The Culture and Social Justice minor is an interdisciplinary program committed to engaging students with the histories, struggles, knowledge, and agency of marginalized groups throughout our global society.  Drawing on the diversity of current and past voices from the Augsburg neighborhood, the minor connects local and national efforts to larger global struggles for justice.  The program explores the interplay of experiences that form and reform the current landscapes of globalization, including Indigenous origins, diaspora, immigration, the impact of colonialism, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism, cross-cultural and multicultural integration, and cultural thrivance. The interdisciplinary character of this minor helps students develop professional skills for working across cultures and disciplinary audiences, enhances writing and speaking skills for multicultural audiences, and provides preparation for the increasingly diverse and globalized marketplace.

What can I do with this minor?

In any field you go into, employers are looking for people who demonstrate cultural competence, navigate easily across diverse communities, and have an appreciation for multiple worldviews. This minor will enhance your ability to work within a multitude of local and global settings. This minor can complement any major, whether in math and business, sciences, arts and humanities, or social science.

For more information about this program, contact one of these faculty members:

Elise Marubbio
marubbio@augsburg.edu
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Andy Aoki
aoki@augsburg.edu
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Courses for 2016-2017

The following courses are being offered in the upcoming school year.  Please note that students should consult with CGE for information on the study away courses.

Fall 2016

  • AIS 105 (Introduction to American Indian Studies)
  • AIS 208 (Native American Women and Film)
  • AIS 264 (American Indian in the Cinema)
  • ANT 141 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology)
  • AIS 364 (Indigenous Filmmakers)
  • COM 329 (Intercultural Communication
  • CCS 100 (Intro to Cultural Studies)
  • ENL 255 (American Indian Literature)
  • ENL 350 (Readings in African American Literature)
  • HIS 236 (American Indian History)
  • SOC 240 (Protest & Social Change: Sociology of Social Movements)
  • SOC 265 (Race, Class, and Gender)
  • SPA 332 (Latin American Civilizations and Culture) [taught in Spanish] [Prereq: SPA311(Spanish Conversation and Composition)]
  • THR 270 (Intro to Black Theater)
  • WST 250 (Global Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality)

Spring 2017

  • AIS 105 (Introduction to American Indian Studies)
  • AIS 332 (Native American Storytelling)
  • AIS 364 (Indigenous Filmmakers)
  • AIS 405 (Indigenous Activism and Resistance in the Americas) * capstone option
  • ANT 141 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology)
  • COM 329 (Intercultural Communication
  • ENL 365 (Contemporary Post-Colonial Fiction)
  • POL 158 (Intro to Political Science)
  • POL 359 (Topics: Gender and Globalization) [Prereq: 1 previous course in Political Science, or consent of instructor]
  • PSY 261 (Personality and Cultural Context)
  • SOC 265 (Race, Class, and Gender)
  • SOC 290 (Cultures of Violence)
  • WST 305 (Intro to Queer Studies) [Prereq: WST 201]

Requirements

  • Total of 6 courses required.
  • No more than 2 classes from the same department can count toward the minor.
  • At least 2 courses must be upper division.
  • No class can fulfill a requirement in more than one area.

Introductory Course Requirement (1 course)

  • AIS 105 (Intro to American Indian Studies)
  • ANT 141 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology)
  • CCS 100 (Intro to Cultural Studies)

Cluster Requirement (4 courses)—must take courses from at least 3 different depts.

Theory cluster: one course from the list below.

Courses from this cluster will help students develop the ability to use a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding globalization and marginalization.

  • AIS 208 (Native American Women and Film)
  • AIS 364 (Indigenous Filmmakers)
  • COM 329 (Intercultural Communication)
  • INS 233 (Women: A Cross-Cultural Perspective)
  • POL 140 (Social Justice in America)
  • PSY 261 (Personality and Cultural Context)
  • SOC 240 (Protest & Social Change: Sociology of Social Movements)
  • SOC 265 (Race, Class, and Gender)
  • SOC 290 (Cultures of Violence)
  • THR 245 (Intro to Asian and Asian American Theater)
  • WST 305 (Intro to Queer Studies) [Prereq: WST 201]
  • WST 315 (Margins as Center: Feminist Theory)
  • WST 324 (Liberationist, Feminist, Queer, and Postcolonial Theologies in Latin America) [1 of HON100(Christian Vocation & Search for Meaning I), REL100(Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning I), REL111(Introduction to Theology), REL221(Biblical Studies), REL300(Bible, Christian Theology and Vocation), REL331(Foundations in Bible and Theology)]

Local community cluster: one course from the list below.

Courses from this cluster will help students learn to describe the histories, politics, and cultures of the communities in which Augsburg resides, and be able to explain how those communities have been shaped by and responded to marginalization.

  • AIS 105 (Intro to American Indian Studies)
  • AIS 205 (Contemporary American Indians)
  • AIS 332 (Native American Storytelling)
  • ENL 355 (Themes in American Indian Literature) [Prereq: 1 of ENL220(Intermediate Expository Writing), ENL221(Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts), ENL240(Introduction to Literary Study), ENL241(Introduction to Cinema Art), ENL250(American Voices), ENL251(Introduction to African American Literature), ENL255(American Indian Literature), ENL260(Authors), ENL270(Themes), ENL280(Genres), ENL290(Explorations in Language and Theory)]
  • POL 140 (Social Justice in America)

National cluster: one course from the list below.

Courses in this cluster will help students be able to explain the ways that the United States has been constructed from a variety of cultures, and the economic, political, and social consequences of that.

  • AIS 105 (Intro to American Indian Studies)
  • AIS 205 (Contemporary American Indians)
  • AIS 264 (American Indian in the Cinema)
  • AIS 320 (American Indian Women)
  • AIS 332 (Native American Storytelling)
  • ART 290/390 (Native American Art)
  • ENL 250 (American Voices) [Prereq: 1 of ENG111(Effective Writing), ENL111(Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, ENL112(Advanced Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, HON111(Effective Writing for Liberating Letters) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, WPL(Writing Placement Level)
  • ENL 251 (Intro to African American Literature) [Prereq: 1 of ENG111(Effective Writing), ENL111(Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, ENL112(Advanced Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, HON111(Effective Writing for Liberating Letters) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, WPL(Writing Placement Level)
  • ENL 255 (American Indian Literature) [Prereq: 1 of ENG111(Effective Writing), ENL111(Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, ENL112(Advanced Effective Writing) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, HON111(Effective Writing for Liberating Letters) *concurrent registration is acceptable*, WPL(Writing Placement Level)
  • ENL 350 (Readings in African American Literature) [Prereq: 1 of ENG245(Introduction to Literature), ENL220(Intermediate Expository Writing), ENL221(Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts), ENL240(Introduction to Literary Study), ENL241(Introduction to Cinema Art), ENL250(American Voices), ENL251(Introduction to African American Literature), ENL255(American Indian Literature), ENL260(Authors), ENL270(Themes), ENL280(Genres), ENL290(Explorations in Language and Theory)]
  • ENL 365 (Contemporary Post-Colonial Fiction) [Prereq: 1 of ENL220(Intermediate Expository Writing), ENL221(Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts), ENL240(Introduction to Literary Study), ENL241(Introduction to Cinema Art), ENL250(American Voices), ENL251(Introduction to African American Literature), ENL255(American Indian Literature), ENL260(Authors), ENL270(Themes), ENL280(Genres), ENL290(Explorations in Language and Theory)]
  • HIS 236 (American Indian History)
  • HIS 241, 242, 243 (African American History)
  • POL282 (Asian American Politics)
  • THR 270 (Intro to Black Theater)

Global cluster: one course from the list below.

Courses in this cluster will help students be able to describe issues and question that cross national boundaries, and the ways that people around the world are adapting to changing environments.

  • AIS 305/490 (Indigenous Issues of the Americas) [Travel seminar]*
  • AIS 405 (Indigenous Activism and Resistance in the Americas) * capstone option–also may be listed as AIS 495 Topics
  • ART 100 (special topic on pottery & spirituality; taught in Guatemala)*
  • ART 231 (Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Mexican Art)
  • HIS 150/350 (Latin American History) [If taken as HIS 350, requires instructor consent]
  • HIS 155/355 (Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America)
  • HIS 162/462 (Contemporary South Asia) [If taken as HIS 462, requires instructor consent]
  • HIS 327 (Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the United States)*
  • HIS 357 (Mexican History, Culture, and Cosmovision) [Prereq: 1 of HIS101(The Beginning of Western Culture), HIS102(The Shaping of Western Civilization), HIS103(The Modern World), HIS104(The Modern Non Western World), HIS120(America to 1815), HIS121(19th-Century United States), HIS122(20th-Century United States), HIS150(Latin American History), HIS155(Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America), HIS162(20th-Century South Asia), HIS195(Topics in History), HIS225(History of the Twin Cities), HIS234(Minnesota History), HIS236(American Indian History), HIS241(Topics in African American History), HIS242(History of African American Civil Rights, 1619-1915), HIS243(History of African American Civil Rights, 1915-1972), HIS249(The Designed Environment), HIS280(The History Workshop), HIS282(The History of Women Since 1848), HIS299(Directed Study)*
  • POL 158 (Intro to Political Science)
  • POL 359 (Topics: Gender and Globalization) [Prereq: 1 previous course in Political Science, or consent of instructor]
  • POL 459 (Topics in Comparative Politics) [Prereq: 1 previous course in Political Science, or consent of instructor]
  • SPA 332 (Latin American Civilizations and Culture) [taught in Spanish] [Prereq: SPA311(Spanish Conversation and Composition)]
  • WST 250 (Global Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality)
  • WST 335 (Contemporary Latin American Women)—CGE* [Prereq: SPA 311]
  • WST 341 (Globalization, Social Struggles, and the Environment)*
  • CGE programs in Mexico, Namibia, and Guatemala can count toward 1 class requirement
  • * Courses with asterisks are not offered in the United States. Some are offered through the Center for Global Education at one of their international locations, while others may be done through a study abroad seminar. CGE programs in Mexico, Namibia, and Guatemala can count toward 1 class requirement

One Required Capstone Course

In this capstone to the minor, students will review the connections between local, national, and global dynamics, and be able to describe the ways that people around the world adapt to the forces of globalization, and the role that those forces play in creating or reinforcing pressures of marginalization.

  • INS 495 or AIS 405