Course Descriptions

Ethnic Studies


ETN 334
Italian Conversation and Culture
3 credits

This course will introduce students to the language and culture of the Italian-speaking world and promote the development of basic conversational student communicative competence in the target language. Students will also develop an awareness and appreciation of Italy’s regional intercultural and intra-cultural history and in Italy of the 21st century.


ETN 335
Italian American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

Italian Americans have played a central and continuous role in the American consciousness, shaping our political, economic, cultural and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of Italian Americans, from Columbus to DiMaggio, from food and family to the entrapping stereotypes of The Godfather and The Sopranos. Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the Italian American community.


ETN 336
Irish American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

Irish Americans have played an integral role in shaping American political, economic, cultural, and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of Irish Americans, from Commodore James Barry to the Kennedys, from food to the arts; each aspect of the course will seek to answer the question, “What does it mean to be Irish-American?” Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the Irish-American community.


ETN 337
African American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
3 credits

African Americans have played an integral role in shaping American political, economic, cultural, and social lives. This course will explore the multi-layered history of African Americans, from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to the Civil Rights era to Thurgood Marshall, from food to the arts; each aspect of the course will seek to answer the question, “What does it mean to be African American?” Special emphasis will be given to the local and regional impact of the African American community.


ETN 340
Hispanic Culture and Enrichment
3 credits

This course is an overview of the influence of Hispanic culture in American society. The student will explore the multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial aspects as well as the geography, history, language and culture of the many groups who have come to the United States and how these groups have and will influence the future of our country.


ETN 341
Native Americans
3 credits

This course includes the study of Native American social and economic history and culture. It will acquaint the students in a broad way with the struggles and accomplishments of the Native Americans. One of the aims of this course is to bring about greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions and achievements of the Native Americans.