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U.S. Cultural Studies

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Whitworth’s U.S. Cultural Studies Program acknowledges that many factors, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economics, gender, sexual orientation and type of disability, influence our lives and experiences in the United States. In one way or another, others’ perceptions of us, or even our self-perceptions, have been formed by these personal characteristics and by the groups that are identified by these characteristics. Our goal is to study these groups so that we can better understand these groups and our own lives in the contemporary U.S. Students of all identities and backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to pursue this minor.

Through this program of study, our goals are:

  1. To study the foundations and interactions of diverse groups living in the U.S. from an interdisciplinary framework.
  2. To develop intercultural competencies for other coursework, graduate or professional schools, and eventual vocations.
  3. To increase willingness and capacity to serve campus and communities by advancing social justice and reconciliation

Requirements for a U.S. Cultural Studies Minor (17-18)

The director of the minor may approve additional or alternate courses that satisfy the learning outcomes of the minor, including off-campus study courses, internships and field research.
IDS 110Introduction to U.S. Cultural Studies1
IDS 310U.S. Cultural Studies: Community-Based Research1
IDS 311U.S. Cultural Studies: Campus-Based Research1
SP 398Intercultural Communication3
Elective credits from the following:11-12
Section I: Structural Frameworks
Community Arts in Practice
Identity, Race, and Power in American Life
Sports and Society
Poverty and Community Development
Psychology of Poverty and Social Class
Race and Ethnicity
Gender, Performance, and Pop Culture
Performing the Self
Religion in American Public Life
Section II: Cultural Contexts
Cultural Competence and Society
African American History to 1877
African American History Since 1865
Genealogy in Cultural Context
Asian American Film
U.S. Latino/a Film
Native American Film
African American Film
US Tribal Identities
African-American Preaching
Women Writers
Intro Women's and Gender Studies
Note: WGS-196 courses will apply toward this requirement. See advisor for details.

Courses

IDS 110 Introduction to U.S. Cultural Studies1
This course introduces students to critical cultural studies in the contemporary U.S. It is open to all undergraduate students and has no prerequisites. Fall and spring semesters.
IDS 196 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies1-3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 201 Genealogy in Cultural Context2
This course introduces students to genealogical and historical research in the framework of diverse viewpoints within American society. Students will analyze the cultural diversity of their family history, with particular attention to placing their family in historical context. Spring semester.
IDS 230 Asian American Film2
This course is open to all students. By the end of the course the student will have increased their understanding in: -How Asian American identity is constructed -What is the portrayal of Asian Americans -What are the cultural expectations, assumptions, and impact on Asian Americans and on the 'other' -How is identity being redefined? Spring semester.
IDS 231 U.S. Latino/a Film2
This course introduces students to US Latino/a cultures through film. Students will view films by Latino/a filmmakers, study U.S. History, and learn multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered Spring term.
IDS 232 Native American Film2
his course introduces Native American cultures to students through film. The class covers U.S. History, Native American cultures, and multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered fall term.
IDS 233 African American Film2
This course introduces students to African American culture through films. Students will view films made by African Americans, study U.S. History, and discuss multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered fall term.
IDS 235H US Tribal Identities3
A project-driven course that studies US domestic colonialism and the exploitation of special groups. Major ideas covered are critical race theory, internal colonialism, and environmental justice. Involves guest speakers, field trips, research, and a group presentation.
IDS 291 Independent Study1-4
IDS 296 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 301 Introduction to Latin American Studies3
This course explores Latin America from a variety of perspectives: sociological, political, theological, artistic and literary. It includes an historical survey of Latin America from the earliest times to the present. Given the fact that this course is being taught at the Costa Rica Center, it gives special emphasis to Costa Rica and Central America. Nevertheless, the course will contain examples and will cover themes that pertain to much of Latin America and the Caribbean. This course will also deal with U.S. foreign relations with Latin America, including NAFTA, CAFTA and other trade agreements. Offered every fall and spring semesters at Costa Rica Center. Recommended HI 127 or HI 181 prior to taking IDS 301
IDS 310 U.S. Cultural Studies: Community-Based Research1
This course engages students with community members to work collaboratively to address societal issues confronting diverse populations. This course is open to all students. Fall semester.
IDS 311 U.S. Cultural Studies: Campus-Based Research1
This course engages students with campus members to work collaboratively to address societal issues confronting diverse populations. Spring semester.
IDS 335H U.S. Tribal Identities3
A project-driven course that studies US domestic colonialism and the exploitation of special groups. Major ideas covered are critical race theory, internal colonialism, and environmental justice. Involves guest speakers, field trips, research, and a group presentation.
IDS 390 Internship1-4
IDS 391 Independent Study1-4
IDS 396 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies1-3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 491 Independent Study1-6
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Director

STACY KEOGH