Requirements

Students must complete 15 credits of Cultures & Communities coursework in order to earn the certificate: 3 credits in a section of the required CC core course in addition to 12 credits in CC approved courses. In addition to coursework students must engage in 15-20 hours of community engagement through a Service Learning experience.

The summary below outlines the five areas of the CC Certificate distribution requirements:

Area 1 (core course): Multicultural America (3 credits). Currently offered as English 150, History 150, or Women’s Studies 150 (satisfies Humanities and Cultural Diversity GER requirements); Anthropology 150, Sociology 150, or Urban Studies 150 (satisfies Social Sciences and Cultural Diversity GER requirements); or Film 150 or Art 150 (Peck School of the Arts; satisfies Arts and Cultural Diversity GER requirements); Urban Planning 350 (School of Architecture and Urban Planning).

Area 2: Cultures and Communities of the United States (3 credits). Issues and methods in the comparative study of cultures and communities of the U.S. May be fulfilled by appropriate accredited GER or Cultural Diversity courses in any discipline, school, or college. Students may also opt to take a second MA 150 course in another discipline to satisfy their area 2 requirement.

Area 3: Global Perspectives on Culture and Community: (3 credits). Issues and methods in the comparative study of cultures and communities outside North America and Europe. May be fulfilled by appropriate accredited GER courses in any discipline, school, or college or through an appropriate study abroad experience.

Area 4: Art, Culture, and Community: (3 credits). May be fulfilled by courses that relate the theory and production of art (dance, music, visual arts, film, and theater) to cultural and community contexts. Restricted to courses in the Peck School of the Arts except through special petition.

Area 5: Science, Culture, and Society: (3 credits). Includes courses that examine how scientific knowledge may be understood in relation to issues in culture and society. May be fulfilled by enrollment in classes with a Natural Sciences or Social Sciences accreditation.

Requirements

Total Credits Required

15 credits

Students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the areas below, including one course with a service learning component. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

Cultures and Communities Core Course (3 credits)

Area I. Cultures and Communities Core Course (one course from the following)

  • Anthro 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (SS&)
  • Art 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (A&)
  • English 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (HU&)
  • Film 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (A&)
  • Hist 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (HU&)
  • Sociol 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (SS&)
  • UrbPlan 350 - Social Justice, Urban Planning, and the New Multicultural America, 3 credits (&)
  • Urb Std 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (SS&)
  • WGS 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits (HU&)


Cultures and Communities of the United States (3 credits)

Area II. Cultures and Communities of the United States

Africology:
  • Africol 100 - Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society
  • Africol 102 - Survey of African-American Literature
  • Africol 111 - Introduction to African-American History to 1865
  • Africol 112 - Introduction to African-American History, 1865-Present
  • Africol 125 - Economics of the Black Community
  • Africol 192 - First-Year Seminar (Topic: African American Life Stories)
  • Africol 193 - First-Year Seminar(Topic: Race in Popular Culture)
  • Africol 205 - The Poetry of African, African-American and Caribbean Writers (if not selected in Area III)
  • Africol 210 - The African-American Novel
  • Africol 215 - Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions
  • Africol 228 - Introduction to Black Political Economy
  • Africol 250 - Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States
  • Africol 265 - Psychological Effects of Racism
  • Africol 314 - The School in African American Life
American Indian Studies:
  • AIS 101 - Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 105 - Great Lakes American Indian Ethnobotany
  • AIS 151 - First-Semester Anishinaabemowin
  • AIS 152 - Second-Semester Anishinaabemowin
  • AIS 192 - First-Year Seminar
  • AIS 193 - First-Year Seminar
  • AIS 203 - Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past
  • AIS 251 - Third Semester Anishinaabemowin
  • AIS 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature (jointly offered with English)
  • AIS 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies (jointly offered with Sociol)
  • AIS 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian (jointly offered with Sociol)
  • AIS 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature (jointly offered with English)
  • AIS 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature (jointly offered with English)
Anthropology:
  • Anthro 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
  • Anthro 193 - First-Year Seminar (Topics: "Museums: Gateways to Modern Life", "Oral Traditions", "Museums for Educators")
  • Anthro 213 - American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin
Arabic:
  • Arabic 164 - Arabs and Islam in America
Art Ed:
  • Art Ed 130 - Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education
Communication:
  • Commun 350 - Intercultural Communication
Economics:
  • Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar(Topic: Growth and Development of China, Japan, and Korea)
  • 248 Economics of Discrimination
Education Policy and Community Studies:
  • Ed Pol 113 - The Milwaukee Community
  • Ed Pol 212 - Educational Issues in Spanish-Speaking Communities
  • Ed Pol 460 - The Chicano Experience
  • Ed Pol 560 - Education and Hispanics
  • Ed Pol 621 - History of Native Education and Policy Development
  • Ed Pol 625 - Race Relations in Education
English:
  • English 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar (Topic: "African American Folklore in Literature", "Hmong-American Life Stories", "Southeast Asian American Literature and Life", "Images of American Indians", "Images of American Indians in Art, Film, and Literature", "Asian American Life Stories", "Asian-American Literature", "Representations of the American Dream", "Multicultural America (no credit for students with credit in English 150)", "Multicultural Milwaukee")
  • English 243 - Introduction to Literature by Women (Topic: "Fiction by Women of Color", "Women, Race, and Class")
  • English 248 - Literature and Contemporary Life (Topic: "Introduction to LGBT Studies", "Growing up Gay", "Katrina in Context", "Queer Theory and the Novel")
  • English 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature (jointly offered with AIS)
  • English 277 - Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 279 - Introduction to Latino/a Literature
  • English 280 - Introduction to Asian-American Literature
  • English 281 - Introduction to African-American Literature
  • English 372 - Survey of American Indian Literature (jointly offered with AIS)
  • English 373 - Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature (Topic: "Z. N. Hurston, A. Walker, T. Morrison, G. Naylor")
  • English 374 - Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 375 - Survey of Asian-American Literature
  • English 376 - Survey of African-American Literature to 1930
  • English 377 - Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature
  • English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature (jointly offered with AIS)
  • English 521 - Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • English 524 - Studies in Asian-American Literature
  • English 685 - Honors Seminar (Topic: "Chinese American Women Writers", "Asian American Women Writers", "Spirituality & Identity in Modern America")
Ethnic Studies:
  • Ethnic 101 - The Making of American Cultures: Africans, Europeans, and Indian Nations
  • Ethnic 102 - Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American, and Latino Identity
  • Ethnic 200 - Racial Minorities in the United States
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies (Topic: "Blacks, Jews, and Black Jews")
  • Ethnic 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life (jointly offered with Hmong Studies)
  • Ethnic 275 - Queer Migrations (jointly offered with LGBT Studies)
  • Ethnic 325 - Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Milwaukee
Exceptional Education:
  • ExcEduc 330 - Deaf History
  • ExcEduc 352 - American Deaf Culture
Film Studies:
  • Film Studies 212 - Intermediate Topics in Film Studies (Topic: "African American Cinema")
Geography:
  • Geog 114 - Geography of Race in the United States
  • Geog 193 - First-Year Seminar (Topic: "Exploring India: Societies, Cultures, Environments")
Hebrew Studies:
  • Hebr St 254 - Studies in Hebrew Culture (Topic: "The Jewish-American Experience", "Jewish Identity in Contemporary America')
  • Hebr St 282 - Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
History:
  • Hist 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
  • Hist 200 - Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (Topic: "The Civil Rights Movement in America", "The Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee", "U.S.-Mexico Borderlands")
  • Hist 229 History of Race, Science, and Medicine United States (if not selected in Area V)
  • Hist 243 - History of Women in American Society
  • Hist 262 - North American Indian History to 1887
  • Hist 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887
  • Hist 267 - The History of Latinos in the United States
  • Hist 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective
  • Hist 270 - Topics in American History: (Topic: "Mixed Race Identity in American Culture")
  • Hist 271 - The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: (Topic: "History, Memory, & Reconciliation in East Asia")
  • Hist 436 - Immigrant America Since 1880
  • Hist 445 - African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
  • Hist 446 - African Americans Since the Civil War
  • Hist 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians
  • Hist 474 - Topics in North American Indian History
Hmong:
  • Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life (jointly offered with Ethnic Studies)
Honors:
  • Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (Topic: "Americans in the Making: Immigrant Life in the Late 20th Century")
Italian:
  • Italian 242 - Topics in Italian American Studies
Jewish Studies:
  • Jewish 101 - Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film
  • Jewish 210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in the Media
  • Jewish 247 - Topics in Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture
  • Jewish 282 - Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies:
  • JAMS 111 - Gender and the Media
  • JAMS 210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in the Media
LACUSL:
  • LACUSL 200 - Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies: (Topic: "Chicana/Latina Art & Culture: Politics & Resistance")
Latino Studies:
  • Latino 101 - Introduction to Latino Studies
L&S Natural Science:
  • L&S NS 295 - Seminar in the Natural Sciences (Topic: "Green Science and Urban Space") (if not selected in Area V)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies:
  • LGBT 200 - Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • LGBT 275 - Queer Migrations (jointly offered with Ethnic Studies)
Political Science:
  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
Portuguese:
  • Portugs 380 - Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation: (Topic: "The Lusophone Triangle: Portugal, Brazil, Africa")
Psychology:
  • Psych 230 - Social Psychology: Psychological Perspectives
  • Psych 319 - Gay and Lesbian Psychology
Religious Studies:
  • ReligSt 350 - Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: (Topic: "Religion in Daily Life – Food, Drink, and Clothing")
Social Work:
  • Soc Wrk 665 - Cultural Diversity and Social Work
Sociology:
  • Sociol 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
  • Sociol 193 - First-Year Seminar (Topic: "Latinos in the City", "Buffalo to Bingo: Changing American Indian Societies")
  • Sociol 224 - American Minority Groups
  • Sociol 233 - Social Inequality in the United States
  • Sociol 250 - Sex and Gender
  • Sociol 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies (jointly offered with AIS)
  • Sociol 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian (jointly offered with AIS)
  • Sociol 323 - Perspectives on Latino Communities
Spanish:
  • Spanish 371 - Introduction to Latino Literature in English
  • Spanish 373 - Topics in Latino Literature in English
Urban Planning:
  • UrbPlan 350 - Social Justice, Urban Planning, and the New Multicultural America
Urban Studies:
  • Urb Std 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
Women's & Gender Studies:
  • WGS 150 - Multicultural America (if not selected above)
  • WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective
  • WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective


Global Perspectives on Culture and Community (3 credits)

Area III. Global Perspectives on Culture and Community

Africology
  • Africol 205 - The Poetry of African, African-American and Caribbean Writers (HU&) (if not selected in Area II)
  • Africol 232 - Survey of African Societies and Cultures (SS)
  • Africol 235 - African Americans and South Africa (HU)
  • Africol 334 - Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies (SS)
Anthropology
  • Anthro 102 - Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society (SS)
  • Anthro 104 - Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies (SS)
  • Anthro 250 - Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (SS)
  • Anthro 355 - Globalization, Culture, and Environment (SS)
Arabic
  • Arabic 111 - Cultures and Civilizations of the Muslim Middle East (HU)
Art History
  • ArtHist 104 - African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture (HU)
  • ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture (HU)
Comparative Literature
  • CompLit 133 - Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts (HU)
  • CompLit 135 - Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: (Topic: "Magical Realism and the Fantastic in Literature and Film", "Youth Culture in the Middle East Through Literature, Art, and Film") (HU)
  • CompLit 192 - First-Year Seminar: (Topic: "The Bible in African Societies", "Immigration and Exile in the Literatures of the Americas") (HU)
  • CompLit 207 - World Literature in Translation: Antiquity Through the 1600s (HU)
  • CompLit 208 - World Literature in Translation: The 17th to the 21st Century (HU)
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: (Topic: "Gender and Utopia", "'New World' Literature", "Women and Sexuality", "Nazi Germany: Victims, Perpetrators, and Bystanders", "The Holocaust") (HU)
  • CompLit 231 - Literature and Religion: (Topic: "Holocaust and the Arts: Literature and Music", "Holocaust: Children and War", "Holocaust in Literature and Film", "Holocaust in Poland", "Nazis in Western Europe", "The Quran as Literature") (HU)
  • CompLit 232 - Literature and Politics: (Topic: "Contemporary Women Writers and the Ethics of Violence", "Gender and the Historical Novel", "The Representation of Revolution", "Women and War in Latin America and the Caribbean") (HU)
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: Topic: The Literature and Film of Globalization (HU)
  • CompLit 309 - Great Works of Modern Literature: Topic: Cultural Identity and the Postcolonial Text (HU)
Criminal Justice
  • CRM Jst 410 - Comparative Criminal Justice (SS)
Economics
  • Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar: Topic: Growth and Development of China, Japan, and Korea (SS)
English
  • English 243 Introduction to Literature by Women: Topic: Literature About Women of East & Southeast Asia (HU)
  • English 278 Introduction to World Literatures Written in English: Topic: Literature from the Middle East (HU)
  • English 685 Honors Seminar: Topic: African Fiction (HU)
Geography
  • Geog 110 - The World: Peoples and Regions (SS) (if not selected in Area V)
  • Geog 213 - Geography of Asia (SS)
  • Geog 231 - Geography of Islam (SS)
Global Studies
  • Global 101 - Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics (SS)
  • Global 202 - Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology (SS)
Hebrew Studies
  • Heb St 238 - Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: (Topic: "The Arab-Israeli Conflict", "Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Three Religions – One God", "Moses, Jesus, Mohammed", "Hebrew Culture: From the Bible to Popular Movies", "Conflict and Frustration in Modern Hebrew Film") (HU)
  • Heb St 254 Studies in Hebrew Culture: (Topic: Arabs and Jews in the Middle East: Conflict or Peace", "The Holocaust", "Contemporary Israeli Film", "Introduction to Jewish Ethics") (HU)
  • Heb St 256 Good and Evil in Judaism, Christianity, Islam (HU)
  • Heb St 261 Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (HU)
  • Heb St 368 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (HU)
History
  • Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600 (HU)
  • Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (HU)
  • Hist 180 - Latin American Society and Culture (SS)
  • Hist 192 - First-Year Seminar: (Topic: "Global Religions: Diversity and Dialogue", "History and Globalization") (HU)
  • Hist 200 - Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (Topic: "Latin America and Globalization", "The African Diaspora") (SS)
  • Hist 210 - The Twentieth Century: A Global History (SS)
  • Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258 (HU)
  • Hist 281 - Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805 (HU)
  • Hist 282 - The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (HU)
  • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War (SS)
  • Hist 379 - Introduction to Jewish History (HU)
Jewish Studies
  • Jewish 247 - Topics in Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: Topic: Anti-Semitism from Biblical Times to the Present (HU)
  • Jewish 261 - Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images (HU)
  • Jewish 368 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust (HU)
  • Jewish 379 - Introduction to Jewish History (HU)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • LACS 101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies (HU)
Philosophy
  • Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions (HU)
Political Science
  • Pol Sci 106 - Politics of the World's Nations (SS)
  • Pol Sci 175 - Introduction to International Relations (SS)
  • Pol Sci 371 - Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (SS)
Portuguese
  • Portugs 192 - First-Year Seminar: Topic: History of Brazil (HU)
  • Portugs 225 - Understanding Brazil: (Topic: "African Presence in Brazilian Culture and Literature", "Race, Class, and Gender") (HU)
  • Portugs 360 - Brazilian Culture: (Topic: "Brazilian Music", "Brazilian Culture Through Film", "Music of Brazil and Portuguese-Speaking Countries") (HU)
  • Portugs 380 - Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation: Topic: Race, Gender, and Military Struggles – Africa, Brazil, etc. (HU)
Religious Studies
  • Relig St 101 - Introduction to World Religions (HU)
Russian
  • Russian 192 - First-Year Seminar: Topic: Russia Today (HU)
Sociology
  • Sociol 103 - World Society (SS)
  • Sociol 235 - Social Change in the Global Economy (SS)
Spanish
  • Spanish 225 - Understanding the Hispanic World: (Subtitle) (HU)
  • Spanish 380 - Spanish Literature in Translation: (Subtitle) (HU)
  • Spanish 383 - Spanish-American Literature in Translation: (Subtitle) (HU)
  • Spanish 391 - Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World: (Subtitle) (HU)


Art, Culture, and Community (3 credits)

Area IV. Art, Culture, and Community

Art
  • Art 100 - American Art and Culture (A) (LEC with CC content only)
  • Art 105 - Art Survey (A)
  • Art 106 - Art Survey (A)
  • Art 150 - Multicultural America (A&) (if not selected above)
Art Education
  • Art Ed 130 - Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education (A&)
Dance
  • Dance 122 - African Dance and Diaspora Technique I (A&)
  • Dance 313 - History of Dance in the African Diaspora (A&)
  • Dance 320 - Rituals and Culture (A)
  • Dance 360 - Movement and Learning (A)
  • Dance 370 - World Movement Traditions: Topic: Dances of the World (A)
Film
  • Film 150 - Multicultural America (A&) (if not selected above)
  • Film 302 - Video in the Classroom (A)
Music
  • Music 102 - American Popular Music (A)
  • Music 280 - Special Studies in Music: Topic: Music in American Cultures (A&)
  • Music 309 - American Folk and Popular Music (A)
  • Music 310 - Introduction to World Musics (A)
Theatre
  • Theatre 120 - Performance and Popular Culture (A)
  • Theatre 204 - Participatory Theatre (A)
  • Theatre 260 - Storytelling: (Topic: "Elder Tales", "Milwaukee - Stories from Our Own Backyard", "Stories and the Cultural Voice", "Toby to Tupac - Stories and Songs in Popular Culture", "Discovering Your Personal Story") (A)


Science, Culture, and Society (3 credits)

Area V. Science, Culture, and Society

American Indian Studies
  • AIS 105 - Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture
  • AIS 106 - Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy
Biological Sciences
  • Bio Sci 103 - Topics in Modern Biology: Topic: Biology Through Art (NS)
  • Bio Sci 185 - Introductory Biology for Teachers (NS+)
  • Bio Sci 194 - First-Year Seminar: Topic: Forbidden Knowledge: Science and Censorship (NS)
  • Bio Sci 206 - Biology of Women (NS)
Conservation and Environmental Science
  • CES 210 - Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science
Geography
  • Geog 110 - The World: Peoples and Regions (SS) (if not selected in Area III)
  • Geog 125 Introduction to Environmental Geography (NS)
  • Geog 140 Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography (SS)
  • Geog 213 Geography of Asia (SS)
  • Geog 350 Conservation of Natural Resources (SS)
Health Sciences
  • HS 245 -Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Approach (SS)
    (Course offered by the College of Health Sciences; also available as BMS, ComSDis, HCA, Kin, OccThpy, and TherRec.)
History
  • Hist 229 - History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States (HU&) (if not selected in Area II)
L&S Natural Sciences
  • L&S NS 295 - Seminar in the Natural Sciences: Topic: Seminar on Green Science and Urban Spaces (NS) (if not selected in Area II)
Nursing
  • Nurs 101 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (SS&)
  • Nurs 380 Honors Seminar: Topic: Negotiating Differences: Race and Culture in Contemporary Healthcare (SS)
Philosophy
  • Philos 244 - Ethical Issues in Health Care: (Subtitle) (HU)
Physics
  • Physics 194 - First-Year Seminar: Topic: Physics, Science, and Technology in Our Society: Friend or Foe? (NS)