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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Multicultural Studies (MCS-101)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

March 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: investigate, explain, apply, and analyze the role of stereotypes in human relationships and how and why they develop; compare, explain, and analyze the concepts of race, ethnicity, culture, acculturation, class, heritage, gender, sexual orientation, religion, minority group and dominant groups; assess and evaluate racism, sexism, prejudice, and discrimination and examine how and why they develop and what we can do to eradicate negativity and perceived prejudices; compare and evaluate the principal demographic characteristics of the population of the United States; describe, analyze and evaluate how various aspects of culture, art music, and literature, media, and performing arts institutions, inform our understanding of pluralism and diversity and contribute to society; analyze and evaluate the major policies of “dominant groups” toward minority groups and why this term may or may not be utilized in society; and describe, examine, analyze and evaluate the rationale for all citizens to embrace the existing and growing diversity of our society in the United States.


Introduction to Multicultural Studies (MCS-101) introduces students to a survey of the major topics involved in the existing and growing diversity in American society and examines the increasingly important issues of cultural, ethnic and racial diversity as well as gender and class differences in the United States. Students explore the unique links that exists between pluralistic politics and the social, cultural and economic diversity of Americans. The course analyzes the complexity of American society from a variety of perspectives using reading materials from many disciplines, including history, the social sciences and literature. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Anthropology, History, Multicultural Studies, Sociology, or as a General Elective (5/21).