The Multicultural Experience in America: Then and Now Honors

This elective is designed to take a detailed and honest look at the minority experience in America and the multicultural nation the United States has become. We will examine many different ethnic, religious, social and racial groups, tracing their early history but putting special emphasis on current issues that face these groups. We live in an American society where issues of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation can be volatile and visceral topics which can polarize groups of people. Our goal in this class is to not just examine the unique experiences and challenges of many minority groups but also to then take a crucial step to look beyond these differences. We will examine what Henry Louis Gates, Jr. calls “advancing the human sense of the American possibility, allowing us to strategize how we can live together harmoniously in an increasingly diverse nation.”

Prerequisite: US History or by permission of the Humanities Department Chair

(not available 2020-2021)