Minor in Critical Social Thought

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Each student shall, in consultation with a faculty advisor, develop an individual program of 18-21 units. Students may also take an internship program in political activism or other related areas in conjunction with these classes to count towards the minor. If the introductory course is not available, other courses can be substituted on advisement.

Critical Social Thought, Minor — 15 - 18 units

Introduction (3 units)

Overview of the tradition of critical social thought

CST 300/PLSI 386Introduction to Critical Social Thought3

Core - Theory and Pedagogy (6 - 8 units)

Select at least two courses of the following:
SOC 394Sociological Field Methods4
HUM 410The Modern Revolution3
PHIL 330Political Philosophy3
PLSI/PHIL 355Politics and Ethics of the Consumer Society3
PLSI 351GWPolitical Theory: The Classical Tradition - GWAR4
PLSI 353Political Theory: The Twentieth Century4
PLSI 360Development of American Political Thought4
SOC 272Social Inequality: Poverty, Wealth, and Privilege4

Electives (6 - 8 units)

Choose at least two courses from at least two of the following fields:

  • Identity and Resistance
  • Globalism, Empire and Social Movements
  • Culture as Critical Social Thought

An approved internship may be substituted for 3-4 units of electives.

Identity and Resistance (3 - 4 units)

ANTH/CST 320Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis3
ANTH 569/SXS 567Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender3
ANTH/CST 590/WGS 595Anthropology of Women3
HUM/LTNS 520North and South American Cultural Expression3
SXS 455Sex, Power and Politics3
HUM 360Styles of African Cultural Expression3
HUM 415Contemporary Culture3
GPS/PHIL 375Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.3
PLSI 381Political Theories of Sexuality4
LTNS 415Economic Progress of Latinos in the U.S.3
LTNS 575Latina/o Culture and Identity3

Globalism, Empire and Social Movements (3 - 4 units)

ANTH/CST 585Globalization and World Cultures3
GPS/I R/PHIL 315Introduction to Global Peace Studies3
HIST 386Soviet Russia, the West, and the Cold War3
HIST 390European International History: 1918 to 19453
HIST 400History of Modern European Imperialism3
HIST 476American Environmental History3
HIST 550Social Change in Modern Latin America3
I R 520Globalization and Development4
LTNS/WGS 445Gendered Borders: Latinas and Globalization3
PHIL 435Human Rights in Global Perspective3
PLSI 354Politics, the Environment, and Social Change4
PLSI/I R 417Gender, Equality, and Politics: A Comparative Perspective4
USP 514Sustainable Development in Cities4
USP 515Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment4

Culture as Critical Social Thought (3 - 4 units)

ANTH/CINE 327Anthropology and Film3
ART 403/SXS 405Queer Art History3
ART 501Western Art: Special Areas (Art and Politics of the 20th Century)3
ART 501Western Art: Special Areas (Postmodernism: Art of the 1980s)3
ART 501Western Art: Special Areas (Women and Art: 20th- 21st Centuries)3
BECA/WGS 485Women and Media3
CINE 305Film and the Holocaust3
CINE 308Third Cinema3
CINE 373Film and Society3
CINE 342Documentary Film3
DANC 350Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives3
MUS 505Music of the World's Peoples3
MUS 511The Roots of Rock3
COMM 525Sexual Identity and Communication4
COMM 697Advanced Performance Study4
TH A 407Popular Theatre/Popular Entertainment3
TH A 691Advanced Multicultural Production Workshop3