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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Cross-Cultural and Global Studies M.A.

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Cross-Cultural Studies and Global Studies examines the relationships among culture, diversity, and power in the U.S. and in a global context. The program emphasizes the study of differences and inequalities structured by race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality. It develops an understanding of social and political conflict and strategies of conflict resolution. Cross-Cultural and Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing from disciplines as diverse as Anthropology, History, Literature, and Sociology. By exploring similar questions in diverse disciplines and using a range of methodological approaches, students gain an understanding of the complexities of culture and diversity. The program emphasizes religion, gender, human rights, and immigration. Focusing on contemporary and historical issues, courses provide theoretical and practical training that may be applied in a variety of fields, including non-profit, legal, service, religious, and educational institutions.

Degree Requirements 

Core Requirements (9 hours)
CRCL 5031 Theories of Cultural Diversity
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5037 Theories and Practices of Mediation
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5631 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours: 3
Foundation Courses (6 hours)
For CRCL 5033, the following course may be substituted: SOCI 5236.
CRCL 5033 Religion and Community
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5035 Health and Human Rights
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5533 Community Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5733 Program Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Area Studies (3 hours)

These courses address cultural and historic aspects of populations in specific geographic regions as well as immigrants and refugees living in Houston and throughout U.S.

For CRCL 5537, the following course may be substituted: ANTH 5537.

CRCL 5232 Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5535 Cultures of Asia
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5538 Cultures of the Middle East
Credit Hours: 3
Program Courses (6 hours)

For SOCI 5333, the following course may be substituted: PSYC 5534.

Area Studies or Foundation courses may satisfy this requirement.

CRCL 5132 Women of Color
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5531 Families, Communities, and Diversity
Credit Hours: 3
GEOG 5134 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5232 U.S. Social Movements
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5434 Studies in Latin American History
Credit Hours: 3
LITR 5831 World/Multicultural Literature
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5533 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5333 Minorities and Majorities
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5537 Urban Problems
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5633 American Immigration Studies
Credit Hours: 3

Master's Option

Select ONE (6 hours)
Students are encouraged to select the internship option (CRCL 6739). Students must contact the internship coordinator or thesis/project adviser the semester before beginning an internship, project, or thesis for approval and registration. 
CRCL 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 6839 Master's Project Research
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3

Coursework Option

Courses
Students selecting the coursework option instead of the master's thesis, project, or internship will complete 30 hours of courses plus the zero-credit course below:
CRCL 6909 Cross-Cultural Studies Comprehensive Exam
Credit Hours: 0
Electives (6 hours)
To complete the additional 6 hours of coursework, students may take additional program, foundation, or area studies courses, or select from the following electives.
WRIT 5137 Grant and Proposal Writing
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5032 Human Behavior in Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5133 Teamwork and Leadership Skills: Theory in Practice
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5434 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6237 Comparative Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6731 Strategic Management Seminar (Capstone)
Credit Hours: 3

Concentrations

In order to organize their studies, explore a specific topic, and prepare for careers, students may select one of the following concentrations.

Religions, Ethics, Values

Select THREE of the following courses:.

For CRCL 5033, the following course may be substituted: SOCI 5236

CRCL 5931 may be selected only when the topic is either "Islam in Society" or "Religions in Dialogue."

CRCL 5033 Religion and Community
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5931 Research Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5034 Global Humanities I
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5036 Global Humanities II
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5336 Philosophy in Religion
Credit Hours: 3
HUMN 5430 Issues in Art History I: Ancient to Modern
Credit Hours: 3
Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Select THREE of the following courses:

HIST 5232 may be selected only when the topic is "American Feminisms."

CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5132 Women of Color
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5531 Families, Communities, and Diversity
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5538 Cultures of the Middle East
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5232 U.S. Social Movements
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5533 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3
Latin American Studies

Select THREE of the following courses:

Only one of the following courses may count for credit in this concentration: ANTH 5333 or CRCL 5232.

WGST 5931 may be selected only when the topic is "Latina and Latin American Feminisms."

ANTH 5333 Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5232 Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Credit Hours: 3
HIST 5434 Studies in Latin American History
Credit Hours: 3
WGST 5931 Research Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Credit Hours: 3
Culture, Health, and Inequality
Select THREE of the following courses:
CRCL 5035 Health and Human Rights
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5533 Community Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 6737 Medical Sociology
Credit Hours: 3
Immigration and Refugees
Select THREE of the following courses: 
CRCL 5031 Theories of Cultural Diversity
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5232 Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5535 Cultures of Asia
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5538 Cultures of the Middle East
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5633 American Immigration Studies
Credit Hours: 3