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Jonathan Friedman, History
Paul Green, English
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C. Jack Orr, Communication Studies
Karen A. Paiva, Anthropology and Sociology
Cherise Pollard, English
Bhim Sandhu, Political Science
Alice J. Speh, Languages and Cultures
Linda Stevenson, Political Science
Carla Verderame, English
Richard W. Voss, Social Work
Ethnic studies includes the Ethnic Studies Institute and program. The institute sponsors cultural programming, grant writing, and research.The program offers a minor to any student, regardless of major, who satisfactorily completes 18 semester hours of work in ethnic studies. Study may lead to a multiethnic emphasis or to a concentration in one of the following areas:
Ethnic studies includes the Ethnic Studies Institute and program. The institute sponsors cultural programming, grant writing, and research.The interdisciplinary program offers a minor to any student, regardless of major, who satisfactorily completes 18 semester hours of work in ethnic studies. Study may lead to a multiethnic emphasis or to a concentration in one of the following areas:
For current requirements and a list of approved courses in each specialization, consult the director of ethnic studies.
For each option currently offered there are, in addition to the relevant ethnic studies core courses, certain cognate courses. These cognate courses do not necessarily deal directly with ethnic group life but give an added dimension of social and historical background.
As soon as possible, students should register their intent to earn the minor with the director of the ESI. At the end of each semester, students should report the ethnic-related courses completed during the semester and the courses planned for the following semester to the director. An updated list of courses approved for credit is available each semester from the ESI before the advising and scheduling period. Students can use an approved ethnic-related course toward the completion of the minor in ethnic studies at the same time it is being used to fulfill their major, other minor, or elective requirements.
Students are encouraged to attend at least two cultural ethnic events - speakers, musical programs, art shows, theatre productions, or films - each year.
For advising in ethnic studies, contact the director, Dr. Bonita Freeman-Witthoft at 610-436-2725, or the associate director, Dr. Frank J. Hoffman, at 610-436-2361.
The program in holocaust studies deals not only with historical aspects of the holocaust, but also with moral and political issues involved in the prevention of future holocausts.
This minor may be taken as one of the minors in the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in liberal studies general degree program. For advising in holocaust studies, contact Dr. Jonathan Friedman, 610-436-2972.
480 Ethnic Cultures Workshop (3) This workshop considers the history, traditions, customs, and contributions to American life of various ethnic groups. The lectures and special programs are designed to increase the student's knowledge of the multicultural nature of American society. Projects, specifically tailored to individual needs, are directed by a faculty member of the Ethnic Studies Institute.
This course may be taken again for credit.