Diversity & Community Studies
DCS Core Courses:
AFAM 190: The African American Experience, with C. Hopson & A. Rosa
African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology.
CSJ 200: Introduction to Social Justice, with D. Cuomo
An introductory study of theories, concepts and strategies of social justice, including individual action, policy, advocacy, and collective action.
DCS 300: Public Problem-Solving, with M. Kerby
Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations & Explorations Courses, or junior status. Investigation of historical perspectives and theoretical dimensions of public problem solving with attention to the development of collective power, capacities, and responsibilities.
GWS 200: Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, with K. Branham, A. Radspinner, and W. Wood.
Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, this course examines such topics as women and work, violence against women, family, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class.
*Courses marked with an asterisk are valid electives but may require an iCAP Exception Form until officially approved.
- I. Formation of Identity and Narratives of Oppression (minimum of 6 hours):
AFAM/ENG 393: African American Literature, with C. Lewis
Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 or permission of instructor. A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.
AFAM 490: Radical Blackness, with C. Hopson (will count as AFAM 353)
Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor. This course’s central focus is on the cultural dimensions of African American social and political experience and creative and intellectual engagement with a range of civil rights struggles of the latter half of the 20th and 21st centuries.
COMM 463: Intercultural Communication, with J. Kong (Honors)
Prerequisite(s): COMM 200; COMM 300 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission. Creates an understanding of dimensions of communication theory that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.
ENG 360: Gay and Lesbian Literature, with N. Endres
Prerequisite(s): Colonnade Category F-AH. Study of gay, lesbian, and queer literature with emphasis on critical theory and the concepts of sex and gender in global, cultural, and historical contexts.
ENG 387: Studies in Autobiography, with K. Reames
Prerequisite(s): Colonnade Category F-AH. 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. An examination of the literary components and cultural context of autobiographical works, with particular emphasis on under-represented groups, gender, race, and class.
FACS 395: Child and Family Stress, with D. Haynes-Lawrence (Web/On-Demand)
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or permission of instructor. Acquaint students with major concepts from the research and conceptual literature on family stress and resilience. Examines stress as experienced and perceived by children and their families. Factors that influence children's coping with stress are emphasized.
- II. Advocacy and Social Change (minimum of 6 hours):
AFAM 343: Communities of Struggle, with A. Rosa
Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines the relationship between distinct communities of struggle in Africa and the African Diaspora and the impact of African American social movements on a range of liberation struggles within this context.
CSJ 435: Reimagining Citizenship, with D. Cuomo
Prerequisite(s): CSJ 200; 21 hours of Foundations & Explorations Courses, or junior status. An analysis of the contestations, inclusions and exclusions produced through multiple deployments of the concept, citizenship.
HIST 358: Blacks in American History to 1877, with J. Graves (web). (This course is reserved for Owensboro Campus students. Please call 270-684-9797 for course pass)
A chronological study of African American history and culture from 1619 to 1877 with an emphasis on black contributions to American life and thought.
HIST 359: Blacks in American History Since 1877, with J. Hardin
A chronological study of African American history and culture since 1877 with an emphasis on black contributions to American life and thought.
HIST 453: American Women’s History, with D. Browder
Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.
PS 331: Politics Outside the Box, with J. Kash
Provides insight in the social construction of power by investigating political symbols, characters and argument in popular culture and public policy.
- III. Systems, Local to Global (minimum of 6 hours):
CSJ 301: Fake News and Civil Discourse, with M. Kerby
Social conflict, public debates, propaganda, and “fake news” impede the process of civil dialogue and blur the lines of legitimate democratic debate. The course examines social and political conflicts particularly prone to “fake news” and explores strategies that promote civil discourse and informed democratic engagement.
FLK 330 Cultural Connections/Diversity, with B. Kaufkins and K. Horigan (Web)
Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups.
GEOG 110: World Regional Geography, with C. Algeo, K. Cary (On-Demand), J. Graham (Web), E. Greunke, M. Gripshover (Honors), and P. Kambesis
A general survey of the political, social, and ecological systems of the world. The course is concerned with the complexity and diversity of world peoples and cultures.
HIST 446: American Legal History Since 1865, with P. Minter
A survey of the development of American law and its relationship to political, economic, and social trends in modern American society.
SOCL 240: Global Social Problems, with N. Brezeale and D. Lovell
Prerequisite(s):21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime.
SOCL 360: Rural & Urban Communities, with D. Lovell (Web)
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology. Study of the structure and function of community life and the process of balancing community needs and resources.
SWRK 330: Human Behavior in Social Environments I, with G. Mallinger
Prerequisite(s): SWRK 101 and SWRK 205. Prerequisite(s):for majors: Admission to the program. The social, natural, and behavioral sciences are used to examine human behavior across the life span, especially as influenced by ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.
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