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Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ANTH 1101 Introduction to American Culture 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 08
Explores the cultural variety that comprises the current American population and the issues that drive Americans today. This course provides an introduction to American culture with emphasis on those who have arrived in the past 200 years including their transitions, mobility, and interchange. Classroom discussions, lectures and activities will focus on the effects of each succeeding immigrant group on American culture through the operation of American Dominant Culture, worldview, and institutions; with focus primarily on the role of the individual and consumerism within American society.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ANTH 1120 Introduction to Archaeology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Introduces students to the archaeological field and profession. Archaeology, one of the four sub-fields within anthropology, is the study of human material culture and is typically done by examining objects and locations left behind by various groups throughout human history. Students will examine the history, methods, and basic theories of archaeology. Additionally, students will learn how the archaeological profession is conducted today and apply this to highlighting issues of community development and expression, subsistence, status, consumption, gender, and other contemporary issues.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ANTH 1150 Introduction to American Indian Cultures 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 10
Introduces students to American Indian cultures from an anthropological perspective. This is accomplished through three primary avenues: a broad survey of cultures prior to European colonization; the historical-cultural experiences that contributed to present day Native American communities; and finally issues in modern American Indian communities and their relationships with anthropologists. Specific North American culture areas from the Midwest and Great Plains, through the Southeast and Southwest will be surveyed.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ANTH 2120 Field Experience in Archaeology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Introduces students to the archaeological field and the American Cultural Resource Management (CRM) profession. Archaeology, one of the four sub-fields within anthropology, is the study of human material culture and is typically done by examining objects and locations left behind by various groups throughout human history. This course gives students the opportunity to more closely examine how archaeology is applied primarily through implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act and the resulting creation of CRM as the mainstay of employment within archaeology today. Students will spend approximately half of their time in the classroom with the remainder in the field; observing and experiencing various archaeological sites, museums, historical societies, etc. Students will learn how the archaeological profession highlights issues of community engagement, development, and expressions. Prerequisites: Recommended ANTH 1120.

Prerequisites:

  • ANTH 1120 Introduction to Archaeology

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BIOL 1107 Biology of Women 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 07
Provides a theme based course for learning biological concepts in the context of issues relevant to both men's and women's health. Explores the historical, cultural and biological factors that shape women's experiences and health. The course explores the nature of science, female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexual differentiation, issues related to health and disease, pregnancy and birth, contraception, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases and other public health topics. Students desiring a traditional lab may take BIOL 1110 concurrently or following completion of BIOL 1107.

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Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

COMM 2250 Topics in Communication Studies

Course Outline

MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 07
This course is a topics course. Please refer to the course section note for more information on this course. This course may be repeated under different topics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENG 2238 Contemporary Fiction 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Explores recently published short stories and novels which represent diverse cultural and artistic expressions. Emphasis will be on North American writers, but works by writers from other countries will be included. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

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Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

ENG 2239 Women in Literature 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Provides an introduction to the methods of examining and understanding poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction by and/or about women. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

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Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENG 2240 Representations of the Body in Literature and Culture 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Takes the human body as its central theme and explores that theme through literature, history, and film. Specific topics will include the aesthetics of beauty, diverse identities (e.g. racial, ethnic, and sexual), bodily transformations, and disability. Possible authors are Freud, John Colapinto, Margaret Edson, Nella Larsen, and Nancy Mairs among others. Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

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Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

ENG 2252 The Novel 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Explores selected works of the 19th through 21st centuries, including the origins, conventions, and transformations of the novel form. Students will also study the novel as a creative product of its historical and cultural era. Selected authors may include Austen, Dickens, Vonnegut, and Erdrich. Prerequisites: Placement into English 1108 or completion of both ENG 99/EAP 99 and READ 93/94 with a grade of C or higher.

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Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GEOG 1105 Geography of United States and Canada 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 10
Presents a region-by-region analysis of the diversity of people and environments of North America. Emphasis will be on the study of similarities and contrasts in regional landscapes and on interactions with other peoples and regions of the world.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GEOG 1130 Minnesota Geography 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Examines the land, resources, and people of Minnesota, and the processes that have led to the development of regions in the present and will change the state in the future.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GWS 1000 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Introduces students to the main concepts of Gender and Women Studies by examining the origins of the field of study, its theoretical and sociological underpinnings, and evolution. Explores the psychological and social construction of gendered identity, including LGBTQIA theory and social concerns, as well as the intersections of race, class and gender.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GWS 1100 Gender, Race and American Culture 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the historical and contemporary intersections of race, class and gender in the United States and examines the relationships between racially-based and gender-based movements for civil rights. Identifies and analyzes contemporary stereotypes regarding race, class and gender.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

GWS 2100 Constructions of Masculinity and Femininity 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Explores key psychological, linguistic and philosophical theories on the origins of masculinity and femininity as essential gendered characteristics. Identifies current cultural assumptions about gender, masculinity and femininity and explores how LGBTQIA theory complicates these assumptions.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

HIST 1135 History of Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the social, political and cultural history of the modern family, emphasizing the transformation in the structure, values and economic basis of family life from the 16th century to the present. Particular attention is placed on the relation between social science, literature and the immigration experience of Africans, Europeans, Asians and Native Americans in the cultural crossroads of colonial to contemporary American history.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

HIST 2120 Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Age of Business 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Surveys the political, economic and racial origins and implications of the U.S. Civil War; the rise and fall of Reconstruction; the growth of transportation and industrial economies, Indian removal and resistance; the New South and Populist revolt; the Progressives, urbanization, and the emergence of the modern corporation.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

INTS 1103 Adults with Disabilities 2

Course Outline

Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 07
Explores the various types of disabilities and how they impact the individual, the family unit, and society. A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the unique behavioral, physical, cultural and psychological issues associated with each type of disability. NOTE: INTS 1103 and HSER 1103 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wanting to fulfill Goal 7 of the MnTC must enroll in INTS 1103.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PHIL 2110 American Mind 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 07
Presents a philosophical and cultural exploration of the emergence and continuing development of ideas and pluralistic traditions within the United States. Imparts an awareness of the richness and diversity of American heritage, which may include the study of race, ethnicity, political empowerment, religious belief, gender, the environment, and science. Readings may include works from Puritans, Native Americans, and the founding fathers to Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr. and contemporary thinkers.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PSYC 1140 Psychology of Women 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Introduces current theory and research related to such issues as the psychological development of women, identity formation, self-esteem, violence, health, spirituality, social cultural influences, biology, relationships and career. Both academic and experiential learning are emphasized including extensive reading and journaling and a community project. Attendance and group participation are essential.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

PSYC 1210 Lifespan Development 4

Course Outline

Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Presents an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan. Explores the research and theories relevant to the psychological study of human development from conception to death. Applies these issues to general and clinical populations. PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201 recommended.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

PSYC 1215 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the basic development in the physical, cognitive and psychosocial areas from conception through adolescence. Pertinent theories, studies, and methodologies are addressed. This course and Adulthood and Aging Psychology (PSYC 1220) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

PSYC 1220 Adulthood and Aging Psychology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores research and theory from the field of developmental psychology regarding the nature and processes of human development from early adulthood through old age and death. Implications and applications are addressed. This course and Child Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 1215) provide a comprehensive study of Lifespan Development. Prereq: Recommended PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

PSYC 2100 Social Psychology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores how individuals and groups influence us and how we influence others. Issues such as attraction, relationships, behaviors and attitudes, persuasion, aggression, sexism, racism, and how we form judgments will be studied. Prereq: PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1201.

Prerequisites:

  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 1201 Introduction to Psychology with Lab

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the classification, assessment, diagnosis, symptoms, causes, and treatment of common psychopathologies, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance-related and addictive disorders.

Prerequisites:

  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 1201 Introduction to Psychology with Lab

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

SJS 1100 Introduction to Social Justice 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 09
Explores the concepts of justice, oppression, and social change and examines the ways in which political, economic, legal, education, and other institutions create challenges for justice. In this course, students will explore, critique, and apply the fundamental concepts of justice, oppression and social change. Through course activities, students will begin integrating ideas and perspectives, formulating personal ideologies, and developing an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. They will also examine the broad concept of social change through explorations of different social movements, profiles of human rights activists, and various policies. The course seeks to broaden student understanding of contemporary justice issues and to enhance their knowledge of how they can become positive social change agents.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

SJS 1200 Social Justice in Action: Methods, Skills, and Practice 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 09
This course explores and applies theories and methods of social justice to combat oppression and promote positive social change. Students broaden their understanding of contemporary social justice issues through opportunities to develop, practice, and apply skills learned in the classroom to community-based learning environments in the greater Twin Cities region. Through case studies, skill development, and class activities, students begin honing their skills in public speaking, networking, teamwork, identifying problems and solutions, perspective taking, persuasive writing, advocacy, conflict resolution, and ethical decision making.

Prerequisites:

  • SJS 1100 Introduction to Social Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

SOC 1114 Social Problems 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the significant social problems in contemporary society. The course examines the process of how these social problems arise in society, including controversies that accompany them, and considers possible solutions.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

SOC 1127 Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Describes and analyzes selected inequality relationships in the United States. Topic areas will include economic inequality-poverty; ethnic inequality-racism; and gender inequality-sexism. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard 12a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

SOC 1130 Family and Society 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Surveys human relationships from both the sociological and practical perspectives. Areas of study will include: love, dating, sexuality, singleness, marriage, conflict, parenting, relationship violence, divorce, and other relevant topics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Spring 2023

SOC 1145 Gender in Society 3

Course Outline

Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores gender from a sociological perspective that seeks to promote knowledge of how we build the constructs of men, women, and people of other gender identities, and what the consequences of these constructions. Sociological theories, research, and current issues related to gender in society are presented. Topics may include gender as it relates to media, family, work, politics, power and inequality, education, religion, socioeconomic forces, race/ethnicity, sexuality, social movements, and social change.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None