Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Kevin Hsieh

Second Advisor

Melody Milbrandt

Third Advisor

Melanie Davenport


This thesis is an analysis of existing approaches to multicultural curriculums and an original curriculum unit developed based on them. The study explores McFee and Degge’s (1977) Universal Institutions of an Evolving Culture and Related Curricular Themes in correlation with Banks’s (2009) Levels of Integration of Ethnic Content. The purpose of the study is to help educators make effective multicultural curricular choices when constructing unit lessons to give students a more comprehensive multicultural experience in art class. The goal is to understand that “culture can be a tool and a more powerful concept than language because it can be used to organize and teach more information” (Banks, p. 55).