Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


The state of California is lucky to have an ethnically diverse population, as evidenced by my research into the specifics of the demographics of California's public school population. It is vital in this diverse population, that we look at ways to help our students understand representations of race, culture, class, gender, and ethnicity. It is necessary that the students of California receive an education as diverse as their society, one that pertains directly to the lives and experiences of the state's student population. This project presents and analyzes California's current high school English curriculum requirements, then evaluates these curricula and requirements to determine how multiculturalism is or can be incorporated into literature lessons. The project also presents varying viewpoints on the merits and plausibility of developing a more multicultural high school English curriculum. The project concludes with a recommended working plan to incorporate both multicultural and canonical literature into the curriculum along with interpretations of the literary canon in a culturally sensitive manner.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Human Communication

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