on the relationship between text and image, students will learn to identify common conventions and themes in fiction, and consider how the interpretation of literature contributes to a deeper understanding of language and culture.
E177 Holocaust Literature (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce students to popular works of Holocaust fiction and increase students' appreciation of the experience of reading. By evaluating Holocaust fiction closely and critically, students will learn to identify common conventions and themes, and consider how the interpretation of literature contributes to a deeper understanding of language and culture.
E373 Post-Colonial Fictions (3 cr.)
This course focuses on literature in English that addresses colonization and decolonization. The course considers how postcolonial texts present the legacy of imperialism; how postcolonial writers inscribe their perspectives, politics, and lived experiences in literature; and how various fictional accounts (of origin, of colonization, of identity, of nationality) contribute to a contemporary understanding of community, history, and narrative.
E391 African American Perspectives (3 cr.)
African American Literature studies the literary works of major authors of African American heritage. Students examine poetry, fiction, and autobiographical narrative, as well as engage critical race theory that seeks to situate writers of color and their relationship to the American literary tradition. This course considers African American literature as integral to the American literary canon, and readings allow students to see the ways in which African American writers have contributed to, been influenced by, and transformed American culture.
SP403 Latin American Literature through the 18th Century (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of Latin America from the colonial period through the 18th century. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are examined in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP404 19th–20th Century Latin American Literature (3 cr.)
This course is an introduction to the major authors and literary works of modern Latin America. Literary movements, history, culture, and other artistic works are studied in their relation to the literary output of these periods.
SP414 Themes in Latin American Cinema (3 cr.)
This course offers an introduction to the academic study of film as a form of art. Through a study of the film viewing and writing process, students learn how to express themselves clearly and creatively using a more sophisticated and idiomatic use of the Spanish language.
E. Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences (6 credits)
A laboratory experience must be completed. The laboratory experience can be fulfilled either by taking a course with an attached laboratory, or by taking the laboratory experience separately.
Two of the following:
B300 Current Scientific Issues (3 cr.)
This course addresses current scientific issues of interest to the general public, ranging from modern medical advances to those affecting the environment. Stress is placed not only on the concepts involved, but also on the social, ethical, political, and economic aspects of these issues. The course is intended for non-science majors.
B320 Conservation Biology (3 cr.)
This course introduces key concepts in conservation biology with an emphasis on biodiversity. Both theory and practical applications in conservation biology will be explored. Concepts explored include definitions and locations of biodiversity, the valuation of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, conservation at the species and population levels, and how conservation biology intersects with current issues facing human societies. This course will take a global perspective on issues current in the field of conservation biology. Additionally, the development of scientific literacy skills will be heavily emphasized.
F. Social Sciences (3 credits)
CJ352 Drugs in American Society (3 cr.)
The primary objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the use and/or abuse of drugs in the United States and their impact on the criminal justice system. Special attention is given to the historical and sociological contexts in which drug laws have evolved and the implication of those laws on drug prevention policies.
HS111 Introduction to Human Services (3 cr.)
Students trace the development of human services as a profession, identify employment options for human services professionals, and examine the various social problems to which human services professionals respond, including but not limited to child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, immigration, mental illness, needs of the frail elderly, and substance abuse.
LOND329 British Politics (3 cr.)
This course introduces students to British politics. Topics include British institutions: parties and politics; 1945 to the present day; power and personalities: MacMillan, on-going problems; and influence of the media.
PS102 American National Government (3 cr.)
A basic course on the nature and purpose of our U.S. political system; includes the Constitution, institutions, processes and persons that combine to form our federal government. The student is exposed to a variety of approaches to political study.
PS317 International Politics (3 cr.)
This course examines the basic structures of the international system including: 1) states, nations, transnationals, international organizations, diplomacy, etc.; 2) global issues including: war/peace, deterrence, arms control, political economy, trade, human rights, peacekeeping, etc.; and, 3) global ideas: sovereignty, nationalism, modernization, etc. This course deals extensively with the contemporary international system and the issues arising from the limitations of power in international affairs. Students apply this knowledge in a United Nations simulation.
PS320 Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
This course examines how different types of countries, i.e., established democracies, transitioning nations, and nondemocracies, are governed. The course examines first the broader trends and concepts about political systems and then engages in more in-depth case studies on a number of countries representing different regions, colonial and postcolonial experiences, levels of economic development, and government types.
PY270 Multicultural Psychology: Understanding our Diverse Communities (3 cr.)
This course examines culture's influence on human behavior with particular emphasis on multiculturism in a global Lasallian context. Primary significance is on bridging core values of Lasallian heritages and mission with traditional and contemporary theories in cross-cultural psychology. Particular attention is devoted to discovering how the contributions of Saint John Baptist de La Salle can be utilized to enhance our understanding of teaching and learning and the ways that culture impacts the dynamic interplay among family, friendship, emotions, language, education, spirituality and personality.
PY341 Health Psychology (3 cr.)
Health psychology examines theories pertaining to the relationship between health cognitions and behaviors, with special emphasis on the physiological impact of psychological processes such as stress. It will explore both the biological and psychological components of health, focusing on classic theories and current research to foster an understanding of factors that contribute to physical and mental health and illness.
G. Arts and Communication (3 credits)
COM111 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)
A study of the history, production methods, and social and economic factors of the mass media. This course gives students an understanding of print media, broadcast media and public relations by analyzing the technical development and social impact of media.
COM250 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
The Intercultural Communication course is an introduction to approaching communication across cultural differences. It is designed to explore the impact of culture on communication and to improve each student's ability to communicate with others, both formally and informally. We live in an era of rapid globalization in which being able to communicate across cultures is imperative to our ability to function in a diverse workplace, city, and world. In this class, culture is defined broadly to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic class, and so on. Students enrolled in this course are encouraged to examine their own lives and the influence of their backgrounds on their communication processes. It involves both individual and group work. Class time consists of lectures, group activities, simulations, written exercises, service learning, presentations, and discussions. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge as they study and mindfully experience intercultural communication.
COM331 Public Affairs Journalism (3 cr.)
An examination of units of local and state government and their coverage in the news media; projects designed to familiarize students with the workings of governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.
LOND301 Art in London (3 cr.)
(required for all London students) This course, required for all students participating in the London program, introduces students to the history of Western art. Lectures are supplemented by visits to the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate. The primary course objective is to familiarize students with major periods of art (Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern), artists, historical eras and basic artistic technical terms.
TA301 Theatre in London (3 cr.)
This course is offered during the London semester and is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of British theatre. The class attends at least eight performances throughout the semester, each one relating to some aspect of British theatre. This course taken with LOND301 Art in London satisfies Artscore and Aesthetic general education content areas.
TA302 Modern Movies (3 cr.)
An introductory study of important contemporary films for students who wish to learn how to understand and evaluate popular cinema. Students are introduced to the history of film-making as well as basic film techniques. Movies are screened, discussed and evaluated in terms of content, style and intent. Students have the opportunity to react and formulate their own aesthetic preferences through a series of written and oral responses to the films. This course satisfies an Aesthetic general education requirement.
TA322 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature to 1700 (3 cr.)
This course examines theatre within its historical context as a socially constructed mode of artistic and cultural expression. It explores theatre history and dramatic literature from Ancient Greece and Rome to the Middle Ages and European Renaissance.
TA323 Theatre History and Dramatic Literature since 1700 (3 cr.)
This course examines theatre within its historical context as a socially constructed mode of artistic and cultural expression. It explores theatre history and dramatic literature from the 18th – 21st centuries from the English Restoration through European and American modern and contemporary theatre, as well as emerging world theatres.