The Multicultural Studies Minor is a flexible minor that focuses on the United States. By minoring in Multicultural Studies, you can learn how different cultures interact to shape individual identity and to structure U.S. society. Because organizations today need employees who can perform effectively in a diverse workplace, the minor can also enhance your employment options.
As a Multicultural Studies minor, you have opportunities for both personal and professional development:
Each student chooses a theme or thread within Multicultural Studies that suits his or her special interests. One student might explore a particular cultural tradition—for example, African American, Latino/a, or Jewish. Another student could focus on a specific realm of cultural interaction—for example, education, media, or literature.
The minor also provides each student with career-relevant knowledge and experience. For example, A Human Resource Management major learns more about diversity in the workplace. An Elementary Education major will be better prepared to teach today’s multicultural population of children. A Psychology student will acquire a deeper understanding of potential clients.
In these various ways, the Multicultural Studies minor plays an important role in preparing Rider students, whatever their ethnic heritage, for an increasingly multicultural world.
I'm not sure a Multicultural Studies Minor is right for me. Any suggestions?
You will notice that the MCS minor is very flexible—you can shape it to fit your own interests. Perhaps it will help you to see what other students are doing.
NICOLE is a double major in Elementary Education and American Studies. She’s excited about her plans to be a teacher but also a little nervous because she has had little experience with people different from herself. During her field experience in Trenton last year she realized she wanted to learn more about the kinds of students she probably will be teaching. She decided to sign up for Multicultural Studies Minor. After discussing her goals with the Director, Nicole chose as her theme “African Americans in the U.S.” This year she is taking a course on racial and ethnic relations and one on African-American history. Next year she plans to enroll in courses on Black literature and the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
BILL, a Sociology major and Multicultural Studies minor, has the same theme as Nicole but for different reasons. As a freshman, Bill wanted to learn more about his own background and was disappointed to discover Rider has no Black Studies program. But then he realized he could design his own Black Studies program by becoming an MCS minor with “African Americans in the U.S.” as his theme. He is taking courses on Africa and the Caribbean as well as the U.S. For Bill, the MCS minor has a great deal of personal meaning; he also thinks it will help him in his career in the criminal justice field.
KATIE is majoring in Human Resource Management and wants to work for a large corporation. She is minoring in Multicultural Studies for two reasons. First, she thinks it will be helpful to her professionally—she will learn a lot and it will be a good credential on her resume. Second, she has always enjoyed interacting with people of various backgrounds and she thinks of diversity as a personal energizer. Not surprisingly, Katie declared her theme to be “multiculturalism as an energizing force.” She has taken courses on racial and ethnic relations, multi-ethnic literature, Africa, and Latin America. Katie has also become active in the new student organization, the Unity Club, established by several other MCS minors to promote unity 365 days a year at Rider.
To learn more about the Multicultural Studies Minor contact:
B.S., M.A., Wisconsin; Ph.D., Iowa
Dr. Ebo teaches communication ethics, public relations and international communication. His research interests also include popular culture and media images of Africa. He edited the books Cyberghetto or Cybertopia: Race, Class and Gender on the Internet and Cyberimperialism: Global Relations in the New Electronic Frontier.